Focus on the Concepts, Focus on Software Freedom (and Other Freedoms)

Posted in Deception, Free/Libre Software, GNU/Linux at 5:13 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Two years ago, by Thomas Grzybowski: Free Software Freedom is Not Linux

Says Linux is good; Refuses to actually use it
Jim Zemlin became not a symbol of Linux but of rejection of Linux and promotion of the ‘Linux’ Foundation, a front group representing and fronting for companies that attack Linux

Summary: Software Freedom (as in Free/Libre/Open Source software) and GNU/Linux matter; but the latter are brands and we have other essential freedoms which need guarding

THE concept of Software Freedom is very precious to us. Internet Freedom too, but that’s connected to Software Freedom. The Internet is built on Free software and embraces many of the same values/psyche.

We recently worked on a number of documents and charts in an effort to better understand and map high-profile threats. Software Freedom is a big component of that.

With changes afoot in the site, which increasingly becomes a Gemini capsule with copies in IPFS, it is likely we’ll spend more time (and effort) explaining concepts. This means decreased focus on brands (like company names), but they will still be mentioned as examples. Over time companies come and go (or rise and fall), whereas the underlying issues persist for decades if not centuries. We’ll try to accompany our writings with more Daily Links (which contain new supporting evidence).

A couple of days ago we showed the OSI's demise (loss of funding). Sooner or later the ‘Linux’ Foundation too will run out of things to sell (or sell out). Its reputation is already in the gutter, practices have gone rogue, key staff is leaving, and secrecy has increased. The communication style is akin to crisis management (same in Mozilla).

4 years ago. It's almost July 2022 already
“The dog ate my homework”

Wikipedia is No Longer Trustworthy on Matters of Commerce and Politics (Because of Financial Motives and Power Incentives)

Posted in Deception, Microsoft, Wikipedia at 4:26 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 47505702dc17733e78c88f9c25a35362
Trusting Wikipedia
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: Wikipedia may in fact face an existential crisis in the future as its reputation and the degree of trust it deserves diminishes; it’s not the fault of people who run Wikipedia as much as it is the fault of people who game Wikipedia

Wikipedia is a wonderful resource which covers a broad range of subjects in many languages. But that does not mean we should blindly idolise Wikipedia.

The video above was made in response to obvious and rather obscene bias in Wikipedia, especially on Microsoft- and EPO-related topics. But it does not focus on these pairs. Instead it deals with the issue in more generalised terms.

I begin by explaining how I was first introduced to wikis and then to Wikipedia. It was nearly 20 years ago. I’ve since set up and maintained a number of wikis. Some of them are still online (about 18 years already!) but aren’t particularly active. Over the years I’ve experimented with a lot of wiki software and I still work with several (front end and back end) on a daily basis.

The issue isn’t the concept of a wiki per se; many wikis are restricted in the sense that only a trusted set of people can edit them. Some are in access-limited intranets or behind VPN (not merely authentication barriers).

“The issue isn’t the concept of a wiki per se; many wikis are restricted in the sense that only a trusted set of people can edit them.”What makes Wikipedia very sensitive is ironically the degree of openness. Over the years we wrote a great number of articles about Wikipedia, at times highlightinf the way Microsoft was sabotaging it. Even the co-founder of Wikipedia openly blasted Microsoft for it.

An associate asked me today (in light of misinformation), “are there any groups following and/or fighting Microsoft misrepresentation of topics inside Wikipedia or the Wikimedia universe in general?”

This is done not just by Microsoft, but Microsoft is among the worst if not the worst.

Wikipedia interference is not limited to the private sector, either. Governments manipulate Wikipedia as well, but staff of Wikipedia mostly turns a blind eye when Western governments do it.

When it comes to non-scientific articles, Wikipedia has become increasingly troubling if not appalling. The so-called “encyclopedia” is used to settle political and commercial scores, not inform the general public. People who have examined Wikipedia thoroughly enough in recent years can probably relate; a lot of the manipulation is done by intentional omission or relegation of facts.

“When it comes to non-scientific articles, Wikipedia has become increasingly troubling if not appalling.”The corporate or political subjects that have a lot of money at stake are almost guaranteed to be closely guarded by key stakeholders who are more interested in power/money than in facts. This means that readers don’t get the full picture at all; they don’t know this either, unless they’re experts in the particular domains they read about. The references are accordingly biased or cherry-picked, so they cannot compensate for bias in the Wikipedia article (and “Talk” section).

The growing level of manipulation is why I basically assume Wikipedia will stagnate. It is in some sense the victim of its “success” or the victim of its own perceived importance. It gets targeted a lot by Public Relations agencies. Wikipedia manipulation has in effect become a product or a service. Social control media too is being targeted, but we think those platforms already stagnate rapidly. More people see them for what they really are. This lowers the perceive value of those platform (prestige, or how lucrative a target they are).

Wikipedia is just another platform. Nation states outside the US/Canada and Europe cannot easily manipulate the platform. It would not stick for long. It would not work because we know who owns and controls Wikipedia and where they live. It’s not an international platform, except in theory (for optics).

The platform’s issues aren’t limited to this one wiki, either. So creating a Wikipedia alternative would not tackle the underlying problem. Just as creating another social control media would be a misguided strategy (the underlying concept is fundamentally flawed and susceptible to manipulation).

What we see in Wikipedia is a platform control and centralisation issue. The same goes for Twitter and Facebook. They promote some certain agenda and bias, if not for money then for some ideological reasons.

“The platform’s issues aren’t limited to this one wiki, either. So creating a Wikipedia alternative would not tackle the underlying problem.”“I have questions about the viability of Wikipedia’s very nature,” our associate explained this morning, “but since it’s there, it has to be dealt with one way or another. There are no non-political subjects these days especially in regards to technology since computers are about control: either people control their computers or their computers control them and there are many monied interests that are attracted to the power that would be concentrated in their hands as fewer systems control more people.”

This is the information mischief dilemma. Can you trust someone else to manage information for you? Can you correct it? Can you rely on other editors (like coders/developers) correcting it for you?

Our associate noted that “the above is mostly just a paraphrase of what RMS has said many times [and] perhaps there is a relevant page from his writings that could be quoted [...] he wrote a lot about who should control the computer [and] that goes back to even his GNU Manifesto days…”

We ought to focus on the underlying problem and maybe the Internet. It’s not really made to be trusted and many learned from experience that a financial incentive exists to weaponise the Internet to spread falsehoods. The West does it, China does it, Russia does it…

Just because there is “inter” in Internet doesn’t mean there’s no blocking, deranking and other forms of filtering going on, on both a regional basis and a personal basis. A lot of surveillance and censorship go on.

“Even if one forked Wikipedia, it would still not tackle the issue of the upstream “project” distributing revisionism, misinformation etc.”Wikipedia (or similar sites) are less about control of the computer/computing. They’re less about code and mostly about control over information and its dissemination. It is a related issue, but not the same issue. For instance, you could download Wikipedia and edit it locally. But pushing the changes ‘upstream’ can be difficult and subjected to obstruction, not because it is false but because it is inconvenient to some monied interests.

Even if one forked Wikipedia, it would still not tackle the issue of the upstream “project” distributing revisionism, misinformation etc.

The bottom line is, treat Wikipedia with care and caution. It tends to be “spot-on” when it comes to purely scientific topics, but the bias in Wikipedia generally gets worse over time. It’s constantly under attack by an industry eager to spread lies and hide bad publicity (such as scandals).

Techrights Became (Quite Probably) the Most Active Capsule in Geminispace and Maybe the Largest

Posted in Site News at 4:20 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Gemini stats
Lupa, the best known Gemini crawler, stops indexing at 10,000, but we have over 41,000 pages

Summary: As Gemini space (or Geminispace) continues to expand our focus on it increases; today we take a quick look/stock of the scale of our capsule and how fast it grows

Every single day we write a lot of posts and also make public a bulletin along with IRC logs. There are a bunch of other pages, some of which are indexed partially e.g. by Lupa. Those other pages are statistics and planet archives, to name daily ones (there are also new pages for months and years as they commce). That makes up about 20 new pages per day or about 600 per month. The latest statistics suggest that some time later this summer we’ll have over 42,000 Gemini pages and the index shows the past 3 days’ worth:

Techrights gemini index
We’re trying to post quickly and frequently about subjects of interest (which we also understand reasonably well)

Whether we’re most active or have the most pages does not matter so much; it’s also hard to measure until one surveys other capsules by asking them. The more important thing is that hundreds of unique people/address read us over Gemini directly and over the Web gateway is is thousands per day. This means that time we’ve invested in Gemini certainly paid off. It also makes us more invulnerable to the demise of the Web or the open Web. We always invite others to join us. The Internet is not going away, but the open Web has already gone away.

Links 18/06/2022: GhostBSD 22.06.15, Manjaro 21.3, and New FreeBSD Core Team Elected

Posted in News Roundup at 12:49 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • VideoThe Future Internet – Invidious

        Renewing website domains, paying for web hosting, and having them expire are all going to be a thing of the past. Using IPFS (Inter-planetary File System) is a way to store websites decentralized and without any money. How fast or how slow it will be, is determined by how popular it is with IPFS nodes.

      • HackadayHackaday Podcast 173: EMF Camp Special Edition

        With Editor-in-Chief Elliot Williams enjoying some time off, Managing Editor Tom Nardi is flying solo for this special edition of the Hackaday Podcast. Thanks to our roving reporter Jenny List, we’ll be treated to several interviews conducted live from EMF Camp — a European outdoor hacker camp the likes of which those of us in the United States can only dream of. After this special segment, Hackaday contributors Al Williams and Ryan Flowers will stop by to talk about their favorite stories from the week during what may be the longest Quick Hacks on record. There’s a few extra surprises hidden in this week’s program…but if we told you everything, it would ruin the surprise. Listen closely, you never know what (or who) you might hear.

    • Kernel Space

    • Applications

      • Ubuntu HandbookThis App Let You Configure Camera Exposure, White Balance, HDR & More in Linux | UbuntuHandbook

        Has a webcam connected in your Linux PC or laptop? Here’s a graphical tool to configure the camera exposure, white balance, brightness, contrast, power line frequency, gamma, etc.

        It’s cameractrls, a new open-source tool that provides Python CLI and GUI (GTK, TK) to set the Camera controls in Linux. It can set the V4L2 controls and it is extendable with the non standard controls.

        Currently, it has a Logitech extension (Led mode, led frequency), Kiyo Pro extension (HDR, HDR mode, FoV, AF mode, Save), Systemd extension (Save and restore controls with Systemd path+service).

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • TecAdminSetup Selenium with Python and Chrome on Fedora – TecAdmin

        Selenium is a versatile tool, which is widely used for automating browser-based tests. It can be used to automate tests for web applications and web services. Selenium supports a number of programming languages, including Java, C#, Python, and Ruby.

        This makes it possible to write tests in the language that you are most comfortable with. In addition, Selenium has a large user community that provides support and help when needed.

        This tutorial will help you to configure the environment for Selenium with Python and Chrome on Fedora. We will discuss an example written in Python.

      • ID RootHow To Install Draw.io Desktop App on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Draw.io Desktop App on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Draw.io is a cross-platform graph diagramming web application sketching written in HTML5 and JavaScript that is free and open source. The service will allow us to develop drawings, graphics, and more without the need for expensive and heavy software.

        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 Draw.io Desktop App 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.

      • Barry KaulerEasyOS: Simple frugal install steps and update fix

        The guys testing updating EasyOS to 4.1 have reported failure at the reboot, where there is a report ‘easy’sfs’ cannot be found:


        So, I am going through the steps of a frugal install to a internal drive partition, version 3.4.7, then I will update it to 4.1.

        I have chosen sda6, which has a ext4 filesystem. Created a folder ‘easyos’ in it, then copied the three files for version 3.4.7 to it:

      • Make Use OfHow to Update to the Latest Raspberry Pi OS

        Need to update your Raspberry Pi to the latest version of its default operating system, but can’t work out how to do it?

        Since Raspbian was replaced by Raspberry Pi OS, things have changed a little.

        Here’s what you need to know about updating the Raspberry Pi OS.

      • Trend OceansHow to Install ImageMagick or Imagick PHP Extension in Linux – TREND OCEANS

        ImageMagick or Imagick, is a popular image editing tool to create, edit, compose, or convert digital images into another format. It supports over 200 formats, including PNG, JPEG, GIF, WebP, HEIC, SVG, PDF, DPX, EXR, and TIFF.

        It provides various editing tools such as resizing, flipping, mirroring, rotating, distorting, shearing, and transforming images, adjusting image colors, applying multiple special effects, drawing text, lines, polygons, ellipses, and Bézier curves.

        Today, you will learn how to install ImageMagick as an extension for PHP scripts in a few simple steps.

      • Install OTRS Ticketting System on Rocky Linux – kifarunix.com

        Welcome to our tutorial on how to install OTRS ticketting system on Rocky Linux. OTRS, an acronym for Open Source Ticket Request System, is a flexible ticket request and process management system for customer services, Helpdesk, and IT services.
        OTRS ships with a comprehensive list of features that you can check them on the OTRS feature list page.

      • How to install Terraform on Fedora 36 – NextGenTips

        Terraform is an open-source infrastructure as code software tool that provides a consistent CLI workflow to manage hundreds of cloud services. Terraform codifies cloud APIs into declarative configuration files.

        In this tutorial, we are going to learn how to install Terraform on Fedora 36.

        Infrastructure as code (IAC) tools allow you to manage your infrastructure with a configuration file rather than through a graphical interface. IAC allows you to build, change and manage your infrastructure in a safe, consistent, and repeatable way by defining configurations that you can version, reuse and share.

      • How to update EasyOS

        Page created June 18, 2022. Instructions are for EasyOS 4.1 or greater.

        A significant feature of EasyOS is the ease of updating to new versions, and rollback to older versions and snapshots, and roll-forward again.

        Here is how to do an update: on the desktop there is an icon labeled “update”; click on that, and the latest version of EasyOS is downloaded and installed. You then reboot, and that’s it, you have updated.

