Daily Archives: February 7, 2017

Iustina Talea


Iepurașul care mănâncă ghiocei

Un ghiocel nu este doar un semn că vine primăvara. El este o dovadă de curaj, de putere, de speranță, de gingășie. Omul este asemenea unui ghiocel. După fiecare iarnă a inimii lui el renaște mândru și înfruntă din nou lumea în fiecare primăvară.

Ghiocelul îndură gerul aprig al iernii și umezeala zăpezii, așteptând tăcut și timid pe prietenul lui, soarele, care îi va da curajul și încrederea necesară pentru a se arăta lumii.
Și oamenii își așteaptă prietenii care să-i încurajeze să se adune și să redevină ei înșiși. Îi așteaptă cu nerăbdare, cu dor, cu neputință pe cei care le vor ține loc de soare. Și după ce vor fi îndurat un ger cumplit cu lacrimi de ninsoare, încălziți de razele blânde și prietenoase ale soarelui, ei vor răsări din nou, mai plini de viață, gata să topească toată gheața din jur și din inimile altor oameni cu încrederea și optimismul lor.
Uneori e bine să ne îndurăm propriile ierni exact atât cât trebuie să dureze. Pentru că întotdeauna va exista speranța unei primăveri după fiecare iarnă grea. Soarele ne va topi fiecare lacrimă care a înghețat pe obraz și ne va dezmorți buzele ca să putem zâmbi din nou. Vom deveni în fiecare primăvară ghioceii care vor vesti trezirea la viață, la speranță, la iubire, la gingășie, la tandrețe.

Oamenii sunt ghiocei pentru că iubesc primăvara. O iubesc atât de mult încât vor fi mereu primii care o vor vesti.


Iustina Talea

Gaston La Touche (1854-1913), Une jeune fille dans la contemplation


Gaston La Touche (1854-1913), Une jeune fille dans la contemplation

A pueblo? woman. Taos pueblo, New Mexico. ca. 1914. Photo by Carl Moon. Source – New York Public Library.


A pueblo? woman. Taos pueblo, New Mexico. ca. 1914. Photo by Carl Moon. Source – New York Public Library.

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Rose Bompard Bird. Crow. Early 1900s. Photo by Richard Throssel. Source – University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center.


Rose Bompard Bird. Crow. Early 1900s. Photo by Richard Throssel. Source - University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center.

Native American mother and child. 1902.  Source – New York Public Library


Native American mother and child. 1902. Source – New York Public Library

Nowadluk (also known as Nora). Inuit. Nome, Alaska.  ca. 1903. Photo by Lomen Brothers. Source – Alaska Digital Archives.


Nowadluk (also known as Nora). Inuit. Nome, Alaska. ca. 1903. Photo by Lomen Brothers. Source – Alaska Digital Archives.

Eurasian Pygmy Owl in the early morning light.


Eurasian Pygmy Owl in the early morning light.

Eurasian Pygmy Owl in the early morning light. The color effect in the background comes form the sun lighting the bark of spruce and pine trees.  Taken in SW Poland.

France 24 : Israel passes controversial West Bank settlement law


Israel passes controversial West Bank settlement law

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The Israeli parliament on Monday finalised a controversial law legalising dozens of Jewish outposts built on private Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank.

The law — approved by 60 members of parliament to 52 against — was slammed by the Palestinians as a means to “legalise theft” of land.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who did not participate in the law’s final votes since he was returning from a trip to Britain, said he had “updated” the US administration so as not to surprise “our friends”.

The United States did not comment on the new law, despite Washington’s decades-long disapproval of Israeli settlement building.

US policy has become less clear in the 17 days since the inauguration of President Donald Trump, and on Monday his State Department refused to take a position.

“The administration needs to have the chance to fully consult with all parties on the way forward,” a State Department official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

“At this point, indications are that this legislation is likely to be reviewed by the relevant Israeli courts, and the Trump administration will withhold comment on the legislation until the relevant court ruling.”

Speaking after the law was finalised, Bezalel Smotrich of the far-right Jewish Home party, who was one of the forces behind the legislation, thanked the American people for electing Trump as president, “without whom the law would have probably not passed”.

The new law will allow Israel to legally seize Palestinian private land on which Israelis built without knowing it was private property or because the state allowed them to do so.

