Selective Inflation Increases Financial Gap by Jonathan A Weiss Esq.

Selective Inflation Increases Financial Gap

Serious Thoughts on How to Fix America

~ by Jonathan A. Weiss Esq.

Serious Thoughts on How to Fix America

“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.

The age of “normal retirement” has been raised to the particular detriment of manual workers whose bodies have paid a physical toll. The payment is now delayed to the middle or the end of the month. Ronald Reagan had payments rounded down to the lower dollar. The increases do not reflect actual inflation (yet there are moves now to use lower formulas than current) and, of course, are in lower cash amounts for the recipients of lower amounts. (Since the financial crash in 2008, not-risky investments pay those dependent on savings  and very low interest – CDs, money markets, saving accounts, and annuities – municipal bonds have disappeared.) Pensions promised, in effect delayed salary, in the private sector are often subject to substitution of claimed equivalent lump sum; unexpected reductions and extensive denials only possibly rectified by protracted litigation, terminations of plans (sometimes invoking the federal Pension Guarantee Fund) and assorted other difficulties.

Public sector pensions and associated fringe benefits, e.g. health insurance have often been reduced for later hires (New York has multiple tiers). Unemployment insurance has limited duration and amount. Workman’s Compensation not only often requires litigation for receipt but is limited with recipients generally unable to work in other secondary jobs as they once did (and often prevent private personal injury suits which would have resulted in substantially greater awards). “Welfare as you know it” was demolished by Clinton without reason although it was always inadequate to support women rearing children and those children. (The Supreme Court had already upheld the “Family Cap” which some States are now removing.) Food stamps have been decreased as are other benefits in what is absurdly called “the safety net.” All these exacerbate the negative effects of inflation on fixed income individuals.

The cost of necessities often rises faster than general increase in cost. In the background of housing exist the homeless. One source of this suffering group was initiated by Ronald Reagan who, not motivated by mistakes and deprivations in mental institutions, emptied mental health facilities in California to create a national trend. Some of the individuals were not able to function, particularly with no preparation, in the outside world. The needed provision for mental health community centers was not only not forthcoming but the existence of the ones available reduced and eliminated. Half way houses suffered similar treatment. Effective outreach to those in the streets (which are often preferable to them then “shelters” is minimum. In this time of mass incarceration with a Rhenquist led Supreme Court 1986 until his death in 2005 – focused on punishment rather than rehabilitation, we have not only the spectacle of prison horrors (e.g. solitary confinement, sometimes for many years “maximum security” jails, shackles, demeaning underpaid work, capital punishment etc.) specially featured by private prisons in the industrial prison complex, resulting in those released being unprepared for freedom and untrained for employment.

[The Associated Press reports that Chief Justice William Rehnquist has given the Smithsonian Institution the robe–the one with the ridiculous yellow stripes on the sleeves–that he wore while presiding over President Clinton’s impeachment trial in the Senate. Rehnquist valued the donation at $30,000, according to his 1999 financial disclosure form. How does he know the value? He had it appraised by Sotheby’s!
In writing his new book about O’Connor called First, which will be published in 2019, biographer Evan Thomas discovered that Rehnquist proposed to O’Connor in the early 1950s, after he graduated early from Stanford. As NPR reported, the two dated briefly, and O’Connor—at the time called Sandra Day—later referred to him as a “study buddy” (mid-20th-century vernacular for “friend zone”). That spring, Rehnquist wrote O’Connor a letter saying that he wanted to talk about “important things.” He went on: “To be specific, Sandy, will you marry me this summer?” O’Connor turned her “study buddy” down and married John O’Connor in 1952.]

The mass incarceration (considerably based on the War on Drugs I condemned  is grotesque to the extent it is now drawing some legislative and local attention. The ex-prisoners (often not able to vote, now under scrutiny and challenges) have tarnished records, along often with little training for jobs so their employment possibilities and any “benefits” are increasingly inadequate in inflationary times.

Public or “affordable” housing in often not available for the homeless but for many with low incomes (the current Trump-Carson HUD management is focused not on badly needed maintenance and (job creating) construction but rather eviction, particularly of immigrants in “mixed residences”, etc. The original provision of high rises (over five floors) and clusters have produced predictable social chaos with youth not prepared for gainful employment in a dangerous environment. The lack of maintenance has often created unlivable conditions. This country faces a great need for proper public housing properly maintained and “affordable housing”. Those in need often have to choose between payments for necessities or the equally important shelter. Building properly constructed and place public housing would also create jobs.

Of general concern is the rapidly rising rents and purchase prices in many urban centers, both residential and commercial (creating many empty stores formerly housing small businesses because of tax advantages) – and commercial rent control, which although desirable seems politically unlikely and even utopian, in spite of the obscene unjustified wealth of developers and many large Realtors and real estate owners (and resulting political power). Residential rent controls, when available, are under constant attack (only 20, 000 rent control tenants are left in New York City and only one million apartments are rent “stabilized”) with raises every year, a special inflation. Its absence has led to the gentrification of Washington, D.C. to compare with very high rents in San Francisco, New York. etc. which results also in gentrification with only some preservation of all types of diversity. Proposals for requiring some “affordable” housing in new residential buildings are resisted but enforced in some Cities but never near the real quantity needed. Rents and purchase prices for apartments, condominiums, coops and houses are accelerating upwards.

The resulting “gentrification” produces, in a partial reversal of suburban and ex-urban preference, with many rich people moving into formerly middle class, working, and poor neighborhoods in many cities. The former residents are driven out from proximity to commercial and industrial centers (to the degree they survive) thereby entailing costly (and time consuming) commutes – a hidden housing and transportation inflation along with the increases in rents and purchases.

Trump with his reflexive reactionary administration and Congressional supporters changed the tax code with an obvious retaliation against States whose citizens voted heavily against his election so that he lost by about 3 million votes (See my article on Trump and Hitler ) . The limitation of the deduction for State Real Estate taxes to $10,000 punishes the many who pay much more (often in order to provide for better schools) creating an inflation in the actual cost of house ownership. Construction and maintenance, particularly for quality, are increasingly expensive.

Encouraged by Eisenhower and his Secretary of Agriculture, agribusiness has transformed food production to become its very dominant force. (This situation has also led to the monopolistic intrusion in farming of poisonous pesticides, soil destroying fertilizers, monocropping, and even great reduction of seed variety. The movie, a few years back, Food Inc.

documented Monsanto’s (see Clarance Thomas)  evil activities in this area. They are now losing suits over the carcinogenic properties of the widely marketed pesticide Roundup).

A great deal of food has degenerated in quality and nutritional value. Fowl, swine, and beef are raised in inhumane settings. Chickens furnish a prime example. They have been bred (while confined with no movement possible) to grow much larger, particularly in the breast but shrunken in the legs so they can not walk with drumsticks much smaller – tasteless flesh purveyed with coatings for fast food. Champion layers of eggs used to produce about 250 a year. Now flocks produce eggs every day. Triple A eggs (and pullets) once were available. Double A is now almost unknown.

For many years the “Rutgers” tomato was standard (with some combinations like the Prichard crossed with Cooper’s Special.) Now there is a new variety designed for profusion, speed, and ease in machine (and maltreated migrants) harvesting. The result is no taste and less nutrition in their often partially white interiors. Berries, imported and domestic, with limited companies distributing. have suffered the same fate, often packaged so mold and rot are hidden.

Some popular fish are now “farmed”, consider the Franken salmon developed. It is impossible to ignore the devastating damage ecologically and environmentally (including the danger of specially bred fishes mixing with the natural ones). Fresh fish have been particularly eliminated by pollution, oil spills, water diversion, and dams. Richard Nixon once mistakenly urged people to buy fish instead of meat as fish was already more expensive. Desirable as fresh fish is for health, it is now priced notably higher than other protein sources widely available.

