martes, 24 de enero de 2017

Competidores


De estrategia

Si conoces a los demás y te conoces a ti mismo, ni en cien batallas correrás peligro; si no conoces a los demás, pero te conoces a ti mismo, perderás una batalla y ganarás otra; si no conoces a los demás ni te conoces a ti mismo, correrás peligro en cada batalla

-Sun Tzu, en El arte de la guerra, 450 a. de C.

Dios romano de la guerra

Marte, siglo II d. de C., busto de mármol

lunes, 23 de enero de 2017

Editorial de sanlunes/ O del presidente tuitero

Toma de posesión virtual

Diálogo entre estilistas: 
-¿Es real la cabellera de Donald Trump? 
-Es virtual como su forma de pensar
-¿Y cuál es la forma de su peinado? 
-Igual a su forma de hablar
  
-Manuel Falcón
La profecía funesta finalmente se cumplió: el megalópata Trump rindió protesta como el presidente número 45 de Estados Unidos (por cierto, ¿saben los mexicanos qué numero de presidencia le corresponde a Peña Nieto?). Su discurso fue el mismo: el egomaníaco Donaldrástico liberará al pueblo gringo del mal gobierno y a partir de él, todo será diferente, pues la primer potencia del mundo se contraerá sobre sí misma, durante cuatro años –al menos-, en un ritual de autofagia ultranacionalista: "América para los americanos" (que traducido al español significa: Gringolandia para los gringos). Así, una vez atrancada la puerta por dentro, quedarán todos los gringos "auténticos", es decir, los anglosajones (los WASP: white anglo-saxon people), dentro del muro o muralla –al estilo de la China milenaria- que erija el Donaldorado. De esa manera resultará más fácil localizar de inmediato a los chivos expiatorios o "bárbaros" no-anglosajones. Los prietitos en el arroz. Pero, el discurso inaugural del millonario hirsuto pronto fue rastreado y escaneado por las redes sociales y: ¡oh, sorpresa! En forma y fondo, tanto en la estructura de composición como en el concepto, sus palabras fueron semejantes a las del supervillano Bane que se propone, en la película (The Dark Knight Rises, 2012, dirigida por Christopher Nolan) y el comic de Batman, liberar a Ciudad Gótica del mal gobierno con invitación a los auténticos ciudadanos para salir a cazar a los forasteros o chivos expiatorios.
La realidad simbólica sustituyó a la realidad real. O dicho de otra manera, Trump  (y todo su gabinete de payasos) es un personaje de comic. Se recomienda así, a todas las embajadas del mundo, pero en particular, a la de México, a revisar a detalle, escena por escena, la referida cinta de Batman, pues quizá de ahí copie el presidente impredecible Trump, su estilo y forma de gobernar. Por lo pronto, el tuitero mayor tomó posesión de la Casa Blanca que pronto emitirá rayos de color naranja-dorados (The Orange House), para convertirse en el centro del mundo… virtual. Como en el mito del rey Midas, todo lo que Trump toque se tornará de color dorado, todo se convertirá en hiperrealidad (sus mensajes pasarán por encima de lo real, haciendo patitos o, mejor, pajaritos azules de Twitter sobrevolarán los hechos reales: "a mi acto inaugural acudió más gente que al de Obama. Y punto". Los medios lo contradicen porque son reales y él es hiperreal, virtual, post-verdadero). Con lo cual se comprueba la sustancia del nuevo líder xenofóbico: está compuesta de mito, comic, Reality show o teorías de la conspiración, pero no es real; el empresario inmobiliario transa autoexento de impuestos, nunca ha descendido de su torre dorada en Manhattan, a la realidad real que, tarde que temprano, pasará factura. Trump es la caricatura de sí mismo. Aunque lo mismo cabría decir de Peña Nieto, es cierto, pero el mexicano no es considerado protagonista ni de la película ni del comic, ya no se diga a nivel mundial sino a nivel nacional (a estas alturas, el presidente de México se tornó personaje secundario, aparece en el papel de extra en el filme sexenal). La gran marcha de las mujeres en Washington (y demás ciudades de Estados Unidos y de Europa) contra Donald Trump, es un recordatorio de que existe la realidad real, la gente real y su furia real (como así lo muestran también, las marchas contra el gasolinazo en nuestro país).
La realidad virtual nos alcanzó. Ya está entre nosotros. Somos nosotros (quien esté leyendo el presente texto en una pantalla de computadora, que levante la mano). Las redes sociales se han apoderado del concepto de "realidad" que ya es sinónimo de virtual. De qué manera dicha constatación incide en la vida política lo estamos viendo en tiempo real, con el arribo de Trump a la presidencia de Estados Unidos. Es increíble, es imposible, no puede ser que semejante bestia dorada represente a la primer democracia del planeta… en la realidad real; pero en la realidad virtual, es verdad: ahí está el millonario gringo tuiteando a la bola de viejas argüenderas que salieron a marchar sobre Washington alcanzando casi el millón de almas: "¿por qué no salieron a votar así?", les espetó, en juicio contundente, el rey Midas Trump. De ahí también el miedo de todos los países. Si el presidente de la potencia primera no es real, ¿cómo predecirlo o enfrentarlo? La respuesta es obvia: en su propio terreno: la realidad virtual. Incluso no se necesita bola de cristal para augurar dicha situación similar en las próximas elecciones presidenciales de México: triunfará no el mejor candidato real, sino el mejor candidato virtual. Salvo opinión en contrario no de los votantes reales sino de las redes sociales virtualmente post-verdaderas.

