Eurodrones: Too politically loaded a venture for Europe?

Originally posted on Stop Making Sense:

Euractiv reports:

A Taranis drone prepares for takeoff at an airfield in England. [© 2014 BAE Systems]‘[...] The Transnational Institute, a research body in Amsterdam, and the London-based advocacy group Statewatch, estimate that the EU has invested at least €300 million in drone research and that the European Defence Agency (EDA) and the European Space Agency have both carried out drone work that could have military uses that skirt European funding rules. “EU drone policy is being fashioned through entirely technocratic processes that remain largely invisible to the parliaments and peoples of Europe,” the groups said a joint report – Eurodrones Inc., published in February. More broadly, there are concerns about interference with regulator air traffic and the potential for mistakes made by pilots who do not have the benefit of being on-site.

Still, momentum is growing for multinational cooperation on developing an EU long-range drone capability, a market now dominated by the United States and Israel. European officials publicly lamented the lack of…

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Refuse to be enemies

Originally posted on The Allegro Agenda:

Source: Twitter #JewsAndArabsRefuseToBeEnemies

Source: Twitter #JewsAndArabsRefuseToBeEnemies

News about the horrific destruction and violent annihilation of human life in the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict, is a constant reminder that the life we live in here in Australia is a sheltered and privileged one compared to so many others around the world.

As each new piece of news or imagery emerges about the situation in the Gaza strip, it is easy to become disillusioned with geopolitics and humankind in general.

The ongoing conflict is related to entrenched ideological divides between Jews and Arabs in Israel and Palestine.

How could religion, culture and power be so important that innocent people, many children, are killed for it every day?

When will we stop seeing people just as numbers, as necessary sacrifices, and start seeing them as people?

When did we as human beings decide to consistently choose power and hatred over peace and acceptance?

It’s enough to make you want to retreat forever. However, amongst all…

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Why You Are Still Alive.

Originally posted on Modular 4:

In a clean, simple and concise way, the video below explains why you are still alive and able to read this.  I haven’t really thought about how my immune system works since college biology, and I’m glad someone took the time to create this animated infographic to explain it. I relearned something, and got a nice visual treat as well. Really nice design and animation work here. Oh and the 8 bit game audio track is a definite plus.

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Brazil’s Newly Contacted Tribe Already Has the Flu, and It Could Wipe Them Out

Originally posted on Brazil Portal:

Jason Koebler – Motherboard, 7/22/2014

It has happened many times before, and it’s happening again: Members of apreviously uncontacted tribe that recently made contact with the outside world have gotten sick. Now, they’ve retreated back into the Amazon Rainforest, which is very bad news, as it puts the entire tribe at risk of infection—and possibly death.

Last month, seven members of an unnamed, uncontacted tribe in northwestern Brazil became the first of its kind to interact with the Brazilian government in nearly 20 years after reportedly being driven out of the forest by a traumatic event—perhaps the invasion of their land by illegal loggers in Peru. The tribe had been living in the forest completely uninterrupted and without communication with the world outside of the Amazon Rainforest, which is one of the reasons they’re often referred to as “isolated” tribes.

In any case, each of the seven tribe members got the flu, according to FUNAI, the…

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Brazil’s Bull’s Eye Stamps

Originally posted on Past & Present:

The first-ever stamps issued by Brazil were released on the first of August in 1843. This was especially notable because, at the time, the only other country-wide stamp issue came from Great Britain. There had been other stamps, but only confined to specific regions within countries.

The Bull’s Eye stamps had the values of 30, 60 and 90 reis. They came out during the International Exposition in Rio de Janeiro, some issued in a special souvenir sheet.

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The stamps got their name because of their shapes. The value of the stamps lay inside ovals inside the square stamps; added to their arrangements on the sheets, the stamps mimicked the eyes of a bull. Later, smaller designs were named snake’s eyes and cat’s eyes, and similar blue stamps were called goat’s eyes.

Brazil printed over three million Bull’s Eye stamps. As a result, they’re not the rarest stamps in the world – but…

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Salvador, Bahia

Originally posted on The Treehouse:

Cristo Redentor -  Salvador, BR

Cristo Redentor – Salvador, BR

Porto de Barra Beach

Praia do Farol da Barra

Panorama view from the Cristo Redentor

Panorama view from the Cristo Redentor

Praia do Porto da Barra

Praia do Porto da Barra

Forte Santa Maria

Forte Santa Maria

Forte de São Diogo

Forte de São Diogo

The game I joined.

