Monthly Archives: October 2019

Rudolf Breslauer film from Westerbork

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I feel that I am the fourth soldier, and I don’t want to be. I don’t want to avert my eyes.

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The unprecedented nature of surveillance capitalism has enabled it to elude systematic contest because it cannot be adequately grasped with our existing concepts. We rely on categories such as “monopoly” or “privacy” to contest surveillance capitalist practices. And although these … Continue reading

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Microsoft’s GitHub blocks Catalan protest app II

Consider that the internet has become essential for social participation, that the internet is now saturated with commerce, and that commerce is now subordinated to surveillance capitalism. Our dependency is at the heart of the commercial surveillance project, in which … Continue reading

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Solitary stretcher-bearers

It took nine years, and a great depression, and two wars ending in defeat, and one surrender without war, to break my faith in the benign power of the press. Gradually I came to realize that people will more readily … Continue reading

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Microsoft’s GitHub blocks Catalan protest app

BBC: Microsoft-owned GitHub has blocked Spanish users from accessing an app designed to help Catalan independence protesters. It follows a takedown request by the Spanish military police. … Tsunami Democràtic used GitHub to develop tools to co-ordinate protest action, including an encrypted … Continue reading

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Everybody did it

Even in the first week after the airborne invasion, the Dutch in the region had also suffered from American and British looting. ‘Some of them are great people,’ Martijn Louis Deinum wrote of the American paratroopers in Nijmegen, ‘but it’s … Continue reading

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The savage atmosphere of victory and Nazi propaganda

Trapped by men from the 2nd Battalion on the southern side, the Germans suffered a fearful massacre. ‘I did see old German men grab our M1s and beg for mercy,’ Corporal Jack Bommer recounted. ‘They were shot point blank. Such … Continue reading

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Governor Newsom gets tough

BBC: The deadliest wildfire in the state’s history was sparked by ageing equipment owned by PG&E. It spawned billions of dollars in liability claims against the company. In a video posted to Twitter on Saturday, Governor Newsom said the power … Continue reading

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Our violence is so much cleaner than their violence

SS-Brigadeführer Harmel of the Frundsberg refused to acknowledge after the war that the fires had been started deliberately by his own men, and tried to argue that it was simply an unfortunate consequence of battle. ‘After the violent street fighting, … Continue reading

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