VIOLENCE, GUNS, AND SOLUTIONS by Jonathan A. Weiss Esq.

VIOLENCE, GUNS, AND SOLUTIONS by Jonathan A. Weiss Esq.

The repeated public rhetoric after each horrific massacres by guns does not change, is superficial, and does not offer the general badly needed solutions. Two important principles must be incorporated into any solutions proposed. The first is to recognize that such slaughters, outside of wars, coup d’etats, and revolutions are often accomplished by other means. We need only recall the bombings from Oklahoma Federal Center, the Boston Marathon, and the World Trade Center; the gassing in the Tokyo subway, the trucks in Nice and elsewhere. Dealing only with gun violence misses the whole picture. The second is the passage of new laws often will not offer a real difference. What is important is enforcement (see the racial effect of the War on Drugs) and allocations of resources (compare funding for the industrial-military complex and the Pentagon with that for infrastructure, public transportation, environmental preservation (particularly with indigenous people adversely effected).

What we need do first is to explore the current meaning of “The Right to Bear Arms” giving concrete content to the abstract concept invoked in the Bill of Rights. Some suggest we must consider the matter with reference to the stated need of the militia.

Arms abstractly could include weapons of war from nuclear bombs to bazookas or, for an “originalist”, a single shot front loading musket. I suggest the best choice, with contemporaneous use and reluctance to expand into military categories, would be for firearms used in hunting, target shooting, and self defense which fit the category easily. Such a position would eliminate such weapons with multiple rounds (the current conventional limit seems 5 bullets). The type of bullets would be accordingly restricted. A practical problem lies, it must be noted, in the easy conversion of some guns to contain many magazines.

These ideas could be specified in carefully drafted laws. When we consider the reference to the militia, the argument could be that knowing use of guns is necessary to form a militia (against a tyranny? Invasion? Even expansion, morally suspicious?). This position also protects expert collectors of the acceptable guns. The consequence might then allow guns with many rounds and a range of more deadly ones as “arms”. We instead urge that the best interpretation would be just the ones now used for those three purposes as a means of preparation for forming a military. In any event, this is where a Democratic debate should start.

The current superficial rules offered can not work. There are too many guns in distribution right now. The barn door which may have restricted their circulation has long disappeared and can not be closed. No new laws (particularly governing sales) will prevent the availability of dangerous destructive weapons developed for war which are now generally available.

Ironically, the desirability of considering “mental health” is urged by the most constant public exhibition of dangerous pyschopathology ever seen in the United States, Donald Trump. We must recognize first that the most significant correlation between preceding acts and mass violence is previous domestic violence with a very small percentage of those then becoming mass murderers. Even if we claim, mistakenly, that crimes committed offer proofs generally of mental disease, not only could an increase in mass incarceration of citizens posing no real threat result, but also it would work retrospectively not correctly anticipatory.

“Mental illness” is very difficult if not impossible to define even with observation of bizarre behavior, which could manifest different causes from chemicals to extreme stress. We can not offers a category for illegality which is amorphous and often misapplied civilly. Most important is who decides and sanctions those so classified without the protections of criminal law due process. Its abuse, driven often by prejudice – including rejection of cultural and religious activities as “normal” is obvious.

Another offered remedy is background checks. Granted that there exists an absurd patchwork now does not mean that a properly used across the board system will create effective results particularly, as noted, with the giant numbers of weapons circulating – apparently a uniquely American problem – but we must acknowledge the Norway massacre with guns. The recurrent problem include implementation for refusal, by whom, under what criteria? Historically, we should note that the Black Panthers first showed up with guns in public for demonstration of strength and self protection. During the civil rights movement in the South, the disparity between the racist with guns and the innocent oppressed Blacks and activists in gun ownership created the inability for self protection by the oppressed – since the local racist authorities determined the ability to purchase guns legally and, given the rural South, able to inhibit access to the black market which provided only whites and in the South were so primarily sold. Such a recognition does not imply arming people in schools, etc not only because of the increased danger of accident and immediate availability of a tool for death but also because victims are in a paralyzing shock, unprepared, probably untrained so may do more harm than good a while exposing themselves. In Odessa armed police were surprised by an apparently unprovoked attack in a traffic stop.

People paroled are subject to restrictions which usually include gun ownership which, under any scenario, drives those who want guns to buy them secretly and illegally. Mental illness is too sloppy a category, as argued, “dangerous” so vague as to be easily misused.

Police searches and property invasion to seize guns would probably augment class and race differences. They are also prevented by the real application of the Fourth Amendment. They would create an unacceptable invasion into privacy with undesirable collateral consequences. At present, police forces promote the image that they discover and prevent plots of mass violence without violating basic rights. The failure to prevent the American tragedies seem to relate to bad intelligence practices (Syria?); deformed misleading public information (Iraq) or no proper communication (9/11) (with a fig leaf or ridiculous airport searches including shoe removal, etc.). In general, see Gopnik, September 2nd, 2019 New Yorker on spy against spy failure to inform foreign policy or domestic attacks. Unfortunately, in this complex contingent world, no system is proof against random acts of violence.

