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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

 

Theta brain oscillations might help you navigate your world.

How certain brainwaves implements a GPS system for spatial navigation.

These brainwaves might help remember the locations to which a person is navigating.

Rhythmic fluctuations in brain activity, so-called theta oscillations, may play a role in this process.

Theta oscillations, during which brain activity changes at a frequency of approximately four hertz supports spatial navigation.
https://medicalxpress.com/news/2019-07-brain-youre.html

Theta Cycles – gamma were used to classify EEG waves falling into specific frequency ranges, with “theta” generally meaning a range of about 4-7 cycles per second (Hz).

Theta is used in healing practices and shamanic traditions, like with drum and rattle, which can alter the consciousness of the practitioner/healer to go into a variety of trance states.

This is rock music. Literally.It was here that Dr. J. J. Ott performed for the Buckwampum Historical Society in June 1890, for what is probably the first rock concert in history.
https://www.beyondsciencetv.com/2017/08/14/2017-8-14-the-mysterious-ringing-rocks/
These chime-like sounds come from geological phenomena known as ringing rocks. Physically, they look no different from regular rocks, but it’s not until you lightly strike them with a hammer that the rocks reveal their sonic secret.
Also known as sonorous rocks, these audio boulders can be found in various locations inside the 128-acre Ringing Rocks Park in Southeastern Pennsylvania, including Stony Garden in Bucks County, Devil’s Race Course in Franklin, and Pottstown in Montgomery.
But a more interesting discovery is that, while only 30% of the rocks ring, they generally ring in the tone of B flat. Now, why is that more interesting than finding out the sound produced by the rocks are ultimately site-specific, existing in synergy with its surroundings, wherein any incremental change can dramatically affect its acoustics, you might ask? Because B flat is what a supermassive black hole sounds like.
Back in 2003, NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Observatory detected sound waves are coming from a black hole 250 million light years away from Earth. It turns out, it’s been humming a B flat that’s 57 octaves below middle C for close to 2.5 billion years.

4 HZ SLEEPING FREQUENCY BINAURAL BEAT
A binaural beat is an auditory illusion perceived when two different pure-tone sine waves, both with frequencies lower than 1500 Hz, with less than a 40 Hz difference between them, are presented to a listener dichotically (one through each ear). The 4HZ that is referred to is the difference between the two tones which creates another tone which is referred to as a beat. The same effect is achieved when tuning a guitar with a tuning fork. As you get close to the correct frequency, you will hear the “beat” or difference between the two slow until the tones are the same.

Military industrial Complex monopoly and demise

Ending Endless War  <> NO MORE WAR

Military industrial Complex Monopoly and Demise

America’s Monopoly Crisis Hits the Military

Wall Street’s short-term incentives have decimated our defense industrial base and undermined our national security.

China has a 5, 10 20, 50, 100 year plan.
America has the Trump Tweets  Plan.

By Matt Stoller and Lucas Kunce • June 27, 2019
https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/americas-monopoly-crisis-hits-the-military/

Who took down America and got royal compensation for taking one of America’s strategic industrial assets down the road toward total destruction.

The erosion of much of the American industrial and defense industrial base.

Wall Street Richard McGinn became CEO in 1997, he and Carly Fiorina focused on financial markets and its pressure on executives to make decisions designed to impress financial markets, rather than for the long-term health of their companies.

Americans invented the telephone business and until recently dominated production and research. But in the last 20 years, every single American producer of key telecommunication equipment sectors is gone. Because of public policies focused on finance instead of production, the United States increasingly cannot produce or maintain vital systems upon which our economy, our military, and our allies rely.

One manufacturer told me we can no longer replace our submarine fleet, because we don’t have the capacity to do high quality steel castings necessary for high-pressure hulls. Most of that’s in China now.

“Well there was a China 2020 plan, 2016 plan, 2012 plan.” The United States has, for instance, lost much of its fasteners and casting industries, which are key inputs to virtually every industrial product. It has lost much of its capacity in grain oriented flat-rolled electrical steel, a specialized metal required for highly efficient electrical motors. Aluminum that goes into American aircraft carriers now often comes from China.

