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This is the Mastodon account for Richard Stallman.

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https://www.theguardian.com/world/article/2024/jul/16/israel-gaza-aid-tax-deductible

US and Israel allowed tax-deductible donations to groups blocking Gaza aid. Israel's official measures to besiege Gaza are war crimes, deadly crimes. If Israeli officials connive at private efforts to block aid to Gaza, that is too a government war crime.

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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/article/2024/jul/16/unfortunately-gun-violence-against-trump-or-anyone-else-is-all-too-american

Republicans have struggled for years to make it easy for Americans to get guns and kill people with them.

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[3/3] … or two or three." That is cruel and inhumane. I therefore conclude that the problem in UK asylum approvals is not a mere matter of details in the rules. It is a deeper matter than that, a lack of sense of proportion in carrying out the rules when something has gone awry. The bureaucrats have been taught to be as rigid as a badly programmed computer. Meanwhile, other asylum seekers are protesting about being sent to live on a barge moored in what is effectively an isolation camp.

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[2/3] … do? Because of your mistake, you should set aside any minor requirements that you failed to check before. Unless perse is a serious criminal, which you ought to have checked first thing, you should make your acceptance of per final. What you should definitely not do is tell per, "We made a mistake in judging your asylum request, so we have revoked your asylum. Cancel all your plans and wait while we judge the fine details of your case. We will tell you our real decision in a year …

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[1/3] https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/article/2024/jul/15/sheer-torment-home-office-apologises-after-asylum-approvals-retracted
https://stallman.org/glossary.html#perse
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/article/2024/jul/15/asylum-seekers-bibby-stockholm-barge-sit-down-protest

If you work for the agency that judges requests for asylum, and you tell would-be immigrants that "You have been granted asylum", and later you discover a minor error in the deciding of the case, what should you …

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https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/trump-israel-gaza-finish-problem-rcna141905
https://stallman.org/glossary.html#wrecker

In case you are so angry at Biden over Gaza that you suppose that it makes no difference who is the next president of the US, look at what the wrecker said about it.

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https://theintercept.com/2024/07/16/signal-app-privacy-phone-number/

It is just barely possible to get a Signal account without giving it a mobile phone number, but it is a lot of effort and time, and depends on luck. Rather than go to those lengths, I do without use of Signal.

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[3/3] … but not radical extremists, who had some integrity left and could coexist with other camps. Not any more: the wrecker has converted nearly all to be as dishonest and extreme as he is. Even those who, like Senator Collins, publicly disendorse the wrecker are likely to support extremists in other ways, such as by passing their bills in the senate.

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[2/3] … is bullshit. It is also a distraction campaign - as is usual for right-wing reality rejectors, they accuse opponents baselessly of actions similar to what the reality rejectors are in fact doing. The US could very likely become, next January, the first theocratic Christian regime with nuclear weapons. To prevent that, we Americans must vote and work to defeat Republicans at all levels. That extends to all Republicans. It used to be that there were Republicans that were right-wing …

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[2/2] … result will be to push people into puberty in a sex that they may not want. It is better to give each person the choice. and the only way to do that is with these medicines.

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[1/2] https://www.theguardian.com/politics/article/2024/jul/15/wes-streeting-defends-puberty-blocker-ban-decision-after-labour-criticism
https://stallman.org/archives/2022-jan-apr.html#5_March_2022_(ACLU_suing_over_Texas's_persecution)

Labour has extended the Tory ban on prescribing puberty blockers to young people. (It is not clear from the words of the article who the ban covers.) The justification given by the minister is not outright nasty, but I think it is the wrong policy. The …

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https://civicshout.com/p/tell-media-outlets-stop-parroting-trump-s-lies
https://stallman.org/glossary.html#corrupter

Everyone: call on mainstream media not to repeat the corrupter's absurd claims about Project 2025 as if they were true.

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[4/4] … connected development, whichever is larger.)

