05.25.22

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Links 25/05/2022: ‘V Rising’ on GNU/Linux and Pearl Linux OS 11

Posted in News Roundup at 2:26 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • ZDNetHP and System76 partner to release high-end Linux laptop | ZDNet

        HP has long made Linux available on its laptops, but it was never a high priority for the Silicon Valley giant. For example, if you want a top-of-the-line HP ZBook Studio G8 Mobile Workstation with Ubuntu Linux 20.04 for not quite $4,000, you can get it… in mid-October. System76, a small Linux specialty OEM, can get you a high-quality Lemur Pro 14 without as many bells and whistles for $1,359 with Ubuntu 22.04 or System76′s own take on Ubuntu, Pop!_OS 22.04, by early June.

    • Kernel Space

    • Applications

      • Turning Vim into a Gemini writing machine.

        This post is my first post using a plugin free Vim set up for writing and managing my gemcapsule. It comes on the tails of a massive leap forward in my grasp of Vim, what it is, and how to program it. Though the simplicity of this distils down to only 2 lines of Vim script, which accomplish 2 specific thing…

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Linux Shell TipsHow to Send Email Using Curl Command in Linux

        When you find yourself in a Linux operating system environment that mimics the behavior of a server machine, graphical options like desktop environments are mostly not an option. Therefore, the reliance of your server-based operations and executions depend on the Linux terminal or command-line environment in front of you.

        Data transfer is an important Linux OS needs for all users. When trying to meet this objective of data transfer under Linux; especially when we are confined to a terminal-based or command-line OS environment.

      • UbuntuCreate FIPS-enabled Ubuntu container images with 10-year security updates | Ubuntu

        Canonical’s UA and Pro customers can now fully benefit from their subscriptions directly in containerised environments and pipelines. The new UA client release (27.7+) makes it easier to enable FIPS mode in Ubuntu containers. It also automatically signs up CI/CD builds for 10-year security updates to never worry about production container images getting timely patches for high and critical CVEs.

      • Pragmatic LinuxHow to install build-essential on Fedora – PragmaticLinux

        Coming from Debian or Ubuntu and interested in building C or C++ software programs on Fedora? You’ll probably frantically search for a way to install package build-essential on Fedora. Only to realize that this package does not exist on Fedora. No worries though, because Fedora offers an alternative and equivalent approach to installing package build-essential. This tutorial shows you how.

      • UNIX CopHow to install HTOP on CentOS 9 Stream

        Generally and with today’s computers, we don’t need to make a lot of mind to the number of resources that the computer spends. However, it is always a good idea to keep an eye on it to know if an application is consuming too much or if we need to manage a certain process.

        To do the above, we have the little giant htop. htop is a small application that shows us the processes and allows us to manage them. It also shows us the state of memory, swap, and CPU consumption.

        One of the great advantages of using htop is that it is very light, and we can run it in the terminal. This makes it possible to quickly and with a single command to have the system information and its consumption through processes.

      • » How to dissassemble Harddisk Upgrade a Inside a Lenovo ThinkCentre M92p | dwaves.de
      • Red Hat OfficialHow to set up Nginx on OpenShift and AWS ROSA | Enable Sysadmin

        Why keep all your results to yourself? – Blog with howtos and public free software and hardware OpenSource searchable knowledgebase about Linux and OpenSource – with a touch security, politics and philosophy.

      • How to Unzip a Zip File in Linux Command Line

        Here learn how to unzip a zip file in the Linux command line using unzip command. Shows the options unzip command have to extract and manipulate the archived file.

      • How to Install Nmap from Ubuntu Terminal
      • How to Set the Time zone in Debian 11

        Linux is a system that we can modify at will, and one of the configurations that we can change is the Time Zone. That is why in this post, you will learn how to define the Time Zone in Debian 11. This simple process can be useful in networks.

      • How to Mapping Linux Block Devices to Storage LUNs

        In some cases, you may need to find a block device mapped against a logical unit number (LUNs) for filesystem (FS) expansion or disaster recovery (DR) activity.

        Also, this information is required if you want to work with the storage team to troubleshoot or fix a high latency or disk error on a specific block device.

        Refer the following article to map ASM disks against storage LUNs.

      • HowTo ForgeHow to Install and Configure Fail2ban on Ubuntu 22.04

        Fail2ban is free and open-source IPS (Intrusion Prevention Software) that helps administrators secure Linux servers against malicious login and brute-force attacks. In this tutorial, we will show you how to install and configure Fail2ban for securing the Ubuntu 22.04 server. This guide also covers the basic command of fail2ban-client for managing Fail2ban service and jails.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Linux Kernel 5.18 on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install the latest 5.18 Linux Kernel on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa.

      • ID RootHow To Install Gnome Tweak on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Gnome Tweak on Ubuntu 22.04 on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Gnome Tweak application permits users to customize the functionality and look of the desktop environment. It grants us more control over our GUI than what is available by default in Gnome settings. You can utilize the Tweak Tool for editing fonts, workspace settings, top bar, quick launch bar, title bar clicking actions, and much more.

        This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of the Gnome Tweak on Ubuntu 22.04 on Ubuntu 22.04 (Jammy Jellyfish). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 22.04 and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint, Elementary OS, Pop!_OS, and more as well.

      • UNIX CopHow To Install Grafana on Fedora 36s

        Grafana is a multi-platformopen source analytics and interactive visualization web application. It provides charts, graphs, and alerts for the web when connected to supported data sources.

        A licensed Grafana Enterprise version with additional capabilities is also available as a self-hosted installation or an account on the Grafana Labs cloud service. It is expandable through a plug-in system.

