Boy Scouts’ Sex Abuse Problem Is Worse Than Anyone Knew

These Men Say the Boy Scouts’ Sex Abuse Problem Is Worse Than Anyone Knew

By Eliana Dockterman
June 1, 2019

The Catholic Church faced more than 10,000 accusations of child abuse in the U.S. alone between 1950 and 2002, according to one report, and costly court cases that dragged on for years.

In fact, many of the former Scouts who have waited decades to come forward say they were inspired by other victims of long-ago abuse both in the church and in the entertainment, media and sports industries, who have gone public and seen perpetrators toppled from powerful positions and, in some cases, prosecuted. Those testimonies have also spurred several states to extend the statute of limitations on sex abuse cases, opening the door to more legal claims. The Boy Scouts quietly hired lobbyists to push against such laws, according to reporting by the Washington Post, for fear of facing an onslaught of criminal cases.

Because the Boy Scouts of America are a federally chartered non-profit, they must provide annual reports to Congress, and attorneys for the former Scouts say the organization has not included information about abuse accusations in those reports. “They were reporting…that they were a wholesome organization,” says Tim Kosnoff, one of the attorneys, “when they were kicking out child molesters at the rate of one every two days for 100 years.”

Sex Abuse Boy Scouts of America goes Broke

#SexAbuseBoyScoutsofAmerica

Boy Scouts of America considering bankruptcy
Companies are balking at paying settlements in response to sexual abuse allegations.

The Ironic Current Importance of State’s Rights by Jonathan A. Weiss Esq.

The Ironic Current Importance
of State’s Rights

by Jonathan A. Weiss Esq.

The United States Constitutional text does not explicitly incorporate “States’ Rights.” The first ten Amendments passed (out of twelve proposed) comprise the Bill of Rights which refer to rights remaining intrinsic to the people and the States, not governed by the Constitutional accord made by “We, the people”. Such a general recognition of both echos the Enlightenment recital of the “rights” invoked (as violated) by the Declaration of Independence. Other guarantees in the Constitution and the Bill of rights: e.g. privileges and immunities, due process, sanctity of homes (which Justice Douglas referenced with his “penumbra” and better described as implicit in a unified reading of all rights specified and/or directly inferable from them) refer to individual rights leaving the cognitive content of rights left with the States vague and arguably weak.

The Articles for Confederation failed. The Constitution, then required, clearly was not an accord between States but a Federal unified system founded by “We, the people” in an explicit Contract for specific powers to the government granted by the people with basic rights remaining with them.

Prescient though they were, neither the authors of the Federalist Papers or the Constitution allowed for the almost four fold expansion of the number of States accompanied with the extensive expansion of territory. The original thirteen States (former “British colonies”) were on one side of the Allegheny Mountains and did not extend the length of the Atlantic Coast. Then the barriers were breached. The “Americans” moved westward, with genocidal conquest and displacement of the Native Americans, an enormous land grab from Mexico, and the Louisiana purchase (Alaska, was purchased too, as a territory not to become a State until 1958.) An essential contention during this expansion concerned the legality and morality of slavery- “burning Kansas”.

The original thirteen States contained similar numbers of inhabitants. The new annexed areas did not. (Montana has less residents than Jerry Nadler’s district in New York City.) Some States have only one Congressman and two Senators. The anachronistic Electoral College has created Presidents who lost the national popular vote. This imbalance has led to legislative complications coupled with “seniority” which create laws and policies not favored by the majority in the total country, giving some small States and the entrenched South disproportionate power (with military bases and other government projects established preferentially there.)

