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Careful…Someone’s Watching


Careful…Someone’s Watching

A new UK law requiring Internet service providers (ISPs) and mobile companies to store user data reflects a growing and worrisome trend of mass surveillance by governments. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, whose off ice released a report concerning the issue, expressed concern that such government-approved programs are becoming “a dangerous habit rather than an exceptional measure” and that more needs to be done to ensure that people’s personal freedoms are protected. More… Discuss

today’s holiday: Nunavut Day


Nunavut Day

Canada’s northernmost territory of Nunavut was established on July 9, 1993, through a land claim signed by the national government and the Inuit of the Nunavut Settlement Area. Most of the day’s activities take place in Nunavut’s hub and capital city, Iqaluit. Festivities include barbeques, parades, traditional Inuit games, and feasts featuring local cuisine of caribou, walrus, and arctic char. In recent years, the day’s program has also included organized tournaments of cribbage, checkers, and Scrabble. More… Discuss

word: abjure


abjure 

Definition: (verb) To renounce under oath; forswear.
Synonyms: recant, retract, resile
Usage: For nearly 21 years after his resignation as Prime Minister in 1963, he abjured all titles, preferring to remain just plain “Mr.” Discuss.

quotation: Alexander Hamilton – Why has government been instituted at all? Because the passions of men will not conform to the dictates of reason and justice, without constraint.


Why has government been instituted at all? Because the passions of men will not conform to the dictates of reason and justice, without constraint.

Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804) Discuss

Life, poetic thought by George-B (my poetry collection ©ALWAYS)


Life, poetic thought by George-B

I’m strong in my weakness
I’m weak in my strength

I fear no change, I know what to expect
The closer the goals, the longer it takes and
The further it gets and yet
What’s to come, has come and passed,
In the past, like a turning wheel or
A turning page, one of many identical ones,
or
The wind prevailing from the South-West
Most of the time,
I know what’s to come,
From what has been passed…

my strength in my weakness,
my weakness in strength, and yet
still time to live with no regret,
knowing that giving was by far
the conquest

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make music part of your life series: Yves Montand – Le temps des cerises


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Le Temps des Cerises

Quand nous en serons au temps des cerises
Et gai rossignol et merle moqueur
Seront tous en fête
Les belles auront la folie en tête
Et les amoureux du soleil au cœur

Quand nous chanterons le temps des cerises
Sifflera bien mieux le merle moqueur
Mais il est bien court le temps des cerises
Où l’on s’en va deux cueillir en rêvant
Des pendants d’oreilles
Cerises d’amour aux robes pareilles
Tombant sous la feuille en gouttes de sang
Mais il est bien court le temps des cerises
Pendants de corail qu’on cueille en rêvant

Quand vous en serez au temps des cerises
Si vous avez peur des chagrins d’amour
Evitez les belles Moi qui ne crains pas les peines cruelles
Je ne vivrai pas sans souffrir un jour
Quand vous en serez au temps des cerises
Vous aurez aussi des chagrins d’amour

J’aimerai toujours le temps des cerises
C’est de ce temps-là que je garde au cœur
Une plaie ouverte
Et Dame Fortune, en m’étant offerte
Ne saura jamais calmer ma douleur
J’aimerai toujours le temps des cerises
Et le souvenir que je garde au cœur

— lyrics by Jean-Baptiste Clément and music by Antoine Renard

 

Georges Brassens: La Prière (The Prayer)


La Prière

Par le petit garçon qui meurt près de sa mère
Tandis que des enfants s’amusent au parterre
Et par l’oiseau blessé qui ne sait pas comment
Son aile tout à coup s’ensanglante et descend
Par la soif et la faim et le délire ardent
Je vous salue, Marie.

Par les gosses battus, par l’ivrogne qui rentre
Par l’âne qui reçoit des coups de pied au ventre
Et par l’humiliation de l’innocent châtié
Par la vierge vendue qu’on a déshabillée
Par le fils dont la mère a été insultée
Je vous salue, Marie.

Par la vieille qui, trébuchant sous trop de poids
S’écrie: ” Mon Dieu ! ” par le malheureux dont les bras
Ne purent s’appuyer sur une amour humaine
Comme la Croix du Fils sur Simon de Cyrène
Par le cheval tombé sous le chariot qu’il traîne
Je vous salue, Marie.

Par les quatre horizons qui crucifient le monde
Par tous ceux dont la chair se déchire ou succombe
Par ceux qui sont sans pieds, par ceux qui sont sans mains
Par le malade que l’on opère et qui geint
Et par le juste mis au rang des assassins
Je vous salue, Marie.

