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Letter from MP

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Dear Raimondas,

Thank you for contacting me about support for students.

High living costs are putting pressure on student budgets, affecting their learning and wellbeing. According to the Office for National Statistics, 29% of students were skipping non-mandatory lectures to save money on transport and nearly 50% said they were “very worried” about the cost of living.

On 11 January, the Government announced that maintenance loans in the 2023/24 academic year will increase by 2.8%. Yet, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies, this will still be much lower in real terms than in 2020/21, and the additional £15 billion of funding announced to help universities provide extra support to students is estimated to come to around £10 per person. I worry universities are having to do more and more to help students, with little support from Ministers.

Analysis from the rental website StuRents last year found a third of student accommodation cost more than the average maintenance loan. Ministers have committed to introducing better protections for tenants renting in the private sector, including measures to limit rent increases to once a year. However, I am concerned that this does not offer effective protection against unaffordable rent rises and the Government is not introducing reforms quickly enough.

Affordable public transport also helps tackle costs of living, but towns and cities have had to accept rising fares and cuts to routes for too long in my view. I want to see local communities back in control of public transport to lower fares and improve services, following the path set by our brilliant Mayors, such as in Greater Manchester, where young people aged 16 to 18 can currently travel for free on most local bus services.

I support calls for a Take Back Control Bill to provide the basis for the largest transfer of power from central Government to local people, including powers over public transport and greater control over skills funding.

Further education is crucial to improving skills and driving growth, but I am concerned it is not a priority for Ministers with per student funding for 16- to 18-year-olds in further education colleges falling by 14% in real terms between 2010/11 and 2019/20.

Thank you once again for contacting me about this issue.

Yours sincerely,

Feryal Clark MP

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Donation to libre Office

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Another donation goes to LibreOffice, because I care of good service provided to all humanity and aliens.

I do not support traded products and services, because they are thief- created by retarded trade-based society

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Donation to Libre office

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Edited by Raimondas Lapinskas, Sunday, 11 Dec 2022, 10:39

Donated to Libre Office, because I care about planet and people.

What about you?

Have you sold your soul for the trading game, origin of most problems?

Tromsite

Libre office

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Buy me once

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Bought amazing frying pan from the store without slaves and providing quality products, if you care about planet please buy quality products and support the project BuyMeOnce

Frying pan

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Donated to manyverse

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Donated to Manyverse because they're not selling and not trying to make a profit from it, it is free for everyone to use it Manyverse

Manyverse

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Laptop Campaign

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Still waiting for my Slimbook Executive 16 to arrive. They have to assemble it and all that. Am excited to see and test it. Ofc if I do not like the build quality I will return it back and buy something else. Probably will arrive next week. Again a massive thanks to @Roma who made this more possible. I would have bought the laptop even if I did not raise any money, but probably a much cheaper one, however Roma's massive donation is basically what made the laptop campaign make sense https://www.tromsite.com/tromlaptop/ - else....well.....it is really not reliable anymore for me to rely on donations....

I mean except a few (3 or so) close TROM friends who have helped enormously for the past years, and maybe 50 or so people who contributed a little here and there monthly, there is no financial help. We get some 250 Euros a month from 30 people, and some 200 of this is by 1 human haha. So yeah, we used to get over 1k a month in donations to support TROM. Not anymore.

Reason?

I suspect a bunch of reasons such as the fact that nowadays people are blasted with all sorts of micropayments and donation schemes, subscriptions and the like. When I started this years ago, donating seemed like a noble thing to do to support a project. Nowadays donating means you get access to whatever shit the "sellers" provide. You don't "support", you want the perks and "early access" shit or whatever. The notion of "donating" has become almost meaningless and pointless.

Me and Sasha will try to make money ourselves and support these projects, so for now we are ok. But it is for sure a bit depressing to see that you provide tons of free stuff: from books and videos, to online services and so on; and despite thousands using these things, only a handful help you financially to sustain these projects.

