Monday, October 25

📩 NEWSLETTER | No egos, second notice

This afternoon I wait for you in one of the online talks that we have organized for the ninth anniversary (9 years already!) That we have celebrated in It’s here at 7:00 p.m. and I will be accompanied by my companions Esther Palomera and Ana Requena. We will talk about the newsletter, the podcast, the analytical journalism and whatever comes up. You can send me your questions in the form there in this page.

That said, coffee and to the mess. Good Morning!

In our face

Juan Carlos de Borbón is going to get rid of being judged making it, to put it mildly, an obvious case of alleged corruption that deserves to be investigated. The Office of the Supreme Court plans to archive his three ongoing investigations, sheltering itself in the inviolability but muddy by the notices that the own Prosecutor’s Office would have given to the king so that he could regularize five million euros. The scandal is huge, although you may not see many capital letters today on the covers of the written press.

Ignacio Escolar sums it up that hard: “The role of the Prosecutor’s Office in this matter is a national tragedy. The verification that the kingdom of Spain is first a kingdom and then a parliamentary democracy ”.

400 euros in culture

One day after announcing a youth aid of 250 euros per month for rent, Pedro Sánchez has returned to take out the checkbook on the eve of the presentation of the 2022 Budgets. The Government will carry out an income of 400 euros to everyone who turns 18, with one condition: that it be spent on culture. And what is culture? Cinema, theater, music, of course; but also video games, of course, and we’ll see if the Netflix account for the whole family. And the bulls? Beyond the edges, the measure aims to be an indirect aid to the cultural industry that is also an incentive that creates habit in young people. It is a measure that already works in France or Italy.

  • Housing law. We have consulted with the experts about the new rent reform we talked about yesterday. They tell us that, although it is a step in the right direction, it leaves too many fringes loose at the moment and that it will not be enough to lower prices in the big cities.
  • On another planet. Beyond the effectiveness of the plan, PSOE and Unidas Podemos will be able to obtain political profitability only because of the absurd arguments that the PP is already using to oppose. Pablo Casado has said, undeterred, that the reforms are not necessary, that the only thing to do to facilitate the rent is to create jobs, because young people who have a payroll have no problem paying rent. What it has been like not knowing in which country you live and, on the way, making it very easy for the Government.
  • If you collect social benefits, this interests you: the key indicator for the calculation of these aid will go up next year 2.5% and adds two years of rise after a frozen decade.

Is the Internet going to go down?

Today in the podcast we are going to try to explain what happened on Monday with the fall of Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram. But above all we want to analyze what it means that we depend so much on just a handful of large technology companies that, any day, they can fail us.

Do not pass

  • THE A. We visit Fernando at his home. He wants to die, after 16 years suffering the consequences of ALS. She wants to benefit from the euthanasia law but her doctor, who is an objector, only proposes solutions that involve a lot of suffering. A great report by Álvaro Medina and Alejandro Navarro.
  • Animal protection law. The Government is preparing a law to prohibit, among other things, the sale of animals in stores where they are displayed in shop windows inside glass urns. So are most pet stores. They will also act against circuses with wild species.
  • 42 women have denounced Opus Dei before the Vatican for abuse of power and exploitation. The complainants accuse the ultra-Orthodox Catholic organization of recruiting them deceived between the ages of 12 and 16 by promising to give them the opportunity to study and then make them work for free “to serve God.”
  • Malaria. As the coronavirus overshadows almost every other global health issue, news such as is: WHO has given the green light for the first time to a vaccine against malaria for children in risk areas.

Things i didn’t know

  • He did not know that in the film Rebeca no one named Rebeca comes out with a cardigan. The garment formerly known in Spain as a cardigan began to be called a cardigan after the classic Alfred Hitchcock film, but in reality the person who wears it is a character played by Joan Fontaine and called Mrs. Winter (of unknown first name). And, if you think about it, if the cardigans had been called “winters” it would have made perfect sense. Boy, put on a ‘winter’ it’s cool.
  • He did not know almost nothing about how our body’s temperature receptors work. These days I have been reading something after scientists David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian have been awarded the Nobel for describing our ability to perceive heat, cold and touch. Here an explanation.
  • He did not know that when we speak of ‘calculate’ and ‘reckoning’, we are actually using a word that in Latin it meant ‘little stone’ . They were the stones that the Romans used to count and that were used in abacuses. That is why when someone has kidney stones, doctors speak of ‘kidney stones’. Toño Fraguas tells me, who sends you greetings.

See you this afternoon, if you want.

And if not, then until tomorrow.

A hug!


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