1. likeafieldmouse:

    Francis Alys - Sometimes Making Something Leads to Nothing (1997)

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  2. A suspected illegal construction is seen covered by green plants atop a 19-storey residential building in Guangzhou, Guangdong province April 11, 2014. The suspected illegal construction, which takes up an area of about 40 square metres, was built 10 years ago. Local law enforcement department discovered the construction back in 2012, but have failed to find the owner since then, local media reported. 

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  3. A survey of ancient and modern amulets throughout the world surprisingly concludes that the image of the open right hand was a universally recognized and employed sign of protection from the early Mesopotamia amulets to the Qat Istar and the Qat Inana, the Mano Pantea, and the right hand of the Buddha in the mudra (gesture) of teaching or proaction, and the Hand of Fatima. The common and universal human experience of the emotions of jealousy and envy, of the dangers of pregnancy and childbirth, to the dependency upon the fertility of crops and herds undergird the reality behind the amulet of the open right hand. Throughout al of those cultures and religious traditions in which we find the open right, particularly as identified with a female personality of great energy and status, was the commonality for its use as protection in the “female” experiences of conception, pregnancy, childbirth, and lactation as well as within the boundaries of the domestic sphere, such as the nurture and care of children, the preparation of food, and so on. Beyond the varied species of stone or metal used to fabricate the amulet, there are functional differences in the use of the proactive open right hand.

    The Qat Istar, also known as the Qat Inana, or Hand of Isthar/Inana, had no textual or scriptural basis among the Akkadians, Sumerians, and Mesopotamians who used it; nevertheless, it had specific meaning as the controller or seizer of diseases(s). Ironically, modern scholarship not only suggests the lack of textual basis for this amulet but also recognizes that the disease(s) from which the wearer of the Qat Istar (or Inana) was protected was classified as psychological of psychosomatic in nature.

    — Diane Apostolos-Cappadona on the Mesopotamian origins of the Hand of Fatima amulet. Published in Beyond The Exotic: Women’s Histories in Islamic Societies by Amira El Azhary Sonbol 
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  4. No doubt the best song ever.

     

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  6. "Kaiso" by Kitarō. No describing this serenity.

     

  7. New Saâda Bonaire music is coming.

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  8. I wanna go back now!

    morobook:

    Morocco.Marrakech.Interior courtyard with its fountain 1987

     

  9. thepeoplesrecord:

    500 African migrants enter Spanish enclave in major border storming
    March 19, 2014

    Some 500 migrants from sub-Saharan Africa forced their way into the Spanish enclave of Melilla from Morocco on Tuesday in one of the biggest illegal border-crossings of recent years, Spanish and Moroccan officials said.

    Moroccan police said they arrested some 250 people in two attempts by migrants to charge the border before 8 a.m., when the group of about 500 scrambled over the barbed-wire fences that separate the Mediterranean coastal city enclave from Morocco.

    The Spanish Interior Ministry delegate in Melilla, Abdelmalik El Barkani, announced police reinforcements for the border, saying there was still a great number of migrants waiting for a chance to try to scale the fences. Thousands of sub-Saharan migrants seeking a better life in Europe are living illegally in Morocco and try to enter Melilla and Spain’s other Mediterranean coastal enclave, Ceuta.

    More than a thousand are estimated to have made it across since the beginning of the year — roughly equal to the total for all of last year.

    In the past month, assaults on the enclave have picked up pace, sometimes happening twice a week.

    At least 15 migrants drowned in Moroccan waters Feb. 6 while trying to swim to Ceuta — located about 400 kilometres (250 miles) by road west of Melilla — after several hundred tried to storm the enclave’s border by land. El Barkani said 29 of those that made it across Tuesday were treated for injuries, mostly cuts.

    Morocco’s Interior Ministry said 28 migrants were injured by the barbed wire and were treated at the Nador hospital. It said five members of the Moroccan security forces were injured by rocks thrown by the migrants.

    Those that get into the enclaves are normally placed in temporary centres while authorities try to repatriate them. Many are eventually released and simply told to leave Spain.

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  10. "That’s why this conference [the River Water Users Association] happens in Las Vegas.That’s why we’re at Caesars Palace, which honors a civilization that collapsed." John Weisheit, quoted in Christopher Ketcham’s article "Razing Arizona." Harpers April issue.

     

  11. "Drought is gradual. It is geologic in its pace, and as it unfolds it erodes society’s confidence, goodwill, trust. ‘It gives people plenty of time,’ writes DeBuys, ‘to erect defenses, pick sides, and meditate on the defects of their neighbors." Christopher Ketchem writes on the disappearance of the Colorado River in "Razing Arizona." Harpers April issue.

    Pictured: Southwest Airlines takeoff at the Phoenix Sky Harbor airport.

     

  12. Every few months I make a mix of tunes running round my head. 

     


  13. Let everything that’s been planned come true. Let them believe. And let them have a laugh at their passions. Because what they call passion actually is not some emotional energy, but just the friction between their souls and the outside world. And most important, let them believe in themselves. Let them be helpless like children, because weakness is a great thing, and strength is nothing. When a man is just born, he is weak and flexible. When he dies, he is hard and insensitive. When a tree is growing, it’s tender and pliant. But when it’s dry and hard, it dies. Hardness and strength are death’s companions. Pliancy and weakness are expressions of the freshness of being. Because what has hardened will never win.
     

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  15. Cellphone take from Camelback Mountain, Phoenix Arizona