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We Declare Mourning

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Aleksei Polikovskii, “Мы объявляем траур”. Novaya Gazeta. July 21, 2014. 

A young woman fastened her safety belt before the flight. The strap actually held her back, it didn’t tear, it didn’t let her out of her chair. Strapped in, chained to armrests torn from the airplane, she lay with her cheek on the black coal-country ground. Eyes closed. Arms spread.

War happens in someone’s brain first. It’s a disease of the brain. Then the war grows, spreads to other brains in the world, and it becomes impossible to live with all the hatred and meanness.

How corpse flies buzz over a broken body and say: “You are to blame … You are to blame! … We are not to blame! .. They’re the only ones who are guilty!” Sanctions, gas, prices, a question, he said, he announced, we to them, they to us, we to you, you are such, аnd we-and-so-on. Her arms were pretty childlike, with small fingers, the left one lay calm and serene on black, unfamiliar ground. On one foot, detached from the body, sticking out to the side, a pink pedicure.

Anyone who would like to talk with Gandhi will not talk to Gandhi. He will be talking to this woman until the end of his days.

— 2 days ago
#MH17  #Ukraine  #war  #Gandhi  #death 
On The Usefulness of Summits

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Guillaume Coubert. “De l’utilité des sommets”. La Croix, June 7, 2014. 

It’s fashionable to mock the “summits” that bring together key world leaders. Not without reason, people criticize the lack of concrete results from meetings in the vein of the G7 or G20. But these seemingly mundane events have one virtue: they let “world leaders” get to know one another personally and keep in regular contact. That can come in handy if a crisis happens.

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— 1 month ago
#summits  #France  #Russia  #Ukraine 
IPOs That Penalize Private Investors

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Rémi Le Bailly. “Des introductions en Bourse qui pénalisent les particuliers”. Les Echos, May 31, 2014. 

Elior, which will make its return to the Stock Exchange on June 11, is the first of a series of “large” IPOs—Coface, Euronext, Worldline—that will follow one another’s heels in coming weeks. Rejoicing is the only thing to do. These operations, which join the steady stream of arrivals on the market of smaller sized companies, are part of the necessary change in stock listings.

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— 1 month ago
#IPOs  #France 
An Environmentally-Friendly Monster: Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla

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Mikhail Trofimenkov. “Ekologicheski chistyi monstr”. Kommersant, May 16, 2014. 


A movie premiere 


Gareth Edwards’ film Godzilla is out in theaters now: Hollywood has marked the 60th anniversary of the awakening of the ancient reptile disturbed by the U.S. atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll in the classic film by Ishiro Honda. Mikhail Trofimenkov thinks the current film would be better off with the title MUTOs but he felt a sense of burning solidarity with the monster.

The previous Hollywood opus about Godzilla, shot by Roland Emmerich (1998), paled in comparison to Honda’s masterpiece. Writers Max Borenstein and Dave Callaghan approached the topic where it was most crucial. After studying 28 Japanese movies about Godzilla, they realized that the reptile’s conflict with humanity lacks dramatic punch: gosh, the monster snacks power lines, gosh, they’re firing missiles at him—same old, same old.

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— 1 month ago
#godzilla 
Medvedev: GMO Products Will Not Be Sold On The Russian Market

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Медведев: На российский рынок не будут поставляться продукты с ГМО”. Rossiiskaia Gazeta. April 6, 2014. 

Russia does not plan to import products that include GMO’s. This is the announcement from Prime Minister Dmitrii Medvedev, ITAR-TASS reports. 

The head of Russia’s government gave instructions to carry out widespread monitoring of this sector, having analyzed the current state of the market. He gave orders for seed material to be inspected for genetic modification.

“We have no goal of developing the production of genetically modified products or bringing them into our country. We are capable of feeding ourselves with normal, everyday, and non-genetically-modified products. Americans like to feed themselves with those sorts of products, like foods with genetic modification – let them eat that way, we don’t need to do that, we have enough space and capacity to consume normal food,” Medvedev said at the Deputies’ Congress on Rural Settlements.

 

— 3 months ago
#Russia  #gmo  #agriculture 
Crimea Should Be A Part Of Ukraine

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Galina Dudina. “Крым должен быть в составе Украины”. Kommersant. March 1, 2014.

