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[weekly linkdump, somewhat edited from my diigo]


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Brexit, Pursued by Despair | Laurie Penny – “Brexit is just the latest alibi to mask the austerity con”

#watch and

Late Show Wins The ‘Hi Stranger’ Challenge – woo.

Cucumba!!! Jamaican Cucumber Rap / Macka B – “Cucumba, vitamins, minerals very high number. Silica, hair and nails get longer. Other vitamins make your bones them stronger”.

Andy Kaufman – Orson Welles Interview – 1982 – Still wearing his neckbrace.

Rayna meets a “robot”. – “I love you, robot!”

Cute Baby Elephant Gets Frustrated After Chasing A Dog – “Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand”


Fake News Is Winning – “Politicians and the establishment mainstream media are fighting back against hoaxes and lies, but it’s not working.”

How Do We Defeat Online Trolls? – “Trolls Are Winning the Internet, Technologists Say – And they’re pushing the rest of us toward a “Potemkin internet,” a mere shell of the web we know today.”

Here’s How Not to Get Doxed Like FBI Director James Comey – “Separating your pseudonymous Twitter account from your real life identity can be tricky.”

How Anarchist Bitcoin Coder Amir Taaki Wound Up Fighting ISIS in Syria – “When I found out there was an actual anarchist revolution happening in Syria, I felt, ‘I have to do that.”

Urban Homestead Trademarks Cancelled! – “After six years of legal wrangling, “urban homestead” and “urban homesteading” belong to us all. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has cancelled the trademarks thanks to the hard work of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the law firm of Winston & Strawn.”

A Tribe Called Quest’s Generation Is Now and Forever: A Conversation with Q-Tip – “So you have to deal with it effectively and properly. And unfortunately as a nation, we haven’t really dealt with it. And it’s all these -isms, they’re just wildly prevalent.”

Spanish woman given jail term for tweeting jokes about Franco-era assassination – “Cassandra Vera founded guilty of glorifying terrorism in her posts about 1973 killing of prime minister Luis Carrero Blanco”

What happens when the identity politics of the Left meet up with the racial isolation of the Right – “And the values of democratic openness and free expression must be fought for vigorously when facing attacks from the Right or the (putative) Left.”

Pruitt chooses not to ban pesticide after scientists find neurotoxicity – “Chlorpyrifos, already banned from most household products, affects memory, learning.”

How the Epidemic of Drug Overdose Deaths Ripples Across America – “Deaths from overdoses are reaching levels similar to the H.I.V. epidemic at its peak.”

You Shouldn’t Blame Islam for Terrorism. Religion Isn’t a Crucial Factor in Attacks. – “The common stereotype of the Middle Eastern, Muslim-born terrorist is not just lazy and inaccurate, but easy fodder for the anti-immigrant, anti-Islam far right.”

The critical questions on Russia – “Congress cannot simply ask the question “was this all legal,” because it probably was. Congress, or an independent investigator, needs to find a way to ask, “was this moral,” because it surely wasn’t, and “does it constitute undue influence,” which it surely does.”

Apple Just Banned the App That Tracks US Drone Strikes, Again – “The tech company really doesn’t want you to use this app, banning it thirteen times over five years.”

Spiders could theoretically eat every human on Earth in one year – Well, now we know. Hope spiders don’t find out.

Yes, the neo-Fash attended the Philly MAGA March – “In the end, the Trump supporters were left complaining online about how their event was successfully disrupted.”

LAF Statement on London Attack | London Antifascists – “Today the howls from the right are directed at us, to claim that we caused this attack through our tolerance of ‘Islamic extremism’ or our work to support the rights of refugees. These claims are built on the assumption that there is a clash of civilisations in this country. That ‘English culture’ and ‘Muslim culture’ cannot co-exist and a war is inevitable. These are lies.”


Demokratie: Der Populismus ist ein Abstiegskandidat – “Wenn Populismus auf die Realität trifft, verliert er. In den USA, in Großbritannien, Frankreich, überall wird klar: Seine Versuchung hat ihren Höhepunkt überschritten.”

Debatte Syrien und Irak: Die Arroganz der Linken – “Für viele Linke sind russische Bomben halb so schlimm. Sie plappern Assads Propaganda nach und diffamieren etwa die Weißhelme.”

Don’t use his name
“1. Don’t use his name.
2. Remember this is a regime and he’s not acting alone.
3. Do not argue with those who support him – it doesn’t work and it makes them feel important. It makes them feel they’ve won something.
4. Focus on his policies. Do not focus on his personality traits, his physical appearance, or his mental state.
5. Keep your message positive; they want the country to be angry and fearful because this is the soil from which their darkest policies will grow.
6. No more helpless/hopeless talk.
7. Support artists and the arts.
8. Be careful not to spread fake news. Fact check it.
9. Take care of yourselves.
10. Resist! Keep demonstrations peaceful.
11. When you post or talk about him, don’t assign his actions to him, assign them to “The Republican Administration”.”

Ein Berliner ersetzt Straßenwerbung durch Kunst – “Alles, was du brauchst, ist ein Kunstwerk, eine Warnweste und ein Pokerface.”

Die autoritäre Logik des #Populismus – “Dass der Popu­lis­mus eine innere Logik hat, heisst aller­dings nicht, dass er fähig wäre, gemäss seiner Logik zu „funk­tio­nie­ren“. Denn er kann gar nicht funk­tio­nie­ren: Entwe­der schei­tert er am Wider­stand der Insti­tu­tio­nen und den Komple­xi­tä­ten der Gesell­schaft – oder er wird so auto­ri­tär, dass er seinen Legi­ti­ma­ti­ons­kern, den Bezug auf das We, the People, voll­stän­dig verliert und zur Dikta­tur mutiert.”

“Nina und Tom” von Tom Kummer: Sex, Lügen und wie man gut stirbt – “Tom Kummer ist berüchtigt für seine Fake-Interviews mit Hollywoodstars. Jetzt hat er mit seinem Roman “Nina & Tom” ein Plädoyer geschrieben für die unbedingte Liebe – die den Tod überdauert. Ein Treffen.”

Klare Kante zeigen – “Will man gegen die SVP vorgehen, darf man sich bloss nicht einreden lassen, man kenne ihre Welt nicht.”

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