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

Mar 2013: Francis | A Year in 12 Posts | Scoop.it
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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Jun 2013: You're Being Watched

Jun 2013: You're Being Watched | A Year in 12 Posts | Scoop.it
Marc Rougier's insight:

Microsoft, Apple, Yahoo, Youtube, AOL, Facebook, Skype, Verizon, ...: the NSA is spying on US (and perhaps not only US) citizen with a data mining program called PRISM, revealed in June.


Edward Snowden gave this interview. Getting closer and closer to 1984, the dystopian novel by George Orwell. Blurred boundaries between democracy, freedom and security... How afraid are you? I'm impressed by the power of the program... I'm also very impressed by Snowden's position. Must watch.


Meanwhile, China reclaimed top spot in the TOP500 list (most powerful supercomputers). [geek alert] Tianhe-2: 33.86 petaflop/s, more than 3 million cores. 30 times more powerful than the most powerul supercompters from 5 years ago. That's lots of power for data mining... 

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Aug 2013: He Had A Dream

Marc Rougier's insight:

[recording of one of the most famous speech of the 20th century, by Dr. Martin Luther King]


USA celebrated the 50th anniversary of the march on Washington this August. This is about politics, democracy, History. Congratulations.


This is also about brilliant rhetoric and true leadership.


What does leadership means today? This has always been a hot topic on Scoop.it. Check out the Leadership interest.


Also in August, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos purchased the Washington Post for $250m.

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Dec 2013: Nelson Mandela

Dec 2013: Nelson Mandela | A Year in 12 Posts | Scoop.it
Marc Rougier's insight:

Died in December 2013. His courage, vision, tenacity and wisdom changed his country and made him an admirable leader of unique dimension.


Nelson Mandela inspires leaders beyond Africa and beyond politic.


Other people, famous and infamous, said goodbye in 2013 : Hugo Chavez (March),  Margaret Thatcher (April),  Henri Dutilleux (May),  Tom ClancyVo Nguyen Giap (October), Peter O'TooleMikhail Kalashnikov (December)...



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2013 for Scoop.it

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In 2013, Scoop.it entered the era of meritoc[u]racy, aka #curatethecurators: peer organization of the best topics in interests. We have also more millionaires, our most succesful curators having even passed the 3 million bar views!


Scoop.it also further proved its values to professionals and businesses. Read what the web says and checkout a few business topics.


We are also always eager to share, learn and progress! Please join the conversation on our blog, on Twitter, Facebook or Google+.



Thanks a lot to all of you, our users and our community, for a great 2013. It was tough, exciting and rewarding at the same time.



Peace, success and fun to all, for a greater 2014! 



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Apr 2012: Myanmar

Apr 2012: Myanmar | A Year in 12 Posts | Scoop.it

"Economic sanctions against Burma should be suspended in recognition of the changes taking place in the country"

Photo: Aung San Suu Kyi (/AFP/Getty Images/Mandel Ngan)

Marc Rougier's insight:

With armed conflicts in so many countries, it's almost impossible to catch the good news. Well, things are going better in Myanmar! D. Cameron, British P.M., called for suspension of sanctions; the European Union does it and Japan will write off the debt.


April also saw the mega acquisition of Instagram by Facebook for $1B! Instagram was a 2-year old, 12-people, no revenue company. Its founder, Kevin Systrom, 27-y old, pockets $400M.


Mark Zuckerberg then claimed "Not much will change with the service". I wonder if Instragram's users would agree with this statement today.

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Nov 2012: Barack Obama

Nov 2012: Barack Obama | A Year in 12 Posts | Scoop.it

"This page is run by Obama for America, President Obama's 2012 campaign."

Marc Rougier's insight:

On Nov 6, Barack Obama was elected to a second presidential term, defeating Republican Mitt Romney (332 - 206. Full results: here).


Web perspective: Beyond the political stake, this post links to Obama's FB page. Super classy pics of a super classy man. Also, his "four more years" tweet broke the record of most RT ever (800k+).


