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03.05.13

Links 5/3/2013: Chromebook Pixel Raves, IBM Wants FOSS in Fog Computing

Posted in News Roundup at 10:08 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Contents

GNU/Linux

  • GlusterFS: First impressions
  • Desktop

  • Server

  • Kernel Space

    • Advocating for Linux on the Front Lines and in the Kernel

      “I hate that Microsoft has so much power in the Trusted Computing debates and how that plays out in new hardware,” said Slashdot blogger yagu. The kernel “should be about being an OS. It’s a fine distinction what constitutes ‘OS’ — always has been — but in my opinion, extending or modifying the Linux kernel to Microsoft’s whims is too big a concession.”

    • Feature set of Linux 3.9 has been established

      Experimental RAID 5 and 6 support in the still experimental Btrfs will be one of the major new features of Linux 3.9, expected to arrive in late April. This has become apparent because Linus Torvalds has now issued the first release candidate of Linux 3.9 which, as usual, closes the Linux development cycle’s “merge window”, the phase during which the developers integrate the majority of changes for the next version. This time, the merge window, which started with the release of Linux 3.8, only lasted thirteen instead of the usual fourteen days.

  • Applications

  • Desktop Environments/WMs

    • Linus Torvalds switches back to Gnome 3.x desktop

      Linus Torvalds, creator of the Linux kernel, has switched by the Gnome 3, saying the desktop’s shortcomings can be fixed via the use of extensions.

    • xmonad – The Speed Demon

      I’ve been noticing my work machine getting slower, and slower, and slower over the past few months, and over the weekend it finally gave up the ghost and died. For the past five years I’ve been using the most current version of OS X on an old MacBook Pro, but the Mac had a hardware problem. When I dropped by desktop support with the dead Mac, they offered me an equally old Mac, or a new PC. I chose the PC. I’ve returned to Ubuntu for the first time since 2008, and I’ve gone the minimalist route with xmonad, the tiling window manager. I’ve got one thing to say about the new setup, this thing is fast.

    • Transocean Turns on BP With Scorching Oil-Spill Document

      BP prolonged the Gulf of Mexico oil spill by two months by concealing the rate of oil flowing from the broken Macondo well, Transocean claims in a document filed in the damages trial.

    • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

      • 5 Useful Plasmoids for KDE

        In the past, we’ve written about several cool KDE apps. I’m now going to show you some desktop applets – called plasmoids – that have caught my attention. They are all included in KDE 4.9. KDE and productivity junkies, read on!

      • Plasma Workspaces SDK, Plasmate 1.0 Released
      • Plasmate 1.0

        Plasmate follows the UNIX philosophy of “do one thing, and do it well”. As such, it is not a general purpose IDE but rather a tool specifically tailored to creating Plasma Workspace add-ons using non-compiled languages such as QML and Javascript. It guides each step in the process, simplifying and speeding up project creation, development, adding new assets, testing and publishing. The goal of Plasmate is to enable creating something new in seconds and publishing it immediately.

      • Plasmate 1.0: A Plasma Workspaces SDK
      • KDE Ships March Updates to Plasma Workspaces, Applications and Platform

        KDE has released updates for its Workspaces, Applications and Development Platform. They are the first in a series of monthly stabilization updates to the 4.10 series. 4.10.1 updates bring many bugfixes and translation updates on top of the 4.10 release and are recommended for everyone running the initial 4.10 release. As this release only contains bugfixes and translation updates, it will be safe and pleasant for everyone.

    • GNOME Desktop/GTK

      • Gnome 3.8 Beta PPA Available For Ubuntu Raring

        While it’s already known that Raring Ringtail, the next major release of Ubuntu will mostly have Gnome 3.6, users can now install Gnome 3.8 Beta in this currently development version of Ubuntu and try out the new features. All you need to do is add a personal package archive and update the packages using apt.