The list goes on. What is the consequence?
If one wants food with flavor and nutrition, one has to go to special sources.
(The purchaser should not be fooled by the slapping of “organic” on the labels since there is no legal standard. Extra virgin olive oil entails pressing without breaking the grapes’ skin – but similarly the label is slapped on without justification.) To buy from special sources means to pay more, often a multiple of what is available in standard stores. This requirement means a real inflation in the cost of desirable food.

warrenAccording to exit polls, health was the number one concern for voters in the 2018 election. Insurance and care costs have greatly increased. Even though every income earner pays into Medicare (with a limit on increasing premiums for those receiving over $225,000), it costs close to $300 a month to use as insurance. The needed “supplemental health insurance” (without long term care usually) costs about the same.

The Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) based on the right wing Heritage Foundation’s plan does nothing to control the highly profitable and powerful insurance industry. Premiums are therefore high.

Nonetheless, it managed to cover many individuals for whom insurance was not possible (e.g. the broadly defined “prior condition” exclusion which includes pregnancy). John McCain, lauded a hero, for his necessary vote to save that Act, then voted to exclude the “mandate” to enroll.

It was that linchpin, considering it as a tax, which led Chief Justice Roberts to forge a 5 vote majority to save the increased coverage. Without that provision, the Court may not uphold the law thereby casting an estimated over 20 million off any insurance to pay for health care.

As it is, many famed specialists, and others, do not take Medicare (many more Medicaid) and insurance often only covers small amount. This inflation excludes many possible patients. Medical costs now include not only many care providers (often stopped early when still needed for recovering people’s assistance and rehabilitation) but expensive machinery and tests. Rehabilitation is expensive with a 30 visit limit for Medicare. Many hospitals have closed, particularly in rural areas, limiting access and increasing transportation costs (particularly ambulances.

Nursing home costs are so high, people divorce to be eligible for Medicaid, set up (paying lawyers) Special Needs trusts, or spend all their savings to become eligible, a suffering subset.

Drug prices are a well known scandal.

Bush Watson HitlerGeorge W, Bush established Part D payments for drug companies to increase their market with no funding source.

  • Medicare does not negotiate prices of drugs so they pay twice what the Veteran’s Health Plan negotiates.
  • Some drug prices have escalated thousands of percent when a company so decides, including life saving drugs.
  • Many will have to sacrifice on essentials to pay for expensive drugs; some, who can’t afford them, will suffer and die. Deadly separate inflation.

Many drugs are developed by government research. Drug companies (uniquely in the world able to advertise on television) spend as much on advertisement as they do on research as part of the costs to consumers.

The research developing drugs is often paid, in full or part, by the Federal Government but then sold with great profit by drug, manufacturers.

When I went to Yale to graduate in 1960, tuition, room and board were $2,000.

With scholarships and student work, work on vacations (much easier to obtain, in menial and manual) I lived comfortably with money for socialization and recreation. I left Chicago and Yale schools while enjoying a similar life style with only $5000 in loans which I was able to pay off in under two years.

The contrast with today is striking. The cost is 40 times more (with many administrators and buildings provided.) Startling increase.

Attendance at the best Public schools often require moving to special areas with higher costs including taxes. To get into specialized schools, parents pay fortunes for tutoring, etc. Private schools have costs similar to colleges. For the “best” schools donations and activities are often required (impossible for the poor.) (In New York, the welcome trend is to free State colleges, dependent on income. and NYU medical school for free.) Charter schools, a bad privatization, and “home” schooling are often inadequate, bad, and undermine the great American history of providing public education.

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Computers (with all their negative effects on reading, writing, communicating, concentrating, and posture caused in part by being subject to randomness, no uniformity in systems and software as well as unnecessary changes) are required for students (note effect of class and cultural orientation.) Schools now have them with costly internet and their provision is one public project. A new cost. The necessity for education costs can create a real burden except for the “better off”..

I discussed transportation  in my article on this website of the desirability of free transportation. With tolls, fuel, parking, “congestion prices” (currently debated in Washington, D.C. half implemented in New York. D.C and price of purchase, purchases owning a car has become more expensive for those dependent on them (a necessity in many rural areas.). In this connection, whereas bikes are an excellent means of transport in place like Amsterdam, in New York, the bike lanes (and parking for revenue) reduces the room for cars by a half, while bike riders, ride the wrong way, in the street, on the sidewalks, and weaving (some are people delivering goods spurred on by need for money) with no identification, warning systems and now often illegally very fast powered by electricity – all laws and safety concerns not being subject to police action while endangering money. The resulting traffic jams produce much noise and pollution while decreasing efficiency in moving around. Chicago, St. Louis and other American cities have subways and rails to the airports; New York only has a “skyline” from Brooklyn for one airport (with a local bus with limited pick up on West Side) to another, and nothing of this nature for the third, forcing flyers to use motor vehicles creating more congestion.

Of particular note for car owners, is unibody exteriors and computer controls so repairs can no longer be done by the owner but require special equipment – so that that cost has accelerated specialty. Of course, given complication and randomness (and unnecessary features now considered, in this country, requirements, such as buttons for windows, automatic shifting) and the mania for SUVs, costs for car ownership has increased considerably more than it should have. Commuter costs (invoked above and often required more for “lower classes.”) have escalated more then many other costs. Public transportation, used by workers and the non-wealthy) has often gone up considerably and declined disastrously as part of the great decay of the infra structure including roads, bridges, and tunnels now dangerous.

Entertainment and recreation are not considered necessities. Yet they are a component of a rich fulfilling life.

Once again, the escalation of prices is remarkable, particularly recently. Movies are much more expensive. The theater has gone up considerably (even discount services). Some “hits” like Hamilton sell seats at $350 (most Broadway productions have extra expensive select seats in the orchestra.) The Metropolitan Opera in New York starts the Orchestra at $350 and seats in the second balcony for $150. Museums and parks charge much more even some which used to be free. Consider also National Parks- also now being irreversibly destroyed by Trump – some for oil extraction with bad environmental consequences.

David Zinn has demonstrated the rip off of the public to build new Sports stadiums for teams with ultra-rich owners which just move the entertainment dollar around rather than create new revenue.
They now are like shopping malls (and some indoor arena like dance floors with excessive noise and flashing lights.) Cheap seat areas are now replaced by enclosed “sky boxes”, like fancy hotel suites, for multi-millionaires and billionaires. Once a simple cheap excursion for a family, not only are ticket prices way up, but children are assaulted with temptations of all sorts while food is now not just a cheap snack but expensive bites or more, some offering expensive liquor and beer at $15! For a family, even avoiding the mall, unable to bring their food and drink in as they used to be able, the experience is more akin to an amusement park than cheap family spectating. <more>

Many maintain that with television and these costs, the three most popular American sports have degenerated (as well as expanded so that teams and players are much harder to follow.
Fundamentals in baseball, such as sliding, bunting, base running have disappeared so that games feature home runs (with lower pitching mounds, juiced balls, closer fences and sometimes high altitudes) and strike outs (by those seeking home runs, particularly; basketball has three point shots and dunks (often preceded by non-called “traveling”) with a decrease in ball handling, passing, and running; football features 300 pounders (and up) straining against each other with a plethora of passing,- perhaps retired Suma wrestlers should be used for “goal line” stands. Football’s “prevent defense” predictably leads to touchdowns, extending the time of game greatly (“2 minutes” take up to an half hour allowing for many more commercials.)

