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Links 22/03/2023: GNOME 44 “Kuala Lumpur”



  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • OpenSource.com8 steps to refurbish an old computer with Linux

        We live in a remarkable era. It wasn't so long ago we were all chained to the "upgrade treadmill," forced to buy expensive new personal computers every few years.

        Today, with the benefit of open source software, you can break out of that cycle. One way is to refurbish old computers and keep them in service. This article tells you how.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • TecMintHow to Install Latest NodeJS and NPM in Linux

        In this guide, we shall take a look at how you can install the latest version of Nodejs and NPM on RHEL-based distributions such as CentOS, Fedora, Rocky & AlmaLinux and Debian-based distributions such as Ubuntu & Linux Mint.

      • TecMintHow to Run Angular Apps Using Angular CLI and PM2

        Angular CLI is a command-line interface for the Angular framework, which is used to create, build and run your application locally while developing.

        It is designed to build and test an Angular project on a development server. However, if you want to run/keep your applications alive forever in production, you need a Node.js process manager such as PM2.

      • It's FOSSNixOS Series #5: How to set up home-manager on NixOS?

        Here's how you can easily set up the home-manager to install/remove packages on NixOS.

      • TecMint4 Useful Tools to Troubleshoot DNS Name Resolution Problems

        DNS (Domain Name System) is the phonebook of the internet. A Domain name is a unique alphanumeric address that users type in the URL bar in the browser in order to access a website.

      • TecMintHow to Install Angular CLI on Linux

        Angular is an open-source, popular, and highly-extensible front-end application development framework, used for building mobile and web applications using TypeScript/JavaScript and other common languages.

      • TechRepublicHow to deploy a service to a Docker Swarm cluster

        Docker Swarm is a way to create a cluster for container deployment. Jack Wallen walks you through installing a Docker Swarm cluster and then deploying and managing a service to the cluster.

    • Games

      • GamingOnLinuxWarside is a pixel-art turn-based tactics game much like Advance Wars

        Love turn-based tactics and classics like Advance Wars? You should keep an eye on Warside, as it's firmly channelling that same energy. It looks pretty great and with full cross-platform multiplayer on top of the story campaign, it's certainly piqued my curiosity.

      • GamingOnLinuxColourful retro platformer Frogun Encore announced for Summer 2023

        Frogun Encore is the follow-up to Frogun from Molegato and Top Hat Studios, Inc. that was released in 2020, giving more family-friendly retro inspired 3D platforming. Designed much like classics from the PlayStation 1 / Nintendo 64 era, the original reviewed reasonably well, so hopefully they will be working to address any sticking points from the original.

      • GamingOnLinuxUpcoming city-builder HexLands sounds like a relaxing time

        HexLands from Portgate Studios has been announced with a new Steam page live, taking inspiration from the likes of Islanders, Dorf Romantik and Sid Meier's Civilization.

      • GamingOnLinuxEmulationStation Desktop Edition 2.0 is out now

        EmulationStation Desktop Edition is a great front-end open source app for managing various emulators. A big 2.0 release went up recently too! What does it support? It works with the likes of various€ Commodore Amiga,€ Google Android, various Apple models, various Arcade machines, various Atari machines, various Nintendo machines and the list goes on for quite a while.

      • GamingOnLinuxMask of the Rose set to release on June 8th

        Mask of the Rose, the incredibly stylish upcoming dating sim visual novel from Sunless Skies creator Failbetter Games is set to now release on June 8th.

      • GamingOnLinuxBig Ambitions drops Native Linux support shortly after the Steam release

        After being in Beta for a while for pre-orders, Big Ambitions, a role-playing business sim from Hovgaard Games (who previously developed Startup Company) launched in Early Access on Steam and then dropped Native Linux support.

      • Techdirt3DS, Wii U eShop Shutdown Leaves Archivists In The Wind, Hobbyists Pick Up The Pieces

        A little over a year ago, we discussed Nintendo’s shutdown of the eShop for its 3DS and Wii U consoles. That shutdown ended up being delayed due to a metric ton of outcry from the gaming public, but that was only a stay of execution. In a matter of days, those shops will be discontinued, preventing anyone from purchasing any titles in those stores. Many of the titles that are original to those consoles are not available anywhere else. Nintendo has made some vague noises about them becoming available on modern consoles, but all of those plans live at the pleasure of Nintendo executives. Coupled with its extremely litigious nature on matters of intellectual property, that’s how you get to my nicknaming Nintendo as “the Disney of the video game industry.”

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • 9to5LinuxGNOME 44 “Kuala Lumpur” Officially Released, This Is What’s New

          Code-named “Kuala Lumpur” in recognition of the work done by the organizers of GNOME.Asia Summit 2022 conference, GNOME 44 introduces a GTK4 port of the Epihaphy (GNOME Web) web browser, a file chooser grid view for apps that use the standard GTK file chooser, as well as support for adding a WireGuard VPN directly from the Network panel.

          GNOME 44 continues to improve the Quick Settings feature introduced in GNOME 43 by implementing a submenu to the Bluetooth button to more easily and quickly connect or disconnect peripherals, adding descriptions to buttons to easily see their status, and implementing a new feature called Background Apps via a new background monitoring service in XDG portals 1.16.0.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • OpenSource.comWhy your open source project needs a content strategy

      If you search for content strategy in your favorite search engine, I bet that you find that it is a term more strongly associated with marketing content than with technical content. However, a technical content strategy is a powerful way to align stakeholders around content goals for your open source project. In this article, I explore the benefits of technical content strategy and how having one can improve the user and contributor experience of your community projects.

      When developing a content strategy, you should consider your goals. The goals differ depending on the user. For the marketing team, the goal of content strategy is to attract and connect with existing and potential customers by using content. Marketing content strategists aim to engage customers and develop relationships with the brand.

    • OSI BlogResults of 2023 elections of OSI board of directors [Ed: Microsoft Infiltrated OSI Board of Directors After Rigged Elections]

      The polls just closed, the results are in. Congratulations to the returning directors Aeva Black... [Microsoft]

  • Leftovers

    • NPRGwyneth Paltrow appears in a Utah court for a trial over a 2016 ski crash

      The trial is being live streamed on YouTube.

    • Counter PunchDavid Price
    • ScheerpostBy George
    • Counter PunchStaying Alive in a Country of Death

      “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore.”

      So screamed the character Howard Beale in the 1976 movie “Network,” a prescient commentary on the corporate capture and slow suffocation of America. Howard was a prime-time news anchor who’d had enough. To some of his viewers, he was having a mental breakdown on national television. To others, he saw the country as clearly as a prophet, saw it for exactly what it was: a fetid cabal of the rich obsessed with money at the expense of human life and dignity.

    • Emmanuel MaggioriI’ve been employed in tech for years, but I’ve almost never worked

      When Twitter fired half of its employees in 2022, and most tech giants followed suit, I wasn’t surprised. In fact, I think little will change for those companies. After being employed in the tech sector for years, I have come to the conclusion that most people in tech don’t work. I don’t mean we don’t work hard; I mean we almost don’t work at all. Nada. Zilch. And when we do get to do some work, it often brings low added value to the company and its customers. All of this while being paid an amount of money some people wouldn’t even dream of.

      What is happening right now in tech may be one of the greatest market inefficiencies—or even deceptions—in history. I am writing this article because I think outsiders deserve to know what’s really going on in the field.

    • [Old] Jopgether SRLDavid Graeber is dead but the bullshit jobs are still there

      In an interview with the French daily “Le Monde”1, David Graeber recalled that "[bullshit jobs] have multiplied exponentially in recent decades. To be convinced of this, one only has to listen to employees who are aware of the low utility of their jobs (...): the consultant, whose reports are not read by anyone, the assistant stirring the air because his boss needs to justify his hierarchical position, the business lawyer earning money solely thanks to the errors of the system... Millions of people today suffer from a terrible lack of meaning, coupled with a feeling of social uselessness. This may seem paradoxical: in theory, the market economy, which is supposed to maximize profits and efficiency through competition, should not allow these useless jobs to exist. €».

