Links 09/04/2022: KDE Frameworks 5.93

Posted in News Roundup at 8:28 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Applications

      • Linux Links4 Best Free and Open Source Linux Flickr Tools

        Flickr is an online photo management and sharing application created in 2004 and subsequently acquired by the web portal organisation, Yahoo! Inc. Flickr has a large user base that rely on this storage site to host and share their 6 billion images with family and friends. The application is particularly popular among the blogging community, but faces stiff competition from the likes of Picasa, Facebook, and others. There is a free version of Flickr which allows limited space. If users need more bandwidth, the ability to show HD video, archiving, and ad-free browsing, they can upgrade to a relatively inexpensive Pro account.

        Whilst there have been no official Flickr tools released for Linux, the developers have made the Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) available to software developers. The APIs allow Flickr to be integrated into other Linux software.

      • Linux Links4 Best Free and Open Source Web Application Firewalls

        A web application firewall (WAF) is a type of application firewall that lets you see and analyze HTTP traffic to and from a web application. It has the objective of preventing attacks that seek to deny service and steal data. It gives the administrator direct control over the requests and the responses passing through the system without needing to modify backend code. A WAF differs from a standard firewall by protecting a specific web application or set of web applications. And it does this without actually touching web applications.

        Unprotected web applications are the easiest entry point for criminals and vulnerable to a number of attack types. Once a web application security vulnerability is discovered, it must be promptly fixed. Virtual patching using a WAF or patching the web application code directly are two solutions. Preventing attacks in application code can be difficult and may need painstaking maintenance, patching and monitoring at multiple layers of the application topology. And web application attacks are the main cause of data breaches. About 75% of all attacks are focused at the web application level. Most websites suffer dozens of attacks every day and some popular sites suffer, on average, a thousand attacks per hour. WAFs are deployed to add an external security layer; this improves a system’s security. They detect and prevent attacks before they reach web applications.

      • Mastersearch released

        Like announced in my previous post, I released mastersearch, “Searching the web from the CLI”.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • H2S MediaHow to install Steam on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy
      • H2S MediaHow to install Microsoft SQL Server on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS [Ed: It is proprietary, poorly built (DrawBridge), and not trustworthy)]
      • Linux CapableHow to Install Opera Browser on Fedora 36 Linux

        Opera is a freeware, cross-platform web browser developed by Opera Software and operates as a Chromium-based browser. Opera offers a clean, modern web browser that is an alternative to the other major players in the Browser race. Its famous Opera Turbo mode and its renowned battery saving mode are the best amongst all known web browsers by quite a margin, with a built-in VPN and much more.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Opera Browser on Fedora 36 Linux workstation desktop with optional branches stable, beta, or the nightly development version using the command line terminal with tips on maintaining and removing the browsers if required.

      • ID RootHow To Install Seafile on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Seafile on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Seafile is an open-source, self-hosted file sync that shares the solution with high performance and reliability. Seafile enables you to put files on your own server and allow others and your different devices to sync and access it. Seafile is written in C and Python programming language and provides similar features like Dropbox, mega.co.nz, and others.

        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 Seafile open-source file-hosting and cloud storage system 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.

      • ID RootHow To Install Terraform on AlmaLinux 8 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Terraform on AlmaLinux 8. For those of you who didn’t know, Terraform is an open-source infrastructure as a code software tool that enables you to safely and predictably create, change, and improve infrastructure. Terraform is built by Hashicorp and released under Mozilla Public License. It supports public, private as well as hybrid cloud, as of now Terraform supports 145 providers, which includes popular providers like AWS, Azure cloud, GCP, Oracle cloud, and many others.

        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 Terraform on an AlmaLinux 8. You can follow the same instructions for CentOS and Rocky Linux.

      • ELinuxHow to set watermarks in video using FFMPEG
      • ELinuxHow to install LetsEncrypt SSL on Bitnami WordPress Server?

        To install a free LetsEncrypt SSL certificate on bitnami WordPress installation, do the following…

      • Specify the Timezone with Linux date Command – Putorius

        The date command is a powerful tool provided by the GNU Core Utilities package. The formatting options are incredibly useful when writing scripts. If you are unfamiliar with this tool read our primer The Linux Date Command – Display, Format & Set the Date on Linux. In this Linux quick tip we are going to use the TZ environmental variable to specify the timezone with the Linux date command. I use this often when I am working with servers that are geographically distant from me. For example, when I need a script to send me an email when an action completes. Having the date time sent to me using my timezone stops me from needing to do time conversions. It is also handy if you simply want to display the date and time in a different time zone.

      • How to Flush Local DNS Cache on Linux – Putorius

        We aren’t going to go into how the whole DNS protocol works. However, it is important to know that all the name and IP address mappings are cached locally. This is done for speed and efficiency. So the next time you go to putorius.net, the DNS resolver can read it’s local cache instead of doing a lookup over the internet. Sometimes it is necessary to flush the DNS cache of your system. Maybe the IP address of the system you are trying to reach has changed? If so, you need to flush your local DNS cache or you will not be able to reach it.

      • Specify the Timezone with Linux date Command – Putorius

        The date command is a powerful tool provided by the GNU Core Utilities package. The formatting options are incredibly useful when writing scripts. If you are unfamiliar with this tool read our primer The Linux Date Command – Display, Format & Set the Date on Linux. In this Linux quick tip we are going to use the TZ environmental variable to specify the timezone with the Linux date command. I use this often when I am working with servers that are geographically distant from me. For example, when I need a script to send me an email when an action completes. Having the date time sent to me using my timezone stops me from needing to do time conversions. It is also handy if you simply want to display the date and time in a different time zone.

      • Ubuntu HandbookHide Username & Enable Tap to Click in Ubuntu 22.04 Login Screen | UbuntuHandbook

        This simple tutorial shows how to hide user list and/or enable touchpad tap clicking in login screen of Ubuntu 22.04 LTS.

        GNOME, the default desktop environment, has some hidden keys to configure the login screen options. However, you need gdm (Gnome Display Manager) user privilege who handles the default login.

        After following this tutorial, Ubuntu will no longer display usernames in login screen. Instead, you need to manually type user-name and then password to login.

      • Ubuntu Handbook[Quick Tip] Enable ‘Open as Administrator’ Option in Ubuntu 22.04 | UbuntuHandbook

        Want to open folder or edit file as administrator (aka root in Linux)? Here’s how to do the trick by adding menu option in Ubuntu 22.04 file manager.

        The ‘Files’ (aka nautilus) has an extension called nautilus-admin to do administrative operations. With it, you may right-click on folder and select “Open as Administrator“, or right-click on file and select “Edit as Administrator“.

        Don’t like MS Windows, it however does not support running an app as root.

      • Configure TOTP Two-Factor Authentication on Apache Guacamole – kifarunix.com

        In this tutorial, you will learn how to configure TOTP two-factor authentication on Apache Guacamole. Time-based One-time Password, TOTP, is a kind of multi-factor authentication which adds an extra layer of authentication on top of the usual username/password based authentications. This improves the security of your accounts.

      • Install Wireshark on Rocky Linux – kifarunix.com

        In this guide, we are learn how to install Wireshark on Rocky Linux. Wireshark is the world’s foremost and widely-used network protocol analyzer.

      • Configure Guacamole MySQL Database Authentication – kifarunix.com

        In this tutorial, you will learn how to configure Guacamole MySQL database authentication. Guacamole supports various authentication mechanisms including database authentication via MySQL, PostgreSQL, or SQL Server databases.

        So how can you can enable and configure Guacamole MySQL database authentication?

      • Guacamole: How to fix RDP server closed/refused connection: Security negotiation failed (wrong security type?) – kifarunix.com

        This short tutorial shows you how to fix RDP server closed/refused connection: Security negotiation failed (wrong security type?) error while connecting to Windows systems using Apache Guacamole.

    • Games

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • 9to5LinuxKDE Frameworks 5.93 Brings Multi-Cursor Support for Text Editor Apps, over 280 Changes

          KDE Frameworks 5.93 comes with lots of improvements for your favorite KDE apps, including multi-cursor support for Kate and other KTextEditor-based apps. Users are given three ways to create multiple cursors, including Alt+Click in different places, Alt+Ctrl+up/down on lines above or below the current one, and Alt+Shift+I after selecting multiple lines of text.

        • KDE Ships Frameworks 5.93.0 – KDE Community

          KDE today announces the release of KDE Frameworks 5.93.0.

          KDE Frameworks are 83 addon libraries to Qt which provide a wide variety of commonly needed functionality in mature, peer reviewed and well tested libraries with friendly licensing terms. For an introduction see the KDE Frameworks release announcement.

          This release is part of a series of planned monthly releases making improvements available to developers in a quick and predictable manner.

    • Distributions

      • Web Pro NewsElementary OS Founders Split, Putting Project In Question

        The co-founders of the Elementary OS project have split, leaving many open questions about one of the most popular Linux distributions (distro).

        Danielle Foré and Cassidy James Blaede co-founded the Elementary OS project in an effort to help further Linux on the desktop. Elementary is based on Ubuntu LTS (Long-Term Support) and is often compared to macOS, providing a similar default look and feel. The distro has won its fair share of praise, and currently sits at number 11 on DistroWatch.com.

        Unfortunately, there appears to be trouble in paradise, with the two co-founders parting ways, according to Foss Force.

      • Paul ThurrottElementary Founder Exits the Company

        Elementary founder Cassidy James Blaede revealed that he’s left the company, opening questions about the future of its Linux distribution. It appears that he was basically forced out of Elementary by co-owner Dani Foré.

        “Over the last decade, I’ve worked to help build elementary into what it is today: a world-class operating system lead by a team who is involved in and oftentimes driving the direction of the greater open source desktop space,” Blaede writes in his goodbye post. “In 2011 I founded elementary, LLC. so we could have a legal entity under which to do business, sign agreements, etc. I owned and ran the company for seven years, bearing the entirety of the legal responsibility and handling much of the administration and logistics.”

      • Barry KaulerConsolidation of date and time menu entries

        Earlier today I posted about an improvement to the Setup menu:


        Now for something that I have wanted to do for a very long time…

      • Barry KaulerRemove duplicate PupControl entries in Setup menu

        In ye olden days, Puppy had an entry “Wizard Wizard” in the Setup menu, which was a frontend to the other “wizards”.

        This idea of a “wizard” was inherited from Windows 95:



        To simplify some of the more complicated operations in Windows, Microsoft added “wizards”.

        A “wizard” is usually a dialog box that walks you through each specific step needed to complete the operation.

        Typically a wizard presents a few discrete choices at a time across several pages you can navigate with a “Back” and “Next” button. The last page will usually have a “Finish” button that completes the task using your selected choices.
        I do think that the term “wizard” has had its day, and intend to phase it out of the Setup menu. Firstly, though, in Easy 3.4.5 these two entries circled in red, both run PupControl:

      • New Releases

        • 9to5LinuxMX Linux 21.1 Released with Linux 5.16 for AHS Edition, Based on Debian GNU/Linux 11.3

          Based on Debian GNU/Linux 11.3, MX Linux 21.1 brings back the disk-manager utility to the ISO images, adds various improvements to the installer, updates many of the pre-installed packages, and introduces the mx-samba-config utility for those who want to configure Samba and CIFS shares in a desktop-agnostic way.

          On top of that, this release bumps the kernel version on the AHS (Advanced Hardware Support) image, which features the Xfce desktop environment by default, to Linux 5.16.

      • Gentoo Family

        • Make Use OfSick of Compiling Gentoo Linux? Then Try the New LiveGUI Distro!

          The Gentoo project has announced a new LiveGUI image in a post on its official blog.

          The Gentoo Linux distribution is known for giving users as much manual control over what’s installed on the system, to the point where users are encouraged to compile most of Gentoo’s software from source to tailor its performance to the user’s CPU architecture.

          However, the LiveGUI version is intended to allow prospective users to test drive a full desktop system by extracting the image to a USB stick or optical media before committing to the installation process.

          True to the distribution’s fast-moving nature, Gentoo plans to offer a new LiveGUI version every week.

          While the Gentoo project supports multiple architectures, the ISO image is for x86-64 systems. It weighs in at 4.8 GB and can be obtained from Gentoo’s download page.

      • Debian Family

        • OS NewsRaspberry Pi OS no longer defaults to user “pi” – OSnews

          This is a pretty substantial change that might break some applications that assume the default “pi” user exists.

        • Raspberry Pi Just Made Two Huge Changes for Security and Convenience

          A new update to Raspberry Pi OS (formerly Raspbian) offers several improvements over previous releases, though one of these “improvements” may be a bit controversial. On the one hand, setup is more convenient and the Pi is more secure. But it’s time to say goodbye to the default user.

          From here on out, Raspberry Pi OS won’t come with a default user called “pi.” Additionally, the operating system won’t give you the default “raspberry” password. That means the Raspberry Pi setup wizard is now unskippable, as you must enter custom login credentials. (That said, the default user won’t disappear if you update your Pi, and the new setup wizard won’t stop you from using the “pi” username or “raspberry” password.)

          This change is probably overdue. Default usernames and passwords present a security risk for remote access devices, and of course, the Pi is a popular home server solution. (You can run the sudo rename-user command to change the default credentials on an older Pi.)

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Programming/Development

        • Cardano Hackathon in Argentina – Cardano Feed

          The term is believed to have been created in 1999 independently by the OpenBSD developers and the Sun Microsystems marketing team.

        • Unix Command Cheat Sheet for Busy Developers | by Koushik Thota | Apr, 2022 | Medium

          As a developer, you might have had to use the terminal quite often, especially if your organization doesn’t use Microsoft products. Having knowledge of the most important UNIX commands can improve your life as a developer.

        • The Register UKLanguages? Compiling the future is where the real fun’s at • The Register

          Here’s a recipe for happiness. Don’t get overexcited by the latest “C is not a language” kerfuffle.

          Proper coders have known since its inception that C is as much a glorified library of assembler macros as anything else. Don’t sweat it. That business with operating systems being infected by their old C genes, crippling all the new cool Rusts and Swifts? So what? If your code is limited by its OS interactions, you should probably go write a kernel.

          There is one place, and one place only, where you should invest your emotional and intellectual energies. Compilers. They saved the world once, and they’re about to do it again.

          For most young code-slingers, compilers are slightly mystical interfaces to the data divinities. If things are good, the completion messages flow down the terminal window like a high priest’s blessings on the faithful. If you’ve done bad, the compiler heaps fire and brimstone on you, and you must repent. When judgement day comes, your executable is your reward.

        • Perl/Raku

          • PerlPerl Advent Calendar articles about Moose | simbabque [blogs.perl.org]

            At $work, one of my colleagues who is not in a developer role has started to get into writing code more and more, and I am mentoring him. He’s about to work on a productive ticket with Moose for the first time, so I gave him a little reading list, mostly involving selected parts of the documentation as well as Ricardo Signes’ excellent talk Moose is Perl.

            But then I thought I must have read lots of great blog posts about Moose on the Perl Advent Calendar over the years. I tried to find a few, but had some trouble identifying them easily. So I wrote a quick scraper. Here are all articles that mention Moose since 2010 (where the format of the website changed). Most of them are about Moose or one of the numerous MooseX modules.

  • Leftovers

    • Education

      • Moodle, the Perth-based open-source software platform that has taken global education by storm

        While making software free seems counterintuitive to the core of running a profitable business, it’s exactly what Moodle founder Martin Dougiamas did when he launched his course management system in 2001.

        Since then, the Perth-based edtech has grown to accommodate more than 311 million users and operates in approximately two-thirds of universities worldwide.

        Speaking with Business News Australia Dougiamas explains how keeping aspects of Moodle free is a “sensible” approach towards software development in a field like education, where teamwork is paramount.

        “To me, it’s very natural. It comes out of academic tradition [where] you learn, share and work together – it’s very collaborative. It’s not about competition,” he says.

