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So, that’s probably. Today we die

The counter-piece to Michael Moores ownership "Bowling for Columbine" – In Gus van Sants "Elephant" The massacre seems to be as everyday as the gossip in the school canteen in front of it

They come from the heart of society: Burgerally socialized Mittelstandskids, who suddenly have a rake in their hands and their co-schoolers and teachers in the dozen. The School Massaker of Littleton Stand Pate for Gus van Sants New, Master Film "Elephant". The low-budget work, which won the two main prizes in the Cannes Film Festival, is making the unemployable such deeds on the subject – a film about orientation and the opposite piece to Michael Moores ownership "Bowling for Columbine", who knows only answers, no questions.

"The sun was to blame!" – at this central sentence from Albert Camus’ "The stranger" Feels at some point: In the very first attitude of this movie you can see a blue sky, with a few dun clouds. Easily bleached colors. Blurred, nevertheless accurate pictures that adores a little dreamer and at the same time curious, and remain reminiscent of fashion photographs. Change of perspective, shfring, from above and then from below you can see views of the seemingly peaceful, well-ordered landscape of American suburbs. Father and son. A car drive snake lines, meets a hair a cyclist, strips other cars. "Dad, I am driving. Get out of the car." A son drive his hard alcoholic father home. Another teenager delights his way through photo recordings on the school campus: "I work on a series of random products." he does not pay. A Fruhe morning in America.

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Are german officers involved in targeted killings in afghanistan??

Bundeswehr disputes New York Times account that liaison officer was leading "does not perform any tasks related to the targeting process"

Last Friday, we reported on the New York Times story that Swedish and German officers had been – and may continue to be – directly involved in the kill missions of suspected insurgents in Afghanistan, conducted mostly with armed drones (German officers reportedly directly involved in U.S. kill missions in Afghanistan).

The newspaper reported it received the information from two government employees, who remain anonymous, who had knowledge of the "Targeting"-Programm haben. Die deutsche Regierung und die Bundeswehr haben bislang abgestritten, dass Deutsche aktiv an dem Programm der gezielten Totungen von mutmablichen Aufstandischen beteiligt waren. It had also become known that not only alleged "hohere" Insurgents, but also normal fighters as well as people who are said to have been involved in drug trafficking, were released for killing.

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Impressions from hanover

Expo, what is that?

Also in "Bernd’s standing and ice cream cafe" war am Donnerstag der Teufel los. For the opening of the store, beer was served for a mark, a barbecue was held in front of the door of the former laundry in Hanover’s Friesenstrabe – and in the late evening, Bernd was sitting in his kiosk, finished with the world and truly dog-eyed. But from the bottom of his heart he was still really happy that his newly opened stand-up cafe had got off to such a picture-perfect start.

Now, four days later, the euphoria is already gone. Bernd does what he has been doing for months: he sells cigarettes, beer and gum bars in his kiosk and has a saying for every customer: "Can’t you even write in the newspaper that there will soon be Internet at my place?!" "Sure, no problem, but there’s a discount!" "Do you want to drive me to ruin…"

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Hunch – the decision tree as a social object

Hunch - the decision tree as a social object

The success of Web 2.0-Sites depends on the amount and benefits of the content that creates and accessible the user community: More use leads to more usefulate leads to more users / potential customers

To complete the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco represented Jyri Engestrom, Co-Ground of the Twitter-Similar Webservice Jaiku, in his lecture a crisp theory: The successful are exactly that Web 2.0 companies that not only create a social network, but the this network "social object" To create the users who make, share, act, reward, comment can. The social object of eBay is the auction with its sales assessments; The social object at Wikipedia is the lexicon page with its talk Page; The social object of Flickr is the photo with its comments.

ENGENTROM thinks, for example, that Linkedin Fruher had no social object; As a pure social network, it was initially relatively fast a coarse number of users, many of which soon arose again, because without objects no long-term bonds between them emerged. Some time ago, they apparently defined the job as their social object; the service, so close flow, pulls again more users again. In other words, Engestrom’s concept of "social object" Just seems to me fairly very.

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Two in one strike

Has President Bush now finished off his other opponent, Howard Dean??

What does the arrest of "Tigers of Tikrit" for the Iraqis? What does it mean for the Americans and for the next presidential election??

