Links 24/7/2021: Skrooge 2.26.1 and K-9 Mail Release

Posted in News Roundup at 4:58 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • ARM and NVIDIA Gaming Chromebooks are in the works

        One day soon we will see serious Arm gaming Chromebooks. With realistic ray-traced graphics. Rendered on a NVIDIA graphics card. Pinch me, I must be dreaming!
        A few months ago, our very own Gabriel Brangers reported on an official announcement from NVIDIA about them combining an Arm CPU with an NVIDIA RTX dGPU. This is likely part of NVIDIA’s overall plan of buying Arm (the company) so the synergy here makes a lot of sense. More details have finally been revealed about this work including official development tools being provided for Chromium/Chrome OS, not just Linux. NVIDIA has explicitly stated they have software development kits (SDKs) for Chromium OS.

    • Server

      • What Is Kubernetes and What Is It Used For?

        Thousands of new apps and programs are developed and released every day. Developers are constantly on the lookout for tools that can streamline the development and testing of their apps. A well-developed app that has gone through rigorous testing will end up being successful upon its release.

        Kubernetes is a platform that makes it possible for developers to deploy, schedule and manage their containerized applications. It may sound a bit technical to you right now, and that’s okay. If you find yourself asking: “what is Kubernetes,” or “what is Kubernetes used for?”, keep reading to find out.

      • Microsoft Has Now Its Own Linux Distribution Builder, CBL-Mariner [Ed: This does not imply love and may suggest E.E.E.]
    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Kernel Space

      • Intel To Finally Remove Cannon Lake Graphics Support From Their Linux Kernel Driver – Phoronix

        Intel “Cannon Lake” processors were rare in the first place with being limited to the Core i3 8121U but given that no production SKU ever materialized with the “Gen10″ graphics enabled, Intel’s Linux engineers are finally moving ahead in eliminating the rest of the Cannon Lake / Gen10 graphics support code.

      • New Important Kernel Update Released for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 and CentOS 7 Users

        The new kernel security update patches a 7-years-old privilege escalation flaw (CVE-2021-33909) discovered by Qualys Research Labs in Linux kernel’s filesystem layer, which could allow an unprivileged user to create, mount, and then delete a large directory structure of over 1GB in size.

        It also patches two use-after-free vulnerabilities (CVE-2021-33033 and CVE-2021-33034) discovered in Linux kernel’s CIPSO network packet labeling protocol functionality and Bluetooth HCI driver respectively, which could allow a local attacker to crash the system, execute arbitrary code, or escalate their privileges on the system.

    • Benchmarks

      • Loongson 3A5000 Benchmarks For These New Chinese CPUs Built On The LoongArch ISA

        While Loongson has been known for their MIPS-based Loongson chips that are open-source friendly and have long been based on MIPS, with MIPS now being a dead-end, the Chinese company has begun producing chips using its own “LoongArch” ISA. The first Loongson 3A5000 series hardware was just announced and thanks to the company apparently using the Phoronix Test Suite and OpenBenchmarking.org we have some initial numbers.

        Announced this week was the Loongson 3A5000 as their first LoongArch ISA chip that is quad-core with clock speeds up to 2.3~2.5GHz. Loongson 3A5000 offers a reported 50% performance boost over their prior MIPS-based chips while consuming less power and now also supporting DDR4-3200 memory. The Loongson 3A5000 series is intended for domestic Chinese PCs without relying on foreign IP and there is also the 3A5000LL processors intended for servers.

        While the 3A5000 series was just announced, in the past few days some party in China — likely Loongson themselves — have begun uploading benchmark results from the Phoronix Test Suite to OpenBenchmarking.org. The past few days has seen several Loongson-3A5000 benchmarks uploaded. But going back to last month are also many Loongson 3A5000 benchmarks in general.

    • Applications

      • Firewalld 1.0 Firewall Management Tool is Here with Big Improvements

        Ten years after its first release, Firewalld reached version 1.0. The biggest change is removing Python 2 support.

        Firewalld is front-end controller for iptables and nftables used to implement persistent network traffic rules. It provides command line and graphical interfaces and is available in the repositories of most Linux distributions. The name Firewalld adheres to the Unix convention of naming system daemons by appending the leter “d”.

        Firewalld is easier to manage and configure than iptables. It offer a very flexible way to handle the firewall management compared to iptables. There are no long series of chains, jumps, accepts and denies that you need to memorize to get Firewalld up and running. It manages rulesets dynamically, allowing updates without breaking existing sessions and connections. Changes can be done immediately in the runtime environment. No restart of the service or daemon is needed.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • How to install Gnome 40 in Ubuntu 21.04

        Despite Gnome 40 being out for close to 6 months, it still hasn’t made it to Ubuntu, with Canonical deciding to go with Gnome 3 for 21.04. However, thanks to the community it is possible to get Gnome 40 up and running on Ubuntu. Here’s how to do it.

        WARNING: Gnome 40 on Ubuntu is highly unstable. Only install this desktop if you know what you’re doing.

      • Using Pacman on Arch and Manjaro

        When trying out a new Linux distribution, one of the first things you need to familiarize yourself with is the system’s package manager. Arch Linux and other Arch-based distros, like Manjaro, use pacman to install or update packages, remove software, and keep the system up to date. Pacman isn’t related to the classic video game, rather just an acronym of package manager.

        In this guide, you’ll learn how to use pacman on Arch Linux, Manjaro, and other distros based on Arch. It works the same across any of them. Read on to master pacman with commands to install packages, remove packages, update the system, etc.

      • How to enable ALB authentication using Amazon Cognito
      • How to play Outlast on Linux

        Outlast is an FPS survival horror game developed and published by Red Barrels on PC and consoles. The game focuses on an investigative journalist who decided to investigate a remote psychiatric hospital to find monsters living inside. Here’s how to play it on Linux.

      • How to Install and use Maldet on Ubuntu 20.04 – LinuxCapable.com

        Linux Malware Detect (LMD), also known as Maldet, is a malware scanner for Linux released under the GNU GPLv2 license. Maldet is quite popular amongst sysadmins and website devs due to its focus on the detection of PHP backdoors, dark mailers and many other malicious files that can be uploaded on a compromised website using threat data from network edge intrusion detection systems to extract malware that is actively being used in attacks and generates signatures for detection.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to configure Maldet on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. The same principle will work for the newer version Ubuntu 21.04 (Hirsute Hippo).

      • How to Disable ‘Activities’ Overview at Login on Ubuntu 20.10 Gnome 40 | UbuntuHandbook

        Gnome 40 automatically logs into ‘Activities’ overview screen instead of a blank desktop. Don’t like this feature? Just disable it!

        Gnome 40 finally lands in Ubuntu 21.10, brings the new design of its ‘Activities’ overview screen. The workspaces are now horizontal and locate across the center of screen. Along with small boxes under the search box, all running app windows will be there. And it introduces new touchpad gestures to switch between workspaces.

      • How To Use Download Managers on Ubuntu and Android

        Persepolis and Download Navi are two download manager apps for Ubuntu and Android, respectively. They can help the users accelerate download speed and keep track of what files had been saved. This tutorial will explain how to use them to download files from the internet after installing them to desktop and phone. I hope this tutorial helps Ubuntu users who have computer and phone altogether.

      • How to Install VLC on Fedora Linux – It’s FOSS

        If you have just installed Fedora and now wants to install your favorite video player VLC on it, you probably won’t find it in the software center. Not immediately, at least.

        For reasons best known to their developers, Fedora neither ship with VLC nor does it include in the official Fedora repository.

        So, how do you install VLC on Fedora then? Simple. RPM Fusion is your friend here. Let me show you the steps in detail.

      • How to create an Amazon Cognito User pool for ALB authentication
      • How To Install FreeRADIUS on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install FreeRADIUS on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, FreeRADIUS is a free and open-source implementation of the RADIUS protocol. It’s the most popular and widely deployed open-source RADIUS server, is also used by many Fortune-500 companies, telecommunications companies, and Tier 1 ISPs. daloRADIUS on the other hand is an advanced web application for managing FreeRADIUS servers.

        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 FreeRADIUS on Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.

      • How To Setup Backup Server Using Rsnapshot In Linux – OSTechNix

        This guide explains what is Rsnapshot, how to install Rsnapshot in Linux , and how to setup backup server using Rsnapshot in Linux.

      • How To Secure SSH Server

        When we talk about accessing servers remotely, the first thing that comes to our mind is SSH. It is a network protocol and a secured version of Telnet and encrypts the connection so others cannot access the information being transmitted.

        With advancements in the technology world, hackers are becoming more sophisticated every day. Even your SSH connection is not secure if you are using the traditional or default installation settings. Therefore, it has become necessary to secure your SSH server from unwanted data breaches and malicious attacks by taking some crucial precautions.

        In this article, we will introduce you to some important security practices which will help you in considerably increasing the level of SSH server security.

      • How To Create a Multiboot USB Drive for Linux | Tom’s Hardware

        There are hundreds, if not thousands of active Linux distributions and although many of the desktop distributions look the same, featuring the same set of applications or even desktop environments, there’s still a lot which separates them. This is why, for most novice Linux users, distro hopping – the practice of frequently switching between Linux distributions, is the only sane course to find one they’re comfortable with. Although many distributions now provide Live-installable images, making it possible to try the distribution without installing it first, constantly formatting USB drives to make room for the next distribution is quite cumbersome.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • Skrooge 2.26.1 released

          The Skrooge Team announces the release 2.26.1 version of its popular Personal Finances Manager based on KDE Frameworks.

        • Timezone and Country Lookup by Coordinates

          This is part three of a series of posts describing a potential new API for dealing with countries, country subdivisions and timezones in KI18n, following the previous one country to timezone mapping, covering how we can query the timezone and country or country subdivision information by geographic coordinates.

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • What’s New in GNOME 40?

          GNOME 40 has more than a new numbering scheme. Along with its new look comes a new way of working. The old vertical metaphors are gone, replaced by horizontal theming and layouts. Let’s take a closer look.


          The GNOME developers aren’t locked into standard desktop norms and conventions. They’ll happily revisit any aspect of the desktop and work through it to solve a problem. That might mean burrowing into the code and fixing the issue at its root, or it might mean replacing that item with something new. There are no sacred cows.

          They’re also against providing too many options and preferences. This might seem to fly in the face of the Linux mantra of choice and flexibility. Tobias calls out to an earlier piece by Havoc Pennington, one of the original GNOME developers and chair of the GNOME Foundation board for its first two years. This describes GNOME’s “fewer preferences is better” principle. You might find some of the things that you want to change are now fixed in place.

    • Distributions

      • BSD

      • PCLinuxOS/Mageia/Mandriva/OpenMandriva Family

        • Web browser update

          The following web browsers have been updated to their most current versions and are available from the PCLinuxOS Software Repository.


      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • Fedora Workstation 35 Looks To Use Power Profiles Daemon By Default

          Fedora Workstation 35 is looking to ship with power-profiles-daemon by default and to have it enabled for benefiting newer laptops.

          The power-profiles-daemon is part of the GNOME initiative around handling ACPI power profiles in conjunction with recent Linux kernel releases that offer a balanced/powersave/performance mode tunable. To date the Linux kernel support around this platform power profile support has been for newer Dell and Lenovo laptops.

        • The Post-Pandemic Future of Work: An Optimistic Outlook

          “The COVID-19 pandemic-induced lockdowns and related global recession of 2020 have created a highly uncertain outlook for the labour market … millions of workers have experienced changes which have profoundly transformed their lives within and beyond work, their well-being and their productivity,” said the World Economic Forum (WEF) in The Future of Jobs Report 2020, published in October, 2020. “Comparing the impact of the Global Financial Crisis of 2008 on individuals with lower education levels to the impact of the COVID-19 crisis, the impact today is far more significant and more likely to deepen existing inequalities.”

          The Economist was considerably more optimistic in a special report on The Future of Work in its April 10 issue, which included several articles on the subject. “A jobs rebound, shifting politics and technological change could bring a golden age for labour in rich countries,” said the overview article. “It might seem premature to predict a wonderful world of work only a year on from a labour-market catastrophe. But America is showing how rapidly jobs can come back as the virus recedes. In the spring of 2020 the country’s unemployment rate was nearly 15%. Now it is already just 6% after a year containing five of the ten best months for hiring in history.”

          The key reason for The Economist’s optimistic outlook is that as labor markets recovers, two deeper shifts are unfolding: a political environment which is becoming friendlier to workers than it’s been in decades; and an accelerated digital economy which promises to bring about faster productivity growth. Let me briefly summarize each of these two shifts.