States’ Rights, however, for States was a concept which became increasingly urged and developed as slavery came under increasing attack. Some historians consider the Civil War, not primarily based on the abolition of slavery, but rather on the assertion by States of Rights. Southern resistors called the horrifically bloody war “The War Between the States” which the victory of the Union clearly proved it was not (and accepted as not by the States with their recognition of Reconstruction Amendments) but a civil war with the rebellion, arguably treasonous. The Emancipation Proclamation, the statement of complete freedom from slavery (Juneteenth so known because of uncertain day and the title of a great Ralph Ellison novel) and the 13, 14, and 15 Amendments to the Constitution both abolished slavery country wide and established the further foundations of individual rights (implemented by enforcement statutes 42 USC 1983 et seq,)

Bad ideas often do not die. After the disastrous Hays-Tilden compromise, Jim Crow included the fraud of “separate but equal” (intrinsically incompatible) while the invocation of the phrase “States’s Rights” accompanied and justified the rise in oppression, deprivation, degradation , torture and murder in the sharply segregated South where individual rights were extinguished if a person had a “drop” of African blood (well before DNA was discovered – leading to recent startling genetic discoveries by those who are tested, some voluntarily).

When Rights Clash with Cultures

The history and atrocities are well known and documented, illustrated in big public settings by the “Dixiecrats” walking out of the 1948 Democratic convention (which echoed later in a refusal to seat the Mississippi Freedom Party). The very culture of the South was claimed to be protected by States’ Rights. (Compare the problems presented by a clash of cultural values accepted by a unified group, rather than urged by an oppressor class in that group, with individual rights – see my article Clash .

The myth of the glories of the ante-bellum South was enshrined in popular culture in books and movies (Powerful originators Birth of A Nation; Gone With the Wind) with poor rebel soldiers returning to ruins caused by “carpetbaggers and scallywags”, suffering aristocrats struggling to keep noble and glorious ceremonies and institutions alive, etc. which then continued into television shows with different narratives now increasingly emerging.

The assertion of “States Rights” became a fig leaf attempt (with occasional utopian nuances of Brandeis’s claim of States being laboratories for democratic experiments) for racism in all its evil manifestations. Very few accounts in history are so well documented. The Civil Rights movement ran afoul of what it meant in violence, injury, and death. It is still invoked and justifiably decried.

These are now special times with reactionaries in power (see my Hitler-Trump article on this website). Much necessary resistance of disgusting abuses of Federal Power are now resisted by States asserting their own independent powers.

This misuse of the Presidential power to pardon (Trump has reportedly asked if he could pardon himself.) starts our list with a minor example. But he can not pardon any one for State crimes. New York is currently passing a bill to prevent double jeopardy (frequently ignored in the past – quite troubling) from preventing such prosecutions with a direct eye on the Administration.

The doctrine that a sitting President can not be indicted (based on an off hand line in an internal memorandum in the Justice Department allowing for the impeachment of Nixon’s Vice President Spiro Agnew, later internally memorialized) has no basis in the Constitution (Indeed the reference to high “crimes” as a basis for impeachment implies the opposite and Presidents have been Judiciary ruled to be liable in current civil actions – see Clinton).

The question might still arise whether a prosecution based on a related set of facts to the Federal crime might preclude would automatically extend the time for State or Federal prosecution – in any event, the Statute of Limitations can be legislatively extended. Many of those in the web of corruption (a few lightly sentenced in Federal Court) can be prosecuted in States depending on where their activities or corporations are located or have sufficient ties.

Preemption and exceptions are legal issues primarily beyond the technical scope of this survey. The rights of States can play an important role in these areas. California has strict emission policies, recognized as an exception in Federal law, to limit local and general pollution. Agent Orange and his acolytes want to remove that – could we not argue for a State’s right for local self protection?

New York State is working towards the releasing of Trump’s State Tax returns which would reflect the Federal Statement whose production, whose refusal, originally based on a lie of an audit which prevented (false) their disclosure, is now being litigated in Federal Courts. New York State is currently investigating charitable frauds by Trump organizations and improper family tax deductions. Across the Country’s Court dockets, groups of States are suing the Federal Government for rescinding many regulations and implementing policies that damage large groups: – consumers, workers, and the environment and health of individuals living there, etc. – often irreversibly (e.g. oil spills where there were specific safety restrictions enacted after the Deep Horizon bill) – the list for such evil acts challenged is very long, almost a new one every day, particularly if promulgated during the demonized (half African) previous President Obama. Local laws, City, and State may mitigate some of the damage if not “preempted.”

