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Civil-Rights: (Official) Censorship is coming back to Europe

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Today the German Parliament will vote on a new Censorship law to be put in place to block web content as decided by the German administration. Based on black listing web sites and blocking those at ISP level via DNS and the displaying of so-called Stop pages the planned law was originally been handed around and legislators were seeking public approval by false-flagging it as a solely preventive measure against child abuse / pornography.

While almost all experts heard on this matter (fighting such illegal material and use) have clearly demonstrated that the censoring of access is no way forward towards stopping such activities particularly as many of the web servers in question were even physically located in Germany and other means (take-down notice to providers) proofed that within shortest notice (often less than a day) the material was taken off the net, it became more and more clear that the German Government is seemingly following a completely different agenda. The latest text of the law not even contains a reference anymore to the previously so broadly used argument of fighting child abuse but provides the general right to block any Internet content as…

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The 2007 Mafia Inc. Balance Sheet

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It looks like it was another very good year for Mafia Inc. in Italy.

With corruption and bribery on the rise almost everywhere the Neo-Liberals got a foot in the door and with the worldwide financial crisis 2008 might turn out to become even better.

With the Neo-Liberal deregulations and the loss of business ethics, new business practices that were just a few years ago considered as criminal and prosecuted as such together with the vacuum created by the loss of values, no wonder bribery and corruption is on the rise, and everybody seems to be doing it not necessarily because they want so, but because they are forced to.

Single persons to get a favor or place someone on an important position, companies to get contracts, and governments on a really, really big scale. And who would be surprised that at the same time these governments have…

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Humor: Al Murray vs. Americans

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In an effort to provide the new U.S. administration with a first hand experience on how your European Allies really tick, here’s a 6 minute cut of British comedian Al Murray talking about Americans.

Al Murray at his finest.

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Germany: Bank Robbers ante portas

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There was a lot of hectic movement with governments around the world the last weeks to confine the disasters from betting / wild casino speculation within financial institutions. Approaches and road maps laid out (if any) are pointing to different directions even in the key G7 developed countries.

The U.S. – for example – first wanted to give absolute powers to the executive branch and the government – a move widely criticized and changed by the U.S. Congress in the debates following the first bailout plan.

France and the UK have taken another road and bailing out their banks by providing funds only against a collateral – meaning they are de-facto nationalizes key players in their finance industries. France even went a step further with President Sarkozy calling for the creation of national industry funds to stop the fire sales of key industrial players to overseas investors – an interesting step that found much applause with the European Parliament. If you think that further it…

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Movies: Berlin Calling

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Hannes Stoehr’s latest movie “Berlin Calling” tells the story of electronic music composer Martin aka DJ Icarus, who tours the clubs together with his manager and girlfriend Mathilde. Just before the release of his biggest album, one of Martin’s gigs ends in a mental hospital, and from there on his whole life is upside-down.

Martin is played by famous German DJ Paul Kalkbrenner and Berlin’s techno-scene provides the set for the movie…

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Germany: How to burn 300 Million of Taxpayer’s money in a second

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I guess everybody in the banking world around the globe has heard about the Lehman bankruptcy latest this Monday morning, everybody besides Germany’s largest government owned bank – KfW.

In an attempt to win the Darwin award for banks or by taking the name of the bank to literally (KfW – translated: Bank for Reconstruction), they transferred 300 Million Euros to already bankrupt Lehman during Monday. At the same time their government colleagues were closing the German Lehman subsidiary…

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