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Comment Re: Positive feedback? (Score 1) 306

Precisely. For poor families, things like buying the train tickets or a car to be even able to get there, being able to pay for the accommodation and other resources, can already be a challenge.

I was struggling to pay for my train rides and my accommodation here in Europe, even without paying any University fees. I couldn't count on my parents to support me financially.

Comment Re:liar (Score 3, Informative) 552

My thoughts exactly. I once supported Wikileaks seeing it as a potentially powerful weapon against the high and mighty; Bankers, corrupt politicians, lobbyists, police states...
But for some reason Wikileaks decided to target almost exclusively the United States, now even helping a political liability like Trump into power, playing into the hands of countries like Russia and China - enemies of freedoms and human rights.

Fuck Wikileaks and Assange.

Comment Re:Not sure what to think.... (Score 1) 794

Snowden should also be pardoned.

I'm less sympathetic towards Snowden because he fled first to China and then to Russia. Countries that can be considered antagonist to many of the values the West holds dear, freedoms, democracy, human rights. How hypocritical is that to denounce the USA for spying on citizens but then looking for refuge in countries which are some of the worst offenders in terms of freedoms and democracy. This is very damaging also because by staying in those countries he is practically promoting them as safe havens for human rights activists, which couldn't be further away from the truth. He's a great propaganda tool for them.

Chelsea Manning on the other hand was trying to shine the light on war crimes perpetrated by US armed forces and the illegality and bad consequences of the war in Iraq. In my opinion, this was her moral duty. I totally agree with the pardon and the fact that the punishment was much too harsh.

Comment Re:And the next food craze starts (Score 1) 176

I think the problem is, every year you have tens of thousands of new medicine and biotech students needing to write their thesis or doctorate about something. They research just one of the many moving parts, since they only have a limited time, and by cherry picking the results that fit with whatever it is they are trying to prove, they can pretty much get any result they want. Then they have to defend their work in front of their peers, so they obviously want to make it look as good as possible. Therefore every new research is presented as if it's a groundbreaking achievement, a few news outlets get impressed, pick up the story and it ends up on Slashdot.

Comment Re:'Developed a Clear Preference' For Trump (Score 1) 734

'Developed a Clear Preference' For Trump? Wow, I never thought the US people and Putin could have so much in common.

The US people who where influenced by the DC Leaks and all the right wing nonsense and fake news perpetrated by Russian hackers, propaganda and useful idiots like Breitbart.

Comment Re:Why should anyone trust the report? (Score 5, Interesting) 404

I am really appalled at how many people don't take the Russian interference seriously and blame it on some kind of Democrat/Obama conspiracy. This has been happening in eastern European countries for decades and Russia has now been targeting also western Europe since the annexation of Crimea and the war in Ukraine. Russia is funding right-wing populist parties and helping them out with propaganda all across the western hemisphere in an attempt to discredit our democracies and our free press.

Don't believe it? Google "russia populist funding". Here are the top three links:

It's really scary how much success they are having in sowing distrust in our institutions and our free press. Every time I read someone here decrying some mayor western news outlet as "Fake News" I am reminded of the effectiveness of Putins troll army.

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