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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WHAT TO DO — HOW TO FIX THIS

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

NetHappenings: Privacy, Data, Your Rights

Want to mess with the surveillance state?
A new clothing line confuses automated license plate readers
https://www.technologyreview.com/f/614175/a-new-clothing-line-confuses-automated-license-plate-readers/

Join the Congressional Innovation Fellowship
TechCongress places computer scientists, engineers, and other technologists to serve as technology policy advisors to to Members of Congress through our one-year Congressional Innovation Fellowship. We bridge the divide of knowledge and experience between DC and Silicon Valley for better outcomes for both.

EU votes to create gigantic biometrics database
https://www.zdnet.com/article/eu-votes-to-create-gigantic-biometrics-database/

What Are Psychographics?
https://huffpost.com/us/entry/us_594be378e4b07cdb1933c05b

The vocabulary of BS. Where Wall Street is capitalism unvarnished, Silicon Valley is capitalism euphemized.
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jun/26/how-to-speak-silicon-valley-decoding-tech-bros-from-microdosing-to-privacy

Hackers are stealing years of call records from hacked cell networks
https://techcrunch.com/2019/06/24/hackers-cell-networks-call-records-theft/

Cellphone location data from T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint was sold to bail bondsmen
https://www.fiercewireless.com/wireless/cell-phone-location-data-from-t-mobile-at-t-and-sprint-was-sold-to-bail-bondsmen

Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint suspend selling of customer location data after prison officials were caught misusing it
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2018/06/19/verizon-will-suspend-sales-of-customer-location-data-after-a-prison-phone-company-was-caught-misusing-it/

How a trivial cell phone hack is ruining lives
https://www.engadget.com/2019/06/28/cell-phone-hack-is-ruining-lives-identity-theft/

Former Equifax executive sentenced to prison for insider trading prior to data breach
https://www.theverge.com/2019/6/29/20056655/jun-ying-equifax-breach-jail-time-insider-trading-department-of-justice

Huawei Technicians Helped African Governments Spy on Political Opponents
Employees embedded with cybersecurity forces in Uganda and Zambia intercepted encrypted communications and used cell data to track opponents, according to a Wall Street Journal investigation
https://www.wsj.com/articles/huawei-technicians-helped-african-governments-spy-on-political-opponents-11565793017

Threat Groups Cards A THREAT ACTOR ENCYCLOPEDIA
https://www.dropbox.com/s/ds0ra0c8odwsv3m/Threat%20Group%20Cards.pdf

reCAPTCHA Usage Statistics
https://trends.builtwith.com/widgets/reCAPTCHA

Disrupting at the highest levels, its #CyberWar4Ever!
https://cybersquirrel1.com/

  • Privacy should not be not a one-off exercise by the legal division whenever a new law comes out. It needs to be a company-wide program with ongoing policies and clear accountability for each division.
  • If the service is free you are in fact the product being sold.
  • Not collecting the data in the first place is easier than protecting it.
  • Privacy: Once described by Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis as, “the right to be left alone,” privacy is now best described as the ability to control data we cannot stop generating, giving rise to inferences we can’t predict.
  • Dont reuse passwords. Ever.
  • One way to ensure your personal data remains private is never to give it*. Today, under #dataprivacy laws you can refuse to give that information.
  • Don’t use production data in pre-production environments.
  • Do not use Facebook, or WeChat
  • In addition to strong, unique passwords, use unique account usernames and sign-up email addresses.
  • Don’t reuse profile photos.
  • 99.98% of Americans would be correctly re-identified in any dataset using 15 demographic attributes.

The Illusion of Choice – Spread Awareness

Exclusive: For yrs ES&S, top voting machine maker in US, has been saying its vote tabulators and election-management systems are not connected to the internet. That appears not to be true. Researchers say they found what appear to be 35 online.
https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/3kxzk9/exclusive-critical-us-election-systems-have-been-left-exposed-online-despite-official-denials

A Researcher Found a Bunch of Voting Machine Passwords Online
https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2019/06/a-researcher-found-a-bunch-of-north-carolina-voting-machine-passwords-online/

 

 

 

#Educational CyberPlayGround #NetHappenings Singing Revolution

This is the power of music & voice raised in song. When spoken word fails, the singing voice can succeed. Do you know Estonia’s history of choral groups & its “Singing Revolution?” They sang the Soviet Union out of the Baltics. Music is power. Watch.