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[3/4] … corrupter and all Republicans! Nowadays, the increase in prices for many kinds of things is boosted by the lack of competition. The advent of large corporations that own very large amounts of rental housing has reduced the effective competition on rents. I think we should prohibited any private entity from controlling more than a minuscule fraction of the rental housing market. (I would not put this maximum as low as 50 units - perhaps either 500 units or one local physically …

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[2/4] … requires approval from Congress. Republicans will surely call this a monstrous attack on the "free market". (A free market means one where the same rules apply to everyone who participates.) Please contact your congresscritter's and senators' offices and ask where they stand on Biden's plan. Take notes, and publish what they said. Preferably in places that the public can see without getting an account. (Alas, ex-Twitter is not such a place any more.) Please vote to defeat the …

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[2/2] … demand to pay lower taxes, and let the rich pay lower taxes too.

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[1/2] https://www.theguardian.com/world/article/2024/jul/15/germany-close-key-rail-corridor-overhaul-train-network-deutsche-bahn

Germany will close the railroad from Frankfurt to Mannheim, a major trunk line, to rebuild it after years of lack of investment. I observed this problem when I visited Germany in May, and asked my host/friend about it. He said that Germans had become less willing (than in the past) to prioritize the long term future. I suspect that that manifests itself as a …

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https://www.theonion.com/amazon-announces-orthodox-prime-day-will-be-july-29-thr-1851590114
https://stallman.org/amazon.html

(satire) Amazon Announces Orthodox Prime Day Will Be July 29 Through 30. Just as I don't celebrate Easter on any date, I won't celebrate Prime Day on any date.

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[2/2] … support it, acting on the principle that the income of lobbying corporations is sacrosanct. The point is to dissuade them from doing so. By the way, please vote to defeat the corrupter and all Republicans! If you phone, please spread the word! Main Switchboard: +1-202-224-3121

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[1/2] https://civicshout.com/p/sign-if-you-agree-drug-prices-are-too-high
https://stallman.org/glossary.html#plutocratist
https://stallman.org/glossary.html#corrupter
https://stallman.orgtel:+12022243121

US citizens: call on Congress to support Biden's initiative to reduce prices on some drugs. Biden did this through a change in a regulation, which (unlike a law) does not require specific approval from Congress, but Republicans will push to override it, and plutocratist Democrats might …

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https://actionnetwork.org/forms/ban-utilities-and-corps-political-contributions

US citizens: call on Congress to ban utilities and monopoly corporations from making political contributions. If you phone, please spread the word! Main Switchboard: +1-202-224-3121

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https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/denounce-republicans-attacks-on-public-education

US residents: denounce Republicans attacks on public education.

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https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/no-war-in-lebanon
https://stallman.orgtel:+12024561111

US citizens: call on Biden to avert war in Lebanon. If you phone, please spread the word! White House: +1-202-456-1111 and (TTY/TDD) +1-202-456-6213

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[2/2] … toxic chemicals? And the water in it?

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[1/2] https://www.theguardian.com/world/article/2024/jul/15/clearing-gaza-of-almost-40m-tonnes-of-war-rubble-will-take-years-says-un

Clearing Gaza of almost 40m tonnes of war rubble will take years, says UN. The scenario of using only 100 trucks, over 15 years, is clearly not a real solution to the problem. Using 500 trucks, the job could be finished in 3 years. But where would they put this rubble? After removing the rubble, could people live there? Is the land of Gaza poisoned by …

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https://www.theguardian.com/environment/article/2024/jul/13/hurricane-beryl-climate-scientists

After Hurricane Beryl's destruction, climate scientists fear for what's next. They have been warning us for decades now that this would happen.

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https://www.theguardian.com/games/article/2024/jul/13/advergames-how-games-platform-roblox-became-a-corporate-marketing-playground
https://gnu.org/malware/

Some nonfree computer "games" today are really just veiled marketing for real products using real brands -- aimed mainly at children. The illustrate the general principle that nonfree programs tend to be malware. Manipulating the user is one kind of malware.

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[2/2] … richer, or into what is needed for everyone to have a decent life.

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[1/2] https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/article/2024/jul/14/labour-end-austerity-tax-rich-uk-economic-growth
https://stallman.org/glossary.html#plutocratist

Labour can end [UK] austerity at a stroke -– by taxing the rich and taxing them hard. "There's no money" is the standard plutocratist response to proposals to fix the gaping holes in public services by spending the amounts that they require. It is really a question of priorities: do you put money into making the rich …

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[3/3] … Billionaire Polluters and Adani, have given the museum donations.

