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**The U.S. Did Not Defeat Fascism in WWII, It Discretely Internationalized It**

"When the United States entered WWII, the future head of the CIA, Allen Dulles, bemoaned that his country was fighting the wrong enemy. The Nazis, as he explained, were pro-capitalist Aryan Christians, whereas the true enemy was godless communism and its resolute…"

counterpunch.org/2020/10/16/th

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We've ended up with the government we expected from the polls. Labour (centre-left, but cautiously so) won 49% of the party votes and over half the seats in Parliament (unusual for the proportional representation system we have in New Zealand). The centre-right National Party got only 27% of the votes - a real drubbing. The Greens have 10 MPs. Labour could govern without them, but many of us are hoping for coalition between them that isn't as softy-softy as Labour has been this term. Happy days!

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By demanding encryption backdoors, Politicians are not asking us to choose between security and privacy. They are asking us to choose no security. Here's why: tutanota.com/blog/posts/why-a-
We must fight encryption backdoors around the world. 💪 #privacy #HumanRight

High public awareness, people getting testing quickly and an effective tracing system all worked to nip this small outbreak in the bud. Exactly how our system should work to avoid future lockdowns, like the one we recently had in our largest city.
newsroom.co.nz/we-just-stamped

After a couple of hours weeding and tidying up in our community garden and surrounding areas, it's good to have a break, a chinwag and a cuppa with your neighbours.

Workers with few rights or protections, working for companies that put profits first, bearing the brunt of Covid in California.

'Everyone tested positive': Covid devastates agriculture workers in California's heartland theguardian.com/us-news/2020/a

Of the 11,000 people who lost their jobs in NZ in the June quarter, 10,000 were women. Women are over-represented in part-time work, hospitality, health, education and aged care, which has been most heavily affected by the lock-down, and the ongoing impact of the international recession and quarantine border restrictions on our economy (e.g. no international tourism for the foreseeable future).

thespinoff.co.nz/business/05-0

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"It is not surprising that we have a huge wellness industry built on the idea that health is entirely in your own hands. And its profits rely on the continued dominance of this thinking."

"The wealthier you get the better your health, the longer you live. Conversely the less wealth you have, the shorter your life."

Jess Berentson-Shaw looks at the
impact of the wealth-health gradient.

rnz.co.nz/news/on-the-inside/4

More evidence to support the fight against the current fad for building 'water storage' systems (i.e. dams) where we get droughts.

““For migratory fish, there’s nothing worse than a dam,” said Zeb Hogan, at the University of Nevada and an author of the new report. He said the good news was that fish could return quickly: “Almost without exception, where dams have been removed, you see populations bounce back, often much more quickly than anyone anticipated.”” gu.com/p/edt29/sbl

The noise dropped by more than the half mentioned in this story around our place. Living next to State Highway 1, which runs the length of the country, the noise must have been down 3/4, at least, just from the traffic. Sadly, it's back to normal now.

rnz.co.nz/news/national/421926

Well, we made it to zero new cases for the past 17 days, and the last confirmed case officially recovered from Covid-19 over the weekend. There have been job losses and businesses gone bust, but health-wise, we've done well. From tonight, we're basically back to 'normal', apart from our borders being closed.

rnz.co.nz/news/political/41852

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The far-right holds a monopoly on violence. For the president to label antifascists as terrorists is both a distraction from right-wing extremist violence and an attempt to delegitimize genuine anti-racist political activism.

Accusations in a Mirror: How the Radical Right Blames Rising Political Violence on the Left
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/0

Donald Trump is such a genius that he clearly hasn't realised that he would be one of the first people Twitter would ban to protect them from defamation court cases. I'm sure that is what's meant by Pyrrhic victory.

nytimes.com/2020/05/28/us/poli

Tried to take a carboot full of rubbish to the landfill this afternoon. There was a 1-2 hour wait to get in at the end of a queue of trailers of garden waste. Rubbish is now back in the garage. Looks like a mid-week trip is the answer.

‪The first weekend at Alert level 2 with most businesses open, and we’re back to the same horrendous traffic on the state highway at our gate. I miss the peace and quiet and feeling of safety. Where is everyone going and do they really have to go there?‬

It’s been seven weeks, but finally got the family all under the same roof. Our son and daughter-in-law came over for dinner. A slap up meal of Indian takeaways. Really good to see them again. They’ve been in their own little two-person bubble because the DIL is a reporter and needed the option of leaving their apartment for work. But, work has resumed for everyone. Still, I won’t be rushing to the mall or a pub in a hurry.

The government's announced that we are dropping down a response level from Thursday, which is a huge relief for so many people who haven't been able to work for weeks. People like my daughter will be able to go back to her retail job. Offices will start to open and even cafes and bars, which has been a huge focus for the urban middle classes who dominate the media. Not looking forward to riding the train into town to go to work, tho. Or having to wear shoes or long pants again!

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