Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Craftmanship in 1930 Vietnam as Seen in Paris' Specialized Municipal Libraries

In this photo series, the camera's lens focuses on Vietnamese artisans in 1930, zooming on the intricate details of wood carvings and patterns from pagodas across the country, with a generous dose of orientalism.

According to the online portal for several specialized municipal libraries in Paris, where these photographs were retrieved, these photographs were taken under the commission of the Service photocinématographique.

Alison J. Murray Levine noted in her book Framing the Nation: Documentary Film in Interwar France, the Service photocinématographique in Indochine was established after World War II as a bureau for the colonial government’s public relations. This establishment was part of France’s "film mission" in Indochina, characterized by an emphasis on films as a means to popularize Indochina in France and inform the colonial subjects about their "mother country," wrote Nick Deocampo in Early Cinema in Asia. Thus, the French government invested in camera equipment and documentaries that enabled them to advertised images of Vietnam for propaganda and publicity.

The images, which centers around craftmanship and architecture in three regions, were taken after the Service photocinématographique has outsourced their tasks to a private company called Société Indochine-Films.

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Disproportionalities: Whose Fault?

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Jews have been awarded 40% of the Nobel Prizes in economics, 30% of those in medicine, 25% in physics, 20% in chemistry, 15% in literature and 10% of the Nobel Peace Prizes. Since the beginning of the 20th century, there have been just over 900 Nobel Prizes awarded. Since Jews are only 2% of the world’s population, instead having 22% of Nobel Prizes, 206, they should have won only two, according to the proportionality vision of justice. There’s an even greater domestic violation of the proportionality vision. Jews are less than 3% of the U.S. population but 35% of American Nobel Prize winners. Several questions come to mind. Does the disproportionately high number of Jewish winners explain why there are so few black or Hispanic Nobel Prize winners? Who’s to blame for ethnic disproportionality among Nobel Prize winners, and what can be done to promote social justice?

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Sen. Paul Blocks Resolution Aimed at Keeping Whistleblower Identity Secret

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) blocked a Senate resolution aimed at keeping the identity of the whistleblower at the center of the impeachment inquiry a secret.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) introduced a resolution saying that has “a duty” to protect the identity of whistleblowers.

What is Southern Agrarianism and why are we here?

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It is a Traditional Way of Life – The Southern Agrarian movement, born in the 1920’s, is rooted deep in Southern soil. It goes back to the English Cavalier culture with its system of aristocracy and social hierarchy. Its adherents have often been known as Country Gentleman and Southern Gentleman or Lady. The need to return to this simpler, more noble, more orderly, more self-reliant way of life has never been greater than it is today. Southern Agrarianism is a cultural movement and a way of life.

It is being Close to the Land – It is enjoying the bounty from one’s own garden, savoring a breakfast of fresh eggs gathered from the back yard chicken flock, and picking a sweet, juicy peach from a tree you planted. Southern Agrarianism is about being rooted in the land – not being a dependent cog in the complex machine of urban life.

The Mexican Mormon War (Drug Cartels vs. Mormons

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Cartels: Huge problem: Sources suspect family slaughtered targeted: Mormons murdered were victims of a hit or a mix-up

Rhonita Maria Miller and her family At least 13 police officer murdered by drug cartel in Mexico

For all the demands from talking heads that the US deploy military personnel to police tribal disputes along the borders of Turkey, Iraq and Syria, the real border crisis facing the US is happening in our own backyard.

Fact is, the situation in Mexico poses a far greater threat to American security. Our Southern neighbor is rapidly becoming a narco-state run by cartel drug lords.


Sources suspect family slaughtered by drug cartel in Mexico was targeted: report

Mormons murdered in Mexican cartel shootout were victims of a hit or a mix-up: cops

November 5, marks the 108th anniversary of the birth of "The King of the Cowboys"

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Virginia Has Fallen: Goodbye Confederate Monuments

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Everybody, pay your last respects to Virginia. What a trip it has been, Old Dominion, you who defied tyrants, who gave our nation its greatest founders. Virginia of the Cavaliers, who brought lofty principles to the new republic, who led with honor. Virginia, now to be sacrificed on the altar of socialist destruction.

Weep and mourn for Virginia, helplessly in the hands of destroyers. How the mighty have fallen....

Paul Craig Roberts: Old Men Are Sometimes Tougher Than Toughs Think

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Journey to Vietnam 2019

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