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Jürgen Hubert

Jürgen Hubert 

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Occupation: Helping to develop the software infrastructure for Smart Grids (Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology)

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Jürgen Hubert27,168Text hangout for the "Doomed Slayers" fantasy role-playing game setting as well as the ongoing playtest for its second edition. "Doomed Slayers" examines the social context of traditional fantasy "adventurers" and how they can exist as their own distinct social class in traditional pseudo-medieval fantasy worlds. The playtest files can be found under the attached link.Doomed Slayers Hangout2015-01-13 20:00:002  

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2016-04-27 05:38:37 (63 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

My current predictions for the winner of the General Election:

Clinton 75%
Trump 20%
Cruz 5%

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2016-04-29 12:12:06 (19 comments; 9 reshares; 51 +1s)Open 

#MyFavoriteSoapOpera

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2016-04-29 12:12:06 (19 comments; 9 reshares; 51 +1s)Open 

#MyFavoriteSoapOpera

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2016-05-04 05:45:46 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

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2016-05-04 04:48:33 (0 comments; 5 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

Oh, wow!

Via +Ryan M. Danks​

This is your imagination on #TiltBrush. Paint in 3D space with virtual reality → goo.gl/6E7Zjy___Oh, wow!

Via +Ryan M. Danks​

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2016-05-04 04:41:01 (10 comments; 1 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

As of today, the second seal has been broken and a rider on a red horse has come forth Donald Trump is essentially the guaranteed Republican nominee for president. Let me give some predictions of what's going to happen next:

(1) People will start to argue harder and harder that Trump isn't really that bad, and he doesn't actually mean all the things that he says. Even while you'll never hear this from his campaign, it'll be a major theme among commentators, especially those tied to the Republican establishment. 

The main thing driving this will be cognitive dissonance: if you believed that the American public had just nominated a not-particularly-crypto-Nazi, then you would have to conclude that the people around you are either evil or fools, and that's not something nice to think about. But if he's not really that bad, then it's OK. The second thing... more »

As of today, the second seal has been broken and a rider on a red horse has come forth Donald Trump is essentially the guaranteed Republican nominee for president. Let me give some predictions of what's going to happen next:

(1) People will start to argue harder and harder that Trump isn't really that bad, and he doesn't actually mean all the things that he says. Even while you'll never hear this from his campaign, it'll be a major theme among commentators, especially those tied to the Republican establishment. 

The main thing driving this will be cognitive dissonance: if you believed that the American public had just nominated a not-particularly-crypto-Nazi, then you would have to conclude that the people around you are either evil or fools, and that's not something nice to think about. But if he's not really that bad, then it's OK. The second thing driving this will be the underlying urge of many disaffected (white, working or middle class) people to support him and the things he actually says; if you've got a narrative where it's not really that bad, it's fine to vote for this, then you can feel more comfortable considering it. And the third thing (affecting mostly professional politicians and media heads) will be simple professional party loyalty; the cost of defection away from a nominated candidate, in terms of career and so on, is just too high.

(2) You will hear a strong campaign from the Republican establishment (not Trump) that Clinton is the Devil and must be beaten. They won't be able to put together a clear story of why; to be honest, almost nobody ever has been able to. It's become so reflexive to see her this way that people have forgotten where it started. (That's not to say that Clinton isn't deeply flawed, but none of those flaws have anything to do with the weird conspiracy theories that will be circulating) 

This is mostly a way for the people in the establishment, the ones with the most dissonance to deal with, to focus themselves on saying "not Clinton" so they don't have to spend too much time saying "yes Trump."

It's going to be an incredibly nasty campaign, but that shouldn't surprise anyone.

(Yes, Clinton is going to be the Democratic nominee. I know Sanderistas can come up with arguments until the cows come home about how it's still perfectly statistically possible for him to win 64% of the remaining pledged delegates or somehow convince all the superdelegates to join him but... no. There is no way that actually works. Sanders gets to shift the party platform but he has no serious chance of being the nominee)


And if, God forbid, Trump were to be elected? I suspect that we would find that he is quite an honest man after all, at least insofar as he has no incentive to lie. I suspect that his promises about immigrants will quickly become a priority for him, with a certain amount of reality gating. Things we'd actually see:

(1) Punitive taxes and/or seizure of remittances abroad. This would cause massive economic disruptions all over the world (about $125B per year, most of it going to poor communities) and would probably ultimately be moderated in some way, but not before causing tremendous pain and chaos.

