Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Giustizia, Persona Umana, Stati Uniti

Florida e Mississippi. Prosegue la battaglia legale sull’aborto. Tanto alla fine c’è la Suprema Corte.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2022-07-30.

Sipreme Court Stemma 001

Ricordiamo come l’aborto sia tema politico tra i liberal democratici che lo sostengono ed i repubblicani che lo avversano.

Eppure, solo il 5% della popolazione ha a cuore codesto problema, ben più preoccupati di una inflazione a due cifre e degli interventi della Fed, prossima a rialzare nuovamente i tassi di interesse. Tanto, midterm si avvicina.

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Il divieto di abortire oltre le 15 settimane di gravidanza in Florida è ora in vigore dopo che un’ordinanza del tribunale che ne bloccava l’applicazione è stata sospesa martedì, e un giudice del Mississippi ha rifiutato di impedire l’attuazione di un divieto quasi totale nel corso della settimana. I due sviluppi hanno segnato le ultime battute d’arresto per i sostenitori dei diritti all’aborto dopo che la Corte Suprema degli Stati Uniti, quasi due settimane fa, ha rovesciato la sentenza Roe contro Wade del 1973.

In Florida, poco dopo che il giudice John Cooper ha finalizzato l’atteso ordine di bloccare l’applicazione del divieto di 15 settimane, entrato in vigore venerdì, lo Stato a guida repubblicana ha prontamente presentato ricorso, facendo scattare il congelamento automatico dell’ingiunzione. Ore dopo, il giudice Debbra Halford di Jackson, Mississippi, ha negato la richiesta dell’unica clinica abortista dello Stato di impedire ai funzionari di applicare il divieto quasi totale di aborto che entrerà in vigore giovedì.

Il Mississippi è uno dei 13 Stati che hanno leggi grilletto progettate per vietare o limitare gli aborti una volta che la Corte Suprema avrà rovesciato la sentenza Roe v. Wade, come ha fatto il 24 giugno in un caso che ha confermato un’altra legge del Mississippi che vieta gli aborti dopo 15 settimane di gravidanza.

La decisione della Corte Suprema degli Stati Uniti, a maggioranza conservatrice, ha dato agli Stati il permesso di vietare l’aborto e quasi due dozzine di Stati a guida repubblicana stanno cercando di farlo, o lo hanno già fatto.

La decisione ha scatenato un’ondata di cause legali da parte di cliniche in vari Stati, volte a preservare la capacità delle donne di ottenere l’aborto sulla base delle protezioni delle costituzioni statali piuttosto che di quelle federali, nonché proteste a livello nazionale.

Mentre i giudici di Kentucky, Louisiana e Utah hanno temporaneamente bloccato l’entrata in vigore dei divieti, l’alta corte statale del Texas venerdì ha permesso l’applicazione civile di un divieto precedente alla legge Roe e la corte suprema dell’Ohio ha rifiutato di bloccare un divieto di sei settimane.

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«Florida’s ban on abortions past 15 weeks of pregnancy is now in effect after a court order blocking its enforcement was put on hold on Tuesday, and a Mississippi judge declined to prevent a near-total ban from being implemented later this week»

«The dual developments marked the latest legal setbacks for abortion rights supporters after the U.S. Supreme Court nearly two weeks ago overturned the 1973 Roe v. Wade»

«In Florida, soon after Circuit Court Judge John Cooper finalized an expected order blocking enforcement of a 15-week ban that took effect on Friday, the Republican-led state promptly appealed, triggering an automatic freeze of his injunction»

«Hours later, Judge Debbra Halford in Jackson, Mississippi denied a request by the state’s only abortion clinic to prevent officials from carrying out a near-total ban on abortion that is set to take effect on Thursday»

«Mississippi is one of 13 states with “trigger” laws designed to ban or restrict abortions once the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, as it did June 24 in a case upholding a different Mississippi law barring abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy»

«The conservative majority U.S. Supreme Court’s decision gave states permission to ban abortion and nearly two dozen Republican-led states are now trying to do so, or have done so already»

«The decision has ignited a wave of litigation by clinics in various states aimed at preserving the ability of women to obtain abortions based on protections in state rather than federal constitutions, as well as nationwide protests»

«While judges in Kentucky, Louisiana and Utah have temporarily blocked bans from taking effect, the state high court in Texas on Friday allowed a pre-Roe ban to be civilly enforced and Ohio’s top court declined to block a six-week ban»

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Abortion bans in Florida, Mississippi allowed to take effect

July 5 (Reuters) – Florida’s ban on abortions past 15 weeks of pregnancy is now in effect after a court order blocking its enforcement was put on hold on Tuesday, and a Mississippi judge declined to prevent a near-total ban from being implemented later this week.

The dual developments marked the latest legal setbacks for abortion rights supporters after the U.S. Supreme Court nearly two weeks ago overturned the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that guaranteed women nationally the right to terminate pregnancies.

In Florida, soon after Circuit Court Judge John Cooper finalized an expected order blocking enforcement of a 15-week ban that took effect on Friday, the Republican-led state promptly appealed, triggering an automatic freeze of his injunction.

Hours later, Judge Debbra Halford in Jackson, Mississippi denied a request by the state’s only abortion clinic to prevent officials from carrying out a near-total ban on abortion that is set to take effect on Thursday.

The clinic, Jackson Women’s Health Organization, in challenging the law and a separate six-week ban, cited a 1998 ruling by the Mississippi Supreme Court holding that the right to privacy under the state’s constitution included a right to abortion.

But Halford said it was “more than doubtful” the state’s high court would continue to uphold that decision as it rested on the U.S. Supreme Court’s own past rulings including Roe v. Wade.

Rob McDuff, a lawyer for the Mississippi clinic, called the ruling disappointing and said they were considering their options.

Mississippi is one of 13 states with “trigger” laws designed to ban or restrict abortions once the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, as it did June 24 in a case upholding a different Mississippi law barring abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

Appeals in both cases are expected, with lawyers for the abortion providers in Florida at the ACLU and Center for Reproductive Rights already vowing to seek reinstatement of the injunction and to get the 15-week ban “blocked for good.”

Florida has long been a destination for women across the Southeast seeking to end pregnancies in their second trimester as neighboring states have strict abortion limits. Previously, Florida permitted abortion up to 24 weeks.

The conservative majority U.S. Supreme Court’s decision gave states permission to ban abortion and nearly two dozen Republican-led states are now trying to do so, or have done so already.

The decision has ignited a wave of litigation by clinics in various states aimed at preserving the ability of women to obtain abortions based on protections in state rather than federal constitutions, as well as nationwide protests.

While judges in Kentucky, Louisiana and Utah have temporarily blocked bans from taking effect, the state high court in Texas on Friday allowed a pre-Roe ban to be civilly enforced and Ohio’s top court declined to block a six-week ban.

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Persona Umana

Italia. Mutazioni di stile dei sondaggi elettorali. Politicamente corretto al macero.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2022-07-29.

2022-07-29__ Sondaggi 001

La caduta del governo Draghi ed il verosimile cambio della guardia con le elezioni anticipate si sono immediatamente ripercossi sui questionari volti a valutare le propensioni al voto.

Le variazioni sono plateali.

In primo luogo, abbandonato il ‘tu’ si è ritornati al ‘lei’. Ripristina il normale rapporto di corretta educazione.

In secondo luogo, torna a fare capolino il modo condizionale. La lingua è ricca ed il modo della condizionalità ha un contenuto logico formale che impreziosisce il linguaggio. Non lo è tanto di per sé steso, quanto è piuttosto perché riflette appieno l’attuale impossibilità decisionale. Il modo condizionale è sotteso dallo sguardo sul futuro.

In terzo luogo, è scomparso il quesito sul ‘gender’ e si è ritornati al classico dualismo uomo – donna. E questa è una scomparsa non da poco. Ideologia liberal al macero.

In quarto luogo, è scomparso il politicamente corretto.

