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A White Man Committed Europe’s Worst Terror Attack in the Past 10 Years. Don’t forget about the nativist far right

[..] The worst terror attack in the past 10 years in Europe occurred on July 22, 2011. That’s when far-right radical Anders Breivik bombed several government buildings and shot up a summer camp in Norway.
Gevolg: 83 doden en 340 gewonden.

14 januari 2015 in Linked List tagged


WhatsApp and iMessage could be banned under new surveillance plans

Andrew Griffin in The Independent:

David Cameron could block WhatsApp and Snapchat if he wins the next election, as part of his plans for new surveillance powers announced in the wake of the shootings in Paris. The Prime Minister said today that he would stop the use of methods of communication that cannot be read by the security services even if they have a warrant. But that could include popular chat and social apps that encrypt their data, such as WhatsApp.
Apple's iMessage and FaceTime also encrypt their data, and could fall under the ban along with other encrypted chat apps like Telegram

13 januari 2015 in Linked List tagged


Why Bitcoin is a Ponzi scheme. Gary North:

Bitcoins will go down in history as the most spectacular private Ponzi scheme in history. It will dwarf anything dreamed of by Bernard Madoff.

11 januari 2015 in Linked List tagged


Livin’ Thing: An Oral History of ‘Boogie Nights’


10 december 2014 in Linked List tagged


The Quiet German. The astonishing rise of Angela Merkel, the most powerful woman in the world.
De New Yorker over Angela Merkel.

The next year [1986], Merkel was granted permission to travel to Hamburg for a cousin’s wedding. After riding the miraculously comfortable trains through West Germany, she returned to East Berlin convinced that the socialist system was doomed. “She came back very impressed, but she came back,” Schindhelm said. “She stayed not out of loyalty to the state but because she had her network there, her family.” Merkel, in her early thirties, was looking forward to 2014—when she would turn sixty, collect her state pension, and be allowed to travel to California. [..]
On the anniversary of D Day, Germany’s leader was at the center of everything. As Kurbjuweit put it, “That was astonishing, to see all the winners of the Second World War, and to see the loser and the country which was responsible for all this—and she’s the leader, everyone wants to talk to her! That is very, very strange. And this is only possible, I think, because it’s Merkel—because she’s so nice and quiet.”

27 november 2014 in Linked List tagged


This Is What Power Looks Like
The new Republic over Ferguson (USA) en Bill Cosby:

The past few weeks have been a depressing lesson in how to get away with bad behavior.

26 november 2014 in Linked List tagged


Breng Amsterdam in beeld, een aantal door het Filmmuseum gerestaureerde oude films over Amsterdam.

30 oktober 2014 in Linked List tagged


Google will conquer the world. Via daring fireball


30 oktober 2014 in Linked List tagged


Nationale Pensioendialoog: handhaaf de omkeerregeling

Simpel gezegd, de premies voor, en het rendement van uw pensioen zijn onbelast tot u met pensioen gaat. Daarna zijn de uitkeringen weer wel belast.
En dan is er nog de belangrijkste reden om pas belasting te betalen als het geld er komt: wie langer leeft en daardoor meer krijgt uit het collectief, betaalt daarover ook meer belasting. Wie niets krijgt, omdat-ie niet ouder wordt dan 65 bijvoorbeeld, hoeft door de omkeerregel ook geen belasting te betalen over zijn aan het collectief betaalde pensioenpremie.

24 september 2014 in Linked List tagged


Apple Watch: Initial Thoughts and Observations
John Gruber over de Apple Watch:

In short, Apple is taking on the entire hundred-dollar-and-up watch industry at once, with a range of models and prices that span the gamut from $349 to $10,000 or more. They never even mentioned the word “smartwatch” last week, just “watch”, and never once even acknowledged any competition from the tech industry. (Nor does the word “smartwatch” appear anywhere on Apple’s website.) The only comparisons Apple is making are to the traditional watch industry, and their prices are going to reflect that, I believe.
When the prices of the steel and (especially) gold Apple Watches are announced, I expect the tech press to have the biggest collective shit-fit in the history of Apple-versus-the-standard-tech-industry shit-fits. The utilitarian mindset that asks “Why would anyone waste money on a gold watch?” isn’t going to be able to come to grips with what Apple is doing here. They’re going to say that Jony Ive and Tim Cook have lost their minds. They’re going to wear out their keyboards typing “This never would have happened if Steve Jobs were alive.” They’re going to predict utter and humiliating failure. In short, they’re going to mistake Apple for Vertu.
And then people will line up around the block at Apple Stores around the world to buy them. I think Apple Watch prices are going to be shockingly high — gasp-inducingly, get-me-to-the-fainting-couch high — from the perspective of the tech industry. But at the same time, there is room for them to be disruptively low from the perspective of the traditional watch and jewelry world. There’s a massive pricing umbrella in the luxury watch world, and Apple is aiming to take advantage of it.

