In spite of the devastating finance crises in 2008 little or nothing has changed. The high level advisory group for the European Commission set up by Barroso was a group with deep links of the very institutions that caused the crises. The parliament would have had many ideas on how to rein investment funds but new laws are always drafted only by the Commission. There are still no rules for hedge funds. No separation between investment and retail banks like in the US to prevent speculation with people´s savings. Nothing has been done about frivolous bonuses which encourage bankers to take risk. Instead of splitting big banks concentration in teh banking sector was fostered. That way the public will have to pay for bail-outs of banks which are 'too big to fail' again if another crises would come. No financial transaction tax has been introduced to curtail high-speed speculation. There is little hope since France was lobbied at the top of 11 countries willing to introduce a FTT. Selling credits from one bank to another is still or even more a common practice. It is what has lead to the subprime crises in the US in 2008. No European rating agency has been established and rating firms are still paid by those who want to have a rating. The crises in 2008 was triggered by fraudulent ratings. Finally the advisory board of the ECB is full of finance industry representatives and politicians like Jonathan Hill and José Manuel Barroso are examples of politicians rewarded with a well paid job in the finance industry after finishing their political career. The only thing that improved was the supervision and to some extent the capital requirments of banks.
If someone coughs or sneezes or simply talks loud or for a longer time within a closed room, microdroplets start to dissipate over the whole room. Even after 20 minutes there is no considerable reduction as experiments with high precision cameras have shown. That is why opening the windows for ventilation regularely is so important, epecially in highly frequented rooms and waiting rooms. Open the windows at least every hour. Those who complain about cold air are badly helping viruses to spread. Otherwise keep at least one meter distance and do not stay for more than seven seconds near another person in order to minimize exposition.
Brazilian lawyers and human rights activists are calling on the International Criminal Court in The Hague to investigate President Bolsonaro for inciting crimes against humanity and the murder of 300 indigenous people of the South American country – to the petition
In spite of strong and widespread protests supported by the population the Canadian government is using the Covid-19 crises to ram through a fracking gas pipeline project. The construction work continues. Additionally they want to bail out fossil fuel infrastructure due to low oil prices at the cost of the public – support the Wet’suwet’en.
In Germany, a former employee of the law firm Shearman & Stirling, which invented the billion-dollar fraud with the cum-ex transactions, is to become president of the Federal Constitutional Court; incredible! – read more.
A federal court yesterday sided with the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, striking down permits for the Dakota Access Pipeline in the United States because of the risk of oil spills to vital water supplies. Activists are celebrating the win and pledging to continue resistance until the pipeline is finally shut down.
confinedrv now implements a feature desired since long by the community: confining access rights to drives which have numbers in their name like /dev/nvm0e1. That way you do not need to link that drive node to an artificial name without numbers. The documentation has also been updated in order to tell that even -ro mounts change the underlying partition if not confined and that you should not mount a partition twice.
͏a̅tea has been extended for SNI (Server Name Indication). This is necessary to download from sites like elstel.org where one server hosts different domains each with its own certificate. The scripts in /DANE/ have also been extended to support SNI.