Below the Radar (Issues being eclipsed by coronavirus)

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Does anyone know what is currently happening in Bolivia? The exit polls are overdue by several hours.

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Thailand calls on telcos and ISPs to censor information about pro-democracy protests

Thailand calls on telcos and ISPs to censor information about protests Selfies can score fines or land you in the slammer Thailand has called on the nation’s telcos and internet service providers to censor communication about a wave of protests sweeping the country and made it an offence to take a selfie at protest events.

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Hello, everybody! It’s Groundhog Day! Again.

Will there be no end to govt attempts to break encryption? Hand over your data or the kiddies get it, threaten Five Eyes spies

In a move as predictable as it is wearisome, a bunch of government security agencies have got together and demanded we let them have our data. This latest spooky manifestation is a collection of the Five Eyes - the US, the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand - and for some reason Japan and India. Let’s call this coalition of the chilling, JIANUSCUK.

The declaration is a masterly exercise in security administration doublespeak. It starts with a stirring call to righteousness and the power of proper privacy. Encryption is vital to protecting people’s use of data, it says, alongside human rights activists in repressive regimes, journalists researching corruption, and all those good things. Who could disagree?

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By focusing on the tech industry to do its dirty work, JIANUSCUK is admitting there is no practical or legal way to back-door all encryption. The bad guys will carry on using the good stuff, it’s only those of us with “nothing to hide” who’ll end up with nothing hidden.

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This one is such a fucked-up story. QAnon people thinking the Pergamon altar being the throne of Satan and that Merkel (whose apartment happens to be nearby) is using it to personally sacrifice babies there. And as a result priceless antiquities and art are damaged by idiotic iconoclasts.

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But did they have to show a thumbnail of the Minister for the Support of the Agricultural Industry?

Would you have preferred a picture of Elisabeth Köstinger?

No thanks. I don’t want to see anyone who associates with the slimy haired insurance salesman they call a chancellor after he associated willingly with the FPÖ.

But he is the Elf King of the Woodpeople!

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*shudder*

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This is so incredibly infuriating and upsetting, acting as if the crisis is now over and the benefits system is an adequate safety net when it most assuredly is not - so many kids going hungry have working parents anyway. Also how dare they spew out the “celebrity virtue signalling” insult against someone who grew up knowing what it was like to go to bed hungry.

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The Tories are just stigma signalling, so that other shitty people know that they will allow them to act in shitty ways.

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Thanks for posting this… I posted this over in Drums of War:

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