        • 28 books recommended by open source technologists to read right now

          It may not be the season of summer where you are, but summer reading lists are quintessential and somewhat cozy no matter what part of the world you live in. I love the idea of a cool breeze, a lounge chair, a drink, and a snack… all wrapped up together with a good book to pour over.

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • 7 Best Free and Open Source Front-Ends for mpv

        Watching TV and films on computers running Linux is commonplace. Most Linux distributions ship at least one media player. But there’s lots of high quality alternatives out there.

        Wondering which media player we recommend? Here’s our verdict on mpv front-ends. To avoid bamboozling readers, we’ve kept the number of featured media players to a sizeable number.

        mpv is a free (as in freedom) media player for the command line. It supports a wide variety of media file formats, audio and video codecs, and subtitle types.

        Here’s our recommendations. All of the front-ends are published under an open source license.

      • 10 Best Free and Open-Source Webinar Solutions 2021

        Tons of options are out there when it comes to webinar platforms, but which one is right for your business, in this article we’ll highlight ten of the top webinar platforms and share information about each one. So, you can make an informed decision about which webinar platform that good for you.

      • PeaZip 8.1.0
      • Productivity Software/LibreOffice/Calligra

      • FSF

        • Licensing/Legal

          • Stockfish Developers Sue Chessbase Claiming Copyright Violation

            The Stockfish team has filed a lawsuit against Chessbase, claiming that the German chess software company is selling their software without having the license to do so. The lawsuit, filed in a German court, was announced last Tuesday in a blog on the Stockfish website.

            The Stockfish team argues that Chessbase has “concealed from their customers Stockfish as the true origin of key parts of their products,” namely Fat Fritz 2 and Houdini 6. According to the Stockfish team, Chessbase has “repeatedly violated central obligations of the GPL,” which refers to informing software users of their rights. “These rights are explicit in the license and include access to the corresponding sources, and the right to reproduce, modify and distribute GPLed programs royalty-free,” the Stockfish team writes.

          • GitHub Copilot sparks debates around open-source licenses

            A few weeks ago GitHub released its Copilot solution, which uses AI to suggest code to developers. Developers can write a comment in their code and Copilot will automatically write the code it thinks is appropriate. It’s an impressive example of the power of AI, but has many developers and members of the open-source community upset and worrying over what it means for the future of open source.

      • Programming/Development

        • Veena Nagar: Modifying Expectations

          Hey everyone! Welcome to my new blog post. This post will tell you about my mid-point progress and something related to the project expectations, “actual vs. expected.” I am currently working on “Making GNOME Asynchronous!”. If you’re interested in reading more about my project, kindly read this blog post where I explained what my project is all about.


          As seen in the “accomplished goals” section, I’m glad that even after modifying the expectations, I completed the tasks till the 8th week according to the expectations set in the timeline. And then came the GUADEC’21 (GNOME community conference). I was very enthusiastic about participating in the “Intern lightning talk” at the GUADEC’21, scheduled for 23rd July ’21. I spent a whole week in preparation, which as a result, affected my timeline, and I had to modify the expectations again. As the first kind of adaptation states, I should have taken the information about GUADEC into account while creating the timeline.

          As for the second kind, the timeline I created with the given information was realistic. Still, software engineering is a constant process of uncovering new information, which we must adapt to. Like in my project, “I didn’t realise that the annotation had to be added to girparser.py as well.” The problem with this kind of adaptation is that one cannot foresee it. So even if I were to start over the project, I would not be able to adapt it in the timeline, which is totally acceptable.

        • Perl/Raku

          • Rakudo compiler, Release #148 (2021.07)

            On behalf of the Rakudo development team, I’m very happy to announce the July 2021 release of Rakudo #148. Rakudo is an implementation of the Raku language.

            This release deprecates Proc.status method (use signal and exitcode instead), improves map performance, improves the cmp routine to support more things and includes some nice fixes. On top of that we now offer an MSI installer for monthly releases!

        • Python

          • Control an HC-SR04 Ultrasonic Sensor With Raspberry PI Pico and Micropython

            Beside being useful for DIY projects, measuring a distance with the HC-SR04 ultrasonic sensor and Raspberry PI Pico is a great exercise for people wanting to understand MicroPython

            In this tutorial, I’m going to show you the steps required to wire and setup an ultrasonic sensor (HC-SR04) and Raspberry PI Pico microcontroller. Please note that if you want to use a Raspberry PI computer board (like RPI Zero W or RPI 2/3/4 Model A/B) you should refer to my Control an ultrasonic distance sensor with Raspberry PI tutorial. Anyhow, I invite you to look at this article as it details how the Ultrasonic Sensor works and it is really useful to understand what our code is going to implement.

          • Openstack RDO && KVM Hypervisor: Assembly of Python External C++ procedure returning the vector of objects of string type

            This post is an immediate followup for the most recent post at Lxer.com regarding return of one string. Consider the task already been treated with 2D vector and dumping the content of vector to disk file. This approach would allow us to solve the same task via to straight forward returning vector of strings from C++ procedure to Python module.

        • Java

  • Leftovers

    • Hardware

      • Loongson’s first LoongArch processors – 3A5000 for computers, 3C5000L for servers – CNX Software

        Loongson has officially launched the first processors based on LoongArch CPU instruction set architecture designed for made-in-China SoCs without the need to license technology made outside of China.

        Loongsoon LS3C5000L (3C5000L) 16-core server processor clocked at up to 2.5 GHz is now official and is apparently comprised of four LS3A5000 (3A5000) LoongArch processors designed for desktop computers and laptops.

    • Health/Nutrition

      • [Old] Stratford EMS helps man suffering from heat stroke [Ed: Mike Battistelli :-) (no connection to him)]

        Quick thinking helped two emergency medical responders in town successfully treat a man suffered from exertional heat stroke on Sunday.

        According to a post on the Stratford Emergency Services Facebook page, paramedic Mike Battistelli and emergency medical technician Michelle Edler were dispatched to a softball field at Short Beach for “difficultly breathing.”

      • Dashed Olympic Hopes Lead to New Diabetes Nonprofit

        The COVID-19 pandemic meant “a new normal” for so many of us worldwide, but for Kate Hall-Harnden in Maine who lives with type 1 diabetes (T1D), it led to dashed dreams of reaching the Summer Olympics in Tokyo. That might be a heartbreaking story, if not for how this champion long jumper turned an unfortunate injury into inspiration to start a new nonprofit to help people with diabetes (PWDs) in need.

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Adobe Joins Blender Development Fund, Releases Substance 3D & Mixamo Plugins

          The latest company to jump onboard with Blender’s Development Fund is Adobe, makers of a mind-boggling number of creator tools, many of which perfectly complement Blender in a workflow. The company becomes a Corporate Gold sponsor, meaning the Blender Foundation gets an additional €2,500/mo, and the more full Blender’s coffers are, the better.

        • Pseudo-Open Source

          • Privatisation/Privateering

            • Linux Foundation

              • Metadata and master data: OpenLineage moves into the sandbox of the Linux Foundation

                The open source project OpenLineage can now prove itself in the sandbox of the LF AI & Data Foundation. OpenLineage goes back to a development by Datakin, a company specializing in DataOps, and is intended to define an open, cross-industry standard that facilitates the acquisition and processing of meta and master data, even in more complex AI and data projects, via an API at runtime.

                OpenLineage defines a generic model of run, job and data record entities that can be identified using a consistent naming strategy, as outlined in the following diagram. The entities of the basic model can also be enriched with further aspects if necessary.

        • Security

    • Transparency/Investigative Reporting

      • Stand up for whistleblowers: Reporters’ records are not up for grabs

        Starting in the tail end of Donald Trump’s presidency and continuing into Joe Biden’s term, the Department of Justice “waged a secret legal battle to obtain the email logs of four New York Times reporters.” The DOJ was after one piece of information: the identity of the anonymous sources that had leaked valuable information to the press. Top executives at the Times were placed under a gag order, barred from speaking about the legal effort until this summer. Fortunately, Google — the platform the Times uses for emails — refused to pass over the reporters’ logs.

    • Environment

      • Wildlife/Nature

        • Warning on damage of microplastics to penguins in Antarctica

          A scientific team warned about the damage microplastics can cause in the feeding of penguins in Antarctica due to the pollution of seas by man, a specialized source reported today.

          Among materials found in analysis of penguins’ feces are cellulose, polyethylene and polyester, the journal Science of the Total Environment said.

        • penguins in Antarctica are eating microplastics

          These pollutants reach the seas and oceans mainly through garbage and waste from anthropic activities ”, explains Andrés Barbosa, scientist at the National Museum of Natural Sciences (MNCN-CSIC) and author of the work. “Given the low human presence in the Antarctic Ocean and Antarctica, low contamination by microplastics would be expected in these areas. However, research stations, fishing and tourist boats and ocean currents make these particles reach these habitats, which can cause a high concentration at the local level ”, says José Xavier, researcher at the University of Coimbra (Portugal).

    • Censorship/Free Speech

    • Monopolies

      • Developers of free apps seek $200 billion damages, claim Apple restrains trade | AppleInsider

        Two developers, including the maker of “Coronavirus Reporter,” say Apple unfairly promotes certain free apps in the App Store, and want $200 billion in damages for themselves and other similarly-affected companies.

        The long-running legal dispute between Apple and the developer of “Coronavirus Reporter,” came to a head in early July, 2021. The developer withdrew its antitrust case, intending to instead refile it as a class action one alongside other developers.

      • Patents

        • Second Sight Medical Products (EYES) Stock Climbs Amid Receiving Grant From European Patent Office: Golden Opportunity? [Ed: What if this patent was granted in error, as often happens these days in the EPO? What would be the economic damage that corrupt EPO management doesn't care about?]

          On Monday, July 19, EYES’s stock was at $3.49. Nonetheless, it is gaining strong momentum, as the stock is skyrocketing: it is currently at $5.61 in the pre-market, resulting in a 61% gain. What is the reason behind this tremendous growth? The company has recently received a grant from European Patent Office for its patent application Orion Visual Cortical Prothesis System.

        • Denials of Transfer Motions in Western District of Texas and Mandamus Reversals by Federal Circuit [Ed: The latest cautionary tale about courts becoming like for-profit corporations that embrace patent maximalists for "business"]

          It is no secret that the district court in the Western District of Texas (WDTX) in Waco, TX, before Judge Alan D Albright, is currently the most popular court for patent litigation. However, it is not always the most convenient court. Motions to transfer are filed frequently and are almost as frequently denied by Judge Albright. Defendants are consistently petitioning the Federal Circuit and, surprisingly, receiving support.

          Writs of mandamus are exceedingly rare and reserved for “extraordinary causes.”[1] They can be granted only if there is a clear showing that the transferee forum is clearly more convenient, taking into consideration relevant public and private forum non conveniens factors,[2] and that there was a clear abuse of discretion by the district court in denying the motion.[3] Nevertheless, since July of 2020, the Federal Circuit has granted nine of the twenty petitions for writs of mandamus filed on Judge Albright’s denials.

          In one of the earliest granted petitions, In re Adobe,[4] Judge Albright ruled against transfer despite the evidence that Northern California more convenient because both Adobe and the inventor were in Northern California, and Adobe had multiple witnesses were in Northern California. The Federal Circuit determined the district court failed to give appropriate weight to the convenience and willing witness factors, erroneously basing the denial solely on his “perceived ability to more quickly schedule a trial.”[5] The Court pointed out that this factor was explicitly at issue in Genentech, and it was determined that if several factors weigh in favor of transfer, then “the speed of the of the transferee district court should not alone outweigh” the other factors.[6]

        • ITC’s New Pilot Program to Speed Investigations Merely Another Bite of the 100-Day Pilot Program Apple? [Ed: Why even impose patent embargoes before due process? Presumption of guilt for the sake of patents?]

          Over the last decade, patent litigation has exploded at the International Trade Commission (“ITC”), which has caused the ITC to seek out ways to increase efficiency. Several years ago, the ITC introduced an early 100-Day pilot program to dispose of dispositive issues early on in investigations. While now a mainstay, the 100-Day pilot program is rarely utilized. Now, the ITC has announced a new pilot program that if invoked will require the presiding Administrative Law Judges (“ALJs”) to hold an early hearing and issue an early initial determination (“ID”) on “fewer than all issues” in a Section 337 investigation. The goal of this new pilot program is ostensibly in line with the ITC’s continuing goal of enhancing efficiency and judiciously deciding cases.

        • It’s Highlighted and Verified: Reversal of PTAB Non-Obviousness Decision

          In a relatively unusual outcome, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed a Patent Trial & Appeal Board (Board) decision finding non-obviousness in an inter partes review (IPR). Becton, Dickinson, and Co. v. Baxter Corp. Englewood, Case No. 20-1937 (Fed. Cir. May 28, 2021) (Dyk, J.)