    • Games

      • HackadayDOOM Ported To Sega Naomi Arcade Hardware

        Porting DOOM to new hardware and software platforms is a fun pastime for many in the hacker scene. [DragonMinded] noticed that nobody had ported the game to the Sega Naomi arcade hardware, and set about doing so herself.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • New KDE Goals: submission stage is now open! | Adam Szopa

          I’m super excited to finally announce the start of the submission process for the brand new KDE Goals!

          Starting today, you can submit a new proposal on the workboard and shape the future direction of the KDE community.

          This stage in the process lasts 4 weeks, but don’t wait until the last moment! Submit early, and use the remaining time to listen to feedback, refine and update the proposal. Only the submission with good descriptions will move to the next stage: the community vote.

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP)GIMP 2.10.32 is on the Microsoft Store!

          Until now, GIMP was only officially distributed for Windows as an installer provided on our download page.

          In particular, the GIMP team never distributed it via the Microsoft Store. This changes today!

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • New Releases

      • LinuxiacManjaro 21.3 Ruah Released with Polished Desktop Environments

        The new Manjaro 21.3 Ruah won’t wow you with novelty. Instead, it’s all about the desktop experience. Here’s what’s new!

        Manjaro is a Linux distribution that has boldly made its way into desktop Linux in recent years, winning the loyalty of a large number of users. Manjaro provides easy use for everyone, solely aimed at Linux desktop users.

        The new Manjaro 21.3 Ruah was released today, still standing on the strong shoulders of Arch Linux and six months after the release of the previous Manjaro 21.2 Qonos.

      • Manjaro 21.3.0 Ruah released! – Releases – Manjaro Linux Forum

        Since we released Qonos end of last year all our developer teams worked hard to get the next release of Manjaro out there. We call it Ruah.

        This release features the final release of Calamares v3.2. Partition module gained more support for LUKS partitions. Users module now has lists of forbidden login- and host-names, to avoid settings that will mess up the install.

      • Tor is ready

        Last night I built and pushed the Tor RPM(s) for This is a security update, so please make sure that you upgrade your relays and bridges.

        You can know more about the Tor’s RPM respository at https://support.torproject.org/rpm/

    • BSD

      • GhostBSD 22.06.15 ISO is now available | GhostBSD

        After five months, this new ISO is more than overdue. It contains many bug fixes, security fixes, feature improvements, software updates, and OS updates. For details, see the changelog below.

      • FreeBSDNew FreeBSD Core Team Elected
        Dear FreeBSD Community,
        The FreeBSD Project is pleased to announce the completion of the 2022 Core Team election. Active committers to the project have elected your Twelfth FreeBSD Core Team.
        Baptiste Daroussin (bapt)
        Benedict Reuschling (bcr)
        Ed Maste (emaste)
        Greg Lehey (grog)
        John Baldwin (jhb)
        Li-Wen Hsu (lwhsu)
        Emmanuel Vadot (manu)
        Tobias C. Berner (tcberner)
        Mateusz Piotrowski (0mp)
        Let's extend our gratitude to the outgoing Core Team members for their service over the past two years (in some cases, many more) :
        George V. Neville-Neil (gnn)
        Hiroki Sato (hrs)
        Warner Losh (imp)
        Kyle Evans (kevans)
        Mark Johnston (markj)
        Scott Long (scottl)
        Sean Chittenden (seanc)
        The Core Team would also like to thank Allan Jude (allanjude) for running a flawless election.
        To read about the responsibilities of the Core Team, refer to
        Moin (bofh), Core Team Secretary
    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • Make Use OfClosed Source vs. Open Source Hardware Drivers: Why It Matters

        Computer device drivers are what enable your operating system to tell the hardware inside your computer and the peripherals that you’ve plugged in what to do.

        Like apps and operating systems, these hardware drivers can consist of openly available source code hidden behind binary blogs and a lengthy end-user license agreement.

        So, what are the differences between closed and open-source hardware drivers? Furthermore, how do these differences impact you?

      • OpenSource.comHow Wordle inspired me to create a 3D printing wiki the open source way | Opensource.com

        You decide to buy a 3D printer. You do your research, and you settle on an open system that uses resin as its material. You spend a nice chunk of money, and after a few weeks of waiting, it finally arrives.

        You unbox it. It’s gorgeous. You do some small assembly, pour in the liquid resin, and you’re ready to go. You fire up the software. It asks you to type in the correct parameters for the material. You check the bottle but you can’t see any parameters. You check online, but still can’t find anything.

        A bit confused, you write an email to the manufacturer, asking if they could point you in the right direction. The manufacturer tells you they also don’t know the parameters, but they are pretty sure they exist, and you should try to guess them yourself. Baffled, you start wondering whether this is really what resin printing is like, or if you’ve been duped by this company.

      • peppe8oAdd an OLED display to Raspberry PI Pico with MicroPython

        OLED displays with Raspberry PI Pico allow a cool way to show your program’s data and present them with a more flexible device

        In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to use an I2C OLED display (SSD1306) with Raspberry PI Pico. Please note that, if you have an LCD display, you must refer to my Using I2C LCD display With Raspberry PI Pico and MicroPython tutorial.

      • Raspberry PiCoolest Projects Global 2022: Celebrating young tech creators & creative ideas

        Congratulations to the thousands of creators from 46 countries who participated in Coolest Projects Global 2022. Their projects awed and inspired us. Yesterday STEM advocate and television host Fig O’Reilly helped us celebrate each and every one of these creators in our online event. Check out the gallery to see all the amazing projects.

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Programming/Development

      • blag is now available in Debian | Bastian Venthur’s Blog

        Last year, I wrote my own blog-aware static site generator in Python. I called it “blag” – named after the blag of the webcomic xkcd. Now I finally got around packaging- and uploading blag to Debian. It passed the NEW queue and is now part of the distribution.

      • Adding Spaces Horizontal Bar to NeoChat – GSoC’22 post #3

        This is my third post during Google Summer of Code 2022.

        During the first week of coding period, I tried my hands at adding a horizontally scrolling bar on top of room list, which would show user’s joined spaces.

        The first ended in failure, because I was used to using setContext() for controlling QML via C++. NeoChat uses a different method of exposing classes though. Tobias helped me understand the method NeoChat uses.

        I gave the thing another try and got some success this time.

        I added a new role in roomlistmodel, named IsSpaceRole. This calls the function isSpace() from neochatroom. The function checks room creation event and determines if a given room is space or not.

      • Perl / Raku

        • Decode Hexdump

          Those who know me personally, are aware that my background is Mathematical as I did Degree in Mathematics Honours in the year 1993-95. During my early days with COBOL and Pascal, I never dealt with Unicode or played with bytes. Even when I moved to C, I was still no where near it. Those with Degree in Computer Science always stay ahead in the understandings of these low level key aspects of programming.

          Fortunately or unfortunately, I never got the opportunity to work with Unicode. Having said, It always was there in the back of my mind, one day I will conquer the battle. Few weeks ago, I had conversation with a senior member of Perl Community with regard to an issue in one of the CPAN module, that I currently maintain. I was pleasantly surprised to see how comfortable he was playing with Unicode and debugging using hexdump. I decided to get hold of it rather than delaying it any further.

  • Leftovers

    • Counter PunchSongs of Oz

      Öz means “self” in Turkish—a fitting label for someone running for political office, since narcissism is generally a prerequisite for candidates. When I lived in Germany I often shopped at a Turkish supermarket called Öz-Gida: “on your own.”  A wealthy television star who also married into a vast fortune, Dr. Oz is not exactly doing it on his own. He’s getting by—by the narrowest of margins in the Republican primary—with more than a little help from his “friend,” Donald Trump.

      Airbrushing out the floating two dots gives us Oz, which, in the American psyche, gleams with magical possibility, conjuring a fantasy land in which the road is paved with yellow bricks—ersatz gold. But Oz also evokes the charlatan rehabilitated when the truth emerges after the curtain has been pulled back on his fumbling machinations. Even after the revelation of fraud, the fantasy continues:  Dorothy can be returned home in a hot air balloon to her Kansas home. America can be made great again.

    • Counter PunchHating Kids the American Way

      Why would any parent risk this? Why would any parent eschew vaccines that have saved children’s lives for decades? The unhelpful but accurate response in that people are nuts. More thoughtfully, I’d say that mistrust of science has attained the epidemic proportions of a mass psychosis. Many of those who benightedly believe covid vaccines endanger them more than the virus also doubt the reality of climate change. In fact, to protect their lethal product from righteous outrage at its role in the climate collapse, oil and gas companies deliberately, over decades, cast aspersions on science and thus sowed the poisoned seeds of doubting it.

      And yet…antivaxxers have been around a long time. As long as vaccines have, which takes us back a few centuries to the life-saving arrival of the smallpox shot. What’s different now is that social media amplifies their madness. This does not mean our dysfunctional empire needs an official Censor or Ministry of Truth. That lousy idea only makes things worse. If weirdos want to mouth off on Facebook and make idiots of themselves squawking about how the tetanus vaccine belongs to a pedophile Dem plot to turn children into lizard people, that’s their insane prerogative. Withholding that vaccine, however, shouldn’t be.

    • Counter PunchUS Constitution: Bad Medicine for Children

      Similarly, local authorities allowed dangerous levels of lead to persist in the drinking water of Flint, Michigan, and other cities. Lead damages the brain of young children and recently was shown to have contributed to lowered IQs in 170 million Americans who are now adults.

      The constitutions of only a few governments speak of people’s right to health or healthcare. Without offering specifics, the U.S. Constitution mentions a duty to “promote the general welfare.” The Constitution provides for political freedoms, but concentrates on devices aimed at diffusing political power. Examples are checks and balances, federalism, and separation of powers.

    • Counter PunchBuckle Up! The Arctic’s Sizzling

      Record-smashing Arctic temperatures may brighten the outlook for those who thrive, actually enjoy, disaster scenarios, but the great majority of people only get off on disasters in a movie theater, not in the wide open spaces at the top of the world. Even Hollywood itself could never possibly capture the moment, the drama, the heightened level of deep concern of flabbergasted scientists, as temperatures in the Arctic skyrocket.

      What’s happening?

    • cgm and oh god i was so very stupid

      I kept coming across Reddit comments about the “Curly Girl Method” but kind of just ignored it because honestly it sounds like bullshit.

    • Science

      • HackadayNASA Mission Off To Rough Start After Astra Failure

        When Astra’s diminutive Rocket 3.3 lifted off from its pad at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on June 12th, everything seemed to be going well. In fact, the mission was progressing exactly to plan right up until the end — the booster’s second stage Aether engine appeared to be operating normally until it abruptly shut down roughly a minute ahead of schedule. Unfortunately, orbital mechanics are nothing if not exacting, and an engine burn that ends a minute early might as well never have happened at all.

      • Discourses of climate delay

        Skeptical Science is a good collection of arguments against many common myths among climate change deniers. Those same old climate change denial myths are still going strong and unfortunately still need to be debunked again and again.

    • Hardware

      • HackadayHacking A New Display Into A Fluke 8050A Multimeter

        Old lab equipment was often built to last, and can give decades of service when treated properly. It’s often so loved that when one part fails, it’s considered well worth repairing rather than replacing with something newer. [Michael] did just that, putting in the work to give his Fluke 8050A multimeter a shiny new display.

      • HackadayWooden You Like To Hear A CNC-Cut Phonograph Record?

        Say what you will about [Thomas Edison], but it’s hard to deny the genius of his self-proclaimed personal favorite invention: the phonograph. Capturing sound as physical patterns on a malleable medium was truly revolutionary, and the basic technology that served as the primary medium of recorded sound for more than a century and built several major industries is still alive and kicking today.

      • Back panel settings

        I know that Donald Norman famously argued against this pattern in The Design of Everyday Things using the example of some stereo (or whatever it was) that looked simple on the outside but hid away some arguably pretty everyday stuff mixed into a complicated array of thingamajigs under a panel.

        His main schtick is that every function should have one widget, a one-to-one mapping. And that’s great for everyday things, but not for systems. And arguably Emacs or a browser or even a VCR is a system. (I think some stereos are systems too.) The VCR I had in my first apt had a wonderful UX with easy&common button and weird power-user buttons on the back. The same pattern that was such a catastrophe on Norman’s stereo ended up being implemented better and worked better on the VCR. (My take is that that stereo had culled too much, i.e. been too trigger happy with what it moved behind the panel, while the VCR did a better job at making the front panel reasonably complete for basic stuff.)

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • Counter PunchGrowing Discontent With Beijing’s COVID Policies

        The Whack-A-Mole approach to fighting COVID and achieving zero spread is as ridiculous as it is frustrating. In Beijing, certain buildings are put into strict lockdown on the flimsiest of evidence while residents in those less than 10 meters away can go about their business unhindered. This unbending approach is driven by not by health concerns but politics. President Xi Jinping and his backers believe that the defeat of COVID is vital for his reputation and continued leadership. It has caused unnecessary food shortages and financial insecurity for those forced to stay at home for a King Cnut-like policy that cannot succeed.

        Economic growth is taking a battering. If this crisis continues Xi’s coronation, “seizure of the throne” to secure an unprecedented third term at a November congress may not transpire as smoothly as planned. In both the economy and fighting COVID, Xi has concentrated power on himself, and away from the Politburo Standing Committee that allowed some, albeit limited, policy flexibility or at least debate on issues. No marches or demonstrations on the streets but there is unease among the public. For the first time since 1980 Chinese people are experiencing an overly intrusive government demanding mass testing and lockdowns. This is reminiscent of the Great Leap Forward (1958-1962).  That drive to ovetake the steel output of the United Kingdom and establish a purer form of communism than in the Soviet Union led to widespread starvation. The country knows only too well the pitfalls of one man setting the agenda.

      • Common DreamsGroups Tell EPA ‘Damning Admissions’ on Neonics Should Result in Full Ban

        Advocacy groups on Thursday responded to the Biden administration’s new conclusions about how a trio of popular neonicotinoid pesticides threaten endangered species with calls for a total ban on the products.

