After the German election

Sep. 26th, 2017 10:20 am
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Merkel has won the German parliamentary election, but her positions are weakened. The conclusion from the results is that things can't go on like they used to. Also, there are two clear losers from the election: the Social Democrats, and Merkel herself.

The Social Democrats have suffered a historic blow, their lowest score in decades (20.8%), while Merkel's Christian Democrats have lost 8%. It's a major tremor on the political landscape, and in other circumstances it might have even prompted resignations. But these are not normal times for Germany - the rise of Alternative for Germany, the right-wing radicals, only confirms this. 13% of the seats in the Bundestag! This has never happened since the inception of the Federal Republic, a right-wing party being represented in the federal parliament.

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Support Kurdistan, why don't we!

Sep. 25th, 2017 09:30 pm
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Iraqi Kurdistan in historic independence vote

Today, the people of Iraqi Kurdistan (and those territories currently contested between Baghdad and Erbil) will be voting on an independence referendum. The poll, initiated by the president of the Kurdish autonomy Masoud Barzani, is expected to win in a landslide.

Of course this doesn't mean there'll be a new country in Northern Iraq on the next day after the referendum. It's entirely possible that the referendum itself, whose legitimacy is being contested by the central authorities in Baghdad, could be a diplomatic game by Barzani, who is hoping to earn some points at the domestic political front. Like using the issue of Kurdish independence to marginalize his domestic opponents, and use the referendum to earn further concessions and benefits from the central Iraqi government.

It's become patently clear by now that the Kurdish people want their independence more badly than their leaders do. Still, there are at least five reasons why Europe and the EU should consider recognizing the result of the referendum.


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Sep. 25th, 2017 01:07 pm
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As per the monthly topic, Trump's UN speech comes just timely. If anyone had expected even a semblance of diplomacy and nuance in his address to the UN, they might've been struck by the depressing amount of predictability in the final product. Trump appeared before the UN session as a commander in chief rattling his nuclear sabres, rather than a statesman. And this failed to surprise anyone.

In his speech, he reiterated a Twitter jab he made the other day about Kim Jong Un, the Rocket Man. In the most important speech on foreign policy he has had since the start of his presidency, he told the world leaders that Rocket Man is on a suicide mission. Ha. Ha. Ha.

The insults in the speech of the president of the United States killed the last remaining hopes that he'd send an honest message to a regime that's been challenging its neighbors for years. It's time for NK to realize that quitting nukes is the only responsible future for them, Trump argued before the UN - which by itself may sound like a relatively rational requirement. Unfortunately, what would remain in memory from this speech is his choice of an Elton John song to irritate the fellow Dear Leader of a rogue state with nuclear aspirations.

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Off-topic: Backpacking.

Sep. 23rd, 2017 12:45 am
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Do you guys like hiking/backpacking? Which are your fave spots and trails that you've done? Care to share a pic or two?

Same about wild camping. You like that sort of thing? Do you have some tips regarding the most efficient organization of the luggage, what are the most essential things I should bring along? Thanks!

Friday offtopic. FB types.

Sep. 22nd, 2017 08:45 am
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I'm not sure this list of FB types if too exhaustive, and besides, who would ever fit into a single category, amirite? But still. Which of the 4 options might you be generally gravitating towards?

1) Selfie type
2) Relationship builder
3) Town cryer
4) Window shopper

In bed with the enemy

Sep. 21st, 2017 06:55 pm
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Yeah, Trump again. Got fed up with these Trump posts, eh? Can't help it, sorry. :-)

He may've been a major douche, but for the last couple of weeks he has strained the nerves of his fellow party clergy to the brink. I'm talking about the debt ceiling deal, where he decided to side with the Dems and postpone the debates on the debt ceiling for another 3 months. Oh, and he also may've supported a motion to legalize the status of illegal immigrants (DACA), and even had a dinner with Pelosi and Schumer over the issue.

He heeded Pelosi's request and wrote some tweets that was meant to calm down the immigrants that they wouldn't be deported (let me note again that nobody from Trump's PR team has any control over what he tweets - well, turns out, Nancy Pelosi might have). Then he supported Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D) who had some, let's call them difficulties before the election. And now he's hinting that the US might actually stay in the Paris Agreement. What the hell's happening?