Various States have strict banking laws. These can be enforced against all the foreign illegal investment and money laundering regardless of Federal actions. Perjury in State Courts may be prosecuted there.

The United States is disgraced in front of the World for its immigration policies and inhumane treatment of those who cross the Southern Border. (Of course, the vast majority of those here without legal status have outstayed their visa time while some do essential (and mainly) agricultural work). We know, of course, that Trump has knowingly employed and mistreated “illegal aliens” who have built or maintain various enterprises associated with his name. Governors have pulled back National Guards Trump had at the border. Some cities offer sanctuary, official identification cards, even apparently driver’s licenses, housing, food, etc.) Trump has threatened, and may have partially executed, a movement of the detained (in terrible conditions) to “sanctuary cities” to punish them by sudden large arrivals of those desperately needy.

Not only has the current Administration cut back on medical assistance (and now proposing the same for food stamps) but also is trying to destroy Obamacare so as to cast about 20 million off insurance rolls. The States can and have extended Medicaid and other assistance to make up the lack – a few that is – the South rises again over poor, Black, and indigenous people.

Joint funding. by Federal and State budgets, of high speed rail in California and a desperately needed tunnel in New York’s rail system was committed. Trump (who presently forecloses “infrastructure” discussion without cessation of all the investigations which point to impeachment) has withdrawn from his share. Only the States can fund, which may prove impossible, to make up the difference.

HUD, headed by a total incompetent (whose ignorance of relevant terns led him to say “oreo” to a question about REO, thereby self-identifying), among all such in the cabinet, neglects maintenance and developments (budget cuts proposed by Trump). The leadership and funding must come from States and Cities. The prior examples suggest terrible tax burdens for the States, already targeted in the new Tax code, in retaliation for the large number of votes which led to Hillary Clinton winning the popular vote by about three million. The Education Department’s attack on public education (and even school lunches) requires State opposition and adequate funding. Consumer and environmental protections (some essential or people will die suffering) under law and regulations, have been gutted (often with relevant personnel positions left unfilled and inadequate funding). Some have been and will be challenged in Courts by the States and rectified, if at all, by allocation of resources to them in the individual States. Besides the bloated Defense Department budget, this analysis covers all the government agencies adjudicatory (e.g. NLRB) and regulatory agencies. The extent of damage is almost inestimable and will require immediate remediation by a new improved administration and more besides. (See my article on Selective Inflation on this website.)

The States (compare the Senate) are acting on their prerogatives and advancing their rights to form a major resistance to the destruction wrought and the assistance now required. States rights, once used for oppression, offers an opportunity for citizens and governmental organization to resist and persist – as we citizens must.

Dare we suggest the Department of Justice (with secret powers and files similar to the CIA – see my article on this website about abolishing that agency) and the FBI (with its Hoover history, attempts to undermine civil rights leaders and movements, invasion of privacy, dossiers, etc. coupled with the arguable great failure to act efficiently either on Russian “meddling” in 2016 election or 9/11 attacks – see my article on 9/11 crimes criminals on this website ) are being attacked by the right wing for all the wrong reasons while the “neutral” journalists defend their integrity and prosecutors praise them publicly. Recall how Barr, properly known as “cover up Barr” for his role in Irangate under George H. W. Bush’s protection of Regan, announced his friendship with Mueller of the timid report, inadequate investigation, uncalled relevant witnesses, few American defendants indicted, convicted or sentenced to the lengthy jail time implicated. failure to make proper recommendations which allowed Barr to produce a lying, Trump protecting, public description of what is damning in detail – when not redacted. (Mueller is publicly praised as one of the best embodiments of Prosecutorial methods and action in the Department of Justice.) Barr, in turn. was praised as an “institutionalist” – even as he applied and received an appointment based on a fantasy (in his application letter), that the far right wing is trying to make a reality, that the President could do anything he wanted under the Constitution. Maybe properly staffed local law enforcement would be enough in these crime areas…consider the failure of referenced “National Intelligence” before 9/11 and New York’s apparently effective security since then (in spite of idiotic Muslim surveillance.)

