07.31.21

The Death of Freenode Would Be Freenode’s Own Fault

Posted in Site News at 7:03 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum e32cc13838b6ede478cf3943fdf8b6bc

Summary: Freenode is going dark and now it’s asking people to create accounts at IRC.com (just to get back into the network that they may have already occupied for decades) as if Freenode owns “IRC” as a whole

Freenode on netsplit.deAS we noted in an article last night, the size of Freenode had become invisible some days ago due to new restrictions. But using some heuristics it’s possible to see that the channels lost about 25% of their users in the past few days alone. The #techrights channel decreased from about 50-55 online users to just over 40. Channel occupancy in Freenode as a whole went down from 86k to 64k, so the ratio sort of matches. That’s down from 311,686 at the end of March, so a reduction by about 80% in just 4 months!

“3 days ago when the network’s access requirements became a lot steeper it likely symbolised the beginning of the end of Freenode.”As explained in the video above, this harms longtime communities in Freenode and there seems to be no turnaround; all those additional restrictions and the database of users/channels being flushed away without prior warning* would only reduce the incentive to retain (existing users/channels). They won’t attract new users this way, either. The imaginary target audience just isn’t there. They create more problems than solutions. They make IRC even harder.

“Freenode has done this to itself with a string of awful, self-harming decisions.”3 days ago when the network’s access requirements became a lot steeper it likely symbolised the beginning of the end of Freenode. It’s not reliable anymore (from a purely technical standpoint, never mind the oddball 'politics'). On the upside, the running costs of Freenode will decrease significantly as a function of users moving away and the spam/abuse issue will go away on its own (no users, no abuse). Freenode has done this to itself with a string of awful, self-harming decisions.

Freenode: Delete channels; Mass bans; Destroy database; Require account

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* This was a severe security issue. Anyone could, at least temporarily, just register as myself (same username) and then show up a logged in user with my name, exploiting such impersonation to gain access to systems through social engineering (people who think this is me and cannot prove otherwise). Moreover, it enabled existing channels to be hijacked by hostile parties. How could they not foresee this? It’s totally reckless; they’re careless about decades-long communities that thrived in the network until this year.

Links 31/7/2021: KDE Progress and Activision Catastrophe

Posted in News Roundup at 4:13 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • Leftovers

    • Making Our Demands Both Practical and Visionary

      The post was an unexpected sensation, and it would become a reference point in debates for years to come. “I wrote it so quickly,” Kaba reflects. “I was asked some questions by several young organizers who identify as abolitionists who were struggling mightily when all these proposals around body cameras and stuff were coming out. These organizers wanted to support something, but didn’t know what and didn’t think they knew how to figure that out on their own. I wrote that piece very fast and put it out on my blog. It went viral—somebody emailed me from London to say that they’re using it there. I was like, my God, that’s really amazing and great for something to be helpful to a lot of people.”

    • The Global Right Wing’s Bizarre Obsession With Pedophilia

      But now he may have gone too far with his attack on an unlikely (and universally unliked) group of people.

      Pedophiles.

    • The Air-Conditioning Nightmare: an Interview With Eric Dean Wilson

      But Wilson goes beyond the technical explanation of how Freon (and other gases that have replaced it) that still threaten our environment. Instead, he shows how our faith in the ability to cool the world without environmental repercussions is still with us. In an interview, Wilson unveils how our marketplace-driven economy creates a consumer culture where air conditioning has become a necessity underlying that faith.

      “After Cooling” begins with an unusual insight — the public initially resisted the idea of cooling air for personal comfort. It was too strange to attract buyers.

    • The Indian Nation and Its Borders

      This is the story of modern India, a nation created when Britain finally gave up its colonial hold. Its birth was celebrated as a great victory for freedom and independence. Its creation was also a genocide. Muslims were forced to flee their homes and villages and were massacred along their way to the other newly formed nation of Pakistan. Retribution followed. As far as the Indian politicians were concerned, the definition and defense of their newly made borders would define their national independence. In Suchitra Vijayan’s new book Midnight’s Borders: A People’s History of Modern India, it becomes clear that those borders would provide an excuse to kill and steal at will in the name of Indian nationhood.

      In what can best be described as a uniquely truthful take on the modern nation-state, Midnight’s Borders describes the ongoing skirmishes, police actions and wars that have defined the making of the Indian nation. In doing so, the author illuminates the nature of border policies around the globe and the fragility of the nation-state concept. In a text whose title reference’s Salman Rushdie’s fictional masterpiece Midnight’s Children and took seven years to complete, Vijayan describes the life and the lives of individuals, families and hamlets affected by the borders imposed on them from the outside. These descriptions are written in inviting prose while simultaneously describing the destruction of lives and cultures, families and relationships. It is these stories that make this a true people’s history.

    • Hinterlands: Rural Detroits

      One of those turns leads to Old Trinity road, a narrow, worn-down, two- lane street that goes on for several miles before dead-ending near the town of Trinity. Driving along Old Trinity road, I cruise through sparsely populated, residential areas, mostly mobile homes and wooden houses that look like large shacks. The air is heavy with humidity and the smell of vegetation broiling in the mid-day sun. What is striking is the amount of decay. It seems every third house is abandoned, some buckled in.

      It reminds me of a rural Detroit. Some structures have been burnt, but most still stand, tottering like street corner drunks in knee-high weeds. Backwoods near the train tracks, lays two piles of rubble, obscured by trees and dancing shadows, the remains of older houses hastily dumped without proper burial. Were they torn down and dropped off from elsewhere? Abandoned, did they implode under their own weight in the backwoods where they formerly sat? Were they ripped apart by tornadoes? Each reason is equally plausible and the true reason obscured.

    • Roaming Charges: All That Twitters is Sold

      + The torment of Iraq has gone through different phases, each political generation leaving its own ruinous mark: coups, industrial sabotage, infiltration, assassination, instigation of a calamitous war against Iran, insurrections, embargoes, provoking the invasion of Kuwait, air strikes, bombings, invasion, arming and abandoning of Kurdish rebels, financing and arming of religious militants, blockades, a savage shadow war of economic sanctions, radiological warfare from the use of Depleted Uranium munitions, open air burning of chemical weapons, denial of medical supplies to treat cancer patients, destruction of dams, power plants and sewage treatment facilities, cruise missile strikes, deployment of hunter-killer squads, the framing of Iraq for stockpiling WMDs it didn’t possession, shock-and-awe bombing of civilian targets, invasion, occupation, surge and resurge, home invasions, de-Baathification, torture, murderous raids by private military contractors, drone strikes…

      + It is worth noting that Iraq was bombed once every three days from the end of the Gulf War to the beginning of the Iraq War. Obama “pulled out” and then returned with a vengeance. Trump, who postured as war critic, orchestrated the saturation bombing of Mosul, a blitz that killed far more civilians than ISIS insurgents.

    • Opinion | The Soldiers Who Resisted the First Gulf War Deserve Recognition

      International Conscientious Objectors’ Day is observed annually on May 15. Thirty years ago this month, at the conclusion of the first Gulf War, Private First Class Sam Lwin and 24 other Marines were charged with desertion. They were among tens of thousands across the U.S. armed forces who applied for conscientious objector, or CO, status or otherwise resisted participation in a war that they came to realize was wrong. Lwin, a Burmese-American student and Marine reservist of Fox Company, led seven others in his unit to resist the U.S. Marine Corps, ultimately joining a mass exodus of the military in which soldiers deserted at higher percentages than even in the Vietnam War. The story of why these soldiers resisted, how and with whose help is lesser known but deserves greater recognition.

    • ‘Flawed from a human rights perspective’: Lithuania is seeing a massive increase in illegal crossings from Belarus. What’s fueling this crisis? And what’s Lukashenko getting out of it?

      Since the spring, hundreds of people from the Middle East and Africa have been entering Lithuania — all of them through Belarus. In fact, illegal border crossings have increased by a factor of 39 since last year. The Lithuanian government has toughened its residency laws, started constructing a new border fence, and accused Belarus of encouraging illegal migration; meanwhile, Alexander Lukashenko has tried to pin the blame on Western sanctions. Several media outlets — including the Lithuanian news sites 15min and LRT, as well as the Belarusian outlets Reform.by and Mediazona Belarus — have published in-depth reporting on the crisis, revealing how migrants get to Lithuania, who’s helping them, and how much they pay for it. Meduza summarizes the findings of these investigations here.

    • Citing Donziger Case, Dems Raise Alarm About Use of Private Prosecutors in Federal Court

      The case of an American human rights attorney who won a multibillion-dollar judgment against one of the world’s largest oil companies and has spent the past two years on house arrest led a pair of Democratic U.S. senators on Thursday to raise questions and concerns about the use of private prosecutors in the federal court system.

      “The case of environmental lawyer Steven Donziger has garnered significant attention and shined a spotlight on private prosecutions of criminal contempt charges.”—Sens. Ed Markey and Sheldon Whitehouse

    • The Jobs Bill Must Protect Dreamers

      DACA has been a GOP target since 2012, when President Obama created it to protect undocumented young people who’ve spent their whole lives here. It’s faced numerous GOP legal challenges and a suspension of the program under Trump.

      In spite of a 2020 Supreme Court ruling that upheld DACA, a new Texas federal court ruling by anti-immigrant judgeAndrew Hanen deemed the program “illegal,” leaving hundreds of thousands of young immigrants in limbo once more.

    • What it Takes
    • Going Dark

      This blog will be going dark for a few months. The Queen kindly paid for my dinners for over twenty years while I was a British diplomat and Ambassador, and now she is going to be paying for my dinners again. That is very kind, I thought she had forgotten me.

    • Craig Murray’s jailing is the national security state’s latest assault on independent journalism
    • Welcome to Washington Square Park, Capital of Woke Bohemia

      “The rotting core of the Big Apple.” That’s how the British Daily Mail recently described the scene in New York’s iconic Washington Square Park. To the outraged readers of the Mail and our own New York Post, the park has become “a no-go zone for law-abiding locals.” Well, I’m a local, and I see something very different.

    • Health/Nutrition

      • Kinder, Gentler GMOs?

        For readers who might not wade through the 7,000-word puff piece by Jennifer Kahn, the gist was provided in bold print on the magazine cover, alongside a cross-section of a tomato with dark purple flesh: “Overblown fears have turned the public against genetically modified food. But the potential benefits have never been greater.”

        The article was preceded in the print edition by a two-page spread restating the title in 2-inch high capital letters — “LEARNING TO LOVE G.M.O.S”— framing a big color photo of a papaya in cross-section. Turn the page and there’s a big color photo of two sugar beets, each with a caption. One says, “Produces more pounds of sugar per acre.” The other says, “Holds up to glyphosate, a common pesticide.” Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, is sold as an herbicide, not a pesticide. Maybe some Times editor remembered reading that Roundup had decimated the Monarch butterfly population. It had, but that was a consequence of Roundup decimating the milkweed that sustained the lovely orange insects.

      • On Medicare’s 56th Birthday, Activists Deliver 125,000+ Petitions Urging Congress to Expand the Program

        Progressive healthcare activists marked Medicare’s 56th anniversary Friday by delivering more than 125,000 petitions urging Congress to lower the popular program’s eligibility age and expand its coverage to include vision, hearing, and dental services—upgrades that proponents say are long overdue to help protect seniors from soaring out-of-pocket costs.

        “Now, as a doctor I can tell you: Your eyes, your ears, and your teeth are connected to your body,” Dr. Sanjeev Sriram, an adviser to the advocacy group Social Security Works, said during a rally on Capitol Hill. “I did not have to go to medical school to tell y’all this, but apparently I do have to tell Congress this.”

      • War on cancer progress report, belated 2021 edition

        If you’ve perused the alternative medicine (i.e., quack) cancer literature as long as I have, you’ll recall seeing certain key narratives recurring. One such narrative, of course, is that “conventional” cancer treatments (often characterized as “cut, burn, poison”) do more harm than good. Another such narrative is that you can almost completely prevent cancer if only you eat the right foods, use the right supplements, and live the right lifestyle. There are others, of course, often based on a germ of truth exaggerated and weaponized to spread fear and suspicion of science-based cancer treatments. For example, it is true that “conventional” treatments of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation are associated with unpleasant side effects and occasionally life-threatening risks, and diet and lifestyle can reduce your risk of cancer, but not by nearly as much as these narratives claim. (Contrary to one favorite narrative, vegans, for instance, can still get cancer.)

