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Hello! Are you an expat American, or do you know some? If you do, please point them over to the following campaign on the Avaaz website:

https://is.gd/xI4tBm

The idea behind this campaign is that only a small percentage (12%) of expatriate Americans vote due to the convoluted process. The creators of this campaign have found a way for expatriate USA citizens to have an easier time of it, and shared this with the hope that as many as possible of the 8 million Americans living abroad would vote in October. While it is also their hope that the votes would go against Trump, in the end it is vitally important for everybody to vote regardless of whom they vote for. So in the interest of democracy, let's help our American friends tick their boxes in October.

Please pass this information along!

The 8 million Americans abroad almost never vote, but now they can decide the election with a new dead-easy voter registration tool. Help make this page famous by sharing and make sure the most global Americans decide this election.
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More Linux-related news coming from Microsoft. They simply can't stop.
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Jazz? :-)

OK then, here you go! Two old grand masters of the craft:
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While I support the Open Rights Group in general, the following public awareness stunt left me a little ambivalent:

https://www.snooperscharter.co.uk/#video

Yes, it is important to understand the message and truth about the Snoopers Charter, and there is a lot we should do to campaign against this type of legislation all over the world. But to catch people out just before they drop their rods to take a leak? Hmmm... Hard hitting indeed. Hope you have good brakes, lady!

ORG, sorry to say, this is a bit "marginal", to put it politely. No problems with the message, but this time the delivery almost went up the wrong pipe...
The Investigatory Powers Bill is a new law that will give the UK police and security agencies massive powers to collect, analyse and look at our private communications and Internet use.
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End users (or terrorists) who value security will continue to use freely-available open source tools and/or services hosted outside of the UK, which are completely untouchable by this legislation no matter how much Theresa May might stamp her little feet. All this law will do is force service providers like Apple to move out of the UK if they want to offer a secure service. Nice job, dipshits.
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Hello All.

Fair warning - this is a call for signing a petition. If you don't like petitions, please ignore this post. If you are a musician or artist, this petition could  most likely affect you directly, so please read on:

Here is a petition for the EU Council to treat musicians fairly when it comes to air travel. Musical instruments are often lost or damaged, which in most cases causes the musician to perform less ably than they could. A guitar or a violin is not simply an instrument that can be replaced or substituted at a moment's notice, it's literally like replacing a limb and expecting this limb to perform as well and nimbly as the previous one. 

Please read the petition, sign and pass word along! We almost have the full complement of signatories needed to take this to the EU council:

http://tinyurl.com/grvclt5

Thank you! :-)
[ Version française ] You thought that the EU was fair to musicians traveling on planes with their instruments? Wrong! Here’s why. Two years ago, on Feb. 5th, 2014, the European Parliament adopted the text reviewing community regulation 2027/97 on air carrier liability in respect of the carriage...
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Let's talk about sheet music! :-)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3WuQxnA7Hg
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A while back I read about the European Commission refusing to back a global ban on trade in ivory. This is a tragedy that we are witnessing in "real-time", but since it's not happening in the decision-makers' back yards, it would seem that it doesn't really matter. Please read this (long) letter by Bert from the Avaaz community, and sign the petition.

Thank you!

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Dear friends,

Every 15 minutes an elephant is brutally slaughtered for its tusks, and at this rate they will be gone forever in just a few years. Momentum is growing for a complete global ban on ivory -- but the European Commission has just come out against it! 

The elephant crisis is heartbreaking. In some areas these magnificent, sensitive creatures are so terrified of people they only come out at night, and mourning baby elephants refuse to leave the butchered corpses of their mothers. Now 29 African governments have said if Europe gets its way, it will spell extinction for our elephants, and they need our help.

A key global summit is just around the corner where we could win the total ban we need, and there are signs powerful countries like France and Germany could lead a rebellion against the EU’s elephant death sentence. African governments will deliver our giant call straight into key meetings to build support for the ban -- sign now to keep our elephants safe, and share with everyone you know: 

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/global_ivory_ban_loc_en2/?twUXPcb

All over the world, iconic species are being driven to the edge of extinction thanks to hunting, poaching and habitat loss. It’s creating a crisis that threatens us all -- scientists are warning that as each species is lost, another strand is pulled out of the web of life. Pull out too many, and the ecosystems we rely on will collapse. 

Europe is the world’s biggest exporter of legal ivory, and argues that the best way to tackle the elephant crisis is to crack down hard on the illegal trade, while keeping legal traders operating. But elephant poachers pass off the ivory they sell as legitimate, hiding their crimes behind the legal ivory trade and experts say legalisation could make poaching grow exponentially. 