          Becton petitioned the Board for IPR of Baxter’s pre-America Invents Act (AIA) patent, directed to a system for preparing patient-specific doses and a method for telepharmacy. The Board decided that the patent claims were not shown to be invalid as obvious, but also found that Baxter’s secondary considerations evidence was “weak.” Becton appealed based on two contested limitations: a verification limitation and a highlighting limitation. The Federal Circuit reversed the Board, concluding that the challenged claims were obvious and explained that weak evidence of secondary considerations could not overcome the strong showing of obviousness.

          First, the Federal Circuit decided that the Board erred in finding that a prior art reference that taught a remote pharmacist may verify a dose preparation did not render obvious a claimed method where a remote pharmacist must verify. The reference made clear that a non-pharmacist could not further process work without the verification step. Baxter’s own expert witness conceded that, in accordance with the teachings of the prior art, a non-pharmacist would be disciplined for continuing to process dose preparation without authorization. The Court concluded there was no significant difference between the teaching in the prior art reference and Baxter’s verification requirement.

        • Caution! Technical Documents Concerning Efforts to Design Around a Patent Are Discoverable — Even When Done at the Direction of Counsel [Ed: Total waste of human effort an time, caused by patent fanatics who disregard logic]

          A recent order from a patent infringement lawsuit in the Northern District of Illinois serves as a good reminder that factual information about attempts to design around a patent is generally discoverable. This case also distinguishes discoverable factual information from privileged opinion and mental impressions of design-around efforts. In addition, the order suggests “exceptional circumstances” that could be established to “obtain facts or opinions” of design-around efforts from a non-testifying consultant under Federal Rule 26(b)(4).

        • Users of Research Tools Take Note

          Are research tools protected from patent infringement under the Hatch-Waxman safe harbor, section 271(e)(1)?[1] While different courts have reached different conclusions on this question,[2] one recent district court decision answered it with a resounding “No.”[3]

        • What You Say Can and Will be Used Against You – Prosecution History and Prior Infringement Arguments

          Noting patent owner’s prior litigation statements, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld a district court ruling that a clear and unmistakable disclaimer in the prosecution history affected claim construction of an asserted patent. SpeedTrack, Inc. v. Amazon.com, Inc., Case No. 20-1573 (Fed. Cir. June 3, 2021) (Prost, J.)

          In 2009, SpeedTrack filed suit against various online retailers alleging infringement of its patent directed to a method for accessing files in a filing system leveraging “category descriptions” to aid in organizing the files. The patent describes associating category descriptions with files using a “file information directory.” A “search filter” then searches the files using their associated category descriptions. A limitation that “the category descriptions hav[e] no predefined hierarchical relationship with such list or each other” was added during prosecution to overcome a prior art reference that leveraged hierarchical field-and-value relationships.

        • Recent Developments Regarding Patent Injunctions In Germany [Ed: A super-aggressive litigation firm, MoFo, says that the German patent system is good for patent aggression]

          The German patent system has repeatedly proven to provide reliable and effective means to enforce patent rights against infringers.

        • China National Intellectual Property Administration to Give Priority to Patent Invalidation Cases Involved in Concurrent Litigation

          On June 21, 2021, the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) issued the Letter of Reply from the CNIPA to Recommendation No. 6494 of the Fourth Session of the Thirteenth National People’s Congress (国家知识产权局对十三届全国人大四次会议第6494号建议答复的函) explaining that CNIPA has a fast track channel for patent invalidation cases involved in patent infringement disputes. Currently, Chinese courts will usually not suspend a patent infringement case for a concurrent patent invalidation case.

        • What does the Optis v. Apple case mean for SEP Litigation in the UK? – Kluwer Patent Blog
        • The implementation of 4G mobile communication technology in the UK has become very expensive for Apple in light of the High Court of England and Wales’ decision last month in Optis v. Apple. The court held that Optis’s standard-essential patents (‘SEPs’) were infringed by Apple. The court added that it was willing to decide the value of royalty to be paid by Apple to Optis in the context of Apple being viewed by the court as an ‘unwilling licensee’. The repercussions could extend to claimed damages (approximately $7 billion).

          The outcome of the case is likely to jeopardise Apple’s position in the UK market – the tech giant is threatening to leave the UK market as a result of the damages it would incur, with some commentators even raising the possibility of an end to iPhone sales in UK and a restriction of services and upgrades to current customers. At the same time, the case on the other hand may bolster the UK’s perceived position as a welcoming legal jurisdiction for SEP owners.

        • FOSS Patents: Mannheim Regional Court schedules first three Nokia v. Oppo patent infringement trials for March and May 2022: one patent-in-suit carried the day against Daimler

          Just like the previous post, which discussed a key decision in a standard-essential patent (SEP) case, this one relates to proceedings before the Mannheim Regional Court’s Second Civil Chamber under Presiding Judge Dr. Holger Kircher.

          The court’s press office has been able to provide the case numbers, patents-in-suit, and trial dates of three Nokia v. Oppo cases. Nokia is suing Oppo in–if I didn’t miss anything–seven countries. The dispute broke out three weeks ago after a multi-year patent license agreement expired.

          In Germany, Nokia lodged complaints with three regional courts: Mannheim, Munich, and Dusseldorf. Interestingly, Nokia filed almost as many in Mannheim alone as in the other German venues combined. For three of those eleven cases, I’ve now been able to obtain the following data points…

        • GBT – 3D CHIP and MEMORY Patent Will Be Published in Europe
        • GBT – 3D CHIP and MEMORY Patent Will Be Published in Europe
        • GBT – 3D CHIP and MEMORY Patent Will Be Published in Europe [Ed: Why act so cheerful and gay about a corrupted and subverted patent office where patent validity/quality collapsed making another rushed decision? Courts might throw out such patents...]

          GBT Technologies Inc. ( OTC PINK: GTCH ) (“GBT” or the “Company”), is pleased to report the upcoming publication of its 3D CHIP and MEMORY patent in Europe on July 28, 2021. The application has been allocated the number 19862631.9 and designates all European Patent Convention (“EPC”) states, as of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (“PCT”) filing date.

        • DOJ’s 2015 Business Review Letter for IEEE and 2020 Supplemental Response

          Standard Essential Patents (SEP’s) consist of patents covering technologies that are unavoidable (thus “essential”) in the implementation of new technologies under a standard. Said differently, an SEP is a fundamental piece of an advancing technology that all innovators must use to further develop the technology in accordance with a standard set by the industry. Standard Development Organizations (SDO’s) identify which pieces of an advancing technology will become a SEP. Each owner of a SEP is asked to provide assurance to license the technology under F/RAND (Fair, Reasonable, and Non-Discriminatory) terms. This assurance commits the owner to provide access to their fundamental technologies so that the advancing technology can be further innovated by other members of its tech sector. This method of standardized licensing contracting hopefully provides an increase in continuity and a decrease in patent infringement litigation.

          In 2013, the Department of Justice and the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office issued a policy statement on the remedies available for SEP’s that are encumbered by a F/RAND licensing commitment. The policy statement focuses on “patent hold-up” by patent holders. Patent hold-up can occur when an owner of a technology included in a standard gains market power. This increased market power can cause delays in licensing negotiations because the patent owner can potentially gouge the licensee for a higher price because alternative technologies are difficult to implement due to the standard. In summary, this policy statement does not specifically attempt to limit or increase the remedies available to patent owners with SEP’s subject to F/RAND licensing commitments, instead, the policy statement attempts to offer guidance on what important public policy considerations govern when an injunction or exclusion order should be granted. The Department of Justice does however give examples of hypothetical situations where injunctions should or should not be given. However, The Department of Justice seems to stray from this sentiment in the future and specifically attempts to limit the remedies available to patent owners involved in SEP’s with F/RAND licensing commitments.

        • Supreme Court Issues Opinion in U.S. v. Arthrex [Ed: A patent litigation giant (profiteers), Fish & Richardson, on the highest court's stance on patents; patent extremists don't want patent quality (e.g. PTAB) as that's an obstruction to their profiteering from frivolous lawyers' fees (applications, lawsuits etc.) and fake patents]

          In U.S. v. Arthrex, Inc. (19-1434); Smith & Nephew, Inc. v. Arthrex, Inc. (19-1452); and Arthrex, Inc. v. Smith & Nephew, Inc. (19-1458), a splintered Supreme Court agreed with the Federal Circuit that there is a problem at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO), but disagreed about how to deal with it.


          The appeal addresses not just whether APJs are principal officers, but what to do with APJs and their pending cases—mainly inter partes reviews (IPRs)—if there is such a problem.

          The decision is splintered, with Chief Justice Roberts writing 23 pages for the Court. He is joined by Justices Alito, Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, and Barrett for Parts I and II, but Justice Gorsuch drops out for Part III. Justice Gorsuch both concurs and dissents alone. Justice Breyer brings along Justices Sotomayor and Kagan in a partial dissent that concurs with the Chief Justice in the judgment. Justice Thomas dissents in part and carries Justices Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan for his Parts I and II, but not III and IV.

          It thus seems that the vote is 7-2 for forcing the Director to have the ability to review PTAB decisions. None of the opinions discuss the requirements of the review process itself or how to implement the review on remand from the Court. And as to anything actually said in the Chief Justice’s opinion, the counting gets more difficult.

        • The impact of Arthrex on Discretionary Denial of IPR Petitions [Ed: People who attack patent quality by looking to discredit PTAB still aren’t getting their way]

          The institution of the inter-partes review (IPR) process established in 2012 by the passing of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) created tremendous opportunities for post-grant challenges of weak and unused patents.[1] The frequent use of these patents as powerful legal weapons wielded by non-practicing entities in costly infringement lawsuits has resulted in clogging of the Federal court system, huge litigation costs for large and small companies, and disincentivization of technological innovation and development. The passage of the AIA eased the way for third party challenges of patents through an adversarial procedure at the USPTO’s Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB), based on defects in novelty (§102) and obviousness (§103) features.[2] To initiate an IPR procedure, a third party challenger is required to show a reasonable likelihood of ability to prevail with respect to at least one claim of the patent, and is subject to denial of the challenge based on merit if this bar is not met.[3] In addition to merit-based denials, the Board can also deny requests based on purely procedural issues.[4] Congress has given the Director of the USPTO complete discretion with respect to institution or denial of an IPR petition,[5] but by regulation, the Director has delegated this authority to the Board itself to which he appoints administrative patent judges (APJs).[6] The Board then determines whether institution or denial of the petition would promote efficiency and fairness in each case, in light of its substantive merits. A recent set of precedential decisions based on the presence of parallel concurrent litigation of the same patents in the Federal District Court system NHK Spring Co. v. Intri-Plex Techs., Inc.[7] and Apple Inc. v. Fintiv, Inc. [8] discussed both the relative timing of the Federal court and PTAB case filings in addition to issue/party overlap and prior investment of the parallel court and parties among other factors. In Fintiv, a procedural hurdle was created for IPR challenges by subjecting petitioners to respond in detail to a 6-factor test upon a request by the patent owner for discretionary denial, which would allow the PTAB to determine whether pending parallel district court litigation of the patent should disqualify the challenger from a concurrent IPR.[9]

        • Software Patents

          • Non-Compliance with §112(b) is More Than a Gamble for Claiming Computer-Implemented Inventions Ed: “Computer-Implemented Inventions” is just a nonsensical term meaning software patents, i.a. bogus patents]

            For those seeking to file applications for computer-implemented inventions, it pays to be aware of some lesser known requirements for such inventions before casting the die. In July of 2000, the United States Patent Office (USPTO) issued a patent for an electronic slot machine designed to appeal to players by allowing the conditions for payout to be selected by the players. Patent 6,093,102 (`102 Patent), assigned to Aristocrat Technologies Inc., comprised of the conventional slot machine set up plus a display screen whereby players can select their own winning combinations. The intended result is a perception of increased winning opportunities incentivizing slot players into preferring to play the machine. However, after filing suit for patent infringement against International Game Technology of `102 Patent in 2006, Aristocrat would find themselves in the position of those who use their alleged invention; the odds not being in their favor.

            On summary judgment the United States District Court for the District of Nevada found the `102 patent invalid for indefiniteness under 35 U.S.C. §112(b). Aristocrat Techs. Austl. Pty v. Int’l Game Tech., No. 2:05-CV-00820-BES (LRL), 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 98916 (D. Nev. Apr. 20, 2007). The house would later go bust as the United States Federal Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the `102 Patent’s invalidity. Aristocrat Techs. Austl. Pty. Ltd. v. Int’l Game Tech., 521 F.3d 1328, 1338 (Fed. Cir. 2008). Had the specification’s disclosure contained an algorithm, it may have been sufficient, and appeal would have been a gamble Aristocrat never had to make.

