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审查面纱下的大国形象:2018年被微信删掉的十条新闻|深度|端传媒Initium Media
香港大学新闻及传媒研究中心的WeChatscope团队,2018年透过电脑系统每天追踪超过4000个、内容涉及社会及新闻议题的公众号,共收录了超过104万篇文章,当中约11000篇被审查系统删除。现在,我们与读者重温中国2018年的围观2.0,一同从大数据中,回顾去年在微信公众号审查面纱下的十件中国大事。
numbers  wechat  2018 
january 2019 by aries1988
好文!旅法30多年翻译详述法国目前社会动乱“黄马甲运动”及法国的现状!

欧盟为各国制定的未来发展方向是: 法国和意大利是专门旅游国, 西班牙和葡萄牙种菜和水果, 德国荷兰丹麦养猪牛, 波兰种粮食; 东欧各小国按人口总额交纳的欧共体分摊金少, 但领取的补助因货币比值差距大而实际受益最多。

俄和前南诸国向西欧贩卖军火, 大量投资滨海房产, 黑社会势力强大, 东欧的蛇头、娼妓、少年惯偷群, 波兰的长途运输业+电工和建筑工, 北非转来的毒品, 大量新老移民轻易获得法国(和西欧其他各国) 经过历史长期斗争而获得的社会福利, 诸多头疼问题导致各国极右翼迅速发展。

美中俄的威胁

法国的税项门类和总额, 被"世界经济发展与合作组织"排名为欧洲最高额国家之一(丹麦第一, 德国第二, 法国第三)。 在至少十多种赋税和社会分摊金以及行业分摊金中, 增值税 1° 收益最大, 其次是社会保险税 2°, 然后依次为: 收入所得税 3°, 公司所得税 4°, 土地税 5°, 居住税 6°, 烟草税 7°, 社会奉献普及税 8° (法文缩写CSG), 以及颇有争议的 巨富团结税 9° (法文缩写 ISF)。

该税始创于1791年大革命时期, 1953年以法律形式正式确定。 几十年来, 法国所有城镇的基建和福利费用所需: 道路修缮, 垃圾清理, 街心花园, 体育中心, 图书馆, 幼儿园, 中小学交通和食堂等, 全指靠国家对此税收的反还款。

跟世界各地的都市布局和建筑艺术相比, 看来看去, 总觉得法国别具一格: 建筑群内临近楼房的风格一致,建筑物本身的外貌与内部功能一致, 内部装饰物的质地和颜色格调一致, 当时利用与未来的长远发展一致, 一句话, 各个市镇的规划设计, 体现出法国人对美的欣赏水平, 整体上高于其他国家。这正如法国人的穿衣习惯,当今世界生活普遍以务实为主, 不管出身是何层次, 穿着是否品牌, 法国人都注意上衣下裤鞋袜的式样搭配和颜色协调。 跟生活水平差距并不大的南欧北欧和德国相比, 法国人的这一点比较突出, 从旅游团的穿戴就能断定是否来自法国。

** 美国飞机向法国空投了3000台钢琴, 几万份爵士乐谱, 意在传播美国生活方式。

左翼上台后根据他们对"社会主义"理念的理解, 实施人人平等, 全民自由, 对犯罪分子从轻判决, 相信他们能自身改造思想, 实际是放纵坏人罪人。 他们主张"不要隔绝罪犯, 使他们远离生活现实, 不利出狱后再融入社会"。 这种对一小撮人的自由, 势必造成社会紊乱, 人身安全无保障, 更谈不上全民自由! 法国的传统左派应当对此负主要责任。

1986年6月我来到法国, 那时社会比现在稳定, 在"巴黎高等翻译学校"上课, 有时晚上11点乘公交车返回郊区住处, 毫无安全问题; 物价呢, 过去50法朗(折合现在7欧元)能买很多东西, 可现在100欧元(折合过去700法朗) 却买不到啥。 由此可见法国的物价涨幅, 人民的普遍购买力和生活水平下降多大, 我深有体会, 所以同情支持。

