#news and #comments #digest (@robertolofaro) for 2014-12-24

NEWS ITEMS OF THE DAY

the #Euroasian #Union between #Russia #Belarus #Kazakhstan #Kyrgyzstan – #future ? http://internacional.elpais.com/internacional/2014/12/23/actualidad/1419366677_433358.html

#Ukraine – another step toward #NATO #membership http://internacional.elpais.com/internacional/2014/12/23/actualidad/1419334794_806921.html #details http://kommersant.ru/doc/2639643 #security #diplomacy

#Ukraine – #peace #talks http://kommersant.ru/doc/2639999 #details http://www.faz.net/aktuell/politik/ausland/ukraine-krise-friedensgespraeche-beginnen-in-minsk-13340082.html #security #diplomacy

#EU #Turkey – #Tusk meeting #Erdogan http://internacional.elpais.com/internacional/2014/12/23/actualidad/1419355365_674619.html – no new members during the #Juncker mandate #diplomacy

#Spain cuts its #deficit by 10% since 2013, to 3.34 of GDP http://economia.elpais.com/economia/2014/12/23/actualidad/1419348414_993608.html #economy #EU

how #smartphones re-#shape your #brain http://passeurdesciences.blog.lemonde.fr/2014/12/23/comment-les-smartphones-remodelent-le-cerveau/ #health #social

#North #Korea and #Internet – what is known http://bigbrowser.blog.lemonde.fr/2014/12/23/que-sait-on-de-linternet-en-coree-du-nord/ #politics

#Nicaragua – #breaking #ground for a new #channel http://www.lemonde.fr/planete/article/2014/12/23/le-nicaragua-inaugure-les-travaux-d-un-canal-interoceanique-controverse_4545140_3244.html #China #economy #diplomacy

#Russia – warning from #S&#P http://www.faz.net/aktuell/standard-poor-s-warnt-russland-koennte-bald-nur-noch-ramsch-sein-13339786.html #downgrading #economy

the #future of #Draghi ? http://www.faz.net/aktuell/wirtschaft/mario-draghi-mr-euro-vor-dem-absprung-er-koennte-nachfolger-von-napolitano-in-italien-werden-13339459.html?printPagedArticle=true#pageIndex_2 #ECB #EU #Italy

#Jupiter – the #big #red #one http://www.faz.net/aktuell/wissen/weltraum/grosser-roter-fleck-jupiter-mit-sonnenbrand-13323708.html #science #space

#Pope #Francis and #President #Napolitano – new trend in #year #end #speeches – “#baseball #bat” approach: time to look forward, not back 🙂


1. on sabotage, terrorism, and idiocy in Italy

per par condicio, se confermate le dichiarazioni di Perino (secondo quanto riportato, invita al sabotaggio, in quanto non punibile), oltre all’estrema destra magari un giro in quelli che usano i notav come cavallo di Troia per crear caos non sarebbe male…

differenziando tra “antagonisti assortiti” e chi legittimamente dissente (e non fa attentati che, per quieto vivere e negoziato in corso, son definiti sabotaggi)

con buona pace degli alfieri del pensiero debole (o, alla francese, débile)

http://www.lastampa.it/2014/12/24/italia/cronache/alta-velocit-tre-procure-in-campo-dopo-lultimo-sabotaggio-a-bologna-Pw26NZYcgnJ9DSuJV12P6M/pagina.html

2. a joke about Presential elections candidates in Italy

nuovo metodo democratico: visto che sui giornali è stato riportato che il Presidente del Consiglio ha 19 nomi in lista per la Presidenza della Repubblica, ed ormai sono quotidiane le interviste degli auto-candidati, potremmo fare un comitato dei 30 stile Atene, e gli altri 11 sceglierli tramite una lotteria tra tutti gli ultra-cinquantenni laureati (don’t worry- mi son autoescluso con questa clausola :D)

https://books.google.it/books?id=s7STMbFqe4AC&pg=PT410&lpg=PT410&dq=comitato+dei+trenta+atene&source=bl&ots=f47_-mzAdN&sig=bot190X1E5OuqYMj7ZDEdoAI7SQ&hl=en&sa=X&ei=U2-aVJeYJMyN7AagvIGoDg&ved=0CCEQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=comitato%20dei%20trenta%20atene&f=false

PS adesso, ci si mettono anche i tedeschi a dire chi dovrebbe esser Presidente della Repubblica (non han mai digerito Draghi alla Banca Centrale 😀 men che mai ora) http://www.faz.net/aktuell/wirtschaft/mario-draghi-mr-euro-vor-dem-absprung-er-koennte-nachfolger-von-napolitano-in-italien-werden-13339459.html?printPagedArticle=true#pageIndex_2

3. You are what you eat?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/12/23/fast-food-consumption-is-out-of-control-and-it-could-be-blunting-childrens-brains/?tid=sm_fb

in the “freakonomics” line, while the authors dispel the notion that there is a firm casual relationship, it might be more a case of an effect suspected to be a cause
as intensive fast-food implies less consideration on what you eat, or lower access to higher quality food (albeit things are changing), and therefore it could be the reverse- the intensive assumption of junk food mainly as an indicator, not a cause…
leaving to the authors: “Why exactly fast food could be blunting school children’s brains is unclear. A study conducted last year showed that nutrients like iron, which can be lacking in fast food, are essential for the development of a child’s brain. Diets high in fat and cholesterol have also been linked to poorer memory.”

4. #‎breaking‬ ‪#‎news‬ – ‪#‎Sony‬ ‪#‎will‬ ‪#‎pay‬ ‪#‎North‬ ‪#‎Korea‬ a 5% ‪#‎marketing‬ ‪#‎commission‬

PS obviously, I am joking. Or am I? Imagine Charlie Chaplin having to pay a commmission to a certain Austrian for the promotion of his “Great Dictator”…

obviously, different times (and different movies- I haven’t yet seen “The Interview”, but Chaplin’s movie would be a tough one to outbest :D)

http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2014/12/24/sony_strikes_tentative_deal_to_offer_the_interview_rental_on_youtube.html?wpsrc=fol_fb

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