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Ep #25: Casablanca   

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The Reel Fools break down why the 1942 film Casablanca is the best movie ever, with Bogart, Bergman, and the incredible Claude Rains.


          

Il banchiere illuminato   

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Francesco Cingano al suo tavolo di lavoro alla Banca Commerciale Italiana, nel 1979.Ricordo di Franco Cingano, uomo di banca e di cultura.

 

La paura è una reazione comune e purtroppo sempre più frequente ai fenomeni prodotti dalla globalizzazione: i flussi migratori dall'Africa e dall'Europa dell'est, l'arrivo sui nostri mercati di merci di qualità  sempre migliore e a  prezzi stracciati, il venir meno delle distanze, che ha avvicinato in modo brutale la  ricchezza dell'Occidente alla povertà della più parte del mondo.

Non è la prima volta che succede. Accadde così  anche ai tempi della prima globalizzazione, tra la fine dell'Ottocento e il primo decennio del secolo scorso. Quel  primo episodio di globalizzazione, anche allora prodotto del progresso tecnologico - il telegrafo e le grandi navi  di linea transatlantiche - suscitò presto due reazioni che ne determinarono la fine precoce.


Da una lato dell'Atlantico, i sindacati americani imposero al Congresso di bloccare l'arrivo di lavoratori a buon mercato dall'Europa (in particolare dall'Italia) che facevano concorrenza agli operai locali. Dall'altro, gli  agricoltori europei chiesero l'introduzione di dazi sulle importazioni di grano e carne argentina che arrivavano a prezzi con i quali l'agricoltura europea non poteva competere.
Il risultato della paura fu disastroso.

Francesco Cingano e Antonio Monti (a destra), amministratori delegati della Banca Commerciale Italiana, colloquio con Innocenzo Monti (capo contabile) nel 1980.Alla fine della Prima Guerra mondiale, quando la ricostruzione avrebbe avuto bisogno di mercati aperti, il mondo si trovò segmentato da dazi e tariffe. Ma ormai il clima aperto della fine dell'Ottocento era tramontato. La risposta alla crisi degli anni Venti non fu la riapertura dei mercati, ma un'ulteriore chiusura. L'illusione di ciascun Paese di poter uscire dalla crisi a spese degli altri fallì e quei fallimenti furono una delle cause, forse la  principale, del crollo dei regimi democratici che ne seguì.

Anche oggi la paura suggerisce di rispondere alla globalizzazione cercando, invano, di proteggerci. Protezione dalle persone e dalle merci a buon mercato che arrivano nei nostri Paesi, e protezione delle nostre imprese dalla concorrenza. Dazi e politica industriale - una definizione elegante che in realtà significa aiuti di Stato alle imprese - sono diventati termini comuni nelle discussioni sul futuro dell'Europa.

Ancora una volta, ci si illude che la via per sopravvivere alla concorrenza di India e Cina sia chiudere i mercati e affidarsi allo Stato e alla capacità dei governanti di scommettere su progetti vincenti, di finanziare aziende che  diventino "campioni europei" (a qualcuno basterebbero "nazionali".)

La Francia ha creato un'Agenzia pubblica per l'innovazione, dotandola di 6 miliardi di euro. Il Commissario europeo per l'industria, Gunter Verheugen, ripete che quando è in gioco la creazione di uno di questi campioni, la burocrazia di Bruxelles deve avere un occhio di riguardo nell'applicare le regole antitrust.

Nelle trattative sull'apertura dei mercati agricoli la Francia chiede protezione per i propri agricoltori, senza rendersi conto che, se solo l'Europa aprisse le proprie frontiere alla carne argentina, quel Paese potrebbe in breve  tempo rimborsare i titoli obbligazionari in cui molte famiglie europee hanno investito i loro risparmi, perdendoli.

Galileo Cattabriga, Margherite sul Po, 1955.Forse, ma dovrei dire spero, queste illusioni non ci condurranno, come negli anni Venti, alla fine delle  democrazie, ma certamente accelereranno il nostro impoverimento.
Non riusciremo a chiudere le frontiere, ma se lo facessimo ci auto-escluderemmo dalle opportunità offerte da  due miliardi di persone, indiani e cinesi soprattutto, che si accingono a uscire dalla povertà e hanno bisogno di  tutto, e certamente di molti dei prodotti e dei servizi che le nostre imprese possono offrire loro. Mi colpisce  quanto più aperta e coraggiosa fosse l'Italia degli anni Cinquanta e Sessanta. Forse perché la fine della prima  globalizzazione e il ricordo della chiusura dell'America ai nostri emigranti scottava ancora.

C'era, sì, molta impresa pubblica, ma non sussidiata dallo Stato, almeno fino agli anni Settanta, quando irruppe  la politica. E soprattutto vi era una generazione di imprenditori coraggiosi, che sfidavano mercati lontani e non si  limitavano a cercare protezione in nicchie ben protette, dall'energia, ai telefoni, alle autostrade.
All'inizio degli anni Cinquanta, l'Italia era un paese povero: il reddito pro-capite era solo un terzo che nel paese  più ricco, gli Stati Uniti. All'inizio degli anni Settanta, l'italiano medio aveva raggiunto il settanta per cento del  reddito americano.

Se oggi riusciremo a evitare il declino, sarà perchè non ci saremo arresi alla paura e avremo ritrovato in noi  stessi almeno un po' dell'entusiasmo che ci aveva accompagnato in quegli anni.
Di quell'Italia Franco Cingano fu uno degli esempi migliori.
Diventato amministratore delegato della Banca Commerciale Italiana nel 1967, capì subito che la rete delle sedi  e rappresentanze della Comit nel mondo era uno dei fattori determinanti del nostro miracolo economico.

Francesco Cingano riceve il Premio al merito per l'iniziativa locale 'Alessandro Masi e Gaetano Recchi' (Fondatori della Cassa di Risparmio di Ferrara).Si  trattava, infatti, di un "miracolo" trainato dalle esportazioni, ma su quei mercati lontani i nostri imprenditori non  sarebbero mai arrivati senza l'aiuto del direttore della sede locale della Banca Commerciale Italiana: fosse a  Tokyo, a Mosca o in America Latina, dove la Comit operava attraverso la controllata Sudameris.

L'umanità di Cingano gli aveva fatto anche comprendere che è sempre e solo questione di uomini, che il  successo dipendeva dalla qualità delle persone alle quali erano affidati quegli uffici lontani, e che per assicurarsi che in ogni sede vi fosse la persona più adatta, per incoraggiarla in Paesi lontani e spesso difficili, l'unico modo era andarli a trovare spesso. E così viaggiò incessantemente, lui che mal sopportava anche i viaggi a Roma e sognava solo Padova, Ferrara, Venezia, le Dolomiti.

Oggi, quando più di allora avremmo bisogno di essere presenti su quei mercati lontani, ci ritroviamo con  banchieri provinciali, che considerano Roma il centro del pianeta perché lì ha sede un'istituzione che li protegge, e pensano che il mondo finisca a Bordighera.

Cingano capì anche, e molto presto, che il futuro dell'Italia non era nell'impresa pubblica, nonostante la Comit  fosse posseduta dall'Iri e all'Iri avessero lavorato molte persone che stimava, primo fra tutti il suo più grande  amico, Bruno Visentini. Verso gli imprenditori, soprattutto quelli che si erano fatti da sé, nutriva ammirazione e  curiosità. Erano persone per lo più poco istruite.

Una volta, in un incontro con Arnoldo Mondadori, al culmine della sua fortuna, e un Angelo Rizzoli alle prime  difficoltà, Raffaele Mattioli disse: "Vedi Rizzoli, Mondadori si è dovuto fermare alla quinta elementare; tu  invece sei arrivato al diploma. È questo il tuo guaio."
Ma alla scarsa istruzione suppliva intelligenza, curiosità, amore per le cose belle, istinto per le persone di valore.

Neppure Rina Brion, un'imprenditrice che Franco Cingano fu il primo a capire, aveva studiato: e tuttavia già  negli anni Sessanta aveva intuito che il modo per sopravvivere alla concorrenza di Paesi a basso costo era valorizzare i propri prodotti con il design, affidandosi agli architetti migliori: lei si affidò a Carlo Scarpa. In  un'Italia in cui la televisione di Stato era considerata cosa normale, Cingano capì presto che l'idea di Mario Formenton di portare la Mondadori nel mercato televisivo era vincente e lo appoggiò dal primo giorno.

Paesaggio della Diamantina.Lo stesso  fece con Carlo Caracciolo ed Eugenio Scalfari, quando decisero di sfidare il "Corriere" fondando "Repubblica":  non era scontato, a Milano, per un banchiere che aveva i padroni del giornale milanese tra i propri miglior  clienti, trovare il coraggio di appoggiare un concorrente, per di più romano.

Per scovare le persone di valore non bisogna avere pregiudizi.
E Cingano non ne ebbe mai: ammirava Angelo Moratti, il petroliere, che forse sarà stato meno raffinato di altri  che frequentavano la Comit, ma si era fatto da sé, in un mercato difficile, dove il peso dell'industria pubblica era  predominate. Lo stesso per Lino Zanussi, verso il quale nutriva la simpatia della comune origine veneta.

La consuetudine con questi imprenditori non si fermava agli affari. Con molti, quelli che ho ricordato, ma anche  Leopoldo Pirelli, Carlo De Benedetti e il più austero mondo torinese, da Gianluigi Gabetti all'Avvocato, vi fu  spesso complicità, un sentire comune verso i libri, le cose belle, i nostri pittori degli anni Cinquanta, i film  francesi di Michelle Morgan. Ma i momenti migliori, quelli dei sogni e dei progetti comuni, rimanevano le  giornate trascorse lontano da Milano, sulle Dolomiti.

In un ritratto affettuoso e intelligente, Fulvio Coltorti, il direttore dell'ufficio studi di Mediobanca, ricorda un passaggio di uno scritto di Franco Cingano:
"A me piace camminare alto, sopra il margine del bosco, sopra i duemila metri, dove si incontra meno gente,  attraverso percorsi sconosciuti o cercandone nuovi, di norma accompagnato da pochi amici. Ritrovo veramente  serenità e riposo lungo gli itinerari che sono ormai tracciati nella mia memoria: su queste montagne che hanno  inciso ricordi familiari, di rapporti umani, di tante vicende della vita."
(Franco Cingano, ?Luoghi delle nostre radici?, Atlante, giugno 1988.)

