Look, there’s absolutely no problem in using the word nigger. Words in and on themselves don’t have any meaning. It’s the context that matters. I use the word nigger when I’m talking about it and it has no problem, because well it’s a word. But how it makes problem when people use it? I’m gonna explain.

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Red Hand Day

On Red Hand Day or the International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers, February 12 each year since 2002, pleas are made to political leaders and events are staged around the world to draw attention to child soldiers: children under the age of 18 who participate in military organizations of all kinds.

The aim of Red Hand Day is to call for action to stop this practice, and for support for children affected by it.

Hundreds and thousands of handprints have been collected in more than 50 countries and handed over to politicians and to responsible parties, including UN Secretary General. There is progress, but there are still 250,000 child soldiers in the world.

Our demands are

  • Straight 18: No child under the age of 18 may be used or trained in armies, armed groups or other military units.
  • Punishment of those responsible.
  • Care, protection, and political asylum for former child soldiers.
  • Expand financial support for aid programs for child soldiers.
  • Stop of arms exports.
  • Promotion of peace education.

It’s fashionable now to take shots at Republicans and Trump and all that and avoid the Obama’s and Biden’s but remember this in the 13 war as United States has started over the last 30 years and the trillions of dollars they have spent and the hundreds of thousands of lives that have perished from this earth, remember that it wasn’t one leader but a system.

Call it what you will; The military industrial, security, money, media, complex… it’s a system that has been perpetuated under the guise that these are just wars justifiable in the name of US flag that flies so proudly over our lives.

United States has become more prosperous for many but in the name of that wealth they cannot justify their system as a center for the world’s values when they continue to create such war and chaos in the world.

No need to go through the victims but we know they’ve intervened in more than a hundred countries with invasions, regime change, economic chaos, hybrid war, soft power, whatever you want to call it. It’s war of some kind in the end that has become a system leading to the death of this planet and the extinction of us all.

It is not a government or a single leader or president. It’s not a periodical thing that comes and goes. It’s a system, a regime with a specific ideology and action model that we should fight against for the sake of all people.

“Defund the police” is a slogan that supports divesting funds from blue pigs departments and reallocating them to non-policing forms of public safety and community support, such as social services, youth services, housing, education, healthcare, and other community resources.

On 2020 June 5th, the Washington, D.C. mayor unveiled a statement, painted down the street leading to the White House, “Black Lives Matter.” Within 24 hours, Black Lives Matter activists responded with their own message: “Defund the Police.”

This slogan caught on rapidly among tens of thousands of people protesting police brutality in the United States. But what does it really mean to defund the police? And what if it’s not as radical as it sounds?

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I really like Bitcoin. I think the future of money should be something like Bitcoin in a way that nobody can control it or impose rules and regulations on it.

In past few days, Bitcoin has been rising in price. Tesla buying $1.5 billion worth of Bitcoin pushed it to a new high and now everybody is talking about how tech and industry giants are coming to the market, and I don’t like this actually.

First of all, what I like about digital currencies is that nobody truly controls them. There’s no central bank for it and everybody can own it without a government being able to enforce laws on it, well almost. Tesla and Apple are the first giant ones that are believed to be involved in it and their ability to change the price or manipulate the market is worrying.

Imagine Elon Musk tweeting that Tesla is going to sell all its Bitcoins and naturally the price will decrease and then they buy more Bitcoins and tweet again that they’re not going to sell and well price will go back up and they get a lot of profit only with few tweets.

Second, privacy is a problem. Bitcoin is not a privacy-friendly cryptocurrency. Every Bitcoin transaction is published. Now, people might not know that my wallet belongs to me, but if I used it more than a few times it would be possible to figure out that it’s me.

Bitcoin is actually safer than credit/debit cards because you have at least some privacy in it while debit and credit institutes and banks violate your right over privacy and anonymity completely.

This is why most of times I use cash. I still own a credit/debit card as it’s needed but cash is my main way of paying. I really don’t want my bank to know about what I buy, when I buy it, and where I buy it.

Also, with cash, I can prevent being recognized at markets. I can buy stuff with a fake identity. Bitcoin makes it easier to pay and receive with anonymity (which is a part of our privacy rights) but it’s not focused on it.

Mehrdad Minavand and Ali Ansarian, two of most famous ex-football players in Iran are now dead because of coronavirus. Mehrdad was 45 and Ali was 43; both very young and healthy.

Last time they were with each other, they were presenting at a sports TV show sitting next to each other when Mehrdad said on live TV that he doesn’t feel well and then fell. It is believed that Ali was infected in that TV show. They weren’t wearing masks and were sitting closely.

Sadly, many believe that the virus only affects old people and young people are immune to it. Many think the chances of surviving are high, while it’s only a chance. You may be on that few percent part where people die.

Ali Ansarian and Mehrdad Minavand are just two examples of many many young people who are not among us any more, sadly. Even if you don’t want safety for yourself, please wear a mask and keep your distance from people so you won’t spread the virus.

