Links 08/04/2022: EndeavourOS Apollo and Wine 7.6

Posted in News Roundup at 7:11 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • Linux GizmosCompulab incorporates the NXP i.MX8M-Plus SoC to their SO-DIMM flexible design

        The CL-SOM-iMX8PLUS is the latest SO-DIMM System on Module produced by Compulab and which aims to target industrial, medical and image/signal processing applications. This device integrates the i.MX8M-Plus SoC and the CL-SOM SO-DIMM to deliver optimum performance and large connectivity in a compact footprint.

        The CL-SOM-iMX8Plus is built around the NXP i.MX8M Plus Quad (Cortex A-53) as its CPU core and it has a max CPU frequency of 1.8GHz. There is also an industrial-grade version of the board (-40C to 85C) but the CPU frequency is decreased to 1.6GHz.


        Compulab also includes a tested BSP with Linux images (Linux Kernel 5.10.9) to facilitate the OS integration process. They also offer support for RTOS SDK and U-Boot boot loader. More information refer to Compulab’s wiki and their Resources section.

      • XDADoes the Acer Swift 3 (2022) laptop run Linux OS?

        The Acer Swift 3 (2022) is one of the newest entrants in the mainstream market. The new Swift 3 refreshed models in 2022 are powered by Intel’s new 12th gen processors and up to 2TB of SSD storage. There’s a lot to like about the new Acer Swift 3 notebooks and we can’t wait to get our hands on them for testing. The Acer Swift 3 laptops have historically been a go-to machine for Linux users. So, does the new Acer Swift 3 run Linux?

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Kernel Space

      • LWNLinux 5.17.2
        I'm announcing the release of the 5.17.2 kernel.
        All users of the 5.17 kernel series must upgrade.
        The updated 5.17.y git tree can be found at:
        	git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-5.17.y
        and can be browsed at the normal kernel.org git web browser:
        greg k-h
      • LWNLinux 5.16.19
      • LWNLinux 5.15.33
      • LWNLinux 5.10.110
    • Applications

      • Medevel37 open-source free EPUB e-book viewers and readers for Windows, Linux, macOS, and Mobile.

        The EPUB is a popular e-book (or e-book) format and file extension that stands for electronic publications. It is a one file that compress a whole book within. It is appeared first in 2007, and originally developed by the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF).

        EPUB or EPUB format is much easier to view, edit, customize style, fonts, colors than the PDF format.

        Nowadays, the EPUB format is the favorite format among many popular book publishers and digital publishing agencies.

        The EPUB digital book format requires a special program to display and read its content. There are many commercial and proprietary software for all platforms, so in this article we offer you an open-source alternative collection.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • nixCraftHow to find out what filesystems Linux kernel supports

        How do I find out what filesystems my Linux kernel supports using the command line option?The post How to find out what filesystems Linux kernel supports appeared first on nixCraft.

      • How to Install Ansible (Automation Tool) on Debian 11

        Ansible is a free and open-source automation tool. It is used for configuration management and application deployment. Ansible is available for almost all UNIX like operating systems.

        System on which Ansible is installed is known as ‘Control Node’ and systems which are being managed by ansible are known as ‘managed host’. We don’t need to install any agent on managed hosts as Ansible works on ssh protocol (default port 22).

        In this guide, we will learn how to install and use ansible on Debian 11 system. For the demonstration purpose, I am using following Lab.

      • ID RootHow To Install Fork CMS on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Fork CMS on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Fork CMS is a free open source content management system (CMS) written in PHP and uses Symphony components. It combines the much-needed intuitive and user-friendly interface with technological innovations and powerful apps that help you create, manage and monitor your website.

        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 Fork CMS 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.

      • LinuxiacCentOS 8 to Oracle Linux 8 Migration: A Step-by-Step Guide

        This article will guide you through every step to migrate your current CentOS 8 installation to Oracle Linux 8.

        With the focus shifting from the CentOS project to CentOS Stream, several distros have emerged on the Linux scene, competing for the position of preferred CentOS replacement.

        One of the leading contenders is Oracle Linux. It is free to download, use, and distribute operating system, a 1:1 binary compatible fork of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL).

      • Install NoMachine on Ubuntu 22.04 – kifarunix.com

        Welcome to our tutorial on how to install NoMachine on Ubuntu 22.04. NoMachine is a remote desktop tool just like VNC, TeamViewer. It is designed to work across several platforms such as Windows, Mac and Linux to give users access to the physical desktop of the remote computer. NoMachine provides the best, fastest and highest quality remote desktop experience.

      • MakeTech EasierHow to Fix Windows MBR from Ubuntu – Make Tech Easier

        If you have tried to dual boot your Windows system with Linux, then you probably encountered some changes that may not be welcome. When installing Linux in this environment, the GRUB bootloader will overwrite the Windows bootloader within the Master Boot Record (MBR).

        This is also true in reverse: If you have installed Linux first and then decide to install Windows, the Windows bootloader will overwrite GRUB. You will then find that there is no way to boot into your Linux Desktop.

      • HowTo ForgeHow to Configure Path-Based routing in an AWS Application Load Balancer

        In AWS, ELB and Elastic Load Balancing exists a concept where the servers can be added or released as per the demand of our application and the incoming traffic from an application is distributed among multiple targets. In this tutorial, we will configure path-based routing for an Application Load Balancer on AWS. We are going to use an IAM user account for this task.

      • HowTo ForgeHow to Install Webmin with Free Let’s Encrypt SSL on Rocky Linux 8

        Webmin is a free, open-source, and web-based Linux administration and management tool that allows you to configure the Linux system via a web browser. In this tutorial, I will show you how to install Webmin with Nginx and Let’s Encrypt SSL on Rocky Linux 8.

      • Trend OceansHow to extract a .7z compressed file in Linux – TREND OCEANS

        File owners choose several types of compression utilities as per their requirements. Sometimes they may use tar, unzip, bzip, and 7z, among other archiving and compression utilities.

        And when you want to limit your space footprint, then 7z is an ideal compression mechanism, and that’s a reason one of the websites provides the VMware image in a 7z compressed file.

        If you have downloaded the 7z compressed file or whenever you want to extract a 7z compressed file, you need to have p7zip and p7zip-full installed on your system.

      • Make Use OfHow to Better Manage AppImages on Linux With AppImage Pool

        AppImage is a universal package format that simplifies the distribution and installation of Linux packages. Its biggest advantage over conventional Linux packages is that it’s distro-agnostic, meaning AppImages are easy for developers to develop and distribute and for users to use.

        That said, AppImage does have some shortcomings. One such is that it doesn’t have a central repository where you can browse and manage AppImages.

        This is where AppImage Pool comes into play. It’s a simple desktop client for AppImageHub—a catalog of AppImages—with simplified categories and some additional features, which makes AppImage management easier.

        Let’s dive in to explore AppImage Pool.

      • Question about malicious web requests

        Just a little while ago I happened to be glancing at this server’s NGINX logs and noticed some obviously malicious requests resulting in 404s. Here is one of them.

      • Linux Made SimpleHow to update the Linux container and Linux applications on a Chromebook

        Today we are looking at how to update the Linux container and Linux applications 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.

      • ID RootHow To Install Cockpit on CentOS 9 Stream – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Cockpit on CentOS 9 Stream. For those of you who didn’t know, The cockpit is a free remote server manager that is lightweight and easy to use for GNU/Linux servers. It has a pretty web console that allows system administrators to easily perform tasks such as storage administration, network configuration, starting Docker containers, checking out the server performance, start and stop services, and many other administrative operations.

        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 Cockpit server manager on CentOS 9 Stream.

      • How I set up my data and backup strategy as a Linux user – Real Linux User

        I write a lot about applications running on Linux and how to use them productively. From the many responses I receive from my readers, these articles are generally highly appreciated. However, applications do not stand alone. They use data, they also produce data and they exchange data with each other. Data workflow, data organization and data management are subjects that have always fascinated me. But it is also an important topic that I think everyone should think carefully about. You don’t want to know how many people have not implemented a good backup strategy for their important data. Personally, I always like to read articles or watch videos about how other people have arranged their data workflow, because their specific situations are very educational, but also very different and help to think about your own data situation. So, in this article, I will share a behind-the-scenes insight into how I handle my data in my Linux-based workflow, hoping it gets you thinking, gives ideas or perhaps triggers improvements, in your existing workflow. So here is an insight into how I set up my data and backup strategy as a Linux user.

    • Wine or Emulation

      • WineHQ – Wine Announcement – The Wine development release 7.6 is now available.
        The Wine development release 7.6 is now available.
        What's new in this release:
          - Mono engine updated to version 7.2.0.
          - More progress on the PE conversion of graphics drivers.
          - Locale support using the new CLDR-based database.
          - Various bug fixes.
        The source is available from the following locations:
        Binary packages for various distributions will be available from:
        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.
    • Games

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • Geeky GadgetsMaui Shell Alpha Linux OS for phones and desktops

          The development team responsible for creating the Linux NitruxOS (NXOS) distribution have this week released a new Alpha version of their Maui Shell. Designed to work on almost any screen size from desktop to smart phone the Maui Shell is now available as an official Alpha release and the source code can be downloaded from GitHub.

          “This new revision of Maui Shell introduces many fixes and missing features, completing parts of Shell’s basic functionality. This cycle focused on Cask, the shelf itself, and encompassing the panel, the dock, launcher, dialogs, cards, etc. We put a significant part of the work into refining elements such as cards, dialogs, sliders, buttons, etc., to make it all look more cohesive and coherent across different form factors, visually and in the user experience. Missing functionality was introduced: from the panel controls for handling: sound, Bluetooth, dark mode, network, brightness, and media controls, to the backend.”

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

    • Distributions

      • Barry KaulerOE and woofQ project tarballs used for Easy 3.4.5

        Most packages used in EasyOS are compiled from source by a derivative of OpenEmbedded. This project is currently only available as a tarball.

      • 9to5LinuxEndeavourOS Apollo Lands with Worm WM, Improved Installation Experience, and More

        Yes, the Apollo has landed, four months after EndeavourOS Atlantis and three and a half months after EndeavourOS Atlantis Neo, full of improvements around the installation process and to the live session in an attempt to attract more users to this popular Arch Linux-based rolling-release distro.

        First of all, let’s talk about the big features in EndeavourOS Apollo, which is powered by the latest and greatest Linux 5.17 kernel series and the Mesa 22 graphics stack series.

      • LinuxiacEndeavourOS Apollo Comes with a Brand-New Window Manager

        EndeavourOS Apollo brings massive improvements to the Calamares installer and introduces a new X11-based window manager.

        EndeavourOS is a user-friendly Arch Linux-based rolling release distro with some handy new features that improve the user experience. It fits into a similar-but-different niche as Manjaro.

        Most readers may probably remember the Antergos Linux distribution, discontinued in 2019. After that, a group of the older community merged efforts to create a new continuation of that distribution, EndeavourOS.

        Today, almost four months after the previous EndeavourOS Neo release, the distro has a new update. The developers have announced the new EndeavourOS Apollo update, which is currently available to download and install.

      • The Apollo release has landed – EndeavourOS

        Time flies when you’re having fun and that certainly goes for developing this main release, so in a way, I am sort of apologizing for the longer wait than we initially promised you.

        The ISO development team and the community editions team have been working very hard to improve the EndeavourOS installation experience for a newly installed system. Perhaps needless to say but once installed, EndeavourOS keeps rolling, so existing users don’t have to install Apollo.

      • SUSE/OpenSUSE

        • openSUSE Tumbleweed – Review of the week 2022/14 – Dominique a.k.a. DimStar (Dim*)

          Another week has gone by, and despite me claiming we won’t be using openQA anymore (hey, it was April 1st; you should know not to trust anything you read on that day), we are of course very much relying on it. Tumbleweed couldn’t possibly be as stable as it is without the help of openQA and the fabulous team developing and maintaining it. So since last Friday we have thrown a full set of 7 snapshots at openQA and received a ‘go’ back for all of them. so we pushed out 7 snapshots (0331, 0401, 0402, 0403, 0404, 0405, and 0406)

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • FedoraFriday’s Fedora Facts: 2022-14

          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)!

        • Red Hat OfficialRed Hat’s The State of Enterprise Open Source report: Highlights from the financial services industry

          Red Hat’s fourth annual The State of Enterprise Open Source report highlights how organizations have adapted to new ways of operating — whether due to external forces or proactive choices — and are selecting methods that provide better competitive advantage.

          The report is based on interviews of 1,296 IT leaders from 14 countries, presenting an unbiased view of the use of enterprise open source. Respondents stated they have influence over the purchasing decisions within their organization (in app development, app infrastructure, cloud, storage, middleware, server OS, or virtualization), and were not informed that Red Hat was the sponsor of the survey. Respondents also needed to be familiar with enterprise open source, and have at least 1% Linux installed at their organizations.

        • IBM Old Timer[IBM Emeritus] Irving Wladawsky-Berger: The Tech Trends that Will Most Reshape Companies Over the Next Decade

          “In the next decade, we’ll experience more progress than in the past 100 years combined, as technology reshapes health and materials sciences, energy, transportation, and a wide range of other industries and domains,” notes a recent McKinsey study on the The top trends in tech. “The implications for corporations are broad.”

          “These trends may not represent the coolest, most bleeding-edge technologies. But they’re the ones drawing the most venture money, producing the most patent filings, and generating the biggest implications for how and where to compete and the capabilities you need to accelerate performance.”

          “Unifying and underlying them all is the combinatorial effect of massively faster computation propelling new convergences between technologies; startling breakthroughs in health and materials sciences; an array of new product and service functionalities; and a strong foundation for the reinvention of companies, markets, industries, and sectors.”

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • OMG UbuntuUpgrading from Ubuntu 20.04? Look Out for These Features in 22.04

          In addition to all the (many) new features introduced as part of Ubuntu 22.04, LTS users will finally get to benefit from the cumulative changes shipped in Ubuntu 20.10, 21.04 and 21.10.

          And to help bring LTS to LTS upgraders up to speed I’ve put together the following guide. In it, I detail 20 new features, changes, and improvements to look out for in Ubuntu 22.04 LTS ‘Jammy Jellyfish’.

