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Off Topic Discussion => Chit Chat => Topic started by: scarface on February 01, 2015, 09:10 AM

Title: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on February 01, 2015, 09:10 AM
Here I am going to put back some of the photos presented earlier. The topic was deleted because I was fed up.
I'm just pasting some of the best messages.


The photos of Daniil:

Also, I bought a car. This is GAZ-24 "Volga", 1978, $1800. All except turn indicators working but many parts needs replacement for moving without troubles in modern traffic (electrical wiring, clutch hydraulics, brakes... I already change clutch hydro and part of wiring on modern analogs).
(http://i59.tinypic.com/nr0f45.jpg)
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Some new photos for you, of winter.
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It is the first snow at this year, and last sunny day - since October 23 here we have only clouds and darkness (and today even more - a fog all over the city).

Our respectable comrade Humbert was right when he told me that a car is more a headache than a pleasure. No, it isn't so difficult to drive, and it isn't require a lot of money (but a lot of upkeep, a lot! I fixing it, and fixing, and fixing every weekend...) But it is not a good transport in a big city. Driving to and from my job, to and from my institute requires same amount of time as a same route on a bus, because you can't move faster than a traffic. Also you can't just leave it in a street, you always must think about a parking place, and you can't find it at the old center of the city (I parked my car at a backyard of our office). So, as a conclusion of my experience with a car - it is just a toy. Big, interesting, beautiful - but a toy. The best usage for my one - large voyages over the interstate roads (but I don't think that I can drive to a Europe, because max speed of Volga is 145 kph, it's too slow for autobahns).

Anyway, that's it - soviet road cruiser (even with red star on engine block). Not all is fixed, but it's alive and shining.
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(Yes, I understand that this is only a shadow of "big americans" (like a car on one of new scarface's photos), but it's nice anyway!  )



Some photos I took this winter especially for our forum (and didn't post at a time, ashame, ashame!)
15.01.14
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Neva river. View from Summer Garden. it's -15, windy. You can see the spire of Peter and Paul Cathederal.
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Other angle of view from same place. You can see the building of Makarov's NAVY Academy (small blue one in center) "Aurora" battlecruiser and modern buildings of great "Saint Petersburg" hotel and business center.
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Snow. Because many of you asks me how it is looking from close. I'm in two layered glowes made from dog wool.
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Lebyajya knavka (i.e., Small Swan Channel). At XVIII century here lived a swans because the Emperor and aristocracy closest to him often got walk by side of this small channel (swans was a symbol of prestige).
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Panorama of Neva river and Liteyniy most (Melting factory bridge, it's named this because on the southern side of Neva near it at XVIII- early XIX century was melting factories, making iron for guns of Russian Army and Navy). On the left side there is buildings of Military Medical Academy named by Pirogov (famous russian medic-surgeon of XIX century), in the center behind the bridge you can see a high chimney - it's a crematory of famous prison named "Krestee" (The Cruxes). On the right side behind the buildings you can see many antennas - that is FSB (KGB) headquareters, so called "Big House".
(http://oi61.tinypic.com/nxuqv5.jpg)
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This is Troitskiy most (Triune Godhead bridge), or, as it was called at USSR time, Kirovskiy most (Kirov's bridge). First name is more correct. Also you can see the Peter and Paul fortress and Peter and Paul cathederal. On the second photo you can see a memorial to russian navy crews (small chapel with golden cupola).
Now, some photos may be interesting for our muslim comrades:
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Kamennoostrovskiy prospekt (Stone Island Avenue) - just a typical street. Take a note - heavy frost suck out any wet as well as very hot weather, so ground is almost dry.
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The photos of Ahmad:
This is the first thing you'll see if you come visit me,
Welcome to Al Mahalla Al Kubra..
(http://imageshack.com/a/img538/3772/LUHoOn.jpg)
And this one on the road after the previous one, just before the main square of my town (Al Shoon square)..
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This is (Al Shoon) square where protests took place..
BTW, I live near it.
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This is a big mosque and its street from outside..
(http://imageshack.com/a/img538/5937/3gpBU8.jpg)
These are pictures of the stadium and behind it (Misr Spinning and Weaving) company..
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Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on February 01, 2015, 09:13 AM
Some photos of Usman is some pictures of Pakistan:

(https://image.ibb.co/dkPs3L/Faisal-Mosque.jpg)
(https://image.ibb.co/csTwV0/Badshahi-Mosque.jpg)
(https://image.ibb.co/eDus3L/darah-khyber.jpg)
(https://image.ibb.co/cNUs3L/Side-wall-of-derawar-fort-cholistan-desert-in-ba.jpg)
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first is Shah Faisal Mosque
second is Badshahi Mosque
third is Khyber Pass
forth is Derawar Fort
and last one is from K-2.




The photos of the car of shadow.97

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Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on February 01, 2015, 09:25 AM
I'm putting the photos which had been removed in another topic. These are the preferred photos of humbert.

In the line 1 of the subway under the champs elysées:
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Here we are at the place of Concorde, we can see some famous sights.
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When humbert came here, he visited this mcdonald.
(https://image.ibb.co/jp8OYz/357684_WP20131014005.jpg)

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Once again a few photos of the 8th arrondissement, in winter:

The place of Madeleine, where there is a famous church.
(https://image.ibb.co/b0VsRK/371338_WP20141119009.jpg)

Here at Fauchon.
(https://image.ibb.co/bt1o0e/124420_WP20141119002.jpg)

There was a nice saleswoman, and I told her I wanted to take a photo:
(https://image.ibb.co/dqgo0e/206717_WP201411190011.jpg)

A few photos of the Champs Elysee. Near the place of Concorde, there is a market of Christmas.
(https://image.ibb.co/mUCYYz/532357_WP20141119030.jpg)

The Renault's stand
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In this busy avenue, destitution is also present. Here we can see a woman begging on the floor, in front of the Nike shop. For years I've seen women like that on the Champs Elysées and nowhere else, lying on the floor, motionless, and covered. I stayed there a few minutes but she never moved. The business didn't seem to be very buoyant though, nobody gave money.
(https://image.ibb.co/eefj6K/737228_WP20141119049.jpg)

Here we can see the Arc of Triumph, which honors those who fought and died in the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars, with the names of all victories and generals inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces. Beneath its vault lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I.
(https://image.ibb.co/iPXWmK/121805_WP20141119053.jpg)
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on February 01, 2015, 09:28 AM
Here are a few photos of the 11th arrondissement.

I had a flat there a few years ago, near the St Ambroise church.
(https://image.ibb.co/iuQgLe/891681_WP20141115017.jpg)

in this Street. We don't see it but there is a lot of shops with Chinese wholesalers of textile.
(https://image.ibb.co/cF4afe/430519_WP201411150191.jpg)

Then I Went to the boulevard Voltaire, an important boulevard between Place of Nation and Place of Republic.
(https://image.ibb.co/hA37tz/789535_WP20141115024.jpg)

Then I went to place of Republic, a busy place as you can see.
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back to the line 9
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Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on February 01, 2015, 09:35 AM
Here are some photos of the Quai Branly in the 7th arrondissement
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Here are the photos of the Maya exhibition which took place in the museum of the quai Branly, which has been built under the presidency of Chirac.

Here we can see some zoomorphic pots
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Here is a sculpture with a tied slave
(https://image.ibb.co/bZwVfe/688749_WP20141106006.jpg)

Here we can see a thurible
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Here is a sculpture of jaguar, even if it looks like a snake.
(https://image.ibb.co/jGkLDz/433795_WP20141106012.jpg)

Here is the king of Kabah
(https://image.ibb.co/gpywmK/287289_WP20141106015.jpg)

Some skulls
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another thurible
(https://image.ibb.co/jUYXtz/611827_WP20141106017.jpg)

a feathered snake
(https://image.ibb.co/dcaHRK/879854_WP20141106026.jpg)

a divinity of the underworld:
(https://image.ibb.co/np0ntz/561455_WP20141106028.jpg)

an insect of the underworld
(https://image.ibb.co/ep3U6K/445715_WP20141106038.jpg)

The best of: the funeral masks
(https://image.ibb.co/eqMD0e/884231_WP20141106020.jpg)

(https://image.ibb.co/dnvCtz/363448_WP20141106021.jpg)

Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on February 01, 2015, 09:40 AM
Some photos of the Louvre. Since humbert has been hitting his head against the wall after the disappearance of his favorite photos, it's urgent to put them back.
The louvre with its pyramids, but its more interesting underneath.
(https://image.ibb.co/n05j3V/412921visitedulouvre.jpg)

The louvre has a big collection of Egyptian relics
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(https://image.ibb.co/dxiMiV/824953-IMG0809.jpg)

The Albani lion is a 1st century Roman green basalt lion statue with a yellow marble sphere under one paw.
(https://image.ibb.co/eWxaAA/147882-IMG0810.jpg)

Here is the most famous painting of Delacroix
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The raft of medusa, painted by Gericault.
(https://image.ibb.co/jchxOV/258978raftofthemedua.jpg)

The joconde,  a 16th-century portrait painted in oil by Leonardo da Vinci during the Renaissance in Florence, Italy, is one of the most famous painting in the world. It's always surrounded by a lot of visitors, and it's quite difficult to come close to it as you can see.
(https://image.ibb.co/mr28VA/73131645746139.jpg)

Miscellaneous paintings
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(https://image.ibb.co/dTHLcq/903964-IMG0819.jpg)

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Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on February 01, 2015, 09:52 AM
Here are a few photos of the exposition of Koons in Paris:
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Mickael Jackson and his baboon:
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Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on February 01, 2015, 09:57 AM
A few unusual photos of Seine st Denis that you will probably like. For those who don't know, Seine st Denis is part of the north eastern suburb of Paris, but this territory is poor. In the sixties, to meet the needs of urbanization and demographic growth, some large housing developments have been built in this area, but progressively the middle class has fled and this area has become a hard place to live. Today it's the area in France with the highest rate of criminality and the highest rate of foreigners.

In Montreuil
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In bagnolet:
(https://image.ibb.co/hDF2sq/203954bagnolet.jpg)

In Saint Denis
(https://image.ibb.co/cKGgkA/336310stdenis.jpg)

in Pantin:
(https://image.ibb.co/e53Nsq/472772pantin.jpg)

in Bondy:
(https://image.ibb.co/dj7tyV/937840bondy.jpg)

in La courneuve:
(https://image.ibb.co/nLoYyV/224789lacourneuve.jpg)

Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on February 01, 2015, 10:03 AM
When  I rented a car I took a few photos. Here they are:
I went to the station Montparnasse to fetch the car. Beside the station, we can find the tower Montparnasse, the tallest tower of paris:
(https://image.ibb.co/nJoBkA/393138-WP20140916008.jpg)

Then I went back to the north west of Paris where I'm living. Here we are in the 15th borough, on a hill overlooking Paris and we can make out the eiffel tower.
(https://image.ibb.co/kxStyV/562701-WP20140916012.jpg)

I went to the place of Concorde then, a place reminiscent of ancient Egypt.
(https://image.ibb.co/cJevCq/671310-WP20140916014.jpg)

Then I took the Avenue of the Champs Elysees.
(https://image.ibb.co/nrx45A/573441-WP20140916017.jpg)

On the pont d'iena...
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Others photos taken in summer.
During holidays in the south of France, a fine weather.
(https://image.ibb.co/iB7nQA/775847-WP20140904010.jpg)

After a 2 and a half hours travel in train, the same day the weather is not so fine here in Paris. There is a grey sky, and it seems there are clouds on the horizon, both literally and figuratively.
(https://image.ibb.co/hDwWkA/296891-WP20140906012.jpg)
(https://image.ibb.co/deP1kA/597182-WP20140906009.jpg)
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: humbert on February 01, 2015, 07:50 PM
You rented a car just to go out and take some pictures? In Paris you don't even need a car, you can go just about anywhere on the metro without worrying about parking. Renting a car over there must cost a fortune, not to even mention insurance and gas. What's a liter of gas going for nowadays.

The pics are great!
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on February 19, 2015, 06:37 AM
Answering humbert would be too long. Let's assume he knows the answers!
I wanted to talk about Greece. Germany just rejected Greek extension proposal. Translation: for Greece its nein, either they pay or they go back to the drachma. The stocks markets plunged following this decision.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: humbert on February 20, 2015, 07:53 PM
I wanted to talk about Greece. Germany just rejected Greek extension proposal. Translation: for Greece its nein, either they pay or they go back to the drachma. The stocks markets plunged following this decision.

I honestly don't know what these Greeks are thinking. Don't they understand the basic concept that if you make 1€ you can't spend 2€? Do they expect Angela and the rest of the EU to simply finance their wasteful policies or what? Does Syriza offer another way out that simply no austerity?
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on February 22, 2015, 03:05 PM
Tonight, I’m going to hold another conference.
I’m going to talk about a man from Qalqilya who has become an apostate and who is proud of it. In his Palestinian town, Waleed Al Husseini decided that it was time for God to have a facebook page and called it “Ana Allah”, which means I am God. He announced that God would be communicating directly with people via Facebook since despite having sent prophets centuries ago His message had still not got through. The imaginary instructions from God posted by Husseini included one written in the style of Qur'anic verses forbidding people from drinking whisky mixed with Pepsi; "God" ordered them to mix it with water instead. In another post on the divine Facebook page, "God" recommended smoking hashish. First he did this at home but his father who is very religious got rid of his connection when he realized what was posted on internet. So He kept posting his messages at the cybercafe where he could spend 10 hours per day.
The Palestinian authorities were far from amused, however, and few days later Walled al Husseini , an IT graduate who had been unable to find a proper job since leaving university, was sitting in a cafe playing cards when two members of the secret police came in and arrested him. He spent the next ten months in jail, some of the time in solitary confinement, and today lives in exile in the suburb of Paris, unemployed and separated from his family and friends.

Husseini grew up in Palestine in what he describes as a normal Muslim family but in secondary school he started asking questions - "questions like whether we are free to choose or not". Without realizing it at the time, he had stumbled into a debate about free will and predestination (al-qada' wal-qadr in Arabic) which has exercised the minds of theologians for centuries. If God is all-knowing, He can surely foresee evil deeds; if He is all-powerful He must be capable of preventing them; if He is good, why does He allow evil deeds and then punish people for them? A verse in the Qur'an says: "Ye shall not will, except as Allah wills."
He went to an imam in Qalqilya to put his question but he didn’t have an answer. This kind of response - that such questions should not be asked - is a familiar one in authoritarian societies and it is a response described by many other Arabs who have since abandoned religion. By prompting them to look further afield for answers, it has probably done more than anything else to set young Muslims on the road to disbelief.
With his curiosity aroused, Husseini embarked on his own research. "I went to the library in my school and the public library in my city. You can find many things there about religion but not about criticisms of religion," he said. "I spent around four years searching because when I started with this issue I discovered more and more. Step by step I moved away from religion until I left Islam in my first year at university."
Naively, perhaps, Husseini saw nothing particularly abnormal about his decision. He knew that plenty of famous Palestinian writers had also questioned religion in the past - among them Edward Said who was an openly-declared agnostic, plus the poet Mahmoud Darwish and the novelist Ghassan Kanafani who had also been a prominent member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. But when Husseini started telling his university friends that he was no longer a Muslim, he was taken aback by their reaction. Looking for reassurance, he even approached some who claimed to be Communists but their reaction was the same: "No," they told him, "We only take from the Communists their way of fighting."
Undeterred by that, he had started a couple of blogs - one in Arabic called Nour al-Aql ("The Light of Reason") and another in English called Proud Atheist. "I started discussions. I was just looking for the truth," he said. "It wasn't much, and in the beginning nobody was following me." In a blog post at the end of August in 2010 - two months before his arrest - Husseini wrote:
"Muslims often ask me why I left Islam. What strikes me is that Muslims can't seem to understand that renouncing Islam is a choice offered to everyone and that anyone has the right to do so. They believe anyone who leaves Islam is an agent or a spy for a western state, namely the Jewish state, and that they get paid bundles of money by the governments of these countries and their secret services. They actually don't get that people are free to think and believe in whatever suits them...
I would like to emphasise that by writing this article I did not mean to imply that Christianity or Judaism were better than Islam, and the reader should not fool himself into thinking that I only reject Islam among religions, all of which are to me a bunch of mind-blowing legends and a pile of nonsense that compete with each other in terms of stupidity."

Husseini was eventually charged with insulting Muslims, defaming religions and inciting religious strife but it was four months before he appeared in court. In all, he says, he made more than ten court appearances and each time the case was adjourned without a full trial. He suspects his arrest was more connected with politics than religion itself - rivalries between the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and the Islamist Hamas movement in Gaza. Hamas was accusing the PA of not being religious enough, and the PA wanted to display some religious credentials.
Husseini was also tortured for that during his cross examinations, like being suspended from the ceiling, the obligation to be standing on one leg for one month...
"For the first four months I slept only two or three hours a night," Husseini said. "All the time I was standing and they asked me things like 'Who paid you? Are you working with the Mossad? Are you working with others?' I said no, I just write my articles, my thoughts.
Husseini knows he's potentially in danger but for the moment no fatwa has been released against him.
He just released a book titled "blasphemers, the jails of Allah"...

The town of Qalqilya
(http://www.artistes-contre-le-mur.org/Qalqilya/qalqilya_mur_aer.jpg)
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on February 25, 2015, 04:34 PM
Tonight, I'm going to do a conference to talk about Egypt.
Today, president Sissi adopted a new anti-terrorist law to fight terrorism which has been hitting Egypt for 20 months and to reinforce the repressive arsenal. Those who are supporting the terrorists or those who are talking about them, notably on the internet, can be sent to jail.
According to some experts, this opens the way to proceedings against whoever talks about the Muslim brothers on internet or in a mosque.
I know there are many Egyptians on the forum, they probably feel concerned about that.

President Sissi of Egypt
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Another highlight of the day: Dictator kim Jong un is wearing a new sleek haircut.
(http://i.huffpost.com/gadgets/slideshows/404764/slide_404764_5038930_compressed.jpg)
Clearly it's reminiscent of famous people...
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(https://theyellowkid.files.wordpress.com/2010/07/kid-n-play-yellow.jpg)
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Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: Shadow.97 on February 26, 2015, 02:28 AM
Quote
(https://theyellowkid.files.wordpress.com/2010/07/kid-n-play-yellow.jpg)
I thought this was Swedens flag when I scrolled by quickly.  ::)
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on February 28, 2015, 09:00 AM
Here are a few photos of the roofs of Paris. I took them today when I was on the rooftop of the galeries Lafayette. It provides a stunning view over all of Paris and its monuments.
The big building is nothing else than the Opera Garnier.

(http://i.imgur.com/M9inKdx.jpg)

(https://image.ibb.co/kobLfA/47090220160720132824.jpg)

(https://image.ibb.co/f9GLfA/55263720160720132832.jpg)

(https://image.ibb.co/m2frnq/61609620160720133047.jpg)

(https://image.ibb.co/iH5rnq/22345420160720133157.jpg)
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: humbert on February 28, 2015, 09:15 PM
You're forgetting Burma's name is Myanmar, at least until Aung San Suu Kyi takes over (hopefully soon).

As for the USA, you're paying too much attention to the news media. Despite the fact that killings of this nature have been going on for quite a while, the country is safe, everything continues as normal and there no is collapse in order.

On the little map you posted, notice that the 1% corresponds to an area that is mostly mountains, forests and deserts in the south. Even the more heavily populated cities of Los Angeles and Phoenix are to the south of it.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: Shadow.97 on March 03, 2015, 08:04 PM
You're forgetting Burma's name is Myanmar, at least until Aung San Suu Kyi takes over (hopefully soon).

As for the USA, you're paying too much attention to the news media. Despite the fact that killings of this nature have been going on for quite a while, the country is safe, everything continues as normal and there no is collapse in order.

On the little map you posted, notice that the 1% corresponds to an area that is mostly mountains, forests and deserts in the south. Even the more heavily populated cities of Los Angeles and Phoenix are to the south of it.
We are taught in school that it is no longer called Myanmar. We got taught Burma.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on March 04, 2015, 03:50 AM
Today, I'm going to talk about Australia. This country is suffering from an exceptional drought, and some think this is directly link with global warming. In november 2014, Obama throwed down climate change challenge to Australia's prime minister Abbott, since many leaders are critical against his equivocal policy to curb global warming. German Chancellor Merkel also called on Australia to reveal plans for cutting dioxide emissions, warning that climate change "won't stop at the Pacific Islands".

Australians are chuffed about a huge trade deal signed with Beijing last month that will see millions of their beef cattle end up on Chinese dinner plates.
But global warming could prevent Australia from satisfying the astronomical demand for about $1 billion a year of live exported beef that has been created by China’s burgeoning, meat-hungry middle class.
Farmers in Australia’s fabled Outback are being whipsawed by a once-in-100-year-drought that is forcing a large number of them to slaughter their herds now.

(https://postmediacanadadotcom.files.wordpress.com/2014/12/matthew_fisher-2.jpg?w=680&h=508)
As the Outback reels from a once-in-a-century drought, three million beef cattle — or ten per cent of the national herd — have already had to be culled and an iconic way of life is in peril.

these are not ordinary times in the Outback or on the Champions’ land at Longway Station, just outside the tiny regional centre of Longreach and 1,175 kilometres by road from Brisbane. There has not been any rain at all here for 20 months.

Australia had 29.3 million cattle as of June of last year and is expected to have about 26 million head next year, according to Queensland Country Life. That would be the smallest number of cattle here in nearly 40 years. Already 46 farms in the Longreach area are believed to be seriously “stressed” economically. Some have been abandoned.

(https://postmediacanadadotcom.files.wordpress.com/2014/12/fisher_australia_web.jpg?w=680)
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: humbert on March 05, 2015, 07:55 PM
not only human being is totally cause of climate changes.
i think when the population increased too much, nature starts some challenges like floods and earthquakes to decrease it and taught us some lesson.

This is pretty much what I've been saying all along - nature is very self-correcting. Populations adjust to the amount of resources available.

(Brother Ahmad is here again, some days ago he visited the forum, but don't replied me. i had sent him pm. he will be busy, but i am too happy..)

We are all your brothers, right? :)
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: Fuj on March 16, 2015, 08:47 AM
Some advertisements have suddenly appeared on the forum. Formerly, when going to the forum I had the impression I was coming to a jungle teeming with pleasant people. Now it's a bit different, I have the impression to be in the middle of the Vincennes woods by night.
Today we have a new one - "Private video chat right now with sexy beautiful model". It's not necessarily the case, but it does smell like it could be the type of scam you might have already heard about in the news because it led some people to suicide. The girl undresses herself in front of webcam and convinces the naive guy to do the same. Everything is recorded and then they start blackmailing him under the threat of posting the video on Facebook or wherever. So this is potentially much more dangerous than the classic spam we've been getting.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: humbert on March 16, 2015, 07:54 PM
Today we have a new one - "Private video chat right now with sexy beautiful model". It's not necessarily the case, but it does smell like it could be the type of scam you might have already heard about in the news because it led some people to suicide. The girl undresses herself in front of webcam and convinces the naive guy to do the same. Everything is recorded and then they start blackmailing him under the threat of posting the video on Facebook or wherever. So this is potentially much more dangerous than the classic spam we've been getting.

I'm not seeing any ads at all. Then again I use Adblock Edge. Edge is the way to go -- Plus has a whitelist of sites that pay them off so as not to be included in their filtering. Edge also supports much better filters which don't appear in Plus.

Be that as it may, there is no question an ad such as this is rogue. Maher would never allow anything that even remotely smells of pr0n. I'm going to contact him and tell him to intervene immediately.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: Fuj on March 17, 2015, 07:40 AM
No, I was talking about a post that is now gone. I didn't even notice the ads you're talking about. Now that I've disabled Adblock I can see them. You can tell they're fishy just by looking at them. And indeed, all links take you to sites with maximum negative WOT rating. Maher must be desperate for some extra income. What he wants to do is his own business but it doesn't look good at all. In short term you can probably make much more with these ads than you can with Google AdSense but it's a great way to flush reputation down the toilet. And he probably doesn't even get enough traffic here to compensate for Adblock so I doubt he will be making much money.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on March 17, 2015, 03:11 PM
Tonight, I'm going to put a few photos taken in the Cernuschi museum which is an Asian art museum, specialising in works from China, Japan, and Korea.
The museum was founded in 1898 by Henri Cernuschi (1821–1896) and is located in the mansion which used to be his home.
I said I would put photos of the paintings of Velazquez, but it would be have been boring for me and most probably for you.

(https://image.ibb.co/bR4gLA/429085-WP20150328001.jpg)
On the way to the museum

(https://image.ibb.co/hjymnq/827675-WP20150328003.jpg)
Formerly, I lived in the vicinity. I moved only a few hundred meters away.

(https://image.ibb.co/hwcqDV/920554-WP20150328004.jpg)
He we are at the Monceau park. The museum is adjacent to the park. At the left, we can spot the embassy of Portugal.

(https://image.ibb.co/bQfMLA/136764-WP20150328005.jpg)
The Cernuschi museum

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At the museum entrance

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Here we can see a You vase with a tiger shape, from Sthe hang dynasty (roughly 1300 bc). It's unquestionably the most famous work of the museum.
This vase was designed to contain fermented beverages.

(https://image.ibb.co/cnCCSq/256971-WP20150328007.jpg)
Here we can see a Lei vase, from the Zhou dynasty (1000 bc)
This one is particularly rare. A few other Lei vases have been discovered in Baidong, in the district of Harqin in Laoning, or in Peng district, in Sichuan.

(https://image.ibb.co/cr4gLA/744111-WP20150328014.jpg)
A door of tomb chamber. Period of the Eastern Han (1st century ac)

(https://image.ibb.co/kPp1nq/124440-WP20150328015.jpg)

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A gooze-shaped carafe (period of the Northern Han)

(https://image.ibb.co/c9XbLA/291400-WP20150328029.jpg)
The buddha Amithaba (period of the Liao Dynasty, 1000 ac)


added: A few recents photos taken on 8 May 2016.

The Monceau park
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(https://image.ibb.co/k80P7q/31330320160508153858.jpg)

The Street Georges Berger
The devices across the street are charging stations for electric cars.
(https://image.ibb.co/mnfJYV/11716920160508154201.jpg)

The street Legendre
(https://image.ibb.co/dxqVfA/77284720160508154632.jpg)

The street of Saussure
(https://image.ibb.co/dxPHSq/60502520160508155320.jpg)

The street Cardinet and behind you can see new housing under construction, in the area of the Martin Luther king park.
(https://image.ibb.co/f9eHSq/83081520160508155751.jpg)

The avenue of Clichy
(https://image.ibb.co/bZ4HSq/57617120160508160804.jpg)
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on March 28, 2015, 04:21 PM
Tonight, I'm also going to do a conference about financial markets with latest market insights, analysis, and perspectives.

Last Thursday and last Friday, we have seen that the bubble in the sector of Biotechnology began to burst, at least on the French market. The news of bad clinical tests was sufficient to trigger a collapse of the price of Genfit.
(https://image.ibb.co/hDUtiV/453644genfit.png)

At this price, Genfit is still worth 600 million euros and doesn't make any profit.
And In the US, Amgen and biogen have reached market valuations which are close to the stratosphere.
http://www.boursorama.com/cours.phtml?symbole=AMGN
According to Josh Brown at Ritholtz Wealth Management, there is clearly a bubble on biotechs. He's denouncing the bets made on certain medications.

All this reminds me of the bubble in Green energy in 2007. At the beginning of the year 2007, everyone was optimistic about green energy. but Firms in wind power
never made any profit, they are surviving thanks to capital increases. For those who invested in the French firm Theolia, which was the European leader in green energy, mainly wind power, it has been a rout. while the price went up to 30euros in 2007, it's only worth 70 cents today. The firm is selling more and more assets to survive, the ones in Morocco or Brazil.
An association of cheated small investors of Theolia has even been created...
The evolution of the market valuation of Theolia
(https://image.ibb.co/g9B0VA/454809teo.png)

Why am I taking this example? Because the overall market could follow a similar pattern. The bubble of Theolia began to burst at the beginning of 2007. The investors, let's call them "baboons" or "sheep", suddenly understood that valuations were a bit high. And a few months later, the markets peaked before the crisis of 2008. In 2008 the bubble on the weakest firms completely burst. We could see the same thing today. I don't think the markets will crumble immediately. But there are big problems ahead, like Greece, or the US rate hikes, while valuations are tight. If I'm right, we could have a peak in the next months before a stagnation and then a fall of the markets. For the moment, note that the resistance on the dow jones at 18300 I referred to a few weeks ago has played its role.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: Daniil on March 30, 2015, 01:56 AM
Hello, comrades.
Scarface crying a lot about economic collapse, I don't  agree with him (or may be his theory is correct, but for EU only).
But I see another threat, invisible but much more real.
Read this article: Behavioral sink (http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Behavioral_sink)
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: humbert on March 30, 2015, 09:05 PM
Daniil - certainly you should know by now that Scarface isn't all there. :)

I'm thinking the concept of "behavioral sink" is overblown. Forget about the EU - go to a places that have extremely high population densities. Mumbai (India), Hong Kong, Tokyo (Japan) and Lagos (Nigeria). Order still exists in these places. Also, keep in mind something I keep reminding Scarface - populations are self adjusting. They adjust according to the resources there to maintain them.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on March 31, 2015, 02:11 PM
To Daniil: Maybe economic collapse is too strong an expression. But in any case, whether you agree or not, or whatever you want, it won’t change anything. And while we all have responsibilities if something happens, it’s not due to me, humbert or iih in particular.
I don’t know if you have watched the videos in the survivalist topic, but they are quite factual.
Fundamentally, we live in a world where everything is linked with oil, and with energy. Without energy, we would come back to the 18th century. If we were not numerous it could be possible but with 7 billion people, and soon 8, it’s going to be difficult. We can see that on the forum which is quite representative of a more and more urban world.  Few persons here are autonomous for their food and live like farmers in Mali or Bedouins in Egypt.
(http://www.friends-international.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Jakarta-from-sky.jpg)

(https://image.ibb.co/cb27AA/990996parisvuduciel.jpg)


It’s also important to understand that we live in a complex world. Formerly, the people were practically all peasants. Today in many countries, 70% of the population is working in the sector of services and 3 or 4% in the farming sector. It’s perhaps not true in Mali or Sudan, but that’s the case in the US or in Europe. But what’s is complex is also fragile. If you are sowing seeds in a meadow it will grow. If these seeds are potatoes maybe they will be eaten by Colorado beetle, it’s possible. But if you are sowing seeds in a field without fertilizers and phospates, nothing will grow, because the micro organisms which are necessary for the crops have been killed by pesticides and by a mechanized agriculture. And while there has been a significant rise in agricultural yields during the 20th century, it’s not true any longer and there is even an inflexion. During the 20th century, it’s important to understand that the demographic growth has been possible thanks to the agricultural revolution and the rise in yields. But modern agriculture needs to be profitable and it’s not possible to leave the fields lying fallow, and while we are more and more numerous, it’s probably going to be another problem in the coming years if yields were to decrease (and we are not even mentioning here the dependence on oil and possibly the need for biofuels).

