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Why hasn’t twitter banned Trump?

The guy is literally destablising the world with his twitter account, can he be banned now?
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So I was at a really great house party run by an old professor of mine, and it was a really good time, a lot of really friendly fannish people, loads of fellow geeks, so I was wandering around chatting to just about everyone and it was really enjoyable.

However, you know that horrible feeling when you start talking to someone and it slowly dawns on you that their opinions are not only utterly unlike yours, they're downright opposed?

I was talking to two people in the sitting room, and they suddenly went on a rant on how more people died last year from overeating than undereating. Being the glass-half-full person I am, I said 'oh, that's good right? It means less people are dying of hunger.' And they shot back 'no it's bad, I hate humans and want them to die'. Then they went on about how if fat people die it's a good thing because they're clearly not putting in the effort to lose weight and are all lazy and just don't want to try and stay alive. 'If you see a bus coming towards you, you get out of the way, right? So why aren't these people doing the same?'

And I was just internally going WTF and trying to point out that there are a lot of socio-economic factors involved in food availability, and that bad food it typically cheaper than good food, and that a lot of people in lower economic brackets not only find it difficult to get access to good food, but often lack the time to prepare it.

Their answer: Well, they had time to go to McDonalds, didn't they? And Oh, I was in this position when I was an undergrad, and I didn't have any problems making the change.

These people, note you, are white, vegan, and very clearly middle class.

So after a few minutes of hearing this sociopaths discussing why fat people dying was a good thing and they deserved it, I left in disgust. I have to admit, it coloured the rest of my evening a bit. I was not expecting people like that at the party.
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Yes I waited until Febuary to see my first film of 2013, sue me.

I have an odd relationship with Tarantino movies. On one hand he is without a doubt a terrific director with his own unique style, and the films he makes are very good. However, for some reason, I've yet to see a film of his that grabs me by the throat and doesn't let me go until the last moments. I can never say I love any film of his. It's not his fault, there's just something about them that doesn't quite mesh with me. That being said, I've not met a Tarantino film that I actively dislike (except, for very personal reasons, Inglorious Basterds), so every time a film of his comes out, I usually go and see it because it guarantees a good time. Not every film has to be District 9.

So, that being said, I went to see Django Unchained. To me, it looked like what Inglorious Basterds should have been, and was at the very least not covering a historical period I was familiar with. I went in expecting gore, slaughter and good dialogue, with perhaps a little hope that this would be the film that would make me understand why Tarantino is so universally beloved by so many.

I'm sorry to say I still haven't got it, but that's all I can complain about, because Django Unchained is a rollickingly good film, and I had a really good time. It was, all around, really good, really fun, and really, really satisfying in a visceral way you only get with Tarantino films.

Unlike Basterds, in which I hated the title characters to the point I wanted to Nazis to blow them up as soon as possible, the main characters of Django and Schultz are very likable. They're not always likeable people, but as an audience there's no real problem in rooting for them. The bad guys similarly, are so repellently bad that it's a joy and delight when they get blown away in showers of bullets and floods of very pretty blood.
Spoliers from here people, you are warned )
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You know, I thought the message of Cable Street was pretty clear. Fascists will be strung up by their own entrails, basically. Unfortunantly the EDL shows once again they have the brains of a concussed clam and happily charge in with 200 or so of their overweight, thick skulled and thin haired followers into Walthamstow.

Now, for the uninitiated. I live in Walthamstow. It is nice. It's one of those places where you can point and say, 'See, multiculturalism can work!' It's well intergrated and mixed. there are people from every corner of the globe and we rub along quite comfortably. There are people from Africa, Middle East, Easten Europe, and so on, as well as a substantial community of long-time Londoners. Oh, and it's next door to one of the oldest Jewish areas in London.

And the EDL chose to march here.

The f***ing morons.

4,000 people turned out to do a Cable Street on their arses and the whole things broke down before it even started. The EDL were forced off the official route by a hoard of sit-down protesters, and forced into the narrow backstreets where they were pelted with bottles, tiles and flowerpots. Most of them went home at that point, while a handful made it to the rallying point. It's was a blazing failure and a triumph for the local community. It was a black eye for the moronic EDL and a kick in the pants for modern fascism.

TL;DR:

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So I'm sure everyone has heard of Mr Clusterfuck Dogfucker Whatever-His-Name is who shot up a Sikh temple the other day.The things that struck me was the first thing I thought of (apart from oh fuck not again) was 'I bet that moron though it was a Mosque'.

And by the sounds of it, that's exactly what that moron thought.

This was echoed in a comment I saw on the Guardian website: "Why Sikhs? They haven't hurt anyone."

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why when I try and imagine what people generally thought of Jews in Germany March 1933 to November 1938, I point to how we think of Muslims and go 'Pretty much that only for even less reason, if at all possible.'

