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The Internet of Beefs By Venkatesh Rao

The Internet of Beefs
By Venkatesh Rao @vgr
January 16, 2020

You’ve heard me talk about crash-only programming, right? It’s a programming paradigm for critical infrastructure systems, where there is — by design — no graceful way to shut down. A program can only crash and try to recover from a crashed state, which might well be impossible. I came up with a term for the human version: beef-only thinking.
A beef-only thinker is someone you cannot simply talk to. Anything that is not an expression of pure, unqualified support for whatever they are doing or saying is received as a mark of disrespect, and a provocation to conflict. From there, you can only crash into honor-based conflict mode, or back away and disengage.

The connection to crash-only programming is more than cosmetic, but it will take some set-up before I can establish the conceptual bridge.

Online public spaces are now being slowly taken over by beef-only thinkers, as the global culture wars evolve into a stable, endemic, background societal condition of continuous conflict. As the Great Weirding morphs into the Permaweird, the public internet is turning into the Internet of Beefs.

The Internet of Beefs, or IoB, is everywhere, on all platforms, all the time. Meatspace is just a source of matériel to be deployed online, possibly after some tasteful editing, decontextualization, and now AI-assisted manipulation.

If you participate in online public life, you cannot entirely avoid the Internet of Beefs. It is too big, too ubiquitous, and too widely distributed and connected across platforms. To continue operating in public spaces without being drawn into the conflict, you have to build an arsenal of passive-aggressive behaviors like subtweeting, ghosting, blocking, and muting — all while ignoring beef-only thinkers calling you out furiously as dishonorable and cowardly, and trying to bait you into active aggression.

Venkatesh Rao serves as Editor-in-Chief. Venkat started writing Ribbonfarm in 2007.  Ribbonfarm is a longform blog devoted to unusual takes on both familiar and new themes. What we call “refactored perception.”

The Internet of Beefs

Cultures of Conflict

North American, English-language theater of the IoB
Mooks and Knights
Mook Manorialism
Knights of the IoB
Lord of a Mook Manor

Educational CyberPlayGround: Systems, Culture and our Voyage by Ferdi Serim 1998 to navigate uncharted seas of cultural conflict. “Current

Educational CyberPlayGround: Internet Hate Sites and Recruiting Tools on the net. about the whole concept of rough music and popular justice.

Goldman Sachs: The Vampire Squid’s Alum Control Two Fed Banks, the U.S. Treasury, the European Central Bank and the Bank of England

Goldman Sachs: The Vampire Squid’s Alum Control Two Fed Banks, the U.S. Treasury, the European Central Bank and the Bank of England
By Pam Martens and Russ Martens: January 23, 2020 ~

The head of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas (Robert S. Kaplan), the head of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis (Neel Kashkari), the Secretary of the U.S. Treasury (Steve Mnuchin), the President of the European Central Bank (Mario Draghi) and the head of the Bank of England (Mark Carney) all have two things in common: they sit atop vast amounts of money and they are all alums of Goldman Sachs. In addition, the immediate past President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, William Dudley, which secretly sluiced over $29 trillion to bail out Wall Street banks during the financial crisis and has now opened its money spigot for trillions of dollars more, worked at Goldman Sachs for more than two decades, rising to the rank of partner and U.S. Chief Economist.

Goldman Sachs has been variously depicted asa great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money,” by Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone; or the amoral investment bank that bundled mortgages it knew would fail and sold them to their clients as good investments so that it could make millions betting against them (shorting); or the place where greed became so over-the-top that a vice president, Greg Smith, resigned on the OpEd page of the New York Times, writing that his colleagues callously talkedabout ripping their clients off.” Smith’s bosses were implicated as well: “Over the last 12 months I have seen five different managing directors refer to their own clients as ‘muppets,’ ” wrote Smith.

Today, Goldman Sachs is under a criminal investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice and under a criminal indictment by Malaysia for its role in bribery and embezzlement of its sovereign wealth fund known as 1MDB. </snip>

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Emails of Jeffrey Epstein madam Ghislaine Maxwell were hacked

Maxwell reportedly kept her emails on a private server, and her lawyer wrote that soon after her email address, “linked to her own domain name,” was published, “hackers breached the host computer.”

He did not respond to questions from the Miami Herald and its parent company, McClatchy, about how Maxwell learned that her email server had been hacked and whether she knew if hackers had accessed or removed any information from the server.

Cybersecurity experts said that publication of Maxwell’s email address — and the name of her private domain — could make it easier for hackers to access her information.

A judge is expected to decide in the coming weeks whether 8,600 additional court documents filed as part of a civil suit will be unsealed. The documents could provide damaging new information about Epstein’s network of celebrity friends, including Prince Andrew, whom Maxwell reportedly exchanged emails with in 2015 about Virginia Roberts Giuffre—a woman who claims she was forced to sleep with the royal on three occasions when she was 17 years old.

