Thursday, December 31, 2009

Reid Walker

In many respects, worldsourcing is both a response to and the product of the forces of globalization – its catalysts – which are causing massive macro- and socio-economic shifts in the global business and consumer landscape. By catalysts, I’m referring to shifts in capital flows and investments, talent and intellectual property, energy and resource allocation, connectivity and information transparency, GDP and consumer purchase influence, and innovation, to name a few.
We’re witnessing no less than a paradigm shift in the global business and consumer landscape. The ability to interpret, navigate and respond to these catalysts will define the future success of every business aspiring to position itself for success in the post-globalization environment.

David Hale

The current business cycle will go down in the history books as one which confirmed that leadership in the global economy is now shifting from the old industrial countries to the emerging market countries. During 2007, the developing countries produced over 52% of global growth, compared to 37% during the late 1990s. China alone produced 17.8% of global GDP growth last year, compared to 14.6% for the U.S. economy. The developing countries’ share of total world output has risen to 29% this year from 18% in 1995. The World Bank is forecasting that the economies of developing countries will grow 7.4% this year, compared to 2.2% in the old industrial nations.

Mark Foster

To succeed in today's global environment, companies must understand the trends driving the bulti-polar world and continually adapt their positioning, operational models and culture accordingly.

Alexander Gelman


Tuesday, December 29, 2009


Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Yuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Phiman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit (กรุงเทพมหานคร อมรรัตนโกสินทร์ มหินทรายุธยา มหาดิลกภพ นพรัตน์ราชธานีบุรีรมย์ อุดมราชนิเวศน์มหาสถาน อมรพิมานอวตารสถิต สัขขะทขัตติยะวิษณุกรรมประสิทธิ์)


Great Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya

Ghost Busters

Do you believe in UFO's, astral projection, mental telepathy, ESP, clairvoyance, spirit photography, telekinetic movement, full transmedium, the Loch Ness monster, and the theory of Atlantis?
Ah, if there is a steady paycheck in it, I'll believe anything you tell me.


月の沙漠をはるばると 旅の駱駝が行きました
金と銀との鞍置いて 二つならんで行きました

金の鞍には銀の甕 銀の鞍には金の甕
二つの甕はそれぞれに 紐で結んでありました

さきの鞍には王子さま あとの鞍にはお姫さま
乗った二人はおそろいの 白い上着を着てました

曠い沙漠をひとすじに 二人はどこへいくのでしょう
朧にけぶる 月の夜を 対の駱駝でとぼとぼと
砂丘を越えて行きました 黙って越えて行きました

Monday, December 28, 2009


realistic and romantic
cold and passionate
serious and funny
sensitive and indifferent
old and young

mysterious and attractive
cute and sexy
fragile and strong
sensitive and daring
careful and naive
ambivalent and definite
hot and cold
pretty and beautiful
nice and good

almighty and eternal
guide and direction
past and future
light and darkness
sage and seeking
skeptic and saint
penultimate and multipresent
literal and limited
idealistic and pragmatic
shining and moving
omniwhere and omniwhen

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

I love you not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you.

Saturday, December 26, 2009


There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved.

At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.

Augustine of Hippo

Love is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion. That is just being "in love" which any of us can convince ourselves we are. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident. Your mother and I had it, we had roots that grew towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossom had fallen from our branches we found that we were one tree and not two.

Tolman Geffs, Scott Peters

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Abraham Lincoln

1831 Failure in business
1832 Defeated in his bid as state legislator
1832 Unemployed
1833 Failure in business again
1834 Elected as state legislator
1835 His fiancee passed away
1836 Suffer a nervous breakdown
1838 Defeated for Speaker
1838 Defeated in his bid as chair of state legislation
1840 Defeated for Elector
1843 Defeated for Congressional Nomination
1845 Defeated in House Representative candidate nomination
1846 Elected as House Representative
1848 Defeated in his bidding for a second term in the house
1849 Sought a job in the state office of estates, but was refused
1854 Lost his bid for a seat in the Senate
1856 Defeated in Vice President candidate nomination
1858 Once against defeated in Senate elections
1860 Elected as the President of the United States

Monday, December 21, 2009

Trygve Gulbranssen

There are old customs and many matters wherein care must be taken; each thing must be begun on its proper day, with due regard to all upon and under the earth. There are so many forces at work around Christmas time.

Knut Hamsun

And the great spirit of darkness spread a shroud over me... everything was silent — everything. But up in the heights soughed the everlasting song, the voice of the air, the distant, toneless humming which is never silent. I listened so long to this ceaseless faint murmur that it began to bewilder me; it was surely a symphony from the rolling spheres above. Stars that intone a song. . . .

Alexander Lange Kielland

To the clerks the young Consul was a being of quite another sphere. Every head was bowed to him when- ever he passed through the office, and each one seemed to feel that the cold blue eyes penetrated everything and everywhere — books, accounts, and letters, even into their own private secrets. It was believed that he knew every page in the ledger, and that he could quote intricate accounts, column by column, and if there was even the slightest irregularity to be found anywhere, they would wager that it could not escape the young Consul's eye.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Abercrombie & Fitch Milano

George Carlin

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Global Information Industry Center

In 2008, Americans consumed information for about 1.3 trillion hours, an average of almost 12 hours per day. Consumption totaled 3.6 zettabytes and 10,845 trillion words, corresponding to 100,500 words and 34 gigabytes for an average person on an average day. A zettabyte is 10 to the 21st power bytes, a million million gigabytes. These estimates are from an analysis of more than 20 different sources of information, from very old (newspapers and books) to very new (portable computer games, satellite radio, and Internet video). Information at work is not included.

kilo, mega, giga, tera, peta, exa, zetta, yotta, xona, weka, vunda, uda, treda, sorta, rinta, quexa, pepta, ocha, nena, minga, luma ...

John Parkinson

I have always believed that knowledge management wasn't something you did, but rather something you got when you did a whole slew of other things right.
I also believe that the key enablers are a subtle combination of culture, process and technology, which makes it just about impossible to build a KM "product" or even a KM "platform." Many places I have worked or consulted disagreed and spent lots of resources and dollars on KM efforts that delivered neither knowledge nor management to any appreciable degree.
In the few places that listened and believed, I saw some modest successes, but the culture factor is really hard to "engineer." And without that factor you tend to get better collaboration and isolated pockets of excellence, but not the Holy Grail.
And KM "success" is pretty hard to define and harder to measure. Plus, there are few instant wins, so you also have to be lucky early to get enough momentum going and last long enough to be merely good later. It's a tough problem.

... approach of building the right cultural context (share ideas freely), the right processes (modeled on small, collaborative, research teams and constant interactions) and a judicious investment in technology ...

Harvey Shapiro

I'm on Water Street in Brooklyn,
between the Brooklyn Bridge
and the Manhattan Bridge,
the high charge of their traffic
filling the empty street.
Abandoned warehouses
on either side.
In the shadowed doorways, shades
of Melville and Murder Incorporated.
Five o'clock October light.
Jets and gulls in the fleecy sky.
Climbing the hill to Columbia Heights,
I turn to see the cordage
of the Brooklyn Bridge, and behind it
the battle-gray Manhattan.

