Dead Kennedys – Holiday In Cambodia
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Get some bitcoins without having to pay anything. Seriously. It’s at http://bit.ly/bitcoinbillions
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Marc Andreessen’s article is detailed and from my perspective and current research absolutely spot on. I have been hovering on the fence with my gut and intellectual insight and his piece has pretty much sealed the deal for me. Now I have to figure out how I can get the money together to buy my first ‘bitcoin miner’ and pay for the initial production costs, including hiring a programmer and paying for the start-up production overhead.
A freind of mine I pinged last week in an email with links and details outlining the current challenges of bitcoin mining wrote back:
“…between $770 & $1100 each???????”
“That is the figure, seems to be stabilizing a little at this point, not something I follow obsessively, that road leads to madness.
Long term, I am guessing that bitcoins value will continue to increase over time, as the difficulty curve on ‘mining’ the bitcoin is and will continue to increase exponentially. I foresee that bitcoin, as the grandaddy of the future cryptocurrencies will continue to gain value over time, and will become an excellent hedge.
That being said, jumping into a tank of water filled with sharks while bleeding from a fresh wound has never been an act of common sense, but when I say I am a brilliant researcher I am not engaging in hyperbole.
All my bells are going off on this, and I know that down the road I am going to regret not having done what I can to get into the bitcoin game, the window is still open, but starting to close fast. ~ lol” ~ Tarky7
Marc Andreessen 1-21-14:
“The practical consequence of solving this problem is that Bitcoin gives us, for the first time, a way for one Internet user to transfer a unique piece of digital property to another Internet user, such that the transfer is guaranteed to be safe and secure, everyone knows that the transfer has taken place, and nobody can challenge the legitimacy of the transfer. The consequences of this breakthrough are hard to overstate.”
“Bitcoin is a digital bearer instrument. It is a way to exchange money or assets between parties with no pre-existing trust: A string of numbers is sent over email or text message in the simplest case. The sender doesn’t need to know or trust the receiver or vice versa. Related, there are no chargebacks – this is the part that is literally like cash – if you have the money or the asset, you can pay with it; if you don’t, you can’t. This is brand new. This has never existed in digital form before.” ~Marc Andreessen
Why Bitcoin Matters NYTimes by Marc Andreessen 1-21-14
“How should we think about a currency like Bitcoin? The first thing to remember is this: Money is a sort of collective fiction. What money we choose to trust says much about how we see the world.” ~ Quentin Hardy
Bits | Bitcoin and the Fictions of Money 1-27-14
So far almost all of the Bitcoin discussion has been positive economics — can this actually work? And I have to say that I’m still deeply unconvinced. To be successful, money must be both a medium of exchange and a reasonably stable store of value. And it remains completely unclear why BitCoin should be a stable store of value.” ~ Paul Krugman
Bitcoin Is Evil ~ Paul Krugman December 28, 2013, 2:35 pm
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A Group Of Miners Has Exposed One Of Bitcoin’s Fatal Flaws
Rob Wile Jan. 10, 2014, 9:11
The existential threat to bitcoin its boosters said was impossible is now at hand
By Christopher Mims @mims January 9, 2014
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The Bitcoin-Mining Arms Race Heats Up
By Ashlee Vance and Brad Stone January 09, 2014
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Steven Spielberg: We must act on what was learned from the Holocaust
Oscar-winning film director, writer and producer Steven Spielberg stressed on Monday the importance of gathering testimony to horrors such as the Holocaust in order to create awareness and preventative measures for the future.
“Mass graves don’t have to open up before we act,” Spielberg said in the keynotes address of a special UN General Assembly session marking the International Holocaust Remembrance Day. “It is a great accomplishment of our species that the testimonies [of survivors] can be heard in the high chambers of society.”
The director of the epic Holocaust-era film Schindler’s List said the memory of the Holocaust remained with us today and the victims of past genocide had now become “teachers to victims of recent genocide.”
“Genocide is an evil. But, the greatest evil is when people who have been spared the horrors commit themselves to despair,” Spielberg said. “We know despair and remembering are a choice. But we need to confront and act on what we learned,” he added.