有位法国老知识分子曾对我说, 美国人称呼新闻媒介为"第四权力" (西方是"三权"鼎立), 此次法国的"黄马甲"运动, 我深有感触。
The derivation of the term fourth estate arises from the traditional European concept of the three estates of the realm: the clergy, the nobility, and the commoners. The equivalent term fourth power is somewhat uncommon in English but is used in many European languages (see: es:Cuarto poder and fr:Quatrième pouvoir, for example) referring to the separation of powers in government into a legislature, an executive, and a judiciary.
analysis  france  anecdote  stereotype  media  2018  question  future  crisis  populism  history  français 
december 2018 by aries1988
5 New China-Centric Books That Make for Great Christmas Presents | the Beijinger
RT : We couldn't agree more. . . How many of these books are on your gift list?
book  china  2018  bestof 
december 2018 by aries1988
British Political Chaos, Explained for Chrissy Teigen (and for Americans in General)
This is not to say that polarization is good, but the non-polarization of this issue, and the composition of party politics, has paralyzed both parties on the matter. And both parties are internally fractured on what to do, making it even harder for either to act.

When you talk to people here, whether they support Brexit or oppose it, they tend to evince a decidedly un-British optimism about what leaving the European Union will mean. Often, it seems to begin with the assumption that Britain is still a great power, that the world needs Britain more than Britain needs the world.
uk  politics  usa  democracy  crisis  2018 
december 2018 by aries1988
YellowG’s Year in Books | Goodreads
Check out #MyYearInBooks on Goodreads! via @goodreads
2018  book  reading  numbers  MyYearInBooks 
december 2018 by aries1988
PPE: l'éolien en mer "sabordé", selon France Énergie éolienne
Ils ont promis un triplement de l'éolien terrestre d'ici 2030. Concernant l'éolien en mer, le premier parc sera mis en service au large de Saint-Nazaire durant le quinquennat "et nous lancerons quatre nouveaux appels d'offres", a indiqué Emmanuel Macron. L'exécutif vise ainsi jusqu'à 35,6 gigawatts (GW) de capacités dans l'éolien terrestre en 2028 et jusqu'à 5,2 GW en mer. France énergie éolienne estime que le déploiement de l'éolien en mer est ainsi "sabordé". "Avec des objectifs réduits de moitié par rapport aux recommandations de la filière, le gouvernement renonce au potentiel énergétique et industriel de cette énergie", estiment les professionnels.
2018  project  france  energy  eolien  numbers  ocean 
november 2018 by aries1988
The Woman Who Still Finds Louis C.K. Lovable
The French comedian Blanche Gardin is taking on all of feminism’s orthodoxies.
2018  female  feminism  français  movement  opinion  culture  comedy  artist 
november 2018 by aries1988
How to Watch “Crazy Rich Asians” Like an Asian-American | The New Yorker
Jiayang Fan writes about the film “Crazy Rich Asians,” directed by Jon M. Chu, starring Henry Golding and Constance Wu, and based on the book by Kevin Kwan.
movie  chinese  usa  2018 
november 2018 by aries1988
Waking Up with Sam Harris: #133 — Globalism on the Brink
Legitimate grievances with immigration https://overcast.fm/+Ic2iBh0LA/32:11
Impact of automation https://overcast.fm/+Ic2iBh0LA/39:34
Universal basic income, solution? https://overcast.fm/+Ic2iBh0LA/39:42

It's one thing for the Chinese to steal our intellectual property, it's another for them to steal our strategy."
civic  nationalism  technology  crisis  transformation  society  politics  trump  2018  globalism  explained  cosmopolitanism  podcast 
october 2018 by aries1988
The US is hunkering down for a new cold war with China | Financial Times
If this were simply a matter of rhetoric, or the trash talk of campaigns, it could be discounted. Instead, the approach reflects a serious emerging strategy to confront China. The outlines of this clash are unfolding piecemeal, without the benefit of core strategic documents like George Kennan’s Long Telegram or Paul Nitze’s NSC-68 policy paper that crystallised US strategy in the first cold war. But it is informed by a considered diagnosis of China’s ambitions and actions during recent decades.

