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116 Members of Congress Urge Obama to Read The Constitution Before Moving Forward in Syria

116 Members of Congress Urge Obama to Read The Constitution Before Moving Forward in Syria | oAnth's day by day interests - via its scoop.it contacts | Scoop.it

One wonders if Barack Obama lends an ear to anything Congress says. I mean, after all, they aren't threatening impeachment. They don't even consider it worthwhile. So what's to keep Obama from

 

// source-Url: http://dcclothesline.com/2013/08/30/116-members-of-congress-urge-obama-to-read-the-constitution-before-moving-forward-in-syria/.


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Bernanke Surrenders To Elizabeth Warren On Too Big To Fail

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Lest there was any doubt, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke made it loud and clear on Wednesday: The problem of too-big-to-fail banks is still a major threat to the economy.

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"Too Big To Fail was a major source of the crisis," he added a little later, "and we will not have successfully responded to the crisis if we do not address that successfully."
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LIFE in the Snow: Photos From the Great Blizzard of 1947 - New York | offene Ablage: nothing to hide

LIFE in the Snow: Photos From the Great Blizzard of 1947 - New York | offene Ablage: nothing to hide | oAnth's day by day interests - via its scoop.it contacts | Scoop.it

 

Andreas Feininger—Time & Life Pictures, via

http://life.time.com/history/life-in-the-snow-photos-from-the-great-blizzard-of-1947

 

 

 

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Student Loans Going the Way of Housing

Student Loans Going the Way of Housing | oAnth's day by day interests - via its scoop.it contacts | Scoop.it
Colleges are good at getting people enrolled. They get kids lined up with education loans. The money goes to pay exorbitant prices on textbooks. It pays for meal cards. Tuition is crazy high.

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Die „Banalität des Bösen“ - Margarethe von Trottas Film über Hannah Arendt - 2013-02-13 | offene Ablage: nothing to hide

 

Quell-URL.: http://www.literaturkritik.de/public/rezension.php?rez_id=17503     

 

Von Alexandra Pontzen (13.02.2013).

Margarethe von Trotta hat ihrer filmbiografischen Galerie von ‚starken Frauen‘, nach Gudrun Ensslin, Rosa Luxemburg und Hildegard von Bingen, ein weiteres Porträt hinzugefügt, das der vor den Nazis 1941 nach New York geflohenen  und ebendort 1975 verstorbenen deutsch-jüdischen Philosophin Hannah Arendt.

Unter dem verkürzten Titel „Hannah Arendt“ – auf den Zusatz des Originaltitels „Ihr Denken veränderte die Welt“ wurde in der deutschen Präsentation eher verzichtet (er hätte auch zu sehr an den in der DDR gängigen, auf Lenin gemünzten Spruch „Er rührte an den Schlaf der Welt“ erinnert) – erlebte der Film im Beisein der nordrhein-westfälischen Ministerpräsidentin und dreier ihrer Ministerinnen am 8. Januar in Essen seine deutsche Erstaufführung und gelangte ab dem übernächsten Tag in die deutschen Kinos. Kaum ein deutsches Feuilleton lässt sich finden, das dem Werk nicht seine Aufmerksamkeit und Reverenz erwiesen hätte – und beides, soviel vorweg, dürfte sich mindestens ebenso doppelter politischer Korrektheit, feministisch wie historisch grundierter, wie seinem filmkünstlerischen Rang verdanken.

 

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oAnth - "offene Ablage: nothing to hide"'s comment, February 16, 2013 6:51 PM
Alcofribas, merci pour le lien chez l'Arte
Alcofribas's comment, February 16, 2013 6:53 PM
Ebenfalls ! Les bonnes choses, ça se partage
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http://www.huffingtonpost.fr/jeannine-hayat/film-anna-arendt_b_2695574.html
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Destins d’exilés. Fremd bin ich den Menschen dort

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En 2013, la Maison des Buddenbrooks de Lübeck consacre deux grandes expositions au thème de l’exil. L’une d’entre elles, intitulée « Traumland und Zuflucht. Heinrich Mann und Frankreich » (« Pays de rêve et refuge. Heinrich Mann et la France »), le rapport de l’écrivain Heinrich Mann à la France. Elle sera présentée du 14 juin au 3 novembre 2013, et s’inscrira dans le cadre des célébrations du 50e anniversaire du traité franco-allemand de l’Élysée.