Par la mère apprenant que son fils est guéri
Par l’oiseau rappelant l’oiseau tombé du nid
Par l’herbe qui a soif et recueille l’ondée
Par le baiser perdu par l’amour redonné
Et par le mendiant retrouvant sa monnaie
Je vous salue, Marie.

The Prayer

For the little boy who lays dying close to his mother
While children play on the flower bed
And for the wounded bird that doesn’t know how
His wing became suddenly bloody and falls from the sky
For the thirst and the hunger and the feverous delirium
Hail, Mary

For the beaten children, for the drunk who returns home
For the ass who gets kicked in the stomach
And for the humiliation of the innocents who are punished
For the sold virgin that is undressed
For the son whose mother has been insulted
Hail, Mary

For the old woman who stumbles under too much weight
Exclaiming “My God!”, for the unfortunate ones whose arms
Couldn’t rely on a human love
Like Simon of Cyrene bearing the Cross of the Son
For the fallen horse under the chariot that it drags
Hail, Mary

For the four horizons that crucify the world
For all those whose flesh is torn or dies
For all those who are without feet, who are without hands
For the sick that are operated on and moan
And for the just put among the ranks of killers
Hail, Mary

For the mother learning that her son is healed
For the bird calling the fallen bird back to the nest
For the thirsty grass that gathers rain
For the lost kiss returned by love
And for the beggar who finds his money again
Hail, Mary

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press this: UPDATE 2-Russia will respond to increased NATO activity near border – top general | Reuters


 

UPDATE 2-Russia will respond to increased NATO activity near border – top general | Reuters.

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Jacques Brel | Le Plat Pays (“…Avec des cathédrales pour uniques montagnes, Et de noirs clochers comme mats de cocagne…”)


Jacques Brel | Le Plat Pay

Avec |Ne Me Quitte Pas|, |Quand On N’a Que L’amour| et |La Ville S’endormait|, |Le Plat Pays| restera comme une des meilleures chansons de | Jacques Brel|. C’est aussi un superbe poème d’évocation du pays natal

Chansons: Le Plat Pays – Jacques Brel
Auteurs: Jacques Brel
Compositeurs: Jacques Brel

Avec la mer du Nord pour dernier terrain vague,
Et des vagues de dunnes pour arrêter les vagues,
Et de vagues rochers que les marées dépass’nt,
Et qui ont à jamais le coeur à marée basse.
Avec infiniment de brumes à venir
Avec le vent d’ouest écoutez le tenir
Le plat pays qui est le mien.

Avec des cathédrales pour uniques montagnes,
Et de noirs clochers comme mats de cocagne
Ou des diables en pierre décrochent les nuages,
Avec le fil des jours pour unique voyage,
Et des chemins de pluie pour unique bonsoir,
Avec le vent de l’est écoutez le vouloir,
Le plat pays qui est le mien.

Avec un ciel si bas qu’un canal s’est perdu,
Avec un ciel si bas qu’il fait l’humilité
Avec un ciel si gris qu’un canal s’est pendu,
Avec un ciel si bas qu’il faut lui pardonner.
Avec le vent du nord qui vient s’écarteler,
Avec le vent du nord écoutez le craquer,
Le plat pays qui est le mien.

Avec de l’Italie qui descendrait l’Escaut,
Avec Frida la Blond’ quand ell’devient Margot,
Quand les fils de Novembr’ nous reviennent en Mai,
Quand la plain’est fumant’ et tremble sous Juillet,
Quand le vent est au rire quand le vent est au blé,
Quand le vent est sud écoutez le chanter,
Le plat pays qui est le mien.

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today’s holiday: Armenia First Republic Day


Armenia First Republic Day

The people of Armenia lived for hundreds of years under foreign domination. Then, in 1917, the Russian Revolution allowed Armenia the opportunity to create a modern republic. The Democratic Republic of Armenia (DRA) was formed in 1918. The DRA was short-lived but important, as it represented the beginning of the modern quest for democracy and independence in Armenia. On First Republic Day, titles and medals are awarded to Armenians of outstanding achievement, and there are speeches by government officials, fireworks displays, concerts, and dancing. More… Discuss

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word: despotism


despotism 

Definition: (noun) Rule by or as if by a despot; absolute power or authority.
Synonyms: authoritarianism, Caesarism, dictatorship, monocracy, one-man rule, totalitarianism, tyranny, absolutism
Usage: The despotism of heaven is the one absolutely perfect government. Discuss.
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Thai Military Declares Martial Law