The atmosphere, led by the President, of hate and even violence encouragement, has led to some advocating rules against “hate speech.” But, it is one thing to communicate about committing a crime, and another to advance a general position. The importance of First Amendment protection is illustrated by the negative history of imprisoning pacifists for letter writing during World War I, the McCarthy era, suppression of artistic works for obscenity. “political correctness”, discrimination against religious groups, burning of Reich’s books, etc. (The underground dark web offers refuge too for people justly and unjustly paranoid.). That repression is not a solution to the problem of violence against masses.

The best solutions are short, middle, and long term. The short term solution which should have some good effects would be massive buy back of “assault” weapons with many rounds with location and prosecution of those who sell them. Such a measure is easy to formulate and might diminish the use of guns in these massacres.

The middle solution involves communities. The closing of community mental health centers. started by Ronald Regan, created an unmitigated disaster evidenced in the number of homeless. Reopenining them widely accompanied by outreach should help those disturbed individuals who might develop alienation and aggression developing into deplorable acts. Neighborhood activities after schools hours (e.g. night basketball) have been shown to diminish violence, particularly including guns. Counseling, particularly family Counseling should be made available, in schools and other institutions. In particular, social services including counseling should be available at various community centers in greatly increased quantity while accompanied by outreach. Or particular concern is involving parents with, when relevant, an emphasis on no abuse but patience. Architecturally, the size of housing projects and schools must be radically reduced with “all deliberate speed.” Educational programs for children and adolescents must emphasize the unique value of human beings. The expansion of programs where ex-Nazis etc. try to work with those considering leaving hate groups will help some people who might be dangerous individually or collectively. Allocation of resources for these programs, and others which bring people together, will be of real service.

Finally, the best permanent solution lies with the general solving of societal problems from segregation to alienation from work to no work. The provision of necessities for all –  including but not limited to adequate housing, clothing, nutrition, public transportation, educational opportunity universally available, democratic participation encouraged and protected, also includes voting easily without improper intrusion or manipulation, etc. Arts encouraged and enabled, city planning on a human scale with many parks, environmental activity, ensuring that there is time and availability for enjoyment, the least and least harmful incarceration (institutional as well as punitive) with community courteous police acting for protection of citizens. In such an environment, we would expect fewer angry alienated hating individuals and groups. Perhaps this is utopian, but so is a world without violence, violence which uses weapons of war – itself with no place in utopia.

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K12 Student Data is Hacked and the Surveillance State

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Federal Register :: Request for Public Comment on the Federal Trade Commission’s Implementation of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule. Written comments must be received on or before October 23, 2019. The Commission will hold a public workshop to review the COPPA Rule on October 7, 2019. Write “COPPA Rule Review, 16 CFR part 312, Project No. P195404,” on your comment and file your comment online at https://www.regulations.gov by following the instructions on the web-based form. 
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/07/25/2019-15754/request-for-public-comment-on-the-federal-trade-commissions-implementation-of-the-childrens-online

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WHAT IS WRONG

#K12SurveillanceState #K12 Surveillance State

@AASA, The School Superintendents Association supports & develops school leaders, advocates for high-quality public education for all children

THERE ARE NO  CHIEF PRIVACY OFFICERS  IN K-12 EDUCATION

PRIVACY INFORMATION
Does K12 monitor your computer and How to Protect your Privacy Online

ETHICS — There isn’t a single school district with a K-12 CPO. In fact, it is still extremely rare for districts to hire even one full-time employee dedicated to privacy.
Student Privacy Bill Protection : No Parental Consent Needed for Data Mining
Anyone who tells you they don’t need privacy because they “have nothing to hide” is a sheep that will enable a total surveillance state. Just don’t do it. Privacies protect our basic human rights.

Report: K-12 Schools Experienced 122 Cyber Attacks in 2018
A new report from the K-12 Cybersecurity Resource Center says a U.S. school district falls victim to a cyber attack as often as every three days.

#google owns #YouTube violates children’s privacy

Google has secret webpages that feed your personal data to advertisers, report says – CNET
https://www.cnet.com/news/google-has-secret-webpages-that-feed-your-personal-data-to-advertisers-report-says/

COPPA can collect $42,530 per violation (which basically is per person it affected). $170M is fractions of pennies of a full fine. Those feels when @google has violated individuals’ privacy so many times it gets a comparison chart for fines against it:
https://twitter.com/wbm312/status/1169267237468819461

“This is the third time since 2011 that the FTC is sanctioning @Google for privacy. The FTC’s $136 million penalty makes for a great headline, but @Google will still pull in a profit for violating children’s privacy on @YouTube
https://twitter.com/chopraftc/status/1169245407949524992

Welcome to the K-12 Surveillance State – The New York Times
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/02/opinion/surveillance-state-schools.html

YouTube under federal investigation over allegations it violates children’s privacy https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2019/06/19/facing-federal-investigation-youtube-is-considering-broad-changes-childrens-content/

“The $170m @YouTube @FTC settlement is impressive as far as it goes, but I am concerned that it does not go far enough to ensure that child-directed content on YT will be treated lawfully under COPPA, so I dissented:
https://twitter.com/RKSlaughterFTC/status/1169260973242425347

Schools Are Deploying Digital Surveillance Systems
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20115092

States Are Ratcheting Up Reading Expectations For 3rd-Graders
https://www.npr.org/741156019

