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Feb. 22, 1943: White Rose Members Executed


On Feb. 22, 1943, Sophie Scholl, Hans Scholl, and Christoph Probst were executed for their role in urging students to rise up and overthrow the Nazi government.

They were members of the White Rose, who organized nonviolent resistance to Hitler, and were arrested for printing and distributing anti-Nazi flyers.

On Feb. 22, 1943, Sophie Scholl, Hans Scholl, and Christoph Probst were executed for their role in urging students to rise up and overthrow the Nazi government.

They were members of the White Rose, who organized nonviolent resistance to Hitler, and were arrested for printing and distributing anti-Nazi flyers.
https://www.zinnedproject.org/news/tdih/white-rose-members-executed/
#History #Nazism #Activism #Bravery #AntiFa #Politics
 
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Feb. 22, 1943: White Rose Members Executed


On Feb. 22, 1943, Sophie Scholl, Hans Scholl, and Christoph Probst were executed for their role in urging students to rise up and overthrow the Nazi government.

They were members of the White Rose, who organized nonviolent resistance to Hitler, and were arrested for printing and distributing anti-Nazi flyers.

On Feb. 22, 1943, Sophie Scholl, Hans Scholl, and Christoph Probst were executed for their role in urging students to rise up and overthrow the Nazi government.

They were members of the White Rose, who organized nonviolent resistance to Hitler, and were arrested for printing and distributing anti-Nazi flyers.
https://www.zinnedproject.org/news/tdih/white-rose-members-executed/
#History #Nazism #Activism #Bravery #AntiFa #Politics
 
What a pathetic report and headline. It's not an "overnight ban", it's something everyone who read and understood the regulations would have understood months, actually years ago. This "ban" is based on regulations the UK was involved in and approved while it was still an EU member. Well, except that Nigel F. never bothered to turn up at the fisheries committee he was a member of, where he should have represented the British fishermen. Since the UK decided to become a "third country", these rules obviously apply to the UK. It possibly could have been avoided with a different trade deal, but again, it was a specific decision by the UK government to only negotiate the absolute minimum, "Canada style" trade deal. Also, it's not an "export ban". The UK can try to export their catch globally, assuming the countries in APAC or in the Americas want their catch. And they can pay for the freight cost. Might take a decade to sort that out and build that business, but according to Dominic Raab that's all fine and fair and dandy.

Brexit: UK fishermen fear losing their homes as export ban bites

#Brexit #UK #EU #politics #fishing #fishermen #ban #tradedeal
 
Wasn't The Times a Brexit cheerleader? Didn't they promise sunlit uplands as well? What's changed?

Brexit’s sunlit uplands have soon vanished

#Brexit #UK #EU #politics #sunlituplands #promises
 
Boris Johnson is a Dampfplauderer. He just talks. A lot. Most of it empty phrases and hot air, mixed with cloud-cuckoo land phantasies and unfulfillable promises. Yet sadly I think this will happen later, not sooner. Very much later. Simply because the majority of the population (or at least those who go voting) will fall for it for a very long time.
When he was just a follower of a doctrine, Mr Johnson could claim that if things went badly he or his creed weren’t entirely responsible. But he posed as a leader with a new gospel. The prime minister should not be surprised if the public, sooner or later, judges him wanting and abandons his temple for another church.
Or even worse, the other church will be even worse, with even bigger promises.

The Guardian view on Boris Johnson's role: laundering the Tory brand

#UK #politics #BorisJohnson #talker #promises #environment
 

The Role of the U.S. Military in #World #Politics


Undeniably, the U.S. #military liberated #Europe from #fascism. Only because of this could very bad #war criminals be punished.

However, today, in contrast, one must ask how many tyrants have been brought to power by the U.S. military or can hold on to power because of it.




#question #usa #humanrights #terror #tyranny #democracy #freedom #moral #ethics #peace #conflict
 

The Role of the U.S. Military in #World #Politics


Undeniably, the U.S. #military liberated #Europe from #fascism. Only because of this could very bad #war criminals be punished.

However, today, in contrast, one must ask how many tyrants have been brought to power by the U.S. military or can hold on to power because of it.




