Quem não ama o seu deserto
pode amar o colectivo?
São onze da manhã e já a rua
que te fez sair de casa?
Vagueio pela margem
deste rio sulfuroso, cruzo-me
convosco, dou ouvidos a carteiros,
vendedores de talismãs,
de histórias mal feridas,
de tapetes que ninguém desenrolou.
Acompanham-me os gemidos
emitidos pela tarde.
Contorno os infelizes
automóveis, dou a Lázaro
(que nem se chama Lázaro)
o cigarro do costume, retribuo
a piedade que me olha.
Continuo noite fora, pela borda dos cafés
onde as cartas são batidas por azar
e a morte, triunfante,
convida a novo copo de veneno.
Quando a luz luciferina da manhã
já se comenta nas vielas,
subo a gola do casaco,
procuro uma parede imaculada
e deixo a gotejar esta pergunta:
AQUILES, ONDE ESTÁS?
Ulisses Já Não Mora Aqui, Língua Morta, Maio de 2014
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“Resumamo-nos e terminemos.
Portugal está pobre; não tem para pagar as dívidas; não tem para se manter; e de ano para ano se deteriora a sua sorte. O presente é um martírio, o futuro, que deve resultar da continuação de tal presente, horroriza a imaginação.
Portugal está desatado; há insociabilidade, há ódios mútuos e acerbos, e que, herdados e transmitidos pela educação, se tornarão ainda mais implacáveis.
Portugal (consequência legítima das duas verdades precedentes) tem a sua moralidade relaxada, ou perdida. O instinto de vida lhe está aconselhando Agricultura, como riqueza, como vínculo, como civilização.”
António Feliciano de Castilho, Felicidade pela Agricultura, 1848
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The only way to summarize this entire situation is that we as a fossil-fuel driven technological civilization are at the end of the road. I do not believe that the powers that be are unaware of the insolvability of these issues. In fact, there is no doubt but that they are highly aware of these and other related issues and have been for a long time. Now we are entering the end game. I believe that the entire Ukraine crises is being used to provide cover for Russia, NATO and American security/military forces to move and position their assets and troops into place in preparation for a collapse of the global economy that simply can’t be avoided, or for that matter, put off for much longer. A surface reading of Russian, European and American political actors would convince anybody that they don’t understand the situation, as Gail states, but don’t be fooled by what they appear to be doing and what the real intentions behind their actions are. It is winding down to the finish line, the joke that the entire global economy has become is about to deliver its final punch line, and when it does I doubt that many people will be laughing.
You may be right. Everywhere we go, we encounter new problems. Every step we take takes energy products and time. Everywhere we look, it looks more like we are approaching the end of the road. The question is only what steps the powers that be will take to try to cover up our problems.
I agree, Gail. As I read your article, I kept waiting for the part where you stated explicitly that we are stuck between a rock and a hard spot. There just aren’t any solutions to the problems that you have elaborated on, and a new-hire in the CIA energy analysis division ought to be able to figure that out.
Billionaire George Soros gave an extensive interview last year where he talked about the impending financial collapse, and specifically talked about the turmoil and bloodshed that would occur in Europe should that collapse come to pass. There are plenty of ethnic tensions and border rivalries in Europe that have been suppressed for a long time during our post WWII period of economic plenty. In a real collapse situation, Europe is set to explode once again like a powder keg. It makes sense to position troops in and around Europe especially close to hotspots like Ukraine IF you are anticipating a collapse and IF you have the goal of maintaining some kind of order in the post-collapse world. Pure speculation on my part, but it is the only thing that makes sense (to me).
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