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Quantum physics may imply the existence of free will

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#QuantumPhysics #FreeWill #philosophy
“NOT MADE BY SLAVES”: A LAYMAN’S POLITICAL ECONOMY OF ETHICAL CAPITALISM

ageofrevolutions.com/2020/10/16/not…

#slavery #capitalism #ethics #economy
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We need to talk about just how corrupt we've allowed #democracy in #America to become, to the point it isn't democracy in many respects. And we need to stop #partisan squabbling and get to fixing it before we end up a one-party state, like #China. Thread👇
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In 2019, writing the decision for Common Cause v. Rucho, Chief Justice Roberts closed off the federal courts as an avenue for addressing partisan #gerrymandering, instead telling citizens to propose state constitutional amendments.
In many states, with statehouses #gerrymandered beyond reach of the people, or otherwise beholden to special interests, these citizen-amendments are the only avenue left for addressing #democracy reform and other policy concerns.
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Democracies globally need all manner of reform. It’s not just USA & UK where #DarkMoney & foreign adversaries essentially steal elections. We can’t forget role of #socialmedia & pol parties using data against us. We must #DefendDemocracy in #Canada, Africa, S. America & beyond…
Even further than campaign finance reform & regulating #socialmedia (there’s no reason Zuckerberg, Liberals, CPC & 3rdParty poli arms need to micro-target ads, we had successful #democracy & elections before this divisive capability, IMO more so) — #NATO must expand its purview…
#NATO’s battlefield must incl #cyberwar, #informationwarfare, w/ a mission to #DefendDemocracy!

Surely NATO knows the global alliance can win the fight but lose the war? We’ve already lost parts of #Europe (full or in part) to #Russia & #authoritarianism w/o a shot fired. All…
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Of interest: "How Pandemics Past and Present Fuel the Rise of Large Companies"

#WEF #greatreset #digitalization, #IoT, #BlockChain #5G #NewDealForNature

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"There has been a clear spike in #online shopping, and #retail #analysts are wondering whether this is a #decisive #move into the #virtual world, and the further #dominance of big #corporations."

Please tell the analysts that the answer is yes.
"Keeping us distracted as we wait at home for our parcels is the streaming #entertainment industry – a market sector which is dominated by big corporations including #Netflix, #Amazon Prime (again), #Disney and and others."
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1) I’m a proud signatory of #theLetter published in #Harpers, calling for justice and open debate.

Some have dismissed it as a statement by a “privileged” few. The term privileged does, indeed, apply to me, though I’m not white, nor Christian, nor a man.
2) In the spirit of “what doesn’t break me, makes me stronger”, here are my privileges: I was a Jew & a woman under the #Antisemitic & misogynistic regime in my beloved #Iran. I've the privilege of coming of age in the revolutionary era, witnessing the rise of #Authoritarianism.
3) As the statues were pulled off their pedestals by euphoric crowds, and the streets were renamed, women lost their rights, all in the name of assuring their “well-being.”

Every act of dissent was repressed in the name of the nation’s “safety”.
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Just finished listening to @bdaiwi_historia's interesting conversation with @WQuisay of the #politicaltheology of contemporary Sunni #neotraditionalism
@bdaiwi_historia pressed @WQuisay to locate the source of the "traditionalism" in today's "neotraditionalists". IMO, it is neither #kalam nor #fiqh both of which produce deep "activism", so deep in fact, they have engendered conflict, as a historical matter in #MuslimHistory
I would locate their discourse in the #tazkiyatalnafs (self-purification) tradition of sharia-minded #Sufism. This kind of discourse is highly-compatible with a certain kind of #secularism that promotes the #privatization and #depoliticization of religion.
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PR firms prepare 60-80% of global news while 6 media corps control lion's share of global news. [Giants: the Global Power Elite by P Phillips].

Contemplating the sound question "what are they trying to sell me?" is always a legitimate/wise exercise.