James Dickey

If you would run

If you would quicken the city with your pelting,
Then line up, be counted, and change
Your body into time and with me through the boxed maze flee
On soft hooves, saying all saying in flock breath.
Take me there.
I am against you
And with you: I am second
Wind and native muscle in the streets my image lost and discovered
Among yours: lost and found in the endless panes
Of a many-gestured bald-headed woman, caught between
One set of clothes and tomorrow's: naked, pleading in her wax
For the right, silent words to praise
The herd-hammering pulse of our sneakers,
And the time gone by when we paced
River-sided, close-packed in our jostled beginning,
O my multitudes.
We are streaming from the many to the one

Theodore Dreiser

The fact significant is that every scene possesses that vital instability which is the charm of existence. It is forever changing. The waters are running, the winds blowing, the light waxing and waning, and in the very ground such currents are at work as produce and modify all the visible life and color that we know. Great forces are at work, strong ones, and our own little lives are but a shadow of something that wills activity and enjoys it, that wills beauty and is beauty. The scenes that we see are purely representative of that.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Robert Burns

O, MY Luve's like a red, red rose,
That's newly sprung in June.
O, my Luve's like the melodie,
That's sweetly play'd in tune.
As fair art thou, my bonie lass,
So deep in luve am I,
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
Till a' the seas gang dry.
Till a' the seas gang dry, my dear,
And the rocks melt wi' the sun!
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
While the sands o' life shall run.
And fare thee weel, my only luve,
And fare thee weel a while!
And I will come again, my luve,
Tho' it were ten thousand mile!

Pablo Neruda

I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where
I love you simply, without problems or pride
I love you in this way because I don't know any other way of loving


Without warning
as a whirlwind
swoops on an oak
Love shakes my heart


Φιλία, έρωτας, αγάπη, sex. Άλλοτε υπερισχύει κάποιο από αυτά, άλλοτε μηδενίζεται και άλλοτε συνυπάρχουν όλα μαζί.
Το συναίσθημα που δημιουργείται από όλα μαζί είναι ένα.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

British Library

Most of us lie and get lied to every single day. We say we're fine when we're actually having a bad day. We lie to protect the feelings of others, to get out of trouble and to get what we want. Our newspapers lie, our politicians lie, our parents lie. Considering how surrounded we are by lies, we ought to be experts in telling fact from fiction: but are we?

Allen S. Weiss

Appearances do not dissimulate the truth: they are nothing but themselves, the ruins of Being. "Truth" is just a second order phenomenon, a distortion of distortion, a necessary illusion.

Pablo Colapinto

Imaginary Informations can be conceived then as comprising both expected and unexpected realities and unrealities. Imaginary Informations can easily be created and manipulated with words, cameras, computers, hapticinterfaces, and the internet, and are ultimately the components of a flexibletheoretical communication system that adapts to environmental pressures by modifying them in an open-loop. The concept can be applied to multimedia technologies, artistic practice, and political posturing. In a general sense, they represent the composition of a reformed reality: from the pseudo-anonymity of online social networks to audience interactivity and conspiratorial delusion. This consistent reformation of reality is nothing new, and has always resulted in an artistic fascination with deceit, secrets, and lies.

Yve Alain Bois

Just as there is no message entirely devoid of noise, no information can ever exist that does not have to rise above an ocean of noise.

U.S. State Department

If the sender intends to deceive, then the information is disinformation, whereas an innocent error may result in misinformation.

Martin Libicki

In the case of misinformation, the receiver believes what is not true, whereas with disinformation, the receiver is unable to believe what is true. It is not necessarily up to the sender to decide whether information is mis- or dis- and that it is a question of perception, rather than intent.


私、副島隆彦は、初めからずっと、 ... が勝つと予測していた。
私、副島隆彦は、すでに ... ごろに、... について書いたから ...
私、副島隆彦は、先に書いたとおり、... を、ずっと支持している。
私、副島隆彦は、ずっと今も彼らに嫌われているが、... を書いた。

Damian Thompson

This is counterknowledge: misinformation packaged to look like fact.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

George St. Clair

Many of these differences can be accounted for by the continuous operation of two processes, which may be called (1) the Choice of Mates ; and (2) the Law of Battle, of which the first bears some analogy to methodical selection in man, and the second to man's unconscious selection : or perhaps it would be truer to say that both correspond to man's unintentional selection. (More Strictly, both correspond to sexual selection in man. But sexual selection in man is partly methodical and partly unconscious.)

Stephen G. Alter

The interlinked origins of darwin's unconscious selection concept and the application of sexual selection to race

Alfred Vulpian

Les differences reelles qui existent entre l'encephale de l'homme et celui des singes superieurs, sont bien minimes. Il ne faut pas se faire d'illusions a cet egard. L'homme est bien plus pres des singes anthropomorphes par les caracteres anatomiques de son cerveau que ceux-ci ne le sont non seulement des autres mammiferes, mais meme de certains quadrumanes, des guenons et des macaques.

Author Unknown

My thoughts are free to go anywhere, but it's suprising how often they head in your direction.

Sunday, November 29, 2009




西学东渐的历程 (第一个阶段; 第二个阶段), 西学东渐的媒介 (来华洋人: 传教士, 其他来华洋人; 出洋中国人: 旅行家及商人及外交官, 留学生; 媒体: 书籍的出版流通, 期刊, 报纸; 新式学校; 港、澳及其他口岸租界的角色; 日本在西学传入中国的角色), 中国人对西学看法的变化 (明末清初; 晚清时期对西学看法的变化; 民国时期西学东渐的论战及影响), 各学科的西学东渐 (哲学; 数学; 天文学; 地理学和地质学; 生物学; 物理学; 化学; 医学; 应用科学及技术; 政治学及政治思想; 社会学及社会思想; 经济学及经济思想; 法学; 军事; 历史学; 文学; 音乐; 美术), 对中国的影响 (学术的影响; 思想文化的影响; 政治的影响; 社会的影响; 经济及日常生活的影响), 西学东渐影响下的著作

Jusuf Wanandi

It's a much more complicated problem we are facing. Islam, of course, is one of the factors that we have to win on our side, and Indonesia will be playing a critical role in that.














Saturday, November 28, 2009

Duncan J. Watts, Steven Strogatz

Average Path Length = (ln N / ln K) where N = desired number of nodes and K = mean degree (i.e., acquaintances per node; assumed to be an even integer). Thus if N = 6,000,000,000 (90% World pop.) and K = 30 then Degrees of Separation = 22.5 / 3.4 = 6.6. (Assume 10% of population is too young to participate.)

Ouisa Kitteridge (John Guare)

I read somewhere that everybody on this planet is separated by only six other people. Six degrees of separation between us and everyone else on this planet. The President of the United States, a gondolier in Venice, just fill in the names. I find it extremely comforting that we're so close. I also find it like Chinese water torture, that we're so close because you have to find the right six people to make the right connection... I am bound, you are bound, to everyone on this planet by a trail of six people.

