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Pensées XLVI : Le Cratès de Cordoue

Le Bon Albert

Certains de mes chers lecteurs (tout ce qui est rare est cher) se sont étonnés du mode de fabrication de mes recueils de poésie, de cet authentique travail artisanal, sur papier recyclé. Ils auraient bien vu à la place de l’elzévir, des couvertures montrant des mouettes dans les nuages… Je suis quant à moi très fier du travail du Bon Albert et je veux dire ici pourquoi. J’ai vu le Bon Albert travailler dans son atelier, qui fait également office d’entrepôt et de bureau, clair-obscur, avec sa machine et ses pots de colle, ses rames de papier recyclé, tel un cordonnier idéaliste et réfractaire qui serait en même temps un notable local, un « relais d’opinion » courtisé par les politiciens. (Vous connaissez beaucoup d’éditeurs sur l’Aubrac ?) Inspiré par Giono, qui formait le vœu, avant les babas-cool, que les éditeurs s’installent à la campagne, il décida un jour, après maintes vicissitudes avec ses imprimeurs, de se lancer lui-même dans la confection des livres qu’il édite. Et c’est ainsi qu’en publiant mes vers il devint le premier éditeur de poésie pulp, et moi-même, avec des alexandrins, un poète pulp. C’est moderne, c’est l’avenir, c’est nous.

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Le Cheval et l’Écrivain

Dans le domaine des rapprochements entre le cheval et l’écriture (les deux passions de l’écrivain Nicole Lombard), je trouve dans mon dictionnaire anglais Annandale la définition du mot hack, qui se rapporte à un cheval et à un écrivain. Un hack, en effet, peut être : 1 un cheval de louage (a horse kept for hire), 2 un cheval surmené (a horse much worked), 3 une personne surmenée (a person overworked), et 4 un écrivain employé aux basses tâches et au fignolage dans la production d’un livre (a writer employed in the drudgery and details of book-making). Je ne sais pas trop ce que recouvre cette fonction du hack, mais j’entrevois que les Anglo-Saxons ont poussé loin et tôt (le dictionnaire en question est relativement ancien) l’application des techniques industrielles au livre. J’avais déjà entendu parler du « carcassier », cet écrivain anonyme chargé d’écrire les scénarios, ou « carcasses », des pièces de théâtre. Ainsi, dans la production industrielle du livre, il y aurait l’auteur à proprement parler, qui ferait je ne sais trop quoi (dès lors qu’il n’aurait pas un nègre !), le carcassier, le hack writer, d’autres fonctions peut-être dont j’ignore l’existence et le nom. Tout un monde !

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Ce que vaut Paul-Loup Sulitzer sur le Boul Mich

Me promenant sur le Boul Mich, je me suis arrêté devant la librairie Boulinier, qui avait placé des bacs de livres d’occasion sur le trottoir. Il y avait des bacs à 1€, 0,50€, 0,20€. Je me suis penché quelques instants sur le bac à 20 centimes, rempli de livres en état de décomposition avancée. Parmi toutes ces ruines, j’ai noté qu’il y en avait aussi en assez bon état, d’auteurs inconnus, et même d’autres en bon état : des livres de Paul-Loup Sulitzer. C’étaient des romans dans la collection Le Livre de Poche, maquette des années 1980-1990. Cette collection était plus colorée que les autres. La tranche avait un cartouche bicolore, souvent attrayant. D’ailleurs, les couvertures des livres de PL Sulitzer, leur graphisme, sont pour la plupart vraiment réussis. Comme il est de surcroît notoire que ce sont des nègres qui ont écrit ces livres, ce n’est sans doute pas ce qu’il y a de pire à lire. Je quittai donc ce bac à moisissures absorbé dans des méditations profondes. Si les livres de PL Sulitzer, réussis comme objets et en bon état, sans doute distrayants et peut-être même agréables à lire, qui se sont bien vendus, finissent au rebut du rebut, c’est peut-être que tout cela était immoral et choquant.

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De la rime

C’est un mouvement international, toutes les littératures européennes ont connu un même abandon de la prosodie. Si bien qu’un Sartre a pu opposer, dans Qu’est-ce que la littérature ? (1947), à la prose « composition » la poésie « désordre spontané », alors que, pendant des siècles, la poésie a représenté le plus exigeant effort de composition.

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« Je vous remercie de m’avoir fait parvenir votre ouvrage Opales arlequines, récemment publié par les éditions du Bon Albert de nos amis de Nasbinals.Vous y faites preuve d’une remarquable et constante énergie, d’une vaste culture et d’une parfaite connaissance des règles de la versification française. Permettez-moi seulement de douter que la poésie puisse circuler dans des vers tournés sur le passé historique et mythologique. Ce qui fait appel plus directement à l’émotion des mots, au ressenti, à la pensée, à la rencontre avec les êtres, les événements contemporains, le quotidien de nos concitoyens (du monde), la beauté, le mal, la vie, la mort, etc. s’exprime d’autant mieux que les formes poétiques évoluent, sinon en avance du moins en osmose avec leur époque, ce qu’Arthur Rimbaud, René Char, Philippe Jaccottet aujourd’hui, tant d’autres ne cessent de nous rappeler. » (Lettre de Paul Badin, poète et directeur de la revue N4728, décembre 2012)

Cette « osmose » avec la présente époque va de pair – mais c’est sans doute purement fortuit – avec une indifférence assez générale de l’époque pour la production poétique, indifférence reconnue par Paul Badin lui-même, dans l’Appel de l’Union des poètes de novembre 2012 (« quasi absence dans les médias de référence », « méconnaissance générale de sa forme vivante », etc). Que nos concitoyens retrouvent leur quotidien dans la poésie contemporaine me paraît donc douteux, si c’est bien leur quotidien qu’ils recherchent dans la poésie et non un air plus pur.

