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Insta Knecht —  6. Juni 2014 — Leave a comment

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Italy includes cocaine, prostitution and black market alcohol in GDP figures (The Independent):

The Italian government has announced it will include revenues from prostitution and illegal drug sales to its gross domestic product (GDP) figures.

The change in methodology complies with new EU rules requiring member states to record the value of all activities that produce income, including the “production and consumption of drugs”, prostitution and black market alcohol and cigarette sales.

The move could boost the country’s finances by as much as 2 per cent, according to the European statistics office, Eurostat, and help Prime Minister Matteo Renzi tackle the country’s deficit.

Looks like the economic recovery of Italy is really going well so far.

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Jun 5

I don’t always wax, but when I do, I prefer the ‘European Wax Center’



Supreme Court refuses to take reporter’s case on revealing confidential source (Washington Post):

(…) The court without comment turned down requests from reporter James Risen and a host of media groups to overturn a lower court order and find that reporters are protected by the Constitution from testifying about their sources. (…)

A district judge had said Risen did not have to testify. But a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in Richmond disagreed in a 2 to 1 decision. The majority said that under Supreme Court precedent, the First Amendment does not protect reporters from revealing who supplied them with unauthorized leaks. (…)

(Picture CC by Mike Licht)

Jun 4

Looks legit



Jun 3

The Macbook Air has made traveling so much easier




Snowden unlikely to ‘man up’ in face of Espionage Act, legal adviser says

In a television appearance on Wednesday morning, Kerry said that if Snowden were a “patriot”, he would return to the United States from Russia to face criminal charges. Snowden was charged last June with three felonies under the 1917 Espionage Act. “This is a man who has betrayed his country,” Kerry told CBS News. “He should man up and come back to the US.”


“The laws under which Snowden is charged don’t distinguish between sharing information with the press in the public interest, and selling secrets to a foreign enemy,” Wizner said. “The laws would not provide him any opportunity to say that the information never should have been withheld from the public in the first place. And the fact that the disclosures have led to the highest journalism rewards, have led to historic reforms in the US and around the world – all of that would be irrelevant in a prosecution under the espionage laws in the United States.”

(Picture CC from AK Rockefeller)

Sunday Links

Julian —  1. Juni 2014 — Leave a comment

Worst Case Szenarios – Schlechte Kunst: 40 Jahre Frauenstimmrecht in der Schweiz – Einige Plakate

Frauenstimmrecht: Nein – Heute steht in der NZZ, dass die Schweiz das Frauenwahlrecht nur 27 Jahre nach Frankreich 1944 eingeführt hat, zwar als eines der letzten Länder der Welt, aber im grösseren Zusammenhang immerhin ohne Weltkrieg und mit nur kurzer Verspätung. Kann man auch so sehen.

James Surowiecki: The Costs of Working Too Much : The New Yorker

For decades, junior bankers and Wall Street firms had an unspoken pact: in exchange for reasonably high-paying jobs and a shot at obscene wealth, young analysts agreed to work fifteen hours a day, and forgo anything resembling a normal life. But things may be changing. Last October, Goldman Sachs told its junior investment-banking analysts not to work on Saturdays, and it has said that all analysts, on average, should be working no more than seventy to seventy-five hours a week.

Have a great sunday,

“Train people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough so they don’t want to.”

Richard Branson

Richard Branson



Digitale Aufrüstung: BND will soziale Netzwerke in Echtzeit ausforschen (SpOn)

Der Bundesnachrichtendienst will sofort wissen, was getwittert und gepostet wird: Um soziale Netzwerke in Echtzeit ausforschen zu können, rüstet der Geheimdienst laut “Süddeutscher Zeitung” digital auf – und investiert dafür 300 Millionen Euro. (…)

(…) Dabei mache sich der BND auch Argumente des US-Geheimdienstes NSA zu eigen: Die Analyse von Metadaten sei ein weniger starker Eingriff in die Privatsphäre, weil man im Gegenzug auf das massenhafte Ausspähen von Inhalten zunächst verzichten könne. (…)

(…) Der deutsche Geheimdienst verwies laut “Süddeutscher Zeitung” im Gespräch mit Parlamentariern auch darauf, dass befreundete Nachrichtendienste aus dem Ausland methodisch deutlich weiter seien als der BND, insbesondere die NSA und der britische Geheimdienst GCHQWenn nicht bald strategisch digital aufgerüstet werde, drohe der Bundesnachrichtendienst hinter die italienischen und spanischen Geheimdienste zurückzufallen. (…)

Das darf natürlich nicht sein, dass wir von den Italienern oder gar den Spaniern (Gott bewahre) beim Überwachen unserer Bürger abgehängt werden. Ja wo kämen wir denn da hin?

(Bild CC von Frerk Meyer)