Bits'n'Pieces 3.6.2016: 15 Jahre Drogen-Entkriminalisierung in Portugal, Antifaschismus in Sachsen, Deutsches Internetinstitut kommt, (((Echoes))) exposed

03.06.2016 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.


Antifaschismus in Sachsen: Mit viel Geduld die Pegida bekämpfen: „Albrecht von der Lieth, Sprecher des Bündnisses „Nazifrei – Dresden stellt sich quer“, erzählt vom Widerstand gegen die Rechten.“

Why 'Her'?: „she is not at all deterred by the complexity of timezones“.

Bedingungsloses Grundeinkommen: Volksabstimmung fördert Debatte: „Aus einem Thema, das bestimmte akademische Zirkel und einige Enthusiasten beschäftigte, ist eine breite gesellschaftliche Diskussion geworden. Minister und Parlamentarier, Gewerkschaften und Arbeitgeber, Ökonomen und Philosophen, Bürgerinnen und Bürger diskutierten. Auch aus dem Ausland sind namhafte Persönlichkeiten in die Schweiz gereist und haben sich dort zu Wort gemeldet: von Yanis Varoufakis, dem ehemaligen griechischen Finanzminister, bis zu Robert Reich, der US-Arbeitsminister war.“

15 Jahre entkriminalisierte Drogenpolitik in Portugal: „Die Politik, die auf Prävention und Aufklärung setzt, war erfolgreich, der Drogenkonsum ist allgemein und besonders bei jungen Menschen stark gesunken“.

Yawn: Pseudo-linke Neocons – die Antideutschen und die Linke

The muzzle grows tighter: Freedom of speech is in retreat

This will work: Protesters chase and attack Trump supporters in San Jose: „What began as peaceful protests outside a Donald Trump rally in San Jose, California quickly descended into violence on Thursday night, with supporters clashing with anti-Trump demonstrators in running-battles around the convention center.“


A First Amendment For Social Platforms: „Even distasteful speech — whether it be from funeral picketers or in violent video games, as the United States Supreme Court has addressed — can carry some value. Of course, the line between honest criticism and harassment can be fuzzy, but the difference is crucial. Platforms need not protect speech solely designed to drown out dissenting voices.“

Has digital publishing today become too focused on scale? The digital media industry has completely screwed up by pursuing scale for the sake of scale. There’s been a relentless pursuit for the biggest number you can get, which has partly been driven by what advertisers want, and partly driven by vanity. We have all chased unique users without really interrogating why we want those users. The way Google and social platforms in general have made us work, is that we want a new person at all points, regardless of whether that person engages with the site at all.“

Trump Trolls Plot to Bait Bernie and Hillary Into Twitter Wars: „Trump supporters launched a plan to use fake Twitter accounts to pit Bernie and Clinton fans against each other. It didn’t really work, but that doesn’t mean it won’t in the future.“

(((Echoes))), Exposed: The Secret Symbol Neo-Nazis Use to Target Jews Online: „Neo-Nazis, anti-Semites and white nationalists have begun using three sets of parentheses encasing a Jewish surname — for instance, (((Fleishman))) — to identify and target Jews for harassment on blogs and major social media sites like Twitter.“
"Coincidence Detector": The Google Chrome Extension White Supremacists Use to Track Jews: „A Google Chrome plugin with the seemingly innocent name of 'Coincidence Detector' has one sole purpose: compiling and exposing the identities of Jews and others who are perceived as 'anti-White.' Drawing from a user-generated list of Jewish names, the extension works in the background while users browse the web and encases the names in three sets of parentheses — i.e., (((Fleishman))) — on web pages.“

Tech & Science

Überfällig: Deutsches Internetinstitut kommt: „Die Einrichtung soll gesellschaftliche, ökonomische und rechtliche Fragen mit Netzbezug erforschen. Eine Jury hat nun fünf Konsortien ausgewählt, die Konzepte für das Institut entwickeln. Der Startschuss ist für 2017 geplant.“

Giraffe has same skin-lightening condition as Michael Jackson

Adobe Adds ‘Shazam for Fonts’ Tool to Photoshop

This will seriously hurt them: Apple in China fined $7.5k for “serious dishonest acts”: „Apple Inc.’s China branch has been fined 50,000 yuan ($7,595) as a company with “serious dishonest acts” for suspected tax evasion, media reported. According to 21st Century Business Herald on Wednesday, the Beijing-based branch company was listed as 'seriously dishonest' by the Bureau of Statistics of Beijing in December 2015 along with three other companies.“

Where do dogs come from? Genetic evidence offers a new origin story: „Though we have archaeological evidence of dog bones within human communities dating back 15,000 years, scientists still aren't sure where humans began the process of converting wild wolves into snuggly companions. Now, a new study suggests that dogs were domesticated twice—once in Europe and once in Asia, probably around the same time.“

Universe is expanding up to 9% faster than we thought, say scientists: „Measurements taken by Hubble space telescope conflict with studies of radiation left over from Big Bang – fuelling theories of ‘dark energy’ and mystery particles“.

Introducing DeepText: Facebook's text understanding engine: „Text is a prevalent form of communication on Facebook. Understanding the various ways text is used on Facebook can help us improve people's experiences with our products, whether we're surfacing more of the content that people want to see or filtering out undesirable content like spam. With this goal in mind, we built DeepText, a deep learning-based text understanding engine that can understand with near-human accuracy the textual content of several thousands posts per second, spanning more than 20 languages.“



Beautiful psychedelic Fairies by Fred Harper

SG01_00cvr_482THE SOLAR GRID – a serialized graphic novel by GANZEER: „Two children scavenge the wastelands of Earth for valuables from the civilizations that once were. Together they discover something from Earth’s past that will forever change its future. Not just Earth’s future, but the future of Mars as well.“

Egmont fährt Graphic-Novel-Programm herunter: „Verkäufe des ambitionierten Labels blieben bei vielen Titeln hinter Erwartungen zurück. Comic-Stipendium für Nachwuchs-Autoren wird eingestellt.“

Wie in schlechten Filmen: „Games sind Filmen und Literatur längst ebenbürtig, heißt es. Tatsächlich sind die meisten Erzählungen aber noch immer schlicht bis hochnotpeinlich. Muss das sein?“

Don’t Worry Be Happy – A Emotion Enforcing Text Editor

Jedi Anakin: Hayden Christensen/Sebastian Shaw morph