      • There’s No ‘Vaccine Mandate’—but That Doesn’t Stop WaPo Asking People How They Feel About It

        The Washington Post (7/29/21) let the opposition rather than the facts frame its latest story on the new federal directive on testing, masks and vaccination. The headline read:

      • Biden Promotes $100 Incentives to Encourage Unvaccinated to Get Their Shots
      • Both the Delta Variant and Thin-Willed Democrats Are Lethal to Our Society
      • ‘A Very Serious Threat’: CDC Document Warns Delta Variant Is as Contagious as Chickenpox

        An internal slide presentation assembled by officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that the Delta variant of the coronavirus—now the dominant strain in the U.S. and across much of the world—is as transmissible as chickenpox, could lead to more extreme illness than earlier mutations, and can likely be spread by people who are fully vaccinated.

        First obtained by the Washington Post on Thursday, the document (pdf) states that the “Delta variant may cause more severe disease thanAlpha or ancestral strains,” citing data on hospitalizations and deaths in Canada, Scotland, and Singapore. While noting that people who are fully inoculated against Covid-19 can still catch and spread the Delta variant, the document stresses that vaccines are extremely effective in preventing severe illness and death.

      • The Delta Variant Is Contagious as Hell—and People Are Selfish

        On Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control updated mask guidelines—again. The CDC suggested that vaccinated Americans should wear masks while indoors—again—in areas of “substantial or high transmission.” Predictably, the new guidance led to a surge of Republican politicians vowing to do everything they can to keep the virus going and kill their own supporters—again.

      • Surveillance Data Shows White-Tailed Deer Exposed to SARS-CoV-2

        The finding that wild white-tailed deer have been exposed to SARS-CoV-2 is not unexpected given that white-tailed deer are susceptible to the virus, are abundant in the United States, often come into close contact with people, and that, more than 114 million Americans are estimated to have been infected with COVID-19, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

        APHIS is working closely with federal and state partners, including the Department of the Interior, the CDC, and the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, to determine next steps. Results from this surveillance effort are currently being prepared for publication in a peer-review journal.

      • Think the delta variant is scary? Anti-vaccination Trumpers are truly terrifying

        The delta variant is just a mindless virus. The real problem is our fellow human beings who, as political science professor Scott Lemieux wrote recently, confuse “free riding with freedom — letting people do what they want with no consequences even when the consequences are borne by other people as well.” The problem, as I’ve written about more times than I care to think about, is political. Put bluntly, a huge percentage of Donald Trump’s America is refusing to get inoculated, to stick it to the liberals and undermine Biden’s presidency.

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Mastodon now has an official iPhone app

          Decentralized social network Mastodon now has an official iPhone app. The nonprofit behind Mastodon launched the app on iOS today, supplementing an existing web version and several third-party apps for iOS, Android, and other platforms. The app is free and offers a similar feature set to Mastodon’s core service, although it doesn’t include Mastodon’s broad local and federated timelines.

        • Older Kindles may lose internet connection, Amazon warns

          First- and second-generation Kindles did not come with wi-fi functions included, using mobile internet only.

          But the slower technology used at the time – 2G and 3G internet – is being discontinued in some places, particularly the United States.

        • SolarWinds [crackers] accessed over two dozen federal prosecutors’ offices: DOJ

          The Department of Justice (DOJ) said Friday that the [crackers] behind the major SolarWinds attack compromised employee accounts in more than two dozen federal prosecutors’ offices.

          The DOJ said in an update that the [crackers] are believed to have compromised the accounts from May 7 to Dec. 27, 2020. The data includes “all sent, received, and stored emails and attachments found within those accounts during that time.”

        • Security

          • Privacy/Surveillance

            • Top German Court Says Facebook Must Inform Users About Deleting Their Posts Or Suspending Their Account, Explain Why, And Allow Them To Respond

              We’ve just written about Germany’s constitutional court grappling with the issue of whether government users of zero-days for surveillance have a responsibility to report the flaws they use to the relevant developers. Another senior court in the country has been pondering an even thornier question that is occupying judges and lawmakers around the world: how should social media police so-called “hate speech” on their services in a way that respects fundamental rights on all sides?

            • Digital Rights Groups Hail Record €746 Million Amazon Data Privacy Fine

              Digital rights advocates on Friday applauded a €746 million fine levied against Amazon by a Luxembourg regulator for the tech giant’s violation of European Union data privacy laws.

              The record penalty—which converts to about U.S. $886 million—was imposed on July 16 by CNPD, Luxembourg’s data protection agency, and disclosed in an Amazon regulatory filing (pdf) on Friday, according to Bloomberg.

            • Amazon Fined 746 Million Euros Following Our Collective Legal Action

              On July 16 2021, the Luxembourg Data Protection Agency finally rendered its opinion on the collective legal action we and 10 000 more people took in May 2018 against Amazon. This decision breaks a three-year silence which had started to make us expect the worst.

            • Parents Are Asking TikTok For Access To The Videos Their Kids Are Watching

              The petition states that TikTok uses a secretive algorithm to recommend content to users, making it difficult for parents to keep tabs on what their kids engage with on TikTok. They can be exposed to bullying, sexual exploitation, pro-eating disorder videos and creators encouraging violence, self-harm or dangerous challenges, says the advocacy group.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Opinion | Can the House Select Committee to Investigate January 6 Actually Help to Defend Democracy?

        The House Select Committee to Investigate January 6 is off to a good start. 

      • Afghanistan, Failure and Second Thoughts

        The spokesman was, however, willing to make general remarks about a belated return.  When, he could not be sure, but Canberra’s diplomatic arrangements in Afghanistan “were always expected to be temporary, with the intention of resuming a permanent presence once circumstances permit.”  Australia continued “to engage closely with partners, including the Afghanistan government and coalition member countries.”  Rather embarrassing remarks, given the sudden closure of the embassy on June 18.

        The Australian response, confused and stumbling, is much like that of their counterparts in Washington.  While the Biden administration speeds up the departure of troops, the cord to Kabul remains uncut though distinctly worn.  In April, the US House Services Committee was told by General Kenneth “Frank” McKenzie, head of US Central Command, that the Pentagon was “further planning now for continued counterterrorism operations from within the region.”

      • January 6 Uprising Was an Attempted Fascist Coup d’Etat

        To describe the uprising as anything but a coup is a serious mistake. It was a four-hour attack in which the Capitol of the United States was overrun by hundreds of right-wing militias. Thousands were outside watching and waiting. The insurrectionists took control of the House and Senate, and in so doing, the United States government. Members of Congress were evacuated (rescued) by capitol police. Offices and conference rooms were breached and sacked; they were tracking down members of Congress. One of their goals was to assassinate Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Vice President Mike Pence, and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, John Roberts. Liberals and democrats were no doubt prime targets, especially young Congresswoman, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. And their task once breaching the Capitol was to place their “heads on pikes.”

        After several hours, Capitol Police and the DC National Guard cleared the Capitol and restored order.

      • Opinion | SOS: A Plea for Freedom From Misleading Media Narratives on Cuba

        In the wake of this month’s protests in Cuba over food and medicine shortages and other complaints, the New York-based magazine Travel + Leisure ran an item titled “4 Ways to Help the People of Cuba Right Now.”

      • Let Cuba Live: the Movement Standing Up to Biden’s Maximum Pressure

        Not a priority, closely engaged, top priority: matters have moved rapidly from March 9 to July 22. What moved the Biden-Harris administration to focus so quickly on Cuba? On the morning of July 11, some people in Cuba—notably in the town of San Antonio de los Baños—took to the streets to express their dissatisfaction with the social and economic problems created by the U.S.-imposed blockade and by the global pandemic. The reaction to these events in Havana and in Washington, D.C., is instructive: Cuba’s President Miguel Díaz-Canel heard the news of the protests, got into a car, and drove the 40 miles to San Antonio de los Baños, where he met with the people; while in Washington, Biden used the protest to call for the overthrow of the Cuban government. U.S. government-funded nongovernmental organizations and Cuban American groups hastened to take advantage of the frenzy, excited by the possibility of regime change in Cuba.

        On the evening of July 11, tens of thousands of Cubans rallied across Cuba to defend their revolutionary process. Since that Sunday evening, Cuba has been calm.

      • The US Has No Business Lecturing Cuba About “Free and Fair” Elections

        Inevitably, the protests have also served as a convenient tool for the US government and its allies in the Cuban-American exile community to reinvigorate their decades-long campaign to impose “regime change” on the beleaguered Caribbean island nation. Needless to say, at the forefront of calls for an even more aggressive US stance toward Cuba have been hardline representatives of this community. The mayor of Miami, the Babylon of militant anti-Castro agitation, has even called for direct US military intervention to “liberate” the island. In an interview with Fox News, Suarez even refused to rule out US airstrikes against Cuba, stating that this “has to be explored and cannot be just simply discarded as an option that is not on the table.” As would be expected, amongst the justifications for such aggressive measures is the demand for “free and fair elections,” which features prominently in the pronouncements of these figures. An open letter from Marco Rubio, the Florida exile hardliner Senator, and co-signed by House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy and 143 other members of congress, for example, states: “Freedom-loving nations must make clear our full and unwavering support for Cuba’s pro-democracy movement, and for free and fair elections, with international supervision.”

        To the politically naïve, this might seem like a perfectly reasonable sentiment. After all, according to the prevailing political mentality within Western nations, the holding of “free and fair elections” is perhaps the most basic prerequisite that a country must meet in order to be accepted into the family of “freedom-loving nations.” The implicit corollary, of course, is that the US is perfectly entitled, if not duty-bound, to punish those countries that fail to meet this most fundamental of requirements. The reality, however, is that the US doesn’t have a shred of credibility when it comes to lecturing others about “free and fair elections,” let alone imposing punitive measures on those who fail to hold them. Because an investigation into the US’s behavior on the global stage reveals its stunning hypocrisy when it comes to Cuba and other US adversaries. And this hypocrisy is no accident, but rather plays an important part in providing a false veneer of credibility to the US’s self-serving foreign policy goals.

      • Australia: A Laboratory of Empire with Lowkey & Aamer Rahman
      • How Ben & Jerry’s Exposed Israel’s anti-BDS Strategy

        By responding to the Palestinian call for boycotting apartheid Israel, the ice cream giant has delivered a blow to Israel’s attempts at criminalizing and, ultimately, ending the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign.

        What differentiates Ben & Jerry’s decision to abandon the ever-growing market of illegal Jewish settlements in the West Bank from previous decisions by other international corporations is the fact that the ice cream company has made it clear that its move was morally motivated. Indeed, Ben & Jerry’s did not attempt to mask or delude their decision in any way. “We believe it is inconsistent with our values for Ben & Jerry’s ice cream to be sold in the Occupied Palestinian Territory,” a statement by the Vermont, US-based company read on July 19.

      • Human Rights Watch Accuses Israel of Apparent War Crimes in Gaza Assault
      • What Philadelphia Reveals About America’s Homicide Surge

        Nakisha Billa’s son was still a baby when she decided to make their first flight to safety. It was early in 2000 and she and Domonic were living in the North Philadelphia neighborhood of Kensington, which had long suffered some of the highest crime rates in the city. Billa was 22, proud to be living in her own place after having been raised in West Philadelphia mostly by her grandparents, and flush with the novelty of motherhood. “When I found out I was carrying Dom, it was the best thing that had ever happened to me,” she said. She liked to kiss his feet, and he liked it, too, so much so that he would stick them out invitingly with a big smile on his face.

