Open Thread 20 OCT 21 ~ Eugene Debs




Your honor, years ago I recognized my kinship with all living things, and I made up my mind that I was not one bit better than the meanest on the earth. I said then and I say now, that while there is a lower class, I am in it; while there is a criminal element, I am of it; while there is a soul in prison, I am not free.
– Eugene V. Debs, Statement to the Court, while being convicted of violating the Sedition Act (Sept. 18, 1918)


Welcome to today's open thread. This is inspired by a chapter in Chris Hedges America: The Farewell Tour. A hundred years ago there was a growing socialist movement, anti-war and challenging the corporatist take-over of democracy. Lest we forget ..

.. all things that are jointly needed and used ought to be jointly owned -- industry, the basis of our social life, instead of being the private property of a few and operated for their enrichment, ought to be the common property of all, democratically administered in the interest of all ..


In other news ..

The price of truth: Al Jazeera marks 25 dangerous years.

The dangers faced by Al Jazeera included multiple threats to shut down its bureaus and the killing or detention of its front-line journalists. They ranged from phone hacking and network-wide cyber-attacks, to state-sanctioned satellite scrambling and outright aerial bombardments on bureau locations.


An Israeli missile strike destroyed Al-Jalaa Tower, which housed Al Jazeera's office in Gaza, and several other offices and residential apartments.

and for you techies ..

China achieves quantum computational advantage in two mainstream technical routes.

The quantum computing system of "Jiuzhang" can carry out large-scale GBS 100 trillion times faster than the world's fastest existing supercomputer. Meanwhile, with an improved average readout fidelity of 97.74 percent, "Zuchongzhi 2.1" can perform large-scale random quantum circuits sampling about 10 million times faster than the fastest existing supercomputer.



Open thread so post away your blues, greens and reds. Covid comments should go on the dose thread found in a parallel universe under open threads. Thanks!

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Debs is a hero.

Julian's hearing is underway today. If you missed the Belmarsh Tribunal, you might want to listen to a presentation or two everyday until it is over. These folks are also heroes...

The Belmarsh Tribunal: The War On Terror is Put on Trial
Just after the bombshell revelations about the CIA plot to kidnap and assassinate WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange while he sought political asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, the Progressive International comes to London with the first physical Belmarsh Tribunal. The intervention comes ahead of Assange’s extradition proceedings, which are set to continue in London’s High Court from 27 to 28 October 2021.

0:00 Srecko Horvat (moderator)
8:03 Tariq Ali
14:17 Selay Ghaffar
18:17 Jeremy Corbyn
26:59 Eyal Weizman
32:36 Apsana Begum
38:50 Özlem Demirel MEP
43:36 John McDonnell MP
49:07 Yanis Varoufakis Greek MP
54:08 Heike Hänsel German MP
59:04 Richard Burgon UK MP
1:04:47 Video in evidence
1:08:10 Ewen McCaskill
1:14:14 Scott Ludlam
1:17:20 Deepa Govindarajan Driver
1:24:30 Renata Ávila
1:30:26 Stefania Maurizi
1:38:39 Rafael Correa
1:44:03 Annie Machon
1:50:15 Daniel Ellsberg
1:55:35 Stella Moris
2:03:18 Ben Wizner
2:08:54 Edward Snowden
2:18:09 Coming Events
2:20:29 Eyal Weizman
2:21:20 CLOSING – Tariq Ali.

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“Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

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Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Wednesday formally announced the establishment of a new cyber bureau at the State Department to help tackle cyber and emerging technology diplomatic issues.

The new Bureau of Cyberspace and Digital Policy was announced by Blinken as part of a speech around the reorganization and modernization of the State Department to meet 21st century needs, with Blinken noting he consulted with Congress and outside experts prior to establishing the office.

“We have a major stake in shaping the digital revolution that is happening around us, and making sure that it serves our people, protects our interests, boosts our competitiveness and upholds our values,” Blinken said during remarks at the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute.

No doubt that this would be perfectly acceptable.

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We got blasted by a monster Nor'easter. Took out power and internet. Thank goodness we have a generator and cranked up the wood stove. Not too much damage in our yard, but roads are closed with trees down, wires down, etc.

Thanks for keeping the conversation alive.

Logging in from a business down the street.
Know not when we get online service back.


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