Touching on his preparations for Schindler’s List, Spielberg said directing the film and interviewing survivors were part of his approach to offering a platform for what he said was an often-encountered hope of survivors to be “heard, believed and understood”.
“It took me years of directing sharks, aliens, and dinosaurs before I felt ready to tackle the Holocaust,” he admitted. Spielberg said although he had no personal journey through the Holocaust, his “Holocaust journey is a journey toward understanding.”
Spielberg said history and the memory of the Holocaust must be engaged with fully to progress justice. This year will mark the 20th anniversary of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute, which was founded by Spielberg following the filming of Schindler’s List. The USC Shoah Foundation Institute is a long-standing partner of the Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Program.
“State of Israel is the only guarantee to ensure the future of the Jewish people,” says Israeli Ambassador to UN Prosor during special ceremony in New York commemorating Int’l Holocaust Remembrance day.
Israeli Ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor speaks at a special General Assembly session marking International Holocaust Day, January 27, 2014. Photo: screenshot Meanwhile, Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor stressed that remembering the Holocaust was not enough to guarantee the future for the Jewish people. “The State of Israel is the only guarantee that the future and fate of the Jewish people will be held in our own hand,” Prosor said Monday at the UN memorial. “The Holocaust has taught us that remembrance without resolve is meaningless,” Prosor said. “Awareness must be matched with action.” “Almost 70 years after the Holocaust, the world is still plagued with anti-Semitism,” Prosor noted. “Men and women are still persecuted for what they look like, how they worship, and who they love.”
The UN, that was born from the bloodshed and brutality of World War II, has a responsibility to educate the future generation to acceptance, compassion and tolerance, Prosor said.
Quoting Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel who said “To remain silent and indifferent is the greatest sin of all,” Prosor said it is our responsibility to never again allow silence to prevail and indifference to reign. The special UN ceremony was held at the UN headquarters in New York, centered around the theme “Journeys through the Holocaust.”
UN Samantha Power also addressed the special session, as well as the General Assembly President John W. Ashe and Holocaust survivor Rena Finder.
The event also featured a video message from United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Ban recently released the video, reflecting on his visit to the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland late last year. “I will never forget my visit. I saw the horrific remnants of the machinery of genocide… The United Nations was founded to prevent any such horrors from happening ever again,” Ban Ki-Moon stated. “We will continue to shine a light on these unspeakable crimes so that they may never be repeated,” he added.
Emphasizing the importance of formal instruction on this subject, the secretary-general has also said that education and public awareness are the first defense against prejudice, ethnic hatred and intolerance.
European Union foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton also related to International Holocaust day Monday, emphasizing the importance of fighting racism. “On Holocaust Remembrance Day, we must keep alive the memory of this tragedy. It is an occasion to remind us all of the need to continue fighting prejudice and racism in our own time. We must remain vigilant against the dangers of hate speech and redouble our commitment to prevent any form of intolerance. The respect of human rights and diversity lies at the heart of what the European Union stands for,” Ashton stated.
The International Holocaust Remembrance Day is marked every year on January 27. It was designated by UN General Assembly resolution 60/7 on November 1, 2005, after a special session held on January 25 that year that marked the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps.
The largest Nazi death camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, was liberated by Soviet troops on January 27, 1945.
The March of the Living is a two week educational experience that takes place in Poland and Israel. Hundreds of Canadian students each year mark two of the most important dates in Jewish History. http://marchoftheliving.org/
SHOAH: The New Permanent Exhibition at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, Block 27 | Yad Vashem http://www.yadvashem.org/yv/
Digital Monument to the Jewish Community in the Netherlands http://www.joodsmonument.nl/
Williams College hosted a marvelous science fiction symposium October 22, 23, and 24. The David G. Hartwell ’63 Science Fiction Symposium featured public readings and panel discussions with leading writers and thinkers, including Samuel R. Delany, Kim Stanley Robinson, and prominent science fiction editor and Williams alumnus David Hartwell, for whom the event is named.
The symposium brought together the best of the science fiction community in a setting similar to a science fiction convention. “Science fiction writers can appeal to a wider range of people than often attend a convention,” says Paul Park, lecturer in English and organizer of the event. “There is something magical that happens when a number of these writers get together, an aggregate consciousness that expands each other’s work. This symposium gives the community an opportunity to discover that.”
