Flattr Report, October 2012

What I flattrd throughout September, a total of 87 things. Flattr is a system of microdonations, where you give a fixed sum every month (for example €2 or €25), and you choose throughout the month what to ”flattr”. The more things you flattr, the more your fixed sum evens out between these, but you always give out the same sum. Flattr is excellent for supporting bloggers, entrepeneurs, news sites, et cetera, without having to donate large amounts of money.

Pirate Lost Mayoral Election in Saarlouis, Germany
Anna Troberg
Flattr – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Donera till Piratpartiet
Subscriptions made easier
WikimediaFoundation on Flattr
Diaspora Pod Diasp.org
ktetch on Flattr
[LIVE] 2012 Dutch Parliamentary Elections
PiratePartyCZ on Flattr
Portugal Declares File-Sharing for Personal Use Legal
Bok och bibliotek – a pirate love story
urbansundstrom on Flattr
PRQ Police Raid Takes Down Dozens of File-Sharing Sites
Efterskalvet av sexintygshistorien
Open Source Textbooks: Learning Was Meant to be Free
Polisrazzian mot PRQ: Internet är ett kafferep
Pirate Bay Will Be Back “Soon”
Anna Troberg « Anna Troberg (#152739)
It’s time to kick ass, download warez and chew bubblegum… and I’m all out of gum.
Du är nu en del av rörelsen framåt!
Swedish Pirate Party Surges After File-Sharing Host Facility Raided
PRQ Raid Targets Revealed, Pirate Party Gets Boost, Plot Thickens….
The Pirate Bay Returns After 2 Days Downtime
Falkvinge on Infopolicy
Nyhetsbrev 2009-11-28
Sargoth on Flattr
imFlattrd.com – Sargoth
PPI blocked from becoming observer members of WIPO
AB Debatt: “Anonymous får oss andra nätaktivister att greppa skämskudden”
Anna Troberg « Anna Troberg (#154534)
Anna Troberg « Daniel (#153631)
Court Positively Scolds Embassy For Revoking Pirate Bay Founder’s Passport
Den här gången är piraterna redo, är antipiraterna det?
Anna Troberg « Anna Troberg (#153697)
Nu outar jag mitt bisarra dubbelliv
Det är ett gott tecken när folk börjar förutspå ens nedgång och fall
Beatrice Ask tar tacksamt emot Anonymous present
Nu är det dags att börja lära känna varandra lite bättre
Made of Dreams
Flattr Appreciation During August
About Us
The Team
The Pirate Movement on Facebook and Twitter – August 2012
PPEU Conference Barcelona
Czech Pirates Prepare for National Elections
Flattr Appreciation During September Euro 20.49
Pirate Party Sweden Sees Major Member Surge
Regional and municipal elections in Belgium
Czech Pirate Party Election Results
Belgian Pirate Party Election Results, 14 votes short
Alex Arnold Becomes the First Elected Pirate Mayor!
Introduction of The Pirate Party of Slovenia
Pirate Party in ACT Australia Elections
Efter sig själv dömmer man andra
Greek Pirates Reach 1% In Polls And Are Ready For Their 1st Congress
The Life and Death of ACTA
Anton Nordenfur « Urban Sundström (#37395)
Czech PP Celebrates First Pirate Senator
First time elections for the Galician Pirates
Pirate Parties Win First Senator’s Seat, Czech Win International Race
opassande « emma (#31487)
Måste dumpa de här länkarna nånstans, som nån slags historik
Stallman Endorses Pirate Party Position on Trademarks, Patent and Copyright Monopolies
Results From the First ‘Piratas de Galicia’ Election!
Tänker ni på cupcakes medan jag sitter och är morbid?
A World Without Poop
Parasiten CopySwede
Upphovsrättsextremisterna tvingar dig att betala för saker du inte bett om att få
GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program
Sunday Elections Look Promising for Piraten Basel
Anton Nordenfur « Christer (#38566)
Rodrigo Jorquera: “Participation of everyone will lead to a better government”
Austrian General Convention Made Clear Ship For Upcoming Elections
European Pirate Parties Protest Against INDECT
Varför är det så många förslag och omröstningar på mötet?
#exile6e – a Pirate Docuseries
You Can’t Win Them All – Election Results from Finland and the ACT
How Sweden Found an Effective Way of Broadening their Politics
Pirates Ready for Municipal Elections on Sunday in Finland

