EditorsAbout the SiteComes vs. MicrosoftUsing This Web SiteSite ArchivesCredibility IndexOOXMLOpenDocumentPatentsNovellNews DigestSite NewsRSS

04.26.19

“Dia da Liberdade” in Portugal — Wilted Carnations in EPOnia

Posted in Europe, Patents at 12:39 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Guest post

Wilted carnations

Summary: “Reliable sources report that the discontent continues to simmer among the EPOnian peasantry and that the steam is slowly but inexorably building up inside the pressure cooker,” tells us a guest writer

AS Portugal commemorates the 45th anniversary of the events of 25 April 1974 which initiated a transition from authoritarian rule to a pluralistic democracy, the carnations in the land of EPOnia (EPO) are looking decidedly wilted.

Experts monitoring the social climate at EPOnia following the departure of the despotic Corsican Sun-King at the end of June last year have reported that a summer of relief turned into an autumn of anticipation which eventually developed into a winter of discontent.

“Experts monitoring the social climate at EPOnia following the departure of the despotic Corsican Sun-King at the end of June last year have reported that a summer of relief turned into an autumn of anticipation which eventually developed into a winter of discontent.”The New Year ushered in a spring of simmering unrest. At the moment this unrest is bubbling away under the surface. It hasn’t spilled over onto the streets yet. Nor has it started to manifest itself in any kind of visible form. But insiders warn that there are signs of storm clouds gathering on the horizon. So it’s anybody’s guess what the summer will bring.

The current climatic instability is mainly attributed to the indecisiveness and procrastination of António the Unready, the Franco-Lusitanian Eurocrat who inherited the mantle of Benoît the Bellicose, the infamous Sun-King from Saint-Germain-en-Laye.

In some quarters the new Grand Pooh-Bah of EPOnia has been honored with the title of “O Grilo Muito Silencioso” (“the very quiet cricket”).

O Grilo Muito Silencioso

That might be something of an exaggeration. After all, this little cricket hasn’t remained entirely silent since taking up office. As a matter of fact he has managed to chirp quite merrily and loudly about improving social dialogue with his serfs.

But despite all of his efforts to “talk the talk”, the “Social Dialogue” page on the EPO intranet seems to be rather dormant with its most recent entry dated October 2018.

Social dialogue
Click for larger/full view

So it’s no wonder that there is a widespread scepticism as to whether António the Unready is really up to it when it comes to “walking the walk”.

“So it’s no wonder that there is a widespread scepticism as to whether António the Unready is really up to it when it comes to “walking the walk”.”It has been noticed that he is very fond of portraying himself as a “Child of the Carnation Revolution” just like he did when he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Universtity of Alicante in September 2017.

On such occasions he is in his element regaling his audience with tales of his father’s activities as a political exile [PDF], co-founder of the Portuguese Socialist Party and close collaborator of Mario Soares.

His repertoire typically includes tales of the turbulent times between 1974 and 1976 as Portugal made its transition from the authoritarian rule of the Salazar regime to a pluralistic democracy.

25 Abril commemoration

One of his favorite anecdotes is about how his family was forced to abandon Lisbon in the middle of the night and flee to the north of the country during the “hot summer” of 1975. This was when the Portuguese Communist Party attempted to impose a left-wing dictatorship with the support of the Soviet Union but was ultimately stopped in its tracks in November 1975 by more moderate political forces under the leadership of António Ramalho Eanes.

Portugal hot summer, 1975

Those naively optimistic souls who had been mesmerised by the carefully cultivated public image of the self-professed “Child of the Carnation Revolution” and who dreamed that he would bring something of the spirit of 25 April 1974 to the land of EPOnia have been sorely disappointed.

Child of the Carnation Revolution

The “Ditadura Militar” of the Battistelli era may have faded, but an atmosphere of stagnation and sclerosis lingers on and there is little sign of any real breath of fresh air.

