Netstorms

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Author: gavin

Consolidation

I currently have three live websites to which I ocassionally post. I also write a lot on Facebook and Twitter. Sometimes it seems like the fulltime job for which I’m not paid – especially on days when I want to update a site but there’s a technical problem such as not being able to upload stuff or the website running very slowly.


My three websites 52.netstorms.org, netstorms.org, and nypo.org were intended to be respectively, a site for my longer essays on cabbages, kings and covid, a shared project for working collaboratively with others and an online project for young people and children and to support my teaching activities.


Even without the technical problems that’s not working out very well. So I’m going to make one website, netstorms.org, do all of the things I’ve outlined. And I will link it more closely to my social media output. The other sites are not going to disappear right now and I may use them later on but for now I’ll be writing lots on the netstorms.org site and inviting collaboration and sharing learning.


The straplines of the netstorms and the nypo sites respectively, conscious creative community and imagination communication technology where I want to go as an individual and as a retired-from-paid-work (freed?) youth and community education worker.


Follow me and my projects here if you want. Help out if you can.

Norway and AstraZenica

I’ve posted this on Facebook but I’m still puzzled.

Even if we accept that covid-19 vaccines are ‘safe’ it is not logical to assume that all covid-19 vaccines are equally safe. Is it not responsible to ask why the UK is rolling out the AZ vaccine while Norway rejects it? Should there not be a discussion about this? Or do people think it doesn’t matter?

Norway will remove the AstraZeneca Plc shots from its Covid-19 inoculation program due to the risk of rare blood clots, in a move the country said will have little effect on the national vaccination timeline.

“The government has decided that the AstraZeneca vaccine will not be used in Norway, not even voluntarily,” Prime Minister Erna Solberg said at a news conference on Wednesday.

Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine will remain on hold and may be offered on a voluntary basis, the premier told reporters. The government also decided to start vaccinating younger adults sooner and is considering redistributing more doses to the municipalities with the highest level of infection.

Bloomberg

Failing In Israel

Keeping Freedom Alive

In his last blog post before going to prison Craig Murray writes:

“I hope that one possible good effect of my imprisonment might be to coalesce opposition to the imminent abolition of jury trials in sexual assault cases by the Scottish Government ..

“That is plainly not “open justice”, it is not justice at all. And it is even worse than that, because the openly stated aim of abolishing juries is to increase conviction rates. So people will have their lives decided not by a jury of their peers, but by a judge who is acting under specific instruction to increase conviction rates.”

The article is worth reading and is further evidence that freedom and justice aren’t merely being eroded or chipped away, they’re being destroyed in a series of controlled demolitions.

Tragic.

Tragic. It is absurd that anyone should fail to see through this scam now.

Young people will be offered free taxi rides, pizzas and trips to the cinema if they agree to have a coronavirus vaccine as the Government tries to boost uptake.Ministers are in talks with dozens of companies, including coffee and cinema chains, about a voucher scheme to be launched later this month, in time for the new academic year.The Government is desperate to increase the numbers of young adults who have been jabbed. Just 67 per cent of adults under 29 years old have had their first dose.

Cabinet ministers have privately told The Telegraph that if this proportion can be increased to more than 80 per cent, it could head off the need for vaccine passports for venues such as nightclubs.Number 10 has also ruled out requiring vaccine passports for students to return to university, The Telegraph understands.

So far, Uber has agreed to offer free rides, while Deliveroo is offering discounts on takeaway meals from 46,000 restaurants or discounts on shopping bills at the likes of Waitrose, Morrisons and Aldi.

Pizza Pilgrims, a restaurant chain with 10 outlets in central London, is offering discounts on meals, while Bolt, another ride-hailing app, will offer “free ride credits” to vaccination centres.

The Telegraph understands that the scheme is likely to be expanded to include free tickets at cinema chains and drinks at coffee bars in the coming weeks.

Ministers want to promote the new scheme at a “major flagship event” for young people in the next few weeks, when they will be offered a credit voucher.The offer will be targeted at younger adults, but will be open to all ages, which could create a backlash among others who have already had their jabs and were not rewarded for it.The introduction of new incentives to encourage reluctant groups to be vaccinated showed the “direction of travel” as ministers pushed to get more people vaccinated, insiders said.

One Whitehall source said: “This is just the start of it, we are expecting a number of other companies to get involved. We are looking to move quickly on this.”Typically people will be offered discounts of around £10, either on a voucher or in a discount code sent to their mobile phones, if they can prove they have just received their first jab.The details of how the scheme will work are still being finalised but people could be able to prove they have been jabbed by submitting a “selfie” photograph of them at a vaccine centre.Insiders stressed that the “vouchers for jabs” plan was funded by the companies themselves and there were no plans to involve public money.