Hickey told a story of how the United States is even losing its submarine fleet.

ending endless war

Ben Ferencz http://www.benferencz.org/index.html

Benjamin B. Ferencz was born in the Carpathian Mountains of Transylvania in 1920. When he was ten months old his family moved to America. His earliest memories are of his small basement apartment in a Manhattan district – appropriately referred to as “Hell’s Kitchen.”
Benjamin Berell Ferencz is a Hungarian-born American lawyer. He was an investigator of Nazi war crimes after World War II and the Chief Prosecutor for the United States Army at the Einsatzgruppen Trial, one of the twelve military trials held by the U.S. authorities at Nuremberg, Germany.

What Ben Ferencz, the last Nuremberg prosecutor alive, wants
What the last Nuremberg prosecutor alive wants the world to know. At 99, Ben Ferencz is the last Nuremberg prosecutor alive and he has a far-reaching message for today’s world.

COALITION FOR AN INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT (CICC)
washingtonicc.org
Coordinates groups to advocate creation of an International Criminal Court for war crimes, genocide, and crimes against humanity.

INFO: HOW CAN YOU TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A CONSPIRACY THEORY AND FACT?

PROOF OF  STRATEGY

STATECRAFT  = PROOF OF STRATEGY

https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.cnas.org/documents/CNAS_Strategy&Statecraft_SmithStokes.pdf

Ending Endless War

Smedley Butler USA’s most decorated General in the Marines

In 1935, Butler wrote a book titled War Is a Racket, where he described and criticized the workings of the United States in its foreign actions and wars, such as those he was a part of, including the American corporations and other imperialist motivations behind them. After retiring from service, he became a popular advocate, speaking at meetings organized by veterans, pacifists, and church groups in the 1930s.

The real heroism story about him starts when he retired. In 1933, A Wall Street bond salesman Gerald MacGuire approached Butler with a proposal for him. He said to him that he was acting as a front man for wealthy industrialists and bankers, and offered Butler the chance to become the American Legion’s national commander. If he accepted the offer he would have the loyalty of 500,000 veterans and up to $300 million of funding made available by the bankers and industrialists. Their mission would be to take over the White House. MacGuire told Butler that the same people controlled the media and that would help for the public to easily swallow the story that they were about to tell. They wanted to install a fascist government and Butler would be America’s Hitler.
Apparently, they had the money, but they weren’t that smart when they approached Butler with this proposal. They picked the wrong man; Butler didn’t like Mussolini and he didn’t like fascism. Butler didn’t say anything and he decided to play the game and try to find out more about them. He even contacted Philadelphia Record reporter Paul French and asked him for help. He gathered all the information he could and went straight to the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1934 and told them everything he knew.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smedley_Butler

WHO IS THE REAL VILLAIN?

– 2014 Nothing Really Compare to the Koch Brothers Political Empire
billionaire George Soros, Tom Steyer, Tides Foundation

The Koch brothers run most of their political empire through a network of 501(c)(4) and 501(c)(6) nonprofits, the majority of which spend money directly on elections or fund those that do.
In total, the Koch political empire marshaled $400 million in the 2012 election cycle toward groups and efforts that spent money directly in the electoral arena.

“dark money” was meant to describe the funds spent on elections and election-related issue ads by political nonprofits that are not required to disclose the names of their donors. The term “dark money” does not apply, however, to every nonprofit that does not disclose its donors — not even to every nondisclosing nonprofit with political goals, broadly speaking, on the left or the right. public interest nonprofits (organized under section 501(c)(3)), which may be involved in shaping policy but are forbidden to engage in electoral activity and labor unions (organized under section 501(c)(5)), which can participate in elections but must disclose their donors to the Labor Department.

OK FOLKS!
I GUESS IT’S NOW OK TO BELIEVE EVERY CONSPIRACY THEORY TOLD EVER !!!

WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THIS?

