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It’s distressing, if not surprising, that the Chinese government has allegedly been using social media to systematically dehumanize its own citizens in the same stark language that helped to fuel the Rwandan genocide. From the standpoint of social media, however, it’s emblematic of a wider problem in which platforms built It also suggests that Facebook’s focus on “election interference” in the wake of 2016 has been too narrow. China’s campaign in Hong Kong makes it clear that public discourse can and will be gamed and distorted at any time, rendering irrelevant tactics like the “election war room” that Facebook has ...Read More
President Donald Trump’s idea to buy Greenland may be fantasy, but the US has staked an interest in the island’s resources — in particular, its rare earth minerals. The US recently signed a memorandum to co-operate with the autonomous territory on rare earth mining in order to promote investment in China dominates the global production of these rare earths, a group of 17 metals difficult to commercialise but critical to high-tech applications, including electric vehicles, wind turbines and military technology. More than 70 per cent are mined, and an even higher percentage processed, in China. ...Read More
Officials who work for Election Systems & Software, the top voting machine supplier in the country, deny that their machines are connected to the Internet. Cybersecurity watchdogs uncover that this is not true, particularly in key swing states. Because of course.
Really interesting book, Lynne Segal analyze and discuss modern happiness and its origines from all points of view and political implications. Definitely a great read. #book #politics #philosophy #health #happiness #LynneSegal #feminism
The mass migrations of Syrian refugees across Europe were one of the biggest movements of people seen in modern history and it was interesting so see Germany's stance on it and how they kept borders open and many refugees flocked there. This wasn't an altruistic act as Germany has once ...Read More
On 'platform' parties (Farage, etc.): "Like tech startups, they're aimed at rapid growth, w/ email sign-ups and PayPal donations replacing formal membership. And, in accordance w/ the creed of Silicon Valley, their purpose is to disrupt."
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Is Andrew Yang's $1,000/month "Freedom Dividend" enough to jump start trickle up economics? "The idea mimics a form of social security that guarantees a certain amount of money for every citizen but without work requirements or other tests. He says it aims to shield Americans from the pain brought about by the technical revolution that is replacing human jobs via automation. He proposes ...Read More
Yang’s UBI intends to replace most safety net programs like welfare etc. it’s why libertarian bros like it. People who think equity is unfair can only understand ‘every person gets same same, equality yes’ Still, I think on its own UBI is super great, just shouldn’t be an excuse to dismantle existing support structures.
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I'm looking for sources of balanced, thoughtful and timely current events reporting... I've generally avoided mainstream media for years. My thinking and consciousness felt much clearer and cleaner as a result. Given the political conditions we've been living under for the past couple years, particularly in the US, I've unfortunately found myself checking CNN and Google News on a regular basis. I ...Read More
"With potential for a devastating oil spill for two lakes and huge swaths of coastline, activists are taking a stand."
From Gilets Jaunes, to yesterday's Vetements *Ne Tirez Pas DON'T SHOOT* shirt, to military chest rigs, fashion is now using its role as a medium for political signaling to explore the possibility of near-term urban warfare, even if just in the space of distant irony or fetishization.
"The climate crisis is the foundation on which the politics of the twenty-first century will be built. Claiming to believe in the science behind it—still an applause line for many U.S. Democrats—doesn’t carry any more rhetorical weight than claiming, proudly and defiantly, to believe in gravity. The xenophobic right is ...Read More
George Monbiot thinking through the psychopathology necessary to lead our toxic societies. “In designing an effective politics, it could be useful to work backwards: to decide what kind of people we would like to see representing us, then create a system that would bring them to the fore. I want ...Read More