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Hoops Preview: Northwestern 2018BrianDecember 4th, 2018 at 3:08 PM
#5 Michigan (8-0) vs
Michigan –6 (Kenpom)
This is going very well!
Michigan is undefeated and if they can brave the new Welsh-Ryan there's a very good chance they get through the year unscathed. They've unleashed beatdowns on every opponent so far, but Northwestern provides a couple of potential roadblocks.
One: it's a road game. All basketball teams have weird road games where they shoot horribly and the refereeing seems absurdly tilted. Two: last year Northwestern bottled up Michigan's offense in two ugly games by playing a lot of zone, and pretty much the last "oh no what if" left in this season is "what if they play a good zone D." As you'll see, the Wildcats have the length to make their zone annoying indeed.
At some point Michigan is going to look mortal, and this is a good candidate. Hopefully their defense carries them through even if that's the case. The alternative is more red flowers down below us.
THE LINEUP CARD
Projected starters are in bold. Hover over headers for stat explanations. The "Should I Be Mad If He Hits A Three" methodology: we're mad if a guy who's not good at shooting somehow hits one. Yes, you're still allowed to be unhappy if a proven shooter is left open. It's a free country.
Never shoots, for good reason. 43/27 last year and worse this year. TO rate of 28 is awful. Blocks a lot of shots for a 6'4" guard though?
Evansville grad transfer. Finding life in a major conference much more difficult but still a low-TO guy and shooting is shooting. Early scuffles (31% from three) probably a mirage, must check.
BC transfer. Decent numbers as a low-usage guy there two years ago; currently getting to the line a ton at 88% and missing all his threes.
Stretch four with low-ish TO rate shooting 48/45 is most Beilein player on NW roster.
I just learned that dude has an extraneous R in his name. WTF! Crushing it so far with top 20 OREB rate, 66% from floor with 22 usage early. Both are big steps forward.
Erstwhile M recruit chose poorly. Miniscule rebounding numbers on both ends, shooting too early to tell. Beanpole.
Just another backup C. JABC? JABC.
Composite #341 is closest thing to PG on roster. Miserable in all facets so far after reclassifying to 2018.
Composite #116 FR off to good start from three but miserable inside line, lot of TOs.
[Hit THE JUMP for the rest of the preview.]
Positionless basketball is all the rage these days and it's not hard to see why. But it's not a great idea to do it on accident, and that appears to be the case in Evanston. Bryant McIntosh graduated, projected replacement Jordan Lathon had his admission mysteriously revoked by the school in May, and Absolutely Nobody stepped into the void.
The team that results from that abrupt about-face is a bunch of wings without a point guard. Everyone in the Northwestern starting lineup is between 6'4" and 6'8". They share the ball—nine different players have assist rates in double digits. But not very well—only two of those players have assist rates higher than their turnover rates.
Thus far things have been middling. Northwestern has a 22-point win over a Utah team that's just outside of the Kenpom top 100, a six-point win at home against #76 Georgia Tech, and some rote walkovers. They also have 19-point loss to #84 Fresno State. A two-point loss to Indiana at Assembly Hall is probably their best performance of the year, and it happened on Saturday.
The twin engines keeping this rickety boat afloat are Vic Law and Dererk Pardon. (Yes, "Dererk." Is it common knowledge that Pardon's got an extraneous R floating around his name? I am flabbergasted right now.)
Anyway: Law is a very Beilein player. He's 6'7" and an excellent three point shooter (39% on almost 400 career attempts) who's just as good at the line; he vacuums up defensive rebounds. His turnover rate is just meh. He's not just a shooter but he's a far worse player once he gets inside the arc. He was 45% from two last year and is at 48% this year despite an early-season schedule heavy on bad defenses. He's not much of an athlete, so he doesn't get to the rim much and when he does he's barely over 50%.
As a senior his usage has shot up; his efficiency has gone up as well as he's added a fair number of assists without bumping his TO rate; he's shooting more free throws and hitting 45% from deep. Michigan's going to test his ability to drive. It's probably not going go well for him, but he's hitting about half his Other Twos so he's got a good backup plan. Law has added a fair number of unassisted threes this year, so Michigan will have to be vigilant.
holy cow check out the tiny cheerleader [JD Scott]
Pardon is a crafty center who's been an efficient, if low-usage, scorer for the duration of his career in Evanston. He's upped his usage annually once he emerged as a starter and he's up to 22% this year; given the supporting cast that should probably be higher. Pardon's been a top 100 OREB gent the last two years and has a ridiculous 17% in the early going; he's a decent shot blocker and gets to the line a lot. Historically he does not convert very well once there but he's at 67% this year and has steadily risen over the course of his career.
Pardon's most recent outing was a comprehensive clobbering of Indiana in which he went 11 of 15 from two with a series of post-ups usually on Juwan Morgan. Teske's obviously a different beast than the 6'7" Morgan. Last year Pardon struggled against Michigan, going 6 of 14 from the floor with one assist against four TOs. This year it's going to be mostly Teske instead of mostly Wagner, and that'll be a stiff test.
Evansville grad transfer Ryan Taylor is the other functional offensive player. Taylor took an astounding 41% of Evansville's shots last year, which was tops nationally. Despite being a 6'6" guy in a low-major conference, Taylor was allergic to the rim (12% of his shots). He's an excellent shooter both off the bounce and in spot-up situations, but he is very much Just A Shooter even if he took an ungodly number of twos last year. Those were all jumpshots. His sub-20 FT rate is evidence enough of that.
The rest of Taylor's profile is prototypical JAS. Few assists, fewer TOs, nonexistent as a rebounder. He's having some early issues from three (31%) but he was at 38% and 42% the last two years and should rebound to about that level—shooting is shooting.
Possessions used by anyone else on the roster are boons. The only other guy on the roster with an ORTG over 100 is little used backup C Barrett Benson, and he was at 96 last year.
BC transfer AJ Turner is yet another 6'7" wing who might have a case that his early issues are just bad three point luck. He's 5 of 27 on the season; two years ago he hit 37%. But his TO rate is extremely bad and his free throws, which are propping him up, were heavily concentrated in games against three sub-200 Kenpom opponents. Close out and if he wants to drive it's fine, like everyone else.
Sophomore Anthony Gaines is the final starter and is an abominable offensive player. He shot 43/27 last year in about half of Northwestern's minutes. Things have not improved this year; in fact his TO rate has shot up to 28. Gaines has gotten to the line an absurd amount and would otherwise be in the 80s in ORTG. The good news, such as it is, is that he blocks a lot of shots for a 6'4" guy. So he's got that going for him.
Northwestern's bench is mostly freshman Miller Kopp, yet another 6'7" wing. He's started his career hot from three but is shooting 32% inside the arc. Too many turnovers, as per usual for freshmen. The rest of it is Benson, a Generic Backup C, and one-time Michigan recruit Pete Nance. Nance has a lot of potential but is currently listed at 6'10, 210 and has the rebounding stats to match. Too early to say much about his abilities other than he should be redshirting and he's perfectly willing to take threes.
Guards Ryan Greer and Jordan Ash get scattered minutes in which they turn the ball over a third of the time they use a possession and don't do anything else to make up for it.
Billy Donlon heads up the D after he defected from Michigan and at least early it looks like his teachings have taken hold. The first inklings that Michigan would prevent opponents from launching threes came during the post-Maverick section of Donlon's lone year in Ann Arbor, and that's carried over: the Wildcats are 52nd at preventing launches and in the top 100 at defending those.
They've maintained a good two-point D while doing this, and in this they're a lot like Michigan's defense. Other things not so much: NW is currently a high-pressure, high-risk D that gets a lot of turnovers but also gives up a lot of free throws.
The offense is the clunky thing it usually is. They're getting a lot of offensive boards (61st) and free throws(44th) and hitting those free throws. Anything from the floor is a major struggle. NW hovers around 200th in eFG and has a turnover rate of almost 20. They are vulnerable to steals, as a large team with no point guard should be.
Prep for zone. Northwestern played a bunch of 2-3 zone last year and had good success with it against Michigan, which put up 0.91 PPP in a loss and 0.98 PPP in a win. This year the Wildcats are shaped even more like a typical 2-3 zone team with a bunch of wings everywhere.
Michigan's early offensive struggles came against low major teams that threw a bunch of junk zones and forced bad threes up; Michigan did do some good work against Providence a couple weeks later. But Northwestern is on another level, defensively.
No help. The only Northwestern player who's able to do anything at the rim is Pardon, and if he goes off for 24 on 15 shots against John Teske I'll eat a lemon. The Villanova gameplan where there's absolutely no help for anyone should be effective.
Nobody is getting to the bucket on this team even against some not great defenses; Michigan should be able to stay in front and force a ton of tough contested jumpers. From two.
Sticky fingers. Michigan isn't a team that forces a ton of turnovers or gets a ton of steals but Zavier Simpson and, uh, John Teske should have some opportunities to pick some pockets against the series of high-TO, loose-handled wings Northwestern will throw at Michigan.
Michigan's transition offense (65% eFG) is deadly. Might be a good way to avoid Donlon's half-court D.
Get downhill on closeouts. NW will close out hard, giving Matthews and Iggy excellent driving opportunities. Pardon is a decent rim defender but not a game-changer.
THE SECTION WHERE I PREDICT THE SAME THING KENPOM DOES
This Week's Obsession: Expectations are Back ThereSethDecember 4th, 2018 at 10:00 AM
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Why is this team exceeding expectations?
Ace: Just wait until Jordan Poole gets goin— oh, I see.
Seth: 1/1 Charles Mathewses agree: this is not a good development.
Ace: We can start with the obvious: Michigan had one of the best defenses in the country last year, upgraded on that end at the four and five spots (and arguably the two as well), and also moved into year two of Luke Yaklich’s teachings taking hold. Now it’s the best defense in the country by a significant margin so far this year.
This is very much Zavier Simpson’s team. Matthews’, too.
BiSB: To the defensive question, we didn't know if Iggy could play defense. Turns out... yeah, very much so.
Brian: His first real test is "hey, check Eric Paschall with zero help defense" and that goes spectacularly.
Seth: Let's not leave out 7'2" Zavier Simpson.
BiSB: Big Trogdor?
Ace: I meant in terms of temperament. Jon Teske is clearly one of the main reasons this team is so good. He’s a defensive savant. It’s not just that he can block shots, he’s almost never in the wrong place, his hands are great, and he moves surprisingly well.
BiSB: His foul rate is also insanely low.
Brian: Michigan's two point D is stunning and it is most stunning when The Big Sleep is on the floor. 31%!
Ace: (pulls out bullhorn)
AND HE HITS THREES NOW!
[After THE JUMP: Florida gets mentioned once. Also Duke.]
Brian: He challenges everything without fouling, his hands are disruptive, he's able to check guys he absolutely should not be able to on the perimeter. Here's an excellent breakdown of Michigan's offensive performance against Purdue featuring a billion drives past switched bigs.
That does not happen to Teske, like, ever.
Ace: I was going to post the other excellent breakdown video that hit Twitter in which Beilein’s adjustments are shown.
It was evident yesterday that Beilein and Painter have coached against each other 22 times in the last 12 years. Awesome chess match: pic.twitter.com/JWLxLELZN8
Teske’s ability to pop out and hit outside shots is going to be huge. It was last weekend.
Also that video is hoops geek porn.
Seth: I can't state how much I loved that tweet. I feel like I became basketball smart in 280 characters.
Brian: It changes the game further. Also we should not neglect Teske's paint screening ability. The opening bucket against the Boilers was Michigan action that got Iggy an unbalanced defender he drove past, but the 7'3" windmill wasn't able to get to the hoop because Teske felt what was coming and moved to box him out.
BiSB: Simpson uses that seal once or twice a game.
Seth: To bring the Teske bit back to the question: This was our HOPE not our expectation for him right?
Ace: He’s the perfect center for this team, no disrespect to Moe Wagner. This team is downhill oriented in a way none of Beilein’s teams have been previously. Teske makes a real impact on both the initial screen and that tricky rescreen he’ll bust out. Simpson needs that, and it sure helps Matthews/Iggy get to the rack too.
I had very high Teske expectations and I’d say he’s still exceeding them.
BiSB: Imagine you brought You-From-2016 to the future and showed him this team.
Ace: Like, right after the Maverick Morgan game.
BiSB: I would probably wonder how John Beilein was doing in the NBA.
Ace: I’d be legit dead.
Not that I'm trying to steal your job, Tom [Fuller]
By the end of the season Michigan's offense was actually slightly better with Teske on the floor after February 1st. EFG, TO rate, and various other factors remained static; FT rate dropped a lot and OREB rate rose a lot. That's about 300 possessions—five games worth—against top 100 opponents. It's not nearly enough to declare anything but it certainly suggests that Michigan's offense can survive in the post-Moe era. It'll get tougher without Wagner since teams will be gameplanning for Teske and not focusing so much on pick and pop, but that's what team-wide offseason improvement is for.
If the rest of the team can pick up the usage slack, Michigan won't miss Wagner much. Moderately large "if."
But even my absurdly optimistic self was way short.
Ace: The defense honestly hasn’t surprised me as much as the offense? I thought it would take longer for things to click. This is kinda what I expected the final form to look like.
Brian: Yes. This was a D that was #3 last year shedding Duncan Robinson and Wagner and getting their three best players back. The offense was a much bigger concern.
Ace: Iggy being insta-awesome changed the outlook a lot.
BiSB: The pick and roll game has been the best since, what, Stauskas? Morris?
Ace: Stauskas. Dude rained threes off of those. Wait. Let’s not discount Walton/Wagner. Unless we’re eliminating pops.
Brian: Well when's the last time Michigan had a point guard who was healthy and experienced? Late Walton was great but he was not right for a lot of his career and before that Michigan couldn't get a guy to his junior year.
Ace: Simpson sees the floor as well as any Beilein PG since Morris.
Brian: 13 A, 2 TO vs UNC and Purdue.
Ace: It makes you wonder what Trey Burke’s A:TO would’ve looked like as an upperclassman.
Alex: I thought the ball-screen game last year with Wagner was better because the latter was so good at reading the defense and adjusting - slips, pops, and rolls.
Brian: I think Teske's just as good but in more subtle ways. He's a large reason that Michigan's able to get to the rack so consistently with no one providing help.
BiSB: And to Ace's earlier point, there are still Thanksgiving leftovers in the back of the fridge. This clicked EARLY.
BiSB: Debbie Downer Caveat: there's the potential for some recency bias on the shooting stuff. They shot like Sparty against a 2-3 zone for the first couple of games, on stuff that was pretty opponent-independent.
Brian: I don't think they're a 43% team like they've been since but neither are they a 20% team or anything like it. Zone is the looming question though that's correct.
Alex: I think people generally expected that Teske would be an adequate—if very different—replacement for Wagner. Matthews has gotten better, Simpson has gotten better, Poole is still adjusting but he's just played two great games against good teams and when he's hot Michigan is unstoppable.
BiSB: It's hard to see Charles Matthews shooting 50% from deep, just like it was hard to envision Jordan Poole shooting like 8% with a billion turnovers.
Alex: This may not be a 37% shooting team from three but it's not gonna be < 33% like some of us (read: me) feared.
Seth: I wonder if Charles Matthews has found his stroke. He's not going to be 50% but I like him so much more now that he takes and makes threes in rhythm instead of driving on them.
Ace: I don’t think Matthews is gonna be much more than a ~33% shooter from deep but he doesn’t need to be better than that. He’s at 29% right now.
Brian: He's hitting 69% from the line since the 0/5 start. I think there might be something to that. He can get to 33-35 maybe. His FTs improved a little last year too. I think he's leveling up as a shooter, slowly.
Ace: Obligatory “nice.”
Alex: Just needs to hit open shots.
And first in hair. [Marc-Gregor Campredon]
Alex: As for why this team is exceeding expectations, the single biggest reason to me is Iggy. He's Michigan's leading scorer and legitimately a good defender. Had we known he'd be this good this fast - say, if he were a top 5 recruit - the expectations would have been much higher.
He's fourth in Kenpom B1G POY right now, by the way.
Brian: And... he is, right? If you re-rank his class right now he's top 5. For college anyway.
Alex: Top 5 best college freshmen, sure.
Ace: Maybe not for NBA purposes but certainly for college, yeah.
Alex: To your point on the podcast, not the 5th best prospect but he's 20 and dominating high-major college hoops on both ends.
Alex: Livers has been quiet these last few games but he's 50% from three and a very good backup center. Not sure if anyone saw either of those things coming. Beilein even drew up a few looks for him against Purdue (one at the end of the first half comes to mind) and those were plays designed for a Duncan Robinson-type shooter. If Livers can be that and play three positions well defensively...
Brian: He really really wanted to take that three, which is nice to see.
BiSB: He's also getting to some of those shots that he seems unusually efficient at, like the lane fadeaway.
Ace: He also drilled a corner three over a closeout against UNC on a shot he never would’ve attempted last year.
BiSB: And the turnovers are down, too.
Seth: When is the last time Michigan had a sixth man of the year candidate?
BiSB: Last year?
Ace: …last year.
Alex: I think Robinson won it.
Brian: Livers's versatility is another excellent bonus. He makes the seven man rotation go because you can bring him in at any of three spots, and he can defend it.
BiSB: Over JJJ, even.
Brian: His usage has ticked up a couple of percentage points and he's chipping in D stats along with the shooting. I don't think he's going to be a guy who attacks the basket much but as a swiss army three-and-D guy he's great.
Ace: That versatility runs across the whole lineup and that’s huge when, at least for now, they’re running out a seven-man rotation. Livers can play three spots, Matthews can play (or at least defend) three spots, Poole can cover two (or even three), Eli Brooks plays both guard spots…
BiSB: Another nice part about Michigan's low foul rate is that Beilein gets to pick and choose his spots more with Livers at the 5. He hasn't had his hand forced often.
Alex: Livers does all the little things on both ends too.
Ace: It’s a seven-man rotation that functions like it’s got nine or ten guys, except the back end is still the good players.
Ace: And not, say, Ben Carters.
Alex: I think Austin Davis probably deserves to play but with Livers doing so well in that role, he might not be playing a whole lot unless Teske is in foul trouble.
BiSB: I'm a liiiiiiittle concerned about Big Man depth...
Alex: Which... it's really remarkable that Teske doesn't foul much given that he's contesting everything and going for steals.
Seth: I don't think we should have expected Castleton to be contributing in the 2018 portion of this season.
Ace: Davis should be fine, and if he’s not, they can cover for that with Livers and potentially emergences from Brandon Johns and/or Colin Castleton. Beilein’s had plenty of freshmen break into the rotation late.
Brian: Davis seemed fine in small bursts last year. He's probably all right. Ward went right at him late in the first half at MSU last year and he defended that just fine.
Michigan's played a lot of teams where Livers makes more sense than Davis as the backup 5: Nova, UNC, and Purdue all feature small-ball Cs for large minutes.
slackbot: stupid ginger
Ace: Other things that can click into place:
The patented late-season freshman emergence (Castleton, perhaps?)
Poole playing every week like last week
More effective offense from the small ball lineup
Teske pounding the offensive glass like last year
BiSB: So... I mean... are there ANY concerns?
Alex: Davis is probably a perfectly fine replacement-level backup big.
Ace: Free throws.
Brian: Zone offense.
Alex: Bad three-point luck. I really don't think I'm crazy for thinking that this is a 30-win team.
Ace: I don’t think you are, either.
Alex: They're #1 in two-point defense. #1 in preventing free throws. #17 in preventing threes. Your floor is so high when that's the case.
BiSB: KenPom has them as a 26-5 team before any postseason stuff. Sooooo...
Ace: They’re up to a 27-4 projection on Torvik and are favored in every. single. game.
Brian: Kenpom still has more pessimistic preseason numbers baked in, too.
Ace: That’s the crazy thing! This team was in the 20s-30s everywhere preseason.
Seth: It's nice that the Big Ten proved itself a top three conference in the nonconf portion. You can take 4-5 losses in conference and be a 1 seed still as long as UNC and Nova don't turn out to be bad.
slackbot: stupid ginger
Ace: And we seemed to be the only people who thought that was batshit.
Alex: My biggest concern is depth. If one of the main seven gets hurt, you're playing guys who are very clearly not ready.
Ace: MSU: preseason Big Ten favorite, everywhere.
Brian: I think someone will emerge over the next month or two, probably DDJ.
Alex: He's surely getting hazed by Z every day in practice.
Ace: I feel like he gets blocked by Brooks. I honestly think every other freshman has a more obvious fit into the rotation.
Brian: God, being a freshman Beilein PG against Z has to be a private hell.
Alex: Get ready for the BTN Journey piece about how Z molded him into a killer when he wins the B1G POY in a few years.
Ace: That part I don’t doubt.
BiSB: But with a little twitch that say, "no for real I still wake up screaming about that guy"
Alex: None of the freshmen besides Iggy have looked anywhere near equipped to handle a five-minute stint in a high leverage situation.
Ace: I wouldn’t sleep on Adrien Nunez. Team could still use a shooting boost and the one thing they don’t have is a backup two who’s not really a PG. It’s still way early, Alex.
BiSB: Johns looks bouncy
Alex: The end-of-the-bench blowout variety hour has been so disappointing!
Ace: I don’t think any of them were expecting to see the floor against, say, Villanova.
BiSB: Castleton's usage is 47%. Just wanted to mention that.
Alex: That was intended to be tongue-in-cheek
Brian: Most of those minutes are against weird junk zones and I don't think mean too much.
At the open practice it felt like Johns and DDJ were the guys who were getting you might play attention, FWIW.
Alex: Yes it's the clumsiest basketball this side of the IM Building but even though those guys are all highly touted, I would be surprised if they didn't have major growing pains if forced into action.
Brian: The reason I push DDJ is that if Michigan does get stymied by some zones I want the off the dribble three shooter. But the points against him are good ones.
Ace: I’m less worried about zones because this team can shoot okay on spot-ups, they’ve got multiple great drivers, they move the ball well, and they have several players who could operate out of the middle of a 2-3. That Matthews FT-line game would be a killer.
Brian: This is me trying to patch a stress fracture in an aircraft carrier, I admit.
BiSB: Iowa has finally been playing more zone.
Alex: As for potential 2-3 issues, shooting is always a concern there. But like Ace said, there are guys who can play well in the middle. Teske and Livers come to mind.
Ace: It’s hard to dial back the optimism right now, I know.
Alex: Not many 7-footers out there who are more inclined to pass than shoot.
Ace: Also: Beilein is a wizard. People forget that. Somehow.
Brian: Michigan did do better against zones vs Providence.
Alex: I think Z's work on offense has been broadly underrated.
BiSB: When wild optimism is the most reasonable level of expectation, I get nervous.
Ace: It’s ever harder when last year’s team is used as a point of comparison.
Alex: He's the second-best distributor in the Big Ten behind Winston and he's not turning it over a whole lot. Has a good sense of when Michigan needs to push the ball following a bad shot or turnover. And like y'all have said, his work in the ball-screen game has been strong.
Seth: Z and Teske are two of the best defenders in the league AND they don't turn it over.
Ace: That should be emphasized, especially since both also somehow manage to avoid getting into foul trouble despite being so active. There’s so little margin for error already against this team and then they never give you the ball in the open floor. UNC never got to run.
Alex: Michigan's well-coached on that end obviously but Z, Matthews, Teske is a hell of a core to build around if you want to have a good defense.
BiSB: No regular rotation player is above 3.1 FC/40 minutes
Brian: Yeah, that's another thing that makes me optimistic. Some of their tougher opponents are very fast and that just doesn't work against Michigan. MSU, Iowa, and Indiana are all around 50th in offensive tempo.
Seth: Or very three-reliant.
Alex: Nothing works against Michigan.
Ace: Seeing a team that leans on transition offense is like when we saw teams that relied on press defense. It’s gonna be a murder.
Alex: Unless a team somehow goes 10-18 from three or something—but there would have to be a lot of tough makes there.
BiSB: Maybe trash-talking Michigan will help. Rattle them, ya know?
Ace: I feel like I remember every open three-point look they’ve given up this year.
Seth: Most of them were against Purdue's short bald guy?
Ace: Yeah, it’s shocking each time.
Alex: Feel like many / most have come off of offensive rebounds - which, that happens.
Brian: Cline got some open ones on missed rotations, but they were so heavily on Edwards that'll happen. I like that Michigan can go from a no help D to a heavy help D.
Ace: Teske got a little too deep into the paint once or twice against balding stretch big, but that’ll happen too, and he didn’t make them pay. The no help D strategy is great. Everyone except the point guard can contest shots at the rim even after getting beat by a half-step. Meanwhile, drive-and-kick isn’t an option. There have been so many instances of guys getting caught under the hoop with no good option.
