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Taking into account the fact that the elected officials rarely go with the vote that the majority of their constituents are in favor of anyway, I've got to agree.

Lobbying is where it all started going downhill... Hey, let's legalize bribery, but only for elected officials! Surely nothing bad could result from that!

#voting #government #electedOfficials #strike #organization #labor #collectiveBargaining
 
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Taking into account the fact that the elected officials rarely go with the vote that the majority of their constituents are in favor of anyway, I've got to agree.

Lobbying is where it all started going downhill... Hey, let's legalize bribery, but only for elected officials! Surely nothing bad could result from that!

#voting #government #electedOfficials #strike #organization #labor #collectiveBargaining
 

How the tentacles of the US military are strangling the planet

The #UnitedStates has more than 50,000 #troops in #Japan as well as a very large contingent of #ships and #aircraft. Seventy percent of the #US #bases in Japan are on #Okinawa island. Almost everyone in Okinawa wants the US #military to go. Rape by #American #soldiers – including of young children – has long angered the #Okinawans. Terrible #environmental #pollution – including the harsh noise from US military #aircraft – rankles people. It was not difficult for Tamaki to run on an anti-US-base platform. It is the most basic demand of his constituents.

But the #Japanese #government does not accept the #democratic views of the #Okinawan people. #Discrimination against the Okinawans plays a role here, but more fundamentally there is a lack of regard for the wishes of ordinary people when it comes to a US military base.
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For decades now, Okinawans have complained about the creation of enclaves of their #island that operate as places for the recreation of American soldiers. Photographer Mao Ishikawa has portrayed these places, the segregated bars where only US soldiers are allowed to go and meet Okinawan women (her book Red Flower: The Women of Okinawa collects many of these pictures from the 1970s).

There have been at least 120 reported rapes since 1972, the “tip of the iceberg,” says Takazato. Every year there is at least one incident that captures the imagination of the people – a terrible act of #violence, a rape or a murder.

What the people want is for the #bases to close, since they see the bases as the reason for these acts of violence. It is not enough to call for #justice after the incidents; it is necessary, they say, to remove the cause of the incidents.
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The US military has a staggering 883 military bases in 183 countries. In contrast, Russia has 10 such bases – eight of them in the former USSR. China has one overseas military base. There is no country with a military footprint that replicates that of the United States. The bases in Japan are only a small part of the massive infrastructure that allows the US military to be hours away from armed action against any part of the planet.
#antiwar #antimilitary #anti-war #peace #propeace #pacifist #CloseTheBases #pacifism
 

How the tentacles of the US military are strangling the planet

The #UnitedStates has more than 50,000 #troops in #Japan as well as a very large contingent of #ships and #aircraft. Seventy percent of the #US #bases in Japan are on #Okinawa island. Almost everyone in Okinawa wants the US #military to go. Rape by #American #soldiers – including of young children – has long angered the #Okinawans. Terrible #environmental #pollution – including the harsh noise from US military #aircraft – rankles people. It was not difficult for Tamaki to run on an anti-US-base platform. It is the most basic demand of his constituents.

But the #Japanese #government does not accept the #democratic views of the #Okinawan people. #Discrimination against the Okinawans plays a role here, but more fundamentally there is a lack of regard for the wishes of ordinary people when it comes to a US military base.
...
For decades now, Okinawans have complained about the creation of enclaves of their #island that operate as places for the recreation of American soldiers. Photographer Mao Ishikawa has portrayed these places, the segregated bars where only US soldiers are allowed to go and meet Okinawan women (her book Red Flower: The Women of Okinawa collects many of these pictures from the 1970s).

There have been at least 120 reported rapes since 1972, the “tip of the iceberg,” says Takazato. Every year there is at least one incident that captures the imagination of the people – a terrible act of #violence, a rape or a murder.

What the people want is for the #bases to close, since they see the bases as the reason for these acts of violence. It is not enough to call for #justice after the incidents; it is necessary, they say, to remove the cause of the incidents.
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The US military has a staggering 883 military bases in 183 countries. In contrast, Russia has 10 such bases – eight of them in the former USSR. China has one overseas military base. There is no country with a military footprint that replicates that of the United States. The bases in Japan are only a small part of the massive infrastructure that allows the US military to be hours away from armed action against any part of the planet.
#antiwar #antimilitary #anti-war #peace #propeace #pacifist #CloseTheBases #pacifism
 

UK COVID-19 Test & Trace scheme spends millions on iPhones | Apple Must

Make no mistake, I know iPhones are the best mobile devices in the world, but when what I see as the utterly failed UK ‘Test & Trace’ scheme spends millions of pounds on the devices, you have to ask why. And this is an angry post.
Failure on top of failure.

#Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic #UK #politics #government #TestAndTrace #Apple #iPhone
UK COVID-19 Test & Trace scheme spends millions on iPhones
 

UK COVID-19 Test & Trace scheme spends millions on iPhones | Apple Must

Make no mistake, I know iPhones are the best mobile devices in the world, but when what I see as the utterly failed UK ‘Test & Trace’ scheme spends millions of pounds on the devices, you have to ask why. And this is an angry post.
Failure on top of failure.

#Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic #UK #politics #government #TestAndTrace #Apple #iPhone
UK COVID-19 Test & Trace scheme spends millions on iPhones
 

#Apple Helps #FBI Track Down #GeorgeFloyd Protester Accused Of Firebombing Cop Cars


Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/thomasbrewster/2020/09/16/apple-helps-fbi-track-down-george-floyd-protester-accused-of-firebombing-cop-cars/
The case shows how Apple is willing to help even where the context of the crime is controversial, namely the Black Lives Matter protests. That’s despite President #Trump and Attorney General William Barr lambasting the company for failing to help track down serious criminals while caving in to the demands of the Chinese #government.
#police #usa #surveillance #crime #blacklivesmatter #technology #tracking #smartphone
 

#Apple Helps #FBI Track Down #GeorgeFloyd Protester Accused Of Firebombing Cop Cars


Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/thomasbrewster/2020/09/16/apple-helps-fbi-track-down-george-floyd-protester-accused-of-firebombing-cop-cars/
The case shows how Apple is willing to help even where the context of the crime is controversial, namely the Black Lives Matter protests. That’s despite President #Trump and Attorney General William Barr lambasting the company for failing to help track down serious criminals while caving in to the demands of the Chinese #government.
#police #usa #surveillance #crime #blacklivesmatter #technology #tracking #smartphone
 
Does this government know what it wants? Just last week it was "get back to work" (which in reality meant "get back to the office", probably because the real estate funds were putting pressure on them), now I read:
"Mr Hancock, who has spoken to the mayor this weekend, told Times Radio he would not rule out the possibility that Londoners could be told this week to avoid the commute and get back to working from home."

In August we were told "Eat out to help out", now there's talk of reducing pub & restaurant hours and even a "circuit breaker" (some kind of mini lockdown) or in worst case a proper lockdown as the last resort.

And now you tell people "follow the rules"? They did. They went out, just like you wanted them to.

I also keep hearing (from certain circles) what a genius Dominic Cummings is and that everything is planned and that he is hiring maverick super forecasters and more. So why did he and his maverick super forecasters not forecast what's happening now? Anyone with half a brain could see that with opening up infection rates would go up.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-54221953

#Covid19 #Coronavirus #UK #politics #government #health #followtherules
 
Does this government know what it wants? Just last week it was "get back to work" (which in reality meant "get back to the office", probably because the real estate funds were putting pressure on them), now I read:
"Mr Hancock, who has spoken to the mayor this weekend, told Times Radio he would not rule out the possibility that Londoners could be told this week to avoid the commute and get back to working from home."

In August we were told "Eat out to help out", now there's talk of reducing pub & restaurant hours and even a "circuit breaker" (some kind of mini lockdown) or in worst case a proper lockdown as the last resort.

And now you tell people "follow the rules"? They did. They went out, just like you wanted them to.

I also keep hearing (from certain circles) what a genius Dominic Cummings is and that everything is planned and that he is hiring maverick super forecasters and more. So why did he and his maverick super forecasters not forecast what's happening now? Anyone with half a brain could see that with opening up infection rates would go up.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-54221953

#Covid19 #Coronavirus #UK #politics #government #health #followtherules
 

Words are important


They have agreed-upon meanings. When these meanings change, it's by consensus and common usage. You can't redefine words at will.

A fascist is not defined as "someone who does things I don't like". If you haven't lived under fascism, find someone who has and ask them what it's like before you throw terms around.

#fascism #politics #government
 

Words are important


They have agreed-upon meanings. When these meanings change, it's by consensus and common usage. You can't redefine words at will.

A fascist is not defined as "someone who does things I don't like". If you haven't lived under fascism, find someone who has and ask them what it's like before you throw terms around.

