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The Patient Ox (aka Hénock Gugsa)

G r e e t i n g s !

** TPO **
an irreligious blog
with egalitarian and individualist tendencies!


On the menu ... politics, music, poetry, and other good stuff.
There is humor, but there is blunt seriousness here as well!


Parfois, on parle français ici aussi. Je suis un francophile .... Bienvenue à tous!

Intelligent comments are always welcome!
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Showing posts with label Good to know. Show all posts

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Inclusive Democracy and "Medemer" (መደመር) ~ by Hénock Gugsa


Inclusive Democracy and "Medemer" (መደመር) 
~ by Hénock Gugsa ~

DEMOCRACY !!!
The Inclusive Democracy Project ( መደመር )
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<<Inclusive democracy involves more than the formal equality of all individuals and groups to enter the political process, but entails taking special measures to compensate for the social and economic inequalities of unjust social structures. >> Iris Marion Young (extract from her book: "Inclusion and Democracy")
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<<What is Inclusive Democracy?
by Takis Fotopoulos  

Inclusive democracy is a new conception of democracy, which, using as a starting point the classical definition of it, expresses democracy in terms of direct political democracy, economic democracy (beyond the confines of the market economy and state planning), as well as democracy in the social realm and ecological democracy. In short, inclusive democracy is a form of social organisation which re-integrates society with economy, polity and nature. The concept of inclusive democracy is derived from a synthesis of two major historical traditions, the classical democratic and the socialist, although it also encompasses radical green, feminist, and liberation movements in the South. Within the problematique of the inclusive democracy project, it is assumed that the world, at the beginning of the new millennium, faces a multi-dimensional crisis (economic, ecological, social, cultural and political) which is caused by the concentration of power in the hands of various elites, as a result of the establishment, in the last few centuries, of the system of market economy, representative democracy and the related forms of hierarchical structure. In this sense, an inclusive democracy, which involves the equal distribution of power at all levels, is seen not as a utopia (in the negative sense of the word) but as perhaps the only way out of the present crisis .... >>  --- Source: inclusivedemocracy.org
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In Ethiopia, these days, they are using the term "መደመር" [Medemer] a lot in their political discussions.   That is the zeitgeist now !
Literally, the word "medemer" means "to add" as in the arithmetic sense, or "to count", or "to be counted".  In actuality, that word nowadays may be having a much bigger and more significant relevance in the political life of Ethiopians.  Of late, I've been made to understand that the specific reference of
"medemer" is to "unity" (as in "United we stand, divided we fall"). But there is also a general allusion to "Inclusive Democracy", because in such a democracy, everybody counts and gets counted.  
To top it all off, ... the impressively progressive leadership of the new Prime Minister seems to be steering the country in all the right directions !🤔🙂🙂  
B R A V O !!!

 

Monday, July 16, 2018

Le Triomphe de la France ~ Félicitations les Bleus !



Le Triomphe de la France 
~ Félicitations les Bleus ! ~
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 Les Bleus sont champions du monde !  [ France is the conquering champion! ]


Isabelle Matuidi, femme de Blaise , avec leur fils dans le stade de spectateurs. [Isabelle Matuidi, wife of Les Bleus' #14 Blaise Matuidi,  rooting in the stadium along with "Mini Matude"!]

 

Friday, July 13, 2018

Ethio-Eritrean Brotherhood ! ~ by Hénock Gugsa



Ethio-Eritrean Brotherhood ! 
~ by Hénock Gugsa ~

I was born in Addis Ababa, but my entire family roots are Eritrean.  And although I identify as an American now, I most assuredly haven't forgotten my ties to either Ethiopia or Eritrea.

Of all the events that have happened in my lifetime, the current and beautifully budding relationship between Ethiopia and Eritrea is the most exhilarating and memorable one for me.

May the two countries continue on the good path that they are on, and may they
eventually even reach a confederation state !!!


 

Thursday, July 12, 2018

ZERO ~ by Hénock Gugsa



ZERO *
~ by Hénock Gugsa ~

Indulge me here for a philosophical moment if you will.   I am reaching for something, for nothing, and for everything ...  I'm attempting to focus on "ZERO".