The game I joined.

View from my hosts apartment in Salvador.

View from my hosts apartment in Salvador.

The Ministry of Farming building in downtown Salvador.

The Ministry of Farming building in downtown Salvador.

Notice the fruit in the righthand corner of the picture. That's a Caju...aka the fruit which produces cashews!

Notice the fruit in the righthand corner of the picture. That’s a Caju…aka the fruit which produces cashews!

A restoration project downtown.

A restoration project downtown.

A brand new building downtown.

A brand new building downtown.

Elevador Lacerda: the elevator which connects the lower portion of the city to the higher portion.

Elevador Lacerda: the elevator which connects the lower and higher levels of the city.

Naval building

Naval building downtown

Part of historic downtown Salvador

Part of historic downtown Salvador

The lower and higher parts of Salvador.

The lower and higher parts of Salvador.

Nossa Senhora da Conceição da Praia

Nossa Senhora da Conceição da Praia

Nossa Senhora da Conceição da Praia

Inside Nossa Senhora da Conceição da Praia.

View from the higher level of Salvador.

View from the higher level of Salvador.

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The writing on the wall

Originally posted on Reading Race, Collecting Cultures:

Our archive volunteer Helen has uncovered a fascinating story about women confronting racism in 1970s Manchester…

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Decades before Facebook and Twitter allowed people who had never met to communicate anonymously, a group of women from Manchester decided to use a real life ‘wall’ to gather views from local people on the subject of racism. The women, from Longsight and Levenshulme, were united by their opposition to the National Front, a right-wing, racist organisation that was responsible for preaching racial hatred and carrying out violent attacks on members of Britain’s ethnic minority communities. On discussing how to react to a planned National Front march in the city, the women came up with the idea of a ‘wall newspaper’ where they could get local people to air their views on the National Front. The wall newspaper was put up in Longsight’s main shopping street. According to the women:

This was only a few days…

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City Living

Originally posted on shakeystacey:

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I’ve been loving living in Manchester the past few weeks and trying to get out and about to try different places. Clockwise from top left: Red’s True Barbeque, Spinningfields, Moretti Gran Tour, Jazz Festival, Almost Famous, Pizza Express.
Have you been to Manchester? What are your favourite places?

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Pacific Collection Review

Originally posted on Mancultural:

Since I joined the Manchester Museum at the end of April 2014, I have been working on the important collection of material from the Pacific, with the aim of improving our collections documentation and the storage conditions for our objects.

Systematically working through the stored collections, I have been making sure that objects have correct locations recorded on our database – a crucial piece of data for good collections management. I have also been photographing objects to add images to the database, which is helpful is allowing us to quickly identify a particular object when we receive enquiries from colleagues, researchers and members of the public.

Indigenous Australian objects in our store.

Indigenous Australian objects in our store.

This approach to reviewing the collection has brought to light a number of issues; how should we look after objects which are secret or sacred in their originating communities? How do we deal with historical terms which have…

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Tokyo Festival To Open With Marvel’s ‘Big Hero 6,’ Close With ‘Parasyte’

Originally posted on Variety:

TOKYO –The Tokyo International Film Festival will open its 27th edition with the world premiere of “Big Hero 6,” Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Don Hall and Chris Williams animation about the adventures of a teenaged robotics prodigy and his robot companion in the fictional city of San Fransokyo.

The fest will unspool Oct. 23-31 in the Roppongi Hills entertainment and shopping complex, as well as other venues around Tokyo. “Big Hero 6″ will be released by Disney in Japan on Dec. 20.

Closing the fest will be “Parasyte,” a sci-fi actioner by Takashi Yamazaki, who also directed the smash WWII kamikaze pilot drama “The Eternal Zero.”

Based on a hit comic by Hitoshi Iwaaki that was serialized from 1990 to 1995 and sold 11 million copies in paperback editions, “Parasyte” stars Shota Sometani (“Himizu”) as a high school boy whose arm is invaded by a alien life form — and…

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