Friday, December 30, 2011

:-) Chomsky's advice for a juicy 2012

Turn off your TVs for a start!
Chomsky appears at 5:00 but the previous bit is fun and subtitled!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Every snowflake is unique

and so are we. Nature works wonders!  Watch those beautiful pics:

Monday, December 19, 2011

Cold shutdown?
On the 16th of december 2011, Japanese Minister of the Environment Hosono expressed some concern that "No one knows where the fuel is until we open the reactors", but he reaffirmed the cold shutdown, following the lead of his prime minister. He said, "No matter where the fuel is, it is being cooled".
In a typical display of utter disregard for the general public, the Noda administration announced that there would be no more joint press conference where reporters could meet with TEPCO people and the government officials from the Cabinet Office and other relevant ministries and agencies, receive updates and ask questions.

This December 16th joint press conference is to be the last one, now that Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant is officially in a "state of a cold shutdown" and the accident has been decreed by the government to be "over".

The reactions to this news are very varied. As for me, I just have to say "WHAT A SHAME!"

The U.S. reaction? US Deputy Secretary of State Thomas Nides, who is in Japan, held a press conference on December 16 and disclosed that he had been informed by Foreign Minister Genba on December 15 that Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant had achieved a cold shutdown state. "We at the US government are very happy to hear the news. We believe the Japanese government has made the right choice toward recovery." Regarding the massive decontamination work that will be needed, he said "Many US companies are interested in taking part, and our government has offered assistance", indicating the continued support for the recovery from the nuclear accident.

The Japanese people's reaction: On the 19th, protesters swarmed a square in Shinbashi in Central Tokyo. Old and young protesters arrived in great numbers to the square in Shinbashi where Prime Minister Noda was set to give a speech. It looks both the political left and the right were up against the Noda administration and shouting at the administration officials together against the government and the Nuclear lobby.

If M. Noda didn’t show up, it's because Kim Jong Il has died... or maybe he didn't because the protesters were numerous, angry and noisy. Now, the net media is laughing at Noda, who turned back on his way to the square.
Protesters say they were unjustly withheld by the police from coming into the square while the DPJ(Democratic japanese Party) dignitaries were making speeches. They make their nervous speeches at the beginning of the following video and around 12:00, you can hear the protesters shouting « Genpatsu iranai » which means « Nuclear power stations are not necessary »
and their signs read:

"Cold shutdown is a lie"
"Noda is a liar"
"Protect children"
"Which nuke plant's accident is over? You liar"
"Cold shutdown? Accident Over? Who are you to decide?"

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Survey: in the US, 85% of New College Graduates Move Back in with Mom and Dad

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

For those who enjoy...

watching the night sky: here is where you ca get a map of the sky above your head, wherever you are.
For example, the Lycée Arago is right here! 49.22872447348272, 4.008207321166992
To get your latitude and longitude, you can go there:and yes, the web is wonderful,let's hope it lasts.

One bright star seems to touch the ground below the Southern Cross -- it is alpha Centauri, the closest star system to Earth. It is 4.24 light years away from us.

Here is where I found this great night sky picture:

Below this marvellous sky, we get an image of the harm that's done to the trees: "90% of Madagascar's forests have been lost to agriculture and commercial logging since humans arrived there 2000 years ago."
You can watch a very interesting video about the subject. Just scroll down the following link.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Noam Chomsky on Occupy Wall Street

Really worth the while. M. Chomsky is one of the most important intellectual of our times.
He talks about the significant shift of the economy from productive enterprise to the financialization of the economy.
First, in the 70s, there was a concentration of wealth in the hands of a few which gave them political and legislative power.
Then, these few people, the top one tenth of the one percent of the population, began to dissolve the political and economical system.
He denounces Citi Group one of the most corrupt investment banking corporation that was repeatedly bailed out by the taxpayer.
He tells us that Alan Greenspan testified in congress under the Clinton years was that "Growing worker insecurity is good for the economy."
Chomsky also says the Occupy Wall Street movement is the first popular reaction that could change the fact that power is in the hands of a few.

If you're interested,
I can't begin to see why you wouldn't be willing to know more apart from fear.
You know, the ostrich burying its head in the sand, thinking:'I don't want to see that."

Sunday, December 11, 2011

9 months ago, 3/11/2011, we do not forget and must keep informed!

For the last 9 months people from all over the world have been watching. They have been writing, researching, discussing and making sure this massive disaster that is still ongoing is not forgotten. Even just reading what is going on and being a person who possesses the knowledge of what is really going on in Japan plays a role in making sure this is all known. Sometimes just sharing the news is a powerful thing. Knowledge is power. Information wants to be free.
This is the last § of an article in that remembers the disaster and is dealing with its ongoing nuclear accident in Fukushima Daiichi.

