Between Black and White

Melencolia

Melencolia I (B. 74; M., HOLL. 75)
*engraving
*24 x 18.8 cm
*1514

One of the most curious changes in the mainstream approach to everyday news is the growing oversimplification of the narrative; I mean, instead of facts we get factoids, the space needed to explain matters or to introduce an argument has been dissolved. Facts and figures are presented to the public in a pre-arranged set, in order to align with the political (or ideological) side already represented by the magazine (or any other kind of news outlet). So, we basically have a loop of self-assuring news, ready and served on a virtual silver plate to an audience that will use such news on the social media scene in order to reassure its beliefs and/or to bash the “others”.

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Being in or being out a political party

Diplomacy

After the demise of the ideologies, all that’s left in modern day politics is about slightly different takes on all the biggest troubles. A number of current political parties were born after the end of the said ideologies, often as heirs of a lost tradition used as a connection for the eldest part of the electoral body. Usually, these parties are ruled by a bunch of fat cats, people that were in politics since the dinosaur era, and pushing such an organization toward modernization is nothing less than a desperate task.

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Gun control?

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A word of warning for my American readers: outside the boundaries of your country there a lot of different legislations about guns, gun uses and licensing. To my knowledge, no nation have reached perfection in this matter. For what I know, the biggest problem is about ignorance.

I was a gun owner. I will be a gun owner again in the next few months. The category “gun nut” is a bit undue in my regard, but for sure I consider myself an amateur hoplologist. In my country, Italy, we have to get a license to purchase a gun, with severe limitations for the number of guns owned and for the ammo you may buy. There are other strictly observed limits on the kind of guns available on the legal market (same for the ammo, of course).

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62 trillion USD and a lever that could lift a world

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There’s a sentence, maybe apocryphal, attributed to the famous proto-scientist Archimedes: “Give me a place to stand and with a lever I will move the whole world.”; this is one of most cited sentence ever and the basic idea is clear: with the proper fulcrum and the right lever, even the biggest things can be moved.

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Numbers don’t lie – the basics in the Clinton defeat

There are dozens, maybe hundreds, of reasons for losing a political campaign even if every effort has been done and huge sums of money have been invested to achieve the result.

Look at this infographic, it’s quite simple to understand.

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The comparison of the last three rounds of presidential elections is crystal clear. The Democrat’s number of voters is falling down like a brick. The enthusiasm of 2008, with the victory of Barack Obama, has been widely lost in 2012 and it’s gone with the wind this year.

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Aftermath

Photo by Anthony Quintano

Photo by Anthony Quintano

So be it, we have a final result. Donald Trump is the 45th President of the United States of America and the GOP get a solid majority in Senate and in the House of Representatives. America turned “red” big time, we can say that next year will start a new era for the American politics.

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America 2016, the end of the presidential race

United States

United States (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This will be the last post about the upcoming presidential election in the USA, I promise! A few days from now, we will finally know who will be the next president and what will happen from January it’s anybody’s guess.

The starting point of this post is about what happens a minute after the definitive results will be known. In a normal democratic competition, the loser will recognize the outcome and proceed to congratulate with his/her competitor. This should happen at any level, from the bottom to the top. About a week ago, we got a presidential candidate that denied such recognization if he doesn’t get elected.

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