Atheist Bus Campaign in Vienna – or not

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After starting in London and then spreading to various other European Cities, the Atheist Bus Campaign is a private-sponsor funded project created to make people aware of the rather high probability that there is indeed no god:

Atheist Bus Photo by benteka/Flickr

The campaign created quite a stir and currently the organizers are raising more money to fund similar projects. Which leads me to the point of this very entry. In Vienna it was planned to have an adapted German message cruising the city on buses of the “Wiener Linien“, the municipal transportation service.

Only turns out it won’t be so, according to the website of the Austrian bus-campaign [DE]. Seems like Wiener Linien, usually not so shy about ads on their vehicles, refused the banners. There’s no official statement yet as to why they did, but according to organizer Niko Alm a written statement is expected later today.

I’m not terribly surprised, really, but I’m looking forward to the ensuing hilarity.

An unholy marriage

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People would think that people learn from mistakes. People are mistaken.

About an hour ago, the Socialist Party’s head Gusenbauer announced the finalization of coalition talks with the People’s Party. Even though the SPÖ had the majority after last year’s elections, they have now handed over all the key resorts to the election losers headed by legendary mute chancellor Schüssel.

Key issues like free access to Austrian higher education and the anullement of the Eurofighter contract, as demanded by the SPÖ, have been either watered down to just about no change at all or have now miraculously disappeared from the coalition papers.

Oh well, goes to show that it’s really quite useless to vote for anything else than the Greens.

That time of the year again

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I don’t know about you, but I’d be hard pressed to find better things to do on the 1st of November than hanging out with friends at the cemetery and then devouring a gargantuan Schnitzel at one of the best places for that sort of activity here in Vienna.

So, that’s why I’m again posting pictures of gravestones and tombs, so you too can see that Vienna’s central cemetery holds enough photo ops for a lifetime (looming pun intended).

Click here for the whole set of pictures.


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Well, here’s to me, and all the other people whose final votes brought the Greens to third place. Read all about it here (if you know German…if you don’t, look at the pictures, they tell the story too).

There are still enough people who voted for the far-right, but knowing that for the first time in history the Greens are third, right after the two major parties, really makes up for that. A bit.