Sadly American horse racing 23 DEAD HORSES Santa Anita Track had badly declined (longer seasons and gambling have contributed to this decline).
The “sport of kings”
attracted many far from rich, offering way better odds than lotteries, and somewhat better than casinos. Money now is made on stud fees. not racing, so stand out colts are retired sometimes after three years and certainly after four. Ironically, breeding does not work out with a few cheap horses winning and the most expensive colts and fillies failing. Bold Rules was a very good sire of sprinters. Yet his son Secretariat, maybe the greatest racer of all time, was better the longer the course, as demonstrated in the Belmont. He, in turn, was a complete failure at stud. Horses here are now bred and trained only for sprints (no more steeple chases) which becomes boring. Horses, possibly as a result, seem to be breaking down (while running with chemicals infused) considerably more often in American racetracks. Greyhound racing has been banned as inhumane…suggesting that possibility in this country.

There are now a plethora of television channels.
No one could watch them all. Most watch only a few. There are many devices on which to watch the presentations. On most, the commercials are mind numbing in quantity and quality (particularly at the end of football and basketball games). For home television, cable TV is required for many in the cities because of the big buildings and for most for the preferred channels. Originally offered for about $9 a month, basic cable costs often around $150 plus any specialized channels for entertainment or some foreign language. It often offers the main entertainment for poor and working people – and for the mobility limited.

Eating out is often almost required for entertainment.
Restaurants (in part because of rising rents) are now much more expensive than a decade ago. (The famous fancy ones range in the multiples of $100 for each person (up to $700) before costly special water, wine (way up), and/or drinks.) Pity the poor people who must drive in, park, eat, pay for a baby sitter, just to go to the theater or movie.

Special treats for home consumption are for the wealthy alone.

  • Real caviar (particularly if environmentally acceptable) costs more than a normal household spends on food for a week.
  • Jewish delicatessen (Sable once the “poor man’s sturgeon” – now costs as much as sturgeon due to Japanese demand – which is also a factor in the extraordinary cost of some fine fresh fish) there  is no longer “appetizing” but “gourmet”.

Many other “luxury” items are exclusive territory for the wealthy.
Wine has become notably expensive. (The Chinese are reputed to have bought up a large number of French wines). Even though many countries and American locales now produce wine, its inflationary costs rise (with extra increases in bars, restaurants, etc.) I do not invoke the fancy extravagant whiskeys, tequilas, and vodkas (most identical in flavor and just prestige priced) as they basically represent indulgence and “conspicuous consumption.” Much consumable now is the province only of the rich.

Maybe golf clubs’ costs have just matched regular inflation having traditionally been for rich white men to play, drink, and consummate business deals. Trump has said golf is for the rich to play with the rich. (His malignant megalomania reaches revelatory heights in cheating there see Reilly, The Commander in Cheat a golfer’s attack on Trump, or at least on the way Trump plays the game, a game Reilly reveres as revealing of character. Recently, however, the terrific charismatic Tiger Woods has led to greatly increased popularity for the public (with integration in clubs, possibly connected.).

Here lies a research project.
Consider what is destroyed to create a golf course (years required for some tournaments’ preparation once built), what it costs for water, planting, fertilizing, pesticides – particularly how they destroy the environment (including flying creature migrations) and contribute to pollution and global warming. The result of such research for environmental harm may produce figures that are dismaying…at the least. Inflation may be an indirect result (even without costs for spectators to attend and watch on television.) Trump golf course partially destroys Site of Special Scientific Interest

Allocation of Resources
Offers the Major Key

These inequalities augmented
by selective inflation
can be remedied

The vast majorities of remedies are quite feasible politically. We have suggested, implicitly or explicitly, some obvious ones above. Some of the above accounts of inflationary problems, correlated with disparate treatment based on wealth, indicate the needed solutions while we now suggest other partial systematic solutions.

When, and if, there is a new Administration, all the regulations removed can be listed, examined, and restored. (Also too withdrawal from Treaties, foreign non-military engagement, subsidies (e.g. high speed rail – See California) and “sanctions” against selected countries which deprive the people of real needs but do not succeed in “regime change.” (Consider invasions which failed from MacArthur’s foray into North Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and disastrous effects in Libya.). Privatization and contracting out can be eliminated or greatly reduced for governmental justifiable actions. Obviously adding profits to cost does not increase efficiency but only expense. (Compare The Tennessee Valley project with military subcontracts, public housing maintenance by contract and subcontract, street repairs with safety installations, etc.).

The tax code cries for revision and return to its formerly progressive nature (with simplification and elimination of loopholes for corporations and the wealthy) – same for Medicare if continued.

Putting a cap on what heirs could inherit and a low limit on taxes starting over a million or so.

Decreasing the military industrial complex (e.g. no one can calculate great cost of Destroyers – we have six, no other country more than one; the budget is great than the next four-six countries combined, not to mention the nuclear armaments, etc.) the industrial prison complex, and, I have suggested, abolishing the “War and Drugs” and changing the CIA can add to disposable funds (At some later date, scrutiny of the FBI will be desirable).

In the Meantime . . .
We have the Political Precedents

A combination of FDR’s New Deal (although lacking the rights he later proposed) in all aspects (most now eroded badly), the Great Society, supported by the accompanying Civil Rights legislation inching toward Reconstruction (with community based practical education including help with housing, nutrition, real provision of free unfettered Legal Services, Vista, Peace Corps job training, particularly for new opportunities in a changing employment world, etc.,

Bracero programs properly administered for seasonal foreign migrant workers, etc.) now mainly abolished would answer close to all the support required for the oppressed, poor, working and middle class (with the additions of adequate food stamps -SNAP, etc. if still needed)

Anti-trust law enforced with full vigor will help destroy monopolies which adversely affect costs, environment, working people, and consumers.

Restoring the bankruptcy provisions for credit cards and student loans would help countless individuals struggling under debt…and other improvements (cancelling all student debt is another possibility for student indebtedness.)

A universal free health care system, including but not limited to drugs, equipment, and living facilities for the sufficiently disabled have been achieved in Europe and Scandinavia with varying degrees of success. Some social agencies such as Family Court, institutional care, home health assistance, community mental health, universal injections to prevent diseases such as polio, chicken pox, typhoid, diphtheria, tetanus. measles etc., may still need special attention and adequate funding (particularly if “free”). Urged therefore is the justice in the universality of adequate, efficient, prompt, and advanced medical care – not dependent on expensive insurance.(life expectancy will still be greatly effected by water, air, nutrition and other necessities – some studies show the life expectancy of the “rich” is about 15 years more than the “poor.”)

Given the current context, repealing the Taft Hartley law and supporting unions would help.

Community banks (not monopolistic “too big to fail”), coops of all sorts, and even DeLeonist worker run production industries, support for family farms. may be flavored with utopianism but would augment the great improvements by achieved by restoring old politically approved programs and the proper allocation of resources. The aspirations announced in the Green New Deal include some of these proposals while emphasizing the frightening global challenge of destruction of resources, live and inanimate, extreme weather, (suggesting we consider over population.)

Maybe inflation may be expected, but specific greater inflation creates a greater distance in the deplorable, unnecessary, disgusting income and financial gap with the infamous 1% -often based on preferential treatment and financial structures (often themselves insecure.) The rapidly rising costs for necessities (and what may give some surcease in pleasure) for the poor and unprivileged produces a special, unique, and a disgrace in a world of great wealth disparity especially in our rich country).

The solutions are available.

Can they be implemented over corruption, propaganda (including mass media) and evil people in power?

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Public Transportation Should Be Free

by Jonathan A. Weiss

Food, shelter, and clothing are clear human necessities.

Many, notably Communists and Socialists, propose that the State should provide them in adequate measure as a crucial role.

Transportation to should be so considered as essential for the provision of goods to others, formation and cohesive flourishing of communities, global connections in the modern world, trade, and production both industrial and nutritional (fishing, hunting, raising edible animals, fishing, and, obviously the mixed blessing of agribusiness with subsidiary often dangerous chemicals.)