I'm not meaning you, person who is reading this, personally. But there is an entire culture of thought surrounding Muslims in most Western nations which encourages us to fear muslims as a whole, to see them as a threat. Hell, even some of the rhetoric might was well be lifted wholesale from Ewig Jude Muslemann. The Muslimisation of Europe theory only needs to change the little flying Rabbis (best part of the godawful film) with little flying Imams to be perfectly relevant.

Now, this is not me defending Islam. Religion is shit, and Islam is shittier than most (tied with Christianity, and particularly noticable in contrast with, say, Hindus, who whatever their problems remain easily ignorable by the rest of us). But I am seeing some rather unpleasant trends in cultural thought in the Western world. The same trends that make us so surprised to hear the victims of a shooting are not Muslim.

(note, this is not me saying there's going to be a Muslim Holocaust or whatever. Unless there are some pretty spectacular political gymnastics that even I can't see happening, it's pretty impossible. But shitty is shitty, on any planet)
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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] shadowvalkyrie at It Never Ends...
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] rubynye at It Never Ends...
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] karadin at It Never Ends...
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] rii_no_ame at It Never Ends...

Here's their next move: The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, or CISPA, would obliterate any semblance of online privacy in the United States.

And CISPA would provide a victory for content owners who were shell-shocked by the unprecedented outpouring of activism in opposition to SOPA and Internet censorship.

The House of Representatives is planning to take up CISPA later this month. Click here to ask your lawmakers to oppose it.

SOPA was pushed as a remedy to the supposed economic threat of online piracy -- but economic fear-mongering didn't quite do the trick.

So those concerned about copyright are engaging in sleight of hand, appending their legislation to a bill that most Americans will assume is about keeping them safe from bad guys.

This so-called cyber security bill aims to prevent theft of "government information" and "intellectual property" and could let ISPs block your access to websites -- or the whole Internet.

Don't let them push this back-door SOPA. Click here to demand that your lawmakers oppose CISPA.

CISPA also encourages companies to share information about you with the government and other corporations.

That data could then be used for just about anything -- from prosecuting crimes to ad placements.

And perhaps worst of all, CISPA supercedes all other online privacy protections.

Please click here to urge your lawmakers to oppose CISPA when it comes up for a vote this month.

Thanks for fighting for the Internet.

-Demand Progress

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So apparently the anti-abortion morons couldn't get enough of just stomping around American and decide to come bother us with their idiocy. Counter-protest details here. If you're in London on the 30th March it might be worth turning up. I walked past their 40 day protest and it's like three people standing there, but there'll probably be more come 30th. Come down and let's make them feel really small and stupid with sheer numbers.
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Being a Brit, it can be rather hard to be against the royal family. The usual arguments against them are that they're a throwback to days before democracy, they cost the taxpayer millions, and are generally useless.

And while the monarchy does have some power in the UK, there's a sort of unspoken agreement between the monarchy and everyone else: the monarcy has this power and doesn't use it, and everyone else lets them keep it. The monarchy is there to look pretty, make us billions in tourist revenue, do a few diplomatic things and be trotted out for special occasions. And occasionally add their support for harmless causes (such as Prince Charles' vendetta to keep the London skyline aesthetically pleasing).

And now apparently, we're asking them to break the deal.

There's some new healthcare reforms in the UK, and they couldn't be more unpopular if they'd nominated Hitler for Prime Minister. Everyone agrees it's a phenomenally bad idea, particularly the actual healthcare providers. It's basically a way to scuttle the NHS and push people into private companies.

The population doesn't like it.

The doctors don't like it.

Hell, even the politicians don't like it, mostly because they've realised this is going to poison their party for years. There is no way in hell they'll be getting elected after this.

But the current Prime Minister has decided to make his mark, and since you can't do that by invading another country any more (it's all the rage right now), he's going to shut down his own.

So the NHS and various branches are asking the Queen to withdraw her royal assent from the bill, which has not been done in something like 200 years.
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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] obstinatrix at To UK Flisties
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] de_nugis at To UK Flisties
(Taken most recently from [livejournal.com profile] amber1960, slightly adapted.)

If you're from the UK and you believe in freedom of speech and an uncensored interenet, you really need to sign this petition. There are others floating about, but that particular one is the best way to ensure that your voice gets heard. It's hosted on the directgov website and addresses parliament directly. If it gets more than 100,000 signatures, it becomes eligible for discussion in the House of Commons.

Everyone's been getting so worked up over SOPA -- and rightly so -- that ACTA seems to have slipped under the radar. This is hugely problematic, because ACTA is a similar bill, but it has the potential to be far more damaging than SOPA ever could be.

