Your hotel check-in confirmation could be putting you at risk

https://www.cnet.com/news/your-hotel-check-in-confirmation-could-be-putting-you-at-risk/

By Alfred Ng
CNET News
April 10, 2019

When your hotel automatically emails you your booking information, there’s a good chance that you’re not the only person with access to those documents.

Symantec, a security company, found flaws on hundreds of hotel websites, which were leaking sensitive information like names, phone numbers, passport numbers and addresses in confirmation emails.

Candid Wueest, a threat researcher at Symantec, said he looked at more than 1,500 hotel websites in 54 countries and found the issues among two-thirds of them.

Hotels are a primary target for cyberattacks, as they hold treasure troves of data on guests during vacation season. They are frequently hacked, as cyberattacks on Sheraton, Westin, Starwood, Marriott and Wyndham hotels over the last few years show. Last November, Marriott disclosed that hackers had stolen records from up to 383 million guests in one of the largest personal data breaches in history.

Here’s Why Wall Street Bank CEOs Started to Sweat Yesterday about Today’s House Hearing

Here’s Why Wall Street Bank CEOs Started to Sweat Yesterday about Today’s House Hearing

By Pam Martens and Russ Martens: April 10, 2019

http://wallstreetonparade.com/2019/04/heres-why-wall-street-bank-ceos-started-to-sweat-yesterday-about-todays-house-hearing/

At 8:00 a.m. yesterday, Politico’s Ben White and Aubree Eliza Weaver dropped the news nugget that the nonprofit watchdog, Better Markets, would be releasing one day ahead of today’s House hearing with the CEOs of the largest banks on Wall Street a report titled: “The RAP Sheet for Wall Street’s Biggest Banks’ Crime Spree,” which promised to detail, for the first time, “that of the more than $29 trillion in total bailouts, the six biggest banks in the country (Bank of America, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, and Wells Fargo) received more than $8.2 trillion, or nearly one-third of the total bailouts provided to the entire financial system.”

Wall Street On Parade has been reporting since 2012 that of the secret $16 trillion bailout loans made at almost zero interest rates by the Federal Reserve during the financial crisis, a handful of mega banks on Wall Street received the lion’s share. (See here and here.)

But what Better Markets has done in its new report is to combine the Fed’s largess with that of TARP (Troubled Asset Relief Program) and support provided by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and other guarantee programs. It comes up with the following:

“At least $29 trillion was lent, spent, pledged, committed, loaned, guaranteed, and otherwise used or made available to bailout the financial system during the 2008 financial crash. The American people were told that this unprecedented rescue was necessary because, if the gigantic financial institutions, mostly on Wall Street, failed and went bankrupt (like every other unsuccessful private business in America), then they would take down the entire financial system, which would take down the U.S. economy, wreaking havoc on Main Street families.

“This has actually been true since the 1930s for traditional commercial and retail banks, primarily because they provide essential financial services like checking and savings accounts as well as loans to individuals and businesses small, medium, and large.  That is the fuel for the American economy, standard of living, and overall prosperity, which is why those banks are insured by the FDIC and backed by the taxpayers.  In addition, those banks were guaranteed because the odds of their failure were minimized—and taxpayers were protected—by numerous banking regulators who policed their activities to promote safe and sound banking practices, making bailouts less likely.

“However, the $29 trillion in bailouts from the Fed, FDIC, and other regulators (in addition to the $700 billion taxpayer dollars made available under the TARP program) were not only or even primarily provided to those regulated banks that take deposits and make loans. Instead, those bailouts were extended to virtually all financial institutions, including those engaging in the most dangerous, high-risk activities that actually caused the financial crash.

Thus, for decades gigantic nonbank financial institutions like Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, AIG, money market funds, and many more were allowed to maximize private profits with little or no regulation, but when their activities triggered the crash, they nonetheless were bailed out.

“This was a stunning violation of the most basic rule of capitalism, applicable to virtually every other business in America:  Failure leads to bankruptcy.”

Now that the researchers have really gotten readers’ blood boiling about the crony regulators and the secret trillions in bailouts, Better Markets delivers the gut punch.

Despite all of that taxpayer support, the mega banks that received it not only continued their crime spree but upped their game. The researchers write:

“In fact, they have engaged in—and continue to engage in—a crime spree that spans the violation of almost every law and rule imaginable.

Taking the breadth and depth of their illegal conduct as a whole, the six biggest banks in the country look like criminal enterprises with RAP sheets that would make most career criminals green with envy.