In an astonishing turn, George Soros and Charles Koch team up to end US ‘forever war’ policy

By Stephen Kinzer 1-401-863-3473  280 Brook Street, Room 211
June 30, 2019
Stephen Kinzer is a senior fellow at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University. CV
http://stephenkinzer.com/

George Soros and Charles Koch are teaming up on the effort.

BESIDES BEING BILLIONAIRES and spending much of their fortunes to promote pet causes, the leftist financier George Soros and the right-wing Koch brothers have little in common. They could be seen as polar opposites. Soros is an old-fashioned New Deal liberal. The Koch brothers are fire-breathing right-wingers who dream of cutting taxes and dismantling government. Now they have found something to agree on: the United States must end its “forever war” and adopt an entirely new foreign policy.

In one of the most remarkable partnerships in modern American political history, Soros and Charles Koch, the more active of the two brothers, are joining to finance a new foreign-policy think tank in Washington. It will promote an approach to the world based on diplomacy and restraint rather than threats, sanctions, and bombing. This is a radical notion in Washington, where every major think tank promotes some variant of neocon militarism or liberal interventionism. Soros and Koch are uniting to revive the fading vision of a peaceable United States. The street cred they bring from both ends of the political spectrum — along with the money they are providing — will make this new think tank an off-pitch voice for statesmanship amid a Washington chorus that promotes brinksmanship.

“This is big,” said Trita Parsi, former president of the National Iranian American Council and a co-founder of the new think tank.
https://twitter.com/tparsi
“It shows how important ending endless war is if they’re willing to put aside their differences and get together on this project. We are going to challenge the basis of American foreign policy in a way that has not been done in at least the last quarter-century.”

Since peaceful foreign policy was a founding principle of the United States, it’s appropriate that the name of this think tank harken back to history. It will be called the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, an homage to John Quincy Adams, who in a seminal speech on Independence Day in 1821 declared that the United States “goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own.” The Quincy Institute will promote a foreign policy based on that live-and-let-live principle.

The institute plans to open its doors in September and hold an official inauguration later in the autumn. Its founding donors — Soros’s Open Society Foundation and the Charles Koch Foundation — have each contributed half a million dollars to fund its takeoff. A handful of individual donors have joined to add another $800,000. By next year the institute hopes to have a $3.5 million budget and a staff of policy experts who will churn out material for use in Congress and in public debates. Hiring is underway. Among Parsi’s co-founders are several well-known critics of American foreign policy, including Suzanne DiMaggio, who has spent decades promoting negotiated alternatives to conflict with China, Iran, and North Korea; the historian and essayist Stephen Wertheim; and the anti-militarist author and retired Army colonel Andrew Bacevich.

“The Quincy Institute will invite both progressives and anti-interventionist conservatives to consider a new, less militarized approach to policy,” Bacevich said, when asked why he signed up. “We oppose endless, counterproductive war. We want to restore the pursuit of peace to the nation’s foreign policy agenda.”

In concrete terms, this means the Quincy Institute will likely advocate a withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan and Syria; a return to the nuclear deal with Iran; less confrontational approaches to Russia and China; an end to regime-change campaigns against Venezuela and Cuba; and sharp reductions in the defense budget.

It aims to issue four reports before the end of 2019: two offering alternative approaches to the Middle East and East Asia, one on “ending endless war,” and one called “democratizing foreign policy.” Its statement of principles asserts that the United States “should engage with the world, and the essence of engagement is peaceful cooperation among peoples. For this reason, the United States must cherish peace and pursue it through the vigorous practice of diplomacy . . . The use of armed force does not represent American engagement in the world. Force ends human life, destroying engagement irreparably. Any resort to force should occur only as a last resort and should remain infrequent. The military exists to defend the people and territory of the United States, not to act as a global police force.”

