The view of an abstract war

The view of an abstract war

Screenshot from the trailer of national bird

In the documentary "national bird" three whistleblowers talk about the u.S. Drone program and its horror, which is otherwise unnoticed

The drone looks down on a desert. From several thousand meters high, it records six small, black dots crossing the small section of landscape in a goose chase. Heather linebaugh speaks from the off: "there’s at least two possible children." then everything disappears in the black cloud of an explosion. Before the black cloud of smoke, riddled with pixels, clears the view again, the video ends.

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Skinheads in eastern europe

Freedom to hate or hate to be free

Not too long ago, a simple message was smeared in green paint on a crude danube bridge in the center of budapest: "skins have more hair than brains." what was amazing about this little graffiti was not the funny idea in a time of commercial, meaningless wall art, but that it stayed there for a good part of the year. Moreover it was not covered by any counter graffiti. It stayed until the city council finally washed it off.

The meaning of this graffiti is not obvious, but it is nevertheless important: the danger and the threatening influence from the side of the skinheads have largely disappeared in eastern and central europe. This does not mean that they no longer exist or that they have become respected members of civil society, but, on the contrary, that they pose the same threat to individuals as they do everywhere else in the world. However, the fear at the beginning of the decade that skinheads could become a strong destabilizing force in the region has dissipated, at least so far.

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In the test: skoda fabia combi 1.2 tsi

Munich, 26. July 2016 – even in its first edition, the fabia was the exact opposite of funky. A straightforward type just, bells and whistles were never his thing. With the equipment line "monte carlo" skoda tries to loosen up the down-to-earth style a bit, which looks like the combination of a pair of colorful shoes with a dark gray double-breasted suit including a dark gray tie. The fabia combi does not deserve this, as it has won over many buyers with its stylish appearance.

Good use of space

The equipment does not change the basic quality of the car. Like the larger octavia and superb station wagons, the fabia is a car that offers very good use of space. At 4.26 m, it is almost as long as the current vw golf to the millimeter. It offers 380 liters of luggage space, the fabia station wagon 530, if no spare wheel is ordered. But even with this tire, skoda claims 505 liters, surpassing even a current opel astra sports tourer. Clearly, the fabia combi makes a lot out of its limited possibilities. The skoda surpasses the astra in other respects as well. The variable loading floor, which is currently not available for the opel station wagon, always costs an extra 140 euros in the fabia, but can be operated with a flick of the wrist. In addition, the carpet is easy to clean.

It’s also clear that skoda can’t do magic. When it comes to passenger space, it quickly becomes clear that the fabia is a small car, albeit a comparatively coarse one. Long-legged drivers would like a wider adjustment range towards the rear. Since no one can sit in the rearmost position of the front seats in the rear anyway, skoda was able to free up the last few centimeters as well. Even more consequently, a sliding backseat bench solved the problem – it’s a pity that this is generally offered so rarely.

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When a virus cripples the dvd player

New copy protection systems bring more uncertainty

The film and music industries are reacting more and more hysterically to the supposed danger of private copying. But copying has been going on ever since tape recorders and video recorders were invented – records and movies were sold anyway. But selling could soon be a thing of the past – for fear of the copy-protection harassment that hdtv, blue-ray-disc and hd-dvd will bring to the plagued customers and overtax them.

Wenn ein auto gestohlen wird, so ist dies fur den besitzer sehr kostspielig, denn gestohlene fahrzeuge werden zwar durchaus haufig wieder gefunden, doch dann in nicht mehr brauchbarem zustand. The damage is compensated by the insurance, but only the current value of the vehicle, which cannot be used to buy a new one. So in any case there is a financial burden and nobody is happy when his car is stolen or rounded up. For the manufacturer, however, it is not a loss, because he can now sell a new car.

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A police state by any other name

The quick visit to hungary by george w. Bush demonstrated how far this tiny central european country really is from being a true democracy

President george w. Bush is often regarded by many as a dictator of sorts. This is thanks to both his domestic policy, in where the state ames it has the right to spy on all citizens for whatever reason, and for his foreign policy, encapsulated within his infamous "war on terror" campaign. For those with a little interest in and knowledge of history, his quick stopover in hungary last week further enhanced this image, as his visit to budapest seemed to mimic that of hitler’s visit to paris some 65 years ago. Not only were both visits very quick, but the locals were kept well away. In essence, the streets were completely deserted; it was like a visit to a ghost town.

This was quite a contrast to the visit made by president george bush i to hungary some 17 years ago. Then, on july 11, 1989, a crowd of a couple of thousand locals waited for the american president. A flash thunderstorm greeted the president unprepared, and someone from the crowd quickly handed him an overcoat. The irony of this contrast between then and now is quite apparent: then was the dawning of the new world order and the end of the cold war; now is a new cold war, and the forgotten dreams of a world order that never was.

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Mazda and toyota: joint us plant

Mazda and toyota: joint us plant

Mazda and toyota invest 1.6 billion dollars in a new, common work. It should be built in the city of huntsville in the us state of alabama, the corporations shared on wednesday (10. January 2018) with. From the year 2021 there should be around 300.000 vehicles run from the band per year. The companies want to create up to 4000 jobs with the factory.

The new factory is just 14 miles from an existing manufacturing facility of toyota. Toyota and mazda had announced their tarpaulin in august 2017, but the site else was initially left open. So far, it is not known what was maintained at taxes and other incentives. Politicians are usually ready for expensive constituents to increase jobs as a procurer.

Through the new factory, the southern us states expand their importance for the car industry. The texas to south carolina becomes increasingly strong for competition for the traditional center of the us auto industry around detroit in the state of michigan on the border with canada. From there the us heavyweights are general motors, ford and chrysler.

