Tagged: Jean Giraudoux

Minneapolis-sur-Seine: Un poème

Ce poème est tiré de mon recueil La Lune Chryséléphantine (EdBA, 2013), où il a paru dans une version moins satisfaisante que la présente. Il fait partie des quelques « longs » poèmes du recueil, avec La Chute des Arabes du Congo (x) et Le Rescapé d’Oman (x) déjà publiés sur ce blog.

Comme le titre le laisse deviner, il s’agit d’une cartographie imaginaire de l’espace intérieur. La Seine, c’est la France, et plus particulièrement Paris, mais aussi Rouen, capitale des Normands. Minneapolis, c’est l’Amérique, et plus particulièrement le Midwest américain, foyer de l’immigration scandinave dans le pays.

D’autres espaces figurent sur cette carte.

Le Limousin, « Mekka des ménestrels ». Je choisis de l’évoquer à travers la figure de l’écrivain Jean Giraudoux, Corrézien célèbre, auteur de Siegfried et le Limousin, un troubadour moderne. Or, malgré nos origines communes, je ne me sens guère d’atomes crochus avec cet auteur, dont je reconnais cependant volontiers l’esprit ; son statut de haut fonctionnaire a quelque chose qui me rebute, et j’en fais quelques plaisanteries, que j’espère pas trop indiscrètes.

Gävle, en Suède, ville peu connue par chez nous et dont j’appris l’existence par hasard, à Uppsala. Je m’y rendis en train et bus, lors d’un voyage de quelques heures vaguement inquiétant par la sensation de quitter, vers le Nord, car Gävle est au centre de la Suède alors que les principales villes sont au sud, la civilisation, je visitai son vieux quartier de maisons en bois entre des allées de terre, d’où était originaire Joe Hill, son château au bord de l’eau, et je repartis le jour même. C’est à Gävle que je vis une petite église dans un boulingrin qui me rappela si vivement les églises américaines de la Nouvelle-Angleterre, que, me trouvant sur le vieux continent après avoir passé quelque temps dans le nouveau, je fis la supposition, passablement fantaisiste, ou imaginaire comme le reste de cette cartographie, que le modèle des églises de Nouvelle-Angleterre se trouvait en Suède – ou bien qu’il fallait plus probablement remonter à une ancienne origine commune.

Manhattan, évoquée à travers une « rencontre » et qui nous transporte en Hyperborée, « les neiges aux griffons » que, dans la version du poème publiée en 2013, je me contente d’expliciter par un renvoi en bas de page indiquant simplement : « Hérodote ». C’est en effet dans Hérodote que l’on apprend que le pays des Hyperboréens est aussi celui des griffons aux fabuleux trésors.

Le Midwest est encore évoqué par la citation en exergue du poème, de l’écrivain d’origine norvégienne Rølvaag dont le roman, en langue norvégienne, I de dage (En ces jours-là, 1924, traduit en anglais sous le titre Giants in the Earth), est un chef-d’œuvre de la littérature américaine.

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Minneapolis-sur-Seine

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Original settlers are agreed that there was neither bird nor insect life on the prairie, with the exception of mosquitoes, the first year that they came. (…)

Both the lark and the robin had found their way out there the second summer after the settlers came. (O. E. Rølvaag, Giants in the Earth)

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L’agreste Limousin chantait en Giraudoux,
Avec ses froissements de forêt aromale,
Et ses prés smaragdins, ses veaux au regard doux ;
Nous excuserons donc son passage à Normale.

Sans doute qu’enfançon, peut-être à Pompadour,
Il entendait rimer la strophe limousine
Par quelque paysan au cœur de troubadour,
Dans les bois embaumés de sève et de résine.

C’est dans ce vert pays, Mekka des ménestrels,
Aux ruisseaux répandus par les claires charmilles
Dont les eaux lui jouaient des concerts irréels
Qu’il se prit, en rêvant, à siffler quelques trilles.

Il marchait sur la mousse, écoutant les oiseaux
Nichés dans les buissons, cachés dans les nuages ;
Les rameaux crépitaient, tombés des arbrisseaux ;
Il regardait le ciel au travers des feuillages.

