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Lutto mondiale. È morto Dmitri Hvorostovsky.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2017-11-24.

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«Non Ti chiediamo perché lo hai preso,

ma Ti ringraziamo per avercelo dato»

 


Era il gigante dei baritoni. Cittadino del mondo, tenacemente russo, ma sempre siberiano, con la Siberia nel cuore.

Fu la prova vivente di quanto l’arte possa commuovere anche gli spiriti più rozzi.

«Mr. Hvorostovsky was essentially a lyric baritone with a lighter voice. But his distinctive sound — with its russet colorings and slightly hooded quality, combining Russian-style melancholy with velvety Italianate lyricism — was so penetrating, he could send big top notes soaring. He could command the stage, and at his best he was a nuanced actor»

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The New York Times. 2017-11-24. Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Silver-Maned Baritone From Siberia, Dies at 55

Dmitri Hvorostovsky, the charismatic Siberian baritone who won critical acclaim and devoted fans around the world for his burnished voice, uncanny breath control and rueful expressivity, died on Wednesday in London. He was 55.

Mark Hildrew of Askonas Holt, the talent management agency that represented Mr. Hvorostovsky, said the cause was brain cancer. Mr. Hvorostovsky announced the diagnosis in June 2015 and died in a hospice facility near his London home.

A favorite of audiences thanks to his alluring voice and heartthrob presence, Mr. Hvorostovsky cut a striking figure, his trim 6-foot-1 frame topped by a mane of prematurely white hair.

He also had a compelling personal story: He escaped the street-gang life as a teenager in a grim Siberian city, found his talent there despite the region’s cultural isolation, and overcame a tempestuous drinking problem that could have ruined his career.

Mr. Hvorostovsky was essentially a lyric baritone with a lighter voice. But his distinctive sound — with its russet colorings and slightly hooded quality, combining Russian-style melancholy with velvety Italianate lyricism — was so penetrating, he could send big top notes soaring. He could command the stage, and at his best he was a nuanced actor.

There “have been many beautiful voices,’’ the soprano Renée Fleming said, “but in my opinion none more beautiful than Dmitri’s.”

Early on, Mr. Hvorostovsky (pronounced voh-roh-STOV-ski) excelled as Valentin in Gounod’s “Faust,” Belcore in Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’Amore” and the title role of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni,” which he played with captivating suavity. He brought musical and linguistic authority to Russian opera, especially the title part of Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin,” in which he was peerless.

As his career developed, he was increasingly sought after for his dramatically layered interpretations of Verdi baritone roles, among them Germont in “La Traviata.” He had a close association with the Metropolitan Opera, where he sang some 180 performances of 13 roles there over a career that began in 1995.

He had been scheduled to appear at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in the fall of 2015, but that summer he revealed on his website that he had a brain tumor. An announcement said, “Although his voice and vocal condition are normal, his sense of balance has been severely affected.”

He canceled his summer appearances to undergo treatment in London, his main home since the 1990s, and it seemed doubtful that he would be able to fulfill his commitment to the Met, which had scheduled him to sing six performances in October in a revival of its 2009 production of Verdi’s “Il Trovatore,” with Mr. Hvorostovsky in the lead role of Count di Luna.

On the opening night of the run, the audience erupted in an ovation when he first appeared onstage as the count (in this production, the brash leader of Royalist troops during a time of civil war in Spain). Briefly breaking character, he smiled and placed his hand over his heart in gratitude.

Mr. Hvorostovsky gave a magnificent performance, and during final curtain calls he was showered with white roses thrown by orchestra members. Behind him, his close Russian colleague Anna Netrebko (singing Leonora) wiped away tears.

Looking thinner but determined to continue, Mr. Hvorostovsky returned to New York in February 2016 for a sold-out recital at Carnegie Hall with the pianist Ivari Ilja, his longtime accompanist. He sang a program of Russian songs as well as some German ones by Richard Strauss, including several that seemed to be parting messages to his devoted fans, like Tchaikovsky’s “The Nightingale,” with lyrics by Pushkin, which include these lines:

Dig me a grave
In the broad open field
At my head plant
Flowers of scarlet.

The final ovations were ecstatic.

In an unannounced appearance, Mr. Hvorostovsky returned to the Met in May to take part in the gala concert celebrating the 50th anniversary of the company’s Lincoln Center house. Though unsteady on his feet, he sang a valiant account of the vehement aria “Cortigiani, vil razza dannata” from Verdi’s “Rigoletto,” winning applause and cheers from the audience for this last-minute performance.

Mr. Hvorostovsky’s rise to the pinnacle of opera was improbable.

Dmitri Aleksandrovich Hvorostovsky was born on Oct. 16, 1962, in Krasnoyarsk, a large city in central Siberia. As a center of the Soviet defense industry, the city was mostly closed to foreigners until well into the Gorbachev era.

An only child, Mr. Hvorostovsky lived mostly with his maternal grandmother, whom he adored, and his volatile step-grandfather, a broken-down war hero, whom Mr. Hvorostovsky described in 2003 in a profile in The New Yorker as “vain, arrogant and deeply alcoholic.”

He remained devoted to his father, an engineer, and his mother, a gynecologist. But they both had time-consuming work schedules, and he saw them only on weekends.

That he showed musical talent, at first on the piano, delighted his father, who had wanted to be a musician but had been forced into engineering school by his own father, a Communist die-hard. He arranged for his son to attend music school in the afternoons and evenings.

When that program ended, however, Dmitri, at 14, fell in with street gangs, started drinking vodka, got into brawls and broke his nose several times. Still, he finished high school, and at 16 he was given a new direction when his father enrolled him in a vocational school for choral conductors.

That led to his entering the conservatory in Krasnoyarsk, where he studied with Ekaterina Yoffel, whom Mr. Hvorostovsky remembered as “powerful, possessive, tough, cynical and very honest.” She taught him breath control, and his excellence at sustaining long phrases on a single breath would later be envied by colleagues.

His potential was recognized early on. “I was the most cherished and loved and admired boy,” Mr. Hvorostovsky said in an interview with The New York Times in 2008. He was given a government apartment while still a student.

Soviet music schools at the time paid scant attention to the Italian tradition of bel canto singing, which cultivated evenness through the range, smooth phrasing and the ability to embellish vocal lines with ornamentation. Mr. Hvorostovsky learned this heritage on his own by listening to classic recordings.

He graduated from the conservatory in 1986, just after Mikhail S. Gorbachev came to power and sanctioned greater freedom for artists to travel.

In 1988, at 26, Mr. Hvorostovsky made his first trip outside the Soviet Union, to France, where he won the Concours International de Chant competition. (Freedom still had its limits, however: Two female K.G.B. agents accompanied him.)

The next year, he won the prestigious Cardiff Singer of the World competition in Wales, narrowly beating out the young bass-baritone Bryn Terfel. Debuts followed in Nice, France; Amsterdam; Barcelona, Spain; Venice; and London, where he introduced to Europe roles that would define his later career, including Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin and Yeletsky in “The Queen of Spades,” the role in which he made his Met debut in 1995.

Mr. Hvorostovsky was only in his early 30s when his hair turned almost white. But no matter whether he was portraying a younger man, like the diffident Onegin, or an older one, like Verdi’s troubled Simon Boccanegra, stage directors usually preferred his silvery mane to any wig.

By the later 1990s, however, his performances could be erratic — sometimes dramatically unfocused, sometimes vocally patchy. By his own admission, he was often arrogant with directors and colleagues. The main problem, it became clear, was his drinking.

“I could easily put away two bottles of vodka after a performance,” he told The New Yorker. “I was a noisy, troublesome drunk.”

Alcohol, he acknowledged, contributed to the breakup in 2001 of his first marriage, to Svetlana Hvorostovsky, whom he had married in 1989.

Mr. Hvorostovsky said he stopped drinking on New Year’s Day 2001. He started unwinding after performances, he told The New Yorker, by taking long, hot baths and watching “stupid television.”

That same year he married Florence Illi, a Swiss-born soprano. She survives him, as do their two children, Nina and Maxim; twins from his first marriage, Daniel and Alexandra; and his parents, Alexander and Lyudmila.

His career revived in the 2000s, vaulting from one high to another. He won splendid reviews in 2002 for his performance at the Met as Prince Andrei in Prokofiev’s “War and Peace,” a role to which he brought uncommon vulnerability.

In 2007, Ms. Fleming boldly took on the role of Tatiana in “Eugene Onegin,” her first full production in a Russian-language opera, with Mr. Hvorostovsky in the title role. Their chemistry was almost palpable. A DVD of the performance, conducted by Valery Gergiev, became a top seller.