Elizabeth Warren unveils bill that could hold tech execs responsible for data breaches
https://www.theverge.com/2019/4/3/18293688/elizabeth-warren-facebook-amazon-google-apple-executives-jail-data-breaches

State refuses to release report on Frederick County Public Schools data breach
https://www.fredericknewspost.com/news/education/schools/public_k-12/state-refuses-to-release-report-on-frederick-county-public-schools/article_5dcc5bc5-58ba-5930-bb3c-b77ef5c52ea0.html

The ‘Top 10’ K-12 Cyber Incidents of 2018
https://medium.com/@douglevin/the-top-10-k-12-cyber-incidents-of-2018-1a85eae9357a

Back-to-school malware is hiding in those digital textbooks
https://www.cnet.com/news/back-to-school-malware-is-hiding-in-those-digital-textbooks/

9/6/19 Schools in Arizona’s Flagstaff closed for second day due to cyberattack
https://thehill.com/policy/cybersecurity/460244-schools-in-arizonas-flagstaff-closed-for-second-day-due-to-cyber-attack

The Flagstaff Unified School District (FUSD), which includes 15 schools and more than 9,600 students, canceled classes on both Thursday and Friday after a ransomware virus was found on multiple servers. Preschools and child care centers within FUSD were also closed.  FUSD spokesman Zachery Fountain told The Hill the choice was made to sever internet connections at school facilities to contain the virus.

The K-12 Cybersecurity Resource Center
https://k12cybersecure.com/

Cyber security national project New York City is launching public cybersecurity tools to keep residents from getting hacked
https://techcrunch.com/2018/03/29/nyc-secure-new-york-cybersecurity-app-de-blasio/

Chinese Company Backs Out Of Controversial Choir College Purchase https://www.npr.org/737666425

I know the award winning and statewide respected journalist, Charlie Kratovil, who was invited to attend a charter school conference in New Jersey this week at which White House correspondent April Ryan keynoted, who was forcibly ejected during Ryan’s speech after his camera was seized. Another local journalist who retired from a career with a major newspapers when it downsized, reported on this event – which is both mysterious and highly disturbing as it reeks of media suppression.

https://www.bobbraunsledger.com/jersey-journalist-roughed-up-at-session-sponsored-by-charter-school-groups/

Jersey journalist roughed up at session sponsored by charter school groups

An independent New Jersey journalist was roughed up, his video camera was seized, and he was ejected from a New Brunswick conference sponsored by a number of pro-charter school organizations.

The incident involving Charles Kratovil of New Brunswick Today at last Saturday’s session of what was billed the “Fourth Annual New Jersey Parents Summit” was caught on tape. Kratovil said he was injured during the scuffle and will file criminal charges against a security guard for radio journalist April Ryan, a speaker at the conference. The tape shows Ryan assenting to the guard’s action against Kratovil shortly after she began to speak.

Another internet-based news organization– news franchise TAPInto–apparently did not consider interfering with the work of a journalist at a public event newsworthy. TAPInto reported on the speech that was interrupted by the incident involving Kratovill but did not mention the scuffle.

TAPInto has refused comment on its role (or lack of one) in the incident, apparently witnessed by its New Brunswick editor Chuck O’Donnell whose byline appears on that outlet’s account of Ryan’s speech. Ryan, the White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks (AURN), also refused comment.

Ryan, also a paid analyst for CNN, achieved considerable notoriety last year when she was criticized by President Donald Trump. According to The New York Times. Trump said:

“You talk about somebody that’s a loser; she doesn’t know what the hell she’s doing. She gets publicity, and then she gets a pay raise or a contract with, I think, CNN. But she’s very nasty. And she shouldn’t be. She shouldn’t be. You’ve got to treat the White House and the office of the presidency with respect.”

Ryan says she has had to hire security guards because of death threats that followed her run-in with Trump. She did not mention that at Saturday’s meeting when she apparently had Kratovil removed.

It’s not clear why Kratovil was singled out for attention.

The videotape–just as Kratovil’s camera was seized– shows her explaining she does not allow videotaping of her public comments because she “like(s) to have an unfettered discussion.” The website of the conference sponsor, however, carries a videotape of remarks she made at a different session of the two-day meeting.

Kratovil, who publishes New Brunswick Today, is a well-known journalist in New Brunswick. He considers his media outlets–a website, a Twitter account, a You Tube channel, and an infrequent hard-copy newspaper–to be part of journalism’s “hyper-local” movement, replacing the many defunct or stripped-down local newspapers that once served New Brunswick and the surrounding area.

Despite his proclivity for occasionally making news–he ran for mayor and often speaks at public meetings–Kratovil is a professional journalist and has won awards for his work.

The 33-year-old journalist covers a wide variety of aspects of life in the university town–personal, political, and educational. He explains he was not especially interested in the topics covered in the conference, including charter schools. He wanted to meet a White House correspondent and introduce her to his followers.

“It’s just not every day a White House correspondent comes to New Brunswick,” he says. “I wanted to get it on videotape and run it on our YouTube channel.”

He says he never intended to write a story about the conference or the conference sponsors. New Brunswick Today published only one story about charter schools in the last few years–and his outlet has not taken an editorial position on them.