Walking, riding beasts of burden, and biking (recent in human history) are both healthy exercise, enjoyable, informative of the environment, and of utility. They are not enough, however, for the modern urban, food production and provision (domestically and even internality), industrial, crafts, and other possibilities (entertainment, group enjoyment, recreation, etc.) as well markets requirement and conditions.

Most cities are badly polluted with toxic air (compare London in the 1800s with smog from coal burning heaters) and toxins. Noise pollution from construction, deliveries, road repairs also damages the quality of life (with demonstrable effects on health – particularly for those living with exposure to the street.) Photographs are common of pollution produced hanging darkness over cities (e.g. Beijing, Mexico City.) Much of this pollution could be diminished if public transportation were free, extensive, and efficient (as well as accessible to as many as possible, e.g. those in wheelchairs, or using strollers). Before banning fossil fuel vehicles (or those using batteries or electricity derived from polluting sources or ecologically damaging dams or river diversions – even if quieter, with danger noted of not being able to hear electric power vehicles approach, particularly prevalent with reckless bikers) the extent of diminution of pollution might very well be effective. (In an experiment, Atlanta low bus fare reduced other vehicular traffic markedly.) In New York City, to the contrary, the creation of bike lanes (not obeyed or enforced by police in direction or confinement or speed – even illegal electric) has created great peril for pedestrians. Combined with parking in traffic lanes (for revenue purposes apparently) the restricted traffic space available had produced not less traffic but instead increased traffic jams with motors running in vehicles with frustrated drivers and passengers. Here particularly many pollutants would be reduced as a result of free available public transit. In general, there are social benefits as people from different backgrounds, races, cultures, religions, and attitudes are found in groups together. (Although there are bad verbal interchanges in buses and subways, sometimes leading to violence therefore requiring some police presence, there are many enjoyable and even enriching ones, and acts of generosity with seats offered to pregnant woman, the elderly, the handicapped, and assistance to those with infants. Some,some places, argue that mixed mass transportation harmonizes integration.)

When the Soviet Union built its system, with beautiful Stations in Moscow they were well placed so that people often define their neighborhood by the nearest stop, the charge for use was 5 kopeks, virtually nothing with no enforcement at the turnstile exits. (Cf. Philadelphia with advertisements even on the front of trains to be seen before ticket purchase). Clocks displayed the time since the last train left and passengers would often pass on the way into and from the station. Kiev and Leningrad’s (deep) featured similar systems. Rome, which also preserved a large part of its street cars, Madrid and other cities have also expanded substantially. Travel on them decreases surface traffic. Subways, in many locales, reflecting wise government allocation of resources, can be constructed quickly. Shanghai built a system with more mileage than New York in six years. Many cities, most recently in Qatar, have made their provision a growth industry.

The poor and working people (particularly low income) have to use public transportation. The rich need not. Some fly first class and use helicopters. (On the Upper East Side, highly paid workers in Wall Street area queue up to share cabs.) Others use limousines. (Query, why are these not banned?)

Charging for public transportation is therefore a regressive tax, an important cost for those who have little money, a cost not worth reckoning for those who have a lot or not even relevant. (In New York currently the subway system has badly degenerated with funds badly, perhaps corruptly, spent, with big expenditures of new fancy stations for rich developers new architectural monstrosities to be rented by the wealthy who may not live there, even using the property obtained for money laundering – while also building stations which would be better off just cleaned with employment for many possible.

Meanwhile trains come less often than previously (more crowded as a result), sometimes not at night or weekends or with great delays then. (Yet, for those who work at night or go to entertainment, New York does set an example of 24 hour service, perhaps unique in the world.) In London, Margaret Thatched wrecked a comfortable subway system, with carpets on the car floors, so that it is dirty and unattractive. How many other systems are so mismanaged with money improperly allocated or diverted?)

Brazil and China have worked on increasing bus transportation speed of loading and moving with efficiency. Even with carbon emissions, this provision still offers desirable mobility for most locales. Without fossil fuels, electric buses. moreover, will cut pollution substantially. No matter what, they also provide the best means of transportation for some rural and remote areas (including sections of some sprawling cities). These areas lack more and more essential services as well as local railroad stations (e.g. with the general closure of hospitals – increased administration and technological gadgets – absence of rural conveniently accessible adequate health facilities creates a major public health problem.)

What is the source of required payment? In the short run, it is a matter of taxation. Most of the rich are obscenely wealthy. Raising taxes considerably for the rich, their property, their companies, abolishing tax shelters and loopholes, would create a large source for public transportation and other public projects. Not only are education, health, arts, parks, preserving nature and even enhancing its beauty. worthy of sufficient government support so is free public transportation. In the long run, the savings in health from illness and accidents will more than likely make up for the cost. The United States spends $1.25 trillion a year on “national security”- a large portion “privatized” (raising costs for profits with no visibility or transparency or accountability. The Veteran’s administration spends half of what medicare does for drugs because they negotiate prices. Why drugs, often developed with public money, should be sold at such high prices sharply raises another allocation of money issue. ). Money could also be allocated from this great military expenditure (much larger than any other nation) for public transportation.

Even Eisenhower warned against the “military industrial” complex; reforms would free up money for the public good, including free public transportation.

After World War II both European Continental nations and the United States selected transportation paths. In Europe, they built trains. Eisenhower, with Engine Charlie Wilson from General Motors, selected highways and cars (in Europe they are now increasing super highways). The justification was that it would make moving military heavy equipment to the Coasts for shipping abroad in wartime. Now, that “infrastructure” with so many miles and structures has degenerated greatly. Extensive repair in not only necessary and costly but will bring jobs.

Traffic jams create nightmares for many involved or near with increase wear. (In New York City, as noted, the situation is exacerbated by removing lanes). Reagan hastened the destruction of highways, etc. by raising the limit on truck loads considerably. But, as the weight ascends arithmetically, the damage multiplies geometrically. Clinton approved the selling of SUVs without fuel restrictions of cars because of their truck chassis. (Noteworthy, these behemoth are often difficult to impossible to enter for those who are short and/or with weak legs. Some New York cabs suffer the same bad condition.) Both of these Presidential permissions should be immediately repealed. For the SUVs, there would have to be a “grandfather” clause and then a buy back for used ones to be replaced. A policy of banning those with only the driver would offer a start Again, these changes offer long term advantages which would bear fruit.

On the other hand, tolls were originally assessed on bridges, tunnels, and superhighways (query: a burden on interstate commerce raising Constitutional considerations?) were organelle justified as paying off the cost of construction (also funded by bonds). Now, with the costs usually long gone paid for, they are used as a source of revenue increasing the costs for commuters considerably (while often contributing to congestion.) It is often very hard on the budgets of commuters, and is, again, a regressive tax. They should all be free.

American particularly value the independence of automobile use. It has become part of the “American dream” of owning a house, preferably in the suburbs (“white flight” contributed.) The hope is that the highway system (roads, bridges, tunnels, surrounding area, and medians) is repaired while the cars and buses run with energy produced and used in a non polluting fashion in the future with a base in solar, wind, or tide power and materials for conversion, supply and preservation used whose activity and materials used do not cause environmental harm.

Trucks, equipped the same way, not too overloaded, could continue to serve a use (like cars in the future, they may be self driving leaving displayed drivers with a need to be helped with money and job training.) A proper rail system would divert some of that traffic.

Long distance travel by rail is now quite feasible. In China they have many high speed rails including from Beijing to Hong Kong and Tibet. Japan has had “bullet trains”. Europe used to feature beautiful overnight trips (eg. Paris-Madre; Paris-Florence or Rome). (Before World War II, there were many in the United States. The Broadway Limited, for example, even featured two cars for eating – one kitchen and grill for cooking excellent meals, the other for elegant dining and fine utensils and dishes.) In Western Europe, the high speed trains now abound (Rome-Florence in an hour and a half; a four hour trip at least by car and predecessor trains.) It is high time for the United States to follow suit.

