A US Global Hawk drone flying with its identification systems turned off was shot down by Iran leaving a very expensive debris field in the Strait of Hormuz (archived). A high endurance, high altitude surveillance drone intended to replace the cold war era U-2's mission, each Global Hawk drone carried a 131.4 million USD manufactering cost which balloons to 222.7 million USD when program research and development costs are accounted for. With tensions between Iran and the USG rising, democratically elected US President Donald Trump tweeted in response to the incident that:
"Iran made a very big mistake!"
In light of defections trending in Iran's favor and the USG butthurt over losing a drone with identifying equipment off, an especially grave violation of international aviation norms in light of the 9/11 airplanes as rockets incident; who is really making the mistakes?
Notorious USG surveillance firm Cloudflare is hyping a network of "randomness beacons" and encouraging folks to use the output of these beacons in places where numbers generated under the watch of others do not belong (archived). The pernicious shitgnomes caution against using the public output of their beacons for private keys in order to imply their "private" entropy offerings are suitable for private keys. They are not. The proposition that a known NSA and CIA surveillance partner offers any private thing is incredible in its insanity.
Hygienic random numbers suitable for battlefield use come from auditable processes and instruments in the hands of the user whose life depends on them.
Yubico has published an advisory warning that their Yubikey FIPS products offer reduced randomness under a wide variety of conditions. While Yubikey is offering a replacement program, this does nothing to alleviate the damage rendered to those who fired their devices in anger. No Such lAbs has produced a dedicated, auditable random number generator which has strangely seen no competition in the market.
British Home Secretary Sajid Javid has signed an order requesting Julian Assange's extradition to the United States for Julian's attempts to do journalism in violation of the US Espionage Act (archived). The extradition order will be weighed in the UK's courts Friday. Sweden withdrew their competing extradition claim earlier this month.
An Ebola outbreak that has been slowly burning its way through the Congo has gone international with a death across the border in Uganda (archived). The self declared "experts" have been insisting for more than a year that they are positioned to "contain" the outbreak through ring vaccination and other measures. These measures have had limited success for reasons related to the local culture.
A related hemorrhagic fever affecting porcine populations managed to escape the dark continent and is inflicting grave damage on China's swine herd (archived). Prices of pork and other meats on the international market have spiked in response as containment efforts don't seem to be doing much containment at all.
The international "experts" are pointedly not calling for strict biological controls on anything leaving Africa.
The Chinese government is weighing a measure that would enable courts in Hong Kong to extradite suspects to mainland China for trial (archived). This move would represent a small step towards greater integration between Cantonese speaking Hong Kong and the Mandarin speaking mainland which share a common national identity under different systems of government. USG affiliated outlets are presenting the measure as a "grave violation" of the agreement that transitioned colonial stewardship of the territory from British to Chinese hands though the decision to extradite or not would still be undertaken in the Hong Kong courts system.
The Anglophone outrage highlights the always interesting problem of enforcement. What fleet and shipyards can the Anglophones act out their rage? What sanctions can the deindustrialized Anglophone economies apply to the economy that appears to have won manufacturing?
Sorry for your loss.
Peter Bright, a Conde Nast blogger who covers the Microsoft and MPEx beats for Ars Technica has been arrested for responding to an advertisement posted by a female FBI agent seeking men to sexually entice her 7 year old daughter and 9 year old son (archived). Bright attempted to establish his credentials with the FBI agent by stating he has an ongoing relationship with an 11 year old Manhattan girl.
While neglecting the MPEx beat, Bright was a critic of investigations into organized Pantsuitist child sex trafficking rings. The USG complaint filed before Magistrate Debra Freeman of the Southern District of New York does not clarify whether the account used by the FBI agent to entrap Bright was a dedicated honeypot or a personal account the agent normally uses to pimp out her children to other "law enforcement" members and their Pantsuitist allies.
The full text of the complaint is presented below: Continue reading
USG Madame Secretary Mike Pompeo has been caught in a leak lamenting the USG's political failure in Venezuela (archived). Per Madame secretary's laments, it appears the USG gravely misunderstood the mechanics of political parties in Latin America. In particular, the phenomenon where electorally untenable parties will fight their position all the way to their loss, repeatedly, instead of pursuing coalitions or moving on from dead movements appears to have been ignored.
Thusly with a grave lack of political and cultural competence in the Americas, the USG regime change team and Madame Secretary Pompeo found themselves in a hard place. Instead of uniting, "the opposition" in Venezuela came to offer more than 40 parties with "leaders" claiming to be the right and legitimate president of Venezuela, if only the USG could do all of the work for them.
Reports on declining hygenic conditions in Los Angeles including booming rat and flea populations fed by uncollected garbage are creating conditions favorable for an outbreak of bubonic plague (archived). Los Angeles has already recently suffered an outbreak of typhus, another disease whose spread is readily preventable through a committment to hygiene.
While much popular attention has focused on declining quality of life and eroding preconditions for civilized life in former US industrial centers, the ever popular California by all appearances is leading the pack in the US reverse development race.
In Julian Assange's birthplace of Australia, national broadcaster ABC has been raided by "law enforcement" for engaging in journalistic activity on the subject of war crimes committed by Australian forces in Afghanistan (archived). The broadcaster's managing director offered little more than:
It is highly unusual for the national broadcaster to be raided in this way
While the Australian Federal Police offered that no arrests were planned in spite of the journalistic activity in question mirroring the same activity for which Julian Assange faces the prospect of centuries in US prison. Sweden recently retracted their extradition request for Assange leaving the US extradition request the only one under consideration by UK courts.