IN GOOD COMPANY

IN GOOD COMPANY

It’s the title of one of Scarlett Johansson’s many movies, but I’d say it’s a great caption for this image too.

Natalie Portman is indeed a good company to share a coffee with.

With her Scarlett also shared the sisterhood on the set of the film in which they played Anna and Maria Bolena which unfortunately I have not yet seen. You?

On the other hand, I have seen many others, starting with The Horse Whisperer, although she had already worked in other films: in fact she started very young and her career was a varied crescendo of characters and genres in which she always ranged with success.

In recent days, however, I was struck by her image rigorously without superstructures, as if to underline even more the accuracy of the appeal for the release of four people detained in Egypt, among whom we know in particular the case of Patrick Zaki. https://www.amnesty.it/appelli/liberta-per-patrick/

Before being arrested during a visit to his family, Patrick Zaki attended the University of Bologna which in recent months has undertaken many initiatives in his favor, also by the rector himself who mentioned him in the opening address of the University.

But it is Scarlett’s words that hit the mark: “Speaking out loud has become dangerous today in Egypt” and for me they sound particularly terrible even in the light of what happened to Giulio Regeni.

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After this message three people were released, but not Patrick Zaki, even if surprisingly, today there will be the hearing that after the renewal of the pre-trial detention was scheduled for January.

We therefore join the hopes that Zaki will soon find himself in good company.

And above all, we all continue to defend a fundamental and very important value: freedom of thought and speech.

I had already mentioned Evelyn Beatrice Hall: https://www.keepcalmandrinkcoffee.com/radio-free-europe/?lang=en

I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.

And since I recently talked about George Orwell https://www.keepcalmandrinkcoffee.com/on-board-diary-from-the-red-zone-lockdown-day-1/?lang=en I would also mention

If liberty means anything at all it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.

ACHETER CHEZ LES PETITS COMMERÇANTS C’EST FAIRE UN GRAND GESTE

ACHETER CHEZ LES PETITS COMMERÇANTS C’EST FAIRE UN GRAND GESTE

On the long diatribe between us and the “cousins from beyond the Alps” it must be acknowledged that they know how to be more revolutionary, starting from the feeling of nationalism that they nurture in a strong and clear way.

The French have indeed obtained a result in favor of the campaign to help small traders in this difficult period.

Many personalities took sides by signing up and promoting the cause, starting with the first citizen of Paris Anne Hidalgo.

The main hashtag is #NoelSansAmazon after which Amazon France has decided to postpone Black Friday.

The now famous appointment that provides discounts and bargains corresponds to the Friday after Thanksgiving and celebrates the beginning of Christmas shopping, but in France it has been moved to the beginning of December, more precisely on the 4th, that is four days later than when it is the reopening of shops and commercial establishments, currently forcibly closed due to lockdown, is expected

A certainly correct initiative, to restore a minimum of competition against giants whose position is already fiscally favored at a European level in general.

Inevitably, the thought goes to some of the little shops that it was impossible not to fall in love with for those who were lucky enough to be able to visit Paris.

Do you have any particular memories?

Do you have a purchase of the heart linked to the Ville Lumière?

Otherwise I hope you can live this experience very soon because like Venice, even Paris has an inimitable atmosphere.

Allons enfant de la patrie then!

NOS GALAN GAEAF

NOS GALAN GAEAF

It means night of the winter calends and represents the fusion between the Celtic New Year Samhain and the pagan festival in honor of Pomona, the Roman goddess of fruits, which was celebrated at the end of the agricultural harvest period as thanks for the gifts received.

Symbolically a sort of moment of mingling between the world of the living and that of the dead as the idea of ​​death is in tune with the phase in which nature is extinguished, to rest during the winter.

The association with religious worship is a subsequent superposition of Pope Boniface IV in an attempt to convert the pagan festival by emphasizing the Christian faith and the celebration of the saints: All Saints.

So, in my humble opinion, about the judgments on the American version, it would be good if we knew our origins, and were more inclined to pass them on.

Personally I find that celebrating Halloween with the classic trick or treat is absolutely fun, and worth entertaining children and more, just because smiles never hurt.

Even more so in this 2020, making children and young people but also those who are differently young smile should be a need felt by anyone, and if it is not possible to go out masked, it does not mean that we should not even celebrate at home.

There are little things that can be prepared with minimal expense and less time.
Simple things to do together, such as cutting out paper bats to hang on the windows, or making the skull cake and mummy sausages.

What do you think of Halloween? Do you have any traditional habits or special recipes?

I would say that this time our coffee can be the Pumpkin Spice version Keep Calm: double ration of cinnamon laughing what do you say?

FROM THE VERB GOOGLING

FROM THE VERB GOOGLING

It is now part of the common language: as the Accademia della Crusca indicates to us, Googling means doing an online search using the Google search engine.

How often do you use Google? For you is it just a tool like any other or do you find it indispensable?

According to Attorney General William Barr “Today, millions of Americans rely on the Internet and online platforms for their daily lives. Competition in this industry is vitally important, which is why today’s challenge against Google — the gatekeeper of the Internet — for violating antitrust laws is a monumental case both for the Department of Justice and for the American people.”

For this reason Justice Department Sues Monopolist Google For Violating Antitrust Laws

In particular, the subject of the dispute are the various exclusive or long-term agreements as in the case of Apple, which prohibit the pre-installation of any competing search service and at the same time impose applications in prime locations on mobile devices, making them also undeletable.

