Recent Posts

Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 10
Cyber Security / Re: Strictly DD Updates Log
« Last post by Palloy2 on Today at 06:26:56 PM »
And since the php version is currently important, if you don't give that, I will only have to ask you.
You can find out what version is being used by going to
Cyber Security / Re: Strictly DD Updates Log
« Last post by Palloy2 on Today at 06:08:14 PM »
Now the blog is fucked up.

I can't fix "fucked up" until you tell me ... you guessed it, and post it ... where.

22 May 2017 | Sören Amelang, Benjamin Wehrmann, Julian Wettengel   

Germany & China appeal to US on climate / Swiss vote for Energiewende

Germany, China call on US to remain in Paris Agreement

Germany and China reiterated their calls on the US administration to commit to international climate protection efforts and stay in the Paris Agreement at a climate conference in Berlin. Germany is currently trying “on all levels” to persuade the US administration to stay in the agreement, said environment minister Barbara Hendricks at a press conference ahead of the 8th Petersberg Climate Dialogue, held 22 – 23 May in Berlin. China's Special Representative on Climate Change Xie Zhenhua said that “no country, no people” could stop the global trend towards climate protection.
The Petersberg Climate Dialogue gives countries the opportunity to informally exchange experiences on international climate policy.

Follow the public segments of the Petersberg Climate Dialogue via livestream here and find the programme in English here.

G20 must promote climate protection

G20 countries must promote climate protection and the implementation of the Paris Agreement, said the Federation of German Industries (BDI), Germanwatch and Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC) in a joint press release ahead of the 8th Petersberg Climate Dialogue. The meeting in Berlin today and tomorrow should provide the necessary tailwind for the G20 summit in Hamburg in July, they said. BDI deputy managing director Holger Lösch called on G20 governments to lay the groundwork for a CO₂ price at the Hamburg summit.

Swiss give green light for renewables and nuclear phase-out

A clear majority of voters in Switzerland have opted for a new energy law that aims to promote renewable energy, bans construction of new nuclear plants and fosters greater energy efficiency, Urs Geiser writes on About 58 percent of Swiss voters in a referendum on Sunday backed the government’s Energy Strategy 2050 programme, which had been debated for six years, Geiser writes. Swiss energy Minister Doris Leuthard said the vote opened “a new chapter in Switzerland’s energy policy,” but there was “still a lot of work to do.”

Read the article in English here.

Geopolitics / Re: Official Global Police State Thread
« Last post by Palloy2 on Today at 03:57:57 PM »
‘Likely response for Manchester attack – more aggression in Mideast, anti-immigrant policies’
23 May, 2017

After the Manchester attack, the UK is likely to respond, like the rest of Europe, by ramping up police state powers, surveillance, anti-immigrant policies, and military aggression in the Middle East, said political analyst Dan Glazebrook.

“The real question we need to be asking: what is behind this huge global phenomenon?” says journalist Dan Glazebrook.

“It has to be said that unfortunately for the British government the carnage we saw in Manchester last night is nothing more than collateral damage from the policy which attempts to destroy the Arab world. For six years now the British government has openly supported the violent sectarian insurgency against the Syrian government, which has now morphed into what we call ISIS,” he told RT.

“When we see this kind of sectarian carnage in Manchester and many other places, we must never forget that this sectarian violence has been carefully and deliberately nurtured by the British government as part of its policy, as a strategy of destabilizing and destroying independent governments of the Middle East.”

European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said in a statement following the attack: “Today we mourn with you. Tomorrow we will work side by side with you to fight back against those who seek to destroy our way of life."

RT asked Glazebrook whether any concrete actions might follow.

“It is not reassuring because we know how Western governments tend to respond to these kinds of tragedies,” he said. According to the analyst, European governments tend to respond in three ways.

Britain is likely to respond “by ramping up of the police state powers of surveillance, and so on, given to the security services,” he said, adding that those are “the very security services…that have facilitated the flow of fighters from Britain to Syria.”

Secondly, Glazebrook went on to say, “there will be a ramping up of the militarization, of the anti-immigrant politics, that have sadly become the central feature increasingly of mainstream politics in the West.”

“Thirdly, we can expect to see ramped up military aggression in the Middle East and aggression, which increasingly is not aimed at ISIS, actually, but is aimed precisely at the forces fighting ISIS…The recent US open attacks on Syrian government forces and their allies show the direction this is heading,” he said.

    Manchester Arena suicide blast as it happened:
    — RT UK (@RTUKnews) May 23, 2017

‘Terrorism will exist even in most perfect societies’

Security analyst Charles Shoebridge says a balance has to be struck between civil liberties and the need for security in “any kind of crowd situation,” such as a concert or a sporting event, shopping malls or train stations, as “all of these targets can result in mass casualties from this kind of attack.”

