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By Workers For a Free Palestine Over 1,000 workers and trade unionists shut down access to the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office headquarters in central London this Wednesday morning, de…

Trade unionists shut down access to Foreign Office, demanding Government stops arming Israel

Disclaimer: Article is by Workers For a Free Palestine, the ones doing the blockade

> Over 1,000 workers and trade unionists shut down access to the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office headquarters in central London this Wednesday morning, demanding that the new Labour Government immediately halt all arms exports to Israel. To try to break the blockade, police dragged protesters across the floor at the Whitehall entrance and arrested six people. > > The action comes as Israeli forces launched an assault on, and ordered the evacuation of, parts of a designated humanitarian zone in Khan Younis, killing nearly 100 people in one day, wounding several hundred more and forcing over 150,000 people to flee since Monday. It also follows one of the deadliest weeks in aerial attacks on Gaza since the onslaught started nine months ago and a damning new International Court of Justice ruling about Israel’s occupation clearly violating international law. > > After Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Alicia Kearns accused the Foreign Office of hiding legal advice that Israel is breaching International Humanitarian Law in Gaza in March, David Lammy – now Foreign Secretary – demanded the UK Government publish the advice and “suspend the sale of those arms” if the advice shows there is a “clear risk that UK arms might be used in a serious breach of international humanitarian law.” > > Today trade unionists are calling on the Foreign Secretary “to practice what he preached in opposition” and “meet his own demands” by immediately publishing the advice and suspending the sale of arms. They are also calling on the Foreign Secretary to withdraw the UK’s legal bid to block the International Criminal Court issuing an arrest warrant for Netanyahu. In Opposition, David Lammy called on David Cameron to drop this, accusing the Conservatives in May 2024 of “U-turning on one of Britain’s most fundamental principles: respect for the rule of law.” > […] > The ICJ has ruled that Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories – the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and East Jerusalem – is a clear violation of international law. It ruled earlier this year that Israel’s actions in Gaza plausibly amounted to genocide and ordered Israel to comply with provisional measures, which it has failed to do. Even before the latest ICJ ruling, some 600 lawyers, legal academics, and former judges, including former Supreme Court justices and the Court’s former president Lady Hale, warned that the UK government is breaching international law by continuing to arm Israel. > > Today’s blockade has been organised by Workers for a Free Palestine in support of civil servants and members of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) . The Foreign Office and the Department for Business and Trade are involved in granting arms export licences, thus playing a fundamental role in the continued sale of UK weapons used by the Israeli army. Civil servants have requested to “cease work immediately” on arms export licences to Israel over fears they could be complicit in war crimes in Gaza, and their union PCS is considering bringing legal action to prevent their members from being forced to carry out unlawful acts.

Personal attack rule
  • The algorithm really did just hit me with this:

    "I know what you are" overlayed on a dog with an intensive stare

  • AI Is Already Taking Jobs in the Video Game Industry

    A WIRED investigation finds that major players like Activision Blizzard, which recently laid off scores of workers, are using generative AI for game development.

    AI Is Already Taking Jobs in the Video Game Industry


    > Video games—and the people who make them—are in trouble. An estimated 10,500 people in the industry were laid off in 2023 alone. This year, layoffs in the nearly $200 billion sector have only gotten worse, with studios axing what is believed to be 11,000 more, and counting. Microsoft, home of the Xbox and parent company to several studios, including Activision Blizzard, shuttered Tango Gameworks and Alpha Dog Games in May. All the while, generative AI systems built by OpenAI and its competitors have been seeping into nearly every industry, dismantling whole careers along the way. > > But gaming might be the biggest industry AI stands poised to conquer. Its economic might has long since eclipsed Hollywood's, while its workforce remains mostly nonunion. A recent survey from the organizers of the Game Developers Conference found that 49 percent of the survey’s more than 3,000 respondents said their workplace used AI, and four out of five said they had ethical concerns about its use.


    Personal attack rule

    Like, the fuck YouTube?


    no'in worse than skeggy

    Starmer suspends seven rebel MPs including McDonnell over two-child benefit cap vote
  • There was an SNP amendment to the King's Speech to commit the government to scrapping the two-child benefit cap. Seven Labour MPs rebeled and backed the motion and have now been suspended.

