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Just wanted to shoot you a quick note as I noted you blog a lot about the EU elections. So I voted myself last week Thursday. In my local gym, in and out within 3 minutes and after that I went for a workout. Pretty easy and well organized. Dutch-style.Wahlen sind wie Heizung, fließend Wasser und gutes Internet. Man lernt sie erst wertzuschätzen, wenn man sie verliert.
[...] my partner is Romanian who wanted to vote yesterday. So we got up, had lazy breakfast, cycled over to Diemen (suburb city near Amsterdam, 20 minute bike ride) where we ended up in a residential area near a shopping mall. We were there at roughly 12:30.
My girlfriend had to wait in line for more than 9 (!!!!) hours. I was there for most of the day to support her (I snuck out for an hour and had a beer with a buddy who lives close, by) then went back to hand out stroopwafels to people. Again; she had to wait 9 (!) hours. Thousands of people in a very long queue sneaking through this residential area. Just five voting booths in total.
Several people appealed to the Romanian embassy for an extension. Of course that approval never came. When talking to a lot of people it seemed that everyone's convinced that the ruling PSD party seems to really do everything in their power to make the huuuge Romanian diaspora not able to vote as easily (as they know they'll easily lose it then). Stories about old grandma's on the country side who are bused in the vote etc. I spoke with a lot of people.
Anyhow, the mayor of Diemen showed up. Said it was a disgrace what was happening, told people to keep the faith. People stayed in the rain until the very end!. My girlfriend after nine hours was one of the last ten people pushed in by cops that guarded the door of the voting station at the end. Then they had to close the door. They tried to get as many people to go in at the last minute, they opened up an overflow room, probably helped violate a thousand fire code and regulations, but they pushed as many people in around the clock of nine. But obviously they couldn't interfere with the voting process itself. And there were still hundreds if not a thousand people waiting outside.
I've never seen anything like it. People in tears. A girl very upset saying that "thirty years ago people died so we could vote and now my vote is being taken away from it" etc. It's been a very upsetting and eye-opening experience for me. There were so many people still waiting in line to vote when the doors closed. And they knew they were not going to make it but most of them stayed anyway. To ride it out to it's bitter end.
There were reports of The Hague where the riot police had to do a few charges as upset Romanians climbed over the fences to the embassy as they wanted to vote. In the Netherlands there were only four voting places. I spoke to young couple, the girl of whom it was the first time voting ever, and they traveled from the North of the Netherlands (Groningen) all the way there. They just about made it. But this is what they do man; wear people down, make it as hard as possible to make their voices heard.
Then in Munich the police extended the perimeter of the embassy temporarily so that everyone who was already on embassy ground and "on Romanian soil" could get the ability to vote. So kudo's for the Munich police (nice for a change huh? ;-). See a source here. Google Translate should do the trick there.
Here is an English translation source on the news of the Netherlands.
And a statement of the mayor of Diemen [Vorsicht: Facebook-Link]
I have some footage of him coming out and calming the crowd down etc. He stayed till the end at t he voting station and thanked everyone personally. My girlfriend spoke with him for a bit too and thanked him. A few other people were trying to get the crowd riled up but everyone stayed nice and calmed the upset people down. No riot police seen although the cops had them ready somewhere if things got heated.
Kristian Lum, who co-wrote a 2016 paper that tested the algorithmic mechanisms of PredPol with real crime data, told Motherboard in a phone call that although PredPol is powered by complicated-looking mathematical formulas, its actual function can be summarized as a moving average—or an average of subsets within a data set.Wie geil! Die Firma hat die Cops aber mal so RICHTIG verarscht!
“The level of simplicity there is buried in all the talk about using these fancy seismographic models with aftershocks,” Lum said. “In practice, at least for the data that I as a researcher have looked at, it reduced to, for the most part, not anything that was really significantly different than just a moving average.” Basically, PredPol takes an average of where arrests have already happened, and tells police to go back there.HARR HARR HARR
Na DIE Anschaffung hat sich ja gelohnt! Your tax money at work!
Update: Wohlgemerkt: Nicht dass jetzt jemand denkt "immerhin so gut wie Erdbebenvorhersage"! Für Erdbeben haben wir Sensoren! Erdbeben, die keiner bemerkt und meldet gibt es nicht. Verbrechen natürlich schon.
"When we talk about criminal actors, a person about to commit a robbery on a Muni coach is typically not paying their fare," Cmdr. Mikail Ali said. "Fare evasion is the nexus by which we make those initial contacts [with criminals]."Also wenn das keine stringente, überzeugende Argumentation ist, dann weiß ich auch nicht.
Fare-evasion enforcement is a way to catching more serious criminals, Ali said, "who in some cases possess firearms while on Muni coaches."
Increased police presence is a deterrent to acts of terrorism, he said. "That's a good thing."
In essence, terrorists could be more likely to be fare cheats.
