Being Andre the Giant - CBSSports.com
The third of Boris and Marianne Roussimoff's five children, Andre was born in the French town of Coulommiers on May 19, 1946, reportedly weighing 11 pounds. The Roussimoffs raised their family in Molien, a small village less than 40 miles east of Paris. Life began to change for Andre in early adolescence. He grew substantially, reaching six feet tall by the time he was 12, seven feet by age 18. He was physically enormous, immensely strong and distinctly charming. His voice was ultra-deep. People were drawn to him. Word of mouth spread fast about young Andre, the giant.
7 hours ago
Comic Papyrus Font - FINALLY! ~ Sans Serif Fonts on Creative Market
Presenting Comic Papyrus. You heard right — COMIC FREAKIN' PAPYRUS! Your two most favoritest fonts ever have FINALLY been smooshed together typographically, just as Darwin intended. Cross-bred. Cross-awesomified.
10 hours ago
Pourquoi la techno c’est devenu de la merde et que maintenant ça n’intéresse que les enculés - Je t'encule Thérèse
La techno est morte, écoute du rock d’il y a 20 ans et de la musique plus sympa, change ton style de merde et va te faire enculer.
2 days ago
The Art of the Diva Quit | Wikipediocracy
The danger always exists that one’s allies may drift away and be less than fully attentive to one’s needs; after all, they have their own POVs to push. It is important to find ways to consolidate their support so that it is there when you need it most. These alliances will undergo stresses and trials, and should you come under major attack, such as with an Arbitration Committee case, some may jump ship in order to save their own skins. If things are not going your way under exigent circumstances, you may wish to consider the option of a Diva Quit.
4 days ago
BBC News - The men who uncovered Assyria
There are hundreds of ancient sites now in the hands of IS. But beneath the rubble of Nebi Yunus is a stretch of ground untouched by archaeologists - ground that holds the palace of the Assyrian King Esarhaddon, and that might might contain some of the great artistic or literary treasures of the ancient world. In all likelihood, we'll never know.
5 days ago
De rechtse show | Jan Blommaert (en z'n gedachten)
Auwtsj. "De socialisten hebben alles opgegeven wat ze hadden als verhaal: hun geschiedenis, hun traditie, hun cultuur, hun kritiek en hun analyse. Ze hebben dat allemaal ingeruild voor de troep die hen door reclamemakers wordt aangenaaid. Ze zijn dan ook al lang geen ‘socialisten’ meer, ze noemen zich ‘progressief’ – net als Verhofstadt dat deed, en, geloof het maar, bij gelegenheid zelfs Filip Dewinter. ‘Progressief’ staat hier dan gewoon voor ‘iets anders willen’ of – getuige de slogan “Ja” – gewoon voortdoen zoals gisteren, lekker progressief."
5 days ago
Oxford Study Shows HIV Originated Around 1920 | Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building
't Is allemaal de schuld van de Belgen! De schuld van het APENland BelZIEK à papa! "The virus is believed to have jumped species through people hunting primates and handling bush meat. In fact, this is believed to have happened on at least 13 occasions. What set the Kinshasa incident apart from other transmissions was the city’s size and rapid urban growth, the heavily used railway network during Belgian colonial rule, and a flourishing sex trade in a city with a high proportion of men. There was also a very active water transport system. Kinshasa was a hub for the country’s railway network, and by the late 1940s an estimated one million people passed through the city using the rail network each year. This led to the virus being spread to other cities such as Mbuji-Mayi and Lubumbashi in the south of the country, and to Kisangani in the north by the end of the 1930s. These cities in turn were well connected to neighboring countries and the virus began to take off."
5 days ago
12-minute Mandelbrot: fractals on a 50 year old IBM 1401 mainframe
Heerlijk! "One complex feature of the IBM 1401 is Editing, which is kind of like printf implemented in hardware. The Edit instruction takes a number such as 00123456789 and a format string. The computer removes leading zeros and inserts commas as needed, producing an output such as 1,234,567.89. With the optional Expanded Editing feature (just $20/month more), you can obtain floating asterisks (******1,234.56) or a floating dollar sign ($1,234.56), which is convenient for printing checks. Keep in mind that this formatting is not done with a subroutine; it is implemented entirely in hardware, with the formatting applied by discrete transistors."
6 days ago
John Urschel, Ravens Offensive Lineman, Publishes Math Paper : The Two-Way : NPR
I love hitting people. There's a rush you get when you go out on the field, lay everything on the line and physically dominate the player across from you. This is a feeling I'm (for lack of a better word) addicted to, and I'm hard-pressed to find anywhere else.
