Top 5 Voted The Most Evil Companies in Tech

Top 5 worst companies out of 30

BREAK THEM UP – BREAK THEM UP – BREAK THEM UP

#1 Amazon  Jeff Bezos
#2 Facebook Mark Zuckerberg
#3  Alphabet Sundar Pichai
#4 Palantir Technologies  Alex Karp
# 5 Uber Dara Khosrowshahi

by @felixsalmon
 @hypervisible
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 @matthewstoller
 @dgolumbia
 & others

Virgin Islands allege Jeffrey Epstein trafficked girls as young as 11 as recently as 2018

Virgin Islands allege Jeffrey Epstein trafficked girls as young as 11 as recently as 2018

Jane Doe 43 v. Epstein, et al
Little St. James Island
https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/crime/article239319168.html
little St. James

Putin wants to be President for life!

Russian government resigns as Putin proposes constitutional changes
Moves seen as possible steps toward keeping Putin in power beyond 2024 limit when it will force him to leave the presidency.

https://abcnews.go.com/International/russian-government-resigns-vladimir-putin-proposes-constitutional/story?id=68298498

Experts said the changes were opening moves to lay the ground for Putin to retain power after 2024, even if he is no longer in the president.

How the Health Insurance Industry (and I) Invented the ‘Choice’ Talking Point

Health Care – “consumer “choice”” is a lie.

Without Medicare for All, the Healthcare System Will Collapse – Wendell Potter RAI

It was always misleading. Now Democrats are repeating it.

By Wendell Potter
Jan 14 2020
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/14/opinion/healthcare-choice-democratic-debate.html

There’s a dangerous talking point being repeated in the Democratic primary for president that could affect the survival of millions of people, and the finances of even more. This is partly my fault.

When the candidates discuss health care, you’re bound to hear some of them talk about consumer “choice.” If the nation adopts systemic health reform, this idea goes, it would restrict the ability of Americans to choose their plans or doctors, or have a say in their care.

It’s a good little talking point, in that it makes the idea of changing the current system sound scary and limiting. The problem? It’s a P.R. concoction. And right now, somewhere in their plush corporate offices, some health care industry executives are probably beside themselves with glee, drinking a toast to their public relations triumph.

I should know: I was one of them.

To my everlasting regret, I played a hand in devising this deceptive talking point about choice when I worked in various communications roles for a leading health insurer between 1993 and 2008, ultimately serving as vice president for corporate communications.  Now I want to come clean by explaining its origin story, and why it’s both factually inaccurate and a political ploy.

Those of us in the insurance industry constantly hustled to prevent significant reforms because changes threatened to eat into our companies’ enormous profits. We were told by our opinion research firms and messaging consultants that when we promoted the purported benefits of the status quo that we should talk about the concept of “choice”: It polled well in focus groups of average Americans (and was encouraged by the work of Frank Luntz, the P.R. guru who literally wrote the book on how the Republican Party should communicate with Americans). As instructed, I used the word “choice” frequently when drafting talking points.

But those of us who held senior positions for the big insurers knew that one of the huge vulnerabilities of the system is its lack of choice. In the current system, Americans cannot, in fact, pick their own doctors, specialists or hospitals — at least, not without incurring huge “out of network” bills.

Not only does the current health care system deny you choice within the details of your plans, it also fails to provide many options for the plan itself. Most working Americans must select from a limited list made by their company’s chosen insurance provider (usually a high-deductible plan or a higher-deductible plan). What’s more, once that choice is made, there are many restrictions around keeping it. You can lose coverage if your company changes its plan, or if you change jobs, or if you turn 26 and leave your parents’ plan, among other scenarios.

This presented a real problem for us in the industry. Well aware that we were losing the “choice” argument, my industry colleagues spent millions on lobbying, advertising and spin doctors — all intended to muddy the issue so Americans might believe that reform would somehow provide “less choice.” Recently, the industry launched a campaign called “My Care, My Choice” aimed in part at convincing Americans that they have choice now — and that government reform would restrict their freedom. That group has been spending large sums on advertising in Iowa during this presidential race.

