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Companies like Facebook should not be allowed to behave like ‘digital gangsters’ in the online world, considering themselves to be ahead of and beyond the law


--- Final report from the UK Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee’s 18-month investigation into disinformation and fake news

Democracy is at risk from the malicious and relentless targeting of citizens with disinformation and personalised ‘dark adverts’ from unidentifiable sources, delivered through the major social media platforms we use every day.

We need new independent regulation with a tough powers and sanctions regime to curb the worst excesses of surveillance capitalism and the forces trying to use technology to subvert our democracy.

The 108-page report:
* Accuses Mark Zuckerberg of contempt for parliament in refusing three separate demands for him to give evidence, instead sending junior employees unable to answer the committee’s questions.
* Warns British electoral law is unfit for purpose and vulnerable to interference by hostile foreign actors, including agents of the Russian government attempting to discredit democracy.
* Calls on the British government to establish an independent investigation into “foreign influence, disinformation, funding, voter manipulation and the sharing of data” in the 2014 Scottish independence referendum, the 2016 EU referendum and the 2017 general election.

More on this: Facebook labelled 'digital gangsters' by report on fake news

#facebook #zuckerberg #privacy #uk #parliament #elections #surveillance-capitalism #the-guardian


 
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Companies like Facebook should not be allowed to behave like ‘digital gangsters’ in the online world, considering themselves to be ahead of and beyond the law


--- Final report from the UK Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee’s 18-month investigation into disinformation and fake news

Democracy is at risk from the malicious and relentless targeting of citizens with disinformation and personalised ‘dark adverts’ from unidentifiable sources, delivered through the major social media platforms we use every day.

We need new independent regulation with a tough powers and sanctions regime to curb the worst excesses of surveillance capitalism and the forces trying to use technology to subvert our democracy.

The 108-page report:
* Accuses Mark Zuckerberg of contempt for parliament in refusing three separate demands for him to give evidence, instead sending junior employees unable to answer the committee’s questions.
* Warns British electoral law is unfit for purpose and vulnerable to interference by hostile foreign actors, including agents of the Russian government attempting to discredit democracy.
* Calls on the British government to establish an independent investigation into “foreign influence, disinformation, funding, voter manipulation and the sharing of data” in the 2014 Scottish independence referendum, the 2016 EU referendum and the 2017 general election.

More on this: Facebook labelled 'digital gangsters' by report on fake news

#facebook #zuckerberg #privacy #uk #parliament #elections #surveillance-capitalism #the-guardian


 
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THE PIRATE BOOK


FREE DOWNLOAD THE PIRATE BOOK | FREE PRINT THE PIRATE BOOK

All texts are copyleft; images are subject to their original licenses
This work offers a broad view on media piracy as well as a variety of comparative perspectives on recent issues and historical facts regarding piracy. It contains a compilation of texts relating grassroot situations where strategies have been developed to share, distribute and experience cultural content outside of the confines of local economies, politics or laws. These stories recount the experiences of individuals from India, Cuba, Brazil, Mexico, Mali, China and UK.

The book is structured in four parts and begins with a collection of stories on piracy dating back to the invention of the printing press and expanding to broader issues: historical and modern antipiracy technologies, geographically specific issues, as well as the rules of the Warez scene, its charters, structure and visual culture.

This book could not have been made without the help of :
street vendors, photocopiers, bootleg recordings, double
cassette decks, cracktros, .nfo files, VHS recorders, CD burners,
scanners, BBS, copy parties, game copiers, Warez, keygens,
Napster, eDonkey, Soulseek, The Pirate Bay, UbuWeb, Library
Genesis, Karagarga, Megaupload, FilesTube, and many more...
CONCEPTION & EDITING: DISNOVATION.ORG
PUBLISHER: AKSIOMA, LJUBLJANA | 2015
CONTRIBUTORS: JOTA IZQUIERDO, CHRISTOPHER KIRKLEY, MARIE LECHNER, PEDRO MIZUKAMI, ERNESTO OROZA, CLÉMENT RENAUD, ISHITA TIWARY, ERNESTO VAN DER SAR & MICHAËL ZUMSTEIN

OFFICIAL WEBSITE

#shitposting #anarchist meme for cool people
#pirate #hack #35C3 #book #art #antipiracy #technology
#piracy #movie #hack #linux #hacker #history #India #Cuba
#Brazil #Mexico #Mali #China #UK #thepiratebay #tpb #vhs
#warez #ubuntu

I post every day meme about anarchy and other cool stuff.
Feel free to download and/or share them ! :)


 
Immagine/foto

THE PIRATE BOOK


FREE DOWNLOAD THE PIRATE BOOK | FREE PRINT THE PIRATE BOOK

All texts are copyleft; images are subject to their original licenses
This work offers a broad view on media piracy as well as a variety of comparative perspectives on recent issues and historical facts regarding piracy. It contains a compilation of texts relating grassroot situations where strategies have been developed to share, distribute and experience cultural content outside of the confines of local economies, politics or laws. These stories recount the experiences of individuals from India, Cuba, Brazil, Mexico, Mali, China and UK.

The book is structured in four parts and begins with a collection of stories on piracy dating back to the invention of the printing press and expanding to broader issues: historical and modern antipiracy technologies, geographically specific issues, as well as the rules of the Warez scene, its charters, structure and visual culture.