6 days ago
Benjamin Netanyahu’s Disgrace in Victory | TIME
An Israeli soldier asked for my papers; I gave her my passport. “You’re American!” she said, not very officially. “I love America. Where are you from?” New York, I said. “Wow,” she said, with a big smile. And then she turned serious. “What were you doing in there,” she asked, nodding toward the Palestinian side, “with those animals?” And that, of course, is why Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “won” the Israeli election. That is how he won the election even though there was a strong economic case against him, and people were tired of his ways, and about 200 former Israeli military and intelligence leaders publicly opposed his dangerously bellicose foreign policy. He won because he ran as a bigot.
8 days ago
New Alzheimer’s treatment fully restores memory function - Australian researchers have come up with a non-invasive ultrasound technology that clears the brain of neurotoxic amyloid plaques via reddit.com
The team reports fully restoring the memories of 75 percent of the mice they tested it on, with zero damage to the surrounding brain tissue. They found that the treated mice displayed improved performance in three memory tasks - a maze, a test to get them to recognise new objects, and one to get them to remember the places they should avoid. "We’re extremely excited by this innovation of treating Alzheimer’s without using drug therapeutics," one of the team, Jürgen Götz, said in a press release. "The word ‘breakthrough’ is often misused, but in this case I think this really does fundamentally change our understanding of how to treat this disease, and I foresee a great future for this approach."
8 days ago
Paleo isn't a fad diet, it's an ideology that selectively denies the modern world | Jason Wilson | Comment is free | The Guardian
Celebrity chef Pete Evans ‘won’t be silenced’ after his paleo book for children stirred up controversy – but paleo’s assumptions are only superficially plausible
11 days ago
How clickbait grew up and got (sort of) serious - The Washington Post
“Congratulations, Viral Nova!” The Awl’s Choire Sicha wrote in October 2013. “You’re HORRIFIC, ILLITERATE and MONSTROUS.” But now, some 18 months and 34908450984590734 page views later, DeLong wants to go legit. In doing so, he makes a perfect case study for the clickbait economy — and the trends rapidly disrupting it. “Our strategy has evolved,” DeLong said by phone. “We don’t want to get clicks. We want engagement.”
14 days ago
Al Lowe
I'm Al Lowe and I created a series of games called Leisure Suit Larry for Sierra back in the '80s and '90s along with another 20 games and titles back in that period. I was with Sierra from 1982 until 1998 when it -- well, it was the poor victim of a hostile takeover by criminals. How about that for an opening?
14 days ago
Israel's Foreign Minister calls for beheading Arab citizens and it's not anywhere in the New York Times
Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman has said that Arab citizens who are not loyal to the state of Israel should have their heads “chopped off with an axe”. The minister, leader of the Yisrael Beiteinu party and an outspoken critic of Israel’s Arab population, made the controversial remarks on Sunday in a speech to an election rally held in the western Israeli city of Herzliya ahead of the March 17 vote. “Those who are with us deserve everything, but those who are against us deserve to have their heads chopped off with an axe,” the ultra-nationalist politician said.
16 days ago
After GigaOm, The Non-VC “SimCity” Approach To Growing A Media Business — Medium
If your company is working fine internally to generate the revenues you’re after, no one notices. Instead, all the attention (and thus role-models, good or bad) goes to the VC-funded. Folks, someone getting a lot of VC investment isn’t a sign they’re successful at anything other than getting VC funding.
analysis  business  media 
16 days ago
The anti-GM lobby appears to be taking a page out of the Climategate playbook | Environment | The Guardian
Vreemd hoe een hele reeks mensen u meteen in de Monsanto-fanboi-kliek duwen als ge het durft te hebben over hun GGO-nonsens. Mar hey, par for the course: "Climate change is real and GM technology is safe, but those in denial want to undermine the public understanding of science with misinformation and pseudo-debate."
17 days ago
The Ikepod Hourglass by Marc Newson: Quite Possibly The Coolest Desk Adornment Ever Made — HODINKEE - Wristwatch News, Reviews, & Original Stories
Let's begin this post by letting you know, right from the start, that this hourglass costs $28,500. Now, as you continue to read, you will notice how that number becomes more and more rational in your mind.  Finally, after seeing the short video we filmed at Basel World over the weekend, our guess is you will have not only rationalized the price to yourself, but may have even begun to think about where in your house you will put it.
17 days ago
J’en ai marre! | ericvanrompuy.be
De brutale chantagetaal van De Wever maakt op CD&V geen indruk. De Wever en N-VA zijn groot geworden door polarisatie tussen Vlamingen en Franstaligen, tegen de vakbonden en het “verzuilde” middenveld. CD&V en haar parlementsleden werden bij de splitsing van BHV en de zesde staatshervorming afgeschilderd als de “slechte Vlamingen”. We zijn dit alles bij CD&V niet vergeten, laat staan vergeven. Nu zijn we opnieuw het Zwarte Beest.