Lo stesso  fece con Carlo Caracciolo ed Eugenio Scalfari, quando decisero di sfidare il "Corriere" fondando "Repubblica":  non era scontato, a Milano, per un banchiere che aveva i padroni del giornale milanese tra i propri miglior  clienti, trovare il coraggio di appoggiare un concorrente, per di più romano.

Per scovare le persone di valore non bisogna avere pregiudizi.
E Cingano non ne ebbe mai: ammirava Angelo Moratti, il petroliere, che forse sarà stato meno raffinato di altri  che frequentavano la Comit, ma si era fatto da sé, in un mercato difficile, dove il peso dell'industria pubblica era  predominate. Lo stesso per Lino Zanussi, verso il quale nutriva la simpatia della comune origine veneta.

La consuetudine con questi imprenditori non si fermava agli affari. Con molti, quelli che ho ricordato, ma anche  Leopoldo Pirelli, Carlo De Benedetti e il più austero mondo torinese, da Gianluigi Gabetti all'Avvocato, vi fu  spesso complicità, un sentire comune verso i libri, le cose belle, i nostri pittori degli anni Cinquanta, i film  francesi di Michelle Morgan. Ma i momenti migliori, quelli dei sogni e dei progetti comuni, rimanevano le  giornate trascorse lontano da Milano, sulle Dolomiti.

In un ritratto affettuoso e intelligente, Fulvio Coltorti, il direttore dell'ufficio studi di Mediobanca, ricorda un passaggio di uno scritto di Franco Cingano:
"A me piace camminare alto, sopra il margine del bosco, sopra i duemila metri, dove si incontra meno gente,  attraverso percorsi sconosciuti o cercandone nuovi, di norma accompagnato da pochi amici. Ritrovo veramente  serenità e riposo lungo gli itinerari che sono ormai tracciati nella mia memoria: su queste montagne che hanno  inciso ricordi familiari, di rapporti umani, di tante vicende della vita."
(Franco Cingano, ?Luoghi delle nostre radici?, Atlante, giugno 1988.)

FRANCESCO CINGANO: UNA CARRIRERA ESEMPLARE

Francesco Cingano nacque a Bondeno il 28 settembre 1922.

Dopo la laurea in giurisprudenza, il suo incontro con la banca fu in un certo senso casuale: pensava alla carriera professionale o a quella accademica, ma su suggerimento di Bruno Visentini, fece domanda di assunzione alla Banca Commerciale Italiana a seguito di un incontro che la banca aveva organizzato per entrare in contatto con i migliori neolaureati.

La sua carriera bancaria si avviò nella filiale di Padova, dalla quale fu trasferito a Milano nel 1947, al servizio filiali italiane, sotto la  guida dell'amministratore delegato Corrado Franzi. In quell'epoca nacque il sodalizio con Raffaele Mattioli, il "banchiere umanista" che  del giovane Cingano apprezzava sia le doti tecniche sia la cultura classica, che lo aveva portato a scrivere saggi per riviste come Belfagor, Stato Moderno e Il Mondo.

La sua carriera in Comit culminò con la nomina ad amminiustratore delegato nel 1967, dopo essere stato vice direttore di sede di Torino, direttore di sede a Udine, a Casablanca (in Marocco) e a Milano, e direttore centrale. mantenne la carica di amministratore delegato per 21  anni, fino al 1988.

Alla fine di quell'anno fu chiamato da Enrico Cuccia alla presidenza di Mediobanca, della quale era stato consigliere e membro del  comitato esecutivo dal 1973.


La nuova carica comportò per lui anche l'assunzione della vice presidenza delle Assicurazioni Generali e la presidenza dell'Istituto Europeo di Oncologia, un'istituzione di ricerca e di cura voluta da Enrico Cuccia, fondatore di Mediobanca.

L'attività di Francesco Cingano alla guida della Banca Commerciale Italiana si è connotata, in una prima fase, per la resistenza  all'invadenza della politica nell'attività bancaria, che aveva portato alle dimissioni di Raffaele Mattioli dalla presidenza, e la strenua  difesa dell'indipendenza operativa dell'Istituto.

Un'indipendenza Cingano difendeva anche attraverso una precisa strategia di rafforzamento patrimoniale: dal 1967 al 1987, l'attivo totale  della Banca Commerciale Italiana aumentò di 20 volte, ma patrimonio netto di più di sessanta.

Un successo ottenuto sia attraverso la  quotazione in Borsa del titolo Comit, avvenuta nel 1970 sotto gli auspici di Mediobanca, che permise di raccogliere dagli oltre 50 mila  soci il capitale che l'IRI negava, sia da una politica operativa tesa a privilegiare più la redditività che l'aumento delle dimensioni aziendali.

Come presidente di Mediobanca, Cingano gestì il più delicato periodo di trasformazione dell'economia italiana, con l'apertura dei mercati dei capitali, la crisi valutaria del 1992, la deregolamentazione del settore bancario e la privatizzazione di molti istituti di  credito.

Si dimise dall'incarico il 7 aprile 2003, un mese prima della morte.


          

Antivaccine pseudoscience at The Cleveland Clinic: That's what happens when you allow magical thinking to take hold   

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Antivaccine pseudoscience at The Cleveland Clinic: That's what happens when you allow magical thinking to take hold

Over the weekend, a most unusual social media firestorm erupted in response to a blog post by Daniel Neides, MD, MBA, Acting Medical Director of the Tanya I. Edwards Center for Integrative Medicine, Vice Chair and Chief Operating Officer of Cleveland Clinic Wellness, as well as the Associate Director of Clinical Education for The Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine (CCLCM), where he oversees all clinical activities during years three through five of the medical school. The reason for the social media uproar was that Dr Neides' post, entitled Make 2017 the year to avoid toxins (good luck) and master your domain (Google cache version here, as long as it lasts.), was basically an antivaccine rant, full of pseudoscience about "toxins" and fear mongering about vaccines and autism.

The full story is related at a blog that you are probably familiar with in a post by someone you might know, complete with a deconstruction of the antivaccine nonsense in Dr. Neides' post. Others, including Skeptical Raptor and Tara Haelle, have also begun the deconstruction, while ZDoggMD posted an epic rant to Facebook:

For purposes of this post, I'm less interested in the specific antivaccine misinformation, pseudoscience, and lies contained Dr. Neides' post than I am in a bit of a broader question. Before I get to that, I do feel obligated to relay a bit more about what happened over the weekend after the rant was posted. On Sunday, Dr. Neides issued a very unconvincing apology, saying that that he "fully supports vaccination" and was only trying to open a conversation about their safety, not question their use. Later, through a Cleveland Clinic spokeswoman, he issued this statement:

I apologize and regret publishing a blog that has caused so much concern and confusion for the public and medical community,” the statement said. “I fully support vaccinations and my concern was meant to be positive around the safety of them.

Given that Dr. Neides' post was full of loaded language about how angry he was about "toxins" and featured his likening vaccination to people being "lined up like cattle and injected with an unsafe product," I had a hard time believing that the good doctor was entirely sincere, if you know what I mean. After all, his imagery of cattle going to the slaughter is a common one used by antivaccine ideologues. The only positive thing I could say about Dr. Neides' original post was that at least he refrained from using the word "sheeple" to describe those being vaccinated. Given the spittle-flecked screed he produced, I can only imagine this took extreme self-restraint on his part.

Also on Sunday, The Cleveland Clinic released a statement:

Cleveland Clinic is fully committed to evidence-based medicine. Harmful myths and untruths about vaccinations have been scientifically debunked in rigorous ways. We completely support vaccinations to protect people, especially children who are particularly vulnerable. Our physician published his statement without authorization from Cleveland Clinic. His views do not reflect the position of Cleveland Clinic and appropriate disciplinary action will be taken.

This is, of course, the bare minimum The Cleveland Clinic could have done, but I rather suspect its leadership is waiting until today to figure out what to do.

In most of the Tweets and blog posts, the main concern was with deconstructing everything that was wrong in Dr. Neides' post (and there was plenty that was wrong), castigating The Cleveland Clinic for having someone like that on its faculty and staff, and demanding that The Cleveland Clinic do something, in particular fire Dr. Neides and clean up the quackery. That's all well and good, but I also noted that there were Cleveland Clinic physicians who, seemingly shocked that this sort of thing could have emanated from faculty at their institution.

Indeed, I do feel for the science-based physicians and scientists who work for the Cleveland Clinic, and there are a lot of them. I really do. They're there, working at an institution they view to be evidence-based taking care of patients as well as they can using evidence-based guidelines and doing clinical research to advance the field, blissfully unaware of what really goes on at the Edwards Center for Integrative Medicine and the Wellness Institute affiliated with their institution. Like most physicians who don't take a interest in combatting quackery or in just how much quackademic medicine has infiltrated medical schools and academic medical centers, they have no clue just how bad it is. Then something like this happens, and they can't believe it. Their first instinct is to go on defense. Indeed, Amrit Gill, the patient safety officer at The Cleveland Clinic, took to Twitter to defend her institution:

A cutting response followed:

Another Cleveland Clinic doctor, quite understandably, protested:

He's referring to Delos Cosgrove, MD, the president and chief executive officer of Cleveland Clinic. As such, Dr. Cosgrove must have at least signed off on the creation of the Wellness Institute and the Edwards Center for Integrative Medicine, if not been actively involved in their creation. He must have signed off on the creation of the Clinic's traditional Chinese medicine herbal clinic. Surely he must have approved the expansion of integrative medicine in the pediatrics department. Surely he must have been involved in the recruitment of Dr. Mark Hyman and the creation of his Center for Functional Medicine at the Clinic. Surely he must be pleased that this clinic has been so successful that it's expanding rapidly, planning to double to accommodate a waitlist of over 1,000 patients.

I also can't help but wonder if Dr. Cosgrove knew at the time The Cleveland Clinic recruited Dr. Hyman that Hyman was well known for attributing autism to toxicity from vaccines. OK, that was several years ago. So let's see about something more recent. I wonder if Dr. Cosgrove knew that, at the time of his recruitment, Dr. Hyman had just co-authored a book with antivaccine crank, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Thimerosal: Let the Science Speak: Mercury Toxicity in Vaccines and the Political, Regulatory, and Media Failures That Continue to Threaten Public Health. He should have, as the book was published before the Center for Functional Medicine was announced, and Hyman had appeared on The Dr. Oz Show with his co-author less than two weeks before the center was announced.