        End users can create complex monitoring dashboards using interactive query builders. Grafana is divided into a front end and back end, written in TypeScript and Go, respectively.

      • UNIX CopHow To Install Laravel on Fedora 36

        Laravel is a free, open-source PHP web framework, created by Taylor Otwell and intended for the development of web applications following the model–view–controller (MVC) architectural pattern and based on Symfony. Some of the features of Laravel are a modular packaging system with a dedicated dependency manager, different ways for accessing relational databases, utilities that aid in application deployment and maintenance, and its orientation toward syntactic sugar.

      • ID RootHow To Install TeamViewer on Fedora 36 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install TeamViewer on Fedora 36. For those of you who didn’t know, TeamViewer allows a user to access someone else’s computer remotely using the internet in just a few seconds. It is an all-in-one solution for remote support which can be used for desktop sharing, online meetings, and file transfer between devices connected over the Internet. TeamViewer is available for Microsoft Windows, Linux, macOS, iOS, and Android operating systems.

        This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of the TeamViewer remote desktop application on a Fedora 36.

      • UNIX CopHow To Install Vivaldi Browser on Fedora 34/35/36

        In this tutorial, we will illustrate how to install Vivaldi Browser on Fedora systems

        Vivaldi is a freeware, cross-platform web browser developed by Vivaldi Technologies, a company founded by Tatsuki Tomita and Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner, who was the co-founder and CEO of Opera Software. Vivaldi was officially launched on April 6, 2016.

      • UNIX CopHow To Install and use htop on Fedora 34/35/36

        htop is an interactive system-monitor process-viewer and process-manager. It is designed as an alternative to the Unix program top.

        It’s a command line utility that allows the user to interactively monitor the system’s vital resources or server’s processes in real time. htop supports mouse operation, uses color in its output and gives visual indications about processor, memory and swap usage.

      • How to Install Apache Tomcat 10 on Ubuntu 22.04 with Nginx

        Install Apache Tomcat 10 on Ubuntu 22.04 with Nginx. Apache Tomcat is an open source web server and a servlet container which is mainly used to server Java based applications.

        In this guide you are going to learn how to install Apache Tomcat 10 on Ubuntu 22.04 and secure the setup with Nginx and Let’s Encrypt SSL.

      • OpenSource.comMigrate databases to Kubernetes using Konveyor | Opensource.com

        Kubernetes Database Operator is useful for building scalable database servers as a database (DB) cluster. But because you have to create new artifacts expressed as YAML files, migrating existing databases to Kubernetes requires a lot of manual effort. This article introduces a new open source tool named Konveyor Tackle-DiVA-DOA (Data-intensive Validity Analyzer-Database Operator Adaptation). It automatically generates deployment-ready artifacts for database operator migration. And it does that through datacentric code analysis.

      • H2S Media3 ways to install MailSpring on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy JellyFish

        Let’s learn the steps to install mail client MailSpring on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy JellyFish using the command terminal or GUI Software app.

        Mailspring is a fast and clear mail client for everyone even for Linux users. It offers simple and intuitive operation with a simple, tidy user interface. This can also be adapted as desired via different designs. In addition, the software offers the user some useful convenience functions.

        These include searching and filtering messages or the possibility to add further functions via plug-ins. Before you can really get started, however, you must first go through the many steps of the setup wizard. Once you have overcome this hurdle, the rest is child’s play. Also compared to some competing products, the number of mail accounts is not limited.

    • Games

      • ‘V Rising’ comes to Linux and Steam Deck as it sells a million copies

        V Rising is now playable on Linux and Steam Deck consoles, while developer Stunlock Studios has announced the vampire survival game has sold 1million copies.

        [...]

        As explained by GamingOnLinux, to jump into the game on Linux or Steam Deck, players should navigate to Proton Experimental in their Steam library, go into the ‘Betas’ tab in Properties, and opt into the “bleeding-edge” beta.

        From there, go to V Rising‘s Properties, select Compatibility, and choose Proton Experimental. This will allow players to jump into V Rising on their platform of choice.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • KritaGoogle Summer of Code, 2022 edition! | Krita

          This year’s Google Summer of Code is different from previous editions: there are both larger and smaller projects possible, and it’s no longer limited to students. We have two participants this year: Reinold Rojas and Xu Che.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • Ubuntu PitGaruda Linux: A Refreshing Linux Distro for Linux Enthusiasts


      Garuda Linux might have a clean and beautiful desktop environment, yet it has some downsides. One of them is relatively low software support. If you are new to Linux, getting some common software to work properly could be painful. You can get things done easily if you are compatible with command lines and terminals.

      Again, you will have a lot of open source app support and other ready-to-use packages. By the way, the interface is eye-catching, but the transition effects, color sense, and wallpaper sense are not upto the Mark. If you want to use this as your daily OS solely, then avoid and choose Ubuntu over it.

      So, here we are, taking our leave for today. We will soon come up with another review of another Linux distro. Please share your experience of using the Linux distro you are using right now. I appreciate your support.

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • OpenSource.comImprove network performance with this open source framework


      In the age of high-speed internet, most large information systems are structured as distributed systems with components running on different machines. The performance of these systems is generally assessed by their throughput and response time. When performance is poor, debugging these systems is challenging due to the complex interactions between different subcomponents and the possibility of the problem occurring at various places along the communication path.

      On the fastest networks, the performance of a distributed system is limited by the host’s ability to generate, transmit, process, and receive data, which is in turn dependent on its hardware and configuration. What if it were possible to tune the network performance of a distributed system using a repository of network benchmark runs and suggest a subset of hardware and OS parameters that are the most effective in improving network performance?