      • We Need to Scale Back America’s War Machine

        As a ROTC cadet and an Air Force officer, I was a tiny part of America’s vast Department of Defense (DoD) for 24 years until I retired and returned to civilian life as a history professor. My time in the military ran from the election of Ronald Reagan to the reign of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. It was defined by the Cold War, the collapse of the Soviet Union, America’s brief unipolar moment of dominance and the beginning of its end, as Washington embroiled itself in needless, disastrous wars in Afghanistan and Iraq after the 9/11 attacks. Throughout those years of service, I rarely thought about a question that seems ever more critical to me today: What would a real system of American national defense look like?

      • Human Rights Watch Accuses Israel of Apparent War Crimes in Gaza Assault; Urges ICC Probe

        Human Rights Watch is calling on the International Criminal Court to open a probe into apparent Israeli war crimes committed during its recent 11-day assault on Gaza that killed 260 Palestinians, including 66 children. We discuss a major report HRW released this week that closely examines three Israeli strikes that killed 62 Palestinians civilians in May. U.S.-made weapons were used in at least two of the attacks investigated. Human Rights Watch concluded Israel had committed apparent war crimes. “You had people’s entire lives — their homes, their businesses, their wives, their children, their husbands — gone in a flash,” says Omar Shakir, Israel and Palestine Director at Human Rights Watch, who helped lead the investigation. “The international community focuses on Gaza maybe when there are armed hostilities. But two months later these families continue to deal with the aftermath of the devastation wrought upon their lives.”

      • Preventing an American Pinochet

        As I watch, I see a chilling parallel to the rise of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet.

        Steve Stern’s book Remembering Pinochet’s Chile opens with a couple greeting the 1973 military coup that launched Pinochet’s dictatorship by toasting the fighter jets with champagne. Decades later, they still remember Pinochet fondly.

      • Is the US Heading for the Exit?

        And then, of course, came the launching of the Global War on Terror, which soon would be normalized as the plain-old, uncapitalized “war on terror.” Yes, that very war — even if nobody’s called it that for years — began on September 11, 2001. At a Pentagon partially in ruins, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, already aware that the destruction around him was probably Osama bin Laden’s responsibility, orderedhis aides to begin planning for a retaliatory strike against… Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. Rumsfeld’s exact words (an aide wrote them down) were: “Go massive. Sweep it all up. Things related and not.”

        Things related and not. Sit with that phrase for a moment. In their own strange way, those four words, uttered in the initial hours after the destruction of New York’s World Trade Center and part of the Pentagon, still seem to capture the twenty-first-century American experience.

      • Let’s Reinvent the U.S. Military for Real National Defense

        During the Cold War, I took it for granted that this country needed a sprawling network of military bases, hundreds of them globally.  Back then, of course, the stated U.S. mission was to “contain” the communist pathogen.  To accomplish that mission, it seemed all too logical to me then for our military to emphasize its worldwide presence.  Yes, I knew that the Soviet threat was much exaggerated. Threat inflation has always been a feature of the DoD and at the time I’d read books like Andrew Cockburn’s The Threat: Inside the Soviet Military Machine. Still, the challenge was there and, as the leader of the “free world,” it seemed obvious to me that the U.S. had to meet it.

        And then the Soviet Union collapsed — and nothing changed in the U.S. military’s global posture.

      • Islamic Jihadists Kill Nearly 3,500 Nigerian Christians, Attack 300 Churches in 200 Days

        Members of the Islamic jihadist group Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen are named throughout the report. These terror groups are relentless in their efforts to gain control over the country through the kidnapping and killing of innocent victims.

        Hundreds of children from Nigerian schools have also been targeted this year, kidnapped by armed insurgents threatening to harm their captives unless a ransom is paid.

      • It’s the religion, stupid

        The conflict with the Palestinians cannot be resolved so long as their leaders are driven by a religious rather than a political agenda. You cannot reach compromises with people who believe that Allah has given them marching orders to reconstitute the Islamic empire and, ideally, expand it throughout the world. For them, Israel is a cancer in the Islamic body that must be excised. Israel can dismantle every settlement, withdraw to the 1949 armistice lines and declare Zionism dead, and it would not satisfy them.

      • Watchdog Alarmed at ‘Mounting Taliban Revenge Killings’

        A global human rights monitor on Friday accused the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan of detaining and executing suspected government officials as well as security forces, and in some cases their relatives.

        Human Rights Watch lamented in a statement that the Taliban’s retaliatory actions ran counter to their pledges that no harm would be inflicted on people who worked for the Afghan government or assisted the United States and NATO troops.

      • Turkey serving as vessel for radical Islamists – U.N. report

        Uyghur, Turkmen and central Asian migrants living in Turkey serve as a significant pool for membership in radical Islamist terrorist organisations, according to a report presented to the United Nations Security Council, Voice of America Turkish reported on Saturday.

        Members of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria’s northern Idlib province see Turkey as an important gateway, according to the 22-page U.N. report detailing global terror activities in the first six-months of 2021.

      • Afghan comedian Khasha Jawan assaulted, killed by Taliban: Report

        Ariana news said Afghan Vice President Amrullah Saleh in a Facebook post wrote that the comedian was executed by the Taliban in a “kangaroo court.”

    • Environment

      • Exxon-Influenced Senators Carved Climate Out of Infrastructure Almost Entirely
      • Slamming China Won’t Save Fossil Capitalism From Itself

        The planet is burning and the arsonists are in charge, as one environmentalist once observed. So in late June and early July, with extreme heat afflicting a quarter of the globe, it became clear that the time had come for the Biden government, and indeed every government, to end the burning of oil, gas and coal. Personally, I favor nationalizing the fossil fuel industry, that is, the wealth of the arsonists. Howsoever we phase it out, this termination needs to happen NOW. Or we as a species will likely not survive. What will come after homo sapiens? No doubt beings adapted to extreme heat, unlike us, with our lineage naturally selected during an ice age.

        At the very least, it’s time to slash fossil fuel subsidies. As for the aforementioned nationalizing of oil, gas and coal corporations in order to eliminate their product, desirable as this may be, history, unluckily, is against it. In the past, the U.S. has launched wars and invaded countries that threatened to nationalize fossil fuel companies. Think Iran in 1953 and the pandemonium caused by the western overthrow of that country’s legally elected president: the shah, the torturers in Savak, the hostage crisis, the decades-long American attempt to get even for it, the disastrous election of Reagan and all the evils of hyper-capitalism that flowed from that. Just the hint of such a nationalization is a casus belli for U.S. elites. And it’s likely they knowingly and willfully refuse to put two and two together regarding control of fossil fuel companies and our collapsing climate. Even if they did, U.S. politicos, plutocrats and corporate titans would probably rather die, felled by extreme weather, than turn oil companies over to the state. And at the rate we’re going, they will get their wish.

      • Opinion | ALEC’s Annual Meeting Queues up Fights Over Federal Powers, Fossil Fuels, Big Tech, Labor Rights, and the GOP’s Culture Wars
      • Science Museum Just Killed Its ‘Own Reputation,’ Says Greta Thunberg After Docs Reveal Gag Clause With Shell

        The London Science Museum is facing fresh criticism from climate campaigners following revelations that the institution signed a “gagging clause” with Shell banning it from criticizing the oil giant as part of an exhibition sponsorship agreement.

        “The ‘Science’ Museum just killed irony (and their own reputation),” Fridays for Future founder Greta Thunberg tweeted Thursday.

      • Energy

      • Wildlife/Nature

        • Opinion | A Missed Opportunity: Rights of Nature Removed From New Draft of Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

          On July 12, the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Secretariat released the first draft of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, deleting what is arguably the most important enabling condition: “to consider, where appropriate, the rights of nature,” replacing this language with “employing rights-based approaches.” This framework would have been the first international treaty to recognize Nature’s rights. 

        • Species Spotlight: Will the Panamanian Golden Frog Survive?
        • Glimmers of Hope for Wildlife in Colorado

          The biggest sign of change—and a real reason for wildlife enthusiasts to be excited—is of course the passing of Proposition 114 in November of 2020. The ballot measure directs Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) to bring the gray wolf back to Colorado, where it has been largely absent since the 1940s. How and where exactly reintroduction will happen is still up for much input and debate. And we can be sure that anti-wildlife interests will be fervent in advocating that wolves be hunted, trapped, lethally “managed,” and otherwise persecuted. Guardians will be there howling for wolves to be safe, protected, and bountiful enough to work their ecosystem magic across the state.

          Another win for wildlife in Colorado that may have flown under the public radar, but that is critical for conservation: Governor Polis recently signed three bills into law to provide much-needed funding for CPW to protect the state’s diverse wildlife, habitat and park system. What’s particularly noteworthy about these new laws is that they will allow the general public to provide funding for wildlife conservation, not just hunters and anglers, who have historically paid for and directed state wildlife agencies.

        • How the USDA is Failing America’s Captive Elephants

          “Elephants who are kept in small enclosures are in increased danger of developing chronic foot disease and arthritis, both of which lead to frequent instances of death for captive elephants,” according to Dr. Toni Frohoff, a biologist and behavioral ethologist. “In fact, the most common reason for premature death of captive elephants is lack of space and standing on hard and/or otherwise inappropriate surfaces.”

          Many people are unaware that circuses are still part of the American culture. The closing of the infamous Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in May 2017 did not mark the end of cruelty perpetrated on elephants, who are forced into captivity and made to perform in circuses. Between 25 and 30 traveling circuses, which include caged wild animals, continue to travel and operate in the United States. There are currently more than 60 elephants and hundreds of other animals still being used for human entertainment. Circus animal cruelty and exploitation are rampant. Some operators like Loomis Bros. Circus and Carson & Barnes Circus continued operating throughout the worst of the U.S. COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and were once again advertising their show schedulesfor the spring and summer season in 2021. Currently, Carden Circus, Loomis Bros. Circus, Carson & Barnes Circus, Tarzan Zerbini Circus, and others are back on the road with elephants and other wild exotic animals.

      • Overpopulation

    • Finance

      • Opinion | America’s Billionaires: Borrowing Their Way to Tax Avoidance

        No widely acclaimed artist in the 20th century baited and battled the rich with as much gusto as Diego Rivera. The Mexican painter’s Great Depression-era confrontation with Nelson Rockefeller, then the twenty-something grandson of the world’s single richest individual, captured front-page real estate all across the United States—and far beyond.

      • Is There a Progressive Case Against Quantitative Easing?

        These purchases of longer-term bonds, known as “quantitative easing” (QE), had the effect of raising bond prices. The vast majority of bonds are held by the wealthy, with close to half being held by the richest one percent. This has the effect of increasing wealth inequality. Lower interest rates also have the effect of raising stock prices, other things being equal.

        The Fed’s QE policy was surely a factor in the sharp run-up in stock prices since the start of the pandemic. Since the ownership of stock is also enormously skewed toward the wealthy, the effect on stock prices also worsens the inequality of wealth. For these reasons, some progressives have argued that QE is a regressive policy which should be abandoned.

      • Omar Unveils Guaranteed Income Bill to Send American Adults $1,200 a Month
      • Democrats Make Last-Minute Push to Extend Eviction Moratorium
      • Progressives Issue Dire Warning as House Bill to Extend Eviction Moratorium Dies

        House Democrats on Friday afternoon gave up on the effort to enact legislation to extend the federal eviction moratorium after failing to secure enough votes for passage, even as progressive lawmakers warned of the “death and suffering” that will likely result from millions of people losing their homes as the more dangerous Delta variant drives a resurgent Covid-19 pandemic.

        “Extending the federal eviction moratorium as quickly as possible is the least we can do for those in our communities who need our help the most.”—Rep. Cori Bush

      • Homelessness Escalates as California’s Recall Election Nears
      • Former Sen. Carl Levin Dies At 87

        A foe of fraud and waste, Levin led an investigation in 2002 into Enron Corp., which had declared bankruptcy the previous year amid financial scandals. The probe contributed to a new federal law that requires executives to sign off on financial statements so they could be criminally liable for posting phony numbers.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Populist-Epistemology

        If in the past this was a kind of academic/politics as usual/perennial situation, it is now a “blood in the streets” situation, itself, a big problem.

