Thursday, June 30, 2011

Slim Amamou

Cette histoire commence quand j’ai présenté ma démission au Président. Qu’il a refusée. M’a dit de réfléchir et que ma démission affaiblirait le gouvernement. Ce fût le mot juste pour me convaincre, car je ne voulais absolument pas que ma démission soit interprétée comme un soutien à ceux qui veulent la chute du gouvernement.

Quand j’ai vu la foule demander la chute du gouvernement, j’ai pensé à cette formule inventée par un ami à l’occasion de la démission de Ghanouchi “le gouvernement Sisyphe”. Condamné à un éternel recommencement. Et j’ai vu les élections s’éloigner. C’était ça la raison de ma démission.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Kevin Roberts

Ideas are the currency of the future.
The unreasonable power of creativity is the key to open any door,
no matter how complex or contorted the combination lock.
As a past resident and regular visitor to the Middle East, I am close to the region’s hopes, fears and dreams. I anticipate there will be an Israeli-Palestinian reconciliation, not tomorrow, but one day soon. Harmony will put an end to conflict, and the solution will be sparked by creativity.
We are entering a global moment of the people, not of the institutions; a time where diverse groups coalesce the power and the speed to unite to help solve problems and bring freedom to the surface.
Welcome to the Impossible Brief.

Sunday, June 26, 2011





Arthur Schlesinger Jr.

... liberals believed, in the Jeffersonian phrase, that that government is best which governs least. But, when the growing complexity of industrial conditions required increasing government intervention in order to assure more equal opportunities, the liberal tradition, faithful to the goal rather than to the dogma, altered its view of the state.
The process of redefining liberalism in terms of the social needs of the 20th century was conducted by Theodore Roosevelt and his New Nationalism, Woodrow Wilson and his New Freedom, and Franklin D. Roosevelt and his New Deal. Out of these three great reform periods there emerged the conception of a social welfare state, in which the national government had the express obligation to maintain high levels of employment in the economy, to supervise standards of life and labor, to regulate the methods of business competition, and to establish comprehensive patterns of social security. This liberal conception won, in a sense, its greatest triumph in the election of 1952 when the Republican party, as the party of conservatism, accepted as permanent the changes brought in the American scene by a generation of liberal reform.

Frederic Bastiat

When goods cannot cross borders, armies will.

John R. Oneal, Bruce M. Russett

The classical liberals advocated policies to increase liberty and prosperity. They sought to empower the commercial class politically and to abolish royal charters, monopolies, and the protectionist policies of mercantilism so as to encourage entrepreneurship and increase productive efficiency. They also expected democracy and laissez-faire economics to diminish the frequency of war.

Alan Wolfe

When instead we discuss human purpose and the meaning of life, Adam Smith and John Maynard Keynes are on the same side. Both of them possessed an expansive sense of what we are put on this earth to accomplish. Both were on the side of enlightenment. Both were optimists who believed in progress but were dubious about grand schemes that claimed to know all the answers. For Smith, mercantilism was the enemy of human liberty. For Keynes, monopolies were. It makes perfect sense for an eighteenth-century thinker to conclude that humanity would flourish under the market. For a twentieth century thinker committed to the same ideal, government was an essential tool to the same end.

Pierre Goodrich

... to use this Fund to the end that some hopeful contribution may be made to the preservation, restoration, and development of individual liberty through investigation, research, and educational activity.

Don Young

It is pretty clear that the financial and economic facets of globalisation - those that are most affected by supposedly helpful institutions like the IMF and World Bank - simply aren't working. Despite the bullish assertions of the neo-liberal economics disciples, the philosophies of unfettered free-market capitalism and the institutions that enforce them do not work and need deep reform. Rather than marking the 'end of history' (the flowering of an economic system that is as good as it can get), the current state of economic thinking is more like a garden overwhelmed by a poisonous and invasive weed. There is an urgent need for more practical, grounded and bespoke economic and financial solutions to the multifarious challenges faced by developing and developed countries alike.
Deep down, neo-liberal economics is based on restriction and punishment, rather than development and support. It seems to be the modern equivalent of the medieval belief that original sin, guilt and mortification of the flesh were the only routes to salvation.
It now seems that the weight of evidence shows Keynes was more accurate in his diagnoses and prognoses than the current dogmas that dominate the world economic institutions.
Of course, we should never forget that these same institutions have been hi-jacked by global banks and corporations, working through national governments.
So, currently we have the noxious combination of greed, self-interest and dogmatic economic philosophies working in harness to serve the interests of a few and to disadvantage the majority.