(2) Laws demanding strong proof of citizenship to work, and enforcing severe penalties against employers who violate them. These would cause a different kind of chaos, because a good quarter of citizens don't actually have such strong proof. Presumably offices would be set up to help people get that, and deployment of the law would be staged -- but that assistance would be sharply canted towards white communities. The intent, and effect, of the law would be to cause mass unemployment among Latino and Black communities. This would, indeed, cause many to flee the country, but even more to be dropped into extremely dire straits. I have no idea how this would play out.

(3) Laws enforcing Draconian penalties against anyone who helps people without knowing their immigration status. This would run into actual trouble for Trump once it started to affect better-organized churches; the Vatican may actually end up being a major counterforce, and this might have long-term consequences.

(4) Laws restricting employment of legal immigrants in various ways. Not in service industries, but in places where a demonstration of nativism will be politically useful. This will often be used as a negotiating tactic against businesses.

(5) Actual wall-building might start in a symbolic fashion, but the absurd logistics of it would prevent anything other than a flashy display.

Of course, none of this even starts to deal with his plans to institute trade wars with both China and Mexico (two of our three largest trading partners), or the effects that would happen when the leaders of politically savvy rival countries (e.g., China) realize that he can easily be goaded into foolish moves. Or what might happen if someone else (e.g., Kim Jong Un) tried to rattle sabers; I doubt that he has any deep understanding of just why the US hasn't tried to blow up North Korea in the past. (Answer: we could do it, but in the process South Korea would be turned into rubble, and Japan would probably lose a city or two. And it might escalate into a full regional war.)

So even though I anticipate several months of people telling me how he really isn't that bad, and of the curious experience of seeing a politician's supporters get exasperated and angry ("you're not repeating that old lie again!") when I suggest that their candidate might be honest, I don't think that just because he's the nominee, he's suddenly going to change his white sheets stripes.___

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2016-05-03 13:10:45 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

Some history, via +Josie Walker.​

Some history, via +Josie Walker.​___

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2016-05-03 07:16:00 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 23 +1s)Open 

The new bread!

I was kinda worried about this one because I had accidentally left the pre-dough outside of the refrigerator for three days, but it seems to have worked out anyway.

The new bread!

I was kinda worried about this one because I had accidentally left the pre-dough outside of the refrigerator for three days, but it seems to have worked out anyway.___

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2016-05-02 16:00:29 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 15 +1s)Open 

I'm not much of a fan of Greenpeace, these days - but this is useful.

I'm not much of a fan of Greenpeace, these days - but this is useful.___

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2016-05-02 10:55:11 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Irgendwann werde ich mir das AfD-Programm etwas genauer anschauen, aber diese Auszüge sagen schon mal nichts gutes.

Irgendwann werde ich mir das AfD-Programm etwas genauer anschauen, aber diese Auszüge sagen schon mal nichts gutes.___

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2016-05-02 07:09:35 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

Hat die Deutsche Bahn derzeit ihr Chaos-Wochenende?

Schon am Freitag hatten die Züge überall eine reduzierte Wagen-Zahl, Überlastungen, und Verspätungen. Heute scheint es damit weiter zu gehen...

Hat die Deutsche Bahn derzeit ihr Chaos-Wochenende?

Schon am Freitag hatten die Züge überall eine reduzierte Wagen-Zahl, Überlastungen, und Verspätungen. Heute scheint es damit weiter zu gehen...___

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2016-05-02 05:11:27 (6 comments; 1 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

For all that we love to make fun of Trump, Germany has its own equivalent brand of racist assholes.

The alternative Germans have decided that Muslims are too alternative to be Germans.

The Alternative for Germany party has declared that Islam is not a part of their country. As they craft a new party manifesto, the AfD has also come out swinging against the "socialist-environmentalist left."___For all that we love to make fun of Trump, Germany has its own equivalent brand of racist assholes.

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2016-05-02 04:47:17 (19 comments; 2 reshares; 16 +1s)Open 

Unfortunately, I am absolutely not surprised. The racists are getting rather more blatant these days, thanks to anonymous social media.

This cannot possibly be a real thread, can it? This has got to be a fucked up joke, right? There cannot possibly be that many thin-brained shit-eating morons capable of using the word "miscegenation," right? Please tell me this is a joke.___Unfortunately, I am absolutely not surprised. The racists are getting rather more blatant these days, thanks to anonymous social media.