19 days ago
Och here: dat alles in scène gezet was, was niet zo erg voor WorldPress Photo, 't is pas als blijkt dat hij liegt over de locatie van zijn foto's dat het erg wordt. Maar ondertussen wel zeveren over teveel Photoshop-gepruts aan schaduwen en zo. Goed bezig. -- "World Press Photo learned that the photo of a painter creating a work with live models had instead been shot in Molenbeek, Brussels. Troilo confirmed over telephone and email that the image had not been taken in Charleroi, contrary to what he submitted to the contest. This falsified information is a violation of the 2015 Photo Contest entry rules."
22 days ago
Charleroi-fotoreeks Troilo verliest prijs World Press Photo - Het Nieuwsblad
Gerechtigheid is geschied. Serieus, gasten. "Nadat nieuwe feiten aan het licht waren gekomen over de fotoreeks ‘La Ville Noir - The Dark Heart of Europe’, heropende World Press Photo dinsdag het onderzoek naar de integriteit ervan. De Italiaanse fotograaf bevestigde aan World Press Photo dat een beeld uit de reeks niet in Charleroi maar in Molenbeek genomen is, in tegenstelling tot wat hij eerder had verklaard."
22 days ago
Links: quo vadis? - DeWereldMorgen.be
Auwtsj. "De oppositiekuur die de sp.a nu noodgedwongen ondergaat had een moment kunnen zijn voor een diepgaande reflectie over de verleden en toekomst van de partij, maar blijkbaar gaat alle aandacht en energie naar het uitvechten van interne geschillen. Het schouwspel dat vandaag in de sp.a rond de voorzittersverkiezingen wordt opgevoerd is dan ook bedroevend: in de berichtgeving wordt gefocust op de machtsstrijd tussen de clans en de persoonlijke vetes tussen de kandidaten en hun supporters; over een diep programmatorisch debat en de eventuele pertinentie van een koerswijziging vernemen we niets. Het consensusdenken heeft de hele partij aangetast alsof het betonrot was. De enige credibiliteit die de Vlaamse socialisten lijkt te resten is dat ze het slachtoffer zijn van de othering vanwege de neoliberale diehards van de N-VA. Als die zeggen dat het ‘allemaal de schuld van de sossen’ is, kan dat nog wat sympathie voor onze verongelijkte sossen oproepen. Het ‘sossen bashen’ verhult ook meteen de hoge mate van beleidscontinuïteit tussen de vorige en de huidige regeringen op federaal en Vlaams vlak."
24 days ago
Bart Tommelein treedt op voorgrond: 'Gekibbel moet stoppen' - België - Knack.be
"Zijn bevoegdheden mogen dan niet de zwaarste zijn, staatssecretaris Bart Tommelein (Open VLD) is niet van plan zomaar wat aan temodderen. Facebook heeft het al geweten." -- Oh ja, absoluut. "HELABA HELABA, wat odet Facebook hier allemaal?!?! Dat moet GEDAAN ZIJN!!!" // Even later, nadat de man op audiëntie mocht bij een paar mannen van Facebook: "Jamaarja, maarja, ge moet dat begrijpen, Facebook is ook geen vzw hé..."
25 days ago
Bill Nye says science changed his anti-GMO views
Score one for science! "After publishing in his book, Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation that he is critical of GMO’s he spent time with scientists in the field and revised his views and says he will be revising his book for the second edition due out in the fall of 2015."
26 days ago
Kibbelen voor gevorderden - De Standaard
In het veiligheidsdebat klinkt de kritiek van CD&V en Open VLD verrassend eensgezind: zowel Jambon als minister van Defensie Steven Vandeput ging onderuit. Zo moest Peeters Vandeput uit de nood helpen tijdens het kernkabinet dat besliste over inzet van paracommando’s. De defensieminister was zo slecht gebriefd dat hij niet eens een volledig dossier kon voorleggen, laat staan toelichten. Jambon ging de mist in tijdens de discussie over het intrekken van de identiteitspapieren van potentiële Syriëstrijders. Zo zag hij onder meer de rol van de jeugdrechtbank bij de aanpak van minderjarigen over het hoofd. Juist daarom werkt de aankondigingspolitiek van de N-VA zo op de zenuwen. De partij verkiest een stoere aanpak, maar kan het vervolgens legistiek niet waarmaken.
