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Posted in News Roundup at 6:44 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Applications

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • UNIX CopNetwork Attached Storage Ubuntu

        Network Attached Storage devices are rapidly becoming popular with enterprises and small businesses as an effective, scalable, low-cost storage solution.

      • Linux Shell TipsCreate Own Video Streaming Server with OBS Studio in Linux

        OBS Studio is the go-to application software for Linux users that have always craved to own and customize their own video streaming server from the comfort of their Linux desktop or server OS distribution.

        OBS Studio is a free and open-source software implying that once it is fully installed on your Linux operating system, you have the freedom of exploring it to your satisfaction without worrying about things like the renewal of an expired software license.

      • HowTo ForgeHow to Install a CockroachDB Cluster on Debian 11
      • HowTo ForgeHow to Install and Use Nginx Proxy Manager with Docker
      • UNIX CopHow To Install VidCutter on Ubuntu 20.04

        In this guide, we will show you how to install VidCutter on Ubuntu 20.04.

        VidCutter is an open-source cross-platform video editor with which you can quickly trim and join video clips. It is Python and Qt5-based, uses FFmpeg for its encoding and decoding operations, and it supports all the popular video formats not excluding FLV, MP4, AVI, and MOV.

        It’s built using Python and Qt5 and uses FFmpeg as its decoding and encoding backend.

        VidCutter lets trim videos down in the most time-efficient and intuitive way possible. It would surely come in handy for individuals who need to process tons of clips in the shortest time possible.

      • How to install KGraphEditor on Linux | FOSS Linux

        A graph editor displays the animated properties in your scene graphically as animation curves. It enables you to adjust animation curves and keys in a scene’s graph view. Graphs are a terrific tool for displaying, analyzing, and comprehending data that would look like a random set of numbers with no link whatsoever.

      • UNIX CopHow To Install LightZone on Ubuntu 20.04

        In this article, we will show you how to install LightZone on Ubuntu systems

        LightZone is a free, open-source digital photo editor software application. It was originally developed as commercial software by the now-defunct Light Crafts. Its main purpose is to handle the workflow, including non-destructive editing when handling images in various RAW formats. It is comparable to Adobe Lightroom.

        LightZone edits both RAW and JPEG format images. LightZone can create and apply pre-determined image transformations, called “styles”, to an entire batch of images in a single operation. Using styles, photographers make and save their own preferred compensations for each RAW image based upon camera specific characteristics.

      • UNIX CopHow to download packages using APT without installing them

        In this short but interesting post, you will learn how to download packages using APT without installing them. This way we can take them to another site and run an installation there without needing the internet. This is quite useful in enterprise environments.

      • the dilfridge blog: Testing the Gentoo LiveGUI with QEmu

        If you want to test the Gentoo LiveGUI, but don’t feel like cutting short the precious uptime of your machine, here’s a handy bash script for testing the iso files with qemu…

    • Distributions

      • Unix SheikhThe flaws of distro hopping and asking other people about their OS of choice

        Distro hopping is a term that refers to the activity of computer users constantly installing and trying out different Linux distributions and/or BSD variants, either on bare metal or in a virtual environment, having a real difficult time choosing what to use. Some people believe that distro hopping is a result of boredom, or because of a lack of satisfaction with current choice, or that it’s simply a matter of trying out multiple options, but that is not the case. Rather, it’s a kind of psychological problem that arise because of a wrong approach being used in the process of determination.

      • Debian Family

        • uni TorontoHow Debian’s procps package is surprisingly opinionated

          The Linux kernel has a number of fs.* sysctls to restrict the ability to do various traditionally allowed things that have proven to (sometimes) be exploitable to create security vulnerabilities, as covered in sysctl/fs.txt. The kernel has had fs.protected_hardlinks and fs.protected_symlinks for some time, and Linux 4.19 added fs.protected_fifos and fs.protected_regular (see the details in the commit, and some vendors back-ported these new sysctls to their older kernels). In early February of 2018, the procps package of what became Debian ‘Buster’ decided to turn some of these on. It did it by creating a sysctl.d file called ‘protect-links.conf’. In Debian Buster this was in /etc/sysctl.d, in Debian Bullseye it was moved to /usr/lib/sysctl.d with the same file name, and relatively recently this file was renamed to ’99-protect-links.conf’.

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • OpenSource.com5 open source tools for developing on the cloud

        When developing software on the cloud, your environment is fundamentally different from what is on your laptop. This is a benefit to the development process because your code adapts to the environment it is running on. This article will go over five different integrated development environments (IDEs) that can improve your programming experience.

        Cloud-native application development is an evolving story. New tools continue to surface, and the task of developing in the cloud is getting easier and more accessible. One thing’s for sure: you should definitely take the chance to get familiar with using different environments when computing in the cloud. With so many open source tools to make life in the cloud feel like your native environment, you have plenty of options to choose from.

      • Linux LinksBest Free and Open Source Alternatives to CorelCAD

        Corel Corporation is a Canadian software company specializing in graphics processing. They are best known for developing CorelDRAW, a vector graphics editor. They are also notable for purchasing and developing AfterShot Pro, PaintShop Pro, Painter, Video Studio, MindManager, and WordPerfect.

        Corel has dabbled with Linux over the years. For example they produced Corel Linux, a Debian-based distribution which bundled Corel WordPerfect Office for Linux. While Corel effectively abandoned its Linux business in 2001 they are not completely Linux-phobic. For example, AfterShot Pro has an up to date Linux version albeit its proprietary software.

        This series looks at the best free and open source alternatives to products offered by Corel.

      • Openness/Sharing/Collaboration

        • Open Access/Content

          • HackadayMindblowing Graphics From An ATtiny85

            [Görg Pflug] wrote in with his really nice graphics library. It’s got multiple layers, two text consoles, greyscale, internal halftoning, and sprites. It can pull off a number of classic graphics tricks and demos. Oh yeah, and did we mention it runs on a freaking ATtiny85 and an I2C OLED screen?!

