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My short and sweary case for voting Labour

Alexei Sayle’s latest piece for The Canary, on a possible origin story for Boris Johnson. Which involves a lot of elderly bloke poo…

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What are Jo Swinson’s Liberal Democrats so desperate to hide?

Mary Fitzgerald, Editor-in-chief of openDemocracy:

It’s a privilege to do this job.

As editor-in-chief, when the award nominations and accolades pour in, you get to bask in the glory of your brilliant, tenacious colleagues.

Equally, when your organisation gets threatened by powerful, sometimes dangerous people who want to silence it, it’s your job to take that heat.

Often those threats come in the form of expensive lawyers’ letters, usually from the expected quarters. Oligarchs. Criminals. Sex offenders.

But something happened recently which was completely unexpected. We’ve decided to go public about it, not only because the Liberal Democrats have some serious questions to answer. But also because it stinks of the cynicism and fakery we’ve seen across politics during this election.

And it would be quite funny – except it’s not.

It all started when we published a story by my colleague Jim Cusick, a highly experienced political reporter. It was about how the Liberal Democrats had sold voter data to the official Remain campaign, Britain Stronger In Europe, for £100,000 back in 2016.

The Lib Dems have always maintained there was nothing wrong with the lucrative deal, but it raised eyebrows, and the Information Commissioner launched an investigation. You can read more about that here.

The way in which the Liberal Democrats have handled this cements, in my mind, that they’ve truly become the ‘yellow Tories’. 🙁

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Of Nothingburgers & Real Criticism of Apple

Nothingburgers: They don’t have to be what’s for lunch

One of the things that frustrates The Macalope is that pundits spend way too much time criticizing Apple for nothingburgers. Have you heard of these nothingburgers? The burgers, they make them from nothing these days.

As the horny one points out, there is plenty of stuff that Apple can be criticised for.

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Remembrance Day

The things we can’t forget this Remembrance Day

Alexei Sayle, writing for The Canary:

It seemed to me to be, by and large, with the ceremony at the centontaph and the laying of wreathes and the aging veterans with their medals, a solemn, healing meditation on the cost, pointlessness and suffering of war. But in recent years all that has begun to change. Nowadays, while ex-military people form a substantial part of the homeless and prison populations and military charities squat on huge amounts of money they refuse to spend, Remembrance Day has become all about competitive giant poppy wearing.

On a related note, the video There’s Something Wrong With Remembrance over at Novara Media strikes a chord with me, too.

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Russian Influence in Britain: What Johnson Doesn’t Want You to Know

And the Tories tried to smear Jeremy Corbyn as somehow being a Russian asset.

Once again, the true threat is the Conservative Party.

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The Liberal Democrats Are Making a Tory Brexit Far More Likely

I was a Lib Dem supporter until 2010, mainly because they seemed the best option.

Never again.

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A New Media is Possible

“This compliance is part of a pattern. Political editors are so pleased to be given ‘insider’ or ‘exclusive’ information that they report it without challenge or question.”

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The Whitewashing of “#WhitePeopleDoingYoga”

Let’s break this shit down: Here were white elites exerting power over Brown critique that was explicitly about white elites exerting power over Brown culture. The irony is comical now, but it was painful and unnerving then.

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Why Richard Stallman doesn’t matter

Stefano Maffulli:

The FSF should have nurtured and grown new leaders a long time ago, leaders who looked into the future, understand cloud and mobile computing and their threats to a free society.

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Is Amazon Unstoppable?

Charles Duhigg’s article for The New Yorker suggests that Amazon will eventually fall, but not for lack of efforts to forestall that day.

Much like Facebook and Google, Amazon is a company employing many good people to do some seriously bad things.