        “Now that the EPA has completed its analysis, the only question is whether it will muster the courage to stand up to Big Ag and ban these chemicals.”

      • Common Dreams‘Barbaric’ System Saddles Over 100 Million in US With Healthcare Debt

        An investigation published Thursday reveals that healthcare debt is “far more pervasive” in the United States than previously known, currently impacting 41% of U.S. adults and more than 100 million people across the country.

        “We’ve built a healthcare system that is more effective at extracting money from people than caring for them.”

    • Security

      • HackadayYour Building’s RFID Access Tags Might Be Really Insecure

        [Gabe Schuyler] had a frustrating problem when it came to getting into his building’s garage. The RFID access system meant he had to remove his gloves while sitting on his motorcycle to fish out the keytag for entry. He decided to whip up a better solution with less fuss.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Counter PunchBoston’s Colonial Universities Grab Land for Profit, War, and Medical Apartheid

        Universities on Turtle Island, as la paperson writes, “are land-grabbing, land-transmogrifying, land-capitalizing machines.” Indigenous land theft, and profits from slavery, enabled these universities to be built in the first place – and they still collect profits from stolen lands.[1]

        With this accumulated capital, major US universities have become colonial real estate agents. Harvard University, notably, owns land all over the world – from vineyards in Washington state to farmlands in Brazil, South Africa, New Zealand, and Romania.[2] Harvard’s land-grabbing machine has harmed Indigenous communities, poisoning their water and crops in Brazil, and denying access to burial sites and pasture land in South Africa.

      • The NationThe January 6 Hearings Are Mired in an Attempt to Refurbish the GOP Brand

        The congressional hearings into the January 6, 2021, aborted coup continue to offer the drama of a meticulous reconstruction of a crime—but the tenor of the proceedings has radically changed. While the first hearings last Thursday ran on prime time and reached a large audience of more than 20 million, the subsequent hearings have aired during the workday and are geared toward hard-core political insiders. The star of the first hearing was Officer Caroline Edwards, who offered a gripping and dramatic account of the violence she witnessed in the assault on the Capitol.

      • The NationThe US and Europe Aren’t Interested in Diplomacy

        Can you even remember when it began? Doesn’t it seem like forever? And the timing—if forever can even be said to have timing—has been little short of miraculous (if, by miraculous, you mean catastrophic beyond measure). No, I’m not talking about the January 6 attack on the Capitol and everything that led up to and followed it, including the ongoing televised hearings. I’m talking about the war in Ukraine. You know, the story that for weeks ate the news alive, that every major TV network sent their top people, even anchors, to cover, and that now just grinds along somewhere on the distant edge of our newsfeeds and consciousness.

      • Democracy NowTrump’s Lawyer John Eastman Asked for Pardon After Giving Illegal Advice to Overturn Election

        During Thursday’s third public hearing of the House committee investigating the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol, Trump White House lawyer Eric Herschmann described in recorded testimony his call with John Eastman, the lawyer advising former President Trump on the plan to overturn the 2020 election. The call took place on January 7, one day after the deadly insurrection. “He started to ask me about something dealing with Georgia and preserving something potentially for appeal. And I said to him, ‘Are you out of your F—ing mind?’ Right? I said, ‘I only want to hear two words coming out of your mouth from now on: orderly transition. … I don’t want to hear any other F—ing words coming out of your mouth no matter what, other than orderly transition. Repeat those words to me,’” said Herschmann. Eastman later emailed Rudy Giuliani and requested that he be included on a list of potential recipients of a presidential pardon. Eastman’s email stated, “I’ve decided that I should be on the pardon list if that is still in the works.”

      • Democracy Now“Hang Mike Pence!”: Jan. 6 Hearing Shows Trump Targeted VP, Knew Plan to Overturn Vote Was Illegal

        We air highlights from the third public hearing of the House committee investigating the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol, which revealed that President Trump pressured Vice President Pence to overturn the 2020 election results even though he knew it was illegal. The hearing included testimony from Pence’s attorney, Greg Jacob, who said the plan’s main architect, attorney John Eastman, actively admitted his strategy violated the law, and yet continued anyway. Right-wing legal expert Michael Luttig advised Pence against following Trump’s orders, calling Trump and his supporters a “clear and present danger to American democracy.”

      • Counter PunchWelcome to a Science-Fiction Planet

        Noam Chomsky: He accepted a gentleman’s agreement, which is not that uncommon in diplomacy. Shake-of-the-hand. Furthermore, having it on paper would have made no difference whatsoever. Treaties that are on paper are torn up all the time. What matters is good faith. And in fact, H.W. Bush, the first Bush, did honor the agreement explicitly. He even moved toward instituting a partnership in peace, which would accommodate the countries of Eurasia. NATO wouldn’t be disbanded but would be marginalized. Countries like Tajikistan, for example, could join without formally being part of NATO. And Gorbachev approved of that. It would have been a step toward creating what he called a common European home with no military alliances.

        Clinton in his first couple of years also adhered to it. What the specialists say is that by about 1994, Clinton started to, as they put it, talk from both sides of his mouth. To the Russians he was saying: Yes, we’re going to adhere to the agreement. To the Polish community in the United States and other ethnic minorities, he was saying: Don’t worry, we’ll incorporate you within NATO. By about 1996-97, Clinton said this pretty explicitly to his friend Russian President Boris Yeltsin, whom he had helped win the 1996 election. He told Yeltsin: Don’t push too hard on this NATO business. We’re going to expand but I need it because of the ethnic vote in the United States.

      • Counter PunchLetter From Crimea: Of Pushkin, Pasternak and Putin

        On my last full day in Moscow I planned to spend the morning with Alexander Pushkin and the afternoon with Boris Pasternak—well, if not with them personally, at least in museums dedicated to their writing lives. Pushkin lived at the beginning of the 19th century—he was Russia’s Lord Byron, if you will—and Pasternak, who wrote Dr. Zhivago, lived in the late 20th century. What interested me about both men—in the age of Putin, when dissent is criminalized—is that they managed to survive tsar and commissar banishment and exile and still make their voices heard.

        Pushkin: Russia’s Byron

      • Counter PunchThe Nuclear Weapons Treaty Ban in the Footsteps of 1982’s Million-Person March

        Last Sunday marked the 40th anniversary of the June 12, 1982 million-person march in New York City for a “freeze” on nuclear weapons building, followed two days later by a mass nonviolent action at the consular offices of nuclear weapons states. Some 1,700 people, myself included, were arrested as we sat in the street blockading the nuclear-armed consulates, confronted by horse-mounted cops literally chomping at the bit while we nervously stared up at the menacing police singing We Shall Not be Moved.

        We were moved out of the street that day in 1982, but the movement wasn’t deterred. We’ve pushed on for decades in spite of ridicule, harassment, and imprisonment, seeing to the slashing of the U.S. nuclear arsenal from over 60,000 in those days, to today’s approximately 5,000 — an amount still grotesque enough to incinerate and contaminate most of the living beings on Earth.

      • Common DreamsAmid ‘Heightened’ Fears of Nuclear War, Dem Lawmakers Urge US to Join Arms Summit

        Amid the looming threat of nuclear escalation in Ukraine, a group of U.S. congressional Democrats on Friday urged the Biden administration to send delegates to a key upcoming nuclear disarmament summit in Austria.

        In a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Rep. John Garamendi (D-Calif.), and Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.)—the four co-chairs of the Nuclear Weapons and Arms Control Working Group—urged the State Department to send senior officials to participate in the 2022 Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons Conference, which is set to begin in Vienna next week.

      • Counter PunchShould The Left Support Biden in Ukraine?

        Matthew Duss is a leading figure 0n the American political left. However, the left is fragmented, and so we have to qualify this and say he is an important voice in one part of the left—the “connected” left. He is a foreign policy advisor to the independent Senator Bernie Sanders. Sanders is allied with the Democratic Party, which gives Duss some access to the foreign policy debate inside that party. This can be considered a good thing. We certainly need as many “connected” progressive voices as we can get.

        It is also true that progressives, among others, can come to conclusions that are swayed by their environment (in this case the Democratic Party) and thus not be as objective as they should be. Also, in times of struggle, keeping to a clear and analytical mind is hard for all of us. Duss faces this problem on the issue of Ukraine.

      • Counter PunchPortents of War

        I don’t know why I am so obsessed with the war in Ukraine. I have no family or friends there and I’d be hard pressed to name a single Ukrainian I have known. Apart from higher gas prices – which hardly affect me since I don’t drive much – I’m untouched by the conflict. And yet I am very moved, even stricken by it. Is it compassion for those killed, wounded, and made homeless, or something else?

        Empathy runs in the family — to a point. My mother could be cutting, even cruel about her children’s appearance or behavior, but if a bus went off a cliff in India, tears would well-up and she would say “Oy Gut! Those poor things!”, to which I’d reply with unwelcome logic: “Mom, those people are 8,000 miles away and complete strangers! You can’t mourn every death in the world.” She’d look at me, shake her head, cluck her tongue, and repeat, “Poor things.”

      • Counter PunchSummit of the Americas Flops While Workers Summit Exposes Cracks in the Imperial Façade

        Valentín, who had been born in Mexico and spent most of his working life in the United States, had seen the border from both perspectives. He commented about Biden’s summit that although the US is rich in resources, industry, and agriculture, “it wants it all,” which pretty much sums up what imperialism is about.

        Historical debt to Mexico

      • ScheerpostCraig McNamara Reveals the Truth Behind the Lies of His Father, Robert McNamara

        On this week’s “Scheer Intelligence,” the author of “Because Our Fathers Lied” lays bare agonizing truths about the America his father helped to shape.

      • MeduzaThe Ukrainian artist admired by Picasso After being saved from a Russian-bombed museum, Maria Prymachenko’s paintings caught the world’s attention — and not for the first time

        On February 26, Russian troops shelled the village of Ivankiv in Ukraine’s Kyiv region, destroying a local museum that contained works by Ukrainian artist Maria Prymachenko. Local residents managed to save 12 paintings, and Prymachenko’s art was soon being admired all over the world; the paintings have gone for hundreds of thousands of dollars at art auctions and become a symbol of Ukraine’s fight for peace. Meduza tells the story of Maria Prymachenko and her bright, surreal artwork.

      • MeduzaHundreds of civilians are trapped in the besieged Azot chemical plant in Sievierodonetsk. The assault has drawn comparisons to Azovstal, but this time could be different.

        On June 15, Russian officials announced the opening of a humanitarian corridor to evacuate civilians from the Azot chemical plant in Sievierodonetsk. The corridor led evacuees to the city of Svatove, which is on the territory of the self-proclaimed “Luhansk People’s Republic” (LNR). Russia’s Defense Ministry rejected Ukraine’s request to organize an evacuation route to Lysychansk, which is under Ukrainian control.

      • Meduza‘A devaluation of human life’: Alexey Sidnev spent 15 years working to improve elder care in Russia. Then an anti-war statement cost him his job.

        Shortly after Russia launched its full-scale war in Ukraine, Alexey Sidnev, the founder of a network of geriatric centers called Senior Group, took a stand against it: he and a number of other NGO representatives wrote a letter to Vladimir Putin demanding he put a stop to the war. Two months later, Sidnev was fired from his own company. Sidnev is a pioneer of Russian social entrepreneurship; he’s been working since the mid-2000s to reinvent what it means to care for the elderly in Russia. Meduza special correspondent Sasha Sivtsova spoke with Sidnev about Senior Group’s mission, competition from the state, and how the war and pandemic have changed elder care in Russia.

      • Meduza‘In public there are only jingoistic voices’ How Russia’s war against Ukraine continues to divide Putin’s elites

        Nearly four months into Moscow’s all-out war against Ukraine, Russian troops are making relative gains in the Donbas. By all appearances, however, the Kremlin has failed to realize the invasion’s original goals. And peace talks with Kyiv have ground to a halt. Meanwhile, back in Moscow, Russian elites have splintered into three camps — a “peace party,” a “war party,” and a “silent party” that somehow includes heavyweights like Moscow’s mayor and the prime minister. Meduza’s special correspondent Andrey Pertsev reports.

      • Counter PunchThe Case for Stopping the Ukraine-Russia War

        Stopping the war would:

        · End mounting injuries and deaths in Ukraine of all combatants, noncombatants, the elderly, children and people with disabilities

      • Counter PunchJimmy Carter Wasn’t All Bad

        1. Created the Department of Energy. The DOE provided the administration with the bureaucratic chops with which to formulate and implement what could have been a comprehensive, long-term national energy strategy. Had Carter’s aggressive gas mileage standards continued to be pursued by subsequent administrations, we would today—almost 50 years later—be dramatically less dependent on Saudi oil.

        2. Created the Department of Education. Despite howls from anti-government groups who opposed yet another federal agency, the decision to carve out Education from the already over-burdened Department. of Health, Education and Welfare (now the Department of Health and Human Services) was a bold and necessary one.

      • ScheerpostA January 6th Spectacle Won’t Save Democracy

        On the surface, the hearing is a powerful example of democracy in action, but what happened on January 6th and what it means for democracy is hindered by the establishment news media and political …

      • Counter PunchWhy Does the United States Have a Military Base in Ghana?

        In 2021, the research institute of Pratt’s Socialist Movement produced—along with the Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research—a dossier on the French and U.S. military presence in Africa. That dossier—“Defending Our Sovereignty: U.S. Military Bases in Africa and the Future of African Unity”—noted that the United States has now established the West Africa Logistics Network (WALN) at Kotoka International Airport in Accra, the capital of Ghana. In 2019, then-U.S. Brigadier General Leonard Kosinski said that a weekly U.S. flight from Germany to Accra was “basically a bus route.” The WALN is a cooperative security location, which is another name for a U.S. military base.

        Now, four years later after the signing of the defense cooperation agreement, I spoke with Kwesi Pratt and asked him about the state of this deal and the consequences of the presence of the U.S. base on Ghanaian soil. The WALN, Pratt told me, has now taken over one of the three terminals at the airport in Accra, and at this terminal, “hundreds of U.S. soldiers have been seen arriving and leaving. It is suspected that they may be involved in some operational activities in other West African countries and generally across the Sahel.”