Newsweek has pulled the cover story it had planned for today, an article on Democratic presidential hopeful Howard Dean, in order to go with Saddam and the headline "We Got Him" open. With the elimination of Bush’s favorite enemy, Dean must also bury his hopes for another title, that of President of the United States? Two polls conducted independently yesterday after the announcement of Saddam’s capture sounded out the mood in the U.S. – and came up with quite different results.

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Holocaust of animals?

The controversial campaign of the animal rights organization PeTA should cause a stir in Germany this fall

Holocaust of animals?

Harald Ullmann, the German vice-president of the animal rights organization "People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals" (PeTA), has no problem with clear statements. "Whoever eats a schnitzel or a rabbit," says Ullmann in an interview with Telepolis, "must know that he is participating in the Holocaust of animals." And because this is the way it is, the local section of the Association of the German.The German Army, which is the largest animal rights organization in the world, decided without further ado to import a campaign by its American colleagues, which is still making waves in the United States.

Both on the Internet and as part of a traveling exhibition, the images of Holocaust victims are shown there alongside emaciated cows, caged chickens and slaughtered pigs (The Holocaust on your Plate). Who did not understand the message of the slideshow, gets further clarification through selected quotes of famous intellectual giants. Theodor W. Adorno is on, for example, with the sentence "Auschwitz begins wherever someone looks at a slaughterhouse and thinks: they’re only animals" immortalized, and by Nobel Prize winner Isaac B. Singer, you will find the who’s who words that have been thoroughly thought through: "In relation to [animals], all people are Nazis; for [them] it is an eternal Treblinka." Ullmann is firmly convinced that this campaign is also suitable for other countries and, with a little good will, will be understood correctly:

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Censorship or electronic muzzle?

Telecom subsidiary OTE demands network blocking: Take Indymedia off the net!

The grassroots journalistic media platform Indymedia Athens has come under the spotlight of Greek politics. There is a threat of shutdown and a network blockage.

Especially during December, Indymedia served as a source of information about the Athens riots, but was also used as a coordination center. Indymedia, as an international network, serves, among others, left- or right-wing extremist contemporaries as a platform for their publications, and because of this has already been the target of attacks by conservative politicians in many countries (update: for right-wing populist Schill, even the RAF is still active on Indymedia). Current reports athens.indymedia about police actions and assaults during the "Cleanup" against illegal immigrants. Critics of the crackdown on immigrants organize themselves on Indymedia.

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Back to the university

The Berlin-based online service is focusing on students and has won praise from the German government

Internet companies are increasingly penetrating areas that were previously under state control. Among the most sought-after institutions are undoubtedly the universities. Not only do they promise lucrative investment opportunities, the young target group is also almost united within the walls of the learning factories. Online companies rely primarily on the cooperation of public and private partners.

Just in time for the start of the winter semester, another service is entering the market, and on an equally international level. The university network E-Loft provides its services simultaneously from Berlin, Paris, Rome, Milan and Madrid. According to the company, the target group is "Students between the ages of 17 and 27". The concept is not new, but the application is: similar to the New York city magazine village voice, E-Loft tries to stand out from the sea of similar service providers with service and information. Admittedly, the chances are not bad, as such Internet startups are also in vogue with the German government.

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Doubts about the extent of the “global downturn”

Doubts about the'global downturn'

Graphic: NOAA

The continuing rise in CO2 levels measured at Mauna Loa contradicts the economic

There is now widespread agreement that the current economic crisis is the most severe slump since the "Great Depression" of the 1930s. Thus, the U.S. octogenarians Barry Eichengreen and Kevin H. O’Rourke (hereafter referred to as "ER" for short) on the 6. June put online a comprehensive global comparison of macro-economic data, according to which the current slump in global industrial production has so far been as severe as it was during the first phase of the "Great Depression.

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Censorship or only moderated?

The Polish head of government in a chat

With "Good day, I introduce myself – Jerzy Buzek :-)" today the head of the Polish government Jerzy Buzek started a virtual meeting with up to 400, mostly very young Internet users on the portal Wirtualna Polska. The chat was intended primarily for schoolchildren, but the prime minister treated all participants, both children and adults, equally. That means: like little children. Telepolis was of course present.

The first participant already chased Buzek into a corner by asking him why the chat had to end at 12 p.m.00 o’clock, when most schoolchildren have classes. "So I find you in the school, which is a natural place for such meetings", Buzek answered – and already several chatters had to laugh, because they know very well that the Internet is not so natural in Polish schools.

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