As it happened – Yanis Varoufakis‘ intervention during the 27th June 2015 Eurogroup Meeting

Juni 29, 2015

Plainly the austerity policies imposed on the Greek people over the last five years have failed, and the Greek people’s decisive vote for the Syriza government to represent this position is commendable.
If the EU is to have *any* credibility, then it must find a position that enables the current Greek government to fulfil its democratic mandate.
M. Veroufakis‘ call for a referendum is a triumph for European democracy.

Yanis Varoufakis

The Eurogroup Meeting of 27th June 2015 will not go down as a proud moment in Europe’s history. Ministers turned down the Greek government’s request that the Greek people should be granted a single week during which to deliver a Yes or No answer to the institutions‘ proposals – proposals crucial for Greece’s future in the Eurozone. The very idea that a government would consult its people on a problematic proposal put to it by the institutions was treated with incomprehension and often with disdain bordering on contempt. I was even asked: „How do you expect common people to understand such complex issues?“. Indeed, democracy did not have a good day in yesterday’s Eurogroup meeting! But nor did European institutions. After our request was rejected, the Eurogroup President broke with the convention of unanimity (issuing a statement without my consent) and even took the dubious decision to convene a follow up meeting without the Greek minister, ostensibly to…

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Non, David, vous n’êtes pas Charlie!

Januar 15, 2015

Paul Bernal's Blog

Along with so many other world leaders, David Cameron has made a big point of showing solidarity with the French in the face of the Charlie Hebdo atrocities, claiming to stand for freedom of expression – but anyone who has been following or studying the way his government deals with the press and indeed with freedom of expression generally knows that he’s far from a champion of freedom of expression.

Indeed, rather than championing freedom of expression, Cameron’s government has been actively hostile to it. His is a government that sent agents to a national newspaper’s office to force them to smash computers – an act that could hardly be interpreted as anything but brutal intimidation. This is a government under whose auspices the police have secretly monitored the communications between journalists and their sources.

This is a government that has forced through a law to prevent charities…

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Notes on the „freedom to offend“

Januar 8, 2015

Cunning Hired Knaves

What shape does offence take? How do you distinguish offence from other emotions and affects? It’s common to imagine that people carry out murders, and, in the case of Charlie Hebdo, a massacre, because they were „offended“ by something that got said, something published. But what if such people aren’t offended at all? If you’re going to riddle someone with bullets, wouldn’t your threshold for material that is hard to take need to be fairly low to begin with?

Then there is the attribution of „rage“, cf „The Roots of Muslim Rage“ by Bernard Lewis. But if you’re going to plan a massacre at a magazine publisher it probably isn’t rage you require, but dispassionate calm. Those calling for widespread reproduction of Charlie Hebdo cartoons -and particularly the ones they have telepathically identified as the root of the offence- seem to think that this is the last thing the killers…

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how to sleep

Juli 25, 2014

It was only after moving to France that I realised what a hard town London was to live in, just because so many social events there revolve around alcohol. The decreased intake that occurred entirely naturally when I moved–from several beers just about any night I went out, to the very occasional glass of wine with some ritual dinner or other–was very welcome. Of course, France has its pissheads–I even know some of them now–but I guess I was lucky with the people I met at first, and now that I’ve cut down to practically zero, I don’t think I’d go back.

But this change did affect my sleep for a while–several months at least–and I felt like, after all the madness and damaged attitudes to sleep caused first by being a junior doctor, then a crazy marathon cyclist in Audax events, that it would be good to establish a healthier pattern for the future. Also, that feedback jag at a Selfish Cunt gig at Ye Olde Axe has left me with fairly heavy intermittent tinnitus, which I guess is not uncommon in people who’ve ever participated in the British live music scene, and it’s worse at night.

Enough throat clearing. What I actually do is this:

1) No coffee after 1200h, no black tea after 1700h. Caffeine is a strong stimulant, and its elimination half-life is of the order of a few hours. If you want to sleep at night, don’t take stimulants in the hours leading up to bedtime!

