Friday, November 21, 2014

FOREIGN POLICY MAGAZINE:

When the late Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chávez came into power in 1998, he saw in his movement an answer to capitalism and a solution to Latin America's soaring inequalities. Chávez's aspirations were clearly global, and he even had the gumption to list "preserving life on the planet and saving the human species" as part of his 2012 election platform.

For a while, it seemed as if all of Latin America would catch the chavista wave. But though voters in Bolivia, Ecuador, Argentina, and Nicaragua elected governments that shared Venezuela's ideology and outlook, the wave seemed to die down toward the end of the 2000s.

Now, it seems to be rising in the unlikeliest of places: Spain.

Read the rest for a good rundown on the extensive links between Venezuela and the new kids on the block in Spain. And then pray for us if they win. I'm not too concerned, though. I see this a bit like the Beppe Grillo phenomenon in Italy: a seemingly lifechanging phenomenon that fizzles as soon as they find themselves elected and people realize they're not as different to the others as they claimed while campaigning.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

HMMMMM:

Five nuclear engineers were assassinated last week in a mysterious attack just north of the Syrian capital, Damascus.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a London-based NGO that monitors the crisis in Syria, one of the victims was gunned down when their car was ambushed was Iranian.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

MUST BE A PANDEMIC: Virus that 'makes humans more stupid' discovered.

AND THE NYT explains it as if was the most normal thing:

The apartment checked off every box on the buyers’ wish list: airy, gracious, great views of the park. It was in a terrific building, one of the most prestigious on the Upper East Side. The couple moved in, unpacked and tried without success over the next few months to get settled.

In the end, they packed up and moved out, said their broker, Barbara Fox, the founder of the Fox Residential Group, because of a pervasive sense that they didn’t belong. It wasn’t that their neighbors were standoffish, ignored them in the elevator or didn’t invite them to their parties — though in fact the whole thing did come down to parties.

“Frankly,” Ms. Fox said, “they just felt the building had too many Republicans.”

To me it looks pretty intolerant and close-minded.

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

MASSACRE.

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

NO OFFENSE: The New Threats to Free Speech.

Friday, October 31, 2014

THE POPE DECLARED there's no conflict between Big Bang, evolution and Catholic faith… in 1951.

UPDATE. Time magazine has more.

GREAT PIECE at The New Yorker on Billy Joel. Long, but well worth a read.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

AT THE SAME TIME? Sex with 21 women lowers risk of prostate cancer, academics find.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

TRUE: The Internet Has Enriched Us More Than Flying Cars Would Have.

I'm no fan of flying cars: if people are lousy drivers in 2D, just imagine on 3D — a nightmare. Plus, imagine the debris of what would be a fender-bender down on earth, falling down on pedestrians…

WAIT, WASN'T SCIENCE SETTLED? Past Climate Change Was Caused by the Ocean, Not Just the Atmosphere, New Rutgers Study Finds.

JUST ON INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES? Taxes on Information Technologies Threatening Economic Growth, Report Says.

Is there a reason why this principle doesn't apply to just about any sector?

Saturday, October 25, 2014

VEGETARIANS, MURDERERS! Researchers Have Found That Plants Know They Are Being Eaten.

Friday, October 24, 2014

GREAT RESOURCE: Every Single Flu Vaccine Myth, Debunked.

GREAT! Nina Pham, Dallas nurse treated for Ebola at NIH now ‘virus free’.

THE 61% DEVALUATION THAT VENEZUELA TOLD NO ONE ABOUT:

Venezuela is forcing companies to pay an average 61 percent more for dollars in government auctions compared with a year ago, according to estimates by Barclays Plc. The sales are the only way most of them can get their hands on scarce foreign currency to purchase goods from abroad without access to the official exchange rate of 6.3 bolivars per dollar.

The South American nation is seeking to ease a chronic dollar shortage caused by years of increasing government control over the foreign-exchange market and economy. At the same time, President Nicolas Maduro may be reluctant to pursue a devaluation of the official rate out of concern it would add to the world’s highest inflation rate and deepen shortages that sparked deadly protests earlier in the year.

“They’re not jumping up and down and putting ads in the paper that they’ve devalued the currency, but that’s what they’re effectively doing,” Jim Craige, who oversees $50 billion of emerging-market assets as a money manager at Stone Harbor Investment Partners LP, said by phone from New York on Oct. 6. “The 6.3 rate isn’t anywhere close to reality.”

Thursday, October 23, 2014

MORE GOOD NEWS: Dallas Nurse Amber Ray Vinson Reportedly Free Of Ebola.

Meanwhile, Nina Pham, the other nurse, seems to be doing better, just as her dog. “If this good news continues, it would appear that the first “Ebola crisis” in the United States will be over by early November.”

Just in time for the election!

REGARDING YESTERDAY'S TERROR ATTACK IN OTTAWA: Muslim convert who shot dead Canadian soldier is the privately-educated son of country’s immigration chief and has links to Syrian terrorist claims friend from mosque.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

TINA BROWN nails it: “And I think they’re beginning to feel a bit that Obama’s like that guy in the corner office, you know, who’s too cool for school, calls a meeting, says this has to change, doesn’t put anything in place to make sure it does change, then it goes wrong and he’s blaming everybody.”

Monday, October 20, 2014

IS 21 DAYS LONG ENOUGH FOR EBOLA QUARANTINE? Short answer: we don't really know.

EXCELLENT NEWS: Spanish nurse's aide found to be Ebola-free in third test.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

DAMN: “The Texas Department of State Health Services says that a second health care worker at a Dallas hospital who provided care for the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S. has tested positive for the disease.”

Monday, October 13, 2014

SOME HEADS WILL EXPLODE OVER THIS: “Bono: controversial tax laws have brought Ireland the only prosperity it’s ever known; U2 singer says capitalism and commerce play a vital role in lifting people out of poverty and that Ireland’s tax policies benefit the country’s economy.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

JUST LIKE IN SPAIN: First Ebola transmission in U.S.: Texas healthcare worker tests positive:

A health care worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital has tested positive for Ebola after a preliminary test, the state's health agency said in a statement.

Confirmatory testing will be conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

The employee helped care for Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States. Duncan died on Wednesday.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

GOOD POINT: Maybe the Internet Isn’t Killing Newspapers After All; Newspaper readership has been falling for decades—long before today’s online journalists were born, and even before some of their parents were born.

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

BEING A WEE HYPOCRITICAL, AREN'T WE? Liberal doves run as war hawks.

Monday, October 06, 2014

EVERYTHING you ever wanted to know about ebola but were afraid to ask.

NAOMI WOLF has definitely lost her mind:

Author and former Democratic political consultant Naomi Wolf published a series of Facebook posts on Saturday in which she questioned the veracity of the ISIS videos showing the murders and beheadings of two Americans and two Britons, strongly implying that the videos had been staged by the US government and that the victims and their parents were actors.

Wolf published a separate Facebook post, also on Saturday, suggesting that the US was sending troops to West Africa not to assist with Ebola treatment but to bring Ebola back to the US to justify a military takeover of American society. She also suggested that the Scottish independence referendum, in which Scots voted to remain in the United Kingdom, had been faked.

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

I'M JEALOUS: What It's like to Fly the $23,000 Singapore Airlines Suites Class.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

NICE FAMILY, EH? “Major Mariam Al Mansouri became the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) first female pilot on the ISIS terrorist group terrorist group following the announcement that the United States would be leading a coalition of nations to use airstrikes against the Islamic State. While the world celebrates her success, the war has come home for Mansouri and reports are claiming the female fight pilot’s family has officially disowned her.”