  • Zero-hours contracts: Workers react to the ban
  • Labour had a separate commitment to redefining the categories of self-employed and employee in their "New Deal for Workers".

  • GNOME Foundation removes Sonny Piers from board without explanation
  • That's going to be hard given he's had his GitLab account suspended.

  • Inside Labour's plan to build 'mini' nuclear reactors around UK

    Potential sites for the first small modular reactors include Cumbria, Lancashire, Hartlepool, Gloucester and North Wales

    Inside Labour's plan to build 'mini' nuclear reactors around UK


    > GB Energy will be headquartered in Scotland and have £8.3bn in capital to invest – and [I] understands that among its first commitments will be a pledge to order a cluster of nuclear plants called small modular reactors (SMRs). > […] > Asked about the timeline last week, Mr Miliband told Sheffield MP Clive Betts: “Our manifesto made it clear that we support new nuclear, including at Sizewell, and we also support the SMR programme. > > “Part of our challenge is to examine the legacy left to us by the last government, but he [Mr Betts] should be in no doubt about my absolute support for the SMR programme. It is important, and we will strive to keep to the timetable set out.” > > While renewable energy sources such as wind, solar and tidal will have their place in meeting the UK’s future demand, the nuclear sector appears to have won the argument that the 24/7 power it provides must be in the mix in order to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2050. > […] > Proponents argue these mini-reactors are cheaper, easier to manage and safer than a much larger site such as Sizewell in Suffolk or Hinckley Point in Somerset. > > In theory, once the first SMR proves to be a success, they can be prefabricated at scale, driving down cost. Future governments would then have the flexibilty [sic] to have them dotted all over the country in their hundreds, or even thousands, in order to meet their energy needs. > > Rolls-Royce has said it hopes to build its first SMR for around £2bn and then subsequent reactors could cost as little as £1bn. > > By comparison, the final cost for Hinckley Point could be as much as £46bn. > > [I] understands Mr Miliband is set to order two sets of three SMRs, though they will not be operational until 2030 at their earliest. > > Rolls-Royce also has memorandums of understanding in place with Estonia, Turkey and the Czech Republic. > > “Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was a real turning point in how nuclear was seen for the positive,” said Mr Evans, [Rolls-Royce director of corporate and government affairs.] “I spend a lot of time talking to overseas governments, who are all looking to do SMRs. > > “The energy security argument is really strong at the minute, I’ve definitely seen a shift and a change.” > > Challenges remain, however. Nuclear plants have often gone way over budget and faced years of delays, while critics remain unconvinced that concerns over safety and disposal of nuclear material have been overcome. > […] > A new report shared exclusively with [I] by lobby group the Northern Powerhouse Partnership (NPP) claims that every £1 in public investment in the net zero transition will be worth £2.65 from the private sector and create an extra 168,000 jobs. > > NPP argues that the North of England, which produces nearly half of the UK’s electricity, and is home to half the country’s most carbon-intensive clusters, is “uniquely vulnerable” to a botched transition to net zero.

    4 Gordon Brown launches London’s first ‘multibank’ amid UK child poverty fears

    The ex-PM is opening the new facility supplying food and basic necessities against a backdrop of concerns for the wellbeing of children over the summer holidays

    Gordon Brown launches London’s first ‘multibank’ amid UK child poverty fears

    cross-posted from:

    > The first “multibank” in London, distributing everything from basic foods to baby products and toiletries, will be officially launched this week, amid continued concerns about levels of poverty as the school summer holidays begin. > > The opening of Felix’s Multibank, which has the backing of former prime minister Gordon Brown and London mayor Sadiq Khan, is the latest in a growing network of multibanks. > > Brown said the new project was opening at a time when the country’s approach to the problem of destitution would change. There have been continued calls from within Labour for Keir Starmer to take stronger action on child poverty. > > Brown said: “The London Felix Multibank is the fourth of six that will be opened by the end of this year across Britain. It is opening at a time of transition from a Britain where child poverty has risen dramatically to one where we wish to see child poverty falling.