    • The NationBrother Leaves Voicemails from CPEP
    • The NationLetters From the April 3/10, 2023, Issue

      He Was a Mensch

      To say I loved Victor adds little to the commentary, as most everyone felt the same [“Remembering Victor Navasky,” February 20/27]. He was very kind and deeply respectful, fervent in his beliefs yet as lighthearted as one can be while aware of so much injustice, and consistent in integrity and principle. In the years I worked with him, I never saw any hypocrisy, so unusual in a person connected to politics and power.

    • HackadayInfo Sought On A Forgotten Cuban Radio

      Some of the daily normalities of life in the Cold War seem a little surreal from our perspective in 2023, when nuclear bombers no longer come in to land just down the road and you can head off to Poland or Czechia on a whim. Radio amateurs were one of the few groups of civilians whose activities crossed the geopolitical divide, and even though an operator on the other side from ours couldn’t buy a shiny Japanese radio, their homebrew skills matched anything we could do with our Western soldering irons.

    • HackadayIcicle Patterns With Custom Gantry

      [Cranktown City] uses a number of custom-built linear rails used as gantries for various tools in the shop. The first is on a plasma cutter, which is precise but difficult to set up or repair. Another is for mounting a camera, and while it is extremely durable, it’s not the most precise tool in the shop. Hoping to bridge the gap between these two, he’s building another gantry with a custom bearing system, and to test it he’ll be using it to create patterns in icicles hanging from an eave at his shop.

    • Education

      • Inside Higer EdThe Internet Archive Is a Library

        The Internet Archive, a nonprofit library in San Francisco, has grown into one of the most important cultural institutions of the modern age. What began in 1996 as an audacious attempt to archive and preserve the World Wide Web has grown into a vast library of books, musical recordings and television shows, all digitized and available online, with a mission to provide “universal access to all knowledge.”

        Right now, we are at a pivotal stage in a copyright infringement lawsuit against the Internet Archive, still pending, brought by four of the biggest for-profit publishers in the world, who have been trying to shut down core programs of the archive since the start of the pandemic. For the sake of libraries and library users everywhere, let’s hope they don’t succeed.

      • TruthOutLocal Efforts to Resist Right-Wing Attacks on Education Need National Support
      • Common DreamsDemanding Respect for All School Workers, LA Teachers Shut Down 2nd-Largest School District in US

        An estimated 65,000 teachers and school staffers from across Los Angeles walked picket lines in the rain on Tuesday as the city's public school district employees went on strike—but more than half of the picketers were staging the walkout in solidarity, protesting conditions that don't directly affect them.

      • TechdirtSilicon Valley School District Files Laughable, Vexatious RICO Claims Against Big Social Media… But Not Facebook Or Instagram

        Back in January, we wrote about the Seattle public school district filing an absolutely laughable lawsuit against basically all of big social media, based on a bunch of misread and misunderstood studies, and general moral panic that social media must be “bad” for kids. In February, we wrote about the school district in Mesa, Arizona filing a very similar lawsuit (using the same law firm). We wondered if we were going to see a flood of such lawsuits.

    • Hardware

      • [Repeat] ZimbabweThe 1.5TB microSD card is here but your wallet can’t handle it

        Micron’s 1.5TB microSD card can handle five years of continuous 24/7 high-quality recording and its average time between failures (MTBF) is around 2 million hours. This makes this little SD card suitable for video security platforms. That is its intended purpose, not to stick it in a smartphone.

      • Hackaday3D-Printed Parts Don’t Slow Down This Speedy Printer

        Truth be told, we generally find speed sports to be a little boring. Whether it’s cars going around in circles for hours on end or swimmers competing to be a few milliseconds faster than everyone else, we just don’t feel the need for speed. Unless, of course, you’re talking about speedy 3D printers like “The 100”, which claims to produce high-quality prints in a tenth the time of an ordinary printer. In that case, you’ve got our full attention.

      • HackadayDispense 60 Bolts In 2.3 Seconds

        We’ve covered a number of projects that assist makers who need to fill orders for their small businesses, or kitting. [Helmke] has sorted thousands of pieces of hardware that they include with 3D printed parts sold online. They have been developing an alternative, a modular system for sorting and packaging specific quantities of parts.

      • HackadayFresh PCBs For The Quickshot II And II Plus Joysticks

        The Quickshot II was released by Spectravideo in 1983 for the Commodore 64 and compatible systems, with the Quickshot II Plus following the next year. After decades of regular use, it’s quite understandable that these old-timers may be having some functional issues, but as long as the plastic parts are still good, [Stephan Eckweiler]’s replacement PCBs may be just the thing that these joysticks need to revitalize them for another few decades.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • The Straits TimesCovid-19 report based on China samples puts suspicion back on raccoon dog origins

        DNA from raccoon dogs appeared in samples taken from the Wuhan market linked to early Covid-19 cases in 2019.

      • India TimesItaly orders probe into TikTok over dangerous content

        The Italian Competition Authority said its probe, which targets Irish company TikTok Technology Limited, a subsidiary of Chinese-owned TikTok, was sparked by videos of young people "adopting self-harming behaviour", including the "French scar challenge".

      • The HillFormer Trump official says TikTok ‘disguised as candy’ but is ‘cocaine’

        “The way TikTok is programmed, it preys on children,” he said. “It’s disguised as candy, and it’s actually cocaine. And I think this is coming out everywhere.”

      • The NationWe Cannot Countenance Windowless Bedrooms

        First of all, I won’t bother to dissect Fijan’s hypothetical floor plans because I think an architectural analysis misses the point of why this sucks. However, I will say a clever architect is capable of arranging space—even difficult-to-work-with space—in such a way that they can avoid obvious problems like windowless bedrooms. That is literally their job. Second, windows are obviously not the reason rents are high. The reasons rents are high are not in any way architectural, but rather are fundamentally political. Pretending otherwise is a convenient distraction from the realities imposed on the city by predatory developers and landlords, poor urban planning and land use practices leading to low supply, a lack of renter protection, and the G-word—gentrification. Pretty much everywhere, rent used to be cheaper and, guess what, those buildings, at least post–tenement laws, had windows.

      • The NationWhat an Epic Women’s Strike Can Teach Us Over 70 Years Later

        The 53 women and children packed into Grant County Jail on June 16, 1951, were not normally ones for civil disobedience. But eight months into what would become New Mexico’s longest-lasting strike, they felt they had little choice but to put their bodies on the line to demand an end to racially discriminatory labor practices at the Empire Zinc Mine in the tiny town of Hanover.1

      • Common DreamsUK Stokes Health, Nuclear Fears With Decision to Send Ukraine Depleted Uranium Shells

        Dismissing a warning from Russia that it would regard the deployment of Western depleted uranium munitions in Ukraine as an act of nuclear war, a top British defense official said Monday that the United Kingdom will send DU armor-piercing tank rounds to Ukrainian homeland defenders—a move condemned by peace campaigners in the U.K. and beyond.

      • DeSmogBlack Residents of Cancer Alley Sue Local Government for Discrimination in Siting Chemical Facilities

        A discrimination lawsuit filed Tuesday in the Eastern District of Louisiana alleges that the St. James Parish Council steered polluting facilities into Black neighborhoods along the Mississippi River. As a result, Black residents there are forced to breathe in more pollution and face a higher risk of related health problems, according to the suit filed by Inclusive Louisiana, Mount Triumph Baptist Church, and RISE St. James.

        “We’re being ignored and we have to do whatever we have to do to stop it,” said Myrtle Felton, a lifelong resident of St. James Parish and co-founder of Inclusive Louisiana, a community group focused on environmental injustices.

      • Helsinki TimesYou can now purchase medicines in Spain using a Finnish electronic prescription

        The use of Finnish electronic prescriptions in Europe is expanding. Spain is the latest country to join the scheme. In the first phase, six regions in Spain will be included in the service.

      • Helsinki TimesMulticultural children need support from an early age

        Early childhood education experts specializing in multicultural education provide early childhood education professionals with new tools for working with multicultural children.

