Two examples why I am happy without TV

Dear Reader,

Do you own a TV? Do you pay to watch BBC or CNN?
Then you have my commiseration.

After watching online two interviews by BBC and CNN, both with Julian Assange of Wikileaks, I would have thrown out my TV, if I owned one.

In case you feel masochistic, you can watch the CNN interview here, and the one from BBC here.

Why are they horrible?

The interviews were supposed to be about the book, “Cypherpunks: Freedom and the Future of the Internet”, which Julian Assange has written together with Jacob Appelbaum, Andy Müller-Maguhn, and Jérémie Zimmermann. Each one of the four knows tons about the internet. Read about them, their statements and points of views are of interest.

But the following happened.

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Mr. Assange should step down from Wikileaks

Dear Reader,

In the past, diablog has supported Wikileaks. We have a label Wikileaks, where you can find all our posts about it. And we have donated to Wikileaks.

In case you need a short reminder why, please read So why is Wikileaks a good thing again?

If you are following Wikileaks, visiting the website, then you know, that Wikileaks currently is using annoying, stupid tactics to raise money and increase support.
For less tech-savvy visitors there is no way to access some of the supposedly free information.

This “fund- and support-raising” campaign received plenty of criticism, even from loyal supporters over the last couple of days.

Now Mr. Assange has responded.

And in my humble opinion this response shows, he should step down. If Mr. Assange values Wikileaks and puts the idea above his ego, it is time to go.

Mr. Assange’s whole statement is of at least questionable quality. There is a lot of what I call psycho-babbling.

Yet the most disturbing sentence regarding the campaign is the following:

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Pre-Pre-Preview – We are Legion

Dear Reader,

We did not bother you with Anonymous and/or WikiLeaks for a while at diablog. You, in that case, means Glynsky. But the following might interest our grumpy top dog even.

For a while, a documentary has been in the making with the title:

Old school hackers might object to the title, claiming Anonymous are not “hacktivists” in the traditional sense. But this is one of the goals of the documentary, to find out what Anonymous is, or is not. If that can be answered.
Trailers of the movie have been online for a while. This weekend though the full movie became available on Youtube. You can find it here, here, here and probably in a bunch of other places too.
It is obvious, that a movie about Anonymous would find its way online. As far as I can tell, plenty of copies have been made already, and no DMCA take-down notice or any other way will make it go away.
And I guess, the creators of the movie are not trying to.
They released a statement yesterday: “Such an old version…. we will release the real one soon“.
The version on Youtube supposedly is six months old and not the final cut. For example, it lacks the FBI part of the LulzSec story, the arrests, etc.
But it is worth seeing. It is informative, full of personal stories and interviews, and – as far as I can tell from far outside – gives you a detailed, accurate picture.  But have a look yourself. The least you will gain is some understanding of the online world and social networks in general.
Will the unofficial, maybe even illegal, release hurt the business? Will people watch online instead of seeing the final version in movie theaters, paying for it?
I doubt it.
Screening dates for the movie are making the rounds, you can find them here:
and various anons announced via twitter and elsewhere, that they ill attend screenings, will watch the movie, pay for it, and – naturally – be part of the spectacle, which can be expected to take place at movie theaters.
And that is an experience, the pirated version cannot deliver.
Enjoy the preview, and go see the movie.
Engine Room

Asylum for Assange – a call for human sense

Dear Reader,

As you know, we all at diablog are a bit older. Some more so, Glynsky is rumored to go back all the way to ancient Roman days. Some less so, like me. But over all, we have been around for a while.

One of the duties of older people is to provide historical references and put things into perspective, when common sense gets lost. And in the case of Julian Assange, both is needed, references as well as common – or rather – human sense.

Will you follow me?

First let’s take a few steps back and put things in perspective.

We have

– a young man from Australia

– for whom Sweden issued an absurd arrest warrant for a second (!) questioning (Mr. Assange is not charged with, much less convicted of anything.)

