Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Um Camaleão

A pretexto da defesa da natureza, em particular do habitat do camaleão, o Tribunal de Loulé impediu a Sociedade Polis Litoral da Ria Formosa de demolir 134 casas construídas ilegalmente num cordão dunar. A providência cautelar foi feita pelo autarca olhanense do PS, António Pina, que é um dos visados pela ordem de demolição uma vez que o pai, antigo governador civil de Faro, possui casa ilegal na zona.

Um Camaleão.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

My Money, My Home

In Japan seven years ago, the central government began allowing city residents to divert a proportion of their income-tax payments to a furusato of their choice, a schema known as the furusato nozei, and the response has been overwhelming: in the last fiscal year rural towns earned $1.2 billion from such contributions. Some city-dwellers still harbour strong feelings towards their furusato, or home town, that rural area which their forebears may have left many decades ago, but others choose a furusato simply because they like the area. Lucky rural towns, suffering financially as a result of ageing and shrinking, are especially delighted as the furusato nozei is proving a windfall.

Robochef: The Anthropomorphic Argument

Mark Oleynik hopes to change the home kitchen by introducing a robot cook that is as good as a top chef but which can be installed in all houses. It can, in principle, be used to cook more or less anything: a pair of dexterous robotic hands suspended from the ceiling assemble the ingredients, mix them, and cook them in pots and pans as required, on a hob or in an oven. A prototype of the idea, unveiled in Hanover, has been demonstrating its culinary prowess in public, by whipping up an excellent crab bisque. The machine’s finesse comes because its hands, human-sized and with jointed fingers and thumbs, are copying the actions of a particular human chef, who has cooked the recipe specially in order to provide a template for the robot to copy. The plan is to support the automated kitchen with an online library of more than 2,000 recipes. 

Oleynik hopes to have the first commercial model of the robochef on sale in 2017, with a price tag of around €14,000.

Friday, April 24, 2015


Nirvana is my favorite band and I have always been interested in the Cobain mythology. But it was only now, after I saw Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck that I realized that the best portrayal of Cobain is in Nirvana's 1992 album: Incesticide. The Wife, The Daughter, Kurt.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015


In the last novel of Michel Houellebecq, Soumission, Mohammed Ben Abbes, Muslim Fraternity's leader, is elected the president of France and afterwards, he moves on quickly with his project of islamization of France. Then Houellebecq makes a surprisingly plot twist in the normal narrative of doom and implosion of France and subsequently, of Europe. Mohammed Ben Abbes reveals himself as an admirer of the Roman Empire and inspired by it, moves to integrate Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Turkey and Egypt into the European Union; moreover, he even proposes to relocate the European Parliament to Athens and the European Commission to Rome; he aspires to be the first elected president of the European Union. With the force of its demography, Islam would be the glue of the new Europe, an reenactment of Rome, and not its destruction: Eurabia. There are innumerable plot holes in this "happy ending", but nevertheless, it is a reminder of history’s cycles, rolling unstoppable.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Milagre das Rosas

O PS de António Costa em 2015 consegue tudo, até milagres para o Portugal 2020...

  • Complemento salarial anual para trabalhadores e famílias abaixo do limiar de pobreza - 350 milhões;
  • Reforço da proteção social através do abono de família e pré-Natal - 40 milhões; 
  • Facilitamento das condições de acesso ao RSI - 90 milhões;
  • Reposição do CSI no valor anual de 5022 euros - 8 milhões;
  • Eliminação da sobretaxa do IRS em dois anos - 430 milhões;
  • Redução da TSU dos trabalhadores para 7% - 1050 milhões; 
  • Descida do IVA da restauração para 13% - 260 milhões;
  • Fim de redução salarial na Função Pública - 306 milhões.

...menos governar a própria casa.

Sem liquidez nos cofres e com um passivo que ascende a 11 milhões de euros, o PS pediu um empréstimo à banca para poder enfrentar as despesas. Em todas as federações existem despesas com rendas, água e luz a cair e não há dinheiro para as pagar. Desde que perdeu as eleições em 2011, o PS tem vivido com as contas no vermelho, sem conseguir reduzir os custos na mesma proporção em que perdeu verbas da subvenção pública anual.

