Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party managed to secure a mere 31 seats in the Knesset during this year's second parliamentary elections while the opposition Blue and White party took 33 seats (archived). The Blue and White party's leader and former IDF head Benny Gantz has declared his opposition to forming a coalition with Bibi though he is open to building a coalition with anyone else. A coalition controlling 61 or more seats in the Knesset needs to be assembled or Israel will probably be doomed to hold elections for the third time this year.
Bereft of opportunities to capture Edward Snowden, the USG has settled for attempting to capture Snowden's book royalties. The USG claims Snowden signed a variety of non-disclosure agreements which the publication of his book violates. Complaint presented in full below: Continue reading
Reports have begun emerging that suggest the USG and Israel are moving towards a "mutual defense" agreement, provided Bibi survives today's elections (archived). This movement comes as hawks inside the USG, Israel, and Saudi Arabia are escalating their anti-Iran talk in the wake of a Yemeni rebel attack using 80's vintage drones which crippled Saudi oil production over the weekend (archived).
One notable "mutual defense" agreement of historical interest had Britain opening the second World War after Germany intervened to stop the Polish government's genocide of ethnic Germans in Danzig (archived). With Israel already conducting airstrikes on its neighbors, it is very hard to see the move as anything other than a committment to further antagonize the Middle East.
After being targeted for purging in the ongoing Pantsuit Cultural Revolution, Microsoft guest speaker Richard Stallman has quit everything (archived). Stallman resigned his Visiting Scientist position at MIT as well as his position at the Free Software Foundation. Stallman made his career as the idle political officer of a new left by leveraging his one time proximity to some people doing things. Unfortunately for Stallman the left's youth always sacrifices the elders in its march to still greater derealization.
USG surveillance organization Google has decided to allow its employees to engage in discussions about pay amongst themselves and conduct some limited political discussions following consultation with the US National Labor Relations Board (archived). Presumably Google will maintain their ongoing policy of filtering political speech on a spectrum where positions increasingly removed from sanity are permissable while positions closer to grounding in sanity are sanctioned as hate speech, pushing an ongoing trend of increasing derealization over time.
The Taliban is asserting that as long as the US continues to impose war on Afghanistan that they are confident in their ability to continue fighting back for at least another century (archived). This declaration follows the US Government's withdrawal from a series of peace talks over ongoing US casualties. At the same time US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo bragged of more than 1000 casualties inflicted by the US over a 10 day span. Taliban diplomat Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai responded to Pompeo's gloating with:
Mr. Pompeo admitted that they have killed a thousand Taliban. If they can kill a thousand of us, why can we not kill one or two of them? This is our right. We have to defend ourselves and defend our people.
On this 18th anniversary of the day the "end of history" died, the US is still at war. The war is still a hot one (archived).
Intel's "Direct Data I/O" feature introduced in 2011 has been shown to allow for capturing keystrokes in "keyboard interactive" SSH sessions (archived). Keyboard interactive logins have been a feature of SSH best disabled for some time, but Intel's DDIO backdoor is architected in a way that allows still further shennanigans. The DDIO "optimization" allows peripherals to go further than direct memory address and skip to directly interacting with the CPU's on die cache. Expect the continued documentation of Intel backdoors marketed as optimizations to continue.