 

Éminente figure de la littérature allemande du début du XXe siècle et frère aîné du Prix Nobel de littérature, Thomas Mann, Heinrich Mann aimait profondément la France. Artistiquement, politiquement, intellectuellement. Avant la Première Guerre mondiale, il y voyait ainsi l’antithèse démocratique du régime autoritaire de l’Allemagne impériale.

 

Heinrich Mann et la France

Lorsqu’Hitler devint chancelier, en 1933, Heinrich Mann prit immédiatement le chemin de l’exil en traversant le Rhin. Il devint l’une des figures de l’émigration allemande en France dans les années 1930. La situation perdura jusqu’en 1940. Heinrich Mann dut alors quitter la France occupée pour rejoindre sa famille et son frère Thomas, installés depuis 1938 aux États-Unis. Jamais cependant, il ne devint comme ce dernier une figure de l’émigration allemande outre-Atlantique. Son intégration fut plus difficile.

Comme Heinrich et Thomas Mann, beaucoup d’Allemands de cette époque virent leur destin basculer à l’arrivée au pouvoir des nazis. Juifs, opposants communistes ou socialistes, artistes « dégénérés » : l’exil fut leur seul refuge. France, États-Unis, mais aussi Suisse, Brésil, Grande-Bretagne, Palestine, Turquie : leurs destinations furent multiples. Mais tous, firent l’expérience existentielle de l’exil, marquée par les difficultés à s’intégrer, par la nécessité de se fondre dans une autre culture, une autre langue, de refaire sa vie…

 

Expérience existentielle

Ces destins d’exilés sont le sujet d’une autre exposition de la Maison des Buddenbrooks. Jusqu’au 26 mai, celle-ci retrace 16 destins d’artistes, de chercheurs, de juristes ou encore d’artisans contraints de quitter l’Allemagne entre 1933 et 1945. L’exposition est parrainée par l’écrivain germanophone d’origine roumaine et Prix Nobel de littérature, Hertha Müller, elle-même figure de l’exil imposé par la dictature communiste.

 

Rund eine halbe Million Menschen verloren nach der Machtübernahme der Nationalsozialisten ihre bisherige Heimat. Sie wurden verfolgt und entrechtet, weil sie Juden waren, politisch oder kulturell unliebsam oder als »Volks- und Reichsfeinde« betrachtet wurden. Anlässlich des 100jährigen Jubiläums der Deutschen Nationalbibliothek wurden von dem dort angesiedelten Exilarchiv Biografien von 16 Persönlichkeiten zu einer inszenierten Ausstellung zusammengestellt, die exklusiv im Buddenbrookhaus zu Gast ist. Vorgestellt werden nicht die prominenten Exilanten, zu denen auch Familie Mann gehörte, sondern weniger bekannte Künstler, Wissenschaftler, Juristen oder Handwerker, denen allen gemein ist, dass ihr weiterer Lebensweg durch die erzwungene Flucht aus dem deutschen Machtbereich geprägt wurde.


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Judith van Praag's comment, February 6, 2013 10:44 AM
OMD il faut y aller! Alors, on vas visiter l'Europe avant Novembre 3.
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Military-Ruled Egypt Opposes US Strike on #Syria - Juan Cole

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Military-Ruled Egypt Opposes US Strike on #Syria - Juan Cole

 

The newly assertive Egyptian military and the civilian transitional government in Egypt are helping make President Obama’s life difficult. Likely it was Egypt that blocked the Arab League from calling for intervention against the Syrian regime despite its condemnation of Damascus for using chemical weapons.

Egyptian foreign minister Nabil Fahmy rejected a Western strike on Syria. He said that no country could attack another save in self-defense or in the case of a UN Security Council resolution authorizing the use of force. The military-dominated government in Cairo despises political Islam and therefore doesn’t like the rebel forces. It now tilts toward the Arab Nationalist line of the Syrian Baath.

Leftist Egyptian politician Hamdeen Sabahi called on all Arabs to unite against a Western attack on Syria. He warned that if Syria were hit, Egypt would be next. This is paranoid stuff; the US has no intention of bombing Egypt!

Some Egyptian officials have criticized the US for not having a clear strategy for ‘the day after’.

Hosni Mubarak and Muhammad Morsi might have cooperated with the US on a strike. Those days are long past.