And from Kyodo News:

Gov't nuclear cleanup work has to wait at least until late March

TOKYO, Dec. 11, Kyodo

The Environment Ministry said Sunday, December 11th, 2011 that full-fledged efforts to decontaminate areas highly polluted by radioactive matter from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant disaster cannot begin until late March or later.

The government needs time to obtain the consent of individual landowners and to secure temporary storage sites for contaminated soil removed from irradiated areas, ministry officials told a panel of experts commissioned to discuss the issue.

At the meeting, the ministry also presented the panel with its draft guidelines for how to go about the cleanup work in areas contaminated with radioactive material emitting one to 20 millisieverts of radiation per year, excluding naturally occurring radioactivity.

A word cloud by wordle for Arago

Wordle: Lycée Arago Reims 2

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Justifying Occupy
Robert Reich is Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley. He has served in three national administrations, most recently as secretary of labor under President Bill Clinton. He has written thirteen books, including The Work of Nations, Locked in the Cabinet, Supercapitalism, and his most recent book, Aftershock. His "Marketplace" commentaries can be found on and iTunes. He is also Common Cause's board chairman.

Monday, November 28, 2011

I'm obsessed with FukushimaNPP accident.

I can't keep my eyes off it:see here:

I've just read a very deep statement about it and I would like to share it with you.
Thank you [Mauibrad.
Just as they increasingly lose control of the situation, trained manpower becomes a problem. In the manner that they have been dealing with Fukushima, TEPCO and the Japanese Govt. will increasingly lose the manpower educated to deal with the situation. "Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive."]
{read the post from which this comment comes from}

The quote in this comment by mauibrad:"Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive." is, surprisingly, not from Shakespeare but from Sir Walter Scott , in Canto VI, Stanza 17 of "Marmion" (1808) an epic poem about the Battle of Flodden Field in 1513.

The meaning is, basically, that lies beget more lies, and that masking lies with more lies creates an ever-more-complex arrangement of falsehoods.

We've got to do something about Fukushima NPP accident in Arago.
Who cares to post a comment that says something like YES! I WANT TO TAKE PART IN THE FUKUSHIMA ARAGO thingy?-I ! if you're from "le lycée Arago" in the comments. FGS below.???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????
I'm expecting you to do so, and more!
And think about the issue. Think hard. And let us act!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Have you heard of Ron Paul? from France?

November 12th, 2011
On CBS tv network, a Republican presidential primary TV debate took place from Wofford College in South Carolina between Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Rick Perry and Rick Santorum.
Have you already heard of those politicians? One of them will be chosen in the Republican primaries to represent the GOP in the 2012 U.S. presidential elections. And might become the next U.S. Prez...
(reminder: GOP stands for Grand Old Party i.e. the Republican party.
Bush, father and son were Republican presidents whereas Clinton husband and wife and Obama are democrats.)

Only 89 seconds of the Ron Paul answers were broadcast on TV. Yet, he receives most of the applause and cheering in the introduction.

The other parts are available online. And here is cbsnews comment after the debate.

Comedian making fun of the story:

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Occupy no more in NYC
On Tuesday morning a judge issued a temporary restraining order preventing the owners of Zuccotti Park from enforcing rules about occupying its public space, or from preventing protesters from re-entering the park with tents.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Looking sharp
Someone Wants To Solve Occupy Wall Street's 'Dirty Hippie' Problem

Suits for Wall Street from Wall Street Suits on Vimeo.

Steve Jobs / Stanford / 2005 / Commencement speaker

A commencement speech or commencement address is a speech given to graduating students, generally at a university, although the term is also used for secondary education institutions. The "commencement" is a ceremony in which degrees or diplomas are conferred upon graduating students. A commencement speech is typically given by a notable figure in the community, during the commencement exercise. The person giving such a speech is known as a commencement speaker. Very commonly, colleges or universities will invite politicians, important citizens, or other noted speakers to come and address the graduating class.
thx wiki)
Drawing from some of the most pivotal points in his life, Steve Jobs, chief executive officer and co-founder of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, urged graduates to pursue their dreams and see the opportunities in life's setbacks-- including death itself-- at Stanford University's 114th Commencement on Sunday in Stanford Stadium.

