Sunday 8 June 2014

The Procrastinator (some) Times Sunday 8th of June Edition


This week edition our News section features articles about the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Square, and John Oliver explaining Net Neutrality; also, a couple of infographic, one about gay rights in the world and another one about the economic split in Latin America between Mercosur and the Pacific Alliance. A glimpse into the humanoid robotics movement in Japan in our Science & Technology section. The future of work when (and if) robots take over and Van Gogh's ear in Design, Business & Innovation. In Culture & Entertainment we feature a moving portrait project by photographer Sasha Maslov with some veterans of the Second World War; and in a lighter note a fun campaign where glasses transform impressionism turns into hyperrealism. La Guía del Perro share with us how Panda-Dog craze sweeps China and how to tell if your dog is putting on weight, check In Dog We Trust.

Happy Sunday and happy reading!


Photo via The Independent.

This past week The Independent published an article about Tiananmen Square 25th anniversary – the massacre as it happened as told by Michael Fathers, The Independent's then Asia Editor, who was there. These were his dispatches from the atrocity. It is a quarter of a century since the People's Army put down China's incipient protest movement with shocking brutality.  'Rows of troops advanced slowly, shooting directly into the crowd.' Read full article in The Independent. E.T.P. 18'

Meanwhile in 2014, China blocked Google ahead of Tiananmen Square anniversary to slience its discussion. Read article in Mashable E.T.P. 3'

"Being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender is illegal in almost 80 countries, and in at least five of them is still punishable by death. In honour of the International day against homophobia and transphobia on 17 May, explore the legal situation for LGBT people around sex, marriage or civil partnerships, adoption, workplace discrimination and hate crime by region, country and overall population." Great interactive infographic made by Feilding Cage, Tara Herman and Nathan Good. Have a look in The Guardian.

I really enjoyed this video of John Oliver explaining Net Neutrality. It's an easy and fun way of understanding a very serious problem that I hope we don't have to face anytime soon. "John Oliver took on net neutrality on Last Week Tonight in the way only he can on Sunday evening. "They should call it cable company fuckery," Oliver said. After tearing into the FCC, Comcast, Time Warner Cable and the Obama administration, Oliver called for help from someone unexpected — Internet trolls. Oliver pointed viewers (and, more importantly, web commenters) to visit to vent about the FCC proposal, which was opened for comment in mid May. "This is the moment you were made for, commenters," Oliver said." Read full article and watch the video in Mashable. E.T.P. 17'

Finally Latin America's economic split explained by a Bloomberg graphic. The inflation one is a beauty: "Latin America is divided between fast-growth countries along the Pacific coast and stragglers facing the Atlantic." Have a closest look in Bloomberg. E.T.P. 3'

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