Liz and Gaby say their account may be seen as "an exercise in bricolage (Lévi-Strauss 1962; Denzin & Lincoln 2005) using autoethnography (Ellis 1995, 2004; Bochner and Ellis 2016) and relational autoethnography (Simon 2013)," and I suppose it may be, but I found myself--
I watched Peter Jackson's recolorized WWI footage last night before going to bed. It's one of the most extraordinary things I've seen. thttps://www.indiewire.com/2018/10/peter-jackson-world-war-one-footage-restored-colorized-1202010938/
I've read book after book about this war, volumes upon volume of poetry-- Sassoon, Owen, Graves; looked at one monument after another, one endless list of names in a tiny village after the next, crammed down information about this war for final exams,
heard lecture after lecture about it, but I can't ever remember before having nightmares about it. Last night I had the most awful nightmares. I still feel the way one does after having nightmares--11:13 a.m., but I can't shake the horror.
I read the original NBC report (on which is was based) yesterday: nbcnews.com/politics/natio…. NBC's is the one that bothers me, because it was written by their "national security and military reporter" who covers, "intelligence and national security issues,"
as well as their other "national security reporter." This means they should have some passing familiarity with something as significant as the Gülen movement, right? But I'm guessing from the article they'd never heard of him before ("known as Gulenistas"?)
It's so weird that none of the reporting, the research, the investigations, the testimony about who he is and why he's a problem ever penetrates public consciousness. It's as if he's got a magic Sunshine-of-the-Spotless-Mind memory-eraser.
Those extracts were hard to read, weren't they. Can't have that. Here are the paragraphs that for some reason my editors are determined never to let you see. Don't forget, that's patreon.com/ClaireBerlinski
Where you can join the Top Secret Director's Cut Tier giving you weekly special access to something my editors wouldn't let me say--or something I myself decided belonged on the cutting room floor. All you have to do is sign up for that tier, then send me your vow of omertà,
to receive, every week, access to the things no one let me publish. Mostly for good reasons (see above). But I swear, there's also some great stuff, and it makes me so sad that some of my best writing has been deemed too offensive to publish,
But Hinduism is super-syncretic, so I guess we just celebrated "American Diwali," wherein Hinduism is (now) traditionally not named, out of respect; Buddhists join in, we celebrate it at random, and that's fine: You'd hardly expect us to master the Hindu lunisolar calendar.
It's usually not so much about the new year as it is about local Diwali traditions, anyway. So in Northern India they honor the return from exile of Lord Rama, King of Ayodhya (the seventh avatar of Vishnu) and his victory over the Demon Ravan;
Si quelqu'un pouvait m'aider à déchiffrer cette écriture, je l'apprécierais grandement. Et ainsi, j'en suis sûr, @robertzubrin et la famille de son oncle Abe seraient reconnaissants.
If anyone If anyone can help me decipher the handwriting above, I would greatly appreciate it. And so, I'm sure, would @robertzubrin and the family of his Uncle Abe. (It's easy to see that the last lines on the first part include, "Long live America" and "Long live France.")
There are six more pages like that. I can make out about half the words--and guess more from the context; but this is too important for me to make a mistake. So if this is easier for you to read, I'd sure appreciate your help--a printed transcript in French would be perfect.
Then there is this one, unbearable and haunting.
HEADLINE: LAST VICTIMS (Handwritten: AUGUST 25, 1944)
SUBHED: The Eleven of Villeneuve-Saint-Denis
The names of the perished are listed below.
Claude Kieffer’s name is circled in red; the handwriting to the right is hard to read.
This is my best guess about what it says, but I'd sure appreciate help if you think I've made a mistake:
"He was the son of Commandant Keiffer, a French Commandant who debarked in Normandy at Ouistraham on June 6, 1944."
They were ten young members of the Resistance organized by the “Vengeance” movement of Tournon and hidden by the forest-ranger at “la Brétèche d’Hermière”—service buildings on the Rothschild property.
Recently, my friend @robertzubrin drove from Paris to Switzerland to attend a conference of the Mars Society. He stopped, en route, in the village of Ferrières-en-Brie. His uncle Abe, serving in Patton’s Third Army, had been killed in action liberating it.
He was in the 35th Infantry division (Santa Fe Division). The Rothschilds had a chateau there, which Goering took over as his headquarters during the occupation and filled with art stolen from the Louvre.
Robert asked the the village historian if he had any records of that day.
The historian sent him a dossier of extraordinary accounts, some annotated by hand, in 2004, by a man who had been 17 when the village was liberated. Robert sent the files to me with a note: "Can you have a look at it and tell me what it says?”