2) All the usual sleep hygiene stuff: make sure you get enough exercise (at least half an hour/day, most days), try for regular hours, dark, quiet room, calm activities (reading French novels does it for me) in the hour before you expect to sleep. Keep a notebook and pen at the side of the bed to note stuff down that you need to do in the morning, then tell yourself „I’ll do that in the morning:“ very relaxing.

3) Sometimes, mostly, increasingly, all this is enough. If it’s not, proceed as follows. The trick is to calm your mind into sleep by holding two streams of thought simultaneously to mind. Fortunately this is difficult verging on impossible (for me anyway), and practising it is very relaxing and tiring, which helps me fall asleep. It also feels very pleasant.

Gerhard Richter candle painting

Gerhard Richter candle painting

4) Visual meditation. Try (with your eyes closed) to picture a lit candle as vividly as possible. I find it very difficult. Maybe if you’re a visual artist or something it’d come more naturally. Can you see it? Does it flicker? Do other thoughts push it away? Hold on to that picture of the candle, that rich golden light, the guttering wax, all of it.

5) Have a little break from the candle visualisation, and focus on your developing infinite compassion for every living thing on the planet. This is a big target, so I like to follow Albert Camus‘ advice that ‚our first task is to forgive the pope.‘ I’m no Catholic, but I think the media image of this personification of Christian patriarchy is a helpful mental model for much that is wrong with the world. I add cultural breadth by giving the Dalai Lama (another ageing celibate male) the same treatment. I like to imagine the two men meeting and trying to work out what they might usefully do next, in their ignorance. The „good generous“ prayer of Reverend Sprague in Twain’s Tom Sawyer is also a useful model.

6) Hold your compassion and pity for these two ageing, sterile archetypes in your mind, the tradition and enslavement that each represents, and return to the candle meditation. It is hard! Now you’ve tackled two of the more difficult characters, it’s perfectly OK to radiate positive energy to people who you do care for, like friends, family, colleagues, and people suffering oppression around the world. Maybe you’ll make a couple of notes of concrete things you might do in the morning for any of them. You might, for example, resolve to respond–compassionately–to one of Pope Francis’s more misguided tweets. But just note your resolve: do not switch the machine on again!

7) Aim to hold the image of the flickering candle flame and your infinite compassion for all other living things in your mind simultaneously. If you can do it, you feel good. And as it is so difficult, it is tiring, and you will fall asleep easily.

8) If you wake up early: get up, take a piss, make a soft (herbal) tea. Go back to bed, read or meditate again. You’ll fall asleep again. If you don’t, keep resting (which is fine for every other part of the body but the brain), and remember that the worse thing about not sleeping is that it can make you feel tired. Being tired is not the end of the world.

9) Right, now I’m off to bed. Sweet dreams all!

Wer ist Juliuz Beezer?

März 5, 2012

Natürlich, zuerst hatte ich einen s als wäre in der Auswahl des Namens konventionellen „Julius“. Die Umwandlung eingetreten ist, für eine Reihe von Gründen: Ich wollte eine leichte Einbiegung in meiner Blogging-Stil zu machen. In den letzten zehn Jahren oder so, war meine Online-Persona, bewusst, wie treu meine wahre Identität als menschlich möglich war. Von den ersten paar Dinge, die ich schrieb, ergab einen besonders persönlichen Informationen, um im Internet in einer Weise, die ich beurteilen würde meine bereits fadenscheinige Gewebe der Anonymität bis zur Sinnlosigkeit zu kompromittieren. Also zog ich mich in juliusbeezer was ich hoped’d sein, durch Internet-Standards, relativ ruhig Dunkelheit.
juliusbeezer.blogspot.com/
Gelegentlich Menschen, die mich aus wusste, bevor mich fragen, per E-Mail zum Beispiel: „Wer ist Julius Beezer?“ Ich könnte sie zu einem früheren etwas kryptischen Beitrag hinweisen, aber ich in der Regel nicht die Mühe. Ich dachte, es wäre lustig, wenn eher meine eigenen Arsch, um für diese E-Mails schickte ich aussehen, und veröffentlichen die Highlights hier bearbeitet werden sehen, ob Muster entsteht.