However, progress is not always to blame, we have also seen huge advances in medicine during the 20th century.
Some people don't know it though. In Mosul, there are practically no more doctors and hepatitis is spreading. If you are going there to do your Jihad, don’t forget your aspirin and your toothbrush, there are shortages.
(http://www.slate.fr/sites/default/files/imagecache/1090x500/militantsislamiques_0.jpg)


But today we can see that the consequences of all that are significant. There are less and less jobs, but unfortunately the people are no longer living in the country so there are more and more unemployed people. In some countries like UK or Germany, statistics are good but they are concealing a huge number of “0 hour contract” and temporary jobs.
(http://farm1.static.flickr.com/28/49477731_cba931c66b.jpg)

Also, there is growing evidence that pollution has significant adverse effects.
(http://s2.lemde.fr/image/2015/03/26/534x0/4601635_6_9967_le-boulevard-peripherique-lundi-23-mars_7c60c044fce8a3e762696d3ce0a0307d.jpg)

A hot air balloon in Paris, used to retrieve data about air quality
(http://referentiel.nouvelobs.com/wsfile/8291386845720.jpg)

Another problem with the plastic pollution. Here is the island of Thilafushi in The Maldives
(http://thumbs.dreamstime.com/z/thilafushi-island-maldives-garbage-dump-plastic-mountains-46008840.jpg)


A few days ago, it was stated that Arctic sea ice this year is the smallest in winter since satellite records began in 1979 — a new sign of long-term climate change, according to U.S. data. The U.N. panel of climate scientists links the long-term shrinkage of the ice, by 3.8 percent a decade since 1979, to global warming, and says Arctic summertime sea ice could vanish in the second half of the century.


And finally, we could be facing more and more conflicts for resources like oil or water. Some organizations are also fighting in Syria and Iraq to capture oil rigs in order to finance their wars.
(http://www.sagelaw.us/images/graphics/twin-laden.jpg)
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: harkaz on April 16, 2015, 11:22 AM
As for Greece, there is a continued stalemate. Indeed, Greece is preparing to take the dramatic step of declaring a debt default unless it can reach a deal with its international creditors by the end of April, according to people briefed on the radical leftist government’s thinking.
http://bfmbusiness.bfmtv.com/mediaplayer/video/olivier-delamarche-vs-pierre-sabatier-12-la-croissance-chinoise-a-ralenti-est-ce-la-fin-d-un-modele-1304-497169.html

Expect a default in June. Official sector payments (pensions, salaries, etc) will most likely stop in May. This will be the beginning of the end.
Consequences: Civil unrest and financial meltdown. A heaven for criminals...
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on April 18, 2015, 03:40 PM
Maybe you are not a godfather yet. So this could be an opportunity for you.
If you want to sponsor a giraffe, a spider or a snake, you can go to the site of the zoo of vincennes to make a donation.
Most of the animals listed are endangered species and the zoo needs funds to keep them and protect their them in their natural environment.
http://www.parczoologiquedeparis.fr/fr/participez/animaux-parrainer


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(http://i.f1g.fr/media/ext/805x453/www.lefigaro.fr/medias/2013/11/15/PHOca6c4032-4dec-11e3-bd02-e4d15a3d1322-402x453.jpg)

(http://i.f1g.fr/media/ext/805x453/www.lefigaro.fr/medias/2013/11/15/PHOdeff6a9c-4dec-11e3-bd02-e4d15a3d1322-805x453.jpg)
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: humbert on May 01, 2015, 10:07 PM
I wonder why these Femen girls take their shirts off.  Maybe to attract attention. They must have a strong reason, judging by what people were wearing it was a cool rainy day.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on May 02, 2015, 07:27 PM
Lately, the users of the forum have been very wise, even jastreb. That's why I'm putting a few photos of the Louis Vuitton exposition today. You are going to discover some interesting works of art.

On my way to the station of the sablons.
In the line 13
(https://image.ibb.co/jw2Yuf/460611-WP20150502001.jpg)

Waiting for the subway on the line 1
(https://image.ibb.co/iCbMfL/738442-WP20150502004.jpg)

In Neuilly sur Seine, on the way to the foundation.
(https://image.ibb.co/d2V3uf/385921-WP20150502026.jpg)

The boulogne wood
(https://image.ibb.co/ntNNn0/541195-WP20150502010.jpg)

The building of the Louis Vuitton foundation
(https://image.ibb.co/hWGyS0/124154-WP20150502011.jpg)

(https://image.ibb.co/bSqE0L/588243-WP20150502013.jpg)

Clearly, the temporary exposition of the LVF is a place where there are many famous paintings. It’s not a surprise if the LVF organizer is nobody less than the billionaire Bernard Arnault, the richest man in France, and he probably has some good friends. However, the ticket is quite expensive, I guess the foundation must be profitable, and by going here on Saturday afternoon, I didn't choose the right day to come, since I spent hours waiting to enter the foundation or visit some galleries. Since photos inside the galleries were not allowed, the photos you’ll see are not mine.


The walking man by Giacometti

(https://image.ibb.co/nyZz0L/2015-11-05-sculpt-walkingman-e1431338859818.jpg)

The scream By Munch.
This painting is very famous and since 2006 it wasn't allowed to leave Norway lest it could be robbed.
(https://image.ibb.co/cg7GEf/Munch.jpg)

(https://image.ibb.co/dBF6fL/343533thescream.jpg)


(https://image.ibb.co/mQdyuf/clefs-11-1000x550.jpg)

Picasso – head of a woman.
(https://image.ibb.co/eOw1Ef/21570252669-0474706b16-z.jpg)

The Black square by Malevitch (National Russian Museum of St petersburg)
(https://image.ibb.co/nd9UZf/1-malevitch.jpg)

The blue waterlilies by Monet
(https://image.ibb.co/ew7GEf/Blue-water-lilies.jpg)

The dance by Matisse
(https://image.ibb.co/bRurfL/p1020982.jpg)


On the roof, at the 4th floor, a photo of the boulogne wood in the foreground and the area of la défense...
(https://i.ibb.co/3hcCW5R/fondation-louis-vuitton-04.jpg)


back to the subway in Neuilly. Unfortunately, a old man was begging on the stairs.
(https://i.ibb.co/r6Mc0L5/412035-WP20150502028.jpg)


Now, you are probably wondering if it was a good exposition?
Well, I was disappointed because there is so much better, like the Museum of Orsay, the Louvre, or the Dali exhibition at the Pompidou centre.
 And It’s definitely not worth the price since it cost 15€ to see very few works on display in 2 or 3 rooms. Besides a few famous work of art, the building is almost empty. And don’t be mistaken by those photos. They are not mine because cameras were forbidden.
There is a lot of visitors, and I had to wait for 2 hours before entering the museum.
If you were to visit sth in Paris, maybe you can skip this one and focus on better museums like Orsay.
I also advise you to go to the Park of the Buttes-Chaumont. It is perhaps a little less formal than the other green spaces in Paris, but completely worth the uphill stroll.
You can also see la coulée verte. The old train tracks connecting Bastille and Vincennes were turned into La Coulée Verte: a five-kilometre trail of elevated gardens, the Jardin de Reuilly and tree-lined cyclepaths. All very green; all very pretty. If you kick off at the Bastille end, you can climb up one of the staircases on avenue Daumesnil to get sweeping views of the city.
(https://i.ibb.co/gVGnWc0/Coul-e-verte-Ren-Dumont-2017-2.jpg)



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pKowWFBIuY
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on May 03, 2015, 05:19 PM
Tonight, I'm going to talk about Pakistan.
While its capital is Islamabad, Karachi is referred to as the financial capital of Pakistan and accounts for a significant part of its economy.
And while Islamabad is not bigger than Zagreb, Karachi is an agglomeration of 20 million people, one of the most populated behind Tokyo, Jakarta and Seoul.
But while Islamabad is a town which still has a bearable dimension, Karachi has become an enormous town with mounting problems such as pollution, overpopulation or thefts.

Islamabad
(https://i.ibb.co/r00vj0H/Islamabad-original-9259.jpg)

Rawal Lake, near Islamabad
(https://i.ibb.co/YRB4rNQ/Rawal-Lake-640-37630.jpg)

Karachi
(https://i.ibb.co/YDZjnMX/Karachi-from-above.jpg)


That's why some Pakistanis are jealous of the comfort of the inhabitants of Islamabad.
Here is the story of a Karachiite in Islamabad:
"Even the air is cleaner in Islamabad. It’s like they have purchased some high-end environment scrubbers that take all the carbon monoxide out and it replace it with the pine scent that you hang in your car in Karachi. This was the first thing I felt when visiting the capital city recently after entirely too long. A short work-related trip turned into a revelation for me. Getting off the plane into a cool morning breeze that lifts your mood and lightens the very bloody spirit. I hated it. As a Karachiite it is hard for me to trust air I can’t wipe off my face in a black smear. And then there is all the green. The Margalla Hills rising serenely upwards, the sidewalks that are like little nursery’s. My rage began to rise. Why do Islamabadis get to live like this and we don’t? The sight of people walking around casually with cell phones out in public drove me into such a fury I considered stealing their phones and then running them over just to teach them a lesson.

It was the mongoose that won me over. A friend, in an attempt to soothe my ire, took me to a park that overlooked a lake. There was an aviary under construction there, which would house more than just the cacophonic crows and needy eagles we Karachiites have to contend with. It inspired a rant in me that I was enthralling him with, when two mongoose ran past me. Like stretched squirrels they frolicked in the grass and amongst the flowers. Frolicked. The last time anyone frolicked in Karachi, Maya Khan chased them down with a camera crew. I decided then and there that I both love Islamabad and hate it.

I love the city because it shows that when we want to, we can do things right. We can make a city that is beautiful, clean and safe. We can give children places to play and grant opportunities to commune with the natural. We can give you a place to live where the walls are low because no one will jump over them and the roads are wide because the speed cameras will stop you from abusing them. We can do all that and then maintain it too. If I wasn’t such a Karachiite, I would move to Islamabad.

I hate the city too though. I hate Islamabad because it represents the ability to do things right only once and only selfishly. The rest of the country can ripen and rot because no one in power lives there for very long. A city like Karachi can be ignored to the point of criminal negligence because all the attention and money and focus and time would much rather be spent trimming the grass in the capital. We deny the rest of the country safety and security and places for their children to enjoy so that a few can have it way over there. The result is, people in Islamabad don’t steal cell phones. In Karachi, if those speed cameras would have been installed then they would be on sale for half-price in Saddar by the end of the first day.

No wonder our leaders don’t care about our misery. No wonder the president, in his latest address to parliament, made it seem like we are progressing at a rate that would make China jealous. And no wonder the cries of victims go unheard so often and for so long. Every time our elected leaders look out the windows of their Islamabad houses, they see birds and trees, they hear the wind and smell the pine. And they see two mongoose frolicking in the grass like young lovers. They probably think we are making it all up. I hate Islamabad. Why can’t we all have one?"
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: Shadow.97 on May 06, 2015, 07:52 AM
Can'y you be clearer, besides the approximate grammar, I don't know about your disagreement is about. Since I'm not Karachiite, it's indeed a copied story, except the comments.
Sorry if I am stupid but, according to the oil chart. Shouldn't we have really much oil that is unused..?
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on May 06, 2015, 09:55 AM
Quote
Shouldn't we have really much oil that is unused..
Which chart? the chart of Yemen? It's not a chart about reserves but about production. But It has never been a big oil producer though. And since worldwide oil reserves are difficult to assess, I don't know how to answer your question. But generally speaking, every oil deposit has the same development pattern, a bell curve, so it's quite easy to predict some shortages one day, if not enough oil deposits are discovered each year.
You should probably watch the videos in the survivalist topic:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOMWzjrRiBg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TENdzpC4e8w
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMgOTQ7D_lk
A video to watch about peak oil: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VKpRLNeWao
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on May 08, 2015, 03:21 PM
Well, I was thinking today win7 could be the last usable OS for firms since 8.1 is bloated and made for phone of for some people like humbert who like tiles while win10 is a trojan horse for CNN news. But we will be obliged to upgrade one day. On my new laptop I uninstalled win8 and put win7, but wifi drivers were not available for it on the hp website, fortunately I found some drivers that were shipped for an older computer with the same broadcom card.
(http://betanews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/win-10-9926.jpg)

I'm a bit depressed tonight. Ive had bad news lately, A judge is going to cause me hassle about financial matters. So I'm drinking a good bottle of red wine.
But the most important is my presence here, with the faithful users of the forum. Even if harkaz or Ahmad have not time any more to post messages here, I'm pretty sure they are still there to read the news of the forum. I tested my new optic fiber line too, and it's very fast, I'm going to keep uploading things for you, but I don't know what. Don't know if you liked the x files too.
Ive been a spendthrift lately, I didnt think that I would have to pay for some things that I had forgotten but which seem to concern me. And thinking I could owe some money to a judge for some silly familial matters, plus the electricity bill that exploded and the income taxes coming in august, it's making me really sick, so maybe the forum can turn to god and do a prayer for me.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: humbert on May 08, 2015, 08:54 PM
The simple fact that Windows 8 and 8.1 were written with phones and tablets in mind in no way means it doesn't work well for traditional desktops. Also, let me say once again the start screen is an app launcher, nothing more, nothing less. It is infinitely better than the old start menu. The only valid reason I hear for people sticking to Windows 7 is personal taste. Others I hear are based on misinformation.

How is it you have a legal financial problem when you keep telling us you have no money? Also, I don't know how the law in the EU works, but here in America if a judge orders someone to pay and that person has no money, the judgement is useless. No one is ever jailed for simply owing money.

As for your electric bill, how much are you paying? For me during the summer months it's about $190. Daytime summer temps here are about 38° to 40°C and the A/C doesn't stop running. Winter is about $150 - not much electric but I have to buy gas for heat. Spring and autumn are around $115.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: Shadow.97 on May 09, 2015, 09:42 PM
Sorry for delay. I am looking for better screenshots utility, screenshots from screencapture button then copied to the Windows paint are not in good quality, any idea?

I think the there is no shoutbox option into the SMF system, if it has, than it should be enabled in to the form.

What the forum moderators have acces to the pesonal messages of the other members?
What rights and controls given to the moderators of this forum?

(Its night here, forum time is showing afternoon. I here from many days, see the more stats of the forum and my profile. I have many posts, beside all are useful or not. Forum has already few daily coming and posting members.
I think Boss will close or sell the forum in 2-3 years almost, may humbert will purchase it and assign someone to continue Windows work........
Its time to sleep, I am in drowsiness, but on the forum.
There is no restrictions on the dreams,,,,, 
USMAN:D)
I love the screenshotting tool ShareX ( https://getsharex.com/ ). It's highly customizable, fast and all. Can record videos, screenshots to folders, upload on finnish saving.
Though, its a hazzle, so I mainly use www.Gyazo.com
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: Vasudev on May 10, 2015, 12:43 PM
Usman-> Did you re-install ur PC  with Latest Maherz release?
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: humbert on May 10, 2015, 08:07 PM
When it comes to screensavers I use FScapture. You can get it at http://www.faststone.org (http://www.faststone.org). I have a working serial number if you want it.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: Vasudev on May 16, 2015, 07:09 AM
Long time no see Mr. Harkaz. How's your XP sp4 project going?
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: harkaz on May 16, 2015, 07:46 AM
SP4 development is almost over: Need to fix a small issue with 16-bit apps (Clean installs only).
There are some reports about sporadic issues but since I cannot reproduce them I'm unable to do something to fix them.

I have been around here occasionally (as guest) just to read scarface's articles. I find them very interesting.

Now I'm more interested in security than deployment and I devote enough of free time to learn about malware analysis, forensics, etc. It's a chaotic field but certainly exciting.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: Vasudev on May 16, 2015, 01:44 PM
SP4 development is almost over: Need to fix a small issue with 16-bit apps (Clean installs only).
There are some reports about sporadic issues but since I cannot reproduce them I'm unable to do something to fix them.

I have been around here occasionally (as guest) just to read scarface's articles. I find them very interesting.

Now I'm more interested in security than deployment and I devote enough of free time to learn about malware analysis, forensics, etc. It's a chaotic field but certainly exciting.
16 bit apps on windows are still problematic. As a matter of fact, try running TCC or Turbo C. I think 16bit apps crash because of some memory leaks. Have yo tried tweaking 16bit apps to run in a separate memory location and AFAIK it solved some issues I faced while using Turbo C on xp.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on May 17, 2015, 11:18 AM
A site released a ranking of the most beautiful capitals in the world. Some towns of which photos are present in this topic are in this list.
You can discover the ranking here: http://www.toptenfindings.com/top-10-most-beautiful-capitals-in-the-world/
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: Vasudev on May 18, 2015, 01:16 AM
I've final scheduled next week and I will not be available for 15-20 days.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: Fuj on May 19, 2015, 04:32 PM
Moderators team and administration is too busy. Two moderators are telling about their absence. One is already come here only for some minutes in a day. There are many spam posts, Admin never deletes any account of these bots.
True, although I'm surprised you registered just to comment on this.
Spam accounts not getting deleted is a big problem. Just removing posts isn't good enough so this remains a rather spam-friendly site. It doesn't go unnoticed and is taken advantage of. If you're members of other forums, you know there's not nearly this much spam. The problem is that Maher is the only admin and he's busy and rarely here. Perhaps he would be willing to do occasional cleanup if we made it easier for him. Here is my initiative: we could maintain a list of spam accounts so when Maher finds the time he can have the list ready. I created a Pastebin account and started the list. I PM-ed the link and login data to moderators so they can add accounts, and to Maher so he can remove deleted accounts from the list. More than this I cannot do.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: humbert on May 27, 2015, 07:55 PM
What web site(s) do you use to host your pics?
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on May 30, 2015, 04:34 PM
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What web site(s) do you use to host your pics?
This url: http://www.hostingpics.net/
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on June 05, 2015, 07:54 AM
It's very hot today. Usmangujjar is lucky, with 32 degres, paris is currently hotter than islamabad (26).
So Im eating an ice cream at work...
http://i.imgur.com/eFon040.jpg

Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: Vasudev on June 05, 2015, 11:25 AM
It's very hot today. Usmangujjar is lucky, with 32 degres, paris is currently hotter than islamabad (26).
So Im eating an ice cream at work...
http://i.imgur.com/eFon040.jpg
After couple of rain showers its cool here.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on June 13, 2015, 11:18 AM
Here are a few photos taken from the Eiffel tower.

Here is a view towards the West. In the background, We can see the wood of Boulogne, and the area of la Defense,
(http://img15.hostingpics.net/pics/736455defense.jpg)

Here is another photo towards the south, with the champs de mars, and the Montparnasse tower.
(http://img15.hostingpics.net/pics/146624montparnasse.jpg)

Here is a view of the Sacre Coeur, from the first floor.
(http://img15.hostingpics.net/pics/199284sacrecoeur.jpg)

Here is a view towards the north East. In the foreground, we can notice the museum of the quai branly (the red building), and beside the national assembly.
(http://img15.hostingpics.net/pics/938542viewtowardsneconcorde.jpg)

Here is a view towards the north west, we can make out the Arc of triumph. At the left, we can see the Hyatt tower, a five star hotel. The ring road is just behind, so the builldings behind it are not in Paris, they are in Neuilly sur Seine. Before, I was walking in front of the red and white buildings behind the arc of triumph, on the photo, to go to work. They are still in Paris but they are marking the boundary between Paris and Levallois Perret, the buildings behind them are already in the suburb.
(http://img15.hostingpics.net/pics/398386viewtowardsNW.jpg)
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: humbert on June 17, 2015, 09:31 PM
@harkaz - Please englighten me. I know the problem in Greece is too complicated too be explained in a few words, but at least try. As I understand it, the Greek government owes money to the EU and can't repay. How did they get into this mess to begin with? Who in your opinion bears the responsibility? As for Ukraine, it seems to me Russia is the one causing all the problems. They forcibly annexed Crimea and they're supporting the rebels. Putin even said he's going to boost Russia's nuclear arsenal. What is he thinking?

@Scarface - I'm shocking that sardine can they call a studio costs 61000€. My garage is probably bigger than that.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on June 21, 2015, 05:24 AM
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Accordingly, if these places become so expensive that no one can afford them, then the price has to come down or the seller will be stuck with them forever. Do you agree?

In most towns, this reasoning would be valid but not in Ile de France, and particulartly in Paris, where demand for housing is very tense.
There are several reasons which explain the prices, the historical dimension of the town, and the density of job up to the close suburb.
(https://stacieswanderlust.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/dscn3098.jpg)

Density of jobs.
(http://e.nora.archi.free.fr/wp-content/uploads/2006/11/plan%20sensite%20hbt%20agglo%20paris%20copy.jpg)

If you go to Evry it's more affordable, but if you have to do 1 hour of RER every day at dawn and in the evening. Many people do it, well I prefer paying a bit more and avoiding that, plus the cost of the transport.


It's probably the same thing in downtown Cairo, or in Islamabad. I didn't check, but I'm pretty sure real estate prices in Islamabad are higher than the ones in Karachi.

View to the South East - Zamalek and Cairo
(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-TcyxxmbSnac/UZKwWPRTYZI/AAAAAAAAAfM/ZnvAjmY6AqY/s1600/DD755BAB-C786-49F7-BE6F-394A49698FFF.JPG)

Islamabad
(https://burgerbuoy.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/islamabad-fatima-jinnah-park-feb-2012-01.jpg)




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ThVfcVvAt0
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: humbert on July 01, 2015, 01:52 PM
Here in San Antonio so far we're experiencing a cooler than usual summer. There has been much more rain than usual, and so far I have yet to see the temp rise above 33°C. Normally this time of year 38° to 40° is the norm. California, by comparison, is hot as hell with temps reaching 46° in the northern part, away from the ocean.

Scarface - how does it feel inside your tiny apartment when the temp reaches 42°? You must feel like a pizza baking. :)

@Harkaz - That Greece would default and miss its first (and future) payment was a sure as sunrise. The deadline was due and they did not have the money. All we can do now is wait and see what happens. BTW do me a favor - if Drachma notes (paper bills) reach denominations of [for example] 107 or higher, save me one of those notes, I want to buy it from you. I got the idea from a TV interview - one guy who was heavily into Bitcoins had in his wallet a Zimbabwean note for 1012 (or higher) Zimbabwe dollars.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: Shadow.97 on July 01, 2015, 03:27 PM
26C in my hometown today. Expected to get over 32 on thursday/friday.
This is torture for me.. :-\ How do you all survive..?
Currently sitting in my cold basement.. It's really nice after being in the hot sun/shadow but not in the cold, for 12~hours.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: harkaz on July 01, 2015, 03:49 PM
@humbert I really hope we don't get to such inflation. It depends, of course, on how many Greeks are willing/capable to work for (almost) nothing to rebuild the economy. Greece has much more assets than Zimbabwe, so it's reasonable to presume that the economy will recover after some time.

Still, my basic scenario for the Greek referendum is that voters will say yes by a small majority.
After that a new government will be formed and try to negotiate the new bailout terms. Since we'll have only 14 days before the ECB bond matures, the new goverment will blindly accept the new measures, which will be much harsher due to the financial collapse caused by capital controls. The banks will not open until negotiations are over.

I believe this will cause civil unrest and a collapse of the government due to violent protests.
Greece will then default to ECB and will be kicked out of the Eurosystem, permanently.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: Fuj on July 01, 2015, 04:16 PM
26C in my hometown today. Expected to get over 32 on thursday/friday.
This is torture for me.. :-\ How do you all survive..?
Currently sitting in my cold basement.. It's really nice after being in the hot sun/shadow but not in the cold, for 12~hours.
I'm comfortable with anything below 33 but I'm from a different climate. The problem is that I live in the city. The mass of concrete and asphalt absorbs the sun heat during the day and radiates it during the night, so there's practically no temperature drop, and it's not unusual for July temperatures to be 33-36 (in the shade), 24/7. It's yucky when you're trying to sleep and your head is sticking to wet pillow. When I go to my vacation house on an island, it's a different story. Soon after the sun goes down, you can breathe and sleep like a man. Screw you, Joe Cocker, summer in the city is disgusting.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on July 01, 2015, 08:35 PM
I agree with mr Fuj, it is better to be in the countryside when it's very hot.
Tonight it's 32 degrees here despite the open window, have only slept for 1h.
(http://i.imgur.com/HJbO36w.jpg)
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: humbert on July 02, 2015, 12:00 PM
@Scarface - I asked about your "tiny" apartment based on your posts about the size of dwellings in Paris. This is why I was under the impression it wasn't much more than a small box. Honestly it's pretty nice. There's more than enough room for just one person, and the rent you pay is reasonably priced given your location. And yes I'm aware of the fact that many people in underdeveloped countries have to cram like sardines into a small space. It's also true many of these people breed like rabbits. In the example you gave (Phillipines) I'm thinking the Catholic church makes birth control difficult. They have a stranglehold on that country.

I'm not too clear what the Youtube clip you linked is all about. While we're on the subject, if you're on Firefox I strongly urge you to download and install "Youtube All HTML5" and in the settings click "Disable Flash on Youtube". It does what it says and it works great.

@Harkaz - Regarding the referendum in Greece, does "Yes" mean stay in the Eurozone and tough it out, and "NO" means reject the creditors demands and leave the Eurozone? Did Tsipras promise to resign is the "No" wins?

As for the heat, do you guys have air conditioning at home? My question isn't so much based on whether or not you can afford it, but rather on the fact that these heat waves are the exeption and not the norm, so I'm thinking there might be no A/C. Did you at least run out and buy a fan?
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: harkaz on July 04, 2015, 05:42 PM
@humbert Greferendum is about who has control over Greece, in my opinion. If we vote no we choose that our government has full control and must ignore any requests/decisions made by creditors against our country interests.

This, of course, has many risks but the Greek people may be willing to take them.

Many Greeks of course think about austerity which is wrong.

On the other hand, a yes vote would certainly be marginal and an anti-EU revolt cannot be excluded shortly after the referendum, due to the financial collapse.

Tsipras is nothing more than a populist and can't promise anything for real.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: Shadow.97 on July 04, 2015, 06:02 PM
@humbert Greferendum is about who has control over Greece, in my opinion. If we vote no we choose that our government has full control and must ignore any requests/decisions made by creditors against our country interests.

This, of course, has many risks but the Greek people may be willing to take them.

Many Greeks of course think about austerity which is wrong.

On the other hand, a yes vote would certainly be marginal and an anti-EU revolt cannot be excluded shortly after the referendum, due to the financial collapse.

Tsipras is nothing more than a populist and can't promise anything for real.
If you're in need of supplies, money or anything really. Tell me and I'll do my best to help out. Assuming that the mail still works..?
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: harkaz on July 04, 2015, 06:06 PM
Thanks for your offer Shadow.97. The situation will be very difficult here rather soon.

(However, I may not have an Internet connection in a few weeks).
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: Shadow.97 on July 04, 2015, 06:39 PM
Thanks for your offer Shadow.97. The situation will be very difficult here rather soon.

(However, I may not have an Internet connection in a few weeks).
If you need any support, mental or anything. I'll be reachable by phone or anything that you can possibly reach me on. Best of luck brother!
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: harkaz on July 05, 2015, 10:23 AM
@humbert The Yes/No(ΝΑΙ/ΟΧΙ) answer essentially boils down to debt viability. ΝΑΙ means that Greeks accept the debt "as is" and no haircut is required. The referendum's question states not veyr clearly: Do you accept the Eurogroup debt viability analysis?. If we choose No marginally, the spotlight will be on the European political leadership to find a solution.

A marginal ΝΑΙ vote has the advantage of calming our creditors down and probably enables them to sell a possible debt restructuring to their audience, although the Greek people would have voted that the debt is viable (paranoia). However, Greeks will not accept any further austerity measures under the current political elite.

The only way to get forward: let the politicians fail as badly as possible. If YES/NO percentages are around 50/50, no matter which answer prevails, the political pressure will be huge. Failure is imminent.
It is going to be very painful but parasitism will be hopefully dead, once and for all.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: harkaz on July 05, 2015, 01:22 PM
Greek withdrawal from the Eurozone (Grexit) has been approved (?) with a resounding 61%.
Every municipality of Greece has voted no. Greece has turned red:

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CJK2FGHUwAAxKn8.jpg)

Civil unrest will start really soon.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: humbert on July 08, 2015, 08:18 PM
@Scarface - Global warming means global, i.e., the entire planet. Currently a heat wave exists in Europe, the northwestern USA and maybe Pakistan. By comparison in San Antonio so far this summer the temp has not gone beyond 33°C. Normally this time of year we get 38° t0 40°. Heat waves come and go. Check the 10-day weather forecast for Paris according to the Weather Underground:

(http://img11.hostingpics.net/pics/41956220150708.png)

Just look at these numbers! I WISH it were like that here.