        “It’s a very healthy ecosystem for open source. Most of the lower layers of the internet and operating systems like UNIX are all built with this model because it works.

        “The dotcoms like Google, Microsoft, Apple and Facebook completely operate on open-source software.”

    • Integrity/Availability

    • Defence/Aggression

      • # No 3G

        We have new neighbors from Ukraine. The owners of the flat dropped a letter into everyone’s mailbox to inform us and to ask that maybe we could share our wlan access with the family (mother, 2 children and mother-in-law).

        From an email at work I learned that Telekom is giving away free SIM cards to refugees from Ukraine with an unlimited data plan. They only require some Ukrainian ID as all SIM cards have to be registered in Germany. So I just wrote an email to the landlord informing him about this as I really just would not like to share our internet access even with the guest option in the router. He did not know about the free cards and wrote me back that they would visit a Telekom shop the next day.

      • The Register UKHuawei CFO who was detained in Canada promoted to chair • The Register

        Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou – who was famously held in Canada and is the daughter of company founder Ren Zhengfei – has quietly been named as one of three people who share the role as chair of the Chinese company’s board.

        Huawei rotatesits CEO and chair every six months, appointing the new leaders from a panel of three who each take turns in the top jobs before reverting to be mere senior advisors.

        While critics of the system may question the resulting continuity and accountability, founder Ren Zhengfai justifies the unique approach by saying the rotating and acting CEOs “sought harmony in diversity,” helping the company “adapt quickly to changes in the environment.”

        “They make decisions collectively, which avoids corporate rigidity caused by any particular individual being too obstinate and also avoids the uncertainties caused by unexpected risks to company operations,” said Ren. In 2018, the co-CEO role was downgraded to “rotating deputy chairperson.”

      • The Register UKChina moves to protect offshore tech company listings • The Register

        China’s Securities Regulatory Commission has opened a consultation on revised regulations aimed at avoiding trouble for local tech companies that list on US stock markets.

        In recent weeks the NASDAQ stock exchange warned Chinese tech companies Baidu and Weibo – and more besides – that they face suspension from the bourse because they don’t allow the US government to see audits of their finances.

        Washington wants to see those audits under the Holding Foreign Companies Accountable Act (HFCAA) – a law that requires some companies that issue securities in the US to disclose how many of their shares are owned by governments, if governments exercise control over the company, and whether any officials or regulations are connected to the Chinese Communist Party.

    • Finance

      • MediumCapitalism Is The Problem, ………. (Part Two: A republic, if you can keep it)

        Some of the most important inventors you may not have heard of, are: Charles Babbage, Ada Lovelace, Herman Hollerith, Semyon Korsakov, Alan Turing; where to start? The truth is; Hollerith was the only one that succeeded financially. How do I define this? Well, several of these people were born into privilege or married into or inherited significant wealth; and their inventiveness did not expand their wealth significantly. So, the definition of success is: that they grew their own wealth within their inventions.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Foreign PolicyMacron Begins His Fight for a Second Term

        French voters go the polls this Sunday in the presidential election first round, with Macron’s old rival Marine Le Pen likely to advance with him.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • Re: Wholesomedonut’s thoughts on work

        It makes plenty of sense to work multiple days a week, throughout the whole day, if you’re a farmer who has to respect the life cycles of his work animals, and doesn’t have giant spotlights with which to light up his whole field as he tills.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • The future of dimension.sh

        dimension.sh is nearly 2 years old. I initially started dimension as I wanted to rekindle a love of an old ‘pubnix’ I used to be a member of back when I was in college, it ended up being a small community where I met a few good friends to which i’m still in contact with twenty years later. I happened to come across the the tilde community one day and was reminded of this fun part of my life.

      • tldr in gemtext

        For command line help, man pages are thorough. The information you want is probably in there somewhere. But I’d prefer a few examples to get me started. The tldr project does exactly that. So I translated their pages to gemtext, and put up a list of them.

      • Is gemini a read-only protocol?

        I got to know the gemini protocol by reading Drew DeVault’s blog. In a post from last year he argues that gemini is supposed to be a read-only protocol, that the INPUT response code is only for searching, and that the SENSITIVE INPUT code should be removed. Forms, file uploads, commenting systems, and other kind of interactive use cases simply fall out of gemini’s scope according to him.

    • Monopolies

      • The Register UKRussian media watchdog bans Google from advertising its services

        Russia’s communications scold is fed up with all the misinformation online, at least with regard to Google and its YouTube subsidiary.

        Roskomnadzor, the agency charged with monitoring and controlling media in Russia, introduced “coercive measures” that ban Google from promoting services deemed to be distributing “fake” – as defined by the Russian government – content.

        Affected services, according to Russian business publication Kommersant, include Google Search, Google Play, YouTube, YouTube Music, Google Chat and Gmail. The measures also include requiring search engines (e.g. Yandex) that present information about Google services (i.e. link to them) to inform users that Google is violating Russian law.

        “YouTube video hosting has become one of the key platforms spreading fakes about the course of a special military operation on the territory of Ukraine, discrediting the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation,” the agency said.

      • The Register UKEU appeals overturned $1.2b Intel antitrust fine

        The European Commission (EC) is going ahead with an appeal against a court decision earlier this year to drop a $1.2 billion fine imposed against Intel for anti-competitive behavior.

        The case stretches back many years and concerns deals between Intel and some system vendors to favor Intel chips over those from rivals such as AMD.

        A spokesperson for the EC confirmed to The Register that it has decided to file an appeal against the General Court judgment of 26 January, which found Intel was no longer required to pay an approximate $1.15 billion fine imposed by the EC for anti-competitive behaviour.

[Meme] EPO Moving Backwards

Posted in Europe, Finance, Patents at 6:02 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Inflation? Let's take salaries down
Violating the EPC, using a lie

Summary: As we’ve just seen, the EPO isn’t interested in employing the people it absolutely must employ

For EPO Staff on Dutch Territories Purachasing Power Fell 12% in Just One Year While EPO Increased Its Fees

Posted in Europe, Patents at 5:49 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum ee33fa5440e3ff966c0c83596b29e2ba
Lowered Salaries at EPO
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: Multinational corporations and billionaires may not mind this (they profit even more; price hikes all across the board!), but the EPO is making itself extremely unattractive to much-needed researchers and it’s pricing itself out of the reach of SMEs (which the EPO itself has just admitted are no more than a fifth of all patent applications)

THE number of patents granted by the EPO has plunged thanks to industrial actions, which culminated in a strike last month. The EPO is back with António Campinos where it was with Benoît Battistelli just half a decade earlier; the Office is just faking “health” by granting loads of fake patents, including a lot of European software patents.

“…for workers stationed in The Netherlands the living expenses are soaring while the EPO suspends the standard salary increase (keeping up with national inflation rates).”The document discussed above concerns the vastly lowered incentive to join the EPO; not only is there no work security anymore (5-year contracts); for workers stationed in The Netherlands the living expenses are soaring while the EPO suspends the standard salary increase (keeping up with national inflation rates).

In the words of the union:

08 April 2022
su22011hp – 0.2.1

Inflation at 11.9%

Extraordinary times request extraordinary measures – Request for intermediate salary adjustments.

Europe inflation

Inflation is at an all-time high since the euro was launched in 1997. It is not a mere indicator anymore; it is here to hurt. The inflation index published by Eurostat for March 2022 is 7.5% for the eurozone and 11.9% for The Netherlands when compared with prices a year before on March 2021. And still growing. The trend stays worrying upwards, with no visible signs of a stabilisation, let alone a downward trend. In fact, the problem of inflation is that once established in the economy it hardly finds a downward trend. We all maybe remember efforts of European economies in the late 80s to reduce inflation levels, during a period of both long-term inflation and economic stagnation, called stagflation.

Double digit inflation figures seemed to belong to a remote past. This is no longer true. If salaries remain nominally the same while losing purchasing power, employee salaries will melt like ice in the sun. In a short period of time, salaries and pensions will be reduced to a shadow of what they are today.

EPO’s management looks at this economic disaster as an opportunity to award its staff no inflation adjustment at all, using a sophisticated intellectually dishonest structured scheme which purpose is to never grant any nominal salary adjustment. Therefore, permanently eroding all career and pension prospects. EPO’s management reminds us of bankers, advertising for complex structured financial products that promise a “potential” return on investment to customers. However, the vast array of mala fide exception clauses in those investments always and hopelessly produced 0% returns at the product maturity. Sounds familiar? It is not a coincidence, knowing that our salary adjustment procedure was produced by such bankers, in order to achieve a 0% by design.

SUEPO expects in these extraordinary times, extraordinary leaders able to amend their decisions for the best of the EPO and their most valuable asset, staff.

SUEPO requests a sustainable workforce management by intermediate salary adjustments as done at the Coordinated Organisations and the EU.

Your SUEPO The Hague Committee

They are the butlers of a whole universe
Lords by force lawless dispatchers
They fill their pockets, drink new wine
And dance around at the king’s pine forest

Zeca Afonso – “Os Vampiros” (The Vampires)

The way things are going, the Office will quickly run out of people capable of doing the job it was entrusted to do. It’s a disaster in the making and those who make the mess are profiting some other way.

Links 09/04/2022: Outages and Clown Computing Failures

Posted in News Roundup at 10:20 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Server

      • The Register UKAtlassian outage lingers, sparking data loss fears

        Atlassian is still scrambling to recover from a recent software script fiasco and is hoping no customer data gets lost, which may be more than Microsoft can manage if OneDrive, as some have reported, has been intermittently corrupting large uploads for at least two months.

        Four days after some Atlassian customers began encountering problems with the cloud giant’s collaboration software, recovery efforts continue and a few folks are worried they may not get their data back.

        One wrote to The Register wondering about that possibility after the company, via Twitter, responded to a request to confirm that customer data is backed up and failed to actually do so.

        “We expect most site recoveries to occur with minimal or no data loss,” the biz said on Thursday.

    • Applications

      • Linux LinksBest Free and Open Source Alternatives to Adobe Acrobat Reader

        Adobe Acrobat Reader is a multi-platform PDF reader. It lets users view, print, sign and comment on PDF documents.

        While Acrobat Reader is free to download, it’s proprietary software. And support for Linux was discontinued in 2014, although it’s possible to run the Windows software using WINE.

        We recommend free and open source alternatives that run natively under Linux.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • How To Install NotepadQQ On Linux [Updated] | Itsubuntu.com

        How To install NotepadQQ On Linux

        Notepadqq is an amazing text editor. It is promoted as an editor designed by developers, for developers. Notepadqq is free to use and open-source text editor that has support for almost 100 languages. If you are looking for a perfect text editor for Linux then NotedpadQQ must be your choice.

      • Run Commands As Another User Via Sudo In Linux – OSTechNix

        Picture this scenario. You are managing a Linux server that is accessed by multiple users. All users have sudo rights. You want to test certain Linux commands with different users. How would you do that? Log in as one user and test the commands, and then log out and log back in as another user and test commands? Yes, It is one way to do it. However, there is a simple way to run commands as another user via sudo in Linux. Read on to find out.

      • Ubuntu PitSet Up Cron Jobs for Linux and 10 Best Online Tools for Cron Jobs

        The term cron job is a task that we need to do regularly, and we can schedule the tasks to be automatically done. In Linux, there are many built-in commands and online tools that might help you organize and initialize your tasks on your behalf on the system. With command line codes and online tools, you can link your tasks and assign the tools to perform tasks. One of the most used and useful syntax for cron jobs in Linux is the crontab (cron tables). To maintain these cron jobs in Linux, we can either write a script, use online tools, or use terminal commands.

        If you’re a system admin where you need to perform multiple repeating and scheduled tasks in many different systems, the cron jobs can save your time and efficiently complete your tasks.

      • ELinuxSecure Memcached on CentOS/RHEL 7?

        By default memcached on CentOS 7 is set to run on all IP address on the server. This allow attackers to abuse the service.

      • ELinuxCpanel find recently logged in users?
      • ELinuxHow to Install Supervisord on CentOS 7?

        Supervisor is a program used to monitor and control programs. It can auto startup application on server boot time, restart if the application fails.

      • ELinuxHow to install PHP ssh2 module in Cpanel Server

        PHP ssh2 module allows you to connect to SSH servers. On Cpanel servers, this module is not available under EasyApache. You need to install using PECL. The PECL module installer in WHM does not list this module. The module is available to download from

      • ELinuxHow to fix Cpanel Server shared IP address show customer site?

        On a Cpanel Server, when you visit a shared IP address used by multiple websites, you will see the website of the first VirtualHost entry. This is not good when you have multiple customer websites as your other customers may visit the IP and see the site associated with the first VirtualHost entry and complain about this. I had customers reporting that their site is hacked when this happened to them.

      • ELinuxHow To Fix Video Conversion Problem in Clipbucket?

        This topic has been discussed many times so i am going to write a complete guide to track your video conversion problem and fix it. I am using ClipBucket 2.0.9, if you have not already update to latest version, please download it from http://clip-bucket.com/latestAdding some of my Forum post content, here is what we are going to track our problem.

      • ELinuxACME (acme.sh) Free SSL Certificate?

        ACME (acme.sh) is a shell script for generating LetsEncrypt SSL certificate. acme.sh is written in bash, so it works on any Linux server without special requirements. For getting SSL, another popular option is to use certbot.

      • ELinuxacme.sh SSL using manual DNS method?

        When you run this command, you will get DNS TXT entry that needed to be added to your DNS server. Login to your DNS provider, add the DNS entry, then run the following command to confirm the SSL creation.

      • ELinuxRun rsync if not running using cronjob?

        I want to rsync files from one server to another server every 5 minutes, but only want to start the rsync if the previous rsync command has finished. Time for one rsync depends on how much data changed on the source server, so the time taken to finish rsync cronjob varies.

      • ELinuxRun rsync if not running using cronjob
      • Linux CapableHow to Install Ristretto on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

        Imagine being able to scroll through your favorite images and watch them come alive on screen or view a slideshow of all the best moments in life. Ristretto is an innovative image viewer that allows you to scroll through images and view them in a slide show. You can also open multiple files with other applications like your computer’s built-in photo editor or use it as wallpaper on its own!

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Ristretto on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish using the Ubuntu default repository or alternative flatpak installation manager for those that require the latest released version as Ubuntu’s releases can be behind due to stability factors in what long term releases are meant for.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install NVIDIA Drivers on Fedora 36 Linux

        Most modern Linux Desktop systems such as Fedora come with an NVIDIA driver pre-installed in the Nouveau open-source graphics device driver for Nvidia video cards. For the most part, this is acceptable; however, if you are using your Linux system for graphical design or gaming, you may get better drivers.

        Historically, the Nouveau proprietary drivers are slower than Nvidia’s, which lacks the latest graphics card hardware features, software technology, and support. In most situations, upgrading your Nvidia Drivers with proper NVIDIA drivers is more beneficial than not. In some cases, you may see some substantial improvements overall.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install the Nvidia Graphic Drivers from the Nvidia Proprietary Repository RPM Fusion, giving you the latest software available on Fedora 36 Workstation, the command line terminal.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Tor Browser on Fedora 36 Linux

        Tor, also referred to as The Onion Router, is open-source, free software that permits anonymous communication when using online services like web surfing. The Tor network directs the web traffic through an accessible worldwide volunteer overlay network with over six thousand relays and continues to grow. Many users want to search out more ways to stay their information and activities anonymous or as private as possible, which has led to Tor Browser growing quite popular in recent years because it conceals a user’s location and usage from anyone conducting network surveillance or traffic analysis.