17 september 2014 in Linked List tagged


‘Opstelten wordt te oud om minister te zijn’
Jeroen Laemers:

Nu heb ik jaren geleden al vanuit meerdere, goed geïnformeerde hoeken vernomen dat Opstelten ‘het allemaal niet meer trekt’ en ‘de moderne wereld niet meer snapt’.

De Volkskrant doet ook mee.

Overigens: Opstelten is 70.

8 september 2014 in Linked List tagged


Conjecture Regarding Larger iPhone Displays
Lang stuk van John Gruber:

At this point, there’s too much smoke around the “two new iPhones, 4.7- and 5.5-inch” narrative for there not to be a fire.
A 4.7-inch iPhone [..] would change [..] content area [showing more points on screen].
A 5.5-inch iPhone [..] would improve all three factors. [content area: showing more points on screen; scaling factor: the number of points per inch; sharpness/quality: the number of pixels per inch.]

23 augustus 2014 in Linked List tagged


Israel verbant leider PFLP en sloopt huizen, kiosken en Bedoeïenonderkomens

Het is voor het eerst sinds het midden van de jaren ’80 dat Israel een dergelijke “interne verbanning” probeert op te leggen.

Doet me denken aan Zuid-Afrika gedurende de Apartheid


22 augustus 2014 in Linked List tagged


Is This a Sandwich?
Plato's Dialogen verklaard met behulp van een sandwich.

It’s true that each day we must make choices and decide what is the best thing to do. We can’t truly inhabit a world where there is no truth and words don’t mean anything, as even the most staunchly postmodernist philosophers have demonstrated. But how much better things would be if we at least recognized our own fallibility, our own essential blindness and lack of understanding in the face of the unimaginable complexity of the universe, our own knowledge that “all we know is that we know nothing.”

11 augustus 2014 in Linked List tagged


Three myths that need nailed about the right to be forgotten (and one question)


8 augustus 2014 in Linked List tagged


The Economist heeft een interview met Barack Obama. Over Afrika, Putin en het verschil tussen wat CEO's hem vertellen tijdens een lunch en wat ze hun lobbyisten laten zeggen.


3 augustus 2014 in Linked List tagged


De New York Times van zaterdag jl.

It took 13 years for the United States to come to its senses and end Prohibition, 13 years in which people kept drinking, otherwise law-abiding citizens became criminals and crime syndicates arose and flourished. It has been more than 40 years since Congress passed the current ban on marijuana, inflicting great harm on society just to prohibit a substance far less dangerous than alcohol.

27 juli 2014 in Linked List tagged


The Islamic State Isn't Circumcising Women and Didn't Steal $400 Million Either

Given the extreme difficulty of reporting in areas under the control of the Islamic State, it is perhaps not surprising that the news coming out of Mosul is so frequently incorrect. And the jihadist group's well-deserved reputation for implementing its brand of medieval justice does admittedly make it hard to separate fact from fiction. But the next time you read a story and think that it's too spectacular to be true - you just may be right.

25 juli 2014 in Linked List tagged


European jihadi: the Danish gangster who joined the Syrian frontline.
Korte (30 minuten durende) documentaire over een Deense drugs-dealer en waarom hij naar Syrië ging om te vechten aan de kant van de rebellen.

9 juli 2014 in Linked List tagged


Naar aanleiding van de Zwarte Pieten discussie: zo kun je ook Sinterklaas (Santa Claus) vieren…


7 juli 2014 in Linked List tagged


Het Midden-Oosten zoals dat door Frankrijk en Groot-Brittanië aan het einde van WOI op de kaart getekend werd, valt tenslotte toch uiteen. En er is zeer weinig wat de US of A (en Europa) hieraan kunnen doen.


27 juni 2014 in Linked List tagged


Aperture is exit. Wat als sinds WWDC begin juni, te verwachten was, is nu bevestigd: Apple staakt de verdere ontwikkeling van de pro-foto-editor Aperture.
Aperture en iPhoto worden vervangen door één toepassing, het nieuwe Photos.


27 juni 2014 in Linked List tagged


Een kaart die de blikseminslagen laat zien over vrijwel de hele wereld. De vertraging t.o.v. real-time is 3-5 secondes.

