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by Elmar Stellnberger

Europe: BPA exposure shall be reduced

Category: general,
Source: info,
Language: en,
Type:
new
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Bisphenol A was now finally classified by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) as a “particularly worrying substance” and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) recommends to reduce the DTA (daily tolerable reception) by the factor of 100,000 (message Global2000). This does not come long after the German BUND for environment and nature protection wrote: “A year ago it were yoga mats and skipping ropes, last summer food packaging, now gardening items. Whenever we test everyday products for dangerous substances, we will find them in so terrifyingly high concentrations that we are forced to turn to the authorities.” They have been referring to softening agents, fluorinated compounds in outdoor jackets and brominated flame retardants, not only to BPA. Now we hope that bisphenol A will not just be replaced by other harmful substances such as bisphenol F or S, but that producers will take on a real redesign of their products using harmless substances.



manipulated pdf file: article about content delivery networks

Category: general,
Source: info,
Language: en,
Type:
new
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As a side effect of a routine control we have discovered a manipulated pdf file in /uni/ quasi by coincidence. The file did not equal the file from the directory of the seminary though it had initially been copied from there. The content of that directory has not changed since, neither should have the files in the web mirror directories. Both the online version and the versions in the upload and offline mirrors did show the same manipulated file. We have re-uploaded the fresh and unchanged file, we have uploaded it at hybrid-analysis.com and sent it the lead developer of Cuckoosandbox. Both parties have both versions of the file, our email and a description about the origins of the files in order to check it for viruses. Up to now we did not receive a notification whether the file in deed contains malware or not. It would also be possible that the file had merely been changed to prevent indexing by Google since the text of the original file can be read with ps2ascii, but not the supposedly manipulated version. The fact that our Openoffice version as used at that time produced pdfs readable by ps2ascii is also an indication that something has in deed been manipulated about that file. We have printed both files and compared them sentence by sentence but the printouts were exactly the same.

As we care about the security of our visitors we do now provide checksums in the SHA512SUMS.signed file also for our pdfs. We have double checked the integrity of all our other pdfs we offer for download. Additionally we want to encourage you to vote for 'make https the default protocol' in order to make the web a safer place. It is known from the Snowden Revelations that site administrators are an especially targeted group by western secret services and providers of content distribution networks seem to pose an especially worthwhile target. We would recommend every responsible administrator who cares about security to do web browsing and emailing either on a physically separated machine than the ssh logins or in a virtual machine. Unfortunately not even a virtual machine is a 100% protection as scarcely but in deed sandbox escapes from virtualization software become known.




Steven is back in home confinement

Category: general,
Source: info,
Language: en,
Type:
update
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“After being locked up in a halfway house under harsh conditions for five days, I want to share the good news that I have finally been allowed to return to my family. I am so thankful to everyone who supported me during what was truly a Kafkaesque experience. There was little information and virtually no transparency. I barely slept as I feared I was going to be shackled in the middle of the night and returned to the Danbury prison. I must now recognize that the danger in which I am living is more serious than I had imagined.” Steven Donziger was not told any concludent reason on why he was snatched out of home and detained - “A staff member at the halfway house told me that my sudden detention was “nonsense” and would not have happened absent some outside pressure.” Finally Mr. Donziger concludes: “If I can be taken out of my home in Manhattan on a moment’s notice with no warning, all Earth Defenders are in danger.”



A culmination of lawlessness

Category: general,
Source: info,
Language: en,
Type:
update
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Steven Donziger was taken from his home and locked up in the Bronx at the same facility that recently removed his ankle bracelet. There is very little information, no way to get answers to basic questions like the reason for his new detention. Steven’s lawyers are not heard; they are being told that “he is under investigation”. A culmination of lawlessness as there isn´t anything conceivable he could be blamed for. He may be put back in prison at any moment. Danbury, the prison where Steven originally spent 45 days before his release on December 9, was recently locked down due to gang activity and remains under lockdown due to COVID.
2022-01-26: This time it’s President Joe Biden’s shocking nomination of a Chevron lawyer as a federal judge – a lawyer who helped the company violate the human rights of Steven by having him detained at home and in prison for almost three years after he helped Amazon Indigenous peoples win a large pollution judgment. Jennifer Rearden has been paid millions by Gibson Dunn, the same law firm that jailed Steven, attacked Indigenous peoples, and covered up a massive oil spill in the Amazon. She has done virtually no pro bono work in a 25-year legal career. Biden could not tell more clearly where he stands in this case. This provided not only private but also public law enforcement is going to turn into a travesty of justice.



Vida na Aldeia - visitando os Mundurukú

Category: general,
Source: info,
Language: pt,
Type:
new
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Eu gostei muito deste blog e aprendi um pouco português como assim. Há dois ou tres anos era-se ainda en linha no tumblr – e agora está de novo sob elstel. Disfrute ler sobre a vida lá. Já agora vinculei o novo endereço do site em https://www.elstel.org/aktionen/Tapajos.html.en/de. Também temos um novo link para explorar em https://www.elstel.org/aktionen/Guarani.html.en/de.