This book could not have been made without the help of :
street vendors, photocopiers, bootleg recordings, double
cassette decks, cracktros, .nfo files, VHS recorders, CD burners,
scanners, BBS, copy parties, game copiers, Warez, keygens,
Napster, eDonkey, Soulseek, The Pirate Bay, UbuWeb, Library
Genesis, Karagarga, Megaupload, FilesTube, and many more...
CONCEPTION & EDITING: DISNOVATION.ORG
PUBLISHER: AKSIOMA, LJUBLJANA | 2015
CONTRIBUTORS: JOTA IZQUIERDO, CHRISTOPHER KIRKLEY, MARIE LECHNER, PEDRO MIZUKAMI, ERNESTO OROZA, CLÉMENT RENAUD, ISHITA TIWARY, ERNESTO VAN DER SAR & MICHAËL ZUMSTEIN

OFFICIAL WEBSITE

#shitposting #anarchist meme for cool people
#pirate #hack #35C3 #book #art #antipiracy #technology
#piracy #movie #hack #linux #hacker #history #India #Cuba
#Brazil #Mexico #Mali #China #UK #thepiratebay #tpb #vhs
#warez #ubuntu

I post every day meme about anarchy and other cool stuff.
Feel free to download and/or share them ! :)


 
Если клиентская часть открыта, а серверная закрыта, очевидно, что это не делает само программное обеспечение открытым. Но рекламная кампания мессенджера телеграм почему-то заявляет, что это программное обеспечение на 100% открыто.
Изветсный ленинградский аналитик пишет:
Проиграв первый год кибервойны с маленькой тарнснациональной корпорацией Телеграм, оно (правительство РФ) решило на кампанию 2019 года повысить ставки и выделило 20 000 000 000 рублей на освоение
В данный момент поддерживаю два тематических транспорта между централизованным телеграмом и децентрализованными сетями обмена мгновенными сообщениями. В западных тематических телеграм чатах количество участников в среднем в 5 раз больше чем в irc (не IT-тематики). Я общался с американцами и бразильцами (в Бразилии телеграмм особо популярен, как я понял) - подавляющее большинство избрали доверить ему свои личные данные и переписки как раз благодаря этой войне, развязанной правительством РФ.
Так что если учитывать, что http://www.dld-conference.com/speakers/digital-business/pavel-durov_aid_3087.html" target="_blank">в последний год своего обучения Дуров закончил профессиональную подготовку на факультете военного обучения СПбГУ по специализации «Пропаганда и психологическая война», по окончании которой получил звание лейтенанта запаса и сразу по окончании вуза он создал «ВКонтакте», крупнейшую на данный момент социальную сеть в России, то можно сказать что Павел справился с поставленной задачей весьма неплохо и уже давно не лейтенант.
С теми, кто публично и искренне идёт против нынешнего правительства РФ, известно что случается: Политковская, Литвиненко. Последнему даже британская протекция не помогла.
Если бы земляк почти всего состава кооператива Озеро, Павел Дуров, искренне воевал с правительством РФ - его бы скорее всего ждала похожая участь. Или Павел просто отрабатывает свою профессию? Судя по количеству пользователей его проприетарного мессенджера, вокруг которого создана иллюзия открытости - отрабатывает он весьма успешно.
Если вы пользуетесь телеграмом для того, чтобы скрыть какие-то данные от американских спецслужб, скорее всего - это бесполезная затея. Ведь рекламная операция по блокировке мессенджера началась вскоре после визита глав российских спецслужб в Вашингтон (даже несмотря на то, что некоторые из них были в санкционных списках, фактически нарушая американское законодательство). Скорее всего доступ к личным данным пользователя мессенджера согласован.
#conspiracy #hoax #telegram #usa #russia #uk #nsa #fsb #cia #programming #metaprogramming #software #property


 
- #UK #Unveils Its First Ever #Air-Filtering #Pollution-Busting #Bus


The eco-friendly bus is engineered to have a particle removal efficiency of 99.5 percent. If the technology proves successful it could see the addition of 4,600 more such buses.
https://interestingengineering.com/uk-unveils-its-first-ever-air-filtering-pollution-busting-bus


 

L’armée britannique serait en trop mauvais état pour frapper la Syrie, selon un média anglais


https://fr.sputniknews.com/international/201809241038204367-armee-britannique-frapper-syrie/

#angleterre #armée #news #info #London #londres #theresamay #may #europe #syrie #syria #france #germany #deutschland #army #UK #GB #russie #russia #rusland


 

Les secrets bien gardés de la finance internationale


-> https://laviedesidees.fr/spip.php?article4159

#finance #économie #economy #france #europe #asie #asia #international #USA #UK #GB #unitedkingdom #allemagne #germany #deutschland #economiccrisis #crisis #banking #banque #politique #lavie #laviedesidées


 

How Feminists destroy Mathematics

Academic Activists Send a Published Paper Down the Memory Hole





In the highly controversial area of #human #intelligence, the ‘Greater Male Variability Hypothesis’ (GMVH) asserts that there are more #idiots and more #geniuses among #men than among #women. #Darwin’s research on #evolution in the nineteenth century found that, although there are many exceptions for specific #traits and #species, there is generally more #variability in #males than in #females of the same species throughout the #animal #kingdom.