      • A Few Updates Of Gnome 3.8

        Gnome 3.8 is currently in active development phase and a few features planned earlier are being implemented. One of the Gnome developers, Debarshi Ray has posted some screenshots of awesome work he has done with Gnome lately. Like you can now add IMAP/SMTP accounts directly to Gnome Online Accounts via its single sign-on dialog, and integrate all email clients to use them. Best still, Evolution has already been integrated and you will no longer need to separately add accounts in Evolution to receive your mail.

      • Recent GNOME 3.7 sightings

        With GNOME 3.7.90, we’ve entered the feature freeze and focus on polish and on whittling down the blocker list (don’t expect all of these to be fixed, the list currently still contains a mixture of actual blockers and nice-to-have things).

  • Distributions

    • First look at Rebellin Linux 1.00 “Adrenaline”
    • ROSA Desktop Fresh 2012: Very efficient & elegant stock Gnome 3 distro

      I have been following ROSA Linux since 2012. Now that possibly not everything going right for Mandriva Linux, the emergence of ROSA has assumed paramount significance. ROSA has not only enhanced the Mandriva based, but also created its own very distinct theme, especially for KDE. Even I am an ardent admirer of the unique design that ROSA brings on the table. Every ROSA release so far has been very refined and amazingly attractive.

    • New Releases

    • PCLinuxOS/Mageia/Mandrake/Mandriva Family

      • Mandriva ‘Back in the Game’ With Enterprise Software

        Though Mandriva has been a popular Linux desktop distribution for many years, the company early last year found itself in a tough spot financially. Since then, Mandriva has undergone some major changes, adopting a new enterprise focus and creating an independent nonprofit foundation to carry on the Mandriva open source community work. The company also recently joined The Linux Foundation, a sign that Mandriva is “back in the game,” says CEO Jean-Manuel Croset. Here, he discusses how the company turned around, its new enterprise server and cloud products and its relationship to the new OpenMandriva foundation.

    • Gentoo Family

      • Sabayon Linux 11 review

        Sabayon Linux 11 is the latest edition of Sabayon, a distribution inspired and based upon Gentoo Linux, a version of Linux that uses source based installation rather than binary packages. Sabayon is intended to have the features of Gentoo with less work, and does include binary package management. This is a review of Sabayon 11, using the MATE desktop. 64 bit edition. As in my previous review of Sabayon 8, I had no trouble creating a bootable USB key with UNetbootin on Windows. I chose MATE not only because it fit within 2 GB, but because I’ve done an Xfce review already.

    • Red Hat Family

      • Spin Systems, Inc. Joins Red Hat Partner Program

        Spin Systems, a leading provider of enterprise-wide medical, legal and financial solutions to Fortune 500 companies and federal government agencies, announced today that it has joined the Red Hat partner program.

        Spin Systems has broad knowledge of technologies based on Red Hat and Red Hat JBoss Middleware solutions and created a solution that collects more than 1.2 billion records per day from medical diagnostic devices, electronic medical records, information kiosks, and other sources. In addition to reducing costs and improving efficiency, the solution is designed to help clients access healthcare records in seconds rather than weeks or months.

      • Dell Inc. : Dell Works With Red Hat, Intel and VMware To Launch Center of Excellence for Hospitals Using Epic EHR Software
      • Dell, Intel, Red Hat, VMware Team on Linux for Health Care
      • Dell, Intel, Red Hat, VMware Team on Linux for Health Care

        Dell (NASDAQ: DELL), Intel, (NASDAQ: INTC), Red Hat (NYSE: RHT) and VMware (NYSE: VMW) have teamed up to open a dedicated facility for hospitals to test and deploy new healthcare software running on x86 servers using Red Hat’s Enterprise Linux.

        The idea is to show small- to medium-sized hospitals and medical facilities that Epic Systems’ electronic health records (EHR) software running on x86 industry-standard servers with Linux can meet the needs of mission-critical healthcare solutions. Inasmuch as the healthcare industry has long been the poster child for proprietary software and hardware, highlighting the cost savings and interoperability advantages offered by an open source platform also is a key priority of the initiative.