        Why? Short answer: epistemology has gone populist. How we know is now a personal possession that we will fight to the death to defend, a scary situation because it’s a personal fait accompli which preempts any refutation. It’s a non-dialectical sort of epistemology in which you talk to your bathroom mirror and he hears you out and goes along.

      • With New Guaranteed Income Bill, Omar Proposes Sending Most People in US $1,200 Per Month

        Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota is set to introduce legislation on Friday that would establish a guaranteed income program and postal banking services to provide most U.S. adults, including undocumented taxpayers, with a $1,200 monthly check.

        “For too long we have prioritized endless growth while millions are homeless, hungry, or without healthcare.”—Rep. Ilhan Omar

      • ‘Just Say That the Election Was Corrupt,’ Trump Told DOJ in December

        Additional evidence of former U.S. President Donald Trump’s efforts to invalidate and reverse the outcome of the 2020 presidential race came to light on Friday when the New York Times, using newly obtained documents, reported that Trump pressured top Justice Department officials in late December to declare that “the election was corrupt” so that he and his GOP allies could overturn the results.

      • ‘About Damn Time’: DOJ Says Treasury Department Must Give Trump’s Tax Returns to Congress

        The U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel said Friday that the Treasury Department is obligated by law to hand former President Donald Trump’s tax returns over to the House Ways and Means Committee, opening the door for Congress to finally obtain the documents after more than two years of legal battles and stonewalling by his administration.

        “It is about damn time,” Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.), chair of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight, said in a statement. “Our committee first sought Donald Trump’s tax returns on April 3, 2019—849 days ago. Our request was made in full accordance with the law and pursuant to Congress’ constitutional oversight powers. And for 849 days, our request has been illegally blocked by a tag-team of the Trump Justice Department and a Trump-appointed judge.”

      • As Biden Refuses to Act, Dems Make Last-Minute Push to Extend Eviction Moratorium

        House Democrats are racing against the clock to build support for legislation to extend the soon-to-lapse national eviction moratorium after the Biden administration announced Thursday that it wouldn’t act on its own, potentially leaving millions of people at risk of losing their homes amid a deadly pandemic.

        But with the moratorium set to expire Saturday, the last-minute effort faces long odds given that Republicans—and some Democrats—are unlikely to support an extension, despite experts’ warnings about the potentially devastating public health impacts of allowing a wave of evictions as the Delta variant tears through the country.

      • Joe Biden’s Hollow Resistance: Words vs. Deeds

        Words and Deeds

        The judgement remains accurate. Populist- and progressive-sounding words are as usual common in Democratic presidential rhetoric while populist and progressive deeds are as usual scare in Democratic presidential conduct. Remember Biden’s campaign promise to significantly slash college student debt? It’s an empty pledge so far. Early in his presidency, Biden asked the Education and Justice Departments to “review his legal authority” to cancel $50,000 in student debt per borrower by executive order. No review is required. The Higher Education Act clearly grants the U.S. president broad discretion to cancel student debt. The legal assessment is a diversionary and holding action reflecting Biden’s reluctance to irritate the nation’s leading financial institutions, whose interests he dutifully served over three decades in Congress.

      • Putin establishes commission for historical education headed by ex-Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky

        Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree on establishing an interdepartmental commission for historical education. This document was published on the government’s legal information portal on Friday, July 30. 

      • Russia blocks website for Khodorkovsky’s Dossier Center

        Russia’s federal censor, Roskomnadzor, has restricted access to the website for the Dossier Center — an investigative-journalism nonprofit founded by exiled former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky. 

      • Trump May Have Broken Promise to Donate Salary in Last Year as President
      • Eric Blanc, the Finnish Revolution of 1918 and Voting Democrat

        The “right lessons” turned out to be that the only “plausible path to socialist transformation in parliamentary countries is a radical form of democratic socialism.” And guess what that “radical form” amounts to: “socialists should only take executive office like presidencies during a socialist revolution.” In other words, Lenin was all wrong. He should not have fought for Soviet power but waited as if the “socialist revolution” were an embryo in the ninth month. Blanc would still insist that he is an orthodox Marxist, but Karl Marx made it patently clear that the dictatorship of the proletariat would not rest on “executive office.” Instead an armed people would rule in their own name—the Paris Commune, in other words.

        In 2014, Blanc was likely still a member of Socialist Organizer, a tiny Trotskyist sect led by his father Alan Benjamin. They were in a satellite of Pierre Lambert’s version of the Fourth International based in France. If the training he received in this sect helped him develop his theories about the borderlands, that’s to their credit. Since he has never written about his political evolution, we have to assume that his flight from the Lambertists was motivated by a need to hook up with broader trends on the left. He joined the ISO at some point and presumably was one of the people who voted for its dissolution under the impact of the Sanders campaigns. His final destination was the DSA, where he functions as an éminence grise justifying work in the Democratic Party as the best way to recover the Kautskyist Social Democratic tradition that lost all of its authority after the Bolshevik revolution. Blanc is trying to turn back the clock in his latest article to recreate this Shangri La of social democracy. You can bet that it will be studied in depth by the house intellectuals at Jacobin and those DSA’ers who identify with The Call, a magazine put out by Blanc’s Bread and Roses caucus. Unlike the average DSA’er, these comrades try to establish their revolutionary continuity to Karl Marx as if anybody cared. To me, such efforts remind me of the genealogy charts of thoroughbred horses more than anything else.

      • As Progressives Call for End to Blockade, Biden Announces More Sanctions Against Cuba

        While President Joe Biden campaigned on a pledge to reverse the “failed” policies of his predecessor that “inflicted harm on Cubans and their families,” his administration—already under mounting pressure from progressives to deliver on that promise—announced new sanctions against Cuba on Friday.

        Following Cubans’ recent protests over shortages of food, medicine, and other essentials during the Covid-19 pandemic, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control sanctioned Cuba’s main law enforcement body, Policía Nacional Revolucionaria (PNR), as well as its director and deputy director, Oscar Callejas Valcarce and Eddy Sierra Arias.

      • Russia’s federal censor orders YouTube to block ‘Navalny Live’

        Russia’s federal censorship agency, Roskomnadzor, has ordered YouTube to block Alexey Navalny’s popular channel “Navalny Live.” This was reported by the channel’s producer, Lyubov Sobol — in a YouTube video.

      • Hawley’s “Love America Act” is All About Hate

        And that the rest of America subsidized the slave-owners’ states and continues to subsidize them to this day.

        Hawley, of course, is the guy who gave a fist-salute to the armed white supremacist traitors who stormed the US Capitol on January 6th to assassinate Vice President Pence and Speaker Pelosi. He hopes to ride his white supremacy shtick to the White House.

      • Biden Furthers Trump Immigration Policy With Expedited Deportations of Families
      • “People Are Outraged”: General Strike in Guatemala Denounces Corruption & Mishandling of Pandemic

        We go to Guatemala to speak with an opposition lawmaker and a Maya K’iche’ leader who joined Thursday’s major national strike demanding the resignation of right-wing President Alejandro Giammattei and other government officials facing allegations of corruption. Major highways were blocked for hours as protesters marched through Guatemala City and in rural communities denouncing corruption, a worsening economic crisis and the government’s catastrophic mishandling of the pandemic. The demonstrations are the “third chapter of our history in the fight against corruption, which started in 2015,” says Lucrecia Hernández Mack, Guatemalan physician and a member of the Guatemalan Congress with the political party Movimiento Semilla who was the first woman to lead the country’s Ministry of Health. “People here in Guatemala are just outraged.” Indigenous governments and people across Guatemala united in leading the call for the mass mobilization, adds Andrea Ixchíu, Maya K’iche’ leader, journalist and human rights defender in Totonicapán, Guatemala. “We are tired [of] how in the midst of the pandemic the Guatemalan government is stealing the money from the vaccines and militariz[ing] the country.”

      • New York City’s Radical Proposal for Noncitizen Voting

        Lucia Aguilar has been living in New York City since she was 3 years old. In her late 30s now, she works at a nonprofit in East Harlem, where, for the last 16 years, she’s helped manage a community food bank. She has a green card at this point, but she still has years to wait until she can apply for citizenship.

      • House Democrats Want to Know the Truth About the Bolivian Coup

        The House of Representatives voted on Wednesday night to approve a measure directing the State Department to investigate the Washington-based Organization of American States (OAS) and its role facilitating the coup against Bolivia’s three-term President Evo Morales in 2019. The provision, which was tucked into the $67 billion State Department and foreign operations spending package, instructs the State Department to gather information regarding the OAS’s unfounded claims of election fraud. The OAS’s accusations, and the US media’s rushing in to parrot these falsehoods, led to the expulsion of Bolivia’s popular left-wing president, and put the country in the hands of an unelected military junta. Jeanine Áñez, who declared herself the “interim” president after Morales was ousted, oversaw the massacres of Indigenous protesters and other human rights violations during her year in power.

      • Nina Turner Wants to Go to Congress as a Champion for Labor Rights

        If you want to know where Nina Turner is coming from, take a look at where she has been.

      • Delhi HC adjourns hearing on pleas of WhatsApp, Facebook challenging IT Rules till Aug 27

        Delhi HC adjourns hearing on pleas of WhatsApp, Facebook challenging IT Rules till Aug 27New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Friday adjourned the hearing, till August 27, on the pleas by WhatsApp and Facebook challenging the central government’s Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 that would require messaging services to “trace” the origin of particular messages sent on the service.

    • Misinformation/Disinformation

      • Disentangling Disinformation: Not As Easy As It Looks

        Body bags claiming that “disinformation kills” line the streets this week in front of Facebook’s Washington, D.C. headquarters. A group of protesters, affiliated with “The Real Facebook Oversight Board” (an organization that is, confusingly, not affiliated with Facebook or its Oversight Board), is urging Facebook’s shareholders to ban so-called misinformation “superspreaders”—that is, a specific number of accounts that have been deemed responsible for the majority of disinformation about the COVID-19 vaccines.

      • Disinformation for Hire, a Shadow Industry, Is Quietly Booming

        Private firms, straddling traditional marketing and the shadow world of geopolitical influence operations, are selling services once conducted principally by intelligence agencies.

        They sow discord, meddle in elections, seed false narratives and push viral conspiracies, mostly on social media. And they offer clients something precious: deniability.

        “Disinfo-for-hire actors being employed by government or government-adjacent actors is growing and serious,” said Graham Brookie, director of the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab, calling it “a boom industry.”

      • Democrats urge tech CEOs to combat Spanish disinformation

        A coalition of congressional Democrats is pressuring the CEOs of four social media companies to combat the spread of Spanish and other non-English language disinformation on their platforms.

        Democratic Sens. Ben Ray Luján (N.M.), Amy Klobuchar (Minn.) and Rep. Tony Cárdenas (Calif.) led 23 colleagues in sending letters to the CEOs of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Nextdoor requesting detailed information on content moderation policies for the top five languages users on the platforms encounter.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • Last Month In An LA Court I Witnessed The Future Of A World Without Section 230; It Was A Mess

        Disclosure: I was an expert witness for RedBubble in this case (and another case) and submitted some reports regarding this case much earlier in the process, though I did not testify at this trial. I had nothing to do with this trial other than attending it as an interested observer, concerned about litigation involving content moderation. As you can see, however, my opinions on this remain identical to my opinions on content moderation going back basically forever…

      • When Government and Big Tech Collude Against the First Amendment: an Interview With Nadine Strossen

        However, Nadine Strossen, who was president of the American Civil Liberties Union from 1991 to 2008 and is now professor at New York Law School puts forward the following argument:

        I recently spoke to Strossen, please excuse the not terribly photo-oped nature of the audio and video. A very lightly edited and hopefully sufficiently cleaned up transcript of the interview is below.

      • Google says it removed 71,132 content pieces in May, 83,613 items in June in India

        Google removed 71,132 pieces of content in May and took 83,613 removal actions in June following user complaints, the company said in its monthly transparency reports released on Friday. In addition to reports from users, Google also removed 6,34,357 pieces of content in May and 5,26,866 in June as a result of automated detection.

        The US-based company has made these disclosures as part of compliance with India’s IT rules that came into force on May 26.