      To answer this question, our team used Pbench, a benchmarking and performance analysis framework developed by the performance engineering team at Red Hat. This article will walk step by step through our process of determining the most effective methods and implementing them in a predictive performance tuning tool.

    • Linux LinksBest Free and Open Source Alternatives to Autodesk Maya


      Autodesk Maya creates assets for interactive 3D applications (including video games), animated films, TV series, and visual effects.

      Maya is available for Linux but it’s proprietary software. What are the best free and open source alternatives?

    • ZDNetCrane Venture Partners supports open source developers with an itch to scratch

      Starting any business isn’t easy. Starting an open-source business adds another level of complexity to the task. Even in a world that runs on open source, some banks and investors still have trouble wrapping their minds around the idea that open source and a viable business can go hand-in-hand. And then there’s Crane Venture Partners (CVP), a venture capitalist (VC) that are all about open-source-based businesses.

    • Its FOSSProtonMail is Now Just ‘Proton’ Offering a Privacy Ecosystem

      ProtonMail announced a re-brand with a new website, new name, updated pricing plans, a refreshed UI, and more changes.

  • Leftovers

    • The NationSnow Maze

      Everything feels cold I’d love a little warmth But I am stuck out here While they warm themselves By the fireplace or by the fire They have no bones And are completely ash I am not I am still flesh I am stuck somewhere In the corner of the maze No one can find me But I am speaking so loudly The real life is a dream I woke up so many times They thought I was still dead My arms are frozen And I can feel the pain in my arms They say if you can still feel pain That means that you are living Trauma has always been a part of my poetics I have been writing this poem For my entire life What is this curtain of flesh On the bed of our desire I meant it when I said I loved her Snow Snow

    • Whitespace

      Years ago, I read about the Whitespace language. The only significant characters are space, tab and line feed. Everything else is a comment. On Saturday it crossed my mind again, so I read the tutorial and thought “Seems like a do-able thing.” So I wrote a Whitespace interpreter.

    • HackadayPut Another Dime In The Jukebox

      We don’t always acknowledge it, but most people have an innate need for music. Think of all the technology that brings us music. For decades, most of the consumer radio spectrum carried music. We went from records, to tape in various forms, to CDs, to pure digital. There are entire satellites that carry — mostly — music. Piracy aside, people are willing to pay for music, too. While it isn’t very common to see “jukeboxes” these days, there was a time when they were staples at any bar or restaurant or even laundrymat you happened to be in. For the cost of a dime, you can hear the music and share it with everyone around you.

    • Counter PunchSpeciesism and Pullman’s “The Amber Spyglass”

      But the His Dark Materials trilogy holds a special place in my heart. I should say that while I’ve read some of the supplementary work set in Pullman’s universe, like Lyra’s Oxford and Once Upon a Time in the North, I haven’t read Serpentine or the first two entries in The Book of Dust trilogy.

      I’ve read the His Dark Materials books a number of times in the past few years, as a form of temporary escape. I never finish. Most recently, I gave up on The Amber Spyglass, which didn’t come out until I was a teenager. In my view, this is where Pullman gets most explicit about his secular humanism. It’s not the secularism that bothers me; it’s the humanism.

    • Emmanuele Bassi: Amberol

      In 1997, I downloaded my first MP3 file. It was linked on a website, and all I had was a 56k modem, so it took me ages to download the nearly 4 megabytes of 128 kbit/s music goodness. Before that file magically appeared on my hard drive, if we exclude a brief dalliance with MOD files, the only music I had on my computer came either in MIDI or in WAV format.

      In the nearly 25 years passed since that seminal moment, my music collection has steadily increased in size — to the point that I cannot comfortably keep it in my laptop’s internal storage without cutting into the available space for other stuff and without taking ages when copying it to new machines; and if I had to upload it to a cloud service, I’d end up paying monthly storage fees that would definitely not make me happy. Plus, I like being able to listen to my music without having a network connection — say, when I’m travelling. For these reasons, I have my music collection on a dedicated USB3 drive and on various 128 GB SD cards that I use when travelling, to avoid bumping around a spinning rust drive.

      In order to listen to that first MP3 file, I also had to download a music player, and back in 1997 there was this little software called Winamp, which apparently really whipped the llama’s ass. Around that same time I was also dual-booting between Windows and Linux, and, obviously, Linux had its own Winamp clone called x11amp. This means that, since late 1997, I’ve also tested more or less all mainstream, GTK-based Linux music players—xmms, beep, xmms2, Rhythmbox, Muine, Banshee, Lollypop, GNOME Music—and various less mainstream ones—shout out to ma boi mpg123. I also used iTunes on macOS and Windows, but I don’t speak of that.

    • Science

      • HackadayGraphyne Finally Created

        Before you jump down to the comments to chastise us for misspelling graphene, note that graphyne is similar to graphene but not the same. Like graphene, it is a two-dimensional structure of carbon. Unlike graphene, it contains double and triple bonds and does not always form hexagons. Scientists have postulated its existence for decades, but researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder have finally managed to pull it off. You can also download the paper if you want to wade through the details.

    • Hardware

      • HackadayCharacter VFD Becomes Spectrum Analyzer

        These days, streaming services are a great way to listen to music or podcasts on your computer or on the go. However, they lack one feature of the MP3 players and streamers of old: visualizations! [mircemk] is a fan of those, and has built a hardware spectrum analyzer that pumps with the music.

