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  • GNU/Linux

    • Server

      • The AnarcatWhat is going on with web servers - anarcat

        Cloudflare "server" is third ahead of the traditional third (Microsoft IIS) - I somewhat knew that Cloudflare was hosting a lot of stuff, but I somehow didn't expect to see it there at all for some reason


        Oh and of course, the two first most popular web servers, regardless of the source, are package in Debian. So while we're working on statistics and just making stuff up, I'm going to go ahead and claim all of this stuff runs on Linux and that BSD is dead. Or something like that.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • 271: GNOME 42 & Our Open Source Android App Picks - Destination Linux

        This week’s episode of Destination Linux, we’re going to be talking about running open source on your mobile device. Our love for open-source doesn’t just stop with the desktop. We’re going to hook you up with our favorite apps. Then we’re going to check out GNOME 42. Plus we’ve also got our famous tips, tricks and software picks. All of this and so much more this week on Destination Linux. So whether you’re brand new to Linux and open source or a guru of sudo. This is the podcast for you.

      • Late Night Linux – Episode 170 – Late Night Linux

        The Mars helicopter continues to excel, Linux arrives on M1 Macs, Canonical’s hiring methods cause a stink, Graham eats his words about MDM, KDE korner, and more.

      • VideoAnother Weird File Viewer You've Never Heard Of - Invidious

        There is some weird software for Linux out there and some of the weirdest are in the file manager and file viewer space especially when you start looking at the older software which hasn't been updated in years and fsv is one of those

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • CitizixHow to install and set up M/Monit in Linux

        Monit is a small popular Open Source utility for managing and monitoring Unix systems. M/Monit builds on Monit’s capabilities and provides monitoring and management of all your Monit enabled hosts via a modern, clean and well designed user interface which also works on mobile devices.

        M/Monit can monitor and manage distributed computer systems, conduct automatic maintenance and repair and execute meaningful causal actions in error situations.

      • Linux Shell TipsHow to Install MariaDB in Ubuntu 20.04/22.04

        MariaDB has earned its stripes as a reputable database management system due to its feature-rich and performant nature. It being a MySQL fork implies that MariaDB offers similar features and performance metrics with the advantage of being free and completely open-source.

        Therefore, for users that are invested in web-based or desktop-based application development projects, the input that mariaDB brings to the table cannot be ignored.

      • H2S MediaHow to install Lighttpd web server on Rocky Linux 8 - Linux Shout

        Let’s learn the simple and quick steps to install the Lighttpd web server on Rocky Linux 8 using the command terminal.

        The long-established Apache is one of the most popular web servers in the world. But there are now several web servers that can hold a candle to Apache. Lighttpd is one of those.

        lighttpd (pronounced “lighty”) is a web server that requires far fewer resources than Apache, for example, and is therefore particularly well suited for very large loads or very weak systems. It was developed by Jan Kneschke and can be expanded with modules. For example, FastCGI allows you to run PHP code. SCGI adds Ruby or Python to lighty.

      • Print interface that is up and running Using awk, sed
      • Network WorldUsing the btrfsck file-checing command on Linux | Network World

        The btrfsck command is a filesystem-check command like fsck, but it works with the btrfs file system.

        First a little bit about btrfs. As the name implies, btrfs uses a B-tree data structure that is self-balancing and maintains sorted data, facilitating searches, sequential access, insertions, and deletions. It is also often referred to as the “better file system”. Oracle developed it and first used it about 15 years ago. By November 2013, it was declared adequately stable and began to be used by other distributions as well, and now its use is quite common.

      • Install Roundcube webmail on Ubuntu 22.04 -

        In this tutorial, we are going to learn how to install Roundcube webmail on Ubuntu 22.04. Roundcube webmail is a free and open source web-based IMAP email client. It is written in PHP and works just like any other email client. It provides a handful of features;

      • Barry KaulerAnother fix for gpptp
      • Show Bash script usage

        Is it best practice to include usage in every Bash script that you create. This gives the user an idea of what options the script is expecting, so they can use it as intended. It also gives the script some error checking ability to make sure that the user has supplied arguments in the expected way.

        In this tutorial, you will learn a couple of different methods to show Bash script usage, check which user is executing the script, and check the current number of arguments on Linux.

      • UNIX CopStacer Linux System Optimizer & Monitoring -

        Stacer is one such app created to optimize your Linux PC in a sense better that it packs a list of features generally expect from an optimizer and more to give the system a refresh whenever you feel the need. An open-source system optimizer and application monitor that helps to manage the system with different aspects, it’s an all-in-one system utility.

      • Linux Made SimpleHow to install MetaTrader 5 with the MetaQuotes Broker on a Chromebook

        Today we are looking at how to install MetaTrader 5 with the MetaQuotes Broker on a Chromebook. Please follow the video/audio guide as a tutorial where we explain the process step by step and use the commands below.

      • How to set kernel boot parameters on Linux

        The purpose of this tutorial is to show how to set kernel boot parameters in Linux. When a user boots their Linux system, the GRUB boot loader can set various parameters as it loads the Linux kernel. You can think of these parameters as arguments, the same type you are probably accustomed to using with commands in your terminal.

        Kernel parameters can be set either temporarily or permanently, and will modify the behavior of your system as it boots up. Modifying kernel boot parameters can have a big impact, such as allowing you to reset the root password, or they can do minor things like show the logo of your Linux distro when your computer boots up.

        Follow along with our step by step instructions below to see how to set kernel boot parameters either temporarily or permanently on Linux. Temporary parameters will only survive one boot, and then be erased for subsequent reboots. Permanently setting a parameter will ensure that it persists across all future reboots of the system.

      • Install Couchbase Server on CentOS/Rocky Linux -

        In this tutorial, you will learn how to install Couchbase Server on CentOS/Rocky Linux. According to the documentation, Couchbase Server is an open source, distributed, JSON document database. It exposes a scale-out, key-value store with managed cache for sub-millisecond data operations, purpose-built indexers for efficient queries, and a powerful query engine for executing SQL-like queries.

      • How to Install Apache Tomcat on Debian 11 (Step by Step)

        Apache Tomcat is a free and opensource web server which is widely used for hosting web applications written in Java programing language. It is an implementation of Jakarta Servlet and Jakarta Expression Language (formerly Java Servlet and Java Expression Language) and other Java websocket technologies.

        Apache Tomcat is not exactly a web server in the sense of Apache or Nginx. It’s an application server that provides a pure Java HTTP ecosystem and Java-based logic to serve Java code.

      • UNIX CopHow to Install Trimage image compressor on Ubuntu 20.04

        In this guide, We will show you how to install Trimage tool for image compressor on Ubuntu 20.04

        Trimage is a cross-platform tool for losslessly optimizing PNG and JPG files for web.

        Trimage is a cross-platform GUI and command-line interface to optimize image files for websites, using optipng, pngcrush, advpng and jpegoptim, depending on the filetype (currently, PNG and JPG files are supported). It was inspired by imageoptim. All image files are losslessy compressed on the highest available compression levels, and EXIF and other metadata is removed.

      • H2S MediaHow to install Lighttpd on AlmaLinux 8 - Linux Shout

        Let’s learn the simple and quick steps to install the Lighttpd web server on AlmaLinux 8 using the command terminal.

        The long-established Apache is one of the most popular web servers in the world. But there are now several web servers that can hold a candle to Apache. Lighttpd is one of those.

        lighttpd (pronounced “lighty”) is a web server that requires far fewer resources than Apache, for example, and is therefore particularly well suited for very large loads or very weak systems. It was developed by Jan Kneschke and can be expanded with modules. For example, FastCGI allows you to run PHP code. SCGI adds Ruby or Python to lighty.

      • UNIX CopHow To Visualize Disk Space Usage With Vizex - Unix / Linux the admins Tutorials

        In this article we will learn How To Visualize Disk Space Usage With Vizex. We can visualize graphical output of disk usage using Vizex. Its Output contains total size, total used space, free space and percentage of used space of each partition in graphical form.

        We can customize the output as per our need using different flags. we can visualize the disk usage of a specific partition and can exclude some partitions as well. You can save the output of Vizex command information in a csv or json file. We can also display the battery usage information of the machine using Vizex. Using Vizex also we can also print the directory contents like its size, file types, and last modified date.

      • UNIX CopHow To Install Tasksel on Ubuntu 20.04 - Unix / Linux the admins Tutorials

        In this guide, we will install Tasksel in Ubuntu 20.04

        Tasksel package provides a simple interface for users who want to configure their system to perform a specific task. This program is used during the installation process, but users can also use tasksel at any time.

        Tasksel is a Debian/Ubuntu tool that installs multiple related packages as a co-ordinated “task” onto your system.

        This function is similar to that of meta-packages, and, in fact, most of the tasks available from tasksel are also available as meta-packages from the Ubuntu package managers (such as Synaptic Package Manager or KPackageKit).