Brian: Should I mention that I think recent rule changes have made officiating much more predictable and less infuriating? Like, the verticality stuff is great. Guys aren't getting called for the O initiating contact nearly as much.
Ace: I’ve really enjoyed that the changes have come in tandem with Michigan going for more blocks and fewer charges.
BiSB: "Hook and Hold" stuff has gotten headlines, but that's overshadowed a general reasonableness that seems to have taken hold.
Brian: The charge stuff was good and necessary. Hook and hold is being misapplied; it's supposed to be about trying to bait a foul call and instead it's getting called on everything.
Alex: It’s just mind-boggling that Michigan can play this good of defense without fouling much. Like Z gets away with a lot, but otherwise it’s a lot of just staying in front and staying vertical.
Ace: Excellent individual defense across the board.
BiSB: I've been a little disappointed with some on-ball defender blocking calls. Guys in legal guarding position getting plowed in the chest.
Seth: The Iggy one is the only one that stood out, and it was so bad Dicky V was mad.
Alex: Also, a fun game is to rank Michigan’s best defenders: Teske, Z, Matthews, Livers, Iggy, Poole, Brooks? Everybody on that list is good!
Ace: That’d be my order. Brooks is the only one I get even a little concerned about. Biggest concern: analysts have started really talking up Yaklich.
Alex: And the median player is extremely good in whichever order you want to put them in.
Brian: Any order for the top three is defensible really.
Seth: In a "normal" Beilein year Poole might be #1.
Ace: They got bounced from the tournament two years ago because they couldn’t stop any isolations and didn’t have anyone they could insert to stop them.
Brian: God that Oregon game. A different world.
Alex: There was one play against the sad frenchman that really stood out to me. He was wide open on the roll and the guard found him. Going in for an easy dunk right? Then all of a sudden, JORDAN POOLE OUT OF NOWHERE CONTESTING ABOVE THE RIM AND NOT FOULING.
Brian: Poole also leapt out of nowhere to force Edwards into a tough fall-away. I admit that I was concerned about Poole's attention to detail hampering the D but that does not appear to be the case. This was based on nothing other than his outgoing charm, and is soundly defeated.
Ace: I think with Poole sometimes we assume his off-court goofiness will carry over to the court but he’s locked in.
Seth: A man with a baby-carrier looks adorably sweet until you threaten the thing in the baby-carrier.
Alex: For me I thought that it was more that players who fit his archetype usually don’t defend. Turns out that he does.
Ace: THIS MAN BESMIRCHED YOUR CAT, JORDAN.
Brian: That's an area where I think intangibles exist. There are teams on which Poole is a bad defender. They are teams without Zavier Simpson.
Seth: Conversely if Yaklich had been around when Stauskas was here...?
BiSB: So moving back to the front of the line, Teske guarding Nassir Little on the perimeter puts him at the top for me right now.
Alex: I’m old enough to remember when Michigan’s bigs would reflexively assume the charge position on a drive instead of putting their hands up. It’s a whole new world now.
Ace: That and “Jon Teske mirrors Nassir Little and forces a badly contested brick”… yeah.
Alex: I can’t imagine telling 2014 me that Michigan basketball would be the type of program where you won’t play unless you can really really defend.
Ace: Yeah, you don’t get to slack off when everyone else is playing their asses off. I wouldn’t want to cross X or Matthews.
Brian: The defensive coordinator idea was a good one and Beilein executed it perfectly. Found a small school doing work on D, interviewed some guy he'd never heard of for hours, hired him.
Alex: Turns out that Beilein found a reflection of his past self but instead of that guy being a detail-obsessed offensive savant, he’s a detail-obsessed defensive savant.
They’re even both former high school history teachers, which is great.
Brian: i wonder if Beilein keeps trying to adopt Yaklich and he says "I am an adult"
Alex: I’d listen to a 45-minute pod of them discussing Antietam or some such shit.
Ace: Needs to get rid of the damn-near-a-bowl-cut to stop Beilein from doing that.
Seth: "I'm not your Hadrian, John!"
Ace: But I trust any basketball coach who looks like he cuts his own hair on the way to the arena to watch film.
BiSB: We may have to prepare the Money Cannon if this keeps up.
Ace: Like I said, biggest concern.
Brian: I'd coach-in-waiting him if it would help.
BiSB: "EVERYBODY GUARD SOMEONE"
Alex: Maybe it would be best for us in the long run if he got a head coaching job this offseason, proved he could run a functional offense on his own, and then was ready for us post-Beilein.
Seth: Of all the Brazdeikis facts they toss around in the 30 minutes of every game this year that's been blowout time, the one that still shocks me the most is he looked at schools that played defense and that's how Michigan came up.
Alex: This team is so good that I’m willing to interpret bad things as potentially good things.
Brian: I'm perfectly content hanging on to him for another five years and not interviewing anyone else.
Ace: But I want four straight national titles, Alex.
Alex: This team could win one.
Ace: This is a squad so good it’d be reasonable to be disappointed if they missed the Final Four except that it’s a kinda random single-elimination tournament.
Alex: Seriously. I feel like I generally lean towards pessimism but my only gripe is that they didn’t annihilate Holy Cross by enough or whatever.
BiSB: Hard to lose if the opponent is down 17 in the final possession, tho.
Ace: I want three banners, minimum.
Seth: I want Duke.
BiSB: So... no one wants to talk about playing Florida again?
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Although the US and most developed countries are nominally democratic, many of us seem to be again yearning for a man on a white horse, and in the current era, the horse ridden is corporate. On Health Care Renewal, we having been talking about this pheonomenon for a long time. We have written about it in terms of the messianic (or visionary, or charistmatic) CEO, CEO disease, and the imperial CEO.
These concerns are diffusing into the broader media. For example, from the introduction to a revent Vox article entitled "The Problem with CEO Worship"
Society has always had heroes, be those of war or art or politics. But entrepreneurs are particularly suited for our current moment, in which success in business is our primary marker of achievement. Business acumen doesn’t just get you money anymore; it can make you the most powerful man in the world.
The signs of CEO worship are everywhere: unprecedented venture capital funding for founders, media overemphasis on company leaders, and to use the most extreme and obvious example, the election of Donald Trump.
That article noted that CEO worship may overestimate the importance of leaders; create "secular fundamentalists" out of individuals; perpetuate destructive neoliberal ideologies; encourage CEOs to make worse decisions; and be bad for business
Those are not the only consequences. CEO worship makes it possible for a progressively impaired leader to go unconstrained. Unfortunately, we may be seeing the ultimate example of this in the US.
Incoherent Verbal Utterances
Even before he was elected, we noted that Donald Trump sometimes was completely incoherent when describing his health policy ideas. In early 2016 we raised questions about Donald Trump's cognition. At that time, a conservative columnist labelled as "word salad" Trump's attempts to sketch a position on health care, specifically the "mandate" provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). We found other examples of his utterances on health care policy that could be characterized as gibberish. This one was short, if not sweet
I want to keep pre-existing conditions. I think we need it. I think it’s a modern age. And I think we have to have it.
How could anyone understand this while listening in real time? A close reading suggests that maybe this was meant to suggest that some people ought to have insurance coverage for pre-existing conditions. However, Trump seemed to befuddled by that concept. Furthermore, note that pre-existing conditions are not desireable, so that one would not want to "keep" them, nor can one choose not to. To what the word "it" in the second sentence and again in the fourth refers is unclear. The third sentence seems to be a complete non sequitur.
We found additional examples of incoherent verbal responses about health care in 2017, and early 2018. In the last six months, things have only gotten worse. Examples of verbal incoherence have multiplied, although most were not related to health care.
I have broken more Elton John records, he seems to have a lot of records. And I, by the way, I don’t have a musical instrument. I don’t have a guitar or an organ. No organ. Elton has an organ. And lots of other people helping. No we’ve broken a lot of records. We’ve broken virtually every record. Because you know, look I only need this space. They need much more room. For basketball, for hockey and all of the sports, they need a lot of room. We don’t need it. We have people in that space. So we break all of these records. Really we do it without like, the musical instruments. This is the only musical: the mouth. And hopefully the brain attached to the mouth. Right? The brain, more important than the mouth, is the brain. The brain is much more important.
Perhaps this was meant to suggest that the president drew a larger crowd to an arena than did Elton John. However, note the non-sequiturs: from "Elton has an organ" to "lots of other people helping" to "we've broken a lot of records," "They need much more room, for basketball, for hockey..." Who are the people helping whom are they helping, and to do what? What records were broken by whom, and how is this relevant to Elton John, etc. To whom does they refer, and why do they need a lot of room? Etc, Etc. Again, in real time this would have made no sense at all
In fact, the president was difficult to follow because he simply doesn’t make any sense half the time.
Trump was asked one specific question about health care, and good luck to anyone who tries to figure out what his answer meant. He pretty clearly has just as little idea what he’s talking about on most major policy issues as he did when he first started running for president. On Jamal Khashoggi, waivers on Iranian sanctions, North Korea and Russia, he either ducked the questions with non sequiturs or just babbled.
When President Donald Trump met with Dalia Grybauskaitė of Lithuania, Kersti Kaljulaid of Estonia and Raimonds Vējonis of Latvia earlier this year, he started with a criticism. At the White House in April, Trump opened by chastising the Baltic leaders for starting the war in the 1990s that ended with the breakup of the former Yugoslavia. The Baltic leaders were apparently very confused and it took them 'a moment' to realize that the commander in chief was confusing Baltic states with the Balkans
this case is particularly notable considering Melania Trump is originally from the Balkans. The first lady was born in Slovenia, which gained independence in 1991 at the start of the Balkan wars. As Le Monde wrote, Trump remained 'apparently uneducated in the matter by his wife, Melania, originally from the former Yugoslavia.'
This suggests at best that at times Trump may be unable to distinguish words that sound vaguely alike but have quite different meanings.
And I’m not blaming anybody, but I’m just telling you I think that the Fed is way off-base with what they’re doing, number one. Number two, a positive note, we’re doing very well on trade, we’re doing very well — our companies are very strong. Don’t forget we’re still up from when I came in 38 percent or something. You know, it’s a tremendous — it’s not like we’re up — and we’re much stronger. And we’re much more liquid. And the banks are now much more liquid during my tenure. And I’m not doing – I’m not playing by the same rules as Obama. Obama had zero interest to worry about; we’re paying interest, a lot of interest. He wasn’t paying down — we’re talking about $50 billion lots of different times, paying down and knocking out liquidity. Well, Obama didn’t do that. And just so you understand, I’m playing a normalization economy whereas he’s playing a free economy. It’s easy to make money when you’re paying no interest. It’s easy to make money when you’re not doing any pay-downs, so you can’t — and despite that, the numbers we have are phenomenal numbers.
The author of the article stated,
I have basically no idea what Trump is talking about here, and I’m pretty sure he doesn’t either.
On repeated close reading, I still do not have any idea what Trump meant. I would add the following questions: 38 percent of what? Who is much more liquid, and how is liquid defined? Who is paying a lot of interest? What does "paying down and knocking out liquidity" mean? What is a "normalization economy?" Note that this was coming from someone who claims to be a brilliant business manager.
Furthermore, consider what Trumps aid about the climate,
And when you’re talking about an atmosphere, oceans are very small. And it blows over and it sails over. I mean, we take thousands of tons of garbage off our beaches all the time that comes over from Asia. It just flows right down the Pacific, it flows, and we say where does this come from. And it takes many people to start off with.
Oceans are "small?" What "blows over and sails over?" Over what? What "flows?" What "takes many people?"
STAT reviewed decades of Trump’s on-air interviews and compared them to Q&A sessions since his inauguration.
To summarize the conclusions.
The differences are striking and unmistakable.
Research has shown that changes in speaking style can result from cognitive decline. STAT therefore asked experts in neurolinguistics and cognitive assessment, as well as psychologists and psychiatrists, to compare Trump’s speech from decades ago to that in 2017; they all agreed there had been a deterioration, and some said it could reflect changes in the health of Trump’s brain.
In 2018, Trump's verbal communications at times are even more garbled. Parts of the passages above suggest the word salad produced by somebody with fluent aphasia versus the nonsensical responses produced by patients suffering from acute delusional states. That Trump is capable of producing this sort of word salad at times, without realizing he is making no sense, suggests the intermittent symptoms seen early in progressive dementia.
Lack of Insight About Cognition
Furthermore, Trump appears to lack insight about his difficulties commicating.
In July, 2018, after the NATO conference, Politico reported, that Trump seemed to have no insight about why much of what he says appears unbelievable to others. The article noted
leaders who spent the first 18 months of Trump’s presidency thinking there might be a method to his chaos creation — and struggling to discern what it might be — now seem to have concluded that it’s just chaos, and that Trump himself may not understand what he’s doing.
More specifically, European officials commented on what Trump was saying:
A senior NATO official said leaders had concluded that they simply could not rely on anything Trump said.
'You know the way he speaks, you cannot take him literally,' the official said.
Another EU official echoed the point. 'He speaks a language that doesn’t match with diplomacy,' the second official said. 'We were used to the Brits, who speak a more frank diplomatic language, but this is another thing.'
These officials again seemed to be stating that Trump's verbiage can be completely incoherent, albeit they were doing so diplomatically. After the conference, however, when confronted with a question about the inconsistency of his remarks,
When a Croatian journalist confronted Trump about his inconsistencies, the president flatly denied there were any, and he repeated a defense of his own sanity that he had made when previously questioned about his fitness for the presidency.
'We understand your message, but some people ask themselves, will you be tweeting differently once you board the Air Force One?' the reporter said.
Trump, speaking at his news conference before leaving the summit, replied: 'No, that's other people that do that. I don’t. I’m very consistent. I’m a very stable genius.'
Not to belabor the point, but the examples noted above suggest neither consistency nor stability. And true geniuses almost never boast about their intellect.
In September, 2018, The Hill reported an interview with Trump in which he said his personal health and management style were reasons that Republicans might do better than expected in the 2018 elections,
'You know, I took that test when I got my last physical, and the doctor said that’s one of the highest scores we’ve ever seen,' Trump said. 'I did that not because I wanted but I did it, I was always good at testing.'
He continued: 'But if there’s anything great about me it’s stability, and I’m a good manager. Always been a good manager, but you know, I have a vision,'
Note that above Trump was presumably referring to the screening test for dementia he took during his official physical examination. High scores on the test are common, and do not signify great intelligence, just the probable absence of dementia.
In addition, this interpretation assumes that the test was administered in an unbiased way. However, there are reasons to question whether Trump's physical was unbiased. In retrospect, we now know that soon after taking the test, Trump nominated the physician who administered it to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Later the physician withdrew his name after allegations of his questionable personal behavior appeared (look here).
At least Trump's boast about having "a vision" does correspond to the language often used by public relations spokespeople to justify their CEOs' lack of accountability and high compensation (look here)
Similarly, in the Vox summary of the November, 2018, Washington Post interview (see above for link), Trump stated
a lot of people like myself - we have very high levels of intelligence
Finally, a November 18, 2018 article in MediaIte described this interchange between Trump and interviewer Chris Wallace on Fox News, starting with his response to a question about how he makes decisions
'I don’t think about them,' Trump replied. 'I don’t think about, you know, how I make them....'
However, he responded to a question about Federal Reserve policy
They're making a mistake because I have a gut, and my gut tells me more sometimes than anybody else's brain can ever tell me
This suggests that Trump has lost insight into his own thinking.
External Observers Suggested Trump Is Cogitively Impaired
More than ever, Trump is acting by feeling and instinct. 'Trump is nuts,' said one former West Wing official. 'This time really feels different.' Deputy Chief of Staff Bill Shine has privately expressed concern, a source said, telling a friend that Trump’s emotional state is 'very tender.' Even Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump are unsettled that Trump is so gleefully acting on his most self-destructive impulses as his legal peril grows.
[Dr] Lee told Salon that two Trump administration officials approached her after the book was published to express their concern about the president’s mental health, saying he was 'scaring' them because he was 'unraveling.'
In comments to Newsweek over email, Lee said 'it appeared that the officials (if they were officials at all) were at least frequently in [Trump’s] presence.
She continued, 'They were definitely calling from within the White House, which I confirmed by calling back their number. However, I did not ask about their rank. There was no reason for me to doubt they were high-ranking enough to have regular access to the president.'
Lee also said that a 'person [who] was a friend of his entire family, since his childhood” had also been in touch with her at the same time in October 2017, as people in the White House were “stating concern about the president (this was an observation from afar).'
Also in September, 2018, a Politico review of the new book by Robert Woodward based on numerous White House interviews suggested that Trump's inner circle called him a "dope," "idiot," or "moron."
Donald Trump is the chief executive officer of arguably the most powerful country in the world. Starting during his campaign for the US presidency, we noted that his utterances about health care were at times so incoherent as to suggest cognitive dysfunction. In the two years since then, especially in the last six months, he has increasingly been noted to be verbally incoherent or confused, has seemed to lack insight about these episodes, and has been observed by close allies and associates to be cognitively impaired.
However, there have ben few, at best, public attempts to link these suggestions of cognitive impairment together, nor to discuss their implications. The most recent of those that I have found was in January, 2018 (look here and here). Yet the problems appear to have been getting worse since then.
While patients with worsening cognitve impairment deserve accurate diagnosis, compassionate care, and access to what few effective, safe treatments may be available for their condition, they obviously should not be in a position to make consequential decisions. They certainly should not be in charge of large organizations, particularly powerful countries with nuclear weapons.
Yet President Trump's apparent cognitive decline remains anechoic.
For this we may blame CEO worship, which we have too often seen in health care. We have seen many health care leaders praised for their brilliance and paid royally despite leadership resulting in financial distress, threats to the organizations' health care missions, poor patient care, unethical behavior, or even crime. Yet health care CEOs, like other corporate CEOs, and like politicians are just people, sometimes smart, but almost never brilliant. Promoting them as messianic to bewitch key constituencies, justify the remuneration of other top managers, and the hiring of more public relations flacks is likely to lead to the sort of organizational disasters and system-wide dysfunction we discuss on Health Care Renewal. The rise of the falsely messianic leader may allow the entry of the most dangerous false messiahs, the psychopathic ones. (We discussed the likelihood that some health care leaders are actually psychopaths here.)
We must get quickly past our worship of CEOs. We may not long survive in a world where leaders of nuclear armed nations have no cognitive clothes.
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ICC member countries should reaffirm the court’s mandate in the face of United States threats to weaken its essential role in international justice, Human Rights Watch says.
International Criminal Court (ICC) member countries should reaffirm the court’s mandate in the face of United States threats to weaken its essential role in international justice, says Human Rights Watch. The 17th session of the court’s annual meeting, the Assembly of States Parties, will take place in The Hague from 5 to 12 December 2018.
The administration of US President Donald Trump has sought to undermine the court’s legitimacy and threatened to thwart investigations involving the US or its allies. On September 10, the US national security adviser, John Bolton, declared that the US would not cooperate with the ICC. He threatened a number of retaliatory steps if the court investigated US citizens or citizens of allied countries, including against court officials and governments cooperating with the ICC. Trump also made critical remarks at the United Nations General Assembly.
“US threats against the ICC are an affront to every victim seeking justice before this court”, said Elizabeth Evenson, associate international justice director at Human Rights Watch. “ICC member countries should demonstrate at their annual meeting their resolve to oppose any effort to undermine the court’s investigations and prosecutions.”
The ICC prosecutor’s request to open an investigation in Afghanistan, which could include crimes committed by Taliban forces and the Afghan government, as well as US military and Central Intelligence Agency personnel, is pending before the court. An ICC investigation in Afghanistan would advance accountability and provide victims with a path to justice, while putting those responsible for serious crimes on notice that they could face prosecution, Human Rights Watch said.
ICC member countries responded to the US threats with strong statements of support for the court. Similar efforts in the past to undermine the court’s work have also been met by firm resistance from members, including a hostile US campaign by the administration of George W. Bush.
Given the broader pressure on the international rule of law, it is all the more important for ICC member countries to defend the court’s mandate with clear statements and actions, Human Rights Watch said. ICC members should seize opportunities during the meeting’s general debate in the language of resolutions adopted, in discussions on state cooperation, and at other moments to show their resolve to ensure that the court can do its job.
Members will mark the 20th anniversary of the ICC’s founding treaty, the Rome Statute, during a dedicated debate at the session, capping a year of anniversary commemorations. They will also discuss victim rights. Governments and court officials should use discussions to address the court’s challenges, including improving court investigations, deepening the court’s impact in affected communities, and securing arrests based on its warrants since the court depends on member countries to make the arrests. On 17 November 2018, Alfred Yékatom, known as “Rombhot,” was surrendered to the court in a case arising out of its investigation in the Central African Republic, the second arrest in 2018 for the court. But 17 arrest warrants remain outstanding, at the expense of victims and their families.
“The ICC has struggled to deliver on expectations”, Evenson said. “It’s precisely because the court’s role is so crucial in bringing justice that court officials need to step up their performance and member governments need to increase their support.”
Human Rights Watch issued a briefing note in advance of the session, with recommendations to ICC states parties, including for the election of the court’s next prosecutor. The term of the current prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, expires in June 2021. Early preparations and a strictly merit-based approach to the election is needed, Human Rights Watch said.
Negotiations about the court’s annual budget, with funds provided by its member countries, will be part of the agenda. Some member countries have demanded 'zero growth' in the court’s budget, but other countries have increasingly insisted that the court should have the resources it needs to manage its growing workload. During 2018, the ICC prosecutor opened three new preliminary examinations – into the situations in the Philippines, Bangladesh/Myanmar, and Venezuela – and received two referrals from member countries to examine the situations in Palestine and Venezuela.
The ICC is the first permanent global court mandated to bring to justice people responsible for war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide when national courts are unable or unwilling to do so. It is a court of last resort and has 123 member countries. In addition to the request to open an investigation in Afghanistan, the ICC prosecutor has opened investigations in Central African Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, the Darfur region of Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Georgia, Kenya, Libya, Mali, and northern Uganda. The prosecutor is also examining allegations of crimes committed in a number of places to determine whether to open investigations. In addition to Venezuela, Bangladesh/Myanmar, and the Philippines, these include Colombia, Guinea, Nigeria, Palestine, Ukraine, and alleged abuses by United Kingdom armed forces in Iraq.
“The court is a crucial yet vulnerable component of the rule-based global order, and has a vital role to play in backstopping victims’ access to justice”, Evenson said. “Members should take every opportunity to make clear that they will provide the support it needs.”
* Read Briefing Note for the Seventeenth Session of the International Criminal Court Assembly of States Parties here
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Genuine Crazy Horse Leather Dimensions: 3 5/8" x 7 1/4" long x 1/2" thick
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A principal delas é um novo recurso que permite ao navegador mostrar um alerta aos usuários que estão prestes a adquirir algum produto ou serviço em sites maliciosos. Quando o navegador detectar que o site não está mostrando corretamente as condições da cobrança, ele não permite que o internauta insira os dados do seu cartão de crédito.
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Und eins, zwei, drei geht das Jahr 2018 zu Ende. Es war ein Jahr voller magischer Motive – Einhörner, du und deine magische Ausstrahlung – Pastelle und andere himmlischen Dinge. Etsy-Shopper sind diesen fantastischen Trends massenhaft entgegen gekommen und kauften Produkte, die wie eine kleine Flucht vor turbulenten Weltereignissen daher kamen.
Auf dem Weg ins neue Jahr prognostiziere ich, dass sich die Trends weg von den idealistischen Ablenkungen und hin zur Realität bewegen werden. Wie meine Vorhersage für Wabi Sabi in 2018: hier feierten Verbraucher das vollkommen Unvollkommene um sich herum. Im kommenden Jahr nehmen wir aktiv unsere eigenen, individuellen Realitäten an, egal, wie sie auch aussehen – vom lebendigen Leben bis zum Maximum oder einen faulen, faulen Tag auf der Couch. Die Käufer wollen „real zu werden“ – deshalb erklären wir 2019 offiziell zum Jahr des Echten! Die Verwendung rein natürlicher Produkte, der Fokus auf Nachhaltigkeit und realitätsnahe Deko spielen beim Thema Wohnen eine wichtige Rolle. Die Welt ist nicht perfekt – und du musst nicht so tun, als wäre sie das – aber du kannst auch etwas dagegen tun.
ETSY’S FARBE DES JAHRES: BURNT ORANGE
Wir sagen es jetzt: Burnt Orange wird üüüberall sein. Während Millennial Pink und Ultraviolett noch ihre Momente haben werden, bin ich gespannt, wie dieser erdige Ton unsere Zuhause und unsere Outfits erobert. Diese von der Wüste inspirierte Farbe ist erdig, aber gleichzeitig auch erfrischend und natürlich – genau das, was wir 2019 brauchen.