    GNOME Foundation removes Sonny Piers from board without explanation Updates to the GNOME Foundation Board of Directors Roster

    The GNOME Foundation Board voted to remove Sonny Piers as a member of the Board of Directors for cause, at a Special Meeting on May 17th, 2024, following the procedure outlined in the GNOME Bylaws, and remove him from all committees. Effective May 25th, 2024, his seat is now vacant, and in accordanc...

    Updates to the GNOME Foundation Board of Directors Roster

    Very little is known as to why this happened, even by people deep within the GNOME project, so try to avoid wild speculation.


    Yvette Cooper orders raids on car washes and beauty salons to tackle 'illegal immigration'

    She's written exclusively in The Sun, which I've left out the URL field because it's The Sun. Here's what she wrote:

    > We cannot pretend everything is OK. Not when criminal gangs are making millions out of dangerous small boat crossings that undermine our border security and put lives at risk. > > We have directed Immigration Enforcement to intensify their operations over the summer, with a focus on employers who are fuelling the trade of criminal gangs by exploiting and facilitating illegal working here in the UK – including in car washes and in the beauty sector. > > And we are drawing up new plans for fast track decisions and returns for safe countries. > > Most people in this country want to see a properly controlled and managed asylum system, where Britain does its bit to help those fleeing conflict and persecution, but where those who have no right to be in the country are swiftly removed.

    I think thread deletion is problematic and needs some consideration and changes
  • EDIT: I see that the “fediverse” link for posts has been removed. I posted this to from a account and there’s no way for me to get the link now. And when I crosspost it it shows a link instead of the one. I think this should be changed [back].

    That's how it's always worked??? The fediverse button goes to the canonical source, which is the post on the poster's instance. The button doesn't show up because you're already looking at the source.

  • Review says puberty blocker curb has not led to suicide rise
  • I've said this before and I doubt it will be the last, but this ban is not about child safety. It's about reducing the number of trans kids because they're a political inconvenience to a slice of the establishment. If it was about how unsafe they are, it wouldn't only be for kids experiencing gender dysphoria/incongruence. The ban would extend to intersex adolescents:

    However, [Streeting] overlooks the fact that this ban does not include teenage patients with a difference of sex development (DSD), more commonly known as intersex. These individuals are prescribed puberty-blocking medication when they unexpectedly commence a puberty that is at odds with their gender identity. DSD patients are taking the medication for much the same reason as transgender patients – ie the puberty they are undergoing is causing distress, and pressing pause will probably manage that distress and minimise harm while a continuing care plan is developed. If we follow Streeting’s logic, the medication would also be banned for this patient cohort.

  • A new version of Eternity is coming soon!
  • Thanks for your work.

    I'm using the nightly from the F-Droid repo and trying to download an image crashes the app.

  • Review says puberty blocker curb has not led to suicide rise
  • "We investigated ourselves and found we did nothing wrong."

    Mr Maugham said the review considered "current and former" Gender Identity Development Service patients, while his figures were directed to the larger group of "those on the waiting list".

    The DHSC has insisted that patients on waiting lists were included in the review as well.

    They literally didn't, from the review:

    I have examined the figures provided by NHSE on deaths in each year between 2018-19 and 2023-24. They are based on an internal audit by the Tavistock of deaths among current and former GIDS patients

  • Youtube links pull in odd information, and no thumbnails.
  • There was some discussion of this in one of the admin chats and this seems to be a Hetzner issue. You're post on SDF has the correct metadata. Also compare my post here on (Hetzner) to this one here (Linode).



    Wolf rule


    Liz NO

    1 UK to resume funding UN Gaza aid agency, David Lammy says

    The UK was among nations to halt funding after Israel alleged UNWRA staff took part in the Hamas attack.

    UK to resume funding UN Gaza aid agency, David Lammy says

    > David Lammy told MPs he had received reassurances about its neutrality in the wake of a review of alleged links between its staff and terror groups. > > The UK was among several countries to suspend donations in January, after Israel alleged 12 UNRWA staff were involved in the October 2023 attacks by Hamas. > […] > Speaking in the Commons, Mr Lammy said "no other agency" was able to deliver aid at the scale required to alleviate the “desperate" humanitarian situation in Gaza. > > He added UNRWA was feeding more than half the territory's two-million population and would be "vital for future reconstruction". > > He said he had been "appalled" by Israel's allegations, but the claims had been taken "seriously” by the United Nations. > > He had been reassured the agency "is ensuring they meet the highest standards of neutrality" in the wake of the April review, he added. > > This included "strengthening its procedures, including on vetting," Mr Lammy said. > > He told MPs a resumption of the UK's £21m annual funding would include money put towards “management reforms” recommended by the UN review. > > The Foreign Office said £6m would be given to UNRWA's flash appeal for Gaza, and £15m to the agency's budget to provide services in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories and wider region.