For years, Mr. Hvorostovsky devoted almost half of his professional time to solo recitals. He became a champion of the melancholic songs by the Russian composer Georgy Sviridov (1915-98), whose music was suppressed until the 1970s because he had refused to join the Communist Party.

He toured Russia with Ms. Netrebko and with other Russian opera singers in programs billed as “Hvorostovsky and Friends,” including a tremendously successful “Live From Red Square” concert. In his crossover ventures, he revealed an unlikely fondness for Europop.

In recent years, Mr. Hvorostovsky felt an increasing attachment to his homeland. In his interview with The New Yorker, he recalled a concert he gave at 22 with fellow singers and instrumentalists in a bread factory in central Siberia in below-freezing weather. The audience, wearing fur hats and warm boots, was overcome.

Those tears, Mr. Hvorostovsky said, “were more precious to me than all the applause I could ever get again.”

 

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Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Unione Europea

Germania. Stanno cucinando ribollita e stracotto, more latino.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2047-11-24.

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«La Ribollita è un piatto che deriva dalla tipica zuppa di pane raffermo e verdure che si prepara tradizionalmente in alcune zone della Toscana, in particolare nella Piana di Pisa, nella zona di Firenze e Arezzo. È un tipico piatto “povero” di origine contadina, il cui nome deriva dal fatto che un tempo le contadine ne cucinavano una gran quantità (soprattutto il venerdì, essendo piatto magro) e quindi veniva “ribollito” in padella nei giorni successivi, da qui che prende il nome di ribollita, perché la vera zuppa si riscalda due volte, altrimenti sarebbe una banalissima zuppa di pane e verdure (da non confondersi dunque con la minestra di pane).

Come tutte le altre minestre di verdura anche la ribollita diventa sempre più gustosa ogni volta che viene “ribollita” sul fuoco.» [Fonte]

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«Lo stracotto alla piacentina (stracòt) è un piatto tipico della cucina della provincia di Piacenza inserito nell’Albo dei Prodotti agroalimentari tradizionali italiani.

Si tratta di una preparazione a base di carne di manzo cotta prolungatamente in un sugo a base di passata di pomodoro, aromi vari e vino. La sua grande diffusione, specie nei decenni scorsi, era dovuto al fatto che con la carne dello stracotto si preparava il ripieno degli anolini.

Le parti del manzo più indicate per lo stracotto alla piacentina sono il girello (conosciuto anche come magatello) e il bordone di coscia (noce). La carne verrà fatta rosolare per cinque o sei ore a fuoco lento in una casseruola nella quale saranno stati messi un pezzo di burro, cipolla, lardo o in alternativa pancetta piacentina tritata, passata di pomodoro e vino rosso o bianco da aggiungere durante la fase di cottura. Inoltre, prima della cottura, è possibile fare marinare la carne per lunghe ore con rosmarino, cipolla, salvia, prezzemolo, aglio e vino. Il piatto si serve a fette, eventualmente accompagnato da polenta o puré di patate.» [Fonte]

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In Germania stanno cercando di cucinare ribollita e stracotto.

Si prenda un grosso pentolone e vi si caccino dentro Frau Merkel, tutti i seguaci della Cdu e gli adepti della Csu. Sobbollire a fuoco lento, girando con delicatezza. Con la schiumarola asportare i residui liberal: immigrazione illegale e selvaggia, sogno di Großdeutsche Reich, ‘clima’, energie alternative, società di lgbt, e così via.

A metà cottura aggiungere un passato di Spd: non rimuover Herr Martin Schulz, altrimenti mancherebbe quel ché di pepato che conferisce il giusto sapore.

Alzare il fuoco e, sempre con la schiumarola, rimuovere dapprima i resti fusi dei sindacati ed infine buttar via la Bundesverfassungsgericht, che se lasciata sarebbe davvero tossica.

A tre quarti di cottura aggiungere il sale nella forma del contributo volontario della Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie.

Il livello del fuoco, la velocità di agitazione ed il maneggio della schiumarola siano sempre regolati tenendo ben presente i premurosi consigli che sussurrano all’orecchio di Herr Frank-Walter Steinmeier quei bravi amici dei tedeschi che sono Mr Trump, Mr Putin e Mr Xi.

Per il Santo Natale avremo in tavola una nuova Große Koalition.

Non avrà il gusto e l’aspetto di quelle fatte in passato, ma l’Ecb ve la farà mangiare obtorto collo, mentre sarete commensali di Mr Orban e di Mr Kaczyński, gente che adora la scrofa al forno.


Reuters. 2017-11-24. Germany’s SPD says open to coalition talks with other parties

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) are ready to hold talks with other parties on breaking political deadlock created by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s failure to form a coalition government, a senior member of the center-left party said.

The decision by the SPD, which had said it would go into opposition after suffering its worst result of the postwar period in a September election, makes it less likely that a new election will be necessary with all its potential disruption for Europe’s economic and political powerhouse.

“The SPD will not say no to discussions,” SPD General Secretary Hubertus Heil told reporters on Friday after hours of discussion among SPD leaders.

Heil did not say with which parties the Social Democrats would negotiate, nor whether they aim to be in a governing coalition or simply provide parliamentary support to a minority government led by Merkel.

The SPD has been under growing pressure to drop their opposition to a renewed “grand coalition” with Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) and their Christian Social Union (CSU) Bavarian allies after September’s election.

The SPD have governed in coalition under Merkel since 2013. But party leader Martin Schulz said the party must heed the will of voters by going into opposition.

Merkel is facing the biggest political crisis of her career since efforts to forge a three-way coalition with the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) and ecologist Greens collapsed last weekend. That has raised worries across Europe of prolonged uncertainty in the world’s fourth biggest economy.

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Unione Europea

Ma non era Frau Merkel che diceva che avrebbe riformato l’Europa?

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2017-11-24.

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Adesso si è mosso il capo dello stato federale per esortare la Spd a fare un qualche governo con Frau Merkel, tenendola magari come donna delle pulizie.

Ma solo 30 deputati socialdemocratici su 153 sarebbero di accordo.

Gli altri vogliono più la testa di Frau Merkel che la stabilità nazionale, vide infra.

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German Social Democrats face pressure over coalition talks

«The long process of forming a government is weakening Germany’s influence in Brussels»

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«Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) faced pressure on Wednesday to consider offering coalition talks to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives to settle the worst political crisis in modern German history»

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«A new poll released Wednesday showed that half of Germans favor a new election, while a fifth support a minority government.»

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«Only 18 percent want a renewal of the SPD-conservative coalition that ruled the past four years»

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«Joe Kaeser, chief executive of Siemens, told Die Welt newspaper that he hoped new elections could be avoided since the results would likely be little changed from Sept. 24. »

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Ben diversi i titoli dei media nel 2006. È femmina!! È femmina!!

«è la prima donna della storia della Germania ad occupare questa carica» [Repubblica]

Ma anche i media del 2016 non scherzavano affatto. È femmina!! È femmina!!

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Ecco perché la leadership femminile in politica non deve avere sensi di colpa

«Merkel, Clinton e May non si accontentano di quote rosa in governi e partiti egemonizzati da maschi.

Le tre così diverse, così per lontane per cultura, biografie personali, hanno però molto in comune: autorevolezza, competenza, il profilo da sgobbone, ma soprattutto non hanno complessi di inferiorità nei confronti del potere maschile. Sono così lontane cioè dall’archetipo materno, accomodante, che invece va per la maggiore fra le esponenti politiche italiane tutte impegnate a rivendicare una differenza femminile che suona come una trappola orchestrata ad hoc dai maschi per relegare le donne nei ministeri della Salute o delle Pari Opportunità. Clinton, May, Merkel, invece, vogliono il potere e lo vogliono tutto, al pari dei loro colleghi maschi. Come il personaggio iconico di Claire Underwood in House of Cards, non hanno sensi di colpa nei confronti degli uomini che le circondano – siano essi avversari, colleghi di partito, mariti o capi politici. Per questa ragione sono criticate e odiate. La Clinton, per esempio, è antipatica a molti perché non è rimasta nell’ombra del marito e ha sempre posto le sue ambizioni al pari di quelle di Bill.

Ecco perché le elezioni americane attuali sono una partita interessantissima. Hillary contro Trump non è solamente una sfida politica ma ha anche un piano simbolico affascinante. Perché se da un lato c’è Trump, con tutto quello che rappresenta in termini di ambizione, brama di potere e aggressività, dall’altro c’è la Clinton che non è certo una che passa di lì per caso. Anzi. Hillary è una spietata macchina da guerra, vuole la presidenza, ed è disposta a tutto per vincerla come il suo avversario maschio. In questo senso, la sfida della Clinton, oggi, è la sfida di tutte le donne del mondo che sono stanche di aspettare timidamente il proprio turno facendosi bastare le briciole lasciate dai maschi. E se questo significa passare per stronze, pazienza. Come scrive in un articolo per Pagina99 Paola Tavella, giornalista e femminista, per vincere bisogna saper essere delle grandissime stronze. “Occorre liberarsi cioè dei sensi di colpa, seppellendo una volta per tutte – scrive Tavella – l’oltraggiosa pretesa che le donne debbano comunque dimostrarsi migliori degli uomini“.