27 days ago
The dress is white and gold. Or, why BuzzFeed won - Digiday
Soon, Time, Esquire, GQ and the like will become indistinguishable from BuzzFeed. And the problem with that is simple: BuzzFeed is better at being BuzzFeed than Time. These brands will have to compete purely on BuzzFeed’s terms. As the saying goes, the problem with wrestling a pig is you get dirty and the pig enjoys it.
28 days ago
'What ISIS Really Wants': How Readers Are Responding to The Atlantic's Cover Story - The Atlantic
A survey of reactions to The Atlantic's cover story—from think tanks to jihadist Twitter
4 weeks ago
Tired of Safari - QuirksBlog
It is increasingly becoming necessary to do something about Apple, its absolute refusal to talk to anyone, and its dickish way of bending the mobile web to its desires. Personally, I became tired of Safari quite a while ago, and I wouldn’t mind taking Apple down a notch. So let’s do it.
4 weeks ago
Dagen zonder stoofvlees - De Standaard
Of weet ge wat, Byttebier? Laat ons hoofd ook eens gewoon gerust. "En ga zondag, als je langsgaat bij je kijkers, behalve vlees ook seitan proeven. Dan word je niet alleen de populairste kok vandaag, maar ineens de man van de dagelijkse kost van morgen."
4 weeks ago
The Trouble with Dijsselbloem | Jacobin
For Dijsselbloem, extinguishing Syriza’s promise is imperative. It is a precondition for restoring the stability of the EU that he, his party, and economic elites so desire. But it is as necessary for the continuation of the dreamless, managerial, suit-and-tie progressivism from which he has never strayed.
4 weeks ago
The dangers of the "Google Analytics-powered Startup"
Let me start off by saying that I am not advocating for people not to use Google Analytics; in fact I use it avidly and consider myself a big fan. With this post, my mission is rather to provide a bit of perspective for the many current and prospective startup founders out there who base (or intend to base) their ‘data-driven work style’ on Google Analytics alone. In my world, Google Analytics should be seen as one advisor of many rather than ‘the one truth’, and here’s a few reasons for that:
google  analytics 
4 weeks ago
Opt Out From Online Behavioral Advertising By Participating Companies (BETA)
Some of the ads you receive on Web pages are customized based on predictions about your interests generated from your visits over time and across different Web sites. This type of ad customization — sometimes called "online behavioral" or "interest-based" advertising — is enabled through your computer browser and browser cookies. Such online advertising helps support the free content, products and services you get online. Using the tools on this page, you can opt out from receiving interest-based advertising from some or all of our participating companies.
internet  advertising  privacy 
4 weeks ago
Greece Should Not Give In to Germany’s Bullying | Foreign Policy
Had the Varoufakis plan been put forward by an investment banker, it would have been perceived as perfectly reasonable. Yet in the parallel universe inhabited by Germany’s Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble, such demands are seen as “irresponsible”: Greece must be bled dry to service its foreign creditors in the name of European solidarity.
5 weeks ago
Yanis Varoufakis: How I became an erratic Marxist | News | The Guardian
A Greek or a Portuguese or an Italian exit from the eurozone would soon lead to a fragmentation of European capitalism, yielding a seriously recessionary surplus region east of the Rhine and north of the Alps, while the rest of Europe is would be in the grip of vicious stagflation. Who do you think would benefit from this development? A progressive left, that will rise Phoenix-like from the ashes of Europe’s public institutions? Or the Golden Dawn Nazis, the assorted neofascists, the xenophobes and the spivs? I have absolutely no doubt as to which of the two will do best from a disintegration of the eurozone.
economics  europe  politics 
5 weeks ago
Butterick’s Practical Typography
Among web-pub­lish­ing tools, I see Medium as the equiv­a­lent of a frozen pizza: not as whole­some as a meal you could make your­self, but for those with­out the time or mo­ti­va­tion to cook, a po­ten­tially bet­ter op­tion than just eat­ing peanut but­ter straight from the jar. The prob­lem, how­ever, is that Medium holds out its ho­mo­ge­neous de­sign as more than a frozen pizza. It has be­come, by the Jedi mind trick­ery fa­vored by to­day’s tech com­pa­nies, a Bel­la­gio buf­fet of de­li­cious nonsense.
design  typography  writing 
5 weeks ago
Minister Van Overtveldt toont hoe het niet moet | De Tijd
Het is las­tig om mi­nis­ter van Fi­nan­ciën te zijn in deze tij­den. Het is nog las­ti­ger om dat te zijn in­dien je niet ge­hin­derd wordt door enige vorm van ken­nis, of als dat al­thans zo lijkt. Of erger nog, als je ‘ide­o­lo­gie’ gaat ver­pak­ken als pseu­do-in­tel­lec­tu­a­lis­me of in­tel­lec­tu­e­le on­eer­lijk­heid. Dat lijkt Johan Van Overt­veldt te over­ko­men als hij zich ver­bergt ach­ter de OESO en het IMF om zijn punt te maken, dui­de­lijk zon­der te weten waar die ge­pro­pa­geer­de be­leids­voor­keu­ren pre­cies van­daan komen.