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Nel giro di poco tempo, Macron ha perso la maggioranza parlamentare, Johnson e Draghi invece sono stati cacciati via malo modo. Le componenti liberal hanno subito tre consecutive debacles, irredimibili, come quella di Re Carlo XII di Svezia a Poltava.

Verosimilmente, le elezioni anticipate del 25 settembre potrebbero esitare in un governo di centro-destra con disgregamento delle forze liberal

I giornalisti, fiutata la mutazione, stanno correndo ai ripari. Fedeli servi del potere.

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Persona Umana, Stati Uniti

Demi Minor, transgender detenuta per omicidio, ha ingravidato due compagne di cella.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2022-07-25.

Bruegel Pieter il Vecchio datato 1568. Museo di Capodimonte. 001

Demi Minor, 27 anni, è stata trasferita dal carcere femminile del New Jersey dopo aver messo incinta altre due detenute. Vicenda grottesca resa possibile da un accordo fra lo stato e un’associazione finanziata da Soros.

La follia del politically correct e dell’ossessione per l’ideologia transgender – e per le minoranze in generale – dei liberal assume toni grotteschi e tragicomici negli Stati Uniti.

Demi Minor, 27 anni, “donna transgender” – ma biologicamente uomo – è stata trasferita nelle scorse settimane dall’Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women al Garden State Youth Correctional Facility, New Jersey, a un’altra struttura federale dopo aver messo incinta altre due detenute, come confermato dalle autorità della prigione.

Demi Minor, 27 anni, “donna transgender” – ma biologicamente uomo – è stata trasferita nelle scorse settimane dall’Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women al Garden State Youth Correctional Facility, New Jersey, a un’altra struttura federale dopo aver messo incinta altre due detenute, come confermato dalle autorità della prigione.

Il New jersey, tuttavia, non è l’unico stato che consente ai prigionieri di essere detenuti in carceri maschili o femminili a seconda del loro genere preferito: pratiche simili sono state adottate, infatti, da California e Massachusetts.

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Detenuta trans del New Jersey che ha ingravidato 2 detenute trasferita in una struttura maschile …. Demi Minor, 27 anni, è stata trasferita dall’unica prigione femminile del New Jersey all’unità abitativa vulnerabile di una struttura maschile.

Sperazza ha confermato che ci sono tre donne trans ospitate nell’unità abitativa vulnerabile della struttura giovanile, anche se la popolazione generale del carcere ospita solo uomini.

L’allontanamento della Minor dall’Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women arriva solo un anno dopo che lo Stato ha raggiunto un accordo con l’American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey per ospitare i detenuti transgender in base alla loro identità di genere, invece che al sesso assegnato loro alla nascita.

Minor, che sta scontando una condanna a 30 anni di carcere per omicidio colposo, ha ingravidato le compagne detenute all’inizio di quest’anno in seguito a rapporti sessuali consensuali, ha confermato Sperrazza.

Come donna transgender temo davvero quello che mi aspetta, è chiaro che il personale ha cercato un motivo di sicurezza per cacciarmi dall’unico istituto di pena femminile.

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«N.J. trans prisoner who impregnated 2 inmates transferred to men’s facility …. Demi Minor, 27, has been transferred from New Jersey’s only women’s prison to the vulnerable housing unit at a men’s facility»

«Sperazza confirmed there are three trans women housed in the youth facility’s vulnerable housing unit, though the prison’s general population houses only men»

«Minor’s removal from the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women comes just a year after the state reached a settlement with the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey to house transgender inmates according to their gender identity, instead of their sex assigned at birth»

«Minor, who is serving a 30-year prison sentence for manslaughter, impregnated the fellow inmates earlier this year following consensual sexual relationships, Sperrazza confirmed»

«As a woman who is transgender I truly fear what lies ahead for me, its clear that staff have looked for some kind of security reason to kick me out of the only female correctional facility»

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Transgender mette incinta due compagne di cella: follia in un carcere Usa

Demi Minor, 27 anni, è stata trasferita dal carcere femminile del New Jersey dopo aver messo incinta altre due detenute. Vicenda grottesca resa possibile da un accordo fra lo stato e un’associazione finanziata da Soros.

La follia del politically correct e dell’ossessione per l’ideologia transgender – e per le minoranze in generale – dei liberal assume toni grotteschi e tragicomici negli Stati Uniti, dove tutto è partito. Demi Minor, 27 anni, “donna transgender” – ma biologicamente uomo – è stata trasferita nelle scorse settimane dall’Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women al Garden State Youth Correctional Facility, New Jersey, a un’altra struttura federale dopo aver messo incinta altre due detenute, come confermato dalle autorità della prigione. Minor, che sta scontando una condanna a 30 anni per omicidio colposo, si sente donna a tutti gli effetti ma la realtà biologica, ancora una volta, è più forte di qualsiasi ideologia e anche in questo caso si è ripresa i suoi spazi.

                         La follia politically correct nelle prigioni Usa

Ma com’è stato possibile? La risposta è molto semplice. Nel 2021, al fine di seguire l’onda “woke” e ultra-progressista, lo Stato del New Jersey ha dato l’ok a un accordo che consente ai prigionieri di essere ospitati in un carcere maschile o femminile sulla base della loro identità di genere preferita, con buona pace della realtà biologica. Sei un uomo ma ti senti una donna? Puoi andare in un carcerte femminile in mezzo alle donne. A promuovere l’iniziativa pro-transgender è stata l’American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) del New Jersey nel giugno 2021, associazione che, in passato, ha goduto dei finanziamenti e del sostegno milionario dell’Open Society Foundations del magnate liberal, George Soros.

Diverse donne transgender sono detenute presso l’Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women, una prigione dal futuro incerto. Il governatore Phil Murphy ha recentemente annunciato la sua intenzione di chiudere la struttura della contea di Hunterdon qualora emergano nuovi casi di abusi sessuali e aggressioni fisiche nei confronti delle detenute da parte delle guardie carcerarie.

                         L’accordo del 2021 con l’associazione progressista e pro-transgender

Come si legge nell’accordo siglato nel 2021, il sistema carcerario del New Jersey ospita la maggior parte dei detenuti sulla base della loro identità di genere e si impegna a garantire una migliore salute mentale e assistenza medica ai prigionieri “non conformi al genere” nell’ambito di un importante accordo con una donna transgender che afferma di essere stata rinchiusa in una prigione maschile e maltrattata da detenuti e guardie nello stesso modo.

Trattasi del caso di Sonia Doe, trasferita da una prigione maschile all’altra, “nonostante fosse identificata come una donna sulla sua patente”. Tess Borden, un avvocato dell’American Civil Liberties Union del New Jersey, che ha intentato la causa, ha definito l’accordo “un totale capovolgimento della precedente pratica problematica e illegale” di rinchiudere le donne transessuali nelle carceri maschili. Il New jersey, tuttavia, non è l’unico stato che consente ai prigionieri di essere detenuti in carceri maschili o femminili a seconda del loro genere preferito: pratiche simili sono state adottate, infatti, da California e Massachusetts. Il caso di Demi Minor, tuttavia, ora solleva molte perplessità su quest’iniziativa.

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N.J. trans prisoner who impregnated 2 inmates transferred to men’s facility

Demi Minor, 27, has been transferred from New Jersey’s only women’s prison to the vulnerable housing unit at a men’s facility.

A transgender inmate has been transferred out of the only women’s prison in New Jersey after impregnating two female inmates.

Demi Minor, 27, has been moved to the vulnerable housing unit at the Garden State Youth Correctional Facility, a prison for young adults ages 18 to 30, according to Dan Sperrazza, a New Jersey Department of Corrections spokesman. 

Sperazza confirmed there are three trans women housed in the youth facility’s vulnerable housing unit, though the prison’s general population houses only men. 