Secretary Sanders said the trip to Aisne-Marne was 2.5 hours by car. fxn.ws/2FcnVKq This administration is just bizarre in its eagerness to tell lies that *everyone* can see are lies, and for no reason. You've all got Google maps.
As it happens, right now, if you took the Péripherique, it could actually take that long: crashes this morning (I hope everyone is okay) have snarled traffic, causing a delay of 1:44 hours. But at the time he was scheduled to go, it would have been a one hour and 7 minute drive.
Visiting dignitaries with motorcades are a daily sight in Paris. They do not cause "disruption" to Paris any more than they cause "disruption" in DC. The city--to the extent they thought about it--was far more "disrupted" by the weirdness of a POTUS who serially claimed--
Oh, and if you want to read the story of how Daisy came under my protection, my ex and I wrote (half) of a graphic novel about it. (He became my ex halfway through the story, which is why we only wrote half the novel.) scribd.com/doc/28587514/T…
If enough people become my Patrons, we'll get back together, get married, and finish the book. (I think I'll make a special Patreon tier for that.) That would be a pretty expensive tier, though. We'd both have to do a lot of explaining to our new -- patreon.com/ClaireBerlinski
Anyway, here's the latest issue of Le Comédie Humaine, which I managed to submit on deadline despite serial feline and computer failures, so I'd love it if you read it and participated in the submissions contest, which you'll read about at the end. popula.com/2018/11/08/la-…
And if you'd retweet that (and the link to Patreon), I'd be grateful, because I'm too busy shoving this up the nose of my cat (who's now well enough to act the way *any* cat would if you tried to shove this up her nose) to flog myself all day on Twitter. patreon.com/ClaireBerlinski
Perhaps you'd help, @royalcaninuk? I'll let the world know about your fine product, which is saving my cat's life, as soon as we're sure her life is saved. Meanwhile, could you please direct people to my Patreon account so I can keep buying the stuff? patreon.com/ClaireBerlinski
Dear twitter, I am having a problem linking my 2015 MacBook Air to my ASUS external monitor. This is a very serious problem indeed because my MacBook's
And my ancient iPhone moves on geologic time. The monitor is new and worked fine only three hours ago, when I woke up to see who our new Alien Overlords would be. Then it went black. I have tried all the obvious things: plugging and unplugging, checking cables, turning on
hours later, the problem remains; my screen is like a starless infinite night of blackness, and I am relying on French news sources to interpret the midterm results for me, which is like hiring Stephen Hawking
One of the hundreds of speculative pieces published in the past few days about how white suburban moms might vote should have been tossed off the front page for this. This is extraordinary reporting. It has already, if true, had massive consequences.
If confirmed, heads must roll. If this happened, as they write, despite clear warnings, people need to lose their jobs from top to bottom.
But they won't.
Years ago, after 9/11, I reviewed a book by historian Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones called “Cloak and Dollar.”
This gentleman is a cancer biologist -- with a an interesting Twitter feed -- who rightly cautions against descriptives such as "miracle" and "cure" because these treatments don't yet cure everyone, and thus raise patients' hopes unduly.
But I think otherwise we agree: An amazing achievement, one of the most uplifting in years. We're a lot closer than ever to a time when cancer is seen as a horror of the past, like smallpox or cholera.
(Unless, of course, anti-vaccine lunatics succeed in reversing the greatest triumph of medicine--the conquest of epidemic disease--and we all learn to live in terror of these diseases again.)
A bit under-reported, wouldn't you say? In a normal world, this is headline news, on the cover of every magazine, champagne corks are fly and newscasters weep with joy. I mean: This is *amazing.* independent.co.uk/news/science/n…
"It has already had spectacular results. For more than 100 years scientists attempted to engage the immune system in the fight against cancer [but] progress into clinical development was modest."
"Checkpoint therapy has now revolutionized cancer treatment."
"The success of these immune checkpoint therapies in reducing tumour size and spread has been unprecedented: both animal and human trials showed dramatic results for all the drugs tested. ... chemistryworld.com/news/what-is-c…
By the way, I keep meaning to mention this. Amid all the midterm mayhem, murder, and garment-rending, the media has completely failed to give a story that really could be the biggest of the century, and cause for global rejoicing, on the front page for day after day--
Do you realize--I didn't at all, until my father pointed it out--why James P Allison and Tasuku Honjo won this year's Nobel Prize in medicine?
I'd skimmed the story. It wasn't at the top of the news. I didn't see column after column about it. The significance of it eluded me.