Marisol Valles Garcia

We had a beautiful idea. That’s why I accepted the job.
We wanted to re-establish people’s confidence in the police.
Yes, there is fear.
It’s like all human beings. There will always be fear, but what we want to achieve in our municipality is tranquility and security.
We were helping the people they were recruiting from.
I don’t think they liked that. We were trying to help them make a better life.
I thought we made it clear to the drug cartels, we were going to be focused on social issues.
We weren’t going to attack them. That was the job of the state and federal police.
I came here for the security my country cannot provide for me.
The fear will never go away. What I experienced is a fear that will last a lifetime.









Friday, June 24, 2011

Sun Studio

Wednesday, June 22, 2011


To anyone who has ever been dumped and to anyone who has ever been fired ...

Friday, June 17, 2011

Carl Levin

Certain projects in Korea, Japan and Guam have gotten to the point that it is clearly in the best interests of our countries, and in the best interests of sustaining and furthering our strong alliances, to re-examine these plans and adjust them to fiscal, political and strategic realities.








Thursday, June 16, 2011

Ward Shelley

Emilie Rosso

Des centaines d'horloges numériques qui affichent plus de quinze minutes d'avance. C'est le mystère qui passionne toute la blogosphère sicilienne depuis quelques jours. Rayonnement extra-terrestre ? Farces de poltergeists ? Ou conspiration contre les éternels retardataires que sont tous les Siciliens ? Alors que les experts n'ont pas de réponse, le phénomène alimente les fantasmes.

« Je me suis rendu compte que quelque chose n'allait pas, à force d'arriver au travail en avance. J'ai commencé à enquêter un peu, et j'ai remarqué que je n'étais pas le seul à qui cela arrivait. »

« Cela pourrait provenir des nouveaux générateurs d'énergie du réseau, ou des implants photovoltaïques, qui ne sont pas auto-réglés. Il se peut que des petites variations de fréquence ne soient pas compensées de façon adéquate. »

Le suspect numéro un s'avère être le réseau électrique sicilien. En cause donc, les câbles électriques sous-marins qui sont actuellement en maintenance.



Wednesday, June 15, 2011




涙をふいて あなたの指で 気付いたの はじめて
あの頃の私 今日までの日々を 見ててくれたのは あなた

わがままばかりでごめんなさいね 恋人と別れて
あなたの部屋で 酔いつぶれてた そんな夜もあった

想い出せば 苦笑いね 淋しさも悲しみも
あなたのそばで 溶けていった いつもいつの日も

もしも 逢えずにいたら 歩いてゆけなかったわ
激しくこの愛つかめるなら 離さない 失くさない きっと
あなたが欲しい あなたが欲しい もっと奪って 心を
あなたが欲しい あなたが欲しい 愛が すべてが欲しい

もしも 傷つけあって 夜明けに泣き疲れても
激しくこの愛見つけた日は 忘れない 失くさない きっと
あなたが欲しい あなたが欲しい もっと奪って 私を
あなたが欲しい あなたが欲しい 愛が すべてが欲しい


海の色にそまる ギリシャのワイン
抱かれるたび 素肌 夕焼けになる
ふたりして夜に こぎ出すけれど
だれも愛の国を 見たことがない
さびしいものは あなたの言葉
異国のひびきに似て 不思議
金色 銀色 桃色吐息
きれいと 言われる 時は短すぎて

明かり採りの窓に 月は欠けてく
女たちは そっと ジュモンをかける
愛が遠くへと 行かないように
きらびやかな夢で 縛(しば)りつけたい
さよならよりも せつないものは
あなたのやさしさ なぜ? 不思議
金色 銀色 桃色吐息
きれいと 言われる 時は短すぎて

咲かせて 咲かせて 桃色吐息
あなたに 抱かれて こぼれる華になる

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

I believe together we can reform the way the world is managed. We can restore the tranquility of the world.

Have any of us used an atomic bomb against the defenseless citizens of any other country?

Have any of our countries played a part in the creation of 9/11 under whose pretext Afghanistan and Iraq were invaded and more than one million people have been killed or wounded?