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Sep. 20th, 2017 02:47 pm

Trump, and the Paris accord

Sep. 20th, 2017 08:55 pm
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What On Earth Is Going On With Trump And The Paris Agreement?

Sigh. So many ignorant science denialists in the comments section.

1. The accord allowed each nation to select a target reduction of CO2. The US agreed to 25% below 2005 levels. 195 nations have reduction targets, not just the US.

2. The target date for industrialised nations is 2025; for developing nations it is 2030.

3. That doesn't mean any nation can wait until 2030 to start lowering CO2. If your target is to have $1 million in your retirement by age 65, you cannot wait until you are 65 to start.

4. China is reducing CO2 now. Today. They are moving more rapidly to solar than the rest of us are.

5. No one is being "penalised". The US simply agreed to that 25% reduction.

6, All industrialised nations are paying to help the developing nations, not just the US. All the major EU nations, Canada, Japan, Australia, Sweden, Norway, South Korea, etc. The money goes into a UN climate fund to help developing nations convert to green energy. They have to apply for grants for specific projects. Most people recognise these nations cannot do it by themselves, and the CO2 any nation emits affects our climate. All of us. The list of projects funded is public record.

7. The accord was signed under a treaty the US had already ratified earlier, the UN Framework on Climate Change.

Oh and by the way, a lot of American cities are sticking to the Paris agreement, it is just that poor excuse for a president that doesn't seem to care.

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SI statement on violence in Myanmar

Sep. 20th, 2017 02:55 pm
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The Socialist International has witnessed with growing concern the severe deterioration of the situation in Myanmar's Rakhine state. Renewed violence has led to multiple deaths and the displacement of many thousands of members of the Rohingya minority in that country, deepening the humanitarian crisis. Ethnic Rohingya refugees who have successfully fled to Bangladesh have reported massacres in their villages and the burning of hundreds of homes by the Burmese military, in an effort to remove the civilian Rohingya population from this area by forcible means.

The government and authorities of Myanmar have a moral and legal responsibility to ensure the safety and security of all those living in the country, regardless of ethnicity and religion, and the SI calls on the government to now cooperate with the United Nations and to allow aid to reach those in desperate need. The reluctance of the Burmese authorities to allow independent monitors to access the affected areas of Rakhine state casts doubt on their denial of responsibility for the violence and destruction. The SI appeals in particular to State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi to show moral leadership and exert her influence and authority to put a stop to the suffering of the Rohingya.

As the crisis continues to deepen, the international community must also fulfil its responsibility to the Rohingya minority in Myanmar, by increasing pressure on the Burmese government to take the necessary steps to bring an end to the violence and grant the Rohingya people their fundamental rights. Those who have been forced to flee to neighbouring countries, including more than 120,000 who have crossed into Bangladesh in the last two weeks, must be assured of humanitarian assistance and given support until they are able to return to their homes.

The SI has consistently spoken out in support of the rights of the Rohingya people in Myanmar, a subject that has been addressed by both its Committee on Migrations and the XXV Congress of the SI, which took place in Cartagena earlier this year. It has heard first hand from representatives of the Rohingya on their current and
historical plight. The SI now reiterates its call, made at the XXV Congress, for the leadership and government of Myanmar to immediately end persecution and human rights violations against the Rohingya and to open a full dialogue to address their minority rights and needs to be recognised and respected as full citizens.

A small punch for man...

Sep. 19th, 2017 10:27 am
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One of the most memorable moments for me, tbh. You know, the one where Buzz Aldrin, the legendary astronaut, one of the first two men to land on the Moon, and the second to set foot on its dusty surface, delivered a knock-down punch on an ideological opponent. The guy had been literally thumping a Bible on him, so Buzz decided enough was enough.

Now, I'm not in favor of violence and all that, but I can't deny sights like these can't help but make even the most avowed pacifist snigger with delight. Here's why.

