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Her great talent for fictional murder is to do with her understanding of, and complete belief in, human malignity. She knew that people could hate each other, and act on their hate. Her plots are complicated, designedly so, and the backstories and red herrings involved are often ornate, but in the end, the reason one person murders another in her work comes down to avarice and/or hate. She believed in evil, not necessarily in a theological sense thats a topic she doesnt explore but as a plain fact about human beings and their actions. She isnt much interested in the ethics or metaphysics of why people do the bad things they do. But she is unflinchingly willing to look directly at the truth that they do them.
I have never believed the claim that the BBC is independent of government influence since conducting an interview with the then foreign secretary Jack Straw in 2004. Our interaction came at a moment when there was a slight difference in the line being taken by the Foreign Office and Number Ten about the various inquiries into Iraq exactly the sort of thing BBC journalists were paid to niggle away at. When I kept going on about it, Straw eventually lost his temper and swore on tape. Scoop! The difficulty was that the Foreign Office funded the World Service. As I left King Charles Street, I called the BBC to say I had a story. By the time I got back to the office, a manager had already called FCO officials to apologise.
I believe that both Mantegna and Bellini were alert to every difficult turn and rebalancing in Lukes verses, and thought hard as they painted about how to convert such turns into touches, faces, ways of looking and holding, intervals between people, drapery (a word whose matter-of-factness conceals, in the greatest artists, metaphor after metaphor of human strangeness), proximity, expression. Ruskin, in his pages on Bellini, goes on to assert that the third attribute of the best art the first two are consistency of workmanship and perfect serenity is that it compels you to think of the spirit of the creature, and therefore of its face, more than of its body. The more than here strikes me as wrong: as much is conveyed by Mary and Simeons hands and arms, or the set of necks on shoulders, as by their mouths and eyes. But the faces are triumphs Ruskin is right. In them, but also in the whole play of bodily acceptance and withholding, everything Lukes words suggest is made manifest.
Plath grows up in Cold War America, deceived by a God who let her father die, wanting more than anything to be a writer and to marry a man who would make her feel like she had a vodka sword in her stomach, always. And she gets it when she arrives in Cambridge in 1956, meets her black marauder and marries him in mothers gift of a pink knit dress three and a half months later. But the world, even when it gives her what she wants, also doesnt. Literary success is baseless, fleeting; the marriage dissolves in betrayal, arguments, abandonment. The hard work has come to ash. Awake at 4 a.m. when the sleeping pills wear off, she finds a voice and writes the poems of her life, ones that will make her a myth like Lazarus, like Lorelei. But now she knows that her conception of her life, psychological and otherwise, is no longer tenable, and never was. Now what? I love you for listening, Plath, abandoned and alone, tells her analyst Ruth Beuscher in a letter late in 1962. The rest of us are listening at last.
The letters page from London Review of Books Vol. 40 No. 24 (20 December 2018)
Vllig berraschend merken die von Facebook fr Fake-News-Bekmpfung angeworbenen Journalisten, dass sie blo Krisen-PR machen und Facebook berhaupt kein Interesse an nderungen hat.
Und alle so: NEIN!! DOCH!!! OOOOOH!!!!!
Die deutsche Regierung kmmert sich lieber um knstliche Intelligenz als um eine pnktliche BahnSEHR schn formuliert!
Stein des Anstoes: Das Bundesjustizministerium hatte es whrend des Gesetzgebungsverfahrens unterlassen, den Entwurf der EU-Kommission und den Mitgliedsstaaten vorzulegen. Eine solche "Notifizierung" ist ntig, wenn Dienste der Informationsgesellschaft betroffen sind.Die Inkompetenz der Unterdrcker ist immer noch unser beste Schutz gegen den Unterdrckungsstaat. :-(
Syrian War Report Dec. 13, 2018: Turkey Threatens US-backed Kurdish Forces With New Operation Turkey has threatened a new plan to launch a military operation against US-backed Kurdish groups
Bottles and cans of Fanta and Sprite in Nigeria may soon come with written health warnings after Justice Adedayo Oyebanji ordered the Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC) the local manufacturer of the soft drinks to place labels on the beverages to inform consumers against drinking them with vitamin C, according to a CNN report citing local sources.
Coca-Cola said the claims are inaccurate and unsupported by science.