      • HackadayPSP Turned Robot Remote With Custom Software

        There’s no question that Sony’s PlayStation Portable (PSP) was an impressive piece of hardware when it was released in 2004, but for all its technical wizardry, it wasn’t able to shake Nintendo’s vice-like grip on the handheld market. Perhaps that explains why we still see so many nostalgia-fueled hacks for Nintendo’s Game Boy and Dual Screen (DS) systems, while PSP hacks tend to be few and far between.

      • HackadayShow Us Your Odd Inputs And Peculiar Peripherals!

        Just as the Jedi youngling would have to build their light saber, so is it a rite of passage for a true geek to build their own computer interfaces. And nothing makes a personal computer more personal than a custom keyboard, a bespoke mouse, an omnipotent macropad, a snazzy jog wheel, or a fancy flight yoke.

      • Hackaday3D Printing Fabrics Is Easier Than You Think

        Conventional textiles made of woven threads are highly useful materials. [Sara Alvarez] has had some success creating fabric-like materials through 3D printing, and though they’re not identical, they have some similar properties that make them unique and useful.

      • HackadayThe STM32 Makes For A Cheap DIY USB Soundcard

        Soundcards used to be giant long 8-bit ISA things that would take up a huge amount of real estate inside a desktop computer. These days, for most of us, they’re baked into the motherboard and we barely give them a second thought. [Samsonov Dima] decided to whip up a cheap little sound card of their own, however, built around the STM32.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • Common DreamsMap Shows Over 17 Million People in US Threatened by Toxic Fossil Fuel Pollution

        Roughly 17.3 million people in the United States, including nearly four million children, live within a half-mile radius of active oil and gas production, which puts them at increased risk of suffering severe health problems from toxic air pollution.

        “Seniors are more likely to die, and babies are more likely to be born with congenital heart disease.”

    • Linux Foundation

      • Linux Foundation’s Site/BlogSODA Foundation Prioritizes Backup and Restore for Containers, Introduces Object Data Management Across Cloud Providers

        The SODA Foundation, which hosts the SODA Open Data Framework (ODF) for data mobility from edge to core to cloud, today announced two new open source projects: Kahu and Como. Kahu streamlines data protection for Kubernetes and its application data, and Como is a virtual data lake project to enable seamless access to data stored in different clouds. The SODA Foundation also welcomes SoftBank Group as an end-user supporter and key collaboration partner on the Como project.

    • Security

      • CPRTwisted Panda: Chinese APT espionage operation against Russian’s state-owned defense institutes – Check Point Research [Ed: Microsoft Windows TCO]

        In the past two months, we observed multiple APT groups attempting to leverage the Russia and Ukraine war as a lure for espionage operations. It comes as no surprise that Russian entities themselves became an attractive target for spear-phishing campaigns that are exploiting the sanctions imposed on Russia by western countries. These sanctions have put enormous pressure on the Russian economy, and specifically on organizations in multiple Russian industries.

        [...]

        The malware creates a working directory %TEMP%\\OfficeInit and copies to it INIT and cmpbk32.dll files, as well as a legitimate 32-bit Windows executable cmdl32.exe from either System32 or SysWOW64 folder, depending on if the operating system is 32 or 64 bit.

      • Sandworm uses a new version of ArguePatch to attack targets in Ukraine [Ed: Microsoft Windows TCO]

        Filename: eset_ssl_filtered_cert_importer.exe
        SHA-1 hash: 796362BD0304E305AD120576B6A8FB6721108752
        ESET detection name: Win32/Agent.AEGY

      • Malicious Python Repository Package drops Cobalt Strike on Windows, macOS & Linux systems [Ed: It's not an OS issue; it's about people installing malicious software and greater threats are proprietary software's back doors]

        Public repositories of open source code are a critical part of the software supply chain that many organizations use to build applications. They are therefore an attractive target for adversaries seeking to distribute malware to a mass audience.

      • 747 Hackathon | Pen Test Partners

        As is probably clear from our blog and public talks aviation cyber security is an area of huge interest to us. Some of us are also light aircraft pilots, so the crossover of two of our loves makes for some fascinating research.

        Over the last few years we’ve managed to get access to several airplanes that have been recently retired. As the various breakers yards are backed up with planes retired during the pandemic, many fully functional planes are available that will never fly again.

        However, a big problem for us is that the planes get dismantled, often between visits. On several occasions we’ve gone to an airframe to figure out the on board systems, go back to the lab to prepare custom connectors and tools, then come back a month later to find out that it’s been taken apart into many many pieces.

      • ForbesGoogle Chrome 102: Critical Security Update For All Windows, Mac & Linux Users [Ed: Microsoft propagandist Davey Winder talking about a browser while CISA discloses that half of the latest actively-exploited holes are Microsoft's]
    • Defence/Aggression

      • Counter PunchSerbia Resists US-led Bullying

        Russia’s ill-considered invasion of Ukraine has provided US imperialism with the opportunity of a lifetime, supercharging NATO and US military expansion and transforming the conflict into a proxy war. By sending arms to Ukraine and urging it on to total victory rather than a negotiated settlement, the hope in Washington is that the war can be prolonged. The expectation is that sanctions would then have enough time to bring about the collapse of Russia, which would advance the project of isolating the People’s Republic of China.

        Washington is in no mood to countenance neutrality, and no effort is spared to persuade or bully other nations into imposing sanctions on Russia. While the US has met with limited success in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, Europe is a different matter, where only one nation maintains a neutral stance – Serbia.

      • ScheerpostDirty NYPD Detective Responsible for 15 False Convictions Back on the Stand as Judge Reviews 1988 Murder Conviction

        Fifteen convictions in which Scarcella played a pivotal role have resulted in exonerations. A retrial in another case is slated for mid-June. The statute of limitations has expired on any criminal penalties Louie can receive for the initial wrongful arrests and false documentation. Scarcella, however, can face charges for perjury during post-conviction hearings. 