Kratovil provides a service and a product needed in a city like New Brunswick. In providing that service, he should not be mistreated by anyone–especially not another journalist. No journalist should.

While much is known about Kratovil, less is known of the “Fourth Annual New Jersey Parent Summit.” The conference was organized by an entity called “Project Ready,” founded and operated by Shenell McCloud, the state “director of advocacy” for KIPP Schools, a chain of charter schools that flourished in Newark under state control during the tenure of former GOP Gov. Chris Christie.

The conference program and website suggests the meeting was aimed at parents active in urban school districts. Several pro-charter speakers were listed in the program.

Organizers said about 300 people attended the weekend conference, about 200 of whom apparently purchased tickets to the affair–or had tickets purchased for them; the rest were invited guests, including state and local politicians and US Rep. Donald Payne Jr. (D-10th), who introduced Ryan. Pro-charter members of the Newark school board did speak, according to the program.

The roster of sponsors included the New Jersey organizations most active in the privatization of public schools–the New Jersey Charter School Association; Better Education for Kids, Inc (B4K); JerseyCan; KIPP-NJ; iLearn Schools; Parents for Great Camden Schools; the BRICK Education Network, and others.

“It was a little odd,” says Kratovil. “Obviously, there were many people there who seemed to be involved in charter schools, including a lot of parents whose kids attend but there wasn’t actually much talk about charter schools.”

From what he says and from the descriptions on organizational websites, the point of the conference was to introduce local parent organizers to local politicians, primarily from New Jersey’s major cities.

MIek DuHaime–his firm cooperated with Kravotil, gave no hint of trouble to come.
But–none of this explains why Kratovil was so unwelcome. The journalist posted e-mail exchanges with the public relations firm hired to create media interest in the conference, Mercury Public Affairs, LLC, a political consulting firm. One of its best-known partners is Mike DuHaime, the chief strategist for Christie’s unsuccessful presidential campaign.

The Mercury publicists were happy to have Kratovil at the conference.
New Brunswick Today had published an advance article on Ryan’s appearance–an event that drew no interest from mainstream media. On Saturday, Mercury employee Will Herberich helped him set up his video camera.

“Everyone was very polite,” says Kratovil. “I was too. I made sure my camera didn’t get in anyone’s way. I had no idea something like this was going to happen.”

He had taped about 90 minutes of the conference when Payne rose to introduce Ryan and Ryan began to speak.

It immediately became clear something was wrong. Ryan and an unidentified man clearly were troubled by Kratovil’s camera. The man, later identified only as out-of-state “security” for Ryan, heads toward the camera.

The camera obviously is forcefully removed. Audio from the scene depicts the argument between the man and Kratovil.

In a series of tweets posted on his Twitter account, Kratovil recounts in detail–with photos–how someone grabbed the camera and took it out of the room, followed by Kratovil demanding the man stop what he is doing. You can see the entire thread here:

Kratovil had every right to be where he was. Ryan, who has complained about the way the Trump White House treats her, did to Kravotil what Trump tried to do to her.

Worse, really–no one physically touched Ryan, no one took away her tape recorder, no one ejected her from the White House. Trump just criticized her–and that certainly hasn’t–and won’t–hurt her career.

She’s a hero to the press. Or was.

Last April, she was awarded a “Freedom of the Press” award from the Reporters’ Committee for Freedom of the Press.

Maybe the committee will give the same award to Kratovil next year. Ryan should nominate him. And he deserves it.

Kimi Wei | The Wei LLC
kimi@thewei.com

#ProtectPrivacy: American Library Association blasts LinkedIn for intrusive ToS changes

American Library Association blasts LinkedIn for intrusive ToS changes

Library goers will now have to use or sign up for a LinkedIn account when viewing Lynda.com courses at public libraries.

By Catalin Cimpanu for Zero Day | July 23, 2019 — 15:00 GMT (08:00 PDT)

The American Library Association has put LinkedIn on full blast after the tech giant announced a planned change to its terms of service for the LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com) platform.

The upcoming ToS change would force library-goers to give up on their privacy and register a LinkedIn account to have access to video training courses. Previously, they only had to provide a library card number to access such resources.

This is a big deal for ALA, which is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with over 57,000 members, mostly based in the US.

Many libraries don’t just provide access to books anymore. Modern libraries also grant patrons access to e-books, audiobooks, DVDs, 3D printers, but also technology training courses, which ALA said have become very popular.

For the latter, many libraries use public funds to purchase access to online video training courses from various platforms. LinkedIn Learning, formerly known as Lynda.com and acquired by LinkedIn in 2015, is one of the most popular services used by libraries.

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https://www.zdnet.com/article/american-library-association-blasts-linkedin-for-intrusive-tos-changes/

#deleteLinkedin

#ProtectPrivacy

Our Great-Grandmothers of Cyber Security WW1

Our Great-Grandmothers of Cyber Security.

“Male recruits had proved largely inexpert in the work, Cobbs said. It took
a man an average of 60 seconds to connect a call, while it took a woman only 10. The difference could mean winning or losing a battle.”

Though she was on the front lines helping to lead Signal Corps switchboard operators, she was not designated a veteran until after her death.

 

The last surviving sea silk seamstress and now you can learn to code for free.

