COMMENT L'UNESCO RUINE LA CULTURE
Je ne sais qui disait que l’enfer est pavé de bonnes intentions. L’UNESCO nous en offre l’illustration.
En apparence il n’est rien de plus sympathique que de voir les états s’occuper de la culture. A l’intérieur d’un pays on évoque souvent les nationalisations. Nous autres Francais y sommes hélas très accoutumés. Dans ce cas particulier nous assistons à une véritable internationalisation de la culture.
L’inscription par les soins de l’UNESCO au patrimoine mondial de l’humanité ne s’arrête jamais.
Nous allons voir dans l’ordre la définition de l’UNESCO puis son coût. Enfin nous proposerons une solution.
Personne ne pourra nier que l’UNESCO est un redoutable machin. Il l’est d’autant plus qu’il navigue dans l’immensité incertaine des organismes de l’ONU. Ces innombrables organismes sont à l’œuvre pour créer un pouvoir totalitaire mondial. Ce même pouvoir est d’autant plus redoutable que c’est un monstre à plusieurs têtes. Toutes ces têtes travaillent dans le même sens qui est de se passer de Dieu. Certes, le nom de Dieu n’est pas prononcé. Mais les multiples agences de l’ONU travaillent pour faire des hommes et des femmes, des êtres livrés à eux-mêmes sans aucune transcendance.
Quand un état s’empare d’une activité il est courant de parler de nationalisation. Nous autres Français en avons la triste expérience.
L’UNESCO prétend internationaliser la culture.
Cette ambition est d’autant plus redoutable que personne de sensé ne peut définir vraiment ce qu’ est la culture.
Une définition possible : La culture est ce qui reste quand les personnes sont nourries et vêtues. Nul ne peut voir de limites à une telle notion. Les UNESCOCRATES l’ont bien compris et élargissent sans cesse leur champ d’action.
LE COÛT DE L’UNESCO
Nous voici devant un océan quasiment sans rivage. Essayons de résumer bien que ce soit difficile.
Il y a d’abord les bâtiments. Tout le monde connaît l’immense siège de l’UNESCO à Paris. En apparence il ne coûterait rien, ce ne serait pur mensonge. Il existe inévitablement des contre-parties que personne ne connaît et à intérêt à faire connaître. Combien de bâtiments ailleurs ? Mystère et boule de gomme.
Aux bâtiments il faut ajouter les rémunérations. Les entrepreneurs du quartier savent qu’elles sont plus que coquettes et qu’elles leur font concurrence. Là encore bouche cousue et main tendue.
A la terrible addition il faut ajouter une rubrique étonnante et massive qui est l’inscription au patrimoine mondial de l’humanité.
L’UNESCO s’est saisie arbitrairement du monopole de la culture et prétend ainsi constituer une liste du patrimoine mondial de l’humanité. Nous notons au passage la vanité d’une telle notion. Un patrimoine doit appartenir à un être vivant et l’humanité n’existe pas en tant que telle.
En attendant la course à l’inscription est ouverte, les gagnants espérant trouver des avantages. En fait c’est en partie un mirage car les contraintes sont fortes. Il faut se soumettre au diktat de la centrale pour le moindre changement. Personne ne connaît le coût de cette course et personne ne nous le dira.
J’ai dit avec une folle imprudence que je proposerais une solution. La meilleure est impossible car ce serait la destruction de l’UNESCO dont nul n’a besoin. Les intérêts matériels et moraux attachés à ce vrai monstre l’interdisent absolument.
La seule solution pratique et raisonnable est de grignoter la montagne.
Cela implique d’abord de dire ou même crier la vérité ce que j’ai tenté modestement de faire.
Devant le scandale la vraie montagne (ou le vrai montage) pourra s’effilocher.
Il faut être plusieurs pour le faire.
Merci à ceux qui diffuseront ce blog.
Qui vivra verra.
President Donald Trump, who has frequently denounced NFL players for kneeling during the national anthem, had the same message Sunday.
In an official White House statement, the president saluted America’s armed forces, but reminded everyone, “We hold them in our hearts and thank them for our freedom as we proudly stand for the National Anthem.