    • Proprietary

      • India TimesMajority of zero-day flaws exploited in 2022 were in Microsoft, Google and Apple products: Report

        Zero-day vulnerabilities in software products offered by major tech companies like Microsoft, Google, and Apple were largely exploited by hackers in 2022, according to information security firm Mandiant. The report found that operating systems were the most exploited product type, followed by browsers and network management products. Chinese state-sponsored cyber espionage groups were found to have exploited the most zero-day vulnerabilities, with North Korean and Russian actors also among the hackers exploiting the security flaws. The report tracked 55 zero-day vulnerabilities in 2022.

      • Bruce SchneierUS Citizen Hacked by Spyware

        The New York Times is reporting that a US citizen’s phone was hacked by the Predator spyware.

        A U.S. and Greek national who worked on Meta’s security and trust team while based in Greece was placed under a yearlong wiretap by the Greek national intelligence service and hacked with a powerful cyberespionage tool, according to documents obtained by The New York Times and officials with knowledge of the case. [...]

      • IT WireGlobal cybersecurity skills gap increasing: report [iophk: Windows TCO]

        More organisations were impacted financially due to breaches: Nearly 50 per cent of organisations suffered breaches in the past 12 months that cost more than US$1 million to remediate, which is up from 38 per cent of organisations compared to last year’s report.

    • Pseudo-Open Source

      • Openwashing

        • Tech TimesStanford Researchers Create ChatGPT Clone for Just $600: Introducing Alpaca AI

          According to the story by Interesting Engineering, they have unveiled an AI model called Alpaca that works as well as the ChatGPT but was trained for only $600. This low-cost solution to create a model of this power is made possible by an open-source language model called LLaMA 7B from Mark Zuckerberg's company, Meta.

    • Security

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • India TimesTikTok hits 150 million US monthly users, up from 100 million in 2020

          Senate Intelligence Committee chair Mark Warner, who is cosponsoring legislation to give the administration more powers to ban TikTok, said at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast that he did not think TikTok U.S. data was safe.

        • BitestringWeb fingerprinting is worse than I thought

          But companies found another way to uniquely identify you across different sessions and websites without using cookies or other persistent storage. It’s called web fingerprinting. Fingerprinting is a more sophisticated approach to identify a user among millions of others. It works by studying your web browser and hardware configuration. Many websites use a fingerprinting library to generate a unique ID. This library collects data from multiple JavaScript APIs offered by your web browser. For example, websites can see web browser version, number of CPUs on your device, screen size, number of touchpoints, video/audio codecs, operating system and many other details that you would not want a typical news website to see.

          All of these values are combined to generate a unique ID. Surprisingly, each user’s device and browser specifications differ so much that they get a unique ID among millions.

          I did not think web fingerprinting is serious until I came across a company which is actually selling fingerprinting as a service to other websites. I tried their demo and shocked how accurate it is. Many ecommerce websites use it because these fingerprinting companies sell it, saying it prevents credit card frauds and increases security of the websites.

        • TechdirtForget A TikTok Ban, We Need To Regulate Data Brokers And Pass A Real Privacy Law

          We’ve noted for a while now how the great TikTok moral panic of 2023 is largely a distraction. It’s a distraction from the fact we’ve refused to meaningfully regulate dodgy data brokers, who traffic in everything from your daily movement habits to your mental health diagnosis. And it’s a distraction from our corrupt failure to pass even a baseline privacy law for the internet era.

        • TechdirtTSA Confirms Biometric Scanning Soon Won’t Be Optional Even For Domestic Travelers

          Ah, mission creep. The government loves it. Keeps people employed, keeps citizens on their toes, keeps privacy-focused sites in business, etc.

        • OpenRightsGroupORG and the3million challenge Government in the High Court over the Immigration Exemption

          Campaigners have a second judicial review hearing in the High Court on Tuesday 21 March 2023 to challenge the Government over the immigration exemption in the Data Protection Act 2018.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Craig MurrayWhy Would China Be An Enemy?

        I am completely at a loss as to why the UK should seek to join in with the US in considering China an enemy, and in looking to build up military forces in the Pacific to oppose China.

      • Democracy NowWar Made Easy: Norman Solomon on How Mainstream Media Helped Pave Way for U.S. Invasion of Iraq

        As we continue to mark the 20th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, we look at how the corporate U.S. media helped pave the way for war by uncritically amplifying lies and misrepresentations from the Bush administration while silencing voices of dissent. Longtime media critic Norman Solomon says many of the same media personalities and news outlets that pushed aggressively for the invasion then are now helping to solidify an elite consensus around the Ukraine war. “In the mass media, being pro-war is portrayed as objective. Being antiwar is portrayed as being biased,” he says. Solomon is author of War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death and the forthcoming War Made Invisible: How America Hides the Human Toll of Its Military Machine.

      • Counter PunchCriminals at Large: The Iraq War Twenty Years On

        The arrest warrant from the International Criminal Court for Russian President Vladimir Putin came at an opportune moment.€  It was, if nothing else, a feeble distraction over the misdeeds and crimes of other leaders current and former.€ Russia, not being an ICC member country, does not acknowledge that court’s jurisdiction.€  Nor, for that matter, does the United States, despite the evident chortling from US President Joe Biden.

        Twenty years on, former US President George W. Bush, former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, and Australia’s own John Howard, the troika most to blame for not just the criminal invasion of a foreign country but the regional and global cataclysm consequential to it, remain at large.€  Since then, Bush has taken to painting; Blair and Howard have preferred to sell gobbets of alleged wisdom on the lecture circuit.

      • RFERLHungary Obstructs EU Statement On Putin's International Warrant

        Hungary has used its veto power to block a joint statement by European Union member states on the arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Court against Russian President Vladimir Putin, Bloomberg reported on March 21, quoting sources familiar with the matter.

      • RFERLBelarusian Supreme Court Rejects Darya Losik's Appeal Against Her Two-Year Prison Term

        The Supreme Court of Belarus has rejected an appeal filed by Darya Losik, the wife of jailed RFE/RL journalist Ihar Losik, against a two-year prison term she was handed in January for giving an interview to an independent media outlet.

      • RFERLJailed Belarusian RFE/RL Journalist Losik May Be In Solitary Confinement

        Jailed RFE/RL journalist Ihar Losik may still be in solitary confinement, sources told RFE/RL's Belarus Service, following a rights-group report that he had been taken to hospital after cutting himself with a sharp instrument to protest against orders given to him by prison guards.

      • Common DreamsIn America's Creed, Blessed Are the Warmakers

        In April 1953, newly elected President Dwight D. Eisenhower, a retired five-star Army general who had led the landings on D-Day in France in June 1944, gave his most powerful speech. It would become known as his “Cross of Iron” address. In it, Ike warned of the cost humanity would pay if Cold War competition led to a world dominated by wars and weaponry that couldn’t be reined in. In the immediate aftermath of the death of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, Ike extended an olive branch to the new leaders of that empire. He sought, he said, to put America and the world on a “highway to peace.” It was, of course, never to be, as this country’s emergent military-industrial-congressional complex (MICC) chose instead to build a militarized (and highly profitable) highway to hell.

      • Counter PunchAces and Eights: Dealing Death in Iraq
      • SpiegelThe Chechens Fighting on the Ukrainian Side: Acrylic Paints and Urban Combat

        Muslim fighters from Chechnya have a reputation for brutality, and thousands of them are fighting for the Russians in Ukraine. But some have also joined Kyiv in the effort to fend off Putin's troops. What is driving them?

      • MeduzaRussian authorities raid homes of Memorial employees in connection with ‘rehabilitating Nazism’ charges — Meduza

        Russian law enforcement officers searched the homes of multiple employees of the human rights group Memorial on Tuesday morning in connection with felony charges of “rehabilitating Nazism” that were filed against the organization earlier this month.

      • Telex (Hungary)NATO-Ukraine Commission to be convened despite Hungarian opposition
      • Denmark to add war crimes to criminal code

        Denmark is to give international war crimes a specific paragraph in its criminal code, ending its position as one of the last European countries not to have specific laws on war crimes.

