Archiv: the Human Left


03.11.2020 - 14:10 [ Bundeskanzleramt Österreich - Bundeskanzleramt.gv.at ]

Bundeskanzler Kurz: Terrorismus mit allen Mitteln entgegentreten – Grundwerte und Demokratie gemeinsam verteidigen

„Unser Feind sind niemals Angehörige einer Religionsgemeinschaft oder alle Menschen eines bestimmten Landes, sondern unser Feind sind Extremisten und Terroristen. In unserer freien Gesellschaft darf es keine Toleranz für Intoleranz geben.“ Es gehe hier um keine Auseinandersetzung zwischen Christen und Muslimen oder zwischen Österreichern und Migranten, sondern es sei ein Kampf „zwischen Zivilisation und Barbarei“, zwischen den vielen Menschen, die an den Frieden glauben und jenen wenigen, die sich den Krieg wünschen. „Diesen Kampf werden wir mit aller Entschlossenheit führen“, versicherte der Bundeskanzler.

23.09.2020 - 12:14 [ Rebecca Vincent / Twitter ]

Kopelman said Assange’s auditory hallucinations tell him things like “you’re worthless”, “you’re nothing”, “you’re dust”, “you’re dead”, and to kill himself.

The prosecution argued these were self-reported. Kopelman pointed out hallucinations are always self-reported. 13/

23.09.2020 - 11:55 [ Heise.de ]

Psychiater: Wikileaks-Gründer Julian Assange ist suizidgefährdet

Nach Aussagen eines Psychiaters ist der im Gefängnis sitzende Wikileaks-Gründer Julian Assange akut suizidgefährdet. Es gebe ein „hohes Risiko“, dass der 49-Jährige sich das Leben nehmen wolle, berichtete der Psychiater Michael Kopelman am Dienstag vor dem Londoner Old Bailey-Gericht, nachdem er Assange etwa 20 Mal in seiner Untersuchungshaft besucht hatte. Der bereits seit mehr als einem Jahr im Hochsicherheitsgefängnis Belmarsh eingesperrte Assange leide seit längerer Zeit an Halluzinationen und höre etwa Stimmen, die sagten „Wir kommen, um dich zu holen“.

23.09.2020 - 11:55 [ Rebecca Vincent / Twitter ]

Prosecutor James Lewis also attempted to discredit UN Special Rapporteur on Torture @NilsMelzer , dismissing his report after visiting Assange at Belmarsh prison as “palpable nonsense”. Melzer’s report detailed the effects of psychological torture on Assange. 19/

16.06.2020 - 12:41 [ theGuardian.com ]

BLM ‚band of brothers‘ hope rescue of counter-protester sends message

When five friends decided to attend an anti-racism protest in London on Saturday, all they were hoping to do was to protect their younger allies from far-right thugs.

Forty-eight hours later, their heroism has created a defining image of the Black Lives Matter movement. They have won the praise of politicians, the adulation of social media, and the attention of newspaper front pages.

16.06.2020 - 12:35 [ Mark 1333 / Youtube ]

Black Lives Matter protests – black men rescues white opposite (UK) ITV & BBC News – 14th June 2025

Amid the violent protests in London yesterday, one image more than any others stood out and showed a ‚glimmer of hope‘, as a black man (Patrick Hutchinson) and others, rescued and protected a white opposing demonstrator who was injured. Patrick Hutchinson didn’t see colour, he just saw another human being in trouble and didn’t want him to die. See the footage and story here.

30.05.2020 - 23:12 [ Molly Sullivan / Twitter ]

So proud of Fargo, ND. Even the police are joining in instead of fighting the protest. Stand up for what’s right. Race, political stand point, position of power, it doesn’t matter. We are all human. This is such a moving picture.