Longtime PBS NewsHour Anchor and Co-Founder Jim Lehrer Has Passed Away at 85

From Judy Woodruff: Longtime PBS NewsHour Anchor and Co-Founder Jim Lehrer Has Passed Away at 85

Washington, DC (January 23, 2020) — It is with great sadness that I share the news that co-founder and longtime anchor of the PBS NewsHour Jim Lehrer died today, Thursday, January 23, 2020, peacefully in his sleep at home. Lehrer, born May 19, 1934, served as anchor of the NewsHour for 36 years before retiring in 2011. Lehrer and Robert MacNeil founded the program in 1975, out of their 1973 coverage of the Senate Watergate Hearings on PBS.

“I’m heartbroken at the loss of someone who was central to my professional life, a mentor to me and someone whose friendship I’ve cherished for decades,” said Judy Woodruff, anchor and managing editor of the PBS NewsHour. “I’ve looked up to him as the standard for fair, probing and thoughtful journalism and I know countless others who feel the same way.”

Sharon Percy Rockefeller, president and CEO of WETA, added, “We at WETA are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our longtime friend and colleague Jim Lehrer, one of America’s most distinguished journalists and a true champion of excellence in reporting. Jim set the gold standard for broadcast journalism in our nation and devoted his life to a vital public service ― keeping Americans informed and thereby strengthening our civil society. Through his extraordinary insight, integrity, balance and discipline, Jim earned the trust of the American people, and his important legacy lives on at PBS NewsHour.”

PBS President Paula Kerger also added, “On behalf of all of us at PBS, we are deeply saddened to learn of Jim Lehrer’s passing. From co-creating the groundbreaking MacNeil/Lehrer Report to skillfully moderating many presidential debates, Jim exemplified excellence in journalism throughout his extraordinary career. A true giant in news and public affairs, he leaves behind an incredible legacy that serves as an inspiration to us all. He will be missed.”

As anchor of PBS’s flagship news program, Lehrer interviewed numerous leading figures including Margaret Thatcher and Yasser Arafat in the 1980s, South Korean President Kim Daejung and Chinese leader Jiang Zemin in the 1990s, and Jordan’s King Abdullah and Afghan President Hamid Karzai in the 2000s.

Lehrer moderated a total of 12 president debates, more than any other person in U.S. history, including all of the presidential debates in 1996 and 2000.

He is the author of 20 novels, three memoirs, and several plays and earned dozens of journalism awards and honorary degrees. He received the National Humanities Medal from President Clinton, was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and alongside MacNeil, was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame.

Prior to his long career at the NewsHour, Lehrer reported Dallas public television station KERA, the National Public Affairs Center for Television, the Dallas Morning News and the Dallas Times-Herald.

Lehrer attended Victoria College in Texas and later studied journalism at the University of Missouri. He served three years as an infantry officer in the U.S. Marine Corps.

He is survived by his wife Kate; three daughters Jamie, Lucy, and Amanda; and six grandchildren.

The founders wanted Roberts to play an even strong role in Removal Trial

What is wrong with Judge Roberts?
Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. should play a strong role.

Hamilton said it was the “court of impeachments” the chief justice was meant to play a substantive, not just ceremonial, role in the “court of impeachments.”

“The Chief Justice shall preside,” in the Federalist Papers shows that the founders in fact wanted the chief justice to be much more than a ceremonial officer.

“He is a judge overseeing a trial, or even the vice president presiding over the Senate. he could rule on requests for witnesses and documentary evidence directly or break 50-50 ties in the event that the Senate votes on witnesses or documents. That means Democrats would only need three Republicans to join them in a call for witnesses, if Roberts agreed.”

World Peace!

BREAKING: “As Schiff finished up his roughly 3-hour presentation, there were as many as TWO DOZEN Republican senators out of their seats at once—a clear violation of the rules that bar senators from leaving their seats during the trial.” (Emphasis added.)

Laurence Tribe @tribelaw
@RepAdamSchiff is a one-man master class in effective advocacy. He’s spellbinding without showboating, clear as a bell without being boring, educational without being condescending, and piercingly logical without being pedantic.

Kamala Harris  @SenKamalaHarris
Let’s be clear about something. On Tuesday, every single Republican senator voted to block access to firsthand witnesses and relevant documents.
And now they have to gall to say that so far in the trial, they haven’t learned anything new.
They can’t have it both ways.

The world is run by cabals, usually male.

The world is run by cabals, that are usually male, and they don’t want to let you in and if you’re privileged enough to get through the door you’d better play by their rules.

Bezos targeted by MBS.

Byrne falls to the wiles of a female Russian spy.

Are the tech oligarchs America’s weakest security link?

2016 Remember Huma Abedin and her husband’s dick pics?
The object of Weiner’s affections is his polar opposite politically: a self-avowed supporter of Donald Trump and the National Rifle Association who’s used Twitter to bash both President Obama and Clinton.

