Einfache Regeln, das erste Jahr, Atombombentestgebiet, uralter Honigwein

1. Würden mehr Menschen einfache Regeln beachten und darüber nachdenken, was es wirklich bedeutet, was sie sagen, würde viel weniger Blödsinn geredet und geschrieben.“Criticism of religion – including bawdy irreverent criticism – is a defence against oppressive power.
In our time, the most oppressive religious movements are variants on radical Islam. That may change. You only have to look at Hindu fundamentalism in India or anti-Muslim Buddhist fundamentalism in Burma to see how. But for the present we must fight the enemies in front of us. What other choice do we have?
It is not ‘Islamophobic’ to satirise radical Islamists and their beliefs – the main targets of radical Islamists include other Muslims as well as Christians, Jews, Yazidis and secularists.
Even if in your confused liberal mind you think that it is, no one has the right to stop satire or criticism because they are offended.
No one has the right to kill those who offend them.
If they claim that right, they are the most deserving targets of satire and criticism imaginable.“

2. Das erste Jahr eines Kindes. Die Diskussion Nature vs Nurture. Was ist beeinflussbar? Fast alles. „The milestones she has passed would be recognizable to any parent. At two she knew enough to realize that she didn’t have to hold my hand when walking on the sidewalk; she would reach for my hand only when we were about to cross the street. Around the same age, she also learned to block the drain in the bathtub with the ball of her foot — turning what was to be a quick shower into a playful bath. Before she turned three, she was holding lengthy conversations and coming up with rhymes: “If the candy tastes bad, Willy Wonka will be sad.”

3. Architekturfotos im Atombombentestgebiet: „I looked at how man-made structures interact with the landscape and how the two coexist. There are many points where the tracks have been consumed by the desert, but the stations still exist, enduring the elements. I would travel for miles and miles and when I came to the next station, it was exactly the same as the one I had just left. Architecture is about telling the stories of people, and this is a landscape manipulated by conflict.“
http://www.tate.org.uk/context-comment/articles/points-memory-ursula-schulz-dornburg Und hier die Fotos.

4. Die Küche der Ming Dynastie und ein 650 Jahre altes Rezept für Honigwein. „Method for making honey wine: Slowly heat two jin of honey in one dou of water, scraping off what bubbles up with a chicken feather. Continue heating until nothing more bubbles up. Grind cinnamon, pepper, ginger and red bean, and combine these parts together. Place no more than eight qian of this mixture in the vessel, then add no more than four liang of plain flour, and finally add the honey water. Use oiled paper to seal the honey container under seven layers of bamboo. In winter leave it to mature for 27 days, 10 in autumn and spring, and 7 in summer.“

Über Karin Koller

Biochemist, Writer, Painter, Mum of Three
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