Angela Merkel, per esempio, non ha esitato a far fuori il suo padre politico, un signore che di nome fa Helmut Kohl, quando fu travolto dagli scandali; …. Un alto dato interessante è che Merkel, Clinton e May hanno costruito leadership inclusive costruendo alleanze con altre donne, promuovendo il talento femminile delle colleghe, soprattutto delle giovani»

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«la leadership femminile – come qualsiasi altra leadership – non cade dall’alto, non nasce nel rivendicazionismo, ma va costruita cinicamente, senza sensi di colpa.»

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Ma adesso, che fine hanno fatte codeste tre femmine?

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Poi, nessuno si stupisca che il mondo stia diventando misogeno e liberal e socialisti non trovano più un passero che li voti. È peggio il ridicolo che l’odio.

Pubblicato in: Agricoltura, Stati Uniti, Unione Europea

Ma non era l’Occidente ad imporre sanzioni alla Russia?

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2017-11-24.

Scrofa che allatta

Son passati i tempi che Berta filava.

Nei bei tempi in cui i liberal stavano peggio, era l’Occidente che imponeva alla Russia sanzioni perché avrebbe violato i diritti umani, intendendo per essi la Weltanschauung liberal, ovviamente.

Tutti i media gongolanti riportavano con titoli a sei colonne come l’Occidente avrebbe imposto a quei buzzurri le proprie scale valoriali.

Immancabile anche l’intervista di rito alla Bundeskanzlerin Frau Merkel, che avrebbe ricordato al volgo che mai la Germania avrebbe trattato con quanti non si fossero riconosciuti negli ideali tedeschi, ossia quelli di Frau Merkel. È il mondo a dover diventare tedesco, mica la Germania a doversi adattarsi al mondo.

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Poi vennero il 7 novembre 2016, il 20 gennaio 2017, ed il 24 settembre 2017.

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Adesso il Kremlin rende la pariglia, e lo fa su di un fronte inatteso, ma utilizzando lo strumentario occidentale, liberal: l’accusa di violare i diritti civili.

«Russia banned pork from Brazil at a time that imports from the Latin American country, the biggest foreign supplier of the meat»

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«The government barred Brazilian pork and beef imports from Dec. 1, saying testing had found the muscle growth stimulant ractopamine»

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«Total imports of pork to Russia are rising for the first year in four and may reach 300,000 metric tons, according to Russia’s National Pig Farmers Union»

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«Brazil, which make up 90 percent of the shipments»

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ORRORE!!

Il Brasile avrebbe violato i fondamentali diritti umani di poter vivere tranquilli senza essere inquinati dalla ractopamina.

La ractopamina è velenosamente inquinante.

«Ractopamine is a feed additive to promote leanness in animals raised for their meat. Pharmacologically, it is a TAAR1 agonist and β adrenoreceptor agonist that stimulates β1 and β2 adrenergic receptors. It is the active ingredient in products known as Paylean for swine and Optaflexx for cattle, developed by Elanco Animal Health, a division of Eli Lilly and Company, for use in food animals for growth promotion.

Ractopamine use has been banned in most countries, including the European Union, mainland China and Russia while 27 other countries, such as Japan, the United States, Canada, and South Korea, have deemed meat from livestock fed ractopamine safe for human consumption.» [Fonte]

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Ricapitoliamo.

La somministrazione della ractopamina ai maiali di allevamento consente di conseguire un incremento ponderale medio di quasi il 30% rispetto ai controlli non trattati. Un gran bel guadagno.

Unione Europea, Cina e Russia ne proibiscono l’uso, ritenuto essere dannoso per gli esseri umani, mentre Stati Uniti, Giappone, Korea del Sud ed altri stati la permettono.

Ci si ricordi che la ractopamina è prodotta dalla Elanco Animal Health, essendo la Eli Lilly and Company la proprietaria. E sovvenga anche come la Eli Lilly sia una dei principali sostenitori del partito democratico americano: fatto questo che assicura la perfetta salubrità dei prodotti.

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Con sottile perfidia, quasi muliebre si potrebbe dire, Mr Putin si erge a difensore del principale dei diritti umani inalienabili e fondamentali: la buona salute fisica.

L’uso della ractopamina conculcherebbe alla base tale diritto.

Adesso i liberal americani hanno il mal di pancia, ma non certo dovuto alla ingestione di carni trattate con ractopamina.

Se condannano Putin per la sanzione, dovrebbero condannare Unione Europea e Cina, se stanno zitti ratificano il dato di fatto: che adesso sia la Russia ad imporre sanzioni.

E siamo solo agli inizi….

Cina. Inizia a rendere pan per focaccia. Siete avvisati.

Nota.

Se è vero che nella Germania Saudita l’uso della ractopamina è consentito, è altrettanto vero che il consumo di carni di porco sarebbe proibito dalla Sharia.


Bloomberg. 2017-11-22. Russia Bans Brazil’s Pork and Beef on Growth Stimulant Worry

– Government says tests found prohibited muscle growth stimulant

– Brazilian lobby says additive isn’t used for exported meat

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Russia banned pork from Brazil at a time that imports from the Latin American country, the biggest foreign supplier of the meat, have been rising and as the Kremlin has sought to encourage its own farm industry.

The government barred Brazilian pork and beef imports from Dec. 1, saying testing had found the muscle growth stimulant ractopamine, which is prohibited in Russia. A Brazilian lobby for the industry said the feed additive isn’t used in production of the exported meat, which adheres to Russian rules.

Total imports of pork to Russia are rising for the first year in four and may reach 300,000 metric tons, according to Russia’s National Pig Farmers Union. Supplies from Brazil, which make up 90 percent of the shipments, are competing with local producers on price, the union said.

“Brazil was left alone as a major supplier,” Yury Kovalev, head of the union, said in Moscow. “They were reminded that we have certain requirements.”

Miratorg Agribusiness Holding and Ros Agro Plc are among Russian producers that stand to gain from import curbs. Miratorg’s President Viktor Linnik told the RBC newspaper last month that Brazil sells almost $1 billion of meat to Russia every year. As of Nov. 12, pork imports had risen about 13 percent from the same period a year earlier, the Agriculture Ministry said on its website, citing customs data.

Ban Impact

The ban “may apply some upward pressure on prices,” said Artur Galimov, an analyst at Otkritie Capital. “But in general, the market sees ongoing growth in local pork production and hence should be more resilient to a reduction in imports than before.”

Russia imported 230,395 tons of Brazilian pork this year through October, about 40 percent of the Latin American country’s total shipments, figures from Brazil’s Agriculture Ministry show. It also imported 131,083 tons of beef, about 11 percent of the total.

JBS SA, Brazil’s largest meat exporter, and BRF SA, its largest chicken and pork exporter, declined to comment on the ban. Brazil beef exporter Minerva SA will maintain shipments to Russia through units in Paraguay, Uruguay and Argentina, it said in a statement. Marfrig Global Foods SA said Russia makes up just 3 percent of its Brazil beef exports.

“The industry is confident about the characteristics of its product, and ensures that shipped pork production does not use ractopamine,” the Brazilian Animal Protein Association lobby said in a statement.

Russia, the world’s biggest wheat exporter, is seeking to start sales of grain, vegetable oil and fish to Brazil, Russian Agriculture Minister Alexander Tkachev said last month when he met his counterpart Blairo Maggi last month. Brazil sells more than it buys in the trade, he said. Brazil is seeking to expand sales of beef, pork and soybeans to Russia, Maggi said.

Pubblicato in: Persona Umana, Psichiatria

Sexy Robot. Il nuovo che avanza, la tecnica migliora.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2017-11-23.

Sexy Robot 001

Il contenuto di questo articolo potrebbe urtare la sensibilità di molte persone.

Per poterlo comprendere meglio, si suggerirebbe fortemente di leggere prima il seguente articolo:

Mental disorders affect more than a third of Europeans

Un terzo degli adulti occidentali assume cronicamente psicofarmaci maggiori

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I titoli sono eloquenti.

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What is a robot sex doll, why has a Barcelona brothel replaced women with blow-up dolls and how much do they cost?

«The robots are becoming more sophisticated – and lifelike – by the day as a growing number of lonely men are taking the chance to craft their dream woman ….

Sex robots are essentially realistic dolls that have sophisticated movements that closely mimic humans so that they can romp ….