      • Counter PunchGovernment Mendacity and Media Complicity Made the Catastrophic Iraq Invasion Possible

        As mainstream U.S. media outlets pause to remember the U.S. invasion of Iraq, it’s clear that there’s a lot they hope we’ll forget – first and foremost, the media’s own active complicity in whipping up public support for the war.

        But the more you dig into mainstream news coverage from that period, as our documentary team did last week when we put together this five-minute montage from our 2007 film War Made Easy, the harder it is to forget how flagrantly news networks across the broadcast and cable landscape uncritically spread the Bush administration’s propaganda and actively excluded dissenting voices.

      • The Straits TimesXi and Putin agree to advance their strategic partnership, as Kishida makes surprise trip to Ukraine

        Mr Xi told Mr Putin the two countries have enjoyed “deepening political mutual trust and convergence of interests".

      • Project CensoredProspects of a US Led Peace Movement in Ukraine and Looking Back at The US War in Iraq 20 Years Later - The Project Censored Show
      • ScheerpostFor 20 Years, Team Bush Has Escaped Prosecution for Their War Crimes in Iraq

        One year after Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, the International Criminal Court charged him with war crimes.

      • Common DreamsInvestigation Belies UK Claim That No Civilians Were Killed in Iraq-Syria Bombings

        British airstrikes targeting Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria likely killed dozens of noncombatants despite claims by U.K. military leaders that no civilians died during such bombings, a major investigation by the monitor group Airwars and The Guardian revealed on Tuesday.

      • Salon"Jaw-dropping": Experts stunned after report reveals new tape of Trump pressuring Georgia official

        A Fulton County grand jury heard a previously unreported recording of former President Donald Trump pressuring a top Georgia Republican to help overturn his election loss in the state, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

      • [Repeat] YLEFinland still purchasing gas from Russia

        According to data from Finnish Customs, Gasum has purchased a total of 175 million euros of [fossil] gas from Russia since February 2022.

      • [Repeat] Atlantic CouncilPutin the Pariah: War crimes arrest warrant deepens Russia’s isolation

        The warrant states that Putin “is allegedly responsible for the war crime of unlawful deportation of population (children) and that of unlawful transfer of population (children) from occupied areas of Ukraine to the Russian Federation. There are reasonable grounds to believe that Putin bears individual criminal responsibility for the aforementioned crimes.”

        The ICC is a comparatively new international organization. It was created in July 1998 and formally established in 2002. At present, 123 countries have ratified its statute. They include all the countries of South America, all EU countries, most of Oceania, and roughly half of Africa. All these countries are now theoretically committed to arresting Putin. No sovereign immunity will shield him.

      • The NationFlouting War Crimes Charges, Putin Visits Occupied Ukrainian Territory

        Kyiv, Ukraine—Two days after a warrant was issued for his arrest by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for forcibly deporting Ukrainian children to Russia, Vladimir Putin toured Russian-occupied Ukrainian land in Crimea and Mariupol. The visit was a brazen show of disrespect for the court and for the victims of Putin’s crimes, as the Russian president strolled by the sites of some of the most horrific human rights abuses so far in this war: the bombings in Mariupol of a theater-turned-shelter that killed 600 people and a maternity ward that killed at least one pregnant woman.

      • Meduza‘I don’t understand why you’re beating me’ Moscow police respond to art event with violence, rape threats, and pro-war slogans — Meduza

        On March 19, Russian police disrupted an event at Open Space, a popular co-working and event space in Moscow, that was dedicated to comic books created by artist Sasha Skochilenko, who’s currently in prison on felony charges of spreading “disinformation” about the Russian military. According to the independent outlet Agentstvo, the speakers at the event didn’t talk about the war in Ukraine; the discussion was dedicated to mental health and Skochilenko’s art. The officers physically beat attendees, threatened to rape them, and set up a bulletin board with messages like “Ukraine is part of Russia.” The St. Petersburg-based outlet Bumaga spoke to one of the victims, a friend of Skochilenko’s named Alexey Belozerov. With Bumaga’s permission, Meduza is publishing a translation of Belozerov’s account.

      • MeduzaCaught off guard How the ICC’s arrest warrant for Putin threw a wrench in the Kremlin’s plans for 2023 — Meduza

        Since the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant against Vladimir Putin on Friday, the Kremlin has done its best to appear unfazed. But multiple sources close to the Russian authorities have told Meduza that the Putin administration was not expecting the court’s announcement, and that the severe restrictions the warrant puts on the president’s ability to travel abroad could poke holes in the image he tries to project at home.

      • MeduzaUkraine Security Service charges popular blogger and Tolstoy dynasty member Artemy Lebedev with justifying Russian aggression — Meduza

        The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has published a press release detailing the suspicions against the popular Russian blogger Artemy Lebedev.

      • MeduzaRussia’s Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin gives Christian name to river in historically indigenous Yamalia — Meduza

        Russia’s Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin has given an order to rename a river that runs through the historically indigenous Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, the largest oil-and-gas producer in the country.

      • Meduza‘Productive forgetting’ Historian Todd Shepard reflects on Russia’s war against Ukraine through the prism of the Algerian War and France’s decolonization — Meduza

        From 1954 to 1962, France waged a bloody war in Algeria, primarily against the Algerian National Liberation Front (FLN). France’s eventual defeat in the Algerian War would become a landmark moment in the history of twentieth century decolonization. However, Paris relinquishing its claim to Algeria hinged on the power of forgetting rather than postwar justice and reconciliation. In an interview with researchers Friedrich Asschenfeldt and Sebastian Hoppe, historian Todd Shepard — a professor at John Hopkins University and the author of the award-winning book, The Invention of Decolonization: The Algerian War and the Remaking of France — reflects on Russia’s war against Ukraine through the prism of the French-Algerian experience.€ 

      • MeduzaUkrainian cargo ship crew rescues Russian sailors who were shipwrecked while attempting to circumnavigate the globe — Meduza

        The Russian Ocean Way is a trimaran whose Russian crew is attempting to sail around the entire globe. On March 16, the boat was shipwrecked off the coast of Chile. Unable to repair the ship’s damaged steering mechanism, the sailors sent out a distress signal. They soon received a response from the Sounion, a cargo ship whose captain lived in Mariupol until he was forced to leave by Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

      • MeduzaKremlin edits video of Putin’s Mariupol visit to remove woman’s cry of ‘It’s all for show!’ — Meduza

        The Kremlin’s press service has edited its official video of Vladimir Putin’s purportedly spontaneous meeting with Mariupol residents, removing a portion during which a woman’s voice could be heard shouting “It’s not real! It’s all for show!” in a previous version.

      • MeduzaAt least three civilians dead after Russian drone strikes on multiple Ukrainian regions — Meduza

        Russia used Iranian-made Shahed drones to launch airstrikes on multiple Ukrainian territories early Wednesday morning, Ukraine’s General Staff has reported.

      • MeduzaRussian forces reportedly repel naval surface drone attack in Sevastopol Bay — Meduza

        Russia’s Black Sea Fleet repelled an attack from multiple naval surface drones in the Sevastopol Bay Wednesday morning, according to Mikhail Razvozhayev, the annexed city’s Russian-installed governor.

    • Transparency/Investigative Reporting

      • Rolling StoneAndrew Tate Built an Empire on Bullshit. Here’s the Real Story

        In one case, a supporter of the Tates showed up at the American accuser’s mother’s house snapping photos. “They are doing everything they can to silence them,” says Haley McNamara, the vice president of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE), an anti-trafficking organization working with some of the Tates’ alleged victims. “It’s a very serious safety concern. It’s something that is likely preventing other survivors from stepping forward.”

        For now, the campaign continues to work. More than 200,000 people have signed a petition begging for the brothers to be released, and have made supportive TikTok videos outside the jail. Earlier this month, the calls for Andrew’s release grew to a fever pitch when reports surfaced that he had cancer, which many of his supporters faithfully tweeted. Tate’s spokesperson later told us that while a “dark spot on his lung” was found during a medical consultation before his arrest, no official diagnosis has been made.

