Entries with tag "people"
Releyendo vieja correspondencia que tuve con Gil... esta me dió mucha alegría.
Se te extraña harto viejo amigo...
- Felíz cumple cabroncito!!
- Víiic!! Gracias por el correo, y debo decir que ha sido por lo menos aceptable, hoy he tenido más felicitaciones de las que me esperaba, lo cual me regocija y no poco, pero afortunadamente para mi, mis festejos duran varios días aún, con TRES! comidas agendadas (y no pago en ninguna además :)) en fin, estoy contentote y tú juiste el primero en felicitarme hace días, por si se te olvidaba, pero te conozco y aunque se te olvide yo sé que no se te olvida, es la sensación interna del tiempo, qué tú y yo lo vivimos diferente, ya nos topamos pronto mi buen.
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- 2010.09.15 -0500
Omar Hernández, one of the most amazing musicians I've known, was recently killed. Another depressing day... man is, indeed, the wolf of man.
Jesús León Santos receives the Goldman environmental price for his titanic work in Oaxaca. What did he do?
There's a region in Oaxaca, of more than 50,000 hectares, that has lost about five meters in height since the XVI century. The intensive breeding of goats, shepherding, the industry of lime production established during colonial times, and the intensive tree felling for the construction of Dominican temples all contributed to the sterilization of the region.
Jesús is transforming this heavily eroded and almost deserted region into the fertile land it once was. How has he done this? With the tequio (from nahuatl téquitl, work or tribute), a form of organized work for the benefit of the community as a whole:
- He founded the Center for Integral Small Farmer Development in the Mixteca (CEDICAM).
- He and his community have built more than 2,000 km of ditches to retain rain water.
- The community has planted more than 2,000,000 trees.
- The community is rejecting the use of genetically modified corn because these present a threat to the corn diversity of the region.
- They are using local organic fertilizers that don't damage the soil.
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Since 1994, the NAFTA has flooded the Mexican market with US corn. As a result, the Mexican corn has plummeted. Corn represents a fundamental role in the Mixteca culture, not only for being one of the basic foods for us, but also because it represents our identity as a people. There are many reasons that native seeds are sown. One of them is that these corn varieties can resist certain types of environmental conditions, like drought, cold, or poor soil.
CEDICAM always tries to value the culture of the Mixteca people, where natural resources still belong to everyone. I think this is a very good concept for humanity today [...] where there is community wealth and we value everything that exists among all of us.
Noam Chomsky Interviewed by Vincent Navarro
[...] The Obama phenomenon is an interesting reaction to this. Obama's handlers, the campaign managers, have created an image that is essentially a blank slate. In the Obama campaign the words are hope, change, unity - totally vacuous slogans said by a nice person, who looks good and talks nicely - what commentators call "soaring rhetoric" - and you can write anything you like on that blank slate. A lot of people are writing on it their hopes for progressive change. In the campaign, as the Wall Street Journal correctly notes, issues have received little attention. Personal characteristics are the key element. It's character that's up front.
But, yes, the support for Obama is a popular phenomenon, and I think it reflects the alienation of the population from the institutions. People are grasping at a straw: here's a possibility that maybe somebody will stand up for what they want. Even though he's not saying so, he looks like the kind of person who might do it. It's quite interesting to look at the comparisons that are made. Obama is compared to John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan - Kennedy and Reagan were media constructions, Reagan particularly.
So, yes, the Obama phenomenon, I think, reflects the alienation of the population that you find in the polls: 80% say the country is run by a few big interests. While Obama says we are going to change that, there's no indication of what the change is going to be. In fact, the financial institutions, which are his major contributors, think he's fine, so there's no indication of any change. But if you say "change," people will grasp at it; you say "change" and "hope," and people will grasp at this and say, OK, maybe this is the savior who will bring about what we want, even though there is no evidence for it.
...You assure me that you have no doubt that if I accept this meeting, the peace and happiness of the Mexican nation will result from it, and that the Empire will reserve for me a distinguished position, seeking the help of my talents and patriotism. Certainly, sir, the history of our times registers the names of great traitors who have violated their oaths, their word and their promises; they have betrayed their own party, their principles, their ancestors and everything an honorable man holds sacred. Furthermore, in all these cases, the traitor has been guided by a vile ambition of power and a miserable desire to satisfy his own passions and even his own vices. However, the man currently in charge of the presidency of the Republic, a man that came out of the dark masses of the common people, will succumb - if such is the design of Providence - after fulfilling his duty until the end, in accordance with the trust of the nation over which he presides and having satisfied the requirements of his own conscience. I must conclude due to my lack of time, but I will add a last observation. It is given to men, sometimes, to attack the rights of others, to seize their goods, to threaten the lives of those who defend their nation, to make the highest virtues seem crimes, and to give their own vices the luster of true virtue. But there is one thing that cannot be influenced either by falsification or betrayal, namely the tremendous verdict of history. It is she who will judge us.Benito Juárez
Letter to Maximilian, Monterrey, NL. March 1, 1864
I first saw Yazpik's work in Cuernavaca in 1996. I remember the pieces and the resonance of the after-experience quite vividly... unusual. I remember feeling that I had just been given some fundamental knowledge while at the same time not knowing what this knowledge was.
If I had to reduce his work to one word, it'd be schisma. There is violent contrast and break in almost all his work; contrast and collision between the raw and the sharply worked, the carefully designed; the noise of the natural rock and the purity of the polished metal; the juxtaposition of a water bed (a natural perfectly flat mirror) and irregular heavily textured islands resting on it; the contrast between proportions in some of the pieces is also very striking: tall cubes of flat nothingness ending with tiny geometric details. Yet, with all these sharp cuts and collisions, there are also channels of communication, correlations, connections between opposing bodies: square rocks with perpendicular patterns that prolong down to the solid ground and infect it, making the stiffness of both the material and the geometric patterns appear to move and come to life, and making the space that the piece occupies part of the piece itself. His use of negative space is intricate and mysterious. Many pieces are defined by the negative space.