In der Tat gab es nur zwei E-Mails.

[Für T.]

Julius Beezer ist mein Pseudonym online. Er schreibt ein Blog auf Englisch und auf Französisch ein, die vielleicht schon einer zuviel.

Er ist ein mürrischer alter Mann, der von der Londoner Gesellschaft zurückgezogen hat zu einer besseren
lenken seinen Zorn auf die vielen Schwächen seines ehemaligen Kultur 🙂 Er hat eine
besondere grüner Tinte Hotline des Guardian kommentiert Seiten.

Eigentlich bin ich wirklich überhaupt nicht mürrisch. Es wäre gelogen, etwas anderes zu sagen sein. Ich bin viel weniger mürrisch als Französisch Person, aber es wäre sozial verträglich für mich sein, mürrisch, es nicht wirklich für mich arbeiten, und ich weiß es nicht genießen. Besser zu vermeiden schlechte Laune und schützen Sie Ihr Sinn für Humor.

[Für A.]

Jemand hat erzählt Geschichten über Julius Beezer aber: Ich wollte hören, erzählen von einem pensionierten Französisch provinziellen Dozent fest entschlossen, seinen Ruhestand zu studieren und schließlich aufschlussreich britischen Kultur (was er natürlich verabscheut) zu verbringen. Um sein Ziel zu erreichen, hält er ein Blog in englischer Sprache als kulturelle und sprachliche Übung in seiner Wahlheimat Zunge. Seine Grammatik ist fast immer tadellos, obwohl seine Beiträge aus gelegentlichen Literale leiden während einer schnellen Bearbeitung. Ich hoffe, er ist etwas steif und unbequem in seiner neuen geistigen Haltung, und versucht, tauchen alle möglichen Straftat in einer Höflichkeit, die vereist sein können, sondern ist meist warm.

Verbessern Sie Ihr Deutsch!

April 25, 2011
Die strengen Naturforscher glaubt, dass es nur natürlich, Objekteund Ereignisse, und keine übernatürlichen Mitteln oderVeranstaltungen. http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naturalismus_(Philosophie)

Gebannt in Deutschland!

Januar 10, 2011

Internet militanten Julius Beezer das dritte Video Erguss wurde von Google blockiert. Die schockierende 9.26 Merkmale des Künstlers zur Eröffnung einen Auftragsbestand von Post, aber die meisten offensiv aller, eine Artur Rubinstein Leistung von Chopins Nocturne in B-Moll spielt im Hintergrund während. Es ist aus diesem Grund, dass Internet-Nutzer in Deutschland nicht zugelassen wird, um das Video herunterzuladen, obwohl österreichischen Fans offenbar noch Zugang haben.

Wie ist Ihre internationale Proxy-Tunneling suchen Deutscher Enthusiasten?

Vereinigten Königreich medizinischen Fachpresse startet diese Woche

Januar 10, 2011

Eine interessante Entwicklung im Vereinigten Königreich medizinischen Fachpresse startet diese Woche am Dienstag Morgen. Auf einen hoffentlich glücklichen 11.11 h (es ist der 11. Januar 2011, nachdem alle), der anglophonen Welt neueste Online-Publikation geboren werden. Follow @ SwabDigital für weitere Entwicklungen.

Neue Identitäd: Herr Julius Beezer

Januar 7, 2011

Dese kinder people nach B17 der ordinerder mach usen.

Diese Art Menschen B17 haben lassen Sie mich nutzen ihre Computer.

Those kind people at B17 have let me use their computer.

Nun, wie Sie sagen können, mein Deutsch ist nicht sehr gut noch nicht, aber du hast irgendwo beginnen, und es scheint mindestens 4 Sprachen sind zum guten Ton für den Profi.

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August 3, 2009

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