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2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Five Years Ago This week in 2011, the Pirate Party scored another big victory when it took 9% of the vote and a bunch of seats in parliament in Berlin. Their influence was badly needed across Europe, what with Italy proposing a one-strike...Show More Summary

Pirate Party member admits murder, commits suicide

Prosecutors say well-known member of German fringe party appears to have killed younger man for "highly personal reasons"

Pirate politician wrote to party about murder: report

A Pirate party politician in Berlin found dead on Monday is believed to have stalked and killed another man before committing suicide - and reportedly wrote about it to a party mate.

Berlin Pirate politician found dead after election defeat

Berlin Pirate party politician Gerwald Claus-Brunner has been found dead in his flat by police, next to another body, according to police.

EU Court: Open WiFi Operator Not Liable For Pirate Users

The Court of Justice of the European Union has found that the operator of an open WiFi network can not be held liable for infringements carried out by his users. The case involved Pirate Party member Tobias McFadden who was accused of enabling music piracy by Sony. Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

Iceland Could Be the Next Site for a Basic Income Experiment

Iceland will hold early elections in October following the resignation of former Prime Minister Gunnlaugsson. One aggregation of polls has the upstart Pirate Party in the lead by four percentage points, and the party may be in prime position to form Iceland’s next government. Show More Summary

Why the Pirate Party could end up running Iceland

2 weeks agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

With the Icelandic Pirates crushing it in the polls and set to form the next government of a sovereign, carbon-neutral, strategically located nation, it's worth asking how a party whose two issues -- internet freedom and copyright reform -- are wonky, minority interests rose to prominence. (more…)

A Rum Ad Got Banned for Suggesting That Alcohol Makes You More Confident

The offending ad features a raucous party on a pirate ship, at which Captain Morgan arrives and begins dancing to “Le Freak.”

Shiver Me Timbers! Iceland's Pirate Party Heading Towards Major Victory

Iceland's Pirate Party, which seeks to legalize drugs and give Edward Snowden asylum, looks to be the largest party in the country and hopes to form a government of its own in the upcoming election this fall.

Polls suggest Iceland's Pirate party may form next government

One of Europe's most radical political parties is expected to gain its first taste of power after Iceland's ruling coalition and opposition agreed to hold early elections caused by the Panama Papers scandal in October. The Pirate party,...Show More Summary

As populist movements take hold, Iceland's Pirate Party offers a glimpse at a more radical future

On the edge of a vast asphalt expanse in this northerly ?capital, behind a big-box retailer and a car wash, the future of democracy was taking shape. Or at least so its participants hoped. "What we think we could do is raise taxes on the wealthy even more," said Ragnar Hannes Gudmundsson, as he...

Expanding Pirate Site Blocks Spark Censorship Fears

A Norwegian court has ordered ISPs to block subscriber access to eight pirate streaming sites, including WatchSeries, TUBE+, and CouchTuner. The new blockades are welcomed by Hollywood's major studios, but the local Pirate Party fears...Show More Summary

Steal This Show S01E11: ‘Is Pirate Party The Private Party?’

Today we bring you the next episode of the Steal This Show podcast, a special featuring Pirate Party founder Rick Falkvinge. Should the Pirate Party really be called the Private Party? Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

Penguins jersey ‘strongly recommended': Pirates show Pittsburgh solidarity on road trip

4 months agoSports : The Early Lead

The Pittsburgh Pirates traveled to Denver to play a makeup game against the Rockies on Thursday, leaving behind what may amount to the biggest party their hometown has seen in generations. The Penguins, the Bucs’ Steel City-brethren, stand one game away from the franchise’s fourth Stanley Cup. And if they beat the San Jose Sharks in […]

Iceland's Biggest Political Party Is Now The "Pirate Party"

Submitted by Michaela Whitton via TheAntiMedia.org, Iceland’s anti-establishment Pirate Party continues to lead nationwide polls as the most popular choice for the next elections. The party — whose policies include internet freedom,Show More Summary

Iceland's Pirate Party to the Rescue of Democracy Lost at Sea

Iceland's Pirate Party, which already has three parliamentary seats, is currently more popular than mainstream parties in Iceland because it is trying more seriously to reform democracy than other parties, Asta Helgadottir told Radio Sputnik.

Iceland's Pirate Party to receive millions in election funding

4 months agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Iceland's elections are publicly funded, with funds awarded based on polls of the electorate; the Pirates have consistently polled higher than any other party, and the incumbent coalition (whose parties are polling in the single digits)...Show More Summary

The Pirate Party

Fascinating political events in Iceland, where the conservative prime minister had to step down because of revelations in the Panama Papers about his tax avoidance. But the electorate doesn’t seem to trust the traditional left-of-center parties either because of its responsibility for the nation’s financial crisis. So what is the option? Something called The Pirate […]

International Elections Digest: Yarrr, mateys! Pirate Party set to plunder Iceland's electoral booty

5 months agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

LEADING OFF ? Iceland – legislature (fall) The massive leak of private offshore financial documents known as the Panama Papers produced an equally massive political earthquake in Iceland after Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson was shown to have undisclosed financial assets. Show More Summary

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