That was the case not just before the 2008 crash, but also during and after the crash and their lifesaving bailouts…

In fact, the number of cases against the banks has actually increased relative to the pre-crash era.”

Better Markets then proceeds to detail the ghastly RAP sheets of each of the six mega banks. (Read the full report here.)

Against that backdrop, the CEOs of seven of these mega banks will take their seats at a hearing at 9:00 a.m. this morning before the House Financial Services Committee. You can expect to see a lot of their lawyers in the seats behind them.

 CEOs of 7 mega banks challenged by House committee In one of the tensest moments of the hearing, the chief executive of JPMorgan Chase acknowledged his bank benefited from slavery.

In 2005, JPMorgan Chase acknowledged that two of its banking predecessors had received thousands of slaves as collateral before the Civil War and that the bank had also owned hundreds.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a fierce industry critic, has made executive accountability — including making it easier to jail chief executives — one of the central themes of her presidential campaign.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2019/04/10/ceos-mega-banks-will-testify-before-house-committee-heres-what-expect/

Slime ball Fed proposes easing post-crisis rules for slime ball big banks buddies
The proposal comes as the Trump administration continues to look for ways to curtail the regulatory burden faced by the banking industry, a decade after the global financial crisis. The industry has complained many of the strictest rules are too cumbersome and costly.

EU Tells Internet Archive That Much Of Its Site Is ‘Terrorist Content’

EU Tells Internet Archive That Much Of Its Site Is ‘Terrorist Content’

We’ve been trying to explain for the past few months just how absolutely insane the new EU Terrorist Content Regulation will be for the internet. Among many other bad provisions, the big one is that it would require content removal within one hour as long as any “competent authority” within the EU sends a notice of content being designated as “terrorist” content. The law is set for a vote in the EU Parliament just next week.

And as if they were attempting to show just how absolutely insane the law would be for the internet, multiple European agencies (we can debate if they’re “competent”) decided to send over 500 totally bogus takedown demands to the Internet Archive last week, claiming it was hosting terrorist propaganda content.

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https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20190410/14580641973/eu-tells-internet-archive-that-much-site-is-terrorist-content.shtml

Comment: Brexit Pay Back served to America

Why Mar-a-Lago is a counterintelligence nightmare

Imagine that the White House, instead of a fortress, were an opulent country club.

If you pony up a US$200,000 nonrefundable initiation fee, you can have the run of the place.

Wander the halls. Drop in any time on the West Wing, the Oval Office, the Situation Room.

Chat freely with the US President’s family and advisers, listen in on national security conversations with foreign leaders, even snap a selfie with POTUS himself.

Take it all in – actually, feel free to record it if you like.

Welcome to the Mar-a-Lago club, known in US President Donald Trump’s circles as the winter White House, in Palm Beach, Florida.

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=12221320

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange arrested by British police after being evicted from Ecuador’s embassy in London

Ecuador handed Julian Assange over to British authorities Thursday, ending a standoff that left the controversial WikiLeaks founder holed up in the Ecuadoran embassy in London for nearly seven years.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/wikileaks-founder-julian-assange-arrested-by-british-police-after-being-evicted-from-ecuadors-embassy-in-london/ar-BBVPL3U

About the WikiLeaks Defence Fund

The WikiLeaks Defence Fund promotes media and public activities to defend Julian Assange and other WikiLeaks journalists.

The Fund supports a dedicated campaign team which works across global media to build support for WikiLeaks and the public’s right to know.

The Courage Foundation and the Defence Fund

The Defence Fund is run by the Courage Foundation – a trust audited by accountants Sterling Partners in the UK for the purpose of providing legal defence and campaign aid to whistleblowers and journalistic sources.

The Courage Foundation is an international organisation that supports those who risk life or liberty to make significant contributions to the historical record.

It also campaigns for the protection of truthtellers and the public’s right to know.

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Why Poverty Is Like a Disease By Christian H. Cooper April 20, 2017

This science challenges us to re-evaluate a cornerstone of American mythology, and of our social policies for the poor: the bootstrap.

The story of the self-made, inspirational individual transcending his or her circumstances by sweat and hard work. A pillar of the framework of meritocracy, where rewards are supposedly justly distributed to those who deserve them most.
What kind of a bootstrap or merit-based game can we be left with if poverty cripples the contestants? Especially if it has intergenerational effects? The uglier converse of the bootstrap hypothesis—that those who fail to transcend their circumstances deserve them—makes even less sense in the face of the grim biology of poverty. When the firing gun goes off, the poor are well behind the start line. Despite my success, I certainly was.