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2016-05-01 10:48:55 (8 comments; 0 reshares; 26 +1s)Open 

Walberla, Franconia, Germany.

Walberla, Franconia, Germany.___

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2016-04-30 20:22:59 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 16 +1s)Open 

Good night on this Walpurgisnacht. And stay home so that the witches won't get you!

Good night on this Walpurgisnacht. And stay home so that the witches won't get you!___

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2016-04-30 14:31:53 (17 comments; 2 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

Via +Andres Soolo​

Paul Krugman: The divergent nomination outcomes of 2016 aren’t an accident. The Democratic establishment has won because it has, however imperfectly, tried to serve its supporters. The Republican establishment has been routed because it has been playing a con game on its supporters all along, and they’ve finally had enough.

And yes, Mr. Trump is playing a con game of his own, and they’ll eventually figure that out, too. But it won’t happen right away, and in any case it won’t help the party establishment. Sad!___Via +Andres Soolo​

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2016-04-30 05:32:02 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 27 +1s)Open 

Even though the current German government is screwing up on renewables, globally PV is becoming unstoppable.

___Even though the current German government is screwing up on renewables, globally PV is becoming unstoppable.

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2016-04-30 05:13:36 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 17 +1s)Open 

I am glad they are still around.

Definitely worth a read: http://geekandsundry.com/cthulhu-company-kickstarted-itself-to-death-then-this-happened/___I am glad they are still around.

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2016-04-29 12:18:19 (8 comments; 1 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

So the "Woman Card" is a thing, now.

So the "Woman Card" is a thing, now.___

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2016-04-29 12:12:06 (19 comments; 9 reshares; 51 +1s)Open 

#MyFavoriteSoapOpera

#MyFavoriteSoapOpera___

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2016-04-29 07:25:10 (1 comments; 3 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

What also deserves watching is the whole Demand Response/Virtual Power Plant sector - I visited the Hannover Messe on Tuesday, and there was a lot of activity in that sector.

We all know that some consumers of electricity need a constant supply of electricity because they constantly consume electricity. But some consumers - ranging from refrigeration to steel production - are actually somewhat flexible in when they need to consume electricity, and there is a rapidly growing market matching that to fluctuating power production from renewable energy.

Via +Kristian Köhntopp​.

Interesting series. TL;DR the move towards a world running fully on renewable energy is coming. Fast.

Part 1: Solar http://rameznaam.com/2015/08/10/how-cheap-can-solar-get-very-cheap-indeed/

"If this holds, solar will cost less than half what new coal or natural gas electricity cost"

Part 2: Wind power http://rameznaam.com/2015/08/30/how-steady-can-the-wind-blow/

"Wind is already the cheapest source of electricity in the United States, and could, with these advances, provide half or more of the US’s electricity consumption."

Part 3: Energy Storage http://rameznaam.com/2015/10/14/how-cheap-can-energy-storage-get/

"the world is very much on path to achieving cheap enough storage to allow 24/7 clean energy, and doing so in the next 15-20 years"

Part 4: Renewables http://rameznaam.com/2016/01/31/how-far-can-renewables-go-pretty-darn-far/

"Short version: Storage looks likely to get cheap enough that it will be deployed in large quantities, paving the way for wind and solar."

Part 5:  Electric cars http://rameznaam.com/2016/04/12/how-cheap-can-electric-vehicles-get/

"within 20 years, if trends hold, 200-mile-range 4-seater EVs, with awesome acceleration and modern amenities, will be cheaper than the cheapest cars sold in the US today."___What also deserves watching is the whole Demand Response/Virtual Power Plant sector - I visited the Hannover Messe on Tuesday, and there was a lot of activity in that sector.

We all know that some consumers of electricity need a constant supply of electricity because they constantly consume electricity. But some consumers - ranging from refrigeration to steel production - are actually somewhat flexible in when they need to consume electricity, and there is a rapidly growing market matching that to fluctuating power production from renewable energy.

Via +Kristian Köhntopp​.

2016-04-29 05:34:13 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

I think this is the first time I've explicitly stated my conviction that Trump will win the Republican nomination - on December 31st, almost four months ago.

Here is my current analysis of next year's Presidential elections in the USA:

I give rather good odds that Trump will become the Republican candidate. Yes, plenty of people claim that he is "not serious" about this run, but he seems to motivate the base better than anyone else and all the "establishment" candidates can do little but snipe at each other.

