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Glenn Greenwald on why privacy is important and why the argument of having nothing to hide is inane
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Great and worthwhile answer from Ed Snowden on why activism is important and the surveillance state is not a good plan
This is a good question, and there are some good traditional answers here. Organizing is important. Activism is important. At the same time, we...
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«Most Australians ‘don’t actually understand what human rights are’» I don't believe that phenomenon is limited to Australia…
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After so many years, there is finally a new Inkscape release!

Among the many features is plotter support!
 
Version 0.91 officially released! At the moment only source packages are available for download but that should change quickly. See the release announcement for more details.
The Inkscape project proudly announces a new release of its outstanding open source vector graphics editor. Version 0.91 brings a new rendering engine, symbol libraries and support for Visio stencils, cross platform WMF and EMF import and export, a native Windows 64-bit build, and much, much more.
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Awesome Freifunk bits are being exchanged at Starship Factory next Tuesday!
 
Are you interested in free, collaborative, ubiquitous Internet access? Then you should come to Starship Factory next Tuesday to talk about Freifunk!
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Some explanation on how to set records with physicsless parts in Kerbal Space Program.
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I just spent an hour typing up a good assessment of this report of the EU ombudsman on the inquiry concerning the transparency surrounding TTIP and the EU in general, but Google+ decided to reload rather than post it and just throw my entire text away. Thank you very much. You'll have to read it yourself, and please do, it is a more valuable use of time than typing into windows which are going to disappear later.
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For firefox there is lazarus against losing contents like this: https://addons.mozilla.org/de/firefox/addon/lazarus-form-recovery/
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DTAG is blocking all SMTP servers except for a few whitelisted ones? Another clever step that will lead Germany into the 21st century!
 
If you are in Germany and have recently received a new router from your ISP (especially Deutsche Telekom) and you can no longer send email via Kolab Now, check the settings on your router: they are now shipping in a configuration that blocks all but the Telekom-blessed SMTP servers on the Internet! The trend of choosing who you can communicate via is unsettling, but at least it is still configurable. Help us spread the word as this affects many people, not only those on Kolab Now!
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They are blocking 25/tcp, which is for server-server communication?
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Nice spin on the anti-vaxxer nonsense. #antivaxxer   #parody  
Guys, I wanted to let you know about a personal decision I recently made. I don’t really feel like discussing it, but I want to put my position out there. Please be respectful. This is a really long...
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If you don't get your vaccination, you're working to bring back the dark ages with people dying by the thousands from preventable diseases. It is happening right now. Stop it: make sure you yourself, your family, your friend and everyone else is vaccinated. It's simple and necessary. End of message.
 
As a measles outbreak spreads across the US, with 14 states now affected, the advocates of letting deadly epidemics run wild are finding themselves suddenly unpopular:

Members of the anti-vaccine movement said the public backlash had terrified many parents. “People are now afraid they’re going to be jailed,” said Barbara Loe Fisher, the president of the National Vaccine Information Center, a clearinghouse for resisters. “I can’t believe what I’m seeing. It’s gotten so out of hand, and it’s gotten so vicious.”

This is not, to be honest, an unreasonable fear: it turns out that when you recklessly engage in conduct which places another person (or the general public) in danger of death or serious bodily injury, you may well have a reason to fear that people might want you to go to jail. The technical term is "reckless endangerment." And when people -- especially children -- start actually dying because of your actions, you may well have reason to fear that your neighbors may suggest that you find some other neighbors, starting right away.

The reaction to this outbreak has, however, offered me some real hope. I suspect that as soon as people remember just why people were so terrified of these diseases, the popularity of the "anti-vaccine" movement is likely to plummet, largely at the hands of people who don't feel like being put in mortal danger by their neighbors' fears. Hopefully, this movement will be gone and forgotten before too many people die. (But I want to be honest here: people are going to die. Mostly kids.)

We should recognize that there are real access problems in some parts of the country: the government pays for vaccines but not the doctor's time, and if you get paid by the hour and don't have a car, simply the time to go to the doctor is a major factor. But we know how to fix these problems: the mobile vaccination stations that helped end the polio epidemic of the 1950's are proof of that.

The best proof by far, though, is that some states are doing a great job to this day. It turns out that the winner is Mississippi, which has managed to achieve a 99.7% immunization rate for the most serious diseases! They've done this through a combination of a strong public health program and not messing around with their laws. You can read more about what they've done, and how they stack up against other states, at http://wpo.st/QKT20 .

I suggest a three-point strategy:

(1) Make sure that the CDC-approved vaccine schedule is available to every person. Task an agency with achieving as close to 100% coverage as possible; the only people who shouldn't be getting these are people for whom there is a medical reason not to.

(2) Educate the public about what's going on and why. Don't be afraid to pull out the old videos and show people of just why measles is not a "thing you just get over." 

(3) Starting in areas where vaccination is already reliably available, and ultimately spreading to all areas of the country, impose criminal liability for the deliberate failure to vaccinate without medical reason, under existing laws for reckless endangerment and/or child endangerment. 

My parents and their generation got to watch their families and their friends die from these diseases. I don't want to do the same.


h/t to +Kyla Myers for the WaPo article about Mississippi's success. Another very interesting article to read is http://goo.gl/BYp3iF, from the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, which goes through the reasons why people aren't getting vaccinated and proposes several ways to help fix it. Thanks to +James Salsman for that one.

Special thanks to +Steve Esterly for his thorough critique of a previous version of this post, and in particular catching that I had misinterpreted the JAAPA article in a rather important way. 
As officials in 14 states grapple with a measles outbreak, the parents at the heart of America’s anti-vaccine movement are being blamed for a public-health crisis.
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Let's stick together: freifunk stickers are now available, with or without router, at Starship Factory!
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Creating nonsense using physics engine bugs in Kerbal Space Program. It is worth watching it until the end, and with your sound turned off.
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sooo many KSP stories end with that exact same phrase.
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