      • Counter PunchLeaders of the Americas and the Caribbean Miss Historical Opportunity to Deal Blow to US Imperialism

        On May 5th, Telesur reported that “CARICOM will not attend Summit of the Americas with exclusions”. In the same report, Antigua and Barbuda’s ambassador to the US, Ronald Sanders, was quoted as saying, “The Summit of the Americas is not a meeting of the United States, and it cannot decide who is invited and who is not.”

        Unfortunately, behind the scenes there was much wrangling to steer CARICOM off course and ensure that they towed the Master’s line. Some did not even bother to explain their complicity, while others sought to excuse their attendance, claiming that they would use the platform to denounce the US position. However, the exclusion of three nations, and the boycotting of the Summit by six others, rendered the Summit even more ineffectual than previous Summits, and a diplomatic disaster for the Imperial hegemon. Former president of Bolivia, Evo Morales, rightly called the Summit a “stillborn” event, stating that “The latest version of the misnamed Summit of the Americas is born dead by the absence of several brother presidents who reject the arbitrary and unilateral exclusion of Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua by the United States.”What a Shame Anti-imperialist organizations throughout the region were calling for a full boycott. It seemed so clear what had to be done. Although decisive and unified action against the Empire’s ruthless repression alludes us, with so many yard fowls in our midst, this was surely a red line that everyone could agree should not be crossed. Surely, it was clearly understood that the US did not have the authority, as Sanders pointed out, to enforce this type of exclusion, amounting to blatant and unacceptable victimization. It was not a difficult stand to take, even for the yard fowls. It did not require any degree of militancy, since it is simply preposterous that the US should exclude certain nations at its whim. But alas, once again US hegemony and white supremacy had such a grip on the conceptually incarcerated minds of our misleaders that even this crude and blatant disregard for the rights of sovereign nations was to be ignored. The Master tells them to jump and they cry ‘how high’. What a shame.

      • Counter PunchTrump’s Repeated Deceptions

        Fully 74 million Americans voted for a president in 2020 whose attorney general, William P. Barr, testified before the Jan. 6 House committee probing the Capitol mob riot that Trump was “detached from reality” for consistently spreading the lie that he beat Joe Biden, who wound up with seven million more votes than the incumbent.

        Barr and White House and Trump campaign staffers tried many times to tell the president that he lost the election, but he would have none of it, according to their testimony. The unknown: Whether Trump actually believed his ruse because of a warped mental state or trusted from the get-go that his falsified scenario would be believed because of voters’ loyalty to him.

      • Counter PunchOnly in Top Gun Can the Military Solve All of Our Problems

        Meanwhile, a real-life drama is unfolding in Washington around the massive resources we put into the real U.S. military, where the stakes are much different than in the movies.

        The world of Top Gun is simple: the hero, Maverick, dispatches a nameless enemy with his fighter jet, and all is well. In the original Top Gun, the hero literally rides off into the sunset.

      • Counter PunchCelebrating Juneteenth With Bold New Ideas

        The day became known as “Juneteenth,” a holiday still celebrated today in black communities across the United States.

        Yet more than 150 years after slavery, black wealth still lags centuries behind white wealth. A report by the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) found that it would take 228 years for black families to amass the amount of wealth white families already own today.

      • ScheerpostReport: US Secretly Reviews and Approves Many Israeli Airstrikes in Syria

        The latest Israeli airstrikes on Syria disabled the Damascus International Airport

      • ScheerpostMBS and Putin: Why Talk to One and Not the Other?
    • Environment

      • The Revelator14 New Environmental Books to Kickstart Your Summer Reading List
      • The NationWhat Stands Between Us and Environmental Health?
      • The Nation“Handshake Activism” Won’t Defuse the Climate Emergency

        This story is part of Covering Climate Now, a global journalism collaboration cofounded by Columbia Journalism Review and The Nation strengthening coverage of the climate story.

      • Common DreamsClimate Summit Ends in ‘Unconscionable’ Failure as Rich Nations Turn Backs on Poorest

        As international delegates left Germany Friday following the Bonn Climate Change Conference, climate campaigners called the talks, which lasted 10 days this month, an “utter failure” for neglecting to establish plans to support the Global South in adapting to the planetary crisis—months after developing countries demanded aid at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Scotland.

        “It is unconscionable that developed countries continue to kick the issue of financing for loss and damage down the road—first COP26, now Bonn,” said Jeni Miller, executive director of the Global Climate and Health Alliance, referring to the impacts of the climate crisis which developing nations have already suffered and demanding that the issue get badly-needed attention at upcoming talks.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Wall Street’s Climate Promises

        You could be forgiven for thinking that Wall Street has experienced a climate epiphany. Bank of America brags about its environmental credentials; Citigroup’s new CEO announces on her first day that achieving net-zero emissions is a top priority. The onslaught has convinced many in even the left-leaning media that Wall Street will lead the way to a better, greener version of capitalism.

      • Counter PunchThe Climate Case for Taxing Wealth
      • Counter PunchRoaming Charges: A River Ran Through It

        Hillsides collapsed. Culverts crumpled. Bridges were shorn from their abutments, twisted and heaved into the river. It ate the northern loop road, swallowing a huge chunk between the Gardiner Arch and Mammoth Hot Springs–a road I’ve driven maybe 75 times. Large sections are gone now, chunks of asphalt tumbling toward Livingston. Bankside houses slid into the raging waters.  Water mains ruptured. Sewer pipes broke. Treatment plants inundated. The 100-year floodplain was swamped from Gardiner to Billings, whisking away Chevys, sheds and black angus at 82,000 cubic feet per second.

        They called it a 1000-year flood. It will probably happen four more times in the next 50 years. At Billings, the river was rushing at 20,000 cubic feet per second faster than it had ever flowed before. The river, unbridled by dams, asserted itself, demonstrated in real, terrifying time the consequences of climate change–deep system changes that are already at work and defy mitigation. The pugilistic, wolf-trapping, bear-baiting Governor of Montana was vacationing in Tuscany. No one really wanted him to come back.

      • Energy

        • DeSmogBusiness Secretary Rejects Climate Denier’s Bid to Revive Fracking

          The UK government has rejected a petition by a climate science denier to overturn the country’s ban on fracking. 

          The news will come as a set-back to the campaign being waged by politicians, commentators and pressure groups to restart the controversial technology .

        • DeSmogSupermarkets Urged to End Russian Diesel Sales and Stop ‘Pumping for Putin’

          British supermarkets are facing criticism for continuing to sell Russian diesel at their petrol stations almost four months after the invasion of Ukraine began. 

          Campaigners have plastered at least 4,000 “Pumping for Putin” stickers on petrol pumps to raise awareness and urge the retailers to end their trade in Russian oil, according to organisers.

        • DeSmogFirst Nations Are ‘The Magic Sauce’ for Getting Gas Projects Built, Says LNG Insider

          Efforts by oil and gas companies to build massive liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities on B.C.’s west coast have faced prohibitively high costs, scathing critiques from climate activists, and fierce opposition from some Indigenous communities. 

          But LNG producers have a strategy for navigating those barriers: make First Nations the public face of support for new fossil fuel infrastructure. 

      • Wildlife/Nature

        • Pro PublicaSyndicated Conservation Easements: The Tax Scam That Won’t Die

          For the past six years, government officials have tried ever harder to kill a type of tax avoidance scheme that the Internal Revenue Service has branded “abusive” and among “the worst of the worst tax scams.” The IRS has pursued tens of thousands of audits and warned of hefty penalties facing anyone who exploits it. The Justice Department has targeted top promoters of what it calls “fraudulent” deals with criminal charges and civil lawsuits, yielding several guilty pleas and a civil settlement. In Congress, Democrats and Republicans have united to sponsor legislation to abolish the practice.

          But the industry has fought back with a coterie of lobbyists, including a onetime member of Congress long viewed as a liberal lion, Henry Waxman. The battle shows how even on those rare occasions when both parties agree to take action, well-funded interests can frustrate a solution.

    • Finance

      • Common Dreams‘We Won’t Be Silent or Unseen Anymore’: Poor People’s Campaign to Lead DC Assembly

        The Poor People’s Campaign plans to hold a “generationally transformative and disruptive gathering of poor and low-wealth people, state leaders, faith communities, moral allies, unions, and partnering organizations” in the U.S. capital on Saturday, June 18.

        “The time has come for us to have a Third Reconstruction.”

      • Counter PunchBreaking Even in the Gig Economy

        An average gallon of gas in the US now costs over $5, and the cost of food has risen dramatically as well.  Plane tickets, as well as the fees charged by rental car agencies in much of the world, have doubled or tripled in price.  The cost of housing — whether buying or renting — has risen at a far higher rate than anything.  These are all regular stories in the news.

        The impact of these more recent developments on the cost of traveling in particular seem to warrant a little revisit to the topic of the current state of the gig economy, for that classic little subset of the gig economy known as touring performers.  It occurred to me how much things have changed at this point when I realized, without having consciously made any decisions, that my orientation towards booking the next tour had changed dramatically from what it was even just a few years ago.

      • The NationWhy Canceling Student Debt Should Be a Universal Benefit

        Two major student debt stories have hit the headlines in recent days. First, the Department of Education announced that it is canceling $5.8 billion in loans held by 560,000 former students of Corinthian Colleges, Inc, a for-profit college chain that lied to and defrauded low-income students. Second, news outlets reported that President Biden is close to announcing a plan to cancel $10,000 in student loans for individual borrowers to address the $1.7 trillion crisis. This relief will likely be means tested—offered only to those earning less than $150,000 per year. This piece was supported by the Economic Hardship Reporting Project.

      • ScheerpostIf Poverty Is a Moral Issue, Then the U.S. Is Bankrupt

        The Poor People’s Campaign, ahead of its June 18 gathering, is calling out the false pro-corporate rhetoric on poverty, wages, and inflation. Causes of inflation.

      • Counter PunchHow Our Consumption is Killing Poor Kids in Los Angeles

        “Last fall, ports around the world were congested due to disruption caused by the pandemic, so we brought together port operators, shipping companies, and labor to ease the bottlenecks,” said Biden to a beleaguered group of port workers. “And as a result, over the holidays last, 97 percent of all the packages were delivered on time and on shelves when you went Christmas shopping. Remember, we weren’t going to have anything on those shelves. You all did it.”

        Various issues at the Port of Los Angeles and Long Beach, which account for 40% of all goods imported into the United States, mounted during the pandemic. The finger-waving was intense. Port workers blamed shipping companies and truckers, truckers blamed the ports, and the government and shipping companies blamed the supply chain itself. Ships were unable to unload their cargo, some anchored off the coast of Long Beach and Orange County for months on end. Blame aside, at its core, the mess was the consequence of a marketplace that is fully dependent on foreign imports to survive.

      • Counter PunchKeeping Workers Poor is Bad for Business

        But we don’t just get unfairness when a boss can grab more in a year than a worker could make in over six centuries. We get bungling and inefficient businesses.

        Management science has been clear on this point for generations, ever since the days of the late Peter Drucker.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Beware of Republicans Trying to Cut Your Social Security Benefits

        Republican politicians are scared to death. They seek to create a smoke-filled room to provide political cover. Of what issue are they so terrified? Social Security.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Counter PunchWhere is the Governor?

        His staff is tight lipped, talk of his personal security, really? Does he need such security in Europe or Africa? Not likely. His team tries to covey that he is in contact, but the reality is he has left the people in these communities trying to grasp with a Governor who is a no-show to a disaster of nature’s making, that has some homeless, broke and scared.

        If I were to guess I would say the Governor was somewhere that was not easy to come back from, say in Africa, out trying to kill another trophy animal. Something endangered or part of a life trophy list like an elephant of giraffe.

      • FAIRA Socialist in WaPo’s Suburbs

        After Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the country’s third-most powerful democratic socialist may be a former elementary school teacher you might never have heard of.

      • The NationWhat Makes Bill de Blasio Run… for Congress?

        The 109th mayor of New York City sits in a souvenir T-shirt and running shorts, grinning over a salad bowl. No nervous aides or police flank him. He excuses himself briefly from the Park Slope café to fetch his phone charger.

      • Pro PublicaFacebook, Twitter, TikTok Failing to Take Down Dangerous “Ballot Mule” Wanted Poster Memes

        The dummied-up flyer bore the hallmarks of a real WANTED poster. A grainy photo of a woman outside an election office in the suburbs of Atlanta stamped with the word “WANTED.” An image of a sheriff’s badge and the phone number for the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office. The implication was clear: The woman was being sought by the local sheriff for voter fraud.

        The flyer was fake, and though the sheriff’s office eventually called it out, the false poster went viral, amassing tens of thousands of shares, views and threatening comments on Facebook, Twitter and TikTok and raising fears that harm could come to the unidentified woman.

      • The NationDemocrats Can Break the “Midterm Curse”

        Conventional wisdom holds that Democrats are doomed to defeat in this year’s midterm elections. It is an article of faith that the party that controls the White House automatically loses seats in the next election, so much so that members of the Biden administration are already hiring lawyers in anticipation of needing to fend off investigations by a Republican-led Congress. But such an outcome is not a foreordained law of nature, and Democrats have previously defied the odds—most notably in 1998. The lessons from that contest offer valuable insight about how to maintain Democratic control of the House of Representatives this year.

      • Counter PunchWill CNN Put Trump Back in the White House?

        There is no doubt that inflation is a real problem. Higher prices for gas, food, rent, and other items has taken a big bite out of many families’ paychecks. It certainly warrants serious attention from CNN and the rest of the media.

        But inflation is not the whole story of the economy. We also have an unemployment rate that is near 50-year low. That is a really big deal, because the vast majority of families work for most of their income.

      • ScheerpostGlenn Greenwald : Joe Biden’s Submissive — and Highly Revealing — Embrace of Saudi Despots

        Biden’s immediate abandonment of his 2020 vow to turn the Saudis into “pariahs,” and his increasing support for the regime, shows the core deceit of U.S. propaganda.