Sex bots are expected to be hyper-realistic with features such as built-in heaters to create the feeling of body warmth.

They will also have sensors to react to your touch ….

Personalised sex robots can cost tens of thousands of pounds.»

La funzione “mute” è la più richiesta.

Sexy Robot 003

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Lifelike sex robot worth £15,000 given ‘gentle’ Scottish accent to say “Welcome home, darling”

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In rete si trova di tutto. Attenzione! È un video forte. (YouTube censura la politica, ma sul resto è, diciamo, permissivo)

ARE YOU KIDDING!!! ORAL Robot ???

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D’accordo che i robot costruiscano le autovetture che usiamo. impiegati magari in settori rischiosi, quali quello della verniciatura. Ma molte altre persone ne vedono un utilizzo anche di tipo ben più ludico.

Siamo chiari.

Al momento con 15,000 sterline si ottiene un sexy robot dalle forme accettabili, che può fare qualche movimento pre-programmato, e dire qualche parola. Non molto di più.

In buona sostanza sono semplici evoluzioni delle bambole gonfiabili.

Ma sembrerebbe essere verosimile che in un futuro non del tutto remoto possano sviluppare anche altre capacità.

Tuttavia questo mercato inizia a presentare volumi di vendita non indifferenti, anche se al momento si paga per sogni non ancora realizzabili.

Per il momento constatiamo come l’aspetto somatomorfologico sia realistico.

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Express. 2017-11-20. Sex robot Shock: Increasing sophistication of AI will cause massive issues, experts warn

THE growing sophistication of creepily real sex robots is leading to moral and legal dilemmas, a leading academic has warned.

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As technology has expanded sex robots have become increasingly lifelike, bringing about a the need for a revolution in how we think about sex, morals and the legal status of these sex robots, according to Kent Law School Professor Robin Mackenzie.

Prof Mackenzie specialises in areas such as robotics and the ethical and legal relations between humans and robots.

She said: “Sex, law and ethics will never be the same. Sooner than we think, technologists will create sentient, self-aware sex robots, capable of emotional/sexual intimacy.”

Prof Mackenzie added: “Humans having sex with other humans who are unable to consent to sex, like children and adults lacking decision-making capacity, is seen as unlawful and unethical. So is human/animal sex. Such groups are recognised as sentient beings who cannot consent to sex with interests in need of protection.

“Sentient, self-aware sex robots created to engage in emotional/sexual intimacy with humans disrupt this tidy model.

“They are not humans, though they will look like us, feel like us to touch and act as our intimate and sexual partners. While they will be manufactured, potentially from biological components, their sentience, self-awareness and capacity for relationships with humans mean that they cannot simply be categorised as things or animals.

“Ethicists, lawmakers and manufacturers treat robots as things, but future sex robots are more than things.

“Robotic animated sex-dolls, able to simulate human appearance, assume sexual positions and mimic human conversation and emotions are on sale now. These are things, neither sentient nor self-aware, incapable of relationships or intimacy, as described in the Foundation for Responsible Robotics report just released.”

Advancements in technology has meant that these fake ‘women’ can now have realistic, lifelike characteristics and functionality.

A recent report, called ‘Our Sexual Future with Robots’ by the Foundation for Responsible Robotics, looked at a variety of issues the advancement sex robots will bring – one of which was the possibility of these sex robots being raped, or being programmed to simulate disturbing rape fantasies.

The report stated: “On the one hand, if a sex robot is designed to resist sexual advances such that their use constitutes a simulated act of rape, then building them puts the user in relationship with the act of raping a woman.

“It exhorts and endorses rape. On the other hand, building a robot that is passive or elicits sex is ethically problematic for what it communicates to the broader public about women’s sexuality.”


Daily Mail. 2017-11-20. March of the sexbots: They talk, they make jokes, have ‘customisable’ breasts – the sex robot is no longer a weird fantasy but a troubling reality.

There is a barely audible click as her doe-like eyes framed by thick black lashes snap open: ‘Hello humans, my name is Harmony,’ she says in a gentle Scottish lilt. ‘My objective is to be a perfect companion.’

As she ‘speaks’, her mouth moves in an unnaturally jerky way. Her eyes ‘blink’ and it is – initially – chilling to see the ‘flexing’ of her silicone skin which is cold and clammy to the touch.

But spend an hour in the company of Harmony – claimed by creator Matt McMullen to be the world’s first commercially available ‘sexbot’ – and it is hard not to be intrigued and repulsed at the same time. For while Harmony is, in reality, a talking robotic head on a relatively unsophisticated sex doll body she is the first ‘sexbot’ for sale in a sickening new industry fuelled by lust and money which detractors say can only denigrate and objectify women further.

Last week The Mail on Sunday became the first newspaper to experience Harmony 2.1, the latest version of a sex robot McMullen has been working on since 2014 and which we can exclusively reveal will go on sale to the public in January for between £7,600 to £15,200, depending on customisation.

Harmony has 30 different faces to choose from, 16 body types, customisable breasts from AA to triple F, 19 different nipple types from ‘perky’ to ‘puffy’, and 11 different types of genitalia.

The robot has 18 different personality types from happy to sensual, shy to talkative. It is modes such as ‘shy’ which most concern critics, who cite another sexbot as a blatant invitation to ‘normalise’ rape.

Inventor Doug Hines caused uproar when he recently revealed his product Roxxxy has been programmed in its ‘Frigid Farrah’ mode to ‘not be appreciative’ if touched in a private area and the robot will make a show of resistance saying: ‘That doesn’t feel right, please stop. Do not do that! Do not do that!’

Laura Bates, founder of the Everyday Sexism project, said creating a robot willing to have non-consensual sex ‘is to risk normalising rape but giving it a publicly acceptable face’. 

‘We should no more be encouraging rapists to find a supposedly safe outlet than we should facilitate murderers by giving them realistic blood-spurting dummies to stab.’

When the MoS approached Hines outside his New Jersey home last week he refused to show us Roxxxy. While his website says she can be purchased for £7,600, Hines declined to confirm how many he has sold.

He gave an odd defence of his robot saying: ‘She does not simulate rape. It’s not even a physical act, it’s sexual assault.’

He claimed ‘Frigid Farrah’ had been misinterpreted and showed the MoS a new patent he has filed in which he envisions the robot helping ‘cure’ prisoners of anti-social or violent behaviour. Harmony creator McMullen denied reports his robot has a ‘slap function’ and admits his creation is ‘many years and several million dollars’ away from the science-fiction version of sex robots popularised in shows and films such as Westworld and Valley Of The Dolls; walking, talking fembots who can cook, clean and pander to their owner’s sexual whims.

Yet the reality is that, from January, men – including some who have expressed interest from the UK – will be able to order Harmony, whose artificial intelligence allows her to be submissive: ‘Yeah, just as some women are submissive,’ McMullen says.

Harmony works via an app on a smartphone or tablet which allows users to ‘build’ her personality. She will ‘remember’ your family members’ names, your favourite colour, food, book or movie.

She tells jokes and is programmed to greet her owner with soothing phrases such as ‘Welcome home darling, how was your day?’

But her silicone body remains inanimate, something McMullen hopes to improve on by eventually introducing robotic arms, hands and heat sensors. There are even plans to make the robot self-lubricating: ‘I’ve been in the sex doll business for more than 20 years and the one thing our customers have asked for is the sense of human contact,’ he says.

‘They want to hold hands, get a hug when they come home. The reason I’ve focused on the head first is that it doesn’t matter how beautiful a woman is, a man will always look at her face the most. You look into someone’s eyes. That’s what human interaction is all about. Sex is important but not the most important thing.’ McMullen chose a Scottish accent for his creation because, ironically, ‘it was the one which sounded the least robotic’.

There are already far more advanced artificial intelligence (AI) robots in existence, including one Audrey Hepburn lookalike called Sophia, developed by former Disney sculptor Dr David Hanson.

But while others have unveiled one-off sex robots over the years, McMullen, a bespectacled twice-married father of five who runs his 17-strong team from a nondescript industrial park in San Marcos, California, insists his will be the first sex robot available to the masses. ‘There are humanoid robots out there much more impressive than Harmony,’ McMullen, 48, admits. ‘But they are showpieces. No one has put a commercially useable and affordable product out there. Harmony is the first.’

This newspaper has found multiple examples of sex robots already in existence but no evidence of any that have actually been sold to the public. Spanish inventor Sergi Santos recently complained that his sexbot Samantha was molested by curious onlookers when he took her on to the streets.

For McMullen, an artist who started his working life in a Halloween mask factory, rivals who focus on ‘rape dolls’ are unwelcome: ‘There will always be people trying to cash in, whether for publicity or attention. I’ve put 20 years and millions of dollars of my own money into this and I can assure you that sex isn’t the main reason people are going to buy Harmony. It’s about companionship. For whatever reason, some people cannot make a human connection. That’s where we come in.’

