Why aren’t we paying the whistleblowers?

The very opportunely article by Gretchen Morgenson in The New York Times, sets rightfully the terms for the debate outlining just how much bringing fraud to light hold many perils including retribution and job loss for many whistleblowers On Sep. 1st the FT reported that: “A whistleblower rewarded for exposing accounting violations has taken the … More Why aren’t we paying the whistleblowers?

Feeding The Monster

In Greek mythology a monstrous hound named Cerberus, shielded the gates of Hades (Hell), not to keep intruders out but to prevent the dead from leaving. Though it is not the same as John Steinbeck’s monster, that must grow or else it dies, and if it is not fed it cannot grow, Cerberus is similar. … More Feeding The Monster

Terrorist attacks in Europe: data in perspective

The horrific terror attacks in Brussels on March 22 inspired expressions of sympathy, solidarity, and, from many western leaders painfully predictable scapegoating and biased statements (Juncker, Cameron) and even torture talks (Cruz, Trump.) Even after the shock of the recent attacks at the Zaventem airport and the Brussels metro, and without any intend to minimize … More Terrorist attacks in Europe: data in perspective

Road to Perdition : A Short Ride to American primaries

No surprises in the American Presidential race primaries on March 1st: for the Republicans Donald Trump won seven of the eleven states by large margins. Marco Rubio, favoured of the party hierarchy, picked up one but lost severely in the rest and must now be considered not a contender but a much braked background runner. … More Road to Perdition : A Short Ride to American primaries

Boris Johnson on his way to be the last Mohican on tight trousers… humpf !

Exclusive – Boris Johnson: There is only one way to get the change we want – vote to leave the EU You’re perfectly right Boris. Either we are blinded by the very exceptional nature of the event, or this is a turning point for the European Union. It is unacceptable to create a privilege exemption, … More Boris Johnson on his way to be the last Mohican on tight trousers… humpf !

The dangers of separating science and environment

We need to figure out a better way to communicate science that balances technology and nature. Beautiful article by Manu Saunders, Ecologist, Charles Sturt University. This post was first published in Ensia – Environmental Magazine on August 13, 2015 Does the natural world have any relevance to modern science? Of course it does; but sometimes … More The dangers of separating science and environment

The myth of GDP (1)

>>Haga click aquí para la versión en Castellano GDP QUESTIONED How to go beyond the gross domestic product? Pursuing an actual modern reflection of wealth means finding tools to move away from an excessively quantitative, restrictive and accounting outlook to assess the collective performance. Changing indicators of wealth while we amend our way of production … More The myth of GDP (1)

Crisis? What Crisis?

« What Crisis? » Says EU Boss Jean-Claude Juncker European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker dismissed calls for a new EU summit on immigration, saying member states should stop dragging their heels and implement existing agreements on the matter. Juncker’s comments in an opinion piece published in France’s Le Figaro and Germany’s Die Welt on … More Crisis? What Crisis?

Did The Bank Of England just admit financial markets aren’t “Real” ?

On a week that has seen global financial markets take a roller coaster ride, which is not the fault of greedy investment banking but is the latest move in the currency war being fought between the West developed world and the far east-emerging powers led by Russia and China, we spotted a story that reveals … More Did The Bank Of England just admit financial markets aren’t “Real” ?

The Extent Of Moral Reality – Existentialism For Beginners (II)

I have taken two phrases from Hamlet’s Soliloquy written by William Shakespeare who predates Spinoza by several decades. “To be or not to be” is one of the best known phrases in the English human language right up alongside ‘I’m working late at the office darling,’ ‘But there is a monster in the cupboard Mum,’ … More The Extent Of Moral Reality – Existentialism For Beginners (II)

The Flight From Freedom – Existentialism For Beginners (I)

“I always knew. No one tolerates the freedom of others; no one likes living with a free person. If you are free, that’s the price you have to pay: loneliness.” —Chavela Vargas. It may sound strange to talk of fleeing from freedom after all people usually flee from tyranny or oppression or from physical danger. … More The Flight From Freedom – Existentialism For Beginners (I)