Palestinian owners will be compensated financially or with other land.

Exposure to international criminal courts

The Palestine Liberation Organisation said the law was a means to “legalise theft” and demonstrated “the Israeli government’s will to destroy any chances for a political solution.”

A PLO statement stressed that the “Israeli settlement enterprise negates peace and the possibility of the two-state solution.”

Ahead of the Israeli parliamentary vote, opposition chief and Labour leader Isaac Herzog lashed out against the “despicable law” that he said would undermine the country’s Jewish majority.

“The vote tonight isn’t for or against the settlers, rather Israel’s interests,” Herzog said.

The law would “annex millions of Palestinians into Israel”, he warned, and expose Israeli soldiers and politicians to lawsuits at international criminal courts.

Science and Technology Minister Ofir Akunis of Netanyahu’s Likud party said the argument was over the right to the Land of Israel.

“All of the Land of Israel belongs to the Jewish people,” he told Herzog, using the biblical term that included the West Bank. “This right is eternal and indisputable.”

Law expected to be challenged in Supreme Court

The law is seen by critics as promoting at least partial annexation of the West Bank, a key demand for parts of Netanyahu’s right-wing cabinet, including Jewish Home.

Human Rights Watch said the law “reflects Israel’s manifest disregard of international law” and deepens the “de facto permanent occupation” of the West Bank, warning that “the Trump administration cannot shield them from the scrutiny of the International Criminal Court”.

Israeli rights group B’Tselem said the law proved Israel “has no intention of ending its control over the Palestinians or its theft of their land.”

The bill could still be challenged, with Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman saying last week: “The chance that it will be struck down by the Supreme Court is 100 percent.”

Last week, the few hundred residents of theAmona outpost in the West Bank were evicted after the Supreme Court ruled their homes were built on private Palestinian land.

Amona demolitions

In parliament on Monday, Shuli Mualem of Jewish Home dedicated the law to those evicted from Amona.

International law considers all settlements to be illegal, but Israel distinguishes between those it sanctions and those it does not, dubbed outposts.

The lengthy Amona saga — including the evictions broadcast live on Israeli television — directly inspired the bill.

Demolitions and removal of the buildings there began on Monday.

The law applies to 53 other outposts and homes within existing settlements recognised by Israel built on Palestinian land, according to the anti-settlement organisation Peace Now.

More than 3,800 homes would be “legalised”, the NGO said ahead of the vote.

UN envoy for the Middle East peace process Nickolay Mladenov said ahead of the Monday vote he was “concerned” by the law, which could “greatly diminish the prospects for Arab-Israeli peace.”

Since Trump’s inauguration, Israel has announced more than 6,000 new homes in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, seen as key parts of any future Palestinian state.

Last week, the Trump’s administration said settlement expansion “may not be helpful” for peace prospects, but also broke with previous administrations by saying settlements were not an obstacle to peace.

The White House statement was interpreted as a message to Netanyahu and his government that the US administration intended to reserve its options.

Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit has warned the government that the law could be unconstitutional and risks exposing Israel to international prosecution for war crimes.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)

France 24 : Trump administration defends ‘lawful’ travel ban


Trump administration defends ‘lawful’ travel ban

http://f24.my/2jX1icY

The US government on Monday defended President Donald Trump’s travel ban as a “lawful exercise” of his authority, and urged an appeals court to reinstate the suspended measure in the interests of national security.

Three days after a federal judge put the controversial measure on hold, Justice Department lawyers filed a court brief challenging the nationwide injunction as “vastly overbroad.”

An hour-long telephone hearing has been set for Tuesday at 3:00 pm (2300 GMT) in a high-stakes case that looks increasingly likely to be settled by the Supreme Court.

Two new polls show a majority of Americans now oppose the travel ban on refugees and travellers from seven mostly-Muslim nations, which prompted airport chaos andcondemnation around the world—but Trump has shown no sign of bending, pushing back late Monday in a new Twitter salvo.

“The threat from radical Islamic terrorism is very real, just look at what is happening in Europe and the Middle-East. Courts must act fast!” he wrote.

Earlier in the day, during a visit to US Central Command in Tampa, Florida, Trump accused the media of downplaying the terror threat that his administration cites to justify its ban, saying they purposefully ignored jihadist atrocities.