      • ID RootHow To Install Chatwoot on Debian 11 - idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Chatwoot on Debian 11. For those of you who didn’t know, Chatwoot is a free, open-source, and real-time messaging platform. It provides a simple and live chat for your website and integrates it with other apps. Chatwoot is an open-source alternative to Intercom, Zendesk, Salesforce Service Cloud, etc.

        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 through the step-by-step installation of the Chatwoot on a Debian 11 (Bullseye).

      • UNIX CopTop 20 sed commands to uses

        The sed command is an overused command by sysadmins around the world. It is basically used to replace text by text in a text file with a single command. That’s why, today, we are going to present you the Top 20 sed commands. For this, we will look at the most useful and common ones.

      • Copy and Paste Text into the Terminal on Ubuntu 22.04

        Copying and pasting text into the Linux terminal on Ubuntu 22.04 can help any Linux user when following any kind of Linux tutorial which requires the user to copy specific commands from the tutorial into the terminal.

        In this tutorial, you will learn various methods that can be used to copy and paste text to and from the terminal on Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish Linux.

    • Games

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • The Register UKPeople don't like GNOME 42's inconsistent themes ● The Register

          GNOME 42 is here, but its new look and feel doesn't yet include all of the environment. This is already causing rumblings of discontent.

          This release is significant because soon it will be the default desktop of the next Long Term Support (LTS) version of Ubuntu. That means a lot of people will be looking at GNOME 42 every day until 2024.

          GNOME 42 will also be the default in Fedora 36, though Fedora doesn't have LTS versions. A new version comes along twice a year so Fedora 37 will almost certainly have GNOME 43. If the GNOME-using members of the Red Hat community don't like the look of 42, they won't have to put up with it for long, but Ubuntu users must, or switch to the short-term support channel, which may not be viable for everyone.

          As we mentioned in the GNOME 42 preview, the new look isn't just an easily changed theme. Like many modern desktops, GNOME uses a lot of web technology.

          GNOME themes were described using CSS. Since GNOME 3, the default GNOME theme was Adwaita, and it was easy to install new ones, and there were lots to choose from.

    • Distributions

      • Barry is down [Ed: PuppyLinux outsourced to Microsoft, Microsoft suspends site of GNU/Linux distro]

        In case you have come here, hoping that I might know something; I don't really, except that it is being worked on.

        The account is hosted, I think, by, and they suspended without any notification or explanation. If that seems a bit rude, yes, it is. A decent host provider should give an explanation.

      • New Releases

      • BSD

        • Dan LangilleMaking my pkg.conf configuration version independent

          In this post, I will talk about how I modified my pkg configuration so I don’t have to modify it after upgrading a host/jail from one version of FreeBSD to another. You might say that you don’t have to do that. Perhaps you have a different configuration and aren’t doing what I’m doing.

      • SUSE/OpenSUSE

        • CubicleNateFujitsu Lifebook T725 with openSUSE – CubicleNate's Techpad

          Overall I give this computer 4 out of 5 Geekos on running openSUSE Tumbleweed. There is not so much of an issue with openSUSE itself but the capabilities baked into Plasma in handling the touch screen interface. The handling of rotating the screen causes the input digitizer to not be synchronized with the screen and the lack of onscreen keyboard as a part of Plasma that works with the login screen but isn’t available within the Desktop environment itself. If it could be exposed while using the desktop as you would expect on a smartphone, this would change the experience of Plasma on the Tablet mode from okay to absolutely fantastic.

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • Ubuntu 22.04 System Monitoring with Conky widgets

          Conky is a system monitoring program for Linux and BSD that runs on the GUI. It monitors various system resources to report the current usage of CPU, memory, disk storage, temperatures, users logged in, currently playing song, etc. in a sleek little widget on your screen. This way, you’re able to see at a quick glance how your computer’s components are being utilized.

          Conky is lightweight and highly configurable, so you’re able to run it without having a negative impact on your system or seeing it stick out like it doesn’t belong. We’ll show you how to get it installed on Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish and some configuration options to get it looking nice.

        • Ubuntu Fridge | Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 728
        • Ubuntu Fridge | Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 728

          Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 728 for the week of March 20 – 26, 2022. The full version of this issue is available here.

        • UbuntuFirmus Supercloud sets a new standard for sustainable cloud computing with Canonical’s open infrastructure | Ubuntu

          Canonical, the publisher of Ubuntu, announces that Firmus, the Australian cloud infrastructure provider that is revolutionising data centre technology, has built its ultra-efficient and sustainable public cloud on Canonical’s Charmed OpenStack and Charmed Kubernetes.

          Data centres are responsible for a staggering 2% of global greenhouse gas emissions, and that number is rising. This is largely due to the inefficiency of traditional data centre designs. The worldwide average for data centre energy efficiency is 1.59 power usage effectiveness (PUE), which means that for every megawatt that is spent powering computers, an additional 590 kilowatts are required to run cooling systems. This value has been stagnant for some time, resulting in inefficient data centres that are costly to operate, costly to access, and costly to the planet.

          Firmus is solving the data centre efficiency and sustainability issue with an innovative new immersion cooling solution: submerging servers in a bath of non-conductive, biodegradable fluid that is approximately 1000 times more effective at wicking away heat than air.

          The immersion cooling technology has led to what is arguably the most efficient data centre design in the world, coming in at just 1.03 PUE. This is enabling Firmus to offer a public cloud service, Supercloud, at a price point significantly lower than the rest of the market. What’s more, Firmus’ data centre is located in Tasmania where it is powered by genuine grid connected renewable energy.

    • Devices/Embedded

      • CNX SoftwareRM500U-CN Raspberry Pi 5G HAT kit sells for under $200... for the Chinese market - CNX Software

        Waveshare has introduced a new Raspberry Pi 5G HAT kit with a Quectel RM500U-CN 5G module, four antennas, and other accessories that sells for under $200, Raspberry Pi SBC not included.

        On the face of it, it looks like an incredible deal, considering we’ve previously covered two other 5G development kits for the Raspberry Pi, namely Waveshare SIM8200EA-M2 HAT with a Snapdragon X55 5G modem and Sixfab “Raspberry Pi 5G Development Kit” that sold for about $400 to $600. What’s the trick? It’s designed for the Chinese market.

      • Open Hardware/Modding

        • HackadayRaspberry Pi Creates Melody

          For those who are not into prog rock in the 70s or old radio shows from the 40s, the Theremin may be an unfamiliar musical instrument. As a purely electronic device, it’s well outside the realm of conventional musical instruments. Two radio antennas detect the position of the musician’s hands to make a unique sound traditionally associated with eeriness or science fiction.

        • Tom's HardwareCyntech Raspberry Pi 4 Case and Heatsink Review

          Cyntech has been on the Raspberry Pi scene since the early days. It co-created Pibrella, an early 26 pin GPIO based add on board and has released numerous products over the first decade of Raspberry Pi. Cyntech’s latest product is a combo of case and heatsink for the Raspberry Pi 4. The case retails for $6 and the heatsink for an additional $7, so for $13 how much protection and cooling do we get? Can it compete with the products on our list of best Raspberry Pi cases? The only way to find out is to put them on the bench and see how they perform.

        • ArduinoThese special windshield wipers move to the beat of a car's stereo | Arduino Blog

          Having your windshield wipers move to the beat of your favorite song can be a fun moment while driving, which is why YouTuber Cranktown City wanted to ensure this would always be the case by adding some intelligence to his truck’s wiper blades. The idea is simple: have a microcontroller “listen” to the music currently being played, analyze the beat, and then move the wipers accordingly.

          To begin, the truck’s wiper blade control unit was ripped out and replaced with an Arduino Uno along with a new DC motor driver and motor encoder for determining its absolute position. The Uno is able to listen to the music thanks to a tiny MSGEQ7 spectrum analyzer module, which takes the incoming analog music signal and splits it up into seven different bands of frequencies. When the average amplitude of the frequency that is correlated with drums goes above a specified threshold, the position variable for the motor flips from 0 to 180 and vice versa.

      • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • FSF

        • Licensing/Legal

          • JoinupThe e-CODEX solution provides access to cross-border justice for citizens, businesses, and legal professionals in the EU

            The technical components of e-CODEX are open source building blocks, mainly consisting of a connector and a gateway. The Domibus Gateway as well as the Domibus Connector are freely available under a European Union Public Licence (EUPL v1.2). The installation of the gateway ensures a secured connection with a gateway in another Member State while the connector carries out the adaptations required for receiving encrypted data by the corresponding service provider in another Member State.

      • Programming/Development

        • Linux HintBest Programming Languages to Learn in 2022

          In the modern world, the demand for computer scientists continues to grow. Everything around us is transforming, undergoing a digital makeover. With so many people becoming a part of this field, it comes as no surprise how much technology has expanded and the rate at which it is developing. Computer science itself is divided into various sub-fields, each of which has its own set of specialized workers. However, one thing common to almost all these fields is the process of writing instructions in the form of code, commonly referred to as programming. This sits at the heart of computer science and gives it the power to create and remove things. With the number of existing programming languages reaching the three-digit mark, and as each programming job has its own specific set of requirements, it can be extremely daunting to figure out which language to learn. To make your job easier, this article provides a list of the best programming languages to learn in 2022.