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Après que j’ai remercié Paul Badin de son envoi, celui-ci m’a réécrit pour insister plus longuement sur le fait que, selon lui, le vers régulier c’est du passé. Je me suis un peu vexé et lui ai répondu :

– que la forme classique existait toujours dans la chanson (rimes-assonances, rythme plus ou moins régulier des paroles) ;

– que la poésie (des revues) était désormais perçue comme le moindre effort de l’esprit humain, en laissant entendre que cela ne me paraissait pas tout à fait gratuit.

Il y a cette semaine (avril 2013) sur les murs du métro parisien des affiches pour un mégaconcert au Stade de France, avec plusieurs groupes de rap, dont le très célèbre IAM, et un autre dont le nom a attiré mon attention par les mots « de la rime », le groupe Psy4 (pour « psychiatre », je pense) de la rime. Il m’est revenu tout à coup que ce genre musical, dont je n’ai jamais été fan, pratique pourtant depuis toujours, non seulement la rime, mais aussi un véritable culte de la rime. Un agrégé de faribologie pourrait produire une thèse énorme sur ce passionnant sujet de la valorisation de la rime dans la culture hip-hop, avec des sous-parties sur la rime en verlan etc. Aussi, je ferais mieux d’envoyer mes recueils aux Psy4 de la rime et aux autres, avec une lettre-manifeste, plutôt qu’aux sociétés de gens de lettres ; je pense même qu’ils me répondraient, eux ! (J’ai pu constater à plusieurs reprises ce manque élémentaire de courtoisie à mon endroit.) Dans cette lettre-manifeste, je leur dirais que les poètes ont trahi leur art et que les muses ont fui vers les quartiers. Je serais une nouvelle Simone de Beauvoir, qui soutenait les Black Panthers et a même fait dans ses mémoires l’éloge du livre Soul on Ice d’Eldrige Cleaver qui, entre deux souvenirs de prison, théorise le viol militant.

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Quel poète est l’auteur des vers suivants ?

Tends ta main pour l’allégeance

Et émigre vers ta terre,

Crie de tout ton coeur « vengeance »

Car tu ne peux plus te taire.

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Nous perdons notre dignité

En vivant comme des lâches,

Nous renforçons notre unité

En combattant sans relâche. &c

Il ne s’agit ni plus ni moins que des paroles d’une chanson de l’Etat islamique, Daech, Tends ta main pour l’allégeance, disponible en ligne. Les rimes sont très riches.

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Psy4 de la rime, Daech, Florent Boucharel : même combat !

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Le Cratès

Si je dis que je hais la société, l’insurgé m’entendra mal et voudra m’embrasser, alors que je hais tout autant sa société que celle de n’importe qui d’autre. Or je ne peux pas dire que je hais la société de mes semblables, car où sont mes semblables ? Je ne peux pas dire non plus que je hais la société des hommes, car je suis comme Diogène avec sa lanterne : « Je cherche un homme. »

Nu (2017) par Marc Andriot

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Même l’épicurien peut éprouver un attachement jaloux qui lui fera voir avec amertume l’épicurisme de celle qu’il aime un peu trop passionnément eu égard à son vœu de légèreté épicurienne, et dont la liberté indifférente à cette passion prend alors l’aspect d’une vile prostitution. Il haïra en elle le choix qu’il aura fait pour lui.

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Une des grandes injustices de ce monde, c’est le talent.

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Un jour, un ami me déçut grandement, après que je lui eus fait lire quelques-uns de mes poèmes, en me demandant si j’étais toujours un amoureux malheureux. J’aurais dû lui répondre que, si j’avais mis les mots qui lui ont fait poser cette question dans la bouche de personnages d’un roman, il ne les aurait pas pris pour un témoignage privé. Un poème d’amour malheureux peut être antérieur à toute expérience en la matière. Peut-être ai-je écrit de tels poèmes seulement pour me montrer un grand poète romantique. Ou peut-être que cet amour malheureux était nécessaire et fut donc suscité par moi-même pour que je devinsse à mes propres yeux ce poète-là : il fallait que j’aie la vie qui corresponde à ce que j’écrivais par imitation. Et, aujourd’hui, j’écris peut-être des poèmes d’amour malheureux alors que je suis en réalité frustré de ne pas être reconnu comme poète…

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Selon Schopenhauer, dans l’œuvre d’un poète les mauvais poèmes ne nuisent pas aux bons ; c’est pourquoi il est plus difficile d’être philosophe, car la philosophie est un tout.

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Autre pensée de Schopenhauer, une consolation pour tous ceux que leur époque traite indignement : c’est le fait qu’ils s’adressent à tous les temps à venir que le leur ne pardonne pas !

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Aujourd’hui on ne parle plus que de « judéo-christianisme ». Schopenhauer économisait son encre et son papier, et écrivait simplement « judaïsme ».

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Cumulards, revenez !

Si l’on admet qu’un élu peut cumuler une activité professionnelle et un mandat, il faut en déduire que le mandat n’est pas une activité à temps plein comme l’activité professionnelle. Ce cumul est donc a priori plus difficile qu’un cumul de deux mandats, comme il est plus difficile de cumuler un temps plein et un temps partiel que de cumuler deux temps partiels.

Par ailleurs, si l’on admet qu’un élu peut cumuler une activité professionnelle et un mandat, vu que rien n’interdit à une personne retraitée de se présenter à des élections, pourquoi lui interdire de cumuler des mandats ? Avec un mandat, elle aurait encore le temps d’avoir une activité professionnelle, selon l’hypothèse, donc elle a bien le temps d’exercer en même temps plusieurs mandats.

L’argument du temps qu’il faut consacrer à son mandat pour justifier le non-cumul ne tient donc absolument pas, car aucun élu ne pourrait travailler en dehors de son mandat.