          This is by no means exhaustive. Only some of the changes mentioned below are specifically new in 22.04, the rest were introduced in earlier builds but are ‘new’ to LTS upgraders. If you ride the interim releases (like I do) then the majority of this list will be familiar.

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • MedevelData Crow is a free media cataloger and media organizer.

        Ever wanted to catalog organize your collections of movies, music, apps, images, and books, then you didn’t find the right software to do so, here is a perfect one: Data Crow.

      • MedevelOpenDocMan is an open-Source Document Management System (DMS) for enterprise

        OpenDocMan is a free, web-based, open source document management system (DMS) written in PHP designed to comply with ISO 17025 and OIE standard for document management. It features web based access, fine-grained control of access to files, and automated install and upgrades.

        It is a modular system that has dozens of plugins to extend its functionalities.


        OpenDocMan is released under the open-source GPL license.

      • SaaS/Back End/Databases

        • PostgreSQLPostgreSQL: pgAdmin 4 v6.8 Released

          The pgAdmin Development Team is pleased to announce pgAdmin 4 version 6.8. This release of pgAdmin 4 includes 22 bug fixes and new features. For more details please see the release notes.

          pgAdmin is the leading Open Source graphical management tool for PostgreSQL.

      • Programming/Development

        • QtQtQuick3D QML Profiler Events

          In Qt 6.3 we have added QML Profiler events in QtQuick3D. Starting with Qt Creator 7.0 you can see the events in QML Profiler timeline.

        • GoogleGoogle Summer of Code 2022: Contributor applications now open
        • FOSSLifeContributor Applications Open for Google Summer of Code 2022

          Contributor applications for Google Summer of Code (GSoC) 2022 are now open. If you are new to open source, GSoC can help you learn about interesting projects to which you can contribute.

        • OpenSource.comPeek inside your Git repo with rev-parse | Opensource.com

          I use Git a lot. In fact, there’s probably an argument that I sometimes misuse it. I use Git to power a flat-file CMS, a website, and even my personal calendar.

          To misuse Git, I write a lot of Git hooks. One of my favorite Git subcommands is rev-parse, because when you’re scripting with Git, you need information about your Git repository just as often as you need information from it.

        • DTPygments style gallery
        • PR NewswireIAR Systems brings low-code state machine design solution to Linux

          IAR Systems®, the world leader of software and services for embedded development, today announced the latest version of the graphical modeling and code generation solution IAR Visual State. The new version introduces cross-platform host support that allows IAR Visual State to run on either Linux or Windows, enabling flexible and efficient development workflows based on state machines.

  • Leftovers

    • Hardware

      • CNX SoftwareE Ink Kaleido 3 color e-paper display increases color saturation by 30 percent, reduces blue light reflections – CNX Software

        E Ink’s latest Kaleido 3 color ePaper display increases color saturation by 30 percent compared to the earlier Kaleido Plus color e-paper display, integrates E Ink ComfortGaze new front light technology engineered to reduce the amount of blue light reflected off the surface of the display, in order to provide further comfort while reading.

        The new modules based on Kaleido 3 will be offered in various panel sizes including 7.8-inch, 10.3-inch, and 13.3-inch, support up to 16 levels of grayscale and 4096 colors, and target eReaders and eNote devices.

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Security

          • LWNSecurity updates for Friday [LWN.net]

            Security updates have been issued by Arch Linux (libtiff), Debian (chromium), Fedora (buildah and chromium), openSUSE (firefox), SUSE (firefox, libsolv, libzypp, and openjpeg2), and Ubuntu (firefox and python-oslo.utils).

          • Reproducible Builds in March 2022 — reproducible-builds.org

            Welcome to the March 2022 report from the Reproducible Builds project! In our monthly reports we outline the most important things that we have been up to over the past month.

          • Dark ReadingLinux Systems Are Becoming Bigger Targets [Ed: Bigger targets for media FUD campaigns which intentionally overlook (barely even mention) epic incidents and back doors in proprietary software, whose vendors pay the media]
          • Network World10 essential Linux tools for network and security pros | Network World

            Picking just 10 Linux open source security tools isn’t easy, especially when network professionals and security experts have dozens if not several hundred tools available to them.

            There are different sets of tools for just about every task—network tunneling, sniffing, scanning, mapping. And for every environment—Wi-Fi networks, Web applications, database servers.

            We consulted a group of experts (Vincent Danen, vice president of product security, RedHat; Casey Bisson, head of product growth, BluBracket; Andrew Schmitt, a member of the BluBracket Security Advisory Panel; and John Hammond, senior security researcher, Huntress) to develop this list of must-have Linux security tools.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • Public KnowledgeIntroducing the ‘Movin’ On Up A Little Higher’ Series – Public Knowledge

        We at Public Knowledge have written and presented extensively on the uniquely perilous market dynamics of digital platform markets. Economic terms like “steep barriers to entry,” “network effects,” and “economies of scope and scale” don’t fully convey how these economic problems harm real people every day. That’s why we are launching this “Movin’ On Up A Little Higher” blog post series whose title was inspired by the Civil Rights Movement songstress Mahalia Jackson’s spirit-stirring ballad.

      • Breaking Things at Work: The Luddites Were Right About Why You Hate Your Job

        What is automation? As we have seen, machines have replicated and augmented human work processes for centuries, and that is often the colloquial use of “automation” in our current moment. But “automation” was not used to describe this process until 1947, when Delmar Harder, vice president of manufacturing at Ford Motor Company, created its Automation Department. The department’s engineers redesigned automobile production so that materials were automatically conveyed from one process to another, obviating the need for laborers to load and unload machines.Further, the process was itself increasingly machine-controlled, through a system of timers, switches, and relays — what technology historian David Hounsell calls the “electromechanical brain.”

        Most of the technologies involved in automation had been developed and implemented in other industries years before their incorporation into Ford’s production process. What made automation new was its centrality to Ford’s manufacturing strategy, coming at a time of historic unrest among autoworkers, and in particular, on the heels of a costly twenty-four-day strike at Ford’s massive River Rouge plant in May of 1949. Not only would the new technologies dramatically reduce an unruly labor force, but they allowed Ford to decentralize its production away from the roiling unrest of Detroit as the company opened new automated factories in Cleveland and Buffalo. Workers immediately perceived the threat, and automation was, from its inception, a deeply politicized issue.

        Today, the headlines scream about automation’s potential to replace workers, often in language reminiscent of anti-immigrant rhetoric: robots are threatening to “take” or “steal” jobs. You can even go to the website willrobotstakemyjob.com and input specific occupations to get statistics on the likelihood of such theft. Writers have only a 3.8 percent chance — “totally safe” — while machinists face an alarming percent. “Robots are watching,” the site cautions. These numbers are drawn from a widely cited 2013 report by economist Carl Benedikt Frey and computer scientist Michael A. Osborne that concluded 47 percent of total US employment would be automated by 2034.

        Many writers on the radical left have accepted this framing of automation, and even extended and detourned its implications, making “full automation” central to the transcendence of capitalist exploitation. In “Inventing the Future,” Alex Williams and Nick Srnicek argue, “Without full automation, postcapitalist futures must necessarily choose between abundance at the expense of freedom (echoing the work-centricity of Soviet Russia) or freedom at the expense of abundance, represented by primitivist dystopias.” Peter Frase’s “Four Futures,” which plays out an assortment of postcapitalisms, utopian and dystopian, holds “perfect automation” as “the constant in [the] equation.” And Aaron Bastani’s “Fully Automated Luxury Communism” pushes this idea to its limits, promising a future of boundless leisure for all, supplemented by a profusion of goods and services delivered sans human exploitation: “We will see more of the world than ever before, eat varieties of food we never have heard of, and lead lives equivalent — if we so wish — to those of today’s billionaires.”

        Such a framing is both simple and attractive, especially to those of us trapped in dead-end jobs and eking out precarious existences; if robots, rather than if we and our fellow workers, performed these tasks, and the productivity of technology were widely dispersed, maybe we could live our lives like the rich do. Like those cheesy banner ads that were all over the web in the late 2000s, you could have a fulfilling e

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • A phone that’s just a web browser

        Web browsers, and the modern web in general, are bloated. [citation needed] A lot of people are trying to get away from that, whether it be with the smol web, a return to Gopher, the invention of Gemini, or what have you.


        My brain probably conjured this by cribbing inspiration from Vivaldi and SeaMonkey. Both have build-in email support. Vivaldi also has a notepad (which I never use, because it saves everything as a json blob that’s impractical to edit with external tools) and a built-in browser game that the devs made a big deal out of when it launched but which no one ever talks about anymore. SeaMonkey has a built-in IRC client and HTML editor. So why not make a whole OS out of a browser?

        This is a bad idea, for sure, but sharing is caring, and I care about all of you out there in the smol internet. <3

      • Tedium10 Networking Technologies That You Probably Aren’t Using

        If you’re using a 2G or 3G phone to access the internet or make calls, I’m sorry to tell you that it’s going offline very soon, if it hasn’t already. T-Mobile already shut off the CDMA network for its legacy Sprint customers, while it’s expected to shut off its GSM networks at the end of the year, something Verizon is already planning to do. Networking, of course, requires a connection on the other end of the line. So to add onto my series of things that “didn’t make it,” here’s a list of networking technologies that probably aren’t a part of your life. Unless they are, in which case I encourage you to send me a message telling me how you’re still using Token Ring on your local area network.

      • AccessNowU.S. Treasury moves to keep Russians connected despite sanctions – Access Now

        Yesterday, the U.S. Treasury Department issued a General License to exempt internet communications services, and related software, hardware, or technologies, from U.S. sanctions against Russia. This decision comes in direct response to a coalition letter, led by Access Now and the Wikimedia Foundation, that calls on U.S. President Biden and his administration to ensure the people of Russia and Belarus are not cut off from the internet.

        This decision will make it possible for Russian independent media, human rights defenders, and anti-war protesters who depend on U.S. communication technologies can continue their critical work safely.

        “The Russian government must end its illegal war of aggression, but denying Russian people access to legitimate information and secure technologies undermines the struggle,” said Peter Micek, General Counsel at Access Now. “We commend the Biden Administration for crafting smarter sanctions, listening to civil society, and encouraging the tech sector to join the fight, not simply cut and run from Russia.”

    • Monopolies

      • The Prohibiting Anticompetitive Mergers Act – A Radical and Duplicative Bill

        Democrats in both the House and Senate recently introduced H.R. 7101/S. 3847, the “Prohibiting Anticompetitive Mergers Act” (PAMA) sponsored by Rep. Jones and Sen. Warren. The bill is yet another merger ban bill (which also includes unwinding previous mergers) targeted at leading technology services in the mold of H.R. 7835, the Ending Platforms Monopoly Act and H.R. 3726, the Platform Competition and Opportunity Act, along with its Senate companion S. 3197.

        The newest attempt at regulation is helmed by seven senators and eleven House members. It is conceivable that the sweeping nature of this bill could shift the “Overton Window” of industrial policies that are plausible, making other House and Senate Judiciary Committee proposals, namely S. 2992 and H.R. 3816, appear as more sober, thoughtful, and therefore worthy of floor time. But as DisCo has previously discussed, those bills have lots of problems as well. [ 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5]

        Because previous anti-tech bills introduced in this Congress were marked up without any prior legislative hearings in the House or the Senate, it would not be surprising if this radical bill followed the same route. This new trend of marking up bills, especially those that will have arguably the biggest consequence for antitrust in over 100 years since the Sherman and Clayton Acts and would stand to overturn the prevailing consumer welfare standard [1, 2], should be stopped by Congress as discussed previously. The public and interested stakeholders should be afforded the time to digest the import of these bills, register concerns, ask questions, and expect redress and discussion with lawmakers.

Links 08/04/2022: FreeBSD 13.1 RC2 and OpenSSH 9.0

Posted in News Roundup at 11:32 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Kernel Space

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • How to use Syncplay for videos on Linux | FOSS Linux

        Syncplay is a free, open-source application that allows users to synchronize their media players with remote peers to view videos together. It is available for Linux, Microsoft Windows, macOS, and *BSD. It supports the following media players: MPV, MPC-HC, VLC, and MPC-BE, with each user having the option of using any of them.

        Thus, it doesn’t make a difference whether or not you use Linux and your buddies use Windows or macOS. On the internet, you may still participate in a shared video experience.

        Syncplay’s objective is to synchronize the position and play state of a video across several users. This implies that whenever one user searches or pauses the video, the effects are shared with all other connected users. You may either use one of the publicly available free Syncplay servers or run your public or private Syncplay server on Linux, Windows, or macOS.

        We’ll discuss every aspect you need to know about Syncplay in this tutorial, including its features, how it works, and, most significantly, how to use it. Thus, without further ado, let us begin!

      • DedoimedoHow to install and use Kerkythea in Linux – Tutorial

        Welcome. This article is part of my ongoing series on moving away from Windows as my primary operating system. Several months ago, I’ve come to the conclusion that the days of the sane, classic desktop computing in Windows are numbered, and I must migrate away ere it’s too late. Now, there’s no panic. The real problems will most likely start around the EOL of Windows 10, which means 2025 at the earliest. Till then, I promised to do a long series of Windows-to-Linux migration guides around this topic, and create a functional, productive alternative setup for myself, with Linux and the Plasma desktop as my choice.

        So far, I’ve told you about my generic plan for this adventure. There are some good news already. A fair deal of my favorite software is already cross-platform and/or native to Linux. Other stuff works through WINE. The whole thing will, predictably, boil down to office and games. Now, I want to show you how you can use Kerkythea, a photorealistic, 3D rendering program, in Linux. Follow me.

      • H2S MediaHow to Install FreeTube on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy – Linux Shout

        Install the YouTube Player app called FreeTube on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy JellyFish for watching videos without advertisements and prevent Google from tracking you with their cookies and JavaScript.

      • HowTo ForgeHow to Install GlusterFS on Rocky Linux
      • Fedora MagazaineSamba as AD and Domain Controller – Fedora Magazine

        Having a server with Samba providing AD and Domain Controller functionality will provide you with a very mature and professional way to have a centralized place with all users and groups information. It will free you from the burden of having to manage users and groups on each server. This solution is useful for authenticating applications such as WordPress, FTP servers, HTTP servers, you name it.

