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France’s Cédric O compares big tech to Robber Barons

Cedric O, formally secretary of state for digital transition and electronic communications, sits down for an interview with the Korea JoongAng Daily in Kukje Gallery, central Seoul, on Nov. 21, where he argued that we cannot allow the tech monopolies and oligopolies to maintain control over commerce and information. [PARK SANG-MOON]   Holding forth at the Kukje Gallery café in central Seoul, Cedric O deconstructs what he describes as a grave threat to democracy. …

Hope for Covid jab refuseniks – All the Goss

Although the government and its assets, backed by MSM, is hell-bent on getting everybody vaccinated to death, wise doctors, scientists and other professionals are advocating caution against taking these experimental jabs.

To cajole people into taking the vaccines, first they took away people’s freedoms through introducing in 2016 the Investigatory Powers Act, also known as the Snooper’s Charter. Then they took away parliamentary democracy, enabling the Three Stooges to dictate policy from behind lecterns, policy which our elected parliamentarians should be debating in the…

¿El último bastión de la democracia en el mundo? — Los Dueños del Circo — Sott.net

Traducido por el equipo de Sott.net
En un animado mitin bajo el sol de otoño, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. se dirigió a una multitud de entre 10 y 20 mil personas en Berna. Habló de las mentiras sobre la covid en Estados Unidos, así como en todo el mundo. No perdonó a Europa, que permite que los niños sean vacunados desde una edad tan temprana como los 5 años, al igual que en EE.UU., el Gran Hermano. Señaló que la tasa de mortalidad en los niños por lo que ellos llaman falsamente vacuna era un múltiplo de la mortalidad por covid en los niños.
La manifestación de Berna fue…

Kansas passes bill to protect workers from Biden’s COVID shot mandate

Freedom-loving Australians are sending out an urgent call for help, a veritable SOS.
Over the past year and a half, Australia’s democracy has been replaced by a type of medical fascism which has grasped control of power by using police state tactics.
In that time, freedoms have been curtailed or suppressed altogether and human rights have been abused, often with the use of the police force.
Please WATCH this video from our friends at Reignite Democracy Australia to better understand how BAD it is right now in Australia.
And, the situation just continues to deteriorate, so much so that…

Healthy Australian woman says she was forced into COVID quarantine camp for 14 days

Thu Nov 25, 2021 – 1:02 pm ESTThu Nov 25, 2021 – 1:06 pm EST

DARWIN, Australia (LifeSiteNews) — An Australian woman says she was taken to a quarantine facility and held there for 14 days against her will as punishment for failing to test against COVID and lying about it. 
Haley Hodgson shared her ordeal in an interview with Monica Smit, founder of Australian news website Reignite Democracy Australia (RDA), a week ago when she was still in quarantine at the Howard Springs facility near Darwin, Northern Australia.  
“These COVID camps are real,” Hodgson told Smit….

LIVE UPDATES: Pastor Art, Chris Scott’s lawyers ask for stay of contempt sanctions

Sheila Gunn Reid (Follow @SheilaGunnReid on Twitter) is reporting from online court today as Artur Pawlowski, Dawid Pawlowski and Chris Scott’s lawyers ask for a stay of their contempt actions.
In court this am for Art Pawlowski, his brother [Dawid] and Chris Scott of the [Whistle Stop Cafe]. Their lawyers are asking for a stay of their contempt sanctions. They were given a compelled speech order requiring them to give govt COVID talking points before they express their views
The men are being helped by the Democracy Fund in their battle for free expression and to hold opinions about the…

COVID-19 Made Democracies More Authoritarian And Authoritarian Regimes Even Worse

By Eric Boehm, published originally in Reason,The COVID-19 pandemic is contributing to a significant decline in democratic values across the globe as many countries have taken aggressive and authoritarian steps to attempt to curb the virus.If you haven’t been living under a rock for the past two years, that’s probably not much of a surprise. Still, a new report from the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, a global nonprofit based in Sweden, offers a comprehensive look at the worrying trend of democratic erosion—a trend that has been helped along by the…

How Snapshot and Orange are making crypto more democratic with reputation-based voting

Today, token-based voting is the primary mechanism for deciding the direction of a decentralized autonomous organization’s (DAO’s) growth and development. But there are inherent flaws and inequities in this model that necessitate new solutions to create more equitable and regenerative DAO projects. That’s why Snapshot and Orange are collaborating to bring reputation-based voting to life, giving the most loyal and active DAO contributors the biggest say. We’re making true democracy a reality in the crypto space.The year 2021 has most decidedly been the year of the DAO. From layer…

A window of opportunity for data democracy (Part III of III)