      • FAIRHelen Zia on Vincent Chin Legacy, Alec Karakatsanis on Chesa Boudin Recall
      • Telex (Hungary)“The great powers should not try to solve their historical sins with some ridiculous kneeling” – Hungarian State Secretary for Religious and Ethnic Relations
      • ScheerpostU.S. Senate – From Partisan (GOP) Swamp to a Bipartisan Graveyard for Democracy

        Since January 2021, the U.S. House of Representatives has passed 412 bills (See: Congress.gov) and sent them to the Senate. Unfortunately, the Senate hasn’t acted. “What?” you s…

      • Counter PunchWatergate’s Golden Anniversary

        In the turbulent months that followed the break-in, it was Sussman who guided Woodward and Carl Bernstein as they pursued the facts, Sussman who edited their copy. He thought he would be their co-author on the eventual book, but they excluded him when they got their contract for All the President’s Men. Sussman was also excluded from the movie, and did not hide his resentment. According to the Times obit by Richard Sandomir, Sussman told an interviewer in 2007  that he had not read All the President’s Men, adding, ‘I don’t have anything good to say about either one of them.’”

        Over the years Barry Sussman was undoubtedly told by well-meaning friends that hating Woodward and Bernstein was “eating him up,” that he should put his resentment aside and “move on” and “not be consumed by negativity” and so forth. But Sussman didn’t seek the healing power of forgiveness, and there he was, on his way out the door, flipping off the men who burned him.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • Pro PublicaA Sheriff’s Captain Called Our Investigation an “Entertaining Piece of Fiction.” An Inspector General Disagrees.

        Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies disproportionately contact, cite and arrest Black students in the Antelope Valley, according to a new report by the county Inspector General’s Office. And those students are also disproportionately suspended and expelled at higher rates than other racial groups, the report said.

        The analysis was spurred by a yearlong investigation into allegations of racial discrimination in Antelope Valley high schools by LAist and ProPublica. Reviewing data for the 2018-19 school year, our investigation found that Black teenagers accounted for 60% of deputy contacts in Lancaster high schools, although they made up only about 20% of the enrollment in those schools.

      • Scheerpost‘Absolutely Terrifying’: Criminal Defense Attorneys Warn About Impacts of Roe Reversal

        The head of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers said exposing people to new criminal penalties for abortions “opens up the floodgates to overcriminalization and mass incarcer…

      • TechdirtMichigan Starts Dismantling Its Forfeiture Reforms To Make It Easier To Steal Cash From People At Airports

        I guess it’s time to pay get robbed by the piper. The state of Michigan has periodically enacted forfeiture reforms, often in response to bad press or lawsuit losses.

      • Counter PunchA Response to Jezebel by Leaders of Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights

        She cites so many misleading and misinformed points, it is difficult to know where to start, so we’ll start at the very bottom, where we believe the core problem emanates.

        The article’s final line conveys extreme hopelessness, as reflected in its declaration that “the cards have already been played, and Roe is about to tumble.” Had we not known that this article was written by a feminist for a feminist publication, we might have thought it was written by an extreme anti-abortion activist. What is the benefit of making such a discouraging claim, unless to dampen the intentions of all pro-abortion activists, encouraging them to step back, sit down, and do nothing to try to stop The Supreme Court from overturning Roe without a fight? Is that what she really wants?

      • Counter PunchChildren Raised by Same Sex Parents are Thriving

        Proponents argued that the available research did not support such a claim, and that any differences in child outcomes could be due to discrimination against same-sex parents. At the time of the Obergefell decision, rigorous quantitative research on sexual and gender minority parenting was relatively sparse and mostly limited to small nonprobability samples. Since then, researchers have made significant advances largely due to the growing availability of high quality data from nationally representative household surveys and national population registers.

        This new generation of research consistently shows that children raised by same-sex parents do at least as well as children raised by different-sex parents. In her review of research on sexual- and gender-minority families conducted between 2010 and 2020, Corrine Reczek concluded that “studies using new nationally representative population-based survey data … consistently [show] that children in same-sex households experience similar health, behavioral, and educational outcomes compared to children in different-sex households.”

      • DeSmogCanada Steps Up Surveillance of Indigenous Peoples To Push Fossil Fuel Pipelines Forward

        Canadian police and security forces have intensified their surveillance and harassment of Indigenous people in recent months in an effort to clear the way for the construction of two long-distance oil and gas pipelines in British Columbia, earning the condemnation of international human rights observers. 

        “The Governments of Canada and of the Province of British Columbia have escalated their use of force, surveillance, and criminalization of land defenders and peaceful protesters to intimidate, remove and forcibly evict Secwepemc and Wet’suwet’en Nations from their traditional lands,” the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) wrote in an April 29 letter.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • Tv shows, TPB/Swearnet, And struggles with CGI

        Ive been entertaining doing a one off audio log. Just 5 minutes of me introducing myself and talking about a subject. It would be neat to try and convince some other capsuleers to do the same. “The Voices Of Gemini”.

    • Monopolies

      • Patents

        • Common DreamsWTO Deal on Vaccine Patents Decried as a ‘Sham’ Dictated by Rich Nations, Big Pharma

          The World Trade Organization’s 12th Ministerial Conference ended Friday with an agreement on patent rights that campaigners said would do virtually nothing to address vast global inequities in coronavirus vaccine and treatment access, a failure they attributed to relentless obstruction by rich countries and the pharmaceutical industry.

          Reached after marathon negotiations, the narrow deal clarifies governments’ ability to use compulsory licensing to ramp up vaccine production without the consent of patent-holding pharmaceutical companies. The agreement also temporarily eases restrictions on the export of vaccines produced under compulsory licenses.

        • FAIR‘A Handful of Billionaire Companies Have Monopoly Control Over Life-Saving Medicines’

          Janine Jackson interviewed Lori Wallach about vaccine equity for the June 10, 2022, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.

      • Trademarks

      • Copyrights

        • EFFCopyright “Small Claims” Quasi-Court Opens. Here’s Why Many Defendants Will Opt Out.

          Even if this were a perfect process, there is bound to be confusion when a whole new regime for demanding money springs up. And the rules surrounding the CCB are far from perfect, so we want to hear from people who are hauled before the CCB. If you feel you’ve been wronged by the CCB process, please email info@eff.org and let us know.

          The Copyright Office calls the CCB a “voluntary” system. Copyright holders can choose to bring infringement cases in the CCB as an alternative to federal court. And those accused of infringement (called “respondents” here, rather than defendants) can opt out of a CCB proceeding by filing forms within a 60-day window. If a respondent opts out, the CCB proceeding goes no further, and the rightsholder can choose whether or not to file an infringement suit in federal court. But if the accused party doesn’t opt out in time, they become bound by the decisions of the CCB. Those decisions mostly can’t be appealed, even if they get the law wrong.

          Although cases will vary, we think most knowledgeable parties will choose to opt out of the CCB process—again “knowledgeable.” The concern about this system mostly hurting regular users, website owners, and small businesses that don’t have staff who have been watching the CCB unfold cannot be understated. Every reason a knowledgeable party might decide to opt out is also a complicated legal issue that the average person should not be expected to know.

        • EFFOur Digital Lives Rest on a Robust, Flexible, and Stable Fair Use Regime

          In other words, as the digital world has grown, so has the reach of copyright protections. At the same time, copyright and related laws have changed: terms have expanded, limits (like registration) have shrunk, and new rules shape what you can do with your stuff if that stuff happens to come loaded with software. Some of those rules have had unintended consequences: a law meant to prevent piracy also prevents you from fixing your own car, using generic printer ink, or adapting your e-reader for your visual impairment. And a law meant to encourage innovation is routinely abused to remove critical commentary and new creativity.

          In the age of copyright creep, fair use, which allows the use of copyrighted material without permission or payment in certain circumstances, is more vital than ever. A robust and flexible fair use doctrine allows us to make use of a copyrighted work to make new points, critiques, or commentary. It allows libraries to preserve and share our cultural heritage. It gives us more freedom to repair and remake.  It gives users the tools they need to fight back, in keeping with its core purpose—to ensure that copyright fosters, rather than inhibits, creative expression

          The Supreme Court has an opportunity to ensure that the doctrine continues to do that essential work, in a case called Andy Warhol Foundation v. Goldsmith. At issue in the case is a series of prints by Andy Warhol, which adapt and recontextualize a photograph of the musician Prince. While the case itself doesn’t involve a digital work, its central issue is a fair use analysis by the Second Circuit that gets fair use and transformative works fundamentally wrong. First, it assumes that two works in a similar medium will share the same overarching purpose. Second, it holds that if a secondary use doesn’t obviously comment on the primary work, then a court cannot look to the artist’s asserted intent or even the impression reasonable third parties, such as critics, might draw. Third, it holds that, to be fair, the secondary use must be so fundamentally different that it should not recognizably derive from and retain essential elements of the original work.

        • EFFEFF Warns Another Court About the Dangers of Broad Site-Blocking Orders

          The brief, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, defends Cloudflare, a San Francisco-based global cloud services provider.

          United King Film Distribution – a movie, television, sports and news content producer and provider – sued the creators of Israel.tv, which had streamed content on which United King held copyrights. After the people behind Israel.tv failed to appear in court, United King won a shockingly broad injunction not only against them but also claiming to bind hundreds, maybe thousands of intermediaries, including nearly every Internet service provider in the US, domain name registrars, web designers, shippers, advertising networks, payment processors, banks, and content delivery networks.

          United King then sought to enforce that injunction against CDN/reverse proxy service Cloudflare, demanding that Cloudflare be held in contempt of court for refusing to block the streaming site and stop it from ever appearing again.

Links 18/06/2022: Outline of KDE Developments and BSD Picks

Posted in News Roundup at 5:22 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Applications

      • Linux LinksBest Free and Open Source Alternatives to Google Gboard – LinuxLinks

        Google has a firm grip on the desktop. Their products and services are ubiquitous. Don’t get us wrong, we’re long-standing admirers of many of Google’s products and services. They are often high quality, easy to use, and ‘free’, but there can be downsides of over-reliance on a specific company. For example, there are concerns about their privacy policies, business practices, and an almost insatiable desire to control all of our data, all of the time.

        What if you are looking to move away from Google and embark on a new world of online freedom, where you are not constantly tracked, monetised and attached to Google’s ecosystem.

        In this series we explore how you can migrate from Google without missing out on anything. We recommend open source solutions.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • RachelFree associating from ‘df’ to RCE

        This chat lead to the inevitable topic of that time someone wrote an uninstaller that did something like “rm -rf $THING/”, and sometimes $THING would be empty, so fun things happened. This generally put us in the mindset of “how can things go wrong”, and “how can they can *be made* to go wrong, if you wanted to do that”. The fact that a PATH was coming into play suggested system() or popen(), both of which run through a shell and thus introduce the possibility of injecting your own commands.

      • DJ AdamsSumming and grouping values with jq

        Here’s yet another note-to-self on using jq, this time to transform a flat list of order totals and dates into a summary of total order values by year.

        In doing some research for an upcoming live stream I was looking at the Northwind OData v4 service and in particular at the Summary_of_Sales_by_Years entity set. It is not what I initially expected; rather than be a summary of sales by year, it was a list of orders each with a shipping date, order ID and order total. There are over 800 entries, and I grabbed all of them and stored them in a single JSON file Summary_of_Sales_by_Years.json using a Bash shell script slurp that auto-follows the @odata.nextLink annotation trail on each chunk response.

      • RlangSVG to PNG

        Here is a way to get a high-quality PNG image with R: save it as SVG first, then convert the SVG file to a PNG file, with the rsvg package.

      • ID RootHow To Install LibreWolf Browser on Debian 11 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install LibreWolf Browser on Debian 11. For those of you who didn’t know, the LibreWolf web browser is designed to increase protection against tracking and fingerprinting techniques, while also including a few security improvements. LibreWolf is available on all desktop-based operating systems such as Windows, Mac, and Linux distributions

        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 LibreWolf Browser on a Debian 11 (Bullseye).

      • Trend OceansHow to Install ImageMagick 7 on Ubuntu/Debian

        If you are an editor and editing images is part of your daily life, then you should try the ImageMagick tool.

        ImageMagick is a free and open-source tool to edit, create, compose, or convert digital images into other formats. It supports over 200 formats, including PNG, JPEG, GIF, WebP, HEIC, SVG, PDF, DPX, EXR, and TIFF.

    • Games

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • Nate GrahamThis week in KDE: non-blurry XWayland apps!

          Plasma 5.26 will resolve a major pain point for users of the Wayland session with high DPI screens: you’ll now be able to choose how you want your XWayland-using apps to be scaled:

          By the compositor–ensuring uniform scaling, but blurriness (this is the status quo)
          By the apps themselves–allowing them to use their pre-existing X11 high DPI capabilities, if they have them, but leaving apps without such capabilities at the wrong scale
          So if all the XWayland apps you use support high DPI scaling properly on X11, you can use this new setting to make them look nice and crisp at your chosen scale factor…

        • My week in KDE: Plasma, REUSE and Apps

          This week I mainly worked on making my apps REUSE compliant, a bit on Plasma and on some new apps.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • BSD

      • DragonFly BSD DigestBSD Now 459: NetBSD Kernel benchmark

        This week’s BSD Now is depressingly honest in the title; no puns. Along with the normal links, there’s a Beastie Bit this week for Networks From Scratch.

      • DragonFly BSD DigestTwo versions, both right

        An interesting thought: since HAMMER2 is intended to be a multi-master file system, it has to figure out – and quickly – which is the most up to date versions of any given file. That means you could have multiple versions of a file existing at the same time until that decision is made. That wouldn’t be visible from a user perspective.

      • KlaraUsing Netgraph for FreeBSD’s bhyve Networking

        FreeBSD’s bhyve hypervisor offers support for virtual networks connections. Beginning with FreeBSD13, bhyve also supports a netgraph backend for its virtual network devices.

