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EDDYBURG - LAVORI IN CORSO

EDDYBURG - LAVORI IN CORSO
Care amiche e amici, lettrici e lettori di eddyburg, con Eddy avevamo avviato un lavoro di ristrutturazione complessiva del sito, necessario per farlo funzionare correttamente e per rendere accessibile l'intero patrimonio di scritti e documenti pubblicati in più di 15 anni di attività. Le cose da fare sono molte e dedicheremo a questo impegno, e solo a questo, tutte le nostre energie per far sì che all'inizio del nuovo anno tutto sia di nuovo in ordine. Il sito è la cosa a cui Eddy teneva di più. Ilaria e Mauro

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lunedì 30 gennaio 2017

Building a wall of ignorance

«Costruire un muro di ignoranza: un titolo appropriato a commento di una delle iniziative improvvisate e irresponsabili del neopresidente americano». NYT, The opinion, 30 gennaio 2017 (m.c.g.)



We’re just over a week into the Trump-Putin regime, and it’s already getting hard to keep track of the disasters. Remember the president’s temper tantrum over his embarrassingly small inauguration crowd? It already seems like ancient history.

But I want to hold on, just for a minute, to the story that dominated the news on Thursday, before it was, er, trumped by the uproar over the refugee ban. As you may recall — or maybe you don’t, with the crazy coming so thick and fast — the White House first seemed to say that it would impose a 20 percent tariff on Mexico, but may have been talking about a tax plan, proposed by Republicans in the House, that would do no such thing; then said that it was just an idea; then dropped the subject, at least for now.

For sheer viciousness, loose talk about tariffs isn’t going to match slamming the door on refugees, on Holocaust Remembrance Day, no less. But the tariff tale nonetheless epitomizes the pattern we’re already seeing in this shambolic administration — a pattern of dysfunction, ignorance, incompetence, and betrayal of trust.

The story seems, like so much that’s happened lately, to have started with President Trump’s insecure ego: People were making fun of him because Mexico will not, as he promised during the campaign, pay for that useless wall along the border. So his spokesman, Sean Spicer, went out and declared that a border tax on Mexican products would, in fact, pay for the wall. So there!



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