reading notes: we are bellingcat

we are bellingcat author: eliot higgins ISBN: 978-1526615756 overview higgins provides a nice and reasonably chronological account of what led to the creation of bellingcat. from his days lurking on the guardian and various message boards while working a standard office job to the creation of his brown moses blog and eventually the creation of the bellingcat project. notable escapades/investigations include: detailing the acquisition of expertise in identifying war crimes during the civil war in syria as well as chemical attacks on the part of the assad regime....

November 14, 2021 · steve ulrich

Oct 2021 - links, etc.

20211001 Opinion | Our constitutional crisis is already here - The Washington Post They put their trust in family, tribe, religion and race. Although zealous in defense of their own rights and freedoms, they are less concerned about the rights and freedoms of those who are not like them. That, too, is not unusual. What is unnatural is to value the rights of others who are unlike you as much as you value your own....

October 31, 2021 · steve ulrich

Sep 2021 - links, etc.

20210902 modern tools (xkcd) this is totally worth it for the alt-text. 20210903 Oh My Fucking God, Get the Fucking Vaccine Already, You Fucking Fucks - McSweeney’s Internet Tendency appropriately captures my feelings on the topic. 20210904 States That Cut Unemployment Benefits Saw Limited Impact on Job Growth - WSJ will the DFL hang this around the necks of the GOP in these states?...

September 30, 2021 · steve ulrich

Aug 2021 - links, etc.

20210801 A Warning Ignored | by Jelani Cobb | The New York Review of Books What the US Could Learn About College Admissions from the USSR | by Anastasia Edel | The New York Review of Books The Color Line | by Annette Gordon-Reed | The New York Review of Books COVID Anti-Vaxxers Aren’t a MAGA Death Cult — It’s Worse Than That | by Tim Wise | Aug, 2021 | Medium...

August 30, 2021 · steve ulrich

climate models and precautionary measures

given the density of the news surrounding the IPCC report and the dire implications of a report that leaves little/nothing to question as to the state of things this nugget from NNT, et al was a wry bit of commentary. We have only one planet. This fact radically constrains the kinds of risks that are appropriate to take at a large scale. Even a risk with a very low probability becomes unacceptable when it affects all of us – there is no reversing mistakes of that magnitude....

August 9, 2021 · steve ulrich

minnesota failings

some personally interesting elements from this NY review of books essay by jelani cobb. “In 2019 Minneapolis ranked, according to US News & World Report, among the best places in the US to live, but it was also among the cities with the worst socioeconomic disparities between black and white residents, with a $47,000 gap separating the median household income of the two groups—shocking even for the United States. Seventy-six percent of whites in the area owned their homes; only a quarter of blacks did....

August 8, 2021 · steve ulrich

10 years of RIPE probing

i got this little gem of a reminder from the folks at RIPE this morning. i suspect that actual uptime has been a bit better than noted, but i haven’t been the most rigorous about keeping the lab/monitoring segment online over the years. this covers connectivity through comcast, centurylink/qwest and USI over the past 10 years. it also includes stints at cisco (partially), juniper, palo alto networks and arista. a lot’s happened over the past 10 years....

August 2, 2021 · steve ulrich

it's time to stop burning dead dinosaurs

impressive study. the top line, even battery powered cars plugged into dirty electrical grids are better than burning gas. Results show that even for cars registered today, battery electric vehicles (BEVs) have by far the lowest life-cycle GHG emissions. As illustrated in the figure below, emissions over the lifetime of average medium-size BEVs registered today are already lower than comparable gasoline cars by 66%–69% in Europe, 60%–68% in the United States, 37%–45% in China, and 19%–34% in India....

July 22, 2021 · steve ulrich