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10.05.2020 - 07:22 [ VeritasLiberabitVos.info ]

EIN AUFRUF FÜR DIE KIRCHE UND FÜR DIE WELT an Katholiken und alle Menschen guten Willens

In einer Zeit schwerster Krise erachten wir Hirten der katholischen Kirche, aufgrund unseres Auftrags, es als unsere heilige Pflicht, einen Appell an unsere Mitbrüder im Bischofsamt, an den Klerus, die Ordensleute, das heilige Volk Gottes und alle Männer und Frauen guten Willens zu richten. Dieser Aufruf wurde auch von Intelektuellen, Medizinern, Anwälten, Journalisten und anderen Fachleuten unterzeichnet, die dem Inhalt zustimmen; er kann von denjenigen unterzeichnet werden, die sich ihn zu eigen machen möchten.

Es sind Tatsachen, dass unter dem Vorwand der Covid-19-Epidemie in vielen Fällen unveräußerliche Rechte der Bürger verletzt und ihre Grundfreiheiten unverhältnismäßig und ungerechtfertigt eingeschränkt wurden, einschließlich des Rechts auf Religionsfreiheit, freie Meinungsäußerung und Freizügigkeit. Die öffentliche Gesundheit darf und kann kein Alibi werden, um die Rechte von Millionen von Menschen auf der ganzen Welt zu verletzen, geschweige denn, um die Zivilbehörden von ihrer Pflicht zu befreien, klug für das Gemeinwohl zu handeln. Dies gilt umso dringlicher, je mehr Zweifel von verschiedenen Seiten an der tatsächlichen Ansteckungsgefahr, der Gefahr, sowie der Resistenz des Virus laut werden: Viele maßgebliche Stimmen in der Welt der Wissenschaft und Medizin bestätigen, dass dieser Alarmismus seitens der Medien gegenüber Covid-19 in keinster Weise gerechtfertigt zu sein scheint.

Wir haben Grund zu der Annahme – und das auf Grundlage offizieller Daten der Epidemie in Bezug auf die Anzahl der Todesfälle – dass es Kräfte gibt, die daran interessiert sind, in der Bevölkerung Panik zu erzeugen. Auf diese Weise wollen sie dauerhaft Formen inakzeptabler Freiheitsbegrenzung und der damit verbundenen Kontrolle über Personen und der Verfolgung all ihrer Bewegungen durchsetzen. Diese illiberalen Steuerungsversuche sind der beunruhigender Auftakt zur Schaffung einer Weltregierung, die sich jeder Kontrolle entzieht.

Wir glauben auch, dass in einigen Situationen die ergriffenen Eindämmungsmaßnahmen, einschließlich der Einstellung kommerzieller Aktivitäten, zu einer Krise geführt haben, die ganze Wirtschaftssektoren niedergeschlagen haben. Dies wiederum fördert eine Einmischung von fremden Mächten und hat schwerwiegende soziale und politische Auswirkungen.

Diese Formen des „Social Engineering“ müssen von denen, die Regierungsverantwortung tragen, verhindert werden, indem Maßnahmen zum Schutz der Bürger ergriffen werden, deren Vertreter sie sind und in deren Interessen sie zu handeln haben, wie es ihre ernste Pflicht ist. Sie müssen der Familie, der Zelle der Gesellschaft, helfen und vermeiden, schwache und ältere Menschen unangemessen zu bestrafen und sie zu schmerzhaften Trennungen von Angehörigen zu zwingen. Die Kriminalisierung persönlicher und sozialer Beziehungen muss als inakzeptabler Bestandteil eines Projekts beurteilt werden, mit dem die Isolation von Personen gefördert wird, um diese besser manipulieren und kontrollieren zu können.

Wir fordern die wissenschaftliche Gemeinschaft auf, dafür zu sorgen, dass die medizinische Behandlung von Covid-19, in aufrichtiger Sorge um das Gemeinwohl gefördert und daher sorgfältigst vermieden wird, dass zweifelhafte Wirtschaftsinteressen die Entscheidungen der Regierungen und internationalen Behörden beeinflussen. Es ist nicht sinnvoll, einerseits Arzneimittel, die sich als wirksam erwiesen haben und oftmals kostengünstig sind, zu ächten, und andererseits Behandlungen oder Impfstoffen Vorrang einzuräumen, die Pharmaunternehmen höhere Gewinne garantieren, aber nicht gleichermaßen wirksam sind. Damit erhöhen sich die Kosten für die öffentliche Gesundheit. Wir erinnern als Hirten daran, dass es für Katholiken moralisch inakzeptabel ist, sich mit Impfstoffen behandeln zu lassen, zu deren Herstellung Material von abgetriebenen Föten verwendet wird.

