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Rajoy da por acabada “la pesadilla” y Sánchez le acusa de “mentir” y fabular

Rajoy da por acabada “la pesadilla” y Sánchez le acusa de “mentir” y fabular | Thinking | Scoop.it
El líder de la oposición saca los SMS de Bárcenas. Un presidente condescendiente critica la falta de nivel y moderación de Sánchez
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El Presidente del Gobierno español afirma en el Parlamento que la crisis ha acabado; vaya, que España va bien. Mientras, varios millones de desempleados, incluyendo a la mitad de los jóvenes en edad de trabajar y casi un millón de hogares que viven, malviven, sin ningún ingreso regular. ¿Es una persona decente, el Presidente del Gobierno español, al mentir con semejante descaro? ¿Cómo es posible que nuestro sistema político permita que sujetos así o como el que le precedió lleguen a ostentar tan altos cargos en la gestión de lo público? No sé si el régimen de 1978 está agotado o no pero sí sé que necesita una revisión profunda.

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The Whole Economy Is Rife with Ponzi Schemes

The Whole Economy Is Rife with Ponzi Schemes | Thinking | Scoop.it
Many ordinary business practices resemble the infamous con game
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Ponzi pyramids are more frequent than most people realize. They do not necessarily require a Madoff like perverse mind hidden behind the scenes. According to Nobel Laureate Robert Schilling, professor of finance at Yale University, Pozi schemes are “naturally occurring” and can even be epidemic. They are rooted in the very human nature. The recent housing bubble crash and the subsequent financial meltdown and economic recession must remind us of the many previous financial (and non-financial) bubbles. In Spain we have a saying: “nadie vende duros a cuatro pesetas” that can be translated to something like “nobody will give you a dollar in exchange of a quarter”.  Be careful when someone offers you a dollar in exchange of… ! You may be in a mine field!

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Points of No Return

Points of No Return | Thinking | Scoop.it
False doctrines on climate science have become badges of identity for Republicans, and that’s more frightening than some of the environmental change underway.
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Having Children Brings High Carbon Impact

Having Children Brings High Carbon Impact | Thinking | Scoop.it
The impact of having a child on a woman’s carbon footprint vastly outweighs other energy-saving behaviors, a new study suggests.
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Diguem no

Diguem no | Thinking | Scoop.it
Raimon ha sido durante toda la travesía de su vida, con vientos casi siempre contrarios, un resistente imbatible de la lengua y la cultura catalana.
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Raimon is a single song-writer who fought againts Franco's ditactorship and the oppression of the Catalan culture and laguage during the black days of Franco's rule. Now, he has expressed some doubts about the convenience of an independent Catalan state segregated from Spain. As a result, the talibans of our democratic view of what is freedom to choice, people who have never risked anything in their lives, are discrediting him as a traitor. Probably most readers out of Spain are no acquainted with this kind of "Big Brother" society that is emerging here, in NorthEast Spain, favored and financed by our local government. History comes back and repeats itself again and again because we, the pleople, do not change quick enough. Now this is happening here,  some time ago were the Balkans; in the 1930's, nazi Germany or Lenin' s and Stalin's CCCP, ...

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Some E-Cigarettes Deliver a Puff of Carcinogens

Some E-Cigarettes Deliver a Puff of Carcinogens | Thinking | Scoop.it
New research suggests that some e-cigarettes get so hot that they can produce a carcinogenic byproduct.
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A new article on the safety or lack of safety of "electronic smoking".

 

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"No tenía otra opción que dimitir. Era mi deber"

"No tenía otra opción que dimitir. Era mi deber" | Thinking | Scoop.it
No tenía otra opción que dimitir. Era mi deber . El general Villegas renunció al mando de 17.000 cascos azules para no lanzar una ofensiva que llevaba a un potencial desastre .
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Wise Controls on E-Cigarettes