@Fuj - I agree with you - when it comes to posts from forum members, quality is far superior to quantity. That's why I like our forum so much.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on July 13, 2015, 10:25 AM
Yesterday, an agreement has been found between the Eurozone and Greece. I guess harkaz must be relieved, he who was afraid of riots. Well, at least on the short term, Greece should stay in the euro.
But many find it difficult and costly to implement this agreement. According to Delamarche, this is "merely communication" and Germany will not be able to finance Greece much longer: http://bfmbusiness.bfmtv.com/mediaplayer/video/les-points-sur-les-i-olivier-delamarche-et-benaouda-abdeddaim-l-avenir-grec-sera-t-il-enfin-fixe-avec-ce-nouvel-accord-1307-585313.html

Even before the results of the discussions were known, the Greeks are concerned about the possible consequences of the proposed measures, especially in the islands.

The warm smiles to its Dutch customers are misleading; Yorgos is exhausted. In appearance, he is not to be pitied, he who has a beautiful tavern directly overlooking the seafront of the beautiful city of Poros. Barely a two-hour boat away from Athens amphitheater and nestled among volcanic hills, the island is a postcard setting, out of time.

"This is an organized suicide that the government wants to set up. ''
The words are hard, Yorgos has tears in his eyes. He's very concerned about the proposal made to creditors by Alexis Tsipras to increase VAT rates in the catering sector from 13 to 23%.

"5 years ago, I was buying from suppliers a bottle of ouzo at 10 euros. With all parallel taxes that were introduced by various governments since the beginning of austerity, the price of the bottle increased to 18 euros. "

"This is the crisis everywhere, people have increasingly reduced budgets and we must not forget that Greece attracts tourists because life is not expensive. If I increase my prices, they will go elsewhere. "

Yorgos
(http://rue89.nouvelobs.com/sites/news/files/styles/asset_img_full/public/assets/image/2015/07/1.jpg)
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: harkaz on July 13, 2015, 04:27 PM
Yesterday, an agreement has been found between the Eurozone and Greece. I guess harkaz must be relieved, he who was afraid of riots. Well, at least on the short term, Greece should stay in the euro.

An anti-EU revolt cannot be excluded due to the collapse of the economy. I already hear people shouting "traitors, traitors!" Many of them are educated, affluent people.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: humbert on July 13, 2015, 08:26 PM
I also heard on the news that "Tsipras blinked" and that the agreement he signed was stricter than what 61% of the voters rejected in the recent election. If this is true then some austerity is part of the deal. How long will the Greek people put up with this before we see an explosion?

@Harkaz - Are you in Athens or in another Greek city?

@Scarface - Deviloid is a pr0n torrent site, and a good one at that. So far the best pr0n site I know of is xhamster.com (http://xhamster.com) - if you know a better one let us know.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: harkaz on July 14, 2015, 12:54 PM
@humbert I live in Athens; one more overpopulated European city.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on July 14, 2015, 03:59 PM
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one more overpopulated European city
Tonight, I'm holding a conference to see if harkaz's assertion is right.

I took a few towns known by the users of the forum, and ranked by density.

Towns densely populated:
Manilla: 43 079 /km2
Cairo:  35,020 /km2
Kolkata: 24 760 /km2
Paris: 21 258 /km2
Athens: 17 475 /km
Jakarta: 14 694 /km2

Towns less densely populated
London: 5,490 /km2
Tokyo: 6 151 /km2
Stockholm: 4 893 /km2
Jerusalem: 4 150 /km2
Los Angeles: 3 067 /km2
Roma: 2 236 /km2
San Antonio 1 305 /km2
Islamabad: 744 /km2

We can see that the town of harkaz is indeed in the most densely populated capitals.
However we are going to see that many neighborhood are much more densely populated than these towns, and very few are situated in Europe.

Manhattan, New York
Area: 59.5 km2 (22.96 sq mi)
Population: 1,619,090
Population density: 26,939/km2 (69,771/sq mi)
Because Manhattan has so many office buildings, it swells to about 3.94 million during the day, giving a population density of about 66,000 per square km.
(http://kickassfacts.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Manhattan_thumb.jpg)

Manila, Philippines
The most densely populated city in the world.
Area: 38.55 km2 (14.88 sq mi)
Population: 1,652,171
Population density 42,858/km2
(http://kickassfacts.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/ManilaPhilippines_thumb.jpg)

Migingo Island, Lake Victoria, claimed both by Kenya and Uganda
Area: 0.002 km2 (0.0008 sq mi)
Population: 131
Population density: 65,500/km2
(http://kickassfacts.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/MigingoIslandLakeVictoriaclaimedbothbyKenyaandUganda.jpg)

Malé, Island, Republic of Maldives
Area: 1.952 km2 (0.754 sq mi)
Population: 92.555
Population density: 47,416/km2
(http://kickassfacts.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/MalIslanddivisionsHenveiruGalolhuMachchangolhiMaafannuRepublicofMaldives_thumb.jpg)

Tondo district, Manila, Philippines
Area: 9.10 km² (3.52 sq mi)
Population: 630,604
Population density: 69,297 per km²
(http://kickassfacts.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/TondodistrictManilaPhilippines_thumb.jpg)

Mathare slums, Nairobi, Kenya
Area: about 3 km2 (1.2 sq mi)
Population: 161,031-300,000
Population density: hard to estimate, probably something between 60,000-100,000/km2
(http://kickassfacts.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/MathareslumsNairobiKenya_thumb.jpg)

Rocinha favela, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Area: 0.86 km² (0.33 sq mi)
Population: 69,356
Population density: +80,000 /km2
(http://kickassfacts.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/RocinhafavelaRiodeJaneiroBrazil_thumb.jpg)

Dhaka Kotwali Thana, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Area: 2.07 km2 (0.80 sq mi)
Population: 210,504
Population density: 101,693/km2
(http://kickassfacts.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/DhakaKotwaliThanaDhakaBangladesh_thumb.jpg)

Mong Kok, Kowloon Peninsula, Hong Kong
According to the Guinness Book of Records Mong kok is the most densely populated place in the world (although using unconfirmed estimates, there are probably even more crowded places
Area: 1.1km2
Population: 143,000
Population density: 130,000/km2
(http://kickassfacts.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/MongKokKowloonpeninsulaHongKong_thumb.jpg)

Dharavi slums, Mumbai, India
Area: 1.7-2,2 km2
Population: 500,000-1,000,000
Population density: around 300,000/ km2
Dharavi is probably the most densely populated spot in the world.
(http://kickassfacts.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/DharavislumsMumbaiIndia_thumb.jpg)
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: humbert on July 16, 2015, 07:47 PM
As I watched the news this morning on TV I immediately thought of Harkaz and his prophetic prediction. All kinds of rioting going and people complaining about everything. Everybody's mad at Tsipras for going back on his word and basically doing what the EU wanted. I'm starting to think there will indeed be blood on Greek streets.

@Shadow - If John Dillinger (a famous American 1930's bank robber) were alive today, he wouldn't rob banks - he'd own one. The worlds biggest thieves and looters wear business suits, not regular street clothes.

As for that Rolex in the picture, my Casio can do many things the Rolex can't do, not to even mention that it's much cheaper.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on July 17, 2015, 03:32 PM
Tonight, I'm going to talk about a completely different subject.
We have seen on the forum that some people didn't know who the Catholics are.
So tonight, I'm going to do a conference to explain who they are.
In fact, Christianity is mainly represented by two branches: Protestantism and Catholicism.

Here is a map which show the Christians in the world.
(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/5/50/Christians_in_the_world.png)

Although Protestantism remains the dominant strain of Christianity in the United States, the Protestant tradition is divided into dozens of major denominations, all with unique beliefs, religious practices, and histories.
Contrary to Islam with the Ramadan, in the branches of Christianity, worship is pared down to
the preaching of the Word, maybe a few hymns, and prayer.

Besides God, The central figure of Christianity is Jesus of Nazareth.
Christianity regards Jesus as the awaited Messiah of the Old Testament and refers to him as Jesus Christ.
Virtually all modern scholars of antiquity agree that Jesus existed historically and that he was a Galilean, Jewish rabbi who preached his message orally. He was crucified in Jerusalem on the orders of the Roman prefect, Pontius Pilate.
He's also said to have accomplished miracles, like walking on water, or resurrecting.
(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Ao03aLh6YOE/UnsPFuIqnHI/AAAAAAAAO58/WL6_EmMEh_s/s1600/Resurrected+Jesus.jpg)

Let's see What the main differences between Catholics and Protestants are.
Catholics see in Mary the Immaculate Conception (conceived without sin) and likewise, her son Jesus is the son of God, she wasn't deflowered by Joseph.
Protestants see her as a blessed woman chosen by God as mother of the Messiah, virgin only until the birth of Jesus.
Catholics are subjected to the authority of the pope considered as infallible and the priests do not have the right to marry (since the Gregorian reform in the eleventh century), contrary to Protestants who don't recognize the pope and allow marriage of pastors.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: humbert on July 18, 2015, 09:09 PM
As you correctly stated, "protestant" is essentially a generic term for Christians who don't follow the pope. As you know the revolt began with Martin Luther and has since subdivided itself into hundreds of different denominations with varied beliefs. Islam, just like Christianity, is subdivided. There is the major split between Sunnis and Shiites and many sub-sects within these 2. For example, the Allowites of Syria are Shi'a, but the wahabis of Saudi Arabia are sunnis.

The picture you posted of Jesus was invented and painted by someone during the Middle Ages (I don't recall the name). It came from his imagination since there is no physical description of Jesus anywhere in the Christian Bible.

I should also mention that the belief in the virgin birth of Mary is a belief also shared by Islam. Of course all this was plaigiarized. See the picture below.

(https://image.ibb.co/jRvuH0/561767messiahstory.jpg)
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: Shadow.97 on August 03, 2015, 03:17 PM
Im currently in Czech Repulic(Prague) Any pictures anyone wants?
WiFi in hotel is at 20mbit downspeed, 10mbit up, 18 MS responcetime.
My overall experience so far is that this is basically a town without enforced laws.
Grafitti, alcohol sales etc on the street. People are active in the evening compared to at home though!
Its way too hot for me to enjoy during the days though..
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: Fuj on August 03, 2015, 07:39 PM
Yep, Prague is like that. :) Probably the greatest town in central Europe. I've been but sadly just for one day. Enjoy yourself.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: Vasudev on August 04, 2015, 11:11 AM
Im currently in Czech Repulic(Prague) Any pictures anyone wants?
WiFi in hotel is at 20mbit downspeed, 10mbit up, 18 MS responcetime.
My overall experience so far is that this is basically a town without enforced laws.
Grafitti, alcohol sales etc on the street. People are active in the evening compared to at home though!
Its way too hot for me to enjoy during the days though..
Are you taking a break???
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on August 04, 2015, 01:51 PM
To shadow97: I've been to Prague too in 2002, where I've seen the St Vitus Cathedral and Charles bridge. If you have photos, put them on the forum.


Today, we have seen that Obama unveiled the final version of his Clean Power Plan, a set of Environmental Protection Agency regulations that, if implemented, would represent the strongest action ever taken by the United States to combat climate change.
(http://www.noozhawk.com/images/uploads/080112-energy-630.jpg)
The plan is divided into three components. One is an E.P.A. regulation that would require a 32 percent overall reduction in greenhouse gas emitted by existing power plants from 2005 levels by 2030. The rule will probably lead to the closing of hundreds of coal-fired power plants.

The second regulation would require power plants built in the future to produce about half the rate of the pollution now produced by current power plants. That rule would effectively ensure that no new coal plants are built in the United States. The plan then assigns every state a target for reducing its emissions and requires them to come up with a draft plan for how to do it by 2016 and a final plan by 2018.

But the plan is contentious, because in this case, the agency has given states the flexibility to do whatever they want to reduce pollution, and the result could radically transform the way the United States gets its energy.
There are opponents too, since attorneys general from states that oppose the plan are coming together in a lawsuit to argue that it represents too broad an interpretation of the Clean Air Act. Their legal challenge is expected to reach the Supreme Court around 2017, which will then have to decide whether to uphold the plan or strike it down.



In the meantime, there are deadly floods in Burma which could be linked with global warming, and the toll is likely to increase, as monsoon rains lash region.

At least 27 people have been killed and more than 150,000 affected by flooding in Burma in recent days with the government declaring the four worst-hit areas in the centre and west of the country as “national disaster-affected regions”.

Scores have also perished in India, Nepal, Pakistan and Vietnam following floods and landslides triggered by heavy seasonal rains.

Flooding in Kalay in Burma, which has been declared a disaster zone
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Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: humbert on August 13, 2015, 05:28 PM
I think that when it comes to animals killing humans, the only ones that come close and might at times surpass the mosquito is other humans.

@Scarface: I know you visited Florida, so let me ask - did you visit Everglades National Park? In the Everglades it's normal to see a cloud of mosquitos headed toward you. Obviously there are many more during the rainy season. Forget about mosquito repellent, they laugh at it. Fortunately these mosquitoes don't carry deadly diseases. If they did then living in Miami would be almost impossible unless the Everglades were drained out.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on August 14, 2015, 12:15 PM
No, I didn't visit the Everglades.
A few photos taken 10 years ago in Naples, during winter.

(https://image.ibb.co/h1Bejf/531049026241.jpg)

(https://image.ibb.co/gSOs4f/15848102119.jpg)

(https://image.ibb.co/e5d3AL/57197201081.jpg)

(https://image.ibb.co/fUjMx0/52012201210.jpg)
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on October 06, 2015, 03:28 PM
Tonight, there is a conference about the Easter Island. It's an opportunity for those who don't know it to see some beautiful photos of this island.


Erected near the tiny fishing shelter Hanga Roa with colorful boats, the Moais turn their backs to the sea. Easter Island's stone watchers seem to look inquisitively at visitors who come to admire them at sunset. But further, from the top of the quarry where they were carved, the venerable and solemn statues seem to scrutinize the horizon and ponder the future of the Pacific and the world's oceans.

(https://image.ibb.co/mJYRW9/265683172000.jpg)

(https://image.ibb.co/kJgfr9/527997moais.jpg)

Perhaps the petrified spirit of the ancestors is actually watching over this tender green triangle of 163 square kilometers, which is fragile and in isolation from the world. Nearly 3 800 km separate it from the coast of Chile to the east; 4200 km from Tahiti to the west. A daily flight serves Santiago, a weekly flight links Papeete. That's all. As suspended in the marine immensity, Easter Island does not oppose any resistance to wind: neither high cliffs nor walls of trees, nor port, nor scattered constructions. Just the moor which stretches out in the distance up to the blunt summits of volcanoes.

The houses are almost all grouped in Hanga Roa: until 1966, the island, attached to the State of Chile since 1888, was used solely for sheep herding; the people were living in the town. Almost all the 7000 inhabitants still live there. A sign tells them the direction to follow in case of tsunami. The last earthquake to date, that of 16 September, has just caused a few jitters on the Island, while it killed 13 in Chile. But other giant waves in 1960 had knocked over fifteen aligned Tongariki Moais. These colossi of 40-90 tonnes were re-erected in 1992 thanks to generous patrons.

At dawn, on the boats, the fishermen drop their lines into the water weighted with a stone, which can dive up to 80 meters deep. This morning Simon Pakarati holds it with the fingertip like his ancestors and catches two flying fishes. The catch is disappointing. Until recently, one could catch five or six yellow-fin tuna in a long day of work. It is not the case anymore. Swordfish, barracuda, hammerhead sharks and Galapagos sharks, but also turtles and humpback whales ... large carnivores and migratory fishes which were in the area are becoming increasingly rare.

Chinese Trumpet-fish, a species living in tropical and subtropical waters of the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean.

(https://image.ibb.co/cKfvPU/173157-Aulostomuschinensis.jpg)

Around Easter Island, the seabed, particularly corals, are healthy.

(https://image.ibb.co/noLUjU/616404coraux.jpg)

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization, more than 90 million tonnes of fish and invertebrate in the world are extracted from the water each year by industrial fleets, also killing seals, turtles, birds...
The waters of this remote and isolated land are plundered by Chinese, Spanish, Korean and Russian industrial vessels. To preserve their culture and artisanal fishing, the Easter Islanders demand the creation of a huge marine reserve where we can get no fish, shellfish, or any other resource.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: humbert on October 08, 2015, 07:32 PM
One of the most interesting things about Easter Island is its history - or should I say, lack of clear knowledge thereof. It is believed Easter was initially colonized by Polynesian mariners (the same people who colonized Hawaii). It's also believed the island was once heavily forested. The most interesting mystery is who constructed the Moai and for what reason. An even more interesting puzzle is how these statues were moved and set in place by a culture who didn't even have the wheel.

This mystery reminds me of my visit to Chichen Itzá, the Mayan capital in the Mexico's Yucatan peninsula. The guide took me to the astonomical observatory and showed me its most important windows. He explained the windows pointed to magnetic north and even asked if I had a compass so I could see for myself.  I reminded him the Chinese had been using compasses since time immemorial. He then explained that China was full of magnetite. There is NO magnetite in Yucatan. Not only that, but so far no archeological dig had yet discovered anything even remotely resembling a compass! How, then, did they know about the earth's magnetic field? Nobody knows.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on October 23, 2015, 04:25 PM
Tonight, you are going to see some unusual photos taken in the area of Fukushima, where a nuclear catastrophe took place a few years ago. Fukushima is a town situated in Japan, in the North of the Island of Honshu.
(http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2011/images/03/16/t1larg.map.japan.fukushima.daiichi.radius.jpg)

Some abandoned cars, gradually overgrown with vegetation. Those vehicles can't be moved as long as the authorities have not obtained the permission of the owners.
(http://referentiel.nouvelobs.com/file/14451693.jpg)

The aisle of a supermarket.
(http://referentiel.nouvelobs.com/file/14451697.jpg)

The gymnasium of a school.
(http://referentiel.nouvelobs.com/file/14451703.jpg)

A bookshop.
(http://referentiel.nouvelobs.com/file/14451715.jpg)

A casino.
(http://referentiel.nouvelobs.com/file/14451719.jpg)

A storage site for nuclear waste stretching as far as one can see.
(http://referentiel.nouvelobs.com/file/14451711.jpg)
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: Vasudev on November 28, 2015, 04:30 AM
You’re right about pollution here. Even today old trucks are still in use that contribute to pollution and I can't blame them because buying a new truck is expensive and bread-earners driving these trucks don't care about pollution but cares about stomach to fill.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: Daniil on November 30, 2015, 06:09 AM
Hello, comrades.
It's me again. I was in depression because of internal conflict in my head between my current job and my aspirations. I'll tell about this later... Maybe.
But, now, because this topic turn into discussion about global problems of our world, I want to tell you some news "from other side of iron curtain".

As you know, for previous 2 years Russia was in war at East Ukraine, and now my country join counter-terrorist operation against IS (our fighter/bomber was hit by Turkish missile at November 24).
All of this (annexion of Crimea, war on western border, counter-terrorist operation) may look impressive from outside through TV screen, but from inside all looks much less impressive (just pathetic). Because of depreciation of the ruble prices to most of electronics, cars, any high-tech goods grow more than twice. This concerns not only imported goods, but also goods manufactured in Russia under license from western companies. Even fuel prices grown 25% (can't understand this, my country exports oil and gasoline, this 25% can by explaned only by greed of fuel companies). Because of EU sanctions a lot of food (typically wine and other expensive alcohol, elite cheeses) disappeared from market.
Also, at our television and at russian internet sites kremlin propaganda looking very inconsistently.
First, when Crimea was annexed, they told us about historical rights of Russia to Crimean peninsula, about saving crimean peoples from blood-thirsty nazists (fashists) of Ukraine. (OK, OK, "saving" rich Crimea from poor Ukraine?.. Saving russian submarine base guarded by 2000 soldiers and located at south-east part of Ukraine, from 3.5 nazis from city of Lvov, at far west of Ukraine? Yeah, thruth...)
Then, when war at Ukraine begun, they told us about american and european nazis, who eat children and drink blood, and guide Ukraine army against poor Eastern Ukraine womens and kids. (At this time it was already clear that this is war of corporations, raised artifically for turn sight of people from real problems to problems artifically created).
Now, when Putin said about joining the counter-terrorist operation in Syria, at TV all, as if on cue, forgot about Ukraine (where war, in fact, continues), and turned to Syria. At weather prognosis every day they said about best weather for bombing.
Now all gone crasy with this hitted airplane and Turkey.
All this crazy yapping from TV looks like raw manipulation of public interest. Putinists turn sight of public from real problems in country, which are: colossal corruption, destruction of small and medium business, replacing russian officials with islamic people from Chechen republic and Dagestan to government offices, destructive reformations in army, extincting villages and cities in Siberia and Central Russia, new taxes violating constitution, underground union of police and crime in Moscow. Long haul truckers in St.Petersburg strikes against new road tax (all truckers must now pay tax if they moving through federal roads), in Moscow streetracers fights against police because road patrol now united with organized crime.

All is looks like Putin and his gang can't offer anything good to people, but he don't want leave the power. So, they create or join "small victorious wars". The situation is complicated by the fact that a lot of people supports Putin's politics. Generation which grown after USSR (my generation) much less educated then previous, and easily follows rethoric about "strong and great Russia" from TV. Other people, so called "soviet intellectual" can't say anything than old and stupid anti-russian slogans.

So, I sit in center of this circus with a glass of vodka, and can't understand, where all the situation is going now. I.e., I can say... But this would be too impolite. :P
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: humbert on December 01, 2015, 07:55 PM
Daniil -> Thanks for the information you just shared with us. Always remember you have no control over any of this. Don't think about it very much and just live as best you can. I should stress this logic applies just about everywhere, not just in Russia.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on December 21, 2015, 07:38 AM
Today, I’m going to do an exceptional conference to show you some photos.
Indeed, On Sunday, I went to the museum of Orsay. It was a good opportunity to test my new camera. I bought a high-end one with 16 million pixels, so that the users of the forum will not be disappointed by the shots.

At first, I stepped out of the tube on the champs Elysées and then I went on foot to the museum. There are always weird people in the line 13, but at least it’s a direct access to the champs Elysées. And maybe I was too lazy to take the line 1 afterwards.

Here are a few photos taken on the champs Elysées.

(https://image.ibb.co/dDq3b9/399875champs1.jpg)

(https://image.ibb.co/k3UPip/330780champs2.jpg)

Les invalides

(https://image.ibb.co/hWszG9/767056lesinvalides.jpg)

The Concorde place
(https://image.ibb.co/jLJEG9/997346concorde.jpg)

On the banks of the Seine, some people are living in barges

(https://image.ibb.co/eACkOp/873100tour.jpg)

(https://image.ibb.co/cWpob9/229155barges.jpg)

(https://image.ibb.co/nLh8b9/299682barges2.jpg)

The museum of Orsay

(https://image.ibb.co/kb0N3p/822560musedorsay.jpg)

This museum is the 10th most visited one in the world, far behind the first one which is... the Louvre. Formerly, the museum of Orsay was a train station, hence its original shape.

(https://image.ibb.co/htGUip/54376820151220171422.jpg)

We are going to begin the visit of the museum. Maybe some people like humbert already know some of the paintings you are going to see. But probably most of you will discover these works of arts.


SYMBOLISM

Symbolism is at the crossroads of modern art. It attempts to describe artificial and fantastic worlds, built on the aesthetic pleasures of color, where the natural is excluded, and replaced by eccentricity and provocation.

For Gustave Doré, born in Strasbourg, France's defeat by Prussia in 1870, and the consequential loss of Alsace-Lorraine, was a great source of distress. Just after the end of the war he produced three monumental works: The Enigma, The Black Eagle of Prussia and The Defence of Paris, all in shades of grey and presented under the general title of Souvenirs of 1870, when the contents of the artist's studio were sold posthumously in 1884.
Of these three paintings, The Enigma is undeniably the most tragic. At the top of a hill, strewn with bodies, there stands a sphinx, a mythical monster with the body of a lion and the head of a human. In the distance, plumes of smoke rise up from a Paris set ablaze by enemy cannon. Under the dark sky, a winged woman, perhaps the embodiment of France seems to be asking the sphinx for answers. The sphinx appears to be compassionate, closer to the sphinx of Egyptian religion, guardian of the underworld, rather than the monster Oedipus came across in Greek mythology.
The Enigma
(https://image.ibb.co/hE7wUU/348126gustavedorlnigme.jpg)

Young Girl and Death by Marianne Stokes
(https://image.ibb.co/nvzob9/46466720151220162821.jpg)

The war, by Henri Rousseau
(https://image.ibb.co/dqmqpU/80480420151220163324001.jpg)

Jules Joseph Lefebvre - The truth
(https://image.ibb.co/d5jzip/148457-Jules-Joseph-Lefebvre-Thetruth.jpg)

One of the sides of the Symbolism style at the end of the 19th century is to represent the femme fatale. The icon of this kind of representations is The idol of perversity by Jean Delville (1891), but Elle by Adolf Mossa (1905) is not so far from it.

Elle by Adolf Mossa
(https://image.ibb.co/hoapip/186538-Adolf-Mossa-Elle.jpg)

As always, we should analyze the elements of the painting, including all the details to try to find an interpretation. The main figure is a female nude lied down over a mountain and with brown hair and big eyes.
Let’s start from the top. There are two crows at both sides of the head as if the hair is a nest, a bird of bad omen, that are protecting three little skulls oriented in three different directions, which could be an allegory of time: past, present and future, the same that the popular Titian painting, but there were heads and here are skulls. Is it the end of times? Probably.
Another interesting and contradictory detail is a golden aura surrounding the head of Elle. But, could be Elle a saint? Not at all, probably this is a blasphemous element.
The pale face, the earrings and the necklace indicate that the woman could belong to aristocracy, maybe Victorian, contemporary with the painter.
The nude body: proportions and gesture reveal that the technique of Mossa is not perfect, he is not painting a proportioned nude body.
We arrive to the bottom, where there is the clue of the interpretation of the painting: the peak is a mountain made by human cadavers, probably male. Respect to the human bodies, Elle is a a giant, she is no doubt the incarnation of an evil monster.
I suggest several possible interpretations: first, Elle is Babylon, the Whore city of Asyria: the maximum incarnation of lust in the Earth. Another interpretation is that Elle is the Beast of Apocalypse, again related with the Christian question. The last suggestion is that Elle is the incarnation of all the evil for men, the woman that devours all men, the Praying Mantis, the supreme femme fatale.

REALISM

Édouard Manet (1832-1883) is the heir of realism. He follows the ideas of Courbet and seeks to suppress academic conventions. He wants to represent the "modern life".

In 1862, Manet offers at Salon, a huge painting: The breakfast on the grass. It presents characters in a country setting. One woman, out of the bath, dries, naked on the grass. This painting caused a scandal! Academics love nude but in mythological scenes. But here the woman is naked without reason. Emile Zola, writer and critic will be the only one to defend Manet. He praises the impressive picture for its real size. For him the forest and the nudity are pretexts to show a new painting, the one with true colors and new shapes.

(https://image.ibb.co/fnDWw9/294670ledjeunersurlherbe.jpg)

Olympia, by Manet
(https://image.ibb.co/juND9U/503351olympia.jpg)

Emile Zola, by Manet
(https://image.ibb.co/dUSrw9/447228-Emile-Zola.jpg)

The fife player by Manet
(https://image.ibb.co/d8Lmw9/75534120151220174033.jpg)


Of all Courbet's hunting and forest scenes, The Battle of the Stags has the greatest breadth in both its physical size and in the spirit that animates it. Regarded for a long time as pandering to public opinion, Courbet's hunting scenes were for many years scorned by art historians. However, by combining landscapes, animal painting and genre scenes, with references to a long pictorial tradition, from the Flemish masters of the 17th century to contemporary English artists, these subjects enabled Courbet to bring his questioning of the hierarchy of the genres to a close and to bring the spirit of history painting into a familiar area.

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A Burial At Ornans by Courbet
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Gustave Courbet - The Etretat cliffs after the storm
(https://image.ibb.co/kL7AOp/848085-Gustave-Courbet-The-Etretatcliffsafterthestorm.jpg)


Reflecting the banner of realism of his adopted circle, Whistler painted this “Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1”, also called Portrait of the Artist's Mother  in 1871. It is a reminder if only through its double title, of the stylisation to which Whistler soon submitted the realistic aesthetic of his early years. The portrait's psychological acuity is powerfully conveyed by the deliberately pared down composition. The work, in its linear austerity and chromatic rigour dominated by neutral tones, was a continuation of Whistler's experimentation with prints, to which View of the Thames hanging on the wall is an allusion.
(https://image.ibb.co/ciEkpU/514762-James-Mc-Neill-Whistler-Whistlers-Mother.jpg)



Between the ages of 22 and 26, Edgar Degas completed his training in Italy, where part of his familly lived. Here he painted his father's sister, Laure, with her husband, the baron Bellelli (1812-1864) and her two daughters, Giula and Giovanna.
The Bellelii Family
(https://image.ibb.co/ex2zG9/326117-The-Bellelli-Family.jpg)
The baron was an Italian patriot, banned from Naples, who lived an exile in Florence. His wife is in mourning for her father, Hilaire, who died recently and whose portrait appears on the framed redline painting close to his daughter's face. In 1860, the two granddaughters, Giovanna and Giula, are 7 and 10. The mother is impressively dignified and affirms a slightly severe authority, contrasting with the relative aloofness of the father. This family portrait evokes those of Flemish painters, van Dyck in particular. Masterpiece of Degas's early years, this portrait evokes the family tensions isolating each member of the family. The imposing dimensions, the sober colours, the structured games of open perspectives (doors and mirrors), all converge in strengthening a climate of oppression. All the more so as suggestions of escape appear, such as this curious little dog split by the frame. The almost playful position of the younger daughter alone, crossing her leg under her skirt, contrasts with the heavy atmosphere whereas her elder sister seems already prisoner of adult conventions.