Why Poverty Is Like a Disease

Christian H. Cooper April 20, 2017

http://nautil.us/issue/47/consciousness/why-poverty-is-like-a-disease

Emerging science is putting the lie to American meritocracy.

On paper alone you would never guess that I grew up poor and hungry.

My most recent annual salary was over $700,000. I am a Truman National Security Fellow and a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations. My publisher has just released my latest book series on quantitative finance in worldwide distribution.

None of it feels like enough though. I feel as though I am wired for a permanent state of flight or fight, waiting for the other shoe to drop, or the metaphorical week when I don’t eat. I’ve chosen not to have children, partly because—despite any success—I still don’t feel I have a safety net. I have a huge minimum checking account balance in mind before I would ever consider having children. If you knew me personally, you might get glimpses of stress, self-doubt, anxiety, and depression. And you might hear about Tennessee.

Meet anyone from Tennessee and they will never say they are from “just” Tennessee. They’ll add a prefix: East, West, or Middle. My early life was in East Tennessee, in an Appalachian town called Rockwood. I was the eldest of four children with a household income that couldn’t support one. Every Pentecostal church in the surrounding hillbilly heroin country smelled the same: a sweaty mix of cheap cleaner and even cheaper anointing oil, with just a hint of forsaken hope. One of those forsaken churches was effectively my childhood home, and my school.

Class was a single room of 20 people running from kindergarten through twelfth grade, part of an unaccredited school practicing what’s called

Accelerated Christian Education. We were given booklets to read to ourselves, by ourselves. We scored our own homework. There were no lectures, and I did not have a teacher. Once in a while the preacher’s wife would hand out a test. We weren’t allowed to do anything. There were no movies, and no music. Years would pass with no distinguishing features, no events. There was barely any socializing.

On top of it all, I spent a lot of my time pondering basic questions. Where will my next meal come from? Will I have electricity tomorrow? I became intimately acquainted with the embarrassment of my mom trying to hide our food stamps at the grocery store checkout. I remember panic setting in as early as age 8, at the prospect of a perpetual uncertainty about everything in life, from food to clothes to education. I knew that the life I was living couldn’t be normal. Something was wrong with the tiny microcosm I was born into. I just wasn’t sure what it was.

As an adult I thought I’d figured that out. I’d always thought my upbringing had made me wary and cautious, in a “lessons learned” kind of way. Over the past decades, though, that narrative has evolved. We’ve learned that the stresses associated with poverty have the potential to change our biology in ways we hadn’t imagined. It can reduce the surface area of your brain, shorten your telomeres and lifespan, increase your chances of obesity, and make you more likely to take outsized risks.

Now, new evidence is emerging suggesting the changes can go even deeper—to how our bodies assemble themselves, shifting the proportions of types of cells that they are made from, and maybe even how our genetic code is expressed, playing with it like a Rubik’s cube thrown into a running washing machine. If this science holds up, it means that poverty is more than just a socioeconomic condition. It is a collection of related symptoms that are preventable, treatable—and even inheritable. In other words, the effects of poverty begin to look very much like the symptoms of a disease.

That word—disease—carries a stigma with it. By using it here, I don’t mean that the poor are (that I am) inferior or compromised. I mean that the poor are afflicted, and told by the rest of the world that their condition is a necessary, temporary, and even positive part of modern capitalism. We tell the poor that they have the chance to escape if they just work hard enough; that we are all equally invested in a system that doles out rewards and punishments in equal measure. We point at the rare rags-to-riches stories like my own, which seem to play into the standard meritocracy template.

But merit has little to do with how I got out.

[snip]

Who you are as a person is not just defined by your DNA, but by which parts of it your epigenome permits to be expressed.

JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon is a despicable ignorant criminal dunce

Jamie Dimon is a despicable ignorant criminal dunce

Four years ago, JPMorgan Chase reached a then-record settlement with the Department of Justice after, among other things, the bank received a copy of a U.S. attorney’s draft complaint documenting its alleged role in underwriting fraudulent securities in the years leading up to the 2008 financial crisis. Following the bank’s $13 billion financial agreement, the draft complaint was never filed. Then the bank paid another settlement to prevent a separate legal case from potentially unearthing it. The contents of the draft complaint have long been a financial-crisis mystery, a Great White Whale of a document. At least until now.
https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/09/jamie-dimon-billion-dollar-secret-jp-morgan

How is a corrupt criminal like Jamie Dimon, not in prison for fraud?