      • Fedora

    • Debian Family

      • Debian Project News – March 4th, 2013
      • Debian Developers Prefer Teams and Git

        Lucas Nussbaum has been crunching some numbers that lead him to conclude that “Debian is (still) changing.” Over the years a few trends have emerged as Nussbaum demonstrates using snapshot.debian.org and a data mining script.

        In a blog post earlier today, Nussbaum posted graphs of some of the trends he’s seeing in Debian package development. His first graph shows that the number of team-maintained packages have seen a dramatic increase the last several years while the number of “not co-maintained” and small independent group maintained packages have remained fairly steady. Nussbaum believes these numbers show the team-maintained model is preferred by today’s developers.

      • Derivatives

        • Canonical/Ubuntu

          • Ubuntu may switch to Android technologies to keep the Linux desktop competitive

            With the recent introduction of Ubuntu Touch a very interesting change of strategy is emerging for Canonical.

            As Phoronix and others have discovered, Ubuntu Phone and Touch are using SurfaceFlinger as their compositor. SurfaceFlinger uses OpenGL ES to render applications screens/windows in a hardware accelerated way using the OpenGL driver of the GPU directly.

            Now, Canonical is promising a completely integrated experience for Ubuntu 14.04 which will run Phone, Touch, TV and Desktop applications in one common GUI environment. How will they be able to fulfill their promise for Linux desktop applications currently running on Xorg?

            So far, everyone has believed that the Ubuntu desktop is migrating from Xorg to Wayland. This migration has been going so slow that there is actually no visible sign of happening any time soon. It seems that Canonical has slightly changed the “to” part of their migration plans. They are not moving to Wayland, they are moving to SurfaceFlinger.

          • UBUNTU TO USE ITS OWN DISPLAY SERVER CALLED MIR, UNITY TO BE PORTED TO QT/QML
          • Ubuntu Building Own Display Server, Unity To Switch Back to Qt/QML
          • Mixed Reactions On Mir, Upstream Developers Not Happy With It

            A few hours after Canonical announced Mir, a new display server that is not derived from X or Wayland, we saw mixed reactions from developers and users. While it seems that some upstream Wayland and X developers are not at all happy with Canonical taking such a decision, some users are excited and expect a faster and snappier desktop out of box, tightly integrated with Unity.

          • Canonical’s Mir Display Server is a clever approach

            Unity has been in development for over two years and was based on Nux/Compiz (Unity 3D) and Qt (Unity 2D). It forms the foundation of Canonical’s convergence plan to have one code base and interface on all devices running Ubuntu. This poses several challenges like developing a common display server which is capable of running on all devices without much overhead and an interface to rule them all. This was the sole reason behind the creation of Unity and not choosing other desktop environments such as Gnome Shell etc

          • GK802 Mini PC Ubuntu Release Now Includes Hardware Accelerated Graphics (video)

            Owners of the Zealz GK802 Mini PC might be pleased to learn that a new released of Ubuntu has been released for the stick mini PC which allows you to get full use from the mini PC and now even includes hardware accelerated graphics to enjoy.

          • Ubuntu 13.04 beta touts search privacy – before it hooks in eBay, IMDb etc

            Linux distro Ubuntu 13.04, which hit its first beta today, is already showing promise: there are small but very useful usability tweaks planned for Ubuntu’s Unity user interface.

          • Ubuntu de-bricked my Android Jelly Bean Touchpad
          • Things to consider before flashing Ubuntu on your Nexus Device
          • Ubuntu-based XPS Sputnik developer ultrabook goes on sale in the UK
          • ServInt Announces Ubuntu Availability
          • Ubuntu should be ready for daily use in a couple of weeks

            While the preview version of Ubuntu Touch for developers is a promising look at what the OS has in store it’s far from a fully featured version of the final product. However according to Canonical’s Mark Shuttleworth it shouldn’t be much longer before it’s ready for daily use. According to an interview with ZDnet an everyday driver is going to be ready to download in a couple of weeks.