  • Leftovers

    • Counter PunchSonnet: I’m Maddy As Hell

      and, five years on, no Shock and Awe ineluction; Clinton’s doctrine

    • Counter Punch1052 and All That

      There had been conflicts both theological and political before between the Pope in Rome and the Archbishop of Constantinople but the rift had always been smoothed over. The Great Schism was caused by a number of basic disagreements: there was the Western practice of using unleavened bread for the Eucharist for example, but the main theological disagreement was over the relative positions of God the Son and God the Holy Spirit in the Trinity – known as the filioque controversy that resulted from the Latin Church’s tinkering with the Nicene Creed.

      The actual events on the ground that immediately triggered this dramatic split are the stuff of silent comedy with the Papal Legate and the Archbishop of Constantinople hurling excommunications around like Jovian thunderbolts. But, this time there would be no turning back. The result has been a painful fissure in the structure of European society that continues to this day and that even underlies the current crisis in Ukraine.

    • The NationThe Tactical Silence Has Failed: Say Brittney Griner’s Name

      If only Brittney Griner had slapped Chris Rock, then maybe people would be saying her name. The near-silence surrounding Griner’s unjust detention in Russia has long seemed both sadly predictable and somewhat curious. It is sadly predictable that a sports world awash in NFL takes and that ignores women’s sports would erase regular updates on Griner’s existence as a political prisoner. Griner is a Black, queer woman in a league that receives reservoirs of disrespect. The sports world, as has been said often, would be in an uproar if this were Tom Brady. They aren’t, and it’s damning.

    • TechdirtPolicy Building Blocks, And How We Talk About The Law

      One of the fundamental difficulties in doing policy advocacy, including, and perhaps especially tech policy advocacy, is that we are not only speaking of technology, which can often seem inscrutable and scary to non-experts, but law, which itself is an intricate and often opaque system. This complicated nature of our legal system can present challenges, because policy involves an application of law to technology, and we can’t apply it well when we don’t understand how the law works. (It’s also hard to do well when we don’t understand how the technology works, either, but this post is about the law part so we’ll leave the issues with understanding technology aside for now.)

    • The NationGhosts
    • The NationFrom the Labor Question to the Housing Question

      A peculiar mix of political extremism and ideological malaise characterizes post-2016 American politics. While factions abound, few of them have anything new to say. Instead, the most outré cliques on both the left and the right have resorted to nostrums that reached the height of their appeal in the middle of the last century. It is as if everyone showed up to a party wearing their parents’ ill-fitting hand-me-downs.

    • Russell CokerRussell Coker: Feedburner Seems to be Dying

      Many years ago Feedburner was a useful service. It proxied the RSS feed of your blog and gave you analytics of what happened with it. Now feeds using Feedburner randomly give HTTP error 404s. The Feedburner Twitter account is inactive and recommends that people Tweet at Google instead. It seems that Google wants to get rid of the service and random 404s probably aren’t a high priority for them.

    • Science

      • Matt RickardElliptic Curve Cryptography for Beginners

        What is elliptic curve cryptography and how does it work? The technology keeps your iMessages encrypted but also powers Bitcoin and Ethereum and just about every major website you visit.

        Elliptic curve cryptography (ECC) is a type of public-key cryptographic systems. This class of systems relies on really difficult "one-way" math problems – problems that easy to compute one way and intractable to solve the "other" way. Sometimes these are called "trap-door" functions – easy to fall into, extremely difficult to get out of.

    • Education

      • SedaaIndia’s hijab row has been hijacked by the Hindu and Muslim right wing to score political points

        Therefore, arguing that allowing Muslim girls to wear hijab would grantee their education is a farce and doesn’t represent ground realities.

        Sadly, many Muslim girls are taken out of school and must give up their education to be married off at the age of puberty. This regressive practice is in clear violation of the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, which states the minimum age of marriage for a woman is 18.

    • Hardware

      • HackadayPDP-11/34 Restoration And The Virtue Of Persistence

        The wildly successful PDP-11 minicomputer was a major influence on the evolution of computing throughout the 1970s. While fondly remembered in modern day emulation, there’s nothing like booting up the real thing, as [Jerry Walker] explores in his series on restoring a PDP-11/34. Examples of PDP-11 hardware are becoming increasingly rare, which makes restoration and preservation of remaining equipment even more critical. [Jerry] has gone to exhaustive lengths to restore his PDP-11/34 to working condition, painstakingly troubleshooting wire-wrapped backplane and replacing suspect ICs across the entire system. With scant documentation on some of the cards, it was often a matter of sheer will and technical know-how that saw the system eventually come back to life.

      • HackadayOld Boat Becomes Toasty Floating Sauna

        A sauna is a great place to feel warm and toasty and refreshed, but few of us have one at home. [Linus Strothmann] decided to build his own, using an old boat as the perfect base for his steamy build.

      • HackadayRetro Portable Computer Packs Printer For The Trip

        Looking like it dropped out of an alternate reality version of the 1980s, the Joopyter Personal Terminal is a 3D printed portable computer that includes everything you need for life in the retro-futuristic fastlane: a mechanical keyboard, a thermal printer, and the obligatory tiny offset screen. It’s a true mobile machine too, thanks to it’s onboard battery and a clever hinge design that lets you fold the whole thing up into something akin to a PLA handbag. You won’t want to leave home without it.

      • HackadayGravity-Water-Air Powered Engine

        Air engines are a common occurrence here on Hackaday. They’re relatively novel and reasonably easy to 3D print without requiring any fluids or supporting machinery. For example, [Tom Stanton] took a previous air engine design, did away with the air compressor, and instead used gravity and water to create just a few PSI to run the engine.

      • HackadayIs The IPhone Camera Too Smart? Or Not Smart Enough?

        What is a photograph? Technically and literally speaking, it’s a drawing (graph) of light (photo). Sentimentally speaking, it’s a moment in time, captured for all eternity, or until the medium itself rots away. Originally, these light-drawings were recorded on film that had to be developed with a chemical process, but are nowadays often captured by a digital image sensor and available for instant admiration. Anyone can take a photograph, but producing a good one requires some skill — knowing how to use the light and the camera in concert to capture an image.

      • HackadayPCB Thermal Design Hack Chat

        Join us on Wednesday, March 30 at noon Pacific for the PCB Thermal Design Hack Chat with Mike Jouppi!

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • The DissenterGift To Industry: Budget Leaves EPA Chemical Reviews Further Paralyzed
      • OracThese days, ivermectin reminds me of acupuncture

        I’m getting tired of writing about€ ivermectin€ as a “miracle cure” for COVID-19, just as in 2020 I got tired of writing about hydroxychloroquine as a miracle cure for COVID-19. Oddly enough, as high-quality evidence accumulated that hydroxychloroquine doesn’t work, it faded in importance such that by early 2021 it was no longer the preferred wonder drug among COVID-19 conspiracy theorists. Ivermectin rose to replace it, or, as I like to say, ivermectin€ became the new hydroxychloroquine. These days, though, it reminds me more of acupuncture.

      • Pro PublicaCuomo Set Out to “Transform” Mental Health Care for Kids. Now They Can’t Get Treatment.

        Moshe was in the hospital for the fourth time, and his mother, Rae, was desperate.

        It was the spring of 2021. Moshe was 12 years old, and he’d been admitted to a psychiatric unit for children at South Oaks Hospital, not far from his home on the North Shore of Long Island.

      • BBCTeenage social media use linked to less life-satisfaction for some

        The more time girls aged between 11 and 13 spend on social media, the less likely they are to be satisfied with life a year later, a study suggests.

        The UK study, in Nature Communications, shows the same pattern for boys aged 14 to 15, and 19-year-old boys and girls.

        Scientists speculate the vulnerability to social media at particular ages may be linked to brain, hormonal and social changes during adolescent development.

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Pseudo-Open Source

        • Security

          • Red Hat Official5 security considerations for edge implementations

            Many organizations are apprehensive about the security of edge deployments. As data becomes more and more valuable, security threats create increasingly serious concerns. No organization wants to be in the news explaining why they were exposed to the latest security threat, nor do they want to account for sensitive information being stolen. These security threats can damage an organization's credibility and ultimately impact their bottom line.

          • Update Google Chrome Now: How To Download Chrome Security Update on Mac, Linux, Windows, Android [Ed: Better delete it and use a better browser, which isn't proprietary and maintained by NSA partner]

            Google has recently released an updated Google Chrome due to the recent high-severity exploit experienced. The tech giant encourages its billions of users around the world to download the Google Chrome security update as soon as possible.

          • VideoEnterprise Linux Security Episode 23 - Busting 5 IT Security Myths - Invidious

            Cyber security is a huge topic, and through the years the industry changes rapidly to keep up with current threats and related challenges. As a result, some of the beliefs and mindsets we've adopted in the industry have changed as well.