De blikseminslagen in Europa, op 24 juni 2014, 11.10 uur

24 juni 2014 in Linked List tagged


Apoftegma definiëert een fundamentalist:

Wie denkt dat zijn overtuigingen goed geformuleerd kunnen worden, logisch, overtuigend en vanzelfsprekend zijn, spiegelt zichzelf voor dat het overtuigen van de ander eigenlijk heel gemakkelijk moet zijn. Dat is waarom fundamentalisten zo makkelijk met u in discussie gaan, ze zien het als een eitje. Maar ondertussen meten ze zichzelf zo wel vaardigheden aan die vele malen groter zijn dan hun werkelijke capaciteiten. In het koesteren van dat ideaal kan een fundamentalist waarlijk meelijwekkend zijn.

11 juni 2014 in Linked List tagged


Bas Heijne over (de benoeming van) onze nieuwe nationale Ombudsman, Guido van Woerkom.

Haalbaarheid als ideologie. De grote socioloog Max Weber wees een dikke honderd jaar geleden al op die twee soorten politieke besluitvorming: de eerste noodgedwongen realistisch, de tweede puur praktisch, zonder werkelijke overtuiging of richting. De eerste vond hij lovenswaardig, de tweede verachtelijk. Terecht.

9 juni 2014 in Linked List tagged


Thinking Outside the (Big) Box
Adam Davidson in de NYT:

I was reading "The Good Jobs Strategy,” by Zeynep Ton, a business professor at M.I.T.’s Sloan School of Management.
Her central thesis is that many of those big-box retailers have been making a strategic error: Even the most coldhearted, money-hungry capitalists ought to realize that increasing their work force, and paying them and treating them better, will often yield happier customers, more engaged workers and — surprisingly — larger corporate profits. This sounds Pollyannaish, sure, but a study co-authored by Marshall Fisher, a Wharton professor who specializes in retail-management studies, backs it up. For every dollar of increased wages, one retailer that was studied by Fisher brought in $10 more in revenue. For more-understaffed stores in the study, the boost was as high as $28.

Lang geleden had ik een baas die zei: “Wat goed is voor de mensen, is goed voor de Bank.” Maar dat was lang geleden …


1 januari 2014 in Linked List tagged


Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire
Charlie Stross:

To editorialize briefly, BitCoin looks like it was designed as a weapon intended to damage central banking and money issuing banks, with a Libertarian political agenda in mind—to damage states ability to collect tax and monitor their citizens financial transactions. Which is fine if you're a Libertarian, but I tend to take the stance that Libertarianism is like Leninism: a fascinating, internally consistent political theory with some good underlying points that, regrettably, makes prescriptions about how to run human society that can only work if we replace real messy human beings with frictionless spherical humanoids of uniform density (because it relies on simplifying assumptions about human behaviour which are unfortunately wrong).

Hoe meer ik er over lees, hoe minder ik er van houd… zowel Bitcoin als Libertarianisme

31 december 2013 in Linked List tagged


Marelen Dietrichs dochter, Maria Riva, weet hoe ze een verhaal moet vertellen.

30 december 2013 in Linked List tagged


De vijf beste muziekstukken voor Kerstmis, volgens impresario Theo van den Boogaard

  • Puccini, La Bohème tweede akte
  • Jozef Strauss Die Fledermaus tweede akte
  • Jules Massenet Werther
  • Bryn Terfell Carols & Christmas Songs
  • Geert Smits, liederen van Brahms, Mahler, Schumann

25 december 2013 in Linked List tagged


Alan Turing's pardon is wrong
Alan Turing, de man die tijdens de Tweede Wereldoorlog de Duitse geheime codes brak en in 1952 veroordeeld werd voor homoseksualiteit, heeft een "koninklijk pardon" gekregen.
Ally Fogg daarover in The Guardian:

In announcing the pardon today, the justice secretary, Chris Grayling, said: "A pardon from the Queen is a fitting tribute to an exceptional man." Turing was certainly an exceptional man but the tribute could not be less fitting. It says that the British state is prepared to forgive historical homosexual acts providing they were performed by a national hero, academic giant or world-changing innovator. This is the polar opposite of the correct message. Turing should be forgiven not because he was a modern legend, but because he did absolutely nothing wrong. The only wrong was the venality of the law. It was wrong when it was used against Oscar Wilde, it was wrong when it was used against Turing and it was wrong when it was used against an estimated 75,000 other men, whether they were famous playwrights and scientists or squaddies, plumbers or office clerks. Each of those men was just as unfairly persecuted, and many suffered similarly awful fates.

