The prosecutor and the judge said it was because I had a lot of USB flash drives, — a lot of computers and a lot of books, they said that these were suspicious.

Source: Ola Bini

I guess, we’re all just one step away from being jailed.

I know, you may think I am deluded. How could life in an Embassy with a cat and a skateboard ever amount to torture? That’s exactly what I thought, too, when Assange first appealed to my office for protection. Like most of the public, I had been subconsciously poisoned by the relentless smear campaign, which had been disseminated over the years. So it took a second knock on my door to get my reluctant attention. But once I looked into the facts of this case, what I found filled me with repulsion and disbelief.

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President Trump has promised to cure cancer, eradicate AIDS, and ensure that American astronauts land on Mars if he wins a second term. “We will push onward with new medical frontiers. We will come up with the cures to many, many problems, to many, many diseases—including cancer and others and we’re getting closer all the time,” Trump said to a cheering crowd at his rally in Orlando, Florida, on Tuesday night. “We will eradicate AIDS in America once and for all and we’re very close. We will lay the foundation for landing American astronauts on the surface of Mars.”

Source: The Daily Beast

To my mind there are more important things to do than landing astronauts on the surface of Mars. Like having proper and affordable health care.

A global survey of attitudes towards science has revealed the scale of the crisis of confidence in vaccines in Europe, showing that only 59% of people in western Europe and 50% in the east think vaccines are safe, compared with 79% worldwide.
Around the globe, 84% of people acknowledge that vaccines are effective and 92% say their child has received a vaccine. But in spite of good healthcare and education systems, in parts of Europe there is low trust in vaccines. France has the highest levels of distrust, at 33%.
There have been major measles outbreaks in a number of countries, which have spread across the continent, linked to vaccine hesitancy.

Source: The Guardian

This is entirely good news, as it will solve lots of issues in this world. People who vaccinate and those who don’t are like the yin and the yang. We need you!

The Irish government plans to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2030, as part of a major strategy to protect the environment.
The aim is to ensure that all new cars and vans on Irish roads in 11 years’ time are electric vehicles.
The proposed legislation was among 180 measures in the government’s Climate Action Plan, published on Monday.
The document also includes a target to implement an EU-wide ban on non-recyclable plastic by 2030.

Source: BBC

That will cause a massive raise on the second-hand car market.

Hackers at the Central Intelligence Agency, with the help of colleagues from the British spy agency MI5, developed malware to secretly spy on targets through their Samsung Smart TVs, according to new documents published by WikiLeaks.
On Tuesday, WikiLeaks dumped a large cache of documents allegedly coming from the CIA’s hacking unit. Julian Assange’s organization dubbed the release, which it says it’s the first in a series, as “Vault 7,” and billed it as the largest-ever of confidential CIA intelligence documents.

Source: VICE

I said it once and I say it again: Using smart-home technology maybe convenient, but it’s not smart.

If that’s true, shouldn’t the government declassify everything? In other words, if you got nothing to hide, do not wear clothes!

About two years ago Theresa May said:

[..] that last night’s London terror attacks mean that the Internet cannot be allowed to provide a “safe space” for terrorists and therefore working cryptography must be banned in the UK.

Source: https://boingboing.net/2017/06/04/theresa-may-king-canute.html

The German interior ministry said today:

Das Bundesinnenministerium ist dem Vorwurf entgegengetreten, es wolle Anbieter von Messenger-Diensten wie WhatsApp zur Entschlüsselung der Kommunikation ihrer Nutzer zwingen. Die Bundesregierung halte an dem Prinzip “Sicherheit durch Verschlüsselung und Sicherheit trotz Verschlüsselung” fest, sagte ein Sprecher der dpa. Er betonte: “Wir wollen weiterhin keine Hintertüren oder Verschlüsselungsverbote.”
Damit Terroristen und Bandenmitglieder ihre Kommunikation nicht durch die Nutzung verschlüsselter Messenger-Dienste komplett abschotten könnten, müssten die Provider aber einen “staatlichen Zugriff als gesetzlich geregelte Ausnahme” ermöglichen. Einen Gesetzentwurf hierzu gebe es jedoch noch nicht, sagte der Sprecher. “Wir stehen hier noch am Anfang einer Lösungsfindung.”

Source: https://www.heise.de/-4447537

To my mind it seems like most of the politicians do not realize that cryptography has something to do with mathematics, rather than with sets of rules like who’s (dis)allowed to do what.

Corruption, living standards, housing, unemployment and health rank above, or alongside, migration as key issues for European voters. Despite anti-immigration rhetoric across Europe, many voters view domestic issues as chief concerns. Voters in Greece, Italy, Poland, Romania and Spain are more concerned about people leaving their country than coming in.

European Council of Foreign Relations

Sounds like the experiment “EU” can be considered as failed.

Lawmakers are set to approve plans for an enormous new database that will collect biometric data on almost all non-EU citizens in Europe’s visa-free Schengen area. The database — merging previously separate systems tracking migration, travel and crime — will grant officials access to a person’s verified identity with a single fingerprint scan.

Source: Politico

This sounds like Mielke’s wet dream come true. I doubt there’ll be any improvements in security. Just more surveillance and possibilities to repression.


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