The New York Strand bookstore, one of the New York’s landmarks and probably one of the most important landmark of NYC in literary appeals for help due to financial crisis caused by coronavirus.
“We’ve survived just about everything for 93 years,” proprietor Nancy Bass-Wyden said in a statement, of the store her grandfather founded in 1927. “The Great Depression, two world wars, big box bookstores, ebooks and online behemoths. We are the last of the 48 bookstores still standing from 4th Avenue’s famous Book Row.
Please buy from your local stores and support local businesses instead of chain markets and Amazon. Specially, if you want a book, please buy it from your local physical bookstore if you can’t borrow it from your local library.
This way, you can be sure there’s no DRM involved and also local business won’t get shut down because of evil giants like Amazon.
While ago, The Verge has reported that Zoom has canceled a webinar due to be held at San Francisco State University this Wednesday featuring Leila Khaled, a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine who took part in two plane hijackings in 1969 and 1970. YouTube and Facebook also intervened to stop the talk.
The meeting was canceled under the pressure of Israeli and Jewish lobby groups including Lawfare Project. Sadly, they are powerful enough to affect free speech in a company based in United States, a country which refer to itself as land of freedom and (ridiculously) the greatest democracy in world.
Now, after that happened, some activists decided to gather and discuss “censorship by Zoom” and in a completely predictable event, this meeting was also canceled by Zoom.
I’m not shocked at all. No matter where you are or who you are, if you threaten these companies’ benefits, they will do anything to stop you and that includes violating your basic human rights.
I’m disappointed in the event organizers who decided to use Zoom for this gathering when they undoubtedly knew Zoom censors everything that doesn’t meet its interests.
There is a great software libre to use instead of Zoom named Jitsi which respects humans and is controlled by individuals who host events not a corporation.
The Recording Industry Association of America, Inc. (RIAA) and its member record companies issued a DMCA takedown notice to GitHub for hosting the git repositories of the popular CLI tool “youtube-dl”, primarily because of the claimed intentional circumvention of YouTube’s ‘rolling siphers’.
As a result Github has disabled public access to the repository.
This is what we get when we centralize everything. Git is more than GitHub and also it was designed to be decentralized. GitHub is owned by Microsoft, a corporation that values benefit much more than people.
I’m even not sure if the takedown was legal as it’s not the software that does anything but it’s people’s use that may be considered illegal. Last night I was talking about this on IRC with some people and everybody were unhappy about the situation.
What we all agreed on was that we should have more decentralization and also less dependency on corporations to avoid future incidents like this.
Happily, in this case, we have a lot of copies of the software and the harm is not much but I believe there are a lot of people who depend on services and corporations like GitHub and Microsoft and Google which can do a lot of harm to them.
Youtube-dl takedown notice is available on GitHub but happily, the software can still be accessed on PyPi’s Python packages website.
I always have suggested alternatives to GitHub and GitLab dot com such as Codeberg.
The Register has reported that Russia has apparently given super-leaker and former NSA sysadmin Edward Snowden de facto permanent residence.
Snowden’s lawyer, a chap named Anatoly Kucherena, dropped in to tell it that Snowden has been granted an “open-ended residence permit”. Snowden was granted a three-year residency permit in 2014, then offered a three-year extension.
I don’t know whether it’s good news or bad as Ed Snowden is still unablle to live in his homeland and country, USA because American government can’t tolerate whistle-blowers who tell the world the truth.
Also, Russia can’t be a good residency place for people like Snowden. Snowden proved that he puts people first and Russia is not a country which you can trust in good faith. Russia is definitely trying to use Snowden for its own benefits against USA and doesn’t care about people or Snowden himself.
Snowden’s open-ended stay appears to have been made possible by 2019 reforms to Russian immigration rules that make it easier for highly-skilled workers to adopt the nation as their home. While permanent residence offers a pathway to citizenship, Kucherena said Snowden has no interest in acquiring a Russian passport at this time.
There’s a viral video in Iranian/Persian social networks showing a Abadani woman beaten brutally and held on the ground by some people. There’s blood on her face and a lot of shouting can be heard.
A blue pig then comes and puts his foot on her body and after a while starts to grope the woman. The woman is held hardly and can’t move. The pig grabs her breast and starts to groping.
Many people in social networks are saying that the woman was raped before and got pregnant so she went to the house of the rapist to protest and the family of the rapist did this to her.
