Newsletter #156: What They See When They Spy On Us

Hello Recompilers,

Some of the editors of Recompiler (not me, I’m just a newsletter-writer) have started a blog to track the Portland protests and it’s one of the best resources I’ve seen to keep up with what’s going on, with timelines of each night and a roundup of news.


Journalists at Motherboard were able to obtain footage from a police spy plane that monitored George Floyd protests in Minneapolis. While the footage that the State Patrol chose to release does not include protests themselves, it does reveal quite a bit about the capabilities of just one of the planes that has been spying on us this summer.

The US government claims that the mastermind behind the Twitter hack was a 17-year-old from Florida. Two others have been arrested as well. As if in a badly scripted movie, the State made a statement about how they were going to find and catch all the nefarious hackers.

As my own country devolves into police riots and authoritarianism, countered by brave demonstrators, I find myself drawn to look again at Hong Kong. The fact that China is seeking the extradition of 6 pro-democracy demonstrators is on my mind. Fortunately, many countries have now canceled their extradition treaties with China in wake of this.


This is America #122: Report from DC; Mapping the Strategy of the DHS
In this episode, a DC-based anarchist of color talks at length about what’s been going on in DC outside the white house.

Conference Talk of the Week:

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How To Write Tech Documentation That Will Save Your Career

Carmen Chung talks at RubyConf AU 2020 about just how crucial tech documentation can be


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This newsletter compiled by Margaret Killjoy (@magpiekilljoy). Margaret is an author, activist, and musician based in Appalachia. Her most recent book series is the Danielle Cain novella series, which starts with The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion.

Image is public domain, taken by the police spy plane