Saturday, December 10, 2016

In France, It’s Coitus First & Then, Maybe, a Date

Maïa Mazaurette

New York Magazine

French GQ sex columnist Maïa Mazaurette teaches New York sex columnist Maureen O'Connor about the French way of sex.

Maureen O’Connor: So tell me, how would you describe the French attitude toward sex?
Maïa Mazaurette: I can only compare it to the countries I’ve lived in — Germany, and now Denmark, and I’ve made some trips to the U.S. I’d say the main difference is that in France we’re so straightforward. We don’t have these dating rituals; we just start with sex! And then, if the sex was good enough or we feel connected somehow, then we would try to build a relationship.

So you always have sex on the first date, then?
Absolutely! But it’s not even an issue because there is no date. There is just first sex. You think someone is attractive, you give it a try. I think it really makes sense. (Of course I say that, because I’m French, right?) But if you don’t have sex first, you build up too much pressure. You start thinking, I have seen this guy for four or five restaurants, or however you do it in the U.S., and what if it fails? If you get sex out the way first, then you can only have good surprises.

I never dated an American guy, but even with Danish and German guys, there were so many dates and it was taking so much time. At some point I just felt like, Ahhh! Stop it, are you going to kiss me? Are we going to your place? My place? Do something! I felt like I was investing a lot of time in something that might not be worth it anyway.

What counts as a "hookup" in France? Do you even have a word for that?
No. Never. It’s a concept I have only read about.

We use it as an umbrella term for sexual encounters, because sometimes you don’t literally have sex. Like maybe you just give a blow job.
We would think it is extremely weird to have just a blow job. Why would I do that? I don’t have pleasure in my mouth. It’s very mysterious to me, why an American woman would do that.

Well, he could go down on you.
Okay, yes. It just seems so strange to put so much pressure on something that seems so spontaneous to me: sex. When I have sex with someone, I’m not sharing real intimacy. I share intimacy when I talk about my childhood; if I’m sick and someone takes care of me. If it’s just kissing or spreading my legs, my emotional involvement is almost zero.

It’s so different what you do on the first night, then the second one. It’s like being a virgin again. I think you are a virgin every time you have sex with someone. On the first night, you’re just showing that you are a good person, that you aren’t going to kill anyone. You’re just showing that you’re safe and nice and honest, so it’s very standard: You kiss, then you touch, then you take off the clothes, then you have oral sex both ways, then penetration, and then it’s done!

And actually, the real fun starts after that. When you’re like, Okay, this guy knows what he’s doing, can we now try something a bit different? And then it starts to get funny! Then you start talking about fantasies and secrets, and that is where intimacy begins. Discovering a new person.

Americans have this stereotype about French romance, that a Frenchman will sweep you off your feet and be a great lover. Is there a corollary for how the French view Americans?
I’m sorry, but: no.

No? You mean you don’t think about us at all?!
Well, you have the reputation of being prude. And, again I'm sorry, but sex with Americans just seems so complicated! All this dating. I would think that if I had to be with an American guy, I would have to educate him somehow. I would worry he might think I’m a slut.

If I were in Paris and trying to meet a man, what should I do? How long do I need to wait before asking him to fuck?
So, let’s say you’re in a club. And you start talking to someone. Usually it would be maybe half an hour before you ask him to leave.

Thirty minutes?! That is quick.
I mean, if you meet him at a dinner with friends, then you wait until after the dessert and coffee. Basically, you wait long enough to make sure you don’t have a psychopath in front of you, and maybe build a little desire. But yes, 30 minutes is the minimum. That's all it takes. Read the entire article at New York Magazine

The Medici Dynasty Show

The Medici Dynasty Show

The Medici Dynasty Show travels back in time to Palazzo Pitti, in 1737, shortly before the Grand Duke’s death. The Grand Duke lies on his deathbed, still unable to forgive his sister for arranging his disastrous marriage to Anna Maria Franziska of Saxe-Lauenburg..

Anna Maria Luisa de’ Medici sneaks through a secret passageway into her brother’s room on the ground floor, and her encounter with him initiates a tumultuous flashback of their glorious family history. With the Medici, Florence itself plays protagonist, as it provides the backdrop for the growth of the Medici family and its artistic patrimony. Florence gave birth to the “fiorino”, the euro of the Renaissance, and housed the first children’s orphanage (Spedale degli Innocenti) designed by Brunelleschi and the Medicea-Laurenziana library designed by Michelangelo. The effects of these initiatives then spread throughout Europe, bringing Italian artists, intellectuals, and merchants to the most important political courts of the era.

Nonetheless, if it hadn’t been for Anna Maria Luisa, a large fraction of this inheritance would have been lost. She signed the “Family Pact” with the Lorena family, who would take over Florence after the Grand Duke’s death. This treaty ensured that the Medici artistic patrimony would remain the property of Florence, “as an ornament of the State, to be used by the public and to attract foreign visitors.” This remarkable gesture, that made Anna Maria Luisa a distinguished benefactor of the arts, was Florence and Tuscany’s true fortune as it sanctified the Medici patrimony for humanity.

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Friday, December 9, 2016

Now Playing on Netflix | Medici Masters of Florence

The Guardian

“The Medici came to power at a time of great social and economic inequality. They were great disrupters. Their banking practices led to the creation of a middle class, making them unimaginably wealthy.”
Frank Spotnitz, screenwriter, Medici Masters of Florence

Spotnitz said the family used that wealth to challenge traditional thinking as arguably the greatest patrons of the arts of their age, commissioning work from Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo.

