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I see it a lot where there shouldn’t be any pedestrian activity.

This is a carbrained perspective. If an intersection is designed for cars to the exclusion of other uses, then others are unlikely to use it, which perpetuates car dependency. Even if all cars were electrified, car dependency would still be a massive problem in the US.

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Presumably there are exceptions, but generally speaking women can and men can’t, at least not without a lot of pain.

Facebook designates Grayzone journalist Kit Klarenberg a ‘dangerous individual’ - The Grayzone (thegrayzone.com)

Multiple Facebook users have reported being banned, or having their posts censored, after sharing an investigation by The Grayzone’s Kit Klarenberg into CIA and MI6 involvement in the creation of ISIS. Readers who post links to the piece on the social network find themselves frozen out of their accounts, on the apparent...

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I’m not sure I would consider this world news. Maybe !mediacriticism or !social_media or !facebook or !antifacebook?

The Substack article in question: How CIA and MI6 Created ISIS

Edit to add: The military-industrial complex has its eye on the fediverse now as well: Collective Security In a Federated World

ETA II: Looks like Klarenberg’s piece has been published in several places, including:

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They don’t downplay the “Uyghur genocide”, they refute it entirely. Copypasta time:


China is in the process of ethically cleansing their own population

This is not true at all, despite what our governments and corporate media keep feeding us. As part of China’s affirmative action policies, the Uyghurs and other ethic minorities were excepted from the One-Child policy, and in Xinjiang they have grown in numbers relative to Hans as a result, and this happened similarly with other ethnic minorities. The “Uyghur genocide” (“cultural” or otherwise) psyop is BS.

We see here for example the evolution of public opinion in regards to China. In 2019, the ‘Uyghur genocide’ was broken by the media (Buzzfeed, of all outlets). In this story, we saw the machine I described up until now move in real time. Suddenly, newspapers, TV, websites were all flooded with stories about the ‘genocide’, all day, every day. People whom we’d never heard of before were brought in as experts — Adrian Zenz, to name just one; a man who does not even speak a word of Chinese.

Organizations were suddenly becoming very active and important. The World Uyghur Congress, a very serious-sounding NGO, is actually an NED Front operating out of Germany […]. From their official website, they declare themselves to be the sole legitimate representative of all Uyghurs — presumably not having asked Uyghurs in Xinjiang what they thought about that.

The WUC also has ties to the Grey Wolves, a fascist paramilitary group in Turkey, through the father of their founder, Isa Yusuf Alptekin.

Documents came out from NGOs to further legitimize the media reporting. This is how a report from the very professional-sounding China Human Rights Defenders (CHRD) came to exist. They claimed ‘up to 1.3 million’ Uyghurs were imprisoned in camps. What they didn’t say was how they got this number: they interviewed a total of 10 people from rural Xinjiang and asked them to estimate how many people might have been taken away. They then extrapolated the guesstimates they got and arrived at the 1.3 million figure.

Sanctions were enacted against China — Xinjiang cotton for example had trouble finding buyers after Western companies were pressured into boycotting it. Instead of helping fight against the purported genocide, this act actually made life more difficult for the people of Xinjiang who depend on this trade for their livelihood (as we all do depend on our skills to make a livelihood).

Any attempt China made to defend itself was met with more suspicion. They invited a UN delegation which was blocked by the US. The delegation eventually made it there, but three years later. The Arab League also visited Xinjiang and actually commended China on their policies — aimed at reducing terrorism through education and social integration, not through bombing like we tend to do in the West.

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I find it a bit hard to believe that this really is a genuine question, but I’ll bite: en.wikipedia.org/…/Treason_laws_in_the_United_Sta…

Legislators don’t get prosecuted for doing their job, which is legislating. At most a law will be declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court and subsequently not enforced. And people calling for legislation obviously have the right to do that under the first amendment.

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The system is corrupt from our perspective, but it’s working as intended from the perspective of the wealthy who created it and maintain it.

“Bourgeois Democracy”: What Do Marxists Mean By This Term?

