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.

Pubblicato in: Cina, Persona Umana

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”.

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Geopolitica Europea, Persona Umana

Catalogna. 400,000 sfilano in piazza a Barcellona per la indipendenza. La Diada.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2021-09-14.

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Si constata come in Spagna sussista una incapacità strutturale del governo madrileno a gestire in modo razionale il problema del separatismo catalano.

In Catalogna l’11 settembre è la ricorrenza della Diada, quando nel 1714 la Spagna conquistò militarmente la Catalogna.

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«Thousands of Catalans chanted, sang and waved flags as they marched through Barcelona on Saturday, calling for the region’s independence from Spain»

«The march, organised by the grassroots Assemblea Nacional Catalana ANC, was the first since Spain’s government pardoned nine Catalan separatist leaders who had been jailed for their role in a 2017 botched bid for independence»

«Most marchers wore face coverings. Police said about 108,000 people took part. ANC put the figure close to 400,000»

«The figure was lower than in 2019, when about 600,000 marched»

«Some of the nine pardoned politicians and activists attended Saturday’s protests»

«In Catalonia, Sept. 11 marks La Diada, the anniversary of the fall of Barcelona to Spanish forces in 1714 and it has been marked in the past decade by separatist rallies»

«For the first time in four years, nine very special people have participated in La Diada again. The political prisoners are back on the streets»

«Those who ask us to turn the page and do not want us to fight for self-determination… What is Spain’s plan for Catalonia? None. Only repression and more repression»

«The central and regional governments are expected to meet next week in Barcelona to resume talks on Catalonia’s political conflict»

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Il 14 febbraio 2021, nelle elezioni anticipate per il Parlamento regionale, l’insieme dei partiti indipendentisti raggiunge il maggior numero di seggi in parlamento (74 su 135) e di voti in percentuale (50.9%, arrivando per la prima volta alla maggioranza assoluta dei votanti).

Di certo, a nostro sommesso punto di vista, il problema dell’indipendentismo catalano non può essere risolto con l’ulteriore invio dell’esercito, come successe in passato, anche se usualmente nella storia le separazioni sono state cruente. La libertà la si conquista e la si mantiene versando del sangue.

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Thousands of Catalans rally for independence in Barcelona

Barcelona, Sept 11 (Reuters) – Thousands of Catalans chanted, sang and waved flags as they marched through Barcelona on Saturday, calling for the region’s independence from Spain.

The march, organised by the grassroots Assemblea Nacional Catalana ANC, was the first since Spain’s government pardoned nine Catalan separatist leaders who had been jailed for their role in a 2017 botched bid for independence, which was Spain’s biggest political crisis in decades.

Most marchers wore face coverings. Police said about 108,000 people took part. ANC put the figure close to 400,000.

The figure was lower than in 2019, when about 600,000 marched, and last year, when only small static protests were organised to comply with COVID-19 restrictions.

Some of the nine pardoned politicians and activists attended Saturday’s protests. In Catalonia, Sept. 11 marks La Diada, the anniversary of the fall of Barcelona to Spanish forces in 1714 and it has been marked in the past decade by separatist rallies.

“For the first time in four years, nine very special people have participated in La Diada again. The political prisoners are back on the streets,” said ANC chairwoman Elisenda Paluzie.

Cultural activist Jordi Cuixart, who was among those jailed, urged the crowd to continue to fight for independence.

“Those who ask us to turn the page and do not want us to fight for self-determination… What is Spain’s plan for Catalonia? None. Only repression and more repression,” he said.

The protests took place at a moment of lower tension between Barcelona and Madrid than in past years as the central and regional governments favour dialogue despite their opposing views on independence.

The central and regional governments are expected to meet next week in Barcelona to resume talks on Catalonia’s political conflict, which have been suspended since Feb. 2020.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has not confirmed yet whether he will attend, and the talks risk being overshadowed by a recent clash between both governments related to Barcelona’s airport.

The Spanish government has said it is cancelling a proposed 1.7-billion-euro ($2-billion) investment to expand the airport, saying it lacked backing from regional authorities who have questioned its potential environmental impact while accusing Madrid of acting dishonestly.

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Persona Umana, Stati Uniti

Usa. Texas. Entrata in vigore la legge che disciplina le procedure elettorali.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2021-09-10.

