President pussy grabber

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DATE: Friday, 20th of January 2017

I'll keep this short. Today sees the inauguration of president pussy grabber. I’ve been critical of White House administrations from both parties and candidates from just about every party. Here we have a different creature. He is an outwardly xenophobic, hate-baiting carpet bagger. He is a robber baron with no work experience that doesn’t include dodging taxes, filing for bankruptcy, swindling people and shouting random obscenities at his critics. America now owes the world new apologies on top of those still outstanding. There will be more to list in the coming days. There’s plenty of blame to go around, but chiefly responsible are those currently cheering President No. 45's installation into the White House. These are the ones to be wary of. Watch out. Collaborate. Stay safe. Find your own way to be dangerous to this machine.

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Nothing is inalienable

Let me give you a word of the philosophy of reform. The whole history of the progress of human liberty shows that all concessions yet made to her august claims have been born of earnest struggle. The conflict has been exciting, agitating, all-absorbing, and for the time being, putting all other tumults to silence. It must do this or it does nothing. If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation are men who want crops without plowing up the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters.”

“This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress. In the light of these ideas, Negroes will be hunted at the North and held and flogged at the South so long as they submit to those devilish outrages and make no resistance, either moral or physical. Men may not get all they pay for in this world, but they must certainly pay for all they get. If we ever get free from the oppressions and wrongs heaped upon us, we must pay for their removal. We must do this by labor, by suffering, by sacrifice, and if needs be, by our lives and the lives of others.”

Frederick Douglass

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Meanwhile…

Open source software developers released the exploit of an attack method used by unknown hackers. This one is similar to the FBI’s exploit, about which the judge blocked information. The FBI isn’t going to be the only party who would know about their exploit. So, is it better kept in the hands of people who can use it for whatever purpose? Or, are we all better off having these security flaws published so that software developers can fix them to keep users secure, and users can know when they may be at risk? Which decision keeps more people safe? Who really has your back?

You are being watched

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Via Privacy International

Research something

By Transparency Toolkit, and the org mentioned above

Do something

From EFF

Gaza in Context

“During the devastating offensive, news media repeatedly framed the issue as Israel’s fight against a marauding Muslim mob driven by religious hatred. Gaza seemed to float outside of history. But understanding these systematic offensives means understanding where Gaza fits in the larger question of Palestine.”

Mondoweiss:‘Gaza in Context’ says (the) root of (this) conflict is quest for Palestinian land, without Palestinians

A stil-existing policy and strategy

“We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.” John Ehrlichman, domestic policy chief for President Nixon