        This step-by-step tutorial about setting up Samba as an AD and Domain Controller will demonstrate to you how you can achieve this solution for your network, servers, and applications.

      • nixCraftHow to install and edit desktop files on Linux (Desktop entries)

        Linux comes with three commands for developers, sysadmins and users to set up a hierarchy of applications, typically displayed as a menu. In other words, these commands allow third-party software to add menu items that work for all desktops.

      • nixCraftfile_get_contents(): https:// wrapper is disabled in the server configuration

        So while working on some custom code for this website, I noticed broken functionality. Initially, I thought Cloudflare blocked the origin server IP address. So I looked into the Cloudflare log and found nothing.

      • Linux Shell TipsHow to Install MariaDB Server in AlmaLinux

        Since AlmaLinux has Red Hat Enterprise Linux binary compatibility, this free and open-source Linux OS distribution projects production-grade, and community-supported OS attributes.

        These traits make AlmaLinux an ideal candidate for web-based applications. When it comes to the development and production of such applications, the need for an ideal and performant database management software is mandatory.

      • Red Hat OfficialHow to configure GTID-based replication on MySQL servers | Enable Sysadmin

        Using Global Transaction Identifiers for data replication makes rollouts, debugging, and configuration much easier for admins.

      • Vitux5 Ways to speed up your Ubuntu System – VITUX

        As you become a regular and experienced Ubuntu user, you may notice that the speed of your Ubuntu system decreases over time. This may be due to a variety of applications you have installed from time to time, or because your configuration settings are not optimal for a faster Ubuntu experience. In this article, I’ll show you several ways to speed up your Ubuntu system that have worked for me over the years.

        The commands and procedures mentioned in this article were run on an Ubuntu 20.04 and Ubuntu 18.04 LTS system and they will also work on the upcoming Ubuntu 22.04.

      • How to check which version of Linux Mint you are using

        How to check which version of Linux Mint you are using
        In this tutorial you will learn different methods to check which version of Linux version you are using.

        This information is useful when you are having issues and want to troubleshoot them, or simply want to know more about the operating system that you are using.

        You can read this information via different methods, via System info app or via terminal by typing the command.

      • ELinuxSolusVM: Cancelling stuck migrations | Elinux.co.in | Linux Cpanel/ WHM blog | Linux Webhosting Blog, Linux blogs

        There is a rare bug which can occur with SolusVM, in which migrations will get stuck at 0% – no matter how much time passes, like so or if you want to cancel the migration process because of slow transfer speed.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

    • Distributions

      • BSD

        • FreeBSDFreeBSD 13.1-RC2 Now Available
          The second RC build of the 13.1-RELEASE release cycle is now available.
          Installation images are available for:
          o 13.1-RC2 amd64 GENERIC
          o 13.1-RC2 i386 GENERIC
          o 13.1-RC2 powerpc GENERIC
          o 13.1-RC2 powerpc64 GENERIC64
          o 13.1-RC2 powerpcspe MPC85XXSPE
          o 13.1-RC2 armv6 RPI-B
          o 13.1-RC2 armv7 GENERICSD
          o 13.1-RC2 aarch64 GENERIC
          o 13.1-RC2 aarch64 RPI
          o 13.1-RC2 aarch64 PINE64
          o 13.1-RC2 aarch64 PINE64-LTS
          o 13.1-RC2 aarch64 PINEBOOK
          o 13.1-RC2 aarch64 ROCK64
          o 13.1-RC2 aarch64 ROCKPRO64
          o 13.1-RC2 riscv64 GENERICSD
          Note regarding arm SD card images: For convenience for those without
          console access to the system, a freebsd user with a password of
          freebsd is available by default for ssh(1) access.  Additionally,
          the root user password is set to root.  It is strongly recommended
          to change the password for both users after gaining access to the
          Installer images and memory stick images are available here:
          The image checksums follow at the end of this e-mail.
          If you notice problems you can report them through the Bugzilla PR
          system or on the -stable mailing list.
          If you would like to use Git to do a source based update of an existing
          system, use the "releng/13.1" branch.
          A summary of changes since 13.1-RC1 includes:
          o libc: Restore fp state upon flush error in fputc
          o Updates to the bsd-family-tree history file.
          o Update contrib/expat to 2.4.7.
          o Treat cache write as a read in arm64 data faults.
          o pf: Initialize the table entry zone limit at initialization time.
          o mpr/mps/mpt: verify cfg page ioctl lengths.
          o zlib updated to version 1.2.12.
          o cxgbe: fix enabling lro & rxtimestamps.
          o uart(4): Add a concept of "unique" serial devices.
          o powerpc: implement __clear_cache.
          o fstyp: detect Raspberry Pi Pico boot filesystem as FAT.
          o Various LinuxKPI updates, fixes, and KBI corrections.
          o net80211: validate Mesh ID length in ieee80211_parse_beacon.
          o netmap: Fix integer overflow in nmreq_copyin.
          o netmap: Fix TOCTOU vulnerability in nmreq_copyin.
          o libarchive: merge vendor bugfixes.
          o libbe: pull props for the correct dataset in be_mounted_at().
          o libbe: fix be_mounted_at() with props after bootonce.
          o Various bectl/libbe fixes and updates.
          o mrsas(4) updates.
          o Updates and fixes to VFS.
          A list of changes since 13.0-RELEASE is available in the releng/13.1
          release notes:
          Please note, the release notes page is not yet complete, and will be
          updated on an ongoing basis as the 13.1-RELEASE cycle progresses.
          === Virtual Machine Disk Images ===
          VM disk images are available for the amd64, i386, and aarch64
          architectures.  Disk images may be downloaded from the following URL
          (or any of the FreeBSD download mirrors):
          BASIC-CI images can be found at:
          The partition layout is:
              ~ 16 kB - freebsd-boot GPT partition type (bootfs GPT label)
              ~ 1 GB  - freebsd-swap GPT partition type (swapfs GPT label)
              ~ 20 GB - freebsd-ufs GPT partition type (rootfs GPT label)
          The disk images are available in QCOW2, VHD, VMDK, and raw disk image
          formats.  The image download size is approximately 135 MB and 165 MB
          respectively (amd64/i386), decompressing to a 21 GB sparse image.
          Note regarding arm64/aarch64 virtual machine images: a modified QEMU EFI
          loader file is needed for qemu-system-aarch64 to be able to boot the
          virtual machine images.  See this page for more information:
          To boot the VM image, run:
              % qemu-system-aarch64 -m 4096M -cpu cortex-a57 -M virt  \
          	-bios QEMU_EFI.fd -serial telnet::4444,server -nographic \
          	-drive if=none,file=VMDISK,id=hd0 \
          	-device virtio-blk-device,drive=hd0 \
          	-device virtio-net-device,netdev=net0 \
          	-netdev user,id=net0
          Be sure to replace "VMDISK" with the path to the virtual machine image.
        • OpenSSHOpenSSH 9.0
          OpenSSH 9.0 was released on 2022-04-08. It is available from the
          mirrors listed at https://www.openssh.com/.
          OpenSSH is a 100% complete SSH protocol 2.0 implementation and
          includes sftp client and server support.
          Once again, we would like to thank the OpenSSH community for their
          continued support of the project, especially those who contributed
          code or patches, reported bugs, tested snapshots or donated to the
          project. More information on donations may be found at:
          Changes since OpenSSH 8.9
          This release is focused on bug fixing.
          Potentially-incompatible changes
          This release switches scp(1) from using the legacy scp/rcp protocol
          to using the SFTP protocol by default.
          Legacy scp/rcp performs wildcard expansion of remote filenames (e.g.
          "scp host:* .") through the remote shell. This has the side effect of
          requiring double quoting of shell meta-characters in file names
          included on scp(1) command-lines, otherwise they could be interpreted
          as shell commands on the remote side.
          This creates one area of potential incompatibility: scp(1) when using
          the SFTP protocol no longer requires this finicky and brittle quoting,
          and attempts to use it may cause transfers to fail. We consider the
          removal of the need for double-quoting shell characters in file names
          to be a benefit and do not intend to introduce bug-compatibility for
          legacy scp/rcp in scp(1) when using the SFTP protocol.
          Another area of potential incompatibility relates to the use of remote
          paths relative to other user's home directories, for example -
          "scp host:~user/file /tmp". The SFTP protocol has no native way to
          expand a ~user path. However, sftp-server(8) in OpenSSH 8.7 and later
          support a protocol extension "expand-path@openssh.com" to support
          In case of incompatibility, the scp(1) client may be instructed to use
          the legacy scp/rcp using the -O flag.
        • LWNOpenSSH 9.0 released

          OpenSSH 9.0 has been released. It is claimed to be primarily a bug-fix release, but it also switches to a new, quantum-computer-proof key-exchange protocol by default and includes a number of sftp changes, some of which may create some compatibility issues (described in the announcement) with scp.

      • SUSE/OpenSUSE

        • Tumbleweed Gets New Default GCC – openSUSE News

          A new default GNU Compiler Collection for openSUSE Tumbleweed arrived this week in one of the snapshots that has rolled out in the month of April.

          Snapshot 20220405 made the default compiler switch to GCC 12.

          The most recent snapshot that came out after the switch was 20220406. This snapshot updated five packages. One of those updated packages was autoconf 2.71. Configuration scripts from the latest autoconf improved compatibility with C-variant front end compiler clang and compatibility was restored with automake’s rules for regenerating a configuration. The Linux SCSI target framework tgt package updated to version 1.0.82 and added support for listening on a random port. Other packages to update in the snapshot were xf86-video-dummy 0.4.0 and yast2-slp-server 4.5.0.

      • Arch Family

        • GamingOnLinuxSorry Arch, it’s not working out any more and hello Fedora | GamingOnLinux

          There comes a time when everyone has to sit and think about what they use on their PC, especially if you’re on Linux. For me, Arch Linux just wasn’t work out any more and so I’ve moved to Fedora.

          While I was reasonably happy with Arch Linux, it’s just not stable enough for me personally. It’s a very subjective thing of course, and highly dependent on what hardware you use — along with how often you update. For me, it just messed things up a bit too often, and last night was the final straw.

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • FedoraCPE Weekly Update – Week of April 4th – 8th – Fedora Community Blog

          This is a weekly report from the CPE (Community Platform Engineering) Team. If you have any questions or feedback, please respond to this report or contact us on #redhat-cpe channel on libera.chat (https://libera.chat/).

        • OpenSource.comMy guide to using the Git push command safely | Opensource.com

          Most know that using Git’s push –force command is strongly discouraged and is considered destructive.

          However, to me, it seemed very strange to put all my trust in Git with my projects and at the same time completely avoid using one of its popular commands.

          This led me to research why folks consider this command so harmful.

        • Enterprisers Project9 reasons you have technical debt and how to reduce it

          As an IT leader, you are tasked with delivering solutions that reduce costs, transform the business, and drive revenue. Chances are, one of the biggest hindrances your organization faces is technical debt.

          Technical debt causes friction and can significantly slow the delivery of IT solutions. The result? Your IT team can’t deliver at the scale the business requires. IT leaders must address technical debt in order to meet the needs of the business.

      • Debian Family

        • GamingOnLinuxRaspberry Pi OS gets some big updates, possible to run experimental Wayland | GamingOnLinux

          Raspberry Pi OS has been through a big update recently, which fans of the little devices need to be aware of for future setups and upgrades.

          First, in the name of security, the default “pi” user is no more. Why? Well, attacks are on the rise, and since the RPi is incredibly popular, it is obviously a target. Removing the default name is just another small barrier that anyone doing something naughty has to overcome, as they might now need your username directly too. That, and new legislation from some countries that forbid having default login info. Seems like a sane change regardless, so their install wizard (that’s now required to use) was upgraded to create a proper user account.

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • GamingOnLinuxLinux Mint working on a new upgrade tool for major releases

          Linux Mint, the distribution that tries to set itself apart for beginners (but not only) along with their own Cinnamon desktop environment, have some plans to help users upgrade.

          Jumping between small releases is currently fine, since Linux Mint sticks to the same Ubuntu package base. However, upgrading to a new major version can be a hassle. Thankfully, they’re working on solving this issue with a brand new upgrade tool in the works.

        • VituxHow much RAM is installed on your Ubuntu system – VITUX

          When you want to install a new program on your computer, the very first thing you ask is the amount of memory this program needs to work perfectly. The reason for this is that before the actual installation, you need to make sure whether your computer system is capable of running the program or not. Also, you need to know how much memory is installed in your system. In this article, we will explain how you can check how much memory is installed on your Ubuntu server or desktop. The commands have been run on an Ubuntu 20.04 system, but they will work in the same way on Ubuntu 22.04.

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Web Browsers

        • Mozilla

          • 9to5LinuxFirefox 100 Enters Beta Testing with GTK Overlay Scrollbars Enabled by Default

            Apart from the major version number change, Firefox 100 comes with GTK overlay scrollbars enabled by default so they won’t take up space when you’re browsing the Internet and also to make the open-source web browser look more modern.

            On Linux, users will be able to enable or disable the GTK overlay scrollbars via the new “Always show scrollbars” options implemented in the Browsing section under Settings > General.

      • Productivity Software/LibreOffice/Calligra

      • FSFE

        • Short history of the “What is Free Software (Open Source)?” video

          In February 2020, I was giving a talk titled “The core values of software freedom” at FOSDEM’s largest auditorium (video recording). It was great to talk to such a large audience and have all those great discussions afterwards. Briefly afterwards, in March 2020, I gave the same talk at FOSS Backstage (video recording), especially enjoying the Q&A afterwards. Unfortunately, then the pandemic hit Europe, and it was my last conference in person for that year. So the next months I heavily missed having in person discussions with people I know and with new people I could have met at conferences.

          Nevertheless, I had great online discussions about the topic of the talk, which encouraged me to think about how we can condense the message of the talk further to reach more people with it — maybe with a short video similar to our “Public Money? Public Code!” video. When one person, who already before sent me kudos for my FOSDEM talk, heard about it, he offered to make a larger donation to cover the costs for such a video.