      • Programming/Development

        • My unpopular opinions about programming
        • RlangWhy you should(n’t) care about Monads if you’re an R programmer

          To conclude, why did I title this post why you should(n’t) care about Monads if you’re an R programmer? The reason is that you can live without monads. However, certain things will be more complex if you don’t know about monads or if you don’t want to use them, just like functions. If for some reason you don’t use functions in your code, your life will be more complicated. So should you go ahead and start using monads in your code? Well, maybe (hehe) you should, especially if you’re doing the same thing over and over again, like timing your code. Maybe using a monad to time your code could be a nice solution, especially if you’ve been burned in the past by using the other, sub-optimal solutions?

        • Jim NielsenExamples of the Permeating Principles of the Web

          I think it’s interesting to see how the design principles of the web seep into technologies and tools we use everyday, but only as much as those tools are willing to align themselves with the grain of the web. Once you deviate from the grain of the web, the principles of the web — which fiercely fight for the end user — can begin to dilute.

        • Matt RickardLanguage Server Protocols

          Language Server Protocol (LSP) has quietly become a standard integration point, and thus a technical wedge. LSP was designed by Microsoft and Red Hat in 2016 for Visual Studio Code. It is a client-server model that decouples language services from the editor. This allows for more and higher quality language servers to be developed and maintained, along with more portability.

        • Ted Unangsttwo and a half bad bits

          Never change anything. You can only make it worse.

          Most of the trouble came from my decision to switch doas to LOGIN_SETALL instead of simply adding the one bit I really wanted. I was seduced by the allure of the “elegance” of code that would be forwards and backwards compatible, but really, what practical gain was there to be had? It’s dumb in hindsight, but even at the time, I couldn’t have named a tangible benefit. Should have just stuck to simple, working code without trying to be clever.

  • Leftovers

    • HackadayBungee-Corded Bass Zither Really Slaps

      Surely we’ve all played some bass riffs on a stretched-out rubber band before, right? [Nicolas Bras] found that the ultimate musical rubber bands are bungee cords, and used seven of them to build a double-bass zither that can be plucked or struck with drumsticks. Be sure to check it out in the build/demo video after the break.

    • HackadaySkip The Shipping, Print Your Own Cable Chains

      CNC machines and 3D printers tend to have plenty of cabling which must be neatly managed while the machine moves. If not properly taken care of, wires can easily end up tangled in the moving bits leading to a dead machine at best, and some kind of raucous fire at worst. [Nikodem Bartnik] decided to create his own cable chains for his CNC build to keep everything in check.

    • The NationThe Absurdist Meets Jane Austen in Bloomington

      I first read Budi Darma’s Orang-orang Bloomington (“People from Bloomington”) at a very young age and had little understanding of the book other than that it is a collection of stories about the lives of white people in America. My second and more exciting encounter with Budi Darma happened much later, in my early 30s, when I was writing my novel, The Wandering, about a Third World woman who travels the globe with a pair of cursed red shoes. As I engaged with the themes of global mobility and cosmopolitanism in my novel, I researched Indonesian authors who, like myself, had lived abroad and written stories set outside Indonesia. I was in Amsterdam on a fellowship and decided to pick up a copy of People from Bloomington from the KITLV library in Leiden. It was a strange way to reconnect with Budi Darma and realize that he, too, was a writer in transit. He wrote the book in 1979 when he was a PhD student at a university in the United States, just like I was when I was writing my novel, and he produced some of the Bloomington stories in Europe, en route to Indonesia.

    • Education

      • Eesti RahvusringhäälingEstonia supporting Mongolia’s digital transformation

        Estonia’s e-Governance Academy (eGA) will assist Mongolia with creating a digital identity, digital signature and e-services after signing a memorandum of understanding last week.

        The agreement was signed by B. Bolor-Erdene, state secretary of the Ministry of Digital Development and Communications, and Hannes Astok, executive director of the eGA. The NGO and the ministry have been cooperating since 2020.

      • National LawReview USOhio Court of Appeals Affirms $30 Million Libel Verdict Against Oberlin College

        The court acknowledged that there was no evidence that Oberlin participated in drafting the flyer or the student senate resolution. Instead, the court found Oberlin liable on the theory that one who republishes a libel, or who aids and abets the publication of a libelous statement, can be liable along with the original publisher. As to the flyer, the court cited the following as evidence sufficient to support a jury finding that Oberlin had either republished or aided and abetted its publication: [...]

      • The Washington PostColleges Should Pay Heed to Oberlin’s Costly Libel Case

        For another, the First Amendment isn’t as protective of protest as you might think. It doesn’t protect libel — so protesters (at least those with assets worth pursuing) need to be cautious about putting into writing factual claims that are demonstrably false.

    • Hardware

      • HackadayHall Effect Module Knows Where Your Motor Is

        If you have a motor and you’d like to know where the shaft position is, you are likely to turn to an optical encoder scheme. However, as [lingib] points out, you can also use a magnet and a magnetometer. You can see how it works in the video below.

      • Designing a simple processor architecture

        I’ve already mentioned this idea on my Mastodon account a while ago, but I feel like it’s time to actually start working on it, now that I have very little schoolwork to do.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • Common DreamsReport Says ‘Cruel and Regressive’ US Insulin Prices Violate Human Rights

        Insulin prices in the United States are so high that a new report published Tuesday characterizes them as a violation of human rights, one that has had deadly consequences for diabetics without the means to afford the medicine.

        In a detailed report titled “If I’m Out of Insulin, I’m Going to Die”: United States’ Lack of Regulation Fuels Crisis of Unaffordable Insulin, Human Rights Watch (HRW) makes the case that both the federal government and the pharmaceutical industry are badly failing to live up to their human rights responsibilities.

      • Common DreamsBiden EPA Unveils ‘First-Ever’ Blueprint to Protect Endangered Species From Pesticides

        Environmental campaigners on Tuesday cautiously embraced the Biden administration’s historic new blueprint to guard endangered species from pesticides as a much-needed step forward while also calling for more concrete moves to protect wildlife, people, and the planet.