Scene of war in the Middle ages by Degas
(https://image.ibb.co/itKqOp/602585-Edgar-Degas-Sceneof-Warinthe-Middle-Ages.jpg)


The Argenteuil bridge by Claude Monet
(https://image.ibb.co/ezzeG9/609807-Claude-Monet-The-Argenteuilbridge.jpg)

The Shepherdess (Young Girl with a Walking Stick), by Camille Pissaro
(https://image.ibb.co/notOb9/561083-Camille-Pissaro-The-Shepherdess-Young-Girlwitha-Walking-Stick.jpg)




And finally, a very famous painting to close the section of the realist painters.
Dance at le moulin de la Galette by Renoir
(https://image.ibb.co/kL0Eip/392476-Renoir-Danceat-Lemoulindela-Galette.jpg)
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on December 21, 2015, 07:45 AM
NEO IMPRESSIONISM
Neo-Impressionism is an art movement founded by Georges Seurat. Seurat’s greatest masterpiece, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, marked the beginning of this movement when it first made its appearance at an exhibition of the Société des Artistes Indépendants (Salon des Indépendants) in Paris. This style became the dominant form in Belgium by 1889 and even artists like Van Gogh tried their hand at this style.
The Circus is an oil on canvas painting by Georges Seurat. It was his last painting, made in a Neo-Impressionist style in 1890-91, and remained unfinished at his death in March 1891
(https://image.ibb.co/nbc4Yp/fc5dd19174585021cd6fb8f5cad226c1.jpg)


This painting of Maximilien Luce depicts a scene from the time of the Paris Commune. The painter's Neo-Impressionist style of painting, generally more evocative of a beach or other place of pleasure, here reveals the stark reality of civil war.
(https://image.ibb.co/j469zU/917847-Maximilien-Luceastreetin-Parisin-May1871.jpg)


Henri Regnault was born in Paris in 1843 and killed in 1871 in one of the last battles of the Franco-Prussian war. Yet the young man had already made a name for himself in the Paris art scene. After winning the Price of Roma in 1868, he was the first not to spend the three compulsory years in the Italian capital that went with the prize but obtained permission to discover other cultures. He went to Spain, whence he sent to the Salon of 1869 the gigantic painting General Juan Prim, also in the Musee d'Orsay, then briefly to North Africa, bringing back a number of astonishing canvases, flooded with light.
(https://image.ibb.co/cjNtR9/801650-Henri-Regnault-Summaryexecution.jpg)
Taking his inspiration from local legends, he painted this Summary Execution under the Moorish Kings of Grenada in 1870. Against an architectural background based on the Alhambra in Granada and infused with an orange glow, Regnault has painted a scene of decapitation. The low angle and vigorous rising composition give the main character an imposing presence.
s detached attitude and commonplace gesture contrast with the foreground in which the blood dripping down the steps joins the severed head to the body. The colours also take part in this opposition because the executioner's caftan, which picks up the orange tones of the background, contrasts with the victim's green and black clothing.
The painting was acclaimed by the critics and bought by the State from Regnault's heirs, in 1872, to honour the artist's memory in the Musée du Luxembourg, Paris.


Like Rembrandt and Goya, Vincent van Gogh often used himself as a model; he produced over forty-three self-portraits, paintings or drawings in ten years. Like the old masters, he observed himself critically in a mirror. Painting oneself is not an innocuous act: it is a questioning which often leads to an identity crisis.
(https://image.ibb.co/idJ069/92293620151220170814.jpg)

The siesta by Van Gogh
(https://image.ibb.co/fL3dtp/40333620151220170843.jpg)
Portrait of Dr Gachet
(https://image.ibb.co/fTvrDp/78098020151220170759001.jpg)
The Church in Auvers-sur-Oise
(https://image.ibb.co/g4RbeU/66042020151220170742.jpg)



Orientalism
"Orientalism" is widely used in art to refer to the works of the many Western 19th-century artists, who specialized in "Oriental" subjects, often drawing on their travels to Western Asia. Orientialism is argued to be used to make the East seem "less fearsome to the West".

Old man in front of tombs of children by Osman Hamdi Bey, 1903
(https://image.ibb.co/g4RbeU/66042020151220170742.jpg)

Pilgrims going to Mecca by Léon Belly
For this work, regarded, from the moment it was presented, to be a masterpiece of Orientalist painting, Belly chose to present an ambitious subject on a canvas of unusually large size. It depicts a long caravan crossing the desert, making its way towards Mecca, Islam's holiest city and place of pilgrimage for all Muslims.
(https://image.ibb.co/i70meU/83631220151220164232.jpg)


Temporary exposition about prostitution

Béraud's paintings often included truth-based humour and mockery of late 19th-century Parisian life, along with frequent appearances of biblical characters in then contemporary situations. Paintings such as Mary Magdalene in the House of the Pharisees aroused controversy when exhibited, because of these themes.
(https://image.ibb.co/gm1ReU/88473120151220170007001.jpg)
in this painting, Jean Beraud shows an excerpt from the Gospel of St Luke: Jesus' visit to the Pharisee Simon during which a "sinful woman" anointed the feet of Jesus with a great perfume after wetting them with her tears and wipping them with her hair. But the scene takes place in 1891, in a bourgeois interior: Renan (center of the table, a towel around his neck) is the guest of honour of a society dinner displaying many Parisian personalities, including the chemist Eugène Chevreul (who died the previous year at 103 years old) with glasses and graying sideburns, and Alexandre Dumas son, leaning against the back of a chair. Jesus Christ is attending this dinner, whose features were immediately identified with the ones of the journalist and socialist activist Albert Duc-Quercy, at whose feet a repentant Magdalen is bowing, which is nobody else than the half-worldly Liane de Pougy who, truly repentant, ended her days at the convent.

At the Moulin Rouge, by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
(https://image.ibb.co/kozUzU/33058820151220170255.jpg)


A few photos taken when I returned to the tube station
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(https://image.ibb.co/dgKbDp/47568220151220175753001.jpg)
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: Daniil on March 07, 2016, 02:07 AM
Hello all, again.

Comяade scarface brings a bunch of interesting photos. I can't say any about exhibition "persona" - showpieces on pictures reminds me an idols of degraded african and south american tribes. Maybe, except the "Man Homo Luminoso". But excibition about Palestine is much more interesting. It reminds me an underground art of East Germany, created at last years of Berlin Wall and shortly after its destruction (very similar motifs). But, a symbolism of soccer ball filled with concrete is unclear for me.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on March 28, 2016, 10:27 AM
On Saturday 26 March, I went to Lyon.
Humbert, Maher or Usmangujjar may not know this town, which is the third one in France, in size, after Paris and Marseille.
That’s why I took a few photos, from the top of the Fourvière Hill.


Here, we can recognize the Incity tower with a wind mill on its top and the Part-dieu tower.
(https://image.ibb.co/b6tiR9/17853820160326123702.jpg)

(https://image.ibb.co/kZEZYp/70923220160326123707.jpg)

On top of this hill, there is also the basilica of Fourvières.
(https://image.ibb.co/jOtdtp/22779820160326124038.jpg)

(https://image.ibb.co/kf52KU/15331820160326124213.jpg)

For some security reasons, I did not enter the basilica. So I’m giving you a photo taken from Wikipedia.
I never met Jesus Christ, but this man must be very rich, judging by the ornament of his house. I wish I had the same in my flat.
(https://image.ibb.co/nN36eU/Lyon-Notre-Dame-de-Fourvi-res-int-rieur.jpg)

A weird tower
(https://image.ibb.co/eHr3R9/72224220160326124049.jpg)
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: Vasudev on March 29, 2016, 12:02 PM
There are not many users in these times. Maybe usmangujjar, shadow97 and Rambo are attending classes in their school.
Me too.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on April 26, 2016, 01:07 PM
Tonight, I’m going to hold a conference to talk about your deadliest enemy. This predator must not be taken lightly. And since summer is approaching, it’s high time I gave you useful advice about how to repulse mosquitoes.

The tiger mosquito is known to be a vector of tropical diseases such as dengue, chikungunya and zika.
There are two ways to protect against bites: avoiding the proliferation of mosquitoes by preventing their reproductive cycle and ensuring personal protection.

The female mosquito reproduces by laying eggs in stagnant water, between 50 and 300 per clutch.
(http://referentiel.nouvelobs.com/file/7518382.jpg)
This image is shocking but you must know who your enemy is.
The tiger mosquito is strongly affiliated with man and moves little. So it’s likely that the mosquito that bites you was born near your home.
There are mosquitoes  wherever there is water, even in Norway or Canada. But the Egyptian or Algerian Bedouins are lucky, there are no mosquitoes in the Sahara since there is no water. The problem is to find a job in the desert, but for those who would want to move to the desert, they would probably find the Bedouins very nice. I remember when I went to the Tunisian desert 14 years ago, it was very pleasant. Well, it was in February, it was not even too hot.

There are useless products you should avoid:
-The smartphone apps that claim to repel mosquitoes by ultrasound emission are numerous. And yet they are perfectly useless according to various scientific journals.
-Mosquito bracelets that spring up in the supermarket shelves are certainly trendy, but without interest. If the product can be effective, it is only at the level of the wrist area. They will just protect your forearm if you wear it on the wrist and your calf if you place it on your ankle ... It is better to choose to spread sprays on the exposed surfaces of your skin.
-Although very popular, lemongrass under different variations (candles, oil, spray) is not ideal. Its effectiveness is reduced to only a few species, and the tiger mosquito does not belong to them.

The efficient products you should have:
-Economic and almost infallible, the net is the most efficient stuff when you are not moving.
-In the category of repellents, DEET (Diethly toluamide) is considered the most active. As a spray, lotion or gel, it can change the olfactory perceptions of the mosquito to prevent it from biting. Be careful though because it resembles a neurotoxic product.
Please note, repellents do not mix well with sunscreens: they must be applied at least 20 minutes before the repellent.
-More natural than DEET but also very efficient, IR3535 contains no specific contraindications and is reputed also effective against ticks, horseflies, wasps and bees. Its use with young children nevertheless requires to scrupulously respect the precautions.

Finally, be aware that the tiger mosquitoes bite through clothing and are attracted to dark colors. So remember to wear long, large and clear clothes.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: humbert on April 27, 2016, 02:01 PM
In Miami, not surprisingly, mosquitos thrived during the rainy season May-July then again Sept-Oct. During the dry season it wasn't all that bad. Worst of all, since most of them call the Everglades National Park home, their favorite habitats cannot be sprayed. I don't remember a case of anyone getting anything worse than an itchy irritation from a bite - no Malaria, Yellow Fever or anything else.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: humbert on May 15, 2016, 07:34 PM
I did not answer your question because the answer seemed obvious to me. First there are delivery services in many supermarkets. It's not free but if you are buying a sofa bed it's indeed better not to bring it in the tube. And there are many grocer's everywhere, some of them open on sunday. In fact this is a more delicate problem in some deprived suburbs where there are no shops at all, or in small villages in rural areas where you can't do anything without a car.

The answer should not have been obvious. All my life I've lived in situations where the ONLY way to buy food is to go to the supermarket and buy maybe 10-14 days worth of supplies. This is to prevent the need to go again and again. The only small stores are the convenience stores (usually found where gasoline is sold) - they're more expensive and are less stocked, and are only for emergencies. No supermarket here delivers at any price. Amazon is slowly getting themselves into the grocery business, but they're not in San Antonio yet. They DO deliver.

And of course, without a car forget about bringing home 10-14 days of food.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on June 03, 2016, 05:23 PM
Tonight, I'm posting a few unusual photos of Paris, taken recently.


(https://image.ibb.co/jRhMB9/408721-Parislesbergesdela-Seinesousleau.jpg)

The "Zouave" on the Pont de l'Alma in Paris, is like a reference for the rising waters of the Seine to the inhabitants of the capital.
(https://image.ibb.co/i5gEW9/3063215853453q11b8002800x533.jpg)

The Statue of Liberty on the Seine in Paris, Wednesday 1 June.
(https://image.ibb.co/j9ehjU/368765lastatuedelalibertesurlaseine.jpg)

(https://image.ibb.co/b4Etr9/46086758537154b6a5893.jpg)

(https://image.ibb.co/eoaKyp/3788545853273q06b6623800x533.jpg)


After several days of exceptional rainfall, the flood of the Seine reached Friday, 6 meters at the Austerlitz bridge at midday and could go up to 6.50 m in the evening.

  • Impacts are already partly visible in Paris: Flood squares, cellars, parking and some ground-floor, especially in the sixteenth arrondissement.

  • The Louvre, the Orsay Museum, the BNF and the Grand Palace, all located near the Seine, have decided to close their doors facing the river flood.

 • Transportation is also disrupted. Several major roads were closed to traffic, while several RER stations and the Paris metro are closed.

 • Bad weather affecting the Centre and Ile-de-France are expected to cost at least 600 million euros for insurers, according to Bernard Spitz, President of the French Insurance Association.

Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: humbert on June 05, 2016, 09:54 PM
I'm still here :)

What I'm wondering is, if you live in Paris why have a car at all? Seems to me it's more of a disturbance than anything else.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on June 23, 2016, 03:27 PM
to humbert...you're right but what should I do? Sell it? Sometimes it can be useful.
A week ago I went to my car because I wanted to do some shopping in the North East of Paris and I found it with the bumper on the ground. An old man was wandering around my car and some people were saying they had jotted down his license plate...his daughter had taken the road the wrong way and she had teared my bumper while manoeuvring the car. Finally the man gave me some money and I put the bumper back myself.

During this afternoon, once again, I stumbled upon some Syrians near the porte of Clichy, at the exit of the ring road. A girl and some young men were wandering between the cars to beg for money, with the usual cardboard sign showing "famille syrienne".
This time I gave some money to the girl. It's not everyday that someone greets me with a salamalikoum, besides Maher, and tells me "merci" with a weird accent. It was raining and some Syrian women were sheltering from the bad weather under the ring road.
It's hard to tell, but they don't seem to be unhappy. I guess it's not the best way to earn one's living though.
Formerly, most people were working in the countryside but our mechanized societies have destroyed these jobs. Unfortunately, there are no jobs for everyone in the towns. Nowadays, It's a bit sad to see so many people cramming themselves in dire conditions in the big towns.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on July 10, 2016, 05:17 PM
Here are a few photos taken today, in the 1st arrondissement of Paris. It was very hot today, and unfortunately there is no fresh air in the towns which are not situated on the seaside. That’s why it can be useful to take a seat near a fountain, or in the shade of trees. Topdog, shadow97 or iih are luckier, they must not be suffering from the hot weather.


In the street
(https://image.ibb.co/ftEjW9/92229420160710162610.jpg)

At Colette’s place, ones of the entrances of the gardens of the palais royal
(https://image.ibb.co/eE0V4U/75904420160710162826.jpg)

In the the Palais royal gardens
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(https://image.ibb.co/coGbdp/15529220160710161633.jpg)


The screened entrance court faces the Place du Palais-Royal, opposite the Louvre. The larger inner courtyard, the Cour d'Honneur, has since 1986 contained Daniel Buren's site-specific art piece Les Deux Plateaux, known as Les Colonnes de Buren
(https://image.ibb.co/ex1Zyp/28170220160710161303.jpg)

The columns of the former Galerie d'Orléans
(https://image.ibb.co/mSsJPU/12679320160710161608.jpg)

The musuem of the Louvres
(https://image.ibb.co/koVSJp/47316120160710162815.jpg)
(https://image.ibb.co/cGoQ4U/77140820160710163433.jpg)
(https://image.ibb.co/ebJa4U/45889620160710163410.jpg)
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on September 10, 2016, 01:38 PM
Tonight, I’m going to hold an exceptional conference to present some works of art of Pablo Picasso.

Maybe some of you already heard of this famous painter. The collection in the Picasso museum includes more than 5,000 works and tens of thousands of archive pieces. Established in 1985 in the Hotel Salé, in the 3rd arrondissement of Paris, the museum recently benefitted from an important renovation. I took some photos of the most beautiful paintings in the museum, but Picasso’s best known works, such as Guernica or les demoiselles d’Avignon, are not there, they are either in Spain, or in New York at the Museum of Modern Art. I hope that the users of the forum, like shadow.97, usmangujjar, akaubee or Maher will be delighted.





On the way to the museum


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At the Boulevard Magenta

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At the Bvd Beaumarchais, with The July Column on the background. It is a monumental column in Paris commemorating the Revolution of 1830. It stands in the center of the Place de la Bastille and celebrates the Trois Glorieuses — the "three glorious" days of 27–29 July 1830 that saw the fall of King Charles X of France and the commencement of the "July Monarchy" of Louis-Philippe, King of the French.

(https://image.ibb.co/bPRjyp/6484824the-Picassomuseum.jpg)
The Picasso museum. Some watchmen were standing guard and they were suspicious since I was taking a photo. I had to keep my mouth shut.
At the entry of the musuem, there was another trap. While my Hsbc mastercard allowed me to pay off the fees, the cashier asked me to establish my credentials by asking me my postal code. I hesitated for 2 secondes. Did I have to tell him 75017? It’s well known that jails in France are not the best place to be. Indeed, in the former topic about Syria, we had seen that the Jihadist who met Abaaoud before coming back and surrendering to authorities was coming from the 17th arrondissement too (https://seenthis.net/sites/855818). Finally I said the truth. And the cashier gave me the entrance ticket.

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Inside the museum



Here are the photos I could shoot.

(https://image.ibb.co/k2kf4U/2322466aroundtheblueperiod-Celestina1903by-Pablo-Picasso.jpg)
Celestina, by Picasso

(https://image.ibb.co/m69yPU/4089957selfportraitof-Picasso.jpg)
Self Portrait of Picasso

(https://image.ibb.co/niJBB9/4216748-Jeanneby-Picasso.jpg)
Jeanne by Picasso

(https://image.ibb.co/eUr3PU/6775009-Violinand-Bottleona-Table1915by-Picasso.jpg)
Violin and bottle on a table, by Picasso



(https://image.ibb.co/j8duW9/80447110classicism.jpg)

(https://image.ibb.co/efUjW9/917191113womenatthefountainby-Picasso.jpg)
Women at the fountain, by Picasso




(https://image.ibb.co/gvCXJp/58352212surrealism.jpg)

(https://image.ibb.co/dGi6dp/65970113facewith2profiles.jpg)
Face with 2 profiles, by Picasso




(https://image.ibb.co/fkOiPU/1800135514.jpg)

(https://image.ibb.co/eaAmw9/5222774716.jpg)
Portrait of Marie Therese, by Picasso



(https://image.ibb.co/eaAmw9/5222774716.jpg)

(https://image.ibb.co/hwVrUU/88519017-Musician.jpg)
Musician, by Picasso



(https://image.ibb.co/mwmLOp/80512018landscape.jpg)

(https://image.ibb.co/cYvVOp/26507419-Landscapeof-Juanles-Pins.jpg)
Landscape of Juan les Pins, by Picasso

(https://image.ibb.co/n6nGw9/1933883520.jpg)
(https://image.ibb.co/cLWWUU/71283121-Thebayof-Cannes1958-Picasso.jpg)
The bay of Cannes, by Picasso

(https://image.ibb.co/id9RUU/76927922-The-Seaatl-Estaque1878by-Paul-Cezanne.jpg)
The sea at l’estaque, by Paul Cezanne



(https://image.ibb.co/conkOp/66288223-Espagnolades.jpg)

(https://image.ibb.co/hD16UU/79261024-Portraitofa-Spanish-Dancer1921by-Mir.jpg)
Portrait of a Spanish Dancer, by Juan Miró

(https://image.ibb.co/iVdLpU/28543925-Bullfight-Deathofthe-Toreador1933by-Picasso.jpg)
Bullfight: Death of the toreador, by Picasso.



(https://image.ibb.co/bUUX3p/38700726-Stilllife.jpg)

(https://image.ibb.co/b2eh3p/9978112627.jpg)

(https://image.ibb.co/cLjMw9/2473274828.jpg)

(https://image.ibb.co/gqPApU/23528129-Large-Still-Lifewitha-Pedestal-Table1933-Picasso.jpg)
Large still life with a pedestal



(https://image.ibb.co/eDi39U/51928030-Goats.jpg)

(https://image.ibb.co/jqLTb9/19555631-Thegoat1950by-Picasso.jpg)
The goat, by Picasso

(https://image.ibb.co/gpy6w9/59380332headof-Chamois-Gustave-Courbet.jpg)
Head of Chamois, by Gustave Courbet



On the way back home
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmi60Bd4jSs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gur6nMbfc4o
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLJB4pM9Jj0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4riySiAQaCE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xPcFyNpFJY


(https://image.ibb.co/bZV3b9/53092620160909214948.jpg)


Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: Shadow.97 on September 11, 2016, 05:51 PM
(https://image.ibb.co/eXeeyp/20439015portraitof-Marie-Therese.jpg)
In school, we have a class known as Art/Picture.
We were forced to draw this image. Noone enjoyed it what I'm aware of.
I never understood why pictures of landscapes, and portraits became so popular. For me, its like a selfie becoming popular and shown across the world for future art classes. Like "Take a picture like this, and become famous!"(not really)
I have a hard time enjoying "popular" art from "back in the days".
Not everyone likes the same things, perhaps when I'm older I will appreciate classical art more.

Do you like classical art, and would you like to know more about it..?
We spent around 2/5ths of our time in pic/art class looking and comparing classical drawings, another 2/5ths, copying, and trying to reproduce the drawings. and 1/5th, doing what we wanted, just draw freehand.

...
Talking about photos.
(http://i.imgur.com/NuD50bm.jpg)
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on October 30, 2016, 03:59 PM
Today, I’m going to hold an exceptional conference to present an exposition about Rembrandt.

This exposition was taking place in Paris, Boulevard Haussmann, at the André Jacquemart museum, near the arch of Triumph.
Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn was a Dutch painter and etcher. He is generally considered one of the greatest painters and printmakers in European art and the most important in Dutch history. His contributions to art came in a period of great wealth and cultural achievement that historians call the Dutch Golden Age.

The André Jacquemart museum
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On the first floor
(https://image.ibb.co/b2SHYp/522679132.jpg)

(https://image.ibb.co/mQixJp/378087513.jpg)


The Venetian room

Pieta by Francesco Botticini
(https://image.ibb.co/dyp4yp/543716446.jpg)

Virgin and Child with Saints Jerome and Louis of Toulouse by Andrea Mantegna
(https://image.ibb.co/c1sOOp/114676387.jpg)

Virgin and child by Antonello da Saliba
(https://image.ibb.co/nc2JPU/408348308.jpg)



And here is the exposition you have been waiting for: the Rembrandt exposition, on the second floor. Taking photos in this place was forbidden, but let’s say I did not do it, it was a friend of mine.

Rembrandt, self-portrait
(https://image.ibb.co/jgVuyp/166667599.jpg)

Balaam and the donkey, Rembrandt
(https://image.ibb.co/jANrdp/4970738110.jpg)

Parable of the rich man, Rembrandt
(https://image.ibb.co/hJANjU/3822433411.jpg)

Presentation in the temple, Rembrandt
(https://image.ibb.co/hhbOr9/8943349512.jpg)

Saskia as Flora, Rembrandt
(https://image.ibb.co/h133r9/7702127213.jpg)

Man in Oriental Costume, Rembrandt
(https://image.ibb.co/cyjRB9/6304593214.jpg)



On the way back home, in the car park, a beautiful car.
(https://image.ibb.co/nOiWdp/27325920161029172002.jpg)

We can make out the sacré coeur, behind the trees.
https://image.ibb.co/iQSPyp/50259820161029173047.jpg

Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: humbert on November 06, 2016, 07:51 PM
Overweight is a problem in Egypt? There are no fat people in that picture, and that despite the fact that there's a McDonalds in the background.  :)  The problem is far worse here.

And yes, the Champ Elyseés is beautiful. I found a store there selling a pair of shoes for 500€. I was trying to see where the gold shoelaces were.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on November 13, 2016, 07:01 AM
This morning, I was walking in the 18th arrondissement of Paris, under a light rain, and I took a few photos; with an old smartphone.
Here you can see Hermel Street and make out the Sacré Coeur in the haze.
(https://image.ibb.co/dypXjU/521256rue-Hermel.jpg)

Here, on Marcadet street.
(https://image.ibb.co/dAAopU/651943rue-Marcadet.jpg)
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: Shadow.97 on November 13, 2016, 04:37 PM
Overweight is a problem in Egypt? There are no fat people in that picture, and that despite the fact that there's a McDonalds in the background.  :)  The problem is far worse here.

And yes, the Champ Elyseés is beautiful. I found a store there selling a pair of shoes for 500€. I was trying to see where the gold shoelaces were.
You and I have completely different views of fat  ::) I see several.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: humbert on November 22, 2016, 10:42 PM
You and I have completely different views of fat  ::) I see several.

It's true that everyone's definition of "fat" is different. To give you a rough idea, a fat woman is 1.50m tall and weighs 75kg or higher, a fat man would be 1.75m and 90kg. Weights and heights increase or decrease proportionally.

This is by no means exact.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on November 24, 2016, 02:18 PM
Today, I'm going to give you some news of Israel.

It is a pretty little discovery that has just been unveiled on Wednesday November 23 by the Authority of Antiquities of Israel, the public body responsible for sites and archaeological excavations in the country. A seated figure, the chin in his right hand, his left hand resting on a knee, in a posture that evokes irresistibly the Thinker of Auguste Rodin. The mysterious man with huge round eyes is only 18 centimeters high and is an integral part of a terracotta carafe found in October on the very last day of excavations in the town of Yehud, not far from Tel Aviv , Prior to the construction of a building.


The object is over 3,800 years old. According to Gilad Itach, the person in charge of the excavation and quoted by the Times of Israel, it would seem that "a pottery characteristic of the period was first prepared, and that this unique statue was subsequently added", of which no other copy Is known. "The level of precision and detail achieved in the creation of this nearly 4,000-year-old sculpture is extremely impressive," said the Israeli archaeologist. The carafe collar served as the base to form the upper part of the figure, after which the arms, legs and face were added to the sculpture. "

(http://passeurdesciences.blog.lemonde.fr/files/2016/11/3-768x433.jpg)

(http://passeurdesciences.blog.lemonde.fr/files/2016/11/7-768x1024.jpg)
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on December 06, 2016, 01:10 PM
IN PICTURES: See Paris clouded in smog as air pollution spikes

Paris authorities were forced to impose traffic restrictions in Paris and its close suburb, and make public transport free on Tuesday, due to a spike in air pollution.
The air pollution in Paris is predicted to worsen on Wednesday, with authorities barring many drivers from using their cars and making public transport free for the second day in a row.
You'll be able to ride public transport in the Paris region for free on Wednesday as the pollution spike continues.
Authorities in Paris have also decided to restrict vehicle use on Wednesday by imposing alternating traffic in the capital and its surrounding suburbs.

These pictures from the last two days tell the story.
(http://www.thelocal.fr/userdata/images/1481037143_Paris.pollution.2.pics..jpg)

(http://image.vam.synacor.com.edgesuite.net/fc/54/fc54c7812b18d83259fcbfc12295b9d7c4a9f494/h=300/?app=portal&sig=51bb5d0af651d7aec4a10085af72a45b1861319cd3f8649845ba7095250d4d73)

(http://s2.lemde.fr/image/2016/12/06/534x0/5043950_6_ec44_une-vue-de-paris-prise-de_a1ff9c53234d686368280d704c857e93.jpg)
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: humbert on December 06, 2016, 07:06 PM
Regarding the pollution in Paris, give it a few more days before the weather clears. I've seen it many times before in other cities. It's usually due to a temperature inversion that pretty blocks winds that would normally blow the smog away. You'll be back to normal soon.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: humbert on December 14, 2016, 07:18 PM
As you know, I live quite close to Mexico. I've traveled there many times, both in a car and by air, and visited many cities and towns. I've never had a problem, nor have I seen any violence anywhere. No one has even given me a dirty look.

What you read in the new media very often should be taken with a grain of salt.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on December 15, 2016, 03:02 PM
To humbert: well, I can assure you I saw neither any beggar nor violence in Naples too, in the ghetto of rich where the brother of my stepmother is living. I don't doubt you have not seen anything, this is no evidence nothing is happening. Even the Syrian regime is broadcasting some propaganda to encourage tourists to visit, a few kilometers away from the fighting. Usually, the media are putting the dust under the carpet, that's why I'm posting some messages so that you can know what's happening in other countries.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on December 16, 2016, 04:44 PM
A few photos taken today in the cemetery of Montmartre, in the 18th arrondissement of Paris.

(https://image.ibb.co/dMPuop/524708491.jpg)

(https://image.ibb.co/cq2x8p/189712662.jpg)

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFOe5sGnQK0

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Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: humbert on December 20, 2016, 08:20 PM
A few photos taken today in the cemetery of Montmartre, in the 18th arrondissement of Paris.

I think I've been there. Isn't that the place where Jim Morisson and Oscar Wilde are buried?
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on December 21, 2016, 11:44 AM
No. Actually, both of them are buried at the Père Lachaise, the largest cemetery in Paris.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on January 28, 2017, 04:34 AM
Today, I’m holding a second conference about rising sea levels in the United States.