John Crowley, a recipient of the American Academy and Institute of Letters Award for Literature and the World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award. His critically acclaimed works include Little, Big; The Translator; Lord Byron’s Novel: The Evening Land; Four Freedoms; and the Ægypt novels. He teaches fiction writing and screenwriting at Yale.
Kim Stanley Robinson, author of the Mars Trilogy. One of Time Magazine’s “heroes of the environment,” he has won numerous literary prizes, including this year’s Nebula Award for his novel 2312. He is on the board of the Sierra Nevada Research Institute and was one of the artistic fellows sent to Antarctica by the National Science Foundation. His new novel, Shaman, has just been published.
Paolo Bacigalupi, whose first novel, The Windup Girl, won the Hugo, Nebula, and John W. Campbell awards in 2010. His 2010 novel, Ship Breaker, was a finalist for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. Much of his work is set in an uncertain near-future when fossil fuels have run out. His third novel, The Drowned Cities, appeared in 2012.
Kelly Link, author of Pretty Monsters and Her Magic for Beginners, has received three Nebula Awards, a Hugo Award, and a World Fantasy Award. Her works combine science fiction, fantasy, horror, mystery, and realism. Link and her husband manage Small Beer Press in Northampton, Mass.
David Hartwell, Williams class of 1963, senior editor at Tor Books, publisher of the New York Review of Science Fiction, and anthologist of Year’s Best SF and Year’s Best Fantasy. Hartwell has won dozens of genre awards in many categories, including best editor, best anthology, and best magazine. He holds a Ph.D. from Columbia in Comparative Medieval Literature
Flickr Set by David G. Hartwell – SF Seminar 10/22-24 2013
Terry Bisson, author of the novels Talking Man, Voyage to the Red Planet, and Pirates of the Universe, and Nebula Award-winning short stories “Bears Discover Fire” and “macs.” “They’re Made Out of Meat” has been adapted for film, and other stories have been adapted for the stage. He has written screenplays, comic books, and graphic novels, as well as biographies of Nat Turner and Mumia Abu-Jamal.
Paul Park, author of The Starbridge Chronicles trilogy, Coelestis, Three Marys, The Gospel of Corax, A Princess of Roumania and its sequels, The Tourmaline, The White Tyger and The Hidden World. “The Persistence of Memory, or This Space for Sale” was nominated for a World Fantasy Award in 2010, the same year his novella “Ghosts Doing the Orange Dance” was nominated for a Nebula Award. He teaches writing at Williams.
Samuel R. Delany, author of Babel-17, The Einstein Intersection, Nova, the best-selling Dhalgren, and the Nevèrÿon tetralogy. He is a professor of English and creative writing at Temple University. The recipient of four Nebula and two Hugo awards, in 2002 he was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame.
Kit Reed, author of the novel Son of Destruction and collection The Story Until Now, which appeared earlier this year. What Wolves Know and Other Stories was a Shirley Jackson Award nominee in 2012, and two earlier collections were short-listed for the Tiptree Prize. A Guggenheim fellow and first American recipient of a literary grant from the Abraham Woursell Foundation, she is Resident Writer at Wesleyan University.
Kit Reed’s Website
Elizabeth Kolbert, staff writer at The New Yorker and the author of Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change. She is a two-time National Magazine Award winner, recipient of the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s magazine writing award, and a Heinz Award winner.
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Why advertising is loosing its effectiveness on the consumer.
Brands don’t realize that digital has made them transparent
It’s OK for brands to make mistakes. However, when they start lying about them and misleading the public, anything that a brand says is thrown into question, including in advertising. Here’s why your company’s “dead bodies” are going be known whether you want them to or not.
Consumers now define your image, not ads
Brands can’t shout from the mountaintop anymore about who they are. Here’s why consumers now define your public perception and why you should embrace this shift.
Customer reviews and social media are cutting through your marketing
When commercials were on the top of the marketing food chain, the public only got their information through the company. Now, with social media and customer reviews, the consumer’s main source of information comes from their friends, family, and peers.
You’re not being socially conscious
Socially conscious brands not only gain public support, but also make more money. Adding environmentally friendly initiatives can help your company, products, and advertising become more popular all while helping the bottom line.
