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« Reply #150 on: January 16, 2019, 07:12 AM »
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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« Reply #151 on: January 16, 2019, 05:31 PM »
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."

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« Reply #152 on: January 19, 2019, 10:39 PM »
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.

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« Reply #153 on: January 27, 2019, 05:10 PM »
Here is a little article about climate change.

Thousands gathered on Sunday to denounce political inaction on battling climate change. The protests didn't take place in the US among supporters of Trump. Im not speaking of bird brains. Im not talking about Saudi protesters either. The morality police would have cracked down on them immediately. Once again the protests are happening in France. More here:

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« Reply #154 on: February 01, 2019, 04:01 PM »
Tonight, I'm going to hold another conference about climate change, inspired from an article published in Le monde.

In the Bible, God sent 10 plagues on Egypt. But today's humanity has suffered the wrath of climate change in at least 467 different ways. Above all, these punishments will intensify, since in 2100, half of the population could be threatened by three to six climatic catastrophes (droughts, heat waves, floods...) of maximum intensity simultaneously if the gas emissions greenhouse gases are not drastically reduced.

These are the two conclusions of a groundbreaking, original and very disturbing study published in Nature Climate Change on 19 November 2018 which addresses for the first time the cumulative risks brought about by climate change.

To estimate the danger to the population, the authors - about twenty international researchers, mainly from the University of Hawaii - began by studying the past by compiling data, close to 3,300 scientific studies published since 1980 relating to to climate change, due to human action or natural climate variability - knowing that greenhouse gas emissions are already responsible for increasing the temperature of the planet by nearly a degree.
The greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change are already responsible for increasing the temperature of the planet.

In dry areas, this can lead to drought or even devastating fires. In wetter areas, rains and floods are on the rise as super storms form over warmer oceans.
So far, scientists have focused on these disasters primarily by type. But the study published in the journal Nature Climate Change warns against the possibility, or even the probability that they are cascading.

Last year Florida suffered a severe drought, record temperatures, a hundred fires and Hurricane Michael.
"Focusing on risk can hide the impacts of other hazards, leading to an incomplete assessment of the consequences of climate change on humanity," said lead author Camilo Mora of the University of Hawaii.
The likelihood of this simultaneity depends on geography and efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
If, as foreseen by the Paris agreement on the climate of 2015, the world manages to limit its warming at the worst to + 2 ° C compared to the pre-industrial era, New York will probably undergo a unique climatic hazard each year at the end of the century.
But if C02 emissions continue at the current rate, the mega-city could be up to four at the same time, just like Mexico.
Even under optimistic scenarios, "cumulative and increasing exposure to a multitude of climatic hazards will hit rich and poor countries in the same way," says the study.

"If we take into account only the most direct effects of climate change, heat waves or storms for example, inevitably, we will be caught short by more important threats that, by combining, can have a wider effect on society" commented another author, Jonathan Patz, from the University of Wisconsin.
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Re: Documentaries
« Reply #155 on: February 06, 2019, 07:13 PM »
This guy was so against Islam, he wanted to write a book probably to defame or debunk it.
Instead, he accepted it.

Former MP, and a member & right-hand of Geert Wilders anti-Islam party.

Full story:

Omar, the 2nd Caliph, hated Muhammad (SAWS), Islam, and Muslims so much, he used to torture Muslims, especially slaves like Bilal because they accepted what they saw as a better religion than worshipping 360+ stone idols instead of the Creator. One day, he went to his sister's house, and found that she and her husband became Muslims. He felt that would bring him & his tribe shame so he beat them up. When he saw their blood, he wanted to know why? So he read what Chapter they had with them that was revealed that time to the Prophet, it was "Ar Rahman" the most merciful.

(1) The Most Merciful
(2) Taught the Qur'an,
(3) Created man,
(4) [And] taught him eloquence.
(5) The sun and the moon by precise calculation,
(6) And the stars and trees prostrate.
(7) And the heaven He raised and imposed the balance
(8) That you not transgress within the balance.
(9) And establish weight in justice and do not make deficient the balance.
(10) And the earth He laid [out] for the creatures.
(11) Therein is fruit and palm trees having sheaths [of dates]
(12) And grain having husks and scented plants.
(13) So which of the favors of your Lord would you deny?

He was feared by Muslims because he was strong both in his body & his tribe.
That day he became Muslim, and Muslims demonstrated their Monotheism w/o fear of oppression.
Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) said “Surah (chapter of) Hud and its sisters turned my hair gray"

Hud (11)

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« Reply #156 on: February 07, 2019, 04:03 AM »
A caliph of Islam who despises Islam, it looks like an oxymoron.
But you must be right, because the Shiites are questioning his legitimacy, since he didn't put an end to the ordeal of the prophet Muhammad.
But for some, he's also a "good caliph":
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« Reply #157 on: February 07, 2019, 12:23 PM »
Tonight, I’m going to hold a conference.

First and foremost, note that I found a video talking about Master Omar, the caliph depicted earlier by aa1234779.

Now I will talk about the latest news concerning climate change. And they are not good:
That’s why, in the years to come, everything could come to a halt. If the Prince of Arabia decides it’s over, that he won’t export oil any longer, Western economies would be doomed.

And I don’t know what is going on, but it seems that banks are pretty ill.
Today, Société Générale hit a record 6-year-low. Maher might have sold the stocks of his great grand mother.

As for Deutsche Bank, it could go bankrupt. It’s not new, I remember that our friend harkaz talked about it a while ago. In this video, the specialist Pierre Jovanovic shows the parallel between DB and Lehman brothers.

In this context, maybe our move to sunnier shores together could happen sooner than later. The Palestinian outback could be an interesting place (and I use outback to highlight the wilderness and the untouched nature).
Of course, Palestinian olive groves around settlements in the West Bank are subject to uprooting, vandalism and blazing by settlers, that’s why we’ll have to settle a long way inland to find a hospitable place, and people who don’t know the sins of modernity. However, I think we’ll have to find a place with dentists and doctors, it would be a pity to die of a toothache.
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Re: Documentaries
« Reply #158 on: February 08, 2019, 05:34 PM »
Just thought i'd mention that this may be my fave thread on the forum. Thanks alot for keeping it alive with knowledge, and shared ideas. Although, as always its not always things that are to my liking.
And, I'm having a hard time keeping up with the posts.

Re: Documentaries
« Reply #159 on: February 08, 2019, 10:24 PM »
This is my theory as for the motive of the Trump administration's insistence to get rid of Venezuela's Maduro
Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) said “Surah (chapter of) Hud and its sisters turned my hair gray"

Hud (11)