Frigyes Karinthy

A fascinating game grew out of this discussion. One of us suggested performing the following experiment to prove that the population of the Earth is closer together now than they have ever been before. We should select any person from the 1.5 billion inhabitants of the Earth—anyone, anywhere at all. He bet us that, using no more than five individuals, one of whom is a personal acquaintance, he could contact the selected individual using nothing except the network of personal acquaintances.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Innovation Time Off

As a motivation technique (usually called Innovation Time Off), all Google engineers are encouraged to spend 20% of their work time (one day per week) on projects that interest them. Some of Google's newer services, such as Gmail, Google News, Orkut, and AdSense originated from these independent endeavors. In a talk at Stanford University, Marissa Mayer, Google's Vice President of Search Products and User Experience, stated that her analysis showed that 50% of the new product launches originated from the 20% time.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009


Dag Hammarskjöld

"Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights.

Sylvie Poisson

La beauté est en premier lieu, une sensation de bien-être et de plénitude. Elle nous donne la chance d’exprimer notre vrai soi et d’être authentique. Elle nous vient directement du cœur et est en harmonie avec l’humanité. L’aboutissement de cette beauté intérieure est exceptionnel et remarquable. Lorsque nous avons la chance de rencontrer une personne qui vit pleinement cette beauté, nous avons le désir immédiat d’être à ses côtés. À son contact, nous oublions immédiatement nos difficultés quotidiennes et nous sommes totalement bien avec nous-mêmes.
Lorsque nous sommes arrivés dans ce magnifique monde, c’est à dire le jour de notre naissance, nous avions tous les mêmes droits fondamentaux qui sont le droit à l’amour, à la beauté, au bonheur, à l’abondance, à la prospérité, à la confiance, à l’estime de soi, etc.
(La vraie beauté commence à l’intérieur)

Tuesday, November 24, 2009


「(≒無限大)×(≒無)= Something」

Cornelis Disco, Barend van der Meulen

In 1964, Gordon E. Moore, research manager of Fairchild Semiconductor, observed a regular periodic doubling of the number of gates" (a measure of complexity), and claimed, by extrapolation, that this would continue. This prediction has come true so beautifully, that nowadays we speak of "Moore's Law," as if it were a law of Nature. The validity of this law cannot be understood from the technical procedures by which the chips are made. The fact that the law holds so well is an effect of the way actors (in industry, in science and in government) judge their own and each others' accomplishments with respect to Moore's Law predicts. They direct their efforts towards achieving the predicted values. Laboratories evaluate and plan their efforts in terms of Moore's Law; when there is danger of specifications falling short at the predicted moment, extra effort is expended. Firms use the law to guide investment decisions in specific technologies; for example whether or not to develop products that need chips with the predicted capacity - such as calculators or compact disc players. Governments are willing to provide subsidies in order to help firms avert the danger of not meeting the predicted value. All actors exert themselves to measure up to the predicted competition and to stay in the race. Moore's Law is the yardstick for the behavior of chip producers and governments in Japan, the United States and Europe, and it shapes their mutual dependency in the strategic game they play with one another.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Tnaveler Ton

Antonyms of relevant are inappropriate, irrelevant and unsuitable.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Marine Knežević (UN Poster)

It is not wrong to be different,

it is wrong to be treated differently if you are.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Lucie Lamarche, Eric Tistounet

Il apparaît tout d’abord utopique de penser que, concernant des violations de droits visant à garantir les humains contre l’exclusion sociale, économique et culturelle, la plupart des victimes, en situation de pauvreté, de mauvaise santé et/ou de carences éducatives, pourraient seules affronter le labyrinthe de procédures nationales (à plusieurs degrés), puis régionales et enfin internationales/universelles (sans exclure les mécanismes sectoriels) susceptibles de reconnaître leur bon droit. Les victimes les plus défavorisées ont donc rarement accès à ces procédures.

Thierry Meyssan

... je veux développer le débat démocratique, y défendre mes idées et en réfuter d’autres. Précisément, le débat démocratique ne se développe que lorsque l’on accepte de se confronter aux gens dont on ne partage pas les idées.

J’ai toujours activement combattu les idéologies d’exclusion, que ce soit le racisme ou l’antisémitisme, l’apartheid ou le sionisme, etc.

Michel Chossudovsky

Since the early 1980s, the "macro-economic stabilization" and structural adjustment programs imposed by the IMF and the World Bank on developing countries (as a condition for the renegotiation of their external debt) have led to the impoverishment of hundreds of millions of people. Contrary to the spirit of the Bretton Woods agreement of 1944 which was predicated on “economic reconstruction” and stability of major exchange rates, the structural adjustment program has contributed largely to destabilizing national currencies and ruining the economics of developing countries.
Internal purchasing power has collapsed, famines have erupted, health clinics and schools have been closed down and hundreds of millions of children have been denied the right to primary education. In several regions of the developing world, the reforms have been conducive to a resurgence of infectious diseases including tuberculosis, malaria and cholera. While the World Bank's mandate consists of "combating poverty" and protecting the environment, its support for large-scale hydroelectric and agro-industrial projects has also speeded up the process of deforestation and the destruction of the natural environment, leading to the forced displacement and eviction of several million people.

Shlomo Sand

One of the most effective techniques adopted to ridicule or marginalize one’s ideological opponents is to create a caricatured and extreme version of their thesis.

As is well-known, a religious community cannot possess historical ownership rights over a land, whereas a people can.

Hugo Blanco, 中沢清二

恋を忘れた あわれな男に
しびれるような 香りいっぱいの
こはく色した 飲み物を教えてあげました
やがて心うきうき とっても不思議このムード
たちまち男は 若い娘に恋をした

コンガ マラカス 楽しいルンバのリズム
それは素敵な飲みものコーヒー モカマタリ
みんな陽気に 飲んで踊ろう
愛のコーヒー ルンバ

Hugo Blanco, Jose Manzo Perroni

Cuando la tarde languidece, renacen las sombras
y en la quietud los cafetales vuelven a sentir
esta triste canción de amor de la vieja molienda
en el letargo de la noche parece decir...

Una pena de amor y una tristeza
lleva el zambo Manuel en su amargura
pasa incansable la noche moliendo café

Friday, November 20, 2009

T-Bone Walker

they call it stormy monday, yes but tuesday is just as bad
wednesday is even worse; thursday is awful sad
the eagle flies on friday, saturday I go out to play
sunday I go to church where I knee down and pray
and I say, lord have mercy, lord have mercy on me
just trying to find my baby, won't you please send her on back to me

Monday, November 16, 2009

John Hamre

This session today - of course, this is the start and, I would argue, the most important part of it because we're trying to really say, what are we trying to do ... where are we going, what are we really planning for? What kind of a future do we have to anticipate? And how do we structure that ...

Finally, we have to balance between current needs and future needs, between things like current operations and readiness and investment in capabilities for the future: research, development, procurement, et cetera.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Veronica Shoffstall

After a while you learn the subtle difference between holding a hand and chaining a soul,
And you learn that love doesn't mean leaning and company doesn't always mean security,
And you begin to learn that kisses aren't contracts and presents aren't promises,
And you begin to accept your defeats with your head up and your eyes open, with the grace of an adult, not the grief of a child,
And you learn to build all your roads on today because tomorrow's ground is too uncertain for plans.
After a while you learn that even sunshine burns if you get too much.
So plant your own garden and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.
And you learn that you really can endure ... that you are really strong, and you really do have worth.
And you learn and you learn ... with every good bye you learn....

