Posted Sat Aug 19 05:56:18 2017 Tags:

American antisemites hate Jews, but support Israel for its system of racism.

Posted Sat Aug 19 00:00:00 2017 Tags:

Antiracists were arrested for toppling a statue of Robert E Lee, but no one has been arrested for beating up Deandre Harris in Charlottesville.

Posted Sat Aug 19 00:00:00 2017 Tags:

Important internet companies are cutting off right-wing extremist groups.

If the result is that hardly anyone spreads right-wing lies and terrorism on the internet, that would be small loss. However, it is hard to confine effects to their intended targets. If all the major Internet communication companies (there are not so many of them, after all) combine to firmly censor right-wing extremism, that would amount to Chinese-style repression which could be turned against any form of dissent.

The CEO of Cloudflare decided to cut off its service to a particular Nazi site, but thinks that society needs to take up the question of what is allowed on the internet, rather than appoint major companies as censors by default.

Freedom of speech means respecting people's right to maintain views that we despise. It doesn't include the right to organize violence, but we have to make sure not to push the limits too tight. We must take care not to legitimize the kind of repression that inauguration protesters and pipeline protesters now face in the US.

Posted Sat Aug 19 00:00:00 2017 Tags:

Brazilian Supreme Court Upholds Land Rights of Indigenous People.

This by itself does not make them safe from land-grabbers.

Posted Sat Aug 19 00:00:00 2017 Tags:

Australia has rejected two proposed river mines because they would threaten the Great Barrier Reef.

Posted Sat Aug 19 00:00:00 2017 Tags:

Family farmers of Canada, Mexico and the US warn that the redesign of NAFTA seems intended to increase the power of corporations. The negotiations are secret again, as in the Treacherous Plutocratic Poison.

The fundamental nature of any "free trade treaty" that "works" too well is to increase the power of businesses over the state and the people.

Posted Sat Aug 19 00:00:00 2017 Tags:

Salafi Arabia is offering funds to "rebuild Iraq" in exchange for political influence.

If this helps Iraqi Sunnis get equal rights, it will be a step forward and might aid the cause of peace there. But Salafi Arabia will surely implant Salafi rigidism — just what Iraq doesn't need more of.

Iran is a repressive theocracy, but nowhere near as bad a repressive theocracy as Salafi Arabia.

Posted Sat Aug 19 00:00:00 2017 Tags:

The troll decided to take another advisory council home since CEOs won't play with him any more.

Posted Sat Aug 19 00:00:00 2017 Tags:

US citizens: call on Twitter to revoke the troll's account.

Posted Sat Aug 19 00:00:00 2017 Tags:

Wells Fargo bank, "poster child for corporate crime recidivism", has taken the drastic step of requiring three board members to resign with no other penalty.

What? No jail time?

Posted Sat Aug 19 00:00:00 2017 Tags:
Options for neo-Nazis on the internet are starting to shrink

Yet the decision of web providers yanking services and ejecting Nazi scumbags is apparently a controversial and unprecedented issue. It would appear that until now, like Trump, internet companies like Facebook and Cloudflare have not shared the instinctive moral revulsion most Americans, Europeans, and British feel toward white supremacists and neo-Nazis. [...]

It should be noted that press has simultaneously noted that hate groups and white supremacist memes "thrive, even in wide open, public communities" on Facebook. Don't worry, it's still a clean, well-lit place for fascism: Facebook still defends Holocaust denial as free speech as its policy, despite the fact that it is illegal in 16 countries because it is linked to violence against Jews. [...]

The problem is that the same companies we're cheering at to take a bite out of Nazi privilege and access are the same companies whose takedown and censorship processes are muddy -- which is what gives them play to censor people they simply don't want on their services. Like people who work in the sex industry, and LGBT people, who are most often silenced at the censorship end of these policies. One need only read the news over the past several years to see that legitimate voices get silenced online far more than those of aging skinheads and young Nazis.

Previously, previously, previously, previously, previously, previously.

Posted Fri Aug 18 20:24:25 2017 Tags:
DNA Lounge update, wherein it's "Best Of" time, we have some great shows, and I list certain grievances.
Posted Fri Aug 18 19:57:55 2017 Tags:
I just rewatched Cleopatra 2525 and I'm here to tell you that it's still awesome.

It's Kung-Fu Barbarella. So much wire-fighting. So much Cyberdog. Floating shape-shifting robots have chased humanity underground, occasionally attacking with T-1000s with blaster arms. Everyone has Spider-Man web-shooters, and there's an evil clown. It's got everything! But the thing that makes it work is that it's a comedy but almost every character in it fully commits to being in an action movie. They are So Very Serious.

It does, however, have a theme song that is possibly worse than Enterprise. Don't let that put you off.

It ends on an extremely frustrating cliffhanger and a final episode that seems to have stopped production halfway through. Yet Arrow gets six seasons. I would trade the entirety of Game of Thrones for one more season of Cleopatra 2525.

Here, here, watch. It looks like the whole thing is on Youtube too, but in varying quality.

Previously, previously, previously.

Posted Thu Aug 17 19:19:32 2017 Tags:
Kali Diaries - Entry #3

Lauren Mary Kim (who doubles Elektra in Marvel's Daredevil & Defenders) VS. Amy Johnston (who is one of Black Widow's stunt doubles in Marvel's Avengers) Fight features daggers and JKD. Choreographed by Tsuyoshi Abe. Fight Coordinator, Camera and Edit by Bryan Sloyer.

Previously.

Posted Thu Aug 17 00:29:28 2017 Tags:
When all those Confederate monuments and statues were erected:

Yes, these monuments were put up to honor Confederate leaders. But the timing of the monument building makes it pretty clear what the real motivation was: to physically symbolize white terror against blacks. They were mostly built during times when Southern whites were engaged in vicious campaigns of subjugation against blacks, and during those campaigns the message sent by a statue of Robert E. Lee in front of a courthouse was loud and clear.

No one should think that these statues were meant to be somber postbellum reminders of a brutal war. They were built much later, and most of them were explicitly created to accompany organized and violent efforts to subdue blacks and maintain white supremacy in the South. I wouldn't be surprised if even a lot of Southerners don't really understand this, but they should learn. There's a reason blacks consider these statues to be symbols of bigotry and terror. It's because they are.

Wikipedia: President of the Confederate States of America: List of presidents:

"Confederate States Accidental Election, 2017"

Posted Wed Aug 16 20:13:50 2017 Tags:

"We fought a war over this, you cocksuckers!" the robot was heard to say.

Previously, previously, previously, previously.

Posted Tue Aug 15 20:42:39 2017 Tags:

Planet Debian upstream is hosted by Branchable.