In the United States, the rising waters threaten the East Coast.
A new study by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reveals the extreme vulnerability of the Atlantic seaboard.

Commissioned in 2015 under the Obama administration, the latest National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) report on sea-level rise was discreetly published Tuesday, January 24 on the agency's website, with little fanfare. It is, however, of singular importance: it shows that the American coasts, particularly on the Atlantic seaboard, are among the most vulnerable in the world to the rise of the oceans.

According to the calculations of the NOAA researchers, a probable scenario would correspond to a rise of 2.5 meters along these coasts by the end of the current century. This is an upward estimate of about 60 centimeters from the last analogous report, which only dates back to 2012.

Why are the North Atlantic shores so vulnerable? "Across the North Atlantic coast, north of Virginia, but also in the western Gulf of Mexico, there is a phenomenon of subsidence of the earth's crust which adds to the rise of the ocean" says William Sweet. This land-sinking effect is due to the exploitation of groundwater, but also to other geophysical phenomena unrelated to human activity. All in all, since the land is sinking and the ocean is swelling, the erosion and shifting of the coastline are all the faster.

The town of Annapolis
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An average global sea elevation of about 1.5 meters is envisaged by the 2100 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in the case of the current trend of greenhouse gas emissions. But a sea level rise of 1.3 to 1.5 meters would be unmanageable for many port cities. Many of them are already investing heavily in mitigating the effects of high tides, which are already penetrating into city centers. In Annapolis, for example, there were fewer than 10 days of flooding per year between 1950 and 1975. Since the beginning of 2010, the city has been experiencing this disruption between forty and sixty days a year.

Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on February 11, 2017, 12:44 PM
Here are a few photos, taken by myself today. I guess no comments are needed, you can get enough clues in each picture to know where the scene takes place.
(https://image.ibb.co/ejm1Jp/29633920170211151233.jpg)

(https://image.ibb.co/fxO94U/63023320170211151344.jpg)

(https://image.ibb.co/bLt94U/27509020170211151354.jpg)

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Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: humbert on May 31, 2017, 10:25 PM
How did you make a hole in your window for the tube that removes hot air from the A/C's condenser? Also, does your A/C have a tube to remove the water to a bucket or does it just turn off when the internal tank gets full?

There will still be plenty of energy sources 20 years from now and further into the future, so don't worry.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: humbert on June 19, 2017, 11:33 PM
The pics are pretty nice. Paris is very green this time of year, obviously due to the abundance of sunlight. I've been noticing the heat wave in Europe. I'm thinking it may be due to a weather condition where warm winds from the Sahara desert blow over the continent. Madrid is really bad, temps there are expected to be 38°-40°C in the next few days.

I wonder why some many tourist trips from this hemisphere to Europe are conducted in the summer. Who in their right mind would travel this time of year and put up with this heat?

As for our Muslim friends and the weather, it's unlikely some will heed your advice. They believe hell is hotter than the Middle East in the summer with no water during the day. For Maher it's a little easier, Qalqilya isn't too hot at this time.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on July 21, 2017, 06:39 AM
Here are a few photos taken yesterday.


A stroll in the Luxembourg Garden, located in the 6th arrondissement of Paris.
It was created in 1612 by Marie de Medici, the widow of King Henry IV of France, for a new residence she constructed, the Luxembourg Palace. The garden today is owned by the French Senate.
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Place de l'Odéon.
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The Café Procope, in rue de l'Ancienne Comédie, 6th arrondissement, is called the oldest restaurant of Paris in continuous operation.
Apparently, there are some tourists coming from Malaysia or Japan in front of it.
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The Boulevard Saint-Germain
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The statue of Danton.
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Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: humbert on July 25, 2017, 08:20 PM
I'm seeing the streets are full of people. For some reason most tours to Europe are available mostly during the summer months. This is ludicrous! I would NEVER visit Europe in the summer. It is tourist-infested and the heat is just too much for me. Sure, here in San Antonio it's about 38° during the day, but that's no problem because my house if fully air-conditioned.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on July 29, 2017, 01:54 PM
This morning, I went for a stroll in the 7th arrondissement of Paris. I wanted to share a few photos with you. I know that some of you don’t have opportunities to travel abroad, that’s why you are lucky to see these photos. At least you don’t need to come here any more. Maybe you would be disappointed: there are too many tourists anyway, and visiting a museum has become an ordeal, sometimes you have to wait for at least one hour.


Les Invalides, a complex of buildings, containing museums and monuments, all relating to the military history of France, as well as a hospital and a retirement home for war veterans, the building's original purpose. The buildings house the Musée de l'Armée, the military museum of the Army of France, the Musée des Plans-Reliefs, and the Musée d'Histoire Contemporaine, as well as the Dôme des Invalides, a large church with the tombs of some of France's war heroes, most notably Napoleon Bonaparte.
(https://image.ibb.co/hJrn8p/77817020170729134250.jpg)

The place des invalides, the Army museum on the left and the eiffel tower in the background.
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In the rue de Sevres, in the 7th arrondissement. It seems that a women is withdrawing cash, and she will probably give it to the tramp lying beside her.
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Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: Daniil on July 31, 2017, 06:18 AM
Hi, guys! It's me again. I was away from the forum for a long time, working a lot for earning money.
Fresh news from Russia - since tomorrow any VPN and anonymizers here will be denied. I have not read this new law yet, but everything looks like our government want to create a Great Russian Firewall, like a chineese one.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: humbert on July 31, 2017, 01:18 PM
Daniil →  And you still believe Putin is not a Stalinist?
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: Daniil on August 01, 2017, 06:52 AM
Good to see you back.
Same as me. ;D

Daniil →  And you still believe Putin is not a Stalinist?
You say "stalinist", but what do you mean? In russian "stalinist" means "official who raised to power when Stalin rules USSR", nothing else. For Putin better word woud be a "dictator", "Fuhrer". And in present I see a lot of facts, that modern russian politics more close to pre-WWII german nazism, but not to soviet socialism built by Stalin.

Hitler was supported and financed by monopolies - Putin too.
Hitler and Third Reich nazi manipulated the people by lie and disinformation - modern russian government do the same.
Third Reich nazi supports obscurantism - our official guys too!

I.e., "fuhrer" is the best word for Putin today.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: humbert on August 01, 2017, 10:57 AM
You say "stalinist", but what do you mean? In russian "stalinist" means "official who raised to power when Stalin rules USSR", nothing else. For Putin better word woud be a "dictator", "Fuhrer". And in present I see a lot of facts, that modern russian politics more close to pre-WWII german nazism, but not to soviet socialism built by Stalin.

That's a good question. Here when we say "Stalinist" we usually mean someone who is ruthless as was and follows his same policies. China's Mao is a perfect example. Not only was he a ruthless dictator but he also imposed Staln's nonsensical collectivization policies. You are correct in that "Stalinist" is not the perfect term, "fürher" (or dictator) better.

Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on August 20, 2017, 12:48 PM
Tonight, I'm holding a second conference to talk about the current exhibition in the Centre Pompidou: In collaboration with London's Tate Britain and the Metropolitan Museum of New York, the Centre Pompidou is presenting the most comprehensive retrospective ever devoted to the work of David Hockney.

The exhibition celebrates the artist's 80th birthday, retracing his entire career through more than 160 works (paintings, photographs, engravings, video installations, drawings and printed works), including his most iconic paintings (swimming pools, double portraits and monumental landscapes) and some of his most recent creations.

Here are few photos of the exhibition which was presenting more than 160 photographs, paintings, videos, books and famous works by the artist, including the swimming pool that represents the meeting of a swimmer and an artist.
(https://image.ibb.co/kRbUop/295903img8684.jpg)

This image, which at first sight does not suggest anything, hides in fact the disarray of the artist, who is facing a dilemma between "art and life".
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Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: humbert on September 22, 2017, 09:40 PM
In the isolation ward, he is placed in a cell of ten square meters and permanently guarded - eight people take turns to ensure his constant supervision. He is entitled to two one hour-long walks in the morning and evening, and, as the law permits, to a Quran and a prayer mat to practice his religion.
The cell of Abdeslam being equipped with an opaque window, he did not see the light of day. At the parlors - only allowed with his immediate family - a window of separation cut him off from his visitors.

As we all know, the death penalty was abolished in Europe. Sometimes I think execution is more merciful than having to live the rest of your life under these conditions. Think it it - sooner or later he's going to die anyway. Why not save himself all those years of being locked up like that?
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: PastorBrad on December 25, 2017, 03:48 PM
All 4 of these children were taken from their mother who doesn't have custody and fled out of the county with them.
July 4th they left from Lost Angeles airport and their final destination was Paris France.
We do not know the whereabouts they may be now. Could be anywher in the world.
(https://intersnap.com/Missing-Kona-Kids.jpg)
Our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/KonasKids/
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on December 25, 2017, 03:58 PM
I have not seen them. At least I don't think so. No wonder they fled a country like the United States though.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: humbert on December 25, 2017, 10:57 PM
I have not seen them. At least I don't think so. No wonder they fled a country like the United States though.

If it were possible I'd love to move to Canada, Australia, New Zealand or Finland. Yet despite this thing here aren't as bad as the news media would lead you to believe. Here I live in peace have pretty much everything I need. If you don't go looking for trouble, chances are you won't find any.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on May 01, 2018, 08:37 AM
Today, I took a few photos. I know that aa1234779 and usman are looking at them with great attention.
Note that lately I deleted a few old messages that were obsolete.

Avenue Wagram, near the arch of triumph
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(https://image.ibb.co/cZpHpS/20180501_114628.jpg)

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Avenue de la grande armée
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(https://image.ibb.co/krdXOn/20180501_114000.jpg)

Avenue Foch
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Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on May 15, 2018, 12:19 PM
In this topic I deleted many photos. Here are many photos taken in 2015-2016 and 2017, for those who are interested.
https://ufile.io/9uyn3

I learnt today I won't be in Paris any more in 3 months. Well I wanted to see something else. I've been leaving there for 10 years and I can't stand it any more.
And for those who are living in big towns, and they are numerous on this forum, like iih from Jakarta, usman from Islamabad, humbert from San antonio, Ahmad (somewhere in Egypt), Vasudev (from Bangalore?), maybe you should consider smaller towns.
I had several choices, like Lyon, Marseille, Grenoble...and finally I chose Saint Etienne, because it's where real estate is the cheapest one. It's also a small agglomeration, and since I think we'll have oil shortages sooner or later, maybe it will be easier to survive.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on May 18, 2018, 08:36 AM
Tonight, I will put a few photos on the forum, and maybe anew edition of w10 will be available. Some new fast links for dishonored doto and senua's sacrifice will be available too.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on May 18, 2018, 11:53 AM
Today, I'm posting a few photos on the forum, taken in the centre of Paris this afternoon, in the 1st and 2nd arrondissement. The weather was fine, unusually warm for the season and I knew that humbert and aa1234779 were waiting for new photos. I'm sure they will indulge in a little glass of beer while looking at them carefully.

Near the Opera Garnier
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Rue du 4 Septembre
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Place Gaillon
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Rue Monsigny
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Rue des petits champs
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Place des victoires
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Rue Molière
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A tramp (not Donald apparently)
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Avenue de l'Opera
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a bit later, in the 11th arrondissement
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On the boulevard Voltaire
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A young "hottie"
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Apparently a demonstration for the Tamils of Sri Lanka...
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Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: aa1234779 on May 18, 2018, 02:50 PM
Nice photos and beautiful scenery.. The city of light has many sights to see, apparently..

I'm drinking Arabic coffee while enjoying your photos, no beer for me, although sometimes I drink Budweiser NA.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on May 19, 2018, 01:03 PM
Tonight, maybe there will be new photos, if I'm still able to upload them.
You know, I'm a bit like aa1234779. "No beer for me". After all it's so gross. Instead, At the monoprix of the avenue de l'opera, I bought a bottle of Riesling. It's much better. The price is not the same either. With that I'm eating a pizza with black truffles. A real feast. I wish Maher, aa1234779 and some users of the forum were here.
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Now I'm thinking about my future life in Saint Etienne. I hope I didn't make a mistake. I've never been there before. But it seems to be a shithole. Over there I can afford 100 m² but I don't know if I'll stay there for a long time before coming back to Paris. Hope there are doable women.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on May 19, 2018, 02:04 PM
Here are a few photos, taken this afternoon.

The rue Vivienne
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In a bar
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Rue du 4 septembre
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The opera Garnier
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The galleries Lafayette. I parked my car in the parking underneath.
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Once again some girls waiting for me and Vasudev.
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The avenue de l'opera
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Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: aa1234779 on May 22, 2018, 12:26 AM
Quote
Now I'm thinking about my future life in Saint Etienne. I hope I didn't make a mistake. I've never been there before. But it seems to be a shithole. Over there I can afford 100 m² but I don't know if I'll stay there for a long time before coming back to Paris. Hope there are doable women.


I hope you're moving to a place that has a job there waiting for you.
Speaking of the name Ettienne, reminds me of a booklet I admired for years which was originally written in French.


Etienne de la Boetie: Discourse on Voluntary Servitude

For all those that like to read about freedom, I recommend it. You can download an English translation here.

http://gen.lib.rus.ec/book/index.php?md5=2DB07118D8D3195BFE13D9F3A336D5A3
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on May 22, 2018, 09:52 AM
There is a storm in here. I don't know if it's a good or bad omen.
This morning, I had the bad idea to take my car to go to the 11th arrondissement. I have a bank account over there. I wanted to transfer my account to another branch. But they told me to go to the new bank. I went there for nothing. And it took me an hour only to find a parking space. When I saw a lot of policemen blocking the access of the bvd Voltaire, for a moment I thought there had been another attack in the bataclan. In fact there was a demonstration at place of Republic.
I wish I was able to go to Palestine with humbert and Maher. Well, at least I'm leaving a big town. Maybe aa1234779 finds that the photos are beautiful. But it's also a modern and superficial society. And above all, it's based on oil. Without oil, the supermarkets would be empty. There would be no food, at least not enough. It's probably also the case where humbert, iih or aa1234779 are living. But is it the case in Palestine? I've seen images of Qalqilya and we can see people with Goats, there are olive trees around the town. I mean the people who live over there don't need complex logistics to eat every day. Actually, I'm not sure I'd want to share my bed with a billy goat, but certainly, if you have goats or chickens they can be useful.
If you can, maybe you should go to a small town to be more autonomous. By 2025 we'll probably have big problems with oil.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: humbert on May 27, 2018, 11:23 PM
This morning, I had the bad idea to take my car to go to the 11th arrondissement. I have a bank account over there. I wanted to transfer my account to another branch. But they told me to go to the new bank. I went there for nothing. And it took me an hour only to find a parking space.

That's odd. I don't know how the French (or European Union) banking system works, but here we have no such problem. Bank accounts here are "branchless". I have my account at Wells Fargo. I can to go any Wells Fargo branch in the entire country for services, it makes no difference at all.

I wish I was able to go to Palestine with humbert and Maher. Well, at least I'm leaving a big town. Maybe aa1234779 finds that the photos are beautiful. But it's also a modern and superficial society.

I've always wondered what it would be like to travel to Qalqilya and meet Maher personally. I think the best way is to fly to Amman and enter the West Bank by road. From what I've been hearing, traveling to Tel Aviv is risky. Risky in the sense that Israeli authorities would probably question my reason for traveling and possibly have me detained and eventually deported. I've heard many horror stories. I don't think I'd ever fly into Tel Aviv, nor ever visit Israel for that matter.

Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on May 28, 2018, 02:39 PM
That's odd. I don't know how the French (or European Union) banking system works, but here we have no such problem. Bank accounts here are "branchless". I have my account at Wells Fargo. I can to go any Wells Fargo branch in the entire country for services, it makes no difference at all.

I've always wondered what it would be like to travel to Qalqilya and meet Maher personally. I think the best way is to fly to Amman and enter the West Bank by road. From what I've been hearing, traveling to Tel Aviv is risky. Risky in the sense that Israeli authorities would probably question my reason for traveling and possibly have me detained and eventually deported. I've heard many horror stories. I don't think I'd ever fly into Tel Aviv, nor ever visit Israel for that matter.
Well, it depends on the bank. For HSBC it's true, not for Credit Agricole. By the way, a few years ago, Credit agricole hired Connery (connerie) for an ad about Green Banking. But it's mainly greenwahsing as it's still involved in many projects that pollute the environment.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypjKxGCgO8E

As for Palestine, well, to go there Jordan is probably the easiest way. I heard a story where a man from Italy was expelled because he wanted to cross the border for his humanitarian organization. If you want to cross the Israeli Palestinian border, you can say you are a tourist willing to visit Bethlehem. Or maybe can say you want to go to visit a Jewish friend but you need the right trousers in your suitcase (from the movie "Rabbi Jacob"):
(http://mradio.fr/media/news/thumb/870x489_ubgyuwxfmlxxmse69muf5q0f0bc.jpg)
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on June 17, 2018, 05:18 AM
Today, I’m going to hold a conference about the current exposition of a Tyrannosaurus in Paris
This summer, the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle is going back in time and giving its visitors the opportunity to dive into the Cretaceous period, to discover one of it’s greatest preserved symbols. Trix, a female Tyrannosaurus rex who is 67 million years old, 12.5 meters long, 4 meters high, and approximately weighed 8 tons during her life, awaits visitors in the nave of the Galerie de Géologie et de Minéralogie.
The photos were taken yesterday.


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At the place of concorde


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in front of the National Museum of Natural History, near the boulevard St Germain


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The garden of the plants


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A Turiasaurus femur


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the National Museum of Natural History


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Inside the museum


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an edmontosorus skeleton


(https://image.ibb.co/heOHVJ/20180616_143129.jpg)

(https://image.ibb.co/km70jd/20180616_143216.jpg)
The Tyrannosaurus
Discovered in 2013 in Montana, USA, Trix is the second most complete T-Rex in the world. The original intact skull makes this specimen particularly remarkable.


(https://image.ibb.co/nEGt4d/20180616_143322.jpg)



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a few photos taken outside
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on June 23, 2018, 06:39 PM
Here are a few photos taken today, in the 2nd arrondissement of Paris. Why I went there? because there is a post office open after 6 o'clock (the only one in France till midnight actually) and I had miscellaneous things to do before.

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In the background, you can see the Pompidou center.

(https://image.ibb.co/hBh2dA/20180623-182734.jpg)

(https://image.ibb.co/cCdayA/20180623-182743.jpg)

(https://image.ibb.co/iiV5yA/20180623-182822.jpg)

(https://image.ibb.co/nmMsBV/20180623-174138.jpg)
Here we can see a street artist. But they are very numerous, and I guess only the best talents retain their jobs. If aa1234779 is looking for such a job in the Arabic peninsula, I’m sure there are opportunities for the top-notch artists, orbiting among the most intensely original and inventive ones.

Rue de Turbigo, 2nd arrondissement.
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(https://image.ibb.co/mjhXBV/20180623-181223.jpg)

(https://image.ibb.co/fVbpQq/20180623-181246.jpg)

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On the way home, rue de Rivoli and then place of Concorde.
(https://image.ibb.co/epYVWV/20180623-184620.jpg)

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usmangujjar and vasudev may notice I certainly could have taken a more direct route to come back (for example bld bonne nouvelle - bvd haussmann and then rue de Clichy to reach place de Clichy...).


Note that if some of you want to move to a big town, don't forget that "the bigger the town, the more vulnerable it is". aa1234779 might be wondering if it's an old quote of Bin Laden, not at all, it's Jancovici, a scientist, who says that. For him, the implementation of the "grand Paris" with new metro stations is totally anachronistic.
That's what he says in this conference, in French: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jC0IiJnuB2U
Here is one in English (shadow.97 may deem it as depressing, the subject is interesting, but at least Jancovici is taking it with his own sense of humour): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGt4XwBbCvA
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on July 01, 2018, 03:41 PM
Today, new photos are available. I know that aa1234779 and some users of the forum are looking closely at the pictures available on the forum.


At the place of Opera, in the 9th arrondissement, some photos taken on 30 June 2018.

As you can see on the photos, there are many tourists at the Opera place. The Galleries Lafayette and the Apple store are in the vicinity.
(If you have time and if you want to use Macos, and you can't afford an expensive mcbook...just follow this tutorial: https://techsviewer.com/install-macos-sierra-vmware-windows/)

Many tourists spend their money here.
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A few years ago, in 2014 I think, I ate some seafood at the restaurant Leon de Bruxelles, bvd des Italiens, near this place. Some will tell you I'm selfish, but no, I'm rather "shellfish". The photo with the Mango shop is taken on this Bvd.

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we can also see the Rue de Rome and the Saint Lazare Station (with the infantry of Macron).
A bit later we can see the brand new glass prison (courthouse) from the Rue de Rome.
4 years ago, I used to live a few hundred meters away from here, near the train track.

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I remember that Daniil was glad to meet "Momo and Koko"
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In January 2018, I took these photos in the Chinese neighborhood of the 13th arrondissement. If humbert and usmangujjar are wondering where it is:

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Avenue de la porte d’Ivry.  Some users are probably able to make out the Eiffel tower in the background.
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Avenue de Choisy
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a bit further, some photos taken on 1 July 2018, in the vicinity of porte d’Italie, in the 13th arrondissement, and in the butte aux cailles

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Apparently an artist forgot his work of art on top of a building.
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This photo was taken bvd Blanqui with a Sunday market.
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Then we enter the area of the Butte aux Cailles. This neighbourhood is distinguishable from the rest of the 13th arrondissement with its small building and private mansions.
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In this photo you can see a Byzantyne church which was built between 1894 and 1912 in a place where there used to be a little wooden chapel. It was constructed by the architect Prosper Bobin, with the financial help of the Lombard family, best known as the Meunier family, owner of the Meunier chocolate factory. The façade, inspired by the Saint-Trophime d’Arles church, opens on a portal, framed by little roman chapiter columns decorated with flowers. Initially called Sainte-Anne-de-la-Maison-Blanche, it is only in 2001 that the name will change to Saint-Anne-de-la-Butte-aux-Cailles.
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A photo of an autolib, the electric car service provided since 2011. But the service disappeared in August 2018, since the cumulated losses are huge and nobody wants to pay.
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A few monumental frescoes

C215, in the boulevard Vincent Auriol
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Inti, in the rue Lahire
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Maher and Aner, in the rue Jeanne d’arc.
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Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on July 07, 2018, 08:07 PM
Tomorrow, maybe there will be a new conference with some photos.


Note that I was wondering if the administrator is not ill. It's ages since I've not seen him on the forum. Maybe one year, probably much more. Perhaps some users of the forum who speak English or Arabic could try to call him in Palestine, I'm sure you have his phone number. You could ask him about the registration problem on the forum. Otherwise Bpefreddie will remain the last registered user for a long time. However it doesn't seem to affect the regular users who keep coming on the forum.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on July 08, 2018, 12:48 PM
Tonight, a conference about the museum of the army, also known as Les invalides, which is located in the 7th arrondissement of Paris.
I don't have time to add comments today, I will add them later.


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Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on July 11, 2018, 04:46 PM
Here are a few photos taken on 25 November 2016.
A few of them were taken in La défense. Some of them were shot in the 11th arrondissement (aa1234779 might recognize the place of Bastille). A few of them were taken in the Vincennes woods. And some were taken under the péripherique near porte de Clichy (where it was unusual to see Syrian migrants).
https://ufile.io/q5j1g
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on July 14, 2018, 06:28 PM
Tomorrow, I'm expecting a large audience on the forum. Maybe hundreds of users. Former users could even come back to the forum.
Indeed an excellent movie (actually a documentary) will be released.
What's more, the repack of crysis 3 will be probably released (5.99Gb only). Some testers are needed.
A conference with photos of Le louvre taken yesterday will be released.
I will also disclose my target for the s&p 500 for August in the financial topic.
Finally, in the documentary topic, I will hold a conference to talk about the news that hit the headline recently. Thus, I will tackle miscellaneous subjects like Palestine, the Islamic State in Pakistan, the baby Trump blimp, the current Iraqi protests and the unprecedented OECD wage stagnation. I advise shadow.97 against reading this message if he thinks he'll get depressed.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on July 15, 2018, 12:11 AM
Today, I'm posting a few photos taken in the Louvres.


Place des Victoires, near Le Louvres.
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Rue Saint Honoré
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Some Algerian Pastries
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In front of Le Louvres. Apparently, a welcoming committee is waiting for me.
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On the Rue de Rivoli. Apparently they summoned reinforcements to liberate Palestine. It’s only a matter of hours.
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In front of the pyramid of the Louvre
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Winged Victory of Samothrace.
The monument consists of a statue of a winged female figure – the messenger goddess Victory – and a base in the shape of the prow of a ship, standing on a low pedestal. 220-185 BC
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Delacroix – Liberty Leading the People
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Delacroix – Scene of the massacre at Chios Greek families awaiting death or slavery framed
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Delacroix – The Death of Sardanapalus
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Musée du louvre sale 77
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Michelangelo - Rebellious Slave with walker
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Ingres - La Grande Odalisque.jpg
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David - The Lictors Returning to Brutus the Bodies of His Sons
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David – The Intervention of the Sabine Women on gallery wall
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David - Oath of the Horatii
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Théodore Géricault – The Raft of the Medusa
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Pieta of Villeneuve les Avignon
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Rubens – Arrival or Disembarkation of Marie de Medici at Marseilles
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Panel with sphinxes  - Achaemenid Persian Dynasty, 510 BC
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Frieze of Griffins - Persia, 510 BC
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Frieze of archers - Persia, 510 BC
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View of Capital of a column from the audience hall of the palace of Darius 510 BC.
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Winged human headed bull (lamassu or shedu) -  Neo Assyrian Period, reign of Sargon II, 721-705 BC
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Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on July 24, 2018, 10:30 AM
A few months ago, I deleted many messages in this topic. But actually some of them were quite good. Here is one of them. I will repost some old messages if it turns out they were deleted "accidentally".

Today, I’m going to present the most ferocious predator for man. This predator is extremely vicious, because it is attacking at night, and the victim is attacked without its knowing it, in most cases.
I’m going to give you a few tips, so that you can guess which predator is being referred to. I will also give you advice so that you can be prepared to deal with it.
Unfortunately, with climate change, some dangerous species of this predator are migrating northward.


Is it the shark?
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No.




Is it Al-Qaeda?


No.





Is it Mister baboon?
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No.



You have probably guessed anyway since I already talked about it. This predator is the mosquito. Its sting is not directly lethal, but the mosquito is responsible for the transmission of a whole bunch of diseases, notably dengue and yellow fever, West nile virus, paludism, zika virus, malaria, chikungunya...
(https://image.ibb.co/g7RZm8/Mosquito_537x303.jpg)
Each year as many as 750 000 people are dying because of these diseases, in the world. That’s why it’s important to be very cautious. Don’t leave stagnant water around your house for example, or buy a mosquito net, if needed.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on August 02, 2018, 07:29 AM
Today, I’m going to hold a special conference to talk about the water war in the USA.


The years go by and the records follow one another, and it seems nothing  is able to stop climate change. On a global scale, 2017 was one of the hottest three years in modern history, ranking, according to the data used, in the second or third place on the podium.

But the global overheating is all the more remarkable because, this time, it does not stem form the El Niño phenomenon, this natural cycle of warming of the Pacific waters which, every three to seven years, pulls the temperatures up, and the influence of which had been strongly felt in 2015 and 2016. The twelve months of 2017 thus rise to the rank of the most torrid year without El Niño since the beginning of the surveys, at the end of the XIXe century.

A boat in the dry pond of Theewaterskloof (South Africa), in 2017
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The wars of the water in the United States


In the middle of the desert, the green lawns of Saint George, Utah.
To power the town of southern Utah in full expansion, the authorities want to pump, using a pipeline of 220 km, Lake Powell water, already half empty due to drought.

Sand Hollow golf near Hurricane, Utah, July 26
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The locals used to say that this place is paradise nine months a year, but there are three months of hell. At the end of June, on the road from Salt Lake City to Las Vegas, it's hell - the 42-degree temperature only dropped a little when the smoke of a gigantic forest fire overshadowed the sun . The crops are irrigated in the old way, by sprinkling water. Finally, we arrive at the subdivision of Sand Hollow, fifteen kilometers from St. George. A golf course - in fact two, one of eighteen holes and one of nine -, and chic houses.

Sandy Shepperd, 70, arrived in Sand Hollow three years ago. He had his house built for 400,000 dollars (350,000 euros). During summer, he takes refuge in the cooler mountains, but the rest of the year he plays golf in the desert. Nothing very ecological, even if the desert vegetation has been planted to reduce the surface of the “green”: the water is not even recycled. The golf is fed by the "natural leaks" of an adjacent tank, which allowed to create a small nautical base. Sandy Shepperd loves his new life and enjoys the company of newcomers. "We're not just with Mormons, like in St. George or Salt Lake City," he says.

Thousands arrive in southwestern Utah, cheaper than California, and more temperate than the north of the state, with severe winters. In 1970, there were only 13,000 in this oasis crossed by the Virgin River, which looks more like a stream than a river . They are now 170,000 in Saint George, in this tree-lined city where young people are gathering in Mexican restaurants, and will probably be 500,000 in 2060.



Okeechobee, the lake that stifles Florida

Dams, pollution, salinity: the fragile ecosystem of the Everglades has been jeopardized to ensure the development of Florida.

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At the beginning of the 20th century, a drainage system and canals were organized to dry the Florida marshes. The control of the lake has made it possible to secure the economic development of this state

Lovers of Florida never go there. To get there, one must go for an hour inland, from Palm Beach, the Atlantic seaside resort for billionaires where US President Donald Trump owns his Mar-a-Lago golf course. Or drive for two hours, amid endless sugar cane plantations, leaving the Everglades National Park, the largest swamp in the United States, teeming with alligators, mosquitoes and herons near Miami.

