Sunday, December 30, 2007

For 2008

The Berlin Mom is home again, will be facing radiation and chemo-therapies in the next months to ensure that, despite the successful removal of all cancerous tissue detectable, no malignant cells are flitting around to give rise to some new tumor elsewhere. So we will be caring for this mom to get through this ordeal, but in the knowledge that this is a battle for maintenance of health rather than for defeat of any specific malignancy.

This encourages us to think of the wonder of being, something that only we as humans are able to do, as we are the only creatures who, mortal, can consider that mortality.

So in 2008, whatever the malignancies affecting the world - and there are many, so many I've alluded to here, far too many to list again -, let us simply strive TO BE, to be thinking humans feeling what it means to know we will one day die, loving the life that we can enjoy by thinking and loving, living in this world so as to let it continue to be a place hospitable to human life, to thought, to love. Perhaps we can make the world even more livable for thinking beings.
Let us not fall into the dark contemplation of death, for that is the true victory of nihilism; let us not await some pie-in-the-sky glory or joy, for that is nihilism's destruction of life : LET US BE WITH ALL THAT WE CAN BE ! That is joy here and now and then and in the future and for all time.

Dangers offer a chance to see the void into which all can be tumbled and out of which all can emerge ! Fear is a nihilistic mode of existence, one that cancels being and prevents us from considering the wonder of what it means TO BE !

And I will continue to think and speak and read and write and live and love with all my might in this coming year.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Being Patient

Biopsy report for Edith still not available due to the holidays, we are all exercising patience, but the GOOD NEWS: She'll be released from the hospital on Saturday. Detlef & I will go and pick her up and walk home with her (!) as she insists on doing and said this morning the doctor said she's allowed to do. Hopefully we have the other report before she leaves, but in any case, she is quickly becoming physically fit again, which will be of great help to her if it should prove that she does need follow-up radiation or chemo treatment. But all signs are looking good. And Christmas is proceeding apace!
Christmas Eve was with Heiko & Steffi and today we're off to Bernhard & Rosi.

Friday, December 21, 2007

No Results Yet, and everything you shouldn't do in the hospital

Well, still waiting on biopsy results for the Berlin mom, who's recovering ever more feistily from her operation. May well be after Xmas before we hear for sure that there's (as we're telling ourselves) nothing needing further treatment.

Anyway, Edith informed us that in the hospital:
- you don't take flowers with you, they must stay in the room when you leave;
- you should tell her well in advance before they move her for the holidays to consolidate stations, but they didn't;
- that you shouldn't take photos, but allowed it after all when I told her I knew about that trick of hiding under the covers: then she came out and smiled;
- that you don't bother the nurses when the laxatives they give you cause you to make a mess: you clean it up yourself, which she did;
- that you don't watch TV when they're doing a quick surgery on another patient in your room, as another roommate of hers did
- that you don't have to come visit her every day, even though she's glad when you do.

(We were only able to slip two snapshots past her.)

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Necessary Quotation

From Ligne de risque n°23, novembre 2007, p.40, François Meyronnis in answer to a question on language, literature, "loving words":
Celui qui a un mauvais rapport avec le langage a un mauvais rapport avec la vie. Avec un langage misérable, toute possibilité d'affranchissement se retire.
And here, for those who wish to grasp, even if not for the masses, my English and German versions:
Anyone who has a bad relationship with language has a bad relationship with life. With miserable language, all possibility of liberation is withdrawn.
Wer einen schlechten Bezug zur Sprache hat, hat einen schlechten Bezug zum Leben. Mit einer armseligen Sprache zieht sich jede Möglichkeit einer Befreiung zurück.


As if leaving a physical commentary to this post, Jennifer surprised the bonkers out of me/us as we just returned from visiting Edith (with freshly shampooed hair and some kind of foam fixer ?? she likes to put on it and ever more rambunctious), with a delivery crammed in our mail box. It contained the wonderful (from first glance) volume ENGLISH AS SHE IS SPOKE by Fonseca & Carolino, which I'm sure will prove even more fantastic upon more thorough perusal. So thanks, Jenn, for commenting on this post - in a proper manner - without even yet having been able to know about it. (Like minds, etc......)

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

everything out

The docs confirmed that the long surgery was indeed good: all of the tumor, along with uterus, ovaries, lymph nodes, was removed and there were at least no visible signs of anything left.
So Edith is having her patience tried while having to be still to recover from the operation, can finally eat again, and yesterday walked a bit. Today, she said, the nurses expect her out in the corridor.
Otherwise, biopsy results by end of the week (hopefully) will reveal whether there is anything more that would require follow-up treatment.
And we've already threatened to make hospital photos for web-posting. Let's hope the results remain as positive as the surgery indicated.

Sunday, December 16, 2007


OP - long, long - behind her, our Berlin mom is slowly and feistily recovering from the surgical ordeal. Long should mean good. We think. MMMT / carcinosarcoma is what she's dealing with, and there would have been the chance they couldn't have operated anything out, then surgery would have been short. That's why we think long surgery means good results. Today we're off to the hospital, hope to learn more, see her smile. But this Berlin treasure still needs a lot of support, which is hard for her as a determined care-giver to take, but we're giving and counting on everyone else to think of her and beam her what they can. Probably means part of Christmas will be bedside in the hospital. Unrealistic to expect her home already then....

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Time to Take Care of Another Mother !

Well, there's another Countess who needs tending to, a true Berlin treasure of a mom and mom-in-law who's in the hospital for a radical hysterectomy and has lots of strong wishes from us all for success in removal of the tumor completely in surgery without signs of metastasis. Should there be any, well, then we're calling on radiation therapy to handle that.
She's a great lady who deserves many more years: and the chances, we're sure, are good.
Think of Edith, please, and all the people she's so dear to!

Thursday, December 6, 2007

U.S. Supreme Court Considering JUSTICE for Guantánamo

As the media around the world report and the civilized world where justice is done sincerely hopes, the Supreme Court will apparently again decide that the playpen must abide by the rules of law and order, of justice, of fair procedure, that it claims to be upholding by denying inmates in Guantánamo the right to a trial. A fair trial could still be ordered by the Court, a speedy one, as the constitution also requires, is no longer possible: many have been sitting there for 6 years already. Two previous Supreme Court decisions ordering rights for those detainees have met with measures of circumvention by the playpen. Every time the courts order them to do something, they change a side issue and force the whole thing through the courts again. Perhaps with this decision, not due till summer, the bushbaby will finally have to administer justice !
We can only hope.

The New York Times
Justices to Answer Detainee Rights Question
By LINDA GREENHOUSE; Published: December 6, 2007
A majority of the Supreme Court on Wednesday appeared ready to agree that detainees were entitled to invoke some measure of constitutional protection.

Monday, December 3, 2007

No Irani Nuke Program : Good News

The National Intelligence Estimate of the joint US spy and intelligence services today made public its November report stating that Iran suspended efforts to develop nuclear weapons four years ago. That they aren't working on them and no war can be justified - at the moment - as necessary to stop what they've already stopped is a double bit of good news !

The New York Times
International / Middle East
U.S. Says Iran Ended Atomic Arms Work
By MARK MAZZETTI, Published: December 3, 2007
A new assessment by American intelligence agencies concludes that Iran halted its nuclear weapons program in 2003 and that the program remains on hold, contradicting a previous intelligence report.
U.S. Officials: Iran Halted Nuclear Weapons Program in 2003 -
WASHINGTON -- Iran halted its nuclear weapons development program in the fall of 2003 under international pressure but is continuing to enrich uranium, which means it may still be able to develop a weapon between 2010 and 2015, senior intelligence officials said Monday.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Russia Electing a New Tsar ?

