#news and #comments #digest (@robertolofaro) for 2014-12-05

NEWS ITEMS OF THE DAY

if #AlQaeda was re-branding somebody else’s actions, #ISIS is turning to #franchising to expand its presence http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/142423/khalil-al-anani/isis-enters-egypt?cid=nlc-foreign_affairs_today-120514-isis_enters_egypt_6-120514&sp_mid=47562019&sp_rid=cm9iZXJ0by5sb2Zhcm9Acm9iZXJ0b2xvZmFyby5jb20S1

#Nigeria #Boko #Haram expanding http://internacional.elpais.com/internacional/2014/12/04/actualidad/1417719630_422383.html #Africa #AlQaeda #ISIS #security

#Spain – #Bankia’s #IPO #fraud http://economia.elpais.com/economia/2014/12/04/actualidad/1417694060_120952.html #tricks http://economia.elpais.com/economia/2014/12/04/actualidad/1417726961_205981.html #banking #EU

#France #partial #privatization of #Toulouse #airport to #Chinese buyer http://www.lemonde.fr/economie/article/2014/12/04/aeroport-de-toulouse-blagnac-l-etat-choisit-le-consortium-chinois_4534764_3234.html #economy #EU #Symbiose

#China #developing new #weapons #systems http://www.faz.net/aktuell/politik/ausland/china-will-superwaffen-entwickeln-13303596.html #diplomacy #security

#Russia #preparing for #confrontation http://internacional.elpais.com/internacional/2014/12/04/actualidad/1417683146_803438.html #Germany http://internacional.elpais.com/internacional/2014/12/04/actualidad/1417705124_057897.html #Putin http://www.faz.net/aktuell/politik/ausland/putins-rede-eine-botschaft-von-oben-13302988.html?printPagedArticle=true#pageIndex_2 #diplomacy #security

#OSCE – #consensus on #Ukraine not yet achieved http://kommersant.ru/doc/2625749 #diplomacy

#Estonia – #virtual #citizenship http://www.faz.net/aktuell/feuilleton/virtuelle-buergerschaft-wer-will-este-werden-13300588.html by 2015 also full abroad registration #diplomacy #EU

#Twitter and #TV http://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2014/12/04/television/1417689029_704368.html #social #network #media #Spain #Kantar

#studies on #linkage between #videogames #movies and #violence : confusing cause and effect http://www.faz.net/aktuell/feuilleton/medien/studie-um-gewaltgehalt-viel-geballer-um-nichts-13300635.html #social #network #society #health

#Uber : 1.2bln USD – 970mln EUR http://www.lemonde.fr/economie/article/2014/12/04/la-start-up-de-voitures-avec-chauffeurs-uber-annonce-avoir-leve-plus-de-970-millions-d-euros_4534758_3234.html #business #social #network

#Vatican – #finance – 100s of millions EUR discovered at #IOR http://internacional.elpais.com/internacional/2014/12/04/actualidad/1417725879_772485.html #banking #EU

#weather in #2050 – TV experiment on #Spain http://elpais.com/elpais/2014/12/04/ciencia/1417684852_587483.html #global #warming

#Italy – #interview #DellaValle http://elpais.com/elpais/2014/12/03/eps/1417631412_496853.html #politics #EU

are you thinking about switching to 4G? what about 5G? http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-30224853 #telco #Internet #speed


1. #service #announce about #Italy

ok, it is shared as a “service annonce”- now, I can share my feed-back 🙂

it is between hilarious and delirious – yet another proof that, however deep the crisis, Italy will never cease to deliver more than its fair share of “white knights”

as somebody else 20 years ago, he tries to show to be a man of the people by sharing common sense through… mom/aunt/grandma (the only difference being the relative chosen as the source of inspiration :D)

the new emperor of Italy (read the interview- it is as grandstanding as those of some politicians that have been offering themselves to the country to be the next President of the Republic) might have no intellectual clothes, but he has shoes… and paid handsomely to be able to use the Coliseum as a photo backstage 🙂

#Italy – #interview #DellaValle http://elpais.com/elpais/2014/12/03/eps/1417631412_496853.html #politics #EU

2.of #white #knights and #politics – #Italy

there is only one key issue where I agree with Della Valle’s interview published today by El Pais: #Italy needs more transparency

hence, if both old and new administrations seem to have been unable so far to build a “firewall” against structural corruption (as this is not the case: not the occasional bad apple, but bad apples “spawning” new ones), for Rome should be applied what was said about Caesar’s wife

or: an appearance of impropriety is enough to justify a reconsideration of how it has been possible the depth and breadth of the infiltration of what in Italy we call “malaffare”

invoking a “special case” to lower expectations would just generate more talking material for political talk-shows, few more bestseller books… and no change

as it isn’t just few corrupt bureaucrats or members of the “political underworld” that have been disclosed over the last few days, but a neural network of corruption whose dendrites extend across other institutions

swift and transparent cleanup of the organizations involved should be just common sense- back-tracking and “tossing few sheep to the wolves” is not going to increase our credibility…

http://www.lastampa.it/2014/12/05/italia/politica/tre-motivi-per-cui-il-sacco-di-roma-fa-male-allitalia-K9n9Cfh4A8QnXVS8XCfiIN/pagina.html

3. you should try sitting for hours in row…

so, instead of proz(h)ac-king kids, maybe the “teaching format” should be changed (obviously, the article and others linked refer to a “method” promoted by the therapist, but the observation is true, from what I saw and remember from my own and others’ learning experiences)

furthermore, having 25-to-50 pupils isn’t really the best, if you want them all to be involved and able to retain enough to benefit from attending

as for sitting 90minutes (or, even worse, hours on a row): how many adults working in an office really sit without moving for more than an hour in a row in a “routine” day?

in my time in school, our “hours” lasted less than 1h (and in elementary school I remember that we stayed the whole morning with just one teacher, but not sitting still for hours)…

I too, when delivering training to adults that supposedly were motivated enough to attend, ended up preferring a different layout, not the podium-vs-listeners-sitting-still (and imposed strict limits on the number of people attending when there was just one teacher, while it was up to the teacher to keep everybody involved)

otherwise? after few hours, a class of middle-graders (where the teacher is older than they are) probably sits still more often than a dozen or so of middle-aged managers (where the teacher is younger than they are) 🙂

http://wapo.st/1AtK8qy

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