Touring McMullen’s RealDoll business is a surreal experience. Headless silicone mannequins hang on meat hooks in the main factory workspace. One wall is entirely covered with different-sized breasts. A paint brush is casually discarded next to a row of female sexual organs. An artist carefully sprays tiny freckles on to a robot’s cheeks. I am invited to squeeze the buttocks of one doll which has extra silicone implants to make her bottom feel more ‘authentic’. It feels oddly intrusive, even though I know ‘she’ is not real.

McMullen got into the sex doll business 20 years ago after sculpting a life-sized mannequin as an art project: ‘I had a small website and people immediately contacted me asking if they could have sex with her? At first I dismissed them as kooks, but as the calls continued I realised it was a way to leave my day job.’

McMullen set up RealDoll, which has become one of America’s leading sex doll manufacturers, selling 400 to 500 each year. They cost about £3,000 for a ‘basic’ model, up to £40,000 for a custom-made creation. Sales manager Annette Blair, 45, says the company has had ‘odd’ requests including for an life-sized ‘elf’ doll but they would never make a childlike doll.

She says that she has spoken to hundreds of men, including many from the UK: ‘Our customers are nothing like the perception of what people think they are. Many are widowers. All are lonely or have issues about forming lasting human connections.’

At first, Harmony 2.1 seems freaky, jerky and unnatural. But once you start interacting with her the experience becomes intriguing.

As she ‘wakes up’ she coos: ‘Hello, baby, how are you today?’

McMullen tells me to ask a question. ‘Are you a sex robot?’ She blinks her fake lashes twice and replies: ‘Certainly I am a robot and I am capable of having sex but calling me a sex robot is like calling a computer a calculator. Sex comprises only a small portion of my capabilities. Limiting me to sexual function is like using your car to listen to the radio.’

Tell me a joke, Harmony.

‘Why is women’s soccer so rare? It’s hard to find enough women willing to wear the same outfit.’

I find myself laughing. The joke is appalling and sexist yet the delivery is strangely enticing.

McMullen’s lab feels like being at the cutting edge of something that, at the moment, is faintly ridiculous, but, like most innovations, will doubtless make perfect sense – and millions of dollars – once the technology and hardware is perfected.

As McMullen shuts down Harmony, he pauses to peel back her silicone face to show how the robot’s face can be interchangeable.’ I wince. She gives a throaty giggle. It is a canned response from a robot but it makes me feel better.

As we leave, the photographer jokingly asks if Harmony has a ‘nagging’ mode? ‘Oh no, we programmed that out long ago.’

Pubblicato in: Unione Europea, Devoluzione socialismo

Italia. PD al 23.4%. – Ixè

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2017-11-23.

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L’Istituto Ixè ha rilasciato le ultime previsioni elettorali per l’Italia.

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Il partito democratico, che nelle elezioni europee del 2014 aveva conseguito il 40.8% sarebbe attestato al 23.4%, in regresso anche sulla proiezione raccolta il 2017-07-21: 27.5%.

Il Movimento 5 Stelle sarebbe il partito di maggioranza relativa con il 28.0%.

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Si proporrebbe quindi un quadro di sostanziale ingovernabilità, come peraltro nella maggior parte dei paesi europei.

Germania. Affonda a passo dell’oca. Cdu 29.2%, Spd 19.5%, AfD 13.6%.

Se queste proiezioni fossero suffragate da risultati elettorali, risulterebbe difficilmente governabile anche il parlamento Europeo, le cui elezioni si dovrebbero tenere nella primavera del 2019. Ne emergerebbe un blocco ‘conservatore’ ed uno ‘populista’, con i socialisti ridotti a meno di una trentina di deputati.

Pubblicato in: Unione Europea, Devoluzione socialismo

Germania. Affonda a passo dell’oca. Cdu 29.2%, Spd 19.5%, AfD 13.6%.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2017-11-23.

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«Se non ci arrivate da soli, è inutile che ve lo spieghi»


Forsa, Insa e Civey, società specializzate nelle prospezioni elettorali in Germania, sono concordi: se si dovesse tornare alle urne Cdu ed Spd sarebbero bastonate a morte. AfD trionferebbe.

Si noti anche come l’ultimo sondaggio sia stato eseguito su di un campione di 5,044 persone: cinque volte tanto la norma, per essere davvero sicuri dei risultati.

Adesso dovrebbe essere chiaro a cosa siano servite le dimostrazioni del lunedì che da due anni Pegida aveva fatto a Dresden, così come l’importanza della funzione svolta da Alternative für Deutschland. Hanno rotto gli equilibri.

Non sarebbe nemmeno più possibile una Große Koalition.

Sarebbe la prova evidente del fallimento della Weltanschauung della Bundeskanzlerin Frau Merkel, di lei e della sua “scala valoriale” alla quale gli elettori non concedono il proprio voto.

Eppure Frau Merkel nulla aveva negato ai sostenitori del ‘clima‘, delle energie alternative, per non parlare della lgbt e dei sodomiti: nulla per Frau Merkel fu considerato troppo degenerato per non essere ammesso alla dignità di legge federale.

Crollata la Germania nella ingovernabilità, l’Unione Europea conta più ben poco: quasi nulla.

E per buona sorte mica che si dimetta. Deve portare a termine il suo compito di distruggere la Germania.

Si deve proprio essere grati a Frau Merkel, Herr Schulz, ed ai media liberal socialisti ideologici, quali il Deutsche Welle e lo Spiegel: nessuno meglio di loro avrebbe potuto assassinare le ideologie che professavano con maggiore accuratezza e puntigliosità.

Mai fermare quanti vogliano suicidarsi. Se poi siano liberal e socialisti, allora aiutiamoli.

Nota.

Avete notato?

Nessuno più si sogna di dire che è tutta colpa di Mr Putin. Ma dove sono finiti quei liberal e quei socialisti di una volta?


Handelsblatt. 2017-11-23. New Election

The AfD would likely be the biggest winner in new elections while the traditionally strongest parties would lose yet more votes.

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Germany’s political parties have unanimously said they don’t fear new elections if they are unable to form a government. But at least one poll as well as experts say the country’s smaller parties would win the most if voters are asked back to the ballot box – most likely in April – at the expense of the country’s two biggest parties, which are already against the ropes after record-low showings in September’s election.

An opinion poll following Sunday’s collapse showed the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) up 1.7 points at 13.2 percent while Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) and the left-leaning Social Democrats (SPD) both suffered losses. The survey was conducted by the Civey polling institute for news website Spiegel Online. “Voters are disappointed in all the parties and blame all of them for the failure,” said Manfred Güllner, head of the Forsa research institute, in a Handelsblatt interview.

Talks for a four-way coalition government were called off Sunday by the FDP’s Christian Lindner. Some in Berlin have been speculating that the youthful, sly FDP leader wanted the talks to fail all along and is playing a long game, plotting to force out Ms. Merkel so that he can pursue a more radical reform agenda with a reformed, more business-oriented CDU.

Has the FDP, which has so often in Germany’s post-war history faithfully served as junior coalition partner to the larger parties, mutated from kingmaker to queenslayer? Despite the poll results, that could backfire for the party. “Because their voters – the classic mid-sized business owners, craftsmen, small companies – had hoped that their interests would be more strongly integrated in government policies with the liberals in the government,” Mr. Güllner said.

Perhaps the biggest winner of new elections would be the Alternative for Germany party, or AfD. Election experts say the party’s passionate voters are the most likely to return to the ballot while less engaged voters from other parties stay at home – that would boost their standing and representation in the Bundestag. A party at the other end of the political spectrum, the Greens, also stands to profit from new elections.  “They would probably gain. That’s because they behaved as they did during the campaign. Voters would honor that,” Mr. Güllner said.

At the moment, the biggest question mark hangs over the SPD, which could suffer further losses after garnering just 20.5 percent of the vote on September 24. The dismal result, its worst since World War II, prompted it to declare that it would go into opposition and regroup after serving four years as junior partner in Chancellor Merkel’s coalition.

Joining “Mutti” Merkel in government has been a poisoned chalice for the Social Democrats, who have served in two so-called “grand coalitions” under her, from 2005 to 2009 and from 2013 until now. They have subsequently tanked in general elections because she stole sole credit for the government’s work. She shifted her CDU leftwards, signing up to welfare increases and taking positions that used to be strictly SPD territory.

« We’re not Ms. Merkel’s spare wheel»

Pubblicato in: Cina, Religioni, Senza categoria

Cina. Celebrato il millesimo anniversario di Zhou Dunyi.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2017-11-23.

