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The Amnesty report may be breaking news, but Israel’s apartheid policies are long running.

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Update from Ottawa:


it feels like something is going to explode this weekend. ‘Convoy’ vehicles are being egged already, it will be bricks soon.

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Crazy shit. What the hell happened to us? In all of human history we are literally living in the period of the most bounty and yet…

Fuck it, I give up.


Yeah, it’s like we’ve been programmed to self destruct

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So, Prince Andrew has reached an out of court settlement with Virginia Giuffre. It’s been reported that he has agreed to pay approximately £12m to her and her foundation (that supports victims of abuse).

No admission of liability. Acknowledges Giuffre suffered abuse. Regrets his association with Epstein.

There’s no way such a sum could be afforded by Andrew as a private individual. Questions will now (must now) be asked about where those funds are coming from, on whose authority, and on what justification/rationale.

By way of comparison, if the amount being reported is accurate, it’s more than 10 times that paid by Epstein to Giuffre under their settlement.

It’s also more than what it would cost Andrew in legal fees were he to have continued to defend the action brought by Giuffre.

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Didn’t he sell some ski lodge recently? Not sure how much he could have gathered from that deal.

I’m just a little perturbed by the fact that he no longer has to sit trial for this. It doesn’t feel right that you can pay someone off for potential crimes without any admission of guilt.

One of the perks of being rich and born into a powerful family. You can buy whatever you want/need

Indeed. This feels like one of the most incredible (right word?) examples of inequality that exists.

From the start, it was all about the money.

Just on this - it was a civil trial so a settlement with financial restitution is a common outcome. Were Prince Andrew ever charged with a criminal matter (never see it happening, esp in UK) then paying off the victim would not stay proceedings.

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India taking issue with singapore pm and his comments on how democracy should be.

Irony is that singapore isnt even a democracy.

Entertaining watching for those who like a bit of windy weather action…


“[Bukovsky] responded immediately by saying he did download images and that they would be on the computer in his study. … In an interview, Bukovsky told detectives he had become interested in child abuse images in the 1990s in the context of a debate on the control and censorship of the internet. … ‘Bukovsky said his initial curiosity turned into a hobby, rather like stamp collecting,’ Carter said. The dissident continued to download images between 1999 and 2014, and estimated that he had accumulated a collection of ‘1,500 movies’. His interest varied year by year. The last downloads took place days before his arrest.”

I agree. The norm would be that the local representatives of government (MP’s here, as in UK) would be voicing the concerns of their consituents to the House of Parliament. If enough of the constituents voice their concern, then enough MP’s would be raising that question to the House. That’s how it’s designed to run.

But it feels that in this case, the MP’s are someone bound by their party loyalties to follow the instructions of their party leadership and this is where the power of the election process is failed.

I wonder: is this a consequence of less fatalities resulting from car crashes, or because of increased deaths caused by guns?

It’s because the police are now dragging people out of their cars first before killing them.