What is zero?  More specifically, what does it signify in our lives?  I'm sure everyone of us have thought about it, or been affected by it in some form or another.

Zero isn't just a number or a point on a number line, mathematically speaking.  It is more of a vortex from which nothing and everything emanates.  We are way beyond abstraction when faced by zero ... we are in the region of metaphysics here.  But let us leave theology out of it.

I am imagining a starting and an ending point ... am I in a circle? .... Is this indeed infinity, a journey without beginning and/or end?

The zero zone (Black Hole?) has no direction and no dimension, or maybe they are infinitely multitudinous!  You cannot touch zero, and it does not touch you or your consciousness.  Yet you know it is there.  Comfort and ennui, confidence and uncertainty, light and darkness and everything in between are all there!

Zero is a tool for understanding and making sense of the universe.  Moreover, there is much practical application and use for "zero" in science and technology.  We have benefited a great deal from zero,  but we have not given it the respect or even modest appreciation it deserves.  So, let us start now ... let us thank zero for its challenge to us, for its nothingness and everythingness, and above all for bringing the past, the present, and the future into perspective.

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* The motivation or trigger for this article is: "The mind-bendy weirdness of the number zero, explained" by  Brian Resnick (https://www.vox.com/science-and-ealth/2018/7/5/17500782/zero-number-math-explained).


Wednesday, July 11, 2018

L'histoire de Frania - de TV Magazine 13:15 dimanche



L'histoire de Frania 
- de 13:15 dimanche -
(Magazine d'actualité)

Frania Eisenbach Haverland est née en Pologne il y a quatre-vingt-douze ans. Rescapée de la Shoa, elle n’avait jamais voulu revoir son pays natal avant d’y consentir accompagnée de sa petite-fille en mai 2018 (voir le replay du magazine "13h15 le dimanche") : 90% des juifs polonais ont été exterminés pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale, parmi lesquels soixante membres de sa famille.

Chaque survie est une somme de hasards ou de miracles, chaque libération une épopée différente. Frania est libérée près de Prague. Après avoir survécu à l’enfer des camps nazis, elle rejoint la France en 1945 à bord d’un avion militaire et découvre un pays qui lui est totalement inconnu. Trois jours passés à l’hôtel Lutetia à Paris, où reviennent tous les déportés, et voilà la jeune fille seule dans la capitale libérée depuis déjà dix mois.

"J’étais dans la même situation ...."

"Je voyais des personnes âgées, des bébés, je n’en avais pas vus depuis six ans, des femmes chapeautées, les gens étaient souriants… Je me suis dit qu’ici il n’y a pas eu de guerre, se souvient la survivante des camps d’extermination. Et je ne savais pas quoi faire de moi. J’ai erré dans les rues de Paris, ne sachant pas où j’étais. Je ne savais pas ce qu’était le métro. J’ai vu des gens descendre les escaliers et je les ai pris par curiosité. J’ai voyagé jusqu’au terminus, et puis dans l’autre sens. J’ai passé toute une journée comme ça dans le métro à observer les gens ...."

"Il a l’air d’avoir froid, dit l’arrière-grand-mère en découvrant un homme allongé sous une couverture de survie sur la pelouse d’un parc, au pied d’un arbre. J’étais dans la même situation. Je dormais sur un banc. Je ramassais des bouts de pain dans le bac à sable où jouaient les enfants. Je les mettais dans mon soutien-gorge. C’était un progrès pour moi d’avoir un soutien-gorge car on n’en avait pas dans les camps. Je me demande, quand il va faire frais la nuit… cette couverture n’est pas suffisante. Qui mieux que moi peut le comprendre ? On ne peut pas imaginer ces moments où on ne sait pas quoi faire de sa personne, et, qu’après les camps de concentration, il faut encore vivre ça .…" 
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L'histoire de Frania!  ... The Story of Frania!
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Frania, mémoire vivante des camps

Frania Eisenbach Haverland est née en Pologne il y a quatre-vingt-douze ans. Après avoir survécu à l’enfer des camps nazis, elle est arrivée en France en 1945.