Brands aren’t honest about their problems
If you simply explain to the public your company’s problems (be they past or present), you will gain a deeper trust with your audience. This case study explores a company that gave its customers an intimate look into its eco-harmful business practices and ended up with more loyal customers.
Your online content is not original
If you keep re-purposing your television creative for digital purposes, you’re not communicating your brand very effectively. Here’s why original digital content is vital to believable and effective online advertising.
Your company culture is weak, and it’s affecting brand perception
A great company culture will create happy employees. Happy employees work harder for their company. If your advertising is not connecting with consumers, you might need to look within your organization for the true problem.
Brands put too much emphasis on display ads
When marketing went from the billboard to the banner ad, some marketers declared victory and stopped innovating. Here’s why you need to gradually move from display to innovative digital marketing tactics.
The moments between the moments are being ignored
How does Virgin Airlines spend 95 percent less on advertising compared to their competitors, but receive the highest customer satisfaction? If you focus on your customer’s entire experience, you won’t need positive advertising. The customer will do it for you.
If your product is bad, the customer feels lied to
You will never survive if you keep trying to sell a bad product. Fixing your brand’s core issues first will make your advertising efforts incredibly easier in the long run.
You’re marketing the “how” and the “what,” not the “why”
To advertise well, you need to step back and ask yourself why you are selling a product or brand. Marketing what your product stands for is an incredibly powerful way to communicate your message.
Customer service is being undervalued
Don’t abandon your customers after they buy your product. Marketing isn’t just a process that takes place before a purchase; it’s an ongoing communication of the company’s values. Treating your customer just as well after a purchase is something that should be at the top of your company’s list, not last. Link
The author of this above piece hits all the point, however, none of this is new to any of us in the digital trenches over the last few years. The general tone deafness by corporations across the spectrum has been quite stunning, in the face of over whelming data. Not just data, but the conversations that have been taking place across social media and across the Web.
It is hard to know where to start to list examples of companies that reflect this tone deafness and denial. Denial is a strong word, but quite apt in this regard. The election cycle of 2012 is a good place to start, as it is recent history, and the results are finally starting to come in, from John’s Pizza, to Wallmart vs Costco to Darden Restaurants to the GOP (Republican Party).
There is a split happening here, between people who are using the Web to get their information and people who rely on traditional media. Some call it the ‘digital divide’, others call it the different between those who participate in ‘critical thinking’ and those that don’t.
I don’t have time to finish this post right now, will return later and add more thoughts, in the interim, here is an interesting link to a research article giving some hard stats and data about this very topic. It is tangential, but relevant to the topic of ‘why the traditional advertising model continues to fail in America :
Two explosions rocked the Boston Marathon near the finish line, causing multiple casualties and sending the city into chaos. Another explosion occurred at the JFK Library, but authorities were unsure if the incidents were linked.
The blasts downtown in Copley Square occurred just before 3:00 p.m.
The number of casualties changed rapidly throughout the afternoon. Two people were killed and more than 130 others were injured, according to a preliminary statement from the Boston Police Department. The number rose to more than 100 injured shortly after 5 p.m. and kept growing as the day progressed, the Boston Globe reported.
The first blast filled a spectator gallery near the finish line with a gray cloud of smoke. Screaming witnesses immediately fled the area. Ten seconds later, a second explosion jolted the crowd.
Streets reserved exclusively for runners filled with emergency crews, as first responders climbed fences to reach wounded athletes and spectators. Flags from nations represented in the race were thrown to the ground.
Here we go again, another attack, another name for it is ‘Black Flag’ or ‘ruse de guerre’ (ruse of war) ~ a technique of deception, under the circumstances, the very nature of this attack implies there is another agenda at work.
The timing, place of this attack + choice of explosive points to a domestic group (USA), which again, could be another ‘black flag’. In the final analysis, the ‘who’ becomes less important then the long term damage, which will be our civil liberties.
Having worn the ‘tin foil hat’ on many occasions, I can certainly identify with the impulse to look for a simple answer in order to make things black + white, therefore easier to process and accept, but the answer is often complex, and not made clear, which is the goal. There are many forces at work in this world that use media as a tool and a weapon, and acts of terror depend on media to serve the primary agenda, whatever that might be.
