29 septembre 2015

Quand l’Espagne parle du Canada, du Québec et des Nordiques… Europe Philosophie Revue de presse

El Pais

Barça is not Catalonia
El país (in english)

There is a certain kind of Brit who loves Spain and is captivated by Spanish soccer. But having more than enough entertainment with the porcine predicaments of their prime minister and such like, they don’t normally demonstrate the least bit of interest in Spanish or Catalan politics. Suddenly, though, learning through the media that Catalonia is flirting with independence, and that the famous clásico match between Barcelona and Real Madrid could disappear, has left them disconcerted. They want to know more. So in an attempt to clear up doubts and encourage understanding between nations we here today offer a guide, in Q&A format, for those Britons and other foreigners perplexed about the current Spanish political scene.

Q. So, just like in soccer then. But if they’re crazy about jamón from Extremadura and Huelva, why don’t the Catalans want cities as beautiful as Trujillo, Córdoba, Seville, Granada and Segovia to remain part of their cultural heritage?

A. Because they don’t travel to these places. They don’t value them and they hate giving them money from their taxes. Nationalism obstructs the mental channels that reason flows along. That goes for Spanish nationalism, too.

Q. Is there Spanish nationalism?

A. Yes. Nationalism is competitive, paranoid and classifies the human beings of the rival identity as if they were insects. Which is why you hear people in Madrid or Cádiz say that “the Catalans” are all one way, and people in Barcelona or Girona say “the Madrileños” are all another. Nationalism is defined more by antagonism towards the other than the love that one feels for one’s homeland. One example: a fervent Barça fan is happier when Real Madrid loses than when their own team wins.

Sans le savoir, un journal espagnol commentant la situation en Catalogne résume parfaitement bien ce qui se passe ici…

On aborde les thèmes de l’élection fédérale (paranoïa entourant les réfugiés syriens et le niqab), on parle de l’obsession du PQ (charte et nationalisme) et on commente même la situation du hockey au Québec (la haine maladive du Canadien)…

28 septembre 2015

Pour l’amour du sport Économie États-Unis Revue de presse

Bloomberg Business Week

NFL Wants Players to Pay for Los Angeles Stadium
Bloomberg BusinessWeek

The National Football League is asking its players to help finance any new stadium in Los Angeles, a prerequisite to putting a team in the No. 2 U.S. media market for the first time since the Raiders and Rams bolted in 1994.

The NFL players union, which confirmed the talks, typically assumes some of the cost of stadium financing through what are called stadium credits, negotiated in the collective bargaining agreement. However, team owners have exhausted the credits approved in the existing contract, which runs through 2020. Any additional money from players — as for a proposed stadium in L.A. — must be approved on a one-off basis.

How much the players would pay for either stadium is unclear. The ultimate amount of a stadium credit is affected by several things, including how much projected revenue the proposed facility would generate.

Still, two executives from NFL teams said the credit could be worth about $300 million if two teams share the stadium. The executives requested anonymity because the league hasn’t commented on talks with the players association.

On n’arrête pas de nous dire à quel point les joueurs de jockey ont hâte de jouer à Québec et qu’ils souhaitent tous le retour des Nordiques…

Parfait, puisque les joueurs de la NHL sont en amour avec Québec qu’on fasse comme la NFL; que la ligue exige que l’association des joueurs participe au projet, on pourrait leur demander de débourser 200 millions pour rembourser la part du gouvernement provincial dans le projet…

Put your money where your mouth is… Après tout, ce n’est pas normal que des contribuables payent des impôts pour venir en aide à des millionnaires du sport. Merci à la NFL de l’avoir, dans une certaine mesure, compris.

24 septembre 2015

Encore une erreur des réchauffistes Environnement Revue de presse

USA Today

The quiet Atlantic hurricane season could be the norm for years to come
USA Today

Quiet Atlantic hurricane seasons such as this year may become more commonplace, a new study says.

The study in the British journal Nature Geoscience said the Atlantic could be ending a 20-year stretch of unusually active hurricane seasons that began in 1995. This included 2004 and 2005, when Katrina battered the Gulf Coast.

Klotzbach, lead author of the study that came out Monday, said a natural cycle may be responsible for patterns of active or quiet hurricane seasons, and the Atlantic is now entering an off cycle. The cycles often last 25-35 years, he said, and go back and forth between salty, warm ocean water and less salty, cooler ocean water.

Warmer, saltier water helps spur hurricanes, while chillier, less salty water brings fewer and weaker storms, Klotzbach said. Weather scientists call it the thermohaline circulation (« thermo » means temperature and « haline » means salty).

Klotzbach said the U.S. could be entering a new, quieter period, similar to the one that lasted from 1970 to 1994. But he said it is too soon to know for certain that one has begun.

