15 Dec 18

“A portare l’Italia alle tragedie e ai lutti della Seconda Guerra Mondiale è stato il Fascismo!”. Sì, ma quale Fascismo? Quello dell’economia corporativa? Quello dei Balilla e delle Piccole Italiane? Quello dell’Istituto Nazionale Fascista della Previdenza Sociale o quello dell’ Opera Nazionale Maternità e Infanzia? No, non quel Fascismo, ma nemmeno quello che viveva su […]

15 Dec 18
Matteo c.

28 Dicembre, Venerdì. Ore 22.30. A Tortona, nel circolo Dazibao, in Corso Alessandria 141. Mamasuya dal vivo, con lo spettacolo Kind Of Suya, una riproposizione integrale ed elettrica del capolavoro di Miles Davis: So What Blue in Green Freddie the Freeloader Flamenco Sketches All Blues Parlo, anzi scrivo, naturalmente, di Kind Of Blue, datato 1959. […]

15 Dec 18

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15 Dec 18
Business Industry Reports

Global Building Thermal Insulation Material Market Report 2018 explores future trends for supply, demand and market growth rate, market size, prices, trading, competition and value chain as well as Key Players of the industry’s information with forecast from 2018 to 2022. Global Building Thermal Insulation Material Market Overview: According to Market Analyst, Global Building Thermal […]

15 Dec 18
Mi mala literatura

No-querido Santa: Jamás he creído en vos. Hola.  De niño no creía en dios, aunque a él sí le tenía miedo. Creía que dios era una forma de terror para poner orden entre los niños del colegio, porque sin él todos se la pasarían siempre retandose a romperse la boca «a la salida», mientras que si […]