If Dr. Cosgrove is very much pro-vaccine, it apparently wasn't enough to keep him from hiring a doctor who had just co-authored a book fear mongering about thimerosal in vaccines, probably contemporaneously with his recruitment, to run a major new center at The Cleveland Clinic. I thus call bullshit that Dr. Cosgrove is truly pro-vaccine. At least, he's not pro-vaccine enough to actually do anything about it when it interferes with potential profits, such as putting the kibosh on recruiting Dr. Mark Hyman. It needs to be emphasized to Dr. Cosgrove that if you, as an institution, cultivate an institute where the culture is steeped in magical thinking, you should not be surprised if that magical thinking won't necessarily stay limited to areas where it's not harmful. It will spread and metastasize. The Cleveland Clinic has for the last 10 or 15 years actively cultivated quackery in its Center for Integrative Medicine. Given how much of the quackery being "integrated" shares DNA with antivaccine quackery, it's really no surprise that there are at least two antivaccine physicians, Mark Hyman and Daniel Neides, high up in the food chain at The Cleveland Clinic.

There's no way around it. In the end, it must be pointed out that the Cleveland Clinic brought this PR debacle on itself. It was basically inevitable that antivaccine pseudoscience would eventually rear its ugly head in some form or another the moment the Clinic embraced quackery wholeheartedly for its Wellness Institute. Indeed, I welcome this PR meltdown, because I hope that it will finally shine a light on the utter quackery that has been promoted by the Cleveland Clinic over the last decade at least and how that quackery is inseparable from the antivaccine quackery promoted by Dr. Neides in his post. I also hope that this debacle shines attention on Dr. Hyman as well, who has largely gotten a pass.

This is what happens when medical academia coddles quacks. The magical thinking will not be constrained.

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I wonder where the other doctors in the Wellness Clinic stand. I'm not optimistic.

Also, since the doctor doubled down in the comments and given the content of his original article, I'll believe that not apology after he publishes an article acknowledging his errors and correcting them. Right now it reads incredibly insincere,

By Dorit Reiss (not verified) on 08 Jan 2017 #permalink
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I’m shocked, shocked to find that alt-med scamming and grifting is going on here!
Oh, thank you very much.

By herr doktor bimler (not verified) on 08 Jan 2017 #permalink
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Please note: This column was inexplicably removed from cleveland.com for a few hours, but has now been restored in it's entirety.

Bummer

Comments seem to be closed, so I'll leave one here.

For those born in the 1950's and 60's, do you recall a single student in your grade with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) for ADHD or someone with a diagnosis of autism? I do not.

I remember lots and lots! They were in separate classrooms then! Obviously this idiot didn't have a family member with special needs and managed to ignore the population he claims to care about.

By Christine Rose (not verified) on 09 Jan 2017 #permalink
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@Christine Rose: nope, never heard of a student with an IEP when I was a child in elementary school in the 1960's and early 70's. However, I *do* remember the one kid who threw huge tantrums, tossed desks around and hid in corners when schedules changed or his activity was disrupted when we were in kindergarden. By the time he was in 6th grade, he had calmed down, but still had no friends because everyone was afraid of him.

I remember the " ****** room" where several students were housed like cattle. I didn't ever know how many kids were in there. The door was always kept locked unless a child was being escorted to the bathroom, and we never interacted with any of the children or the staff in there. In a school where you knew every teacher's name by the time you were in 4th grade, we never knew any of the adults in that classroom.

One of my friends, who lived across the street, would have been diagnosed as either ASD or Asperger's in today's world. Back then, we just thought he was "weird" but otherwise didn't give him a thought. If he wanted to play, fine. If he wanted to read his father's college math books instead, that was OK too.

But nope. No kids had autism back then. Nope. Of course not.

By MI Dawn (not verified) on 09 Jan 2017 #permalink
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I got an incredibly whimpy reply on the Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital Facebook page stating they support vaccines, blah blah when I posted a complaint there.

That's nice. I'm sure a majority of them do--in a very passively worthless manner.

By Chris Hickie (not verified) on 09 Jan 2017 #permalink
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There is more than anti-vaccine idiocy bouncing about Dr. Neides' mind. He's not too enthralled with GMO and doesn't hesitate to roll out nonsense when condemning their existence. Oh and the whol TRIM-LIFE Program!

Here's his GMO post: https://Model.blue/splash/GqvZxsQzwRHnjIKqioAynqkL2okrnsNLFPvYIkpmJAkf5FhAhVgwYuW7cBuVQpmLIv7v390jOVPu8z9Gq85Sl1rwxUx_PLUS_dSmNVDcBNFxruVqGVl2QXfkEx0UWu024b_SLASH_snL3FvkVfz5FeDTRtZPVHlX4hToapfQyWhSf7o9vEYEoA_EQUALS…

By Chemist (not verified) on 09 Jan 2017 #permalink
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All too predictable, here in Australia we had the University of Woolongong give a degree to an Anti-Vaxxer based on a thesis that was riddled with conspiracy theories, innuendo and outright falsehoods.

When people complained the response was 'Academic Freedom' , and nothing has been done either to censure those who gave the degree or to identify the referees who signed off on the thesis.

All I can say is keep up the pressure, it's the only way to win.

By Graham (not verified) on 09 Jan 2017 #permalink
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The Neides-GMO link appears to be dead, but a Google search turns up another cleveland.com article with rank pseudoscientific nonsense from Dr. Neides, starting with this:

" I need to make a correction from last month's article. I incorrectly stated that wheat may come from GMO (genetically modified organism) sources. That is incorrect. At this time, the USDA has not approved GMO seed for wheat. Our wheat has been genetically engineered to its current form but we cannot call it GMO. Sounds like semantics but I want to be accurate."

Huh? Yes, Doc, our wheat has been "genetically engineered" to produce current commercial varieties - the "old-fashioned" way by traditional plant breeding. This apparently alarms the good doctor, who has not gotten the anti-GMOists' message that this sort of breeding (which results in unexpected and random genetic combinations) is Good and specific gene insertions are Bad. Hilarious.

"Whether or not GMO seed is harmful to humans is still up to debate. Long-term scientific data will ultimately provide us with those answers."

There have been thousands of studies validating GM crop/produce safety and a comprehensive review by a panel of the National Academy of Sciences making the same conclusion, but don't hold your breath waiting for Neides to acknowledge this. Oh, and Neides seems to have jumped on the Stephanie Seneff bandwagon, blaming glyphosate for a laundry list of ailments.

"The diseases to which glyphosate may contribute include inflammatory bowel disease, obesity, depression, ADHD, autism, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, ALS, multiple sclerosis, cancer, infertility and developmental malformations."

There's no good evidence for any of this, but that doesn't stop Dr. Neides.

He's an embarassment to Cleveland Clinic, but It's highly likely he has plenty of similarly-minded colleagues over in the integrative medicine division.

By Dangerous Bacon (not verified) on 09 Jan 2017 #permalink
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HDB's Casablanca reference is quite apt. The role of the croupier is being played here by either Tanya I. Edwards herself, or somebody making the donation in her memory.

As president of a quasi-academic institution, Dr. Cosgrove is expected to spend a great deal of his time fundraising. It's difficult for somebody in such a position to turn down a large donation, even for something like a Center for Integrative Medicine. It's even harder to do so when woo is already infesting your institution. Put another way: We have already established what Dr. Cosgrove is, we're merely haggling over the price.

By Eric Lund (not verified) on 09 Jan 2017 #permalink
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@3 Christine Rose
"do you recall ...?
No but we did not have such things to begin with. Any child with really serious problems would have been carted off to a regional residential institution. We' never see them, and unless they were in our own families, never even hear of them.

I do remember my mother (teacher with 20+ years of experience) doing some supply teaching in about 1963 and discovering a child with severe dysgraphia. She had no idea of what to do with the problem and it was not clear that the permanent staff had any better idea.

And given a rural, farming community, it is quite likely that anyone with such a problem would simply drop out of school with no fuss. Legally one had to say in school until passing grade 8 or age 14 whichever came first but no one was likely to object.

In those days, education was highly valued but not considered essential.

By jrkrideau (not verified) on 09 Jan 2017 #permalink
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Graham, if you're interested Orac blogged about Judy Wilyman last year. She's the one who earned that PhD.

By Julian Frost (not verified) on 09 Jan 2017 #permalink
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Sounds like I moved in different circles than y'all. I remember my mother telling me that "learning disabled" was now being called "attention deficit disorder." My mother literally ran a camp for the learning disabled. I met hundreds of special needs children, but aside from my mother's contacts, there were many specials needs children in my schools, and were in special or regular classrooms to various degrees.

Look back on the kids that were always bullied, and you may remember a few.

By Christine Rose (not verified) on 09 Jan 2017 #permalink
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Within 12 hours of receiving the vaccine, I was in bed feeling miserable and missed two days of work with a terrible cough and body aches.

Oh, for the personnel records on this one.

By Narad (not verified) on 09 Jan 2017 #permalink
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@Christine Rose:

Sounds like I moved in different circles than y’all.

I think there may have been a bit of confusion over your not noting that part of your comment was a quote from Niedes:

"For those born in the 1950’s and 60’s, do you recall a single student in your grade with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) for ADHD or someone with a diagnosis of autism? I do not."

Or maybe I'm not fully awake.

By Narad (not verified) on 09 Jan 2017 #permalink
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I'd like to see some research on ways in which this kind of crap gets into legitimate medical care and academic institutions.

I very strongly suspect that the majority of it happens because one or two individuals penetrate the bulwarks, carrying the pestilence with them. Tenure and notions of academic freedom select for reason resistance while most people go about their duties without paying much attention to the suppurating carbuncle. Next thing they know, the thing has burst, pus is splattered all over the walls and nobody really wants to be the one to step up and hose the place down with formaldehyde.

@Doug

I suspect your suspicions are correct.

Whenever I see a new doc or specialist at my medical institution (a large regional academic medical institution), I let them know I am science-based and not into any sort of woo. He or she usually seems puzzled, so I ask her how she feels about the institution’s recently opened “integrative care center”. So far, none of them have heard of it, or even seem to know what I am taling about. I’m not sure if this is good or bad.

By darwinslapdog (not verified) on 09 Jan 2017 #permalink
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I remember my mother telling me that “learning disabled” was now being called “attention deficit disorder.”

Wait, what? There are various kinds of learning disabilities. ADD (or ADHD, as it's usually called these days) is only one of them. The category of "learning disabilities" includes things like dyslexia. Autism, depending on the severity, might be another.

It has been federal law since the 1990s that these kids must be accommodated in a regular classroom if at all possible. So if you are in your 40s or older, you are not imagining that there are more of these kids in classrooms than there were when you were a student. But vaccines have nothing to do with that change.

By Eric Lund (not verified) on 09 Jan 2017 #permalink
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Oracyism -The practice of making accusations of antivaccine or vaccine quackery with insolence.