Wir fordern die Regierenden außerdem auf, dafür zu sorgen, dass Formen der Kontrolle von Menschen auf Strengste vermieden werden, sei es durch Tracingsysteme, sei es in durch irgendwelche anderen Arten der Lokalisierung. Der Kampf gegen Covid-19, so ernst er auch sein mag, darf nicht als Vorwand zur Unterstützung unklarer Absichten supranationaler Einheiten dienen, die sehr starke politische und wirtschaftliche Interessen verfolgen. Insbesondere muss den Bürgern die Möglichkeit gegeben werden: Einschränkungen der persönlichen Freiheiten abzulehnen, sich straffrei einer drohenden Impfpflicht zu entziehen, sowie Tracingsysteme oder ähnliche Instrumentarien nicht zu benutzen.

Diejenigen, die eine Politik der drastischen Bevölkerungsreduzierung verfolgen, und sich gleichzeitig als Retter der Menschheit präsentieren – noch dazu ohne irgendeine politische oder soziale Legitimierung – befinden sich im offensichtlichen Widerspruch zu sich selbst. Letztendlich kann die politische Verantwortung derjenigen, die das Volk vertreten, auf keinen Fall „Experten“ übertragen werden, die – und das ist fürwahr beunruhigend – für sich selbst Formen der strafrechtlichen Immunität fordern.

Wir wenden uns eindringlich an die Medien, auf dass sie sich sich aktiv um eine korrekte Informationsweitergabe bemühen, in der Dissens möglich ist und nicht, wie mittlerweile in den sozialen Medien, in der Presse und un Im Fernsehen weit verbreitet, mit einer Art von Zensur bestraft wird. Korrekte Informationsweitergabe bedeutet, dass auch anderen, von der allgemein vorherrschenden Meinung abweichenden Stimmen Raum gegeben wird. So gesteht man den Bürgern zu, die Fakten selbstbewußt bewerten zu können und nicht von starken Wortmeldungen derer, die Partei sind, beeinflusst zu werden. Eine demokratische und ehrliche Konfrontation ist das beste Gegenmittel gegen das Risiko subtiler Formen der Diktatur, vermutlich noch schlimmere als jene, die unsere Gesellschaft in der jüngeren Vergangenheit hat entstehen und vergehen gesehen.

Lassen Sie uns abschließend als Hirten, die für die Herde Christi verantwortlich sind, daran denken, dass die Kirche mit Nachdruck Autonomie in der Leitung, im Gottesdienst und in der Verkündigung beansprucht. Diese Autonomie und Freiheit der Kirche ist ein Grundrecht, das der Herr Jesus Christus ihr gegeben hat, damit sie die Ziele verfolgen kann, die ihr eigen sind. Aus diesem Grund beanspruchen wir als Hirten nachdrücklich das Recht, über die Feier der Heiligen Messe und der Sakramente unabhängig entscheiden zu können. Wir fordern ebenso die Anerkennung unserer uneingeschränkten Autonomie in allen Angelegenheiten, die in unmittelbare Zuständigkeit der kirchlichen Autorität fallen, wie z. B. die liturgischen Normen und die rechtlichen Vorgaben zur Spendung der hl. Kommunion und der Verwaltung der Sakramente. Der Staat hat keinerlei Recht, sich aus irgendeinem Grund in die Souveränität der Kirche einzumischen. Kirchliche Autoritäten haben sich nie verweigert, mit dem Staat zusammenzuarbeiten, aber eine solche Zusammenarbeit darf nicht bedeuten, dass seitens der Zivilbehörden, ganz gleich in welcher Form, Verbote oder Einschränkungen des öffentlichen Gottesdienstes und der Seelsorge aufgestellt werden. Gottes Rechte und die seiner Gläubigen sind das oberste Gesetz der Kirche. Davon kann und will sie nicht abweichen. Wir fordern, dass die Beschränkungen für die Feier öffentlicher Gottesdienste aufgehoben werden.