          • Lead Article: The Post-Berkheimer Section 101 Landscape: A Survey of Recent Patent Eligibility Decisions [Ed: Patents on algorithms remain mostly junk in the US courts]

            Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions in Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank Intern., 573 U.S. 208 (2014) and Mayo Collaborative Services v. Prometheus Laboratories, Inc., 566 U.S. 66 (2012), defendants have relied on these decisions to invalidate patents under 35 U.S.C. § 101. To establish the invalidity of a patent under Alice and Mayo, a defendant must meet a two-step test. First, it must show the claims at issue are directed to a patent-ineligible concept, such as a law of nature, abstract phenomenon, or abstract idea. Alice, 573 U.S. at 217-18. Second, the defendant must show the claims contain no “inventive concept.” Id. Under this second step, Alice directs trial courts to examine whether the claim limitations involve more than the performance of “well-understood, routine, [and] conventional activities previously known to the industry.” Id. at 225.


            In sum, the past four years of decisions have shown that the early predictions about Berkheimer were not far off: Berkheimer’s holding has made it somewhat more difficult to win patent eligibility challenges. It is also clear, however, that all hope is not lost for defendants. Even under Berkheimer, successful challenges are still possible, including at the motion to dismiss stage.

          • Artificial Intelligence (AI) Inventions and Patents [Ed: Dirty tricks for disguising patents on maths, using buzzwords and mindless hype]

            As new technologies emerge, they challenge traditional legal principles and concepts, which often lag behind technological progress. Though Artificial Intelligence (AI) as a term and a field has been in existence since the 1950s, it did not pose serious legal challenges as its implementability and applicability was limited. Today however, developments in computation, communication, information, data and other technologies have significantly enhanced the implementability and utility of AI for different purposes in different fields. This has set off debates with respect to several well settled legal principles including those governing ownership, protection and enforcement of intellectual property (IP) relating to AI inventions and creations.

            When they finally emerge, the answers to some of the questions might affect the ability of the IP system to promote progress of science, technology, and creativity. Though Courts in some countries have arrived at determinations on AI inventorship and ownership, several questions are still open, and are the subject of legislative activity and/or policy making. Reports of WIPO and different patent offices such as the USPTO indicate that AI techniques have diverse applications across many fields, and are difficult, if not impossible, to track. The ubiquity of AI applications and related consequences, and the rapid pace at which Artificial Intelligence research seems to be progressing makes it very challenging to arrive at a specific policy framework and approach, and the resultant openness/ambiguity is reflected in the response of patent offices to applications involving AI. With that in mind, this article gives a perspective of some AI patent trends and patentability issues with specific focus on India.

Links 24/7/2021: FreeBSD Report (April-June) and KDE Reporting Its Progress

Posted in News Roundup at 8:49 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • Leftovers

    • The Beast that Kills the Beauty

      It was the summer of 1982. Ronald Reagan had been president for a little more than a year. The immediate future was obvious and it wasn’t something I was looking forward to. I saw the recession deepening while the bulk of voting citizens blamed the growing number of poor for their fate. The number of middle fingers being shown to me while I hitchhiked on interstates and country highways was on the increase. My beard was as dirty as my jeans and the peace I had found on the road was rare compared to a mere three years previous. At least I wasn’t in Central America, where it looked like Reagan and his fascist crew were preparing to seek some serious revenge.

      A truck pulled over to the shoulder behind me. I grabbed my bedroll and pack and ran to the passenger door. The driver wore a straw hat and was as red as a dead lobster in the pot. He told me to hop in and grab a beer from the cooler. I took his advice. Lefty Frizell was playing on the radio. The song was “Long Black Veil.” I remembered because a boss I had when I worked at the military commissary in Frankfurt played it all the time on his cassette player. I liked his voice. We rode into Kansas City, drinking and talking shit. He dropped me off near where the Kansas City Royals play. There was no game going on. The Royals were on the road. We sat in the stadium parking lot and finished off the remaining beers. It was early and he was heading into town to see a girl. I wished him luck and he said goodbye. I spent the night sleeping in some bushes. I was awakened by a couple stadium security guys who bought me breakfast and sent me on my way. Life was good. Reagan could go fuck himself.

    • The Risks of Where we are Today

      CDOs are really a form of gambling. When a finance company or bank allows you to borrow money, there is a direct financial risk that they are taking on. Will you pay back what you borrowed? For the borrower, the need for immediate money means that you accept an additional amount of money to be paid back—interest—on top of what has been loaned to you. CDOs are packaged together as loan bundles of all types of money that has been borrowed, from mortgages to credit card debt, car loans, student loans, and so on, then these bundles are sold off to investors (i.e., other financial companies or banks) that are betting that the amount coming in via debt payments plus interest will be greater than what was paid for the CDO to start with. There is alchemy here in that what would normally be marked as a potential liability (or risk) for any company issuing any kind of loan now gets repackaged as an asset since another party is willing to purchase it. In other words, the value gets collateralized—it gets turned into money, credit, or both—allowing for more of the same.

      If the purchase of CDOs seem too risky, that risk can be offset by credit default swaps where another party is willing to accept the liability of potential non-payment. If the CDO does not pay out as promised, the party/company that issues the CDS is on the hook to pay out what is owed.

    • The Italian Cinema and the Left: On Rediscovering Roberto Rossellini-Filmmaker

      The story of Roberto Rossellini is a very Italian story, not an European story, encompassing Italy in change from the Fascist period until 2009. It is a very Italian story because Italy, separated from the rest of Europe by the Alps, is, and perhaps always has been, something apart, still today considered by North Europeans an exotic place to escape to. Read Roberto Rossellini and think Italy of the past seventy-five years.

      The Italian film director, Roberto Rossellini (1906-1977), known as 95% neo-realist, was highly successful in his film career. Yet—and here are two pieces of information that might be news for cinema buffs—after growing up in a bourgeois family near pre-Dolce Vita Via Veneto in Rome and then tinkering in insignificant cinema during the Fascist era, he later became a maker of Italy’s cinema of the Left. Late in his life, Rossellini then had a vision, a vision light years distant from European filmmaking: in the 1970s, far ahead of his time, he became enamoured of the East and dreamed of a rejoining of the Occident and Islam.

    • In a league of his own Remembering some of Pyotr Mamonov’s greatest recorded performances
    • Google will now tell you why you are seeing a specific search result

      The feature will now tell you why you are seeing this specific result. Along with the information about the ‘Source’ publication, you will now be able to see a ‘Your search and this result’ card placed at the bottom of ‘About this result’ when you tap on the overflow menu on the web and desktop. The feature will now offer additional background information about a website.

    • Education

      • Economists Worry Covid-19 May End Standardized Testing Altogether

        The sky is falling for standardized test enthusiasts.

      • How Contingent Faculty Organizing Can Succeed in Higher Education

        The rapid, pandemic related expansion of on-line education threatens to further erode employment conditions for the two-thirds to three-fourths of all faculty members who are contingent. (For an analysis of OLE and its impact, see Robert Ovetz’s “Conscious Linkage: The Proletarianization of Academic Labor in the Algorithmic University,” New Politics, Summer, 2021) In the next few years, Berry and Worthen predict, “the institutions of higher education will be more globalized, more on-line” and “and most will try to eliminate tenure and universalize contingency.”

        To help the contingent faculty movement prepare for its next big battles, the authors have produced a timely history of union activity among “second tier faculty excluded from the tenure system.” It updates Berry’s previous survey of the field in Reclaiming the Ivory Tower (Monthly Review Press, 2005) and draws heavily on their own experience in California and other states. Their detailed case study of membership mobilization, contract bargaining, and political action by the California Faculty Association (CFA) illustrates many of the continuing challenges facing  contingent faculty trying to form their own bargaining units or influence the direction of unions that include tenure line teaching staff with sometimes divergent interests.

      • World’s first university programme for influencers to launch in Tampere, Finland

        The tailor-made degree is founded on entrepreneurship, with each student setting up and running a company for the duration of the programme in Finland. The aim of the instruction is to equip the students with the skills required to run their companies.

    • Health/Nutrition

      • Many Elder Care Workers Still Refuse to Get COVID-19 Vaccine
      • Would Jean-Jacques Rousseau Get Vaccinated?

        Those who refuse to be vaccinated or refuse to accept a government’s decision to oblige them to be vaccinated believe that they have inalienable rights to do as they choose. They believe that their rights trump society’s needs. But, following from this, I also have my rights. And my rights include not being exposed to others who are not vaccinated. If those who believe in non-vaccination believe I should respect their rights, will they respect mine?

        Why are individual rights so dominant that my needs and society’s needs are secondary?

      • Insanity is Healthy

        If the sane mind is defined by its submission to the powers that be, then this sane mind is a suffering mind, an unfree mind. Does this make an insane mind revolutionary? Not necessarily, for reordering society through revolution also implies some form of

        organization, even if it is dynamic and non-hierarchical.

      • Congress Should Ensure a Better Medicare

        It’s well understood that health care costs are out of control in America. Older and disabled Americans are hit hardest because we use three times more health care services than working people. Congress can and should ensure health care is affordable to us through a reasonable Medicare out-of-pocket cap.

      • Medicare for All Rallies in 50 Cities Show Big Support for Universal Health Care
      • Future of Program for Brain-Damaged Children Now Rests With Powerful Florida Official

        Now that the Florida Legislature and governor have taken action to overhaul a Florida program that serves families with brain-damaged children, its future could pivot on a state Cabinet member following through on his promise to make the program answer to the parents of disabled children.

        Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis, whose office oversees the Birth-Related Neurological Injury Compensation Association, initiated an audit and an investigation of the program after the Miami Herald and the journalism nonprofit ProPublica published a series of stories this year showing how NICA had amassed nearly $1.5 billion in assets while frequently denying care to children it serves.

      • Biden Gives Pregnant, Nursing and Postpartum Mothers a Pass

        “Since 2016, ICE has arrested undocumented pregnant immigrants more than 4000 times,” according to the New York Times on July 9. “There are currently fewer than 20 such immigrants in custody.” The article notes that Biden’s new, more lenient policy “could rankle some conservatives.” These nativists are already hot and bothered about birthright citizenship, having credulously swallowed right-wing propaganda outlet Fox News’s lies about so-called “anchor babies.”

        Many reactionaries swear by tall tales about migrant women racing over the border in their ninth month of pregnancy, to “drop” a baby in the U.S. But my guess is that pregnant migrant women are not that different from most pregnant women and aren’t “racing” anywhere after their fourth or fifth month. And if they are desperate enough to travel that near delivery, they probably do qualify as asylum seekers.

      • Why Tokyo Turned Against the Olympics

        Tokyo—People often avoid unpleasant topics in casual conversation in Japan. Yet the impending Olympics have transformed the mood, and my exchanges over the past few weeks have often touched upon the disgust, anxiety, and bewilderment people living here feel now. My next-door neighbor laments that the children in her life, her grandchildren but also my child, have had to give up so many of the events important to them. “How can they hold the Olympics when the kids can’t have their Sports Day games?” she asked me the other day, as I lingered outside her always-open window and gossiped. My own students have made so many sacrifices; many are still learning online. Others are returning to in-class instruction even without any clear idea about when they will be eligible to get vaccinated. The staff at our local day cares and schools are similarly often in the dark about when they can get a vaccine, and in the meantime daily cases of Covid-19 in Tokyo, now under its fourth State of Emergency, are hitting highs not seen since January.

      • “COVID Games” Begin in a Fearful Japan as Olympic Committee Prioritizes “Profits Over All Else”

        As the Summer Olympics begin in Tokyo after the International Olympic Committee pushed forward during a pandemic despite widespread opposition in Japan, we speak with a protester outside the Olympic stadium and former Olympic athlete Jules Boykoff. “The people have been frustrated actually ever since the awarding of the Olympics in 2013,” says Satoko Itani, associate professor of sports, gender and sexuality at Kansai University. “The vast majority of Japanese people don’t want these games.” Boykoff argues the “saga in Tokyo has exposed an International Olympic Committee that openly disrespects the will of locals, that brushes off inconvenient facts from experts … And the IOC tends to prioritize its profits over all else.”

      • “Don’t You Work With Old People?”: Many Elder-Care Workers Still Refuse to Get COVID-19 Vaccine

        They are two sisters in two states. Both are dedicated health care professionals who watched in horror as COVID-19 swept through the nation’s nursing homes, killing a staggering number of residents and staff alike.

        One sister is now vaccinated. The other is not.

      • “America’s Frontline Doctors” sue over deaths from COVID-19 vaccines. Hilarity ensues.

