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Building Europeans: The Free Interrail Ticket

Free Interrail

What is the Idea of a European Union in the life of young Europeans growing up? How can the EU make European Union a tangible experience?

The answer to that, according to Vincent Herr and Martin Speer, is as simple as it is awesome – every young European Citizen shall, on their 18th birthday, receive a free InterRail ticket. The ticket would allow unlimited rail travel in and between the 30 participating countries for a month, allowing young Europeans to experience their country hands-on.

But nothing in Europe is ever simple:

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NYT Podcast: The Daily

The Daily, a podcast by the NYT
Tumblr of the day is a pretty good podcast: The Daily by the NYT is commute length and gives a good and unexcited overview about what happened in the US while you slept.

The Podcast is available from the NYT website, or via the usual subscription mechanism provided by your podcast app (I am using Pocket Casts)

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‘Illegal’ Airbnb landlord hit with €300.000 fine

Amsterdam, like Berlin, has a housing problem.

At the same time, for many owners it is more lucrative to rent out an appartment to short time renters via Airbnb than to enter a long term contract with a proper resident.

The Amsterdam City Council now has hit eleven flats, all owned by the same person, with a fine of €13.500 for appartment, calling them ‘the prototype of an illegal hotel’. The owner is contesting the fine.

(via DutchNews and Het Parool)

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Google vs. your data

Hooray, EU data protection authorities confirm compliance of Google Cloud commitments for international data flows! exclaims Google.

But on the other hand, Google ordered to hand over foreign emails to FBI, unlike Microsoft.

With legal instabilities and conflicting signals like these, are you running your crap in a public cloud owned and operated by a US company?

You probably should, it’s still better infra than you could create yourself. But the legal nonframework around it – it is not helping at all.

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There will be war: Understanding Bannonism

Quartz dissects Bannon, and what that means for the future. It does not look good.

It is, in his view, one of a repeated cycle of crises that occurs periodically, each of which inevitably culminates in war and conflict on a grand scale.

“This is the fourth great crisis in American history,” he says in the speech to the LRF. “We had the revolution, we had the Civil War, we had the Great Depression and World War II. This is the great Fourth Turning in American history.”

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“This may be a little more militant than others…I believe you should take a very, very, very aggressive stance against radical Islam…. See what’s happening, and you will see we’re in a war of immense proportions.”

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Mercy instead of The Law

Neulandrebellen with Frauke voll der Gnade (german language article) explains the difference between the subject (of the crown) and a citzen: Where the subject has to plead for mercy by throwing themselves at the feet of their ruler, the citzen has rights, and the law, speaking to the state as an equal. The article then goes on to show how an important part of the neoliberal agenda in “pushing back the state” is also pushing back human rights, reducing having them to an act of mercy.

Starting point for the line of reasing was AfD’s Frauke Petry, who was trying to re-frame the german constitutionally grounded right for Asylum (and because it’s a right you can sue for it) into an act of mercy. But while this is a starting point, the article goes on to paint this as part of a larger picture, and a systematic agenta. “Less state” also – and always – means less rights, and hence more dependency on Mercy. For everybody, not just refugees.

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Trump Dump

A linkdump.

 

 

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