Menschen guten Willens laden wir ein, sich der Pflicht zur Solidarität und dem Gemeinwohl aller – gemäß ihres Standes und ihrer Möglichkeiten – im Geist der brüderlichen Nächstenliebe nicht zu entziehen. Diese von der Kirche gewünschte Zusammenarbeit kann jedoch weder von der Beachtung des Naturrechts, noch von der Gewährleistung der Freiheiten des Einzelnen getrennt werden. Die zivilrechtlichen Pflichten der Bürger implizieren die Anerkennung ihrer Rechte durch den Staat.

Wir sind alle zu einer Bewertung der gegenwärtigen Tatsachen im Einklang mit der Lehre des Evangeliums aufgerufen. Diese beinhaltet eine Kampfentscheidung: entweder mit Christus oder gegen Christus! Lassen wir uns nicht von denen einschüchtern oder gar erschrecken, die uns glauben machen wollen, wir seien nur eine Minderheit: Das Gute ist viel weiter verbreitet und mächtiger als das, was die Welt uns weis machen will. Wir kämpfen gegen einen unsichtbaren Feind, der die Bürger untereinander, die Kinder von ihren Eltern, Enkelkinder von Großeltern, Gläubige von ihren Seelsorgern, Schüler von Lehrern und Kunden von Verkäufern trennt. Wir lassen nicht zu, dass Jahrhunderte christlicher Zivilisation unter dem Vorwand eines Virus ausgelöscht werden, um eine hasserfüllte technokratische Tyrannei zu begründen, in der Menschen, deren Namen und Gesichter man nicht kennt, über das Schicksal der Welt entscheiden können, um uns in einer nur virtuellen Wirklichkeit einzuschließen. Wenn dies der Plan ist, mit Hilfe dessen uns die Mächtigen der Erde beugen wollen, dann mögen sie wissen, dass Jesus Christus, König und Herr der Geschichte, versprochen hat, dass „die Tore der Unterwelt nicht siegen werden“ (Mt 16,18).

Wir vertrauen die Regierenden und all diejenigen, die das Schicksal der Nationen lenken, dem allmächtigen Gott an, damit Er sie in diesem schweren Moment der Krise erleuchte und führen möge. Sie sollen daran denken, dass, so wie der Herr uns Hirten, denen Seine Herde anvertraut ist, richten wird, so werden auch die von Ihm gerichtet werden, deren Pflicht es war, die Bevölkerung ihres Landes zu regieren und zu behüten.

Wir wollen mit festem Glauben zum Herrn beten, damit Er die Kirche und die Welt schütze. Möge die allerseligste Jungfrau, Hilfe der Christen, den Kopf der alten Schlange zertreten und die Pläne all derer zunichte machen, die Söhne der Finsternis sind.

10.05.2020 - 07:14 [ VeritasLiberabitVos.info ]

APPEAL FOR THE CHURCH AND THE WORLD to Catholics and all people of good will

In this time of great crisis, we Pastors of the Catholic Church, by virtue of our mandate, consider it our sacred duty to make an Appeal to our Brothers in the Episcopate, to the Clergy, to Religious, to the holy People of God and to all men and women of good will. This Appeal has also been undersigned by intellectuals, doctors, lawyers, journalists and professionals who agree with its content, and may be undersigned by those who wish to make it their own.

The facts have shown that, under the pretext of the Covid-19 epidemic, the inalienable rights of citizens have in many cases been violated and their fundamental freedoms, including the exercise of freedom of worship, expression and movement, have been disproportionately and unjustifiably restricted. Public health must not, and cannot, become an alibi for infringing on the rights of millions of people around the world, let alone for depriving the civil authority of its duty to act wisely for the common good. This is particularly true as growing doubts emerge from several quarters about the actual contagiousness, danger and resistance of the virus. Many authoritative voices in the world of science and medicine confirm that the media’s alarmism about Covid-19 appears to be absolutely unjustified.