25 december 2013 in Linked List tagged


The arrogance of atheism
Ik ben meer een agnosticus dan atheist. Daarom spreekt dit me zo aan:

Next time you hear someone making the claim of arrogant atheism, present these statements and see which actually sounds more arrogant. You could say the second worldview is more agnostic than atheistic, but in terms of the arrogance argument, the result is the same.
Worldview 1. I know God created the entire universe just for the benefit of humans. He watches me constantly and cares about everything I say and do. I know how He wants me and everyone else to behave and believe. He is perfect and just, which is why we face an eternity of either bliss or torture, depending on whether or not we believe in Him.
Worldview 2. We’re the product of millions of years of evolution. Most species are extinct, as humans will eventually be. I hope to make a positive difference because it’s the right thing to do, not because of future rewards or punishments in an afterlife. When I don’t know something, which is often, I say, “I don’t know.”

20 december 2013 in Linked List tagged


'Stop Wasting Money'
In het Amerikaanse medische tijdschrift ‘Annals of Internal Medicine’ ontraadt het gebruik van multivitamine preparaten.

Beta-carotene, vitamin E, and possibly high doses of vitamin A supplements are harmful. Other antioxidants, folic acid, and B vitamins, and multivitamin and mineral supplements are ineffective for preventing mortality or morbidity due to major chronic diseases.

Deze waarschuwing komt niet voor de eerste keer. En toch blijven we ze kopen …


18 december 2013 in Linked List tagged


Earth wind map.
Een visualisatie van het weer op de wereld, elke drie uur bijgewerkt.
Via Daring Fireball.


16 december 2013 in Linked List tagged


The Selling of Attention Deficit Disorder

“The numbers make it look like an epidemic. Well, it’s not. It’s preposterous,” Dr. Conners, a psychologist and professor emeritus at Duke University, said in a subsequent interview. “This is a concoction to justify the giving out of medication at unprecedented and unjustifiable levels.”

Iedereen heeft tegenwoordig ADHD … .

14 december 2013 in Linked List tagged


Execution Raises Doubts About Kim’s Grip on North Korea
Noord Korea: waarheen?


13 december 2013 in Linked List tagged


Sociaal toerisme

De terminologie waarin de migratieproblematiek wordt gegoten past bij het gebrek aan vertrouwen dat mensen in Noord-West Europa hebben in migranten uit armere landen. Economische ongelijkheid ondermijnt onderling vertrouwen, concluderen onderzoekers. “Volkeren die arm zijn en landen die corrupt zijn worden het minst vertrouwd. Wanneer inwoners uit die landen naar hier komen, wordt dat ongetwijfeld direct in verband gebracht met misdaad en misbruik. Dat lijkt ook nu het geval, met de mogelijke komst van Roemenen en Bulgaren, waar armoede en corruptie wijdverspreid zijn.”

Deze landen lopen leeg. Roemenië heeft in de afgelopen 10 jaar 3,5 miljoen inwoners verloren…
Wie wil daar nog leven?


13 december 2013 in Linked List tagged


20 jaar na het concert op MTV.

Via The Atlantic

12 december 2013 in Linked List tagged


De koudste plek op aarde ligt midden op Antarctica: min 93,2 graden C.


10 december 2013 in Linked List tagged


Op 10 december 1799 werd in Frankrijk het metrieke stelsel ingevoerd.

Op dit moment wordt het metrieke stelsel bijna overal op de wereld als standaardmaat gebruikt. Alleen in de Verenigde Staten, Myanmar en Liberia wordt nog een anders stelsel gebruikt.

10 december 2013 in Linked List tagged


De Amerikaanse toezichthouders bereiden een regel voor die moet voorkomen dat banken te veel risico nemen

At its core, the rule bans banks from trading for their own gain. The practice, known as proprietary trading, is one of Wall Street’s most lucrative — and riskiest — activities.

Misschien dat dit helpt om de volgende bankencrisis te voorkomen.


10 december 2013 in Linked List tagged

Index Linked List

februari 2015

The Fantastic Apple Car

januari 2015

Het internetarchief

december 2014

Boogie Nights

november 2014

The quiet German

juli 2014

Legaliseer wiet!

juni 2014

Irak valt uiteen

december 2013


november 2013


oktober 2013

Iconic war photos


augustus 2013


juni 2013

Italian Ways

maart 2013


januari 2013


december 2012

Voorspelling 2013

oktober 2012

Gesubsidieerde kunst

september 2012

We are the introverts

april 2012


maart 2012

10994 meter diep

december 2011

Gerrit komrij

november 2011

Odessa 1931

oktober 2011

Probo koala

september 2011

Knoflook pellen


juli 2011

Politiek probleem

mei 2011

Francis fukuyama

januari 2011


december 2010

Third Reich Bureaucrats

november 2010

Us embassy cables

oktober 2010

I pad mac book

september 2010

Martin bosma

juli 2010

Top secret america


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