      • Sharia London: Christian Refugee Hatun Tash Stabbed While Wearing Charlie Hebdo T-Shirt (UPDATE)

        On Sunday, July 25, a Christian preacher and brave critic of Islam, Hatun Tash, was stabbed by a terrorist at Speaker’s Corner in the United Kingdom. The Christian refugee from Turkey fled to Britain to escape persecution following her conversion from Islam to Christianity. Hatun was stabbed while wearing a Charlie Hebdo shirt that states, “L’amour: Plus fort que la haine,” which translates to “Love: Stronger than Hate.”

      • Woman in Charlie Hebdo T-shirt stabbed in London park

        “We know that this assault was witnessed by a number of people, many of whom captured it on their phones. I would ask them, if they have not already done so, to contact police,” says Detective Superintendent Alex Bingley.

      • Hatun Tash: Speakers’ Corner is anti-Christian, says woman who was stabbed

        Hatun Tash told The Times that over the past two years she had been verbally and physically assaulted at Speakers’ Corner, Hyde Park, which is known for freedom of expression.

        A fortnight before she was attacked, Tash had begun legal proceedings against Scotland Yard over allegations of false arrest and imprisonment.

    • Freedom of Information/Freedom of the Press

      • Indian Photojournalist Danish Siddiqui Not Killed In Crossfire, But Executed By Taliban: Report

        According to a media report, Danish Siddiqui, who was killed while covering clashes between Afghan troops and the Taliban in Kandahar city, was actually killed after Taliban verified his identity.

      • Turkey sees 158 percent rise in police violence towards women journalists

        Violence against women journalists in Turkey has sharply increased by 158.82 percent this year, in comparison to the cases recorded last year, the Coalition For Women In Journalism (CFWIJ) said on July 28.

      • Turkey: CFWIJ demands action to end police brutality against journalists

        The Coalition For Women In Journalism (CFWIJ) continues to follow the direct targeting of journalists and the disproportionate use of force against women journalists who follow events in the country. We consider the latest events quite alarming and we are deeply concerned about the physical assaults women journalists have suffered.

        Since the beginning of 2021, CFWIJ has recorded at least 44 women journalists subjected to police violence in Turkey. Three women journalists’ had their houses raided and were detained for their journalistic activities. At least 13 female reporters were detained while following events in the field. Many of them were exposed to verbal harassment by the police at the same time as those cases.

      • False Islamic doctrines: Ibu Yati, two individuals claim trial

        Three individuals including a former journalist, well-known as Ibu Yati, pleaded not guilty in the Selangor Syariah High Court today, to expounding religious doctrines contrary to Islamic law and spreading them through Facebook between December last year until February this year.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • “Pushing Back at Authority”: Son Volt, and the Power of Protest Music

        Calling on those ghosts again, Farrar asks in “Living in the USA,” the best song on Electro Melodier, “Where’s the heart from days of old?” His further inquiry, sung in the plaintive, honest, and intimate voice of a long-lost friend, provides clarity into the target of his political and emotional scavenger hunt: “Where’s the empathy? Where’s the soul?” Closing the chorus with, “Living in the USA…” leaves the listener with a sociocultural mystery. Do those words form a question or an answer?

        Great art eschews the easy solution and the quick fix. Son Volt’s new music is no exception to the rule. Like all brilliant artists, Farrar doesn’t conceal the complexity and contradictions of his subject matter. He spotlights them. Depending on when and how he enunciates the phrase, “Living in the USA,” it can act as ridicule to an Empire in decay, unable to enforce its foundational rhetoric of freedom and equality, or as a declaration of hope – the hope that lives in the streets, the organizer meetings, the ballot box, the picket line, the pipeline protest, and every site of combative action against injustice.

      • DC Court Dumps Police Union’s Attempt To Block Release Of Recordings, Officers’ Names Following Police Shootings

        Last year, a number of police reforms were passed by the city of Washington, DC. These efforts angered the Fraternal Order of Police — which represents a number of DC Metro police officers — enough for it to sue. It sued over two reforms in particular: the release of police recordings (body cam or otherwise) and the names of officers involved in shootings of residents.

      • ‘I want to show I’m not afraid’: Opposition politician Violetta Grudina on her forced hospitalization and decision to go on hunger strike

        Violetta Grudina used to lead Alexey Navalny’s campaign office in Murmansk — before this opposition movement was outlawed as “extremist,” that is. In the summer of 2021, she announced plans to put her name on the ballot for the upcoming City Council elections. Not long after, the authorities opened a criminal case against her, claiming that Grudina failed to fulfill quarantine requirements while recovering from the coronavirus in June. On top of that, in mid-July, Grudina was hospitalized by court order — despite the fact that she tested negative for COVID-19 and no longer had any symptoms. On July 26 — after almost two weeks in the hospital — the opposition politician announced a hunger strike. In conversation with Meduza, Violetta Grudina talks about her forced hospitalization, going on hunger strike, and why she’s not giving up on running in the fall elections.

      • Rise of the Right: How the Vaudeville Left Fuels White Supremacy
      • Florida Sheriff’s Office Now Notifying People It Will Be Inflicting Its Pre-Crime Program On Them

        The Pasco County (FL) Sheriff’s Office has been swamped with negative press coverage centering on its predictive policing program. The Office claims it’s not “predictive policing,” but rather “intelligence-led policing.” Whatever you call it, it sucks.

      • Luke Harris on Critical Race Theory, Cindy Cohn on Pegasus Spyware
      • Judges Rule in Favor of a School’s Use of Shock Therapy That UN Calls Torture
      • Anti-BDS Jewish Orgs Back Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Sales Ban in Settlements Despite Israeli Pressure

        Israel has launched what has been described as a maximum pressure campaign against Ben & Jerry’s and its parent company Unilever, after the iconic ice cream brand announced it would halt sales in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank. Israel has asked 35 U.S. governors to enforce state laws which make it a crime to support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, or BDS. The founders of Ben & Jerry’s, who no longer have operational control of the company, have defended the company’s decision. A number of Jewish groups including J Street, the New Israel Fund and Americans for Peace Now, all of whom oppose BDS, have defended Ben & Jerry’s decision and rejected accusations that the company’s decision was antisemitic. “What we are seeing is an aggressive, over the top, full-court press from senior officials in the Israeli government … to target Ben & Jerry’s simply for the fact that they made a principled decision to respect the distinction between the state of Israel and the territory that it occupies beyond the green line,” says Logan Bayroff, Vice President of Communications of J-Street. “These anti-boycott laws aren’t just posing issues under the first amendment, they’re actually punishing companies that do the right thing by ending their complicity in human rights abuses,” adds Omar Shakir, Israel and Palestine Director at Human Rights Watch.

      • Yes, the Constitution was “Pro-Slavery”

        Naturally, that reframing has enjoyed quite a bit of pushback, much of which amounts to wrestling over whether the US Constitution, as originally written and ratified, was designed around the goal of protecting the institution of slavery.

        “Nikole Hannah-Jones and other 1619 acolytes,” Dr. Brion McClanahan writes at the Tenth Amendment Center, “have been consistently pushing the idea that the Constitution was a ‘pro-slavery’ document.”

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • Broadband Portion Of Bipartisan Infrastructure Plan Appears Watered Down But Still Helpful

        As we’ve noted previously, the broadband component of the Biden infrastructure bill has slowly been whittled down during “bipartisan negotiations.” What was first a $100 billion proposal is now a $65 billion proposal, with things industry didn’t like (like support for community broadband) slowly hollowed out. And while the White House fact sheet on the agreement offers some detail on the compromise (which still isn’t technically final), it remains arguably vague:

      • Picking Up Where Bill C-10 Left Off: The Canadian Government’s Non-Consultation on Online Harms Legislation

        The government says it is taking comments until September 25th, but given the framing of the documents, it is clear that this is little more than a notification of the regulatory plans, not a genuine effort to craft solutions based on public feedback. For a government that was elected with a strong grounding in consultation and freedom of expression, the reversal in approach could hardly be more obvious.

    • Monopolies

      • Stop The Antitrust Gerrymandering

        The social media app TikTok was reported to have passed more than 3 billion total downloads in July and was the most downloaded app in the first half of the year. This growth is impressive as it not only was banned in India but is the first app not owned by Facebook to pass 3 billion downloads. Yet in the recent antitrust cases from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the states attorneys general against Facebook, there is little mention of the popular app.

      • Microsoft is facing a subpoena for millions of documents in Google’s antitrust case

        The sweeping federal antitrust case against Google has given rise to a significant fight over data held by Microsoft, and the company is now facing a subpoena for millions of documents that could shed light on its attempts to compete with Google’s search engine. Having initially cooperated with prosecutors in building an antitrust case against Google, Microsoft could be obligated to produce millions more documents at the request of Google’s defense team.

        At a status hearing on Friday morning, Judge Amit Mehta heard arguments from both Google and Microsoft on the issue, but ultimately found more information was required before the court could give guidance as to how much internal data Microsoft would be required to produce.

      • Copyrights

        • US drops extradition against one Megaupload defendant after ‘life-threatening’ illness emerges

          The Megaupload Four is now the Megaupload Three – the United States has dropped its extradition case against one of the defendants who has a “life-threatening” medical condition.

          Megaupload’s former marketing manager, Finn Batato, is no longer among those sought on a string of charges in the US copyright-related case.

          It comes as the tenth anniversary of the January 2012 arrest of the Megaupload Four approaches without an extradition date set.

        • US drops extradition against Megaupload defendant

          The quiet dropping of the extradition of Batato was signalled in a single line of the latest Court of Appeal judgment. It recounted the charges and desired extradition of Kim Dotcom, Bram van der Kolk and Mathias Ortmann.

          It then said: “Until very recently, it was also seeking the extradition of Mr Batato but due to health issues no longer does so.”

          A footnote on the court order said that Batato was “formally discharged” by the District Court – where the extradition case was originally lodged – on June 10 this year.

        • Scarlett Johansson Is Suing Disney For Its Streaming Release Of ‘Black Widow’

          MONDELLO: After the opening weekend, the numbers fell off a cliff. Industry observers suggest that one reason attendance fell so quickly is that Disney had screened the film simultaneously on Disney+, allowing audiences to bypass theaters and watch it at home. Scarlett Johansson is the film’s star and also its executive producer. She says in her lawsuit, which was first reported by The Wall Street Journal, that her agreement with Disney’s Marvel Entertainment guaranteed an exclusive theatrical opening and based her salary in part on the film’s box office performance.

        • Games Workshop is trying to shut down fan animations

          Games Workshop is facing backlash after making changes to its IP [sic] Guidelines to clamp down on fan-made animations.

          For the most part, changes to Games Workshop’s IP Guidelines make a lot of sense. It makes sense for the miniatures company to enforce a zero tolerance policy towards people 3D printing its designs, for example. But things take a turn for the concerning when it comes to a note on fan-made animations, which reads: [...]

        • Copyright Troll Richard Liebowitz Keeps On Losing In Court

          Copyright troll Richard Liebowitz (who once demanded he not be called a copyright troll), who has been suspended from practicing law in NY, continues to rack up embarrassing losses in court. I hadn’t realized that after the Southern District of NY suspended Liebowitz, a bunch of other courts followed suit, asking him why he shouldn’t be suspended elsewhere. In North Dakota, rather than fighting it, Liebowitz meekly consented to the suspension. In the Southern District of Illinois, Liebowitz didn’t even respond to the court’s order to show cause, and was thus suspended as well. In the Eastern District of NY he was suspended as well The 10th Circuit Appeals Court suspended Liebowitz as well. That’s based on just a quick look — it may have happened in other courts too.

        • Jake Paul Fight Piracy: Judge Dismisses Triller’s Lawsuit Against YouTuber

          After filing a wave of lawsuits against entities alleged to have streamed the Jake Paul vs Ben Askren fight without permission, Triller has clocked up another failure in a US court. A lawsuit filed against YouTuber ‘ItsLilBrandon’ has been thrown out by a judge after Triller failed to follow the court’s orders.