        The Tor network is intended to protect the personal privacy of users and their freedom and ability from conducting communication without having their activities monitored, and data were taken without their consent and used to sum it up.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Tor Browser on Fedora 36 Linux workstation desktop using Fedora 36’s default repository or downloading the browser manually and how to install it manually with tips on registering the application icon.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install PHP 8.1 on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

        PHP 8.1 is a significant update of the PHP language that was “officially” released on November 25, 2021. This is a standard upgrade going forward from the existing PHP 8.0 release. The new PHP 8.1 brings enums, fibers, never return type, final class constants, intersection types, and read-only properties, among new features and changes.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to import the Ondřej Surý PPA and install PHP 8.1 on your Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish using the command line terminal.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install OpenJDK 11 on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

        Java is a general-purpose, class-based, object-oriented multipurpose programming language that is popular due to the design of having lesser implementation dependencies, meaning that the compiled Java code can be run on all platforms that support Java without the need for recompilation. Java is also fast, secure, and reliable, therefore. It is widely used for developing Java applications in laptops, data centers, game consoles, scientific supercomputers, cell phones, etc.

        The tutorial will look at installing the OpenJDK version instead of the default Oracle JDK. The difference between these two is licensing. OpenJDK is an entirely free, open-source Java with a GNU General Public License, and Oracle JDK requires a commercial license under the Oracle Binary Code License Agreement. Other differences are release schedules and other factors that come into play; however, performance is the same.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install OpenJDK 11 LTS or better known as Java 11 LTS, on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish with the standard APT installation from Ubuntu’s repository along with the PPA version, which may suit some users better. The tutorial will also demonstrate how to switch Java alternative default versions.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install SciTE Text Editor on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

        SciTE is an easy-to-use text editor that has many features for programming. Its footprint size and functionality make it perfect for installing on any system, even if you don’t have experience with Scintilla or GTK.

        More valuable features include syntax styling, error indicators, and code completion. It also has a selection margin that can be filled with markers like those found commonly used by debuggers to indicate breakpoints or other vital points when exploring an application’s functionality (e). The user interface provides greater control than what you might find elsewhere; this makes it easier for developers who need these types of tools but don’t want something too complicated-looking while still offering plenty of ” Done deal!” style options if that more their speed!

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install SciTE on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish using the Ubuntu default repository or alternative flatpak installation manager for those that require the latest released version as Ubuntu’s releases can be behind due to stability factors in what long term releases are meant for.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Firefox ESR on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

        Firefox ESR is the perfect choice for enterprise users who need stability and security updates but may not have access to newer features. The Firefox Extended Support Release (ESR) versions are officially supported by their respective organizations because they do not contain any bugs or unfinished products within their programmed functions! The Firefox extended support release is perfect for university or government networks where they need more support than just updated software.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Firefox ESR on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish using a recommended Launchpad PPA repository to provide the most up-to-date version using the command line terminal.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install RawTherapee on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

        The RawTherapee application is a powerful and versatile tool for processing raw photos. This program, which runs on both PC & Mac systems using GTK+ as its interface, uses patches of DCRAW with added support from their in-house team that enhances accuracy where needed most – ensuring every photo comes out beautifully regardless of the type or model device was used when taking them!

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install RawTherapee on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish using the Ubuntu default repository or alternative flatpak installation manager for those that require the latest released version as Ubuntu’s releases can be behind due to stability factors in what long term releases are meant for.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Shotwell on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

        Shotwell is a simple and easy-to-use photo organizer for the GNOME desktop. You can import photos from your camera or disk, organize them by date and subject matter, and ratings on how you want to present these memories in this application with its basic editing features, including cropping red eyes away!

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Shotwell on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish using the Ubuntu default repository or alternative flatpak installation manager for those that require the latest released version as Ubuntu’s releases can be behind due to stability factors in what long term releases are meant for.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Freetube on Manjaro 21 Linux

        FreeTube is a free, open-source YouTube player that lets you watch videos without advertisements and prevents Google from tracking your browsing activity with cookies or JavaScript. Thanks to Electron, you can use it for Windows, Mac & Linux!

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Freetube on Manjaro 21 Linux. The tutorial will use the command line terminal with yay AUR helper. Ideally, most users may be using some wrapper for Pacman; for new users, it is essential to install one to keep your packages up-to-date while you learn Arch/Manjaro.

      • Marian BoučekInstalling Ubuntu from FreeBSD

        I want to install Ubuntu for playing games on external SSD, so I don’t have to touch my boot loader. I got inspired by Ruben’s post. I decided to buy a new SSD external drive and install Ubuntu on it. I’m pretty sure I’ve told the Ubuntu installer to NOT override boot record on my main drive, but sadly the installer ignored my choice and happily installed GRUB on it. At this point, I was really scared of not being able to boot my FreeBSD anymore.

      • RachelLots of feedback about /bin/true, and more empty file fun

        Okay, wow, my post about an empty file has generated a lot of feedback, mostly for the throwaway line at the bottom about an empty file being the smallest version of /bin/true possible.

      • India TimesHow QR codes work and what makes them dangerous: A computer scientist explains

        QR codes are not inherently dangerous. They are simply a way to store data. However, just as it can be hazardous to click links in emails, visiting URLs stored in QR codes can also be risky in several ways.

      • ID RootHow To Install Pixeluvo on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Pixeluvo on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Pixeluvo is an affordable image editor tool designed to transform the entire view of an image in Linux distributions. Pixeluvo contains a wide range of advanced features including non-destructive editing via adjustment layers, powerful color correction tools, full support for raw image formats, realistic pressure-sensitive drawing tools, and many image enhancement filters. To use it, you need a commercial license and a license for Pixeluvo full version costs $34 and includes all future updates for that major version number.

        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 Pixeluvo image editor 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.

      • Trend OceansHow to resolve VMware Workstation no Internet connection – TREND OCEANS

        When I was logging into the virtual machine via SSH connection, I was not prompted to enter the password and the connection terminated with the Connection timed out message.

        At first, I thought maybe the IP address had changed, but it’s not possible because I have set the static address, even though the firewall is not implemented on the system. Still, I pinged the network and found the connection was unreachable.

        So, I directly logged in to the VMware machine and checked the IP address. I found the IP address was the same. Then why is it not getting connected through SSH? Therefore, again, I tried to ping Reddit and found it was also not working.

      • Install MariaDB 10.7 on Ubuntu 20.04 – kifarunix.com

        Follow through this guide to learn how to install MariaDB 10.7 on Ubuntu 20.04. MariaDB 10.7.3 is the current stable release version of MariaDB.

      • Install MariaDB 10.8 on Ubuntu 20.04 – kifarunix.com

        Follow through this guide to learn how to install MariaDB 10.8 on Ubuntu 20.04. MariaDB 10.8.2 is the current RC release version of MariaDB.

      • OpenSource.comExplaining Git branches with a LEGO analogy | Opensource.com

        Creating a new branch in a code repository is a pretty common task when working with Git. It’s one of the primary mechanisms for keeping unrelated changes separate from one another. It’s also very often the main designator for what gets merged into the main branch.

        Without branches, everything would either have to be cherrypicked, or else all your work would be merged effectively as a squashed rebase. The problem is, branches inherit the work of the branch from which they’re forked, and that can lead to you accidentally pushing commits you never intended to be in your new branch.

        The solution is to always fork off of main (except when you mean not to). It’s an easy rule to say, but unfortunately it’s equally as easy to forget, so it can help to look at the reasoning behind the rule.

      • nixCraftHow to install GIMP 2.10 on Ubuntu or Debian Linux

        This quick tutorial explains how to download and install the latest GIMP application on Ubuntu or Debian Linux and friend using the CLI.

      • UNIX CopHow To Enable mod_rewrite For Apache in Rocky Linux 8 / Alma Linux 8

        Hello, friends. On Debian and Ubuntu, it is effortless to enable mod_rewrite, which is an Apache utility to rewrite addresses in our applications. However, in the case of Rocky Linux 8 / Alma Linux 8 the issue is not the same. So, you will learn how to enable mod_rewrite for Apache in Rocky Linux 8 / Alma Linux 8.

      • Bifrost Spike on an Ampere AltraMax | Adam Young’s Web Log

        For the past week I worked on getting a Ironic standalone to run on an Ampere AltraMax server in our lab. As I recently was able to get a baremetal node to boot, I wanted to record the steps I went through.

        Our base operating system for this install is Ubuntu 20.04.

      • HowTo ForgeHow to Install Memcached on Alma Linux 8
      • The Unexpected Importance of the Trailing Slash – Tookmund – A place for my random thoughts about software

        For many using Unix-derived systems today, we take for granted that /some/path and /some/path/ are the same. Most shells will even add a trailing slash for you when you press the Tab key after the name of a directory or a symbolic link to one.

        However, many programs treat these two paths as subtly different in certain cases, which I outline below, as all three have tripped me up in various ways.

      • Barry KaulerHow to fiddle with JWM tray height and width

        This blog post is prompted by a forum post by BologneChe, who set the tray width to full width of screen, by editing the “width” attribute in the “Tray” tag, but found that sometimes had to reset it…

      • Jump CloudHow to Launch an Amazon Linux EC2 Instance Using Terraform
      • How to Check Kernel Version in Ubuntu 20.04

        The kernel is one of the most important parts of a system. In the case of Ubuntu or Debian, the kernel is rarely upgraded to major versions, although it is patched frequently. As with the entire system, it is also a good idea to check the kernel version because it will tell you more about the system and provide better support.

    • Wine or Emulation

      • GamingOnLinuxWine 7.6 out now with more PE conversion work, Mono updated | GamingOnLinux

        Wine is the compatibility layer that allows you to run games and applications developed for Windows – on Linux (plus also macOS and BSD). A new development release is out with Wine 7.6. It’s a major part of what makes up Steam Play Proton and enables a ton of games to work on the Steam Deck. Once a year or so, a new stable release is made.

    • Games

      • Boiling SteamTop 7 New Games to Play on Linux with Proton – April 2022 Edition – Boiling Steam

        We are back with our usual monthly update! Boiling Steam looks at the latest data dumps from ProtonDB to give you a quick list of new games that work (pretty much?) perfectly with Proton since March 2022 – all of them work out of the box or well enough with tweaks…

      • GamingOnLinuxGodfall Ultimate Edition seems to run well on Linux and Steam Deck | GamingOnLinux

        Godfall Ultimate Edition released onto Steam on April 7, a former Epic Store exclusive, and now thanks to the Steam release it runs very nicely on Linux and Steam Deck with Proton.

        “Aperion is on the precipice of ruin. You are the last of the Valorian knights, god-like warriors able to equip Valorplates, legendary armor sets that transform wielders into unstoppable masters of melee combat. Ascend in Godfall, the first-of-its-kind, looter-slasher, melee action-RPG.”

      • GamingOnLinuxDuck Game gets a patch for Proton, now works on Steam Deck | GamingOnLinux

        With their changes, it should now work out of the box! Released originally on Steam back in 2015, it went onto receive wide recognition with an Overwhelmingly Positive rating from 20,944 (at time of writing) user reviews. Always nice to see such a title running well on Linux and Steam Deck.

      • Its FOSS10 Best Indie RPG Games for Linux in 2022

        Whether it is Windows, Linux, or macOS, you will find plenty of Indie games to play.

        There are chances to find incredibly exciting games that are often underrated, which makes it exciting to explore Indie games.

        But, here, I focus only on the best Indie RPG games (i.e. developed by small teams) available for the Linux platform.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • This week in KDE: a feast for the eyes

          Those finger-following touchscreen gestures have started to land, and we have a lot more than that too! This week is overflowing with positive visual changes that I think you’re all really going to like…

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • Blender Eevee is Magic – Even a Stopped Clock

          Georges wrote a great little app to configure Elgato Stream Deck buttons on non-proprietary platforms. I’ve been following Georges’ ventures into streaming. He’s done amazing job promoting GNOME development and has been helping with OBS a lot too.

          To make Boatswain work great by default, rather than just presenting people with a monstrous shit work mountain to even get going, Georges needed some graphical assets to have the configurator ship with ready made presets.

    • Distributions

      • BSD

        • OpenSSHOpenSSH 9.0 Release Notes

          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 this.

          In case of incompatibility, the scp(1) client may be instructed to use the legacy scp/rcp using the -O flag.

      • Debian Family

        • Raspberry PiAn update to Raspberry Pi OS Bullseye

          Up until now, all installs of Raspberry Pi OS have had a default user called “pi”. This isn’t that much of a weakness – just knowing a valid user name doesn’t really help much if someone wants to hack into your system; they would also need to know your password, and you’d need to have enabled some form of remote access in the first place. But nonetheless, it could potentially make a brute-force attack slightly easier, and in response to this, some countries are now introducing legislation to forbid any Internet-connected device from having default login credentials.

          So with this latest release, the default “pi” user is being removed, and instead you will create a user the first time you boot a newly-flashed Raspberry Pi OS image. This is in line with the way most operating systems work nowadays, and, while it may cause a few issues where software (and documentation) assumes the existence of the “pi” user, it feels like a sensible change to make at this point.

        • MRTRaspberry Pi OS updated based on Debian Bullseye

          The Raspberry Pi Foundation has now put the official Raspberry Pi OS on the basis of Debian Bullseye. This means that the operating system for the handicraft boards has an up-to-date substructure again. However, as in the past with such releases, the Foundation does not recommend a direct in-place upgrade.

          the Name developers only a few visible changes. You highlight the switch to the GTK + 3 toolkit, which works with the Compositing Window Manager Mutter. This first renders the display in RAM and can display nicer windows with rounded corners, for example. However, this has the disadvantage that it only works with Raspberry Pis with more than 2GB of RAM. Smaller versions of the Pi keep the old GTK + 2 framework with OpenBox window manager. In the future, however, the development will move further away from the X Windows Manager towards Wayland, announces the Raspberry Pi Foundation.

        • The Register UKRaspberry Pi OS update beefs up security

          An update to the Debian Bullseye-based Raspberry Pi OS is being rolled out with both quality-of-life improvements and one very important tweak: an overdue departure of the default user.

          Previously, all installs of the Raspberry Pi OS (formerly known as Raspbian) had a default user called “pi”.

          This was handy for quick setups and convenience but a bit of an open goal on the security front. “This isn’t that much of a weakness,” insisted the Pi team, pointing out that you’d need to know the password as well to get access (and you’d need to have enabled remote access for miscreants to do their dirty work anywhere but locally) but still.

          There is no getting away from the fact that its presence could expose credentials and “potentially make a brute-force attack slightly easier.”

        • Alexander Wirt, Bucha executions & Debian political prisoners

          When and why are these tactics used in Debian? It usually involves questions about money. If you ask why a woman who had a shared travel history with the Debian leader received a $6,000 internship, you are almost certain to be subject to one of these secret bans/censorship too. Debian oligarchs do not want to draw any attention to these cases, not even on debian-private so they blackmail people to disappear quietly.

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Daniel StenbergMore steel [Ed: Showing off 'gifts' from Microsoft while insisting on putting a Free project in proprietary hosting of a company which commits crimes, including mass bribery]

        I didn’t expect this, and this year I wasn’t asked ahead of time if I wanted to receive this gift. It is however something of a collector’s item that I find very enjoyable.

        I received my GitHub contribution matrix printed in steel. This is my 2021 contribution skyline. (Click the images for higher resolution.)

      • Web Browsers

        • Mozilla

          • Its FOSSFirefox 99 Brings These Two Changes for Linux Users

            Mozilla’s Firefox is one of the most popular open-source browsers which is the reason it is used as the default browser in many Linux distributions such as Mint and Ubuntu.

            Recently, Mozilla released Firefox version 99.0 which brings new security and UI features to Linux.

      • FSF

        • Licensing/Legal

          • Market ScreenerVMware : Open Source License Compliance and Why It Matters [Ed: Serial GPL violator VMware is trying to ‘lecture’ us on copyleft just months after starting an anti-Linux FUD campaign; VMware became so malicious this past year that even Dirk Hondahl, their damage-controlling spinner, resigned]

            Open source license compliance isn’t glamorous. It has little to do with cranking out code. It’s a messy, nuanced undertaking that is in no way amenable to a simple technical fix. But it’s something we ignore at our peril.

