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ill start

https://gizmodo.com/china-to-make-rfid-chips-mandatory-in-cars-so-the-gover-1826813360 posted:

China to Make RFID Chips Mandatory in Cars So the Government Can Track Citizens on the Road

The Chinese government, in its ongoing pursuit to create the dystopian police state dreamed up in many a science fiction tale, is reportedly readying a new vehicle identification system that will be capable of monitoring the movement of citizens.

The Wall Street Journal reported on the system, which will begin rolling out on July 1st of this year. Cars operating in the country will be adorned with radio-frequency identification (RFID) chips that the government will use to track drivers throughout the country. Compliance will be optional for the first year but will become mandatory for new vehicles starting in 2019...

RFID chips in cars aren’t particularly new, nor do they have to be despotic; they are commonly used in fleet commercial vehicles and for automated payment at toll roads in the US and elsewhere. Chinese officials swear the system is intended to improve public safety and lessen traffic congestion but plenty of people have their doubts, per WSJ:

“It’s all happening in the backdrop of this pretty authoritarian government,” said Ben Green, a fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society who is researching use of data and technology by city governments. “It’s really hard to imagine that the primary use case is not law enforcement surveillance and other forms of social control.”

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“It’s kind of like another tool in the toolbox for mass-surveillance,” said Maya Wang, China researcher at Human Rights Watch, who studies China’s surveillance programs. “To be able to track vehicles would definitely add substantial location details to the chain of data points that they already have.”



The system won’t give the government an up-to-the-second location of citizens, but it will be able to provide China’s Ministry of Public Security with regular updates as people pass roads and stops equipped with reading devices. That information—which will include the license plate number, car make, model, and color—will be transferred to the agency, which they can use as they see fit (read: tracking people).

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many a
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i'm waiting for the daily show to fact check the bible re: immigrant child separation comments
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https://www.vox.com/world/2018/1/9/16773364/north-korea-cancels-summit-kim-jong-un-propaganda

Americans have preconceptions of what North Korea is like — militant, reclusive, and oppressive. But we don’t really understand what North Korea’s vision of America is. How have they they viewed our government, our policies, and our history?

One way to answer this lies in the propaganda that has long shaped public opinion in North Korea. In the closed, authoritarian society, the regime is the only consistent source of information for the public.

Earlier this year, I acquired a very real North Korea propaganda book, authored by three state-sanctioned North Korean academics. Titled The US Imperialists Started the Korean War, the book is a sweeping indictment of American aggression, arguing that the US provoked the Korean War in the 1950s as part of a much broader strategy of post-WWII global domination.

That war pitted communist North Korea, backed by the Soviet Union and later China, against South Korea, backed by the United States. It started when the North invaded the South on June 25, 1950. It was a bloody war that ultimately killed some five million soldiers and civilians. At the war’s end in 1953, the two countries became separated by a demilitarized zone, or DMZ, and remain so to this day.

The book’s prose is awful and the claims are wildly overstated, but it offers a revealing look at how US foreign policy is perceived from the perspective of the North Korean regime — and North Korean citizens, who are fed this propaganda.



Kill me pls

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By the way, the rest of that article is actually a fucking great read wherein the author attempts to show how loony the North Korean propagandists are by having a mock interview in order to present the views from that book. The book is utterly correct. A sample:

Sean Illing
Why do you consider America’s occupation of South Korea the “greatest national misfortune” in the history of the Korean Peninsula?


North Korea Propaganda Book
It was the root cause of a calamity of territorial bisection and national division which the Korean people had never experienced during their long history of 5,000 years. It gave rise to a hotbed of a new war in Korea, and the US imperialist policy of turning South Korea into a military base entered the stage of full-scale realization.

“IN THE KOREAN WAR THE US IMPERIALISTS, WHO HAD LONG BEEN TRAINED ON MISANTHROPY AND RACISM, REVEALED THEIR BARBARITY AND BRUTALITY TO THE WHOLE WORLD.”
Sean Illing
Is it really the case that America “enslaved” South Korea?

North Korea Propaganda Book
From the first day of their occupation of South Korea, the US imperialists followed colonial enslavement and military base policies. In fact, all the policies adopted by US imperialism were, without exception, related to its aggressive design to convert South Korea into a colonial military base and use it as a stepping-stone for the conquest of the whole of Korea.

Sean Illing
But why conquer the whole of Korea? What was America’s broader aim?

North Korea Propaganda Book
The trend of revolutionary developments to peace and democracy, national independence and socialism constituted a fatal blow to the aggressive policy of world domination pursued by the US imperialists who had called for “global supremacy” immediately after WWII.