He added that the Medicis ushered in a new era of revolutionary art and science such as the world had never seen. It is a powerful story that resonates even now.”

Great dynasties of the world: The Medici family
The Medicis: money, myth and mystery

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Conan Retraces Bob’s Footsteps in Berlin

Strategist Edward Luttwak Lends Support to iON’s View on Trump’s China & European Policy

Foreign Policy
by Edward Luttwak

Trump could facilitate a more muscular response to China’s island-grabbing in the Philippines, aggressive patrolling around Japan’s southernmost islands, and periodic intrusions into Vietnamese waters.

President Barack Obama’s White House staff kept refusing U.S. Pacific Command suggestions for “freedom of navigation” patrols through the South China Sea in the hope that verbal persuasion alone would stop Chinese incursions. In diplomatic circles, it was reported that National Security Advisor Susan Rice opined that Beijing was “shapeable,” as if China were a very small country with not much of a history. Trump is unlikely to share such illusions, and he appears not likely to stop Pacific Command from doing its job of “keeping the sea lanes open” — the polite expression for denying Chinese territorial claims over coral reefs, rocks, and shoals.

For many, it was Trump’s criticism of recent trade treaties that was most alarming. A belief in free trade these days is something of a religion, and that made Trump an apostate. Yes, Trump would not sanction the Trans-Pacific Partnership that seeks to remove many customs barriers between the 12 nations that have signed the agreement, but that is as far as his apostasy will go: He will not withdraw the United States from the Word Trade Organization, and he will not cancel any existing trade treaty, including the North American Free Trade Agreement he kept attacking during the campaign. That treaty is U.S. law like any other treaty, and presidents cannot change the law; only Congress can, and it will not. On the other hand, Trump would certainly invoke the existing anti-dumping trade barrier provisions that his predecessors were very reluctant to use, for example to protect the U.S. steel industry from the flood of Chinese steel. True, that would allow the Chinese to retaliate against the dumping of U.S. exports — except there is no such thing. Look instead for fiscal measures to discourage U.S. industries to migrate abroad, offset by the lower corporate tax that will reduce the incentive to offshore anyway.

No distinctive Europe policy is likely to come from Trump. His vocal support for Brexit clearly showed his Euroskepticism. Like an increasing number of Europeans, he appears to view the European Union as a failed experiment devoured by its own bureaucracy and the euro monetary system as destructive to economic growth. On the other hand, no American president can say much on the subject once he is in office, and he can do even less, because the United States has no say in Europe’s own institutions. Yet even a silent Trump will encourage Euroskeptic politicians everywhere, perhaps tipping the balance in some countries, incidentally keeping the argument focused on liberty versus bureaucracy, as opposed to authoritarian or racist arguments.

The Seven Vial Judgments & the Seven Trumpets

Rev 8:6 And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.

Rev 16:1 And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.

Rev 8:7 (1st Trumpet): The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.

Rev 16:1-2 (1st Vial Judgment): (1) And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth. (2) And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.

Rev 8:8-9 (2nd Trumpet): (8) And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood; (9) And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed.

Rev 16:3 (2nd Vial Judgment): And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea.

Rev 8:10-11 (3rd Trumpet): (10) And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters; (11) And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.

Rev 16:4-7 (3rd Vial Judgment): (4) And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood. (5) And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus. (6) For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy. (7) And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments.

Rev 8:12-13 (4th Trumpet): (12) And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise. (13) And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound!

Rev 16:8-9 (4th Vial Judgment): (8) And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire. (9) And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.

Rev 9:1-6, 10, 12 (5th Trumpet): And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. (2) And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit. (3) And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. (4) And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads. (5) And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man. (6) And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them…(10) And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months…(12) One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter.

Rev 16:10-11 (5th Vial Judgment): (10) And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain, (11) And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.

Rev 9:13-21 (6th Trumpet): (13) And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, (14) Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates. (15) And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men. (16) And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them. (17) And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone. (18) By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths. (19) For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails: for their tails were like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt. (20) And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: (21) Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.

Rev 16:12-16 (6th Vial Judgment): (12) And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. (13) And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. (14) For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. (15) Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. (16) And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.

Rev 11:15-19 (7th Trumpet): (15) And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever. (16) And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God, (17) Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned. (18) And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth. (19) And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.

Rev 16:17-21 (7th Vial Judgment): (17) And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done. (18) And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great. (19) And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath. (20) And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. (21) And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.

Bob Dobbs’ Private Sessions with iON | 2015-16


Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Akito’s Cash Flow Notes | 6 July 2011


Opening music:
Feeling Good by Michael Buble

James' not on the show again, he's on extended assignment

BR Akito's June 21 email pt1 (post-311 Japan updates)

iON brings up news "white out" as opposed to news "black out,"
describing the situation in post-311 Japan

iON cracks a black humored "white out" joke

Bob "can you suck out of my brain..."
Bob asks iON to see if they get the correct emotional state from McLuhan Quadrant
iON: It's done... It will undo the whole "obsolescence and retrieval" of Tiny Note if you would do that Bob.

Carolyn reviewed medical books w/ iON 2yrs ago
they went through every disease, Carolyn gave her knowledge & iON added iONic knowledge to them

Feherty Interviews Donald Trump

CNN State of the Union | Kellyanne Conway vs Robby Mook