Bref, c’est tout le contraire de ce que la bande à Al Gore à dit (et qui leur a valu un prix Nobel). On nous disait pourtant que le débat était clos et que la science était définitive…

23 septembre 2015

Progressiste Économie Environnement Europe Revue de presse

The Daily Telegraph

First driverless pods to travel public roads arrive in the Netherlands
The Daily Telegraph

The first self-driving electric shuttle for use on public roads has been delivered to the Netherlands. The « WEpod » will take passengers between the two towns of Wageningen and Ede in the province of Gelderland from November.

Autonomous public transportation does exist in other parts of the world, such as the ParkShuttle bus in Rotterdam, the Heathrow Pod in London and the LUTZ Pathfinder in Milton Keynes, which run on special single trajectory lanes, or in pedestrianised areas. The WEpods in Gelderland will drive on regular roads amongst public traffic.

The WEpod team intend to equip the vehicle with additional technical equipment such as cameras, radar, laser and GPS to track the environment the vehicle will travel in. According to Joris Ijsselmuiden, a researcher at Wageningen University which is testing the pods, the vehicles will also be equipped with multiple cameras. The cameras are used to map landmarks, which is used as an alternative navigation tool when GPS accuracy is masked by road obstacles like trees.

The WEpod can be booked using an app which will allow passengers to reserve a seat and specify their starting points and their destinations. Vehicles are expected to select their itineraries independently.

The vehicles will initially ride on a fixed route, but it is expected to expand to more routes and other regions in the Netherlands from May 2016 onwards.

Pendant qu’ailleurs on est en train d’inventer une nouvelle forme de transport, ici un veut interdire Uber et on défend des technologies archaïques de transport en commun…

22 septembre 2015

Les CPE c’est de la merde Coup de gueule Économie Gauchistan Québec Revue de presse

The Globe And Mail

Study raises questions about NDP’s proposed universal child-care system
The Globe And Mail

Newly released research on Quebec’s low-cost child-care system suggests children who go through it may do well academically, but have worse outcomes when it comes to health, life satisfaction and crime rates.

In a paper released Monday, a group of university researchers say that children exposed to the province’s child-care system were more likely to have higher crime rates, worse health and lower levels of life satisfaction as they have aged than their counterparts in other provinces who didn’t have access to the same type of system. The new research is likely throw a political wrench into the federal election, where the New Democrats have made bringing Quebec-style child care to the rest of the country a key plank in their platform.

In their paper made public Monday through the National Bureau of Economic Research, Kevin Milligan from the University of British Columbia, Michael Baker from the University of Toronto, and Jonathan Gruber from MIT in Cambridge, Mass., update work from 2008 to see if children in the Quebec care system kicked their troubling behaviours over time.

What the trio found instead was “striking evidence” that exposure to the program was associated with higher crime rates, with the effects most acutely seen in boys. Boys were more likely to have higher levels of hyperactivity and aggression, the researchers wrote, while girls showed declines in prosocial behaviour, which captures many altruistic activities like donating and volunteering. All of those behaviours fall under the heading of “non-cognitive” abilities, such as impulsiveness and emotional stability.

Exposure to the program was also associated with “worsened health and life satisfaction,” the study says. There was no such lasting effects on math, science and reading abilities, the researchers write.

Dire qu’au Québec on se fait croire que le monde envie nos CPE… On devrait en avoir honte de nos CPE !

Mais continuons à parler du niqab… Un débat qui ne sert à rien, mais qui semble divertir la plèbe…

21 septembre 2015

Quand l’État veut votre bien Économie France Gauchistan Revue de presse


« Uberisation » de l’économie: le Sénat contre-attaque

Il n’y a pas que les taxis, les hôteliers et les loueurs de voitures à avoir peur de la concurrence des particuliers. L’essor des plateformes collaboratives, sur le modèle de l’ex-UberPOP et ses chauffeurs non professionnels, inquiète également l’Etat, qui craint de voir ses recettes fiscales s’éroder. Blablacar, Airbnb, VizEat, Ornikar… De plus en plus de secteurs sont bousculés par des sites internet permettant aux particuliers de s’échanger des biens ou des services. Un bouleversement pour les professionnels concernés, mais aussi pour l’administration, quelque peu démunie face à ces changements.

« On parle de révolution numérique, mais il faudrait aussi parler de révolution fiscale », estime Bernard Lalande, parlementaire PS et membre de la commission des Finances du Sénat. Car si en théorie, les revenus réalisés par des particuliers sur Internet sont soumis aux prélèvements sociaux et à l’impôt sur le revenu, rares sont dans la pratique ceux qui sont déclarés… et donc imposés.

« C’est très facile avec ces sites de se faire des compléments de revenus qui échappent à l’impôt », souligne Vincent Drezet, secrétaire général de Solidaires Finances Publiques. « Comme l’économie collaborative est appelée à se développer, mécaniquement, les pertes pour l’Etat vont s’accroître », ajoute-t-il. Pour Michel Taly, avocat fiscaliste et ancien directeur de la législation fiscale à Bercy, « internet permet de revenir à une économie de troc sur une grande échelle ». « Si cela conduit à faire sortir des pans entiers de l’activité de l’économie traditionnelle, on peut se faire du souci », estime-t-il.

