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martes, 14 de noviembre de 2017

Birute M. F. Galdikas "Reflections of Eden: My Years With the Orangutans of Borneo"

The orangutans in Galdikas's book peer out from high, hidden places in the rainforest, observing their earthbound scientific observers as strange fellow apes: simultaneously similar and different enough to inspire both fascination and fear. Wild orangutans nearly always retained and respected an invisible barrier between themselves and humans-but a powerful young male orangutan named Gundul, born in the wild, taken captive, now living free at the research camp as part of an ex-captive release project, had been around people long enough to have lost his fear of them. One day Gundul attacked and raped an Indonesian cook at the camp. Galdikas describes this event in detail. "I had never seen Gundul threaten or assault a woman, although he frequently charged male assistants. The cook was screaming hysterically. I thought, 'He's trying to kill her." Galdikas, after calling for help, fought the ape with every ounce of her strength, beat him with her fists, attempted to ram a fist down his throat, but with no effect. "I began to realize that Gundul did not intend to harm the cook, but had something else in mind. The cook stopped struggling. 'It's all right,' she murmured. She lay back in my arms, with Gundul on top of her. Gundul was very calm and deliberate. He raped the cook." Fortunately the victim was neither seriously injured nor stigmatized. Her friends remained tolerant and supportive. Her husband reasoned that since the rapist was not human, the rape should not provoke shame or rage. "Why should my wife or I be concerned? It wasn't a man."

miércoles, 8 de noviembre de 2017

Nacionalismo catalán (Francesc Pujols i Morgades)

Porque serán catalanes, todos sus gastos, donde vayan, les serán pagados. [...] y se les ofrecerá el hotel, el más preciado regalo que se le pueda hacer a un catalán cuando viaja. Al fin y al cabo, y pensándolo bien, más valdrá ser catalán que millonario. 

Perquè serán catalans, totes les seves despeses, on vagin, els serán pagades [...] i els oferiran l’hotel, el més preuat regal que se li pugui fer a un català quan viatja. Al cap i a la fi, i pensant-hi bé, més valdrà ser català que milionari.

Francesc Pujols, Concepte general de la ciència catalana, llibre III, capítol XVIII (1918)