          • Market ScreenerGartner : It's Time to Implement MFA for Remote Privileged Access to Linux Servers [Ed: Corrupt Gartner, bribed by serial briber Microsoft]
          • LinuxInsiderNew Platform Pushes Data, Dirty Pipe and DNS Tunnel Pollute Linux Plumbing [Ed: Jack M. Germain helps the FUD campaign looking to stigmatise Free software as the real security problem]
          • Daniel StenbergThis busy-loop is not a security issue |

            One of the toughest jobs I have, is to assess if a reported security problem is indeed an actual security vulnerability or “just” a bug. Let me take you through a recent case to give you an insight…

          • LWNSome nftables security vulnerabilities []

            A new set of vulnerabilities has been disclosed in the nftables subsystem; these lead fairly easily to a local system compromise, on some configurations at least. Fixes for these vulnerabilities were present in the March 28 stable updates; upgrading seems like a good idea.

          • Update Google Chrome Now: How To Download Chrome Security Update on Mac, Linux, Windows, Android
          • Privacy/Surveillance

            • EFFAn EFF Investigation: Mystery GPS Tracker On A Supporter’s Car

              Several weeks ago, an EFF supporter brought her car to a mechanic, and found a mysterious device wired into her car under her driver's seat. This supporter, who we’ll call Sarah (not her real name), sent us an email asking if we could determine whether this device was a GPS tracker, and if so, who might have installed it. Confronted with a mystery that could also help us learn more about tracking, our team got to work.

              Sarah sent us detailed pictures of the device. It was a black and gray box, about four inches long, with a bundle of 6 wires coming out of one end. On one side, the words “THIS SIDE DOWN” were printed in block letters, next to three serial numbers.€ 

            • EFFEFF Files FOIA Lawsuit Against DHS to Shed Light on Vetting Program to Collect and Data Mine Immigrants' Social Media
            • EFFThe Public Has a Right to Know How DHS is Spending Millions€ to Spy on Immigrants on Social Media

              We want to change that, so we sued DHS today under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) for records about the Visa Lifecycle Vetting Initiative (VLVI). We want to know what VLVI does, how it works, and what information DHS is gathering.€ 

              The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court in San Francisco, seeks records on the current status of the program, including whether the government is monitoring people’s social media profiles and for what purpose, how this impacts visa approvals and denials, and details about a $4.8 million transaction last spring.€ 

              EFF opposes the U.S. government’s monitoring of anyone’s social media accounts and internet activity, and in this case, the government is targeting potential immigrants who risk being unfairly labeled a threat and denied access into the U.S. EFF previously urged DHS to abandon any such vetting program because social media surveillance invades privacy and violates the First Amendment by chilling speech and allowing the government to target and punish people for expressing views it doesn’t like. Any vetting based on speech on social media would be ineffective and discriminatory.

            • IT WireRehashed NYT yarn on Russian surveillance shot down by Nokia

              The NYT story is a rehashing of a story published by the American tech website TechCrunch back in 2019, where the reporter, Zach Whittaker, said it offered "new insight into the scope and scale of the Russian surveillance system... and how Russian authorities gain access to the calls, messages and data of customers of the country’s largest phone provider, Mobile TeleSystems".

              A Nokia spokesperson said, in a detailed rebuttal, that the NYT had confirmed that the documents used as source material for the story were the same as those used by TechCrunch.

            • YLENYT: Nokia played "key role" in enabling Russian cyberspying

              In an extensive article (siirryt toiseen palveluun), NYT described how the Finnish firm played a "key role" in helping to connect the System for Operative Investigative Activities (SORM) to Russia's largest telecom service provider MTS, which is in turn monitored by Russia's principal security agency Federal Security Service (FSB).

            • NewYorkTimesWhen Nokia Pulled Out of Russia, a Vast Surveillance System Remained

              For more than five years, Nokia provided equipment and services to link SORM to Russia’s largest telecom service provider, MTS, according to company documents obtained by The New York Times. While Nokia does not make the tech that intercepts communications, the documents lay out how it worked with state-linked Russian companies to plan, streamline and troubleshoot the SORM system’s connection to the MTS network. Russia’s main intelligence service, the F.S.B., uses SORM to listen in on phone conversations, intercept emails and text messages, and track other internet communications.

            • [Old] Nokia Mob1.7TB Nokia data leak reveals details about surveillance in Russia

              Security firm UpGuard released a report detailing how it found 1.7TB of data owned by Nokia and related to Russian operator MTS that reveal details about the network infrastructure in Russia and the SORM (System for Operative Investigative Activities) installations used by law and intelligence agencies.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Common DreamsBiden Asks Congress to Approve Record $813 Billion in Military Spending

        Rebuffing progressive lawmakers' calls for Pentagon spending cuts, President Joe Biden on Monday is set to unveil a budget blueprint for the next fiscal year that includes a record $813.3 billion in funds for the U.S. military apparatus, a $31 billion increase from the current level.

        "We're being robbed of resources to feed the endless hunger of the military-industrial complex."

      • Common Dreams'We Are Ready' to Discuss Neutrality, Zelenskyy Says Ahead of Russia-Ukraine Talks

        Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said ahead of the latest round of in-person talks between Kyiv and Moscow on Monday that his country is prepared to declare neutrality from NATO, a move that would fulfill one of Russia's long-standing demands.

        "Security guarantees and neutrality, non-nuclear status of our state. We are ready to go for it," Zelenskyy said in a video call with several Russian reporters ahead of a fresh round of negotiations between Russian and Ukrainian diplomats in Turkey. The four Russian journalists involved in the call were reportedly ordered not to publish the Ukrainian president's remarks.

      • Common DreamsUN Chief Urges 'Immediate Humanitarian Cease-Fire' in Ukraine

        As the death toll from Russia's war on Ukraine continued to grow, particularly in key cities like Mariupol, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Monday called for "an immediate humanitarian cease-fire to allow for progress in serious political negotiations" on a peace agreement.

        "A cessation of hostilities... will save lives, prevent suffering, and protect civilians."

      • Common DreamsOpinion | The Madness of the Resurgent US Cold War With Russia

        The war in Ukraine has placed U.S. and NATO policy toward Russia under a spotlight, highlighting how the United States and its allies have expanded NATO right up to Russia’s borders, backed a coup and now a proxy war in Ukraine, imposed waves of economic sanctions, and launched a debilitating trillion-dollar arms race. The explicit goal is to pressure, weaken and ultimately eliminate Russia, or a Russia-China partnership, as a strategic competitor to U.S. imperial power.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Ukraine Negotiations: No Fly Zone, Nukes, Neutrality, and Disarmament

        Regardless of whether we agree with him or not, President Biden's statements that Vladimir Putin cannot remain in power and that Putin is a war criminal have compounded already complex negotiations to end Moscow's devastating and nationally self-defeating war of aggression.€ 

      • Common DreamsMajority of Americans Fear Nuclear Weapons Use After Russia's Ukraine Invasion

        Russian President Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine has left Americans on edge, according to a recent poll which found a majority of people in the U.S. are worried that the war has made the impending use of nuclear weapons more likely.

        Nearly three-quarters of respondents told the Associated Press and NORC Center for Public Affairs Research that the invasion has increased the likelihood that nuclear weapons will be used anywhere in the world.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Biden's Dangerous Call for Regime Change in Russia

        Ever since Joe Biden ended his speech in Poland on Saturday night by making one of the most dangerous statements ever uttered by a U.S. president in the nuclear age, efforts to clean up after him have been profuse. Administration officials scurried to assert that Biden didn't mean what he said. Yet no amount of trying to "walk back" his unhinged comment at the end of his speech in front of Warsaw's Royal Castle can change the fact that Biden had called for regime change in Russia.€ They were nine words about Russian President Vladimir Putin that shook the world: "For God's sake, this man cannot remain in power."€ With a reckless genie out of the bottle, no amount of damage control from the president's top underlings could stuff it back in. "We do not have a strategy of regime change in Russia, or anywhere else, for that matter," Secretary of State Antony Blinken told reporters on Sunday. Such words might plausibly have less than full weight; Blinken was chief of staff at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee when, in mid-2002, then-Senator Biden wielded the gavel at crucial hearings that completely stacked the witness deck in support of the subsequent U.S. invasion of Iraq, with the explicit goal of regime change.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | A Blueprint for a Reasonable Path to Peace for Ukraine

        On March 7, Russia stated three aims for its invasion of Ukraine: official Ukrainian neutrality, recognition of Russian sovereignty over Crimea, and recognition of the independence of pro-Russian separatist regions in Luhansk and Donetsk. The United States and NATO have not spoken publicly about a final diplomatic settlement, and, with President Volodymyr Zelensky’s government focused on maintaining national unity and armed resistance to Russia, Ukraine has publicly stated its positions only in somewhat contradictory bits and pieces. But Zelensky, in consultation with the US and Europe, which are backing Ukraine’s war-fighting capacity, should formulate and state what a reasonable peace settlement would look like.