Minor’s removal from the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women comes just a year after the state reached a settlement with the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey to house transgender inmates according to their gender identity, instead of their sex assigned at birth. The facility currently houses 27 transgender inmates, NJ Advance Media reported.  

Sperrazza said “decisions related to an incarcerated person’s housing are made within the parameters of the settlement agreement which requires consideration of gender identity and the health and safety of the individual.” 

The ACLU of New Jersey did not provide a response to NBC News’ requests for comment regarding Minor’s prison transfer. 

Minor, who is serving a 30-year prison sentence for manslaughter, impregnated the fellow inmates earlier this year following consensual sexual relationships, Sperrazza confirmed. He added that even consensual sex between inmates is prohibited in the state.  

Last year, two inmates at Edna Mahan filed a lawsuit “challenging the state policy and practice of housing some pre-gender confirmation surgery transgender women,” adding that it violates their constitutional rights, according to court documents.

In a letter from Minor posted to the blog Justice 4 Demi, which often publishes videos and letters from her, she described her removal from Edna Mahan  as punishment for having sex with two women. 

“As a woman who is transgender I truly fear what lies ahead for me, its clear that staff have looked for some kind of security reason to kick me out of the only female correctional facility,” Minor wrote in the post, which was published Friday. “They have thrown me to the wolfs and expected for me just gave up, I am baffled and disgusted by this use power and I can only ask that the commissioner and governors office please send me back. I don’t deserve to be treated like this.”

In a separate post published July 5, the blog alleged a group of correctional officers beat Minor in a van while transferring her. 

The Department of Corrections said an investigation determined the assault allegations to be unfounded. 

“The Department has zero tolerance for abuse, and the safety and security of the incarcerated population and staff are of critical importance,” Sperrazza said in an email. “Any allegations of mistreatment or abuse are thoroughly and expeditiously investigated by the Special Investigations Division (SID).”

Pubblicato in: Persona Umana

Un pigolante sfogo. ‘Date udïenza insieme a le dolenti mie parole estreme’.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2022-07-13.

Sono sempre stato alieno dal parlare di me stesso ed ancor di più dall’esternare ciò che mi corruccia.

Ma il troppo è troppo.

Spero nella comprensione dei Lettori.

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Sono mesi che un numero sempre crescente di persone mi contatta e mi cerca per essere consolata, nella speranza che io possa avere ricette miracoliste.

Sono tutte persone che hanno subito severi rovesci in borsa, con perdita di larga quota dei propri capitali. Le imprese non rilasciano più a loro dei dividendi, e le loro quote detenute in fondi di investimento si sono liquefatte.

Per molti si è aggiunta la iattura del fallimento del fondo dal quale traevano la pensione. Perso il capitale versato e scomparsa la pensione. Sono drammi umani.

Taluni guardano stupefatti le bollette della luce, atterriti da quanto potrebbe accadere dopo.

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Ringrazio di cuore tutte queste persone che mi dimostrano una stima così alta, a parer mio immeritata.

Nel contempo non nego che mi irrita profondamente ciò che mi raccontano.

Erano tutti eventi da lungo tempo annunciati. Ma ignorati sia per pigrizia mentale sia per una ottusa fede mal riposta nella convinzione che tutto sarebbe andato sempre bene.

Ma ancor più mi irritano coloro che dicono che non sarei stato chiaro nel prevedere quanto stia accadendo, nel mettere in guardia.

Molte di codeste persone in passato mi avevano sberleffato, indicandomi come una Cassandra.

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Ma cosa mai avrei dovuto fare?

Pigliarli per il collo e sbattere la loro testa sulla spigolo di un caminetto di marmo?

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I have always been alienated from talking about myself and even more so from externalizing what is gnawing at me.

But too much is too much.

I hope for Readers’ understanding.

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For months now, an ever-increasing number of people have been contacting me and seeking me out for consolation in the hope that I might have miracle recipes.

They are all people who have suffered severe reversals in the stock market, with loss of a large share of their capital. Companies no longer issue dividends to them, and their shares held in investment funds have liquefied.

For many, there has been the added jinx of the failure of the fund from which they drew their pensions. Lost is the capital paid in and gone is the pension.

Some look dumbfounded at their electricity bills, appalled at what might happen next.

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I sincerely thank all these people who show me such high esteem, undeserved in my opinion.

At the same time I do not deny that I am deeply irritated by what they tell me.

They were all long announced events. But they were ignored either out of mental laziness or out of a dull misplaced faith in the belief that everything would always be all right.

But even more irritating to me are those who say I would not be clear in predicting what is happening, in warning.

Many such people in the past had sneered at me, pointing to me as a Cassandra.

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But what on earth was I supposed to do?

Grab them by the neck and bang their heads on the edge of a marble fireplace?

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Persona Umana, Stati Uniti

Twitter e la libertà di parola. Musk sanziona il crollo di Joe Biden e dei liberal democratici.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2022-04-27.

Caravaggio. Davide con la testa di Golia (Caravaggio Vienna). 1607. Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna.

«Elon Musk clinched a deal to buy Twitter Inc for $44 billion cash on Monday in a transaction that will shift control of the social media platform populated by millions of users and global leaders to the world’s richest person»

«Musk, who calls himself a free speech absolutist, has criticized Twitter’s moderation»

«Political activists expect that a Musk regime will mean less moderation and reinstatement of banned individuals including former President Donald Trump»

«Conservatives cheered the prospect of fewer controls»

«Free speech is the bedrock of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated»

«If the public markets do not properly value a company, an acquirer eventually will»

«Still, Musk’s 84 million-strong Twitter account is seen as an important, free public relations and marketing tool»

«Twitter has been credited with helping spawn the Arab Spring uprising and accused of playing a role in the Jan. 6, 2021, storming of the U.S. Capitol»

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I tempi sono mutati con una rapidità impressionante.

Biden. Sondaggio stratificato di gradimento. A confronto Stalingrado fu un trionfo tedesco.

L’inflazione all’11.2% non ha stimolato i consensi.

Biden. Addio al clima. La realtà annichilisce i programmi utopici. Reuters è mutato.

America. Le sanzioni di Joe Biden hanno beneficiato Mr Putin e sono state pagate dagli americani.

India. Prosegue tranquilla a comprare petrolio dalla Russia. Non accetta le sanzioni di Joe Biden.

Nato. Gli alleati europei si sono staccati da Biden e sono discordi tra loro. – Bloomberg.

Biden. È crollato nei sondaggi. Sette su dieci Elettori lo disapprovano. Straparla.

Usa. Ex democratici si registrano come repubblicani quattro volte più del flusso opposto. Midterm in forse.

Midterm. Sondaggi per stato. I repubblicani potrebbero vincere il Senato.

America. Wall Street. Da Set21 hanno perso 8.5 trilioni Usd di capitalizzazione.

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L’enclave liberal democratica sta vistosamente perdendo consenso elettorale e Joe Biden gode di un elevato tasso di esecrabilità.

Sono incapaci di contenere la inflazione che adesso è la massima preoccupazione degli Elettori.

Verosimilmente, le elezioni di midterm vedranno Jo Biden perdere il controllo del senato e con molta probabilità anche quello del Congresso.

In poche parole, democratici e Joe Biden sono sulla via del declino.

Caratteristica dei media liberal è la radiazione di quanti non condividano la loro ideologia, imponendo un regime di censura che fa rimpiangere lo Stasi.

Gli Elettori non ne possono di più.

Con la usuale perspicacia, Elon Musk ha acquisito Twitter e dichiara di volerlo trasformare in un social ove imperi la libertà di parola.

Lo valuteremo nei fatti.

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Musk gets Twitter for $44 billion, to cheers and fears of ‘free speech’ plan

New York, April 25 (Reuters) – Elon Musk clinched a deal to buy Twitter Inc for $44 billion cash on Monday in a transaction that will shift control of the social media platform populated by millions of users and global leaders to the world’s richest person.

It is a seminal moment for the 16-year-old company, which emerged as one of the world’s most influential public squares and now faces a string of challenges.

