Warren: It's time to hold DeVos accountable

Warren: It’s time to hold DeVos accountable

https://www.cnn.com/2017/05/31/opinions/devos-watch-opinion-warren/index.html

@BetsyDeVosED is the worst – and most corrupt – Education Secretary ever, because I’ve actually done my homework. I launched #DeVosWatch to track all her scandals at @usedgov. #EndCorruptionNow
Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) August 20, 2018
 

Fox News tried coming after Denmark's social safety net. This Danish politician's retort was legendary.

NOW THIS!!! If you watch Fox News you are guaranteed to be one of the most ignorant and confused people that lives on the planet. Change the Channel – Change Your Life!!

AR Augmented Reality means From Now On: You won't be able to believe any video you see.

Augmented Reality vs. Real – from now on you can’t tell the difference.

Trumpers Hall of Fame

“TRUTH ISN’T TRUE”
“ALTERNATIVE FACTS”
“JUST REMEMBER: WHAT YOU’RE SEEING AND WHAT YOU’RE HEARING IS NOT WHAT’S HAPPENING.”

 
 

The Year is 1918 – 100 years ago

The Year is 1918
This will boggle your mind!
The year is 1918 “One hundred years ago.”
What a difference a century makes!
Here are some statistics for the Year 1918:
The average life expectancy for men was 47 years.
Fuel for cars was sold in drug stores only.
Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub.
Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.
The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.
The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower.
The average US wage in 1918 was 22 cents per hour.
The average US worker made between $200 and $400 per year.
A competent accountant could expect to earn $2,000 per year.
A dentist earned $2,500 per year.
A veterinarian between $1,500 and 4,000 per year.
And, a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.
More than 95 percent of all births took place at home
Ninety percent of all Doctors had NO COLLEGE EDUCATION!
Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press AND the government as “substandard.”
Sugar cost four cents a pound.
Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.
Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.
Most women only washed their hair once a month, And, used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.
Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering into their country for any reason.
The Five leading causes of death were:
1. Pneumonia and influenza
2. Tuberculosis
3. Diarrhea
4. Heart disease
5. Stroke
The American flag had 45 stars …
The population of Las Vegas, Nevada was only 30.
Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn’t been invented yet.
There was neither a Mother’s Day nor a Father’s Day.
Two out of every 10 adults couldn’t read or write And, only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.
Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at local corner drugstores.
Back then pharmacists said, “Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach, bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health!” (Shocking?)
Eighteen percent of households had at least one full-time servant or domestic help…
There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE U.S.A. for the YEAR !
It is impossible to imagine what it may be like in another 100 years.
We’ve come a long way….

[ECP] READ: What You Can Do To Protect Against Election Hacking In The United States – Please RT

ELECTION EDUCATION FOR AMERICANS

“… Airplane engineers and elevator designers went through *decades* of learning how to make safe systems.  See, for example, the history of the Airbus A320.  Manufacturers of voting software don’t have those years of experience, and in fact they have been highly resistant to suggestions from experts in software reliability and consistently reluctant to submit to outside testing (such as what the FAA does for airplanes, and other bodies do for elevator designs).
Furthermore, when an airplane or elevator fails, the failure is obvious.  When a voting system fails, the failure can be incredibly subtle–and in fact, the beneficiaries of the failure can be astoundingly resistant to suggestions that the results might not be accurate (see 2000, 2004, and 2016 U.S. presidential elections).”~ Geoff Kuenning
 
