Still Following

I posted the other week that I was no longer actively posting on my Google Plus account. This is due to the announcement that Google, in its infinite wisdom, has decided to shut it down rather than fix the data breaches it’s now been revealed as happening I believe on two occasions?  I also said that I would start using the blog on this website (CannonLinux) again. Never has there been a truer statement than “Control your own Data!” in the sense that I certainly have no intention of shutting this website down which is the downside of using all these Freebie services such as Tumblr, Twitter etc. They might one day either say “We’re shutting it down.” or that from now on you have to pay. I haven’t closed my account, it’s still very much alive, but while blowing the cobwebs off of CannonLinux, I reactivated the ability to broadcast to my social media accounts anything that I posted here, including I’m pleased to say Steem.
(We shall see as this will be the very first cross-post to there!)

Because I’ve posted a couple of things and they’ve appeared on G+ I’ve gained a few extra followers on that service. That’s fine, don’t get me wrong, but personally I can’t see any value in investing effort into G+ I’d far rather people joined Mastodon and followed me there or Steemit I could do with some more followers on Steemit or at the very least more comments, it’s a bit soul-destroying posting on there and only getting two or three comments let alone incredibly small rewards. 😀

I just wanted to take a few minutes to enthuse about Mastodon. You really should give it a try.  There are some brilliant people on there with a diverse range of interests which means you’re bound to find a like-minded individual on the service unlike some of the isolationist groups you find on other platforms.

Apparently, I have a reputation of being A Hater? Or at least there are two individuals that I know of running around telling anyone that will listen that I am. It’s simply not true, I think the issue is I refuse to turn a blind eye to something that I know is wrong but more importantly I’m more than willing to heavily criticise something that’s wrong even if it is something that I love or is close to my heart and some folks don’t like that, they like “Everything is rosy in the garden” so when you start saying “Hang on a minute…” some people get really agitated. Finally, I won’t be intimidated especially by people who feel they’re far more intelligent or superior in some way. Those are the ones I really go nuclear on. LOL

“OK Pete, you’ve vented your spleen. What’s all this got to do with Mastodon?” I’ll tell you. It’s taken me 20 years to find social media service I’m not on edge with, I no longer log in wondering what shitstorm is waiting in the replies I no longer hesitate what subjects to broach just in case some self appointed know-it-all gets their arse in their hand or someone feins being offended just so they get some attention and (so far) I can have some semi-heated debates that don’t descend into being insulted which of course draws one of my famous nuclear responses (Just ask my mate Jono Bacon. LOL) Everyone I interact with on mastodon.org.uk is totally awesome, we may have different political and social views hell we probably have different stand points on FOSS or just about everything but we all get along and without any bullying for want of a better word. I’d like to say that’s down to the way Sem Schilder runs the instance, but I think it’s really just there’s a great bunch of people on the Fediverse.

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The Deal is defeated

I’m off to see the houses of Parliment on the 21st. Our (Conservative) MP Eddie Hughes who I have had some correspondence with, sent out a questionnaire with a final question asking if we would be interested in visiting The Commons. Apparently, he voted Against The Deal specifically on the Irish “Backstop”.

The Withdrawal Agreement fails on returning control of laws. An Irish backstop we can’t unilaterally walk away from, not only puts the Union in jeopardy but doesn’t return the powers to Westminster. We would be stuck in the EU taking rules, without the ability to walk away or shape them.

I kind of agree with him with regards ‘Taking back control‘, but personally I think we should find a way to cut Ireland some slack. I watched the DUP say that Parliment should not combine Brexit with The Good Friday Agreement, but I don’t see how that’s possible given the fragile peace that has, for the most part, been in place for the last 20 years. To be honest, this highlighs the whole crux of the problem with Brexit. EVERYONE wants their own personal desire met rather than the United Kingdom as a whole. I suspect if we make Ireland (NI) a special case Scotland will be up in arms demanding they too be given some special considerations.

Last night the UK finally voted on ‘The Deal’ while everyone predicted that it would be rejected and the government defeated. As I watched Theresa may, I was pretty impressed with her performance to the point were I naively began to think that maybe she could pull it off. As history will record, the government suffered the heaviest defeat in modern times losing by 432 to 202! Every MP who voted “No” stood up and relished in the defeat by overemphasising the scale of the loss, very few had anything constructive to say one MP used the “Point of Order” simply to spout his own trumpet even to the Speaker of the House’s consternation.

The final ignominy was that Jeremy Corbyn stood up, trying not to drop his papers and fumbling his words either from nervousness or shear disbelief at what he was about to say and called for a vote of “No Confidence” in the government. A shameful and cynical move given that Labour has demonstrated over and over again they too do not have any Brexit plan in place. Yes, they do have plans for a General Election, but they’re even more divided over Brexit than the Conservatives are! Watching the Labour front bench, the only example I can give, if they win, is it is like getting rid of all the senior officers including the captain of a ship and then getting the cleaners to run it.

As of writing this piece the debate, let alone the vote, has not started yet. What everyone forgets is that the Brexit negotiations are now on hold eating into the remaining 72 days while the politicians decide who is going to run the country, and lets just say the Conservatives lose, It’ll take at least a fortnight to arrange and hold a General Election, probably another week for Labour to sort itself out so we’d be looking at around the 50 days mark for a whole new team to try and sort this mess out. Seriously? Is that really what people want? Never mind their political allegiances, is that really what the UK public wants? Because if they do, they deserve all they get as far as I’m concerned.

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