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"The Charter of the Forest has been integral to class struggle throughout British history."

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 08:59:00 GMT

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It'll be 800 years old this year.

Among other things, it enshrines the rights of commoners to common land for basic subsistence.

It was only fully superseded in 1971.
(image)  Celebrating the 800th anniversary of the Charter of the Forest »
This year is the 800th anniversary of a founding document of the British constitution, and of other constitutions as well. Issued in the name of a ten-year-old King Henry III alongside the modified Charter of Liberties that had been sealed by King John and the barons at Runnymede on June 15, 2015 th...

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Out of the Woods by Will Cohu

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 21:34:00 GMT

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The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.: A Novel by Neal Stephenson

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 21:33:00 GMT

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Walkaway: A Novel by Cory Doctorow

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 21:33:00 GMT

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The Delirium Brief: A Laundry Files Novel by Charles Stross

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 21:32:00 GMT

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The phishing spam is getting more inventive

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 15:55:00 GMT


Dear Partner,

I am looking for a buyer for 83.000 containers, which consists of half
of the container 40ft and the other half of the container 20ft
container. All are in Kuwait (see attached photos)!

The containers were used by the Americans to transport their war
machines / material to distribute the Iraqi occupants from Kuwait about

An acquaintance has bought these containers from the US Department of
Defense. In addition, he had founded a company in Jordan, which is the
owner. In the purchase contract the containers are defined as scrap to
reduce the price. In reality, they are well-functioning as containers,
as you can easily see in the photos.

The buyer can buy a part of the containers, or if he wants he could buy
all of them or buy the company and take over the entire 83,000
containers. This can significantly reduce the price.

If you have a buyer, we can talk about it, see attached info too.

Best Regards


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Brexit: A Summary

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 06:09:00 GMT

Original provides links and screenshots to back up each point. Here's the copy-pasta because Twitter is a terrible way to read long form text. 1. Hello, United Kingdom, it’s the United States of America here, and we need to talk. 2. We understand that you chose to split up with the EU, and we’re cool with it, but we thought we’d tell you how we see it. 3. When you entered the Common Market you negotiated the creation of Regional Funds. 4. In 1979 you began pushing a policy involving further coordination of Foreign Policy in Europe. 5. In 1983 you renegotiated the Common Fisheries Policy. 6. In 1987 you were leading the way in Cap Reform. 7. Remembering 1983, the year that you were so proud that you had played your part cementing peace within the European Community. 8. In 1988 you were excited when you launched the Single Market. 9. In 1991 you secured an agreement that would see community members fined if they did not live up to their responsibilities. 10. In 1992 you set the EU on the route to further expansion. 11. It was 1992 when you also began to push for the ex-Soviet states’ entrance to the community. 12. In 1997 you pushed for a reform of voting involving the use of QMV in areas that were unanimous before. 13. In 1998 you were instrumental in bringing WEU defence programme into the EU, and led greater defence collaboration. 14. By 2001 the budget was starting to come down year on year, and it wasn’t the first time. 15. In 2005 you voted to speed up Turkey accession, and by 2010 you were the only country fighting for that. 16. In 2006 you began convinced the EU to adopt energy efficient lightbulbs. 17. By 2010 you had secured some new opt outs. 18. The open voting reform you sought was in place. 19. We were all delighted when you seemed to be taking the mature step of taking control of your destiny. 20. Then one day you said you needed to chat and you met up with the EU to discuss your issues 21. I was under the impression the EU gave you almost everything you asked for, including additional security measures. 22. Then you went away and announced that you were leaving, which is totally cool, we respected that. 23. But then you said the EU gave you nothing, and you couldn’t protect your borders. 25. The irony that you only knew that because of the reform you got did not escape us in the USA. 26. Largely because that 76 number included votes you didn’t take part in because they were in the area of your opt outs. 27. We thought you were just having a funny 5 minutes, until you said you didn’t have control of the direction the EU was taking. 28. That you don’t like the EU forcing those energy saving lightbulbs on you. 29. That you want to leave the EU because it is pushing for Turkey to join. 30. That the EU budget only ever went up. 31. That you had no idea why the EU needed a military, and why it was pushing for further defence collaboration. 32. That the EU had forced you to replace unanimity with QMV. 33. That all the ex-Soviet citizens that are now in your community is all the fault of the EU. 34. That too many countries have joined and are joining the EU 35. That you don’t like being held accountable and fined by the ECJ. 36. That all this regulation coming out of the EU is strangling you, and the scope keeps increasing. 37. That the European Community had nothing to do with peace and it was all NATO. 38. That CAP has always been bad for you. 39. That the CFP deal the EEC forced on you damaged the fishing industry in the 1980s 40. That it is a disgrace that you have to collaborate in certain areas of foreign policy. 41. And… That regional funds are stupid and you should be allowed to spend your money how you like. 42. Now, I hate to cast aspersions, but are you absolutely sure the EU is to blame? 43. To be h[...]

A bit of signal boost for some friends of mine

Mon, 03 Jul 2017 18:29:00 GMT

Mixmag on OOUKFUNKYOO, Moskalus and Hurfyd and their role in breaking new (LoFi House) music on Youtube.