This isn’t the first time the industry has made “choice” a big talking point as it fights health reform. Soon after the Affordable Care Act was passed a decade ago, insurers formed the Choice and Competition Coalition and pushed states not to create insurance exchanges with better plans.

What’s different now is that it’s the Democrats parroting the misleading “choice” talking point — and even using it as a weapon against one another. Back in my days working in insurance P.R., this would have stunned me. It’s why I believe my former colleagues are celebrating today.

[snip]

Propaganda uses “words that work” to tell lies.

Health Care “It is staggering how much the United States is more expensive.”

A billion a year in health care costs, $15 billion of which comes from insulin.

A billion a year in health care costs, $15 billion of which comes from insulin.

FOIA Parnas message records from the State Department

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Many of the messages between Parnas and Robert Hyde, a Trump donor who was apparently assisting Parnas in Ukraine, were sent in late March 2019 — dates when Giuliani was in touch with Sec. of State Mike Pompeo, according to records we obtained.

https://intelligence.house.gov/uploadedfiles/20200114_-_hpsci_transmittal_letter_to_hjc_-_new_evidence_attachment.pdf

State Department Releases Ukraine Documents to American Oversight

Peekaboo Moments baby-recording app has a bad database booboo

No need to wait until you’ve gurgled out of your mother’s womb to experience the joys of having your privacy breached, thanks to a mobile app called Peekaboo Moments.

Bithouse Inc. – the developer of the mobile app, which is designed to capture photos, audio, weight, length, video and diaries of tots starting as early as their zygote days – has left an Elasticsearch database flapping wide open, leaving thousands of infants’ videos and images exposed, unsecured and up for babbling its contents to any internet busybody who knows where to look.

ElasticSearch server exposed the personal data of over 57 million US citizens Leaky database taken offline, but not after leaking user details for nearly two weeks.

The database was discovered by Dan Ehrlich, who runs the Texas-based cybersec startup Twelve Security. Ehrlich told Information Security Media Group (ISMG) that the 100GB database contains more than 70 million log files, with data going back as far as March 2019. The logs record when someone uses the Peekaboo app, what actions they took and when.

And my oh my, what actions you can take! As the Peekaboo Moment developer croons on the app’s Google Play listing, users can…

Peekaboo Moments baby-recording app has a bad database booboo

DO CHILDREN HAVE ANY PRIVACY RIGHTS AT ALL? ?

NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO

It got terrible reviews
https://appgrooves.com/app/peekaboo-babybook-baby-album-memories-and-moments-by-peekaboomomentscom/negative

THERE IS NO CHIEF PRIVACY OFFICER FOR ANY K 12 SCHOOL DISTRICT IN THE UNITED STATES.

K12 Education: Two States- Eight Textbooks- Two American Stories-

#K12socialstudiestextbooks
#social studies text books
#eighth and 11th graders social studies text books

Social Studies Text Books standards are subject to review by politicians.

Two States. Eight Textbooks. Two American Stories.
We analyzed some of the most popular social studies textbooks used in California and Texas. Here’s how political divides shape what students learn about the nation’s history.
By Dana Goldstein
Jan 12 2020
<https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/01/12/us/texas-vs-california-history-textbooks.html>

The textbooks cover the same sweeping story, from the brutality of slavery to the struggle for civil rights. The self-evident truths of the founding documents to the waves of immigration that reshaped the nation.

The books have the same publisher. They credit the same authors. But they are customized for students in different states, and their contents sometimes diverge in ways that reflect the nation’s deepest partisan divides.

Hundreds of differences — some subtle, others extensive — emerged in a New York Times analysis of eight commonly used American history textbooks in California and Texas, two of the nation’s largest markets.