        Does anyone remember “America’s Frontline Doctors”? To be honest, after having featured them in a retrospective about doctors behaving badly in 2020, I had (mostly) forgotten about this group of not really “frontline” doctors who had become the face quacks fronting an astroturf lobbying campaign after their moment in in the spotlight around a year ago. Sure, a year ago I simultaneously laughed and became angry at their credulous promotion of hydroxychloroquine as a miracle cure for COVID-19, commenting on their propaganda efforts in a post in which I likened hydroxychloroquine to the Black Knight of COVID-19 treatments, in a nod to the iconic character in Monty Python and the Holy Grail who, after each successive limb was lopped off by King Arthur, would say thinks like, “It’s just a flesh wound.” Of course, since then hydroxychloroquine has faded as more and more evidence has shown that it doesn’t work, only to be replaced by ivermectin, a very likely ineffective treatment that has risen to become the new hydroxychloroquine—with added incompetence and fraud behind it.

      • 316 people are shot every day in America. Here are 5 stories

        The spike plaguing many American cities this year has lawmakers reeling and police scrambling, though homicide rates are not rising as high as the double-digit jumps seen in 2020. Still, according to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, 316 people are shot every day in the U.S. and 106 of them die. It’s even prompted President Joe Biden to order federal strike forces in to help catch gun traffickers who are supplying weapons used in the shootings.

    • Integrity/Availability

      • A Defunct Video Hosting Site Is Flooding Normal Websites With Hardcore Porn

        This is funny, unfortunate, and also, an example of a much larger problem: The [Internet] is a collective hallucination that is fading away thanks to link rot.

      • Proprietary

        • Ransomware key to unlock customer data from REvil attack [iophk: Windows TCO]

          The company’s spokeswoman Dana Liedholm declined to answer whether Kaseya had paid for access to the key.

        • Security

          • Privacy/Surveillance

            • Pegasus is Just the Tip of the Israeli Cyber Spying Iceberg, with Whitney Webb
            • Surveillance, Roombacops, White Rage, and the End of Empathy

              Bodycam, cellphone and dashcam footage of these incidents reveal that some police take pleasure in brutalizing those they are ostensibly sworn to protect. After Bottom’s arrest, one of the officers complimented his colleagues on their “good police work.” Another laughingly boasted, “I had a handful of dreads.” Others enjoy reviewing footage of their casual brutality. “It’s like live TV.” Bodycams are my favorite thing to watch, I could watch livestream bodycams all day,” Hopp’s partner, Daria Jalali, revealed as she watched bodycam footage of Hopp brutalizing Garner with him and another officer.

              It took 30 seconds for Hopp to assault Garner; less than two seconds for officer Timothy Loehmann to shoot and kill 12-year-old Tamir Rice; nine minutes and 29 seconds for Derek Chauvin to asphyxiate George Floyd. Loehmann, who was almost hired by another police department after the incident, was fired for lying on his original job application but was not criminally charged in the slaying. Similarly, none of the officers involved in the death of Breonna Taylor, who died after a 12-second barrage of gunfire during which police fired 32 rounds into her apartment, six of which struck and killed Taylor, were charged with her murder.

            • EFF, ACLU Urge Appeals Court to Revive Challenge to Los Angeles’ Collection of Scooter Location Data

              For the brief: https://www.eff.org/document/sanchez-v-ladot-opening-appellage-briefpdf

            • Data Brokers are the Problem

              This is not the first time Grindr has been in the spotlight for sharing user information with third-party data brokers. The Norwegian Consumer Council singled it out in its 2020 “Out of Control” report, before the Norwegian Data Protection Authority fined Grindr earlier this year. At the time, it specifically warning that the app’s data-mining practices could put users at serious risk in places where homosexuality is illegal.

              But Grindr is just one of countless apps engaging in this exact kind of data sharing. The real problem is the many data brokers and ad tech companies that amass and sell this sensitive data without anything resembling real users’ consent.

              Apps and data brokers claim they are only sharing so-called “anonymized” data. But that’s simply not possible. Data brokers sell rich profiles with more than enough information to link sensitive data to real people, even if the brokers don’t include a legal name. In particular, there’s no such thing as “anonymous” location data. Data points like one’s home or workplace are identifiers themselves, and a malicious observer can connect movements to these and other destinations. In this case, that includes gay bars and private residents.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Pelosi Pledges to Move Forward on Jan 6 Commission, With or Without GOP Support
      • ‘A Huge Outrage’: Senate Panel Approves $25 Billion Pentagon Budget Increase

        The Senate Armed Services Committee agreed Thursday to add $25 billion to President Joe Biden’s already massive $715 billion Pentagon spending request, a move that prompted immediate outrage from progressive activists who have been demanding cuts to the bloated U.S. military budget.

        “Just the proposed $25 billion increase to the Pentagon budget alone could end homelessness in the United States, making clear that senators are more interested in increasing the profits of military contractors than meeting the needs of everyday working people,” said Carley Towne, co-director of the anti-war group CodePink.

      • AMLO and Coup Insurance

        More worrisome than what appears to be a return to the days in which the president designated his successor is the nature of the people he is presenting: two middle-of-the-road politicians who are directly linked to the collapse of Line 12 of the Metro in May and one former president of the national university, widely repudiated for having crushed a student strike in 2000 and who is now Mexico’s UN embassador. Ah: and two women cabinet members who are not interested.

        On Tuesday July 13, one of the protegés, former Mexico City mayor Marcelo Ebrard, spoke at the daily presidential press conference, apparently in his role as secretary of foreign relations. But there he announced that he is running for president. And right-wing newspaper columnists have already begun writing about how “Obradorism without Obrador” will not be so bad for business and have named Ebrard, current mayor Claudia Sheinbaum, and Ricardo Monreal, a quirky white-collar criminal and senator, as his acceptable succesors. “This is the Mexican left?”, you may be asking.

      • In Pre-Sentencing Letter, Drone Whistleblower Daniel Hale Says Crisis of Conscience Motivated Leak

        Attorneys for drone whistleblower Daniel Hale—who faces sentencing next week after pleading guilty earlier this year to violating the Espionage Act—on Thursday submitted a letter to Judge Liam O’Grady in which the former Air Force intelligence analyst says a crisis of conscience drove him to leak classified information about the U.S. targeted assassination program.

        “To stop the cycle of violence, I ought to sacrifice my own life and not that of another person. So, I contacted an investigative reporter… and told him that I had something the American people needed to know.”—Daniel Hale, whistleblower

      • It’s Time to End the U.S. War on Syria, Not Restart It

        In May, the AP claimed President Biden would soon put a stop to a US energy company’s ongoing theft of oil from a region in Syria that’s illegally occupied by US troops. So far, it’s not clear anything has changed. Syrian oil reportedly continues to be extracted by Americans, in what constitutes “pillaging” under international law. The company is owned by an ex-US special forces operative and a George W. Bush administration appointee.

        Some may be surprised by this. Didn’t naked, take-the-oil imperialism die with Dick Cheney’s political fortunes? Hasn’t the US stayed out of Syria?

      • Why U.S. Policy Toward Nicaragua Isn’t Working

        Let me try to fill this gap from the perspective of Nicaragua, a subject of U.S. intervention for more than a century. First, some history: According to Stephen Kinzer, the U.S. overthrow of Nicaragua’s elected President José Santos Zelaya in 1909 was the first example of U.S. regime change in mainland Latin America. It led to Marines occupying the country until 1933, when national hero Augusto Sandino threw them out. His assassination in 1934 led to 45 years of brutal dictatorship, in which the United States was complicit. The Sandinista revolution brought this to an end in 1979, but then Ronald Reagan sponsored the “Contra” forces whose atrocities, combined with a U.S. blockade, led to President Daniel Ortega’s narrow defeat for re-election in 1990.

        When Ortega was later re-elected in 2007, interference resumed under the banner of “promoting democracy.” As William Robinson has pointed out, in practice this means destabilizing measures that include sanctions, international media and propaganda campaigns, paramilitary actions, covert operations and much more. Writing in 2018 in Global Americans about recent U.S. involvement in Nicaragua, Benjamin Waddell bluntly described it as “laying the groundwork for insurrection.”

      • The Schnacke Affidavit: U.S. Admission of Offensive Germ Warfare Capability During the Korean War

        True crime devotees are familiar with the concept of the “cold case,” which Oxford Languages defines as “an unsolved criminal investigation which remains open pending the discovery of new evidence.” Allegations from China and North Korea that the U.S. used biological weaponry (BW) during the Korean War is an example of just such a cold case.

        I recently obtained from the National Archives an affidavit from assistant U.S. attorney Robert H. Schnacke. The sworn statement was filed during a controversial 1950s trial prosecuting the editorial staff of China Monthly Review for sedition for reporting on the controversy over whether the U.S. used BW against China and the People’s Democratic Republic of Korea (DPRK).

      • Bianca Nozaki-Nasser on Anti-Asian Bias
      • Does Roger Stone Read CounterPunch?

        However, a person described as a longtime friend, Trump, who, like others before him, could be viewed as an abuser of his constitutional powers, granted Stone a pardon that prevented the government from housing Stone in a federal prison and saving us taxpayers some money.[2]

        Soon after being pardoned, as reported in Newsweek, Stone was possibly involved in the January 6 riots. Video “footage of Stone galvanizing Trump supporters prior to the incident” is available.  However, as one might expect, “Stone has vehemently denied any involvement in the attack.”

      • Biden Admin’s Drone Strike in Somalia Draws Fire From Sanders, Lee and Murphy
      • Ilhan Omar Demands Answers After First Somalia Airstrike of Biden Era

        Rep. Ilhan Omar—the first Somali-American elected to Congress and an outspoken critic of U.S. militarism—on Friday sent a letter to President Joe Biden questioning his rationale behind its first drone strike in Somalia earlier this week, and seeking to hold his administration accountable for a promise it made to compensate families of civilians killed by American airstrikes.

        “How does your administration plan to better balance our diplomatic and development goals in Somalia with the militarized counter-terrorism approach that was so overemphasized by the previous administration?”—Rep. Ilhan Omar

      • Sanders, Lee, and Murphy Slam Biden Administration’s First Drone Strike in Somalia

        A trio of senators, including Bernie Sanders of Vermont, issued a statement late Thursday condemning the U.S. military’s drone strike in Somalia earlier this week, the first known bombing of the East African country since President Joe Biden took office in January.

        “We’re troubled that no one in the administration sought the required legal authorization from Congress for Tuesday’s drone strike in Somalia especially with no American forces at risk—and apparently, did not even check with our commander-in-chief,” Sanders, an independent, said in a joint statement with Sens. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah).

      • Hemingway and Latin America

        “I recognized him immediately, as he passed with his wife Mary Welsh on the Boulevard St. Michel in Paris one rainy spring day in 1957. He walked on the other side of the street toward the Luxembourg Gardens, wearing a worn pair of cowboy pants, a plaid shirt and a ballplayer’s cap. The only thing that didn’t look as if it belonged to him was a pair of metal-rimmed glasses, tiny and round, which gave him a premature grandfatherly air. For a fraction of a second, as always seemed to be the case, I found myself divided between my two competing roles. I didn’t know whether to ask him for an interview or cross the avenue to express my unqualified admiration for him. But with either proposition, I faced the same great inconvenience. I spoke the same rudimentary English I speak to this day, and I wasn’t very sure about his bullfighter’s Spanish. And so, I didn’t do either of the things that could have spoiled that moment, but instead cupped both hands over my mouth and, like Tarzan in the jungle, yelled from one sidewalk to the other: ‘Maeeestro!’ Ernest Hemingway understood that there could be no other master amid the multitude of students, and he turned, raised his hand and shouted to me in Castilian in a very childish voice, ‘Adiooós, amigo!’ It was the only time I saw him”. García Márquez thus expressed his appreciation for one of the two authors who most influenced his work (the other was William Faulkner).

        Hemingway in Cuba

      • What’s Really Going on in Cuba

        The international media has exaggerated and manipulated these events to depict mass opposition to the Cuban government, police repression of peaceful protests and a regime in crisis. Meanwhile, the role of external forces, the existence of a concerted social media war on Cuba, the pernicious impact of US sanctions and the mobilisation of thousands of Cubans in support of the revolutionary government have been deliberately downplayed or ignored.

        In most of the Americas, including in the US, such social disturbances are common, and often involve serious casualties and multiple arrests. In Cuba, however, the last violent protest was the Maleconazo uprising in 1994 – the worst year of the so-called ‘special period’ of economic crisis in which Cuba’s GDP fell by 35% after the collapse of the socialist bloc which accounted for nearly 90% of Cuba’s trade. Hoping to push the country over the edge, the US government enacted the Torricelli Act in 1992 and Helms Burton Act in 1996, tightening US sanctions and obstructing Cuba’s trade with the rest of the world. While scarce resources were harnessed to prioritise welfare, Cubans faced shortages in every sector: food, fuel, medicines, housing, industry, transport, and so on. Life was tough.