@doug (#17),

Is the over-expression of Oracyism that much different than McCarthyism?

By Michael J. Dochniak (not verified) on 09 Jan 2017 #permalink
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The Neides-GMO link appears to be dead

There was some cruft tacked on at the end. It's here.

By Narad (not verified) on 09 Jan 2017 #permalink
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Before his completely inadequate apology, Neides doubled down in the comments of his post on his vaccine and GMO fear mongering. See Kevin Folta's discussion

“The diseases to which glyphosate may contribute include inflammatory bowel disease, obesity, depression, ADHD, autism, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, ALS, multiple sclerosis, cancer, infertility and developmental malformations.”

It's toxins all the way down.

By sirhcton (not verified) on 09 Jan 2017 #permalink
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@Christine Rose: my apologies. I did misread your comment and didn't realize you were quoting Dr Neides about the "no IEPs".

Next time I will drink my coffee before commenting. :)

By MI Dawn (not verified) on 09 Jan 2017 #permalink
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"Before his completely inadequate apology, Neides doubled down in the comments of his post on his vaccine and GMO fear mongering. See Kevin Folta’s discussion."

Neides (responding in a comment): "So if a vaccine is labeled as preservative free then why is there formaldehyde in it?"

This is a level of nincompoopery on a par with the Food Babe being indignant that airlines don't provide passengers with 100% oxygen to breathe in the cabin, but instead dilute it with other gases like nitrogen.

By Dangerous Bacon (not verified) on 09 Jan 2017 #permalink
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Well, Anne and Kim @ AoA, today, seem to have found a new maverick doctor - Neides- to champion.

By Denice Walter (not verified) on 09 Jan 2017 #permalink
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ZDogg!!

I predicted they'd fire Ben Swann in 2016 for making up fake news using a national media corporate logo. Didn't happen. But maybe they the Clinic can "part ways for personal reasons" with a health care professional that isn't using evidence based medicine and making up a toxins gambit to keep the manufacturversied health scare alive. 2017 prediction....locating the inner cha, Dr Neides

By MarkN (not verified) on 09 Jan 2017 #permalink
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Speaking of the Food Babe, she's now touting the old woo about sugar

By Denice Walter (not verified) on 09 Jan 2017 #permalink

By Blair Hoover

(July 6, 2015) — In support of the College of Arts and Sciences’ Passport to the World Initiative and the 2015 Year of the Middle East campaign, University of Kentucky Education Abroad partnered with the college to sponsor a faculty development seminar in the Middle East focusing on contemporary issues pertinent to the region.

The seminar was developed to provide faculty members with an opportunity to gain firsthand experience with the issues concerning the region and thus, to better equip them to share their knowledge and experience with their students and subsequent international initiatives, such as developing institutional partnerships and further education abroad programming at UK.

The following faculty members were selected to attend the seminar:

Paul Chamberlin, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of History

Nancy Johnson, Gatton College of Business and Economics

Jim Ridolfo, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Studies

Lynn Roche Phillips, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Geography

Janet Stamatel, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Sociology

Monica Visonà Blackmun, College of Fine Arts

Raegan Wilson, College of Arts and Sciences

Facilitated by Anthony Ogden, the executive director of UK Education Abroad and Exchanges, the seminar hosted educational lectures and cultural site visits to both Jordan and Morocco. Participants were able to study the effects of transculturation issues in Morocco.

The first week of the seminar took participants to Amman, Jordan. The capital city enjoys a thriving arts scene featuring film and music festivals and is a hub for culture, education and business. UK Faculty members studied women’s legal challenges and rights through interaction with women in leadership positions and personal narratives with women in the community.

“The faculty seminar on Women in Islam in Jordan allowed us to interact with women in a variety of settings, like professionals in Amman, mothers in the countryside, widows in a small town,” Stamatel said. “This is important to move beyond stereotypes of women living in Muslim countries and understand how religion interacts with people’s everyday lives.”

A visit to the University of Jordan Center for Women Studies allowed participants a space to discuss academic and theoretical frameworks related to Middle Eastern women.

These discussions carried over to a visit to Wadi Mousa Village, a small town south of Amman, where faculty were able to see examples of women as household income-generators and better understand the challenges and achievements of women in small villages.

“I enjoyed visiting with the indigenous people of Jordan and Morocco — natives whose voices are being hushed by political powers,” said Dr. Lynn Phillips. “Hearing about their plight to retain their own traditions in an increasingly globalized world was enlightening.” 

The seminar’s second week transitioned to Morocco and focused on three pillars: Encounters, Conflicts and Transculturation. Objectives for this week sought to engage participants in discussions on community-based conflict resolution efforts as well as viewing the effects of Westernization and ‘Easternization’ on Moroccan transculturation. A visit to the Association Marocain des Droits Humains in Rabat gave the faculty a greater understanding of present human rights issues in contemporary Morocco and how they have been shaped by political and historical events.

"In Morocco we had the opportunity to see how a country responds to a diverse linguistic and cultural fabric,” Ridolfo said. “This inspiring experience will help me to convince WRD students to study abroad."

The group also spent one night in Casablanca in order to study the city’s role in cultural merging in Moroccan history, particularly in the resolution of conflicts. Other sessions included a visit to Meknès to study the aspects of Sultan Moulay Ismail’s rule and its contribution to the city’s resulting transculturation. 

Following the seminar, the group compiled their key findings and developed immediate action items for effectively disseminating their experiences throughout the UK community. 

“It was a terrific opportunity to work with these faculty and to explore important and relevant topics that are of importance to understanding the broader Middle East region,” Ogden said.

For more information on future faculty opportunities with Education Abroad, visit the EA website.


          

L’EST n’en a pas fini avec la CAF qui lui inflige une amende de 15 mille dollars pour des incidents survenus à Rabat lors de la finale aller de la Ligue des Champions   

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La Commission de discipline, relevant de la Confédération Africaine de Football, a condamné l’Espérance Sportive de Tunis, le dimanche 21 Juillet 2019, à payer une amende de 15 mille dollars, suite aux incendies survenus lors du match de l’aller de la finale de la Ligue des Champions d’Afrique disputée face au Widad de Casablanca (score …

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Concierto en apoyo a la UPL   

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Este viernes 11 de marzo, ven al CSO Casablanca a apoyar a la Universidad Popular del Barrio de Lavapiés. Organizamos un concierto de apoyo en el que contaremos con el Ska, el funk y el reauge de Los Sundayers. Viernes 11 de Marzo a las 21h en el CSO Casablanca. C/Santa Isabel 23, Metro Antón […]

          

All That Jazz    

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So here's my story of how I fell in love with jazz.

Sitting at home years ago, bored to tears, I see this video come on called "Two Shots" by Matt Dusk. "Who the hell is this and where has he been all my life" were my initial thoughts on the matter. Not being overly exposed to such music growing up, I decided to go out and purchase the CD the following day. This was just the beginning of my journey.

I could not miss this, this man who changed my life

From there, I fell in love with the greats: Ella, Frank, Sammie, Billie, Louis and the list goes on. However, my heart will always remember how it began with one song, one day, by one man.

This music has gotten me through some pretty tough times, teenage pregnancy being one. It is a music that just gets deep down and doesn't let go. Some say I'm an old soul because blues and jazz get me through the day, not to mention my favorite movie is Casablanca, but I don't care what they say.

When my son's father called it quits after two years, Billie Holiday did not leave my CD player. Her songs spoke to me in a way no social worker, psychologist, parent or friend could have ever gotten through.

In October 2006, when I heard I could win tickets to go see Matt Dusk in concert, here in Moncton, I prayed on my lucky star to get through as caller 7. I was caller 6, but I took it as a sign that I should not give up. I could not miss this, this man who changed my life. So, one day, I got to talking with my cousin about it, and he calls me up about a week later with two tickets, my birthday present, my lucky star.

The count down began, and the day finally came, Friday November 17th. To put the icing on the cake, Matt was to appear at the opening of Future Shop that afternoon. I, of course, was there.

Unlike typical celebrities, Matt was not sitting behind a table distancing himself from the commoners, so to speak. He was standing, greeting everyone with a smile and a firm handshake, a regular guy. That was impressing, but not nearly as impressing as him remembering me and my cousin after the show stating "I saw you guys today didn't I?" I was floored.

The show was amazing. He established a close relationship with the audience that stayed throughout the show. But my favorite moment was when he surprised me with "you must remember this, a kiss is just a kiss..." - As Time Goes By. I closed my eyes for the entire song as tear after tear ran down my cheeks, and I thought of how my life resembled a little too much that of those two love birds in Casablanca.

Only twice in my life have I ever experienced such bombardment of emotions all at once. The birth of my son, and during that song.

Then, Sunday November 19th, I went back to my life. Full-time university student / full-time mom / part-time retail worker. I went back to school the next day as usual, studied some Shakespeare, Marlowe, Bede, or whatever middle English writer was in the syllabus, went to the gym, came home and took care of my little angel. Then as it was and is our bed time tradition, I sang him to sleep with Billie's "Summertime" and remembered how this music, introduced to me by Matt Dusk, has forever changed who I am and my outlook on life.

Thank you Matt, for everything.

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Ep 243: Maipo Valley of Chile - Top Cabernet We Can Afford!   

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Is there still a place where you can get top wines of a region for an affordable price? YES! The Maipo Valley of Chile has some of the best Bordeaux-style reds & Cabernet Sauvignon in the world. You'll learn all about what's here, including top producers.

 

Show notes...

The overview...

  • First we give an overview of the Maipo, also known as the  'Bordeaux of South America', where rich, fruity Cabernet Sauvignon is its most celebrated wine style.
  • Maipo's location: just south of the capital of Chile, Santiago
  • Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon is king but also some Carménère, Merlot, Syrah, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc
  • Chile's Cabernet Advantages: low costs, lack of vine pests (we mention phylloxera, if you don't know what it is, here's a great link to learn more about this vine-killing pest)  and diseases and its dependably dry, warm summers with plentiful and regular supply of water from the melted snow of the Andes.

 

We dig into climate, soil, and geography...

  • Geography: The area is at the northern end of Chile's Central Valley. Sandwiched between the Coastal Range in the west and the Andes Mountains in the east
  • Climate:  Mediterranean with lots of sub-regions
  • Soils: Sandy and gravel to the east, more clay to the west. Colluvial (sedimentary rock from mountains), alluvial (sedimentary rock deposited by rivers)

We talk History...

