The new Captain America – Hail what?

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I have to say that I was amazed by the last marketing move from Marvel. With a single comic, the new “Steve Rogers Captain America” by Nick Spencer and Jesus Saiz, they got the attention of the whole internet. Try to imagine this. One story, a “new” idea, the equivalent of a multi-million dollar campaign in a matter of a few days. Wow.

I write “new” because it’s not the first time that Captain America gets on the wrong side of the fence. He’s been brainwashed or mind-controlled more than a few times, sometimes with dire results. So why all the rage right now? Could he really be bad to the bone? I mean, we’re talking about an iconic character, that’s right, but it’s the same character that has been killed at least twice.

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Leadership and presidency – the last ten presidential elections in US

English: In January 2009, President of the Uni...

English: In January 2009, President of the United States of America, George W. Bush invited then President-Elect Barack Obama and former Presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Jimmy Carter for a Meeting and Lunch at The White House. Photo taken in the Oval Office at The White House. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Everybody is talking about what’s going on in the presidential race, with all the fire on the desperate rush of the GOP to stop Donald Trump and with the not-so-friendly competition between Hillary Rodham Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Whoever will win the nominations, are we so sure that they will be the leaders of their parties?

And again, the presidential candidates in the last ten rounds of the presidential elections were all political leaders inside the Democrats or the Republicans?

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The Future is just around the corner

A military scientist operates a laser in a tes...

A military scientist operates a laser in a test environment. The Directorate conducts research on a variety of solid-state and chemical lasers. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

All right, the title was a bit optimistic. Let’s say that “the corner” is ten years from now. Or maybe less. But the future is coming, with all the precision that we commonly associate to the word “laser“. Yes, this one is about laser. And about the way it will be used in the near future.

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A clown at the White House?

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You know, I’m following the Republican campaign with mixed feelings. I mean, I know for sure that is very difficult find leaders these days and I also know that since the rise of the Tea Party situation is getting worse year after year.

Politics makes strange bedfellows, everybody know that too. But how comes that the right-wing in America should be represented by this bunch of clowns? If we’re talking about some small-scale country it will be nothing but a bad joke. But we’re talking about USA, no less.

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We don’t need another Waco

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This is an American story. A real one, based on what’s going on in Oregon. You have already got the news, how a number of self-called militiamen take over the headquarters of Malheur Wildlife Refuge after a pacific protest against the decision to condemn Mr. Dwight Hammond Jr. and Mr. Steven Hammond for setting fire to a federal area.

After the rally a group led by Mr. Ammon Bundy took over the said facility, empty for the weekend, claiming that it will not be given back to the federal authorities and that if the police try to take it back by force they are ready and willing to use firearms. So far the unlawful occupation goes on and so are the claims of the militiamen to refuse to go way unless the Hammonds will be released from prison and the control of the Malheur National Forest given to locals.

No matter how much media attention the militiamen will get now and in the future, it’s high unlikely that federal authorities will satisfy such requests, so the question is: what does Bundy want for real?

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What will happen in Cuba?

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So it’s over. The longest embargo in the U.S. history and, quite probably, the most useless series of economical measures ever applied to a single country has finally come to an end. It took the combined efforts of a Pope, an American President like Barack Obama and an old communist warhorse to reach this moment. It’s maybe the last strain of the Cold War and the end of a struggle started back in 1959, when Cuba overthrow the Batista regime for a new government.

It will useful to know what really thinks the last leader of that era, Fidel Castro, about this moment. Or to know exactly how about were that secret talks in Canada and in Vatican, done in the last year or so.  What are the terms of this diplomatic treaty? What could be the future of Cuba? If this was a book by a spy-master, somebody like John le Carrè or Frederick Forsyth, you may see the shadows of three generations of spooks, along with dark crime lords and the tragic silhouette of the refugees.

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Return to the Moon

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I’m reading a wonderful book (Return to the Moon), an essay by Harrison H. Schmitt (former astronaut, the last man on the Moon with Apollo 17 mission); this is a citation from this book – words to be remembered:

Whenever and however a Return to the Moon occurs, one thing is certain: that return will be historically comparable to the movement of our species out of Africa about 150,000 years ago. Further, if led by an entity representing the democracies of the Earth, a Return to the Moon to stay will be politically comparable to the first permanent settlement of North America by European immigrants.

You know, we have to go back to the Moon. The sooner, the better. And Mr. Schmitt is the right man for tell us how this new frontier has to be tackled.