“The richest 1% of Americans currently own a whopping 40% of total household wealth.” #TaxTheRich

Wealth Inequality Is Way Worse Than You Think, And Tax Havens Play A Big Role

In the United States, wealth has become more concentrated since at any time since the “Roaring” 1920s, Zucman says. The richest 1% of Americans currently own a whopping 40% of total household wealth.

“At the global level, wealth is highly concentrated: the top 10% owns more than 70% of the total wealth in China, Europe, and the United States combined; the bottom 50% owns less than 2%; and the middle 40% owns less than 30%,” the paper says.

In the United States, wealth has become more concentrated since at any time since the “Roaring” 1920s, Zucman says. The richest 1% of Americans currently own a whopping 40% of total household wealth.

Zucman identifies another dubious honor for the United States: “No country (apart from Russia) for which estimates of wealth inequality are available has similarly high recorded levels of wealth inequality.”

https://www.forbes.com/sites/pedrodacosta/2019/02/12/wealth-inequality-is-way-worse-than-you-think-and-tax-havens-play-a-big-role/#10c2e9f0eac8

Why should Amazon the Welfare Queen Corporation that contributes nothing get tax break welfare from the state.

New Yorkers defeat Bezos richest man in the world, Amazon’s corporate greed, and worker exploitation.

Jeff Bezos  DOES NOT NEED the $3 billion tax break proposed by the city of NY.

Amazon’s chief Jeff Bezos’ net worth surpassed $150 billion.

Jeff Bezos  DOES NOT NEED to generate another $10 billion in revenue over 20 years.

New York  needs  their 3 billion to repair their own infrastructure,  improving the city’s crumbling subway system and investing in local communities.

Having Amazon in NY would displace folks from being able to afford living in the neighborhoods they are in now.

SHUT UP ABOUT PHILANTHROPY

Bezos Day One Fund, a $2 billion pledge to help homeless families and create Montessori-inspired preschools in the U.S.

Bezos whose company would be responsible for homelessness gets to have 504c3 tax write off on the very problem he causes !!!

Rent hikes and local displacement – as seen around the tech firm’s headquarters in Seattle – as grounds for why the NY city should reject the proposal.

Amazon would pay $0 in taxes on $11+ billion in profit.
$0 for schools
$0 for firefighters
$0 for infrastructure
$0 for research and healthcare

$0 in federal income taxes yet made a whopping $11 billion in profit

Bravo NY get rid of the  Amazon Welfare Queen Corporation that contributes nothing get tax break welfare from the state.

Russia will act like China and have censored firewall

Russia plans to ‘unplug’ from internet


https://informationbuzzer.com/2019/02/11/russia-plans-to-unplug-from-internet/ and
https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-47198426

Russia is planning to briefly disconnect from the internet as part of planning for a future cyber-war.

The test will mean data passing between Russian citizens and organisations stays inside the nation rather than being routed internationally.

A law mandating technical changes needed to operate independently was introduced to Russia’s parliament last year.

The test is due to happen before 1 April but no exact date has been set.

Major disruption

The draft law, called the Digital Economy National Program, requires Russia’s ISPs to ensure that it can operate in the event of foreign powers acting to isolate the country online.

Nato and its allies have threatened to sanction Russia over the cyber-attacks and other online interference which it is regularly accused of instigating.

The measures outlined in the law include Russia building its own version of the net’s address system, known as DNS, so it can operate if links to these internationally-located servers are cut.

Currently, 12 organisations oversee the root servers for DNS and none of them are in Russia. However many copies of the net’s core address book do already exist inside Russia suggesting its net systems could keep working even if punitive action was taken to cut it off.

The test is also expected to involve ISPs demonstrating that they can direct data to government-controlled routing points. These will filter traffic so that data sent between Russians reaches its destination, but any destined for foreign computers is discarded.

Eventually the Russian government wants all domestic traffic to pass through these routing points. This is believed to be part of an effort to set up a mass censorship system akin to that seen in China, which tries to scrub out prohibited traffic.

Russian news organisations reported that the nation’s ISPs are broadly backing the aims of the draft law but are divided on how to do it. They believe the test will cause “major disruption” to Russian internet traffic, reports tech news website ZDNet.

The Russian government is providing cash for ISPs to modify their infrastructure so the redirection effort can be properly

Google Removes website pages that Europeans wanted about how the Google search engine works.

Notice of European data protection removal from Google Search

February 5, 2019

To: Webmaster of <your domain>

Due to a request under the data protection law in Europe, Google can no longer show one or more pages from your site in Google Search results. This only affects responses to some search queries for names or other personal identifiers that might appear on your pages. Only results on European versions of Google are affected. No action is required from you.