Les gens ne sont pas élus pour leurs compétences de gestion ; ils sont élus sur des programmes généraux, voire philosophiques. Il faut qu’ils soient aidés dans leurs fonctions par des gens dont c’est le métier : les fonctionnaires. Ceux-ci travaillent à plein temps. La gestion d’une collectivité repose sur le travail à plein temps des fonctionnaires : les élus prennent les décisions, cela veut dire qu’ils siègent dans les organes délibérants pour voter ces décisions. C’est à peu près tout : le contrôle et le suivi sont déjà en grande partie assurés par des fonctionnaires. Voilà pourquoi on peut aussi être maire et travailler, et plus facilement encore maire et député.

Avec le non-cumul des mandats, la rémunération globale des élus se répartit entre un plus grand nombre de personnes, s’ils ne se votent pas des augmentations (et il est certain qu’ils le feront car personne n’y peut rien), mais toutes seront encartées à tel ou tel parti, dont nous pourrons alors voir briller les nullités les plus obscures, dont nous n’avons même pas idée en voyant la nullité de ceux qui brillent déjà devant nous.

Il y a un élu pour cent Français (640 000 élus en France). Avec le non-cumul, il y en aura un pour cinquante (plus d’un million, pour cinq millions et demi de fonctionnaires)…

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Les classiques passés à la moulinette des suppléments littéraires, c’est ce qui dégoûte de la culture classique. Heureusement, certaines lectures vous font comprendre votre erreur et vous conduisent vers les chefs-d’œuvre qui vous restent à découvrir.

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Certaines personnes pratiquent une forme de caractérologie à partir du nom. À l’intention des arabisants qui s’adonneraient à ce genre de science occulte, je voudrais peut-être adopter désormais le pseudonyme arabe suivant :

أبو شاعل

qui se prononce à peu près Abou Charel, et qui veut dire « le père du poète », ou « Maître poète » : dans les fables, on appelle par exemple un renard « le père du renard », en français « Maître renard ».

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Les sans-culottes, ce sont ceux qui exhibent leurs partis.

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Je viens d’envoyer un quatrain pour le prix de poésie de la RATP (2014) :

Ô toi, la compassion même,

Qui plains ceux qu’atteint le malheur,

Tu pleurerais de tout ton cœur

Si tu savais comme je t’aime !

Ce quatrain peut néanmoins avoir le défaut de laisser entendre que l’amour est un malheur. Plus primairement encore, il peut avoir le défaut de comporter le mot « malheur », qui n’a rien à faire, je suppose, dans une rame de métro, où les gens qui vont travailler dans leurs bureaux, ateliers et boutiques doivent lire qu’ils sont libres et heureux. Ces réflexions me sont venues alors que je venais d’envoyer le quatrain, ce n’est pas du mauvais esprit de ma part.

Ma mère me dit que ce qui peut rebuter la RATP serait plutôt le mot « compassion », à cause de la mendicité qui est (paraît-il) interdite dans les rames de métro.

Mon quatrain n’a pas été retenu parmi « les cent finalistes » du concours de la RATP.

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L’art soviétique est devenu parfaitement transparent, comme un tableau monochrome, et aussi politiquement correct que le mot « subversif », dont il est de rigueur qu’un critique d’art l’applique à tout ce qu’il entend louer. Cependant, le constructivisme soviétique, où l’artiste doit se faire mécanicien ou ingénieur, comme le futurisme fasciste, où il doit se faire ingénieur ou mécanicien, m’invite à méditer une pensée profonde, selon laquelle le processus de l’évolution humaine se caractérise principalement par un développement des facultés intellectuelles au détriment des autres, qui trouveraient leur élément dans de viles illusions indignes de l’homme doué de raison. Je n’ai encore aucune certitude quant à savoir si c’est un progrès ou si cela s’applique aux derniers hommes.

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Il me revient à l’esprit le mot d’un journaliste à propos d’un ami, ou plutôt de son couple : « Il a une très belle femme. » J’y vois aujourd’hui – le doute me ronge – une affreuse ironie, non pas que le journaliste ne fût pas saisi par la beauté de la femme de mon ami, mais parce qu’il se ferait le porte-parole du monde parisien sur un mariage qui est au point de vue social un ratage total, puisque sa femme, au point de vue social, n’apporte rien à mon ami. Un homme qui se fait à la force du poignet, encouragé par les multiples sacrifices de ses parents pour lui, voilà qu’il prend femme, non pas là où il arrive mais d’où il part ! C’est sanglant de cruauté, une telle ironie. Le journaliste aurait pu ajouter : « Et ils sont très heureux tous les deux, m’a-t-on dit. » Ç’aurait été monstrueusement parisien.

Or jugez de la situation. Mon ami se dit que V., où il a une maison (dans le bourg, avec murs mitoyens) avec femme et enfants, n’est pas le petit paradis qu’il croyait. Quand il me dit cela, je lui demande pourquoi ils ne revient pas à Paris. Il me dit qu’il ne pourrait acheter une surface suffisante dans un quartier qui conviendrait : « Pas d’apport financier. » Aussi, le journaliste sourit en coin, en pensant : « La plus belle fille du monde etc. »

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D’après certaines études, 75 % de l’emploi dans les pays industrialisés consiste en tâches répétitives, en d’autres termes en une affreuse routine. Comment les gens peuvent-ils supporter cela, si ce n’est que cette routine les sort de leur home sweet home ?

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Pour une femme, le mot « mariage » vaut tous les poèmes du monde.

Nicole Lombard : L’un n’empêche pas les autres, et réciproquement.

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Avant de trouver, selon la bonne vieille formule, chaussure à son pied, il faut avoir un peu pratiqué la chasse à la chaussure. À moins que ce soit la chaussure qui fasse tout le travail, ce qui est devenu moins rare.