Flattr report, September 2012

What I flattrd throughout September, a total of 59 things. Flattr is a system of microdonations, where you give a fixed sum every month (for example €2 or €25), and you choose throughout the month what to ”flattr”. The more things you flattr, the more your fixed sum evens out between these. Flattr is excellent for supporting bloggers, entrepeneurs, news sites, et cetera, without having to donate large amounts of money.

Thing Owner
Anna Troberg annatroberg
Flattr – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia WikimediaFoundation
Donera till Piratpartiet Piratpartiet
Dutch Pirate Party Ready To Enter National Parliament torrentfreak
History And Anatomy Of A Silly Drug Ban Falkvinge
Free & Social StatusNet instance MMN-o
Pirate Bay Founder Arrest Followed By $59m Swedish Aid Package For Cambodia torrentfreak
Piratpartiet borde! Sargoth
Three Reasons Child Porn Must Be Re-Legalized In The Coming Decade Falkvinge
Sweden Kidnapped My Friend, Pirate Bay Co-Founder Anakata torrentfreak
qnrq.se qnrq
Do the Pirates stand a chance in the US? Pirate_Times
<untitled> ktetch
Dutch Election Today! First National Seat For the Pirates? Pirate_Times
Att skriva utan att få hänga med läsarna efteråt är som att äta kola med pappret på annatroberg
PPNL Did Not Get a Seat But the Future is Looking Bright Pirate_Times
Anna Troberg « Anna Troberg (#141459) annatroberg
The Pirate spirit detouring around politicians and stereotypes Pirate_Times
Plastic Pirates Putin to Prison Pirate_Times
Dutch Pirate Party Triples Support, But Misses Parliament Falkvinge
Who Votes For Pirates? Pirate_Times
What is #piratepartyusa? Pirate_Times
About Us Pirate_Times
Introduction of the Norwegian Pirate Party Pirate_Times
How Sweden Found an Effective Way of Broadening their Politics Pirate_Times
Pirate weekend in London Pirate_Times
PirateCon – the PPUK conference Pirate_Times
Worlds most resiliant tracking thepiratebay
BitTorrent Client Comparison torrentfreak
The Team Pirate_Times
Julia Schramm and DMCA Takedowns – a Pirate and Her Copyright Pirate_Times
Kommunikation Kunskap Kontroll kkkinfo
Intyg om att jag haft sex efterfrågas Wester
wester.me Wester
Politiker kommer undan med det mesta, men inte sånt som luktar dubbelmoral annatroberg
Neither left nor right – an essay on Pirate politics Pirate_Times
Interview with Dirk Poot, first candidate of the Dutch Pirate Party Pirate_Times
Sagor från livbåten scatcat
Flattr Appreciation During August Pirate_Times
Vem tänker på att Apjesus skyddas av upphovsrätt? rsms
Pirate Mayor Elected in Switzerland illunatic
Politicians get away with murder, but not double standards annatroberg
Alex Arnold Becomes the First Elected Pirate Mayor! Pirate_Times
Politiker können sich alles erlauben aber, niemals Doppelmoral annatroberg
Vilda Tyresö – en berättelse om väljarförakt Perzec
Introduction of the Pirate Party of Catalonia Pirate_Times
Jehovas vittnens utredning kring mitt sexliv går vidare Wester
The Life and Death of ACTA Pirate_Times
The Pirate Movement on Facebook and Twitter – September 2012 Pirate_Times
Man måste möta mänskligheten demoner på regelbunden basis för att undvika dem annatroberg
Inside the Clean-IT conflict Pirate_Times
The CETA IPR-Chapter Controversy Pirate_Times
From “Paisios” to “Pastitsios” there’s a blasphemy Pirate_Times
PP Sweden Prepares for Important Member Meeting Pirate_Times
Running an Information Stand Pirate_Times
File-Sharing for Personal Use Declared Legal in Portugal torrentfreak
Portugal Declares File-Sharing for Personal Use Legal Pirate_Times
Anna Troberg « Anna Troberg (#150610) annatroberg
Pirate Lost Mayoral Election in Saarlouis, Germany Pirate_Times

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Can the Dutch Pirates get into parliament?