Although he failed to provide evidence of a conspiracy by the media, the White House later distributed a list of 78 attacks it said were “executed or inspired by” the Islamic State group, saying most failed to receive adequate media coverage.

However, the claims ignore a large amount of reporting on these attacks by the jihadist group and its sympathizers in Western countries.

Court ‘erred’

Trump’s decree summarily denied entry to all refugees for 120 days, and travelers from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days—a move critics charge will damage US interests. Refugees from Syria were blocked indefinitely.

The president says the ban is needed to tighten US security against foreign terror threats, citing the September 11, 2001 attacks despite the hijackers having no links to the named countries.

In its filing to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, the government argued that the federal court that temporarily rolled back Trump’s directive had “erred in entering an injunction barring enforcement of the order,” asking that the ban be reinstated.

The Justice Department argued that “the executive order is a lawful exercise of the president’s authority over the entry of aliens into the United States and the admission of refugees.”

“Even if some relief were appropriate, the court’s sweeping nationwide injunction is vastly overbroad,” it said.

The government again denied that the order specifically targets Muslims, defending it as a means of reviewing and revising screening procedures in order to “protect against terrorist attacks.”

And it said non-US citizens seeking to enter the United States for the first time have no constitutional rights to be upheld.

Mounting opposition

Friday’s decision by a federal judge in Seattle has allowed the many travelers who were suddenly barred from US soil to start trickling back in.

The State Department has said visa holders from the seven countries are allowed to travel to the US as long as their documents have not been “physically canceled.”

On Sunday, the appellate court refused to overrule the federal judge.

Attorneys general for the states of Washington and Minnesota, which won the temporary stay of the ban, have asked the appeals court to refuse to reinstate it. They were backed Monday in a court brief filed by attorneys general from 16 other US states.

Several legal and rights groups have filed in support of the states, including the Southern Poverty Law Center, Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the American Civil Liberties Union.

And in an additional blow, a slew of Silicon Valley giants led by Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter have filed a brief in support of the lawsuit, arguing that the ban threatens their ability to attract crucial foreign talent and investment to the United States.

Tesla and SpaceX were among another 30 companies that added their names to the filing late Monday, pushing the total to more than 120.

A group of prominent Democrats including former secretaries of state John Kerry and Madeleine Albright also added their voices to the criticism, arguing that Trump’s ban could endanger US troops in the field, disrupt counterterrorism cooperation and feed Islamic State group propaganda.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer insisted the administration was “absolutely not” planning to back down on its plan for extreme vetting at US borders, saying: “Once we win the case, it will go right back into action.”

But top Republicans have shown renewed signs of discomfort with the president as the controversy escalates—specifically over Trump’s virulent attacks on James Robart, the Seattle federal judge.

(AFP)

” The Virgin and Child with St. Martina and St Agnes ” 1597-1599Artist : El Greco Period : Mannerism ( Late Renaissance)Location: National Gallery of Art , Washington


” The Virgin and Child with St. Martina and St Agnes ” 1597-1599

Artist : El Greco 

Period : Mannerism ( Late Renaissance)

Location: National Gallery of Art , Washington

” The Adoration of the Magi ” 1475 -1476 Artist : Sandro Botticelli


” The Adoration of the Magi ” 1475 -1476 

Artist : Sandro Botticelli 

Period : Early Renaissance

Location: Galleria Degli Uffizi, Firenze , Italia 
The adoration of the Magi was the first work of Sandro Botticelli that won him mass popularity. It was commissioned by Gaspar di Zanobi del Lama, a banker that was connected to the Medici family . portraits of members of Medici exist in the painting, also Self-Portrait of Botticelli himself in the right side

Pădurile sânt ale noastre, nu ale austriecilor!


Pădurile sânt ale noastre, nu ale austriecilor!

So true, but don’t take my worf for it rsther see for yourselves:  Watch “Donald Trump On Radical Islamic Terrorism | Shoot First Talk Later | Mango News” on YouTube


BBC News: Trump says terror attacks ‘under-reported’: Is that true?