14 Dec 18
Rolling Stone
Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera worked with a Colombian guerilla group to ship cocaine from South America to Mexico, according to new evidence heard Thursday in Brooklyn federal court. In a recording of a phone call between Guzmán and a representative of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, El Chapo was heard negotiating details of a six-ton shipment of cocaine that he was trying to buy from the group, which had long financed its war against the Colombian state by taxing drug traffickers and, over time, taking a direct role in the smuggling of cocaine. In the recording, Chapo and the unidentified FARC representative agreed that Guzmán would buy two tons of coke with cash and get the other four tons on credit, with a plan to sign over properties held by an associate as collateral. Guzmán also offered to send his nephew to Colombia, essentially as a hostage, so the FARC could be guaranteed he paid for the rest of the shipment. The recording, which prosecutors said was from May 2010, was the first time jurors heard at length direct evidence of El Chapo’s involvement in the nitty-gritty details of his alleged drug operation, including a back-and-forth in which Guzmán appears not to hear — or pretends not to hear — the FARC man, identified in a transcript of the call as UM2, insist on a price of $2,100 per kilo, as opposed to the $2,000 Guzmán apparently wants to pay. Photo: US Department of Justice/Brooklyn Federal Court The call was entered into evidence and played for jurors during the testimony of Jorge Milton Cifuentes Villa, a Colombian drug trafficker who said he worked closely with Guzmán’s Sinaloa Cartel to ship cocaine from Ecuador to Mexico. Cifuentes — who himself confessed to providing weapons to a right-wing death squad that was actively fighting the FARC — provided context and commentary on the recording, giving jurors a window into the at-times hard-to-decipher conversation. In one exchange, after Guzmán had initially spoken of buying two and a half tons of coke in cash, he seamlessly changed the amount to two tons. (Cifuentes was extradited to the United States in 2013, and has pleaded guilty to drug trafficking and money laundering. He has not yet been sentenced.)  “First of all, he’s a really good businessman, because he’s saying he’s going to pay for two, not two and a half,” Cifuentes quipped. It was unclear, however, if the deal ever actually took place. Cifuentes said he owned the properties that Guzmán intended to sign over as collateral, but they were never transferred to the FARC representative. He said he couldn’t say definitively if the two tons El Chapo meant to buy in cash ever traded hands. The recordings pointed to a major blunder on the part of cartel leadership, who apparently thought they were speaking on a secure line. Cifuentes had hired a systems engineer, introduced to him by his sister and fellow drug-trafficker, to set up an encrypted network to allow the far-flung cartel members a way to directly communicate without worrying about government surveillance. Unfortunately for El Chapo and his associates, the engineer failed to continue paying for the licensing of the encryption software, leaving their communications exposed, Cifuentes told jurors   The FARC bombshell was just one of several major examples of El Chapo’s connection to both guerillas and high-ranking members of the government and military in the countries from which the cartel operated. On Wednesday, in his second day of testimony, Cifuentes — who is set to take the stand once more on Monday — told jurors that he had participated in a meeting at El Chapo’s “El Roble” ranch in the Sierra Madre mountains with representatives of PEMEX, Mexico’s state-owned oil company, to discuss using PEMEX oil tankers to ship cocaine from South America to Mexico. Like the FARC call, Cifuentes said the plan never panned out, but it was one more reminder to jurors that dirty money from the Sinaloa Cartel corrupted officials at the highest level. On the ground and at sea, Cifuentes claimed, the cartel bought the protection of military officers to ensure the safe passage of drugs headed north. Cifuentes described how he coordinated a complex smuggling route from Colombia into Ecuador, and then through international waters to Mexico. In Ecuador, that meant bribing an army captain $100 per kilo — a total of $600,000 for one six-ton shipment — in exchange for transporting the coke in army trucks from the Colombian border to warehouses in the cities of Quito and Guayaquil. Next, Cifuentes told the jury, they had to get the coke into open waters. Guzmán had hired a fleet of Peruvian shark-fishing vessels to transport the drugs, and workers in Ecuador would ferry the coke from shore in “go-fast” boats, at which point the Peruvian vessels would sail north in international waters and hand the drugs off to tuna-fishing boats, which would then head closer to Mexico and unload the cocaine onto more go-fast boats, which would speed the drugs to shore. In order to protect the shipments during this stage of the smuggling route, Cifuentes said he paid corrupt officials in the Ecuadorian navy $200,000 