Thai Military Declares Martial Law

When news broke that Thailand’s military leaders had declared martial law amid escalating violence between government supporters and opposition groups, many wondered whether they were witnessing the beginnings of the country’s 19th attempted coup since the end of absolute monarchy there in 1932. Thus far, the army has denied that this is so, insisting that its imposition of martial law is merely an effort to “preserve order and bring back peacefulness.” However, government ministers were not notified in advance of the military’s plans, raising the suspicions of some. More… Discuss

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The Project Gutenberg EBook of “The Prince”, by Nicolo Machiavelli


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The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Prince, by Nicolo Machiavelli

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Title: The Prince
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VOCES8-Fever


VOCES8 performs Fever, arranged by Jim Clements for the group, at the NCPA in Beijing in 2009. For more information, visit http://www.voces8.com

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ARTICLE: DUBAI


Dubai

Dubai is one of the seven emirates of the United Arab Emirates. It is also the name of the emirate’s main city. Dubai is distinct from the other emirates in that oil revenues account for only a small part of its gross domestic product, although they did play a key role in transforming the sheikhdom into the international trade, business, and travel hub it is today. In recent years, Dubai has also made headlines for its ambitious building projects and now boasts what record-breaking structures? More… Discuss

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TODAY’S HOLIDAY: WORLD DAY FOR WATER


World Day for Water

In 1992, the United Nations declared March 22 World Day for Water. Programs associated with the day draw attention to the ways in which proper water resourcemanagement contributes to a nation’s economic and social vitalityMore… Discuss

 

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TODAY’S HOLIDAY: MOSHOESHOE’S DAY


Moshoeshoe’s Day

Moshoeshoe (c. 1790-1870) was a leader in South Africa who organized a group of tribes to fight the Zulu warlord Shaka. He called his followers the Basotho people, and although they succeeded in fending off the Zulu, they were drawn into war with Europeans who started settling their territory. In 1966, the Basotho nation became the independent kingdom ofLesotho within the British Commonwealth. The Basotho people honor their founder on this day with a wreath-laying ceremony in the capital city of Maseru, along with sporting events and traditional music and dancing. More…Discuss

 

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WORD: INDUCTEE


Definition: (noun) Someone who is drafted into military service.
Synonyms: conscriptdraftee
Usage: Before beginning basic training, each inductee was given a haircut and a uniform. Discuss.

 

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TODAY’S HOLIDAY: BARON BLISS DAY


Baron Bliss Day

Baron Bliss Day is a public holiday in Belize honoring Englishman Henry Edward Ernest Victor Bliss (1869-1926). When he died on March 9, Bliss bequeathed his entire estate to Belize City. On this day each year, a morning mass and wreath laying is held at his tomb in the Fort Point area. Then there is a regatta in the harbor, a cycle race, and a kite contest. More…Discuss

 

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TODAY’S HOLIDAY: VANUATU CUSTOM CHIEF’S DAY


Vanuatu Custom Chief’s Day

In the island nation of Vanuatu, many islands have rejected European influence and instead prefer to live according to their traditional customs. While these customs vary widely throughout the islands, village life,subsistence farming, a belief in magic, and rule by chiefs are common. In 1977, a National Council of Chiefs was set up by the government to ensure the preservation of traditional ways of life. These tribal chiefs are honored on March 5 of each year; celebratory activities on this day include sporting events, carnivals, agricultural fairs, and arts festivalsMore… Discuss

 

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TODAY’S HOLIDAY: DRYMIAIS


Drymiais

In Macedonia, the first three days of March are known as Drymiais and are associated with a number of superstitious beliefs. No trees are pruned or planted during this period because it is believed that they will wither. On March 1, one custom is for Macedonian mothers to tie pieces of red and white yarn around their children’s wrists. When they see a swallow, the children throw the skein of yarn to the bird as an offering, or place it under a stone. If they lift the stone a few days later and find a swarm of ants beneath it, they can expect a healthy and prosperous year. More…Discuss

 

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Leaked U.S. phone call about Ukraine draws anger from Russia, EU | The Rundown | PBS NewsHour | PBS


Victoria Nuland’s alleged explicit comments about the EU’s involvement in Ukraine has caused controversy. Photo by Greece’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Flickr  A taped and leaked telephone conversation between two U.S. politicians about the future of Ukrainian politics — which included an explicit comment about the European Union — has caused a diplomatic flap, exacerbating tensions between the United States and Russia.

