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Merci pour ce moment… De discernement

17 Sep

Je n’avais pas vraiment d’affinité avec Valérie Trierweiler, l’ex compagne du président de la république française, François Hollande. Et tout aurait du me détourner de son livre, “Merci pour ce moment”…Tout sauf un parfum de polémique sur la séparation entre vie privé et vie publique. (in english at the bottom)

Trierweiler_2012L’affaire DSK a peut-être été un marqueur pour cette distinction public/privé, mais il faut arrêter l’hypocrisie bien française qui consiste à dire que l’on se fiche de la vie privée de nos dirigeants. Depuis l’époque des rois de France, on se délecte de lire et entendre les secrets d’alcoves, les liaisons cachées de la noblesse. Et notre régime présidentiel n’étant qu’un prolongement de cette monarchie révolue, il est normal de voir les meilleures ventes presse trustée par les magazines people. C’est malheureusement humain, puisque ce phénomène est aussi mondial. Mais le livre de Valérie Trierweiler ne nous a été vendu que comme un complément de Closer et des photos du président avec l’actrice Julie Gayet…. Vendu par l’éditeur, ou par une presse oscillant entre jalousie et envie ?

C’est la question (NDLR : à laquelle l’éditeur a répondu depuis l’écriture de cet article) que je me pose finalement à la lecture de cet ouvrage. Car stylistiquement, il n’y a rien de très criticable (quelques coquilles, tout de même….) pour ce qui se veut un témoignage journalistique, rien de plus. C’est même plutôt agréable, bien plus que les sinistres ouvrages de nos politiques, pondus souvent par des “nègres”, ou des conseillers, dont Valérie Trierweiler se délecte de décrire leurs comportements. Si la chronologie paraît brouillonne et sans grande logique, il se dégage aussi un coté naturel dans cette plume vengeresse d’une femme qui a quand même prouvé sa qualité journalistique dans la presse écrite (je reste moins convaincu sur la qualité d’intervieweuse télévisuelle).

Mais venons en au contenu. On a tellement écrit sur cette femme, sans lui demander son avis, qu’elle a bien mérité un droit de réponse. Elle rétablit donc ici quelques vérités, réécrivant son histoire personnelle avec un regard très critique et lucide sur elle même. Rien que pour cela, je dis bravo car c’est courageux et juste. Mais surtout, il y a un intérêt pour le journalisme politique, qui fait souvent bien pire que cela en recopiant, voir déformant, des petites phrases et des SMS confiés par les “amis politiques” ou agit sur commande. Le livre montre, par exemple, comment la professionnalisation de la politique conduit à un aveuglement et une totale méconnaissance du monde qui l’entoure. Et avec cette professionnalisation du politique, s’est bâti un monde politico-médiatique qui tient plus de la cour royale des courtisans, et ou la femme a encore du mal à obtenir une place. Valérie Trierweiler décrit, à travers la lente dérive de son couple, la dérive d’une caste mais aussi ce que le pouvoir parvient à pourrir. De ce coté là, il n’y a pas de vengeance ou de jalousie mais un vrai témoignage journalistique. Continue reading

(no comment) Malaria

15 Sep

Pictures from Gates Foundation, Humanitarian and Development Partnership Team in the Central African Republic, World Bank, US Army
Dying from Malaria

Progress against malaria

Fighting malaria with bed nets Continue reading

La Playlist de la semaine – Vol.14

14 Sep

Histozic propose chaque semaine 2 ou 3 albums en chronique. Cette semaine les heureux élus sont :

Each week, Histozic do 2 or 3 musical reviews. This week the winners are :

Robby Valentine : seconde partie de son histoire.. / 2nd part of his story

http://histozic.free.fr/?p=2880

 

 

 

Saint Jude : Du rock sudiste…avec une chanteuse/ Woman southern rock!

http://histozic.free.fr/?p=2379

 

 

 

The Deep End : La sensation australienne du moment/ The australian sensation of today !

http://histozic.free.fr/?p=2395

 

Ils ont tué Steve ! – They Killed Steve !

12 Sep

Traduction de l’article de ma consoeur Marie sur Unidivers.

But what happens to Apple, this legendary brand that made trends in high tech. Last Keynote 2014 finally brings few surprises, just putting apple at the level of its fierce competitors.

Because before the iPhone gave guidance for competition: size, screen resolution, features, autonomy …. But since the iPhone 4, it is more a “retouching” thant a new product. The iPhone had for him, his contained a size that suited many. But the Asian market gives the trend in the field of smartphones and is fan of larger sizes. So the iPhone that gets bigger, like a Samsung Galaxy S or any high-end smartphone. NFC? It is already in all competitors for 1 year without there was, indeed, a boom in the use of this technology. The USB was not very useful before the adoption by the first iMac to finally take off. By will it be the same here?