#fascism #politics #government
 

A modern 'Rasputin', or the UK's 'Vice-Premier'? Whichever view you take, Cummings's role is unprecedented | British Politics and Policy at LSE

In the Dominic Cummings row, developments are not only unprecedent because they concern an unelected adviser but also because they are impacting on the country’s ability to deal with the health and financial crises. This scandal is thus affecting lives and livelihoods, argues Patrick Dunleavy.
How much has the Poundshop Rasputin Dominic Cummings had to do with the abysmal failure of the UK government to deal effectively with the Covid-19 pandemic?

The author of the article, Patrick Dunleavy, is Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at the LSE.

#politics #UK #government #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #Cummings #DominicCummings #Rasputin #Svengali #Wormtongue
A modern ‘Rasputin’, or the UK’s ‘Vice-Premier’? Whichever view you take, Cummings’s role is unprecedented
 

A modern 'Rasputin', or the UK's 'Vice-Premier'? Whichever view you take, Cummings's role is unprecedented | British Politics and Policy at LSE

In the Dominic Cummings row, developments are not only unprecedent because they concern an unelected adviser but also because they are impacting on the country’s ability to deal with the health and financial crises. This scandal is thus affecting lives and livelihoods, argues Patrick Dunleavy.
How much has the Poundshop Rasputin Dominic Cummings had to do with the abysmal failure of the UK government to deal effectively with the Covid-19 pandemic?

The author of the article, Patrick Dunleavy, is Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at the LSE.

#politics #UK #government #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #Cummings #DominicCummings #Rasputin #Svengali #Wormtongue
A modern ‘Rasputin’, or the UK’s ‘Vice-Premier’? Whichever view you take, Cummings’s role is unprecedented
 
"We, Pirates, want to inform you that the European People’s Party (EPP) in the European Parliament is trying to destroy Pirates’ efforts to encourage EU institutions to develop publicly available Free and Open Source Software, which would increase transparency, reduce administrative costs, increase security and metadata quality, and avoid vendor lock-in effects."

https://european-pirateparty.eu/epp-is-trying-to-destroy-pirates-efforts-to-use-free-open-source-software/

#opensource #freesoftware #software #europe #europe #eu #europeanunion #government #pirates #pirateparty
EPP is trying to destroy Pirates’ efforts to use Free Open Source Software
 
"We, Pirates, want to inform you that the European People’s Party (EPP) in the European Parliament is trying to destroy Pirates’ efforts to encourage EU institutions to develop publicly available Free and Open Source Software, which would increase transparency, reduce administrative costs, increase security and metadata quality, and avoid vendor lock-in effects."

https://european-pirateparty.eu/epp-is-trying-to-destroy-pirates-efforts-to-use-free-open-source-software/

#opensource #freesoftware #software #europe #europe #eu #europeanunion #government #pirates #pirateparty
EPP is trying to destroy Pirates’ efforts to use Free Open Source Software
 

When facts are uncertain, keep an open mind.

There are a ton of theories about what’s going on behind the scenes with this pandemic and the policies that are being put in place to respond to it. Some are smart and relatively well-founded, some are stupid and rooted in generalized paranoia or partisan idiocy, many contradict each other, and many could potentially fit together in some way.
#politics #economy #government #control #pandemic #opportunity #authoritarian #agenda #danger #virus
 
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World risks permanent surveillance with coronavirus controls


More than 100 civil society groups urged governments Thursday not to use the global coronavirus pandemic as cover for future pervasive electronic snooping but instead make sure data is erased once the health crisis is over.

Hasty initiatives to access mobile phones to trace population interactions and especially infected persons "threatens privacy, freedom of expression and freedom of association," warned Privacy International and Human Rights Watch (HRW).

"Dictatorships and authoritarian societies often start in the face of a threat," UN Special Rapporteur Joseph Cannataci said. "That is why it is important to be vigilant today and not give away all our freedoms."

https://www.dw.com/en/world-risks-permanent-surveillance-with-coronavirus-controls/a-53000886?maca=en-newsletter_en_bulletin-2097-xml-newsletter

#surveillance #HumanRights #privacy #1984 #Orwell #PoliceState #phones #mobilephones #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #police #government #wealthy #freedom #LostDemocracy
 
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World risks permanent surveillance with coronavirus controls


More than 100 civil society groups urged governments Thursday not to use the global coronavirus pandemic as cover for future pervasive electronic snooping but instead make sure data is erased once the health crisis is over.

Hasty initiatives to access mobile phones to trace population interactions and especially infected persons "threatens privacy, freedom of expression and freedom of association," warned Privacy International and Human Rights Watch (HRW).

