Bits'n'Pieces 29.5.2016: Alles wird gut, Handystrahlung verursacht doch Krebs und Racists gonna racist.

29.05.2016 Misc #Linkdump

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Newsbits, die ich heute im Verlauf des Tages (und gestern abend) gelesen habe, die ich retweete, auf FB rumschicke oder sonstwie verbreite, die mir aber aus dem ein oder anderen Grund keinen eigenen Blogeintrag wert sind. Das Posting wird im Verlauf des Tages ständig aktualisiert.


Racists gonna racist, it's all about skin-color: AfD-Vize beleidigt Jérôme Boateng: „'Die Leute wollen einen Boateng nicht als Nachbarn haben', sagt Gauland über den Fußballnationalspieler. Nach heftiger Kritik plagen ihn plötzlich Erinnerungslücken. […] Der Innenverteidiger von Bayern München ist in Berlin geboren und aufgewachsen, sein Vater Ghanaer, seine Mutter Deutsche.“

Frust über Politiker: So ticken Nichtwähler: „Politiker? Lassen sich doch nur im Wahlkampf blicken! Der Frust bei Nichtwählern sitzt tief. Eine Studie zeigt, warum es schwer wird für die Parteien, die Verweigerer zurückzugewinnen.“

UN befürchten 700 tote Flüchtlinge bei Bootsunglücken: „Allein in der vergangenen Woche sind nach UN-Angaben drei Flüchtlingsboote im Mittelmeer gesunken. Mehr als 700 Menschen sollen dabei ums Leben gekommen sein.“
Refugee crisis: 13,000 people rescued in Mediterranean in one week

ISIS fighters seem to be trying to sell sex slaves online: „'To all the bros thinking about buying a slave, this one is $8,000,' begins the May 20 Facebook posting, which was attributed to an Islamic State fighter who calls himself Abu Assad Almani. The same man posted a second image a few hours later, this one a pale young face with weepy red eyes. 'Another sabiyah [slave], also about $8,000,' the posting reads. 'Yay, or nay?'“

Krise des Liberalismus – Ein autoritäres Angebot: „Noch zwei, drei Wahlen, so schrieb kürzlich die amerikanische Historikerin Anne Applebaum, und das Ende des Westens rücke in greifbare Nähe. Falls Donald Trump zum Präsidenten der Vereinigten Staaten gewählt würde, werde er Amerika isolieren. Und falls es der Europäischen Union nicht gelinge, den Aufstieg der Rechten abzuwenden, breche das europäische Haus auseinander. Was ist dann noch der Westen? Was bleibt von seinem politischen Herzstück, der aufgeklärten, liberalen Gesellschaft?“

The secret army of cheerleaders policing China’s internet

1323It has long been suspected that large numbers of citizens (up to 2 million) were paid the equivalent of 50 cents per post to insert pseudonymous content into the torrent of real social media posts in which they argue with critics of the regime.

The problem was that there was little empirical evidence for this suspicion or – more importantly – for the regime’s strategic objectives in employing 50 cent bloggers. Professor King and his colleagues have now filled in this blank with the publication of another remarkable paper. The researchers were able to identify the secretive authors of many of these posts and to estimate their volume (488m a year).

However, the most interesting finding is that the phoney posters avoid arguing with sceptics and critics, and indeed avoid discussing controversial topics altogether. So what are they up to, then? Mostly, it seems, “cheerleading for the state, symbols of the regime, or the revolutionary history of the Communist party”. In other words, trying to swamp social media with happy-clappy stuff and thereby dilute conversations about grievances, state shortcomings and other tricky topics. Professor King calls it “strategic distraction”, but really it’s the political equivalent of the LOLcats that keep western youth anaesthetised and off the streets.

Illiberal Left

‘Bye, Christakises, Said The Greengrocer: „A week or so ago I reached out to a college professor to ask him a perfectly ordinary science question — not social science; science — related to his work, but that touched on homosexuality and culture. He declined, saying that he doesn’t dare say a thing about race or sex or gender, because he has a family to support. That floored me. The question I asked was anodyne, but he was afraid to say anything not required of him on the subject, because the risk that even an innocent statement could blow up into a career-destroying debacle.“

Tech & Science

The Inevitable, Intergalactic Awkwardness of Time Capsules: „A close examination of the Voyager Golden Records reveals the one flaw behind all attempts to bottle history: humans.“

Google’s Project Ara is about more than just modular phones: „It's about a new store, more devices, and #brands“.

How the Internet works: Submarine fiber, brains in jars, and coaxial cables: „A deep dive into Internet infrastructure, plus a rare visit to a subsea cable landing site.“


Why these anatomical models are not disgusting

The Selfish Gene turns 40: „In 1976 Richard Dawkins’s study of evolutionary theory became the first popular science bestseller. How do its ideas stand up today?“

Er fürchtet, eine künstliche Intelligenz könnte unsere Spezies auslöschen. Wissenschaftler und Technikmilliardäre hören auf ihn. Wer ist der Philosoph Nick Bostrom?“

Ups: US-Studie: Handystrahlung verursacht angeblich doch Krebs: „Bei den Tumoren handelt es sich um Hirntumore der Art Gliom und Tumore am Herzen. Zwar seien die Einflüsse nur sehr gering, doch hätte laut der Studie auch ein geringer Einfluss der Mobilfunkstrahlung weitreichende Folgen für die öffentliche Gesundheit, da Mobilfunkgeräte mittlerweile weltweit von allen Altersgruppen genutzt werden.“

Inside an Ant Royal Rumble: „The ants, of course, aren’t competing for a gaudy title belt; they’re roughing each other up to determine who gets to lay eggs and who doesn’t. And after months of heated — relatively harmless — conflict, 10 to 15 top candidates emerge and they transform into gamergates [lol]; their brains shrink, their abdomens fill with ovaries and their expected lifespans grow from a max of six months, to up to five years. The group will equally share egg-laying power and pick up where the queen left things.“


jazzThe Universe of Miles Davis: „Miles Davis’ legacy, represented by every Wikipedia page that mentions him“.

Artist Corrects Inaccuracies At The George W. Bush Library With Augmented Reality

Radio 4 orders new Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy series: „The episodes will primarily be based on the stories in the book And Another Thing...“

Solving a Century-Old Typographical Mystery: „How a strange face in a random 19th-century newspaper ad became a portal to a forgotten moment in ASCII art history“.

Junk Lady Costume

„After the last Academy Awards and the regular whitewashing of hollywood roles, i wrote this song and made this video to add my piece to the conversation.“