One wonders what would happen if the lazy self-important journalists stopped covering anything the Liar in Chief says on Twitter, and perhaps purely partisan rallies, and instead, covered just official statements and acts then to spend the time saved by reporting the universal local problems now created and exacerbated (perhaps replacing too the repetitive presentation of disasters, including weather, crimes, fires, explosions, etc.).

Perhaps, then, there would be some value and less stigma attached to States Rights functioning to make the lives of “We, the People” better.

Continue reading “The Ironic Current Importance of State’s Rights by Jonathan A. Weiss Esq.”

Congressman Blumenauer holds Arts Competition for high school students

For the third year in a row, Congressman Blumenauer will hold his own OR-03 Arts Competition for high school students in his congressional district in lieu of participating in the traditional Congressional Art competition. The winning entry will hang in Congressman Blumenauer’s Washington, DC office.

Republican members of the House of Representatives actually removed a students art from the wall. The decision to censor a student artist who had depicted the conflict between the African-American community and the police surrounding the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, led Congressman Blumenauer to make this decision.

“Artistic expression is critical to a healthy and vibrant democracy. In good conscience, I cannot be part of a contest that restricts the expression of young artists and their first amendment rights,” said Blumenauer. “We must defend the arts – which I believe are now under attack by the President as he seeks to slash cherished programs like the National Endowment of the Arts. We can’t let artists lose their voices. The minute we let censorship take hold, the closer we get to an authoritarian regime.”

Background

The traditional Congressional Art Competition allows high school students to submit artwork to their Congressional representative, and one submission from each district is selected as the winner. The artwork is then featured in the Capitol, alongside pieces from Congressional districts across the nation, to be enjoyed by members of Congress, staff, and visitors alike.

The competition sparked controversy <https://blumenauerforms.house.gov/components/redirect/r.aspx?ID=1647-211538> in 2017 when some Republican members of the House removed a painting from display. In Congressman Blumenauer’s opinion, this act inherently silenced the student artist from Missouri. The painting portrayed conflict between the African American community and law enforcement in Ferguson after the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teen. Republican leadership repeatedly called for the painting’s removal, and as a result, it was permanently removed—deemed a violation of a rule that artwork in the Capitol cannot “depict contemporary political controversy, or of a sensationalistic or gruesome nature.” Following this incident, Congressman Blumenauer instituted his own OR-03 Arts Competition.

Student submissions and are due in our office, located at 911 NE 11th Ave. Suite 200, Portland, Oregon by Wednesday, May 1st at 5:00pm.

Please note that this is a secure building and you will need to call 503-231-2300 to have someone come down to receive your art.

For more information, contact Stone Hudson at 503-231-2300 or stone.hudson@mail.house.gov <mailto:stone.hudson@mail.house.gov>.

UFO Theyyyyyyeeeeerrrrrrr Heeeeeerrrrrrrreeeee

2004 THIS IS A REAL UFO SIGHTING

“60 Minutes” in May, Mr. Bigelow said he was “absolutely convinced” that aliens exist and that U.F.O.s have visited Earth.

STUPID AMERICANS HELD BACK BY THEIR UFO JUVENILE TABOO TALK.