    • Environment

      • Common Dreams​New Biden Monument Designations Don't Make Up for Disastrous Willow Approval: Critics

        Conservation advocates on Tuesday credited yearslong campaigns led by Indigenous groups and other frontline organizers with pushing President Joe Biden to designate two new national monuments in the southwestern U.S., but they also emphasized that the gesture cannot negate the environmental damage that the White House set in motion last week when it approved ConocoPhillips' Willow oil drilling project.

      • Common Dreams'An Act of Climate Denial': Biden Faces Anti-Willow Protests After IPCC Report

        Further emboldened by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's fresh call for rapid emission cuts, campaigners are planning to rally outside the U.S. Interior Department on Tuesday morning to protest the Biden administration's approval of a massive oil drilling project that—if completed—would spew millions of tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each year.

      • Democracy NowRemembering Mozambican Rapper Azagaia: Police Crack Down on Protests After Death of Cultural Icon

        We speak with Dipti Bhatnagar, climate justice activist based in Mozambique, about the recent death on March 9 of the popular rapper and cultural icon Azagaia. He was just 38 years old. He inspired many with his music and sang about injustice, including mistreatment of people by the authorities, as well as about poverty and social injustice. Azagaia’s death has sparked protests in Mozambique which authorities have violently suppressed.

      • Democracy NowU.N. Warns “Climate Time Bomb Is Ticking” as Cyclone Freddy Death Toll Tops 560 in Malawi & Mozambique

        In a major new report released Monday, the United Nations is calling for immediate and drastic cuts to greenhouse gas emissions in order to stop global warming. The “final warning” by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change comes as the death toll from Cyclone Freddy just swept through southeast Africa, killing hundreds of people and displacing hundreds of thousands more. Climate justice activist Dipti Bhatnagar with Friends of the Earth Mozambique describes it as “yet another reminder that climate impacts are not in the future but very much happening to our communities right now.” We also continue our conversation with environmental activists Bill McKibben, co-founder of 350.org, and Ben Jealous, executive director of the Sierra Club.

      • Common DreamsCourt Rules Greta Thunberg, Others Can Sue Sweden for 'Insufficient Climate Policy'

        A Swedish court on Tuesday ruled that hundreds of youth climate activists including Greta Thunberg can collectively sue Sweden for the government's "insufficient climate policy."

      • The Local SESwedish court to hear young people's climate lawsuit against the state

        Three hundred young people including activist Greta Thunberg will get to make their case after a Swedish court agreed to hear their lawsuit accusing the state of climate inaction.

      • Common DreamsBritish Head of Deep Sea Authority Accused of Pushing for 'Reckless' Mining

        As delegates from 36 countries convene in Kingston, Jamaica for a summit on the deep sea, a number of diplomats are accusing the administrative head of the United Nations-affiliated International Seabed Authority of trying to push the body to approve a mining application without first finalizing regulations on how the project should move forward.

      • Common Dreams'Climate Homicide': Experts Say Big Oil Should Be Held Criminally Liable for Disaster Deaths

        Fossil fuel corporations—the primary drivers of the climate emergency—are facing dozens of civil lawsuits that could see them pay billions of dollars for knowingly unleashing environmental destruction.

      • Common DreamsSenior Climate Activists Rally Across US to 'Stop Dirty Banks'

        Thousands of seniors outraged at big banks for continuing to underwrite the expansion of coal, oil, and gas projects took to the streets in cities across the United States on Tuesday to demand that financial institutions "stop funding climate chaos."

      • Energy/Transportation

      • Wildlife/Nature

        • Counter PunchNew Mining Push Threatens Bitterroot and Salmon Rivers

          Rising tensions between the US and China have led the Biden Administration to announce a campaign for production of rare earth minerals used for production of electric vehicle batteries, parts for jet engines, computer chips and more. Securing a Made in America Supply Chain for Critical Minerals is touted as “Breaking Dependence on China and Boosting Sustainable Practices.” However, ramping up production of rare earths has ramifications for some of America’s most iconic wildlands and rivers.

          For example, existing and projected cobalt mining in the Panther Creek area in Idaho affects roadless wildlife and fish habitat just outside of the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness near the Main Fork of the Salmon River. In another area a special mining district was grandfathered inside the Frank and now this vast Wilderness and its salmon and bull trout populations are threatened by potential mining.

        • Telex (Hungary)The latest from Arte: After last year's brutal wildfires, this year, European countries prepare for summer together
        • RFANorth Korea removes fishing restrictions in the Yellow Sea

          Authorities promise a ‘great wind’ of freshly caught fish, but people doubt the fish are for them.

      • Overpopulation

        • UNFlagship UN report extolls win-win water partnerships to avert global crisis

          Globally, two billion people do not have safe drinking water and 3.6 billion lack access to safely managed sanitation, the report found.

          The global urban population facing water scarcity is projected to potentially double from 930 million in 2016 to between 1.7 and 2.4 billion people, in 2050.

          [...]

          The commodification of water will “derail achievement of the SDGs and hamper efforts to solve the global water crisis”, the experts said.

        • RTLUN warns against 'vampiric' global water use

          The report, published by UN Water and Unesco, warns that "scarcity is becoming endemic" because of overconsumption and pollution, while global warming will increase seasonal water shortages in both areas with abundant water and those already strained.

          Richard Connor, the lead author of the report, said that about 10% of the global population "currently lives in areas that are high or critical water stress".

        • France24UN warns 'vampiric' water use leading to 'imminent' global crisis

          "If nothing is done, it will be a business-as-usual scenario -- it will keep on being between 40 percent and 50 percent of the population of the world that does not have access to sanitation and roughly 20-25 percent of the world will not have access to safe water supply."

        • Bankok Post'Vampiric' water use leading to 'imminent' global crisis, UN warns

          That high number does not even take into account pollution from pharmaceuticals, chemicals, pesticides, microplastics and nanomaterials.

          To ensure access to safe drinking water for all by 2030, current levels of investment would have to be tripled, the report says.

    • Finance

      • TruthOutWarren, Sanders Call for End to Rules Letting Billionaire Dynasties Dodge Taxes
      • The NationWhat Elizabeth Warren, Larry Summers, and Paul Krugman All Got Wrong About SVB

        When Silicon Valley Bank went down, many progressives, and much of the media, immediately pointed to malfeasance, special pleading and regulatory failures—a conditioned response with a strong pedigree. But if those were the real causes, then SVB (and Signature, and First Republic) would have been isolated cases. It’s clear now that they were not. A systemic crisis is unfolding—with a systemic cause.

      • The NationElizabeth Warren Is Right: Jerome Powell Should Be Held to Account

        The fallout from the collapse of California’s Silicon Valley Bank continues to rock financial and political circles. There is plenty of finger-pointing and blame-laying going on. But Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren reminds us that a lot more attention needs to be paid to the role that Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell played in the collapse that continues to shake confidence in the banking system.

      • Democracy Now“Stop Dirty Banks”: Bill McKibben & Ben Jealous on Ending Big Bank Funding for Fossil Fuel Expansion

        We speak with Third Act founder Bill McKibben and Sierra Club executive director Ben Jealous about protests they’ve organized today across the United States to demand the four biggest banks — Chase, Citi, Wells Fargo and Bank of America — stop financing the expansion of fossil fuel projects.

      • Common DreamsBiden DOL Praised for Historic Suit Over Using Debt Threat to Stop Workers From Quitting

        Workers' rights advocates are applauding the Biden administration this week for filing a historic lawsuit against a Brooklyn-based healthcare staffing agency for coercive contracts that allegedly violate federal labor law.

      • ScheerpostNew York Times Tries for Pulitzer Prize in Irresponsible Reporting on Bank Crises

        By The Center for Economic and Policy Research The New York Times seems to think it is a newspaper’s job to promote bank panics wherever possible. It would be difficult to explain its reporting on the Silicon Valley Bank’s (SVB) collapse any other way. Last week it ran a€ piece€ implying that Silicon Valley’s tech sector was […]

      • Counter PunchBanking Crisis 2023: Deep Origins and Future Directions

        It’s more than a week since the collapse of the Silicon Valley Bank, the 16th largest bank in the US at the time of its collapse and reportedly a source of funding for half of all the tech start ups in the US.