"We're gonna go ahead with the plan with the burner. Like we talked about," said one deputy. Minutes later another deputy's voice said: "The burner's deployed and we have a fire."Also so einen tragischen Fall von Selbstmord hatten wir ja schon lange nicht mehr!
Here’s what happened: the remaining three troopers of Iron Sky crew (we specifically do not want to reveal their names – so even if you know who we are talking about, please don’t shout their names to the net) were sipping their drinks in the wee hours of morning, when suddenly the door was slammed open, and four or so coppers and police dogs rushed in. They grabbed our team members very damn brutally, and manhandled them out on the street, smashing the Australian guy face first into the concrete. Then they handcuffed him, and started kicking him while he was on the ground. The other guy – a Finn – tried to stop them and find out what was going on, but he was put down on this knees, and when he tried to get up, the last thing he remembers is a police coming at him fast, before he woke up in an ambulance with a headwound.OK, das ist ja eine Sache, auf Demonstranten die eigene Bevölkerung zu verprügeln, schlimm genug. Aber wild Passanten und Touristen zusammenschlagen, während sie in einer Kneipe ein Bierchen trinken? Das ist ja wohl ein Desaster!
Da hat eine bestimmte Stiftung, die der Lord nicht namentlich nennen will, angeboten, den Briten einen riesigen Haufen Geld zu geben.
"We have this extraordinary request to assist in a major financial reconstruction. It is megabucks, but we need your help to assist us in understanding whether this business is legitimate".Das ist ja schon spannend. Aber es wird noch cooler. Denn der Empfänger der Gesprächsangebote dieser mysteriösen Stiftung hat sich nicht an den Finanzminister gewendet, sondern an jemand anderen, der für IRA (!) bei der Bank of England (!!) Geld gewaschen hat.
I had the biggest put-down of my life from my noble friend Lord Strathclyde when I told him this story. He said, "Why you? You're not important enough to have the answer to a question like that". He is quite right, I am not important enough, but the answer to the next question was, "You haven't got the experience for it". Yes I do. I have had one of the biggest experiences in the laundering of terrorist money and funny money that anyone has had in the City. I have handled billions of pounds of terrorist money.Und dann
My biggest terrorist client was the IRA and I am pleased to say that I managed to write off more than £1 billion of its money. I have also had extensive connections with north African terrorists, but that was of a far nastier nature, and I do not want to talk about that because it is still a security issue. I hasten to add that it is no good getting the police in, because I shall immediately call the Bank of England as my defence witness, given that it put me in to deal with these problems.Heilige Scheiße, das geht ja ab im Britischen Parlament! Der Hammer ist, dass die Sitzung natürlich nicht öffentlich ist, aber sie landet halt trotzdem im offiziellen Logbuch, wo man sie einsehen kann.
Die Sache ist bei diesem Mann gelandet, weil Leute ihn von damals kennen, und wissen, dass er Leute kennt, und im Zweifelsfall mal gucken kann, ob eine Institution in Ordnung ist oder eine Front für "die Terroristen" oder so. Daher landete die Sache auf seinem Schreibtisch.
Der Mann hat also mal nachgeforscht, für 20 Wochen sagt er, und ist zu dem Schluss gekommen, dass diese Stiftung kein Fake ist. Er hat also ein Meeting zwischen dem Vorsitzenden des Oberhauses und dieser ominösen Stiftung veranstaltet, aber das lief nicht so gut.
I found myself between a rock and a hard place that were totally paranoid about each other, because the foundation X people have an amazing obsession with their own security. They expect to be contacted only by someone equal to head of state status or someone with an international security rating equal to the top six people in the world. This is a strange situation.Die Stiftung hat gesagt, hey, wenn ihr uns nicht glaubt, wir haben bereits 5 Milliarden Pfund bei britischen Banken deponiert. Das wollte der eine Lord nicht glauben, weil das ja aufgefallen wäre.
You could not have £5 billion popping out of a bank account without it disrupting the balance sheet completely. But I remember that at about the same time as those transfers were being made the noble Lord, Lord Myners [former Labour Treasury Minister], was indulging in his game of rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic of the British banking community.Wenn das stimmt, dass die da fünf Milliarden reingepumpt haben, dann würde ihnen das Parlament die Rettung des Bankensystems schulden. Das ist ein starkes Argument, und um so krasser, dass das Parlament das gar nicht mitgekriegt hat.
Und es wird noch verschwörerischer: die Stiftung hat denen ernsthaft erklärt, ihr Reichtum sei noch seit den 20er Jahren des letzten Jahrhunderts mit Gold gedeckt. Mit Gold!!