      • Programming/Development

        • TIC-80 Dino Run

          I was feeling the urge to tinker on a fun project for a change so I started looking more closely into the TIC-80 fantasy console after hearing it mentioned on a podcast.

          It’s a lot of fun to develop for. You have certain technical limitations you have to work under, such as a 240×136 display, 16 color palette, and more. Those limitations are oddly freeing in a way. There’s not a lot of pressure to create something groundbreaking or innovative, and I found that being restricted only encouraged me to have fun with it.


          The editing tools are well made and even pretty fun to use. You can create everything you need for a game — code, sprites, audio — while staying inside the TIC-80 environment.

        • ’3 Man Chess: In The Round’ in APL (NARS2000). Part 2.

          2022-04-07 ’3 Man Chess: In The Round’ in APL (NARS2000). Part 1.

          After ‘addvec’, another function there is about whether, given an adequate board situation and rest of the game state, a move is possible from the given coordinates or from any coordinates.

  • Leftovers

    • I Answer Questions, Part IV

      These social protections have been slowly eroding over decades. Much of our tax money now goes into paying consultants and private schools that feed segregation and inequality. These are not my opinions: these are well documented facts that even the conservatives acknowledge. The problem is that nobody wants to decommission the private schools or private clinics because it would cause short term discord.

      The railroads used to be publicly owned. Railroads were sufficiently serviced. The railway industry now complains about the deteriorating state of railways, but they don’t want to pay for repairs and service. That money will end up coming from taxes; public money directly funnelled to the benefit of private companies. I believe the same situation applies to electricity infrastructure.

      Private schools siphon well-off and low maintenance pupils from the public education system and are able to spend less per pupil on average than the public schools who are left with a higher percentage of kids in need of extra support, further straining the budgets, planning, and resource problems that the schools already have.

    • Integrity/Availability

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • Delhi HC directs MHA to clarify its position on maintenance of e-surveillance data

        We have been pursuing information relating to the scope and scale of e-surveillance conducted by the Ministry of Home Affairs (‘MHA’) since December 2018. The information was, at first, denied on the grounds of national security. Thereafter, on appeal, the information was denied on a new ground that minimal data was maintained and records pertaining to the information sought were destroyed from time to time. When we, further, appealed against this order before the Chief Information Commissioner (‘CIC’), the CIC accepted another new ground – that the information on e-surveillance orders was not maintained at all by the public information officer at the MHA! We have challenged this order of the CIC before the Delhi High Court, which was heard on 05.04.2022. The Court directed the counsel for the public information officers and the MHA to seek instructions on maintenance of records.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • USENET Notes

        Around 20 years ago I was early enough in my career that I still harbored the illusion that there was any way to hold back the insanity of people. My frustrations were mounting and I found solace in reading things from similarly beset individuals.

      • Capsule under construction

        Last Saturday I finally had some free time, so I started on another item from my to-do list: setting up my own capsule. The official motivations are to get back in practice as a sysadmin (it’s been a while since I’ve had my own server.

      • The Imp of the Perverse

        So I found myself going on a small weekend trip, and at the last moment, I decided that instead of taking my normal, powerful, full-featured 10-year-old laptop, I would take my smol, underpowered 10-year-old laptop. This amounts to a choice limit my computing activity to writing, email, and Gemini/Gopher over the weekend.

IBM and Fedora: Stop Being Poor! Buy a New PC!

Posted in GNU/Linux, Hardware, IBM, Red Hat at 7:30 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 25f3b4c70c42c5e203128cf3d4337f39
IBM Against Diversity
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: The planned obsolescence complex of IBM is showing; things that are widely supported and also very much needed are now candidates for abandonment

THE news, or rather this Wiki proposal attracting some attention, is spreading fast today. Hours ago Slashdot cited a recent post (from yesterday’s Daily Links) and during the above video I found some more coverage. Despite its support for BIOS (not difficult to maintain, but it’s about money to them!), IBM seems eager to force everyone to move away from it. Some people may think it only affects Fedora users, but I explain why that’s clearly not the case and IBM basically commits crimes against the environment (while the Linux Foundation is greenwashing IBM). Some people have already justly complained about that, e.g. in blog comments. They live in poor countries and use ‘old’ computers.

“Some people have already justly complained about that, e.g. in blog comments. They live in poor countries and use ‘old’ computers.”“About foisting new purchase onto end users,” an associate of ours put it moments ago, “Microsoft had a strategy with Intel to force new purchases every other year or so.”

There’s no compelling reason to adopt UEFI. There are many reasons to reject it, keeping things only as simple or complex as they need to be.

Don’t think it’s the end of it. Only two hours ago Phoronix published “Fedora 37 Considering Removal Of Legacy X.Org Drivers,” citing Ben Cotton in the mailing list and this wiki page.

The Temptation to Promote ‘Paid Narratives’ and ‘Product Marketing’ (Fake ‘Endorsements’) in Geminispace Will Grow and It’s a Risk to Gemini’s Reputation or Selling Point

Posted in Deception, Free/Libre Software at 6:17 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum fa388584a102e4567056be31aeb3ab97
Does Spam Mean Gemini Went Mainstream?
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: We recently spotted some promotional ‘plugs’ in Geminispace; while it may seem indicative of growth, it does lead to potential perils and genuine concerns

THE vast majority of Gemini users/adopters (early adopters) is at least mildly technical and many choose Geminispace to escape the noise, the bloat, the spam. That spam has infiltrated everything on the Web, even videos. Even my RSS feeds are increasingly like that. Gulag Noise (Google Noise/News) and Gulag Alerts are the same. That’s just what the Web has become.

Gemini isn’t an extension of the Web; it’s a complete replacement. But what if the same players that are corrupting the Web follow us over to Gemini? As a reminder, Microsoft has already had a go at corrupting and coopting it.

Earlier this month and last month I saw, for the first time, some ‘spam’ in Gemini. In fact, we added one example (annotated as such in an editorial comment) just the other day and it’s right there in Daily Links. As we’d rather not name it we chose not to show it in the above video, either. But it’s out there in Geminispace and we expect this issue to grow. It starts small and it can grow if ignored.

One of the problems with “going mainstream” is that you attract unwanted elements. As our associate put it this morning, “due to the text-only nature of Gemini it is of necessity focused on content and leaves the insecure or obstructive fluff aside.”

Links 08/04/2022: EasyOS 3.4.5

Posted in News Roundup at 2:54 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Applications

      • Linux LinksBest Free and Open Source Alternatives to Autodesk Arnold

        Autodesk, Inc. is an American multinational software company that makes software products and services for the architecture, engineering, construction, product design, manufacturing, media, education, and entertainment industries. It bills itself as a “… leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software”.

        The company was founded in 1982 by John Walker, who was a joint developer of the first versions of AutoCAD, the company’s best known software application. Autodesk is listed on the Nasdaq stock exchange, it has over 11,000 employees, and is headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area.

        While Autodesk develops many high quality applications they are proprietary software. And the vast majority of their products are not available for Linux. This series looks at the best free and open source alternatives.

      • Text-only user interface environment

        It is probably not an uncommon thing, nor am I the first. However, I might surprise myself that I am working this way now. My environment for spending free time in Geminispace and Gophersphere is text-only environment. Which I’ve set up from nothing, and without any special experience.

      • Seems like a nice place to relax

        I have no idea how I ended up here. Switched from Windows to Linux yesterday and had no idea what the Gemini protocol was.

      • Every Matrix Client Sucks

        I love the Matrix protocol, but it seems every desktop client for it sucks in some way. Clients like Element are the most feature-rich by far, but are webapps running on Electron.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • How to Check Debian Version

        When we are using a computer that is not our own, or when we are providing technical support, it is useful to know different ways to check the Debian version that this computer is using.

      • How To Enable Virtualbox Shared Folder for Linux Distros (Windows Host) – DekiSoft

        Virtualbox is high in performance product that carries new and unique features for all its users. The best thing is that this is the only software available as open-source under terms of GNU General Public License (GPL) version 2. It provides support to Linux, Windows, Sun Solaris, FreeBSD and Macintosh. You can now allow VirtualBox shared folders for Ubuntu or Debian on a Windows 10/11 host.

      • UNIX CopInstall Firefox Sync Server on Debian 11

        Hello, friends. In this tutorial, I will help you to install Firefox Sync Server on Debian 11. Thanks to this, you will be able to have a private repository where you can synchronize your Firefox. This makes it ideal for companies and educational institutions that want to have full control of their data.

      • Its FOSSActivate the Dark and Light Wallpaper Variants in GNOME 42

        Basically, with this feature, if you select the light mode, the light version of the wallpaper is selected. When you switch to dark mode in GNOME, wallpaper changes to the dark version.

        Here’s a sample of such a wallpaper. You can move the slider to compare.

    • Distributions

      • Top 5 Most Stable Linux Distros To Try 2022 (Developers/Laptops) – DekiSoft

        If you are wondering why the term “stable” comes with a Linux operating system or distro then it is due to the availability of many of these variations per the requirement of the user. Few are fundamental such as Debian, some fork of a base distro such as Ubuntu, Arch, and many other fork-of-a-fork-of-a-fork like the Mint. The long story right?

        All these do not comply in terms of support and documentation from the community. Follow through as we list down the most stable Linux Distros which are well known, well supported, carry good repositories, update regularly, are user-friendly, as well as stay around us for quite a long time.

        Oh, and if you are a developer and have a laptop you will love them more!

        Join along.

      • New Releases

        • Barry KaulerEasyOS Dunfell-series version 3.4.5 released
        • EasyOS Dunfell-series 3.4.5

          EasyOS was created in 2017, derived from Quirky Linux, which in turn was derived from Puppy Linux in 2013. Easy is built in woofQ, which takes as input binary packages from any distribution, and uses them on top of the unique EasyOS infrastructure.

          Throughout 2020, the official release for x86_64 PCs was the Buster-series, built with Debian 10.x Buster DEBs.
          EasyOS has also been built with packages compiled from source, using a fork of OpenEmbedded (OE). Currently, the Dunfell release of OE has been used, to compile two sets of binary packages, for x86_64 and aarch64.

          The latter have been used to build EasyOS for the Raspberry Pi4, and first official release, 2.6.1, was in January 2021.

      • Debian Family

        • CNX SoftwareRaspberry Pi OS removes default “Pi” username, adds experimental support for Wayland

          The Raspberry Pi Foundation has just released a new version of Raspberry Pi OS that removes the default username (pi) for security reasons, adds experimental support for Wayland, and lets people configure their Raspberry Pi with Bluetooth keyboard and mouse.

          The most significant change in the new Raspberry Pi OS is the removal of the default “pi” user as several countries have legislation against default credentials for security reasons. That includes the Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure Bill (PSTI) in the UK, and California’s SB-327 IoT devices security law. Those laws mostly target default passwords, but removing a default username can be useful too to prevent force brute attacks.

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Web Browsers

        • Mozilla

          • Re: The Theological Problem Behind Firefox in Ubuntu 22.04

            I fully agree that snap and flatpack are “yet another level of indirection”. Docker and kubernetes are in the group as well. I spent a week at dayjob to grok some of the details about dockers handling the network stack and fiddling with iptables, or lack thereof. Documentation always consideres a host system with only one network connection. Now we happen to have 6 ethernet interfaces, for a reason. And by not knowing, what we did, we exposed the internal network structure to the inhouse world without realizing. Of course, unwanted effects made their appearance and it took the greybeard a while to figure out, what is at play in this game.

            From afar, what happened is this: Person A suggested to use docker containers to solve problem at hand. Opinions were collected, but it seemed like a good idea at the time. So Person A put together just enough configuration to make it work. Among them “network_mode: “host””. Reading the documentation made it clear, that with this setting we give up the separation of the network stack between the containers and the host. Noone realized. An “it worked”. “On my machine”, that is. Needless to say: we had to do our homework now and come up with a bridged configuration and a few more entries to iptables. That seems to work better, for the time being.

            This is a perfect example of what ploum describes, docker being the level of indirection. We could add kubernetes, now that I think of it :)

          • MozillaMozilla Localization (L10N): L10n Report: April 2022 Edition

            Please note some of the information provided in this report may be subject to change as we are sometimes sharing information about projects that are still in early stages and are not final yet.

          • TorNew Release: Tor Browser 11.0.10 (Windows, macOS, Linux)

            Tor Browser 11.0.10 is now available from the Tor Browser download page and also from our distribution directory.

            This version includes important security updates to Firefox…

      • Programming/Development

        • Fortran LangFortran newsletter: April 2022

          Welcome to the April edition of the monthly Fortran newsletter. The newsletter comes out at the beginning of every month and details Fortran news from the previous month.

  • Leftovers

    • The NationStop It!
    • The NationAri Brostoff’s Truth Is Out There

      Author and Jewish Currents editor Ari Brostoff’s debut essay collection, Missing Time, is difficult to describe. Or rather, to describe what it is about does little justice to the work the book does. The book is an eclectic mix of left-wing cultural criticism and personal essays on topics like The X-Files, Bernie Sanders and feminist desire, Jewishness, and communism. But taken together, the essays do something more than tackle these subjects. By scrutinizing childhood recollections, cultural ephemera, and recent political shifts, Brostoff elucidates what, borrowing from philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, we might call a “form of life.” Through their essays, we see and share in the concepts, tendencies, and background apparatuses that allow them to make sense of the world. In Missing Time, Brostoff allows us to inhabit their rigorous, humorous, sometimes obsessive but always generous way of understanding this moment in history.

      —Natasha Lennard

    • The NationDo Campus Crime Alerts Keep Students Safe?

      On Tuesday, September 21, 2021, over 50,000 New York University students’ phones buzzed at the same time. An identical notification appeared on their screens: “Safety Alert—Shots Fired.” A few minutes later, their phones buzzed a second time with an update: A shooting incident had taken place near the NYU Metrotech campus in Brooklyn, and a stray bullet hit an NYU student in the arm.