Mr Pence says China’s comprehensive “influence operation” is “rewarding or coercing” American businesses, movie studios, universities, think-tanks, journalists, and government officials and targeting activities in specific congressional districts. Mr Pence concludes that “what the Russians are doing pales in comparison to what China is doing”.
2018  usa  china 
october 2018 by aries1988
让我们跟着范冰冰重温检讨之道|大象公会
从检讨的基本要素、格式以及基本用意来说,范冰冰的这篇检讨相当合格,尤其是承诺日后表现这一部分,及时强调争做富有文化内涵的好公司,为全社会传播正能量,充分显示她没有辜负一番治病救人的苦心。

是的,检讨是一种语文课不会教,但又曾是每个中国人都有可能用到的应用文体。因为时代的原因,一度淡出普通中国人的日常生活,以至于语文老师都不知道什么是合格的检讨。

但是,范冰冰这封语法欠通的致歉信,让我们欣喜地看到,检讨这种有过灿烂华章、曾让无数人一吟双泪流的文本,早已深植于中国人的血液,是我们不断的文脉。
2018  money  actor  tradition 
october 2018 by aries1988
编程要从娃娃抓起:家长们的焦虑托起百亿级产业
Scratch是麻省理工学院开发的一款专门针对低年龄段孩子的编程工具,因其入门简单、操作极具趣味性,推出十余年来,已经是世界上最流行的儿童编程语言。即便是不会英语、不会用键盘打字的孩子,也可以通过拖拽积木形状的模块来实现构成程序的命令和参数,在制作动画、游戏的过程中学习到有关编程的基本知识。
programming  kid  2018  reportage  china  formation 
september 2018 by aries1988
Xi Sets China on a Collision Course With History - The New York Times
Known as “modernization theory,” it says that once citizens reach a certain level of wealth, they will demand things like public accountability, free expression and a role in government. Authoritarian states, unable to meet these demands, either transition to democracy or collapse amid unrest.

So China is instead promoting “ideology and collective social values” that equate the government with Chinese culture, according to research by the China scholar Heike Holbig and Mr. Gilley. Patriotic songs and school textbooks have proliferated. So have mentions of “Xi Jinping Thought,” now an official ideology.
today  china  2018  xi  politics  state  people 
september 2018 by aries1988
The End of ‘Civilisation’
The new program is best understood as a kind of delayed rebuttal, sometimes quite explicit, to Clark and his view of history.

An example of his method was a book the gallery published called 100 Details from Pictures in the National Gallery. Clark wanted to draw the attention of untutored viewers to specific elements in each work and place them alongside similar details from other works, with the aim of building up knowledge and interest piece by piece, element by element.

There was no stinting on travel either. By the time they were through Clark and crew had visited 118 museums and 117 other locations in 11 countries.

It was television of an intensified kind, meant to seduce a mass audience.

An act or piece of art that is life-enhancing—that allows us to have life, and to have it more abundantly—is civilized; one that isn’t isn’t.

The Greco-Roman ideal, he says, was “without doubt the most extraordinary creation in the whole of history.” It was nearly lost with the sacking of Rome—by barbarians, did he mention?—in the 5th century and then barely survived the advance of Islam in the 8th. It lay dormant, tended by monks, until the millennium, when it began to manifest itself in a variety of ways in Europe.
civ  art  politics  debate  west  documentary  2018  1969  bbc  uk 
august 2018 by aries1988
Will the Benalla Affair Sink Emmanuel Macron?
Alexandra Schwartz on the Benalla Affair, which is ostensibly about Emmanuel Macron’s onetime bodyguard, but in fact reflects on the French President himself.
france  2018  macro  trump 
august 2018 by aries1988
惑星之歌 | Pussy Riot:那群冲进球场的俄罗斯年轻人 – 中国数字时代

在晚期资本主义气息越来越浓厚的时代,大家不仅在今年的世界杯足球赛上看到了更加令人窒息的防守反击,对于抗议也似乎变得司空见惯,以至于不想再去思考背后的原因以及不再加以关注。但无论如何,她们冲进赛场的这一幕也让这次的决赛除了乌龙,点球,守门员注意力不集中被偷进球,和莫斯科的大于之外,让我们多了一个记住的理由。
worldcup  2018  russia  football  manifestation  dissident  politics  world  tv 
july 2018 by aries1988
这是今年最犀利的演讲:国家命运与个人命运
我认为,马克思在一百多年前的一些关于资本主义发展的具体结论有些时空的局限性,但马克思主义的基本原理是正确的,那就是生产力决定生产关系、经济基础决定上层建筑。美国经济结构的变化决定社会结构变化,也一定决定着美国政治利益、国家核心利益的变化。

