Monday, 16. January 2017

Your guide to The KLF, pop music’s original pranksters

They’re justified and they’re ancient, and they’re coming back after a 23 year hiatus – dive into the weird world of the music world conceptualists.

2017: What the fuck is going on? After embarking on a 23 year, self-inflicted hiatus, The KLF are back in an attempt to answer that question. Formed in 1987 by Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty, The KLF made destroying the mainstream music industry their mission, and – perhaps inadvertently – became the embodiment of a country gripped by rave culture in the process.
Many a time The KLF attempted to be the undoing of their own success without ever really achieving it. Instead, intent on self-destruction, they somehow became untouchable. To some, they were artistic visionaries, to others, a novelty act – but that’s where their beauty lied. Extraordinarily self-aware of their place within music and the wider art world, The KLF’s mission was to confuse, and whether you loved or hated them you can’t dispute that that’s exactly what they did.
In a time when reality has become stranger than fiction, Drummond and Cauty’s return may be the reminder we need to realise just how absurd things can really become. With that, all aboard to Trancentral as we run down 26 ways The KLF are a band who should never have existed.

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incommunicado das neue Hörbuch

incommunicado, das neue Hörbuch – Teil 1 (Zum Download rechtsklick “Ziel speichern unter…” oder einfach den Feed abonnieren. Hier geht’s zum iTunes Podcast.)
Dieses Hörbuch basiert auf #incommunicado, einem Roman von Michel Reimon, ist gesprochen von Fabian Neidhardt und Dennis Kröger, aufgenommen bei Rockinson unter der Aufnahmeleitung von Maikl Robinson.

#incommunicado Michel Reimon

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Who killed bourgeois democracy in Europe?

When a system calls itself democracy, but forces increasing parts of the demos (people) to live under poverty, its own central concept gradually becomes hollow.

Since early December 2016, following the Italian referendum that cancelled Renzi’s government, most newspapers and news-sites have expressed fears about the populist and anti-EU comedian Beppe Grillo and his Five Star Movement winning the next elections in Italy.
Simultaneously, the same progressive media seem pretty happy about the Austrian elections that took place that same weekend. In that case the victory against a right-wing populist, with neo-Nazi tendencies, was celebrated. What is striking is that even left-leaning news sources expressed their relief at what was in fact the victory of a highly neoliberal political agenda.

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What you need to know about the ‘Trump dossier’

Months of inaction by the FBI forced former MI6 spy Christopher Steele to turn to ‘alternative’ media to publicise his allegations against President-elect Donald Trump. In the end, the allegations were published in the form of a ‘dossier’ by Buzzfeed.
But there are more allegations to be examined. And there is still the unanswered question: is Trump a clear and present danger – not only to America, but to the entire world?

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Sunday, 15. January 2017

CIA-Direktor Brennan greift Trump an

Geheimdienstchef: "Spontaneität ist nichts, was nationale Sicherheitsinteressen schützt"
Washington – Der scheidende CIA-Direktor John Brennan hat den künftigen US-Präsidenten Donald Trump wegen dessen Kritik an den Geheimdiensten angegriffen. Wenige Tage vor der Amtseinführung von Trump warnte Brennan den Republikaner am Sonntag in einem Interview mit dem Sender "Fox News", Russland in Sachen Hacker-Angriffe nicht zu schnell freizusprechen.

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Hubble gazes into a black hole of puzzling lightness

The beautiful spiral galaxy visible in the center of the image is known as RX J1140.1+0307, a galaxy in the Virgo constellation imaged by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, and it presents an interesting puzzle. At first glance, this galaxy appears to be a normal spiral galaxy, much like the Milky Way, but first appearances can be deceptive!

RX J1140.1+0307

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Jiddu Krishnamurti

“When you call yourself an Indian or a Muslim or a Christian or a European, or anything else, you are being violent.
Do you see why it is violent? Because you are separating yourself from the rest of mankind. When you separate yourself by belief, by nationality, by tradition, it breeds violence.
So a man who is seeking to understand violence does not belong to any country, to any religion, to any political party or partial system; he is concerned with the total understanding of mankind.”

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Alec Baldwin's Trump does not want to talk about the pee pee on SNL

Saturday Night Live predictably had a field day with Donald Trump's first press conference as President-elect, taking jabs at allegations of Russian hacking, scuffles with the press, and Trump handing his business over to his sons.

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Did the Russians Really Hack the DNC?

Russia, we are told, breached the servers of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), swiped emails and other documents, and released them to the public, to alter the outcome of the U.S. presidential election.
How substantial is the evidence backing these assertions?
Hired by the Democratic National Committee to investigate unusual network activity, the security firm Crowdstrike discovered two separate intrusions on DNC servers. Crowdstrike named the two intruders Cozy Bear and Fancy Bear, in an allusion to what it felt were Russian sources. According to Crowdstrike, “Their tradecraft is superb, operational security second to none,” and “both groups were constantly going back into the environment” to change code and methods and switch command and control channels.

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After Nazi comparison, CIA chief warns Trump to watch what he says

Outgoing CIA Director John Brennan on Sunday issued a stern parting rebuke to Republican Donald Trump days before he assumes the US presidency, advising him not to absolve Russia for its recent actions and warning him to watch what he says.
Brennan's comments, in an interview on "Fox News Sunday," laid bare the simmering tensions between the president-elect and the intelligence community he has criticized and is on the verge of commanding.

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Obama Opens NSA’s Vast Trove of Warrantless Data to Entire Intelligence Community, Just in Time for Trump

With only days until Donald Trump takes office, the Obama administration on Thursday announced new rules that will let the NSA share vast amounts of private data gathered without warrant, court orders or congressional authorization with 16 other agencies, including the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Agency, and the Department of Homeland Security.
The new rules allow employees doing intelligence work for those agencies to sift through raw data collected under a broad, Reagan-era executive order that gives the NSA virtually unlimited authority to intercept communications abroad. Previously, NSA analysts would filter out information they deemed irrelevant and mask the names of innocent Americans before passing it along.

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Die Sprache der Populisten

„Lügenpresse“, „Meinungsdiktatur“ oder „Toleranzfaschismus“: Die Sprache der Populisten soll Menschenmassen provozieren und komplexe Zusammenhänge simplifizieren. Ist so ein gemeinsamer Diskurs überhaupt möglich?

Wie kann man mit jemandem diskutieren, der unter den vermeintlich völlig klaren Begriffen "Wahrheit" oder "Demokratie" etwas völlig anderes versteht als man selbst? Nur sehr schwer, meint Linguist und CCC-Mitglied Martin Haase, denn mitunter begegnet man Menschen, die die Sprache des Populismus sprechen. Haase lehrt romanische Sprachwissenschaft an der Universität Bamberg, betreibt das Blog und hielt einen der wohl unterhaltsamsten Vorträge beim Chaos Communication Congress in Hamburg.

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