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Quand on sait qu’il existe un Mondial du foot des robots, que l’on utilise encore des humains pour balayer les rues laisse rêveur… Il faut bien occuper cette pauvre humanité.

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Strindberg prenait Swedenborg très au sérieux : il ramassait des papiers dans la rue pour connaître les communications des esprits.

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Parmi les victimes de l’attentat de Charlie Hebdo, il y avait Bernard Maris, qui signait Oncle Bernard dans le journal, et que j’ai eu comme professeur d’économie à Sciences Po Toulouse. Les mauvaises notes qu’il me donnait ne lui ont pas porté chance…

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L’académie de poésie Renée Vivien a participé, en 2013, au festival de poésie de Creil, entre Amiens et Paris. Les poètes et les éditeurs étaient nombreux. Plus nombreux que le public. Je crois même que personne ne se trouvait là n’ayant rien à vendre. Il y a là une piquante métaphore, mais je ne suis pas sûr encore de quoi.

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McLuhan distingue deux formes de rhétorique : hot et cool. L’aphorisme est cool et correspond à notre culture d’écran. On ne peut pas lire un traité sur écran, mais on peut lire un ou deux aphorismes. C’est l’expression cool.

Les livres de la maturité de Nietzsche sont sous cette forme.

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Tout concept qui devrait être présenté et explicité dans un livre comporte virtuellement, sur un blog, un méta-lien vers sa définition quelque part dans le Web. Par exemple, si j’écris « média cool », c’est comme si l’on pouvait cliquer sur ce binôme pour faire apparaître une nouvelle fenêtre à l’écran, avec plusieurs lignes, ou pages, d’explications. Celui qui a besoin de cliquer clique, celui qui n’en a pas besoin ne clique pas. Comme on trouve tout sur le Web, les spécifications sont virtuellement superfétatoires. Le style, la langue deviennent aphoristiques. C’est un média cool.

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Notre culture a une tendance prononcée au pastiche et à la parodie. C’est notre façon de faire table rase du passé, mais c’est aussi la preuve d’un certain vide émotionnel. Le vide du consommateur anéanti. Les enfants ne rêvent plus : ils ricanent. Et consomment. C’est sinistre. Et c’est pourquoi McLuhan a écrit : « Un terroriste vous tuera pour voir si vous êtes réel. » (The Global Village) Il est en effet difficile de croire à la réalité des somnambules qui nous entourent, et s’ils ne possédaient encore le caractère ombrageux de l’envieux démocrate (Platon), on ne pourrait peut-être jamais croire à leur réalité.

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Cela fait des années et des années que je ne lis pas un livre sans faire une recherche systématique du vocabulaire, pour les langues étrangères mais aussi le français. Et après toutes ces années, il est encore bien rare que je lise un livre en français sans rencontrer des mots que je ne connais pas. Ainsi, je me rends compte que ceux qui n’ont pas fait ce travail perdent beaucoup d’information dans chaque livre qu’ils lisent, et c’est sans doute pourquoi, découragées, ils finissent pas ne plus lire que des livres simplistes, qui ne valent rien.

J’ai rempli des cahiers de vocabulaire. Ils sont dans ma bibliothèque. Un jour, la femme d’un ami les voit et me demande : « Ce sont tes œuvres ? » La poison ! Non, mes œuvres, ce sont trois ou quatre maigres recueils (j’ai balancé tous mes cahiers de vers livres !), et ces nombreux cahiers ne sont que du travail ingrat. Et, maintenant, chaque fois que je les vois, chaque fois que je les complète, je crois l’entendre : « Ce sont tes œuvres ? » Non !

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To Spark or Not To Spark

Après tant d’années d’abstination, ne serai-je pas dans la situation du novice, à qui les premiers joints ne font pas d’effet, un phénomène bien décrit par Howard Becker dans son livre Outsiders et qui permet de comprendre le fameux sketch de Pierre Palmade, à l’époque où il pouvait encore être drôle, sur le type qui dit « Ça me fait rien, votre truc » alors qu’il est en train de délirer grave ? Je me souviens de ma propre expérience : le premier joint n’a pas été le premier trip, et j’ai bien cru un moment que tout cela n’était qu’une immense simulation. Jusqu’au premier trip, au bout de quelques mois. La déception, si je devais revenir à la case départ, serait colossale.

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Papy Boom

Les vieux vivent des revenus de la retraite, très largement socialisés sous forme de cotisations sociales. La précédente génération, dite du baby boom, cotisait pour très peu de vieux, à la fois parce qu’ils étaient nombreux (baby boom) et parce que la génération qui les précédait avait été décimée par la guerre. Cette génération du baby boom a fait peu d’enfants : la pyramide s’est élargie au sommet et rétrécie au milieu, et, comme nous faisons peu d’enfants nous aussi, elle se rétrécit à la base. Ça devient une pyramide inversée. Du coup, à pensions de retraite égales, la part des revenus consacrés par les actifs à ces cotisations est plus importante. Et ce indépendamment du comportement des actifs et à cause des comportements de la génération précédente.

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Chère Nicole,

Grâces soient rendue à Allah le Miséricordieux, l’Omniscient par qui la fête du Bon Albert s’est bien passée.

Nous préparons la cérémonie [de remise du prix de poésie Stephen Liégeard] à Brochon. La lecture de pas moins de huit de mes poèmes est prévue, dont quatre par moi-même. Vu que nous sommes trois lauréats, j’espère que le public ne se lassera pas, d’autant plus qu’une classe de lycéens a été réquisitionnée pour l’occasion… Inch’Allah je saurai me montrer à la hauteur de cette épreuve redoutable et resterai ferme dans la voie droite à la manière du Prophète (sur Lui la Grâce et la Bénédiction d’Allah).

J’espère aussi vendre quelques exemplaires : Puisse Allah prêter prenne main forte à Michel pour les produire à temps.

A part ça, tout va bien, bismillah.