In a country that cannot come to a consensus on fundamental questions— how restricted capitalism should be, whether immigrants are a burden or a boon, to what extent the legacy of slavery continues to shape American life — textbook publishers are caught in the middle. On these questions and others, classroom materials are not only shaded by politics, but are also helping to shape a generation of future voters.

Conservatives have fought for schools to promote patriotism, highlight the influence of Christianity and celebrate the founding fathers. In a September speech, President Trump warned against a “radical left” that wants to “erase American history, crush religious liberty, indoctrinate our students with left-wing ideology.”

The left has pushed for students to encounter history more from the ground up than from the top down, with a focus on the experiences of marginalized groups such as enslaved people, women and Native Americans.

The books The Times analyzed were published in 2016 or later and have been widely adopted for eighth and 11th graders, though publishers declined to share sales figures. Each text has editions for Texas and California, among other states, customized to satisfy policymakers with different priorities.

“At the end of the day, it’s a political process,” said Jesús F. de la Teja, an emeritus professor of history at Texas State University who has worked for the state of Texas and for publishers in reviewing standards and textbooks.

The differences between state editions can be traced back to several sources: state social studies standards; state laws; and feedback from panels of appointees that huddle, in Sacramento and Austin hotel conference rooms, to review drafts.

Requests from textbook review panels, submitted in painstaking detail to publishers, show the sometimes granular ways that ideology can influence the writing of history.

The National History Education Clearing House has made available a database of state social studies and history standards, searchable by state and grade. http://teachinghistory.org/teaching-materials/state-standards

A California panel asked the publisher McGraw-Hill to avoid the use of the word “massacre” when describing 19th-century Native American attacks on white people. A Texas panel asked Pearson to point out the number of clergy who signed the Declaration of Independence, and to state that the nation’s founders were inspired by the Protestant Great Awakening.

All the members of the California panel were educators selected by the State Board of Education, whose members were appointed by former Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat.

The Texas panel, appointed by the Republican-dominated State Board of Education, was made up of educators, parents, business representatives and a Christian pastor and politician.

McGraw-Hill, the publisher whose annotated Bill of Rights appears differently in the two states, said it had created the additional wording on the Second Amendment and gun control for the California textbook. A national version of the pages is similar to the Texas edition, which does not call attention to gun rights, the company said in a written statement.

Pearson, the publisher whose Texas textbook raises questions about the quality of Harlem Renaissance literature, said such language “adds more depth and nuance.”

Critical language about nonwhite cultural movements also appears in a Texas book from McGraw-Hill. It is partly a result of debates, in 2010, between conservative and liberal members of the Texas Board of Education over whether state standards should mention cultural movements like hip-hop and country music. Their compromise was to ask teachers and textbook publishers to address “both the positive and negative impacts” of artistic movements.

Texas struck that requirement in 2018, but its most recent textbooks, published in 2016, will reflect it for years to come.

Publishers are eager to please state policymakers of both parties, during a challenging time for the business. Schools are transitioning to digital materials.

And with the ease of internet research, many teachers say they prefer to curate their own primary-source materials online.

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K12 EDUCATION in Kentucky gets a C-

This map is never included in a Social Studies Textbook

K12PlayGround.com Resources show

Texas K12 Education in C-

California K12 Education ranked C

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, the Bureau of Indian Education and the five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions.

State Social Studies and History Standards

Whitefield Academy Religious Education Stinks in Kentucky

THIS IS WHY PUBLIC EDUCATION IS SUPERIOR TO CHARTER SCHOOLS

K12 Evangelical school expels a little girl because she wore a colorful Tshirt!

Kentucky teenager takes picture wearing rainbow shirt; school expels her for ‘lifestyle violations’

Head of school, Dr. Bruce Jacobson (502) 239-2509 • admissions@whitefield.org
Whitefield Academy is a Preschool-12 private evangelistic model of Christian education in Louisville, KY.