            Any open source user – or community – that fails to take software license compliance seriously is risking serious harm. It’s worth reminding ourselves why that is, and what we can do about it.

      • Programming/Development

        • One year of sales

          A breakdown of selling 640 copies of my first product Deployment from Scratch.


          You signed up for two jobs if you decided to write a book. Writing and marketing. And marketing is likely even more vital if you want people to find and read your work.

        • Requiring passing unit tests on KDE’s CI

          In its default configuration, KDE’s Gitlab CI will only consider compilation or license validation failures a failure of the CI job, which follows what the previous Jenkins-based system did. Unit test failures would be shown in the results of a job, but would not be considered fatal and stop integration.

          In projects with reliable and maintained tests this is obviously not ideal, and therefore this can now be changed. The require-passing-tests-on setting controls on which platform(s) tests need to pass for the CI to pass. Making this a per-platform setting allows phasing this in gradually, without the least well supported platform holding everything back.

        • Brian CallahanHand-optimizing the TCC code generator

          I am on a number of different compiler mailing lists. One of those is the mailing list for the Tiny C Compiler. Imagine my surprise when a recent email mentioned our latest series and suggested trying a similar approach to improve the code generator in TCC. I was interested to see if there were any low-hanging fruit that could produce similar gains as O provides for QBE.

        • Dirk EddelbuettelDirk Eddelbuettel: RcppEigen on CRAN: Maintenance

          A new release of RcppEigen arrived on CRAN today (and already went to Debian). Eigen is a C++ template library for linear algebra: matrices, vectors, numerical solvers, and related algorithms.

          This update was (as it happens) requested by CRAN as R aims to bring the Fortran / C interface to best practices. We call dgesdd twice in one example and use a character argument, and the-powers-that-be now prefer better control over that character argument. So we did. Another change, kindly contributed by Mikael Jagan, switches row and column indices for R_xlen_t allowing for greater range. Plus some more small tweaks mostly to CI, see the NEWS entry below for full details.

        • Shell/Bash/Zsh/Ksh

          • Anders BorchMaking Nvm And Volta Co-exist With Zsh

            Some of the magic of not having to do any chpwd hooks at all are clearly negated by this, but such is the world of working on multiple heterogenous projects.

  • Leftovers

    • Counter PunchTravelers, Sour and Sentimental

      For the roots of our contemporary attitudes toward travel we must go back to the eighteenth century, to the golden age of the Grand Tour, when extended journeys on the European continent were made not only by royals and aristocrats, whose families had long been embarking on extended trips abroad, but by ever larger numbers of middle-class travelers as well.

      The period spawned a huge travel literature, much of it unpublished journals like those of Boswell and Edward Gibbon. But books flooded the market, too, from personal accounts such as Joseph Addison’s Remarks on Several Parts of Italyof 1705, to general travel guides like Thomas Nugent’s four-volume The Grand Tour, the first of its many editions printed in 1749. These books were re-issued continuously in the course of the eighteenth century to feed the appetites both of those intent on making the journey themselves, or for stay-at-homes eager to experience it vicariously.

    • Unix SheikhDon’t use Reddit for Linux or BSD related questions

      If you want to get valuable information, why would you try to locate it at a place that is mainly occupied by childish, immature, hostile and selfish people?

      This is not unique to Reddit, but it generally relates to most social places on the Internet, especially those with point based voting. By the very nature by which these places work, they not only attract, but often nurture the most hollow and miserable people. Reddit and other places like it are often toxic and superfluous.

      Occasionally you will find something useful by someone who stands out from the crowd, but in most cases, it’s a complete waste of time. People mainly spend their time with empty, personal, emotional, and myth based discussions and statements.

    • QuilletteI’m Being Investigated by the British Columbia College of Nurses Because I Believe Biological Sex Is Real

      Before this happened, I did not self-identify as any kind of active feminist, let alone the “radical” kind. However, I could not ignore the harms that gender-identity ideology was inflicting on women and children. And over the last six years, I’ve written and spoken on the issue of gender; organized large events about gender-identity ideology; hired lawyers to prevent the Vancouver Public Library from cancelling one such event; attended a human-rights tribunal and court hearings involving the notorious grifter formerly known as Jonathan Yaniv; been investigated and threatened with arrest by police when the aforementioned grifter falsely accused me of rape and voyeurism in a courthouse bathroom; faced hundreds of protesters—some of them former friends—chanting at me and my six-week-old infant, “Save the baby from the TERF”; received threats of death and sexual violence; had my Member of Parliament refuse to speak to me; and, with a former friend, helped erect a Vancouver billboard expressing support for my fellow “TERF,” J.K. Rowling.

    • Science

      • New ScientistAn extreme form of encryption could solve big data’s privacy problem

        Fellay’s concerns are a microcosm of one of the world’s biggest technological problems. The inability to safely share data hampers progress in all kinds of other spheres too, from detecting financial crime to responding to disasters and governing nations effectively. Now, a new kind of encryption is making it possible to wring the juice out of data without anyone ever actually seeing it. This could help end big data’s big privacy problem – and Fellay’s patients could be some of the first to benefit.

    • Education

      • San FanciscoCalifornia math wars get ugly: Accusations of racism and harassment ignite battle between Stanford and Cal profs

        Boaler said after his retweet that she contacted Nelson via email, notifying him that police and lawyers were taking up “the sharing of private details about me on social media.”

        “I was shocked to see that you are taking part in spreading misinformation and harassing me online,” she wrote to him in an email.

      • uni StanfordStanford and Cal professors level accusations as debate over state math curriculum rages

        This is not the first time that Boaler has received threatening messages in response to her work in education. In 2012, Boaler took to the Internet to call out “harassment and persecution” by two mathematics scholars amid a national debate about the future of education policy. In October, Boaler’s photo and personal details were posted on Fox News in an attempt to ridicule her work, which she said resulted in death threats.

      • teleSURUNESCO Warns That 132 Million Children Do Not Receive Education

        A report by the organization revealed that, in several countries, boys are at greater risk than girls of repeating years of schooling, as well as the level of learning, although they insist that girls face more disadvantages in this area.

        In addition, UNESCO considers that among the elements identified with school dropout are severe discipline, corporal punishment and other forms of violence in schools. This is in addition to school closures, loss of learning and economic hardship arising from the pandemic.

    • Hardware

      • HackadayJust In Case You Want To Charge Your Neighbor’s Tesla

        Tesla vehicles have a charging port that is under a cover that only opens on command from a charging station. Well, maybe not only. [IfNotPike] reports that he was able to replay the 315MHz signal using a software defined radio and pop the port open on any Tesla he happened to be near.

      • HackadayA Bargain In Bionic Knees

        You probably don’t want to lose a leg, but if you have to there are many options now that were unthinkable not long ago. That is, if you can afford them. A microprocessor knee — a prosthetic with some smarts in it — can run anywhere from $25,000 to well over $100,000. However [Lucas Galey], a PhD candidate at the University of Texas El Paso in a recent paper claims to be able to produce a comparable artificial knee for under $1,000. If the paper is too long to read, Amplitude has a good summary including what it means to people who need them.

      • HackadayWordle Comes To The Nokia N-Gage Thanks To New SDK

        You probably never imagined you’d be reading about new software getting developed for Nokia’s infamous N-Gage handheld game system in 2022, and we certainly never thought we’d be writing about it. But here we are. Of course, we aren’t talking about a commercial title — this is an unofficial port of Wordle by “taco phone” superfan [Michael Fitzmayer].

      • HackadayA Close Look At A Little Known 8-bit Computer

        If you read about the history of personal computing, you hear a few familiar names like Microsoft, Apple, and even Commodore. But there were a host of companies that were well known and well regarded back then that are all but forgotten today. Godbout computing, Ohio Scientific, and Southwest Technical Products (SWTP). SWTP is probably best remembered for having a relatively cheap printer and “TV typewriter”, but they also made a 6800-based computer and [Adrian] takes us inside of one.

      • HackadayPCB Thermal Design Hack Gets Hot And Heavy

        Thanks to the relatively recent rise of affordable board production services, many of the people reading Hackaday are just now learning the ropes of PCB design. For those still producing the FR4 equivalent of “Hello World”, it’s accomplishment enough that all the traces go where they’re supposed to. But eventually your designs will become more ambitious, and with this added complexity will naturally come new design considerations. For example, how do you keep a PCB from cooking itself in high current applications?

      • HackadayHackaday Podcast 163: Movie Sound, Defeating Dymo DRM, 3DP Guitar Neck, Biometrics Bereft Of Big Brother

        Join Hackaday Editor-in-Chief Elliot Williams and Assignments Editor Kristina Panos as we spend an hour or so dissecting some of the more righteous hacks and projects from the previous week. We’ll discuss a DIY TPM module that satisfies Windows 11, argue whether modern guts belong in retrocomputer builds even if it makes them more practical, and marvel at the various ways that sound has been encoded on film. We’ll also rock out to the idea of a 3D-printed guitar neck, map out some paths to defeating DYMO DRM, and admire a smart watch that has every sensor imaginable and lasts 36+ hours on a charge. Finally, we’ll sing the praises of RS-485 and talk about our tool collections that rival our own Dan Maloney’s catalogue of crimpers.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • Common DreamsDrop in Life Expectancy ‘Speaks Volumes’ About How US Handled Covid: Expert

        Just over a month into year three of the Covid-19 pandemic, research revealed Thursday that life expectancy in the United States declined again in 2021—which followed a well-documented drop in 2020 and contrasted a recovery trend in other high-income countries.

        “The life expectancy gap between the United States and its peer income countries is now over five years, which is an incredible gap.”

      • Project CensoredGlobal Displacement of COVID Orphans: The Pandemic’s Hidden Consequence – Validated Independent News

        Children process grief differently than adults, but signs of emotional suffering are easy to miss when you don’t know what to look for. Nelson believes the longer a child has to wait for help, the harder the treatment will be. Lack of early intervention may account for social, emotional, and cognitive challenges down the road and can also lead to childhood depression and anxiety. The physiological effects of trauma and stress can be equally devastating, often causing chronic conditions. While these are all highly sought out issues to aid in America, only ten percent of bilateral funding, one government transferring funds to a recipient country, is invested toward vulnerable and orphaned children.

      • Project CensoredHomeless Students Further Marginalized by COVID-19 – Validated Independent News

        Noting that homelessness is “not an identity” but, instead, an “experience” and an “indicator of other vulnerabilities,” Merohtra reported that students of color, students with disabilities, English learners, and students who are LGBTQ+ are among the vulnerable groups that experience homelessness at “disproportionate rates.”

      • The RevelatorBest Practices to Confront Pandemics at the Source
      • TruthOutVaccinations for Medicaid Patients Are Far Behind Those for Privately Insured
      • YLEOne in three teens buys snus on social media, study finds

        The most recent School Health Promotion study found that up to 43 percent of students in grades 10-12 and 67 percent of vocational school students have used a tobacco product at least once last year, with snus becoming increasingly popular.

        The survey also showed that roughly one in three snus users got hold of the product via social media platforms.

      • The VergeThe US is trying to fix medical devices’ big cybersecurity problem

        The new document is still just a draft, and device makers won’t start using it until it’s finalized after another round of feedback. But it includes a few significant changes from the last go-around — including an emphasis on the whole lifecycle of a device and a recommendation that manufacturers include a Software Bill of Materials (SBOM) with all new products that gives users information on the various elements that make up a device. An SBOM makes it easier for users to keep tabs on their devices. If there’s a bug or vulnerability found in a bit of software, for example, a hospital could easily check if their infusion pumps use that specific software.

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • VOA NewsChinese [Crackers] Reportedly Target India’s Power Grid [iophk: Windows TCO]

          Over the last several months, the Insikt Group, the threat research division of Massachusetts-based Recorded Future, said it has collected evidence that hackers targeted seven Indian state centers responsible for carrying out electrical dispatch and grid control near a border area disputed by the two nuclear neighbors.

          The group primarily used the trojan ShadowPad, which is believed to have been developed by contractors for China’s Ministry of State Security, leading to the conclusion that this was a state-sponsored hacking effort, the group reported.

        • SecureworksShadowPad Malware Analysis [iophk: Windows TCO]

          The majority of ShadowPad samples analyzed by CTU researchers were two-file execution chains: an encrypted ShadowPad payload embedded in a DLL loader. ShadowPad DLL loaders are [installed] by a legitimate executable vulnerable to DLL search order hijacking. The DLL loader then decrypts and executes the embedded ShadowPad payload in memory using a custom decryption algorithm specific to the malware version. Table 1 lists legitimate executable and malicious DLL pairs that CTU researchers observed in analyzed samples.

        • Isle of WightElectric vehicle chargepoints [cracked] to show porn

          Screens on devices at the council’s car parks are meant to show its website, but some featured explicit images instead.

        • LRTSecurity startup becomes Lithuania’s second unicorn

          Founded in 2012, Nord Security is now valued at 1.6 billion dollars. This makes the company Lithuania’s second unicorn, after the clothing resale platform Vinted.

          According to one of the founders, Eimantas Sabaliauskas, Nord Security is now striving to become the world’s biggest cybersecurity company.

        • Duncan LockUsing Windows after 15 years on Linux

          I am a software & web developer – and Linux is a toolbox, full of highly polished tools, crafted over decades by software developers, for software developers. Windows is… not that. It’s a commercial OS, aimed at users of Word, Excel & Outlook, pretty much. You can feel this difference all the time that you’re using it – it pervades everything.

          Non-composable Software

          The command line tools (echo, cat, grep, sed, awk, find, cut, sort, curl, ssh, etc…) which make up the standard Linux/Unix toolbox are all composable and general purpose. You can join them together like Lego bricks, in whatever combination you like, to make new tools on the fly. You do this on the command line, by piping streams of text from one tool to another and using them to transform it however you need.

          Sadly, nobody has ever really figured out how to make GUI software like this – general purpose & composable. Windows has always focussed heavily on the GUI, to the almost complete exclusion of the command line – which means that it doesn’t have this foundation of composable software tools. Almost everything is a special purpose piece of GUI software. Which you have to go and find. And then download and install.

        • CS MonitorWhy did you make that decision? AI systems learn to explain.

          While AI scientists have no problem designing systems that make accurate predictions on all sorts of business outcomes, they are discovering that to make those tools more effective for human operators, the AI may need to explain itself through another algorithm.

          The emerging field of “Explainable AI,” or XAI, has spurred big investment in Silicon Valley as startups and cloud giants compete to make opaque software more understandable and has stoked discussion in Washington and Brussels where regulators want to ensure automated decision-making is done fairly and transparently.

        • YLEFinnish foreign affairs and defence ministry websites hit by cyber attacks [iophk: Windows TCO]

          The websites of Finland’s defence and foreign affairs ministries were out of service on Friday, the ministries announced in separate tweets at just before 1pm.

          The defence ministry said its website was taken down by a denial of service (DoS) attack and that it was investigating the matter.

        • PC MagUS Disrupts ‘Cyclops Blink’ Botnet by Hacking Infected Devices [iophk: Windows TCO]

          The US blames Russia’s military intelligence, the GRU, for creating the botnet as a way to spy on company networks. Back in February, federal officials warned that a new strain of Linux-based malware, called Cyclops Blink, had been found targeting vulnerable routers and firewall devices from PC maker Asus and network security provider WatchGuard.

        • CSOWhat is a botnet? When infected devices attack [iophk: Windows TCO]

          A botnet is an example of a distributed computing system operating over the internet—a fairly early example of this idea’s widespread real-world use. The people or teams who run a botnet, called controllers or herders, need to recruit unwilling computers into their army and then coordinate their activity for profit. There are a number of components to the architecture that helps botnets form and perpetuate themselves.

