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Any app should be able to assess or guess on the spot, if it is providing it's service alright at the moment, or if there are any serious bottlenecks (bandwidth, connection problems, processing power, ram), and have 1 or 2 hotfixes to reduce its own consumption of resources and sustain some basic plateau of user experience; because otherwise all you have is a stuttering machine. This is a problem most prominently with: download status bars, browsers, social media apps.
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"Ultimately, the next revolution will likely stem from daily interactions on computer monitors with foreigners whom we can see are intelligent, decent people – people who happen, through no choice of their own, to be living in poverty. This should lead to better trade agreements, which presuppose the eventual development of orders of magnitude more social insurance to protect people within a country during the transition to a more just global economy."

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/sep/19/the-looming-anti-national-revolution
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WHAT DO YOU REALLY REALLY WANT FOR GIRLS AND WOMEN?

In 2015 world leaders promised to put girls and women first when they signed up to the Sustainable Development Goals to end poverty, fix climate change and tackle inequalities.

Girls and women are disproportionately affected by these challenges and are key to building resilient communities to withstand them.

That’s why we need to ensure World Leaders and the Secretary General of the United Nations listen to the voices of girls and women and put them first in policies and plans.

2016 is our chance to use our collective power and tell world leaders what we really really want for girls and women.

If you make the noise, we’ll get your message to world leaders at the UN in September.
The Global Goals will only ever be achieved if governments, businesses, communities and YOU invest in girls and women.

http://www.globalgoals.org/
In September 2015, the United Nations are launching global goals, a series of ambitious targets to end extreme poverty and tackle climate change for everyone by 2030. Project Everyone aims to share the global goals with 7 billion people in 7 days.
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Did you know, there is a Green party in the US? Here are some of their key points from their website. It seems looking back from 50 years into the future, we can hardly say, there wasn't an alternative!?


Key points of the Power to the People Plan:
A Green New Deal:
Create millions of jobs by transitioning to 100% clean renewable energy by 2030, and investing in public transit, sustainable agriculture, and conservation.

Jobs as a Right:
Create living-wage jobs for every American who needs work, replacing unemployment offices with employment offices. Advance workers rights to form unions, achieve workplace democracy, and keep a fair share of the wealth they create.

End Poverty:
Guarantee economic human rights, including access to food, water, housing, and utilities, with effective anti-poverty programs to ensure every American a life of dignity.

Health Care as a Right:
Establish an improved “Medicare For All” single-payer public health insurance program to provide everyone with quality health care, at huge savings.

Education as a Right:
Abolish student debt to free a generation of Americans from debt servitude. Guarantee tuition-free, world-class public education from pre-school through university. End high stakes testing and public school privatization.

A Just Economy:
Set a $15/hour federal minimum wage. Break up “too-big-to-fail” banks and democratize the Federal Reserve. Reject gentrification as a model of economic development. Support development of worker and community cooperatives and small businesses. Make Wall Street, big corporations, and the rich pay their fair share of taxes. Create democratically run public banks and utilities. Replace corporate trade agreements with fair trade agreements.

Protect Mother Earth:
Lead on a global treaty to halt climate change. End destructive energy extraction: fracking, tar sands, offshore drilling, oil trains, mountaintop removal, and uranium mines. Protect our public lands, water supplies, biological diversity, parks, and pollinators. Label GMOs, and put a moratorium on GMOs and pesticides until they are proven safe. Protect the rights of future generations.

Racial Justice Now:
End police brutality and mass incarceration. Create a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to understand and eliminate the legacy of slavery that lives on as pervasive racism in the economy, education, housing and health. Ensure that communities control their police rather than police controlling our communities, by establishing police review boards and full time investigators to look in to all cases of death in police custody. Demilitarize the police.

Freedom and Equality:
Expand women’s rights, protect LGBTQIA+ people from discrimination, defend indigenous rights and lands, and create a welcoming path to citizenship for immigrants. Protect the free Internet, legalize marijuana/hemp, and treat substance abuse as a public health problem, not a criminal problem.

Justice for All:
Restore our Constitutional rights, terminate unconstitutional surveillance and unwarranted spying, end persecution of government and media whistleblowers, close Guantanamo, abolish secret kill lists, and repeal indefinite detention without charge or trial.

Peace and Human Rights:
Establish a foreign policy based on diplomacy, international law, and human rights. End the wars and drone attacks, cut military spending by at least 50% and close the 700+ foreign military bases that are turning our republic into a bankrupt empire. Stop U.S. support and arms sales to human rights abusers, and lead on global nuclear disarmament.

