jueves, 25 de abril de 2013

Mujeres y publicidad sexista: el camino al infierno de la censura

Mujeres y publicidad sexista: Con todo, realizar este proceso de vinculación no es sencillo. Los empresarios destinan sus esfuerzos a que los usuarios deseen el producto o, dicho en términos más técnicos, a generar una atracción que favorezca la decisión de compra. De esta manera, generar deseo es imprescindible y ¿qué mejor medio para vincular este deseo, especialmente en productos destinados a consumo masculino, que el empleo de imágenes sexuales y funciones estereotipadas de la mujer? Y esta realidad, en Colombia, no parece ofender a nadie.

OK, se empieza por cambiar la publicidad, luego siguen con el reguetón y los narcocorridos (Ñejo y Dálmata y un largo etcétera se quedan en la calle) y finalmente le dan un tapaboca en plena calle al que diga vulgaridades. El "regular" la libertad de expresión (por repugnante que sea) empieza en forma sencilla pero no se sabe dónde termina. Ah, sí: "la ley antidiscriminación."

martes, 9 de abril de 2013

Who Uses Offshore Banking Accounts? Ask Tom & Jerry


Alvaro Uribe and his sons.Alvaro Uribe and his sons.Tomás Uribe Moreno and Jerónimo Alberto Uribe Moreno


Details: Sons of former Colombian president, Alvaro Uribe. During their father’s eight years in office, they were accused of influence-peddling in two high-profile scandals, including in a case in which they acquired land in an area whose value skyrocketed after authorities granted it tax-free status. They were acquitted in both cases but prosecutors have started investigating new leads related to the land acquisitions.

Offshore business: Shareholders of Asia America Investment Corporation (2008) in the British Virgin Islands.

Comment: A lawyer for Tomás and Jerónimo Uribe Moreno, Jaime Lombana, said the company was created with the purpose of selling Colombian handcrafts abroad but the business never took off. The company was incorporated in the BVI because one of the partners in the venture lived there, said Lombana. The firm, he said, “didn’t produce any income.”

The right question would be: "Which Colombian with wealth and power DOESN'T have an offshore banking account?" And: "Who wants to pay stinking in your stinking country?"

And don't miss this link. Please.

sábado, 6 de abril de 2013

The twelve dominoes of the Eurozone downfall

Play your favorite sinister music.
From The Slog, a non ideological aligned blog. Cyprus has turned out, against all the odds, to be the first domino to head towards the second domino. That Number Two will be the eurozone bond market going from sick to dead. Only events can dictate the exact order of dominoes after that one. But there follows a sensible attempt to suggest one. 

The third will be the release (Or leak) of official capital flight figures from Brussels. The fourth will be a consequent acceleration of capital flight. The fifth will be the release of Q3 eurozone economic data. 

The sixth will be a Chinese export slowdown. Few people grasp this, but the EU represents 16% of all Beijing’s exports – just one percentage point behind the US. 

The seventh will be Berlin backing away from further involvement, while maintaining a vice-like grip over Cyprus. The eighth a Greek default alongside Italian political stalemate. The ninth a chaotic German election. The tenth a major French banking collapse. The eleventh a banking sell-off on Wall Street, and the Dow starting to slide as the White House mirage fades. The twelfth….the hyper-acceleration of a gold rush as global stockmarket confidence implodes. 

That's pretty much it. And the picture isn't pretty at all. The euro family is acting like investors are gung ho for haircuts and theft. The Chinese, sinking their money in pharaonic, white-elephant grade infrastructure. The North Koreans, way too happy with their war-like diarrhea of the mouth. In the meanwhile, the Fed and the Dems are sinking themselves in debt and printing funny paper like there is no tomorrow. But the day of reckoning is almost here. I'm afraid, since there is jack s**t we can do about the impending global disaster. Gird your loins, everybody.
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