The NYTimes says the only thing Putin doesn't yet control in Russia is culture and the arts and seems to take for granted that he will become the new potentate after todays "election" of a new Duma.

French Papers speculate on whether he will take over the National Security Council (leaving Cunning Condy to wonder why she gave up that post in the playpen) or have himself elected Tsar as in 1613 when the Romanovs came to power or have himself granted plenipotentiary powers as did Stalin in 1937.

Le 2 décembre de Vladimir Poutine, par Marie Jégo
Visiblement, la Russie, tiraillée entre le modèle de pouvoir de 1613 et celui de 1937, a tourné le dos à la modernité. "Tout est fait pour éradiquer les mécanismes européens de transfert du pouvoir au profit d'un système byzantin de succession", explique l'ancien dissident Sergueï Kovalev. L'ancien compagnon de Andrei Sakharov en est sûr : le modèle byzantin est appelé à durer.
LE MONDE 01.12.07

© Le

In any case, Glasnost is over in that vast land, and the world is witnessing the slow choking of a fledgling democracy.

And here, a reproduction of a photo made by Russian artists V. Mizin and A. Shaburov which Putin's Kremlin and National Unity Party have declared an insult to the fatherland and successfully forbidden from exhibitions in Russia and managed to have removed from an exhibition of new Russian art in Paris.

Here a link to their gallery, which was unable to fight off Putinesque censorship, where there are also links to the two artists. At least THIS cannot be censored.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Wake up call

From Philippe Sollers' Guerres secrètes, the following short quote in my English rendition, followed by his French original (Paris, CarnetsNord, 2007, p.298) and then my German version. A method well worth trying in our world of distractions from what we should be considering, since, as Sollers says, we need to be awake.
Saying yes to the "passing" of time, if that's possible, delivers you from resentment and the spirit of vengeance whose secret war against joy never pauses for even a second. [...] Awakenings to the constancy of transformation, or, if you prefer, to the renewal of the immutable.
Dire oui au « passer » du temps, si c'est possible, vous délivre du ressentiment et de l'esprit de vengeance, dont la guerre secrète contre la joie ne cesse pas un instant. [...] Reveils à la constance de transformation, ou, si vous préférez, renouvellement de l'immuable.
Dem "Vergehen" der Zeit ja sagen, wenn möglich, befreit Sie vom Groll und vom Geist der Rache, deren geheimer Krieg gegen die Freude keine Sekunde innehält. [...] Erwachen zur Beständigkeit der Veränderung oder, wenn es Ihnen lieber ist, zur Erneuerung des Unveränderlichen.

You could also say, Being is always a chance, IS a chance.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

A Cousin Lost, An Uncle to Cherish

Pamela Tyson Allen
Pamela Tyson Allen, 48, of 1921B Stokes Road died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2007, at U.N.C. Chapel Hill Hospital. A memorial service will be held Thursday at 8 p.m. from the Church Street Chapel of the Farmville Funeral Home by the Rev. John Bowman and the Rev. Clynt White. Ms. Allen was preceded in death by a son, H.R. Allen IV; her mother, Helen B. Tyson; and brothers, Amos Tyson Jr. and Alan Tyson. She is survived by a daughter, Lacey Lynn Allen of Greenville; and her father, Amos Tyson of Farmville. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. prior to the service and other times at the home of Amos Tyson, 6522 Stantonsburg Road, Farmville.

Amos is a bulwark of love and is due the respect and support and love of all his extended family, who will surely let him know how dear he is to us all. To his sister he was always simpy "Brother", an endearment he understood and returned to her and her children as he lost his own. You helped us, Amos, when mama was dying, just by being, and I hope you can feel the sustenance our being provides for you.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Too little time for billboards...

A disease (another one) is rampant in our age and in our cities: billboards, or actually gigantic posters several stories high covering the entire sides of buildings to advertise for something that I, for one, will never buy, even if I had before intended to. In Berlin it has gone so far that some buildings as yet unbuilt, on Leipziger Platz for example, are "indicated" by a scaffolding in the shape they may one day have with a canvas covering to show how the facade may look but which is to about 90% itself covered with a billboard advertisement, the real purpose of the whole thing. Fake buildings - you could say a Hollywood set or Potemkin village - placed there only to bear enormous ads. On the north side of Leipziger Platz there are more fake than real buildings. The Catholic cathedral on Bebel Platz has covered its facade in a building-sized billboard for some other form of escape, I believe it's an internet provider, before it was a car, maybe the church thinks it can reach more people that way. The bed tower of the Charité hospital is completely wrapped in an ad poster. Many of the buildings Unter den Linden are shrouded in consumer hypes. It has become impossible to look at the city as more and more buildings are hidden by ads.
Meanwhile, there is so little time in so many lives, no one knowing when, but surely that, their life will end. There is so much beauty to see if we allow ourselves and each other to look. There is no time for advertisements at all, much less for billboards.
And many people pay more attention to these unrealities than to the reality around them, which, I'll admit, has become more difficult to perceive, but let us try. Best would be for our many individual gazes to burn holes through all those posters of the unreal hiding the real from us. How about getting a campaign going against mammoth posters advertising junk, a campaign for looking at the real world around us?

Friday, November 23, 2007

A Parade you can be thankful for

Thanks, NYTimes, and thanks, Macy's for letting us see this parade everywhere! And thanks, New York City, for being, thanks from a former New Yorker and current Berliner, thanks, merci, grazie, danke!

NYTIMES: Photographs from the 81st annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

... but no thanksgiving for the playpen!

Bush More Emphatic In Backing Musharraf -
President Bush yesterday offered his strongest support of embattled Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, saying the general 'hasn't crossed the line' and 'truly is somebody who believes in democracy.'
Bush spoke nearly three weeks after Musharraf declared emergency rule, sacked members of the Supreme Court and began a roundup of journalists, lawyers and human rights activists. Musharraf's government yesterday released about 3,000 political prisoners, although 2,000 remain in custody, according to the Interior Ministry.
Tom Malinowski, Washington director of Human Rights Watch, said that "it's hard to imagine how the administration will be able to achieve anything in Pakistan if the president is so disconnected from reality."
"Almost everyone in Pakistan who believes in George Bush's vision of democracy is in prison today," Malinowski said. "Calling the man who put them in prison a great democrat will only discredit America among moderate Pakistanis and give Musharraf confidence that he can continue to defy the United States because Bush will forgive anything he does."
And here's the transcript of the bushbaby's latest proof of his inability to understand what democracy, human or civil rights, justice, or anything else important is: the transcript of that interview in which he made his ludicrous statements, from ABC-News.

This man doesn't deserve a turkey: he is a turkey. And Musharraf is anything but a democratic leader... And he has nuclear weapons, which he, unlike the bushbaby, can probably pronounce, and which in his country might easily get into the hands of fundamentalists lusting for a go against the playpen fundamentalists.

So don't forget to laugh about these fools, while being sure to comprehend their foolishness. These are the worst technocrats. And their faces are splattered with the mud of their idiocy.

UPDATE, Sat. 24.11.2007
: Since this posting, the Commonwealth has suspended Pakistan's membership due to its disrespect for democracy stating that it can regain membership only after bushbaby playmate M ends emergency powers and restores democracy in Pakistan. So much for the one the bushbaby thinks is good for democracy there!