“…  Voting systems must be designed as high-security systems. The evidence that bad actors will seek unrelentingly to compromise them, and that many past bad actors have been well funded and sophisticated, is beyond dispute. Many of you know the joke ending with “But who is Tovarisch Daley?” If that isn’t enough, we have an extended sequence of demonstrations by researchers dating back nearly twenty years in which every electronic voting system tested has been found to be readily vulnerable. Including, just to be clear, every single one of the voting systems that are currently cast in doubt. That is: the manufacturers knew. Worse: these results are public, which means that the officials responsible for the integrity of the voting process in the several states knew or should have known. There is evidence that in many key states those officials set aside their lawful responsibilities in favor of political partisanship. Too many saw sacrificing Democracy itself as an acceptable price for supporting their preferred party.
The question isn’t whether these machine implementations are grossly negligent. The question is when we will acknowledge that the critical role of software in society warrants substantial civil protections, up to and including civil and criminal liability, for knowingly shipping a critically flawed critical system and/or ignoring the most mundane levels of well-established routine practices. Penetration testing of critical public systems with public reporting should not only be routine, it should be mandated by statute. Yes, the expense of these systems will rise. Consider, however, that while these systems are vulnerable the market price of the American political and legal process is essentially “free”.
A hard-wired password “abcde” in a voting machine and nobody goes to jail? The folks at Black Hat were not the first ones to find that!” ~ Jonathan Shapiro, Ph.D.
A Free Press Needs You By NYT Editorial Board Aug 15 2018
<https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/08/15/opinion/editorials/free-press-local-journalism-news-donald-trump.html>
In 1787, the year the Constitution was adopted, Thomas Jefferson famously wrote to a friend, “Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.”

Top Voting Machine Vendor Admits It Installed Remote-Access Software on Systems Sold to States July 17, 2018

Remote-access software and modems on election equipment ‘is the worst decision for security short of leaving ballot boxes on a Moscow street corner.’ The nation’s top voting machine maker has admitted in a letter to a federal lawmaker that the company installed remote-access software on election-management systems it sold over a period of six years, raising questions about the security of those systems and the integrity of elections that were conducted with them. In a letter sent to Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) in April and obtained recently by Motherboard, Election Systems and Software acknowledged that it had “provided pcAnywhere remote connection software … to a small number of customers between 2000 and 2006,” which was installed on the election-management system ES&S sold them. ES&S is the top voting machine maker in the country, a position it held in the years 2000-2006 when it was installing pcAnywhere on its systems. Read The Myth of the Hacker-Proof Voting Machine 2018
Despite Trump’s assurances, states struggling to protect against election hacking
The president pledges to help states secure their election systems, but most won’t have updated equipment in place before 2020. POLITICO
Does Your State show you – your own voter registration status? Example PA does

Hacking the websites responsible for election information is so easy an 11 year-old did it

TechCrunch – Jonathan Shieber – Aug 12,
The idea, according to event organizers from Wickr (a secure communications platform), “was mainly focused on breaking into the portions of the websites that are critical to the election process, [so] the kids worked against the replicas of the webpages where election results are reported by secretaries of state.” The replicas were built by the team at Wall of Sheep Village and they issued the following statement: “The main issues with the live sites we are creating the replicas of are related to poor coding practices. They have popped up across the industry and are not vendor specific.”
Emmett, whose dad works in cybersecurity and who has been attending Def Con for four years, has some thoughts on how easy it was for him to get into the system and change the vote tallies for election results. “It’s actually kind of scary,” the 11-year-old said. “People can easily hack in to websites like these and they can probably do way more harmful things to these types of websites.” The point, according to Wickr’s (badass) founder Nico Sell, is to bring attention to just how flawed security operations remain at the state level in areas that are vital to the nation’s democracy.

“What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas? Except hacking voting machines.
@defcon made it abundantly obvious how flawed these systems are at many levels! People like @MarilynRMarks1 taking the fight to court are the real hero’s to our Democracy. #hackedvotes
What is #Georgia paying ES&S for if it’s not allowed to alter, fix or update the software? Have there been any security updates since 2010? @BrianKempGA
@merisaurus Extra tidbit: ES&S, company paid 2 service #Georgia voting machines, sold the software IP in 2010 & is barred by @TheJusticeDept from fixing. ES&S: “The prohibition on updating the software has not affected” state’s ability to conduct “secure” elections. link

Inside of a voting machine. The guys from The Voting Machine Hacking Village brought new machines this year @defcon, some of them never before subjected to public or independent security review, as they say.
@DavidBegnaud

 BREAKING: Lawsuit has been filed in Florida to force election officials to put candidate names and voter information in Spanish for this falls midterm election, given the tens of thousands of Puerto Rican’s have moved to the state since Hurricane Maria.