January 22, 2020
The Bezos Dick Pic Hacking Affair Just Got a Whole Lot Messier for Trump Allies It could raise tricky questions at heart of the 2016 campaign’s hush money scandal.

The Saudi Crown Prince Hack Jeff Bezos’s Phone

The CEO of the popular retail website stepped down Thursday amid a bizarre controversy over his admission that he had an affair with Maria Butina, the gorgeous Russian spy who was convicted of secretly currying favor with right-wing figures.

The Cabal exception being Hillary Clinton.
Clinton Advisor: “Bernie and his people have been bitching about super delegates” “Throw Bernie a bone…[…]….his people will think they’ve “won” something from the Party Establishment. It doesn’t make a difference. We don’t lose”

“Bernie needs to be ground to a pulp. Crush him as hard as you can”. Podesta replies: “I agree.. Where would you stick the knife in?”

At least Bernie has been consistent and true to himself.

But if Bernie wins, you lose your power, just like the old RNC heavies lost power when Trump came along. When change is overdue it happens radically, and nearly instantly.

And you wonder why the populace is up in arms.

Remember the sign?



Stupid Bezos hacked in a WhatsApp chat with Saudi’s MBS


Saudi cyber operators would target Bezos is believable. Bezos was in a WhatsApp chat with Saudi’s MBS when unprompted the crown prince sent him a random file. The file it appears contained malware, which allowed Bezos’ phone to be hacked … leading to leaks of photos designed to embarrass him.

Bezos world’s richest man so sloppy and dumb hacked by Saudi prince… Who deployed the malware, what else did they access? Who else was targeted?

Amazon was in talks with Saudi about data center business during time frame of hack – malicious file was a video -: “an analysis of the file has found that it is *highly probable* it contained #malware. Amazon had even been in talks about the possibility of opening data centres in Saudi Arabia.

The message sent to Bezos on that Tuesday 1 May from the personal account of the crown prince contained a video file – of what, it is not clear.

But a forensic technical analysis of the file has found that it is “highly probable” it contained malware that penetrated Bezos’s mobile phone and exfiltrated a large amount of data within hours.

DAVOS 1% Swiss Bank SEBA Bank AG offers crypto

DAVOS, Switzerland — Switzerland’s banking industry has long been known to privately safeguard wealth, so some bankers see bitcoin as a natural fit for the nation’s financial sector.

Although such bankers may still be a minority, Zurich-based SEBA Bank AG opened in November 2019 with a universal banking license and a suite of services ranging from fiat storage to crypto custody, a crypto-connected debit card that automatically converts to fiat on the backend for regular shopping and crypto-trading options through the bank’s mobile app.

SEBA CEO Guido Bühler said the bank raised 100 million Swiss francs (roughly $103.4 million) from angel investors including Guy Schwarzenbach, founder of Black River Asset Management.

Schwarzenbach said the pricing for SEBA app trades, enabled by backend API integrations with global exchanges, offered “extremely competitive” pricing compared to over-the-counter trades.

“What I am really excited about for SEBA … is their upcoming deployment of a margin and lending business, including options and derivatives,” Schwarzenbach said.

SEBA was hardly the first bitcoin-friendly Swiss bank. The private bank Falcon Group, for example, launched bitcoin management services in 2017. Matthew Blake, the World Economic Forum’s monetary systems lead, described crypto-friendly, fully licensed banks as an emerging trend.
“It’s something institutions can do to hedge,” he said.

Likewise, the Swiss crypto startup Bitcoin Suisse has also applied for a universal banking license with the goal of offering everything from staking services to loans.

“We’re not applying for a banking license just to be like every other bank. We are pioneers at heart,” said Bitcoin Suisse marketing lead Ian Simpson. “We will, of course, offer cash accounts for our clients, in their own name. … We will be able to start trading crypto securities, stablecoins and synthetics, such as mini-futures and products to short the major crypto assets.”

Crypto bank

However, among such banks so far, SEBA offers a unique ability to hold a variety of many fiat currencies, including American dollars, Hong Kong dollars and Singaporean dollars, then instantly trade cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, ether and Stellar lumens.

You can open an account over the phone in 15 minutes for an accredited investor, you don’t have to go to Switzerland,” Bühler said. “There’s always going to be aspects that banks are required for, and the first one is the storage of your private key.”

For Schwarzenbach, who described himself as a libertarian who runs his own Lightning Network node he made using a Raspberry Pi, bitcoin banking makes sense for the physical security benefits. He wouldn’t want the risk of someone hurting him to get at his bitcoin stash.

Bühler said the young bank already serves high-net-worth individuals and institutional investors from all over the world, excluding the United States, plus a few blockchain startups.

Schwarzenbach added that open source decentralized finance (DeFi) platforms inspired by MakerDAO could eventually offer comparable financial infrastructure to both the general population and the proverbial 1 percent.