25th february 2020: Shrove Tuesday

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Shrove Tuesday is the last day of carnival and the following day is Ash Wednesday, that is, the first day of Lent which ends with Easter, or more precisely with Holy Thursday in Holy Week. Shrove Tuesday, as well as carnival, is mainly celebrated in Christian countries. In Italy, the country that most celebrates this tradition, there are many cities where Carnival is famous all over the world. The most famous carnivals are those of Venice and that of Viareggio. This year, due to the coronavirus, which has particularly affected Italy, Shrove Tuesday is not celebrated in Venice. So only the Viareggio carnival is celebrated, which remains one of the most famous carnival in the world.

CoronaVirus Update: the whole truth

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With the increase in the number of infections in Italy, worries increase. In fact, despite the fact that Italy has adopted the most restrictive measures in the world, blocking all flights to and from China, the infections seem not to stop ..

What is the truth? Many argue that in the rest of Europe there are fewer swabs while in Italy they do many more. Undoubtedly Italy is battered by the problems of immigration, which Europe has never wanted to solve, and this could seem one of the reasons ..

But unfounded no one knows the truth because there is no vaccine and above all not knowing the dynamics of the virus, which would seem to change genetically in some subjects, you live in the dark. Citizens are often divided between those who claim that the virus is an exaggeration and those who say it is a worldwide danger. Almost always the truth is always in the middle ..

 

SOME INFO

Contagion

Contagion occurs by air, but it has not been absolutely demonstrated that foods or microbes on ingested foods can infect the subject. Although mortality is lower than that of other coronaviruses (sars and mers), the infection is much higher …
The best precautions are: mask, coughing or sneezing with the elbow and washing hands often. Unfortunately, the masks are currently unavailable, and the few remaining ones are sold at an astronomical price, especially in countries with a high number of infections.

Another thing to do is avoid crowded places and keep informed on possible outbreak places that are the most at risk, so you can take precautionary measures if you know that you are in the red areas

 

Symptoms

The symptoms, or at least the initial symptoms, are those of a normal bacterial flu, i.e. colds and respiratory problems. Obviously after these symptoms they can also lead to complications. In the stage following that of the first symptoms there are complications of pneumonia, with the consequent problem of breathing which can also lead to hospitalization.

 

Mortality

Mortality is around 1-3%, that is a little higher than a normal infulenza, but – and this is the important thing – considering hospitalization. There are cases, such as that of the patient1 in Italy, which seems to have infected a flood of people, which present serious clinical pictures, despite the young age and the optimal state of health, considering that the young Mattia is a manager who practices sports.

At the moment in Italy there are 6 victims, but they are all over the age of 60 and who had other pathologies that have degenerated the state of health.
In China, on the other hand, people of a relatively young age also died, such as the doctor from Wuhan (35 years old)

 

Psychosis

Some call on others to avoid psychosis. The truth is that it takes balance and to avoid contagion or at least decrease the percentage, it is necessary to apply some good and simple practices and nothing extraordinary.

In Italy, which is currently third in the world in the number of infections, TV and newspapers are broadcasting updates hour by hour, with special TG after hours, and often people get anxious, as has happened in many northern cities Italy, where supermarket shelves have emptied.

But it can also happen instead of having the opposite, and that is a boldness and lightness .. and often you see people who cough you in the face or even challenge fate by frequenting crowded places in the doubt of having contracted the virus. In Italy the airplanes at risk have been closed by the army and a transgression of the law can lead to three years in prison

Quaden Bayels, The Child Victim of the bulls

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Hugh Jackman wanted to send Quaden Bayles, the nine-year-old victim of bullies who in a dramatic video declares he wants to die, a message in which he offers his support and friendship. Wolverine’s interpreter has joined other sports and entertainment stars, including Jeffrey Dean Morgan, to condemn bullying that has profound consequences for the victims.

The boy, so small but already so deeply troubled, showed himself with a tear-streaked face because every day he is targeted by his companions. The boy also said in the outburst that he wanted to die and wanted to commit suicide. In fact, the boy was born with achondroplasia, a form of dwarfism. The reason he is laughed at by his peers is his height.

The fundraiser launched by Brad Williams on GoFundMe to give Quaden and his family a trip to Disneyland, and support organizations that fight bullying, has in the meantime exceeded $ 276,000.

Democratic debate

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All against the billionaire former NY mayor who defends himself little and badly. Warren shines but it is Sanders who feels much safer today

 

“Only I can beat Donald Trump and I have the experience to be president, I was the mayor of the city with more diversity, entrepreneur, manager, philanthropist”: Michael Bloomberg rejects the attacks of Bernie Sander and Elizabeth Warren during the TV challenge and boasts his credentials for the White House. “With Senator Sanders there is no chance to take back the White House, we will have Trump for another four years,” he says.