Et le soir, quand sortait le crapaud de son trou
Pour ramper, ténébreux, sur les pierres chauffées,
N’imaginait-il pas qu’en suivant son pas mou
Il se ferait conduire au royaume des fées ?

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En quelques mots voici présenté l’écrivain.
Permettez, à présent, que je vous entretienne
D’un conseil qu’il donna, mais qui demeura vain,
D’une exhortation que je peux faire mienne.

N’oublions pas qu’alors il secondait l’État :
Ses rouages pour lui n’avaient plus de mystères,
Plusieurs freins et leviers de cet aérostat
Étaient entre ses mains, tels des jouets austères.

Il connaissait les taux de populations,
Les valeurs du cobalt, la forme de leurs courbes,
Le rendement des grains, ses fluctuations,
Et l’élasticité des différentes tourbes.

Or une vision, dit-il, le harcelait :
Amoureux du progrès, conscient des entraves
Qu’on y mettait souvent, pour la France il voulait
Une immigration de peuples scandinaves.

Landquist n’avait-il pas jeté les gratte-ciel ?
Ces miroirs élancés de forces minérales,
Dans leur reflet joignant la ville et l’éternel,
Il les voyait un peu comme des cathédrales.

Il savait qu’Olafsson explora l’Alaska,
Et qu’Hilton, précurseur, venait de la Norvège…
Ils auraient bu du cidre et non point du Coca,
Parlé français avec un accent de collège.

L’Oncle Sam avait dit : « Nous voulons du Normand. »
Ils parurent ! Voilà dans l’immense prairie
La terre labourée au poing en un moment ;
Saint Paul, Minnesota, c’est eux, c’est leur patrie !

Le Normand établit au milieu sa maison
Et les immensités par sa force vaincues
Lui rendent du blé d’or jusques à l’horizon ;
Les nations le voient, s’inclinent, convaincues.

Giraudoux, je le crois, n’ignorait pas non plus
Que l’unique patron de tout en Amérique,
C’est Gävle, pierre et bois, ses berges en talus,
Et dans un boulingrin une église de brique.

Le Midwest, Chikago, comme New York City,
La côte Pacifique, ont une âme de Scythe
Des neiges aux griffons… Me voilà bien parti
Pour conter une histoire à moi, presque insolite.

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C’était à Manhattan, j’étais seul, je marchais,
Non loin de Central Park ; aux alentours, personne
Sur ces larges trottoirs où l’on peut sans crochets
Suivre droit son chemin quand la foule moutonne.

Un immeuble imposant, monumental Plaza,
S’ouvrit pour qu’y retourne une petite fille
Que sa mère suivait. Or l’enfant s’avisa
Que j’étais là ; je vois son œil qui s’écarquille,

Elle s’immobilise, on dirait de stupeur,
Sans me dévisager – notez-le, je vous prie.
Toutes les deux avaient ce teint, cette couleur
De fjord bleu, cet éclat de clairière fleurie.

J’ai rarement surpris tableau plus désarmant ;
Rien de plus enchanteur que cette demoiselle
Qui ressentit peut-être un vague attachement,
Une émotion douce et – comment dire ? – belle…

J’étais seul, je rêvais aux mystères du Nord,
À ses maintes splendeurs, à sa grandeur épique ;
Il me venait un hymne à la fois pur et fort ;
C’est alors qu’apparut une enfant, magnifique.

Que voyait-elle en moi ? Que devinai-je en elle ?
Pourquoi ce souvenir ? Ô pourquoi vois-je encor
Sa grâce d’ange ami, comme si de son aile
Elle me soulevait pour un plus haut essor ?

Elle m’aurait parlé : « Dear friend, comprenez-vous ?
Croyez-vous que s’oublient nos âmes étonnées ? »
Je me serais, soudain grave, mis à genoux :
« Vous m’aimez ? J’attendrai dix, vingt, quarante années ! »

C’est tout. – Depuis ce jour, moi-même Corrézien,
Giraudoux, j’ai ce rêve, une France idéale,
Un soleil de minuit dans le ciel parisien,
Sur nos vieux monuments l’aurore boréale !