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«Here’s what the bill does:

– Scraps 24-hour polling sites

– Adds new ID requirements to vote by mail

– Prevents election officials from sending unsolicited absentee ballots to voters

– Forbids voting on Sundays before 13:00

– Makes it harder to remove partisan poll watchers and grants them “free movement” in polling places

– Creates monthly citizenship checks»

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«Texas Governor Greg Abbott has signed into law an overhaul on voting rights that introduces sweeping changes to ways Texans can cast ballots»

«→→ The enactment of the Republican bill marks a bitter defeat for Democrats, who had fled the state in July in an effort to prevent it from passing ←←»

«The law includes a ban on drive-through and 24-hour polling places, and adds ID requirements to vote by mail»

«At least 18 states have enacted new voting laws since the November 2020 presidential election»

«The newly banned drive-through voting was credited with encouraging record voter turnout in the city of Houston – a region that voted for Joe Biden over Donald Trump in the 2020 election by 13 points»

«Three federal lawsuits have already been filed in an effort to block the bill from taking effect»

«The move is the latest action from the conservative Republicans in Texas, after earlier this month they succeeded in their effort to ban most abortions»

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Texas. Corte di Appello federale approva la nuova legge sull’aborto.

Usa. Corte Suprema rifiuta di bloccare la legge del Texas che limita l’aborto.

Usa. Il senato bloccherà la legge sull’aborto, richiedendo il voto con soglia 60 per cento.

Texas. Suprema Corte. I deputati democratici assenteisti possono essere arrestati.

Texas. Prime elezioni con la legge che regolarizza le procedure. Sorprese quasi epocali.

Texas. Dopo l’Arizona si appresta a regolamentare le procedure elettorali.

Usa. Suprema Corte. Sentenzia a favore dell’Arizona sulle restrizioni al voto.

Usa. Già 18 Stati hanno legiferato la regolamentazione delle procedure di voto. Ira dei liberal.

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È vero!

«The enactment of the Republican bill marks a bitter defeat for Democrats»

E questo amaro calice segue di pochi giorni l’avvallo dato dalla Suprema Corte alla legge del Texas che pone seri limiti alle procedure di aborto, classica bandiera di combattimento dei liberal democratici.

La Harris-Biden Administration, e la Nancy Pelosi, hanno dovuto assistere svigoriti a questi severi colpi messi a punto dai Repubblicani. Schiumano rabbia ed odio impotenti, usando una violenza verbale del tutto inusitata, ma questi sono colpi di maglio.

Tuttavia, ci si pensi bene. Chiedere agli elettori di esibire un documento valido di riconoscimento per votare sembrerebbe essere una regola del tutto ragionevole.

Ma questo semplice provvedimento è sufficiente ad evitare quelli che Mr Trump aveva definito essere “brogli elettorali

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Texas enacts controversial voting rights overhaul

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has signed into law an overhaul on voting rights that introduces sweeping changes to ways Texans can cast ballots.

The enactment of the Republican bill marks a bitter defeat for Democrats, who had fled the state in July in an effort to prevent it from passing.

The law includes a ban on drive-through and 24-hour polling places, and adds ID requirements to vote by mail.

It comes amid a wave of proposed voting overhauls in Republican-led states.

At least 18 states have enacted new voting laws since the November 2020 presidential election, according to the Brennan Center for Justice.

Republicans in Texas argue the measures are essential for election security.

“Election integrity is now law in the state of Texas,” Mr Abbott said in a bill signing ceremony on Tuesday. He called the law a “paradigm” for other states wishing to pass election reform bills.

There were no substantial allegations of voting fraud during elections last year in Texas. Democrats and civil rights groups say the bill disproportionately burdens or discourages voters from ethnic minorities, as well as the elderly and disabled.

The newly banned drive-through voting was credited with encouraging record voter turnout in the city of Houston – a region that voted for Joe Biden over Donald Trump in the 2020 election by 13 points

At least 50 House Democrats boarded two private jets from Austin, Texas to Washington DC in July to prevent Republicans from holding a vote on the package.