Okeechobee Lake is the key to Florida's ecological system. The future of heavenly beaches, seabed and especially the natural wealth of the Everglades -a World Heritage Site by Unesco- depend on it . The vast expanse of fresh water is the essential source of nutrition for this fragile ecosystem.

When we finally reach it, Okeechobee is not visible, surrounded by a huge dyke. Fishermen are busy, but the serenity is misleading. There is something wrong: we discover a herd of manatees, aquatic mammals that in Florida normally live in salt water. Above all, the waters are seriously polluted.

The fish are gone

Steve Davis, a scientist with the Everglades Foundation, hopes that nuisances related to the lake will soon be resolved. On July 10, the White House authorized the construction of an artificial lake south of Lake Okeechobee. The goal: to clean up its waters and serve as a reservoir for the Everglades during the dry season. Republican state governor Rick Scott praised Twitter for approval of "this project we are fighting for". The file is now on the Congress table. This work  would be a posthumous consecration for George Barley who launched the Everglades Foundation.





Tonight, I’ll probably hold another conference. You will discover the Arab world institute and the area of La Défense.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on August 05, 2018, 04:58 PM
A few photos...I was forecasting a conference about the World Arab institute and the area of la Défense. I will do it later.

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If you are planning to buy some real estate in the area of la Défense, like Puteaux or Courbevoie...why not. But think about it twice. The housing market is very expensive in the Paris region, and prices seem to be stagnating now.
What's more, if you are planning to work here, it may be useful. Otherwise, it might not be a good plan. Note that in a post-oil era, this area could become a desert. I mean, if Maher or aa1234779 are looking at the last photos, they must be thinking, where are the goats? where are the fields of cabbages? I assume they are hidding them in the Technip tower of in the tour first, to feed all these people, it's obvious.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uA4Ww5ug2gI
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on August 08, 2018, 08:42 AM
I finally left Paris this morning. If you have a similar project, ie leaving a big town, you can certainly talk about your own projects.
we have many users living in capitals and their opinion is valuable (Im thinking about usman in Islamabad, humbert in san antonio, iih in jakarta, vadudev in bangalore, harkaz in Athens)

I will hold a conference with photos later

http://imgur.com/a/OsiLGUi

http://imgur.com/a/JQpDU8B
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on August 09, 2018, 03:00 PM
Note that tomorrow, I'll try to hold a new conference with many photos (La défense, the arab world institute...). I know that aa1234779 and humbert are looking at them attentively.
I'll explain my choice concerning the town of Saint Etienne, in the context of overpopulation and climate change (because I could have stayed in Paris).


I'll try to hold another conference about the s&p 500 and why I'm definitely staying bearish, with a target at...2100 points, with the Fed’s shift to quantitative tightening.
I’m still bullish on the pair $/€. Maybe you noticed that I was already saying this on the forum when the pair €/$ was standing at 1.24. It’s currently below 1.16. I have a target below 1.05. Did I buy dollars? Of course I did, at 1.20$ for 1€, and I kept buying dollars a few weeks ago.

What's more, I will release a new version of windows with the latest updates on 14 August. Note that a new repack of the Evil Within 2 is being prepared too.


Some music:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4w7ElTM9DQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhDcsYT2ksk
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on August 10, 2018, 06:16 PM
Tonight, I'm holding a new conference with many photos. Note that I'll add some comments during the week end.


Some photos taken in 2016-2017.

In the 17th arrondissement, place du docteur Felix Lobligeois, where I was living in 2013 and 2014. Until recently, I was living near Metro Guy moquet, still in the 17th arrondissement.
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near the Martin Luther King park
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In la Défense...
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in 2011, I worked in the grey tower on the right.
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Some photos taken a few days ago.

In the 11th arrondissement. I lived in the vicinity between 2011 and 2013...
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With the rout of facebook and his loss of 15 billion in one day, it seems that Mark Zuckerberg couldn't afford a night at the low budget hotel Formule 1 of porte de Saint Ouen.


On the St Germain boulevard, 6th arrondissement
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On the rue de l'ancienne comédie in the 6th arrondissement
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The Café Procope, in rue de l'Ancienne Comédie, 6th arrondissement, is called the oldest restaurant of Paris in continuous operation. It was opened in 1686 by the Sicilian chef Francesco Procopio dei Coltelli, with a slyly subversive name adopted from the historian Procopius, whose Secret History, the Anekdota, long known of, had been discovered in the Vatican Library and published for the first time ever in 1623: it told the scandals of Emperor Justinian, his consort and his court.
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Throughout the 18th century, the brasserie Procope was the meeting place of the intellectual establishment, and of the nouvellistes of the scandal-gossip trade, whose remarks at Procope were repeated in the police reports. Not all the Encyclopédistes drank forty cups of coffee a day like Voltaire, who mixed his with chocolate, but they all met at Procope, as did Benjamin Franklin, John Paul Jones and Thomas Jefferson.
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A view of Paris, from Saint Cloud.On the foreground, you can see Boulogne Billancourt.
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A view of Saint Etienne.
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In my opinion, without oil, it will be difficult to live in the largest urban areas in the world. And maybe it won't be possible to live in big towns altogether. undoubtely, Saint Etienne is less glamorous than Paris. But I chose Saint Etienne for many reasons: the relative cheapness of the real Estate (last year I visited a flat in Courbevoie with an oustanding view on la Défense, and near the line 1...250 000€ for 30 square meters. I made an offer, but an investor bought 2 flats in the same building, so the owner chose the "investor" - That's not important because for that price you can get 200 square meters in Saint Etienne). On the photo you can also see some fields around the town. It means that food will be easily available in case of oil crisis. It's not the case in Paris. Some recent studies showed that the Ile de France region could only provide 2 million inhabitants with food (It means that most of the food of the Parisians come from other regions). It's true in many countries who are heavily dependent on imports too, like Egypt, UK, the states of the Persian Gulf...
As far as climate change is concerned, I'm aware that the situation of Saint Etienne is not ideal (winters of cold and summers tend to be quite hot). However the heatwaves are less intense than in Lyon for a simple reason. Indeed, there are only 2 towns in Europe with a population above 100 thousand at an altitude of more than 500 meters: Madrid and...St Etienne.
I noticed that many users on the forum live in big towns, notably in Asia. That's the case for Vasudev (bangalore), usman (islamabad), iih (jakarta)...who live in urban areas with more than 10 million inhabitants (or nearly). And I think that the others, like humbert, Maher, Ahmad...live in big towns too. I advise them to be aware of the benefits and the drawbacks of living in such towns and if you don't need it for your job, maybe you can go elsewhere.


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Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: aa1234779 on August 13, 2018, 06:59 AM
It's interesting to know how the town you moved to looks like..

Please share some photos you take of the beautiful sites you see.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on August 13, 2018, 01:10 PM
It's interesting to know how the town you moved to looks like..

Please share some photos you take of the beautiful sites you see.

Well, Finally I've been to Saint Etienne for the first time a few days ago. I already knew Lyon and Grenoble but I had never been there.
I've not been disappointed, that's what I was expecting...For the photos, well, to put it bluntly, I'm wondering if it won't disfigure the forum.
Actually, the problem is not the buildings or the surroundings, but the people in the street. Saint Etienne is a bit poor, that's why the real estate is cheap. I've been to a bar and there were drunkards. You wouldn't see that in Paris.

I already found a 70 square meters flat, in a park (there is even a Jacuzzi shower). It's very quiet. There is a parking space, of course.
In this neoghborhood, it seems there was mostly old people. It's not the population of Bagnolet in Seint St Denis, for sure.
It's in Saint Etienne, but not in the center (I didn't like what I visited downtown). For 500€ per month!
There is a little drawback though: there is no optic fiber connection available over there(at least not yet), while it can be available in the city center. I'll try to keep uploading interesting contents for the users of the forum though.
For such a flat, I would have paid at least 2000€ per month in Paris. I don't know if you remember the photo of momo and koko with the eiffel tower in the background, in a discussion with Daniil, in 2013 or 2014.
I had an outstanding view on the Eiffel tower (on the photo it was smaller than in reality). It was rue Legendre, in the 17th. I was paying 800€ per month (for 22 m²).
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on August 13, 2018, 02:42 PM
I’ve just checked and I was right about the price...for 2000€ you have sth around 60 m² in the 17th in Paris, usually in the ground floor (in ground floor, forget the view on the Eiffel tower, and in winter the rooms are very dark). In the upper floors, it’s more expensive.
For example this one, for 2100€...60m² in ground floor. And rue lemercier is not particularly chic. If Maher or aa1234779 are looking for a lease in the 8th, 9th or 6th...it would be even more expensive.
https://www.leboncoin.fr/locations/1456101989.htm/
With a sunny view of a wooded park, same size, it’s 2300€
https://www.leboncoin.fr/locations/1454979204.htm/

Actually, 3 years ago I could have bought sth in Paris. But I was certain that prices would drop. At least I didn't think they would go up And in 3 years they rose by at least 10%. In Saint Etienne, prices were already low 3 years ago. And they kept falling. To give you an indication of the prices, Lyon is twice less expensive, and St Etienne is roughly 10 times less expensive than Paris. Anyway, and I can be wrong, I think there is now a real estate bubble in certain towns (NY, Toronto, San Francisco, London, Geneva, Paris...). I could buy sth in Saint Etienne, but I'm going to verify if I can stay in this town. What's more the problem with Saint Etienne is not about buying sth, but about selling the real estate. It can take months.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: aa1234779 on August 13, 2018, 03:01 PM
If you save 1500 euros on rent where you are, it's definitely great and you can do something amazing with the money you save up, at least buy Gold or some other safe/low-risk investment. That is, of course, if you make the same salary or more than you made in Paris.

May Allah's generosity shower you.

p.s. The photos are going to look great. Don't worry just post them, I miss seeing small towns, aged buildings, parks, cemeteries.. you name it.. It will not shame you in any way.  ;D
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on August 13, 2018, 04:47 PM
Tonight, some new photos are available on the forum.


Those ones were taken in 2016 in the 1st arrondissement.

Rue St Anne
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Place Louvois
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Here you will find some photos of the Institute of the Arab world, situated in the 5th arrondissement.
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On top of the building
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Some funerary steles with faces, from the Dubroff family collection. Yemen, 1st century BC.
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Rue Duret, 16th arrondissement
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Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on August 22, 2018, 05:48 PM
Maybe some of you read the message presenting the skeleton of the Tyrannosaurus: http://www.nomaher.com/forum/index.php?topic=2283.msg29242#msg29242 (http://www.nomaher.com/forum/index.php?topic=2283.msg29242#msg29242)
In this case you will be interested in this conference about the "feathered revolution": How dinosaurs became birds ?

After agonising over it for 20 years, Darwin finally published his theory of evolution, On The Origin Of Species, in 1859. But it was Darwin’s ‘bulldog’, Thomas Henry Huxley, who braced to defend the theory. To do so, Huxley desperately needed fossil evidence of a ‘missing link’ to show how animals had transitioned from one species to another – evidence that Darwin himself admitted was sadly lacking.

Just two years later in Bavaria, the Jurassic-aged limestone deposits yielded a near-perfect fossil of Archaeopteryx. It had blade-like serrated teeth and many other features across the skeleton and skull that showed it was a carnivorous dinosaur. But the crow-sized specimen was covered in the impressions of bird-like feathers. For Huxley, this was the transitional form he was seeking: a dinosaur on its way to becoming a bird. The Germans referred to it as Urvogel, the first bird (its scientific name is derived from the Greek words, ancient feathers).
It was a coup for Huxley. It was also the beginning of the feather revolution.

Archaeopteryx’s halo of feathery impressions may have been a 19th century game changer, but feathers were only just starting to overturn the evolutionary paradigm of the day.
Fast forward 137 years, and new discoveries of fossils with quills are continuing to rewrite the textbooks, not just on bird origins but across the entire dinosaur family tree.
The attempt by palaeontologists to retrace the path of bird evolution makes for a rolicking tale full of sudden twists and turns. For starters, Archaeopteryx did not settle the matter of bird origins. In the early years of the 20th century, Huxley’s proposition that birds descended from carnivorous dinosaurs, specifically the suborder known as theropods, fell out of favour.
One problem with the theory was that the skeletons of theropods were missing a crucial part of bird anatomy – the wishbone (furcula). It acts like a spring to assist flight and is made from the fusion of two collarbones. So for the first half of the 20th century, the search was on for a non-dinosaur ancestor to the birds.

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A velociraptor

The next twist in the tale of bird evolution was added by American palaeontologist John Ostrom. He resurrected Huxley’s theory by showing numerous similarities between the skeletons of Deinonychus, a theropod from the Montana Badlands, and Archaeopteryx. Ostrom was able to show that Deinonychus and other theropods did actually have a furcula; it had previously been mistaken for an extra pair of ventral ribs. Even more exciting was the fact that this fusion of the two collarbones had clearly occurred in the theropods well in advance of the evolution of flight capability.

But it was feathers that provided the final incontrovertible evidence that birds evolved from dinosaurs. In the early 1990’s researchers began recovering extraordinary fossils of a wide range of creatures from the late Jurassic and early Cretaceous periods (150 million to 100 million years ago).
They came from Liaoning province in northern China, and, unlike most fossils, their soft tissues were still preserved.
In 1996 the Liaoning deposits surrendered their first feathered dinosaur, the 1.5 metre long theropod dinosaur, Sinosauropteryx. While it had no wings, it was covered in a feathery fuzz.
Since then, a spectacular array of small, feathered dinosaurs have been recovered from Liaoning and a few other sites around the world, which plot every conceivable evolutionary step from small fuzz-covered, meat-eating theropods through to fully feathered and winged birds.
This transition is not so much a linear path as a dense maze, with many paths leading to dead ends.

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For 130 years, we thought we understood the broad architecture of the dinosaur family tree. British palaeontologist Harry Seeley pointed out in 1887 that dinosaurs could be divided into two groups based on whether their hips were lizard-like (where the pubis points forward) or bird-like (where the pubis points back). Confusingly, it was members of the lizard-hipped rather than bird-hipped variety that gave rise to birds.

The lizard-hipped saurischians were in turn divided between the long-necked plant-eating sauropods, such as Brachiosaurus, and the meat-eating theropods.
The bird-hipped ornithischians included a huge variety of plant-eating dinosaurs that could be divided into three smaller groups: the armoured dinosaurs including Stegosaurus, the bird-footed ornithopods such as Iguanodon and the horned dinosaurs like Triceratops.

Bottom line: Brachiosaurus and Tyrannosaurus were relatively close cousins. Iguanodon, Stegosaurus and Triceratops were more distantly related.
Palaeontologists were quite happy with this binary arrangement until 2017, when another British palaeontologist, Matthew Baron from Cambridge University, completely redrew the family tree.

Baron looked at 74 species of exceedingly rare early dinosaurs from the first half of the Age of Dinosaurs. By analysing a very large set of characters from all over the skeletons, he was able to tease out how the early branches divided right down at the base of the tree.
His first finding pushed back the origin of dinosaurs by around five million years to about 247 million years ago. The second completely rewrote dinosaurian prehistory. Instead of a neat, early split between the lizard-hipped and bird-hipped branches, Baron found an even earlier split that placed the lizard-hipped theropods onto the same branch as the bird-hipped group.

So now Tyrannosaurus is nestled in with Triceratops.

This new and, at present, controversial arrangement of dinosaur relationships lay hidden in a soup of confusing lumps and bumps on bones; there was no single feature that you could point to and say “dinosaur X belongs on this branch or that”.
Except, perhaps, feathers.
Feathers and their hairy antecedents have been found on many theropod dinosaurs and also on several different bird-hipped dinosaurs. But they have never been found among the sauropods. So the new group of dinosaurs consisting of the theropods and the bird-hipped dinosaurs (which has been named the ornithoscelidans) may be defined by the presence of feathers or feather-like structures covering some portion of the animal.
So feathers may be telling us a lot more about the structure of the dinosaur’s family tree than simply “here are the birds”. They may actually be the defining feature of one of the most fundamental splits in the dinosaur tree that occurred very early in their evolution.

The revolution is still underway and many of the preliminary conclusions presented here are far from settled and confirmed. There is still a lot of work to be done, more species to find and classify.

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Incontrovertible evidence: the Sinosauropteryx fossil, discovered in Liaoning province in 1996, revealed a dinosaur covered in downy fuzz.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on September 03, 2018, 03:30 PM
I'm browsing the forum and I noticed that Maher hasn't logged into the forum for ages. He must be tired.

Tonight I was reading some news on le figaro and other websites. And I found this article: https://www.letemps.ch/societe/bureau-tyrannie-cool
Then I was thinking about aa1234779 who told us a few months ago that he was unemployed. But if you read the article, you will learn that unemployment is a new kind of liberty. Just think how happy aa1234779 is. I wish I were with users of the forum in a farm in Palestine, far away from civilization. We could play tennis and drink orange juice every day.



A photo of st etienne. where I live, in a park, far away from civilization.
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Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on September 04, 2018, 06:37 AM
here is another photo.
we can see a rooster in the foreground.
Vasudev and usmangujjar must be wondering if it's monsieur baboon in the background, on top of the hill. Actually, it seems it's monsieur Christ who is hiding over there.
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Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on September 04, 2018, 01:43 PM
a few days ago aa1234779 was asking for new photos. And I know that he is looking at them with great attention. Maybe some other users are looking at them too.


Here we have two photos taken place des ursules in St Etienne.

On the foreground, those young people seem to be outsiders, drinking beers and smoking. We can't see it here, but half of the shops are closed, even in the center of the town. Saint Etienne is a town that was devastated by the closure of coal mines. And it's still the case. Since 1970, it lost 25% of its population. Now the population has stabilized at about 170 000.
I was looking for some Chinese spring rolls, but I've been unable to find this kind of shop in the center of the town. Where I was living in the 17th arrondissement I was spoilt for choices when it came to dining.
But unlike Paris which is cloudy most of the time, the weather was fine and we have a sunny day.
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Some young asian girls. I must say there are more Muslim people in the streets, and Maher would be surprised because there are many kebab shops. Unfortunately, I'm not a fan of "junk food". On the wall, a weird graffiti.
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Note that I found a code to use the internet connection of the neighbor.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on September 05, 2018, 05:38 AM
Here is another photo, taken in a park in St etienne. The environment is restful. We don't hear the sounds of the birds but there are a few pigeons. The Parisian frenzy doesn't seem to exist here, but the noises of the cars are spoiling this subtle harmony.
https://i.imgur.com/7bnI7KA.jpg

I hope aa1234779 and usman are enjoying the photos.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on September 08, 2018, 01:01 PM
Tonight, I'm going to talk about the international day of protests that took place today.

These protests over climate change kicked off in dozens of cities around the world Saturday, as key UN talks aimed at breathing fresh life into the Paris Agreement took place in Bangkok.
As global warming races ahead of efforts to contain it, the discussions are deadlocked over a number of contentious issues, with activists demanding immediate action to prevent irreparable damage to the planet.

The "Rise for Climate" protest movement, which has organised events in dozens of countries on Saturday, wants governments to end their reliance on fossil fuels and transition fully into renewable energy.

Beginning in Australia, a tall ship moved through Sydney Harbour in front of the Opera House as activists on board held up protest signs.
Its billowing sails featured banners that read "Rise for Climate; Action with 350" – referring to environment advocacy group 350, which spearheaded the global protest.

In Paris, the protests looked set to have renewed momentum this year, FRANCE 24’s Chris Moore reported from City Hall in central Paris.
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“There is a healthy turnout today,” said Moore, as thousands of people waving banners and clapping hands marched in the background.
Some 20,000 people responded to an appeal on Facebook, launched by a man called Maxime Lelong who described himself as an "ordinary concerned citizen", saying they would attend Saturday’s protests.

Lelong’s appeal came in the wake of the resignation of France’s popular environment minister and celebrity green campaigner, Nicolas Hulot, who quit his role last month, accusing the French government of only taking baby steps in the fight against climate change.

Hulot’s appointment was a coup for French President Emmanuel Macron – Hulot had declined to serve under previous French presidents – but his public resignation on live radio at the end of August dealt a damaging blow to the Macron government’s green credentials.

NGOs and organisers of Saturday’s events in Paris stress that it is not about supporting one politician or another, Moore added, it’s really about honouring the words that Hulot gave when he resigned.

‘In an era of [Donald] Trump,’ Hulot said, ‘many people are simply resigned to their fate on climate change. That’s the absolute opposite of what we need. The organisers want a big turn out on the streets of France to show that the general public haven’t forgotten that this is a pressing concern.

In the Thai capital, some 200 protesters assembled in front of the UN regional headquarters, where delegates were discussing how to implement measures agreed by world powers under the 2015 Paris Accord on climate change.

The talks aim to create a draft legal framework for limiting global temperature rises that can be presented to ministers and heads of state at a final round of discussions in Poland in December.

The delegates have been meeting since Tuesday, but have made little progress, according to multiple sources close to the negotiations.

"The negotiators are not taking any action," Ruchi Tripathi, head of climate justice at charity ActionAid, told AFP.

In particular, the issue of how the fight against climate change will be funded – and how that funding is made available to developing nations – remains a key sticking point.

Dozens of labourers and fishermen from the Gulf of Thailand, whose livelihoods are threatened by rising sea levels and coastal erosion caused by climate change, joined Saturday's protest.

Many brought examples of their produce, including crabs and shrimp, and held banners demanding that delegates take action.

"I came here today to ask the government to put coastal erosion on the national agenda," 58-year-old fisherwoman Aree Kongklad told AFP.

She said that the mangrove forests near her coastal home had been destroyed, jeopardising the supply of crabs that are her livelihood.

In Manila, more than 800 people, including one dressed as a Tyrannosaurus rex holding a "Go Fossil Free" sign, marched through the streets protesting the country's heavy reliance on coal.

Along with Bangkok, the Philippine capital is projected to be among the world's hardest hit urban areas by climate change impacts.

"We are among the most vulnerable and we are among those still stuck in an energy system that is backwards," campaigner Chuck Baclavon told AFP, adding that the government is out of excuses.

The country has been the victim of powerful weather phenomenons like Typhoon Haiyan, a deadly superstorm that left more than 7,350 people dead or missing across central Philippines in November 2013.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on September 10, 2018, 11:23 AM
A few days ago, Hundreds of thousands of climate change protestors gathered at some 850 events across 90 countries – and seven continents – in what is one of the biggest ever days of global action highlighting the issue.
They are marching in cities from Kathmandu to Copenhagen, Lagos to Lisbon, Bogota to Berlin. They are asking politicians to do something to curb climate change.

Here are a few photos.

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Here in Sydney, Australia

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Members of The Forgotten Solution NGO, disguised as trees, demonstrate in front of the San Francisco City Hall on September 8th.

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In Brussels, a rally organized in front of the European Parliament Saturday gathered about a thousand people according to the organizers

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Events took place even in Marseille, where 2,500 people marched according to the organizers, and 700 according to the police.

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In Paris, 20 thousand people met and responded to a call for mobilization launched on social networks. Maybe some of you recognized the building in the background (it's Notre dame Cathedral).

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In Nairobi

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In Bangkok, nearly 200 protesters gathered in front of the UN regional headquarters, where a preparatory meeting for the upcoming COP24 climate summit, scheduled for Poland in three months, was organized until Sunday.

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Thousands of protesters gathered in the streets of San Francisco, including indigenous advocates.

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This day of action, here in Kathmandu, Nepal, is supposed to culminate with a big demonstration in San Francisco, where will be held from September 12 the World Summit of cities and companies for the climate, organized by the governor of California in answer to Trump's anti-ecological policy.


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Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on September 14, 2018, 05:44 AM
Here are a fem photos for the users of the forum. I know that aa1234779 is waiting for them.

From the observatory park of Meudon
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Paris on 14 July 2018
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La défense from Saint Cloud
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A view from Issy les Moulineaux
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Lyon by night
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San Francisco early in the morning
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If you can, avoid those big towns, which ar heavily dependent on oil. Smaller towns usually require less energy and less complex logistics.


The following are some pictures taken in Qalqilya Zoo (not taken by me). This zoo is a bit unique since the zoo is more or less without living animals. The majority of animals had died from fright and lack of proper care as a result of continuous incursions into the town by the Israeli Defence Force. The zookeeper was forced to become taxidermist but with little experience this often resulted in tragi-comic results.

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In the East of Palestine, people are using camels instead of cars.
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Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: Shadow.97 on September 14, 2018, 06:01 AM
scar, have you taken these pictures with a camera, phone or something else?
The light in the pictures is usually quite good.

I thought of uploading some pictures.
Where do you host them?
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on September 14, 2018, 06:19 AM
scar, have you taken these pictures with a camera, phone or something else?
The light in the pictures is usually quite good.

I thought of uploading some pictures.
Where do you host them?

Actually none of these photos were taken by me. It was the guy who was working next to me who took them, with a camera. My phone has a 16M pixels camera, and yet the results would have been sensibly more blurred. That's why I practically never took photos of landscapes. You can see that in this topic.
One day he brought his camera and he had a lens like this...https://preview.ibb.co/gbBHKp/LD0004628401_2.jpg
I didn't ask him if I could take his photos though. But probably he wouldn't care, and I didn't see him on the forum (I didn't talk about it either, after all there are sensible stuff that only a few users and humbert, usman, Maher, I and you are allowed to see).
If you want the photos they are available here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/49511298@N04/ (I'll remove the link later).
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: humbert on September 15, 2018, 11:03 PM
The following are some pictures taken in Qalqilya Zoo (not taken by me). This zoo is a bit unique since the zoo is more or less without living animals. The majority of animals had died from fright and lack of proper care as a result of continuous incursions into the town by the Israeli Defence Force.


Lack of proper care makes sense. According to Maher, the statement about continuous incursions into Qalqilya by the IDF is inaccurate. He tells me that rarely do people who live in Qalqilya ever see Israeli soldiers. If they come it's very brief (e.g., to take away a suspected terrorist) and they're gone almost immediately. All police work is done by the Palestinian police. This is essentially the agreement signed some 20 years ago by Yassir Arafat and Yitzak Rabin.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on September 16, 2018, 05:01 AM
Lack of proper care makes sense. According to Maher, the statement about continuous incursions into Qalqilya by the IDF is inaccurate. He tells me that rarely do people who live in Qalqilya ever see Israeli soldiers. If they come it's very brief (e.g., to take away a suspected terrorist) and they're gone almost immediately. All police work is done by the Palestinian police. This is essentially the agreement signed some 20 years ago by Yassir Arafat and Yitzak Rabin.
You are certainly right. In the first picture, we can see a kind of Lion. Had he been alive, the Israeli forces would have been scared. In the second picture, it seems it's a monkey, but it does not look like mr baboon. The Arabic description must be giving clues.


Today, I'm going to hold an exceptional conference titled: Ecological transition: how to do it?

How to lead a more sustainable life? This question generates a lot of debate about what people can do to fight climate change. In many cases, the answers are directed at individuals, asking them to adopt more responsible behavior, such as buying locally, insulating their homes or taking their bike instead of the car ... "But these individual responses raise the question of their effectiveness in changing behavior that needs to be systemic, "says Kris de Decker on Low-Tech Magazine.
There are three types of public policies to combat climate change: decarbonisation policies (encouragement of renewable energy sources, electric cars, etc.), energy efficiency (improvement of the energy ratio of appliances, vehicles, buildings ...) and behavioral change (promoting more sustainable behaviors). The first two aim to make existing consumption patterns less resource-intensive, but all too often relying only on technical innovation, they forget social support, which explains why they have not led to a significant decrease in CO2 emissions or energy demand. Progress in energy efficiency does not take into account new consumption patterns and the rebound effect.

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Similarly, the development of renewable energies has not led to decarbonisation of energy infrastructure because energy demand is increasing faster than the development of renewable energy sources. For Kris de Decker, this highlights the need to focus more on social change. If we want efficient energy efficiency and decarbonisation policies to be effective, they must be combined with social innovation: hence the importance of behavior change policies!
If the instruments of behavior change are numerous, they are mostly carrots or sticks, when it is not a sermon. But these instruments (economic incentives, norms and regulations, information ...) are based on a vision of individuals as rational beings: people would engage in a pro-environmental behavior for self-interested reasons (because it's nice or they can save money) or for normative reasons (because others do). But many actions generate a conflict between these two visions: the pro-environmental behavior is often considered less profitable, less pleasant or longer, hence sometimes a mismatch between what people think and what people actually do . To respond to this, we can reduce the cost of pro-environmental actions or increase the cost of actions which are harmful to the planet. Or, strengthen normative behavior.

Still, the results of these behavior change policies have so far been rather limited and disappointing.

The problem, writes Kris de Decker, is that these behavior change policies are based on the recognition that what people do is essentially a question of individual choice. But, the fact that most people eat meat, drive cars or are connected to the electricity grid is not just a question of choice: people are actually locked into unsustainable lifestyles. What they do is conditioned, facilitated and constrained by social norms, public policies, infrastructures, technologies, market, culture ... As an individual, we can for example buy a bike, but we can not not develop bike infrastructures. If the Danes or Dutch use the bike more than others, it's not so much because they are more environmentally conscious than others, it's because they have excellent bike infrastructures, because it is socially acceptable to ride a bike and because motorists are very respectful of bicycles, especially since the motorist is always considered responsible in the event of an accident, even if it is the cyclist who made a mistake. Without this support infrastructure, we can see that it is more difficult to get a large number of people to ride a bike. Similarly, individuals do not have the possibility to modify the speeds of the Internet or reduce the energy supply of the power plant on which they depend. "If individuals can make individual pro-environmental choices based on their values and attitudes, and inspire others ... they have no opportunity to act on structures that facilitate or limit their options."

