The Southern Poverty Law Center has fired co-founder Morris Dees while murmuring something about misconduct (archived). Originally founded to assist black Americans in the southern US, over the years its mission has shifted to forcing outlaw status on vaguely right wing groups through an ever expanding definition of "hate" as the ratchet tightens.
In this 18th week of Yellow Jacket protests against Macron, police violence has been met with violence (archived).
A young Australian man in Christchurch, New Zealand walked into a couple of Mosques to play first person shooter irl. The shooter used a GoPro action camera to record his attempt at beating Anders Behring Breivik for the high score and published a manifesto. Both are being censored on popular Social media platforms. Various fiat sovereigns are threatening criminal charges for their subject caught sharing the video and manifesto. Both can be downloaded via torrent.1
In response to the shooting Australian Senator Fraser Anning of Queensland offer a statement which included:
However, whilst this kind of violent vigilantism can never be justified, what it highlights is the growing fear within our community, both in Australia and New Zealand, of the increasing Muslim presence.
For his statement Anning was struck in the back of the head by an assailant armed with an egg as he was speaking in public. The aged Senator struck back at his assailant with two punches that stunned, but failed to incapacitate his attacker.
China is offering to aid to Venezuela as Maduro struggles to restore electricity following apparent sabotage at the Guri dam's hydroelectric plant (archived). With Russia already showing strong continuing support for Maduro's regime and China making this move, it is going to be very hard for the US to contine painting action against Maduro as backed by the "International Community" while two UN Security Council veto powers are not merely voting, but acting against US efforts.
In related news, the RAND Corporation has loudly published reports showing the US losing to China and Russia in most WWIII scenarios they managed to imagine (archived).
The world's number one ranked Bridge player Geir Helgemo has been suspended from competition until November 20th after testing positive for synthetic testosterone and clomifene during an event in Florida last year (archived). While this sort of doping may not appear to be very relevant to competitive play in this card game, the World Bridge Federation let itself come under the purview of the International Olympic Committee and the World Anti-Doping Agency rules that come with trying to make a card game more Olympic. Thusly if you want to play in World Bridge Federation competition, you have to submit to drug testing like the track and field athletes.
This week a Forbes "contributor" finally gave Ripple's XRP token a look and was shocked to find unbacked pump and dump monopoly money is exactly that with the entire Ripple labs business model hinging on the pump (archived). The same outlet had up through this month been treating Ripple and their XRP token as serious business (archived) despite the Ripple network being dismissed by actual cryptocurrency authorities in 2013 for its severe and inherent defects. Sorry for your loss, but what else were those six years good for anyways?
Oxford University is refusing to allow new research grants and incoming donations from Chinese alt-Cisco Huawei (archived). The US, UK and other five eyes states object to Huawei's existing for ambiguously declared national security reasons rooted in:
- Huawei equipment handling internet traffic while they would prefer Cisco equipment under their control do the same, and every piece of Huawei kit deployed denies a Cisco machine the opportunity to be racked.
- The Five Eyes are concerned the Chinese goverment may have the same level of control over Huawei kit they have over Cisco.
Oxford however is keeping the donations Huawei made while spending the grants have already taken from Huawei.
James Watson, notable for the discovery of DNA's double helix structure, has been stripped of his Chancellor Emeritus title at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory after repeating the Afropessimist position that saw him pushed from the Chancellor position in 2007 (archived). The 1962 Nobel prize winner was involved in running the laboratory specializing in Genetics research until his forced departure. His replacements are ostacizing him specifically for being:
"gloomy about the prospect of Africa”
As the 2007 incident played out Watson attempted to clarify that his beliefs are informed by the available information on the problem. This latest attack on the 90 year old Watson follows the airing of a PBS documentary where Watson stated he regrets his views hadn't changed at all requiring:
"new knowledge, which says that your nurture is much more important than nature. But I haven’t seen any knowledge. And there’s a difference on the average between blacks and whites on IQ tests. I would say the difference is … it’s genetic.”
Peter Boghossian is facing sanctions at Portland State University for his participation in an investigation into the intellectual bankruptcy of contemporary 'academic journals' purporting to publish in the 'social sciences' (archived). The University's institutional review board has determined Boghossian is guilty 'research misconduct' under the guise that academic journal editors being presented candidate papers are 'uninformed human research subjects' when their purported job involves functioning as a sort of meat powered spam filter. The board futher is alleging Boghossian engaged in academic fraud dismissing the core discovery of the investigation, that there are in fact very few checks against the publication of academic fraud in 'prestige journals' by parties less inclined to disclose their deceptions.
The CEO of SSL certificate reseller Trustico emailed the private keys for more than 23,000 keypairs to an employee of their "root authority" as part of a request to have the certificates mass revoked (archived). The identity of the mysterious "CEO" of Trustico has eluded reports though a fellow identifying himself at this time as "product manager Zane Lucas" (WOT:nonperson) has apparently been responsding to press inquiries. At other times in press releases related to Trustico have mentioned a "Zane Lucas, director" (archived). How Trustico acquired customer private keys appears to be related to their now unreachable website having offered an online "private key generator" which it directed customers too.
Puerto Rico, an unincorporated Caribbean island occupied by United States forces and administered by a puppet Pro-United States government, is experiencing a power outage affecting nearly the entire population of 3.4 million after a power plant fire triggered the near complete failure of the electricity distribution grid on the island. Sorry for your loss.
In preparation for potential improvements to the Bitcoin reference client, citizens of Bitcoin's Most Serene Republic have begun establishing high availability Bitcoin nodes located in datacenters and hosted on dedicated hardware to serve as publicly advertised seed nodes from which Bitcoin users may sync their blockchains and more peers. The improvements to the foundation's reference implementation which spurred this move are the removal of all Domain Name System code from the client to allow an entirely statically built bitcoind as well as the removal of the legacy IRC initial peer discovery mechanism to reduce the attack surface bitcoind presents. Continue reading