    • Devices/Embedded

      • CNX SoftwareMixtile reveals U.2 to PCIe/SATA breakout board for Rockchip RK3588 cluster – CNX Software

        Mixtile Blade 3 is a Rockchip RK3588 SBC with up to 32GB RAM designed for server applications, notably to build clusters through a U.2 edge connector with 4-lane PCIe Gen3, SATA 3.0 to interconnect multiple boards.

        What was not clear so far is how multiple boards would be connected, as we were just shown two boards connected by a U.2 cable, which does not scale, and does not provide power as the 12V input also comes with the U.2 connector. The company has now provided more details showing how it’s done, namely through a breakout board that connects to the U.2 edge connector, and allows cluster design as shown below.

      • Linux GizmosIbase launches 3.5-inch SBC with Tiger Lake H CPUs, quad-displays and dual GbE

        Ibase released a 3.5” single board computer (SBC) that is powered by the 11th Gen Intel Core processors (Tiger Lake H). The high performance IB956 SBC has quad-displays, dual GbE ports and dual SATA III.

        Ibase’s new SBCs offer support for three models of Intel’s 11th Gen Tiger Lake “H” processor:

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • Tom’s HardwareRaspberry Pi Converts Telegram Messages to Morse Code | Tom’s Hardware

        When it comes to 21st-century communication, nothing quite fits the bill like a Raspberry Pi-powered translator that flashes a light in Morse code when Telegram messages come through. At least, that’s what Dmytro Panin (also known online as Dr2mod) has come to develop with his latest project, and we couldn’t be more mesmerized!

        Are you tired of opening Telegram to check for new messages? Panin decided that a visual notification system would be much more fun and opted to create this Morse code translation platform to get the job done. Linking up with Telegram, users can look at the light when a message comes through to get a glimpse at the recently received text.

        This is one of many projects we’ve featured from Panin, who seems to do nothing in his spare time but make really cool Raspberry Pi projects. Some of his previous projects include an SDR airplane monitor and this flappy bird game played by an AI.

      • Tom’s HardwareBest Raspberry Pi Deals 2022 | Tom’s Hardware

        Check out these deals on Raspberry Pi Kits and accessories.

        With more than 40 million units sold and a powerful community of makers and fans behind it, Raspberry Pi is more than a single-board computer; it’s a huge platform with an even bigger ecosystem behind it. Whether you want to build your own robot, create an A.I.-powered security camera, or just set up a simple computer for programming and web surfing, the Pi is for you.

        You can find deals on everything from Raspberry Pi cases to screens, kits and perhaps even add-on boards. These are great for your Raspberry Pi projects or to give as gifts for the maker in your life. Don’t expect to find sales on the bare boards, though, as these never drop below the MSRP.

      • Mike DoornbosHow fast can a 6502 transfer memory

        After Gregorio posted this image earlier this week, it sparked a fair amount of discussion on the interwebs about the memory transfer speed of a 6502 processor.

        The 6502 on Commodore machines shares the clock with the video chip. Since dual ported ram wasn’t financially feasible at the time, they chose a memory access trick that allowed both the video chip and processor to access memory during a single clock cycle. I think it’s the same on most Commodores, but on the VIC-20, the processor accesses the memory on the low part of the signal and the VIC chip on the high part. Maybe that’s backward… anyhoo, you get the point.

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • SaaS/Back End/Databases

      • Matt RickardConvergence of DBaaS and BaaS

        When competing against a cloud hyperscaler, a database is an excellent place to start. Low churn (data gravity), expensive products (often not fully utilized), and naturally built-in net dollar retention (databases rarely shrink). A look at two separate but converging spaces of database-as-a-service (DBaaS) and backend-as-a-service (BaaS).

    • Licensing / Legal

      • Mexico News DailyGoogle ordered to pay 4 billion pesos for 2015 defamation of lawyer

        Ulrich Richter Morales, a criminal lawyer, initiated legal action against the multinational technology company in 2015 due to its hosting on its Blogger platform of a blog that linked him to drug trafficking, money laundering and the falsification of documents.

        The blog, which remains online, but hasn’t been updated since 2014, was published under the title Ulrich Richter Morales y sus chingaderas a la patria (Ulrich Richter Morales and his despicable deeds against the homeland). The identity of its creator is not publicly known.

      • New York TimesHow a Religious Sect Landed Google in a Lawsuit

        Mr. Lloyd claimed he was fired last year because he complained about the influence of the religious sect. His suit also names Advanced Systems Group, or ASG, the company that sent Mr. Lloyd to Google as a contractor. Most of the Google Developer Studio joined the team through ASG as contractors, including many members of the Fellowship.

        The suit, which Mr. Lloyd filed in August in California Superior Court, accuses Google and ASG of violating a California employment law that protects workers against discrimination. It is in the discovery stage.

        The New York Times corroborated many of the lawsuit’s claims through interviews with eight current and former employees of the Google business unit and examinations of publicly available information and other documents. These included a membership roster for the Fellowship of Friends, Google spreadsheets detailing event budgets and photos taken at these events.

    • Programming/Development

      • Lee Yingtong LiA conceptual primer on the single transferable vote – 6: Meek method

        In part 5, we presented the weighted inclusive Gregory method. In that part and all previous parts, during the distribution of preferences we have ‘skipped over’ any candidates who have already been elected, as we said that to give extra votes to any of those candidates would be a waste.

        While it is true that to leave a candidate with more votes than the quota, while there are vacancies still to fill, would be wasteful, there is another option we could have taken, rather than skipping those preferences completely.

      • JCSAmend 3.4 Released
  • Leftovers

    • Digital Music NewsWhat Happens After a TikTok Video Goes Viral?

      The data measured is taken from Chartmetric’s data of Spotify’s public playlists. There are thousands of playlists on Spotify that track viral TikTok hits. That’s because someone will hear a 15 second song clip on TikTok and they’ll think, ‘I want to hear the rest of that.’ Which leads the person to search for the song on their preferred music streaming service to listen to the whole thing, rather than just a clip. This sort of activity gives some insight into the virality of clips on TikTok and how that correlates to success in the music streaming business.

      The journalists pulled Chartmetric data from as many playlists archiving TikTok viral hits as they could find. The requirements were a song had to be added to a viral TikTok playlist between January through December 2020. They then ranked the songs by their popularity on TikTok, filtering out those with fewer than 100,000 posts.

    • Science

      • The ConversationThe James Webb Space Telescope is finally ready to do science – and it’s seeing the universe more clearly than even its own engineers hoped for

        NASA is scheduled to release the first images taken by the James Webb Space Telescope on July 12, 2022. They’ll mark the beginning of the next era in astronomy as Webb – the largest space telescope ever built – begins collecting scientific data that will help answer questions about the earliest moments of the universe and allow astronomers to study exoplanets in greater detail than ever before. But it has taken nearly eight months of travel, setup, testing and calibration to make sure this most valuable of telescopes is ready for prime time. Marcia Rieke, an astronomer at the University of Arizona and the scientist in charge of one of Webb’s four cameras, explains what she and her colleagues have been doing to get this telescope up and running.


        After July 12, the James Webb Space Telescope will start working full time on its science mission. The detailed schedule for the coming year hasn’t yet been released, but astronomers across the world are eagerly waiting to get the first data back from the most powerful space telescope ever built.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • The AtlanticLong COVID Could Be a ‘Mass Deterioration Event’

        So much about long COVID remains mysterious: The condition is hard to study, difficult to predict, and variously defined to include a disorienting range and severity of symptoms. But the numbers above imply ubiquity—a new plait in the fabric of society. As many as 50 million Americans are lactose intolerant. A similar number have acne, allergies, hearing loss, or chronic pain. Think of all the people you know personally who experience one of these conditions. Now consider what it would mean for a similar number to have long COVID: Instead of having blemishes, a runny nose, or soy milk in the fridge, they might have difficulty breathing, overwhelming fatigue, or deadly blood clots. Even if that 30 percent estimate is too high—even if the true rate at which people develop post-acute symptoms were more like 10 or 5 or even 2 percent, as other research suggests—the total number of patients would still be staggering, many millions nationwide. As experts and advocates have observed, the emergence of long COVID would best be understood as a “mass disabling event” of historic proportions, with the health-care system struggling to absorb an influx of infirmity, and economic growth blunted for years to come.

      • Common Dreams‘Major Victory’: Court Orders EPA Review of Glyphosate’s Cancer and Endangered Species Risks

        A federal appeals court on Friday issued a ruling on the weedkiller glyphosate that the coalition involved with the case called “a historic victory for farmworkers and the environment.”

        “EPA’s failure to act on the science… has real-world adverse health consequences for farmworkers, the public, and ecosystems.”

      • Common DreamsUN Food Chief Says ‘Hell on Earth’ Looms From Hunger Crisis Triggered by Ukraine War

        As food prices and hunger surge worldwide, hundreds of millions of people around the globe are “marching towards starvation”—increasing the likelihood of preventable deaths, civil unrest, and political violence in the months ahead—the United Nations food chief warned Thursday.

        “We thought it couldn’t get any worse, but this war has been devastating.”

      • WhichUKMorrisons recalls chicken products which may contain shards of glass

        The FSA said the potential presence of small pieces of glass means they are unsafe to eat.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | The Cure for the Next Pandemic: Medicare for All

        More than 330,000 people in the United States died during the pandemic because they were uninsured or underinsured. That grim statistic was reported this week by researchers at the Yale School of Public Health. In addition to that staggering, preventable death toll, in 2020 alone, our “fragmented and inefficient healthcare system,” cost the U.S. $459 billion more than if we had genuine, universal healthcare. The Yale team prescription to prepare for the next pandemic: Medicare for All.

      • OracClots and COVID-19 vaccines: Misadventures under the microscope

        I’m tempted to file this under “everything old is new again when it comes to antivax lies,” but I know that some readers are irritated by my constant harping on how antivaxxers constantly have recycled the same sorts of conspiracy theories, pseudoscience, and misinformation to demonize COVID-19 vaccines. On the other hand, I never pass up a chance to laugh at Mike Adams when he does what he does so well, namely publish bad science so astoundingly stupid and ill-informed that actual experts in the field facepalm in unison. This time around, Mikey is engaging in misadventures in microscopy again to claim something very dire about blood clots, which he of course blames not on COVID-19 infection (which is known to cause blood clots) but on COVID-19 vaccines (one of which has been associated with a rare clotting disorder). The latest example of this occurred this week, when Adams published a “bombshell” on his conspiracy site Natural News entitled EXCLUSIVE: Shocking microscopy photos of blood clots extracted from those who “suddenly died” – crystalline structures, nanowires, chalky particles and fibrous structures, which he followed up yesterday with WATCH: Dr. Jane Ruby offers fresh insights about self-assembling “clots” and “nanowires” found in fully vaccinated cadavers.

      • TruthOutMedicare for All Could Have Prevented 338,000 COVID Deaths in the US
    • Proprietary

      • Margin ResearchPulling MikroTik into the Limelight

        So, you want to start reverse engineering MikroTik routers. Where do you start? As opposed to many routers which act more as a collection of independent binaries for each service, MikroTik devices implement a system of interconnected binaries which perform tasks for one another. Unfortunately, there is limited publicly available information about how this system-wide implementation works, and the good, technical information available is now a few years old. In that time, MikroTik released a number of minor version updates and one major revision software upgrade, making some of the technical details obsolete.

        Consequently, we are left generally in the dark as to how MikroTik works, and digging into its dense, hand-rolled C++ binaries filled with custom library calls is a daunting task.

        This blog post, which overviews our presentation at REcon 2022, outlines key knowledge and introduces tools that we created during our research over the past handful of months.

    • Security

      • Dhole MomentsWhen Soatok Used Bugcrowd

        Sometimes, when I wanted to report a vulnerability to a product, service, or software project, I would be instructed to disclose my findings through a bug bounty platform such as HackerOne or Bugcrowd. When this happens, I might look around to see if any of the other programs interest me, but they rarely do.

        As a consequence of this conduct, I’ve accrued a few thousand dollars over the years from both platforms. That may sound like a lot of money, but it’s basically a mobile phone bill’s worth of bounty money over 3+ years.

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • Taiwan NewsTaiwan to discuss 5G with Microsoft, Google, Amazon

          Kung will lead the 41-member NextGen Telecom Delegation leaving Taiwan Saturday (June 18). The group will take part in the Select USA Summit sponsored by the U.S. Commerce Department, CNA reported.

        • Stacy on IoTPodcast: Senator calls out video doorbells … again

          This week’s show kicks off with another look at Ring’s potential to become a surveillance tool, this time prompted by a letter from Senator Ed Markey who wants Amazon to answer some questions. We then talk about a new capability for InfluxData’s time series database and explain why it matters before encouraging everyone who listens to the show or visits the site to get comfortable with doing things yourself. We then give a brief update on Insteon’s buyer and what it might mean before covering two industrial stories. First up is Siemens’ acquisition of Senseye, a company that provides predictive maintenance software, and then we discuss a remote factory experiment between Finland and South Korea. In smaller news we discuss the number of smart locks in U.S. households, Orro signing a deal with RTI for smarter light switches, and a new HomeKit enabled smart plug from TP-Link. We close by answering a listener question about the best smart lighting options to use in a new home.

        • TechdirtOregon State Officials Dump Al Tool Used To Initiate Child Welfare Investigations

          There’s plenty of human work to be done, but there never seems to be enough humans to do it. When things need to be processed in bulk, we turn it over to hardware and software. It isn’t better. It isn’t smarter. It’s just faster.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • BNNBeheadings Show Islamist Peril Persists for Total in Mozambique

        Forces from Rwanda and a southern African regional bloc have helped retake towns from insurgents who’ve been wreaking havoc since 2017, largely securing a coastal stretch around Total’s project. But violence has recently spiked, spreading to new areas near Pemba, the Cabo Delgado province’s capital, and causing panic as IS disseminates photos of bodies it says were beheaded by its fighters.

      • Africa NewsAt least ten gendarmes killed in attack by suspected jihadists in Burkina Faso

        Burkina Faso, particularly the north and east, has been the target of recurrent jihadist attacks since 2015 by movements affiliated with al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group, which have killed more than 2,000 people and displaced 1.8 million.