“As many Americans come together to watch the Super Bowl, Melania and I extend our greetings and appreciation for those who make occasions like this possible, particularly the brave men and women of our Armed Forces,”
Belichick and Brady already form the most successful duo in the modern NFL era, and now they are trying to match what Phil Jackson and Michael Jordan did together for the NBA’s Chicago Bulls Bookend back-to-backs are the only thing left to add to the Patriots pair’s lengthy legend.
The Eagles fired Reid in 2013 after 14 seasons, despite the fact that they made the playoffs eight times and had only three losing seasons with him. He had five future NFL head coaches on his staff in 2004. Current Eagles coach Doug Pederson, who replaced Reid’s replacement Chip Kelly, was Reid’s offensive quality control coordinator and quarterbacks coach in Philadelphia from 2009-12 before following Reid to Kansas City as that team’s offensive coordinator.
In 2004, when Reid took the Eagles to the Super Bowl, Pederson was with the Packers in his final NFL season as a backup QB. At the end of his first stint in Green Bay in 1998, Pederson had Reid as his quarterbacks coach for two seasons.
“These people are not off the hook,” Ross said. “When we find out who they are, we’re going to arrest them.”
Police estimated up to 100,000 fans gathered in downtown Philly to celebrate the team’s first NFL championship since 1960. Just minutes after the game, social media revealed fires had been set and a vehicle had been flipped over, among other mayhem.
According to Philly.com, other vandalism included traffic lights torn down, a looted gas station, smashed windows at Macy’s, and a destroyed awning at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel.
Ross, who said he got hit in the head by an bottle someone had tossed in the air, defended his officers’ actions, but said the sheer size of the celebration made enforcement difficult.
25. Kathryn Smith, assistant coach, Bills (NR): A former Jets front-office staffer, Smith became the first woman hired as a full-time assistant coach in NFL history when Rex Ryan named her Buffalo’s special teams quality control coach. It’s a groundbreaking move we can only hope won’t be a one-time event.
Cook, who isn’t even 22 years old, will try his encore against a stout Steelers defense Sunday. Hunt and the Chiefs play the Eagles. And Fournette and the Jaguars play the Titans.
The performances of the rookies marked the second time since 1970 that as many as three rookies rushed for 100 or more yards in Week 1. Rookie backs from the 2017 draft and undrafted free-agent class combined for 621 rushing yards, which is the second-highest total since 2001.
According to ESPN, since the start of 2001, the best season for rookie backs was in 2008, when they rushed for a total of 9,226 yards, with Steve Slaton rushing for 1,282 yards for the Texans, Matt Forte gaining 1,238 with the Bears and Chris Johnson 1,228 for the Titans. Though we’re only through Week 1, this group of rookies project to rush for 10,557 yards.
17. Richard Sherman, cornerback, Seahawks (15): Sherman isn’t causing as much controversy with his brash opinions anymore, but you never known when another one is going to pop up again. He also is still one of the best corners in the game (if not the best), which means his profile will remain high.
Yesterday, 3:30 into Georgetown-Xavier and play on, Xavier up, 5-4, CBS ambushed us with “Field Goals — Georgetown 2/4, Xavier 1/4.” Thanks you very little.
This week, as you watch — or try to watch — college basketball on TV, consider how many of the graphics you’re forced to consider aren’t worth your consideration.
If the Texans don’t end up with Romo, then this should be either Patrick Mahomes or Mitch Trubisky. My sense: Texans fans would love Mahomes and would be fine with Trubisky. They’d love a Romo-Ramczyk acquisition duo. The only concern is whether Ramczyk’s hip injury is a chronic situation or one that won’t hamper him in his rookie campaign. That and whether Romo wants to come to Houston after he’s (likely) eventually released.
But his father, who “didn’t really have a job after the mills closed,” wound up in the role instead and, according to Kosar, “was paying off his mortgage and … the house and cars” with the quarterback’s signing bonus.
Bortles showed significant improvement in his fourth NFL season and looks to have even more upside heading into the future.