Railroads mean not only powerful efficient engines but rails and roads. Their construction is labor intensive as is the infrastructure. Programs for building both would increase jobs with a Keynesian multiplier working to help the economy from hopefully adequate wages. The establishing a high speed rail system would greatly ease the roads and airport congestion. The US government could eliminate its current subsidies, indirect and direct, for private planes and helicopters, moving towards their elimination as an unnecessary class “privilege.” (How accurate was Thorsten Veblen in his Theory of the Leisure Class; Theory of Business Enterprise.)

This exposition leaves us with the question of long distance travel, particularly to and from the undeveloped countries. At the moment, airplanes seem the answer. But, we may gently suggest a subsidy program for poor people with distant relative. Certainly the space and amenities should be greatly improved below business and first class. Subsidies and support for competition between airplane builders deserves careful examination with real planning for the future (while high speed rail diminishes their need, reducing overcrowded expensive airports with their congestion producing cars and buses backed up in long lines). With all the lines of people waiting and the accommodations, most airplane travel is a real burden – particularly for the handicapped and those with children. (The inclusion of pets and “comfort” animals merits critical consideration.)

Free public transportation could greatly enhance civilization. The time to start implementing it is now.

Actor Felicity Huffman is set to plead guilty in nationwide college cheating scandal.

Don’t the colleges know all about this?


What about the influence of alumni and university donors on the admissions process? We need to investigate the full extent of corruption in the system. #collegeadmissionsscandal #CollegeCheatingScandal

Felicity Huffman pleads guilty to paying $15,000 to have a proctor boost her daughter’s SAT scores. It is part of one of the largest college admissions scandals.

Huffman pled guilty on Monday to allegations of paying $15,000 to rig her daughter’s SAT score as part of a nationwide college admissions cheating scheme. US Attorney prosecutors are recommending that Huffman spend four months in federal prison and pay a $20,000 fine.

Felicity Huffman admitted to paying $15,000 to help improve her daughter’s SAT score, writing in a statement that she “accepts full responsibility” for her actions and “will accept the consequences.”

Felicity Huffman and Devin Sloane are sworn in for their plea colloquies. Judge Talwani notes she seldom does multiple guilty pleas at once, but is doing so in this case due to the large number of defendants.

Judge Talwani accepts the waivers of indictment. Neither Huffman nor Sloane has been indicted by a grand jury in this case. Instead, they are charged by what’s styled a criminal information … used when a suspect intends to plead guilty.

Felicity Huffman worked with Rick Singer to use Mark Riddell to correct her daughter’s SAT, the teen received a 1420. Huffman wrote Singer “Ruh ro” ala Scooby Doo, when her daughter’s high school wanted to proctor the SAT, but Singer was able to have the girl test elsewhere.

Judge Talwani: “Miss Huffman, do you have any dispute that you reached an agreement and ultimately paid Mr. Singer $15,000 to enable Mr. Riddell to correct your daughter’s SAT test?” Felicity Huffman: “No, your honor.”

Oakland woman files $500-billion class-action lawsuit this week against dozens of wealthy parents caught up in the #CollegeCheatingScandal

50 Rich people charged with bribing their way into college


Multiple lawsuits are filed for more than $500 billion accusing Yale, USC and more of letting students ‘waste’ money applying for elite schools when it’s actually rigged in the wake of college admissions cheating scandal

  • Two Stanford students, Erica Olsen and Kalea Woods, filed a $5 million class action suit on Wednesday
  • Parent Jennifer Kay Toy filed a separate $500 billion lawsuit saying her son was not admitted to some colleges because wealthy parents cheated and bribed 
  • The Stanford students said they never would have wasted their money applying for Yale or USC if they had known the schools were ‘rigged by fraud’ 
  • Both students claim their degrees have been devalued by the scandal because potential employers may question whether they were admitted on merit 
  • Third student linked to college admissions scam still attending Stanford, additional $500K in donations to sailing team found — While former Stanford University sailing coach John Vandemoer pleaded guilty to accepting $270,000 in bribes from a bogus charity to “recruit” two teens with little boating experience, the college said Thursday it has discovered the program took in another $500,000 in donations from the same nonprofit linked to a third student who still attends the school.

Jeff Bezos is disgusting keeps selling poison products to children

Jeff Bezos is disgusting keeps selling poison products to children

Amazon gets caught again and again then “pledges” to  stops selling ‘toxic’ goods for children in US but never does.

Products high in toxic metals were being sold to children, a US investigation finds.

Children’s jewelry and school supplies such as pencil cases, backpacks, book covers and lunch boxes. containing toxic levels of lead and cadmium will no longer be sold via Amazon in the US.

The retailer has acted after a US federal investigation found “dozens” of products for sale containing illegal levels of the metals.

One product had up to 80 times the recommended amount of lead in it.

but he still sells toxic goods to the rest of the planet.

  • In 2018, the Internet Watch Foundation had received 105,000 reports of child sexual abuse

William Chapman, representing three victims of online abuse – two of whom are brother and sister – told the inquiry “the largest tech firms are failing” to prevent children at risk of sexual abuse.

“Is it really beyond the wealth and wit of these technology companies to prevent and detect child sexual abuse on their platforms?” he said.

“Or is there something incompatible with their commercial objectives… their culture and ideology… that makes them bridle at the necessary steps to curb this modern scourge?”

Alexa has been eavesdropping on you this whole time

When Alexa runs your home, Amazon tracks you in more ways than you might want.

You can tell Amazon to delete everything it has learned about your home, but you can’t look at it or stop Amazon from continuing to collect it.

The spy in your thermostat

Alexa’s voice archive made headlines most recently when Bloomberg discovered Amazon employees listen to recordings to train its artificial intelligence. Amazon acknowledged that some of those employees also have access to location information for the devices that made the recordings.

The California State Assembly’s privacy committee advanced an Anti-Eavesdropping Act that would require makers of smart speakers to get consent from customers before storing recordings. The Illinois Senate recently passed a bill on the same issue. Neither is much of a stretch: Requiring permission to record someone in private is enshrined in many state laws.

Every kind of appliance now is becoming a data-collection device. My Chamberlain MyQ garage opener lets the company keep — again, indefinitely — a record of every time my door opens or closes. My Sonos speakers, by default, track what albums, playlists or stations I’ve listened to, and when I press play, pause, skip or pump up the volume. At least they hold on to my sonic history for only six months.

And now the craziest part: After quizzing these companies about data practices, I learned that most are sharing what’s happening in my home with Amazon, too. Our data is the price of entry for devices that want to integrate with Alexa. Amazon’s not only eavesdropping — it’s tracking everything happening in your home.

Bezos is the most disgusting and dirtiest person on earth!

Bezos is the most disgusting and dirtiest person on earth!

Jeff Bezos
richest man
in America
with his 157 Billion

feels free to
Destroy the Earth

BEZOS admits that limitless growth—the growth that made him the richest man in the world—is incompatible with a habitable earth.

But instead of announcing investments in renewable energy or public infrastructure, Bezos pitches an escape from earth.


His whole focus towards the reality of capitalism, climate change, and the intractable connections between those two things is to make more money by planning the great escape from earth !!!!!

He’s wrong.

Jeff Bezos Is a Post-Earth Capitalist

Bezos admits that the limitless growth that made him the world’s richest man is incompatible with a habitable Earth.