#question #usa #humanrights #terror #tyranny #democracy #freedom #moral #ethics #peace #conflict
 

‘The perfect target’: Russia cultivated Trump as asset for 40 years – ex-KGB spy | Donald Trump | The Guardian

Donald Trump was cultivated as a Russian asset over 40 years and proved so willing to parrot anti-western propaganda that there were celebrations in Moscow, a former KGB spy has told the Guardian.
#politics #USA #Trump #Russia #spying
 

‘The perfect target’: Russia cultivated Trump as asset for 40 years – ex-KGB spy | Donald Trump | The Guardian

Donald Trump was cultivated as a Russian asset over 40 years and proved so willing to parrot anti-western propaganda that there were celebrations in Moscow, a former KGB spy has told the Guardian.
#politics #USA #Trump #Russia #spying
 
I can already hear Julia Heartless-Spewer, Nigel F and their ilk screaming about "prison UK" and "police state" and "we want out freedom back".....

UK travellers to be questioned at border on reasons for going abroad

#UK #politics #Covid19 #Coronavirus #health #travel #quarantine #prisonUK #policestate #freedom
 
See, Brexit was all about helping the poor people and the left behind and the working class people who had saved up to retire in the sun.
The Times helpfully explains how you can still do it (well, if you're rich and have a spare million or so):

Brexit: How British second home owners can spend longer than 90 days in Europe
You can still live in many EU countries all year — if you have the money, of course


#Brexit #UK #EU #politics #secondhome #property #rich #poor
 
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Yes, BREXIT is really going great. Although, why Laphroaig have outsourced their online order shipments to Germany and have kept it that way (in particular for the UK) after Brexit is beyond me.

#UK #Germany #EU #Laphroaig #Islay #Brexit #politics #fail #Brexitfail #trade #Scotland #shipment
 

How Germany came in from the cold - UnHerd


#history #politics #Germany
Any colonial elite like this has to be constantly on guard, and the Teutonic Knights eventually developed into Junker Prussia, that uniquely militarised realm of which Voltaire famously said: “All states have armies but in Prussia, the army has a state”.
How Germany came in from the cold
 

How Germany came in from the cold - UnHerd


#history #politics #Germany
Any colonial elite like this has to be constantly on guard, and the Teutonic Knights eventually developed into Junker Prussia, that uniquely militarised realm of which Voltaire famously said: “All states have armies but in Prussia, the army has a state”.
How Germany came in from the cold
 

The Making of #QAnon: A Crowdsourced #Conspiracy


source: https://www.bellingcat.com/news/americas/2021/01/07/the-making-of-qanon-a-crowdsourced-conspiracy/
Q was a skilled LARPer who fed the audience’s beliefs back to them; recycled ideas from earlier LARPs; and had help early on from a small but clever band of fans who spread word about the drops outside of #4chan.
#larp #news #internet #politics #capitol #usa
 

The Making of #QAnon: A Crowdsourced #Conspiracy


source: https://www.bellingcat.com/news/americas/2021/01/07/the-making-of-qanon-a-crowdsourced-conspiracy/
Q was a skilled LARPer who fed the audience’s beliefs back to them; recycled ideas from earlier LARPs; and had help early on from a small but clever band of fans who spread word about the drops outside of #4chan.
#larp #news #internet #politics #capitol #usa
 
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#politics #healthcare #covid19 #corona #lockdown #zerocovid

#ZeroCovid

Our goal is 0 infections.

We demand a European shutdown in solidarity.


After a full year of the pandemic Europe is in an extremely critical condition. Thousands of people die every day, even more get infected. The new corona virus disease spreads rapidly, accelerated by mutations. The measures taken by the governments are not enough: they extend the pandemic instead of ending it and thus continually endanger our lives. The strategy of controlling the pandemic (“flatten the curve”) has failed. It limited our lives and still resulted in millions of infections and tens of thousands of deaths. We now need a radical change of strategy: instead of a controlled continuation of the pandemic, it needs to end. The goal must not be only 200, 50, or 25 new infections per day – it must be zero.