How to "Lofi house"

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The UN Demographers 2017 bi-annual report on population is out

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 06:53:00 GMT

A quick skim suggests projections haven't changed much compared with the 2015 report.
- Linear growth +83m/yr
- 24 years for last +2b = +1 every 12 years
- Currently 7.55b
- 9.7b in 2050
- No peak this century
- Main growth from Africa / India / China.

The pages at haven't yet been updated to suit but the projections look broadly the same. eg 8b in 2023, 9b in 2038, 10b in 2056

There's the usual rider from this observer. This analysis is based on business as usual continuing as long as possible and certainly out to 2100. It doesn't take into account any Limits to Growth style instability or non-linearity.
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There's about 5 miles of the M4 around Reading where you get to see a medium sized wind turbine (still

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 07:25:00 GMT

There's about 5 miles of the M4 around Reading where you get to see a medium sized wind turbine (still big) over the Green Park (home of Ecotricity) and then a fairly large solar farm on flat land. I suspect both of these are part of the Green Marketing Board's activities. In the same way that hovering kestrels by the side of the road are sponsored by the RSPB and Tourist Boards.

What I've yet to see is solar panels over a pig farm rather than sheep grazing. Pigs are prone to sunburn so need a certain amount of shade which would seem to make them a natural fit. But maybe they're too destructive. The solar panel supports and cable would have to be as pig proof as a Pig Ark. Which means there's an obvious dual use case here. Solar Pig Arks!

Which for some reason brought to mind those VIP coffin kennels that rich people hire at Glastonbury. Solar Pig Arks with built in USB chargers that can double as both upmarket festival shelters and refugee shelters for the coming crisis. There's money to be made here. Quick, check Alibaba!
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Mastodon Search

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 07:21:40 GMT

Search local to Mastodon Cloud

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I need some help here in understanding where Labour is now

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 06:40:00 GMT

There's a story being distributed that I've seen several times in the last few days. The Labour surge among those under 45 is from people "who weren't alive during the 1970's to experience first hand the results of policies now espoused by JC". This got pushed during #GE2017 as "Corbyn will take the country back to the 70s.". The suggestion is that the current Labour Manifesto is a repeat of the disastrous policies of the Wilson/Callaghan government. Or that it's the same position as Michael Foot's opposition.

I think this is a right wing Tory lie being spread to limit the potential damage from a centrist social-democratic alternative. Corbyn's policies look extreme "Left Wing" only in relation to the extreme right wing that is now considered normal. The Overton window has been pulled so far to the right that a position like Heath's Tories or even John Major's is now portrayed as dangerously socialist. The policies of Thatcher, Blair/Brown, Cameron/Osbourne have been normalised.

What I don't have is the analysis and understanding of the 2017 manifesto compared with the positions of mid-70s and early 80s Labour. How similar are they, really?
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Tue, 13 Jun 2017 09:25:00 GMT

A time line.

#Brexit referendum
=> The people have spoken
=> Brexit Means Brexit
=> Hard Brexit
=> No Deal Better Than Bad Deal
=> Snap Election
=> Soft Brexit
=> Delayed Brexit
=> No Brexit

=> UK Joins Euro
Ooops sorry! Forget that last one.

#UK #Politics innit.
(image)  Hard Brexit not backed by most MPs, remain campaigners say - BBC News »
Pro-EU campaigners say most MPs elected last week want to avoid a so-called "hard Brexit".

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In case you haven't seen it. A breakdown of last Thursday's vote

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 09:23:00 GMT

In case you haven't seen it. A breakdown of last Thursday's vote. Note especially the parts about Tory-Labour and Brexit Leave-Remain. There's a clear split 2/3 Tory voted Leave. 2/3 Labour voted Remain. Also this, among others. 2 working days in and we're into the stats analysis blame game. Again. It's young people wot did it. Or the Remainers. Or University Towns. Or London. Or Working class in failed industrial towns. Or Social Media. - Media Bias The press were biased against Jeremy Corbyn's Labour in the election, study finds And that's just the print media. Let's not forget Kuenssberg's "Shoot to kill" out of context quote, BBC Trust reprimand and then viral promotion by the Tories. TV were masters of the snide remark, knowing smirk, "of course we all know he's unelectable" sub-text without coming right out and saying it. Even Channel 4 did this at times. Then there's Farage. Constant attention and coverage, despite it resulting in UKIP ZERO. But you know this. - Anyway, the bullshit is coming so thick and fast that a week can go by and you've completely forgotten the previous omnishambles as if it never happened. This Tory car crash has been going on for at least a year now. Thanks Farage! Anyway. Here's a quick summary of Mrs May's "New" Bigotory cabinet. - It's #UK #politics #GE2017 , innit. How did this result happen? My post-vote survey - Lord Ashcroft Polls » By Lord Ashcroft. I surveyed over 14000 people on election day who had already cast their vote to help understand how this unexpected result came about. My poll came very close to reflecting the outcome of the election, with 41% saying they had voted Conservative, 39% Labour, and 9% voted Liberal ... [from: Google+ Posts][...]