SCIENCE FICTION IS NOW FACT
SO GET OVER YOUR IGNORANT SELVES

The program collected video and audio recordings of reported U.F.O. incidents, including footage from a Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet showing an aircraft surrounded by some kind of glowing aura traveling at high speed and rotating as it moves. The Navy pilots can be heard trying to understand what they are seeing. “There’s a whole fleet of them,” one exclaims. Defense officials declined to release the location and date of the incident.

Luis Elizondo, who led the Pentagon effort to investigate U.F.O.s until October. He resigned to protest what he characterized as excessive secrecy and internal opposition to the program.
Mr. Bigelow, Bigelow Aerospace, Mr. Reid, Mr. John Glenn, Mr. Elizondo,  Mr. Stevens and Mr. Inouye, used to work with the Navy, C.I.A.  Pentagon, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Harold E. Puthoff, William Lynn III
Robert Bigelow, a billionaire entrepreneur and longtime friend of Mr. Reid, received most of the money allocated for the Pentagon program. On CBS’s “60 Minutes” in May, Mr. Bigelow said he was “absolutely convinced” that aliens exist and that U.F.O.s have visited Earth.

The sightings were reported to the Pentagon’s shadowy, little-known Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program
$600 billion annual Defense Department budgets, the $22 million spent on the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program was almost impossible to find. Which was how the Pentagon wanted it.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/16/us/politics/pentagon-program-ufo-harry-reid.html

How to report what the military calls unexplained aerial phenomena, or unidentified flying objects.

Videos filmed by Navy pilots show two encounters with flying objects.

One was captured by a plane’s camera off the coast of Jacksonville, Fla., on Jan. 20, 2015. That footage, published previously but with little context, shows an object tilting like a spinning top moving against the wind. A pilot refers to a fleet of objects, but no imagery of a fleet was released. The second video was taken a few weeks later.

#UFO Videos filmed by Navy pilots #UFOVideosfilmedbyNavyPilots

Resizeable pull the bottom right corner to the right

The genes of living fungi indicate that their common ancestor lived over a billion years ago.

The genes of living fungi indicate that their common ancestor lived over a billion years ago.

New fossils were found in the remote Northwest Territories of the Canadian Arctic. The fossils were single-celled organisms. They were much bigger than bacteria, but Mr. Loron couldn’t determine exactly what they were. Dr. Rainbird’s analysis of the rocks showed that these organisms, whatever they were, had fossilized a billion years ago in an estuary, where a river flowed into a sea.

Three fossils produced a pattern that matches that of a substance called chitin. All fungi make chitin to build their tough walls. Only insects and a few other species do the same.

MARY BerbeeThe researchers concluded they had found an ancient fungus, which they named Ourasphaira giraldae. “This is the first evidence that fungi are a billion years old, even though we’ve thought they were for a long time,” said Mary Berbee, a mycologist at the University of British Columbia, who was not involved in the new research.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/22/science/fungi-fossils-plants.html

PAY SCALE Vice President-Members of Congress – Judicial Salaries

2019 PAY SCALE
Vice President,
Members of Congress,
Judicial Salaries

EXECUTIVE ORDER 13866
ADJUSTMENTS OF CERTAIN RATES OF PAY

SCHEDULE 5 — EXECUTIVE SCHEDULE

Bush nominated Chief Justice John Roberts observant Catholic to take Sandra Day O’Connor’s place. Roberts is now both chief justice and the court’s swing justice — which means that, increasingly, the law is likely to be what he says it is. Roberts joined Ronald Reagan’s Justice Department when it was on a campaign to drive American law to the right. It is the arm of the Rethuglican Party. Roberts and his wife hate feminists, the equal pay for equal work, a women’s right to have an abortion, and gays. He opposes the rights of blacks, gay people, the poor and other relatively powerless groups. Roberts helped take away health care from millions of the nation’s poorest people.

Roberts swept away campaign finance regulations, most notoriously in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, which invalidated a well-established ban on corporations spending money to elect candidates.