        Welcoming the Environmental Protection Agency’s “first-ever comprehensive workplan” on the topic, Center for Biological Diversity environmental health director Lori Ann Burd said in a statement that “I’m encouraged that the EPA has finally acknowledged the massive problem it created by refusing, for decades, to consider the impacts of chemical poisons on our most vulnerable plants and animals.”

      • Common DreamsMany Dollar Store Discounts Packed With Toxic Chemicals: Report

        Dollar stores are exposing their customers to hundreds of hazardous chemicals contained in packaging, cookware, and even children’s toys according to a study released Tuesday.

        The findings from the Campaign for Healthier Solutions and the Ecology Center’s Healthy Stuff Lab come as dollar store chains have expanded across the U.S. in recent years as consumers have relied more heavily on the chains’ low-priced goods.

      • Project CensoredEPA Withholds Reports on Dangers Posed by 1,200+ Chemicals – Validated Independent News

        Until 2019, each 8(e) was promptly reviewed and evaluated to determine the degree of concern that should be attached to it as well as recommendations for appropriate follow-up actions. As one of the scientists who spoke to The Intercept would reveal, this is no longer the case; now, they are, “‘just going into a black hole… We don’t look at them, we don’t evaluate them. And we don’t check to see if they change our understanding of the chemical.’”

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • The VergeCNN Plus is reportedly drawing fewer than 10,000 viewers a day

          CNN Plus is reportedly struggling to gain viewers just two weeks out from its launch, according to a report from CNBC. People familiar with the matter told the outlet the platform is only raking in fewer than 10,000 viewers per day.

          As CNBC notes, this is a huge dip from the daily viewership of CNN’s cable network, which saw an average of 773,000 viewers per day last year. But, obviously, CNN Plus is still new — CNN’s TV channel has been around for many years, plus it’s (usually) free for anyone with cable or satellite service.

        • CNBCCNN+ struggles to lure viewers in its early days, drawing fewer than 10,000 daily users

          CNN+ launched on March 29. The subscription news streaming service, which charges $5.99 a month or $59.99 annually, only became available on Roku on Monday and still isn’t on Android TV. Still, the paltry audience casts doubt on the future of the application following the recently completed combination of Discovery and WarnerMedia into Warner Bros. Discovery.

        • Security

          • LWNGit security fixes released [Ed: Don't use Git in Windows. Heck, do not use Windows for anything.]

            Git maintainer Junio C Hamano has announced the release of v2.35.2, along with multiple other Git versions (“v2.30.3, v2.31.2, v2.32.1, v2.33.2, and v2.34.2″), to fix a security problem that can happen on multi-user machines (CVE-2022-24765). This GitHub blog post has more details, though the GitHub service itself is not vulnerable. The description in the announcement seems a bit Windows-centric…

          • Krebs On SecurityRaidForums Gets Raided, Alleged Admin Arrested

            The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) said today it seized the website and user database for RaidForums, an extremely popular English-language cybercrime forum that sold access to more than 10 billion consumer records stolen in some of the world’s largest data breaches since 2015. The DOJ also charged the alleged administrator of RaidForums — 21-year-old Diogo Santos Coelho, of Portugal — with six criminal counts, including conspiracy, access device fraud and aggravated identity theft.

          • SephNodeJS packages don’t deserve your trust

            The fundamental problem with npm is that any package you install has full access to do whatever it wants on your computer. For example, packages can: [...]

          • ZDNetMicrosoft’s April 2022 Patch Tuesday tackles two zero-day vulnerabilities [Ed: Microsoft patches holes only after they get exploited in the wild, and not only by NSA]
          • IT WireiTWire – Over 100 patches issued by Microsoft for April; two zero-days, one exploited

            Microsoft has issued patches for 117 CVEs in its April Patch Tuesday release, with nine rated critical and 108 as important…

          • Privacy/Surveillance

            • TechdirtJohn Oliver Tries To Scare DC Into Doing Something About The Privacy Dumpster Fire That Is Adtech

              We’ve noted for years that the adtech sector is a convoluted, unregulated hellscape, where consumer data is bought and sold with nothing remotely close to competent oversight. The end result is just about what you’d expect: a percussive parade of massive scandals in which location, financial, and other sensitive data is bought, sold, leaked, abused, hacked, and spread far and wide with little real recourse.

            • YLEMinistry considers allowing police to use passport fingerprints in solving crimes

              The Ministry of the Interior’s previous study on the issue of fingerprint data was completed in 2014. However, the study group concluded that the use of fingerprints was not possible due to critical views from Parliament’s Constitutional Law Committee.

              However, the issue is now being examined again. The use of biometric data came up again in Parliament in 2021, when the Act on the Processing of Personal Data by police was updated to reflect EU directives.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Project CensoredThe Human Mind as “New Domain of War”: NATO’s Plan for Cognitive Warfare – Validated Independent News

        Although NAOC is an independent NGO, its purpose is to promote the interests of NATO. The NAOC panel discussion included multiple NATO and military industrial complex-affiliated speakers intended to promote the Fall 2021 Innovation Challenge hosted in Canada, where NATO attempted to recruit private entrepreneurs and inventors into cognitive warfare research by promising them national and international exposure and cash prizes in exchange for showcasing their innovations.

      • Common DreamsShooting, Reports of Explosive Devices and Gunman Wearing Gas Mask in Brooklyn Subway

        This is a breaking and developing story… Check back for possible updates…

        A massive police presence was on the scene in Brooklyn, New York on Tuesday following reports of a mass shooting at a subway station—by a gunman described as wearing a gas mask who may also have left behind undetonated explosive devices—during the city’s busy early morning rush hour.

      • The NationHelp Ukraine
      • Common DreamsOpinion | Is the US Stalling Urgent Diplomatic Efforts in Ukraine?
      • Mint Press NewsMichael Tracey on the Refugee Crisis and US Troop Buildup in Poland
      • Pro PublicaHow Reporters Reconstructed a Deadly Evacuation From Kabul

        On Aug. 26, 2021, a suicide bomber detonated a vest packed with explosives and ball bearings in the packed crowd outside Kabul’s international airport. Shrapnel sliced through the air, killing 13 American service members and an estimated 160 Afghan civilians.

