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Not easy listening (definitely adult only listening), bit very thoughtful and reflective view from a man who has experienced some hard prison time. It's hard for me to listen to this and not think that this prison culture is where we send people for correction.

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Paul Wood was sentenced to life in prison for murder at age 18, and began his adult life negotiating the social dynamics of some of New Zealands toughest prisons, including the maximum security wing of Paremoremo Prison (now Auckland Prison).

* Published: 23/05/2015 3:33:54 pm

* Episode Download Link (57 MB): http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/loveplusradio/~5/fV3cowGMsro/Love-Radio-Paremoremo.mp3

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I am the mother of a gay son and I've taken enough from you good people. I'm tired of your foolish rhetoric about the
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This summarizes things for me pretty well.

"One of the biggest recent turning points for myself was David Cameron making the most amazingly uninformed talk that was basically suggesting banning encryption."
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Well shit, bugger, bugger, arse, shit and fuck.

The beast is loose, and really quick off the back of the election results. I guess all we have left is protests, but given how stubborn I've seen the Tories (and May in particular) be over this, I'm not at all hopeful.

One more step towards being dangerously close to a police state.

Thanks Lib Dems for holding this off while you could.
The Conservatives are already planning to introduce the huge surveillance powers known as the Snoopers’ Charter, hoping that the removal from government of the Liberal Democrats that previously blocked the controversial law will allow it to go through.
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The ORG are likely going to be rallying some campaigning in the near future.

https://www.openrightsgroup.org/blog/2015/this-government-will-put-the-snoopers-charter-and-more-back-on-the-table

I guess it's time for a bit of a step up.

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Hopefully this email should shortly find itself in front of my local MP candidates:

From my own perspective I find it extremely concerning how the current government has not only found that secretly collecting information on all of its citizens without judicial oversight is somehow acceptable, but that they want to extend these powers still further. The best explanation I have heard boils down to "trust us - there are serious threats". This trust was burnt when it transpired how much surveillance was taking place.

In particular, I saw a parliamentary session where a minister (rightly in my view) raised the question about online surveillance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgUtcUDZJBg . The answer was extremely dissatisfying, and "no safe space" quite concerning as it leaves no apparent bounds to what powers they have in mind (and the heckling was anger-inducing, I'm sorry to say).

Extending powers further over time seems worryingly like the boiling frog. We don't realise how far we've gone until far too late. Given the lack of public oversight - we don't even stand a chance to avoid the too-late situation.

Even if we can trust a current government to use these powers wisely and without abuse, it does not follow that successive governments and agencies will.

I will not vote for a politician or party that cannot uphold my concerns in this regard.
Do your candidates for the General Election support surveillance reform?
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Some parties' policies are far more acceptable to me :)

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Neovim is crowdfunding to support the development, and doing pretty well by the looks. They can always use more, of course.
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White men have things quite good in the western world. Rather too good, in fact. Or more accurately: disproportionately easy compared to other demographic groups.

TL;DR: stop whining when people are attempting to raise another demographic up towards equality with your level. It's just a bit sad.
Men – be honest. Have you ever found yourself walking home at night, and been stopped in the street by a woman masturbating at you? Or has a woman ever followed you down the street, while shouting that she wants to “shag” you? Likewise, white people: has someone ever followed you around a shop suspiciously? Have the police ever stopped and searched you for no reason? Has someone shouted a racial slur at you, or treated you as somehow inferior to ...
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Out in November, boo!
A while ago, I posted the comic Up Goer Five, an annotated blueprint of the Saturn V rocket with all the parts described using only the thousand most common English words. Today, I'm excited to ann...
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It's fun reading. Some of it is a repeat from the what-if blog, but I think it has some new material in there.

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I feel unaligned with the English voting decision :(

Edit: well, at least Farage didn't get a seat, huzzah!
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+Yves Junqueira I'd mutter something about how our voting system is crap, and the AV system would likely have improved things, but that might sound like being a sore loser complaining about the rules of a game they just lost.

(Oh wait, I did anyway - oh well :)

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Now that's an interesting development which might see home electricity generation (i.e solar) become more interesting. The thing that mostly worries me about batteries is the charge cycle limit, and what costs that would incur (monetary, environmental).

Being able to even out the power consumption would be nice, though, allowing us to avoid fossil-burning fuels to support peak usage if we can smooth out the daily power demand with energy storage.
US electric carmaker Tesla Motors unveils batteries that can power homes and businesses in a bid to expand beyond its vehicle business.
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It would be really rather handy if our politicians expressed themselves clearly on these issues. This one is quite a defining point for me.
'How would you reform surveillance law, oversight and practice to respect the rights of law-abiding people?' Enter your postcode and find out what UK General Election 2015 candidates in your constituency said.
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Emperor: Now witness the firepower of this fully armed and operational battle st...
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Emperor (slightly deflated): Scientific research station.
Scientists want to fit huge lasers to the International Space Station (ISS) and use them to blast away the estimated 3,000 tons of space debris that flies around the Earth and could be putting it in danger.
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Do we need to build a deflector shield power station on the unforested moon of... moon?
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