But before committing to move ahead for at least one more year at a lofty $19.1-million salary, the Jaguars have to evaluate just how much better Bortles can become and whether there is a more appealing option that can realistically be obtained via trade or free agency. Bortles’ base salary becomes guaranteed March 14 (the first day of the 2018 NFL calendar year) if he’s still on Jacksonville’s roster.
The season started off full of promise for the Broncos. They won three of their first four games with quarterback Trevor Siemian running the offense better than expected. Then the bye week hit and the team started losing games in spectacular fashion. It got so bad the team benched Siemian in Week 8 in favor of Brock Osweiler, one of the worst passers in 2016 per ESPN’s Total Quarterback Rating (49.3, 22 out of 30 qualified quarterbacks). Three losses later, after the team’s sixth consecutive L, General Manager John Elway fired offensive coordinator Mike McCoy.
Now, quarterbacks coach Bill Musgrave must find a way to improve an offense scoring 1.4 points per drive (25th) with the league’s fourth-worst red-zone offense.
At age 33, it wouldn’t be surprising if linebacker Paul Posluszny retires now that he finally made his first career playoff appearance after 11 NFL seasons. Posluszny’s role on the Jags defense already was reduced this season with Myles Jack and Telvin Smith handling the linebacker responsibilities in Jacksonville’s nickel packages.
Another graybeard who could be gone is 32-year-old backup quarterback Chad Henne, who squandered his chance to win the starting spot from Bortles during the preseason. Two of the team’s top wide receivers entering the season, Allen Robinson and Marquis Lee, also have expiring contracts. The emergence of rookies Keelan Cole and Dede Westbrook could make either or both expendable.
Case Keenum, independent of what happens in the playoffs, is looking like he’ll either re-sign in Minnesota or follow offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, should the latter become a head coach elsewhere. If Keenum stays, Teddy Bridgewater and Sam Bradford, likely won’t be back.
They have yet to win this season (0-12) and dating to 2015 own a woeful 4-40 record. It’s been so bad that Chris Gibilisco of Fox 8 Cleveland started a petition to honor the Browns’ record as the worst stretch in NFL history “either with a plaque or special exhibit at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.”
Not only is it embarrassing for coaches, players and fans, it is also a blight on the league, which stressed the importance of maintaining parity during the last collective bargaining agreement.
Jenkins had been raising his fist during pregame renditions of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” but, for the first time since early in the 2016 season, he did not do so last week. The veteran safety had said he would end his protests after the NFL agreed to donate approximately $90 million toward initiatives largely aimed at African American communities.
Brady’s mental and physical gifts were on full display Sunday, when the Jaguars did their best to take away both. He had to be accurate. He had to precise. He had to be perfect.
The Jaguars, unlike the Falcons, had the personnel and the game plan to seal the deal late. In similar situations against anyone else, they would have put the game out of reach. Brady reversed the course in less than a quarter.
It’s somehow become trite to note the difference in Trump’s tone when criticizing the NFL protests, in which a number of players have chosen to sit or kneel during the national anthem, and his tone when discussing the protests in Charlottesville last month. But it’s still worth noting.
Trump was slow to condemn the white supremacists and overt Nazi sympathizers who crept from the shadows to defend a Confederate statue in Charlottesville. The president eventually offered a forceful condemnation, read from prepared remarks — that he then undercut the next day in a news conference by saying that “many fine people” had joined the racists and Nazis at that protest.
Yeah, the Patriots got incredibly lucky (again), but it shouldn’t obscure a brilliant performance by Rob Gronkowski, who actually looked like a man who benefitted from the one-week respite provided by his suspension for unsportsmanlike conduct in Week 13.
In practice, however, the example of NCAA football’s Bowl Championship Series suggests to me that as soon as an outcome of the MVP formula didn’t “feel” right, it would change, and probably keep changing based on overcorrections to whatever the most recent round of complaints was.
Moreover, I don’t think a formula would have changed much in recent seasons. While there have been some difficult calls along the way (Russell Westbrook over James Harden et. al last season, Stephen Curry over Harden in 2014-15), ultimately, I think the voters have agreed with the consensus based on advanced metrics every year since Derrick Rose won in 2010-11. While that selection hasn’t aged well, I’m not sure that’s enough of an improvement in the success rate to justify such a major (and risky) change.