        • BREIN Pulled 466 Pirate Sites and Services Offline Last Year

          Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN is one of the most active civil copyright enforcement groups in the world. This week the group announced its 2020 achievements, which include the shutdown of hundreds of pirate sites and services, dozens of settlements, and a local Pirate Bay blockade.

IRC Proceedings: Friday, July 30, 2021

Posted in IRC Logs at 2:18 am by Needs Sunlight

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07.30.21

The Smartest Meter of All

Posted in Deception at 8:35 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Old gas meter
If it’s not broken, why try to fix/replace it?

Summary: Yesterday a lady came over to take our power readings (electric/gas meter); secure these people’s jobs as they help protect people’s privacy (dignity) at home

IMAGINE, if you will, a meter so smart

That you can barely break it apart

Privacy is paramount
Can be verified without a doubt

Doesn’t need replacing
It’s safe within the casing

No battery required
It is not even wired

Ponder, if you will, what’s actually smarter
And why suppliers even bother

Data is on sale
Security breach assured because they fail

[Meme] A Web of False Dichotomies

Posted in Site News at 8:17 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Firefox clones, Chrome clones, Gemini://

Summary: A reminder that Techrights is fully available (all blog posts and wiki pages) in gemini://

Techrights in gemini://

Freenode Shrinks by Another Quarter and Gemini Continues to Grow (For Techrights at Least)

Posted in News Roundup at 7:39 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

IRC is still around, but Freenode/IRC.com won’t be an important part of that

Gemini Turntable
Gemini Turntable

Summary: Freenode continues to perish faster than we’ve imagined; it’s a good thing that we’ve had contingencies set up; regarding the monopolised and increasingly centralised Web, we’re still making baby steps towards weaning ourselves off it

THIS is a “bad news, good news” type of post.

Techrights at irc.techrights.orgFreenode commits to yet another self-harming move, maybe committing suicide by imposing registration on people who wish to enter Freenode (SSO/SASL). Moving people over to our self-hosted IRC network has therefore been a priority.

As someone said in our IRC channel some minutrs ago, “chat.freenode.net sum of channel populations declined from 86k to 64k after the sasl requirement.”

Compare to Libera.Chat:

$ <$z.sorted awk '{a+=$2;} END {print a;}'
173198

“No need for a Web browser (or HTML) to follow Techrights.”To quote the explation: “I just ran it on libera, libera sum of channel populations is now 173k (sum the output of /list -YES)”

The -YES is essential for bypassing warnings.

Sum of Channel Populations
/list -YES -> awk add up

date            freenode irc.fn libera.chat 
2020-03-29      311686
2021-05-19                      27890
2021-05-20      279551          26736
2021-05-21      269785          36115
2021-05-21                      48433
2021-05-23      247790          62421
2021-05-26      221557          25474
2021-06-01      154266          66038
2021-06-06      147001          76833
2021-06-12      128716          74654
2021-06-14      119065          77381
2021-06-15      57192   50806   80256
2021-07-15      87484
2021-07-18              86244   167157
2021-07-30      63968   63648   173198

Things aren’t even fully settled yet.

We are not in Libera.Chat because we try to self-host everything, even Git. It’s the way to go and people everywhere should advocate it. The Internet was originally created to distribute things around, not centralise everything the way Facebook, AWS, ClownFlare, GitHub etc. increasingly do.

When it comes to Gemini, which is self-hosted from home, we’ve convinced a number of people to rely less on the World Wide Web and use gemini:// when possible. Page requests in the past 30 days show growth:

Page requests (gemini://) Date
2358 2021/07/01
2960 2021/07/02
1641 2021/07/03
1755 2021/07/04
2187 2021/07/05
2194 2021/07/06
2122 2021/07/07
8128 2021/07/08
11197 2021/07/09
2243 2021/07/10
2333 2021/07/11
3344 2021/07/12
3808 2021/07/13
3870 2021/07/14
4503 2021/07/15
5183 2021/07/16
3586 2021/07/17
3489 2021/07/18
11802 2021/07/19
14019 2021/07/20
5274 2021/07/21
5463 2021/07/22
3288 2021/07/23
3971 2021/07/24
3897 2021/07/25
3614 2021/07/26
5746 2021/07/27
6072 2021/07/28
3081 2021/07/29
12146 2021/07/30

Total 145,554 (the above combined) with another day to go (2021/07/31). Over time more people adopt and at least partly embrace Gemini space as an alternative to the Web (over 1,500 unique IP addresses above). It sure gives us hope. It’s a drop in the ocean compared to the Web (5 hits/second on average), but any progress counts. More importantly, the option (or alternative) does exist and it is viable. No need for a Web browser (or HTML) to follow Techrights.

Links 31/7/2021: Wine 6.14 and Chrome 93 Beta

Posted in News Roundup at 6:21 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • LHS/Linux in the Ham Shack Episode #422: The Weekender LXXV

        It’s time once again for The Weekender. This is our bi-weekly departure into the world of amateur radio contests, open source conventions, special events, listener challenges, hedonism and just plain fun. Thanks for listening and, if you happen to get a chance, feel free to call us or e-mail and send us some feedback. Tell us how we’re doing. We’d love to hear from you.

      • Perfect Plex Setup | Self-Hosted 50

        We discuss Chris’s latest wall-mounted tablet solution for Home Assistant and several scripts to pimp your Plex setup.

    • Kernel Space

      • VMware Hits A Nasty Performance Regression With Linux 5.13

        VMware has found the Linux 5.13 kernel that was released as stable one month ago has led to a serious performance regression for their ESXi enterprise hypervisor.

        VMware found that there is a big performance regression with Linux 5.13 under their ESXi software. They found that ESXi compute workloads could be affected by up to 3x while networking workloads were at only a 40% regression. Their compute tasks were as simple as Linux kernel compile times that were severely impacted.

        VMware engineers found that this very significant performance regression came from a scheduler change… While the patch in question “sched: Move SCHED_DEBUG sysctl to debugfs” sounds rather mundane, it was found to ultimately impact the default value of sched_wakeup_granularity_ns.

      • Graphics Stack

        • Radeon “Cyan Skillfish” Navi 1x APU Submitted For Linux 5.15 Plus Many Fixes – Phoronix

          AMD driver engineers have submitted their latest batch of AMDGPU feature updates to DRM-Next for queuing ahead of the Linux 5.15 merge window opening up in about one month’s time. With this latest pull request the big addition is the new “Cyan Skillfish” GPU support.

          Posted earlier this month were Linux graphics driver patches for “Cyan Skillfish”, which is the Navi 1x graphics in an APU form factor. Yes, forthcoming Navi 1x APU/SoC rather than Navi 2x or the many Vega-based APUs out there. Details on what “Cyan Skillfish” ultimately maps to remains to be confirmed beyond being an RDNA(1) part.

        • OpenGL Drivers In 2021 Still Sadly Benefit From Faking Their Driver Name / GPU – Phoronix

          Years ago particularly when the open-source Linux GPU drivers were in their infancy it was known in some cases having to fake/spoof the GPU driver name or model in order to workaround artificial bugs / problematic code paths targeted to a particular OpenGL driver or even to achieve greater performance. With a new Mesa merge request called “Unleash the dragon!”, this is still very much a problem in 2021 even now in the Android space.

          Google’s Rob Clark who founded the Freedreno project for open-source Qualcomm Adreno project years ago created this new “Unleash the dragon!” merge request for Mesa. In 2021 the problem has shifted to Android games still relying on OpenGL have become accustomed to artificially changing their settings/capabilities based on the OpenGL renderer and GPU model.

        • Mike Blumenkrantz: Timelines

          I don’t feel like blogging about zink today, so here’s more about everyone’s favorite software implementation of Vulkan.

        • xf86-video-amdgpu 21.0.0 Released For Radeon Linux Users Still On X.Org

          It’s been one year since the last xf86-video-amdgpu release in the form of v19.1 and about two years since the release before that with v19.0… Now the xf86-video-amdgpu 21.0 driver is ready for those who need it. As with all open-source Linux graphics drivers, these X.Org DDX releases are of little value these days given the migration to Wayland and those sticking to X.Org most often just using the generic xf86-video-modesetting driver. All the interesting open-source graphics magic these days happen within the DRM/KMS kernel driver components and Mesa. But unlike Intel who hasn’t even issued a new xf86-video-intel development release in six years or going back seven years to the last stable release, AMD does still put out the yearly or so DDX update.

    • Applications

      • Styli.sh is a Great Dynamic Desktop Wallpaper Changer for Linux

        Bored seeing the same wallpapers every day? This article will show you how to automatically set new wallpapers using Styli.sh on Linux.

        More often than not, we get bored with our current desktop wallpaper as the time passes. If you ever needed a way to automate changing your desktop wallpaper on Linux, this might be the right article for you.

        Automatically switching wallpapers is probably the best way to keep your desktop fresh and full of surprises. There are many apps that can help you do this, but is it worth using an application for such an easy task?

      • The 6 Best Android Emulators for Linux

        One cannot deny the influence of smartphones on people’s lives. These days, there is an application for everyone and everything. Whether it’s a news application to start your day or social media platforms to keep you close to your loved ones, smartphones have truly evolved to be a handy solution.

        There are many loyal Linux users who want to run their favorite Linux apps on the computer. Android is a common de-facto operating system for smartphones to leverage the Linux ecosystem. To initiate this feature, you need to use Android emulators to do your bidding, literally.

        Emulators are computer applications that help you run your Android applications and games on your Linux machine. Here are some common Android emulators that you can use to run and test Android apps on Linux.

      • The 7 Best Open-Source Paint Alternatives for Linux

        There are tons of open-source drawing software in the Linux ecosystem that come with surprisingly enticing features. Linux users have many options when it comes to drawing applications that offer a user-friendly interface and photo editing options.

        You can also create online rooms where multiple users can draw simultaneously. If you are getting excited looking at some of these features, and you feel you can unleash your creativity with these free-to-download software, then hop onto the bandwagon for a ride of a lifetime.

        Check out these seven open-source paint applications for Linux users that offer unique features and great functionalities.

      • Linux Release Roundup #21.31: PulseAudio 15.0, Linux Lite 5.6 RC1, and More New Releases

        PulseAudio 15.0 is an exciting release that adds new hardware support and introduces LDAC and AptX Bluetooth codecs for a high-quality audio listening experience with supported headphones.

      • VirtualBox 6.1.26

        VirtualBox is a powerful x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualization product for enterprise as well as home use. Targeted at server, desktop and embedded use, it is now the only professional-quality virtualization solution that is also Open Source Software.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Create a VirtualBox virtual machine backup on a Linux host for security – TechRepublic

        Jack Wallen teaches you how to use simple bash scripts to automate backing up your VirtualBox VMs.

      • How to play Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne on Linux

        Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne is the sequel to the original Max Payne game developed by Remedy and published by Rockstar. It follows detective Max Payne and continues his story. Here’s how to play it on Linux.

      • How to play Tyranny on Linux

        Tyranny is an RPG video game developed by Obsidian Entertainment and published by Paradox Interactive. Currently, it is out on Windows, OSX, and Linux. Here’s how to get it working on your Linux PC.

      • How to play Middle-earth: Shadow of War on Linux

        Middle-earth: Shadow of War is an action RPG developed by Monolith Productions and published by Warner Bros. It is the second game in the Middle Earth series and is available for PS4, Windows, and Xbox One. Here’s how you can play it on Linux.

      • 10 helpful tips on MySQL performance tuning | FOSS Linux

        Like all other databases, MySQL can be complicated and can stop at a moment’s notice putting all your businesses and tasks on the line. However, common mistakes underlie most of the problems affecting the performance.

        To ensure your server operates efficiently and effectively by providing stable and consistent performance, you must eliminate the mistakes often caused by some subtlety in the workload or configuration trap.

        As data volume grows, it becomes increasingly complex. Therefore, it is essential to optimize the databases well to deliver an efficient end-user experience. MySQL performance tuning is the ultimate solution as it will help provide solutions to these database problems.