      • ‘The Haitian People Aren’t Looking for Foreign Powers to Impose a New System’
      • Now Is the Time for Biden to Restaff the Havana Embassy

        On September 21, 2017, more than 30 members of the US Embassy community in Havana, Cuba, sent a letter to the State Department imploring Secretary Rex Tillerson not to reduce the embassy staff in response to a series of mysterious “acoustic incidents” experienced by US intelligence and diplomatic personnel. “[W]e understand there are a series of decisions being made this week regarding the operating status of the Embassy,” the urgent letter stated. “We are aware of the risks of remaining at Post. And we understand there may be unknown risks.” Rather than an “ordered departure,” the diplomats and spouses proposed an alternative: “We ask that the Department give us the opportunity to decide for ourselves whether to stay or leave.”

      • The Best Haitians Can Expect From New President Ariel Henry

        Two weeks have passed since the assassination of Jovenel Moïse in his bedroom at his private residence. Ariel Henry, a humble neurosurgeon and a minister who has shifted imperturbably from right to moderate left and back over the years, has been installed as Haiti’s latest in a long series of easily forgotten acting presidents. Moïse’s widow, Martine Moïse, reportedly critically injured in the attack, has returned from a Miami hospital to Haiti, where she participated in memorial ceremonies for her husband wearing a plain black dress and a splint on her right arm. There have been persistent rumors that Moïse wanted his wife to run for president after his term ended.

      • Facing Possibility Of Harshest Sentence Ever For Leak, Daniel Hale Pens Letter To Judge

        The following was originally published as part of The Dissenter Newsletter, a project of Shadowproof. Subscribe here.As President Joe Biden winds down U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan, a conflict spanning nearly 20 years, the As the President Joe Biden winds down United States military involvement in Afghanistan, a conflict spanning nearly 20 years, the U.S. Justice Department seeks the harshest sentence ever for the unauthorized disclosure of information in a case against an Afghanistan War veteran.

        Daniel Hale, who “accepted responsibility” for violating the Espionage Act, responded to the spitefulness of prosecutors by submitting a letter to Judge Liam O’Grady, a judge for the district court in the Eastern District of Virginia. It could be construed as a plea for mercy from the court ahead of sentencing, but more than anything, it outlines a defense of his actions that the U.S. government and a U.S. court would never have allowed him to present before a jury.

      • Protecting the Prophet in Norway

        But Norway’s elites didn’t let the facts keep them from using Breivik’s atrocities against the critics of Islam, who in a slew of op-eds and TV commentaries were painted as mentors of Breivik – his co-conspirators, even – who should be silenced, or worse. (These are the same elites who respond to acts of jihad by insisting that they’re unrelated to Islam – never mind the Koranic commands to kill infidels and the perpetrators’ cries of “Allahu akbar!”)

        Eventually the cris de coeur died down. But as the tenth anniversary of 7/22 has approached, those of us who were among the left’s targets back then have seen the pitchforks coming back out. In a July 7 op-ed entitled “Together against Extremism,” Prime Minister Erna Solberg took aim at “xenophobia, hate speech, and conspiracy theories.” Five days later came the news that the Labor Party would commemorate 7/22 by calling for an “extremism commission” to “prevent and counteract radicalization.”

      • Record Number of People Fleeing Armed Attacks in Burkina Faso

        The attacks on civilians and security forces by jihadist groups are increasing in frequency and in the level of violence. Over the past two years, more than 1.3 million people, or 6 percent of the population, have become displaced inside the country.

        UNHCR spokesman Babar Baloch said the speed of internal displacement was showing no sign of slowing as armed attacks continue unabated.

    • Environment

      • Boris Johnson ‘Missing in Action’ Ahead of COP26 Climate Summit, Say Campaigners

        Climate campaigners have called on the UK government to step up its action ahead of the COP26 UN summit set to take place in Glasgow in November, which they say is in “serious jeopardy”.

        A hundred protesters gathered in Parliament Square this morning to mark 100 days before the talks begin, accusing Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak of being “Missing in Action”. They held banners with the phrase “The climate needs you” and giant alarm clocks to emphasise the urgency of tackling climate change. 

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      • ‘A Day of Shame’: Australia Lobbying Thwarts Push to List Great Barrier Reef as Endangered

        An intense lobbying campaign by the pro-fossil fuel Australian government succeeded Friday in keeping the Great Barrier Reef off a list of World Heritage Sites considered “in danger,” despite experts’ warnings that the biodiverse ecosystem is increasingly imperiled by the global climate emergency.

        “The Great Barrier Reef is in danger, and trying to hide the facts won’t change a thing.”—Lesley Hughes, Climate Council

      • Deadly Disparity: Closing the Tree Equity Divide

        As heat wave after heat wave scorches the West this summer, it may feel like there’s no escape from the record-breaking temperatures. But mounting research shows one way to help beat the heat: Urban communities with more tree cover fare much better than those that lack a green canopy.

      • Energy

        • ‘Huge Legal Win’: Court Stops Police From Blockading Line 3 Protester Camp

          In a development progressives called a “huge legal win in the fight against Line 3,” a Minnesota court on Friday ordered police in Hubbard County to stop impeding access to the Giniw Collective’s camp, where anti-pipeline activists have been organizing opposition to Enbridge’s multibillion-dollar tar sands project.

          “Just because the Hubbard County Sheriff and Hubbard County Attorney are opposed to Native people protecting our homelands should not mean they can engage in violent, unlawful repression without consequence.”—Tara Houska, Giniw Collective

        • Landslides in India Kill 100+ as Monsoon Rains Pummel Nation

          In India, landslides triggered by monsoon rains—which scientists say are increasing in frequency and intensity as a result of the fossil fuel-driven climate crisis—have killed dozens of people this week, including at least 112 overnight in the western state of Maharashtra, authorities said on Friday.

          “Global warming is increasing monsoon rainfall in India even more than previously thought. It is dominating monsoon dynamics in the 21st century.”—Anja Katzenberger, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

        • The Climate Crisis Has Gone Critical

          In June, record heat waves hit Russia, Northern Europe, Canada, and the United States. When these increasingly common weather phenomena began killing hundreds of people, the U.S. media focused its coverage on a single record breaking 116-degree day in Portland, Oregon.  

        • Shifting from Fossil Fuels to Renewables Would Add 8 Million Energy Sector Jobs Worldwide: Study

          Critics of a shift to a post-carbon economy often claim that a fossil fuel phase-out would leave millions of people unemployed. And while millions of fossil fuel industry jobs would indeed be lost under a robust climate policy, a study published Friday shows that overall energy sector employment would actually increase by over 40% by 2050 due to gains in renewable energy jobs.

          “While fossil fuel jobs, particularly extraction jobs, which constitute 80% of current fossil fuel jobs, would rapidly decline, these losses would be more than compensated by gains in solar and wind jobs.”—Study

        • Tribal Leaders Raise ‘Serious Concerns’ About Plans to Turn Their Shrinking Louisiana Island Home Into a ‘Sportsman’s Paradise’

          For decades, federal and Louisiana state officials encouraged residents to permanently relocate from the Isle de Jean Charles — the shrinking traditional homeland of the Isle de Jean Charles Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw (IDJC) Tribe — and they assured them that the Gulf Coast island would not be redeveloped if residents left. 

          However, changes in plans for the island, which has been threatened by over a century of oil and gas extraction, flood control development on the Mississippi River delta, and now climate change, are leaving tribal leaders increasingly “unsettled” in the years after their plans helped the state of Louisiana secure federal funding for resettlement in 2016. The result is a growing feeling among tribal leaders that new investments and proposals to turn the region into a recreational destination may continue a long history of displacement and colonization.

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        • Just Out of Jail, Winona LaDuke Decries Militarized Crackdown on Enbridge Line 3 Pipeline Protests

          Nearly 600 water protectors have been arrested during ongoing protests in Minnesota against the construction of the Enbridge Line 3 tar sands pipeline at the Shell River, which the partially completed pipeline is set to cross in five places. On Monday, authorities arrested Indigenous leader Winona LaDuke and at least six others. She was just released from jail yesterday and joins us after three nights in jail. LaDuke describes how the Canadian multinational corporation Enbridge, which is building the pipeline, has funded more than 40 police squads from around the state to crack down on protests, saying, “It is a civil crisis when a Canadian multinational controls your police force.” LaDuke is executive director of Honor the Earth. She says Enbridge’s efforts to finish construction come as investors are increasingly pulling out of the fossil fuels sector. “Who wants to have the last tar sands pipeline? It’s the end of the party.”

      • Wildlife/Nature

        • Why Regenerative Farming Works and Regenerative Ranching Fails

          The dominant paradigm in American farming is mass production of single-crop monocultures, where every square foot of arable land is tilled to plant a single variety of annual plant that dies after harvest and then expose the soil to dessication, erosion, impoverishment, and wind drift. This practice relies heavily on the use of on chemical fertilizers, insecticides, and herbicides, and includes the frequent use of genetically-modified crops to withstand the poor growing conditions. The system is efficient on an industrial scale, but it creates ecological deserts of no value to native wildlife, hemorrhages soil nutrients into streams and rivers (creating a massive oceanic dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico), and minimizes the capacity for carbon storage in the soil.

          In contrast, truly regenerative farming minimizes soil disturbance by retaining ground cover between rows of primary crops, often using nitrogen-fixing species that add nutrients to the soil. Instead of planting a single crop as far as the eye can see, multiple crops are planted together, creating a simple and non-native but ecologically more diverse natural system that offers native birds, mammals, and pollinators a better chance to find suitable habitat. Sometimes regenerative agriculture involves perennial plant species, which over years can invest resources in developing deeper and weightier root systems, sequestering more carbon in the soil. These regenerative farming methods might not approach the carbon storage of the native perennial grasslands and shrublands that originally inhabited the lands they occupy, but they’re a major improvement over corporate mega-farms. Given the billions of humans on the planet and the futility of feeding them all on hunting and gathering from native ecosystems, regenerative farming is an important step toward sustainability.

        • Brazil, Amazon, World: Part Two
        • The Return of Logging Without Laws

          The rider was an unprecedented power grab by the timber industry, giving the U.S. Department of Agriculture secretary sole discretion as to whether or not the Forest Service should conduct any environmental analysis of logging impacts and it completely did away with any administrative appeals while also severely limiting the ability of the federal courts to stop the damaging timber sales.

          Perhaps one of the most egregious provisions in the rider was the “sufficiency clauses” that said any “salvage” timber sale would automatically be considered as meeting the requirements of the Endangered Species Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, along with several other bedrock conservation laws. And just to be sure no other barriers stood in the way to this massive timber grab, the law exempted any timber sales conducted under the rider from “all other applicable federal environmental or natural resource laws.” Thus, it rightfully earned the moniker “Logging Without Laws.”

        • East River Ecocide

          But while we can’t stop the wind, that doesn’t mean we’re entirely powerless to clean the air. The cheapest and most effective way, of course (in addition to curtailing pollution — i.e., degrowth), is to plant trees. Trees and other plants not only capture CO2, but produce oxygen. So, if we value breathing (and, really, only a maniac doesn’t, right?), we must also value trees. We should plant trees, as many as possible. But, crucially, we should also conserve the trees and forests and green spaces we have already. It’s no exaggeration to say that those in positions of power who don’t value, and don’t prioritize, such vital resources are putting us all on a path to extinction.

          That’s why it’s so peculiar that Bill de Blasio (the mayor of New York City, who never tires of promoting himself as a friend of the environment) among others are planning to destroy over one thousand mature trees in a park here this coming October. At a time when we should be protecting our trees and green spaces most vigorously, the city is intent on destroying the thousand trees of East River Park, the nearly one-and-a-half mile long park that runs between the East River (really a tidal strait, an extension of the bay, particularly prone to flooding) and the FDR Highway along Manhattan’s Lower East Side. But why?

        • Record-Breaking Temperatures Are Sparking Forest Fires
        • Vanishing: Song for the Bobolink
        • Vaquita porpoise sacrificed for political gain; observers fear extinction will follow

          The federal government’s decision to scrap a no-fishing zone in the upper Gulf of California will likely lead to the extinction of the critically endangered vaquita marina porpoise, according to two environmental sector professionals.