#Evidence for this #hypothesis is fairly #robust and has been reported in species ranging from adders and sockeye #salmon to #wasps and #orangutans, as well as #humans. Multiple #studies have found that #boys and #men are over-represented at both the high and low ends of the #distributions in categories ranging from birth #weight and #brain structures and 60-meter #dash times to #reading and #mathematics test scores. There are significantly more men than women, for example, among #Nobel #laureates, #music #composers, and #chess #champions—and also among #homeless people, #suicide victims, and federal #prison #inmates.

Darwin had also raised the question of why #males in many species might have evolved to be more #variable than #females, and when I learned that the answer to his question remained elusive, I set out to look for a #scientific explanation. My aim was not to prove or disprove that the #hypothesis applies to human intelligence or to any other specific traits or species, but simply to discover a #logical #reason that could help explain how #gender #differences in #variability might naturally arise in the same species.

I came up with a simple intuitive #mathematical #argument based on #biological and #evolutionary #principles and enlisted #SergeiTabachnikov, a #Professor of #Mathematics at #PennsylvaniaState #University, to help me flesh out the model. When I posted a preprint on the open-access #mathematics #archives in May of last year, a variability #researcher at #Durham University in the #UK got in touch by email. He described our joint paper as “an excellent summary of the research to…

https://quillette.com/2018/09/07/academic-activists-send-a-published-paper-down-the-memory-hole/


#leftism #leftists #sjw #convergence #science #academics
Academic Activists Send a Published Paper Down the Memory Hole


 

Typical European hypochrisy



They don't want (Muslim) immigrants, but are happy to sell weapons to corrupt (Muslim) governments, that create Muslim immigrants escaping war.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/09/13/spain-walks-back-decision-halt-bomb-sales-saudis-diplomatic/

#eu #europe #uk #spain #war #economy #saudiaarabia #weapons #armssales #military


 

Schrdinger and exams



A very amusing application of quantum mechanics

Schrdinger's A-Level Results, if you don't open the envelope you've neither passed nor failed

https://twitter.com/RebekahSouther4/status/1028965513190354949

#ALevelResults #alevelresultsday2018 #alevels2018 #uk #alevel #alevels


 

Should IHRA anti-semitism be king?



How did this document become so (allegedly) uniformly accepted, without any apparent debate? Copy text (as is source file) below about the alleged anti-Semitism in UK Labour party (contrast with the UK Conservatives Islamophobia which does not have a proposed definition):
Bucharest, 26 May 2016
In the spirit of the Stockholm Declaration that states: "With humanity still scarred by ...antisemitism and xenophobia the international community shares a solemn responsibility to fight those evils" the committee on Antisemitism and Holocaust Denial called the IHRA Plenary in Budapest 2015 to adopt the following working definition of antisemitism.
On 26 May 2016, the Plenary in Bucharest decided to:
Adopt the following non-legally binding working definition of antisemitism:
"Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities."
To guide IHRA in its work, the following examples may serve as illustrations:
Manifestations might include the targeting of the state of Israel, conceived as a Jewish collectivity. However, criticism of Israel similar to that leveled against any other country cannot be regarded as antisemitic. Antisemitism frequently charges Jews with conspiring to harm humanity, and it is often used to blame Jews for "why things go wrong." It is expressed in speech, writing, visual forms and action, and employs sinister stereotypes and negative character traits.
Why are the stereotypes and negative characetr traits not described, for clarity?
Contemporary examples of antisemitism in public life, the media, schools, the workplace, and in the religious sphere could, taking into account the overall context, include, but are not limited to:
Calling for, aiding, or justifying the killing or harming of Jews in the name of a radical ideology or an extremist view of religion.
Making mendacious, dehumanizing, demonizing, or stereotypical allegations about Jews as such or the power of Jews as collective -- such as, especially but not exclusively, the myth about a world Jewish conspiracy or of Jews controlling the media, economy, government or other societal institutions.
What does AIPAC do?
Accusing Jews as a people of being responsible for real or imagined wrongdoing committed by a single Jewish person or group, or even for acts committed by non-Jews.
Other peoples face this type of accusation.
Denying the fact, scope, mechanisms (e.g. gas chambers) or intentionality of the genocide of the Jewish people at the hands of National Socialist Germany and its supporters and accomplices during World War II (the Holocaust).

Accusing the Jews as a people, or Israel as a state, of inventing or exaggerating the Holocaust.
Accusing Jewish citizens of being more loyal to Israel, or to the alleged priorities of Jews worldwide, than to the interests of their own nations.
This seems dubious which would include Norman Tebbit's infamous "cricket test" for immigrants, or Laurent Blanc's distaste for African descendent members of the French football team
Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor.
This is nonsense when other peoples have been denied "self-determination"
Applying double standards by requiring of it a behavior not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation.
Nice and vague, why not add an example?
Using the symbols and images associated with classic antisemitism (e.g., claims of Jews killing Jesus or blood libel) to characterize Israel or Israelis.
Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis.
Why?
Holding Jews collectively responsible for actions of the state of Israel.
Certains other people suffer exactly the same fate...
Antisemitic acts are criminal when they are so defined by law (for example, denial of the Holocaust or distribution of antisemitic materials in some countries). Criminal acts are antisemitic when the targets of attacks, whether they are people or property such as buildings, schools, places of worship and cemeteries are selected because they are, or are perceived to be, Jewish or linked to Jews. Antisemitic discrimination is the denial to Jews of opportunities or services available to others and is illegal in many countries.

