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Auch internationale Geheimdienste in den Fall verwickelt?

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 09:48:33 +0000

Deutsche Welle: Anis Amri viel intensiver überwacht als bisher bekannt. “Die Sicherheitsbehörden hatten offenbar schon sehr früh Informationen über Anschlagspläne von Anis Amri. Jüngste Recherchen liefern auch Hinweise, warum der Weihnachtsmarkt-Attentäter nicht verhaftet wurde.” “Weiter berichtet [Welt am Sonntag], dass wenige Wochen nach dem Anschlag und Amris Tod B2-Tarnkappenbomber der USA am 19. Januar 2017 […]

In his first 10 months in office, [Trump] has told 103 separate untruths, many of them repeatedly.

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:28:56 +0000

The New York Times: Trump’s Lies vs. Obama’s. By David Leonhardt, Ian Prasad Philbrick and Stuart A. Thomson. “After we published a list of President Trump’s lies this summer, we heard a common response from his supporters. They said, in effect: Yes, but if you made a similar list for previous presidents, it would be […]

Eine Transaktion die gleiche CO2-Bilanz wie ein einstündiger Flug mit einer Boeing 747

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 16:55:55 +0000

Deutsche Welle: Die schmutzige Seite des Bitcoin-Booms. “Nur wenige Menschen nutzen Bitcoins, doch alle zahlen den Preis für die Auswirkungen der Kryptowährung auf die Umwelt. Verbraucht das digitale Schürfen der Bitcoins sogar mehr Elektrizität als ein komplettes Land?” “Für die Goldsucher, die während des Goldrauschs im Kalifornien der 1860er Jahre vom schnellen Reichtum träumten, kam […]

“Sie dürfen nicht suchend herumirren”

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:11:22 +0000

Deutsche Welle: Kurt Beck: “Ich wollte es gar nicht glauben…” “Der Beauftragte für Opfer und Angehörige des Terroranschlags von Anis Amri verknüpft seinen Abschlussbericht mit klaren Forderungen an die Politik. Das Vorgehen von Politik und Behörden hat ihn mitunter entsetzt.” “Viele seien traumatisiert und jeder Bericht über den Attentäter Anis Amri, Versäumnisse der Behörden oder […]

“Mr. Trump told top aides to think of each presidential day as an episode in a television show in which he vanquishes rivals.”

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 17:25:32 +0000

The New York Times: Inside Trump’s Hour-by-Hour Battle for Self-Preservation. “With Twitter as his Excalibur, the president takes on his doubters, powered by long spells of cable news and a dozen Diet Cokes. But if Mr. Trump has yet to bend the presidency to his will, he is at least wrestling it to a draw.” […]

“Do I know you? Facebook seems to think so.”

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 11:35:38 +0000

Gizmodo: How Facebook Figures Out Everyone You’ve Ever Met. “Behind the Facebook profile you’ve built for yourself is another one, a shadow profile, built from the inboxes and smartphones of other Facebook users.” “Shadow contact information has been a known feature of Facebook for a few years now. But most users remain unaware of its […]

“There were hundreds of letters, stretching over four years of war and beyond.”

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 19:53:11 +0000

The Washington Post: Brothers in arms. “Four siblings wrote hundreds of letters to each other during World War II. The story they tell of service, sacrifice and trauma was hidden away in an abandoned storage unit — until now.” “We have been called out on air raid alarms the last few days, but you know […]

“Davis has made it his business to meet people who hate him.” (The Washington Post)

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 17:19:47 +0000

Love + Radio: The Silver Dollar – Daryl Davis : Musician, Hate Group Connoisseur. (podcast, 40min) and How to Argue – Daryl Davis, part 2 (podcast, 40min). Daryl Davis is a musician and the author of the book Klan-destine Relationships.

“President Trump on Monday drastically scaled back two national monuments established in Utah by his Democratic predecessors”

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 12:42:04 +0000

The Washington Post: Trump shrinks two huge national monuments in Utah, drawing praise and protests. “Trump’s move to shrink the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments by more than 1.1 million acres and more than 800,000 acres, respectively, immediately sparked an outpouring of praise from conservative lawmakers as well as activists’ protests outside the […]

“At 13 billion miles from Earth, there’s no mechanic shop nearby to get a tune-up.”

