Negli anni successivi ho avuto spesso l’impressione di essere ancora sulla porta di casa Zanzotto, lo stordimento era anche nativo, temo, ma più l’aneddotica mi si è smarrita nella memoria, più mi si è fatta chiara la statura dell’uomo e del poeta: mitezza, lavoro impietoso sulla parola, coraggio delle proprie idee, la vita setacciata dal suo sguardo chiaro, bevuta con l’avidità dell’assetato che non intende avvelenarla dalla finzione del bilancio.
in November, unlicensed Wi-Fi spectrum accounted for 39% of data delivered to mobile devices, up from 32% two months earlier. Not only is Wi-Fi delivering almost twice as much mobile data to users as the AT&T and Verizon cellular networks combined, but its share seems destined to continue growing. […] Huge amounts of regulated spectrum remain locked up in legacy uses (broadcast, military) because the FCC won’t permit licensees a financial incentive to redeploy the spectrum to more highly-valued uses. Unregulated is beating regulated, as it tends to do, for reasons of cost and because, though conflicts do pop up between private actors competing for the same resource, technology and standards-setting have done a good job of keeping up. One final implication is that regulators were wrong and showed terrible understanding when they blocked the AT&T deal for T-Mobile on anticompetitive grounds.
Over the past decade, academic researchers such as Oatley and Raymond Mar from York University have gathered data indicating that fiction-reading activates neuronal pathways in the brain that measurably help the reader better understand real human emotion — improving his or her overall social skillfulness.
“Even if taxes on income were otherwise the most unexceptionable, the adoption of the principle of graduation would make them about the very worst that could be devised. The moment you abandon, in the framing of such taxes, the cardinal principle of exacting from all individuals the same proportion of their income or of their property, you are at sea without rudder or compass, and there is no amount of injustice and folly you may not commit.”— John Ramsay McCulloch (1845)
The famous ‘going beyond’ Marxism in an idealistic and humanitarian direction is a joke and an idle dream. It is impossible to ‘go beyond’ Marx, for he himself carried his thought to its extreme logical consequences. The Communists have a solid logical basis for using lies and violence.
[…] All I ask is that, in the midst of a murderous world, we agree to reflect on murder and to make a choice. After that, we can distinguish those who accept the consequences of being murderers themselves or the accomplices of murderers, and those who refuse to do so with all their force and being.
Since this terrible dividing line does actually exist, it will be a gain if it be clearly marked. Over the expanse of five continents throughout the coming years an endless struggle is going to be pursued between violence and friendly persuasion, a struggle in which, granted, the former has a thousand times the chances of success than that of the latter. But I have always held that, if he who bases his hopes on human nature is a fool, he who gives up in the face of circumstances is a coward. And henceforth, the only honorable course will be to stake everything on one formidable gamble: that words are more powerful than munitions.
”—Albert Camus, The Self-Deception of Socialists (1946)
Thomas Jefferson famously loved music, and yet he didn’t really embrace any particular composer the way that he endorsed the fiction of Laurence Sterne or the poetry of “Ossian.” But if you’re interested in listening to some of the music that we know Jefferson heard and may have enjoyed, there are some good opportunities for doing so.