How to set up a VPN in 10 minutes for free (and why you urgently need one)

We need stronger privacy protections enshrined in the law. In the meantime, we’ll just have to look out for ourselves, and educate other people to do the same.

Source: How to set up a VPN in 10 minutes for free (and why you urgently need one)

This might be of interest to some of you.

The lies of the right that debase civilised society

There is a powerful case to be made against the version of multiculturalism that abandons women in ethnic minority communities to second-class lives and the institutionalised bigotry of religious courts. One has an absolute duty to support liberal Muslims and ex-Muslims in the struggle against theocratic power and my generation of alleged liberals and leftists has disgraced itself by its failure to be adamant on this point. There is a powerful case to be made against the version of multiculturalism that abandons women in ethnic minority communities to second-class lives and the institutionalised bigotry of religious courts. One has an absolute duty to support liberal Muslims and ex-Muslims in the struggle against theocratic power and my generation of alleged liberals and leftists has disgraced itself by its failure to be adamant on this point.

Source: The lies of the right that debase civilised society | Nick Cohen | Opinion | The Guardian

Make Great Britain “great” again? How Brexit reawakened England’s dormant imperialism

But the reactionary side of these islands was always there, sipping tea, grumbling about foreigners, hankering after the good old days—a resentful hinterland that has never quite accepted our lost pre-eminence. That’s why Brexiteers no longer care that they are cheering on a fantasy, by Jingo, so long as it’s a fantasy wrapped in the Union flag.

Source: Make Great Britain “great” again? How Brexit reawakened England’s dormant imperialism — Quartz

More on Empire 2.0.

 

Mini Metro Mini Review

I have found another way to waste pass time on my devices: Mini Metro. It was included in the App Store Best of 2016 and won a bunch of other awards. The principle of the game is simple: you are responsible for building a metro/underground/subway network in a major city. Mini Metro comes with 15 different cities. London, Paris, New York, and Berlin are unlocked. You gain access to other cities by achieving a passenger-carrying goal in some other city, for example, move 500 passengers on the Berlin network and Melbourne opens up. The maps reflect the layout of the water features of the city.

Game screenshot

London Underground typical starting position

You start with the ability to build three different lines indicated by the coloured dots to the right. You have assets of three engines and the capability to create three tunnels. Stations appear on the map; initially, they are indicated by squares, circles, and triangles, but different shapes appear as the game progresses. To construct a line, just touch a station symbol and drag to the next station.

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Empire 2.0 is dangerous nostalgia for something that never existed

The empire, even at its height, never came close to absorbing the majority of our exports or providing the bulk of our imports, and neither will the Commonwealth, no matter how good a trade deal we win. Empire 2.0 is a fanciful vision of the future based on a distorted misremembering of the past. It’s a delusion and, like all delusions, has the potential to lure us into a false sense of security and lead us to make bad decisions.

Source: Empire 2.0 is dangerous nostalgia for something that never existed | David Olusoga | Opinion | The Guardian

Leavers claim they are looking forward, but I don’t believe them either. Unfortunately, they are looking backwards through rose-tinted spectacles.

This Article Won’t Change Your Mind

The facts on why facts alone can’t fight false beliefs.

“I think we need to get to an information environment where sharing is slowed down,” Manjoo says. “A really good example of this is Snapchat. Everything disappears after a day—you can’t have some lingering thing that gets bigger and bigger.”

Facebook is apparently interested in copying some of Snapchat’s features—including the disappearing messages. “I think that would reduce virality, and then you could imagine that would perhaps cut down on sharing false information,” Manjoo says. But, he caveats: “Things must be particularly bad if you’re looking at Snapchat for reasons of hope.”

Source: This Article Won’t Change Your Mind – The Atlantic

Continuing one of the themes from my last post, this article makes rather depressing reading: facts and evidence won’t make people change their minds. A change may slowly creep up on them and suddenly become an epiphany, but it may be too late for the rest of us.

How do you defeat President Donald Trump? 

Here are 20 lessons from across the fearful 20th century, adapted to the circumstances of today.

A terrific answer from Eugenia Stonecroft. Some of the 20 lessons also apply to opposition to the way Brexit is being handled, like:

2. Defend an institution. Follow the courts or the media, or a court or a newspaper. Do not speak of “our institutions” unless you are making them yours by acting on their behalf. Institutions don’t protect themselves. They go down like dominoes unless each is defended from the beginning.

Remember the Brexshitter screams about judges when the Supreme Court ruled that our unelected Prime Minister could not sideline Parliament, after all the bollocks about taking back control.

4. When listening to politicians, distinguish certain words. Look out for the expansive use of “terrorism” and “extremism.” Be alive to the fatal notions of “exception” and “emergency.” Be angry about the treacherous use of patriotic vocabulary.

BoJo, Gove and Farage certainly vomited a lot of gung-ho crap.

8. Believe in truth. To abandon facts is to abandon freedom. If nothing is true, then no one can criticize power, because there is no basis upon which to do so. If nothing is true, then all is spectacle. The biggest wallet pays for the most blinding lights.

£350 million… No more need be said.

9. Investigate. Figure things out for yourself. Spend more time with long articles. Subsidize investigative journalism by subscribing to print media. Realize that some of what is on your screen is there to harm you.

Too hard for some people: “I don’t care about statistics” was the retort I received from one Leaver I tried to enlighten

Source: How do you defeat President Donald Trump? – Quora