The depth of this heresy can only be appreciated by recognizing the meretricious power that nourishes Washington’s think-tank ecosystem. These “talk shops” employ experts who pop up to advise politicians, journalists, Congressional staff members, and the public. They write opinion columns and bloviate on news channels. In foreign policy, all major Washington think tanks promote interventionist dogma: the United States faces threats everywhere, it must therefore be present everywhere, and “present” includes maintaining more than 800 foreign military bases and spending trillions of dollars on endless confrontations with foreign countries. That, with some variation, is the ethos that moves conservative think tanks like the American Enterprise Institute and the Heritage Foundation as well as liberal ones like the Center for American Progress and the Brookings Institution. Just as pernicious as their relentless support of the global-hegemony project is the corruption that lies behind it. Many Washington think tanks are supported by industries and foreign powers eager to inflate threats in order shape American law, policy, and public opinion. Their “experts” are often paid shills who cloak themselves in institutional respectability so they can masquerade as independent analysts.

When foreign crises like the war in Yemen break out, critics of US policy emerge and are given space to air their views. These protests, however, are episodic. Little continuity ties one burst of outrage to the next. The Quincy Institute aims to offer a corps of experts in Washington who will promote a unified foreign-policy paradigm based on statecraft and cooperation. Its founders plan to become involved in grass-roots campaigns, especially in minority communities. They hope their specialists will eventually move on to populate Congressional staffs and the executive branch — as alumni of pro-intervention think tanks have been doing for decades.

“Some interesting currents are emerging in American politics and we want to capture this moment, but we’re in it for the long haul,” said Parsi. “We’ll be a failure if in 10 years we’re still criticizing. In 10 years, we want to be driving the bus.”

Quincy Institute – Hiring Director of Media Relations

The idea is that you finance both sides e.g. pro fascist, anti-fascist etc. This creates a state of confusion where people don’t really know what is going on and become apathetic to it. Adam Curtis made a documentary about it, however here is a snippet from it.

 

Pentagon study: Russia outgunning U.S. in race for global influence
A divided America is failing to counter Moscow’s efforts to undermine democracy and cast doubt on U.S. alliances, says the report, which warns of a surge in ‘political warfare.’
By BRYAN BENDER 06/30/2019 06:11 AM EDT
https://www.politico.com/story/2019/06/30/pentagon-russia-influence-putin-trump-1535243
PDF @ https://www.politico.com/f/?id=0000016b-a5a1-d241-adff-fdf908e00001

The Pentagon has a laser that can identify people from a distance—by their heartbeat https://www.technologyreview.com/s/613891/the-pentagon-has-a-laser-that-can-identify-people-from-a-distanceby-their-heartbeat/

 

Your Medical Health Care Data Breaches thanks to the Companies who do NOT Care.

Your Medical Health Care Data Breaches thanks to the Companies who do NOT Care.

Lawyers can bring Class Action Suits for Health Care Data Breach Victims

Where have they all been for the past 20 years!!!

Who will stand up like Ralph Nader did and take this on?

They used to be able to get away with hurting  you in hospitals without consequences but Jerome H. Ellis stood up and changed all that. Thanks to him you are protected.

 

Who is protecting the  citizens from these CEO Bone Heads?

How to protect yourself after Quest Diagnostics data breach

IDENTITY THEFT

REPORT IDENTITY FRAUD

Your Medical Health Care Data Breaches

DATA SSN  thanks to Quest Diagnostics and LabCorp breach thanks to Retrieval-Masters

Are you a victim of internet fraud and want to prevent it from happening again?

Does your insurance company force you to use Quest Diagnostics and / or Labcorp for your blood work well they could care less about your privacy. They farmed out collecting your money to a hated collection agency called Retrieval-Masters Creditors Bureau.

Quest Diagnostics, may have revealed 11.9 million patients’ medical and financial information. Exposed information does not include lab test results, but may include financial records, Social Security numbers, and medical information.

WHAT YOU CAN DO: Call Experian, TransUnion and Equifax.
Freeze and unfreeze your credit for free Freezing your credit puts you in control.
Prevents lenders from checking your credit, which in turn would make it more difficult for someone to use your personal information to open a new line of credit in your name.