The spectacle belongs to the Tories and arent they providing top notch entertainment? Theresa Mays vote of confidence by Tory MPs doesnt change anything. In fact it makes it harder for her. She cannot now face a similar challenge from her own party within the next 12 months. In which case the Tories will carry
Following on from a rally outside the Home Office on Tuesday which drew thousands of people, hundreds more took to the streets of Brighton last night to show their support for the Stansted 15. Organised by a collective including the Devils Dyke Network and Brighton Against Borders, the demonstration attracted over 300 people angry at
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FTC: Toilet Troubles
I am sad to report that all seems far from well at my favourite third-tier tentacle of local government Filey Town Council.
Councillor Robert HORLEY (pictured left above) has resigned from the Council in a letter to the serving Mayor of Filey, Councillor Richard WALKER (centre) .
Curiously, the Council seems unwilling publicly to acknowledge the resignation. Certainly, Mr HORLEY still appears as a Councillor on the Councils website albeit with his telephone number redacted.
Mr HORLEY has informed me that his request for his letter of resignation to be read out in Council (and importantly thereby minuted, for the public record) has been declined on the spurious grounds that to do so would be a breach of GDPR this, despite him providing his written consent. There appears to be no reference to former-Councillor HORLEYs resignation on the Agenda for the December meeting.
Mr HORLEYs letter of resignation appears here (I have redacted his home address):
Quite who is ultimately responsible for drawing a veil over Councillor HORLEYs departure is unclear but sources close to the Council are suggesting that Mayor WALKER, for reasons unknown, is anxious not to be the subject of unwelcome criticism. Others contend that it is simply another example of that gold chain having super-inflated the Mayors sense of self-importance.
This latest conflict follows the resignation of 2017/18 Deputy Mayor Councillor John CASEY (pictured right above), whose departure was also the subject of some contention.
I asked Mr CASEY if he would care to comment and his response (which I reproduce, with his consent, here below) makes clear that Filey Town Council like almost every public authority in the country is deeply divided at present. Party, personal and factional loyalties are being stretched to the limit, at great cost to public services and amenities, and (as so often) money is at the heart of the matter....
The Italian economy loses 236 billion euros a year to corruption, which is about 13 percent of gross domestic product, or equal to 3,903 euros per inhabitant.
The figure is twice as high as that of France, where its equal to 120 billion euros and 6 percent of GDP, and that of Germany, where corruption costs 104 billion euros (4 percent of GDP).
The analysis was conducted by the American NGO RAND for the European Parliament.
89 percent of Italians think that corruption is extremely widespread in their country, with 84 percent convinced that it is part of the business culture of Italy.
The study highlights how, in Italy, the wasted money could resolve all of the countrys major social problems, Repubblica writes.
The cost of corruption in Italy is more than one and a half times the national public health budget.
Its also 12 times bigger than the funding for the countrys police force, 16 times the funding set aside to combat unemployment, and 337 times bigger than the budget set aside for Italys scarce social housing.
In Italy, 80 percent of inhabitants believe that corruption is so widespread in their country that the majority dont bother to report it.
The figure was the same in more than half of European member states, with the same figures found in Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Romania, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain.
While Italy suffered most from the cost of corruption overall, Romania was found to be the most corrupt country when looking at the cost as percentage of GDP.
Romania loses 15.6 percent of GDP to corruption every year
[Cross-posted with the Unz Review] Once a year I like to pretend like my blog is some kind of respectable mainstream outlet and I engage in the (admittedly totally silly!)
by GH Eliason for The Saker Blog For 5 years Ukraine has bamboozled supporters by using independent researchers like Bellingcat that work with Ukraines Intel to fabricate its innocence. On
Sich mit Hnden hinter dem Kopf in "ich werde gerade vom Unrechtsstaat verhaftet" hinknien ist jetzt Protest-Symbol der Jugendlichen in Frankreich.
Die Russen haben ja schon immer einen sehr eigenen Humor gehabt. Aktuell: Yandex Maps verpixelt Militrbasen anderer Lnder und tut es so offensichtlich, dass sie damit die Existenz mehrere geheimer Basen besttigt haben.
Yandexs highly specific blurring reveals the location of several sensitive facilities, Turkish military bases, Israeli nuclear facilities, and Israeli Patriot missile batteries. Facilities in Turkey really stand out, as the entire country is available in high resolution. Incirlik Air Base, used by the United States and home to B61 tactical nuclear weapons, is pinpointed by a big blurry mess as shown above. A savvy person could then use unblurred images of Incirlik to define the exact physical parameters of the base.LMAO :-)
Trump hat jemanden zum Klimagipfel geschickt, der da Kohle als Energietrger beworben hat. Der Mann wurde ausgelacht. Es gibt ein Video.