Einer der beliebtesten Trends im Jahr 2018 war Wabi-Sabi, ein Konzept, das ich erstmals zu Beginn des Jahres vorhergesagt habe: Der erste Schritt weg vom ultra-minimalistischen Look. Im Jahr 2019 werden wir größer, mutiger und heller, während wir unser Leben laut ausleben. Maximalismus ist der Moment, auf den wir heimlich gewartet haben – eine Rebellion gegen die oft unrealistische Suche nach Ordnung in unserem Leben. Was früher als Unordnung galt, liegt heute im Trend – kollidierende Muster, Stile und Farben sind erlaubt. Für diesen eklektischen Trend gibt es keine Grenzen!
Terrarien machen Platz für die hellere, autarke Version: das Herbarium. Diese von japanischem Stil inspirierten Kollektionen von Blumen und Kräutern reichen von schwebendem Laub bis hin zu gepressten Sträußchen und sind die perfekte Lösung, um die Natur ins Haus zu bringen und sie auf schöne Weise zu bewahren. Praktisch: Herbarien erfordern nicht die ständige Pflege eines Terrariums, was sie zum ultimativen Einrichtungsstück für all diejenigen macht, die keine Zeit haben, sich einen grünen Daumen wachsen zu lassen. Wir haben einen klaren Aufwärtstrend bei der Suche nach dieser Art von getrockneten Blumen festgestellt: Allein in den letzten drei Monaten wurde auf www.etsy.com über 281.000 Mal nach „gepressten Blumen“ gesucht.
Von Erdtönen inspirierte Styles werden 2019 mit sogenannten Southwestern-Motiven einhergehen. Ich spreche hier von rauen Texturen und natürlichen Stoffen – eine klare Abkehr von den fantastischen Motiven des Jahres 2018. Den erste Blick auf den Southwestern-Stil konnten wir bei einigen Etsy-Verkäufern erhaschen, die Boho-Krawatten, wüsteninspirierte Illustrationen und fette, gewebte Textilien in ihr virtuelles Schaufenster gestellt haben. Mehr davon und noch viele andere Motive bringt 2019!
Die ewigen Einhörnern verabschieden sich und wir begrüßen ein neues Wesen: das Faultier. Ähnlich wie ihre eigenen Bewegungen sind Faultiere seit 2002 langsam auf dem Vormarsch – auch dank der Charaktere in einigen beliebten Animationsfilmen. In 2019 aber werden sie sich etwas schneller bewegen, als ihr Ruf es vermuten lässt. Käufer und Etsy-Verkäufer gleichermaßen haben sich für das entspannte Verhalten der Faultiere entschieden. Sozusagen als real gewordene Darstellung des unbeschwerten Lebensstils, nach dem viele von uns jeden Tag streben. Und ganz ehrlich: wer würde nicht gerne etwas mehr Faultier-ähnlich herumhängen?
Neben all diesen aufregenden Newcomern im Jahr 2019 bleiben uns dennoch ein paar Favoriten aus 2018 erhalten verabschieden. Es gibt einige Trends, die wir ins neue Jahr nehmen, zum Beispiel das 70er- und 90er-Revival, Alltags-Terrazzo und…Lamas.
Winnie Harlow fordert, dass Vielfalt die neue Norm in der Fashion-Branche sein muss. Die 24-Jährige leidet selbst an der Erkrankung Vitiligo, die pigmentfreie Stellen auf ihrer Haut verursacht. Trotzdem durfte sie dieses Jahr als Victoria's Secret-Engel bei der renommierten Fashion-Show auftreten, was ihr sehr viel bedeutete. "Das erste Model mit Vitiligo zu sein, das in der Show laufen darf, war eine riesige Ehre für mich und ein großer Schritt in die richtige Richtung für VS. Jeder Schritt in Richtung einer wirklich wahren und vielfältigen Mode-Industrie ist großartig. Aber für eine große Marke wie Victoria's Secret ist es ein gewaltiger Schritt, Models mit Hauterkrankungen wie Vitiligo zu engagieren und dies in der ganzen Industrie zu normalisieren", schildert die Laufsteg-Beauty.
Die Kanadierin will mit ihrer eigenen Geschichte ein Zeichen setzen. "Ich hoffe, dass es in Zukunft [viel mehr solche Models] gibt. Wir müssen für mehr Vielfalt kämpfen, nicht einfach nur so, sondern um es zur Norm zu machen. Und ich hoffe, dass dies ein großer Schritt in die richtige Richtung ist", erklärt sie. Winnie selbst habe sich während der Catwalk-Show "mächtiger und selbstbewusster als je zuvor" im Laufe ihrer Karriere gefühlt. "Ich habe das Gefühl, dass es nach oben keine Grenzen mehr gibt", schwärmt sie im Gespräch mit 'Teen Vogue'.
The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of allowing criminals into its ranks leading to law and order problems in Maharashtra. The ruling party BJP dismissed the charges as "baseless".
Nawab Malik, the national spokesperson for NCP claimed that members of underworld don Chhota Rajan's gang have become office-bearers of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). "The BJP is allowing criminals in its fold, be it in Nagpur, Pune or other small cities," he was quoted as informing reporters in Maharashtra's Dhule district after campaigning for NCP candidates ahead of the municipal corporation polls scheduled on Dec 9.
Malik referred to a media report about Rajan's brother -in-law Rahul Walunj being appointed as an office-bearer by the BJP three years ago.
"[Union minister Nitin] Gadkari had also earlier said they (the BJP) will turn 'Valya Kolis into Valmiki' (goons into saints). So, they have initiated a programme to turn such people into Valmiki, threatening the law and order situation," said the NCP leader.
Notably, Union Water Resources Minister Gadkari had in April last year reportedly cited criticism faced by the BJP for inducting criminals into the party, and said the entry of such people only changes them for good.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra BJP spokesperson Keshav Upadhye termed Malik's allegations as "baseless" and hit out at the NCP, saying it was at the forefront of criminalising politics.
"The BJP has always fought against criminalisation of politics," Upadhye said.
He recalled that the BJP had under the leadership of late Gopinath Munde taken out a 'Sangharsh Yatra' in 1994 against criminalisation of politics in the state.
"So, instead of making such allegations, they (NCP) better introspect," Upadhye said.
Liputan6.com, Miami - Kecelakaan pesawat yang terjadi pada Rabu 5 Desember 1945 menjadi salah satu misteri terbesar dalam dunia penerbangan. Insiden itu melibatkan mitos Segitiga Bermuda yang terkenal horor.
Segitiga Bermuda bukan nama resmi. Julukan itu merujuk pada wilayah di dalam garis imajiner yang menghubungkan Kepulauan Bermuda, Puerto Rico, dan Fort Lauderdale. Di sana lah sejumlah kapal dan pesawat hilang secara misterius.
Pada hari kejadian, skuadron yang terdiri atas lima pesawat pembom torpedo Angkatan Laut, beserta 14 awaknya, hilang tanpa jejak. Tak hanya jasad para penerbang, serpihan pesawat tak pernah ditemukan.
Awalnya, saat jarum jam menunjuk pukul 14.10 waktu setempat, di bawah komando Letnan Charles Taylor, lima jet pengebom torpedo TBM Avenger bermesin tunggal keluar dari pangkalan udara Fort Lauderdale.
Para penerbang ditugaskan melaksanakan misi rutin, termasuk berlatih menjatuhkan bom dan latihan navigasi.
Meski Perang Dunia II sudah berhenti tiga bulan sebelumnya, militer berketetapan untuk terus waspada dan berlatih.
Sekitar 90 menit setelah lepas landas, Letnan Taylor lewat radio melaporkan, tim tersesat dan kompas tidak berfungsi. "Kami tak tahu, ini di mana," kata dia, seperti dikutip dari Sun Sentinel.
Selama dua jam kemudian, Letnan Taylor mengarahkan pesawat, yang ia kira menuju Miami, namun nyatanya justru mengarah ke Samudera Atlantik.
Pangkalan angkatan laut di Miami sempat mendapatkan sinyal samar-samar dari skuadron tersebut di sekitar 150 mil dari lepas pantai New Smyrna Beach.
Panggilan terakhir yang dilakukan skuadron terjadi pada pukul 19.27. Setelah itu lenyap.
Setelah armada dinyatakan hilang, tim penyelamat pun diberangkatkan. Pesawat amfibi berbadan besar dengan mesin ganda dikirim dari pangkalan Banana River di Central Florida. Namun, pesawat itu justru jatuh ke laut ganas. Sebanyak 13 orang penumpangnya tewas seketika.
Hari berikutnya, salah satu pencarian kecelakaan terbesar dalam sejarah dilakukan. Tim SAR menyisir area seluas 200.000 mil persegi. Letnan David White, salah dalam tim pencari menceritakan, pesawat dan kapal pencari mencari apapun yang mungkin tersisa, jaket pelampung atau serpihan pesawat.
Namun, "Tak ada tanda-tanda serpihan," kata White. "Ini luar biasa."
Saat mencari keesokan paginya, diduga puing-puing mungkin sampai di lepas pantai Georgia. Pesawat TBM Avengers, menurut White, kemungkinan pecah pada saat berusaha mendarat di laut .
Sejumlah sejarawan dan investigator kelautan menduga skuadron nahas itu mengalami disorientasi di tengah cuaca buruk dan kegelapan malam. Mereka diyakini kehabisan bahan-bahan dan mengalami kecelakaan di lautan timur Daytona Beach.
Tak hanya kecelakaan yang melibatkan Segitiga Bermuda yang terjadi apda tanggal 5 Desember. Sejumlah peristiwa bersejarah terjadi pada hari ini.
Pada 5 Desember 1957, Presiden Sukarno memerintahkan warga negara Belanda angkat kaki dari tanah air.
Pada tanggal yang sama tahun 2013, Nelson Mandela meninggal dunia. Ia menjadi pria berkulit hitam pertama yang menjadi presiden Afrika Selatan. Napas penghabisan ia embuskan pada usia 95 tahun, akibat infeksi paru-paru.
Lahirnya Mitos Segitiga Bermuda
Desas-desus keangkeran Segitiga Bermuda sudah lama beredar. Christopher Columbus, di masa awal penjelajahannya ke Dunia Baru pada 1492, adalah yang pertama mencatat soal anomali di sekitar segitiga imajiner itu.
Saat kapal-kapal armadanya, "Nina", "Pinta", dan "Santa Maria" melintas Laut Sargasso, penjelajah Italia itu mengaku kompasnya menjadi tak menentu. Ia juga melihat cahaya aneh di cakrawala pada 11 Oktober 1492, yang hingga kini belum bisa dijelaskan.
Namun, asal-usul legenda Segitiga Bermuda bisa dilacak sejak 16 September 1950, saat wartawan kantor berita Associated Press, E. V. W. Jones mencatat apa yang ia deskripsikan sebagai serangkaian kejadian "misterius" hilangnya sejumlah kapal dan pesawat antara perairan Florida dan Bermuda di akhir tahun 1940-an.
Ia menyebut sejumlah kejadian, dari hilangnya Penerbangan 19 Angkatan Laut AS, misi latihan 5 bomber torpedo TBM Avenger yang terbang dari Florida pada 5 Desember 1945, juga hilangnya pesawat komersial "Star Tiger" pada 30 Januari 1948 dalam penerbangan dari Azores ke Bermuda. Tak ketinggalan "Star Ariel"yang raib 17 Januari 1949 dalam penerbangan dari Bermuda ke Kingston, Jamaica.
"'Laut iblis' telah menjebak nasib 135 orang yang terbang atau berlayar di Atlantik dalam beberapa tahun belakangan," tulis Jones seperti dimuat Bernews.com. "Manusia modern dengan keajaiban teknologi tak menemukan kata kunci untuk menjelaskan apa yang sebenarnya terjadi pada mereka yang lenyap, tanpa jejak bersama kapal atau pesawatnya."
Dua tahun kemudian giliran artikel di majalah Fate muncul. Penulisnya, George X Sand menceritakan sejumlah insiden misterius hilangnya sejumlah kapal di wilayah tersebut. Penulis, M. K. Jessup juga menyajikan kisah serupa dalam artikel "The Case for The UFO", dirilis tahun 1955 -- yang mengarahkan keterlibatan alien.
Kisah serupa kembali diulang Donald E. Keyhoe dalam "The Flying Saucer Conspiracy" [1955), juga Frank Edwards dalam tulisannya, "Stranger Than Science" .
Hingga akhirnya muncullah Vincent H. Gaddis yang memperkenalkan istilah "Segitiga Bermuda" dalam artikel yang terbit Februari 1964 di Majalah "Argosy", yang berjudul "The Deadly Bermuda Triangle" -- Segitiga Bermuda yang mematikan.
"Selama dua dekade terakhir, laut misterius di halaman belakang kita telah merenggut hampir 1.000 nyawa," tulis Gaddis. "Angkatan Laut AS, Angkatan Udara dan penyelidik Penjaga mengakui bahwa mereka bingung. Beberapa petunjuk yang ada hanya menambah kemisteriusannya."
Disusul tulisan Ivan T. Sanderson, "Invisible Residents"  yang menyebut spekulasi bahwa Segitiga Bermuda adalah bukti adanya peradaban bawah laut yang cerdas dan berteknologi tinggi yang bertanggung jawab atas berbagai fenomena misterius. Makin banyak buku soal itu yang ditulis, dipakai inspirasi sejumlah film. Spekulasi pun makin liar.
Tulisan yang relatif masuk akal baru terbut pada 1975 oleh Larry Kusche, pustakawan Arizona State University. Ia membongkar mitos yang ia sebut sebagai "misteri yang diproduksi" dalam buku "The Bermuda Triangle Mystery-Solved".
Ia menggali bukti arsip seperti rekaman data cuaca, laporan resmi penyelidik, laporan media masa, dan dokumen lain -- fakta yang kerap diabaikan oleh para penulis sebelumnya.
'Misteri' Segitiga Bermuda' sekian lama menyandera imaji manusia, bahkan hingga saat ini. Sejumlah orang mencari dan mempertanyakannya ke sumber yang tepat dan terpercaya. Salah satunya, Badan Antariksa Amerika Serikat (NASA).
Seperti dimuat dalam situsnya, NASA membantah spekulasi ada kaitan Segitiga Bermuda dan lubang hitam 'black holes'.
"Tidak ada lubang hitam di Segitiga Bermuda. Pada kenyataannya, bahkan tak ada yang namanya Segitiga Bermuda. Banyaknya kasus kehilangan di wilayah itu konsisten dengan yang terjadi wilayah lainnya," demikian jelas Ilmuwan NASA, Dr Eric Christian
Astrobiologis dan ilmuwan senior NASA, David Morrison juga meminta orang-orang penasaran untuk menkaji secara nyata dan fakta. "Bukan fantasi."
Lembaga pemerintah Amerika Serikat, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) yang mengurus persoalan lingkungan, di antaranya badai dan tsunami, juga pernah menjelaskan tentang Segitiga Bermuda.
Sekaligus membantah sejumlah spekulasi yang berseliweran. "Seperti mahluk ekstraterresterial yang menculik manusia untuk dijadikan kelinci percobaan, pengaruh Atlantis Yang Hilang, pusaran yang menyedot benda ke dimensi lain, dan ide-ide lain yang tak kalah anehnya." Termasuk, soal rumah iblis atau keberadaan piramida di sana.
NOAA menyebut, beberapa dugaan didasarkan pada sains, meski tanpa didasari bukti. Namun yang jelas, "Angkatan Laut AS (US Navy) dan penjaga pantai (US Coast Guard) berpendapat bahwa tidak ada penjelasan supranatural untuk berbagai bencana di laut. Pengalaman mereka menunjukkan, kombinasi dari alam dan kesalahan manusia, mengalahkan penjelasan fiksi ilmiah paling terpercaya sekali pun."
Lembaga itu menambahkan, laut sejatinya selalu menjadi tempat misterius untuk manusia. Saat cuaca buruk terjadi dan adanya kesalahan manusia, ia bisa menjadi tempat yang sangat mematikan. Ini adalah kenyataan yang terjadi di seluruh dunia.
"Tak ada bukti bahwa kehilangan misterius terjadi dengan frekuensi lebih besar di Segitiga Bermuda dibanding lokasi lain di lautan dunia," NOAA menyimpulkan
Liputan6.com, Papua - Kabupaten Nduga masuk dalam kategori daerah terisolir dan tergolong zona merah. Kabar tak sedap pun datang dari Nduga. Puluhan pekerja jalan dan jembatan Trans Papua di Kabupaten Nduga jadi korban penembakan brutal oleh kelompok bersenjata pada Minggu 3 Desember 2018. Informasi menyebutkan ada 31 korban tewas yang hingga sore belum terevakuasi.
Namun siapa sangka, di zona merah Ndagu ini terdapat taman surga yang indah. Menyimpan ribuan flora dan fauna yang sangat luar biasa. Berikut dua lokasi wisata di sekita zona merah Ndagu.
Taman Nasional Lorentz
Taman Nasional Lorentz merupakan taman nasional terbesar di Asia Tenggara, luasnya mencapai 2.4 Juta Hektare. Terletak di antara Kabupaten Jaya Wijaya, Kabupaten Paniai, Kabupaten Merauke, dan Kabupaten Fak-Fak.
Daerah ini adalah tempat tinggal suku asli Papua yakni, Suku Sempan, Suku Nduga, dan Suku Asmat. Empat suku ini telah mendiami Taman Nasional Lorentz sejak 30 ribu silam. Wilayah ini dinamai Taman Nasional Lorentz oleh penjelajah asal Belanda bernama Hendrikus Albertus Lorentz, di ekspedisinya ke-10 dengan melewati kawasan ini.
Taman Nasional Lourentz memilki persediaan mineral dan pertambangan berskala besar. Ribuan satwa mendiami taman ini, 630 jenis burung dan 123 mamalia.
Dengan kekayaan dan keindahan yang dimiliki Taman Nasional Lorentz, maka wilayah ini menjadi salah satu ekosistem keanekaragaman hayati terlengkap di dunia.
Gunung Daerah Tropis yang Diselimuti Es
Puncak Trikora adalah salah satu gunung yang terdapat di Papua Barat. Memiliki ketinggian mencapai 4. 751 meter, gunung tertinggi ketiga di Indonesia setelah Puncak Jaya Wijaya dan Puncak Mandala.
Trikora merupakan kepanjangan dari “Tri Komandan Rakyat” nama ini diberikan oleh Presiden Pertama Indonesia, Soekarno pada 19 Desember 1961. Di gunung ini terdapat hutan Dipterokarp, Bukit, hutan Dipterokarp Atas, hutan Montaane, dan hutan Ericaceous atau hutan gunung.
Sama halnya dengan Taman Nasional Lorentz, puncak Trikora pertama kali juga dieksplor oleh Hendrikus Albertus Lorentz. Pertama kali berhasil didaki oleh Herderschee, Hubrectht and Versteeg.
Puncak gunung ini berbentuk hampir sama dengan puncak gunung lainnya. Cenderung lebih datar dan memanjang serta diselimuti es. (Miftahul Jannah)
A long-running lawsuit in Florida between Jeffrey Epstein, an influential and well-connected multimillionaire convicted on child sex abuse–related charges, and the lawyer representing several of his accusers has concluded in a last-minute settlement, according to the Associated Press. As a result, the women will not, for now, have their long-awaited opportunity to testify against Epstein, whose crimes have never been fully examined in court.
Epstein’s crimes, which date back to the early and mid-2000s, became a focus of renewed national interest last week after the Miami Herald published a yearlong investigation into the deal that was struck to allow Epstein to receive a sentence of just 13 months in jail (much of which was spent in a private wing and on a cushy work release) and immunity in federal court. In the same report, the Herald identified more than 80 possible victims, some of whom spoke of serial abuse by Epstein and the resulting trauma. Much of the blame for the lenient deal fell on Alexander Acosta, now the U.S. secretary of labor, as he was then the U.S. attorney responsible for Epstein’s prosecution and has since said he arranged the plea deal in part because Epstein’s star-studded legal team, which included Alan Dershowitz and Kenneth Starr, intimidated him and other prosecutors out of taking the case to trial. Emails between Acosta and Epstein’s team showed that Acosta largely allowed Epstein’s lawyers to set the terms of his plea deal, the Herald reported.
In the 2008 conviction, the women not only were denied their say in court, but they also were intentionally left in the dark about the legal proceedings against Epstein—a violation of their rights as victims, according to another lawsuit still working its way through the courts. Other lawsuits have been filed against Epstein in the past decade, and Epstein has paid $5.5 million to settle with three of the women, according to the Washington Post.
The trial that was set to start Tuesday with jury selection dealt with a conflict not between the victims and Epstein but between Epstein and the attorney Bradley Edwards, who represented some of Epstein’s accusers. Epstein sued Edwards, alleging the lawyer was going after him as part of a scam in which lawyers claim to have won large settlements from famous people in order to attract investors. Edwards then countersued for malicious prosecution, arguing that Epstein was trying to damage his reputation with that lawsuit as retribution for Edwards’ work for Epstein’s accusers. On Tuesday, Epstein admitted that he was wrong to have sued Edwards, according to the Post, and his lawyer read a statement in court apologizing for the suit.
“The lawsuit I filed was my unreasonable attempt to damage his business reputation and stop Mr. Edwards from pursuing cases against me,” Epstein said in the statement. “It did not work.”
Now attention will turn to Edwards’ push to have Acosta’s deal invalidated and the investigation into Epstein’s crimes reopened, on the argument that the deal Acosta and Epstein’s legal teams struck in private violated the rights of the victims. If that request is allowed by the judge, the women may then be able to testify to their abuse. Several women have already recounted to the press how as minors they were paid to give massages to Epstein and subsequently coerced into sex acts, adding that some of them were paid to recruit other underage girls. Many of the girls were poor and came from unstable homes.
A fuller investigation may identify other powerful men who abused underage girls procured by Epstein. Several of the women have said they were offered up for sex acts to rich and famous men at Epstein’s parties, but the 2007 plea deal provided immunity to any other possible guilty parties and shut down the ongoing FBI probe into the matter.
There was nothing remarkable about the small woman carrying a box of leaflets—certainly nothing to justify the clutch of reporters waiting for her across from San Francisco’s Federal Building on a July morning in 1966. Still, there they were. She arrived at exactly 9 a.m., greeted them, and began distributing fliers to anyone who passed. There were two of them: One was a yellow slip of paper titled “Classes in Abortion,” listing topics like female anatomy, foreign abortion specialists, and police questioning. The other—which she gave only to the assembled journalists and the five women who signed up for her class that Wednesday evening—described two techniques for DIY abortions. “I am attempting to show women an alternative to knitting needles, coat hangers, and household cleaning agents,” she told the reporters, adding that she had notified San Francisco police of her whereabouts and plans.
The woman was Patricia Maginnis, a laboratory technician and founder of the Society for Humane Abortion, an organization that she ran out of the front room of her small apartment in San Francisco. She’d started the SHA in 1962 (back then, it was called the Citizens Committee for Humane Abortion Laws). Arguably the first organization of its kind in America, its mandate was radical: The SHA sought to repeal abortion laws, endorse elective abortions, and offer women any resources it could in the meantime. These resources would come to include “the List,” an up-to-date directory of safe abortion specialists outside the country, classes on DIY abortions, and symposia where sympathetic doctors could confer with each other about the safest and best abortion techniques. SHA would eventually formalize its legal strategy with a branch called the Association to Repeal Abortion Laws (ARAL, which would form the basis for NARAL), specifically devoted to challenging legislation.
But on this particular day, and on this particular mission, Maginnis claimed she was acting alone, outside of her organization. The leaflets were her way of knowingly violating both a city ordinance and Section 601 of the California Business and Professions Code, which declared it unlawful to distribute information about abortion. She was also flouting Penal Code 276, which made it a crime to “solicit any woman to submit to any operation, or to the use of any means whatever, to procure a miscarriage.” The violation was the point: Maginnis had politely informed the police of her every move in advance. The aim was to goad the legal apparatus into an ugly confrontation that it preferred to keep as merely a threat; she wanted to make the system own the consequences of its laws. “I could get arrested for soliciting women to undergo a felony,” Maginnis told the alt-weekly Berkeley Barb, “but I feel it is necessary at this point to have a test case.” To get a law thrown out, you first need to go to court. And to get to court, you must be arrested.