Source: https://www.holocaustremembrance.com/sites/default/files/press_release_document_antisemitism.pdf

https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/understanding-labours-disavowal-of-the-ihra-definition/

#uk #labour #conservative #israel #jewish #ihra #antisemitism #racism #jeremycorbyn #corby #asia


 
Working on my comics and as the story gets more complicated I have to research, or rather I have chosen to research some of the things that come up. I could have invented it, but I am often quite perfectionist when it comes to facts.

So to let you all in on it, here is a text about women from working class backgrounds getting into Oxbridge academia in the 1960's.

https://wcc-uk.blogs.sas.ac.uk/2017/05/22/starting-out-in-the-1960s-working-class-and-female/

#literary #research #socialmobility #equality #UK #1960s #somerville #oxford #academia #comic #bd
Starting out in the 1960s, working class and female


 
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Friday + Saturday in Ulverston, #UK. Woodland Gathering V #industrial #metal #mathrock #psychedelic #electronic #folk + more Performing + giving a talk. #music #festival #concerts


 

Colourful radio: La Bomba



Jose Luis, latin music podcast. Where salsa meets afrobeat!

http://www.colourfulradio.com/presenter/jose

#colourful #radio# #london #uk #caracas #venezuela #music #latin #southamerica


 

Inégalités: Le modèle social français est bel et bien efficace


https://www.alternatives-economiques.fr/modele-social-francais-bel-bien-efficace/00085070

#france #europe #pauvreté #économie #economy #allemagne #germany #UK #italia #italie #italy #méditerranée #aquarius #modèle #alternative


 



Wake up to the reality of Yemen



Collection of information (articles, videos) to help understand more deeply the present reality of Yemen (ongoing updates)

* Bombing campaigns by the coalition of US, UK, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates & many others. Many of the wealthiest nations on Earth bombing the poorest country in the Middle East.
* Arms trade
* Civilian suffering. Humanitarian crisis. War crimes.
* Real motives

If you do not know much yet about the situation in Yemen, be prepared mentally/emotionally… the Yemeni people are being put through Hell…

The link (post title) is a Twitter "moment" (collection of tweets)
Links to articles & videos, with some photos
Viewable without logging in to Twitter

Yemen: The Great Crime, A film by Ammar Basha (video, 9 min)

13-yr-old Zuhair was hit by a Saudi airstrike in Yemen. This is what happened, Save the Children (video, 1 min)

Saudi coalition violated law with Yemen funeral strike: U.N. monitors, Reuters

Boris Johnson urged UK to continue Saudi arms sales after funeral bombing, The Guardian

Yemen: The War on Children, ABC(AU) Foreign Correspondent (video, 30 min)

Famine looms in Yemen, as U.S.-backed Saudi bombing intentionally targets food production, Salon

How Saudi coalition is dividing Yemen & enabling the expansion of al-Qaeda & Daesh (ISIS/ISIL), American Herald Tribune

In Yemen, conflict and poverty exacerbate child malnutrition, UNICEF

Saudi funeral bombing, Arhab / Sanaa 2017 02 15  –  As it happened, Articles, Photos & videos

Yemen's food crisis: 'We are broken, we die either from bombing or hunger', The Guardian

Burying bad news in the killing fields of Yemen, Mondoweiss

Saudi Arabia ‘deliberately targeting impoverished Yemen’s farms and agricultural industry’, The Independent

U.S. and U.K. continue to actively participate in Saudi war crimes, targeting of Yemeni civilians, The Intercept

Yemen's children starve as war drags on, The Associated Press

OBORNE: A calamity is unfolding in Yemen and it’s time the world woke up, Middle East Eye (includes video, 2 min)

Eight Schoolchildren Killed in Saudi-Led Coalition Strike in Yemen, Sputnik News

British and US military 'in command room' for Saudi strikes on Yemen, The Guardian

Yemen: Food crisis could become famine this year, UN warns, BBC News

Obama Killed a 16-year-old American in Yemen. Trump Just Killed his 8-year-old Sister., The Intercept / Glenn Greewald

Nine young children killed: The full details of botched US raid in Yemen, The Bureau

'A night of evil': US attack in Yemen leaves scars, fear and hatred, Middle East Eye

If Trump keeps this up, Yemen’s quagmire could become a real proxy war, Middle East Eye

UK High Court on Theresa May & the illegal bombing of Yemen, Going Underground / Afshin Rattansi (video, 3 min)

UK government more concerned to protect Saudi arms deals than Yemeni lives, Middle East Eye

The Guardian view on Yemen and UK arms sales: immoral, whatever the law decides, The Guardian

Britain has blood on its hands over Yemen, The Guardian / Owen Jones

Saudi UAE-led coalition’s double-tap strikes on Dhahian-Saada caught on camera, killed 16 rescuers (video, 5 min, graphic images)

Yemen: Coalition used UK missile in unlawful airstrike, Amnesty International

"With one bomb they took my heart, and murdered my soul", A father's cry, Catherine Shakdam

What are the real Saudi motives in Yemen?, Middle East Eye

Links to additional collections of information
* Saudi Coalition Involvement in Yemen
* Yemen Humanitarian Crisis – MSF experience & perspective
* UK Judicial Review of Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia
* UK/Saudi military aggression & atrocities in Yemen