Central Banks Are in Panic Mode — for Good Reason
http://wallstreetonparade.com/2019/08/central-banks-are-in-panic-mode-for-good-reason/

On July 30, 2019, the day before the U.S. central bank, the Federal Reserve, cut interest rates by one-quarter of one percent, the yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury note closed the day at 2.06 percent.

Peter Thiel says FBI, CIA should probe Google – Axios
https://www.axios.com/peter-thiel-says-fbi-cia-should-probe-google-9846a042-e689-49bc-bdc7-595988ce5d8c.html

Alphabet Playing Both Sides
There’s no denying Alphabet is engaged in the seemingly treasonous decision to work with the Chinese military and not with the U.S. military, but it’s well known BigTech on both sides of the world work with their governments actively as well. Google is a divided international tech nation, both politically and ethically on these battle lines.

https://medium.com/futuresin/billionaire-and-facebook-board-member-peter-thiel-says-the-fbi-and-cia-should-investigate-google-1fab1901b8b3

Jeffrey E. Epstein

In 1973, Barr’s father Donald, the headmaster at Manhattan’s Dalton School, hired Epstein as a calculus and physics teacher. Epstein’s mathematical skills caught the eye of Bear Stearns’ chairman, Alan “Ace” Greenberg, whose son attended the Dalton School. Greenberg hired Epstein as an options trader and the former teacher was able to amass a fortune.

Described by prosecutors this week as a “man of nearly infinite means,” a 2011 SEC filing has provided a window into the registered sex offender’s elite Wall Street links, according to the Financial Times.
https://themindunleashed.com/2019/07/epsteins-elite-wall-street-ties-revealed-in-filing.html

JPMorgan Kept Jeffrey Epstein as a Client Despite Internal Warnings

Lawsuits – Donald J. Trump and Jeffrey E. Epstein Sex Slaves Lawsuits

Katie Johnson vs. Donald J. Trump and Jeffrey E. Epstein

So, Acosta, according to himself, backed off on prosecuting Epstein back in 2007, despite the possession of ample evidence proving his guilt, because he “belonged to intelligence.” Whose intelligence, exactly? is the first of many questions that arise here.
https://observer.com/2019/07/jeffrey-epstein-spy-intelligence-work/

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L Brands’ Lawyers Have a Lot More to Worry about than just Jeffrey Epstein By Pam Martens and Russ Martens: August 8, 2019
http://wallstreetonparade.com/2019/08/l-brands-lawyers-have-a-lot-more-to-worry-about-than-just-jeffrey-epstein/

Leslie Wexner, Chairman and CEO of L Brands
The Chairman and CEO of L Brands, Leslie (Les) Wexner, came out yesterday with a statement accusing Jeffrey Epstein of swindling “vast sums of money” from Wexner and his family.

Donald J. Trump and Jeffrey E. Epstein Sex Slaves Lawsuits

Get Rid of Epstein lover Manhattan DA Cy Vance

How Jeffrey Epstein Lost $80 Million in a Hedge-Fund Bet Gone Bad
http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/07/jeffrey-epstein-lost-usd80-million-in-hedge-fund-bet-gone-bad.html

Jeffrey Epstein Borrowed ‘Tainted Money’ From Deutsche Bank, Says Former Mentor

‘It’s our dark corner’: Jeffrey Epstein’s ‘Pedophile Island’ no secret on St. Thomas https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/jul/10/jeffrey-epstein-pedophile-island-no-secret-st-thom/

Leon Black kept Jeffrey Epstein as charity director after plea deal https://nypost.com/2019/07/09/leon-black-kept-jeffrey-epstein-as-charity-director-after-plea-deal/

Ghislaine Maxwell, daughter of disgraced British publishing mogul Robert Maxwell and Epstein’s girlfriend for a brief period in the ’90s. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1365733/How-Prince-Andrew-shared-room-Epsteins-Caribbean-hideaway-busty-blonde-claimed-brain-surgeon.html

Robert Maxwell, born Ján Ludvík Hyman Binyamin Hoch. He was a Flamboyant, larger than life character in Britain’s publishing world, as owner of the Daily Mirror.