Our Elections vs. China and Russia

‘Lone DNC Hacker’ Guccifer 2.0 Slipped Up and Revealed He Was a Russian Intelligence Officer
But they have found no collusion.
Bankers May Have Moved $13 Billion Through Baltic Laundromat

You also never knew about this women
Anna Chennault: ‘Steel butterfly’ who charmed US and China

Why the world has lost one of the most influential powerbrokers it had never heard of.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-43650637

When Rio Tinto Met China’s Iron Hand
Bloomberg Businessweek July 13, 2018, 12:01 AM EDT In 2010, four employees of the mining giant were jailed and accused of stealing commercial secrets. Today, the company is more reliant on China than ever. For eight years, Stern Hu rose every morning at 6 a.m. in Qingpu Prison near Shanghai. He and the dozen men who shared his cell would blearily pull on their blue-and-white-striped uniforms and line up in front of their bunks for the day’s first duty: greeting the guards. “Good morning, officer!” they’d shout.
Blowing Up Spy Networks
Just when you think things can’t get any worse:   
A university spelled ‘Board of trustees’ incorrectly in its diplomas for 6 years before it was spotted
The Colorado Mesa University diplomas were signed “Coard of Trustees.”

[ECP] NetHappenings 8.16.18 RIP Aretha Franklin

group of people raise their hands on stadium
Photo by Josh Sorenson on Pexels.com

RIP Aretha Franklin ‘Queen of Soul’, dies aged 76

We all say a little prayer today for you

I say a little prayer

(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman 

1967 Aretha Franklin co-written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin, with input from Atlantic producer Jerry Wexler.

Aretha Franklin – A Change Is Gonna Come written by Sam Cooke

Aretha Franklin – Respect [1967] (Original Version)