So let's build a global wave of support for our amazing wildlife, and make sure European governments drop this disastrous plan to allow more elephant slaughter. It will be a tragedy like no other if our children and their children only know elephants from books and videos. Add your name and spread the word to save the elephants: 

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/global_ivory_ban_loc_en2/?twUXPcb

Our global people-powered movement is the best chance our wildlife has to survive and flourish. We’ve helped usher in the end of the ivory trade in Hong Kong, won an EU ban on bee-killing pesticides and campaigned for dozens of protected ocean and forest parks around the world. We even bought a rainforest for orangutans! Now we need to step up for elephants again, and get another global win for wildlife.

With hope and determination,

Bert, Rosa, Rewan, Emma, Spyro, Marie, Danny and the rest of the Avaaz team

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African wildlife officials appalled as EU opposes a total ban on ivory trade (The Guardian)
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jul/06/african-wildlife-officials-appalled-as-eu-opposes-a-total-ban-on-ivory-trade

29 African Nations Urge EU to Halt Elephant Slaughter (Environment News Service)
http://ens-newswire.com/2016/07/04/29-african-nations-urge-eu-to-halt-elephant-slaughter/

In Fighting Illegal Ivory, EU Lags Behind (National Geographic)
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/06/ivory-trafficking-european-union-china-hong-kong-elephant...

Obama says that urgent action is needed to save elephants from going extinct (The Guardian)
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/mar/03/obama-urgent-action-needed-save-elephants-extinct
Momentum is growing towards a global ban on the ivory trade, but you’ll never guess who’s blocking! Let’s build a global call to save our elephants from extinction.
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If one looks at the success we are having in saving rhinos, then you do have a point.
Somehow, the market for ivory still needs to be dismantled. We have to remember that ivory is not seen to be a medical supplement (rhino horn) or something to make John Thomas more efficient (dried tiger penis, yes, it "Really Works"(c)(tm)), it is classified in the same way as precious stones, jewelery and other luxury goods. Because of this, it could just be possible to at least shrink the market enough to ensure that we don't wipe the planet clean of elephants.

Anyway, that is just my theory, not based on any science. Whether we will end up having success is of course another story altogether (especially in light of a distinct lack of previous successes, somebody please pipe up here with something good for balance), but doing nothing is not an option, finding the intelligent way to stop this is going to be a major challenge. Getting governments to start painting it in a bad light is a good place to start IMHO.
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Now that we have this whole US gun lobby thing freshly out in the open thanks to the recent Orlando tragedy, I happen to stumble across this article in the LA Times:

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-orlando-shooting-media-20160618-snap-story.html

The question being posed is whether the media is complicit in mass shootings. In the case of the Orlando shooter, the article provides evidence that it is indeed the case.  It explores an interesting angle to the whole thing, and it thankfully does pay some lip service to the easy access to firearms problem  where it mentions the fact that Canada has fewer such incidents of mass killings due to better regulations around firearms.
Among the most chilling details to emerge in the Orlando massacre is that the killer paused during his three-hour rampage at the Pulse nightclub to search Facebook for news about it.
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Agreed, which is why I chose to call it "lip service". I classify this article as "interesting" (I suppose "novelty" would be more accurate than "interesting" in this case) because of it's angle, and the questions it raises because of that particular point of view. Is it good, factual journalism? Definitely not. Another interesting thing I see in this article, as well as others like it, is the rather careful way people are probing at the whole "gun" issue. Even the politicos are scared to tackle the gun lobby head-on. Sign of the times.
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Dear London Bass Guitar Show. Please be warned, we are on our way!

http://www.londonbassguitarshow.com/
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Have fun!! :)
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OK, so the Beeb needs an overhaul, which is fair enough. Handing over the reigns to the government is surely a good idea, right?! For a good example on just how well this would work, check out the SABC in South Africa, and there should be no doubt left in our minds. Who needs impartial reporting anyway? That is sooo 20th century... 
David Clementi says there will be ‘no hiding place’ as he recommends scrapping the BBC Trust and handing oversight of the corporation to Ofcom
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My issue at the time (I have to admit that my knee jerked before I started reading the 90+ page Clementi report...) was that of fear for media impartiality. I have first-hand experience of how a completely state-controlled broadcaster can manipulate the population, so I am still super sensitive to this. So my "thing" is not the BBC per sé (it is clear that they need a serious clean-out), but complete government control. How far-reaching will the OFCOM control be?

Regarding OFCOM, I have no first-hand experience in how they conduct their affairs. At least I cannot find any glaring examples where they came down like a ton of bricks on anyone, so we shall see how they go. The only thing that is clear to me at the moment is that there are no viable, comprehensive alternatives to the recommendations as put forth in the Clementi report, so the Beeb will most likely have to report to OFCOM. So yes, I hope being proved a grumpy, paranoid cynic when everything turns out perfect, but I cannot help being worried about this.
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