  • First vineyards in 1540s
  • In 1800s viticulture expanded as entrepreneurial Chileans, rich from mineral mining traveled to France, returned home and made grand wine estates in the French style: Cousiño Macul, Concha Y Toro and Santa Rita founded then
  • Much for the 20th was a slow down in quality and consumption
    • By the mid 1990s: international interest, investment in modern equipment and vineyard techniques has made Maipo's Cabernet, especially, a global superstar

 

Dork out: Subregions

  • There are three: Alto Maipo, Central Maipo and Maipo Bajo. Alto is the most famed.
  • Alto Maipo (or Upper Maipo)
    • Most prestigious of Maipo's viticultural areas.
    • Sub-areas: Macul, Puente Alto, Pirque, Alto Jahuel and Huelquén -- some of the world's best Cabernet
    • Can have a minty or eucalyptus note
    • Puente Alto and Pirque are top areas of the Alto Maipo (like Pauillac in Bordeaux). 
    • Pirque 
      • South of Puente Alto, and the differences between these two regions is small
      • Colluvial, volcanic soils --free-draining, stony nature,
      • Dry area -- stresses the vines, more-concentrated berries with good tannin
    • Puente Alto -- most expensive Cabernet in Chile
      • Alluvial soil means lower vigor, concentrated berries. Tannin with minerality  
    • Top Wines:  
      • Concha y Toro Don Melchor ($125); Concha y Toro-Mouton Rothschild joint venture, Almaviva ($140); Santa Rita Casa Real ($85) and Errazuriz’s Viñedo Chadwick ($400, The Berlin Tasting of 2004 put it against Chateaux Lafite, Latour and Margaux of Bordeaux and Italians Sassicaia and Tignanello. 36 European judges voted Vinedo Chadwick as the top wine)
  • Central Maipo (sometimes called Maipo Medio)
    • Warmest and driest of the three Maipo Valley sub-regions, requires drip irrigation
    • Vineyards along the Maipo River, alluvial soils.
    • Soils are more clay-based and fertile -- less-refined wine
    • Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon but Carmenere does well with warmer temps

 

  • Maipo Bajo (or lower Maipo)
    • Includes the towns of Isla de Maipo and Talagante
    • More winemaking than viticulture: Undurraga, De Martino, Santa Ema wineries make wines with with grapes from all over the country.
    • Some viticulture near the river, cool breezes so Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc do well here, some Cabernet

 

What to expect...Maipo Cab flavors

  • Chilean character: blackcurrant, licorice or herbaceousness.
  • Maipo specifically: herb, eucalyptus with freshness and good acidity, moderate tannins  
  • Traditional producers: Carmen, Santa Rita, Concha y Toro and Cousiño Macul.
  • Less conventional producers: Viña Antiyal, Haras de Pirque, El Principal, Portal del Alto.

 

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Ep 324: Chile's Cool Climate Wines of Casablanca, San Antonio Valleys   

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Cool climate wines are in high demand, as many of us seek wines that are on the lighter side but still have fruit and ripeness. We usually turn to places of high latitude for that, but on this show we tell you about an unlikely region for some of the best and yet most affordable cool climate wine around: the Casablanca Valley, San Antonio, and Leyda Valley -- all in a small area at 33˚south latitude!

 

Here are the show notes:

Both located in the far western coastal areas of the Aconcagua wine region, Casablanca and San Antonio are in mountainous coastal country that experiences cool to cold breezes due to the Humboldt current coming up from Antarctica. There are a handful of producers that make wines from these areas, but thankfully most of them are widely distributed so we have a chance to try these acidic yet fruity wines with little hunting around. 

Valle de Casablanca

  • Casablanca and Valparaíso are famed (at least in their homeland) and were voted, as a unit, as one of the 10 Great Wine Capitals of the world. The food, wine, and the ease of visiting vineyards make it an ideal destination. 
  • Until the 1980s, livestock grazed and grain grew where vineyards would soon pop up. It was then that Pablo Morandé, who was working for the giant winery Concha y Toro, realized that the Casablanca Valley had tremendous potential to make cool climate wines like Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Sauvignon Blanc. 
  • Within a few decades the area was thriving. Producers set up shop, including:  Montsecano, Kingston Vineyards, Casas del Bosque, Veramonte, Loma Larga, Quintay, Cono Sur – and Pablo Morandé's Bodegas Re 

 The Geography/Climate

  • Casablanca is in the eastern part of Valparaíso province just 30km/20 miles from the Pacific Ocean at its furthest point.
  • At 33˚S, the Humboldt Current from the Antarctic is the only reason viticulture can work so well here. The area has cool early morning fog, which both depresses temperature and keeps the air most -- important in this water-deprived area. Cool afternoon breezes and regular cloud cover slow the ripening period of the grapes. It is so cold here that spring frosts can be an issue! 
  • Similar to Santa Barbara, in California Casablanca is a transverse valley – it runs east to west, funneling in cool ocean air and creating wines that are flavorful yet highly acidic.
  • Look for excellent Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Viognier, Gewurztraminer, and Riesling

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San Antonio Valley and it's Zone, Leyda Valley

  • In province of San Antonio, only 55 miles (90km) west of central Santiago and south of Casablanca is San Antonio, which was planted a decade later than Casablanca, in the late 1990s. It is similar to its neighbor to the north, in that it is also heavily influenced by the effects of the ocean but here the mountains turn north to south again, and the area must rely on a closer proximity to the ocean and wind gaps in the coastal range to provide cool air. 
  • This is an up-and-coming area with a limited number of producers, many of them small. 
  • Sauvignon Blanc is the flagship wine but there is some great Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and sparkling wine as well. 

 The Leyda Valley is sub-region or zone of San Antonio

  • The valley is 9 miles from the coast and in some areas the vineyards are on the west (sea-facing) side of the coastal mountain range, so it’s quite a bit cooler than Casablanca, which is on the other side of the hills. 
  • The sharp diurnals, poor soils, and long growing season make Leyda's wine display fresh fruit flavors, ripe tannins, with high acidity.
  • Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, and Merlot shine here.
  • Unfortunately Leyda's growth is limited because it is so dry here. When winemaking began here, a 5 mile pipeline from the Maipo River in the south was built to irrigate vineyards. Those areas without water rights can't grow grapes, even if the exposures and soils are good. Until that gets resolved, Leyda will be limited to a few players. Viña Leyda and Garcés Silva are two wineries here – but Montes Alpha, Undurraga  and others source grapes to make wine from here.

 

These wines are all worthy of your time and attention! Go and get some! 

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FirstLook: Casablanca Not the Movie   

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I love walking the beach in Casablanca. Earlier this year I saw a dog digging a hole into the sand. The scene grabbed my attention, and I began to take a couple of pictures. When a boy rode up on a horse behind me to watch what was happening, I quickly took three steps back, placing the horse in the left of the frame, and made this photograph.

          

Visual Analysis   

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"Casablanca Not the Movie," a photograph by "Yoriyas" Yassine Alaoui Ismaili, provides a particularly rich image to analyze. We walk you through a process of studying it, culminating in the use of visual analysis skills.

          

¡Ojo con las langostas!   

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Si, en algún momento, cualquiera pudiera albergar dudas sobre la pertenencia de nuestro archipiélago al bloque geográfico y medioambiental africano, le bastaría con mirar a nuestro cielo para asumir la realidad de la innegable africanidad de nuestro territorio. La calima que tinta nuestra atmósfera de arena, el siroco que se cuela hasta en expresiones de nuestro lenguaje y la presencia ocasional de las langostas, esa plaga tan nociva y temida por los agricultores, nos recuerdan que, geográficamente, las islas se sitúan en un punto de la costa occidental africana más próximo a Dakar, Nuadibú o Casablanca que a Sevilla. 

 Convivimos habitualmente con la calima y con el viento que nos trae fragmentos del continente africano en volandas, superando la barrera del mar, pero afortunadamente, las langostas nos visitan solo de forma ocasional. Tengo la edad suficiente para recordar, en calidad de testigo, que Canarias sufrió una de las mayores plagas de este insecto a mediados del siglo pasado. Para ser más exactos, en 1958. Yo tenía unos 13 o 14 años y recuerdo cómo arrasaron la huerta de Mateo, el agricultor, en la que yo jugaba. Fue algo que no he olvidado nunca. En La Laguna, donde he vivido siempre, recuerdo que teníamos que caminar por la calle con los brazos tapándonos la cara, porque era incesante el golpeo de centenares, de miles de langostas, por el aire y por el suelo. 

 Guardo perfectamente en la memoria esa imagen y ese sonido tan característicos, recuerdo a los agricultores haciendo hogueras y hasta avionetas fumigando los campos con insecticida. Y eso que hablamos de 1958, pero no quedan tan lejos otros episodios por los que el Gobierno de Canarias tuvo que declarar la situación de máxima alerta en el Archipiélago por la llegada de langostas procedentes de África (sucedió en diciembre de 1988 y noviembre del 2004, en este último caso con incidencia en Lanzarote). Por suerte, ninguno de esos episodios alcanzó la dimensión del de 1958.  

Les cuento esto porque, en estos momentos, en el este del continente africano se está viviendo, desde hace varios meses, un episodio de plaga de langostas de una virulencia inaudita y tamaño descomunal. En la actualidad, están formándose enjambres de hasta 150 millones de insectos por kilómetro cuadrado y se habla de que, en Kenia, se han llegado a avistar nubes de langostas que pueden cubrir hasta 2.400 kilómetros cuadrados.

En un momento en que la pandemia se ha colado en nuestra vida, las personas de todo el mundo sufren una situación de vulnerabilida y el coronavirus ha fragilizado a sociedades y hogares, la noticia de esa plaga de la noticias debe preocuparnos. Su mera existencia pone en peligro las cosechas y la seguridad alimentaria en decenas de países, en un momento en el que la crisis de la Covid-19 supone un grave hándicap para el control de la plaga. 

La invasión de langostas ha puesto en riesgo los recursos alimentarios de casi tres millones de personas solo en Somalia, donde el sector agrícola sigue siendo la columna vertebral de la economía y representa alrededor del 75% de su PIB. El director del Banco Mundial para Somalia, Felipe Jaramillo, ha declarado que las langostas agravan la crisis humanitaria que ya existía en ese país, reduciendo el acceso a alimentos, disminuyendo los ingresos de las familias y provocando o exacerbando los conflictos por los recursos, además de forzar a las personas a la migración. Somalia ha soportado 14 sequías desde la segunda mitad del siglo pasado y, hoy en día, casi el 70% de los somalíes vive por debajo del umbral de la pobreza. Gente empobrecida, desempleada, enferma y hambrienta carecerá de la capacidad para enfrentarse a este nuevo desafío y eso es una tragedia que, como seres humanos, debe interpelarnos.