    • Finance

      • Wyden Warns Millions of Poor Families Could Be ‘Denied’ Child Tax Credit Unless IRS Acts

        Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden, chair of the powerful Senate Finance Committee, warned Thursday that millions of poor and vulnerable families across the U.S. could be “denied” benefits from a newly launched child tax credit program unless the Internal Revenue Service acts quickly to improve a key online application portal.

        The online tool was unveiled last month with the stated goal of helping low-income people who aren’t required to submit a tax return—and thus don’t have information on file with the IRS—gain access to the expanded CTC, which Congress approved in March. The IRS has been tasked with administering the program, despite concerns over the agency’s ability to handle the distribution of monthly payments to tens of millions of households on top of its other obligations.

      • AOC, Housing Advocates Slam ‘Reckless’ Biden Plan to Allow Evictions to Resume
      • The Oligarch’s Mythology of Cowboy Individualism: Bezos in a 10-Gallon Hat

        When the extractive, cotton-based oligarchy of the South was shattered by the war, and Reconstruction brought a genuine surge of democracy to the region, it resulted in multi-ethnic legislatures that were beginning to provide basic public goods to all people, such as schools, hospitals and roads. Meanwhile, the extractive economy was moving West. Cattle ranching was one of its major industries.

        Through the Democratic Party, the oligarchs gained traction North and South with the myth of the cowboy individualist. Richardson writes, “ . . . they contrasted what they saw as a system of race-based wealth redistribution taking hold in the East with an image of the American West where hardworking men asked nothing of the government but to be left alone. The cowboy era and Reconstruction overlapped almost exactly . . . Democrats mythologized the cowboy, self-reliant and tough, making his way in the world on his own . . . By 1880, the cowboy had become an iconic image of the American individualist . . . “

      • The ‘Creative Chaos’ of Gloria Richardson (1922–2021)

        I learned about Gloria Richardson when I was a teenager in the early 1960s. Following the example of the adults in my family, my sister and I paid close attention to news about the civil rights movement. I might have seen Richardson on TV, but more likely it was in the pages of Ebony, Jet, or the Call and Post, Cleveland’s Black newspaper. Although I had no real concept of sexism or gender politics at the time, Richardson made an impression because it was so unusual to see a Black woman out front leading.

      • The Political Brilliance of the American Rescue Plan

        The economy is bouncing back. The announcement of 850,000 new jobs in June adds to other signs that people are aggressively looking for work and that wages are going up. This recovery is different from the anemic growth that followed the Great Recession, thanks to the $1.9 trillion in spending allocated in the Biden administration’s American Rescue Plan. The legislation expanded aid to states and municipalities, extended unemployment insurance benefits, sent people $1,400 checks, and far more. The plan is expected to get us back to the country’s pre-pandemic employment levels by the end of 2022.

      • Billionaires in Space

        “Welcome to the dawn of a new space age,” said billionaire Richard Branson after the successful launch and landing of his spaceship the VSS Unity. The test flight for Branson’s space tourism venture, Virgin Galactic, was indeed a fitting inauguration of this new, neoliberal space age, which substitutes corporate noblesse oblige for the cosmic vision of collective progress that space travel once represented.

      • Roaming Charges: Bedtime for Bezos

        + We are witnessing the last great enclosure, as the billionaire rocket-set greedily stake their claims on space–once a universal commons, a kind of dreamscape that since the beginning of humankind has been available freely to all, owned by none.

        + Bezos’s rocket looks like it was designed by Barbarella’s workshop, a stubby white vibrator, which is the most extravagant manifestation yet of that favorite pastime of the American elite, Ostentatious Onanism.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Progress or War: On Islamophobia and Europe’s Demographic Shifts

        Of course, anti-Muslim sentiments are rarely framed to appear anti-Muslim. While Europe’s right-wing parties remain committed to the ridiculous notion that Muslims, immigrants and refugees pose a threat to Europe’s overall security and unique secular identities, the left is not entirely immune from such chauvinistic notions.

        The right’s political discourse is familiar and is often condemned for its repugnantly ultra-nationalistic, if not outright racist, tone and rhetoric. The left, on the other hand, is a different story. The European left, notably in countries like France and Belgium, frame their ‘problem’ with Islam as fundamental to their supposed dedication to the secular values of the State.

      • Trump Foreign Business Dealings Draw Scrutiny as New York Probe Ramps Up
      • Have You Heard That Trumpism is “Becoming Fascist”?

        I ask these absurd questions because George W. Bush’s former speechwriter David Frum has recently taken to the pages of The Atlantic to inform readers that “there’s a word for what Trumpism is becoming.” The word starts with an “f.” The word, Frum has discovered, is…drum roll, please…fascism.

        You don’t say. Where has the F Rip Van Frum-kel been the last six years? Did he witness Trump’s presidential campaign announcement in the spring of 2015, when the Donald rode down the Trump Tower escalator behind his Nazi trophy frau Melania to claim that America was being overrun by Mexican rapists and that he alone could fix the nation’s dire problems? The New Yorker’s Adam Gopnik had the fascism at the heart of Trumpism figured out when he wrote this in May of 2016:

      • Senators Klobuchar And Lujan Release Ridiculous, Blatantly Unconstitutional Bill To Make Facebook Liable For Health Misinformation

        On Wednesday, Senator Amy Klobuchar promised to introduce a bill that would somehow hold Facebook liable for medical misinformation. As we wrote in the post about her claims, that doesn’t explain how there would be any legitimate underlying cause of action, because nearly all such medical misinformation is still protected by the 1st Amendment.

      • Star politics Almost every election season, Russian celebrities vow to run for office and serve the nation. They’re usually full of shit.

        Russia’s current election season has featured several unexpected announcements from celebrities that they, too, would like seats in the next State Duma. Political inspiration has struck (sometimes faded) stars like former t.A.T.u. singer Julia Volkova, rapper Slava KPSS, musicians Victoria Dayneko and Tatyana Bulanova, and entertainer and stylist Sergey Zverev, just to name a few.

      • Naming and Shaming the Organizations, Corporations, and Billionaires Behind Voter Suppression

        Sean Morales-Doyle, the acting director in the Democracy Program for the Brennan Center for Justice, brought a message about the urgent need to protect voting rights to Congress last week, when he testified before the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee.

      • Rev. Liz Theoharis of Poor People’s Campaign Arrested in Protest over Voting Rights & Infrastructure

        Nearly 100 women from around the United States were arrested outside the Supreme Court as they marked the 173rd anniversary of the first women’s rights convention at Seneca Falls with a protest calling for voting rights and economic justice. We speak with Reverend Liz Theoharis, co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign and one of those who was arrested. She says Congress needs to scrap the filibuster, pass voting rights legislation and pass a “bold infrastructure bill” that addresses economic inequality, as well as the climate. She also discusses the work of her father, historian Athan Theoharis, who recently died after a lengthy career dedicated to exposing FBI misconduct.

      • 150 Voting Rights Groups Warn Biden Against Attempting to ‘Out-Organize Voter Suppression’

        Voting rights advocates on Friday said the Biden administration risks alienating the very organizers whose tireless work was instrumental in delivering the White House and both chambers of Congress for Democrats in 2020, as they pushed the administration to abandon the notion that the party can combat Republican attacks on voting rights through get-out-the-vote efforts rather than congressional action.

        “Every American deserves and should be able to rely on a baseline level of voting access, free from efforts to block their path to the voting booth or dilute or nullify their votes. Only passage of both the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act can make this aspiration a reality.”—150 voting rights groups

      • It’s Nina Turner Against the Democratic Establishment in Ohio 11

        Nina Turner seemed a little uneasy when we said goodbye after a mid-May weekend on the campaign trail, during which she’d logged eight events from Cleveland to Akron and back in about 24 hours. The former state senator’s campaign for Ohio’s 11th Congressional District was looking good: She would soon release an internal poll showing that she had 50 percent of the vote, with her closest rival, Cuyahoga County Democratic Party chair Shontel Brown, far behind at 15 percent (there are 11 other candidates). She was crushing Brown in fundraising, too.

      • The Pleasure of His Company
    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • Techdirt Has Been Released From A Gag Order Regarding A Federal Investigation Into A Silly Comment

        I’m going to start off this post with a note that, in general, you should not threaten federal judges. I do understand that people often take out their anger on decisions that go in ways they disagree with by insisting that a judge is corrupt or awful or that something ought to be done, and while I understand the impulse and the instinct to vent in that manner, it’s not very productive. Also, as you’ll see below, it creates something of a mess. Meanwhile, it’s only been a year since an angry party from a case showed up at a federal judge’s home and shot and killed her son (and shot and wounded her husband). There is now legislation being proposed to keep judges’ information more private to try to prevent such a thing from happening again.

      • Instagram restores investigative news outlet’s account after brief suspension following ‘undesirable’ designation in Russia

        The investigative news outlet Proekt had its Instagram page restored, roughly a day after editor-in-chief Roman Badanin reported that the social network had permanently suspended his team’s account for supposedly violating community guidelines.

      • Instagram users worry a new sensitivity filter is censoring their work

        Instagram users around the platform share one central concern right now: that the app’s new sensitive content filter is blocking their posts. In posts on both the feed and in Stories, account holders are warning their followers that the setting is limiting their reach and that their followers should disable the filter to ensure their posts get through.

    • Freedom of Information/Freedom of the Press

      • Redeem American Ideals: US Government Must End the Political Prosecution of Julian Assange

        On January 4, 2021, the British Judge Vanessa Baraitster rejected the US extradition request of Assange on medical grounds, noting her concerns about the harsh US prison condition. Two days later the judge denied his bail application, sending Assange straight back to the same prison that contributed to his deteriorating health.

        In February, the Biden Justice Department decided to pursue the extradition case for conspiracy to commit computer intrusion. The UK’s High Court is yet to decide whether it will grant the US prosecutors permission for their appeal. Meanwhile, important revelations have now emerged that challenge the factual basis of this case.

      • Russian newspaper’s website crashes after publishing op-ed from journalist charged with treason

        Hours after the newspaper Vedomosti published an op-ed by imprisoned journalist Ivan Safronov, the page hosting his text suddenly became inaccessible. Not long thereafter, Vedomosti’s entire website crashed. According to communications director Guzel Khairetdinova, the newspaper is under DDoS attack. She told Meduza that the attack is targeting Vedomosti’s entire website, not just a single text. “The whole site is down and our technical team is doing everything it can to restore it,” she explained.

      • Justice Ministry designates The Insider (Bellingcat’s main partner in Russia) as a ‘foreign agent’

        On Friday, July 23, Russia’s Justice Ministry designated another prominent independent news outlet as a “foreign agent,” adding The Insider to its registry. The federal agency also designated another five journalists as “individual foreign agents.”

      • ‘Journalists like that are worse than terrorists’: Meet Vitaly Borodin, the activist whose complaint led Russia to outlaw the investigative news outlet ‘Proekt’

        On July 15, the Russian authorities declared the investigative outlet Proekt “undesirable” — a designation that officials previously used only with NGOs. The same day, a number of their journalists (and three from other outlets) were declared “foreign agents.” Each one had been the object of a complaint to Russia’s Attorney General filed by an obscure activist named Vitaly Borodin, who’s also a veteran Interior Ministry employee. Borodin leads the Federal Security and Anti-Corruption Foundation, a Kremlin-backed organization whose name and structure are strikingly similar to those of Alexey Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation, which was declared an “extremist” group in June. Meduza special correspondent Lilia Yapparova spoke to Borodin about his past, his organization, and his motives for going after independent journalists.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • The Slogan No Justice, No Peace Gets It Backward.  Peace is the Key to Justice

        As my own thinking has evolved over a political lifetime of mostly antiracist focused thought and action, I have concluded that understanding the role of violence has received far too little attention. What happened first was that I became aware that my knowledge of settler colonialism and its impact on white identity and white power was woefully inadequate.  Reading Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz’s 2014 book An Indigenous People’s History of the United States was a milestone and remains an indispensable resource.  Along this path, I have written about settler colonialism in several articles including here and here.

        Trying to discover more about white territorial conquest led to my becoming open to learning more about Indigenous ways of seeing the world.  I am especially indebted to my colleague in the National Council of Elders (NCOE), Kathy Sanchez and other leaders of Tewa Women United for helping me find an escape hatch out of the exclusively white-way-of-thinking.

      • This Is What Happens to Child Migrants Found Alone at the US Border
      • Just Out of Jail, Winona LaDuke Decries Militarized Crackdown on Line 3 Protests
      • Revealing ‘Extreme and Regressive Strategy,’ Mississippi Asks SCOTUS to Overturn Roe

        Mississippi’s attorney general on Thursday explicitly asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade as the state appeals a lower court ruling on its ban of nearly all abortions after 15 weeks of gestation.