Brett Kavanaugh ANOTHER conservative

https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/retroactive-pay-executive-order-2019-adjustments-of-certain-rates-of-pay.pdf

Judicial Salaries #JudicialSalaries

The Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program

https://www.opm.gov/healthcare-insurance/healthcare/reference-materials/hitreport.pdf

http://www.healthit.gov/providers-professionals/ehr-incentives-certification

long term care https://www.ltcfeds.com/ 

1-800-582-3337  TTY 1-800-843-3557

The Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP) provides long term care insurance for its enrollees, who are Federal and U.S. Postal Service employees and annuitants, active and retired members of the uniformed services, and their qualified relatives.

HOW MUCH LONG TERM HEALTH CARE DO YOUR NEED

The three most common care options are home health care, assisted living, and nursing home care. To find the average costs in your area for each of these care options, select your state and nearest city below. Then, click the “Find the Cost of Care” button. All costs are based on the John Hancock 2016 Cost of Care Survey.

https://www.ltcfeds.com/ltcWeb/do/assessing_your_needs/costofcare

https://www.opm.gov/healthcare-insurance/flyers/long-term-care-overview.pdf

forms https://www.ltcfeds.com/documents/index.html#forms

Individuals’ Access and Use of their Online Medical Record Nationwide
https://www.healthit.gov/sites/default/files/consumeraccessdatabrief_9_10_14.pdf

U.S. Presidential Scholars Program AWARDS GO TO

U.S. Presidential Scholars Program

AWARDS GO TO

Previous awards: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003

This program was established by Executive Order in 1964 to honor academic achievement by graduating high school seniors.

It was expanded in 1979 to honor students in the arts and in 2015 to honor students in career and technical education (CTE).  Each year, up to 161 students are named, including at least one young man and woman from every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and American families living abroad.  Another 15 students are chosen at-large, 20 students are scholars in the arts, and 20 students are scholars in CTE.  More than 5,200 candidates qualified based on outstanding ACT or SAT scores or through nominations by Chief State School Officers, partner organizations, or the National Young Arts Foundation’s nationwide Young Arts competition.  The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars — appointed by the President — selects the finalists based on their academic success, school evaluations, transcripts, and essays, as well as evidence of community service, leadership, and demonstrated commitment to high ideals.  Scholars will be recognized at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., on June 23.

 

The Commission on Presidential Scholars is a group of eminent private citizens appointed by the President to select and honor the Presidential Scholars. Commissioners are selected from across the country, representing the fields of education, medicine, law, social services, business, and other professions. The Commissioners make the final selection of the 161 Presidential Scholars. The Scholars demonstrate exceptional accomplishments in academics, the arts, career and technical education and an outstanding commitment to public service.

The Commission on Presidential Scholars picked because of Money, Religion, And Republican Power.

Eileen L. Weiser
Commission Chair
Member, Michigan State Board of Education
Michigan
The Weisers, both alumni of the University of Michigan, are Vice Chairs on the Campaign Leadership Board. 2014 $50 million gift to the University of Michigan.
$25 million designated to the Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies (WCED), in the International Institute. The WCED studies how democracies emerge, the conditions necessary for assuring and extending political, social, and economic freedom, and how autocracies endure in Europe, Eurasia, and beyond.
The Weisers have long been committed to the study of emerging democracies, an interest that deepened in 2001-04 when Ron Weiser was tapped by President George W. Bush to serve as the ambassador to Slovakia, a country that faced considerable challenges in its transition to a democracy.
Ronald and Eileen Weiser donate $1.25M for UM-Dearborn’s new $90M Engineering Lab Building project

RATES OF PAY Schedule 8 is effective January 1, 2019.