AMCA Files for Bankruptcy Following Data Breach
https://www.securityweek.com/amca-files-bankruptcy-following-data-breach

The bankruptcy filing may also be something of a preemptive strike: Retrieval-Masters is already facing at least three class-action lawsuits from plaintiffs in New York and California. Chapter 11 is a form of bankruptcy that gives organizations time to restructure their debts and assets. Court documents show that Retrieval-Masters Creditors Bureau has between 100 and 199 creditors, and liabilities ranging between $1 million and $10 million. A copy of the bankruptcy filing is available here (PDF).

Quest Diagnostics and LabCorp,
https://krebsonsecurity.com/2019/06/labcorp-7-7m-consumers-hit-in-collections-firm-breach/
filed 8-K forms with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).  Russell Fuchs, CEO and founder of Retrieval-Masters Creditors Bureau, revealed that the breach was discovered in March 2019 after learning that many payment cards used on the company’s web portal had been used for fraudulent charges. An investigation revealed that hackers had access to AMCA systems since as early as August 2018.

Quest said the incident impacted nearly 12 million of its patients, while LabCorp said the breach affected roughly 7.7 million of its customers.

It was later revealed that over 422,000 patients of BioReference Laboratories, half a million patients of CareCentrix, and an unspecified number of Sunrise Laboratories customers were also impacted by the breach.

Several class action lawsuits have been filed against AMCA and the other companies caught in the breach.

Quest Diagnostics Breach used  American Medical Collection Agency (AMCA),

AMCA owns Retrieval-Masters Creditors Bureau http://retrievalmasters.com/
4 Westchester Plaza, Suite 100
Elmsford, NY
United States – 10523
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NEWS

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

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

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

Can Elizabeth Warren Win It All    New Yorker

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#Privacy, #Facebook Coin, Uber, PayPal, Visa to Back Facebook’s GlobalCoin Cryptocurrency

#Privacy, #Facebook Coin, Uber, PayPal, Visa to Back #Facebook’s GlobalCoin Cryptocurrency

Starting with Facebook can’t get into China and 2015 Facebook Announces a Payments Feature for Its Messenger App

2019 #WeChat has become the centerpiece of digital life in China

where people use it to order movie tickets, subway passes, food delivery and rides. If Facebook succeeds in turning its own messaging services into a platform for everything, it could ultimately threaten established services such as Snapchat, Yelp, Venmo, eBay and even Apple and Amazon.

IN CHINA THERE IS NO PRIVACY!

IN AMERICA THERE IS NONE! THANKS TO THE DEMOCRAT$ AND THE REPUBLICAN$

  1. Cambridge Analytica and Facebook: The Scandal and the Fallout So Far Revelations that digital consultants to the Trump campaign misused the data of millions of Facebook users set off a furor on both sides of the Atlantic. https://www.businessinsider.com/cambridge-analytica-trump-firm-facebook-data-50-million-users-2018-3/
  2. Are you ready? Here is all the #data Facebook and Google have on you
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/mar/28/all-the-data-facebook-google-has-on-you-privacy
  3. #Trump linked firm Cambridge Analytica collected personal information from 50 million Facebook users without permission https://www.businessinsider.com/cambridge-analytica-trump-firm-facebook-data-50-million-users-2018-3/
  4. Comparing #Obama Cambridge Analytica https://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2018/mar/22/meghan-mccain/comparing-facebook-data-use-obama-cambridge-analyt/

Facebook can’t get into China and wants to be WhatsApp China’s top app.

#Tencent-owned WeChat is China’s most popular messaging app and has a mobile payments feature known as #WeChat Pay. #Facebook Coin, which would be pegged to the U.S. dollar and allow users to transfer money through Facebook-owned messaging application WhatsApp, according to Bloomberg.

Facebook wants to be America’s version of China’s WeChat

and started developing its own digital currency to make it easier for users to send money to their messaging contacts. Facebook didn’t offer many details on its digital currency endeavors but said a “new small team” was looking for ways to make use of the type of technology powering bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies.

