“The world is surrounded by nuclear weapons”

Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Reject France’s Planned Preventive Use of Nuclear Weapons

"The world is surrounded by nuclear weapons like explosive belts strapping suicide bombers," declared Belgian Pol D’Huyvetter at a meeting of the Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (PNND). The only difference is that most citizens did not know that nuclear weapons were stored in their backyard. Once they knew, people were naturally against the deployment of nuclear weapons.

D’Huyvetter represents the Hiroshima Peace Foundation, the Mayor of Hiroshima and the Association of Mayors for Peace, which is represented in 129 countries in 2226 member cities. The meeting took place at the time of the spring session of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Berlin. More than 350 parliamentarians from over 40 countries, including NATO’s 26 member states, 16 associated countries and observer states, attended the meeting. The 18-member German delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly includes 12 members of the Bundestag and six members of the Bundesrat.


Regular theft at tsa

Employees of the U.S. Aviation Security Agency enriched themselves with money and valuables of passengers

Until recently, Nelson S. Passengers at Terminal 1 of Fort Lauderdale Airport in Florida. The reason he has now been released is that he is accused of robbing travelers of electronic equipment worth a total of $50,000 while carrying out his work.000 dollars.

This came to light after a Continental Airlines employee observed him trying to hide a strange iPad in his pants. After the 30-year-old was arrested, he admitted to stealing numerous other notebooks, video cameras and other electronic devices from passenger baggage and selling them online, often during working hours, over the past six months. As a result, Broward County police, who are on standby for the case, said victims shouldn’t get their hopes up too high about getting their devices back.


Ecash and co: these were head births

Rudiger Grimm, e-payment expert at the Technical University of Ilmenau, on the end of digital coins

The "Salt of the Internet" the digital coins should become one day. But after the end of December for the CyberCoins of the CyberCash GmbH, now also the Deutsche Bank 24 has stopped its project eCash, which was started in autumn 1998. Although eCash inventor David Chaum made anonymous online payments possible with his ingenious process, online consumers were conservative.

This is confirmed by the latest survey of the "Internet Shopping Report". According to the survey, four out of five web shoppers prefer traditional payment methods. Three out of ten also pay online by direct debit, 27 percent by credit card. In contrast, only 0.9 percent of all online shoppers wanted to buy electronic money. Paying by cell phone – Paybox lets you dig – was at least able to achieve a respectable success rate of 2 percent (Paying by cell phone).


Right-wing bush bashers

Conservative election and trench warfare in the USA

Just a few months ago, when the torture images from Iraq were making the rounds and the polls were showing George W. Bush in the lead. Bush were plummeting, some political commentators in the U.S. and Europe were already writing obituaries for the incumbent president. A premature judgment, because Bush is far from out of the race. Latest polls show him neck-and-neck with Democratic challenger John Kerry, and trending upward again. The news spread by interested parties about the political death of the Texas president is, to paraphrase a bon mot by Mark Twain, consequently very dubious, or rather, too much so. greatly exaggerated

right-wing bush-basher

All too brash eulogies to George W. Bush, his neoconservative ideologues and pious allies on the Christian right are therefore missing the political realities in the United States.


Kids with a lot of dough

Consumer electronics in high demand

The Kids Consumer Analysis found that in the year 2000, German kids have more purchasing power than ever before. With a seven percent increase over the previous year, children between the ages of 6 and 17 have DM19.15 billion at their disposal. The focus of buying interest is on high-quality consumer electronics goods.

The investigation was conducted on behalf of the publishing houses Lubbke, Bauer and Axel Springer. To this end, 2206 interviews were conducted with children and adolescents aged 6 to 17 and parents to obtain an up-to-date picture of consumer behavior. The Kids Consumer Analysis has confirmed the established opinion that children are a sought-after advertising target group and that greater importance is attached to the use of PCs and the Internet.


Tikrit: how is took the city in an hour

The methods of urban warfare in the manner of the mafia

Tikrit, like Kobanê, has become a ghost town. "The city was and is completely abandoned", reports Amnesty International crisis officer Donatella Rovera, who recently visited Tikrit after it was recaptured from the control of IS militias. There is no normal life anymore, armed groups are in command, militias. And plunderers and criminal gangs.

Before the IS takeover, the town and surrounding villages paid about 200.000 inhabitants; now there are only a few thousand at most, not in the city, but mostly in the surrounding areas. The former residents, scattered to other cities in Iraq, are waiting for a signal that they can come back, that the supply of electricity, water and food will work again, and that life will be safe again, a reporter for the U.S. magazine Daily Beast reported this week.