Democratic candidates for the White House take off their gloves in the ninth TV challenge in Las Vegas and attack each other on the eve of Saturday’s caucus in Nevada, the third stage of primaries still too crowded. But the big target for all is the latest arrival, the billionaire Michael Bloomberg, who is climbing the polls with a campaign of $ 400 million commercials, the most expensive in American history, undermining both the socialist frontrunner Bernie Sanders and the patrol of the moderates.

Mike Bloomberg has promised to disclose his tax return “in a few weeks”, thus responding to criticisms from his rivals in the TV debate between dem presidential candidates.
The billionaire said it takes “a long time” to fill out his tax return because he makes a lot of money: “I can’t go to Turbotax,” he said.

20th february: World Day of Social Justic

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World Justice Day is an international anniversary celebrated on 20th February of each year, since 2009, organized by the United Nations Organization to promote the theme of social justice worldwide.
This day is the prerequisite for peace and security between nations because, through respect for human rights and the fundamental freedoms of all, it is able to remove the barriers that people face in accessing social welfare due to gender , age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture, disability, working conditions and justice.
The theme of the day for 2020 is “Bridging the inequality gap to achieve social justice“. But what are the main inequalities to be filled?
We are witnessing the dehumanization of economic policies aimed at enhancing only financial results but instead the evaluation of results should be encouraged in light of the positive impact for citizens.
There is still a large pay gap between men and women in the presence of a similar role, function and responsibility and insufficient measures to reconcile life and work times.
Political and entrepreneurial strategies are slow to implement the energy transitions necessary to ensure environmental justice and persevere in the exploitation of the natural resources of developing countries for the benefit and use of developed countries, but instead should tend to contain their economic and social gap .

The globalization of markets, the spread of technology, the expansion of the markets for goods and services, the expansion of investments and the internationalization of companies and business processes have not been enough to ensure fair employment and working conditions, equality and protection social development in developing countries, nor to set fair global labor standards.

Murder in Hollywood: Therapist Amie Harwick killed

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Amie Harwick, the therapist who appeared in the documentary “Addicted to sexting”, was killed in her Los Angeles home. Dr Harwick, one of Hollywood’s best-known sexologists and couple counselors, was found by police outside the entrance to her home in Hollywood Hills.

The agents were called by his roommate, who heard fierce cries coming from Amie’s room. Amie Harwick: the Hollywood therapist died When the police arrived on the scene, they found Harwick’s body crashed to the ground: the therapist threw herself from the balcony of her apartment, located on the third floor, to escape her assailant. The tenant managed to escape because she fled ahead of time: when she arrived at the neighbors’ house, she called the local police station. Amie was rushed to a hospital in the area, where, however, she arrived already dead from her injuries.

The first investigations revealed possible evidence of a scuffle already on the first floor of the building: the doctor would have been forced to enter her home by force. Amie Harwick: Drew Carey is ex-husband Harwick, ex-wife of television host Drew Carey (famous in the United States for being the symbol of the quiz The Price is Right, the original format of Ok, the price is right!), He had reached the notoriety in the world of television thanks to the documentary Dipendenti dal sexting, a film by Joseph Tosconi in which various personalities from very different fields recount this phenomenon, which is on the increase thanks to the internet and apps.

LAPD investigators already have a suspect in this crime: detectives have arrested Gareth Pursehouse at his home in Playa del Rey on charges of murder. Pursehouse and Harwick have been dating for some time and have recently split up. Police learned that Amie had expressed concern about her attitudes and had requested a restraining order. However, the measure had expired and the two had seen each other in recent weeks.

On 17th February 1600 Giovanni Bruno died at the stake

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Giordano Bruno, famous philosopher who went down in history for being killed at the stake by the inquisition of the papal state, died on February 17, 1600.
The hashtag #giordanobruno is obviously in trend today.
Although the church apologized to Pope Wojtyla in 2000, he never recognized his writings compatible with the Catholic Church.

Giordano Bruno was an Italian Dominican friar, philosopher, mathematician, poet, cosmological theorist, and Hermetic occultist. He is known for his cosmological theories, which conceptually extended the then-novel Copernican model. He proposed that the stars were distant suns surrounded by their own planets, and he raised the possibility that these planets might foster life of their own, a philosophical position known as cosmic pluralism. He also insisted that the universe is infinite and could have no “centre”.

Starting in 1593, Bruno was tried for heresy by the Roman Inquisition on charges of denial of several core Catholic doctrines, including eternal damnation, the Trinity, the divinity of Christ, the virginity of Mary, and transubstantiation. Bruno’s pantheism was also a matter of grave concern, as was his teaching of the transmigration of the soul/reincarnation. The Inquisition found him guilty, and he was burned at the stake in Rome’s Campo de’ Fiori in 1600. After his death, he gained considerable fame, being particularly celebrated by 19th- and early 20th-century commentators who regarded him as a martyr for science, although historians agree that his heresy trial was not a response to his astronomical views but rather a response to his philosophical and religious views. Bruno’s case is still considered a landmark in the history of free thought and the emerging sciences.