Evaluate / Compare Whitefield Academy to other schools in the area

Kentucky teenager takes picture wearing rainbow shirt; school expels her for ‘lifestyle violations’. “It was an email expelling Kayla from Whitefield immediately due to a post on social media,” Alford said.
The picture caught the attention of administrators of Kenney’s private school, the Whitfield Academy, who found no reason to celebrate with the teen. In fact, they called the image just the latest incident in two years’ worth of the student’s “lifestyle violations.”

Jacobson said the picture “demonstrates a posture of morality and cultural acceptance contrary to that of Whitefield Academy’s beliefs.”

She has now enrolled Kenney in a public school.
https://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/ny-kayla-kenney-birthday-rainbow-cake-shirt-expelled-kentucky-school-20200114-hqfabqeenbedppwks2uxra56ki-story.html

K12 EDUCATION in Kentucky gets a C-

State Grades on K-12 Education: Map and Rankings

Non-Public schools must adhere to Kentucky laws regarding school attendance, minimum instructional hours, subjects taught and records kept.  These details are explained in the Kentucky Non-Public Schools Information Packet.

In order for a non-public school to obtain a KDE issued school number the school must complete the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) Certification process. Details regarding this process can be found in the Kentucky Non-Public Schools Information Packet.

The KyNPSC, Inc. membership is from religiously-affiliated schools, private independent schools, and home schools.

1125 Madison Avenue
Covington, KY 41011-3115
(859) 380-1845

The group was incorporated in 1993, and in 1994 the KBE approved the KyNPSC’s accreditation process. At that same time a total of nine “third-party” accreditation agencies had their processes approved for recognition by the state. The ten officially-recognized accrediting groups are:

  • The KyNPSC, Inc.
  • American Association of Christian Schools (AACS)
  • Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI)
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) / AdvancEd
  • Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod
  • Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS)
  • North American Division of Seventh Day Adventists
  • International Christian Accrediting Association (ICAA)
  • Association Montessori International (AMI)
  • American Montessori Society (AMS)
  • National Council for Private School Accreditation (NCPSA)

Microsoft and China listen in to your Skype Calls.

#deleteSkype

Microsoft listened to Skype calls with no security to protect recordings, report says. A Microsoft effort to improve Skype calls and the Cortana virtual assistant by listening in on user interactions reportedly had no security measures in place to protect data. Contract workers in China were able to access recordings via a web app from personal computers in their homes, according to a Friday report in The Guardian.

https://www.cnet.com/news/microsoft-listened-to-skype-calls-with-no-security-to-protect-recordings-report-says/#ftag=CAD590a51e

An unnamed former contractor told the publication he reviewed thousands of recordings on his personal laptop from his home in Beijing over the two years he worked for Microsoft. The recordings included deliberate and accidental Cortana activations as well as some Skype calls, according to The Guardian. Workers were reportedly given no cybersecurity help, and usernames and passwords to access recordings were emailed to new contractors in plain text.

Microsoft has human workers listen to “short snippets” of voice conversations to improve services like Skype and Cortana, media reports revealed this past summer. And it’s not just Microsoft. Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook and others all had similar programs in place.

The industry practice raised privacy concerns from consumers about how their voices and data were being used. Some of the companies have since made changes to their programs, including letting people opt out of audio reviews.

Disconnect Voting Machine modems from the Internet NOW

ES&S ballot scanners in swing states & elsewhere now come w/ wireless modems

Hundreds of millions of cable modems are vulnerable to critical takeover attacks by hackers halfway around the world, researchers said.

NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt
@NBCNightlyNews
New warnings of hacking risks for voting systems connected to the internet:

Jill Simpson, her husband, & John Brakey seem to have been first to report that ES&S ballot scanners in swing states & elsewhere now come w/ wireless modems (connecting them to the internet). #RemoveTheModems

and others discovered that the backend systems in states with these modems have been left online for months.

reported Skoglund’s findings, & those findings finally made their way to