Weaving looms were part of civilizations that existed in the Paleolithic era (this is the era where humankind invented stone tools). Certainly, it was around in the Neolithic era (10,200 BC, when humans started farming). A scrap of textile was found that researchers believe dates back to 5000 BC.

Flax was the fiber most often used by Egyptian weavers at this time, but other civilizations relied on wool for making cloth, except in China and Southeast Asia, where they were already weaving silk from silkworms. By the biblical times, all major civilizations were using weaving looms.

Women in Mesopotamia used the exceptionally light fabric to embroider clothes for their kings some 5,000 years ago. It was harvested to make robes for King Solomon, bracelets for Nefertiti, and holy vestments for priests, popes and pharaohs. It’s referenced on the Rosetta Stone, mentioned 45 times in the Old Testament and thought to be the material that God commanded Moses to drape on the altar in the Tabernacle.

Vigo is believed to be the last person on Earth who still knows how to harvest, dye and embroider sea silk into elaborate patterns that glisten like gold in the sunlight.

No-one is precisely sure how or why the women in Vigo’s family started weaving byssus, but for more than 1,000 years, the intricate techniques, patterns and dying formulas of sea silk have been passed down through this astonishing thread of women – each of whom has guarded the secrets tightly before teaching them to their daughters, nieces or granddaughters.

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170906-the-last-surviving-sea-silk-seamstress

“If you want to enter my world, I’ll show it to you,” she smiled. “But you’d have to stay here for a lifetime to understand it.”
Vigo learned the ancient craft from her maternal grandmother, who taught traditional wool weaving techniques on manual looms to the women of Sant’Antioco for 60 years. She remembers her grandmother paddling her into the ocean in a rowboat to teach her to dive when she was three years old. By age 12, she sat atop a pillow, weaving at the loom.

“My grandmother wove in me a tapestry that was impossible to unwind,” Vigo said. “Since then, I’ve dedicated my life to the sea, just as those who have come before me.”

Discussion with Maestro Chiara Vigo + screening of Il Filo dell’Acqua

Museo del Bisso di Chiara Vigo

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g608919-d7309390-Reviews-Museo_del_Bisso_di_Chiara_Vigo-Sant_Antioco_Isola_di_Sant_Antioco_Province_of_Car.html

Meanwhile . . .

Joseph-Marie Jacquard is interested in using silk for weaving and visit’s  Suzhou CHINA.

The town has also been an important center for China’s silk industry since the days of the Song Dynasty, between 960 and 1279. Jacquard visited the Suzhou Silk Factory  a near 100-year old state-owned factory in Suzhou, the city of silk in China. They were using blocks for weaving at that time and this is where Jacquard copied the idea and brought it back to France.

Mechanized Weaving

Joseph-Marie Jacquard’s Loom Uses Punched Cards to Store Patterns
1801 – 1821 http://www.historyofinformation.com/detail.php?entryid=508

The head of a shop memorized all the patterns.

In the 1700s many inventors and industrialists tried to mechanize the weaving loom. This was done with varying degrees of success and it wasn’t until the early 1800s that power-weaving became common. This took weaving out of the home, where artist would hand-weave and turned it into a mechanized process that was done at factories.

The blocks became known as “punch cards” which would allow the machine a greater flexibility than anything mankind had then invented to do calculations.

A punch card is a piece of stiff paper that contains digital information represented by the presence or absence of holes in predefined positions. The information might be data for data processing applications or, as in earlier times, used to directly control automated machinery.

The terms IBM card, or Hollerith card, specifically refer to punch cards used in semiautomatic data processing.

Punch cards were widely used through much of the 20th century in what became known as the data processing industry, where specialized and increasingly complex unit record machines, organized into data processing systems, used punched cards for data input, output, and storage. Many early digital computers used punched cards, often prepared using keypunch machines, as the primary medium for input of both computer programs and data.

Punch cards are the beginning of computer programs. Learn to turn the ones and zero’s on and off.

Tell the punch cards what to do 🙂

 Scott E  Fahlman             :-) 
From: Scott E  Fahlman <Fahlman at Cmu-20c>
I propose that the following character sequence for joke markers:
:-)
Read it sideways.  Actually, it is probably more economical to mark
things that are NOT jokes - given current trends.  For this, use
:-(

Learn to code for free.

https://www.freecodecamp.org/

“There are so many aspects of civilization that can be improved through better systems — and software is just a way of telling computers how to enact those systems.” — Quincy Larson

Educational CyberPlayGround: K12Newsletters 7-11-2019

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The National Endowment for the Arts Folk & Traditional Arts team
is very excited to share a summary and video from the Close Listening: A National Case for the Value and Impact of the Folk & Traditional Arts convening that was held at the 2018 National Assembly of State Arts Agency’s pre-conference in Baltimore, MD last October: https://www.arts.gov/artistic-fields/folk-traditional-arts/close-listening-on-the-value-and-impact-of-the-folk-and-traditional-arts.

The video <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_rALZNb-7M> includes highlights from conversations with several participants, and the summary <https://www.arts.gov/sites/default/files/Close-Listening-Summary-July2019.pdf> includes a list of key recommendations from the convening and brief summaries of each session. We hope that you will find these materials as inspiring as we have. Please feel free to share far and wide.