Au-delà des secteurs d’activité « uberisés », c’est l’essor dans son ensemble de l’économie numérique qui donne des sueurs froides au Trésor public.

La technophobie de la gauche s’explique, c’est une question d’argent, les gouvernements ont faim et pas question de donner aux citoyens la liberté de commercer sans être injustement taxés…

« L’uberisation de l’économie », attendez-vous à voir cette expression apparaître prochainement au Québec…

17 septembre 2015

Finies les sciences humaines (sans math) Économie International Revue de presse

Times Higher Education

Social sciences and humanities faculties to close in Japan after ministerial decree

Many social sciences and humanities faculties in Japan are to close after universities were ordered to “serve areas that better meet society’s needs”.

Of the 60 national universities that offer courses in these disciplines, 26 have confirmed that they will either close or scale back their relevant faculties at the behest of Japan’s government. It follows a letter from education minister Hakuban Shimomura sent to all of Japan’s 86 national universities, which called on them to take “active steps to abolish [social science and humanities] organisations or to convert them to serve areas that better meet society’s needs”.

The ministerial decree has been denounced by one university president as “anti-intellectual”, while the universities of Tokyo and Kyoto, regarded as the country’s most prestigious, have said that they will not comply with the request.

However, 17 national universities will stop recruiting students to humanities and social science courses – including law and economics, according to a survey of university presidents by The Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper, which was reported by the blog Social Science Space.

Si c’est bon pour le Japon (société vieillissante, endettée et à l’économie stagnante), je pense que c’est bon pour le Québec…

P.-S. Un ingénieur ou un informaticien est autant un « intellectuel » qu’une personne qui a gradué en sciences sociales.

16 septembre 2015

Le joyau québécois Canada Économie International Québec Revue de presse

Montreal Gazette

McGill top Canadian university according to new international rankings
Montreal Gazette

McGill University maintained its position as the top-ranked Canadian university in the world even if it dropped down a few notches in the overall standings released in this year’s QS World University Rankings.

Three Canadian universities placed within the top 50 of the survey compiled by the service based in London. According to a statement it issued Monday, it bases its methodology on six indicators including academic reputation, employer reputation and faculty-to-student ratio.

McGill ranked 24th among the 3,539 institutions considered for inclusion this year, which actually represented a slight drop, from 21st last year. The University of Toronto finished 34th and the University of British Columbia placed 50th. Both of those universities dropped several spots in the rankings compared to last year. Université de Montréal also dropped, from 83rd last year to 115th this year. QS attributed a new methodology used for this year’s survey as the reason for the drop in the international rankings for Canada’s top universities. The change includes a modified approach in how it measures citations per faculty, a way of assessing research impact.

Despite the change in methodology, Concordia University’s place increased significantly. This year’s survey places it in a grouping ranked between 411 and 420. Last year it placed in a group rated between 461 and 470.

The top-ranked university in the world was the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, followed by Harvard University and the University of Cambridge.

L’université McGill est non seulement la meilleure université canadienne, c’est aussi la 24e meilleure université de la planète ! Pour retrouver une autre université québécoise dans le classement, il faut descendre en 115e position pour y voir l’Université de Montréal. Bref, l’université McGill fait partie des rares joyaux québécois qui font l’envie des autres pays sur la scène internationale. Si vous voyagez au Japon, vous risquez bien plus de tomber sur quelqu’un qui admire l’université McGill que les CPE québécois…

Pourtant, en début d’année, le boss de Quebecor a trouvé le moyen de dénigrer ce joyau en tenant les propos suivants: « l’État, devraient être plus attentives à ces considérations [de langue et culture] davantage importantes que jouer dans le pseudo palmarès des meilleures universités du monde ». Que ferait le boss de Quebecor avec ce joyau s’il devient premier ministre ?

P.-S. L’université Laval se classe en 324e position. Mais c’est pas grave, à Québec ils ont le plus bel aréna de la planète.

15 septembre 2015

Une autre catastrophe imaginaire Environnement International Revue de presse


Mapping tree density at a global scale

The global extent and distribution of forest trees is central to our understanding of the terrestrial biosphere. We provide the first spatially continuous map of forest tree density at a global scale.

This map reveals that the global number of trees is approximately 3.04 trillion, an order of magnitude higher than the previous estimate. Of these trees, approximately 1.39 trillion exist in tropical and subtropical forests, with 0.74 trillion in boreal regions and 0.61 trillion in temperate regions. Biome-level trends in tree density demonstrate the importance of climate and topography in controlling local tree densities at finer scales, as well as the overwhelming effect of humans across most of the world.

Based on our projected tree densities, we estimate that over 15 billion trees are cut down each year, and the global number of trees has fallen by approximately 46% since the start of human civilization.

La prochaine fois qu’un enverdeur vous dira qu’on est en train de raser toutes les forêts de la planète, vous pourrez rire de lui en lui disant que la plus récente étude publiée à ce sujet montre qu’il y a sur terre 10 fois plus d’arbres que l’on croyait.