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Italiani Razzisti? No, Ma Con Un Enorme Complesso Di Inferiorita’

I leghisti, per quanto cerchino di fare la figura dei cattivoni tutti impegnati a rinvigorire gli agonizzanti partiti di estrema sinistraa furia di stupidaggini sull’immigrazione, non si comportano da razzisti. E Franceschini che cerca di attaccarsi a quello stesso tram rinsaldando i ranghi del PD fra un’indignazione e un’allusione al Fascismo e alle leggi razziali, dimostra di non aver capito molto di quello che sta succedendo.

Perche’ i leghisti non si comportano da razzisti? Perche’ un razzista non dice “ai bianchi i posti migliori” oppure “agli anziani bianchi la precedenza negli ospedali”. Un razzista dice “ai neri i posti peggiori”, e “agli extracomunitari bassa priorita’ al pronto soccorso”.

La differenza sembra ma non e’ sottile. Il politico leghista medio che appare in televisione o alla radio, ultimamente, non sembra tanto preoccupato a dimostrare la superiorita’ della propria “etnia” quando a difenderla contro quello che viene interpretato come una minaccia (qualunque straniero “extracomunitario”).

Insomma questi paladini della difesa degli Italiani sono in realta’ i primi a pensare che siamo alla frutta e che non siamo capaci di difenderci dalle culture altrui. Cosi’ come gli amministratori di Lucca quando hanno proibito i negozietti dove si serve il kebab, come se la cucina locale avesse smesso di essere buona, e/o comunque fosse troppo debole per andare avanti per conto suo.

Quali siano i motivi che spingano un leghista, o comunque un politico italiano, a pensare alla cultura e alla societa’ italiane in maniera cosi’ negativa, e’ qualcosa che sarebbe davvero da esplorare bene…per intanto, consideriamo il fatto che spiega molto bene il perche’ di questo continuo cercare come fare ad allontanare quanti piu’ immigrati possibili, regolari o meno.

Nella cultura italiana che si sente inferiore all’Europa e vorrebbe diventare come quella, non c’e’ ovviamente spazio per africani ed asiatici che anzi rischiano di presentare dell’Italia un’immagine molto lontana da quella dello stereotipo “Europa”.

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Consultation On The UK Mandatory Code On Alcohol Sales

Welcome to the on-line consultation on the mandatory code on alcohol sales

Just a few questions. Open until 21 July 2009. I have expressed my opposition about making matters of “public health” the most important topic when devising a policy. Why? Check this out about people trying to defend “public health”

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Interactive Climate Simulator – France 2050 To 2100

French magazine Science et Vie has released a web-based interactive climate simulator (for France, and in French…but it should be easy to use for all).

Looks like plenty of fun. One wishes they had avoided the ambiguity of talking about scenarios and then presenting what looks like a departmental-level forecast with a seasonal detail for every year in the second half of the present century.

And as somebody has already commented, what is the point of going to 2050? Why, wouldn’t it be nice to get some news about the 2010 Summer season…

ps plenty of umbrella business expected around Montpellier

pps for the Britons reading this…it’s roasted frogs in the Alps by 2080 or so! 8)

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Of Exceptional Climate Phenomena…In The XIX Century!

From Gustave Flaubert’s “Dictionary of Received Ideas“, “(in French, Le Dictionnaire des idées reçues) is a short satirical work collected and published in 1911-3 from notes compiled by Gustave Flaubert during the 1870s, lampooning the clichés endemic to French society” (text retrieved from this link):

SUMMER Always ‘unusual’. (See WINTER.)

WINTER Always ‘unusual’. (See SUMMER.)

(thanks to FM for pointing this out)

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What Are Climate Scenarios Good For?

A just-published review of the scientific literature on scenario analysis, with a particular interest in climate scenarios, shows that those are mostly good to increase an “understanding of the challenges posed by climate change” (i.e. to support propaganda) rather than what they are supposed to, the development of “robust strategies” (“robust” in the sense of validity under the widest possible number of scenarios).

Looking back on looking forward: a review of evaluative scenario literature” (PDF)
EEA – European Environment Agency – Technical report No 3/2009 – Published: 29 Apr 2009

Faced with risk and uncertainty, environmental policy-makers are increasingly using scenario planning to guide decision‑making. The vibrancy of the field is evident in the numerous case studies conducted using diverse methodologies. Yet even well‑crafted scenarios can fail to have their intended policy impact if they present irrelevant information, lack support from relevant actors, are poorly embedded into relevant organisations or ignore key institutional context conditions. Unfortunately, the shortage of research on scenario planning and its influence means that there is limited guidance on how to optimise scenarios, in terms of both outputs and uptake by policy-makers. This technical report addresses this lack of information, presenting a review of relevant academic and non‑academic literature on the issue.

Summary of Results

  • Climate scenarios are mostly used to support further modelling and analysis but can also help frame public debates
  • Their main (only?) contribution is towards “an increasing understanding of the challenges posed by climate change and their shifting views on how best to respond
  • Scenarios can most usefully support decision‑making by helping identify robust strategies” but “the literature review for this report did not find any studies that have thoroughly tested claims that scenario analysis favours robust strategies by carrying out ex-post assessments of the performance of organisations that have conducted such analysis

Let’s call it “the curse of climate modeling”…