Sunday 6 July 2014

The Procrastinator (some) Times Sunday 6th of July


Morning friends! In our news section we have the story of the people of Kiribati who are the first to prepare to be “climate refugees”. Some estimate that the number of people displaced by the effects of global warming will reach 700 million by 2050. Also in News, your weekly dose of Venezuela, this time featuring the ongoing coverage of Al Jazeera, and an article in El País on how Google helped prove the government is lying. In Science a set of surprising experiments has revived old skepticism about quantum mechanics. In Culture & Entertainment, Aaron Rose's Coney Island photographs via The New Yorker, and The Paris Review claims to be loving procrastination... and peacocks.  In Dog We Trust tell us about the Black Dog Syndrome and some hard working dogs with incredible jobs. Finally in Our Weekly Procrastination we talked about Radical Geometry, the new exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts.

Happy Sunday and happy reading!

Photo via Quartz.

An entire island nation is preparing to evacuate to Fiji before they sink into the Pacific: "This has to be the weirdest business deal of the week: The Church of England just sold a chunk of forest-covered land on the Fijian island Vanau Levu for $8.8 million to the government of the Pacific island nation of Kiribati. For the moment, Kiribati plans to use its 20-square-kilometer (7.7-square-mile) plot for agriculture and fish farming. But the investment is really a fallback for its 103,000 residents—a place to live if they must leave their home island." I don't know what shock me the most, reading about the first climate refugees or about the prevention capabilities of the Kiribati people. I know for a fact that some countries wouldn't start planning anything until they are in full Atlantis mode. Read full article in Quartz. E.T.P. 4' 

Screenshot from AlJazeera's Website.

In Venezuela's news, Al Jazeera has been covering the ongoing unrest in the country. Fault Lines Venezuela Divided premiered one week ago, and the latest entry in their blog is from June 27, there you can see what happened when they tried to filmed one of the many food lines that Venezuelans have to make daily to buy food. Have a look here. E.T.P. 3'

When the Venezuelan government finally decided to present evidences of one of its conspiration accusations (deliriums), these turned out to be (as expected) false. They are accusing 3 leaders of the opposition of plotting the president's murder and presented some emails as evidence. Pedro Burelli, one of the accused, asked Google to investigate if the emails were authentic and Google confirmed that they are fakes, "there is no proof that those emails ever existed". The Venezuelan government is caught once again lying, and once again they will pretend that nothing is happening or blame the CIA, Starbucks, the World Cup, a lizard or Mercury retrograde. Read full article (in Spanish) in El País. E.T.P. 6'

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