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Friday, 2 September 2016

Darkage (Thomas Hardy: Thoughts from Sophocles)

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A picture taken on September 1, 2016 shows a solar eclipse in the sky of in Dar es Salaam

The solar eclipse in the sky in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania today: photo by Daniel Hayduk/AFP, 1 September 2016

A picture taken on September 1, 2016 shows a solar eclipse in the sky of in Dar es Salaam

The solar eclipse in the sky in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania today: photo by Daniel Hayduk/AFP, 1 September 2016 


LA REUNION - The moon is leaving a ring of fire effect around moon during an annular solar eclipse. By Richard Bouhet: image via Frédérique Geffard @fgeffardAFP, 1 September 2016   

Thomas Hardy: Thoughts from Sophocles
        (Oed. Col. 1200 1250)

Who would here sojourn for an outstretched spell
Has senseless promptings, to the thinking gaze,
Since pain comes nigh and nigher with lengthening days,
And nothing shows that joy will ever upwell.

Death is the remedy that cures at call
The doubtful jousts of black and white assays.
What are song, laughter, what the footed maze,
Beside the good of knowing no birth at all?

Gaunt age is as some blank upstanding beak
Chafed by the billows of a northern shore
And facing friendless cold calamity
That strikes upon its features worn and weak
Where sunshine bird and bloom frequent no more,
And cowls of cloud wrap the stars' radiancy.


Thomas Hardy (1840-1928): Thoughts from Sophocles [after Oedipus at Colonus 1211-48], in Evelyn Hardy: Some Unpublished Poems by Thomas Hardy, The London Magazine, 3/1 (January 1956)


A school boy cries following a bomb blast targeting a Christian colony in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provincial capital of Peshawar, Pakistan, 02 September 2016. According to media reports, four suicide bombers were shot dead by security forces after they targeted a Christian neighborhood near Peshawar, one person was killed in this incident. In another incident a suicide bomber has targeted a court in Mardan, where 11 people were killed and 30 other were wounded.  EPA/BILAWAL ARBAB  EPA/BILAWAL ARBAB

A school boy cries following a bomb blast targeting a Christian colony in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provincial capital of Peshawar, Pakistan: photo by Bilawal Arbab/EPA, 2 September 2016

A school boy cries following a bomb blast targeting a Christian colony in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provincial capital of Peshawar, Pakistan, 02 September 2016. According to media reports, four suicide bombers were shot dead by security forces after they targeted a Christian neighborhood near Peshawar, one person was killed in this incident. In another incident a suicide bomber has targeted a court in Mardan, where 11 people were killed and 30 other were wounded.  EPA/BILAWAL ARBAB  EPA/BILAWAL ARBAB

A school boy cries following a bomb blast targeting a Christian colony in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provincial capital of Peshawar, Pakistan: photo by Bilawal Arbab/EPA, 2 September 2016
 
A general view after earthquake that levelled the town in Amatrice, central Italy
A general view after earthquake that levelled the town in Amatrice, central Italy: photo by Stefano Rellandini/Reuters, 1 September 2016

A general view after earthquake that levelled the town in Amatrice, central Italy
   
A general view after earthquake that levelled the town in Amatrice, central Italy: photo by Stefano Rellandini/Reuters, 1 September 2016
 
People listen as Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks to the American Legion National Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S., September 1, 2016.

People listen as Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks to the American Legion National Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.: photo by Carlo Allegri/Reuters, 1 September 2016

People listen as Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks to the American Legion National Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S., September 1, 2016.

People listen as Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks to the American Legion National Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.: photo by Carlo Allegri/Reuters, 1 September 2016


SYRIA - White Helmets search for survivors amid burning vehicles of people fleeing from Souran. By @omarnajdat: image via Frédérique Geffard @fgeffardAFP, 1 September 2016 

Cadets of the Russian Nakhimov Naval Academy attend a ceremony at the start of the school year known as 'Day of Knowledge' in St. Petersburg, Russia, 01 September 2016. Nakhimov Naval Academy was established in 1943 to prepare young men for training in higher naval education and follow-up service in the Navy as an officer and named after the great Russian naval commander Admiral Pavel Nakhimov, the Hero of the Crimean War

Cadets of the Russian Nakhimov Naval Academy attend a ceremony at the start of the school year known as ‘Day of Knowledge’ in St Petersburg, Russia on Thursday: photo by Anatoly Maltsev/EPA, 1 September 2016

Cadets of the Russian Nakhimov Naval Academy attend a ceremony at the start of the school year known as 'Day of Knowledge' in St. Petersburg, Russia, 01 September 2016. Nakhimov Naval Academy was established in 1943 to prepare young men for training in higher naval education and follow-up service in the Navy as an officer and named after the great Russian naval commander Admiral Pavel Nakhimov, the Hero of the Crimean War