5 weeks ago
Car Dashboard UI Collection — Medium
Nowadays nearly every car manufacturer implements digital dashboards. Here is a collection of some of them.
car  dashboard  dashboards  design 
5 weeks ago
What ISIS Really Wants - The Atlantic
The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.
5 weeks ago
Israel Acknowledges Contraceptive Shots Given to Ethiopian Jews
The Israeli government has tacitly acknowledged injecting Ethiopian women immigrating to Israel with a long-acting contraceptive without their knowledge, telling them they couldn’t come into the country if they didn’t take the shot, which the women thought was a vaccination. Many have called the practice appallingly racist. The shots are being blamed for a 50 percent drop in the birth rate in Israel’s Ethiopian community over the past decade.
5 weeks ago
Rich Stanton on: Requiem for a dreamer • Eurogamer.net
Despite all of this, a tiny part of my brain still believes in Molyneux. And this is the whole point: were Molyneux a total fraud, no-one would be interested. He'd be a minor annoyance. But because of Bullfrog and Lionhead, and not forgetting the hard work and talents of many others, he has a record that includes several truly special games.
5 weeks ago
Gordon Ramsay’s dwarf porn star look alike found dead in badger den half eaten - Shocking News True Stories Worldwide
Bon. We mogen het internet voor vandaag ook weer even dicht doen: "The thirty five year old star of X-rated movie Hi-Ho Hi-Ho, It’s Up Your Arse We Go was discovered in a badgers den, partially eaten, by Ministry of Agriculture experts who were checking the den ahead of a planned badger-gassing program. The midget porn stars 107 centimetre (3’6″) body was discovered ‘partially gnawed’ in the badger burrow, however at the moment it is unclear how the adult actor died, suicide has not been ruled out by investigators."
6 weeks ago
Opinie: Ik daag u uit om werk te vinden met deze twee masterdiploma's | Opinie | De Morgen
De VDAB haalt als een ware pro dt-fouten uit je wervingstekst, maar voor de rest kan je als hooggeschoolde best niet te veel verwachtingen koesteren. Nu ben ik niet politiek correct, ik weet het. Maar het is de waarheid.
6 weeks ago
Lets review.. Docker (again) | Cal Leeming Blog
It's been just over a year since my last review of Docker, heavily criticising it's flawed architectural design and poor user experience. The project has since matured into 1.0 and gained some notoriety from Amazon, but has suffered growing user frustration, hype accusations and even breakout exploits leading to host contamination. However the introduction of private repos in Docker Hub, which eliminated the need to run your own registry for hosted deployments, coupled with webhooks and tight Github build integrations, looked to be a promising start. So I decided to give Docker another chance and put it into production for 6 months. The result was an absolute shit show of abysmal performance, hacky workarounds and rage inducing user experience which left me wanting to smash my face into the desk. Indeed performance was so bad, that disabling caching features actually resulted in faster build times.
6 weeks ago
Why Is Food Babe Selling a Product With BHT? | Bad Science Debunked
Why is Vani Hari (the “Food Babe”) harassing Kellogg’s and General Mills because their cereals contain BHT, when she’s earning a sales commission on a product that contains BHT?
6 weeks ago
The curious case of the Facebook page that posts the same thing every day - The Washington Post
Once a day, every day since August 21, some fan with a weird sense of humor has posted the exact same photo of Italian pop singer Toto Cutugno to Facebook.
6 weeks ago
'Mijn leven is mislukt' - Wetenschap - Knack.be
Whut? "Zelf heb ik als bioloog geen zin meer in zinloze discussies met creationisten die de evolutietheorie als onzin afdoen, wegens niet passend in de kraam van God. Je kunt je tijd niet blijven verliezen, hoewel ik af en toe geconfronteerd word met het gegeven dat de Steinerscholen creationisme laten onderwijzen in de biologielessen, en dat de evolutietheorie er als een 'geloof' wordt bestempeld - iets waar onze onderwijsadministratie zich eens over zou moeten buigen."