从这个意义上讲,即便特朗普两年或者六年后下台,美国也不会因为更换总统而在战略上改变对中国的基本立场。这是我的一个基本看法。

经济全球化时代国家间竞争的本质是什么?二十几年前我就提出是制度竞争,即看谁的制度安排更有利于经济增长和发展。因此,改革那些阻碍创新的制度安排,创建更加包容、可以自主经营、自主选择和自主流动的现代市场经济体系是至关重要的。

欧洲人出口的是古老的贵族文明积淀下来的审美,几乎所有的奢侈品都来自欧洲。审美是一种历史积淀,前提是一个国家历史、文化的连续性。

这个话题其实是很沉重的,在此我只想谈谈自己的体会。对个人而言,审美是一种品质和修养。一个审美能力低下的民族不仅素养、品格不高,道德水准也会有问题。

一个人做好自己每一个人生阶段中应该做好的事情,把自己喜欢做的事情尽可能地做到极致甚至像清教徒那样对待自己喜欢的职业并愿意为此努力一生,你就是一个具有使命感的人。所谓工匠精神,本质上与这种对职业的敬畏和使命感的理解与坚守密不可分。
talk  china  usa  economy  today  opinion  youth  self  patriotism  advice  2018  trump 
july 2018 by aries1988
In Denmark, Harsh New Laws for Immigrant ‘Ghettos’ - The New York Times
Starting at the age of 1, “ghetto children” must be separated from their families for at least 25 hours a week, not including nap time, for mandatory instruction in “Danish values,” including the traditions of Christmas and Easter, and Danish language. Noncompliance could result in a stoppage of welfare payments. Other Danish citizens are free to choose whether to enroll children in preschool up to the age of six.

In his annual New Year’s speech, Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen warned that ghettos could “reach out their tentacles onto the streets” by spreading violence, and that because of ghettos, “cracks have appeared on the map of Denmark.” Politicians who once used the word “integration” now call frankly for “assimilation.”

People who know a little about history, our European not-so-nice period, we know what the word ‘ghetto’ is associated with.

Her client, Anni Larsen, told a story about being invited by a Turkish immigrant to their child’s wedding and being scandalized to discover that the guests were separated by gender and seated in different rooms. “I think there were only 10 people from Denmark,” she said, appalled. “If you ask me, I think they shouldn’t have invited us.”

Anette Jacobsen, 64, a retired pharmacist’s assistant, said she so treasured Denmark’s welfare system, which had provided her four children with free education and health care, that she felt a surge of gratitude every time she paid her taxes, more than 50 percent of her yearly income. As for immigrants using the system, she said, “There is always a cat door for someone to sneak in.”

Nearly 87 percent of Denmark’s 5.7 million people are of Danish descent, with immigrants and their descendants accounting for the rest. Two-thirds of the immigrants, around half a million, are from Muslim backgrounds, a group that swelled with the waves of Afghan, Iraqi and Syrian refugees crossing Europe.

“If you create new kinds of laws that apply to only one part of society, then you can keep adding to them,” she said. “It will turn into the parallel society they’re so afraid of. They will create it themselves.”
dane  denmark  numbers  immigration  immigrant  children  education  2018 
july 2018 by aries1988
「610表情」:震驚越南全國的示威浪潮,不應以「反華」簡化概括|深度|端傳媒 Initium Media
以上三點讓越南全國震驚,讓各界感受到大量民眾對三個特區的擔憂、對《網絡安全法》限制言論自由的反對,而這背後,其實是源於越南人歷來對中國侵犯的危機意識(越南人也稱為「北國危機意識」)。

越南民眾意識到雲屯、北雲風、富國三個地方剛好是北中南沿海的三大港口、軍事要地(其中雲風港在冷戰時期曾借租給蘇聯鎮守),且《特區法》裏面還特別允許生產軍事、軍用相關器材、武器、特種設備的工業,以及經營不動產、爆炸物料、使用有害化學的重金屬冶煉工業等(附錄)。將此三個軍事要地租予他國,對越南人來說,就是將三地變為三隻巨大的特洛伊木馬,讓他國隨時可以控制越南全國情勢。若越南需要特別區以發展經濟,為何不是胡志明和河內的高科技園區,而偏偏要指定此三個軍事要地?