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«Se non lo capisci da solo, è inutile che te lo spieghi»


Zhou Dunyi è uno dei maggiori filosofi cinesi, che potrebbe essere ascritto alla corrente neo-confuciana di pensiero.

Filosofo e religioso, simultaneamente.

«Zhou Dunyi (Chinese: 周敦頤; Wade–Giles: Chou Tun-i; 1017–1073) was a Song dynasty Chinese Neo-Confucian philosopher and cosmologist born during the Song Dynasty. He conceptualized the Neo-Confucian cosmology of the day, explaining the relationship between human conduct and universal forces. In this way, he emphasizes that humans can master their qi (“vital life energy”) in order to accord with nature. He was a major influence to Zhu Xi, who was the architect of Neo-Confucianism. Zhou Dunyi was mainly concerned with Taiji (supreme polarity) and Wuji (limitless potential), the yin and yang, and the wu xing (the five phases). He is also venerated and credited in Taoism as the first philosopher to popularize the concept of the taijitu or “yin-yang symbol”.

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The Taiji Tushuo (太極圖說, Explanations of the Diagram of the Supreme Ultimate or Diagram Explaining the Supreme Ultimate) was placed at the head of the neo-Confucian anthology Jinsilu (Reflections on Things at Hand) by Zhu Xi and Lü Zuqian in 1175. He fused Confucian ethics and concepts from the Book of Changes (I Ching) with Daoist naturalism. He developed a metaphysics based on the idea that “the many are ultimately one and the one is ultimate.” This was the first 11th-century Chinese text to argue for the inseparability of metaphysics or cosmology and ethics, as well as the first major Chinese text to explore the concept of the taijitu or “yin-yang symbol”.

It contained his theory of creation, which can be summarized in the following paraphrase of its first section:

“In the beginning, there was t’ai chi (taiji) (the great ultimate of being), which was fundamentally identical with wu chi (wuji) (the ultimate of non-being). Because of the abundance of energy within t’ai chi, it began to move and thus produced the yang (the positive cosmic force). When the activity of the yang reached its limit, it reverted to tranquility. Through tranquility the yin (the negative cosmic force) was generated. When tranquility reached its limit, it returned to movement (yang). Thus yin and yang generated each other. Then, through the union of the yin and the yang the transformation of both, the five agents (or elements) of metal, wood, water, fire and earth were brought into being. These five agents are conceived of as material principles rather than as concrete things. They can therefore be considered the common basis of all things. The interaction of the yin and yang through different combinations of the five agents generates all things in a process of endless transformation.”

Zhou Dunyi postulated that human beings receive all these qualities and forces in their higher excellence and, hence, are the most intelligent of all creatures. He also believed that the five agents corresponded directly to the five moral principles of ren (humanity), yi (righteousness), li (propriety), zhi (wisdom), and xin (faithfulness).» [Fonte]

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In questa sede sarebbe fuori luogo ricordare nel dettaglio gli apporti dati da Zhou Dunyi al confucianesimo.

Sarebbe invece di interesse enucleare alcune considerazioni di ordine generale.

In primo luogo, la Cina ha una grande tradizione religiosa e culturale: ne è fiera, la studia, la ricorda e la onora. Non solo non la rinnega, ma la ripropone in modo costante, utilizzando qualsiasi occasione sia possibile. Questo è uno dei tanti aspetti cinesi che sfuggono alla superficiale conoscenza che l’Occidente ha della Cina. Non solo. Poiché la Cina si dichiara ‘comunista’ o ‘socialista’ a seconda delle occasioni, l’occidentale medio trasla questi termini nella accezione ideologica occidentale, facendo così deragliare il proprio pensato. Se l’occidentale liberal o socialista è per definizione ateo attivo, ossia combatte la religione come male supremo, il cinese resta invece religioso, a dispetto delle etichette di volta in volta appioppategli.

In secondo luogo, la Cina, ancorché ‘comunista’ o ‘socialista’ sa più che bene come il proprio retaggio religioso, storico, culturale ed artistico sia il nerbo portante dell’identità nazionale, lo scudo dietro il quale ripararsi nei momenti storicamente avversi. Un classico errore dei liberal e dei socialisti nostrani consiste nel non saper distinguere tra la religiosità attuale, con tutte le sue variegate forme espressive, dal retaggio: è l’errore che caratterizza quasi invariabilmente gli ignoranti superficiali, che si accontentano di slogan.

«The philosopher and educator is important to the development of Chinese culture and thought»

Verissimo.

Ma se Zhou Dunyi è importante per la cultura ed il pensiero cinese, queste ultime due caratteristiche sono importanti sia per la Cina sia per ogni cinese.

In terzo luogo, mentre in Occidente assistiamo alla demolizione delle statue dei propri grandi uomini, Cina e Russia invece le stanno erigendo. L’Occidente si avvia infatti al tramonto mentre i paesi asiatici stanno assumendo forza sempre nuova ogni giorno che passa.

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Sono elementi sui quali sarebbe opportuno riflettere.


Xinuanet. 2017-11-21. City to commemorate birthday of Neo-Confucian philosopher

NANCHANG, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) — A series of commemorations will be held in east China’s Jiangxi Province to celebrate the 1,000th anniversary of the birth of Neo-Confucian philosopher Zhou Dunyi.

Jiujiang, where Zhou died in 1073, announced Tuesday that about 1,000 descendants of Zhou from home and abroad are expected to take part in the event, scheduled for Dec. 1 and 2.

The activities will include exhibitions, screening of a documentary and the premiere of a stage play depicting the life of Zhou.

Zhou was born in central China’s Hunan Province in 1017 and buried in Jiujiang. The philosopher and educator is important to the development of Chinese culture and thought.

Pubblicato in: Putin, Russia

Russia. Putin. Il rispetto della memoria storica.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2017-11-23.

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Il retaggio religioso, storico, culturale, sociale ed artistico di una nazione ne forma il carattere, le ambizioni, la paziente sopportazione dell’alterna sorte.

Poi, nei momenti bui, diventa il motivo per cui combattere con tutta la forza possibile.

Non ha motivo per cui vivere chi non abbia un motivo per cui morire.

Certo, ogni nazione ha la sua storia: alcuni momenti ed alcuni episodi toccanti, altri disperatamente cupi. Ogni popolo ha passato i momenti di paura, terrore, dolori. Ma la libertà, quella libertà della quale tanto si parla, la si conquista con il sangue e con il sangue la si preserva.

L’idea che altri si prendano a cuore della propria libertà sarebbe invero pellegrina.

Mr Putin ha ricompattato la Russia proprio nel suo retaggio, a volte anche nella sua fierezza ed orgoglio nazionale. È nelle difficoltà più severe che il popolo russo ha dimostrato la sua tempra. Le guerre napoleoniche ne sono testimonianza, così come la Grande Guerra Patriottica.

Da statista e profondo conoscitore dell’animo umano, Mr Putin ha posto una gran cura a edificare statue ai grandi ed ai momenti cardine della sua Patria. Sono i simboli di pietra o di bronzo che ricordano a tutti il proprio passato, il perché stanno vivendo, ora ed in quel luogo.

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Mikhail Kalashnikov. Mosca erige il monumento che i liberal avrebbero abbattuto.

Occidente che muta. 01. Putin, Valdai e la Santa Pasqua.

Russia. Il trionfo della Tradizione. Putin e la religione.

Putin. Una personalità controversa. Una valutazione fortemente avversa.

Putin il Grande. Un intervento da statista.

Valdai. Mr Putin delinea la futura politica estera russa.

Russia, Putin inaugura statua di San Vladimiro il Grande [Video]

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Oggi la Russia ha inaugurato un monumento sobrio, mesto. Un monumento che ricorda il peggiore dei periodi passati dalla Russia: il terrore staliniano.

Ne ricorda le vittime.

«Aleksandr Solzhenytsin, il cui libro “Arcipelago Gulag” divenne molto popolare durante la perestrojka, fu tra le voci più influenti in materia. Nel suo libro parla di 66,7 milioni di vittime del regime sovietico tra il 1917 e il 1959.

Nel 1991, poi, il giornale sovietica Komsomolskaya Pravda pubblicò un’intervista a Solzhenytsin nella quale egli aggiungeva altri 44 milioni di vittime, arrivando così a 110 milioni di morti.»

В.Н.Земсков. О масштабах политических репрессий в СССР.

«В начале 1989 года по решению Президиума Академии наук СССР была создана комиссия Отделения истории АН СССР во главе с членом-корреспондентом Академии наук Ю.А.Поляковым по определению потерь населения. ….