Personal Genome Project

Personal genome sequences will give their owners new information about themselves to assimilate into their lives. Information with implications for personal health care may lead to medical interventions or monitoring activities, other information may be sources of personal insight, curiosity, and speculation. People may find they have gene variants that are proposed or speculated to be associated with physiological and psychological traits. Individuals will find new and creative uses for personal genome information, e.g., friends may swap sequence information about genes of common interest. A principal need will be to provide educational resources that will help individuals identify and distinguish false claims, guesses, speculations, and hypotheses with different degrees of confirming evidence. But a second need will be to develop mechanisms to encourage individual curiosity about genomics and channel it into public appreciation in and interest about new areas of scientific research.

U.S. Human Genome Project

Single nucleotide polymorphisms, or SNPs (pronounced "snips"), are DNA sequence variations that occur when a single nucleotide (A,T,C,or G) in the genome sequence is altered. For example a SNP might change the DNA sequence AAGGCTAA to ATGGCTAA. For a variation to be considered a SNP, it must occur in at least 1% of the population. SNPs, which make up about 90% of all human genetic variation, occur every 100 to 300 bases along the 3-billion-base human genome. Two of every three SNPs involve the replacement of cytosine (C) with thymine (T). SNPs can occur in coding (gene) and noncoding regions of the genome. Many SNPs have no effect on cell function, but scientists believe others could predispose people to disease or influence their response to a drug.

Although more than 99% of human DNA sequences are the same, variations in DNA sequence can have a major impact on how humans respond to disease; environmental factors such as bacteria, viruses, toxins, and chemicals; and drugs and other therapies. This makes SNPs valuable for biomedical research and for developing pharmaceutical products or medical diagnostics. SNPs are also evolutionarily stable—not changing much from generation to generation—making them easier to follow in population studies.

Scientists believe SNP maps will help them identify the multiple genes associated with complex ailments such as cancer, diabetes, vascular disease, and some forms of mental illness. These associations are difficult to establish with conventional gene-hunting methods because a single altered gene may make only a small contribution to the disease.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011





Dana Rohrabacher

Once Iraq becomes a very rich and prosperous country... we would hope that some consideration be given to repaying the United States some of the mega-dollars that we have spent here in the last eight years.

We were hoping that there would be a consideration of a payback because the United States right now is in close to a very serious economic crisis and we could certainly use some people to care about our situation as we have cared about theirs.

If the Libyans for example are willing to help pay, compensate the United States, for what we would spend in helping them through this rough period, that's one way to do it.

And once Iraq is prosperous... paying back some of the expenditures that we've had helping them establish democracy would be much appreciated.

Silvio Berlusconi

Monday, June 13, 2011

Sunday, June 12, 2011




Tom Clougherty

Fairtrade purports to work within the market economy but its rise has been largely based on marketing subsidies and public-sector procurement.
At best, Fairtrade is a marketing device that does the poor little good.
At worst, it may inadvertently be harming some of the planet's most vulnerable people. There is nothing wrong with being concerned about the working conditions, wages and environment of workers, but we don't believe Fairtrade is the most effective model.

They make assumptions about agriculture in the developing world - that they must be small farming cooperatives, but this is just not sustainable if countries are to develop.

Free trade was a more effective strategy for reducing poverty, as it encouraged countries to industrialise and develop more efficient farming practices.


室山: 今までは人間は、エネルギーを、役に立つものだけどんどん取って、石油は役に立つから取って燃やして、環境を破壊してずっとやってきた。だから、そういう意味で言うと僕らの欲望だとか、人間の業みたいなものを離脱するかどうかみたいなところもあって。僕はだからそこの部分がね、半分、本当に出来るのかなと。もともと僕らの中には健康に悪いものがうまいとか、いろいろあるじゃないですか。汚して生きると楽しい、みたいな、何かデーモニッシュな、悪魔的なところがあって。今晩また僕は酒飲んで太るというような、そういう繰り返しがあるじゃないですか。
太田: だけど俺は文明っていうのは、快楽だけで進んできたわけじゃなくって。昔はひどかったわけじゃないですか、過酷じゃないですか、本当に自然ていうのは。その中で子どもは死んでいく。それこそ、今、インドや何かそういう状況のところがいっぱいある。そういう中で、やっぱりエネルギーというものが人間を暖めてくれて。命を守ろうっていうのがまず第一にあって、医療も進んできたし。俺はその文明っていうのが、決して間違っていたと思えないし。
室山: 僕らはそ
太田: それはでも愛情だよね、根本は。
室山: これで行くしかないんです。いつかこれで滅亡するんですよ、人間は。
太田: 滅亡するかな。
室山: するする、もうそれは。あらゆる生き物はどこかでいなくなります。人間はどこかで消える。
太田: そうなの?また随分悲観的な考えを持っているね。
室山: 基本はそうなの。永遠の命なんかないのは誰も知っていて。
田中: いや、それは普通に地球が滅亡するのと同じように、そういうことで言ったら、まあ人間はいつか滅亡するっていうことだろうけど。
太田: 随分悲観的だね。そんなことない。そんなことないよ。
室山: まだ若いな。