If Trump runs against Clinton, he will lose. He would need the full support of the entire Republican party to win, but he has made too many enemies for that. And while they would never admit it, the Republican establishment and their big donors could live with a Clinton presidency - at least they know that she will have her doors open for corporate lobbyists, while Trump will insist on always doing his own, disastrous thing.

If Sanders becomes the Democratic candidate however, all bets are off. While he would be able to draw a significant chunk of the populist vote away from Trump, the Republican establishment would go all out to prevent a Sanders presidency. While they hate Trump, the Republican money men really don't want a self-declared "Socialist" to be anywhere near the White House. I expect to see a lot of "hanging chads" in that case.___I think this is the first time I've explicitly stated my conviction that Trump will win the Republican nomination - on December 31st, almost four months ago.

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2016-04-29 04:30:39 (2 comments; 4 reshares; 36 +1s)Open 

Heh.

I love the fact that the women on the committee basically said, 'Yes, this is a great idea' and 'Could you stop being a drama queen, please? We're having a grown-up talk here' at various points in the discussion. :D___Heh.

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2016-04-28 18:05:45 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

For your Demon: The Descent games, via +Joel Arellano.

For your Demon: The Descent games, via +Joel Arellano.___

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2016-04-28 06:08:48 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Nach Gesprächen auf der Hannover Messe bin ich inzwischen zu der Überzeugung gekommen, daß es Sinn macht, meinen Lebenslauf von einer auf zwei Seiten zu erweitern.

Dies hier ist die aktuelle Fassung. Kommentare, Verbesserungsvorschläge?

Die alte Version ist hier zu finden:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bxgz8bn-uAEeMUcwdVplQnJBZzA

Nach Gesprächen auf der Hannover Messe bin ich inzwischen zu der Überzeugung gekommen, daß es Sinn macht, meinen Lebenslauf von einer auf zwei Seiten zu erweitern.

Dies hier ist die aktuelle Fassung. Kommentare, Verbesserungsvorschläge?

Die alte Version ist hier zu finden:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bxgz8bn-uAEeMUcwdVplQnJBZzA___

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2016-04-28 04:53:38 (2 comments; 3 reshares; 18 +1s)Open 

Like I said: #MyFavoriteSoapOpera

Like I said: #MyFavoriteSoapOpera___

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2016-04-28 04:21:41 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

Of course, we knew that already.

___Of course, we knew that already.

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2016-04-27 20:31:29 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Of course, that's only the public part of the urban wilderness - stranger things lurk in the shadows. But it is good to start with the obvious...

___Of course, that's only the public part of the urban wilderness - stranger things lurk in the shadows. But it is good to start with the obvious...

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2016-04-27 16:08:06 (3 comments; 3 reshares; 16 +1s)Open 

Okay, we can do this in two ways.

Either we pretend that this isn't about race - in which case Steve Loomis (the president of the Cleveland Police Patrolman's Association) basically defends that the police should be able to shoot anyone with a gun irrespective of Ohio's Open Carry laws.

Or we agree that race is a factor, and then Steve Loomis basically argues that we should be okay with many police officers not only getting away with shooting black Americans, but are in many cases primed to do so - and the way to fight this is apparently to teach black Americans to appear "less threatening" and making them pay for this teaching process, instead of teaching police officers to do their jobs properly and having the government pay for that training.

Okay, we can do this in two ways.

Either we pretend that this isn't about race - in which case Steve Loomis (the president of the Cleveland Police Patrolman's Association) basically defends that the police should be able to shoot anyone with a gun irrespective of Ohio's Open Carry laws.

Or we agree that race is a factor, and then Steve Loomis basically argues that we should be okay with many police officers not only getting away with shooting black Americans, but are in many cases primed to do so - and the way to fight this is apparently to teach black Americans to appear "less threatening" and making them pay for this teaching process, instead of teaching police officers to do their jobs properly and having the government pay for that training.___

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2016-04-27 12:13:24 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

Via +Ralph H.​

Neue Filmreihe - Kein Meter deutschen Boden

Seit über zehn Jahren berichten die #Filmpiraten über die Aktivitäten der extrem rechten Szene. Immer wieder begeben sie sich für ihre Recherchen und Filmaufnahmen in Gefahr und geraten dabei in brenzlige Situationen zwischen Polizei und #Rechtsextremisten. Die jetzt erscheinende #Filmreihe „… keinen Meter deutschen Boden…“ ist eine bemerkenswerte #Dokumentation über die rechte Szene in #Thüringen, die sich im Jahr 2015 stärker präsentierte denn je.