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Occupy Wall Street: this movement has been going on for three weeks in NYC and spreading across the US. And elsewhere. People marching with placards saying “Tax the rich”, “Welcome to the US autumn” and chanting slogans like: “We are the 99%” or “We are in the United States”.
It’s gone MSM. (Which means it is now being covered by the MainStream Media.) See CNN link below. So I guess it’s time I posted something about it. They have a website here:
And a livestream feed here :
Extract from a moderator called Canoby on the livestream chat
“Canoby: people who advocate violence, engage in hate speech, constant off topic convseration, disregarding the rules etc. often get permabanned. I have to be strict to keep this place under control... you see how fast it flies in here. Complaining about the rules is not tolerated, they've worked well for us for almost 4 weeks now

Here is an article and video from CNN:
Extract from the video: “And this is a rally, it’s a protest, it’s an uprising. This is a gathering, this is an assembly."

Sunday, September 11, 2011

See how sincerely revolted this scientist is!

Tatsuhiko Kodama is the chairman of the radio-isotope center at the University of Tokyo.
He is speaking in the lower house of the Japanese parliament and in front of the ministry of health,labour and welfare.
Outraged. We should all be.

Japan: S.O.S. From Fukushima English translation (PLEASE SHARE!) - July 15, 2011

Today, six months have passed. Remember March 11th and the ongoing Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Crisis after the 9.0 earthquake and the ensuing tsunami.
Japan: S.O.S. From Fukushima English translation (PLEASE SHARE!) - July 15, 2011

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Friday, September 09, 2011

Environment-friendly fun
Several super ideas. Here is one of them.

Friday, September 02, 2011

9/11/2001 ... Ten years ago

Calling for an independent, unbiased investigation:

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Revise your English!

A new site that contains lots of great exercises, explanations for grammar, listening, reading and so on. Enjoy!

Fukushima's nuclear crisis MUST NOT be ignored..

Michio Kaku, the white-haired Asian scientist speaking in this video is one of the most accomplished scientist today. We can rely on him to say the truth.
And the truth is not to be ignored, nor hidden, but faced with dignity.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

We're all one big family!

I have reasons to think I have Mongol ancestors. I hope to have African and American Indian ancestry too! Makes sense!

Techy Birds

Sunday, July 03, 2011


In this short RSA Animate, renowned philosopher Slavoj Zizek investigates the surprising ethical implications of charitable giving.

Friday, July 01, 2011

Revealed: British government's plan to play down Fukushima

Internal emails seen by Guardian show PR campaign was launched to protect UK nuclear plans after tsunami in Japan
After reading this headline, you may well want to read the whole article here:.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Rest In Peace

Peter Falk visited Reims.He went to "Le Palais" where a plaque reminds us of his having a drink there.When I was a kid and had a TV, Columbo was one of my favourite series.

They knew but they tried to put a happy face on it

Monday, June 20, 2011

Another Nuclear problem? Unclear?
And meanwhile in Fukushima:
PS: I quote Reuters:
The highly radioactive water -- officials say 110,000 tonnes, the equivalent of 40 Olympic swimming pools -- is stored in the buildings of the Fukushima Power Plant.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Patriot Act Extended

WASHINGTON — Minutes before a midnight deadline, President Barack Obama signed into law a four-year extension of post-Sept. 11 powers to search records and conduct roving wiretaps in pursuit of terrorists...

Monday, May 23, 2011

Heard of BRICS?

Declaration rules out use of force to solve international disputes.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Damage Worse Than Feared

Wall Street Journal about Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant

'A Ticking Time Bomb'

This professor, Michio Kaku, also says: 'The nightmare is not over yet.'
And: 'You get this image of Homer Simpson operating the power plant.'

or here:

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

We care for you Japan

Unfortunately, the Fukushima power plant doesn't make the headlines. Not even a word in "Le Monde" ? Oh yes, today's article deals with the fact that Tepco is expecting to lose $ 9 billion dollars.
and not a word on the huge radioactivity on the site? That's just outrageous.
(See previous post.)

Two months after the HUGE earthquake and the following tsunami.
The plant, its six reactors in a whole load of mess and such a lousy coverage? Weird.
Let it be known that we care for Japan and all the tsunami victims.
And let it be known that we care about the situation in Fukushima nuclear power plant. We want more info, daily complete coverage about FNPP because we care for the Japanese, because we care for our planet and because we can handle the truth.

The Japanese Emperor and his wife show they care here:

Monday, May 09, 2011

A Figure: 700 in Fukushima NPP

700 millisieverts per hour...
"In Japan, 100 millisieverts is seen as the annual maximum permissible dose for those engaged in emergency repair work. But the current emergency situation has prompted raising the limit to 250 millisieverts."

