Klaus

Open Medicine

 Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:33:42 +0200 
#^Operationen an der offenen Medizin
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Abseits von zertifizierten medizinischen Geräten arbeiten Hacker und andere Techniker an kostengünstigen Alternativen, die sich jeder selber bauen kann. Einige Beispiele und Hackathons zeigen, wie weit die Bewegung der Open Medicine bereits ist.
Klaus
 Tue, 25 Apr 2017 22:39:03 +0200 
What do people expect?!? :facepalm

#^Unroll.me Service Faces Backlash Over a Widespread Practice: Selling User Data
Unroll.me, a free service to unsubscribe from email lists, can scour people’s inboxes for receipts from services like Lyft and then sell the information to companies like Uber. The data is anonymized, meaning individuals’ names are not attached to the information, and can be used as a proxy for the health of a rival.

After the revelation, angry users demanded that Unroll.me explain why the company had gone into their inboxes and betrayed their trust. Late on Sunday, Jojo Hedaya, the chief executive of Unroll.me, apologized in response to the surprised reaction to a practice that he said the company had been open about in the past.
Klaus

Nomaden in Ubud

 Tue, 25 Apr 2017 21:06:24 +0200 
#^Bali: Digitale Nomaden im Urlaubsparadies | Weltspiegel
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Leben im Paradies und trotzdem arbeiten. Es gibt einen ganzen Berufszweig, der sich das leistet: die sogenannten digitalen Nomaden. Sie brauchen vor allem eines: ein schnelles, zuverlässiges Internet.
Klaus

concept of deconstruction

 Tue, 25 Apr 2017 11:50:42 +0200 
How French “Intellectuals” Ruined the West: Postmodernism and Its Impact, Explained - Areo Magazine
Postmodernism presents a threat not only to liberal democracy but to modernity itself. That may sound like a bold or even hyperbolic claim, but the reality is that the cluster of ideas and values at the root of postmodernism have broken the bounds of academia and gained great cultural power in western society. The irrational and identitarian “symptoms” of postmodernism are easily recognizable and much criticized, but the ethos underlying them is not well understood. This is partly because postmodernists rarely explain themselves clearly and partly because of the inherent contradictions and inconsistencies of a way of thought which denies a stable reality or reliable knowledge to exist. However, there are consistent ideas at the root of postmodernism and understanding them is essential if we intend to counter them. They underlie the problems we see today in Social Justice Activism, undermine the credibility of the Left and threaten to return us to an irrational and tribal “pre-modern” culture.


The desire to “smash” the status quo, challenge widely held values and institutions and champion the marginalized is absolutely liberal in ethos. Opposing it is resolutely conservative. This is the historical reality, but we are at a unique point in history where the status quo is fairly consistently liberal, with a liberalism that upholds the values of freedom, equal rights and opportunities for everyone regardless of gender, race and sexuality. The result is confusion in which life-long liberals wishing to conserve this kind of liberal status quo find themselves considered conservative and those wishing to avoid conservatism at all costs find themselves defending irrationalism and illiberalism. Whilst the first postmodernists mostly challenged discourse with discourse, the activists motivated by their ideas are becoming more authoritarian and following those ideas to their logical conclusion. Freedom of speech is under threat because speech is now dangerous. So dangerous that people considering themselves liberal can now justify responding to it with violence. The need to argue a case persuasively using reasoned argument is now often replaced with references to identity and pure rage.
Klaus

Überwachungsmaßnahmen

 Mon, 24 Apr 2017 23:55:35 +0200 
#^Türkei als Parabel: Wenn die Demokratie nur ein Mittel zur Macht ist
Der Verdacht liegt nahe, dass das Referendum in letzter Minute noch manipuliert wurde, aber die Opposition ist machtlos und das westliche Ausland mit seinen Werten schaut nur zu - Ein Kommentar
Wir können es in Zeitlupe sehen, wie in Polen und Ungarn die Demokratie mit ihrer Gewaltenteilung allmählich erodiert. Wir haben es lange nicht für möglich gehalten, dass so ein Gang zurück in autoritäre Systeme so einfach wieder möglich wird - und kaum auf Widerstand stößt. Und das auch dank demokratischer Verfahren. Und wie schnell das gehen kann, führt uns gerade auf erschreckende Weise die Türkei unter Erdogans AKP-Regierung vor.