Diplomacia


domingo, 22 de enero de 2017

La marcha de las mujeres sobre Washington vs Trumpuerco

 
Gloria Steinem, icono de la lucha feminista desde los sesentas 

"Friends, sisters and brothers, all of you who are before me today and in 370 marches in every state in this country and on six continents and those who will be communing with us in one at 1 [p.m.] in a silent minute for equality in offices, in kitchens, in factories, in prisons, all over the world. I thank each of you, and I especially want to thank the hardworking visionary organizers of this women-led, inclusive march, one of whom managed to give birth while she was organizing this march. Who else can say that?
Thank you for understanding that sometimes we must put our bodies where our beliefs are. Sometimes pressing send is not enough. And this also unifies us with the many in this world who do not have computers or electricity or literacy, but do have the same hopes and the same dreams.
I think that because I and my beloved co-chairs, the Golden oldies right?–Harry Belafonte, Dolores Huerta, LaDonna Harris–all these great people, we may be the oldest marchers here today, so I've been thinking about the uses of a long life, and one of them is you remember when things were worse.
We remember the death of the future, with Martin Luther King, with Jack Kennedy, with Bobby Kennedy, with Malcom X. Without those deaths for instance, Nixon would not have been elected, and there would not have been many of the wars that we had. Now, our great leaders like Barack Obama and Michelle Obama are still with us and remember how much we feared they might not be, and how much threat there was, in fact, on their lives. And they are with us.
And now, our honored Bernie Sanders is still with us. And not only with us but he's focusing on economic justice and achieving free universal college education in my state of New York. And now Hillary Clinton is alive and definitely not in jail. She who told the whole world that women's rights are human rights and human rights are women's rights. So crucial, when collectively violence against females in the world has produced a world in which for the first time there are fewer females than males.
I'm not trying to deny the danger that this day initiates. Trump and his handlers have found a fox for every chicken coop in Washington, and a Twitter finger must not become a trigger finger. Some very experienced doctors of the American Psychiatric Association have publicly written to warn us that, and I quote, "His widely reported symptoms of mental instability, including grandiosity, impulsivity, hyper-sensitivity to slights or criticisms, and an apparent inability to distinguish between fantasy and reality, lead us to question his fitness for the immense responsibilities of the office." Unquote.
This was on full display in his inaugural address yesterday. Everything that happened before him was a disaster. And everything that he would do would be fantastic, the best ever, miracles, and all the superlatives. He also said he was with the people. Indeed, he was the people. To paraphrase a famous quote, I just have to say, "I have met the people, and you are not them." We are the people.
Just this march in Washington today required 1,000 more buses than the entire Inauguration. A thousand more buses. And I was just talking with people from our many sister marches, including the one in Berlin, and they asked me to send a special message: "We in Berlin know that walls don't work."
And remember Poland where last month the government passed an anti-abortion law and six million women turned out in the streets and they had to change it. We are the people. We have people power and we will use it. All the power that you tried to eliminate. For instance, you tried to eliminate the Congressional Ethics Committee. You had to reinstate it, right? Because of people power. Because this, this, is the up side of the downside. This is an outpouring of energy and true democracy like I have never seen in my very long life. It is wide in age. It is deep in diversity. And remember the constitution does not begin with "I, the president." It begins with "We, the people."
So don't try to divide us. Do not try to divide us. If you force Muslims to register, we will all register as Muslims. I know that there are women here from corporations and media and all kinds of places that make it kind of risky for you to say what you care about, what you feel, and what you support. And there are women here, I know, who have survived a national and global sex industry that profiteers from body invasion. We are united here for bodily integrity. If you cannot control your body from the skin in, you cannot control it from the skin out, you cannot control your lives, our lives. And that means that the right to decide whether and when to give birth without government interference.
We are here and around the world for a deep democracy that says we will not be quiet, we will not be controlled, we will work for a world in which all countries are connected. God may be in the details, but the goddess is in connections. We are at one with each other, we are looking at each other, not up. No more asking daddy.
We are linked. We are not ranked. And this is a day that will change us forever because we are together. Each of us individually and collectively will never be the same again. When we elect a possible president we too often go home. We've elected an impossible president, we're never going home. We're staying together. And we're taking over. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Make sure you introduce yourselves to each other and decide what we're gonna do tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow and we're never turning back. Thank you."

