Israel will not prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power

stefano fait:

Iran’s already got the Bomb?

Originally posted on Stefano Fait, social forecaster:

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Iran does have nuclear weapons. These are non-strategic nuclear weapons. I mean these are not ICBMs with a range of more than 5,500 kilometers… As for the danger of Iran’s attack on the United States, the danger is zero.

General Yuri Baluyevsky, Russian Deputy Chief of Staff, press conference in June 2002

http://www.edwardjayepstein.com/2002question/Iran_fullticket.htm

Kahlili: Iran already has nuclear weapons. Western intelligence has known it for years.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/oct/27/iran-already-has-nuclear-weapons/?page=all

Seven in 10 Americans believe that Iran currently has nuclear weapons, according to a new national poll.

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2010/02/19/cnn-poll-american-believe-iran-has-nuclear-weapons/

“The smoking gun may come in the form of a mushroom cloud,” is now, “This deal paves Iran’s path to a bomb.” These folk are as wrong about the second as they were about the first. But in this case we are actually dealing with a county that has WMD. They have enough weapons grade nuclear materials to build 3 or 4 bombs…

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War is a choice

Originally posted on Stefano Fait, social forecaster:

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) laughs while talking with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin before the first session of the G20 Summit in Los Cabos June 18, 2012. G20 leaders kicked off two days of meetings in the Pacific resort of Los Cabos on Monday. REUTERS/Andres Stapff (MEXICO - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)

Russia was a help on this. I’ll be honest with you. I was not sure given the strong differences we are having with Russia right now around Ukraine, whether this would sustain itself. Putin and the Russian government compartmentalized on this in a way that surprised me, and we would have not achieved this agreement had it not been for Russia’s willingness to stick with us and the other P5-Plus members in insisting on a strong deal.

Barack H. Obama, Obama Makes His Case on Iran Nuclear Deal, New York Times, 14 July 2015

We have a great deal of respect and love for the United States, and especially for the American people… The US is certainly a great power and the American people created this nation over several centuries, it is simply an amazing result.

Vladimir Putin, Interview with Swiss media, 27 July 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, passes by US President Barack Obama, left, as Chinese President Xi Jinping smiles, at right, at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014 in Beijing. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Presidential Press Service)

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The meaning of China’s gold announcement and the new dollar

Originally posted on Stefano Fait, social forecaster:

“official gold reserves”: what you see is not all there is to it…

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As far as the new dollar is concerned:

A revaluation of the dollar via introduction of a new dollar will have the effect of making debt easier to pay. There might also be a restructuring of terms of existing debt that would accompany this change. Introducing a new version of the currency would provide the political cover to change the terms of existing debt without it having the appearance of a default (you and I would know the truth as would most of the creditors but from the standpoint of the common man on the street most would be oblivious).

The reason why the government would bid for gold is mainly for the major creditors. You would have to put yourself in the position of a major central bank or a old-moneyed family to understand why this…

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Chinese gold and the U.S. dollar

stefano fait:

internationally yours ;o)

Originally posted on Stefano Fait, social forecaster:

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  • China’s central bank is buying huge quantities of gold.
  • China wants the yuan to become a reserve currency, but does not want a “strong yuan”.
  • China wants the leverage to control all currency values, which requires control of the gold market.

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Once China has enough gold, it will bid up the yuan-denominated price into the stratosphere. Once it does that, there are only three choices. First, maintain credibility and the reserve currency status by refusing to change the price of US dollar denominated gold. If it does that, domestic industries will be crippled by Chinese competition, because the yuan will become very cheap in relation to the dollar. Second, allow the dollar denominated price of gold to skyrocket in synch with the yuan denominated price. That will end the US dollar’s reserve currency status. Third, kow-tow to Beijing, seeking a seal of approval from China for any serious financial…

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Punto e a capo?