      • Meduza‘Almost nobody is happy with Putin’: Meduza’s sources say a new wave of pessimism in the Kremlin has Russia’s hawks demanding more brutality in Ukraine while others scout for presidential successors

        As of today, Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine has been underway for exactly three months. Throughout Moscow’s “special military operation,” representatives of the Russian elite have repeatedly changed their positions on the war in Ukraine and the crisis at home. Moderate optimism replaced what was initially extreme pessimism, only to be ousted by a wave of moderate pessimism. Sources close to the Kremlin told Meduza that these moods have shifted again, as more elites express dissatisfaction with Vladimir Putin directly. Frustration with the president, moreover, is rising among both supporters and opponents of the invasion.

      • The NationWe Need a Real Debate About the Ukraine War

        It’s time to challenge the orthodox view on the war in Ukraine.

      • The NationSun, Sand, Surf, Sea—and Russian Rockets: Wartime in Odesa

        Odesa, Ukraine—On a hot and sunny summer day along the Black Sea beachfront, Igor cast his fishing line over the edge of a long pier. Wearing nothing but a blue Speedo and the faded red beach towel wrapped around his neck, the leathery-skinned Odessan was at a different spot from his preferred place for finding Gobi fish and mussels, where he’d been fishing for 10 years. His usual place had been wrecked by a recent rocket attack.1

      • TruthOutBiden Vows US Would Defend Taiwan, Contradicting Longstanding US Policy
      • ScheerpostWhen US Pivot is Seen as an ‘Expansion’ Into Asia

        It’s time to talk about what we can learn from NATO in Eastern Europe and its lessons for U.S. policy towards China.

      • Common DreamsAfter Kids Killed in Texas, Dems Declare ‘Pass Gun Safety Legislation Now’

        Progressives in Congress responded to a deadly mass shooting at a Texas elementary school on Tuesday with demands for swift action to reduce gun violence.

        “When are we going to wake up as a country?”

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Not Only in Ukraine: Major Weapons Makers Profiting Off War Worldwide

        These are good times to be an arms maker. Not only are tens of billions of dollars in new military spending headed for the coffers of this country’s largest weapons contractors, but they’re being praised as defenders of freedom and democracy, thanks to their role in arming Ukraine to fight the Russians. The last time the industry gained such a sterling reputation was during World War II when it was lauded as the “arsenal of democracy” for fueling the fight against fascism. 

      • Counter PunchThe Lingering Mystery of Gulf War Syndrome

        The only casualties my friend’s unit ever treated were from a medical team from Bulgaria or Romania – so far as I recall – who had been stationed far from the frontline in Saudi Arabia where they built themselves a still to make alcohol. But something went wrong with the construction and they produced a lethal brew likely to produce death and blindness if they had not been flown to my friend’s hospital in London.

        In the years after the war, many American and British soldiers taking part in the invasion of Iraq complained of unexplained and crippling illnesses such as excruciating muscle pain, fever and memory loss. Governments and armies denied that anything peculiar had happened.

    • Environment

      • Counter PunchGrim 2022 Drought Outlook for Western US

        Heading into summer, the outlook is pretty grim. The National Weather Service’s latest seasonal outlook, issued May 19, 2022, described drought persisting across most of the West and parts of the Great Plains.

        One driver of the Western drought has been persistent La Niña conditions in the tropical Pacific since the summer of 2020. During La Niña, cooler tropical Pacific waters help nudge the jet stream northward. That tends to bring fewer storms to the southern tier of the U.S. and produce pronounced drought impacts in the Southwest.

      • Counter PunchIndia – Birds Drop Out of the Sky, People Die

        And, maybe do the same for some of the people sprawled out on the roadside before they die right before your eyes. After all, people are already dying from the humid heat. Maybe you could help them survive and while at it maybe bring along that friend who’s a climate denier for help saving some lives. It’s good for his or her soul to open their eyes to reality.

        According to a recent Business Insider article: Birds Are Falling From the Sky in India as a Record Heatwave Dries up Water Sources, May 14th, 2022. And, it’s not just a few random instances: “Vets in an animal hospital in Ahmedabad said they had treated thousands of birds in recent weeks,” Ibid.

      • The NationWe Need International Cooperation to Fight Climate Change, Not War

        The war in Ukraine has already caused massive death and destruction, with more undoubtedly to come as the fighting intensifies in the country’s east and south. Many thousands of soldiers and civilians have already been killed or wounded, some 13 million Ukrainians have been forced from their homes, and an estimated one-third of the country’s infrastructure has been destroyed. Worse yet, that war’s brutal consequences have in no way been limited to Ukraine and Russia: Hunger and food insecurity are increasing across Africa, Asia, and the Middle East as grain deliveries from two of the world’s leading wheat producers have been severed. People are also suffering globally from another harsh consequence of that war: soaring fuel prices. And yet even those manifestations of the war’s “collateral damage” don’t come close to encompassing what could be the greatest casualty of all: Planet Earth itself.

      • Counter PunchIt’s “Now or Never” on Climate Change

        * Coal must be effectively phased out.

        * Methane emissions must be reduced by a third.

      • TruthOutBiden Is Breaking His Climate Promises. What Are the Consequences?
      • Wildlife/Nature

        • Pro PublicaSalmon hatcheries funded by U.S. government haven’t ended fish’s decline

          CARSON, Wash. — The fish were on their way to be executed. One minute, they were swimming around a concrete pond. The next, they were being dumped onto a stainless steel table set on an incline. Hook-nosed and wide-eyed, they thrashed and thumped their way down the table toward an air-powered guillotine.

