[weekly linkdump, somewhat edited]
#best news this week
TPB AFK: Watch and Download The Pirate Bay Documentary NOW – "TPB-AFK is the first film to premiere both online and at a major film festival, and can be downloaded and shared for free."
DJ Food – Kraftwerk Kover Kollection 8 – "I probably say this every time but this is one of my favourite mixes, it was a bugger to put together but some of the versions are just incredible."
Christopher Kirkley @ LIFT13 – very interesting talk on smartphone usage and music in Mali.
Mark Sorrell @ LIFT13 – cheerful perspectives in gaming.
The Media’s Quinoa Wars – "It’s common for media debates in the Global North to be simplistic. In this case, when the debate almost entirely obscures the real issues at hand, it can be downright pernicious."
Flickr Is Back, Letting Us Go Home Again – "Few things have been more loved and neglected than Flickr. It’s like the internet’s own child of alcoholic parents. It was the web’s first smash-hit photo-sharing site and a proto-social network that launched the same month as Facebook. Then Yahoo bought it and nearly destroyed it."
TRANSFORM : Bence Bakonyi – Photograph blends people into their background
Damsel, Arise: A Westboro Scion Leaves Her Church – "I definitely regret hurting people,” she says. “That was never our intention. We thought we were doing good. We thought it was the only way to do good. And that’s what I’ve always wanted." interesting read mostly between the lines.
Tracey Emin uses digital art to pledge love to NYC – "Every year I send Valentines," said Emin. "This year I won’t have to. Times Square will do it for me."
Kraftweek 2.5 – ‘Autobahn’ at the Tate Modern review – DJ Food’s Strictly Kev with a brilliant review of one of the Kraftwerk Retrospective gigs in London
Peter Hook: Ian Curtis wasn’t curled up in a ball, head in his hands – "A poetic, sensitive, tortured soul, the Ian Curtis of the myth — he was definitely that,” Hook writes. “But he could also be one of the lads — he was one of the lads as far as we were concerned. … "
Verified Facts – Check out this nifty conspiracy theory generator, I want to believe!
Uruguayan Government Gives Out Bikes in Exchange For Guns – "In a quirky effort to reduce the number of firearms in circulation, the government is again trying something new, offering citizens to turn in their unregistered guns in exchange for something infinitely more amusing — a shiny new bike."
The Pirate Hacks Of Africa – "And they sell games here, the sort of games you would expect in a place where only some of the rooms have a floor. Which is to say they are delirious hacks of old, pirated PlayStation 2 standards, from all over the world, with cover art that is uniformly amazing."
Mario Balotelli at centre of racist remark by Milan’s vice-president – "Berlusconi, the younger brother of the former Italian prime minister Silvio, who is Milan’s president, described Balotelli as "negretto di famiglia" at a political meeting in Monza and was filmed by reporters."
Chilling legal memo from Obama DOJ justifies assassination of US citizens – "The most extremist power any political leader can assert is the power to target his own citizens for execution without any charges or due process, far from any battlefield. The Obama administration has not only asserted exactly that power in theory, but has exercised it in practice."
Why Aaron died – "If on January 10, Steve Heymann and Carmen Ortiz at the Massachusetts US Attorney’s office had called Aaron’s lawyer and said they’d realized their mistake and that they were dropping all charges — or even for that matter that they were ready to offer a reasonable plea deal that wouldn’t have marked Aaron as a felon for the rest of his life — would Aaron have killed himself on January 11? The answer is unquestionably no."
We Need to Think Beyond the Aaron in ‘Aaron’s Law’ – "How do we explain to a young person who hacked their school’s website that they might be imprisoned for five years? Yet if they had physically destroyed the web server with a hammer, they would have faced no more than one year."
Kraftweek 1 – ‘Autobahn’ live at the Tate Modern – "I’ll be posting a week of entries dedicated to Kraftwerk from today (Kraftweek? – sorry) highlighting ephemera, esoterica and oddities to do with the band."
3 Widely Used Pesticides Banned in EU Due to Unacceptable Danger to Bees – "Bayer’s imidacloprid and clothianidin, and Syngenta’s thiamethoxam will be banned, subject to re-evaluation after two years, if EU Member States approve a measure put forward this week by the European Commission"
Litterplugs – "how generalized holes — containers, street light bases, flower pots — become makeshift trashcans."
Naming the Dead – "The Bureau is launching an ambitious new investigation, which will seek to identify as many as possible of those killed in US covert drone strikes in Pakistan, whether civilian or militant."
Revenge porn is “just entertainment,” says owner of IsAnybodyDown – "When asked whether he thought what he was doing was "really sleazy," Brittain offered this: “We live in a really sleazy society.”"
Nicholas Stern: ‘I got it wrong on climate change – it’s far, far worse’ – “Looking back, I underestimated the risks. The planet and the atmosphere seem to be absorbing less carbon than we expected, and emissions are rising pretty strongly. Some of the effects are coming through more quickly than we thought then.”
Bullenschweine in die Charts – "Deshalb: „Bullenschweine“ in die Charts! Kaufen per: iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/de/album/bullenschweine/id411643632?i=411643726 Amazon: http://www.amazon.de/dp/B004EG60YG/ref=tsm_1_fb_lk Musicload: http://www.musicload.de/normahl/bullenschweine/musik/single/8964714_4?xtmc=normahl_bullenschweine&xtcr=3"