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

[ECP] Educational CyberPlayGround NetHappenings – The Great Hack

NetHappenings – The Great Hack

The real story here is that Facebook is being used as surveillance and mind control.

Psyops Weapons grade software  is used in  during warfare.

BACKGROUND STORY
1) SCL  Strategic Communication Laboratories  was a private British behavioural research and strategic communication company. In the United States, SCL has generated public scandal mainly through its subsidiary Cambridge Analytica.  It performed data mining and data analysis on its audience. Based on results, communications would then be specifically targeted to key audience groups to modify behaviour in accordance with the goal of SCL’s client. The company used to describe itself as a “global election management agency”.  London-based SCL was founded by Nigel Oakes who serves as its CEO.
2) SCL BECOMES CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA  (CA)
CAUGHT using PSYOPS weapons-grade communication tactics.
Techniques Used by Cambridge Analytica Were Once Considered ‘Weapons-Grade’ in the UK
Brittany Kaiser was subpoeaned by Robert Mueller.
During her testimony to the Commons culture committee, she referred to Cambridge Analytica’s social media communications tactics as being “weapons-grade” communication techniques used against the UK. More specifically, she said that in the past, target audience techniques like those used by CA were so powerful that the government once considered them “weapons-grade,” The Guardian reported. In fact, as recently as 2014, Cambridge Analytica had to tell the UK if it was using those tactics abroad. Kaiser said in her testimony.
“The methodology was considered a weapon, weapons-grade communications tactics, which means that we had to tell the British government if it was going to be deployed in another country outside the United Kingdom.”
Damian Collins had to clarify the impact of what she was saying. Collins asked: “So what you are saying is that the proposal to Leave.EU [was] to use what you call weapons-grade communications techniques against the UK population?” Kaiser clarified that by 2015, the company no longer had to tell the government if it was using target audience analysis overseas because the legal designation of the analysis had changed, The Guardian reported.
“Brittany Kaiser is Director of Program Development at Cambridge Analytica, working with clients globally to develop data-driven campaigning and targeted outreach strategies. Kaiser specializes in international law and lobbying and has championed successful campaigning initiatives worldwide, including projects for Presidential and Parliamentary elections, Government Departments, NGOs, business associations and corporate clients.”
Kaiser Met Alexander Nix & Soon Was Working For SCL & Cambridge Analytica & Was an Architect of the Leave.EU Campaign. She’d Later Testify Before Parliament.
Julian Wheatland, former chief operating officer at Cambridge Analytica; New York media professor David Carroll;
Cambridge Analytica’s ex-director Brittany Kaiser
BRAIN WASHING
  • Psychographics is a qualitative methodology used to describe consumers on psychological attributes. Psychographics have been applied to the study of personality, values, opinions, attitudes, interests, and lifestyles.  Because this area of research focuses on activities, interests, and opinions, psychographic factors are sometimes abbreviated to ‘AIO variables‘.
  • While psychographics are often equated with lifestyle research.
  • Psychographic studies of individuals or communities can be valuable in the fields of marketing, demographics, opinion research, prediction, and social research in general.
  • Psychographic attributes can be contrasted with demographic variables (such as age and gender), behavioral variables (such as purchase data or usage rate), and organizational descriptors (sometimes called firmographic variables), such as industry, number of employees, and functional area.
  • Psychographic methods gained prominence in the 2016 US presidential election due to its use in microtargeting advertisements to narrow constituencies by Cambridge Analytica.