so sad today …. with all our love from the Educational CyberPlayGround
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Foreign interests have spent over $530 million influencing US policy, public opinion since 2017 Today we’re making available, for the first time, a searchable database of foreign interests spending on lobbying and influence in the United States. Foreign lobbyists and other operatives acting on behalf of foreign interests wield a significant amount of power, impacting economic and diplomatic policies as well as public opinion.   The law that governs most foreign influence disclosure requirements, the Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA), requires any foreign agent or lobbyist representing a foreign principal to register with the U.S. Department of Justice and file detailed public disclosures.
Lifehacker: How to Find and Delete Your Google Maps History.
“You may think you’ve turned Google’s location tracking history off, but according to a new Associated Press report released today, you might be wrong.” https://lifehacker.com/how-to-find-and-delete-your-google-maps-history-1828312219
MakeUseOf: How to Create an RSS Feed for Your Site >From Scratch. “While RSS feed and feed readers aren’t quite as popular as they used to be, RSS are still important for your site visitors who want to be notified whenever your page updates. In addition, RSS feeds can be used in a number of ways to promote your content using social media. Let’s first have a look at how to create an RSS feed for your site from scratch.”
Public archives: more relevant today than ever
There has been a lot of noise recently about information distortion and its effects on democracy. So what better time to raise the importance of historical literacy and public archives? In gathering and promoting primary source material, archives play an essential role in modelling literacy skills and critical thinking. In analyzing this material and producing modest, reasonable conclusions, researchers aim to understand complex issues and to engage the public in the discussion. These skills are crucial tools in a democracy.
Open Culture: Hear Singers from the Metropolitan Opera Record Their Voices on Traditional Wax Cylinders Vinyl is back in a big way. They can’t get enough of that warm analog sound.
Gemini is now the worlds first licensed zcash exchange May 19th customers will be able to start depositing Zcash into their Gemini accounts.
Windows Exploitation Tricks: Exploiting Arbitrary Object Directory Creation for Local Elevation of Privilege
This time I’ll detail how I was able to exploit Issue 1550 which results in an arbitrary object directory being created by using a useful behavior of the CSRSS privileged process. Once again by detailing how I’d exploit a particular vulnerability I hope that readers get a better understanding of the complexity of the Windows operating system as well as giving Microsoft information on non-memory corruption exploitation techniques so that they can mitigate them in some way.
Donald Trump’s Campaign Is Writing Out Strange Checks
http://wallstreetonparade.com/2018/08/donald-trumps-campaign-is-writing-out-strange-checks/ By Pam Martens and Russ Martens: August 8, 2018 ~
One would think that if you are the President of the United States and the subject of a criminal investigation; and your former campaign chief is currently on trial for tax evasion and bank fraud; and your former personal attorney for a decade had his office, […]
The $4 Trillion Answer to Why Turkey Is Rattling Wall Street Banks and Insurers
http://wallstreetonparade.com/2018/08/the-4-trillion-answer-to-why-turkey-is-rattling-wall-street-banks-and-insurers/
On Friday the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed with a loss of 196 points as contagion jitters from Turkey’s worsening situation rattled markets. Among the big Wall Street banks, these were the biggest losers: Citigroup, down 2.39 percent; Morgan Stanley, down 2.12 percent; Goldman Sachs, down […]
Meet Dark Money’s Secret $68 Million Donor
http://wallstreetonparade.com/2018/08/meet-dark-moneys-secret-68-million-donor/
By Pam Martens and Russ Martens: August 14, 2018 ~
In 2010 we broke the news that a secretive nonprofit called Donors Capital Fund (with the fingerprints of billionaire Charles Koch all over it) had forked over $17,778,600 to fund a widely distributed race-baiting film in the weeks before the 2008 election – an election in […]
Digital footprints of the past: An online archive of Native history What if you could view a vast archive of your family’s history and your cultural records from your living room? What if you could talk back to that archive and correct its spellings, annotate its histories? What if you could share your research, write your own histories, and upload these documents and photos to a shared living narrative?
Howard University: The Hilltop Digital Archive is now available on Digital Howard! “Phase one of The Hilltop Digital Archive is now available online! The digital archive is a comprehensive searchable collection of The Hilltop, the student newspaper at Howard University. Founded in 1924 by famed author Zora Neale Hurston, the paper has documented the voice of the student population on campus. Issues covered in the newspaper range from campus concerns to national and international issues.”
Hallberg set to make beautiful music at Sperryville dulcimer museum
In 1998, John Hallberg picked up his first Appalachian dulcimer. He and some friends were in a shop on Howard Street in Ocracoke on North Carolina’s Outer Banks when he spied several instruments made by a local luthier (a maker of stringed instruments). “They each had ducks [carved] on the scroll, and one of them had a jumping dolphin,” said Hallberg in an interview. “I thought, ‘I’ll get the jumping dolphin and next year I’ll come back and get one with a duck head.’ I went back a couple of years later. The guy who had made the dulcimers had died. All the duck dulcimers had been sold and now I’m on [a search] for those duck dulcimers.”
A Generation Grows Up in China Without Google, Facebook or Twitter.
“Wei Dilong, 18, who lives in the southern Chinese city of Liuzhou, likes basketball, hip-hop music and Hollywood superhero movies. He plans to study chemistry in Canada when he goes to college in 2020. Mr. Wei is typical of Chinese teenagers in another way, too: He has never heard of Google or Twitter. He once heard of Facebook, though. It is ‘maybe like Baidu?’ he asked one recent afternoon, referring to China’s dominant search engine.”

Omarosa: DeVos said black college students lack the ‘capacity to understand’ her agenda

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/08/14/omarosa-devos-black-college-students-777522
“Betsy got up onstage to give her speech and was immediately, loudly booed by the entire audience,” Manigault Newman writes. “Graduating students and their families stood up and turned their backs on her. I was seated onstage watching this travesty unfold. When the booing started, she should have wrapped it up, but she went on and on for twenty minutes, talking over the booing. I was thinking, It’s not about you! Abandon your full speech! Adjust, woman!” Manigault Newman described it as “painful to experience.”