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[2/3] … world done by fossil fuels, including those extracted by Equinor. It may be true that such gag clauses are "reciprocal and standard", not that does not mean they are harmless. Perhaps most of them do little harm, but in this case it can be deadly. Even without an explicit contract committing the museum not to cover this danger, the desire to get future donations from the company in the future would tend to corrupt. The article mentions that other planet roaster companies, such as …

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[1/3] https://www.theguardian.com/environment/article/2024/jul/13/science-museum-equinox-drops-oil-giants-sponsorship-over-their-climate-record
https://stallman.org/glossary.html#planet
https://stallman.org/glossary.html#bp

  • The [UK] Science Museum has been [compelled] to cut ties with oil giant Equinor over its sponsor’s environmental record.* The oil company used its donations to partly gag the museum as regards the most important scientific issue of our time: the harm to the whole …
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https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/article/2024/jul/13/biden-trump-rally-shooting-reaction
https://stallman.org/glossary.html#corrupter

Biden denounces [corrupter] rally shooting: "We must unite to condemn it". Our goal must be to maintain democracy with fair and free elections. Alas, the followers of the corrupter are trying to do the opposite. However, we must not be the ones to start a war against the right-wing. That would be a victory for them, not for us.

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[2/2] … spirit of political violence, which surely has some role in inspiring the attack on him.

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[1/2] https://stallman.org/glossary.html#corrupter
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/article/2024/jul/14/trump-deserves-our-sympathy-that-doesnt-make-him-an-acceptable-candidate

[The corrupter] deserves our sympathy. That doesn’t make him an acceptable candidate. In my view, what he deserves is not sympathy for him, but rather our indignation on his behalf for the crime attempted against him. However, that indignation must be partly directed at him, for his stirring up of the …

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https://stallman.org/glossary.html#corrupter
https://theintercept.com/2024/07/13/trump-pennsylvania-rally-shooting/

The corrupter was shot and slightly wounded at a rally. This could make impressionable people vote for him from sympathy. He has displayed so much hatred, so much contempt, and so much callous cruelty, that I feel hardly any sympathy. Please give your sympathy to Americans who are in danger of being caught in the dictatorship he wants to set up.

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https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(24
https://stallman.org/archives/2011-mar-jun.html#14 March 2011 (Civilian death records)

The Lancet concluded that HAMAS's count of people killed in Gaza is basically accurate, but probably an underestimate. Compare with Iraq Body Count, which sincerely tried to be accurate, but whose methodology chose to err on the side of underestimate.

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https://www.theguardian.com/environment/article/2024/jul/12/lower-air-pollution-may-help-preserve-older-peoples-independence-study

Researchers estimate 730,000 people a year in the US lose their ability to live independently due to traffic pollution.

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https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/article/2024/jul/12/susan-collins-donald-trump-election

Republican senator Susan Collins says she will not vote for Trump.

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https://www.theguardian.com/world/article/2024/jul/12/south-china-sea-conflict-philippines-coast-guard

China is using continual low-intensity violence to force Philippine forces out of the South China Sea. It can do this because its naval forces greatly outnumber the Philippines'.

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[2/2] … set by voters, not the gun.* If we want it to be decided by the voters, in a free and fair election, we need to fight against Republican voter suppression and gerrymandering.

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[2/2] … an underground resistance group by killing its leaders, as long as it has popular support. It will simply recruit new leaders.

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[1/2] https://www.theguardian.com/world/article/2024/jul/13/hamas-mastermind-of-7-october-attack-killed-in-gaza-strike-claims-israel
https://stallman.org/archives/2011-mar-jun.html#08_May_2011_(al_Qa'ida_Organization)

Israel says it made an air strike to kill a military leader of HAMAS, and another military leader was in the same area. That killing a HAMAS military commander, or even several, is not a step towards Israel's goal of "wiping out HAMAS". Generally it is impossible to destroy …

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