Musk, who calls himself a free speech absolutist, has criticized Twitter’s moderation. He wants Twitter’s algorithm for prioritizing tweets to be public and objects to giving too much power on the service to corporations that advertise.

Political activists expect that a Musk regime will mean less moderation and reinstatement of banned individuals including former President Donald Trump. Conservatives cheered the prospect of fewer controls while some human rights activists voiced fears of a rise in hate speech.

Musk has also advocated user-friendly tweaks to the service, such as an edit button and defeating “spam bots” that send overwhelming amounts of unwanted tweets.

Discussions over the deal, which last week appeared uncertain, accelerated over the weekend after Musk wooed Twitter shareholders with financing details of his offer.

Under pressure, Twitter started negotiating with Musk to buy the company at his proposed $54.20 per share price.

“Free speech is the bedrock of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated,” Musk said in a statement.

Former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey weighed in on the deal late on Monday with a series of tweets that thanked both Musk and current Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal for “getting the company out of an impossible situation.”

“Twitter as a company has always been my sole issue and my biggest regret. It has been owned by Wall Street and the ad model. Taking it back from Wall Street is the correct first step,” he said.

Twitter shares rose 5.7% on Monday to finish at $51.70. The deal represents a near 40% premium to the closing price the day before Musk disclosed he had bought a more than 9% stake.

Even so, the offer is well below the $70 range where Twitter was trading last year.

“I think if the company were given enough time to transform, we would have made substantially more than what Musk is currently offering,” said Jonathan Boyar, managing director at Boyar Value Group, which holds a stake in Twitter.

However, he added, “If the public markets do not properly value a company, an acquirer eventually will.”

Musk’s move continues a tradition of billionaires’ buying control of influential media platforms, including Jeff Bezos’ 2013 acquisition of the Washington Post.

Twitter said Musk secured $25.5 billion of debt and margin loan financing and is providing a $21 billion equity commitment.

Musk, who is worth $268 billion according to Forbes, has said he is not primarily concerned with the economics of Twitter.

“Having a public platform that is maximally trusted and broadly inclusive is extremely important to the future of civilization. I don’t care about the economics at all,” he said in a recent public talk.

Musk is chief executive of both electric car maker Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) and aerospace company SpaceX, and it is not clear how much time he will devote to Twitter or what he will do.

“Once the deal closes, we don’t know which direction the platform will go,” Agrawal told employees on Monday. read more

Edward Moya, an analyst at currency broker OANDA, said in an email to clients the deal was “great news for Twitter shareholders as it doesn’t seem like the company was going to get things right anytime soon.”

But he also said: “Tesla shareholders can’t be happy that Musk will have to divert even more attention away from winning the EV (electric vehicle) race.”

Still, Musk’s 84 million-strong Twitter account is seen as an important, free public relations and marketing tool for Tesla.

The Twitter transaction was approved by the company’s board and is now subject to a shareholder vote. No regulatory hurdles are expected, analysts said.

Daniel Ives, an analyst at Wedbush, said the company’s board of directors had its back “against the wall” once Musk detailed his financing package and no other bidders emerged.

Although it is only about a 10th of the size of far larger social media platforms like Meta Platforms Inc’s (FB.O) Facebook, Twitter has been credited with helping spawn the Arab Spring uprising and accused of playing a role in the Jan. 6, 2021, storming of the U.S. Capitol.

After Twitter banned Trump over concerns around incitement of violence following the U.S. Capitol attack by his supporters, Musk tweeted: “A lot of people are going to be super unhappy with West Coast high tech as the de facto arbiter of free speech.”

Trump, whose company is building a rival to Twitter called Truth Social, said in a Fox News interview on Monday that he will not return to Twitter.

The White House declined on Monday to comment on Musk’s deal, but said President Joe Biden has long been concerned about the power of social media platforms.

“Our concerns are not new,” said White House spokesperson Jen Psaki, adding that the platforms need to be held accountable. “The president has long talked about his concerns about the power of social media platforms, including Twitter and others, to spread misinformation.”

Pubblicato in: Demografia, Devoluzione socialismo, Giustizia, Persona Umana, Stati Uniti

Aborto. Questione sia giuridica sia politica tra liberal e repubblicani. Prima causa di morte nel 2021.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2022-02-06.

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Abortion Leading Global Cause of Death in 2021 with 43 Million Killed

«Abortion was the leading cause of death globally in 2021, with nearly 43 million unborn babies killed in the womb, according to data provided by Worldometer.

As of noon on December 31, 2021, there were 42.6 million abortions performed in the course of the year, Worldometer revealed, while 8.2 million people died from cancer, 5 million from smoking, 1.7 million of HIV/AIDS, 1.3 million from traffic fatalities, and 1 million from suicide.»

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Biden calls on U.S. Supreme Court to protect abortion rights

«President Joe Biden’s administration urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday not to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion nationwide in an upcoming case concerning a restrictive Mississippi law»

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«With Roe v. Wade facing its strongest threat in decades, a new poll finds Democrats increasingly view protecting abortion rights as a high priority for the government.»

«Thirteen percent of Democrats mentioned abortion or reproductive rights as one of the issues they want the federal government to address in 2022»

«But the exponential rise in the percentage citing reproductive rights as a key concern suggests the issue is resonating with Democrats as the Supreme Court considers cases that could lead to dramatic restrictions on abortion access»

«With a 6-3 conservative majority on the Supreme Court, Republicans see this as their best chance in years to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision legalizing abortion throughout the United States»

«That decision will be made public in June»

«conventional wisdom holds that abortion is a motivating issue for Republicans and not for Democrats»

«opponents of abortion had greater strength of attitudes and considered the issue important to them personally more than pro-choice people»

«That may be changing»

«But I still actually think that huge swaths of this population still don’t quite believe that the access to abortion and the 50-year precedent that is Roe v. Wade is really hanging in the balance»

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A giugno la Suprema Corte emetterà sentenza sulla questione della Roe v. Wade.

Le Loro Giustizie giudicheranno secondo scienza e coscienza applicando i dettami costituzionali.

Ma il problema ha sostanziali aspetti politici.

L’aborto è parte integrante dell’ideologia liberal socialista, e tutta la loro leadership lo sostiene come bandiera di battaglia, come ha fatto anche Joe Biden. Ovunque vadano al potere lo impongono, così come condizionano ad esso gli aiuti economici.

Tuttavia, solo il 13% degli Elettori democratici considera l’aborto elemento non contrattabile. E questo è un dato che da da pensare.

In altri termini, la base e la dirigenza liberal americana hanno su questo argomento due visioni opposte e contrastanti, fatto questo che complica non poco le scelte politiche dei democratici.

In ogni caso, però, la sentenza della Corte Suprema metterà un punto fermo sulla questione, essendo tra l’altro un giudizio inappellabile.

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Abortion grows as priority issue for Democrats: AP-NORC poll.

Washington (AP) — With Roe v. Wade facing its strongest threat in decades, a new poll finds Democrats increasingly view protecting abortion rights as a high priority for the government.

Thirteen percent of Democrats mentioned abortion or reproductive rights as one of the issues they want the federal government to address in 2022, according to a December poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. That’s up from less than 1% of Democrats who named it as a priority for 2021 and 3% who listed it in 2020.

Some other issues like the economy, COVID-19, health care and gun control ranked as higher priorities for Democrats in the poll, which allowed respondents to name up to five top issues. But the exponential rise in the percentage citing reproductive rights as a key concern suggests the issue is resonating with Democrats as the Supreme Court considers cases that could lead to dramatic restrictions on abortion access.

“The public have lots of things that they want to see government addressing,” said Jennifer Benz, deputy director of The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. “You ask this kind of question in a time of economic turmoil and in the time of a pandemic and all of these other things going on, we might not expect abortion to rise to the top.”