University College London estimates total population immunity is now at 87 per cent, although they believe the delta variant has shifted the herd immunity threshold to 93 per cent.

A Deliveroo spokesman said: “This is the next step in helping get people vaccinated and safely back to normal.” Thom Elliot, Pizza Pilgrims Founder, added: “By making getting your jab as easy as grabbing a pizza, hopefully we can help our teams and our customers get both their first and second doses as easily and quickly as possible.”Almost 90 per cent of the adult population, more than 46 million people, have had their first Covid vaccine and 70 per cent of adults – 38 million – have had both doses.

Thanking businesses for “stepping up” to support the vaccine drive, Sajid Javid, the Health Secretary, urged people to “take advantage of the discounts”.He added: “The lifesaving vaccines not only protect you, your loved ones and your community, but they are helping to bring us back together by allowing you to get back to doing the things you’ve missed.”Nadhim Zahawi, the vaccines minister, said there was “strong enthusiasm” among young people to be vaccinated, adding: “Please get your jabs as soon as you can and grab a bargain.”It comes after Joe Biden, the US President, announced plans last week to pay Americans $100 (£72) each to be vaccinated against coronavirus, saying: “Please, please get vaccinated. We just need to finish the job.”

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/07/31/shopping-vouchers-pizza-discounts-boost-vaccinations-among-young/

Don’t Call it a Party

Some people have argued that it is time to form a new political party to replace Labour. This would be futile if such a party is established in the mould of our current party structures. If you want to start a new party perhaps the word ‘party’ should be avoided.

I prefer ‘association’ which connotes a voluntary coming together of independent free thinking equals rather than the self subjugation to a party line, party disciplines and party thinking that makes the Labour Party and other parties hostile to freedom of thought and discourse.

The qualities of the association will determine the qualities of the actions that flow from it.Parties and party politics ‘suck’ for the same reasons that George Carling says ‘education’ sucks:

There’s a reason education sucks, it’s the same reason that it will never, ever, ever be fixed. It’s never going to get any better, don’t look for it, be happy with what you got. Because the owners of this country don’t want that. I’m talking about the real owners, now. The real owners, the big wealthy business interests that control things and make all the important decisions.

Forget the politicians, they’re an irrelevancy. The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice. You don’t. You have no choice. You have owners. They own you. They own everything. They own all the important land. They own and control the corporations. They’ve long since bought and paid for the Senate, the Congress, the statehouses, the city halls.

They’ve got the judges in their back pockets. And they own all the big media companies, so that they control just about all of the news and information you hear. They’ve got you by the balls. They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying,­ lobbying to get what they want. Well, we know what they want; they want more for themselves and less for everybody else.

But I’ll tell you what they don’t want. They don’t want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don’t want well-informed, well-educated people capable of critical thinking. They’re not interested in that. That doesn’t help them. That’s against their interests. They don’t want people who are smart enough to sit around the kitchen table and figure out how badly they’re getting fucked by a system that threw them overboard 30 fucking years ago.

You know what they want? Obedient workers,­ people who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork but just dumb enough to passively accept all these increasingly shittier jobs with the lower pay, the longer hours, reduced benefits, the end of overtime and the vanishing pension that disappears the minute you go to collect it. And, now, they’re coming for your Social Security. They want your fucking retirement money. They want it back, so they can give it to their criminal friends on Wall Street. And you know something? They’ll get it. They’ll get it all, sooner or later, because they own this fucking place. It’s a big club, and you ain’t in it. You and I are not in the big club.

We have to build and connect with people but in a different way. Something that is not about recruiting people to the way we think but about inviting people to think together.

I’m interested in proactive, community enabling, conversations. We need to explore new structures of political participation that can’t be so easily hijacked by the establishment. Our connections need to be more like friends talking authentically in living rooms and less like salesmen on doorsteps.

‘We can’t solve a problem using the same kind of thinking we used to create it”~ Einstein.

The structures and assumptions involved in ‘challenging other parties for power’ may be part of the problem. Can we think of ‘power’ in a different way? Where does power come from?

Thinking, discussion are not luxuries, inessentials, that may or may not be attended to depending on whether party policies or party business permit it. They are essential in building connections between us and building new and better structures of mutual support – affective, educational and economic – that empower us as individuals and communities. Parties – particularly the present Labour Party – are explicitly hostile to freedom of discourse. We must go beyond them.

If you think, as some do, that this is ‘bullshit philosophy’ and not worth your time you will achieve none of your aims whether you create a new party or stay in the old one.

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