Mark Twain

Figures often beguile me, particularly when I have the arranging of them myself; in which case the remark attributed to Disraeli would often apply with justice and force: "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics."


嘘には三種類ある、 自分を守る嘘、他人を欺く嘘、他人を庇う嘘だ。

Saturday, June 11, 2011

U.S. Department of State

Democracy and respect for human rights have long been central components of U.S. foreign policy. Supporting democracy not only promotes such fundamental American values as religious freedom and worker rights, but also helps create a more secure, stable, and prosperous global arena in which the United States can advance its national interests. In addition, democracy is the one national interest that helps to secure all the others. Democratically governed nations are more likely to secure the peace, deter aggression, expand open markets, promote economic development, protect American citizens, combat international terrorism and crime, uphold human and worker rights, avoid humanitarian crises and refugee flows, improve the global environment, and protect human health.

With these goals in mind, the United States seeks to:
  • Promote democracy as a means to achieve security, stability, and prosperity for the entire world;
  • Assist newly formed democracies in implementing democratic principles;
  • Assist democracy advocates around the world to establish vibrant democracies in their own countries; and
  • Identify and denounce regimes that deny their citizens the right to choose their leaders in elections that are free, fair, and transparent.


学校へ行っているときって、この勉強はいったいなんの役に立つのか? と、ずっと思いながら学校へ通っていたような気がするんですよね。でも、段々と年を重ねてくると、これはもうちょっと勉強しておけばよかったな、と思うことってけっこうあったりして。ただそれは、本当に自分が学びたいと思うときに学べるって、タイミングとしてあまりなくて…。
彼らは、学校を卒業して残りの刑期を終えたら、きちんと更生して、社会に出て行くと思うんですけど、ただそこで、それから先に豊かな社会生活が実現できるのか? 希望を持ったとして、その先に必ず明るい未来があるわけではないかもしれませんし、ドラマのエンディングも希望に満ち溢れたものではありません。でも人と人との係わり合いやふれあいの大切さという原則的な部分が、このドラマの骨にあるような気がします。

Friday, June 10, 2011

Francisco Negroni, Carlos Gutierrez, Claudio Santana

Francisco Negroni (AP)

Carlos Gutierrez (Reuters)

Claudio Santana (AFP)

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Diana Widmaier-Picasso

Diana Widmaier-Picasso is the daughter of Maya, Picasso's child by Marie-Thérèse Walter, the woman for whom he left his first wife, the Russian dancer Olga Koklova, and with whom he had an affair in 1927-35. It's a period in Picasso's work that is famous for its fruitful, sunny eroticism, and his portrayals of Marie-Thérèse are distinctive for their warm curves ...

Marie-Thérèse Walter

Marie-Thérèse Walter inspired many of the artist's most passionate paintings, yet she is often erased from the family history.




Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Democracy Now!

For true democracy to work, people need easy access to independent, diverse sources of news and information.

But the last two decades have seen unprecedented corporate media consolidation. The U.S. media was already fairly homogeneous in the early 1980s: some fifty media conglomerates dominated all media outlets, including television, radio, newspapers, magazines, music, publishing and film. In the year 2000, just six corporations dominated the U.S. media.

In addition, corporate media outlets in the U.S. are legally responsible to their shareholders to maximize profits.

Democracy Now! is funded entirely through contributions from listeners, viewers, and foundations. We do not accept advertisers, corporate underwriting, or government funding. This allows us to maintain our independence.


Puyehue Volcano

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Aryeh Neier

I recall that when we launched Human Rights Watch a little more than a quarter of a century ago, a significant component of our strategy was to leverage the power, purse, and influence of the United States to promote human rights more systematically around the world. From the standpoint of those who are trying to promote human rights today, it is necessary to pursue the opposite course. One has to put as much distance as one can between one’s own efforts and the efforts of the United States government.

