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October 23 2014


zum Saudiarabischen Dialogzentrum in Wien (steuerbefreit)

Kürzlich wurde in Saudi-Arabien ein Gesetz erlassen, wonach Atheisten als Terroristen zu behandeln sind

Ein Anti-Terror-Gesetz aus dem Jahr 2011 stelle zudem Kritik an der Regierung und dem Königshaus unter Gefängnisstrafe.

October 22 2014

“The goal of the future is full unemployment, so we can play. That’s why we have to destroy the present politico-economic system.” This may sound like the pronouncement of some bong-smoking anarchist, but it was actually Arthur C. Clarke, who found time between scuba diving and pinball games to write “Childhood’s End” and think up communications satellites. My old colleague Ted Rall recently wrote a column proposing that we divorce income from work and give each citizen a guaranteed paycheck, which sounds like the kind of lunatic notion that’ll be considered a basic human right in about a century, like abolition, universal suffrage and eight-hour workdays. The Puritans turned work into a virtue, evidently forgetting that God invented it as a punishment.
The 'Busy' Trap - NYTimes.com
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October 21 2014

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October 20 2014


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October 18 2014


Gute Nachrichten! Ab demnächst gibt es in der EU ...

Gute Nachrichten! Ab demnächst gibt es in der EU wieder Leuchtmittel, die 100 Jahre halten! Jedenfalls wenn Frankreich Ernst macht, denn Frankreich hat jetzt geplante Obsoleszenz als Betrugsdelikt unter Strafe gestellt. Sehr schön!
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October 17 2014



This about sums it up.

[eta: link to article]

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October 16 2014


Liebe Uni Wien, wir müssen reden. Konkret über das oben angeführte Foto, das direkt auf der Startseite deiner brandneuen Website zu sehen ist. Das Bild wurde schon ziemlich oft auf der Startseite verwendet. Es zeigt einen jungen schwarzen Mann, der auf einer Stiege sitzt, und sich mit zwei blonden Mädchen unterhält. So weit so gut. Aber mir ist aufgefallen, dass du dieses Bild immer dann verwendest, wenn es darum geht, dich als „Internationale Universität“ zu präsentieren. Bereits im März 2014 war es auf der englischsprachigen Seite zu sehen, mit dem dazugehörigen Text: „International University of Vienna—Almost one Quarter of our Students come from abroad. The University welcomes and supports almost 1,000 ERASMUS students each year.“

Das Komische an dem Bild: Der Kerl, der da zu sehen ist, ist gar nicht von „auswärts“. Er ist auch kein Erasmus-Student. Das weiß ich, weil das auf dem Foto ich bin. Ich studiere bei euch an der Uni Publizistik und weiß irgendwie gar nicht, wie ich zu der „Ehre“ komme, euer Aushängeschild für Internationalität zu sein. Das einzige an mir, das irgendwie exotisch ist, ist nämlich mein ausgeprägter Flachgauer Dialekt.   [auf vice.com weiter lesen]

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Foto: Damit auch du ein Gesicht zu unserem Brief hast

Lieber Tori,

wir haben nachgedacht. Dein offener Brief hat gezeigt, dass dir unsere Fotoauswahl das schlechte Gefühl gegeben hat, für bestimmte Inhalte unser liebstes Aushängeschild zu sein. Wir haben das Bild mehr als einmal im gleichen Kontext (Internationalität) verwendet und damit für eine Zuschreibung gesorgt, die dir nicht recht ist. Das war keine böse Absicht und tut uns leid. Nicht außer Acht zu lassen, dass du gemeinsam mit deinen Kolleginnen auf dem Foto einfach auch sehr gut getroffen bist. Unser Versprechen, zukünftig sensibler bei der Fotoauswahl zu sein, nehmen wir ernst.

Mit Fotos halten wir es ein bisschen so wie Ikea: “Es ist ok, wenn du deine Meinung änderst!” Deine mündliche Zustimmung von vor zwei Jahren gilt heute nicht mehr. Das finden wir zwar schade, weil wir ja offensichtlich große Fans deines Bildes sind, respektieren das aber und haben es aus unserem Fotokatalog gelöscht. [...]

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Die Kläger vor einem New Yorker Bezirksgericht hatten kritisiert, dass der Werbespruch „Red Bull verleiht Flügel“ nicht der Wahrheit entspreche.

Red Bull akzeptiert Millionenvergleich - news.ORF.at
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A 2004 law prohibits Utah’s universities from enacting policy that "in any way inhibits or restricts the possession or use of firearms."

An email to Utah State University threatened "the deadliest school shooting in American history" if the school did not cancel a lecture Wednesday morning by a well-known feminist writer and video game critic.

