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.

Nationalization Is The Future?

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When it comes to discuss about the global economy crisis the question about finance always comes up: how can a nation put a stop to the economic power of a multinational financial entity?

This is a peculiar type of asymmetrical warfare; a state, no matter how big it is, can’t compete against a multinational subject of the financial battlefield. If a nation tries to enforce a harder regulation system on its markets finance cartels simply withdraw their money from that markets and the nation’s economy sink like a paper-made Titanic. If the market regulation are too lose, just like today, the finance operators simply do what they want and the nations’s economy is always at stake.

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Scott Carpenter (1925-2013)

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Another astronaut has gone away, Mr. Scott Carpenter last lift-off happened yesterday. Carpenter was the second american astronaut in orbit with the mission Aurora 7 in 1962.

It’s easy now to think about men in space, we have decades of successful missions in our collective memory. This is the time for private ventures in space like SpaceX or Virgin Galactic, with a good telescope we can see the ISS station every day.

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