Sunday 1 September 2013

Procrastinator (some) Times Sunday 1st of September Edition


This been a crazy busy week, that might be the reason why we procrastinated this Sunday Edition so much. But then again, we procrastinated doing something meaningful, so it was worth it. This edition of the The Procrastinator (some) Times will be full of interesting stuff, but maybe a bit more compact, so you don't have an excuse to not read it all. We have the list of countries more prepared to face an uncertain future, a modern dictionary inspired by Gustave Flaubert, 28 very interesting contemporary female thinkers, a very cool dog that models men's clothes, a nice portraits exhibition in Madrid, and of course our Sunday (some) Times cartoon. Hope you enjoy this new edition of TPST and have a happy Sunday and a better week!


Photo: The Procrastinator (some) Times.

The 59 Countries That Are Most Prepared To Handle An Uncertain Future. A new report from investment advisors RobecoSAM and shared by Fast Company, takes into account 17 different factors, from a country's energy mix to its democracy. The results of this study is a more grounded approach that ultimately states that Sweden, Australia and Switzerland are the most sustainable countries on Earth, the best equipped for the future. While the least would be Venezuela, Egypt and Nigeria, 'despite all that oil'. Read full article in Fast Company.

 Photo: Martin Luther King. Hulton Archive/Getty Images via ABC News.

Mark Mardell, North American editor of BBC, writes an article from Anacostia, a historic neighborhood in Washington D.C., where like in other predominantly black areas, people don't want their kids to forget history or how hard the struggle for civil rights has been. In the midst of the commemorations of the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's 'I have a dream' speech, he states: "no-one thinks the battle has been won. No-one here doubts that racism is still a reality in the United States", Martin Luther King's dream yet to become reality in the US. Read full article in the BBC website.

Image: The Economist.

The shadow of Ypres. The history of chemical weapons is largely a history of occasions on which they have not been used, this very interesting article in The Economist starts like this: “CLEARLY,” wrote an exasperated Winston Churchill in the summer of 1944, “I cannot make head against the parsons and the warriors at the same time.” Through most of that July the British prime minister had been asking his military chiefs to reconsider the question of using poison gas against Germany, telling them he wanted “cold-blooded calculation” rather than moralistic arguments about the unique iniquity of chemical weapons.  Read full article in The Economist.

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