This is a joy to watch. and Public Citizen’s just backed this US Chamber of Commerce rep into a corner on forced arbitration. Here’s what the Chamber of Commerce rep doesn’t (or refuses to) understand: Arbitrators are not required to follow the law.

I handed Kraninger a calculator and asked her to calculate the APR on a payday loan. She couldn’t. And she’s supposed to be the top government official protecting consumers from predatory lending practices?

Trump’s Justice Department OKs Trading with the Enemy

Trading with the Enemy Act 

George Bush’s grandfather, the late US senator Prescott Bush, was a director and shareholder of companies that profited from their involvement with the financial backers of Nazi Germany.

Files in the US National Archives shows Prescott Bush was a director  involved with the financial architects of Nazism.

His business dealings, which continued until his company’s assets were seized in 1942 under the Trading with the Enemy Act, has led more than 60 years later to a civil action for damages being brought in Germany against the Bush family by two former slave laborers at Auschwitz and to a hum of pre-election controversy. The evidence has also prompted one former US Nazi war crimes prosecutor to argue that the late senator’s action should have been grounds for prosecution for giving aid and comfort to the enemy.

Brown Brothers Harriman (BBH), acted as a US base for the German industrialist, Fritz Thyssen, who helped finance Hitler in the 1930s before falling out with him at the end of the decade. The Guardian has seen evidence that shows Bush was the director of the New York-based Union Banking Corporation (UBC) that represented Thyssen’s US interests and he continued to work for the bank after America entered the war. Read More: http://www.knowledgeoftoday.org/2011/11/how-bushs-grandfather-helped-hitlers.html

NOW The Department of Justice has adopted a narrow interpretation of a law meant to bar foreign interests from corrupting federal officials, giving Saudi Arabia, China and other countries leeway to curry favor with Donald Trump via deals with his hotels, condos, trademarks and golf courses, legal and national security experts say.

The so-called foreign emoluments clause was intended to curb presidents and other government officials from accepting gifts and benefits from foreign governments unless Congress consents.

But in a forthcoming article in the Indiana Law Journal, the Washington University Law professor Kathleen Clark reveals justice department filings have recently changed tack. The new interpretation, Clark says, is contained in justice filings responding to recent lawsuits lodged by attorneys generals and members of Congress.

Clark’s article notes that in more than 50 legal opinions over some 150 years justice department lawyers have interpreted the clause in a way that barred any foreign payments or gifts except for ones Congress approved. But filings by the department since June 2017 reveal a new interpretation that “… would permit the president – and all federal officials – to accept unlimited amounts of money from foreign governments, as long as the money comes through commercial transactions with an entity owned by the federal official,” the professor writes.

The justice department stance now closely parallels arguments made in a January 2017 position paper by Trump Organization lawyer Sheri Dillon and several of her law partners. On 11 January 2017, just days before he was sworn in, Dillon said Trump isn’t accepting any payments in his “official capacity” as president, as the income is only related to his private business. “Paying for a hotel room is not a gift or a present, and it has nothing to do with an office,” Dillon said.

That goes against what many experts believe.

“For over a hundred years, the justice department has strictly interpreted the constitution’s anti-corruption emoluments clause to prohibit federal officials from accepting anything of value from foreign governments, absent congressional consent,” Clark told the Guardian.

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https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/apr/09/dojs-new-stance-on-foreign-payments-or-gifts-to-trump-blurs-lines-experts

Valuing Culture While Combating Stress, Inequality, Bias, and Discrimination with Diverse Learners

AMERICAN K12 INTERNET HISTORY

THIS IS THE ANCIENT OLD K12 BEGINNINGS:  THAT EQUALS 1 MILLION YEARS AGO IN INTERNET TIME ! ! !

Educational CyberPlayGround https://www.edu-cyberpg.com/

K12 PlayGround https://k12playground.com/

School DirectoryFind a School Discover the right school for your child.

ADD Your School
Submit or Update Your School or Organization.

Find and compare K12 Schools and School Districts in the USA and Territories.

Join Interdisciplinary #STEAM #STEM K12 School Projects. Link to your video project from your school information page and promote your work.