#Fackelmärsche, #Straßenschlachten, #Neonazikonzerte – da wo es unangenehm wird, sind die Filmpiraten vor Ort. Die #Medienaktivisten zeigen in ihren Dokumentationen und Reportagen Bilder, die in Zeiten, in denen „Lügenpresse auf die Fresse“-Rufe normal geworden sind, äußersten Mut erfordern. Nicht selten überschreiten sie Grenzen, von denen ihnen die Polizisten vor Ort abraten: „ Gehen Sie nicht weiter, wir können Sie hier nicht mehr beschützen “, heißt es dann. Drohungen, Beleidigungen, Auseinandersetzungen und Handgreiflichkeiten sind keine Seltenheit, wie Filmpirat Jan Smerdek berichtet:

" Ich war 2015 so nah an der Neonaziszene dran wie noch nie. Es war nicht ungefährlich. Viele dieser Szenen, in denen ich angegriffen und beleidigt wurde, kommen in den Filmen auch vor. Es gab zwei, drei Ausnahmesituationen, die aber Gott sei dank, glimpflich ausgegangen sind. "

Vor diesem Hintergrund erscheint die jetzt erscheinende, neue Filmreihe umso beeindruckender. In „… keinen Meter deutschen Boden…“ berichten die Filmpiraten über die Aktivitäten der rechten Szene im zurückliegenden Jahr 2015. Das Jahr der Flüchltingskrise, in dem sich Angriffe auf Asylbewerberunterkünfte verfünffacht haben, in dem ein Rechtsruck durch Europa, durch Deutschland und durch Thüringen gegangen ist und die extrem rechte Szene im Schatten der populistischen Debatte, aktiver war denn je.

Zusammen mit dem Mobilen Beratungsteam Mobit e.V. waren die Filmpiraten im vergangenen Jahr 36 Mal für Kameraaufnahmen unterwegs. In 20 verschiedenen Städten und Gemeinden Thüringens besuchten sie Aufmärsche, Kundgebungen und Rechtsrock-Konzerte. Sie führten Interviews mit Experten, Betroffenen, Gegendemonstranten und Politikern. Aus dem über 20 Stunden umfassenden Rohmaterial ist nun eine sechsteilige Filmreihe mit einer Gesamtspielzeit von circa 60 Minuten entstanden. Die sechs von einander unabhängigen Filme setzen sich mit verschiedenen Themenfeldern auseinander.

„ Ursprünglich gab es viele Ideen, welche Themen man in den Filmen behandeln könnte. Die ‚Rassistische Mobilisierung gegen Geflüchtete‘, war natürlich naheliegend, da es das bestimmende Thema im öffentlichen Diskurs war. Gleiches gilt für den Teil über die ‚Menschenfeindliche Einstellung in der Gesellschaft‘, der eine soziologische Perspektive auf die Geschehnisse gibt. “

Darüber hinaus behandeln die Filme Themen, die medial sonst weniger Beachtung finden. Moderner Antisemitismus beispielsweise, der durch die allgemeine, gesellschaftliche Ächtung und die historische Aufarbeitung zu einem Blinden Fleck in der Auseinandersetzung mit dem heutigen Rassismus geworden ist. Auch der Teil „Erlebniswelt Rechtsrock“ gibt exklusive Einblicke in eine musikalische Szene, die Abseits von Charts, Radio und Spotify stattfindet, aber gerade in Thüringen eine hohe Verbreitung genießt.

Den Filmpiraten, die 2015 mit dem Thüringer Demokratiepreis ausgezeichnet wurden, ist mit „Keinen Meter deutschen Boden“ eine bemerkenswerte Dokumentation der rechtsextremen Szene in Thüringen gelungen, die vielen Zuschauern die Augen öffnen wird. Im Vergleich zu älteren Videos ist den Filmpiraten sowohl redaktionell als auch filmisch ein großer Qualitätssprung geglückt, der zeigt, dass ein kleines, unabhängiges Filmkollektiv zu hochklassigen Dokumentationen fähig ist. Einziger Wermutstropfen, die komplette Filmreihe wird zunächst nur auf Veranstaltungen von Mobit zu sehen sein.