        In the hours after the attack, officials reported that a second assailant had sprayed the crowd with automatic weapons fire, increasing the casualty toll in what was one of the deadliest attacks on American forces in the 20 years of war in Afghanistan.

      • TruthOutTax Day Should Remind Us How Much of Our Money Funds War
      • TruthOutPutin’s Brutal Ukraine Invasion Bears Some Similarities to Bush’s Attack on Iraq
      • TruthOutGrassroots Groups Are Making Aid Supply Chains to Support People Fleeing Ukraine
      • Democracy NowYemen Peace Deal “Positive Development” as Port Reopens, But Houthis Excluded from Talks

        A U.N.-brokered two-month truce in Yemen is now in its second week. The U.S.-backed, Saudi-led coalition and Houthi rebels both agreed to halt all offensive operations inside Yemen and across its borders. Fuel ships are now being allowed to enter into Hodeidah ports, and the airport in Sana’a is reopening. Over the past six years, the U.N. estimates the war in Yemen has killed nearly 400,000 people — many from hunger. We speak with Sarah Leah Whitson, executive director of the human rights organization Democracy for the Arab World Now, who says the truce deal, which is the first of its kind, is a “tremendously positive development.” She says domestically it still remains to be seen whether the U.N.’s attempt to establish a new government structure will hold as the U.N. has so far excluded Houthis from the negotiations.

      • Democracy NowLev Golinkin on Russia’s New Offensive & War Crimes in the Donbas by Both Sides over Past 8 Years

        Austria’s Chancellor Karl Nehammer said he fears Russian President Vladimir Putin will intensify the brutality of the war, as Russia prepares to launch a major offensive in eastern Ukraine, after the two leaders met on Monday. This comes as thousands of Ukrainians continue to flee the eastern region, though many are afraid to leave by train after a missile attack on a train station in the Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk killed at least 57 people on Saturday. We speak with Ukrainian American journalist Lev Golinkin, who details the years-long assault on the eastern Ukrainian region of Donbas and how the people of Donbas have been under attack by both Russia and the U.S.-backed government in Kyiv. He also speaks about the origins of the Azov Battallion, a neo-Nazi wing of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, which has received funding and training from the U.S. government and is now being platformed by prominent U.S. news organizations.

      • Meduza‘If you’re not afraid of the snipers, go’ In the Russian town of Azov, Meduza meets refugees who escaped besieged Mariupol

        More than 4.6 million people have fled Ukraine since Russia launched its full-scale invasion. Most of these refugees have gone to Europe. But according to the Russian Defense Ministry, more than 500,000 Ukrainians were evacuated to Russia. This includes residents of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk “People’s Republics,” as well as inhabitants of Mariupol — a port city that Russian troops have kept under siege since early March — and other settlements controlled by Kyiv. The Ukrainian authorities have accused Russia of carrying out forced evacuations and coercing Ukrainian refugees into applying for Russian passports. In a dispatch from Azov, a town in Russia’s Rostov region, Meduza talks to refugees from Mariupol about escaping the besieged city and their plans for the future.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | From Mosul to Raqqa to Mariupol—Killing Civilians Is a Crime

        Americans have been shocked by the death and destruction of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, filling our screens with bombed buildings and dead bodies lying in the street. But the United States and its allies have waged war in country after country for decades, carving swathes of destruction through cities, towns and villages on a far greater scale than has so far disfigured Ukraine.

      • Common Dreams‘Terrifying’: War and Pandemic Could Push 263 Million Into Extreme Poverty This Year

        The combination of the coronavirus pandemic—prolonged by uneven access to vaccines, which is worsening material conditions in low-income countries—and Russia’s war on Ukraine, which has driven global food prices to record highs and contributed to a spike in energy costs, is threatening to push over a quarter of a billion more people into extreme poverty in 2022.

        “We reject any notion that governments do not have the money or means to lift all people out of poverty and hunger and ensure their health and welfare.”

      • Common Dreams‘Ukraine’s Children Cannot Afford to Wait’: UNICEF Makes Urgent Plea for Peace

        The U.N. children’s agency is pleading for an immediate end to Russia’s war on Ukraine as it warns that not only are civilians under attack but also “all the systems that help children survive.”

        “The math is simple. Every day the war continues, children will continue to suffer.”

      • TheGrugqRussian cyber attack on UA electrical grid attack

        At some time after March 23, 2022, the threat actor installed wipers across the entire network, multiple substations. These wipers were programmed to activate and destroy computers on April 8th.

      • Site36Heron TP in Israel: Germany now arms its drones

        With the decision to buy 140 missiles, the German „drone debate“ comes to an end after eight years. All details about the weapon are top secret.

    • Environment

      • Common DreamsClimate Campaigners Say Biden Ethanol Push Is ‘As Silly as It Is Dangerous’

        As U.S. President Joe Biden on Tuesday announced a suspension of seasonal regulations on ethanol blending—part of a bid to lower gas prices—climate campaigners criticized the White House for pursuing what they characterized as an economically impotent and environmentally harmful policy instead of advocating for more effective and popular solutions: a windfall profits tax on Big Oil and aggressive clean energy transition.

        “The only valid solution to escaping the grip of expensive, polluting energy is to transition immediately to clean, renewably sourced electricity for our cars, homes, and businesses.”

      • Energy

        • HackadayAsk Hackaday: Is It Time For Waste Heat And Cold Area Heating To Shine?

          It’s difficult to escape the topic of energy supply at the moment, with the geopolitical situation surrounding the invasion of Ukraine leaving the natural gas supply to an entire continent in jeopardy. Fortunately we’re watching the green shoots of an early spring here in the Northern hemisphere so the worst of the winter weather is behind us, but industrial customers can take no such solace from the season and will have to weather whatever price hikes are to come. Every alternative idea for energy supply is on the table, and with the parallel imperative of decarbonising the economy this goes beyond the short term into a future without so much need to rely on gas.

