Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
[William Ernest Henley 1849–1903]
This was his favorite poem, a light in the darkness in his years in jail. Thank you Mr. Mandela.
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Hello, just a quick note for a little change. It’s true, my blogroll is missing.
It’s not an incident, it’s just a part of a retooling operation of this little blog. Check out the new page “Hidden connections“, you will find the links you’re looking for. And yes, the gargoyles are there for stay.
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I’m reading a wonderful book (Return to the Moon), an essay by Harrison H. Schmitt (former astronaut, the last man on the Moon with Apollo 17 mission); this is a citation from this book – words to be remembered:
“Whenever and however a Return to the Moon occurs, one thing is certain: that return will be historically comparable to the movement of our species out of Africa about 150,000 years ago. Further, if led by an entity representing the democracies of the Earth, a Return to the Moon to stay will be politically comparable to the first permanent settlement of North America by European immigrants.“
You know, we have to go back to the Moon. The sooner, the better. And Mr. Schmitt is the right man for tell us how this new frontier has to be tackled.
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Last Sunday I’ve posted the epilogue of my blog novel “Under A New Sky”, that was the end of a journey started this April, the 28th. This novel is a little project of mine but it has been quite useful for me to explore and understand more about my actual limits of developing and writing a story in english.
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Note: this is a work of fiction, with all the usual stuff about copyright and permission. It’s also a work in progress and a way to develop my knowledge of the english language. So feel free to correct, debate, laugh, ask about it in the comments. Help appreciated.
You may find the index here.
Now you know that Howard managed to get back on our planet.
What you still do not know is that he returned to Zeranta as soon as possible, with as many useful stuff he could transport with him. You see, for him there is very little left on our planet. His family was already gone and with his “death” every tie with friends and comrades in the US Army was gone too.
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When it comes to discuss about the global economy crisis the question about finance always comes up: how can a nation put a stop to the economic power of a multinational financial entity?
This is a peculiar type of asymmetrical warfare; a state, no matter how big it is, can’t compete against a multinational subject of the financial battlefield. If a nation tries to enforce a harder regulation system on its markets finance cartels simply withdraw their money from that markets and the nation’s economy sink like a paper-made Titanic. If the market regulation are too lose, just like today, the finance operators simply do what they want and the nations’s economy is always at stake.
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Posted in China, Economy, Geopolitcs, Politics, USA, War | Tagged basic rights, financial markets, market rules, national government, nationalization, need for change, power struggle, role of nations | 2 Comments »