Facebook has reportedly lined up Uber, PayPal, Visa and others to invest $10 million each in the consortium governing its secretive crypto project.
https://www.coindesk.com/report-uber-paypal-visa-to-back-facebooks-globalcoin-cryptocurrency

Tencent, is more than just a messaging app. It’s what some analysts dub a “super-app” because it offers everything from mobile payments to the ability to book flights and even play games — all without leaving the app. ‘WeChat of the West’
https://www.cnbc.com/2019/03/13/facebook-wants-to-copy-wechat-pay-with-facebook-coin-payments.html

The reason why FB wants these partners. To turn every single account holder into a new banking account. Personal and business at the same time. Very centralized indeed. Multiple privacy concerns and contracts. Personal data is at risk.
Facts: 1. Facebook is issuing its own ‘cryptocurrency’
2. Evan Cheng is Facebooks’s Director of Blockchain engineering

One of Facebook’s most senior engineers just became Director of Engineering, Blockchain


3. Evan Cheng is advisor of #chainlink
4. Facebook will need an oracle for the purpose they’re looking for.

Facebook Gave Data Access to Chinese Firm Flagged by U.S. Intelligence

“https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/06/03/technology/facebook-device-partners-users-friends-data.html

Sarah Jamie Lewis ‏@SarahJamieLewis
Can’t wait for a cryptocurrency with the ethics of Uber, the censorship resistance of Paypal, and the centralization of Visa, all tied together under the proven privacy of Facebook. I’ve always said the thing that cryptocurrency was missing was consortiums of corporations fully invested in the existing financial sector. Who, seriously, looked around the room and said, “shit, we really need to invite PayPal”
Do you trust 2/3 of paypal, visa, uber and facebook <insert other corps here> not to collude to publish contradictory checkpoints? What does byzantine consensus even mean in that scenario? “Facebook won’t control the coin” it will just develop the coin and then assemble the initial members of the consortium after which point the power will be distributed to the consortium members, that Facebook picked, and who are all large corporations.

See, decentralized. “Facebook won’t directly control the coin, nor will the individual members of the consortium — known as the Libra Association. Some of the members could serve as “nodes” along the system that verify transactions and maintain records of them, creating a brand-new payments network, according to people familiar with the setup.”
In the future, Paypal will verify your transaction behind the scenes as you pay for your Uber seamlessly using your phone, just top up your Facebook Libre account with Visa or Mastercard. So much innovation.

Roxana Nasoi @roxanasoi

Ever wondered how PayPal shares your Data? And to who?
Let’s go with the major funnels:
1. PayPal shares your data with Auditors. Internal and external, due to its nature.
2. PayPal shares your data with Customer Services. In the process of handling claims, customer services need access to your account history – so basically they need your historical data information. In case of disputes, they can access the last 30 to 90 days. Maybe even more?
3. PayPal shares your data with Fraud agencies and AML services. You will discover that after $1k to $2k, you need to KYC in order to continue using your account. If you use PayPal for business purposes, but your account is a personal one, you can end up with funds frozen.
4. Next is Financial Products. All those business and personal finance tools you see inside your PayPal dashboard can’t be used without your financial data. To add more, new products are created based on user data patterns. Unknown the extent of external financial products.
5. Don’t forget about your data being shared with Commercial Partnerships. Don’t worry, banks do the same. Apps do the same. Nothing new here.
6. PayPal uses your data for Marketing and PR. Need another example? Try Facebook, Google (Gmail) etc. Data sells, and we can’t really talk about performance and customer experience without backing claims with data reports.
7. PayPal (along with 95% of systems) shares your data with Operational Services.
8. Group Enterprises also have access to your data. Blame it on group dynamics if you want to or on contracts you’ll never have a say in.
9. Commercial Partners (to no surprise) can access your data, as well through a service called PayPal for Partners (Merchants use it).
10. Legal. From disputes to payment protection to lawsuits, to internal or partner legal firms – yes, they can access the data. Or have access to it in some form.
11. Other services and agencies. At some point they argued that government agencies cannot claim access to a user’s data. However, this is an overstatement. Under the premise of fraud, Gov agencies can and will get access. Based on historical examples, we know it’s possible.
This is probably the main reason why we do need crypto. A coded architecture that makes it incorruptible.
“Code is Law”.
Bitcoin has managed to provide a clear first example of incorruptibility, where growth and maturity of one system does not change the core.