Sollte man nicht vergessen...
Für alle, die an Demokratie, dem Rechtsstaat, der Gewaltenteilung und den bürgerlichen Freiheiten festhalten wollen und nicht den Weg in eine repressive Gesellschaft mit einer Willkürjustiz gehen wollen, muss die Türkei auch mit Blick auf Polen und Ungarn und Tendenzen in vielen anderen Staaten, eine Warnung sein. Wer jetzt noch sagt, dass etwa Überwachungsmaßnahmen gegen die "Bösen" kein Problem darstellen, weil man ja ein Rechtstaat sei und sonst niemand etwas zu befürchten habe, muss als zynisch entlarvt werden. Die seit 2001 eingeführten Überwachungsmaßnahmen erlauben es autoritären Regierungen, die wie in der Türkei scheinbar legal und demokratisch an die Macht kommen, die Opposition auszuschalten. Ist die Gewaltenteilung einmal wie in der Türkei beseitigt, haben auch rechtliche Einsprüche gegen das Referendum keine Chance mehr und werden von Regierung und Gerichten beiseite gewischt.
Klaus

90s TV show fonts

 Mon, 24 Apr 2017 21:20:33 +0200 
;-)
#^The Famous Fonts of Your Favorite '90s TV Shows
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With the rise of digital design tools in the late 1980s and early 1990s, 'old guard' design rules gave way to new ways of thinking about graphic design. One of the best examples of this is in the form of logos for 90s-era TV shows
Klaus

hochgradig illegal

 Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:13:52 +0200 
#^Geheimakte BND & NSA: Der BND spioniert am größten Internetknoten der Welt
Dass der größte Internetknoten der Welt in Deutschland liegt, war für den BND verlockend. Viel versuchte der Geheimdienst, um dort Daten abzuschnorcheln. Ob das rechtmäßig war, darf nicht zuletzt nach einem verheerenden Rechtsgutachten bezweifelt werden.

:prisoner
Klaus
 Sun, 23 Apr 2017 23:44:39 +0200 
Trying horn shavings this year. Crop rotation and compost alone seems not enough any more for the small fields I have.
Klaus
 Mon, 24 Apr 2017 22:27:02 +0200 
No, not yet. It is the fourth year now and I have one turn over with crop rotation. Maybe I need to extend the field a bit so I get a fourth part to have this fallow. But the kids and their toys occupied more and more from the garden, so the free space for planting got a bit limited. ;-)
elmussol
 Mon, 24 Apr 2017 22:46:46 +0200 
If you come and collect, we have as much donkey pooh compost as you want ;-)
Klaus

danger to rule of law

 Sun, 23 Apr 2017 22:18:38 +0200 
#^German intelligence agency spied on Interpol and news organizations: Spiegel | News | DW.COM | 22.04.2017
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The respected news magazine "Spiegel" has reported that Germany's BND spied both on international police agencies and media outlets for years. The latest revelations come as a result of another spy scandal in the US.
Klaus
 Sun, 23 Apr 2017 22:08:57 +0200 
Lesenswert...

