Cem Özdemir and Cannabis

Member of Parliament and current head of the Green Party Cem Özdemir wants to legalize Cannabis in Germany. To this end, he was seen participating in the Ice Bucket Challenge, demonstratively posing before a Cannabis plant (plant as in: a single flower, not a farm mind you!). Now, he’s about to face prosecution by the State because even the simple possession of Cannabis is already a criminal offense in that country.

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Robin Williams Dies at 63

Heartbreaking news: actor Robin Williams died at 63, probably after committing suicide. He suffered from a severe depression. Best remembered for his movies, including the incredible Good Morning, Vietnam, Robin was one of the most friendly and humble people I know. Robin was truly a mensch.

My personal favorite movie with Robin Williams is What Dreams May Come.

Robin, you’ll be missed. But at least, you don’t suffer anymore.

Unix v5 on PDP-11 using SimH

Have you ever wanted to run some ancient Unix on original hardware? Well, the hardware is hardly accessible nowadays, but fortunately, we have SimH, the simulator for historical computers.

In this post, we’ll briefly boot up Unix v5 on a PDP11 and see how it looks and feels like.

I’ve chosen a PDP11 on purpose, because that was the machine that Unix was written on.

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NSA Blinded by Too Much Light?

A lighted candle in the dark shines much brighter than at noon, in the bright sun.

Right now, the National Security Agency‘s internal division responsible for assuring the security of the NSA may very well be blinded by too much public exposure of the organization. The NSA’s immune system may be quite vulnerable at the moment and for many more months, and perhaps even years to come.

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Obama to Syria: Burn, Baby, Burn!

So, it’s official. Not even 12 years after 9/11, US President Barack H. Obama has decided to arm Al Qaeda so that it may destroy Syria, the last secular Arab country in the world! Well, not Al Qaeda directly, that would be too unpopular at home, but the Islamist terrorists, a.k.a. “rebels” or “activists” in western media, who can be considered as the political arm of the terrorist Al Nusra Front, Al Qaeda’s branch in Syria. How did this ridiculous mind boggling policy come to pass?

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Water is a Human Right

All Citizens of the EU,

the EU Commission is planning to privatize the water supply infrastructure, a move that will not only significantly raise the costs of water, but also turn water into a scarce commercial commodity.

Please support the petition against this short-sighted policy.

Thank you.

Update 2013-06-26. Good news at last: the petition was successful. EC Commissioner Michel Barnier has just backed down (PDF) form his plans to force privatization of the water sector across the EU.

Stupid German Money for Europe

Hollywood Studios coined the phrase “Stupid German Money” for the 80% or so of German taxpayers’ subsidies to the movie industry that went right into Hollywood’s pockets instead of going to local independent film studios that were the intended recipients. Even though they’ve finally closed this loophole a couple of years ago, Stupid German Money remains the best example of German politicians’ incompetence in financial matters.

Now history is about to repeat itself on a much, MUCH larger scale by Stupid German Money soon to be spent en masse on the ESM to automatically bail out French, Spanish, and Italian banks… on a regular basis, without any way for Germans to have a say in the matter whatsoever.

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