          Hoses hanging from steel girders flushed blood through the grated metal floor. Hatchery workers in splattered chest waders gutted globs of bright orange eggs from the dead females and dropped them into buckets, then doused them first with a stream of sperm taken from the dead males and then with an iodine disinfectant.

    • Finance

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Counter PunchIn Politics, Money Will Always Talk. Unless…
      • HungaryThe tenth modification of the Fundamental Law approved by Parliament
      • TruthOutGiuliani Refused to Discuss GOP Lawmakers’ Roles in Scheme to Overturn Election
      • TruthOutJamie McLeod-Skinner Is on the Verge of Ousting Blue Dog Kurt Schrader in Oregon
      • Common DreamsBiaggi to Primary ‘Selfish Corporate Democrat’ Sean Patrick Maloney in NY

        Progressive New York state Sen. Alessandra Biaggi on Tuesday formally announced a primary challenge to U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, whose recent decision to run in a safer district and effectively boot out a progressive incumbent sparked Democratic ire.

        “The Democratic Party should be led by fearless champions—not selfish, corporate politicians,” Biaggi tweeted Tuesday. “I’m launching my campaign to take on Sean Patrick Maloney.”

      • Common DreamsHouse Dems to Pelosi: Hold Vote for Bill Expanding Social Security

        Democratic leaders of three U.S. congressional caucuses and a task force on Tuesday sent a letter urging House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to swiftly bring a bill that would expand and strengthen Social Security to the floor for a vote.

        “We need to expand Social Security’s modest benefits so that everyone in America can enjoy a secure retirement.”

      • Counter PunchWho is Anthony Albanese, Australia’s New Prime Minister?

        “I’m patient”, he told his clapping audience, “I’m patient — I’m a Souths fan”. The South Sydney Rabbitohs are the Rugby League club Albanese supports, which for the greater part of his adult life was notorious for its competitive under-performance.

        The audience realised, of course, that in proclaiming his long-suffering dedication, Albanese was really alluding to his political vocation and his other underachieving “tribe” — the Labor Party.

      • Counter PunchBiden Lengthens Our Leash on Cuba

        Biden is issuing executive decrees permitting more U.S. flights into Cuba, removing caps on  money Americans can send to Cubans, and restoring travel by educational groups.

        Whoop de doo! Let’s all go out and celebrate Biden’s kindness and generosity. After all, rightwing President Trump certainly wasn’t that nice when it came to Cuba!

      • ScheerpostGuantanamo, Cuba: VII Symposium on the Abolition of Foreign Military Bases

        The Naval Base is the site of the infamous US military prison that, as of April 2022, still holds 37 men, most of whom have never been tried as their trial would reveal the torture to which the US has subjected them.  18 of the 37 are approved for release if U.S. diplomats can arrange for countries to accept them.

      • Misinformation/Disinformation

        • The NationThe GOP Is Lying About the “Great Replacement” Theory

          We know that the so-called “great replacement” theory, which has inspired white supremacist massacres from New Zealand to Buffalo, is a racist hoax. But after a few days professing sorrow over a white supremacist’s murdering 10 Black people at East Buffalo’s Tops Friendly Supermarket last Saturday, and after disavowing the theory, conservative pundits began to fight back. There is, in fact, a great replacement theory, they now argue—and it’s been peddled by Democrats. They’re claiming it emerged largely from a book by two friends of mine: The Emerging Democratic Majority, written by Ruy Teixeira and John B. Judis roughly 20 years ago.

        • Counter PunchChristopher Steele’s Replacement Theory

          Recently, Steele said of Russian president Vladimir Putin that he was gravely ill and that his possible illness may have played a part in the decision to mobilize and attack Ukraine.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • Counter PunchThe Stormont Election and Ireland

        Though the election is significant, it is not the “momentous blow to Protestant-oriented Unionism” that it has been interpreted as by many. Unionist parties still maintain over 42% of seats in the assembly. Nationalist parties hold 40.5% and ‘neutral’ parties hold the rest. One of the major changes is that these so-called neutral parties, such as Alliance, have drawn support from the more-reactionary unionist ones.

        Yet, as Odrán Waldron keenly noted in Ebb Magazine, “58.8 per cent of Alliance’s voters favoured the continuation of British rule in Ireland in 2019, with just 25.6 per cent favouring the reunification of Ireland.” The ‘neutrality’ of their apparent non-sectarianism is not legitimately neutral – neutrality is, of course, a political position which is an impossibility. Waldron also notes that the British still control public funds in the North, including taxation. It also controls ‘foreign policy’ and military matters.

      • The NationChild Care Providers Are Organizing, Demanding More, and Winning

        On the bright, clear morning of May 9, over a dozen child care providers, nearly all women of color, gathered on the steps of New York City’s City Hall speaking a mix of English and Spanish. They held signs saying, “Can’t work without childcare” and wearing buttons declaring, “I work in childcare so you can go to work.” It was a Monday morning, when they would normally be receiving young children from their parents’ arms. Instead, they were among the hundreds of providers across 27 states who protested that day by shutting their doors and walking out. They did it to make a point: that the economy can’t function without the underpaid, undervalued work that they do.

      • The NationWhen “Jackie Robinson” Is Used as a Racial Slur

        The top news in Major League Baseball is not the “cardiac kid” Baltimore Orioles—three walk-off wins in four days!—or the dominant New York Mets. Instead, it’s an incident at Yankee Stadium, which is a microcosm of everything that baseball does wrong.