      • Counter PunchThe Rising Threat of Nuclear War

        The Kurds had been assured by President George W Bush and Tony Blair, along with the rest of the world, that the Iraqi dictator was hiding his weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Fifteen years earlier in 1988, Iraqi forces had used mustard gas and nerve agents to kill 5,000 Kurdish civilians in the town of Halabja – the largest direct use of poison gas as a weapon against a civilian target in history. No wonder people in Erbil and other Kurdish cities, none of them that far from Halabja, were frightened that the calamity would happen again.

        Much of the population fled from urban areas to camp out in the plains and mountains or crammed into tiny villages. Those staying behind bought plastic sheeting, often in inappropriately festive red, blue and yellow colours, which they pinned over the doors and windows of their houses and shops in a pathetic hope that this would keep out the deadly gas.

      • Counter PunchHunger Stalks Central Asia as the Ukraine War Unfolds

        The address by Tokayev was made four days before the holiday of Nauryz, which fell on March 20 and is a new year festival celebrated by people in the belt that runs from the Kurdish lands to the Kyrgyz lands. Households across Kazakhstan were preparing for this celebration, although inflation of food prices—which predated the Russian intervention in Ukraine and the resulting Western sanctions imposed on the Kremlin—had already dampened the mood of the festivities in the country; by mid-March, the National Bank of Kazakhstan had reportedthat prices of food products such as baked goods, cereals, vegetables and dairy—the important components of a Nauryz meal—had increased by 10 percent.

        “Kazakhstan is facing unprecedented financial and economic difficulties in our modern history due to the escalation of the geopolitical situation,” President Tokayev said. The “harsh sanctions” imposed on Russia by the West are already impacting the global economy, he said, adding, “Uncertainty and turbulence in the world markets are growing, and production and trade chains are collapsing.” Rising food prices and financial turbulence—a result of both the Western sanctions on Russia and of the integration of national economies—have set the alarm bells ringing and seem to have heightened the urgency to resolve these issues in Central Asian countries like Kazakhstan.

      • Democracy NowNonwhite Refugees Fleeing Ukraine War Held in Detention Centers in Poland, Estonia, Austria

        Russia’s invasion of Ukraine prompted an exodus of nearly 4 million people and an outpouring of support for many of the refugees. But a new report finds dozens of nonwhite people who fled Ukraine are being held in long-term detention centers in Poland and Estonia. We speak with Maud Jullien, investigations editor at Lighthouse Reports, which just published a series of reports in collaboration with The Independent, Der Spiegel, Radio France and others on the detention of African students fleeing Ukraine. She describes how the European Union’s temporary protection directive sets a double standard by permitting the safe entry of Ukrainian citizens into neighboring countries while withholding protection to third-party nationals escaping the same conflict.

      • Democracy Now“Reckless & Damaging”: Could Biden’s Suggestion of Regime Change in Moscow Endanger Peace Talks?

        Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he is open to Ukraine becoming a neutral country but said such a decision could only be made by a nationwide referendum after Russian troops withdraw. This comes as the White House quickly tried to walk back President Biden’s remarks made during a speech on Saturday in Poland during which he appeared to endorse regime change in Moscow. We get responses from Democratic Congressmember Ro Khanna and Quincy Institute President Andrew Bacevich. “The responsibility to negotiate with the Russians, to come to a settlement that is agreeable to Ukrainians, that belongs to President Zelensky,” says Bacevich, who called Biden’s comments “reckless and damaging.” Khanna adds that while “the American president does have a leadership role” in resolving the crisis, Biden’s remarks were not representative of U.S. policy, saying the president “was speaking from the heart.”

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Russia's War on Ukraine Poses Threat to Global Food Security

        The situation in Ukraine is first and foremost a humanitarian crisis, and the food security and wellbeing of the people of Ukraine should be our immediate concern. However, because of the dominant roles of Russia and Ukraine in global food, fuel and fertiliser markets, there are also massive knock-on effects for people around the world. This is particularly true for the supply and cost of food. Here are three ways that the invasion of Ukraine leads to potential risks to food security in other countries.

      • The NationThe Ongoing Russian Resistance to Putin’s War

        For the past 28 days of the war Russian President Vladimir Putin has waged on Ukraine, there has been a wave of resistance. In an earlier installment, The Nation summarized the earliest days of February’s opposition. Here’s a new report about the past month of protests and the government’s retaliation.

      • The NationTucker Carlson’s Flip-Flops on Russia Mask a Deep Militarism

        As Putin’s invasion of Ukraine rages on, long-deepening foreign policy divisions in the GOP have been brought into sharp relief. As expected, the conservative establishment has been pushing President Joe Biden toward more aggressive, escalatory, and interventionist responses. They are joined in this by hawkish voices in the liberal establishment.

      • The NationStarve the Putin War Machine—and Save the Climate

        Perhaps, finally, the breakthrough moment of rethinking energy consumption is upon us. At least it’s dawning in Europe, where using less energy, in particular Russian hydrocarbons, now obviously serves geopolitical, energy security, and climate aims. To be sure, energy efficiency and the reduction of energy consumption have long been cornerstones of Europe’s climate-change mitigation strategy. After all, using less checks all sorts of boxes: Emissions decrease; prices drop as demand lessens, energy poverty sinks, overburdened power grids are eased, and fewer renewables are required to decarbonize a smaller energy system.

      • TruthOutPutin Is Attempting to Center Russia as a Hub of the Global Right Wing
      • TruthOutRefugees of Color Fleeing Ukraine Held in Migrant Jails in Poland and Estonia
      • TruthOutZelenskyy Says He Is Prepared to Discuss Neutrality From NATO for Ukraine
      • TruthOutBiden Asks Congress for a Record-Breaking $813 Billion in Military Spending
      • TruthOutPrison Pen Pals Chip Away at the Prison-Industrial Complex One Letter at a Time
      • MeduzaAfter the fall The old pillars of Russia’s free press have crumbled, but the journalists who ran those publications carry on. Here are their new projects.
      • Meduza'It's not just a war. It's much worse.' Volodymyr Zelensky's first interview with Russian journalists since the war began

        On Sunday, March 27, Volodymyr Zelensky gave his first extensive interview with Russian journalists since the beginning of Russia’s war against Ukraine. Zelensky spoke over Zoom with Meduza editor-in-chief Ivan Kolpakov, Dozhd editor-in-chief Tikhon Dzyadko, writer and journalist Mikhail Zygar, and Kommersant special correspondent Vladimir Solovyov (not to be confused with the Russian propagandist who shares his name). Read Meduza’s translation below.

      • Counter PunchBiden on Putin
      • Counter PunchAmerican Bunker Fantasies

        Having exhausted their efforts at action, they eat the food they’ve prepared and purchased, give thanks and pray before “dying neighborly” – to borrow a phrase coined by poet and writer Langston Hughes in 1965.

        “Dying neighborly” was something of a common refrain in the small number of stories told by those writers and artists in the 1960s and 1980s who recognized the dangers of nuclear war but were unwilling or unable to accept the only measure recommended by the government: to buy or build your own shelter and pretend that you’d survive.

      • India TodayIS releases video of new recruits from India as they pledge to carry out Jihad

        The Islamic State (IS) in a recent video claimed that they have prepared at least three modules in India. In the video, the Islamic State fighters are seen taking membership in 3 different groups. The 4-minute long video has been released by ISHP (Islamic State Hind Province).

        The video was released on encrypted messaging platform Telegram at 1 pm on March 25, claiming that 3 different groups of IS fighters pledged jihad in India in the name of the IS caliph.

      • The Daily BeastThree ISIS Fanboys Plotted Spring Break Attack on Shia Mosque, Feds Say

        A teenage ISIS supporter allegedly plotted to travel to Chicago with two others during spring break and kill worshipers at a Shia Muslim mosque, according to federal court records unsealed Friday.

        “If they had not encountered law enforcement at that point, they would continue on to another Shia mosque or Jewish synagogue and execute the same plan,” one filing states. “They did not have a plan to escape but rather their plan ended with them being shot by law enforcement.”

      • NPRThe Islamic State claims responsibility for the deaths of 2 people in central Israel

        The militant Islamic State group claimed responsibility on Monday after a pair of Arab gunmen killed two people and wounded four in central Israel before they were killed by police.

        The two killed in the Sunday night attack were Israeli police officers, authorities said.

    • Environment

      • NewYorkTimesMethane Leaks in New Mexico Far Exceed Current Estimates, Study Suggests

        Startlingly large amounts of methane are leaking from wells and pipelines in New Mexico, according to a new analysis of aerial data, suggesting that the oil and gas industry may be contributing more to climate change than was previously known.

        The study, by researchers at Stanford University, estimates that oil and gas operations in New Mexico’s Permian Basin are releasing 194 metric tons per hour of methane, a planet-warming gas many times more potent than carbon dioxide. That is more than six times as much as the latest estimate from the Environmental Protection Agency.

      • ReasonNYC's Private Anti-Idling Law Enforcers

        An increasing number of state and local jurisdictions place limits on how long trucks may sit idle with the engine running. Unnecessary truck idling is a significant contributor to local air pollution and results in additional greenhouse gas emissions to boot.

