Friday, September 16, 2022

Australian parliament criticised for 'deplorable' vetting, after pro-Putin propagandists strike blow in 'information war'

 Fast Company: “…here’s a shortlist of thousands of free online courses from some of the big-name education waypoints around the web. You’ll find everything from straightforward college courses to professional development to learning new hobbies…”

Chinese cyber attack on Australia exposed

Security experts have revealed a highly-complex scam that was used to mine sensitive information from Australia for months.


AP: “…what the National Archives and Records Administration has never been — until now — is the locus of a criminal investigation of a former president. Yet that’s exactly where the agency finds itself after sending a referral to the FBI stating that 15 boxes recovered from former President Donald Trump’s Florida home in January contained dozens of documents with classified markings. 

“I don’t think Donald Trump has politicized the National Archives,” said Tim Naftali, the first director of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum. “I think what Donald Trump did was cross red lines that civil servants had to respond to.” 

Those government workers operate out of the public eye, behind the marble façade of the Archives building in downtown Washington. It’s there, beyond the Hollywood plotlines, where a crucial component of the federal bureaucracy resides, with dozens of employees acting as the custodians of American history, preserving records that range from the mundane to the monumental…”

Australian parliamentarians and their staff are being urged to be much more alert to Kremlin misinformation and propaganda after two high-profile pro-Putin comedians released a video of a prank on senators.

The Russian pair, one appearing in a bathrobe, initially tricked a parliamentary committee last year into thinking they were close supporters of Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny.

They quipped about why the senators were not upside down in Australia, questioned which way the water flowed down the drain, apparently claimed Russian oligarchs were smuggling native animals including platypuses, and mentioned sexual assault allegations and masturbation in the federal parliament, before producing sock puppets and brandishing a toy fish.

Australian parliament criticised for 'deplorable' vetting, after pro-Putin propagandists strike blow in 'information war'

Open Culture: “This fall, historian Timothy Snyder is teaching a course at Yale University called The Making of Modern Ukraine. And he’s generously making the lectures available on YouTube–so that you can follow along too. The first lecture appears above. Subsequent lectures will be available on Yale’s YouTube Channel. And you can find the syllabus here.”

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