Happy Thanksgiving

... thankful for each human life and its unique and vital link to, implication in, necessity for Being itself, to the EVENT of Being. Enowning each of us as we enown ourselves with Being.
It is a wondrous event to BE.
Consider the depth of the statements I AM ; YOU ARE ; Being IS the necessity for each human.
( And IS, as well as all other forms of "to be" here, are to be taken TRANSITIVELY ! )
What makes each of us human is our ability to speak, not to babble, but to SPEAK, to form the WORD that IS, to consider, to know that death is always approaching us, but that this knowledge is unique, a gift and a responsibility to THINK about what it is to BE.
We are the only creatures capable of thinking of our own death and of our own BEING.
Being relies on us to consider it ; We shouldn't relinquish this responsibility to the calculators and technicians, for they are unable to think Being and allow it to withdraw into darkness.
And Being considered is the site of LOVE. Love IS Being. Being IS Love.
When you love, you are, and you are at once and at the same time another as well.
Happy Thanksgiving!


Added on Thanksgiving Day, something else to be thankful for: a new issue of Ligne de Risque has just been published, n°23, ICI LA PAROLE, with the participation of Valentin Retz, Jean-Jacques Schul, Jean-Claude Milner, Philippe Sollers, Laurent Bevilacqua, François Meyronnis, and Yannick Haenel.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Visiting the Fish

Friday, we finally took a day off to let Lea cash in on her birthday coupon: A trip to the big aquarium in the middle of Berlin. There, she confessed she'd already visited it with her kindergarten group, but she wanted her outing with "the boys". Edith brought her into town, we met them at Alexanderplatz, and all walked over to Spandauer Straße for Sealife's fish spectacle, ending with a trip via elevator through Europe's biggest fishtank. Somehow, it seemed that Lea enjoyed eating noodles with tomato sauce at our house afterwards and seeing Koko again just as much as she enjoyed the fish. Anyway, we had fun, and so did she.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Mixed Report from IAEA on Iran's nuclear aspirations

The Real News:
"Iran: IAEA report sparks controversy
Aijaz Ahmad: New IAEA report says Iran has not lied; US demands new sanctions, China says no."

Don't let Iran thumb its nose at the world; demand a diplomatic resolution; block the spread of nuclear weapons.
Operate within the UN to achieve these aims; avoid unilateral action; laugh at petty dictators with long names.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Norman Mailer: Jan. 31, 1923 - Nov. 10, 2007

Another of the few Americans writing with intelligence, compassion, concern, and thought has died.
Norman Mailer
If for nothing else than the following remarks excerpted from his contribution to The New York Review of Books' article in its issue of November 4, 2004, Vol.51, No.17, "The Election and America's Future", he earned undying respect and admiration, at least from the writer of this blog. His was another voice which will be sorely missed and hardly possible to replace.

A victory for Bush may yet be seen as one of our nation's unforgettable ironies. No need to speak again of the mendacities, manipulations, and spiritual mediocrity of the post–9/11 years; the time has come to recover from the shock that so abysmal a record (and so complete a refusal to look at the record) looks nonetheless likely to prevail. Who, then, are we? In just what kind of condition are the American people?
People in Alcoholics Anonymous speak of themselves as dry drunks. As they see it, they may no longer drink, yet a sense of imbalance at having to do without liquor does not go away. Rather the impulse is sequestered behind the faith that God is supporting one's efforts to remain sober.
Giving up booze may have been the most heroic act of George W.'s life, but America could now be paying the price. George W.'s piety has become a pomade to cover all the tamped-down dry-drunk craziness that still stirs in his livid inner air.
Perhaps it is no longer Jesus or Allah who oversees our fate but the turn of the Greek gods to take another run around the track. When it comes to destiny, they were the first, after all, to conceive of the Ironies.

And he is remembered especially in New York and Old Europe:

The New York Times

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

A Real No-Brainer !

The playpen's infamous chainy once called waterboarding a no-brainer, and meant that anyone with a brain must know it's something you do when you want information from someone resisting your efforts to get it out of him, necessary for the war on terror, etc. At the time I could only take no-brainer literally and consider the chainy one to be one with none, i.e. with no brain. If you waterboard someone you can probably get him to confess to having given birth to the virgin Mary, to Buddha, and to Abraham Lincoln while smoking a cigar and standing on one foot: really essential information, in other words, and especially reliable, since the only thing the waterboarded person's words mean is "STOP IT!"

So, it is indeed heart-warming to learn that according to

a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. telephone poll of 1,024 American adults
Waterboarding is torture
Story Highlights
69 percent say technique is torture; 58 percent say U.S. shouldn't use it.
Interrogation method an issue in attorney general nomination.
Michael Mukasey's refusal to reject technique troubles some senators.
Let us hope that ever more see the light!

Monday, November 5, 2007

Pakistan Syndrome

Pakistan's got nuclear weapons, tests them, threatens its neighbor India with them, is in an unending conflict over Kashmir, and is home to throngs of fundamentalist Islamists, terrorists, Taliban leaders, and even al-Qaida militants. So the president there puts the constitution out of effect, declares emergency powers and arrests thousands of opposition members (of the democratic, not fundamentalist or islamist variety), and gets slapped on the wrist by Condy, while the bushbaby says its important to keep funding the junta's military. Is that the BBW3 beginning? Is that an explosive device about to fall into the hands of terrorists?
With friends like those...
North African terrorists unite in joint efforts with al-Qaida, which calls for attacks on Spanish, French, and U.S. interests there. Or is this the beginning?
Guantánamo's closure, in the face of court cases, is once again being "considered" (until the court cases are over, probably). Justice would demand immediate closure without discussion and the trial of those being held there in a court of law. A country that is a model democracy would do so. Its closure might just convince some enemies of US sincerity and reduce the risk of war.
But perhaps the playpen is suffering from the Pakistan Syndrome.
Or wishes to do it like Putin in his neo-czarist Russia.
Or like the commando communist capitalists of the "People's" Republic of China.
Or pick your dictator or leader on the way to becoming one or wishing he could be one at the very least.
Sources for these remarks:
All English, American, French, German, and Italian newspapers that are not boulevard rags.

Friday, November 2, 2007

18 Years Later

EunSook Lee, S. Korean artist, has installed this plastic illuminated “wall” from 31 Oct - 9 Nov, 2007, to "fall" on the 18th anniversary of the fall of what you can see below. The art is a lot friendlier than the real thing was (and the art is on the correct side of, but not as far away from, the Gate as the real thing, since a street is now there full of traffic).
Life in the city.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Mutating Pumpkins

On the day after Halloween, Jennifer's jack'o'lantern is well on the way to turning into a real spook. Here's a picture of another such case of the bushbabyblight debilitating pumpkins. First they regurgitate their innards, then get a whitish mold, and finally end up moulting like this.

In other news, the Saudis, the royal family, are still kindly supporting western democracy by financing the publication of hate literature and calls for killing gays, apostates, critics of Islam, etc. and paying for distribution of it in mosques in Great Britain. Also in the US? in Germany? in France?

With friends like these, who needs enemies ...

Guardian Unlimited
Matthew Weaver and agencies
Tuesday October 30, 2007
"The controversial state visit of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, which got under way today with a lavish ceremony, has prompted new criticism over his regime's alleged role in distributing hate literature in British mosques.
Some of the literature advocated violent jihad, murdering gay people and stoning adulterers, its researchers found.
Most of the material is produced by agencies closely linked to the Saudi regime, according to the investigation."