Originally posted on pontidivista:

trees-691987_1280Aggiungere qualcosa sull’affair Borgonovo Re è difficile e forse inutile. Si è detto molto sulla volontà di chiudere alcuni punti nascita periferici, ipotesi sulla quale dopo la venuta al mondo della mia seconda figlia (con parto in casa) non ho un’opinione completamente definita. Non sono mancate le prese di posizione sul metodo di lavoro (mi sembra di capire poco collegiale e viziato da qualche limite di dialogo/ascolto) dell’Assessora in questione. Visti gli schizofrenici ultimi due giorni vissuti dalla maggioranza di centro-sinistra, la lista di chi può offrire lezioni di stile sembra scarsamente presidiata. Chi la accusa. Chi la difende. Chi la usa. Chi già la rimpiange. Chi la giudica. Chi ne ha chiesto la sostituzione e chi non ha aspettato un secondo per prenderne il posto. Ognuno interpreta il proprio ruolo, sempre e comunque fortemente autoreferenziale e quasi mai intellettualmente onesto. Si sbaglia chi riduce tutto ad una trappola tesa ad un’Assessora scomoda e non troppo avvezza alla…

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The ship of fools of contemporary art and the perfect bubble

WAZARS 暮らしのモノの店

Originally posted on wazars暮らしのモノの店:

WAZARS storeはじめまして。

イタリアを拠点としたオンラインストア、WAZARS暮らしのモノの店、店主の中西弥生と申します。

匠の技 – WAZAとラテン語の美 – ARSを併せてWAZARSというのが、店名の由来です。東と西の文化が出会って、心地よく混ざり合うオリエンタルバザールのような、人とモノと美しさの出会う場所になりたいというのが、私達の想いです。

Simplex munditiisという、ラテン語の格言が私達のモットーで、シンプルなエレガンスというのが直訳です。

日本には、熟練の職人の技術に支えられた、実用的でかつ美しいものが沢山あります。そんな、すてきなモノのあり方をイタリアを中心としたヨーロッパの人々に伝えていきたい、漫画やアニメ、いわゆるお土産物のような工芸品以外に、もっとシンプルだけど素直に美しくて、長い年月愛されるモノを見て欲しい。

そして、日本的な感覚にすっととけ込める、あまり名前は知られていないかもしれないヨーロッパの職人の作る洗練されたアイテム。べたな伝統工芸でもない、有名なデザイナーズ食器でもない、ヨーロッパの伝統を背負いながら、モダンさとのバランスをとっていて、長く大切にしたいと思えるモノを、日本の皆さんにも紹介したい。

ゼロkmスタイルの暮らし方が、見直されているけれど、それはそれで良いと思う。でも、これだけ世界が、インターネットや技術の発展で近くなったのなら、肩の荷を下ろして、自分の感覚で好きなものを選んで、愛着をもって使えば良いのではないかなって。チープなものを使い捨てする、溜め込む、それよりも、少なくても良いものを長く使って行く方が心が豊かになれると思う。

私達なりに、幸せ感を得られて、大切にしたいと思えるアイテムをセレクトしています。みなさまの、小さなお気に入りを見つけるお手伝いができたら、嬉しいです。

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オーストリアの陶芸家、マッティアス・カイザー氏を訪問

Originally posted on wazars暮らしのモノの店:

DSC_0029現代陶芸界に多大な影響を与えたルーシー・リーの故郷として知られるオーストリア。その首都ウィーンからローカル線で2時間ほどの、グラフェンドルフという町に窯を構えた、オーストリアを代表する陶磁器作家、マッティアス・カイザー氏の窯を訪問してきました。最近では、2015年2月にザ・ニューヨーク・タイムズ誌に彼の記事が載ったばかりです。

まだまだ開店準備中で、実績も無い私達を暖かく迎えてくれたカイザー氏。少しはにかんだ笑顔が素敵で、真面目でいて、かつユーモラス、流暢な英語を操る、とても親しみやすい方でした。

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世界各地で展示会や、作品の販売をされているので、お弟子さん等がいらっしゃるのではないかと思いきや、一人で制作に没頭するタイプで、ひとたびクレイを手にして制作を始めると、夜中まで没頭してしまうそうです。

カイザー氏は、まるで掘りごたつのようにセッティングされた、手動のろくろを、地下足袋を履いた足で器用に操ります。電動式よりも、ずっと勝手がいいそう。そして、靴よりも、靴下よりも、地下足袋が一番使いやすいとのことで、すり切れるまで使い込んでいます。瀬戸と唐津で学んだ事もある、そんな経歴からくる選択なのかなと、思いました。