        It’s now become clear the more general banking crisis that has emerged is not due simply to a rogue, mismanaged bank that over-extended itself during the recent tech boom and then somehow mysteriously imploded in just 72 hours, March 7-9, until seized by the FDIC on the morning of March 10, 2023.

      • DeSmogCorporate Greed Is a Root Cause of Rail Disasters Around the World

        On February 25, Greece experienced its deadliest rail disaster ever when a freight train ran headlong into a passenger train coming towards it on the same track, killing 57 people. This tragic accident, near the city of Larissa, occurred just weeks after the East Palestine, Ohio rail disaster, and while the outcomes are different, the root cause is the same: corporate greed and deregulation.€ 

        While two trains colliding on the same tracks might seem unfathomable to Americans, it shouldn’t be. A similar accident occurred in Texas in 2016, a year after the U.S. rail industry refused to meet a Congressionally mandated deadline for installing a safety system called positive train control, which would have prevented the accident.

      • Danish banks ’well equipped’ for financial instability

        Denmark’s banking sector is well equipped to deal with potential instability should uncertainty seen at some international banks reach Denmark, according to a national risk assessment council.

      • teleSURUK Rail Union Accepts Improved Pay Offer

        Turnout in the RMT ballot was nearly 90 percent, with 76 percent voting to accept the new offer covering pay, jobs and conditions. The vote means "the end of the trade dispute" with Network Rail.

      • teleSURThe French Prepare National Strike Against Pension Reform

        Trade unions warned that there would be mass protests if President€ Macron approved this reform,€ which requires citizens 43 years of contributions to receive a full pension.

      • teleSURIMF Reaches Staff-Level Deal With Somalia

        Authorities are committed to continuing to improve revenue collection and make room for priority spending while containing discretionary expenditure pressures in 2023.

      • Common DreamsSenate Dems Urge Treasury Chief to Crack Down on Rich Tax Dodgers

        Four U.S senators this week called on Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen to use her existing authority to go after American billionaires and multimillionaires who "use trusts to shift wealth to their heirs tax-free, dodging federal estate and gift taxes."

      • Common DreamsCritics Warn Another Fed Rate Hike Would Be the 'Straw That Breaks the Camel's Back'

        Federal Reserve policymakers convened Tuesday for a two-day meeting that will culminate in a decision with major implications for the U.S. and global economies, which have been jarred by recent banking sector chaos and growing fears of a broader financial crisis.

      • Common DreamsMaking Sense of the Latest Global Banking Crisis

        The banking crisis that hit Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) last week has spread. We recall with a shudder two recent financial contagions: the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis, which led to a deep Asian recession, and the 2008 Great Recession, which led to a global downturn. The new banking crisis hits a world economy already disrupted by pandemic, war, sanctions, geopolitical tensions, and climate shocks.

      • Common DreamsReckless Capitalist Banks Rescued by Government Socialism – Again!

        Once again, government socialism—ultimately backed by taxpayers—is saving reckless midsized banks and their depositors. Silicon Valley Bank (S.V.B) and Signature Bank in New York greedily mismanaged their risk levels and had to be closed down. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), in return, to avoid a bank panic and a run on other midsized banks went over its $250,000 insurance cap per account and guaranteed all deposits—no matter how large, which are owned by the rich and corporations—in those banks.

      • Counter PunchRegulation is Not a Mantra

        An item in Ezra Klein’s NYT column last weekend really grabbed by attention. Ezra cited a Wall Street Journal column that claimed that the Federal Reserve Board’s stress tests would not have detected Silicon Valley Bank’s (SVB) problems, because its stress tests did not consider interest rate risk.

        This struck me as close to crazy. How could a stress test not consider interest rate risk? I recalled the stress tests that the Fed and Treasury performed very publicly in March of 2009, in the middle of the financial crisis. These tests did not consider interest rate risk for the simple reason that, at that point in time, soaring interest rates seemed about as likely as a Martian invasion.

      • Counter PunchThe Disastrous Deregulation Merry-Go-Round

        The recent bank crisis that saw the collapse of the Silicon Valley and Signature Banks is now being blamed on the deregulation bill passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump in 2018. Just to keep the record straight, the measure was supported by numerous Democrats as well as Republicans, including Montana’s Senators Democrat Tester and Republican Daines.

      • Common DreamsCurbing Bad Behavior of Bank CEOs Isn't as Hard as They Make It Seem

        Greg Becker, the deposed chief executive of Silicon Valley Bank, is facing growing demands to cough up the millions of dollars he raked in from stock sales soon before the bank’s sudden demise.

      • Common DreamsThe Fed Now Has Another Reason to Halt Anti-Worker Rate Hikes

        The debate over the Federal Reserve’s proper course of action for the rest of 2023 was getting a little stagnant in recent months. The argument centered on whether inflation’s persistence was really a sign of an overheated economy that still needed cooling or if it was due to stubbornly large—but dampening—ripples stemming from the huge pandemic and war shocks of previous years. The recent failures of Silicon Valley and Signature banks and chaos in other corners of the banking sector definitely provide a new twist to this debate.

      • Common DreamsFrom Mass Evictions to Education Cuts, Dem Warns GOP Austerity Would Cause 'Irreparable Damage'

        The top Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee on Monday released letters from federal agencies that together provide a detailed look at the implications of the House GOP's proposed budget cuts, which would take an axe to programs that help millions of people make rent, feed their families, and afford childcare.

      • RFAChina’s graduates hit back as Communist Party tells them not to be picky over jobs

        The party’s youth wing says having a degree shouldn’t stop young people rolling up their sleeves.

      • TruthOutPhiladelphia Aims to Start Guaranteed Income Program for New Parents by 2024
      • TruthOutPhiladelphia Will Pay $9M to Settle George Floyd Protesters’ Suit Over Brutality
      • TruthOutNationwide Protests Demand End of Big Bank Funding for Fossil Fuel Expansion
      • TruthOutNew Assessments From Federal Agencies Underscore Harm of GOP Budget Cuts
      • The NationEnlightenment From Below

        The late David Graeber was an anarchist, an activist, and an anthropologist—and a master storyteller. Throughout his career, he explored issues of power, freedom, and social justice, usually over a lengthy period of time, and he embedded his analysis in rich, evocative anecdotes. In Debt: The First 5,000 Years, he chronicled the “everyday communism” that is the basis of human society and the ways in which various kinds of debt came to overlay it as a lever of power and injustice. In The Dawn of Everything, cowritten with David Wengrow, he proposed nothing less than an alternative origin and history for human civilization. Everything Graeber wrote was simultaneously a genealogy of the present and an account of what a just society might look like.1

      • Pro PublicaSenators Had Questions for the Maker of a Rent-Setting Algorithm. The Answers Were “Alarming.”

        After a ProPublica investigation last year, a group of senators demanded answers from a real estate tech company that helps landlords set rents across the country.

        The investigation revealed how some of the nation’s biggest landlords share proprietary information with RealPage, a Texas company whose software uses the data to recommend rent prices for available units. Legal experts say the arrangement may facilitate cartel-like behavior among landlords, who could use the software to coordinate pricing.

      • ATMs Running Low on Cash and Even Out of Cash (Manchester, England)
    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • Killeen Daily Herald, Texas'Winnie the Pooh' film pulled from Hong Kong cinemas

        Public screenings of a slasher film that features Winnie the Pooh were scrapped abruptly in Hong Kong on Tuesday, sparking discussions over increasing censorship in the city.

        Film distributor VII Pillars Entertainment announced on Facebook that the release of “Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey” on Thursday had been canceled with “great regret” in Hong Kong and neighboring Macao.