The Independent
Hate material 'in one in four UK mosques'
By Nigel Morris, Home Affairs Correspondent
Published: 30 October 2007

"Material urging hatred of other religions can be found in mosques across Britain, most of it linked to Saudi Arabia, according to a new investigation."

Monday, October 29, 2007

Marcelin Pleynet

Marcelin Pleynet, dans "Situation" dans le n°100 de L'Infini, écrit sur le secret selon lequel il a vécu depuis des décennies et qui me plaît énormément:

« Qui pense le plus profond aime le plus vivant. »

In English this can be rendered:
"The deepest thinker is the liveliest lover."
And is what Marcelin Pleynet describes in the most recent issue of L'Infini as the secret by which he has lived for decades. I agree.

Auf Deutsch:
»Wer am tiefsten denkt, liebt am lebendigsten.«
Was Marcelin Pleynet als sein Lebensgeheimnis beschreibt in der neuesten Ausgabe von L'Infini. Toll !

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Reading recommended ...

Salmon Rushdie: Shalimar the Clown
Frédéric Berthet: Journal de Trêve
Jonathan Littell: Les Bienveillantes
Ohan Pamuk: Snow (Eng. transl.)
Martin Heidegger: Feldweg-Gespräche
Philippe Sollers: Un vrai roman
Philippe Sollers: Guerres secrètes
Noam Chomsky: Failed States
Yannick Haenel: Cercle

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Reform Iran

Promote all efforts for democratic reform and human rights in Iran !

The New York Times
Published: October 26, 2007
Filed at 3:22 p.m. ET

"U.S. military action would also likely silence the domestic opposition to Ahmadinejad as people rally around the government. The head of the largest pro-reform party, Mohsen Mirdamadi, has warned a U.S. attack would set back chances for reform and democracy in Iran by decades."

Can Europe Teach the Playpen Justice ?

At least there is another effort to force one denizen of the playpen to answer to charges he condoned &/or ordered torture of prisoners. Rumsfeld has been charged in France. Perhaps he will, under cross-examination in a court of law, finally have to explain what he thinks his actions had to do with protecting the system of justice and law on which democracy is based.
The following links provide more information. The French link has further links to the court documents themselves.

Rumsfeld poursuivi en France pour tortures
Libération, 26. octobre 2007

Donald Rumsfeld dans le viseur de la justice. Plusieurs organisations de défense des droits de l’homme ont déposé plainte pour torture à l’encontre l’ancien secrétaire américain à la Défense Donald Rumsfeld (2001-2006), de passage à Paris depuis jeudi.
La Fédération internationale des droits de l’Homme (FIDH), la Ligue française des droits de l’Homme (LDH), l’organisation américaine Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) et l’association allemande European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) reprochent à Rumsfeld d’avoir été l’instigateur de sévices contre des prisonniers détenus dans les geôles de Guantanamo à Cuba et d’Abou Ghraib en Irak.

The New York Times
International / Europe
Groups Tie Rumsfeld to Torture in Complaint
Published: October 27, 2007

PARIS, Oct. 26 — Several human rights organizations based in the United States and Europe have filed a complaint in a Paris court accusing former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld of responsibility for torture.

The Washington Post
Torture Complaint Filed Against Rumsfeld
By PIERRE-ANTOINE SOUCHARD The Associated Press Friday, October 26, 2007; 2:57 PM

PARIS -- American and European rights groups filed a legal complaint in France accusing former U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld of responsibility for torture in Iraq and at Guantanamo Bay.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Tantamount to a Declaration of War ?

The military of another sovereign nation, whether it's a nation one likes or dislikes (and I sure have NO positive feelings for the current Iran), is one of that nation's institutions. If one declares the military, or a part of it, a terrorist organization -- which for the playpen means enemy, means incarcerable, means to be fought at all costs, means to be eliminated -- isn't that tantamount to declaring the entire government terrorist? ...the entire country? Isn't that the first announcement of war against that country? Isn't that the way the bushbaby did it with Afghanistan (where Karzai yesterday questioned why the US is still bombing his country six years later) and later with Iraq (where Turkey now wants to get in on the game, this time against playpen Kurdish pets)? Wasn't it the bushbaby who last week said we should be worried about WWIII in connection with Iran? Is it possible he knows why? ...and that he's the reason? Is bushbaby war 3 on the way? BBW3

US imposes sweeping sanctions on Tehran Iran - Guardian Unlimited:
"The sanctions target the 125,000-strong Iranian revolutionary guard (IRG), one of the best-resourced parts of the country's military, with its own tanks and planes. It also owns hotels, oil companies and other businesses. The Bush administration went a step further with the IRG's elite Quds division, responsible for covert actions abroad, labelling it a terrorist organisation, the first time a state's military has been put on America's terrorist list."

Monday, October 22, 2007

Guy Môquet ( 26-IV-1924 — 22-X-1941 )

Brief information about the young communist imprisoned by his own countrymen in France and turned over by them to the Nazis for execution in reprisal for the assassination of a German Nazi officer in France. Here is the letter that Sarkozy has ordered read in all French schools today in memoriam, as well as the poem Guy was carrying when he was arrested by French police on October 15, 1940. Sarkozy has NOT included a reading of that poem in his order.

The letter:
Ma petite maman chérie, mon tout petit frère adoré, mon petit papa aimé,
Je vais mourir ! Ce que je vous demande, toi, en particulier ma petite maman, c’est d’être courageuse. Je le suis et je veux l’être autant que ceux qui sont passés avant moi. Certes, j’aurais voulu vivre. Mais ce que je souhaite de tout mon coeur, c’est que ma mort serve à quelque chose. Je n’ai pas eu le temps d’embrasser Jean. J’ai embrassé mes deux frères Roger et Rino. Quant au véritable je ne peux le faire hélas !
J’éspère que toutes mes affaires te seront renvoyées, elles pourront servir à Serge, qui je l’escompte sera fier de les porter un jour.
A toi, petit Papa, si je t’ai fait, ainsi qu’à petite Maman, bien des peines, je te salue une dernière fois. Sache que j’ai fait de mon mieux pour suivre la voie que tu m’as tracée. Un dernier adieu à tous mes amis et à mon frère que j’aime beaucoup. Qu’il étudie bien pour être plus tard un homme.
17 ans et demi ! Ma vie a été courte !
Je n’ai aucun regret, si ce n’est de vous quitter tous.
Je vais mourir avec Tintin, Michels.
Maman, ce que je te demande, ce que je veux que tu me promettes, c’est d’être courageuse et de surmonter ta peine. Je ne peux pas en mettre davantage. Je vous quitte tous, toutes, toi Maman, Serge, Papa, je vous embrasse de tout mon cœur d’enfant.
Courage !
Votre Guy qui vous aime

The poem:
Parmi ceux qui sont en prison
Se trouvent nos 3 camarades
Berselli, Planquette et Simon
Qui vont passer des jours maussades

Vous êtes tous trois enfermés
Mais patience, prenez courage
Vous serez bientôt libérés
Par tous vos frères d’esclavage

Les traîtres de notre pays
Ces agents du capitalisme
Nous les chasserons hors d’ici
Pour instaurer le socialisme

Main dans la main Révolution
Pour que vainque le communisme
Pour vous sortir de la prison
Pour tuer le capitalisme

Ils se sont sacrifiés pour nous
Par leur action libératrice.