Victoria Nuland’s alleged explicit comments about the EU’s involvement in Ukraine has caused controversy. Photo by Greece’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Flickr
A taped and leaked telephone conversation between two U.S. politicians about the future of Ukrainian politics — which included an explicit comment about the European Union — has caused a diplomatic flap, exacerbating tensions between the United States and Russia.

Leaked U.S. phone call about Ukraine draws anger from Russia, EU | The Rundown | PBS NewsHour | PBS.

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Jurnal de calatorie prin Tara Fagarasului (bring your appetite with you, we’ll do the rest!)


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TODAY’S HOLIDAY: BIRTHDAY OF RUNEBERG


Birthday of Runeberg

Johan Ludvig Runeberg (1804-1877) is widely regarded as Finland’s greatest poet. Schools throughout Finland are closed on Runeberg’s birthday. Busts and pictures of him are displayed in shop windows, particularly inHelsinki. A special ceremony is observed at Runeberg’s monument in the Esplanade, where his statue is decorated with garlands of pine and spruce, suspended between four huge torches. At night the torches are lit, and lighted candles burn in the windows of houses and apartments. More… Discuss

 

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Great compositions/Performances: Nina Simone – Il n’y a pas d’amour heureux (Brassens, Echos du monde) ‘…Sa vie est un étrange et douloureux divorce…’


Français : une des entrées du parc Georges Bra...

Français : une des entrées du parc Georges Brassens, Paris (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Nina Simone interpreta “Il n’y a pas d’amour heureux”, la poesia di Louis Aragon che Georges Brassens musicò nel 1954; di seguito il testo originale e la traduzione in italiano.

- Il n’y a pas d’amour heureux -

“Rien n’est jamais acquis à l’homme 
Ni sa force, ni sa faiblesse, ni son cœur 
Et quand il croit ouvrir ses bras 
Son ombre est celle d’une croix 
Et quand il croit serrer son bonheur…il le broie 
Sa vie est un étrange et douloureux divorce 

Il n’y a pas d’amour heureux 

Sa vie, elle ressemble à ces soldats sans armes 
Qu’on avait habillés pour un autre destin 
A quoi peut leur servir de se lever matin 
Eux qu’on retrouve au soir désarmés incertains 
Dites ces mots, ma vie 
Et retenez vos larmes! 

Il n’y a pas d’amour heureux 

Mon bel amour, mon cher amour, ma déchirure 
Je te porte dans moi comme un oiseau blessé 
Et ceux-là sans savoir nous regardent passer 
Répétant après moi les mots que j’ai tressés 
Et qui pour tes grands yeux tout aussitôt moururent 

Il n’y a pas d’amour heureux 

Le temps d’apprendre à vivre 
Il est déjà trop tard 
Que pleurent dans la nuit nos cœurs à l’unisson 
Ce qu’il faut de malheur pour la moindre chanson 
Ce qu’il faut de regrets pour payer un frisson 
Ce qu’il faut de sanglots pour un air de guitare 

Il n’y a pas d’amour heureux.”

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- Non esiste amore felice -

Non c’è mai niente di scontato per l’uomo
Né la sua forza, la sua debolezza, né il suo cuore
E quando crede di aprire le braccia
La sua ombra è quella di una croce
E quando crede di stringere la sua felicità…la stritola
La sua vita è uno strano e doloroso divorzio

Non esiste amore felice

La sua vita, assomiglia a quei soldati senz’armi
Che si sono vestiti per un altro destino
A cosa può servire alzarsi la mattina
Per loro che si ritrovano la sera disarmati incerti
Dite queste parole, la mia vita 
E trattenete le lacrime!

Non esiste amore felice

Mio bell’amore, mio caro amore, mia lacerazione
Ti porto dentro di me come un uccello ferito
E quelli là ignari ci guardano passare
Ripetendo dopo di me le parole che ho intrecciate
E che per i tuoi grandi occhi tutti morivano all’istante

Non esiste amore felice

E’ tardi per imparare a vivere
Ormai è da troppo tempo
Che i nostri cuori piangono all’unisono nella notte
Quel che serve d’infelicità per ogni minima canzone
Quel che serve di rimpianti per regalare un brivido
Quel che serve di singulti per un’aria di chitarra

Non esiste amore felice.”