Some people are infected with it but don’t get ill but this doesn’t mean that the virus is not effective on people, you still can spread the virus and endanger people’s lives.

Think about it, you’ll be a murderer if you spread the virus and people die from it.

Please wash your hands regularly, keep your distance from people, and most importantly wear a N95 mask. Please don’t listen to media that is trying to convince you do otherwise. Instead of media, listen to scientists and doctors.

I know the vaccine is in production and some people are vaccinated but it may take long till we all get vaccinated so please until then, follow the protocols and keep safe.

Black History Month is an annual observance began as a way of remembering important people and events in the history of the African diaspora.

In the United States and Canada, the month begins/is celebrated in February while in Ireland, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom it is observed in October.

The precursor to Black History Month was created in 1926 in the United States, when historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History announced the second week of February to be “Negro History Week”.

This week was chosen because it coincided with the birthday of Abraham Lincoln on February 12 and of Frederick Douglass on February 14, both of which dates black communities had celebrated together since the late 19th century.

Negro History Week was the center of the equation. The thought-process behind the week was never recorded, but scholars acknowledge two reasons for its birth: recognition and importance. Woodson felt deeply that at least one week would allow for the general movement to become something annually celebrated.

Systematic racism and inequality is a problem not only in the United States, but all around the world. We may not face it on a daily basis but there are people who are constantly facing problems simply because of their skin color.

We see blue pigs shooting black people for no reason, companies don’t hire non-white people, people discriminating against race minorities, and many other stuff. We believe, at least in US, racism is systematic because federal agencies and government does not do anything against it.

We believe we have a systematic racism because we see how government is doing nothing to make racism go away. This should stop. The Black History Month may be a good time for us to educate each other about race and culture and our differences as well as demanding an end to racism.

After WhatsApp updated its privacy terms and millions of users got angry, people started to move from it to Signal and Telegram. It even caused some problems for Telegram and Signal servers as they didn’t expect that much users.

Signal is known for its encryption and privacy and I think they are doing a very good job but I don’t trust them. The thing against Signal is that it’s not really software libre. Signal has a code/repository that is published with a free (as in freedom) license but the app itself is not libre.

Signal’s app is not on F-Droid. The only way to get Signal’s app is to download it using Google Play Store. When many people complained, they published an APK which is really really hard to find and is still using Google Play Service, if it’s available on your phone.

Signal doesn’t let you connect to Signal using the app you created yourself. Even if you compile their exact source code, it will only be active at most for 90 days.

But what I use instead of Signal and Telegram? I use Matrix and XMPP. They are decentralized messengers and truly free (as in freedom). With Matrix and XMPP, I have true liberty over my computing and messaging. I can run my own server if I don’t trust others and I can make sure encryption works the way I want.

I can compile/build my own app and know for sure that the app works as it is expected. Unlike WhatsApp, Telegram, and Signal which have centralized servers, Matrix and XMPP are decentralized and there’s no main server. I know for sure what’s happening on the server (as I can run my own) and I’m sure the app communicates with server exactly how it says so or I want it.

Many intelligence agencies or tech companies try to fool people by telling them that their backdoors are only for good people. I think there’s no need to say that’s a lie.

There’s no meaning in encryption or security when there’s a backdoor. There is no such thing as a backdoor that only lets the good guys in. If there’s a “master key” that unlocks millions of accounts, every hacker on the planet will be after it.

A compromised encryption backdoor could give cyber criminals access to your bank account, your personal messages and other sensitive information.

Don’t think hackers can steal the master key? Think again. Both the CIA and the NSA were breached in 2017 by mysterious organizations that stole and published the spy agencies’ hacking tools. The same year, cyber criminals stole an NSA exploit and used it in a massive, worldwide ransomware attack. The fact is, if the government or anyone else controls a master key, eventually it will get out.

Hackers aren’t the only threat: Governments may also use encryption backdoors for harm. The US government has already revealed its willingness to spy on citizens without a warrant. If liberal democracies cannot be trusted, what about China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, or countless other authoritarian states? Encryption backdoors could be used by repressive regimes to help them persecute journalists, dissidents, religious minorities, the LGBT community, and anyone else they please.

Data Privacy Day

Every year on January 28, we celebrate the international event of Data Privacy Day. The purpose of Data Privacy Day is to raise awareness and promote privacy and data protection best practices.

Privacy is a human right. Many people confuse privacy with secrecy and anonymity. While privacy is a human right, anonymity is a choice. Anonymity is one of choices and rights made possible with privacy.

I’m very careful about my privacy and I take it very seriously while I’m not an anonymous person. I don’t have anything to hide, except for my personal data, but I’m still very cautious about privacy. Privacy is like free speech. I respect my right about it even if I have nothing to say, or hide.

As Data Privacy Day is about raising awareness about best practices of it, I decided to write a note about one of the ways I keep my personal files secure which is encryption.

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