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Ken Irwin

Electronic Resource Management (ERM) refers to practices and software systems used by libraries to keep track of important information about electronic information resources, especially internet-based resources such as electronic journals, databases, and electronic books. The development of ERM became necessary in the early 2000s as it became clear that traditional library catalogs and integrated library systems were not designed to handle metadata for resources as mutable as many online products are.

Digital Library Federation

When libraries acquire electronic resources from publishers or vendors, they must understand, record, transmit, and inform others about the many financial, legal, interrelational, and access aspects of these arrangements. The acquisitions and licensing processes are complex, publishers transmit this information to libraries in a variety of paper and electronic formats, and the number of licensed electronic products libraries are collecting is increasing rapidly. Such situations tend to spawn local, ad hoc fixes; what is needed, by contrast, is an industry-wide, standardized solution. The Electronic Resources Management Initiative (ERMI), an ongoing project of the Digital Library Federation (DLF), is creating such a solution.

Walter Cronkite

Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.

Friday, November 13, 2009

George Moore

The hours I spend with you I look upon as sort of a perfumed garden, a dim twilight, and a fountain singing to it. You and you alone make me feel that I am alive. Other men said they have seen angels, but I have seen you and you are enough for me.

Rabindranath Tagore

Love is an endless mystery, for it has nothing else to explain it.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Olindo Iglesias

Values are attached to a culture, and it is culture that binds society together. Therefore, I tend to think more of values as a set of rules that a group of individuals consciously or not agree as elements without which they cannot structure themselves. This, put simplistically, should explain why values are so different from one geographical location to another: the needs are different.
It still surprises me to have discussions where some people firmly believe some values are universal. Worse, some people are so manicheist in their reasoning that they only consider their truth to be valid.
I see change as an impossible process. People don't change, societies don't change, nothing changes out of reason. The only change that can happen is by necessity or out of force.
Even though I understand the need to retrieve old values and way of thinking I am not completely sure Asian societies will be able to go back to their traditional values. The globalized world tends to build a blended, stereotyped society having in at its foundation the American model. Unfortunately, we all tend to think more and more the same.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Neil MacFarquhar

(The fact that it costs the United Nations an average of $2,473 per page to create every single document in its six official languages, while outside contractors complete the same work for around $450.)
That ultimately leaves the operating budget as the place to cut, hence the questions raised about costs like the $2,473 per page. “They are not printed on gold leaf,” one diplomat dryly noted.
That price tag, said Ms. Kane, the budget czar, reflects the fact that the body keeps a staff of translators on call 24 hours a day to make sure any document can be translated instantly into English, Russian, French, Arabic, Spanish and Chinese. Outside contractors, while cheaper, cannot work as quickly, she said.
Negotiators note that the Fifth Committee alone produces some 10,000 pages of documents per year, and that hard copies of every single page do not need to be distributed to all 192 missions. The proposal to limit distribution to the Web prompts some grumbling, however.
“You have the small missions and small countries saying, ‘What is this Internet?’ ” one Latin American negotiator said.

Beyoncé Knowles

Clouds filled with stars cover the skies
And I hope it rains, you're the perfect lullaby
What kinda dream is this?

You could be a sweet dream or a beautiful nightmare
Either way I don't wanna wake up from you

Sweet dream or a beautiful nightmare
Somebody pinch me, your love's too good to be true

My guilty pleasure, I ain't going no where
Baby long as you're here I'll be floating on air

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

John Maynard Keynes

The inhabitant of London could order by telephone, sipping his morning tea, the various products of the whole earth, and reasonably expect their early delivery upon his doorstep. Militarism and imperialism of racial and cultural rivalries were little more than the amusements of his daily newspaper. What an extraordinary episode in the economic progress of man was that age which came to an end in August 1914.



Monday, November 9, 2009


city is unusually filled with stars
we are as if in a remote island
the radio says
wind south force three

in the hearts that would have been clear
afraid that knotted string is splitting away
you say
do not think too much

this heart never wanted a love
this soul never felt any of that kind
east to say
love for what it is

want to bet for what it meant to be
wonder whether the fate is on my side
i say
do not want to hear your goodbye

sky is blue your eyes are shining
it is as if in a tropical island
shall we say
do not worry be happy

wind south force three
visibility is six miles
a puddle smiles
and says may be yes may be

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Zbigniew Brzezinski

The 500-year global domination by the Atlantic powers is coming to an end, with the new pre-eminence of China and Japan. Waiting in the wings are India and perhaps a recovered Russia, though the latter is very insecure about its place in the world.
In this dynamically changing world, the crisis of American leadership could become the crisis of global stability. Yet in the foreseeable future no state or combination of states can replace the linchpin role America plays in the international system. Without a U.S. recovery, there will be no global recovery. The only alternative to a constructive American role is global chaos.

Oswald Spengler

The philosophy of this book I owe to the philosophy of Goethe, which is practically unknown today, and also (but in a far less degree) to that of Nietzsche. The position of Goethe in West European metaphysics is still not understood in the least; when philosophy is being discussed he is not even named. For unfortunately he did not set down his doctrines in a rigid system, and so the systematic philosophy has overlooked him. Nevertheless, he was a philosopher. His place vis-à-vis Kant is the same as that of Plato--who similarly eludes the would-be systematizer--vis-à-vis Aristotle. Plato and Goethe stand for the philosophy of Becoming, Aristotle and Kant the philosophy of Being. Here we have intuition opposed to analysis. Something that it is practically impossible to convey by the methods of reason is found in individual sayings and poems of Goethe, e.g., in the Orphische Urworte, and stanzas like Wenn im Unendlichen and Sagt es Niemand, which must be regarded as the expression of a perfectly definite metaphysical doctrine. I would not have one single word changed in this: "The Godhead is effective in the living and not in the dead, in the becoming and the changing, not in the become and the set-fast; and therefore, similarly, the reason (Vernunft) is concerned only to strive towards the divine through the becoming and the living, and the understanding (Vcrstand) only to make use of the become and the set-fast" (to Eckermann). This sentence comprises my entire philosophy.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Thomas Robert Malthus

Assuming then, my postulata as granted, I say, the power of population is indefinitely greater than the power in the earth to produce subsistence for man.
Population, when unchecked, increases in a geometrical ratio. Subsistence increases only in an arithmetical ratio. A slight acquaintance with numbers will show the immensity of the first power in comparison with the second.
By that law of our nature which makes food necessary to the life of man, the effects of these two unequal powers must be kept equal.

Олжас Омарұлы Сүлейменов

лезь в колчан библиотек
жить эпосом в царстве прозы
исправляя метафорой мир
выпрямляя вопросы

Thursday, November 5, 2009


Sunday, November 1, 2009

EOS International

As an industry pioneer, EOS International was the first company to provide library automation software to special libraries. Today, the company is a market leader in library automation and knowledge management solutions, with the expertise to provide next-generation, open, scalable, locally installed and Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions.

EOS continues to be a client-driven, market responsive innovator in the field of library automation and knowledge management solutions, and pledges to deliver innovative, cost-effective products and services to help corporate, legal, medical, and government libraries or information centers automate their libraries and provide their users easy access to global information.