Cadets of the Russian Nakhimov Naval Academy attend a ceremony at the start of the school year known as ‘Day of Knowledge’ in St Petersburg, Russia on Thursday: photo by Anatoly Maltsev/EPA, 1 September 2016

abonese police forces patrol as they clear barricades in the streets adjacent to the National Assembly, in Libreville

Gabonese police forces patrol as they clear barricades in the streets adjacent to the National Assembly, in Libreville on Thursday: photo by Anatoly Maltsev/EPA, 1 September 2016

abonese police forces patrol as they clear barricades in the streets adjacent to the National Assembly, in Libreville

Gabonese police forces patrol as they clear barricades in the streets adjacent to the National Assembly, in Libreville on Thursday: photo by Anatoly Maltsev/EPA, 1 September 2016



GABON - A relative of a man detained during clashes is carried to hospital in Libreville. By @mlongari: image via Frédérique Geffard @fgeffardAFP, 1 September 2016



GABON - Protesters set up a barricade in the Nstara district of Libreville after Bongo reelection. By @mlongari: image via Frédérique Geffard @fgeffardAFP, 1 September 2016

A Nepalese Hindu priest performs rituals during Kuse Aunsi at Gokarneshwar Hindu temple in Kathmandu, Nepal,

A Nepalese Hindu priest performs rituals during Kuse Aunsi at Gokarneshwar Hindu temple in Kathmandu, Nepal on Thursday. Kuse Aunsi is a Hindu festival where fathers, living or dead, are honored.: photo by Niranjan Shrestha/AP, 1 September 2016 

A Nepalese Hindu priest performs rituals during Kuse Aunsi at Gokarneshwar Hindu temple in Kathmandu, Nepal,

A Nepalese Hindu priest performs rituals during Kuse Aunsi at Gokarneshwar Hindu temple in Kathmandu, Nepal on Thursday. Kuse Aunsi is a Hindu festival where fathers, living or dead, are honored.: photo by Niranjan Shrestha/AP, 1 September 2016

An Indian girl holds an umbrella and looks skywards as it rains in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016. Monsoon season in India begins in June and ends in October.  (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)
 
An Indian girl holds an umbrella and looks skywards as it rains in New Delhi, India: photo by Tsering Topgyal/AP, 1 September 2016

An Indian girl holds an umbrella and looks skywards as it rains in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016. Monsoon season in India begins in June and ends in October.  (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)

An Indian girl holds an umbrella and looks skywards as it rains in New Delhi, India: photo by Tsering Topgyal/AP, 1 September 2016 

 
BRAZIL - Supporters of Dilma Rousseff protest against new President Michel Temer in Sao Paulo. By @Mschincariol #AFP: image via Frédérique Geffard @fgeffardAFP, 1 September 2016

 
BRAZIL - Opponents of Rousseff celebrate after she was stripped of Brazil's presidency in Sao Paulo. By @Mschincariol #AFP: image via Frédérique Geffard @fgeffardAFP, 1 September 2016  

Kashmir Day 54


Day 54: Killing, protests, clashes in Kashmir on August 31, 2016: image via Faisal Khan @lookaround81, 31 August 2016



Around 300 people injured by Indian occupational army across #Kashmir valley, including women and children: image via Nomy Sahir @NomyPti, 1 September 2016




Day 54: Killing, protests, clashes in Kashmir on August 31, 2016: image via Faisal Khan @lookaround81, 31 August 2016



Day 54: Killing, protests, clashes in Kashmir on August 31, 2016: image via Faisal Khan @lookaround81, 31 August 2016

On August 5, Umar Yousuf, a class 11 student from Budgam, was hit by pellets in his left eye in the Beeru area of the district. Credit: Shome Basu

On August 5, Umar Yousuf, a class 11 student from Budgam, was hit by pellets in his left eye in the Beeru area of the district: photo by Shome Basu via The Wire 30 August 2016



#Kashmir, No Longer a Paradise. The Paradise that Breaks Your Heart. #KashmirUprising [photo: Shome Basu via The Wire]: image via Bloodied Kashmir @Qashmier, 31 August 2016



#Kashmir, No Longer a Paradise. The Paradise that Breaks Your Heart. #KashmirUprising [photo: Shome Basu via The Wire]: image via Bloodied Kashmir @Qashmier, 31 August 2016




#Kashmir, No Longer a Paradise. The Paradise that Breaks Your Heart. #KashmirUprising [photo: Shome Basu via The Wire]: image via Bloodied Kashmir @Qashmier, 31 August 2016


 
#Kashmir, No Longer a Paradise. The Paradise that Breaks Your Heart. #KashmirUprising [photo: Shome Basu via The Wire]: image via Bloodied Kashmir @Qashmier, 31 August 2016