#^Europa vor dem Frexit?
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Parbleu, mon Dieu - ein Streifzug durch die europäische Aufgeregtheit anlässlich der heutigen Wahlen in Frankreich
Klaus

Westinghouse

 Sun, 23 Apr 2017 21:04:27 +0200 
#^Toshiba-Westinghouse: Atomkonzerne in Schwierigkeiten
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Westinghouse meldet Konkurs an. Mutter-Konzern Toshiba könnte im laufenden Geschäftsjahr bis zu 9 Milliarden US-Dollar Verlust machen.
Westinghouse, einer der weltweit größten Hersteller von Atomkraftwerken, hat Mitte des Monats Konkurs angemeldet, berichtet das Climate News Network. Großbritanniens AKW-Fans müssen sich nun einen neuen Hersteller für drei Reaktoren suchen, die in Nordwestengland entstehen sollen.
Klaus
 Bonn, GermanySat, 22 Apr 2017 23:21:33 +0200 
#^Street art in Bonn - House fronts as a canvas
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The street art scene is more and more visible in Bonn. But graffiti is also damage to property.
 Bonn  Art
Klaus

manipulated markets? warrants? terrorism?

 Sat, 22 Apr 2017 00:19:13 +0200 
#^Dortmund attack: 'A new criminal quality' | Germany | DW.COM | 21.04.2017
The individual that attacked Borussia Dortmund's bus sought to drive down the team's share prices and enrich himself. Economist Max Otte talks with DW about how the plan failed, and the fact it is an isolated incident.
Mike Macgirvin
 Sat, 22 Apr 2017 00:24:49 +0200 
A new criminal quality? Greed is the oldest criminal motivation I know of.
Klaus

Background and belief in politics

 Thu, 20 Apr 2017 23:39:32 +0200 
#^Jakarta election a turning point for Indonesia | Asia | DW.COM | 20.04.2017
The Indonesian capital's sitting Christian governor, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, has conceded defeat in an election seen as a test for pluralism in the world's largest Muslim country. Christina Schott reports from Jakarta.
Klaus

MamBo

 Bonn, GermanyThu, 20 Apr 2017 21:14:36 +0200 
#^Bonn store closing - “Mambo” furniture stores to close
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The “Mambo” furniture and home accessory store will be going out of business soon. Bonn businessman Peter Kopprasch spoke about closing down the family company that has been open for decades.


In the leasts years, several new big furniture chain of stores opened or expanded outside of the city. Sad that the local stores inside the city all close.
 Bonn
Klaus

Wiener Library

 Thu, 20 Apr 2017 01:04:30 +0200 
#^UN Holocaust files reveal Allies' knowledge | Germany | DW.COM | 19.04.2017
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The UN War Crimes Commission has finally released files that show the Allies knew much more about the Holocaust during WWII than previously thought. Cold War politics kept the files locked away.
Klaus

Austronautin

 Bonn, GermanyThu, 20 Apr 2017 00:32:38 +0200 
#^One of these two women could be Germany's first female astronaut | Science | DW.COM | 19.04.2017
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Nicola Baumann and Insa Thiele-Eich are the winners of the "Die Astronautin" competition. One of them will be the first German woman in space - if the initiative can scrape together 40 million euros in funding.


Why you need a private initiative and crowdfunding to get a German astronaut into space? Because she is female? Germany 2017? o_O
Letter Bomber
 Thu, 20 Apr 2017 00:47:15 +0200 
Interesting question, especially since, at least in the US, russia, and china (probably india too?) the private companies pull from the same pool of astronauts as the government typically. I would think ESA would be the same. Doesn't Aitbus have huge ESA contracts?
Klaus
 Thu, 20 Apr 2017 00:15:12 +0200 
:facepalm

Horst Seehofer, CSU wrote:
Es ist niemandem geholfen, wenn man den Schwachen hilft indem man die Starken schwächt, liebe Freunde.
Klaus

Dom in 360°

 Wed, 19 Apr 2017 22:28:50 +0200 
#^Dom 360°
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Der Kölner Dom – wie ihr ihn noch nicht erlebt habt
Klaus

What purpose does international law serve?

 Tue, 18 Apr 2017 22:34:49 +0200 
#^Opinion: Trump, Assad and international law | Middle East | DW.COM | 14.04.2017
The US missile strike on a Syrian airbase was a violation of international law, and it must be condemned as such, writes DW's Kersten Knipp. Accepting it would lead to even greater injustice.