Sunday 7 December 2014

The Procrastination (some) Times 7th December Edition


Hello dear friends! It's already December and you already know that, but come on, this seriously deserves a wow. So, wow! Hope you have some nice, meaningful, warm and sweet procrastination planned for this Christmas holidays. I know I am (:

In our News section; Ferguson verdict consequences and the trick the genius town of Wunsiedel in southeastern German, used to make neo-nazis march against themselves. In Design, Business and Innovation: a privacy lawyer explains what the new Terms and Conditions of Facebook will mean to you; bank notes that celebrate science and not presidents; and a nice article about how to take a productive approach to procrastination via Fast Company and our friend Jorge (obrigada!). Two great articles about the power of melancholy and alter-egos in our Culture & Entertainment section. Nine emerging trends in pet food for gourmet dogs only, and the adorable Beans in this week's In Dog We Trust by La Guía del Perro. And finally, for Our Weekly Procrastination we visited two nice exhibitions of two great photographers: Roman Vishniac and Martin Parr.

As an extra in this week's editorial we invite you to visit the project of our great collaborator, fellow procrastinator and zoanthropic friend Marie: The Pink Pony. A social enterprise that is looking to create meaningful connections between business organisations and local communities in London through play. Sounds fun, right? Well, it is. Visit the brand new Pink Pony website and find out more about this great project and ways to get involved (:  

Hope you have a lovely, festive, and not too cold, couple of weeks. Happy Sunday and happy reading! x


Photo via The Economist.

The Ferguson verdict in black and white: Police officers who sometimes employ excessive force are almost never indicted for it, and such impunity, that in cases like this appears to be the norm, is for saying the least insidious.  "We shouldn't be at all surprised by the grand jury's verdict. While it is generally easy to get an indictment, it is extremely difficult to indict a police officer. This is especially true for homicide, as Jamelle Bouie writes. While 410 "justifiable homicides" were reported by the FBI in 2012, there were virtually no indictments of police for killing people. FiveThirtyEight's Ben Casselman wonders whether the difference is based on jurors being more inclined to trust police; prosecutors being less inclined to make cases aggressively against police; or prosecutors being forced to bring weak cases against police, due to political pressure." Read full article in The Economist. E.T.P. 5' Read also The Ferguson Veredict. E.T.P. 2'

Policemen are standing next to banners of the action group "Wunsiedel is Colorful" along the route of a demonstration by far-right extremists. (Fricke/Agence France-Presse via Getty Images) Via Washington Post.

"For decades, neo-Nazis have traveled to the southeastern German town of Wunsiedel, where Rudolf Hess, Adolf Hitler's deputy, was buried until 2011. The right-wing extremists march through the town in commemoration of Hess year after year, glorifying the horrors of the Third Reich.
This time, however, everything was different: Although Wunsiedel's inhabitants had observed the march from a distance over the past years, this Nov. 15, some of them welcomed the neo-Nazi protesters effusively with rainbow confetti and even cheered for them. . . The group Rights versus Rights (Rechts gegen Rechts) had come up with a new way to protest the annual neo-Nazi march: For every meter the neo-Nazis walked, local businesses and residents would donate $12.50 to a nongovernmental organization devoted to making it easier for neo-Nazis to leave behind their hateful politics." Simply brilliant! Watch the video in The Washington Post. E.T.P. 2'

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