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 10:28:12 +0000

JPL CalTech: Voyager 1 Fires Up Thrusters After 37 Years “Voyager 1, NASA’s farthest and fastest spacecraft, is the only human-made object in interstellar space, the environment between the stars. The spacecraft, which has been flying for 40 years, relies on small devices called thrusters to orient itself so it can communicate with Earth. These […]


Sat, 02 Dec 2017 11:00:02 +0000

NPR Here and Now: 75 Years Ago, Scientists Conducted An Unprecedented Nuclear Experiment. “Seventy-five years ago this week, scientists from the University of Chicago created the first controlled, self-sustained nuclear chain reaction, a feat that was essential in the development of an atomic bomb during World War II. Enrico Fermi and his team of physicists […]

Als Hitler das rosa Kaninchen stahl

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 20:38:46 +0000

Judith Kerr had to flee Nazi Germany as a child because her family was Jewish and her father, a famous writer, criticized the Nazis. In Germany, When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit (Als Hitler das rosa Kaninchen stahl) is probably her most famous book and often required reading in schools. Even though it’s been 30 years […]

“… and you just type whatever I say without thinking…”

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 20:42:12 +0000

The New York Times: Laptops Are Great. But Not During a Lecture or a Meeting.. By Susan Dynarski. “In a series of experiments at Princeton University and the University of California, Los Angeles, students were randomly assigned either laptops or pen and paper for note-taking at a lecture. Those who had used laptops had substantially […]

“Who was he if not the king of the Nazi trolls?”

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 13:47:18 +0000

The Atlantic: The Making of an American Nazi. “How did Andrew Anglin go from being an antiracist vegan to the alt-right’s most vicious troll and propagandist—and how might he be stopped?” By Luke O’Brien. Link via MetaFilter.

Friday Fun Music Video

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 16:32:20 +0000

OK Go: Obsession. (Music video on YouTube, 3:43min) Link via MetaFilter: Paper Jam.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 20:36:26 +0000

Here, have some mathed potatoes, green bean matherole with Borromean onion rings and, of course, a Thanksgiving Turduckenen-duckenen!

“It turns out those pink kitty-cat hats weren’t just for show after all.”

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 21:49:14 +0000

The Atlantic: Women Exit the Party of Trump. “After laboring for years to close the gender gap, GOP strategists are suddenly facing a gender chasm.” By Michelle Cottle. “As if the situation weren’t ticklish enough, the spotlight on sexual harassment is boosting many women’s sense that something needs to change. As [Jean] Card put it, […]

“If there’s a virus anywhere in the world, it could just come back in.”

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 18:05:54 +0000

Gizmodo: The Last of the Iron Lungs. “In 2013, the Post-Polio Health International (PPHI) organizations estimated that there were six to eight iron lung users in the United States. Now, PPHI executive director Brian Tiburzi says he doesn’t know anyone alive still using the negative-pressure ventilators. This fall, I met three polio survivors who depend […]

Wenn nicht Jamaika, was dann?

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:26:16 +0000

Na, das wird ja spannend… Deutsche Welle: Nach dem Scheitern der Jamaika-Sondierungen – Die Erklärung des Bundespräsidenten im Wortlaut. “Manche hatten die Ankündigung von Neuwahlen erwartet. Doch Bundespräsident Frank-Walter Steinmeier schlägt einen anderen Weg ein. Hier seine Erklärung, die er nach einem Treffen mit der Kanzlerin abgab, im Wortlaut.” Frank-Walter Steinmeier: “Für mich steht fest: […]

“History will judge Trump, and it will not be kind.”

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:17:16 +0000

Vox: “The fish rots from the head”: a historian on the unique corruption of Trump’s White House. “Politicians lie, but this is different.” Interview with Robert Dallek. “[T]he examples of corruption are numerous: Trump refused to divest from his business interests; there are questions about whether he’s violating the emoluments clause by running Trump International […]