What it means? Well, for now, it is impossible to work in the plantwithout being in great danger.
Or not totally impossible?
70 millisieverts per hour is safe... with less than four hours a year per worker... Workers needed.

To be continued...

Monday, May 02, 2011

A blog about football

and the current crisis at the FFF

Safety concerns unheeded

Where were safety concerns ignored? In Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant.
When? In June 2010. You don't say...

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Revise your vocabulary

...with MEMOVOC:
Big thanks and kuddos to Hélène.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

4 crucial years

And 4 years of hard work in the Japanese power plants if cleaning the mess is possible.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Worldwide military spending

Worldwide military spending edged up in 2010 to a record $1.6 trillion, a leading think-tank said on Monday.
And other impressive figures.

One thousand quakes

...since 3/11. Yes, one thousand quakes above 4° magnitude on the Richter scale.
439 quakes above 5°; 57 quakes above 6° and 4 above 7°
Much tremor in 34 days.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Pronouncing words

I was checking the pronunciation of obesity and I discovered a great site.

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Lies and omissions

And we're left to wonder what the situation really is as the earth keeps shaking.
Tonight in Japan, a 7.4°-magnitude earthquake strikes off coast of Miyagi, Japan

Closing Ranks: The NRC, the Nuclear Industry, and TEPCo. Are Limiting the Flow of Information from Fairewinds Associates on Vimeo.

Sunday, April 03, 2011

Fighting landmines

The so-called Ottawa Process that led to the signing of the Mine Ban Treaty in 1997 was unorthodox, historic and unprecedented. The treaty is the product of an unusually cohesive and strategic partnership between non-governmental organizations, international organizations, United Nations agencies and governments.
The political initiative launched in October 1996 and culminating in the opening for signature of the Mine Ban Treaty in Ottawa, Canada, in December 1997 is known as the Ottawa Process. Coline Serreau played her part with this short film.

Monday, March 28, 2011

3/11 onwards or else

In case you're still more interested in Facebook than in the Fukushima world catastrophe,read this:
Otherwise, read that here:
"This sort of mistake is not something that can be forgiven," Edano said sternly Monday.
And remember this:
"Plutonium can be shielded by a sheet of paper" : here I quote NHK news anchor.
Ok! But don't forget that once in the body, it is baaaaaaaaaaaad. Real bad.
Remember, Plutonium's half-life is 24,000 years.BAAAAAD
Read here for more

Read more here in French:

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Hokusai REVISITED. We love you NIHON

The Great Wave off Kanagawa (神奈川沖浪裏, Kanagawa Oki Nami Ura, lit. "Under a Wave off Kanagawa")is a woodblock print by the Japanese artist Hokusai. An example of ukiyo-e art that inspired the impressionists.An example can be seen in Giverny, Monet's home. FRANCE LOVES JAPAN

Profit vs Life

Read the Guardian here
and here from a Korean website/english:

Wednesday, March 23, 2011


Every day, the world over, large amounts of high-level radioactive waste created by nuclear power plants is placed in interim storage, which is vulnerable to natural disasters, man-made disasters, and to societal changes. In Finland the world’s first permanent repository is being hewn out of solid rock – a huge system of underground tunnels - that must last 100,000 years as this is how long the waste remains hazardous.
and watch the movie here:

High Levels indeed
"Extremely high radiation found in soil

Japanese authorities have detected a concentration of a radioactive substance 1,600 times higher than normal in soil at a village, 40 kilometers away from the troubled nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture.

The disaster task force in Fukushima composed of the central and local governments surveyed radioactive substances in soil about 5 centimeters below the surface at 6 locations around the plant from last Friday through Tuesday.

The results announced on Wednesday show that 163,000 becquerels of radioactive cesium-137 per kilogram of soil has been detected in Iitate Village, about 40 kilometers northwest of the plant.

Gakushuin University Professor Yasuyuki Muramatsu, an expert on radiation in the environment, says that normal levels of radioactive cesium-137 in soil are around 100 becquerels at most. The professor says he was surprised at the extremely high reading, which is 1,630 times higher than normal levels."

Monday, March 21, 2011

LINKS to check regularly
The site above contains a planetary simulation of the radiation.

If you want to have a look at the earthquake map in Japan since 3/11:

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

We're all Japanese 2

Go to the link below nd watch and listen to this couple and to this young woman.
They're about to take a plane and leave Japan.


Dennis Kucinich has always been my favourite.
I quote : "Since being elected to Congress in 1996, Kucinich has been a tireless advocate for worker rights, civil rights and human rights"

I like this comment from EmileZ(+50p)
"Dennis Kucinich is the most terse, pithy, passionate, inspiring, truthful, righteous, federal representative we've got (that I am aware of).
He is picking it up where Dr. King left off."