For other innovations, this is an update from the last products of Sony, Samsung or HTC. But what about the long-awaited iWatch. When Sony already released his third generation of watch, when Samsung already has several in its catalog, Apple does offer an equivalent product with ergonomics that will make Steve Jobs turn in his grave. Because goodbye simplicity and hello  buttons: one for zoom and one for select. Already the simple design is no longer an option on the iPhone 6 (mostly for the white) with three notches and unsightly. But here is The Watch (that’s its official name) in 3 editions rather heavy in its lines and with  ergonomics very far from Zen which “Saint Steve” liked. He, who loved the designs of  Braun, will not end up in the Watch. He hired Jonathan Ive to design its products, but he kept his hand on the final choice, not hesitating to repeat dozens of times the product until perfection, even to contradict himself (source: the official biography).

Apple will not die with this bad keynote. The fanbase is important and the support of a largely gained press will do the rest (Apple has historically operated in that workplace). The king is dead now, but still have a successor. In fact, Google can’t claim to be the trend, nor Samsung, the market leader. It may be on the side of Xiaomi or other Chinese highend brands it will go now. Oh yes, we told you about the last jewel of the Chinese manufacturer and its got more advanced qu’iOS8 MIUI interface?

Look at that : http://www.xiaomiworld.com/xiaomi-mi4.html Not officially sold in your country…!

Zones humides et développement du territoire – Wetland and land development

11 Sep

Traduction de l’article paru sur Unidivers

Wetlands become the core problem of land development in France: Notre Dame des Landes, Flins, Fos sur Mer and now Sivens. How did we get such a mess?

What is a wetland?

par Antonio

(Photo Antonio)

According to the portal of the French government, “Wetlands are waterlogged lands that provide critical functions to human. They provide 25% of the world supply, are treasures of biodiversity, protect against floods and drought. They contribute to water resources and have a treatment capacity that allows them to filter certain types of pollution. ” But according to the Environmental Code, wetlands are “lands, exploited or not, usually flooded or waterlogged fresh, salted or brackish water permanently or temporarily; vegetation, when it exists, it is dominated by mossy plants for at least part of the year. “(Art. L. 211-1). The definition is vague but interest is showed, and even internationally with the Ramsar Convention.

But the legislature has gradually clarified that definition in the Environmental Code in 2005, 2007 and 2014, however, the problem comes from the appreciation of the prefect, as recalled: “When considered necessary for the application of Articles L. 214-1 and L. 214-7, the prefect may carry out the delimitation of all or part of the wetlands as defined in Article L. 211-1 in consultation with communities authorities and their associations. “Political pressure on the prefects are such that it sometimes leads to decisions tainted by cronyism, as seen with Notre Dame des Landes (a former prefect hired by Vinci …), or in the “1000 Cows Farm” near Abbeville.

These wetlands are threatened by agricultural practices, aquaculture, reforestation not controlled, pollution of water and land use. And yet it is also good that the state support this last item.

Difficult to find the counterpart

Une zone humide....en protection

Une zone humide….en protection

If a wetland is threatened by a proposed development, it is entirely possible to recreate an “equivalent” to another area, according to the articles of law. The problem is to ensure that biodiversity conservation is effective. How, in a relatively short time, to make sure that you will correctly transfer the species that have lived for centuries in a habitat? The question is debated among various specialists. At Fos-sur-mer, thus posed the problem of Marsh Vigueirat. “More than 300 bird species, more than 60% of the French birds have been observed here (…) and nearly 900 species, of which 60 lichens, among which 105 are rare and a threatened region. “But the extension of the industrial zone of Fos threatened the area and it took no less than 30 years of work to achieve the status of a natural reserve in 2011.

Everything does not go as well, especially since the provisions of the Environmental Code were repealed by the Constitutional Council. Thus, the claim for protected species is a problem and is at the heart of the conflict of Notre Dame des Landes. Applications must be filed with the National Council for Nature Conservation (CNPN) in a heavy and complex procedure, each species being analyzed alone without taking into account the interactions. In the particular case of Testet at Sivens (Tarn), it’s about creating a dam to power the irriguation fields in the region. Environmentalists criticize a project that aims to develop a productive agriculture. However, the project provides for compensation for 13 hectares threatened by the creation of a wetland area of 19.5 hectares. But the opinion of CNPN was unfavorable in 2013 in several versions of the project. The decisions were still taken by the state, at the time of the Environment Minister Philippe Martin, and clearing work began. The site is  a “new NDDL” with an occupation of the area by deforestation and violent police repression. And at the ministry is misunderstanding, Segolene Royal talking even of Hydro-electric power when asked about the project, then it is not. She has since changed her mind by creating an expert mission.

Ensure consistency between the often conflicting policies

Un des trésors de Sivens (Alain C.)

Un des trésors de Sivens (Alain C.)

Management of wetlands therefore seems problematic and require emergency overhaul toward simplification. France is already subject to EU sanctions for its environmental delays, both in nature reserves in urban air pollution or water management. Currently, identification of wetlands is still not finished, despite the efforts of some ministers of the environment (Ségolène Royal and her Water Act of 1992, or Chantal Jouanno). One of the main problems is the lack of consistency and exchange with planning projects. Between the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of the Environment (Sustainable Development) and the Ministry of Planning, there is little exchange. Some candidates and activists wanted a large department of ecology to oversee it …. Was it the only answer. Meanwhile, the third plane on wetlands has been launched in 2014 by Ségolène Royal. It remains to know now the development and application.

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