Wikipedia English:
On 20 October 1941, the commanding officer of the German occupation forces in Loire-Atlantique, Karl Hotz, was assassinated by three communist resisters. Pierre Pucheu, Interior Minister of the Pétain government, chose Communist prisoners to be given as hostages “in order to avoid letting 50 good French people get shot.” His selection comprised 18 imprisoned in Nantes, 27 at Châteaubriant, and 5 from Nantes who were imprisoned in Paris.
Two days later, the 27 prisoners at Châteaubriant were shot in three groups. They refused blindfolds, and died crying out “Vive la France” (“Long live France”). Guy Môquet, the youngest, was executed at 4PM.
Wikipedia Deutsch:
Als am 20. Oktober 1941 der deutsche Oberstleutnant Karl Hotz in Nantes Opfer eines Attentats wurde, ordnete Hitler drakonische Vergeltungsmaßnahmen an. "Um zu verhindern, dass man 50 gute Franzosen erschießen lässt," lieferte der französische Innenminister Pierre Pucheu aus verschiedenen Gefängnissen 50 Geiseln den Nationalsozialisten aus, davon 27 aus dem Lager Châteaubriant.
Am 22. Oktober 1941 wurde der erst 17 Jahre alte Guy Môquet zusammen mit 26 anderen Geiseln in Châteaubriant von deutschen Soldaten erschossen. Unter den Opfern befanden sich auch die Widerstandskämpfer Charles Michel und Jean-Pierre Timbaud, Guy Môquet war das jüngste Opfer.

Wikipedia French:
Le 20 octobre 1941, Karl Hotz, commandant des troupes d'occupation de la Loire-Inférieure, est exécuté à Nantes par trois jeunes communistes. Le ministre de l'Intérieur du gouvernement de collaboration de Pétain, Pierre Pucheu, sélectionne des otages communistes « pour éviter de laisser fusiller cinquante bons Français » : dix-huit emprisonnés à Nantes, vingt-sept à Châteaubriant et cinq Nantais emprisonnés à Paris.
Deux jours plus tard, neuf poteaux sont dressés à la Sablière, vaste carrière à la sortie de Châteaubriant. En trois groupes, les vingt-sept otages s'y appuient, refusent qu'on leur bande les yeux et s'écrient: « Vive la France ! » devant le peloton d'exécution. Guy Môquet est le plus jeune. Il a un évanouissement mais il est fusillé dans cet état. Il est abattu à 16 heures. Avant d'être fusillé, il avait écrit une lettre à ses parents.

Friday, October 19, 2007

In a Different Light ...

Berlin's Festival of Lights as we saw it yesterday evening in just our part of town and photographed it less than perfectly. Nonetheless, the illuminations are captivating; the photos give a bit of an idea of what light can do and remind me of how much better the eye is than a camera lens.

So don't listen to the bushbaby threatening a world war while claiming to warn against the one only he and his fellow fundamentalists of all colors, religions, and countries want. The bombs blew up in Pakistan yesterday, the land the playpen claims as ally. Turkey plans to invade the Kurdish portion of Iraq because it harbors terrorists (which reminds one of the justification for attacking Afghanistan 6 years ago, still no success).
Instead of crying and moaning over all that be open for what you can do nothing but enjoy and relish in. Let something beautiful gaze at you and gaze back at it. Love, and gaze with the four eyes of two lovers at the wonders abound you. Light up your world!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Annual Worldwide Press Freedom Index - 2007

Take the time to see how freedom of the press is doing. Reporters Without Borders has just issued its new ranking, and also provides complete insight into how the statistics were prepared.

Germany is now at rank 20, up from last year; France now up to 31; USA up to 48; UK up to 24. Russia is "up" to place 144; China "stable" at 163.

Top ranked and tied for 1st place are Iceland and Norway.

At the bottom are Eritrea (169), North Korea (168), and Turkmenistan (167).

Use the link to view the entire report in English or French, download it, or share it.

Reporters sans frontières - Annual Worldwide Press Freedom Index - 2007

Friday, October 12, 2007

Peace Outside the Playpen

Congratulations to Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for winning this year's Nobel Peace Prize !

Here the press release from the Norwegian Nobel Committee:

The Nobel Peace Prize for 2007
The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2007 is to be shared, in two equal parts, between the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Albert Arnold (Al) Gore Jr. for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change.
Indications of changes in the earth's future climate must be treated with the utmost seriousness, and with the precautionary principle uppermost in our minds. Extensive climate changes may alter and threaten the living conditions of much of mankind. They may induce large-scale migration and lead to greater competition for the earth's resources. Such changes will place particularly heavy burdens on the world's most vulnerable countries. There may be increased danger of violent conflicts and wars, within and between states.
Through the scientific reports it has issued over the past two decades, the IPCC has created an ever-broader informed consensus about the connection between human activities and global warming. Thousands of scientists and officials from over one hundred countries have collaborated to achieve greater certainty as to the scale of the warming. Whereas in the 1980s global warming seemed to be merely an interesting hypothesis, the 1990s produced firmer evidence in its support. In the last few years, the connections have become even clearer and the consequences still more apparent.
Al Gore has for a long time been one of the world's leading environmentalist politicians. He became aware at an early stage of the climatic challenges the world is facing. His strong commitment, reflected in political activity, lectures, films and books, has strengthened the struggle against climate change. He is probably the single individual who has done most to create greater worldwide understanding of the measures that need to be adopted.
By awarding the Nobel Peace Prize for 2007 to the IPCC and Al Gore, the Norwegian
Nobel Committee is seeking to contribute to a sharper focus on the processes and decisions that appear to be necessary to protect the world’s future climate, and thereby to reduce the threat to the security of mankind. Action is necessary now, before climate change moves beyond man’s control.
Oslo, 12 October 2007
And let us hope that those in the playpen, those in Peking, and those elsewhere resisting efforts to rescue the environment will hear the bell tolling ... finally.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Documentary on the Caricature Controversy

To get more information on the inflammatory reactions to the Mohammed caricatures, the trials, the murders, the arsons, the cowardice, the bravery, it's a good idea to watch this new film.
It is being shown on the German/French cultural channel ARTE on Tuesday, Oktober 16, at 8:40 pm. The French title is Sacrées caricatures, and under the title link on the ARTE site you can view the entire documentary in French. The German title is Teuflische Karikaturen, and under that title link at ARTE you can view the German trailer with Caroline Fourest's introduction to the film.
In English, it is being shown on BBC World on 20-10-2007 at 12:10, 19:10, and 07:10 (GMT); on 21-10-2007 at 17:10, 04:10, and 09:10 (GMT); and on 22-10-2007 at 01:10 (GMT) under the title Bloody Cartoons. Under this link is info about the film and the English language trailer for it.
And finally, a link to the Danish caricatures themselves that served to remind us of who is for and who is against freedom of speech and thinking as opposed to canting and believing.
Thinking is not easy, but it IS liberating, it IS what being human is all about...

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Torture by any other name...

... remains a crime against humanity, and is certainly no method to convince would-be fundamentalist terrorists to see the light of democratic principles of freedom, rights, and justice.

So, that means, Auntie Times got it right again:

The New York Times
On Torture and American Values
Published: October 7, 2007
Once upon a time, it was the United States that urged all nations to obey the letter and the spirit of international treaties and protect human rights and liberties. American leaders denounced secret prisons where people were held without charges, tortured and killed. And the people in much of the world, if not their governments, respected the United States for its values.
The Bush administration has dishonored that history and squandered that respect. As an article on this newspaper’s front page last week laid out in disturbing detail, President Bush and his aides have not only condoned torture and abuse at secret prisons, but they have conducted a systematic campaign to mislead Congress, the American people and the world about those policies. [...]
Is this a nation that tortures human beings and then concocts legal sophistries to confuse the world and avoid accountability before American voters?