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New takata jerk: almost 3 million toyota affected

New takata jerk: almost 3 million toyota affected

Toyota calls almost three million cars again because of a possible airbag defect, including 350.000 in europe. That said the brand on thursday (30. Marz 2017). In germany, this concerns a total of 47.100 vehicles – of which 11.276 auris and 35.161 yaris (both passenger side) and 660 more auris (driver’s side). The holder are written and asked to contact your toyota handler. The workshop stay is free of charge for the customer and lasts a maximum of three hours.

The cars are equipped with airbags of the japanese supplier takata. There are killing to malfunctions in heat and humid air. There is a risk that the airbag inflator. How toyota announced, the jerk call comprises no models that were sold in the us this time. There had already been given airbag backrests.

The poor takata airbags have been upgraded for years in the industry. German car manufacturers are also affected. The problem has guided in the us to the well-run racy of the automotive history. For some takata airbags, there is a risk that they can be suscepted too powerful and can be thrown through parts of the panel through the interior of the vehicle. The defect is linked worldwide with at least 16 deaths and numerous severely serious injuries, most in the usa. From toyota’s young ruckr call are 750.000 cars affected in japan. 650.000 cars are eliminated at china, 350.000 on europe. 1.16 million cars are affected in other countries, among others in sudamerica.

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Grune “deep stacker”: economy cars don’t deliver what they promise

Grune 'deep stacker': economy cars don't deliver what they promise

London, 13. August 2008 – no surprise, but always annoying: tests conducted by the british tv station channel 4 have shown that buyers of "green" car models cannot rely on the manufacturers’ fuel consumption figures. In the program "4car," the editors sent eight fuel-efficient models from various manufacturers on a test track that was modeled as closely as possible on real traffic. The testers chose the popular golf bluemotion, toyota aygo, fiat 500 1.2, skoda fabia greenline, bmw 118d, honda civic hybrid, mini cooper diesel and ford focus econetic. Apart from the toyota prius, this represents a fairly complete selection of affordable economy models, especially as the toyota aygo is also offered by citroen and peugeot in practically identical form.

Consumption target clearly missed
unsurprisingly, none of the vehicles came close to the standard values specified by the manufacturer. In practice, the additional consumption was between 0.4 and 1.0 liters; under german traffic conditions, it could have been even worse. This is because the british devised a practical but still comparatively tame driving cycle in which there was practically no traffic – otherwise a fair comparison would hardly have been possible. The "city drive" lasted 11.3 minutes, with an average speed of around 27 km. In addition, there were ten turning events with 16 km. In addition, the vehicle was stationary for 180 seconds, i.E. About a quarter of the urban driving time.

Comparison cycle on real roads
the entire test drives consisted of 10 percent "city," 15 percent "suburban," and 25 percent each of highway, "brisk," and "leisurely" country road driving. Vehicles still benefit from the fact that in the uk, freeway speeds do not exceed 112 km. The environmental conditions were also favorable: all cars started at 10 °c, which is typical for the united kingdom, and drove the route with the electrical consumers switched off.

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Bmw: until 2015 comes a megacity car for conurbations

The opinion that bmw has a competitive disadvantage with his product portfolio, seems to have a lot for itself, because as a volume manufacturer for small, economical, but especially inexpensive vehicles, bayern could not position itself so far. For example, volkswagen simpler, especially since there are already a number of foreign works to make the lower production costs possible. So it lights up at first glance that bmw had to ie a profit warning beginning at the beginning of august, with which the company does not stop alone.

In the course, the interview came right in the group chief norbert reithofer to offer a car tailored to the heavy daily by 2015. Really new is this envision, he had already several times the "project i" addressed, a "thinking factory for completely new concepts for sustainable mobility". The project has all the freedoms to act outside the bmw structures if this is helpful. But a little new brought the time interview then: until 2015, a brand new-looking car is offered with two drive systems, "once with a very efficient internal combustion engine, because there will still be regions in the world where this makes sense – and for the second as a pure electric vehicle ".

On our demand at bmw, whether a range-extender variant is planned, referred a bmw spokesman on statements of technicians who find such a concept interesting in small vehicles for rough metropolitan chimes, as long as battery technology limited the ranges. Reithofer’s exercises do not seem to point out in this direction, but it is not to be expected that he lays his cards openly on the table. "The e-car will not come in a bang," he answered the comment that bmw was pretty spat in comparison to daimler. "Wherever gross routes are to be backed up in the world, you need to continue gasoline, because stromer does not come so far and need too long for recharging."The transition phase until the electric drive passes through, will take 2025, everything else is unrealistic.

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Family connection

Family connection

London, 27. June 2013 – ten years after the premiere the first edition, mazda is already presenting the third generation of the 3. The new should attract old and new customers with sporty design, unusual engines and numerous assistants.

In the sense of the family

After the compact suv cx-5 as well as 6-sedan and -kombi, the mazda 3 is the third series model, which after the design concept "kodo" was designed. The current mazda 3 landed with 8591 units sold in 2012 in 17 of german zuslangstatistics. From the gulf, however, were in this country 240 (including the step-heartedivat jetta).700 cars sold. Throughout europe, around three million units are sold in this segment – a market in which mazda wants to combat strongly. As successful is the mazda 3 ubligen in australia, where he was in 2011 and 2012 the best-selling car overllances.

The new mazda 3 is two centimeters of shallower and four centimeters wider than the process. Through the backward passenger compartment as well as short bodywork front and rear, he acts quite powerful. With the same long (4.46 meters) the wheelbase is six centimeters in gross than the process. A strongly contoured boiler grill and spotlight with light rings, led and inner lenses produce an optical kinship of the mazda 3 to the newer mazda models cx-5 and 6. From the front, mazda 3 and 6 are hardly different from each other.

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