EOS is committed to meeting the growing demand for digital collection management by providing customizable, flexible and easy to use software while seamlessly integrating and delivering search results for patrons. Our highly skilled Research & Development team is always integrating new features and technology with our solutions. In fact, EOS International was the first vendor to bring Microsoft .NET technology to the industry and is the only vendor to wholly own and operate a state-of-the-art Global Data Center.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA

Resource Description and Access (RDA) is being developed as a new standard for resource description and access designed for the digital world.

Built on foundations established by the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules (AACR), RDA will provide a comprehensive set of guidelines and instructions on resource description and access covering all types of content and media. The new standard is being developed for use primarily in libraries, but consultations are being undertaken with other communities (archives, museums, publishers, semantic web, etc.) in an effort to attain an effective level of alignment between RDA and the metadata standards used in those communities.

Digital technologies have significantly changed the environment in which libraries, archives, museums, and other information management organizations build and maintain the databases that describe and provide access to resources in their collections.

The resources represented in those databases include a rapidly growing number that have been produced and disseminated using digital technologies. RDA is being designed to provide a flexible and extensible framework for both the technical and content description of such resources while also serving the needs of libraries organizing resources produced in non-digital formats.

Database technologies are also undergoing significant change, and an increasing number of information management organizations are migrating the data that describe and provide access to their resources to new platforms. RDA is being developed to provide a better fit with emerging database technologies, and to take advantage of the efficiencies and flexibility that such technologies offer with respect to data capture, storage, retrieval, and display.

A key element in the design of RDA is its alignment with the conceptual models for bibliographic and authority data developed by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA). The FRBR and FRAD models provide RDA with an underlying framework that has the scope needed to support comprehensive coverage of all types of content and media, the flexibility and extensibility needed to accommodate newly emerging resource characteristics, and the adaptability needed for the data produced to function within a wide range of technological environments.

A second key element in the design of RDA is that it establishes a clear line of separation between the recording of data and the presentation of data. The major focus of RDA will be on providing guidelines and instructions on recording data to reflect attributes and relationships associated with the entities defined in the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) and Functional Requirements for Authority Data (FRAD) models. The aim is to provide a set of instructions for recording data that can be applied independently of any particular structure or syntax for data storage or display. Guidelines and instructions on formatting data elements for purposes of presentation according to specifications set out in standards such as the International Standard Bibliographic Description (ISBD) will be provided separately in appendices.

RDA is being designed for ease and efficiency of use. The guidelines and instructions in RDA will be structured to facilitate application to a wide variety of resources, ranging from those that can be described in a relatively simple and straightforward way to those for which more detailed guidance is required. General instructions covering basic aspects of resource description and access that are applicable to all types of resources will be formulated in clear, concise, simple terms. In cases where further guidance may be needed to describe specific characteristics exhibited by a resource, RDA will provide more detailed instructions applicable to particular types of content, media, and modes of issuance.

Notwithstanding its new approach, the need to integrate data produced using RDA into existing files (particularly those developed using AACR and related standards) is recognized as a key factor in the design of RDA.

Glenn E. Patton

As a step toward understanding how authority data is used currently in the library context, five functions of that data were identified:
First, the data documents decisions made by the cataloger when choosing the appropriate controlled access points for a new bibliographic record or when formulating new access points.
Second, information recorded in authority data serves as a reference tool for those same two activities as well as providing information that can be used in distinguishing one person, corporate body or work from another. It may also serve to help the cataloger to determine that none of the existing access points is appropriate and that a new access point is needed. It can also serve a broader reference function for other library staff.
Third, authority data can be used to control the forms of access points in bibliographic records and, in an automated environment, change those access points when the authority data itself is changed.
Fourth, authority data supports access to bibliographic records by leading the user from the form of name as searched to the form of name used in the bibliographic file.
Finally, authority data can be used to link bibliographic and authority files in ways that, for example, allow the conversion of data elements into languages and scripts most appropriate to the user’s needs.

Dave Matthews

Nine planets round the sun
Only one does the sun embrace
Upon this watered one
so much to we take for granted
So let us sleep outside tonight
Lay down in the mother's arms
for here we can rest safely

Wednesday, October 28, 2009


morning has come with the first rays of sun
breaking through our window pane
songs fill the air but there is no singer there
just an old wooden guitar playing

looking forward all that I can see
is good things happening to you and to me
i am not waiting for times to change
i want to live like a free-roaming soul
on the highway of our love

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

James Blunt

you're beautiful, you're beautiful
you're beautiful, it's true
I saw your face in a crowded place
and I don't know what to do
'cause I'll never be with you
but it's time to face the truth
I will never be with you

Amadou, Mariam

Je pense à toi mon amour ma bien aimée
Ne m’abandonne pas mon amour ma chérie

Quand je suis dans mon lit je ne rêve qu’à toi
Et quand je me réveille je ne pense qu’à toi

Sunday, October 25, 2009


the morning has recapture the light
and is breathing in the dawn with me

trying to remember the dream of yesterday
fading away from the false and the true

wrapping up in a blanket on the bed
outreaching my fingers to the keyboard

write a message, want to see you now
will you understand the way I feel?

Sérgio Mendes

Oaria rai?
Oba Oba Oba
Mas que nada
Sai da minha frente
Eu quero passar
Pois o samba esta animado
O que eu quero e sambar

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Gazebo, P. L. Giombini

Remember that piano
So delightful unusual
That classic sensation
Sentimental confusion

Pat Benatar

In a crazy, crazy world like this
It’s easy to feel all alone
You give me the strength I need to exist
Just hold me and don’t let me go



Friday, October 23, 2009

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Henry Ford

Most people spend more time and energy going around problems than in trying to solve them.

Isamu Noguchi

I learned the tricks... If you want to do academic things, you can do them. It is not difficult. Yet it is from this difficulty – the mistakes and dead ends – that artists develop, not through the quick solutions and not from something you learn and apply.

sacred spot 2

Sacred spot 1

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

William Henry Hudson

It was a human being—a girl form, reclining on the moss among the ferns and the herbage, near the roots of a small tree. One arm was doubled up behind her neck for her head to rest upon, while the other arm was held extended before her, the hand raised towards a small brown bird perched on a pendulous twig just beyond its reach. She appeared to be playing with the bird, possibly amusing herself by trying to entice it on to her hand; and the hand appeared to tempt it greatly, for it persistently hopped up and down, turning rapidly about this way and that, flirting its wings and tail, and always appearing just on the point of dropping on to her finger. From my position it was impossible to see her distinctly, yet I dared not move. I could make out that she was small, not above four feet six or seven inches in height, in figure slim, with delicately shaped little hands and feet. Her feet were bare, and her only garment was a slight chemise-shaped dress reaching below her knees, of a whitish-gray colour, with a faint lustre as of a silky material. Her hair was very wonderful; it was loose and abundant, and seemed wavy or curly, falling in a cloud on her shoulders and arms. Dark it appeared, but the precise tint was indeterminable, as was that of her skin, which looked neither brown nor white. Altogether, near to me as she actually was, there was a kind of mistiness in the figure which made it appear somewhat vague and distant, and a greenish grey seemed the prevailing colour. This tint I presently attributed to the effect of the sunlight falling on her through the green foliage; for once, for a moment, she raised herself to reach her finger nearer to the bird, and then a gleam of unsubdued sunlight fell on her hair and arm, and the arm at that moment appeared of a pearly whiteness, and the hair, just where the light touched it, had a strange lustre and play of iridescent colour.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Author Unknown

Happiness is the feeling you are feeling when you want to keep feeling it.