Terrorism, like Propaganda, is a form of persuasive communication. Like propaganda, it is a pejorative term. Some have referred to it as propaganda of the deed. It is hard to define because its definition depends on whether one agrees with the message. If one does, neither propaganda nor terrorism is the term that is normally used to describe such activity.
“There is a corruption at the heart of American politics, caused by the dependence of Congressional candidates on funding from the tiniest percentage of citizens. That’s the argument at the core of this blistering talk by legal scholar Lawrence Lessig. With rapid-fire visuals, he shows how the funding process weakens the Republic in the most fundamental way, and issues a rallying bipartisan cry that will resonate with many in the U.S. and beyond.” Lawrence Lessig
Lessig’s talk is snappy, hard-hitting, and make a compelling case that no matter what you think the most important issue is, you’re just not going to get it until this problem is addressed. Like many pundits, Lessig feels a need to decorate his speech with a bit of “both sides do it” (in this case, saying that real small government Republicans are also losers because the system provides little incentive for politicians to let go of the levers that give them some power over the money men) without owning up to the fact that the left (otherwise known as the positions, economic well-being, and security of a large majority of Americans) takes the brunt of the damage in this rich get richer system. Why is there no pressure from the right for this kind of reform? Because the system as it is rewards the right.
Even so, Lessig’s arguments are entertaining, his facts sobering, and his ultimate position—that this problem is far from insurmountable—is cheering. Being told you’re living in an ex-republic is not fun, but the path back to democracy might not be as stony as those who benefit from the current system want you to think.
Fear Of Memes ~ I love the concept!
Sorry, Middle East governments, but the people have spoken, and they want their damned memes. And, actually, that brings to mind the obvious question: how the hell are memes a threat to you to begin with?
The Tunisian Government seem to have a problem with this Gangam Style, Harlem Shake combo-video produced by some apparently fun-loving Tunisian students (the original was taken down due to a highly questionable copyright claim, by the way, because while even the Tunisian government wasn’t evil enough to block the video, a bogus DMCA claim had no such qualms).
For reasons that will never make sense to me, the Tunisian government apparently had a problem with the video and its popularity, prompting an investigation. And if you think about it for five seconds, you’ve probably already guessed what the response from Tunisia’s people has been.
They danced en masse to the song and posted their exploits on YouTube. That prompted a quarter of a million hits and reports of an investigation by the country’s minister of education and that prompted a backlash. Video after video after video of Tunisians proudly doing the Harlem shake in defiance.
Dear Tunisian people: congratulations! You’ve officially been made full members of the internet community now that you’ve engaged in trolling your own government as a form of protest. It’s only a matter of time before you’ll be naming soft drinks after fluid-expelling geriatrics. TechDirt
Ever since the Hong Kong action-movie boom of the 1980s, the film industries of East Asia have arguably been better at making old-fashioned, hard-boiled crime thrillers than Hollywood has. Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-winning “The Departed,” after all, was a remake of the 2002 Hong Kong thriller “Infernal Affairs” (albeit an excellent remake with its own spirit and considerable subtlety). While Asian pop cinema remains just off the radar screen of mainstream American culture, it’s a whole lot easier to find than it used to be. This week, Korean writer-director Park Hoon-jung’s byzantine, slick and bloody mob drama “New World” opens theatrically in numerous North American cities, just a few weeks after its smash-hit premiere in Korea.
Part of this new accessibility is simply about the speed of cultural transmission; no doubt pirated copies of “New World” are already available on the Internet, or on the sidewalks of Asian immigrant neighborhoods. If the film’s producers and distributors want to make any legitimate American (or Canadian) dollars off the damn thing, they have to get it out right now. But this also speaks to the rapidly changing demographics of our society; even five years ago, it’s tough to imagine a new movie in Korean, with no actors who count as stars outside East Asia, playing at multiplex theaters in Atlanta, Dallas, Las Vegas and Philadelphia. Furthermore, in this case it’s totally justified. While I’m not sure “New World” will attain the same near-classic status as “Infernal Affairs” or Johnnie To’s mid-2000s “Election” movies, on first viewing it’s pretty close.