She’d launched her leaflet campaign about six weeks earlier, and the police had so far refused to respond to her provocation (some cops would later tell Maginnis that they knew she wanted to be arrested—implying this was why they’d refrained). Still, things were going smoothly enough this morning; a man named Steve Hooper, writing for the Barb, described the women to whom Maginnis gave leaflets as ranging from neutral to receptive. Some wished her luck. (As for the men, they “seemed indifferent except for one old suit who said he wanted a leaflet for his secretary,” Hooper wrote.)
Then it happened. While the reporters watched, a documentarian named Gary Bentley interviewed Maginnis for 10 minutes with a camera crew. Content with his footage, he asked his cameraman to film as he walked up to Maginnis. Here’s Hooper describing what happened next:
With microphone in hand and cameraman turned on, he said, “I’m placing you under citizen’s arrest for violating Section 188 of the Municipal Police Code. What do you think of that?”
“Excuse me, please,” Pat Maginnis said, and she hurried after one more woman to give her a leaflet.
When the police arrived in response to Bentley’s citizen’s arrest, they did so unwillingly. They tried to argue that they weren’t the ones arresting her even as they helped Maginnis into a cop car. It didn’t matter. Maginnis’ “test case” paid off. San Francisco’s Section 188 would be declared unconstitutional, and the case against her would be thrown out in court. It was the first of her many legal victories.
A social history of American abortion shows two things: 1) that it’s always been around, and 2) that anti-choice efforts tend to intensify in response to women’s perceived “liberation.” This was certainly true when Pat Maginnis came of age. Women had joined the workforce in unprecedented numbers during World War II, and the 1950s were engaged in the genie-rebottling project of fetishizing traditional gender roles. One result, as Leslie Reagan points out in When Abortion Was a Crime, was a sharp increase in the (medicalized) oversight of women’s choices. A system in which abortions were decided between the patient and her doctor or midwife would eventually give way to hospital committees, which debated on a case-by-case basis whether women deserved “therapeutic” abortions. The discussions were humiliating and sometimes even coercive, particularly when they concerned lower-income women and women of color: It wasn’t uncommon for committees to approve the requested abortion if the woman agreed to be sterilized. As medical bureaucracies solidified, hospitals started reporting abortions (and attempted abortions) to police.
That this compromised women’s privacy and subjected their health care to literal policing barely registered in these discussions, which tended overwhelmingly to prioritize the physicians’ perspective rather than women’s needs. Doctors worried about the semilegal status of “therapeutic” abortions, but they also didn’t like committees telling them what to do with their patients. In either case, the debate revolved around doctors’ preferences and anxieties. There were plenty of organizations trying to reform abortion laws, ranging from Planned Parenthood—which in 1955 held an “abortion conference” to address possible reform efforts—to the California Committee to Legalize Abortion. Some abortion activists also chose to work within the existing framework: steering patients toward favorable hospital committees or training women on what to say to get “therapeutic” abortions, whether by emphasizing excessive vomiting or offering up stories that would earn them permission on psychiatric grounds.
Maginnis aimed for more than reform. She wanted a total system overhaul. As a figure in feminist history, Maginnis, now 90 years old, may not loom as large as a Margaret Sanger or a Betty Friedan. But while she’s finally getting some belated recognition, she was never particularly interested in taking credit for her work. Nor was she much invested in making herself or her positions respectable or palatable to mainstream culture. This may have made her an awkward figure for a movement that was then treading delicate territory. And yet, a decade before Roe, with her ungainly activism, her proclivity for wearing clothes she’d found on the street, and her righteous, unquenchable rage, Maginnis helped to fundamentally reshape the abortion debate into the terms we’re still using today. She was the first to take a passionate, public stance arguing that the medical stranglehold over women’s reproductive lives was corrosive. And the Society for Humane Abortion was arguably the very first American organization to advocate a pro-choice position that centered the woman, instead of the legal dilemmas of the physician—specifically, her right to privacy and choice. Rejecting the finicky gatekeeping protocols, the committees and evaluations and red tape, Maginnis proposed that the only question anyone should ask prior to approving an abortion was a simple one: whether the woman wanted it.
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Pat Maginnis grew up with six siblings in Okarche, Oklahoma, during the Great Depression. Her father, a veterinarian, barely scraped by. Her family’s troubles were compounded by Catholic strictures: Her mother had converted in order to marry her father and—because birth control was not an option—consequently continued having children long after the doctors advised against it. “She had constant ‘female trouble,’ ” Maginnis says, recalling her mother’s unhappiness and pain. “I don’t know what that meant, but she had constant problems.” Her father, the illegitimate son of an opera singer, was differently scarred by the vagaries of unplanned pregnancy. “My grandma was on her way to be a star,” Maginnis says, “but she got pregnant. And apparently pregnancy was just a killer of dreams.” Her father never got over the humiliating circumstances of his birth. “He was a good soul, but forever tortured because he had been conceived out of wedlock.”
It’s hard to separate Maginnis’ refusal to become a parent herself from the misery that this litany of reproductive events inflicted on her family. Maginnis says that her father was so abusive that her older brother confessed to her that growing up he’d feared for his life more than once. Her family was not, in consequence (and despite its size and religious piety), particularly close. Some years after she started the SHA, her mother sent her a letter: “Dear Patricia,” Maginnis reads now, affecting a formal, slightly prissy voice, “I was thinking you must be about 40 years old. I do think you could do something besides teaching these girls to commit murder. P.S. If you come this way, do look us up. Love, Mother.”
It was a sufficiently chilly relationship—and Maginnis was so eager to get away—that she describes her banishment to a boarding school as a relief and remembers her mother’s trip to visit her in California with some acidity. “I never talked to her about my sex life,” Maginnis says. I’d asked whether she ever discussed abortion with her mother; that her answer took this form surprised me slightly. I wouldn’t necessarily have used the phrase “sex life” (which, to me, connotes pleasure) to include abortions. But Maginnis would; in fact, that was sort of her point. Any campaign for elective abortion is, of course, at least in part aimed at granting that women, too, might find joy and delight in sex (rather than just pain, danger, and obligation). As a guilt-ridden ex-Catholic myself, I was both baffled and impressed by Maginnis’ immunity to the shame that ailed her family: How does a soft-spoken, scrupulously polite Oklahoma girl who attended Catholic schools with strict Catholic parents shed her sexual guilt to become not just sexually adventurous, but a pioneer in activist lawbreaking?
When Maginnis was growing up, the family’s house looked out on a highway where convoys of young soldiers would pass during World War II. The Maginnis girls didn’t date, but, Pat says, “I was bursting with hormones.” She gasps at the memory of a convoy of young men passing her house: “Oh, I was just—I ran in the house, and I grabbed a pink satin bedspread. … In about five minutes, I made a halter.” Her parents came home to find their 14-year-old busily waving at trucks filled with men in her pink halter. When she saw her parents, she ran back inside and changed back into her gray togs, but it was no good: She was sent to a convent school. “I was naughty,” she says. But as with all these sorts of stories, the prudery only half-strangled her desire.
Instead of going straight to college like her sisters, she went to work in a lab at the Bureau of Mines in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, and funded her own sea voyage to the Netherlands to meet a longtime pen pal and notional fiancé. They did not marry in the end. (“I knew that the intimacy required and the responsibilities and the thought of children I couldn’t face,” she says. “I decided that marriage was not for me.”) Then, partly because a friend told her the uniforms were cute, she joined the Women’s Army Corps. She was stationed at Fort Bragg in North Carolina until she was spotted walking with a black soldier: “The captain called me in and scolded me. She said, ‘You’re setting a bad example for young white women who might join the military.’ ” She was shipped off to Panama as punishment.
During those two years in Central America, she experienced a different kind of discrimination. She’d trained as a surgical technician, but instead of being allowed to work in surgery as she’d hoped, she was assigned to the pediatrics and obstetrics wards—the realm of women. There, she was exposed to women suffering from botched abortions, women being forced to give birth, infants with terrible abnormalities. What she didn’t get in surgical experience, she got in perspective. “A general overview of the status of women,” as she puts it to me. “And I wasn’t at all happy with it.” Then she went to college at San Jose State—and got pregnant. She’d been fitted for a diaphragm. Used foam. None of it worked.
Maginnis is amiable and funny. She has a gift for impressions and chuckles ruefully at things I find sad or hard to hear. But when I ask her about her decision to terminate, she speaks with real anger—present-tense anger she still feels, decades later. “I was not in the family-ing business, and a child coming from me was not going to happen,” she tells me. “I simply thought my parents were ruthlessly forced into parenthood, and they … took it. They accepted it,” she says. “My mother would tell you she enjoyed having children. I didn’t go through childhood with that impression.”
She got her first abortion in Mexico and swore to herself that she would never again leave her own country to get medical care. She spent the next decade producing a list of legitimate abortion providers outside the country while also working quietly with those within it. Despite her best efforts, she would get pregnant twice more. But she would continue to have a sex life. And the horror of having to wrestle down her own fertility forged her into the formidable antagonist to the law that she became.
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It helped, perhaps, that Maginnis was no longer young by the mid-1960s. She came of age long before the sexual revolution, which meant she had a particular experience of—and a particular fury about—what women had been routinely expected to tolerate. It’s hard for statistics to express just how urgent the abortion conversation was in the 1960s, or how difficult it was to even have the conversation, given the laws. In 1961, Los Angeles County Hospital admitted over 3,500 patients treated for illegal abortions. As of 1967, almost 80 percent of the women who died as a consequence of botched abortions were nonwhite.
From Dorothy Fadiman’s documentary “Motherhood by Choice, Not Chance”
Maginnis can’t pinpoint a single moment that turned her into an activist. She admits to once feeling great sympathy for a celebrity who was pilloried for needing an abortion, but it’s clear that there was no single precipitating incident. Her work, rather, was inspired by a slow and building rage. “What I saw was law, medicine, and religion were largely at fault for our problems,” she says.
When Maginnis launched her leaflet campaign, she chose a location that would maximize her ability to confront a medical community she saw as at best patronizing to women and at worst exploitative and controlling. The state Board of Medical Examiners had gathered at the University of San Francisco to discuss the implementation of hospital committees that would determine whether women could receive abortions. As the mostly male board debated the circumstances under which women could be forced to give birth, Maginnis was outside handing out information on how to abort without the help of the doctors within. She was shocked at how unseriously the board took their mandate. She told the Berkeley Barb that when she’d handed some board members a leaflet titled “Are you Pregnant?” with abortion information on it, they “twittered like a bunch of schoolgirls.”
This, she felt, was the collective effect of the laws and ordinances that made even talking about abortion illegal: The entire concept had become untouchable, a boogeyman. “The word abortion was taboo,” she says. “And I thought: That’s crazy. People won’t talk about abortion! They’re afraid to. I’m going to talk about abortion! ABORTION!” she yelled. “Women weren’t talking about it. They were afraid to talk about it.”
Maginnis wasn’t. She relied on logistical help from two women, Lana Phelan and Rowena Gurner, who joined her to form the Society for Humane Abortion’s central trio, which came to be known as the “Army of Three.” Maginnis was the fire, Gurner the strategist and organizational genius, and Phelan the organization’s eloquent mouthpiece. Gurner, like Maginnis, also worked full time, professionalizing the organization in her spare hours. She spent many nights sleeping on SHA’s floor. Gurner “had polish,” Maginnis tells me, her eyes lighting up. “She gave me $20 once. Now, Patricia!” she says, mimicking her. “You go buy a new dress for this occasion, and don’t bring something that you found on the street or in the thrift store!”
Gurner’s gift for strategy and Maginnis’ grit turned the leafleting plan into an all-out, accelerating assault on laws they saw as punitive or unjust—using themselves as bait. “I plan to leaflet for abortion until they get sick of me and arrest me or repeal the law,” Maginnis had announced to the Berkeley Barb when she launched her campaign on June 16, 1966. Her initial plan had been to distribute a thousand leaflets. A week later, when she hadn’t been arrested, she escalated. “My minimum goal is to distribute 50,000 leaflets by July 25, telling women where they can get abortions,” she announced through the press. When she finally was arrested (in late July, thanks to that “citizen’s arrest” by Gary Bentley), she caused the city ordinance under which she was arrested to be ruled unconstitutional. She had no intention of stopping there. “I was arrested under a local ordinance,” she told the Barb in 1966. “Now it’s the state laws that need changing.”
When the San Mateo County district attorney announced that if Maginnis and Gurner showed up, he intended to enforce California’s state law forbidding the dissemination of written matter on abortions, the pair immediately arranged a class in San Mateo that covered abortion laws and DIY abortions. As Gurner put it to the Barb: “We just want to get this law on trial. … We obviously and willingly broke the law. And we did it so that no DA could weasel out because of ‘insufficient evidence.’ ” It worked. They were arrested on Feb. 20, 1967, and faced (according to the Barb) a sentence of five to seven years in state prison if found guilty. While their hearing was in progress—in a courthouse in Redwood City—an unrepentant Gurner and Maginnis advertised that they were still looking for a place in Berkeley they could rent on Thursday nights to hold more abortion classes. (The room needed to hold 50 people, and they were willing to pay $10 a night.)
It took six years from their 1967 arrests for Maginnis and Gurner’s efforts to pay off. Initially, both women were convicted of violating Section 601 of the California Business and Professions Code—the state statute that made it unlawful to advertise abortion. But in 1973, the state Court of Appeals overturned their convictions, ruling that Section 601 was overly broad—for one thing, it “does not distinguish between abortions which are permitted and those which are not”—and thus unconstitutional.
The Army of Three hadn’t been trying to get arrested merely as a matter of strategy: They had real information to distribute, information that was hardest to obtain for women who weren’t rich. Maginnis was incensed by a medical consensus that effectively discriminated against the poor. “The medical profession’s committee idea of legalized abortion is very discriminatory,” she told the Barb. “It will help those with lots of money or contacts, not the majority of women.” Lower-income women suffered—like the third member of the Army of Three, Phelan, who struggled to collect the $50 she needed for an illegal abortion. Women in search of abortions were also easy to exploit. According to Maginnis, some parties whose phone numbers and addresses were being circulated (or sold) as abortion providers weren’t actually doctors. This discovery, and the accompanying stories of botched abortions and sexually exploitative abortionists, spurred her to create “the List.” Essentially a Yelp for abortion seekers, the List offered a continuously updated and reliable list of qualified abortion providers in Japan, Sweden, and Mexico. The Jane Collective in Chicago would follow suit a few years later, performing the abortions themselves.
By 1969, the Society for Humane Abortion claimed to have sent 12,000 women out of the country to get abortions from reliable, trustworthy providers. To give you a sense of just how necessary the List was, here’s an excerpt from one List user’s earlier attempt to obtain an abortion domestically (as printed in a set of letters to ARAL published by the Los Angeles Free Press): “I was two weeks along then and he made me wait until I was 3 months along. Then he said it was too late to get any help from anyone but he would do it if I would sleep with him!” The classes SHA organized instructed women on every aspect of an abortion: how to schedule one, how to prepare, what to expect, how it was done, how to respond to police interrogations if you had to be hospitalized, and how—if you couldn’t travel—to perform your own.
The classes sometimes included DIY abortion kits with items like gauze, a thermometer, cotton, and a syringe. Maginnis was by all accounts a vivid teacher. Newspapers reported that she lectured using an IUD for a pointer and that she “graphically illustrated the dangers of unsanitary abortion by holding up anal bacteria cultures and infected blood samples.” The class taught women female anatomy. It instructed them on how to calculate how many weeks pregnant they were. It instructed them on exactly how to call for an appointment (the woman, not the man, should place the call).
These classes were understood by many to be essential but legally risky. When the Los Angeles Free Press took the bold step of republishing the entire class’s contents across several pages of an October 1967 issue, the layout was anxiously peppered with editor’s notes and legal disclaimers like: “The Free Press can not and does not advise women who are not legally entitled to an abortion to follow the advice of Pat Maginnis.”
The Society for Humane Abortion didn’t interact much with the feminist movement or Planned Parenthood directly, at least at first. “It was too touchy,” Maginnis says. In the SHA’s early days, Planned Parenthood was more invested in advocating for contraception than abortion. Margaret Sanger’s theory was that abortion would become unnecessary if women had sufficient access to contraception. Maginnis disagreed. “Margaret Sanger, bless her,” she says. “We can’t thank her enough for Planned Parenthood, but it isn’t enough.” Under Maginnis’ leadership, the SHA spoke out—and in certain regards, provoked change—in ways Planned Parenthood wouldn’t. “We used to say we made Planned Parenthood respectable,” Maginnis laughs.
Her admiration of Sanger, though, is genuine. “Sanger took rotten eggs and tomatoes and rotten fruit thrown at her when she went out, and I don’t think people know that today,” she says. She understood that an organization with Planned Parenthood’s institutional heft needed to keep some distance from the SHA; Maginnis’ strategy of flagrantly flouting the law had made her something of a too-hot-to-handle legend.
When the Therapeutic Abortion Act was signed into law by California Gov. Ronald Reagan in 1967, the Army of Three planned a program of civil disobedience. The act, an unhappy compromise between groups whose politics hadn’t yet coalesced into well-defined positions like “pro-choice” and “pro-life,” ostensibly aimed to make legal abortion more widely available. (National Review called the signing of this bill Reagan’s “darkest hour.”) Abortion at the time was only legal to save the life of the mother; the act made “therapeutic” abortion legal in cases that would “gravely impair” women’s mental as well as physical health. But it also added a draconian 20-week limitation and required that any medical committee discussion of a prospective abortion for reasons of rape or incest include the relevant district attorney. Functionally, as even some attorneys at the time argued, it meant that wealthy women (who dealt with private hospitals) would have access to abortions, whereas women in public hospitals would be bound by a more conservative take on the law: They would need to show sufficiently “severe” mental distress—like psychosis—to obtain a legal abortion. (“How much for a psychosis?” reads a political cartoon Maginnis once drew, depicting a patient asking a psychiatrist for a diagnosis that would legitimize a therapeutic abortion.)
“We’re going to instruct women in the arts of phony psychosis and false hemorrhage,” Pat Maginnis told reporters. “This unbelievable piece of legislative slop must be violated to the point that the medical profession and legislature is pressured into accepting more modern abortion techniques.” ARAL issued a leaflet asking members of Congress whether they would request permission to get a vasectomy or treatment for venereal disease from a panel of female doctors.
It was a combative stance—and a sign of SHA’s uncompromising position on the right to choose—for a bill that Planned Parenthood, among others, now credits with being among the first to functionally legalize abortion.
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The “Che Guevara of abortion reformers,” as alt-weeklies called her at the time, now seems like an unlikely avatar of female rage. When I visited her at her home this summer, I found a 90-year-old woman who laughs a lot and peppers her speech with gentle exclamations. “Oh, my goodness,” she chuckles, remembering the time she invited police to attend a class she was teaching on DIY abortions—and they asked her to pay $3 an hour for a female officer’s time. “I think a policewoman did show up, but more out of personal interest,” Maginnis says wryly. She conveys a bemused mildness I found hard to reconcile with the working-class firebrand I’d expected.
But there’s no real contradiction here: The woman who said “excuse me” to the man detaining her in 1966 is also the woman who faced down the San Francisco homicide squad in 1959 in the hospital while recovering from a self-induced abortion. Had she given herself an abortion? the police asked. “Sure I did,” she replied. “Want me to demonstrate how in court?”
In her 10th decade, Maginnis remains equal parts polite and independent. She lives alone in a house in the San Antonio neighborhood of East Oakland that she bought back in 1979 for a song (the owner had tried to burn it down for the insurance money). Until just a few years ago, when she gave her archives to a library, her house was filled with several decades’ worth of handwritten letters from women telling her about their abortions or asking for help.
In the ’60s, especially given the respectable caution that characterized organizations like Planned Parenthood, there was a radical politics to the matter-of-factness with which the Army of Three openly talked about their own abortions. And that matter-of-factness still feels radical today. The second time she got pregnant, Maginnis recalls, she was deeply frustrated at the prospect of being forced to leave the country again for an abortion. But by then, she says, “I had figured out, if I start just giving my uterus no rest, that fetus is going to fall out.”
Startled, I ask Maginnis to explain. She elaborates that her plan was to “squat down and take my clean, scrubbed fingers and manipulate until I could get it to rebel and kick the fetus out.”
“So you could reach your cervix?” I ask.
“Oh yeah, very easily. You probably could too.”
“Does that work?”
“I manipulated, I worked on it, and finally, at five months, the fetus went into—I went into labor. It took a long time and a lot of work.”
Five months of daily effort to induce an abortion, followed by labor and police questioning—all instead of a simple, fast, safe procedure. In telling me this story, she betrays none of the story’s weight; rather, there is a relationship between her tight understatement and her rage.
In interviews, Phelan was less circumspect and much more graphic about the horrors she endured because safe abortions weren’t easily available. After she had one child, her doctor told her another pregnancy would kill her but didn’t tell her how to avoid getting pregnant. When she did—as a woman, she once said, “you don’t know how to say no to your husband. That silly Bible says you can’t say no!”—it took her so long to gather the $50 she needed for an illegal abortion that by the time she’d saved it, she was four months pregnant. The abortionist—a woman on the outskirts of Tampa, Florida—stuffed her uterus with slippery elm bark and told her not to come back. She was at her sister-in-law’s house when she started to feel extremely ill. She’d told no one, not even her husband. As she recalled in 2004:
This is a thing you do yourself. And if you die and go to hell, it’s you that goes, not anybody else. So I excused myself to go to the bathroom because it was hurting so. When I sat down on the john and looked down, there was a little tiny hand protruding from my vagina and the blood was just flying, and I thought, “Oh my God, what do I do now?”
I didn’t take as long to think about it as Bush did the war … [laughs] I gathered up all the toilet tissue I could get in my hand and stuffed it back inside of me, pushed everything back up inside my vagina and just packed it. And got all the blood off I could and cleaned everything up. And then I went out back inside and said I had to go home because I was so sick, and that was not a lie.
She was 16. First came fear. The anger would follow. This seems to be a pattern: Restrict women’s rights, force them to suffer needlessly, blame them when they fail impossible tests, and you will eventually create unsuspected forces for change. “It seemed to me when I got involved wasn’t really when I got involved [in the abortion rights movement],” Maginnis says. “I’d been involved for years before, just not driven to do anything except be angry. In a constant rage over it. And wondering why women, in addition to myself, were in a constant upheaval.”
Was Roe v. Wade a relief when it was passed? I ask her. “For me it wasn’t a big relief,” she says. It had felt more like the expected course of events—reality inching closer to how things should be. But then she continues: “I thought, yeah, that is a good thing. Now, let’s hope we can at least maintain the healthy ideas of it being available. We don’t have to sneak, we don’t have to beg.”
If the Federalist Society—which supplied the list of judges from which Donald Trump chose Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court—has its way, we’re in danger of returning to the times when women had to sneak and beg. Trump pledged during his campaign that Roe would be overturned “automatically” through the pro-life judges he would nominate. It probably won’t be so straightforward: The route the GOP is taking to greatly restrict women’s access to abortion has been circuitous, with progress marked by legal restrictions, by expanding definitions of fetal personhood, by permitting women to be lied to in the service of a single end goal. As my colleague Dahlia Lithwick has written, “women’s experiences, memories, and suffering don’t matter; their control over the truth of what they themselves have lived through is determined by those who win.”
Faced with a similar orthodoxy half a century ago, Maginnis and her cohort refused to let it stand.
The classes a modern-day SHA might teach would likely be different. There’s the internet, for one. The first time we met, I asked Maginnis what she thought women should be doing now, as the country seems poised once again to try to control our bodies. “I’ve thought about that,” she said then. “If I was going to reinvolve myself at this point, what would be the entry point? Kind of like setting out a map, looking for an entry.” She doesn’t quite have an answer. Yet.
It’s late afternoon on my final visit with Maginnis, and the warmth and long conversation have made the upstairs room where we sit feel especially lived-in. Her compatriots Gurner and Phelan died years ago. It’s not lost on me that I’m talking to someone who fought for reproductive freedom pre-Roe, at a moment when a Supreme Court justice has just been hand-picked to take it away again. In recent months, rage has been much on my mind. If over half of Americans stand to have a committee of men overrule their right to bodily autonomy after a mere 45 years, we can learn a lot from Pat Maginnis—about how women survived, and how they died, and how they fought. So what should we do now? I ask her again, as she raises the blinds to open the window overlooking the street below. “Keep talking about the issue,” she says. “Sure, not everyone is a brilliant speaker, but I think people have to keep talking about it.” She looks at me, her eyes bright. “Don’t you?”
The costs of polarization are many and they are deep. In a polarized society, politics inspires more hatred than hope. In a polarized society, there is little friendship across partisan divides. And as a result, in a polarized society, the continuation of democratic institutions will always be in doubt because each side will become more and more willing to ignore the key rules and norms of democracy if it helps them win the next battle.