In a bourgeois democracy, the operative principle is protecting the state and the bourgeois order. Everything is subordinated to that objective. We’ve had an opportunity to watch this principle unfold in the aftermath of the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Some Republican members of Congress, representing one wing of the U.S. ruling class, incited and abetted what the other wing has called an “insurrection.” And yet, on Inauguration Day only two weeks later, we saw a number of them — presumably “seditionists” against the bourgeois regime — being normalized as the traditions of the day were played out. They made speeches, presented gifts, bumped elbows, and generally reveled with Democrats. After all, they are all members of a “bourgeois party” — and thus worthy of “protection,” as Lenin wrote:

The ruling party in a bourgeois democracy extends the protection of the minority only to another bourgeois party, while the proletariat, on all serious, profound and fundamental issues, gets martial law or pogroms, instead of the “protection of the minority.” The more highly developed a democracy is, the more imminent are pogroms or civil war in connection with any profound political divergence which is dangerous to the bourgeoisie.

Every sign points to these two wings of bourgeois democracy uniting to enact a new “anti-terrorist law” that will be used to go after the “profound political divergence” they most fear: the political organization of the working class against capitalist rule.

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They are constantly working to ‘protect the nation’ (those misguided peeps).

They’re not misguided: it’s just that US “national interests” are not our interests, they’re the interests of the capitalist class.

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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Year_zero

The year of Jesus’ supposed birth was counted as year 1 AD/CE. The year before that is considered year 1 BC/BCE. It’s worth noting that the concept of zero didn’t yet exist back then. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/0#History

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Reporter: [REDACTED]
Reason: Gay

Reporter, please show us in the Lemmy Code of Conduct where being gay is a reportable offense. And anyway, the gays don’t have a monopoly on having things driven up their asses.

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Open source e reader (lemmy.ml)

I recently got a Sony prs 600 e reader from 2009. The battery is at the end of its life (It lasts about 3 days with heavy reading, and a couple weeks without reading). No backlight, no Wi-Fi, just an SD card that I can load epub files and small PDFs. The screen is slow and the contrast isn’t the best. The “touch screen” is...

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Yes, this is a communism diet site. It’s a weight loss program. Also we all share the same toothbrush and no iphone.

Are you Captain America, just unfrozen from Red Scare propaganda? specter

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CableMonster is a libertarian petit bourgeois property flipper.

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I heard that it’s three Satoshi Nakamotos in a trench coat.

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I’m going to assume that by “we” you mean antifascists and by “enemies” you mean fascists.

As a background: liberal philosopher Karl Popper has explained the paradox of tolerance. If you don’t understand why fascists should be silenced, then you’re lacking in basic antifascist history & theory.

If you had watched the video, you would understand that fascism is largely a tool of the capitalist class, the class that controls the capitalist state. We, meaning antifascists, are composed almost entirely of the working class, so we have very little ability to “empower” the bourgeois state to do anything, never mind to silence fascists. BBC: [Princeton] Study: US is an oligarchy, not a democracy. Worse still, since the capitalist class uses fascism as a weapon against the working class, and the capitalist class controls the state, we antifascists obviously have virtually no ability to use the state to silence fascists.

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Unnamed source 🥱 Even if Biden told us this himself, it would convince me of nothing. Words, words, words. Despite his words he continues to arm & fund a genocide.

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Thanks, but I only use “gift” links as a last resort, when I have no other way to get past a paywall.

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Both parties in the US have been neoliberal since the 1980s.

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I’m convinced that Asimov’s psychohistory was inspired by historical materialism/scientific socialism. In mid-20th century America you couldn’t get your science fiction published if it had even a whiff of communism about it.

Biden vows G7 response, ‘ironclad’ US support for Israel after Iran attacks (www.aljazeera.com)

US President Joe Biden has condemned Iranian attacks on military facilities in Israel, pledging a coordinated Group of Seven (G7) diplomatic response while highlighting the United States’s help in taking down “nearly all” of the attacking drones and missiles....

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Russia has been aggrivated by the US for 80 years

The Soviet Union aggravated the US for ~70 years by being anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist. After the its dissolution, Russia was the US capitalists’ favorite thing… to plunder. Russia didn’t become an aggravation until it put the kibosh on the US’s neocolonial plundering of it. NPR, 2022: How ‘shock therapy’ created Russian oligarchs and paved the path for Putin

( thread How is this conversation still going on two weeks later and over 30 layers deep? 😆)

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