《網絡安全法》的內容基本上是抄襲中國的《網絡安全法》,而非參考西方各國,目的就是保護共產政府當局,而非保護民眾的資料保密權、網絡交易安全或監控恐怖行為。這使得越南民眾害怕越南會成為像中國一樣的網絡孤島。

總括而言,這波網絡抗議和「610表情」讓越南民眾回憶起對政府的眾多不滿,從東海(南海)主權、漁民的捕魚權、台塑排汙問題、受中國施壓而中斷探油等,到土地遭廉價強制徵收、官員貪污、宗教聖院受破壞和宗教人士被監禁、食安問題、教育問題等等,全部一湧而上。
vietnam  2018  manifestation  china 
june 2018 by aries1988
西亚国家希望将澳大利亚逐出亚足联,澳大利亚的存在是否挤压了国足和西亚进入世界杯的机会? - 知乎

亚洲一共4.5个参加世界杯的名额。日韩在亚洲的地位基本稳如泰山了,基本高于其他亚洲球队至少一个档次;如今澳大利亚的实力并不输于日韩,加入之后基本也占用一个名额。如此一来,包括西亚国家在内的其余亚洲国家,也只能抢最后那一个半名额了(半个名额有一半可能还完全没戏)。所以,肯定很多国家感到不爽,觉得澳大利亚抢了自己的机会。

作者:赵乾
链接:https://www.zhihu.com/question/27902248/answer/38706602
来源:知乎
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fun  explained  asia  australia  football  2018  worldcup 
june 2018 by aries1988
“逃离北上广,落户新一线”——中国城市间为什么打起了人才争夺战?|深度|端传媒 Initium Media
天津,是中國的四大直轄市之一,也是基礎設施完善的港口都會,距離北京僅130多公里,城際高鐵列車每十分鐘一班,只要35分鐘就可以完成兩個城市的穿梭。更具吸引力的是,由於參加高考人數少、錄取率高,它一直有「高考天堂」之稱。2017年,天津的重點本科院校錄取率高達25%,位列全國第一,相當於每四名天津考生裏就有一名可以去全國一流的大學讀書。並且,相比於北京,天津還有房價相對低廉,環境宜居的優勢。
tianjin  2018  moi 
june 2018 by aries1988
雄安新区积分制:开奔驰不如骑共享单车积分高-观察者网

“你开个大奔驰每天上班,不如我骑共享单车积分高;你租个大房子一个人住,不如我一家数口租个小房子积分高;我拾年积分够了可以买房子,你分数不够继续积分,你想买的房子越大你需要积分的年限越高。”该负责人解释称,“你开个车喝水,瓶子一甩出去了,十分没了,马路不宽,公交车优先,你开个私家车到处受限。人家到春天都去义务植树你从来不去,一年又差100分。”
2018  china  future 
june 2018 by aries1988
A Record of Syrian Monuments Before ISIS
John Gendall writes about the photography of the veteran architectural photographer Peter Aaron, whose images of Syria, from 2009, serve as a quiet reminder of the country’s recent past.
venice  2018  architecture  syria  loss  civ  middle-east  isis  photo  exhibition 
may 2018 by aries1988
中国面壁者:西南大山深处的核九院年轻人_能见度_澎湃新闻-The Paper
中国面壁者:西南大山深处的核九院年轻人_能见度_澎湃新闻-The Paper 下载APP 进入原新闻 进入原话题 下载APP 去提问 / 下载APP 打开澎湃客户端提问 视频 时事 财经 思想 生活 上直播 @所有人 温度计 一级视场 World湃 湃客科技 围观 七环视频 大都会 追光灯 运动装 健寻记 城市漫步…
2018  scientist  chinese  state  propaganda  reportage  youth 
may 2018 by aries1988
高薪互联网对决CFD
CFD教授级高工自己写的了CFD代码(具备高水平的计算机编程水平),推得了算法(张量、离散求解、甚至自己提出模型)。这是基本素养,是CFD教授级高工和CFD工程师的区别。
CFD教授级高工,可以从你的云图看出你的网格数量,从流场看出是否调用高阶格式,从几何外形看出哪里需要网格加密。