The switch from caucuses to primaries to ranked choice voting

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

 

Educational CyberPlayGround, Inc. NetHappenings and K12Newsletters 6.2.19

Educational CyberPlayGround, Inc. NetHappenings and K12Newsletters 6.2.19

SCIENCE  – STEM

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

  • The history of sign language

  • The contemporary Icelandic belief in elves explained

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

  • Joel Bernstein lifetime achievement award for photography

  • Virality Is Dead

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

  • Personas of a Rock ‘N’ Roll Icon

  • 737 MAX Disaster fatal consequences

  • US Customs Facial Recognition Photos Data Breach

  • Why airport face scans are a privacy trap

  • GPS Degraded Across Much of US

  • Online Spreadsheet Discloses Museum Workers’ Salaries

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

ARTS – STEAM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SCIENCE  – STEM

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

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

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

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

 

Ethics: Government and Science

Ethics: Government and Science

Gerrymandering Census, Ransomeware, seafood traceability, Pfizer Enbrel Alzheimer, Music linked to suicide

GOP Paid Millions to Gerrymandering Expert Behind Census Citizenship Question

This isn’t getting enough attention: The GOP paid millions to the gerrymandering expert behind the census citizenship question

https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2019/06/gop-paid-millions-to-gerrymandering-expert-behind-census-citizenship-question/

Tom Hofeller wasn’t just an outsider who happened to push a narrative identical to the Trump administration’s.

Last week brought a bombshell revelation in the fight over a controversial question about citizenship status on the 2020 census: Despite the Trump administration’s insistence that it wants to add the question for better voting rights enforcement rather than political gain, key wording in its legal rationale matches memos written by Tom Hofeller, a Republican gerrymandering expert. Hofeller, who died last summer, wrote that if the 2020 census asked about the citizenship status of respondents, it “would clearly be a disadvantage to the Democrats” and “advantageous to Republicans and Non-Hispanic Whites.”

Republican Party financial filings with federal regulators add a twist to this backstory: The party’s main political apparatus paid Hofeller more than $2 million for his work. That suggests that Hofeller’s memos weren’t simply independent advocacy for a pet issue, but that he and his work were deeply embedded in the heart of the GOP’s strategic operations.

According to Republican National Committee filings with the Federal Election Commission, from June 2009 until just weeks before his death last August, the GOP’s main political apparatus paid Hofeller just over $2 million for “legal and compliance” work. In fact, from Trump’s inauguration until July 2018, Hofeller was paid $422,000, in what appear to be regular monthly payments of $22,247.

Pennsylvania Senate Democrats paid $700,000 to recover from ransomware attack https://www.zdnet.com/article/pennsylvania-senate-democrats-paid-700000-to-recover-from-ransomware-attack/

Steven Aftergood: Pentagon Cancels Contract for JASON Advisory Panel
https://fas.org/blogs/secrecy/2019/04/pentagon-jason/

Petya cyber industry loss passes $3bn driven by Merck & silent cyber: PCS – Reinsurance News
https://www.reinsurancene.ws/petya-cyber-industry-loss-passes-3bn-driven-by-merck-silent-cyber-pcs/

ETHICS? ? ? cause they won’t be making any money off of it
Pfizer MADE $2.1 billion in 2018, FROM rheumatoid arthritis therapy Enbrel now faces generic competition. A clinical trial on thousands of patients, which they estimated would cost a measly $80 million but because going off patent so they laid off 300 employees.  Now pushing Xeljanz patent expires in 2025 in the United States and 2028 in Europe. “
https://www.ohio.com/zz/news/20190604/pfizer-had-clues-its-blockbuster-drug-could-prevent-alzheimers-but-kept-it-secret