      • How to install Jetbrains PhpStorm 2021 on a Chromebook

        Today we are looking at how to install Jetbrains PhpStorm 2021 on a Chromebook. Please follow the video/audio guide as a tutorial where we explain the process step by step and use the commands below.

      • How to see what packages updates available on Alpine Linux – nixCraft

        n Debian or Ubuntu Linux, one can run ‘apt list –upgradable‘ command to see and list available package updates. On RHEL, we can use ‘dnf check-update‘ to list available updates on screen. However, the apk command does not have an option to show and list available security software updates. But fear not. Some other tricks can list, and you can see what packages updates are available on Alpine Linux using the apk command.

      • How To Reuse SSH Connection To Speed Up Remote Login Process Using Multiplexing
      • The Linux Upskill Challenge
      • How to Send Email From the Linux Terminal – Make Tech Easier

        The Linux terminal gives us the power and capacity to perform tons of tasks with a few keyboard strokes. For those who spend most of your time in the terminal, you can also send email directly from the Terminal. This guide takes you by the hand and shows you how you can use various methods and tools to send email straight from the Linux terminal.

      • Linux System Information Commands

        If you’re coming from Windows or macOS, you may be used used to easily finding system information about your machine via the GUI (graphical user interface).

        Since you’ll probably interact with Linux via the command line most of the time, and will operate multiple machines, it’s good to know a few useful commands to know useful information about your system.

      • How to Create Restricted Guest Account in Ubuntu 20.04 / 21.10 GDM | UbuntuHandbook

        ant to enable Guest account in Ubuntu? Without switching to another display manager, you can add Guest in Gnome login screen for people to use your computer while NOT being able to install/remove app, change system wide settings, and access files outside its own directory.

        Guest is available by default in Ubuntu 16.04 Unity desktop. After Ubuntu switched to Gnome Desktop, the feature is removed. For those need Guest account, it’s easy to add it back via following steps.

      • How to install phpPgAdmin on CentOS 7 | LinuxCloudVPS Blog

        phpPgAdmin is a web-based administration tool for PostgreSQL (one of the most popular open-source database management systems). It is written in PHP and it is based on the popular phpMyAdmin interface originally written for MySQL administration. In this tutorial, we will show you how to install phpPgAdmin on CentOS 7. The installation is quick and easy and if you follow the instructions carefully, you will have phpPgAdmin installed on your CentOS 7 VPS in less than 10 minutes. Let’s get started!

      • How to Install aaPanel on Ubuntu 20.04 – RoseHosting

        aaPanel is an open-source and lightweight server control panel used for managing a web hosting environment. It is a simple and alternative to other famous control panels including, cPanel, VestaCP, etc. It comes with a simple and user-friendly web UI that makes your job easier for managing web hosting environment. It consumes very low resources and offers an auto-installer that allows you to install multiple apps with one click. It offers a rich set of features including, File manager, SSL, Cron, Firewall, FTP, Mail, Databases, DNS and Web domain.

      • Removing PipeWire in Gentoo Linux

        PipeWire, all the rage these days, was originally developed for video but was later enhanced to support audio as well, and is now an alternative to PulseAudio and JACK. My laptop running Gentoo Stable (amd64) with the KDE Plasma Desktop had been working fine with PipeWire for some time. The pulseaudio and screencast USE flags were both declared in the file /etc/portage/make.conf. Both audio playback and recording worked fine until a recent upgrade of the packages in my world file, when neither worked any more. The Audio Volume loudspeaker icon (the applet kde-plasma/plasma-pa) on the KDE Plasma panel had a red line through it, and the KMix loudspeaker icon (the applet kde-apps/kmix) on the panel was greyed out. Although I cannot be sure, I suspect the problem started when the first version of PipeWire that supported audio was released. The output of the command ‘ps -ef | grep pulse‘ showed me that both PulseAudio and PipeWire were running. At the time I did not know that PulseAudio is not supposed to be running at the same time as PipeWire. Sometimes when I booted the laptop and logged in, the loudspeaker icons on the Panel would appear correctly and audio output would work properly, but usually this was not the case. This behaviour made me wonder if there was some sort of race condition between the two applications at startup.

      • Install SonarQube on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Server – Linux Shout

        SonarQube is an open-source program to analyze the code quality, formerly it was known as Sonar. Here we will let you know the commands and steps to install SonarQube on Ubuntu 20.04/18.04 LTs server

        This program can find the security vulnerabilities in more than 20 programming languages along with auto analyzing of code quality to detect code bugs and smells. It also offers reports on duplicated code, coding standards, unit tests, code coverage, code complexity, comments, bugs, and security vulnerabilities.

      • Install balenaetcher using repository on Linux – Linux Shout

        balenaetcher is a popular cross-platform bootable USB maker available for Windows, Linux, and macOS.With the minimal interface, this program is very easy to use and operate. Well, on the official website for Linux systems Etcher is available in AppImage format, however, if you don’t want it instead a completed installation using BalenaEtcher repository via command terminal then here is the tutorial for the same.

      • SSH Tunnel using Putty and Firefox | LinuxHostSupport

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to create an SSH Tunnel using Putty and Firefox. SSH tunnel is an encrypted tunnel created through an SSH protocol. SSH Tunnel will be used to transfer unencrypted data over a network through an encrypted channel. If your service provider or some organization has blocked certain sites using their proxy filter you can bypass them with a SOCKS 5 proxy tunnel. In general, SOCKS is a protocol that establishes a TCP connection and exchanges network packets between a client and a server through a proxy server. If you can connect to an external SSH server, you can create an SSH tunnel to forward a port on your local machine to a port in the other machine which will be the other end of the tunnel.

      • How to Securely Transfer Files on Linux With sftp

        Want to share files to and from a remote server? Use the sftp command in Linux to transfer data securely over the internet.

        This guide will explore how to use sftp (SSH File Transfer Protocol), a command-line program for securely transferring files between two Linux computers over a network.

      • How To Install Brackets Editor on Linux Mint 20 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Brackets Editor on Linux Mint 20. For those of you who didn’t know, A brackets code editor is an open-source, lightweight, modern code editor for HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. The functionalities of the Brackets code editor can also be extended using the extensions. It is a cross-platform code editor that is supported on all three major OS platforms: Linux, macOS, and Windows.

        This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of Brackets’s modern open-source code editor on a Linux Mint 20 (Ulyana).

      • Install MongoDB on Ubuntu 20.04

        MongoDB is an open-source document-oriented database system. It is a NoSQL database.

        Instead of storing data in tables of rows or columns like traditional RDBMS databases, MongoDB stores data as documents. Documents consist of fields and value pairs. Documents are stored as JSON format and internal as BSON format. A collection is a group of MongoDB documents.

        MongoDB comes with two editions – Community edition and Enterprise. The community edition is completely free.

        In this tutorial, you will learn how to install MongoDB Community Edition on Ubuntu 20.04.

      • How To Install and Configure Viber Messenger App on Linux Distros

        Viber is one of the oldest online-based communicating applications that has been using widely. It was initially released in 2010 for VoIP services and instant messaging. Viber messenger app is now available for Android, iOS, Windows, Mac, and Linux. You can install the Viber messenger app on your Linux for audio calling, video calling, and chatting. It has a huge amount of stickers, emojis, and filters for making video calling and chatting more fun and user-friendly. Moreover, you can also use the Viber business app for client meetings and other professional works.

      • How To Install Foreman on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Foreman on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Foreman is a complete lifecycle management tool for physical and virtual servers. This app gives system administrators the power to easily automate repetitive tasks, quickly deploy applications, and proactively manage servers, on-premise or in the cloud. Foreman, available as open-source software, becomes even more powerful when integrated with other open-source projects such as Puppet, Chef, Salt, Ansible.

        This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of the Foreman on Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.

      • Success Story: Preparing for Kubernetes Certification Improves a Platform Development Engineer’s Skills
      • System Administrator Appreciation Day 2021: A Panel Discussion
      • Makeshift Kubernetes external load balancer with haproxy | -ENOTTY

        Some time ago I’ve replaced Google Analytics with Plausible. It works great, except for one tiny thing. The map of visitors was empty. Due to various layers of Network Adress Translations in k3s networking setup, the original client IP address information was not reaching analytics engine.

        There are solutions – there is a PROXY Protocol exactly for that case. And Traefik, which handles ingress in k3s, supports PROXY. Only a bit of gymnastic was needed.

        Legacy IPv4 traffic entry point to my bare-metal cluster has a form of a small in-the-cloud virtual machine. It routes incoming TCP/443 traffic over the VPN into the cluster. The VM itself is not a part of kubernetes setup – I cannot run any pods on it. I’ve decided to use Ansible to configure it.

    • Wine or Emulation

      • Wine Announcement

        The Wine development release 6.14 is now available.

        What’s new in this release (see below for details):
        – Mono engine updated to version 6.3.0, with upstream updates.
        – 32->64-bit thunks implemented in WOW64 dll.
        – More preparation work for the GDI syscall interface.
        – Various bug fixes.

        The source is available from the following locations:

        https://dl.winehq.org/wine/source/6.x/wine-6.14.tar.xz

        http://mirrors.ibiblio.org/wine/source/6.x/wine-6.14.tar.xz

        Binary packages for various distributions will be available from:

        https://www.winehq.org/download

        You will find documentation on https://www.winehq.org/documentation

        You can also get the current source directly from the git
        repository. Check https://www.winehq.org/git for details.

        Wine is available thanks to the work of many people. See the file
        AUTHORS in the distribution for the complete list.

      • Wine 6.14 Implements More 32-bit To 64-bit Thunks, Updated Mono

        Wine developers have popped open a new bi-weekly development snapshot of this software that allows Windows games/applications to run on Linux and macOS along with being what powers Valve’s Steam Play (Proton) and CodeWeavers’ CrossOver.

        Wine 6.14 is this latest development snapshot for enjoying Windows applications and game support under Linux. With Wine 6.14 their integrated Mono engine is updated against Mono 6.3, more 32-bit to 64-bit thunks have been implemented in the WOW64 DLL, there is continued preparations around GDI system call support, and various bug fixes.

      • Wine 6.14 released with Mono updates, more prep work for GDI syscall interface | GamingOnLinux

        The Wine hackers have today popped open another bottle to let it breathe for a bit, with the development build Wine 6.14 now available for testing.

        For newer readers and Linux users here’s a refresher – Wine is a compatibility layer built for operating systems like Linux, macOS and BSD. The idea is to allow other platforms to run games and applications only built and supported for Windows. It’s also part of what makes up Steam Play Proton. Once a year or so, a new stable release is made.

    • Games

      • Latest Steam Client Beta Adds a Storage Manager, Linux Improvements

        Valve released a Steam Client Beta update that introduces a Storage Manager, updated the Downloads page, and made other improvements that seem intended to prepare the platform for the release of the new Steam Deck handheld gaming device later this year.

        The new Storage Manager is supposed to allow Steam users to “better manage various game content installed on your drives,” as Valve puts it, by making it easier to see what exactly is installed on each drive. That could prove vital for the Steam Deck, which ships with 64GB, 256GB, or 512GB of onboard storage that can be supplemented by a microSD card.

        Valve also made significant changes to the Downloads page. In addition to user interface tweaks meant to highlight the game that’s currently being downloaded, the new page adds drag-and-drop support for reordering the update queue, changes the Latest News button to a Patch Notes button, and makes it easier to view the contents of an update, among other things.

      • Weekly poll results: Valve’s Steam Deck beats the Nintendo Switch OLED

        Valve stole Nintendo’s thunder – people were already lukewarm on the minimal upgrades brought on by the Switch OLED, but then Valve’s own portable console arrived to offer people an alluring alternative.

        Many complain about the lack of physical game media, which makes it easier to sell old games you no longer need. And that’s true, but Steam’s whole reason for being is to make buying, installing and playing a new game just a few clicks away and doing it online makes the whole process frictionless

      • Epic’s Tim Sweeney Calls Steam Deck ‘Amazing Move By Valve’
      • Steam Deck: 6 New Points You Need to Know

        The Steam Deck is an exciting device for numerous reasons, and we will keep giving you updates as we keep learning about some additional details as they come. In the past week, several additional details have surfaced…

      • Get a free copy of Wanderlust: Transsiberian on GOG with their publisher sale

        Publisher Walkabout is having a bit of sale over on GOG.com and you can grab yourself a free copy of the travelling adventure Wanderlust: Transsiberian.