    Feathered friend rule
  • Are they wearing a duck t-shirt? How do I become as cool as them?

  • UK Climate Campaigners Get 'Utterly Disproportionate' Sentences
  • So our prisons are so overfilled that we're letting some people out early, but we have space for this?

  • Lammy says Christianity and class give him common ground with JD Vance
  • Sure, if he's elected then Vance is someone Lammy will likely have to work with. He didn't have to announce that he had so much in common with an ethnonationalist before he's even been elected though.

  • The Bonfire of Structures

    Labour's plans to deregulate planning processes will further open up Britain to the property developers who have already caused so much damage to the country — and do little to help those at the sharp end of the housing crisis.

    The Bonfire of Structures

    > […] Following Labour’s victory, the share prices of the major housebuilders rose, and the new Chancellor bragged about meetings with asset managers like BlackRock who were just waiting to invest in UK housing. > > This enthusiasm from major real estate investors is for Labour’s housing and planning policies. Last week, Bloomberg described Labour’s proposals as a ‘revolution in planning’, while Rachel Reeves called planning ‘the single greatest obstacle to our economic success’. Planning, an area of the state which had received little attention from Labour or the Left, is now the central and defining area for reform in the incoming government’s programme. For Labour, planning reform is the key to unlocking growth, drawing upon a set of supply-side planning and housing policies developed by organisations that now tend to self-refer as part of a ‘YIMBY [Yes In My Backyard] movement’. Unfortunately, their proposals draw more from right-wing think tanks, astroturf campaigns and asset managers than they do the demands of workers, tenants and the labour movement. > […] > The YIMBY view, which several leading UK politicians apparently endorse, is not simply that more homes need to be built, which is a fairly banal view. The YIMBY position, long held by right-wing think tanks, advocates for liberalising planning regulations to address the (largely imagined) problem of the NIMBY [Not In My Backyard], thereby stimulating mass private sector housebuilding and alleviating the housing crisis by reducing sale and rental prices. > > There are three problems with their basic proposition. First, it is by no means clear that even a large-scale private house-building programme, such as building over 300,000 houses a year, would significantly decrease prices. The best that high rates of building could do is help slow the rate of price increases. However, since the early 2000s, the average house price to average income ratio has doubled its historical norm, rising from 4:1 to around 9:1. Based on recent annual average wage growth, it would take around 25 years of zero price growth to return back to something like affordability. Private housebuilding, which with a fair wind usually settles at around 170,000 a year, could easily be bolstered with a social housing programme that would reduce the rents paid by those currently in private rental housing more directly and more swiftly whilst hitting the 300,000 a year target. The impacts would be felt within years, not decades, as well as reducing the substantial housing benefit bill (a staggering £23.4 billion in 2022) > > Second, it is also not clear that the various proposals to reform planning, ranging from zoning systems to Labour’s vague promise to ‘bulldoze’ regulations, would even lead to such a housing boom. Private housebuilders build at rates that ensure their profitability — it’s not in their interests to ramp up house-building rates beyond a certain point without some form of state subsidy. While it is true that planning is a source of delay and uncertainty for development, this is because it has been decimated as a public service through austerity and various policy ‘streamlining’ exercises. A strong public planning system linked with an actual industrial strategy can help us find a way through the pressures and trade-offs inherent in land-use decisions rather than creating folk devils out of groups of pensioners with a WordPress site. > > Third, the YIMBY proposition is one that elides the problem of what constitutes demand for land and housing. The affordability problem began in the early 2000s, as demand for land and housing in major cities was increasingly driven by those with significantly higher spending power than individual households. Institutional investors, buy-to-let landlords, and a variety of international investors seeking ‘safe havens’ all bought up huge amounts of property in major cities. Added to this, the reduced capacity of local authorities to lead housing development and provide social housing has meant that demand for land is increasingly driven by those who have greater access to credit and can outcompete households, increasing rents and sale prices. > […] > Rejecting YIMBYism does not mean rejecting housebuilding. What we want to see is houses as homes, not new opportunities for upward wealth redistribution. Indeed, the reason the YIMBY ‘movement’ exists is to divert focus from the real, egalitarian solutions for the housing crisis the Left has put back on the table in recent years, such as rent controls, major social housing programmes, and reversing austerity — solutions which require a shift in power against the rentiers that dominate the UK economy and a government with the courage to take that on.

