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The Cubans are Protesting ! by American Elephant
July 18, 2021, 6:31 pm
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From Townhall:

“Cuba’s communist government is continuing to suppress protesters from sharing real-time updates concerning the authoritarian regime, but bipartisan legislation is enabling activists to access the internet. The Open Technology Fund Authorization Act, championed by Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ), supports tools to circumvent internet censorship, including Psiphon.”

“Socialism and communism leads to pain and suffering, and Cuba is the perfect example,” Blackburn said of the legislation. “The repressive Cuban government is attempting to squash protests by cutting off internet access for Cubans rebelling against communism. Yet, over 146,000 Cubans continue to have daily access to the internet thanks to open-source tools supported by the bipartisan Open Technology Fund my colleagues and I championed. The United States must do everything in its power to support those standing up to authoritarian regimes.”

Over 1.3 million Cuban protesters, who are victims of the communist regime, have been able to access the internet thanks to the service funded by the legislation.

Thanks to the two Senators, the ongoing story from Cuba is not successfully being denied. Cubans in America are protesting at the White House, to let people know what is going on. Fidel Castro’s prison island is becoming free once again. A violent protest could quickly be shut down, but a protest with only the weapons of dissent and a demand for freedom is harder to deal with, and the images of the protest going out to the world is the last thing the government wants to happen.

Understanding Big Tech! by The Elephant's Child
July 18, 2021, 9:39 am
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The object of Big Tech is to eliminate or get around the annoying humanity bit. They have convinced American business that they can dispense with the expense of a number of employees by having their telephones and websites manned, not with expensive human beings, but with “virtual assistants”, which leave us ordinary humans out there in virtual land screaming “I want to talk to a human being”, and often finding it difficult if not impossible to actually speak to one.

Big Tech is working hard in the other direction. They envision a society where all the annoying interaction is done with robots in one form or another, and they are left free to do more important things than talking to real people. How often have you seen a visual demonstration of the wonderful new things they have gotten a robot to do, like go to Mars. They are dreaming of virtual armies, where no one gets hurt, and you can just go for mass destruction. All very nice, but I suspect that there is a reason for human beings. Humanity is a little more complicated than Big Tech assumes, and I think they’re a bit off in their assumptions. See the previous post about “Sorry, this is crossing a line”.

Humanity is quirky, often wrong, and difficult. That’s why we have these enormous and always growing sectors called “government.” They are all only human too, and often misguided and just plain wrong in their assumptions. See the people of Cuba, marching in the streets occasionally waving American flags as a symbol of freedom. Many American students found that bewildering, for our schools apparently leave them ignorant of American history. If you have children, you might consider adding some history to dinner table conversations.

ADDENDUM: I recommend Alex Marlow’s new book “Breaking the News” highly. He is editor in chief of Breitbart, and explains just what is wrong with the news media today.

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