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Great Apes Get Human Rights – In Spain

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Ape Reading A Newspaper

Great Ape Reading A Newspaper

MADRID (Reuters) – Spain’s parliament voiced its support on Wednesday for the rights of great apes to life and freedom in what will apparently be the first time any national legislature has called for such rights for non-humans.

Parliament’s environmental committee approved resolutions urging Spain to comply with the Great Apes Project, devised by scientists and philosophers who say our closest genetic relatives deserve rights hitherto limited to humans.

Source: Reuters

We have seen human rights get expanded to cover more and more people before (slaves fx.), but this is the first time we see animals gain human rights. Like humans great apes will have the right to freedom and life. If you kill a great ape or take away its freedom you will go to jail.

Although I’m not vegetarian, I can see some reason in this. It is well know that great apes have a cultural and social life which indicates a level of intelligence where I can no longer decide if they are self aware creatures or not.

If you want to know more about great apes and why they should have rights similar to human rights, you should check out The Great Ape Project.

Update:
This is just an update a year later to say that, I don’t know if the resolution was ever made in to law. If anyone does, please comment or send me an e-mail. Thank you.

Written by gaffa

2008-08-02 at 23:42

Save Earth! Watch Porn!

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I first heard about this at Roskilde Festival 2008. One of my friends Theis, who had just returned from New Zealand working for Greenpeace, told me about these Norwegian people who started a non-profit porn site to save nature, Fuck For Forest.

Now you can have that nice feeling of helping to save earth while jerking off to porn.

Fuck For Forest

Leona and Tommy from Fuck For Forrest

Visit Fuck For Forest

Update:
Sorry guys the link was wrong. Apparently I couldn’t spell forest.

Written by gaffa

2008-08-02 at 17:27

Garfield minus Garfield

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Today I stumpled upon a site called Garfield Minus Garfield. Here is what it says about the Garfield comic strip without Garfield.

Who would have guessed that when you remove Garfield from the Garfield comic strips, the result is an even better comic about schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and the empty desperation of modern life? Friends, meet Jon Arbuckle. Let’s laugh and learn with him on a journey deep into the tortured mind of an isolated young everyman as he fights a losing battle against loneliness in a quiet American suburb.

What is even cooler is a blog post on what Jim Davis thinks about this remix art.

Instead of reacting over-zealously and hitting me with a Cease & Desist order, Jim is down to earth enough to admit that there’s a laugh to be had from Garfield Minus Garfield and in fact he even thanks me for putting it together!

Garfield Minus Garfield, 2008-08-01

Garfield Minus Garfield, 2008-08-01

Written by gaffa

2008-08-02 at 15:11

Posted in Art, Copyright, Humour

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Free Downloads

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I have a friend who recorded a few tracks 3-4 years ago and only found out about it recently at a party, so I asked if I could distribute them and she said yes – under heavy influence of alcohol.

Here they are:
Blocking The Sun
Thoughts Of Life
Waste Of Time

Written by gaffa

2008-02-03 at 00:31

Posted in Music

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Update Anjuta Auto-Complete

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The tags used by the auto-complete feature (Scintilla only) in Anjuta can be updated by running this script:

/usr/share/anjuta/scripts/create_global_tags.sh

The script automatically scans your /usr/include folder. It is also running pkg-config to update dependencies for packages.

Maybe there is a way to do this from within Anjuta, but if if there is, it is so unintuitive that it was more obvious for me to open a terminal and write dpkg -L anjuta-common to locate a script ;)

I’m having some issues with the Devhelp extension for Anjuta on Ubuntu 7.10, I’ll post something if I find some time to debug it. I know it crashes on running gtk_moz_embed_realize, but I don’t know why yet ;)

Written by gaffa

2007-12-29 at 02:18

Man tits women’s tits, what’s the difference?

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Aktion for bare bryster i DGI byen

Demonstration for womens right to bathe topless. DGI Byen.

Demonstrations can be violent or peaceful… or beautiful.

Today a group of women decided to demonstrate for equal rights to bathe topless. They have my sympathy… I just can’t help it girls. It has nothing to do with women’s rights that your breasts turn me on. (So does a naked shoulder! Preferably a woman’s).

Something I am strongly against is action against taking sexual photos of women in a nurses costume. JBS, a boxershorts company, pulled their campaign after heavy pressure from the national nurses association.

Luckily I saved the wallpapers. You can get them here:

http://linuxklubben.dk/gaffa/jbs/

Written by gaffa

2007-12-20 at 20:43

Statistics for what they are

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Statistics is a mathematical tool for measuring probability in clean room experiments. We see a lot of statistic surveys in the news all the time, which most often influences the politics of our country. That is fine if they were taken for what they are. These statistical surveys are rarely done in clean room environments, but are being treated as if they were. Take for example something which is very controversial to opponent against – statistics of smoke induced diseases.

Monitoring smokers and determining the probability of that group getting cancer is not done in a clean room environment. If it was to be done in a clean room environment we would need 200 human clones, eating the exact same, breathing the exact same air and so on where 100 of those would be smokers and 100 of them non-smokers. We need the only difference to be the subject we are doing statistics on. If not then I could claim that smokers tend to live their lives less healthy than non-smokers and blame the general lifestyle of smokers or that smokers had an actual gene that would make them both smoke, and die younger. I would not be able to blame the chemical substances of tobacco. What the survey would tell you is that if you are the group of people who smoke you will have a higher probability of getting cancer, but it would not be able to say if tobacco was to blame.

Don’t believe statistics. Understand them.

I’m a smoker and I’m not blind to the risks of an unhealthy lifestyle. I accept them as a side effect of enjoying my life.

Written by gaffa

2007-11-24 at 14:35

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