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[weekly linkdump, somewhat edited from my delicious]


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#biggest news this week

Die gefährliche Utopie des «normalen» Kapitalismus – “So hätten wir weder asoziale Austerität noch umweltzerstörerisches Wachstum, sondern ein besseres Leben für alle auf einer neuen Basis. Die politische Umsetzung erfordert aber noch ein bisschen Arbeit.” p.m. keeping the dream alive.

#watch and

What Is Art? Follow-Up: What Is Porn? – “Stephen takes a look at what you can and cannot look at on network television.”

Come December, 2015 – “A polite message to world leaders gathering in Paris, France to discuss the future of our species during the 21st Conference of Parties.”

How Facebook is Stealing Billions of Views – “Facebook just announced 8 billion video views per day. This number is made out of lies, cheating and worst of all: theft. All of this is wildly known but the media giant Facebook is pretending everything is fine, while damaging independent creators in the process. How does this work?”

World Vasectomy Day Animation – “This video explains the benefits of World Vasectomy Day in a short animation.”


DEN SORTE SKOLE – INDIANS & COWBOYS by Den Sorte Skole – “From middle-eastern dancehall madness, freaky jazz experiments and heavy dub psychedelics to beautiful piano trips, dark machine raids and spaced-out tribal traumas. From here to there – out there, and everywhere.”

Beware of ads that use inaudible sound to link your phone, TV, tablet, and PC – “Privacy advocates are warning federal authorities of a new threat that uses inaudible, high-frequency sounds to surreptitiously track a person’s online behavior across a range of devices, including phones, TVs, tablets, and computers. The ultrasonic pitches are embedded into TV commercials or are played when a user encounters an ad displayed in a computer browser. While the sound can’t be heard by the human ear, nearby tablets and smartphones can detect it. When they do, browser cookies can now pair a single user to multiple devices and keep track of what TV commercials the person sees, how long the person watches the ads, and whether the person acts on the ads by doing a Web search or buying a product.”

Urgent: Reports that Bassel Khartabil has been sentenced to death – “Bassel Khartabil, a leading figure in the Syrian Open Source software community, has been imprisoned by the Syrian government since March 2012, accused of “harming state security”. The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has declared his imprisonment arbitrary and called for his immediate release. Khartabil’s wife, human rights attorney Noura Ghazi, has recently been contacted by insiders in the Assad government and told that Bassel has been secretly sentenced to death.”

The ten stages of fascism – “1. Invoke a Terrifying Internal and External Enemy. Create a faceless threat that can be anywhere, anytime and anyone 2. Create a Gulag. Install a prison system that exists outside of the rule of International Law 3. Develop a Thug Caste. Create private armies that wage war and coordinate disaster response 4. Set Up an Internal Surveillance System 5. Censor, defund and harass organized groups and NGOs that do not toe the party, or State line 6. Engage in Arbitrary Detention and Release 7. Target specific individuals. Harass, shame and criminalize them 8. Control the Distribution of Information 9. Criminalize pundits, protesters and dissidents. Make opposition treasonous 10. Suspend the Rule of Law”

Genderpunk – “Genderpunk: A colloquial term for a culture of resistance against gendernormativity; an identity that in and of itself is a resistance against gender norms, homophobia and transphobia, oppression, and societal status.”

Celebrating survival: tripping into the new Turkey – “But do not let fear take over. Take a deep breath, try to find your flow and settle back into your space. Listen to some soft music to reset the vibes, gently shake your organs and blow through the hair on your arms. You might start to relax, let your heart explode softly into little diamonds. Kind people really do exist.”

Edward Snowden Explains How To Reclaim Your Privacy – “We should not live lives as if we are electronically naked.”

Fossil fuels receiving over 9 times more finance than renewable energy from world’s top banks – “The world’s 25 largest private sector banks channelled at least USD 931 billion into fossil fuel companies in the period 2009-2014, according to a new report launched today by Fair Finance Guide and BankTrack, while over the same period the banks’ financing of renewable energy totalled USD 98 billion.”

Whatever you do, don’t become Switzerland, Swiss academics tell UK – “Since voting to introduce quotas for EU citizens, Switzerland has been cut off from academic funding and international talent”

Wonderland – “Solve it to unlock the next chapter. If you can’t, go for a walk and think it over. Every 100 steps you walk earns you a letter clue.”

The Four Horsemen of Gentrification. – “Then I saw when the Landlord broke one of the rent-controlled seals. I heard one of the four living creatures saying as with a voice of thunder, “Gentrify.” I looked, and behold, a green horse, and he who sat on it had a mason jar; and a fedora was his crown, and he went out pickling and to pickle.”

Homeland Goes Rogue Against the Espionage Act – “Will Saul and Carrie receive the Petraeus treatment from the Homeland equivalent of the Department of Justice — that is, the writers’ room? I hope so, if only to demonstrate that leaking secret documents in the public interest is an act that deserves the gratitude of society.”

“Urban Homesteading” belongs to us all – “Huge congratulations to James Bertini of Denver Urban Homesteading, for winning the right for all of us to use the term “urban homesteading” freely from now on out.”

The Internet Thinks I’m Banksy – “I think if I was Banksy, I’d have to say no and if I wasn’t Banksy, I’d also have to say no. So the answer to that question is irrelevant.”

Greenhouse Gas Concentrations Hit Yet Another Record – “The amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached yet another new record high in 2014, continuing a relentless rise which is fuelling climate change and will make the planet more dangerous and inhospitable for future generations.”

Surging Seas: Mapping Choices – “Which sea level will we lock in?”

Chordi – “Procedural music, taught with data from real artists”

4 Ways to Stop the ‘Biggest Environmental Crime of the 21st Century’ – “It’s been labelled a “crime against humanity,” the “biggest environmental crime of the 21st century” and most certainly the “worst climate crisis in the world right now.””

Anger drives hunt for ‘criminal’ water guzzler during California drought – “As residents cut water use, even the rich rage at the mysterious ‘Wet Prince of Bel Air’, who used 11.8m gallons in one year”


Alles, was ihr bisher über die „RAF 4.0“ wissen müsst – “Toller Trick17, dann kümmert sich keiner mehr um #NSU. “40 Morde angekündigt: “RAF 4.0″ bedroht Thüringer Behörden”

Die Debatte über Mikroaggressionen auf dem Campus – “Die digitale Verstärkung macht aus der internen Waffe der Kritik eine externe Waffe gegen die Diskursgemeinschaft selbst. Diese Waffe wiederum kommt gerade recht, um eine Diskurs­gemeinschaft wie die Universität zu transformieren in eine neoliberale Karrierefabrik, die im Übrigen nur funktioniert, wenn sie zugleich als soziale Marginalisierungsmaschine wirkt.”

Warum es wichtig ist, ob wir „Flüchtling“ oder „Refugee“ sagen – “Der Begriff ‚Flüchtling’ wird von einigen Initiativen kritisiert. Hinter der Versachlichung, die durch das Suffix ‚-ling’ entsteht, verschwinden persönliche Hintergründe von Personen, Bildungs- und Berufsgeschichten, persönliche Interessen und politische Meinungen. Daher ist es angebrachter, von ‚geflüchteten oder geflohenen Menschen’ zu sprechen.”

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