Some news agencies say that the pig is now arrested and is waiting for sentence. Sadly, there’s not much hope for the pig to be punished properly. There’s a video of the girl talking and claiming that she’s gonna pursue the case legally.
Update (2020 October 25):
Some media outlets have quoted one of the woman’s relatives as saying that she was an employee of an oil company who had been raped by a high-ranking official of the oil company with whom she was friends.
After the rape, the woman was hospitalized for some time due to psychological pressures. After seeing no way out of this situation, she goes to the rapist’s house to protest to his wife, so that this protest may prevent the rapist from pressuring her mentally and emotionally and then the incident happens, sadly.
During the Assange hearing, Craig Murray and Wikileaks found that Twitter and Facebook blocked their posts from reaching most of their followers.
Those sites did not inform Murray or Wikileaks, nor the people who posted about them, nor their followers, that their messages were reaching hardly any of those followers.
As regards Hunter Biden and Ukraine, there may be something fishy there, but if so it is minor compared with the plutocratist acts Biden is likely to commit overtly (and lawfully) if he wins, which in turn are less dangerous than the Bully‘s practice of seizing every opportunity to corrupt and ruin.
Move to Amend says that Facebook searches for “Move to Amend” gets a warning that the search is associated with QAnon. Move to Amend advocates a constitutional amendment to reverse the “Citizens United” decision.
Another American disaster about human rights. NPR has reported that despite a federal judge’s order that the government reunite families who had been separated at the U.S.-Mexico border under the Bully‘s administration’s “no tolerance” migration policy, the parents of 545 children still can’t be found, according to a court document filed Tuesday by the U.S. Justice Department and the American Civil Liberties Union.
U.S. Government claims that USA is worried about human rights around the world but its acts are saying otherwise.
USG and the Bully are incapable of following U.S. law or the written Constitution or even any form of human rights legislation. It isn’t even putting America First as the Bully says. The cost of these acts are tremendous in terms of human cost and use of financial resources trying to find and reunite these families which is a moral duty and MUST be done.
NPR says the ACLU successfully sued the government, winning a court order to reunite families. Thousands of parents and children were reunited within weeks but about 1,000 families who had been separated in a pilot program in 2017 were not covered by the initial court order — reunification of this group was ordered only last year. The passage of time has made finding both parents and children more difficult.
BBC has reported Mr Paty, who was killed on Friday, had earlier shown controversial cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad to his pupils.
The 48-year-old father, who has not been officially named, is accused of issuing a “fatwa” against the teacher.
The brutal murder of Mr Paty, 47, has shocked France.
Tens of thousands of people took part in rallies across France at the weekend to honor him and defend freedom of speech. A silent march was held on Tuesday evening in the suburb north-west of Paris where he was killed.
A man named as 18-year-old Abdoulakh A was shot dead by police after killing Mr Paty on Friday.
The father of the pupil is reported to have exchanged a number of text messages with Mr Paty’s killer prior to the attack close to the teacher’s school in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine.
He is accused, along with a preacher described by French media as a radical Islamist, of calling for Mr Paty to be punished by issuing a so-called “fatwa” (considered a legal ruling by Islamic scholars).
Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said the two men had been arrested and were being investigated for an “assassination in connection with a terrorist enterprise”.
RT has reported Washington will take Sudan off its list of state sponsors of terrorism as soon as the African state pays $335 million in compensation to victims of Al-Qaeda attacks on US embassies, Donald Trump has said.
The US and Sudan reached an agreement on the payment, Trump announced in a Twitter post, adding that once the money is transferred he will remove it from the terrorist sponsors list. The president called it “a big step” for Sudan and said that American people would finally get long-deserved justice.
Just minutes after Trump made his announcement, Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok also took to Twitter and thanked the US leader.
AFP has reported Singapore will become the world’s first country to use facial verification in its national ID scheme, but privacy advocates are alarmed by what they say is an intrusive system vulnerable to abuse.
From next year, millions of people living in the city-state will be able to access government agencies, banking services and other amenities with a quick face scan.
This biometric check will do away with the need to remember a password or security dongle when performing many everyday tasks, its creators say.
It is part of the financial hub’s drive to harness technology, from ramping up the use of electronic payments to research on driver-less transport.
“We want to be innovative in applying technology for the benefit of our citizens and businesses,” Kwok Quek Sin, who works on digital identification at Singapore’s technology agency GovTech, told AFP.