What you should know:

1. These pages haven’t been blocked entirely from our search results. They’ve only been blocked on certain searches for names on European versions of Google Search. These pages will continue to appear for other searches.


2. We aren’t disclosing which queries have been affected.

In many cases, affected queries don’t relate to the name of any person mentioned prominently on the page.For example, the name might only appear in a comment section.


3. You can notify us of concerns. you believe warrants a reversal, you can notify Google. Please note that while we read all requests, we do not always respond. Only the registered site owner can access this form.

EU Privacy Removal

https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/eu-privacy-webmaster

GOV cyber workers are back Checking for hacks

Figuring out how to adjust the multimillion-dollar contracts
to upgrade and secure federal IT systems that have spent more than a month not checked.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/the-cybersecurity-202/2019/01/28/the-cybersecurity-202-the-government-s-cyber-workers-are-back-in-action-first-task-checking-for-hacks/

By Joseph Marks The Washington Post January 28, 2019

Thousands of federal cyber workers are returning to their posts.

It will take them days or weeks to pore through security logs to assess how much damage the shutdown did to the security of government computer networks and the sensitive data they hold. The attacks did not abate because the government was closed: One cyber manager who worked without pay during the shutdown described an uptick in attacks on his agency — including phishing emails containing malware, attempts to reset employee passwords and attempts to trick users into downloading malicious software cloaked as a legitimate update.

Also on the docket: Figuring out how to adjust the multimillion-dollar contracts to upgrade and secure federal IT systems that have spent more than a month on ice.

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Lawsuits put Texas school finance system on trial

Lawsuits put Texas school finance system on trial
Published: October 22, 2012 Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas — Attorneys representing around 600 school districts argued Monday that Texas’ school financing system is so “hopelessly broken” that it violates the state Constitution while keeping students from being prepared for the well-paying jobs of tomorrow.
The state countered that, even though the system is flawed, it’s nowhere near a crisis point.
Six lawsuits have been filed on behalf of about two-thirds of school districts, which educate about 75 percent of the state’s roughly 5 million students. They have been rolled into a single case which opened before state District Judge John Dietz in Austin. The trial is expected to last into January.
The Texas Constitution guarantees an “efficient system of public free schools,” but the plaintiffs say many schools can’t provide an adequate education because the way they are funded is inefficient and unfair. Districts in rich and poor parts of the state are on the same side in the matter because Texas relies on a “Robin Hood” scheme in which districts with high property values or abundant revenue from oil or natural gas taxes turn over part of what they collect in property taxes to poorer districts.
“The system of school finance, as we see it, is hopelessly broken,” said Rick Gray, who represents more than 400 districts mostly in poorer areas of the state. All the plaintiffs “are a united front in our belief that the system is unconstitutional,” he said in his opening statement, adding that “the stakes are simply too high to ignore anymore.”
The lawsuits were filed after the Legislature cut $4 billion in state funding to schools and another $1.4 billion for grant programs in 2011. The plaintiffs note the money was cut even though Texas’ population has boomed and the number of low-income students has skyrocketed. Students from low-income families generally cost more to educate because many require instruction to learn English or participate in costly remedial programs outside the classroom.
Meanwhile, Texas has imposed increasingly more-difficult standardized tests that high school students must pass to graduate. The districts claim that funding cuts have forced them to layoff teachers, increase class sizes and cut back on education programs – all steps that ultimately leave their students less prepared for tougher exams.
“The bar has been raised and yet one hand has been tied behind school administrators’ backs,” Gray said.
He said experts will testify in coming days that, if current educational trends continue, the earning power of Texas residents forced to settle for low-wage jobs will decline so much that it will cost the state $11 billion in lost tax revenue by 2050.
The state Attorney General’s office says that because Texas places great emphasis on local control of its school districts, shortcomings are the fault of individual districts.
Texas funded schools beyond the rate of inflation and enrollment growth between 2006 and 2010, and even with the 2011 cuts, districts still need “to show they are spending their money efficiently,” Assistant Attorney General Shelly Dahlberg said.
“Superintendents’ wish lists” include items like iPads for students, and districts offer programs, such as sports and extracurricular activities, that aren’t required by the state, she said. Dahlberg also noted that districts pay teachers based on seniority, not student performance.
Standardized testing requirements that began last year are being phased in gradually and won’t fully be required to graduate at least until 2015, Dahlberg said. She also predicted that “almost every single” superintendent eventually called to testify in the case will concede that they expect their students’ test scores to continue improving over time – regardless of funding levels.
“I would suggest that we might have an impending crisis, but today it is not a crisis,” Dahlberg said. “And we do not believe the plaintiffs can meet their burden of proof to show that it is.”
Legal battles over school finance are nothing new in Texas; the case that began Monday is the sixth of its kind since 1984.
In 1993, the Texas Supreme Court ruled that it took $3,500 per student for schools to meet state standards, a figure which Gray said now equals around $6,600 when adjusted for inflation. But he said only 233 of Texas’ 1,024 school districts can raise that amount because of state-imposed caps on how much they can collect in property taxes.
Also, districts considered property-wealthy collect on average about $2,000 more per student per year than those in poorer districts – even though they charge on average 8 cents less per dollar paid by area residents in property taxes. Gray said that works out to a discrepancy of about $64,000 per classroom each year.
Attorneys for other plaintiffs told the judge that it costs more to educate the growing number of students who are poor or don’t speak English as a native language.
David Hinojosa, who represents the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, said that 60 percent of Texas students now receive free or reduced-price lunches at school, and as Texas enrollment grows by 80,000 students per year, as many as 95 percent of those new students are from low-income families.
Mark Trachtenberg, arguing on behalf of mostly property-wealthy districts, noted the state’s growing Hispanic population now means roughly one in five students requires extra instruction in English.
“This is not a future crisis,” he said, “it is a present crisis.”
http://www.bradenton.com/2012/10/22/4247997/texas-schools-head-to-trial-over.html