      • The NationNixon’s Watergate Cover-Up Succeeded When It Mattered Most

        McGovern’s questions were spot-on. But they never really gained traction. The fall campaign focused on the Democratic nominee’s missteps and Nixon’s supposed accomplishments—Watergate was an afterthought. Though Democrats controlled Congress, it was not until February 1973 that the Senate established a select committee to investigate Watergate, with conservative North Carolina Democrat Sam Ervin as its chair.

        In the meantime, Nixon continued his presidency as the triumphal winner of a landslide reelection victory. The narrative of the era went askew. Politicians and pundits, many of them Democrats, came to accept the notion that nothing could have upended the Republican’s bid, and that Watergate only caught up with Nixon after he was well into his second term.

        But what if accountability had become a priority in 1972?

      • The HillHouse Democrat calls for Clarence Thomas to resign following report of wife’s email with Eastman

        The call came less than a day after The Washington Post reported that the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol has obtained email communication between Ginni Thomas and Eastman. The sources, however, would not provide details of the correspondence.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | What I Know About Human Life as a Nuclear Downwinder

        With Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February, we unbelievably find ourselves on the brink of a new Cold War, ironically as casualties of the last Cold War are running out of time to seek the compensation and justice they deserve.

      • Common DreamsInstead of Facing Ban, AR-15 Maker Unveils New, Easier to Hide Pistol Version

        A leading gun control advocate on Thursday led criticism of a newly released highly compact AR-15-style semi-automatic weapon being marketed as a tool to oppose government and Big Tech “censorship.”

        “Not-so-subtle language about buying this gun to use in some sort of holy civil war is right on their website.”

      • Common Dreams‘Revolting’: Senate Panel Adds Another $45 Billion to Biden’s Military Budget

        Progressives responded with disgust after the Senate Armed Services Committee voted Thursday to tack an additional $45 billion on top of President Joe Biden’s already massive military spending request, bringing the total proposed budget for the coming fiscal year to a staggering $857.6 billion.

        “It’s about funneling money into the military-industrial complex.”

      • TruthOutTrump Saying He Believed Lies About Voter Fraud Is No Defense, Legal Experts Say
      • TruthOutPence and Trump Aides Are Trying to Project Righteousness. Don’t Be Fooled.
      • ScheerpostNoam Chomsky: In Ukraine, Diplomacy Has Been Ruled Out

        David Barsamian and Noam Chomsky discuss how George Orwell’s doublethink became the way of the world.

    • Transparency/Investigative Reporting

      • The NationTo Avert January 6, We Needed Whistleblowers—and We Never Got Them

        But none of them went openly to the media. Sure, we remember the leaks to favored reporters at The Washington Post and The New York Times, some of whom undersold what they were told, and saved the gory details for their books. We got “leaks,” but leaks are easily undermined. We needed whistleblowers, and we never got them.

    • Environment

      • NASAAstronomy Picture of the Day

        What are all those streaks across the background? Satellite trails. [...]

      • NPRThere’s a nationwide Sriracha shortage, and climate change may be to blame

        “Sriracha is actually made from a very special type of pepper that only grows in the southern U.S. and northern Mexico,” Murray Tortarolo said. “These red jalapeños are only grown during the first four months of the year, and they need very controlled conditions, particularly constant irrigation.”

        Irrigation, of course, requires lots of water, but northern Mexico is in its second year of a drought.

      • Energy

        • The VergeThree crypto firms are down bad this week, and things may get worse

          All three firms managed other peoples’ money. Celsius Network wooed retail investors. Babel Finance, which CNBC says has 500 clients, raised $80 million in a funding round a month ago. 3AC, which invested in crypto startups, managed $10 billion in assets in March, according to Fortune. The ripple effects from the firms’ woes are likely to affect the broader cryptocurrency ecosystem.

        • Ruben SchadeCryptocurrency crash reducing CO₂ emissions

          Let’s make efficiency a metric again.

        • WhichUKPlug-in car grant scrapped: everything you need to know

          Originally launched back in 2011, the first version of the plug-in car grant offered up to £5,000 off cars with CO2 emissions of less than 75g/km. The aim of the scheme was to increase the sale of low emission and fully electric cars – only 1,000 were recorded that same year.

          Over the years, the grant has been updated and reduced. Most recently, in December 2021 the amount that drivers could benefit from was reduced from £2,500 (for cars with an list price of £35,000 or less) to £1,500 (for cars with a list price of £32,000 or less).

          However, the government has now scrapped the scheme entirely with immediate effect.

    • Finance

      • Eesti RahvusringhäälingNumber of Estonian e-shops grows to 7,700 during pandemic

        According to Bank of Estonia (Eesti Pank), in 2021, Estonian e-shoppers’ spending increased by more than 50 percent, to a total of €2.5 billion. In the same year, the volume of parcels delivered by the Estonian E-Commerce Union to parcel machines alone, rose to more than 12 million.

        It is therefore fair to say that, E-commerce in Estonia has boomed, and it already accounts for more than 20% of total retail trade in the country.

      • Michael West MediaThe LoweDown: batten down the hatches for “decisive action” as recession, bear markets loom

        Recession is likely. Share markets, bonds, property, crypto; it’s all falling, just as the cost of living is soaring and central banks around the world are hoisting rates to crush demand and curtail rising prices. Michael West checks out the outlook.

        It’s not good. When you hear them saying “decisive action”, that is. That’s central banker jive for recession.

        Reserve Bank of Australia governor Philip Lowe took the decisive action of appearing on TV last night to talk about decisive action, warning inflation could hit seven per cent by the end of this year. Rates are going up.

        Lowe’s counterparts at the US Federal Reserve are about to take decision action too as inflation in the US hits 8.6%, its highest in 40 years.
        What does this mean for Australians? It means we will all be paying far higher interest rates on our mortgages, business loans, credit cards, the lot. It means we will all be poorer for a while as our superannuation and investments are worth less, indeed the value of property too.

        Wall Street fell into bear market territory Monday, that’s 20% of its highs, dragging the ASX down with it. It failed to bounce last night. A “dead cat bounce” as they call it. On the ASX, shares are down only 14% from their record high last year. The US Federal Reserve is poised to hoist rates too, probably by 0.75%. The spectre of recession looms just as the cost of living soars.

        Around the world, central banks are moving to crush demand and curtail inflation by lifting rates. Quickly now, finally. The thinking is that pain now means less pain later. They are literally forcing a recession and a fall in asset prices.

      • Jacobin MagazineKarl Marx Was Right: Workers Are Systematically Exploited Under Capitalism

        Even among Marx-friendly economists, the labor theory of value has fallen out of favor. But its technical validity is less important than the core message: workers are exploited because the value they create is undemocratically taken by capitalists.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | For a Nice Guy, Mitt Romney Sure Is Mean About Social Security

        I’ve been fascinated by this exchange between Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) and my friend and colleague Alex Lawson since I first saw it. I can’t stop thinking about it, probably because it is one of the worst self-owns I’ve seen in a long time.  Watching Romney fulminate is like looking at a yacht crash in slow motion (with a dog strapped to the top of the yacht).

      • TruthOutFormer Liberal Congressman Is Now a Top Lobbyist Defending a Tax Scam
    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • TechdirtSamsung Busted For Cheating TV Test Benchmarks

        Modern reviewers put modern televisions through a gamut of different tests to determine display brightness, quality, power consumption, and other factors. Samsung, apparently thought it would be a brilliant idea to try and cheat the benchmarking system used by many reviewers to give their TVs an unfair advantage in comparison.

      • BBCBig Tech must deal with disinformation or face fines, says EU

        Deepfakes are videos using a person’s likeness to portray them doing something they never did.

        New EU regulation, supported by the Digital Services Act (DSA), will demand tech firms deal with these forms of disinformation on their platforms.

        Firms may be fined up to 6% of their global turnover if they do not comply.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | The Big Tech Antitrust Battle Is A Fight For Democracy

        “We must make our choice… We may have democracy, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can’t have both.”

      • Computer WorldBig tech platforms sign up to the EU Commission’s new Code of Practice on Disinformation

        The European Commission has strengthened its Code of Practice on Disinformation, following guidance published in 2021 that it should be updated to take into account events such as the COVID-19 pandemic and Russia’s war with Ukraine.

        The latest version builds on the original code of practice that was established in 2018, setting out a number of new commitments by both technology platforms and the broader industry to better fight disinformation online.

        Demonetizing the distribution of disinformation; ensuring the transparency of political advertising; maximizing cooperation with fact-checkers; and providing researchers with better access to data are all amongst the pledges signatories have committed to.

      • CointelegraphAtlantic Council looks at how to maintain central bank digital currency cybersecurity

        The U.S. thinktank Atlantic Council released a report Wednesday on cybersecurity issues related to central bank digital currencies (CBDC). The authors provide a generalized discussion of CBDC security, but with a clear focus on the United States and issues specific to it.

      • Provedence MagagzineIlhan Omar’s Pakistan Trip Raises Questions of Foreign Islamist Influence in the US

        Javed accompanied Omar on her recent controversial trip to Pakistan and Pakistan-occupied but Indian-claimed Azad Kashmir, a flashpoint territory that religious extremists rule.

        His presence alongside the congresswoman indicates the continued growth of Pakistani influence operations and Islamist networks in the US. Similarly, Javed’s political connections lead to questions about his own agenda and influence, given the strict laws concerning foreign-sponsored lobbying in the United States.

      • Frontpage MagazineIndia Cowers Under Islamist Threats, Again

        India has been thrust into a diplomatic firefight with Islamic nations due to a controversy ignited by BJP spokespersons’ remarks on the Muslim prophet Muhammad. The furor began after two spokespersons of the ruling party, the BJP, made derogatory references to Islam and Muhammad, forcing New Delhi into urgently trying to appease neighborhood Islamic nations and hardline Islamists that demanded nothing less than punishment for both, particularly whom they deemed to be the serial offender, one Nupur Sharma. The fact that it was a Hindu woman insulting Islam must have come as particularly galling. Responding to blatantly offensive and Hindu-phobic insults against a Hindu deity during a television debate on the flagship Times Now television channel, Sharma made the cardinal mistake of rebutting said insult by referring to the deemed inappropriateness of the Muslim prophet’s relationship with six-year-old Aisha.

      • TruthOutTomorrow’s March on Washington Will Target Poverty, Voter Suppression, Climate
      • Democracy NowPoor People’s March on Washington Saturday Demands “Moral Reset” on Poverty, Voting Rights, Climate

        We speak with Bishop William Barber and Reverend Liz Theoharis, co-chairs of the Poor People’s Campaign, about plans for Saturday’s Moral March on Washington and to the Polls to demand the government address key issues facing poor and low-income communities. The march will bring together thousands of people from diverse backgrounds to speak out against the country’s rising poverty rates, voter suppression in low-income communities and more. “To have this level of poverty that’s untalked about too often … is actually morally indefensible, constitutionally inconsistent, politically insensitive and economically insane,” says Barber. Theoharis says the lack of universal healthcare in the U.S. is a major source of economic insecurity and has contributed to the COVID-19 death toll. She asks how a rich country “that spends more money on healthcare than any other nation with a comparable economy still has [these] kind of poor health outcomes.”

      • Misinformation/Disinformation

        • ABCThe Jan. 6 Hearings Are Really An Inquest Into The ‘Big Lie’

          So far, the hearings are less about the specific acts committed on that day, and more about the disinformation campaign Trump waged before and after the 2020 election. This campaign told millions of Americans a lie, convinced them it was true and inspired hundreds to attempt to violently disrupt the country’s democratic process. The hearings have shown how Trump continued to promote the “Big Lie” even as his advisers told him it was nonsense, dozens of court cases attempting to prove fraud were dismissed, and investigators failed to find any evidence of fraud. The hearings have centered on the systemic rot of Trump’s denialism, and how that culminated in the Jan. 6 attack. The focus of the hearings is twofold: the disease of misinformation, not just the symptoms of its malignancy, and how that disease, when left unchecked, can devolve into a violently destructive force.

        • SICPMore micros, less Guinness

          Bizarrely, the Guinness book of world records lists the “first microcomputer” as 1980’s Xenix. This doesn’t seem right to me: [...]

        • CNETEU Strengthens Disinformation Rules to Target Deepfakes, Bots, Fake Accounts

          The European Commission on Thursday released an overhauled set of rules designed to stem the flow of disinformation. The EU’s strengthened Code of Practice on Disinformation will hold signatories to the code liable for failing to take action by fining them up to 6% of their global revenue. Tech giants Meta, Google, TikTok and Twitter are among the signatories.

          Commissioners Věra Jourová and Thierry Breton said in a press conference that the updates address previous shortcomings. The revised rules cover “manipulative behaviors,” including deepfake videos, bots and fake accounts, but also aim to eliminate financial incentives for the spread of disinformation by ensuring that disseminators of problematic content don’t benefit from advertising revenue. Platforms have also been asked to give users new tools to recognize, understand and flag disinformation.

        • Frontpage MagazineKamala Harris Falsely Blames Conservatives for Islamic Terror Attack on Gay Nightclub

          There’s zero ambiguity on this score. Prosecutors revealed that Mateen had originally planned a Disney-themed terror attack.

        • India TimesReddit acquires machine learning platform Spell

          Some of the team members will move to Reddit and work on ML projects like how Reddit customises ad placements and keeps its communities safe.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • MedforthKowtowing to Islamists: Statue of Voltaire goes behind bars in France

        He became the epitome of a fighter for freedom of expression. Fearlessly, he criticised the fanaticism of religions. With consequences: He was refused a Catholic funeral in Paris. But today he is almost more persecuted than he once was by the Catholics. Muslims have been opposing the performance of his play “Mahomet the Prophet” for thirty years now. A poetic statement against religious fanaticism and against the hypocrisy and arbitrariness of the powerful, it was influenced by the ideas of the Enlightenment. In the Arab world, Voltaire is a bogeyman for doing so, summarises the “FAZ” in an article.

