ruff linkage 201412

[weekly linkdump, somewhat edited]


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#biggest news this week

Urban Jungle Street View – Google streetview hack shows a postapocalyptic world. Nature will win.

#watch and

Plaid – Hawkmoth – Published on Mar 19, 2014 “‘Hawkmoth’ appears on the upcoming album ‘Reachy Prints’, set to be released via Warp Records on 19th May”


The FBI Is Hiding Details About An Alleged Occupy Houston Assassination Plot – “The Federal Bureau of Investigation has some explaining to do this week, after a federal judge ordered the agency to provide a more thorough explanation to justify why it withheld information from a graduate student’s Freedom of Information Act request for documents regarding an alleged 2011 assassination plot against leaders of Houston’s Occupy movement.”

It’s World Water Day: 5 shocking facts about water scarcity that will make you cry a river – “The average American, taking a 5 minute shower, uses more water than an average person in the slums of a developing country does in a whole day.”

Turkish PM vows to ‘wipe out’ Twitter, fails – “Turkey’s prime minister has reengaged his war on Twitter by ordering a ban on the social network in the days leading up to municipal elections — to little effect. Nevertheless, he says he will “wipe out” the platform.”

Discover your first Tweet – “There’s a #FirstTweet for everything. Find anyone’s first Tweet. Just enter the @username” And my first tweet comes with a typo, of course … grrr

The Loyal Opposition – “Why Our Democracy Needs Snowden”

Hitler Madness: The Tournament to Officially Determine the Most Hitlerish Person of All Time – “There can only be one Hitler, thankfully, and it’s Hitler.”

The Landscape-Scarring, Energy-Sucking, Wildlife-Killing Reality of Pot Farming – “This is unicorns and rainbows, isn’t it?” says wildlife ecologist Mourad Gabriel as he stuffs a garbage bag with trash the growers left behind.”

Fake Tor browser for iOS laced with adware, spyware, members warn – “Title available since November raises questions about App Store vetting process.”

A visit to football’s art gallery – “if this excellence, this artistry, this commitment to beauty above all things is as boring as it gets, then thank goodness for small mercies.”

Didier Drogba Legend – And he scored. Well, sort of.

The truth is out: money is just an IOU, and the banks are rolling in it – “The Bank of England’s dose of honesty throws the theoretical basis for austerity out the window”

The Satanic Temple Weighs In on the Impending Death of the Leader of the Westboro Baptist Church – “Fred Phelps is now in the process of doing probably the one thing that he’ll ever do for which he will have my gratitude: He is dying. And while some part of me thinks, the sooner the better, another part of me hopes he lingers long enough to savor the full terror that must consume a mind as superstitious and bitterly haunted as his during its last moments of life.”

Toward a Green Future, Part One: The Culture of Biophobia – “Follow the roots of our predicament down into the soil that feeds them, and you’ll find yourself in a murky realm of unspoken narratives and unacknowledged desires—the “mind-forg’d manacles,” as Blake called them, that keep most of us shackled in place as the great rumbling vehicle of global industrial society accelerates down the slope of its decline and fall.”


Wer hat das Sagen im Hip-Hop-Land? – “Hardliner wie Tommy Vercetti und Opportunisten wie Knackeboul streiten darüber, was Mundart-Rap sein soll und sein kann. Eine Bestandsaufnahme.”

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