Faun is an interesting European folk band. The membership is a bit fluid, but they are always good.

This is “Rosmarin” from their 2005 album Renaissance.

The group Faun is a bit tough to categorize outside of “folk.” They have been called “dark folk,” but that is mostly in the European music press. On this side of the Atlantic they are usually styled “pagan folk.” (I just like the music, and the fact that you don’t get hear things like a hurdy-gurdy all that often.

Never Fear! The .gov is Here!

The FBI and Homeland Security Are Investigating Today’s Giant Cyber Attack. Well that will make all the difference.

The same people who gave us the Office of Personnel government employee database security* are on the job to track down the hackers from this morning’s DDoS attack.

I feel so much better.

* Thanks to Yahoo! that is no longer the world’s worst hack. But it is still runner-up.

Even in the People’s Republic of Illinois, Self-defense is Legal

He tired to break in, but it seems he suffered a breakdown of the victim-selection process. Police: Long Grove homeowner fired four shots at Vernon Hills man during attempted break-in – Vernon Hills Review

He stole stuff from a couple of cars and then tried to enter the house and woke a resident up. Who grabbed (a legal in Illinois) firearm and began shooting.

The miscreant ran, and then drove over a “decorative stone” in his haste to get away. He as picked up by police nearby as he was changing a flat tire.

No charges against the homeowner, because even in Illinois, self-defense is a human-right.

Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

Philippine President Duterte says U.S. has lost

Or you could title this “The Most Ineffective Foreign Policy of My Lifetime – Part 4.” Duterte aligns Philippines with China, says U.S. has lost | Reuters

“In this venue, your honors, in this venue, I announce my separation from the United States,” Duterte told Chinese and Philippine business people, to applause, at a forum in the Great Hall of the People attended by Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli.

“Both in military, not maybe social, but economics also. America has lost.”

The US and the Philippines have been allies since World War II. What with the vaunted “Pivot to Asia” in Obama’s (and Clinton’s) foreign policy, you would think that we would be getting closer to our allies in the Pacific. You might think that, but you would be wrong.

As for The Smartest President Ever™ and his State Department, they are “baffled.”

In Washington, the U.S. State Department said it was “baffled” by Duterte’s comments and would seek an explanation when Daniel Russel, the top U.S. diplomat for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, visits Manila this weekend.

Eight more years of this is gonna really suck.

Green Initiatives Killing Steel in Europe – and 320,000 Jobs

The lackluster EU trade defense isn’t helping matters. Steel industry at ‘breaking point’ as it calls for Europe-wide help

Steelmakers across Europe have been left reeling by a flood of cheap, state-subsidised steel from China, high energy costs and onerous green levies.

Energy costs are high because of all the green initiatives, as the EU is *trying* to limit CO2.

The EU’s emissions trading system (ETS) to control pollution is the “largest and most ambitious in the world”, according to the steel industry, which is committed to CO2 reductions and is developing low carbon technology.

Which sounds good except it puts the European steel producers at a disadvantage. Europe doesn’t like to think about competition, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t going to have to deal with it. Either by acknowledging it or by figuring out how to support 320,000 more unemployed (without the taxes those people pay).

Marvel’s Jessica Jones Needs Some Firearms Instruction

So you probably know that Jessica Jones is a Marvel superhero (who somehow escaped the Disney ban on female superheroes). But there are still problems. (At least in the Netflix version of the character.)

WARNING: Spoiler alert. If you care about this kind of thing, and haven’t seen the final episodes, you might want to avert your eyes until you see all 13 episodes of the first season.

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