    • The NationThe Hollow Narrative of HBO’s Gilded Age

      There were about a million people living in Manhattan in the 1880s, of whom more than half resided in the one-mile stretch between Canal Street and 14th Street. As historian Richard White notes, many of these people lived 11 or 15 to a room in “filthy tenements” surrounded by “overflowing sewers” and were dependent for their barest sustenance on aid dispensed not by the government but by the Tammany Hall political machine. Even those who lived in less crowded neighborhoods uptown were surrounded by piles of garbage, stray animals, throngs of beggars, and an endless roster of street gangs such as ”the Gophers, the Dead Rabbits, [and] the Gorillas.” Neighborhoods had names like Rotten Alley, Cockroach Row, and Satan’s Circus. Those in crowded immigrant suburbs still farther uptown had to contend with streets that “stank from gasworks, stockyards, and tar and garbage dumps.”

    • Hardware

      • HackadayUpcycled Nixie Clock Fit For A Friend

        Building a clock from parts is a rite of passage for makers, and often represents a sensible introduction into the world of electronics. It’s also hard to beat the warm glow of Nixie tubes in a desktop clock, as [Joshua Coleman] discovered when building a Nixie tube clock for a friend.

      • HackadayWireless Weather Station Gets Solar-Powered Supercap Upgrade

        When [knight-of-ni] bought an Acurite Atlas weather station to replace his earlier 5-in-1 model, he was initally happy with its performance. However, after just ten months the batteries in the outdoor unit died; since the previous model would happily run for several years on one charge, this was a bit of a bummer. Climbing up on the roof more than once a year just to replace batteries was becoming inconvenient as well, so [knight-of-ni] designed a solar power system with supercap backup and remote monitoring that should keep the sensors running 24/7, come rain or shine.

      • HackadayRemoticon 2021 // Rob Weinstein Builds An HP-35 From The Patent Up

        Fifty years ago, Hewlett-Packard introduced the first handheld scientific calculator, the HP-35. It was quite the engineering feat, since equivalent machines of the day were bulky desktop affairs, if not rack-mounted. [Rob Weinstein] has long been a fan of HP calculators, and used an HP-41C for many years until it wore out. Since then he gradually developed a curiosity about these old calculators and what made them tick. The more he read, the more engrossed he became. [Rob] eventually decided to embark on a three year long reverse-engineer journey that culminated a recreation of the original design on a protoboard that operates exactly like the original from 1972 (although not quite pocket-sized). In this presentation he walks us through the history of the calculator design and his efforts in understanding and eventually replicating it using modern FPGAs.

      • HackadayInside An 11 Ton Clock With 1,000 Pieces

        We aren’t ashamed to admit it, but we like clocks. We’ve built quite a few and clock projects show up regularly in the pages of Hackaday. But there is one clock that is among the most famous in the world: Britain’s Big Ben. It has been getting some repairs and the BBC was nice enough to make a video of the giant mechanism.

      • HackadayJust What On Earth Is A Therm?

        With the news here in Europe full of the effect of the war in Ukraine on gas supplies and consequently, prices, there it was on the radio news: a unit of measurement so uniquely British that nobody uses it in the real world and nobody even has a clue what it really means. We’re speaking of the Therm, one of those words from our grandparents’ era of coal gas powered Belling cookers and Geyser water heaters hanging over the bath, which has somehow hung on in the popular imagination as a mysterious unit of domestic gas referred to only in the mass market news media. What on earth is a therm, and why are we still hearing it on the news in the UK?

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • TechdirtComcast Demands $19,000 For Broadband In Yet Another Consumer Nightmare

        For decades the U.S. newswires have been peppered with stories where somebody bought a house after being told by their ISP it had broadband access, only to realize the ISP didn’t actually serve that address. Generally, the homeowner then realizes they have to spend a stupid amount of money to pay the local telecom monopoly to extend service… or move again.

      • The Nation193 Heartless Bastards in the House of Representatives

        More than 10 percent of Americans are living with diagnosed or undiagnosed diabetes, and millions of them need insulin to survive.

      • The NationAmericans Don’t Have the Luxury of Being Picky Eaters Anymore

        In 21st-century America, our mainstream foodways are fragile: Either we can buy anything we want, whenever we want, for cheap, or supply shortages portend total catastrophe. As the winners of the Cold War, we feel entitled to fresh avocados in December no matter where in this vast national tapestry we live. And if you don’t like squash, you don’t have to eat it. That’s what globalization was supposed to mean. A couple years of pandemic later, a diet built on an intricate transoceanic logistical system doesn’t seem like quite the prize it once did. With prices and supplies unpredictable, and a world situation that promises more of the different, Americans are going to need to get less picky.

      • Project CensoredGlobal Resistance to Vaccine Mandates Underreported – Validated Independent News

        The Defender reported that Mary Holland, president of the Children’s Defense Fund, condemned the violence. “We’re here today to reject the official narrative,” Holland stated. “We’re here to say no to the mandates, no to the passports, but yes to our fundamental rights,” including “the right to protest and petition the government as we were attempting to do today.”

      • Project CensoredHealthy Diet and Lifestyle Reduce Risk and Severity of COVID-19, Studies Find – Validated Independent News

        A December 2021 Harvard Health article reported on the findings of a study, published by the BMJ’s journal Gut in September 2021, on the connections between healthy diet and COVID-19. The study concluded that diets rich in “healthy plant-based foods was associated with lower risk and severity of COVID-19.” As Harvard Health reported, study participants who reported eating “the most fruits, vegetables, and legumes had a 9% lower risk of getting COVID and a 41% lower risk of developing severe COVID during the study period.” (Noting that the study was “observational” and “doesn’t prove conclusively that a healthy diet prevents COVID,” Harvard Health reported that “getting vaccinated and wearing a mask in indoor settings are still the most important approaches to ward off the disease.”)

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Pseudo-Open Source

          • Privatisation/Privateering

            • Linux Foundation

              • Linux Foundation’s Site/BlogLooking Ahead: The CNF Certification Program

                The telecommunications industry is the backbone of today’s increasingly-digital economies, but it faces a difficult new challenge in evolving to meet modern infrastructure practices. How did telecommunications get itself into this situation? Because the risks of incidents or downtime are so severe, the industry has focused almost exclusively on system designs that minimize risk and maximize reliability. That’s fantastic for mission-critical services, whether public air traffic control or private high-speed banking, but it emphasizes stability over productivity and the adoption of new technologies that might make their operations more resilient and performant.

        • Security

          • eSecurity PlanetLatest MITRE Endpoint Security Results Show Some Familiar Names on Top | eSecurityPlanet

            MITRE Engenuity has released the latest round of its ATT&CK endpoint security evaluations, and the results show some familiar names leading the pack with the most detections.

            The MITRE evaluations are unique in that they emulate advanced persistent threat (APT) and nation-state hacking techniques, making them different from tests that might look at static malware samples, for example.

          • Krebs On SecurityActions Target Russian Govt. Botnet, Hydra Dark Market

            The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) says it has disrupted a giant botnet built and operated by a Russian government intelligence unit known for launching destructive cyberattacks against energy infrastructure in the United States and Ukraine. Separately, law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and Germany moved to decapitate “Hydra,” a billion-dollar Russian darknet drug bazaar that also helped to launder the profits of multiple Russian ransomware groups.

          • Privacy/Surveillance

            • TechdirtSocial Responsibility Organization Says Meta’s Embrace Of Encryption Is Important For Human Rights [Ed: Why does TechDirt help promote this lie that FB does encryption?]

              Encryption is under attack from all over the world. Australia already has a law on the books trying to force companies to backdoor encryption. The UK is pushing its Online Safety Bill, which would be an attack on encryption (the UK government has made it clear it wants an end to encryption). In the US, we have the EARN IT Act, whose author, Senator Richard Blumenthal, has admitted he sees it as a necessary attack on companies who “hide behind” encryption.

            • PIAGoogle’s Radar Chip: Real-Time Biometric Data Collection

              Far more difficult to fend off is the surveillance of most online advertising. As numerous PIA blog posts have discussed, the websites you log in to routinely gather substantial amounts of data. This information is typically aggregated by companies like Facebook and Google into detailed profiles of who we are and what we do.

            • Project CensoredLaw Enforcement Given Invasive Access To Internet User Information – Validated Independent News

              Use of subscribers’ data—including, for example, a person’s IP address and telephone number—is a special concern because police often use such information “to uncover people’s identities and link them to specific online activities that reveal details of their private lives,” Gullo and Rodrigquez reported. The draft treaty’s “dismissive characterization” of how subscriber data might be used “directly conflicts with judicial precedent, particularly when considering the Protocol’s broad definition of subscriber information,” according to their EFF article.

            • EFFThe Catalog of Carceral Surveillance: Tablet Advertising That Can Also Issue Discipline

              Imagine you’ve been arrested and are sitting in county lock-up. You need to make arrangements for bail, a lawyer, and a caretaker for your kids or pets. Maybe you need someone to bring your prescription or you need to talk to your AA sponsor. On top of that, you’re traumatized by the invasive booking process and scared to the bone of what might happen to you, all too aware that many people wind up injured or dead while awaiting trial.

              An officer hands you a digital tablet and assures you that you can use it to communicate to sort out your affairs. It’s a glimmer of a lifeline… but then you try to use the device.

              A pop-up opens on the tablet’s screen, and you’re forced to watch a commercial for a shady bail bond firm before being allowed to access the video call app.  When your family member picks up, you both have to sit through another advertisement. When you finally get to talk, both you and your relative have the logos of a local law firm hovering over your shoulder, like the worst Zoom background ever. Throughout the call, your conversation is interrupted with periodic video advertisements that you have to watch to keep the line open. There’s also, an ever-present scrolling text ad, and another ad that is bouncing around the screen trying to get your attention.

            • EFFBrighter Stars and Persistent Gaps Mark New Paraguay’s “Who Defends Your Data” Report

              The report reveals a troubling trend among Paraguayan internet and telecommunications providers: most don’t publish reports with statistical data on such requests or disclose procedures they follow when handing user’s data to authorities. What’s more, companies still resist  making a public commitment to notify users about government data demands. Although this is usually a difficult  commitment to get from companies evaluated in the region, we see some strides in Chile, Colombia, and Argentina. In Paraguay’s report, however, all service providers failed in this category.

              This undermines users’ ability to make informed choices about which companies they should entrust their data to. Our reliance on internet connection providers to browse, access information online, and communicate with others puts vast amounts of highly sensitive data into the hands of service providers. TEDIC’s report shows they must address this weakness by giving users more information about how these requests are handled and revealing to what extent they have users’ back when the government demands their data.

              The new report looked at publicly available documents and policies of five companies: Tigo (Millicom), Claro (América Móvil), Personal, Copaco, and Vox. All have been assessed by TEDIC since the report’s first edition in 2017. Since then, Claro showed notable advances in  the privacy policy and transparency report categories. Tigo has also improved its privacy and data protection policies’ marks over the years. In this 2022 edition, Tigo kept its leadership position while Claro stayed firm in second place. Copaco, which didn’t receive any score in the last edition, shared third place with Personal this year. Finally, Vox lagged  far behind, getting only a minimum score in one of the evaluated categories. 

    • Defence/Aggression

      • TruthOutChomsky: US Policy Toward Russia Is Blocking Paths to De-escalation in Ukraine
      • Counter PunchWill Japan and Russia Tensions Over Contested Pacific Islands Spill Over Into War?

        Two startling changes appear in this draft text. First, the Bluebook refers to the Russian control over some islands north of Hokkaido as an “illegal occupation.” The last time the annual Bluebooks used this phrase was in 2003. Then, the Bluebook pointed out that Japan “renounced its right to the Kuril Islands” in the 1951 Treaty of Peace with Japan, signed in San Francisco (Chapter II, Article 2[c]); these islands were then part of the USSR. Nonetheless, the 2003 Bluebook said, “In the Four Northern Islands, the illegal occupation by the Soviet Union and Russia continues today.” Japan calls these “Four Northern Islands” Etorofu, Habomai, Kunashiri, and Shikotan (Russia calls the “Southern Kurils” Iturup, Khabomai, Kunashir, and Shikotan, respectively). Second, the 2006 Bluebook called the islands “inherently Japanese.” This phrase has not been used since then but has reappeared in the 2022 draft Bluebook. Phrases such as “illegal occupation” and “inherently Japanese” in the Bluebook suggest that the tensions between Japan and Russia will certainly increase.

        Japan’s Sanctions on Russia

      • Counter PunchWar Kills Men, It Doesn’t Make Them

        Zelenskyy plays the role of Will Smith for liberals. Ukraine as a country is Jada Pickett Smith. It wasn’t many years ago that all these people were on TV. Smith, like Zelenskyy, is framed as the good man because he defends his wife with violence. While defending one’s wife and country is honorable the reason both men are celebrated is that there is a crisis in the West of impotency and incompetence.

        The American Right cruelly scapegoats transgender children thrown to the curbs by their parents who sexualize them for the state of post-industrial America. But the reason that men can’t be men anymore isn’t because of feminism, multiculturalism or the rise in gay and transgender rights. To the contrary men aren’t men because the world is run by machines.

      • Counter PunchWin the War. Invest in Peace. The Conversation We Need to Be Having Now

        One of my guests, Anastasiya Leukhina, a war refugee from Ukraine, has a degree in peacebuilding from Notre Dame. In regular times, she said, she’d describe herself as a sort of peacenik, but now, “considering the situation and the losses that we have on the ground, we really need military assistance and we really need modern warfare and we need as much of it as we can get, as soon as possible.”

        More warfare is certainly coming. Even if Russian forces draw back from Kyiv and negotiations reach a deal, the conflict has already seen massive growth in weapons spending by the EU and NATO, even by countries like Germany and Denmark who’ve been spending down for years. Russian spending is up, and the US leads the pack. The Biden administration’s proposed Pentagon budget for 2023 stands at $813 billion. It’s bigger in real terms than ever before, as bloated as ever and spending on Ukraine is only a tiny fraction of it.

      • Project CensoredCode Pink’s Panel on Media Censorship of Voices for Peace Featuring Abby Martin, Lee Camp and Chris Hedges – The Project Censored Show
      • MeduzaMassacre in Bucha Meduza reconstructs the Russian occupation of Bucha — and debunks Kremlin lies about crimes against civilians

        On April 2, international journalists and Ukrainian military units entered Bucha, a suburb of Kyiv. The previous evening, videos showing the bodies of civilians lying on Yablonska Street had begun surfacing on Telegram, shocking people around the world. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky referred to the Russian military’s actions as genocide; U.S. President Joe Biden called them war crimes. Meanwhile, the Russian government has given a number of contradictory explanations of what happened, none of which have acknowledged Russia’s own responsibility. Meduza has collected and analyzed all of the available information about the atrocities in Bucha. Here’s what we know for sure.