“The question is: How do we allocate the funds to the NFL and, fundamentally, how do we broaden our media approach so we’re less beholden to whether ratings are up or down slightly?” Rhoten, who identified himself as doing the tweeting for Papa John’s Tuesday, added.
In addition to allowing itself to be perceived as opposed to players’ efforts to highlight racial injustice, Papa John’s has been drawn into Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’s feud with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and other owners. Pro Football Talk recently reported that there is a “belief among owners” that Jones, who also owns many Papa John’s stores, “instigated” Schnatter to “disparage” the league.
Everyone doing the clamoring for the Bengals to move on from Lewis forgets just how dreadful this team was — and for just how long — before his arrival. But the clamoring is louder than ever with the Bengals likely headed to their second straight non-playoff season.
The playoff hopes of the Atlanta Falcons might rest on the outcome of this week’s game against New Orleans, but the second-worst run defense is going to have trouble containing the Saints two-headed monster of Mark Ingram and rookie Alvin Kamara in the backfield.
Kamara is the No. 1-rated running back per the game charters at Pro Football Focus in addition to averaging over five yards per carry after defenders close within one yard. No other rusher is better in this regard per the NFL’s NextGen Stats. Ingram, meanwhile, averages 3.2 yards per carry after contact, second only to the Steelers’ Le’Veon Bell.
The Jets actually have exceeded expectations, with five victories and counting in a season that began with them being accused of tanking in pursuit of the top overall selection in the NFL draft. Whether that is enough to keep Bowles around remains to be seen.
Owner Jerry Jones’s ire has been aimed at the league office and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for the six-game suspension of running back Ezekiel Elliott under the personal conduct policy. Jones has remained supportive of Garrett. But the disappointment is great after the Cowboys began the season with such a firm conviction that they were Super Bowl-bound in Year 2 in the league for Elliott and quarterback Dak Prescott. There just mind be some leftover blame to be spread around.
Mr. Elliot’s representatives argued in a meeting that maybe Ms. Thompson fell down stairs, Harvey said. There was no witness to say she fell down stairs and there was no photograph of her falling down stairs. The representatives also proposed that Thompson could have injured herself bumping into tables while on the job as a restaurant server or could have gotten into a fight with another woman, Harvey said.
The NFL investigators, however, were not buying that. The evidence does not support finding mitigating or aggravating factors, it wrote to Elliott.
The league also told Elliott that it won’t be considering the St. Patrick’s Day incident for additional discipline but called it inappropriate and disturbing. According to reports, the league did not consider Elliott’s alleged participation in a July altercation at a Dallas nightclub during which a D.J.’s nose was broken.
But it was more than that. This game is hard to watch for a number of reasons, Fox Sports’ Troy Aikman tweeted. Terrible for the NFL and the game of football overall. The Smith-Schuster hit brought a milder reaction from ESPN’s Jon Gruden, who wondered why he wasn’t ejected rather than merely flagged for unnecessary roughness, which was automatically declined, and taunting, a 15-yard penalty.
The Atlanta Falcons have gotten out to a strong start against the Rams. Devonta Freeman scored the first touchdown of the game, but Alex Mack should get some credit for this one.
Freeman was met with two Rams defenders, and looked like he might be stopped short. That is, until Alex Mack came in and basically carried his teammate into the end zone:
After a year of struggling to pay tuition, Melissa buckled. “We’re going to go back to public school,” she told her son in the car after a scrimmage. It was the silence that got her attention. She saw in the rear-view mirror that Minkah had pulled his towel over his head. She stared at his scrunched-up face, lower lip jutting out, holding back tears, and thought, We’ve got to find a way to do this. Each parent picked up a third job. They didn’t find out until later that Minkah was considering quitting the team to help his dad lug engines around.
