State violence, airstrike imagery
Holy fuck do militaries and intelligence agencies need to stop:
The data that Google collects in its "Sensorvault," and is turning over to police, is so precise that one deputy police chief said it “shows the whole pattern of life.” The government should not have such broad access to our digital lives. https://thehill.com/policy/technology/440379-congress-has-questions-for-googles-sensorvault
“diversity of tactics!” is never excuse to avoid criticism of a movements’ tactics.
Diversity of tactics means we see the value of many different initiatives being taken at the same time, we don’t pretend to have all the answers and we try not to get in each other’s way.
It doesn’t mean there are no bad tactics, or tactics that could become much better.
Debate on tactics should thrive. And if we still end up doing very different things, we do them better because we learned from each other.
The American people deserve to know whether mass surveillance is legal and constitutional. Instead of deciding whether the NSA's activities are illegal, the court deferred to the government's state secrecy arguments, trapping our case in a Catch-22. https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2019/04/government-fights-trap-effs-nsa-spying-case-catch-22
I finished my several-day deep-dive into Extinction Rebellion and wrote a long-ish post on why I am staying far away from the movement: http://queeranarchism.tumblr.com/post/184255968508/you-wont-see-me-at-xr
Breaking: According to @nytimes, the government’s program of collecting hundreds of millions of telephone records using Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act has been shut down—at least temporarily. It's time for this mass surveillance program to end permanently.
Issue 4: OUTER SPACE & COSMIC AMBITIONS now in print!
Get printable and readable PDFs here:
if you haven't checked out the positively awful cooking of the users of Gab, please do because it's such a fucking treat
A huge percentage of why people perceive internet discourse as particularly fractious and hostile is that social media networks are insanely clunky tools when it comes to sharing and conversing. I've argued this forever but XKCD knocks it home:
Hot take: "Debate" as a form of conflict has filled the cultural niche that Dueling once did. It's the same form of fake ritualised combat, and insecure white men like doing it because it makes them feel they're more capable at something than they actually are. Just as no one who was good at dueling would have actually been any good at fighting in a war, no one who's good at debate is actually any good at changing people's minds.
New Year’s reminder that ‘violence against first responders’ is a misleading phrase to make you imagine beaten up ambulance crews.
In reality a lot of ‘violence against first responders’ is actually ‘cops responded with violence to people having a party, those people defended themselves’ or ‘people who experienced police brutality all year used the availability of fireworks for a little spontaneous pay back’.
Don’t use the term ‘first responders’. If you see it, be suspicious.
Right now the fediverse is nipping at the heels of the silos.
They know we are here, and they perceive us as a threat. We know this from leaked emails from facebook.
That said, they could attack us in an oblique manner with any number of poisoned waterhole attacks.
Earlier today someone predicted one or more of those platforms just integrate activitypub and crush us by incorporating us.
Another pointed at the potential for procedurally generated instances that just harvest data, or overwhelm our ability to suspend all of the instances they throw up.
When these attacks are adapted to... they'll get concerned, and will try to frame us as part of "the dark web(tm)"...
That's how we'll know we're winning.
Community Standards reminder
Let me make something clear: "having a debate" about the basic rights and dignity owed to a minority group isn't some sort of pure, intellectual inquiry. Just framing a minority's rights, dignity and equality as a subject that is up for discussion *is* an act of devaluing them.
ukpol, facial recognition
time to give this one a push:
Make-up tutorial: How to hide from facial recognition
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