“Reliable sources report that the discontent continues to simmer among the EPOnian peasantry and that the steam is slowly but inexorably building up inside the pressure cooker.”The old “nomenklatura” of Battistelli’s inner circle remains largely intact and it still seems to be pulling many if not most of the strings behind the scenes. António the Unready has so far shown himself unequal to the Herculean task of cleaning out that particular Augean stable and the current regime has a distinct whiff of authoritarian Salazarist “Estado Novo” managerialism about it.

Reliable sources report that the discontent continues to simmer among the EPOnian peasantry and that the steam is slowly but inexorably building up inside the pressure cooker.

If Campinos continues to sit in his hands as he has done so far, he should not be surprised if he finds himself facing his own “hot summer” in the not too distant future.

Share this post: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Reddit
  • co.mments
  • DZone
  • email
  • Google Bookmarks
  • LinkedIn
  • NewsVine
  • Print
  • Technorati
  • TwitThis
  • Facebook

If you liked this post, consider subscribing to the RSS feed or join us now at the IRC channels.

Pages that cross-reference this one

What Else is New


  1. Coronavirus Has Not Slowed Down the EPO's Promotion of Illegal Software Patents

    Using the latest buzzwords and weasel words (digital, games, videogames, digitalisation etc.) the EPO continues to invite bogus patents/applications and boasts about granting a lot more of them



  2. IRC Proceedings: Wednesday, April 08, 2020

    IRC logs for Wednesday, April 08, 2020



  3. Links 8/4/2020: Tails 4.5, Septor 2020.2, GNOME Money Awards and Mozilla's New CEO

    Links for the day



  4. IRC Proceedings: Tuesday, April 07, 2020

    IRC logs for Tuesday, April 07, 2020



  5. GitHug - A Guest Article by Thomas Grzybowski

    "Now, if Azure revenue has increased 72%, but the gross revenue in this category has only increased 25%, that means that the other components, primary GitHub, are actually a substantial negative."



  6. Links 7/4/2020: Firefox 75, Python 2.7.1 RC1

    Links for the day



  7. The Fall of the UPC - Part XIV: Media Owned and Controlled by Law Firms Did Not Properly Cover the Decision of the German Constitutional Court (FCC)

    We take another look at the shallow if not deliberately misleading coverage in sites that are literally owned and run by law firms, for the benefit of law firms rather than informing the public



  8. The Media Paints Bill Gates as the Man Who Will Save the World While Seattle's Police Department Obstructs Access to Documents About Pedophilia Arrest at His Home

    We're still unable to receive even one single page of the police report about arrest for pedophilia at the home of Bill and Melinda Gates; the media says nothing about this and instead it paints Gates as a national or international hero



  9. IRC Proceedings: Monday, April 06, 2020

    IRC logs for Monday, April 06, 2020



  10. Software Patents Remain Junk Patents in the United States (Not Enforceable), Whereas the EPO Keeps Granting Them and Promoting Them

    We take note of the positive outcomes in the US, where courts continue to reject software patents, but in Europe the largest patent office, which sought to replace all the courts, still acts as if patent law does not exist and patents can be endlessly printed irrespective of their merit (or validity as judged by actual courts)



  11. The Fall of the UPC - Part XIII: A Death Worth Celebrating and Many Lies Worth Debunking

    We take stock of positive responses to the decision made by the German constitutional court (FCC) 2.5 weeks ago; we also explain why it has taken so long to piece together firm-by-firm scoresheet for UPC lies



  12. GitHub is Moving the Free Software Movement Into “Check”

    GitHub's growing levels of control over Free software projects (GitHub itself is proprietary and Microsoft-controlled) ought to alarm the community; it's a lot worse than most people care to acknowledge, based on weeks of detailed analysis of GNU/Linux distros



  13. Links 6/4/2020: New Red Hat CEO, elementary OS Hera Updates

    Links for the day



  14. When the Decision is OK and the Judge's Motivations Are Also OK

    Justice Huber made the right call; but the bullies and charlatans who conspired to undermine laws and constitutions will never be satisfied



