Category Archives: pseudo-freedom

The New Yorker has dropped Steve Bannon from its festival – and played right into his hands | Arwa Mahdawi | Opinion | The Guardian

The New Yorker’s decision to give Bannon a platform was irresponsible and immoral. While it has rescinded the invitation, harm has already been done. Indeed, I imagine that getting invited and then uninvited from the festival was Bannon’s dream scenario. First he gained intellectual legitimacy by having the New Yorker announce him as a headliner. Then he got to do what the far right seems to enjoy doing the most: play the victim. No doubt extremists everywhere are dashing off opinion pieces about how conservative views are being censored by the liberal media.

Source: The New Yorker has dropped Steve Bannon from its festival – and played right into his hands | Arwa Mahdawi | Opinion | The Guardian

How Often Do Smartphones ‘Phone Home’?

The results are pretty clear: even when not used, Android phones send information to Google around 40 times per hour, compared to just 4 times iPhones send info to Apple’s servers. During normal use, that total rises to 90 information requests per hour for Android phones compared to 18 for iPhones. Interestingly Google even collects more data from iPhone users than Apple itself does. This however, only works when the phone is used. In idle mode iPhones very rarely communicate with Google’s servers.

Source: How Often Do Smartphones ‘Phone Home’?

The principles that made Aung San Suu Kyi an icon are what undid her | Mary Dejevsky | Opinion | The Guardian

The Myanmar leader’s fall from grace is partly because we made the mistake of putting her on such a high pedestal, suggests writer and broadcaster Mary Dejevsky {She could not serve her nation by opposing the Generals who still hold the power. AKA: If you are Western you are allowed to compromise – if non-western, if you compromise, you fail! – BC}

Source: The principles that made Aung San Suu Kyi an icon are what undid her | Mary Dejevsky | Opinion | The Guardian

Archbishop Claims Pope Francis Long Knew of U.S. Cardinal’s Abuses – The New York Times {Nothing more vile than accusations from the right-wing of the church that hid most of the crimes for hundreds of years!}

Carlo Maria Viganò, formerly the Vatican’s top diplomat in the United States, charges that Francis was complicit in covering up abuses by Cardinal Theodore McCarrick.

Immigrant Mom Loses Effort to Regain Son Given to US Parents – ABC News Child theft with US Judge’s help! Inhumane and child theft!

In a controversial case that involved the rights of illegal immigrants and their young children, a Guatemalan mother lost her effort today to get back the five-year old son who was taken away from her after her arrest on immigration charges and put up for adoption in Missouri despite her objections. A Missouri judge ruled the boy should stay with the Missouri couple, Melinda and Seth Moser, who took him into their home five years ago while his mother was in federal custody, where she attempted in vain to oppose the adoption proceedings.

Source: Immigrant Mom Loses Effort to Regain Son Given to US Parents – ABC News

Journalist Mohammed al-Baba shot by IDF while covering Gaza protests – IFEX

Mohammed al-Baba, a photographer for Agence France-Presse, was hit by a live round fired by the Israel Defense Forces while covering a protest east of the northern Gazan city of Jabalia.

Source: Journalist Mohammed al-Baba shot by IDF while covering Gaza protests – IFEX

T-Mobile Hires Corey Lewandowski to Help Sell Merger to Trump – Everything is for sale – including competition, jobs, democracy…

T-Mobile has hired former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski to help the company gain regulatory approval for its $23 billion merger with Sprint. The looming merger has been blocked several times by regulators already because it would not only eliminate anywhere from 10 to 30,000 jobs but would dramatically reduce incentive for the remaning three large wireless carriers to seriously compete on price. As with most megamergers, the CEOs for Sprint and T-Mobile have spent the last few weeks trying to claim the exact opposite.

Source: Inoreader – T-Mobile Hires Corey Lewandowski to Help Sell Merger to Trump –

Trump and May have one thing in common: they are incapable of reason | Polly Toynbee | Opinion | The Guardian

As home secretary, Theresa May introduced an irrational, random cap of 1,600 tier 2 skilled visas a month, regardless of how urgently skills are needed. Start with the NHS, in obvious crisis, where 100,000 posts are unfilled. Why bar 1,518 doctors? Brexit is causing what the Royal College of Nursing calls a haemorrhage of nurses; more are leaving than joining, with new arrivals denied visas. Whatever your view of intractable anti-immigration politics, I can find no pollster who finds the public against recruiting doctors and other highly skilled people to add to the UK talent pool. This is a bee in May’s bonnet alone. What is she thinking? Her visa cap inflicts maximum harm in engineering, IT and all the industries Brexiters claim we will sell around the world. Recruitment to high-powered jobs of people from outside the EU is rising sharply, because the Brexit vote is deterring EU applicants.

Source: Trump and May have one thing in common: they are incapable of reason | Polly Toynbee | Opinion | The Guardian

In Rebuke of Trump, Tillerson Says Lies Are a Threat to Democracy – The New York Times

“If our leaders seek to conceal the truth, or we as people become accepting of alternative realities that are no longer grounded in facts, then we as American citizens are on a pathway to relinquishing our freedom,” he said in a commencement address at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Va. Even small falsehoods and exaggerations are problematic, Mr. Tillerson said. (Mr. Trump is prone to both.) “When we as people, a free people, go wobbly on the truth even on what may seem the most trivial matters, we go wobbly on America,” Mr. Tillerson said.