Maryland STATE BOARD OF ELECTION LAWS

Maryland STATE BOARD OF ELECTION LAWS

410-269-2840
151 West Street, Suite 200
P. O. Box 6486
Annapolis, MD 21401-0486
Administrator: Linda H. Lamone, Esq. ………….. 410-269-284 0llamone@elections.state.md.us
Deputy Administrator: Ross Goldstein …………………… 410-269-2840 rgoldstein@elections.state.md.us
Fair Practices Officer: Jackie Bryley ……………………… 410-269-2866 jbryley@elections.state.md.us
EEO Officer: Jared Demarinis ………………….. 410-269-2853 jdemarinis@elections.state.md.us
ADA Coordinator: Roger Stitt ……………………….. 410-269-2850 rstitt@elections.state.md.us
Personnel Officer: Jackie Bryley .. …………………410-269-2866 jbryley@elections.state.md.us
Fax: ……………………………………. 410-974-2019
Toll Free Line: …………………………………. 1-800-222-8683 http://www.elections.state.md.us
http://www.dbm.maryland.gov/eeo/Documents/stateeeodirectory.pdf

[ECP] K12 Newsletters NASA opportunities for the education community.

NASA University Research Centers Virtual Poster Session and Symposium
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Event Dates: Oct. 24-31 and Nov. 8, 2012
Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Dates: Various Dates During October 2012
Meteorology: How Clouds Form Web Seminar
Audience: 5-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Oct. 25, 2012
Engineering Design Challenge: Water Filtration Web Seminar
Audience: Grades 9-10 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Oct. 30, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. EDT
NASA History Program Office Spring and Summer 2013 Internships
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Spring 2013 Application Deadline: Oct. 30, 2012
Summer 2013 Application Deadline: Feb. 4, 2013
Heat Transfer: MESSENGER — My Angle on Cooling Web Seminar
Audience: 5-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Nov 1, 2012
NASA’s Digital Learning Network Presents Space Shuttle Atlantis “Roll Over” Celebration
Audience: Grades 4-12
Event Date: Nov. 2, 2012, 1 – 2 p.m. EDT
2013 Texas High School Aerospace Scholars
Audience: 9-12 Students
Application Deadline: Nov. 2, 2012
NASA’s Glenn Research Center’s High School Shadowing Project
Audience: Students in Grades 10-12
Session I Application Deadline: Nov. 2, 2012
Session II Application Deadline: Jan. 25, 2013
Sessions III and IV Application Deadline: Feb. 22, 2013
NASA’s DEVELOP Program — 2013 Spring and Summer Sessions
Audience: 9-12 and Higher Education Educators and Students
Spring Session Deadline: Nov. 15, 2012
Summer Session Deadline: Feb. 4, 2013
2012-2013 Real World Design Challenge
Audience: 9-12 Educators and Students — U.S. Only
Registration Deadline: Nov. 16, 2012
2013 NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Dec. 4, 2012
2013 RASC-AL Robo-Ops Competition
Audience: Higher Education Students
Deadline: Dec. 9, 2012
2013 NASA High-Altitude Student Platform Opportunity
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Application Deadline: Dec. 14, 2012
2013 RASC-AL Lunar Wheel Design Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Students
Deadline: Dec. 16, 2012
National Space Biomedical Research Institute Summer Internship Program
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Application Deadline: Dec. 31, 2012
American Meteorological Society’s DataStreme Earth’s Climate System Professional Development Course
Audience: K-12 Educators
Course Begins: Jan. 14, 2013
New Module Available from NASA’s Digital Learning Network: Digital Badges
Audience: 9-12 and Higher Education Educators