    Valve runs its massive PC gaming ecosystem with only about 350 employees
  • Most of the support staff is their customers and users actually.

    It's not users that process refund request, recover your account if e.g. you've lost your 2FA method, or any of the other innumerable things you might need to contact Steam support for. I don't think it's unreasonable to include the staff that do this as part of their workforce.

  • Lammy says Christianity and class give him common ground with JD Vance

    UK foreign secretary says he has talked to Trump running mate as he seeks to build bridges with senior Republicans

    Lammy says Christianity and class give him common ground with JD Vance

    > Vance has previously described Britain under Labour as the first “truly Islamist” country with a nuclear weapon. > > Lammy told BBC Breakfast: “Let me just say on JD Vance that I’ve met him now on several occasions, we share a similar working class background with addiction issues in our family. We’ve written books on that. We’ve talked about that. > > “And we’re both Christians so I think I can find common ground with JD Vance.” > […] > Expanding on his views on Vance on BBC Radio 4, Lammy said he had started to discuss the US view on global defence at the security conference in Munich in February. > > “Yes, he has had strong things to say about European defences, and he has had a point of view about Ukraine,” Lammy said. “That’s why I’ve been engaged with JD Vance for many, many months.” > > The foreign secretary once called Donald Trump a “neo-Nazi sociopath” and “a tyrant in a toupee”, but has distanced himself from those comments as the US presidential election has approached. > > More recently Lammy has spoken at conservative events in the US, telling the Hudson Institute in May that he “gets the agenda that drives ‘America first’”.

    Valve runs its massive PC gaming ecosystem with only about 350 employees
  • This number doesn't seem to include support staff who iirc are contract workers so might not count as "employees".

  • Southern Water pays chief £183,000 bonus after proposing 73% rise in customer bills
  • I was trying to post this in [email protected], but apparently if you hit enter in lemmy-ui's community drop down it posts.

  • Southern Water pays chief £183,000 bonus after proposing 73% rise in customer bills


    > Southern Water had asked regulator Ofwat to approve a 73 per cent rise in household bills over the five years to 2030 before inflation, but in proposals published last week, the regulator put forward a 44 per cent rise for Southern. It believes the company can deliver services to its 4.2mn customers in south-east England at “less cost than it requested”. > > It also told the company to rewrite its “inadequate” business plan, saying it did not meet “minimum” standards. > > In its annual report last week, Southern revealed it had awarded chief executive, Lawrence Gosden, a £183,000 bonus for the year to March 31, increasing his total pay for the year to £764,000. Stuart Ledger, chief financial officer, was given a £128,000 bonus, taking his total pay to £610,000. None of the executives were paid bonuses in the previous year. > […] > According to the Consumer Council for Water, Ofwat’s proposed increase for Southern would raise average household bills from about £451 per household per year to £722 by 2030, after annual inflation of 2 per cent is included. The regulator will make a final ruling on how much the water companies can put up their prices by the end of the year. > > Southern swung from a £202mn profit to a £210.9mn loss in the year to the end of March 2024, as a result of higher energy, labour and financing costs. It is liable for a £54mn fine if it fails to resubmit an improved business plan by Christmas. It is also on Ofwat’s financial health watch list, along with Thames Water and South East Water.