„ Es wird viele Veranstaltungen in ganz Thüringen geben, bei denen die Filme zu sehen sind. Der Anspruch von Mobit und auch von mir ist es aber, dass die Filme nicht nur konsumiert werden. Wir wollen damit auch zum Handeln anregen. Insofern ist es uns wichtig, zunächst bei den Veranstaltungen mit den Leuten darüber ins Gespräch zu kommen. “

http://www.filmpiraten.org/

Quelle: http://localtimes-erfurt.de/keinen-meter-deutschen-boden/___Via +Ralph H.​

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2016-04-27 08:15:46 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 26 +1s)Open 

The new bread!

The new bread!___

2016-04-27 05:38:37 (63 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

My current predictions for the winner of the General Election:

Clinton 75%
Trump 20%
Cruz 5%

My current predictions for the winner of the General Election:

Clinton 75%
Trump 20%
Cruz 5%___

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2016-04-27 05:22:25 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

Your daily reminder about what an asshole Trump is.

Your daily reminder about what an asshole Trump is.___

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2016-04-26 07:26:11 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 15 +1s)Open 

I really need to do another bicycle trip soon.

I really need to do another bicycle trip soon.___

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2016-04-26 05:34:04 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

Fnord.

Genetic Policing Begins
"Before the end of the year, visitors to Kuwait—as well as citizens and expats — will need to submit DNA at the International Airport before entering the country. Officials insist that the test is being used “to fight crime and terrorism,” not to test for “lineage,” ascertain certain “genealogical” or “medical” factors, or infringe on privacy" Of course not, that's why these line items were specifically delineated. Mark this article, check back in a few years...
h/t +Iulian Dumitraşcu ___Fnord.

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2016-04-26 04:47:47 (8 comments; 5 reshares; 18 +1s)Open 

If they are serious about this, they should also put some thought into immigration reform. You can't build a knowledge economy if the majority of the knowledge workers aren't allowed to be anything but mercenaries - go in, get the money, and get out again.

If they are serious about this, they should also put some thought into immigration reform. You can't build a knowledge economy if the majority of the knowledge workers aren't allowed to be anything but mercenaries - go in, get the money, and get out again.___

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2016-04-25 13:57:28 (2 comments; 4 reshares; 17 +1s)Open 

Wenn man AfD-artige Spacken wählt, kriegt man unter anderem auch das hier.

Wenn man AfD-artige Spacken wählt, kriegt man unter anderem auch das hier.___

2016-04-25 12:29:08 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

Is the classic Isle of Dread a sandbox campaign? Explain your conclusion!

Is the classic Isle of Dread a sandbox campaign? Explain your conclusion!___

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2016-04-25 04:59:00 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

...and another American creative worker needs help with medical bills. Why does this keep on happening?

...no, don't answer that - I have read enough about the American health care system to know. But it is depressing that such campaigns are even necessary. 

...and another American creative worker needs help with medical bills. Why does this keep on happening?

...no, don't answer that - I have read enough about the American health care system to know. But it is depressing that such campaigns are even necessary. ___

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2016-04-25 04:31:45 (12 comments; 2 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

...okay, this is bad.

China is really becoming more aggressive in laying claim. The word expansionist springs to mind.___...okay, this is bad.

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2016-04-24 09:37:00 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 24 +1s)Open 

You know, whoever suggested using weather formations as terrain maps was absolutely right. The current weather over Germany makes for an excellent archipelago.

You know, whoever suggested using weather formations as terrain maps was absolutely right. The current weather over Germany makes for an excellent archipelago.___

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2016-04-24 05:02:39 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 19 +1s)Open 

Funny meme or terrifying truth? You decide!

Via +Kevin Veale​

please follow +Kilay Simon for more___Funny meme or terrifying truth? You decide!

Via +Kevin Veale​

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2016-04-23 19:58:26 (5 comments; 3 reshares; 16 +1s)Open 

Bookmarked for later reading.

Vox explains hard concepts:

Gamergate movement, an ongoing effort to harass women in the video game industry until they shut up about equality and representation.___Bookmarked for later reading.

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2016-04-23 13:29:19 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Die Wutbürger.

Wirre Irre___Die Wutbürger.

2016-04-23 11:22:49 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

Ich habe letztes Jahr meinen ersten Farblaserdrucker gekauft - einen Samsung C460 - und auch ziemlich viel gedruckt.