NASA University Research Centers Virtual Poster Session and Symposium
NASA University Research Centers, or URC, is hosting a Virtual Poster Session and Symposium at the end of October and the beginning of November. These events will highlight talented students within the NASA URC program and their recent experiences as interns or co-ops at NASA.
During the session taking place Oct. 24-31, 2012, students will present virtual poster presentations of the research that was conducted during their internship or co-op. During the session, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions, exchange information and ideas, and interact with students and other event participants via the Facebook social network. A panel of NASA subject matter experts will review and score the poster presentations.
Top finalists will give oral presentations of their research during a virtual symposium on Nov. 8, 2012.
To learn more about the NASA URC Virtual Poster Session and Symposium, visit http://www.earthzine.org/nasa-urc-fall-2012-vpss/.
Questions about this event should be emailed to Daesha Roberts at daesha.d.roberts@nasa.gov

 
Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project
The Aerospace Education Services Project is presenting a series of free webinars throughout October 2012. All webinars can be accessed online. Join aerospace education specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bring NASA into your classroom.
Here an Earth, There an Earth, Everywhere an Earth: The Kepler Telescope Search for Habitable Planets Beyond Our Solar System (Grades 6-12)
Oct. 25, 2012, 5 – 6 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will discuss NASA’s Kepler telescope and its search for Earth-like planets orbiting other stars. Participants will learn how to use Johannes Kepler’s Third Law and actual Kepler telescope data to construct graphs to record and interpret data that determines if a planet orbiting a star in another solar system is a possible candidate to support life.
Robotics on a Budget (Grades 5-12)
Oct. 30, 2012, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will explore how to use robotics to enhance your students’ understanding of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM. Participants will also learn about NASA STEM robotics missions, curriculum and activities that are available.
For more information about these webinars, and to see a full list of webinars taking place through December 2012, visit http://neon.psu.edu/webinars/.
Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to Katie Hayden at Katie.S.Hayden@nasa.gov

Meteorology: How Clouds Form Web Seminar
As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a free 90-minute Web seminar on Oct. 25, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. EDT. Learn about the relationships between air pressure, temperature, volume and cloud formation. Get an overview of the necessary conditions for cloud formation and then see how to make a cloud in a bottle. Information will be provided about an extension activity, the S’COOL Project, which involves student participation in authentic science.
For more information and to register online, visit URL http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar10.aspx.
To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit http://explorerschools.nasa.gov.
Email any questions about this opportunity to the NASA Explorer Schools help desk at NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov

Engineering Design Challenge: Water Filtration Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar on Oct. 30, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. EDT. Get background information about water recycling on the International Space Station, and then see how to incorporate the information into an exciting hands-on, inquiry-based challenge requiring students to solve a problem. Participants will watch a video showing students engaged in the challenge and discuss possible modifications to the challenge to adapt it for different students and classroom situations.
This seminar will be repeated on Feb. 5, 2013.
For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar3.aspx.
To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit http://explorerschools.nasa.gov.
Email any questions about this opportunity to NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov

NASA History Program Office Spring and Summer 2013 Internships
The NASA History Program Office is seeking undergraduate and graduate students for spring and summer 2013 internships. The History Program Office maintains archival materials to answer research questions from NASA personnel, journalists, scholars, students at all levels and others from around the world. The division also edits and publishes several books and monographs each year. It maintains a large number of websites on NASA history.
Students of all majors are welcome to apply. While detailed prior knowledge of the aeronautics and space fields is not necessary, a keen interest and some basic familiarity with these topics are needed. Strong research, writing and editing skills are essential. Experience with computers, especially hypertext markup language, or HTML, formatting, is a plus.
Intern projects are flexible. Typical projects include handling a variety of information requests, editing historical manuscripts, doing research and writing biographical sketches, updating and creating websites, and identifying and captioning photos.
Applications for spring 2013 internships are due Oct. 30, 2012. Summer 2013 internship applications are due Feb. 4, 2013.
For more information, visit http://history.nasa.gov/interncall.htm.
If you have questions about this opportunity, please contact Bill Barry at bill.barry@nasa.gov.

 

34 states do not comply with No child left behind law

Getting out from under he burdensome mandates of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).
34 states with waivers  plus the District of Columbia.  Ten other requests for Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) flexibility are still under review.
http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/obama-administration-approves-idahos-request-nclb-flexibility