      • NBCAnti-porn bills in 8 states could force device makers to censor sexual material

        In interviews with NBC News, the authors of the original blueprint legislation ​​ — representatives from the National Center on Sexual Exploitation and Protect Young Eyes, both advocacy organizations focused on child safety — said that the original intention of the model bill was to compel device manufacturers to automatically turn on adult filters for web browsers and not other applications. Those filters were already on phones, but not on by default, in 2019 when the draft legislation was first created.

        But Chris McKenna, founder and CEO of Protect Young Eyes, acknowledged that the legislation could also end up applying to other device-level filters created in recent years that some might consider more invasive.

      • Literary HubWhy I Decided to Update the Language in Ursula K. Le Guin’s Children’s Books

        As Ursula’s literary executor, I recently faced a similar decision. My mother, known for her young adult and adult novels, also wrote several children’s books. A multigenerational fan base has kept her Catwings books in print in the US since the 1980s. I was excited to move the books to a new publisher last year.

        As we began work on the new editions, I received an unexpected note from the editor: “I’m writing to propose several minor changes to the language… to remove words that now have a different connotation than when the books were originally published.” The words in question were “lame,” “queer,” “dumb,” and “stupid,” a total of seven instances across three books.

      • QuillettePeer Review as Shadow Cancelling

        Fake reviews, vindictive editors, ignorant reviewers, “moderation” without reading, rejections for want of “a critical theory lens,” retention of submissions for a year without review, and defamation. If you think I gathered these abuses of peer review in only “woke” fields, think again. They’re problems in the hardest of sciences. And if you think academics can avoid these abuses by keeping out of politics, think again. Submissions are being rejected for their subjects or conclusions.

        I received more stories of abuses than were released for publication, because of fears of professional retaliation. I will publish here only stories from academics prepared to go on the record, including myself.

      • RTLIndian state extends internet ban in hunt for Sikh separatist

        The blackout extension came after supporters of Amritpal Singh were filmed vandalising India's consulate in San Francisco. A similar disturbance also took place in London.

        Authorities in the northern state of Punjab launched a major search on Saturday for Singh, who has risen to prominence in recent months demanding the creation of Khalistan, a separate Sikh homeland.

      • TechdirtAntisemitism On Twitter Has More Than Doubled Since Elon Musk Took Over

        In the days after Elon Musk€ took over Twitter€ in October 2022, the social media platform saw a “surge in hateful conduct,” which its€ then safety chief put down to€ a “focused, short-term trolling campaign.” New research suggests that when it comes to antisemitism, it was anything but.

      • RFAOpposition activists arrested in Phnom Penh after online comments about king

        The comments on Facebook seemed to compare Prime Minister Hun Sen with King Norodom Sihamoni.

      • TechdirtAppeals Court Says Nope To Florida Governor’s ‘Stop Woke’ Law, Denies Request To Lift Injunction Against It

        Playing to a crowd no one should desire to associate with, Donald Trump understudy Ron DeSantis has been saddling his constituents with a variety of noisy, performative legislation.

      • MeduzaAnti-Corruption Foundation: Navalny’s penal colony pays double market prices for cabbage and onions — Meduza

        IK-6, the penal colony where the opposition politician Alexey Navalny is serving his sentence in Russia’s Vladimir region, is paying double the market prices, or even higher, for the food it purchases from wholesale vendors. This is the subject of a new investigation published by Navalny’s associates at Anti-Corruption Foundation.

      • MeduzaSelf-described ’non-existent’ anti-Putin partisan movement Black Bridge claims responsibility for fire that killed four at FSB Border Service building — Meduza

        The anti-Putin partisan movement Black Bridge has claimed responsibility for setting the fire at an FSB Border Service building in Rostov-on-Don that killed at least four people last week.

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • The NationWhat Justice Really Means for Sexual Assault Survivors

        When the notorious predator Harvey Weinstein was twice convicted of sexual assault and sentenced to prison, he joined the estimated 1 percent of rapists who are actually punished for their crimes. Making an example of him is certainly instructive to the wider community that has tolerated such abuses for years, but it may provide cold comfort to the survivors of his abuse. This is because survivors’ visions of justice often differ greatly from the resolution that the criminal justice system offers. Rather than simply punishing one particularly egregious offender, they want their communities to hold everyone who enabled his crimes to be held accountable. As Daniel, a survivor of childhood sexual abuse by a Catholic priest in the Boston archdiocese, told me, he wanted some consequences for Cardinal Bernard Francis Law, who had knowingly covered up hundreds of cases over decades. “I’d like to see him stripped of his position of authority, his big diamond ring and his scepter and all that. I’d like to see him do something humbling, community service that’s not schmoozing, not fun, not glamorous. They should sell his mansion and give the proceeds to victims.”

      • Michael West MediaState of No Dissent: Liberals, Labor double down on protest laws despite Coco judgement

        Labor and Liberal parties doubled down on their support for harsh anti-protest laws after a District Court judge overturned a 15 month prison sentence given to activist Deane Violet Coco last year. Wendy Bacon has the story.

        The Perrottet government’s response to a NSW District Court Judge Mark Williams decision to overturn harsh sentences given to Violet Coco and her co-accused firefighter Alan Glover was to commit monitoring the laws and consider making them even stronger if it wins the NSW election on Saturday.€ 

      • Counter PunchAdvancing Parole Board Reform in Alabama

        In the “land of the free” and “home of the brave,” and perhaps nowhere more than in Alabama, the overuse of incarceration—physically and psychologically ripping families apart instead of doing more to address the root causes of crime—has to change.

        The insidious, inhuman harm mass incarceration inflicts affects us all. But by the same token, it’s important to acknowledge, especially as Alabama sets course on building a billion-dollar prison, it’s poor Black and brown families at every turn who suffer most in our criminal “justice” system. Disproportionately it’s poor Black and brown men and women whose futures some Alabama officials are conspicuously conscribing in outrageously overpriced, to-be-built, cells.

      • Counter PunchSome Good News for the Women of Honduras

        When the news first came out, we were in shock. Then came a slow calm of disbelief. This is an old habit inherited from the 2009 coup, when every time we thought the repression would ease up and that the world was not going to put up with such nonsense in the 21st century, the regimen imposed new measures. One of those was the executive decree that prohibited the emergency contraception pill (ECP), aimed at the rights of all women.

        We learned to normalize bad news, as if it were a change in the weather, with impassiveness and resignation.

      • RTLSuit says Meta board 'turned blind eye' to human trafficking

        A shareholder lawsuit filed late Monday accuses board members of Instagram and Facebook parent Meta of shirking their duties by ignoring human and sex trafficking on the tech giant's social platforms.

        The suit filed in the Court of Chancery in the US state of Delaware calls for Mark Zuckerberg, along with other executives and board members, to be ordered to institute reforms and pay damages.

      • Sky NewsChannel crossings: People smugglers are 'settling in Britain, renting houses and investing profits in UK businesses'

        He said that migrants arriving at the camps near Calais and Dunkirk would quickly be introduced to intermediaries acting on behalf of smugglers, and would then choose which to go with.

      • TruthOutBBC Disciplined Commentator Who Spoke Out Against UK’s Anti-Immigrant Law
      • EFFCivil Rights Organizations File Amicus Brief in Support of EFF Lawsuit Against Discriminatory SFPD Surveillance

        At the height of the George Floyd protests in 2020, the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) spied on thousands of demonstrators in real time by using a business district’s network of over 300 cameras. The SFPD targeted protests against police brutality led by Black people and other people of color,€ chilling future racial justice protests by making people less likely to come out in the future out of fear of reprisals from police. The SFPD’s surveillance also violated San Francisco’s Surveillance Technology Ordinance—fought for by marginalized groups—which requires city agencies to get the Board of Supervisors’ approval before using surveillance technology. The SFPD failed to get Board approval, so€ EFF and the ACLU of Northern California sued€ San Francisco on behalf of three community organizers and the case is now on appeal.

        This January, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus (ALC) and Black Movement Law Project (BMLP), along with 18 other civil rights and grassroots organizations, filed an amicus brief in support of our lawsuit. These organizations detailed SFPD’s long history of spying on San Francisco’s communities of color and political dissidents. In the 1890s, for example, SFPD’s “Chinatown Squad”—one of the country’s earliest police forces used explicitly to address a panic over “ethnic crime”—was raiding Chinese homes and businesses and in some cases physically destroying them with axes. This was shortly after the city spent two decades surveilling Chinatown and mapping every room of every building there.

