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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Random News Stories
« on: Yesterday at 05:30:31 pm »
Well, lets not count our chickens before they've hatched.

The UK referendum on the EU has yet to happen.  If that goes badly, as I'm fearing it might, then everything will go to shit.  The effects might not be immediate, but give it 5-10 years and I wouldn't be surprised to see a lot of Europe looking a lot more like Austria had the Freedom Party won.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Random News Stories
« on: Yesterday at 02:54:18 pm »
Surprisingly good news: Austria elected the Green candidate.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-36362505

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The official result is expected to be announced shortly.

Mr Hofer had led Mr Van der Bellen by 51.9% to 48.1%, the interior ministry said, after counting on Sunday.

But the 750,000 postal votes - roughly 12% of Austria's 6.4 million registered voters - swayed the result.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Random News Stories
« on: Yesterday at 02:43:29 pm »
Pretty much, though edging Russia out of the Vietnam arms market is also a factor (Russia being the main supplier of Vietnamese arms).

But it's like 95% about China.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Random News Stories
« on: Yesterday at 01:15:05 pm »
It's a good question, given the SS was in and of itself made a proscribed organization after the war.

Basically, he had friends in high places.  The Austrian post-war government charged him with treason over the Anschluss, and he was convincted on lesser charges related to that.  He got 3 years jail time.  His age also may have been a factor...he was 50 by the end of the war, 55 by the end of the trial, and had served as a junior officer in WWI. 

Some of his pre-war opinions may also have helped him here...he was known for being a more "moderate" Nazi when it came to questions of violence, and voiced the opinion that anti-Semitism harmed the Nazi movement internationally, well before the Holocaust was ever on the cards.  It may have been a political calculation that the far-right in Austria was better off with him leading it than some other Austrians with even worse political views (Austria was under joint Allied-Soviet occupation until 1955, and the British were secretly preparing the Austrian military for conflict during this time).

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Random News Stories
« on: Yesterday at 03:20:51 am »
The alternative candidate, incidentally, is a former Dean of the Social Sciences and Economics faculty of the University of Vienna, a member of the Green Party and a self-proclaimed "son of refugees" (his family fled the Soviet invasion of Estonia).

The polls are close enough that it's down the postal vote count tomorrow...but it really could go either way. 

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Random News Stories
« on: May 22, 2016, 10:51:22 pm »
Well then.

By this time tomorrow night, Austria may have voted the Freedom Party's candidate in as President.

For those of you unfamiliar with the Freedom Party, it is probably one of Europe's best known "fascism-lite" parties, its first leader a former Nazi party official no less (Anton Reinthaller, Minister of Agriculture in the Seyss-Inquart administration in Austria, and member of the SS).  It was almost single-handedly responsible for turning immigration into a political issue in Austria, historically advocating pan-Germanism and castigating the welfare state.  It is closely aligned with the French Front National, Vlaams Belang, Swedish Democrats, Danish Freedom Party, Alternative for Germany...the usual suspects.

In theory, Austria's presidency is a figurehead, a ceremonial figure...but on paper, the office has powers more comparable to, say, France or Russia's semi-presidential system than say Israel or Ireland.  These powers have not been used in the past much...but that may change.  The Freedom Party already forms part of a coalition government with the more traditionally conservative Austrian People's Party, and in theory the next Parliamentary elections are in 2018.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-36353200

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Apparently my initial suggestions along those lines are "too robust"  :lulz:

I mean, we could just replace the inner door with a ID-operated turnstile...like the ones they have in the actual college itself.  But that's probably too "robust" as well.

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We used to have a system like that...but the colleges whined (because the students whined about the great unfairness of having to sign in and out) and the system got scrapped.

Ever since then, I've asked on a monthly basis how I am meant to determine who isn't a resident without interrogating everyone who enters.  I have not been given a sufficient answer.

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Yeah.  Sadly for him, I have about 10 times as many emails proving the exact opposite on this issue alone.  :lulz:  "So I cared so little about unauthorized guests I spent an entire night trying to match passport photos to CCTV and read 4 months worth of handovers and sign-in/out forms on this date alone?  Please, do continue." 

More importantly, I (kinda, insofar as I needed the money) cared up until about, oh, the 9th of the May.  If he wanted to pick a fight with me, he picked about the worst time ever to do it.  My plans for this summer are save money, slim down, and look for other jobs, but I can always skip straight to the third if I want.

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well, you know my vote.

True, and when you put it like that, I almost feel obliged.

Still, with my 5 hours of fuzzy sleep, I think I'm going to nuture this new hatred a bit.  Keep it fresh in my heart until Monday.

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So, Windows 10 attempted to install on my computer without my permission.

That was...fun.

It is now an unlabeled "recommended upgrade".   :lulz:

Yeah, after some internet trawling once I uninstalled the spyware, I found a couple of articles to that effect.

Thanks, Microsoft!  I love spending my break time at work uninstalling shit.

Speaking of work, after my boss' hilarious backpedaling yesterday, he for some reason felt it appropriate to send me this email:

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Hi Both,
 
Many thanks for taking the time to meet with me yesterday evening to discuss the unauthorised visitor concerns.
 
You have both made me aware you have a good working relationship with one another and that you are happy working the night shifts with no medical or emotional concerns with your current shift pattern of work.
 
I would just like to reiterate the college/accommodation responsibilities are quite clear when are dealing with students, engagement awareness being the key factors here.
 
Please ensure when especially manning the front reception desk that we remain visual, attentive and engaging to all who are entering and departing the building 24hrs a day.
 
We cannot afford to allow unauthorised personnel into the building, we have a duty of care to all that reside here and must do our upmost to protect  -
 
·         We are to monitor guests to the residence, ensuring all guest leave at the appointed time – All overnight guest to be valid, signed off and documented  accordingly.
 
Any further incidences’ of this nature may well lead to a more serious and formal outcome.

Emphasis in the original.

When I asked, I was informed yesterday this was not an official disciplinary meeting or process.  So I'm unsure exactly how I should respond to the above.  I'm torn between giving it all the merit it deserves by emailing it to my backup email address and deleting it, or responding in some petty, vindictive manner.

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So, Windows 10 attempted to install on my computer without my permission.

That was...fun.

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I've been informed by my co-worker, who is doing some overtime this evening before the start of shift, that my boss has considerably backed down on his statements via email.

That said, he appeared in the office about 25 minutes ago, so...we shall see.

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Eh, I visited the site, it's not that interesting.

For the sake of reference though, considering they're all about "limited government", 3 of their 4 "research programs" are focused on unions.

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