Given the deep costs of polarization, it may seem strange, and perhaps even downright frivolous, to focus on the effect these divisions have on the quality of thought. But for anybody who wants to preserve the space to think about what is actually happening in the world with an open mind, it is difficult to ignore yet another cost of the growing partisan rancor in the United States: It has made many essays published in the pages of the country’s leading publications, and tweets composed by the country’s leading commentators, depressingly predictable.
Take, for an example, the death of George H. W. Bush. One side of my Twitter feed was respectful but monochrome. The Bush it portrayed was a war hero who had ended the Cold War and faced down Saddam Hussein—all the while playing by an imperturbable code of honor encapsulated in the noble letter he left for Bill Clinton in the desk of the Oval Office. The backlash to these remembrances was equally predictable: gleeful attacks on Bush’s record and character. Within a few hours of his passing, critics had reduced Bush to the alleged lowlights of his career. To judge by some of the comments, he was little more than an old, white, male patrician who enjoyed race-baiting and seeing gay men die of AIDS.
What struck me most in this shouting competition was the proud simplicity of it all. Bush was one of the most influential figures of postwar American politics. During his half-century of public service, he acquired both great achievements and serious failings to his name. But instead of struggling to make sense of this multifaceted legacy, the leading intellectual lights of our time immediately pressed his death into the service of our relentless culture war.
This goes for the many commentators on the right who are unwilling to acknowledge the late president’s shortcomings. Bush rose to prominence in Texan politics in the 1960s by seeking to reach an uneasy truce with the far-right John Birch Society. He is responsible for the “Willie Horton” ad, one of the nastier pieces of political propaganda produced by a major party presidential candidate prior to the ascendancy of Donald Trump. And he made a serious error in judgment when he encouraged Iraqis to rise up against Saddam Hussein, only to leave the sadistic dictator free to take cruel revenge.
It is perfectly appropriate to appraise the legacy of a deceased president in a forthright manner—warts and all. And yet, those on the left who defy the supposed stricture not to speak ill of the dead, with all the glee and subtlety of a 5-year-old playing with his own excrement, miss something even more important: It is intellectually lazy and morally callous to reduce any person to a malicious caricature—whether they are dead or alive.
This is true of many portrayals of Bush’s substantive political legacy. Yes, he was at times troublingly complicit with the Republican Party’s most extreme. But this does not erase the fact that he prioritized outreach to minority communities from the start of his career; that he defended a reasonably liberal immigration policy as president; or that he oversaw the peaceful collapse of the Soviet Union.
It is even more true of many portrayals of Bush’s character. Yes, he was an old white man who hailed from a long lineage of privilege. But the all-too-common implication that he never endured real hardship in his life in laughable on its face. Is this sneer a morally considerate way to describe a man who lost his first daughter to leukemia when she was 3years old? And is it an intellectually respectable way to describe a man who volunteered for dangerous military duties at age 18 because he felt a moral—and yes, perhaps patrician—duty to contribute in the fight against fascism?
When I first came to the United States in 2005, I was amazed by how freewheeling the public discourse was compared to the staid, consensual debates I’d witnessed in France and Germany. There were, of course, very deep political divisions at that time as well. But while the op-ed pages of the New York Times would very rarely laud George W. Bush, and the op-ed pages of the Wall Street Journalwould very rarely criticize him, most topics were not infected by the same extent of partisan rancor. If I wanted to know what stance a magazine took on the latest geopolitical development, how a critic felt about the latest movie, or even what thoughts might occur to them on the occasion of a celebrity’s death, I actually have to, you know, read what they wrote.
Today, by contrast, the vast majority of both writers and publications have become brands that are always on-message. This leaves depressingly little room over for the inherent complexity of the world. And so, instead of grappling with contradictory facts, too many of us prefer to preach to an ever-more righteous choir.
This is a great shame. For attempting to think through the complexity of the world is not just one of life’s great pleasures; it is also a prerequisite for affording our political adversaries the minimal amount of consideration without which we will, sooner or later, come to think of even the most well-meaning and mild-mannered of political adversaries as an evil enemy to be destroyed.
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Per le ragazze - e anche per i ragazzi - l'adolescenza è una corsa a ostacoli, che può vederle trionfare o inciampare rovinosamente. C'è competizione, nell'adolescenza. Essere la prima o l'ultima ragazza a veder crescere il seno conta. Essere la prima o l'ultima ragazza ad uscire con un ragazzo conta. Come contano molte altre cose. Ogni ragazza combatte una battaglia con se stessa per sentirsi "adeguata", per sentirsi giusta su questo mondo. Accade nella realtà, ma anche nella finzione: come, per esempio, nel terzo e quarto episodio de L'amica geniale, andati in onda il 4 dicembre su Rai Uno.
Nel secondo prime time che "l'ammiraglia" Rai ha riservato alla serie tv tratta dal romanzo di Elena Ferrante, Lila e Lenù sono cresciute e devono affrontare la difficilissima fase che precede l'età adulta, ma anche le differenze personali che rischiano di lacerare il loro legame. A dare il volto alle due amiche adolescenti sono Gaia Girace e Margherita Mazzucco. Un appuntamento con le amatissime protagoniste che gli spettatori, dopo il successo dei primi due episodi, hanno atteso con impazienza.
Elena, che può ancora frequentare la scuola, conserva una certa ingenuità rispetto alle questioni sessuali, anche se il suo corpo ha fatto un passo in avanti anticipato rispetto a quello di Lila: si sorprende scoprendo che non sta per morire quando in bagno, asciugandosi, vede del sangue.
Lila è esasperata: non solo la sua più cara amica ha la fortuna di poter studiare, ma la sta anche sorpassando nel cammino verso la femminilità. Il fastidio è così tanto che, dinanzi alla notizia del menarca (o' marchese, nel dialetto delle protagoniste) di Lenù, l'amica risponde: "Io non ce l'ho ancora perché non voglio averlo. Mi fa schifo e mi fa schifo chi ce l'ha". Inevitabili le reazioni dei social.
Rendiamoci tutti conto che #LAmicaGeniale ha mostrato il sangue mestruale in prima serata su Rai1, prima di molti brand di assorbenti. RENDIAMOCI CONTO.
Le ragazze si trovano ad affrontare una nuova fase, in cui le coetanee sperimentano l'approccio con la sessualità. Un approccio che talvolta, come nel caso della giovane Ada, sfocia in tragedia. Il pubblico non ha potuto che empatizzare col personaggio.
Certe scene di questa serie mi mettono un'ansia tremenda. Il fatto che certe cose accadessero alla luce del sole e nessuno facesse nulla, che venissero considerate normali perfino dalle ragazze, è avvilente. #LamicaGeniale
Intanto Elena continua a studiare, ma fatica a prendere buoni voti. Lila, invece, è ormai una giovanissima lavoratrice che, nonostante l'addio agli studi, riesce ad aiutare l'amica con il latino ("Lo studio perché è bellissimo", confessa a Lenù). I social non possono che fare il tifo per la volenterosa Lila.
Raffaella finisce col mettere in ombra Elena, quando il rione scopre che è stata proprio lei ad aver letto tutti i libri della biblioteca di quartiere. Su internet, gli utenti provano lo stesso stupore.
Ma quanti sono i Cerullo?
Che spettacolo Lila, si è letta tutta la biblioteca usando i nomi dei familiari.
Piango ora, scusatemi. #LAmicaGeniale
Intanto Elena, non solo riceve il primo invito ad uscire con un ragazzo, ma viene anche appoggiata dalla maestra Oliviero, che convince la sua famiglia a farla iscrivere al ginnasio. Sui social, reazioni commosse ma anche battute al vetriolo.
Piango. La maestra che fa di tutto per far studiare Lenù e fa cambiare idea ai genitori. #LAmicaGeniale
Insomma, il rapporto di amore e confronto tra Elena e Raffaella sembra aver spaccato il pubblico di Rai Uno: da un lato i sostenitori della pervicace Lila e dall'altro quelli della più fortunata Lenù. Una serata che ha bissato il successo dei primi due episodi, proprio nel giorno in cui Hbo e Rai hanno confermato che per la serie ci sarà un sequel: la seconda stagione sarà basata su Storia del nuovo cognome, il secondo libro della tetralogia di Elena Ferrante.
Secondo il Time, la serie è "tutto ciò che l'adattamento di un grande libro dovrebbe essere", mentre Rolling Stone ha osservato come gli episodi raccontino la storia "con bellezza e grazia", aggiungendo, che "è una grande serie con un cuore enorme". La CNN ha elogiato L'amica geniale per il racconto di "un mondo a volte doloroso, a volte commovente, ma comunque bellissimo". Il Wall Street Journal, infine, ha definito "sorprendente" questo prodotto televisivo.
El Gobierno presentará el proyecto de Presupuestos el próximo mes de enero. Así lo ha anunciado Pedro Sánchez este martes en una entrevista con Pedro Piqueras enInformativos Telecinco. El presidente del Gobierno ha asegurado que serán "unos Presupuestos sociales" y ha evitado hablar de elecciones si esas cuentas no salen adelante. "Si no salen adelante, el Gobierno se planteará cosas", se ha limitado a decir.
Sánchez concedía su primera entrevista tras el vuelco electoral en Andalucía, con la debacle del PSOE y la fuerte irrupción de Vox como telón de fondo. Piqueras le ha preguntado si los resultados en el sur cambian los planes de su Gobierno y Sánchez lo ha descartado rotundamente. "Al contrario. Lo que hacen estos resultados es reafirmarme en la hoja de ruta que el Gobierno emprendió a partir de la moción de censura", ha asegurado.
Aprobaremos los Presupuestos Generales en el #CMin y los llevaremos al Parlamento en el mes de enero. Este Gobierno va a cumplir con su tarea, que es presentar los #PGE2019, y trabajaremos por lograr los apoyos parlamentarios necesarios para sacarlos adelante. #SánchezT5pic.twitter.com/mZNOcGBRnu
"Vamos a luchar para que haya Presupuestos y vamos a trabajar para tener los apoyos suficientes en el Congreso, pero pase lo que pase, el Ejecutivo tiene que hacer su tarea", ha aducido. Acto seguido, ha descargado la responsabilidad en el Parlamento. "Si el Legislativo decide no apoyar unas cuentas sociales, tendrán que explicarlo", ha dicho Sánchez en una clara referencia a ERC y PDeCAT, a los que busca atraer con esta nueva estrategia.
El presidente justifica el cambio de paso en el "deber del Gobierno" y se apoya en la urgencia de que España cuenta con unas "cuentas sociales". "El conjunto de la sociedad española ha sido castigado por la precariedad en los últimos años y lo que vamos a hacer es subir el salario mínimo, vamos a crear un plan contra el desempleo juvenil, vamos a llevar adelante una agenda social", ha anunciado.
Vamos a luchar para tener los apoyos, pero el Ejecutivo tiene que hacer su tarea y presentaremos unos Presupuestos sociales"
Se ha negado, eso sí, a explicar qué hará si no logra el apoyo parlamentario para sus cuentas. Aunque ha señalado que el Gobierno "tendría que plantearse muchas cosas" en el caso de que los Presupuestos fueran rechazados, también ha asegurado que su gabinete no cejará en su estrategia: "Si no son aprobados, tendremos que aprobar mediante decretos algunas medidas que están en esos Presupuestos y que creo que son fundamentales".
Apoyo a Susana Díaz y rechazo del "frentismo"
Sánchez llegaba al plató de Informativos Telecinco con la debacle del PSOE y la fuerte irrupción de Vox en el Parlamento andaluz como telón de fondo.
Con el apoyo de Ferraz o sin él, Susana Díaz no suma para volver a ser presidenta de la Junta, posibilidad que se abre para el PP, Ciudadanos y Vox. Sobre ese probable pacto de "las derechas" en Andalucía, el presidente del Gobierno se ha preguntado qué resultados celebraba Pablo Casado el domingo por la noche -"no creo que fueran los resultados del PP"- y ha lanzado una advertencia: "Las derechas suman, pero no sabemos muy bien para qué. Tanto PP como Ciudadanos tendrán que explicar muy bien qué pactan con Vox".
Las derechas suman, pero no sabemos para qué. PP y Ciudadanos tendrán que explicar mucho qué pactan con Vox.
Durante la entrevista, Pedro Sánchez ha cargado en varias ocasiones contra la posibilidad de que Partido Popular y Ciudadanos pacten con VOX para lograr el gobierno andaluz y ha reprochado a estos dos partidos que, mientras que la derecha en Europa se vanagloria de no pactar con la ultraderecha, aquí, PP y Cs son capaces de "sin ambages ni rubor" dejar a un lado sus principios para hacerse con el Gobierno de la Junta de Andalucía.
Si PP y Cs se apoyan en una fuerza antieuropea como Vox para gobernar Andalucía, tendrán que explicarlo. Quienes creemos en la España de los derechos, europeísta e inclusiva, debemos movilizarnos ante los que cuestionan estos avances. #SánchezT5pic.twitter.com/26NtxwVfvN
En este contexto, le ha preguntado al líder de Cs, Albert Rivera, cómo le va a explicar a Macron, a quien trata de emular y que se posiciona contra Le Pen, que va a pactar con la "sucursal de Le Pen en España", en referencia a VOX. Según Sánchez, el problema no es tanto la presencia de VOX en el Parlamento andaluz como el hecho de que, en su opinión, va a arrastrar a los partidos de derechas hacia posiciones más radicales.
Sánchez ha minimizado el aval del Govern a las protestas convocadas con motivo de la celebración de ese Consejo de Ministros en la Ciudad Condal, pero ha subrayado que Torra es "el principal responsable y representante del Estado" en Cataluña y, como tal, debe garantizar "la celebración normalizada de un Consejo de Ministros sin duda importante e histórico".
"Me gustaría que no se perdieran las formas por parte del presidente de la Generalitat", ha recalcado.
También ha restado importancia a las palabras de Torra avisando de que no dará su apoyo a los Presupuestos Generales del Estado y de que su único objetivo es la independencia de Cataluña.
"Del dicho al hecho hay un trecho importante y, aunque es verdad que se dicen muchas cosas, luego no hay ninguna ilegalidad que se cometa por parte del presidente de la Generalitat de Cataluña, que es muy consciente de que este Gobierno va a actuar con contundencia en el caso de que se produzca una quiebra de la Constitución y del Estatuto de Autonomía", ha advertido.
El gobierno de la Generalitat "sabe perfectamente" cuáles son "los límites"
Al hilo de lo anterior, ha recordado que como líder de la oposición apoyó la aplicación del artículo 155 "cuando fue necesario". Por eso, ha dicho que la Generalitat "sabe perfectamente" cuáles son "los límites" en torno a los cuales se puede dialogar "para poder encontrar una solución política".
"Sí, soy partidario de eliminar la inviolabilidad del rey"
En la entrevista también ha habido tiempo para que Sánchez se refiriese a la polémica del día: sus declaraciones sobre eliminar la inviolabilidad del rey.
El presidente del Gobierno ha insistido en que es partidario de suprimirlo y ha desvelado que ha "hablado con el rey sobre ese tema". "Tenemos un rey contemporáneo, que ha aceptado con certeza y con acierto principios básicos como la política de género, la lucha contra el cambio climático o la diversidad territorial", ha alabado Sánchez a Felipe VI, antes de negarse a dar más detalles sobre sus despachos con el monarca.
"Comprenderá que no viole la confidencialidad con el jefe del Estado", ha dicho.
Sánchez ha rechazado seguir dando importancia a esta cuestión y ha tratado de abrir el plano. "De lo que estamos hablando, al final, es de eliminar la figura del aforamiento. Y este Gobierno va a presentar una propuesta de reforma de la Constitución para limitar los aforamientos de los diputados".
Il sistema dei Comuni è uscito debilitato da otto anni di ruvide cure contabili e fiscali, che sicuramente hanno contribuito a sanare i conti dello Stato, ma che hanno stravolto il tessuto delle autonomie locali. Sfiancato dall'insaziabile esigenza dello Stato centrale di rastrellare risorse per la finanza pubblica, dimagrito in risorse umane e finanziarie, oggi il sistema dei Comuni italiani rischia di non riuscire a godere appieno delle nuove risorse che sembrano essere disponibili. Come un corpo carico di tossine, reagisce a fatica all'iniezione di linfa finanziaria preparata con la nuova Legge di Stabilità 2019, che sblocca gli avanzi di gestione, in aggiunta all'abolizione dei vincoli del Patto di stabilità decisa alla fine della scorsa legislatura.
Dovrebbero ripartire gli investimenti. Ma non ripartono. Vengono meno i vincoli, si torna a poter contare su nuove risorse finanziarie, eppure il ciclo virtuoso della spesa per investimenti non si mette in moto. Ma non dobbiamo dare colpe ai Comuni, che in questi ultimi otto anni sono riusciti a ridurre di 10 miliardi l'indebitamento complessivo del sistema. Peccato che nello stesso tempo il personale sia diminuito del 15%. Nelle Amministrazioni di grandi dimensioni il dimagrimento degli organici può rivelarsi sopportabile, nei Comuni di piccole dimensioni perdere il 15% dei dipendenti può voler dire rinunciare ad alcune funzioni amministrative. E questo si traduce spesso in un blocco delle attività.
Il processo di normalizzazione degli enti locali – dopo gli anni della devastante riorganizzazione, tutta spesa per migliorare i saldi di bilancio statali - ha bisogno di un profondo lavoro di ricostruzione, che deve fondarsi sui due pilastri costituzionali che definiscono il ruolo dei Comuni e che sono stati dimenticati, persi per strada: i principi di autonomia e perequazione.
Il sonno dell'autonomia e della perequazione genera mostri per l'amministrazione e incubi per le comunità e i territori che devono essere amministrati. Perché si bloccano i servizi e le prestazioni per i quali ha senso il ruolo e la prerogativa del Comune. Dopo aver mitizzato, negli anni Novanta, l'obiettivo dell'efficienza, introducendo lo storytelling del Comune capace di produrre e di gestirsi come un'azienda privata, negli ultimi dieci anni tutto è stato sacrificato al taglio delle risorse. Ci si è dimenticati che un Comune inefficiente, o semplice esecutore dello Stato centrale, perde ogni ragion d'essere. Un ente che nasce per intermediare le esigenze delle comunità territoriali con l'Amministrazione centrale dello Stato, se privato delle sue prerogative di autonomia – unica misura di responsabilità dell'efficienza trasmessa ai cittadini – diventa inutile. O peggio.
In un simile quadro, le differenze - sociali, economiche e di organizzazione istituzionale - tra le aree territoriali che compongono l'Italia hanno ulteriormente complicato il quadro. I Comuni che già prima della recente crisi presentavano profili di fragilità hanno subito contraccolpi devastanti. Quelli più solidi, pur doloranti, hanno tenuto. I comuni non sono tutti uguali. Ci sono quelli piccoli e ci sono quelli più grandi. Ci sono quelli del Nord produttivo e quelli del Sud più vulnerabile. Proprio partendo da queste premesse e allo scopo di garantire equilibrio al sistema è stato individuato il principio della perequazione che mira al mantenimento dei livelli essenziali delle prestazioni pubbliche in tutti i comuni d'Italia. Peccato che le risorse necessarie per alimentare la perequazione tra i Comuni sono garantite, in senso "orizzontale", esclusivamente dallo stesso sistema dei Comuni.
Lo Stato è fuggito e ripudiando l'art. 5 della nostra Costituzione ha smesso di stanziare denaro per ridurre gli squilibri tra i territori della Repubblica. In soldoni: ogni anno un centinaio di milioni di IMU vengono trasferiti dal bilancio di alcune amministrazioni comunali in favore di altre amministrazioni comunali con grave vilipendio del principio "vedo, pago, voto" che ispira i principi più profondi della democrazia rappresentativa. Senza il concorso di risorse statali non è più perequazione. Al più, è un prelievo forzoso.
La misura è colma. Il sistema dei Comuni italiani ha bisogno di uno sguardo rinnovato e globale. Ha bisogno di una riforma fiscale capace di ribadire la centralità costituzionale delle autonomie locali, attraverso l'adozione di strumenti finanziari che ripropongano i due pilastri dell'autonomia e della perequazione. Senza un riordino razionale della tassazione locale rischia di perdere significato anche lo sblocco degli avanzi di bilancio che, nella manovra di bilancio attualmente al vaglio del Parlamento, il Governo ha voluto virtuosamente riconoscere.
Ben vengano nuovi spazi finanziari a disposizione dei Comuni. Sacrosanto aver restituito la disponibilità di avanzi di amministrazioni lungamente sottratti ai legittimi titolari ma solo se si saprà rifondare il ruolo dei Comuni, nel solco del principio di sussidiarietà che garantisce l'integrità nazionale e con l'adozione di norme che rendano possibile l'organizzazione e la spesa delle articolazioni periferiche del sistema pubblico. Solo così si potranno superare le tentazioni stataliste e centraliste che hanno provato a trasferire nei Comuni il bersaglio di quella insofferenza politica e anti-istituzionale che ha caratterizzato gli anni recenti della storia nazionale e non solo.
Meksika’nın yeni Devlet Başkanı Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador 1 Aralık’ta yemin ederek resmen görevine başlarken solcu liderin ilk icraatı eski devlet başkanının lüks uçağını satışa çıkarmak oldu. Obrador, “Yozlaşmış siyasetçilerin kullandığı uçak ve helikopterleri satıyoruz.” dedi. Obrador’un bu açıklamasının ardından Maliye Bakanı Carlos Urzua da Boeing 787 Dreamliner uçağının önünde bir basın toplantısı düzenleyerek uçağın satış kararının […]
In un mese, la Cina ha inaugurato i due ponti più lunghi del mondo. Fisico ed edilizio il primo, a sfidare ogni record d'ingegneria e unificare Hong Kong, Canton, Macao, in un arco di 55 chilometri e 250 milioni di transiti. "Metafisico" e pattizio il secondo, a completare settecento anni di tentativi e superare settant'anni di empasse politico - diplomatica, collegando stabilmente Pechino e il Vaticano, hard e soft power, regno dei cieli e celeste impero, città dei papi e città proibita, nell'orizzonte spazio – temporale di due miliardi e mezzo di anime.
"Ponti" caratterizzati entrambi da un segmento nascosto. Un tunnel subacqueo da un lato e un canale riservato, vale a dire una procedura segreta di nomina dei vescovi, dall'altro: che repentinamente li sommergono e sottraggono allo sguardo, per un ampio intervallo di mare, cingendoli di un'aura di mistero e rievocando al pensiero la suggestione, pucciniana e bismarkiana, di un'aria celebre. Lirica e Realpolitik, dunque.
"Il mio mistero è chiuso in me ..."
Sebbene Pechino si collochi agli antipodi, a quasi dodicimila miglia da Buenos Aires, ha sempre rappresentato il punto più vicino e l'obiettivo primario, predestinato e pianificato nel DNA gesuitico e nell'immaginario geopolitico di Bergoglio. Forse l'approdo addirittura conclusivo, esaustivo. La spettacolare, magistrale uscita di scena. Coronamento e congedo che di più non si può, a volerlo cogliere e sapersene distogliere, del suo iter al timone della barca di Pietro.
"Da ragazzo, qualunque cosa leggessi sulla Cina aveva la capacità di suscitare la mia ammirazione. Ammiro la Cina. In seguito, ho studiato la vita di Matteo Ricci e ho visto che quest'uomo provava quello che provavo io: ammirazione."
Con una differenza non da poco. Quando Matteo Ricci, matematico e cartografo, discepolo anche lui di Sant'Ignazio, sognava e disegnava geometrie a Oriente, il pendolo del cattolicesimo inclinava verso l'Ovest, appena scoperto. Ci sarebbe voluto un papa sudamericano, mezzo millennio dopo, per azzerare il cronometro e passare il testimone dall'eldorado di ieri a quello di domani. Dall'estuario del Rio de la Plata, il fiume ad'argento, al delta del fiume delle perle, Zhu Jiang in cinese.
Cambiando non solo emisfero ma sfera d'influenza, con un'angolazione di 180 gradi e uno statement che traccia, e trancia, un reset epocale: "La Cina oggi è una potenza mondiale: se la vediamo da questo lato, può cambiare il panorama".
Operazione e opzione ardita, che allerta i radar USA e non passa inosservata. Dilata come non mai e al tempo stesso spacca in due la Chiesa, separandola da Washington nel momento in cui gli States si fanno guardinghi e serrano i ranghi di un nuovo bipolarismo, dall'Est all'East. Richiamo della foresta e remake di un classico che in nome dell'interesse nazionale aggrega in un fronte unico repubblicani e democratici, Obama e Trump, fondamentalisti evangelici e conferenza episcopale, intellettuali bostoniani e farmer del Corn Belt, militari del Pentagono e "guerrieri culturali" ratzingeriani.