We’re in familiar territory here, whether the setting is Asian, American or otherwise: sterile but luxurious settings, hard men in impeccable suits, a quasi-Shakespearean moral landscape of shifting alliances and repeated betrayals. Park, previously best known as the screenwriter for Kim Jee-woon’s hit serial-killer drama “I Saw the Devil,” handles it all with stern, commanding detachment. (The cinematography is by the terrific Chung Chung-hoon, who has shot most of Park Chan-wook’s recent films.) This aloofness extends both to camera movement and to character development, and I suppose it’s both the film’s major flaw and dominant quality. If our central focus is on Ja-sung (Lee Jung-jae), an undercover cop who has risen near the top of the Goldmoon crime syndicate, he remains a moral chameleon throughout, and we observe his torment only from the outside.
Now that the shock of Pope Benedict XVI’s surprise resignation has settled in, conspiracy theorists are having a heyday trying to figure out if there is more to the story than meets the eye. With no papal funeral to prepare for and the pope’s final appearances fairly routine, Vatican watchers and bored reporters have been fleshing out a number of theories on why the pope may have really resigned.
Was the pope under the influence of a secretive “gay lobby” within the Vatican itself? That’s the claim put forth by Italian daily newspaper La Repubblica.
On Thursday, the popular paper published an article alleging that Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to resign this month was partly prompted by a report that accused Vatican officials of being under the influence of several internal lobbies, reportedly including a gay one.
The Irish Times reports that Benedict commissioned the report after the Vatileaks scandal broke last year. The report, written by a trio of cardinals, concluded that “various lobbies within the Holy See were consistently breaking” the sixth and seventh commandments, “thou shalt not commit adultery” and “thou shalt not steal.”
(The sixth commandment referencing adultery has historically been tied to the Catholic Church’s doctrine banning homosexuality.)
The nearly 300-page dossier would be passed on to pope’s successor, the report added.
Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, released an arguably vague statement about the accusations.
“Neither the cardinals’ commission nor I will make comments to confirm or deny the things that are said about this matter,” he said, according to the Guardian. “Let each one assume his or her own responsibilities. We shall not be following up on the observations that are made about this.”
The Guardian also reported that a separate Italian daily, Corriere della Sera, mentioned a “disturbing” dossier in an article published soon after the pope’s resignation announcement.
Scandalous revelations involving the Vatican and gay sex have been published by La Repubblica before. In 2010, the newspaper revealed wiretaps and police documents that showed a Vatican chorister and an elite papal usher had been involved with a gay prostitutes ring. Both men were dismissed from their duties, the Telegraph notes.
La Repubblica’s allegations are only the latest in a string of theories relating to the pope’s sudden departure, which has prompted rampant speculation.
Benedict himself has further confused matters with his Ash Wednesday homily, in which he referenced vague internal “divisions.”
Beyond the gossip about why the pope might have really resigned are growing conspiracies that there is a faction of cardinals who don’t think the pope should live inside Vatican City after he retires. Several unnamed cardinals have been quoted in the Italian press saying that it would have been better if he returned to Bavaria in Germany or lived out his days somewhere like Monte Cassino, a hilltop abbey south of Rome. Asked if the pope consulted a group of cardinals about where to live after he retires, Lombardi said that he didn’t have to. “The successor and cardinals will be very happy to have nearby a person who more than anyone understands the spiritual needs of the church and his successor.”
But many Vatican experts in Rome have been writing that whether the former pope should stay will actually be up to the new pope. After all, he will have full charge of all the affairs inside Vatican City. Archbishop Rino Fisichella told Corriere della Sera that he thought the pope should “rethink his plans” even before that, saying that having two popes inside Vatican City can only lead to trouble. Citing a potential “cohabitation issue” Fisichella says that he believes the pope will eventually choose to move out.
Whether any of the rumors will prove true is anyone’s guess. But with little happening beyond cardinals lobbying for the pope’s old job from now until the conclave begins sometime after March 15, there is no question that the rumor mill will keep churning.
Post Script: Salon
Friday, Feb 22, 2013 02:56 PM EST
Did a gay blackmail scandal bring down the pope?
The pope’s abrupt retirement gets stranger: Now an Italian newspaper alleges corruption at the Vatican