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January 16, 2019, 07:12 AM
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Today, I’m going to hold an exceptional conference about the latest book of Houellebecq, titled Serotonine and released in January 2019.  I guess that some of you like shadow.97 or humbert heard of it, even though I doubt you can buy this book in an American library or in a Saudi grocery store, since the English translation won’t be published until September.

Provocative French author Michel Houellebecq gives voice to the simmering anger behind the rural “yellow vest” revolt in his eagerly awaited, prophetic new novel.
I remind you that Houellebecq, as a a fierce eurosceptic, became a pin-up of the far right after his last book, Submission, which envisioned a France subject to sharia law after electing a Muslim president in 2022.

The deeply depressed hero of his latest book Serotonin is an agricultural engineer who returns to his roots in a provincial France devastated by globalisation and European agricultural policies.
The protagonist of serotonin, Florent-Claude Labrouste works for the Ministry of Agriculture and lives in the Totem tower in Paris accompanied by his partner, the young Yuzu.

The totem tower in Paris

He is not a happy man: Labrouste, a narrator in the first person, admits in the second paragraph of the novel that the "most painful moment of the day" is to "wake up": he hates knowing that he continues to exist. He also hates the woman with whom he lives. He regrets the absence of sexual relations with her, and uses it to disdain the work he does on the house of Japanese culture ("it would be enough to organize one or two exhibitions on the manga, one or two festivals on the new Japanese porn trends") and he says that one afternoon, spying on his email, he discovered a video in which the girl is" at the center of a gang bang classic account: some men waited their turn quickly, using a condom for vaginal and anal penetrations; Nobody called anything. "
Labrouste's misogyny, however, ends up in the background, because the contempt is greater than the feeling of the character. serotonin it is a novel about a man who makes a last attempt to straighten out his decline. Initially, Yuzu is about to kill, but ends up deciding to leave him and, installed in a hotel, Labrouste visits a psychologist to receive antidepressants. The effects of the tablets used to increase serotonin, the Captorix, are "nausea, the disappearance of libido, impotence". "Was he able to be happy in solitude?" I thought not, "says Florent-Claude. Was he capable of being happy in general? It's the kind of questions, I think, it's better to avoid planning. "Speaking of the ability to feel good and at peace with himself, the protagonist of serotonin Invite readers to immerse themselves in their depressive minds.

Finally, Labrouste decides to “disappear” and returns to Normandy, where he once worked promoting Camembert and other regional cheeses. There, he stumbles across the distress of local farmers, among them an old college contemporary, Aymeric. The novel’s central, and fatal, drama takes place on a junction of the A13 motorway, where French riot police confront a blockade of armed farmers and blazing agricultural vehicles, all filmed by a 24-hour news channel. The parallel with the gilets jaunes is inexact, not least because Mr Houellebecq’s modest group of rural protesters are farmers, not employees, and their grievance is with the European Union’s policy on milk quotas, not Mr Macron. The sense of provincial neglect, disarray and violence nonetheless feels eerily familiar, as does the uneasy reaction of politicians who agree on the need “to understand the distress and the anger”.

Although there are touching moments, the women who pass through Labrouste’s life, like those who feature in Mr Houellebecq’s previous work, are bleakly two-dimensional, more often than not there to serve the narrator’s (dwindling) sexual needs. One is described as “pre-feminist”. That said, the novelist’s wit, and skill at shifting from the banal quotidian to the existential, are intact. Labrouste detests Paris, “a city infested with eco-responsible bourgeois”, but ends up there in a hotel room consoled by day-time television and hummus. His life’s possessions are the files on his Macbook: “my past weighed 1,100 grammes”. Overhyped he may be, but Houellebecq has once again managed to put his finger on modern French (and Western) society’s wounds, and it hurts.
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January 16, 2019, 05:31 PM
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Tonight, I'm going to talk about Syria.

The Syrian Civil War has gone through several phases over the course of seven years and it now appears to be entering another one. Government forces have regained control over much of Syria with Russian air support and Iranian ground forces. Only Idlib and the territories east of the Euphrates river remain out of the hands of President Assad’s regime. With the U.S. planning an imminent withdrawal from Syria, things could soon shift again.

If the US has soldiers in Syria, it's mainly because the region has oil. The United States is not intervening to liberate Palestine. It's not intervening in the African dictatorships like Mozambique or Eritrea either. Maybe Trump will announce an intervention in Mozambique very soon, to overthrow Mugabe, but it's highly unlikely.

In the meantime, the Islamic State is still waging Jihad against the Americans.
Yesterday, Four Americans were killed in an explosion while conducting a routine patrol in northern Syria, according to the Pentagon. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility, indicating that it was "brother Abu Yasin al-Chami" who conducted the attack.
Two U.S. service members, one civilian employee of the Defense Intelligence Agency and one contractor working as an interpreter died in the attack in Manbij. Three service members were injured.

The explosion damaged a restaurant in Manbij, Syria, on Wednesday, as shown in a screen grab from the Kurdish Hawar News agency.

A local news site reported that a huge explosion erupted in the city center near a girls' school and a restaurant. The site reported that both civilians and troops were killed and wounded. Local groups say at least 16 people were killed in total.

The town of Manbij, located close to the Turkish border in northern Syria, was retaken from ISIS in 2016. U.S. troops have been working in the city with the local military council, as well as patrolling outside the city with Turkish troops, NPR's Tom Bowman reports.
"It's a vibrant, bustling city," says Bowman, who visited in early 2018. "[It] has a huge market selling all sorts of goods and produce."

January 19, 2019, 10:39 PM
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If the US has soldiers in Syria, it's mainly because the region has oil. The United States is not intervening to liberate Palestine. It's not intervening in the African dictatorships like Mozambique or Eritrea either.

MAINLY?? How about ONLY? Oil also is the reason the US and others rushed to the defense of Kuwait in 1991, and yet a few years later the world stood idly by and watched nearly 800,000 people massacred in Rwanda. No oil, only innocent "niggers" who, in their view, probably aren't even human.