Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Michael Rubens Bloomberg



In NYC, it's illegal to paint a real gun to look like a toy, and it's illegal to sell a toy gun that looks real. If you see either, call 311.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Marc E. Agronin

It stems in part from an age-centered perspective, in which we view our own age as the most normal of times, the way all life should be. At 18 the 50-year-olds may seem ancient, but at 50 we are apt to say the same about the 80-year-olds.
Our youth-centered culture equates love with sex; in contrast, I have seen with my older patients that love can be an endlessly blossoming flower, felt and expressed in hundreds of ways.
We imagine the pains of late-life ailments but not the joys of new pursuits; we recoil at the losses and loneliness and fail to embrace the wisdom and meaning that only age can bring.

Paul Treanor

Now, the idea that you can kill innocent people, simply in order to enforce your values, is extreme by western ethics standards. That does not mean it never happened - there were many religious wars where it did - but the dominant (liberal) tradition in western philosophy rejects 'crusades'. The reason for this philosophical suspicion is simple. If Tony Blair may legitimately kill any person X, Y, or Z in Belgrade or Freetown or Basra, to enforce his values, then why is it not legitimate for them to come to London, and kill Tony Blair for their values?
Assassinations breed assassinations, atrocities breed atrocities, crusades make holy wars. Once a crusade starts, those who are not prepared to kill for their values, will be conquered by those who are. The horror of a general bloodbath - such as the wars of religion in Europe - had a fundamental influence on the development of liberal philosophy.


Cynically summarised, Human Rights Watch is a joint venture of George Soros and the State Department.

Tony Blair

This is a just war, based not on any territorial ambitions but on values....No longer is our existence as states under threat. Now our actions are guided by a more subtle blend of mutual self interest and moral purpose in defending the values we cherish. In the end values and interests merge. If we can establish and spread the values of liberty, the rule of law, human rights and an open society then that is in our national interests too. The spread of our values makes us safer. As John Kennedy put it "Freedom is indivisible and when one man is enslaved who is free?"

The Burgess Shale Geoscience Foundation

Charles Doolittle Walcott

The Burgess shale fauna comprises more than 70 genera and more than 130 species of fossils. It is certainly one of the unique finds in paleontology, for several groups of animals in the Recent fauna are known in the fossil record from only this single locality.



Wednesday, March 17, 2010



Paul Virilio

La guerre cherche à provoquer des accidents en tout genre. La soi-disant guerre propre est légitimée par les droits de l’homme. Cette mutation de l’armement est basé sur un arsenal de guerre totale, qui cherche à obtenir des accidents systémiques, à neutraliser l’infrastructure, à créer une panique dans la population à contraindre à la passivité.

Roy Ascott

Dans le jeu de pouvoir de la culture, aussi bien que dans le monde en général, la Realité Virtuelle corrompt tout comme la Realité Absolue corrompt absolument, chaque fois que ses contraintes et ses limitations de construction sont prédeterminées, prédéfinies et préréglées.

Gilles Deleuze

Le virtuel ne s’oppose pas au reel, mais seulement à l’actuel. Le virtuel possède une pleine réalité, en tant que virtuel… Le virtuel doit même être défini comme une stricte partie de l’objet reel.

Pierre Lévy

La force et la vitesse de la virtualisation contemporaine sont si grandes qu'elles exilent les êtres de leurs propres savoirs, qu'elles les chassent de leur identité, de leur métier, de leur pays. Les gens sont poussés sur les routes, s'entassent dans les bateaux, se bousculent dans les aéroports. D'autres, encore plus nombreux, véritables immigrés de la subjectivité, sont forcés à un nomadisme de l'intérieur.

Friday, March 12, 2010


  • 良賈深蔵如虚
  • 水深川清
  • 絶景在険峰
  • 丹心照万古
  • 尽凡心開天地
  • 去華就実
  • 在素知贅 (simple living and high thinking)
  • 任怨分謗 (任怨: 何か思い切った新しい仕事をやる時には、きまってだれかの怨みをかう。だが、そうした怨をいちいち気にしていたのでは、とても新規事業はやりとげられない。敢えてその怨を受けよ。中傷の火の粉を恐れるな; 分謗: いったん志をともにした以上は、一心同体となってその怨を分けて受ける気概がなければならない)

Corrado Gini

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Fyodor Tyutchev

Speak not, lie hidden, and conceal
the way you dream, the things you feel.
Deep in your spirit let them rise
akin to stars in crystal skies
that set before the night is blurred:
delight in them and speak no word.
How can a heart expression find?
How should another know your mind?

Фёдор Иванович Тютчев

Весенние воды
Еще в полях белеет снег,
А воды уж весной шумят —
Бегут и будят сонный брег,
Бегут, и блещут, и гласят...
Они гласят во все концы:
«Весна идет, весна идет,
Мы молодой весны гонцы,
Она нас выслала вперед!
Весна идет, весна идет,
И тихих, теплых майских дней
Румяный, светлый хоровод
Толпится весело за ней!..»

Spring waters
The fields are still white with snow
But the waters of spring are rising already,
Flooding the sleeping earth,
Sparkling beneath the sky.
They call across the earth:
‘Spring is coming, spring is coming !
We are the joung spring’s messengers,
The heralds of her advance.
Spring is coming, spring is coming !’
The bright, soft days of May return,
And moving in a crimson dance
They gladly throng to join the spring.

Les Eaux de Printemps
Les champs sont encore blancs de neige
Mais les eaux de Printemps se gonflent déjà
et se répandent sur la terre endormie,
étincelantes sous le ciel.
Elles clament en se déversant sur la terre :
"Le Printemps est là" (bis)
"Nous sommes les messagers du jeune printemps,
les hérauts de son apparition.
"Le Printemps est là !"
Les beaux jours ensoleillés de Mai sont de retour
Ils avancent en une danse flamboyante
et se bousculent avec bonheur
pour accompagner le Printemps.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Laurence Hope

You are wise; you take what the Gods have sent.
You ask no questions, but rest content
So I am with you to take your kiss,
And perhaps I value you more for this.
For this is Wisdom; to love, to live,
To take what Fate, or the Gods, may give,
To ask no question, to make no prayer,
To kiss the lips and caress the hair,
Speed passion's ebb as you greet its flow,--
To have,--to hold,--and,--in time,--let go!

Saturday, March 6, 2010