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Egyptian Chronicles: When Gameela spoke on behalf of millions of Egyptians

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(...) I would like to thank Mrs. Gameela Ismail for representing millions of Egyptians and speaking on their behalf in front of US department of State secretary John Kerry

(..) I would like you to spread this word of Mrs. Gameela Ismail, the member of Constitution Party all over the social media because this letter is actually represents what millions of Egyptians when it comes to Egyptian American relations.


Here is what Gameela told John Kerry from two weeks ago in Cairo.

 

Mr Secretary of State,
After consideration, I have decided to accept the invitation, which I received in a personal capacity, to attend this meeting today. I do not represent the Constitution Party here because it has a chairman who should have been invited properly, something that had not happened. My address is aimed at your accompanying delegation of future makers. Part of it is for you.
Mr Kerry, you are here today with a large team of people who, according to reports, will be in charge of foreign policy in the future. I mean the future which we are paying a heavy price for today. This is why part of my speech is addressed to you, Mr Kerry, while the larger part is for your team.
You are presently in Egypt at a very complicated juncture, one in which we are living pain, hope, dreams, nightmares, revolution and tyranny all at the same time. Let me sum up to you what I would like you to see with us.
Egypt does not need new aid. Egypt needs to build a new relation on new foundations, not those laid since Nixon’s visit in 1974.
Our country is not a guinea pig. You supported a semi-military regime in the past. Now you are supporting a semi-theocratic regime so that each would play the role required of it. You supported Mubarak to the last breath. You stood in the way of a people’s dream to come out of the labyrinth of dictatorship. You can deal with our revolution as an “uprising” as you describe it in your statements. For us it is a “revolution” which is still in progress. Honourable people have paid the ultimate price to build a country in which we feel freedom, justice and dignity. We did not have a revolution to repaint the presidential palace or for the protocol official at your embassy to update his contacts book. Had Lincoln, whom your country celebrates, stopped at purchasing new clothes for the slaves and retained slavery America would not be proud today of its freedom or saying that its democracy makes it strong.

 

 

More on: http://egyptianchronicles.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/when-gameela-spoke-on-behalf-of.html


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Retail Apocalypse: Why Are Major Retail Chains All Over America Collapsing?

If the economy is improving, then why are many of the largest retail chains in America closing hundreds of stores? 


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Khannea Suntzu's curator insight, February 19, 2013 11:48 AM

The large disposable incomes that the big retail chains have depended upon in the past simply are not there anymore.  So retail chains all over the United States are now closing up unprofitable stores.  This is especially true in low income areas.

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Un philosophe américain récupéré par les créationnistes

Un philosophe américain récupéré par les créationnistes | oAnth's day by day interests - via its scoop.it contacts | Scoop.it

Thomas Nagel est un philosophe respecté aux États-Unis, il est même membre de la très prestigieuse American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Il est devenu célèbre en 1974 pour son livreWhat is it like to be a bat (ce que c'est que d'être une chauve-souris), livre dans lequel il expliquait que la conscience ne saurait se réduire à la chimie du cerveau. Son dernier ouvrage en date, Mind and Cosmos, divise ses collègues, mais trouve un écho certain chez les créationnistes.

 

 

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source URL: http://www.firstthings.com/onthesquare/2012/10/aristotle-call-your-office

 

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Though Aristotle’s name comes up only a couple of times in the book, it is remarkable how Aristotelian (and even Scholastic) in spirit Nagel’s proposals are, not only in his general willingness to reconsider the immanent or “built in” teleology that was at the core of the Aristotelian-Scholastic conception of nature, but also in some of his more specific theses.

For example, Nagel argues that it is impossible to explain our rational capacities in terms of the consciousness we share with lower animals; that consciousness in turn cannot easily be explained in reductive terms of any sort, and certainly not via a specifically materialist form of reductionism; that even the origin of life from inorganic chemical processes has not been given a plausible naturalistic explanation; and that in each case we need to reconsider the possibility of a teleological account. In so arguing he has essentially recapitulated the traditional Aristotelian hierarchy of irreducibly rational, sensory, and vegetative forms of life (where “vegetative” has here a technical meaning, connoting those organic functions that operate below the distinctively animal kind).