Depuis, elle n’a jamais voulu revoir son pays natal, où les soixante personnes qui composaient sa famille ont été assassinées. Pourtant, en mai dernier…
Un intense voyage dans le temps

Eléonore demande à sa grand-mère de se rendre avec elle en Pologne. La petite-fille veut comprendre son histoire. Alors, Frania accepte cette épreuve.

Pour le magazine "13h15 le dimanche" (Facebook, Twitter, #13h15), Meriem Lay, Henri Desaunay et Smaïn Belhadj ont suivi ce voyage dans le temps, d’une intense émotion.

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Frania, living memory of the camps 
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Frania Eisenbach Haverland was born ninety-two years ago in Poland.  Having survived the hellish nazi camps, she came to France in 1945.

Ever since that time, she has never wanted to revisit her native land where sixty family members (relatives) were murdered.  However, last May ...

Eléonore [Frania's grand-daughter] begged her grandmother to go to Poland with her.  The little girl wished to learn her [and her family's] history.  So, Frania agreed to undertake this task (this duty].

The story is covered by the [TV magazine, 13:15 Sunday] ... Meriem Lay, Henri Desaunay et Smaïn Belhadj were on board to witness and record this intensely emotional voyage.




Friday, July 6, 2018

The Presidency is "debased" ! ~ by Sen. Jeff Flake


Republican Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona

The Presidency is "debased"
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~ Arizona's Senator Jeff Flake, a Republican, declared last May (2018) in an address to the graduating class at Harvard Law school.
 
~ We haven't seen any improvement in the situation, and it is not likely we will soon.
Per Sean Sullivan of The Washington Post :
<< “There’s a lot of time between now and 2020,” Flake said in the interview. He said, though, his thinking hasn’t changed lately: “It’s not in my plans, but I’m not ruling anything out.”
He added: “I do hope that somebody challenges the president in the primary — if only to remind Republicans what Republicans stand for.”

Flake said he hoped that more Republicans will stand up to Trump.  
“I am concerned that we are sounding too much like the president’s Cabinet. And we’re not,” he said. >>


Friday, June 29, 2018

Ominous Signposts ~ by TPO



Ominous Signposts 
~ by TPO ~


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From Reuters on (3/9/18):
<< Trump's military parade planned for Veterans Day  ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A military parade requested by President Donald Trump will take place in November on Veterans Day in Washington D.C., but to minimize damage to roads it will not include tanks, a Pentagon memo released on Friday said.
... 

The parade will cost taxpayers up to $30 million, the White House budget chief has said.  >>
 

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Coming soon (November, 2018) to Washington D.C. ~~ Goosestep Parades


Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Definitions of ICE ~ by TPO


Definitions of ICE  *
~ by TPO ~

Please click on image to enlarge!
And this is what ICE does ...
-- A U.S. Customs and Border agent allegedly threatened to put up for adoption an immigrant’s daughter unless she agreed to give up her asylum claim and return to Guatemala, according to a senior ACLU attorney. The Daily Beast’s Michael Hardy reports: “Because Maria had committed a misdemeanor offense by crossing the border, she and her daughter were sent to a processing center where a CBP officer allegedly gave Maria a stark choice. If she gave up her asylum claim …. she and her daughter would remain together. If she applied for asylum, on the other hand, Maria would be thrown in jail for a year and her daughter would be put up for adoption. Maria would never see her daughter again. … Under Texas law, a child may only be put up for adoption if the biological parents consent to the adoption or a judge terminates their parental rights.” -- The Washington Post -The Daily 202, 6/27/18
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 * Credit belongs to Merriam Webster Dictionary
 https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ice

Saturday, June 23, 2018

A Heart-Wrenching Image ~ by TIME



A Heart-Wrenching Image  
~ by TIME ~
TIME cover - July, 2018
TIME cover - July, 2018

... and the background story by John Moore, TIME photographer===>


Thursday, June 21, 2018

Very Worrisome ~ by TPO


Cause for Concern
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I have very little faith or trust or confidence in the Trump Administration.
It is criminally careless ... it is corrupt ... and it is very, very inefficient !!! 🤔

Click inside the box to enlarge.