        • NigeriaALERT: Malware targeting routers, Windows PCs in circulation, NCC warns [iophk: Windows TCO]

          “To hide the malicious activity, the ransomware displays a fake window update screen, cancels specific processes and services, and completely disables the task manager, windows error reporting, machine firewall and windows defender of the compromised system.

        • Science NigeriaNCC Uncovers Cyber Threats to Windows Platforms, Routers [iophk: Windows TCO]

          The first cyber threat is ransomware ‘Lokilocker’, capable of wiping data from all versions of Windows systems or platforms. It causes data loss and denial of service (DoS) which reduces user productivity.

        • Security AffairsDirtyMoe modules expand the bot using worm-like techniques

          The Windows botnet has been active since late 2017, it was mainly used to mine cryptocurrency, but it was also involved in DDoS attacks in 2018. The DirtyMoe rootkit was delivered via malspam campaigns or served by malicious sites hosting the PurpleFox exploit kit that triggers vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer, such as the CVE-2020-0674 scripting engine memory corruption vulnerability.

          The operations behind the DirtyMoe botnet rapidly changed since the end of 2020, when the malware authors added a worm module that could increase their activity by spread via the internet to other Windows systems.

        • The Register UKMicrosoft hikes prices for non-profit customers, ends on-prem software grants [Ed: Clown computing is a bait-and-switch trap; Microsoft is a bunch of criminals, preying on the poorest]
        • Security

          • Kevin CoxMaybe Passwords are the Future

            A wide variety of new approaches are vying for popularity. WebAuthn removes passwords and instead uses keys that are managed by the browser. Email “magic links” use the ability to receive email as authentication. SSO delegates the problem to another provider. However these approaches all have major downsides. Let’s take a quick look at some of these and try to squeeze them into a pass/fail score, ignoring most of the nuance.

          • TechdirtWatchGuard Plays The Ostrich, Patches Exploit Without Informing Customers

            Firewalls. You know, boring old IT stuff. So why are we talking about them at Techdirt? Well, one thing we regularly talk about is how companies tend to respond to exploits and breaches that are uncovered and, far too often, how horrifically bad they are in those responses. Often times, breaches and exploits end up being far more severe than originally reported, and there are some companies that actually try to go after those reporting on breaches and exploits legally.

          • Hacker NewsHackers Exploiting Spring4Shell Vulnerability to Deploy Mirai Botnet Malware

            The recently disclosed critical Spring4Shell vulnerability is being actively exploited by threat actors to execute the Mirai botnet malware, particularly in the Singapore region since the start of April 2022.

          • Privacy/Surveillance

            • TechdirtNSO Confirms It Gave Israeli Police Access To Malware To Spy On Israelis

              Nearly every rumor about NSO Group has been proven true, despite plenty of early denials by the (oh, I guess we’ll be nice…) “embattled” malware merchant. The world’s foremost purveyor of zero-click exploits capable of completely compromising phones of targets is still in damage control mode. The damage can no longer be controlled, though. So, it’s basically just NSO admitting the nasty things said about have been mostly true.

            • Project CensoredMajor Media Outlets Lobby against Regulation of “Surveillance Advertising” – Validated Independent News

              Revenues from surveillance advertising drive the lobbying efforts against regulation. Media corporations argue that targeted advertising—and, by extension, the siphoning of user data—has become necessary due to declining revenues from print sales and subscriptions. However, despite a decline in print sales, surveillance advertising profits have soared for most media conglomerates over the last decade. While non-digital advertising revenue has decreased from $124.8 billion in 2011 to $89.8 billion in 2020, over the same time period digital advertising revenue has risen from $31.9 billion to $152.2 billion, according to Pew Research.

            • India TimesChina uses AI software to improve its surveillance capabilities

              According to more than 50 publicly available documents examined by Reuters, dozens of entities in China have over the past four years bought such software, known as “one person, one file”. The technology improves on existing software, which simply collects data but leaves it to people to organise.

              “The system has the ability to learn independently and can optimize the accuracy of file creation as the amount of data increases. (Faces that are) partially blocked, masked, or wearing glasses, and low-resolution portraits can also be archived relatively accurately,” according to a tender published in July by the public security department of Henan, China’s third-largest province by population.

            • NYOBUPDATE: CNIL decides EU-US data transfer to Google Analytics illegal

              Only weeks after the groundbreaking decision by the Austrian Data Protection Authority that the continuous use of Google Analytics violates the GDPR, the French Data Protection Authority (CNIL) ordered three French websites to comply with the GDPR. All these decisions are based on noyb’s 101 model complaints which were filed after the Court of Justice ruling invalidating Privacy Shield. noyb expects similar decisions by the other authorities.

            • CS MonitorElon Musk became Twitter’s biggest shareholder. What’s next?

              Mr. Musk’s ultimate aim in acquiring 73.5 million shares, worth about $3 billion, isn’t clear. Yet in late March Mr. Musk, who has 80 million Twitter followers and is active on the site, questioned free speech on Twitter and whether the platform is undermining democracy.

            • FuturismGun Shot Detection Cameras Alerting Cops To Slamming Doors Instead

              A police reform group says the cameras cops are using to automatically detect and report gun shots should be taken down, citing their proclivity for picking up the sound of slamming doors instead.

              According to a new Axios report, Campaign Zero is lobbying local city governments to stop using the tech, called ShotSpotter, after a year-long study. The group says ShotSpotter doesn’t significantly reduce gun violence, rarely leads to physical evidence a gun was fired, increases the likelihood of police violence, and costs tax payers millions.

            • You are Tracked Online – How To Avoid Being Tracked Online

              The internet, as well as the threats that cybercriminals use to exploit their victims, are constantly evolving and often users will fall short in implementing best practices. Tracking users online is not only seen as a marketing strategy for websites, it is often a resource for third parties to buy your information. Once this information has gotten into the wrong hands, there is a strong possibility of eventually facing a phishing or ransomware attack. Because of this, it is important to have as many safeguards in place as possible and change methods frequently to protect yourself online. Consider Tor and Tor Browser (based on Firefox), a web browser that anonymizes your web traffic when using the Tor network, making it easy to protect your identity online. This can be very appropriate for navigating without being tracked at specific times.

            • The Register UKApple iOS privacy clampdown ‘did little’ to reduce tracking [Ed: Apple works for NSA. You need to be as gullible as an Apple "consumer" to believe otherwise (in the face of verifiable facts).]

              Apple’s ramp up in iOS privacy measures has affected small data brokers, yet apps can still collect group-oriented data and identify users via device fingerprinting, according to a study out of Oxford.

              What’s more, the researchers claim, Apple itself engages in and allows some forms of tracking, which serve to strengthen its control over the iOS market.

              In a paper titled, “Goodbye Tracking? Impact of iOS App Tracking Transparency and Privacy Labels,” due to be published in June for the ACM Conference on Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency 2022, Oxford academics Konrad Kollnig, Max Van Kleek, Reuben Binns, and Nigel Shadbolt, with independent US-based researcher Anastasia Shuba, describe what they found after analyzing 1,759 iOS apps from the UK App Store, both before and after the introduction of iOS 14.

              “While Apple’s changes make tracking individual users more difficult, they motivate a counter-movement, and reinforce existing market power of gatekeeper companies with access to large troves of first-party data,” they state in their paper.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Opposing War: Standing Together for Peace

        The soul of humanity cries out from the crowded streets of Moscow, from steps near the Kremlin, as a man—an artist in the deepest sense—brings the slaughter of civilians in Bucha back to the home country…not by killing a bunch of Russians, but by posing, publicly, as dead himself, with his hands tied behind his back.

      • Common DreamsRussian Airstrike Reportedly Kills 30+ at Train Station Used to Evacuate Civilians

        A Russian missile attack on Friday reportedly killed more than 30 people at a train station in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk, where civilians gathered to flee escalating violence in the region.

        Pavlo Kyrylenko, the regional governor of Donetsk, said in a statement that “thousands of people were at the station during the missile strike, as residents of Donetsk region are being evacuated to safer regions of Ukraine.”

      • TruthOutReport: Jan. 6 Committee Finds Connections Between Militias & Rally Organizers
      • Democracy NowEnd the Double Standard: U.S. Accuses Russia of War Crimes While Continuing to Oppose the ICC

        The United Nations General Assembly voted to suspend Russia from the U.N. Human Rights Council on Thursday, a resolution that accused Russia of committing human rights abuses in Ukraine. We speak with human rights lawyer Wolfgang Kaleck about the apparent double standards and weaknesses in the current international criminal justice system in light of the U.S. committing similar crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan. Nations like the U.S. have refused to submit themselves to any kind of international jurisdiction because “they want to lead their wars,” says Kaleck. “The International Criminal Court will only get off the ground in the near future if Western states agree to apply universal standards.”

      • Common DreamsKremlin Shutters Amnesty, Human Rights Watch Offices in Moscow

        The Moscow offices of Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and other groups were shuttered by the Kremlin on Friday—a move that comes amid widespread condemnation of abuses and possible war crimes that have taken place during Russia’s ongoing attack on Ukraine.

        “Amnesty’s closing down in Russia is only the latest in a long list of organizations that have been punished for defending human rights and speaking the truth to the Russian authorities,” said Agnès Callamard, secretary-general of Amnesty International, in a statement.

      • Mint Press NewsKyiv Independent Deep Dive: The West’s In-Kind Answer to Putin’s Propaganda

        As the Russian attack on Ukraine has come to dominate global news feeds, so has a previously little-known outlet called The Kyiv Independent. Since its inception in November of last year, the Independent’s profile has risen rapidly and has been promoted and endorsed by both social media giants and the corporate press.

      • The NationOur Planet’s Long History of War

        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.

      • The NationThe Little Picketers of Russia

        On a recent snowy day in Moscow, a figure held a poster of a peace sign across the river from the Kremlin. Unlike other protesters, this one was not arrested, because it stood only a few inches tall and was made of plasticine clay.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | The Idea of a Clean and Efficient War Is a Dangerous Lie

        The war in Ukraine resuscitated a certain dangerous fascination for war. Notions such as patriotism, democratic values, the right side of history, or a new fight for freedom are mobilized as imperatives for everyone to take a side in this war. It is not surprising then that a large number of so-called foreign fighters are willing to go to Ukraine to join one side or the other.

      • Common DreamsRussia’s Invasion of Ukraine Has Pushed Global Food Prices to All-Time High: UN Agency

        The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization declared Friday that “supporting agricultural resilience in Ukraine and around the world has never been more important to avert a global food crisis” and reported that food commodity prices just hit their highest levels ever.

        The FAO’s Food Price Index—which tracks monthly international price changes in food commodities—hit a new high in March, surpassing February’s record level.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | From US Invasion in Iraq to Russia’s Assault on Ukraine, We Need a Global Standard for War Crimes

        In early April, shocking video surfaced revealing the brutal murder of civilians by an occupying army. The year was 2010, however, not 2022, in Iraq, not Ukraine, and the soldiers were American, not Russian. On April 5th, 2010, Wikileaks, the whistleblower website, released a classified U.S. military video it called “Collateral Murder.” The video was recorded on July 12, 2007 aboard a U.S. Army Apache helicopter gunship as it fired on a crowd in Baghdad. Two Reuters employees were killed, along with at least eight others, and two children were seriously injured. The video includes audio of U.S soldiers laughing and swearing as they kill, as well as radio transmissions authorizing the attacks from their chain of command. Ultimately, only one U.S. soldier was prosecuted: Army Private Chelsea Manning was court martialed, not for participating in that attack on civilians, but for revealing it to the world.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | As US Funds Pentagon Bloat, China Investments in Green Energy Soar

        China is beating the pants off the United States in the burgeoning new energy vehicle market, out-producing and out-selling America with regard to plug-in vehicles by a massive margin. Whereas the Chinese government is supporting this new industry, the US government is still subsidizing fossil fuels and is spending $728.5 billion a year on the Pentagon at a time when the US is not even at war. The result is bloated and problematic engines of destruction like the failed F-35.

      • MeduzaVerified video appears to show Ukrainian troops killing Russian captives. Here’s what we know about it.

        On April 6, the New York Times reported that its journalists had verified a video that appears to show Ukrainian soldiers killing captured Russian troops. This footage surfaced on April 4, amid the international outcry over the civilian killings revealed in Bucha following the withdrawal of Russian forces from the Kyiv region. Pro-Russian media outlets, which have been pushing false narratives about the atrocities in Buch being “staged” and/or a “false flag” (despite ample evidence of war crimes), already claim to have identified the Ukrainian troops seen in the video. The Ukrainian authorities have yet to confirm the authenticity of the video, but earlier promised to investigate alleged war crimes against Russian forces.

      • MeduzaWorse than Bucha Meduza speaks to Borodyanka residents about how they survived under Russian occupation

        Bucha and Borodyanka are two small towns in the vicinity of Kyiv that were recently occupied by Russian troops. The images of murdered civilians in Bucha sent shockwaves around the world after journalists arrived in the village following its liberation. According to Kyiv authorities, upwards of 400 people died in Bucha while it was under Russian control. However, Iryna Venediktova, the Ukrainian Prosecutor General, has said that the situation in liberated Borodyanka may be even worse. Meduza spoke to people from Borodyanka and a few other Kyiv suburbs about how they survived the occupation.

      • MeduzaRussian missile hits Kramatorsk train station: The attack killed at least 50 civilians and overwhelmed local hospitals

        The Kramatorsk train station in eastern Ukraine was hit by a missile strike, Ukrainian state railway company head Oleksandr Kamyshin reported on Friday. According to Kamyshin, two missiles were fired at the station. He published photos and videos of wreckage from the strike on Telegram.

      • Meduza‘You see this line? It’s all Russians.’ In a dispatch from Almaty, Meduza meets Russian citizens flocking to Kazakhstan following Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine

        Thousands have left Russia in response to Moscow launching an all-out war against Ukraine. While Turkey, Georgia, and Armenia have been the most popular destinations for émigrés, others fleeing repressions and economic sanctions have found themselves in former Soviet republics, including Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan. Kazakh journalist Daniyar Moldabekov spoke to newly-arrived Russians in Almaty about how they chose their path, whether they planned to return to Russia, and how they envision their futures.

      • MeduzaA new wave of old lies: More false claims about the Mariupol maternity hospital bombing, debunked

        In early April, Denis Seleznyov, a blogger from the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR), posted a new video on his YouTube channel: an interview with Marianna Vyshemirskaya (who also goes by her maiden name, Podgurskaya). Marianna is a beauty blogger from Donetsk who caught the world’s attention after AP journalists Mstyslav Chernov and Yevgeny Maloletka photographed her at a maternity hospital in Mariupol immediately after it was bombed on March 9, 2022. The Ukrainian authorities reported that the hospital had been hit by a Russian airstrike.

      • HungaryBorodyanka was once a town full of life – now they are pulling bodies from under the rubble

        Borodyanka was once a quiet little town about 50 kilometres west of Kyiv until Russian forces took control of it in the first few days of the war. The town, is not too far from Bucha – which has been mentioned due to potential war crimes having been committed there – and it was under Russian occupation for a month. We arrived just a few days following the sudden, overnight retreat of the Russian forces.

      • Counter PunchAn antidote to the “Split” in the US Peace Movement: Anti-interventionism. No more US Arms to Ukraine. End the Racist Sanctions. Stop the Russia Bashing.

        A recent piece by its Assistant Director, Brian Garvey, provides an astute analysis of the ideological differences in the progressive part of the US peace movement and properly criticizes its inability to unite around a common program. He asks the two crucial questions:

        “What do we do now? and

      • Counter PunchConflict Dynamics

        How did it come to this?

        Having worked in war zones, I have wondered if that violence could happen again here. One way to prevent it is to understand how conflict escalates.

