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EU Ombudswoman publishes damning report on Juncker’s right hand Martin Selmayr’s appointment as highest civil servant. No-one cares

  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • “The Commission’s actions involved a manipulation of the rules governing senior management appointments so as to convey the impression that the appointment procedures, in the case of Mr Selmayr, were applied correctly and that the outcome, in turn, was fair and correct. In fact, this was not the case and the entire affair, starting in January 2018, if not earlier, was arranged to ensure the appointment of Mr Selmayr as Secretary-General.”
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    After a decade, ESA finally locates SMART-1’s final resting place where it crash-landed on the Moon

  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • Fighting against Earth’s gravitational field, it put itself in orbit around the moon. Eventually, though frugal, SMART-1 ran out of fuel and was inextricably attracted by the Moon. So on 3 September 2006, it crashed, after successfully fulfilling its mission and remaining active beyond expectations.
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    14 y/o German girl raped and murdered. Immigrant suspect Ali Bashar fled back to Iraq, now detained by Kurdish security forces

  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • Newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ) reported on 7 June that the body was of Susanna. Public Prosecutor Achim Thoma, during a press conference on Thursday, said the autopsy had confirmed her identity. Cause of death is said to have been “use of force on the neck.” In addition, the autopsy found that the girl was raped, leading the Chief of Police to speak of “a very repugnant crime”.
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    Juncker running his mouth again: “Italians need to work harder”. But also: “Countries first, Europe second” and now we’re confused

  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • “Italians have to take care of the poor regions of Italy. That means more work; less corruption; seriousness. We will help them as we always did. But don’t play this game of loading with responsibility the EU. A country is a country, a nation is a nation. Countries first, Europe second.”
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    ESA’s satellites just produced the most accurate 3D view of Antartica’s ice sheets and floating ice shelves

  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • CryoSat uses a radar altimeter, that detects tiny variations in the height of the ice across the entire continent, which includes the steeper continental margins. The vast majority of ice losses occur there. The model uses about 250 million measurements, taken by CryoSat between July 2010 en July 2016. This is about 5 million more than used for the previous version – for a snapshot of 95% of the continent, up by 3%.
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    European Commission proposes new €373 billion budget to “match ambitions with resources” after Brexit, which basically means increased taxes across the board

  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • Because it wants to “match ambitions with resources” the EC says it will fund “new and pressing priorities”. Amongst those are research and innovation, young people (?), the digital economy (?), the pet peeve sustainability, border management, and security and defense. The EC believes this will “contribute to prosperity, sustainability and security in the future.”
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    Somali migrant who attempted to rape Dutch woman sends her death threats from Mogadishu after being deported

  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • “I am happy and frightened at the same time. Happy and relieved that he is out of the country. Finally. Frightened, because right after he landed there, I received a direct dead threat from Somalia. It is very, very intimidating. I know it’s him. (…) He feels he is the victim. He is far away, but his friends are still here. He has threatened me before. He should be convicted for that too.”
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    Summary: Kenneth Clark’s Civilisation’s final episode – The age of Industry to the age of the Atom

  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • Although he sees much that is threatening, Clark seems to still be positive about this, our era. Almost fifty years later, it is hard to share some of his positive ideas, whereas some of the negatives aren’t as heavy on our mind as they were before the end of the Cold War. But Clark’s idea, that “it is lack of confidence, more than anything else, that kills a civilisation,” is stronger than ever.
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    Dutch debating centre’s windows smashed and doors vandalised by left-wing activists ahead of hosting MP’s Thierry Baudet’s Forum for Democracy party

  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • “Everybody that chooses to give this group a stage – whether for ideological, indifferent [sic] or commercial reason – contributes to the spread and normalisation of fascism and thereby makes himself a target.”

    The post closes by announcing “appropriate action” while inviting “autonomous action.” The last words are “FCK FVD”.

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    Austria: Romanian man locks up and rapes two women: breaks one victim’s nose, jaw, ribs

  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • According to police spokeswoman Irina Streier: “the 38-year old was beaten, physically abused and raped multiple times by the accused. The victim was operated upon and had to spend weeks in hospital.” In hospital she was treated for broken bones and wounds to the face. Amongst others, the woman’s nose, jaw and multiple ribs were broken.
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