Pussy en inglés, representa un ejemplo de vocablo metafórico plurisemántico. Procede del normando puss que significa 'bolsillo', 'bolsa' (de ahí la asociación con algo que contiene o guarda, como: vagina); a su vez del alemán pus 'tibio'. Así, tibio, blando, suave y velludo alude, de forma simultánea, a un gato (pussycat) y al coño. Pussy es a la vez, desde la perspectiva machista, 'mujer' y una persona 'cobarde'. Trump fue grabado alardeando sobre la manera en que él, sin cortejo previo ni preámbulos, "agarraba a las mujeres por el coño" (grab by the pussy). De ahí el símbolo de un knitting pink pussy hat o gorro de gatito rosa tejido de lana como símblo de protesta, pues pussy grabs back.

sábado, 21 de enero de 2017

Baile inaugural presidencial/ O de hábitos de pareja

Donald- ¡Te he dicho, Melania, que no metas mano en mi bolsillo! Devuelve mi cartera a su lugar

jueves, 19 de enero de 2017

El peor gabinete en la historia de EEUU- Washington Post


Donald Trump has assembled the worst Cabinet in American history

 
Any time a new administration comes into office, there will be some complaining about the new president’s cabinet picks. But we’re seeing something extraordinary happening now. Donald Trump’s cabinet brings with it a combination of ethical problems, inexperience, hostility to the missions of the departments its members are being called to lead, and plain old ignorance that is simply unprecedented.
This is shaping up to be nothing less than the worst cabinet in American history.
As just one colorful example, let’s look at this report in today’s New York Times about Rick Perry, who will be Secretary of Energy. The change from the leadership under Barack Obama is already striking: the current secretary, Ernest Moniz, is a respected nuclear physicist who also came to the job with significant experience managing scientific institutions, and he’ll be succeeded by someone who advocated eliminating the department, although in his defense Perry couldn’t quite remember that it was the one he wanted to get rid of (that famous “Oops” moment). But it’s even worse than that:
When President-elect Donald J. Trump offered Rick Perry the job of energy secretary five weeks ago, Mr. Perry gladly accepted, believing he was taking on a role as a global ambassador for the American oil and gas industry that he had long championed in his home state.
In the days after, Mr. Perry, the former Texas governor, discovered that he would be no such thing — that in fact, if confirmed by the Senate, he would become the steward of a vast national security complex he knew almost nothing about, caring for the most fearsome weapons on the planet, the United States’ nuclear arsenal.
So Perry advocated dismantling the Department of Energy as a candidate in 2012 despite having no idea what the department actually does. But don’t worry — he has recently become aware that his job will not in fact consist of traveling around the world telling people how great oil is. “After being briefed on so many of the vital functions of the Department of Energy,” Perry now says, “I regret recommending its elimination.” Good to know.
That’s just the beginning. Let’s run through some of the other highlights of the Trump cabinet and cabinet-level appointees:
  • Steven Mnuchin, Secretary of the Treasury: Mnuchin has never served in government and has no experience in setting macroeconomic policy, but he did lead Donald Trump’s fundraising effort. In advance of his confirmation hearing, Mnuchin “failedto disclose his interests in a Cayman Islands corporation as well as more than $100 million in personal assets.”
  • Tom Price, Secretary of Health and Human Services: Rep. Price, a doctor who has taken a particular interest in legislating on health care, has a habit of trading in health care stocks that are affected by the legislation he writes; he also recently got a “sweetheart deal” on stock in a foreign biotech firm.
