Kamergotchi, het ideale spel voor de betrokken kiezer. Hou je lijsttrekker zo lang mogelijk in leven door hem eten, aandacht of kennis te geven. Zoveel politieke invloed had je nog nooit!
In Germany, the Bundesrat has asked for a relaxation (article in German) of the new Drone regulations to better accomodate Model Plane Flying as a sport.
Meanwhile, in China, we get flying flame throwers. I want one:
It’s written “Alt-Right”, but it is pronounced “American Nazis”. Here’s a catalog of the Silicon Valley Geek variant of common misogynistic racist asshole.
In 2006, British author Peter York wrote a book, Dictator Chic, in which he identified all the design characteristics that autocrats’ homes have in common: gaudy gold-detailing, faux 18th-century French furniture, buildings of ludicrous scale and more. As York writes, President Donald Trump’s Manhattan penthouse would fit right in. Here’s a closer look at the aesthetic style of dictator’s past—the glass and the marble, the mirrors and the self-portraits—and how Trump’s own style compares.
From the HHOS-Dept: Actual Trump Quotes, 50ies sexist ads.
From the HHOS Dept: What were you wearing?
I know, it’s the BBC, yet still it kind of belongs into the Trump Dump category for reasons that will get clear further down this blog.
I am generally quite fond of /r/the_schulz, and how they are taking all the toxic memes and strategies of the American Nazi Movement and are turning them around to Make Europe Great Again, that is, putting some Emotions into the idea of the European Union.
And this here is seriously awesome.
On Backchannel she’s writing about the internal mechanisms of Gamergate-type personalities, and how their own insecurities make them aggressive, a very interesting read.
My first breakthrough came when I started studying bullying—when I started reading studies about why punitive approaches to meanness and cruelty backfire. It’s so easy to hate those who are hateful, and so hard to be empathetic to where they’re coming from. This made me double down on an ethnographic mindset that requires that you step away from your assumptions and try to understand the perspective of people who think and act differently than you do. I’m realizing more and more how desperately this perspective is needed as I watch researchers and advocates, politicians and everyday people judge others from their vantage point without taking a moment to understand why a particular logic might unfold.
The European Parliament has voted to end visa-free travel for Americans within the EU.
It comes after the US failed to agree visa-free travel for citizens of five EU countries – Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Poland and Romania – as part of a reciprocity agreement. US citizens can normally travel to all countries in the bloc without a visa.
The ban, if it comes, affects all Americas, not just Redneckistanis. Will it come? It depends:
Following the committee’s vote, the Commission must act to suspend the visa waiver for Americans, but the European Parliament or the Council of the European Union may object.