With a 6-3 conservative majority on the Supreme Court, Republicans see this as their best chance in years to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision legalizing abortion throughout the United States. In December, the Supreme Court left in place a Texas law that bans most abortions in the state and signaled during arguments that they would uphold a Mississippi law that bans abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. That decision will be made public in June.

Calling the abortion polling numbers “stark,” Benz noted that conventional wisdom holds that abortion is a motivating issue for Republicans and not for Democrats. Research from the 1980s and 1990s, Benz said, “regularly found that opponents of abortion had greater strength of attitudes and considered the issue important to them personally more than pro-choice people.”

That may be changing. Sam Lau, senior director for advocacy media at the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, believes more Americans are recognizing this moment as a crisis for abortion access.

“I think what we have seen is absolutely an increase in awareness, an increase in urgency, an increase in the need to fight back,” he said. “But I still actually think that huge swaths of this population still don’t quite believe that the access to abortion and the 50-year precedent that is Roe v. Wade is really hanging in the balance.”

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Persona Umana, Stati Uniti

Midterm. Si preannuncia una lotta serrata. Qui alcune competizioni critiche.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2022-01-18.

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«The 2022 midterm elections are fast approaching and could be a major test of both voter approval of President Joe Biden and the strength of former President Donald Trump’s influence within the Republican party»

«Republicans are looking to regain control of both the Senate and the House in 2022 as Democrats try to preserve and build on a razor-thin majority»

«here are some key races to watch in 2022»

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The midterms are coming. Here are some key races to watch.

The 2022 midterm elections are fast approaching and could be a major test of both voter approval of President Joe Biden and the strength of former President Donald Trump’s influence within the Republican party.

Republicans are looking to regain control of both the Senate and the House in 2022 as Democrats try to preserve and build on a razor-thin majority.

While many swing states are still working to finalize their congressional districts, here are some key races to watch in 2022:

                         Pennsylvania Senate race

With Republican Sen. Pat Toomey not seeking reelection, Pennsylvania is one state Democrats are hoping to pick up in 2022. Rep. Conor Lamb, a moderate, is facing Lt. Gov. John Fetterman and progressive state Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta in the Democratic primary. In late November, Dr. Mehmet Oz announced his candidacy, joining a crowded Republican primary field.

                         Ohio Senate race

With the retirement of Republican Sen. Rob Portman, former presidential candidate Rep. Tim Ryan is looking to pick up this seat for Democrats. In the GOP primary, Ohio treasurer Josh Mandel — considered the front-runner — faces “Hillbilly Elegy” author JD Vance, who was once a vocal critic of Trump but is now running on an anti-elitism message that embraces Trumpism.

                         North Carolina Senate race

Republicans are hoping to hold the seat of retiring Sen. Richard Burr. In the Republican primary, Trump has thrown his support behind Rep. Ted Budd, who faces a tough battle against former Rep. Mark Walker and former Gov. Pat McCrory. Democratic state Sen. Jeff Jackson suspended his campaign in mid-December and threw his support behind former state Supreme Court Justice Chari Beasley, who is the leading Democrat and could become the only Black woman in the Senate and the first ever to represent North Carolina.

                         Georgia Senate race

Only two years after being elected as the first Black Senator from Georgia and delivering Democrats control of the Senate in 2020, Sen. Raphael Warnock is back in the national spotlight defending his seat. On the GOP side, former football star Herschel Walker is seen as the front-runner to challenge Warnock and has Trump’s endorsement. But Walker’s lack of political experience and a troubled history has some Republicans worried.

                         Arizona Senate race

Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly is running for reelection after winning a special election in 2020, giving Arizona two Democrats in the Senate for the first time in over 50 years. Arizona has moved into solidly purple territory and a crowded Republican primary field has lined up in an attempt to unseat Kelly. Current Attorney General Mark Brnovich is in the running, as is Blake Masters, who has backing from prominent Silicon Valley executive Peter Thiel and businessman Jim Lamon. The 2020 election is playing a central role in the wake of Arizona’s so-called “audit” and Trump’s lies that the election in the state was stolen. The former president has yet to endorse in the race.

                         Wisconsin Senate race

Incumbent Republican Sen. Ron Johnson still has not announced whether he will run for reelection in Wisconsin, which Biden flipped with a roughly 20,000-vote lead over Trump in 2020. Current Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes is the top Democrat in the race and has netted endorsements from Sen. Elizabeth Warren and House Majority Whip James Clyburn. Johnson has received pushback on some of his responses to the pandemic, including frequent anti-vaccine rhetoric.

                         Alaska Senate race

After incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski voted to convict Trump on charges of inciting an insurrection, state official Kelly Tshibaka jumped into the all-party primary to unseat her. Tshibaka netted an early endorsement from the former president and has mirrored his attacks on Murkowski and others in Washington throughout her campaign. She recently said she would not support Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to lead the GOP — whether or not the party controls the Senate — joining a small group of far-right Republican hopefuls who have said the same.

                         Georgia governor race

It feels like 2018 all over again, with a possible rematch between Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams and Republican Gov. Brian Kemp for his seat in Georgia. It’s been nearly four years since Kemp narrowly defeated Abrams, pushing her to mobilize voters and fight voter suppression. However, Kemp has to get through a tough primary in which he is facing off against former Republican Sen. David Perdue, who lost his Senate seat in 2020. Perdue has secured Trump’s endorsement and is echoing the former president’s false claim of voter fraud in the 2020 election.

                         Michigan governor race

Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is pursuing a reelection bid after Biden flipped the state in 2020. Whitmer has received national recognition for her handling of the coronavirus pandemic and became a prominent figure before the 2020 election during Biden’s hunt for a running mate. She was subject to a kidnapping plot in late 2020 after an extremist group in the state became angry with her over coronavirus restrictions. Former Detroit Police Chief James Craig, who was once a Democrat, is a top contender in the crowded Republican primary.

                         Wyoming House race

Rep. Liz Cheney has a target on her back this midterm election cycle. As one of 10 Republicans who voted to impeach Trump in 2021 for inciting an insurrection, she was censured by the Wyoming GOP, and many Republicans are looking to kick her out of office. Trump has gotten involved in Wyoming’s lone House race by throwing his endorsement behind Cheney’s primary challenger, Harriet Hageman.

Pubblicato in: Cina, Persona Umana, Scienza & Tecnica, Stati Uniti

Persone di Talento. È in corso una competizione mondiale per reclutarli.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2022-01-02.

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«I greci ci criticano perché siamo così severi con i nostri figli e così lassi con gli schiavi: non hanno capito che i nostri figli dovranno dominare il mondo»

«When a true genius appears in the world you may know him by this sign; that the dunces are all in confederacy against him»

Il vero tesoro di una nazione è costituito dai suoi uomini di talento. Dopo la fine della guerra mondiale Germania, Giappone ed Italia erano distrutte, prive di risorse, ma avevano conservato con cura le loro persone di talento. Quindici anni dopo si assistette al loro ‘miracolo economico’.

Un Newton oppure una Md Curie fanno una nazione. Un milione di mediocri non fa un genio.

Il problema è identificarli, lasciarli crescere e, sopratutto, non ostacolarli.

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«Is the U.S. Losing the War for Global Talent?»

«International students, particularly those coming from societies and cultures dramatically different from the US, are still not fully prepared for the vastly different academic culture»

«Students are quite different in how they’re approaching the idea of a foreign credential»

«Should I go to the U.S.? Is that the best return on investment for my family’s money? Or am I going to go to the U.K. or some other country?»

«Until about a decade ago, international students in the U.S. were dominated by those coming to the U.S. to pursue a master’s or Ph.D.»