The other schedules contained herein are effective on the first day of the first applicable pay period beginning on or after January 1, 2019.
Sec. 8. Prior Order Superseded.
Executive Order 13856 of December 28, 2018, is superseded as of the effective dates specified in section 7 of this order.
DONALD J. TRUMP THE WHITE HOUSE March 28, 2019

Sally Atwater
South Carolina
Days before runoff, Sally Atwater accused of assaulting student
Education superintendent candidate’s spokesman calls lawsuit a ‘political hit job’ https://ballotpedia.org/Sally_Atwater

Harvey LeRoy “Lee” Atwater (February 27, 1951 – March 29, 1991) was an American political consultant and strategist for the Republican Party.He was an adviser to US presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush and chairman of the Republican National Committee.

Tina S. Holland  Ph.D.
President, Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University
Louisiana
President, Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University President’s Office 225-768-1710   Tina.Holland@franu.edu
http://www.traditionalcatholicpriest.com/2014/09/25/130-catholic-professors-send-letter-of-protest-of-common-core-to-all-bishops/

Mandy Manning
2018 National Teacher of the Year
Washington

Darla Romfo
President & COO, Children’s Scholarship Fund
North Dakota

His Eminence Cardinal Donald Wuerl
Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Washington
Washington, D.C.

Archbishop of Washington resigns over sexual abuse scandal
Pope accepts resignation of Cardinal Donald Wuerl following claims of cover-up

Donald Wuerl, the Church’s Most Oblivious Cleric

The cardinal’s repeated denials of knowledge and responsibility for sexual-abuse cover-ups defy all credibility.
The Catholic Church’s nightmare of a summer began with Theodore McCarrick. After news broke in June about his past sexual misconduct, including the abuse of minors, he resigned from the College of Cardinals and was exiled to a life of prayer and penance, out of the public eye. But the Archdiocese of Washington, which McCarrick once oversaw, remains very much in the eye of the storm.
There, McCarrick’s direct successor, the embattled cardinal Donald Wuerl, clings to his leadership role, even after weeks of criticism and calls for his resignation. He has done little to silence them and much to bring further censure upon himself.

The Catholic Sex-Abuse Scandal Takes Down a Cardinal
The pope has accepted the resignation of the leader of the Archdiocese of Washington. Wuerl was a leading character in the Pennsylvania grand-jury report about abuse in six Catholic dioceses that was released over the summer. During the time he was the bishop of Pittsburgh, from 1988 to 2006, he wrote to the Vatican warning about sexual abusers within his diocese, calling pedophilia “incurable,” according to the report. But he also oversaw the reassignment of abusive priests, the report alleges, and even lent money to one cleric after accusations surfaced. Once the report was published, he faced pressure to resign, as well as backlash from home: At one Pittsburgh-area Catholic school named for Wuerl, vandals spray-painted over his name, apparently in protest.

 

Your City, Your State, Your K12 Public School all attacked using NSA weapon.

Your City, Your State, Your K12 Public School all attacked using NSA weapon.

In Baltimore and Beyond, a Stolen N.S.A. Tool Wreaks Havoc
By Nicole Perlroth and Scott Shane
May 25, 2019

In Pennsylvania School Districts Stockpiling Huge budget surplus accounts, while still raising property taxes every year

WannaCry? Hundreds of US schools still haven’t patched servers
A dive into vulnerability data shows even big districts’ servers still offering up SMB v. 1.

I think patching your software and making backups will protect you better than blaming the Gov’t
or
… than blaming the government who weaponized an unknown flaw in software and made sure not to tell the software vendor, in order to prevent a patch which customers could install, you mean?
or
Microsoft was warned, and the patch came out a month before Shadow Brokers dumped it.

If you’re wondering why ransomware continues to be such a problem for state and local governments and other public institutions, all you have to do to get an answer is poke around the Internet a little. Publicly accessible security-scan data shows that many public organizations have failed to do more than put a bandage over long-standing system vulnerabilities that, if successfully exploited, could bring their operations to a standstill.