They all worked evenings to rebuild the house and spent weekends in their Honda Odyssey, journeying to football camps across the country. As a Jersey kid, they figured, Minkah needed the exposure, so his parents posted highlights on YouTube starting in eighth grade and tried not to turn down any invitations. (In one video, the pint-sized running back somersaults over a tangle of defenders.)
Davante Adams got his contract—it’s on the high end but not outrageous (a reported $58 million over four years with $18 million guaranteed)—but I would have been interested to see what kind of interest he would have drawn on the open market.
Adams has come along nicely since his disastrous 2015 season, is still improving, and probably most importantly had Aaron Rodgers advocating for the deal to get done. I’m not sure Adams is the kind of guy who keeps opposing coordinators up at night though (not yet, at least). It’s also a move that will force the team’s hand with Jordy Nelson and/or Randall Cobb.
Green Bay can get out from under either of their deals, which are both entering the final year—according to OverTheCap.com Nelson carries a $12.55 million cap number in 2018, Cobb carries a $12.75 million hit. The Falcons spent a league-high $28.1 million on their receivers in 2017 (Green Bay was second at $27.9, by the way). With the Adams deal, the Packers would be devoting in the neighborhood of $40 million to wide receivers if they keep everyone on the books as is, which is the kind of thing you’d only consider if your three receivers were Antonio Brown, Julio Jones and Odell Beckham Jr.
The Seahawks kiboshed an effort by the Packers to lure GM John Schneider from Seattle to Green Bay, but the Packers’ pursuit of the executive may not be over, NFL Network is reporting.
While Schneider’s contract with the Seahawks runs through 2021 and does not include a clause for him to leave for Green Bay, the Packers could continue their bid by offering Seattle a trade.
Upon the Packers removing Ted Thompson from the GM role, speculation immediately turned to Schneider.
A rare senior standout for a usually sophomore- and junior-loaded Ohio State secondary, Webb is a converted cornerback with awesome athleticism and versatility. He is fluid enough to hold up in man coverage at the next level, and he possesses the traits to patrol the middle of the field in a Cover 3 scheme, too.
For as talented as he is in coverage, Webb’s best skills might be as a tackler. He flies downhill and displays good body control when he’s at this top speed. He will look to show that during Shrine Game practices.
Jacksonville looked like the better team that week, but after the loss the Steelers won 10 of their last 11 games with their only defeat coming at the hands of the Patriots on a controversial no-catch call in the final minutes.
Pittsburgh scored on 43.0% of its drives this season, the fifth-highest percentage of any team in the league.
Jacksonville had 11 interceptions on the road during the regular season, tied for the second most in the league.
Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown caught 101 passes this year, his fifth-straight season with at least 100 catches, an NFL record.
Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles ran for 88 yards in the Wild-Card game last weekend, becoming just the fifth quarterback since 1999 to rush for more than 70 yards in a playoff game.
In short, the kids are really cold, and it shouldn’t be this way. Baltimore schools are experiencing heating and piping issues, and officials responded to complaints from almost 60 schools on Wednesday, according to The Baltimore Sun’s Pamela Wood and Talia Richman. The city has some of Maryland’s oldest infrastructure, and something funny is going on with the money that was allocated for construction.
A lot can happen in a month, and a lot did happen in that month for the Cavaliers. A trade for Paul George failed to materialize, leaving owner Dan Gilbert bitter at the Pacers. Well-respected GM David Griffin was abruptly let go. Chauncey Billups, a top target to replace Griffin, passed on the opportunity, opening the door for first-time GM Koby Altman to take the reins in July.
The Texans aren’t having much luck trying to find a new general manager.
Houston was rejected by both the Patriots and Eagles for an interviews with their football executives, ESPN.com reported.
After taking a hard fourth-quarter sack, Newton dropped to his knees on the field before being evaluated in the medical tent on the sideline. He missed one offensive play and was cleared to return.
Following the game, Newton maintained he didn’t suffer a head injury but was instead poked in the eye.
The Panthers could be fined up to $150,000 if the investigation finds they didn’t properly follow the league’s updated concussion protocol.
When Jon Gruden returns to the NFL with the Raiders, who takes his chair at ESPN’s Monday Night Football?
That’s the big question.