«Then, with the huge growth in the Chinese middle class, there was this big influx of young Chinese students at the undergraduate level»

«foreign undergraduates, for the most part, have been full-fee paying students»

«Many families are now rethinking whether they have the resources to pay for their children’s education abroad»

«→→ What is it that Americans don’t understand about the experiences of international students? ←←»

«People don’t often appreciate how important international students have been to the post-1960s history of success of the U.S., from technology to academia to medicine»

«in the U.S., we do not want to have a candid conversation about the pathway from higher education to skilled talent and how countries grow their talent pool»

«If we look at the statistics, 70 to 80 percent of international students continue to stay on in the U.S. after their studies»

«More generally, we need to smooth that pathway from being a student to joining the workforce»

«When you’re an international student, everything you do in your program of study is governed by immigration rules»

«The policies in Canada are much friendlier to international students because of that clear understanding that education is a pathway to careers and the workforce»

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Cina. Di gran lunga i migliori studenti al mondo.

Italia. Un addetto alla scuola ogni 5.57 studenti, sei volte più che in Cina.

Scuola Italiana. Fotocopie di una burocrazia satanica.

Invalsi 2019, l’Italia divisa in due. Quasi la metà dei maturandi «analfabeta» in matematica

Nuova Zelanda. Cresce il numero di studenti con proficiency in Cinese.

Cina. I grandi Atenei inglesi stanno trasferendosi in Cina.

Coronavirus e Cina mettono in dissesto le Università inglesi.

Conoscere e capire la Cina. Test di ammissione in seconda elementare.

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Università. Rank mondiale. Irrompono le cinesi e declinano le liberal.

«Irrompono a viva forza le università cinesi nelle top 100.

Peking University, 27°, richiama il 16% di studenti stranieri;

Tsinghua University, 30°, richiama il 9% di studenti stranieri;

University of Hong Kong, 40°, richiama il 42% di studenti stranieri;

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, 44°, richiama il 31% di studenti stranieri;

Chinese University of Hong Kong, 58°, richiama il 31% di studenti stranieri

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I dati dei Rank mondiali sono inequivocabili.

Le università cinesi attirano gli studenti molto di più di quelle americane, che una volta erano posto mitico ed ambito ove andare a studiare.

Non è tempo e luogo per una analisi approfondita, ma almeno un elemento salta immediatamente agli occhi.

«in the U.S., we do not want to have a candid conversation».

«Stati Uniti d’America dove un professore viene licenziato per aver detto che “L’uragano Harvey è la risposta del karma al voto repubblicano del Texas”. Il tutto è avvenuto all’Università di Tampa, il nome del professore di sociologia è quello di Kenneth L. Storey»

Privare l’università della possibilità di esprimere liberamente le proprie opinioni la denatura e la rende solo strumento di azione politica, ossia tutto tranne che ‘università’: logico quindi che gli studenti esteri le evitino.

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Is the U.S. Losing the War for Global Talent?

International students, particularly those coming from societies and cultures dramatically different from the US, are still not fully prepared for the vastly different academic culture.

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This is one of a series of interviews by Bloomberg Opinion columnists on how to solve the world’s most pressing policy challenges. It has been edited for length and clarity.

Virginia Postrel: You came to the U.S. as a graduate student in psychology in 1992 and worked for many years at the Institute of International Education, as well as other jobs in international education. Your new book, “America Calling,” is a memoir of your own experiences and a report on the general state of foreign students in the U.S. How is the experience of current students different today from when you came? 

Rajika Bhandari, author, “America Calling: A Foreign Student in a Country of Possibility”: Students are quite different in how they’re approaching the idea of a foreign credential. They’re seeing it from the perspective of a very savvy consumer. Should I go to the U.S.? Is that the best return on investment for my family’s money? Or am I going to go to the U.K. or some other country? Students are armed with information in a way that they never were before.

However, there’s a lot that hasn’t changed. First and foremost are the enduring challenges around immigration, which rule the existence of an international student’s life in the U.S. in a way that most people who don’t have to experience it will never fully understand.

The other piece that remains the same is that international students, particularly those coming from societies and cultures dramatically different from the U.S., are still not fully prepared for the vastly different academic culture: the idea of a college classroom as a very open, democratic environment; the idea of really being independent in your learning; the idea that you can and should question your professor because you will actually be assessed on how well you’re able to articulate your ideas and to think critically. That can really be a shock for many students coming from highly traditional Asian cultures, where there are strict hierarchies in the classroom — and God forbid you ever question the professor.

VP: What is the current breakdown between graduate and undergraduate international students?

RB: Until about a decade ago, international students in the U.S. were dominated by those coming to the U.S. to pursue a master’s or Ph.D. Then, with the huge growth in the Chinese middle class, there was this big influx of young Chinese students at the undergraduate level. Over the past few years, we’ve seen more undergraduates coming to the U.S. However, according to some of the statistics for this year, it seems like that gap may be narrowing once again.

One reason is that foreign undergraduates, for the most part, have been full-fee paying students. They’re the ones who really fund the bottom line of U.S. institutions. Yet those are also the ones whose families have really been economically impacted by the pandemic. In many countries, the middle class itself has shrunk. Many families are now rethinking whether they have the resources to pay for their children’s education abroad.

VP: What is it that Americans don’t understand about the experiences of international students?

RB: People don’t often appreciate how important international students have been to the post-1960s history of success of the U.S., from technology to academia to medicine. One of the co-founders of Moderna was an international student. The new CEO of Twitter was an international student. Many Americans know that these individuals are immigrants, but what that journey has been — and why education has been a really critical aspect to that journey — is not well understood.

VP:  There’s a kind of pantomime, enacted by everyone involved, which holds that students come to the U.S. to study and then go back to their home countries. That’s what the student visas are based on. When you came, that was your intention as well. In what ways is that model not realistic?

RB: That question really gets at the heart of why I wrote this book. I felt a growing sense of frustration that in the U.S., we do not want to have a candid conversation about the pathway from higher education to skilled talent and how countries grow their talent pool.

In almost every developed country—look at the U.K. Australia, New Zealand, Germany, many others—the pathway from education to immigration has been omnipresent for a very long time. In the U.S., that’s not the case. If we look at the statistics, 70 to 80 percent of international students continue to stay on in the U.S. after their studies. Yet the flow of international students is still viewed within this framework of “exchange,” this pantomime, as you said earlier, of bilateral exchange. But it’s not an exchange. Many more students are coming than going. The number who come on exchange programs, like the flagship Fulbright Program, is very, very small. Most students who are coming here are individually motivated students funding their way.

One of the biggest challenges is that the F-1 international student visa continues to remain what’s called a “single intent visa,” which means that an undergraduate student at the age of 17 has to stand before a consular affairs officer in their home country and say, “Yes, I’m fairly certain that after four years, I’m coming back.” How can you know? We don’t ask 17-year-olds in the U.S. to know exactly what they’re going to decide four years down the line. I think most students are being honest, stating what they think is the right thing for them. It was true for me. But you evolve and change.

VP: So what reforms to the system what would you propose?

RB: First, remove that single-intent requirement of the student visa. Another issue is that currently, the applied work opportunities that international students have after their studies, through the Optional Practical Training Program, are incredibly fraught. The program was not created by legislation. So it’s like a sword hanging over every international student: Will I be able to pursue this one year of work after studies or not? What’s going to happen?

More generally, we need to smooth that pathway from being a student to joining the workforce. The restrictions and backlogs right now are really significant. It’s an issue of looking at the talent that the U.S. is losing — talent that’s been trained in the U.S.

VP: How does the U.S. immigration system shape the experience of international students while they’re here? How do they have a different experience from a similarly situated American student who might be in the same program with them?

RB: There’s this crippling sense of uncertainty that governs your entire time in the U.S. There are so many immigration rules to abide by, for example, in how much coursework you need to take each semester. Most American students are free to take the semester off, particularly graduate students: “I’ll continue to enroll, but I’m going to go work for two years at the World Bank.” None of that freedom exists for international students. When you’re an international student, everything you do in your program of study is governed by immigration rules.

I say sarcastically in the book that many people have the stereotype that “Oh, international students are brilliant, they finish their doctoral degrees in just five or six years, they’re so smart.” It’s not that they’re smart. They don’t have a choice. There is no option but to keep marching along and to meet those requirements, or you immediately fall out of status and have to head back to your country.