      • Counter PunchAntarctica on Edge

        A few weeks ago East Antarctica’s temperatures soared by 50F to 90F above normal. (Ref: Antarctica Crushes Records, March 23, 2022)

        A couple of weeks later East Antarctica’s Conger Ice Shelf (1,200 sq km) completely collapsed and two additional calving events occurred at other glaciers, all in the same week.

      • Counter PunchCuba Prepares for Disaster

        Writers are well aware that Cuban approaches are adapted to the unique geography and history of the island.€  What readers should take away is not so much the specific actions of Cuba as its method of studying a wide array of approaches and actually putting the best into effect (as opposed to merely talking about their strengths and weaknesses).€  The book traces Cuba’s preparedness from the threat of a US invasion following its revolution through its resistance to hurricanes and diseases, which all laid the foundation for current adaptions to climate change.

        Only four years after the revolution, in 1963, Hurricane Flora hit the Caribbean, killing 7000-8000.€  Cubans who are old enough remember homes being washed away by waters carrying rotten food, animal carcasses and human bodies.€  It sparked a complete redesign of health systems, intensifying their integration from the highest decision-making bodies to local health centers.€  Construction standards were strengthened, requiring houses to have reinforced concrete and metal roofs to resist strong winds.

      • Common Dreams340+ Groups Tell Governments Worldwide to Prioritize Fossil Fuel Phaseout

        As governments meet this week to approve a summary of part three of the United Nations' landmark climate assessment, which focuses on mitigation, hundreds of environmental justice groups from around the globe shared an open letter Monday imploring reviewers to emphasize the need for a rapid phaseout of fossil fuels to avert the climate emergency's most disastrous outcomes.

        "The stakes could not be any higher, the science any clearer, or the imperative for immediate action any greater."

      • Common DreamsOpinion | The Five Plagues Testing Humanity

        Once upon a time, the tutelary gods of nationalism and internationalism met for a chat. They had a superb perch above the clouds. From there, they could see everything happening on the Earth below and they set to arguing, as they so often did.

      • Common DreamsThousands of Canadians Call on Government to Scrap Carbon Capture Tax Credit

        "Magical thinking isn't going to solve the climate crisis."

        "There is no fixing fossil fuels, we need to ditch them to protect our climate."

      • Common Dreams'Green New Deal Champions Pledge' Pushes Candidates to Embrace Bold Climate Agenda

        Dozens of progressive advocacy organizations launched a new campaign on Monday with the goal of pushing congressional candidates and incumbent lawmakers to embrace the Green New Deal and eschew funding from the powerful fossil fuel industry.

        Known as the Green New Deal Champions Pledge, the new initiative aims to set "a new bar of what it means to fight for climate justice in Congress" by pressuring candidates and current representatives to back a specific slate of legislation that includes:

      • Energy

        • NewYorkTimesHow Joe Manchin Aided Coal, and Earned Millions

          While the fact that Mr. Manchin owns a coal business is well-known, an examination by The New York Times offers a more detailed portrait of the degree to which Mr. Manchin’s business has been interwoven with his official actions. He created his business while a state lawmaker in anticipation of the Grant Town plant, which has been the sole customer for his gob for the past 20 years, according to federal data. At key moments over the years, Mr. Manchin used his political influence to benefit the plant. He urged a state official to approve its air pollution permit, pushed fellow lawmakers to support a tax credit that helped the plant, and worked behind the scenes to facilitate a rate increase that drove up revenue for the plant — and electricity costs for West Virginians.

          Records show that several energy companies have held ownership stakes in the power plant, major corporations with interests far beyond West Virginia. At various points, those corporations have sought to influence the Senate, including legislation before committees on which Mr. Manchin sat, creating what ethics experts describe as a conflict of interest.

        • Michael WestFossil fuel subsidies soar past disaster relief, even public schools funding. What’s the scam?

          Cruelling somewhat the Budget pitch euphoria in corporate media today, The Australia Institute has sallied forth with its annual analysis of hand-outs to coal and gas multinationals, state and federal, finding they cost the public $11.6b in 2021-22, or $22k per minute.

          It’s a $1.3b (12%) increase on last year thanks to the feds. Across all budgets there is $55b committed, which is 11 times the balance of Australia’s Emergency Response Fund ($4.8b in Dec 2021), while $11.6b in 2021-22 is 56 times the budget of the National Recovery and Resilience Agency.

          The subsidies cost the Federal government more than it spent on public schools in the same year ($9.7b). Now *that’s* a scam … and we are yet to see the Budget.

      • Wildlife/Nature

      • Overpopulation

        • Counter PunchPopulation and the Disease of Growth

          It has now been 11 years since I wrote “Wilderness and Overpopulation” (Wilderness Watch Blog, March 2, 2011). A few readers took vitriolic issue with that essay, but I stand by it. Since then, the global human population has grown from about 6.9 to 7.9 billion, now increasing at roughly 75 million additional hominids each year. In the U.S. during the last 11 years, the population grew by about 20 million to 333 million today. Twenty million additional humans is roughly equal to the total populations of New York State or Florida. And although population growth in the U.S. has recently stagnated in the wake of Covid, it is likely that without a concerted effort and policy to stabilize and reduce our population, we’ll be back on track toward 400 million before long.

          I am no demographer. My passion is wilderness and wildlife. Yet I’ve been alarmed about the growing human hoards since I first read “The Population Bomb” by Paul Ehrlich back in the late 1960’s. I am still alarmed, now more than ever, both because of our still-increasing numbers and the direct link between population growth and the destruction of wildlife and wilderness.

        • The HillNewsom issues order tightening water conservation amid worsening drought

          Following the three driest months in California’s history, Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) issued an executive order on Monday calling for stricter local conservation measures while proposing a ban on decorative turf irrigation.

          The executive order calls on local water suppliers to shift to “Level 2” of their individual Water Shortage Contingency Plans, which involve taking preparatory actions for water shortage levels of up to 20 percent, the governor’s office said.

        • [Old] The ConversationIPCC report: Half the world is facing water scarcity, floods and dirty water — large investments are needed for effective solutions

          More than half the world’s population faces water scarcity for at least one month every year. Meanwhile, some people have to deal with too much water, while others have access to only poor water quality. That’s billions of people living with drought in Africa and India, facing flood risks in Bangladesh or lacking clean water due to excessive fertilizer use in the United States, Brazil, China and India.

          Climate change exacerbates global water insecurity because it contributes to more frequent and severe droughts, floods and extreme rainfall, accelerated glacier melt, rapid declines in groundwater and the deterioration of water quality. These water-related risks of climate change have negative repercussions for agriculture, energy production, water infrastructure and economic productivity, as well as human health, development and well-being around the world.

    • Finance

      • Democracy NowRep. Ro Khanna Says Biden’s Proposed Billionaire Tax Is a “First Step” in Addressing U.S. Inequality

        The White House is unveiling a new tax plan that would establish a minimum 20% tax rate on all U.S. households worth more than $100 million. “It’s high time that people who have made billions of dollars pay the same taxes … as people who are in service jobs, and this is the first step towards that,” says California Congressmember Ro Khanna. The Democratic lawmaker also talks about the Big Oil Windfall Profits Tax, his bill aimed at curbing profiteering by oil companies.

      • Common Dreams'We Do Not Need a Massive Increase': Sanders Criticizes Biden's $813 Billion Military Budget

        Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday criticized President Joe Biden's request for an $813.3 billion military budget in the next fiscal year as excessive, noting that the United States already spends more on national security than "the next 11 countries combined."

        "We do not need a massive increase in the defense budget," Sanders (I-Vt.), the chair of the Senate Budget Committee, said in a statement. "Now that the president has done his job, it is up to Congress to review it, pass the proposals that make sense, and improve upon it."

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Inflation Won't Be Remedied by the Federal Reserve Imposing Higher Interest Rates

        As Putin’s war shakes up the world economy, the Fed last week raised interest rates by a quarter point and penciled in six more increases by the end of the year. Fed Chair Jerome Powell says he’s ready to do whatever it takes to bring inflation down, including following the example of his predecessor Paul Volcker, who increased interest rates to 20 percent in 1981.

      • Pro PublicaTaking Aim at Billionaire Tax Avoiders, Biden Proposes Minimum Tax for Ultrarich

        Last year ProPublica, drawing on a trove of IRS data, gave the public its most extensive view ever of the taxes of the wealthiest Americans. The first article in the Secret IRS Files series put real numbers to a core truth about the U.S. tax system: Billionaires like Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and Warren Buffett can easily shield their fortunes from taxation by avoiding the sorts of income captured on a tax return.

        A proposal released today by the Biden administration takes direct aim at this issue. The policy, if enacted, would, for a sliver of the very wealthiest, close that escape hatch. Vast increases in wealth would result in owing taxes.

      • Counter PunchCorporations Are Suppressing Wages...There’s an Easy Fix for That

        Two weeks later, the international aid organization Oxfam America released a report consistent with this finding, that millions of American workers continue to earn less than $15 an hour. People of color and particularly women of color are disproportionately impacted—as is always the case.