Three plays later, Keenum felt the pressure of a collapsing pocket and unloaded an incomplete pass a split second before he could be sacked. It was a close play, but the MVP candidate clearly released the ball in the last possible moment before his knees hit the turf.
Only Payton didn’t see it that way. He tossed his challenge flag once again, and a quick conference with league officials in New York would cost him a second timeout and his ability to challenge anymore calls for the remainder of the game.
What this means for the Saints: New Orleans trails 20-14 in a hostile environment with time winding down in the fourth quarter. And now the Saints burned two timeouts with zero benefit to the team. This could very well come back to bite the Saints and sink their NFC Championship hopes.
Romo can make even bad plays exciting as a result. Case in point: Here’s a play that no one will remember after tonight, an incomplete pass just before the Patriots scored their third touchdown against the Titans on Saturday.
New England, naturally, is a big favorite to beat upstart Jacksonville in the AFC championship game Jan. 21 in Foxborough, Mass. The early lines in Las Vegas on Sunday had the Pats favored by nine over the Jaguars, who upset the Steelers on Sunday in the divisional round. The over-under (total points) was set at 48.
The Pats are 10-1 against the spread in their last 11 games, according to Vegasinsider.com; the UNDER is 7-4 in those games.
The NFC championship matchup, Vikings at Eagles on Jan. 21, is much closer in Vegas’ eyes, and once again, the conference’s top seed is an underdog. Philadelphia is getting 3 1/2 points from Minnesota after beating Atlanta outright as a 2 1/2-point ‘dog Saturday. The Vikings advanced to next weekend’s title game with a miracle 29-24 win over the Saints on Sunday. Minnesota was favored by between 3.5 and 5.5 points leading up to the game.
relief when they clinched a first-round bye, because it gave wide receiver Antonio Brown an extra week to recover from his calf injury. Sure enough, Brown returned to practice Monday and plans to start in the Steelers’ Divisional Round opener against the Jaguars, according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.
Each one has the other’s back; that’s how things have to be in this offense. Shurmur’s system leans on passing concepts that make his receivers work together—pick plays and crossing action—rather than in isolation routes on the outside. Here, Diggs and Thielen happily oblige. “We feed off each other; it’s nowhere near a selfish thing,” Diggs says. “Everybody wanna eat. But for us, it don’t even matter who eat. It’s going to happen. They can’t stop both of us.”
It’s been this way since day one. Diggs debuted on Oct. 4, 2015, against the Broncos’ top-ranked defense, just as Thielen made his first start at receiver. And while the Vikings lost on a late field goal, the receiving pair combined for 12 catches and 157 yards. “It was a glimpse of what was to come,” says Scott Turner, then Minnesota’s quarterbacks coach, “but nobody thought that at the time.”
Eventually, they got the field cleared out and the Vikings snapped the ball, choosing to take a knee rather than kick the extra-point while up five points. This mattered to nobody at all — except gamblers.
The line for Sunday’s game closed with the Vikings favored by 5.5 points, which means if you took them to cover, an extra-point would have put them over the top.
And making things worse is that there were no downsides to kicking the extra-point instead of kneeling, as the Saints were not within range to potentially block it, return it and get more points. The Vikings simply went out there and took a knee as a formality so the game could end proper.
Most days Kamara will go on Netflix and throw on some of his old favorite Disney titles—The Lion King, Atlantis, Little Mermaid. The movies remind him of the most innocent time in his life, when he was a kid and had no obligations, nothing to worry about. They provide a brief escape from the responsibilities and craziness of his new existence, tethering him to reality, because being Alvin Kamara hasn’t always been this easy. Especially for Alvin Kamara.
Nick Saban sold Kamara on the idea that Alabama wanted a versatile back like him, something they never had before. Kamara didn’t care that the team had a glut of running back talent. He had grown up watching Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson. The best running backs in the country go to Alabama, he figured, and he’d be the best of them all.
It’s unknown what form of punishment the Raiders will face if found in violation of the rule. In 2003, the league fined Detroit Lions general manager Matt Millen $200,000 for ignoring the rule prior to hiring Steve Mariucci.