重申,CFD不同于实验学科,这一行,充满了学术传奇和商业传奇:
开源CFD软件架构师Weller只是本科生,从不写文章,创立CFD软件OpenFOAM
Wilcox逝世之前一直都是讲师,生前提出kOmega模型
Gosman在帝国理工时期,提出各种Gosman模型,后创立CFD软件STAR-CD
Hirt提出VOF模型,单篇被引10000+,创立CFD软件Flow-3D
Peric放弃帝国理工大学教授职位创立公司,即为CD-adapco的前身
Spalding提出CFD模型无数,学术不倒,同时创立CFD软件PHOENICS
他们都是纯粹的CFD教授级高工,是神。或有教职,或创立公司,或商业咨询,或身兼数职。

CFD应届生去公司要高薪,要走【一事一议】。发挥经验优势,越老越值钱。
谈薪水,靠的自己的技能。赚多少钱,取决于你能拿多少东西上台面。但这里,问一下自己,你的CFD技能是否能做到一事一议?算例发散了怎么办?是否会植入新的大气流动模型?如何增加一个地面的造火源项?
拿多少工资,取决于你创造的效益。

在某一天,各大公司将不再看重花花绿绿的云图,而是真正的需要CFD做产品设计的时候。
他们终将填充一批强有力的CFD教授级高级工程师。
那个时候,将需要一个CFD理论功底扎实,行业经验丰富的人,以领导者开创者的身份,负责万亿体量产品的设计变革。
career  cfd  moi  future  today  history  comparison  internet  2018  industry  bat 
april 2018 by aries1988
BBC World Service - Business Daily, TED 2018: Changing the AI Conversation
Do we really know the potential and the pitfalls of artificial intelligence?
TED  2018  ai  podcast 
april 2018 by aries1988
梁文道:存在就是宣傳

中國信奉伊斯蘭的人真的很少嗎?當然不是,兩千五百萬人已經是世界上很多國家的總人口了。

有這種想法的大腦,是國家意識形態機器的天然容器,兩者可謂一拍即合,而且互相生成,彼此支持,雞生下了蛋,蛋又孵出了雞。因為他們全都相信,任何一種在公共領域當中出現的東西,必定都是宣傳。

因為根據公共領域當中「存在即宣傳」的原理,一部客觀詳實地去分析上述問題的書,就必然是一份台獨的政治宣傳。
2018  tourist  religion  propaganda  censorship 
march 2018 by aries1988
【弄个大新闻】两会记者提问之来自同行的鄙视 - 中国数字时代
3月13日,十三届全国人大一次会议的记者提问环节,一名蓝衣女记者(上海第一财经梁相宜)疑因对身旁红衣女记者(全 …
2018  journalist  female  china 
march 2018 by aries1988
The Interpreter: How to tell if your president is a "strongman"
The country is run by a vast bureaucracy, divided among powerful institutions. Any individual official fits within a system of hierarchies and factions. The whole thing operates on norms that are authoritarian but at least consistent.
Mr. Xi is changing this system. He’s centralizing more authority for himself than a modern Chinese leader is supposed to have. He’s defying norms, like presidential term limits. He’s purging some officials who belong to opposing political factions. He’s borrowing some pages from the strongman playbook.
But! Mr. Xi is doing all of this within the existing political system. The Chinese state is still deeply institutionalized. He’s not changing that. He is of the system.
Personalist leaders tend to smash the system. Hugo Chavez of Venezuela treated much of the government as something to conquer or destroy. So did Mr. Putin.
china  2018  today  politics  comparison  russia  leader 
march 2018 by aries1988
The Interpreter: A British crime drama bleeds into the real world
The researchers concluded that popular television shows’ portrayals of family life led to these changes by shifting public perceptions about the appropriate role of women.
Television isn’t new to Britain, of course. But in a world where media consumption is increasingly fragmented, popular shows are one of the few mass experiences left. That kind of shared understanding is rare, and it can be a powerful thing for politicians to take advantage of.
tv  africa  mentality  family  female  crime  uk  2018 
february 2018 by aries1988
Opinion | What It’s Like to Live in a Surveillance State
China is deploying high-tech totalitarianism to repress Uighurs in Xinjiang.
xinjiang  china  2018 
february 2018 by aries1988
Le naufrage d’un pétrolier au large de la Chine provoque l’un des plus grands rejets d’hydrocarbure de l’histoire
L’hydrocarbure transporté, plus léger que du pétrole brut, pourrait se disperser plus largement, mais devrait en partie s’évaporer.
2018  ocean  pollution  oil&gas  china 
january 2018 by aries1988
Les droits de l’homme, épine des voyages présidentiels en Chine
Le problème du non-respect des droits fondamentaux n’a cessé de s’inviter dans l’actualité avant le voyage de Macron à Xi’an et Pékin, du 8 au 10 janvier.
2018  macron  china 
january 2018 by aries1988
Tech trends for 2018: the big will get bigger
the main engines of growth for the biggest tech companies in 2018 are ones that have already become a deeply ingrained part of business life: digital advertising, ecommerce and the wholesale move of global IT to the cloud.