      • Counter PunchBig Oil’s War Bonanza

        Yes, a tight oil market and inflationary prices are good for electric car production. But the oil and gas industry is doing even better, not just because of high gas prices, but also because they can demand more access to public lands for drilling—and blame the administration for the high gas prices if the companies don’t get to drill more. This is a false argument on five counts.

        Drill, Baby, Drill

      • Counter PunchPutin and the Church: an Unholy Alliance

        Lest anyone has doubts as to Putin’s racist and imperialistic vision, he was quoted as saying:

        “The United States continues to receive more and more immigrants, and, as far as I understand, the white, Christian population is already outnumbered … White Christians have become a minority, less than 50 percent now. … Russia is a vast territory, from its western to eastern borders, it is a Eurasian space. But as regards culture, even language group and history, this all is undoubtedly a European space, as it is inhabited by people of this culture. … we have to preserve all this to remain a significant centre in the world.”

      • Counter PunchWar is the Crime. Its Perpetrators Seldom Face Justice.

        “You may remember I got criticized for calling Putin a war criminal,” says US president Joe Biden. “Well, the truth of the matter — we saw it happen in Bucha — he is a war criminal.”

        What actually happened in Bucha is uncertain  and may remain so forever. The Ukrainians claim that Russian soldiers murdered the civilians. The Russians seem to alternately claim the entire scene was staged, or else that the victims were suspected Russian sympathizers/collaborators killed by fellow Ukrainians.  Probably mass murder, but who did it?

      • The NationThe Ukraine Crisis Comes to the UN

        Not long ago, any ordinary crisis worked its way through the United Nations with some predictability: A meeting of the Security Council was announced. Official briefings took place and predictable speeches were made. A resolution may or may not have been passed, or a presidential statement issued. Not a lot of global media reported on these events.

      • The NationLife Under Russian Occupation in Bucha

        Lviv, Ukraine—Before the war came, the commuter town of Bucha, near Kyiv, was well-known as a glass-making hub. In the last week, as pictures of mass graves and bodies left to rot on its streets have begun to circulate, it has taken on a grimmer renown. According to the mayor of the town, at least 300 civilians were executed by Russian troops. (The Russian government has called the allegations “fake” and insists Ukrainian troops killed the civilians as part of a false flag operation.)

      • Counter PunchCan Israel Exist without America: Numbers Speaks of a Changing Reality

        One may explain Israel’s political significance to the Russian-Ukrainian talks based on Tel Aviv’s strong ties with Kyiv, as opposed to Russia’s trust in Israel. This is insufficient to rationalize how Israel has managed to acquire relevance in an international conflict, arguably the most serious since World War II.

        Immediately following the start of the war, Israeli officials began to circumnavigate the globe, shuttling between many countries that are directly or even nominally involved in the conflict. Israeli President Isaac Herzog flew to Istanbul to meet with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The outcome of this meeting could usher in “a turning point in relations between Turkey and Israel,” Erdogan said.

      • Counter PunchThe Lies, Damned Lies of War – and the Statistics to Prove It

        I spoke with Heidi by Zoom yesterday.  Here is the edited transcript of the interview.

        John Hawkins: You are part of the Costs of War Project at Brown University. Can you say more about the project and what your role has been?

      • Counter PunchSuspending Russia: a Precedent That Undermines the Credibility of the Human Rights Council

        I do not wish to overestimate the consequences of the GA decision.  Obviously, it is a blow to Russia’s prestige, and adds to the general atmosphere of Russophobia that we have seen over the decades. We can expect in the future that efforts will be made to exclude other countries from membership in the Human Rights Council – one could think of excluding several NATO countries for the war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by their forces during the wars of aggression against Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria.  We could think of excluding Saudi Arabia because of its genocidal war against the people of Yemen. We could think of excluding India for its systematic war crimes and gross violations of human rights against the people of Kashmir, including widespread extra-judicial executions.  Another credible candidate for suspension would be Azerbaijan because of its aggression against the hapless Armenians of Nagorno Karabakh during the Blitzkrieg of September-November 2020, where war crimes and crimes against humanity were committed, including torture and execution of Armenian prisoners of war. We could think of excluding Colombia because of its lethal para-military activities and consistent pattern of killing human rights defenders, social leaders, syndicalists and indigenous peoples.

        Let us not shed too many tears over the Human Rights Council, whose authority and credibility are questionable, and whose resolutions are routinely ignored by many countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom and Israel. Since its creation in 2006 the Human Rights Council has not served human rights well – but it has certainly served the geopolitical and informational interests of the United States and the European Union

      • Counter PunchWhy Hasn’t the US Been Kicked Off of the UN Human Rights Council?

        While there are calls for independent investigations into those allegations, the US and NATO member state governments have been pushing the claim that Russia is committing war crimes in Ukraine including the major war crime of invading another country, the unasked question in the US media is: Why hasn’t the US been kicked out of the Human Rights Council for similar war crimes that aren’t at all allegations, but are well-documented fact? Why indeed, for all the accusations that Russian President Vladimir Putin is himself a war criminal responsible for all these crimes, haven’t a number of US presidents still living been accused of war crimes?

        Let’s look at some of those crimes…

      • Counter PunchGet In Line: Investigate U.S. Atrocities First

        CP published part of this list of headlines in 2012, but in view of continuing U.S. wars and the outpouring of legitimate, agonized of grief for civilian victims of Russia’s illegal war, an updated compilation is in order.

        The U.S. military has a long record of apparent atrocities during its attacks and its unprovoked wars of aggression or occupation in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Pakistan, Yugoslavia and elsewhere. Like Russia in Ukraine today, the crimes include bombing hospitals, desecrating corpses, attacks on civilians and civilian objects, attacking allied troops, torturing and executing prisoners, and using banned cluster bombs.

      • Counter PunchChronicle of a Genocide Foretold

        Studying American history, one inevitably notices that the white supremacist philosophy which underlaid both the genocide of Native Americans and the Transatlantic slave trade was expressed openly at the time – constantly, in fact, and by everybody from US Presidents to Sunday school teachers to fur traders. The same is true of the Nazi genocide of Jews, Roma and other minority groups in mid-20th C. Europe. Preceding the Holocaust, blithely antisemitic, genocidal language was used in Germany for years – in public speeches and newspaper editorials, in legislation and in children’s books. This was also the case surrounding the genocide which occurred in Rwanda in 1994. As the BBC details, in the months leading up to the campaign of terror against the Tutsis, “The Hutu extremists set up a radio station, RTLM, and newspapers which circulated hate propaganda, urging people to ‘weed out the cockroaches’ meaning kill the Tutsis. The names of prominent people to be killed were read out on radio.” We appear to be witnessing a similar phenomenon today when the Russian state speaks about its the war in Ukraine.

        On April 3, 2022 – the same day the world learned of the apparent war crimes and atrocities carried out the Russian army in Bucha and other cities north of Kiev – the prominent Russian state-owned news agency RIA Novosti published an article titled “What Should Russia Do with Ukraine?” The piece is openly genocidal in its language. That is, it promotes and seeks to justify “acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such” – which is how the United Nations defines the crime of genocide. The conceptual device which author Timofey Sergeytsev employs in order to make his demented argument is the that the pursuit of Ukrainian national identity is indistinguishable from Nazism. Given what is at stake, it is important to examine the article’s at once turgid and terrifying prose.

      • Counter PunchBucha Massacre Evidence and Russia’s Propaganda

        Exploring the newly emerging evidence of a Russian atrocity in the village of Bucha and debunking the fraudulent narratives of the Kremlin disinformation army on the Left.

      • Counter PunchUkraine Conflict a Platform for Racism and Rewriting History

        In a rare admission of moral responsibility, Oleksiy Arestovych, an adviser to the Ukrainian President, quickly reminded Ukrainian fighters of their responsibility under international law. “I would like to remind all our military, civilian and defense forces, once again, that the abuse of prisoners is a war crime that has no amnesty under military law and has no statute of limitations,” he said, asserting that “We are a European army”, as if the latter is synonymous with civilized behavior.

        Even that supposed claim of responsibility conveyed subtle racism, as if to suggest that non-westerners, non-Europeans, may carry out such grisly and cowardly violence, but certainly not the more rational, humane and intellectually superior Europeans.

      • Counter PunchPlots and Counter-Plots: Western Skulduggery to Realign Central Asia

        This malodorous silence, whiffling through our press and TV, means no focus, ever, on western machinations to engineer regime change. That skullduggery may be alluded to as the wild charges of some unreliable non-western politico, but that’s it. They’ll tell you that Pakistan’s president, Imran Khan, who is not very friendly with Washington, faced a no-confidence vote and to get out of it precipitated a constitutional crisis and that Kazakhstan foiled a foreign agent’s attempt to kill President Kassym Jomart Tokayev, but they’re strangely reluctant to draw lines of causality between the likely shadowy culprits, and those who pull their strings, namely Washington’s rulers.

        Pakistan prime minister Khan told a huge crowd on March 27 that “foreign powers are engineering a regime change in Pakistan.” He claimed to have proof in a letter and, based on that, later the Foreign Office reprimanded the U.S. ambassador. The letter mentions a no-confidence motion against Khan, according to an April 2 article in the Cradle, “about eight times.”

      • Counter PunchLetter From Crimea: Is the Ukraine War a Pogrom?

        Most of what I did on my first day in Moscow was get the hang of bicycle riding in traffic that is a perpetual motion machine.

        I had read that Moscow, as a way of alleviating its car congestion, had laid down some bicycle lanes around the city, but when I went in search of these segregated paths I found that many ended abruptly at the steps of underground passages that pedestrians use to pass beneath the city’s multi-lane boulevards. In order to cross busy streets, I often had to carry the bicycle down and up long staircases, as if portaging a canoe from one Wisconsin lake to another.

      • Counter PunchHow the U.S. Exports Its Border to Ukraine

        The INL caught my eye because this was one of the agencies I examined in my book Empire of Borders: The Expansion of the U.S. Border around the World, which traces U.S. border externalization from the Americas and the Caribbean to East Africa, the Philippines, and the Middle East. The armored vehicles caught my eye too, because the INL transferred similar equipment to newly formed border forces in Central America and to fortify Mexico’s border with Guatemala in the 2010s. The INL—an agency whose goal is to counter crime, illicit drugs, and instability abroad “to keep Americans safe”—works in 90 countries across the globe, often orchestrating U.S.-instigated border enforcement in places like Guatemala and Ukraine.

        For Washington, the post-9/11 strategy of pushing out the border has become an overlooked yet fundamental part of its enforcement scheme. According to former CBP commissioner Alan Bersin, there has been a “paradigm shift” toward this emphasis on international enforcement. Bersin is the same high-ranking official who in 2012 said, “The Guatemalan border with Chiapas is now our southern border.” While much of the U.S. border externalization does occur in the Western Hemisphere, its scope is far wider. It has followed the spirit of the 9/11 Commission Report, which stated, “The American homeland is the planet.”

      • Counter PunchWhy Ukraine?

        Similarly, when authorization was given by the ICC to investigate crimes by the United States in Afghanistan, the decision was denounced as void because the U.S. was not a party to the Rome Statute governing the operations of the ICC. The Trump presidency went so far as to impose personal sanctions on the ICC prosecutor, presumably for daring to challenge the U.S. in such a manner even though her behavior was entirely respectful of her professional role and consistent with relevant canons of judicial practice.

        Against such a background, there is a typical liberal quandary when faced with clear criminality on one side and pure geopolitical hypocrisy on the other side. Was it desirable after World War II to prosecute surviving German and Japanese political leaders and military commanders at the ‘legal’ cost of overlooking their criminality because there was no disposition to investigate the dropping of atom bombs on Japanese cities or the strategic bombing of civilian habitats in Germany and Japan? I am far from sure about what is better from the perspective of either developing a global rule of law or inducing respect for the restraints of law. The essence of law is to treat equals equally, but world order is not so constituted. As suggested, there is ‘victors’ justice’ imposing accountability on the defeated leadership but complete non-accountability for the crimes of the geopolitical winners. Beyond this, the UN Charter was drafted in ways that gave a constitutional status to geopolitical impunity by granting the victors in World War II an unconditional right of veto, and this of course includes Russia. In these respects, liberalism defers to geopolitical realism, and celebrate the one-sided imposition of legality, with the naïve hope things will be different in the future. Yet the post-Nuremberg record shows that geopolitical actors go on treating restraints on recourse to war as a matter of discretion (what American liberals called ‘wars of choice’ in the course of the debate about embarking upon a regime-changing attack on and occupation of Iraq in 2003) rather than an obligation. When it comes to accountability double standards are still operative, illustrated by the execution of Saddam Hussein for war crimes after a war of aggression against Iraq.

      • Counter PunchRoaming Charges: News From Never-Neverland

        What needs to be done? Nothing less than a revolution in the way the world’s economy functions and the fuels that drive it. What can be done? Not much. What will be done? Almost nothing. That’s my read on the latest (and reportedly the final) consensus report from the IPCC, a document reads less like the Book of Revelations than an after-bombing damage assessment. The bottom-line is that the 1.5C warming goal set by the panel in 2015 is obsolete. It’s unattainable. Defunct. Moreover, it’s always been unattainable. The international plans to slow global warming from Kyoto to Paris would not have been able to keep the climate below that threshold, even had they been fully-implemented. Needless to say, they haven’t been fully implemented. Far from it.

        Consider this: the average annual greenhouse gas emissions over the last 10 years were the highest in … human history. In 2019, carbon emissions were about 54% higher than in 1990. Sixty percent of all historical emissions were produced in the lifetime of the average American, who is 38. Almost 90 percent were produced since the birth of Joe Biden in November 1942.

      • Counter PunchWartime Dispatches

        From Micanopy, Florida to Kyiv, Ukraine is 5,559 miles, almost a quarter way around the world, but the war feels dangerously close. Putin, however, is criminal not crazy and the Russian policy on first use is little different from ours, so the likelihood of a nuclear attack is small. But for anybody who lived through the Cuban Missile Crisis, the shadow cast by the mushroom cloud is hard to evade.

        I was only a child, on October 22, 1962, but I can remember the dread silence in our Forest Hills apartment the evening we watched the president announce his plan to stop, by force, if necessary, the installation of missile launchers in Cuba. A little more than a year later, we gathered again – two parents, three children and three grandparents — to watch Kennedy’s funeral on the same black and white TV. This time, the silence was broken by sobs. For the children, it was just as before: something big and distant threatened to destroy what was intimate and close. The Russian war against Ukraine, far away though it is, resurrects that traumatic memory, albeit dimly.

      • The Gray ZoneUS lawmakers welcomed notorious Georgian warlord now boasting of war crimes in Ukraine
      • TruthOutWhy Is Merrick Garland Throttling the Trump Investigation?
      • TruthOutRussian Airstrike Reportedly Kills 30+ at Train Station Used for Evacuations
      • VOA News2 Acquitted, Hung Jury for 2 More in Michigan Kidnap Case

        A jury on Friday acquitted two men of all charges in a plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer but couldn’t reach verdicts against the two alleged leaders, a stunning defeat for the government after a weekslong trial that centered on a remarkable FBI sting operation just before the 2020 election.

        Whitmer did not immediately comment on the outcome, though her chief of staff was critical, saying Americans are “living through the normalization of political violence.”

      • BBCGretchen Whitmer: Michigan governor kidnap plot case collapses

        A US federal jury has acquitted two men accused of plotting to kidnap Michigan’s governor and failed to reach a verdict for two other defendants.

      • NBCThe dangerous message sent by the Gov. Whitmer kidnapping verdict

        But again, this pattern extends far beyond the Mitten State, as conservatives desperate to whitewash the revolting spectacle of bat-wielding, police-beating Capitol insurrectionists who shared the same anti-government ideology as the Michigan men engage in Houdini-level logical contortions.