Around 300 people injured by Indian occupational army across #Kashmir valley, including women and children: image via Nomy Sahir @NomyPti, 1 September 2016 



Around 300 people injured by Indian occupational army across #Kashmir valley, including women and children: image via Nomy Sahir @NomyPti, 1 September 2016



On day 54 One teenager Martyred by army in Baramulla, 3 others critical. Martyr draped in Pakistani Flag. #Kashmir: image via Syed Ali Geelani @sageelani, 31 August 2016



On day 54 One teenager Martyred by army in Baramulla, 3 others critical. Martyr draped in Pakistani Flag. #Kashmir: image via Syed Ali Geelani @sageelani, 31 August 2016
 


On day 54 One teenager Martyred by army in Baramulla, 3 others critical. Martyr draped in Pakistani Flag. #Kashmir: image via Syed Ali Geelani @sageelani, 31 August 2016



Day 54: Killing, protests, clashes in Kashmir on August 31, 2016
: image via Faisal Khan @lookaround81, 31 August 2016



 Their laptops say "Go India Go Back" The youth resisting against indian occupation use all the means available.: image via Syed Ali Geelani @sageelani, 30 August 2016

We r world champion of #Occupation


 Israeli forces detain 10 Palestinians including journalist in West Bank #ThirdIntifada: image via Palestine Foundation @plfpk, 1 September 2016


Israeli forces continue systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory: PCHR
: image via Palestine Foundation @plfpk, 1 September 2016



Israel approves 500 new settlement units in West Bank and Jerusalem #IsraelToTheDemise
: image via Palestine Foundation @plfpk, 1 September 2016 



Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention: Israeli settlements are ILLEGAL. #ICC4Israel #JusticeForPalestine #BDS
: image via #LiberatePalestine @OLilly, 13 April 2015


The entire enterprise of a Jewish state in Palestine is built upon an express rejection of international law
: image via RicoHands @rico_hands, 20 December 2014\


Settler courtesies, West Bank: image via Third Intifada @jdot1979, 1 September 2016



Settler courtesies, West Bank: image via Third Intifada @jdot1979, 1 September 2016



The Celtic fans described the raising of the Palestinian flags as an ‘act of solidarity.’
: photo by Reuters, 19 August 2016


Celtic FC fans prominently displayed Palestinian flag on Wednesday during match against Israel's Hapoel Beer Sheva (Photo: Reuters)

Celtic FC fans prominently displayed Palestinian flag on Wednesday during match against Israel's Hapoel Beer Sheva
: photo by Reuters, 19 August 2016



You could hear #boos for #Kaepernick as the anthem singer was getting ready to start. Fans didn't hold back anger.: image via Chris Nguyen ABC7 Verified account @ChrisNguyenTV, 1 September 2016



#Kaepernick:
- great athlete - activist - YouTube naturalista: image via Dwayne David Paul @DwayneDavidPaul, 1 September 2016



#Kaepernick is about to have Black children rocking afros and sitting for the anthem! He's my kind of role model.
: image via Kirsten West Savali Verified account @KWestSavali, 1 September 2016



!!! #Israel Retroactively Legalizes 'Pirate Outposts' In #Palestine #zionist #colonialism
: image via free falling upwards @philipgeany, 31 August 2016




According 2 UN OCHA by end of 2015 thr wr 543 israeli physical obstructions pal kids walk thro /day. Lucky ur kids: image via ray @rayyoosheh, 1 September 2016

 

According 2 UN OCHA by end of 2015 thr wr 543 israeli physical obstructions pal kids walk thro /day. Lucky ur kids: image via ray @rayyoosheh, 1 September 2016

 

According 2 UN OCHA by end of 2015 thr wr 543 israeli physical obstructions pal kids walk thro /day. Lucky ur kids: image via ray @rayyoosheh, 1 September 2016

 

According 2 UN OCHA by end of 2015 thr wr 543 israeli physical obstructions pal kids walk thro /day. Lucky ur kids: image via ray @rayyoosheh, 1 September 2016


@rayyoosheh  @JerryBrownGov @SenateRepCaucus Governor Brown: Please Veto AB2844. Israel is a war criminal.: image via Mohammad Irshaid @irshaidm1, 30 August 2016


@rayyoosheh  @JerryBrownGov @SenateRepCaucus Governor Brown: Please Veto AB2844. Israel is a war criminal.: image via Mohammad Irshaid @irshaidm1, 30 August 2016


Zionist gangs at work detained nursery owner stole 2k shekels and all his stuff in #Hizma #BanditsOfME
: image via ray @rayyoosheh, 1 September 2016



Zionist gangs raiding #Rantees vlg near #RamAllah at the moment v @qudsn: image via ray @rayyoosheh, 1 September 2016



Must b 1 of the moderate Arab countries and a friend of zionist entity
: image via ray @rayyoosheh, 1 September 2016



