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Aerosmith! No, really.
 
New Video- she's back! Watch Morgan James' phenomenal return to PMJ in this remake of Aerosmith's "Dream On" - a truly incredible performance!!

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Do also check out Morgan James herself. I think her solo album "Hunter" is phenomenal.
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Huge congratulations to +Alan Cox on this recognition for his work.
 
Alan Cox awarded honourary degree by Swansea University for key Linux role
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Here's a catch-up on the story so far:

* Theresa May is the new UK Prime Minister. As the Last Candidate Standing, she seemed acceptable only because the other candidates pushed the Overton Window so far to the right that she looked like a left-winger by comparison. In fact she is a Religious Right authoritarian who wants to block immigration and who was the force behind Britain's surveillance state expansion & favours empowering the Ministry of Magic to make it so.

* Boris Johnson is the new UK Foreign Minister. Don't be fooled by the stand-up-comic persona. Although a Remain supporter as late as February, he was one of the leaders of the Leave campaign for apparently tactical reasons and is perfectly happy with rhetorical untruth in the style of Trump if it's what his audience wants to hear. A highly-paid and eloquent national newspaper columnist for the right-wing Daily Telegraph (he was sacked by The Times for making up quotes), he has used his column to make offensive racist comments about all sorts of foreign nationals. Earlier in his journalistic career as Brussels correspondent he wrote sensationalist and untrue accounts of the ECs foolishness, creating in the process the Euromyth genre; he will never be forgiven for this by Europhiles. As Mayor of London he bought water cannon to use against British citizens, a move so extreme Theresa May (then Home Secretary) ridiculed and blocked it. Since he was born in the USA, he was subject to US tax law but delinquent in submitting returns so has renounced his US citizenship to evade those responsibilities. Even he was surprised to have been appointed.

* Liam Fox is the new "Trade Secretary". He previously resigned in shame from a similar position in an earlier government when it was discovered he had been taking his best man along to sit in on trade negotiations and make side deals. Fox was a Leave campaigner comfortable with "contextual truth'.

* David Davis is the new minister for Brexit (a not-unreasonable decision since defining, negotiating and executing Brexit will be a more-than-full-time job needing a huge civil service team for the next 5 years). Davis is currently suing the UK government in the EU courts. Davis was a Leave campaigner.

* Liz Truss is the new Justice Minister and is committed to scrapping the UK's human rights act, a move that will be essential if May's surveillance society is to escape censure by the European Court of Human Rights to which the UK will otherwise remain accountable independent of BrExit. She's also keen to cut the costs of the justice system. She may have been a Remain person but the Britain she wants to Remain in will have a new, authoritarian-friendly Bill of Rights with access to justice a privilege rather than a right.

* Amber Rudd (home secretary) and Philip Hammond (Chancellor of the Exchequer) both seem safe pairs of hands at this point relative to the others, albeit telling the truth about the consequences of Brexit which makes them sound extreme. So it looks like management of domestic affairs is in "remain" hands and of foreign affairs is with a bunch of extremists who at best will destroy their own careers and at worst will start another war.

* Damien Green (work & pensions secretary) was arrested in 2008 for handling stolen documents apparently intended for use in a dirty-tricks campaign against the Labour Party. He's another opponent of free movement.
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The E U give the working classes in the U K nothing no hope just more regulations no wounder they voted to leave, democracy is listening to your citizens and U K politicians did not, so let us all work together to make work
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Join the LibreOffice documentation team, and contribute to one of the biggest and best-known open source projects:

https://blog.documentfoundation.org/blog/2016/06/29/libreoffice-documentation-join-us-in-this-adventure/
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Microsoft may be stealing the limelight at the Red Hat Summit, but they are also still using software patents to shake down the community. And because they are partnering with Red Hat and Canonical there are pretty much no community advocates left to call them on it in public.

That's a shame as their open source team is clearly embarrassed and influencing internal decisions, hence the verbal sleight-of-hand in their press release.
 