I saw this on the BBC and thought you should see it:

Trump says terror attacks ‘under-reported’: Is that true? – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-38890090

BBC News: Over the wall


I saw this on the BBC and thought you should see it:

Over the wall – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-38883033

BBC News: TV maker unlawfully tracked viewing habits


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TV maker unlawfully tracked viewing habits – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-38889975

BBC News: Kyra Poh: The 14-year-old girl who’s the ‘fastest flyer’


I saw this on the BBC and thought you should see it:

Kyra Poh: The 14-year-old girl who’s the ‘fastest flyer’ – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-38890112

BBC News: Education nominee Betsy DeVos wins Senate confirmation vote


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Education nominee Betsy DeVos wins Senate confirmation vote – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-38897507

BBC News: Syria conflict: Thousands hanged at Saydnaya prison, Amnesty says


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Syria conflict: Thousands hanged at Saydnaya prison, Amnesty says – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-38885901

Albastru de Breaza


Albastru de Breaza

Not letting go of you, by GeorgeB( the smudge and other poems)


Not letting go of you, by GeorgeB

( the smudge and other poems)
God only knows why:

I have been lost to you, while

You were never lost to me-

Because:

I am still in love with 

The softness of your step,

 of your breath,

 of your skin-

in all the places where the skin plies-and

The  light softness of your being, and

The softness with which you speak…

The lightness of your footprint,

As if you were flying, or walk on water…

Yes, I know, I’ve been sinning,

When worshiping you,  as if you were a God, when, in fact you were but

His gift, 

to me…

But worshiping a gift sounds like so puerile, an empty effort…

So now, while still in love with you, I’m letting you free…and I have decided to love only the memory of those things that made me fall in love with you:

Your lightness and your rain, and your blue skies, and your clouds, and your beautiful big blue eyes, in tears…

Here, use my handkerchief and,

keep it… 

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Organ pipe cactus with a cristate growth – at Pinkley Peak, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona


Organ pipe cactus with a cristate growth – at Pinkley Peak, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona

Today’s Holiday:Grenada Independence Day


Today’s Holiday:
Grenada Independence Day


This is a national holiday commemorating Grenada’s independence from Britain on this day in 1974. Britain had held the island since the 18th century, when France ceded it under the Treaty of Paris.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday:Laura Elizabeth Ingalls Wilder (1867)


Today’s Birthday:
Laura Elizabeth Ingalls Wilder (1867)

Wilder was the American author of a classic series of children’s books based on her childhood. Born in Wisconsin after the Civil War, she traveled with her pioneer family throughout the Midwest by covered wagon for years before settling in the Dakota Territory. As a farmer and mother she struggled for years. Her first novel, Little House in the Big Woods was not published until 1932, when she was 65. How many of her books, which spawned a popular TV show, were published after her death?: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History:Émile Zola Is Put on Trial for Publishing “J’Accuse” (1898)


This Day in History:
Émile Zola Is Put on Trial for Publishing “J’Accuse” (1898)

A Jewish officer in the French army, Alfred Dreyfus was falsely convicted of treason in 1894. When officers discovered that the evidence against Dreyfus was false—and that he was most likely a victim of anti-Semitism—they covered it up. Writer Émile Zola exposed the scandal by publishing in a newspaper an open letter titled “J’accuse.” Zola was tried and convicted of criminal libel but fled the country, which was divided by the scandal. What happened to Dreyfus and Zola?: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day:Aristotle


Quote of the Day:
Aristotle

At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Article of the DayChange Ringing


Article of the Day
Change Ringing

Change ringing is the art of ringing a set of tuned bells in a series of mathematical patterns called “changes.” Differing from many other forms of bell ringing in that no attempt is made to produce a conventional melody, change ringing is performed by groups the world over. However, it remains most popular in the setting where its modern form developed during the 17th century: English church towers. Why was church bell ringing prohibited during World War II?: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day:chiffonier


Word of the Day:
chiffonier

Definition: (noun) A narrow high chest of drawers or bureau, often with a mirror attached.
Synonyms: commode
Usage: Against the wall stood an exquisite chiffonier, on which were resting some cut-glass decanters and goblets.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

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Barred Owl – Abbotsford British Columbia, CanadaNikon D750 Nikon 200-500 Shutter 1/1.3 * ISO LO.3 * F8 * 500mm


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St. Peter’s , Vatican City.Bernini’s 30m high baldacchino beneath the magnificent dome of Michelangelo,Giacomo della Porta and Domenico Fontana (completed 1590)


Chief Hollow Horn (Matȟó Héȟloǧeča).  Brulé Lakota.  ca. 1900. Photo taken in Washington, DC. Source – University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center.