#Yemen #US #UnitedStates #UK #Britain #Saudi #SaudiArabia #UAE #UnitedArabEmirates
#StopArmingSaudi #RedLineForYemen
#ArmsTrade #HumanitarianCrisis #WarCrimes #MSF #JudicialReview


 



Wake up to the reality of Yemen



Collection of information (articles, videos) to help understand more deeply the present reality of Yemen (ongoing updates)

* Bombing campaigns by the coalition of US, UK, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates & many others. Many of the wealthiest nations on Earth bombing the poorest country in the Middle East.
* Arms trade
* Civilian suffering. Humanitarian crisis. War crimes.
* Real motives

If you do not know much yet about the situation in Yemen, be prepared mentally/emotionally… the Yemeni people are being put through Hell…

The link (post title) is a Twitter "moment" (collection of tweets)
Links to articles & videos, with some photos
Viewable without logging in to Twitter

Yemen: The Great Crime, A film by Ammar Basha (video, 9 min)

13-yr-old Zuhair was hit by a Saudi airstrike in Yemen. This is what happened, Save the Children (video, 1 min)

Saudi coalition violated law with Yemen funeral strike: U.N. monitors, Reuters

Boris Johnson urged UK to continue Saudi arms sales after funeral bombing, The Guardian

Yemen: The War on Children, ABC(AU) Foreign Correspondent (video, 30 min)

Famine looms in Yemen, as U.S.-backed Saudi bombing intentionally targets food production, Salon

How Saudi coalition is dividing Yemen & enabling the expansion of al-Qaeda & Daesh (ISIS/ISIL), American Herald Tribune

In Yemen, conflict and poverty exacerbate child malnutrition, UNICEF

Saudi funeral bombing, Arhab / Sanaa 2017 02 15  –  As it happened, Articles, Photos & videos

Yemen's food crisis: 'We are broken, we die either from bombing or hunger', The Guardian

Burying bad news in the killing fields of Yemen, Mondoweiss

Saudi Arabia ‘deliberately targeting impoverished Yemen’s farms and agricultural industry’, The Independent

U.S. and U.K. continue to actively participate in Saudi war crimes, targeting of Yemeni civilians, The Intercept

Yemen's children starve as war drags on, The Associated Press

OBORNE: A calamity is unfolding in Yemen and it’s time the world woke up, Middle East Eye (includes video, 2 min)

Eight Schoolchildren Killed in Saudi-Led Coalition Strike in Yemen, Sputnik News

British and US military 'in command room' for Saudi strikes on Yemen, The Guardian

Yemen: Food crisis could become famine this year, UN warns, BBC News

Obama Killed a 16-year-old American in Yemen. Trump Just Killed his 8-year-old Sister., The Intercept / Glenn Greewald

Nine young children killed: The full details of botched US raid in Yemen, The Bureau

'A night of evil': US attack in Yemen leaves scars, fear and hatred, Middle East Eye

If Trump keeps this up, Yemen’s quagmire could become a real proxy war, Middle East Eye

UK High Court on Theresa May & the illegal bombing of Yemen, Going Underground / Afshin Rattansi (video, 3 min)

UK government more concerned to protect Saudi arms deals than Yemeni lives, Middle East Eye

The Guardian view on Yemen and UK arms sales: immoral, whatever the law decides, The Guardian

Britain has blood on its hands over Yemen, The Guardian / Owen Jones

Saudi UAE-led coalition’s double-tap strikes on Dhahian-Saada caught on camera, killed 16 rescuers (video, 5 min, graphic images)

Yemen: Coalition used UK missile in unlawful airstrike, Amnesty International

"With one bomb they took my heart, and murdered my soul", A father's cry, Catherine Shakdam

What are the real Saudi motives in Yemen?, Middle East Eye

Links to additional collections of information
* Saudi Coalition Involvement in Yemen
* Yemen Humanitarian Crisis – MSF experience & perspective
* UK Judicial Review of Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia
* UK/Saudi military aggression & atrocities in Yemen

#Yemen #US #UnitedStates #UK #Britain #Saudi #SaudiArabia #UAE #UnitedArabEmirates
#StopArmingSaudi #RedLineForYemen
#ArmsTrade #HumanitarianCrisis #WarCrimes #MSF #JudicialReview


 
#BREXIT #UK #EU #Germany #Italy #France #Czech Republic


 
#BREXIT #UK #EU #Germany #Italy #France #Czech Republic


 

Democracy, the God That's Failing



– by #JeffDeist, #MisesInstitute



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When Professor Hans-Hermann #Hoppe made his famous argument against #democracy back in 2001, the notion that #voting was a lousy way to organize #society was still radical even among many #libertarians. Virtually everyone raised in a western country over the past century grew up hearing “democracy” used as a #synonym for #wonderful, #good, #just, and #valid. It takes a great deal of #unlearning to overcome this as an #adult, and to question the #wisdom of representative #government installed via democratic mechanisms.

Fast forward to 2017, however, and the case against democracy is being made right in front of our eyes. Witness #HillaryClinton, who not long ago gushed about our “sacred” right to vote — that is until her stupendous loss to #Trump. Today she clings to the specious #nonsense that the Russians somehow influenced our #election by planting stories and using #social-media, which if true would be an excellent #argument against #voting rights. If the natives are so easily duped by a few silly posts in their #Facebook feeds, why on earth is their vote meaningful or #sacred?