          • HP launches a cheap Pavilion all-in-one PC running Ubuntu

            Last year HP announced its intention to start selling machines shipping with Ubuntu instead of always opting for Windows. That push started in China, but today HP shipped its first new consumer Ubuntu hardware for Europe.

            It’s a Pavilion all-in-one carrying the forgettable name of the Pavilion 20-b101ea. It’s also not going to set any performance records as this is a low-end machine aimed at users who want to use the Internet, an office suite, watch HD video, and play a few web games. But what is compelling is the price. In the UK it is being sold for £349 including sales tax. A quick conversion puts the price pre-tax at just US$429.

          • Getting Started With The First Online Ubuntu Developer Summit
          • Canonical reveals plans to launch Mir display server – Update

            On the evening before the first online Ubuntu Developer Summit, Canonical has revealed its plans for “Mir”, a next-generation display server which will run as a system-level component to replace the X Window system. Canonical has rejected Wayland, seen by many as the successor to X Windows, because they feel it recreates X semantics in its input event handling and parts of the protocol include privileged shell integration which the Mir specifiers would rather not have. The decisions along this path of development appear to have been taken in the summer of 2012.

          • Ubuntu Touch Will Be Usable In ‘Couple of Weeks’ Says Shuttleworth
          • Dedoimedo Ubuntu smartphone contest!

            Normally, I am not a big fan of smartphones. Scratch that, I am very much not a fan of smartphones. However, after I heard and saw Mark Shuttleworth present the upcoming mobile devices that will be running Ubuntu on them, for the first time, I was really intrigued with the technology and its potential use.

            Indeed, sometime in Q4 2013 or Q1 2014, I will be buying myself one. In fact, I will be buying two devices, one for myself and one for the lucky winner of the Dedoimedo Ubuntu smartphone contest. Please read to see how you can participate and maybe win yourself a handsome smartphone.

          • Ubuntu Announce Unity Next, Will Be Written in Qt/QML
          • Ubuntu 12.04.2 LTS Review: Now I like Unity!

            Ubuntu 12.04 LTS is possibly one of the most landmark long term release for Ubuntu and Canonical for a couple of reasons. Number one, it is the first long term release with Unity desktop. Second, first time the LTS is supported for 5 years. Love it or hate it, Unity has now become synonymous with Ubuntu. And after reviewing a lot of distros with stock Gnome 3 as desktop, I now understand why canonical didn’t pursue Gnome 3. Unity, at least, is intuitive and easier to use even for a Linux novice. If that right side strip irritates you, simply check the auto-hide option. Agree, customisation is sacrificed if you use Unity, but it looks elegant.

          • Google Chrome OS vs. Ubuntu

            At the time of this article’s creation, the Samsung Chromebook is the number one top seller on Amazon.com. Chrome OS is attacking other operating systems head on.

            In this article, I’ll explore how Chrome OS stacks up against Ubuntu and whether the two operating systems are likely to appeal to the same user base.

          • Ubuntu dumps X window system, creates replacement for PC and mobile

            The X window system has served numerous Linux- and Unix-based operating systems well over its nearly three decades of life. But Canonical is ready to move on from X, saying a new display server is necessary to power the Unity user interface in Ubuntu as the OS expands from desktops to tablets and phones.

          • Ubuntu Phone based on CyanogenMod 10.1 … unless it isn’t – new scandal of the week?

            Is Ubuntu Phone based on CyanogenMod 10.1? If so, is this a major scandal in the mobile business? According to some, Ubuntu Phone is indeed based on CyanogenMod, while others say that’s not quite so simple.

          • With convergence in mind, Ubuntu Linux scraps Wayland
  • Devices/Embedded

    • Phones

      • The emerging smartphone OS battle: Firefox vs. Tizen vs. Ubuntu
      • Ballnux

        • Samsung posts first teaser video for Galaxy S 4
        • Rumored Specs, Tantalizing Ad Fuel Galaxy S IV Launch Excitement

          Samsung may be on the verge of doing something paradoxically Apple-ish: being original. Often accused of copying Cupertino — both in and out of courtrooms — it appears the company may have something completely different to unveil at its Galaxy S IV launch event next week. Not only that, it’s taking a new tack with its prelaunch ad campaign, building suspense instead of taking swipes.