En febrero de este año, la FAO describió los enjambres de langostas en África oriental como los más grandes que la región ha visto en los últimos 70 años. Hace apenas unos días, a pesar de pesticidas y otros medios de control, las langostas se habían reproducido y una nueva ola de ejemplares jóvenes se echaba a volar aprovechando el monzón y los vientos. Debido al crecimiento exponencial de los enjambres por su rápida reproducción, su tamaño actual ya es hasta 20 veces el que tenía la plaga en febrero. Los expertos dicen que llegarán a la madurez con el inicio de la siembra en África oriental. La situación es, por tanto, especialmente preocupante en el Cuerno de África y más específicamente en Kenia, Etiopía, Somalia y Sudán. 

Por ello, este próximo jueves 16 de julio, en Casa África, celebraremos un encuentro online con la directora del Programa Mundial de Alimentos para África del Sur, la canaria Lola Castro, que está liderando la respuesta a la hambruna que las langostas están agravando en la región. Ella nos contará cómo se lucha en África contra las langostas, y además, cómo logran hacerlo en una época tan extraña de fronteras cerradas por el coronavirus. Con Castro estará también la responsable de operaciones de Médicos Sin Fronteras en el Sahel, Mari Carmen Vinyoles, que nos contará como el coronavirus ha interferido en las grandes crisis alimentarias y humanitarias ya previamente existentes en esta región tan próxima a Canarias. 

Asusta la información que difunden los medios. Las langostas pueden desplazarse entre uno y dos centenares de kilómetros al día y son capaces de devorar, en apenas 24 horas, cosechas que podrían alimentar a 35.000 personas. Si les acompañan las condiciones ambientales, como ha sucedido hasta ahora, esquilmarán el este africano antes de, quizás, desplazarse en las corrientes de viento hacia el oeste. Los expertos opinan que podrían aterrizar en territorio senegalés o mauritano este mismo mes de julio. Y nosotros, los canarios, estamos justo a la orilla de esa realidad, a un tiro de piedra de Dakar o Nuadibú y expuestos, igual que sucede con el coronavirus, a esta desgracia. 

Ya he dicho en muchas ocasiones que el presente y futuro africanos nos conciernen. La plaga de langostas, también. Lo que suceda con ella y con la Covid-19 debería servirnos de lección a todos y recordarnos que vivimos en un mundo globalizado, donde las amenazas se sufren y solucionan en comunidad, las fronteras físicas no detienen a virus ni insectos y el cambio climático y la mundialización nos sitúan a todos en el mismo plano. Deberíamos ser conscientes de que sólo una acción concertada y solidaria de la comunidad mundial puede salvarnos a todos de estos peligros. Una vez más, reivindico la necesidad de siempre mirar hacia África, solidarizarnos con ella y ofrecer nuestros recursos para salir, juntos, de los atolladeros que nos pone la historia en el camino.


          

Mark Turner: A Destroyer – By John Steinbeck   

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USS Elliot (DD-967) in North Arabian Gulf, circa 1998

John Steinbeck spent a few weeks aboard a destroyer in World War II, the USS Knight (DD-663), and wrote this ode to destroyers called “A Destroyer” in 1943. It appeared in a collection of his dispatches published in 1958 in a book called Once There Was a War.

I think it sums up life on a destroyer quite well.

A destroyer is a lovely ship, probably the nicest fighting ship of all. Battleships are a little like steel cities or great factories of destruction. Aircraft carriers are floating flying fields. Even cruisers are big pieces of machinery, but a destroyer is all boat. In the beautiful clean lines of her, in her speed and roughness, in her curious gallantry, she is completely a ship, in the old sense.

For one thing, a destroyer is small enough so that her captain knows his whole crew personally, knows all about each one as a person, his first name and his children and the trouble he has been in and is capable of getting into. There is an ease on a destroyer that is good and a good relationship among the men. Then if she has a good captain you have something really worth serving on.

The battleships are held back for a killing blow, and such a blow sometimes happens only once in a war. The cruisers go in second, but the destroyers work all the time. They are probably the busiest ships of a fleet. In a major engagement, they do the scouting and make the first contact. They convoy, they run to every fight. Wherever there is a mess, the destroyers run first. They are not lordly like the battleships and the men who work them are seamen. In rough weather they are rough, honestly and violently rough.

A destroyerman is never bored in wartime, for a destroyer is a seaman’s ship. She can get under way at the drop of a hat. The water under fantail boils like a Niagara. She will go rippling along at thirty-five knots with the spray sheeting over her and she will turn and fight and run, drop depth charges, bombard, and ram. She is expendable and dangerous. And because she is all these things, a destroyer’s crew is passionately possessive. Every man knows his ship, every inch of it, not just his own station.

The destroyer X is just such a ship. She has done many thousands of miles since the war started. She has been bombed and torpedoes have gone under her bow. She has convoyed and fought. Her captain is a young, dark-haired man and his executive officer looks like a blond undergraduate. The ship is immaculate. The engines are polished and painted and shined.

She is a fairly new ship, the X, commissioned fifteen months ago. She bombarded at Casablanca and GeIa and Salerno and she has captured islands. Her officers naturally would like to go to larger ships because there is more rank to be had on them, but no destroyerman would rather sail on anything else.

The destroyer X is a personal ship and a personality. She is worked quietly. No one ever raises his voice. The captain is soft-spoken and so is everyone else. Orders are given in the same low tone as requests for salt in the wardroom. The discipline is exact and punctilious but it seems to be almost mutually enforced, not from above. The captain will say, “So many men have shore leave. The first man who comes back drunk removes shore liberty for everyone.” It is very simple. The crew would discipline anyone who jeopardized the liberty of the whole ship. So they come back in good shape and on time. The X has very few brig cases.

When the X is in a combat area she never relaxes. The men sleep in their clothes. The irritating blatting sound which means “action stations” is designed to break through sleep. It sounds like the braying of some metallic mule, and the reaction to it is instant. There is a scurrying of feet in the passageways and the clatter of feet on the ladders and in a few seconds the X is bristling with manned and waiting guns, AAs that peer at the sky and the five-inch guns which can fire at the sky too.

The crouched and helmeted men can get to their stations in less than a minute. There is no hurry or fuss. They have done it hundreds of times. And then a soft-spoken word from the bridge into a telephone will turn the X into a fire-breathing dragon. She can throw tons of steel in a very short time.

One of the strangest things is to see her big guns when they go on automatic control. They are aimed and fired from the bridge. The turret and the guns have been heavy dead metal and suddenly they become alive. The turret whips around but it is the guns themselves that seem to live. They balance and quiver almost as though they were sniffing the air. They tremble like the antennae of an insect, listening or smelling the target. Suddenly they set and instantly there is a belch of sound and the shells float away. The tracers seem to float interminably before they hit. And before the shells have struck, the guns are trembling and reaching again. They are like rattlesnakes poising to strike, and they really do seem to be alive. It is a frightening thing to see.

“A Destroyer,” from Once There Was a War by John Steinbeck, copyright 1943, 1958 by John Steinbeck. Renewed (c) 1971 by Elaine Steinbeck, John Steinbeck IV, and Thomas Steinbeck. Used by permission of Viking Penguin, a division of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.


          

Facebook awards $100,000 worth of support to OYW Ambassadors   

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Award Winners

Facebook is the world’s largest social network and connects over 2 billion people monthly. As part of its mission to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together, it connects people on the platform with over 90 million businesses. Facebook not only helps businesses get discovered and find customers, but also helps people develop meaningful connections to products and causes.

To better support cause-driven businesses, Facebook has partnered with One Young World for the second year in a row and launched the 2018 - 2019 Facebook Social Entrepreneurship Award, which will offer 10 non-profit or for-profit entrepreneurs with advertising credits and executive mentorship.

We’re delighted to share the winners of this exciting award. Congratulations to all those who have been selected!

The Facebook team have selected 10 regional Awardees: 2 from Latin America, 2 from North America, 2 from Europe, 2 from Middle East & Africa and 2 from Asia Pacific.

Each regional winner will receive a regional executive mentor from Facebook and USD$5,000 in ad credits.

​Out of the 10 regional Award recipients, 1 Grand Prize Awardee will be selected to receive an additional USD$50,000 in ad credits and an additional mentor, Facebook’s VP of Global Marketing Solutions, Carolyn Everson.

Congratulations to the winners!

More about the winners:

North America

Chelsea Vonchaz

Chelsea VonChaz, Founder, #HappyPeriod

#HappyPeriod bridges access to menstrual products for girls and women that are experiencing homelessness or have low-income, and reshapes the discussion surrounding menstruation. Since launching in 2015, #HappyPeriod has distributed over 15,000 menstrual care kits, impacting over 100,000 periods, in 32 cities in the U.S.

Our model consists of promoting social good and creating volunteer opportunities, that enable the public to independently donate products, assemble, and distribute donations to homeless individuals and shelters. By partnering with brands, manufacturers, and corporate organizations #HappyPeriod is able to allocate donations across the U.S.

Midia Shikh Hassan

Midia Shikh Hassan, Founder, Dextra

Dextra is a not-for-profit that provides 3D printed prosthetics to amputated refugees and amputees living in poverty zones. Dextra builds a community to empower amputees rather than a service by facilitating the production of orthotics and prosthetics through providing communities with the necessary resources and training so that the impact can be scaled.  Dextra’s proposed innovation does not only provide those in need with a human-looking prosthetic hand that moves, it also provide them with a tool to empower them to find jobs, go to school, hold their babies, and to be a functioning members of the society - things that prevent amputees from full societal integration. Dextra has collaborated with ICRC in Lebanon and and Al-Wifak organization in Casablanca, Morocco to aid in developing Dextra presence in their local community by sharing the technology, design, service and training with local prosthetists and community members. Dextra has also provided two prosthetic hands to a double-amputated child in Morocco as an initial phase of implementation in Morocco. They are currently working to develop prosthetic hand to a refugee in Canada and finalize the collaborate with an organization in Ghana to implement their on-group training in July 2019.  

 

Latin America

Willian Mallmann

Willian Mallmann, Founder, TODXS

TODXS (the gender-neutral term for “everyone” in Portuguese) is a not-for-profit social startup committed to including and empowering the Brazilian LGBT+ community through three main pillars: Society, Government, and Enterprise. TODXS launched the TODXS App to tackle the discrimination and violence faced by the LGBT+ community as Brazil, which has the highest LGBT+ murder rate in the world. The app operates through three interfaces: learn, denounce, protect yourself to combat the lack of knowledge on denouncing mechanisms and the cultural influence of heteronormativity which makes it difficult for a database to be developed that allows for an accurate estimation of homophobic discrimination cases.