The Russian Federation’s Federation Council supported President Vladimir Putin’s address about the use of Russian Federation armed forces in Ukrainian territory until the normalization of the situation in the country. Igor Morozov, a member of the Federation Council’s international committee, talked from Simferopol to Kommersant correspondent Galina Dudina about how the situation appears in Crimea.

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— 4 months ago
#crimea 
English Vocabulary In Advertising: Worse Than Waterloo

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Louis Rougnon Glasson. “Vocabulaire anglais dans la pub : pire que Waterloo”. Médiapart. February 21, 2014. 

A - Intro. It’s now clear that the French language is in huge disarray.  This goes hand in hand with the underperformance of French education. It’s not a unfortunate product of chance at all, and the people responsible should be unmasked.

The primary culprits: our media, and how triumphantly they’ve made us parade around the old fogeys of the French language: Bernard Pivot, Hélène Carrère d’Encausse, Valérie Pécresse, François de Closets, Jacques Toubon, Philippe de Saint Robert, and so on.

Complementing that hollow-sounding triumphalism, their censorship, their rejection of debate and vigilance has been an elementary and permanent violation of their deontology. Otherwise, the suspicion of a veritable mafia of crutch-sellers supplying for education failure would have regularly put pressure on the French National School System Inspection corps.

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— 4 months ago
#french 
Banks Will Spend 400 Billion Rubles On Retail Loan Provisions - S&P

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Dina Ushakova. “Банки потратят на резервы по позничным ссудам 400 млрд руб. - S&P”. Vedomosti. February 21, 2014. 

In 2014, leaders from the consumer loan market may lose due to the necessity of loan-loss provisions for unsecured loans amounting to 46% of operating income, says Standard & Poor’s (S&P) in a review. Banks are maintaining this rate for the second year in a row. In 2012, provisions for possible losses on such loans ate up 26% of income— but only 6% in 2011.

“[For banks specializing in unsecured loans]  this indicator shows a change in portfolio and reflects the expectations of banks vis-à-vis the worsening quality of their portfolios. The higher it goes, the lower banks’ profits are,” says S&P credit analyst Irina Velieva.

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— 5 months ago
#Russia  #finance  #s&p 
Who Does The Moon Belong To?

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The Chinese plan to explore then exploit the lunar soil’s resources raises the prickly question about the origin of property. Is it still controversial?

Alexandre Lacroix. “A qui appartient la lune?”. Philo Mag. February 2014.

December 2, the Chinese launched their third probe toward the moon, Chang’e 3. This probe landed on the moon, and a little robot came out of it that will spend three months exploring the lunar soil. Sending this probe is part of an ambitious “Chinese lunar exploration program,” which anticipates sending manned missions ten years from now. If this is, to be sure, a strong symbol of national might, what are China’s real motives? Interviewed by the BBC 3 days before the launch, professor Uyang Ziyaun, who directs the program, partly lifted the veil: the Moon, he explained, is a “wonderful” source of minerals and energy. Besides uranium and titanium, the moon’s soil indeed contains helium 3.

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— 5 months ago
#Moon  #International law  #energy 
Global Warming: A Positive Influence

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Fishman Roman. “Глобальное потепление -фактор положительный”. Nauka i Tekhnologiia RF. February 10, 2014. 

On Wednesday, February 5, The World Meteorological Organization released its official observation data from 2013, already noting that it had been the warmest since 1850. According to the meteorologists’ data, the air temperature on Earth’s surface ended up being a half-degree higher than the average from the years between 1961-1990. “Global temperature indicators in 2013 reflect a general long-term trend toward warming,” stated Michel Jarraud, the WMO’s general secretary.

In reality, of the fourteen warmest years in the entirety of the modern history of modern meteorological observation, we have already gone through thirteen of them in the 21st century. In this rating, 2013 took sixth place, with 2001 holding the temperature record. We talked with Doctor of Physical-Mathematical Science, rector of the Russian State Hydrometeorological University, Lev Nikolaevich Karlin about the connection to global warming and what this may hold for Russia.

Not so long ago, the European part of the country had been going through some rather serious freezes, which in the most recent winters, it seems, became a somewhat regular thing. How can this process be linked with global warming?

There mustn’t be any talk about how winters are becoming colder: the current winter, to the contrary, has stayed exceptionally warm.

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— 5 months ago
#Russia  #climate change