Amitiés. Wassalam’ualaikum. (5.9.15)

Réponse de Nicole Lombard : Trahir Apollon et les Muses pour… Enfin, on pourra vous accuser de tout sauf d’islamophobie, mon cher Florent. Michel me dit que vos livres partiront lundi, sauf contretemps du genre fermeture inopinée du bureau de poste ce jour-là (« merci pour votre compréhension ») ou passage d’une course cycliste dans le département. Allah vous permettra-t-il de faire honneur aux vignobles de Brochon ?

Il faut bien pratiquer l’étiquette en vue des changements prochains. Nous autres fonctionnaires sommes particulièrement exposés. Mais j’ai commencé tôt, bismillah.

Merci à Michel pour sa diligence, digne du Prophète (sur Lui la Grâce et la Bénédiction d’Allah). Qu’Allah le Miséricordieux, l’Omniscient ne l’oublie pas au Jour de la Discrimination (entre les croyants et les idolâtres).

Wassalam.

F. Abu Cha’il

PS. Apollon Les Muses est un nom arabe, Al-Buluh al-Mussa, ainsi que nous l’enseigne ce luminaire des sciences, Ibn al-Crouïa de Cordoue.

PS-2. Al-Hamdulillah ! (J’ai oublié de recourir à cette formule protocolaire indispensable : désolé.)

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« Paris est une ville de vieux. » Dans quelques années, je serai dans mon élément.

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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 horisonter 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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About the election of ‘the first turbaned MP,’ Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi, a Sikh, in U.K.:

#NeverForget84 (neverforget84.com): How many British voters know about the issue? 1 percent? 2 percent?

Elected by brainwashed British zombies who know nothing about Sikhs.

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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. Richard 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.

August 2017

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Amazing. Leading into a maze.

Under-stand. See what is under.

Woful = woeful, woe + ful => woman, woeman (wretched man, the wretched one)

In managerial economies like ours, high remuneration tends to accrue to positions held in depersonalizing organizations (cf. The Organization Man by W.H. Whyte). It is therefore surprising that few intelligent people, if the concept of meritocracy is accurate, are facing a motivation obstacle that prevents them from sacrificing personality to remuneration.

The concept of meritocracy ought to be further reviewed. For one thing, it may not be true that a degree is a sure sign of intelligence, insofar as we are now seeing women widely outperforming men in academic achievements while IQ testing does not predict it. All in all, those who take in earnest the Pygmalion effect (the influence of expectations on performance) are implicitly rejecting the concept of meritocracy as they claim school results depend on third parties’ expectations rather than IQ.

Which, by the way, makes John Stuart Mill’s idea of granting plural voting to intelligent people as deduced from education – ‘The distinction in favour of education, right in itself, is further and strongly recommended by its preserving the educated from the class legislation of the uneducated’ (Considerations on Representative Government) – nonsensical. Do the Millists of our days, then, advocate weighting votes according to IQ?

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Veil Down in the West: A Woman’s Convenience

A couple of more quotes from literary documents supporting the thesis of my essay Le Voile en Occident here (en français).

She took those rooms for the pleasure of going there with her veil down, and imagining she was a heroine. She had a passion for secrecy, but she herself was merely a sphinx without a secret. (Oscar Wilde, The Sphinx Without a Secret)

Though it was midsummer Hetta entered the room with her veil down. She adjusted it as she followed Ruby up the stairs, moved by a sudden fear of her rival’s scrutiny. (Anthony Trollope, The Way We Live Now, 1875)

May I not ask you to lay aside your veil, so that we may look at each other fairly? (Ibid.)

The Veiled Lodger, in The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes (1927) by A. Conan Doyle: The lodger keeps her veil down at all times to spare people the sight of her scars.

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‘A machine-like footman.’ (The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes) ‘Tis how a footman ought to be. Anything beyond machine-likeness would be obtrusive.

It is not being misanthropic to prefer being served by machines. Do not let the condition of our present feudal society think of yourselves as misanthropes.

Drop man from service. The habit of dealing with humans for purely monetary-functional transactions erodes our humaneness.

In terms of service Chinese dealers are closest to the perfection of the machine. This is why I patronize their businesses.

Amusement and recreation are necessary to relax from work; they are not leisure, which is an end in itself.

In Thomas More’s Utopia, the workday lasts six hours. But everybody works. Whereas, for Thomas Aquinas, the surplus of work for some (above, say, six hours) allows others to live a contemplative life (vita contemplativa) – in other words, a leisure life (See Sebastian de Grazia, Of Time, Work, and Leisure, 1962). It is this very notion of leisure life that has vanished from Western conscience, which disappearance makes the idea of the slavery of machines for the sake of living a leisure life sound quite… utopian.

Time-starved and as good as dead.

In our society many a man has no place intended to him as a man – only as manpower.

London subway, Dec. 24, 2014. A prerecorded female voice tells you to ‘alight here for the museums.’ But all museums are closed Dec. 24, 25, & 26 each year – you know why.

According to Marshall McLuhan, colonization has detribalized Africa through the introduction of the written medium. According to Cheikh Anta Diop, colonization has retribalized Africa, where great unified empires existed.

Old-fashioned vs mass-fashioned.

The great man’s mistakes are closer to the truth than the little man’s exactitude.

The craving for dignity, in a deterministic world, leads to absurd work ethics – to an unproductive show of make-feel-worthy.

On a plane with x-axis capacity and y-axis wealth I say we shall find a bell-shaped curve, because mediocre individuals are capacious enough to unite against the highly capacious and prevent them from competing. Not allowed to compete! [However, the main problem, as hinted above, is motivation – motivation obstacles. Competition is time-consuming and its rewards unlikely to compensate great minds for the time lost away from enjoying the company of other great minds through books, and their own inner dialogue, thinking, contemplation, leisure.]