[ECP] NetHappenings Mailing List 8.15.18

Kai-Fu Lee

AI Superpowers China, Silicon Valley and the New World Order

background
Born in Taipei, Lee has been working in the internet and technology industry in the U.S. and China for the past two decades. With computer science degrees from Columbia University and Carnegie Melon University, Lee worked for Apple  SGI and Microsoft MSFT before joining Google in 2005 to lead the company’s China operations.
9.5.13 Kai-Fu Lee, 51, founder and CEO of Innovation Works and former president of Google China, has been diagnosed with lymphoma
1.18.14 Ex-Google China chief Lee Kai-fu dismisses rumours of his demise China’s social media on Friday was full of erroneous speculation that the former Google China chief and influential microblogger Lee Kai-fu, who has been publicly battling cancer, had died.
2017 The Real Threat of Artificial Intelligence By KAI-FU LEE 
It’s not robot overlords. It’s economic inequality and a new global order.

Chinese and American AI will have a strong impact on white-collar jobs as well. Is universal basic income the solution? In Lee’s opinion, probably not. AI is poised to bring about a wide-scale decimation of jobs — mostly lower-paying jobs, but some higher-paying ones, too. We are thus facing two developments that do not sit easily together: enormous wealth concentrated in relatively few hands and enormous numbers of people out of work.

U.S. vs CH — Enormous wealth concentrated in the U.S. and China
Google, Tesla and Uber. As for the consumer internet market, seven American or Chinese companies — Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon, Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent — are making extensive use of A.I. and expanding operations to other countries, essentially owning those A.I. markets. It seems American businesses will dominate in developed markets and some developing markets, while Chinese companies will win in most developing markets.

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<Our Opinion of how this should work> –
Companies will pay the taxes from displaced workers where they now have robots working instead. YES those companies own it all and will pay for it all.  The government will in turn give the taxed money to the population. The whole goal of machines was to take the place of people having to do it. It should be a win win situation.
If the biggest companies own it all they have to subsidize it all.
Basic Universal Income.
People who wish to… can choose to can work in the “service jobs” that A.I. cannot do, that society needs, for even more money.
Profits are the domain of  the last century it’s the way the world used to work, because now there is no need to work! There is only a need to help others.
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2018 TED talk “How AI will save Humanity” Is  about selling his book
https://aisuperpowers.com
AI will be the fastest transition humankind has experienced, and we’re not ready for it. Discover why human compassion will be the key to survival.
“The West may have sparked the fire of deep learning, but China will be the biggest beneficiary of the heat the AI fire is generating.” Kai-fu Lee, in the forthcoming AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, abs the New World Order @kaifulee
AI Superpowers China, Silicon Valley and the New World Order
Dr. Kai-Fu Lee is coming to Disrupt SF to talk about how AI will eat everything, especially jobs
https://techcrunch.com/2018/06/07/dr-kai-fu-lee-is-coming-to-disrupt-sf-to-talk-about-how-ai-will-eat-everything-especially-jobs/
 

Why the Left Is So Afraid of Jordan Peterson

CAITLIN FLANAGAN AUG 9, 2018
https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/08/why-the-left-is-so-afraid-of-jordan-peterson/567110/
The Canadian psychology professor’s stardom is evidence that leftism is on the decline—and deeply vulnerable.
Jordan Peterson to to Sam Harris and Dave Rubin and Joe Rogan.
A huge group of American college students who were pursuing a parallel curriculum, right under the noses of the people who were delivering their official educations.
12 Rules for Life is often the bestselling nonfiction book on Amazon, and—perhaps more important—its audiobook has been a massive seller.
The left is afraid not of Peterson, but of the ideas he promotes, which are completely inconsistent with identity politics of any kind.
All across the country, there are people as repelled by the current White House as they are by the countless and increasingly baroque expressions of identity politics that dominate so much of the culture.
… a parallel culture of ideas has emerged to replace a corrupted system.
https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/08/why-the-left-is-so-afraid-of-jordan-peterson/567110/
 

Jordan Peterson Comes to Aspen

In a wide-ranging conversation moderated by Bari Weiss, the controversial psychology professor was pressed for answers by a group quite different than his usual audiences.
CONOR FRIEDERSDORF JUN 27, 2018
https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/06/the-jordan-peterson-tour-comes-to-aspen/563813/