So far, none of the over 40 pirate parties throughout the world have gotten into national parliament. Sweden got into the European Parliament in 2009, Germany has managed several state elections throughout 2011 and 2012, and there are some pirates spread out locally (full list).

Next week marks the national election in the Netherlands, in which the Pirate Party might actually enter parliament. Several polls now show between one and two pirate seats in the parliament.

TorrentFreakPirate Times. Picture from www.piratenpartij.nl.

My RSS feeds

Having gone off from traditional newspapers and TV reports more and more in the last few years, I’m now getting almost all of my news from RSS feeds (what is RSS?), anything from private blogs such as mine, to larger science blogs, news outlets and organisations such as NASA, and – let’s face it – a bunch of other stuff just for fun. I decided to make this post to go through all English language feeds I follow. Count all these feeds as recommended. In no specific order.

  • xkcd: One of the best web series out there, with good nerd and science humour.
  • Morito Ergo Sum: A promising, up and coming doom metal band.
  • Richard Wiseman: A British psychologist, with lots of great visual illusions (like the one to the right), puzzles and interesting thoughts.
  • SMBC Comics: Funny, skeptical comics from the SMBC team, which I’ve linked to several times in the past.
  • To Posterity – and Beyond!: The blog of Cori Samuels, an audio book recorder I totally fell in love with after hearing her LibriVox rendition of William Morris’ ”The Wood Beyond the World” (which I reviewed here). Her blog is extremely slow on updates, but still of interest.
  • TorrentFreak: The best news source I’ve found concerning internet piracy and filesharing. Although extremely subjective (pro-piracy), they report a great deal on the recent news concerning police busts, laws, new technology, interviews and studies.
  • Wuffmorgenthaler: Another web series, of much lower quality than SMBC and xkcd, but still fun sometimes.
  • Dinosaur Comics: Yet another web series, much wordier than the other, but (most of the time) a lot of fun. Plus, it has dinosaurs.
  • Just Bento: Cool pictures of and recipes for Japanese box lunches (like the one to the right).
  • The Big Picture: With the tagline ”News stories in photographs”, this is a news source which sort of focuses on the tragic events (such as the Japanese nuclear incident last March), and has a lot of excellent, provocative pictures to go along with them.
  • WebUrbanist: Cool architecture. Sort of.
  • Anton Nordenfur: My own blog. Just to see if the RSS feed is working properly.
  • Ars Technica: The latest news in computer technology – computers, operative systems, smart phones, smart TV, tablets, et cetera.
  • Astro-photo.nl: The astronomy blog of André van der Hoeven, the dude who took the Moon picture that I wrote about yesterday. Lots of cool space photos.
  • Brainstorm Headquarters: The blog of Fredrik Bränström, rarely updated but excellent when it is.
  • Discover Blogs: This feed includes multiple blogs under Discover Magazine, including the awesome Phil Plait’s Bad Astronomy. A great way to keep up with science news from many different fields, some interesting and some less interesting.
  • Explore. Dream. Discover. (and bring a parrot): The rarely updated blog of the fantastic Kaylee, a skeptic parrot owner. Sometimes in Swedish, sometimes in English.
  • Hacking Chinese: A blog by Olle Linge on learning Chinese, which I’ve referenced a couple of times before.
  • LROC News: News released from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera, which produced the Apollo 11 photo I wrote about a couple days ago.
  • NASA Breaking News: Constant updates about the work of the American Air and Space Administration.
  • Neurologica: The blog of Dr. Steven Novella, probably most famous as the host of the podcast The Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe, which I follow avidly since a year past or so. A practicing neuroscientist giving a ”daily fix of neuroscience, skepticism, and critical thinking”.
  • Olle Linge: The personal blog of Olle Linge behind Hacking Chinese. Sometimes in Swedish, sometimes in English.
  • Science-Based Medicine: A blog on scientific medicine, combating nonscientific medicine, basically. With editors and contributors like Steve Novella (who also runs Neurologica), Mark Krislip, David Gorsky and others.
  • Skepchick: The skeptic women organisation Skepchick’s blog, with multiple contributors headed by Rebecca Watson (also of the Skeptic’s Guide, by the way).
  • Universe Today: The best outlet for astronomy news, which is also the reason I’ve referenced them several times in the past. Headed by Fraser Cain of the podcast Astronomy Cast.
  • VODO: VODO is a great source for films and TV series released online under a Creative Commons license. The feed gives a constant update on new projects.
  • Pioneer One: The source for news about the VODO TV series Pioneer One.
  • Quantum Diaries: News updates on particle physics and quantum theory.
  • Astroblog: Astronomy news from Australian Ian Musgrave.
  • Tom’s Astronomy Blog: Astronomy news from… well, Tom.
  • Astronomy Blog: Another astronomy blog, this time British – okay, I consume a lot of astronomy news, so sue me. Following many different sources make evaluating and making sure not to miss anything much easier.
  • Quantum blog: The personal blog of Jev Kuznetsov, a physicist and Matlab programmer.
  • China Space News: News on the Chinese space programme, which is sadly rarely reported on on other astronomy news sources such as Universe Today, in spite of it being one of the most interesting programmes out there, definitely competing with NASA and the ESA.
  • Reuters’ Top News: A good feed for staying up to date with the most important headlines out there. I also have a separate feed for Reuters’ science news, but couldn’t find a link.