We immediately need a common strategy in Europe in order to fight the pandemic effectively. We will not win with vaccinations alone. Especially not if the fight against the pandemic consists of an arbitrary limitation of leisure activities without a proper shutdown of the economy. We want that the Sars-CoV-2-infections will be limited to such an extentso as to make every single infection become traceable again. The determined action by many other countries around the world has shown that it is possible to end the spread of the virus.

We orient ourselves on the joint statement calling for Pan-European commitment for rapid and sustained reduction in SARS-CoV-2 infections published by scientists on December 19, 2020. Yet we are convinced that the containment of the virus can only happen if all measures are designed in a way that supports solidarity in our society.
- https://zero-covid.org/home/english-version/
 
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#politics #healthcare #covid19 #corona #lockdown #zerocovid

#ZeroCovid

Our goal is 0 infections.

We demand a European shutdown in solidarity.


After a full year of the pandemic Europe is in an extremely critical condition. Thousands of people die every day, even more get infected. The new corona virus disease spreads rapidly, accelerated by mutations. The measures taken by the governments are not enough: they extend the pandemic instead of ending it and thus continually endanger our lives. The strategy of controlling the pandemic (“flatten the curve”) has failed. It limited our lives and still resulted in millions of infections and tens of thousands of deaths. We now need a radical change of strategy: instead of a controlled continuation of the pandemic, it needs to end. The goal must not be only 200, 50, or 25 new infections per day – it must be zero.

We immediately need a common strategy in Europe in order to fight the pandemic effectively. We will not win with vaccinations alone. Especially not if the fight against the pandemic consists of an arbitrary limitation of leisure activities without a proper shutdown of the economy. We want that the Sars-CoV-2-infections will be limited to such an extentso as to make every single infection become traceable again. The determined action by many other countries around the world has shown that it is possible to end the spread of the virus.

We orient ourselves on the joint statement calling for Pan-European commitment for rapid and sustained reduction in SARS-CoV-2 infections published by scientists on December 19, 2020. Yet we are convinced that the containment of the virus can only happen if all measures are designed in a way that supports solidarity in our society.
- https://zero-covid.org/home/english-version/
 
Hey everyone, I’m #newhere. I’m interested in #architecture, #art, #fashion, #food, #interiors, #movies, #politics, #swimming, #travel, and #trees. Looking forward to exploring Diaspors.
 
Hey everyone, I’m #newhere. I’m interested in #architecture, #art, #fashion, #food, #interiors, #movies, #politics, #swimming, #travel, and #trees. Looking forward to exploring Diaspors.
 
A Welsh fishing company is currently in the news with the problems Brexit is bringing it:

Brexit: 'My £50,000 shellfish lorry was delayed for 30 hours'

Family-run business risks losing £50,000 worth of shellfish after Brexit delays at French border

However, what neither of these reports mention is this:

'I voted out for my grandchildren!' Businesswoman says £40,000 Brexit hit is worth it

Well, looks like your grandchildren won't inherit the business four generations have built....

#Brexit #UK #EU #politics #VoteLeave #votersknewwhattheywerevotingfor #export #fish #Wales
 

The U.S. Is Suffering From Political Debt.


Political debt is like technical debt:
a concept in software development that reflects the implied cost of additional rework caused by choosing an easy (limited) solution now instead of using a better approach that would take longer.
And technical debt is like financial debt: it's a claim against future wealth or productivity to be able to accomplish a little more now.

The problem with debt, though, is accruing interest. In technical, and political, debt, it is deferred maintenance that accumulates with time.