 

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English: Georges Brassens

English: Georges Brassens (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

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“L’ivrogne” Mr Jacques Brel – 1961


Published on Mar 22, 2010

Jacques Brel
L’IVROGNE
1961

Ami remplis mon verre
Encore un et je vas
Encore un et je vais
Non je ne pleure pas
Je chante et je suis gai
Mais j’ai mal d’être moi
Ami remplis mon verre
Ami remplis mon verre

Buvons à ta santé
Toi qui sais si bien dire
Que tout peut s’arranger
Qu’elle va revenir
Tant pis si tu es menteur
Tavernier sans tendresse
Je serai saoul dans une heure
Je serai sans tristesse
Buvons à la santé
Des amis et des rires
Que je vais retrouver
Qui vont me revenir
Tant pis si ces seigneurs
Me laissent à terre
Je serai saoul dans une heure
Je serai sans colère

Ami remplis mon verre
Encore un et je vas
Encore un et je vais
Non je ne pleure pas
Je chante et je suis gai
Mais j’ai mal d’être moi
Ami remplis mon verre
Ami remplis mon verre

Buvons à ma santé
Que l’on boive avec moi
Que l’on vienne danser
Qu’on partage ma joie
Tant pis si les danseurs
Me laissent sous la lune
Je serai saoul dans une heure
Je serai sans rancune
Buvons aux jeunes filles
Qu’il me reste à aimer
Buvons déjà aux filles
Que je vais faire pleurer
Et tant pis pour les fleurs
Qu’elles me refuseront
Je serai saoul dans une heure
Je serai sans passion

Ami remplis mon verre
Encore un et je vas
Encore un et je vais
Non je ne pleure pas
Je chante et je suis gai
Mais j’ai mal d’être moi
Ami remplis mon verre
Ami remplis mon verre

Buvons à la putain
Qui m’a tordu le coeur
Buvons à plein chagrin
Buvons à pleines pleurs
Et tant pis pour les pleurs
Qui me pleuvent ce soir
Je serai saoul dans une heure
Je serai sans mémoire
Buvons nuit après nuit
Puisque je serai trop laid
Pour la moindre Sylvie
Pour le moindre regret
Buvons puisqu’il est l’heure
Buvons rien que pour boire
Je serai bien dans une heure
Je serai sans espoir

Ami remplis mon verre
Encore un et je vas
Encore un et je vais
Non je ne pleure pas
Je chante et je suis gai
Tout s’arrange déjà
Ami remplis mon verre
Ami remplis mon verre
Ami remplis mon verre.

 

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Senator Cites ‘Serious Concerns,’ Demands National Quality Forum Records – ProPublica (“WHAT’S AFFORDABLE TO BOVIS, IS NOT AFFORDABLE TO OVIS….BUT THEN BOVIS IS FULLY AWARE…” )


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Senator Cites ‘Serious Concerns,’ Demands National Quality Forum Records – ProPublica.

JUST A THOUGHT: “WHAT’S AFFORDABLE TO BOVIS, IS NOT AFFORDABLE TO OVIS….BUT THEN BOVIS IS FULLY AWARE…” 

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Why TB patient has life ban in Dubai | manishareview


Why TB patient has life ban in Dubai | manishareview.

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ARTICLE: THE LOST BOYS OF SUDAN


The Lost Boys of Sudan

Since the 1980s, when the Second Sudanese Civil War broke out, more than 20,000 of the nation’s boys have been displaced or orphaned. Most of these “Lost Boys”—separated from their families when government troops attacked villages in southern Sudan—walked for years in search of safety, traveling over a thousand miles to refugee camps. More than half died along the way. Many of the survivors have since been resettled in the US. What happened to Sudan’s “Lost Girls“? More…Discuss

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TODAY’S HOLIDAY: UGANDA LIBERATION DAY


Uganda Liberation Day

This day marks the events of January 26, 1986, when themilitary junta controlling Uganda was overthrown by theNational Resistance Army following a five-year civil war. On the evening before the celebration, fireworks are exploded over the capital city of Kampala. The next day, a parade involving all branches of the Uganda military is held either at the Kololo Independence grounds or at the Kololo airfield, just outside Kampala. The country’s president presides over the occasion. Throughout the country, the general public marks the day with sporting events and hearty feasts. More… Discuss

 

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Léo Ferré – L’oppression


Léo Ferré – L’oppression

Tiré du DVD “Sur la scène” (1972/1973 Olympia)

L’oppression

Ces mains bonnes à tout même à tenir des armes
Dans ces rues que les hommes ont tracées pour ton bien
Ces rivages perdus vers lesquels tu t’acharnes
Où tu veux aborder
Et pour t’en empêcher
Les mains de l’oppression

Regarde-la gémir sur la gueule des gens
Avec les yeux fardés d’horaires et de rêves
Regarde-là se taire aux gorges du printemps
Avec les mains trahies par la faim qui se lève