  15. The Fall of the UPC - Part XII: Doing the Unthinkable by Blaming the Judge's (Justice's) Wife?

    Team UPC and its media partners never cease to amaze us; anybody who stands in their way is either portrayed as a Russian stooge or too ignorant to be worth talking to



  16. The Fall of the UPC - Part XI: Lies Told by Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie (BDI) in Süddeutsche Zeitung

    Today we look at misleading claims (or lies) published by Süddeutsche Zeitung after the Germans' constitutional court (FCC) had pointed out the obvious, namely that UPC ratification would be in violation of the German constitution



  17. IRC Proceedings: Sunday, April 05, 2020

    IRC logs for Sunday, April 05, 2020



  18. Links 5/4/2020: MindSpore, Covid-19 Projects and More

    Links for the day



  19. EPO is Just Like Some Cruel Political Party and Not a Patent Office

    The "cabal" which runs today's EPO (even the word "Mafia" seems suitable here) isn't acting -- not even remotely -- like a patent office; it's a patent-printing operation ("protection money" as income) that uses shallow political stunts to manufacture consent with the EU's 'generous' assistance



  20. Digitalisation and Digital Technologies as a Ploy to Justify Illegal Software Patents

    Say "hello" to the next weasel word/s; from the "hey hi" hype wave we've now moved to something "digital" (which can mean just about anything, including algorithms of all sorts)



  21. The Fall of the UPC - Part X: How We Shall Catalogue UPC Lies

    The cult that Team UPC became (one member lying to another member, maintaining a false version of reality) will be judged based on underlying facts, not lying about facts; we start with a token of contempt for IP Kat and Bristows LLP (there are overlaps)



  22. IRC Proceedings: Saturday, April 04, 2020

    IRC logs for Saturday, April 04, 2020



  23. Major Revelation: Microsoft Blackmail Against LAMP (GNU/Linux and Free Stacks for Servers) Goes At Least 16 Years Back, Predating the Novell Patent Deal

    (Techno-)Anthropological analyses of Microsoft's patent war on Free/libre software must take into account what Microsoft did to MySQL, a Swedish company at the time



  24. Links 4/4/2020: Sparky 5.11, Firefox 74.0.1, POCL 1.5

    Links for the day



  25. IRC Proceedings: Friday, April 03, 2020

    IRC logs for Friday, April 03, 2020



  26. Links 3/4/2020: Ubuntu Beta, GNOME 3.36.1, ExTiX LXQt Mini, NetBSD 8.2 Released

    Links for the day



  27. Digital Communication, Digitalisation and Videogaming Among the EPO's Latest Smokescreens for Illegal and Abstract Patents on Algorithms

    The EPO keeps liaising with the EU to promote patents which EU officials have themselves said were illegal; to make matters worse, the EPO's violations of its own laws inspire the United States to do the same



  28. Emotional Blackmail for Illegal Software Patents

    Semantic tactics the European Patent Office (EPO) uses to promote software patents in Europe and may theoretically use in the future (satire)



  29. Clear Linux is to GNU/Linux What Clearly Defined is to Open Source

    The idea that we need Intel to take GNU/Linux ‘mainstream’ is ludicrous; as OSDL co-founder (now succeeded in the flesh of the Corporate Linux Foundation), Intel is more about Linux (with DRM, “secure boot” and everything that lets it be remotely controlled) than about GNU and it’s not too keen on GPL (copyleft), either



  30. IRC Proceedings: Thursday, April 02, 2020

    IRC logs for Thursday, April 02, 2020


RSS 64x64RSS Feed: subscribe to the RSS feed for regular updates

Home iconSite Wiki: You can improve this site by helping the extension of the site's content

Home iconSite Home: Background about the site and some key features in the front page

Chat iconIRC Channel: Come and chat with us in real time

Recent Posts