Bezos argues that a capitalist logic of endless growth is the way to save the Earth from poverty, homelessness, and environmental catastrophe. (Bezos does not say “climate change” or “global warming” but “pollution.”) However, capitalism is an economic system that is inextricably tied with colonial history, enslaving people and exploiting laborers, and extracting and stripping as much away from the Earth as possible in order to fuel growth. Capitalism is not the solution to the problems that Bezos describes. It’s the root of the problem.

Bezos Who Sent 20 Dic Pics To His Mistress Is Going To Conquer Space? LOL!

The richest boys merely engage in their space toy pissing contest instead of saving the planet! Aholes.

Television Twisted News by Jonathan A. Weiss Esq.

There are a great number of channels from which to choose on television.

Public access once touted, seems to have disappeared or greatly diminished. Some public television is informative and interesting in many areas including daily news while cable TV offers live coverage of public events and a book channel featuring authors (mainly non fiction.) The vast majority of Americans appear to get their “news”, particularly local, from major networks (MSNBC national; CNN national and international.) Recently Al Jazeera, an informative new program from Qatar, French news, Russian news which offered alternative international and national perspectives have “disappeared” – significant losses. (Obviously, the few who have satellite TV can get foreign broadcasts). Fox News is clearly identified as right wing and Trump propaganda, unfortunately displayed in many waiting areas across the country.

Local news distorts the perspective on the administration of Justice.

European local news does not start with crimes. Local news, unless there is some notable disaster or major political event, starts with crimes and fires, with the emphasis on crimes. Every night there appears a parade of murders, rapes, assaults, grieving families, neighborhoods (with memorials) and the accused, usually a picture of those wanted by the police or those being arrested (the majority people of color).  The misleading implication is of rampant crime and danger, inducing fear and the desire to lock up these violent offenders. (Sometimes as with the Central Park Five accused of murder and all the social workers in the Bronx accused of child abuse, the presentation of those arrested is dramatic but those accused were innocent.)

Probably unique to American television, there is an abundance of “crime” shows.

The crimes, mainly murder, are usually gruesome, families featured in justified grief (and usually anger), police persistence, expertise, particularly forensic, and prosecutorial success. The “war on drugs” (see my previous article on this website) and the industrial prison system are main factors in the United States’ disgraceful mass incarceration (with terrible conditions, lack of rehabilitation, no orientation toward “restorative” justice, and confinement mainly of minorities) but the atmosphere created by this media focus on crimes contributes substantially, or so it would appear. It must also be noted that movies almost always perpetuate similar images of crimes and criminals, police and prosecution, and rarely the plight of those caught in the perpetuation of the American law of crimes (particularly legislated) of the young, of the minor offenders, and the innocent.

The result of a crime obsession is the political impulse to creating legislators “tough on crime” who then pass punitive laws.

Joe Goldstein pointed out, in 1970, that police discretion to enforce the laws is a crucial factor in the law of crimes. Rapes, for example, terrible assaults although prosecutable under adequate laws (See my Women Enjoy Making Love on this website) were historically mishandled by the police, often further traumatizing and humiliating the victims, destroying rape kits before the Statute of Limitations expired (let alone not preserving for later DNA testing), discouraging reference or pursuit of prosecution, and many victims from coming forward. (Public awareness and more women on the police force appears now improving this situation in many locales.) Passing many extra laws allows for overcharging by prosecutors to exact guilty pleas which then places extra burdens on the “justice system.” Police, as a result, are given wider discretion which has often led to racial and cultural imbalance in arrests which ruin lives. Innocent errors, rather than corruption (sometimes extensive) or pleasure in exercising power, are explicable because policemen, in the public, have highly stressful jobs, with fear for their lives and safety, terrible situations demanding their attention and action, and some neighborhoods’ deep antipathy. These false steps are not commercial media fodder.

Crime shows often feature forensics demonstrating great skill and accuracy. Even since Mark Twain (Puddinhead Wilson) introduced the concept of “fingerprinting” each technical advance in identification has been hailed for its certainty. Among the many scientific advances, DNA stands out with much publicity. But it too can be mishandled in laboratories and its precision exaggerated. (Consider the OJ Simpson trial). Many people (one featured after execution in a New Yorker article; another the subject of a movie) were convicted of arson on “expert forensic testimony”, now outdated, so that present knowledge demonstrates the fires were not caused by the people convicted.  The effect on jury consideration, in an atmosphere of touted forensics by brilliant investigators, is  not salutary. 

Monroe Freedman and others have written and documented how Prosecutors violate Ethical Rules for lawyers with almost complete impunity. Many, besides career prosecutors, take that platform in order to become Judges, politicians, and big firm (big fees) advocates for White Collar criminals (the group most likely to be deterred by imprisonment) sometimes moving back and forth. Former prosecutors perpetually publicly praise each others’ integrity, ability, and commitment.

Attorney General Barr praised Special Counsel Mueller as a “friend” while others defending Barr, after a clear a slavish Trump application letter and long history of cover-ups (e.g. Irangate) still described him as an “institutionalist” who would base his work on the Constitution. Now it is clear that he should be disbarred for public and Congressional lies.

Mueller, constantly praised by former Prosecutors before and after his report, after taking so (too?) long, actually was timid at best – giving immunity to many (eg. Pecker and Trump’s accountant), not calling any of the Trump family, accepting written denials of knowledge by “Agent Orange”, achieving few direct convictions for Russian meddling and its cover-ups, obtaining short sentences for those convicted, and not drawing conclusions compelled by the evidence.
But former prosecutors still continue with undeserved accolades for Mueller who is still silent after objecting to Barr’s mischaracterizing 4 page presentation of what his report showed in a letter to his colleague Barr.

Some District Attorneys do appear to be dedicated to justice.
In Brooklyn, the District Attorney is investigating and exonerating presently incarcerated people so that some have been released (and may be recompensed, if freedom lost can ever be). In the same Brooklyn, however, a retired Prosecutor was found to have used the same “eye witnesses” repeatedly to convict/ railroad around 10-20 defendants. Because of delays and difficulty making bail (now under scrutiny by concerned professionals) prosecutors have great power to coerce guilty pleas particularly when there are serious crimes, perhaps not provable, alleged and used for those “plea deals.” One suspects this power leads to some of the racial and cultural percentages behind bars.

In shows, the prosecutors are usually portrayed as motivated by “justice” and deep sympathy for the victims and their families.
They are not unaware of how convictions advance their careers. Most notably, TV talks shows use almost exclusively ex-prosecutors as their legal experts, adding to their prestige and pushing their perspective. There is a sprinkling of law professors, some of whom are ex-prosecutors, who have used the platform for that status. Other lawyers, particularly defense lawyers, may have broader and more imaginative ideas to offer but are not used – nor thoughtful academic scholars. Exception: Rachel Maddow has had ACLU’s Ben Wizner and Lee Galertner on her show – there must be other such instances. There are also some lawyers who mainly interview on their shows. (Of course, one should not assume that Channels such as MSNBC are “liberal” because they report a great deal of anti-Trump news. Many commentators are conservatives, disenchanted Republicans, and to the right of center. One never sees (except for movie maker Michael Moore on some talk shows) those of radical or “liberal” orientation except on some Public Television, not the “mainstream” widely watched media.)

The initial failure of the Equal Right Amendment stems, at least in part, for the television narrative with it as the single feminist movement proposition – as many movement leaders stated. At the time it was proposed, not only were there many other associated issues, but such a presentation of need was wrong given the then Supreme Court. The implication was that all those facing discrimination such as the handicapped and elderly needed their own Constitutional Amendment rather than relying on the 14th. It is notable also that the effective and aggressive Latin American feminist rejected this single issue approach. (See Feminism for Latin America by Katherine Martin.) Indeed the use of the word “people” in that Amendment indicated all the groups suffering discrimination were covered by Federal law. Rights of “aliens” were protected by that Amendment then: the right to be a lawyer (for the wife of a previous year’s clerk), the right to be a school teacher. Then came the Minnesota Twins, Burger and Blackman. I brought the obvious case of the right of an Irishman to be a State Policeman (if he had waited for his citizenship, he would have passed the age limit which had been upheld by the Court.) I and my client lost… as it appears would not have happened with the predecessor Court. If a gender discrimination suit had been presented before that earlier Court, I would argue it would have won as did the earlier “alien” cases. (If it lost, the decision would have been a compelling motive for passing the ERA). The television promotion of a single objective, I would further argue, hindered the movement and appropriate litigation.