Sagten wir, wir liefern keine Rstungsgter mehr an Saudi Arabien?
Nun, h, brauchen wir ja auch nicht.
Die Bundesregierung will trotz des Lieferstopps fr Rstungsgter nach Saudi-Arabien andere europische Nationen nicht am Export von Waffensystemen hindern, an deren Entwicklung Deutschland beteiligt ist. So plant Berlin nach SPIEGEL-Informationen kein Veto einzulegen, wenn Grobritannien in den nchsten Jahren den gemeinsam entwickelten Kampfjet Eurofighter nach Saudi-Arabien verkauft.Wir verdienen ja auch ber Bande, und dann ist auch noch jemand anderes der Buhmann. Win-Win!
By Aleksandr Neukropny Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard cross posted with http://www.stalkerzone.org/why-russia-has-no-right-to-surrender-to-the-west/ source: https://topcor.ru/4060-pochemu-rossii-net-smysla-kapitulirovat-pered-zapadom.html The ultimatums that are sounded by the US and NATO towards Russia become more
Review of Peter Gelderloos, Worshipping
Power: An Anarchist View of Early State Formation
A review of Peter Gelderloos'anarchist analysis of how states are formed and developed.
Fhlt ihr euch auch so von illegalen Einreisern umzingelt? Weil die Bundespolizei soviel darber berichtet? Nun, die Fallzahlen sind stark rcklufig, aber "wegen ffentlichen Interesses" hat die Bundespolizei ihre Pressemitteilungen um ein Vielfaches hochgefahren. AfD-Whler?
Mit einer Bauernschlue, die ich ihnen gar nicht zugetraut htte, bereitet sich Number 10 Downing Street auf die Abstimmung vor :-)
Syrian War Report Dec. 12, 2018: Russian Military Govt. Forces, Militia Retook 96.5% Of Syria 1,411 residential areas have been liberated from ISIS terrorists since the start of
Russian anti-fascists are struggling against a brutal wave of repression which has featured kidnappings, savage beatings, torture and fabricated court cases. Up to date, eleven antifascists are facing lengthy jail sentences. In response, a group of activists centred in London and with the shared goal of organising solidarity action and fundraise for the release of
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Dont look now, but Vladimir Putin has racked up another win in his latest skirmish with the West.
The victory took place Nov. 25 in the Kerch Strait, the narrow strip of water separating the disputed Crimean Peninsula from the Russian mainland to the east. It occurred when the Russian coast guard fired on and seized three Ukrainian naval vessels. As always, the details are in dispute, with the Ukrainians claiming that their boats informed the Russians about their plans to navigate the strait but received no reply and Russia saying the opposite.
But theres no doubt as to the result. By briefly closing the strait, Russia has demonstrated that it can restrict access at will to roughly half the Ukrainian coastline that lies within the Sea of Azov, including the economically vital ports of Mariupol and Berdyansk. Although Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko immediately called for Western intervention, it also demonstrated that there is little NATO can do in response.
While expressing full support for Ukraine, the alliance said nothing about Poroshenkos request that NATO ships force their way through the Kerch Strait in defiance of the blockade. The same goes for Ukraines call to Turkey to close off Russian naval access to the Dardanelles, the equally narrow body of water connecting the Black Sea with the Mediterranean. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogans only response was an offer to mediate.
So while Poroshenko declared that the only language that Putin understands is the solidarity of the Western world, it appears that the West is solidly behind a cautious policy of non-interference.
Its an astonishing reversal from the heady days of early 2014 when it was Russia...
By Rostislav Ishchenko Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard cross posted with https://www.stalkerzone.org/rostislav-ishchenko-brave-poroshenko-the-worse-it-is-for-him-the-more-dangerous-he-is-for-others/ source: https://ukraina.ru/opinion/20181211/1022049102.html In recent days, in connection with the frank violation by Poroshenkos regime of all
by Eric Zuesse for The Saker Blog The following combination of articles explains and they link to conclusive evidence proving that the United States Government is actually designing
Harrods is selling a fridge for 36k. You could nearly buy the entire Sol Cinema for that!The Sol Cinema (@theSolCinema) December 6, 2018
We live in unequal times#harrodsfridge pic.twitter.com/r7UAoRoyLm
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