And some articles again from this last week:
First a German petition against Monsanto, here.
A German article about the recent TTIP events, here.
A season calender in German about when to eat what from an environmental/sustainability standpoint, here.
An article about why it might be too late for our oceans, here.
Some funny modified brand slogans with kind of a true statement behind each of them, here.
A German article about why media and new technologies have nothing to do with content, so why curse smartphones, tablets or e-readers when all you can do with it is the same as in the old days with newspapers or books but in a more handy, easier way, here.
Ongoing scandals around the Berlin BER airport, here, German.
A film tip, German, about waste, it's called "Weggeworfen", here.
Obama still has not closed down Guantanamo, as he had promised back then. But there's also terrible methods to house prisoners in the Federal prisons elsewhere in the country. Have a look here.
Some news about Fukushima after a while, no good ones, here.
And last but not least a really good film about the gloomy situation our world is facing today on so many levels. But instead of only showing how fragile the whole system has become it's taking it a step further, there is hope in our seemingly hopeless world, we just have to keep pushing it into the right direction and hit the critical mass that could trigger a real change. Recommended! It's here.
Chinlone game, Myanmar
Bluebridge ferry, Cook Strait, New Zealand
I found those articles interesting this last week:
An article about facebook and its mind control experiments, here.
Sascha Lobo is a German new media expert, here is a statement about total surveillance and the motives and techniques behind it. There's some tricks by the way about how you can flood the XKeyscore surveillance software, here.
I also like Christian Ströbele's blog, here, him being the head of the NSA investigation committee at German Federal Parliament.
These are the findings out of the interrogation of former NSA officers in the Bundestag, here.
If you care about petitions in Germany actually to avoid bad things to happen, environmentally critical laws to be past or decisions against the citizens to be made, check out campact and their recent pleas and petitions, here.
And something different, an article that focuses on the eyes in photographs, here.
Just before the thunderstorm
Protesters and clothes swapping initiative in front of the new Primark store at Alexanderplatz
Today the second Primark branch in Berlin and the 13th in Germany opened. Primark is a budget clothes and home products manufacturer from Ireland. Its prices are scandalously low with T-Shirts often for no more than 2 €. The company is hugely successful in Europe and people go crazy about the stuff. The clothes can also be described as fast fashion, produced to be thrown away after wearing them once. Was it only about wasting resources like water, land or chemicals and polluting the environment it would be bad enough but it's also about exploiting workers who earn so little that they can't afford a living, working in unsafe factories that burn down or collapse from time to time, like in Bangladesh last year, where about 1.000 garment workers died. And people are often exposed to toxic chemicals as well. All those facts make the products of brands like Primark, KiK or Mango so bad, terrible yet lethal.
As long as the companies refuse to improve working conditions along the production chain and develop an environmentally friendly attitude the only effective thing to do is to stop buying them. There were a lot of people today at Alexanderplatz to protest against Primark and the Inkota network organized some good initiatives, here, like the clothes swapping booth. And there was lots of media with some articles also about the protests here and here. If you have a facebook account you can see the pictures of BUND here, or check out the Lebenskleidung page, here, they covered it very well, too.
By the way, if you need new underwear or basic shirts, check out the ethical clothes by NIKOLAIKIKI,
Happy considered shopping!