“Every organization has to prepare for the abandonment of everything it does.”
– Peter Drucker

In this series, I’ve been describing a data democracy that’s just a dream now. That dream is comparable to what Thomas Hobbes and John Locke wrote about when it came to a nation’s people and individual identity to more than 330 years ago. A number of Locke’s concepts (such as individual rights including “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”) later ended up in the US Declaration…

A window of opportunity for data democracy

Part I of this series described the data feudalism we currently have, why we have it, and how it might be possible for at least some of us to escape it. The inspiration for this series has been the evident, but narrow window of opportunity that’s now opening with the help of Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Data Networks to create new data democracy communities from scratch.
Keep in mind that in this series of posts, I’m not promoting some overblown, grandiose scheme to…

A window of opportunity for data democracy (Part I of III)

One of the unanticipated consequences of digitization has been data feudalism. A major reason data feudalism was such a surprise was that society just didn’t anticipate how quickly online services could scale, or how quickly power would shift as more and more users spent more and more time online. Another surprise was how quickly the services they used would take advantage of the narrow window of opportunity that opened during the 2000s and 2010s to control and harness user data. Governments, caught flat footed, have yet to respond effectively to this development.

Beginning in the 2000s, the world saw tremendous growth in social networking services. With the commoditization of and improvements in distributed compute, networking and storage, each successful social network could scale out to serve hundreds of millions or even billions of users.

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Asylum

Over the course of the Second World War, approximately 45,000 psychiatric patients died of starvation and disease in France, imprisoned in hospitals that were supposed to care for them. In 1979, one psychiatrist was interviewed by a newspaper about what he had witnessed during that time:

It was a terrible period at the hospital. The food supplies we received were completely insufficient for feeding 3,000 sick people. I lived through scenes as terrible as those in the concentration camps. Patients were chewing their fingers off … They drank their own urine, ate their faeces, this was common.

In the late 1980s, when this calamity finally came to public attention, there was a flurry of recriminations. Some commentators blamed the psychiatrists, calling out a professional conspiracy of cowardice and neglect, while others suggested that the deaths were driven by an official policy of extermination by the Vichy government and Nazi central command.

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Xi Jinping Vows China Will Never ‘Invade or Bully’ States, Calls to Reject ‘Zero-Sum Games’

Earlier, in his maiden speech at the United Nations General Assembly, without mentioning China by name, US President Joe Biden emphasised that democracy would not be defeated by authoritarianism, underscoring that the future will not belong to those who “suffocate their people with an iron hand”.

China’s President Xi Jinping on Tuesday pledged that his country will never “seek hegemony” by attacking other countries. As he addressed the United Nations General Assembly, he emphasised that China is always a “builder of world peace, contributor to global development, defender of the international order and provider of public goods”.

“China has never and will never invade or bully others, or seek hegemony,” said Xi Jinping in his statement delivered via video at the general debate of the 76th session of the UN General Assembly.

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Jefferson’s university

I teach at the University of Virginia, where the 19th-century founder has become controversial and divisive. For many students, alums and state legislators, Thomas Jefferson remains a pioneer of higher education and a champion of democratic values. But critics charge that Jefferson imbued the university with a malign legacy by holding scores of people in slavery and expressing a racist rhetoric that contradicted his sporadic statements of antislavery principle. The university’s home city, Charlottesville, has ceased to celebrate Jefferson’s birthday. The campus’s most conspicuous statue to Jefferson now attracts both Leftist vandals and rallies by neo-Confederates, to the equal discomfort of those who find enduring value in his ideas.

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The ANZUS Security Treaty At 70

The regional security agreement between the US, Australia and New Zealand continues to be an important treaty in regional geopolitics. It was preceded by a number of historical factors and the decline of Britain’s global role following the Second World War.

Australia and New Zealand were British colonies for a long time, but, from the late 18th century onwards, these two countries began to develop close ties with the US. Whalers and sailors went there from the US and trade boomed, leading to the development of a rather similar political mythology about the founding of “white nations” practised in conquering indigenous peoples.

In 1940, the US recognised Australia as an independent country from the United Kingdom. Two years later, the US did the same for New Zealand, and the three countries’ armed forces united in the war against Imperial Japan.

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Francis Fukuyama and the End of the American Hegemony

It is ironic, but also somehow fitting, that the analyst and author Francis Fukuyama, who in the 1990s raved about the “end of history” and the triumph of American-led, Western liberal democracy, now writes – in the financial circles’ The Economist magazine, no less! – about the end of US hegemony.