Berke Breathed

It's never too late to have a happy childhood.

Sunday, October 18, 2009





Lorenz Hart

blue moon
you saw me standing alone
without a dream in my heart
without a love on my own

blue moon
you knew just what I was there for
you heard me saying a prayer for
somebody I really could care for

and then there suddenly appeared before me
the only one my arms will ever hold
I heard somebody whisper "please adore me"
and when I looked
the moon had turned to gold

blue moon
now I am lo longer alone
without a dream in my heart
without a love on my own

Gail Collins and Felix Pappalardi

Their love was like a circle, no beginning and no end
With his lady by his side a treasure and a best friend


I am looking for myself that I used to be
by sloughing off the dross of life
making my way through the trees
birds and flowers, in the rain, in the sun

I want to meet myself that I have not met
in between conscious and unconscious
always new, no tears in mind
totally unknown, no trace behind

I will leave no trace behind me ...



Saturday, October 17, 2009

Elisabeth Noelle-Neumann

Erich Fromm

Modern contradictions:
consciousness of freedom — unconscious unfreedom
conscious honesty — unconscious fraudulence
consciousness of individualism — unconscious suggestibility
consciousness of power — unconscious sense of powerlessness
consciousness of faith — unconscious cynicism, complete lack of faith

Becca Munson

Glittering Generalities
  • Seeks to make us approve and accept without examining the evidence
  • Words such as: civilization, Christianity, good, proper, right, democracy, patriotism, motherhood, fatherhood, science, medicine, health and love
  • Examples: McDonald’s “Happy Meal”

Garth Jowett and Victoria O'Donnell

Propaganda is the deliberate, systematic attempt to shape perceptions, manipulate cognitions, and direct behavior to achieve a response that furthers the desired intent of the propagandist.
The literature of propaganda often refers to “mass persuasion,” suggesting that propaganda is persuasion on a one-to-many basis. Propaganda tends to be linked with a general societal process, whereas persuasion is regarded as an individual psychological process.
When considering the effect of long-range propagandistic activities, no campaigns have been more successful than those waged by the great proselytizing religions of Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam.


  1. 記念日および記憶に残されるべき時代
  2. 公共の場所および記念碑的な道具立て
  3. 音楽と歌曲
  4. 旗、装飾品、彫像、制服などの芸術的デザイン
  5. 物語と歴史
  6. 念入りに仕組まれた儀式
  7. 更新・演説・音楽などをともなった大衆示威的行為

Martin Sicker

Accordingly, governments and their proponents pay a good deal of attention to assuring public acceptance of the legitimate authority of the state, and employ a variety of means to achieve this goal. As pointed out by C. Edward Merriam, "It is the way of power to surround itself with an array of things to be believed and admired, credenda and miranda." Rare indeed would be the political society that does not have its array of credenda, such as pledges of allegiance, national credos, and patriotic mythologies and propaganda, all calculated to install loyalty to the sate or at least forbearance in regard to it. In some countries, most especially in Musilim world and in some remaining Communist states, religion and ideology, respectively, continue to play a critical role in inclucating obedience to te state are treated to a variety of miranda, including military parades, flags and coats of arms, and patriotic art and other visual symbols, in addition to the sounds of national anthems and patriotic hymns and songs.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Francis Jammes

Il y avait un ouvrier très travailleur, dont la femme était bonne et la petite fille jolie. Ils habitaient dans une grande ville.
Pour la fête du père, on acheta une belle salade blanche et un poulet que l’on fit rôtir. Et tout le monde était bien content, ce Dimanche matin, même le petit chat qui regardait la volaille avec un air coquin et en se disant; J’aurai de bons os à sucer.
Ils déjeunèrent, puis le père dit; Nous allons, pour une fois, nous payer le tramway et aller jusqu’aux environs.
Ils sortirent.
Ils avaient vu, bien des fois, de beaux messieurs et de belles clames faire signe au cocher du tramway, qui arrêtait alors immédiatement les chevaux pour que l’on pût monter.
Le bon ouvrier tenait sa petite fille. Sa femme et lui s’arrêtèrent au coin d’une belle rue.
Un omnibus verni s’avançait vers eux, presque vide. Et ils avaient une grande joie à penser qu’ils allaient y monter pour quatre sous chacun. Et le bon ouvrier fit signe au conducteur d’arrêter les chevaux. Mais le conducteur, voyant ces pauvres simples, les regarda avec dédain et n’arrêta pas la voiture.

Koshi Inaba

if i were inside you i might understand a few things of you
the more i love you the more i get lost in the mist
hold our hands and go to a hill where the moon is burning
it illuminates everyone and our hearts are in the sky
do not smile like always so that i can understand how you feel
i want to know even if it is just a fragment of your heart

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


And my radio says tonight its gonna freeze
People driving home from the factories
Theres six lanes of traffic
Three lanes moving slow. . .

I used to like to go to work but they shut it down
I got a right to go to work but theres no work here to be found
Yes and they say were gonna have to pay whats owed
Were gonna have to reap from some seed thats been sowed
And the birds up on the wires and the telegraph poles
They can always fly away from this rain and this cold
You can hear them singing out their telegraph code
All the way down the telegraph road

Bob Sheehan

Just think about what you and I have been through
And tell me why I should not be afraid
I said don't want to hear about the promises they told us
I don't want to hear about the progress that they made

Well fear not, cause my fear soon turns to anger
As I watch my world get ruined by a pristine hand
And I'm out here, saying Excuse me like a stranger
Cause I never did learn how to say Isn't this grand


Я цябе люблю.


아이 러브 유


I love you.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Darko Obradovic

It's all about similarity!

Compare A and B on attribute level with similarity function: $sim_i = sim($att_A_i, $att_B_i), similarity values are between 0 and 1 (0.0 is no similarity at all; 1.0 is equality)

The overall similarity between A and B is the mean value of their attribute's similarities: $sim_A_B = ($sim_1 + ... + $sim_n) / n

$sim_You_I = 1.0

Robert Alan Dahl

A society employs many techniques: hero worship; history; story; ceremonials; parades; oratory; music. In modern times, the public-school system, particularly in the United States, has become a powerful vehicle of social indoctrination in the myths necessary to polyarchy. The theater, movies, books, magazines, newspapers puor upon the individual a steady stream of admonition serving to distunguish acceptable from unacceptable political behavior. In the ubiquitous voluntary clubs characteristic of the United States youth and adults learn what political behaviors is taboo, what is approved and rewarded. In these ways individuals are indoctrinated with an unreasoned inner convision of the fitness and rightness of polytical systems.

Elleb Am

In life, there are moments when you miss someone so much that you feel like you could only fulfill your dreams by holding that person tight in your arms.