      • The AtlanticThe Real Chill on Campus

        The findings of a growing number of surveys, based on interviews with thousands of students around the country, reflect this duality in the way students think and feel about the state of campus speech. According to one recent study by the Heterodox Academy, a nonprofit devoted to promoting viewpoint diversity, almost all students believe passionately in the need for an open culture of debate. About nine out of every 10 students agreed that “colleges should encourage students and professors to be open to learning from people whose beliefs differ from their own.” Nearly as many believe that “colleges should welcome students and professors with a lot of different points of view.”

      • BIA NetStreet artist given deferred prison sentence for insulting president

        A street artist nicknamed “İzinsiz” (Turkish for unpermitted) stood trial for “openly degrading the Turkish flag” and “insulting the president” because of a mural.

        The İstanbul 20th Penal Court of First Instance acquitted the street artist for degrading the flag, MLSA Turkey reported.

      • TechdirtDoes Removing Tragic Content Diminish The Public’s Desire To Stop Tragedies?

        We’ve written a couple times about Andy Parker, whose story is truly tragic. His daughter, a local TV news reporter, was murdered on air by a former colleague, in the middle of a live news broadcast. Truly horrific stuff. Parker has now spent years trying to remove the video of his daughter’s murder from social media. We first wrote about him in response to a very weird 60 Minutes episode, in which they used Parker’s story as an example of how social media websites like YouTube were unwilling to take down damaging content… even though the very same report admitted that YouTube not only has taken down that video repeatedly, but that it now prioritizes reports about that video and certain other content to remove as quickly as possible.

      • ScheerpostPatrick Lawrence: CENSORED

        Social media censorship is threatening our press freedoms, the First Amendment, and at the horizon what remains of our democratic polity.

      • TechdirtWikimedia Fighting Russian Fines Over Its Content About Invasion Of Ukraine

        It’s no secret that the Russian government has been working overtime to try to block out accurate information about its invasion of Ukraine from reaching the citizenry. That’s part of why we found it so frustrating that some supporters of Ukraine sought to make it even more difficult for Russian’s to reach the wider internet.

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

      • Times Higher EducationDeSantis ‘wants to put trustees in charge of faculty hiring’

        Republican leaders in the US state of Florida have floated an idea to directly involve trustees in faculty hiring, exploiting what experts see as a major vulnerability for institutions nationwide in an era of deepening partisan interference.

        Trustees of US universities have long been understood as boards of prominent citizens who meet on occasion to provide oversight while typically leaving institutions to manage their own affairs.

        The emerging idea in Florida is to appoint trustees with significantly more partisan orientations and then encourage them to more aggressively exercise the explicit or de facto powers they already hold over university operations, down to the level of faculty hiring decisions.

      • Don’t Extradite AssangeStatements on today’s decision of Patel’s approval to extradite Julian Assange
      • Democracy NowPunished for Exposing War Crimes? U.K. Approves Assange Extradition to U.S., Faces 175 Years in Prison

        In a blow to press freedom, the United Kingdom has approved the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States to face espionage charges related to the publication of classified documents exposing U.S. war crimes. Home Secretary Priti Patel signed off on the transfer after the U.K. Supreme Court denied Assange’s appeals earlier this year, part of a years-long legal battle that rights groups have decried as an attack on journalism and free speech. Assange faces up to 175 years in prison if convicted for violations of the Espionage Act, and his case represents a “once-in-a-lifetime fight for press freedom,” says Gabriel Shipton, Assange’s half-brother.

      • ScheerpostHome Secretary Signs Assange Extradition Order

        British Home Secretary Priti Patel on Friday signed an extradition order to send Julian Assange to stand trial in America. WikiLeaks called it a “dark day for press freedom” and said “the decision will be appealed.”

      • ScheerpostGlenn Greenwald: The UK’s Decision to Extradite Assange Shows Why The US/UK’s Freedom Lectures Are a Farce

        The Assange persecution is the greatest threat to Western press freedoms in years. It is also a shining monument to the fraud of American and British self-depictions.

      • The Dissenter‘Another Dark Day’: UK Government Approves Assange’s Extradition To United States

        Describing it as “shameful,” Reporters Without Borders international campaigns director Rebecca Vincent said the decision represented “another failure by the UK to protect journalism and press freedom, bringing Julian Assange a step closure to extradition.”

      • Common Dreams‘Sad Day for Western Democracy’: Chomsky, Ellsberg, Others Denounce Assange Extradition

        As supporters of Julian Assange held a news conference Friday at the United Kingdom’s consulate in New York to demand freedom for the jailed WikiLeaks founder, a trio of leading leftist figures decried the British government’s approval of the ailing Australian’s extradition to the United States.

        “Shouldn’t we expect Western democracies to behave better?”

      • Common DreamsOpinion | All People Who Believe in Press Freedoms Must Condemn the Extradition of Julian Assange

        The British home secretary has formally approved the extradition of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange to the United States, in the latest development in a dangerous and misguided criminal prosecution that has the potential to criminalize national security journalism in the United States.

      • Common Dreams‘A Chilling Message to Journalists the World Over’: UK Approves Assange Extradition to US

        The U.K. government on Friday formally approved the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States to face espionage charges, a decision that human rights groups condemned as a dire threat to journalism worldwide.

        Assange, who has been detained in a high-security London prison since 2019, is expected to appeal the move by U.K. Home Secretary Priti Patel, whose office insisted that the publisher’s extradition to the U.S. would not be “incompatible with his human rights, including his right to a fair trial and to freedom of expression.”

      • ShadowproofState Of World Press Freedom Darkens As UK Government Approves Assange’s Extradition

        Patel’s decision to hand over a journalist to the US government for prosecution was immediately condemned by human rights and press freedom organizations. The Assange legal team planned to submit an appeal in the High Court of Justice challenging the political nature of the case and how extradition law was interpreted.Describing it as “shameful,” Reporters Without Borders international campaigns director Rebecca Vincent said the decision represented “another failure by the UK to protect journalism and press freedom, bringing Julian Assange a step closure to extradition.”

      • TruthOut“A Chilling Message to Journalists”: UK Approves Assange Extradition to US
      • Don’t Extradite AssangeBREAKING: Extradition Statement: Patel approves extradition

        This is a dark day for Press freedom and for British democracy. Anyone in this country who cares about freedom of expression should be deeply ashamed that the Home Secretary has approved the extradition of Julian Assange to the United States, the country that plotted his assassination.Julian did nothing wrong. He has committed no crime and is not a criminal. He is a journalist and a publisher, and he is being punished for doing his job.It was in Priti Patel’s power to do the right thing. Instead, she will forever be remembered as an accomplice of the United States in its agenda to turn investigative journalism into a criminal enterprise.Foreign laws now determine the limits of press freedom in this country and the journalism that won the industry’s most prestigious prizes has been deemed an extraditable offence and worthy of a life sentence.The path to Julian’s freedom is long and tortuous. Today is not the end of the fight. It is only the beginning of a new legal battle. We will appeal through the legal system; the next appeal will be before the High Court. We will fight louder and shout harder on the streets, we will organise and we will make Julian’s story known to all.Make no mistake, this has always been a political case. Julian published evidence that the country trying to extradite him committed war crimes and covered them up; tortured and rendered; bribed foreign officials; and corrupted judicial inquiries into US wrongdoing. Their revenge is to try to disappear him into the darkest recesses of their prison system for the rest of his life to deter others from holding governments to account.We will not let that happen. Julian’s freedom is coupled to all our freedoms. We will fight to return Julian to his family and to regain freedom of expression for us all.

      • Rolling StoneJulian Assange to Be Extradited to U.S. on Espionage Charges

        After consideration by Westminster Magistrates Court and the High Court, the decision was passed to Patel; Assange now has 14 days to appeal. In a statement, WikiLeaks described the move as marking a “dark day for press freedom and British democracy”. They confirmed their founder’s intention to lodge an appeal.

      • IT WireUK approves Assange extradition to US, WikiLeaks says it will appeal

        In a statement, WikiLeaks said: “This is a dark day for press freedom and for British democracy. Anyone who cares about freedom of expression should be deeply ashamed that the Home Secretary has approved the extradition of Julian Assange to the US, the country that has plotted his assassination.”

        After Australia elected a Labor government in May, there have been hopes that Prime Minister Anthony Albanese would intervene in the case and try to get Assange sent back to Australia.

        Albanese hinted before the election that Assange’s protracted judicial proceedings should be ended. When he was asked about it recently, he responded that diplomacy was not conducted over a megaphone.

      • Business TodayUK gives nod to US extradition of WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange

        The Home Office said his extradition had now been approved but he could still appeal the decision. WikiLeaks said he would.

      • The Tribune INUK approves US extradition of WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange

        He can launch an appeal at London’s High Court which must give its approval for a challenge to proceed. He can ultimately seek to take his case to the United Kingdom Supreme Court. But if an appeal is refused, Assange must be extradited within 28 days.

      • CNBCUK approves WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s extradition to U.S.

        The deportation was approved Friday by U.K. Home Secretary Priti Patel following a series of failed legal battles in the U.K. courts. However, a number of appeal routes remain open to Assange, who has 14 days to appeal the decision.

      • BIA NetJournalism questioned: ‘What do you mean by the Kurdish question?’

        Temur underlined that the journalistic activities of each of his clients were questioned during the interrogations and said as lawyers we witnessed eight days of unlawfulness, we see is that journalism is in danger.

        “There is no interrogation regarding the actions of 16 journalists, it is journalism in question.”

        “There might be more arrests, detention warrants. The public and professional press organizations have a great responsibility. Freedom of the press should be protected.”

      • ANF News16 journalists sent to prison

        Dicle Müftüoğlu, co-chair of the DFG, said: “You have not succeeded with all the methods of repression you tried since the 90s to silence the free press. You will not succeed with these operations either. You will not be able to deprive our colleagues of their freedom with copy-paste decisions. As we did not accept this decision, we will continue the protests until our friends are released.”

      • BIA NetJournalism despite knowing that you will be arrested

        Hakkı Boltan,“Journalism is a must in this region. People are aware that there is no life without journalism. They know that freedom and rights are directly connected to press. The government does not understand that.”

    • Civil Rights/Policing

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • Broadband BreakfastBroadband Mapping Coalition Seeks to Bring Openness Back to Internet Data

        Non-profit organizations and academic researchers seeking to ensure the openness and transparency of broadband data collection efforts have created an organization, the National Broadband Mapping Coalition, seeking to gather resources on data and mapping.

        Shepherded by the Marconi Society, this National Broadband Mapping Coalition has filed comments before the Federal Communications Commission and is ramping up its efforts to be a leading voice for open and transparent broadband data.

        The group is led by Dustin Loup, of the public interest group Marconi Society. Loup has been actively involved in the internet governance and policy space for years. Together with Measurement Lab (which is led by Lai Yi Ohlsen), a non-profit group that has been collecting broadband speed data since 2008, these two organizations are poised to promote the vital role of open broadband data as the U.S. Commerce Department implements the largest expenditure of federal broadband funds in history.

      • TechdirtWe Just Keep Throwing Billions At Telecom Monopolies In Exchange For Half-Completed, Shitty Broadband Networks

        The Wall Street Journal has offered up a helpful report (outside the paywall, for now) on the giant mess that is U.S. broadband subsidy efforts. Like many previous studies, it points out how we’ve spent just countless billions of dollars on expanding broadband access with decidedly mixed results. Also like many previous mainstream stories of this type, it focuses pretty much exclusively on government dysfunction.

    • Digital Restrictions (DRM)

      • Hollywood ReporterRoku Stock Jumps After Unveiling Walmart E-Commerce Partnership

        OneView, Roku’s ad-buying platform for TV streaming, will have the exclusive ability to activate and measure shoppable TV ads. And marketers will use Roku Brand Studio to design creative and branded content built for TV streaming and shopping.

    • Monopolies

      • Patents

        • Common DreamsAfter WTO Failure, Nations Urged to ‘Outright Defy’ Pharma Patent Rules to Fight Covid

          The World Trade Organization’s complete failure on Friday to lift intellectual property barriers that have hindered vaccine and treatment access throughout the Covid-19 pandemic led nearly 300 civil society groups from across the globe—including Zambia, India, Bolivia, and Brazil—to call on governments to “outright defy” WTO patent rules if necessary to combat the still-spreading virus.

          “A few wealthy countries promoting pharmaceutical corporation interests have been able to block the use of the WTO’s waiver mechanism to temporarily suspend such barriers despite more than 100 WTO member countries supporting a waiver,” the organizations said in a joint statement Friday. “This outrageous situation underscores that governments must take immediate actions to bypass the WTO’s prioritization of pharmaceutical monopolies over human lives.”

        • TruthOutActivists Say WTO Deal on Vaccine Patents Is “Sham” Dictated by Rich Nations
      • Copyrights

        • Digital Music NewsMajor Music Publishers Send ‘Formal Notices’ to Google and Apple As Part of Broader App Crackdown

          The effort to curb the allegedly unauthorized use of music in apps – and to prompt action from Google and Apple – came to light yesterday, in a speech delivered by National Music Publishers’ Association president and CEO David Israelite.

          Speaking at the NMPA’s annual meeting in New York, Israelite highlighted songwriter and publisher revenue in the U.S. in 2021, touched upon his organization’s “legal recoveries,” and reiterated the deals that were struck last year with Twitch and Roblox after much-publicized confrontations.

        • Torrent FreakBig Tech Protests US Pirate Site Injunction “Power Grab” Against Cloudflare

          After obtaining broad injunctions to take down pirate sites, Israel-based media companies accused Cloudflare of failing to take action, in contempt of court. Cloudflare has now fired back, describing the move as a legally unstable “power grab,” but that’s just the beginning. Overnight, Google, EFF, and industry group CCIA intervened to express concern over the scale of the injunctions.

        • Torrent FreakMusic Publishers Launch Crackdown on Copyright Infringing Apps

          The National Music Publishers’ Association has announced a crackdown on apps that use music without a proper license. The industry group filed a lawsuit against the music video maker Vinkle and sent cease-and-desist letters to nearly 100 other infringing apps. Meanwhile, Google and Apple are put on formal notice and requested to take swift action.

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