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This is the beginning, it has to. 1975 ft. Greta Thunberg. Rebel!

Yes, it’s time to rebel. 

The 1975 ft. Greta Thunberg – The 1975 (Music Video) – YouTube

“We are right now in the beginning of a climate and ecological crisis, and we need to call it what it is—an emergency. We must acknowledge that we do not have the situation under control, and that we don’t have all the solutions yet; unless those solutions mean that we simply stop doing certain things. We must admit that we are losing this battle. We have to acknowledge that the older generations have failed. All political movements in their present form have failed, but Homo sapiens have not yet failed. Yes, we are failing, but there is still time to turn everything around. We can still fix this. We still have everything in our own hands, but unless we recognise the overall failures of our current systems, we most probably don’t stand a chance.

We  are facing a disaster of unspoken sufferings for enormous amounts of people, and now is not the time for speaking politely or focusing on what we can or cannot say. Now is the time to speak clearly. Solving the climate crisis is the greatest and most complex challenge that Homo sapiens have ever faced. The main solution, however, is so simple that even a small child can understand it: we have to stop our emissions of greenhouse gases, and either we do that, or we don’t. You say that nothing in life is black or white, but that is a lie—a very dangerous lie—either we prevent a 1.5 degree of warming, or we don’t; either we avoid setting off that irreversible chain reaction beyond human control, or we don’t; either we choose to go on as a civilisation, or we don’t—that is as black or white as it gets; because there are no grey areas when it comes to survival.

Now  we all have a choice: we can create transformational action that will safeguard the living conditions for future generations, or we can continue with our business as usual and fail. That is up to you and me. And yes, we need a system change rather than individual change, but you cannot have one without the other. If you look through history, all the big changes in society have been started by people at the grassroots level—people like you and me. So, I ask you to please wake up and make the changes required possible. To do your best is no longer good enough. We must all do the seemingly impossible. Today, we use about 100 million barrels of oil every single day. There are no politics to change that; there are no rules to keep that oil in the ground. So, we can no longer save the world by playing by the rules, because the rules have to be changed—everything needs to change, and it has to start today. So, everyone out there, it is now time for civil disobedience. It is time to rebel.”

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Jaja, der Fahradhelm mal wieder…

Ich habe den nicht ohne Grund in meinem Vortrag übers Security Theater… und das ist nicht die erste Studie, die das belegt: 

Fahrradhelme: Wer Kopfschutz trägt, ist risikofreudiger – SPIEGEL ONLINE

“Forscher in Deutschland und Kanada haben nun eine interessante Studie vorgestellt, wonach ein Fahrradhelm auf dem Kopf nicht vorhandene Sicherheit vorgaukeln könnte, selbst wenn es um ganz andere Tätigkeiten als Radfahren geht. Im Fachmagazin “Psychophysiology” berichtet ein Team um die Psychologin Barbara Schmidt von der Universität Jena von Experimenten mit 40 Probanden. Diese hatten an einem Computer ein Kartenglücksspiel gespielt, bei dem man sich zwischen einer risikoreichen und einer risikoärmeren Variante entscheiden musste.

Frühere Versuche hatten bereits nahegelegt, dass Helmträger sich auch abseits des Rades risikofreudiger verhalten könnten. Die neue Studie liefert dafür nun eine mögliche Erklärung: Die kognitive Kontrolle, also der Mechanismus während des Abwägens, sei mit Helm weniger ausgeprägt, so die Forschenden.”

One year from Tokyo 2020 Olympics, they still have no clue about Fukushima. But it gets worse.

Radioactive Glass Beads May Tell the Terrible Tale of How the Fukushima Meltdown Unfolded – Scientific American … :

The beads are “the only direct evidence of the debris remaining inside the reactor. That’s the only clue,”

 “It was initially thought all the radioactive cesium released in the Fukushima plumes was in a water-soluble form, and would disperse more or less evenly throughout the environment. But when aerosol specialist Yasuhito Igarashi, then of the University of Tsukuba, and his colleagues examined an air filter from the Meteorological Research Institute in Tsukuba, 170 kilometers southwest of Fukushima, they noticed the filter contained radioactive hotspots. Using specialized imaging techniques they detected high concentrations of radioactive cesium as well as bits of iron and zinc, packed into particles just a couple of microns in diameter (about the size of the average Escherichia coli bacterium).