Wise Controls on E-Cigarettes | Thinking | Scoop.it
The rules proposed by the F.D.A. would lay the foundation to protect the public from devices whose risks are largely unknown.
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A previous article taken from ‘Le Monde’ argued that electronic cigarettes are less pernicious than standard tobacco and, therefore, they contribute to decrease the negative health impact of smoking. There was no data supporting that statement (see ‘La cigarette électronique, c'est comme la bicyclette’). Here, an opinion article from the New York Times says that FDA will regulate the use of electronic cigarettes because there are doubts about safety and their use can contribute to increase the number of tobacco addicts. The FDA acknowledges that there is no data supporting its decision. Obviously, we need data from large and well designed epidemiologic studies to inform our decision-making but this will take several years. Meanwhile, we can resort to indirect evidence and analogy. For instance, nicotine-containing chewed gum seems to be less toxic than tobacco and innocuous to “passive smokers”. On the contrary, addition of additive, toxic substances can turn electronic cigarettes in something like traditional tobacco. With regard to the latter scenario, entrance of big tobacco companies into this marked is bad news.        
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Indulgencia para los procesados por el Parlament

Indulgencia para los procesados por el Parlament | Thinking | Scoop.it
La actitud de los indignados tiene que ver con la corrupción de la clase política
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"Sed lex, dura lex" para algunos... pues entre los increpados a la entrada del Parlament de Catalunya había -y todavía hay- imputados por delitos de mayor gravedad y que aún no han sido juzgados ni han pisado la cárcel.

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Richard Wilkinson: How economic inequality harms societies | Video on TED.com

We feel instinctively that societies with huge income gaps are somehow going wrong.

Via Ricardo AHUATZIN DUEN
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The increase in disease and mortality brought by socioeconomic inequality is one of the biggest public health problems in our societies, albeit unknown to many people and disregarded by many in goverments. An amazing issue raised by Prof. Wilkinson Is the strong correlation across countries between larger inequality and more punitive penal systems. Are both, perhaps, symtoms of the same kind of social dysfunction?

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Entre Valls et Fillon, n'est pas de gauche celui qu'on croit

Entre Valls et Fillon, n'est pas de gauche celui qu'on croit | Thinking | Scoop.it
En comparant les mesures d'austérité prises en 2011 et celles que Manuel Valls vient d'annoncer, gauche et droite sont à rebours des idées reçues.
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En Europe, les frontières entre la gauche et la droite sont devenus chaque fois plus diffuses. C'est la mort des idéologies sous la puissance de l'argent. On peut dire que la social-démocratie est disparue en combat...mais pas héroïquement. En réalité, elle a quitté le champ de bataille après avoir déserté de ses principes.

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Protests Continue Against Dropbox After Appointment of Condoleezza Rice to Board

Protests Continue Against Dropbox After Appointment of Condoleezza Rice to Board | Thinking | Scoop.it
After Dropbox appointed Condoleezza Rice, the former secretary of state, to its board of directors, some users have complained about her views on Internet surveillance.
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I like these grassroot-like initiatives. If a lot of people moves from Dropbox to any other iCloud system, some people will learn a lesson. I have a Dropbox account and tomorrow morning I will begind to search for some alternatives.

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En Israël, les choix de « Bibi »

En Israël, les choix de « Bibi » | Thinking | Scoop.it
À la négociation, le premier ministre israélien, Benyamin Nétanyahou,  préfère la colonisation.
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L'Israel est un pais très heterogène avec beaucoup de gent de different origin et très different culture. Par exaemple, a le Knesset il y a 12 partis politiques. Comment on peut mantenir uni ce sorte de "grand teatre du monde"? Il faut un ennemi étranger: les palestiniens. Voilá le probleme: il n'y a pas de solution!

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La gran esperanza blanca

La gran esperanza blanca | Thinking | Scoop.it
Tras intentar debilitar la figura de Mas, queda ahora la posibilidad de romper, con ayuda de Duran, el eslabón más débil del soberanismo
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El autor critica tanto al PP como al PSOE por parapetarse tras la legalidad vigente ante la denominada cuestión catalana. Tanto en castellano como en catalán, parapetarse significa ponerse al abrigo de los ataques del enemigo, con lo que Ramoneda admite, quizá sin quererlo, que el independentismo catalán posee un carácter ofensivo y, por tanto, no está exento de cierta violencia. Por otro lado, si en lugar de "parapetarse" hubiera dicho "esgrimir", que es lo que seguramente quería, ¿qué habría de malo en esgrimir la legalidad vigente? De hecho, lo perverso  hubiera sido prescindir de ella. Además, el que tal legalidad esté vigente ahora no quiere decir que haya de estarlo por los siglos de los siglos. Esa misma legalidad, léase Constitución, contempla el como proceder a su reforma pero para ello es necesario hacer Política, con mayúscula; no politiquilla. Y eso es algo a lo que somos poco dados en este país, tanto en Cataluña como en el resto de España, donde estamos pronto a despotricar y rasgarnos las vestiduras pero que sean otros los que se actúen y se comprometan y, sobre todo... ¡qué no me toquen lo mío!

