I don't know who needs to hear this, but:
In most Western countries, the right wins because they vote.
Be it with entusiasm or reluctance.
For populist charlatans or true believers.
Locally or nationally/federally/in the EU (pick whichever applies).
When their party is currently in power and when it is not.
Out of hatred, fear, due to momentum, or with conviction.
Bottom line? They vote.
You? Statistically, not so much, no.
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quote from me in the news about twitter decentralization
I was quoted in this newsletter about yesterday's Twitter news, saying, "Realistically I don't think this is going to go anywhere; most of these kinds of projects fail. What I'm worried about is that it is going to be a big distraction. It's going to attract resources from the ecosystem that is already out there."
What I am trying to say is that I wouldn't vote for Johnson even if somehow he had 'Labour' next to his name.
...Because Tony Blair does not represent Labour politics, unions, workers.
This is a man who made Labour a less openly racist Tory 'alternative' - that is no alternative at all if you care about economic populism, human rights & transformational government.
This is the man who not only lied us into the Iraq war, but continues consulting for the Saudis, Sisi etc.
If someone like that is your man, so be it, but to me the policies actually matter.
A lot of people are saying that #Corbyn wasn't well liked by the British public. And from the interviews I've seen that seems true, the fact that they have an image of Corbyn as painted by the Sun notwithstanding - however in these same interviews, the suggested replacement tends to be "someone like Tony Blair".
My question to everyone dumping on Corbyn today is this: Is it worth for Labour to win, no matter what, for the sake/name of it? Even if it represents nothing Labour is supposed to? ...
TWITTER's 'open' protocol won't be #activitypub nor open.
Nothing to see here.
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The Tories were desperate to divert media attention from the story about a 4 year old boy with pneumonia, left on the floor of a hospital, with coats for bedding, because there were no beds available. This story was real.
Kuenssberg, Peston, Usherwood & Brand were only to willing to assist. In their rush to report first, they didn't perform *basic* journalistic checks. Fake news personified.
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Posting this because someone was asking for reading on this a few days ago and I lost the post to reply to.
"I've known Jeremy Corbyn for 30 years. He is no antisemite. He has put his neck on the line hundreds of times in opposing racism, antisemitism, far right fascism, holocaust denial."
(Don't @ me on this unless it's to sing the praises of We're Going On A Bear Hunt.)
New blog post: The Future of Internet Regulation at the European Parliament
Last week, I gave three talks in Belgium, starting with one titled “Dear regulators, please don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater” at an event on The Future of Internet Regulation organised by the Greens and Pirates at the European Parliament on Tuesday.
This post has a summary, embedded videos of the talk (thank you, @vincib) and a link to my slides.
I worked on it for about 3 months and it contains almost 100 commits, with about 11k lines of code modified (9k of them being removed).
There is very little functionality missing, but overall I think it's a success story when it comes to a fully integrated Client2Server ActivityPub application.
Nice to see that recent discussions around #systemd on both LWN (https://lwn.net/Articles/804254) and to a lesser extent even HN, (https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=21511692), ending up a lot more balanced & technical than just a constant stream of visceral anti-systemd bashing by reactionary forces.
(At least a lot less than I usually see, but as always, little substance was employed by the reactionaries that did end up even in those discussions...)
Kudos to internet discourse developing in a positive way for once.
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