Few days ago, May 20, was the birthday of Général Toussaint Louverture.
Born 20 May 1743, Louverture was a former slave who would lead the Haitian Revolution that would defeat the French and Spanish colonizers and established the first free, Black republic shortly after his death in 1804. Louverture led the anti-slavery uprising in his country into a war for independence, using his political and military genius against colonial forces led by Napoleon, one of the greatest military commanders of all time.
I believe we should all work to ensure human rights and freedom of speech. Women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, black rights, workers’ rights, etc. All are human rights. We cannot forget other societies under the pretext of supporting one society.
What I do believe in is that every human being that fights for its rights, is a great soldier and a future maker. The war is not finished. This is a war against those who still can’t accept that slavery is over.
But today’s slavery is different. In today’s world, people are slaves of capitalism. People are slaves of those who believe women are less than men. We see this everyday in our lives.
Women are paid less than men in a same job. Women are still considered housekeepers by default. There’s still silly talks that men don’t have emotions. Workers are still being oppressed by the rich. Many people have sexuality that is not respected.
We should not fight for black rights; we should not fight for LGBTQ rights; what should we do is fighting for humans because we all are humans. Every human being, no matter what its job, sexuality, financial status, color, nationality, ethnicity, etc. is, should be respected and treated fair and equal.
A lot of VPN services advertise their service talking about things that are not true. Or, at least, has been given more importance than it should be. For a lot of people, VPN is useless and they only buy it because they have been targeted with false advertisement.
Here’s why you shouldn’t, or probably should, buy a VPN.
I, personally, don’t read blogs that don’t provide RSS feeds. I think RSS is not still out of date and well, it’s still the best standard for subscribing to blogs.
RSS feeds make following blogs much easier. You just subscribe to a feed and it’s done. You open your favorite RSS reader and read your favorite blogs.
Please add a RSS feed to your blog. One of the reasons that social networks are popular now is that they provide a way of subscibing to people or topics. You can make your blog popular by providing such ability and that ability is for sure RSS.
I personally use Nextcloud News as my RSS reader but there’s a lot of popular and great tools. Mozilla Thunderbird, for example, is one of the bests I think.
On this day, twelve years ago, Mr. Evan Prodromou published his first post on Identi.ca. Although that project now belongs to history, Fediverse lives on and by year 2020 it has become an incredibly creative, colorful and cozy place, with the potential to attract even more good people.
Let’s talk about the fediverse.
In Iranian Jalali calendar, today, Ordibehesht 28, is Omar Khayyam’s commemoration day. Omar Khayyam was a Persian mathematician, astronomer, philosopher, and poet.
Khayyam was born in Nishabur, in northeastern Iran in May 18, 1048. As a mathematician, he is most notable for his work on the classification and solution of cubic equations, where he provided geometric solutions by the intersection of conics. Khayyam also contributed to the understanding of the parallel axiom. As an astronomer, he designed the Jalali calendar, a solar calendar with a very precise 33-year intercalation cycle.
Khayyam is one of the best known Persian poets in world where a lot of English readers are also attracted to his poems. His poetry became widely known to the English-reading world in a translation by Edward FitzGerald, which enjoyed great success in the Orientalism of the fin de siècle.
Yon rising Moon that looks for us again –Omar Khayyam
How oft hereafter will she wax and wane;
How oft hereafter rising look for us
Through this same Garden – and for one in vain!
Humans tried their best to get rid of papers. We can do almost anything we did with papers, with our computers.
It’s uncommon for me to buy a printed book now. Since I started forcing myself to only buy digital books, I happen to read more digital books.
Having digital books is much better. Not only you can carry it everywhere with yourself, you can also help the nature. Nearly 4 billion trees worldwide are cut down each year for paper, representing about 35 percent of all harvested trees.
One of the best ways to read books, or any other type of document you read, is to have PDFs of them. PDFs are so useful now. PDF books, PDF articles, PDF statements, PDF presentations, etc. are now a big part of our lives.
Most of the times when I talk about privacy, people think I’m talking about the reasons of being anonymous. However, what I talk about is the right of being anonymous. There’s a difference between being anonymous and having the right of it.
Let me give you an example real quick. The difference between between being anonymous completely and having the right of being anonymous is talking about free speech and having the right to speak freely.
Whenever a person asks me for a Riseup invitation, I ask them a simple question: “why?” If their answer is “privacy”, I’ll tell them that their privacy practices are more important than the service they use. It doesn’t mean that it’s good to use GMail, it means that if they don’t meet the basic requirements of respect for their privacy, safe tools will not help them.
It’s needless to say that GMAFIA & Friends are tracking everything you do. They know what you like, what you dislike, what you need in life, where you come from, where are you going, and many other details. They probably know about you more than you yourself. One of the biggest parts of GMAFIA, is the G, Google.
Google is one of the biggest parts of our lifes. People are depending on Google more than anything. They use Google Search to find stuff, GMail for their email service, they use Googlized Android OS, Google Maps for navigation, Google Drive for cloud storage, and other privacy-violating stuff. This is wrong.