Der andere sachverständige Lord meinte darauf, das kann gar nicht sein, denn so viel Gold gibt es ja gar nicht, woraufhin unser Geldwäscheexperte das hier entgegenhielt:
He had tapped into the sources that are available and there is only one definitive source for the amount of bullion that has ever been taken from the earth's crust. That was a National Geographic magazine article 12 years ago. Whatever figure it was that was quoted was then quoted again on six other sites on the internet—on Google. Everyone is quoting one original source; there is no other confirming authority. But if you tap into the Vatican accounts—of the Vatican bank— come up with a claim of total bullion—KRASS. Da fehlt echt nur noch der Mossad in der Geschichte :-)
Ich weiß ja nicht, wie euch das geht, aber für mich klingt das wie ein Nigeria-Scam. Eine derartig wilde Geschichte, wo jemand Milliarden von Pfund "zur Weltrettung" beisteuern will, und der will als Gegenleistung kein Mitspracherecht und keine Zinsen?! Das muss doch ein Nigeria-Scam werden!
Update: Die Primärquelle für den Austausch ist übrigens unter www.publications.parliament.uk einsehbar.
Update: So sieht der aus, falls sich das noch jemand gefragt hat. Für mich am spannensten daran:
Consultant, Cerberus Capital Management LP (New York)
Cerberus ist eine Heuschrecke. Oh und was der sonst so macht: Firmen reparieren, und zwar richtig große. U.a. Lloyd's of London und die Millenium Dome Geschichte. Und der hat auch sonst großartige Geschichten zu erzählen, z.B. die hier über ein Lied von Göring und Sex mit einem Känguru.
Update: Das klingt nach einem Hoax des "Office of International Treasury Control", der Modus Operandi passt jedenfalls.
Später hat er dann erfahren, dass er junge Menschen fotografiert habe, aber sie das nicht vor Ort sagen wollten, um Scham und Schande von ihm fern zu halten (yeah, right).
Oh und sie haben sich entschieden, dass das bloß ein "stop and talk" war, kein "stop and search". Obwohl sie ihn ein Formular "Stop and Search" hatten ausfüllen lassen vor Ort. (Danke, Thomas)
And in the coming years, law enforcement authorities around the world will be able to rely on iris patterns, face-shape data, scars and perhaps even the unique ways people walk and talk, to solve crimes and identify criminals and terrorists. The FBI will also retain, upon request by employers, the fingerprints of employees who have undergone criminal background checks so the employers can be notified if employees have brushes with the law.Und weil wir es mit der Bush-Junta zu tun haben, schämen die sich nicht mal:
"Bigger. Faster. Better. Thats the bottom line," said Thomas E. Bush III, assistant director of the FBIs Criminal Justice Information Services Division, which operates the database from its headquarters in the Appalachian foothills.Wo kommen die Daten her? Na sie führen einfach zusammen, was sie haben:
The use of biometric data is increasing throughout the government. For the past two years, the Defense Department has been storing in a database images of fingerprints, irises and faces of more than 1.5 million Iraqi and Afghan detainees, Iraqi citizens and foreigners who need access to U.S. military bases. The Pentagon also collects DNA samples from some Iraqi detainees, which are stored separately.Yeah, die ganzen kriminellen Visa-Applikanten! Und die, die blöde genug waren, ihnen freiwillig ihre Daten zu geben.
The Department of Homeland Security has been using iris scans at some airports to verify the identity of travelers who have passed background checks and who want to move through lines quickly. The department is also looking to apply iris- and face-recognition techniques to other programs. The DHS already has a database of millions of sets of fingerprints, which includes records collected from U.S. and foreign travelers stopped at borders for criminal violations, from U.S. citizens adopting children overseas, and from visa applicants abroad. There could be multiple records of one persons prints.
Aber denkt mal weiter.
Soon, the server at CJIS headquarters will also compare palm prints and, eventually, iris images and face-shape data such as the shape of an earlobe. If all goes as planned, a police officer making a traffic stop or a border agent at an airport could run a 10-fingerprint check on a suspect and within seconds know if the person is on a database of the most wanted criminals and terrorists. An analyst could take palm prints lifted from a crime scene and run them against the expanded database. Intelligence agents could exchange biometric information worldwide.Und was machen sie dann mit den Daten?
At the West Virginia University Center for Identification Technology Research (CITeR), 45 minutes north of the FBIs biometric facility in Clarksburg, researchers are working on capturing images of peoples irises at distances of up to 15 feet, and of faces from as far away as 200 yards. Soon, those researchers will do biometric research for the FBI.So und jetzt aktivieren wir mal Sci-Fi. Ich stelle mir ja Crowd Control Roboter für Demonstrationen vor, die automatisiert die "Gefährder" rausziehen. Oder Scharfschützengewehre, bei denen im Zielfernrohr eine grüne Lampe angeht, wenn ein Gesicht erkannt wird. Klar, false positives hat man immer, aber wir müssen hier das Wohl der Bevölkerung über das des Einzelnen stellen!1!!
Covert iris- and face-image capture is several years away, but it is of great interest to government agencies.