Europe’s people storm the internet

According to the first European Cyberstudy, the majority of Europeans displaced to a desert island now prefer the networked PC to the telephone or the television set

According to a survey conducted by Roper Starch on behalf of AOL, the Internet is growing explosively in Europe. People are clamoring to finally be connected, and more and more of them want to shop, too. Half of Europeans who are online say that the Internet has become a necessity in their lives. For 62 percent, it has even improved their lives.

Naturally, people were also asked what they would most like to take with them to a desert island: a television, a telephone or a PC with Internet access. Books or newspapers have not even been included in this list. And of course, AOL will be pleased to hear, 62 percent said they wanted a PC connected to the Internet as a more modern Robinson.


Publicity and attention.

publicity always exists when people exchange information or signals, or when people observe others, or when they are in contact with each other. observed by others. Thus, there is an immensely complex system of communicative and spatial publicities of very different orders of magnitude and scope, a <font color=#FF0000Tie of publicities that overlap, superimpose, exclude, influence each other or are independent of each other. publicity, which is usually not considered enough, is based on attention and its formation. Some aspects of publicity under the perspective of attention are discussed.

Publicity not only takes place, it is naturally also staged and channeled beyond social norms and rules through the construction of media and spaces. Moreover, a transparent public sphere that is accessible to everyone is on the one hand the lifeblood of democratic societies and on the other hand a desired ideal state that must always be restored. These multiple layers of the concept of publicity, which are only hinted at here, make it so difficult to deal with.

In cyberculture, inevitably with Marshall McLuhan The idea is currently growing that computer networks will create a new, freer, closely interwoven and, above all, globally synchronized public sphere. The metaphor of the global village has come to represent this coming together of people as a global community in a space accessible through electronic media space expressed. At the same time McLuhan had wanted to point out that the global, technically conditioned publicity will profoundly change the life of people, because the spatial distance and with it the non-simultaneity, which separated publicities up to now, will collapse and therefore they will be exposed to all the events, which take place anywhere in the world, and to all the information. McLuhan has introduced the global village in a further context: that of a global central nervous system or brain, which is formed by the magic channels and whose neurons are the people and their media. After the global village, this is the metaphor that is now being used to try to describe a new, this time electronically interwoven, world Leviathan to describe. Through the human muscles, machines and brains take, for instance Joel de Rosnay, a "unimaginably coarse planetary being" increasingly takes shape and comes to life. He has also coined a name for it: KYBIONT means for him the new being, whose publicity, in a certain way, moves into his brain and interconnects the cells according to the biological and/or economic selection mechanisms of the market.


Chinese manufacturers bid “high quality refugee boats” at

Chinese manufacturers offer'hochqualitative fluchtlingsboote' an

On sale: inflatable dinghies as refugee boats from China.

The EU ied an order in July to prevent the sale and supply of inflatable boats and eave motors to Libya, many of which originate from China

A cynical but arguably real offer is made by a Chinese manufacturer on the Alibaba trading How Will Horner on, they continue to offer inflatable boats for refugees, with life jackets as an option. Presumably, it is not the refugees themselves who are being targeted, but the trafficking organizations that make their money from them. Although the EU is trying to prevent the trade of such crude inflatable boats, as the example shows, they are openly advertised. Most of the inflatable boats on the market in the EU also come from China.


Cold progression – missed the point

How the problem could be solved by dynamizing the progressive income tax rate, but more important would be a change in the tax rate

For weeks now, there have been discussions all over the country about the cold progression. Some want to abolish this side effect of our income tax system. Others also see a need for action, but consider goals such as reducing the national debt and lowering the public investment backlog to be priorities. A compromise line like "Do one thing and don’t do another" is proving to be an attempt to square the circle thanks to the debt brake. But as is so often the case, the real exciting question is whether the ie of "cold progression" The question is whether the film is being shown at all as an economic policy priority, or whether other ies are being (more or less deliberately) pushed into the background.

Cold progression has long been a hot topic among experts, but it attracts a great deal of public attention precisely when the state’s tax revenues are booming. Then claims that the state is helping itself more and more roughly from the burger’s wallet seem particularly plausible. Sentences like "Thus the state eats up our wage plus" are booming, even if they are (deliberately) misleading.