6 weeks ago
The Rat Tribe of Beijing | Al Jazeera America
Every morning, a metamorphosis takes place below the ground of China’s capital. In a world without sun or fresh air, people roll out of bed in windowless rooms, empty bedpans into communal toilets, pay 50 cents for a five-minute shower, ascend concrete stairways to the outside world and transform themselves from residents of the city’s most despised housing to strivers, hungry for a piece of the Chinese dream.These new Beijingers, who number about 1 million, are known as members of the “rat tribe,” or shuzu, because they make their homes underground in warrens of small, often-dank rooms that are cheaper than almost anything they can find above ground.
china  economics 
6 weeks ago
How startup Fab died - Business Insider
"We spent $200M in the past 2 years. $200M!" Goldberg's letter read. "We spent $200M and we have not proven out our business model. We spent $200M and we have not proven that we know precisely what our customers want to buy. "We are the most heavily funded startup in NYC in our life cycle and we have spent 2/3 of the cash ... Holy shit this is a big deal."
6 weeks ago
What's Up With That: Why Do Cats Love Boxes So Much? | WIRED
So what are we to make of the strange gravitational pull that empty Amazon packaging exerts on Felis sylvestris catus? Like many other really weird things cats do, science hasn’t fully cracked this particular feline mystery. There’s the obvious predation advantage a box affords: Cats are ambush predators, and boxes provide great hiding places to stalk prey from (and retreat to). But there’s clearly more going on here. Thankfully, behavioral biologists and veterinarians have come up with a few other interesting explanations. In fact, when you look at all the evidence together, it could be that your cat may not just like boxes, he may need them.
6 weeks ago
Langverwachte taxshift treft vooral gewone gezinnen - Het Nieuwsblad
En dat is slecht, dat het gedrag wijzigt?? "Van Overtveldt verkiest hogere lasten op consumptie omdat die een stabielere bron van inkomsten zijn dan extra lasten op vermogen of milieuvervuiling. ‘Je mag er gif op innemen dat die leiden tot een wijziging van het gedrag, waardoor de ecologische doelstellingen worden gehaald, maar er op termijn geen inkomsten meer zijn.’"
6 weeks ago
Steeds meer Vlamingen staan achter Israël | Joods Actueel
"Ik wil gewoon even meedelen dat het schandalig is hoe weinig de Israëlische standpunten weergegeven worden op de VRT (VTM?)."
7 weeks ago
Aanval op het gelijke kansenbeleid | Kif Kif
Het enige echte antwoord is het wegwerken van het tekort aan kinderopvang. Dan verwacht je van politieke partijen toch hevige pleidooien om de capaciteit aan kinderopvang in de steden uit te breiden?   In plaats daarvan legt N-VA de nadruk op hoe de beperkte plaatsen verdeeld worden en komt het gelijke kansen beleid onder vuur te liggen. Volgens mij blijft bij de mensen het volgende hangen van de uitspraken van minister Homans: de N-VA neemt het op voor wie werkt en de rest zit toch maar op café met zijn kinderen. En die boodschap, dat is geen toeval maar bewuste politieke strategie. Dat is mensen tegen over elkaar opzetten en het draagvlak voor een gelijke kansen beleid bewust proberen ondermijnen.
7 weeks ago
'We Palestinian Christians say Allahu Akbar' — RT Op-Edge
Archbishop Sebastia Theodosios (Atallah Hanna), 49, is the only Orthodox Christian archbishop from Palestine stationed in Jerusalem and the Holy Land, while all other bishops of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem are Greeks. The Israeli authorities had detained him several times, or stopped him at the border, and taken away his passport. Among all Jerusalem clergymen he is the only one who has no privilege of passing through the VIP gate in the airport – because of his nationality. “For the Israeli authorities, I am not a bishop, but rather a Palestinian,” explains his Beatitude. When talking on the phone he says a lot of words you would normally hear from a Muslim: “Alhamdulillah, Insha’Allah, Masha’Allah”. He speaks Arabic, and the Arabic for ‘god’ is Allah, whether you are a Christian or a Muslim.
7 weeks ago
Microsoft Windows on Devices – Raspberry Pi 2
We’re excited to announce that we are expanding our Windows Developer Program for IoT by delivering a version of Windows 10 that supports Raspberry Pi 2. This release of Windows 10 will be free for the Maker community through the Windows Developer Program for IoT.
7 weeks ago
Syria’s President Speaks | A Conversation With Bashar al-Assad | Foreign Affairs
So what do you think Israel’s agenda is? -- They are supporting the rebels in Syria. It’s very clear. Because whenever we make advances in some place, they make an attack in order to undermine the army. It’s very clear. That’s why some in Syria joke: “How can you say that al Qaeda doesn’t have an air force? They have the Israeli air force.”
