If you ever needed confirmation that the UK is not run by a shadowy cabal of sinister plotters but a bunch of chinless fucking idiots then the upcoming Digital Economy Bill is a good place to start.
As well as massively increasing personal information sharing amongst government departments, the proposed new laws will seek to ensure that all pornographic content available on the internet in the UK carries an age verification system. The bill will also introduce new copyright legislation which could mean that simply sharing or retweeting an internet meme, such as the one that accompanies this post, could mean prosecution with a maximum penalty of ten years imprisonment. Really.
According to the government age-verification is necessary to protect children from the danger of online porn. And wouldn’t it be nice if it were that easy. The reality is that this bill will do nothing to stop teenagers…
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Content notes: This discusses the Aberfan Disaster, including potentially upsetting details. It also discusses various issues around mental health in detail, including grief and trauma and mentions suicide, depression and anxiety.
Approaching the 50th anniversary, the most common feeling within the community is a desire to move on. ‘We like to see October go out’, let’s get October out of the way, let’s carry on with our lives. This is what the community has done for the last 50 years. With incredible strength, people have lived in a way that resembles life in any other part of the Valleys. People pass reminders of the Disaster on their way out of the village to work; an aging population goes about its business; post-industrial decay affects us like it does any working class community. This is what people have always done: in the weeks that followed the Disaster, pubs remained open, milk deliveries were on time…
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It’s not the kind of story that makes for big, attention-grabbing headlines, but Nottingham saw an important victory against state repression this week, as the bail conditions against Aiden Aslin were finally dropped. Aiden has spent the last 8 months under restrictive bail conditions as the cops and CPS tried to decide whether volunteering to join the Kurdish YPG in their fight against ISIS was worthy of a terrorism charge or not.
Criminalisation of the Kurdish movement is a bad thing, not just for those who are most involved in supporting it, but also for anyone who just wants to be able to have a serious critical discussion of the subject, because it’s impossible to have a free and honest conversation about a subject where expressing an overly enthusiastic opinion could get you banged up as being a terrorist sympathiser. It’s still bullshit that Shilan Ozcelik was jailed…
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So what does it feel like, to be Thomas Rawnsley, or, any one, of the hundreds of thousands on state enforced polypharmacy?
This is their ‘community living’, their independence, their future, their life, until death.
Their ‘care’, costing the public purse on average £4,000 per week.
Without, the huge pharma bill.
As described by Thomas’ mother Pauline, in her, now removed, Facebook page, written, before Thomas died at 20, after just 2 years, in his MCA state enforced hell .
‘Imagine YOU are trapped in a unit or a home which is locked, you have no choice over when or what you eat, when or if you go out, what you wear, when you go to bed, when you watch TV, what you do minute to minute is dictated by people you have not chosen to ‘look after you’.
Your family are only allowed to visit occasionally.
Staff are present when…
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In this issue:
1. What fracking democracy?
“This is not democracy, it is dictatorship”. So said one member of the Lancashire farming community after the UK government this month overruled Lancashire County Council’s decision and gave Cuadrilla the green light to start fracking in the north-west of England.
Others were of the same opinion. Pam Foster, a Residents Action on Fylde Fracking campaigner, said: “This is a total denial of democracy. Our parish council, our borough council, our county council all threw out this application. We have pursued every democratic channel we can do.”
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