Chief Hollow Horn (Matȟó Héȟloǧeča). Brulé Lakota. ca. 1900. Photo taken in Washington, DC. Source – University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center.

Deep Cuts: Leonard Cohen – Film Comment


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Deep Cuts: Leonard Cohen

Some reading music: listen to this week’s special mix below. (See the full track listing.)

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Spanning appearances of both the man and his music, the upcoming tribute to Leonard Cohen at Anthology Film Archives is short but sweet. “Darker: Celebrating Leonard Cohen” pairs McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971), Beware of a Holy Whore (1971), and Donald Brittain’s documentary Ladies and Gentlemen . . . Mr. Leonard Cohen (1965) with two Canadian shorts, Derek May’s Angel (1966) and Josef Reeve’s Poen (1967).McCabe is the best known of the three features, and the strongest example of Cohen’s music put to film, with three songs interwoven seamlessly throughout. Beware of a Holy Whore, Fassbinder’s bitter ode to filmmaking, features six of Cohen’s songs and is indicative of the director’s career-long fascination with the poet. And for a privileged look at Cohen before he became a singer-songwriter, Ladies and Gentlemenaccompanies the young poet as he returns home to Canada to promote his latest book.

In Ladies and GentlemenCohen is confident though self-deprecating, staying in a three-dollar-a-night hotel in Montreal. Shown luxuriating in a bath and prancing in his underwear for the camera, he has revisited his home country so that he can “renew his neurotic affiliations.” As the sober voice of a narrator intones off screen, “with the stoop of an aged crop-picker and the face of a curious little boy” Cohen walks through town, attending parties and conducting poetry readings in a leather blazer. He is persistently witty and oozes charm, and it’s a pleasure to watch Cohen at this stage in his life when his career path, as he described it, was “infinitely wide and without direction.”

A similar thought animates Josef Reeve’s experimental short Poen: “My mind seems to go out on a path the width of a thread and of endless length…” opens the prose poem excerpted from Cohen’s novel, Beautiful Losers (1966). Cohen begins to recite the poem four times, getting further into the text with each try. A rapid montage of black and white still images accompany his voiceover up until the fourth iteration of the poem, which includes archival footage of people shooting guns, war zones, and general destruction. Each image connects in some way to a line of the poem, an individual word or interpretation, and each series of images is different from the next. The camera zooms and pans penetratingly over the shifting images, creating a live collage that both augments and is augmented by Cohen’s multivalent poem.

In the second short, Derek May’s Angel, a young couple portrayed by Cohen and an uncredited woman scuffle in the snow and play with her floppy, polka-dotted fabric wings. The look of the film is extremely high-contrast with only pitch blacks and pure whites, distorting perspective and effectively creating a vast landscape of continuous snow. Bordering on twee, Angelfeatures music written by Cohen and performed by The Stormy Clovers, Cohen’s early backing band. The instrumentals sound very much like that of Cohen’s debut album,Songs of Leonard Cohen, which was released the following year.

1971 was a big year for Cohen on film, beginning with the soundtrack for Altman’s McCabe and Mrs. Miller. An enthusiastic fan of Cohen’s first album,Songs of Leonard Cohen(1967), Altman pulled three songs and added them toMcCabe during post-production. The soundtrack matched so perfectly with the images that many incorrectly assumed that Altman had the music in mind when he shot the film. Also released in 1971, Fassbinder’sBeware of a Holy Whorefeatures six of Cohen’s songs playing on a jukebox in the lobby of a Spanish hotel where much of the film takes place. Switching routinely across several scenes from one song to the next, the soundtrack also includes music by Ray Charles, Elvis, and Spooky Tooth. As the jukebox shuffles impartially in the background, the repetitive murmur of Cohen’s flat croon works with the film, adding to its general claustrophobia. The music cycles throughout just as the characters cycle through different pairings and scenarios: fighting, kissing, drinking dozens of Cuba Libres and groping at each other. “Suzanne” first appears on the soundtrack as one of the characters relays his experience coming down from a “super high.” Fassbinder, playing the film’s high-strung producer, yells out impetuously over Cohen’s undulating baritone.