Motivo che ha indotto la Santa Sede ad ammainare provvisoriamente la bandiera della trasparenza, un mantra distintivo del pontificato, e attraversare prudenzialmente la frontiera in un luogo riparato.
Per timore non tanto di una collisione in superficie con la "barca - drago" (vascello tipico di Hong Kong, dal look grintoso ancorché innocuo) del cardinale "pasionario" e ultraottuagenario Zen Ze-kiun, che accusa il Vaticano di svendere la Chiesa clandestina fedele a Roma e sputa fuoco e fiamme sull'accordo, quanto piuttosto con la portaerei del media system statunitense, pronto a levare in volo i bombardieri e attivare uno sbarramento ad alto share.
In tale clima di guerra fredda e diffidenza reciproca non è azzardato assimilare alle sanzioni economiche il calo e congelamento delle donazioni finanziarie, registrato per effetto dell'Affaire Viganò. Al di là dell'episodio in sé l'America percepisce, incredula, l'eclissi dell'appartenenza del papato all'Occidente. Ossia lo smarcamento dell'astronave pontificia dalla galassia Stars and Stripes e con esso un riposizionamento, anzi un rovesciamento di alleanze. Reagendo di conseguenza.
"Tramontate stelle ..."
Mentre Francesco atterrando in Lituania il 22 settembre 2018 metteva un piede nel passato e sul limes, livido e dolorante, del Novecento, a quattromila miglia il viceministro degli esteri, Monsignor Antoine Camilleri, apponeva in suo nome una firma sul futuro gravido e invitante del XXI secolo, consegnando agli annali una data storica e sottoscrivendo con la Cina un protocollo che chiude il contenzioso atavico sul metodo di selezione della gerarchia ecclesiastica e schiude all'evangelizzazione la via della seta. Come se la pietra magica della cattedrale di Vilnius avesse finalmente propiziato il miracolo (Stebuklas), esaudendo e assecondando da copione al terzo giro, dopo il duplice tentativo di Wojtyla e Ratzinger, la priorità strategica dei successori di Pietro, conforme alla profezia di Giovanni Paolo II, che giunto trionfatore sulla soglia del giubileo provvide subito, lungimirante, ad aggiornare l'agenda e il muro, non più eludibile, da Berlino a Pechino.
Spingendosi sull'orlo del fuori gioco, teologico e geopolitico, Bergoglio ha condensato in cinque anni cinque secoli di missione, per non restare fuori dall'area che conta, dove si perde o vince la partita della globalizzazione: una fabbrica e un trend ascendente che nel 2050 esprimerà il 50 per cento del PIL mondiale, a dispetto del fatturato spirituale, fermo attualmente in Asia - e drammaticamente – a uno sparuto, timido tre per cento di battezzati. Frazione marginale quanto emarginante.
"Le Chiese cristiane in tutto il mondo hanno preso coscienza del fatto che il XXI secolo è veramente il secolo dell'Asia": il proclama di Civiltà Cattolica, nel luglio 2017, mostra chiaramente che nella consapevolezza del Papa e dei suoi più stretti consiglieri, dal Segretario di Stato Pietro Parolin al messinese Antonio Spadaro, direttore della rivista, rispettivamente pilota e ideologo della svolta, era scoccata l'ora e si assemblava lo scenario, inderogabile, delle manovre di attracco e avanti tutta: dalla manifestazione d'interesse alle affinità elettive. Dalla premessa patrimoniale alla promessa matrimoniale.
"Il nome mio nessun saprà".
Magari non il nome ma il cognome. Non il quadro però segnatamente la cornice. Malgrado non si conosca il contenuto dell'intesa, se ne può comunque desumere la tipologia e genealogia, che la riconduce induttivamente al novero dei "trattati ineguali".
Dove uno dei contraenti cede in fase di stipula più di quanto riceva. Prospettiva inversa, compensativa del gap che a partire dalla metà dell'Ottocento costrinse l'Impero del Centro, in virtù della superiorità tecnologica dell'Ovest, ad aprire obtorto collo porti e quartieri ai vessilli d'Europa e alle navi a vapore: da cui sbarcavano, insieme, militari e baionette, missionari e immaginette.
Un bandolo unitario che dal nazionalista Sun Yat-sen al comunista Mao Zedong al neocapitalista Xi Jinping ("fondamentalisti dell'indipendenza" nella definizione dell'editor di Asianews, il sinologo Padre Bernardo Cervellera), spiega e dispiega, ricapitola e raggomitola cento anni di parabola repubblicana, nella ricerca ossessiva, estensiva dell'onore perduto e di simboli che lo rappresentino architettonicamente, aristocraticamente tout azimut: dai grattacieli dei top manager, nel ruolo degli odierni mandarini, alla sequenza violacea di zucchetti dei vescovi, sette più uno post mortem, nominati dal governo e testé approvati dal Papa, previa revoca delle scomuniche. Coscienti che diocesi e cattedrali cattoliche rimpiccioliscono e scompaiono, per dimensioni, nella demografia e altimetria delle megalopoli (stando alla più ottimistica delle stime i fedeli superano di poco l'uno per cento della popolazione, una esigua minoranza e un terzo della pur infima consistenza continentale, che è del tre) ma che agli occhi del mondo, nella costruzione del racconto mediatico, la gallery dei presuli riabilitati abbaglia, e si staglia, con impatto emotivo analogo allo skyline scenografico di Chongqing e di Shangai.
A scrutarlo da un tale osservatorio, il patto sino-vaticano rivela e assume verosimilmente, come abbiamo scritto, le fattezze di un condono. Una gigantesca "sanatoria" urbanistica, nella quale Roma legittima un paesaggio di edifici abusivi, anomali, a cominciare dall'archetipo dell'Associazione Patriottica, che fungono da longa manus del partito, e quest'ultimo entra, per così dire, in società con il Pontefice, lasciandogli l'imprimatur del messaggio dottrinale, oltre al parere vincolante sulla idoneità personale, ma continuando a esercitare l'imprinting sulla linea politica e il diritto di scelta, in definitiva, dei candidati all'episcopato.
Non solo un ponte a due corsie, bensì a due velocità.
Se il vescovo "patriottico" in effetti compie speditamente il tragitto intero e contribuisce attivamente all'elaborazione del magistero papale, su un piano di pari dignità con i confratelli, nel sinodo di ottobre in Vaticano, quello "clandestino", lungi dall'essere in parallelo riconosciuto dalle autorità, viene di converso accompagnato e trattenuto ai "pit-stop" di rieducazione stradale, al fine di metabolizzare la segnaletica e viabilità di regime, con i suoi obblighi e i suoi divieti.
Sullo sfondo la rinascita del senso religioso, che affiora nelle nuove generazioni e ha indotto Xi Jinping a emanare un regolamento restrittivo, vessatorio, in vigore da febbraio 2018 e in apparenza contraddittorio, al limite della schizofrenia istituzionale rispetto alle trattative in corso contestualmente, in tempo reale, con la diplomazia della Santa Sede.
La sindrome di Turandot affligge la leadership cinese, terrorizzata eppure affascinata innanzi al potenziale coesivo e divisivo, persino eversivo della fede. E' questa la posta della commessa, e scommessa, da centinaia di milioni di anime, col taglio e col travaglio di una guerra di nervi, tra Bergoglio e Xi.
"E t'ho odiato per quella e per quella t'ho amato. Tormentata e divisa fra due terrori uguali: vincerti o esser vinta ..."
Problematico ed emblematico della persecuzione in atto il caso di Pietro Shao Zhumin, presule di Wenzhou, che al quinto arresto in due anni colleziona seriale, paziente "soggiorni d'istruzione", in guisa di punti di penalità sulla patente.
Da un lato lo slancio di Francesco che alla vista di Monsignor Guo Jincai si commuove pubblicamente in tv e lo promuove all'istante da figlio prodigo a prodigio, accogliendolo nell'abbraccio del colonnato beniniano ed elargendogli, per dote, la diocesi nuova di zecca di Chengde.
Dall'altro le cautele del governo, che sottopone il ponte a ripetuti stress test di collaudo e impone al partner la prova d'amore, attraverso il sacrificio dei cattolici legati a Roma per settant'anni e destinati a immolarsi per un "bene superiore", alla stregua di Liù, serva fedele dell'opera pucciniana.
"Tu che di gel sei cinta, da tanta fiamma vinta, l'amerai anche tu".
Con ogni probabilità, il prossimo concistoro cercherà di trasformare in matrimonio, mediante la consegna di un anello cardinalizio, l'accordo pre-nuziale di settembre, imprimendo su di esso il sigillo della porpora e impalmando un vescovo prescelto con il placet delle due parti.
A seguire, una visita di Bergoglio in Cina eguaglierebbe per importanza l'incontro del '72 fra Nixon e Mao. Scandendo il cambiamento d'epoca e inaugurando un capitolo inedito, senza precedenti, nella saga delle alleanze tra papato e impero
La sfilata del Pontefice a Pechino configurerà dunque l'evento clou del 2019 oppure, alla stregua di Dolce e Gabbana, scivolerà sul misunderstanding e buccia di banana di un faux pas, in sembianza di mossa, richiesta o protesta improvvida?
"Dilegua o notte. All'alba vincerò".
A prescindere dal viaggio, il grido tenorile del principe Calaf aleggia imperativo e pone una ipoteca geopolitica sul conclave. Come Giacomo Puccini, anche Francesco si appresta infatti a lasciare incompiuta e work in progress la sua Turandot, confidando in una discendenza numerosa e nella perseveranza biblica del Signore.
Al di là degli esiti possibili, la Cina costituisce un formidabile, irripetibile desk, che consente di leggere in prospettiva e retrospettiva genesi e nemesi del pontificato: misurandone concettualmente la vicinanza diagnostica e lontananza prognostica con il predecessore Joseph Ratzinger, nel confronto tra Benedikt-Option e Chinese Dream.
Entrambi, Francesco e Benedetto, prendono atto del declino irreversibile, nel breve periodo, del cristianesimo in Europa.
Di fronte alla notte che avanza, il primo si preoccupa però di preservarne integro il nucleo nell'area protetta o cenacolo chiuso delle minoranze creative, postmoderna versione del sacro speco. Il secondo ipotizza invece di trasferirne altrove il centro gravitazionale, coerente con la sua doppia natura di gesuita e di perito chimico. Non solo esploratore ma sperimentatore.
L'uno applica in sostanza un marchio doc e teorizza un diritto di proprietà intellettuale, a tutela del brevetto greco-romano, l'altro de-localizza le produzioni e il domicilio fiscale, abolendo le royalties identitarie.
"Sebbene sia vero che alcune culture sono state strettamente legate alla predicazione del Vangelo e allo sviluppo di un pensiero cristiano", leggiamo in Evangelii Gaudium", il messaggio rivelato non si identifica con nessuna di esse e possiede un contenuto trans-culturale".
Nel campo magnetico dell'Orbe, polarizzato dal braccio di ferro Washington - Pechino, la barca dell'Urbe naviga inquieta e speranzosa, zigzagando tra resilienza del timoniere, che incede ostinato, e resistenza dell'equipaggio, che teme l'ignoto. Levando l'ancora e svuotando la stiva, per riportare indietro e lanciare su vasta scala, lungo le promettenti scie della seta, il cherigma e format di un cattolicesimo made in China, globalizzato e tutto da scoprire.
Si è parlato del vertiginoso aumento della vendita degli psicofarmaci. Da questo fenomeno si è dedotto che la depressione stia dilagando in Italia (dappertutto tranne che a Napoli!). Una deduzione a dir poco sospetta.
Allen Frances ha diretto il team che ha elaborato la Quarta edizione del Manuale Diagnostico e Statistico dei Disturbi Mentali (DSM IV). Il DSM illustra i sintomi che compongono i Disturbi mentali. Allen Frances ora è un anziano colto e gioioso, ma costretto a lavorare per il proliferare dell'inflazione diagnostica, di cui è stato complice involontario.
Il suo ultimo libro lancia un accorato appello: appassionati di Iphone, patiti della guerra videogiocata, amanti delle cene siciliane e degli aperitivi milanesi, bambini capricciosi che amate giocare e odiate i compiti, anziani smemorati che non ricordate dove avete parcheggiato, adulti disordinati che arrivate in ritardo sia a Milano che a Roma, persone addolorate dalla perdita di un amore e tristi per come va il vostro paese, uomini disattenti perché demotivati da lavori ignobili... state attenti. Ognuno di voi potrebbe essere etichettato come malato mentale!
Il ragionamento del Dott. Frances comincia da una domanda basica: cosa distingue la normalità dalla malattia? Di norma in medicina la malattia è analizzata a partire dall'organo sano. Ma quando il cervello è sano o malato? Le nuove scoperte della biologia molecolare, della genetica, delle neuroscienze non si sono trasformate in test di laboratorio per analizzare i disturbi mentali. "Ancora oggi- scrive Frances- non abbiamo un solo test biologico di laboratorio in psichiatria" (p. 31). In termini tecnici, nulla si sa dell'eziopatologia di un disturbo mentale.
L'assenza di test biologici significa che tutte le diagnosi in psichiatria sono basate su giudizi soggettivi e sono quindi intrinsecamente fallibili. L'ultima riprova è lo scandalo dei pompieri traumatizzati dall'11 settembre, diagnosticati come disturbati, e trovati a giocare, pescare e scorrazzare con le moto d'acqua. O in casa nostra, è il caso dello smemorato di Pisa che ha potuto ingannare interi reparti di psichiatria, prima di ammettere di aver mentito.
Tristezza, dolore, preoccupazione, rabbia, disgusto e terrore sono connaturati all'essenza umana e svolgono funzioni fondamentali per la sopravvivenza. A volte, queste emozioni ci sfuggono di mano, diventano invalidanti, ci causano incredibile sofferenza. Ma succede anche che con il tempo, la riflessione, la proattività e la coscienza, il corpo e la mente si rimettano in moto; un'omeostasi olistica ripristina il normale equilibrio.
"Il disturbo psichiatrico consiste in sintomi e comportamenti che non si correggono da soli- un'infrazione prolungata nel normale processo omeostatico di guarigione." (p. 52). L'inflazione diagnostica si presenta quando confondiamo i normali turbamenti della vita con disturbi psichiatrici veri e propri (che coinvolgono dal 5 al 10% della popolazione). I disturbi mentali dovrebbero essere diagnosticati solo quando si presentano da soli in modo inequivocabile e grave e nei casi in cui è evidente che non se ne andranno da soli. Ma qual è allora il fine della promozione sistemica dell'inflazione diagnostica?
Il primo fine immediato è il profitto. Il modello di business delle industrie farmaceutiche, trovando complicità e collusione in medici, psichiatri e pazienti, è basato sull'allargamento della sfera delle malattie per commercializzare i farmaci. Il marketing della malattia e della presunta cura è l'arte raffinata di vendere malanni psichiatrici, che portano profitti altissimi.
Secondo uno studio citato da Allen, a 21 anni, più dell'80% dei giovani adulti risponderebbe ai requisiti per un disturbo mentale. Sul piano delle diagnosi vere e proprie, il Disturbo Bipolare infantile è aumentato di 40 volte; l'autismo di 20 volte; il Disturbo da deficit dell'attenzione e iperattività ha triplicato la sua prevalenza; il Disturbo Bipolare fra gli adulti si è raddoppiato. Quando l'incidenza schizza alle stelle come in questi casi, un segmento della crescita è dovuto a casi autentici che prima non venivano individuati, un altro dipende da vere e proprie mode psichiatriche alimentate dal marketing delle case farmaceutiche.
Il fenomeno più bizzarro rimane l'immenso successo dei farmaci antipsicotici. Dimostratisi utili nelle malattie più invalidanti come la schizofrenia e il disturbo bipolare, vengono prescritti come caramelle anche a chi ha problemi a dormire, banale ansia, depressione, irritabilità, sbalzi di umore tipici dell'adolescenza e irritabilità tipica della vecchiaia. "Non c'è da stupirsi che i farmaci prescritti dai medici causino un numero maggiore di visite al pronto soccorso di quanto facciano le droghe illegali spacciate per strada". Allen non sa che oggi droghe e psicofarmaci vengono venduti insieme nelle zone buie delle nostre città.
Il secondo fine più sottile è quello del controllo sociale. Le incapacità di adattamento ai microcosmi relazionali (affetti, amicizie, famiglie, ambienti di lavoro) e alle comunità politiche sono potenziali leve di protesta, mobilitazione, devianze, innovazioni e trasgressioni; minacce all'ordine costituito.
I farmaci sono i cavalli di Troia di una repressione chimica del potenziale cambiamento e di prevenzione delle tensioni sociali. Ricordiamo come le donne furono le principali clienti degli ansiolitici quando cominciarono a mettere in discussione il ruolo subalterno che la società patriarcale offriva loro. E furono le stesse donne a denunciarne gli effetti nefasti sul loro corpo, la loro psiche e la loro vita.
Se ti dicono che sei malato, finisci per sentirti e comportarti da malato. Il ruolo del malato è estremamente utile quando si è malati sul serio, si ha bisogno di tranquillità e di cure. La Psichiatria combinando la psicoterapia e la terapia farmacologica è assolutamente necessaria a quei pazienti che soffrono di un disturbo conclamato. A volte riesce letteralmente a salvare le loro vite o comunque a renderle più vivibili.
Ma se non si è malati, avere questa etichetta riduce gli obiettivi di vita, stronca le ambizioni di cambiamento e miglioramento, e porta a una riduzione della responsabilità individuale, relazionale e collettiva. Per limitare la vendita, sarebbero utili e auspicabili norme che limitino il raggio di azione delle case farmaceutiche quali: divieto di pubblicità dei farmaci (qualunque essi siano); divieto di sponsorizzazione da parte delle case farmaceutiche per la formazione dei medici; divieto di distribuzione di campioni gratuiti; divieto di lobbismo; e feroce controllo sulla corruzione.
Inoltre è necessaria un'educazione culturale. Gli psicofarmaci creano dipendenza e depressione in chi è sano. Basterebbe leggere i bugiardini per evitarli e ammalarsi per davvero.
Un nuovo impegno per l'Ue entro dieci giorni: forse un documento di bilancio rivisto e corretto dopo la bocciatura della Commissione europea o forse una lettera. Comunque un'inversione di rotta da consegnare all'Europa prima del consiglio europeo del 13 e 14 dicembre, segnalano fonti di governo ad Huffpost. Il tempo stringe, i toni tra Roma e Bruxelles sono passati dagli insulti alla trattativa, il governo Conte tratta e vuole chiudere. Obiettivo: evitare la procedura di infrazione sul deficit legata al debito che potrebbe scattare il 19 dicembre, se tutti gli sforzi andassero a monte.
I dettagli dell'accordo sono ancora da definire, mentre a Bruxelles si svolge una riunione dell'Eurogruppo che, nelle sue conclusioni finali, conferma ancora la bocciatura della Commissione: "Sosteniamo la valutazione della Commissione Ue e raccomandiamo all'Italia di prendere le misure necessarie a rispettare le regole del Patto di stabilità". Ma - dettaglio non da poco - nelle conclusioni della riunione dei ministri della zona euro non c'è accenno esplicito alla procedura di infrazione contro l'Italia. E' un altro segnale della trattativa in corso.
"Siamo nel pieno periodo di approvazione della legge di bilancio, quindi stiamo valutando tutti gli emendamenti. Sto lavorando a tempo pieno per quanto riguarda l'interlocuzione con le istituzioni europee, ci stiamo lavorando a tempo pieno -questa mattina, stasera, domani - credo che nel volgere di qualche giorno avremo un ulteriore passaggio con le istituzioni europee", dice Conte, a margine di una conferenza stampa a Palazzo Chigi. "Confido di poter pervenire a quello che è il mio massimo auspicio, il mio grande obiettivo", ovvero una "soluzione condivisa per evitare la procedura di infrazione".
Secondo quanto riferiscono all'Huffpost fonti di governo, l'idea che si fa strada è di ridurre il deficit previsto al 2,4 per cento nel 2019. Le previsioni più ottimistiche dell'ala più incline al dialogo nell'esecutivo Conte puntano al 2 per cento, che è quanto chiede al minimo la Commissione per evitare la procedura di infrazione di fatto già 'apparecchiata' e che, senza correzioni, "va avanti", avverte Pierre Moscovici. Quota cento, il provvedimento sulle pensioni caro a Matteo Salvini, potrebbe diventare una 'una tantum' che risolva i problemi legati alla riforma Fornero (esodati), ma che di fatto salvaguardi quella riforma in quanto è l'unica riforma strutturale italiana apprezzata a livello europeo. Scomporla - fanno notare gli interlocutori europei - vorrebbe dire rimettere a rischio il sistema. Il reddito di cittadinanza, meno inviso a Bruxelles, invece verrebbe ristretto al massimo, ad una platea ridotta.
Il diavolo sta sempre nei dettagli e nessuno al governo si dice certo dell'accordo fatto. Tanto più che Salvini sta ancora chiedendo che 'quota cento' mantenga almeno una parte strutturale, altrimenti gli sarebbe difficile difendere la manovra di fronte agli elettori. Però anche i toni di Salvini sono diventati decisamente più morbidi.
"Smontare la Fornero è un mio preciso impegno", dice il vicepremier leghista arrivando al Parlamento europeo per incontrare i suoi eurodeputati prima della serata alla festa di 'politico.eu', giornale online che gli assegna il premio di leader più influente dell'anno. Però poi aggiunge: "Lo faremo rispettando tutti i parametri. Il diritto al lavoro e il diritto alla pensione vengono prima di tutti i decimali e di tutti gli scogli". Salvini si mantiene alla larga dalle polemiche, accuratamente. Non si scalda nemmeno quando gli fanno notare che i commissari europei possono andare in pensione con soli dieci anni di attività. In altri tempi avrebbe approfittato per attaccare. Oggi no. Oggi l'Europa non è più un affare da smontare ma: "Il nostro obiettivo è entrare in queste istituzioni per ridare vita a un bellissimo sogno", dice Salvini.
Ora la trattativa è nelle mani del presidente del Consiglio Giuseppe Conte, come hanno messo nero su bianco ieri i due vicepremier Salvini e Di Maio in una nota congiunta. Ed è per questo che il nuovo impegno per Bruxelles arriverà qui in Europa in tempo per il consiglio europeo di metà dicembre. Dovrà essere una "correzione credibile della manovra e un impegno chiaro e indiscutibile del governo": è questo che chiedono da Bruxelles a Roma.
Per il capo del governo, il consiglio europeo di fine anno sarà l'occasione per dimostrare ai partner europei gli sforzi fatti: ad Angela Merkel ed Emmanuel Macron, i più aperti al dialogo, e agli olandesi, i finlandesi, gli austriaci, insomma i più arrabbiati per le spese italiane in deficit. In questo modo, al termine di settimane di lavoro con una triangolazione di sforzi insieme al ministro dell'Economia Giovanni Tria sul lato dei conti e il ministro degli Esteri Enzo Moavero Milanesi sul lato della diplomazia, Conte si prefigge di suggellare l'accordo in modo che il 19 dicembre la Commissione non scriva le sue raccomandazioni per l'Italia, propedeutiche all'apertura formale della procedura all'Ecofin del 22 gennaio.
Insomma entro la metà dicembre, suggeriscono fonti di governo al lavoro sulla trattativa, deve essere tutto fatto. Perché altrimenti il caso Italia finisce nel collegio dei Commissari del 19 dicembre (secondo l'ordine del giorno che decideranno i capi di gabinetto di Palazzo Berlaymont il 17 dicembre) e a quel punto sarebbe troppo tardi.
Oggi a metà giornata, Tria e il vicepresidente della Commissione Europea Valdis Dombrovskis si fanno fotografare insieme. Sorridenti, si stringono la mano al termine di un colloquio. "Comune volontà di trovare al più presto una soluzione al contenzioso sulla manovra tra Roma e Bruxelles", è quanto emerge dall'incontro. Certo, il 'falco' Dombrovskis non si lascia sfuggire l'occasione per rimarcare che "non basta solo il cambio dei toni, serve una correzione consistente". Ma si intuisce anche alla riunione dell'Eurogruppo che l'Italia non è più nella condizione di tirare la corda ancora: i dati parlano di recessione in arrivo, cosa che sconfesserà le previsioni di crescita del governo. E poi oggi la levata di scudi di Confindustria ha fatto suonare l'allarme proprio al cuore dell'esecutivo: soprattutto nella Lega, nel mirino delle critiche del suo elettorato al nord.
