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On a light side: To paint the portrait of a bird

By: DrVonNagle Sunday August 24, 2014 4:09 pm

When I grew up in France Jacques Prevert was my favorite poet. He once said that war would not be such a bad thing if it only killed soldiers. He allowed a generation to break the artificial boundaries of rhyme and rhythm. Here is my translation of one of my favorite poems. You can easily find the original on the web (here is one link).

sign that you can sign

To Paint the Portrait of a Bird
By Jacques Prevert

First paint a cage
with an open door
then paint
something pretty
something simple
something nice
something useful
for the bird
then place the canvas against a tree
in a garden
in the woods
or in a forest
hide behind a tree
keeping quiet
keeping still…
Sometimes the bird arrives quickly
but it may also take many years
before deciding
Do not despair
wait for many years if needed
the pace of the bird’s arrival
bearing no relation
with the success of the composition
When the bird arrives
if it arrives
keep the deepest silence
wait for the bird to enter the cage
and after it enters
gently close the door with the brush
one by one erase the bars
being careful not to touch any of the bird’s feathers
Then paint the tree
picking its finest branch
for the bird
then also paint the green foliage and the fresh breeze
the sun’s dust
and the clamor of insects in the summer’s heat
then wait for the bird to decide to sing
If the bird does not sing
it’s a bad sign
sign that the painting is bad
but if it sings it’s a good sign
sign that you can sign
Then gently pluck
one of the bird’s feathers
and you write your name in a corner of the canvas.

Jacques Prevert


Senior Hamas Leader Claims Responsibility for the Israeli 3 teens

By: DrVonNagle Friday August 22, 2014 7:20 pm

After weeks of being told that Israel was lying when accusing Hamas of kidnapping and then murdering the three Israeli teens, we are learning it was indeed Hamas behind the kidnapping. I will not re post what some here have said or claimed. Here are the facts, as we know them now.

Remember how it started? NYMAG published an article claiming that “It Turns Out Hamas May Not Have Kidnapped and Killed the 3 Israeli Teens After All” then after some web sites started to refute most the article, NYMAG publishes a different article, partialy refuting their earlier one “Israel Now Says It Has Proof Hamas Kidnapped the Three Teens”.

Israel then names in court paper Hussam Qawasmeh as the leader of the cell who planned and executed the kidnapping. Arrest by Israel in Abduction of 3 Youths Is Made Public Israel claims it waited to make it public so they could still investigate. Israel claimed he got the money from Hamas from his brother Mahmoud Qawasmeh who was freed by Israel in the Shalit exchange. Israel critics claimed it was just a lone cell.

Fast forward to August 21, Saleh Arouri, a senior member of Hamas, founder and commander of Hamas military wing in the West Bank, claims responsibility: Hamas admits kidnapping Israeli teens

I picked the most “mainstream” sources I could, of course similar articles with more or less details are available on many other sites. Where does that leave us? It does not explain nor excuse anything either side did, it is just looking at ONE aspect of the propaganda wars.

A solution to the Gaza blockade.

By: DrVonNagle Sunday August 10, 2014 5:30 pm

If Gaza and Israel could agree to build a conjoint sea-port on Gaza Northern border with Israel, placed geographically at the border. Both sides would also agree to inspections, either under the auspices of the U.N. or of both parties. Israel can then focus on developing tunnel sensing technology so Gaza can import as much concrete and construction material as wanted. The only caveat would be that  weapons and material to construct weapons would be forbidden. A “fair” list of that material should be agreed on (some fertilizers can also make explosives but are also needed by farmers). Of course Israel would take the risk that inventive Palestinians use dual use materials to make weapons, and it would probably mean that the next war will be as bloody as in Syria, Libya, Afghanistan, Sudan, and Iraq.

A whole post about Israel and the Palestinians without the word “Hamas” mentioned….oops. :)