Here’s what the bill does:

– Scraps 24-hour polling sites

– Adds new ID requirements to vote by mail

– Prevents election officials from sending unsolicited absentee ballots to voters

– Forbids voting on Sundays before 13:00

– Makes it harder to remove partisan poll watchers and grants them “free movement” in polling places

– Creates monthly citizenship checks

Republicans have maintained a grip on all state-wide offices there for three decades, and Texas had some of the most restrictive voting measures in the US even before this bill.

Three federal lawsuits have already been filed in an effort to block the bill from taking effect. Minority rights groups and disability advocates argue that the Texas law violates the federal Voting Rights Act by intentionally discriminating against minority voters.

Democratic Vice-president Kamala Harris condemned the move, tweeting that “the bill limits the options that enabled a historic number of Texans, especially citizens of colour, to vote safely in our last election”.

Mrs Harris, the first black and South Asian vice-president in US history, went on to call for Congress to pass a federal voting rights bill which has been blocked by Republicans at the national level.

The move is the latest action from the conservative Republicans in Texas, after earlier this month they succeeded in their effort to ban most abortions.

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Persona Umana, Stati Uniti

Usa. Il senato bloccherà la legge sull’aborto, richiedendo il voto con soglia 60 per cento.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2021-09-08.

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Torniamo a malincuore sul problema dell’aborto, che adesso è materia di acerrima lotta politica.

Esso infatti è parte integrante dell’ideologia liberal, ed i democratici ne fanno bandiera di combattimento.

Combattere l’aborto significa combattere i liberal.

Precisiamo subito un aspetto lessicologico, su cui i democratici giocano ambiguamente.

Il famoso provvedimento Roe v, Wand sentenzia che in quella particolare situazione l’aborto non trovava contrasto nella Costituzione.

Travisandone i termini, mentendo, i liberal democratici sostengono invece che l’aborto sia un ‘diritto costituzionale’, cosa che non è. Non è un «constitutional rights».

A riprova, se esistesse un ‘diritto costituzionale’ all’aborto, la Suprema Corte avrebbe immediatamente annullato questi provvedimenti statali che lo regolamentano.

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«The U.S. Senate’s filibuster rule likely imperils a bill intended to protect abortion rights that Democrats are readying following the Supreme Court’s decision not to block a strict new Texas ban»

«the chamber’s rule requiring 60 of its 100 members to agree on most legislation»

«The nation’s 6-3 conservative top court this week allowed Texas’ six-week abortion ban to go into effect»

«That decision led House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to declare that the Democratic-controlled chamber will soon debate and vote on legislation aimed at stopping similar state anti-abortion regulations»

«that bill faces little to no chance of passing the Senate»

«Non credo che una regola arcaica dovrebbe essere usata per permetterci di mettere la testa sotto la sabbia … e non agire su queste questioni importanti … Non andremo da nessuna parte se manteniamo questo ostruzionismo»

«Progressive Democrats have repeatedly over the past year suggested doing away with the filibuster to allow other Democratic priorities to pass, including a voting rights bill intended to counteract a wave of new voting restrictions passed by Republican-governed states»

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Usa. Corte Suprema rifiuta di bloccare la legge del Texas che limita l’aborto.

Texas. Corte di Appello federale approva la nuova legge sull’aborto.

Usa. Suprema Corte ammette il Mississippi sulle restrizioni all’aborto.

Usa. Corte Suprema. Rivaluterà la sentenza Roe v. Wade sull’aborto.

America dissennata. I Dem antepongono l’aborto alla cura dell’epidemia.

Stati Uniti. Suprema Corte. Schedulate per febbraio le cause sull’aborto.

Alabama. Aborto. Se crollasse quel mito crollerebbero i liberal democratici.

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E così la Harris-Biden Administration e la Nancy Pelosi possono dire e fare ciò che vogliono, che tanto il Senato non approverà quanto da loro disposto.

Si stanno rodendo il fegato di rabbia ed odio impotente, incapaci, nella loro nullità politica, di proporre un accordo politico. Stanno lentamente capendo che hanno perso anche questa battaglia. E, se si occupassero di più della economia, non sarebbe poi un male, dato che gli Stati Uniti sono adesso in stagflazione, e se la terranno per un bel pezzo.