“The problem comes that if you put in place the kind of security that would prevent somebody getting into, for example, a concert venue with an explosive device. You simply displace the threat from inside the place that is being searched to outside or to target the queues people are forming for the event itself,” he continued.
Read more
© Andrew Yates Victims of Manchester terrorist attack complain of lax security at concert venue

Shoebridge believes that in a situation where “intelligence systems fail to the extent that an attacker can get through to his target, particularity, where it is a soft target without armed guards” and where “somebody is prepared to die in an attempt to kill people and himself… there is very little that can be done in terms of physical security to prevent that attack taking place.”

Despite recent attempts of boosting security measures across Europe, some of the biggest countries such as the UK, France and Germany are still on high alert and attacks keep happening.

The security analyst said  “even in the most perfect of societies, that we can say don’t exist… the most benevolent of nations, there would still be people who want to carry out terrorist attacks.”

He added that countries will never get rid of terrorism completely.

However, Shoebridge went on to say, there are many questions that need to be asked, including, “the extent to which the systems by which the security services operate needs to approve.”

“There will be people, politicians, the media, friends of the security services, MI5 in particular in this case, who will use this instance as they use all terrorist instances to call for yet for more powers more funding and resources for security services,” he told RT.

“This will not be a situation of a lack of resources for the security services, but rather, a question of how they make their decisions as to how they are operating and how quite substantial resources are actually deployed,” Shoebridge said.
Agelbert Newz / John Oliver asks WTF is going on?
« Last post by agelbert on Today at 03:30:44 PM »
<a href="" target="_blank" class="new_win"></a>

The Death of the Republic

Posted on May 21, 2017

By Chris Hedges


Our constitutional rights—due process, habeas corpus, privacy, a fair trial, freedom from exploitation, fair elections and dissent—have been taken from us by judicial fiat. These rights exist only in name. The vast disconnect between the purported values of the state and reality renders political discourse absurd.

Corporations, cannibalizing the federal budget, legally empower themselves to exploit and pillage. It is impossible to vote against the interests of Goldman Sachs or ExxonMobil.

The pharmaceutical and insurance industries can hold sick children hostage while their parents bankrupt themselves trying to save their sons or daughters. Those burdened by student loans can never wipe out the debt by declaring bankruptcy. In many states, those who attempt to publicize the conditions in the vast factory farms where diseased animals are warehoused for slaughter can be charged with a criminal offense. Corporations legally carry out tax boycotts.

Companies have orchestrated free trade deals that destroy small farmers and businesses and deindustrialize the country. Labor unions and government agencies designed to protect the public from contaminated air, water and food and from usurious creditors and lenders have been defanged.

The Supreme Court, in an inversion of rights worthy of George Orwell, defines unlimited corporate contributions to electoral campaigns as a right to petition the government or a form of free speech.

Much of the press, owned by large corporations, is an echo chamber for the elites. State and city enterprises and utilities are sold to corporations that hike rates and deny services to the poor. The educational system is being slowly privatized and turned into a species of vocational training.
Geopolitics / Re: Official Global Police State Thread
« Last post by Palloy2 on Today at 03:11:52 PM »
One also wonders where he got the explosives, and what they were?
The experts have already declared (without ANY knowledge of the forensics) that it would be a peroxide pipe bomb (assembled from household ingredients, like hair bleach.) with nuts and bolts for shrapnel.
Cyber Security / Re: Reporting website errors and questions
« Last post by RE on Today at 03:04:52 PM »
So what's the current prgnosis on the Blog Drafts problem?

<a href="" target="_blank" class="new_win"></a>
Geopolitics / Re: Official Global Police State Thread
« Last post by Palloy2 on Today at 02:56:20 PM »
As a result of the Manchester Arena terrorist bombing (clearly a political act) what has been the political response? 

1.  An overwhelming gushing of sentimental crap about how the community will pull together and carry on as before, and NOT question the politics of the situation.

2.  An increase in the terrorist threat level to critical (why?), and an appeal from the Police for assistance from the military, which has been promptly granted by the Home Secretary. This is the same military who has spent 16 years helping police in Afghanistan with absolutely no success at stopping terrorism.

3.  A complete lack of exposure of the role of head-chopping Wahhabist Saudi Arabia in supporting the Wahhabist Islamic fundamentalism (al Qaeda, al Nusra, ISIS, Taliban, al Shabab, Boko Haram, etc.), which should be shunned as an affront to Democracy and Human Rights, but is instead rewarded with more guns and weapons and a sword dance for the cameras (who could resist that?)

4.  What is the betting that this will lead to an even stronger comittment to more bombing of ISIS, ignoring the fact that every bomb dropped on THEM is a recruiting tool for more bombing of US?

5. Any self-respecting journalist would surely question whether what we are seeing is the correct political response, and yet the papers are full of "slain innocents" and maximal attempts to sow fear into the community.  "And were you scared when the bomb went off?" - 12 year old girl "Yes, I was terrified".

6.  After Trump's visit to the evil Saudi Arabia and the evil Israel, stand by for the Pope telling Trump that Love is the answer and him agreeing most sincerely. Argh - vomit.
Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 10