Pier Marton

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SLIFF BUZZ 2015: 3 GEMS

Posted by on Nov 11, 2015 in Cancer, Care, Corporations, Death, Doc, Dollars, Eco, Film, Food, Hispanic, History, Human Rights, Native, Peace, Popular, Review, Sci/Nat, Spectacle, STL |

The best St. Louis International Film Festival in memory! Three of my favorite films: “In Transit” – The last of the great direct cinema documentary filmmakers, the recently deceased Albert Maysles (Salesman, Gimme Shelter, Grey Gardens, Running Fence…)… an eloquent love letter to humanity.
With a rarely seen fragility and gentleness, this tour de force of a film allows us to sense how precious each life is. Each individual’s aspirations and vulnerability is magically brought to light: one of the most touching film experience at this festival! — “The Fool/Durak” – … In the midst of the squalor of a small Russian town, through its understated acting and gritty realism, a suspense as worthy as that of a James Bond film, slowly but surely, takes shape. How institutions and the self-serving individuals that populate them can hold onto their morally bankrupt power… — “Embrace of the Serpent” – By following their actual diaries, this sumptuous and sensual film – some would call it an hallucinatory trip – pays tribute to two explorers and their guides as they venture into unknown regions of Colombia. One of the most astonishing and luminous film at the St. Louis International Film Festival! […]

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Contre-histoire de la philosophie: Hannah Arendt, Hans Jonas & Günther Anders

Posted by on Sep 24, 2014 in Antisemitism, Books, France, Genocide, History, Idées, Jewish, Juif, Media, Middle-East, Politics, Popular, Shoah, Spectacle, Women |

Apparemment Onfray aime trop souvent simplifier pour “engager son public” – c’est bien dommage… Quelque fois cela peut-être utile, mais c’est un couteau à deux tranchants! Malgré une manière désastreuse d’épouser beaucoup trop vite les théories d’Hannah Arendt sur la “collaboration Juive” au Holocauste*, merci beaucoup pour la (ma) découverte de Günther Anders (cf. English bio by Harold Marcuse) et à quel point la critique de Guy Debord dans La Société du Spectacle s’inspirerait d’Anders, une critique décisive de la culpabilité de Heidegger, et le rappel que philosophie et vie ne devraient faire qu’un. (Lanzmann: “La première chose face à une catastrophe pareille, c’est l’humilité.”) – Liens Audio […]

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Facts + Identity = Mess

Posted by on Jul 6, 2014 in Eco, Education, Ideas, Politics, Popular, Sci/Nat, Spectacle, Teach, US |

[cf. Ajahn Sumedho’s book, Don’t Take Your Life Personally] RELATED TO BEYOND BELIEF by Pier Marton – “Mr. Kahan’s study suggests that more people know what scientists think about high-profile scientific controversies than polls suggest; they just aren’t willing to endorse the consensus when it contradicts their political or religious views. This finding helps us understand why my colleagues and I have found that factual and scientific evidence is often ineffective at reducing misperceptions and can even backfire on issues like weapons of mass destruction, health care reform and vaccines. WITH SCIENCE AS WITH POLITICS, IDENTITY OFTEN TRUMPS THE FACTS.” […]

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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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Counter-Jews (Lou Reed, Mclaren & Other Punks Like Alan Vega/Marty Rev from Suicide)

Posted by on Oct 29, 2013 in Antisemitism, Art, Ideas, Jewish, Middle-East, Music, NON, Politics, Popular, Shoah, Spectacle, Youth | 1 comment

I am what I am, it is what it is. Fuck you. – Lou Reed (in 2013): 1942-2013 … Joey Ramone (Jeffrey Ross Hyman), Tommy Ramone (Erdélyi Tamás), Lenny Bruce (born Leonard Alfred Schneider), Bob Dylan (Robert Allen Zimmerman), Jonathan Richman, Abby Hoffman, Ellen Willis, Tuli Kupferberg, Philip Roth, Shulamith Firestone, Allen Ginsberg, Malcom McLaren, Alan Vega (Boruch Alan Bermowitz) […]

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And the children. And the babies. And everybody else.

Posted by on Aug 22, 2013 in Art, Death, Doc, Highlights, History, Human Rights, Media, Middle-East, Peace, Popular, Time, US, Wars, World, Youth | 2 comments

Syria, August 2013. Writers, artists, filmmakers and anti-war activists try to do something about war and violence. This is a partial transcript of a Mike Wallace interview during the Vietnam war: “You just spray the area on them and so you can’t know how many you killed ‘cause they were going fast. So I might have killed ten or fifteen of them.” Q. “Men, women, and children?” A. “Men, women, and children.” Q. “And babies?” A. “And babies.” + Frazier Dougherty & Jon Hendricks & Irving Petlin, Ernst Friedrich, Francisco Goya, Nino Kirtadze, Pablo Picasso…

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