UK drug policy
One extremely important fact in drug policy, which is known widely to medical professionals but seems to be absent from most public discussion - opioids are not bad for you.
This is why you get sent home with a box of them after surgery. You're also sent home with a load of health warnings about the pain killers. All of which centre on paracetamol, which is much more dangerous.
The bad thing about opioids is that they're addictive and the withdrawl is extremely bad.
UK drug policy
A sensible government policy would return to the old system of distributing opioids on the NHS to anyone who is addicted, without any pressure for that person to taper off or quit.
Addiction must be de-stigmatised. It's a medical condition. It can happen to anyone. It is not bad for the person as long as they are able to access the drugs they need to manage it.
The criminalisation of addiction is a disaster. It has to end.
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(I have this as a sticker on my laptop lmao)
Techposting; recommended Firefox add-ons for security (updated recommendations)
NoScript Security Suite: blocks content loaded from other domains
uBlock Origin: blocks ads
Privacy Badger: detects and fights attempts are cross-site user tracking
TrackMeNot: sends garbage data to various search engines known to track users to mask your real searches
HTTPS Everywhere: uses SSL/TLS by default with sites known to support it
Decentraleyes: it replaces Google tracker-laden scripts with compatible, trackerless local versions
Privacy Settings: allows access to various privacy settings without needing to dive into about:config
P.S. Instead of NoScript, you may wish to use uMatrix. The two are functionally similar, but some users prefer the interface of uMatrix and also the fact that uMatrix allows you to allow and disallow content of different types from different domains, exclusively on the current domain.
I replaced a recommendation to use an extension called AdNauseam with TrackMeNot because AdNauseam is not compatible with popular ad blockers. TrackMeNot is similar in sending garbage data to mask your legitimate information, but doesn’t rely on loading ad trackers to do so.
Remember: in 1968 NYC garbagemen struck and within a week, the city's mayor was on his knees begging for mercy. It lasted all of 8 days.
Then, two years later in Ireland, bankers went on strike for *6 months* and the economy kept on growing and history has largely forgotten it even happened.
Capitalists need you more than you need them.
Hong Kong protests: More than 100,000 march peacefully
Heavy driving rain did not dissuade people...
Subway railway stations were forced to close after being clogged with protesters heading to the rally.
Though permission to march was not granted by the authorities, the sheer weight of numbers around the park has meant that activists had to move into Hong Kong's streets spreading across eight lanes at a time.
Major breach found in biometrics system used by banks, UK police and defence firms
Fingerprints, facial recognition and other personal information from Biostar 2 discovered on publicly accessible database
The fingerprints of over 1 million people, as well as facial recognition information, unencrypted usernames and passwords, and personal information of employees, was discovered on a publicly accessible database for a company used by the likes of the UK Metropolitan police, defence contractors and banks.
Suprema is the security company responsible for the web-based Biostar 2 biometrics lock system that allows centralised control for access to secure facilities like warehouses or office buildings. Biostar 2 uses fingerprints and facial recognition as part of its means of identifying people attempting to gain access to buildings.
If you would like to know more about the Hungarian Revolution, I recommend Hungary '56 by Andy Anderson, it was first published 8 years after the revolution by Solidarity - a UK based libertarian socialist organization.
If you would like to know more about Council Communism in general, I'd recommend 'Workers Councils' by Anton Pannekoek
It isn't always better for the environment to buy food locally. How it was farmed and how it was imported matter too. Most of the carbon footprint of groceries is from how they were grown and not how they were transported.
If it's in season where you live, then locally grown is best. If it's out of season, you need to consider a more nuanced point of view.
some surprising sustainability
* Growing almonds for almond milk damages ecosystems and uses a *lot* of water. 80% of the world's almonds come from California, where severe droughts can be a problem
* Soy farming drives deforestation in South America. Tofu can have twice the carbon footprint of chicken
* Fish populations are dynamic. Sustainable fishing leaves land open for reforestation
* Bioplastics are not necessarily better than recyclable plastics like PET
* Industrial cooking is more efficient than home cooking. Tinned tomatoes, chick peas, etc can be a good option
* Cling film is plastic, and plastic is not good. But if you use it carefully, you can prevent food waste, which is worse. Beeswax wrapping is ideal
* Leather can last over a decade, and is biodegradable. Fake leather is made from short lived plastic
* Cotton production is energy intensive. A cotton bag needs to be used 149 times to be more carbon efficient than plastic. Get a good one. Use it often
metalhead, anarchist, vegan. i fucking love space.
Sunbeam City is a Libertarian Socialist solarpunk instance. It is ran democratically by a cooperative of like-minded individuals.