"Feminists have ruined my life, and I will have my revenge, for my sake and the sake of all others they’ve wronged," read the message from a sender who claimed to be a USU student.

The message threatened to rain gunfire and shrapnel upon a lecture by Sarkeesian, who created a feminist video blog and a video series on misogyny in video games. She was scheduled to speak at 11:30 a.m. at the Taggart Student Center Auditorium.

"A Montreal Massacre style attack will be carried out," warned the message, sent to multiple departments and individuals around campus. "I have at my disposal a semi-automatic rifle, multiple pistols, and a collection of pipe bombs."

After consulting with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, the university decided to host Sarkeesian’s lecture as scheduled, said USU spokesman Tim Vitale. The university planned to increase security for the lecture and forbid backpacks in the auditorium.

However, they wouldn’t forbid guns.

Feminist cancels USU talk after guns allowed despite death threat | The Salt Lake Tribune
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October 15 2014

Every Johnny Depp in one cosplay
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3 years in Rikers Island, 2 in solitary confinement, this high school student, NEVER CHARGED, gets released

16-year-old high school sophomore Kalief Browder, of the Bronx, spent nearly three years locked up at the Rikers Jail after he says he was falsely accused of stealing a backpack.  Amazingly, Browder never pleaded guilty, actually refused to plead guilty and requested a trial, even when pressured, but was never convicted and was only offered plea deals while the trial was repeatedly delayed.

Near the end of his time in jail, the judge “offered” to sentence him to time served if a guilty plea was entered, and warned him he could face 15 years in prison if convicted, but Browder still refused to accept the deal.  The only reason Browder was finally released was because his case was dismissed, but the damage had been done.

Browder, a high school student, spent an unbelievable 800 days, or over 2 years, in solitary confinement, which is a common juvenile imprisonment practice that the New York Department of Corrections has now banned after several investigations.

How does a teen end up in jail for 3 years, of which 2 years was spent in solitary confinement, and never be charged with a crime?

Browder’s case highlights several broken mechanisms in the New York legal system that feeds itself to civil liberty abuses on our youth.

  1. The 6th amendment gives us a right to a speedy trial, but in New York they have a “Ready Rule”.  The “Ready Rule” allows the courts to postpone trial dates by offering continuances. The system may give a continuance for 1 week, but logistically it may be 1 month before the trial actually comes to fruition and the still not convicted civilian only gets “credit” for the 1 week, not the actual time they have served.  In Browder’s case, he was given an absolutely ridiculous number of continuances initiated by the prosecution which left him locked up because he could not afford the $3000 bail.
  2. Browder was a high school student and juveniles are supposed to continue their education while behind bars .. except for juveniles that are in solitary confinement.  Guards would place juveniles in solitary and the schooling would stop relinquishing any educational support.
  3. While in solitary, Browder says that guards would routinely refuse to give him his meals.  Hunger is a common complaint by teens that are locked up because of the 12-hour stretch between dinner and breakfast.  Guards would use starve tactics at their discretion for punishment or their own personal enjoyment.  Browder says the worst of his starvations lasted for 4 meals in a row, meaning he was denied breakfast, lunch, dinner and another breakfast.
  4. As it stands, the courts place people in these situations and it is human nature for some to strike a plea deal just to get out of jail.  But Browder did not play into their game and take a plea deal, but maintained his innocence and requested a trial which came at a snail’s pace. This leads one to believe that the courts use this a planned tactic or procedure to play on human nature all in the name of getting convictions.
  5. The issues of using a Public Defender have long been recorded across the country.  In New York, court appointed lawyers make $75 a case.  In order to make money, that PD has to take on huge caseloads which leads to other problems.  Browder, although locked up for nearly three years in Rikers, where his PD was located everyday, never once was visited by his PD or had anyone to advocate his case for him.  This shows a reckless disregard which leads to a vicious cycle of apathy that often leads innocent people to copping pleas or getting longer sentences.

Read more here

Their rules and laws on apply when they are trying to put us away. It’s sick.

October 14 2014

Dropbox has confirmed that a bug in some older versions of its desktop apps deleted the files of some people who turned on Selective Sync, which limits cloud syncing to certain folders. Typically, this would happen after a crash or forced reboot, making a bad problem worse -- at least a few users found that they'd lost years' worth of content through no fault of their own.
— Clifford sagt: "years' worth of content" ohne backup bei dropbox liegen zu lassen qualifiziert imo durchaus als "fault of their own"..
Dropbox bug wipes some users' files from the cloud
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This pleases me

omg i want a barbie that says EAT LEAD, COBRA

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The most logical argument I’ve ever seen a hero use.

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