        • Samsung’s New Smartphone Will Track Eyes to Scroll Pages

          Samsung’s next big smartphone, to be introduced this month, will have a strong focus on software. A person who has tried the phone, called the Galaxy S IV, described one feature as particularly new and exciting: Eye scrolling.

          The phone will track a user’s eyes to determine where to scroll, said a Samsung employee who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the news media. For example, when users read articles and their eyes reach the bottom of the page, the software will automatically scroll down to reveal the next paragraphs of text.

          The source would not explain what technology was being used to track eye movements, nor did he say whether the feature would be demonstrated at the Galaxy S IV press conference, which will be held in New York on March 14. The Samsung employee said that over all, the software features of the new phone outweighed the importance of the hardware.

      • Android

        • Acer To Ship 7 Million Android Tablets This Year: Sources

          With an aim to meet strong demand for entry-level tablets, Acer is reportedly planning to ship 10 million tablets in 2013, an increase of 400 per cent year on year.

          Of the projected shipments for this year, seven million units will use an Android-based platform, while the remaining are going to be based on Windows.

        • Android 4.2.2 AOSP Binaries Launched For Nexus Devices

          Google has announced the release of Android 4.2.2 Android Open Source Project (AOSP) binaries. These are intended for use with any Nexus AOSP-enabled device including Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10 and the previous generation Galaxy Nexus.

        • Android 4.2 Now Available For ASUS Transformer Pad TF300

          ASUS has started rolling out Android 4.2 Jelly Bean to its Asus Transformer Pad TF300 in the US region. The roll-out makes it the first non-Nexus device to receive the update to Google’s latest mobile operating system.

          Android 4.2 will be released to Transformer Pad owners via a free over the air update starting today in the United States and will be available in other regions later this month. This makes the Asus Transformer Pad TF300 just the fourth device to receive the update, after the Google Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 devices.

        • Koush releases open source Superuser app for rooted Android devices

          Android developer Koushik Doutta has made a name for himself developing some of the most popular tools used by folks who root their devices and install custom ROMs. His ClockworkMod Recovery and ROM Manager apps are some of the most popular tools for installing custom firmware on an Android device.

        • Google’s Red Guide to the Android App Store
    • Sub-notebooks/Tablets

      • First Ubuntu Touch tablet up for pre-order in Australia

        Recently Canonical showed off a special Ubuntu build for tablets, and now Australian company Intermatix is offering its customers the chance to pre-order the first tablets running the new OS. Unsurprisingly, two models are being offered: the Intermatix U7 and U10, which sport screens measuring 7 and 10 inches, respectively.

      • World’s first Ubuntu tablet is available for pre-order

        Here is great news for our readers and Ubuntu fans. World’s first Ubuntu powered tablet is here and currently available for pre-order. The tablet is priced at AUS $299.00 and a discount of 10% is announced for the first 50 customers.

Free Software/Open Source

  • Google’s Zopfli Compression Algorithm Is Now Open Source

    Google has open sourced its Zopfli data compression algorithm. Zopfli, according to the company, can produce files three to eight percent smaller than zlib and can be used to speed up Web downloads.

    Zopfli, based on the Deflate algorithm, has been optimised to produce smaller file sizes at the expense of compression speed. The smaller compressed size would mean better space utilisation, quicker load times, and of course lower Web page load latencies.

  • ‘Blender Master Class’ Gets A+ in 3D Graphics Instruction

    The Blender graphics tool can result in some great-looking 3D imagery — once you learn the software so you can unlock all its capabilities. Blender Master Class holds the keys to those features and functions; it’s easy to understand and executed with a useful hands-on style that takes advantage of the author’s considerable experience in creating graphics masterpieces.