        The acrobatic effort has welded together some of the strangest bedfellows in American history. Carlson, a backer of the police’s thin blue line if there ever was one, has been ridiculing and downplaying the seriousness of the alleged plot for more than a year. He has given a platform to a variety of activists who have made a cottage industry of comparing the Michigan case to what they now call the “entrapment operation” of the Capitol insurrection. Such claims are amplified across the right-wing echo chamber. (Osama bin Laden’s niece Noor bin Laden even wrote a letter to the U.N. on behalf of the jailed Jan. 6 “political prisoners.”)

      • CISSARAs another genocide looms, Western virtue signaling won’t cut it

        Virtue signaling is a placebo, not a remedy. It’s increasingly clear that the Biden administration has not learned any lessons from its mistakes.

      • France24‘Bad intelligence’ behind Mali military operation that ‘killed 300 civilians’

        “They are attacking many jihadi strongholds,” Nasr continued. “But the thing is, the jihadis aren’t resisting, or at least they weren’t – up til the beginning of last month. They counter-attacked after absorbing the new force, which is the Russians actually, and counter-attacked in Mondoro, causing the deaths of more than 40 Malian military. In the last two months, the Malian military lost up to 160 men in this region.”

      • Defence WebMali tri-border security worrying

        The security situation on Mali’s borders with Burkina Faso and Niger has deteriorated to the stage where the UN mission in the landlocked west African country notes “significant” population displacement.

        “Attacks by armed terrorist groups have a devastating impact on an already distressed civilian population, resulting in dozens of deaths and significant displacement of populations in Gao and Ansongo towns,” a MINUSMA statement reads.

      • NPR2 men impersonated federal agents to get close to the Secret Service, FBI says

        Taherzadeh allegedly provided rent-free apartments, iPhones, surveillance systems, a flat screen television and other items to win over Secret Service agents and one employee of DHS. He also offered what he called “official government vehicles” and offered to purchase a $2,000 assault rifle for the Secret Service agent assigned to the first lady, the affidavit said.

    • Environment

      • Modern DiplomacyEarth Day 2022: Earth is calling. We must act now before it’s too late

        Every year on 22 April, the world marks Earth Day. It is an occasion to raise awareness and show support for the protection of the environment, with actions organised worldwide around a common message: save the Earth.

        Almost 2 million children under the age of five die every year due to environmental factors like pollution. One in three people do not have access to safe drinking water. And things are only getting worse. The temperature on Earth will rise by 2.7°C this century, even if we meet our 2030 climate targets, affecting food supplies, lives and livelihoods.

        Time is running out: every action counts, and every second counts.

      • Counter PunchThe Great Barrier Reef on Life Support

        Recent news of another (the 6th) bleaching event at the Great Barrier Reef is but one more example in a long list of recent climate-related events that depict a scenario that can only be described as triple-alarm climate emergencies, as ecosystems breakdown across the world.

        But, those breakdowns are not happening where people live. Therefore, other than scientists, who sees cascading ice sheets, crumbling permafrost, tens of thousands of Alaskan and Siberian thermokarst lakes bubbling methane, Greenland’s Helheim glacier cascading into the sea, or depleting ocean kelp forests amongst horrendous loss of prime fishing stock at crucial northern latitudes?

      • Counter PunchBeing a Bit Serious About Oil Prices

        There are a couple of points here worth noting. First, the projected impact of this sort of additional supply would not be all that trivial. The short-term demand elasticity is usually estimated to be quite low, typically around -0.15. That would imply that a 1 percent increase in the supply of oil should lead to a roughly 7 percent decline in oil prices. If we apply that to the current price of gas, that would be a drop of more than 25 cents a gallon.

        A price increase of that size would likely be sufficient to prompt a raff of news pieces about how higher gas prices were bankrupting families. A price decline of this size should be equally momentous.

      • Counter PunchCapital’s New Face is Intersectional

        To celebrate this past International Women’s Month, Pipeline Equity’s CEO Katica Roy has been promoting the company’s proprietary SaaS platform using artificial intelligence to assess and address intersectional inequity (the overlap of multiple identities- race, gender, sexuality, etc) in business hiring, pay, and promotion practices.

        In its promotional materials, Pipeline announced that its customers saw a “65% increase in their intersectional equity progress” within the first three months of using their platform. The company cited a “massive economic opportunity to the tune of $12 trillion globally” for companies when addressing workplace intersectional inequity- for every 10% increase in intersectional gender equity, an increase of 1-2% in revenue.

      • The NationWe Can’t Wait for Our Institutions to Take Action on Climate Change

        Students and alumni of Pennsylvania State University—my school and Pennsylvania’s flagship land-grant institution—recognize that the climate crisis is personal. The Keystone State accounts for nearly 1 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions and is expected to warm nearly 6 degrees Fahrenheit by 2050, after already sustaining hundreds of millions of dollars worth of infrastructure damage.

      • The NationFueling Disaster
      • Common DreamsFight Climate Emergency by Nationalizing US Fossil Fuel Industry, Says Top Economist

        In the wake of a United Nations report that activists said showed the “bleak and brutal truth” about the climate emergency, a leading economist on Friday highlighted a step that supporters argue could be incredibly effective at combating the global crisis: nationalizing the U.S. fossil fuel industry.

        “With at least ExxonMobil, Chevron, and ConocoPhillips under public control, the necessary phaseout of fossil fuels as an energy source could advance in an orderly fashion.”

      • Common DreamsClimate Groups Say Canadian Government ‘Bowed to Big Oil’ With New Budget

        Climate campaigners are charging that the federal budget unveiled Thursday by Canada’s Liberal government fails to deliver on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s three-year-old promise to bring about a “just transition” from fossil fuels and instead caters to polluters.

        “This federal budget is stuck in the mindset of more highways and fossil fuel subsidies.”

      • Common DreamsNY Leaders Commit to Nation’s First Fully Zero-Emission School Bus Fleet

        “New York, a clean ride for kids is coming your way!”

        So declared the Electric School Bus Initiative at the World Resources Institute (WRI) on Friday after Democratic New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced an agreement on a budget that includes a historic plan to fully electrify the state’s fleet of school buses.

      • Energy

      • Overpopulation

        • VOA NewsFishy Business: Report Details Chinese Fleet’s Illegal Operations in West Africa

          China is the world’s biggest fish producer and has the largest distant-water fleet (CDWF) — officially 2,701 vessels but likely thousands more — many of which engage in high instances of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, according to an NGO, the Environmental Justice Foundation.

          The group’s report this week found that some 90% of Ghana’s industrial trawl fleet is actually owned by Chinese corporations using local “front” companies to register as Ghanaian and get around the law.

    • Finance

      • Counter PunchThe Dollar Devours the Euro

        As President Biden and U.S. national-security reports announced, China was seen as the major enemy. Despite China’s helpful role in enabling corporate America to drive down labor’s wage rates by de-industrializing the U.S. economy in favor of Chinese industrialization, China’s growth was recognized as posing the Ultimate Terror: prosperity through socialism. Socialist industrialization always has been perceived to be the great enemy of the rentier economy that has taken over most nations in the century since World War I ended, and especially since the 1980s. The result today is a clash of economic systems – socialist industrialization vs. neoliberal finance capitalism.

        That makes the New Cold War against China an implicit opening act of what threatens to be a long-drawn-out World War III. The U.S. strategy is to pry away China’s most likely economic allies, especially Russia, Central Asia, South Asia and East Asia. The question was, where to start the carve-up and isolation.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Common DreamsFar-Right Nationalist Le Pen Gaining on Macron Ahead of French Election

        Far-right French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen is closing in on President Emmanuel Macron’s lead, according to poll numbers released ahead of Sunday’s first-round presidential election.

        Polling data collected by French journalist Alexandre Léchenet this week showed that as of Thursday, centrist Macron is leading the presidential field with more than 25% of respondents saying they would support him on Sunday, while Le Pen’s support hovers in “the low 20s.”

      • TechdirtGOP Social Media Experiments Fail (In Part) Because They Break The Troll/Amplification Cycle

        We’ve noted for a while that Trump’s alternative social media platform, Truth Social, isn’t doing particularly well. Being a Trump product, the platform (surprise!) began with a lot of money slushing around that wasn’t spent in any coherent way. It’s also just generally glitchy and terrible. And it’s not helped much by the fact that after all of his whining about social media “censorship” (read: minimal accountability for saying stupid and sometimes dangerous things), Trump doesn’t even use the product.

      • Democracy NowTrita Parsi: War Could Be on Horizon If Iran Nuclear Deal Is Not Restored Soon

        Will the U.S. and Iran revive the 2015 nuclear deal abandoned by the Trump administration? President Biden is facing heat from lawmakers in both parties who oppose the deal, which would relax U.S. sanctions on Iran in exchange for limits on its nuclear program. At the crux of the debate is the Iranian request for Biden to lift the designation of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organization, which would have a high political cost for the administration. With threats between the two nations mounting, a deal becomes more urgent to avoid the situation spiraling into military confrontation, says Trita Parsi, author of multiple books on U.S.-Iran relations.

      • TechdirtHow Would Senator James Lankford React If A Democratic Senator Demanded Fox News Explain Its Editorial Policies?

        A month ago, we wrote about a bizarre, nonsensical, Twitter rant from Senator James Lankford of Oklahoma that followed a bizarre, nonsensical appearance at the CPAC conference in which he lashed out at “big tech” for supposedly “censoring conservatives.” This fact-free grievance has been an item of blind faith among the Trumpist set, that big tech is somehow out to get them. The smart ones know it’s not true, but it plays well to the base, so they play it up. The dumb ones truly believe it, even as the evidence shows that Twitter and Facebook both have actually bent over backwards to give Republican politicians more leeway to violate the rules and not face any enforcement actions.

      • Counter PunchThe Quiet Revolution in the San Francisco Public Library

        Libraries reflect and validate the cross cultural character and personality of the towns and cities where they’re located. This is as true for San Francisco, where I live, as it is for other places which I have known, whether Oaxaca, Mexico, London, England, Saint-Sulpice sur Tarn in France, and Huntington, Long Island where I was born and raised. In my hometown, books with titles such as Labor’s Untold Story (1955) by Herbert Morris and Richard O. Boyer, were removed from the shelves in the days of the Red Scare. My father, who was a civil rights and civil liberties lawyer, saved Labor’s Untold Story from a bonfire that would have made it unavailable in Huntington.

        Lefty books matter, and so do books by Latin, Asian, African, Black and LQBTQ writers. Theirs is one of literature’s untold stories over the past half-century. Libraries have changed because readers have signed petitions, marched, demonstrated and demanded books that weren’t on the shelves. Too often libraries purge old books to make room for new books especially in the US where the new is king, queen, jack and ace. Store them, don’t get rid of them.

      • Counter PunchA Milestone: Venezuela’s Communard Union Stages Its Foundational Congress

        Why build a league or union of communes? That is, what is the role of a commune in Venezuela and why try to unify them? Communes became important during Hugo Chávez’s last years when he developed a strategy of advancing toward socialism by using these grassroots spaces of self-managed production and substantive democracy as its basic cells. Since the president’s death, the communal project has faced numerous challenges, including the post-Chávez government’s rightward turn under the pressure of sanctions and hybrid war. Despite these challenges, commune-building goes forward in an almost miraculous way in the country, driven by grassroots bases whose commitment can be explained by a combination of loyalty to the former president, the pressing necessity to produce food, and their political consciousness. Sown across the country and without much support, Venezuela’s functioning communes are embattled outposts, weakened by their isolation. However, there have been attempts to build unity and coordinate these efforts. The most important of these is the Communard Union (Unión Comunera).

        The urgent need to overcome the isolation of communes and accumulate forces in the popular movement is both the raison d’être for the Communard Union and explains the huge draw of its first Congress. Hosted in Lara state by El Maizal Commune, the Foundational Congress brought together – so the organizers said – almost 500 delegates from 48 communes. Since March is always dry and hot in this low-lying region, the organizers had a constant, more or less Sisyphean battle against heat and dust. To this effect, they initially seated delegates under the roof of El Maizal Commune’s machinery shed, before the event migrated to a huge thatched caney that had been expanded to provide shade for the participants. Despite the torrid atmosphere, the congress was kicked off with a great deal of “mística,” a passionate interchange of slogans, and the intoning of revolutionary songs. Among the slogans, the most common was “Commune or Nothing!” This slogan was also employed in an expanded form: “Commune or Nothing, that is the mission, as Chávez said in Golpe de Timón!”

      • Counter Punch‘We Will Prevail’: A Conversation With Cuba’s President Miguel Díaz-Canel

        In March, I spent a few hours talking to Díaz-Canel, who—born in 1960—has lived his entire life as Cuba struggled against the suffocating policies from Washington to shape its socialist path. Raised by a teacher and a factory worker, Díaz-Canel saw firsthand the Cuban Revolution’s comprehensive program of social justice in which millions of members of the working class, peasants, Black people, and women began to access for the first time on equal terms the right to work, study and live with dignity. Díaz-Canel’s generation grew up in a period under Fidel Castro’s leadership in which, despite the existence of a U.S. blockade, most Cubans saw their standards of living and quality of life rise significantly due to national development plans, favorable trade relations with the Soviet Union and a growing network of support in the nonaligned world. Díaz-Canel studied electrical engineering at the Central University of Las Villas, but early on in his career teaching engineering there, he devoted much of his time to local activism with the Young Communist League. That led him to an internationalist mission in Nicaragua where, along with thousands of Cuban doctors and teachers, he served among the poorest, often in remote corners of this Central American country that was then trapped under a U.S.-funded war of counterinsurgency.

        Díaz-Canel returned from Nicaragua in 1989 as the USSR neared its final days and as the U.S. government seized the opportunity to tighten restrictions on Cuba. In 1991, Cuba entered a Special Period as trade fell by 80 percent. Cubans were eating less (caloric intake decreased by 27 percent from 1990 to 1996), long queues for food became common, electricity became a rare occurrence, and millions took to riding bicycles as the island faced a severe oil shortage under an intensified blockade. Díaz-Canel was one of those on a bicycle. Cuba’s resilience during the Special Period shaped his view of the world.

      • New York TimesLegal Effort Expands to Disqualify Republicans as ‘Insurrectionists’

        In all three suits, the plaintiffs claim that the politicians are disqualified from seeking office because their support for rioters who attacked the Capitol made them “insurrectionists” under the Constitution and therefore barred them under the little-known third section of the 14th Amendment, adopted during Reconstruction to punish members of the Confederacy.

        That section declares that “no person shall” hold “any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any state, who, having previously taken an oath” to “support the Constitution,” had then “engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof.”

    • Misinformation/Disinformation

      • OracAntivax rhetoric from Dr. Lee Hieb in 2015: The Song Remains the Same

        After my last post about an COVID-19 contrarian surgeon echoing old antivax and other science denial tropes about the “scientific priesthood,” which was even longer than my usual posts, I thought I’d slow things down and try something that I’ve been meaning to try for a while. I’ve repeated the refrain that there is nothing new under the sun in antivaccine rhetoric, pseudoscience, and conspiracy theories. Antivax rhetoric about COVID-19 just seems new to most people because they never paid much attention to it before and are discovering it for the first time, much as I did in the late 1990s. (I will concede, however, that since the pandemic the antivax rhetoric has assaulted us in a more concentrated form than I’ve ever seen.)

      • Creative CommonsGlobal Report on the State of Journalism Released

        A new global report on the state of journalism has been published by Creative Commons (CC) which identifies the growing challenges of combatting disinformation and the disconnect between the public and the media.