    3 Where’s the cash for child hunger? Labour is running out of time to find it | Frances Ryan

    Pressure is mounting over the two-child benefit cap, and the king’s speech will bring matters to a head, says Guardian columnist Frances Ryan

    Where’s the cash for child hunger? Labour is running out of time to find it | Frances Ryan

    > As honeymoon periods go, Keir Starmer’s has been mostly chocolates and flowers. Over the first 10 days in office, the new prime minister has been gifted a jump in personal poll ratings, a Nato summit, and the rare national optimism that comes with England making it to a Euros final. > > On Wednesday, though, watch out for the first marital row. As the government sets out its inaugural king’s speech, a Labour backbencher, Kim Johnson, will throw the leadership a test: an amendment calling for the two-child benefit limit to be scrapped. > > The policy was a conspicuous absence in the party’s election manifesto, and pressure is mounting on Starmer to repeal the 2017 cut, as figures last week showed a record 1.6 million children have now been hit by the policy, with a staggering 93% of affected parents less able to afford food. > […] > That the chancellor, Rachel Reeves, will reportedly use Wednesday to enshrine her “fiscal rules” on borrowing into law – a plan that is widely seen as at best, arbitrary and at worst, nonsensical – will only deepen the cracks. The message to restless backbenchers is loud and clear: there is no room in the king’s speech to commit to feeding hungry children – but plenty for rules that’ll make it harder to raise the cash to do it. > > In many ways, Labour’s stubbornness over the two-child limit shows the stranglehold “fiscal responsibility” has over future policy. At this point, the doctrine is less a helpful bit of discipline and more reminiscent of a cult, a dead-eyed chant that increasingly blinkers the leadership from common sense. Under this hyper self-restraint, even a highly cost-effective move that would quickly lift hundreds of thousands of children above the breadline is dismissed. What’s left is a shallow senselessness: a “child poverty” strategy that refuses to scrap a key driver of child poverty. > […] > From bankrupt councils to NHS waiting lists and overcrowded prisons, Labour is effectively in a state of cognitive dissonance: it acknowledges the scale of the crises that the party has inherited from the Conservatives and is positioning itself as the fixer, but falls short of committing to spend the money needed to do it. Starmer’s recent pledge to give Ukraine £3bn a year “for as long as it takes” shows there is money available if the government chooses to find it. Not all spending is treated equally: to some, using resources to boost health or the benefits bill is wasteful, while funding defence is prudent. > > In lieu of injections of cash, Labour is focusing on “reform” as a means for renewal: from rights for workers to the deregulation of housebuilding and an emphasis on preventive healthcare. That’s fine. But in politics, much like in life, there really are some problems that can only be solved by writing a cheque. > > The electorate, tired of a country where nothing seems to work any more, appear to understand this more than those they’ve elected. The latest Ipsos poll shows that of people who voted for Labour this month, more than three-quarters expect the government to spend more on public services, as well as improve living standards for people on low incomes. > > The quirk of Starmer’s majority is that he has at once a strong mandate and no real mandate at all. A manifesto designed to be as unthreatening and vague as possible was effectively a Rorschach test: voters saw what they wanted to see. The many non-voters, meanwhile, saw nothing at all. As prime minister, Starmer – managerial, efficient and nonideological to the point of pride – is a political blank canvas, a mood board for the public to project their varied expectations on. That hope is in limited supply and cynicism high does not mean there is not a deep desire out there for change. Few people voted for more food banks. > > In the coming months, when the public grow impatient and the honeymoon period starts to wane, Starmer will have to make his peace with taxing the super-rich, borrowing or both. The alternative is a rudderless society, perpetually stuck in the ashes of Conservative decline, and a Labour party losing ever more alienated voters to the Greens, independents or Reform. Winning power is one thing, knowing what to do with it once you have it is quite another.


    my dad's better than yours

    Streeting defends puberty blocker ban in Twitter thread
  • This can be said of most medical interventions, all you're doing is singling out trans healthcare.



    4 rules

    Straight rule
  • Christ, that's fucked up.

    Genuinely really sorry for this, I only had the edited version above. I wouldn't have posted it if I knew this was the original.

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  • For those unaware, the Spanish national anthem doesn't have lyrics.

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    Streeting defends puberty blocker ban in Twitter thread
  • It's muddy. Badenoch has bragged about putting 'gender critical' people into key positions, and that was the reason the Cass Review was able to happen. But the NHS did advise the government against the ban.