Un'atmosfera diversa, insomma. Moscovici già annusa la vittoria. "La Commissione - dice placido il commissario agli Affari Economici - è la signora del tempo". E' una citazione di Macron, che oggi non se la passa bene con le proteste dei 'gilet gialli' in Francia, tanto che il suo ministro all'Economia Bruno Le Maire è costretto a lasciare l'Eurogruppo in anticipo per tornare a Parigi per riunioni di governo dopo le violenze alle manifestazioni di sabato scorso. Ma Moscovici cita il Macron che vinse le presidenziali due anni fa e parlava così: "Io resterò il 'padrone dell'orologio': bisognerà che i media si abituino. Non mi agiterò per andare davanti alle telecamere solo perché la signora Le Pen va in tv".
Lo strappo di Doha è di quelli destinati a lasciare il segno su più versanti: su quello della partita petrolifera, ma anche sul piano più strettamente geopolitico e nello scontro intersunnita. Dal primo gennaio 2019 il Qatar uscirà dall'Opec. La decisione di ritirarsi dall'organizzazione dei Paesi esportatori di petrolio è stata annunciata dal ministro dell'Energia Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi: "Il Qatar ha deciso di ritirare la sua membership dall'Opec a partire dal gennaio 2019", dichiara al-Kaabi in conferenza stampa a Doha, aggiungendo che all'Opec è già stata comunicata la decisione. Intanto in avvio di giornata si registra un rimbalzo sostenuto per i prezzi del greggio. Sui mercati asiatici i future sul Light crude Wti (West Texas Intermediate) crescono a 53,5 dollari, quelli sul Brent a 62,16 dollari. A trainare il rimbalzo, dopo i recenti crolli, la notizia che Russia e Arabia Saudita sono d'accordo nell'estendere fino al 2019 il loro accordo per gestire il mercato petrolifero.
Ufficialmente il Qatar ha spiegato di volersi concentrare sul gas naturale liquefatto, di cui è il maggior fornitore con quasi il 30% della produzione mondiale. Ma le motivazioni "tecniche" lasciano il tempo che trovano, perché ben altre, e più corpose, sono le motivazioni che hanno spinto il Qatar a questa decisione. A rimarcarlo è l'autorevole Financial Times, secondo cui la decisione segue un peggioramento dei rapporti di Doha con i suoi vicini.
La "Guerra delle petromonarchie" ha una data di inizio, 5 giugno 2017: Arabia Saudita, Emirati Arabi Uniti, Bahrein ed Egitto annunciano la rottura delle relazioni diplomatiche con Doha, ritirando i propri ambasciatori e imponendo l'espulsione dei cittadini del Qatar. E questo dopo che il Qatar aveva respinto la lista di 13 condizioni imposta dal "fronte dei Quattro" per l'abolizione delle sanzioni contro Doha definendola "irrealistica". Tra le richieste avanzate dal fronte guidato da Riad figuravano quella di chiudere la tv Al Jazeera, interrompere i rapporti con l'Iran e con la Fratellanza musulmana, rinunciare ad una base militare turca. Una lista che andava ben oltre le accuse iniziali di sostenere il terrorismo e che impone di fatto all'emirato una limitazione della sua sovranità. La mossa ha visto anche la chiusura dello spazio aereo, che per i Paesi del Golfo ha implicato l'interdizione delle acque territoriali. Riad ha inoltre chiuso il proprio confine terrestre con il Qatar impedendo di fatto qualsiasi transito di merci. Alle misure hanno aderito tra gli altri anche Eritrea, Mauritania, Maldive, Senegal, il governo yemenita del presidente Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi e l'esecutivo libico non riconosciuto di Al Baida. Giordania, Gibuti, Ciad, Niger hanno declassato invece le proprie rappresentanze diplomatiche. E lo scontro si veste anche di guerra di religione con l'Arabia Saudita che vieta ai qatarini di entrare nella più sacra delle moschee, quella della Kaaba alla Mecca. L'accusa mossa al Qatar, in sintonia con la dottrina-Trump, è di supportare al-Qaeda, i Fratelli musulmani e, più recentemente, anche gruppi filo-iraniani. Questa strumentalizzazione del termine non è certamente nuova. È sufficiente ricordare l'esempio eclatante di quando Saddam Hussein fu accusato di finanziare il terrorismo internazionale per giustificare e legittimare l'intervento in Iraq.
Al fianco del Qatar si schiera il "Sultano di Ankara": nella notte dell'8 giugno, il presidente Recep Tayyp Erdogan ha controfirmato la legge che gli permette di inviare soldati turchi e addestratori nell'emirato, un primo contingente di 5 mila uomini che potrebbe salire a 15 mila. Il sostegno di Ankara a Doha si spiega soprattutto esaminando il versante economico: secondo le cifre pubblicate dai media gli investimenti qatarini in Turchia ammontano a 1,5 miliardi di dollari. Compagnie turche hanno ottenuto contratti per più di 13 miliardi di dollari per i progetti in vista della Coppa del Mondo di calcio prevista nel 2022. La Turchia, inoltre, ha già aperto una base militare in Qatar e presto verrà stabilito anche un comando divisionale congiunto a Doha. Tra le 13 richieste-ultimatum c'è anche la chiusura della base turca. Anche questa richiesta suona come inaccettabile. Non solo per Doha ma soprattutto per Ankara. Aperta l'anno scorso dopo l'accordo del 2014 fra l'emiro Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani e il presidente turco Erdogan, la base militare turca dista 30 chilometri da Doha. Prima della crisi accoglieva 300 soldati i turchi. Ma il ponte aereo in corso dovrebbe portare in tempi molto brevi il loro numero fino a 5mila militari, con l'appoggio anche di aerei e navi da guerra. Soprattutto, ai Sauditi non sono mai piaciute le "relazioni normali" che il Qatar tradizionalmente intrattiene con l'Iran: relazioni basate su solidi interessi economici comuni, a cominciare dallo sfruttamento congiunto del giacimento gasifero di South Pars/North Dome, il più grande del mondo". Il Golfo – rimarca Eleonora Ardemagni, in un documentato report per l'ISPI - complice la rivalità storica tra sauditi e iraniani e quella intra-sunnita tra Arabia Saudita e Qatar, è stato ed è il primo artefice, il demiurgo -seppure per vie indirette- dell'attuale disordine mediorientale: attraverso i suoi proxies, esso ha partecipato allo scardinamento dell'ordine regionale. Un processo aggravato dalle linee rosse disattese (Stati Uniti in Siria) oppure dagli ambigui interventi militari (Russia in Siria) delle potenze internazionali. Perché molto di ciò che accade oggi in Siria, Iraq, Yemen, Libia, Egitto, dipende primariamente dalle scelte politiche di Arabia Saudita, Iran, Qatar ed Emirati Arabi Uniti....". Geopolitica, affari, e non solo. Quel che è già evidente, - riflette Rami Khouri, tra i più autorevoli giornalisti libanesi - è la determinazione di alcuni Paesi arabi, guidati dall'Arabia Saudita, a ricorrere alla guerra economica e militare, a tattiche di deprivazione alimentare e ad altri mezzi pur di mantenere il mondo arabo nella sua fatiscente condizione attuale. È questa la reale minaccia che pende sui cittadini e le società del mondo arabo. Anche se lo spazio politico per esprimere simili opinioni, nella regione e altrove, si fa sempre più esiguo". E quello spazio rischia di chiudersi completamente se alle macerie siriane si aggiungessero quelle provocate da una nuova Guerra del Golfo.
Di certo, il Qatar vede ormai il suo futuro al di fuori dell'Opec, dominato dall'Arabia Saudita, il maggior produttore dell'organizzazione con oltre 11 milioni di barili al giorno. Le "crisi passano", ma vi sono cicatrici che "durano nel tempo" come la controversia economica e diplomatica che, da oltre un anno, vede opposte Doha e Arabia Saudita È quanto aveva sottolineato l'emiro del Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani nell'annuale discorso alla nazione, lo scorso 6 novembre, rivolgendosi anche alle nazioni alleate di Riyadh nell'area e chiedendo loro di rispettare la sovranità del proprio Paese e "non interferire" negli affari interni. "La storia ci insegna – aveva sostenuto nel suo discorso al-Thani - che le crisi passano, ma una loro cattiva gestione si lascia alle spalle effetti che poi durano nel tempo". "È davvero deplorevole - ha proseguito l'emiro del Qatar - che il perpetrarsi della crisi mostri in tutta la sua portata il fallimento del Consiglio di cooperazione dei Paesi del Golfo (Gcc) nel raggiungere i propri obiettivi e nel soddisfare le aspirazioni del nostro popolo". Egli ha quindi voluto rassicurare i cittadini, sostenendo che la nazione non ha subito effetti negativi dal boicottaggio e continuerà a mantenere il primato mondiale nell'esportazione di idrocarburi. "Il blocco - ha detto - non ha provocato alcuna ripercussione sulla vendita del nostro petrolio e del gas naturale". Lo Stato, ha concluso l'emiro, "è entusiasta di adempiere a tutti i suoi obblighi derivanti dai contratti in essere" e ne ha firmati altri "a lungo termine, l'ultimo dei quali con Petro China", gigante cinese dell'energia.
Le mosse di Doha sono monitorate con particolare attenzione dall'Italia. E la ragione è molto prosaica, e si lega fortemente alla "diplomazia degli affari" che va oltre il pur fondamentale settore energetico. Al Qatar, infatti, piace tanto lo "shopping" italiano. Tra i colpi messi a segno c'è quello in Sardegna dove la Qatar Airways si è presa il 49% di Meridiana. Nel 2011 gli Al-Thani, la dinastia che regna il Paese, hanno acquisito l'Hotel Gallia a Milano, nel 2012 il fondo sovrano ha praticamente rilevato la Costa Smeralda. Nello stesso anno, attraverso la "Mayhoola for investment", i reali del Qatar hanno comprato la maison Valentino per 700 milioni di euro. E più di recente la stessa QIA, che ha comprato Porta Nuova, è entrata con un investimento di 165 milioni nel capitale di Inalca, la società del gruppo Cremonini, insieme al Fondo Strategico italiano. In Italia hanno comprato alcuni dei più prestigiosi alberghi di Firenze: acquisiti il Four Season, all'interno del Palazzo della Gherardesca, che fa tuttora parte della Compagnia italiana alberghi. A Milano, il Qatar Investment Authority si è concentrato sulle sedi delle banche come il palazzo di via Santa Margherita che ospita gli uffici di Credit Suisse. Oltre ad aver partecipato a un fondo costruito ad hoc per valorizzare un portafoglio di filiali di Deutsche Bank. Alberghi, maison di moda, compagne aeree, palazzi. E non solo. Lo shopping dello Sceicco Al-Thani. investe anche un settore alquanto delicato: quello degli armamenti. In poco più di un anno l'Italia ha venduto a Doha sette navi da guerra Fincantieri per 4 miliardi di euro, 28 elicotteri NH 90 (ex Agusta Westland) per 3 miliardi di euro, inoltre è stata siglata un'intesa da oltre 6 miliardi di euro per 24 caccia Typhoon del consorzio Eurofighter, di cui Leonardo-Finmeccanica ha una quota del 36%. E anche i nostri produttori agricoli hanno registrato un aumento dell'export, con un volume di esportazioni quadruplicato negli ultimi 10 anni e certificato dall'ultimo accordo siglato da Coldiretti con l'emirato per la distribuzione dei prodotti italiani.
"I rapporti tra Italia e Qatar – ha recentemente detto all'Adnkronos l'ambasciatore a Doha, Pasquale Salzano - sono veramente ottimi, nell'ultimo anno abbiamo aumentato di circa l'11% il nostro interscambio. Nell'emirato c'è una grande richiesta di Italia, presente in modo massiccio già con i grandi gruppi, come Salini Impregilo, Saipem, Eni, Fincantieri, Rizzani de Eccher, Leonardo, che riguarda le piccole e medie imprese, l'artigianato, i prodotti di lusso e dell'agroalimentare, senz'altro una novità per le dimensioni nelle quali ci viene richiesto".
Nella disputa tra Arabia Saudita e Qatar, Roma tifa per Doha. E per il suo shopping miliardario.
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5. prosince 1918 vypukl v chorvatském Záhřebu ozbrojený konflikt mezi srbskou a chorvatskou stranou nového společného království. Předznamenal tak rozpory jugoslávských národů, které pokračovaly během dvacátého století.
El artista urbano Banksy, conocido por sus controversiales graffitis, sorprendió a sus seguidores tras anunciar que sortea una pequeña escultura que realizó para su aclamado proyecto del parque temático "Dismaland", lo cual responde a una ayuda para los refugiados.
El mismo creador dio cuenta de esta dinámica a través de su cuenta de Instagram. Para que puedan hacerse de esta pieza que costaría 2 libras, el comprador tiene que lograr una hazaña: adivinar cuál es el peso de la estatuilla.
La página www.choose.love, donde se encuentra la pieza, indicó que la estatuilla oscila entre una obra de arte oscuramente satírica o un juguete de control remoto.
Las reglas del sorteo que termina el 22 de diciembre apuntan que el ganador será la persona cuya estimación sea la más cercana al peso del objeto, aunque no se toma en cuenta la base de madera.
La página ha indicado que el dinero recaudado se irá directamente al apoyo de los refugiados y personas desplazadas. Además el ganador será notificado por correo electrónico.
"El barco de Banksy" está en exhibición todo este mes en la tienda emergente de Choose Love, espacio ubicado en Londres.
A flat Friedmann-Robertson-Walker (FRW) multiscalar field cosmology is studied with a particular potential of the form , which emerges as a relation between the time derivatives of the scalars field momenta. Classically, by employing the Hamiltonian formalism of two scalar fields with standard kinetic energy, exact solutions are found for the Einstein-Klein-Gordon (EKG) system for different scenarios specified by the parameter , as well as the e-folding function which is also computed. For the quantum scheme of this model, the corresponding Wheeler-DeWitt (WDW) equation is solved by applying an appropriate change of variables.
Luego de tomar posesión como titular de la Secretaría de Cultura del gobierno federal, Alejandra Frausto Guerrero destacó que el ciudadano es el centro del proyecto cultural de la nueva administración y que la dependencia a su cargo trabajará rigiéndose en la inclusión, la diversidad y las libertades.
"Trabajaremos por el cabal cumplimiento de los derechos culturales porque la cultura tiene un poder transformador de la realidad. La cultura es lo que nos une como mexicanos, nunca más será un accesorio", subrayó durante la ceremonia en la sede de Arenal 40, en Chimalistac.
Ante los equipos de trabajo entrante y saliente, mencionó que entre las tareas a emprender figura propiciar el diálogo del México profundo y la cultura universal y conectar a las comunidades de las culturas de país con el mundo.
También fomentar el encuentro entre creadores, gestores, promotores, académicos y el sector privado, fortalecer el derecho de las audiencias, y consolidar la institución cultural que México merece.
La funcionaria garantizó que se ejercerá un gasto responsable, se acortará la ruta entre el origen del recurso y su destino -que es la comunidad cultural- y se dará mantenimiento adecuado a la infraestructura del ramo en el país.
La meta es desarrollar un programa justo y democrático que distribuya la riqueza cultural del país, donde el trabajo amplíe su esfera de acción a todas las comunidades de México, enfatizó Frausto.
En su oportunidad la subsecretaria de Participación Ciudadana de la Secretaría de Gobernación, Diana Álvarez, quien acudió en representación del gobierno federal para dar posesión a Frausto en el cargo, remarcó que la cultura es uno de los ejes fundamentales de la nueva administración, "porque es el lenguaje universal, despierta los valores de los pueblos mexicanos".
Scientists have developed a universal cancer test that can detect traces of the disease in a patient’s bloodstream.
The cheap and simple test uses a colour-changing fluid to reveal the presence of malignant cells anywhere in the body and provides results in less than 10 minutes.
While the test is still in development, it draws on a radical new approach to cancer detection that could make routine screening for the disease a simple procedure for doctors.
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Held over Advent weekend, the service now takes place over three evenings, with the final service being held on Advent Sunday. The service is a magical experience, a feast for the senses and has become a highlight of the liturgical year and attracts more than 1,700 worshippers to the special service which plunges the cathedral into darkness until each of the 1,300 candles are lit.
And this year the illuminations from four art works included glowing tree forms, a gigantic light filled globe and a wave of singing lights commissioned on behalf of Salisbury Cathedral's visual arts adviser by Jacquiline Creswell to support the city and extend the message of optimism.
The artworks include Light Wave by Squid Soup, minimalist neon work entitled I Will Turn The Darkness into Light, Lumen by David Ogle RBS and The Light by Richard McLester were switched on as the first of the three Advent Processions came to a close and the congregation departed and will stay in place until February 3.
Each service commences in total darkness until a single advent candle is lit. Over the course of the hour, two processions wend their way through the cathedral, lighting 1,300 candles. The service reaches a crescendo with Fantasia and Fuge in G minor by J S Bach.
Precentor, Canon Dr Tom Clammer said: "Darkness and light, movement and colour, shimmering robes, haunting music and te advent of God in scripture invite us into te journey. Here is the promise of glory, the promise that whatever the darkness which besets us may be, yet it is scattered by God's light. here is the invitation of hope."
С любопытством и отраслевыми пожеланиями, Dimitriy.
Yesterday, President Mnangagwa said the government is crafting a new law which will compel businesses that get forex from the central bank to sell their products locally in bond notes. Speaking in Kadoma, he said; ………On the other hand they come to queue for foreign currency at the Reserve Bank to buy these drugs from […]
So Econet introduced a custom way for people to buy bundles. As a matter of fact, it was actually Elevate which introduced these customised bundles and they are only available to people who’ve registered for Elevate (though it will be unlocked for Econet customers soon). Technicalities aside, these custom bundles are quite cool and they […]
Last week, Ecocash introduced the Foreign Currency Wallet which you can use to receive US dollars, cash out US Dollars or even to make forex payments. However, we left you hanging as we didn’t break down how you can get started with the Foreign Currency Wallet. Hers is how you can go about it; First […]
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The Leica TL2 beat them all. Including the Fuji X-T3 and the EOS M6. Incredible!
Sadly, many people scoff at Leica prices and think that the premium price is basically related to the name brand and the aura that surrounds the Leica name.
I hope these tests will serve to convince them (or maybe some of them) that Leica is a serious competitor in the high-end world of digital photography. IMHO, Leica digital photography is a better option because it combines many unique advantages: superior optical engineering and knowledge of mirrorless design, superior manufacturing techniques, extensive Quality Control at every step of the manufacturing process (for both lenses and cameras), meaning no statistical (hypergeometric) sampling tests - every lens is tested and re-tested. Minimalist intelligent user interface, and no encryption of any part of the digital files are also important.
Add to this one of the most modern and up-to-date ASIC chip (Maestro II) based on the same Milbeault architecture designed by Fujitsu (and also used by Nikon for its Expeed ASIC chips), the inclusion of a modern FPGA chip, the Xilinx Artix-7, to complement the work of the Maestro. And finally, a willingness to work with many different players in the world of digital photography, digital signal processing, digital sensor design, advanced physics, and university engineering faculties. Faculties and companies in the US, Belgium, France, Japan, Germany, Israel and China. All this from a “little“ company with only 1600 employees!
Yes, Leica products are more expensive. But if you think that what you are buying is just a pretty box with a big name on it, you are making a big mistake. Leica cameras and lenses are a unique experience.
Adalet Bakanı Abdülhamit Gül, yargı mensuplarına yaptığı konuşmada, "Ön yargılarla vicdanın sesi birbirine karıştırılmamalı, pekişmiş yargılar tecrübe sanılmamalıdır. Bunun için doğru ve sağlam ölçü değerlerini esas almak gerekiyor. Vicdan ancak bu sayede hata vermeyen bir pusula görevini görebilmektedir" dedi.
Casa adosada de 94 m. Consta de 3 dormitorios y 2 baños. Estado de conservación totalmente nuevo, con instalación eléctrica y fontanería actualizada. Dispone de patio trasero y porche delantero. Posee garaje y buenas calidades: Cierres Climalit,...
3 habitaciones2 baños94 m²1.170 EUR/m²
Im März hatte Peter Maria Schnurr seinen ersten Auftritt bei „Kitchen Impossible“. Mit seinem damaligen Gegner Roland Trettl tritt Leipzigs Zwei-Sterne-Koch nun im Weihnachtsspecial gegen Tim Raue und Tim Mälzer an.
Hazine ve Maliye Bakanı Berat Albayrak enflasyon rakamları sonrası açıklamalarda bulundu. Enflasyonda bir önceki aya göre yüzde 1.44 düşüş olduğunu söyleyen Albayrak, "Bu tablo enflasyonda düşüşün güçlü bir şekilde başladığını ve bu düşüş eğiliminin süreceğini göstermektedir." ifadelerini kullandı.
Renowned Bay Area vocal/guitar jazz duo, Tuck and Patti, will make their Feinstein's at the Nikko debut on Friday, February 15 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, February 16 at 8 p.m. In this intimate evening, Tuck and Patti will perform songs from throughout their celebrated career. Tickets for Tuck and Patti range in price from $30-$65 and are available now by calling 866-663-1063 or visiting www.ticketfly.com.
For 40 years this unique, genre-crossing vocal/guitar jazz duo has cast its passionate musical spell worldwide, capturing the hearts of lovers, the respect of jazz buffs and the jaw-dropping awe of guitarists and singers.
To understand Tuck and Patti, start with the wellspring of love within them, then their music begins to make perfect sense. Married 37 years, Tuck Andress and Patti Cathcart continue to stoke the fires, not only of their own love, but also of their love of life and their passion for making music together. They have a long-standing tradition: minimalist arrangements featuring Tuck's extraordinary virtuosity and Patti's rich mezzo soprano.
Patti, renowned for her remarkable ability to touch hearts directly with her voice, exudes the soft, centered yet powerful graciousness of a gospel singer; Tuck almost wears his brain on his skin, anticipating the thousands of musical decisions he'll have to send to his ten fingers during the course of a performance. Seeing the virtuosity and complexity of Tuck's guitar work, most are surprised to learn that Patti is the actual writer, arranger and producer. Without even blinking, Tuck-the-problem-solver brags, "Patti writes and arranges; I am just the orchestra."
There is a $20 food and beverage minimum per person inside the showroom which guests can use towards cocktails as well as a variety of small plates crafted exclusively for Feinstein's at the Nikko, through Restaurant Anzu.
Guests of Feinstein's at the Nikko can enjoy a variety of food and beverage options before performances. Kanpai Lounge, located in Hotel Nikko's lobby, offers light cuisine, a full bar and specialty cocktails. Restaurant Anzu, Hotel Nikko's intimate restaurant located on the second floor, serves sustainable California cuisine enhanced with Asian flavors. Restaurant Anzu will also offer Feinstein's at the Nikko guests a special three-course prix-fixe dinner ($45 per person) prior to all performances. Reservations can be made by calling (415) 394-1100.
For additional information on Tuck and Patti, visit: www.tuckandpatti.com.
Local en alquiler o venta, en zona de malilla, muy pròxima al futuro parque central que inauguran en breve. Dispone de un altillo de 20 metros cuadrados, 3 cuartos de baño (uno para minusválidos). Salida de humos, 4 persianas y totalmente...
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WAZIRI MKUU Kassim Majaliwa amekitaka Kituo cha Uwekezaji Tanzania (TIC) kimalize urasimu ili kuongeza ufanisi katika utekelezaji wa majukumu yake. Kadhalika, ameuagiza uongozi wa TIC uweke kipaumbele cha kwanza katika kulinda rasilimali za nchi na maliasili zake ikiwemo ardhi, mazao ya uvuvi, misitu, madini.
Waziri Mkuu ameyasema hayo leo jioni (Jumanne, Desemba 4, 2018) alipozungumza na Bodi ya Wakurugenzi wa TIC na Menejimenti, jijini Dar es Salaam. “Katika kuvutia wawekezaji hasa wa nje ni lazima tuweke kipaumbe katika kulinda rasilimali zetu kama ardhi, madini fukwe ili zisiporwe kwa kisingizio cha uwekezaji.”
Amesema eneo hilo linahitaji umakini na uadilifu mkubwa, hivyo ni muhimu kwa kituo hicho kuhakikisha kinatekeleza majukumu yake kwa kuzingatia maslahi ya Taifa. Amesema ili kupata matokeo mazuri ni lazima waimarishe mawasiliano na uratibu miongoni mwa wadau wote sambamba na kutekeleza vipaumbele vilivyoainishwa.