We Don’t Call It

Gerald:Well? What do you think, Kyle?
Kyle:Dad? Don’t you think our last new house is big enough?
Gerald:Well, this one is BIGGER!
Kyle:Tomorrow’s trial, Everyone vs. Everyone, is gonna make things a lot worse! We have to stop it!
Gerald:Kyle, let me explain something to you. You see Kyle, we live in a liberal, democratic society; and democrats make laws; and these laws tell us what we can and can’t say; and what we can and can’t do.
Kyle:Isn’t that fascism?
Gerald:No, because we don’t call it fascism. Do you understand?
Kyle:Do you?
Gerald:Just look at how big this house is, Kyle. Just look at it.

South Park – Season3 – Episode 6

Um Centro

"E tu, o que é que vais fazer?" Acompanhei-a à porta: de facto, dei-me conta de que não tinha a mais pequena ideia. Beijei-a suavemente nos lábios e respondi: "Não há um Israel para mim." Um pensamento pobre, mas exato. Depois, ela desapareceu no elevador.

Toda a civilização precisa de um centro.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Mas Prepara

Estamos nas vésperas da Revolução: Voltaire não a sonha, mas pressente-a; não a deseja, mas prepara-a.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Historical Romance

Done right. Terribly right.

Achilles (Brad Pitt) & Briseis (Rose Byrne) at Troy (2004).

Friday, April 10, 2015

More Cosmetics Than Reality

No single elected official has the power to change the system. The system is, in fact, largely unelected and unappointed. The bureaucracies are massive. The cumulative regulations and legislation that empowers them are monumentally complex, impossible for any single mind or any one generation to comprehend. The process of reform is messy, structured so that the special interests with the most lose get decide where it goes. It is highly unlikely that this process will result in an overall net good for the cause of human liberty. This is why there seems to be so little relationship between promised results and actual results. We do well to keep in mind that politics is more about cosmetics than reality.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Choose Your Side

The top 10 daily newspapers in the US and how they report the shooting of Walter Lamer Scott by a South Carolina police officer on April, 2015. Just the first paragraph:

1. USA Today - A white police officer was charged with shooting and killing an apparently unarmed black man during a traffic stop after a video of the confrontation surfaced.
2. The Wall Street Journal -white police officer who shot a black man in North Charleston, S.C., was charged with murder Tuesday after law enforcement reviewed a video taken by a bystander.
3. The New York Times - white police officer in North Charleston, S.C., was charged with murder on Tuesday after a video surfaced showing him shooting in the back and killing an apparently unarmed black man while the man ran away.
4. The Orange County Register - Dramatic video that shows a white South Carolina police officer shooting a fleeing black man after a traffic stop has led authorities to file a murder charge against the officer amid public outrage over a series of deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of law enforcement agents.
5. Los Angeles Times - A South Carolina police officer was charged with murder in the shooting death of an unarmed black man after authorities obtained a video that showed him unleash a volley of gunfire while the victim ran away, officials said.
6. San Jose Mercury News - Dramatic video that shows a white South Carolina police officer shooting a fleeing black man after a traffic stop has led authorities to file a murder charge against the officer amid public outrage over a series of deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of law enforcement agents.
7. New York Post - white South Carolina cop was charged with murder Tuesday ­after a shocking video showed him shooting a black man in the back as the unarmed victim ran from him, authorities said.
8. Daily News - white cop in South Carolina was charged with murder on Tuesday, hours after a cell phone video revealed he shot a fleeing black man in the back during a routine traffic stop, contradicting an account he gave of the Saturday shooting.
9. Newsday - Dramatic video that shows a white South Carolina police officer shooting a fleeing black man after a traffic stop has led authorities to file a murder charge against the officer amid public outrage over a series of deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of law enforcement agents.
10. The Washington Post  - white police officer in North Charleston, S.C., was charged with murder Tuesday after shooting and killing a black man following a routine traffic stop over the weekend.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Apenas Interpreto

Eu só interpreto sonhos. Não sei transformá-los em realidade. Por isso tenho que viver do que minhas filhas me dão.