in exchange for intel on the movements of the American navy operating off the coast of Ecuador. That worked well on the first such shipment in 2008, when Cifuentes managed to get six tons of cocaine from Ecuador to the Sinaloa Cartel in Mexico, he testified. Despite being promised a 25-percent cut of the profits, Cifuentes said Guzmán never paid up. And the next two shipments were an unmitigated disaster, straining the relationship between Cifuentes and El Chapo. The trouble began in January of 2009, when Guzmán asked Cifuentes to arrange for another six-ton shipment via the same Colombia-Ecuador-Mexico route that Cifuentes had used the previous year. Despite getting word from his Ecuadorian navy contacts that American ships could be operating nearby, El Chapo appeared desperate to get his hands on the next load, and pushed Cifuentes to move it immediately.´ “Don Joaquín took responsibility for the cocaine, and said, ‘It doesn’t matter if the army is right in front of you, deliver the cocaine,’” Cifuentes told jurors. “And it was captured by the American navy, just like I had told him.” The next load didn’t fare any better. A few months later, in 2009, Guzmán was banking on Cifuentes to arrange an eight-ton shipment of cocaine along the same route. Cifuentes said he managed to get six tons of cocaine to his warehouses in Quito and Guayaquil. He was waiting on another two tons of coke to arrive when he found out that the Peruvian shark-fishing boats were going to be passing Ecuador soon. Cifuentes was eager to move the six tons he already had, he said, but Guzmán appeared desperate to get the full eight tons, and ordered Cifuentes to wait. Cifuentes was so nervous about keeping that much weight in one place that he considered lying to Guzmán and just sending it along, but eventually decided against it. “The Peruvian boats were on their way, and I wanted to get the six tons on the way, but Joaquin kept insisting that I needed to send eight,” he said. It was during this tense period that Cifuentes’ nephew made a critical mistake, first by registering the warehouses in Ecuador under his own name, and then by allowing a corrupt soldier to deliver a load straight to one of the warehouses. When the Ecuadorian army intercepted a relatively minor load of 200 kilos of cocaine, the soldier who had been to the warehouse was arrested, and flipped on the smugglers. The Ecuadorian authorities raided the warehouses, and seized all six tons. Cifuentes said he was just about through. “I didn’t want to know any more about drug trafficking with Don Joaquín,” Cifuentes told the court.   Like many of the the other cooperating witnesses who have so far testified against Guzmán, Cifuentes has his own sordid backstory filled with intrigue, murder plots and staggering amounts of cocaine, all of which Guzmán’s defense attorney Jeffrey Lichtman used to try to cast Cifuentes as an unreliable witness. Jorge Milton Cifuentes Villa near Caracas, Venezuela, in 2012. Photo: Ariana Cubillos/AP/Shutterstock In 1984, Cifuentes was locked up in Colombia on a charge of murder, a crime he claims he did not commit. While he was in prison in Medellín, he said, he was recruited by a high-ranking member of the Medellín Cartel to carry out a hit on another prisoner, who was accused of stealing cocaine. Cifuentes was offered three possible methods of execution. “They gave me a revolver, they gave me cyanide poison, and they gave me a grenade for me to choose which way I wanted to do it,” he said. Cifuentes decided on the method he described as the “simplest,” and proceeded to sprinkle cyanide on the marked man’s arepas. When the target failed to eat the poisoned arepa, Cifuentes said he made sure to dispose of it, to avoid poisoning anyone else. “So you don’t like hurting people?” Lichtman asked him, during cross-examination. “Not people who are not in my way,” Cifuentes said. “I’m not in your way, am I?” Lichtman asked. “No sir, you’re doing you job,” Cifuentes replied. After the arepa plot failed, Cifuentes said he tossed a grenade into the man’s cell, but the concrete bed in the cell managed to shield the man from the blast. “He only got shrapnel in his legs,” Cifuentes said. “Nothing happened to him — well, he was scared.” After two years in prison, the murder charges against Cifuentes were dropped, and he got into the drug game for real. By the early 1990s, he was living in McAllen, Texas, on a fake visa, and alongside his partner Humberto Ojeda he was trafficking so much coke that the duo’s operation was grossing $100 million per month, Cifuentes said. That partnership came to an abrupt end in 1997, when Roba Chivas was gunned down in Mexico by sicarios working for El Chapo’s partner Ismael Zambada, or El Mayo. Cifuentes was furious, he said, especially because Ojeda’s son was in the car when Ojeda was shot. But that did not stop Cifuentes from continuing to work with the Sinaloa Cartel, another apparent moral failing that Lichtman seized upon. “Despite the fact that Mayo killed a man who you described as your brother, you were still willing to deal drugs with him?” Lichtman asked. “Yes sir,” Cifuentes replied.
14 Dec 17
Men's Journal
