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#2061 Harold Jones

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Posted 13 November 2019 - 1900 PM

Probably should be a because art museum thread but it's a German museum so I'm plonking it here.  Links to Nefertiti 3d scan in the quoted story.

 

SPK confirmed it had earned less than 5,000 euro, total, from marketing the Nefertiti scan, or any other scan for that matter. SPK also admitted it did not direct even that small revenue towards digitization, explaining that it was not obliged to do so. In the nearly 10 years since it had created the Nefertiti scan, SPK had completely failed to commercially exploit the valuable data idling on its hard drives.

All SPK's reasons for not giving me the Nefertiti data fell apart. The gift shop defense had been smoke.

https://reason.com/2...the-first-time/


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#2062 BansheeOne

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Posted 16 November 2019 - 0347 AM

You know it had to happen sooner or later.

 

Date 13.11.2019

 

Author Cristina Burack

 

German grammar in 'OK boomer' tweet gets Twitter account banned

 

When does "the" mean "die"? A German-speaking Twitter user's response of "the boomers" reaped a 12-hour account lockout after it was interpreted as an English-language threat.

 

Over the past weeks, the phrase "OK, boomer" has surged through social media platforms — a millennial and Z-generation's digital stab at the older baby boomer generation's alleged close-mindedness and condescension.

 

But on November 12, the catchphrase's collision with German grammar led to an unexpected consequence: A user reportedly being blocked from Twitter for 12 hours for hate speech over the word "die," German for "the."

 

On November 9, the user @digiom, located in Vienna, Austria, responded to a tweet by user @guenterhack with the words "die boomer," which in German means "the boomers." She then tweeted on Tuesday that her account had been locked for 12 hours and provided a screenshot of the Twitter message saying she had violated its hate speech guidelines:

 

"Because the German article "die" is read as [the verb] "die" by an English-trained algorithm, it can happen that twitter will block someone if they write 'die Boomer,'" @digiom explained in her tweet. In other words, Twitter had interpreted the phrase as a verbal threat to user @guenterhack's life.

 

Identified incorrectly as English

 

Social Media analyst Luca Hammer pointed out in response that the original tweet was written in dialect, which would not have been understandable without German knowledge. He said in a thread that Twitter would have identified @digiom's response "die boomer" tweet as English, in which case it would have been presented to an English-speaking moderator for review.

 

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https://www.dw.com/e...nned/a-51225631


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Posted 16 November 2019 - 0352 AM

Noone who speaks German could be evil.

 


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Posted 16 November 2019 - 0636 AM

Well it gets complicated, when languages are being mixed.


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#2065 Harold Jones

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Posted 16 November 2019 - 0821 AM

In Berlin Jami made a joke about not wanting to go up in a balloon named Die World when she saw the Die Welt captive balloon.  It was even funnier when people rushed to correct her.


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Posted 20 November 2019 - 0426 AM

Dr. Fritz von Weizsäcker, son of late former president Richard von Weizsäcker, was stabbed to death last night during a public medical lecture he was holding at the Berlin hospital where he was head of the gastro-enterological departement. An off-duty police officer in the audience tried to intervene, but was severely wounded himself. Others among the about 20 listeners eventually subdued the 57-year-old perpetrator.

No motive is known so far, though the fact that the lecture was held at a building of the hospital's psychiatric departement makes you wonder. It wouldn't be the first time that somebody with a high-profile name gets attacked by a deranged person at a public event. In 1990, SPD chancellor candidates Oskar Lafontaine was stabbed in the neck by a woman during a campaign event, but survived. Later the same year then-interior minister Wolfgang Schäuble got put in his wheelchair in a shooting at another such event of the CDU.
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Posted 21 November 2019 - 0541 AM

Unsurprisingly, the Weizsäcker Killer has been admitted to a psychiatric institution, though he wasn't a patient at his victim's hospital; he is from Rhineland-Palatinate, never met Weizsäcker before, and has no previous police record. Per media reports, he had gotten himself into the idea of taking revenge on the family for late President Weizsäcker having been CEO of chemical Corporation Boehringer Ingelheim in the 60s when it delivered precursors for Agent Orange to the US. Apparently he considers himself a friend of the Vietnamese people whom the substance made suffer, made several trips to South East Asia (though mostly Thailand), etc. He found Weizsäcker's lecture on the internet, bought a knife and put himself on a train to Berlin.
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Posted 21 November 2019 - 0608 AM

And that's why I don't pay much attention to such acts.