– who is being held in the UK

– and  against whom the USA is building not so secretly some equally absurd cases.

What a crazy scenario right there.

Did Assange kill anyone? No.
Did he break any known, common laws? No. Sorry, Sweden, your trumped up crap is a joke, as your own legal experts concluded the first time.

Now he applied for and was granted asylum in Ecuador.
And the politicians and lawyers are running amok.

The UK Secretary of State, Mr Hague, is idiotic enough to threaten Ecuador with invading its embassy. For this? Mr. Hague, did you ask your diplomats around the world, how well they are sleeping now?
If Churchill was still alive, he would give you the well deserved spanking over the knee for your childish, unprofessional behavior. Since Churchill is dead, I award you our Idiot of the Day medal. You deserve it.

We have a bunch of inflated egos, involved in an international pissing contest.
Clearly, common sense was lost a while ago.

So much for perspective.

What about historical references?

Let’s look at some really bad guys, dictators, who were granted asylum:

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against all odds, Glynsky’s return…

Dear diablog,

I apologise for the sparse content from me at the moment but hope that once you have read this – if you can be bothered – you will realise that not only am I more than grateful for the Olympics for rejuvenating me but all I have left is but to laugh!


And somewhat hysterically at that!! Since my return from a wonderful holiday

in the land of my fathers

which was all I could have ever hoped for I have assembled a litany of disasters of which any of the characters in Shakespeare’s Tempest would have been proud.

It started on leaving Dover for the return dash to London and after a 7 hour drive (feeling a little tired you will understand) when I drew onto the forecourt of a petrol station to cash in some vouchers for reduced price petrol and…

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Censorship through the backdoor – no word from media

Dear Reader,

As I said here, sometimes we win, sometimes we lose. Friday it was a bad day for free speech and a win for the censors. Why?

Google announced on its Blog here, to reduce the page rank of sites, for which it receives copyright take down notices. Meaning, those sites will not show up in first search results anymore.

What looks legitimate and fine at first site, is pretty much a disaster.
Let me give you some background information.

According to Google itself, it now receives (quote, emphasis by me):

“more copyright removal notices every day than we did in all of 2009

more than 4.3 million URLs in the last 30 days alone.”

Clearly, this is not your small time artist claiming copyright violation. Quite frankly, every young artist is happy, if his or her stuff is uploaded. Because they see it for what it is: free promotion.

No, these take down notices are coming from the rights holder industry, aka Mafiaa, filing DMCA notes automatically on an industrial scale.

And it is governments trying to silence opposition. Remember, the US government claimed copyright over the cables released by WikiLeaks.

You are unlikely to find any of this in your mainstream media. Because they love this. It gives them ammunition in their own fight against Google News and its snippets.

So why is this a disaster and – more importantly – what can you do against this?

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What has #Occupy ever done for us? 1337 Post

Dear Reader,

This is the 1337 post. If that number doesn’t mean anything to you, don’t worry, just ignore the fact.

Within this post I’ll answer Glynsky’s recent questioning the Occupy movement here and here. And if the headline reminds you of a scene from The Life of Brian, yes, that’s on purpose.

But let me start by saying, I have no clue about Occupy London.
Thus my initial answer to our dear Brit Glynsky is:

If you really want to know, why don’t you carry your sorry a** over there and ask them?
Or would that be too easy?

Alternatively, are your search engines off-line? Is Wikipedia off-line? Or Or what prevents you from searching for answers?

Now on to real answers.

Where ever the Occupy movement set up operations, they established a few things.
One being a kitchen, which served everybody. And everybody usually included a lot of homeless people. You might not care about feeding the homeless. They do.

They also provided medical treatment as best as possible. That might be less of an issue in the UK, in the USA it was and still is a big deal. Just ask the doctors and nurses volunteering there. And no, Obama care hasn’t solved that problem.

The third Occupy established was a library. Again, not a big deal if you can afford every book you want. Or if you already have access to other libraries. But it is quite helpful for those who don’t.

What other things did they accomplish?

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