In addition to cosmology, Bruno also wrote extensively on the art of memory, a loosely organised group of mnemonic techniques and principles. Historian Frances Yates argues that Bruno was deeply influenced by Arab astrology (particularly the philosophy of Averroes), Neoplatonism, Renaissance Hermeticism, and Genesis-like legends surrounding the Egyptian god Thoth. Other studies of Bruno have focused on his qualitative approach to mathematics and his application of the spatial concepts of geometry to language.

The daily facebook

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The system brings us to the mass, and when our desires are fulfilled we feel the need to satisfy them daily. I have never loved Facebook, but everyone would realize that in Europe there are now more people who do not have this social network than people who have it. Pawel kuczysnki’s designs are as always brilliant. And the meaning is undoubtedly that we often confuse real bread with other futile things, which deceive us daily. The system of society and the mass deceives us about our needs, making us mistake the priorities and choices .. This world must always be seen from above and trying to see what remains above us.

 

Today, February 15 is the anniversary of Susan B. Anthony’s birth and Google commemorates her with the doodle

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Susan B. Anthony commemorated with a Google Doodle.

 

Today, February 15 is the anniversary of Susan B. Anthony’s birth and Google has dedicated the doodle to her on his search engine.

Susan B. Anthony’ was an American social reformer and women’s rights activist who played a pivotal role in the women’s suffrage movement.

Born into a Quaker family committed to social equality, she collected anti-slavery petitions at the age of 17. In 1856, she became the New York state agent for the American Anti-Slavery Society.

In 1851, she met Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who became her lifelong friend and co-worker in social reform activities, primarily in the field of women’s rights. In 1852, they founded the New York Women’s State Temperance Society after Anthony was prevented from speaking at a temperance conference because she was female. In 1863, they founded the Women’s Loyal National League, which conducted the largest petition drive in United States history up to that time, collecting nearly 400,000 signatures in support of the abolition of slavery. In 1866, they initiated the American Equal Rights Association, which campaigned for equal rights for both women and African Americans. In 1868, they began publishing a women’s rights newspaper called The Revolution. In 1869, they founded the National Woman Suffrage Association as part of a split in the women’s movement. In 1890, the split was formally healed when their organization merged with the rival American Woman Suffrage Association to form the National American Woman Suffrage Association, with Anthony as its key force. In 1876, Anthony and Stanton began working with Matilda Joslyn Gage on what eventually grew into the six-volume History of Woman Suffrage. The interests of Anthony and Stanton diverged somewhat in later years, but the two remained close friends.

In 1872, Anthony was arrested for voting in her hometown of Rochester, New York, and convicted in a widely publicized trial. Although she refused to pay the fine, the authorities declined to take further action. In 1878, Anthony and Stanton arranged for Congress to be presented with an amendment giving women the right to vote. Introduced by Sen. Aaron A. Sargent (R-CA), it later became known colloquially as the Susan B. Anthony Amendment. It was ratified as the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1920.

Anthony traveled extensively in support of women’s suffrage, giving as many as 75 to 100 speeches per year and working on many state campaigns. She worked internationally for women’s rights, playing a key role in creating the International Council of Women, which is still active. She also helped to bring about the World’s Congress of Representative Women at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893.

When she first began campaigning for women’s rights, Anthony was harshly ridiculed and accused of trying to destroy the institution of marriage. Public perception of her changed radically during her lifetime, however. Her 80th birthday was celebrated in the White House at the invitation of President William McKinley. She became the first female citizen to be depicted on U.S. coinage when her portrait appeared on the 1979 dollar coin.

WhatsApp reaches 2 billion active users. An absolute record

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WhatsApp continues to grind record numbers and to say it is the platform itself that announces the record of 2 billion active users. Incredible numbers that clearly make the app among the most used in the world and in terms of messaging certainly the most used. The numbers probably highlight the improvement work that the developers are carrying out in the code by introducing week after week novelties capable of making the application more user friendly. An attention that clearly pleases users who decide to reward the app by using it more than others both in general and in this field.

 

Dark mode coming soon

After repeated experimental versions, the new Dark Theme publicly arrived on WhatsApp a few weeks ago. In this case the users who can use it daily are only those with the Beta version by installing an APK. How does it work? Basically, users can activate the new mode directly from the settings of the application itself in the “Theme” section. Here three distinct options will appear: Light, Dark and Energy Saving, which will guarantee energy savings by proposing a color with gray tones rather than completely black.