This sense of uncertainty hovers over you as you go through that pathway. It’s an endless process of waiting and not knowing. You’re applying for your Optional Practical Training work permit, and then you’re waiting and waiting, because you don’t know when it’ll come through. Then you might apply for an H1-B work permit. And that comes with its own uncertainties. It’s really something that governs an international student’s entire existence in the way that American students don’t even have to ever think about.

VP: How does that compare to say, the experience in Canada?

RB: The policies in Canada are much friendlier to international students because of that clear understanding that education is a pathway to careers and the workforce.

VP: Many people who want to restrict but not eliminate immigration want to skew it toward highly educated individuals who bring lots of human capital. But I worry about some of the potential side effects of that model. Part of the implicit American social contract—which is not always honored—is that we respect each other as individuals, and especially in the context of work. We respect the person who’s doing a job. We don’t look down on them because it’s a lower-paid job or requires less education. The work itself is worthy of respect. Does taking in lots of privileged people from hierarchical societies like India’s risk eroding the egalitarian relationships of everyday American life? Do people who come from the elite of highly hierarchical societies bring that elite view with them and inject it into daily American life?

RB: That is a fabulous question. And I do not put myself above that. I do think that there’s something special about entering a new society as a student, because you’re like a sponge, and you’re at an age where your values and ideas and beliefs are still being shaped. And so the experience can have a profound and transformative impact on a person. And it definitely did on me.

I realize that I came in with a lot of those ideas that you just laid out, from a society that was very rigidly structured across class lines. I had my own biases and beliefs, whether it was about race and skin color, or the dignity of labor. Being in the U.S. really forced me to confront my own biases, and to evolve and change into being more open in my thinking, and hopefully being a better human being.

And so that’s one thing that I’m imparting to students these days, when they ask me, I want to come to the U.S. and study, how can I succeed? One of my challenges to them is really think about making yourself open to how a society can actually transform you.

VP: How did studying and living in the U.S. help you understand India better?

RB: When you leave your home, and you’re away for sufficient enough period of time, it really gives you that sense of objectivity and the feeling of being an outsider looking in — knowing that society really well, but still being one step removed. For me, those learnings were largely around sexism and my place in the world as a young woman: seeing my homeland and my society for what it is and realizing that that’s not what I wanted for myself, that I wanted something different.

VP:  Even though there are certainly negative experiences in the book, it did make me feel good about the country. It was a positive view of America—not a beautiful fairy tale, but if you want to come here and then you end up staying, there must be something good about the country.

RB:  I’m really happy to hear you say that. What draws people to the U.S.? I say in the book that it’s the country that gave the world Indiana Jones. I wasn’t trying to be flippant — but just to say that there’s this idea of freedom embodied in different ways: freedom of thought, the freedom to pursue one’s aspirations, freedom to reinvent yourself.

VP: You have a great example of your surprise at seeing somebody in the U.S. who had braces as an adult. You see it as a sign of reinventing yourself.

RB:  It’s that freedom, manifested in many different ways, that students also encounter as soon as they arrive here. They are pushed to think in ways they had not experienced before. And I think it’s what really draws people here. It’s still present, despite all of the challenges that the country has had over the past four or five years.

This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.

Virginia Postrel is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist. She is a visiting fellow at the Smith Institute for Political Economy and Philosophy at Chapman University and the author, most recently, of “The Fabric of Civilization: How Textiles Made the World.”

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Persona Umana

Italia. Rapporto Caritas. Un milione di poveri in più.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2021-10-20.

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Riportiamo il Rapporto della Caritas, che constata un milione di poveri in più dal dicembre 2019.

A nostro sommesso parere, sicuramente nell’immediato un sostegno finanziario sarebbe doveroso, ma, sempre a nostro modo di vedere, il problema lo si dovrebbe affrontare generando nuovi posti di lavoro.

>> Non si confondano i poveri con gli accattoni professionisti. <<

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Italia. Agosto21. Produzione Industriale ferma.

Italia. Stipendio medio netto è di 21,462.62 euro l’anno.

Banca di Italia. Debito pubblico salito a 2,725.881 miliardi.

Italia. 2020. Il numero dei milionari è cresciuto. Sono adesso 301,000 con 593 miliardi.

Italia. Crollano le coltivazioni biologiche sotto il macigno dei costi.

Italia. Giugno21. Prezzi alla produzione dell’industria, PPI, +9.1% su giugno20.

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Più poveri in Italia a causa della pandemia: il rapporto Caritas 2021.

Il rapporto della Caritas sulla povertà in Italia: più poveri a causa del Covid. Una soluzione indicata dall’ente confessionale della CEI è quella di “riordinare” il Reddito di cittadinanza.

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Un milione di poveri assoluti in più. È questo quello che racconta il report della Caritas: Rapporto 2021 sulla povertà e l’esclusione sociale. A causa della pandemia sono aumentati sensibilmente i poveri in Italia, con una maggiore concentrazione al Nord.

Il Covid e la pandemia globale hanno portato alla luce le forti disparità tra i privilegiati e chi a stento riesce ad arrivare a fine mese. Dallo scoppio della pandemia la Caritas ha infatti prestato soccorso a 1,9 milioni di persone, davanti a questa situazione la Caritas indica una valida soluzione: il riordino del Reddito di cittadinanza.

Povertà in Italia: i dati del rapporto della Caritas

Una situazione preoccupante che spesso nasconde storie di povertà minorile. È questo l’allarme lanciato dalla Caritas nel suo rapporto. I dati raccolti non sono irrisori e rivelano una situazione della povertà in Italia del tutto “inedita”. Nel 2020 la rete Caritas ha soccorso circa 1,9 milioni di persone. Di questi il 44% delle persone si è rivolta all’ente per la prima volta, senza particolari differenze tra italiani e stranieri.

Da un punto di vista regionale tra i territori più colpiti si possono annoverare:

– la Valle d’Aosta con il 61,1%;

– la Campania con il 57,0%;

– il Lazio con il 52,9%;

– la Sardegna con il 51,5%;

– il Trentino Alto Adige con il 50,8%.

Allo stesso modo si scorgono importanti differenze legate all’età: per i giovani adulti di età compresa tra i 18 e i 34 anni le nuove povertà corrispondono al 57,7%, a cui contribuisce la condizione di sfruttamento in cui vivono ragazzi e ragazze che lavorano in Italia. I nuovi poveri sono quindi famiglie giovani che lavorano con figli minori a carico. Nel 2020 è aumentato del 2% la quota di poveri cronici, passando dal 25,6% al 27,5%. L’età media dei “nuovi poveri” è di 46 anni. Il 57% ha al massimo la licenza di terza media, e solo uno su cinque ha il Reddito di cittadinanza.

I dati mostrano una situazioni in cui appare evidente una forte vulnerabilità culturale e sociale che impedisce la possibilità di fare il salto necessario per superare l’ostacolo. Dal 2021 il 70,3% dei nuovi assistiti del 2020 non ha fatto più ricorso ai servizi Caritas, lo studio però legge questo dato in maniera ambivalente: questo può essere interpretato come un segno di speranza, ma allo stesso tempo preoccupa il 29,7% di “nuovi poveri” che ancora continuano essere in grave difficoltà. A preoccupare infine è la situazione dei poveri “intermittenti”, circa il 19,2%, che oscillano ripetutamente tra la condizione di bisogno e non, collocandosi appena al di sopra della soglia di povertà.