Ces yeux qui te regardent et la nuit et le jour
Et que l’on dit braqués sur les chiffres et la haine
Ces choses “défendues” vers lesquelles tu te traînes
Et qui seront à toi
Lorsque tu fermeras
Les yeux de l’oppression

Regarde-la pointer son sourire indécent
Sur la censure apprise et qui va à la messe
Regarde-la jouir dans ce jouet d’enfant
Et qui tue des fantômes en perdant ta jeunesse

Ces lois qui t’embarrassent au point de les nier
Dans les couloirs glacés de la nuit conseillère
Et l’Amour qui se lève à l’Université
Et qui t’envahira
Lorsque tu casseras
Les lois de l’oppression

Regarde-la flâner dans l’il de tes copains
Sous le couvert joyeux de soleils fraternels
Regarde-la glisser peu à peu dans leurs mains
Qui formerons des poings
Dès qu’ils auront atteint
L’âge de l’oppression

Ces yeux qui te regardent et la nuit et le jour
Et que l’on dit braqués sur les chiffres et la haine
Ces choses “défendues” vers lesquelles tu te traînes
Et qui seront à toi
Lorsque tu fermeras
Les yeux de l’oppression

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Georges Brassens – Il n’y a pas d’amour heureux (live) 1965 (‘…Sa vie elle ressemble à ces soldats sans armes Qu’on avait habillés pour un autre destin A quoi peut leur servir de ce lever matin Eux qu’on retrouve au soir désarmés incertains Dites ces mots ma vie et retenez vos larmes…’)


Georges Brassens – Il n’y a pas d’Amour Heureux, 1965
(music de Georges Brassens – poeme de Louis Aragon)

Rien n’est jamais acquis à l’homme. Ni sa force
Ni sa faiblesse ni son cœur. Et quand il croit
Ouvrir ses bras son ombre est celle d’une croix
Et quand il croit serrer son bonheur il le broie
Sa vie est un étrange et douloureux divorce

Il n’y a pas d’amour heureux

Sa vie elle ressemble à ces soldats sans armes
Qu’on avait habillés pour un autre destin
A quoi peut leur servir de ce lever matin
Eux qu’on retrouve au soir désarmés incertains
Dites ces mots ma vie et retenez vos larmes

Il n’y a pas d’amour heureux

Mon bel amour mon cher amour ma déchirure
Je te porte dans moi comme un oiseau blessé
Et ceux-là sans savoir nous regardent passer
Répétant après moi les mots que j’ai tressés
Et qui pour tes grands yeux tout aussitôt moururent

Il n’y a pas d’amour heureux

Le temps d’apprendre à vivre il est déjà trop tard
Que pleurent dans la nuit nos cœurs à l’unisson
Ce qu’il faut de malheur pour la moindre chanson
Ce qu’il faut de regrets pour payer un frisson
Ce qu’il faut de sanglots pour un air de guitare

Il n’y a pas d’amour heureux

Il n’y a pas d’amour qui ne soit à douleur
Il n’y a pas d’amour dont on ne soit meurtri
Il n’y a pas d’amour dont on ne soit flétri
Et pas plus que de toi l’amour de la patrie
Il n’y a pas d’amour qui ne vive de pleurs

Il n’y a pas d’amour heureux

 

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ROMANIA – Travel and Tourism Information


Romania's Castles and Fortresses - The Fortress of Rasnov (near Brasov, Romania)ROMANIA – Travel and Tourism Information.

 

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GREAT COMPOSERS/COMPOSITIONS: In the Steppes of Central Asia – Borodin – Mongolia



A musical journey to Mongolia. Dresden Staatskapelle conducted by Kurt Sanderling.

 

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Obama’s Changes to Government Surveillance – NYTimes.com


English: In January 2009, President of the Uni...

Obama’s Changes to Government Surveillance – NYTimes.com.