"Dictatorships and authoritarian societies often start in the face of a threat," UN Special Rapporteur Joseph Cannataci said. "That is why it is important to be vigilant today and not give away all our freedoms."

https://www.dw.com/en/world-risks-permanent-surveillance-with-coronavirus-controls/a-53000886?maca=en-newsletter_en_bulletin-2097-xml-newsletter

#surveillance #HumanRights #privacy #1984 #Orwell #PoliceState #phones #mobilephones #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #police #government #wealthy #freedom #LostDemocracy
 
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Americans, please sign this petition and contact your representatives against the EARNIT Act, which bans encryption and tries to interfere with freedom of expression. They US already uses the NSA to watch everything on the internet, now they're trying make us all into criminals for our apps using encryption to safekeep our passwords. The NSA wants to be able to read inside all the encrypted stuff they previously have not been able to read. The government is trying to pass it through now while the world is distracted with the corona virus pandemic.


The EFF has made a tool that will do the work of talking to your representatives for you. Click the links below, and please do copy and paste this everywhere, the EARNIT Act has not been showing up in the news due to corona virus.

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/reject-earn-it-act-s-3398-which-threatens-free-speech-encryption-privacy-and-nations-cybersecurity

https://act.eff.org/action/protect-our-speech-and-security-online-reject-the-graham-blumenthal-bill

#earnit #earnitact #earn it #eff #encryption #crypto #cryptography #bitcoin #https #apps #diaspora #federation #thefediverse #thefederation #apps #usa #us #government #nsa #privacy #surveillance #1984 #corona #coronavirus #corona virus #news #wuhanflu #china
 
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Americans, please sign this petition and contact your representatives against the EARNIT Act, which bans encryption and tries to interfere with freedom of expression. They US already uses the NSA to watch everything on the internet, now they're trying make us all into criminals for our apps using encryption to safekeep our passwords. The NSA wants to be able to read inside all the encrypted stuff they previously have not been able to read. The government is trying to pass it through now while the world is distracted with the corona virus pandemic.


The EFF has made a tool that will do the work of talking to your representatives for you. Click the links below, and please do copy and paste this everywhere, the EARNIT Act has not been showing up in the news due to corona virus.

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/reject-earn-it-act-s-3398-which-threatens-free-speech-encryption-privacy-and-nations-cybersecurity

https://act.eff.org/action/protect-our-speech-and-security-online-reject-the-graham-blumenthal-bill

#earnit #earnitact #earn it #eff #encryption #crypto #cryptography #bitcoin #https #apps #diaspora #federation #thefediverse #thefederation #apps #usa #us #government #nsa #privacy #surveillance #1984 #corona #coronavirus #corona virus #news #wuhanflu #china
 

Boris doesn't know the difference between #epidemic and #pandemic 🤕🤒🤧😷😵


Source: https://twitter.com/jbearb/status/1238370813251911680

#uk #health #government #coronavirus #fail #news
 
Hrhrhr ...

Wie fasst mensch die aktuellen regierungen wohl am besten zusammen?

How to sum up the governments all around the world nowadays?

KAKISTOKRATIE / KAKISTOCRACY


Die alten griechen wussten echt wie der hase läuft...

The ancient Greeks really knew the lay of the land...

#kakistrokratie #kakistocracy #regierung #regierungen #government #randomshit #justLOL
 
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Deutsch oben, englisch unten // German at top, english below.

Heute beim #Aldi in #Hanstedt, #Niedersachsen.


Oh mann .. die drehen doch ernsthaft alle frei. ;)

Ich hab gestern noch mit meinem nachbarn diskutiert, der ein ähnliches bild vom #Selgross (#grosshandel) mitbrachte.

Mal ernsthaft, warum müssen die #medien die scheisse auchnoch so großartig #aufbauschen?

Der inhalt der diskussion gestern war, in den von den einzelnen medien kolportierten #nachrichten kommen so #wirre #empfehlungen wie das mensch sich #wasservorräte anlegen solle, #2L pro tag und person. Mein nachbar dachte, mkay, dann muss die #regierung wohl schlimmeres befürchten wenn sie schon sowas sagen.

Ich hielt entgegen, das sie das überhaupt nicht tun. Naütrlich gibt es #katastrophenpläne und #vorsorgetips in denen genau das drinn steht. Die sind aber durchaus nicht für fälle wie eine #corona #epidemie geschrieben wurden sondern sie sind #weitaus #älter und für #ernsthafte #katastrophen gedacht. Zeiten in denen wirklich mal der #strom #ausgehen und das #leitungswasser #versiegen könnte.....