When visiting Helsinki you can’t help but notice how fiercely independent and proud the Finns are—in addition to how amazing Finnish sauna is; and how tasty reindeer is; and how quirky and friendly the people are; and how clean and safe it all is; and how impossible it is to understand Finnish.   [jwplayer jer6MURt-eEkK759I ]   We digress. Before you head to Helsinki, or anywhere in Finland, you should know a few things about their recent history—like the country’s geography and long road to sovereignty. Finland has a prime location between Europe and Asia. It’s lined with valuable shipping and passenger ports. So, naturally, it’s attractive to either powerful neighbor. They spent centuries under the rule of Sweden, before enduring another one as an autonomous Russian territory through the first World War (it coincided with a 3-month civil war that led to their independence in May 2017). In 2017, Finland celebrated its first century as an independent nation. [ami-related id=”- Click to search articles -” url=”” title=”The 10 Coolest, Most Unique Hotels in Europe” target=”_blank” inset=”true”] They’re proud of that. They’re proud of their unique language, which resembles none of the other Nordic ones (it’s closer to Hungarian, in fact; however, Swedish is the second official language of the country). They’ll remind you that they’re not part of Scandinavia, thank you very much, and they’ll be unabashed standing naked with you in a sauna, because why wouldn’t they be? The best way to soak everything up is four days eating and drinking and mingling (naked or clothed) in Helsinki perhaps with an easy overnight to the west, as you’ll learn from this guide.) Here’s how to do it best, to encapsulate this fantastic country and its very warm, very blonde, very proud people. [ami-related id=”- Click to search articles -” url=”” title=”Castles, Cliffs, and Craft Brews: The 4-day Weekend in Dublin” target=”_blank” inset=”true”] How to Get There Did you know that Finnair has a stopover program, just like Iceland’s and Portugal’s? You can plop in via Helsinki for up to five days, en route to a further destination at no extra cost. (It’s one of Europe’s most popular routes to Asia, FYI.) The airline has seasonal direct flights to New York, Chicago, Miami, and San Francisco, with a new route added direct to Los Angeles beginning March 31, 2019. There’s barely an excuse not to go (plus you can score a Marimekko amenity kit on the flight, which is miles better than stale pretzels). Hotel Lilla Roberts Where to Stay in Helsinki Hotel Lilla Roberts Opened in 2015, Lilla Roberts’ building touts a curious history, with past lives as a power plant and, more recently, a police station. Now, the four-star, luxury hotel (which feels more like five stars, in our opinion) is one of the trendiest haunts in town, with 130 Art-Deco-inspired rooms in the heart of Helsinki’s Design District. There’s moody black-and-gold décor in each room with five categories of rooms and suites to choose from. Park yourself at the lobby bar Bar Lilla e for a nightcap, or nestle into Krog Roba for breakfast (or a reserved dinner table). Either way, fresh Nordic ingredients are on display. Hotel St. George Hotel St. George Helsinki’s newest hotel has rerouted hip locals and tourists alike. St. George focuses on multi-faceted wellness. For your mind and body, try the sauna, pool, and spa at St. George Care. Sate your appetite at the stellar bakery, restaurant, and bar lounge. Get some much-needed relaxation with a dynamic roster of soft-colored, Nordic-designed rooms and suites. And soak in the culture with rotating works of art, including Ai Wei Wei’s “Tianwu”—a multi-headed dragon dangling overhead in the entryway. Hotel St. George   If the Ace model is your preferred way to stay, then Hotel St. George is your obvious pick. Despite its popularity, it’s not as overrun as most Ace properties, making it attractive to those who value aesthetics, location, 5-star comfort—and, yes, solitude. Amos Rex Museum   What to do in Helsinki Museums: It’s worth getting a Helsinki Card if you plan to visit a bunch of the city’s museums and other cultural attractions. The pass also includes public transit. Löyly Sauna and Kaurilan Sauna: Finnish sauna is of the utmost priority in Helsinki. Löyly—a huge geometric oasis right on the water—is the most popular pick, and it even has its own restaurant. If you want something more traditional and intimate (not in a scandalous way), make a reservation at Kaurilan. You’ll join a dozen locals after work at the home of its owner, enjoying fresh bread between detox sessions, nestled in a park outside the center of town. The two experiences couldn’t be more different, but they’re equally enjoyable. Rock Church   Temppeliaukio “Rock Church” and Kamppi “Chapel of Silence” : These aren’t your garden variety, tourism-checklist churches. The former is a Lutheran church built into the side of a giant rock face, complete with a skylight and copper dome. It’s famous for its acoustics, and you can catch a variety of performances when you stop by for a visit. (We happened upon a Chinese youth choir.) The latter is a stunning orange structure planted in Narinkka Square. Visitors come to escape