  • Betsy DeVosSecretary of Education: DeVos, a billionaire Republican donor, has spent much of her adult life attempting to destroy public education in America. Despite that work, at her confirmation hearing she displayed a shocking ignorance of basic issues in education policy, though she did opine that schools should be able to have guns in them to ward off grizzly bear attacks.
  • Andrew Puzder, Secretary of Labor: If Trump had searched America to find the individual most hostile to the rights of workers, he could not have done much better than Puzder, the CEO of a fast-food company. The man who will be responsible for safeguarding workers’ rights is an ardent opponent of minimum wage increases and laws mandating things like break time and overtime pay; his company has been repeatedly cited for wage theft. 
  • Ben Carson, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development: The former presidential candidate, who has precisely zero experience in housing policy, was apparently appointed to lead this department because he’s one of the few African-Americans Donald Trump has met.
  • Mick Mulvaney, Director of the Office of Management and Budget: Mulvaney was just revealed to have employed a nanny without paying payroll taxes for her, to the tune of over $15,000.
  • Wilbur Ross, Secretary of Commerce: The billionaire investor just realized that one of the dozen or so household staff he employs was undocumented.
  • Ryan Zinke, Secretary of the Interior: Rep. Zinke is a former Navy Seal whose career was hampered by the fact that he was caught repeatedly billing the government for personal trips home which he falsely claimed were for the purpose of scouting training locations.
  • Scott Pruitt, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency: Like Puzder and DeVos, Pruitt seems to have been chosen for his fervent opposition to the mission of the agency he’ll be leading. As Attorney General of Oklahoma, he sued the EPA multiple times over its efforts to enforce environmental laws. In his confirmation hearings, he refused to commit to recuse himself from the cases among those that are still open, in the apparent belief that there isn’t anything wrong with essentially being both plaintiff and defendant in a lawsuit. When asked about lead poisoning, a vital and longstanding environmental issue that gained new urgency with the poisoning of the water in Flint, MI, he said that he had “not looked at the scientific research on that.”
  • Michael Flynn, National Security Adviser: Flynn, an ardent Islamophobe and purveyor of lunatic conspiracy theories, was fired from his last job in government because of mismanagement.
  • Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State: Tillerson has no government or diplomatic experience, though he has been to many countries that have oil.
  • Nikki Haley, United Nations Ambassador: Haley’s foreign policy experience consists of going on a couple of trade missions as governor of South Carolina.
That’s not to mention the sub-cabinet appointments who are already in trouble, like the Army secretary who punched out a concession worker at a horse auction or the national security spokesperson revealed as a plagiarist, nor the fact that Trump’s senior adviser used to run a white nationalist web site and the President-elect intends to employ his family members, all while insisting again and again that ethics laws don’t apply to him.
While prior presidents have had some miserable appointments — James Watt and Anne Gorsuch in the Reagan administration, Michael “Heckuva Job” Brown and Alberto Gonzales in George W. Bush’s — never before has one president assembled such a remarkable collection of individuals who are either unqualified for their jobs, devoted to subverting their agencies, or both, not to mention the ethical questions that will continue to swirl around this administration.
We expect the Republican contempt for government to be evident to some degree in the appointments of any GOP administration. But Donald Trump has truly blazed a new trail with the people he has gathered around him. One can only imagine the damage they’re going to do.