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Brita Entered a New Half-Century ...

... and we forgot to congratulate her. Excuses abound: literature festival, sister's visit, etc., etc.
But it's embarrassing and she's one of our dearest friends and now she's fifty and probably even more sensitive.
We beg forgiveness and send belated best wishes for a wonderful new semi-century!

/for a new second half of the first decade of that second century/ is what should have been said here, as it was her 55th b'day we simple minds forgot to congratulate her on !

Friday, October 5, 2007


This poet speaks hope, truth, being; don't forget, think, go forward, see light.

"Wo aber Gefahr ist, wächst
Das Rettende auch."
- Friedrich Hölderlin, Patmos, Dem Landgrafen von Homburg, 1802-03/1805

Mais là où il y a danger, croît
Ce qui sauve aussi.

But where danger is, increases
that which saves as well.
- trad./trans. RG

The Worried Mom Overture

Thanks to my sister for putting me on to this musical tribute to mothering types everywhere (and to those who survived them and thrived because and despite but also only due to them).

And this is also a little tribute to the Countess. If anyone from Chicora Court catches it, it's also a tribute to all of you.

Thursday, October 4, 2007


Yet another example of the fear dictators and repressive regimes have of free exchange of information is so-called Myanmar's government shutting down the Internet in Burma: too much information was getting into and out of the country that some of the starving population were nudging towards change.

The New York Times
Monks Are Silenced, and for Now, Internet Is, Too
Published: October 4, 2007
BANGKOK, Oct. 3 — It was about as simple and uncomplicated as shooting demonstrators in the streets. Embarrassed by smuggled video and photographs that showed their people rising up against them, the generals who run Myanmar simply switched off the Internet.
Such examples bear recalling whenever anyone in our western democracies calls for more control over information, access to it, and exchange of it. Governments have no right to control what the inhabitants of the countries they serve read, watch, say, hear, write, or otherwise express or perceive.
UPDATE: Use this link to sign the petition in support of the Burmese people. (And thanks to Jennifer for providing the link.)

China Veiling Light

Would you like to ensure that your blog or internet site or newspaper or book, etc. is made inaccessible for over one billion people? Then simply point out how little respect for human rights, freedom of speech, protection of minorities, the right freely to demonstrate, and especially the chance to criticize the government exists in the so-called People's Republic of China, a country of unbridled capitalism for the few, immense poverty for the masses, freedom for none, privilege for cronies, and exclusive power in the hands of what claims to be a communist party allowing no political competition. The Olympic games there will provide the ultimate proof of the games' commercial philosophy while disregarding any claim to promoting the fellowship of mankind.

Reporters sans frontières - China

Forty per cent of the 163 China-based foreign journalists polled by the Foreign Correspondents Club of China (FCCC) in 2007 said they had experienced some form of interference by the authorities since 1 January. A total of 157 incidents (arrests, surveillance, intimidation of sources, violence or threats) were reported to the FCCC. Asked if China had kept the promise made in 2001 by Wang Wei of the Beijing Organising Committee for the Games to give the foreign media complete freedom to work, 67 per cent said No. Only 8.6 per cent said Yes.

And this doesn't even begin to explore China's denial of rights to its own citizens, as the following excerpt from an article from today's newspaper, with link to the full story, reveals !

Berliner Zeitung
Chinas Polizei trainiert für Olympia
Bernhard Bartsch
Knapp ein Jahr vor den Olympischen Spielen und kurz vor dem am 15. Oktober beginnenden Parteikongress verschärft Chinas Regierung die Repressionen gegen Regimekritiker. In den vergangenen Wochen wurden zahlreiche prominente Aktivisten festgenommen, meist ohne Haftbefehl.
Berliner Zeitung, 04.10.2007

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Playpen Power Russian Style !

The Russian playpen's putative potentate finds a way to make the American bushbaby playpen extremely envious...

Putin's Plan to Stay in Power - TIME

It has long been assumed that President Vladimir Putin, whose term of office expires next March, would prefer to remain in power. But how he might try to do so while operating within the terms of Russia's constitution has been a source of endless speculation. On Monday, Putin provided what may be the answer, when he announced that he would head the list of the ruling United Russia (UR) party in December's election to the Duma, the lower house of Russia's parliament. While it may sound like a step down for an executive president to run for a seat in a legislature that has largely served as a rubber stamp to his policies, the move suggests that Putin may opt to reorganize the Russian power structure — if he can't hold on to the seat of power, he could always shift power to a seat he can hold.

The New York Times

Putin Says He Will Run for Parliament
Published: October 2, 2007

The suggestion seemed to confirm that President Vladimir V. Putin plans to hold on to the power he has accrued.

That's the way to do it, playpenalers ! Constitutional change for the fable of stable power as those power mongers keep on keeping on despite those who demand accountability and rights and justice!

Monday, October 1, 2007


„Das Hereinblicken des Seins in das von ihm selbst und als es selbst gelichtete Offene, offen für das Unverborgene alles Erscheinens.“
„Sein, das selbst west als das Freie, in dessen Lichtung das Seiende den Eingang zur Unverborgenheit und aus dieser den Aufgang zum Erscheinen und mit diesem den Fug der Anwesung findet.“

MH: GA Bd.54, S.240
Being peers into the illuminated openness that it itself illuminated and is, open for the unconcealed of all appearing.
Being that itself essentially sways as the Free, in whose illumination beings find access to unconcealment and, from that, ascent to appearance and, from this, the joint of swaying temporal existence.

Playpen Seeking New Rattle: Iran

Annals of National Security: Shifting Targets: Reporting & Essays: The New Yorker:
Shifting Targets
The Administration’s plan for Iran.
by Seymour M. Hersh
October 8, 2007 issue of The New Yorker
"In a series of public statements in recent months, President Bush and members of his Administration have redefined the war in Iraq, to an increasing degree, as a strategic battle between the United States and Iran. “Shia extremists, backed by Iran, are training Iraqis to carry out attacks on our forces and the Iraqi people,” Bush told the national convention of the American Legion in August. “The attacks on our bases and our troops by Iranian-supplied munitions have increased. . . . The Iranian regime must halt these actions. And, until it does, I will take actions necessary to protect our troops.” He then concluded, to applause, “I have authorized our military commanders in Iraq to confront Tehran’s murderous activities.”
“A lot depends on how stupid the Iranians will be,” Brzezinski told me. “Will they cool off Ahmadinejad and tone down their language?” The Bush Administration, by charging that Iran was interfering in Iraq, was aiming “to paint it as ‘We’re responding to what is an intolerable situation,’ ” Brzezinski said. “This time, unlike the attack in Iraq, we’re going to play the victim. The name of our game seems to be to get the Iranians to overplay their hand.”
Another recent incident, in Afghanistan, reflects the tension over intelligence. In July, the London Telegraph reported that what appeared to be an SA-7 shoulder-launched missile was fired at an American C-130 Hercules aircraft. The missile missed its mark. Months earlier, British commandos had intercepted a few truckloads of weapons, including one containing a working SA-7 missile, coming across the Iranian border. But there was no way of determining whether the missile fired at the C-130 had come from Iran—especially since SA-7s are available through black-market arms dealers.
Vincent Cannistraro, a retired C.I.A. officer who has worked closely with his counterparts in Britain, added to the story: “The Brits told me that they were afraid at first to tell us about the incident—in fear that Cheney would use it as a reason to attack Iran.” The intelligence subsequently was forwarded, he said.
The retired four-star general confirmed that British intelligence “was worried” about passing the information along. “The Brits don’t trust the Iranians,” the retired general said, “but they also don’t trust Bush and Cheney.” ♦"

