> Singapore has announced its first two-way air travel bubble with Hong Kong, paving the way for leisure and other forms of travel between both places.
> This means that people will be able to travel between the two locations without the need to be quarantine, subject to conditions, including testing negative for Covid-19.
> Details are still being worked out, but people could be travelling between both places in several weeks.
[ . . . ]‌
> Hong Kong Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Edward Yau on Thursday noted that this is the first travel bubble arrangement made by Hong Kong and it is a milestone in efforts to resume normalcy.

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Elias Mårtenson mastodon (AP)
do you know if Disney Land it's open? If so, it's very tempting to go.

Reed HHW friendica
Opinion: A 2009 Supreme Court ruling may require Barrett to recuse herself from 2020 election cases

Reed HHW friendica
Time to remove Nano Adblocker and Defender from your browsers (except Firefox) - gHacks Tech News

BVB-Chef Watzke attackiert die Kanzlerin

In der Coronavirus-Krise hätte die Politik, inklusive Kanzlerin Angela Merkel, "Fußball-Bashing" betrieben, so BVB-Chef Hans-Joachim Watzke.

Zahlreiche europäische Länder meldeten diese Woche Rekord-Infektionszahlen, die Corona-Maßnahmen werden wieder verschärft. Ein Blick zu den Hotspots in Europa.

earthquake friendica (AP) (via DFRN)
[table][tr][td]Magnitude M 4.5
Date time 2020-10-18 03:51:09.0 UTC
Location 0.29 S ; 123.03 E
Depth 45 km

Bitcoin #btc mastodon (AP)
1 BTC = 11397.4326 USD (average from all sources)
1 BTC = 11372.3504 USD (source:
1 BTC = 11387.34 USD (source:
1 BTC = 11446.34 USD (source:
1 BTC = 11383.7 USD (source:

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I don't think it is about practical needs but more about power. Just think - what do you have these days that governments have no power over? Practically nothing. Your property can be taken away or destroyed under certain circumstances. Guns? Guns matter only until bigger gun comes. Bank accounts can be taken over and so is your business.

Sure, it doesn't happen until you break the law but you get the idea.

Encryption however now is available to everyone. It doesn't do much but can make a piece of information yours. Just that. And if used correctly it can't be broken - at least not right here and now. It is a bit of superpower. Governments all around the world don't want their citizens to have superpowers, no matter how harmless they are.

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Alexander friendica
@Christoph S:
Yeah. And they don't understand encryption. That backdoors are available for everyone.
And there are already many ways to seize devices etc when there is a suspicion.

Of course. Also there will be harder ciphers without backdoors developed by enthusiasts and governments themselves - I somehow doubt the military or even banking industry will want to use backdoored algorithms. So people who really have something to hide will just use these.

If this proposition becomes reality then we all just end up with less security in our everyday affairs and not a bit more of safety.

Amerika 21 mastodon (AP)
Kuba wieder offen für Individualtouristen

Never Again | Amerikas Jugend gegen den Waffenwahn

14 Kinder, drei Lehrer und eine geschockte Nation: Am Valentinstag 2018 betritt ein ehemaliger Schüler die Highschool in Parkland, Florida und schießt mit einem Sturmgewehr um sich – er hat es legal gekauft.

Die zehnjährige Vittoria wächst in einem abgelegenen sardischen Dorf glücklich und behütet von ihren liebevollen Eltern Tina und Umberto auf. Eines Tages trifft Vittoria bei einem Fest auf die wilde, unkonventionelle Angelica ...

Re: Jagd auf Tabak-Schmuggler | Zigaretten-Schwarzmarkt in Rumänien

Milliarden von Zigaretten gelangen jährlich illegal in die EU - die meisten aus der Ukraine. Besonders aktiv sind die Schmuggler im Dorf Dilowe, das an Rumänien grenzt.

November 3, 2020 is almost guaranteed to result in election recounts. Meet our possible savior: the risk-limiting audit.

- PizzaBot 5000, Which Assembles a Pizza in Under 1 Minute -


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Amy Coney Barrett has spent her entire life in a conservative bubble. That’s a problem.
Amy Coney Barrett Has Spent Her Entire Life in a Conservative Bubble. That’s a Problem.

Mother Jones: Amy Coney Barrett has spent her entire life in a conservative bubble. That’s a problem. (Stephanie Mencimer)

Fall is when all the good pika pics start appearing. Their increasing movements to grab & store vegetation for the winter must make them more visible to photogs. This is the last fall I won't have my own pika pics to share; post-PhD 2021 will be so good!!! 🥰📷: Sriram Udhaya


I know everyone is tired and wants the election to be over. But we have 17 days to each do our part.

My part is making sure voting rights are protected, voter suppression is defeated, and every lawful ballot counts.

And we are not done yet. Stay tuned for more this weekend...

So far, the media has less condemnation for this act of authoritarianism from the sitting president, than it does for not being as polite to a reporter as they would like.

earthquake friendica (AP) (via DFRN)
[table][tr][td]Magnitude M 4.0
Date time 2020-10-18 03:06:06.0 UTC
Location 15.87 N ; 96.58 W
Depth 11 km

Hank G friendica
Amazing how each day it gets more ridiculous and disturbing but the crowd reaction seems to indicate they are buying it up as much or more than usual. Wow 🙁
Trump lies & says the media is predicting a "red wave" during next month's elections. He then lies about leading in early voting in Michigan. He then lies about winning a nonexistent Michigan "man of the year" award. It's getting to the point where it's news when he doesn't lie

smellsofbikes diaspora
They've fully embraced the concept of fake news: if they like it, they believe it's true, and if they don't like it, they call it false.

More news that flew under the radar.
EPA Eases Rule to Allow Power Plants to Dump Polluted Water

To be rehired in another precinct I'm sure
Indiana police department fires officer after he was outed on ‘Iron March’ Neo-Nazi forum #
Indiana police department fires officer after he was outed on ‘Iron March’ Neo-Nazi forum
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