12 Oct 2015

Merkel “Surprised” As Hundreds Of Thousands March In Berlin Against TTIP “Corporate Dictatorship”

By Michael Krieger: In what is being described as the largest German protest in recent years, hundreds of thousands of enraged citizens descended upon Berlin over the weekend to voice their collective displeasure at the government’s attempt to consolidate corporate dictatorship by passing a democracy killing agreement being marketed as a “free trade” deal, known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
The TTIP is basically the TPP but between the U.S. and Europe as opposed to the U.S. and Asia and parts of Latin America. Like the TPP, it further consolidates corporate power, destroys consumer protections and has been negotiated entirely in secret.
It seems the Germans aren’t prepared to take this assault lying down.

File Extensions Oppress Women

Pro-Male/Anti-Feminist TechnologyMozilla is working on a new compression format called Brotli.  They were going to use the extension, .bro, for Brotli compressed files.  Bro was also going to be the name of the command line tool and the name of the encoding.  
This is harmless, yet since this is Mozilla it went all feminist:
Thanks for pointing that out jyrki, can I talk you out of it? Certainly not too late to change the draft registration. bro has a gender problem, even though the dual meaning is unintentional. It comes of misogynistic and unprofessional due to the world it lives in.
This led to an argument with several responses hidden.  They had to consult a feminist from “the North American culture sphere” to decide what to do:
I have asked a feminist friend from the North American culture-sphere, and she advised against bro.
Mozilla has gotten to the point where it has to ask feminists about file extensions.

Don't Try To Be Respectful To Hypocritical Bigots

Yup, there's no point debating with or pandering to the sensitivities of the KKK, Stormfags, or 3rd wave feminists. ...They're a bunch of bigots. Treat them as such. Felfop Returns

We're Better Feminists Than You!

And if silver ever actually climbed to 2000 dollars per ounce, wouldn't selling an ounce of it in a failed economy become profoundly dangerous? johntheother

“Problems Likely To Snowball From Here,” At World’s Second Largest VW Factory

By Don Quijones: Mexico, the biggest provider of VW vehicles to the U.S. market, is particularly exposed to the spreading fallout. As we warned in the immediate aftermath of the crisis:

When Volkswagen struggles, so does the state of Puebla. The huge manufacturing plant built on the city’s outskirts 50 years ago provides roughly a quarter of local GDP. Its supply chain consists of 150 companies, generating 78,000 jobs – most of them secure and highly paid, at least by local standards. What’s more, Volkswagen recently built a huge new state-of-the-art plant for its Audi subsidiary in San José Chiapa, Puebla.
In the words of my mother-in-law, a born and bred Poblana, there is not a single family in the city of Puebla that does not have some level of exposure to the VW plant.
Now Puebla’s worst nightmares are beginning to come true.

President Putin Gives Leadership Lesson To Dumbshit American Journalists (There Are No Other Kind)

Americans have not seen leadership in so long that they no longer know what it is. Here is Putin with a leadership lesson. Something you probably never saw or heard about in the west. This is Putin answering questions regarding ISIS from a US journalist at the Valdai International Discussion Club in late 2014. Say what you want about Putin... when he's right, he's right. 

Did the European Court Of Justice Just Torpedo The Mother Of All US Trade Agreements?

By Don Quijones: Europe’s already rocky trading relationship with the U.S. just got a whole lot worse. Thanks to one young man’s battle against one of the world’s biggest tech companies, data traffic underpinning the world’s largest trading relationship has been thrown into jeopardy.
As the Wall Street Journal warns, hanging in the balance could be billions of dollars of trade in the online advertising business, as well as more quotidian tasks such as storing human-resources documents about European colleagues.

Gilad Atzmon On The 3rd Intifada And The New Religious War

At least 6 Palestinians have been killed in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank amid heightened tensions in the occupied territories.
Two Palestinian teenagers were shot dead by Israeli forces during scuffles in Khan Yunis, south of the Gaza Strip. At least ten more were also injured. Fierce clashes also broke out between Palestinians and Israeli forces in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Israeli soldiers fired tear gas to disperse the crowd. Press TV.