Jetzt zeigt mir das Druckermanagement folgende "geschätzte" Tonerwerte an:

Schwarz: 54%
Cyan: 1%
Magenta: 1%
Gelb: 0%

und dank letzterem weigert sich der Drucker nun zu drucken.

"Gut", denke ich, "dann drucke ich halt in Graustufen!"

...leider weigert sich der Drucker dann nach Änderung der Einstellung immer noch. Was soll das?

Ich habe letztes Jahr meinen ersten Farblaserdrucker gekauft - einen Samsung C460 - und auch ziemlich viel gedruckt.

Jetzt zeigt mir das Druckermanagement folgende "geschätzte" Tonerwerte an:

Schwarz: 54%
Cyan: 1%
Magenta: 1%
Gelb: 0%

und dank letzterem weigert sich der Drucker nun zu drucken.

"Gut", denke ich, "dann drucke ich halt in Graustufen!"

...leider weigert sich der Drucker dann nach Änderung der Einstellung immer noch. Was soll das?___

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2016-04-23 09:53:51 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

The Republican National Committee is scaling back its financial commitments to some of the most hotly contested states because of flagging fund-raising, the most concrete evidence yet of how the party’s divisive and protracted presidential race is threatening the party’s entire ticket in November.

Committee officials outlined detailed plans in written “playbooks” distributed this year in the most competitive states about how they intended to assist Republican campaigns up and down the ballot with money and manpower. By July 1, Florida was to have 256 field organizers and Ohio another 176, for example, according to a state party chairman in possession of the strategy books who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal matters.

But Sean Spicer, the committee’s chief strategist, acknowledged this week that the committee had begun informing state parties andstatewide... more »

The Republican National Committee is scaling back its financial commitments to some of the most hotly contested states because of flagging fund-raising, the most concrete evidence yet of how the party’s divisive and protracted presidential race is threatening the party’s entire ticket in November.

Committee officials outlined detailed plans in written “playbooks” distributed this year in the most competitive states about how they intended to assist Republican campaigns up and down the ballot with money and manpower. By July 1, Florida was to have 256 field organizers and Ohio another 176, for example, according to a state party chairman in possession of the strategy books who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal matters.

But Sean Spicer, the committee’s chief strategist, acknowledged this week that the committee had begun informing state parties and statewide campaigns that fulfilling such plans would now be “slower.” He said the pledges had been made with the assumption that Republicans would have “a presumptive presidential nominee by now.”

Just as revealing, the party is also taking steps to create a separate fund-raising entity dedicated to Senate races, an acknowledgment that many of the wealthiest contributors are increasingly focused on protecting Republican control of Congress rather than on a presidential campaign they fear is lost.

#MyFavoriteSoapOpera___

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2016-04-23 07:46:49 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Sew, the migraine is now gone! \o/

+Jürgen Hubert Thanks again for the visit and for the bread!! 

Warning: Sassy Post Ahead
Sass level: 7.5/10
I'm not sure how to get over the challenge of explaining that I want to have more social contact but that I am not able to get it - if you are black and live in Germany, it is for SURE not as simple as walking out of the door and talking to someone - That. Shit. Freaks. People. Out. Here. 

That's aside from the fact that people here find me abrasive (still cannot get over just how much payback that is - payback for the rest of the world finding Germans abrasive). 

I'm grinning here, I can't be sad about Germans finding me abrasive, it just makes me smile. Honestly. I won't even lie - there's no point! XD

Still, ask any other black person who lives here, ify... more »

Sew, the migraine is now gone! \o/

+Jürgen Hubert Thanks again for the visit and for the bread!! 

Warning: Sassy Post Ahead
Sass level: 7.5/10
I'm not sure how to get over the challenge of explaining that I want to have more social contact but that I am not able to get it - if you are black and live in Germany, it is for SURE not as simple as walking out of the door and talking to someone - That. Shit. Freaks. People. Out. Here. 

That's aside from the fact that people here find me abrasive (still cannot get over just how much payback that is - payback for the rest of the world finding Germans abrasive). 

I'm grinning here, I can't be sad about Germans finding me abrasive, it just makes me smile. Honestly. I won't even lie - there's no point! XD

Still, ask any other black person who lives here, if y'all even know any (which, let's face it, most Germans do not) - it's shit! XD That's not even counting the issues in the conversation, like differences in use of language and culture - e.g. the directness thing! 