According to Kant, it does not take intelligence to know one’s duty, i.e. the moral law, whereas it takes intelligence to thrive in the world, to be worldly wise. Kant thereby disqualifies this kind of self-serving smartness (Klugheit) as in no way being a noble virtue and in no way central in mankind’s calling. As to Schopenhauer, he considers true intelligence as unselfish, as he posits a trade-off between Wille (will) and Vorstellung (‘representation,’ insight). The genius is detached from nature’s pursuits, finding no higher enjoyment than his own insight at representing the world in his mind, that is, in his own genius.

Perverted into compliance.

What best characterizes the present age of information is that it’s not an information age.

There must be something wrong with the so-called ‘extraversion-dominance’ dimension of psychology (one of the Big Five), as the organization man must be both extraverted/other-oriented and dependent/submissive in his life as a hierarchical team worker. Or it shows the dramatic extent of the strain the organization exerts on our nature.

Cities are no less pestilent than villages. Yet in cities one’s relationships are limited to people one cares to see, whereas in villages one is expected to socialize with all other villagers; the pestilence of social life is thus transferred from interpersonal relationships to some holistic crowd effect, in which the injury comes from unknown passers-by.

Most pets are castrated, sterilized by their owners. Remember we are a domesticated species. A self-domesticated species.

Ubiquitous mass media pornography is externalized delectatio morosa.

Assignment: Carry out big-data survey on scholars’ writings in scientific journals compared to their published books in order to assess the extent of publishers and editors’ intervention in the latter.

The specialized scientist’s worldview is unbalanced. As his worldview manifests itself even in his work as a specialist, the specialist’s work itself is unbalanced. The cold objectivity of facts and figures, so much flaunted by the specialists, is imbalance.

The specialist is an unbalanced man. His activity is knowledge as toil. Toil is what unbalances man’s development. Leisure ensures the balanced development of man’s faculties.

Morals has been replaced by priming, but the latter does not escape the objections addressed to the former, as scientists inevitably sneak priming in their writings.

In developing countries the role of the importune beggar is played by the street dealer.

All men are equal’: the legal axiom defies science. It is based on purely moral grounds and at the same time the recognizance of this moral axiom as being the fundation of the civil compact has become, or is becoming, though history, universal. Literally it only means that ‘all men are equal before the law’ but the qualification is immaterial for that the law should treat as equals people who are unequal according to nature is at defiance with nature. Where is the scientific evidence that ‘all men are created equal’? By opposing the civil state to the state of nature, Hobbes stressed the necessary humbling of natural urges before the civil law for the maintenance of civil order and peace, which, in religious terms, compares to the humbling of the natural man before the law of God. As it imposes an absolute restraint on nature, the law may be called moral and any breach of compact is abhorrent to the moral law. The restraint is absolute in the sense that if one is free to contract with others in the way that best suits his own interest, he is not free to violate, in his interest, a contract. The latter is incompatible with civil order. A person caught in the act of breaking his word is not allowed any longer to pursue his interest until a sentence has been served.

If science primes us (psychologically) to indulge in tendencies that are being surmounted by progress, then science becomes an impediment to progress and will be left behind.

When work is through, status via work will be no option anymore.

What is the ultimate cause (vs proximate cause, i.e. sudden rush of air in the lungs or whatever) of human babies being the only species born crying?

Civilization means psychoticism because mass media conditions maladaptive sexuality and the psychotics, according to H. Eysenck, are the least conditionable.

Admission of the naturalistic fallacy (the tendency to grant indicative statements the value of injonctions) implies that our aims are determined outside natural life. Darwinian theory, thus, gives no account of our aims, and Darwinists who warn against the naturalistic fallacy downgrade their own work and pursuit. And those among them who, like R. Thornhill, do the same while insisting on applying the experimental test to all propositions are inconsistent in the bargain.

I have a doubt on Ronald Fisher’s ultimate explanation of equal sex ratios. Fisher’s principle states that, when females are scarce, siring a male will be selected against as more males will not mate, and vice-versa. It is the vice-versa that disturbs me, because males are polygynous. ‘Whichever sex is in excess will have lower reproductive success, in average,’ yes: for two sexes having equal reproductive strategies…

I have a doubt also on some claims about parasites and evolution. Predators do not weed out the genetically slower individuals but those individuals that are made slower by parasites (for instance, susceptibility to predation is increased thirty times for infected fishes, according to one study). Being free from parasite indicates a better immune system, but I should think parasite infestation has a random dimension too: in some cases it depends on where the individual has been (the wrong place at the wrong time), what he has eaten, etc. If randomness is high, how can selection mechanisms, in the predator-prey interaction, generate adaptations?

The world is not within man’s reach – the world in the physical sense: stars and galaxies. Our thriving on a speck of dust lost in infinity cannot conceal its (our thriving’s) indecorum. We must leave room to a one better suited than us to explore and know the world: Der Geist.

Biology will become anecdotal because the most important for Der Geist will be to know Itself. In biology Der Geist will find what It is not, not what It is.

The profound meaning of political freedom is that political ideas do not matter in the least. The program will apply and Der Geist will awaken.

Subsidizing children amounts to a windfall. It is because children are one’s highest stakes in the system that governments subsidize reproductive success while burdening all other forms of success.

Crime novels are read by practical people who have no time and no patience for things remote from their self-interest. Not because these novels are easier to read – they are not – but because practical people always keep in a corner of their minds the more or less conscious idea that one day to kill someone will be necessary to safeguard their interests.

Lucretius’s ‘unalloyed empiricism’ (Milord Matt Ridley): yet the idea that the world is made of two things only, atoms and void, was not empirical but speculative.

In business they’re always talking about having ideas, but the ideas they have in business are of the kind a thinker would be ashamed to have.

How to pronounce the word ‘read’ when reading it is at times impossible to know before the end of the sentence.