      • Common DreamsProtests Urge Congress to End ‘Cruel, Racist, and Xenophobic’ Title 42 Amid Court Fight

        Rallies and marches were held in Mexican border cities Sunday and Monday to protest the continuation of Title 42, the highly controversial anti-migrant rule still in place following a right-wing judge’s injunction against the Biden administration’s plan to end what one critic called a “cruel, racist, and xenophobic” policy.

        “For us, Title 42 ends the dream of many, because in all immigrants’ dreams, asylum is a right, and Title 42 takes that right away from us,” a demonstrator named Edward told Democracy Now! at a Tijuana protest on Monday.

      • Common DreamsAtwood Releases Fire-Proof Copy of ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ to Combat GOP Book-Banning

        Proceeds from an auction of an unusual edition of Margaret Atwood’s classic dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale will go to the free expression advocacy group PEN America, as the group stands up to right-wing attempts to ban books in the United States.

        The single copy of the novel is made entirely of flame-resistant material, as evidenced in a video released Monday in which Atwood herself attempts to light the book on fire.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Finalizing the Equal Rights Amendment Is the Best Way to Protect Abortion Rights

        When Roe vs. Wade was decided in 1973, it was rooted in rights that flow from privacy—not equality. As the country has now seen in the leaked Supreme Court draft ruling, that right to privacy is about to be demolished.

      • Common DreamsAs End of Roe Looms, US Doctors Say ‘Abortion Is Essential Healthcare’

        The leading professional association of obstetricians and gynecologists on Monday responded to “the anticipated upending of 50 years of well-settled law” regarding abortion care by the U.S. Supreme Court by strengthening its policy on the issue and condemning right-wing legislators who spread misinformation about abortion as they roll back reproductive rights.

        The board of directors of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) updated its policy on abortion by making clear that the procedure “is an essential component of comprehensive, evidence-based healthcare” and the group “strongly opposes any effort that impedes access to abortion care and interferes in the relationship between a person and their healthcare professional.”

      • Counter PunchAbortion Rights in Swing States Will Determine Who Controls the Senate in 2021

        The Democrats’ strategy of relying on national polls, even accurate and reliable, would continue to lead to defeats in the Senate. As I argued in To Save Roe in Congress, the D’s Must Change Their Strategy, that strategy fails to target critical races that can sustain or enlarge the Democrat’s presence in Congress. It also fails to recognize that being pro-abortion does not mean the same thing to all who oppose banning abortion.

        The D’s must consider how the abortion issue affects the Democrats to keep control of the Senate. They need to protect four incumbents listed by the non-partisan Roll Call website as the most vulnerable Democrats to lose in November: Mark Kelly in Arizona, Cortez Masto in Nevada, Raphael Warnock in Georgia, and Maggie Hassan in New Hampshire. Biden won all four states only by slim margins.

      • TruthOutSenators Urge FTC to Protect Abortion Clinic Patients’ Data From Being Sold
      • Common Dreams‘Not About Nostalgia’: Poor People’s Campaign Marches in Memphis Ahead of DC Gathering

        Low-wage workers from three southern states marched and rallied in Memphis on Monday, the final stop made by the revived Poor People’s Campaign before it converges in Washington, D.C. next month.

        “We need policy changes to include the protection and value of all our people, not just some.”

      • The NationMarching for Choice
    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • About the =: input prompt..

        I did not mean to write another anti-Gemini rant… I am really happy for our little network’s existence, and I use Gemini pretty much exclusively, hardly ever hitting http servers. It’s just so ****ing annoying sometimes!

      • Spartan Should Not Use text/gemini

        Brief post, but I was reading up on the Spartan protocol in the spec and noticed something that raised my eyebrow.

      • A closer look at geminispace.info backlinks

        The first part of answer is obvious because geminispace.info backlink page template consists in [root/serve/templates/fragments/footer.gmi] two variables. One of it is printed, and it is changing every time geminispace.info index is updated.

        The second part of answer is still unclear for me. Because I have added two backlinks pages to my comitium installation. The first for szczezuja.flounder.online domain, and the second for szczezuja.space domain. And there must be some difference because, beside index update date, the pages are in different “days” on comitium feeds page.

      • [Old] Web client autonomy — sailing the Small Web

        I had briefly thought to call this piece “Taking Back Control” before I quickly remembered that old cliché has become a slogan of the jingoistic proponents of Brexit. Such true believers loudly announce the idea that Nirvana will be easily achieved once we leave the European Union and “take back control” of our Manifest National Destiny. And collectively, we bought it. Sigh.

      • Things are Moving Along

        I’m really excited about all the progress I’ve been making with Squid’s World… I’ve got the graphics, color scheme, and my gemini capsule is looking good lately.

      • Too many good things

        Also being on tilde.town’s IRC again. Also joining tilde.chat and hanging out there. Also reading CAPCOM and Spacewalk and keeping up with the Gemini community. Also listening to Tilde Radio but then

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  3. Links 25/06/2022: EndeavourOS Artemis and Foundries.io IPO Ambitions

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  5. [Meme] EPO All Backwards: Are National Delegates and the Administrative Council Just Puppets of the Office They're Meant to Govern?

    Next week the overseeing body of the EPO has a chance to prove it’s no longer subservient to the people it was supposed to regulate and control; it’s all backwards at the EPO, so crime is encouraged (for profit) and never punished for



  6. 2,120 EPO Workers Sign Petition to the National Delegates, Who Can Put an End to EPO Abuses (But Repeatedly Fail to Do So)

    There’s a considerable amount of pushback against António Campinos with his ludicrous policies; staff does not want him or his policies



  7. [Meme] You Cannot Protest Because...