Ecommerce accounts for about 14 per cent of sales in the US and 9 per cent in western Europe, according to Goldman Sachs. In China, the figure is 22 per cent.

The US platform companies that have positioned themselves to ride these waves are ending 2017 as the world’s five most valuable groups: Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook. And even with Apple expected to show barely any revenue growth in 2018, these companies are forecast to add $100bn in sales between them next year — a collective growth rate of 14 per cent.
2017  2018  prediction  technology  leader  company 
december 2017 by aries1988
The Risk of Nuclear War with North Korea

the two men making the existential strategic decisions were not John F. Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev but a senescent real-estate mogul and reality-television star and a young third-generation dictator who has never met another head of state. Between them, they had less than seven years of experience in political leadership.

From time immemorial, there is a tradition of giving foreigners the best service, Pak explained. The No. 1 thing is to protect them, unless they are spies or enemies.

George W. Bush refused bilateral negotiations, then switched tacks and convened what are known as the Six-Party Talks.

Pyongyang is a city of simulated perfection, without litter or graffiti—or, for that matter, anyone in a wheelchair. Its population, of 2.9 million, has been chosen for political reliability and physical health. The city is surrounded by checkpoints that prevent ineligible citizens from entering.

Physically, he transformed himself into a near-reincarnation of his grandfather, Kim Il Sung, who was much more popular than Kim Jong Il. He bore a natural likeness to his grandfather, and, to accentuate it, he gained weight, cut his hair in a shorn-sided pompadour, and began wearing horn-rimmed glasses and a panama hat. (When foreign media suggested that he had undergone surgery to enhance the similarity, the state news agency condemned the speculation as sordid hackwork by rubbish media.)

So the Wall Street Journal is conservative? he asked. The editorial page is conservative, I said, but the news coverage is straight.

For him, basketball was everything. Kim drew pictures of Michael Jordan and slept with a basketball, according to Ko Yong Suk, the aunt who cared for him. She took him skiing in the Alps, swimming on the French Riviera, and to the Disney park in Paris. He showed flashes of stubbornness. If he was scolded for not studying, he’d refuse to eat. He wasn’t a troublemaker, but he was short-tempered, Ko told the Washington Post last year. (She and her husband defected to the U.S. and now run a dry-cleaning business, under assumed names.)

Dean Rusk, who later became Secretary of State, recalled, in an oral history in 1985, that the United States bombed every brick that was standing on top of another, everything that moved. General Curtis LeMay, the head of the Strategic Air Command during the Korean War, told the Office of Air Force History in 1984, Over a period of three years or so, we killed off—what—twenty per cent of the population.
korea  history  war  crisis  2018  interview  usa 
september 2017 by aries1988
Postcard from . . . South Korea

Ah yes, the end of the day. Sadly that’s one Alpine discipline the South Koreans haven’t yet mastered — après-ski remains a non-event. For a country that (according to a 2014 study by Euromonitor) drinks the most hard liquor per capita, they don’t like to party post-piste. This lends a strangely limp end to proceedings after the last lift: a handful of westerners are left hanging around, before grudgingly heading for some bibimbap and kimchi (albeit with very clean boots).
korea  ski  2018  winter  olympics 
november 2015 by aries1988

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