Aljazeera reported that Israel and United Arab Emirates reached a “historic” deal that is expected to lead to “full normalisation of relations” in an agreement that United States President Donald Trump helped broker.

“Under the deal, Israel will suspend applying sovereignty to areas of the West Bank that it had been discussing annexing.” —Aljazeera

However it’s really good news that Israel will stop annexing West Bank, the whole thing can’t be good. It’s sad.

Normalization of relations means that UAE, and now probably some other countries in Middle East can become partners of Israel and it’s awful. Israel is an apartheid regime which reportedly and repeatedly has killed innocent people and took over Palestinian lands illegally.

Normalization of relations can help Israel to commit more crimes against people. A very sad day for humanitarians.

If you are traveling through or to or from the UK and don’t want your mobile phone or computers peeked into, then don’t bring them. Or, if you need to bring them with you, make sure that there is nothing on them which is encrypted or secret or private or confidential which you wish to keep from state scrutiny, as it is an offense not to offer access via password or biometrics when requested.

Not good for journalists protecting their sources, although the search is supposed to be commensurate and proportionate, to summat or other. A very wide and vague power.

From the UK Government website:

“Police officers now have powers to stop, question, search and detain individuals at UK ports in relation to espionage and foreign interference.

Powers coming into effect today (Thursday 13 August) will allow specially trained police officers to stop, question, and when necessary detain and search individuals travelling through UK ports to determine whether they are involved in hostile state activity.

The new Schedule 3 powers were introduced in the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Act 2019 and created in response to the 2018 Salisbury nerve-agent attack.”

For Fact Sheet, see: 20200604_-_ports_powers_and_bio_retention_SI_fact_sheet.pdf

The United Nations human rights chief Michelle Bachelet has condemned the violent crackdown by the Belarusian government on protesters after three nights of unrest. Police have arrested more than 6000 people during the protests that followed Sunday’s disputed presidential election.

Lithuania, Latvia and Poland are offering to mediate, but say sanctions may come if that offer is not taken up.

Women march for release of their loved ones from detention and brutal beatings by law enforcement. President Lukashenko says that detainees should get a job. What is unknown is whether he has any available. I believe he doesn’t know either. And also he doesn’t care as long he has a job like that (being a dictator).

Washington Post reported that Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods prohibited his deputies from wearing masks at work. He made an exception for those deputies who were working in some locations with high risk such as hospitals or when they’re working with people who are suspected to be infected.

I don’t really understand this. Why should only vulnerable people be allowed to wear a mask? Does that even make sense? Everybody is vulnerable to be infected by the virus and nobody is safe.

One thing I don’t understand is people’s behavior in social media. First of all, when did we start calling social networking sites and apps “social media”? Like, that’s not media I’m active on. Of course I share media but that’s a network rather than media. yeah I get it all of these are media but still, nevermind.

I have a lot of problems with this social networks. I mean I’m OK with sitting in a cafe and suddenly a person comes and talks to me then somebody else mentions a thing and we make a social group. No matter that’s temporary or permanent, that’s nice. However, what I see in online social networks, say like Twitter, is misery.

People’s interactions are now boosting (retweeting) and liking comments. Everywhere we sit there are people taking photos from their food and rating restaurants and checking-in in squares. In most fun places, we see sad, tired, sick, and dead (not physically) people looking at their phones being active in their so-called social media not having fun but pretending.

I have a lot of problems. When did we start needing followers? When following people became a thing? I follow a bunch of people that’s not basically bad but what I have problem with is needing and craving for followers. What I don’t understand is showing a relationship or endorsement or likes by following people.

I don’t need my friends following me. If one of my friends unfollows me, I wouldn’t break my friendship with that person. I understand how simple it is. If a person doesn’t like what I’m saying or sharing, that person should be able to stop interacting with me.

Since when do we need followers? How a number on our profile online shows our personality or whether we’re good or bad or right or wrong? How can we be hurt by having less followers than others? Why we need to have less following than followers to have dignity or self confidence?

Another thing I have problem with is liking. Why there’s no social network that doesn’t have a like button? Why we can’t simply agree or disagree by talking? I would really appreciate if someone comments on my blog post and tells me that that person disagrees.

How liking a post shows agreement? I never like any post on social networks because I hate it. I hate showing my interest by clicking on a button. What’s wrong with mentioning people and talking? What happened to people being able to respond?

There are social networks that let you disable commenting; why there’s not social networks that lets you disable liking? Talk to me. If you do like it, write it down and tell your reason. Even write your own experience and story about it. I hate getting likes. I hate getting boosted. What I like is to see you write your own experience about stuff I said.

No. I’m not interested in you because you had more followers than following or your toots (tweets in Mastodon) get hundreds of likes and boosts. I’m following you and I’m interested in you because you have experienced life and career and a lot of other things and I found them interesting.

Another thing I have problem is messaging apps. Since when WhatsApp and Telegram and Signal became our standard messaging system? What happened to emailing people? Why are you giving me you Telegram phone number instead of a professional or personal email address? Why do I have to install an app to be able to communicate with people?