Other #progressives like #MichaelMoore demand that Trump be arrested, presumably for #treason. Left-leaning cable #news pundits openly call for Trump to #resign or be #impeached. #Mainstream newspapers wonder whether he’ll even finish his four-year term. The overwhelming message from the #media is that Trump is a disaster, an existential threat that must be stopped.

But it’s not just progressives questioning democratic outcomes. #Neoconservative #BillKristol tweets that he’d rather be governed by an #unaccountable #deep-state than Trump. Mild-mannered conservative moralist #DennisPrager, a #reasonable and #likeable right winger in my view, argues quite seriously that we are in the midst of a second #civil-war with those who simply reject their electoral #defeat. And the libertarianish jurist #RichardEpstein, writing for the somnambulant #HooverInstitution, unloads a #litany of #grievances against Trump that would make #BillMaher blush.

We should recall that as democratic elections go, Trump’s #victory was perfectly #legitimate. Nobody seriously challenges his margins in the key states of #Ohio, #Pennsylvania, #Wisconsin, and #Florida. Lamentations about #Clinton winning the so-called popular vote are #irrelevant and blatantly #partisan — the #ElectoralCollege is as much a part of the “rules” as having two #senators per state.

Meanwhile in the #UK, former #PrimeMinister #TonyBlair employs the language of #revolution in urging #Remain forces to “rise up” against #Brexit and overturn the #referendum in #Parliament. Never mind that #Blair is no longer an elected official and holds no #government office, never mind that both the referendum process and the Brexit vote were perfectly valid: he just doesn’t like the #results. His argument that #Leave voters had “imperfect knowledge” is both #hilarious and #disingenuous: voters always have imperfect #knowledge about candidates and policies prior to elections; pertinent new #information always comes to light after elections. If Blair thinks we can start overturning elections based on any degree of voter #ignorance, then I must suggest he begin with the vote in the House of Commons that made him #PM. And why does he, a #democrat, imagine some right to #overturn election results at all?

It’s time to call a spade a spade. All of this #angst hardly comports with our supposed #reverence for #democracy. Again, Trump handily and fairly won a democratic election just three months ago. If he’s the #devil, a wrecking ball that cannot be stopped by the other branches of government, then our entire constitutional system and its democratic mechanisms are defective. Why doesn’t the #neverTrump movement take its arguments to their #logical #conclusion, and insist an electorate that would install Donald Trump never be allowed to #vote again or have any say in organizing society?

The reality is becoming clear, even as it remains uncomfortable for many: democracy is a #sham that should be opposed by all liberty-loving people. Voting and elections confer no #legitimacy whatsoever on any government, and …

https://mises.org/blog/democracy-god-thats-failing

#Liberty #Freedom #Libertarianism #Anarchism #Democracy


 

Democracy, the God That's Failing



– by #JeffDeist, #MisesInstitute



Immagine/foto

When Professor Hans-Hermann #Hoppe made his famous argument against #democracy back in 2001, the notion that #voting was a lousy way to organize #society was still radical even among many #libertarians. Virtually everyone raised in a western country over the past century grew up hearing “democracy” used as a #synonym for #wonderful, #good, #just, and #valid. It takes a great deal of #unlearning to overcome this as an #adult, and to question the #wisdom of representative #government installed via democratic mechanisms.

Fast forward to 2017, however, and the case against democracy is being made right in front of our eyes. Witness #HillaryClinton, who not long ago gushed about our “sacred” right to vote — that is until her stupendous loss to #Trump. Today she clings to the specious #nonsense that the Russians somehow influenced our #election by planting stories and using #social-media, which if true would be an excellent #argument against #voting rights. If the natives are so easily duped by a few silly posts in their #Facebook feeds, why on earth is their vote meaningful or #sacred?

Other #progressives like #MichaelMoore demand that Trump be arrested, presumably for #treason. Left-leaning cable #news pundits openly call for Trump to #resign or be #impeached. #Mainstream newspapers wonder whether he’ll even finish his four-year term. The overwhelming message from the #media is that Trump is a disaster, an existential threat that must be stopped.

But it’s not just progressives questioning democratic outcomes. #Neoconservative #BillKristol tweets that he’d rather be governed by an #unaccountable #deep-state than Trump. Mild-mannered conservative moralist #DennisPrager, a #reasonable and #likeable right winger in my view, argues quite seriously that we are in the midst of a second #civil-war with those who simply reject their electoral #defeat. And the libertarianish jurist #RichardEpstein, writing for the somnambulant #HooverInstitution, unloads a #litany of #grievances against Trump that would make #BillMaher blush.

We should recall that as democratic elections go, Trump’s #victory was perfectly #legitimate. Nobody seriously challenges his margins in the key states of #Ohio, #Pennsylvania, #Wisconsin, and #Florida. Lamentations about #Clinton winning the so-called popular vote are #irrelevant and blatantly #partisan — the #ElectoralCollege is as much a part of the “rules” as having two #senators per state.