Cheryl Schiele~ Folk & Traditional Arts Specialist | Multidisciplinary Arts National Endowment for the Arts

“End of Old Song
See the entire film at http://www.folkstreams.net/
Filmed in the mountains of North Carolina, this acclaimed documentary revisits the region where English folklorist Cecil Sharp collected British ballads in the early 1900s. The film contrasts the nature of the ballad singers with the presence of the juke box.

Google’s 4,000-Word Privacy Policy Is a Secret History of the Internet

Mermaids Have Always Been Black

The uproar over Disney casting Halle Bailey as the Little Mermaid overlooks generations of Caribbean and African folklore
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/10/opinion/black-little-mermaid.html

 

Educational CyberPlayGround, Inc. NetHappenings and K12Newsletters 6.19.19

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Discover the right school for your child. https://k12playground.com/
Internet Pioneer Gleason Sackmann’s 1996  “Hot List” text file of  the first K12 School websites into the first public public project in the world launched online July 9, 1998. The public is still invited to submit their school information and website data . Once you’ve located your school, update the information about the school such as the amenities, features or programs that make this school special. Compare K12 Schools and School Districts in the USA. Join Interdisciplinary #STEAM #STEM K12 School Projects. Link to your video project from your school information page and promote your work.

NEWS

Trump administration quietly makes it legal to bring elephant parts to the U.S. as trophies WP

Africa’s proverb of the day  BBC
You think of water when the well is empty. Sent by Agata Kassa, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

There Should Be an Age Limit for Presidents
Tyranny of the 70-Somethings The Democratic Party’s gerontocracy is holding back the political causes it claims to want to advance.
theatlantic.com

Can Elizabeth Warren Win It All    New Yorker

Hypersonic Missiles Are Unstoppable. And They’re Starting a New Global Arms Race. NYT
Reuters Around the world, the proportion paying for any online news has increased only slightly, with this growth being limited to a few Nordic countries. Even in countries where people pay in higher numbers, most only do so for one title.
Social communication is becoming more private with people continuing to turn away from Facebook. WhatsApp is becoming the primary social communication tool for news in many countries in the Global South including Brazil (53% usage for news), Malaysia (50%) and South Africa (49%).
Concern around misinformation is high in many countries despite efforts by platforms and publishers to build public confidence.
Trust in news in general is down by 2 percentage points to 42%, and less than half (49%) trust the news that they themselves use.

Low-tech DRM….
Genius hid a Morse code message in song lyrics to prove Google was copying them “Over the last two years, we’ve shown Google irrefutable evidence again and again that they are displaying lyrics copied from Genius,” Gross said. To catch Google, Genius watermarked lyrics with the help of apostrophes, alternating between straight and curly single-quote marks in exactly the same sequence for every song. When turned into dots and dashes, the apostrophes spell the words Red Handed, which is a smart trick. bgr.com

This week, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced that hackers compromised traveler images and license plate photos from one of the agency’s contractors. vice.com

Hong Kong ‘Police given secret access to hospital database’ The police were able to find and arrest people injured in last Wednesday’s extradition bill protests because officers have been given secret backdoor access to the Hospital Authority’s patient database, medical sector lawmaker Pierre Chan said on Monday. rthki.hk

Google Made $4.7 Billion From the News Industry in 2018, Study Says NYT

Google and PayPal explored OCC’s fintech charter, then walked away
americanbanker.com

“HK protesters have developed “Protest Sign Language”: Hand signals to request helmet, eye goggle, face mask
twitter.com

vice.comthe artist who created the Zuckerberg deepfake from earlier this week made another one, to protest suppression of his art. Facebook is now tasked with the hard job of defining what is art, what is satire, and reading two billion minds:
twitter.com

Top AI researchers race to detect ‘deepfake’ videos: ‘We are outgunned’ By Drew Harwell June 12  WP

Canary in the Coal Mine Bitcoin has rightfully earned the dubious title of “Canary in the Coal Mine” because numerous financial analysts expect that the first target of a quantum computer criminal will be mining the entire lode of Bitcoin; it’s a big, juicy target.
driveinsider.com

How To Secure Your Network: Five Modern Alternatives to VPN
bleepingcomputer.com

Hackers Remotely Kill a Jeep on the Highway—With Me in It
wired

Samsung’s Smart TV Malware Scan Reminder Met by User Criticism
Back in 2017, WikiLeaks revealed information on malware dubbed Weeping Angel, developed by the CIA in collaboration with Britain’s MI5/BTSS department and capable of infecting Samsung F800 TVs. According to the info leaked by WikiLeaks, Weeping Angel can record ambient sound using the built-in microphone, collect browser and WiFi credentials, block updates, and much more. Samsung customers who want to detect and get rid of the odd malware that escaped through the fingers of their Smart TV’s security solution can manually scan for viruses which might have crept in undetected by going into their device’s Options > General > System Manager > Smart Security menu and then hit “Scan.”