      • MeduzaMeduza publishes new footage evidencing civilian murders in Bucha during Russian occupation

        Meduza has obtained new files containing high-quality drone footage of the southern districts of Bucha, a town on the outskirts of Kyiv that was recently freed from Russian occupation. According to the file metadata, these videos were recorded over the course of several days, from March 23–30, 2022. Like the satellite images recently published by The New York Times, the videos Meduza is publishing here are important pieces of evidence showing that the horrific civilian killings in Bucha took place before Russian troops retreated from the town.

      • Meduza‘If President Putin wants less NATO on his borders, he will get more NATO at his borders’ An interview with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg

        The Kremlin’s official propaganda myth asserts that Russia invaded Ukraine to prevent the country from joining NATO. At the same time, throughout the past six weeks of war, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has urged NATO to provide his country with military assistance in countering Russian aggression — albeit unsuccessfully. As a result, Ukraine has called for building a new security system in the region, one that would hypothetically coexist with NATO. In his first interview with a Russian journalist, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg spoke about how the Alliance’s relationship with Russia has changed in recent years, and who can bring an end to Moscow’s war against Ukraine. This interview was meant to appear in the independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta, however, threats from the authorities forced its editors to suspend operations. The NATO Secretary General was interviewed by Kirill Martynov, the editor-in-chief of Novaya Gazeta Europe (a brand new publication that announced its launch today, April 7). 

      • MeduzaThe clown prince of Russian politics is dead: Remembering Vladimir Zhirinovsky, the man who gave the Kremlin its blueprint for Russian nationalism and abrasive public diplomacy

        Vladimir Zhirinovsky, the long-time leader of the misleadingly named Liberal Democratic Party of Russia, died on Wednesday at the age of 75 after a long battle with the coronavirus. Though he lost six presidential races, Zhirinovsky nevertheless exerted colossal influence on Russian politics, helping to shape how the Russian state looks and behaves today. Earlier this year, shortly before he was hospitalized with COVID-19, Zhirinovsky publicly predicted Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, getting the date wrong by just two days. Meduza special correspondent Andrey Pertsev looks back at Zhirinovsky’s unique role in post-Soviet Russian politics.

      • Meduza‘I prayed, I wept, I cursed’: In 2014, many Luhansk residents fled the city and built new lives elsewhere. In February 2022, war found them again.

        Viktoria Vualo lived in Luhansk until 2014, when she and many of her friends fled the armed conflict sparked by Russia. Eight years later, in February 2022, Russia’s war forced many of them to flee again. Viktoria now lives in France, but she’s been in touch with her friends in Ukraine since the war began. They answer intermittently; when they can, they send audio messages with updates about hiding from bombs, fearing for their loved ones, and trying to get to safety. With their permission, Meduza is publishing their messages to Viktoria.

      • Craig MurrayCalling All Rwandans: Calling All Africans

        When the Tory government announced it was in talks with the government of Ghana over opening internment camps for asylum seekers in that country, I was quickly able to confirm with Ghanaian ministers that this was simply a lie; the subject had never been discussed and would not be discussed.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Ukraine Is Not a Stage for American War Fantasies

        War is not a performance. Ukraine is not a stage. The death and destruction aren’t happening to so we can “take a stand” and feel better about ourselves. It is real, and we should all be thinking about how to stop it as quickly and effectively as possible.

      • Common DreamsUNICEF Warns Millions of Kids at Risk From Food Crisis Sparked by Ukraine War

        In addition to threatening the lives of millions of Ukrainians, Russia’s war on Ukraine is jeopardizing “the fragile nutritional status of children in the Middle East and North Africa,” a United Nations agency warned Thursday.

        “The world should not forget the millions of children in Middle East and North Africa.”

      • Common DreamsOpinion | There’s a Better Way to Serve Ukrainians Than Military Escalation
      • Common DreamsOpinion | A World of War: Ukraine in Perspective

        Excuse me if I wander a little today—and if it bothers you, don’t blame me, blame Vladimir Putin.  After all, I didn’t decide to invade Ukraine, the place my grandfather fled almost 140 years ago. I suspect, in fact, that I was an adult before I even knew such a place existed. If I could be accused of anything, maybe you could say that, for most of my life, I evaded Ukraine.

      • Common DreamsAnti-War Voices Say More Diplomacy—Not ‘Weapons, Weapons, Weapons’—Needed in Ukraine

        With atrocities continuing to mount as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine drags on for the sixth consecutive week with no end in sight, Kyiv’s top diplomat told reporters Thursday that he had just three items on his agenda as he arrived in Brussels to meet with NATO allies: “Weapons, weapons, and weapons.”

        “The more weapons we get, and the sooner they arrive in Ukraine, the more human lives will be saved,” said Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba. “This is my message to the allies. It’s very simple.”

      • Common DreamsRussian Extrajudicial Executions Described by Witnesses Amount to War Crimes: Amnesty

        Amnesty International on Thursday demanded thorough independent investigations into alleged extrajudicial killings of civilians in the Kyiv area by Russian forces, after the organization’s crisis response workers gathered harrowing on-the-ground testimony from witnesses and survivors.

        After interviewing more than 20 people in towns including Hostomel, Bucha, and Vorzel, the group said Russian forces have been extrajudicially executing people despite knowing they are civilians and called for the killings to be investigated as “likely war crimes.”

      • Counter PunchNot So Black and White: Belfast in the 1960s

        However, that was then and this is now. A quieter, slowly changing, more peaceful air hangs over Northern Ireland since 2005 when the IRA announced the end of its armed campaign.

        Despite some flare-ups, the peace is holding and hopefully creating the conditions for a more tempered mutual understanding of two communities that underwent so much division for so long. Branagh’s film sits neatly into that crevice arguing for a basic human understanding and empathy, to encourage unity and mutual acceptance.

      • Counter PunchFrom Korea to Libya: On the Future of Ukraine and NATO’s Neverending Wars

        On March 19, Iraq commemorated the 19th anniversary of the US invasion which killed, according to modest estimates, over a million Iraqis. The consequences of that war were equally devastating as it destabilized the entire Middle East region, leading to various civil and proxy wars. The Arab world is reeling under that horrific experience to this day.

        Also, on March 19, the eleventh anniversary of the NATO war on Libya was commemorated and followed, five days later, by the 23rd anniversary of the NATO war on Yugoslavia. Like every NATO-led war since the inception of the alliance in 1949, these wars resulted in widespread devastation and tragic death tolls.

      • Counter PunchCash Bail For Non-Violent Offenders Is Costly, Harmful And Unconstitutional

        The answer is money. If a judge sets cash bail for someone accused of committing a crime but they cannot afford to pay, they have no choice but to wait behind bars until their rial date. On any given day, an estimated 445,000 people are held pretrial in jails across the US – all of them presumed innocent, but all of them incarcerated. They represent a whopping 67% of the entire jail population.

        Your tax dollars are going towards keeping people in jail who have not been found guilty of any crime. But even more worrying than the wasteful spending is the implications for justice.

      • Counter PunchA Vicious Cycle in Blue: Police Violence Kills Three People a Day

        Police shootings have not abated.

        Police reforms have largely failed.

      • Counter PunchNo Right Arises From a Wrong

        “Getting away with it” does not render blatant aggression any less criminal.  Aggression remains a supreme crime, as Chief Prosecutor Robert Jackson said in his opening statement at the Nuremberg Trials in 1945. Getting away with a crime does not and cannot legalize any crime, it only manifests the inadequacy of the administration of criminal justice and of the political institutions responsible for the enforcement of the “rule of law”.

        Surely the US aggressions against Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia 1963-75, the aggression of NATO countries against Yugoslavia in 1999, against Afghanistan in the 20-year war 2001-2021, the assault on Iraq by the “coalition of the willing” in 2003, the military interventions in Libya and Syria since 2011, Saudi Arabia’s on-going genocidal war against Yemen, Azerbaijan’s Blitzkrieg against the hapless Armenians of Nagorno Karabakh,  Russia’s  “special military operation”/waragainst Ukraine since February 2022 constitute very serious crimes of aggression that call for an objective investigation by the International Criminal Court and prosecution of those responsible for giving the orders and for implementing them.  Aggressive war is not only illegal – it is madness, the ultima irratio.

      • Counter PunchIs Europe Sleepwalking Into Another World War?

        The hundred years before 1914 offered Europe relative peace. What wars took place were of a short-lived nature. The reason for this was the Congress of Vienna (1814-15), which brought together the victors and the vanquished from the Napoleonic wars to create a lasting peace. The chair of the conference was Klemens von Metternich, who made sure that the defeated power (France) paid for its actions with territorial losses but that it signed the treaty along with Austria, England, Prussia, and Russia to secure peace with dignity.

        Negotiation or Total Defeat

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Will the U.S. Send Reaper Drones Into the Ukraine Whirlwind?

        Two retired U.S. Air Force generals who were deeply involved in the early development of the U.S. drone war program have suggested introducing the notorious MQ-9 Reaper, the most powerful U.S. killer drone, into the skies over Ukraine.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Exploiting Ukraine Crisis to Ramp Up Fossil Fuel Expansion Is Dangerous and Deadly

        Here in Port Arthur, we know firsthand the cost of our country’s addiction to fossil fuels. As Ukranians fight for their country, the fossil fuel industry in the United States and its political allies have chosen to capitalize on the ongoing crisis. The same companies who made tens of billions of dollars working hand-in-hand with Putin for years in Russia—like BP, Exxon, and Shell—are now making record profits while gas prices rise, and pushing for increased drilling.

      • Copenhagen PostDenmark to be the home to a new NATO centre

        As part of the NATO 2030 agenda, Copenhagen will soon host a test centre and acceleration site for quantum technologies.

        The development of new technologies is crucial in the global competition between great powers. Quantum technology, artificial intelligence, and other new and disruptive technologies will change the way we live.

      • NBCTwo D.C. men charged with impersonating feds, several Secret Service agents placed on leave

        The two men who were arrested by the FBI and charged with impersonating Department of Homeland Security agents made their first appearance in federal court Thursday afternoon.

        Prosecutors argued that Arian Taherzadeh, 40, and Haider Ali, 35, of Washington, D.C., are a flight risk and a danger to the community and should therefore be detained until their trial.

        Both men, who convinced real government officials that their fake employment was legitimate, face charges that they falsely impersonated federal agents as a way to ingratiate themselves with the U.S. law enforcement and the defense community dating back to February 2020, according to court documents.

      • JNSWhen governments side with anti-Semites, bigots flourish

        Although it poses as a civil-rights group and pretends to be a victim of harassment, the truth is just the opposite. CAIR was founded as a front group for violent extremists and has, despite its sometimes successful public-relations efforts, continued to be a haven for anti-Semites and radical hatemongers. By contrast, the Investigative Project on Terrorism has a long record of exposing extremists. Its job is to ferret out the truth behind the lies put about by those organizations that purport to represent the interests of American Muslims, but which are instead led by a radical minority dedicated to pursuing an extreme agenda in which terrorists are excused and Jews are targeted for hate.

      • Click On DetroitSuspect tells court he killed UK lawmaker over Syria vote

        Ali Harbi Ali, 26, is accused of murdering veteran Conservative lawmaker David Amess on Oct. 15 during a routine meeting with voters in a church hall in the town of Leigh-on-Sea in eastern England. Ali, who stabbed Amess repeatedly with a carving knife, denies charges of preparing acts of terrorism and murder.

        Giving evidence Thursday, Ali said he decided to take action in the U.K. to help Muslims in Syria because he couldn’t join the Islamic State group.

      • The Guardian UKAli Harbi Ali tells court he did not feel shame after killing David Amess

        Ali Harbi Ali, 26, stabbed Amess more than 20 times with a foot-long carving knife at Belfairs Methodist church in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, shortly after midday on 15 October 2021, the Old Bailey heard.

        Telling the court he considered himself to be a “moderate Muslim”, he said he had previously hoped to kill Michael Gove, now the levelling up secretary.

      • BBCSir David Amess: Terror suspect tells court he killed MP over Syria vote

        Under cross-examination by Tom Little QC, Mr Ali told the court he had no regrets about killing Sir David, 69, during a constituency surgery at Belfairs Church – but denied being “utterly shameless”.

        He said: “I wouldn’t use the word ‘shameless’, but I don’t have any shame.”

      • NYPost‘Incel’ gets no-jail sentence for threatening to bomb NYC restaurant

        In letters submitted prior to sentencing, the victims described how terrified they were when Sanchez ran up to them at a Flatiron District restaurant and said he was going to “enhance their meal.”

        “Allahu Akbar. Allahu Akbar. Bomb detonation in two, in two minutes. I take you with me and I kill all you. I kill all you right now. And I kill all you for Allah,” Sanchez seethed at the women in February 2021, according to charging documents.

    • Environment

      • Energy

        • DeSmogFossil Fuel ‘Philosopher’ Wrote About ‘Superiority’ of Western Culture, and Blamed Martin Luther King Jr. for Increase in ‘Black Crime’

          A prominent pro-fossil fuel author, who has argued for the “moral case” for fossil fuels, has a track record of disparaging writings about what he views as “inferior” cultures. 

          Alex Epstein, a self-styled “philosopher” and director of the for-profit Center for Industrial Progress, has long championed the use of fossil fuels as morally virtuous, and the shift to renewable energy as “immoral” because it would punish the “incredibly life-giving oil and gas industry.”

        • Project CensoredDebate over Solar Geoengineering Technologies – Validated Independent News

          Geoengineering technologies have been used in countries including China, as The Hill reported in December 2021. As Shirin Ali reported for the Hill, citing a previous report from the South China Morning Post,  the Chinese government used weather modifying technology to control precipitation and pollution in preparation for national anniversary celebrations in July 2021. The Chinese national Weather Modification Office also likely utilized similar techniques in attempts to reduce smog and avoid rain in anticipation of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the Hill reported.