The Great Hack trailer

Cambridge Analytica: Whistleblower reveals data grab of 50 million Facebook profiles

Mercer bankrolled Donald Trump who hired Cambridge Analytica w/Bannan as board member
https://cyberplayground.org/2017/05/15/mercer-bankrolled-donald-trump-who-hired-cambridge-analytica-wbannan-as-board-member/

How US billionaire helped to back Brexit Robert Mercer, who bankrolled Donald Trump, played key role with ‘sinister’ advice on using Facebook data https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/feb/26/us-billionaire-mercer-helped-back-brexit

Steve Bannon’s relationship with Cambridge Analytica has never been covered by BBC. None of this has been covered by BBC. Extraordinary it took US media company to do & that it’s being streamed to global audience. But still no mainstream coverage in UK.

Data rights are human rights

Mercer, Zuckerberg, Sandberg, Page, Brinn, Dorsey Handmaidens to Authoritarism
How Facebook Broke Democracy
In an unmissable talk, journalist Carole Cadwalladr digs into one of the most perplexing events in recent times: the UK’s super-close 2016 vote to leave the European Union.

Here’s inside story on what happened at #TED2019.
Within minutes of revealing Facebook’s intimidation tactics onstage, I stepped off it to find Facebook had complained & demanded to see my script. Great credit to @TEDtalks & @TEDChris for standing firm
https://cyberplayground.org/2019/04/22/mercer-zuckerberg-sandberg-page-brinn-dorsey-handmaidens-to-authoritarism/

How many times did Mark Zuckerberg lie to Congress?
Delay, Deny and Deflect: How Facebook’s Leaders Fought Through Crisis
WATCH Zucked Over – Mark Zuckerberg 2009
BBC Interview Cambridge Analytica whistleblower: ‘We spent $1m harvesting millions of Facebook profiles’ www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXdYSQ6nu-M
The Man Behind Cambridge Analytica
www.youtube.com/watch?v=tC-GvQq9IbM

WE MUST UPDATE ANTITRUST LAW TO DEAL WITH FACEBOOK

Mercer bankrolled Donald Trump who hired Cambridge Analytica w/Bannan as board member
https://cyberplayground.org/2017/05/15/mercer-bankrolled-donald-trump-who-hired-cambridge-analytica-wbannan-as-board-member/

Mark Zuckerberg Says Fake News On Facebook Didn’t Change The Election “I think the idea that fake news on Facebook — of which it’s a very small amount of the content — influenced the election in any way is a pretty crazy idea.” – It’s in journalism’s best interest to report news accurately
https://cyberplayground.org/2016/11/15/fake-zuckerberg-fake-news-on-facebook-is-true/

#Mercer revelation in Paradise Papers #ParadisePapers
https://cyberplayground.org/2019/03/08/mercer-revelation-in-paradise-papers-paradisepapers/
Leaked documents … show how the billionaire Mercer family built a $60m war chest for conservative causes inside their family foundation by using an offshore investment vehicle to avoid US tax,” The Guardian reports:“The offshore vehicle was part of a network of companies in the Atlantic tax haven of Bermuda led by Robert Mercer, the wealthy . . . .

ECP Educational CyberPlayGround NetHappenings Newsletter

BREAKING: Mueller says Trump could be criminally charged with obstruction of justice after he leaves office.

 

The Great Hack review – searing exposé of the Cambridge Analytica scandal

Peter Bradshaw @PeterBradshaw1
Tue 23 Jul 2019 05.31 EDT

This chilling documentary lays bare the cynicism and chaos surrounding the data research company that harvested information from millions of Facebook users

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/jul/23/the-great-hack-review-cambridge-analytica-facebook-carole-cadwalladr-arron-banks

 

Question: “Trump and his campaign welcomed & encouraged Russian interference?”
Mueller: “Yes.”

Question: “And then Trump and his campaign lied about it to cover it up?”
Mueller: “Yes.”

Q: “You believe that you could charge the president of the United States with obstruction of justice after he left office?” MUELLER: “Yes.” That should be enough for ANY House member who has not yet called for an impeachment inquiry. No more excuses! #ImpeachmentInquiryNow
Here’s what Mueller said:
  • Russia interfered in our election to help Trump.
  • Russians made numerous contacts with the campaign.
  • Campaign welcomed their help.
  • No one reported these contacts or interference to FBI.