Monday, March 14, 2011

Sunday, March 13, 2011

We're all Japanese

The phrases we use when a man-made or natural catastrophe turns all our planet's inhabitants' eyes in the same direction.
I remember September 11 in 2001. 'We're all Americans.' That's what we said at the time about the man-made catastrophy.
Now I'll remember 3 /11 in 2011."We're all japanese." That's what we can say today about this natural and man-made (we build nuclear power stations)catastrophe.
Words, dates.But one present.One Human People. We think of you Japan.

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Emergency Alert System
quote: "It may seem like a scene out of George Orwell's "1984" or some other apocalyptic Hollywood blockbuster, but government officials have wanted for years to establish a way for the White House to quickly, directly alert Americans of impending danger."

H.Clinton on media

I posted this video which was suppressed, and then reappeared. I hope my pupils can watch it.

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

an Oscar for INSIDE JOB

an oscar for best documentary:

... Banksy didn't get the Oscar but as a nominee, many people discovered his talent and his message.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

An oscar for Banksy!;vid
Watch the great video above and see more of Banksy's works.

"Banksy is the elusive British bad-boy street artist and nominee for best documentary feature for his directing debut, "Exit Through the Gift Shop."

Will the artist who prefers to hide his face from public view suddenly turn ham and appear in front of a half-billion viewers? As the movie academy would put it, you're invited to find out." from

Visit Banksy's site again:
And watch his art in videos here:

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Egypt's future? Egypt's past
Extract: "The so-called Higher Military Council inspires no confidence. Does another military strongman lurk in the regime's entrails? I wonder if western leaders, shamed into moral bluster after being caught in flagrante with Mubarak, will, when we relax our vigils, tip the balance towards "stability" and against real change.

I grow a bit apprehensive too, recalling the words of an extraordinarily perceptive observer of Egypt's struggles in the past: "The edifice of despotic government totters to its fall. Strive so far as you can to destroy the foundations of this despotism, not to pluck up and cast out its individual agents."

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Mubarak Steps down

The Egyptian people is jubilant.So am I! So are we!
PEACE and French wishes:Liberty, Equality, Fraternity!

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Sunday, February 06, 2011


An uncontacted tribe in Peru was filmed from afar.Watch this remarkable footage.
Do you think they would like to get into contact with the rest of the world?
You can also read an article about this tribe here:
or this one:

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Wikileaks and news about Julian Assange
What the journalists who interviewed him for 60 minutes have to say.
And then, watch the 60 minutes interview.
Keep informed about Wikileaks!... And say what you think! For I'm still desperately waiting for your comments!

Monday, January 31, 2011

Candid camera & ... a few Americans

...desperately in need of some education.
I guess we could have the same types of answers in France!
I like the part with the wrong map of the world!

A new great site!

English Social Network.You'll love it!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

RAY BRADBURY about Books

Go to the following link to watch and listen to RAY BRADBURY, a great science fiction writers.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Sunday, January 23, 2011

A bomb in Spokane

The FBI is looking for possible racial links in their investigation of a bomb scare in Spokane, Washington, shortly before a Martin Luther King Day Parade was set to take place.

Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Free audio books here!

Listen to English books or read them for free at GUTENBERG dot ORG
Ain't that wonderful?

Friday, January 14, 2011

Obama on Tunisia

Tunisia, which is determinedly secular, is a close United States ally in the fight against terrorism. But on Friday, after reports that Mr. Ben Ali had fled, President Obama made strong statements in support of the protesters.

“I condemn and deplore the use of violence against citizens peacefully voicing their opinion in Tunisia, and I applaud the courage and dignity of the Tunisian people,” said in a statement issued by the White House. “The United States stands with the entire international community in bearing witness to this brave and determined struggle for the universal rights that we must all uphold, and we will long remember the images of the Tunisian people seeking to make their voices heard.”

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Ex-CIA agent on TV about Julian Assange and his Wikileaks team.

Ray Mc Govern, ex-CIA agent talks on CNN about Wikileaks and Julian Assange as well as Thomas Jefferson and Martin Luther King... two heavy-weight references
See this quote by Thomas Jefferson:The basis of our governments being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter. But I should mean that every man should receive those papers & be capable of reading them.

The same Ray mc Govern on RT, (RT is "the first Russian 24/7 English-language news channel which brings the Russian view on global news.")I wonder whether the non-English-speaking Russian people have the same content.

And did you know that?