        The opening brief (pdf) Mississippi filed with the court, said Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, “reveals the extreme and regressive strategy, not just of this law, but of the avalanche of abortion bans and restrictions that are being passed across the country.”

      • American Psychosis

        In Afghanistan, after two decades of corruption and chaos, drone attacks and door-kicking and cold-blooded executions, the Taliban gliding back into power. For the entirety of their occupation, Washington turned a blind eye to gross abuses of power and position by the government they installed. Just as in Viet Nam, they’re running away and leaving an unholy mess, with more than three million internally displace people. They still can’t win a war, and Afghan irregulars have once again defeated a superpower (two down, none to go). Do locals feel grateful that The President chose their distant country as a locus for weapons system testing? Seemingly not.

        The Afghan government is so criminally inept that its expensively equipped regular soldiers are as redundant as Joe Biden’s dog walker. Trained at vast expense by American and British officers who won hearts and minds with seminars on topics such as personal hygiene, Afghan soldiers are as sick as everyone else of the destruction. Rather than fight the Taliban, they run away as fast as their legs can carry them. It seems that all those infantry training manuals expensively translated into Pashtun and Dari and Tajik omitted the importance of ‘having something to fight for’.

      • Legal Brief From Mississippi AG Calls for Supreme Court to Undo Abortion Rights
      • FBI Admits It Got 4,500 Tips on Kavanaugh But Didn’t Investigate Them
      • Texas School District’s Facial Recognition System Capable Of Capturing A Single Student’s Image More Than 1,000 Times A Week

        Facial recognition tech is making its way into schools, subjecting minors to the same tech that still hasn’t proven its worth in the adult world. Like many other surveillance encroachments, this acquisition and deployment was prompted by violence and fear.

      • Biden Upholds Last-Minute Trump Memo That Would Send 4,000 People Back to Prison
      • Court Docs Appear To Show FBI Informants Contributed Two-Thirds Of The Conspirators To The Michigan Governor Kidnapping Plot

        The FBI’s proclivity for inside jobs has not gone unnoticed here at Techdirt. The FBI primarily considers itself a counterterrorist agency these days, which has led to a lot of undercover work that closely resembles entrapment.

      • Maine Legislature Ends Civil Asset Forfeiture In The State

        The state of Maine recently enacted the strictest facial recognition limitations in the country, prohibiting the use of the tech in most areas of the government and preventing state law enforcement from acquiring it. The tech can still be used, but all searches must be run through either the FBI or the state’s database via the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. Citizens who believe they’ve been unlawfully subjected to facial recognition tech can sue state agencies for violations of the law.

      • 35 Years Later, Looking Back at the Founding of FAIR

        It was 35 years ago this month that I left my beloved Venice, California, to move to New York City to launch FAIR. Not many progressive nonprofits endure 35 years, but FAIR has survived and thrived.

      • The Two Big Lies of WSJ’s Attack on Critical Race Theory

        The Wall Street Journal editorial board (7/7/21) recently condemned teachers’ support for anti-racist curricula and professional development. In a piece headlined “The Teachers Unions Go Woke”—because the right loves to use that term as a pejorative—the board wrote:

      • Curb Your McCarthyism: An Early Test for Israel’s New Minister of Education

        This week, the High Court of Justice informed the new Minister of Education, Yifat Shasha-Biton, that she has three weeks to decide her position regarding one of the last acts of her predecessor, Yoav Gallant of Netanyahu’s government. Before leaving his post, Gallant made a final decision as Education Minister not to award the high-profile Israel Prize in computer science to a professor at the Weizmann Institute, Oded Goldreich.

        Initially, Gallant vetoed the award of the prize back in April in the wake of a right-wing group ‘uncovering’ the academic’s alleged support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. In a follow-up to the veto, Gallant cast himself in the role of chief prosecutor in an investigation into the granting of the prize and Goldreich was summoned to a hearing whose function was to determine the answers to questions regarding petitions and open letters signed by him, his position regarding BDS and his activities in a group called Academia for Equality.

      • The right to international travel and the right to a U.S. passport

        In late 2015, as we noted at the time, Congress voted — as part of an unrelated surface transportation bill — to authorize the Department of State to revoke and/or refuse to issue a U.S. passport to anyone against whom the IRS has assessed an administrative lien or levy (even in the absence of any judicial action) for $50,000 or more in tax debt.

        This week, the first appellate court to review this law upheld it as Constitutional, although on limited grounds. In its “per curiam” opinion in Maehr v. Department of State, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a decision by a U.S. District Court judge in Colorado dismissing a lawsuit by Jeffrey T. Maehr, one of almost half a million people who have been deemed subject to revocation or non-issuance of U.S. passports, and thus prohibited from legally leaving (or returning to) the U.S.,  for alleged tax debts.

        Two judges wrote opinions in support of the “per curiam” decision, each joined in different parts by the third member of the three-judge panel.

      • For enslaving two Yazidi women: Widow of IS terrorist sentenced by German court

        The Hanseatic Higher Regional Court was convinced that the widow of IS terrorist and rapper Denis Cuspert (“Deso Dogg”), as a member of the terrorist organisation Islamic State (IS), aided and abetted a crime against humanity in the form of enslavement under the International Criminal Code. [...]

      • Rise of the Right: White Supremacy and the Myth of the “White Working-Class”

        America’s culture of white supremacy is longstanding, and not confined to the Republican-right. Recent polling reveals that large numbers of Americans can be classified as white nationalists, including members of both parties. An October 2019 Associated Press poll found that 22 percent of Democrats and 51 percent of Republicans agreed that “a culture established by the country’s early European immigrants” is “important” “to the United States identity as a nation.” Such sentiment draws on classic white nationalist sentiments that identify white “European immigrants” as central to the national “culture” and “identity” and what it means to be American.

        Similar to AP’s 2019 poll, a University of Virginia poll from 2018 revealed that 35 percent of Americans, including 26 percent of Democrats, 29 percent of independents, and 51 percent of Republicans, agreed that “America must protect and preserve its White European heritage.” The poll revealed much about American denialism, as only 8 percent of respondents were willing to admit in the survey that they support “white nationalism,” despite the alternatively worded question above serving as a functional equivalent for white nationalism, and demonstrating that 35 percent of respondents agreed that “America” as a nation should define “its” identity via “White European heritage.” Put another way, the discrepancy here suggests that while only 8 percent of Americans admit they are white nationalists, another 27 percent “fit the bill,” but are unwilling to openly identify as so for fear of the stigma that comes along with it.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • Biden Still Hasn’t Picked An FCC Boss, But He Just Tagged A Comcast Lobbyist As Ambassador To Canada

        Consumer groups have grown increasingly annoyed at the Biden administration’s failure to pick a third Democratic Commissioner and permanent FCC boss six months into his term. After the rushed Trump appointment of unqualified Trump BFF Nathan Simington to the agency (as part of that dumb and now deceased plan to have the FCC regulate social media), the agency now sits gridlocked at 2-2 commissioners under interim FCC head Jessica Rosenworcel.

    • Monopolies

Support the Founders of GNU and Linux, Besieged by People and Corporations That Hate Development Communities and Seek Oppressive Monopoly Over Everything

Posted in Bill Gates, Deception, Free/Libre Software, GNU/Linux, IBM, Microsoft at 4:49 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum e9467cde25953897a0ddf8f1d72d9208

Summary: The founders of GNU and Linux (Stallman and Torvalds, respectively) want to give us free (as in freedom) software by which to control our destiny; the forces looking to demonise and marginalise both of them don’t have the same objectives (to whom they’re antithetical)

THE OLD monopolists (IBM in the mid-twentieth century and Microsoft in the later part of that century) don’t want people to control their computers and be in charge of their computing. What’s the surprise here? There’s no business model to it. They’d rather keep people perpetually dependent on corporations and, via corporations, dependent on governments too.

The brave new world... They called it LinuxworldThere’s a rarely explored theme in society and in civil society’s history, as seen in the antiwar movement and fights for a vote, for a fair salary, sick leave etc. What corporations want is very often the exact opposite of their workers’ needs. In the EPO, which nowadays acts like a for-profit corporation, Benoît Battistelli and António Campinos have treated patent examiners (i.e. people who do all the actual work) like disposable junk.

“Don’t let these career lobbyists dictate what we want or need. They don’t represent people (corporations are not people), they represent or front for the interests of money and power.”In the video above I express my thoughts about the current situation, seeing that the war on Stallman has mostly calmed down (for now) and Torvalds barely gets to make big decisions in his own project. There are several recent examples of the latter. Rust (funded by Google, developed by Mozilla, hosted by Microsoft) is a prominent instance of corporations/monopolies making the big decisions through front groups called “security” something while the corporate media portrays issues like weak passwords as a “Linux” problem (we shared several examples of that in our Daily Links this past week).

Remember that we’re stronger together and some groups that only claim to represent communities (e.g. GNOME Foundation and Linux Foundation) may in fact be partly or fully captured by monopolies. Don’t let these career lobbyists dictate what we want or need. They don’t represent people (corporations are not people), they represent or front for the interests of money and power.

Of note (from the video): How To Sign the Letter in Support of Richard Stallman Without GitHub

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[Meme] Linus Should Reassert Control of Linux

Posted in Kernel at 1:25 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Bossing everybody, Bossed by Zemlin; We do not use Linux!
Don’t let the most widely used kernel be controlled by monopolies

Summary: Linus Torvalds needs to quit being at the mercy of monopolies (or monopolists who sent him to see therapists as if he was mentally ill); at the moment the development of Linux isn’t steered by people and thus not for people (but large corporations that work with states and armies)

Remember That the ‘Linux’ Foundation is Working Against You (Unless You’re a Monopoly)

Posted in Deception, GNU/Linux, Kernel, Microsoft at 1:01 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 74d7505e92de6460a5f0f9ad8ddc0f91

Summary: The corporate siege by a certain so-called ‘Linux’ Foundation (a siege against people and against their authentic communities) carries on; of course they try to disguise it as the exact opposite of what it really is and it is therefore essential that we all understand how and why they do this (these tactics are borrowed from dirty politics and contagious cults)

The racist Linux Foundation (yes, it’s racist [1, 2]) or the so-called ‘Linux’ Foundation (some prefer calling it the “Corporate Linux Foundation”) shows no remorse for its smear campaigns against — and its exclusion of — the community. Yes, exclusion. They’re all about exclusion of people (because corporations and magnates are what brings more money and power).

Many of its people participated in the attack on the FSF earlier this year (they’re no fans of copyleft, either) and it’s not because they hate — or deny the existence of — GNU. They even reject and deny the value of Linux, the kernel, which they barely promote. The people who run this marketing agency (misusing the brand "Linux" to attract members, i.e. money) are generally rejecting Linux (many examples of that, including recent ones and one from the video above because Windows, Visual Studio and GitHub are proprietary software, not “open”). They produce their reports and videos with proprietary software and not even on Linux.

“They produce their reports and videos with proprietary software and not even on Linux.”2 days ago they announced upcoming keynote speeches from Microsoft employees who build proprietary software whose purpose to entrap Free software projects (steering them towards non-reciprocal licences, censoring them, manipulating them and so on). It’s just so poetic a testament, isn’t it? Planning an “Open Source Summit” with keynotes from enemies of “Open Source”…

“Planning an “Open Source Summit” with keynotes from enemies of “Open Source”…”This Jim Zemlin-led PAC is just a farcical marketing operation that seeks to compensate for its inherent corruption by propping up a fake ‘ethics’-themed PR ploy (like racist IBM saying it would resolve racism by banning rather innocuous words). In the video above I use English football for analogies (racism as a surrogate for an otherwise-legitimate focus on substitutes meant to be well trained for a penalty shootout).

Don’t fall for those malicious tricks. They’re borrowed from the world of corporate-led politics. They’re controlling people by shame (like the Church does with “original sin”) and this whole tactic goes well over a decade back in the context of Free/Open Source software. It has been weaponised like this even before the Linux Foundation existed. Another one was painting Free software proponents as Hippies and Marxists looking to take down society… (a straw man argument of course)

“Don’t be easily misled by the “Linux” mark.”As a matter of fact, there are many sectors in industry/society where particular races and genders (sometimes even male) are grossly under-represented, but there’s no corporate panic over the issue or an attempt shame groups, holding them accountable for alienating or supposedly rejecting some group/s (male nurses, for example, are rather rare, especially in certain countries).

The so-called ‘Linux’ Foundation is an extremely unethical organisation looking to paint its critics and opponents as the actual problem. Some people simply fail to see through (or past) the veil of PR. The so-called ‘Linux’ Foundation isn’t our ally; it’s fronting for monopolies (check all the board members of the so-called ‘Linux’ Foundation and their corporate affiliations). Don’t be easily misled by the “Linux” mark.

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