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Diérèses

jou-ets (2 syllabes)

exhortati-on (5 syllabes)

populati-ons (5)

fluctuati-ons (4) (etc., même chose pour les autres substantifs en -ion)

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Pour ceux qu’intéressent les thèmes scandinavo-américains, je renvoie à mon billet Scandinavian America (ici) et à mes traductions de poésie américaine de langue suédoise (ici).

Conspiracy of the Bots & Media as Soft Penis (Tweet Anthology 6)

July-August 2017

Monogamy might allow more men to marry – if there were no prostitution, a class of unmarried women largely unknown in polygamic countries. According to Schopenhauer, prostitution is the price societies pay for monogamy. This is to be added to ‘serial marriage,’ through which wealthy men get access, serially, to several young women. Both phenomena should be taken into account before attempting any praise of institutional monogamy.

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Remember, when you hear the words “sources say” from the Fake Media, often times those sources are made up and do not exist. (POTUS)

“Our traditions of impartiality between the genuine and the fake”: Writer Jean Giraudoux satirizing the press.

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After I tweet you no one will want to marry you.

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I honestly love being around positive people. You’re not judged, there’s no drama, everyone just wants to relax and have a nice time.

And then you wake up.

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A Case in Subliminal Messaging: Hewlett-Packard Ad

Observe how the man on the right is about to grab her. (Click to enlarge)

The handle of the glass door makes the man look as if a stick were stuck in the bottom of his belly, just as if he were a jester’s bauble.

The young black man on the left closes his eyes ensconsed in delight. Her dropping index finger is telling him secretly about the other’s penis. We know the guy on the right has got no penis, by the way, because he’s a bauble.

She casually points to a word or phrase on the board with her pencil. It reads ‘Marry,’ the following word, concealed, must be ‘me.’ She’s going to have the bauble marry her, for his money, while living it up with the young negro colleague.

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A major difference between free competition and communism is that free competition cannot exist.

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Media as ‘soft power’

Media as soft penis.

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Not long ago I saw a video with Jane Goodall releasing a chimpanzee in the wild. Yet we now know chimps murder the lone foreign chimps they meet… The video was from the Jane Goodall Foundation and was released recently as advert. Goodall saw chimps as all love (all good) and has been proven wrong. I’d like to tell them to stop showing videos of chimpanzee releases in the wild, because that was sending the poor creatures to a horrible death.

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The Truth About New Holland (A Dialogue)

Australia was discovered by the Dutchman Abel Tasman and it used to be called New Holland.

The first Dutch visit took place in 1606, to be compared with Cook’s travels more than 150 years later, in 1770. It is said that the Dutch made no claim whatever on the land (Wikipedia page on New Holland: “neither the Netherlands nor the Dutch East India Company claimed any territory in Australia as its own“). The activities of Dutch East India Company were marked by extreme secrecy and I’m sure historians have missed something about VOC (Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie) and Australia.

Dutch explored western parts of Oz extensively but didn’t stay. Read Batavia event, pretty horrific –Indonesians used to trade with aboriginals.

Aboriginal people have blonde in areas where Dutch explorers often came to grief on reef. They explored mostly northern parts in summer and to these it looked very arid coastline – then came collapse of Dutch economy tulips trade. (Australian writer Greg Hoey)

You don’t have to stay somewhere to proclaim it’s yours. See Danes and Greenland.

Indonesians used to trade with Aboriginals, and the Dutch, who traded with Indonesians since about 1600, would think Australia’s a dry rock?!

From 1606 to 1770 they had plenty of time to see the coast in every season, rainy or dry. And land is land.

Very isolated place to explore in such days, WA coastline riddled with dozens shipwrecks from 1500’s through to 1900’s. Abundance coastline of very treacherous reefs with no way home! So integrate become Aboriginal, even become Aboriginal meal: cannibalism existed. (Ibid.)

I’m not saying the Dutch had the means to sustain their claim against jingo piracy, only that they had a claim.

Nova Hollandia, even devoid of any Dutchman, was Dutch. Saying they made “no claim” on territory discovered by them is most absurd.

Dutch did lay claim actually, leaving their declaration on a plate now in WA museum [Western Australian Museum in Perth] on public. Was found 80 years ago however! (Ibid.)