  • Open Source Ceph FS Popular in the Cloud, Big Data
  • Exclusive: Startup AnsibleWorks pitches open-source IT configuration, deployment tool

    A couple of former Red Hat veterans think there’s an easier way to configure, deploy and manage IT across an organization and founded AnsibleWorks to attack that problem.

  • Cloud Sherpas releases open-source framework for short-cutting Google Apps development
  • Events

  • SaaS/Big Data

  • Oracle/Java/LibreOffice

    • Apache OpenOffice Hits 40 Million Download Milestone

      Apache OpenOffice has reached an impressive 40 million downloads since the release of OpenOffice 3.4.0 in May 2012. The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) said that this number counts only raw downloads of full install images from SourceForge, excluding language packs and source tarballs.

  • Education

    • Great to meet my young advisers yesterday!

      And the unvarnished truth is what I got. They raised a lot of interesting points. From subjects I’m well familiar with, like the need for a modern, European copyright framework. Plus we had an interesting debate about the need for a more modern, dynamic education system – one that is adapted to digital realities. It’s very challenging providing courses and certification in a fast-moving world where practices can change within months; and sometimes, indeed, the best teacher is experience.

  • BSD

    • GNUstep on FreeBSD

      I thought it would be fun to share how well GNUstep runs these days. FreeBSD now is a first-quality platform! Stable and not second to Linux at all. NetBSD is close to it too. I try hard that all application maintained by me are not “Linux centric” as most of today’s desktops are!

  • FSF/FSFE/GNU/SFLC

    • Free Software Supporter Issue 59, February 2013

      TABLE OF CONTENTS

      * Will you be at LibrePlanet? Register today for March 23-24
      * Mako Hill remembers Aaron Swartz
      * Only Gandalf can protect Europe from the unitary patent
      * Winners announced for free software gaming’s highest honor, the Liberated Pixel Cup
      * Announcing the Empowermentors Collective: a group for women of color and queer people of color
      * GNU Press discounts Bison Manual!
      * FSFE asks you to show your love for free software!
      * Keep the pressure on the White House and US Copyright Office to fix anti-circumvention provisions
      * Announcing status.fsf.org: Our new home for microblogging
      * FSF licensing team: What we did in 2012 and why it matters for 2013
      * Join the FSF and friends in updating the Free Software Directory
      * LibrePlanet featured resource: Coreboot installation party at LibrePlanet 2013
      * GNU Spotlight with Karl Berry: 19 new GNU releases!
      * GNU Toolchain update
      * Other FSF and free software events
      * Thank GNUs!
      * Take action with the FSF

    • GNU Spotlight with Karl Berry: 27 new GNU releases!
  • Public Services/Government

  • Openness/Sharing

    • Open Access/Content

      • New leaders in science are those who share

        The Obama administration recently responded to a petition asking the government to “require free access over the Internet to scientific journal articles arising from taxpayer-funded research.”

        I first heard about the petition on Google+, and am very proud to be signature #52. Back then 25,000 signatures seemed like a tall order for what is a somewhat niche area. In the end, the petition gained over 65,000 signatures and an official response from the White House. The Open Science Federation posted a screen capture of the 25,000th signature landmark on June 3, 2012. John Wilibanks started the petition with signature #1.

    • Open Hardware

      • As Willow Garage Shifts Course, a Key Robotics Platform Changes Stewardship

        For many years now, some of the more interesting work in the field of robotics has been driven by open source efforts. Open source robotics platforms have flourished, but they’ve also been fragmented, with software and hardware designs produced all around the world that have little to do with each other. That’s why it was so promising when the folks behind Willow Garage–a robotics project that originated at Stanford University–announced the Open Source Robotics Foundation (OSRF).

  • Programming

    • Eclipse Releases Open Source Orion 2.0 web-based IDE

      I’ve been following the development of Orion, since the Eclipse Foundation started the effort back in January of 2011. The basic idea behind Orion is to move development online into a web-based development model.