Some people seem to have this misconception that ACTA is the 'European SOPA', but that simply isn't true. It's a global treaty, and it's already been signed by eight countries, including the US, Japan, New Zealand and Singapore. Europe votes on Thursday. If they vote 'no', the bill will have to be taken back to the drawing board and reformulated, which should buy us some time at the very least.

If you think this doesn't affect you, you're wrong. If ACTA passes, it could well signal the end of the internet as we know it, and that isn't an exaggeration. It's not just about watching movies and television online. If ACTA passes, sites like YouTube, Livejournal, Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook and even Google and Wikipedia could become impossible to maintain. ACTA would allow ISPs to monitor your net activity and cut off internet access for your entire household if one person is suspected of breaching copyright. Think Big Brother is Watching. I don't think I need to emphasise just how damaging it can be to be without internet access in this day and age, when we rely so heavily on technology.

It's not only bloggers and fandom that would be affected, either. Small businesses, independent film-makers and unsigned musicians who have previously found their niche online would also suffer hugely, and would be at risk of being bullied into submission by Hollywood and multinational corporations under accusations of copyright infringement. All those artists who found fame by uploading covers of songs to YouTube would never have had the opportunity to do so under ACTA, as those cover versions would be prohibited.

I know the internet has its problems, but to my mind it's the single greatest invention to come out of modern times, and it would be an absolute travesty if we were to lose that now. From a personal point of view, I can't even put into words how important this is to me. I've met some of my closest friends through the internet and online fandom, people whom I would likely never have met without it, and it's given me this amazing social support system. I don't want that to end here, and I want to preserve it for future generations so that they can have the same experience and opportunities I've been given through my online interactions.

I know that opinions on the seriousness of copyright infringement and online piracy vary wildly, but that isn't really the point. Internet giants such as Google are opposed to this bill, and it's pretty safe to say that they're not in favour of copyright infringment, as anyone who's ever had a fanvid taken down from YouTube will be painfully aware. Whatever your stance on copyright, this isn't the way to go about dealing with it. This is dangerous legislation that impeaches on some of our most basic human rights, such as the right to privacy and freedom of speech.

So if you're from the UK, please, please sign the petition. If you hail from elsewhere in the world, there may well be similar movements in your own country, but I think the most effective thing anybody can do right now is to keep talking about this. Talk about it on Livejournal, on Twitter, on Tumblr, on Facebook, and anywhere else you can think of. Make sure this issue is never far from people's minds. The internet is an amazingly powerful tool: let's utilise it while we still have the chance.

Please repost and spread the word :)

SAY NO TO ACTA!

Please consider reposting this, especially if you have a large proportion of UK flisties. And please consider spreading the word via other platforms: Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, your own personal network.

SOPA

Jan. 18th, 2012 01:38 pm
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Being a Brit, there's not much I can really do about SOPA this side of the atlantic, but I've been keeping up with it, and here are my thoughts.

- The only reason Obama froze it is because it would nuke his chances for re-election. Once (if) he is relected, keep an eye on the bill, it might come back.
- If it does pass, then, internet companies of the world? Move to the EU. We have great net freedom laws and could really use the influx of glorious cash you will bring with you.
- If it doesn't pass, prepare for a toned down version that does about the same thing to be propsed. Our govt did the same last year.
-Also, kudos on google and wikipedia. The US coverage of SOPA has been non-existant.
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1999: South Park the Movie released. Showed/implied Saddam Hussain dying.

2004: Team America World Police released. Showed Kim Jong-il dying.

2006: Saddam Hussain died.

2011: Kim Jong-il died.

CONICIDENCE? I THINK NOT!

*please be making new comedy movie showing Ayatollahs being run over by bulldozer*
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1999: South Park the Movie released. Showed/implied Saddam Hussain dying.

2004: Team America World Police released. Showed Kim Jong-il dying.

2006: Saddam Hussain died.

2011: Kim Jong-il died.

CONICIDENCE? I THINK NOT!

*please be making new comedy movie showing Ayatollahs being run over by bulldozer*
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Godwin's free-for-all! Godwin's law is now officially suspended where the US is concerned! Welcome to the Third Reich America!

*colony drops US with ten million copies of It Can't Happen Here*
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Godwin's free-for-all! Godwin's law is now officially suspended where the US is concerned! Welcome to the Third Reich America!

*colony drops US with ten million copies of It Can't Happen Here*
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So last year, a band of phenomenal morons decided it would be really cool and extreme to burn a poppy on rememberance day. This being their sole original idea in a decade they've decided to do it again this year, and the Anti-Extremism Alliance is moving up to counter-protest, and hopefully to tell the reporters to move on and stop giving these idiots any of the media attention they would set their grannies on fire for.

10-12am Friday.

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