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It's a new year! Dennis (de Bel) is back, the window is broken and l'intolerant #18 is out. Enough reasons to come together and have a drink.

This Friday, the 11th of January, from 19:30, Varia opens its doors for some special new year's drinks and some fitting music.

Woodstone Kugelblitz will also be presenting the latest issue of L'Intolerant #18: A Really Useful Cookbook.

Almost everyone is welcome and the entrance is free. However, a voluntary donation of 5 euros will help us replace our window and is greatly appreciated!

See you there!

varia.zone/en/borrel2019.html

“There should be no conditions attached to the restitutions,” argues Savoy, who stresses that “we are dealing with the case of a continent which has almost nothing left of its history when we have it all. The aim is not to empty Western museums to fill up the African ones, but to invent a new relationship based on ethics and equity.”

theartnewspaper.com/news/give-

The report will be available both in French and English from the 23rd at this address >>>> restitutionreport2018.com/

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Tomorrow evening, wednesday 31 October 19:00-21:00, Life Hacks: Space at #Varia in #Rotterdam, first public event as part of a collaboration between #HNI @entreprecariat and #XPUB. Show more

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On the 28th of October, @manetta and I will be giving a :hacker_w: :hacker_o: :hacker_r: :hacker_k: :hacker_s: :hacker_h: :hacker_o: :hacker_p: at the Impakt festival. Show more

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For those of you interested I'll present some experiences and findings about the project during Radical Networks: radicalnetworks.org/

Held between october 19 and 21 in Berlin. Really interesting yearly conference on alternatives network topologies such as and , protocols new and old, meaningful understandings of politics, weird prototypes etc etc organised by @chootka

@raphaelbastide for example will present a based around the protocol!

@cmos4040 how do you say "tomorrow morning" in Dutch?

If I had my doubts we could make it smoothly through global warming, now I feel it's gonna be just fine.

youtu.be/IuMXlxWQSxg

"Developed and manufactured in the technology hub of Silicon Valley, Green Canary is MADE IN USA. "

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Distinct microbial communities within the human skin allow efficient personal identification
journals.plos.org/plosone/arti

That sounds like the perfect premises for a dystopian sci fi novel, or at least something profitable for surveillance capitalism to build upon in the future (looking forward to the next 23andme like startup to come out and start building some ethically questionable database)

Even better :
This year 23andme, alongside another private company called Myheritage, offered "free DNA testing" to U.S refugees, saying it was for "helping immigrant families re-unite". No need to explain why this is utterly cynical bullshit. The article is from 3 days ago...
nationalgeographic.com.au/scie

And what do I read today?
Canada is using ancestry DNA websites to help it deport people.
news.vice.com/en_ca/article/wj

Ok so remember self DNA testing company 23andme? That company founded in 2006 to provide individual consumers with genetic testing kits and interpretation? Nope? That company founded by then Sergey Brin's wife Anne Wojcicki and her friends? Also don't remember that in 2007 Google invested almost 4 millions in the company either?

Three days ago the company announced a new partnership with the pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline. The company, which has invested 300 million dollars in 23andme, will be able to use tests results of over 5 million customers to design new drugs. \o/
time.com/5349896/23andme-glaxo

Just in case GSK is not familiar to you : the pharmaceutical company has been convicted of hiding negative experimental outcomes and using mafia like strategies to encourage excessive prescription of one of the most addictive SSRI's on the market (cf the World Health Organisation report) to under 18s without authorities approval nor probant clinical results (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GlaxoSmi )

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