Nothing ever gets anywhere. The earth keeps turning round and gets nowhere. The moment is the only thing that counts.
— Jean Cocteau, born around You Only Live Twice Day in 1889
Mother Of Sarcasm: "Feminist until you get married. Communist until you get rich - like media dragon. Atheist until the airplane starts falling. -THE HYPOCRITE DIARIES"
What can we learn from ? Universal truths, if they exist at all, are elusive. We die the way we live: IDIOsyncratically
Hope Against Hope:
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Angela Merkel (nee Kasner) at Leipzig's Disco during the hot Summer of 1975 ...
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One of the most remarkable protests, almost without precedence in the whole Eastern Bloc, was organised in October 1980 in the seminary of Bratislava where 120 out of 147 seminarians united in a two-day hunger strike (20–21 October 1980) against the influence of the regime-dependent Association of Catholic Clergy “Pacem in Terris” (in the seminary). In a letter to Cardinal Tomášek and Slovak ordinaries theology students protested against the interference of the Association in the seminary’s issues. In addition, they called on all of the clergymen in the country to boycott the organisation.42 As eleven students were suspended for one year at the beginning of the summer semester 1981, 100 students decided to leave the seminary as well, sympathizing with their colleagues who had been punished. Although all but seven seminarists withdrew their claims upon the seminary management’s request and continued their studies, they kept protesting against the actions taken by the authorities. The wave of solidarity coming from abroad, for instance, from the seminaries of all Austrian dioceses, from 600 students and professors of the Faculty of Catholic Theology at the University of Munich and from the Jesuit University of Philosophy, with the famous theologian Karl Rahner, not only undermined the position of the Pacem in Terris Association, but also submitted various requests to the Czechoslovak president, Gustáv Husák, to cancel the suspension of the eleven students.
Normalisation of abnormal communism
Jonathan on - 7777 - Twitter, and here is the LRB piece by James Meek - (Jonathan Shainin calls this the best piece of 2017), “Somerdale to Skarbimierz, James Meek follows Cadbury to Poland.”
The article covers the economic and sociological effects of outsourcing and wage arbitrage, and how it affects communities and politics on both sides of the investment shift. It is hard to excerpt, but here is one good bit:
Anna Pasternak, who worked at the new chocolate factory in Skarbimierz, noticed the age of the equipment on the production lines. The wear on the metal caused by decades of Somerdale workers’ hands was the only message the British employees sent to their Polish successors. I met Pasternak in her flat in Brzeg, the nearest sizeable town to Skarbimierz. I asked her how she felt about what had happened to the British factory. ‘I never really thought about it,’ she said. ‘We lost so many jobs here in Brzeg … We didn’t feel sorry that others lost theirs … It’s somewhere else in the world. We don’t physically know these people.’
Barbara Kaśnikowska, the shrewd former head of Wałbrzych zone, suggests, persuasively, that Law and Justice benefited from resentment not of the have-nots towards the haves, but between haves; that as Poland boomed, ordinary people didn’t resent those who’d become super-rich so much as people just like them who, for no good reason, earned twice or three times as much as they did. In her view, Poland’s non-voters didn’t despise Civic Platform: they took its achievements for granted. A Pole, on this analysis, is much more likely to vote to say ‘screw you’ when they are angry than ‘thanks!’ when all’s going well. You can see her point. Andrzej Buła, the marshal of Opole and Civic Platform leader in the province, told me that the EU was funding 40 per cent of the provincial budget, while unemployment had dropped from 14 to 8 per cent. In some counties it’s as low as 5 per cent – essentially full employment. Without the Ukrainians, he said, they’d be short-handed. Yet in the 2015 parliamentary elections Civic Platform lost Opole on a swing of 40 per cent to Law and Justice.
The Book Clubs Of Resistance (Or, Why Women Are Barred From Reading In ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’)
SHORTCUTS TO EXPOSE EVIL:
Indeed, this is all downstream of the century-old effort to turn Herbert Spencer into some kind of monster because he opposed governmental social engineering. The idea seems to be that because the statists are good, anyone who opposes them must be evil.
The contemporary liberal obsession with claiming that their ideological opponents must be somehow in league with, or modern-day reincarnations of, Klansmen and slavers is just another manifestation of this old, self-indulgent smear. It’s a bit like MacLean set out to reach that destination. When she realized she couldn’t get there by conventional navigation, she put a magnet marked “Calhoun!” or “Slavery!” next to her compass, and that did the trick.
Conservatives are bit more accustomed to this sort of thing. Ramesh and I beat back a similar attempt to claim that modern conservatism is a Calhoun cult a few years ago.
But I think the assumption behind both efforts is very much the same: Anyone who disagrees with us must not simply be wrong, they must be evil. And taking short cuts to expose evil is no vice.
Read the whole thing, which has echoes of the early days of InstaPundit, when Glenn was frequently debunking Michael Bellesiles’ bogus Arming America book.
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The Communist Did not like the Following Curses in Samizdat Publications:
A Selection of Curses Then and Now:
from Yiddish -- Nahum Stutchkoff's Thesaurus of the Yiddish Language - smoking gun Christ McGee
Yiddish curses should not be confused with the Hebraic curses of the Bible. Hebrew curses were deadly serious, whereas there is a humourous thrust to almost all Yiddish curses. Although most people associate curses with malevolence, Yiddish ones can be downright jocular. This is because the Yiddish curser usually does not believe in the power of her or his execration. Yiddish cursing developed into a choreographed activity where satisfaction was gained by ejaculating an imaginative imprecation. Many of the ditties were improvised and designed to exhibit the verbal nimbleness of the execrator. Yiddish curses lull you with their seeming innocence, then flatten you with the punch line. An example of this verbal feinting: “May you lose all your teeth except one – so you can have a toothache.”
