A Year in 12 Posts
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Politics, Science, Art, Web, Business: a curation of 2013 events (and 2012, and 2011)
Curated by Marc Rougier
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Mar 2013: Francis

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From the Vatican to Buenos Aires, Catholics worldwide rejoiced when Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio became the new pope.

Photo from Huffingtonpost.com

Marc Rougier's insight:

While I have my doubts and myths, as everyone (was the world created by playing dice?), they are private questions. Politically, I'm an atheist and laic. Yet I think that Pope Francis made a great debut. His positions on homosexuality, abortion, contraception, his openness to atheists, Muslims and Jews are to be praised.


If only the great leaders of this world could use their power to nurture tolerance and peace...


Maps of the religions of the world:


Age and number of followers, by order of appearance:

  • Hinduism           4000      800 million
  • Judaism             4000     14 million
  • Taoism, etc        2600     800 million
  • Zoroastrism       2600     <1 million
  • Shintoism           2600     3 millions
  • Buddhism           2500     400 million
  • Christianity         2014      2 billion
  • Islam                  1392      1.2 billion


(Sure, Zoroastrism is not a major religion in terms of adherents. But it intrigued me since I saw "2001: a Space Odyssey" and heard Richard Strauss' "Also sprach Zarathustra". I had to know who that was!)


It's interesting to see that all major religions were born in Asia. And how their histories and inspirations and so often closely related.

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Mar 2011: Japan Tragedy

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Marc Rougier's insight:

March 2011 will be remembered for the tsunami in Japan and its nuclear aftermath. Terrible short term impact for the Japanese people (20,000 victims). Very impressive: watch the pace of recovery (found in Japan News). Longer term speculations about nuclear energy sustainability all over the world... what's new on solar energy?


Coincidence: Lost city of Atlantis, swamped by tsunami, may be found! A 2500 year old myth.

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Mar 2012: R.I.P. Moebius

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"It's with true sadness that we report on the death of Jean 'Moebius' Giraud, the legendary French comic book artist, illustrator and conceptual designer."

Marc Rougier's insight:

Moebius reach was so wide: US comics, Japanese mangas and even movies (Alien, Tron, The Fifth Element). A creator of universes, a rare artist.


Also in March, Putin's come back. Back to the cold war days, Russia was the bad soviet guy. Now it's more complex: Russia embrassed capitalism but embarasses with its positions on Iran, Syria, democracy.


And if your software crashed with no good reason, you might have an excuse: the biggest solar storm in 5 years. Stronger storms expected in 2013!

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