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UK: Government planning to become Peeping Tom

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According to UK daily newspaper “The Sun” the UK Home office is currently planning to put x-ray like devices that could snap “naked” pictures of passers-by into lampposts or otherwise cover public space. While the idea here – as usual – is to trap terror suspects and identify people carrying weapons or explosives, it is unclear how controls or accountability for the use of such systems can be implemented. Officials claim one solution would be to allow only women to monitor female subjects. How this can be done on a public square sounds rather optimistic to us. People living in the UK are today already on average captured 300 times per day by more than 4 million surveillance cameras…

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Germany: Rent a Demonstrator for your Political Protest

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If your shouting days are through – Fred Kasulzke shouts for you! That’s how German/French songwriter and singer “Reinhard Mey” was singing in the 70s about the business idea of renting people for demonstrations and riots. Seemingly these days “claqueurs” are getting popular again in Germany particularly with the bureaucrats and stakeholders in the state backed German health system…

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UK: (Small) Tornado hits North London

While there are about 50 small Tornadoes reported on land in the UK each year – the most of all countries in Europe – this one due to the damages created is quite unusual. Within less then a minute that the tornado lasted it severely damaged more then 100 houses and injured a series of [...]

Guerilla Advertising: Vote before crossing the street

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As seen in London at some pedestrian crossings…

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Russia: Activities of more then 90 NGOs suspended

Yesterday Russia has suspended the activities of more the 90 foreign non government organizations (NGOs) including Amnesty International, Doctors Without Borders and Human Rights Watch, saying they failed new registration requirements recently introduced with a controversial law. The law that was signed by President Putin earlier this year allows authorities to ban financing of specific [...]

Yes Minister: EC Vice-President speaks up against administration

Many of us do know it and all of the EC commissioners know it. But until yesterday no high ranking official has ever publicly admitted it. In an interview (in German) with German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Guenter Verheugen, Vice-President of the European Commission said that, over the years, the power of high ranking civil servants [...]