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The Control Culture

The Control Culture

        A selection of articles that illustrate the pre-occupation of governments with monitoring and controlling their citizens. This post re-instated 03/2017 after being, somewhat mysteriously, deleted from the blog – yet again. Apparently there are some who do not believe in the freedom of the press. 2017 […]

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03/03/2017 at 13:12Control Culture Life&Liberty

Air pollution – not Brexit, not Trump, the issue for 2017

Air pollution – not Brexit, not Trump, the issue for 2017

Air pollution levels around the world have already disrupted much of nature – now they threaten life itself. And diesel cars are the culprit. My opinion …

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05/02/2017 at 12:50Auto Climate Life&Liberty

Whistleblowers in the EU need protection

Whistleblowers in the EU need protection

        “Besides journalists’ legal protections, equivalent protections should be extended to the people who risk their livelihoods, and lives, to bring this information to light in the first place,” wrote Lauren Kirchner, reporting on Columbia Journalism Schools’ seminar “Journalism after Snowden” in January 2014. See this piece […]

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18/11/2016 at 23:25EU Life&Liberty Snowden

Guardian weekend where art thou …

Guardian weekend where art thou …

Today, Saturday September 24th, I thought I would treat myself to a print copy of The Guardian. I like the Saturday paper, and it’s always more relaxing to spread it out and dip into the various parts at random, rather than be limited to robot-like serial consumption that characterises reading […]

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24/09/2016 at 19:25Life&Liberty

Or take arms against a sea of troubles, and by opposing, end them …

Or take arms against a sea of troubles, and by opposing, end them …

          Tales from a Brussels bar – Brexit 3 The bar was quieter tonight. The usual suspects were there – we had planned to discuss Brexit again. But no-one wanted to tallk about it immediately – Maj and co. had gone off to play darts, others […]

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19/06/2016 at 17:02EU Life&Liberty Tales - Brussels bar

Whether tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of European fortune, or …

Whether tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of European fortune, or …

          Tales from a Brussels bar – Brexit 2 Stassos was quoting Shakespeare, but in slightly modified form. “Whether tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of European fortune – or to take arms … that’s what you want to do.” He […]

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27/05/2016 at 20:16EU Life&Liberty Tales - Brussels bar

To Brexit or not to Brexit – that is the question

To Brexit or not to Brexit – that is the question

          Tales from a Brussels bar – Brexit 1 It was a fine Spring evening in Brussels, the sun lingering on the pavements – quite the best time of the year in the city. Steve the Bar had put a couple of barrels and stools outside, […]

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27/05/2016 at 20:15EU Life&Liberty Tales - Brussels bar

Amateur-rocket makers launch Nigeria into space

Amateur-rocket makers launch Nigeria into space

      By Odimegwu Onwumere Gideon Emenike and Chibuisi Nwafor were aged between 16 and 17 years when in 2013 they launched a rocket they’d made into space. Thrity minutes and five kilometres later, it crashed into the plot of Augustine Eke, a retiree. The clatter of the crashed […]

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04/05/2016 at 10:35EU_Business Life&Liberty

Burgundy truffles also safer to eat – they resist radioactivity

Burgundy truffles also safer to eat – they resist radioactivity

Brussels, 03/03/2016. Those prized Burgundy or summer truffles apparently have something more than just the ability to add flavour to fine dishes – they can also resist radioactivity!. Swiss and German researchers have analysed Burgundy truffles collected across regions of central Europe, and found that unlike other fungi, they possess […]

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03/03/2016 at 13:46Climate Life&Liberty

European Parliament calls for Edward Snowden to be protected from extradition

European Parliament calls for Edward Snowden to be protected from extradition

Brussels, 29/10/2015. European Parliament MEPs today called on EU member states to “drop any criminal charges against Edward Snowden, grant him protection and consequently prevent extradition or rendition by third parties.” The call, carried by a narrow margin (285 to 281), is stated as “in recognition of his status as […]

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30/10/2015 at 00:36EU Life&Liberty nsa NUJ Snowden