Value, which Nagel insists is a real feature of the world rather than a projection of our subjective desires or sentiments, is, he says, a byproduct of teleology “even if teleology is separated from intention, and the result is not the goal of an agent who aims at it”—again, a standard Aristotelian thesis. (He rightly suggests that theists ought to be open to the idea of immanent teleology of the Aristotelian sort. He may not be aware that medieval theologians like Aquinas were committed to precisely that.)

Throughout the book Nagel emphasizes that for phenomena like life, consciousness, rationality, and value to arise in the later stages of the history of the universe, we have to suppose they were somehow “latent in the nature of things” from the beginning—thereby hinting at the Aristotelian notion of change as the actualization of built-in potentialities, and the Scholastic principle that whatever is in an effect must in some way be contained in its total cause.

More generally, Nagel’s emphasis on the implausibility of reducing certain higher-level features of a thing to features of its parts is reminiscent of the holistic Aristotelian conception of what a natural substance is; and his theme of the possibility of reviving the teleological notion of an “order that governs the natural world from within” echoes the Aristotelian-Scholastic notion of formal and final causes.

 

 

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Edward Hopper’s sketchbook

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http://anaarp.tumblr.com/post/33498501670/edward-hoppers-sketchbook


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Fracking and Shale Oil Won’t Lead to U.S. Energy Independence

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The United States could see a surge in oil production that could make it the world’s leading oil producer within a decade, according to a new report from the International Energy Agency. But that lead will likely be temporary, and it still won’t allow the United States to stop importing oil. Barring technological breakthroughs in oil production and major reductions in consumption, the United States will need to rely on oil from outside its borders for the foreseeable future.

 

This week’s IEA report predicts that a relatively new technology for extracting oil from shale rock could make the United States the world’s leading oil producer within a decade, beating the current leader, Saudi Arabia. The idea that the U.S. could overtake Saudi Arabia, even temporarily, is a stunning development after years of seemingly inexorable declines in domestic oil production. U.S. production had fallen from 10 million barrels a day in the 1980s to 6.9 barrels per day in 2008, even as consumption increased from 15.7 million barrels per day in 1985 to 19.5 million barrels per day in 2008. The IEA estimates that production could reach 11.1 million barrels per day by 2020, almost entirely because of increases in the production of shale oil, which is extracted using the same horizontal drilling and fracking techniques that have flooded the U.S. with cheap natural gas.

 

As of the end of 2011, production had already increased to 8.1 million barrels per day, almost entirely because of shale oil. Production from two major shale resources in the U.S.—the Bakken formation in North Dakota and Montana and the Eagle Ford shale in Texas, now total about 900,000 barrels per day. In comparison, Saudi Arabia is expected to produce 10.6 million barrels per day in 2020.The shale oil resource, however, is limited. The IEA expects production to start gradually declining by the mid-2020s, at which time Saudi Arabia will reclaim the top spot.

 

Shale oil is creating a surge in U.S. oil production in part because it’s easy to find, says David Houseknecht, a scientist at the U.S. Geological Survey. The oil is spread over large areas, compared to the relatively small pockets of more conventional oil deposits in the United States. So whereas wildcatters drilling for conventional oil might come up empty two-thirds of the time or more, over 95 percent of shale oil wells strike oil.

 

Just how much shale oil can be produced—and how fast—depends heavily on two factors: the price of oil, and how easy it is to overcome possible local objections to oil fracking, says Richard Sears, a former executive at Royal Dutch Shell and a visiting scientist at MIT. Oil shale costs significantly more to produce than oil in Saudi Arabia and many other parts of the world, so for oil companies to go after this resource, oil prices need to stay relatively high. It’s hard to put a firm number on it, but Sears estimates that $50 to $60 a barrel would be enough, compared to the $85 per barrel price of oil now. Houseknecht puts the cost of production at closer to $70 a barrel. Although costs for producing conventional oil in the Middle East also vary, they typically don’t change more than $10 per barrel.


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James Krall's curator insight, October 7, 2013 12:42 AM

I really think the U.S. should stop importing so much oil from the middle-east because you never know when they could possibly cut us off due to political differences or something. At least if we were to produce some and import some they'd make the price at the pump go lower for us. Which would boost the economy. But I think that if we are to become a leading producer of oil in the world, I think we should make ourselfs independant in ways of producing energy for ourselves. I think it would just lead to less problems and make it easier for everybody.