      The Orion 1.0 release came out in October of last year, and here we are four months later with an Orion 2.0 release.

  • Standards/Consortia

    • IBM, standards, and the cloud

      I just figured out that I’ve been involved with standards for almost one-third of my life, since the mid-1990s. During that time, I’ve been employed by IBM but I’ve also worked collaboratively with other people in the IT industry on standards efforts in groups like the W3C and OASIS. I think that collectively we’ve helped move the industry from “proprietary and locked-in” toward “open and interoperable.” That’s a good thing.

      With that prolog, I’m pleased to help announce that, moving forward, IBM will base all its cloud services and software on an open cloud architecture. To kick this off, IBM will deliver a new private cloud offering based on the OpenStack open source software. (More marketing sort of stuff is available in the press release, which I will link to just as soon as I get the URL.)

    • Open standards are key for security in the cloud

      The current divide between proprietary and open approaches to enterprise cloud computing has implications beyond the obvious. More than just issues of cloud interoperability and data portability, open standards have benefits for user identity, authentication and security intelligence that closed or proprietary clouds threaten to compromise.

Leftovers

  • Defence/Police/Secrecy/Aggression

  • Cablegate

    • Bradley Manning Nobel Peace Prize Nomination 2013

      Following is the reasoning we sent to the committee explaining why we felt compelled to nominate Private Bradley Manning for this important recognition of an individual effort to have an impact for peace in our world. The lengthy personal statement to the pre-trial hearing February 28th by Bradley Manning in his own words validate that his motives were for the greater good of humankind.

    • Manning among record number Nobel Peace Prize nominees

      A record number of Nobel Peace Prize nominations were received this year, which saw US soldier and Wikileaks whistleblower Bradley Manning being nominated for a third time.

  • Finance

    • Fascist Switzerland Strikes back

      Switzerland will still go to any lengths to protect the ultra-rich dictators and mafia who flock there. Mutabar Tadjibaeva – multiple rape victim, survivor of repeated torture and still dogged human rights activist, is wanted for questioning by Geneva Police for the crime of ringing the bell of Gulnata Karimova’s 25 million dollar house and asking to speak to her.

      That is absolutely all she did. I know, as I was there and did it too. We both left our visiting cards, took some photos from the streets so the children of Uzbekistan could see where the profits from their slave labour in the cotton fields went, and then we left on the bus, as we came.

    • Selig Cartwright, Goldman Sachs Washroom Attendant, Comforts The Afflicted

      A job creator! I’m a job creator, Selig.

    • Building WSDEs: Strategies and Alliances

      Among those persuaded of the value of Worker Self-Directed Enterprises (WSDEs) and of a transition to an economic system that includes a large and growing number of such enterprises, the question often arises, how do we get there from here? In other words, what sorts of strategies and alliances might allow or facilitate that transition? Here is an initial response to that question.

    • New Study by National Employment Law Project Documents ALEC’s Attack on Wages

      Since the Center for Media and Democracy’s launch of ALEC Exposed in July 2011, CMD has known that the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and its corporate funders are accelerating the race to the bottom in wages and working conditions for America’s working families. ALEC has a raft of “model bills” to lower wages and slash benefits for workers, even one to repeal state minimum wage laws.

      Now the National Employment Law Project (NELP) has joined in the effort to take a closer look at this ALEC agenda, tallying the bills introduced and pushed in states in the last few years.

      In an issue brief called “The Politics of Wage Suppression: Inside ALEC’s Legislative Campaign Against Low-Paid Workers,” NELP has documented that since January 2011, legislators from 31 states have introduced 105 bills aiming to repeal or weaken core wage standards at the state and local level, and 67 of these 105 bills were directly sponsored or co-sponsored by legislators affiliated with ALEC.

    • Goldman Sachs Has Already Figured a Way Around Regulation to Some of the Riskiest Investments on Wall Street
    • New Report By U.S. PIRG Targets Cash Stashed Overseas

      …offshore tax havens would net about $90 billion annually.

