Archives for May 2009
Actions speak volumes: The advance of Family Minister Ursula von der Leyen, a lump sum to deny access to certain websites, meets with incomprehension - not only for experts . More than 100,000 people (!) Have now drawn on an online petition , which clearly opposes the locks ( I reported ). Because it technically does not make sense, and is administratively and psychologically extremely problematic, writes Netzpolitik.org in the post "Why it comes to censorship" .
In other European countries there are attempts at censorship, on the Internet Read this story »
In the large industries were genuine innovations in decades nil; supposedly new products presented merely variations or modifications already on the market, it is technologies is, I read the other day and had the - largely - agree. It really should be once questioned why it was developed for electricity, light bulb, steam engine, car radio and nothing really new anymore? Do we really have a shortage inventor, just here, in the (former) country of poets and thinkers? Have we become sluggish and lazy?
Or is it more like the market power of large companies? Why also are corporate executives should rush into larger investments, as long as the "cash cow" can still milk? of this entry »
In March until the Federal Constitutional Court ruled that the use of voting computers in the last general election in 2005 was unconstitutional (and the computer therefore probably not be used in 2009) because he had violated the principle of the public nature of elections. Two million citizens had voted in 2005 to 1,800 units, determined the TIME . However, the choice should not be repeated, the court found: "The interest in the continuance of the composite on the constitutionality of the Federal Voting Machine Ordinance in reliance popular representation outweighs the choice error." A little diplomacy swings in the argument with true; which may be admitted to the judges here, finally, are soon anyway elections.
Less understanding I bring, however, elsewhere on this entry »
Democratic regimes are not prepared for the level of participation, which is required for pending decisions on the climate issue. This is provided in the announcement of an international climate change conference, which is scheduled in Essen from June 8 to 10, as a postulate in the room. Among the supporters of the conference, which blithely enough, the title " The Great Transformation bears ", next to the Federal Environment Ministry are the foundations of Thyssen, Krupp, Henkel, Volkswagen and Hertie, explains Michael Limburg, spokesman for the independent Climate Institute EIKE . Limburg, author of an article about the profiteers of "climate catastrophe" in zeitgeist-Bulletin 1-2009 , has long criticized the instrumentalization of climate change on the part of the authorities. In the conference call, he recognizes an "unconstitutional and bustle." Read this story »
The "authorized" Blocking Internet Sites (see blog entry of April 18 ) were employed, yes reluctant apparently far more German citizens than expected. A yesterday drafted online petition that can be drawn on by anyone who had within a day more than 16,000 (!) supporters and thus brought the petition server partially disrupted this entry »