“Serikali imedhamiria kuwa nchi ya uchumi wa kati kupitia sekta ya viwanda ifikapo 2025, TIC inatakiwa iongoze kwa kuvutia wawekezaji wengi wa ndani na nje ya nchi.” Hata hivyo, Waziri Mkuu amesema kuwa wawekezaji ambao TIC inatakiwa ivutie ni walio mahiri wenye nia thabiti ya kutufikisha huko na siyo wachuuzi au madalali.
Kadhalika,Waziri Mkuu amesema Serikali ya Awamu ya Tano inayoongozwa na Rais Dkt. John Magufuli inataka TIC iwe kioo cha nchi ambacho kitavutia wawekezaji. Amesema Serikali inataka TIC mpya ambayo itakuwa kimbilio la wawekezaji wengi wa ndani na nje, badala ya kuwa kikwazo na kusababisha wawekezaji wakija kukimbilia.
Waziri Mkuu, Kassim Majaliwa akizungumza na Bodi ya Wakurugenzi ya Kituo cha Uwekezaji Tanzania (TIC) na Watendaji, kwenye Ofisi za Kituo hicho jijini Dar es salaam, Desemba 4, 2018. Waziri Mkuu, Kassim Majaliwa akiwa katika picha ya pamoja na Wajumbe wa Bodi ya Wakurugenzi ya Kituo cha Uwekezaji Tanzania (TIC) kwenye viwanja vya Ofisi za Kituo hicho jijini Dar es salaam, Desemba 4, 2018. Kushoto kwake ni Katibu Mkuu, Ofisi ya Waziri Mkuu, Profesa, Faustine Kamuzora na kushoto ni Mkuu wa wilaya ya Ilala, Sophia Mjema. Waziri Mkuu, Kassim Majaliwa akimsikiliza, Afisa wa NEMC katika Kituo cha Uwekezaji Tanzania (TIC), Linda Mutafungwa wakati alipotembelea Kituo hicho, Desemba 4, 2018. Wapili kulia ni Mkurugenzi wa TIC, Geofrey Mwambe. Waziri Mkuu, Kassim Majaliwa akizungumza na Maofisa wa Kodi na Forodha wa Kituo cha Uwekezaji Tanzania (TIC), Leonard Mapunda (wapili kulia) na Helen Haule (kulia) wakati alipotembelea Kituo hicho, Desemba 4, 2018. Kushoto ni Mkurugenzi wa TIC, Geofrey Mwambe. Waziri Mkuu, Kassim Majaliwa akizungumza na Maofisa wa Kodi na Forodha wa Kituo cha Uwekezaji Tanzania (TIC), Leonard Mapunda (kulia) na Helen Haule ( wapili kulia) wakati alipotembelea Kituo hicho, Desemba 4, 2018. Kushoto ni Mkurugenzi wa TIC, Geofrey Mwambe. Waziri Mkuu, Kassim Majaliwa akisalimiana na Wajumbe wa Bodi ya Kituo cha Uwekezaji Tanzania (TIC) wakati alipotembelea Kituo hicho jijini Dar es salaam, Desemba 4, 2018. Picha na Ofisi ya Waziri Mkuu
With summer long gone the cool, crisp days of autumn are here. Soon, much of our guests will be longing to escape from grey, gloomy days or, even worse, snow and frigid temperatures. However, an escape awaits you here in Turks and Caicos!
If you like food, or family-friendly events, fall and winter on Providenciales is the perfect place to be. To help you plan your getaway, here are some upcoming events that kick off the fall and winter vacation season.
Caribbean Food & Wine Festival (November 1st – 4th)
This annual event kicks off the holiday season, pairing internationally renowned chefs and winemakers with Turks and Caicos’ diverse local talent for an authentic and innovative celebration of Caribbean cuisine.
This interactive ‘dine around’ gives festival guests an opportunity to discover the Island’s incredible restaurants. Now in its 11th year, the Gourmet Safari was the original event that served as a catalyst for the festival and continues to be a guest favorite today.
Every November, the island of Providenciales hosts the Turks and Caicos Conch Festival – a celebration of the islands’ national symbol and top export. This large shellfish has always played an integral role in local cuisine, which they now share with the world.
Now in its fourteenth year, the festivities kick off with a Calypso event on Friday November 24th. The next day, Saturday November 25th, is when the full-blown festival occurs, with gourmet dishes including conch salad and conch chowder.
Our resort typically decorates a spectacular Christmas trees that greets you when you arrive in the resort. There will be decorations around the resort as well, adding to the festive atmosphere. Many restaurants offer a special Christmas dinner service.
Maskanoo Parade (December 26th)
Maskanoo is an annual event in the Turks and Caicos and is held “Boxing Day”, the day after Christmas (a holiday in Commonwealth countries like the Turks and Caicos).
Maskanoo has its roots in the ‘Masses’, a masquerade tradition that fuses traditional African culture with costumed balls held in the colonial era. On Provo, Maskanoo originated with enslaved people brought by the Bermudian salt farmers to work the salt ponds of nearby Salt Cay and South Caicos two hundred years ago, and the event is observed by the residents of Provo today.
On Providenciales, the Maskanoo parade on December 26th follows a route along Grace Bay Road between the Regent Village and Salt Mills Plaza. Grace Bay Road is closed to traffic for this event.
Food, drink and souvenirs are widely available from local vendors, and visitors can enjoy a street parade, local music, island food, arts, & entertainment.
What Are Your Travel Plans?
Do you have plans to visit Turks and Caicos this fall? Let us know in the comments below!
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Okpete... Na wa oh, its people like you who deserve the government of Sani Abacha for real! Wake up my dear sister and smell the coffee before it’s too late! Infrastructure for where? ‘Infrastructure’ funded by loans from the Chinese that will take 100’s of years for your grandchildren to repay via taxes. Infrastructure consisting of trains from the North to already overcrowded commercial hubs of Nigeria. And what will those people be coming to do? Uneducated and unskilled due to the Fulani rejection of science and advancement, all they will bring is their message of death and destruction, so far isolated to Yobe and the like, to places like Lagos, (because now they have train) Government Salaries have not been paid in 18 months (Yobe State) Governors are stealing (Ganduje) Jihadist “herdsmen” (sponsored by forces in power who also sponsor Boko Haram and aided by the military) are killing ethnic Indegenues and driving them from their ancestral lands. Nigeria is not at war, and yet refugee camps are increasing (IDPs) If you don’t take care, there’ll be more refugee camps in Nigeria than Somalia! Food is so expensive because of scarcity of basic foodstuffs (because how can you have abundance of foodstuffs when the same farmers who will grow that food is being killed because of cow)?
Be sitting there and waiting for the final act of ethnic cleansing, but some people have woken up and thank God the Bishop is sounding alarm for those who are too scared to talk, for fear of arrest, ruin of business etc. Foreign investors see all this and they will not invest their hard earned money into the cemetery Nigeria is becoming, so be there and be a zombie!
May God bless the Bishop. To Buhari -you and your kind evil ways is what has destroyed the North and turned most of the North into a wasteland of illiterate zombies, almajiris and Islamic ingrates, imbibed with Sharia, whilst you send your children abroad to school and advance themselves in non sharia Abuja. The good Lord sees all, Sir, and if these your crazy ways are working return to Daura and form your own colony/new country, continue your Islamist ways there, no wahala. Once you’ve divided the country, you people can even introduce Arabic as the official language for the new country of the North, importing your fellow Fulanis from other countries to populate if you need, your Malian, Chad and Cameroonian Janjaweeds. The South will continue forwards without the slave chains of the Backwards North to drive it to the 8th century.
Haba! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!
Nearly six months have passed since the Turks and Caicos experienced two hurricanes in one month. While power was quickly restored to the entire country, and damage was cleaned up very rapidly, we still get questions about how Turks and Caicos is recovering from the hurricanes of 2017.
In short, everything was quickly restored to normal following the storms in September, and we're waiting for you to come and visit us here on Grace Bay beach.
The September 2017 Turks and Caicos Hurricanes
In September 2017, the Turks and Caicos experienced two hurricanes, Hurricane Irma and then Hurricane Maria. Of the two storms, Irma earlier in September had the greater impact on Turks and Caicos. Irma, which reached Turks and Caicos on September 7, brought with it high winds, powerful waves and a storm surge.
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Most of the effects from Irma were experienced to the east of Providenciales, notably on North Caicos and on the island of Grand Turk. Grand Turk, about a 12o kilometers east of Providenciales and Grace Bay beach, is the location of Cockburn Town, the capital city, and the major cruise ship port serving the country. The damage was more serious than here on Providenciales.
On Providenciales, the storm mostly affected the residential are of Blue Hills. Damage was significant, but luckily visitors and many others contributed to a reconstruction fund to help residents rebuild.
The main challenge following Irma was downed power lines. Thankfully, the local power utility worked quickly to restore electrical service, with help from crews from all over North America.
Power was restored throughout the Turks and Caicos quite quickly. In the meantime, the resorts along Grace Bay beach worked to patch up damage from Irma. This included fixing up landscaping, touching up paint, and generally tidying up. Grace Bay beach itself was unaffected by the storms, and is now more beautiful than ever.
Providenciales International Airport (PLS) was also quickly reopened following the hurricane, and actively received flights. Cargo freighters also started arriving on Providenciales just after Hurricane Irma to deliver all commodities, making sure grocery stores were open and re-stocked.
Recovery happened quickly, in time for the winter holiday season.
“Guests will also be pleased to know that Grace Bay Beach, acclaimed as one of the world’s best and most award-clad beaches, remains just as spectacular as ever,” said Mona Beeson, General Manager of The Sands at Grace Bay, in an announcement at the end of the September. “In fact, waves from the storms broke at the reef and actually brushed more sand upon the island’s shores in this area giving us an even more expansive beach.”
None of the Sands resort’s recently remodeled 114 studio- and suite-style accommodations were impacted and all are fully functional with electrical power, A/C, water, and WiFi to provide guests with plush comfort throughout their stay.
In addition to offering some of the most affordable rates along Provo’s world-famous Grace Bay Beach, guests of The Sands at Grace Bay also benefit from the following free resort amenities during your stay:
Three freeform swimming pools
Complimentary use of watersports equipment – including kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, snorkel gear and Hobie Cats
Bicycles for nearby exploration on the island
A weekly Manager’s cocktail party
A tennis/basketball court
The resort’s spacious studio and suite accommodations are equipped with all the comforts of home with most suite units featuring modern kitchens and appliances, dining and living room areas, screened-in balconies, washer & dryers, free WiFi and more.
Come join us, we're waiting for you on Grace Bay Beach.
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UTRECHT - De Utrechtse Rekenkamer en de Randstedelijke Rekenkamer hebben in een rapport snoeiharde kritiek geuit op de samenwerking rond de Uithoflijn.
Sinds de start van het tramproject in 2012 falen de gemeente en provincie Utrecht als samenwerkingspartners op allerlei fronten, net als de directieraad, aannemer en projectorganisatie. Dat blijkt uit het onderzoek 'Samen Sturen'.
De informatievoorziening voor de gemeenteraad en Provinciale Staten was zwaar onvoldoende. Zo vielen de kosten zonder hun medeweten tientallen miljoenen euro's hoger uit. Ook was de verstandhouding tussen de gemeente en provincie slecht.
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[Video:1823837|Wat staat er in het vernietigende Uithoflijn-rapport?]
KOSTEN Vanwege de chaos rond de tramlijn vroegen de gemeenteraad en Provinciale Staten om het onderzoek. De aanleg kostte in eerste instantie 321 miljoen euro. Daar kwamen in de loop der jaren tientallen miljoenen bovenop. Begin dit jaar werd nog eens een flinke uitschieter bekend 84 miljoen euro.
In het rapport van de Rekenkamers blijkt zelfs dat extra bedrag onvoldoende. De meerkosten van het project zijn inmiddels opgelopen tot 102 miljoen euro, ervan uitgaande dat de tram rijdt in december 2019. De kosten komen daarmee bijna aan een half miljard. Maar nog steeds is onduidelijk of de tram op tijd en voor dat geld kan gaan rijden.
De forse kostenoverschrijding en vertraging die het project heeft opgelopen zijn volgens de Rekenkamers het gevolg van de beroerde samenwerking tussen de gemeente en provincie, maar hoeveel euro's en tijd dat heeft gekost is niet te zeggen. "Maar dat het van invloed is geweest, is ontegenzeggelijk", zegt directeur-generaal van de Randstedelijke Rekenkamer Ans Hoenderdos.
VERANTWOORDELIJKHEID De uitkomsten van de Rekenkamers tonen veel gelijkenissen met een rapport dat begin dit jaar openbaar werd gemaakt. Vooral de provincie kreeg toen een flinke veeg uit de pan, omdat er niet geleerd leek van de lessen uit het verleden. Toenmalig gedeputeerde Verbeek-Nijhof stapte op en ook de provinciesecretaris moest het veld ruimen.
[Quote:Rekenkamerrapport|Het budgetrecht van de raad is geschaad]
Dit nieuwe rapport van de Rekenkamers benadrukt dat de samenwerking van zowel de provincie als de gemeente ernstig tekortschoot. De politieke verantwoordelijkheid voor de gemaakte fouten is door de provincie begin dit jaar genomen. De vraag is nu wat de gemeente Utrecht en wethouder Lot van Hooijdonk doen nu er in dit laatste rapport nieuwe feiten aan het licht zijn gekomen over hun rol.
GESCHAAD BUDGETRECHT Omdat de kosten vanaf de start van het project onduidelijk waren, had de gemeenteraad van Utrecht geen goed beeld van de daadwerkelijke prijs van de Uithoflijn. "Het budgetrecht van de raad is geschaad", zo stelt het rapport. De gemeente geeft in een eerste reactie aan het oneens te zijn met die bevinding.
"Onvoorziene kosten voor dit soort projecten zijn niet ongebruikelijk, maar voor dit project zijn ze wel ongebruikelijk hoog", schrijven de Rekenkamers. Daar is onvoldoende rekening mee gehouden. Door onvolledige berekeningen is er te krap begroot en zat er te weinig geld in een potje voor onvoorzien kosten.
COMMUNICATIE BEROERD Niet alleen informatie aan de raad was onvoldoende. Ook kwamen adviezen vaak niet op de juiste plekken terecht. De Rekenkamer benadrukt dat er 19 (ongevraagde) adviezen zijn geweest waar weinig tot niets mee is gedaan. "Een beperkt lerend vermogen", zo staat in het rapport over de samenwerking tussen provincie en gemeente. "Hierdoor bleef de onduidelijkheid over de rollen en verantwoordelijkheden en de gebrekkige samenwerking onnodig lang voortbestaan."
Wat de aanleg van de Uithoflijn moeilijker heeft gemaakt is dat het stationsgebied bij Utrecht Centraal wordt uitgebreid. Op het moment dat daar problemen ontstonden werd niet duidelijk gemaakt welke gevolgen dat had voor de oplevering van de tram. Ook het Utrecht Science Park is zo'n complex gebied waar veel veranderingen zijn en niet goed op is geanticipeerd. De Rekenkamers noemen dat een waterbedeffect.
[Quote:Rekenkamerrapport|Er was onduidelijkheid over de rollen en verantwoordelijkheden, waardoor de gebrekkige samenwerking onnodig lang bleef voortbestaan]
Het gevolg was dat investeringen om de planning te halen werden gedaan op de verkeerde plek, namelijk bij projecten die niet voor vertraging zorgden. "Er is onvoldoende rekening gehouden met nevenactiviteiten buiten het project", zo oordelen de Rekenkamers.
BELANG VAN HET PROJECT Al met al is de conclusie dat iedereen met elkaar zodanig overhoop lag dat er niet altijd werd gekozen voor het belang om de tram tijdig en binnen budget te laten rijden. Dit wordt alle betrokken partijen zwaar aangerekend, stellen de Rekenkamers.
"De gemeente Utrecht en de provincie Utrecht hebben bij de gezamenlijke aansturing van het project Uithoflijn onvoldoende invulling gegeven aan het beste voor het project-principe", vermeldt het rapport als een van de eerste conclusies. "Alle betrokkenen moeten zich de komende tijd stevig inzetten om de beoogde verbeteringen daadwerkelijk te realiseren. Met als doel dat de Uithoflijn daadwerkelijk volgens planning kan gaan rijden."
VERBETERINGEN Veel van de aanbevelingen in het rapport zijn inmiddels doorgevoerd. Provincie en gemeente benadrukken in een reactie dat de samenwerking inmiddels een stuk beter loopt.
Wat er het afgelopen jaar allemaal mis is gegaan rond de Uithoflijn kan je teruglezen in de RTV Utrecht-tijdlijn.
PROVINCIE UTRECHT/UTRECHT - "Politieke spelletjes", "Lot van Hooijdonk is mevrouw Poetin", "Ik ben vertrokken op basis van leugens": De vertraging en miljoenen extra kosten van de Uithoflijn leveren op allerlei manieren bestuurlijke chaos op. RTV Utrecht schept met onderstaande tijdlijn orde in de opstapelende ontwikkelingen rondom de Uithoflijn.
(laatste update: 4 december)
31 JANUARI - De bouw van de Uithoflijn, de tramverbinding tussen station Utrecht Centraal en Utrecht Science Park De Uithof, verloopt uiterst moeizaam. Pas in de tweede helft van 2019 kan de tram gaan rijden, eerder werd gemikt op juli 2018. Bovendien is ruim 80 miljoen euro extra nodig voor de bouw. Het totale Uithoflijn-project gaat nu bijna een half miljard kosten.
2 FEBRUARI - De gemeente Utrecht openbaart een tot dan toe geheimgehouden rapport waaruit blijkt dat vooral de provincie schuld heeft aan het slechte Uithoflijn-nieuws. Al in 2015 zijn aanbevelingen gedaan voor het project, maar die zijn slechts gedeeltelijk opgevolgd. "Een laag collectief geheugen", zo spreekt het rapport.
8 FEBRUARI - De beschuldigende vinger gaat ook naar de Utrechtse wethouders Lot van Hooijdonk en Victor Everhardt. Gemeenteraadsleden vragen zich af waarom ze zo laat zijn ingelicht over de problemen met de Uithoflijn. De wethouders zeggen dat ze er pas laat van wisten en vervolgens meteen de gemeenteraad hebben ingelicht.
[Quote:Snoeihard rapport over Uithoflijn zegt dat de provincie Utrecht weinig heeft geleerd van hun fouten|Een laag collectief geheugen]
9 FEBRUARI - Tien Utrechtse gemeentes, verenigd onder de naam U10, schrijven een brief aan de Provinciale Staten waarin ze stevige kritiek uiten op het mobiliteitsbeleid van de provincie. Utrecht, Nieuwegein, IJsselstein, Vianen, Houten, Stichtse Vecht, Zeist, Woerden, Bunnik en De Bilt vinden dat er te weinig communicatie en overleg is. Initiatiefnemers van de brief zijn Lot van Hooijdonk en Kees van Dalen. Die laatste is wethouder in Houten en voorzitter van de U10.
- Gedeputeerde Jacqueline Verbeek-Nijhof (VVD) stapt op. De provinciebestuurder neemt haar verantwoordelijkheid voor de problemen rond het grote bouwproject. Dat doet ze kort nadat de U10 de kritische brief heeft verstuurd.
12 FEBRUARI - De Utrechtse advocaat Bernard Tomlow verdiept zich in de kwestie en wijst met beschuldigende vinger vooral naar de gemeente Utrecht. Die zou verantwoordelijk zijn voor bouwachterstanden met de Uithoflijn in het stationsgebied. Hij neemt het Van Hooijdonk kwalijk dat zij gedeputeerde Verbeek-Nijhof heeft aangevallen in de U10-brief. "Dit is mevrouw Poetin", zegt hij.
- De provincie trekt flink de buidel om de Uithoflijn-tekorten op te vangen: bijna 60 miljoen. Daarnaast is nog 13,7 miljoen euro gereserveerd voor extra tegenvallers. De stad Utrecht moet de rest van het tekort aanvullen tot 84 miljoen euro.
14 FEBRUARI - Er zou gesjoemeld zijn met de beruchte U10-brief, die mogelijk leidde tot het vertrek van de gedeputeerde. Sommige gemeentes die de brief hebben ondertekend, zouden het helemaal niet eens zijn met de inhoud. De definitieve versie van de brief bevat volgens hen een andere inhoud dan het concept dat is ondertekend. Eén bestuurder, die anoniem wil blijven, zegt dat er bewust "politieke spelletjes" zijn gespeeld.
- Wethouders Kees van Dalen (Houten) en Lot van Hooijdonk (Utrecht) erkennen dat de definitieve brief verschilt van de eerste versie, die is voorgelegd aan alle U10-gemeentes. Maar ze bestrijden dat er bewust gesjoemeld is.
[Quote:Advocaat Bernhard Tomlow vermoedt dat wethouder Van Hooijdonk sjoemelt met een kritische brief van 10 Utrechtse gemeentes|Dit is mevrouw Poetin!]
15 FEBRUARI - De volledige oppositie en één VVD'er in de Provinciale Staten vragen een spoeddebat aan over de brief. "Ik vind niet dat wij ons als Provinciale Staten zo in de maling kunnen laten nemen", zegt PVV-Statenlid René Dercksen.
- Ook de Utrechtse gemeenteraad wil opheldering: PvdA'er Ruben Post stelt vragen aan het college.
- Ex-gedeputeerde Jacqueline Verbeek-Nijhof laat voor het eerst sinds haar aftreden van zich horen. Ze laat in reactie op Twitter weten weg te zijn gegaan "op basis van leugens." Ze ruziet openlijk met een Statenlid van GroenLinks over wat zich achter de schermen heeft afgespeeld en zegt: "Het is maar goed dat er om een spoeddebat is gevraagd. Ik hou niet van beelden, wel van feiten."
16 FEBRUARI - RTV Utrecht krijgt inzage in de conceptversie van de kritische U10-brief. Het blijkt dat er inderdaad grote verschillen zijn tussen die versie, die de verkeerswethouders hebben ingezien, en de definitieve brief die uiteindelijk is verstuurd. Zo wordt in de eerste versie met geen woord gerept over de Uithoflijn.
- Een woordvoerder van de provincie zegt dat er helemaal geen haast was met de U10-brief. De Houtense wethouder Kees van Dalen vertelde eerder dat niet alle gemeentes de stellige versie van de kritische brief hebben gelezen omdat een deadline gehaald moest worden. Maar de provinciewoordvoerder laat aan RTV Utrecht weten dat die deadline was opgeheven omdat het voor de U10 moeilijk was die te halen.
19 FEBRUARI - Tijdens een speciaal ingelast spoeddebat in het provinciehuis blijkt dat de coalitie sterk genoeg is om aan te blijven. Statenlid Florian Bekkers (van coalitiepartij GroenLinks) bevestigt in de politieke arena dat hij gedeputeerde Verbeek-Nijhof heeft geadviseerd om op te stappen. VVD, PVV en SGP geven vooral de gemeente Utrecht de schuld van de vertraging rond de Uithoflijn. Gedeputeerde Pim van den Berg wil in gesprek met de U10 om "het vertrouwen te herstellen".
21 FEBRUARI - De U10 voert een stevig overleg over 'De Brief' en de Uithoflijn en dat levert "een dikke onvoldoende" op voor de opstellers van de brief, de wethouders Lot van Hooijdonk en Kees van Dalen. Uiteindelijk konden alle wethouders zich vinden in de inhoud van het schrijven, maar volgens betrokkenen is dit "eens maar nooit meer"
Na afloop laten voorzitter Kees van Dalen en de Utrechtse wethouder Lot van Hooijdonk weten dat de neuzen weer dezelfde kant op staan. Ze betreuren wel dat het proces rond de U10-brief niet goed is verlopen.
22 FEBRUARI - De gemeenten benadrukken in het U10-overleg nogmaals dat het Uithoflijntekort niet met de zogeheten BRU-gelden mag worden opgevuld. Gemeenten hebben dat potje gereserveerd voor onder andere lokale fietsprojecten. De Provinicale Staten hebben eerder met een meerderheid ingestemd dat de BRU-gelden wel gebruikt mogen worden.
24 FEBRUARI - De projectdirecteur die ruim een jaar geleden nog verantwoordelijk was voor de bouw van de Uithoflijn, is eind 2016 de mond gesnoerd nadat hij kritiek had geuit op bouwbedrijf BAM. Hij vond dat BAM de trambaan op tijd af moest krijgen en dat financiële overschrijdingen te voorkomen waren. Dat blijkt uit een door NRC gemaakte reconstructie.
1 MAART - De Utrechtse wethouder Lot van Hooijdonk erkent dat in 2016 een conflict dreigde tussen de projectorganisatie van de Uithoflijn en BAM. Het wegsturen van de projectdirecteur noemt ze een "bewuste ingreep in het managementteam".