        • DeSmogWest Virginia Protest Calls out Manchin’s Coal Profits

          On Saturday, April 9, a group of more than 50 activists from the region and around the country convened on a coal power plant in West Virginia, calling for it to be closed and rallying around a small blockade outside its entrance. By the end of the day, 16 of them had been arrested. 

          The plant the protesters targeted, in Grant Town, West Virginia, isn’t just any of the over 200 coal power plants still operating in the United States. It’s the one where Sen. Joe Manchin makes nearly $500,000 per year selling a dirty coal waste called “gob.” 

        • Common Dreams‘Tricks of the Trade’ Analysis Shows Why Big Oil ‘Cannot Be Part of the Solution’

          The nonprofit Earthworks on Tuesday revealed how eight fossil fuel giants use “confusing jargon, false solutions, and misleading metrics” to distort “the severity of ongoing harm to health and climate from the oil and gas sector by helping companies lower reported emissions and claim climate action without actually reducing emissions.”

          “Words will not save us from climate catastrophe, only greenhouse gas emissions reductions that meet science-based targets will.”

        • Common DreamsOpinion | After The Deluge: Court Cases Go from Bad to Worse for Mountain Valley Pipeline

          On April 7, Mountain Valley Pipeline, a 303-mile partly constructed pipeline that would carry highly pressurized fracked natural gas from West Virginia to Virginia, was in federal court again, this time in the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.  After losing a string of cases in the Richmond based Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, MVP was hoping for a more friendly reception in D.C. for a project that has been in the works since 2014.

      • Wildlife/Nature

        • HackadayScientists Are Now Declaring New Species Via Photos And Video

          Identifying new species is key to the work of zoologists around the world. It’s an exciting part of research into the natural world, and being the first to discover a new species often grants a scientists naming rights that can create a legacy of one’s work that lasts long into the future.

    • Finance

      • Project CensoredStates Hoard Federal Assistance Funding Amidst Record Poverty Levels – Validated Independent News

        Hannah Dreyfus extrapolated from recently released federal data in her December 29, 2021 article, reporting that the number of approved applications for access to TANF funding have been cut in half since 2010 as guidelines to qualify become increasing exclusionary, while in the same time period reserved TANF funds have more than doubled.

      • Project CensoredCorporate Consolidation Causing Record Inflation – Validated Independent News

        Stancil reported on new research by the Groundwork Collaborative that suggested price gouging was rampant in the consolidated market of America’s food industry. In a paradigmatic case, the beef industry is simultaneously among the most consolidated and the most impacted by inflation. The study found that with only four conglomerates controlling 80 percent of the market, the cost of beef had risen a startling 12 percent over the previous year. The egg industry also saw a dramatic increase in prices that sparked investigations and lawsuits across the country.

      • TechdirtFormer Hertz Employee Says Company Is Outsourcing Its Collection Efforts To Law Enforcement

        Rental car company Hertz has put the “hurt” back in, um, “Hertz.” The company recently declared itself bankrupt, something that presumably only referred to its balance sheet.

      • Project CensoredHandful of “Food Giants” Profit from Illusion of Consumer Choice – Validated Independent News

        As an example, of market consolidation and the illusion of consumer choice, the Guardian noted that three companies own 93 percent of carbonated soft drink brands; 55 percent of the market share of canned corn is owned by four firms; and PepsiCo owns five of the most popular dip brands, including Tostitos, Lay’s and Fritos, thus controlling 88 percent of the dip market. Despite supermarket aisles full of shelves stacked with different breakfast cereals, just three companies—General Mills, Kellogg, and Post—own 73 percent of the cereals on offer. Between 2011 and 2020, the Belgian-based conglomerate Anheuser-Busch InBev acquired 17 formerly independent craft breweries; it now owns more than 600 beer brands.

      • Project CensoredWall Street Leverages Working Class Pensions – Validated Independent News

        Pensions are a form of payment wherein an employee accepts lower wages while working in exchange for a fund that accrues savings for their retirement. These pension funds are only accessible to workers during their retirement but give workers a “defined benefit,” usually in the form of a guaranteed monthly payment, upon retirement. Due to a lack of adequate employer contributions and state and local governments’ refusal to fully fund the pension system, pension funds are increasingly reliant on hedge funds and other alternative investments overseen by Wall Street companies to meet their obligations to retirees. These companies collect hefty fees in return for managing these investments. Consequently, the American working class’ attempt to maintain adequate retirement savings is deepening the pockets of Wall Street.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | ‘Too Distraught’: Confessions of a Failed Tax Resister

        Every April, as income-tax returns come due, I think about the day 30 years ago when I opened my rented mailbox and saw a business card resting inside. Its first line read, innocently enough, “United States Treasury.” It was the second line—”Internal Revenue Service”—that took my breath away. That card belonged to an IRS revenue agent and scrawled across it in blue ink was the message: “Call me.”

      • Common DreamsOpinion | The Failure of Global Elites—and What You Should Do Next

        In the 1970s, global political and corporate elites had all the information they needed to put the world on a path toward long-term stability.

      • The NationNew York’s Billion-Dollar Stadium Boondoggle

        Budget season has finally ended in Albany, and under Governor Kathy Hochul the state has authorized $220 billion in spending, allocating generous funding to child care and public education. Still, the budget was mostly what a centrist governor—someone with Andrew Cuomo’s politics, if not his vitriol—would have largely wanted. Hochul forced through an expansion of the use of cash bail, infuriating progressive legislators, and refused to fund a new housing voucher program for the homeless and economic assistance for undocumented immigrants. Taxes were not raised on the wealthy.

      • TruthOutCorrupt Contractors in US Hogged Pandemic Relief and Delivered Unusable Goods
      • Common DreamsPoor People’s Campaign Marches on Wall Street Against ‘Lies of Neoliberalism’

        Demanding a new political discourse in which the poor are no longer blamed for their poverty in the wealthiest nation in history, hundreds of impoverished and low-income activists on Monday rallied in New York City and marched on Wall Street to take their demands directly to the center of U.S. wealth.