William McGuire

High self-esteem is associated with low need for ego defense, greater capacity for focusing one's attention, and lower levels of anxiety - all of which conduce toward a higher probability of reception of persuasive communication. As regards the expected negative relationship between self-esteem and acceptance of the communications which one has received, one could argue that people possessing little self-esteem tend to yield uncritically to whatever communications they happen to encounter.

Niels Bohr

The best weapon of a dictatorship is secrecy, but the best weapon of a democracy should be the weapon of openness.

The opposite of a fact is falsehood, but the opposite of one profound truth may very well be another profound truth.
There are trivial truths and the great truths. The opposite of a trivial truth is plainly false. The opposite of a great truth is also true.

Carl Hovland

The effectiveness of a message depends on the expertness and trustworthiness of the source. Expertness is defined as the perceived ability of the source to make valid assertions. Trustworthiness is defined as the perceived willingness of the source to make valid assertions. The expertise and trustworthiness of an endorser in an ad are the two most important dimensions to credibility.

Rod McKuen

Love, at best, is giving what you need to get.

Ayala Malakh-Pines

Indeed it seems that people are attracted to partners to whom, in general ways, they are similar — in background, values, interests, and intelligence — but who complement us in a particular, significant personality dimension.

Marvin Rytting, Roger Ware, Patricia Hopkins

Similarity has been found to exert the major influence on the definition of the ideal mate.

Robert Krueger, Avshalom Caspi

Similar partners were found to be pleasurable and arousing, dissimilar partners repulsive.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Michio Yamagami

i know i can not forget you but i will
it was too late when two of us came across
putting out a candle frame i will live
holding my heart in dark despair
we couldn't believe our destiny of love but
now if you are here i will run up to you
holding you tight we will escape
to an unknown place but i accept
it's all over sad

Martina McBride

you can spend your whole life building something from nothing
one storm can come and blow it all away
build it anyway
you can chase a dream that seems so out of reach and you know it might not ever come your way
dream it anyway
this world's gone crazy and it's hard to believe that tomorrow will be better than today
believe it anyway
you can love someone with all your heart, for all the right reasons, and in a moment they can choose to walk away
love 'em anyway

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Ambrose Bierce

Day, n. A period of twenty-four hours, mostly misspent.

Denis Waitely

Time is an equal opportunity employer. Each human being has exactly the same number of hours and minutes every day. Rich people can't buy more hours. Scientists can't invent new minutes. And you can't save time to spend it on another day. Even so, time is amazingly fair and forgiving. No matter how much time you've wasted in the past, you still have an entire tomorrow.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Christine Slotte

Mary Robinson

Universal Declaration of Human Rights Article 29

(3) These rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.
(3) These rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United States.

Monday, October 5, 2009






Brigitte Bardot

J’ai donné ma jeunesse et ma beauté aux hommes, je donne ma sagesse et mon expérience aux animaux.

Freedom House

Freedom House, an independent nongovernmental organization, supports the expansion of freedom in the world. Freedom is possible only in democratic political systems in which the governments are accountable to their own people; the rule of law prevails; and freedoms of expression, association, and belief, as well as respect for the rights of minorities and women, are guaranteed.
Freedom ultimately depends on the actions of committed and courageous men and women. We support nonviolent civic initiatives in societies where freedom is denied or under threat and we stand in opposition to ideas and forces that challenge the right of all people to be free. Freedom House functions as a catalyst for freedom, democracy and the rule of law through its analysis, advocacy and action.
Freedom House’s diverse Board of Trustees is united in the view that American leadership in international affairs is essential to the causes of human rights and democracy.

Amnesty International

Amnesty International's mission is to conduct research and generate action to prevent and end grave abuses of human rights and to demand justice for those whose rights have been violated. Members and supporters of it exert influence on governments, political bodies, companies and intergovernmental groups. Activists of Amnesty International take up human rights issues by mobilizing public pressure through mass demonstrations, vigils and direct lobbying as well as online and offline campaigning.


if you are a musician
i will be your listener everyday
with a great pleasure
with a little silence
and with so much passion for you

if you are a prostitute
i will be your customer everyday
with a lot of money
with a little jealous
and with so many roses for you

if you are a professor
i will be in your class everyday
with impossible problems
with a minimum conflict
and with a lot of efforts for you

if you are nobody
i will be here for you everyday
nothing to give
nothing to take
just with whole lot of love

Sunday, October 4, 2009



Tekla Bądarzewska-Baranowska

Beth Chatto

We cannot imitate nature but we can be guided by nature.

Saturday, October 3, 2009



Estudio Kaplicky

R. James King

With the constant wave of changes that have washed against libraries over the past decade, many libraries have adopted a defensive position, fighting to stay alive.


La perspective, inventée au XVIe siècle dans le domaine de la peinture, viendra hiérarchiser les plans. Mais la perspective n’est pas une vision naturelle, elle est reconstruction. Il faut revenir à Platon pour retrouver toutes ces implications …, Platon qui serait du côté de l’art byzantin où tous les plans se chevauchent, bouleversent la perspective et nous avec.

Michel de Montaigne

Je donne mon avis non comme bon mais comme mien.


街を去った人に もう何も望まない
故郷みたいにここに 戻ることはできない
どこか遠い国で やすらぎだけをつかむ
それができるならば おかまいじゃないの
誰がどこへ行こうとも かまわないけれど
私はいる このさわがしい楽園に

Никола́й Заболо́цкий

Я склонюсь над твоими коленями.
Обмниму их с неистовой силою.
И слезами и стихотворениями
Обожгу тебя горькую, милую.

Что прибавится - не убавится
Что не сбудется - позабудется ..
Отчего же ты плачешь, красавица?
Или мне это только чудится!


Friday, October 2, 2009



U.S. Department of State

The protection of fundamental human rights was a foundation stone in the establishment of the United States over 200 years ago. Since then, a central goal of U.S. foreign policy has been the promotion of respect for human rights, as embodied in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The United States understands that the existence of human rights helps secure the peace, deter aggression, promote the rule of law, combat crime and corruption, strengthen democracies, and prevent humanitarian crises.

Because the promotion of human rights is an important national interest, the United States seeks to:
  • Hold governments accountable to their obligations under universal human rights norms and international human rights instruments;
  • Promote greater respect for human rights, including freedom from torture, freedom of expression, press freedom, women's rights, children's rights, and the protection of minorities;
  • Promote the rule of law, seek accountability, and change cultures of impunity;
  • Assist efforts to reform and strengthen the institutional capacity of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the UN Commission on Human Rights; and
  • Coordinate human rights activities with important allies, including the EU, and regional organizations.
The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL) applies three key principles to its work on human rights:

First, DRL strives to learn the truth and state the facts in all of its human rights investigations, reports on country conditions, speeches and votes in the UN, and asylum profiles. Each year, DRL develops, edits, and submits to Congress a 5,000-page report on human rights conditions in over 190 countries that is respected globally for its objectivity and accuracy. DRL also provides relevant information on country conditions to the Immigration and Naturalization Service and immigration judges in asylum cases.