We have reason to believe, on the basis of official data on the incidence of the epidemic as related to the number of deaths, that there are powers interested in creating panic among the world’s population with the sole aim of permanently imposing unacceptable forms of restriction on freedoms, of controlling people and of tracking their movements. The imposition of these illiberal measures is a disturbing prelude to the realization of a world government beyond all control.

We also believe that in some situations the containment measures that were adopted, including the closure of shops and businesses, have precipitated a crisis that has brought down entire sectors of the economy. This encourages interference by foreign powers and has serious social and political repercussions. Those with governmental responsibility must stop these forms of social engineering, by taking measures to protect their citizens whom they represent, and in whose interests they have a serious obligation to act. Likewise, let them help the family, the cell of society, by not unreasonably penalizing the weak and elderly, forcing them into a painful separation from their loved ones. The criminalization of personal and social relationships must likewise be judged as an unacceptable part of the plan of those who advocate isolating individuals in order to better manipulate and control them.

We ask the scientific community to be vigilant, so that cures for Covid-19 are offered in honesty for the common good. Every effort must be made to ensure that shady business interests do not influence the choices made by government leaders and international bodies. It is unreasonable to penalize those remedies that have proved to be effective, and are often inexpensive, just because one wishes to give priority to treatments or vaccines that are not as good, but which guarantee pharmaceutical companies far greater profits, and exacerbate public health expenditures. Let us also remember, as Pastors, that for Catholics it is morally unacceptable to develop or use vaccines derived from material from aborted fetuses.

We also ask government leaders to ensure that forms of control over people, whether through tracking systems or any other form of location-finding, are rigorously avoided. The fight against Covid-19, however serious, must not be the pretext for supporting the hidden intentions of supranational bodies that have very strong commercial and political interests in this plan. In particular, citizens must be given the opportunity to refuse these restrictions on personal freedom, without any penalty whatsoever being imposed on those who do not wish to use vaccines, contact tracking or any other similar tool. Let us also consider the blatant contradiction of those who pursue policies of drastic population control and at the same time present themselves as the savior of humanity, without any political or social legitimacy. Finally, the political responsibility of those who represent the people can in no way be left to “experts” who can indeed claim a kind of immunity from prosecution, which is disturbing to say the least.

We strongly urge those in the media to commit themselves to providing accurate information and not penalizing dissent by resorting to forms of censorship, as is happening widely on social media, in the press and on television. Providing accurate information requires that room be given to voices that are not aligned with a single way of thinking. This allows citizens to consciously assess the facts, without being heavily influenced by partisan interventions. A democratic and honest debate is the best antidote to the risk of imposing subtle forms of dictatorship, presumably worse than those our society has seen rise and fall in the recent past.

Finally, as Pastors responsible for the flock of Christ, let us remember that the Church firmly asserts her autonomy to govern, worship, and teach. This autonomy and freedom are an innate right that Our Lord Jesus Christ has given her for the pursuit of her proper ends. For this reason, as Pastors we firmly assert the right to decide autonomously on the celebration of Mass and the Sacraments, just as we claim absolute autonomy in matters falling within our immediate jurisdiction, such as liturgical norms and ways of administering Communion and the Sacraments. The State has no right to interfere, for any reason whatsoever, in the sovereignty of the Church. Ecclesiastical authorities have never refused to collaborate with the State, but such collaboration does not authorize civil authorities to impose any sort of ban or restriction on public worship or the exercise of priestly ministry. The rights of God and of the faithful are the supreme law of the Church, which she neither intends to, nor can, abdicate. We ask that restrictions on the celebration of public ceremonies be removed.

We should like to invite all people of good will not to shirk their duty to cooperate for the common good, each according to his or her own state and possibilities and in a spirit of fraternal charity. The Church desires such cooperation, but this cannot disregard either a respect for natural law or a guarantee of individual freedoms. The civil duties to which citizens are bound imply the State’s recognition of their rights.