        “Our politics are trapped in the lies of scarcity to keep alive the lies of trickle-down economics and the lies of neoliberalism, which leave people out.”

      • Copenhagen PostBusiness Round-Up: Consumer council chair concerned about loan sharks on Facebook

        Anja Philip, the chair of the Forbrugerrådet Tænk consumer council, wants more action to prevent consumers from falling prey to loan sharks operating on Facebook.

        Legislation introduced in 2020 has made sure that loans can only be offered with a maximum annual interest rate of 35 percent, causing around half of all quick loan companies to leave the Danish market.

        Previously some loans came with annual interest of 700-800 percent.

      • Hollywood ReporterElon Musk Sued by Twitter Investors Over Late Disclosure

        Twitter investors who sold their shares in the 11 days that Elon Musk was late in notifying financial regulators that he’d acquired a considerable stake in the company have sued the Tesla CEO. They claim that Musk’s omission saved him roughly $143 million, while they missed out on significant profits when Twitter shares skyrocketed in light of the news.

      • NBCElon Musk sued by investor over delayed Twitter filing

        Musk disclosed in an SEC filing on April 4 that he had bought shares representing 9.2 percent of Twitter, making him the largest outside shareholder of the company’s stock. The share price rose more than 27 percent after the news.

        Rasella said in the lawsuit that Musk had an obligation mandated by the SEC to disclose his stake within 10 days of passing a 5 percent ownership threshold, a deadline that would have been March 24.

      • The VergeHow Elon Musk got everything he wanted out of Twitter

        This may have been particularly pressing for Musk since there seem to be so many legal issues dogging him already, including some related to his large stake in Twitter. For example, he delayed filing a form indicating that he had surpassed a 5 percent stake with the Securities and Exchange Commission as required, allowing him to scoop up 4 percent more of the company at a price much lower than he would have were it known to the world that he were in the process of becoming Twitter’s largest individual shareholder.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Project CensoredNew Laws Preventing “Dark Money” Disclosures Sweep the Nation – Validated Independent News

        By allowing money to be passed anonymously to 501(c) organizations, funding can be directed from wealthy agenda groups to organizations that, by these new laws, have no legal duty to disclose the source of their donations. From there, the money is free to flow directly into politics with no record of the transaction.

      • The NationThe Tragedy of Imran Khan

        Islamabad—Imran Khan is no longer the prime minister of Pakistan. He was defeated in a vote of no confidence on Sunday, and it is a source of some irony that the nearest analogue to the precipitous downfall of a man who takes such pleasure in deriding the culture of the West can be found in the pages of Shakespearian tragedy. Like Macbeth, Khan carved out a reputation as “valor’s minion” when he led the men’s cricket team to victory in the 1992 World Cup. At the time, the independent state of Pakistan was a mere 45 years old and had so few historical heroes that the success turned him into an immediate icon—a unifying symbol in a land of disparate identities.

      • The NationAmerica’s Hypocrisy Over Ukraine and “Spheres of Influence”

        The Russian invasion of Ukraine “is in many ways bigger than Russia, it’s bigger than Ukraine,” State Department spokesman Ned Price recently declared. “There are principles that are at stake here.… Each and every country has a sovereign right to determine its own foreign policy, has a sovereign right to determine for itself with whom it will choose to associate in terms of its alliances, its partnerships and what orientation it wishes to direct its gaze.” United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated last year that he does not recognize “spheres of influence,” adding that the concept “should have been retired after World War II.”

      • FAIRACTION ALERT: WaPo Lets Bigots Frame Discussion of Sexual Politics in Schools

        As the GOP pushes—and passes—broad laws to prohibit books, discussions or mental health services on issues of gender identity or sexual orientation, under the absurd guise of preventing sexual abuse, the Washington Post is laying out a welcome mat for the party’s anti-LGBTQ+ agenda.

      • Eesti RahvusringhäälingYandex ban begins in Estonia on Monday

        Taxi drivers and taxi firms may not now use the Yandex tax app (Yandex Pro) to fulfill orders.

        Internet Service Providers are also forbidden from carrying Yandex Pro and Yandex Go, while app stores in Estonia – Google Play, Apple’s App Store etc. – are ordered to bar downloading the Yandex app via their store, and must not provide updates to those who have already downloaded the app.

      • India TimesTop US trade body to help India become global chip manufacturing hub

        As India doubles down on local semiconductor manufacturing, the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), which is the top trade association representing the US semiconductor industry, on Tuesday joined hands with the India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA).

        Headquartered in Washington, D.C., SIA represents 99 per cent of the US semiconductor industry by revenue and nearly two-thirds of non-US chip firms.

        The collaboration will help foster collaboration and identify potential opportunities between the two countries in the semiconductor sector.

      • Democracy NowSaudis Give $2 Billion to Jared Kushner; Turkey Suspends Trial of Saudis Accused of Killing Khashoggi

        We speak with Sarah Leah Whitson, executive director of Democracy for the Arab World Now (DAWN), about Turkey’s recent decision to suspend the trial of 26 Saudi men accused of killing journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul in 2018. DAWN sued Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and his alleged conspirators in the murder. Whitson says Turkey’s move to turn over the case to prosecutors in Saudi Arabia shows “the Turkish government has decided that good relations — and in particular investment and trade with Saudi Arabia — is more important than pursuing justice for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi on Turkish soil.” We also ask Whitson about news that a fund led by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has invested $2 billion in Jared Kushner’s new private equity firm just years after Kushner helped push forward a $110 billion weapons sale to Saudi Arabia while his father-in-law was in office. She says the investment “exposes the corruption and lack of accountability in both the American system and the Saudi system.”

      • Rolling StoneGee, Wonder Why Mohammed Bin Salman Personally Intervened to Give Jared Kushner $2 Billion

        The $620 billion fund’s advisory panel was reportedly concerned that Kushner’s newly created firm, Affinity Partners, didn’t have much experience; that the firms operations were “unsatisfactory in all aspects”; and that Kushner posed a “public relations risk” because of his work in the Trump administration. The fund’s advisers discussed these issues during a meeting last June 30, days after which bin Salman overruled them and green-lit the payment.