the bustle of the city—to sit calmly and reflect. Neither should be missed. Suomenlinna Sea Fortress   Suomenlinna: Catch a ferry and head to this former fortress island, rich with history from Finland’s occupation by both Sweden and Russia. Old Market Hall   Market Square and the Old Market: These are open-air and enclosed markets, respectively, that are the best places to pick up traditional souvenirs and gifts. Get smoked reindeer or a bowl of salmon soup, a kuksa cup, or a hand-woven lapp hat. Lightbringer (Winter War Monument): Erected in 2017 in Kasarmitori Square, this metal, punctured sculpture commemorates the efforts of soldiers who held off the advances of the Russians in the winter of 1939 and 1940—a valiant milestone for the young nation. Sibelius Monument and Sibelius Park: This beautiful waterfront park has an organ-pipe sculpture to memorialize the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. Sibelius Park   Senate Square, Moscow Patriarchate (Orthodox Church), and Uspenski Cathedral: These are three of Helsinki’s architectural icons, and the most-photographed squares. Katajanokka and Hotel Katajanokka: Katajanokka is a charming peninsula neighborhood with Art Nouveau architecture, including the Uspenski Cathedral. This is a great corner of the city for fine harbor-front seafood or a craft cocktail. Helsinki Cathedral   Helsinki Design District: Stock up on Marimekko, clothing, and handmade goods from local vendors. Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, National Museum of Finland, and Ateneum Art Museum: These are your must-browse museums for all things Finnish history and culture. Where to Eat and Drink in Helsinki Yes Yes Yes: We felt our happiest and coziest here, thanks to the bustle of young locals that gave this vegetarian restaurant its colorful energy. You must order the halloumi fries with pomegranate and coriander. The Cock: Get your yuks out of your system, and saddle up for some delicious brasserie-style oysters, steak, or of course, chicken. (Hence the name, you pervert.) Story in the Old Markethall: You’ll inevitably find yourself in Helsinki’s marketplace, perusing smoked meats and woven winterwear. Stop by Story for fresh bread, creamy salmon soup, or pork belly with beer-braised sauerkraut. Ravintola Nokka: Stop by this waterfront gourmet, in the foodie-haven neighborhood Katajanokka, for lunch, wine, or coffee. Restaurant Andrea: Finnish-Turkish chef Mehmet Gürs combines Anatolian and Nordic cuisines for one of Helsinki’s most-buzzed-about new restaurants (located in Hotel St. George). Wintergarden Bar: This living-room lounge is flooded with light by day, and Helsinki’s hardworking hipster class by night. It’s also located onsite at St. George—further proof that the hotel is the city’s hub of ‘cool’. B-Side Bar Teurastamo: A Hollywood-caliber dive bar with an A-list selection of whiskey, wine, and beer. Bronda: More brasserie gold, in case your palate demands a taste of western Europe. (With a dinnertime DJ, to boot.) Ora: Don’t wear a belt, because this six-course seasonal menu will have you bursting. Bar Molotow: Craft beers with an outdoor terrace, often soundtracked by live music. Consider This Overnight Trip: Hanko (The “Hamptons” of Finland) We think three days in Helsinki is the sweet spot, though we’d never complain about a bonus day. That said, we also think a day trip (or overnighter) is in order. Lots of tourists will hop the boat to Tallinn, but that’s a city that deserves more time than a pass-through. That’s why you should skip the boat and hop on a train a couple hours west to Hanko. With 30 km of soothing, sandy beaches on the southernmost tip of the country, it attracts weekend leisurerers and outdoor enthusiasts alike. Crash at the cozy Hotel Regatta if you want the best location between beaches, docks, and dining. They even have daily bike rentals, which allow you easy access to the entire coastline, passing kite surfers and sailors, kayakers and sunbathers. Make dinner reservations at the marooned Hangon Portti for romantic waterfront dining (there’s a little boat that shuttles between the mainland and the tiny island every couple of minutes). Next to the restaurant is Itämerenportti Sauna. If you haven’t noticed, sauna is requisite for any day in Finland. You can rent a private one there, on quite literally your own private island. Otherwise, we suggest a meal at the historic, newly restored Hangon Casino (it’s not a casino). Park your bikes outside The House of Four Winds for a Montauk-like dining experience with panoramic water views. If worth pedaling out to Ravintola På Kroken for the freshest (and world famous!) seafood in town. If you go, take a look at Hanko’s tourism site to inquire about any activity bookings, like board rentals, far-off lighthouse visits, and the like.
14 Dec 18
Amici della Specola Vaticana

16 aprile 2013 La sonda lanciata 36 anni fa dalla NASA sta per oltrepassare l’eliopausa, la zona in cui il flusso di particelle emesso dal Sole è così diluito da non superare la resistenza della rarefattissima “atmosfera” interstellare, e smette di espandersi. Ma è ancora ben all’interno dei confini del sistema solare – ossia di […]