It seems that scientific marketing has been so efficient that only those who underwent some religious conditioning (in part inconsistent with mass marketing) are now capable of being critical toward the current state of the society.

When I was young I was feeling a need for religious belief and I would see the scientist who lacked that need as a defective mind, same as I would see a man without sexual needs as unmanly.

I remember very well that when I used to be an avid reader of classic philosophy I couldn’t shift to more recent material without being highly disappointed by their content, I mean by the thinking evidenced in it. No matter how noted the authors were, Ivy League professors and all, they couldn’t rise any high in my estimation.

Love eternal: about the fourth or fifth time it comes in your life you start wondering. Women as transient objects of love eternal.

Google has decided they wanted to help you search things on the Web. So you start typing a name and their engine completes it, with the closest Hollywood star or soccer player, when you’re looking for a biologist… Am I the only one to think this will reinforce herd mentality?

Mexican film La sexorcista (Satánico Pandemonium) (1975) by Gilberto Martínez Solares takes place in a convent during Mexican colonial times (there are still black slaves, some of them escaping from slavery into convents and monasteries, where they are hardly treated better, and there is plague in the country too). Although the title is a bit of a ‘catcher,’ the film, about a nun falling into sin and consequently becoming a serial murderer is subtle and profound. Once one devotes her life to God in the way a Catholic nun does, that is, relinquishing the most demanding urges of nature, the slightest slip can lead one astray and into the deepest regions of despair and madness via a terrifying logic. If she loses in the slightest the firmness of her faith or faith in her firmness, and realizes in what grave she has buried herself alive, she becomes demented – a demon. Yet the apparences can be preserved, including through murder, and the horrible irony of the film is that by accepting to live in utter deception of others the criminal nun is offered the highest honors, the leadership of her community, whereas the confession of her crimes would have brought her into the hands of the Inquisition and to death after atrocious abuses. It is made plain, however, that her reward will corrupt the whole community and beyond: under the guise of devotion and unbeknownst to them, the believers will be paying honor to Satan, into whose sheep they have been turned.

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‘Israel does not suffer from rape’

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About the fantastic claim that Israel does not suffer from rape (made by Tobias Langdon, in his essay Fake Jews: Deceit and Double-Think in Britain’s Hostile Elite, UNZ Review online, May 16, 2017)

According to Tobias Langdon, as an ethnostate Israel’s blessings include Israeli women’s being spared from rape.

According to A Natural History of Rape (2000) by Randy Thornhill and Craig Palmer, rape is at least two different things, 1/rape by a sexual predator (his victims being unknown to him), 2/rape by a relative (including incest on children) or by a known person, that is date rape; and the second category is the commonest by far – very far. Yet rape by migrants is of the sexual-predator category.

(I also believe that the first category has always been more reported than the second one, and if it is found that a statistical increase in rape is due in part to more victims reporting, we will also find that this reporting concerns in large part family or date rapes.)

Rape, being a sensitive issue, comes handy for propaganda. Shock value of violent murders and rapes can cloud the reasoning and then one would swallow anything unsupported by statistics. And I don’t find statistics as much as shock-value cases in anti-migrant internet literature.

As to the fantastic claim that ‘ethnostate’ Israel ‘doesn’t suffer from this crime’ (rape) as she does not allow third-world immigration, it is preposterous, on three counts:

1/The claim assumes that family and date rape does not exist in Israel.

2/That there is no third-world immigration in Israel is not true, as Black Ethiopians and other third-world nationalities have immigrated to and settled in Israel.

To be sure, the numbers of Black people and third-world immigration in Israel may be considered negligible. But as Langdon notes, there are 20 percent non-Jewish Arabs with Israeli (however second-class) citizenship: hardly an ethnostate! Israel is not as ‘sane’ as Langdon likes to, perhaps craves to believe.

3/& finally rape rates in Israel are said to be rather high. [There are problems with international rape statistics, however. For instance, in the article here (wonderslist) about ‘Top 10 Countries With Maximum Rape Crime,’ I can see no reason why Canada has 14 times (!) more sex assaults than similar country USA. Canada: 460,000 assaults each year for a population of 36M =1277 per lakh; USA: 293,000 assaults/year for a pop. of 323M =90.7 per lakh…]

Tobias Langdon is one case of delusional thinking about Israel, combined with an ingrained repulsion toward colored people – that same repulsion that led one of my Twitter contenders to make, in the heat of an exchange, the fantastically preposterous claim that all rapists in Israel are Blacks (see Tweet Anthology 2 here).

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Nor was ever the U.S. an ethnostate, as the economy of the South was based on slavery (on the paper, however, it could be said it was, yes, as slaves were not citizens). Neither slavery America nor apartheid Israel are ethnostates. Both are exploitative caste states.

Of course, that ruthless exploitation could be a political aim is not considered proper today, except perhaps to the most unabashed supremacists. For all others, an unarticulated desire to enslave a whole class of people in order to make one’s own life easier would translate as a perceived need, an actual anxiety to defend one’s civilization – where there’s nothing to defend but a heritage of exploitation and misery for the greater number.

It is because of the earnest possibility of such a collective desire for enslavement and exploitation that academia tends to reject IQ studies, as inferior IQs would be deemed a sufficient reason to enslave, say, the Blacks, however shocking this is to our moral sense. Liberals are often snubbed as moralists, but morality is no more to be dismissed from the fabric of man than are man’s lower instincts.

