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Meeting on Morrison's Terms

Yesterday the Australian Scott Morrison said that those attended the Black Lives Matter protests should be charged.

"Mr Morrison has previously urged Australians not to attend the mass protests against Indigenous incarceration rates and deaths in custody, citing the risk of COVID-19."

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-06-11/black-lives-matter-protests-morri...

Republican Platform: No change

The most interesting part of this is that the Trump campaign had tried to move to a simpler, more streamlined platform, which is something I'm broadly in favor of for the Democratic Party.

"Party officials and senior Trump campaign aides had previously discussed ways to pare down the 58-page document to a single note card or abbreviated list of principles, but the effort broke down after several conservative groups registered complaints with the White House....

Now all our sins return to haunt us...

www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-dominic-cummings-hacked-eu-referendum-lloyd-h...

Which, with footnotes and references, analyses Classic Dom's referendum and election victories.

Breakdown of the Racial Divide

What we are witnessing in the USA is a classical uprising that has crossed ethnic, social and cultural barriers. Ever increasing numbers of people have gotten out onto the streets and it hasn’t taken long for many Australians to realise that the situation in the USA is not just specific to that country but applicable here as well.

Mabo Day 2020

MABO DAY - Wednesday 3rd June - 28th Anniversary

There is no such entity as 'The Collective'

The noun "collective” is shorthand for "worker collective” and specifically refers to a group of workers who run a cooperative business* together without hierarchy. Such entities may also be referred to as "anarchal coops” in order to distinguish them from hierarchal coops. Collectivism is when such entities form the backbone (although not necessarily the entirety) of a gift economy, within the wider anarchist economy.

[This is using the term "business” in the loosest possible sense, given anarchal coops are inherently non-profit making.]

Impelled to Have Contracts

Here's the list of things that most people in the West are more or less of impelled to have contracts for, just in order to lead a normal life. Haven't included anything that can easily be eschewed without inviting unnecessary risk, inconvenience, or hardship:

Banking
Debit/credit card
Electricity
Home contents insurance
Cell phone
Internet

I am subscribed to 9 such contractual arrangements, covering all 6 of those categories (multiple banking ones).

The Ethical Eating Of Sentient Life. Is It Possible?

For the following questions, I am using the phrase "sentient-free diet" to mean food intake that is not based on the premature killing of living animals. By "sentient" I mean the etymologically correct term, capable of feeling (capable of thinking is sapience). Such a diet can include vegetarians, vegans, and even people who eat carrion.

What are the best ethical reason *against* a sentient-free diet or similar? For example, the argument eating grains is worse as industrial grain productions cause the violent deaths of lots of little rodents.

Any Sufficiently Advanced Neglect is Indistinguishable from Malice

"We alerted the world on January the 5th. Systems around the world, including the U.S., began to activate their incident management systems on January the 6th."
Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO's Health Emergencies Programme
https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/04/15/835179442/we-alerte...

Letter to the PM of PNG

Dear Mr. Marape,

I read with interest some time ago (Sydney Morning Herald, 2019/05/30) your interest in reviewing PNGs natural resource wealth, and am interested in how this review is developing.

I have some background in the subject through formal studies in public economics and environmental science, as well as many years of informal studies and advocacy.

In particular, I am interested in the economic and environmental success of those jurisdictions which have applied site-rental approaches and public ownership of resources.

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