Whether the situation is subject to repair, if there were to be a change of administration, I do not know. The damage has been done for a very long time to come.

United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Regional Bureau for Arab States (RBAS)

Three deficits in development in the Arab countries:
  • knowledge deficit*;
  • deficit in the engagement of women in various aspects of society;
  • democracy deficit.

* There are many times the number of books translated into Greek, a language spoken by about 10 million people, as translated into Arabic, a language spoken by about 200 million people

National Security Strategy of the United States of America

We will speak out honestly about violations of the non-negotiable demands of human dignity, using our voice and vote in international institutions to advance freedom; use our foreign aid to promote freedom and support those who have struggled nonviolently for it, ensuring that nations moving towards democracy are rewarded for the steps they take; make freedom and the development of democratic institutions key themes in our bilateral relations, seeking solidarity and cooperation from other democracies while we press governments that deny human rights to move to a better future; take special efforts to promote freedom of religion and conscience, and defend it from encroachments by repressive governments. We will champion the cause of human dignity and oppose those who resist it.

Richard Ashby Wilson

After the 9/11 attacks and the subsequent ‘war on terror’, have human rights irretrievably lost their status in international affairs and national policymaking? Or, as de Tocqueville declares, must rights always remain a fundamental part of democratic politics since they define the boundary between individual license and government tyranny? There now exists a plethora of books on international affairs after 9/11, too many to cite here, which examine the political fallout of the attacks on the United States and the subsequent U.S. response. Many are concerned with judging the proportionality of the U.S. response to Islamist terrorism, and in particular determining the justness or otherwise of U.S. military interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The 9/11 Commission Report

We must find ways of reconciling security with liberty, since the success of one helps
the other. The choice between security and liberty is a false choice . . . Our history has
shown us that insecurity threatens liberty. Yet if our liberties are curtailed, we lose the
values that we are struggling to defend.

Alexis de Tocqueville

The idea of rights is nothing but the concept of virtue applied to the world of politics.
By means of the idea of rights men have defined the nature of license and of tyranny . . .
no man can be great without virtue, nor any nation great without respect for rights.

Paul Gready

... human rights is a political struggle. Rights doctrines arouse opposition because they challenge sources of power. Universality, therefore, cannot imply equal consent in a world of unequal power. Hence the political bias of human rights advocacy must be towards the victim, and the test of legitimacy/universality is the victim's consent, bottom- up rather than top-down. Human rights are universal because they define the universal interests of the powerless, that power be exercised over them in ways that respect their autonomy. ...

Michael Ignatieff

Since the end of the cold war, human rights has become the dominant vocabulary in foreign affairs. The question after September 11 is whether the era of human rights has come and gone.


Human rights matter because they help people to help themselves. They protect their agency. By agency, I mean more or less what Isaiah Berlin meant by "negative liberty", the capacity of each individual to achieve rational intentions without let or hindrance. By rational, I do not necessarily mean sensible or estimable, merely those intentions that do not involve obvious harm to other human beings. Human rights is a language of individual empowerment, and empowerment for individuals is desirable because when individuals have agency, they can protect themselves against injustice.

IPv6 addresses the main problem of IPv4, that is, the exhaustion of addresses to connect computers or host in a packet-switched network. IPv6 has a very large address space and consists of 128 bits as compared to 32 bits in IPv4.

Therefore, it is now possible to support 2^128 unique IP addresses, a substantial increase in number of computers that can be addressed with the help of IPv6 addressing scheme.

In addition, this addressing scheme will also eliminate the need of NAT (network address translation) that causes several networking problems (such as hiding multiple hosts behind pool of IP addresses) in end-to-end nature of the Internet.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Tony Evans

"The Politics of Human Rights: A Global Perspective (Human Security in the Global Economy)" by Tony Evans

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Four fundamental freedoms that people "everywhere in the world" ought to enjoy:
  1. Freedom of speech and expression
  2. Freedom of worship
  3. Freedom from want
  4. Freedom from fear


When I give food to the poor, I am called a saint; but when I call on the government to feed its people, I am accused of seeking to subvert the authority of the State.

The issue of 'Human Rights' is a political issue. It concerns the relationship between the State and the individual. The International Covenant discussed in this book is called the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. But it is also a legal issue. Your right to life, liberty and security is your legal right not to be arbitrarily arrested, detained or 'disappeared' and killed. When you demand the government respect this or any other right, your legal right becomes a political demand.