Ludovic de Gromard

Ludovic de Gromard, Founder, Chance

One billion people worldwide have talents that are invisible to them, making themselves invisible to the world of work. Chance delivers an augmented coaching experience for professional orientation, to guarantee anyone whatever his/her social background, to identify his/her why, to determine and start the job that will make him/her happy! That is how Chance aims to maximize each person’s professional potential, fulfillment and thus performance, in Brazil and in France to start with.

 

Europe

Francisco Rojo

Francisco Rojo, Founder, Voluntechies

Voluntechies uses new technologies to improve people's lives and in particular those who need it most, such as hospitalised children or elderly people. Through virtual reality workshops, Voluntechies offers an immersive experience so people enjoy an experience that they wouldn’t otherwise have by bringing them "outside" of their reality. Voluntechies aims to reach 100,000 people by 2020.

Bonnie Chiu

Bonnie Chiu, Founder, Lensational

Lensational’s work addresses two fundamental gaps: the need for women and girls to have a stronger voice and be economically empowered, and a gap in stock photography and the media for female-centric and diverse imagery. Economically, women only earn one-tenth of the world's income; and this is even more acute when only looking at developing countries. Stock photography is a $2.88bn industry where only 6% of photographs originate from Asia and very few from Africa.

Lensational is a social enterprise that equips marginalised women and girls in the developing world with digital skills, photography and video production training. They recycle cameras and mobile phones and conduct training with women in underserved communities, allowing them to share their unheard stories, earn revenue, and develop a base of strength. Women’s photographs are sold on Lensational’s photography platform, the first marketplace for female-centric, diverse stock photography, and through our corporate partners, which include Getty Images and Standard Chartered. To date, Lensational have worked with over 800 women across 23 countries in Asia and Africa.

 

Middle East & Africa

Mary Helda

Mary Helda, Operations & Program Manager, Zimba Women

Zimba Women provides tools and technology platforms, business training, digital literacy training, mentorship and networks to improve the livelihoods for women entrepreneurs and women in STEM in sub-Saharan Africa. Their mission is to multiply earning income of these entrepreneurs by providing cross-cutting e-solutions to improve affordable market accessibility and capacity building. Zimba’s work addresses the barriers that women-owned small and medium enterprises face, as well as the barriers women face in adopting technology when compared to men.

Wasim Abu Salem

Wasim Abu Salem, Founder of LOOP

Loop strongly believes that children have the power to develop Ideas and startups in order to make a positive impact on their communities. Loop aims to promote technology, computer science, and coding among children & youth aged 7-18 through unique concepts, modular methods, and modern tech-incubators. Loop's successful techniques and it's modern mindset offer students (11,000+ participants) at early ages to develop their own ideas and startups so they can use technology in order to build creative solutions to problems; becoming creators and makers - not only tech consumers! Loop's vision is of a tech industry shaped by younger generations, where every student takes part in teaching, learning, benefiting the world, and becoming an important part of the Loop system.

Loop - Simply, mentoring children to code the future. 

 

Asia Pacific

Tanyamai Anantakoraneewat

Tanyamai Anantakoraneewat, Co-Founder, Trawell

Trawell is a group of energetic youths with a mission to preserve local tourism. Trawell responds to the needs to generate sufficient income for local communities and preserve the local treasures of Thailand. They’ve created a tourism platform for locals to earn money with the creation of the “Local Pass”, which allows tourists to access and discover the extraordinary culture of the locals. Tourists will get a chance to participate in exclusive local workshops and go on unique routes in local communities.

James da Costa

James da Costa, Co-Founder, teleStory

teleStory is working to solve two of the biggest issues facing our world today - the 800m still illiterate and the 3.5 billion still offline. Children who are not read to by their parents may hear 30m fewer words by the age of 4. In this cycle, illiteracy is passed from parent to child, along with poverty. teleStory, enables illiterate parents to read to their children for the first time in Mumbai, via basic mobile phones. teleStory combines mobile phones and modern cloud telephony with storybooks, to deliver audio lessons in 4 different Indian dialects to 5000 illiterate children and their parents, working with the largest education NGO in India – Pratham.


          

House in Requena   

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Beautiful detached house in Utiel street nº 4 of Urbanización Casablanca de Requena,
House of 201 meters built distributed on three floors with high quality materials, many improvements compared to the original construction.
First floor with hall entrance with automatic door to glazed balcony terrace with aluminum double glazed windows to arched welcome door, extended living room, thanks to front exterior terrace coating making a beautiful gazebo dining room, fireplace covered with marble, double guest room in this same floor, bathroom and kitchen complete and fully equipped exit to separate laundry and backyard half discovered and half of work with a beautiful enclosure for arbor and barbecue.
Second floor consists of a small distributor that takes us to 3 more rooms,
all doubles one of them equipped with large bathroom suite, office work and a bathroom, complete for the rest of the rooms.
Heating by natural gas in all rooms, oak doors facing south / west and very bright.
Basement, large garage with automatic entrance gate act for three cars with cabinets made to measure with large storage capacity, and stoneware floor.
A luxury home now at your fingertips.

          

The Very Best Of 2013   

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Il 2013 è stato un anno musicale incredibile per qualità e quantità di uscite. Il livello è stato davvero molto elevato, fate conto che nella mia personalissima classifica top10 che troverete qui di seguito si entrava con una votazione minima di 7,5. Ci sono state alcune delusioni - anche molto grosse - tra cui i The National che con Trouble Will Find Me hanno sì confermato il loro standard ma sono apparsi stanchi e forse un po’ svuotati, non aggiungendo nulla di nuovo alla loro rispettabilissima discografia. L’esordio degli Atoms For Peace, Amok, era molto atteso dal sottoscritto ma non ha rispettato del tutto le mie aspettative, soprattutto pensando al potenziale da cui si partiva; ritorno così così anche per i My Bloody Valentine ed il loro MBV, non ai livelli del passato ma giustificati in parte a causa della lunga assenza dalle scene.

Discorso a parte per gli esordi annuali, tanti e quasi tutti di buonissimo livello. Da ricordare, Performance degli Outfit, i Factory Floor ed il loro omonimo album, quello che forse può essere definito l’esordio italiano dell’anno ossia Fate dei Soviet Soviet ma soprattutto Jacco Gardner che se ne esce con Cabinet Of Curiosities e ridefinisce il concetto di retrofuturismo. Tuttavia, la mia scelta per il debutto dell’anno va a:

Savages - Silence Yourself

Un album potente e violento, che esprime l’urgenza e la voglia di gridare al mondo la propria esistenza. Post-punk è un termine anche troppo abusato, ma si parte da lì per capire le Savages ed il loro esordio. Tecnicamente già molto avanti, queste quattro girls dimostrano una chimica di squadra davvero invidiabile, su cui svetta la furia vocale di Jehnny Beth. Che è pure una discreta f**a. Tra gli 11 brani, da segnalare Shut Up, I Am Here, She Will e Husbands. Una delle poche band quest’anno ad aver salvato il rock. Il futuro passerà anche da loro.

Ok ci siamo, i convenevoli sono finiti, è arrivato il momento del Best Of 2013 definitivo. Appena fuori dalla top10 ho dovuto lasciare album validissimi, tra cui vorrei citare Loud City Song di Julia Holter, Kanye West ed il suo fottutamente geniale Yeezus, {Awayland} dei Villagers e l’EP Totale Nite dei Merchandise.

Ora, in una tirata unica dalla 10 alla 1, la classifica è pronta a conquistare l’internet.

10. Fuck Buttons - Slow Focus

E’ stata la mia prima recensione e come tale non la scorderò mai. Lande fredde e sconfinate fanno da cornice ad un LP oscuro ed intimista, dove il duo di Bristol mischia a piacimento drones e hip-hop, elettronica, dub e dancefloor. Alla terza fatica, i Fuck Buttons si assicurano un futuro completamente aperto, dove la continua contaminazione dei generi sarà il sentiero da seguire, provare The Red Wing per credere. Uno degli album più emozionali dell’anno.

9. Local Natives - Hummingbird

Difficile trovare un lavoro che unisca sofisticatezza e attitudine pop come il sophomore dei Local Natives. Sono 44 minuti di grandissime melodie, con una qualità davvero eccezionale se si pensa che la band californiana è soltanto al suo secondo lavoro. Il video di You & I denota anche una certa attenzione per la forma visiva, confermando la vena artistica a 360° del gruppo. Per chi vi scrive, sono ormai pronti a fare il grande salto.

8. Suuns - Images Du Futur

Una delle sorprese del 2013 ed ennesimo sophomore dell’anno. I canadesi Suuns stravolgono la loro musica e danno vita ad un album obliquo e notturno, da ascoltare nella penombra, avvolti nella nebbia metropolitana. Krautrock, elettronica e neo-psichedelia sono gli ingredienti fondamentali, e tutti sono racchiusi nella magnifica 2020. Gli anni ’80 raccontati dai Suuns non sono mai stati così belli e dimenticateveli presto perché al prossimo giro si cambierà nuovamente.

7. Willis Earl Beal - Nobody Knows.

Anche Willis Earl Beal arriva al suo secondo album con moltissimo hype alle spalle, e non delude le attese. Più un secondo debutto che un vero e proprio seguito, più edulcorato ed educato ma con la stessa rabbia e la stessa disillusione sulle cose del mondo. Everything Unwinds è una perla tra le perle, per un LP che pone il cantante anti-folk di Chicago tra le prossime cose grosse da tenere d’occhio.

6. TOY - Join The Dots

L’ultimo grande album di quest’anno, un finale davvero grandioso. I TOY tornano a distanza di soli 12 mesi dal loro debutto ed estendono i loro orizzonti musicali andando oltre il kraut e la psichedelia per trovare un nuovo equilibrio tra noise e pop. Ci riescono perfettamente e sfornano alcuni numeri di altissima scuola come l’infinita e selvaggia cavalcata di Join The Dots. Qualsiasi cosa sarà quello che verrà dopo, le attese sono assai elevate.

5. The Black Angels - Indigo Meadow

Al quarto album la band texana fa il botto e dà vita ad uno dei dischi forse più sottovalutati dell’anno. Non inventano nulla di nuovo ok, ma il loro semi-citazionismo ha pochi eguali in giro. Tutto funziona alla perfezione, 13 tracce per 45 minuti circa che filano via tiratissimi, con pochi momenti di respiro tra una coltellata e l’altra. Indigo Meadow è la title track definitiva, che sa definire lo standard come poche. Chitarre, tastiere e batteria…è tutto quello che ci serve no?!