    • Tragedy or Farce? FBI Claims Sequester Will Harm Their Wall Street Investigations

      Following the failure of the U.S. Congress and President Obama to navigate away from an otherwise avoidable sequester, the FBI is up in arms over the subsequent spending cuts they say will hamper, among other things, its ability to pursue financial crimes.

  • PR/AstroTurf/Lobbying

    • Walker Walks Away from “John Doe” Investigation, Pushes Budget Deal Only ALEC Could Love

      On March 1, 2013, Milwaukee Country prosecutors shut down the long running “John Doe” probe into corruption in Scott Walker’s office during the time he served as Milwaukee County Executive. Six people were charged and convicted, including three former Walker staff, but no charges were brought against Walker. Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm issued a brief, telling statement: “After a review of the John Doe evidence, I am satisfied that all charges that are supported by proof beyond a reasonable doubt have now been brought and concluded.”

      There is no doubt that Walker emerges from the scandal in a stronger position to advance his extreme legislative agenda and his plans for higher office.

      Walker’s recently-unveiled budget is covered with American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) fingerprints: his tax plan disproportionately benefits the top one-fifth of earners while putting a whopping $2 in the pockets of the bottom one-fifth; his school voucher program would leave 870,000 public school students with no additional funds; and his food stamp stipulations would force the needy to look for the 212,400 jobs that the governor has promised but failed to create. To top it all off, his ALEC cronies want to cover their tracks with a bill that would put a price on the public records that expose them.

    • Keystone’s Endorsement by a TV ‘Leftist’

      controversy over the Keystone XL pipeline doesn’t get covered much in corporate television–it takes tens of thousands of activists marching in Washington to get a few words on the nightly newscasts.

      But the State Department’s recent draft assessment of the pipeline’s environmental impact got a mention on one show, and it said a lot. Not about the pipeline, really, but about corporate media.

    • Why Are Walmart Billionaires Bankrolling Phony School “Reform” In LA?

      For years, Los Angeles has been ground zero in an intense debate about how to improve our nation’s education system. What’s less known is who is shaping that debate. Many of the biggest contributors to the so-called “school choice” movement — code words for privatizing our public education system — are billionaires who don’t live in Southern California, but have gained significant influence in local school politics. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s recent contribution of $1 million to a political action committee created to influence next week’s LAUSD school board elections is only the most recent example of the billionaire blitzkrieg.

  • Privacy

  • Civil Rights

    • Four essential safeguards MPs must back

      Time is running out to ensure that the British legal system is not fundamentally altered in favour of the State’s desire to keep secret what it chooses. Today several amendments to the Justice and Security Bill are before the House and we urge MPs to back them, if they are unwilling to vote against Part 2 of the Bill.

    • “Undignified” practice of child strip searches still taking place

      Unbelievably, tens of thousands of children, as young as 12, are still being subjected to the “undignified” practice of strip searches, despite reassurances from the Youth Justice Board.

  • DRM

    • First Cell-phones. PCs Next?

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  • Intellectual Monopolies

    • Wenohah Hauter, Author of “Foodopoly,” Discusses Why Corporate Control of America’s Food System Affects YOU

      Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director of the national advocacy organization Food and Water Watch, will be in Madison, March 18, to read from her acclaimed new book “Foodopoly: The Battle Over the Future of Food and Farming in America.” Publishers Weekly calls it a “tour de force.”

      Since 2005, Food and Water Watch has lead the fight against corporate control of the U.S. food system, against the privatization of the U.S. water supply and against water contamination by hydraulic fracturing or fracking.

      In her new book “Foodopoly,” Hauter examines farming at the turn of the 20th century until today, and details the consolidation of the food chain from crop seeds to retail stores to argue that the people who grow our food, and consumers, have been cheated and manipulated by agribusiness and the leading food companies. She explores how the evisceration of anti-trust laws has dramatically increased consolidation among food and agricultural firms, which, along with the growth of big box stores and the marketing of junk food, has perverted how food is sold and marketed and what people eat.

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