        • Counter PunchWhy are Anti-Environmentalists Still Pushing for the Lake Powell Pipeline?

          And, nothing changes in this story by people opting not to believe in global warming. Their beliefs are not going to help the billions of people who will suffer the consequences in the decades ahead, just like it doesn’t help a shooting victim if the guy pulling the trigger doesn’t believe that bullets hurt people.

          A great example of nonsense antienvironmental beliefs affecting action is the effort to construct the Lake Powell Pipeline (LPP). This is a pipeline that would transport 83,800 acre-feet of water a year from Lake Powell to Washington County, Utah. Washington County has a rapidly growing population, and the argument is that it will need water from Lake Powell to serve its needs.

        • Democracy NowBill McKibben: Latest IPCC Climate Report Underscores “Fossil Fuel Is at the Root of Our Problems”

          A new report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns the opportunity to mitigate the worst effects of global warming by maintaining global temperatures at 1.5 degrees Celsius is quickly closing and that humanity has less than three years to slash greenhouse gas emissions. “Fossil fuel is at the root of our problems. It is at the root of the despotisms we see in Russia or in Saudi Arabia or indeed the Koch brothers’ efforts to deform our own democracy,” says Bill McKibben, environmentalist and founder of 350.org. It is time to demand world leaders sign a fossil fuel nonproliferation treaty, says Ukrainian climate activist Svitlana Romanko. Romanko is also with the Laudato Si’ Movement, which exists to implement the second encyclical of Pope Francis about “care for our common home” and recognizes the war in Ukraine has been funded by fossil fuels. Pope Francis says he plans to visit Ukraine, and Romanko says his “leadership may create a difference in this war.”

        • Democracy NowEurope Buys $38B in Russian Energy Since Invasion; 30% of the Gas Comes Via Pipelines in Ukraine

          Over a month into Russia’s war in Ukraine and after multiple countries imposed sanctions on Russian fossil fuels, Ukraine’s pipelines are still carrying Russian gas into Europe. Ukrainian climate activist Svitlana Romanko says Ukraine cannot shut off the gas flow if EU governments refuse to implement an embargo on Russian imports. “There should be a collaboration on both sides of this supply chain,” says Romanko. A natural solution would be to urgently transition Europe to renewable energy sources, as “Vladimir Putin can’t embargo the sun” and “can’t interdict the wind,” adds Bill McKibben, environmentalist and founder of 350.org.

        • TruthOut1,000+ Scientists Worldwide Engaged in Civil Disobedience for Climate Action
        • Common DreamsTop Climate Scientists to Biden: ‘Follow the Science, Stop Fossil Fuels’

          In a powerful direct appeal to President Joe Biden urging him to follow through on his vow to listen to science, a group of over 275 scientists on Thursday called on the U.S. leader to urgently ditch fossil fuels and lead the country to a renewable energy transition.

          Written “in this moment of climate emergency… with utmost urgency,” the letter to Biden was coordinated by the advocacy group Food & Water Watch along with noted U.S. climate experts including Peter Kalmus, Sandra Steingraber, Robert Howarth, Mark Jacobson, and Michael Mann.

        • Common DreamsNOAA Says Atmospheric Methane Levels Set New Record in 2021

          Climate scientists on Thursday stressed the need for urgent action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions following new data showing a record increase in atmospheric methane levels for a second consecutive year.

          “We need to aggressively reduce fossil fuel pollution to zero as soon as possible if we want to avoid the worst impacts from a changing climate.”

        • Common DreamsDozens Arrested as Scientists Worldwide Mobilize to Demand ‘Climate Revolution’

          More than 1,000 scientists across the globe chained themselves to the doors of oil-friendly banks, blocked bridges, and occupied the steps of government buildings on Wednesday to send an urgent message to the international community: The ecological crisis is accelerating, and only a “climate revolution” will be enough to avert catastrophe.

          “World leaders are still expanding the fossil fuel industry as fast as they can, but this is insane.”

        • Democracy NowMaking a Killing: Big Oil Reaps Record Profits Using Ukraine War as Pretext to Hike Gas Prices

          House Democrats grilled CEOs of Big Oil companies, like ExxonMobil, Chevron and Shell, Wednesday about rising gas prices and profiteering from the Ukraine war. We get response from environmentalist Bill McKibben and speak with Ukrainian environmental lawyer Svitlana Romanko about how the war in Ukraine is impacting energy markets around the world. “These are predatory companies that have used every excuse — and this is one of the grossest — to try and increase their profit margins,” says McKibben. “Dismantling and ending Putin’s horrific war against Ukraine will dismantle the system that enables this fossil fuel industry to overprofit,” adds Romanko.

        • Helsinki TimesFake meat will not save the planet – Experts

          Technologies such as cultured and fake meat, plant-based substitutes, and precision livestock and fish farming are on the rise and promising reduced damage to the climate; however the evidence for these claims is limited and speculative, says IPES-Food. These technologies only appear to be viable thanks to relentless marketing, misleading claims about a global protein shortage, and ignoring key aspects of sustainability such as biodiversity and livelihoods, finds the report. Indeed, they may cause more harm than good – resulting in hyper-processed food, dependency on fossil fuel energy, and loss of livelihoods for livestock farmers in the global South.

        • Eesti RahvusringhäälingEstonia to stop importing Russian gas by end of 2022

          Estonia will stop importing Russian gas by the end of 2022, the government agreed in principle on Thursday. Liquified natural gas (LNG) storage capacity in the form of a floating terminal will be created in Northern Estonia in fall.

      • Wildlife/Nature

        • Counter PunchYellowstone at 150

          In the post-Civil War era, the United States suffered from enormous debt and had onerous taxation. To revive and expand the national economy, Congress enacted laws like the Homestead Act, Mining Act of 1872, Timber and Stone Act, and numerous railroad land giveaways to expand settlement and development in the West.

          Within a general attitude that if you couldn’t mine it, log it, ranch it, or farm it, the land had no value, and remarkably Congress withdrew the Upper Yellowstone River country from commercial and private development.

        • Re: Rat in the Engine

          Then I remembered the time when I visited a relative’s farm in South Dakota. They had a small wooden building that they would fill with corn to feed to animals during the winter. The building was built on supports so it was about a foot off the ground. I remember looking underneath it one time and was shocked to find the place crawling with rats that were so packed together that I could not see any light from the other side of the building. They had built tunnels underground going to the building so they could get at the corn in the building.

    • Finance

      • Democracy NowWe Need Student Debt Cancellation: Astra Taylor Responds to Biden Extending Payment Moratorium

        President Biden announced Tuesday he would extend the pandemic pause on federal student loan payments until August 31, but debtors are demanding total cancellation. We speak with Astra Taylor, co-director of the Debt Collective, who discusses the implications of the latest extension, economically and politically. Taylor says Biden should stop letting loan servicers profiteer from borrowers and cancel student loans, which would immediately narrow the racial wealth gap.

      • TruthOutSanders: US Shouldn’t Give Bezos a “$10 Billion Bailout” for His “Space Hobby”
      • Pro PublicaThey Faced Foreclosure Not From Their Mortgage Lender, but From Their HOA

        In a year when it felt like everything had gone wrong, a knock at Miesha Ross’ door one December day brought more bad news.

        “There was a process server who came and knocked on my door and served me with a foreclosure notice,” Ross said, “and of course I freaked out.”

      • Counter PunchAttention! Deficit Disorder!

        Oddly, The Hill reports, the White House’s big brag on the proposal is that it would  reduce the deficit by more than $1 trillion over the next ten years.

        Usually when a politician pitches a plan to do something over the  course of a decade, I expect a bunch of rosy projections that won’t ever come to pass. It’s easy to make promises now and leave them to another president and other Congresses to keep.

      • Common DreamsIn Jab at Manchin, Sanders Demands ‘Strategic Pause’ in Corporate Welfare

        Repurposing a phrase right-wing Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin recently used to obstruct social spending and climate legislation, Sen. Bernie Sanders on Wednesday called for a “strategic pause” in corporate welfare, referring specifically to a bill that would hand around $53 billion in subsidies to the U.S. semiconductor industry.

        “The time has come to take a strategic pause when it comes to providing tens of billions of dollars in corporate welfare.”

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • TruthOutGretchen Whitmer Sues to Block Michigan “Trigger” Law That Would Ban Abortion
      • TruthOutThe DOJ Has Opened an Investigation Into the 15 Boxes Trump Took to Mar-a-Lago
      • TruthOutMost Voters Say Clarence Thomas Should Not Be Involved in 2020 Election Cases
      • TruthOutHungary’s Far Right Prime Minister Victor Orbán, a Trump Ally, Wins Fourth Term
      • Democracy NowHungary’s Far-Right Nationalist PM Viktor Orbán, an Ally of Putin & Trump, Wins 4th Consecutive Term

        Far-right nationalist prime minister and longtime Putin-ally Viktor Orbán won his fourth consecutive election in Hungary, aided by biased media coverage and campaign regulations that favored the sitting prime minister. We speak to historian Ruth Ben-Ghiat about the future of Hungary under the Fidesz party, which, aside from passing anti-LGBTQ legislation and stoking xenophobia, has also been an important ally for Russian President Vladimir Putin. “He’s very much a conduit for the infiltration and spread of Putin ideas in a more palatable frame,” says Ben-Ghiat. She also discusses how Orbán has become a model for many Republicans in the United States, and notes the Conservative Political Action Conference will be held in Istanbul next month.

      • Project CensoredEARN IT Act Threatens Online Freedom of Expression under Guise of Policing Child Pornography – Validated Independent News

        The EARN IT Act aims to hold tech companies responsible for the online spread of child pornography. As Mathew Ingram reported for the Columbia Journalism Review, the Act would establish a national commission for developing “best practices for the elimination of child sex-abuse material (CSAM).” Under the act, “any online platforms hosting such material would lose the protection of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which gives electronic service providers immunity from prosecution for most of the content that is posted by their users,” the CJR reported.

      • Project CensoredJustice Department Investigates Discrimination in Alabama Wastewater Crisis – Validated Independent News

        Hardy was removed in June 2021, after the chairman of the Lowndes County Commission, Charlie King, claimed that had she never been formally appointed. Hardy—who “volunteered hundreds of hours over the past decade to raise awareness about insufficient wastewater treatment in her home county and push for remedies,” according to AL.com—was also designated as the incorporator and authorized agent of the nonprofit organization, the Lowndes County Unincorporated Wastewater Program Sewer Board, designated as the recipient of the USDA funding.

      • TruthOutSenate Confirms Ketanji Brown Jackson as First Black Woman Supreme Court Justice
      • The NationThe Ketanji Brown Jackson Strategy

        Democrats worried about President Biden’s plummeting polling numbers and the party’s prospects in the midterm elections have stumbled on the solution to their problems: nominating and defending Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. By unapologetically championing racial equality in the form of finally putting an African American woman on the Supreme Court, they have both energized their base and garnered the support of a meaningful majority of the American people.

      • Common DreamsUN General Assembly Suspends Russia From Human Rights Council

        A majority of United Nations member states on Thursday voted to suspend Russia from the U.N. body charged with promoting and protecting human rights around the world in response to the Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine and mounting war crime allegations.

        The final vote in the U.N. General Assembly (UNGA) on the resolution to suspend Russia from the Human Rights Council (HRC) over “gross and systematic violations of human rights” was 93-24, with 58 nations abstaining.

      • Common Dreams‘Truly a Joyful Day’: Progressives Hail Jackson’s Historic Supreme Court Confirmation

        Progressive politicians, activists, and advocacy groups on Thursday cheered as Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson was confirmed to the United States Supreme Court, becoming the first Black woman and first public defender to serve on the nation’s highest judicial body.

        “Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s rise to the Supreme Court is a moment unlike any other in our nation’s history.”

      • Common DreamsMass Action Planned at Heart of Joe Manchin’s Coal Empire

        Hundreds of people in West Virginia on Saturday plan to blockade a coal waste power plant that directly benefits right-wing Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin while contributing to the planetary emergency, with dozens of activists planning to risk arrest.

        “We chose this plant specifically because we need the world to know how corrupt Joe Manchin is.”

      • Common DreamsTexas Gov. Abbott Plan to Bus Migrants to Washington, DC Met With Fury

        Progressive critics are lashing out after GOP Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday threatened to take migrants and refugees at the U.S.-Mexico border and then put them on buses to the nation’s capital as a show of political opposition to President Joe Biden’s immigration policies.

        “Scapegoating migrants does nothing to keep our border communities safe.”

      • HungaryVera Jourová: Orbán is fully aware that if he wishes to stay in the EU, he needs to abide by its rules
      • HungaryOrbán: On Europe, Hungary’s place within it, Russia, and more

        Viktor Orbán held an international press conference early Wednesday afternoon. This was his first such appearance since his party’s landslide victory in Sunday’s election.

      • The AtlanticOf Course Elon Musk Wanted Twitter

        Dip into Musk’s history, though, and you’ll find that his commitment to free speech has been less than absolute. He might like to be able to say anything he wants, but he bristles when what others want to say goes against his own preferences. He will grace his fans with engagement, but he has little interest in critics. And he has not always shown himself to be someone who welcomes people speaking their mind, especially not at his own companies. Musk’s version of free speech, in practice, seems to be one in which only powerful people can say what they please and escape any negative consequences.

    • Misinformation/Disinformation

      • The HillRussian-backed [astroturfers] spreading disinformation on Facebook

        The report, released on Thursday, said the [astroturfers] targeted the Ukrainian telecom industry, defense and energy sectors, tech platforms, journalists and activists.

        Facebook said it disrupted a disinformation campaign linked to the Belarusian KGB, which posted that Ukrainian troops were surrendering, and that the nation’s leaders were fleeing the country the day Russia invaded. The tech company said it disabled the account and stopped the campaign that same day.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • Project CensoredHow Israel’s ‘Facebook Law’ Threatens Free Speech – Validated Independent News

        Critics refer to this bill as the ‘Facebook Law’ because it targets online content on social media sites including but not limited to Facebook. Two groups, the Palestinian Digital Rights Coalition and the Palestinian Human Rights Organizations, have tracked Israeli censorship of Palestinian content online since 2016, when Sa’ar introduced the first version of his bill. In a joint statement responding to the newly proposed legislation, the two groups reported that Israel’s Cyber Unit has requested the removal of more than 20,000 Palestinian items. As Baroud reported, according to the two organizations, the new legislation “would only strengthen the relationship between the Cyber Unit and social media companies.”

