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mail-in voting #cdnpoli 

if you go to a polling station to vote, then it is you and only you behind the curtain with only a pencil and ballot. voting is totally anonymous.

but if you open your mail and you receive your ballot, you could write it and mail it in in the presence of another person.

this person could be anybody -- your spouse, parent, employer, landleech, etc.

anybody who doesn't see the problem with this has obviously never been in an abusive relationship.

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i am disappointed by my city today, a thread 

to vote in montreal's municipal election tomorrow, you need to be registered. this is normal -- every other election i have voted in has had the same requirement -- except that most make registration easy.

not in montreal.

if you voted in the last election, and still live at the same address, then you are registered. all registered voters should have received a piece of mail, instructing them how to vote. they don't need to take any further action.

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A glimpse into how labour unions lost the hearts and minds of the Baby Boomers, which is why 10 years after this manifesto the "Movement Generation" had become Reagan-voting capitalists, and 50 years later, Silicon Valley VCs who grew up on this kind of rhetoric could cheer Amazon and Uber and promise "disrupting" the entire world into a Gig Economy hellscape without once asking "did we become the actual baddies?"

I guess the unions did it to themselves, but, this is how the USA's Left died.

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i am puzzled, so i ask the fediverse:

if we had clear, reliable statistical evidence showing that homicide rates were lower in places where it was not a crime, would you support legalizing homicide?

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We need to make the connection between climate change and industrial animal agriculture 

If we want to get serious about climate change, the impact of animal agriculture needs to be addressed. This would not only benefit humans, it would also benefit the billions of animals farmed worldwide.

Governments must support farmers to transition to more sustainable farming systems and to make animal welfare a priority.

thestar.com/opinion/contributo

i am puzzled, so i ask the fediverse:

if we had clear, reliable statistical evidence showing that homicide rates were lower in places where it was not a crime, would you support legalizing homicide?

(boosts appreciated!)

Fediverse, what are some small, manageable, easy everyday things that the average person can do to help end billionaires

twitter.com/christineboutin/st

C'est souvent le problème avec les complotistes : ça part tellement loin dans la débilité qu'on n'arrive pas toujours à distinguer ce qui est dit au 1er degré des parodies genre Le Gorafi ou Complots Faciles.

(Libres à vous de reformuler la phrase en remplaçant "les complotistes" par "ceux qui se posent des questions", "les chercheurs de vérité", "les Éveillés", "ceux qui réfléchissent par eux-mêmes" ou toute autre expression du genre)

new post: Singer's dilemma

Philosopher Peter Singer raises a point in his book Animal Liberation that has gone under the radar relative to many of his other ideas. It concerns experimentation on non-human animals.

The question posed by Singer, simply: How much do humans and other animals have in common?

Singer’s dilemma invites us to consider whether and when testing on non-human animals can be morally justified.

danso.ca/blog/singers-dilemma/

Over the past 25 years, the richest 10% of the global population has been responsible for more than half of all carbon emissions.

all graphs from "Carbon inequality in 2030: Per capita consumption emissions and the 1.5 goal"

oxfamilibrary.openrepository.c

Just to reiterate:

Free reign is a kingdom that just killed the king and hasn't reorganised its social structures yet.

Free rain is something to enjoy while it lasts before the capitalists figure out a way to charge you for the water cycle.

Free rein is when horses seize the means of production. Generally this is the one you want.

Small business association: "No we don't loan money to small businesses. Don't be ridiculous. That would be a government handout. What we do is give free money to rich people so that they can loan it to you."

Me: look, a fake account, better report it!

#Facebook: nah, nothing to see here, all good.

Facebook is a bot shop.

online voting #cdnpoli 

i chose a wording in one of these posts which i regret.

i said that if the problems with another person being present while you vote were not immediately clear to you, then you "obviously [had] never been in an abusive relationship".

abusive relationships can take many forms. it was not my intention to delegitimize anyone's lived experience.

apologies!

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Porch Cameras and Facebook Groups Are Turning Streets into Surveillance States 

@danso I would like to add that their is difference between surveillance cameras and security cameras. I have no problems with the latter since they store the data on a server in your house. I do have a problem with cameras sold as security cameras that are in fact surveillance cameras. E.g the Ring brand from Amazon that stores the video on external servers to be used for all kinds of abuse.

eff.org/deeplinks/2019/08/amaz

Porch Cameras and Facebook Groups Are Turning Streets into Surveillance States 

Getting a [camera] lets Amazon off the hook because they don’t have to replace a package. But it’s also a handy way for them to surveil their workforce.

The use of surveillance tech normalizes the idea that the world should be a place in which neighbourhoods are fortresses, with underpaid workers delivering goods to the relatively wealthy under an unblinking eye.

thewalrus.ca/porch-cameras-and

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