Second, DRL takes consistent positions concerning past, present, and future abuses. With regard to past abuses, it actively promotes accountability. To stop ongoing abuses, the bureau uses an "inside-outside" approach that combines vigorous, external focus on human rights concerns (including the possibility of sanctions) with equally robust support for internal reform. To prevent future abuses, it promotes early warning and preventive diplomacy. Each year DRL ensures that human rights considerations are incorporated into U.S. military training and security assistance programs; promotes the rights of women through international campaigns for political participation and full equality; conducts high-level human rights dialogues with other governments; coordinates U.S. policy on human rights with key allies; and raises key issues and cases through diplomatic and public channels.

Third, DRL forges and maintains partnerships with organizations, governments, and multilateral institutions committed to human rights. The bureau takes advantage of multilateral fora to focus international attention on human rights problems and to seek correction. Each year, DRL provides significant technical, financial, or staff support for U.S. delegations to the annual meetings of several international human rights organizations; conducts regular consultations with Native American tribes and serves as the Secretary's principal advisor on international indigenous rights issues; maintains relations with the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights; and supports the creation of effective multilateral human rights mechanisms and institutions for accountability.

Human Rights Watch

Fundamental rights and freedoms are not guaranteed in China, particularly as the government continues to control and direct judicial institutions and decisions. Such control raises serious concerns about the integrity of legal proceedings in controversial cases and has made courts a less attractive venue for citizens seeking redress for official corruption, illegal land seizures, labor rights violations, and other abuses. With nowhere else to turn, people increasingly are taking to the streets, with tens of thousands of public protests, at times violent, now taking place across China each year.


美国约有2亿支私人枪支 枪杀事件频发
美国暴力犯罪严重 平均每31分钟发生一起谋杀案
美国在押囚犯数量居世界第一 基本权利难得保障


(二) 人权不仅包括公民政治权利, 而且包括经济、社会、文化权利;不仅包括个人人权,还包括集体权。
(三) 生存权和发展权是首要人权——生存权和发展权是首要人权,没有生存权、发展权,其他一切人权均无从谈起。
(四) 人权是权利与义务的统一——人权是权利与义务的统一,是我国人权观的基本原则之一。
(五) 稳定是实现人权的前提,发展是实现人权的关键,法治是实现人权的保障——人权的实现离不开稳定的社会政治环境和经济、社会、文化的发展,离不开民主和法制的保障。
(六) 人权在本质上是一国主权范围内的问题。
(七) 评价一国的人权状况不能割断历史,脱离国情。
(八) 对话与合作是促进国际人权发展的唯一途径——国际社会维护和促进人权的唯一正确的途径是对话和合作。我们主张在平等和相互尊重的基础上开展人权领域的对话和合作。

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Uwe Fahrenkrog-Petersen, Carlo Karges, Dalbello

embrace the wind and fall into another time and space
gib mir die hand - ich bau dir ein schloss aus sand
irgendwie, irgendwo, irgendwann
if we belong to each other
we belong anyplace, anywhere, anytime
im sturz durch zeit und raum, erwacht aus einem traum
nur ein kurzer augenblick – dann kehrt die nacht zurück
bits and pieces from your star
rain upon me as they fall
melt into my skin and I feel warm
sweep upon me like a wave

Edmund Husserl

Philosophers, as things now stand, are all too fond of offering criticism from on high instead of studying and understanding things from within.

Mark Knopfler

and what have you got at the end of the day
what have you got to take away
a bottle of whisky and a new set of lies
blinds on the window and a pain behind the eyes

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Freddie Mercury

I was born to love you
With every single beat of my heart
Yes, I was born to take care of you
Every single day of my life

Lynn Parisi

American writers from the government section of the Supreme Commander of the Allied Powers (SCAP), charged by MacArthur with writing a draft constitution, took note of suggestions for the document contributed by Japanese people and groups. They also chose not to limit themselves to creating an American replica for Japan. They looked within but also beyond the U.S. Constitution. Many on the American writing committee embraced the expansive human rights of the New Deal. These ideals were not reflected in the U.S. Constitution, nor necessarily embraced by conservatives within American occupation personnel. Beate Sirota Gordon, a young and idealistic member of the committee, has recorded her search through Japanese libraries for sample constitutions from other nations that might provide models for a progressive Japanese document. In its original form, Gordon’s human rights section for the Japanese constitution articulated rights far more progressive than anything in the U.S. Constitution.

Daniel Griswold

For the past three decades, globalization, human rights, and democracy have been marching forward together, haltingly, not always and everywhere in step, but in a way that unmistakably shows they are interconnected. By encouraging globalization in less developed countries, we not only help to raise growth rates and incomes, promote higher standards, and feed, clothe, and house the poor; we also spread political and civil freedoms.

Michael Ignatieff

The worldwide spread of human rights norms is often seen as a moral consequence of economic globalization.

Human rights is nothing other than a politics, one that must reconcile moral ends to concrete situations and must be prepared to make painful compromises not only between meand and ends, but between ends themselves.

But politics is not just about deliberation. Human rights language is also there to remind us that there are some abuses that are genuinely intolerable, and some excuses for these abuses that are insupportable.

U.S. Department of State

(1999 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, Released by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, U.S. Department of State, February 25, 2000)

Today, all the talk is of globalization. But far too often, both its advocates and its critics have portrayed globalization as an exclusively economic and technological phenomenon. In fact, in the new millennium, there are at least three universal "languages:" money, the Internet, and democracy and human rights. An overlooked "third globalization"--the rise of transnational human rights networks of both public and private actors--has helped develop what may over time become an international civil society capable of working with governments, international institutions, and multinational corporations to promote both democracy and the standards embodied in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

In Davos recently, President Clinton noted that "Since globalization is about more than economics, our interdependence requires us to find ways to meet the challenges of advancing our values." In 1999 the United States continued to meet that challenge. As a leader in promoting democracy and human rights around the world, the United States played an essential and catalyzing role in the process of creating transnational human rights networks.





Максим Леонидов

Привет, сегодня дождь и скверно,
А мы не виделись, наверно, сто лет;
Тебе в метро? Скажи на милость,
А ты совсем не изменилась, нет-нет!
Привет, а жить ты будешь долго,
Я вспоминал тебя вот только - в обед,
Прости, конечно же, нелепо
Кричать тебе на весь троллейбус: Привет!

Привет, дождливо этим летом,
А впрочем, стоит ли об этом, ведь нет?
Тогда о чем? О снах, о книгах?
И черт меня попутал крикнуть привет.
Как жизнь? Не то чтоб очень гладко,
Но, в общем, знаешь, все в порядке - без бед:
Дела отлично, как обычно,
А с личным... Ну, вот только с личным привет.

Monday, September 28, 2009


普通の人は国家という船の操縦法を知らない、だから民主主義は成り立たない。言ったのはプラトン。2350年以上前のことである。普通の人は経済、軍事戦略、外国の事情、法律や倫理といったわかりにくい複雑な問題に精通してはいない。彼らがそういった知識を得たいと思っているわけでもない。殆どの人が、まじめな勉学に必要な努力とか自制とかいったものに、興味を示さない。無知のせいで、外見や不明瞭な会話で騙すような政治家に投票し、 なにが起きているかもわからないために政権の言うままになる。注意深い分析もせず不合理な感情に操られ、冒険的な戦争に突き進み、防ぐことのできる敗戦にいたる。それでもいいのか。そんなことが、2350年以上前に討論されていた。