      • BBCNigeria atheist Mubarak Bala jailed for blaspheming Islam

        A group of Muslims had filed a petition to the authorities accusing Bala of posting uncomplimentary messages about Islam on social media.

        Kano has a majority Muslim population. It is one of around a dozen states in northern Nigeria where Islamic law is practised alongside secular laws.

      • duvaRTurkish state agency cancels student’s loan for attending Women’s Day march

        The state-run Student Loans and Dormitories Institution (KYK), under the Youth and Sports Ministry, has canceled an education loan granted to a university student after she attended a feminist march organized in the Mediterranean province of Antalya on International Women’s Day March 8.

    • Freedom of Information/Freedom of the Press

      • The NationEric Boehlert Got Everything Right About Our Petty, Self-Congratulating Media

        His first case study (to my knowledge) was on the lameness of most national political reporters as they covered Vice President Al Gore’s run for president. First, they puffed up his lackluster Democratic primary opponent, former senator Bill Bradley, and then fell in love with George W. Bush. That double-barreled campaign presaged the way the Beltway media would cover imperfect establishment Democratic leaders, from Gore (won the popular vote but lost the presidency) to Hillary Clinton (oh, same thing) to Joe Biden today (whew, won that popular vote—though unlike them, he faced a coup attempt). All with heinous consequences for our country and our democracy. Eric covered Gore and Clinton and Biden, too; it became his beat until his untimely death.

        If we want to honor his memory, more of us should commit to his unflinching attention to the role of the media in creating the mess we’re in today.

      • Turkish MinuteColumnist for left-wing daily indicted on Erdoğan insult charges due to article on forest fires

        A columnist for the left-wing Evrensel newspaper has been indicted on charges of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in an opinion piece in which he criticized the government response to wildfires in the country in the summer of 2021, Evrensel reported.

        Columnist Ender İmrek faces charges of insulting the president in an article titled “Türkiye yanıyor, saray izliyor” (Turkey burns, the palace [a reference to Erdoğan] watches” dated July 31, 2021.

      • ABCTurkey suspends trial of Saudi suspects in Khashoggi killing

        The Istanbul court’s decision comes despite warnings from human rights groups that turning the case over to the kingdom would lead to a cover up of the killing, which has cast suspicion on the crown prince.

        It also comes as Turkey, which is in a deep economic downturn, has been trying to repair its troubled relationship with Saudi Arabia and an array of other countries in its region. Some media reports have claimed that Riyadh has made improved relations conditional on Turkey dropping the case, which had inflamed tensions between two countries.

      • Common Dreams‘I Will Not Stop,’ Says Khashoggi Fiancée as Turkey Moves Murder Trial to Saudi Arabia

        The fiancée of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi vowed to fight a Turkish court’s decision Thursday to move the trial of 26 Saudi suspects in the gruesome 2018 killing to Saudi Arabia, a ruling that human rights groups fear will spell an end to the case.

        Hatice Cengiz, who has been relentlessly campaigning for justice in the years since Khashoggi’s murder, said Thursday that her fight “is not over.”

      • NYPostTurkey suspends trial of Saudi suspects in Khashoggi killing

        Last week, the prosecutor in the case recommended that the case be transferred to the kingdom, arguing that the trial in Turkey would remain inconclusive. Turkey’s justice minister supported the recommendation, adding that the trial in Turkey would resume if the Turkish court is not satisfied with the outcome of proceedings in the kingdom. It was not clear however, if Saudi Arabia, which has already put some of the defendants on trial behind closed door, would open a new trial.

      • CNNTurkey transfers Khashoggi murder trial to Saudi Arabia in move that likely ends case

        A Turkish court ruled Thursday that the trial in absentia of 26 suspects accused of murdering Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi can be moved to Saudi Arabia, in a move that could effectively end the case.

        Khashoggi’s killing at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in 2018 triggered a global outcry against the kingdom and its de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Turkish officials said Khashoggi, a prominent critic of bin Salman, was killed and dismembered inside the consulate in an operation had been approved by the “highest levels” in Riyadh. US intelligence assessed that the Crown Prince himself approved the operation, though he has denied the allegation.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • Project CensoredClothing Brands Becoming More Oriented to Children with Disabilities – Validated Independent News

        One in four people in the United States have a disability, and yet clothing that is convenient to them, clothing that makes them feel comfortable and happy, is extremely limited. A lot of people in this world do not see adaptive wear as essential products because they do not have to worry about it, but the parents of these children want to spread the word and let everyone know that there is a way to help make these kids’ lives a bit easier, and many close to this issue believe these adaptive clothes are the answer they’ve been waiting for. While some small businesses were able to supply these clothes, most of the prices ranged anywhere between $30 to $100 per piece making it difficult for parents to afford it. Emily Medrano, a mother to a two-year-old son says, “Few people realize how much needs to be budgeted for clothing when raising a child with a disability.”

      • Counter PunchPeople are More Likely to React to a Black Person’s Story of Injustice, Even If It Happened to Someone Who is White

        We wanted to observe whether and how the race of the person telling a story of racial injustice affects the reaction of their audience. So we conducted three studies that manipulated details about the race of the storyteller and victim to isolate the role the storyteller’s race plays.

        In the first study, we recruited 370 white male participants using a crowdsourced academic research panel. We asked them to watch a video in which a professional male actor portraying a consumer describes shopping in a store with his family and being unfairly suspected of shoplifting.

      • Mint Press NewsLiberals Are Adopting an Old Soviet Tactic: Painting Dissent as Mentally Ill

        Back in the dark days of the Soviet Union, dissidents risked being locked up – but not, officially at least, on the grounds that they had committed a political crime. In the Soviet regime’s imagination, treason and mental illness were often two sides of the same coin.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | We Urgently Need an Economic Bill of Rights—One That Includes the Disabled

        Professor Harvey Kaye and Alan Minsky, Executive Director of Progressive Democrats of America, recently launched a proposal here on Common Dreams calling for a 21st century Economic Bill of Rights. It is a necessary proposal that creates a clear agenda for Progressive Democrats that distinguishes them from centrists. The policy implications can’t be understated either, if adopted these proposals would lift millions out of poverty. I’m writing this response article to emphasize the importance of bringing the disabled into the forefront of the conversation, and shed light on the struggles we face engaging with society. Discrimination against the disabled is often hard to see, especially as it relates to our participation in the economy. We’re discouraged from seeking the American dream by our laws, the economy, and physical barriers. We’re discouraged from living independently, owning a home, even from marriage.

      • The VergeAmazon plans to object to union victory in New York

        Amazon is planning to object to the results of the election where workers at a New York warehouse voted to organize with the Amazon Labor Union, according to a deadline extension request the company filed with the National Labor Relations Board (or NLRB). In the document, which you can read in full below, Amazon says that it’s gathering evidence to show that the union “threatened employees to coerce them into voting yes,” “electioneered and interfered with employees waiting in line to vote,” and “threatened immigrants with the loss of benefits if they did not vote.”

        Amazon hasn’t yet filed its final, official objections, according to Kayla Blado, a spokesperson for the NLRB. It will have until 11:59PM ET on Friday to do so, though the company has until April 22nd to file the proof it claims to be gathering.

      • CNNAmazon warehouse workers in New York made history voting for a union. Here’s what could happen next

        The win is striking for a number of reasons, including that ALU is a scrappy effort unaligned with an established labor union. It scored a decisive victory while a drive done in tandem with an 85-year-old labor union in Alabama has stumbled. (The results of an election at Bessemer one year ago favored Amazon but were scrapped after a National Labor Relations Board regional director determined Amazon had illegally interfered, a decision the company called “disappointing.” A do-over election currently remains too close to call.)

      • ReutersAmazon objecting to union’s victory in New York, alleging interference

        The U.S. National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is giving Amazon until April 22 to back up its objections to last week’s election in New York, in which Staten Island workers voted to form the company’s first U.S. union. Amazon had requested extra time to provide evidence because its objections are “substantial,” it said in a filing Wednesday.

      • New YorkerHow to Unionize at Amazon

        Their win was instantly remarkable: the first Amazon union outside of Europe. More remarkable still, the Amazon Labor Union was new and completely independent. It had none of the money or political connections of traditional organized labor.

      • New York TimesAmazon Workers Who Won a Union Their Way Open Labor Leaders’ Eyes

        After the stunning victory at Amazon by a little-known independent union that didn’t exist 18 months ago, organized labor has begun to ask itself an increasingly pressing question: Does the labor movement need to get more disorganized?

        Unlike traditional unions, the Amazon Labor Union relied almost entirely on current and former workers rather than professional organizers in its campaign at a Staten Island warehouse. For financing, it turned to GoFundMe appeals rather than union coffers built from the dues of existing members. It spread the word in a break room and at low-key barbecues outside the warehouse.

        In the end, the approach succeeded where far bigger, wealthier and more established unions have repeatedly fallen short.

      • TechdirtNew Amazon Employee Chat App Bans Terms Like ‘Grievance’ and ‘Living Wage’

        Despite a massive amount of spending and tactical maneuvering to derail the effort, Amazon factory workers just successfully voted to form the company’s first union on Staten Island, New York.

      • Common DreamsLabor Group Files Objections to Amazon’s Conduct During Alabama Union Election

        With hundreds of ballots still being challenged from an inconclusive union vote at an Amazon facility in Alabama, a national labor organization on Thursday called for possibly setting aside the results due to alleged illegal behavior by the e-commerce giant.

        “We will continue to hold Amazon accountable and ensure workers’ voices are heard.”

      • Common Dreams‘The Union Once Again Cleans Starbucks’ Clock’: Worker Wins Against Coffee Giant Continue

        The wave of Starbucks worker organization continued to sweep the U.S. this week as employees of the global coffee chain voted to unionize in three New York stores and took steps to form unions in numerous other states.

        “I think that we are going to continue to see this momentum.”

      • TruthOutUnion Filings Have Increased 57 Percent in the Last Six Months, Labor Board Says
      • TruthOutLabor Board’s Top Counsel Argues Anti-Union Meetings Are “Inherently” Illegal
    • Monopolies

      • TechdirtShifting Sands In The Tech Sector

        In the U.S., politicians are itching to disrupt Big Tech. In January, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the American Innovation and Choice Online Act, introduced by Senator Klobuchar in October 2021, which would prohibit large technology companies like Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google from preferencing their own products and services.

      • Patents

      • Trademarks

        • TechdirtUFO Magazine Sues Showtime Networks Over ‘UFO’ Series For Trademark Infringement

          Long, long time readers here may remember that I have had something of a fascination in the past with subjects such as conspiracy theories and UFOs. Not that I’m much of a believer in the former, mind you, but I consider these forays into the occult to be wildly interesting on a variety of levels. Hell, 10 years ago Techdirt made 3 novels I wrote available, one of which absolutely dove into the UFO topic. UFO topics are everywhere in popular media and I would probably want to argue that the acronym is one of the most commonly used and understood acronyms of all time.

        • TechdirtLauren Boebert Threatens Disney’s ‘Mickey Mouse Trademark’ Extension, Which Isn’t A Thing

          This seems to be becoming a thing here in America, this desire by those in power to punish private companies for their stances and speech on controversial topics. Mike recently wrote about how this effort to exert legislative influence on private actors is one of the few bits of bi-partisanship we have these days. And, of course, how it’s absolutely the morally wrong thing to do when either of side of the aisle engages in this sort of thing. Still, I won’t pretend that it isn’t a spotlight of hypocrisy when one particular side crusades against “cancel culture” only to literally attempt to cancel specific forms of culture merely over speech their side of the political spectrum doesn’t like.

      • Copyrights

        • Creative CommonsEpisode 20: Open Culture VOICES – Marco Rendina

          Welcome to episode 20 of Open Culture VOICES! VOICES is a vlog series of short interviews with open GLAM (galleries, libraries, archives, and museums) experts from around the world. The Open Culture Program at Creative Commons aims to promote better sharing of cultural heritage in GLAMs collections. With Open Culture VOICES, we’re thrilled to bring you various perspectives from dozens of experts speaking in many different languages on what it’s like to open up heritage content online. In this episode, we hear from Marco Rendina, the Managing Director of the European Fashion Heritage Association, and senior consultant at Istituto Luce Cinecittà. Marco has been working with museums, archives and libraries across Europe for two decades to support them in their digital transformation, advocate open access, gain extensive experience in the design and implementation of digital libraries, and promote innovation in the cultural heritage sector in Europe.

        • Creative CommonsEpisode 19: Open Culture VOICES – Dafydd Tudur

          Dafydd began his career supporting cultural heritage organizations to digitize their collections and publish them online. He also led the formation of the National Library of Wales’s (NLW) policy on open access and its successful collaboration with Wikimedia.

        • Torrent FreakBungie vs Fake DMCA Notices: Google Refuses to Hand Over User Data

          Chaos ensued last month when fraudulent DMCA notices sent to YouTube resulted in Destiny content creators’ videos being taken down for alleged copyright infringement. Bungie responded with a lawsuit to identify the culprits but at least as things stand, Google is refusing to comply with a subpoena demanding user data.

        • Torrent Freak1337x.to is Unreachable After Domain Name Expired (Updated)

          1337x.to, one of the world’s most-visited torrent sites, has become unreachable over the past few days. The site’s DNS records have been wiped which makes it impossible for browsers to resolve the domain. It’s not clear why this is happening, but it could very well be related to the fact that the 1337x.to domain expired.

        • TechdirtEd Sheeran Gets It: As He Wins His Copyright Lawsuit, He Decries ‘Culture’ Of Bogus Copyright Suits

          We’ve covered a variety of recent copyright lawsuits against songs that sound vaguely similar, noting this ridiculous war on genres, and basically outlawing the idea of an homage. Even in cases where the lawsuits fail (which is frequently, though not always), it’s still an extremely costly waste of time that can still have massive chilling effects on creative people. Ed Sheeran has been sued a few times with these kinds of claims, and thankfully, just won a case in the UK.

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