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きれいすぎるクレイよりも、語りかけてくるようなミネラルの混じりっけのあるクレイを好み、

チェコ共和国でようやく見つけたクレイが、彼の作品には欠かせません。そして、バラの花が咲き誇る庭先では、大きなバケツの中で、灰と水とが釉薬に使われるのを待っています。

素材とその行程に自由に語らせるのが、カイザー氏流の陶芸。小さな2つのガス窯で焼き上げる彼の作品は、黒瀬戸の釉薬がスムーズに表面に流れだす前に取り出して、不思議なぽつぽつしたテクスチャーを創り出したり、焼き上がった表面を敢えて削ったり、完璧というよりは、道しるべを与えて、素材を自由にあそばせて、最後に再び、自分の感覚で手を加えて完成させる。そんな彼の作品は、一見シンプルなフォルムとは裏腹に、その素材感と、計算された細やかな細部の表現とバランス、そしてその圧倒的な存在感が特徴です。

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談笑しながら、庭で採れるさくらんぼや、野いちごを摘んで、私達に振る舞ってくれたカイザー氏。とても自然体で、草木と戯れながら暮らす、彼のライフスタイルと、NYや日本、イラン等で学んだ、インターナショナルな審美眼が、和食器のようでいて、コンテンポラリーな雰囲気を持つ、彼の作品達に繋がっているのでしょう。

WAZARSストアでも今秋より、カイザー氏の食器類を取り扱う予定です。美術品さながらのたたずまいですが、レストランで食洗機にかけて、がんがん使いながら2年使用しても、全く問題なしという頑丈さ。お気に入りのカップやティーポットを毎日使いたいなと思います。

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Atelier of Matthias Kaiser

 

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“Il Samurai in Van Gogh” – giovedì 14 maggio al The Social Stone

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Il Samurai e Van GoghGiovedì 14 maggio, alle 20:30, presso il The Social Stone di via Gorizia 18 a Trento, si vola in Giappone con Andrea Stenico, collaboratore dell’Università di Trento, e l’associazione culturale italo-giapponese “Yomoyamabanashi – 4 ciacere”, nata nel capoluogo nel 2007, a supporto dei giapponesi residenti in Trentino e con lo scopo di agevolare l’integrazione culturale italo-giapponese attraverso l’organizzazione di corsi e attività culturali.

“Il Samurai in Van Gogh” è il titolo della panoramica della civiltà giapponese che Stenico regalerà al pubblico (l’ingresso è gratuito), a partire dal rapporto, generalmente trascurato, tra Van Gogh e il giapponismo, appunto, per passare poi alle gare di poesia che intrattenevano la corte e che daranno vita ai celebri haiku, al teatro kabuki, al minimalismo dei giardini zen ingiustamente assurto a incarnazione dell’estetica nipponica pur rappresentandone solamente un aspetto, alle lotte tra le élite che portarono alla rottamazione del vecchio ordine scintoista in favore del…

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Miss Universo Giappone è nera e la cosa non piace a Donald Trump – alcune considerazioni su bellezza e globalizzazione

stefano fait:

E noi cosa diciamo a Donald Trump?
prrrrrrrrrrrrrr

Originally posted on WazArs:

B_UZS9nVAAABzIaAriana Miyamoto è la nuova miss Universo Giappone 2015.

È mulatta come Obama. La cosa ha creato problemi in Giappone, perché è un po’ scuretta.

È cresciuta in Giappone fino alle scuole medie. Poi i genitori hanno divorziato e lei ha seguito il padre nell’Arkansas.

In seguito è tornata a Nagasaki e ha vinto il concorso di bellezza.

Sarebbe bello rinunciare ai concorsi di bellezza etnonazionalisti e magari anche ai concorsi di bellezza in genere. Sono davvero necessari?

La bellezza resterebbe comunque un fattore di discordia.

trump_2243945bDonald Trump, proprietario e presidente del concorso di Miss Universo, ha escluso le candidate di Giappone e Filippine perché sono miste, spiegando che

l’obiettivo di Miss Universo è quello di scegliere una bellezza che rappresenti nella massima misura possibile il suo paese nel mondo. Avere candidate miste da ogni paese partecipante non è in linea con gli ideali Miss Universo. Non si tratta…

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