As you know, Google's hegemonistic empire absorbed our platform and demolished our publishing tools. So this is a reasonably full edition that won't have the kind of story titles and section sub-heads we wish we could use to keep the parts properly separated and easy to find.
But we ARE "going for it" with a fresh new REAL edition -- in terms of worthwhile story content -- even if our devotion to bringing you a proper e-zine is compromised by things we can no longer control.
Next week, a cyber guru friend will wind his way through Google's wreckage and determine if he can (a) import publishing tools from elsewhere for us, like the ones we used to have on the platform; and, (b) put Google's spyware into a mobius loop (look it up) so you can read things here without wondering if you're being infested with the nasty parasites you get when you go to any other Google property -- or on Facebook, which is still the worst of all of them for cyber infestations and surveillance you can't shake, even in a dark tunnel under a river.
In any event, we're glad, as always, that you you dropped by. And we want you to find your time here happily informative and worthwhile. So, full speed ahead and damn the torpedoes.
And forgive us if WE don't want you unwittingly collecting things that follow you around until a supernova's electromagnetic pulse brings an end to everything digital (along with everything analog magnetic) in our corner of the galaxy. And until everyone is ready to rise-up and demand an end to cyberspying for manipulative data collection and sale to malevolent exploiters? And designers of predictive analytics that know how to annoy the hell out of you? Before you knew anything about that was what they'll exploit to foist upon you and your presumably private space to annoy you for somebody else's profit motive.
Yeah, unbridled extractive exploitive bloodsucking capitalism is a total bitch. Even when it's virtual.
NO TABLE OF CONTENTS this time --
WE'RE JUST INCLUDING AS MUCH AS WILL FIT
in the best we can do with the
NEW FORMAT WE'VE BEEN STUCK WITH BY CHANGES TO THE PLATFORM.
Bugler, sound the charge.
Friday, October 2 -- online film event
Meeting Opens at 7:15, Movie 7:30
The Topanga Peace Alliance 185th Consecutive First Friday Film Night
Screening of "The Social Dilemma -- The technology that connects us also controls us."
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87611823495?pwd=enpBWVlKTzJSYmJBbzNRZmZXbjJDZz09
Zoom Meeting ID: 849 9210 6396
Grab your popcorn and find a cozy spot in your home this Friday evening. For October, the Topanga Peace Alliance is hosting a VIRTUAL First Friday Film Night Watch Party.
Their First Friday Film for October is the feature documentary “The Social Dilemma” – especially timely given how dark forces are using social media to try to sway the outcome of the election.
The film features a long list of high level tech insiders as interviewees interwoven with dramatic examples of how social media is impacting our lives. The very fact so many insiders from Facebook, Twitter, Google, LinkedIn, etc. are willing to passionately speak out about these apps and agree that they are horrific mistakes that have the potential to destroy not just people’s lives but humanity and the planet itself, speaks volumes.
As Dr. Shoshanna Zuboff PhD. says, “These markets [the social media applications] undermine democracy and they undermine freedom and they should be outlawed. This is not a radical proposal. There are other markets that we outlaw. We outlaw markets in human organs. We outlaw markets in human slaves. Because they have inevitable destructive consequences.”
The Zoom event opens about 7:15. Before the film, they will have announcements regarding upcoming events and actions for peace and social justice, especially regarding the upcoming elections. After the film, they will have a moderated discussion.
They will enable video so you can optionally see each other if you choose to enable your camera.
Relatives of those killed by the virus in the U.S. are organizing a national day of mourning to be held in Washington this Sunday. Info from the New York Times:
NAMM remains delightfully (Inter)active
If you think of NAMM only as the world's largest music trade show, you're missing the rest of the words and music
Though the giant NAMM Show at the Anaheim Convention Center has been cancelled by the COVID pandemic, the NAMM Foundation has plenty goin' on!
to receive information and to participate in monthly NAMM Foundation webinars that keep us all connected.
October Webinars: Save the date for The NAMM Foundation Holiday Celebration, Dec. 17.