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60 Years of Police Reform

What has 60 years of police "reform" brought us in the USA?

60 years ago, when there was to be a lynching, they were released at the edge of town. The police put on hoods and robes. They feared retribution or disrepute. They tortured the victim to death.

2021. The police torture the Black man to death, on camera, in front of the world. With impunity.

Repetition normalizes this.

We're being subjected to "Learned Helplessness" as a tool of social control.

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People used to own their own websites in the pre-social media phase.

The ISP model was web hosting. Everyone would be a publisher. Everyone would have their own website.

Now the model is: you provide the content for someone else's website, for free. You don't own it, and it is used for a comprehensive surveillance system like the world has never seen to not only observe, but to manipulate and influence your affect and conduct. It is aggregated and used by every government and large corp.

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I've been thinking about the George Floyd killing and other killings like Jacob Blake.

What I see is impunity.

Not law enforcement. Not "serve and protect."

I see pudgy incel insecure white cops who didn't serve in the military, trying to prove how tough they are by torturing and breaking strong Black men. Making them beg for their lives, beg for their mothers, and then killing them in cold blood. In public.

And the whole system is bloody-handed and complicit.

Not just a "few bad cops."

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If you don't fear the police & don't understand why other folks do.

Let's break it down.

Hundreds of people are killed by the police in incidents of police violence.

Black folks are stopped & searched, restrained, beaten, tasered, handcuffed, transported to jail, charged, sentenced, and imprisoned longer with much higher frequency than whites with similar alleged offenses. There's a huge amount of statistical evidence showing this.

If you don't fear the police, that's privilege.

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Really, asking "what should replace Facebook" is putting things the wrong way around.

A more interesting way to ask the question is, "what did Facebook replace."

People used to build their own websites. People used to have blogs. People used USENET which was truly distributed and un-censorable.

Facebook and Google took the open internet and open standards and monetized and made everything crappy. Enough of that. Nothing should replace Facebook, it's done, stick a fork in it.

"Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley joined other public figures calling for an independent investigation into the death of Mikayla Miller. Though authorities had initially deemed the death of the LGBTQ 16-year-old found hanging in the woods last month in Hopkinton a suicide, questions have risen around the possibility of “a lynching, a racially motivated beating, and a police cover-up,” according to the Boston Globe."

The European Commission has funded an open source project to create a Gateway between the ActivityPub and XMPP PubSub Protocols, and E2EE on PubSub

From goffi: "it's my pleasure to announce that an ActivityPub XMPP gateway doubled with Pubsub end-to-end encryption project has been selected for a grant by NLNet/NGI0 Discovery Fund (with financial support from European Commission's Next Generation Internet programme)".
The XMPP ActivityPub gateway will join two major open and decentralised protocols. In practice it will be a XMPP server component (usable with any server), and implement the ActivityPub server to server protocol (or "Federation Protocol"). On XMPP side, it will be mostly a Pubsub service (with some extra, like private messages converted to XMPP message stanza).
XMPP blogging (XEP-0277: Microblogging over XMPP) will be used, and thus any client supporting it will have access to ActivityPub publications (Libervia and Movim for instance).

From a close friend who teaches English in #Colombia on her FB page:

"Here in Colombia, there have been nonstop protests for 10 days, and many are focusing on 'vandals' while neglecting, or flat out denying, human rights abuses, murders, rapes, etc by the national police, military, and anti-riot police. Even the president is talking about people vandalizing property instead. Videos and audio have surfaced showing police doing terrible things, with little or vague responses from the government."

...and so the infectious disease authorities funded a giant pink squid statue in the town, which brought assured prosperity, and they all lived happily ever after... wait, no, wat!?!

"A town in Japan spent Covid relief funds on a giant squid statue."

🇬🇧 It's been just 2 weeks since yet another constitutional court ruled against indiscriminate meta-#dataretention. But the EU wants to revive the surveillance zombie. I recently tried to explain to the Commission why #dataretention is the most extensive surveillance measure.

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Security by obscurity isn't security. Given Nominet's focus on finding alternative markets the real answer was perceived commercial advantage. The question we need to ask is how much of their systems are actually secure and are they relying on their code not being available?
RT @Spheron1
Disappointed that when I asked @Nominet about looking at open sourcing their software wherever possible today, the interim chair said that this would…

Check out the new Black Lives Matter poster I made. It is foam core, printed same both sides, and dry erase markable.

So...Kansas City will get rid of jaywalking fines because of racial disparities in enforcement, which have been used to falsely search minorities

This is a strategy of destabilization and chaos intended to bring about a race war and genocide leading to a Fascist dictatorship.

It isn't wrong to compare the attack on the US Capitol to the Beer Hall Putsch; a failed coup full of bathos. Low sentences and privileges given the accused in both cases let the Fascists know that a "silent minority" of whites tacitly approves the impending genocide.

"German society ‘brutalised’ as far-right crimes hit record levels"

"If I fits I sits: A citizen science investigation into illusory contour susceptibility in domestic cats (Felis silvestris catus)"

"‘We’re terrorized’: LA sheriffs frequently harass families of people they kill, says report

Los Angeles sheriff’s department has routinely retaliated against victims’ relatives who speak out, NLG and ACLU say in report"

In these days there are giants, apparently.

Giant Bidens to be specific.


Nice, if unintended use of spherical distortion.

"Ms. Cheney warned that the Republican Party was at a “turning point,” and suggested that some Republicans were playing a dangerous game by continuing to support “the dangerous and anti-democratic Trump cult of personality.”

“While embracing or ignoring Trump’s statements might seem attractive to some for fund-raising and political purposes, that approach will do profound long-term damage to our party and our country,” Ms. Cheney said."

I got them today!!!

I designed and printed 10,000 2x3 inch Black Lives Matter stickers.

PM please me if you would like some.

These cost me 2.6 cents each so I'm requesting a voluntary donation of $3 per hundred or 3 cents each, plus shipping or self-addressed stamped envelope.

Fist graphic public domain, Rafaelgr
Typography and scaling, CC BY-NC 2.0 Henry Edward Hardy 2021

hey everyone. i'm adae and i cling onto art cuz life tries to whip me off into a black void of despair. isn't that fun?

i make all kinds of art but you'll probably be seeing a lot of paintings and drawings here.

feel free to interact if you want to talk about technique, inspiration, decolonization, and the weird metaphysical shit in art and life itself i guess (esp. if you're black!!!). that's all so let me tighten my grip before i get flung off

#introduction #introductions

"Former Neo-Nazi Leader Sentenced to 3 Years in ‘Swatting’ Scheme

John Cameron Denton, 27, and his co-conspirators, who targeted journalists, a cabinet secretary and a Black church, were fueled by racial animosity, federal prosecutors said."

The Mandalorian:

An armored Mandalorian warrior not born of Mandalore allies with a clone of Jango Fett to protect an abnormally old force-sensitive child from bounty hunters and the Empire.

The Bad Batch:

Armored clones of Mandalorian warrior Jango Fett seek to protect an abnormally old force-sensitive child from bounty hunters and The Empire.

Omega is from their batch and presumably, the same age as the rest of the Bad Batch, just without the rapid aging gene and obs, female-presenting.

NASA Picture of the day: President Kennedy Awards Alan Shepard NASA's Distinguished Service Medal

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