Greatly alarmed by the growth of revolutionary forces, they resorted to the policy of cold war in an attempt to find a way out of the impasse and launched an all-out reactionary offensive for world domination.

Sean Illing
US leaders claimed in the years leading up to the Korean War that America should not expand its involvement in South Korea and Taiwan. Was that just a lie or did events on the ground change?

North Korea Propaganda Book
They formed some designs to veil their aggressive nature and lay blame for war at the door. The first design was to convince the world of the fact that Korea’s security had nothing to do with US security and that the US was not interested in Korea ... but a gimlet in a bag shows itself.


The hypocritical nature of their statements soon came into the open. They were an anesthetic to benumb the vigilance of the world public, the Korean and Chinese peoples in particular, over the US war policy and a smokescreen to cover up their war provocation plan.

Sean Illing
What was the smokescreen? How did the US justify its desired war with North Korea?

North Korea Propaganda Book
The war plan was occasioned by two causes: one was the political and economic crisis of the Syngman Rhee government on the verge of total collapse, and the other was the imminency of liberation of Taiwan by the Chinese people.

“THE US AGGRESSORS, AS BEFITTING SUCH BRUTAL NATURE OF FASCIST HANGMEN, COMMITTED ATROCITIES OF MASS SLAUGHTER AGAINST THE KOREAN PEOPLE FROM THE FIRST DAYS OF WAR.”
Sean Illing
What was the “political and economic crisis” in South Korea and how did it provide the US with an opportunity to attack North Korea?


North Korea Propaganda Book
The South Korean economy which had rushed along the road of ruin under the US military administration entered a graver stage from 1949. Production was totally destroyed and the currency inflation was uncontrollable. Economic ruin directly affected the people’s life, roused the broader masses to an anti-US, national salvation struggle, and thus aggravated the political crisis of the Syngman Rhee government.

The only outlet for him was to ignite a war as soon as possible. Driven to the wall, Rhee came to the conclusion that war alone could get him out of the precipice and clear away all the political and economic crises. Thus he hurriedly sent M. Chang to Washington who reported the “ruinous state of the government” to the US master and asked for “urgent US aid” to overcome that crisis.

Having received the urgent message from Rhee, President Truman, who had no other way but to back Rhee, as he had put it himself, now had to check the fall of the Rhee government and, to this end, he had to quickly enkindle a planned war.

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many a daily show,
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reddit.com
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ladies and gents, commentary magazine

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Compared with the recent spate of police killings of unarmed black men, black-on-black crime is tantamount to a national-security disaster. The moral hysteria raised by a few incidents of police brutality in the face of this larger national tragedy is reckless hyperbole. It hides from the nation a deep malaise at work in the psyche of some in the black community: a form of self-hatred that manifests itself in a homicidal rage not fundamentally against white people, but against other black people.

Allan, like others on the left, places the blame for this black self-hatred on so-called white privilege. In our lunch conversation, he veered into a case for reparations for blacks based on this privilege and the ways in which unfair discrimination against black Americans is sociologically responsible for what I consider pathologies in some black communities. In the end, we agreed to disagree, as we do on most things.

Our conversation, however, had left my mind racing with thoughts about the moral hypocrisy of Black Lives Matter. As I sat at my desk late that evening and looked out my window as the street grew dark, I thought about two other transgressive and unpardonable sins of the Black Lives Matter movement. The first has to do with its outrageous position on Israel; the second pertains to its immoral demands regarding the education of black Americans.



what a fucking honky lol

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Caesura109 posted:

Compared with the recent spate of police killings of unarmed black men, black-on-black crime is tantamount to a national-security disaster.


trust a zionist to take up literal nazi talking points in condemning the left

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http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-west-point-grad-discharge-20180619-story.html

what's this kids username here
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ialdabaoth posted:

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-west-point-grad-discharge-20180619-story.htmlwhat's this kids username here


Ironic War Criminal

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ialdabaoth posted:

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-west-point-grad-discharge-20180619-story.htmlwhat's this kids username here



While You Were Away: the rhizzone text aggregator twitter account picked up like half its current followers from quotes making fun of that guy, specifically because they made the blue check mark DSA troop start telling people who made fun of him to go back to here

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lol dang i don't have any funny gifs that really describe how i feel about that
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ialdabaoth posted:

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-west-point-grad-discharge-20180619-story.htmlwhat's this kids username here



there's strong evidence pointing to this account that has only made a single post, but let me tell you, it's one hell o f  a post

https://rhizzone.net/forum/user/ErnestoCheSanders/

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long live the new flesh
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While I Was Away: didn't see that butthole a single time
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Today I Heard on NPR: researchers at a sweatshop in India found that productivity drops 3% and profits fall 2.2% for each degree F above 85F on the shop floor. when the factory switched from florescent lights to LED, the average temperature on the shop floor fell 4°, allowing the company to recoup the cost of changing the lighting in only 8 months.
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ialdabaoth posted:

Today I Heard on NPR: researchers at a sweatshop in India found that productivity drops 3% and profits fall 2.2% for each degree F above 85F on the shop floor. when the factory switched from florescent lights to LED, the average temperature on the shop floor fell 4°, allowing the company to recoup the cost of changing the lighting in only 8 months.


if only our leaders would learn from this kind of innovation

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i love the graun's "comment is free"

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As if I can just interrupt being robbed of my surplus value to come post every time this happens.

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post ITT whenever western militaries make you die inside
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Im pretty sure Winnie the Pooh isnt a historically racist way to depict Chinese people though
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Throwback
https://www.nytimes.com/1993/11/17/world/end-of-communism-worsens-anti-gypsy-racism.html

Thank you NYT for caring about the plight of Roma after it was no longer politically expedient to ignore them!

Today they are describing Ukranian Nazi groups that attack Roma as "activists" and "nationalist groups":


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MadMedico posted:

A.A. Milne's correspondence, particularly his comments on the Limehouse district of London tell a different story.


a.a. milne let his son christopher robin name the bear because the bear he saw at the zoo was named after winnipeg, i saw this on a canadian Heritage Moment on tv so i know it is the full story

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drwhat why are you replying to this online detective stalker dude instead of banning him again
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Caesura109 posted:



LMAO they just copy/pasted Nazi racial purity propaganda directly into their recent news story. Where’s the value added, NYT, you’re supposed to be stealthing this shit???

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cars posted:

drwhat why are you replying to this online detective stalker dude instead of banning him again


well he's ifapped now until he gets dealt with

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i can't remember the whole list of who on the internet is a crazy stalker or whatever. i just read the posts and deal with them as they come.

having forgotten why/how he existed, hecame across as only stupid and not criminal, and as i've said before i think most people are better served getting trolled to death rather than isolated, but no one wants to bother anymore

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drwhat posted:

i can't remember the whole list of who on the internet is a crazy stalker or whatever. i just read the posts and deal with them as they come.


to err is human. er, feline

drwhat posted:

i think most people are better served getting trolled to death rather than isolated, but no one wants to bother anymore


generally a good policy but trolling is better than some deserve

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cars posted:

Caesura109 posted:



LMAO they just copy/pasted Nazi racial purity propaganda directly into their recent news story. Where’s the value added, NYT, you’re supposed to be stealthing this shit???


Well the author does write Ukranian nationalist propaganda for the Atlantic Council's website

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In case you needed another reason to hate Vice, here they are endangering a Chinese woman by speculating on her sex life for clicks, despite her explicitly informing them that it puts her in danger: https://medium.com/@therealsexycyborg/shenzhen-tech-girl-naomi-wu-my-experience-with-sarah-jeong-jason-koebler-and-vice-magazine-3f4a32fda9b5
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every hit when i google sarah jeong's name atm could go in this thread
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not gonna trouble the syria thread with this one but

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/when-hospitals-become-targets-in-syria-civil-war-60-minutes/

i will never forget the brazen dishonesty of Western reportage on Aleppo in 2016, followed by the closing of ranks in 2017 to effectively make the whole scandal disappear without stir. i regard it as one of the biggest travesties of journalism of my adult life

so, to be invoking Aleppo in those terms in mid-2018 (let alone to describe the events of 2016 as "Assad occupied the ruins of Aleppo") takes some fucking gall. the whole piece is undiluted imperial vitriol from the first sentence to the last. it would feel anachronistic if it weren't an obvious attempt to play on the US public's notoriously short collective memory
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the last last hospital in Aleppo article in Aleppo
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https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/09/04/technology/facebook-influence-campaigns-quiz.html

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https://www.news.com.au/technology/innovation/military/massive-russian-war-games-condemned-as-a-rehearsal-for-largescale-conflict/news-story/856d6fd8256f3410170d773f0d6c74fb

RUSSIA has been joined by China as the country conducts its biggest war games event in nearly 40 years.

It is the biggest display of military force and mobilisation of troops by Russia since the height of the Cold War — and it comes as tensions between Russia and the West continue to rise over accusations of Russian interference in Western affairs and conflicts in Ukraine and Syria.

NATO has condemned the exercise as a rehearsal for “large-scale conflict”.

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just vice full stop