Category Archives: Politics

Keine Wahlempfehlung

Lieber Stadtanzünder, ich sehe selbst, dass dieses Ergebnis keine Wahlempfehlung ist.

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Technology for surveillance: Which is the oppressive regime?

In the wake of the Iranian election turmoil, it came to light that the infrastructure for the mobile phone network in Iran was supplied by Nokia Siemens Networks, a joint venture of Nokia and Siemens. And this infrastructure not only … Continue reading

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Censorship introduced in Germany

Our federal parliament, the Bundestag, has just introduced, in its infinite wisdom, official, unaccountable censorship. Despite article 5 of our Basic Law (Eine Zensur findet nicht statt), censorship has happened already in the past; however, as it consisted of confiscating … Continue reading

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The anti-stab knife

There is some buzz in the British media about anti-stab knives: The Times has something on it, and the BBC, too. According to government statistics, there were 322 stabbing deaths in 2008. This sounds like a lot; however, for comparision, … Continue reading

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European Elections: Democracy at work

You can’t make this stuff up: One election team in a polling station could not decide on the exact method of how to count the ballots (31 parties, therefore 31 heaps? How difficult could it be?), therefore they didn’t count … Continue reading

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Self-deception in politicians

A wonderful collector’s item, demonstrating the capacity for self-deception in our politicians, namely Klaus Wowereit of the SPD; after the disastrous spanking that the SPD received in the elections for the European Parliament (and the wins for the FDP), he … Continue reading

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The war on drugs of Lín Zéxú

Tomorrow is the 20th anniversary of the forcible suppression of the Tiān ānmén riot. Western media will feast on this anniversary, as it fits perfectly the preconceptions and prejudices in the West that the communist government (which is communist only in … Continue reading

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My suggestion for a three-strikes law

(Dieser Blog-Eintrag auf Deutsch) Several European countries discuss a three-strikes law against file sharers; when a file sharer offers or downloads illegal files, i. e., infringes upon copyright law, he or she gets a warning. After three warnings, his or her … Continue reading

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Mein Vorschlag für ein “Three-Strikes”-Gesetz

(This blog post in English) In verschiedenen europäischen Ländern wird ein sogenanntes Three-Strikes-Gesetz diskutiert (three strikes and you are out), bei dem Filesharer verwarnt werden, wenn sie illegal Dateien anbieten oder herunterladen, also gegen das Urheberrecht verstoßen. Nach drei Verwarnungen … Continue reading

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Sie sind gegen Internet-Zensur, oder sonst …

(Dear non-German-speaking readers, this is yet again about unaccountable censorship of the internet in Germany.) Am Wochenende hat eine dubiose Allianz von Interessensgruppen verkündet, dass 92% aller Deutschen für Internetsperren sind; zumindest laut einer Umfrage von infratest dimap. Nun sind … Continue reading

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