Progress: Microsoft still shaking down Android vendors but now ashamed to admit it
Microsoft has signed an Android patent deal with Luna Mobile, even though its announcement of the arrangement never mentions the word 'Android'.
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Looking for a new job? The Document Foundation, the charitable entity behind LibreOffice, seeks an infrastructure and system administrator:

https://blog.documentfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Tender-Flyer.pdf
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no mention of salary - is it competitive?
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If you've never used LibreOffice before, our quick video explains its features, benefits and why you should download it today:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KC0ZdcA6s8
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Much that is bad and very little that's good arises from the DMCA's anti-circumvention provisions. Notably, they prevent people with legal rights to use both creative works and physical devices from doing so by creating a serious offence of circumventing the mechanisms used to prevent access. A serious challenge is way overdue and it's great to see the EFF mounting one.
 
EFF Lawsuit Takes on DMCA Section 1201: Research and Technology Restrictions Violate the First Amendment
Washington D.C.—The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) sued the U.S. government today on behalf of technology creators and researchers to overturn onerous provisions of copyright law that violate the First Amendment.
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I travel a lot, and so do many of the people I know. Let's all give this a try.
 
Help fight sex trafficking by uploading photos of your hotel room
When you first check-in to your hotel room and drop your bags on the floor, maybe you decide to take a photo of the room to show off to all your friends. T
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+Simon B​, I've written about this at some length. Look for it on my Sex Work collection. The TL;DR is that this is awful in our criminalized environment and will not help anyone (because police tend not to believe victims of trafficking, even minors, and these victims tend to get sent to prison anyway, as do voluntary sex workers -- unless cops force them to trade sex or money with them to let them off the hook. It's a disgrace and we need to begin to understand that without transparency and accountability in our police departments, one of the biggest risks to people in the sex industry will continue to be cops. Until we understand this and fight to change things, we're basically sending people who choose sex work and victims of trafficking into a(nother) very dangerous situation).
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Humans as "moral crumple zones" in complex systems.
 
“humans may emerge as “moral crumple zones.” Just as the crumple zone in a car is designed to absorb the force of impact in a crash, the human in a robotic system may become simply a component — accidentally or intentionally — that is intended to bear the brunt of the moral and legal penalties when the overall system fails.”
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Simon, well yes..
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Show your love for LibreOffice with a mug, cap, T-shirt and other goodies from our merchandise store!

https://shop.spreadshirt.de/documentfoundation/
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This article explains the UK's BrExit vote very well (ignore the awful headline and summary; the Guardian editor who wrote them clearly didn't understand it). It is not a north-south divide; it is not racism; it is not a critique of the EU. It is the first political expression of the hopelessness of the majority left behind by the politics of unfettered corporatism.

The problem is that the London-centric, careerist sector of UK society that dominates its politics neither understands nor respects the needs of the gig-economy population that now dominates the rest of the country. Having had no political outlet to protest their hopelessness, the referendum offered the perfect channel to cry for help.

They do not specifically hate foreigners, the EU, the rich or anyone else, no matter how the complaint is articulated or the facts twisted by the opportunists exploiting their fear. But they do generally hate and resent any class that affirms the race-to-the-bottom for zero-hours, gig-economy income competing with foreigners with lower income needs. That's exacerbated by the erosion of the social safety nets that might protect them, resulting from constant attack by politicians calling them names and accusing them of laziness.

Pay heed. The people who voted Leave were not all racist xenophobes. They exist in every country in Europe and also across the USA. Given the right political opportunity they will do the same in your country as they just did in the UK. The answer is politically enfranchising them; if you don't, they will first sabotage a vote like this referendum (or the US Presidential election) and then when the political elites manage to salvage the situation again they will be back, supported by the sort of smouldering hate that assassinated Jo Cox.


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* I'm actively moderating the discussion below and have removed a number of responses. Disagreeing is fine if it takes things forward. Sorry if you are offended by my "gardening" but the lack of comment threading on G+ means active moderation is needed in busy & contentious topics.
* Edited to remove distraction of discussing educated vs less-educated as that's an indicator not a cause.
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Sorry +Simon Phipps I wasn't clear. I disagree that the people didn't vote against the EU. I did and so did many others who do not want governance from the EU. I don't agree this referendum was sabotaged, it is an issue felt so strongly for the reason above that many more people actually got up and voted, because they want their MP and Councillors to have full authority over the decisions taken on their behalf.
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