Montgomery Clift: "I Confess"

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Casa Padre ! - by Hénock Gugsa


Casa Padre ! *
~ by Hénock Gugsa ~

Click inside box to enlarge !
* In Ethiopia, there is a saying:
Give the ugly person a beautiful name!
መልከ  ጥፉ  በስም  ይደግፉ !!!

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We're living in a time when TRUTH is ceaselessly being assaulted openly and in a big way !!! 
James Stewart - "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington"


Saturday, June 9, 2018

The Virtuous Man ~ by Hénock Gugsa



The Virtuous Man 
~ by Hénock Gugsa ~

[A folk tale from Harrar, a South-East Administrative Region of  Ethiopia]
In the old days, it is told,  there lived a man who led a life that did not stray from the correct path. He was humble, compassionate and decent beyond reproach.  Moreover, he was also devout and prayed in solitude as often as he could wherever he traveled. 
One day, this virtuous man was at a secluded place which was by a farm field that had an irrigation channel running through it.  As the man was quietly preparing to do his prayer, the streaming water brought a guava fruit and deposited it at his feet.  The man was hungry and thought that a divine force must have meant him to have the fruit.  So he picked it up and ate it.
Then he started to pray.  However, he was abruptly interrupted by a spirit which revealed itself to him and said, “You claim to be devoted to God, but why do you steal other people’s fruit?”
The holy man was so devastated by the reproach that he vowed to go find the owner of the guava farm and immediately apologize for the sinful deed.  
“I have eaten a guava which fell off one of your trees and was brought to me by the water. Please forgive me.”  He begged the owner of the guava farm as soon as he found him.
At first the guava farmer angrily refused to forgive him, and that made the holy man very sad and distraught. 
But then the guava farmer took pity, relented and said, “If you want me to forgive you, you have to do what I tell you to do.”
The repenting man readily agreed.
The farmer said, “I will forgive you only if you marry my daughter, and you should know that my daughter has no eyes and no legs.”
The holy man said, “That’s fine, it’s all right. If you forgive me, I will marry her.”
So they went to the owner’s house and the holy man asked him where his daughter was.
The owner said, “Before I present my daughter, you must go through the marriage formalities.”
So the holy man did as was demanded.
Then the girl was brought out from the adjoining room where she kept to herself. To the prospective groom’s surprise and delight, he saw that she was neither blind nor was she without legs.  She was extremely well-mannered, and a jewel of a maiden in every respect.
The man could not help but ask the farmer, “Didn’t you say she had no eyes and no legs?”
The girl’s father replied, “What I meant was that in her entire life, my daughter has never seen bad things, nor has she ever taken the morally wrong path !”
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A Happy Ending ! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Skewering MRC (Media Research Center) - by Hénock Gugsa



Skewering MRC (Media Research Center) 
- by Hénock Gugsa -


This is not a calm, cool, and objective reporting by Media Research Center*, a rather curiously-named organization whose motives and backers are, to say the least, suspicious.

~ Consider, for example, the point the MRC reporter makes here about "sponsors not showing up to pick the children because [they, the sponsors] are themselves illegal".  Why would illegals sponsor the children in the first place when it could land them [the sponsors] in trouble?  To do that is tantamount to asking to be deported !!! It does not make sense.  If the children are their own kin, I'd think the smart thing to do is to ask a church or some philanthropic organization to intercede on their behalf ....

~ No, this fire-spitting reporter neglected to dig further into the details but instead concentrated on berating rather than objectively reporting.  Somebody should research MRC itself  because they sound like the "real" Fake-News to me!


~ The more and more I hear and read about the shameful and disgusting things the U.S. Government is doing regarding the children of undocumented immigrants and those at the border, the less muddled and clearer the motives become. Although it might seem far-fetched or conspiracy-theory-laden, I am inclined to now believe that the children are being held as hostages for ransom, money which will be used to build the wall. Mr. Trump and his supporters are defending themselves by claiming he is merely following rules set by the previous administration (i.e. democrats and that Kenyan guy!) Since Mexico is not going to pay for the wall, democrats must pay through the nose. That is the Government of Spite and Malice for you ! --------------------------------------------
Some responses and reactions to the video on MRC's Facebook page ...


