Thursday 15 June 2023

Reprehensible MODERN HISTORY

CURRENT CONTENTS:
Crimean war
Clannishness
Italo-Turkish war
Democracy (older concept)
Cantankerous leaders
Confederate states
Emperor of Elba
Cannes of Worms (Franco-German)













Authors' Note: The Italo-Turkish War, also known as the Turco-Italian War, 1911–1912, was among the neo-colonial adventures pushed by the European powers (Britain, France, Italy, etc.) who took advantage of the decline of Ottoman Turkey just before the outbreak of the First World War. The territories conquered by the Italians (most of current-day Libya and also the Dodecanese islands in the Aegean Sea) remained under their control through the Second World War, with Mussolini's National Fascist party in power in the Kingdom of Italy for most of this period (1922–1943).
The treaty to end the conflict was named after the resort facility in Lausanne, Switzerland at which it was signed by the belligerents, becoming known as the Treaty of Ouchy (oo-SHEE).












Further enlightenment on this topic can be obtained by viewing a post entitled "Able Ere Elba". Click HERE.




Authors' Note:
nachbarlich (NAKH-bahr-likh): neighborly 
l'après-guerre (la-preh-GAYR): period immediately after the Second World War in France, approximately 1945-1948

Cannes (KAN): French town on the Côte d'Azur, famous for its luxury hotels and villas, and for its international film festival

Worms (VORMZ): German town (sometimes pronounced by anglophones as WUHRMZ) of about the same size as Cannes and Limerick, famed for its production of liebfraumilch
 



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Saturday 10 June 2023

NATIONAL (and multinational) Verse


CURRENT CONTENTS:
Armenia
Haiti
la Francophonie
Iceland
Canada (3 verses, a 'brief saga')
France (3 verses, a 'brief saga')
America (USA - 3 verses, a 'brief saga') 




Authors' Note:

neurasthenia: obsolete term from psychiatry, implying general debility attributed to exhaustion of the nervous system, as discussed here

Armenia, the first country in the world to adopt Christianity, has had disputes with its neighbors for most of its existence. The revered Mt. Ararat is now located geopolitically in Turkey, but is still considered a national symbol of Armenia, and dominates the view from the Armenian capital of Yerevan. Armenia's borders to the east and west currently remain closed owing to hostile relations with Azerbaijan and Turkey.



Authors' Note
The plight of Haiti, and some of its earlier history, are described in an OEDILF verse by speedysnail  











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Authors' Note: More than 150 years after the conclusion of the American Civil War, the role of the Confederacy continues to generate high emotions.









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Monday 5 June 2023

Not before we need It (again): PLANET-SAVING VERSE #2

READERS: This collection is a continuation of the collection "Not Before We Need It: PLANET-SAVING VERSE #1", that incorporated eight poems on this topic. 

previous posted poems  (#1):
beach foam
'clean' coal
compostables
koi (introduced species)
drought
enzootic ending
fur-farming
invasive species
   
CURRENT CONTENTS  (#2):
Phosphate detergents
Shorebird Council
Species loss
Summer aroma
Too hot to hoot
Wild vs farmed fish
Walrus and Carpenter (3 verses, a 'brief saga')



Authors' Note: 
Detergent is a Latin-derived term for a product that 'wipes away' dirt.
You might be interested to review our recent post about the dishwasher as a domestic appliance.




An illustrated verse about a specific project to restore the shoreline can be found HERE



Authors' Note:  Scientists have determined that as of 2018, more than 99% of all the species that have been present on our planet have become extinct. Many of the existing varieties of life, plant and animal, are under increasing pressure due to global warming, loss of habitat and in some cases, exploitation and pollution. 




Authors' Note: Although meat-eating is a practice that we personally have avoided for almost 20 years, we do accept that most people around us continue to indulge in this ancient tradition, appropriate to when the planet and our species were younger. We would not make you happy if we continued on a rant (kvetch = complaint) about this issue; we prefer to remain silent, and live and let live. Inhabiting a downtown neighborhood with very small urban lots has its limitations, and the smells and smoke of dinner being barbecued by our neighbors almost every summer evening is one of them. 
By the way, we and our partner continue to eat seafood and fish on occasion to ensure adequate protein intake, but one person in our immediate family is a true vegetarian (but not vegan). As you know, the terms to describe these eating patterns are complex and even misleading, but all non-meat-eaters would prefer that others keep their steak-smoke to themselves.




Authors' Note:

Sir; a plan, if final — Paris.

  In December 2015, the United States, under President Barack Obama, became a part of the Paris Accord, an international convention to mitigate the effects of climate change by curtailing production of greenhouse gases.

  In June 2017, President Donald Trump, whose personal business depended in large part on the construction and operation of golf-resorts, proceeded to withdraw from the treaty.

  Immediately after his inauguration in January 2021, President Joe Biden took measures to rejoin the accord.






 Authors' Note:   As stocks around the planet have suffered from overfishing, the price of fresh wild fish has mounted incessantly. As of 2016, aquaculture has apparently resulted in over 50% of the global supply of this foodstuff, both marine and freshwater varieties. 

  CarpcatfishAtlantic salmon and tilapia are the leading four types of fish currently involved, with recent improvements in the quality and reliability of farmed flatfish (turbot, flounder, halibut, etc.).




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