We are all called to assess the current situation in a way consistent with the teaching of the Gospel. This means taking a stand: either with Christ or against Christ. Let us not be intimidated or frightened by those who would have us believe that we are a minority: Good is much more widespread and powerful than the world would have us believe. We are fighting against an invisible enemy that seeks to divide citizens, to separate children from their parents, grandchildren from their grandparents, the faithful from their pastors, students from teachers, and customers from vendors. Let us not allow centuries of Christian civilization to be erased under the pretext of a virus, and an odious technological tyranny to be established, in which nameless and faceless people can decide the fate of the world by confining us to a virtual reality. If this is the plan to which the powers of this earth intend to make us yield, know that Jesus Christ, King and Lord of History, has promised that “the gates of Hell shall not prevail” (Mt 16:18).

Let us entrust government leaders and all those who rule over the fate of nations to Almighty God, that He may enlighten and guide them in this time of great crisis. May they remember that, just as the Lord will judge us Pastors for the flock which he has entrusted to us, so will He also judge government leaders for the peoples whom they have the duty to defend and govern.

With faith, let us beseech the Lord to protect the Church and the world. May the Blessed Virgin, Help of Christians, crush the head of the ancient Serpent and defeat the plans of the children of darkness.

06.03.2020 - 20:59 [ theHill.com ]

Democrats should be really, really afraid of a contested nominating convention

Contested Democratic conventions in the past led to catastrophe. In 1860, the Democratic convention broke up over the issue of slavery and in the end two Democratic candidates, one from the south, the other from the north, ran for president.

07.02.2020 - 15:19 [ Nachrichtenagentur Radio Utopie ]

Regarding the US presidential election in 2020: We are done with democracy simulations

After the Iowa fraud and Bernie Sanders‘ Al Gore style capitulation (no recount / „recalculation“ of an in broad daylight rigged caucus) and the deafening silence of each and every progressive lawmaker, even from the Squad, we do not support any candidate in this election and furthermore question its authenticity and legitimacy. From this day on, we will rarely post any news to this election-without-a-choice.

We would like to ask you: would the Trumpolini in the White House watch, just for even a few hours, the Republican Party doing this to his campaign? The progressives in the Democratic Party let this happen for days and kept their head down. And Millions of good-willing, hard working people on the ground were let down and deceived, again.

We’re not going along with this dirty game, which can be played again and again and again on people who tolerate it once without resistance.

Notably, we have calculated with this development years ago and described a possibility how Bernie Sanders could have become US president (article in German). Let that sink in, just for a minute or two.

Since decades, only (far) right-wingers, warmongers and egoists have real candidates and political parties.

So, „vote“ yourself.

25.01.2020 - 17:42 [ Caitlin Johnstone ]

Lucid Living

Beneath all our evolutionary conditioning, beneath all our cultural mind viruses and power-serving, power-promulgated belief systems, beneath the chaos and confusion of life in an insane society, there is a deep stillness.

We all know deep down in our guts that that stillness is there, and that it is our natural condition. That’s why we all spend our lives trying out different strategies for coming to inner tranquility. Most of those strategies are unhealthy and doomed to fail, but that inner stillness at the root of our being is what we’re always reaching to experience.

25.01.2020 - 13:38 [ Bernie Sanders, candidate for President / Twitter ]

I can’t be in Iowa tonight. But @iPhilSomething just showed Iowa City the power of fighting for someone you don’t know.

24.01.2020 - 05:18 [ Bernie Sanders, candidate for President / Twitter ]

This campaign is not just about me. It is about building a movement of human solidarity and saying that when one of us hurts, all of us hurt.

20.01.2020 - 06:45 [ Bernie Sanders, candidate for President / Twitter ]

It’s time to end austerity for working families and put a little austerity on the billionaire class.

07.01.2020 - 09:05 [ UN.org ]

UN cultural agency chief meets with Iran ambassador amid current tensions

UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay and Iranian Ambassador to the UN agency, Ahmad Jalali, met in Paris against a background of mounting threats between his country and the United States.

07.01.2020 - 06:03 [ International Committee of the Red Cross ]

Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict. The Hague, 14 May 1954.