 

 

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“Le Plat Pays” Mr Jacques Brel – 1962



Jacques Brel
“LE PLAT PAYS”
1962

Avec la mer du Nord pour dernier terrain vague
Et des vagues de dunes pour arrêter les vagues
Et de vagues rochers que les marées dépassent
Et qui ont à jamais le coeur à marée basse
Avec infiniment de brumes à venir
Avec le vent de l’est écoutez-le tenir
Le plat pays qui est le mien

Avec des cathédrales pour uniques montagnes
Et de noirs clochers comme mâts de cocagne
Où des diables en pierre décrochent les nuages
Avec le fil des jours pour unique voyage
Et des chemins de pluies pour unique bonsoir
Avec le vent d’ouest écoutez-le vouloir
Le plat pays qui est le mien

Avec un ciel si bas qu’un canal s’est perdu
Avec un ciel si bas qu’il fait l’humilité
Avec un ciel si gris qu’un canal s’est pendu
Avec un ciel si gris qu’il faut lui pardonner
Avec le vent du nord qui vient s’écarteler
Avec le vent du nord écoutez-le craquer
Le plat pays qui est le mien

Avec de l’Italie qui descendrait l’Escaut
Avec Frida la blonde quand elle devient Margot
Quand les fils de novembre nous reviennent en mai
Quand la plaine est fumante et tremble sous juillet
Quand le vent est au rire quand le vent est au blé
Quand le vent est au sud écoutez-le chanter
Le plat pays qui est le mien.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RGiVwM2m18



British Army musicians entertained unsuspecting passersby with a flashmob performance in Birmingham‘s Chamberlain Square. The 60 professionals, from both Regular and Reserve bands, performed the big band classic “Sing, Sing, Sing“, by Louis Prima.

The Corps of Army Music is the largest employer of professional musicians in the UK. Read more about what they do, and how to join the professionals, at http://www.army.mod.uk/music.

The British Army offers world-class training and the opportunity to travel. Being a musician with the Corps of Army Music is just one of 220 roles available. Visit http://www.army.mod.uk/join to find out about becoming a full-time or part-time soldier — and to complete your online application.

 

Bucharest City Tour



Masterminds.ro & Yony_Ro presents you the capital of Romania as you never seen it before! 

Video by: Masterminds.ro
http://www.masterminds.ro
Photos by: yony_ro
http://www.flickr.com/photos/40873435…
Music by: George Enescu 
(Romanian Rhapsody no. 1)

A High Definition video which will make you see how Bucharest really is! You will feel the real Romanian passion for art, culture and life itself!
Bring closer a glass of red wine, turn the sound volume just a bit higher than normal.. now relax and enjoy the following 10 minutes..

 

This Day in the Yesteryear: PRESIDENT OF SOUTH KOREA ASSASSINATED BY HIS CHIEF OF INTELLIGENCE (1979)


President of South Korea Assassinated by His Chief of Intelligence (1979)

Park rose through the ranks of the South Korean army and was a member of the military junta that overthrew the civilian government in 1961. Two years later, he was elected president of South Korea. Although his government aided economic progress through export-oriented growth, Park became increasingly dictatorial and was assassinated by his chief of intelligence in 1979—the last of several assassination attempts against him. Who was accidentally murdered in a 1974 attempt on Park’s life? More… Discuss

 

Just a thought: Privatize Justice? (What a 5,000 years old concept, in the 21 Century!)


Just a thought: Privatize Justice? (What a 5,000 years old concept, in the 21 Century!)

 

Word: SEDITIOUS


seditious 

Definition: (adjective) In opposition to a civil authority or government.
Synonyms: insurgentsubversive
Usage: In an attempt to discourage rebellion, the dictator announced that anyone found in possession of seditious literature would be executed. Discuss.

 

Egypte : tentative d’assassinat à la voiture piégée sur le ministre de l’Intérieur



Le convoi du minitre de l’Intérieur égyptien a été attaqué ce jeudi par des “engins explosifs télécommandés”. Les 4 véhicules qui entouraient la voiture blindée du ministre ont selon ce dernier été détruits. Le ministre est indemne, mais au moins 10 de ses gardes ont été blessés. Le mouvement Tamarod accuse les Frères Musulmans, et ceux-ci accusent le gouvernement d’avoir orchestré l’attentat.
En duplex avec Alexandre Buccianti, correspondant RFI pour France 24 au Caire, en Egypte
05/09/2013 Actualités
ACTUALITES – Toute l’actualité et les dernières informations dans le monde. Avec nos correspondants et analystes sur le terrain. 
FRANCE 24 L’ACTUALITE INTERNATIONALE 24H/24
http://www.france24.com

 

Today’s Birthday: DADABHAI NAOROJI (1825)


Dadabhai Naoroji (1825)

Naoroji was an Indian nationalist leader who moved to England at age 30 and worked for the improvement of British policies toward India. He wrote and lectured extensively on the “drain” of wealth from India to England, which he saw as the principal cause of Indian poverty. His work helped to stimulate economic nationalism in India, and the younger generation of nationalist leaders hailed him affectionately as the “Grand Old Man of India.” He was the first Indian to do what in England? More…Discuss

 

Robert SCHUMANN Overture, Scherzo and Finale, Op.52 – Sinfonietta Sofia Orchestra conducted by Christo Pavlov



Robert SCHUMANN
Overture, Scherzo and Finale, Op.52

1. Overture – 00.05
2. Scherzo - 07.13
3. Finale – 11.30

Sinfonietta Sofia Orchestra conducted by Christo Pavlov

New Concert Hall, 01 Oct 2011
Sofia, Bulgaria

 

Just a Thought: Privatization – The End to the Nation


Just a Thought: Privatization – The End to the Nation!