The Guardian environmental journalist George Monbiot recalls in one of his forums that we will not save the Earth by adopting better consumption patterns, such as replacing our disposable plastic cups with disposable cups. "Of course, we should try to minimize our own impacts, but we can not deal with climate change and the resource crisis simply by taking responsibility for what we consume." Disposable coffee cups made of corn starch perpetuate the problem rather than solve it. For him too, "Defending the planet means changing the world".
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on September 16, 2018, 08:52 AM
In Hong Kong, after Typhoon Mangkhut hit, on 16 September 2018.

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(https://www.ouest-france.fr/sites/default/files/styles/image-640/public/2018/09/16/en-images-le-super-typhon-manghkut-seme-le-chaos-hong-kong_2.jpg?itok=vwztukWD)

(https://www.ouest-france.fr/sites/default/files/styles/image-640/public/2018/09/16/en-images-le-super-typhon-manghkut-seme-le-chaos-hong-kong_5.jpg?itok=8A46TQbc)
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on September 27, 2018, 09:49 AM
Today, I took some photos.

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Maybe some of you know this town. Is it qalqilya? is it Cairo? Is it New Delhi? if you know the answer you can leave your comments.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on September 28, 2018, 06:29 PM
Here are a few other photos for the users of the forum.


Some of you probably guessed it with the previous photos. The town where the photos were taken is Lyon. It was quite easy to find it with the Part-Dieu and Oxygene towers photos.
It’s 3 times bigger than Saint Etienne and roughly 4 times smaller than Paris.


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It was quite hot for a late September.


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The commercial center of La-Part-Dieu, which is beside the Part-Dieu tower. In my opinion the latter is a bit useless since it consists essentially of office spaces.
This place seems a bit overcrowded.


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Some toys. The castle of Mickey is a bit expensive. Maybe usman or shadow.97 used to play with some legos.


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Visibly a former trader of Goldman sacks selling some works of art.
Note that he has a strong beer on the right of the picture, It’s probably the future of work that we can see here, with more flexibility given to the employee and an increased resort to telework where the employee can work from home. Should aa1234779 want to work with a beer beside him in his country, I guess he would have to ask the permission to his prince.
I know that Aa1234779 is always carefully looking at the photos I upload on the forum and he may have noticed that I didn’t take many photos of Saint Etienne. Well, to be honest Saint Etienne is a “run-down” city and it’s not as beautiful as Lyon. Despite the low price of the real estate here, I don’t plan to buy anything here because I’m not sure I’ll stay here for a very long time. Since it lost one third of its population due to the coal mines closure, you have the impression that something is amiss. Unlike Paris, you can see many signs that read “for rent” or “for sale”...But it’s also pleasant to leave in a place which is less noisy and where there are not as many traffic jams as in Paris. As Sartre said, "l'enfer c'est les autres".


I don’t plan to buy in Lyon either since the real estate is quite expensive over there. And Lyon is particularly hit by climate change.
As temperatures are rising around the globe, a report from the European Data Journalism Network analyzed the temperature evolution over 117 years. No doubt, a global warming is happening, and Lyon is a city of France that is particularly affected. Thus, if in the twentieth century, the average annual temperature was 10.4 degrees, since the 2000s, it is now 11.5 degrees, an increase of 1.1 degrees. The trend started in the late 80s and does not take into account the heat islands that accentuate the situation a little more. Therefore, with these values, Lyon ranks 232nd out of 558 among the cities where the warming is the strongest. In France, it ranks first in cities with more than 500,000 inhabitants, ahead of Paris and Marseille where the rise is 1 degree. For smaller cities, Avignon is ahead with + 1.2 degree. Brest is the least affected city with only + 0.3 degree.
Days of heat wave more numerous

The study also teaches us that hot days with average temperatures above 24 degrees continue to progress. In Lyon, they were 3.6 during the twentieth century. Since the 2000s, the study notes 11.5. Similarly, the days when the average temperature is less than -1 degree are rarer, with 17.5 days in the twentieth century, and 12.7 days per year since 2000. Finally, at the European level, the most affected city remains Kiruna in Sweden with a rise of +3.4 degrees between the twentieth century and the 2000s.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on September 30, 2018, 12:12 PM
Note that the site http://www.hostingpics.net/ is currently closing. It's not possible to upload photos any more on this site, and some photos are being deleted. Over the last few years I used to upload photos using it, therefore some photos of this topic were deleted. I'll try to put them back.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: humbert on October 02, 2018, 09:57 PM
Note that the site http://www.hostingpics.net/ is currently closing. It's not possible to upload photos any more on this site, and some photos are being deleted. Over the last few years I used to upload photos using it, therefore some photos of this topic were deleted. I'll try to put them back.

What site do you recommend to replace hostingpics? I assume you'd know, you're the expert on this  :)
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on October 03, 2018, 04:38 PM
What site do you recommend to replace hostingpics? I assume you'd know, you're the expert on this  :)

You can try this: https://imgbb.com/
This is the site I've used to host the latest photos of the forum. I've been using it for a few months actually, when I was still in Paris, since the news of the closure of hosingpics was already known. In May 2018, I was using it.
Before this date, the photos have disappeared. http://www.nomaher.com/forum/index.php?topic=2283.msg29124#msg29124
But I knew it and kept a copy of the messages. I'll update them later.
https://imgbb.com/


You know, I wish I was with aa1234779, Maher, humbert usman, Vasudev and some users of the forum in Palestine or in Islamabad. I'm a bit depressed actually. In Paris I used to go out at night to walk or less frequently buy a soda (since I avoid the greasy and sugary American junk food. In my neighborhoods some Indian grocery stores were open till 1am, Indians are hard working people but it's hard to understand them). In Saint Etienne I don't go out. The town gives me the creeps. By day, you see a lot of lowlifes with caps. And since most shops close at 8pm, I guess the streets must be empty in the evening.
I remember a girl named Drenica who was an interesting coworker, and she told me she knew Saint Etienne but she wouldn't go back there for anything in the world. She warned me but my decision was already taken. Maybe I made a mistake. I have the impression there are essentially school boys, unemployed people, or old people here. The others have gone.
But there are a few advantages too. I'm living in a big flat. It's calm. There is a park underneath the building. Mr baboon is not living in the old spruces and fir-trees though. I didn't see him. It's probably too cold.


Note the windows 10 redstone 5 will be released soon, probably next week.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: humbert on October 04, 2018, 10:43 PM
You can try this: https://imgbb.com/

Thanks for the tip. I'll give it a look.

You know, I wish I was with aa1234779, Maher, humbert usman, Vasudev and some users of the forum in Palestine or in Islamabad.

That would be nice. Don't forgot about inviting Vasudev.

Indians are hard working people but it's hard to understand them).

They are indeed hard-working, decent people. There are quite a few here in San Antonio. What is it about them that you don't understand? Those that are Hindus mostly keep their beliefs to themselves.

But there are a few advantages too. I'm living in a big flat. It's calm. There is a park underneath the building.

You're still living in Paris? Do you have a car? I don't see why you'd need one in Paris. If anything the car is more a disturbance than anything else. I wish here in America I had the luxury of NOT having to own a car. In the last week I paid almost $700 in repair bills and the car is still acting up. I don't have $20,000 to get a new one.

Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on October 06, 2018, 05:50 PM
You're still living in Paris? Do you have a car? I don't see why you'd need one in Paris. If anything the car is more a disturbance than anything else. I wish here in America I had the luxury of NOT having to own a car. In the last week I paid almost $700 in repair bills and the car is still acting up. I don't have $20,000 to get a new one.
No I don't. I'm in Saint Etienne, a godforsaken place 50 km west of Lyon. And you're right, I didn't need a car in Paris. Like you I paid 400€ lately to repair my car 2 times. A few weeks ago I went to Lyon and my steering wheel became hard. I could hardly do a parallel park. And a few days later, the ignition coil died. And I need this car since I don't live downtown. There are buses but it takes more time. Actually I have 20k but I keep my car. I don't know if I'll still be there in 1 year or 2.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on October 07, 2018, 02:22 PM
Note that some old photos were re-uploaded on the forum.

http://www.nomaher.com/forum/index.php?topic=2283.110
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: humbert on October 08, 2018, 09:46 PM
No I don't. I'm in Saint Etienne, a godforsaken place 50 km west of Lyon.


What's so bad about Saint Etienne? Seem to me you're better off there than in Paris, which is crowded and notoriously expensive. Did you at least manage to get yourself a better place to live? As I recall you were living in a closet or something.

You have roughly 16,000€ sitting in a savings account? Congratulations! You're doing something right. I was under the impression you were having trouble at work, not to mention living in Paris which is not cheap.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on October 09, 2018, 06:03 PM
What's so bad about Saint Etienne?
When you arrive here for the 1st (from Paris), it's a shock, because the people look poor, -it's not just an impression- and because you are always wondering if you really want to stay.
Until recently I didn't want to leave Paris. And it wasn't due to financial problems. I left because I was fed up. Because Paris is noisy. And because I wanted to see something else after 10 years spent in the 16th arrondissement, in the 11th arrondissement and in the 17th arrondissement. Actually I’m earning less money here and my rent is more expensive.
In fact, the rental yield in Saint Etienne is excellent. And very bad in Paris. Because the price of the real estate is high in Paris and low in Saint Etienne (by comparison, since the prices kept decreasing in Saint Etienne till recently). It means that it's not really interesting to buy sth in Paris to rent it (by comparison with Saint Etienne), where you can obtain a 3% yield, vs a 10% yield in Saint Etienne. But there is another pb with Saint Etienne. If you are renting your flat, it's good. But you are not sure to rent it, because there is a lot of goods for sale or lease. And to sell it, it can take months. And for the tenant, it's not a bargain (for me). Compared to Paris, you can rent sth 3 or 4 times bigger for the same price (and that you can probably buy at a third of the price). Therefore if you are sure to stay it's interesting to buy. That's not my case.
But my flat is way bigger, I could welcome you, and maybe aa1234779 too. If you want to work in France, you can tell me. More money in the household, I don’t say no. And for the papers, well, I could marry you or aa1234779, one at a time (since polygamy is not allowed, a man can’t have several husbands I guess). I’m not into gay stuff, but if it can be interesting for you and me. At least financially. And I’m pretty sure that you and aa1234779 have a great potential.
Well, I’m not living in a castle, and for more users, like Vasudev, panzer24 and shadow.97 it would be more difficult, I would have to put a mattress in my car (but there is no noise at night in the park, in which I have a parking space).
But I don't know if I found here what I'm looking for.
More seriously, if I’d like to go to Palestine one day with humbert and Maher, it’s to live in a place where there is no money, where we can practice barters with villagers. Of course I’m talking about the Palestinian outback, near the dead sea. Most people are farmers over there, and they don’t need money, just a few goats. And they are happy. Nowadays, in the capitalist societies, most people are not happy anymore. Many jobs have become useless, and unproductive, there have been studies about it, because 80% work in the services sector, some transport people or goods, others are sitting in front of a computer all day like me, others are studying law, but in fine there is no more real production. It actually boils down to the meaning of the work.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on October 09, 2018, 06:07 PM
In Paris I was living roughly one hundred meters from the rue de la Jonquière. It was a bustling neighborhood, with Indian groceries and Chinese restaurants open till Midnight or 1am, even if it was even more busy near the place of Clichy.
I was a bit abashed when I read this piece of news:
On September 27, at 11:00 pm, rue de la Jonquière, in the Guy Moquet district (17th arrondissement), a 26-year-old, suicidal man, under medical treatment, jumped from the 6th floor of his building. The victim did not crash down but impaled on a pole.
Two videos - his fall and the one where he died in the hospital - have leaked on social networks.

The images are violent and dramatic. They should not have illegally leave the Prefecture of Police and the hospital to be sent on social networks.
Last Wednesday, the Paris prosecutor opened an investigation, entrusted to the IGPN. "This investigation has been opened for breach of professional secrecy," said a judicial source.

Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on October 10, 2018, 08:33 PM
Note that once again, some photos that were deleted with the closure of hostingpics.net have been re-uploaded and can be viewed on the forum. Hopefully all the photos will be back by the end of the week.

Also, note that some excellent versions of windows 7 and win10, with the October updates, will be uploaded during the week end.

Note that a report of brave Elise Lucet was released a few days ago about the scandalous conditions of work in the Italian tanneries, where only Senegalese workers want to work.
The video is available here, in French: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1IRtRnV92AM
Note that the journalists sustained bodily injury in Italy.
Today LVMH and Kering shares, listed in the cac40, dropped by 10%. 
I know that the users of the forum are particularly smart. I told you that you should boycott all the American products, and particularly the junk food. But if you are smarter, you should boycott all the products of the Luxury brands such as LVMH and Kering too.
And if you are a Chinese tourist maybe you can save your money instead of buying some craps. At Porte de Clignancourt you can buy a backpack for 10€  instead of a Vuitton handbag that will cost 800€. And with the money saved you can eat at the mcdonalds of the Champs Elysées for one year (at least you will go back to China with a big belly). Of course, the Senegale would lose their jobs, and Bernard Arnault would beg for money at the porte of Clichy, but for the former I guess they can only find sth better.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on October 18, 2018, 03:01 PM
Here are a few photos for the users of the forum, taken today in the Business district of the 3rd arrondissement of Lyon.
Lyon is smaller than Marseille, but unlike Marseille, which has no suburb, its suburb is significant and therefore it is bigger in term of agglomeration, with more than 1 million.
I spent most of my time in Lyon this week. And I will work most of the time in Lyon in November. Maybe some photos of museum will be available later.
I hope aa1234779 and Vasudev are satisfied.

In the commercial center of la part dieu, one of the biggest of Europe, (a little smaller than les Quatre temps in la défense)
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A new game called Starlink. For 3 years old (according to the saleswoman). Looked like starfox for n64, but it was not as good.
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At the train station
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If aa1234779 is looking at the vagrant and the dog, wondering which one is working, I guess it is the dog.
I hope we won't end up like that one day but after all, instead of our useless jobs, who is right, who is wrong? The vagrant or the tuxedo-clad moron?
In 30 years, without oil, the prince of oil will be like that you know.

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In the train station for those who want to charge their phone, it's necessary to pedal.
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Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on October 24, 2018, 11:08 AM
Here is a photo taken in Paris a few days ago.
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Maher is probably wondering if it's Mr baboon taking photos in the 8th arrondissement. it's not the case.
And aa1234779 must have noticed the predatory grin, a characteristic of humbert when he entered the mcdonalds of the Champs Elysées, looking for raw meat. But that's not him either.
Actually the photo was taken in the menagerie of the Jardin des Plantes in Paris, in the 5th arrondissement. You know this place, since the photos of the T-rex were taken here (http://www.nomaher.com/forum/index.php?topic=2283.msg29242#msg29242).
The orangutan family of the establishment has just grown with Java, who was born eight days ago. The last birth of an orang-utan was in 2005, said Wednesday, October 24 the National Museum of Natural History (MNHN).
The orangutans from Borneo are an endangered species.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: humbert on October 25, 2018, 10:23 PM
What is an arrondissement? Is that like a neighborhood or something?
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on October 26, 2018, 03:53 AM
yes it is. You can find arrondissements in Montreal, Paris, Lyon...
(https://vivreparis.fr/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/paris-arr-map-1-300x226.gif)

Note that new photos will be available tonight.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on October 26, 2018, 04:50 PM
I uploaded some old photos in this message. Note that tomorrow other photos will be available.
http://www.nomaher.com/forum/index.php?topic=2283.msg29267#msg29267
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on October 27, 2018, 03:37 AM
This message was updated. Some new photos are available.
http://www.nomaher.com/forum/index.php?topic=2283.msg29288#msg29288
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on October 29, 2018, 02:33 PM
Tonight, I'm holding a conference to show you a few photos of Saint Etienne.

A long time ago, humbert told us that he had been to the Champs Elysées (and its mcdonald), but chances are he has never visited Saint Etienne. And maybe he never will. So I’m sure that the users of the forum will be delighted to see those photos. And if they can, they should upload their own photos too, but in their country it might be forbidden.

Those ones were taken a few days ago...
Rue du 11 Novembre.
As you can see there are few cars. This is one of the city’s main streets, and yet there are many closed shops. But there is an interesting architecture.
(https://image.ibb.co/m48mwV/20181026-125310.jpg)


Rue de la marne. The buildings look dilapited, but oddly enough flats are often quite big and comfy.
In Paris it was the opposite, the façades are regularly renovated, but many flats are tiny and poorly insulated.
(https://image.ibb.co/i9yaqq/20181026-124822.jpg)


A shopping arcade. At least what is left of it. Only one shop is still open.
(https://image.ibb.co/eobZiA/20181026-123639.jpg)


A few photos taken today.
It’s snowing. It was a catastrophe for me because my car and my tyres are not capable of coping with this weather. Actually, there is a steep hill on my way to work, and with a
relatively powerful sedan using slick tyres, if you have to stop the car, the wheels of the vehicles are spinning when you move again.
(https://image.ibb.co/ner6wV/20181029-104342.jpg)


a few hours later.
(https://image.ibb.co/hXdmwV/20181029-123920.jpg)



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Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on October 30, 2018, 04:47 PM
if humbert is looking at the photos of the forum, he must be wondering 2 things.
- if the last photo is a selfie of me (since he met Maher he knows it's not him).
-and why I'm living in such a gloomy town.

Well, the last photo is not me...it's Sammy, some of you certainly realized that.
As for the town, I guess I should have come here before to take a decision. I didn't realize it would be so hard to live here.
During a lunch break at noon, it's not easy to find some good food, in a place that is not bustling with noisy students, and that is selling quality food, not kebab or burgers.
Since I don't eat kebab, aa1234779 must be thinking that I don't like Arabic food. Actually, It's not the case, I love couscous, and the kebab is not Arabic, even if the root of the word comes from the Proto-Afroasiatic word “kab” which means to roast. Indeed, the only thing Arabic about kebab, is the etymology. The kebab dish was first seen in Achaemenid Persia and later, Classical Greece. And the kebab we have in France comes from Germany, the Doner Kebab, invented by a Turkish immigrant. But it's a bit fat. The outer surface is gradually cooked and sliced off, and typically served as a sandwich in pita or flatbread with salad and chipped potatoes. In india for example, they have a more refined product with the galouti kebab, with Roomali Roti and vegetables. It's probably half as caloric as the Doner kebab.


I already told humbert that I wanted to go to Palestine with the users of the forum. Actually I think it's not a good idea.
Maybe I would be disappointed. After all, this country is still a bit tormented, and I don't think many users would want to come.
Since most users of the forum come from Asia, and that many are Muslim, it would be interesting to find a beautiful town in a Muslim country of Asia.
In my opinion Islamabad certainly fits this description. If we opened a restaurant other there, I already imagine Maher preparing the Palestinian couscous, scarface serving the French picodon, and Vasudev recommending the chicken tikka masala

a couscous
(https://image.ibb.co/enEu3L/i68325-couscous-et-sa-sauce.jpg)

a picodon (it's not a French saucisson, it's a wheel of cheese. Picodon is a goats-milk cheese made in the region around the Rhône in southern France. Certainly we could make our own Pakistani picodon to avoid import costs).
(http://www.cheeseonline.fr/files/includes/images/produits-photos-zoom-cheese_picodon_fromage_zoom.jpg)

A chicken tikka masala
(https://image.ibb.co/gotFA0/Best-Chicken-Tikka-Masala-IMAGE-2.jpg)
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: humbert on October 30, 2018, 10:59 PM
- if the last photo is a selfie of me (since he met Maher he knows it's not him).

I haven't met Maher personally. In fact I've never been to the Middle East.

-and why I'm living in such a gloomy town.

What's so bad about St. Etienne? Based on your input it's certainly better than Paris.

I already told humbert that I wanted to go to Palestine with the users of the forum. Actually I think it's not a good idea.
Maybe I would be disappointed. After all, this country is still a bit tormented, and I don't think many users would want to come.

It if were possible for the users of the forum to travel to Palestine, it might be a good after all provided we do things right. First we would have to fly to Amman. Tel-Aviv airport authorities are very problematic. I know a few horror stories. Based on the information I have, coming in by road (bus) from Jordan is easier. In fact, Maher is a Jordanian citizen and could easily meet us in Amman and guide us to Qalqilya. I suppose my only concern would be citizens of Arab countries, or maybe Pakistan.

Since most users of the forum come from Asia, and that many are Muslim, it would be interesting to find a beautiful town in a Muslim country of Asia.

If you want Asian cities that are primarily Muslim, don't forget to check out Kaula Lumpur and Jakarta.


Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on November 02, 2018, 04:31 PM
I haven't met Maher personally. In fact I've never been to the Middle East.

What's so bad about St. Etienne? Based on your input it's certainly better than Paris.

It if were possible for the users of the forum to travel to Palestine, it might be a good after all provided we do things right. First we would have to fly to Amman. Tel-Aviv airport authorities are very problematic. I know a few horror stories. Based on the information I have, coming in by road (bus) from Jordan is easier. In fact, Maher is a Jordanian citizen and could easily meet us in Amman and guide us to Qalqilya. I suppose my only concern would be citizens of Arab countries, or maybe Pakistan.

If you want Asian cities that are primarily Muslim, don't forget to check out Kaula Lumpur and Jakarta.
If you are talking about Palestine it's the near East. If you are talking about Jordan, it's the middle East.
Here is a map to understand that.
(http://e.maxicours.com/img/4/2/7/3/427321.jpg)
Jordan is probably an excellent choice if we are planning to leave the capitalist world and work in a farm.
And as far as Palestine is concerned I know everything you are saying.
In my opinion most people in Pakistan are understanding, particularly in Islamabad. And they are smart too, we remember our friend usman.
There are a few Islamists who are currently protesting against the release of Asia Bibi, but I guess they have no other concern than to "add to the sum of human pleasures," as Brillat-Savarin so wonderfully put it.

In Saint Etienne there are many impoverished areas. I'm avoiding some bars or some supermarkets, notably in the south of the town. There are thugs in some streets at night.
If you compare the photos of Lyon and St Etienne, you probably see a slight difference. There are advantages too, for example if you are looking for a parking spot, it's not very hard to find one, even in the center of the town on a Saturday afternoon. It wasn't that easy in Paris.

Well, I don't know Kuala Lumpur but I'm not sure I'd like to live in Jakarta, which is a very big town. Lately, it was ranked as one of the most stressful cities in the world.
https://coconuts.co/jakarta/news/jakarta-ranked-one-stressful-cities-world-global-study/





A few days ago, students from prestigious schools published a manifesto alerting political and economic decision makers on the climate emergency.
Maybe shadow.97 or humbert are one of them.

They want to include in "their daily life and their job" an "environmental ambition to end the deadlock”. More than 20,000 students from all over France and beyond signed the "Student Manifesto for an Ecological Awakening" which launches an urgent appeal to take action to save the planet.

Launched and written by high school students, who will have leading responsibilities in the years to come - Polytechnique, HEC Paris, AgroParisTech, CentraleSupélec and ENS Ulm - it has gradually expanded to include university students in France. But also beyond, in Belgium, Canada or the United Kingdom.

Support is starting to come in, especially from the former environment and housing minister, Cécile Duflot.

Asked this Thursday on France info, students at the initiative of the project also announced receiving support from Al Gore, presidential candidate in the United States in the year 2000 and champion of ecology.

"As we get closer to our first job, we realize that the system we are part of is leading us to jobs that are often incompatible with the fruit of our reflections and confines us to daily contradictions. but we can not act alone: we can overcome these contradictions only with the active involvement of economic and political decision-makers, whose sole objective must be to serve the general interest in a sustainable way, "say the editors of the manifesto, put online a few days after the alarming report of the IPCC. In the latter, published in early October, the UN climate experts estimate that without change, global warming could reach 1.5 degrees in 2030. This will have catastrophic consequences on the ecosystem of the planet.

Individualism is pointed out.
"We, future workers, are ready to question our comfort zone so that society changes deeply," they write. Choosing a job in relation to one’s convictions, an employer who takes environmental commitments ... Implicitly, future professionals, promised for some to responsibilities, want to shake things up by convincing companies to change their behavior. "Companies must agree to put ecological logic at the heart of their organization and their activities."

Finally, they draw up a list of green ideas and encourage the signatories to commit to some, if not all of them. This includes the reduction of animal protein consumption, the abandonment of aircraft and single-use products, the reduction of heating by 1 ° in winter or the associative commitment.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: humbert on November 02, 2018, 11:03 PM
If you are talking about Palestine it's the near East. If you are talking about Jordan, it's the middle East.
Here is a map to understand that.

"Middle East" is a generic term applied to the area shown on your map not including Iran and Afghanistan. These countries are referred to as "Southwest Asia". At least that's how it is in this country. The term "near East" is never used. I suppose different cartographers have different names for areas on their maps.

Well, I don't know Kuala Lumpur but I'm not sure I'd like to live in Jakarta, which is a very big town. Lately, it was ranked as one of the most stressful cities in the world.

As far as I know Kuala Lumpur is pretty modern. I suppose the best place in that area of the world is probably Singapore.






Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on November 04, 2018, 02:16 PM
Here is an old message that was deleted. This message is a bit weird but maybe some of you will read it with interest.
Maybe there is a lot of tramps or poor people in your country. And If you go to Paris you'll see some tramps. A lot of tramps. Here you can get acquainted with a few of them.

If some people don’t like some of my messages they can ask me to remove them, they probably know I like to remove unneeded messages.
In fact, Most of us prefer ignoring those people. But at least it’s important to know that they exist. Sometimes we think that these people only exist in very poor countries, like Bangladesh, but it’s wrong. In Europe or in the US they are also very numerous. In the train stations of New York, they are so numerous that the town is hiding them behind sheets. As for France, there is a disease called Japanese syndrome which affects Japanese tourists, some of them becoming depressed after discovering during their journey that bums are numerous in Paris. According to estimates, One third of the 150000 Homeless persons in France are living in the Parisian agglomeration, of whom between 20000 and 30000 are living in Paris. They are younger than in the rest of France and 1/3 is working. Besides, 3,5 million people are badly housed and 85000 are living in makeshift houses in France. More than half of the overall number of tramps are originally from foreign countries and the number of homeless people increased by 50% in 10 years.

Jimmy the tramp is sleeping every evening in this phone booth. He’s in the street since 1985.
(https://image.ibb.co/dM1zyL/437284362.png)

Henri has been living under the tunnel of the Etoile, a road section under the arch of triumph, for 4 years.
(https://image.ibb.co/jTSHk0/206175883.png)

Henri in and out of his shelter, to search in trash cans for food.
(https://image.ibb.co/d3y7k0/501499685.png)

This homeless person was found dead of cold, under the bridge Charles de Gaulles in the 12th arrondissement.
(https://image.ibb.co/gC5L50/856842534.png)

Portrait of a homeless person nicknamed “papa”, who has been sleeping in the station of the RER nation for years.
(https://image.ibb.co/cKS050/636860446.png)

A homeless person nicknamed Jesus, who has been sleeping for years in the subway, and who is well known by the social services of the RATP.
(https://image.ibb.co/iJFEXf/433102488.png)
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on November 05, 2018, 10:35 AM
To humbert: for information, I read yesterday that Palestine fell into recession in 2018 (around -2%). This is linked to the global slowdown and the sanctions of Trump. The recession is much worse in Venezuela and Iran though.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on November 05, 2018, 11:41 AM
Note that once again, some photos were re-uploaded on the forum after the closure of hostingpics.net. The first page of this topic is nearly available again, but it's not completely done yet.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on November 14, 2018, 05:23 PM
Here are a few photos...taken yesterday in Lyon.



(https://image.ibb.co/hUkss0/20181113-161632.jpg)

(https://image.ibb.co/nJs5C0/20181113-161558.jpg)

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Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on November 16, 2018, 06:55 AM
During the week end, new photos will be availabe.
The message with the Vuitton foundation will be updated with some exceptional photos too.
Maher, usmangujjar and aa1234779 must be wondering if there will be new movies or new games on the forum. Maybe.

Those who are reading the finance topic must be thinking I was right. I told you to avoid Bitcoin and snapchat. in both cases they lost 2 third of their value since the beginning of the year. I told you to avoid valueless securities, that you will sell for a token amount.
And the markets are likely to keep crumbling.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on November 17, 2018, 01:06 PM
Tonight, I'm going to tell you why you shouldn't take your car tonight if you are in France.

Nowadays, we can see protests in many countries, and for various reasons. In Pakistan, some Islamists took to the streets because Asia Bibi was drinking the water of the wrong well. Apparently the water, or the well, or probably both of them, belonged to the Muslims. It sparked weeks, if not years, of demonstrations.
Today, some similar demonstrations took place in France. The word revolt seems more appropriate. I would even use the French word "Jacquerie", used to depict the peasant uprisings, especially during the revolution of 1789. I wanted to buy a pizza tonight and I knew this would be difficult to go out with all those demonstrators blocking the road. I've not been disappointed. The roundabout near the cours Fauriel in Saint Etienne was totally blocked. And I still have a matriculation with the number 75, being a foreigner would make things more difficult. To go back, and avoid the filtering road block, well, I just took the same road...on the wrong side of the road for about 50 meters.
humbert and panzer24 must be wondering why demonstrators were blocking the traffic. Actually they are protesting against higher fuel prices, and demand a better tax justice.
If you want to know more: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/11/17/one-killed-16-injured-yellow-jackets-protests-rising-fuel-prices/

A car forces a dam as protesters wearing yellow vests, a symbol of a French drivers’ protest against higher fuel prices, block a road in Donges.
(https://image.ibb.co/d0o35L/264fb12-GGGMAHE05-FRANCE-POLITICS-FUEL-BLOCKADES-1117-11.jpg)

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DsMsUaMWkAAa4Bv.jpg)

On the périphérique parisien.
(https://cdn-media.rtl.fr/cache/d-Z4hzXdldP38eKaRkESqA/880v587-0/online/image/2018/1117/7795605721_des-gilets-jaunes-tentent-de-bloquer-le-peripherique-au-niveau-de-la-porte-d-auteuil-a-paris-avant-d-etre-disperses-par-les-crs.jpg)
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on November 18, 2018, 11:32 AM
Here are a few unusual photos...