Empower the People:
Abolish corporate personhood. Protect voters’ rights by establishing a constitutional right to vote. Enact electoral reforms that break the big money stranglehold and create truly representative democracy: public campaign financing, ranked-choice voting, proportional representation, and open debates.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIPu31PHIHo
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+Dran Fren They couldn't, for instance, be bothered to put in the work required to get on the ballots in all states.
Here's just one example, where they completely underestimated the scale of the task in Nevada (http://m.reviewjournal.com/politics/election-2016/green-party-presidential-candidate-jill-stein-won-t-appear-nevada-ballot) despite known full well from earlier election what it takes to get there.

In terms of policies and organizational work, they're just not up to the task of challenging the status quo.
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"If a regulation only potentially cuts into the profits of a company, these companies can turn to arbitration"
Maybe the best thing would be to turn TTIP, etc. around and use them as an instrument to introduce reasonable regulation for institutions which overextend pollution. So that for instance non-profits (or, for that matter, citizens) can sue #climate destructive investors and companies under the #ISDS regime. How about that?
The European Union and the USA have been negotiating the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) behind closed doors since 2013. Negotiators kept insisting that their secret talks would work in the best interest of the public and the environment. But since Greenpeace leaked the TTIP draft negotiating documents it became clearer than ever, that this trade agreement could become one of the most dangerous weapons in the hands of the fo...
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"The digital economy is diverse not only in the sense that it includes both capitalist and non-capitalist forms, but also in the sense that there are multiple varieties of the capitalist form, many of which do not conform to the traditional models, and indeed multiple varieties of gift economy forms, as well as forms that are neither, or indeed a mixture of both. From this perspective, it becomes possible to see our economy as a complex ecosystem of competing and interacting economic forms, each with their own strengths and weaknesses, and to develop a progressive politics that seeks to reshape that ecosystem rather than pursuing the imaginary perfection of one single universal economic form."
Our failure to recognise the diversity of our existing economic systems is doubly consequential.
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"WashPost Makes History: First Paper to Call for Prosecution of Its Own Source (After Accepting Pulitzer)" #snowden
https://theintercept.com/2016/09/18/washpost-makes-history-first-paper-to-call-for-prosecution-of-its-own-source-after-accepting-pulitzer/
The Post received countless benefits off Snowden's back: now its Editorial Page wants him imprisoned.
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"It's one of today's biggest threats to fracking bans, GMO labels, internet freedom, human rights, access to affordable medicine, and democracy as we know it. It will allow corporations to sue governments over 'loss of expected future profits.' It will make the global race to the bottom even worse for workers worldwide. It is the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and it's coming to Congress this fall." #TPP #petition
 
Google support the TPP. The TPP is evil. Google are Evil.

For American Geeps: petition Congress against the TPP.


Google are Evil.
Time is running out to stop one of the biggest threats to #fracking bans, #GMO labels, #InternetFreedom, #HumanRights, & #democracy! (165892 signatures on petition)
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This is from 2015: "If corporations had to go through the same procedures that anyone else has to go through to get the trade deal enforced, then the problem wouldn’t exist.

Now, if a labor union says, ‘Vietnam promised not to work people for a couple of dollars a day, and to raise working conditions, and then failed to do it,” they have to get the U.S. government, through the trade rules, to go to Vietnam and prosecute the case. If corporations had to do the same thing, then it would be a level playing field…ISDS gives a special break to giant corporations, a break that nobody else gets."
#ISDS #TPP #TIPP
https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2015/05/11/elizabeth-warren-fires-back-at-obama-heres-what-theyre-really-fighting-about/?utm_term=.59e9ca22fb99
An interview with the Massachusetts Senator about the threats posed by the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
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Well, what I find really annoying is, that I didn't see a single article which describes the problems on a higher level, or even seems to ask the right questions. What we don't like in the trade deals are rather symptoms of the flaws in the embedding system. Of course corporations have and play their advantages, because they have the scalar boost. Also there is still no serious coherent ideological alternative to the ideology of free trade and the whole shenanigan of rational-behavioural-techno economy. But people (and organizations) need a coherent ideology, otherwise they can't function.
As long as there is no ideological alternative, all we can do is fine-tuning, checking and balancing. Which is not nothing, and rather substantial, and still...
 
Google support the TPP. The TPP is evil. Google are Evil.
It's no wonder the Obama administration tried to keep this secret—the corporate-friendly trade agreement, decoded.
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+J Berg well, thx, that's interesting. Especially Warren's statement from one of the crosslinks: "If corporations had to go through the same procedures that anyone else has to go through to get the trade deal enforced, then the problem wouldn’t exist.

Now, if a labor union says, ‘Vietnam promised not to work people for a couple of dollars a day, and to raise working conditions, and then failed to do it,” they have to get the U.S. government, through the trade rules, to go to Vietnam and prosecute the case. If corporations had to do the same thing, then it would be a level playing field…ISDS gives a special break to giant corporations, a break that nobody else gets."
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