K C L ===> In other words it's still happening( kids in cages) but don't point it out unless you clarify who was President when it happened. Don't address or correct the problem just make sure you know who was President when it was reported. Bull! You only care about defending Trump.

KCL ===> This is reporting? Can't you just speak normally without all the sarcasm??? I prefer to get facts from people who don't sound like a 13 year old girl presenting their case on why Brook cheated on Chad.
A N ===>  Heil Hitler!
SD ===>  I suppose if the MRC were a credible news source, I might listen, but their reputation doesn't appear to have much going for them. Try again.
M B N ===> Easy solution. Immediately make parents and children go 
back across the border, That way they won't be separated.
K J ===> Came out of sessions mouth. Yes, they are separating the children. Just like the nazis did. Part of the playbook. The video of him saying is all over the place. Do your research.
J M-G ===> All I ask lady is that you stay out of Canada. We don’t need your kind here. Mexicans are more than welcome to come. 
T B ===> By the way the babies crawled over the border without their parents, right? Give me break! You are the insult to people like me!
Hénock Gugsa ===>  I think people are throwing in silly and not exactly exact phrases like "catch and release" into discussions about immigration policies. When you deport undocumented immigrants, more often than not, they find their way back and are arrested again.  So are you thinking of this as the result of "catch and release" too?  I call it recidivism.  If you don't catch and deport them, what do you do then?  Cage them indefinitely, deport them but keep their children for whatever nefarious reasons?
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* According to Wikipedia: "The Media Research Center is a politically conservative content analysis organization based in Reston, Virginia, founded in 1987 by L. Brent Bozell III."  It is also a non-profit organization and as such should not be taking any political sides on any issue! Non-profits should be neutral and unaligned!


TRUMPISM in a  nutshell !
 

Friday, May 18, 2018

"Negeru Endétt Neww?" - by Kuku Sebsibé


Kuku Sebsibé
"Negeru Endétt Neww?" *
ነ ገ ሩ   እንዴት   ነው?
- by Kuku Sebsibé -
  *Rough translation:  Where're we at on this matter [of our love]?

*Une traduction sommaire: Comment va ce truc [de notre amour]?
A love song, Ethiopian!  ... Une chanson d'amour, éthiopienne!

Monday, May 14, 2018

Hiraeth - by Hénock Gugsa


Hiraeth
 - by Hénock Gugsa -
** Please click on image to enlarge **
Please click inside to enlarge!

~~~  "Hiraeth" is a Welsh word! ~~~

Saturday, May 12, 2018

The Deplorable Kanye West - by Hénock Gugsa



The Deplorable Kanye West
 - by Hénock Gugsa -
Kanye West * said during a TMZ interview he believed slavery to be a “choice.”

“When you hear about slavery for 400 years — for 400 years?” West said. “That sounds like a choice. Like, you was there for 400 years and it’s all of y’all? It’s like we’re mentally in prison.”

TMZ employee Van Lathan replied, “I actually don’t think you’re thinking anything. … 

I think what you’re doing right now is actually the absence of thought.”
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* Source: Marwa Eltagouri, The Washington Post, 05/02/2018


My reaction:  ===>




Thursday, May 10, 2018

The Process of Getting Old - by Ursula K. Le Guin


Ursula K. Le Guin (1930-2018)

An Advice from Ursula K. Le Guin
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“The whole process of getting old—it could have been better arranged. But you do learn some things just by doing them over and over and by getting old doing them. And one of them is, you really need less. And I’m not talking minimalism, which is a highly self-conscious mannerist style I can’t write and don’t want to. I’m perfectly ready to describe a lot and be flowery and emotive, but you can do that briefly and it works better. My model for this is late Beethoven. He moves so strangely and quite suddenly sometimes from place to place in his music, in the late quartets. He knows where he’s going and he just doesn’t want to waste all that time getting there. But if you listen, if you’re with it, he takes you with him. I think sometimes about old painters—they get so simple in their means. Just so plain and simple. Because they know they haven’t got time. One is aware of this as one gets older. You can’t waste time.”

—from a 2013 interview with the Paris Review