Allein .... die regierung der #BRD hat nicht ein wort davon verlauten lassen, das mensch solche #vorsorgemaßnahmen treffen sollte.....

Das wird halt von der #journallie fleissig dazugeschrieben, damit der #artikel #reisserischer klingt....

*KOTZ*

Sowas #beklopptes .... #srsly.

Today at the Aldi (#grocery #store) in Hanstedt, #Lower #Saxony.


Oh man ... they're #seriously #going #crazy :)

Yesterday I discussed with my neighbour, who brought a similar picture from #Selgross (#wholesale).

Seriously, why do the #media have to make such a #big #deal out of this shit?

The content of the discussion yesterday was, in the #news #spread by the different #media there are such #confusing #recommendations like people should #stock #up on #water, #2L per day and person. My neighbor thought, mkay, then the #government must #fear #worse if they say something like that.

I #argued that they didn't say that at all. #Of #course, there are #contingency #plans and #precautionary #tips that say just that. They are just not written for #cases like a #corona #epidemic but they are #much #older and #meant #for #serious #disasters. #Times in which the #power could really #go #out and the #mains #water supply could dry up...

But ... the government of the #BRD has not said a word about taking such #precautionary #measures...

This is just what the #journals are #diligently #adding to make the #article sound #more #lurid...

*MOOOAH\*

What a stupid... #srsly.
 

Anyone else thinks hackatons are a terrible idea?


A group of programmers in my country ( #czech ) decided they'll create #software for #government for free during 48 hours, for free. While that seems cool at first, I think that is in fact a very #bad idea. Why?

Well imagine you want to do the same e.g. with a building. To save the architect's time and money on his salary you tell him to design the building in one hour as best as he can. While you'll immediately save money, the result will likely be a building that's badly designed, will have many issues you'll be paying for during the next decades.

Hackatons, gaming jams etc. are extremely popular because they look cool and save time, but they create terrible results and teach very bad practice, which is driven by today's short-sighted society. The whole history of #engineering taught us that haste makes waste, but nowadays we're abandoning all sanity because of #capitalism, #markets and #consumerism. The result of course is huge #bloat, ugly, wasteful, obscure, unmaintainable, buggy and even dangerous technology. Let's not do this.

#hackaton #programming #game #jam #suckless #escapekeysociety
 

Anyone else thinks hackatons are a terrible idea?


A group of programmers in my country ( #czech ) decided they'll create #software for #government for free during 48 hours, for free. While that seems cool at first, I think that is in fact a very #bad idea. Why?

Well imagine you want to do the same e.g. with a building. To save the architect's time and money on his salary you tell him to design the building in one hour as best as he can. While you'll immediately save money, the result will likely be a building that's badly designed, will have many issues you'll be paying for during the next decades.

Hackatons, gaming jams etc. are extremely popular because they look cool and save time, but they create terrible results and teach very bad practice, which is driven by today's short-sighted society. The whole history of #engineering taught us that haste makes waste, but nowadays we're abandoning all sanity because of #capitalism, #markets and #consumerism. The result of course is huge #bloat, ugly, wasteful, obscure, unmaintainable, buggy and even dangerous technology. Let's not do this.

#hackaton #programming #game #jam #suckless #escapekeysociety
 

#India's top #court says indefinite #Kashmir #internet #shutdown is #illegal

India’s Supreme Court said on Friday that an indefinite shutdown of the internet in Kashmir was illegal, rebuking the #government for the communications #lockdown imposed after it withdrew the Muslim majority region’s autonomy in August.
source: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-india-kashmir-internet/indias-supreme-court-says-kashmir-internet-shutdown-unconstitutional-idUSKBN1Z90FR

#news #freedom #law #justice
 

#India's top #court says indefinite #Kashmir #internet #shutdown is #illegal

India’s Supreme Court said on Friday that an indefinite shutdown of the internet in Kashmir was illegal, rebuking the #government for the communications #lockdown imposed after it withdrew the Muslim majority region’s autonomy in August.
source: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-india-kashmir-internet/indias-supreme-court-says-kashmir-internet-shutdown-unconstitutional-idUSKBN1Z90FR

#news #freedom #law #justice
 
I'd like to hear your thoughts on this. #privacy #surveillance #government #control
 
I'd like to hear your thoughts on this. #privacy #surveillance #government #control
 
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