Italian standoff 2018 – an introduction

You see, having a general election is usually something good for any democratic country. People get its choice to express their vote, a lot of candidates gets elected or rejected, then we have a new Parliament, a new government and so on.
Well, it didn’t work so good this time.

The first part, running a general election, wasn’t perfect. The new law in effect shows more than a bit of trouble so far. Many commentators, including myself, foretold that this mechanism was fragile. Three days after the election we finally got the final results. You must really hope that nobody starts a judicial war about the whole process.

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Gender equality is still far away

Today is about women, of course. Aside from celebrations and cultural events, the focus of this post will be about a simple concept – equal pay for women.

The year 2018 will be remembered for many different things, most still in the future of course, but one is absolutely pertinent for women. From the first day of this year in Iceland, a new law came into effect that will force firms with 25 or more workers to pay equal amounts of money to men and women. This law requires complying before the end of 2018 (link HERE).

No other country in the world got itself a similar law in effect. Let this fact sink in for a moment.

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My candidate is better than yours (and you don’t know sh*t!)

The title of this post is the synthesis of much of the political-oriented messages I get from the social media; it is also a demonstration of the end of any choice to establish some form of discussion in this field. It’s not a surprise, a decade of political communication based on hate and “alternative truth” left its mark in our collective subconscious, not to mention the deep state of distress of the mainstream media.

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His first day of school – 2017

This is it. The first day of the last year (the fifth) in the first school cycle for my son.

This post is a late one, the photo has been taken September, the 15th. My boy has been thru a lot this summer and he’s not is his best shape even now. But we are looking at the future, no matter what’s going on.

The kid is growing like a young tree, isn’t it? He’s almost five foot tall, not so far from my own size.

If you would like to check out how much he grew thru the years, try here.

The BBC and the 13th Doctor

Things change. The end of the Moffat-era as a showrunner and the change in the main character’s role could be sensitive for the fans, but after this season (the lowest ever in the ratings) the BBC was in for something more than a few replacements.

Steven Moffat did a great job, with some minor glitch here and there, until Peter Capaldi came in the show. I’m sure it’s coincidence, but it still troubles me to see that one of the best available actors has been set up with the weakest streak of episodes in the last few years. A new showrunner was needed and Chris Chibnall is a very strong choice.

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A little white dot

There’s a probe, far away from this little planet. Named Cassini, kicked in the deep space by our fabulous friends at NASA. Its work is almost done, soon it will take its last dive into the Saturn’s atmosphere, sending data until it will be crushed.

But this is not about Cassini. No, this isn’t about NASA or the joys of deep space exploration. Maybe another time. It’s about that little white dot. For those who haven’t understood it yet, it’s the Earth. Yeah, our glorious home world, the goddamn cradle that could turn in a mass grave sooner or later.

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