It's often a case of 'random shit happens' without real meaning.

 

Meanwhile, on that day 35 to us anonymous people got an early grave as a consequence of air pollution by traffic in Germany.

https://www.tagesspi...e/24046760.html

Same as the day before, the day before that, the day before that...that's not random, it's systemic, and worse by more than an order of magitude every day.

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Posted 21 November 2019 - 0732 AM

I find the metric of absolute headcount not very useful in cases like medical hazards or environmental pollution, if they tend to weed out fragile people. The more useful metric would be "life expectancy minus time of death" summed up over all victims, but of course it's much harder to calculate. And yes, of course, in the individual case three more days to live for a 90 year-old may be very important depending on the circumstances. I find it not very useful however as the factual basis to formulate a general policy.

 

Air pollution statistics in general are also a bit of a mixed bag. NOx for example is easy to measure but largely irrelevant in its toxicity; usually it only serves as the proxy for other contaminants which are infinitely more harmful, but they don't always go hand in hand. Case in point, microparticles. Traffic generates microparticles, yes. So it's often wielded as a club against Diesel engines when gasoline powered engines emit more particles, and all that pales in comparison to the particles created by rubber-asphalt interaction, and, well, brakes. Plus, the one traffic carrier with the by far highest concentration of harmful particles is the subway. So if someone were serious about curbing air pollution, the most effective measure would be to close all subways. Needless to say, that would have all kinds of negative effects elsewhere. Likewise, brakes are, well, a safety relevant feature. Like tires. Not sure if we want to touch these issues. Oh, and of course: Wood pellet ovens - the darling of uninformed environmentalists ... really bad polluters when it comes to particle emissions.


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Posted 21 November 2019 - 1000 AM

Brakes become a non-issue regarding pollution togetehr with internal combustion engines.

Hybrids (other than mild hybrids) and EVs mostly brake by magnetic force, so the mechanical brakes are hardly ever used and thus release very few particles.

 

Home heating by oil, pellets, wood or coal is a substantial fine particle source particularly in poor and economic crisis countries where this is used to save money.

Athens is said to have much deteriorated air quality post-2008 because of this.

https://phys.org/new...lls-athens.html

 

Anyway, a single rnadom death is just shit happens, not really worthy of attention if the person is unknown to you by 1st, 2nd and 3rd order of relationships.

There are many, many anonymous and systemic deaths that should motivate policy changes and people keep ignoring those.

 

related

https://twitter.com/...0670849?lang=en


Edited by lastdingo, 21 November 2019 - 1001 AM.

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#2071 Panzermann

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Posted 21 November 2019 - 1114 AM

Being member of the von Wizsäcker family made this case not necessarily random and it could have been political. Well it looks that it kinda was. At least to the twisted mind of the suspect.


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Posted 21 November 2019 - 1429 PM

And that's why I don't pay much attention to such acts.

It's often a case of 'random shit happens' without real meaning.

 

Meanwhile, on that day 35 to us anonymous people got an early grave as a consequence of air pollution by traffic in Germany.

https://www.tagesspi...e/24046760.html

Same as the day before, the day before that, the day before that...that's not random, it's systemic, and worse by more than an order of magitude every day.

Don't get me started on tobacco.

 

I wonder what makes people believe that blindly.


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Posted 26 November 2019 - 0644 AM

Opinions on German-American relations improve on both sides, but remain more positive among Americans than Germans.

NOVEMBER 25, 2019

Despite some improvements, Americans and Germans remain far apart in views of bilateral relations

BY JACOB POUSHTER AND CHRISTINE HUANG


Nearly three years into the Trump administration and less than two years until Angela Merkel has said she would step down as chancellor of Germany, Americans and Germans continue to have notably different perspectives on the relationship between their countries, according to the latest in a series of surveys conducted in both nations by Pew Research Center and Körber-Stiftung.

Americans are optimistic about the bilateral relationship and want to cooperate more with Germany in the future. They also see the U.S. military presence in Germany as very important to American national security. Germans, for their part, see the two countries relationship as strained and place less importance on the American troop presence for their own countrys national security.