Back in the days, we did everything with our emails. Even for planning stuff. We weren’t scheduling a party or a meeting on a group chat on a messaging app, we would create a mailing list, private or public, and discuss it there and everybody were happy.

Another thing I have problem with is having social profiles instead of a website or a weblog. Now everybody has a Twitter or Mastodon or Facebook. Even those who have websites just put links to their social networking profiles. You open their website and it’s like here’s my Twitter, here’s my GitHub, here’s my Instagram, don’t bother me, bye.

What’s wrong with people? I miss those days when it was fun to open a personal webpage of somebody and surf it. I miss those days that we would create special pages for stuff. People were enjoying their lives before social networks. We would take pictures of our trip and even if we wanted to share them, we would create a post or a page.

Now everybody has a Medium account. Even our weblogs are now in social networking sites. Social network for photos, social network for statuses, social networks for code, social network for weblogs, social network if you read a book.

Why we don’t read books? The hell happened to reading books? Now we get every information from BBC or Fox News for retarded people or CNN for those who believe Biden really likes them. When did we stop reading books or going to a library? I’m OK with reading news, I read news, but that’s not where you learn stuff. You learn by reading and experimenting.

Another thing I have problem with is talking. Why we can’t talk to each other anymore? Why people think me not agreeing with their view means that I have a personal issue with them? I don’t even know you and you have no impact on my life. I do care if you’re violated or abused or hurt because you’re a human being but those are serious stuff.

Why are you boosting/retweeting stuff you don’t agree and make more people see that? Why can’t we comment or mention stuff like normal human beings. What’s different on online social networks than non-digital networks? Why people get offended or hurt because we don’t agree with them?

Me telling you that your belief about flat earth is stupid, is because your belief about flat earth is stupid. I don’t care if you were graduated from Harvard or you employ 300 people. And I don’t have any personal issue with you whatsoever. Let’s say if you get hurt and some random other person gets hurt, I would do everything I can for both of you equally.

Lots of problems. Why do people share everything? Getting on the plane, getting off the plane. Going to a party, coming back from a party. Eating food, going out, having a date, taking a shower, having a new job, quitting a job. People share everything. Have a little privacy. I don’t care if you’re hungry, get some food instead of writing about it.

Another thing that I have problem with is craving for acceptance and being right. Why can’t we apologize? Why can’t we be wrong? I’ve been wrong in many things in my life, so were you. What happened to accepting our mistakes and moving on to fix them? Why do we argue when we know we’re wrong? Nobody ever said oh that person just apologized that guy has no dignity. have you ever heard such stupid thing?

Accept your mistakes. Don’t block people because they proved you wrong and you didn’t want to be seen as a person who has mistakes. You’re not a god. Everybody makes mistakes and you’re not an exception. Accept your mistakes so we know you’re reasonable human being.

While ago, I wrote about how freedom of thought is more important than software libre itself. I also mentioned that people should move forward step by step with patience.

Hasty, thoughtless decisions often have a devastating effect on that work. Specially when it comes to software libre, many people get excited about new tools they see. They see logic in our conversations and, unfortunately, they want to make quick changes without addressing the principles.

Software libre movement is heavily focused on principles of it. There is no software that can violate or give us freedom by itself. It’s people who violate the essential freedoms and/or make a software libre. When a software, for whatever reason, fails to respect and comply with the four essential freedoms, it is called nonfree and proprietary software.

Now, if people understand the concept of software freedom and believe in the philosophy of the movement, we see less of these violations and a better community. Emotional and hurried decisions, most of the times, lead us to regret. I’ve seen many people who decided to stop using proprietary software and privacy-violating services and they regretted it after a while.

Most of the times it’s because they were unable to find the experience they had with proprietary software they used to use. Every time a person decides to join us in the software libre movement, I tell that person to be patient. I ask people to first study about the movement and try to understand every principle of software freedom and also free (as in freedom) culture.

Software freedom is more about principles of freedom and people/users’ rights than the software itself.

People should understand the differences between separation and segregation. Many people are against segregation. A lot of times, separation is a good practice. For example, separation of criminals from other people is good.

If a black person commits a crime, it would not be wrong to separate that person from other people; that’s not racism, that’s punishment for society’s safety. Same goes when a white person commits a crime. Separation is not a bad thing.

Separation is the act of disuniting two or more things, or the condition of being separated. Separation is based on decisions and wills.

However, what we are against is segregation. Segregation is apartheid. Segregation is a system of institutionalized discrimination. Segregation is forced on people not because of their acts but because of their nature.

I believe criminals, thieves, abusers, etc. should be separated from other human beings, for aperiod of course. I believe dictators, racists, fascists, Nazis, capitalists, and many others that I can’t recall now should be segregated.

Mobile internet and popular messaging apps have been disabled as people continue to protest against Alexander Lukashenko, known as the last (!) dictator of Europe. Shutting down the internet to suppress and prevent protests is a rare occurrence in Europe.

The lack of internet has left protesters in an information vacuum. Popular independent news sites, including Tut.By and Naviny, have been kept largely offline since election day and television news is dominated by the government.