I also follow a bunch of Swedish language blogs, mostly on Swedish politics. Yay.

Piraterna som kastar undan hatten och seglar till hamn, en sista gång – BTjunkie har givit upp kampen.

Trycket att kämpa i en industri i en värld som har en väldigt sned syn på upphovsrättslagar måste vara påfrestande. Det har alltid varit påfrestande, och ingen har påstått någonting annat.

Nu var det BTjunkies tur att ge upp för trycket. De har varit en av de allra största bittorrentsajterna sedan grundandet 2005, och trots att de inte direkt blivit anklagade för upphovsrättsintrång verkar de inse att det bara är en tidsfråga tills det är deras tur. Inom en relativt kort tid har TorrentSpy, Mininova och Megaupload stängts ned, samtidigt som The Pirate Bays grundare dömts till fängelsestraff.

”This is the end of the line my friends. The decision does not come easy, but we’ve decided to voluntarily shut down. We’ve been fighting for years for your right to communicate, but it’s time to move on. It’s been an experience of a lifetime, we wish you all the best!”BTjunkie.org

Jag kommer inte att skälla ut dem och kalla dem fega. Jag kommer att tacka dem för vår tid tillsammans. Vetandes att det fortfarande finns tusentals piratskepp där ute att ta deras plats, sörjer jag den forna eran och ser framåt, mot den nya. Det rör sig i piraternas farvatten, och på vägen mot en sundare framtid kommer några att falla, några kommer att ge upp, och några kommer att segra.

The Pirate Bay founders face prison and $7.2 million fines – are the pirates losing?

The Supreme Court of Sweden today announced that they have chosen to decline the appeal of the Pirate Bay founders who were convicted of assisting in copyright infringement in mid 2006.

Brokep (Peter Sunde) will face 8 months of jail,TiAMO (Fredrik Neij) 10 months, and Carl Lundström 4 months. The total amount of fines is 46 million kronor, approximately $7.2 million USD or €5.4 million. While there is no denying that this is a legit verdict, fully within the Swedish copyright laws, it is still an absurd verdict. Scientific evidence has yet to show that copyright actually hurts markets, and until it does I will keep fighting the good fight.

Are we losing, or are we slowly getting more and more upset, awaiting the big fight that will change everything?

[TorrentFreak, Fildelning.seIDG, Nej till piraterPiratpartiet, SvD, SvT, Sydsvenskan]