First, the event:



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Sep. 18th, 2017 01:19 pm

New Project on /r/OutingDominionism

Sep. 18th, 2017 10:18 am
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It's still very much a work in progress, but I've started putting together a list of known Dominionist charity organizations, based in large part on the NOLA Biglist by dogemperor, but expanded and updated, and with additional sourcing where possible. It's in wiki format, so anyone with additional information can add to it. Please also feel free to comment here if you have suggestions or information relevant to this project.

For those who aren't already familiar with it, the NOLA biglist can be found here, with an update here.

Sobieski is a Nazi now?

Sep. 18th, 2017 03:31 pm
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The other day, a bunch of Antifa geniuses decided to prettify a memorial to Jan Sobieski commemorating his victory in the Battle of Vienna (1683) - you know, the one that repelled the Ottoman invasion of Central Europe. These experts of history wrote "No Nazi" on it, probably because they believed Sobieski was a racist Islamophobe. A proto-Nazi, so to speak. He fought the Ottomans, after all.


Because Nazism existed in the 17th century, obviously.

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Excellent article by Brynn Tannehill on The Huffington Post concerning the Trump administration's enactment of a five-part plan by the Family Research Council to morally legislate the transgender community out of existence.  For some reason the article was removed from The Huffington Post website a few days after it was published, but I was able to find an archived copy here.

Lessons unlearned

Sep. 17th, 2017 05:49 pm
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Failed companies, billions worth of lost investments and savings, millions of personal dramas... For many people, the mechanism that translates little digits jumping on the laptop screens of some costumed gentlemen sitting in their Manhattan offices, into a Greek docker losing their job, remains a complete mystery. But as all-encompassing as it may've been, the crisis never really reached to the core of the system. It didn't change the way the markets function, and neither did it prompt us to cleanse the financial system of the piled systematic problems, or to uproot the errors that have led to them.


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Talk about stupid walls...

Sep. 16th, 2017 12:11 am
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Not sure if true, but if is, then WOW.

These Plans For A High-Tech UK Border Wall Might Even Be Dumber Than Trump's



"Plans formulated by a think tank for a high-tech border between the UK and Ireland have been met with derision, because essentially the plan is to have drones and airships patrol the border like we're living in a steampunk dystopian future. ... A proposed solution from the Legatum Institute is to deploy drones, airships, and hot air balloons to patrol the border at all times. They say that "persistent surveillance of the border region" could be achieved through a combination of these unmanned arial vehicles and aerostats (airships or hot air balloons)."

I don't know, maybe the "think" part in think-tank is not too appropriate in this case.

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Sep. 15th, 2017 02:22 pm

Cassini: the Grand Finale

Sep. 15th, 2017 09:47 am
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20 years after NASA launched the Cassini probe toward Saturn, and 305 years after the death of its namesake, the bus-sized gadget is having the last moments of its mission. In a plunge into the atmosphere of the 5th planet, it will send a last batch of images, and will be no more. Just after 6:32 a.m. ET, Cassini will turn into a meteor, and burst to pieces.

Links for watching live:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwMDvPCGeE0
http://www.ustream.tv/nasahdtv

Meet the failures club

Sep. 14th, 2017 09:03 pm
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BRICS. These countries were supposed to be the future economic superpowers that would eventually overcome the clumsy Western economies. But China is now pursuing goals of its own, Russia is pressed against the wall, Brazil and South Africa are lagging behind... What happened?

The BRICS meeting in China was a good chance for the host country to demonstrate their prowess right before the 19th congress of their Communist Party. To show off both to the world and at home. The sensitive topics were to be ignored for a while, lest any unrest be caused before the umpteenth re-grouping of the ruling elite. Only topics where relative consensus exists are to be touched, like free trade, climate change, and protection from cyber terrorism. Oh, and the challenges to the digitalized economy, a subject that's of particular importance for the Indian chairmanship of BRICS. Except, the big summit and the demonstrations of like-mindedness can't conceal the fact that China has long abandoned the main purpose of BRICS. With their New Silk Road initiative, they've shown they pursue their own goals and they want to increase their domination of the Asian continent.

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