Political debt in the United States has several elements. Off the top of my head:
  • The unholy alliance forged by the GOP in the 1970s between white nationalist former Southern Democrats and the Evangelical Fundaentalist Christian movemets, to secure votes.
  • The Democrat's betrayal of Labour and rural Ameica,.
  • An exceedingly poorly considered abandonment of ethical media standards, including the Fairness Doctrine and a fundamental respect for truth.
  • Continuation of 300+ years of systemic racism and cultural genocide.
  • The utterly corrosive nature of money in politics, most especially the Citizens United case.
  • Adtech.
  • Social Media.
  • The disaster that is Shareholder Value.
  • An economy premised on asset inflation rather than production and well-being.
  • Neoliberalism.
  • Libertarianism in the von Mises / Ayn Rand / Murray Rothbard vein promulgated by the Koch Brothers, Atlas Network, and Mont Pelerin Society.
  • A century spent ignoring the impacts of fossil fuel carbon dioxide emissions.
  • Agnotology: corporations not only lying for private gain, but distorting cultural knowledge and understanding of critical concepts: global warming, leaded gasoline and paint, tobacco, mobile phone use in cars, asbestos, CFCs, mercury, acid rain, nuclear power, petroleum, economics, capitalism, fabricated political wedge issues, the lie of "rugged individualism", the vital importance of common weal.
  • The GOP's open embrace of fascism, white nationalism, and religious extremism.
Undoubtedly others.

That debt must be paid down. Now.

#PoliticalDebt #politics #UnitedStates #FairnessDoctrine #Agnotology
 

A Mighty Wind: Meta-post Discussion of the Volte-face in online media and politics


Twitter and Facebook have banned DJT, GooglePlay have banned Parler, Apple appears ready to, and more, as ... scattered over numerous posts. @Joerg Fliege suggests:
I think we need a meta post to discuss this sudden change in Twitter/Facebook/Google/Apple[?]/Reddit[??] behaviour. Together with all the resignations from the White House it does feel like the wind is coming from a new direction.

(And I continue to be reminded of stories from my grandma, who lived through Hitler’s regime. The amount of people who suddenly decided to burn their uniforms in Spring 1945 was amazing. They all turned up later, well embedded in the new administration, mind you.)
I aim to please (though my aim is poor). Here's that meta post.

I'll collect other links in comments, though the inspiration post is Google pulls Parler from Play Store for fostering calls to violence.

Also: Twitter have permanently banned Trump:

General political / media topics welcomed.

#AMightyWind #Politics #Facebook #Twitter #Google #Apple #Parler #DJT #Jan6Coup #Defacification
 
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A reminder, since this photo has been going around.

Yes, this was the police response to the Black Lives Matter protests. But this isn’t at the US Capitol, this photo was taken at The Lincoln Memorial. Behind these cops isn’t a building full of government leaders and staff. Behind them is a gigantic statue of President Abraham Lincoln. That’s right. The President who freed the slaves and waged a literal war against the white supremacists.

So maybe you’re confused.

Maybe you’re thinking, “All these SWAT cops are protecting Abraham Lincoln from Black Lives Matter? WTF?”

No. They’re not protecting a statue of Abraham Lincoln from BLM. They are protecting those steps from BLM. They’re preventing this historic steps from being used by BLM to make historic speeches.

That’s what they were there for. Martin Luther King Jr made his most famous and influential speech on the steps of The Lincoln Memorial. That’s what these SWAT cops were there to prevent. They were there to prevent BLM from using these steps to make another influential speech. They were there to stifle free speech, not to “protect” the memorial most beloved by BLM supporters.

#USPolitics #Politics #Progressive #Liberal #BLM #BlackLivesMatter
 
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A reminder, since this photo has been going around.

Yes, this was the police response to the Black Lives Matter protests. But this isn’t at the US Capitol, this photo was taken at The Lincoln Memorial. Behind these cops isn’t a building full of government leaders and staff. Behind them is a gigantic statue of President Abraham Lincoln. That’s right. The President who freed the slaves and waged a literal war against the white supremacists.

So maybe you’re confused.

Maybe you’re thinking, “All these SWAT cops are protecting Abraham Lincoln from Black Lives Matter? WTF?”

No. They’re not protecting a statue of Abraham Lincoln from BLM. They are protecting those steps from BLM. They’re preventing this historic steps from being used by BLM to make historic speeches.

That’s what they were there for. Martin Luther King Jr made his most famous and influential speech on the steps of The Lincoln Memorial. That’s what these SWAT cops were there to prevent. They were there to prevent BLM from using these steps to make another influential speech. They were there to stifle free speech, not to “protect” the memorial most beloved by BLM supporters.

#USPolitics #Politics #Progressive #Liberal #BLM #BlackLivesMatter
 
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A reminder, since this photo has been going around.

