Wednesday, 11. January 2017

Caricaturist Creates Satirical Illustrations Of World Leaders And Their Way Of Dealing With Justice


The Azerbaijani caricaturist, Gunduz Agayev, returns with his new satirical illustration series “Femidead”. In this collection he shows how world leaders all around the world deal with justice. You might be able to spot your own country there and see if Agayev did a good job.

Gunduz Agayev

tranquilmonkey.com

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Robert Anton Wilson: January 18, 1932 – January 11, 2007


Author, futurist, and agnostic mystic Robert Anton Wilson died 10 years ago today. Carla and I interviewed him for the first issue of bOING bOING in 1987. In fact, one of the main reasons we started Boing Boing was to have an excuse to interview him.
Here's what I wrote on the 5th anniversary of Bob's death:
“I regard belief as a form of brain damage.”
― Robert Anton Wilson

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Der neue Schuh-Genosse aus dem Waldviertel


Heini Staudinger, bekannt als Waldviertler Schuh-Rebell, hat schon der Finanzmarktaufsicht (FMA) gezeigt, dass er sich den bestehenden Regeln nicht einfach beugt. Kein Wunder daher, dass er bei seinem Wunsch, die eigenen Unternehmen – GEA Schuhwerkstätte in Schrems und die GEA Läden in Österreich und Deutschland – in eine Genossenschaft umzugründen, mit den bestehenden Genossenschaftsverbänden nicht auf einen grünen Zweig kam. Die Mitgliedschaft in einem Verband ist aber Voraussetzung für jede Genossenschaft.

kurier.at

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Gorgeous and Intriguing Photos Of Pre-Cold War Vienna 1959-1960


“In 1959 I had just turned 18. I had my first ‘proper’ camera,” writes Libby Hall. “A rangefinder made by, I think, Agfa. I knew almost nothing about photography, except that I was passionate about doing it.
“I spent the next four years in Vienna and Geneva, returning to New York for six months in 1960 to work filing negatives in the fabulous new Life magazine photo lab.. I gradually learned more about photography, and began to get cameras with better lenses.”

Vienna 1959-1960

flashbak.com

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Luxembourg’s Bid to Become the Silicon Valley of Space Mining


In the 1980s, during the nascent days of the satellite communications industry, Luxembourg foresaw the fat cat it could become. The tiny European nation, known for steel manufacturing and tax breaks, provided financial support and passed regulations that allowed its homegrown satellite company, SES, to thrive. And because it provided that early support, one of the globe’s smallest countries came to host the world’s second-largest commercial satellite operator.
Luxembourg liked the way that went down. And now, 30 years later, the country is positioning itself to iterate on that plot, in a different off-Earth industry: asteroid mining.

wired.com

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This Obscure Marijuana-Related Illness Is On The Rise In States With Legalized Pot


Ever heard of cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome? Don’t worry, almost no one else has either. But it’s a very real, and frightening, condition that can affect people who smoke heavy amounts of marijuana. And unfortunately, it appears to be on the rise in states that have legalized recreational cannabis.
“It is certainly something that, before legalization, we almost never saw,” Dr. Kennon Heard told CBS News. “Now we are seeing it quite frequently.”

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Watch How Casually False Claims are Published: New York Times and Nicholas Lemann Edition


Like most people, I’ve long known that factual falsehoods are routinely published in major media outlets. But as I’ve pointed out before, nothing makes you internalize just how often it really happens, how completely their editorial standards so often fail, like being personally involved in a story that receives substantial media coverage. I cannot count how many times I’ve read or heard claims from major media outlets about the Snowden story that I knew, from first-hand knowledge, were a total fabrication.
We have a perfect example of how this happens from the New York Times today, in a book review by Nicholas Lemann, the Pulitzer-Moore professor of journalism at Columbia University as well as a long-time staff writer for The New Yorker. Lemann is reviewing a new book by Edward J. Epstein – the long-time neocon, right-wing Cold Warrior, WSJ op-ed page writer and Breitbart contributor – which basically claims Snowden is a Russian spy.

theintercept.com

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Prince's Music Could Be Available To Stream Soon


Prince's music could soon be available to stream on Spotify and Apple Music with his estate currently working on securing deals with the streaming platforms.

The estate of Prince Rogers Nelson, one of the few musicians unavailable on most streaming services, is closing in on deals that will pave the way for the artist’s music to play at major outlets like Spotify and Apple Music, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.
Representatives of Prince, who died in April at age 57, have all but finished a deal for songs like “Purple Rain” and “When Doves Cry” to be played in public, said the person, who asked not to be named because the talks are private. The estate is also nearing a deal with a record label, the person said, without being more specific. Both are preludes to streaming agreements.

bloomberg.com

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A New Era of Mass Surveillance is Emerging Across Europe


The world was a different place when, in October 2015, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) struck down the “Safe Harbour” data-sharing agreement that allowed the transfer of European citizens’ data to the US. The Court’s decision concluded that the indiscriminate nature of the surveillance programs carried out by U.S. intelligence agencies, exposed two years earlier by NSA-contractor-turned-whistleblower Edward Snowden, had made it impossible to ensure that the personal data of E.U. citizens would be adequately protected when shared with American companies. The ruling thus served to further solidify the long-standing conventional wisdom that Continental Europe is better at protecting privacy than America.

justsecurity.org

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BuzzFeed publishes unsubstantiated Trump report, raising ethics questions


Site posted documents about his purported behaviour in Russia with a warning that they contained errors and were ‘unverified and potentially unverifiable’

BuzzFeed’s decision to publish an intelligence report filled with salacious and unsubstantiated claims about Donald Trump’s purported behaviour in Russia has triggered a political storm and debate over media ethics.
The news website posted the unredacted documents on Tuesday, just 10 days before Trump’s inauguration, with a warning that the contents contained errors and were “unverified and potentially unverifiable”.

theguardian.com

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Barbie™ Typewriter


Alphabet substitution cipher
The Barbie Typewriter E-118, is a low-cost electronic typewriter, developed as a childeren's toy by Mehano in Slovenia (formerly: Yugoslavia) and sold worldwide by Mattel (US) 1 . The E-118 is the latest model in the product line that started with the E-115. The electronic typewriter was the successor to the earlier purely mechanical Barbie typewriter models. It is little known that all electronic variants have a hidden built-in cryptographic capability that allows secret writing.

Barbie™ Typewriter

cryptomuseum.com

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