Meanwhile Australia´s prime minister has conceded that climate change is aggravating the fires. However he still does not take any consequences out of it. Tell him to act. In the north-east of Australia in Queensland a huge new coal mine is planned: the Carmichael mine of the Indian Adani company. The coal shall be shipped the long way to India to produce electricity which would then be sold to Bangladesh. It is a cockamamie and cynical project. Major parts of Bangladesh could be flooded by climate change in the future. Indigenous people from the Wangan and Jagalingou communities are mobilizing against the mine that would cause environmental destruction and use up a lot of water in an arid region. Tell Liberty Mutual not to insure the project and Siemens not to supply the signal system for the mine. Read more on the GfbV blog.
Climate and Environment: Australia and the Amazon Corporation
Australia´s prime minister is a climate denier. In the 2019 election he mobilized public opinion against tax rises in general and particularly against environment taxes. It should have been a vote against climate change where the deception of a right winger won against his adversary who did fall short in making public opinion. Even as Australia burns, Tony Abbott, Morrison’s conservative predecessor, was still saying the world was “in the grip of a climate cult”; Guardian: read more.
The retail giant Amazon has threatened to fire employees for speaking out on climate change. The climate and environmental strategy of the company has already been in the focus of protest actions by NGOs like Greenpeace and Attac. Returned products are often not saved for new customers but shreddered into waste. Amazon is guilty of funding climate denial; read more in the Guardian.
We have successfully compiled and deployed a coreboot firmware for the Darter Pro 5 notebook from System76 (darp5). The sources were partially fetched via tor and partially via a VPN. Compilation took place on a clean boot stick installation (https://www.elstel.org/deblive/). We have additionally updated the description on how to flash the BIOS for the darp5 externally. An important paramter for flashrom was missing. That was why it did not work in practice last time (but now it is working good and reliably).
The BIOS is a common attack vector for surveillance compromizing your computer at a level below your operating system. In hard cases it can be uneffective to flash your BIOS by software so that you need to access the BIOS/UEFI chip directly on your mainboard with a clip and a programmer from an external source. The same is necessary if you have flashed a wrong BIOS content by accident. That will happen sooner or later if you are developing a coreboot firmware. Coreboot is an open source alternative for the proprietary BIOS/UEFI of your computer. coreboot is faster, slimmer and more secure than the usual proprietary firmware.