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‘Roger Waters says he won’t be deterred by attempts to silence him because of his support for the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights.

The former Pink Floyd bass player talked to RT’s Anya Parampil about the effort by a group of local politicians on New York’s Long Island to have his September performance at the Nassau Coliseum canceled because he backs BDS.

But so far free speech is prevailing. Last month, the lawyer for the Nassau Events Center, the company that has a 49-year lease to run the state-owned venue, affirmed that Waters’ opinions are protected speech.

Chief legal officer Jeffrey Gewirtz wrote that the company “respects the constitutionally guaranteed rights of all people and therefore intends the Coliseum – under its stewardship – to be a venue that respects the expression and exchange of a wide variety of ideas and viewpoints.”

The effort to target him, Waters noted, comes in the context of a bigger push by Israel lobby groups to silence support for Palestinian rights, particularly with the Israel Anti-Boycott Act which is currently before Congress.’

Read more: Roger Waters says he’s shunned on orders “from above”

‘A 20-year-old Ohio man was charged with murder on Saturday after being accused of plowing his vehicle into a crowd of anti-fascists at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, killing one woman and injuring 19 others, which caused the FBI to open a civil rights investigation.

James Alex Fields Jr, of Maumee, Ohio, is being held at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail. He was charged with second-degree murder.

Shortly after Fields was charged, the FBI and federal prosecutors announced a civil rights investigation, following Texas Sen Ted Cruz’s call for the Justice Department to launch a ‘domestic terrorism’ probe into the deadly crash.

The FBI’s Richmond field office, the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and US Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Virginia said they have opened an investigation into the circumstances of the incident.’

Read more: Pictured marching with white supremacists moments before attack: Murder suspect, 20, accused of plowing his car into protesters at anti- fascist rally in Virginia, killing one and injuring 19

‘Thousands of Egyptian workers at a textile factory have staged an open-ended strike in a northern Egyptian city where crippling industrial action several years ago inspired many other factories and helped spark a revolution against ousted president Hosni Mubarak.

As many as 16,000 workers at the government-owned Misr Spinning and Weaving Company (MSWC) were on strike in the city of Mahalla to demand that a 10-percent raise promised by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in June be applied to their salaries. They also demanded a 10-percent raise in social benefits.

As many as 10,000 workers joined the strike on Wednesday alone, bringing the country’s largest state-owned industrial facility to a standstill. The strike had begun on Monday.

Security forces have been deployed to the city in anticipation of potential unrest.’

Read more: Factory workers go on open-ended strike in Egyptian city

‘We live in a capitalistic society. Banks are everywhere, and it often seems like cash and credit are required to live. The gap between the haves and the have-nots is growing. And it can sometimes seem like economic inequality is ubiquitous.

But around the world, people are using a system of exchange that requires something everyone is, for the most part, given equally, every day: Time.

How do you trade or exchange time? Through a time bank. At its most basic, you spend an hour doing something for someone in your time banking community, and you then receive a time banking credit of one hour to spend on something you need. For example, if you spend an hour raking your neighbor’s yard, you then have an hour to spend, for example, on childcare or car repair. It’s an hour for an hour. The idea is simple, and it’s growing.’

Read more: Are You Tired of Banks, Credit Cards, and Debt? Consider a System of Trading Time Instead of Money

‘However, now, on August 1st of 2017, Pew Research Center has issued results of their polling of 30 nations in which they had surveyed, first in 2013, and then again in 2017, posing a less-clear but similar question (vague perhaps because they were fearing a similar type of finding — embarrassing to their own country, the U.S.), in which respondents had been asked “Do you think that the United States’ power and influence is a major threat, a minor threat, or not a threat to (survey country)?” and which also asked this same question but regarding “China,” and then again but regarding “Russia,” as a possible threat instead of “United States.” (This wasn’t an open-ended question; only those three nations were named as possible responses.)

On page 3 of their 32-page pdf is shown that the “major threat” category was selected by 35% of respondents worldwide for “U.S. power and influence,” 31% worldwide selected that for “Russia’s power and influence,” and also 31% worldwide said it for “China’s power and influence.” However, on pages 23 and 24 of the pdf is shown the 30 countries that had been surveyed in this poll, in both 2013 and 2017, and most of these 30 nations were U.S. allies; only Venezuela clearly was not. None of the 30 countries was an ally of either Russia or China (the other two countries offered as possibly being “a major threat”). And, yet, nonetheless, more respondents among the 30 sampled countries saw the U.S. as “a major threat,” than saw either Russia or China that way.’

Read more: Polls: U.S. Is ‘The Greatest Threat to Peace in the World Today’

‘The government will soon give British citizens the ability to see what social media firms like Twitter and Facebook know about them and provide the right to demand that information is deleted.

The Data Protection Bill will make it easier for people to find out how companies are using their personal details, including their browsing history. They will then be able to request that posts or pictures be permanently deleted as their “right to be forgotten.”

The powers, introduced by Digital Minister Matt Hancock, will mean individuals can ask social media platforms to delete information they posted when they were children, while allowing parents and guardians to give consent for their child’s data to be used.

The measures will also require people to give explicit consent for their personal information to be collected online. Where a company relies on people’s consent, instead of people ticking a box to “opt out” of their data being collected, they will now need to “opt in” to give that consent.’

Read more: New privacy laws will offer Brits ‘right to be forgotten’ from social media

‘Good food plus interesting people is a recipe for happiness.

As humans evolved, we lived in tight-knit self-sufficient communities. Nomadic hunter-gatherers spent their time foraging, hunting, eating, and playing together.

It’s tempting to romanticize those days, but they came with some pretty harsh realities. As stressful and lonely as the modern world can be, countless technological benefits have made our lives longer and healthier.

Yet automation and technology have become an end in themselves, rather than a means to live a better life. It is at this juncture that society would do well to examine where we came from, and where we are.

There is no reason we can’t meld the philosophies of our ancestors and our modern world. We can keep the prosperity and reconnect with our roots.

Bad food and social isolation are actually quite related to the industrial age. One of the saddest images I can conjure is someone eating a microwave dinner in front of the TV alone.’

Read more: How Good Food And Strong Social Ties Will Save Society

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