Ovopolítica


Ve

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Luz/cidez obscura

Sibila de Cumas por Dhali

Eneas y la sibila

 La sibila 

~Ovidio
 Las Metamorfosis, XIV

Cuando el héroe Eneas llegó a las riberas
De Cumas y encontró el antro donde habita
La vieja Sibila, le pidió un permiso:
Bajar al mundo de los muertos para ver
A su padre. Ella, durante un buen rato,
Fijó los ojos en el suelo, y luego
Habló con cálida ironía: "Casi no
Pides nada, mi ilustre héroe. Sabemos
De la fama que la espada ha otorgado
A tu brazo; y del modo en que las llamas
Han pulido tu lealtad. 

                                     Deja de lado

Tu inquietud y obtendrás—casi nada—
Lo que pides. Voy a servirte de guía
En la casa del Elíseo, el reino extremo
Del mundo. Ahí verás la sombra querida
De tu padre.

                                     Eneas, eres virtuoso

Y la virtud es la mitad del acceso
Al camino".

                                     Le mostró entonces la rama

Dorada de Proserpina, la Juno del
Inframundo, y le ordenó que la arrancara
De su tronco. En cuanto Eneas arrancó
La rama del árbol, todas las riquezas
Del Averno se abrieron ante él. Miró
Incluso a sus abuelos; miró la sombra
De su padre, el buen Anquises. Pudo saber
Los peligros que tendría en nuevas guerras.
Conoció las leyes del averno.

                                     Luego

 Tomó con la Sibila por un camino
Tortuoso, atravesando un crepúsculo
Sombrío, y el héroe aligeró la ruta
Conversando con su guía, la Sibila.
"No sé si tú seas una diosa, o sólo
Alguien grata a los dioses. Pero, quien seas,
Ya eres para mí una divinidad.
Tú me llevaste al reino de la muerte, y más:
Me sacaste de ahí con vida. Por eso
En cuanto vuelva a los espacios
Surcados por el aire de los cielos, tú
Cuenta con un templo que habré de construir
En tu honor, donde arderá siempre el incienso".

La Sibila respondió con un suspiro.
Luego dijo: "Ahórrate el incienso. Yo
No soy una diosa. Voy a revelarte
Lo ocurrido. La luz eterna habría sido
Mía de haberle dado mi virginidad
A Febo, que me amaba. Él me cortejó
Y entre sus regalos para seducirme
Incluyó uno en especial. ‘Muchacha de
Cumas’, me dijo un día, ‘escoge lo que
Quieras, y yo voy a dártelo’. Yo tomé
Un puñado de polvo, y se lo mostré
Por idiota, diciéndole que deseaba
Vivir tantos años como breves granos
De arena hubiera en aquel montoncito.
Faltó un detalle: añadir a mi petición
Que esos años incluyeran la juventud.
Luego del regalo le negué mi amor a
Febo, y me dispuse a conservarme virgen.
Y ya pasó mi edad feliz, y llegó a mí
La humillación de envejecer. He vivido
Ya siete siglos; la cuenta va así: para
Igualar los granos de arena restantes
He de ver trescientas mieses y trescientos
Vinos nuevos. Habrá de llegar el día
Tras la lenta sucesión de largos días,
En que habrá de reducirse mi estatura
Lo mismo que mis miembros, pequeñísimos
Y consumidos por la vejez. Entonces,
¿Quién creerá que un dios me amó cuando fui joven
Y bella? Tal vez ni el mismo Febo podrá
Reconocerme, o en todo caso dirá
Que no me amó. Tanto así habré cambiado.
Y llegará el momento en que nadie podrá
Verme: seré una voz. Diré así quién soy y
Fui. Todo por cortesía del destino".


En: Fábulas de Ovidio (43 a. C.-17 ó 18 d. C.)

Herófila, la sibila de Marpeso

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miércoles, 18 de enero de 2017

Ve

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Enviado de paz


martes, 17 de enero de 2017

Sibila

Cada hombre es, en cada momento de su vida, todo su pasado, todo su presente y todo su futuro
-Oscar Wilde

Lectura de tondo

Egeo consulta a la Pitonisa, tondo de cílica* ática de figuras rojas, 440 - 430 a.C., pintor Codros 
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*cílica-
Vasija (copa) ancha para beber vino. El 'tondo' es el adorno circular (con figuras) rehundido en el centro

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