If the "ideological protectors of concentrated global capital" wanted you to remain calm - the media, in lockstep, would mirror & amplify this desire. Instead we witness a psychological terror campaign waged against populace - w/ a growing acceptance/demand of fascist measures.
Many of the observations from the 2016 article, "Why We’re Living in the Age of Fear" can be explored in relation to what we bear witness to, at present moment. Our #fear is very easy to #manipulate. "We're #wired to respond to it above everything else."

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Let's be clear. Disregarding testimony of people w/ "2nd or 3rd-hand knowledge," while openly condoning the contempt & obstruction of witnesses who have 1st-hand knowledge (& could potentially exonerate the President) is an absolute endorsement of authoritarianism by the GOP.
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Calling the investigation a "sham" while working to undermine it, ridicule it & basing the validity of any allegations on the testimony of people they outright refuse to compel to testify....

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...is allowing the executive branch to determine the terms of oversight by the legislative branch.

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@AllenFrancesMD @doctorid The biggest mistake institutional psychoanalysis made were not doing empirical research and not engaging with academic psychology. All this emphasis on theoretical issues & case studies, published in their own professional journals, existing in “splendid isolation” 1/
@AllenFrancesMD @doctorid from mainstream academic psychology which emphasized a more scientific approach. This is slowly being remedied, a project initially started with ego psychology w/in psychoanalysis but this focus fell out of favor to postmodern psychoanalysis. However, within academia, 2/
@AllenFrancesMD @doctorid psychodynamic empirical research has been slowly but steadily increasing imo.
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"people in #Germany at the time they were not all evil people; they were a people who believed in the #government, and that was the crucial mistake..the ideology is not the core trigger, is not the reason why people were behind those views; it's the #propaganda. It's not that ..
.. everyone was racist, it's not that everyone was evil; it's the fact that the government was so adamant about spreading those views that everyone just got behind them (without questioning them), and it's the same with #socialism that came afterwards [well, international
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.. #socialism (and in particular, the institution of #concentrationcamps) came BEFORE National Socialism, not only afterwards; to wit, institutionalized socialism (within modern history) started with Soviet Union, from 1922 onwards, 11 years before Hitler came to power.
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1. Talking at #EmTechDigital today on 'Preparing for #Deepfakes: Trust and Truth' placing in broader framework of how we think about AI and social good. My cliffnotes here in this thread events.technologyreview.com/emtech/digital… (in great company with @red_abebe and @latonero)
2. Quick intro for those don't know @witnessorg; work on helping anyone, anywhere using video and tech for human rights. We're focused on making you more effective, ethical and safe if you do. And that means also keeping eye out for emerging tech threats witness.org
3. Big emerging tech threats we're concerned about now are: #AI at intersection with #disinformation, #media manipulation and rising #authoritarianism. We know this is where the rubber hits the road for activists and civic witnesses on the ground.
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Trump: Day 614
-206th Day at Trump Property
-Claims China Interfering in Midterms
-Calls Avenatti a "Third-Rate Lawyer"
-3rd & 4th Kava Accuser Emerge
-3rd Interest Rate Hike of the Year
-ICE Using New Restraining Devices
-Tariffs on Metals Cost Ford $1B
-Press Conference a Wreck
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Day 719 since Donald Trump admitted to sexual assault — yet he’s still in the Oval Office
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Day 571 of NO EVIDENCE produced by Trump that his phones were tapped by Obama.

The FISA warrant Trump referenced targeted Carter Page. #TrumpLies
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Let's start here: Dan Rather does a good job summarizing the Sinclair propaganda facet of Trump's authoritarian regime.
Rump's authoritarian behavior includes subverting democracy, failure to be transparent, failure to be accountable, nepotism, cronyism, and many dimensions of financial corruption.
Trump's authoritarianism includes thwarting the will of congress, obstructing the protection of the environment, and putting property & people & planet at unprecedented risk.

#EPA #BootPruitt #DumpPruit #FirePruitt #PruittMustGo #PruittMustResign
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