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Filibuster imperils Pelosi’s abortion bill in U.S. Senate – Klobuchar

Washington, Sept 5 (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate’s filibuster rule likely imperils a bill intended to protect abortion rights that Democrats are readying following the Supreme Court’s decision not to block a strict new Texas ban, a leading Democratic senator said on Sunday.

Senator Amy Klobuchar told CNN’s “State of the Union” that some Senate Republicans support abortion rights but not enough to overcome the chamber’s rule requiring 60 of its 100 members to agree on most legislation.

The nation’s 6-3 conservative top court this week allowed Texas’ six-week abortion ban to go into effect, which observers said showed the justices may be ready to overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that established a national right to abortion.

That decision led House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to declare that the Democratic-controlled chamber will soon debate and vote on legislation aimed at stopping similar state anti-abortion regulations. But Klobuchar said that bill faces little to no chance of passing the Senate.

“My solution to this … I believe we should abolish the filibuster,” Klobuchar, chair of the Senate Rules Committee, told CNN. “I do not believe an archaic rule should be used to allow us to put our heads in the sand … and not take action on these important issues … We just will get nowhere if we keep this filibuster in place.”

Progressive Democrats have repeatedly over the past year suggested doing away with the filibuster to allow other Democratic priorities to pass, including a voting rights bill intended to counteract a wave of new voting restrictions passed by Republican-governed states.

Senate moderates, including Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema, have rejected that idea, however.

Klobuchar said one way to discourage the frequency of filibusters would be to make senators who object to ending debate actually stay on the floor debating. This “talking filibuster” was the tradition until the 1970s.

She said another approach would be a “carveout” that would only change the filibuster for legislation directly tied to one subject, such as abortion rights.

Pubblicato in: Cina, Persona Umana

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

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2021-08-05.

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

Da qualche tempo a questa parte, la Cina ha preso severe misure contro la penetrazione dell’ideologia liberal tramite gli spettacoli in senso lato, specialmente quelli che corrompono la gioventù.

Quanti vogliano operare in Cina devono attenersi alle leggi locali.

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«Shares slide after China brands online games ‘electronic drugs’»

«Shares in two of China’s biggest online gaming firms have slipped after a state media outlet called them “electronic drugs”»

«In recent months authorities have announced a series of measures to tighten their grip on technology and private education companies»

«The article cited Tencent’s hugely popular game Honor of Kings, saying students were playing it for up to eight hours a day, and asked for more curbs on the industry»

«”No industry, no sport, can be allowed to develop in a way that will destroy a generation,” it said before going on to liken online games to “spiritual opium”»

«The recovery in share prices came as Economic Information Daily deleted the article from its account on the Wechat social media platform»

«The move was aimed at tackling the technology giant’s dominance of online music streaming in the country – it currently controls more than 80% of China’s exclusive music streaming rights after an acquisition in 2016»

«The new guidelines also restricted foreign investment in the industry»

«But authorities have in recent months placed fresh focus on protecting child wellbeing, and said they want to further strengthen rules around online gaming and education. Last month, they banned for-profit tutoring in core school subjects»

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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.

La Cina non sa che farsene di giovani femminilizzati. Anzi, vede in loro un reale e concreto elemento di rovina e disgregazione sociale.

Ancor meno la Cina sa che farsene di giovani rimbambiti da una sindrome ludica. Il tempo è stato dato per studiare e per lavorare, non per essere sprecato.

«”‘Spiritual opium’ has grown into an industry worth hundreds of billions, … No industry, no sport, can be allowed to develop in a way that will destroy a generation”»

«Opium is a sensitive subject in China which ceded Hong Kong island to Britain “in perpetuity” in 1842 at the end of the First Opium War, fought over Britain’s export of the drug to China where addiction became widespread»

«Tencent in a statement said it will introduce more measures to reduce minors’ time and money spent on games, starting with “Honor of Kings”. It also called for an industry ban on gaming for children under 12 years old»

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Shares slide after China brands online games ‘electronic drugs’

Shares in two of China’s biggest online gaming firms have slipped after a state media outlet called them “electronic drugs”.

Tencent and NetEase shares fell more than 10% in early Hong Kong trade before regaining some of those losses.

Investors are increasingly concerned about Beijing cracking down on firms.

In recent months authorities have announced a series of measures to tighten their grip on technology and private education companies.