Of course, being a freelancer plays a huge role, and certainly being autistic is the real core issue because I also struggle with interacting with people online as well - it's not like I am predisposed to friends and things. Plus, I didn't grow up here - there are still so many things here that make absolutely no sense to me. And of course, people think ridiculous nonsense like "I am shy" or whatever because I don't want to make eye contact or whatever - FTS. 

But in the meantime, I have found reasons to be happy about being here - like piping hot showers at 3 AM in the morning and Marine Traffic and even just generally being able to study - zero distractions in real life, nobody ever comes into my room (because my flat is one room and nobody is allowed in my room).

On the other hand, all of that is mega weak-sauce compared to being able to spend time with another person in person. Not even that - a person that you actually even know and are already familiar with. Better still, a guy who has no interest in having sex with you whatsoever. And frankly, for me personally, someone who actually does see this whole messed up racial situation that is going on here - because people generally don't want to admit it at ALL. That aside from the major sexism issues here as well, which I only learnt about this week!!

So once again, no - online and offline friendships are not the same. Anyone who suggests otherwise needs to be kicked in the head. Or simply to cut themselves off from all real-life social contact entirely and see how it feels so that y'all know why I am f-ing sour a lot of the time, because there really are people who think I'm supposed to remain f-ing happy and cheerful the whole time and seriously - until you ever have to deal with a situation this tough (because people DO try and claim that they do, but tbh I find that often they had WAY more contact with people than I do and they just didn't notice - which is frustrating because then I have to point it out to them), drink a hot cup of shut the fuck up and sit down.

Meanwhile, I have scrapped this whole making friends in real life thing to focus on other things that I am better at :D AND money. Because I need it to be able to have social contact which I won't get by being online. Because these things make me happy, even though they further alienate me from even you people. And if I am happy, I can do good work. And if I can do good work, I can earn good money. And if I can earn good money, I can one day eventually go and live in Japan maybe someday because that will be awesome <3 But if I don't get to do that, and I have to stay here forever (OMG FOREVER EVER? FOREVER EVER? XD) then so be it - I'll shower six times a day to remind myself how good I actually have it. And the water will be available and hot. Every. Single. Time.___

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2016-04-23 07:46:16 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Rubrik "Nein! Doch! Ooooh!"

Rubrik "Nein! Doch! Ooooh!"___

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2016-04-21 20:21:46 (1 comments; 3 reshares; 27 +1s)Open 

Relatives can be rather embarassing at times.

A daughter's rebuttal.  One zinger from it:

"Dad, if you use my face in an offensive slideshow again I beg you to please at least throw me a bone and put in a more flattering picture. As a self absorbed millennial I have provided the internet with a profusion of selfies in a rainbow of sepia tones. Please choose any of those."___Relatives can be rather embarassing at times.

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2016-04-21 12:21:36 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

Comparing water outage war stories
Me "Mummy you laugh when I say I haven't had to open the tap and hear makes noise that tap makes when there is a water outage, but do you realise that if I had to tell that joke here, people wouldn't even know what that sound is because they have never heard it" ಠ_ಠ #whyicallyoupeoplespoilt  
Mummy "Well your uncle says that they don't have two-week-long water outages like we do - for them, entire years can go by without you seeing water coming out of a tap." ಠ_ಠ

Yeah, no, hey... but Europeans still bitch the most though hey? XD Like they have real problems.

Comparing water outage war stories
Me "Mummy you laugh when I say I haven't had to open the tap and hear makes noise that tap makes when there is a water outage, but do you realise that if I had to tell that joke here, people wouldn't even know what that sound is because they have never heard it" ಠ_ಠ #whyicallyoupeoplespoilt  
Mummy "Well your uncle says that they don't have two-week-long water outages like we do - for them, entire years can go by without you seeing water coming out of a tap." ಠ_ಠ

Yeah, no, hey... but Europeans still bitch the most though hey? XD Like they have real problems.___

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2016-04-21 10:15:17 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

A fascinating global map of wind speeds, temperature, and other data - both current and historical. Sadly, it is missing cloud cover...

A fascinating global map of wind speeds, temperature, and other data - both current and historical. Sadly, it is missing cloud cover...___

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2016-04-21 05:02:28 (0 comments; 4 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

Interesting.

Via +Icarus Anne Riley​

"..Right-to-work laws (RTW) ..super-exploited labor ..racial exclusion, destroy established collective bargaining agreements, and derail workers’ right to organize a workplace.."___Interesting.

Via +Icarus Anne Riley​

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