      • New York TimesBefore Giving Billions to Jared Kushner, Saudi Investment Fund Had Big Doubts

        Ethics experts say that such a deal creates the appearance of potential payback for Mr. Kushner’s actions in the White House — or of a bid for future favor if Mr. Trump seeks and wins another presidential term in 2024.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

    • Freedom of Information/Freedom of the Press

      • Common DreamsOpinion | ‘Stripped for Parts’: On the Hedge Fund Destroying US Journalism

        The hedge fund Alden Global Capital is notorious for plundering newspapers, relentlessly creating “news deserts” and “ghost papers.” The news is disturbing to anyone who cares about journalism. Indeed, most journalists agree that Alden, the nation’s second-largest newspaper owner by circulation, is a major threat to the existence of good, strong, and enduring local journalism in America.

      • VOA NewsMob Attack at Rally Shows Dangers for India’s Press

        In total, seven journalists were beaten, verbally assaulted or had equipment taken during the attack. Four First Information Report requests — the first step to making a complaint with police — have been filed over the April 3 incident.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • Project CensoredHighest Prison Death Rates Ever Recorded Are Signs of Long-Standing Structural Issues – Validated Independent News

        Corporate news media coverage of this alarming trend has been sparse. Instead, most coverage of the topic is produced by organizations pushing for criminal justice reform as well local papers like the San Quentin News. Reuters published one article in October 2020 on the increasing death rates in prison, but the basis of the reporting was original data Reuters staff collected from public record requests. Most mainstream coverage of deaths in prison looked only at the rates regarding COVID-19. As Johnson pointed out in his article, NPR was the lone exception with their January 22, 2022 report about the newly released BJS statistics, but Johnson argued that even this report understated how shocking the rise really was. The problem with mainstream coverage only focusing on COVID-19 related deaths is that it implies that these death rates are an isolated problem that only came to be because of a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic. It misses the broader institutional issue at hand.

      • TruthOutOklahoma Just Passed a Near-Total Abortion Ban. More Restrictions May Come Soon.
      • Common DreamsOpinion | Indiana University Grad Students Are Trying to Unionize—and They Should!

        As anyone familiar with the operations of higher education in the U.S. knows, graduate students play an indispensable role as workers on campuses across the country.

      • Common DreamsNew Reporting Details Corporate Media’s War Industry Pundits

        U.S. corporate media outlets are saturated with pundits—many of them ex-military or national security officials—who take to the airwaves to promote hawkish policies and actions in Ukraine and elsewhere without disclosing their own ties to the arms industry, according to a report published Tuesday.

        “The people who have the most interest in influencing the direction of the coverage are weapons-makers.”

      • EFFEFF and Partners to Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals: Retaliatory Investigation of Twitter Chills First Amendment Rights

        On January 8, 2020, two days after the January 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol, Twitter banned then-President Trump from the platform, citing a “risk of further incitement of violence.” Five days later, Attorney General Paxton issued a Civil Investigative Demand (CID) to Twitter (and other major online platforms) for, among other things, any documents relating to its terms of use and content moderation practices. Paxton explicitly connected his investigation to Twitter’s decision. The CID alleged “possible violations” of Texas’s deceptive practices law. 

        The demand subjected Twitter’s internal discussion about content moderation rules or decisions to discovery under the CID and second-guessing by AG Paxton. This put Twitter in a difficult position and pressured it to minimize its legal, reputational, and financial risks by self-censoring along the lines indicated by AG Paxton. Twitter sued Paxton, claiming that he was “abusing his authority as the highest law-enforcement officer of the State of Texas to intimidate, harass, and target Twitter in retaliation for Twitter’s exercise of its First Amendment rights.” 

        Last week, a panel of judges on the Ninth Circuit wrongly ruled that Twitter cannot sue Paxton until a possible enforcement action at the conclusion of Paxton’s investigation, or until the CID is enforced.. But as our brief to the Ninth Circuit says, “even pre-enforcement, threatened punishment of speech has a chilling effect.” Since the previous panel got this wrong, a more comprehensive “en banc” hearing is needed. From the moment it was issued, the CID chilled Twitter from exercising its First Amendment-protected right to engage in content moderation. Requiring the company to endure even more retaliation by Paxton before it can sue harms Twitter’s First Amendment rights. 

      • Common DreamsDemocracy ‘Under Siege’ in GOP War on Black Voters: Report

        A coordinated right-wing effort to entrench Republican power by dismantling voting rights and disenfranchising voters of color poses an existential threat to American democracy, according to the National Urban League’s annual State of Black America report published Tuesday.

        “For generations, politicians have used these tactics—voter suppression, gerrymandering, intimidation, and misinformation—to exclude voters of color.”

      • The NationThe Student Debt Crisis? It’s Infinitely Worse for Black Women.

        There’s an ancient black proverb: “When white folks catch a cold, Black folks catch pneumonia.” It means that any problem that hits America broadly is going to hit Black America worse. We see this almost everywhere we bother to look: In health outcomes, economic measures, environmental issues—whatever is hitting white people hits black people harder. Pretty much the only case where this trend is reversed is the virus of fascism: Black folks seem a little more resistant to the allure of white ethno-nationalist authoritarianism than white folks. Go figure.

      • The NationBlack Mothers Are Dying. The Least We Can Do Is Listen to Their Stories

        When I attended my first Birth Doula training in Baton Rouge in 2010, I imagined the celebrations of new life that would soon enrich my own. Baby showers, blessingways, naming ceremonies, brises—community rituals where those who have given birth and parented envelop the new parent in tales of strong birth experiences, crafty parents, and their cunning, healthy children. Indeed, I have attended many of these rituals over the last 12 years. But what I could not yet imagine, back then, were the death stories. For the past four years, I have been listening to the stories of those who do not survive to tell their own tale.

