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An Austrian's silent single has hit number one in support of refugees.
Via: Reuters
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In an attempt to aid the flood of refugees entering Austria, as well as protest the government's policies regarding them, one musician dropped a pretty unique single Aug. 21. And his countrymen and women are listening.

Those escaping Middle Eastern conflicts in Syria and Afghanistan have run into some pretty unwelcoming European governments and Raoul Haspel wanted to do something about it.

He 'recorded' a minute of silence, released it and it quickly over took Austria's charts.

According to Reuters:

Proceeds from Raoul Haspel's track Schweigeminute ("Minute's Silence"), which beat German DJ Robin Schulz to capture top spot through pre-orders alone earlier this week, will go toward aid for people in the asylum processing center in Traiskirchen.

More than 2,000 refugees in Traiskirchen have been sleeping in the open for weeks, braving heat of around 40 degrees Celsius and rainstorms wrapped in blankets on the grass, and Amnesty International last week called their treatment "scandalous".

Children who had fled alone from countries like Afghanistan and Syria have been offered no psychological care, women have had to use mixed showers, and a baby with a concussion was left next to a bus on a parking lot, the human rights group said.



Haspel futher explained his usage of silence for the protest/charity song:

"I chose silence because everybody has such a strong opinion on the situation, and the debate just gets louder and louder each time... arguments and protests are not being heard anymore, people are becoming fed up and not paying attention as before."



This is all very inspiring and a righteous cause, but it also completely, totally reminds us of this:



Pootie done did it again.

Haspel's track is available at at iTunes, Google Play and at Amazon.

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An unemployed Austrian man who was told by his local job center that he must find work immediately or risk losing his benefits cut off his own foot in an effort to remain on the dole.

56-year-old Hans Url told employees at the job center in Feldbach that he was unhappy with the job they were offering him and was too sick to work besides.

After being sent to a doctor for medical evaluation, Url decided to ensure a favorable outcome by sawing off his foot just above the ankle and tossing it into a fire to prevent reattachment.

Emergency crews found him in his garage suffering from extensive blood loss, but were able to transport him to the hospital in time to save his life.

Indeed, the leg could not be salvaged as Mr. Url anticipated, but a job center spokesman said lacking a leg doesn't necessarily get you a free pass from work.

"He will be assessed once he is out of hospital," said Hermann Gössinger, "and we will see what work we can find for him."

[austriantimes.]

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I'm Good Thanks of the Day: Nothing quite like a jaunty ride down the Garnitzenklamm when you've got balls of steel.

[mefi.]

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