No, of course I don't know. I've mostly been living overseas since the Reagan era. So I'm like a human time capsule. I think that's why I keep screaming "Get me the hell out of pot! It's boiling!"--as opposed to the frogs who've been sitting in there as the heat slowly rises.
Where do you work, if you don't mind saying? In what context might you say, "I'm proud of American history," and how would your co-workers react? Is that differentiated at all--are they proud of some things but not others? (Because that makes sense, given our history.)
Saying, "I am proud of *every* aspect of American history" would rightly make people wonder whether you knew much about it, I think. But saying, "I loathe every aspect of American history" should prompt the same reaction, as well as a certain contempt.
Not since Schleicher and Pappen have we seen so many politicians constitutionally incapable of grasping the danger and rising to the occasion. The Democratic Party really is why we got Trump. And there's no Churchill in sight.
Someone needs to spend more time writing about what's gone wrong with them. Every day we get another book, another expose, about what's gone wrong with the GOP. But by definition, if they can't beat Trump and this GOP, there's something equally wrong with the Democrats ...
And they're not helped by a fawning media that so badly wants Trump out of power (for good reasons) that it refuses to try to figure out why the Democrats are incapable of missing an opportunity to miss an opportunity.
Are any of my followers veterinarians, veterinary nurses, or experienced with feline nasogastric tubes? Because I have a situation: It's 5:26 am here and I can call my vet at 9:00. But if it's an emergency (I don't know if it is) I should call the emergency vet, now.
If wha just happened is common and no big deal, I'd rather wait until 9:00.
Daisy (age 13, with cholangitis and hepatic lipidosis) has been accepting nasogastric feeding with little complaint for several days. This morning, I gave her 1ml Ursolvan (don't know brand name in US:
its Ursodeoxycholic acid), 2.3 ml Flagyl (Metronidazole), and .5ml Amoxicillin, through the tube, followed by half of her breakfast: 100ml Fortol (This stuff: lacompagniedesanimaux.com/fortol-200-ml.….) She's supposed to have 200 ml 5x daily, but after I finished giving her the first dose,
Look below. Titled "Why I have done nothing productive for two weeks." (She will be okay, God willing. She has cholangitis, the poor creature, and hepatic lipidosis. So I need to feed her--and give her medication--through that tube five times a day, at regular intervals.)
I adopted her when she was but a wee kitten, in Istanbul. You can read the story here: catstantinople.com. I adore her.
But she is not, as you can imagine, happy to have a cone on her head and a tube in her nose. Feeding her through it five times a day has caused ...
... some stress.
For example, when I tried to pill her, she freaked and squeezed herself through a hole in the tiles in my bathroom wall and disappeared *into* the wall. This photo makes the hole look much bigger than it is. I measured it; it's 7cm at the widest part.
So I had a really nice conversation with a woman named Anna who works for @Patreon the other day. Super-helpful. She told me that according to their research, I should mention my Patreon account incessantly. patreon.com/ClaireBerlinski
"But won't this drive people nuts?" I said.
"That's what everyone says to us!" She explains. But no, apparently, according to their research--and it sounds like they've *really* studied it*--you people have the attention span of gnats--
--and the chances of any one of you seeing any given plea for money is actually quite small. Most of my followers, it seems, don't read a word I write; the whole thing is a big scam: Twitter makes it seem as if more people are paying attention to me than they really are.
More on the fragility of free speech: Guelzo claims it began in 1919 with Abrams. That was a step on the path, I agree, but not until Brandenburg v. Ohio did we really establish it in law: city-journal.org/free-speech-cr… I
I agree with Guelzo that we're rapidly revoking it through extrajudicial censorship. Cultural and professional sanctions have a serious chilling effect, just as legal penalties do. If we want to keep freedom of speech--not just the formal right, but the culture of freedom--
We have to recognize how precious it is, learn to make arguments for it that go beyond, "It's the First Amendment!"--we need to really make the case to our fellow citizens that freedom of expression is both inherently good and *good for us.*
This is why I voted for Hillary, and remains why--despite the grotesquery of the Kavanaugh hearings and my loathing of the far-left--I'll vote for Democrats in the midterms. ricochet.com/archives/voted…
People who didn't see that synagogue attack coming, I think, don't understand antisemitism as a system of thought. Not so surprising. Usually the only people eager to give it much thought are Jews, antisemites, and people who study antisemitism for a living. Small group.
As it should be. Normal people have no reason or need to spend a lot of time getting into the minds of antisemites.
I don't think Trump's an antisemite. But I think he has an uncanny instinct for "things that work," politically. And he knows so little about antisemitism--