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

A Playpen for Ahmadinejad

No wonder he thinks the fact of the Shoa is a theory needing more research ! He also believes there are no homosexuals in Iran and that women have equal rights when there are some responsibilities they are "relieved" from, since men only must take care of them out of respect for the gender "god made kindly and beautiful". He is likewise unable to answer a yes-no question, or indeed any at all on the question of Israel's existence, instead resorting to a reference to the necessity for a referendum about the state in Palestine (which is probably an indication that Israel is for him not a state at all).
But hooray for my alma mater Columbia University for having him speak and posing him the rough questions. Hooray for the clear introductory remarks of Columbia's president Bollinger. Just letting the man speak and hearing him dodge questions makes clear what is going on. It also points up the stupidity of the playpen and its bushbaby for not being able to deal with this character in diplomatic fora!

The New York Times
Ahmadinejad, at Columbia, Parries and Puzzles
Published: September 25, 2007

In a hostile environment at Columbia University, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran meandered from science and religion to politics. [...]
He said that there were no homosexuals in Iran — not one — and that the Nazi slaughter of six million Jews should not be treated as fact, but theory, and therefore open to debate and more research.
The New York Post
Ahmadinejad Questions 9/11, Holocaust
By NAHAL TOOSI Associated Press Writer
NEW YORK (AP) -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad defended Holocaust revisionists and raised questions about who carried out the Sept. 11 attacks in a tense showdown Monday at Columbia University, where the school's head introduced the hard-line leader by calling him a "petty and cruel dictator." [...]
He provoked derisive laughter by responding to a question about Iran's execution of homosexuals by saying: "In Iran we don't have homosexuals like in your country ... I don't know who's told you that we have this."

The Guardian
As protesters jeer, Ahmadinejad denies Iran wants nuclear weapons

· President claims country has no gay population
· Bad-tempered exchanges as leader visits US college
Julian Borger in New York and Ewen MacAskill in Washington
Tuesday September 25, 2007

"Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran's president, told Americans yesterday his country had no nuclear weapons programme, but then called his own credibility into question by insisting it had no gay people either."

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Pedaling for Rights

Well, we made the Kreisfahrt bike demo this year, helping to snarl traffic throughout the inner city by passing nearly all major thoroughfares and shopping avenues, reminding car drivers of the idiocy of attempting to reach such places by individual automobile in the first place. Today they surely learned. And we had ideal weather for the whole thing: sun and 22°. A few photos:

On the way back home, we cycled past the corner where the demo against too much surveillance in Germany was headed shortly after its beginning. As indicated by the absurdly militant equipment and exaggerated numbers of the police there, the government evidenty fears this group a lot. The clowns were good, and even the yuppiest of the German political parties took part in it. And all they want is to be able to read a book or send an email without having the government know the contents. (This concern is, of course, though it shouldn't be, completely foreign to Americans living in the playpen of the bushbaby, even though a revolution or war of independence was conducted there for such reasons.) And two photos:

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Das Wort

Im Griechentum ist ... das Wort ... dasjenige, worin das Sein sich dem Menschen zuweist, damit er es als das ihm Zugewiesene in seinem eigenen Wesen bewahre und aus solcher Bewahrung seinerseits erst sein eigenes Wesen als Mensch finde und behalte.
[MH, GA Bd.54, §5, S.115]

For the Greeks, the Word is that in which Being allocates itself to Man for him to preserve it in its own Essence as what was allocated to him and, from this preservation, on the other hand, finally to find and maintain his own Essence as Man.

Monday, September 17, 2007

American Tourist Abroad

On her last day there, she's stealing peas from a very nice, somewhat perplexed Berliner, even though she claims not to like them!

Degenerate Art is the best !

Here's to degenerate art!
And here's a call for caricatures of the reactionary catholic fundamentalist german cardinal Meisner for condemning any art not conforming to his notion of godly culture AND the new stained glass window done by the esteemed artist Richter, saying it was more suitable for a mosque or a synagoge because it was abstract rather than figurative. The fact that he used the same term for condemning art he doesn't like - degenerate art - entartete Kunst - that the Nazis used when they were burning books and deporting and gasing artists, only adds more evidence for this so-called man of god being a dangerous fundamentalist. Why is no one shadowing him and monitoring his email and tapping his phone?

Meisners Bild vom Menschen
Unter Kardinal Meisners verblasenem Satz von der "entarteten Kunst" kann sich jeder etwas anderes vorstellen, eindeutig sind bloß die Assoziationen, die das Vokabular erweckt - es verweist auf den nationalsozialistischen und klerikalfaschistischen Feldzug gegen die Moderne zwischen 1933 und den fünfziger ahren.
Ein Kommentar von Gustav Seibt
Süddeutsche Zeitung 15.09.2007

Sunday, September 16, 2007


Read Voltaire's play, look at the earlier caricatures, enjoy satire, think, go to political spoofs and consider whether thought without irony, irreverence, and nastiness is possible at all. NO RELIGION OR POLITICAL IDEOLOGY has the RIGHT to tell me or you that you don't have the RIGHT to READ or SAY or LOOK AT whatever you want to!

FAZ.NET - Mohammed-Zeichner: Al Qaida setzt Kopfgeld auf schwedischen Karikaturisten aus

15. September 2007 Eine irakische Gruppe des Terrornetzes Al Qaida hat zum Mord an einem schwedischen Karikaturisten aufgerufen, der den Propheten Mohammed als Hund dargestellt hatte. In einer im Internet erschienenen Videobotschaft setzte die Gruppe „Islamischer Staat im Irak“ am Samstag ein Kopfgeld von 100.000 Dollar - etwa 73.000 Euro - aus. „Von heute an rufen wir alle auf, das Blut des Karikaturisten zu vergießen, der es gewagt hat, den Propheten zu entwürdigen“, hieß es in der Botschaft. „Wir erhöhen die Belohnung auf 150.000 Dollar, wenn er geschlachtet wird wie ein Lamm“, drohten die Extremisten.

Qaeda calls for killing of Swedish cartoonist - The Boston Globe - Sept. 16, 2007
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - The head of an Al Qaeda-led group in Iraq has offered a $100,000 bounty for someone to kill a Swedish cartoonist for his drawing of Islam's Prophet Mohammed, and has threatened to attack major Swedish companies.
Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, leader of the self-styled Islamic State in Iraq, also offered $50,000 to anyone who kills Ulf Johansson, the editor of the newspaper that published the drawing by Lars Vilks. Sweden's Nerikes Allehanda daily newspaper published the drawing, part of a series that art galleries in Sweden had declined to display, last month. The cartoon showed the Prophet Mohammed with a dog's body

Al-Qaida setzt Kopfgeld auf Karikaturisten aus - Spiegel Online 15.09.2007

Zwei Schweden fürchten um ihr Leben: Iraks Al-Qaida-Chef will demjenigen, der den Karikaturisten Lars Vilks oder den Chefredakteur Ulf Johansson tötet, ein Kopfgeld zahlen. Vilks hatte den Propheten Mohammed als Hund dargestellt, Johanssons Zeitung die Zeichnung abgedruckt.
Hamburg - Die Terrororganisation al-Qaida im Irak hat ein Kopfgeld auf den schwedischen Karikaturisten Lars Vilks sowie Ulf Johansson, Chefredakteur der Zeitung "Nerikes Allehanda", ausgesetzt. Diese hatte im August eine Zeichnung von Vilks abgedruckt, die Mohammed als riesiges Hundedenkmal in der Mitte eines Kreisverkehrs zeigt. Das Blatt illustrierte damit einen Leitartikel über Meinungsfreiheit.

