ER

And so UK censorship expands

Dear Reader,

Do you remember, when they told you, not to worry about censorship in the UK? Because you were promised: Forever we will block only this secret list of child pornography, maintained by the “internet watch foundation”.

And do you remember, how manyincluding diablog – warned you? And how often we did?

Once started, censorship keeps growing. There is always someone complaining, and there is always someone feeling offended by something. And that something needs censoring, of course.

So, after the infrastructure for censorship was established with the UK internet service providers (ISPs), what happened next?

First of all the censorship went from “just child pornography” to a full fledged porn filter. Next the music industry got websites censored. And then the movie industry couldn’t stay behind, could it? So, they got more websites censored, like The Pirate Bay. And now? Now the book publishers got more websites censored. As you can read here:

The UK High Court has ordered British ISPs to block seven websites that help users find unauthorized copies of eBooks. Under the order, BT, Virgin, Sky, EE and TalkTalk must block AvaxHome, Bookfi, Bookre, Ebookee, Freebookspot, Freshwap and LibGen within the next ten days.

Needless to say, the porn filter was expanded quickly to include anything to do with guns, and alcohol, and drugs, and what not.

I truly hate to say it: Told you so!

Diablog also told you, how to circumvent censorship. By using either a proxy server, or TOR, or a virtual private network, aka VPN. But guess what, Virginmedia has started blocking VPNs as part of their “web safe”. They claim, VPNs are hacker software.

So, dear Brits, will you do something now? How long does the list of censored websites has to get? Or will you wait until your government starts censoring you? By then it will be too late.

Stay tuned,

Engine Room

Glynsky

burning bridges…

Dear diablog,

As you may have noticed I have been missing for a while – oh ok, you didn’t, tant pis.

The French bit is a clue. I have been checking out –

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Or, Rouen (hence Joan of Arc), the town of Cognac (with specific reference to their excellent products) and a nondescript piece of road near Cognac known as ‘Freddies Curve’ (an homage to one of our ‘patron saints”).

First to Rouen, and an excellent place to visit which diablog heartily recommends to readers, no more than 2 hours drive from Calais and within easy striking distance in less than a day from London. In fact why more don’t go for the weekend or whatever is a mystery as the old town is both charming

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ER

What does it take?

Dear Reader,

Especially, dear British citizens, what does it take to wake you up?

Slumber is a great state. Warm, cozy, comfortable, free of worries. But every day you leave it, get out of the comfort zone, and start living. At least most of us do. What motivates you to do so?

I ask, because you Brits are asleep when it comes to democracy. I know, many of you still think of yourself as subjects, not as citizens. Those are excluded from this discussion. But what about the other ones? What does it take to wake you up?

Since 2008 or 2011 your government has put all of you under surveillance. All of you, all of your telecommunication. The program is called Tempora, you can read about it here. Presumed innocent does not exist in the UK. Habeas corpus? Gone. The magna carta, of which Glynsky is so proud, has no relevance anymore.

And now your newly re-elected Prime Minister is convinced (emphasis mine):

“For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens: as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone.”

Too long? Isn’t that the basis of a lawful state? Obey the law, and you are fine?

Not anymore. At least not in the UK. The UK now has thought crime. Because:

“This government will conclusively turn the page on this failed approach.”

You can read it all commented here. Welcome to 1984.

Just in case someone does not understand:

1) We know what you are thinking thanks to Tempora (emails, web history, chats, sms, etc)

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2) We do not like what you are thinking about race, religion, gender, democracy, …

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3) You will go to jail.

Back to my question, and I mean it: What does it take to wake you up?

To all others I say: sweet dreams.

Engine Room

ER

Sunday Classic

Dear Reader,

The electro swing did not do it for The Inverness Druid. And Glynsky fell silent, not a good sign.

Recently I had the reat pleasure to attend a world premier of a symphony. More about that later. For today, here is my – or your – Sunday morning music:

Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No 8, Opus 13, Pathetique, by Arthur Rubinstein

That is as far as I got playing the piano.

Enjoy your Sunday,

Engine Room

ER

Electro Swing

Dear Reader,

As you know, I go on road trips often. Usually I meet tons of people, very often much younger than me. And it is great fun, always.

During one of my recent trips, students introduced me to Electro Swing. One of the pioneers comes out of Austria, his pseudonym is Parov Stelar.

And this is one of his pieces, Demon Dance:

 

This being the internet, and the age of user created content, youngsters have started to create dance moves around electro swing.

And here is one of the best videos, with 20+ million views, by Just Some Motion (JSM), dancing to All Night by Parov Stelar:

 

Stay tuned,

Engine Room