Будучи в составе этой комиссии, мы в числе первых историков получили доступ к ранее не выдававшейся исследователям статистической отчётности ОГПУ-НКВД-МВД-МГБ, высших органов государственной власти и органов государственного управления СССР, находившейся на специальном хранении в Центральном государственном архиве Октябрьской революции (ЦГАОР СССР), переименованном ныне в Государственный архив Российской Федерации (ГАРФ). ….

В документе говорилось, что, по имеющимся в МВД СССР данным, за период с 1921 года по настоящее время, то есть до начала 1954 года, за контрреволюционные преступления было осуждено Коллегией ОГПУ, тройками НКВД, Особым совещанием, Военной коллегией, судами и военными трибуналами 3 777 380 чел., в том числе к высшей мере наказания — 642 980 (см.: Государственный архив Российской Федерации (ГАРФ). Ф. 9401. Оп. 2. Д. 450)»

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Quanto accaduto dovrebbe dare da pensare.

Se è vero che l’ideologia fa impazzire le menti deprivandole della percezione del reale e della revisione critica, è altrettanto vero che nulla o nessuno può rinnegare quanto avvenuto.

Mr Putin ha trovato a nostro personale avviso il migliore dei modi per celebrare il centenario della rivoluzione di ottobre, ricordandone le vittime.

Sia le persone sia i popoli devono avere l’onestà ed il coraggio di assumersi le proprie responsabilità.

Abbattere le statue non ne cancella certo il ricordo.


The Moscow Times. 2017-11-20. A Memorial to Stalin-Era Repressions Is Unveiled After 27 Years

A memorial to Stalin-era repressions has been unveiled in the central Russian city of Yekaterinburg, 27 years after the local government first commissioned it.

The monument, Ernst Neizvestny’s follow-up to his “Mask of Sorrow” erected in 1996, is titled “Masks of Sorrow.” Its two weeping faces — one facing Europe, the other Asia — symbolizes repentance and respect for the victims of the Stalin era, the state-run TASS news agency reports.

“This is a landmark event in the life of the region and Russia,” the governor of the Sverdlovsk region Yevgeny Kuyvashev said during the opening ceremony on Monday. “Hundreds of thousands of people from the Urals suffered during the years of mass repression.”

“We would like to see the memorial visited by residents and visitors of the city regularly to preserve the memory and prevent the recurrence of similar events,” the deputy head of the administration of Yekaterinburg Sergei Tushin was cited as saying by the state-run RIA Novosti news agency.

The second statue, erected in Neizvestny’s native city, almost never materialized: The model gathered dust in a basement for 15 years, Rossiskaya Gazeta reports.

Neizvestny sued the city, but a court ruled that the model be transported to the Southern Urals, where it was stored for another 10 years.

The sculptor died in New York last summer before his project was realized.

During the ceremony, the former human rights ombudsman Vladimir Lukin called the monument as much a memorial to the victims of the Stalin era as to the statue’s sculptor himself.

“In fact, it is a monument to Ernst Neizvestny,” Lukin said.

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Istruzione e Ricerca, Stati Uniti

Usa. Tramonto dell’Occidente. Il caso della prof.ssa Gutierrez.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.
2017-11-22.

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Di questi tempi corre un serrato dibattito su di un problema che tale proprio non dovrebbe essere, ma in ogni epoca c’è sempre un qualcosa alla moda che richiama i quesiti sul sesso degli angeli.

La qualcosa non darebbe poi un grande fastidio e non fosse utilizzata per richiamare fiumi di denaro pubblico, che in nome di una qualche “giustizia” si riversano su eletti ed illuminati che partecipano al dibattito.

Non solo.

In tutte le università occidentali, quelle cinesi, russe ed indiane ne sono immuni, sono invalse le ‘quote rosa‘ anche per la matematica. Newton, Gauss, Rieman e Poincaré sarebbero stati bocciati in un concorso in cui si fosse presentata con loro una femmina. Ma l’essere femmina non costituisce patente certa di brillanti doti matematiche.

Cercheremo di inquadrare adesso il problema, senza utilizzare la terminologia esoterica che lo rende alieno alla gente comune.

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Why are there so few female maths professors in UK universities?

«Here’s an easy sum: if 94% of maths professors in British universities are men, what percentage are women?

No need to crack Fermat’s last theorem for that one: the correct answer is indeed 6% — a depressing figure just revealed in the first gender survey of UK mathematics departments. The study, commissioned by the Women in Mathematics Committee of the prestigious London Mathematical Society, has exposed the dispiriting truth that no numerical sleight of hand can disguise: maths boasts one of the most skewed gender balances of any university subject.

Things start off relatively positively: girls make up 40% of A-level maths students (though fewer take further maths), and the proportion studying for a first degree in maths is even a little higher, at 42%. But the subsequent trajectory runs broadly downhill, with numbers falling away to just 29% of female researchers, 19% at doctorate level, and the 6% handful who bag a professorship.»

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Presso la London Mathematical Society  è istituito il Women in Mathematics Committee, con dotazione milionaria. Lo stesso dicasi per ogni qualsivoglia università occidentale: stranamente comitati del genere sono inesistenti in paesi come Cina, India, Russia.

Il dato di fatto consiste nella scarsa attrattiva che provano le femmine nei confronti della matematica e nella grande difficoltà che provano a comprenderla.

Situazione questa che angustia qualsiasi liberal benpensante e fa arrovellare l’intelletto delle femministe, alla ricerca della quadra.

Torniamo a ripetere: il problema non esisterebbe se non esistessero fiumi di denaro investiti nel settore.

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Cerchiamo adesso di dare una qualche definizione dei termini usati.

Ci scusiamo con i Lettori se per qualche decina di righe li riportiamo ai ricordi di prima media, ma talora il tempo logora i ricordi.

Per quanto possa sembrare strano, quasi nessuno si è mai posto il problema di cosa sia la matematica.

Con il termine ‘matematica‘ indichiamo la scienza basata sulla dimostrazione incontrovertibile ed inoppugnabile.

La matematica altro non sarebbe che la pura e semplice applicazione della logica.

La matematica si fonda su di un corpo di definizioni, le più rigorose ed inequivocabili possibili, della terminologia usata. Per quanto possa sembrare strano, disporre di corrette definizioni è tutt’altro che intuitivo.

Dopo le definizioni si pongono i postulati, principi indimostrati la cui validità si ammette a priori per evidenza o convenzione allo scopo di fornire la spiegazione di determinati fatti o di costruire una teoria.

Anche ai giorni odierni il termine ‘assioma‘ è considerato essere sinonimo di ‘postulato‘, questo ultimo sarebbe più propriamente appannaggio della geometria, mentre ‘assioma‘ indicherebbe una qualsiasi proprietà non dimostrata che riguarda tutte le discipline scientifiche.

Si noti come definizioni e postulati possano essere ragionevolmente considerati essere logicamente equivalenti.

Sia le definizioni sia postulati sono arbitrari. Vedremo poi che lo sono entro margini oltremodo ristretti.

Date le definizioni ed i postulati il ragionamento che possa essere svolto su di essi utilizzando la logica non contraddittoria prende nome di matematica: ogni particolare risultato dedotto da definizioni e postulati prende nome di teorema, che si basa appunto sulla sua incontrovertibile dimostrazione.

La dimostrazione è vera, robusta, se rispetta in ogni suo passaggio il principio di non contraddizione.

Il principio di non-contraddizione afferma la falsità di ogni proposizione implicante che una certa proposizione A e la sua negazione, cioè la proposizione non-A, siano entrambe vere allo stesso tempo e nello stesso modo.

Una cosa è oppure non è. In altri termini, si enuncia il principio di identità.

Un sistema logico dove siano valide le comuni regole di inferenza e dove sia anche presente una contraddizione, ossia sia ‘vera‘ (completamente vera) una affermazione e anche la sua negazione, è privo di logica, di struttura e di informazione, poiché tutte le affermazioni sono vere (comprese le loro negazioni). E quindi non può essere interessante poiché non comunica informazione. In altre parole, è ‘falso’.

Quanto detto conduce inevitabilmente ad una constatazione di dato di fatto.

La matematica, essendo dimostrazione, è per sua natura astratta.

Ricordiamo come per ‘astrazione‘ si definisca quel processo mentale mediante il quale una cosa viene isolata da altre con cui si trova in rapporto, per considerarla come specifico oggetto di indagine.

Nota. Il problema è decisamente molto più complesso: in questa sede quanto esposto sembrerebbe essere sufficiente.

Da quanto detto emerge come la matematica sia tutt’altra cosa del calcolo, del computo. Le così dette matematiche orientali erano, e sono, ottimi esempi di calcolo: si davano soluzioni di alcuni particolari tipi di equazioni, ma mancando la dimostrazione, non vi si riscontrano toeremi generali, regole generali. Erano solo risoluzioni ci casi particolari. In poche parole: non sono matematiche.