An article published by the state-run Economic Information Daily said many teenagers had become addicted to online gaming and it was having a negative impact on them. The news outlet is affiliated with the official Xinhua news agency.

The article cited Tencent’s hugely popular game Honor of Kings, saying students were playing it for up to eight hours a day, and asked for more curbs on the industry.

“No industry, no sport, can be allowed to develop in a way that will destroy a generation,” it said before going on to liken online games to “spiritual opium”.

Tencent has now said it would introduce new measures to reduce children’s access to and time spent on its Honor of Kings game. The company also said it plans to eventually roll out the policy to all of its games.`

The recovery in share prices came as Economic Information Daily deleted the article from its account on the Wechat social media platform.

Tencent also saw its shares fall last week after being ordered to end exclusive music licensing deals with record labels around the world.

The move was aimed at tackling the technology giant’s dominance of online music streaming in the country – it currently controls more than 80% of China’s exclusive music streaming rights after an acquisition in 2016.

Tencent is only one of a number of Chinese companies listed in the US, Hong Kong and mainland China to see shares fall sharply this year as Beijing clamps down on the country’s technology and education industries.

Last week saw shares in Chinese online tutoring firms slump after they were stripped of the ability to make a profit from teaching core subjects in China.

The new guidelines also restricted foreign investment in the industry.

The major shift in policy came as authorities try to ease the financial pressures of raising children.

Officials have been worried after China’s latest census showed that the birth rate had fallen to the lowest in seven decades.

It is one of the biggest ever overhauls of the country’s $120bn (£87bn) private tutoring sector.

Pubblicato in: Persona Umana, Regno Unito

Ricetta per buongustai. Il filetto alla Wellington. Un piatto prelibato.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2021-07-22.

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E chi ma ha detto che la cucina inglese sia roba da barbari?

Ripigliamo daIl Cucchiaio di Argentola ricetta del filetto alla Wellington: una vera e propria golosità.

Richiede una ragionevole maestria in cucina ed anche un macellaio di vera fiducia.

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Per i palati ancora più esigenti consigliamo di fare riferimento alla ricetta di un inglese “doc”, ovvero lo chef Gordon Ramsey, disponibile sul suo sito: https://www.gordonramsay.com/gr/recipes/beef-wellington/. La pasta sfoglia potete farla in casa, molto ben spiegata è la video ricetta dello chef Franco Aliberti disponibile qui: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au971V3luyg. I funghi freschi possono essere sostituiti con un mix di champignon e porcini secchi.

Di somma importanza l’accostamento del vino.

Il Barolo, un buon Barolo, sarebbe a nostro sommesso parere il migliore accostamento.

Suggeriremmo di scegliere dal Barolo Liste 2009, Borgogno, in sù.

«Il “re dei vini, vino dei re” incontra alla perfezione il piatto preferito di colui che ha battuto il primo Re d’Italia dell’epoca moderna (Napoleone si auto incorona re nel 1805), in un abbinamento da importanti ricorrenze. La succulenza della carne, le sensazioni umami dei funghi e la grassezza della pasta sfoglia che avvolge il tutto trovano nel Barolo le corrispondenti note di sottobosco, la struttura e l’acidità necessarie a bilanciare questo matrimonio d’amore a tavola. Senz’altro un vino non proprio da tutti i giorni e una preparazione complessa e dispendiosa di tempo, per questo relegata alle grandi occasioni»

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Il filetto alla Wellington è un secondo piatto di carne per occasioni importanti. La ricetta richiede una buona dimestichezza in cucina: prevede la doppia cottura della carne, che viene prima scottata in padella, poi ricoperta salsa ai funghi e prosciutto crudo, per poi essere avvolta nella pasta sfoglia e terminare la cottura in forno.

Un secondo piatto di carne per occasioni importanti, il filetto alla Wellington è una ricetta che ha per protagonista il taglio di manzo più noto e pregiato per la sua tenerezza e magrezza. Normalmente in cucina si usa dividere il filetto in tre parti: testa, cuore e coda. La testa del filetto è la parte che viene utilizzata per le bistecche di filetto, adatte alla preparazione in padella. Dal cuore, invece, si ricavano le Chateubriand o i tournedos, destinati a preparazioni alla griglia. Dalla coda, infine, si ottengono i filet mignon, destinati a cotture in padella, spesso accompagnati da salse complesse e raffinate.