They lied to cover it up.

Rep. Buck: “Could you charge the president with a crime after he left office?”

Mueller: “Yes.”

RIP: Nicholas Vrooman Folklorist

“The Whole Country was… ‘One Robe'”:
The Little Shell Tribe’s America
Co-published by the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana and Drumlummon Institute
“The Whole Country was . . . ‘One Robe,’” by historian and folklorist Nicholas Vrooman
http://www.riverbendpublishing.com/the-whole-country-was-one-robe.html

Mike Korn  writes:

Nicholas Vrooman came to Montana in 1975, to work as a ranch hand on the
Mannix Ranch outside of Helmville. That experience made a pretty big
impression on him, working in beaverslide country side-by-side with
ranchers and cowboys in the Blackfoot Valley — an’ taking in a big ol’
gulp of Montana culture. In time, he went on to build a prodigious career
as one of our regions’ premiere and most passionate advocates of
traditional culture – our folklife – and the many peoples who make up the
patchwork quilt of the American West. For us in Montana, he served as State
Folklorist, and was involved in helping build the foundation for the Butte
Folk Festival. His knowledge and active support of the many folk cultures
of the Treasure State was second to none. Nick’s Montana was one of cowboy poets and ranchers, Butte ethnics, our many Indigenous Peoples, miners, cooks, singers, fiddlers, bootmakers, beaders, quilters, drummers,
storytellers—all of the folks who put their particular brand on and make
this The Last Best Place. In essence, Nick played cultural back-up guitar,
always putting the traditional folks up front and center stage, all the
while keeping steady background rhythm to support them in any way he could- and never missing a beat. He was both an academic with very impressive credentials as well as a popular writer and speaker. Throughout it all, he never lost the folksy touch.

Nick came to be one of the most knowledgeable and ardent advocates on
behalf of the Little Shell Band through his work in the further
documentation of their history and culture. Also called the Metis, their
history and role in the West and Montana was not as well-known but was as
strong as the other Great Plains Native peoples. Nick’s tireless research,
writing, and interviews became an important lynchpin in their struggle for
federal tribal recognition. His efforts also succeeded in creating an
awareness and appreciation of the Metis that spread far outside of western
Native communities. http://www.montanalittleshelltribe.org/

A list of his accomplishments, friendships, work- the totality of his
efforts and life on behalf of Montana as well as America’s folk cultures
would go on for volumes.

Se lost Nick suddenly on June 26th.

Also See

Metis clothing

https://allaboutthemetis.weebly.com/what-did-the-meacutetis-wear.html

What is Cowboy poetry?

https://www.westernfolklife.org/folklorists-musicians-activists/

https://helenair.com/news/local/obituaries/vrooman-nicholas-curchin-peterson/article_1af123bc-e46d-586e-815f-65384dbdac2f.html

Métis fiddle is the style which the Métis of Canada and Métis in the northern United States have developed to play the violin, solo and in folk ensembles. It is marked by the percussive use of the bow and percussive accompaniment. The Meti people blend First Nations, French, English, Celtic and other ancestry. Fiddles were “introduced in this area by Scottish and French-Canadian fur traders in the early 1800s”.Wikipedia
Stylistic origins:Jigs, Reels, Strathspey (dance)
Cultural origins:Métis people (Canada), Métis people (United States)

Metis Fiddling

https://www.westernfolklife.org/folklorists-musicians-activists/

I think of him now, his legs dangling over the edge of the wagon box of an
old,squeaky celestial Red River cart, grinning ear to ear, enveloped and
embraced by the hop-scotch double-stop rhythms of Metis fiddlers ….and
maybe even jumpin’ down and dancing a little Red River jig himself….
amongst the stars across the Montana sky….…. One Robe. So long, Nick. It’s
been good to know ya’.

History of The Metis Jig Dance

 

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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