In the News: RECESSION’S TOLL ON THE MENTALLY ILL


Recession’s Toll on the Mentally Ill

Data from across the European Union reveal that in the recent recession, the unemployment rate for people withmental health problems rose twice as much as for those without. Between 2006 and 2010, the unemployment rate climbed from 7.1% to 9.8% among those who were mentally sound. Meanwhile, unemployment among those with mental health problems went from 12.7% to 18.2%. For those with mental health problems, losing a job or being unemployed can be something of a double whammy, as in addition to creating economic hardship, it can also intensify underlying mental health issues. More…

Quotation: Anna Sewell on ignorance and wickedness


Only ignorance! Only ignorance! How can you talk about only ignorance? Don’t you know that it is the worst thing in the world, next to wickedness?

Anna Sewell (1820-1878) Discuss

Nigel Farage: I hope taxpayers all over Europe listen to this…


Published on May 21, 2013

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• European Parliament, Strasbourg, 21 May 2013

• Speaker: Nigel Farage MEP, Leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP), Co-President of the ‘Europe of Freedom and Democracy‘ (EFD) Group in the European Parliament -http://nigelfaragemep.co.uk

• Joint debate: European Council meeting (22 May 2013) – tax fraud and tax havens 

1. Preparations for the European Council meeting (22 May 2013)
Council and Commission statements
[2012/2805(RSP)]

2. Fight against tax fraud, tax evasion and tax havens
Report: Mojca Kleva Kekuš (A7-0162/2013)
Report on Fight against Tax Fraud, Tax Evasion and Tax Havens
[COM(2012)0722 - - 2013/2060(INI)]
Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs

3. Annual tax report: how to free the EU potential for economic growth
Report: Ildikó Gáll-Pelcz (A7-0154/2013)
Report on the Annual Tax report: how to free the EU potential for economic growth
[COM(2012)0756 - - 2013/2025(INI)]
Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs

• Bluecard question: Liisa JAAKONSAARI MEP (Finland), Socialist group (S&D)

Speech transcript:

English: Hemicycle of the European Parliament ...

English: Hemicycle of the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Barroso giving speech, bottom left – front row. Borrell in the chair. Finnish Prime Minister as President-in-Office, front row opposite Barroso. Türkçe: Strazburg’daki Avrupa Birliği parlementosu (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Thank you. Well there is a great degree of unity here this morning, with a common enemy – rich people, successful companies evading tax, which of course is a problem.

Avoiding tax, which is not illegal, but it gives this whole chamber this morning a high moral tone.

 

Tax Evasion & Wealth Preservation - Tory style

Tax Evasion & Wealth Preservation-Photo credit: Byzantine_K

 

And as Mr. Barroso says it is all about the perception of fairness. Because there is the added bonus of course that it drives a wedge between the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, and the Caymans. 

But before we declare our virtues, perhaps we ought to look just a little bit closer to home.

And I hope that the taxpayers all over Europe listen to this. If we look at the EU officials who work for the European Commission and the European Parliament, the highest category [the most common grade is AD12] are people that earn a net take home pay of just over 100 thousand pounds a year. And yet under EU rules they pay tax of 12 per cent. It is tax fraud on an absolutely massive scale. 

And Mr Barroso I would say to you, how can that be deemed to be fair? How can people out there struggling – the 16 million people unemployed in the eurozone – how can they look at these institutions, not only paying people vast sums of money but allowing them tax and pension benefits on a scale not seen anywhere else in the world? So I suggest we have a bit less of this high moral tone.

And what have these officials given us? Well, they were the architects of the euro, which is a complete disaster. Their obsession with global warming which chimes very strongly here means we are despoiling our landscapes and seascapes with these disgusting wind turbines and driving up energy prices. 

But never let it be said that I cannot acknowledge success when I see it. And I am sure the citizens of Europe will all clap and cheer loudly that the grave, mortal danger of olive oil in dipping bowls has been removed by the officials. Well done everybody.”
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