Daniel P. Moynihan

  • International law and treaty obligations are wholly on our side.
  • Human rights is a political component of American foreign policy, not a humanitarian program.
  • Human rights has nothing to do with our innocence or guilt as a civilization. It has to do with our survival.
  • The new nations must be made to understand that our commitment to them depends on their ceasing to be agents of the totalitarian attack on democracy.

Jimmy Carter

There’s an ideological struggle that has been in progress for decades between the Communist nations on the one hand and the democratic nations on the other. Mr. Brezhnev and his predecessors have never refrained from expressing their view when they disagreed with some aspect of social or political life in the free world. And I think we have a right to speak out openly when we have a concern about human rights wherever those abuses occur.

Sunday, June 5, 2011












加えてこの時は毎日新聞の「『助けて!』の叫び黙殺 『自衛隊は乗客を見殺しにした』」(88年7月25日付夕刊)との報道が拍車をかけた。朝日も「腕組みして眺めるだけ」と追随。NHKニュースも「人命軽視」と報じ「こんな自衛隊はいらない」等々、非難の声だけを流した。


















 その国家の上に、これはまさしく昔の国家に相当する党が指導機関として乗って、「党と国家」という形になっているから、なかなか複雑なのである。 なお、中華人民共和国において、党と国家の路線を市場経済の方向へと大転換する英断をくだした皇帝は鄧小平である。この転換は、初代毛沢東の素志・遺命に反する。だから鄧小平は明帝国の第三代成祖永楽帝にあたる。創業皇帝の遺志にそむくことによって成功し、国家を生きながらえさせた。



United Nations Secretariat
Secrétariat des Nations unies
Secretaría de las Naciones Unidas
Секретариат ООН

Secretary-General of the United Nations
Secrétaire général des Nations unies
Secretaría General de Naciones Unidas
Генеральный секретарь ООН

General Secretary
Secrétaire général
Secretario General
Генеральный секретарь

DeeAnne White

My grandfather used to say that we were born as smart as we’d ever be, and that we became less bright with age. I never understood what he meant, until today.

You see, when we’re born we see the world in an uncomplicated way. We know what we need, and we ask for it. We like nice people, and we don’t like mean people. We sleep when we’re tired, we eat when we’re hungry, and we stop eating when we’re full.

As we grow older, we eat and drink to console ourselves, rather than addressing what’s bothering us. We overwork to avoid close relationships, rather than finding people we can trust to form strong bonds with. We hold grudges, play games, spend more than we make, want things we don’t need, and we get too far away from our basic human needs. In other words, we complicate things.

Today, on what would have been my grandfather’s 88th birthday, I dedicate this list to my Papa. Thank you for everything. I finally get it.
1. Don’t try to read other people’s minds
7. Don’t try to be friends with everyone. Cultivate closer relationships with fewer people.
99. Stretch every day
100. If a relationship is over, let it go

Françoise Réveillet

"10 minutes pour soi" par Françoise Réveillet

Maureen Dowd

In Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris,” an American writer clambers into a yellow vintage Peugeot every night and is transported back to hobnob with Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Picasso, Dali, Toulouse-Lautrec and Gertrude Stein in the shimmering movable feast. The star-struck aspiring novelist from Pasadena, played by Owen Wilson, gets to escape his tiresome fiancée and instead talk war and sex with Papa Hemingway, who barks “Have you ever shot a charging lion?” “Who wants to fight?” and “You box?”

Many Frenchmen — not to mention foundering neighbor, the crepuscular Casanova Silvio Berlusconi — may be longing to see that Peugeot time machine come around a cobblestone corner.

Some may yearn to return to a time when manly aggression was celebrated rather than suspected, especially after waking up Tuesday to see the remarkable front page of Libération — photos of six prominent French women in politics with the headline “Marre des machos,” or “Sick of machos.”

“Is this the end of the ordinary misogyny that weighs on French political life?” the paper asked, adding: “Tongues have become untied.

Auguste Comte

From the study of the development of human intelligence, in all directions, and through all times, the discovery arises of a great fundamental law, to which it is necessarily subject, and which has a solid foundation of proof, both in the facts of our organization and in our historical experience. The law is this: that each of our leading conceptions – each branch of our knowledge – passes successively through three different theoretical conditions: the theological, or fictitious; the metaphysical, or abstract; and the scientific, or positive.

