[ECP] Educational CyberPlayGround NetHappenings 5-23-19

[ECP] Educational CyberPlayGround NetHappenings 5-23-19


Elizabeth Warren Has a Marshall Plan for America — and It’s as Brilliant as it is Radical. Can America Finally Become a Truly Modern Country?
Elizabeth Warren’s ideas, in whole, make up a plan to finally turn America into a truly modern country, my friends. Elizabeth Warren’s proposals, taken together, amount to something very, very much like a Marshall Plan for a collapsing, ruined society. They are the most radical and transformative — and most brilliant thing — to happen to American not just in our lifetime, but quite possibly ever. It learns from the greatest lesson of the 20th century — and hopes to apply it to America.  Yes, I mean every word of that — and you can judge for yourself if you agree or not shortly.

Selective Inflation Increases Financial Gap
Serious Thoughts on How to Fix America
~ by Jonathan A. Weiss Esq.
“Controlled” inflation is generally considered superior to recession (a fortiori depression) with steady growth in the GNP. But inflation, particularly in certain areas, also can inflict harm on many citizens (our focus is on the United States of America). Allocation of resources, caused by public policy (including taxes on individuals and corporations coupled markets with corporation influence (particularly pernicious with monopolies) so that the poor and working classes, are often adversely affected. Trump’s tariffs will increase inflation for many items including household essentials.
Those on fixed income, even with minor raises, suffer from inflation in general. American teachers, for example, have less real income over the last ten years when salaries are adjusted for inflation. Social Security has been diminished in many ways and does not provide a sufficient living income for its recipients. It is now taxed as income although the employee’s contribution (one-half) has already been taxed.”


AROUND EVERY 7 YEARS 4000 UNELECTED LAWYERS / JUDGES / PROFESSORS  create “restatements: which  may not be legally binding but they are hugely influential. Under this model, consumers wouldn’t need to even understand the contract to be bound by it. The ALI’s reworded interpretation of consumer legal rights is problematic because it would effectively allow corporations to impose contracts on customers without consumer consent. Under this model, consumers wouldn’t need to even understand the contract to be bound by it, a problem given data suggests such agreements are often incomprehensible to the average user.
The language was problematic enough to result in a letter this week by 23 state attorneys general, criticizing the ALI’s proposal as a major threat to consumer rights. “We believe the Draft Restatement represents an abandonment of important principles of consumer protection in exchange for illusory benefits,” the AGs argued.
Functionally, this isn’t how Terms of Service, which few people read and few people can be expected to read and understand, work in the real world. “For some reason, everything you learn about contracts in the first year of law school gets tossed out the window when it comes to large companies unilaterally setting terms for consumers,” Bergmayer added.
These days, nearly every company you do business with now attempts to erode your right to a fair, traditional trial as a matter of daily business, creating a parallel legal system where consumer welfare is often an afterthought.

Are Americans (Really) So Dumb They Don’t Know Fascism When They See It? How Come When The Prez Says “Animals”,  No One Uses the Word “Fascism”?
“Currently there is no Secretary of Homeland Security, no Secretary of Defense, no Secretary of the Air Force, no U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, no Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director, no Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator, no Secretary of the Interior, no Administrator of the Small Business Administration, no Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Director, no Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Administrator, and no Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner. Now he’s getting rid of the head of the Secret Service. Getting more and more like a dictatorship.”

Michael Cohen hired to rig online polls for Donald Trump is CIO at Liberty University Because the news gods have a sense of humor, the guy who the WSJ reports Michael Cohen hired to rig online polls for Donald Trump is CIO at Liberty University. Because who among us has not asked whose online poll Jesus would rig?


Deep Fakes researchers developed a way to make “perfectly realistic” fake videos of faces, using only one source image. Samsung researchers developed an algorithm that only needs one source image to create fake videos.

Internal emails reveal how the chemical lobby fights regulation

National Archives Releases New Kavanaugh Records.
“In response to EPIC’s Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, the National Archives has released hundreds of new emails from Justice Kavanaugh’s time in the White House. The emails concern the controversial surveillance programs Total Information Awareness, Computer Assisted Passenger Prescreening System II (CAPPS II), and Secure Flight.”

Another Federal Magistrate Says Compelled Production Of Passwords/Biometrics Violates The Fifth Amendment. In another judicial rarity, a magistrate judge has rejected a warrant request by the federal government to compel a criminal suspect to unlock a phone found during the search of his residence. It wont set precedent but it does present some arguments suspects will find useful when faced with orders for compelled production of passcodes or passwords.


Ev Williams co-founded Twitter.  Social media is evil, leading to a mental health crisis in Generation Z, aiding foreign governments in influencing the elections, supporting a rise in hate speech weaning ourselves off today’s social media won’t be easy. #GETOFFFACEBOOK

IQ is Largely a Pseudoscientific Swindle

The Disturbing Resilience of Scientific Racism
A new book explores how racist biases continue to maintain a foothold in research today

James Watson Had a Chance to Salvage His Reputation on Race. He Made Things Worse. The Nobel-winning biologist has drawn global criticism with unfounded pronouncements on genetics, race and intelligence. He still thinks he’s right, a new documentary finds.