Meanwhile in the #UK, former #PrimeMinister #TonyBlair employs the language of #revolution in urging #Remain forces to “rise up” against #Brexit and overturn the #referendum in #Parliament. Never mind that #Blair is no longer an elected official and holds no #government office, never mind that both the referendum process and the Brexit vote were perfectly valid: he just doesn’t like the #results. His argument that #Leave voters had “imperfect knowledge” is both #hilarious and #disingenuous: voters always have imperfect #knowledge about candidates and policies prior to elections; pertinent new #information always comes to light after elections. If Blair thinks we can start overturning elections based on any degree of voter #ignorance, then I must suggest he begin with the vote in the House of Commons that made him #PM. And why does he, a #democrat, imagine some right to #overturn election results at all?

It’s time to call a spade a spade. All of this #angst hardly comports with our supposed #reverence for #democracy. Again, Trump handily and fairly won a democratic election just three months ago. If he’s the #devil, a wrecking ball that cannot be stopped by the other branches of government, then our entire constitutional system and its democratic mechanisms are defective. Why doesn’t the #neverTrump movement take its arguments to their #logical #conclusion, and insist an electorate that would install Donald Trump never be allowed to #vote again or have any say in organizing society?

The reality is becoming clear, even as it remains uncomfortable for many: democracy is a #sham that should be opposed by all liberty-loving people. Voting and elections confer no #legitimacy whatsoever on any government, and …

https://mises.org/blog/democracy-god-thats-failing

#Liberty #Freedom #Libertarianism #Anarchism #Democracy


 

Entrenched Industries In Panic As Vegan Market Soars



With veganism breaking growth and sales records all over the World, we explore the ways in which industry is pushing back

https://youtu.be/gl9d7dl0HVE

#Veganism is taking off in a big way.

That’s not an opinion. That’s fact. More people—everywhere—are becoming #vegan.

Let’s start in the #UK. There are now 350% more vegans compared to a decade ago. This is reflected in burgeoning #industries in many sectors. Just take the #food industry—where plant based product sales are up 1,500%.

Rarely does a day go by without new vegan options coming out. For example, #supermarket giant Sainsbury’s recently launched a new line of vegan #cheese, which exceeded expected #sales by 300%.

Elsewhere, for example in #Australia, #Germany, #Russia and the #US, similar trends have emerged. The “Try Vegan This January” campaign #Veganuary just broke records too, as did the number of people searching for ‘vegan’ on Google.

But there has been a twist. Because as people are adopting veganism more and more, there has been a #pushback from industry. Corporate leaders, clearly feeling threatened, are pressuring #lawmakers to nip this trend in the bud.

In the US, many states have passed what are known as #ag-gag bills. These laws make it a #felony to do something as seemingly trivial as taking a picture of a suffering #pig in a factory farm. And why? Because it’s a threat to #profits.



‍Ag gag laws can criminalize people for exposing farmed animal lives

And what’s worse? It’s happening in Australia, too. Their new Biosecurity Bill dubbed the Australian “ag-gag” legislation hands power to law enforcement officials, allowing them to prosecute #whistleblowers revealing the practices of corporate-sanctioned animal rights abusers.

This attempt to stifle dissent, along with the vast #livestock #subsidies designed to keep #meat, #dairy and #eggs cheap for consumers, shows just how entrenched the animal agriculture industries are. The US dairy industry, for example, is currently pleading with congress to pressure the FDA to issue a ruling that #plant-based #milk can’t be called “milk”.

BBC’s latest “clean eating” documentary is another case in point. The programme, by many accounts, provided a biased representation of the benefits of plant based nutrition under the guise of educating the public about popular diets.

It may be no surprise that it later transpired that the presenter’s funding source was Helmholz Alliance, which is connected with Sanofi Aventis #Pharmaceuticals, the fifth largest #drug #company in the World.

Sanofi is the maker of some of the most popular #diabetes drugs on the market, #Lantus and the newly-released #Toujeo. They also produce a host of drugs to treat #cardiovascular #disease. Both diseases, incidentally, can be effectively treated, and even reversed, with a plant-based #diet.

The conflicts of interest are not always obvious, but they certainly exist. As Nelson Campbell, founder of Plant Pure, Inc. last week said:
_“The power of industry is enormous… their collusion with #academia, #media and #government runs deep.”_

The harm caused as a result of this industry influence cannot be overstated. Animal agriculture is the leading cause of climate change, amazon destruction, species extinction, ocean dead zones, antibiotic resistance and the inefficient feeding of a growing population.

So, why is there not more awareness of the detrimental effects? Especially given that meat, dairy and eggs are completely unnecessary for optimal #health, and are among the to chronic disease.__

Put simply, __there is a network of industries and institutions that coexist, embedding themselves in society, and they have a vested interest in holding back veganism
. They mutually benefit each other, habituating into us food habits that cause great harm.

Unless we question the false bedrock assumptions about the role of animal products—that, for example we need meat, dairy and eggs for #protein—and rid ourselves of our archaic #status-quo attitudes—that things will never change—animal #exploitation will be perpetuated and the health of our planet and it’s people undermined.

But there is hope. The animal agriculture industry and mainstream media no longer control the messages. Due to the Internet, new communication pathways are now available.

We have an amazing opportunity to change the World. Lets not be confused by the #establishment agenda that too easily diverts, nor demoralized when their power feels too strong. Stand up, speak up, and I promise...