Looking beyond the films featured in Anthology’s series, Werner Herzog’sFata Morgana, another product of 1971, applies three of Cohen’s songs to images of the Sahara desert. The action in the film appears to pause for “Suzanne” and “So Long Marianne” as the camera tracks fluidly from left to right. Footage of mirages, of the Sahara and its spare architecture pass by like a series of still images on a kinetoscope, with only the camera and Cohen’s music giving the sequence movement.

These movies were only part of a generally productive period for Cohen the musician, from 1967 to 1974. His debut album, Songs of Leonard Cohen, was followed bySongs from a Room (1969),Songs of Love and Hate(1971), and New Skin for the Old Ceremony (1974). Fassbinder continued to use his music throughout 1975, in the television production Like a Bird on a Wire, Fox and His Friendsand Fear of Fear. His music experienced a bit of a hiatus from film for the next several years, though his recording and touring output continued, as evidenced by Harry Rasky’s 1980 concert film The Song of Leonard Cohen. Following a collaboration with oddball producer Phil Spector in 1977 (Death of a Ladies’ Man) and after releasing the more traditional Recent Songs in 1979, Cohen eased into another wave of popularity with Various Positions in 1984, which featured the delayed hit “Hallelujah,” destined to be covered by over 300 artists including Jeff Buckley. It was around this time that more European directors began to sample his music for television, including Jean-Luc Godard, who used Cohen’s song “The Guests” in Grandeur et décadence d’un petit commerce de cinéma, an episode of the television series Série Noire(1986). Cohen’s next album in 1988, I’m Your Man, remains one of his most popular while epitomizing the late ’80s sound, complete with heavy synthesizers and smooth sax.

The source of the success ofI’m Your Man is the track “Everybody Knows,” which has enjoyed a prolific rotation in the years since its release. On film, Allan Moyle’s sardonic teen dramedy Pump Up the Volume (1990) makes memorable use of the song. Christian Slater stars as a horny ham radio host (alias: Happy Harry Hard-On) who plays the song several times on his radio show in between rants on freedom of speech, individuality, standing up to authority, etc. Cohen’s lyrics, among them “Everybody knows that the dice are loaded / Everybody knows that the good guys lost” speaks to Slater’s shy teenage angst (he’s the quiet kid at school) while feeding into his cocksure alter ego’s on-air anarchism.

In 1994, Atom Egoyan also featured “Everybody Knows” prominently inExotica, a film about strip club and its motley band of customers and employees. Christina (Mia Kirshner), dressed in a baggy schoolgirl’s uniform, dances to the song twice, miming static gestures and wildly dipping her hips. In a film where characters struggle to connect amid unspoken trauma, “Everybody Knows” refers to things left unsaid and the feelings of hopelessness that many of the characters harbor.

In the decades sinceExotica, countless films and television shows have sampled Cohen’s music, from Natural Born Killers(1994) to Shrek (2001) toThe Young Pope (2017). In 2015, his song “Nevermind” became the opening credits theme for the much maligned second season of True Detective. Taken from his 2014 albumPopular Problems, “Nevermind” began as a poem that was published inBook of Longing in 2006. Sung from the point of view of a criminal on the run, the song exemplifies the best of Cohen’s late music, accompanied by female backing singers over a pulsing beat, his voice rumbling at a low growl. The lyrics are appropriately rakish and creepy, telling of unmarked graves and a scofflaw with no name. No one has ever captured a mood quite like Cohen, and it is unlikely that anyone ever will.


Track List:

“Avalanche” Songs of Love and Hate
“Chelsea Hotel #2” New Skin for the Old Ceremony
“Lover Lover Lover” New Skin for the Old Ceremony
“Iodine” Death of a Ladies’ Man
“Everybody Knows” I’m Your Man
“Nevermind” Popular Problems
“You Want It Darker” You Want It Darker
“Hallelujah” Various Positions
“Waiting for the Miracle” The Future
“True Love Leaves No Traces” Death of a Ladies’ Man
“There is a War” New Skin for the Old Ceremony
“Bird on the Wire” Songs From a Room

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A Kiowa man. 1867. Photo by William S. Soule. Source – National Anthropological Archives.


A Kiowa man. 1867. Photo by William S. Soule. Source – National Anthropological Archives.

Drăguții (pencil sketch)


Drăguții (pencil sketch)

Drăguții (color pencil sketch)


Drăguții (color pencil sketch)

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