8 weeks ago
When Bread Bags Weren't Funny - Bloomberg View
In every generation, we forget how much poorer we used to be, and then we forget that we have forgotten. We focus on the things that seem funny or monstrous or quaint and darling. Somehow the simplest and most important fact -- the immense differences between their living standards and ours -- slides right past our eye. And when Ernst tried to remind us, people didn't say "Wow, we've really come a long way"; they pointed and laughed.
8 weeks ago
Un enfant de 8 ans au commissariat pour «apologie du terrorisme» - Libération
«Etes-vous Charlie ?», demande-t-il. Ahmed, 8 ans, répond que non. Pourquoi ? «Parce qu’ils ont caricaturé le prophète. Moi, je suis avec les terroristes.» Le prof alerte son directeur. Ce dernier décide de convoquer le gamin, puis ses parents, qui raisonnent leur rejeton. Mais il ne s’arrête pas là. Le 21 janvier, le directeur de cette école, située dans le sud de la ville, dépose plainte au commissariat pour «apologie du terrorisme».
8 weeks ago
De dreiging van Arabische muziek | Jan Blommaert (en z'n gedachten)
Tussen neus en lippen geeft De Wever ons hier een voorbeeld van wat we al weten: de totalitaire surveillantiecultuur. Die zit als volgt ineen: (1) op basis van platte machtsargumenten identificeer je een vijand; (2) en stel je ELK aspect en eigenschap ervan voor als bewijs dat het een vijand is. Alles wordt ‘quod erat demonstrandum': een baard, een hoofddoek, een religieus gebruik, een soort eten, een taal, een muziekstuk. Vervolgens (3) maak je de meest absurde bokkensprongen zolang ze de QED volgen (“ge kunt toch niet ontkennen…”) en (4) stel je dit alles voor als evident, vanzelfsprekend, “gewoon een feit” en (5) stel je zij die deze nonsens bekritiseren voor als mensen die “de feiten ontkennen”.
8 weeks ago
The Netanyahu Disaster - The Atlantic
I still don’t understand Netanyahu’s thinking. It is immaterial whether an Israeli prime minister finds an American president agreeable or not. A sitting president cannot be written off by a small, dependent ally, without terrible consequences.
8 weeks ago
Not a Very P.C. Thing to Say -- NYMag
Stanford recently canceled a performance of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson after protests by Native American students. UCLA students staged a sit-in to protest microaggressions such as when a professor corrected a student’s decision to spell the word indigenous with an uppercase I — one example of many “perceived grammatical choices that in actuality reflect ideologies.” A theater group at Mount Holyoke College recently announced it would no longer put on The Vagina Monologues in part because the material excludes women without vaginas. These sorts of episodes now hardly even qualify as exceptional.
8 weeks ago
"There and Back Again"
No elf/dwarf love triangle - No necromancer adventures - Kili sacrifices himself for Bilbo at the end instead of Evangeline Lilly (who’s not in this film at all) - No orcs (until necessary in the Battle of Five Armies) - Laketown is about 10 minutes - Bard does not use his son as a bow - and the full story in all less than the length of “Return of the King.” After about 312 new edits and cuts and almost 5 hours removed from the trilogy, this single film combines the three Peter Jackson movies into one immense epic that accurately tells the story of Bilbo, while maintaining what new ideas and battles have been implanted in Jackson’s retelling (such as the Battle of the Five Armies containing orcs instead of goblins).
8 weeks ago
My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward - Pacific Standard
We met at 18. We wed at 24. At 27, I checked my wife into a psych ward—for the first time. How mental illness reshapes a marriage.
8 weeks ago
Holy Shit, I Interviewed the President — Medium
Legacy media isn’t mocking us because we aren’t a legitimate source of information; they’re mocking us because they’re terrified. Their legitimacy came from the fact that they have access to distribution channels and that they get to be in the White House press pool because of some long-ago established procedures that assumed they would use that power in the public interest. In reality, those things are becoming less and less important and less and less true. Distribution is free to anyone with a cell phone and the legitimacy of cable news sounds to me like an oxymoron. The median-aged CNN viewer is 60. For Fox, it’s 68.
journalism  media  politics 
8 weeks ago
Tough times on the road to Starcraft - Code Of Honor
I’ve been writing about the early development of Warcraft, but a recent blog post I read prompted me to start scribbling furiously, and the result is this three-part, twenty-plus page article about the development of StarCraft, along with my thoughts about writing more reliable game code.
games  gaming  programming  history 
8 weeks ago
The Leaning Buildings of Santos, Brazil | Amusing Planet
The coastline along the city of Santos, some 80 km from Sao Paulo, in Brazil, offers a strange sight. Like dominoes about to topple, the waterfront is lined by a string of high rise apartments that are unmistakably tilted to one side.