- Ale tsores vos ikh hob oyf mayn hartsn, zoln oysgeyn tsu zayn kop.
All problems I have in my heart, should go to his head.
- Zol es im onkumn vos ikh vintsh im (khotsh a helft, khotsh halb,
khotsh a tsent kheylik).
Let what I wish on him come true (most, even half, even just 10%).
- Eyn imglik iz far im veynik.
One misfortune is too few for him.
- Finstere leyd zol nor di mama oyf im zen.
Black sorrow is all that his mother should see of him.
- Khasene hobn zol er mit di malekh hamoves tokhter.
He should marry the daughter of the Angel of Death.
- Shteyner zol zi hobn, nit kayn kinder.
She should have stones and not children.
- Azoy fil ritzinoyl zol er oystrinkn.
He should drink too much castor oil.
- Oyskrenkn zol er dus mame’s milakh.
He should get so sick as to cough up his mother’s milk.
- Oyf doktoyrim zol er dos avekgebn.
He should give it all away to doctors.
- Zol er krenken un gedenken.
Let him suffer and remember.
- Zalts im in di oygen, feffer im in di noz.
Throw salt in his eyes, pepper in his nose.
- Shteyner af zayne beyner.
Stones on his bones.
- A kramp (a kram, a kortsh) im in layb (in boyakh, in di kishkes, in di
gederem, in di finger).
A cramp in his body (in his stomach, in his guts, in his bowels, in his fingers and toes).
- Trinkn zoln im piavkes.
Leeches should drink him dry.
- Lakhn zol er mit yashtherkes.
He should laugh with lizards.
- Meshuga zol er vern un arumloyfn (iber di gasn).
He should go nuts and run around (through the streets).
- A meshugener zol men oyshraybn, un im araynshraybn.
They should free a madman, and lock him up.
- A hiltsener tsung zol er bakumn.
He should grow a wooden tongue.
- Krugn zol er di (town name here) brokh.
He should get the (town name here) hernia.
- Gut zol oyf im onshikn fin di tsen makes di beste.
God should visit upon him the best of the Ten Plagues.
- Fransn zol esn zayn layb.
Venereal disease should consume his body.
- Farshporn zol er oyf(tsu)shteyn?
Why bother getting up alive?
- A kleyn kind zol nokh im heysn.
A young child should be named after him.
- Vi tsu derleb ikh im shoyn tsu bagrobn.
I should outlive him long enough to bury him.
- Er zol altsting zen, un nit hobn farvos (mit vos) tsu koyfn.
He should see everything, but have no reason (with what) to buy it.
- Got zol im bentshn mit dray mentshn: eyner zol im haltn, der tsveyter
zol im shpaltn un der driter zol im ba’haltn.
God should bless him with three people: one should grab him, the second should stab him and the third should hide him.
- Vifil yor er iz gegangn oyf di fis zol er geyn af di hent un di iberike
zol er zikh sharn oyf di hintn.
As many years as he’s walked on his feet, let him walk on his hands, and for the rest of the time he should crawl along on his ass.
- Tsen shifn mit gold zol er farmorgn, un dos gantse gelt zol er farkrenkn.
Ten ships of gold should be his and the money should only make him sick.
- A groys gesheft zol er hobn mit shroyre: vus er hot, zol men
bay im nit fregn, un vos men fregt zol er nisht hobn.
He should have a large store, and whatever people ask for he shouldn’t have, and what he does have shouldn’t be requested.
- Hindert hayzer zol er hobn, in yeder hoyz a hindert tsimern, in yeder
tsimer tsvonsik betn un kadukhes zol im varfn fin eyn bet in der tsveyter.
A hundred houses shall he have, in every house a hundred rooms and in every room twenty beds, and a delirious fever should drive him from bed to bed.
- Ale tseyn zoln bay im aroysfaln, not eyner zol im blaybn oyf tsonveytung.
All his teeth should fall out except one to make him suffer.
- In di zumerdike teg zol er zitsn shive, un in di vinterdike nekht zikh
raysn af di tseyn.
On summer days he should mourn, and on wintry nights, he should torture himself.
- Got zol gebn, er zol hobn altsding vos zayn harts glist, nor er zol zayn
geleymt oyf ale ayvers un nit kenen rirn mit der tsung.
God should bestow him with everything his heart desires, but he should be a quadriplegic and not be able to use his tongue.
- Migulgl zol er vern in a henglayhter, by tog zol er hengen, un bay nakht
zol er brenen.
He should be transformed into a chandelier, to hang by day and to burn by night.
- Zayn mazl zol im layhtn vi di levone in sof khoydesh.
His luck should be as bright as a new moon.
- Er zol hobn paroys makes bashotn mit oybes krets.
He should have Pharaoh’s plagues sprinkled with Job’s scabies.
- Er zol kakn mit blit un mit ayter.
He should crap blood and pus.
- Heng dikh oyf a tsikershtrikl vestu hobn a zisn toyt.
Hang yourself with a sugar rope and you’ll have a sweet death.
- Es zol dir dunern in boykh, vestu meyen az s’iz a homon klaper.
Your stomach will rumble so badly, you'll think it was Purim noisemaker.