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Stupidity Kills – La Bêtise Tue [Not just an expression – Pas seulement une expression]

Posted by on Jan 7, 2015 in Death, France, Human Rights, Humor, Ideas, Idées, Politics, Site, Wars |

September 11 for France: its heart has been shot, execution style. No More Laughter in France – On Arrête de Rire en France – Among the twelve killed today in Paris… Parmi les douze tués aujourd’hui à Paris: CABU & WOLINSKI — an institution – Le cœur de la France a été poignardé… Much more about Cabu and Wolinski […]

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Drones For Fun…

Posted by on Oct 2, 2014 in Afri, Dance, Humor, Peace, Spectacle, Tech, Theater, Video, Wars |

… and neither for war nor for business! A collaboration between the Cirque du Soleil, Verity Studios and ETH Zurich. “Intimacy, wonder, playfulness and grace… Is there a future for this in the performing arts? Absolutely, we’re just getting started.” – Raffaello D’Andrea, Professor at ETH Zurich, Founder of Verity Studios AG – “Each of the quadcopters that you see in the film has a name, a personality and even some element of motivation.” Welby Altidor, Montreal, Canada (Executive Director of Creations/Executive Creative Director/Creative Content at Cirque du Soleil) [Clips Included]

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Puny French Puns – How Much The French Love Words (Les Calembours)

Posted by on Feb 12, 2014 in France, Humor, Ideas, Idées, Spectacle |

The French hoax of the “Je ne sais quoi” – I will always remember Julia Kristeva’s lecture to a packed US campus auditorium: as the microphone was not properly set up, no one could hear much of what she had to say… from time to time though, one “jeu de mots” (a pun) would be heard… nobody dared readjust the microphone… It was a typical example of the Emperor’s New Clothes syndrome taking place again amongst the “educated.” As much as the famous poet Jacques Prévert exploited aliteration and puns with much verve and thumbed his nose at society’s pretense – “Le monde mental ment monumentalement – the mental world lies monumentally” – French intellectuals imagine themselves to be smarter when they can juggle with their words – just to be clever seems often enough (Cixous, Derrida… ). On a lighter side: François-Georges Mareschal de Bièvre, Jean-Pierre Brisset, Boby Lapointe, Raymond Devos. […]

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Chaplin’s Ultimate Intelligence

Posted by on Jan 8, 2014 in Antisemitism, Care, Education, Film, Highlights, History, Humor, Ideas, Peace, Politics, Popular, Racism, Shoah, Wars, Women, Youth |

An excerpt from The Great Dictator: Greed has poisoned men’s souls, has barricaded the world with hate, has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in… The aeroplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men – cries out for universal brotherhood – for the unity of us all. Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world – millions of despairing men, women, and little children – victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people… Let us fight for a new world – a decent world that will give men a chance to work – that will give youth a future and old age a security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power. But they lie! They do not fulfil that promise. They never will!. […]

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Les Nuits de Michaux’s Nights

Posted by on Nov 29, 2013 in Art, Ego, France, Highlights, Humor, Mystery, Peace, Photo, Poet, Sci/Nat, Theater, Time, World |

Like Cioran, Lévinas, Michaux was often awake at night… Moi: L’insomnie des longues nuits./Me: The insomnia of long nights. Des fourmis rouges et leur acide formique une semaine plus tard…/ Fire ants and their formic acid a week later… Michaux: “Dans le secret de ma petite chambre, je pète à la figure de mon Roi… Cependant il est bien évident que c’est lui le Roi, et moi son sujet, son unique sujet.” – “In the secrecy of my little room, I fart in my King’s face… However, it is quite obvious that he is the King, and I his subject, his only subject.” Extrait de Le Grand Combat (1927) “Il l’emparouille et l’endosque contre terre ;
Il le rague et le roupète jusqu’à son drâle ; Il le pratèle et le libucque et lui barufle les ouillais…” /Excerpt from Le Grand Combat (1927) “He grabowerates him and grabacks him to the ground; He rads him and rabarts him to his drat; He braddles him and lippucks him and prooks his bawdles… ” […]

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