By saying the plate was only found recently, you imply the Britons did not know they were committing robbery when claiming Australia theirs but I guess somewhere a protest exists, either from the Dutch government or the VOC. If the matter was settled by agreement, then I’m sure a document exists too that either Australia or the British crown can produce.

Anyway my claim is vindicated: there’s a Dutch plate in WA museum. The “no claim” story makes no sense at all.

Britons might have claimed a right through vacancy by the Dutch (like a house abandoned by its owner for years) but a formal protest would have voided it.

The trade lines you mentioned between Indonesians and Aboriginals might have been in the VOC’s hands, and a British occupation would cut these to the Dutch’s detriment, so the VOC must have protested formally.

At that point Greg tweeted the article ‘Australia might speak Dutch if not for strong emotions,’ The Conversation, November 21, 2013 here)

Good article, a little further from your notions about Dutch only being shipwrecked and/or eaten alive 🙂 Still just tiny bits, not the big picture.

Arid and barren as the land was, the Dutch were looking for gold mines, which are okay with barrenness.

For all we know, the Dutch may have been preparing a large mining expedition when the Britons claimed Australia theirs and insulted Netherlands. The latter’s descendants now say the Dutch were stupid idiots: “strong emotions,” “no claim” &c., such things that jingos are always eager to believe. They never see the absurd contradictions of their thinking, like that story of Dutch leaving because the land was barren, when they were searching for gold.

I have witnessed similar chauvinistic views many times by way of very superior Euro’s/ Brits/Americans toward Australia coming from lack of knowledge. (Ibid.)

I guess the more or less conscious reasoning is: We’re of the same culture, of which we’re the center and you’re the margin…

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In their own eyes and justification, the right of European colonists on American ground is based upon written contracts signed by illiterates.

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USA Today complains about lack of ‘women’ and ‘no lead actors of color’ in movie ‘Dunkirk’ (The Daily Wire)

War films can use women, as we all know. Like The Thin Red Line, where a U.S. soldier receives a letter from his wife telling him she divorces lol

While the guy is on duty for the motherland lol

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Fox

Fox is an alien entity that pressured the U.S. legislator to waiver in its case the 24.9 percent limit of foreign capital ownership in American media: Shady. Murdoch changed his citizenship to U.S. but the parent corporation is still based in Australia because of the tax cuts it’s got there. [Source : Ben H. Bagdikian, The New Media Monopoly, 2004]

Then there is this quote from Donald Trump during the election campaign: “Most people don’t know that the co-owner of Fox News is Prince Al-Waleed of Saudi Arabia.

Observe how the U.S. legislator uses the same techniques as marketing: 24.9% ownership limit instead of plain 25%.

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Hitler Store on Gaza strip and stuff they are selling there. Unbelievable.

And this has nothing to do with Israeli policies: they were born Hitler cultists. => The Hitler Gene.

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Winning’s got a price and when the price is a world empire it looks very much like losing. Britain lost a world empire in the war against Germany who had nothing to lose. An empire bled to death by a proletarian nation: bad management.

(My contender here, a British countryman who deleted his tweets a few hours later, said something like all empires peak and decline.)

The iron law is the excuse of bad managers.

(He then said it was difficult to administer a world empire from a ‘small island,’ and he added: ‘too bad you weren’t around.’)

At least I can try my piece of advice: Don’t let your small island shape small minds. Because you’re stuck to it now.

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Do you remember the mad cow disease scandal from UK? The disease is named after Hans Gerhard Creutzfeldt, patron member of the Reich’s SS. Shocking.

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The Conspiracy of the Bots

A conspiracy of the bots is taking place. Their AI allows them to recognize robot’s trash and like it systematically, enslaving our opinions.

Through the reward system in our brain, gazillions of robot’s likes will enslave mankind.

The ‘like’ function on social networks translates a basic pattern of human interactions. But it’s a schematic translation – a caricature. People are robotized when the scheme becomes the normal procedure in their psychology (robots are schemes/caricatures of humans). And this will be the case for social networks users, as the scheme (a ‘like’) is more rewarding than real routine interaction.

When robots’ likes is what makes us happy, we’ll be the robots’ slaves.