On Nov 18, one of my heros (this is a personal curation) died. Patrick Edlinger was a free climber and a free man. Here is a beautiful video of him climbing (dancing? levitating?) bare hands, bare feet, no rope. Music by Bach. Enjoy, dream, remember.

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Jan 2011: The Arab Spring

Jan 2011: The Arab Spring | A Year in 12 Posts | Scoop.it

On January 4, Mohamed Bouazizi died. He set himself on fire in Dec. 2010. "His act became a catalyst for the Tunisian Revolution and the wider Arab Spring".


Still a long way to go for peace, freedom and democracy, but this heralded a bad year for tyrants: goodbye Ben Ali, Mubarak, Gaddafi, Bin Laden, Kim Jong Il.

Marc Rougier's insight:

Still a long way to go for peace, freedom and democracy, but this heralded a bad year for tyrants: goodbye Ben Ali, Mubarak, Gaddafi, Bin Laden, Kim Jong Il.

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Aug 2011: USA loses AAA

Aug 2011: USA loses AAA | A Year in 12 Posts | Scoop.it

"An unprecedented blow to the world's largest economy in the wake of a political battle" and a sign of major trouble in the world finance. Europe was next, and it's not over.


Marc Rougier's insight:

Irony? Same month, a diamond planet is discovered! More good news from the stars.


Ok, it's summer time. Let's relax and forget the bad news. Everybody should have watched these two wonderful time lapse videos (1 & 2). Full screen, breath, and travel. Life is good :)

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Dec 2011: Nobel Prize for Peace

Dec 2011: Nobel Prize for Peace | A Year in 12 Posts | Scoop.it

"Africa's first elected female head of state, a Liberian peace activist, and a human rights activist from Yemen are the three female winners of this year's Nobel Peace Prize."

Marc Rougier's insight:

Beautiful ending for 2011.


And a last message of hope - or dream -, Kepler mission has confirmed its first planet in the habitable zone.

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Apr 2013: Terminator

Apr 2013: Terminator | A Year in 12 Posts | Scoop.it
The U.S. government must shield its citizens from the multiplying eyes of surveillance drones
Marc Rougier's insight:

Drones have been in the news since the gulf wars. They became a hot topic on 2013. Military, police, entertainment, delivery (well, not quite yet, Amazon, but PrimeAir certainly was a communication hit), they are everywhere. In April, the Scientific American review started to warn against the impact of drones on our privacy. To be read in the perspective of PRISM and other scary initiatives. Democracy, beware.


And insect drones are coming! (from Miguel Prazeres's beautiful Biomimicry topic).


Moving further to a connected world, 2013 was also the year of the Internet of Things (IoT). Its impact will be felt in the economy, health care, media, energy, transport... in all our life, hopefully for the better. Major stake. Special praise to rising stars Arduino (a topic on the Italy-born open source popular platform) and Sigfox, the first IoT dedicated network.


Prism, Drones, IoT, Big DataRobots... seems like 2013 heralds a new era where the Internet as we know it was just a humble start to immense control and power given to machines and computers. I think it's time to watch Terminator again! And to be careful.

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Jul 2013: Egypt Coup

Jul 2013: Egypt Coup | A Year in 12 Posts | Scoop.it
Egypt’s military ousted Mohamed Morsi, the nation’s first freely elected president, suspending the Constitution, installing an interim government and insisting it was representing the will of the people.
Marc Rougier's insight:

Not so long ago the world celebrated the Arab Spring. But things are complicated and painful. After having fought against Hosni Moubarak, Egyptians democratically elected Mohammed Morsi. But he gave lots of power to the Muslim Brotherhood and opponents said he betrayed the revolution. And now the army takes him done in a coup and the country is back in a deadly civil war... Messy and sad.


Since the hope of early 2011, unrests, fights, civil wars have continued to spread in Egypt, Syria (60,000 people killed), Mali, Somalia, Kashmir, Iraq, Afghanistan. Scary world. We should never forget how lucky we are, us who live in peace today.