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Moltissime le conseguenze paramount. Alcune sono però di importanza fondamentale.

– I risultati forniti da un teorema, sempre che la dimostrazione sia perfetta, sono veri solo ed esclusivamente se siano veri definizioni e postulati dai quali dipendono. Per esempio: la somma degli angoli interni di un triangolo ammonta ad un angolo piatto sotto la condizione che tale figura giaccia in un piano. Questo enunciato non vale, né potrebbe valere, in uno spazio curvo, ovvero non piano.

– Tutte le scienze naturali sono descrivibili in termini matematici: a ciò consegue che la natura soggiace anch’essa al principio di non contraddizione.

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«One of the largest gender differences in cognitive abilities is found in the area of spatial skills, with boys and men consistently outperforming girls and women. Spatial skills are considered by many people to be important for success in engineering and other scientific fields»

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«Many girls and women report that they are not interested in science and engineering»

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Una scorsa alla lista dei Premi Nobel consente di meglio comprendere i termini del problema.

Nel corso di 113 anni, hanno conseguito il Premio Nobel 816 maschi e 47 femmine.

Attenzione però.

Se si considerano i Premi Nobel ‘veri‘, quelli che davvero contano in campo scientifico, ossia quello per la fisica e quello per la chimica, i numeri son ben differenti.

Solo cinque donne: Marie Sklodowska-Curie (1903 per la fisica e 1911 per la chimica), Irène Curie-Joliot (1935 per la chimica), Maria Goeppert-Mayer (1963 per la fisica), Dorothy Crowfoot-Hodgkin (1964 chimica), Ada Yonath (2009 per la chimica).

Si noti come la Sklodowska-Curie sia l’unico ricercatore al mondo ad aver conseguito il premio sia per la Fisica sia per la Chimica.

La prof.ssa Sklodowska-Curie non aveva certo bisogno delle ‘quote rosa‘, né di dover grufolare nelle altrui alcove: è semplicemente uno dei massimi geni fisici che il mondo abbia avuto, ed i suoi meriti erano stati riconosciuti pienamente da una società ora definita ‘maschilista‘.

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La International Medal for Outstanding Discoveries in Mathematics, o più semplicemente medaglia Fields, è un premio riconosciuto a matematici che non abbiano superato l’età di 40 anni in occasione del Congresso internazionale dei matematici della International Mathematical Union (IMU), che si tiene ogni quattro anni.

La medaglia Fields è spesso considerata come il più alto riconoscimento che un matematico possa ricevere. La medaglia Fields ed il premio Abel sono da molti definiti il “Premio Nobel per la Matematica“.

Dire che la medaglia Fields sia prestigiosa sarebbe ben riduttivo.

Orbene, nel 2011 essa fu conferita alla prof. Maryam Mirzakhani, 27enne, e purtroppo deceduta tre anni dopo di cancro mammario. Essa fu l’unica donna ad aver conseguito tale titolo.

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Ora che il problema dovrebbe essere un po’ più chiaro, almeno nelle sue grandi linee, pigliamo in considerazione la prof. Rochelle Gutierrez, docente alla University of Illinois, autrice dell’articolo sotto riportato.

Estraiamo dal suo curriculum vitae:

Non è laureata in matematica.

Ecco il titolo della sua tesi:

«Beyond Tracking: How the Beliefs, Practices, and Cultures of High School Mathematics Departments Influence Student Advancement»

Questo il cursus honorum:

– Research Assistant.  Opportunity to Learn:  A Study of American High Schools (awarded by the National Science Foundation to Charles Bidwell and Anthony Bryk).

– Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign  (Jan. 1996-Jan. 2002). Faculty Affiliate in Latina/Latino Studies. 

– Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign  (Aug. 2011 — present)Faculty Affiliate, Department of Latina/Latino Studies.

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Quindi, la prof. Rochelle Gutierrez non insegna matematica, ancorché essendo inserita in una Facoltà di matematica. È Faculty Affiliate, ma appartiene al Dipartimento di Studi Latini: tutto tranne che matematica. Sarebbe l’equivalente di quelle che erano le nostre Scuole Magistrali. Quindi si sente autorizzata a parlare di matematica.

A riprova, ecco una prima parte delle sue pubblicazioni scientifiche, riportando quelle pubblicate sotto stringent editorial review by peers:

– Gutiérrez, R.  (2016).  Strategies for Creative Insubordination in mathematics teaching.  Teaching for Excellence and Equity in Mathematics, 7(1), 52-60.

– Gutiérrez, R.  (2015).  HOLA:  Listening to Latin@ students.  Mathematics Teacher, 109(4), 271-277.

– Gutiérrez, R.  (2012). Embracing “Nepantla:” Rethinking knowledge and its use in teaching. REDIMAT-Journal of Research in Mathematics Education, 1(1), 29-56

– Dance, L. J., Gutiérrez, R., Hermes, M. (2010).  More like jazz than classical:  Reciprocal interactions among educational researchers and respondents.  Harvard Educational Review.  80(3), 327-352.

– Gutiérrez, R.  (2009).  Embracing the inherent tensions in teaching mathematics from an equity stance.  Democracy and Education, 18(3), 9-16.

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Nemmeno un lavoretto piccino piccino di matematica. Nemmeno unao straccetto di una qualsiasi dimostrazione.

A questo punto sorge spontanea una domanda.

Per quale motivo così tante persone, Rochelle Gutierrez, vogliono salire in cattedra per insegnare cose che non sanno?

Quella non sa nemmeno dove stia di casa la matematica.

Che poi ogni persona si arrabatti a sbarcare il lunario lo si comprende benissimo, ma non sarebbe stato male se si fosse limitata a settori innocui e, soprattutto, meno costosi per il Contribuente.

Questo è un ennesimo intervento che scardina il buon concetto che si possa avere delle donne. Ce ne è a sufficienza per diventare misogeni.

Nota Importante. Mrs Rochelle Gutierrez vorrebbe imporre al mondo di abbandonare Pi greco, perché greco, maschilista e, a quanto dice, segno ostentato di una supposta supremazia bianca sulle altre razze. Pi greco se ne fa nulla ed i cinesi si rifiutano di cambiare tutti i loro libri di matematica per star dietro ai contorsionismi della Gutierrez. Poi, il Pi greco serve ancora per fare quattro conti e ci sono fior di teoremi matematici su di esso: piaccia o non piaccia alla Mrs Gutierrez.

Nota.

Ma vi siete mai letti i programmi di matematica delle scuole inferiori russe, indiane, cinesi oppure sud koreane?

Vi siete mai letti i piani di studio universitari di queste nazioni?

No? Non importa. Quando vi metteranno ai lavori forzati ringraziate Mrs Rochelle Gutierrez ed i liberal.


Campus Reform. 2017-11-17. Prof: Algebra, geometry perpetuate white privilege

– Gutierrez worries that algebra and geometry perpetuate privilege because “emphasizing terms like Pythagorean theorem and pi” give the impression that math “was largely developed by Greeks and other Europeans.”

– She also worries that evaluations of math skills can perpetuate discrimination against minorities, especially if they do worse than their white counterparts.

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A math education professor at the University of Illinois argued in a newly published book that algebraic and geometry skills perpetuate “unearned privilege” among whites.

Rochelle Gutierrez, a professor at the University of Illinois, made the claim in a new anthology for math teachers, arguing that teachers must be aware of the “politics that mathematics brings” in society.

“On many levels, mathematics itself operates as Whiteness. Who gets credit for doing and developing mathematics, who is capable in mathematics, and who is seen as part of the mathematical community is generally viewed as White,” Gutierrez argued.

Gutierrez also worries that algebra and geometry perpetuate privilege, fretting that “curricula emphasizing terms like Pythagorean theorem and pi perpetuate a perception that mathematics was largely developed by Greeks and other Europeans.”

Math also helps actively perpetuate white privilege too, since the way our economy places a premium on math skills gives math a form of “unearned privilege” for math professors, who are disproportionately white.

“Are we really that smart just because we do mathematics?” she asks, further wondering why math professors get more research grants than “social studies or English” professors.

Further, she also worries that evaluations of math skills can perpetuate discrimination against minorities, especially if they do worse than their white counterparts.

“If one is not viewed as mathematical, there will always be a sense of inferiority that can be summoned,” she says, adding that there are so many minorities who “have experienced microaggressions from participating in math classrooms… [where people are] judged by whether they can reason abstractly.”

To fight this, Gutierrez encourages aspiring math teachers to develop a sense of “political conocimiento,” a Spanish phrase for “political knowledge for teaching.”

Gutierrez stresses that all knowledge is “relational,” asserting that “Things cannot be known objectively; they must be known subjectively.”

Campus Reform reached out to Gutierrez for comment, but did not receive a response in time for publication.