4. Gap Dream - Shine Your Light

Di Gabe Fulvimar si è già detto anche troppo su questo blog. Ennesimo sophomore ed ennesimo colpaccio anche per la mente dietro alla band ormai californiana. La Burger Records può andare fiera di avere tra le sue fila uno dei prospetti più interessanti del futuro che, partito dal nulla, si è fatto strada fra garage e psych-rock per approdare a qualcosa che varia dal glam, al synth-pop, dal glitch all’elettronica ed è anche arduo da poter definire. Di sicuro un grandissimo album, pieno di qualità, melodie e divertimento e che alla fine ti fa venire voglia di berti una birra e fumare qualcosa insieme a Fulvimar ed ai suoi amici sciroccati.

3. Arcade Fire - Reflektor

Sul gradino più basso del podio un (doppio) disco di cui si è già detto il possibile e l’impossibile, anche su queste pagine. Un lavoro enorme per gli Arcade Fire, tanto ambizioso quanto riuscito, che spazia tra generi e concetti artistici anche molto distanti tra loro, consegnandoci una band ormai consapevole del proprio status gigantesco nel mondo della musica. La collaborazione con Bowie ha fatto molto parlare, così come tutto l’hype che si è sviluppato attorno all’uscita dell’album ed ai graffiti sparsi per il pianeta. Un marketing chirurgico e spietato, quindi, ma che non ha minimamente intaccato quello che è il punto cruciale degli Arcade Fire, ossia quel fuoco che brucia loro dentro e che pare non consumarli mai.

2. Arctic Monkeys - AM

Al secondo posto un album che se non avesse già dalla sua il fatto di essere il capolavoro di una delle band imprescindibili del nostro tempo ha anche l’indubbio merito di salvare il rock’n'roll in un anno come questo. Gli Arctic Monkeys non arrestano la loro evoluzione e danno alla luce un disco tanto eterogeneo nelle premesse quanto omogeneo nel risultato, dove tutti e quattro riescono ad esprimersi al massimo delle loro capacità e spaziano dal glam all’hip-hop, dall’indie al blues muovendosi da una costa all’altra degli States e soffermandosi con piacere nel deserto, a casa Homme. Do I Wanna Know? è il mid-tempo perfetto, che suona già classico dopo dieci minuti. Le Scimmie concludono la loro trilogia americana e si pongono nell’invidiabilissima posizione di poter fare – da ora in avanti – davvero quello che vogliono.

1. Daft Punk - Random Access Memories

Sul gradino più alto c’è l’album che avrei voluto recensire se solo avessimo aperto il blog un po’ prima. L’avessi fatto, avrei dato 10/10 perché qui non si parla solo del disco dell’anno ma di uno dei lavori del decennio, con la canzone che meglio ha rappresentato questo strambissimo 2013. Anticipato da una campagna virale diffusissima ma assai classica – che ha creato un’aspettativa davvero senza precedenti nella storia del pop – questo album è una summa di tutto quello che c’è da sapere sulla musica che i Daft Punk davvero amano e che è stata di fondamento per la loro carriera. Il duo parigino dopo aver rivoluzionato per ben due volte il mondo della EDM ha deciso di tornare umano, sostituendo alle macchine i vari collaboratori che mano a mano hanno ospitato, nomi come Giorgio Moroder, Pharrell Williams, Panda Bear, Julian Casablancas e soprattutto Nile Rodgers, vero deux ex machina di questo progetto. Qualità altissima, produzione sovrumana, gusto per il trash immutato e coolness senza pari fanno di questo LP un vero e proprio capolavoro, la maniera migliore in cui i Daft Punk potessero rispondere ai tanti imitatori nati negli anni: ehi, noi siamo qui che suoniamo dal vivo con le leggende, diventando a nostra volta leggendari. Provate a raggiungerci! E poi, su tutto, la quote dell’anno: My name is Giovanni Giorgio…

Oh, sembrava impossibile ma abbiamo finito. Se siete sopravvissuti a questo sproloquio mi prendo ancora un minuto per augurarvi buon Natale, darvi appuntamento all’anno prossimo e ringraziarvi per la pazienza e la costanza con cui ci seguite. Siamo solo all’inizio, facciamo ancora un sacco di cazzate ma miglioreremo sempre di più.

Su, tutti a bere, mangiare e tirare i botti per strada!

See you soon, folks.




          

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Clem Leek - "Memories of Japan"
Ken - "I don't need to know who I am"
Phone - "Dial tone, operator"
Clem Leek - "Beginning"
Kurt Vile - "Wedding Budz"
Ed Harris - "We accept the world we're given" - The Truman Show
Garry Shandling - "Life and its impermanence"
Daft Punk featuring Julian Casablancas - "Instant Crush" [Loops. Sounds like Alan Parsons]
David Burnham, Ted Koppel - "Privacy" - Nightline
Garry Shandling - "Cell phones and cancer"
- "Every day they work, they make the world worse" - Capitalism: A Love Story
David Lynch - "The Air Is On Fire"
Michael Moore - "Best way to pay off banks is to go to work for them" - Capitalism: A Love Story
Tom Petty, Garry Shandling - "You should come over more often, chance to say you love people"
David Lynch - "The Air Is On Fire"
Robert Fripp - "Windows Vista theme recording" - Microsoft
Ian Brown of Stone Roses - "It takes time for people to fall in love with you, but it's inevitable" - Made of Stone documentary
Gwyneth Paltrow, Anthony Hopkins - "You're not crazy if you can ask, except I'm also dead" - Proof
Pink Floyd, Thomas Stoffer - "Another Brick in the Wall remix"
Alan Parsons Project - "Eye in the Sky" [Loops. Sounds like Daft Punk]
Moebius, Story, Leidecker - "Last Day C5ee" [Layers]
Gene Wilder - "Teaches us to accept our failures as well as our successes with quiet dignity and grace" - Young Frankenstein
Peep Show - "Good old Vista, I'm never upgrading, why would I?" [Just fits like a good pair of jeans]
Daft Punk featuring Julian Casablancas - "Instant Crush" [Loops]
Teri Garr, Gene Wilder - "I do not want to live" - Young Frankenstein
Charlie Kaufman - "Failure is a badge of honor, it means you risked failure"
Ken - "I want to know everything about you but I don't usually ask"
David Lynch - "The Air Is On Fire"
Ken - "I find things and I'm putting them together (A5 paper)" [With David Lynch, Moebius/Leidecker/Story, Daft Punk]
Ken - "You didn't say the things. You can still do it. Go ahead and speak up. Play against your type"
Firesign Theatre - "In the Next World, You're on Your Own"
Lara Flynn-Boyle - "She had an opportunity to be with him once, but she didn't take it" - Equinox
Ed Harris, Jim Carrey - "I'm the creator. Was nothing real?" - The Truman Show
Live phone call - "Rich in Washington"
Ed Harris - "There's no more truth out there than there is in the world I created for you" - The Truman Show [The same lies, the same deceit. In my world, you have nothing to fear. I know you better than you know yourself.]
Luke Wilson, Laura Dern - "I can be the person you've always wanted me to be. We can save each other." - Enlightened [It's always just been you and me. I can't believe you. It's not too late]
Ken - "Calling from the 70's"
Daft Punk featuring Julian Casablancas - "Instant Crush" [Loops]
Firesign Theatre - "In the Next World, You're on Your Own"
Ken - "Rushes to show 6/20/17"
Niki & the Dove - "So Much It Hurts" [Loops. Sounds like Foreigner]
0wn the Con 2017 - "Every group needs a maniac (process for process's sake is bullshit)" - Shmoocon 2017
Random Rab - "Rain on the World" [Layered]
Philip Glass - "Anthem Part Two" - Powaqqatsi
Sleepy Sherman - "Dream with Me and sleep" - Tanya's bear
David Burnham, Ted Koppel - "People are no match for the army's computers' surveillance" - Nightline
Fairuza Balk, cast, David Shire music - "I'll never forget any of you" - Return to Oz [Toto!]
Tony Robbins - "Failure can be your best friend"
Tony Robbins - "Just remember, it's impossible to fail"
A-Ha - "Take On Me (live)" - MTV Unplugged
Fleetwood Mac - "Gypsy" [Loop]
Tom Cruise, someone else - "I hearby bequeath my son" - Rain Man
Orson Welles - "I never see my own films" - Filming "The Trial"
Orson Welles - "Walk away from perfect" - Filming "The Trial" [David Lynch underneath]
Orson Welles - "Every work of art is a political statement" - Filming "The Trial"
MGM Lion - "Roar" - Judgment at Nuremberg
Orson Welles - "Every bad painting has a leaf of that tree" - Filming "The Trial"
Spencer Tracy - "I cannot protest too strongly!" - Judgment at Nuremberg [with David Lynch's The Air is On Fire]
Phone trips - "How B Phreak hq" [Phone phreaking]
David Thewlis - "Look for what is special in each individual" - Anomalisa
David Thewlis - "Each person you speak to has had a childhood" - Anomalisa
Daft Punk - "Giorgio by Moroder" - Random Access Memories
OCDJ - "Trip Trip"
Roxy Music - "Virginia Plain (time-stretched version)"
Erik Stoltz, others - "Various scenes" - Mr. Jealousy [by Noah Baumbach]
Tom Petty - "You Got Lucky" [Loops]
Richard O'Brien - "Superheroes" - Rocky Horror Picture Show Soundtrack [Loops]
Garry Shandling - "Engineering school, walked out of lab to become stand-up comic" - Archive of American Television ["I got lucky"]
Random Rab - "Rain on the World"
Clem Leek - "Breaking Down" [Layers]
Ken - "I got lost (they never end)" [with Clem Leek]
Ed Harris - "We accept the reality of the world with which we're presented" - The Truman Show
Jonathan Adams - "Superheroes" - Rocky Horror Picture Show Soundtrack [Epilogue]
Clem Leek - "Memories of Japan"
Ken - "We're simply out of time"
Microsoft product manager and Robert Fripp - "Creating Windows Vista rejected theme music"
Ken - "Bye"
Sawako - "White Sky Winter Chicada" https://Model.blue/splash/4Sr5YfQ84f8AKpGO5702aAJWV8BhRSxI6cnnY_SLASH__PLUS_Nrxzrt5d6IqCA8ThqpWvCb_SLASH_Ph3Na_PLUS_7jAEaXiV2Q51y1UnAljP8tvqiswWW_PLUS_Ev2vfk8m3NKrrxkOEVtw63rmO0uxl0

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