      • Common Dreams‘Blatantly Unconstitutional’ Ban on Nearly All Abortions Signed Into Law in Oklahoma

        Republican Governor Kevin Stitt of Oklahoma was denounced Tuesday for signing into law one of the most extreme forced-pregnancy bills in the United States, a law pro-choice advocates argue is blatantly unconstitutional and must be challenged.

      • TruthOutA Year After Police Killed Daunte Wright, Minneapolis Is Still Resisting
      • TruthOutBernie Sanders Calls on Amazon to “Sit Down and Start Negotiating a Contract”
      • Common DreamsSanders Praises Amazon Union for Inspiring a ‘National, Sweeping Movement’

        On an organizing call Monday night with leaders of the Amazon Labor Union, Sen. Bernie Sanders said he believes the grassroots group’s historic election victory in Staten Island earlier this month has empowered workers across the nation to collectively face down their corporate employers and fight for better conditions.

        “I know that I have colleagues in the Congress who feel the same as I do.”

      • TruthOutLabor Board’s Top Counsel Makes a Formal Move to Make it Easier to Unionize
      • Common Dreams‘Staggering’ Analysis Finds Amazon’s Injury Rate Rose 20% Last Year

        As the United States’ unionization movement elevates criticism of Amazon’s labor conditions, an analysis published Tuesday exposed a 20% rise in injuries among company warehouse workers last year while a pandemic-related increase in online shopping led the e-commerce giant’s profits to soar.

        “While shareholders and executives reaped the benefits of the company’s soaring stock price, Amazon’s aggressive growth has come at a high cost for its workers.”

      • TruthOutNearly Half of All Warehouse Injuries in 2021 Happened at Amazon Warehouses
      • TruthOutDemocrats Introduce Bill Guaranteeing Workers Paid Time Off to Vote
      • Christianity DailyFormer Muslim Sheikh Converts To Christianity, Gets Poisoned For Leaving Islam

        Doctors diagnosed Sadiki with food poisoning and went on to treat him with ptomaine poisoning. The former sheikh’s wife and children, however, were unaffected by the same food. Sadiki did not immediately respond to medication and his condition worsened. Tests revealed that his food was laden with a toxic substance related to organophosphate insecticides used to kill rats, the pastor reported.

      • MedforthFrance: Muslim migrant and “good mother” of seven does not have to go to prison for circumcising three of her daughters
    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • TechdirtU.S. Eases Off Telecom Sanctions That Could Encourage A Russian Splinternet

        As Russia has faced a flood of sanctions for its brutal invasion of Ukraine, many telecom companies, like Lumen and Cogent, also stopped feeding and financing key Internet transit routes into the country. Other companies, like domain registrar Namecheap, made the choice to stop doing business with any current residents of Russia.

      • Hot dogs and π

        I’ll summarise, as that’s the sort of web site that we came to Gemini to avoid.

    • Digital Restrictions (DRM)

      • [Old] SemiAccurateAMD’s new CPUs may be safe to deploy

        Lets start out with the good, the hardware itself, before we tell you why you should almost assuredly avoid it and buy Intel instead, they are still unquestionably safe. One thing to keep in mind is that only the new Ryzen 6000 line is infected with the Microsoft Pluton malware, the other stuff is still OK until the next revision.

    • Monopolies

      • Patents

        • Democracy Now“Pandemic, Inc.”: J. David McSwane on Chasing Capitalists & Thieves Who Got Rich While We Got Sick

          In “Pandemic, Inc.: Chasing the Capitalists and Thieves Who Got Rich While We Got Sick,” ProPublica investigative reporter J. David McSwane tracks pandemic federal relief funds and finds many contracts to acquire critical supplies were wrapped up in unprecedented fraud schemes that left the U.S. government with subpar and unusable equipment. He says an array of contractors were “trying to take advantage of our national emergency,” and calls the book “a blueprint of what not to do” during the next pandemic.

      • Copyrights

        • TechdirtDepressing: Ed Sheeren Films Songwriting Sessions Due To All The Copyright Suits

          Ed Sheeren has made it onto Techdirt’s radar many, many times. What started as his reasonable views on how “piracy” actually kickstarted his career has unfortunately turned into several posts on how he’s been targeted himself or sticking up for others in copyright disputes. While Sheeren has settled such disputes out of court before, he recently successfully defended himself in court and then put out a fantastic statement on the problem copyright law is creating in hampering creativity. At the end of that statement, he said:

        • Torrent FreakACE Targets Flixtor ‘News’ Domain With a DMCA Subpoena

          The Allliance for Creativity and Entertainment is trying to find out who’s operating the popular pirate streaming site Flixtor. After earlier attempts seemingly failed to provide any useful information, the group is now targeting the Flixtor.org domain. This is an interesting move, as the domain describes itself as an unaffiliated news outlet that doesn’t carry hyperlinks to infringing content.

        • Torrent FreakOmi in a Hellcat Sued Again, This Time Over Pirate IPTV Brand ‘Reloaded’

          YouTuber ‘Omi in a Hellcat’ is currently being prosecuted by the United States government for offenses related to his now-defunct pirate IPTV services. To generate funds after the collapse of his IPTV empire, Omi used his already popular ‘Reloaded’ IPTV brand to sell merchandise. As a result, he now has another lawsuit to fight.

        • TechdirtDesperately Pathetic Copyright Industry Lobbyists Flat Out Lie To Boost Support For The Dumb SMART Copyright Act

          We’ve talked about the many, many problems of the “SMART Copyright Act” from Senators Thom Tillis and Pat Leahy, and highlighted how a ton of public interest groups, academics, companies, and more have spoken out against the bill. Perhaps realizing that their dream of sneaking through legislation that will mandate upload filters is facing a slightly rockier road than they hoped, the various legacy copyright industry lobbyists all got together and put together their own letter in support of the bill. Except, the letter is not just wrong, it seems to deliberately lie to Senators Leahy and Tillis. The letter appears to have been put together by the Copyright Alliance, one of a number of groups organized by the largest legacy copyright providers, but they got all the usual suspects to sign on: the RIAA, the MPA, ASCAP, IFTA, NMPA, SGA, DGA, the Authors Guild and more.

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