Industrial methane emissions are 100 times higher than reported, researchers say phys.org

YCNMTSU
F-35 Hit With Cluster Bomb Of Damning Reports As Pentagon Eyes Full Rate Production Less than 48 hours after Lockheed Martin and the Pentagon reached a handshake agreement on the purchase of a whopping 480 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, an absolute cluster bomb of stories has dropped detailing significant technical issues with the jets. The revelations cover ongoing problems for all three F-35 variants, including performance limitations, troubles when operating in very hot or very cold weather, dangerous cockpit pressure incidents, faults in the helmet-mounted display, serious safety concerns in the event of a blown tire, and much more. The new details underscore the Joint Strike Fighter’s ongoing troubles as the Pentagon’s central Joint Program Office, or JPO, seeks to move the aircraft out of its developmental phase for good, as well as highlighting a worrying, but long-standing lack of transparency about the state of the program.  thedrive

The treachery of Julian Assange
It is hard to believe now, but honest people once worked for WikiLeaks for all the right reasons. Like me, they saw the site as a haven; a protected space where writers could publish stories that authoritarian censors and libel lawyers would otherwise have suppressed.
guardian

Reuters Top U.S. universities took funds from Chinese firm tied to Xinjiang security The Massachusetts Institute of Technology and at least one other university have research partnerships with a Chinese artificial intelligence company that has business ties with police in China’s Xinjiang region, where a sweeping crackdown on Uighurs has drawn international condemnation. Reuters found no evidence that any of the universities were directly involved in creating technology for iFlytek, or that their work was intended for use in Xinjiang, where Uighurs, a Muslim minority group, are kept under tight surveillance, including in “reeducation camps.” MIT last year announced a five-year agreement under which iFlytek would help underwrite three research projects at the university’s renowned Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL).

Scientists Are Aiding Apartheid in China
The Chinese government has effectively created a system of apartheid in its resource-rich and strategically important northwestern Xinjiang region. It is targeting Uyghurs and other Turkic minorities based on their racial identity with its use of internment camps, mass surveillance, repression of political and cultural expression, and other forms of discrimination.
As part of these efforts, the Chinese government has genetically profiled much of the population of Xinjiang — everyone between 12 and 65 — as part of the most comprehensive and intrusive system of biometric surveillance ever implemented.
On the face of it, trying to use forensic genetic technologies to distinguish one group of people from another may not seem too problematic if it helps police or national security investigations. But when you consider the history of using science for the purpose of oppression, the ongoing genetic research is a serious potential threat to human and legal rights.
Following the horrors of Nazi medical experimentation and the attendant decline of eugenics, the use of racial categories in science lost much of its credibility and legitimacy. However, in the aftermath of 9/11, by using euphemisms like biogeographic ancestry and phenotypical appearance, the international forensic genetic community resurrected once discredited notions of race, arguing that these categories can potentially assist police investigations and national security. But scholars, like Troy Duster of University of California, Berkeley, and Duana Fullwiley of Stanford University, have argued that this normalization of racial categories in forensic genetic research could make these technologies of oppression against marginalized peoples. In Xinjiang, we see the realization of the draconian potential of this resurrection of race.

The switch from caucuses to primaries to ranked choice voting

The switch from caucuses to primaries to ranked choice voting.
Ranked-choice voting is coming to the presidential election is the process for selecting the Democratic nominee.
Democrats are changing the rules to empower more of the party faithful in the 2020 presidential nominating process. As a result, at least 10 states are dropping their caucuses and going to primaries. And at least five will select at least some delegates using a controversial process known as ranked-choice voting.
https://thefulcrum.us/voting/iowa-virtual-caucus

 

Educational CyberPlayGround, Inc. NetHappenings and K12Newsletters 6.2.19

Educational CyberPlayGround, Inc. NetHappenings and K12Newsletters 6.2.19

SCIENCE  – STEM

  • Find a School – Discover the right school for your child.

  • The history of sign language

  • The contemporary Icelandic belief in elves explained

  • Anatomy of a Perfect Album: On Joni Mitchell’s Blue

  • Joel Bernstein lifetime achievement award for photography

  • Virality Is Dead

  • David Epstein on the Genius of the Self-Taught Musician

  • Personas of a Rock ‘N’ Roll Icon

  • 737 MAX Disaster fatal consequences

  • US Customs Facial Recognition Photos Data Breach

  • Why airport face scans are a privacy trap

  • GPS Degraded Across Much of US

  • Online Spreadsheet Discloses Museum Workers’ Salaries

Find a School – Discover the right school for your child.
Find and compare K12 Schools and School Districts in the USA and Territories.  https://k12playground.com/

ARTS – STEAM

The history of sign language
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/archaeology-and-history/magazine/2019/05-06/creation-of-sign-language/

Anatomy of a Perfect Album: On Joni Mitchell’s Blue
“ONLY A PHASE, THESE DARK CAFÉ DAYS.”
https://lithub.com/anatomy-of-a-perfect-album-on-joni-mitchells-blue/
Mitchell starts the record right off with wanderlust, her first words: I am on a lonely road and I am traveling, traveling, traveling, traveling, amplifying the feeling later: I am on a lonely road and I am traveling / Looking for the key to set me free. By boat, plane, foot, and ice skate, her whims and fancies take her to a Greek island, Paris (she doesn’t like it there), Spain, Las Vegas, maybe Amsterdam and Rome, and return home to her Ithaca, which is California. You hear Mitchell’s original Canadian-ness when she lands on the word “sorrow” as “soe-row” on “Little Green,” a poignant 1967 song, revived for this recording, from the perspective of a young single mother, also in the reverent way she intones the Canadian national anthem, “O Canada,” in the middle of “A Case of You.”