A camel that had escaped from a circus was found wandering on a road in Essonne. It was captured by the firefighters of the department.
(https://image.ibb.co/fRPBuf/474448-C2r-XHSf-XUAAY0jo.jpg)

shadow.97 or Murtlap must be wondering: Is it monsieur baboon? It looks like him, but there is no doubt, he has put on too much weight. Vasudev must be thinking, bullshit! it’s an elephant.
So what is it? Learning again how to walk in a swimming pool: it’s a revolutionary treatment for an elephant tested for the first time in Thailand.
(https://image.ibb.co/hfot70/238689elephant.jpg)

A golden pheasant from Hangzhou safari park in China bore a remarkable resemblance to a certain US president elect.
(https://image.ibb.co/hOEN0L/810788golden.jpg)

A cat had its fur trimmed to look like a “stegosaurus spine” at a pet shop in Taiwan.
(https://image.ibb.co/c1QefL/480207cat.jpg)
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on November 18, 2018, 04:23 PM
Tonight, I'm going to hold a conference about the demonstration that took place today on the champs Elysées against Apple.



The launch of an Apple store on the Champs Elysees in Paris was greeted Sunday by a protest against the US multinational's controversial fiscal practices.

Activists from the tax campaign group Attac gathered on the famous boulevard, wearing coloured wigs and party hats, throwing confetti and chanting: "Apple, pay your taxes!"

The group had staged a sit-in at Apple's flagship Paris store in December 2017, and in February a French court declined to approve a ban on such actions following a request by the US computer giant.

"We have come to celebrate in our own way the inauguration of Apple's Champs Elysees store, to remind people that Apple is one of the biggest tax evaders in the world," Attac spokeswoman Aurelie Trouve told AFP at the protest, which featured a brass band.

Apple, the first US company to attain one trillion dollars in market capitalisation, grew in part owing "to the fact that it extorts billions of euros from citizens, notably European and French, through fiscal evasion of its profits, first in Ireland and now in Jersey," the spokeswoman said.

Meanwhile security personnel allowed customers to enter the new store to a boisterous welcome by Apple employees.

Attac -- the Association for the Taxation of Financial Transactions and Citizens Action -- criticises French President Emmanuel Macron for failing to tackle multinational tax practices.

French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire has pushed for a Europe-wide tax policy on computer giants such as Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple but Ireland, which attracts such companies, is opposed while EU heavyweight Germany has voiced only lukewarm support for the French initiative.

Attac staged a sit-in at Apple's flagship Paris store in December 2017, and the US giant lost a legal bid to ban further such protests

(https://image.ibb.co/e3rKVL/app3.png)

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Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on November 19, 2018, 05:32 PM
Here are some old photos that were once available on the forum.
I know that humbert, Daniil, aa1234779 and some users on the forum are looking at them.


Those ones were taken in December 2015 in the 18th arrondissement...

(https://image.ibb.co/j7pkqL/61472920151226160417.jpg)

(https://image.ibb.co/bMv3c0/90158720151226160402.jpg)

(https://image.ibb.co/n2Cujf/16406920151226160734.jpg)

(https://image.ibb.co/iZ2c4f/36008320151226160850.jpg)




And those ones were taken on August, 10 2016 in the 1st arrondissement

(https://image.ibb.co/nFmZH0/53271420160810122126.jpg)

(https://image.ibb.co/hSauH0/13721920160810122539.jpg)

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(https://image.ibb.co/b0eAqL/31468620160810130813.jpg)

(https://image.ibb.co/eCwC4f/82528920160810131202.jpg)

(https://image.ibb.co/mwxPH0/91111120160810131259.jpg)

(https://image.ibb.co/jRDgx0/84512920160810131432002.jpg)

(https://image.ibb.co/jTzh4f/35583320160810131952.jpg)

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Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on November 24, 2018, 06:09 PM
Note that this conference was updated with new photos: http://www.nomaher.com/forum/index.php?topic=2283.msg17240#msg17240
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on November 28, 2018, 05:07 AM
I hope that humbert, usman and shadow.97 are fine.
Today I'm in Lyon and it's a bit cold.
https://ibb.co/CmnWZgz
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: humbert on November 29, 2018, 09:17 PM
I hope that humbert, usman and shadow.97 are fine.
Today I'm in Lyon and it's a bit cold.

I'm fine. A little cooler than usual here but OK. In fact, I'd give anything to live in a place where I would never again have to use air conditioning. I've had the misfortune of living in warm climates most of my life.

Incidentally, I would absolutely love to be able to buy that small car you took a picture of. Sadly it's not available for sale here. Most of these Americans prefer these huge pick up trucks or SUV's, especially here in Texas.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on December 10, 2018, 01:29 PM
I'm fine. A little cooler than usual here but OK. In fact, I'd give anything to live in a place where I would never again have to use air conditioning. I've had the misfortune of living in warm climates most of my life.

Incidentally, I would absolutely love to be able to buy that small car you took a picture of. Sadly it's not available for sale here. Most of these Americans prefer these huge pick up trucks or SUV's, especially here in Texas.
So you are like me, you don't like when it's cold and you don't like when it's too hot either. Then Paris or Saint Etienne are not for you, there is a cold and damp climate in winter, and more and more often there are heatwaves in summer. But maybe you should insulate your house and make it home energy-efficient. In France there are subsidies for thermal insulation work, it's probably the case in the US with a President who cares about its citizen and the environment. For example you need to have stores or shutters that you can close when it's hot.


Now we are going to examine the photo below. And no, It's not the roundabout of happiness in Raqqa.
Actually, This evening, I took this photo, near the commercial center of Monthieu, in Saint Etienne. It closed on Saturday, when the shopkeepers saw a pack of Barbarians with yellow jackets heading towards them. We don't know where these people with yellow vests come from, and apparently some of them are sleeping on this roundabout to defend their ideas, even if temperatures will go below 0ºC this night. Maybe they come from Sweden or Russia, they are not afraid of the cold.
Currently, they are probably eating some saucisson and drinking some mulled wine. And they are waiting some brave people, some leaders like you humbert, to carry through the political revolution and build a more equitable world. And yet, should the leaders of the forum meet them, and I'm thinking about shadow.97, Vasudev, akaubee, shhnedo, iih or Maher, I'm afraid it would result in a cultural shock.
I'm wondering whether aa1234779 is laughing after reading this, or if he finds this pathetic. I don't know myself what to think about the situation.
(https://i.ibb.co/K2WJWXJ/20181210-183827.jpg)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4r9AWRsVxE
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: humbert on December 10, 2018, 10:41 PM
So you are like me, you don't like when it's cold and you don't like when it's too hot either. Then Paris or Saint Etienne are not for you, there is a cold and damp climate in winter, and more and more often there are heatwaves in summer. But maybe you should insulate your house and make it home energy-efficient. In France there are subsidies for thermal insulation work, it's probably the case in the US with a President who cares about its citizen and the environment. For example you need to have stores or shutters that you can close when it's hot.

I don't mind the cold, in fact I actually like it. What I can't take is the detestable heat. Unfortunately I've been cursed with having to live in hot climates all my life. I would love to move to Canada if it were possible.

There are still tax credits for energy saving things such as insulation and solar panels. The only problem is that these things aren't cheap. Also I don't make enough money to be benefited by the tax credits.


Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on December 27, 2018, 07:54 PM
Tonight, I'm going to talk about climate change and the citizens' involvement.



In each country, citizens' action depends on the institutional practice as well as on current events.
For instance, in India, tens of thousands of Indian farmers have marched to the parliament in the capital, Delhi, to highlight the deepening agrarian crisis.
They arrived on Thursday from across the country and held a rally demanding better crop prices, drought relief and loan waivers.
Indian agriculture has been blighted by a depleting water table and declining productivity for decades.
Some "red vests" in India.
(https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/660/cpsprodpb/28AF/production/_104551401_gettyimages-1066332712.jpg)

In Palestine, Thousands living in the West Bank have been protesting for almost two months to ask the government to pull back on the first ever proposal for social security.
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DtVUs_nWsAAGAlv.jpg)



But tonight, I'm going to focus on France. Indeed, Nearly 2 million people signed petition to sue government over climate inaction.

If France isn’t willing to take action on climate change on its own, well, the courts are always an option to force the government’s hand.
More than 1.8 million people worldwide have signed a petition from environmental groups to sue the French government for failing to take sufficient action on the matter. These groups, which include Greenpeace France and Oxfam France, are calling it the case of the century.

They’re hoping to acquire 2 million signatures, but the fact that they haven’t met the goal yet hasn’t stopped them from moving forward with litigation. They formally filed a case on December 17 demanding the government meet the Paris Agreement and the country’s own national energy transition strategy, and alleging that its decades of inaction has led to damages for which the plaintiffs are demanding compensation. French officials have two months to respond.

Hopefully, this move won’t spark the same kind of backlash that previous attempts at climate policy in France have. Just earlier this year, President Emmanuel Macron announced a gas tax to help alleviate emissions from vehicles. In 2017, the country consumed 4.5 percent more fossil fuels than the scheduled target the French government had set out when it launched its energy transition act in 2015 to prevent further global warming.

However, that gas tax failed miserably when violent protests by so-called yellow vests erupted in November. The lower- and middle-class people who largely made up the protesters aren’t against climate action, per se. They’re against climate action that doesn’t consult them to ensure their needs are met. Addressing the needs of a nation’s most vulnerable is a key step in any just transition away from a fossil fuel economy. This is also how a government builds support for its policies, which is key to their success.

The gas tax is on pause, at least for now. But many believe the French government still needs to act, with 2018 ending as the country’s hottest year on record. Pollution from vehicles, industry, and agriculture results in 48,o00 deaths a year in France, according to a 2016 study. France’s former ecology minister quit on live radio in August because of his people’s failure to do anything about any of it.

So now people are turning to the courts. And they’ve seen success in the past. In the United States, children in Massachusetts won a case to get their state government to develop a climate plan. Our Children’s Trust, the organization that supported them, is also behind a federal lawsuit that’s still moving through the courts. In Colombia, similar litigation resulted in legal personhood for the country’s piece of the Amazon Rainforest in April. In 2015, the Netherlands was the first country where a judge ruled on the side of citizens and environmental organizations, mandating the government to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. That decision was upheld earlier this year.

Sometimes, legal action does work. At the very least, it pressures governments to acknowledge climate change exists. Well, most governments, that is.

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Thousands march in Paris against climate change, on 8 December 2018.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on January 25, 2019, 04:03 PM
Tonight, a few interesting photos published in January are available on the forum.

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These men participate in the festival "Jallikattu", a Hindu religious tradition, also known as Manju Virattu (bull hunting). Celebrated in the south of India, this practice takes place in the state of Tamil Nadu, during the Ponga festival.
Some human participants have to attempt to grab the large hump on the bull's back with both arms and hang on to it while the bull attempts to escape. Participants hold the hump for as long as possible, attempting to bring the bull to a stop. In some cases, participants must ride long enough to remove flags on the bull's horns.

(https://i.ibb.co/LvfGHwW/monkey.jpg)
A team of Chinese scientists have announced that they have cloned five monkeys, copies of a single specimen whose genes had been modified to make it sick: an initiative that could help medical research. This type of biomedical advances, however, often causes controversy, especially in China.

(https://i.ibb.co/TTHjR2d/Athens.jpg)
Incidents broke out in Athens with more than 20 injured, mostly police officers, during a demonstration that brought together between 60,000 and 100,000 people against the agreement on the new name of Macedonia, which the Greek parliament must ratify shortly. Scuffles took place between the police and about thirty hooded young people, who managed to throw projectiles while trying to force the entrance of the Parliament. Riot police retaliated by firing tear gas, which resulted in the dispersal of many demonstrators.

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Juan Guaido, head of the opposition-controlled Venezuelan parliament, proclaimed himself the country's interim "president," and was immediately recognized by the United States and its allies in the region. The Venezuelan army, the unwavering support of Socialist President Nicolas Maduro, rejected the self-proclamation of Juan Guaido.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on January 27, 2019, 10:43 AM
I am currently in Paris, and I hope that the users of the forum are fine.
http://imgur.com/a/toxvPt5
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: aa1234779 on January 27, 2019, 01:45 PM
I am currently in Paris, and I hope that the users of the forum are fine.
http://imgur.com/a/toxvPt5
I'm fine thank you. I hope everyone else is also doing good.
Paris is beautiful as always. Have fun.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on January 27, 2019, 02:18 PM
I went to St Etienne in August and it's the first time I come back. Im not here for touristic reasons...
I must tell you that I'd rather be in India with Vasudev, or in Texas, playng tennis with humbert and you. Im already fed up with St Etienne. it is what I call a "trou de merde". I went there because my family was in the south. Maybe I knew sth was going to happen. But I have no reason to stay over there any longer. You could come if you want. Maybe you'd be a bit  cold with a djellaba but Im sure you could teach me interesting things.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: aa1234779 on January 27, 2019, 02:29 PM
I went to St Etienne in August and it's the first time I come back. Im not here for touristic reasons...
I must tell you that I'd rather be in India with Vasudev, or in Texas, playng tennis with humbert and you. Im already fed up with St Etienne. it is what I call a "trou de merde". I went there because my family was in the south. Maybe I knew sth was going to happen. But I have no reason to stay over there any longer. You could come if you want. Maybe you'd be a bit  cold with a djellaba but Im sure you could teach me interesting things.
I'd be honored to meet you one day rather to learn from you, whether in the "City of Lights" or elsewhere, just as I would like to meet our host maher, our good friends, humbert, vasudev, the absent Ahmed, and everyone in the avatars you made.
I know France could be an easy bet if I sought asylum there, but I'd rather be elsewhere if I would need to move to Europe.
(rango) ;D

Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on January 27, 2019, 03:47 PM
I'd be honored to meet you one day rather to learn from you, whether in the "City of Lights" or elsewhere, just as I would like to meet our host maher, our good friends, humbert, vasudev, the absent Ahmed, and everyone in the avatars you made.
I know France could be an easy bet if I sought asylum there, but I'd rather be elsewhere if I would need to move to Europe.
(rango) ;D


Maybe easier than Japan. But what would you do here? in Paris you could visit some museums. In st  Etienne, you would water my plants...I gave my father 3 bonsais, and he used to water them. since he died, I got them back. In a way, you would replace him. I'm still thinking that marrying you and adopting shadow.97 could be an interesting concept.
Note that you can discover the nearest school of my residence by watching the movie noce blanche, available on the forum.
here: https://mega.nz/#!hQ1RkA5T!PF_2i-EkSTD4l6fLzXv9Jkut2IrTamMF2-o4UcSxBh8
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: aa1234779 on January 27, 2019, 04:21 PM
Maybe easier than Japan. But what would you do here? in Paris you could visit some museums. In st  Etienne, you would water my plants...I gave my father 3 bonsais, and he used to water them. since he died, I got them back. In a way, you would replace him.
That's my point. France is not the place for me. Although the bonsais watering could be rewarding in the sight of God.

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I'm still thinking that marrying you and adopting shadow.97 could be an interesting concept.
Note that you can discover the nearest school of my residence by watching the movie noce blanche, available on the forum.

Hahaha
unfortunately for you, I'm not into guys.  ;D
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on January 27, 2019, 04:38 PM
Neither am I. Adopting shadow.97, who is already 20 sth could be already quite hard. But you...Since you and I are both 35,  I see no other way. And your story of Asylum does not work, you come from a rich country.
Well, I have no more family, you are already a kind of spiritual brother.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: aa1234779 on January 28, 2019, 09:27 AM
Neither am I. Adopting shadow.97, who is already 20 sth could be already quite hard. But you...Since you and I are both 35,  I see no other way. And your story of Asylum does not work, you come from a rich country.
Well, I have no more family, you are already a kind of spiritual brother.
The idea of marriage is not bad. Loneliness and loss can be harsh.
I was almost married before being deported and banned from Egypt in 2013 where my former fiance lives.
I don't object to fate. God chose that for me and he chooses the best even if I can't comprehend why. Life is miserable to a certain point, yes.
But I will keep going. I will survive.
Maybe & hopefully, one day God will re-compensate me for what I held dear and lost because of worldly injustice.
My advice to you my friend, find a life partner, someone you find many interests in common with. Bring children to this world and forget worrying about the depletion of energy or scarcity of food in the future. You can build a life somewhere you find strategically safe.
There is always a way around things. Find it.
Either now or in the future, keep good intent in-mind and you'll find what you seek.

Back home, I had two female cats I raised since they were two-month old kittens. (different breeds)
Since I'm out of the house a lot, they kept each other company. The smaller one, a Persian/street hybrid, would not sleep anywhere but on top of me. Sometimes I don't move during sleep so I don't wake her up. I gave them up for adoption to someone I trust.
I miss them a lot, not to mention my family.

Peace
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on January 28, 2019, 03:38 PM
Well, I said a lot of things yesterday, but talking about marriage, adoption...maybe it's crazy, even if I think we can do things together.
In fact, you are right, in France you have probably no future. And I'm wondering if my life has a meaning here too. Actually, I'm wondering if I shouldn't organize my own disappearance like Florent Claude Labrouste, the character of the book Serotonine of Houellebecq. In France I'm living to work. But I'm wondering if I'm really working to live. And with my assets, I could leave France and go to a poorer country where I could live without job, to get married and have children. I saw your video, and yes you were right, if I marry you, you are not likely to have my children (I was speaking of a fake marriage, and maybe you don't know that in France 2 men can get married...and adopt a child. Something like that might not be possible in Saudi Arabia). But I'm looking for sb who has more than 200K $ of assets, like me. With 500 000$,  I think we can live for a long time and maybe run a small business somewhere. And I'm thinking about countries like India, or Palestine (and I have doubts about India, they already have cars and objects of the modern world). Over there, maybe we could have an authentic life, and forget consumerism. You told me you wanted to go to the "city of light". Maybe you should visit it, and tell me if you really want to live there. After visiting a few museums, you will notice shortly that it's not a healthy life. You are always in the metro, there are poor people everywhere. And you don't have the "time to take your time".
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: aa1234779 on January 29, 2019, 09:54 AM
Well, I said a lot of things yesterday, but talking about marriage, adoption...maybe it's crazy, even if I think we can do things together.
In fact, you are right, in France you have probably no future. And I'm wondering if my life has a meaning here too. Actually, I'm wondering if I shouldn't organize my own disappearance like Florent Claude Labrouste, the character of the book Serotonine of Houellebecq. 

Patience is what I recommend. If you think of moving elsewhere, make sure you study that place so you don't make a decision you later regret. The near future might bring good opportunity for everyone. I like to keep my hopes up.

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In France I'm living to work. But I'm wondering if I'm really working to live. And with my assets, I could leave France and go to a poorer country where I could live without job, to get married and have children. I saw your video, and yes you were right, if I marry you, you are not likely to have my children (I was speaking of a fake marriage, and maybe you don't know that in France 2 men can get married...and adopt a child. Something like that might not be possible in Saudi Arabia).
Hahaha I know you're kidding.
As for me, marrying a male, not only is it against my believes and my natural attraction to women, even if it were fake, that is destructive to someones reputation, especially in my place as an Islamic activist. BTW if that, God forbid happened, the fake married couple have to keep up appearance of some sort to the immigration agents, like affection or something, which is completely gross. ;D

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But I'm looking for sb who has more than 200K $ of assets, like me. With 500 000$,  I think we can live for a long time and maybe run a small business somewhere. And I'm thinking about countries like India, or Palestine (and I have doubts about India, they already have cars and objects of the modern world). Over there, maybe we could have an authentic life, and forget consumerism. You told me you wanted to go to the "city of light". Maybe you should visit it, and tell me if you really want to live there. After visiting a few museums, you will notice shortly that it's not a healthy life. You are always in the metro, there are poor people everywhere. And you don't have the "time to take your time".
I'm must say, my financial status is now worse than when I was back home, where having 200k $ of assets is the dream of most of the people.
Going to Paris to visit is alright by me, not to live though. I have friends working in the human rights field, it's easier to get political asylum there than elsewhere. But still, I hate to be trapped in France.
Soon enough I hope that I find a country where I can practice have my rights & practice the legitimate freedoms I deserve.
The Saudi regime is becoming hated more & more everyday, internationally and at home.
If positive change happens and you had incentive then to come as an investor or whatever, I would not hesitate on inviting you.
There are good places for farming and raising edible animals where wells provide the needed amounts of water.

p.s. I hope your assets aren't in US dollars or other paper currencies.
Commodities are always much safer if you play it right.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on January 29, 2019, 11:30 AM
Hahaha I know you're kidding.
I wasn't kidding about that: in France 2 men can get married...and adopt a child.

My speech boils down to one thing: we are consumers. And maybe we could be and we should be something else. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBot8SOLWBQ

Here I'm quoting the UN: "global  trends of expansion of industrialized agriculture, monocultures, and the market  economy, can have negative and, in some cases, devastating  impacts on the traditional food systems, subsistence-based  economies and agro-ecological systems upon which indigenous peoples depend for survival." 
Look at this map, and you'll realize that few countries are not dependent on an industrialized system with cheap food and multinationals: https://www.indexmundi.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/macdonalds-worldwide.png
Among them, you'll find Bolivia, Palestine, Nepal, Syria, Papua...
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: humbert on January 31, 2019, 09:48 PM
Hey aa1234779 I'm glad to see you again. Please answer a question for me. Why do so many Muslim men have beards? Both you and Maher have one. Is it an Arab thing or is it somewhere in the Qur'an? If either of these is the case, then by any chance do you know why Adel al-Jubeir (the Saudi regime's foreign minister) doesn't have a beard, nor even a moustache?

As you know, Indonesia is the largest Muslim nation in terms of population. I've never been there, but in the pictures I've seen very few Indonesians have beards.

Just curious.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on February 02, 2019, 12:26 PM
I took a few photos for the users of the forum.


A few days ago in Paris, on the Bvd Poissonnière. aa1234779 probably noticed Le Grand Rex.
(https://i.ibb.co/82HF1Dg/20190128-124136.jpg)

Yesterday in Saint Etienne, a photo taken from my balcony. In the Haze you can't even see the other buildings.
(https://i.ibb.co/wQrwKkq/20190201-171406.jpg)

Today in Saint Etienne, another photo taken on the cours Fauriel.
(https://i.ibb.co/2PcfHpd/20190202-151603.jpg)
For usman or Vasudev who have probably never seen snow, this picture might be a bit surprising. Actually, since Saint Etienne is situated 600 meters above sea level (the highest "big town" of Europe with Madrid), snow is not that rare here.
But it doesn't mean there is no climate change.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKKYt6fWob8
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: aa1234779 on February 05, 2019, 04:31 PM
Hey aa1234779 I'm glad to see you again.
You too. Thanks.
Sorry it took me a long time to answer, I saw your good question, but haven't had the time as I'm busy a lot.
I apologize in advance if you find any of the following gross or disgusting.  ;D

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Please answer a question for me. Why do so many Muslim men have beards? Both you and Maher have one.
It's because the Prophet (S.A.W.S.) declared it a "tradition of Fitrah" (instinct or human nature), he commanded Muslims to "Trim the mustaches, and save the beards" (my loose translation)
In fact, the traditions of Fitrah include clipping the fingernails weekly, shaving the pubic area to the belly button and pulling (or shaving) armpit hair at least once every 40 days.

As to explaining the wisdom I know behind this:
1-It's the tradition of Allah's Prophets & Messengers who obey his command to do so.
2-Mustaches can get in the way of food, and food could get stuck on them.
3-Beards are masculine  8) . No disrespect to those that shave. He described beards as "beautifying males".
4-Pubic hair & armpit hair are located in moist areas that promote fungus that wreaks if left unshaved.
5-Fingernails if left not clipped usually accumulate dirt, food on the right hand, and maybe feces on the left if one purifies after excretion by the hand with water. (Anti-bacterial soap to clean the hands is recommended nowadays, back then, they only had dirt & water).
6-Pulling armpit hair has been proven by experiences of multiple people I know, that it decreases odors. It has something to do with the sweat glands most probably. It's hard for people not used to it such as myself.
7-
8-

I'm sure there are other legitimate reasons for these "traditions of instinct" that others have figured out.

As for myself, I repent to Allah the Merciful that I can't keep my beard long for personal reasons.
In previous recordings, when I was yet trapped in the Kingdom of Injustice, I intentionally shaved all facial hair (except for eyebrows & eyelashes  ;D) so that I don't get stereotyped. I even spoke a local dialect of the Jeddah region, nothing near proper Arabic.


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Is it an Arab thing or is it somewhere in the Qur'an?
The Arab Spring 8 years ago, right after Tunisia's revolution, is when I got shaved.
Now, I'd like to stay on the short beard until the day comes that a Muslim growing his beard is no different than any other human male growing one. I hate people being scared of me. Even though, most of the people I advocate justice & freedom for, other than Lujain & the mistreated sisters, are the oppressed non-extreme religious scholars & reformers who all have beards.

As to the Quran, the only mention of a beard I know, is Prophet Moses questioning his brother Prophet Haroon (Aaron) peace be upon them, holding him by the head & beard, for what the Jewish tribes committed in Sinai of worshiping the calf in Moses' absence, made out of the gold they took from the Coptic people, by a suspicious character..

Chapter 20 Ta'Ha
(92) [Moses] said, "O Aaron, what prevented you, when you saw them going astray,
(93) From following me? Then have you disobeyed my order?"
(94) [Aaron] said, "O son of my mother, do not seize [me] by my beard or by my head. Indeed, I feared that you would say, 'You caused division among the Children of Israel, and you did not observe [or await] my word.' "

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If either of these is the case, then by any chance do you know why Adel al-Jubeir (the Saudi regime's foreign minister) doesn't have a beard, nor even a moustache?
It's his style since '96 when I first saw him in the US as a spokesperson for the embassy there and has nothing to do with religion. I don't know if a person doing the diplomatic dirty work for a regime like the Saudis has anything to do with Islam or does he even practice it. God only knows and he judges our hearts. As the Prophet said "Allah does not look at your figures, nor at your attire but He looks at your hearts and accomplishments". Kind hearts that hate injustice are appreciated by Allah.
Does Al-Jubair have one? I won't be the judge of that.

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As you know, Indonesia is the largest Muslim nation in terms of population. I've never been there, but in the pictures I've seen very few Indonesians have beards.

Just curious.
Indonesian people whom I hold dear as they are precious brothers and sisters in Islam & humanity, have become more & more practicing of Islam individually, and hopefully one day as a sovereign nation.
Many people there are growing their beards and women dressing properly according to Sharia.
As to facial hair, Southeast Asian men in-general are not known to be very hairy due to common genetics in the region, which is something the All-knowing, Most-Wise chose for them, just as he chose for some people to have darker or whiter skin, being tall or short, and such.

Now, humbert must be pondering "If Muslim tradition sees growing a beard & trimming the mustache as Prophetic commands, a certain religious group living in the American northeast has that exactly in common"

I wonder who?  ;D

Peace
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on February 07, 2019, 04:00 PM
Note that a few unreleased photos are available here (some of them are available on the forum):
Link : https://mega.nz/#!hV9QQAyI!0_MgNRz8D3JAZVI6e6JreNMq2kPjxTgDWbx3e50rco4 (https://mega.nz/#!hV9QQAyI!0_MgNRz8D3JAZVI6e6JreNMq2kPjxTgDWbx3e50rco4)

I must tell the users of the forum that we are waiting for your photos. Particularly if you are living in an unusual spot, a slum, a refugee camp, a big town, for example, or in a secluded place.

(https://i.ibb.co/PQwm6Zp/20171118-165658.jpg)

(https://i.ibb.co/NtgwS7m/20170823-153022.jpg)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A33pGnpak9g
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: humbert on February 10, 2019, 10:05 PM
aa1234779 -> Thanks for the detailed explanation regarding beards and other ways of grooming in Islam.

What I still don't understand is: is it mandatory or simply a suggestion? That is, do Muslims believe they'll end up in hell if they shave, not clip their nails, etc?

Your explanation regarding Indonesians make sense, but what about the Saudi regime's foreign minister? If he were a high official in the goverment of (for example) Egypt, it would make sense because many Egyptians aren't strict in their observance of Islam. But the foreign minister of ultra-strict, Wahabi Saudi Arabia?? I would think even a minimal deviation from strict Islam would be regarded as a major offense - even more so by a member of MBS's cabinet.
Title: Re: New topic Photos
Post by: scarface on February 15, 2019, 01:21 PM
Maybe some of you remember that I took a few photos last year in the Park of St Cloud.

(https://i.ibb.co/Tgrg3F3/130809-La-Defense.jpg)

(https://i.ibb.co/f0yXfLY/16422517.jpg)

Vasudev is probably wondering if it's mr baboon on the left. Actually, it's my father and me. A few months later, he helped me move to Saint Etienne.
But I won't stay in Saint Etienne, because I could get a promotion to earn more money. My job would have been be axed here anyway (maybe there is not enough economic activity in St Etienne since Vanessa Paradis left after the shooting of the movie White wedding ?).
And in all likelihood, I will probably have to go back to the city of light of aa1234779 in a few months. Well, It's a paradox. Sb helped me flee this town, and I have to go back there.

(https://i.ibb.co/ZWbjXcc/trx.jpg)