      • The AtlanticAnne Applebaum: Social Media Made Spreading Disinformation Easy

        Applebaum: In a way, this is the dark side of globalization, namely that we all now live in the same information market. Whereas in the past the Russians or the Soviet Union would have had to try and get something going in the Indian market and then the Italian market and then somehow seed that into the American market, it’s now essentially one market. There’s an ease with which they can, first of all, study American politics and understand it in a way that wasn’t possible before, because they can use the same microtargeting and research tools that marketers use. They can tailor messages to different groups in specific ways, again, in the same way that marketers use. The people who are selling soap powder or washing machines—they also have ways of targeting particular audiences, changing the message whether you’re in Illinois or Florida or Wyoming, or whether you’re rich or poor. And the Russians took those tools and they used them to target Black Lives Matter activists in one part of the country and immigration activists in another part. Of course, it’s important to understand that what they did was no different from what American political campaigns do. The tools were available. And where those kinds of tools, in the past, wouldn’t have been available to outsiders or foreigners, now they are because everything’s available. They can reach into our markets and send whatever messages they want.

      • RSFFacebook must explain how Feed bug made disinformation more visible

        According to the report obtained by The Verge, the technical problem dates back from 2019 and began causing a noticeable surge in disinformation in October 2021 and was not fixed until last month. Meta spokesperson Joe Osborne claimed in a tweet that the bug had no “meaningful long-term impact” but provided no evidence to support this claim.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • TechdirtChecking In On Twitter’s Attempt To Move To Protocols Instead Of Platforms

        With Elon Musk now Twitter’s largest shareholder, and joining the company’s board, there have been some (perhaps reasonable) concerns about the influence he would have on the platform — mainly based on his childlike understanding of free speech, in which speech that he likes should obviously be allowed, and speech that he dislikes should obviously be punished. That’s not to say he won’t have some good ideas for the platform. Before his infamous poll about free speech on Twitter, he had done another poll asking whether or not Twitter’s algorithm should be open sourced.

      • Common Dreams1,100+ Banned Books Across 26 States: Report Shows ‘Shocking’ Censorship

        A report published Thursday by the free expression group PEN America details an “alarming” and unprecedented surge in book banning across the United States, with 86 school districts in 26 states prohibiting more than 1,100 titles in classrooms and libraries over just the past eight months.

        “Book challenges in American schools are nothing new, but this type of data has never been tallied and quite frankly the results are shocking.”

      • TechdirtState Legislators Are Demanding Websites Moderate Less AND Moderate More; Federal Law Prohibits Both

        Local politicians across the political spectrum are trying to force websites to moderate their content in a manner the politicians want. Some (mainly Democrats) are trying to push for companies to remove more content. Some (mainly Republicans) are pushing companies to stop removing certain kinds of content. In both cases, trying to force specific editorial stances — either hands on or hands off — raises serious Constitutional issues. And this is partly why Congress, wisely, decided in 1996 with Section 230 of the Communications Decency that no state could pass a law that interfered in the editorial decision making process of websites. Because without that, websites would have to deal with a confusing and contradictory patchwork of laws — some of which demanding certain types of content not be hosted, with others demanding certain types of content must be hosted.

      • Foreign PolicyWest Seeks to Pierce Russia’s Digital Iron Curtain

        Russia’s last remaining independent media outlets in the country were forced into closure or exile and much of the foreign press corps decamped abroad as a new law signed last month effectively criminalized reporting on the conflict, banning the use of the words “war” or “invasion.”

        As a digital iron curtain descends on Russia, Western governments and free press advocates are scrambling for ways to punch through it and reach average Russians with accurate reporting on the war—in methods that vary from the creative to the high tech to the antiquated.

        Major Western media outlets are publishing their stories on Telegram, a popular messaging app in Russia that hasn’t been banned. The free media advocacy organization Reporters Without Borders set up a system allowing Russians to access independent news if they type Russia’s constantly changing national lottery numbers into Twitter’s search bar, a move that redirects them to mirrored news sites blocked by the Russian government.

        There’s even a push among some U.S. broadcasting officials to revive Cold War-era radio infrastructure to beam U.S.-funded media outlets, such as Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, into Russia for any Russians with shortwave radios.

    • Freedom of Information/Freedom of the Press

      • VOA NewsJailed Belarusian Journalist Charged With Treason 5 Months Before Her Release
      • France24Turkish court suspends Khashoggi trial, confirms transfer to Saudi Arabia

        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 the throes of 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.

      • [Old] RSFTurkey: RSF shocked by Khashoggi murder proceedings’s transfer to Saudi Arabia

        Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is deeply shocked by Istanbul High Criminal Court’s decision to send Jamal Khashoggi murder case to Saudi Arabia. This transfer dashes the remaining hopes of criminal justice for the 2018 assassination. RSF will keep on challenging by all means this unacceptable impunity.

      • [Old] RSFGreece facing a systemic press freedom crisis, say the Media Freedom Rapid Response and RSF

        Today, the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) publishes the report “Controlling the Message: Challenges for independent reporting in Greece”, which details the findings and recommendations of its online fact-finding mission to Greece. The mission, involving interviews with more than thirty local stakeholders, was implemented by the MFRR together with Reporters Without Borders (RSF) in December 2021. The partner organisations conclude that challenges to the independence of the media and the safety of journalists are systemic in the country. While the problems are not unique, their intensity is highly problematic and sets it apart from most other EU Member States.

        The result of this crisis is that news that is inconvenient or unflattering for the government, which includes reporting on serious human rights violations, does not get reported in many outlets. This creates a significant obstacle for the public’s access to information and, subsequently, their informed participation in the democratic process.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • TruthOutA Third of DHS Law Enforcement Staff Have Experienced Sexual Harassment at Work
      • TruthOutBiden’s Proposed Budget Leaves Out the Hyde Amendment — for Now
      • TruthOutStarbucks Workers Have Filed to Unionize 200 Stores
      • Democracy NowLaw Professor Michele Goodwin Condemns Wave of “Unprecedented & Unfathomable” Anti-Abortion Laws

        Anti-abortion legislation is sweeping the U.S., including in Texas, Oklahoma and Missouri. We speak with Michele Goodwin, author of “Policing the Womb: Invisible Women and the Criminalization of Motherhood,” about the links between current conflicts between state and federal law and their historic precedents, such as Brown v. Board of Education and the Fugitive Slave Acts. “Bounty hunter” provisions in Texas’s new abortion restrictions are “plucked right out of antebellum slavery,” says Goodwin. “These are horrific times for reproductive liberty.”

      • Pro PublicaChanges in Police Policy, Payouts to Latino Victims of Traffic Stops and Arrests Following Investigations

        The state of Pennsylvania has agreed to pay $865,000 to settle a federal lawsuit alleging that its state troopers routinely and unconstitutionally pulled over Latino drivers, demanded their “papers” and held them and their passengers for pickup by federal immigration authorities — a practice that escalated markedly after President Donald Trump took office in 2017.

        The complaint, filed by the Pennsylvania ACLU and drawing in part on a 2018 series of ProPublica articles published in collaboration with The Philadelphia Inquirer, detailed cases of state troopers stopping and then detaining immigrants under the auspices of federal immigration laws, which it alleged they had no authority to enforce. The immigrants were engaged in ordinary, legal activities, according to the complaint: traveling to see family members, driving to or from work, buying a soda in a state police barracks, awaiting medical help following a traffic accident or, in one case, returning from a job interview accompanied by a wife who was nine months pregnant.

      • Common Dreams4,500 Unionized Nurses Vote to Authorize Strike at California Hospitals

        More than 4,500 nurses at Stanford Health Care and Stanford Children’s Health in Northern California voted on Friday to authorize a strike, capping off dozens of negotiating sessions that have stretched on for 13 weeks, including this past week when the healthcare workers completed their jobs without any contract in place.

        The nurses’ union, the Committee for Recognition of Nursing Achievement (CRONA) said that out of its 5,000 members, 93% voted in favor of going on strike to combat management’s insistence that nurses work with inadequate resources and staff support, all while being forced to pick up extra shifts and having their benefits cut.

      • TechdirtBar Security Camera Exposes Off-Duty Officers’ Lies About Their Unprovoked Assault Of Another Bar Patron

        Cops lie.

      • Papers PleaseAmtrak gave train reservations to the TSA for a profiling test

        [“Secure Flight” process flow used by the TSA for airline passengers and being tested on Amtrak passengers. The red box at right center is the “black box” for algorithmic profiling, blacklist/blocklist enforcement, and fly/no-fly decision making.]Amtrak has reportedly given the Transportation Security Administration several months of  archives of Amtrak passenger reservations and frequent rider profiles. At Amtrak’s request, the TSA has used these records to test the TSA’s ability to extend to Amtrak passengers the ID-based profiling and blacklisting algorithms the TSA already applies to air travelers.

        If you aren’t allowed to travel by air, the right to travel by train is critical. And while all common carriers have an obligation to transport all would-be passengers, Amtrak as a government agency should be most strictly held to that obligation.

        The plans to run a batch of historical Amtrak reservations through the TSA’s “threat assessment” black box were disclosed in a Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) quietly posted on the Department of Homeland Security website last December, and first noted in a news report by Mark Albert of Hearst Television earlier this week.

      • The NationATROCITIES
      • The NationWill Biden Keep His Word and Pardon Federal Cannabis Offenders?

        In the fall of 2020, Daniel Muessig was urging everyone he knew to get out and vote. He lived in the swingiest of swing states and, while he’d supported Bernie in the primaries, he was now convinced of the importance of carrying Pennsylvania for Joe Biden.

      • Counter PunchThe Metaphysics of Memory

        The idea of the human mind as operating akin to a machine, as a recording device with a given amount of storage space, is a belief which only comes into its own in the 19th century, at the time of the industrial revolution when those ‘dark satanic mills’ were springing up in and around the great cities; such a doctrine takes shape in a society where technological production has been ratcheted up to its zenith, its product effectively measured and quantified according to the relentless rhythms of the conveyer belt, and where human labour itself has been inexorably fused with the pistons and levers of the factory monolith.

        Perhaps the first human ‘thinking machine’ was Conan Doyle’s fictional detective Sherlock Holmes who appeared in the 1880s, a product of the Victorian epoch. Conan Doyle was at pains to emphasise not only the brilliance of his seminal detective but also the way in which Holmes’ mind had a given quantitative capacity which could be tweaked and refined in much the way one might refine a sophisticated piece of machinery in order to yield its optimum capacity.  Doyle has his eponymous detective describe how:

      • Counter PunchAbortion Rights: Beyond the Killing Confines of Liberal Mis-leadership

        United States “democracy” is plagued by the presence of an elitist liberal mis-leadership class that fears the “mob” and “rabble” – everyday citizens and the working-class majority – more than it worries about right-wing (now neofascist) rule. This liberal “elite” is militantly opposed to popular movements. It rejects popular demands and indeed sees “demand” as a bad word. It maintains a dogged faith in existing bourgeois-“democratic” and constitutional rules, methods, institutions, and procedures no matter how completely those rules, methods, institutions, and procedures have been subverted and captured by the right. It is doctrinally committed to lobbying and litigation, work by professionals, which they see as the only safe and effective way to “get things done.” It works to tamp down rank-and-file energies and channel popular anger into the nation’s regular candidate-centered major party electoral extravaganzas. The liberal mis-leadership class, loaded with Ivy League graduates, will let the nation go fascist before it will mobilize masses by the millions to fight for human rights, equality, and decency.

        The Right-Wing Campaign to Kill Roe Hits the Jackpot

      • TruthOutGOP Disrespect on Full Blast Amid Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Historic Confirmation
      • Democracy NowJustice: Ketanji Brown Jackson Makes “Herstory” as First Black Woman Confirmed to Supreme Court

        The U.S. Senate voted 53-47 on Thursday to confirm Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court. She will be the first Black woman and first former public defender to serve on the country’s top court. While Jackson’s confirmation was a “monumental moment in United States history,” it was undercut by the “shameful spectacle” of Republican senators behaving disrespectfully toward Jackson, says law professor Michele Goodwin. The confirmation process remains broken more than three decades after Anita Hill faced hostile questioning, she adds.

      • The NationDid Ranked-Choice Voting Make It Easier for 2 Republicans to Back Ketanji Brown Jackson?

        The days of broad bipartisan support for the confirmation of US Supreme Court nominees are, by every indication, behind us. But it still matters that Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson was confirmed to serve on the court Thursday with a 53-47 Senate majority that included both Democrats and Republicans. And it is worth noting that two of the three Republican votes came from senators who represent states where election systems have been reformed to allow for ranked-choice voting.

      • FAIRRacism ‘Hovers’ Over Events Like Jackson Hearings Because It Goes Unnamed

        The confirmation of Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court occasions a look back at some of the media coverage of her hearings. While media reported GOP senators’ grandstanding harassment and aggressive repetition of baseless accusations, their need to always be signaling “balance” led to some mealy-mouthed avoidance tactics, like C-SPAN‘s tweet (3/23/22) describing a “heated exchange between Supreme Court Nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson and Sen. @LindseyGrahamSC on child pornography sentencing”—when anyone watching would tell you only one side was heated.

      • FAIRMarjorie Cohn on Prosecuting Trump, Mike Liszewski on Marijuana Justice
      • Teen VogueWhat Is Retaliation in the Workplace? Here Are Your Rights and What to Know

        Recognizing what is officially retaliation and what is generally a toxic workplace is tricky, especially since they can overlap. And not knowing the difference feels like another obvious advantage for exploitative workplaces, because if we don’t know how to recognize retaliation, we’ll assume this is just what work is.

        But there are real differences to unpack. “The workplace in modern America is a terribly imbalanced place when it comes to the power dynamic,” says Benjamin Dictor, a labor lawyer. (Disclosure: Dictor is counsel for the News Guild of New York, which represents workers at several publications owned by Teen Vogue publisher Condé Nast.) “Unfortunately, there’s no law that says that your boss is not allowed to be an asshole.” That means not everything they do is going to be an act of unlawful retaliation.

      • HungaryIn his own words: Orbán explains why he turned to Putin

        At a rare press conference, where he answered questions of both Hungarian and foreign journalists, Orbán talked about the price cuts on utility costs, told the opposition to pull themselves together, and described at length why he changed his policy towards Russia – a Telex video summary.

      • HungaryPéter Márki-Zay: I do not wish to maintain the impression that Hungary is a parliamentary democracy
      • FAIRRight-Wing US Media Applaud Hungary’s Orban as Example to Follow

        Viktor Orbán has been re-elected the Hungarian prime minister, a win for the global far-right movement. Now the European Union’s longest-lasting leader, he has served as prime minister since 2010.

    • Monopolies

      • TechdirtStreaming Providers Tell FCC That Taxing Streaming TV Would Be Dumb

        For years, we’ve noted how telecom and media giants have been trying to force “big tech” to give them huge sums of money for no reason. The shaky logic usually involves claiming that “big tech” gets a “free ride” on telecom networks, something that’s never actually been true. This narrative has been bouncing around telecom policy circles for years, and recently bubbled up once again thanks to telecom industry BFF and FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr.

      • Copyrights

        • Torrent FreakDMCA Notices Took Down 19,276 GitHub Projects Last year

          GitHub received 1,828 valid DMCA takedown notices last year, which resulted in the removal of 19,276 projects. Less than one percent of these projects were reinstated following retractions or counter-notices. The developer platform uses automated tools to scan for abuse, but this technology is not used for copyright infringements.

        • Torrent FreakMPA Asks EU For IPTV, Torrents & Piracy Support Services Crackdown

          Major Hollywood studios and Netflix have asked the European Commission for assistance in their global anti-piracy fight. While many pirate IPTV, torrent and streaming sites are named directly, the MPA believes that greater pressure needs to be applied to other players in the ecosystem that help pirate services stay online and generate revenue.

Microsoft GitHub the King of DMCA Censorship (Removing Free Software)

Posted in Free/Libre Software, Microsoft at 6:58 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

DMCA Notices Took Down 19,276 GitHub Projects Last year
If this is what “love” is like, what is hate?

Summary: Notice the very high acceptance ratio; Microsoft loves “open source” like it loves the OSI — in its back pocket and inside the bin

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