ETHICS ??  Pfizer also should at least have published its data, making the findings broadly available to researchers. “Of course they should. Why not?’’ said Rudolph E. Tanzi, (617) 726-6845 a leading Alzheimer’s researcher and professor at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. “It would benefit the scientific community to have that data out there,’’ said Keenan Walker, Ph.D. an assistant professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins who is studying how inflammation contributes to Alzheimer’s. “Whether it was positive data or negative data, it gives us more information to make better informed decisions.’’ Find his research here https://doi.org/10.1111/jgs.15470

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/pfizer-had-clues-its-blockbuster-drug-could-prevent-alzheimers-why-didnt-it-tell-the-world/2019/06/04/9092e08a-7a61-11e9-8bb7-0fc796cf2ec0_story.html

Science

2018 MUSIC  Young heavy metal fans five times more likely to self-harm or attempt suicide  but we all knew this in 1997 !! !! !! !! !!

Brain never stops growing, scientists find, as elderly shown to have same number of new neurons as teens

Ben Sheppard, Head of Partnerships at Streamr, is at Sea Web Seafood Summit  discussing how to turn a flood of supply chain data into reliable information for seafood traceability. https://www.seafoodsummit.org/session/true-facts-or-fake-news-verification-challenges-for-a-data-rich-future/

#no-soap “The M.I.T.-trained chemical engineer who invented AO+ has not showered for the past 12 years.” https://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/25/magazine/my-no-soap-no-shampoo-bacteria-rich-hygiene-experiment.html

 

Fixing Tech Troubles Jaron Lanier: How we need to remake the internet

Jaron Lanier on fixing our tech troubles and remake the internet

Jaron Zepel Lanier is an American computer philosophy writer, computer scientist, visual artist, and composer of classical music. Considered a founding father of the field of virtual reality, Lanier and Thomas G. Zimmerman left Atari in 1985 to found VPL Research, Inc., the first company to sell VR goggles and gloves.

Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now
No, Jaron does not have a Twitter account. No Reddit account. No Facebook account. They’re all fake fake FAKE!

Facebook and Google will be hated by most people.

Father of virtual reality: Facebook and Google are ‘behavior modification empires’ resulting from a tragic mistake.

The dangers of the concentration of data to democracy puts facebook and google at the center of Algorithmic enforcers of “cultural Marxism”

Jaron Lanier: How we need to remake the internet | TED Talk

Jaron Lanier: Who Owns the Future?

From media to manufacturing to medicine, technology is reshaping the face of more and more industries, marching them lock-step into an information economy. However, as author Jaron Lanier asks, if …

Facebook behavior modification

“The Facebook business model is mass behavior modification for pay. And for those who are not giving Facebook money, the only … reward they can get or positive feedback is just getting attention.”

Jaron Lanier interview on how social media ruins your life …
In this interview Jaron Lanier talks about Facebook, YouTube, Google and how the tech and social media giants are using algorithms to record data about their users – and how internet algorithms …

Jaron Lanier’s ideas for the future of profiting from your own data

In the early days of digital culture, Jaron Lanier helped craft a vision for the internet as public commons where humanity could share its knowledge — but even then, this vision was haunted by the dark side of how it could turn out: with personal devices that control our lives, monitor our data and feed us stimuli.

Antitrust Law – They have to much power over people with this “it’s all free” model. Father of virtual reality: Facebook and Google are ‘behavior modification empires’ resulting from a tragic mistake #TED2018

Also: ‘s explosive new book “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism” argues that big tech platforms like Facebook and Google are building “a global architecture of behavior modification” with dire consequences for democracy. 8-9AM ET:

Shoshana Zuboff’s Surveillance Capitalism.

Behavior modification through surveillance
“we write the music and they [the users] dance to it.”
Anybody can be manipulated. It’s quite easy. And it’s the whole endgame of surveillance capitalism.
https://clarissasblog.com/2019/06/01/behavior-modification/

Tech companies know so much about us that they can predict our behavior. It’s especially easy for them because they can manipulate behavior. So “behavioral futures markets” are a way for these companies to place bets on our future behavior.
https://clarissasblog.com/2019/04/23/surveillance-capitalism-1/