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El casco para bici invisible! // The Invisible Bicycle Helmet | Fredrik Gertten (por Focus Forward Films)

Ten cuidado con lo que fumas: en Medellín le decimos cripa y te manda a la mierda parte alta.

"Pescamos y fritamos y repartimos todo hasta que se acaba"

Comienza el Frente Nacional (1958) (por memoriacolombiana)

se iniciaba una época de prohibición de los terceros partidos y agravamiento de los usos conservadores en el sistema político colombiano. En lo cultural llegaba al país el rock and roll y la oleada de cultura que en forma de películas se tomaría la recién creada televisión colombiana cuya insignia sería el Club del Clan.

The Mastery of Non-Mastery (en una instantánea callejera de Medellín)



JENNIFER WALLACE

on Michael Taussig’s I Swear I Saw This.

Photograph, Lisa Jane Persky

Michael Taussig
I Swear I Saw This: Drawings in Fieldwork Notebooks, Namely My Own

University of Chicago Press, December 2011. 173 pp.

Six years ago, on a balmy afternoon, the anthropologist Michael Taussig was taking a cab ride in Medellín, Colombia’s second largest city. As the taxi sped into a freeway tunnel, he spotted a homeless couple at the side of the road, caught between the hurtling traffic and the wall of the concrete underpass. In that momentary glimpse, it seemed as if one figure, a woman, was sewing the other, a man, into a nylon sack. “Why do they choose this place?” he asked the driver. “Because it’s warm in the tunnel,” the driver replied. Taussig made a note in his notebook, drew a quick sketch, and scrawled underneath it in red pencil, “I swear I saw this.”

This brief vision forms the kernel of Taussig’s new book, a narrative that, even when circling away to the streets of Paris or the souks of Tangiers, continually spirals back to the figures by the roadside, the nylon bag, and the passersby. There is, of course, a rational explanation for the scene rooted in everyday politics. Most likely these were peasants driven from their home by paramilitaries who, under the guise of hunting down terrorists in Colombia, are helping the landowning cocaine barons and bio-fuel mafia get their hands on potentially rich agricultural land. In the past 10 years, paramilitary units have been responsible for an estimated 140,000 deaths, and over one million rural inhabitants have been displaced from their land. Meanwhile, Alvaro Uribe Vélez, the president who set up one of the largest paramilitary units in the country, has been awarded international honors by George W. Bush and Oxford University.

But this political, rational explanation — hard-hitting as it may be — is not sufficient. Taussig is concerned with mining further meaning from this scene, the significance of the vision. The inexplicability of the woman sewing the bag and the absurdity of the taxi driver’s explanation — they were seeking warmth in a fumy, noisy, polluted underpass when the average July temperature in Medellín is 72 degrees Fahrenheit — become sources of mystical reflection.

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42 años del partido de baseball jugado brillantemente por Ellis (Piratas) bajo los efectos del LSD: No Mas Presents: Dock Ellis & The LSD No-No by James Blagden (por NoMasTV)

El consumo de drogas es un gran y sólido bloque de cosas, se presenta en diarios locales de Medellín como un problema entre padres e hijos, o sea un problema de orden social. 

Aquí un resumen del “Estudio del consumo de sustancias psicoactivas en Antioquia” cuyo comentarista dedica a la mariguana un esfuerzo para contradecir una corriente que la trata como droga blanda.

Estas cifras pueden ayudar a explicar los mas de 35mil manifestantes de la Marcha de la Mariguana: casi 20% de la población antioqueña usa o ha usado mariguana y en ciertas zonas hasta casi el 30%. Habrá que buscar el estudio.

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