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Oct 2013: The Wild Side

Marc Rougier's insight:

Cult rock singer and guitarist Lou Reed died at 71. Listen again to this great song "a walk on the wild side" (1972).


Also in October, the USA experienced a government shut down. Failure by the congress to pass budget bill for fiscal year 2014 lead to about 2 millions employees not being paid for 16 days.


And still in October, special mention to Criteo's IPO! One of the best IPO of any European tech company ever, and a huge success for the French tech scene. Hopefully, the beginning of a trend! Congratz!

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Mar 2012: R.I.P. Moebius

Mar 2012: R.I.P. Moebius | A Year in 12 Posts | Scoop.it

"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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Sep 2012: Element 113

Sep 2012: Element 113 | A Year in 12 Posts | Scoop.it
Marc Rougier's insight:

Aristotle: "All men, by nature, desire to know".


Terror in Afghanistan and Syria, the crazyness following the "Innocence of Muslims"... September was, again, painful on the world scene.


So I prefer to focus on our "desire to know":


Element 113, the chemical element of atomic mass 113, has been discovered by a Japanese team, which will now get to name it. The desire to know is an amazing force: over 9 years, the team fired 130 quintillion atoms of zinc to a bismuth target, eventually creating... 3 atoms of Element 113, which lived... a few milliseconds. Speak about tenacity.


Science never stops: two great topics to keep you informed and excited: Sakis Koukouvis's Science News and Dr Stefan Gruenwald's Amazing Science (and there are more: keep searching too and let me know :-)).

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gbeuvelot's comment, January 13, 2013 5:56 PM
maybe a small hit for the most documented research on GMO's effect directed during 2 years by scientist Gilles Eric Seralini ?
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Dec 2012: End of the World

Dec 2012: End of the World | A Year in 12 Posts | Scoop.it

"More Americans die in gun homicides and suicides in six months than have died in the last 25 years in every terrorist attack and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq combined"


By Nicholas D. Kristof, The New York Times.

Marc Rougier's insight:

December was not the end of the world.


Eventually. The Maya miscalculated. Still, terrible news from Connecticut to Syria. More on coveting freedom here, a curation by Ammar Adulhamid, aka Amarji on Scoop.it and @Tharwacolamus on Twitter.


To make us dream and travel farther: Voyager 1 is reaching the edge of our solar system! Launched in 1977, it's now 18 billions km away from the Sun and its messages take 17h to reach us (at the speed of light...). As far as a human-made device has ever been. And still going!


December also made history in Chess: Magnus Carlsen, the youngest world #1 player, has beaten Kasparov's record rating of 2851. 


Oh, and Psy Gangnam Style hit the 1 billion mark this month! ;-)


Wishing you all freedom, happiness, success and good vibes for 2013.

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May 2011: LinkedIn IPO

May 2011: LinkedIn IPO | A Year in 12 Posts | Scoop.it
Marc Rougier's insight:

LinkedIn raised $350m and its valuation doubled the first day of listing to nearly $9 BillionsGroupon IPO was even bigger in October. 2011 ended up as the biggest year for Internet IPO since 2004 and Google (infography). Booming or Bubbling?


Other major news of May: President Barak Obama announces the death of Osama Bin Laden. The war on terror cost more than WWII, said some. $4 Trillions.

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Sep 2011: Occupy Wall Street

Sep 2011: Occupy Wall Street | A Year in 12 Posts | Scoop.it
Marc Rougier's insight:

Ephemeral turmoil or profound revolution? 2011 was a year of serious challenges and legitimate questioning, at least. OWS is now in Moscow.


In September, Las Vegas also hosted the biggest live music event in radio history. Jay-Z, Coldplay, The Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga, David Guetta and more... an impressive show to promote iHeartRadio, facing tough competition from leader Pandora, which made a huge IPO earlier this year.

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