Anyway, I am continuing the work and maybe through WebApe I can sustain it in the long run

Friendica
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A reminder that we provide a ton of trade-free services via https://trom.tf/

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Edited by Raimondas Lapinskas, Tuesday, 29 Nov 2022, 18:52

Social (facebook alternative) - https://social.trom.tf/ - more info
Files (alternative to google drive or dropbox) - https://files.trom.tf/ - more info
Videos (alternative to youtube) - https://videos.trom.tf/ - more info
Maps (alternative to google maps and the like) - https://maps.trom.tf/ - more info
Chat (alternative to dicord, whatsapp and the like) - https://chat.trom.tf/ - more info
Office (alternative to microsoft office and/or google docs) - https://office.trom.tf/ - more info

And more....

#tromlive


tromtf en

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Science and us

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Edited by Raimondas Lapinskas, Saturday, 26 Nov 2022, 12:20

“We've arranged a society based on #science and technology, in which nobody understands anything about science and technology. This combustible mixture of ignorance and power, sooner or later, is going to blow up in our faces.”

- Carl Sagan, in his last interview to Charlie Rose https://charlierose.com/videos/9094

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TM02 score is ...

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60%

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Donation

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Donated as presents to my friends on privacy respecting chat/messaging app SIGNAL.

Learn to donate and support not to buy and enslave yourself and others

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Donations

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Donated to snikket xmpp chat service.

You can to https://snikket.org/

my contact XMPP rlaimondas@rlaimondas.snikket.chat don't be shy

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Scuttlebutt- decentralazided social media

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Join me at scuttlebutt decentralized social media. Fully decentralized social media - NO SERVER!!!

https://scuttlebutt.nz/get-started/


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Donation

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Monthly donation done to support TRADE-FREE education

https://www.khanacademy.org/donate

What projects do you support?


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Laptop Donation Campaign

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By Tio:

This is a donation campaign to help me, Tio, buy a new laptop that will allow me to become more mobile while having all I need to work on TROM and its baby projects. Please see the donation campaign for a detailed explanation and help if you can.

Basically I need to take what is in this photo (except those galaxies):


https://www.tromsite.com/tromlaptop/


Help if you can https://social.trom.tf/display/dbc8dc44-1463-7bf0-ea86-d93601167380


I donated 9£

laptop campaign




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FIFA World Trade

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The current FIFA event shows a few things that should have been obvious anyway:

fifa trade

1. Slavery was not abolished, it was reduced and redefined at best.
2. High level sport is a business, nothing more.
3. Greenwashing is the most popular practice of pretty much all companies and organizations.
4. Not many people care about climate change, slavery, dictatorship regimes, and so forth.
5. The ones in power (from states to organizations like FIFA) care only about profits and lie endlessly.
6. We are fucked, nothing changes. The same trade based society keeps on being in the driving seat, deciding where we go.

"The OTHER big problem with the Qatar World Cup ->> https://ytb.trom.tf/watch?v=euSNZhTrDNM

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The UN has done it! We will fix it. Finally!

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Oh look "leaders" are still meeting to talk about climate change - https://news.un.org/en/story/2022/11/1130832

How cute!

They are talking about how this global trade based society pushes us all, from individuals to companies, to pollute, mostly care about profits, destroy the nature, enslave others, coerce. And are taking direct steps to overcome this by providing humans with their basic needs trade-free https://www.trade-free.org/ (as a first step), so that we help humans have a good life, and not pollute and waste as much, and get involved more to reverse the effects of pollution and destruction.

They have also started to ban all advertising because they rightly say that this is only going to create more needless consumption. I am so happy about that. Online or offline, ads are illegal.

They are working with all governments around the world to make a global transportation system that is trade-free, so that we phase out cars entirely. Universal healthcare is also on the agenda together with trade-free education. Two meals a day for everyone, trade-free access to the Internet, investing a lot of resources in non-meat food alternatives, and kick-starting a massive sharing platform (online/offline) so that we can all share the vast amounts of wasted and unused stuff that we have around. Even sharing a room/place to stay. How amazing! This, they hope, will incentivize people to re-use, rather than buy useless shit all the time.