Caritas: “Più poveri assoluti a causa della pandemia”

Sono oltre un milione i poveri assoluti in più in Italia, arrivando al valore record di 5,6 milioni di persone in stato di povertà assoluta, pari a 2 milioni di nuclei familiari. L’incidenza delle famiglie in povertà assoluta si conferma più alta nel Mezzogiorno con il 9,4%, anche se la crescita più ampia è stata registrata nelle regioni del Nord, passando dal 5,8% al 7,6% delle persone. Se prima quindi le famiglie povere erano distribuite in egual misura al Nord (43,4%) e al Sud (42,2%), nel 2020 si è giunti al 47% al Nord, con circa 2 milioni 554mila persone, e al Sud al 38,6, con circa 2 milioni 259 mila persone. Sono più contenuti invece i dati del Centro Italia, che registra un’incidenza del 6,6% per un totale di 788mila poveri assoluti.

                         Povertà in Italia: il Reddito di cittadinanza come soluzione

Non abolire il Reddito di cittadinanza ma ripensarlo e rafforzarlo. È questa la conclusione a cui giunge il rapporto della Caritas 2021, proponendo interventi sia espansivi che restrittivi sul Reddito, indicato come unico strumento di contrasto alla povertà esistente in Italia. L’obiettivo deve essere quello di arrivare a tutti i poveri assoluti, passando poi ai poveri relativi.

Tra gli interventi espansivi trova spazio l’ampliamento di alcuni criteri di accesso, come ad esempio diminuire il numero di anni di residenza richiesti oggi 10; innalzare le soglie del patrimonio mobiliare; alzare le soglie economiche al Nord e infine modificare la scale discriminatoria verso le famiglie numerose. Tra gli interventi restrittivi trovano spazio la riduzione di alcuni criteri di accesso, come l’abbassamento delle soglie economiche dell’assegno per i single e per i nuclei di due persone. Una possibilità quindi di ripensare e trasformare il Reddito di cittadinanza in un vero strumento di aiuto per tutti i poveri assoluti in Italia, senza discriminazioni.

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Cina. Sbrigativo giro di vite sugli stili di vita effeminati che depravano i giovani.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2021-09-26.

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La Weltanschauung cinese è diametralmente opposta a quella dei liberal occidentali: per essere chiari, esse sono inconciliabili e mutuamente escludenti.

Da qualche tempo a questa parte, la Cina ha preso misure sempre più severe contro la penetrazione dell’ideologia liberal tramite gli spettacoli in senso lato, specialmente quelli che corrompono la gioventù, soprattutto poi i promotori di una femminilizzazione dei giovani.

Cinesi e quanti vogliano operare in Cina devono attenersi alle leggi locali.

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Cina. “Homosexuality as a “psychological disorder” in a university textbook”.

Hollywood. Sta perdendo il grande mercato cinese. Troppo liberal.

Bbc. Bandita dalla Cina perché propala fake news. – Xinhua e Bbc.

Cina. Bando dei videogames, ‘electronic drugs’. Mr Xi vuole tutelare la gioventù.

Cina. Si ribella alla femminilizzazione dei suoi maschi. Li vuole virili.

«Si faccia attenzione! La virilità è la qualità propria dell’uomo forte, sicuro di sé e risoluto, coraggioso, che si manifesta nelle sue azioni. È la capacità di saper resistere agli insulti dell’avversa sorte. Per alcuni è dote naturale, ma per molti altri è dote acquisita fin dalla giovinezza, ed una scuola dura e selettiva, disciplinata, che nulla conceda, è un ottimo strumento formativo»

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«China’s broadcasting regulator has said it will ban “effeminate” aesthetics in entertainment shows and that “vulgar influencers” should be avoided»

«political and moral conduct should be included as criteria in the selection of actors»

«The television regulator also ordered broadcasters to rein in high salaries paid to stars and clamp down on tax evaders»

«The authorities pledged to promote what it defined as more masculine images of men and criticised male celebrities who use lots of make up»

«programmes that promoted traditional, revolutionary or “advanced socialist” culture, or foster a patriotic atmosphere, were to be encouraged»

«Having started with tech billionaires, the Party is making it clear that prominent showbiz stars are now another clear target»

«Tattoos and men’s ponytails have also previously been blurred from screens»

«The country’s official Xinhua News Agency criticised what it termed society’s effeminate male celebrities in 2018»

«In China, homosexuality is not illegal but authorities are strict on censorship and edited out gay references …. Nudity and sex scenes were also edited out»

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                         Riassumiamo.

La Cina ha preso a cuore la preservazione ed il potenziamento della salute fisica e mentale della propria gioventù.

Aborrisce le depravazioni mentali e fisiche.

Difficile non essere di accordo.

A nostro sommesso avviso, però, le pene previste sono troppo miti.

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China’s media cracks down on ‘effeminate’ styles

China’s broadcasting regulator has said it will ban “effeminate” aesthetics in entertainment shows and that “vulgar influencers” should be avoided.

It’s part of a tightening of rules over what it described as “unhealthy content” in programmes.

The National Radio and Television Administration (NRTA) said political and moral conduct should be included as criteria in the selection of actors.

Certain talent contest show formats have also been stopped.

The television regulator also ordered broadcasters to rein in high salaries paid to stars and clamp down on tax evaders.

The authorities pledged to promote what it defined as more masculine images of men and criticised male celebrities who use lots of make up.

However, it said programmes that promoted traditional, revolutionary or “advanced socialist” culture, or foster a patriotic atmosphere, were to be encouraged.

Mass voting for reality programmes will also no longer be allowed unless it is done by live audiences.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has restated the commitment to “common prosperity” and in this pledge to redistribute wealth, high-earning tech tycoons and entertainment stars have been singled out recently. Last week, Chinese actress Zheng Shuang was fined $46m (£33m) for tax evasion.

Rana Mitter, a professor of the history and politics of modern China at the University of Oxford, said the idea of “common prosperity” was a way of “criticising the immense inequality that now marks society”.

“Prominent figures with high wealth are a clear target because criticism of them resonates on social media,” he said.

“Having started with tech billionaires, the Party is making it clear that prominent showbiz stars are now another clear target.”

Earlier this month, at a meeting of the Chinese Communist party’s Central Financial and Economic Affairs Commission, state media reported that while in the early years of China’s reform some were enabled to “get rich first”, now the government wanted to invoke prosperity “for all”. The committee pledged to regulate high earnings in a better way and to “reasonably adjust excessive income”.

China has a population of around 1.4 billion people. Income inequality has increased in recent decades, with the 10% of the population earning 41% of the national income in 2015, up from 27% in 1978, as estimated by the London School of Economics.

Adjusted for inflation, national income per adult grew more than eightfold between 1978 and 2015, according to official statistics.

Lynette Ong, a professor of political science at the University of Toronto’s Asian Institute, said that “this is part of Xi’s latest efforts to ‘cleanse’ what he or the CCP sees as undesirable social culture, such as excessive video gaming by teenagers”.

‘Chaotic’ fan culture

Last week, the country’s internet regulator said it would take action against what it called “chaotic” fan culture and banned some fan club sites.

Prof Ong told the BBC that the latest announcements were “evidence of the Party’s ever encroaching role into the lives of ordinary people.”

In Beijing last month, film stars Zho Dongyu and Du Jiang warned their contemporaries to never become “slaves of the market” and called on performers to “bravely scale artistic heights under the leadership of the Party”.

The entertainment industry is one of the country’s most profitable, and in 2021 it is expected to generate revenues of around $358.6bn (£260bn), according to a recent report by consultancy PwC.

In 2019, during further moves on censorship, China blurred out the earlobes of some of its young male pop stars in television and internet appearances to hide their piercings. Tattoos and men’s ponytails have also previously been blurred from screens.

The country’s official Xinhua News Agency criticised what it termed society’s effeminate male celebrities in 2018. The agency added: “To cultivate a new generation that will shoulder the responsibility of national rejuvenation, we need to resist erosion from indecent culture.”

In China, homosexuality is not illegal but authorities are strict on censorship and edited out gay references in the Oscar winning Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody”, though they kept many similar references in the movie “Green Book”. Nudity and sex scenes were also edited out of widely-viewed series such as “Game of Thrones” and the film “The Shape of Water”.