Il filetto alla Wellington è noto anche con il nome di filetto in crosta, perché la carne viene avvolta da una croccante pasta sfoglia che, in cottura, assorbe tutti i sughi e i sapori del filetto, imprigionando il gusto e gli aromi al suo interno. Questa ricetta ha origini inglesi e il nome sembra sia dedicato ad Arthur Wellesley, diventato duca di Wellington nel 1815. Secondo la storia, il duca era un uomo di gusti difficili in cucina, finché non provò questo filetto in crosta, che diventò il suo piatto preferito.

La ricetta del filetto alla Wellington richiede una buona dimestichezza in cucina, soprattutto per la doppia cottura della carne: la carne viene prima scottata in padella, poi ricoperta da una gustosa salsa ai funghi e rinchiusa in uno strato di prosciutto crudo, per poi essere avvolta nella pasta sfoglia e terminare la cottura in forno.


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Pubblicato in: Cina, Persona Umana

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

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2021-03-01.

2021-03-01__ Cina Omosessuali 001

Non sono soldatesse. Sono le aspiranti hostess della compagna di volo East Star Lines che stanno facendo la scuola paramilitare propedeutica. Questa sotto è la foto a corso ultimato.

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«A court in China’s eastern Jiangsu province recently ruled in favour of a publisher that described homosexuality as a “psychological disorder” in a university textbook»

«Suyu District Intermediate Court in the city of Suqian said the description resulted from “perceptual differences” and was not a factual error, upholding a judgment made in September last year»

«The teaching material classifies homosexuality as a psychological disorder»

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Sotto le pressioni dei liberal occidentali

«Homosexuality was decategorised as a mental disorder by the Chinese Psychiatric Association in 2001»

Ma la legge che ha annodato è pur sempre libera di sciogliere.

Quanto prima l’omosessualità tornerà ad essere ciò che è nei paesi civili, Cina in testa.

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China says actors must follow moral guidelines or face bans.

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

«A notice from China’s education ministry has caused a stir after it suggested young Chinese men had become too “feminine”»

«For a while China’s government has signalled concern that the country’s most popular male role models are no longer strong, athletic figures like “army heroes”»

«So last week, the education ministry issued a notice with a title that left no doubt about its ultimate goal»

«The Proposal to Prevent the Feminisation of Male Adolescents called on schools to fully reform their offerings on physical education and strengthen their recruitment of teachers»

«”cultivating students’ masculinity”»

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Inutile dire come i media liberal occidentali siano rimasti attoniti nel sentire simili affermazioni: i cinesi non solo non si riconoscono nel loro credo, ma persino osano opporvisi, e con grande forza.

È uno dei tanti motivi di scontro di Weltanschauung opposte.

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Chinese court backs publisher of textbook calling homosexuality ‘psychological disorder’.

A court in China’s eastern Jiangsu province recently ruled in favour of a publisher that described homosexuality as a “psychological disorder” in a university textbook.

According to a copy of the Feb. 9 appeal ruling seen by Reuters, Suyu District Intermediate Court in the city of Suqian said the description resulted from “perceptual differences” and was not a factual error, upholding a judgment made in September last year.

“I feel at a loss, because they didn’t even have a trial, they just handed down the judgment,” said the plaintiff, who uses the pseudonym XiXi.

In 2017, XiXi had sued Jinan University Press and a company owned by retailer JD.com for publishing and distributing factually incorrect content in the 2013 book on mental health education for university students.

“The teaching material classifies homosexuality as a psychological disorder, which it isn’t,” the 24-year-old NGO worker said, adding that she only found out about the ruling on her appeal through her lawyer on Feb. 22.

“I’m really disappointed, because we are seeing comments that are supporting this judgment.”

Homosexuality was decategorised as a mental disorder by the Chinese Psychiatric Association in 2001.

“It’s quite damaging to the whole LGBT community, so we are sorely disappointed,” said Peng Yanzi, the director of LGBT Rights Advocacy China.

“I’m not the only one who is disappointed, shocked and angry – the whole LGBT community is – but we also very much admire XiXi because she’s spent years legally pursuing this.”

Jinan University Press and JD.com did not immediately reply to emailed requests for comment.