      • Steam Beta Brings Linux Improvements Ahead of Steam Deck

        There was much excitement for Linux gamers with today’s release of a new Steam beta that brought several Linux-specific updates among a range of cross-platform improvements, most hopefully aimed at optimizing the gaming client before the launch of the Steam Deck.

    • Distributions

      • SUSE/OpenSUSE

        • Node.js, curl update in Tumbleweed

          Among the updated packages that landed this week in the rolling release were curl, GNU Compiler Collection, Node.js, redis and LibreOffice.

          The office suite package LibreOffice came in snapshot 20210728. The update to version 7.1.5.2 provided bugfixes addressing some regressions and a few fixes were made to prevent crashes in Writer. Linux Kernel firmware was updated in the snapshot and PDF rendering library poppler 21.07.0 provided some minor code improvements for build systems while also fixing a memory leak on broken files. The 2.32.3 webkit2gtk3 fixed several crashes and rendering issues and addressed a dozen Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures.

          The 20210727 snapshot provided just a single package update to gcc11. The update of the head branch included the 11.2 release candidate and a corrected adjustment to the General Public License version 3.0. The package update also provided a libc-bootstrap cross compiler for AArch64 and RISC-V.

        • openSUSE Tumbleweed – Review of the week 2021/30

          Dear Tumbleweed users and hackers,

          Solid and predictable – that’s what openSUSE Tumbleweed tries to offer to the users. This also shows in the number of snapshots we release. 5 – 7 snapshots a week is absolutely normal – and was also achieved this week, in which we have published 6 snapshots (0723, 0724, 0725, 0726, 0727, and 0728).

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • Friday’s Fedora Facts: 2021-30

          Here’s your weekly Fedora report. Read what happened this week and what’s coming up. Your contributions are welcome (see the end of the post)!

        • CodeFlare: A New Open-Source Framework For Big Data Integration And Scaling

          CodeFlare is all about end-to-end workflows and pipelines and aims to drastically reduce the time it takes to set up, run, and scale machine-learning tests. The motivation behind CodeFlare, according to Priya Nagpurkar, Director of Cloud Platform Research at IBM Research, “was the emergence of these converged workflows. So you have AI, machine learning, big data, and even simulations and modeling, all coming together into tightly integrated workflows.” But how does this differ from traditional AI/ML platforms? According to Nagpurkar, the difference is, “When I can think about my logic, and I have higher-level interfaces, and I don’t have to worry about the runtime aspects, how do I scale? How do I map it to massive infrastructure?” In the end, CodeFlare deals with workflows as a whole, instead of individual elements.

        • [IBM emeritus who originally brought GNU/Linux to IBM] The Coming Era of Productivity Growth

          “The last 15 years have been tough times for many Americans, but there are now encouraging signs of a turnaround,” wrote economists Erik Brynjolfsson and Georgios Petropoulos in The Coming Productivity Boom, a recent opinion article in the MIT Technology Review. “Productivity growth, a key driver for higher living standards, averaged only 1.3% since 2006, less than half the rate of the previous decade. But on June 3, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that US labour productivity increased by 5.4% in the first quarter of 2021. What’s better, there’s reason to believe that this is not just a blip, but rather a harbinger of better times ahead: a productivity surge that will match or surpass the boom times of the 1990s.”

          After growing at an average annual rate of around 2.8% between 1947 and 1973, US productivity has significantly slowed down, except for the Internet-driven productivity boost between 1996 and 2004. Despite the relentless advances of digital technologies over the past 15 years, – from smartphones and broadband wireless to cloud computing and machine learning, – productivity has only grown at an anemic 1.3%, between 2006 and 2019. Most OECD countries have seen similar slowdowns.

          What accounts for this puzzling so-called productivity paradox and when might it finally end? Over the past several years, Brynjolfsson and his various collaborators have explored this question, first at MIT where he was faculty director of the Initiative on the Digital Economy, and since 2020 at Stanford, where he’s Director of the Stanford Digital Economy Lab. Brynjolfsson discussed alternative explanations for the paradox at a recent MIT conference.

        • Open source meets open design (system)

          In 2019, the Red Hat User Experience (UX) team set out to create our Red Hat digital design system. It has evolved from a few research decks and Adobe XD files to a comprehensive shared design kit library and documentation website that many internal and external teams use every day.

          Our mandate was to design flexible building blocks and use new web technologies to create consistent user experiences that instill trust among visitors or customers who use our system of websites and apps. In this post, we’ll share some of our challenges, actions and outcomes.

      • Debian Family

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • Xubuntu 21.10 to Include New Apps, Including a Clipboard Manager

          Xubuntu users can look forward to some new default apps later this year.

          A handful of additional desktop applications are set to ship in Xubuntu 21.10 when it’s released later this year.

          “Recent team votes have expanded Xubuntu’s collection of apps’”, writes Xubuntu developer Sean Davis in a blog post detailing work going into the upcoming release.

          The applications set to be added include disk usage analyser app Baobab (pictured above, image credit Sean Davis) and the GNOME Disk Utility. Both of these are handy tools to have around. The former is incredibly useful for hunting down disk-space hogging files and folders, while the latter is my (and many others’) go-to partition manager.

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Web Browsers

        • I’ve had enough of QtWebEngine

          I’ve been using the web browser qutebrowser for several years now. It has been my favorite web browser since the very first day when tried it. I like the minimal user interface and I love that it’s 100% keyboard driven.

          Unfortunately, after more than 5 years with qutebrowser, I’m back with Firefox. I don’t know if it’s temporary or not. The reason for it is primarily due to the elephant in the room; QtWebEngine.

        • Chromium

          • Chromium Blog: Chrome 93: Multi-Screen Window Placement, PWAs as URL Handlers, and More

            Unless otherwise noted, changes described below apply to the newest Chrome beta channel release for Android, Android WebView, Chrome OS, Linux, macOS, and Windows. Learn more about the features listed here through the provided links or from the list on ChromeStatus.com. Chrome 93 is beta as of July 29, 2021.

          • Chrome 93 Beta Brings Multi-Screen Window Placement API, CSD-Like Overlay Option

            Following last week’s release of Chrome 92, Google has now made available the Chrome 93 beta as the next iteration of their cross-platform web browser.

            Arguably most interesting with Chrome 93 beta is the Multi-Screen Window Placement API. This new API makes it easier to manage several displays and can be used for use-cases like presentations where one display may be showing a slide deck while another display is showing the speaker notes, managing multiple windows for tool panes like for image and video editors, or virtual trading desks with showing multiple related windows. With Chrome 93 this new Multi-Screen window Placement API is exposed as an origin trial.

        • Mozilla

      • FSF

        • GNU C Library changes copyright policy for glibc contributors [Ed: Coup against FSF]

          The steering committee of the GNU C Library (glibc) has decided that contributors no longer have to automatically transfer their copyrights to the Free Software Foundation (FSF). The changes for glibc will take effect on August 2, 2021 and will be effective for all ongoing development branches of the Library project. From this point onwards, everyone who contributes code to the glibc project is free to decide whether they want to apply their patches with or without transferring rights to the FSF.

        • Licensing/Legal

          • Understanding and Complying with Open Source Software Licenses – Why, When and How [Ed: Lawyers view free software as an "open" door and an opportunity to rob technical people who actual make something]

            Auditing open source software license terms is easier said than done. Like any well-managed process, ongoing compliance is the best practice. This article briefly expands on earlier provided practical open source software compliance tips (see OSS an IP Perspective and Why Security Matters Even More for On-premise Software Vendors | The Privacy Hacker).

      • Programming/Development

        • [KDE] GSoC’21 Week 7: Layout for Oware Activity

          he layout is fairly intuitive. The upper half of the board is controlled by player 1, and the lower half of the board is controlled by player2.

          I also worked on the basic working of the game. I am currently detecting mouse clicks on any of the valid pits on each player’s turn, and moving the corresponding seeds to adjacent pits. If the number of seeds in a pit after dropping a seed into it are 2 or 3, its seeds are captured and added to the score of the player.

        • [Godot Engine] GSoC 2021 – Progress report #1

          We selected 5 projects back in May, and the 5 students and their mentors have now been working on their projects for almost two months. We omitted to announce the projects formally (sorry about that!), but this first progress report written by each student will make up for it by giving a direct glimpse into their work.

        • Python

          • About half of Python libraries in PyPI may have security issues, boffins say • The Register

            Boffins in Finland have scanned the open-source software libraries in the Python Package Index, better known as PyPI, for security issues and said they found that nearly half contain problematic or potentially exploitable code.

            In a research paper distributed via ArXiv, Jukka Ruohonen, Kalle Hjerppe, and Kalle Rindell from the University of Turku describe how they subjected some 197,000 Python packages available through PyPI to a static analysis tool called Bandit and found more than 749,000 instances of at best poor, or at worst insecure, programming.

        • Rust

          • Rust Compiler August Steering Cycle

            n Friday, July 30th, the Rust Compiler team had a planning meeting for the August steering cycle.

            Every fourth Friday, the Rust compiler team decides how it is going to use its scheduled steering and design meeting time over the next three Fridays.

  • Leftovers

    • Integrity/Availability

    • Civil Rights/Policing

    • Monopolies

      • Copyrights

        • An Experimental Alternative to the NFT Market Frenzy

          I first learnt of Hic et Nunc (HEN) in March of 2021, when artist Mario Klingemann began to tweet about the non-fungible token (NFT) platform and the experimental artworks he was minting on the site. I was thinking about how NFTs might reshape the digital economy, while wary of how they could exacerbate the rapid commodification of art and culture. I was also concerned, given how frequently NFTs are written about that there was too much focus on the market versus the actual art. HEN presented itself as a friendly alternative to the hyper-market-driven narrative around NFTs, offering a safe haven for many emerging or experimental artists.

European Media Does Not Care About Europe’s Second-Largest Institution Crushing Basic Laws and Fundamental Rights

Posted in Europe, Patents at 8:44 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum b06946faf234209d775cae7a0e798f21

Summary: New video about the latest publication from SUEPO (the EPO’s staff union); it was published yesterday, seeing that the “Mafia” (what EPO staff actually calls the management!) hasn’t done anything to comply with a wide-ranging set of court rulings from ILO-AT; why has the media said nothing about this and what does that say about today’s media? The material is all in the public domain, in widely understood languages, and SUEPO spoke about it more than 3 weeks ago.

THE bribery and intimidation by EPO management may pay off. They even tried that against me several times. Just like they're lawyering up/aggressing against staff they do the same against media, even bloggers. They’re an aggressive “Mafia”. Ask the original “Kats” (remember the real Merpel?) or my lawyer, who warned me that the EPO had escalated to a notoriously aggressive/combative law firm in London (after the original law firm repeatedly tried — but failed — to silence me). Since then the entire PR team of the EPO (bar one person at most) has left the EPO. Maybe that was too disgusting to them as well! They were taking orders from a Mafioso with nazi-esque family roots and a bunch of military veterans who somehow found their way into a patent office (with no relevant experience). It was like the Office became a battleground rather than a place of the sciences.

“It was like the Office became a battleground rather than a place of the sciences.”"The Deafening Silence of the Media," as noted here back in April, enabled Benoît Battistelli to carry on with his crimes. Today’s media continues to pretend that drunkard António Campinos is a nice guy, no matter all or any evidence to the contrary. He landed at the EPO (with no prior experience there) enjoying presumption of innocence, but he lost the trust of all staff a lot faster than Battistelli had lost it.

Now, with a major situation on his lap (for nearly a month as we've just noted in a meme), he doesn’t show any intention to actually comply with the law. This authoritarian loser is rigging courts in a Trumpian fashion while pretending that other courts (those he does not control) lack legitimacy. Staff is losing patience and a PR blitz won’t change their minds. They’re not gullible.

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