AWS is yanking Parler, which means it will probably go offline at least for a while.
This is an especially important time to be vigilant about fascists on the fediverse and not give any foothold to them. They'll be casting around for a new home rn and this mustn't become one.
Please use the #fediblock tag to alert for fascist instances.
politics, fediverse moderation
Might be a good idea to keep an eye out for the next few weeks. Trump and a bunch of other hard right media figures are getting banned from Twitter and Facebook. Parler and Gab are getting booted from Google Play and likely the App Store, too. That's going to shake out a lot of fashies. They'll be looking for new digital spaces where they can recruit and coordinate, and some of them may land on fediverse servers. Keep your guard up.
Stop Paid Content on CBC
... CBC management has launched a new marketing division called CBC Tandem. Its purpose is to sell corporations the opportunity to disguise their advertising as our journalism. CBC is using its resources to help advertisers trick Canadians.
They call what they produce “paid content”. And it’s insidious. It looks and sounds like the news stories and podcasts we produce. It’s found on the same websites and apps. But it’s not news, or even information. It is advertising that pretends to be news. And we believe strongly it must stop.
CBC Tandem promises corporate clients they can “leverage” the CBC’s reputation by aligning their message with the “trust Canadians have in our brand”.
That reputation was built by people like us - generations of journalists who earned your trust by informing you faithfully and truthfully every day. “Paid content” does not leverage that reputation, it makes a mockery of it. ...
The term Fake News dates to 1989 when prepared propaganda Video and Audio "News Releases" (VNR/ANR), packaged to look like native news, began appearing on local TV and Radio stations. The CBC are going down this path.
It's not "leveraging trust", it's #betrayal.
Hi friends. If you're a US eligible voter, your choices today will have real impacts: not just on the presidential race, but in the senate, house, your state legislature, your courts, your city, your schools. Your choices set policy. Your choices affect lives.
If you haven't voted yet, get to the polls. Go now.
Today I learned about this: https://www.ajl.org/ and I thought maybe some folks here would appreciate it.
Imaged on the right is the whole centrum of the Netherland's fourth biggest city, including world's busiest cycleway and the NL:s busiest railway station.
Imaged on the left, just five kilometers from the location on the right, is basically just one intersection for cars.
The scale is same on both sides.
Not sure if people heard about the vote in Chile to completely rewrite the Pinochet-era constitution. It is very exciting. This is a good listen about the campaign that lead up to the historic vote https://soundcloud.com/miradaspodcast/9-camila-vergara
"Chile, which was the laboratory for neoliberalism, needs to be the laboratory for democracy... In order for the people to have real power/the system to be accountable...people need to be organized--not just vote the preference....move from expression to decision."
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