Although less radioactive cesium fell on Tokyo than closer to the plant, a bigger proportion of the total was packed into the microparticles, the team’s findings suggest. However, publication of the full study describing those findings, initially slated for 2017 in Scientific Reports, was postponed after researchers with the Tokyo Metropolitan Industrial Technology Research Institute (TIRI)—which had provided an air filter sample to one of the study’s authors—objected to the study over the sample’s use by the other co-authors. A 2017 investigation by several institutions in Japan found no evidence of wrongdoing by the co-authors—and “there’s never, in any of the discussion, been concern about our scientific results,” says Ewing, the Stanford nuclear materials expert who is also a study co-author.

… Honi soit qui mal y pense …

Researchers say a picture of the unusual beads is coming into focus against a backdrop of the Japanese public’s general nuclear wariness, and the government’s desire to put the Fukushima incident behind it—particularly with Tokyo poised to host the 2020 Olympics. “I think, unfortunately, the reaction to this discovery [of the beads] has been not very welcomed in Japan,” says Rod Ewing, a mineralogist and nuclear materials expert who co-directs the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University.

Oh Really? Who would have thought that…? 

Oh what a bad week for *APPLE & MAC* Security …

Reality update: Apple-Hacker Patrick Wardle: Ein Mac ist leicht zu hacken – SPIEGEL ONLINE … :

Schon immer störte sich Wardle an “dieser Mentalität, dass Macs sicher sind, geradezu unhackbar”. Apple selbst habe das so dargestellt, und weil es lange Zeit nur wenig Mac-spezifische Malware gab, hätten es die Nutzer geglaubt. Manche tun es seiner Ansicht nach bis heute. Er will mit diesem Mythos aufräumen, denn die Zeiten haben sich geändert.

 I couldn’t agree more. Fun fact:I can’t find any US or other English news on that? Am I blind? Feel free to tweet or mail them to me. Isn’t it bitter – he says Windows 10 (sic!) is safer than Apple iOS today. Wow. That’s blasphemy. 

Here’s Wardle’s website: Objective-See … : 

Mac Malware Warning: this page contains malware & adware! By downloading malware from this site, you waive all rights to claim punitive, incidental and consequential damages resulting from mishandling or self-infection.

Bonus Addon: 

Apple: US-Luftverkehrsbehörde verbietet MacBook Pro in Flugzeugen | ZEIT ONLINE

Aus Angst vor Bränden haben bereits vier weitere Fluggesellschaften Anfang der Woche die Mitnahme bestimmter Macbook-Pro-Modelle verboten. Medienberichten zufolge sollen Fluggesellschaften der TUI Group Airlines, Thomas Cook Airlines, Air Italy und Air Transa derzeit die Mitnahme der Laptops sowohl im Handgepäck als auch im aufgegebenen Gepäck untersagt haben.

Oh what a bad week for *WINDOWS* Security …

Reality update – Tavis Ormandy auf Twitter:

I’m publishing some research today, a major design flaw in Windows that’s existed for almost *two decades*. I wrote a blog post on the story of the discovery all the way through to exploitation. …

His Blog is here and very well worth a read, although it’s long and horrifying: Project Zero: Down the Rabbit-Hole… … : 

The obvious attack is an unprivileged user injecting commands into an Administrator’s console session, or reading passwords as users log in. Even sandboxed AppContainer processes can perform the same attack. Another interesting attack is taking control of the UAC consent dialog, which runs as NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM. An unprivileged standard user can cause consent.exe to spawn using the “runas” verb with ShellExecute(), then simply become SYSTEM.

Alejandro Bedoya on US gun violence: ‘People get stuck in their American ways of thinking’ | Football | The Guardian


“I think people get stuck in their American ways of thinking,” he said. “A lot of Americans haven’t been able to travel the world or seen other things or seen the way it is in other places. … I think in a lot of ways, my global perspective has helped me realize there is a gun violence problem in this country. There’s no secret about that.”