Technology has exploded. We are presented with Smart TVs which watch us and information machines which record us. Orwellian “big brother”. Well documented are privacy and other abuses of the “social media.”

Court filings and research are now electronic which is more difficult for individual practitioners and small firms and has led to “pasting and cutting” rather than research – resulting in legal memoranda and Judicial opinions of excessive length. The move from mass incarceration and imprisonment without bail has led to ankle bracelets which not only disclose exactly where the shackled are but also are equipped with microphones (which prevent confidential communications between attorneys and clients.) The major networks present the current improvements in technology as advances (although there are more and more reports of the deleterious effect of excessive “smart” phone use, video games, and placing computer screens in front of infants.)

Press freedom offers a splendid ideal. Unfortunately, monopoly not only adversely affects the economy quite deeply but also engineers public perceptions.

The major media sources on Television present twisted perspectives on the nature and extent of crimes, police conduct, prosecutors, forensics and advanced technology.

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America’s cybersecurity workforce is a strategic asset that protects the American people, the homeland, and the American way of life.

If this is the best practice benchmark for government then this would also applies to any American Business or Contractor that is doing business with the American Government so let the class action suits begin ~ anon

Issued on: May 2, 2019

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and to better ensure continued American economic prosperity and national security, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. Policy. (a) America’s cybersecurity workforce is a strategic asset that protects the American people, the homeland, and the American way of life. The National Cyber Strategy, the President’s 2018 Management Agenda, and Executive Order 13800 of May 11, 2017 (Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure), each emphasize that a superior cybersecurity workforce will promote American prosperity and preserve peace. America’s cybersecurity workforce is a diverse group of practitioners who govern, design, defend, analyze, administer, operate, and maintain the data, systems, and networks on which our economy and way of life depend. Whether they are employed in the public or private sectors, they are guardians of our national and economic security.

b) The United States Government must enhance the workforce mobility of America’s cybersecurity practitioners to improve America’s national cybersecurity. During their careers, America’s cybersecurity practitioners will serve in various roles for multiple and diverse entities. United States Government policy must facilitate the seamless movement of cybersecurity practitioners between the public and private sectors, maximizing the contributions made by their diverse skills, experiences, and talents to our Nation.

(c) The United States Government must support the development of cybersecurity skills and encourage ever-greater excellence so that America can maintain its competitive edge in cybersecurity. The United States Government must also recognize and reward the country’s highest-performing cybersecurity practitioners and teams.

(d) The United States Government must create the organizational and technological tools required to maximize the cybersecurity talents and capabilities of American workers –-especially when those talents and capabilities can advance our national and economic security. The Nation is experiencing a shortage of cybersecurity talent and capability, and innovative approaches are required to improve access to training that maximizes individuals’ cybersecurity knowledge, skills, and abilities. Training opportunities, such as work-based learning, apprenticeships, and blended learning approaches, must be enhanced for both new workforce entrants and those who are advanced in their careers.

(e) In accordance with Executive Order 13800, the President will continue to hold heads of executive departments and agencies (agencies) accountable for managing cybersecurity risk to their enterprises, which includes ensuring the effectiveness of their cybersecurity workforces.

Sec. 2. Strengthening the Federal Cybersecurity Workforce. (a) To grow the cybersecurity capability of the United States Government, increase integration of the Federal cybersecurity workforce, and strengthen the skills of Federal information technology and cybersecurity practitioners, the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), shall establish a cybersecurity rotational assignment program, which will serve as a mechanism for knowledge transfer and a development program for cybersecurity practitioners. Within 90 days of the date of this order, the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Directors of OMB and OPM, shall provide a report to the President that describes the proposed program, identifies its resource implications, and recommends actions required for its implementation. The report shall evaluate how to achieve the following objectives, to the extent permitted by applicable law, as part of the program:
(i) The non-reimbursable detail of information technology and cybersecurity employees, who are nominated by their employing agencies, to serve at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS);

(ii) The non-reimbursable detail of experienced cybersecurity DHS employees to other agencies to assist in improving those agencies’ cybersecurity risk management;

(iii) The use of the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education Cybersecurity Workforce Framework (NICE Framework) as the basis for cybersecurity skill requirements for program participants;

(iv) The provision of training curricula and expansion of learning experiences to develop participants’ skill levels; and

(v) Peer mentoring to enhance workforce integration.

(b) Consistent with applicable law and to the maximum extent practicable, the Administrator of General Services, in consultation with the Director of OMB and the Secretary of Commerce, shall:

(i) Incorporate the NICE Framework lexicon and taxonomy into workforce knowledge and skill requirements used in contracts for information technology and cybersecurity services;

(ii) Ensure that contracts for information technology and cybersecurity services include reporting requirements that will enable agencies to evaluate whether personnel have the necessary knowledge and skills to perform the tasks specified in the contract, consistent with the NICE Framework; and

(iii) Provide a report to the President, within 1 year of the date of this order, that describes how the NICE Framework has been incorporated into contracts for information technology and cybersecurity services, evaluates the effectiveness of this approach in improving services provided to the United States Government, and makes recommendations to increase the effective use of the NICE Framework by United States Government contractors.

(c) Within 180 days of the date of this order, the Director of OPM, in consultation with the Secretary of Commerce, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and the heads of other agencies as appropriate, shall identify a list of cybersecurity aptitude assessments for agencies to use in identifying current employees with the potential to acquire cybersecurity skills for placement in reskilling programs to perform cybersecurity work. Agencies shall incorporate one or more of these assessments into their personnel development programs, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law.

(d) Agencies shall ensure that existing awards and decorations for the uniformed services and civilian personnel recognize performance and achievements in the areas of cybersecurity and cyber-operations, including by ensuring the availability of awards and decorations equivalent to citations issued pursuant to Executive Order 10694 of January 10, 1957 (Authorizing the Secretaries of the Army, Navy, and Air Force To Issue Citations in the Name of the President of the United States to Military and Naval Units for Outstanding Performance in Action), as amended. Where necessary and appropriate, agencies shall establish new awards and decorations to recognize performance and achievements in the areas of cybersecurity and cyber-operations. The Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs may recommend to agencies that any cyber unified coordination group or similar ad hoc interagency group that has addressed a significant cybersecurity or cyber-operations-related national security crisis, incident, or effort be recognized for appropriate awards and decorations.