General of #Occupation: We r world champion of #Occupation and we've brought it 2 an art form
: image via ray @rayyoosheh, 1 September 2016


slowly the poison the whole blood stream fills  
 
World in focus – best photos for September 1, 2016

A man steers a wooden boat through dead fish in a breeding pond at the Maninjau Lake in Agam regency, West Sumatra province, Indonesia. Thousands of fish at the fish farm of the Maninjau Lake died suddenly due to lack of oxygen caused by a sudden change in water conditions. : photo by Antara Foto / Muhammad Arif Pribadi via Reuters, 1 September 2016

Members of bank employees union shout slogans during an anti-government protest rally, organised as part of a nationwide strike, in Mumbai, India September 2, 2016. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui - RTX2NUZN

Members of bank employees union shout slogans during an anti-government protest rally, organised as part of a nationwide strike, in Mumbai, India: photo by Danish Siddiqui/Reuters, 2 September 2016

Members of bank employees union shout slogans during an anti-government protest rally, organised as part of a nationwide strike, in Mumbai, India September 2, 2016. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui - RTX2NUZN

Members of bank employees union shout slogans during an anti-government protest rally, organised as part of a nationwide strike, in Mumbai, India: photo by Danish Siddiqui/Reuters, 2 September 2016

World in focus – best photos for September 1, 2016

Mount Sinabung volcano spews thick volcanic ash in Karo, North Sumatra. Many residents in the area have been forced to relocate to other villages of Northern Sumatra at a safer distance from Mount Sinabung volcano, one of most active in Indonesia.: photo by Ebenezer Pinem / AFP, 1 September 2016

A resident clears out the hash vending stalls in the Freetown Christiania neighborhood of Copenhagen,  
A resident clears out the hash vending stalls in the Freetown Christiania neighbourhood of Copenhagen: photo by Outuffe Weng/AFP, 2 September 2016 

A resident clears out the hash vending stalls in the Freetown Christiania neighborhood of Copenhagen,

A resident clears out the hash vending stalls in the Freetown Christiania neighbourhood of Copenhagen: photo by Outuffe Weng/AFP, 2 September 2016

The sun rises as fog covers the Inntal valley in the western Austrian village of Grinzens, Austria September

The sun rises as fog covers the Inntal valley in the western Austrian village of Grinzens, Austria: photo by Dominic Ebenbichler/Reuters, 2 September 2016

The sun rises as fog covers the Inntal valley in the western Austrian village of Grinzens, Austria September

The sun rises as fog covers the Inntal valley in the western Austrian village of Grinzens, Austria: photo by Dominic Ebenbichler/Reuters, 2 September 2016

World in focus – best photos for September 1, 2016

Sunrise above a dead tree in a foggy field near Altranft, Germany: photo by Patrick Pleul / EPA, 1 September 2016

4 comments:

Sandra said...

leí por ahí "las personas que sufren son todas diferentes ...las felices son todas iguales"...y ¿qué une a la gente?

vazambam (Vassilis Zambaras) said...

If she is elected POTUS, I fully expect Hillary Clinton to settle once and for all the thorny problem of illegal Israeli settlements in occupied Palestine by announcing the U.S. is in favor of the annexation of Palestine by Israel, period; if Trump is elected, I don’t know what will happen and neither does he.

Wooden Boy said...

What you're saying makes sense, I'm afraid, Vassilis.

TC said...

Sandra,

Well, I hate to say this, but from observation, I suspect that what unites people, when young, is joy, or the anticipation of, hope for, even the memory or dream of joy.

And when old, this other thing, the opposite, which often causes the old to fall silent, as befits a site of ruin.

Still one has to bow before the dogged refusal of Thomas Hardy to let sorrow and loss and ruin stop his poetry, or for that matter, to stop it from carrying the burden of human truth, which accumulates, rather than disappearing, over time.

Vassilis, if only your expectation were not a likely statement of the inevitable reality to come!

She's already said -- this in a speech at AIPAC, but then, almost everything she says sounds like a speech at AIPAC -- in that cackling midwestern murican rich-girl-grown-haggard "English" of hers ("ya know... ya know...")... that the first thing she means to do, upon achieving the "highest office", is put in a call to her pal Bibi.

Now we know that Drumpf has said that he will deport two million within his first hour in office. I think those were the numbers.

Her claim is probably going to prove easier to realize, in so many ways.

(Oh by the way, this just in -- I'm put in mind of the national holiday weekend festivities ongoing out there on the freeway -- muricans aren't concerned in the slightest about what happens in the rest of the world, so long as they're guaranteed a permanent high wage for repeating brainless mechanical tasks, plenty of paid leave and sempiternal permission to jump in the car on impulse and race out to pick up something at Safeway.)