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Gauck: We share blame for Armenian 'genocide'

24 April 2015 - 05:03 AM

The Local said:

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Both President Joachim Gauck and Bundestag (German parliament) president Norbert Lammert condemned the massacre of 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman forces a century ago as a "genocide", the first time Germany has officially used the term.

Gauck's speech at an event commemorating the centenary marked the first time that Berlin has officially used the word "genocide" to describe the killings in Armenia, and an unusually strong acknowledgement of the then German Empire's role. "In this case we Germans must come to terms with the past regarding our shared responsibility, possibly shared guilt, for the genocide against the Armenians," he said at the ecumenical service in Berlin.


Gauck said that the German empire, then allied with the Ottomans, deployed soldiers who took part in "planning and, in part, carrying out the deportations". German diplomats and observers who reported back to Berlin the atrocities they witnessed were "ignored" for fear of jeopardising relations with the Ottomans, he said.

[...] [T]he Nazis even banned an Austrian novel about the mass murders but that the book was read in Jewish ghettos in the 1930s "as a harbinger of what was to come for the Jews".
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I need some help building my new PC

21 April 2015 - 05:52 AM

So, it’s that time again for me. If you’re wondering why I am not just upgrading my previous rig, that’s because I found someone whom I can sell it to for a reasonable price. As usual, I plan on buying the stuff here and my budget this time around is ca. $555 (520€).

AMD FX-6300, 6 cores @ 3.5GHz
MSI 970A-G43
4GB Kingston ValueRAM PC3-10667U CL9 (I’ve already got a second one of those so I’ll have 8GB in total)
Graphics card:
Gigabyte Radeon R9 280 OC WindForce 3X, 3GB GDDR5
Power supply:
Corsair CX Series Modular CX500M, 500W
Aerocool V3X Advance Black Edition Midi-Tower

Is this okay? Is everything compatible? Are there better options for any of the parts? I primarily relied on this article for this first build.


Migrants’ bodies brought ashore as EU proposes doubling rescue effort

21 April 2015 - 05:32 AM

Reuters said:

The European Union proposed doubling the size of its Mediterranean search and rescue operations on Monday, as the first bodies were brought ashore of as many as 900 people feared killed in the deadliest known shipwreck of migrants trying to reach Europe.

Three other rescue operations were underway on Monday to save hundreds more migrants in peril on overloaded vessels making the journey from the north coast of Africa to Europe. Italian prosecutors also announced they had arrested 24 suspected migrant traffickers although it was not clear whether they had any connection with the latest disaster.

The mass deaths have caused shock in Europe, where a decision to scale back naval operations last year seems to have increased the risks for migrants without reducing their numbers.

"The situation in the Mediterranean is dramatic. It cannot continue like this," said European Council President Donald Tusk, calling an extraordinary summit of EU leaders for Thursday to plan how to stop human traffickers and boost rescue efforts.
(full article)

The dead can thank those utter cunts in Brussels for that :| This “doubling” means fuck all, by the way, since the previous monthly budget was nine million which, during said scaling back, they cut down to three million and would now only increase to six million. Keep in mind that these costs are borne by all member countries so it’s really a ridiculously small amount to pay. Not that they even put that little up willingly. Those nine million were only granted after a similar maritime disaster in which over 300 people drowned.

Sooooo in summary, I guess human rights are only for Europeans and we can expect this measly increase in funding to be “scaled back” again in two years’ time, leaving private shipping companies to do this awful job on the side once more.

FBI admits flaws in hair analysis over decades

21 April 2015 - 05:05 AM

Am I blind or is there really no thread for this yet?

The Washington Post said:

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The Justice Department and FBI have formally acknowledged that nearly every examiner in an elite FBI forensic unit gave flawed testimony in almost all trials in which they offered evidence against criminal defendants over more than a two-decade period before 2000.

Of 28 examiners with the FBI Laboratory’s microscopic hair comparison unit, 26 overstated forensic matches in ways that favored prosecutors in more than 95 percent of the 268 trials reviewed so far, according to the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) and the Innocence Project, which are assisting the government with the country’s largest post-conviction review of questioned forensic evidence.

The cases include those of 32 defendants sentenced to death. Of those, 14 have been executed or died in prison, the groups said under an agreement with the government to release results after the review of the first 200 convictions.
(full article)

Cliff notes in image form. This is crazy.

Nobel-winning author Günter Grass dies

14 April 2015 - 04:43 AM

The Local said:

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Germany's Nobel laureate Günter Grass, widely regarded as the country's most famous writer, died on Monday at the age of 87, his publishing company said.

Grass, whose works include "The Tin Drum" and "Cat and Mouse", died in a hospital in the northern city of Lübeck, the Steidl publishing house said on Twitter. Best known for his distinctive style of magic realism, Grass' most famous novel "The Tin Drum" was adapted into an Oscar-winning film by Völker Schlöndorf in 1979.

A prolific writer of novels, poems and plays over a period of decades, Grass constantly called Germany's past into question, and eventually received the Nobel Prize for Literature in the twilight of his career in 1999.


Salman Rushdie, no stranger to controversy himself, tweeted a heartfelt tribute:

Salman Rushdie said:

This is very sad. A true giant, inspiration, and friend. Drum for him, little Oskar. https://t.co/5b4Y7fTtin
— Salman Rushdie (@SalmanRushdie) 13. April 2015

"The Tin Drum" breathed new life into Germany's difficult recent history. Grass' masterpiece is founded on the retelling of the events of the Nazi period, the invasion of Poland, and post-war Germany through the skewed lens of unreliable narrator Oskar Mazerath.

Oskar, who tells the story from a mental institution, decides at the age of three to stop growing, and goes on to live through his surreal, magical version of German history from the 30s to the 50s, all the while playing his beloved tin drum.

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