Politics links

Italy
«un angelo del Signore apparve in sogno a Giuseppe e gli disse: «Alzati, prendi con te il bambino e sua madre e fuggi in Egitto, e resta là finché non ti avvertirò, perché Erode sta cercando il bambino per ucciderlo». Giuseppe, destatosi, prese con sé il bambino e sua madre nella notte e fuggì in Egitto. (*) E gli andò di stralusso, perché se duemila anni dopo ci avesse provato fuggendo in Italia, i seguaci della religione di suo figlio li avrebbero azziccati su un autobus a spintoni, manifestato contro l'eterologa della mogliera, e aggessù dopo una rapida carriera da spaccino sarebbe finito in gabbia a far risorgere i carcerati caduti dalle scale.»
Ogni anno i nostalgici di Benito Mussolini si ritrovano nella sua città natale, e la storia di come ci sono finiti è legata a doppio filo con quella dell'Italia.
The government is pursuing policies that are not simply neo-fascistic and cruel, though they are certainly that, but crazy with it
Dopo un raccolto ne viene un altro
«Un mesetto o due fa ho sentito un tizio dello SPI-CGIL (perché io SO come divertirmi di sera) che spiegava (o meglio, dava un'interpretazione) dell'articolo 1 della Costituzione. Ora, magari a voi pare poca roba, ma a me l'articolo 1 nessuno l'ha mai spiegato ammodino, ed è una di quelle cose che fa pure brutto chiedere.…»
Propaganda
«…an excellent survey article on modern propaganda techniques, how they work, and how we might defend ourselves against them. … As to defense: "Debunking doesn't work: provide an alternative narrative."»
«The Debunking Handbook, a guide to debunking misinformation, is now freely available to download. Although there is a great deal of psychological research on misinformation, there's no summary of the literature that offers practical guidelines on the most effective ways of reducing the influence of myths.»
Politics
«The Vatican Climate Forest, to be located in the Bükk National Park, Hungary, was donated to the Vatican City by a carbon offsetting company. The forest is to be sized to offset the carbon emissions generated by the Vatican during 2007. The Vatican's acceptance of the offer, at a ceremony on July 5, 2007, was reported as being "purely symbolic", and a way to encourage Catholics to do more to safeguard the planet. No trees have been planted under the project and the carbon offsets have not materialised.»
«City governments are paying local businesses to open up their restrooms to the public. … The program, called Nette Toilette or Nice Toilet, is active in 210 cities and has been running since 2000. Cities pay from $34 to $112 per month to a business, and it puts a sticker in its window to tell people that they can come in and pee for free. … Bremen, a city with a population of over half a million people, reckons it saves $1 million per year by using the network, which costs it $168,000 per year. So successful is the scheme that it has given Bremen the best ratio of public toilets to citizens in Germany.»
«There's no telling how many guns we have in America—and when one gets used in a crime, no way for the cops to connect it to its owner. The only place the police can turn for help is a Kafkaesque agency in West Virginia, where, thanks to the gun lobby, computers are illegal and detective work is absurdly antiquated. On purpose. Thing is, the geniuses who work there are quietly inventing ways to do the impossible.»