Recognizing that cultural property has suffered grave damage during recent armed conflicts and that, by reason of the developments in the technique of warfare, it is in increasing danger of destruction;
Being convinced that damage to cultural property belonging to any people whatsoever means damage to the cultural heritage of all mankind, since each people makes its contribution to the culture of the world;
Considering that the preservation of the cultural heritage is of great importance for all peoples of the world and that it is important that this heritage should receive international protection;
Guided by the principles concerning the protection of cultural property during armed conflict, as established in the Conventions of The Hague of 1899 and of 1907 and in the Washington Pact of 15 April 1935;
Being of the opinion that such protection cannot be effective unless both national and international measures have been taken to organize it in time of peace;
Being determined to take all possible steps to protect cultural property;
Have agreed upon the following provisions:

29.12.2019 - 15:17 [ Caitlin Johnstone ]

Why Everything Is Fucked

The most powerful early humans were the cleverest humans, the ones who understood how to use this new capacity for language and abstract thought to their own advantage. They realized that by simply saying something is true in a sufficiently confident way, they could persuade the less clever humans to treat it as true.

Those clever humans used this newfound ability to place themselves in charge, and to make a bunch of rules to be passed down from generation to generation proclaiming that the less powerful humans must submit to the more powerful humans. Over the generations these rules became more and more numerous and complex, weaving in moralism, codes of filial piety, and insane, power-serving religions glorifying meekness, obedience and poverty.

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But then, I believe in miracles.

22.12.2019 - 19:41 [ Haaretz ]

Israeli Patriots and Justice Seekers Should Look to the Hague With Hope

Israel has done everything to reach The Hague. That’s what happens when the prosecution is a cemetery for war crimes, the High Court whitewashes them and the media hides them and covers for them. That’s the way it is when international law is disparaged for decades. There’s probably no other country that thumbs its nose at international law this way and pays no price for it. Perhaps now the moment of truth is approaching, the moment of penalty. It will be very good for Israel. It might clean out its stables, stained with blood and stolen land. Every Israeli patriot and seeker of justice should now look to The Hague with hope.

10.12.2019 - 21:04 [ CommonDreams.org ]

‚Thank You For Rescuing Me‘: Watch Once-Suicidal Veteran Offer Sanders His Flight Jacket During Heartfelt Exchange

Naval Air Force veteran John Weigel, who considered suicide because of $139,000 in medical debt, offered Sen. Bernie Sanders his brown leather flight jacket on Monday to thank the Democratic presidential candidate for his help regaining health insurance and raising funds to cover medical bills.

„Thank you for rescuing me,“ Weigel, a 58-year-old who lives with Huntington’s disease, told Sanders (I-Vt.) at a campaign rally in Carson City, Nevada.

10.12.2019 - 21:00 [ Bernie Sanders, candidate for President / Twitter ]

When I met John, a veteran, a few months ago, he had $139,000 in medical debt. Thankfully today he is doing much better. We must eliminate all medical debt—and when our veterans come home, they must receive the best quality health care this country can provide them.

10.12.2019 - 20:06 [ Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party / Twitter ]

We will ensure children can learn musical instruments, drama, dance, and visit theatres, galleries and museums. Because those things are part of what makes us human and what brings us joy.

04.12.2019 - 16:21 [ MIT Technology Review ]

China’s CRISPR babies: Read exclusive excerpts from the unseen original research

He Jiankui’s manuscript shows how he ignored ethical and scientific norms in creating the gene-edited twins Lulu and Nana.

04.12.2019 - 16:16 [ South China Morning Post ]

Gene-edited babies: Chinese scientist He Jiankui ‘may have created unintended mutations’

Despite biophysicist’s claims, team failed to reproduce changes to make twin girls HIV immune, excerpts from manuscript show
Birth of gene-edited babies Lula and Nana sent shock waves through scientific world in 2018

17.09.2019 - 11:45 [ Radio Utopie / Facebook ]

You are an Arab-Israeli? (hint: Barack Obama ist not an African. He is an Afro-American) You are thinking about not to vote today? Take this sad song and make it better. GO OUT NOW AND BOOT NETANYAHU! (share this video / thanks: Tamer Nafar)

21.06.2019 - 17:10 [ Bernie Sanders, candidate for President / Twitter0 ]

A war with Iran would be a disaster and lead to endless conflict in the region. Congress must assert its constitutional authority and stop Trump from going to war.