(e) The Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of Defense, the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Director of OMB, and the heads of other appropriate agencies, shall develop a plan for an annual cybersecurity competition (President’s Cup Cybersecurity Competition) for Federal civilian and military employees. The goal of the competition shall be to identify, challenge, and reward the United States Government’s best cybersecurity practitioners and teams across offensive and defensive cybersecurity disciplines. The plan shall be submitted to the President within 90 days of the date of this order. The first competition shall be held no later than December 31, 2019, and annually thereafter. The plan for the competition shall address the following:

(i) The challenges and benefits of inviting advisers, participants, or observers from non-Federal entities to observe or take part in the competition and recommendations for including them in future competitions, as appropriate;

(ii) How the Department of Energy, through the National Laboratories, in consultation with the Administrator of the United States Digital Service, can provide expert technical advice and assistance to support the competition, as appropriate;

(iii) The parameters for the competition, including the development of multiple individual and team events that test cybersecurity skills related to the NICE Framework and other relevant skills, as appropriate. These parameters should include competition categories involving individual and team events, software reverse engineering and exploitation, network operations, forensics, big data analysis, cyber analysis, cyber defense, cyber exploitation, secure programming, obfuscated coding, cyber-physical systems, and other disciplines;

(iv) How to encourage agencies to select their best cybersecurity practitioners as individual and team participants. Such practitioners should include Federal employees and uniformed services personnel from Federal civilian agencies, as well as Department of Defense active duty military personnel, civilians, and those serving in a drilling reserve capacity in the Armed Forces Reserves or National Guard;

(v) The extent to which agencies, as well as uniformed services, may develop a President’s Cup awards program that is consistent with applicable law and regulations governing awards and that allows for the provision of cash awards of not less than $25,000. Any such program shall require the agency to establish an awards program before allowing its employees to participate in the President’s Cup Cybersecurity Competition. In addition, any such program may not preclude agencies from recognizing winning and non-winning participants through other means, including honorary awards, informal recognition awards, rating-based cash awards, time-off awards, Quality Step Increases, or other agency-based compensation flexibilities as appropriate and consistent with applicable law; and

(vi) How the uniformed services, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law, may designate service members who win these competitions as having skills at a time when there is a critical shortage of such skills within the uniformed services. The plan should also address how the uniformed services may provide winning service members with a combination of bonuses, advancements, and meritorious recognition to be determined by the Secretaries of the agencies concerned.

(f) The Director of OMB shall, in consultation with appropriate agencies, develop annually a list of agencies and subdivisions related to cybersecurity that have a primary function of intelligence, counterintelligence, investigative, or national security work, including descriptions of such functions. The Director of OMB shall provide this list to the President, through the Deputy Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism (DAPHSCT), every year starting September 1, 2019, for consideration of whether those agencies or subdivisions should be exempted from coverage under the Federal Labor-Management Relations Program, consistent with the requirements of section 7103(b)(1) of title 5, United States Code.

Sec. 3. Strengthening the Nation’s Cybersecurity Workforce.

(a) The Secretary of Commerce and the Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretaries), in coordination with the Secretary of Education and the heads of other agencies as the Secretaries determine is appropriate, shall execute, consistent with applicable law and to the greatest extent practicable, the recommendations from the report to the President on Supporting the Growth and Sustainment of the Nation’s Cybersecurity Workforce (Workforce Report) developed pursuant to Executive Order 13800. The Secretaries shall develop a consultative process that includes Federal, State, territorial, local, and tribal governments, academia, private-sector stakeholders, and other relevant partners to assess and make recommendations to address national cybersecurity workforce needs and to ensure greater mobility in the American cybersecurity workforce. To fulfill the Workforce Report’s vision of preparing, growing, and sustaining a national cybersecurity workforce that safeguards and promotes America’s national security and economic prosperity, priority consideration will be given to the following imperatives:

(i) To launch a national Call to Action to draw attention to and mobilize public- and private-sector resources to address cybersecurity workforce needs;

(ii) To transform, elevate, and sustain the cybersecurity learning environment to grow a dynamic and diverse cybersecurity workforce;

(iii) To align education and training with employers’ cybersecurity workforce needs, improve coordination, and prepare individuals for lifelong careers; and

(iv) To establish and use measures that demonstrate the effectiveness and impact of cybersecurity workforce investments.

(b) To strengthen the ability of the Nation to identify and mitigate cybersecurity vulnerabilities in critical infrastructure and defense systems, particularly cyber-physical systems for which safety and reliability depend on secure control systems, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of Transportation, the Secretary of Energy, and the Secretary of Homeland Security, in coordination with the Director of OPM and the Secretary of Labor, shall provide a report to the President, through the DAPHSCT, within 180 days of the date of this order that:

(i) Identifies and evaluates skills gaps in Federal and non-Federal cybersecurity personnel and training gaps for specific critical infrastructure sectors, defense critical infrastructure, and the Department of Defense’s platform information technologies; and

(ii) Recommends curricula for closing the identified skills gaps for Federal personnel and steps the United States Government can take to close such gaps for non-Federal personnel by, for example, supporting the development of similar curricula by education or training providers.


(c) Within 1 year of the date of this order, the Secretary of Education, in consultation with the DAPHSCT and the National Science Foundation, shall develop and implement, consistent with applicable law, an annual Presidential Cybersecurity Education Award to be presented to one elementary and one secondary school educator per year who best instill skills, knowledge, and passion with respect to cybersecurity and cybersecurity-related subjects. In developing and implementing this award, the Secretary of Education shall emphasize demonstrated superior educator accomplishment — without respect to research, scholarship, or technology development — as well as academic achievement by the educator’s students.

(d) The Secretary of Commerce, the Secretary of Labor, the Secretary of Education, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and the heads of other appropriate agencies shall encourage the voluntary integration of the NICE Framework into existing education, training, and workforce development efforts undertaken by State, territorial, local, tribal, academic, non‑profit, and private-sector entities, consistent with applicable law. The Secretary of Commerce shall provide annual updates to the President regarding effective uses of the NICE Framework by non-Federal entities and make recommendations for improving the application of the NICE Framework in cybersecurity education, training, and workforce development.

Sec. 4. General Provisions. (a) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

(i) the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or

(ii) the functions of the Director of OMB relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

(b) This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.

(c) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.


May 2, 2019.



NICE Framework
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Happy Birthday Pete Seeger 100 years old

2019 May 3 Happy Birthday, Pete Seeger

Pete Seeger would have turned 100 today. Few figures in American history have lived as influential and deeply radical lives as he did. Let’s celebrate him today.
The songs he wrote, including the antiwar tunes, “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” “If I Had a Hammer” and “Turn, Turn, Turn,” and those he has popularized, including “This Land Is Your Land” and “We Shall Overcome,” have been recorded by hundreds of artists in many languages and have become global anthems for people fighting for freedom. He introduced Americans to songs from other cultures, like “Wimoweh” (“The Lion Sleeps Tonight”) from South Africa, “Tzena, Tzena” from Israel (which reached number two on the pop charts), and “Guantanamera” from Cuba, inspiring what is now called “world music.”


The origin of the phrase “folk process” has been attributed to musician Pete Seeger.

Buchang Zhao, Tao Zhao, Yusi Zhao expelled from Stanford.


Buchang Zhao, who co-founded Shandong Buchang with his son, was implicated in a  bribery scandal in July 2007. Buchang was named among the executives of eight drug companies that bribed Zheng Xiaoyu, former head of the of the State Food & Drug Administration in China.

In his confession to the Chinese Communist Party, Zheng admitted to accepting $850,000 in bribes from the drug companies. Zheng was sentenced to death for corruption and dereliction of duty and was executed on July 10, 2007.

The Panama Papers and the Paradise Papers — troves of millions of documents which described improprieties involving offshore financial entities — provide some detail on transactions involving the Zhaos, including a financial entity registered in Bermuda to Xiaohong Zhao. Xiaohong is Zhao Tao’s wife, according to multiple Chinese publications.

Another entry lists Zhao Tao as a shareholder of China Dream Capital, which is described on its website as a “boutique investment bank.” The organization’s website also states that it advised a transaction involving Chinese environmental energy company BCCY and Sequoia Capital, the prominent venture capital firm headquartered in Menlo Park.

China Daily, the English-language newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party, published a detailed profile of Tao in 2016, describing his business successes.

“The current Zhao Tao is not merely a business in Jilin, but also a ‘name card’ that publicizes Jilin here and there,” it stated, referring to the northern Chinese province in which a Shandong Buchang subsidiary is headquartered, according to Bloomberg.






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