If there exist statistics that demonstrate high rate crimes of Black and other people of color, then I’d like to see them. What some are wont of doing on the internet is tweeting shocking cases of rape and murder, say once every week or two, when heinous crimes happen in the U.S. alone at the rate of dozens a day. So as these highly motivated militants can’t bring more than such numbers of cases to my attention, then I say to myself, wait, I am deeply nauseated by these Black on White crimes, but what about the figures now? Again, if there are figures…

The figure I know is Black inmates in American prisons. There’s no reason to suppose, like many liberals, that this high percentage is per se a proof of racism in American society rather than, say, the criminal nature of the Black man, as the opponents of those liberals would have it. Once this is being said, I have heard that the greater part of these inmates have been sentenced for drugs and I think that changes everything, because even if that might prove one of the Black man’s natural tendencies, I wouldn’t exclude that Blacks are being targeted on purpose by pushers having all the means of scientific marketing at their disposal, especially knowing that they are working in prison, that is, are just like the slaves of old and just like the Black peons of the Jim Crow regime (where they were not allowed to diversify their crops, to take just one instance). This is a pattern.

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Singled Out

Some thoughts after reading Singled Out: How Singles Are Stereotyped, Stigmatized, and Ignored, and Still Live Happily Ever After (2006) by Bella DePaulo, PhD.

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For a ultimate cause of ‘matrimania’ (marriage mania), I’d be tempted to look into evolutionary psychology. Bella DePaulo uses a meaningful phrase: ‘intensive coupling,’ or ‘intensive nuclearity,’ and I think it is key to understanding matrimania. Intensive coupling is the current form of mate guarding. Women’s emancipation has made it necessary that both partners couple more intensely than ever in the past, when the relative social isolation of the woman would guarantee some stability to the couple, as mate poaching would be obstructed by women’s reclusion and minority status.

The corollary of intensive coupling is the emotional value attached to coupling, which, as DePaulo observes, has not always been so exclusive in the past. Another corollary is the delusions she describes under the word ‘singlism.’

What she says about the fifties in America (‘Consider … the Americans who were newly wedded in 1956. No Americans on record married at a younger age than they did, before or since. Half the 1956 grooms had not yet reached the age of 22.5, and half the brides were 20 or younger’) also triggered various reminiscences. I see the American fifties as an era of profound change marked by ‘hidden persuaders’ (Vance Packard), ‘affluence,’ ‘reversed sequence’ and the rise of the ‘technostructure’ (Galbraith), ‘managerialism’ (Burnham), and I am led to hypothesize the intervention of  technocratic power (more efficient than that of churches!) in normalizing marriage in the American society. There may have been two incentives in that direction for these technocratic ‘persuaders.’ One is social control, as by and large single males would be seen as sexual predators and single females as feebly-inhibited nomads (from eugenicist Charles Davenport – and my understanding is that eugenics was still okay at the time). The other is consumption at the levels required by the newly achieved affluence. DePaulo stresses the response already made to Japanese scholar Masahiro Yamada’s contention that ‘single parasites’ consume less, yet I am not quite convinced that singles consume as much as couples; data should not be too hard to find on that score.

Yamada’s indictment of singles based on their consumption patterns or consumption levels is revealing of a tendency of capitalist societies toward ‘democratorship’ (from German Demokratur: Demokratie-Diktatur).

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Evolutionary psychology postulates that we are replication machines for our genes (Dawkins): the goal of life is reproduction. EP scholars insist that the phrase ‘struggle for life’ is actually a misnomer, since survival is in fact at the service of reproduction. The phrase ‘reproductive success’ is key to their understanding of social relations. Now, as DePaulo says, some singles have children (and more and more people with children are singles); but this is still a way to maximize/optimize one’s reproductive success, if one’s partner turns out to be abusive, violent &c. She underlines that many singles and their children are better off single than in pair. But then they are in a typical EP pattern, whereas childless singles are not, and are rather, in that view, well, if the former are successes, then the latter are – the contrary of successes (and unhappy).

One EP scholar (Kanazawa) has come with an ‘intelligence paradox,’ trying to explain why intelligent people tend to commit ‘the greatest crime against nature’ (in his own words), namely voluntarily not to reproduce. Having read his book, in fact I can say this doesn’t even describe intelligent men by and large, only (or more likely) intelligent women. Still, in one other book (Why Beautiful People Have More Daughters, 2007, Kanazawa & Miller), he points to a productivity peak for scholars happening later in life in the case of singles than in the case of marrieds. He sees it as a confirmation of the EP view that once you reproduce you’ve done what you were called for in this life (by your genes) and you now concentrate on giving your children the opportunities to reproduce in the best conditions in their turn.

For a more thorough discussion of Kanazawa’s intelligence paradox, see here.

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With Singled Out, Bella DePaulo almost made me think good of Oprah Winfrey (I can’t say I know Oprah Winfrey well, it’s just I have no warm notions of TV personalities generally speaking). But I have just been reading she is involved with a cult called A Course in Miracles (a course allegedly dictated by Jesus to a female medium, starting in 1965) and has put her large notoriety at its service. No doubt this has contributed mightily to the cult’s affairs.

In Order by Accident (2000), Miller & Kanazawa claim that, faced with unemployment, women evidence a tendency to join cults. I am pretty sure that cult membership also counts singles in larger proportions.

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DePaulo sends a pique to those Americans who see themselves as adventurous and yet dare not go alone at the restaurant. Well observed!

In my experience, in restaurants that ambition to be fashionable, service to singles is extremely poor and as customers abandon themselves to the goodwill of the waiters the experience can be quite unpleasant. It’s as if these restaurants have an anti-single policy that they implement through bad service. They do their best to spare their ‘normal,’ or ideal, paired customers the inconvenience of being seated near a single – looser by definition in the dictionary of singlism.

Alternately, it may be no policy from the management but come from the staff themselves. As union is strength, waiters might hesitate to be inconsiderate and mean to pairs, while it’s fair game with singles, and they release it! If the waiter intends to be mean with a pair, Madame will insult him in soft voice while talking to Monsieur and making sure the waiter hears and his pride is hurt, while the single remains silent, doesn’t even whisper, because then they’re looked upon as having bats in the belfry.

Try the burger parlor.

July 2017