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Navegando sin GPS | Web oficial de Arturo Pérez-Reverte

Navegando sin GPS | Web oficial de Arturo Pérez-Reverte | Thinking | Scoop.it
La web oficial de Arturo Pérez-Reverte, ofrece una completa y variada información sobre Las aventuras del Capitán Alatriste y el resto de sus libros. Incluye primeros capítulos, artículos, críticas, entrevistas y archivos multimedia. Contiene la biografía y la bibliografía del escritor, además de información actualizada sobre las ediciones extranjeras y las adaptaciones al cine de sus obras, y de otros aspectos de su vida profesional. Incluye enlaces a otras páginas web sobre el escritor y su obra y a canales en redes sociales.
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...con el orgullo íntimo de quien cuando todo se va al carajo es capaz de seguir gobernando un barco o la vida de uno...

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Michael E. Brown | NATO's Biggest Mistake | Foreign Affairs

Michael E. Brown | NATO's Biggest Mistake | Foreign Affairs | Thinking | Scoop.it
For 20 years, NATO and European security policy have been guided by four flawed strategic assumptions. First, Western leaders assumed that Russia had become a benign power and that inter-state threats to European security were therefore no longer a concern.
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The author' thesis is that NATO leaders have made several flawed strategic assumptions after the end of the cold war. First, thinking that Russia had become a benign power, not longer threatening European security. Second, as a consequence of the above, misbelieving that Russia woud not react to the (unnecessary) NATO expansion to the East. Finally, that NATO should embark itself in global missions far away of what was, and still is, its area of action (Afghanistan, Irak, Libia); missions that were very costly in lives and money and that achieved mixed results. In summary, bad thinking leading to unexpected consequences. Obviously, former NATO leaders had not read the book by Henry Kissinger "Diplomacy". Otherwise, they would have known that political regimes governing a country (e.g Russia) can change but that the country's geostrategic interests perdure.

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La cuarta contrarreforma

La cuarta contrarreforma | Thinking | Scoop.it
Aquella nueva España laica, moderna e ilustrada ha sido arrojada al desván de las ilusiones perdidas. Vuelve la ignorancia autosatisfecha que contempla apáticamente la destrucción de la cultura y la dispersión del talento
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College, the Great Unequalizer

College, the Great Unequalizer | Thinking | Scoop.it
The campus party culture ends up protecting the privileged.
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Rather than equalizing oportunities among those who graduate, the college system seems to be increasing inequality. It will be worth reading the book.

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Wealth Inequality in America - YouTube

Infographics on the distribution of wealth in America, highlighting both the inequality and the difference between our perception of inequality and the actua...

Via Ricardo AHUATZIN DUEN
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An amazing illustration of the "American Dream". 

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Saraiva de Carvalho contra el miedo

Saraiva de Carvalho contra el miedo | Thinking | Scoop.it
El héroe de la Revolución de los Claveles pide recuperar el espíritu del 74
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Revolution devours its children... and nations forget their heroes.

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La cigarette électronique, c'est comme la bicyclette

La cigarette électronique, c'est comme la bicyclette | Thinking | Scoop.it
Pour l'épidémiologiste Antoine Flahault, les pouvoirs publics doivent avoir le courage de faire la promotion de la cigarette électronique auprès des fumeurs pour réduire les pathologies liées au tabagisme.
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Social-défaitisme à la française, par Martine Bulard (Le Monde diplomatique)

Social-défaitisme à la française, par Martine Bulard (Le Monde diplomatique) | Thinking | Scoop.it
Même si l'enthousiasme et l'attente de ruptures lors de l'élection de François Hollande étaient somme toute mesurées, le président a réussi à décevoir son électorat. La bombe de l'austérité fait des dégâts...
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Le socialisme en France et en Espagne, est-il encore socialiste?

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Merely Rich and Superrich: The Tax Gap Is Narrowing

Merely Rich and Superrich: The Tax Gap Is Narrowing | Thinking | Scoop.it
The wealthy face tax increases that are greater for investment income, much of which goes to the superrich.
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