I have edited the title of this, changing “human” to “human being”, in an attempt to confer some dignity upon our kind, not that we necessarily deserve this, of course. LJ
For decades scientists aspired to modify the code of life. Tom Whipple meets Jennifer Doudna, who succeeded
— Read on www.1843magazine.com/features/how-to-edit-a-human
Actualités CONSO-ARGENT : JT 20H – Le produit star de l’été, c’est le melon. Il se déguste en entrée, en dessert ou même en plat. Nous en consommons quatre kilos chacun tous les ans.
— Read on www.lci.fr/conso-argent/les-enquetes-de-l-ete-les-conseils-pour-bien-choisir-le-melon-2095144.html
The Red Admiral, on buddleia in Graham and Abi’s garden.
The Comma, on buddleia in Graham & Abi’s garden
From Graham & Abi’s garden
A quote from a Joseph Conrad’s “Under Western Eyes”, by which I am reminded of St.Benedict’s reflections on the acquisition of self-knowledge as something unachievable through self-scrutiny, but only through the eyes of others. LJ
Alex Benalla (may his news decrease!)
Awoke one day and joined the French police
And saw, in easy reach of his matraque,
Protesters, whom he thought he might attack,
“What doest thou?” asked passers-by
Who looked on him askance,
“Moi? Rien! I’m just the henchman
Of the President of France.” LJ
The international hegemony of English is indeed troubling, as is the tentacular presence of American culture. Vive la différence! That said, mastery of the lingua franca within a nation, English in England, French in France and so on, would seem to me to be a fitting intellectual project, if not a requirement (but let us be compassionate here) for those aspiring to citizenship.
Let us not forget Goethe’s aphoristic injunction:
“Wer fremde Sprachen nicht kennt, weiß nichts von seiner eigenen.”
(He who cannot speak languages other than his own, knows nothing of his own. Goethe: Maxim 91)
Personally, I have no time for the zealous indignation of the lawyer who arrogantly sought to upbraid those speaking Spanish (thug and fool), but perhaps still less for the angry herd that subsequently persecuted him (thugs, fools and creatures of the crowd). America seems unwell.
Some very interesting points are raised in the article below, admittedly not for the first time, but the timing of their exposition nevertheless seems appropriate, in this troubled world, with its conflicting bogus certitudes and their crassly indignant advocates.
The long read: No language in history has dominated the world quite like English does today. Is there any point in resisting?
— Read on www.theguardian.com/news/2018/jul/27/english-language-global-dominance
“Quand la France se réchauffera : tout ce qui va changer dans nos vies” : http://www.lefigaro.fr/sciences/2017/10/27/01008-20171027ARTFIG00070-quand-la-france-se-rechauffera-tout-ce-qui-va-changer-dans-nos-vies.php
That’s it. Nothing remains to be achieved. Our long work is over. The day is done. It has happened.
“Les bons gestes à adopter pendant la canicule” : http://sante.lefigaro.fr/article/les-bons-gestes-a-adopter-pendant-la-canicule/
The letter referring to “cerebral Macron” and setting his average mind alongside the grandeur of that of De Gaulle is amusing. It stands no comparison, of course. That on Kant is also good, as is the principal letter on the rehabilitation of synderesis. A good start to the day here in St.Martin, as the neighbours turn on their swimming pool cleaner to drive away the serenity of the early morning. LJ
Conscience before consciousness – TheTLS
— Read on www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/private/letters-to-the-editor-202/
Fascinating. There must be no further encroachment!
Man believed to be in his 50s seen swinging an axe to fell a tree in Brazilian forest
— Read on www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/19/footage-sole-survivor-amazon-tribe-emerges-brazil
Dans la masse de la littérature dédiée au parcours victorieux de l’équipe de France, que n’avons-nous pas lu ? Dans le flot des paroles dites, à cet effet, à travers la télévision et la radio, que n’avons-nous pas entendu ?
— Read on blogs.mediapart.fr/maison-des-journalistes/blog/180718/la-coupe-de-cette-equipe-belle-et-unie-ou-les-valeurs-de-leducation
Bomen en struiken laten hun bladeren vallen en dieren draaien overuren op zoek naar water en voedsel. De natuur probeert te overleven. Boswachter L…
— Read on www.volkskrant.nl/nieuws-achtergrond/de-veluwe-lijkt-wel-een-afrikaanse-savanne-alles-staat-in-de-overlevingsstand-~b83ae5a2/
THE BLACK SWAN
The sun has fallen and it lies in blood.
The moon is weaving bandages of gold.
O black swan, where, oh, where is my lover gone?
Torn and tattered is my bridal gown,
And my lamp is lost, and my lamp is lost.
With silver needles and with silver thread,
The stars stitch a shroud for the dying sun.
O black swan, where, oh, where has my lover gone?
I had given him a kiss of fire,
And a golden ring, and a golden ring.
Don’t you hear your lover moan?
Eyes of glass and feet of stone,
Shells for teeth and weeds for tongue,
Deep, deep, down in the river’s bed,
He’s looking for the ring.
Eyes wide open, never asleep,
He’s looking for the ring, looking for the ring.
The spools unravel and the needles break,
The sun is buried and the stars weep.
O black wave, O black wave, take me away with you.
I will share with you my golden hair,
And my bridal crown, and my bridal crown.
Oh, take me down with you
Take me down to my wand’ring lover
With my child unborn, with my child unborn.
Découvrez la recette Omelette à l’oseille sur cuisineactuelle.fr.
— Read on www.cuisineactuelle.fr/recettes/omelette-a-l-oseille-246749