Owen Jones: How dare you, Kevin Spacey? You’ve fuelled a vicious lie about gay men | Owen Jones

His statement reacting to the accusation of attempted child sexual assault is contemptible and will be used to justify oppression of the LGBTQ community

How dare you, Kevin Spacey. One of the age-old tropes deployed against gay and bisexual men is that they pose a threat to children, that they are synonymous with paedophiles and pederasts. This vicious lie has long proved useful in justifying the systematic persecution of gay and bisexual men. And that is why Spacey’s statement is so utterly contemptible. He has been accused of attempted sexual assault against actor Anthony Rapp, who was a 14-year-old child at the time. The Oscar winner denied any recollection of the incident – and then chose to take the opportunity to come out.

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John Naughton: Why we need a 21st-century Martin Luther to challenge the church of tech

It’s 500 years since Martin Luther defied the authority of the Catholic church. It’s time for a similar revolt against the hypocrisy of the religion of technology

A new power is loose in the world. It is nowhere and yet it’s everywhere. It knows everything about us – our movements, our thoughts, our desires, our fears, our secrets, who our friends are, our financial status, even how well we sleep at night. We tell it things that we would not whisper to another human being. It shapes our politics, stokes our appetites, loosens our tongues, heightens our moral panics, keeps us entertained (and therefore passive). We engage with it 150 times or more every day, and with every moment of contact we add to the unfathomable wealth of its priesthood. And we worship it because we are, somehow, mesmerised by it.

In other words, we are all members of the Church of Technopoly, and what we worship is digital technology. Most of us are so happy in our obeisance to this new power that we spend an average of 50 minutes on our daily devotion to Facebook alone without a flicker of concern. It makes us feel modern, connected, empowered, sophisticated and informed.

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Dave Hill | The Guardian: Regeneration – or pushing out the poor? Labour divides in bitter housing battle

The fierce opposition to Haringey council’s regeneration deal goes to the heart of a national debate – and tests Corbyn’s party

Big city redevelopments often divide opinion. But few have done so in such a fierce and symbolic way – or been watched as closely by other communities grappling with housing shortages and gentrification – as the plans put forward by one London council to rejuvenate some of the country’s most deprived neighbourhoods.

The north London borough of Haringey’s is planning to form a joint venture company with an international property developer, and commit tens of millions of pounds’ worth of its land and buildings – including a housing estate close to Tottenham Hotspur football club, and its own civic centre – to a massive transformation programme. This has opened a new frontier in the already fraught debate about the capital’s regeneration, and sharpened divisions in local Labour politics that mirror the wider struggles over what the party should stand for.

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via Dave Hill | The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/oct/29/gentrification-pushing-out-the-poor-haringey-council-housing-battle-corbyn-labour