Fukuyama even admits that the long-term sources of the American weakness and recession are “domestic rather than international”. The scholar tries to convince his readers that America “will remain a great power for years to come, but its influence will depend more on its ability to fix its domestic problems than on its foreign policy”.

After all, the heyday of American hegemony lasted less than 20 years, “from the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 to the financial crisis of 2007-2009”.

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The shot that was NOT heard ‘round the World

Michael Lesher

More than seven months have passed since an unarmed protester named Ashli Babbitt was shot dead inside the US Capitol while attempting to climb through an opening in a glass door.

Seven months after her death, her killer – a police officer who apparently shot her without warning, and certainly without having made any effort to stop her short of putting a fatal bullet through her chest – has never been publicly identified, let alone charged or disciplined.

During those same seven months – during which every self-respecting liberal demanded a criminal penalty for the policeman who killed George Floyd – Ashli Babbitt, the victim of an equally questionable police killing, has been the target of an orgy of media character assassination.

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Si permites a los políticos destruir la democracia para atender una emergencia, crearán una emergencia para destruir la democracia.

Debank the Right: Rebranded Brexit Party Has Bank Account Closed Down

Nigel Farage’s former Brexit Party, which has been rebranded following departure from the European Union as the Reform Party, has had its bank account shut down.

Metro Bank has informed the Reform UK by letter that “after careful consideration, we are unable to continue to act as your bankers”.

Former Member of European Parliament (MEP) and current Reform UK leader Richard Tice accused the bank of making the decision “based on politics” and told The Telegraphthat he fears for the viability of the party if they fail to secure alternative banking services.

Tice, who took over as leader of the party from Brexit champion Nigel Farage, said of Metro Bank’s decision: “It is absolutely outrageous.”

He added: “We are fifth in the polls.

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Democracy is sentimental

Something is amiss with democracy. Ask people from any or no political persuasion and they’re likely to give a similar story: contemporary politics has gone haywire because one side (or both) has lost touch with reality. We are living in a ‘post-truth’ partisan news hellscape that prioritises ‘feelings over facts’ and disregards the natural authority of the truth. But all sides seem to agree that there is a ‘truth’ that explains what really makes someone a woman, or an institution racist, or a politician fascist, in a way that compels acceptance from those who otherwise disagree. What we need to do is further emphasise the importance of science and reason, and perhaps sanction the overtly partisan media outlets that mislead otherwise good-natured people, then everyone will come to their senses and agree on things because they are true, because they reflect reality.

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El gran reset: hacia una sociedad de castas

Cuentan por los mentideros de las RRSS que Klaus Schwab, el fundador del Forum de Davos, desciende de la Casa Rothschilds. A sus 82 años, ha firmado y publicado en francés “Covid 19: la grande reinicialisation”. Es un libro extraño, de ciencia ficción. Está ambientado en un universo paralelo al nuestro pero tan similar que parece una copia de mercadillo. Decían los antropólogos clásicos que, sometidos a los vaivenes de la Historia, los hombres cambian de patria, de lengua y de credo, pero nunca de cultura gastronómica. Schwab y Malleret plantean un presente alternativo en el que una pandemia obliga al ser humano a cambiar su industria, su comercio con los demás, todas sus instituciones y creencias religiosas, y también sus hábitos alimenticios.

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Vast early America

Nations need history; it is a key genre for explaining the status quo. Modern nations and modern historical practices in the West developed over the same centuries, so the effort to harness the latter to the former is no surprise. Yet whether about the removal of statues, the veracity of journalism and public history projects, or the appropriateness of school curricula and course materials, questions about just how history serves the national interest have been fodder for perpetual controversy.

What’s more, in the past few decades, historians seem to be a poor match for such public and political uses of history. The rubbery framing of what history is, of how to assess it, and who it serves is frustratingly suitable to the stretching and even distortions that politics requires of the past.

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Cripto Anarquismo, Software y Democracia

Necesitamos aumentar la participación de las personas, luchar por su derecho a tener voz y tener el control de su propia vida. En el caso de internet hay que crear las herramientas para que eso se haga posible.

El software va a pasar a todas las capas de la sociedad, y no estamos preparados. Si tu no decides en tu propia vida algún burócrata lo hará por ti. Y no te va a gustar sus decisiones teniendo en cuenta que las prioridades del Estado hace mucho que no son las tuyas.

El cripto-anarquismo tiene su propio manifiesto: el Cyphernomicon, deTimothy C.May, cuya última actualización es de 2011. En este documento se define el cripto anarquismo rescatando la acepción propuesta por el escritor de ciencia ficción Vern or Vinge quien lo define como la realización ciberespacial del anarco capitalismo, una ideología con mayor recorrido histórico.