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BeyondGeography's Journal
BeyondGeography's Journal
June 2, 2024

W. A. Mozart Sinfonia Concertante k364 - 2. Andante

May 20, 2024

Cohen: An acquittal would be better for me financially


Trump lawyer Todd Blanche: "Do you have a financial interest in the outcome of this case?"
Cohen: "Yes, sir."

Asked specifically if Cohen will benefit financially from a conviction, Cohen says it's better if Trump is found *not* guilty because it "gives me more to talk about in the future."

Courtroom reaction is audible.
May 16, 2024

Bernard Pivot, Host of Influential French TV Show on Books, Dies at 89


Bernard Pivot, a French television host who made and unmade writers with a weekly book chat program that drew millions of viewers, died on Monday in Neuilly-sur-Seine, outside Paris. He was 89. His death, in a hospital after being diagnosed with cancer, was confirmed by his daughter Cécile Pivot.

From 1975 to 1990, France watched Mr. Pivot on Friday evenings to decide what to read next. The country watched him cajole, needle and flatter novelists, memoirists, politicians and actors, and the next day went out to bookstores looking for the tables marked “Apostrophes,” the name of his show. In a French universe where serious writers and intellectuals jostle ferociously for the public’s attention to become superstars, Mr. Pivot never competed with his guests. He achieved a kind of elevated chitchat that flattered his audience without taxing his invitees.

During the program’s heyday, in the 1980s, French publishers estimated that “Apostrophes” drove a third of the country’s book sales. So great was Mr. Pivot’s influence that, in 1982, one of President François Mitterrand’s advisers, the leftist intellectual Régis Debray, vowed to get rid of the power of “a single person who has real dictatorial power over the book market.”

But the president stepped in to stanch the resulting outcry, reaffirming Mr. Pivot’s power. Mr. Mitterrand announced that he enjoyed Mr. Pivot’s program; he had himself appeared on “Apostrophes” in its early days to push his new memoir. Mr. Pivot met Mr. Mitterrand’s condescension with good humor. The young television presenter’s trademarks were already evident in that 1975 episode: earnest, keen, attentive, affable, respectful and leaning forward to gently provoke.

…President Emmanuel Macron of France, responding to the death on social media, wrote that Mr. Pivot had been “a transmitter, popular and demanding, dear to the heart of the French.” Mr. Pivot’s death took up the front page of the popular tabloid newspaper Le Parisien on Tuesday, with the headline “The Man Who Made Us Love Books.”


This was last Monday; just found out about it now.

When I was a free young man in Paris, Apostrophes ruled the French literary and TV world and France had a President, Mitterrand, who loved reading so much he would have his pilot go into a holding pattern on state visits whenever he was close to finishing a book.

Vive Pivot, vive la literature et vive La France.
May 15, 2024

Slovak PM Fico in hospital after being shot

Source: BBC

Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico has been shot and wounded, according to local media reports.Mr Fico was shot in front of a cultural community centre in the town of Handlova, where a government meeting had been held, reports say.

Several shots were heard, according to journalists on the scene.
The Slovak leader has been taken to hospital and his alleged assailant detained by police.

Handlova is around 180km (112 miles) north-east of the capital Bratislava. A video showed several men rushing to detain the suspect just outside the cultural centre in Handlova. The BBC has not yet verified the footage.

…Mr Fico returned to power in Slovakia after elections last September, at the head of a populist-nationalist coalition.

Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/articles/cg6761ggxz1o.amp

May 6, 2024

Judge Merchan knows how to keep it real

This is the basic stuff of civilization:

You are the former president of the United States and possibly the next president as well... but at the end of the day, I have a job to do and part of that job is to protect the dignity of the judicial system.

Merchan said Trump’s actions “constitute a direct attack on the rule of law [and] I cannot allow that to continue”:

So as much as I do not want to impose a jail sanction…I want you to understand that I will, if necessary, and appropriate.

May 6, 2024

L'ame des poetes - French people in a room

Long after the poets have disappeared
Their songs still roam the streets

April 26, 2024

President Biden tells Howard Stern he will debate Trump





President Joe Biden said he will debate former President Donald Trump ahead of this year’s election, though he said he didn’t know in what format.

“I am, somewhere. I don’t know when,” Biden said when asked by interviewer Howard Stern whether he planned to debate his predecessor. “I’m happy to debate him.”

It’s the first time Biden has said explicitly he would debate Trump in this election cycle. Previously, he has equivocated, saying it would depend on Trump’s behavior.
April 26, 2024

Kristi Noem is trash


Kristi Noem is trash.

Decades with hunting- and bird-dogs, and the number I've killed because they were chicken-sharp or had too much prey drive is ZERO. Puppies need slow exposure to birds, and bird-scent.

She killed a puppy because she was lazy at training bird dogs, not because it was a bad dog.

Not every dog is for the field, but 99.9% of them are trainable or re-homeable. We have one now who was never going in the field, but I didn't kill her. She's sleeping on the couch.

You down old dogs, hurt dogs, and sick dogs humanely, not by shooting them and tossing them in a gravel pit.

Unsporting and deliberately cruel...but she wrote this to prove the cruelty is the point.

April 25, 2024

Sciutto: The script-flipping here is remarkable


The script-flipping here is a remarkable: rather than focus on the severity and precedent of what’s before them - whether Trump should be prosecuted for allegedly attempting to overturn the 2020 election - they appear focused on the potential for a future president to be frivolously prosecuted. There appears to be little concern among the conservative justices for the substance and significance of the January 6 case.
April 21, 2024

Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream, op. 61 - Nocturne


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