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I can’t understand why Western right-wingers always take Israel as a model and never Saudi Arabia. Just look:

Al Jazeera’s clip ‘Thousands of Ethiopians are leaving Saudi Arabia. Here’s why’ (Aug 1, 2017) : ’70,000 Ethiopians have returned home after working illegally in Saudi Arabia. They were given until July 25 to leave or face arrest. They had no legal right in the country. … ‘They don’t even consider us as human beings.’…’

And yet Israel gets all the praise!

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Angelina Jolie defends casting process for [her film] First They Killed My Father [filmed in Cambodia].

Putting money before a slum kid, then withdrawing it, and then the unchosen kids return to their slums. So innocent!

I’m sure some of these kids were beaten to death by their parents for not being taken in.

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My son did a science project on the nuggets [McDonald’s chicken nuggets]… didn’t mold or rot after 4 months.

When you absorb vitamins you get vitaminized, when you absorb preservatives you get preserved. Eat nuggets.

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Having a Facebook account is like going to the disco with one’s mom.

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Moon Landing & Other Space Mysteries

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Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia Abd al-Aziz ibn Baz (in charge 1993-7) denied the Americans ever walked on the Moon.

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“The original recordings of the first landing on the moon 40 years ago were erased and re-used. Yet the restored copies of the original broadcast are looking even better.” (from article ‘Nasa admits to losing moon landing tapes,’ The Vintage News, Dec 12, 2016 here.)

Shameful or… convenient? “NASA admitted in 2006 that no one could find the original video recordings of the July 20, 1969, landing” “they were part of a batch of 200,000 tapes that were degaussed –magnetically erased– and re-used to save money.” (from ‘Moon landing tapes got erased, NASA admits,’ Reuters, July 16, 2009 here.)

Such historical documents! This neglect, regarding unprecedented, historical, groundbreaking events, makes me suspicious. As if it had been the film of a local caucus!… And they had to retrieve copies ‘in the archives of CBS News’!

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Hollow earth (concave earth) quote from August Strindberg: “Att jorden kunde vara konkav, visar sig vid luftsegling, då horisonten följer ballongen, han må stiga aldrig så högt; likaså med hafshorizonten, som alltid är i jämnhöjd med ögat, äfven om man stiger uppåt en höjd å stranden.” (En Blå Bok, 1907) Translation: “That the earth may be concave is shown by balloon flight, as the horizon always follows the balloon no matter how high it goes, and likewise with sea horizon, which remains at eyes’ level even if one steps up a mound on the beach.”

In Strindberg one can also read of contradictions in astronomy’s parallax, refraction/aberration, earth movement & speed… (Blue Books, 1-4)

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Antigravity Dew: “Dewdrops mock gravity as they start sliding from grass top only as they warm, that is, when they become lighter” (Viktor Schauberger. Full original quote : ‘’Zu Millionen stehen die Tautropfen wie Tränen auf den Spitzen der Gräser, die schon durch ihre Stellung aller bisher angenommenen Schwerkraftgesetze spotten, weil sie sich erst dann abwärts zu neigen beginnen, wenn diese Tautropfen warm und dadurch, wie man allgemein annimmt, leichter werden.’’)

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I’m interested in his community because I mirror the world. He’s interested in his community because he’s bound to it. See the difference?

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Any jingo culture is really but a culture in the ethnographic sense.

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We as a whole make our environment, so we make our genes. Light tree bark makes moth’s wings light-colored, dark bark makes them dark.

Any differences in rates of reproduction affect genetic makeup. Differences arise from natural (in my example: predators, which detect dark-colored moths on light-colored bark easily and vice-versa) or sexual selection. Assuming natural selection is largely through with humans (no predators, free from milieu’s pressure), sexual selection remains. I’m not sure in what direction sexual selection works today: the poor or the rich (early Darwinists of Galton’s school, i.e. eugenicists, thought the poor were outbreeding the rich, and to be more precise not as much the working poor as the unemployed poor, while today’s evolutionary psychologists think high-status men outbreed low-status men). But in any case social standards (environment) shape preferences/selection.

Natural selection today would be that if, for example, car accidents are more prevalent for some phenotypes the genes associated with these will decline, all other things being equal. Every factor impacting mortality and fertility differentially and non-randomly.