These anticompetitive practices are equated with the conditions under which the Department filed a lawsuit against Microsoft in the 1990s.

In March 1998, Bill Gates testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capital Hill, then in May the Department of Justice and 20 U.S. states filed a lawsuit against Microsoft, claiming that the company had violated Sherman Antitrust Act of 1890. The court ruled in April 2000 that Microsoft was split into two separate companies: one for the operating system, ie Windows, and one for the other software programs.

Just on the same day, that is, Tuesday, October 20, faced with antitrust charges, and in response to the Department Files Complaint Against Google to Restore Competition in Search and Search Advertising Markets, Google released the following statement

Google Search has put the world’s information at the fingertips of over a billion people. Our engineers work to offer the best search engine possible, constantly improving and fine-tuning it. We think that’s why a wide cross-section of Americans value and often love our free products.
Today’s lawsuit by the Department of Justice is deeply flawed. People use Google because they choose to, not because they’re forced to, or because they can’t find alternatives.
This lawsuit would do nothing to help consumers. To the contrary, it would artificially prop up lower-quality search alternatives, raise phone prices, and make it harder for people to get the search services they want to use.

What do you think about it? Do you feel compelled to use Google?

I have already expressed my opinion on the websoft giants, and in this case I personally cannot understand one thing: why should they possibly raise the phone prices?

INTERNATIONAL COFFEE DAY

INTERNATIONAL COFFEE DAY

Every year on October 1st, the international day is intended to celebrate coffee and recognize the millions of people around the world: farmers, roasters, baristas, coffeehouse owners and more, who work hard to create and serve the drink we love.

International Coffee Organization dedicates the focus of the 2020 edition to a collective mission to help coffee farmers around the world to receive a fair and viable income with the program Coffee’s next generation to specifically support the next generation of young producers.

Catarina explains it better:

In case you are interested, here is a small summary of some scheduled events:

Starbucks Reserve Roastery Milan offers a coffee tasting of the “Anniversary Blend” but pay attention to the specific time slots: from 9 a.m. to 9.30, from 11 a.m. to 11.30, from 2 p.m. to 2.30 and from 4 p.m. to 4.30, excluding the Malpensa Terminal 1 and Cordusio premises.

Talent Garden Calabiana organizes an outdoor community breakfast sponsored by Lavazza.

Cimbali  will host the first live broadcast of the Italian Coffee Network full of interviews, demonstrations and webinars in collaboration with the trainers of the Mumac Academy, organized by Istituto Espresso Italiano, SCA Italy and Consorzio di Tutela del Caffé Espresso

On the other hand, at Caffé Gambrinus, the From the bean to the cup event has unfortunately been canceled.
Just as on the Milano Caffè website nothing appears.
And it is a real shame because never before would it be appropriate to encourage the cafes that have been particularly affected.

For this reason I find the initiative of La Genovese Caffé nice: Offer a coffee to your bartender which proposes to overturn the roles leaving for once a suspended coffee for the one who prepares it, in order to express closeness and sympathy.

Or more simply as indicated here
On October 1st, World Coffee Day, users are invited to take a photo or screenshot of their coffee date and post it and tag @juliusmeinlofficial to support a global cause.
For each contribution that uses the @juliusmeinlofficial tag during the campaign period, be it a comment, post or story, Julius Meinl will contribute € 1 (or the equivalent in USD) in support of Worldreader up to a total of 11,534 $ (Eleven Thousand Five One hundred and thirty-four US dollars).

Another BEAUTIFUL THING is: Meet with a poem!

Among other things, speaking of poems, I could tag important friends.

The explanation of the initiative appears on the website: Julius Meinl who is the organizer and foresees a poem to be written together with a dear friend to receive two special coffees in exchange.

But ours are always special coffees, right !?

ACADEMY AWARD OF MERIT?

ACADEMY AWARD OF MERIT?

New rules for the Oscar: news that occupies many titles and newspapers.

I think it is useless to explain further, it is now known to anyone that starting from 2024 in order to aspire to the victory of the prestigious award of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science, the cast, as well as the production staff, will have to INCLUDE people belonging to certain “categories”.

Wanting to stay on an ironic tone, one would wonder if Academy President Rubin’s past as casting director could have influenced, but the smile immediately fades and I don’t know about you, but I feel more on the wavelength of Kirstie Alley who called this “Orwellian” decision.

Personally, this concept of categories does not belong to me starting from the infamous “pink quotas”.

For me, inclusion does not have to take place by regulation, and in any case there is a distinction between deserving a certain position or obtaining it by decree, which is even more discriminating in my opinion.

It is the common thought that must evolve, the very concept of diversity not as extraneousness but as an added value, as freedom.

Understanding in the sense of containing in oneself, embracing, enclosing, receiving spiritually, rather than including in a number, in a series, in a list.

Inserting as a clause the presence of people defining them as BELONGING TO A CATEGORY is not itself a discrimination?

When you define a person according to their origins, according to their nature or according to their orientation, does it not create a subdivision that shouldn’t exist instead?

Shouldn’t we all be thinking of someone just SUITABLE FOR THE ROLE OR DUTY, and nothing more?

I would not like to be a pink share, better yellow like light, or something green, like hope.

 

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