OUR OWN AMERICAN K12 INTERNET HISTORY

“Born Digitial” The Educational CyberPlayGround Inc. transformed Internet Pioneer Gleason Sackmann’s 1996  “Hot List” text file of  the first K12 School websites into the first public public project in the world launched online July 9, 1998. The public is still invited to submit their school information and website data .

Gleason Sackmann and Karen Ellis
K12 Internet Pioneer Gleason Sackman’s 1996 text file collected the first home made K12 websites that ever appeared on the internet.

JOIN  Folklore / Folklife and
National Security projects across the nation.

HOW TO COMBAT HATE AND TRAGEDY: Hate Sites Recruiting Tools

THERE WERE MANY WARS ON TERROR INSIDE THE UNITED STATES
AND THEY STILL EXIST TEACH CHARACTER EDUCATION
What does it mean to be an educated person?

GINIKER = MOTIVATION = LEARNING

RAISING SMART KIDS IS NO SECRET!! YOU’VE GOT TO GIVE THEM THE GINIKER !! BECAUSE THE SECRET TO LEARNING IS MOTIVATION!
Giniker means plenty of Pep and fire See Definition

COLLEGE IN HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAMS

The Alliance for Excellent Education Invites You to Attend a Webinar

Improving Educational Experiences for Diverse Learners:

Valuing Culture While Combating Stress, Inequality, Bias, and Discrimination 

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Panelists
Robyn Harper, Policy and Research Associate, Alliance for Excellent Education
Yvette Jackson, EdDAdjunct ProfessorTeachers College, Columbia University and Senior ScholarNational Urban Alliance for Effective Education 

Moderator
Winsome WaitePhD, Vice President of Practice,  Alliance for Excellent Education 

When students enter school, they don’t leave part of themselves at the doorInstead, students walk into class carrying their cultural and community values with them. They bring pressures of social expectations and continue to feel the influence of poverty, prejudice, and inequity. These out-of-school influences and environmental factors play significant roles in adolescents’ mindsets about learning, their motivation to learn, and their behaviors in schools. 

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Recent findings from neuroscience, cognitive science, and psychological research provide a more indepth understanding of why school culture matters for each student and why it especially is important for adolescent students to learn in environments that are safe, supportive, and culturally responsive.   

In this webinar, panelists will explore how educators and school leaders can use a more comprehensive understanding of student learning environments to improve educational outcomes for diverse populations.

Specifically, panelists will discuss  

  • why culture and identity matter in adolescent education; 
  • how stress affects learning and development; ​  
  • how technology influences student learning and relationship building; and 
  • how school leaders and educators help combat the effects of inequality, bias, and discrimination​. 

The webinar will also review findings from All4Ed’s third report on the science of adolescent learning,Valuing Culture, Experiences, and Environmentswhich includes recommendations for how educators, policymakers, and advocates can support adolescents’ academic, social, emotional, physical, and health needs. 

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Gerard Mourou might be able to reduce nuclear waste from 1000 years to minutes

Zapping Nuclear Waste in Minutes Is Nobel Winner’s Holy Grail Quest 

Gerard Mourou—one of the three winners of the 2018 Nobel Prize for Physics—claims that the lifespan of radioactive waste could potentially be cut to minutes from thousands of years. Although Mourou, 74, is quick to say that the laser option for nuclear waste that he and Irvine, California-based Professor Toshiki Tajima are working on may be years away, its promise has created a flurry of excitement for the sector in France.

Gérard Mourou The Nobel Prize in Physics 2018

Born: 22 June 1944, Albertville, France

Affiliation at the time of the award: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA, École Polytechnique, Palaiseau, France

Prize motivation: “for their method of generating high-intensity, ultra-short optical pulses.”

The Guardian and Scientific American provided simplified summaries of the work of Strickland and Mourou: it “paved the way for the shortest, most intense laser beams ever created”. “The ultrabrief, ultrasharp beams can be used to make extremely precise cuts so their technique is now used in laser machining and enables doctors to perform millions of corrective” laser eye surgeries.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau acknowledged the achievements of Mourou and Strickland: “Their innovative work can be found in applications including corrective eye surgery, and is expected to have a significant impact on cancer therapy and other physics research in the future”.

Dear Dr. Gerard,

YOU ARE OUR HERO !!!!!

HAPPY EARTH DAY 

LOVE YOU 

xoxoxo

PLANET EARTH

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gérard Mourou on the development of chirped pulse amplification