Yes, this was the police response to the Black Lives Matter protests. But this isn’t at the US Capitol, this photo was taken at The Lincoln Memorial. Behind these cops isn’t a building full of government leaders and staff. Behind them is a gigantic statue of President Abraham Lincoln. That’s right. The President who freed the slaves and waged a literal war against the white supremacists.

So maybe you’re confused.

Maybe you’re thinking, “All these SWAT cops are protecting Abraham Lincoln from Black Lives Matter? WTF?”

No. They’re not protecting a statue of Abraham Lincoln from BLM. They are protecting those steps from BLM. They’re preventing this historic steps from being used by BLM to make historic speeches.

That’s what they were there for. Martin Luther King Jr made his most famous and influential speech on the steps of The Lincoln Memorial. That’s what these SWAT cops were there to prevent. They were there to prevent BLM from using these steps to make another influential speech. They were there to stifle free speech, not to “protect” the memorial most beloved by BLM supporters.

#USPolitics #Politics #Progressive #Liberal #BLM #BlackLivesMatter
 

Leave.EU moves to Ireland to keep .EU suffix | The London Economic

Pro-Brexit lobby Leave.EU has been revealed to have migrated its domain’s registrant address to Waterford in the Republic of Ireland in order to remain in the EU registry.
#politics #UK #EU #Brexit #YouCouldntMakeItUp
Leave.EU moves to Ireland to keep .EU suffix
 

Leave.EU moves to Ireland to keep .EU suffix | The London Economic

Pro-Brexit lobby Leave.EU has been revealed to have migrated its domain’s registrant address to Waterford in the Republic of Ireland in order to remain in the EU registry.
#politics #UK #EU #Brexit #YouCouldntMakeItUp
Leave.EU moves to Ireland to keep .EU suffix
 
“I think there is considerable value in trying to view one’s life as an on-going project of ethical progress, centred on bringing together our growing understanding of the virtues and of how to treat other people better; and that this view can help us to adopt a more thoughtful and constructive view of political engagement than is often held.” Christopher Gill, Emeritus Professor of Ancient Thought at the University of Exeter

modernstoicism.com/can-you-be-a-stoic-and-a-political-activist-by-christopher-gill

#Stoicism #Stoic #philosophy #virtue #politics #ethics #action #activism
Can you be a Stoic and a political activist? by Christopher Gill
 
“I think there is considerable value in trying to view one’s life as an on-going project of ethical progress, centred on bringing together our growing understanding of the virtues and of how to treat other people better; and that this view can help us to adopt a more thoughtful and constructive view of political engagement than is often held.” Christopher Gill, Emeritus Professor of Ancient Thought at the University of Exeter

modernstoicism.com/can-you-be-a-stoic-and-a-political-activist-by-christopher-gill

#Stoicism #Stoic #philosophy #virtue #politics #ethics #action #activism
Can you be a Stoic and a political activist? by Christopher Gill
 
Brexit, the gift that keeps on giving..... Next time a non-UK company refuses to sell to you remember this:

The UK’s new VAT system on imports has not the slightest chance of working – and keeps honest traders out of the country

#UK #EU #Brexit #VAT #tax #trade #politics #economy
The UK’s new VAT system on imports has not the slightest chance of working – and keeps honest traders out of the country
 
A new game for UK members:

Boris Briefing Bullshit Bingo


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#uk #politics #coronavirus #covid #borisjohnson #flannel
 
An excellent analysis by Fintan O'Toole in the German Die Zeit (in English, although a German version is also available) of what Brexit has achieved (or rather not achieved) and the problem the Brexiteers/Tories are likely soon going to have:

A ridiculous swagger
The quest for size has led to making Britain smaller. Is this the beginning of a development that will end with an English nation-state?
The one thing you should never do with a scapegoat is to kill it and eat it. The EU scapegoat has now been ritually sacrificed to the gods of national identity in the hope that they will in turn bestow the greatness that holds Britain together. When the gods do not respond to the sacrifice, the people often turn their wrath on the high priests.
#UK #EU #Brexit #England #politics #Tories #Conservatives #scapegoat
 
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