        A century later, in the 1970s, SFPD rebranded the “Chinatown Squad” as a “Gang Task Force,” which ultimately lost a class-action lawsuit for dragnet surveillance and arrests in Chinese communities. Around the same time, the SFPD’s Intelligence Unit wiretapped and spied on meetings of groups that fought for civil rights or against imperialism. After 9/11, the police chief called for recreating the Intelligence Unit and joked publicly about Arab residents of the city blowing up buildings. Shortly after, a civil rights coalition uncovered records showing that SFPD stopped auditing its intelligence gathering and secretly agreed to share information with the FBI.

      • Papers PleaseAirlines want even more people put on the no-fly list

        Undeterred by the manifest unfairness of the US government’s current no-fly list, some airlines and their allies are apparently renewing a campaign they began last year to get Congress to create yet another extrajudicial procedure by which the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) could put even more people on the US no-fly list.

        Seriously? Can anyone really think that the way to make the current bloated and bigoted no-fly list more fair is to add even more names to it? That what the TSA needs is more authority to impose arbitrary and judicially unreviewable sanctions on disfavored members of the traveling public? That the branch of the government best qualified to exercise the power to make decisions that restrict people’s rights and in some cases would cost them their livelihood, perhaps for life, is the TSA?

        This is exactly the wrong way to go. If a bill to protect air travelers is going to be reintroduced and considered in Congress, it should be the Freedom to Travel Act.

      • Pro PublicaAs New York Pays Out Millions In Police Misconduct Settlements, Lawmakers Ask Why They Keep Happening

        Nearly two decades ago, the New York Police Department drew national headlines for its violent response to protests outside the 2004 Republican National Convention. Officers wrapped demonstrators in orange mesh netting and shipped them off to a dirty Manhattan pier, where they were fingerprinted and held, some for more than 24 hours.

        The protesters sued, and after years of tense litigation, the city settled what the New York Civil Liberties Union then called the “largest protest settlement in history” — an $18 million payout to resolve claims that the police had violated the civil rights of about 1,800 people.

      • Pro PublicaHave a Student in New Mexico Schools? Here Is What to Know About How School Discipline Works.

        This is a guide to school discipline in New Mexico and Gallup-McKinley County Schools. You can print and share a short copy of this guide.

      • Telex (Hungary)European Parliament joins lawsuit against Hungary over anti-gay law
      • Telex (Hungary)The Gypsies just stand there silently, as if waiting for God to bless them too
      • New YorkerPakistani Women Are Not All Right

        The country’s annual march for women’s rights was a defiant act of self-assertion that once again sparked panic and condemnation from conservatives.

      • Helsinki TimesEva: Gender gap in party preferences has continued to widen in Finland

        THE DIVERGENCE of party preferences among men and women has increased in Finland.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • HackadayBitTorrent For Language Models

        In the old days of the Internet, FTP was sufficient for downloading the occasional file. But with the widespread use of computer audio and video, it was easy to swamp an FTP server so — eventually — BitTorrent was born. The idea was you would download bits and pieces of a file from different places and, in theory, people would download bits and pieces that you have if they need them. Now Petals wants to use this same method with language models. These AI language models are all the rage, but they take significant computer resources. The idea behind Petals is like BitTorrent. You handle a small part of the model (about 8 gigabytes which is small compared to the 352 gigabytes required), and other people have other parts.

    • Monopolies

      • India TimesGoogle denies destroying 'chat' evidence in US antitrust lawsuit

        Alphabet Inc's Google has denied intentionally destroying evidence in the U.S. Justice Department's antitrust lawsuit over the company's search business, in a response to the government's bid for sanctions in federal court.

        The Justice Department last month alleged Google failed to preserve certain internal corporate "chat" communications. The DOJ said Google told U.S. investigators in 2019 that the company had put a hold on allowing auto-deletion of those instant messaging records.

      • VarietyWGA Would Allow Artificial Intelligence in Scriptwriting, as Long as Writers Maintain Credit

        But contrary to some expectations, the guild is not proposing an outright ban on the use of AI technology.

        Instead, the proposal would allow a writer to use ChatGPT to help write a script without having to share writing credit or divide residuals. Or, a studio executive could hand the writer an AI-generated script to rewrite or polish and the writer would still be considered the first writer on the project.

      • Pro PublicaDeSantis Privately Called for Google to Be “Broken Up”

        Florida governor Ron DeSantis has frequently railed against “Big Tech.” He has accused Google, Facebook and Twitter of silencing conservative voices.

        But in private, DeSantis has gone even further.

      • ScheerpostDeSantis Privately Called for Google to Be ‘Broken Up’

        In previously unreported videos from a closed-door Teneo Network conference, Florida's Republican governor takes his anti-big tech rhetoric beyond what he has said publicly.

      • Patents

      • Copyrights

        • Creative CommonsChristian Dawson — Open Culture VOICES, Season 2 Episode 7

          Open Culture VOICES is a series of short videos that highlight the benefits and barriers of open culture as well as inspiration and advice on the subject of opening up cultural heritage. Christian Dawson is the Executive Director of the MHz Foundation which provides technology tools for GLAM institutions and organizations to improve their open access programs. Christian has worked with numerous organizations which now share their collections openly thanks to the work of the MHz Foundation and Curationist.

        • Torrent FreakRIAA Hunts Pre-Release Music Pirates Behind UnreleasedSounds.gg

          Music streaming apps like Spotify offer more than 100 million tracks but for some, nothing sounds better than leaked, unreleased music. 'Unreleased Sounds' is a site dedicated to this type of content and already linked to many high-profile leaks. After an artist, linked to Avicii, asked fans not to buy "stolen" music last year, the RIAA now wants to know who's behind the site.

        • Torrent FreakInternet Archive's Copyright Battle with Book Publishers Nears Climax

          A copyright lawsuit filed by major book publishers against the Internet Archive is set to define the boundaries of digital book lending. The parties shared their positions at a New York federal court yesterday. The Internet Archive claims that its library is protected by fair use and does no harm to rightsholders. For their part, the book publishers see massive infringement and damages.

        • TechdirtWhy Link Taxes Like Canada’s C-18 Represent An End To An Open Web

          Well, here we go again. For years now, the legacy news industry, often led by lobbyists for Rupert Murdoch, have been pushing a bizarre plan to tax links on the internet. The entire rationale for this plan seems to be “news organizations used to be rolling in easy money, they failed to innovate with the times, and now Google and Meta are rolling in easy money, so we should just make Google and Meta give news orgs cash.”

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • 🔤SpellBinding: DLOPRYU Wordo: SCART
      • degree crisis

        I feel burnt out and unenthusiastic about my degree. My grade average currently is 1.5 (not the American kind where 4 is good, but the reverse, so I am actually pretty good so far). This current assignment is absolutely horrible and it's pushing me to my limits in a bad way that is entirely unneccessary. I just can't look at this document anymore. I spent 2 months working on it and I am done. I have lost all oversight over it, it confuses me, I fight to get back into the topic mentally every day. Specific parts have been written by me so long ago they don't even feel like mine and I forget they exist in the document. I lost the plot, because I've been looking so much at this that I cannot see it with a fresh, curious mind anymore. I am beaten.

      • Taking visions with ChatGPT

        Artificial intelligence has some good things to say, surprisingly, but it is by no means perfect. But it can be a useful tool (or a "mirror") to help clarify my thoughts.

      • A brief statement regarding my past involvement in a cult

        This is a brief statement from me regarding my past involvement in a dubious religious sect, and to clarify the present status.

        Some readers may recognize me as a de facto "leader"-like figure in a quasi-religious movement, so-called "Filianism."

    • Technical

      • Internet/Gemini


* Gemini (Primer) links can be opened using Gemini software. It's like the World Wide Web but a lot lighter.



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