__you will be on the right side of history.__



#FoodIndustry #plant-based #VeganCheese #Gary #ag-gag-bill #bills #politics #politicians #lobby #FactoryFarm #BBC #CleanEating #HelmholzAlliance #SanofiAventis #SanofiAventisPharmaceuticals #climate #ClimateChange #AmazonDestruction #species #SpeciesExtinction #OceanDeadZones #AntibioticResistance


 

Entrenched Industries In Panic As Vegan Market Soars



With veganism breaking growth and sales records all over the World, we explore the ways in which industry is pushing back

https://youtu.be/gl9d7dl0HVE

#Veganism is taking off in a big way.

That’s not an opinion. That’s fact. More people—everywhere—are becoming #vegan.

Let’s start in the #UK. There are now 350% more vegans compared to a decade ago. This is reflected in burgeoning #industries in many sectors. Just take the #food industry—where plant based product sales are up 1,500%.

Rarely does a day go by without new vegan options coming out. For example, #supermarket giant Sainsbury’s recently launched a new line of vegan #cheese, which exceeded expected #sales by 300%.

Elsewhere, for example in #Australia, #Germany, #Russia and the #US, similar trends have emerged. The “Try Vegan This January” campaign #Veganuary just broke records too, as did the number of people searching for ‘vegan’ on Google.

But there has been a twist. Because as people are adopting veganism more and more, there has been a #pushback from industry. Corporate leaders, clearly feeling threatened, are pressuring #lawmakers to nip this trend in the bud.

In the US, many states have passed what are known as #ag-gag bills. These laws make it a #felony to do something as seemingly trivial as taking a picture of a suffering #pig in a factory farm. And why? Because it’s a threat to #profits.



‍Ag gag laws can criminalize people for exposing farmed animal lives

And what’s worse? It’s happening in Australia, too. Their new Biosecurity Bill dubbed the Australian “ag-gag” legislation hands power to law enforcement officials, allowing them to prosecute #whistleblowers revealing the practices of corporate-sanctioned animal rights abusers.

This attempt to stifle dissent, along with the vast #livestock #subsidies designed to keep #meat, #dairy and #eggs cheap for consumers, shows just how entrenched the animal agriculture industries are. The US dairy industry, for example, is currently pleading with congress to pressure the FDA to issue a ruling that #plant-based #milk can’t be called “milk”.

BBC’s latest “clean eating” documentary is another case in point. The programme, by many accounts, provided a biased representation of the benefits of plant based nutrition under the guise of educating the public about popular diets.

It may be no surprise that it later transpired that the presenter’s funding source was Helmholz Alliance, which is connected with Sanofi Aventis #Pharmaceuticals, the fifth largest #drug #company in the World.

Sanofi is the maker of some of the most popular #diabetes drugs on the market, #Lantus and the newly-released #Toujeo. They also produce a host of drugs to treat #cardiovascular #disease. Both diseases, incidentally, can be effectively treated, and even reversed, with a plant-based #diet.

The conflicts of interest are not always obvious, but they certainly exist. As Nelson Campbell, founder of Plant Pure, Inc. last week said:
_“The power of industry is enormous… their collusion with #academia, #media and #government runs deep.”_

The harm caused as a result of this industry influence cannot be overstated. Animal agriculture is the leading cause of climate change, amazon destruction, species extinction, ocean dead zones, antibiotic resistance and the inefficient feeding of a growing population.

So, why is there not more awareness of the detrimental effects? Especially given that meat, dairy and eggs are completely unnecessary for optimal #health, and are among the to chronic disease.__

Put simply, __there is a network of industries and institutions that coexist, embedding themselves in society, and they have a vested interest in holding back veganism
. They mutually benefit each other, habituating into us food habits that cause great harm.

Unless we question the false bedrock assumptions about the role of animal products—that, for example we need meat, dairy and eggs for #protein—and rid ourselves of our archaic #status-quo attitudes—that things will never change—animal #exploitation will be perpetuated and the health of our planet and it’s people undermined.

But there is hope. The animal agriculture industry and mainstream media no longer control the messages. Due to the Internet, new communication pathways are now available.

We have an amazing opportunity to change the World. Lets not be confused by the #establishment agenda that too easily diverts, nor demoralized when their power feels too strong. Stand up, speak up, and I promise...

__you will be on the right side of history.__



#FoodIndustry #plant-based #VeganCheese #Gary #ag-gag-bill #bills #politics #politicians #lobby #FactoryFarm #BBC #CleanEating #HelmholzAlliance #SanofiAventis #SanofiAventisPharmaceuticals #climate #ClimateChange #AmazonDestruction #species #SpeciesExtinction #OceanDeadZones #AntibioticResistance


 

Back in the house



After some problems with the ATOM/RSS podcasts, was great to listen to some great house music. Well recommended! :)

http://www.colourfulradio.com/presenter/djkarina

#house #music #radio #colourful #london #uk #mzansi

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The #uk rapidly becomes scary to journalists, not just their sources
#uk


 
The #uk rapidly becomes scary to journalists, not just their sources

Ex-GCHQ whistleblower attacks plans to extend dragnet of secrecy law

Katharine Gun says expanded jail terms for leaking state secrets will deter people from revealing abuses of power
#uk


 

UK House of Commons finally approves Brexit!






#Brexit #UK #Freedom #Liberty #UKIP #EU


 

UK House of Commons finally approves Brexit!






#Brexit #UK #Freedom #Liberty #UKIP #EU


 

Pénurie de légumes au Royaume-Uni



#alimentation #agriculture #pénurie #UK