8 weeks ago
How Marine Le Pen is winning France’s gay vote » The Spectator
The Front National now has the support of a quarter of Paris’s gay voters – and only 16 per cent of the straight ones
8 weeks ago
What should I do about Youtube? | Zoë Keating
My Google Youtube rep contacted me the other day. They were nice and took time to explain everything clearly to me, but the message was firm: I have to decide. I need to sign on to the new Youtube music services agreement or I will have my Youtube channel blocked.
8 weeks ago
The Best Case for Jesus » Peter Kirby
Fair’s fair. Let’s try to make the best possible case for the historical existence of Jesus. One never learns about an issue completely unless they are willing to look at it from more than one angle. I intend to write a few more posts on this blog taking up the view of the loyal opposition. Thus I will presently, with respect for the dispassionate approach of Thomas Aquinas, look at the objections first.
8 weeks ago
flynavy88 comments on King of Saudi Arabia Has Died At 90
This is going to be an interesting few years for Saudi Arabia. King Abdullah was considered a reformer - his brother and predecessor, King Fahd, was a conservative who drove Saudi Arabia far deeper into Wahhabi Islam, in order to appease the clerics. King Abdullah, on the other hand, pushed quietly for a lot of reform for females and tried to reverse a lot of the change the hard-line conservatives in the country did during his predecessor's reign. There are a LOT of people who don't quite understand the dynamic between the Saudi people and the Saudi government - an absolute monarchy - and why blaming splitting/spurning Saudi Arabia could hurt us a lot more than trying to keep reforms in Saudi Arabia going. The following is a bit of a history lesson, but very relevant to the struggle going on there.
8 weeks ago
West’s praise of King Abdullah shows Saudi Arabia is exception to human rights stance | World news | The Guardian
The reverential reaction from western leaders to the news of King Abdullah’s death and the expected procession of top dignitaries to pay condolences in Riyadh serve as a reminder that Saudi Arabia, with its abundant wealth and geopolitical influence, is a perpetual exception to the west’s emphasis on human rights.
8 weeks ago
I Don’t Vaccinate My Child Because It’s My Right To Decide What Eliminated Diseases Come Roaring Back | The Onion - America's Finest News Source
As a mother, I put my parenting decisions above all else. Nobody knows my son better than me, and the choices I make about how to care for him are no one’s business but my own. So, when other people tell me how they think I should be raising my child, I simply can’t tolerate it. Regardless of what anyone else thinks, I fully stand behind my choices as a mom, including my choice not to vaccinate my son, because it is my fundamental right as a parent to decide which eradicated diseases come roaring back.
8 weeks ago
Newly unsealed documents show Steve Jobs’ brutal response after getting a Google employee fired | PandoDaily
Apologizing and groveling to Steve Jobs is a recurring theme throughout these court dockets… as is the total disregard for all of the not-Steve Jobs names whose lives and fates are so casually dispatched with, like henchmen in a Hollywood film.
9 weeks ago
How the CIA made Google — Medium
The inside story of Google’s rise, revealed here for the first time, opens a can of worms that goes far beyond Google, unexpectedly shining a light on the existence of a parasitical network driving the evolution of the US national security apparatus, and profiting obscenely from its operation.
9 weeks ago
New pacman for atari 2600 - Homebrew Discussion - AtariAge Forums
This is a "new" version of pacman for atari 2600 I've been programming since about 2007, but had left in 2008, then in 2013 I resume again to try to finish.  I've been trying to make it as close to the original looking at various sites on the "AI" Ghosts, game logic, etc.  This version has nothing to do with the other version called pacman4k, this is a completely new version, do not use any undocumented opcode.  Currently the rom is about 120 bytes free, so I'm trying to add other things.
games  retro 
9 weeks ago
The Emularity « ASCII by Jason Scott
Welcome to the Emularity, where the tools, processes and techniques developed over the past few years means we’re going to be iteratively improving the whole process quicker, and quicker, and we’ll be absorbing more and more aspects of historical computer information.
9 weeks ago
Kranten gingen zich na Verviers te buiten aan kritiekloze speculatie - DeWereldMorgen.be
Een week na de feiten weten we nog altijd weinig over wat er gebeurd is in Verviers en hoe sterk de aanwijzingen zijn geweest dat er een aanslag op til was. We kregen wel een hele reeks maatregelen die onze maatschappij wat minder vrij maken. Maar of zij terecht zijn en, vooral, of zij mogelijke terreurdaden ook maar enigszins kunnen tegenhouden, komen we niet te weten. Het angstklimaat moet ze rechtvaardigen. Er wordt zelfs geen poging ondernomen om hun effectiviteit aan te tonen.
9 weeks ago
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