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Johann Petrak
Works at University of Sheffield, Department of Computer Science
Attended Vienna University of Technology
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In these times of horrendous hardship, suffering, of millions of ordinary people trying to flee wars, atrocities and persecution, it becomes more clear then ever who is who: who are the criminals, the war mongers, the profiteers, the demagogues, the paranoid ones, the xenophobes, the Nazis, the good citizens with a weight problem and an oversized SUV who get scared by people fleeing war and destruction  --- and who are humans with a heart who just help, take the initiative and do something? 
One can observe this within each country: in Austria, the right-wing mob who shit their pants because of a few thousand refugees from Syria on the one hand and a large number of people on the other hand that are so fed up by official politics that they just started dozens or even hundreds of initiatives to help. People organizing homes, providing food, free wireless, strollers, German courses, and essentially doing what the conservative minister of the interior failed or was unwilling to organize until now. 
But one can also observe this between countries: those who are willing to do something to ease the pain and do take up refugees, like, among others,  Sweden, Germany (where they even decided to suspend the Dublin agreement to be able to take up refugees coming from "safe" other countries to Germany) and Austria, and those who show disinterest or rejection in the eyes of human tragedy: like Hungary, and unfortunately, very much so, the UK. 
I am very much in favour of a strategy where any country not fulfilling its quota of taking up refugees and treating them humanly gets sanction by the EU. It is simply unacceptable and disgusting that some of the richest countries on earth, easily capable to invest hundreds of billions into nuclear arms, do close to nothing to support those refugees. 
And on a personal note: if you are a Google Plus  follower who joins those barbaric scum who now agitate against those refugees or even just "like" that agitation, if you are one of those who keep supporting xenophobic demagogues and join into the nationalist, xenophobic chants, if you are one of those small-minded nationalists who think that the suffering of people of other countries is none of their business, do me a last favour: get the fuck out of my circles, I do not want to have anything to do with you. 
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More than 100.000 signatures in less than a week. 
(Any UK resident or UK citizen can create or sign a petition).
https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/104349
Legalising cannabis could bring in £900m in taxes every year, save £400m on policing cannabis and create over 10,000 new jobs. A substance that is safer than alcohol, and has many uses. It is believed to have been used by humans for over 4000 years, being made illegal in the UK in 1925.
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“Slim by Chocolate!” the headlines blared. A team of German researchers had found that people on a low-carb diet lost weight 10 percent faster if they ate a chocolate bar every day. It made the front page of Bild, Europe’s largest daily newspaper, just beneath their update about the Germanwings crash. From there, it ricocheted around the internet and beyond, making news in more than 20 countries and half a dozen languages. It was discussed on tel...
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Wow, a justice minister (Michael Gove) who argued in favour of bringing back the death penalty back in the 90ies and a minister of State at the Department for Work and Pensions (Priti Patel, yes the same person who works hard to cut the spending on support for disabled people to access work) who supported the re-introduction of capital punishment as recently as 2011, saying, against practically all scientific evidence, it would be "effective". Not the only two Tories who wished to re-introduce capital punishment, others are Michael Howard (House of Lords) or Andrew Percy (House of Commons MP). Seems there is a purpose behind the rhetoric of a leaving the EU (where capital punishment is explicitly incompatible with membership) and the rhetoric against human rights.
Full speed backwards into the dark ages!
I will just have to get out in time before they start burning people like me on the stake again.
Here a little reminder on the "effectiveness" of capital punishment:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timothy_Evans
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Campaigning for Britain to stay in the EU, for the benefit of scientists, engineers, universities, communities and the economy.
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Based on the results with one constituency still missing (who is counting over there in St Ives?), one Conservative MP corresponds to 34292 votes, one Labour to 40258, one SNP to 25972, one LibDem to 2999983, one Green to 1154562, and one UKIP to 3875409
In other words, while each MP has exactly one vote in the Commons, the UKIP MP represents 3875409 people while a SNP MP represents 25972 or, in other words, a UKIP MP represents more than 44 times as many people.
Or to put it differently, the vote of a UKIP voter is worth just 1/44th of the vote of a SNP voter in this parliament. Fair?
http://action.makeseatsmatchvotes.org/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1754&ea.campaign.id=38262&ea.tracking.id=msmv
The 2015 General Election has shown once and for all that our voting system is broken beyond repair. Please sign our petition calling for a fairer, more proportional system to elect MPs. makeseatsmatchvotes.org
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http://election2015.votematch.org/
90% Greens, 68% Labour ... 22% Conservatives -- seems about right :)
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Create a society where the poor get poorer and the rich get richer and then fine the poor for being poor because the rich do not want to see the poor and have them interfere with their business. 
The only ones behaving anti-social here are the people who cook up ideas like this. 
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/council-threatens-homeless-1000-fines-5786596
Charity Crisis has accused London's Hackney Council of treating the homeless as a 'nuisance' with its new Public Space Protection Order
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Apparently I am living in a country where a significant part of the population are not only happy to pay 100 billion for shiny new nuclear weapons of mass destruction while reducing welfare by 12 billion and reducing the money councils in need get -- but where a significant part of the population just loves to see their favourite tabloid call the human rights act "madness" or "farce".
A country which was one of the 10 founding states of the Council of Europe and thus among to first signatories of the European Convention on Human Rights. In many other of the signatory countries, one has never seen anything like this and several other countries have directly incorporated the Human Rights Convention into their constitutions (for example the convention is by BGBl. Nr. 59/1964 valid constitutional law in Austria) without a problem. Why are those human rights such a problem in Britain?
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/10/03/daily-mail-daily-express-human-rights-twitter-reaction_n_5925540.html
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Fitting for the day after this election.
".. I am a stranger everywhere.
Where are you, land, beloved home?
Imagined, sought, but never known! ..."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BR8_n-B8qu0
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According to their matching algorithm my scores are 99% for Plaid Cymru, 95% SNP, 92% Greens, 56% Labour, 45% Lib Dems, and minus 44% Tories which sounds about right.
http://www.positiondial.com/home
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Please Wales do one, as soon as possible.
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Computer Scientist and Software Engineer
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  • University of Sheffield, Department of Computer Science
    Research Fellow, 2013 - present
  • Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence
    Researcher, 2013
  • University of Sheffield, Department of Computer Science
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  • Vienna University of Technology
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