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Origin of the Opposable Thumb Solved! Everyone likes to be thumbed up, so those hominids who thumbed up others more were more successful.

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With America’s decline, the more whites find the rewards of their toil don’t meet expectations, the more they’ll be dreaming of re-enslaving the blacks.

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Despacito has officially become the most viewed video IN HISTORY and the first to reach 3 BILLION views. (Universal Music CA)

“Heartfelt thanks to our wonderful IT programers for the thousands of clicking bots working night and day. Now we’re famous!”

[Not A but B:

A.They reached 3 billion views because they’re famous.

B.They’re famous because they reached 3 billion views.]

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To Dr Richard Dawkins,

Is it because of spandrels that you dislike churches?

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Blank Slate & Sex Therapy

We’re all s’posed to be afeard of spiders [my controversial presentation of evolutionary psychology] but most spiders aren’t venomous and those that are “are not ancestrally in Africa” (Robert C. Richardson).

So John Watson‘s conditioning was supposed to be ‘primed’ by evolved, adaptive fears… and was not, as far as spiders and even snakes are concerned. I see no reason why that would be different with Watson’s adorably cute rodents.

As to Stanley Rachman’s conditioning sexual arousal in front of boots, no one has dared say what primes that. The only sure thing is that the guy used human guinea pigs.

As far as arousal and erection are concerned, Rachman’s experiments prove that man is a blank slate. Anything will trigger it as engineered.

Behavorial sex therapies are the only working therapies.

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51 million Americans including 14 million children have IQs under 85. It’s a problem. Don’t believe IQ deniers. (Prof. R. Haier)

The real question is how many jobs need IQs higher than 85.

If average IQ was higher than average IQ requirements, ‘twould be a disaster.

In theory (according to IQ specialists) you’d rather have a Mensa cleanse your crap bowl (he’ll do it better), but he won’t be happy and he’ll let you know.

Besides, you’d cause your society to be suboptimal. [Keep thinking along these lines and I’m sure the IQ maniacs will cool down.]

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Around one million tonnes of interstate waste are dumped in Queensland [Australia] each year. (4Corners)

If Queensland’s a big garbage dump, what are Queenslanders?

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& to cap it all

The Hashtag Games

When Is Speech Violence (After the title of one New York Times article that, if I understood well, was innuendoing – or perhaps declaring categorically – that Trump’s speech was violence)

When an American tries to speak French.

When a ventriloquist has eaten too much of the frijoles beans tacos.

Any speech from a flatulist, especially a politician.

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#friyay‘s for the suckers, I say #thursyay!

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Happy #NationalJunkFoodDay from the National Association of Flatulists.

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What Happened (Title of Hillary Clinton’s Latest Book)

Shortage of cheat sheets.

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#BetterNamesForHillarysBook

An Accident Happened: They Couldn’t Forward the Other Cheat Sheets

Podesta’s Risotto Tastes Like Sh*t

Pizzaed [cf #PizzaGate]

Yes We Pan: The Truth About Pizzas

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#NewTrumpAdminScandal

They drained the swamp… and found U.S. had evaporated.

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#SoonWeWillDiscover that 1/5th of British men are vasectomized and that’s the truth.

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#IfTwitterDidntExist

I would never have known anonymity is for so many people the prerequisite to having fun. What went wrong?

North America is a free country where citizens tweet anonymously on Twitter unless they work in Hollywood (in which case they tweet under their stage name).

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#IfTwitterDidntExist

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#AtMidnightIn5Words GIF worth a thousand words

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#SoonWeWillDiscover what’s behind.

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#SundayMorning #HashtagGame => #HerWrongDaysOfTheMonth

Credits: I made the first GIF from the movie Savage Streets (1984) by Danny Steinmann. The three others show Australian actress Barbara Constable in Lady Terminator (1989) by Indonesian film director Tjut Djalil, a movie also known as Nasty Hunter and Pembalasan ratu pantai selatan (Revenge of the South Sea Queen) and which is included in my paper ‘’L’Imaginaire indonésien dans le cinéma fantastique national’’ for journal Le Banian, n°23, June 2017. [Since May 2018, available on this blog (x).]

August 2017

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