The Academy of Evolutionary Metaphysics

The most important moral development in recent times has been the establishment of ‘human rights’. The human rights movement rose to prominence after the two world wars and the end of colonial racism. Human rights have now become the moral foundation of the modern age, written into the constitution of the United Nations and recognized by international law.

Although many people around the world now consider human rights to be sacred, the truth is that humans have no natural or God given rights. Whatever political rights we now enjoy, previous generations had to fight and sometimes die for. And these rights could be taken away from us at any time by imperialist superpowers, religious fundamentalists, industrial military elitists, or any other group that would try to deceive and enslave us if they could.

We will forever be forced to keep fighting for whatever political rights we have gained. If there is anything sacred about human rights, it comes from the hopes of those who have suffered, and from the blood of those who have died fighting for the cause of freedom in the historic struggle against self-serving opportunists and ideological extremists.

The fight to define human rights is a political battle in which persuasion is the key weapon. For people with progressive ideals, human rights include the right to food and shelter, the right to education and healthcare, and the right to free and fair elections. And the battle for these rights will not end until they have been enshrined in international law and are guaranteed for every person in the world.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Louis Henkin

Debate about the universality of human rights requires definition of "human rights" and even of "universality." The idea of human rights is related but not equivalent to justice, the good, democracy. Strictly, the conception is that every individual has legitimate claims upon his or her society for defined freedoms and benefits; an authoritative catalog of rights is set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The rights of the Universal Declaration are politically and legally universal, having been accepted by virtually all states, incorporated into their own laws, and translated into international legal obligations. Assuring respect for rights in fact, however, will require the continued development of stable political societies and of the commitment to constitutionalism. Virtually all societies are also culturally receptive to those basic rights and human needs included in the Universal Declaration that reflect common contemporary moral intuitions. Other rights, however - notably, freedom of expression, religious and ethnic equality, and the equality of women - continue to meet deep resistance.

The idea of human rights is a political idea with moral foundations.


『養老孟司「無思想の発見」 ちくま新書』



しかし、それをいっても仕方がないでしょうが、という気がする。自営業が減り、サラリーマンが増えてくることを逆転できるだろうか? 第一、サラリーマンはこんな本読まない、まさに思想と関係ない人たちなのである。


無宗教 無思想 無哲学


The State Department expressed its “concern” about the disruption of a Moscow gay-rights demonstration Sunday, during which Americans were detained by security forces and some protesters suffered serious injuries during scuffles with counter protesters.

A police spokesman told Russian news agencies that 18 gay activists and 14 opponents were arrested during unauthorized demonstrations at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier outside the Kremlin and outside the mayor’s office, the Associated Press reported.

Among the arrested were Dan Choi, an American Iraq war veteran, and Andy Thayer, a Chicago-based activist, the New York Times reported.

Moscow routinely bans gay-rights demonstrations, earning the ire of the U.S. and the European Court of Human Rights, which has fined Russia for doing so.


大久保真一 「そろそろ・・・俺もう、限界ですか?」
寅田富士子 「出来れば入院をお勧めします」
真一 「入院すれば完治するわけじゃないんでしょう?」
真一 「下手すりゃそのままってこともあり?」
真一 「助かります。いつもスパっと言ってくれて」
真一 「・・・入院は・・・辞退します」
真一 「俺はもう、両親とも亡くなっています。病院で長く生きるより、やりたいことをやって
真一 「・・・かなり」
真一 「アハハ。恋ですよ、恋。それしかないでしょ?」

Friday, June 3, 2011

David F. D’Alessandro

The higher you fly, the more you will be shot at. Success breeds criticism. Prepare to be a target and prepare for bad news - or prevent it - before it happens. Admit when you are wrong and never adopt a bunker mentality.

Dale Stephens

I have been awarded a golden ticket to the heart of Silicon Valley: the Thiel Fellowship. The catch? For two years, I cannot be enrolled as a full-time student at an academic institution. For me, that's not an issue; I believe higher education is broken.

I left college two months ago because it rewards conformity rather than independence, competition rather than collaboration, regurgitation rather than learning and theory rather than application. Our creativity, innovation and curiosity are schooled out of us.

Failure is punished instead of seen as a learning opportunity. We think of college as a stepping-stone to success rather than a means to gain knowledge. College fails to empower us with the skills necessary to become productive members of today's global entrepreneurial economy.