Friend  JOEL BERNSTEIN Musician / Photographer / Writer / Archivist  Compilation of Photographs – all the album covers you know
2018 IPHF FEATURES PROFILE ON JOEL FOR HIS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD [ friend during junior high / high school times ]
https://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Ringleaders/joel.html

Images of rock legends from Laurel Canyon
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n6OXzsUQWpg

Virality Is Dead
I’m an independent concert promoter going on 40 years now. My clients are now only a few, and I work them nationwide. Without question, Facebook “boosted posts” are quietly putting radio and print out of business in terms of how to get the word out on a cost-effective basis. And you don’t really need virality anymore in order to promote an artist or event.
I’m not talking Facebook “ads,” but “boosted posts.” Users see these posts from the artist’s page in their newsfeeds and can share them organically, unlike “ads,” which cannot be shared. I used to spend thousands of dollars breaking a show with print ads and radio. I won’t mention the act or the market, but recently I spent $1000 on a print ad in a major metropolitan market and… in a literal example of the old saying… “Did 10 tickets.” That’s right. I sold exactly 10 tickets, not even covering the cost of the ad. I spent a fraction of that amount on boosted Facebook posts and did 500 tickets. And you wonder how the Russians spent only $100k on Facebook and turned an entire election in 2016? ~ Brian Martin”
https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Investors-say-promoter-owes-them-2-million-3242597.php

David Epstein on the Genius of the Self-Taught Musician
https://lithub.com/david-epstein-on-the-genius-of-the-self-taught-musician/

What David Bowie Borrowed From William Burroughs On the Shifting Personas of a Rock ‘N’ Roll Icon
https://lithub.com/what-david-bowie-borrowed-from-william-burroughs/

Online Spreadsheet Discloses Museum Workers’ Salaries
http://www.artnews.com/2019/05/31/google-spreadsheet-museum-workers-disclose-salaries/
In another sign of increasing demand for transparency at art institutions across the world, museum workers have begun making public their salary rates via a Google Spreadsheet document that began circulating on Friday morning. Titled Art/Museum Salary Transparency 2019, the document allows users to add information about the terms of their employment and their rates of pay at some of the biggest museums in the world.

Folklore: The contemporary Icelandic belief in elves explained
http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20181217-the-elusive-hidden-people-of-iceland

Overview of the ArtPlace/DAISA initiative (download a copy of the report) here: https://www.artplaceamerica.org/agriculture-food
The report argues that “integrating artistic and cultural practices with food and agriculture enables a creative and inclusive process and ensures community members see their identities, histories, and interests reflected in the work.” ~ Clifford Murphy – Folk & Traditional Arts Director | Multidisciplinary Arts National Endowment for the Arts

SCIENCE  – STEM

Don’t smile for surveillance: Why airport face scans are a privacy trap
https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2019/06/10/your-face-is-now-your-boarding-pass-thats-problem/

How Boeing’s Bean-Counters Courted the 737 MAX Disaster Just when the smallest jet should have been replaced with a new model, the company fell into tight-fisted hands—with fatal consequences. https://www.thedailybeast.com/how-boeing-bean-counters-courted-the-737-max-disaster

US Customs And Border Protection’s Database Of Traveler Facial Recognition Photos Was Stolen In A Data Breach
“CBP learned that a subcontractor … transferred copies of license plate images and traveler images collected by CBP to the subcontractor’s company network. The subcontractor’s network was subsequently compromised by a malicious cyber-attack.” https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/daveyalba/the-us-governments-database-of-traveler-photos-has-been

GPS Degraded Across Much of US
Blog Editor’s Note: Even as a Presidential Advisory Board was discussing GPS as “the Gold Standard” for satellite-based navigation last week, the system may have been operating in a degraded mode.
On Sunday the Federal Aviation Administration held a teleconference to discuss the issue that seems to have persisted for several days.  While not “failing,” GPS signal quality seems to have degraded and this is impacting some equipment and services. Specifically, the aviation safety Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast system has been impacted across much of the United States. FAA has posted the following map depicting the areas impacted:
These problems have delayed and cancelled flights, possibly by the thousands. The FAA seems to have addressed some of this problem by issuing waivers for some aircraft to fly without operable ADS-B safety systems, as long as they stay on pre-planned routes and below 28,000 ft altitude.
Speculation on some on-line forums point to specific manufactures’ equipment and aircraft that are primarily effected. Previous degradation in GPS signal quality, such as the SVN-23 caused problem in January 2016, have shown that equipment from different vendors react differently to the problem. Some are unaffected, some go offline, and some just perform poorly.
The January 2016 SVN-23 degradation caused much of the nation’s ADS-B system to be unavailable for much of the day. Other receivers and systems were impacted also. Cellular networks, first responder systems, digital broadcast, and numerous other systems were impacted.
Watchstanders at the US Coast Guard Navigation Center seemed unaware of the problem early Monday morning, but promised to investigate and respond.
https://rntfnd.org/2019/06/10/gps-degraded-across-much-of-us-ads-b-impacted/