My Ouma used to say "out of the smelliest mud grow the prettiest lilies" 😉
Applause for focussing on how to unite and make the most of where we find ourselves. Lessons for Britain and for the world.
"In a piece beginning “Dear Britain, if you stay in the EU”, it also offers to:
Stop making jokes about Prince Charles’s ears
Not bring a goalkeeper to Germany’s next penalty shootout against a British team “to make it more interesting”
Willingly provide the villain in every Bond film
Come to the Queen’s 100th birthday
Reserve sun loungers for Brits at the beach using towels
To make Jogi Löw, the German football coach, guard the crown jewels
To introduce tea time on the beaches of Majorca"
Leaders of the US House of Representatives and Senate got a letter today urging them to block the rule change before it becomes permanent in December.
The proposed legislative tweak, quietly passed by an obscure committee and approved by the Supreme Court in April, would allow a US magistrate judge to grant law enforcement access to any stored data on a computer, phone, or any storage device around the world that was suspected of being "related" to a crime.
The amendment would also grant automatic legal approval for police hacking against those who use technology to conceal "the district where the media or information is located." Tor and VPN users, that means you: by accessing information remotely through an anonymizing or proxy service that hides where the information is truly stored, you'll be fair game to the authorities.
On Tuesday, 50 organizations – including Google, PayPal, the TOR Project, Data Foundry, the rather unfortunately named Hide My Ass VPN, the ACLU and the EFF – urged Congress to block the Rule 41 change, saying it was an undemocratic decision and an issue that elected representatives needed to debate rather than usher in via the backdoor.
"The rule changes attempt to sidestep the legislative process by using a process designed for procedural rules to expand investigatory powers," the open letter reads.
"The changes to Rule 41 will disproportionately undermine the privacy of those who have done the most to protect it. Specifically, the proposal would allow warrants for remote hacking in cases where privacy protective technologies obscure the location of a computer."
Congress didn't vote on Rule 41; the Department of Justice got judicial approval instead, and now Congress has until December 1 to pass legislation that would amend, or block, the rule change. "
Our insular ruling elite seems to be dismissing — or worse, demonising — people’s desire to come to an unemotional, informed decision over the things that matter to them, and their perfectly reasonable expectation that the government they elect should have the power to deliver its promises.
Sadly the rulers seem to be the ones stoking the anger they decry.
So unfortunate to see this historic opportunity to demonstrate to the world the attitude and culture of Britain (which first drew me to this country as an immigrant 40 years ago) - to resolve disagreements respectfully and to display firm and supportive leadership -squandered.
Lets pray that Friday morning can see the start of healing rifts that opened up in the last weeks.
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