Here are eight charts that summarize the findings of the surveys, conducted in September 2019:

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https://www.pewresea...al-relations-2/

Edited by BansheeOne, 26 November 2019 - 0727 AM.

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#2074 Stuart Galbraith

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Posted 26 November 2019 - 0740 AM

I was listening to a BBC podcast on the Berlin wall, and it brought up something intriguing on East German potty training. Which brought me to the following which I have to share. :D

https://www.independ...on-1108462.html

 

Kind of one step up from Phrenology I reckon. Its hard for me to conceive the AFD can be traced back to enforced potty training, but then im no academic.


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Posted 26 November 2019 - 0753 AM

Oh God, that issue again. It has been debated among psychologists as a possible cause of differences between Ossies and Wessies on and off for years. :D
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Posted 26 November 2019 - 0800 AM

I must admit Id never read of this one before. I honestly struggle to understand why the Easteners thought this was a good idea, or even necessary. :D

 

I was just thinking of the gulf the wall left between east and west Germany. How much more immense must the gulf be between the PRC and Hong Kong.


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Posted 26 November 2019 - 0910 AM

Meanwhile, another major museum heist as thieves raid the famous Green Vault of Dresden. Two years ago, a giant 100-kilo Maple Leaf gold coin on loan from Canada was stolen from Berlin's Bode Museum; several members of a local Arab clan are currently on trial for that, and a museum guard is suspected to have been an inside man. The coin has not been found and probably long since molten down. In Dresden, the historical significance of the stolen items is a lot bigger.

Thieves strike priceless treasure trove in Dresden museum heist

25.11.2019

Thieves have broken into Dresden's Grünes Gewölbe, one of the world's oldest museums, and made off with three priceless' sets of 18th century jewelry. The museum houses one of Europe's largest collection of treasures.

Thieves broke into Dresden's Grünes Gewölbe early Monday morning and stole priceless treasures, police said.

The eastern German museum, known in English as the Green Vault, houses one of Europe's largest collection of treasures.

Two thieves were seen on camera entering through a window and later escaping in a vehicle. Police said there may be more people involved.

Police said the thieves targeted the historic section of the museum, which is divided into two sections the historic treasure chamber of Augustus II the Strong dating to 1733, and the new section, which displays individual treasures.

The thieves stole at least three priceless 18th-century jewelry sets, according to General Director of Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden Marion Ackermann. She said the material value was low, but the worth from its historic and cultural value was impossible to gauge.

"We are shocked by the brutality of the burglary," Ackermann said.

Possible fire connection

The museum's power supply was possibly sabotaged by a fire before the break-in. The responsible energy supplier confirmed the incident and said it was investigating if the two events were linked. Police said power failure plunged the entire area into darkness, making video analysis difficult.

Ackermann told German broadcaster ZDF later Monday that multiple alarms were triggered by the burglary itself and through motion detectors in the room. Police were notified with the first alarm.

She also said the perpetrators "couldn't take everything with them because all the objects were also individually secured and were sewn with stitches into the ground."

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https://www.dw.com/e...eist/a-51396783
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#2078 Panzermann

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Posted 26 November 2019 - 1213 PM

Oh God, that issue again. It has been debated among psychologists as a possible cause of differences between Ossies and Wessies on and off for years. :D

 

Living for four decades in quite different states and societies has of course nothing to do with it. Some psychologists have never left their anal phase...


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Posted 26 November 2019 - 1734 PM

 

And that's why I don't pay much attention to such acts.

It's often a case of 'random shit happens' without real meaning.

 

Meanwhile, on that day 35 to us anonymous people got an early grave as a consequence of air pollution by traffic in Germany.

https://www.tagesspi...e/24046760.html

Same as the day before, the day before that, the day before that...that's not random, it's systemic, and worse by more than an order of magitude every day.

Don't get me started on tobacco.

 

I wonder what makes people believe that blindly.

 

 

It's credible because

#1 Government agencies in many developed countries report about the same, despite governments mostly cuddling with big business.

#2 scientific method <- still the best method for coming to conclusions known to mankind

#3 drops in illnesses as air quality becomes better

#4 increase in illnesses as air quality worsens (examples Beijing, Delhi)

 

And your "blindly" is a weak sauce strawman.


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