The ‘3.5% rule’: How a small minority can change the world

The bloody truth about getting your period in America
Menstruation remains one of the most taboo topics in the world – and millions of women pay the price.
In fact, that stigma — and the secrecy that it spawns — have given rise to a painful reality known as period poverty, which quietly affects millions of American women every day. In essence, period poverty means not being able to afford to purchase feminine hygiene products, like tampons and pads. And while many of us probably take access to these sorts of products for granted, there are growing populations of women and girls who have to make impossible life choices every month, just to survive their cycles. “If you have to pick and choose, do I buy food for my child or do I get my sanitary needs, that’s kind of hard and no one should have to experience that,” said Brooklyn native Nicole Johnson, who went into a homeless shelter in 2005 with her four children. “It’s demeaning. It makes you feel very sad. … It’s a heartbreaking situation.”

Clotilda, ‘last American slave ship,’ discovered in Alabama


How one technologist is protecting women from online harassment For taking on bullies, Electronic Frontier Foundation’s director of cybersecurity Eva Galperin is one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People of 2019.
I have some recommendations for states’ attorneys general, because a lot of these companies [that make surveillance software] are operating in the United States and are breaking laws…. There is also a lot that antivirus companies can do, because the software is frequently not tagged as malicious—it’s often tagged as suspicious. I’m trying to get them to take a much more aggressive stance toward these tools, which are very frequently marketed for use in this abusive way. Call it malware—it’s malware….One of the biggest problems we have is that there’s still a norm that it’s somehow okay to surveil your partner if you suspect them of infidelity. No, it’s illegal.
#spouseware and #stalkerware

Google is facing its first GDPR probe from Irish privacy regulators It’s the company’s first major standoff with European regulators

#GetOffFaceBook Now
Selenium script to delete all of your Facebook wall posts

Facebook’s crypto launch is right around the corner, but the recent data leak serves as a swift reminder to stay the hell away.

A confidential Facebook document reviewed by The Intercept shows that the social network courts carriers, along with phone makers — some 100 different companies in 50 countries — by offering the use of even more surveillance data, pulled straight from your smartphone by Facebook itself.” Facebook has struggled to hire talent since the Cambridge Analytica scandal, according to recruiters who worked there . Facebook is still reeling from the fallout from its Cambridge Analytica scandal more than a year ago, as multiple former recruiters say candidates are turning down job offers from what was once considered the best place to work in the United States.

TechCrunch: Facebook still a great place to amplify pre-election junk news, EU study finds. “A study carried out by academics at Oxford University to investigate how junk news is being shared on social media in Europe ahead of regional elections this month has found individual stories shared on Facebook’s platform can still hugely outperform the most important and professionally produced news stories, drawing as much as 4x the volume of Facebook shares, likes, and comments.” Finland is winning the war on fake news. What it’s learned may be crucial to Western democracy. Finland has faced down Kremlin-backed propaganda campaigns ever since it declared independence from Russia 101 years ago. But in 2014, after Moscow annexed Crimea and backed rebels in eastern Ukraine, it became obvious that the battlefield had shifted: information warfare was moving online. Facebook is experimenting with robots to push its AI research forward. Facebook is certainly a high-tech company, but it’s not one you would necessarily associate with robots. However, as the firm revealed today, that’s exactly where its researchers are looking next — trying to see how experiments in robotics can further its work in AI.

Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law
Social Media Monitoring: How the Department of Homeland Security Uses Digital Data in the Name of National Security

Why the Air Force is investigating a cyber attack from the Navy

The Air Force is investigating the Navy for a cyber intrusion into its network, according to a memo obtained by Military Times.
The bizarre turn of events stems from a decision by a Navy prosecutor to embed hidden tracking software into emails sent to defense attorneys, including one Air Force lawyer, involved in a high-profile war-crimes case of a Navy SEAL in San Diego.
The tracking device was an attempt to find out who was leaking information to the editor of Navy Times, a sister publication. A similar tracking device was also sent to Carl Prine, the Navy Times editor, who has written numerous stories about the case.
Navy Capt. David Wilson, chief of staff for the Navy’s Defense Service Offices, wrote in the May 19 memo that an Air Force attorney was among the defense lawyers who had received emails with the hidden tracking software, which he described as “malware.”

The Spy Craft Revolution: Traditionally, spies depended on cover identities. Changes in technology, politics, and business are all transforming espionage. Intelligence agencies must adapt—or risk irrelevance. For some years now, has been that the average teenager has better surveillance capabilities than the CIA did in the 1960’s. It might be better than what they had in the 70’s or 80’s by now. It seems likely to me that Google, Facebook, and probably Amazon, have better data than intelligence agencies of the 90’s could’ve ever hoped for.