13.06.2019 - 16:46 [ Shoshana Zuboff / Netzpolitik.org ]

Im Zeitalter des Überwachungskapitalismus

Wie eine invasive Spezies ohne natürliche Feinde bemächtigte er sich kraft seiner finanziellen Tüchtigkeit der vernetzten Sphäre und entstellte damit den Traum von der digitalen Technologie als befähigende, emanzipatorische Kraft aufs Entsetzlichste.

28.05.2019 - 17:45 [ Haaretz ]

The Tiny Team That Tells Israeli Leaders What the Future Is Likely to Bring

The unit’s horizon-scanning involves systematically monitoring huge numbers of information sources and indicators to identify patterns and so-called weak signals of coming disruptions that could have an important, even transformative, impact on the world in the decades ahead.

It means looking for trends that haven’t yet become fully observable, or at least haven’t attracted much attention.

22.04.2019 - 16:02 [ CNN ]

A bill in Washington state would allow the composting of human remains

The average burial, KIRO said, can cost between $8,000 and $25,000. Cremation can top $6,000. Spade said she hopes to charge about $5,500 for human composting.
One supporter for human composting, Leslie Christian, told KIRO it’s an attractive from an environmental perspective. She said she told her brother, who reportedly said, „Oh great, you can plant tomatoes in me.“

16.04.2019 - 15:54 [ Sam Harris / Twitter ]

The Palace of Westminster is a world heritage site and water literally poured through the roof of the Commons the other week. Buildings like this & Notre Dame are part of our human story – we have a duty to save them.

07.04.2019 - 18:50 [ CNN ]

Obama worries about progressives‘ ‚rigidity‘ leading to ‚circular firing squad‘ among Democratic Party

„One of the things I do worry about sometimes among progressives in the United States, maybe it’s true here as well, is a certain kind of rigidity where we say, ‚Uh, I’m sorry, this is how it’s going to be,‘ and then we start sometimes creating what’s called a ‚circular firing squad,‘ where you start shooting at your allies because one of them is straying from purity on the issues,“ Obama said a town hall in Berlin, Germany, hosted by the Obama Foundation.

07.04.2019 - 18:49 [ The Young Turks / Youtube ]

Obama Goes After Progressives Again!

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07.04.2019 - 18:47 [ Obama Foundation / Youtube ]

Obama Foundation Town Hall Europe

The Obama Foundation hosted a town hall in Berlin, Germany with President Barack Obama and hundreds of emerging leaders from across Europe. The town hall continued the conversation about the importance of community leadership and civic engagement — and how the Obama Foundation can support emerging leaders in their efforts.

22.02.2019 - 14:01 [ New York Times ]

China Uses DNA to Track Its People, With the Help of American Expertise

Chinese government researchers contributed the data of 2,143 Uighurs to the Allele Frequency Database, an online search platform run by Dr. Kidd that was partly funded by the United States Department of Justice until last year. The database, known as Alfred, contains DNA data from more than 700 populations around the world.

27.01.2019 - 11:51 [ Sydney Morning Herald ]

One giant blunder for mankind: how NASA lost moon pictures

(5. August 2005) THE heart-stopping moments when Neil Armstrong took his first tentative steps onto another world are defining images of the 20th century: grainy, fuzzy, unforgettable.

But just 37 years after Apollo 11, it is feared the magnetic tapes that recorded the first moon walk – beamed to the world via three tracking stations, including Parkes’s famous „Dish“ – have gone missing at NASA’s Goddard Space Centre in Maryland.

A desperate search has begun amid concerns the tapes will disintegrate to dust before they can be found.

24.01.2019 - 06:13 [ World Bank ]

President Kim to Parliamentarians: Human Capital is a “No-Regrets Investment”

(9.10.2018) “Technology is going to bring about many changes, and for that we need to be prepared, and human capital is the key,” stated Madame Lagarde, adding that these technological changes would have a particular effect on women and girls, who “are more exposed to transformation of their jobs than men.”

President Kim pushed parliamentarians to act fast, warning that, “if countries don’t make these critical investments with a fierce urgency, they will be left behind.