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April 02 2015

To me, this letter by a megacorp – opportunistic as it might be – impressively illustrates the tipping point that has been reached on LGBT rights in the USA.
We are so far from an equal society, yet sometimes you just have to pause and appreciate the progress we're making.
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February 04 2015

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"We are reluctant candidates for power ... history has thrust us upon center stage ... we are going to destroy the Greek oligarchy system" – Syriza finance minister Varoufakis
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[DPR's defense attorney] Dratel argued that Ross Ulbricht had been set up—that his computer was vulnerable to being hacked while torrenting an episode of the Colbert Report through the library’s public Wi-Fi, and that Mark Karpeles, CEO of [now-defunct Bitcoin exchange] Mt. Gox, had the means and the motives (financial benefit by manipulating the bitcoin market). Dratel also argued that the USB thumb drive on Ulbricht’s nightstand that prosecution claimed contained backed-up copies of files from Ulbricht’s computer wasn’t a backup, but rather the origin of the files on Ulbricht’s laptop—that the thumb drive had been given to him by the real DPR as part of the set-up.
— The Silk Road Trial is fun.

January 13 2015

Der wahre Feind der Islamisten und der wahre Feind der Rassisten – das ist die atheistische, säkulare, plurale, liberale, demokratische 68er-Welt. Diese befindet sich in einem Zangengriff.
Je suis Charlie – Isolde Charim
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January 11 2015

Defending free speech is always easy when you like the content of the ideas being targeted, or aren’t part of (or actively dislike) the group being maligned.
In Solidarity With a Free Press: Some More Blasphemous Cartoons - The Intercept

August 29 2014

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August 13 2014

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August 08 2014

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October 02 2013

I want to use economic theory as a means to abolish the use of coercion and agression amongst mankind. Just as slavery has been abolished most everywhere, I believe violence, coercion and all forms of force by one person over another can come to an end. The most widespread and systemic use of force is amongst institutions and governments, so this is my current point of effort. The best way to change a government is to change the minds of the governed, however. To that end, I am creating an economic simulation to give people a first-hand experience of what it would be like to live in a world without the systemic use of force.
— Alleged SilkRoad founder Ross Ulbricht

Allegedly, he later tried to order the assassination of someone blackmailing him. (It might have been a bluff, though.)

Hacker News user kaonashi: "Seems like he found out exactly what would happen: The use of force would be wielded more readily by private actors instead."

(PS: I find ridiculous this line libertarian utopians draw between "use of force" by the government, ie. laws, taxes = bad vs. "use of force" by privilege, discrimination, social pressures, wealth etc. = not an issue.)
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June 09 2013

The greatest fear I have is that nothing will change. People will see all these disclosures, they'll know the lengths the government is going to grant themselves powers unilaterally to create greater control over American society and global society – but they won't be willing to take the risks necessary to stand up and fight to change things, to force their representatives to take a stand in their interests, and in the months ahead, the years ahead, it's only going to get worse!
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden
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July 29 2012

We have five times as much [current] oil and coal and gas [reserves] as climate scientists think is safe to [ever] burn.
Global Warming's Terrifying New Math | Rolling Stone
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July 24 2012


Breakthrough: The First Complete Computer Model of a Living Organism

The model accounts for every molecular interaction that takes place in the life cycle of Mycoplasma genitalia, the world's smallest free-living bacteria. ... Their model was able to predict the phenotype (what the organism looks like) by using the genotype alone.
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July 21 2012

Americans across the nation confirmed today that, unfortunately, due to their extreme familiarity with the type of tragedy that occurred in a Colorado movie theater last night, they sadly know exactly how the events following the horrific shooting of 12 people will unfold. ... The nation's 300 million citizens told reporters ... "The calls not to politicize the tragedy should be starting in an hour, but by 1:30 p.m. tomorrow the issue will have been politicized".
The Onion right on target. (via Andres)
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April 13 2012

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This is Cory Booker. He's the mayor of Newark, NJ.
He's passionate and eloquent, as in this moving, spontaneous answer to a question on marriage equality, but also daily on his Facebook and Twitter feeds. Since he became a city councilman, he's moved from the suburbs to various notorious low-income housing projects. He's reduced his city's crime rate, increased affordable housing and, after meeting Mark Zuckerberg at a dinner, convinced him to donate $100M to the Newark school system. He has over a million Twitter followers (four times Newark's population) – and has been known to personally go shovel people's driveways in snow storms after being alerted on Twitter.
So what did he do yesterday? Oh, he just carried a trapped neighbor out of a burning house, suffering second-degree burns and smoke inhalation in the process.

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December 16 2011


The nightmarish Stop Online Piracy Act hearings – Washington Post

"like a group of well-intentioned amateurs getting together to perform heart surgery on a patient incapable of moving" :-(
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December 07 2011

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The US has publicly declared it will fight discrimination against LGBT people abroad ("one of the remaining human rights challenges of our time") by using foreign aid and diplomacy to encourage reform. "Being gay is not a western invention, it is a human reality", said Hillary Clinton in Geneva.
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November 03 2011


Eurokrise (nicht nur) für Dummies

"Es ist die verdammte Pflicht von Politik und Journalismus, den Menschen zu erklären, was da vor sich geht."Michel Reimon (as previously seen on Soup) tut als Gastkommentator im Standard den Job von Journalisten, und verschafft mir dadurch zum ersten Mal den Anflug einer Ahnung von den Hintergründen all der täglichen Schlagzeilen und Aufregungen.
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July 20 2011

Ein Verleger hat einem Politiker von uns eine Seite seines Magazins mit einer Negativgeschichte über unsere Partei gezeigt. Dazu hat er gesagt: „Hier könnte aber auch ein Inserat von euch stehen.“
Falter.at: Anonyme Zeugen schildern, wie es zwischen Politik und Medien in Österreich so läuft
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