    Mr. ‘social dialogue’ ‘very nice guy’ António Campinos failed to fulfill the peace mission or attain the calm he was assigned to deliver 4 years ago; the EPO is still in a state of crisis, but will national representatives care? Will they bag more bribes for not caring?



  8. EPO Staff at The Hague Complains of New Pressure Tactics and Survey Shows Less than 10% Think Office Policies Serve the EPO's Interests

    With only a few days left before national representatives meet in Munich to discuss the future of the Office it's important to understand that they totally ignore the interests of Europe, the EPO's staff, and science/technology; today we examine the sentiments of people based in The Netherlands, who are exceedingly unhappy about the direction their employer (EPO) has taken



  9. Links 24/06/2022: SLE 15 SP4 and Darkbar 1.0.1

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  10. Links 24/06/2022: Mostly Political Catchup

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  11. IRC Proceedings: Thursday, June 23, 2022

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  12. Links 24/06/2022: FidelityFX Free Software and a Look at PetaPi

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  13. [Meme] Council Says...

    The Administrative Council of the EPO must be kidding itself if it thought replacing Benoît Battistelli with his friend António Campinos (and his unqualified or unsuitably unqualified friends from Alicante) would set the EPO on a route to improvement



  14. Selected Slides From Technologia's EPO Staff Survey (2022 Compared to Prior Years)

    In spite of the lack of media coverage, EPO insiders (mostly people who have worked at the EPO for quite a while) see the downward spiral in patent quality and they do not trust the management



  15. EPO Staff Survey's Preliminary Results Published (Almost 2,000 Staff Surveyed), António Campinos Less Trustworthy Than Benoît Battistelli at Similar Points in Their Terms

    At long last, after a couple of months in the making, the staff survey of the EPO is out (not the one controlled by EPO management with push-polling and 'trick questions')



  16. Links 23/06/2022: EasyOS Improves Update Process

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  17. Links 23/06/2022: digiKam 7.7 and Tails 5.1.1

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  18. [Meme] Granting Patents Like Mad is Not Productivity (It's Also Illegal)

    Patent granting is down by a quarter at the EPO, so António Campinos — like Benoît Battistelli before him — resorts to terrorising staff



  19. EPO Management Behaves As If the Goal is to Shut Down and Outsource the Patent Office, Making a 'Monopolies Bank' Instead... or Having Rubber-Stamping With Kangaroo Courts Override the European Patent Convention (EPC)

    Flabbergasting strategy in Europe's second-largest institution makes one wonder if the goal is to drive out the workers or simply shut down the workplace



  20. Links 23/06/2022: Pango 1.90, First Beta for Krita 5.1 and Microsoft Bricks/Breaks Windows Server Again

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  21. IRC Proceedings: Wednesday, June 22, 2022

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  22. Links 23/06/2022: Open Hardware and More LF 'Fluff'

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  23. Links 23/06/2022: 3,500 Games on Steam Deck Verified or Playable, Gemini on ESP32

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  24. The EPO is Ceasing to Be a Patent Office

    Patent offices are meant to carry out patent examination, but today's EPO is so focused on money (by granting a ton of legally-invalid monopolies) that it is willing to enlist incapable and inexperienced workers as 'machine operators'; this is done in violation of many EPC provisionsPatent offices are meant to carry out patent examination, but today's EPO is so focused on money (by granting a ton of legally-invalid monopolies) that it is willing to enlist incapable and inexperienced workers as 'machine operators'; this is done in violation of many EPC provisions



  25. EPO Abolishing Workers' Rights and Creating Second-Class Workers in Direct Violation of the European Patent Convention (EPC)

    The EPO‘s presidents Benoît Battistelli and António Campinos have demolished any remnant of EPC compliance; this institution must be reobooted immediately and all the managers sacked if not prosecuted



  26. [Meme] Trying to Circumvent the European Patent Convention is Like Playing With Fire

    The EPO‘s repeated violations of the European Patent Convention (EPC) will make António Campinos an asylum seeker like his father, seeking political shelter like Benoît Battistelli, who virtually went into hiding in 2018 (when his diplomatic immunity ended and his EPO crimes, like the Benalla affair, came to light)



  27. EPO Management Severely Harms the Health of Staff by Bullying Them

    EPO management that breaks the law wants the staff to blindly cooperate; failing to achieve full cooperation (in crimes), the managers are increasingly bullying the workers, causing some of them to get ill (in the past this led to a lot of suicides)



  28. [Meme] Executing the EPC (as in Killing It, Not Following It)

    Vichy Battistelli and his French friend have basically killed the EPC, i.e. they committed crimes to turn the EPO into a private bank instead of a patent office; who will hold them accountable and when?



  29. At the EPO, “Bringing Teams Together” or “New Management of Office Space” is Another Step Towards EPO Outsourcing

    The Local Staff Committee Munich (LSC Munich/LSCMN) and Central Staff Committee (CSC) raise awareness of a scheme that may result in only “33% of staff (at best) [having] a permanently allocated desk.” Shades of what the Office dictator Benoît Battistelli did to Judge Corcoran after he repeatedly won in court and his reinstatement was forced, whereupon he found himself back but without a desk



  30. [Meme] Battistelli the Second (Battistelli II)

    Benoît Battistelli‘s French buddy António Campinos is destroying what’s left of the EPO; as the 50th anniversary approaches it’s not clear if the EPO has any future at all (laws aren’t obeyed and new hires aren’t examiners but a disposable workforce, akin to scabs, that doesn’t meet the requirements explicitly specified in the EPC)


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