Elizabeth and the Landlord’s Game

Elizabeth the game maker Elizabeth J. “Lizzie” Magie was born in a small Illinois town in the 1860s. He came from a petty bourgeois family: his father, James, was a newspaper editor, Lincoln’s contributor and therefore an abolitionist. Instead, the mother is basically unknown. Following in her father’s footsteps, Elizabeth first became a stenographer and then a writer, but also a comedian, feminist, engineer, finally returned to … Continue reading Elizabeth and the Landlord’s Game

Leopold II of Belgium and his statues

The owner of Congo In 1876, Léopold-Louis-Philippe-Marie-Victor of Saxony-Coburg-Gotha, better known as Leopold II of Belgium organized a private company with fake scientific and philanthropic purposes which he called the International African Society or International Association for the Exploration and Civilization of the Congo. The initial idea was to export ivory, not just for the Kingdom of Belgium, but also for the personal wealth of its king. In 1878, … Continue reading Leopold II of Belgium and his statues

Of Intersectionality and our Future

Different diversities I am a pale, heterosexual, baptized male (even if not a believer, the same as my whole family), I was born and I live in Northern Italy, not far from Milan, and I have a master’s degree. All this to say that I have never encountered major difficulties in my life, especially taking into account these characteristics, which undoubtedly can facilitate a person’s … Continue reading Of Intersectionality and our Future

3 questions to the first woman President of Mauritius

More or less everyone in the world know about what happened in Mauritius after a Japanese ship ran aground on the reef just off Pointe d’Esny beach, on the south-east coast of the splendid African island, very close to the Blue Bay Marine Park, overwhelming priceless biodiversity. It is not yet clear why the ship was there, nor why Mauritian authorities intervened rather mildly in the early … Continue reading 3 questions to the first woman President of Mauritius

There are COVID-19, Whales and a Planet

Steve Rogers: You know, I saw a pod of whales when I was coming up the bridge. Natasha Romanoff: In the Hudson? Steve Rogers: There’s fewer ships, cleaner water. Natasha Romanoff: You know, if you’re about to tell me to look on the bright side, um, I’m about to hit you in the head with a peanut butter sandwich. Whales and pollution: Who has watched Avengers: Endgame knows that Captain … Continue reading There are COVID-19, Whales and a Planet

A short story of the smallest country

If Pluto relies on South America, Brazil could more or less contain it, with its 8,514,877 km² surface. Central Park, on the other hand, measures only 3.41 km2, but is almost 8 times larger than the smallest State in the world. It is a fairly recent State, born only 81 years ago, but actually with a rather ancient history, which someone might even say adamitic, … Continue reading A short story of the smallest country

WHY ARE WE THE BYZANTINE TIMES?

I like the words. Unfortunately, my vocabulary in English is not extraordinary, perhaps not even in Italian, my native language, but I like to know origins and play with words. In this playful effort of mine, I hope I’ll never become like Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski, to the best known as John Conrad (I am modest, I know), a man with a very interesting life, but with … Continue reading WHY ARE WE THE BYZANTINE TIMES?