Verizon 2019 Data Breach Investigations Report

WhatsApp: How to stay safe on social media

Big Tech’s User Data Violations
Fingers are being pointed at the big players in the technology sphere. Trust, that magical word, is collapsing. GDPR was a move seen to bring it back, but internet users aren’t stupid. And they’re beginning to now ask questions. California passed the California Consumer Privacy Act on 28 June 2018, taking effect from 1st January 2020, which is very similar to GDPR.

 We Could Easily Stop Location Data Scandals, But We Cower to Lobbyists Instead 

New Proposal Would Let Companies Further Screw You Over With Terms of Service
A long line of legal experts say the American Law Institute proposal would make an already huge problem dramatically worse.

Equifax just became the first company to have its outlook downgraded for a cyber attack
Moody’s has just slashed its rating outlook on Equifax, the first time cybersecurity issues have been cited as the reason for a downgrade. Moody’s lowered Equifax’s outlook from stable to negative on Wednesday, as the credit monitoring company continues to suffer from the massive 2017 breach of consumer data. “We are treating this with more significance because it is the first time that cyber has been a named factor in an outlook change,” Joe Mielenhausen, a spokesperson for Moody’s, told CNBC. “This is the first time the fallout from a breach has moved the needle enough to contribute to the change.”


Pesticide residues found in 70% of produce sold in US even after washing

Explained: the toxic threat in everyday products, from toys to plastic

Dude repairs an old Buchla modular synth, accidentally gets dosed with fifty year old LSD underneath one of the knobs. Absolute legend. 

US cosmetics are full of chemicals banned by Europe – why?

Internal emails reveal how the chemical lobby fights regulation


How Bad Are Things on Wall Street? JPMorgan and Goldman Sachs Offer No Minimum Accounts

Head of Anti-Money Laundering Agency Tells Senate Hearing He Hasn’t Read the Times Bombshell on Trump, Kushner and Deutsche Bank

BIGGEST MONEY LAUNDERING SCHEME IN HISTORY – OVER 200 BILLION AND THEY ALL KNEW ABOUT IT. How the Danske Bank money-laundering scheme involving $230 billion unraveled It could be the biggest money-laundering scheme in history, with suspicious money flowing from Russia and former Soviet republics

Deutsche Bank glitch blocked reporting of suspicious transactions  [read Glitch as a feature not a bug] https://www.ft.com/content/d537f416-7c71-11e9-81d2-f785092ab560

As Regulators Squirm in their Seats at Hearing, JPMorgan and Citigroup Get Slapped with More Rigging Charges by EU
At a House Financial Services Committee hearing yesterday, Republicans attempted to marshal arguments for why U.S. banks needed more relief from regulatory oversight.

Tungsten Filled Gold Bars Found In New York

The Problem with Fake Gold Bars
You don’t need to be a conspiracy theorist to find this worrying: a 1kg gold bar, certified as 99.98% pure by XRF (X-ray fluorescence) tests, turns out to have been drilled out and largely replaced with tungsten. This bar was discovered only because it was 2 grams lighter than it ought to have been: the forgers failed to add quite enough gold to the outside of the bar to make up for the weight lost when they replaced gold with tungsten. But if they’d gotten the weight right, it would probably still be circulating today.


Why Bitcoin Can Thank Trump
Trump is that cart tipper and while once gold would have benefited from the chaos, it is now bitcoin. Why? It is because bitcoin is a much better asset.

Bitcoin: an Accounting Revolution
Building Accounting Systems, Triple-Entry, & Absolute Assurance Bitcoin is an accounting revolution. This accounting revolution enables a monetary revolution. Another way to look at this is: Accounting Revolution = Technological Monetary Revolution = Social Disruptive technologies spark social movements. If they didn’t spark social movements, then they would (by definition) not be disruptive.

‘Tax Payments in BTC’ Trend Reaches Canada
The town of Innisfil, Ontario will be the first municipality in Canada to accept bitcoin in payment for property taxes.
The pilot scheme will be in partnership with Toronto-based Coinberry, who simultaneously announced a new easy-to-use cryptocurrency payment solution.

Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Laws in All 50 States (plus DC & Puerto Rico)

Wyoming on track with the promotion of crypto-friendly laws and regulations
Arizona  to allow taxpayers to “pay their income tax liability using a payment gateway, such as bitcoin, litecoin or any other cryptocurrency recognized by the department, using electronic peer-to-peer systems”. In the last few days, it has been Wyoming who has retained the title of the ‘state that takes cryptocurrencies and blockchain tokens most seriously’

What Do Wyoming’s 13 New Blockchain Laws Mean?

And, as SEC Director of Corp. Fin. William Hinman suggested in his speech last summer, bitcoin was decentralized at its inception (and therefore is not and was never a security) at least according to Satoshi in Jan 2009.

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