        But, pro-corporate coverage paints a rosy picture about the U.S. economy—one that requires no intervention because things are apparently humming along just fine on their own.

      • TruthOutBiden’s 2023 Budget Includes a 20 Percent Billionaire Minimum Income Tax
    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • HungaryFollowing Anonymous’ attack against pro-government media platforms, Judit Varga fears for press freedom in Hungary

        Following the attack carried out by the hacker group "Anonymous" against Hungarian pro-government news sources on Monday, the Justice Minister is worried. But the freedom of the press has been an issue in the country for a while. Translation by Andrea Horváth Kávai

      • HungaryOrbán: What the Ukrainians are asking us is to bring Hungary’s economy to a complete halt

        On Sunday morning, Viktor Orbán started the day at state-owned Kossuth radio, where – among others – he spoke about the Russian-Ukrainian war, the sanctions against Russia, as well as the criticism he had received from the Ukrainians. Translation by Andrea Horváth Kávai

      • HungaryViktor Orbán and Péter Márki-Zay found themselves in unwelcoming territories – the seventh week of the campaign in five points

        While there are only a few days to go until the elections, the final campaign sprint is barely even perceptible: news of the war and economic fallout continues to drown out everything else. Meanwhile, Viktor Orbán concentrated on affairs related to the EU and NATO and traveled to Brussels, whereas Péter Márki-Zay took his campaign to Transylvania. Tibor Szanyi's party cursed out a Democratic Coalition MP. Here's the penultimate campaign week in five points. Translated by Dominic Spadacene

      • Counter PunchThe Anonymous Communists of Recife

        What is certain is that, on that Saturday in 1922, leaders representing 73 militant political associations of workers founded the party: Astrojildo Pereira (journalist), Cristiano Cordeiro (lawyer), Joaquim Barbosa (tailor), Manuel Cendón (tailor), João da Costa Pimenta (printer), Luís Pérez (sweeper), Hemogêneo Fernandes da Silva (electrician), Abílio Nequete (barber) and José Elias da Silva (bricklayer). The research says that the meeting ended with everyone singing softly, for safety reasons, The International.

        About Cristiano Cordeiro, it is great to remember an act at the Santa Isabel Theater, documented indirectly in popular music. In 1933, Cristiano Cordeiro launched on the stage of the theater the slogan “Trabalhador, ocupa teu posto” (Worker, occupy your post), which later served as inspiration for the composer Nelson Ferreira to compose the frevo “Coração, ocupa teu posto” (Heart, occupy your post). A success sung until today in the carnivals of Pernambuco:

      • Counter PunchTime to Move the Money: Independent Research on Donor-Advised Funds
      • Democracy NowJamaica Moves to Become a Republic as Calls Grow for Slavery Reparations Following U.K. Royal Visit

        The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have just finished a weeklong visit to former British colonies in the Caribbean. Their trip comes after Barbados cut ties to the monarchy and became a republic last year. During the so-called charm offensive to the British Commonwealth countries, the royals were met with protests calling for reparations for slavery. We speak with senior Jamaican Member of Parliament Lisa Hanna, who met with the royals during their visit and has critiqued the couple for not putting forward an action plan to redress the crimes of slavery committed by the British monarchy against the Jamaican people, adding that any British “condemnation [of slavery] without action is hollow.” Hanna outlines how Jamaica could swiftly break ties with the monarchy through referendum or a change in the Constitution.

      • Common DreamsJudge Finds Trump's Attempt to Overturn 2020 Election Was Likely a Felony

        A U.S. federal judge on Monday found that former President Donald Trump and legal adviser John Eastman probably committed felony obstruction in their efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election.

        The government watchdog group American Oversight said the ruling is a "clear call for accountability and further investigation of the attempt to subvert the election."

      • TechdirtTrumpists Admit That Their Own Social Media Platforms Aren’t Much Fun When They Can’t Use Them To Own The Libs

        We’ve covered some of the difficulties Trump’s Truth Social is having getting users to actually use the platform, and the same appears to be true for the various other Trumpist Twitter wannabes like Parler and GETTR. NBC News has a somewhat hilarious story in which its reporters went to talk to “conservative influencers” to get their thoughts, and they all seem unenthusiastic about those other platforms, whining that they’re all just “echo chambers.”

      • The NationImpeach Clarence Thomas

        Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’s actions have invited an impeachment inquiry into what he knew about efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election and how he acted upon that knowledge. Thomas has always been a controversial justice. During his more than 30 years on the high court, he has regularly faced criticism for abusing his position. Up to this point, the court’s longest-serving justice has avoided accountability. But Thomas’s scandalous approach to his responsibilities has caught up with him. E-mails reveal that his wife, Ginni Thomas, participated in efforts to overturn the 2020 president election in the weeks leading up to the January 6, 2021, insurrection. That insurrection is the subject of a congressional inquiry that former president Donald Trump has tried at thwart at every turn. In January, the Supreme Court rejected Trump’s attempt to block the release of presidential records to the House committee leading that investigation.1

      • TruthOutGinni Thomas Debacle Is a Warning That Trumpism Lives On in the Halls of Power
      • FAIRGerrymandering: Making Elections Safe From Democracy

        The arc of coverage of 2020 congressional redistricting went from speculation that Republicans would end up with a massive advantage—because they controlled significantly more state legislatures—to surprise that Democrats managed to gerrymander their way to roughly the same number of seats as Republicans. This result was deemed good news, as announced for instance in this news “analysis” from the New York Times (3/10/22): “A Potential Rarity in American Politics: A Fair Congressional Map.”

      • The VergeEx-Google CEO funneled money into the White House science office

        Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt’s foundation poured money into the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy over the past year, according to a report from Politico. The foundation’s close ties with the office raised ethics concerns with internal watchdogs.

        Schmidt held a number of roles at Google and parent company Alphabet, including CEO, executive chairman, and technical advisor. He stepped down from that last role in 2020. Now, he sits on the boards and invests in tech companies, including a number focused on artificial intelligence. The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) directs science funding and helps steer AI policy — one of the reasons Rachel Wallace, then the office’s general counsel, raised concerns about his financial involvement, according to emails obtained by Politico.

    • Misinformation/Disinformation

      • The AtlanticSorry, I Lied About Fake News

        My tweet began to spread around the world. “Mehr Ironie geht nicht,” one user wrote above it. “La smentita si sta diffondendo molto più lentamente dello studio fallace,” another posted. I don’t speak German or Italian, but I could tell I’d struck a nerve. Retweets and likes gathered by the hundreds.

        But then, wait a second—I was wrong. Within a few hours of my post, Kupferschmidt tweeted that he’d made a mistake. Later in the afternoon, he wrote a careful mea culpa and Science issued a correction. It seemed that Kupferschmidt had misinterpreted the work from Juul and Ugander: As a matter of fact, the MIT study hadn’t been debunked at all.

      • The AtlanticKids Are Learning History From Video Games Now

        Devereaux plays Europa Universalis and likes it. But the fact that video-game developers, rather than professional historians, were responsible for shaping so many young people’s understanding of history deserved greater examination, he thought. The games made by Paradox Interactive, the Swedish studio that produces Europa Universalis, are among the most popular strategy titles in the world. Millions of people own the games, which allow players to take control of a historical nation or individual and guide the course of history. The average Europa Universalis player spends hundreds of hours on it. Some spend thousands.

      • NPRMisinformation is derailing renewable energy projects across the United States

        Yet every single rural utility-scale wind and solar project needs local or state approval to get built, says Sarah Mills, who researches rural renewable energy at the University of Michigan. And she says it's in those often-fractious discussions about approval that misinformation is sometimes halting and stalling the installation of the renewables the climate needs. "At the end of the day, if local governments are not setting rules that allow for the infrastructure to be sited, those policies cannot be achieved," Mills says.

        Misinformation gets mixed up in decisions over renewable projects

        Last year, a Department of Energy study found that setback regulations now represent the single-greatest barrier to securing locations for wind projects in the U.S. Setbacks limit how close wind projects can be to buildings, and Mills says they often make sense to reduce things such as noise and "shadow flicker," the moving shadows and strobing sunlight that turbines can cast onto buildings. But she says misinformation can fuel setbacks that are more stringent than needed and sometimes act as outright bans on renewable energy.


        But Fergen says that these same types of misleading and false posts about wind and solar energy pop up in a network of Facebook groups around the country, feeding a conflict between rural communities and energy developers.

        Leah Stokes, an associate professor of political science at the University of California, Santa Barbara, says as resistance to wind and solar projects spreads on social media, the dangers of misinformation from these anti-renewable Facebook groups is growing.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • Common DreamsFree Press Advocates Demand End to Russian Censorship as Last Independent Paper Closes

        Press freedom advocates on Monday called on the government of Russian President Vladimir Putin to end media censorship after what's being described as the country's last independent newspaper said it was shutting down for the duration of the invasion of Ukraine.

        "Russia's draconian censorship tactics must stop."