Friday, September 14, 2007

On the way to the airport to fetch her husband...

... my sis saw a palace, had to pull me out from under a tree, and smiled for the birdy!

Wonderful lit fest discoveries

Here to Dutch illustrator Sieb Posthuma and one example of his work, an enormous theater decoration for a Diaghilev festival, from that linked website:

And the Russian illustrator Vladimir Radunsky, charming, witty, intelligent, Dadaist:

Depressing to Find Auntie Times Right Again

It really does get to me, so often finding that The New York Times has understood something, but this is again the case after the bushbaby's most recent proof that he and his playpen will never understand anything, nothing, nuttin at all!

NYT Editorial
No Exit, No Strategy
Published: September 14, 2007
Last night’s speech could have been given any day in the last four years — and was delivered a half-dozen times already. Despite Mr. Bush’s claim that he was offering a way for all Americans to “come together” on Iraq, he offered the same divisive policies — repackaged this time with the Orwellian slogan “return on success.” [...]
Once again, it is clear that President Bush refuses to recognize the truth of his failure in Iraq and envisions a military commitment that has no end.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Doing the tourist thing

Taking Terri to Berlin gardens you end up traveling the world without leaving the city.
(Drooling yet, Jenn? Cause actually, this is me in a photo by Terri in a pasha's garden in Morocco.)

Monday, September 10, 2007

Literary Privilege

For the internationales literaturfestival berlin yesterday evening, I had the great privilege of interpreting for (among others) Anne Waldman as she explained and spoke about her choices for this year's Berliner Anthologie published for and with the literature festival. Her own piece, without, which you can listen to under this link, first title, was a refreshing reminder of the need for incantatory exorcising poetry to drive back the spirits of war. Also, she chose and read Allen Ginsberg's great Pentagon exorcism poem from the days of the movement against the Vietnam War.
Terri & Jeff, visiting, did NOT come along, Jeff being on another wavelength, but Terri, who actually was planned and should have come and would have liked it, was, at time to head over there, suddenly afflicted by fatiguing jet lag and decided to remain home with Detlef & her husband to play Kulturbanausen and go for a Döner for supper (trotz Fleischskandalen).
The next event of the festival will not be avoidable for her.
Check out Anne Waldman and learn to bang the poetic drums of resistance.

Friday, September 7, 2007

Justice Patriotic : PATRIOT ACT unconstitutional

In the case Doe v. Gonzales originally filed in April 2004, a federal court yesterday struck down the National Security Letter (NSL) provision of the amended version of the so-called Patriot Act. It has allowed the FBI to present NSLs to obtain private information about people in the US without court review or approval, while forbidding those who get NSLs from telling anyone about them. This prohibition power, said the court, is unconstitutional since it hinders courts in meaningful judicial review of same, in violation of the First Amendment and the principle of separation of powers.
U.S. District Court Judge Victor Marrero wrote, "In light of the seriousness of the potential intrusion into the individual's personal affairs and the significant possibility of a chilling effect on speech and association - particularly of expression that is critical of the government or its policies - a compelling need exists to ensure that the use of NSLs is subject to the safeguards of public accountability, checks and balances, and separation of powers that our Constitution prescribes."
The full text of the court order is in this link.
Justice is the only method to combat the enemies of human and civil rights and democracy. This decision is a true tribute to those who have died at hands of terrorists and a true slap in the face for those terrorists and all those who, like them, seek to limit our right to think and speak and live freely.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

My favorite person's birthday !

You are my sunshine, my only sunshine, you make me happy, when skies are gray, and you sure know, dear, how much I love you. So lets make some sunshine today!


Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Try to remember what started it all...

... the firey destruction of the WTC by fundamentalists unswayable in their blind convictions of being right while everyone else is wrong.

This is a characteristic they share with the bushbaby and his playpen, along with both groups' distrust of human rights, people who are different, free thought, passion, justice, etc.
As September 11 again nears, six years after those events, it is time to recall what was and is at risk:
  • civilized enlightenment with humans doing what makes them human : thinking
and what the threat is:

  • blindly believing religious fundamentalists afraid of thought and free people and prepared to do anything to stamp them out.
Fly the flag of enlightenment on September 11 !

And here's is an accurate assessment of the current dilemma from -
The New York Times
Another Iraq Photo Op
Published: September 5, 2007
As Americans and Iraqis continue to die, President Bush stubbornly refuses to recognize that what both countries need is a responsible exit strategy for the United States.

And finally the title page of a government report with a link to the full document:

United States Government Accountability Office

Before the Committee on Foreign Relations, U.S.Senate
Iraqi Government Has Not Met Most Legislative, Security, and Economic Benchmarks
Statement of David M. Walker Comptroller General of the United States
For Release on Delivery Expected at 2:00 p.m. EDT, Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Monday, September 3, 2007

Amazing concert & view

After the famous lunch that an American niece commented on before it was eaten and a sister reminded me of remembering the mention of in The Sound of Music, we went out to the street fair of the Berlin water company because SILLY was giving a free concert. And it was fantastic, a good ninety minutes of their fabulously powerful rock & sentiment songs. The attempt to make a video of a number (SILLY's official website has some samples) was stymied by the concrete canyon echoes from the walls of the modern administration buildings flanking the outdoor stage, so I've settled for posting this stunning photo of the old city hall at sunset as it looked behind and above the stage. It fitted the music just fine.
Für die verlorenen Kinder in den Straßen von Berlin.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Lunch is gonna be good...

Today, Edith is coming to visit and prepare us lunch as well. Ingredients are at the ready, and this is what we're having:

Jägerschnitzel a la DDR (mit Jagdwurst)

500 g Jagdwurst (möglichst großer Durchmesser!)
2-3 EL Mehl
2-3 Eier
3-4 EL Semmelbrösel
Bratfett, Pfeffer, Salz (optional Paprikapulver)

Info: Zu DDR-Zeiten oft so gegessen & auch selbamacht... Hintergrund der Falsifizierung' (Wurst statt echtes Schnitzel): Fleisch war knapp, Wurst war da schon eher zu bekommen (und billiger)... Wer diese Variante von Jägerschnitzel nicht kennt bzw. früher damit mal nicht so gute Erfahrung gemacht haben sollte, möge trotzdem mal den "Mut" haben, das selber auszuprobieren! Das Rezept ist mitnichten ein Kandidat für ein Gala-Diner, vor allem Kinder sind aber (ähnlich wie bei Fischstäbchen) dankbare Abnehmer ...
Jagdwurst in 5..8 mm dicke Scheiben schneiden, pfeffern & salzen, panieren, (kross) braten, feddich!
'Standesgemäß' gehören eine einfache Tomatensauce (nur Tomate und Zwiebeln) und Makkaroni-Chips dazu! Jedwede andere Nudel/Pasta, aber auch Reis oder andere Beilagen passen aber auch...
Yes, ymm, and we're getting the version with tomato sauce !