Lastly, they realize that laws and rules do not work, so their overall approach is to create a better society from within the current one. One that does not rely on trade but on share. This way we can make companies and profiteers obsolete, with time. The focus will be on how to protect us and the nature, using renewable energies, less polluting practices, and so forth, since there is no incentive to do otherwise. All, while decoupling ourselves from the need for trade. Have a lot more free time, get more educated, get involved.
climate responce UN
GO UNITED NATIONS! Let's do it folks! #tromlive

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Any book readers here?

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Any book readers here you use BookWyrm?

Connect with me or just join the fediverse of books https://bookwyrm.social/user/rlaimondas

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Heating

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Who turned on the heating outside?

You can't stop trading? Why?

#climatechange

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Carbon Capture Scam

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Edited by Raimondas Lapinskas, Thursday, 3 Nov 2022, 09:18

Carbon Capture, yet another "green washing" that won't help us at all - https://ytb.trom.tf/watch?v=nJslrTT-Yhc

When the trade based society we live in, makes us all want to trade like insane robots, then you can't fix anything unless you fix society. Period. And these "technological" solutions are a mere scapegoat for the best players of the game, who have no interest in changing the game. After all, they are having lots of fun.

So yeah....no, carbon capture is no more than a scam. #tromlive


More great words https://ytb.trom.tf/watch?v=slwXztSAMCk

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Donations

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Donated to https://tromsite.com

and Organic maps https://organicmaps.app/donate/

What projects do you donate? Do they solve problems or just fix things because they don't know what is an origin of most problems - trade!!!?

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TM01 U116 score

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Edited by Raimondas Lapinskas, Thursday, 27 Oct 2022, 14:00
Got my results and my score of TM01 is 66.
Got a lot of feedback - I love it!!!
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Coca-Cola Co.’s sponsorship of the flagship U.N. climate conference

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Edited by Raimondas Lapinskas, Tuesday, 25 Oct 2022, 14:42

Coca-Cola cares a lot about climate change, like the most of the trade-based lunatics.Because they have no choice - they need to TRADE.

Soft drink giant Coca-Cola Co.’s sponsorship of the flagship U.N. climate conference, known as COP27, sparked an online backlash and highlighted broader concerns about corporate lobbying and influence.

Source https://www.pbs.org/newshour/science/uns-coke-sponsorship-leaves-bad-taste-with-environmentally-conscious-groups


A message to help you to wake up:

Companies have become sneakier than ever. If you accuse one of creating and distributing useless bottled water, they won't fight you, they will applaud you, agree with you, say that they do whatever they can to recycle their bottles, and continue to do the same as they always did. They will invest in useless and pointless recycling campaigns and projects, they will make ads saying how much they care about plastic recycling, and basically embrace all criticism, then use it to advertise their business, while never changing their practices.

This is very concerning, but not surprising. They seem untouchables.

These entities have an incentive to keep on trading, because the society is built this way. If we do not move away from a trade-based society to one where trade is obsolete, then we are not going to change anything. Period.

A company that trades sugary water in a plastic bottle, cannot care about the environment. At least not much at all. Their profits, the competition with their competitors, all of that enchains them to care about their own business regardless.

We will continue to voice these truths via TROM. And if you want to help, you voice them too!

#tromlive

 



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Heavy rain

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Edited by Raimondas Lapinskas, Tuesday, 25 Oct 2022, 14:26

Are you enjoying heavy rain?

No? Do not worry, you will enjoy it now every time - no more light rain>

What is a problem of all this mess? Trade. What you did about it?

Nothing?

Enjoy the mess Homo erectus or become and learn how to become Homo Deus at https://tromsite.com

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Donations

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Edited by Raimondas Lapinskas, Tuesday, 25 Oct 2022, 14:26
Monthly donations still active for
Any recommendations for trade-free project to donate?
Who do you donate to? Do they spend your money how you expected?
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Enjoying VIDEANEAT documentary

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Sunday evening spending my time to enjoy this https://www.videoneat.com/documentaries/23071/the-norwegian-fjords-life-in-the-twilight/

Norway

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