      • Mint Press NewsMichael Malarkey, Styles P, Wretch32 & FredWreck among stars condemning Israel Lobby’s Attempt to Cancel Lowkey

        Dozens of prominent figures from the world of entertainment have come together to support hip hop artist and political campaigner Lowkey, after he was subject to a smear campaign and an attempt to remove his work from music streaming platform Spotify.

      • Project CensoredSpecial Guests Tracy Rosenberg, Sue Buske, and Simki Kuznick - The Project Censored Show

        In the second half of the show, we learn about the iconic, pathbreaking civil-rights activist, lawyer, clergy, and feminist, Pauli Murray (1910-1985), from Simki Kuznick, author of a newly-published Murray biography. That which Murray fought for foreshadowed and impacted many of the civil rights campaigns that continue to this day.

      • NewYorkTimesZelensky Gives Interview to Russian Journalists. Moscow Orders It Quashed.

        It was a remarkable moment in the war in Europe: President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine gave a 90-minute-long Zoom interview on Sunday to four prominent journalists from Russia, the country invading his.

        Hours later, the Kremlin responded. A government statement notified the Russian news media “of the necessity to refrain from publishing this interview.”

        Journalists based outside Russia published it anyway. Those still inside Russia did not. The episode laid bare the extraordinary, and partly successful, efforts at censorship being undertaken in Russia by President Vladimir V. Putin’s government as his bloody invasion of Ukraine enters its second month, along with Mr. Zelensky’s attempts to circumvent that censorship and reach the public directly.

      • NewYorkTimesReligion-Fueled Mobs on the Rise Again in Pakistan

        But lynchings over offenses to Islam, real or imagined, are far from new in Pakistan, where blasphemy is punishable by death. Rights activists say lynch mobs exploit anti-blasphemy laws to take matters into their own hands.

        In recent years these episodes have risen to an alarming level, with increasing cases of fatal violence.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • EFFThe Pro Codes Act Is a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

        The proposal looks simple enough. A huge portion of the regulations we all live by (such as fire safety codes, or the national electrical code) are initially written -- by industry experts, government officials, and other volunteers -- under the auspices of standards development organizations (SDOs). Federal, state, or municipal policymakers then review the codes and decide whether the standard is good broad rule. If so, it is adopted into law “by reference.” In other words, the law cites the code by name but doesn’t copy and paste the entire thing into law (useful when the code is long and detailed). For example, if a regulation requires compliance with a provision in the National Fire Safety Code, it might simply refer to that provision, rather than copying it in directly. But that doesn’t make compliance any less mandatory.

        Currently, SDOs have to make such incorporated codes available to the public somehow, in keeping with the basic principle that everyone has a right to know the law that binds them. But the requirements are far out of date. For example, a hard copy of a standard that is incorporated into federal law by reference must be deposited with the National Archives in Washington, DC – not exactly an easily accessible location.

        The main provision of the Pro Codes Act pretends to address this problem by requiring that

      • TechdirtApparently Unwilling To Learn From Florida & Texas’s Failures, Georgia Moves Forward With Unconstitutional Content Moderation Bill

        It seems that each week another ridiculously unconstitutional “content moderation” bill pops up in another state. Beyond the fact that nearly all of these bills are preempted by federal law (and are unconstitutional under the 1st Amendment) it seems that state legislatures feel the need to score political points. And it’s not just one party. As we’ve detailed, Republican legislatures are pushing bills trying to limit the ability of websites to moderate, while Democratic legislatures are pushing bills to force companies to moderate more. Both are unconstitutional.

      • TechdirtHouse Judiciary Committee Wants The FBI To Explain Why It Keeps Targeting Journalists, Religious Groups, And Politicians

        The FBI owes its oversight — and the public the oversight serves — plenty of answers. But let’s set our expectations any higher than reality dictates. The FBI is not exactly a paradigm of complicity.

      • The NationInterracial Marriage Under Attack: Thinking the Unthinkable

        During an interview with reporters last week, Indiana Senator Mike Braun went beyond the usual Republican line that decisions about abortion rights should be left up to the states. The question of interracial marriage, too, he said, should be left to the states to decide.

    • Monopolies

      • TechdirtDC AG Sues Grubhub For Sneaky Fees, Screwing Over Local Restaurants

        U.S. regulatory enforcement and punishment for companies that rip consumers off with sneaky fees is not what you’d call… consistent. For example, the telecom and cable industries have long exploited a wide array of bullshit fees to jack up advertised prices with only fleeting penalties. The same can be said for the banking, airline, hotel, and numerous other industries that happily nickel-and-dime users.

      • Pro PublicaCongressional Chair Asks Google and Apple to Help Stop Fraud Against U.S. Taxpayers on Telegram

        The chairman of a congressional subcommittee has asked Apple and Google to help stop fraud against U.S. taxpayers on Telegram, a fast-growing messaging service distributed via their smartphone app stores. The request from the head of the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis came after ProPublica reports last July and in January revealed how cybercriminals were using Telegram to sell and trade stolen identities and methods for filing fake unemployment insurance claims.

        Rep. James E. Clyburn, D-S.C., who chairs the subcommittee (which is part of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform), cited ProPublica’s reporting in March 23 letters to the CEOs of Apple and Alphabet, Google’s parent company. The letters pointed out that enabling fraud against American taxpayers is inconsistent with Apple’s and Google’s policies for their respective app stores, which forbid apps that facilitate or promote illegal activities.

      • Patents

        • Common DreamsCovid-19 Vaccine Apartheid Is Exacerbating Global Inequalities: UN

          The highly uneven global distribution of Covid-19 vaccines is exacerbating deadly inequalities between—and within—countries, threatening to undermine socio-economic gains throughout the developing world, the United Nations warned Monday.

          "The speed with which the world gets vaccinated in 2022 is critical to avoid more lost ground in contexts where progress is needed the most."

        • Common DreamsGlobal Leaders Urge Nations to Eschew 'Weakened' TRIPS Waiver Proposal

          A group of current and former government officials from five nations on Monday implored world leaders to reject a reported U.S.- and European Union-led "compromise" proposal on lifting Covid-19 vaccines patent protections.

          "Vaccine apartheid continues and it kills. It prolongs the pandemic, threatening lives—vaccinated as well as unvaccinated—all over the world."

      • Copyrights

        • MakeTech Easier10 Websites to Find Creative Commons Videos - Make Tech Easier

          While finding Creative Commons images is difficult enough, it’s even harder to find videos you can legally use as your own. In fact, many videos can not be shared with just a simple copy and paste due to copyright protections and other rules. Even so, here are some of the best websites where you can find Creative Commons videos to be sure you’re sharing legally.

        • Torrent FreakCourt Denies Cox's Challenge of $1 Billion Music Piracy Verdict

          Cox Communications believes that key information was held back during the 2019 piracy lawsuit filed by several record labels, which led to a $1 billion verdict in their favor. While the court recognizes that some evidence was created after the fact, it sees no reason for a do-over, concluding that the ISP already received a full and fair trial.

        • Torrent FreakBungie Files Lawsuit to Punish Senders of Fake Destiny DMCA Notices

          A little over a week ago a number of Destiny content creators had DMCA notices filed against their videos on YouTube, claiming that they infringed copyright. Bungie denied having anything to do with the claims and promised to investigate. A copyright lawsuit filed in Washington now reveals that Bungie is serious about making an example of the culprits.

        • The NationKanye the Careerist

          Coodie Simmons has said that his four-and-a-half-hour, three-part documentary about the life and times of Kanye West was supposed to be a kind of hip-hop version of Hoop Dreams, the acclaimed 1994 documentary that chronicled the various social and economic obstacles facing two Black Chicago high schoolers as they strove to make it to the NBA. The first hour and a half of jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy, titled “Act I: Vision,” primes us for such a journey. At its opening, we meet a baby-faced West at the 1998 birthday party of Atlanta record producer Jermaine Dupri, seemingly happy just to be a plus-one. Simmons had heard about Kanye while covering Chicago hip-hop for his public-access cable show Channel Zero. The young producer’s name had become ubiquitous on the scene, and in West’s bid to surpass local renown and infiltrate the still relatively coastal mainstream rap world, Simmons saw a canny parallel to a high school hopeful trying to make it to the league.

        • TechdirtNintendo Hates You: Scans Of ‘Super Mario 64’ Manual Taken Down Via Copyright Claim

          I’ll give Nintendo this much: the company certainly is an absolute master at enforcing copyright in the most extreme, pettiest manner possible. I’ve already had some fun comparing Nintendo to Disney, in that the way the company is handling shutting down older game stores and making those games no longer available in most places is akin to Disney’s long history of “vaulting” movies to control their availability. Combine that with Nintendo’s practice of attempting to take down absolutely every instance of fans sharing bits of its content, taking down game music that isn’t available anywhere else, and its killing off emulation sites so it can sell trash versions of old games, and you’re left with the impression that business success is entirely secondary to its desire for control.

        • Creative Commons2021 Annual Report
        • Creative CommonsCC welcomes agreement in EU on landmark legislation on digital gatekeepers

          Reflecting on the trilogue deal, CC CEO Catherine Stihler stated,

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