While the method by which RobbinHood ransomware infected the network of Baltimore City two weeks ago is still unknown, insiders within city government have pointed to the incomplete efforts by the Office of Information Technology to get a handle on the city’s tangle of software, aging servers, and wide-flung network infrastructure. Baltimore isn’t even the only city to have been hit by ransomware in the last month—Lynn, Massachusetts, and Cartersville, Georgia, both had electronic payment systems taken offline by ransomware this month. Greenville, North Carolina, was struck by the same RobbinHood ransomware affecting Baltimore in April.

But cities aren’t the only highly vulnerable targets to be found by would-be attackers. There are hundreds of thousands of Internet-connected Windows systems in the United States that still appear to be vulnerable to an exploit of Microsoft Windows’ Server Message Block version 1 (SMB v. 1) file sharing protocol, despite repeated public warnings to patch systems following the worldwide outbreak of the WannaCry cryptographic malware two years ago. And based on data from the Shodan search engine and other public sources, hundreds of them—if not thousands—are servers in use at US public school systems. Even in cases where Microsoft’s patch of SMB v. 1 has been applied, the protocol remains a potential security problem—one that some organizations can’t completely close because some vendors still require the protocol for applications such as networked copiers and scanners.

While conducting research as a follow-up to our coverage of Baltimore City’s ongoing ransomware attack, Ars discovered that neighboring Baltimore County’s public school system had eight publicly accessible servers that still were running in configurations that indicated they were vulnerable to EternalBlue, the Equation Group exploit exposed by Shadow Brokers in April 2017 and then used as part of the WannaCry malware a month later. The exploit is now packaged as part of multiple malware kits, according to security researchers.

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2019/05/two-years-after-wannacry-us-schools-still-vulnerable-to-eternalblue/

SEE

Where are the State AG’s in protecting the citizens from malware that “gets away” from the NSA? The weaponized software created by the NSA…. when employees who have been taught everything by the NSA leave their jobs and take what they know with them then form companies and sell their “knowledge /skills / know how” learned on the job by working for America to enemies.

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2017/12/former-nsa-employee-pleads-guilty-to-taking-classified-data/


02
Dec 17

Former NSA Employee Pleads Guilty to Taking Classified Data

A former employee for the National Security Agency pleaded guilty on Friday to taking classified data to his home computer in Maryland. According to published reports, U.S. intelligence officials believe the data was then stolen from his computer by hackers working for the Russian government.

Nghia Hoang Pho, 67, of Ellicott City, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to “willful retention of national defense information.” The U.S. Justice Department says that beginning in April 2006 Pho was employed as a developer for the NSA’s Tailored Access Operations (TAO) unit, which develops specialized hacking tools to gather intelligence data from foreign targets and information systems.

According to Pho’s plea agreement, between 2010 and March 2015 he removed and retained highly sensitive classified “documents and writings that contained national defense information, including information classified as Top Secret.”

Pho is the third NSA worker to be charged in the past two years with mishandling classified data. His plea is the latest — and perhaps final — chapter in the NSA’s hunt for those responsible for leaking NSA hacking tools that have been published online over the past year by a shadowy group calling itself The Shadow Brokers.

https://thehill.com/policy/national-security/436950-former-cia-nsa-employees-sue-agencies-over-alleged-censorship

Ex-NSA employees criticize Mike Rogers’ role with Israeli venture firm

In Baltimore and Beyond, a Stolen N.S.A. Tool Wreaks Havoc By Nicole Perlroth and Scott Shane May 25, 2019

For nearly three weeks, Baltimore has struggled with a cyberattack by digital extortionists that has frozen thousands of computers, shut down email and disrupted real estate sales, water bills, health alerts and many other services.

But here is what frustrated city employees and residents do not know: A key component of the malware that cybercriminals used in the attack was developed at taxpayer expense a short drive down the Baltimore-Washington Parkway at the National Security Agency, according to security experts briefed on the case.

Since 2017, when the N.S.A. lost control of the tool, EternalBlue, it has been picked up by state hackers in North Korea, Russia and, more recently, China, to cut a path of destruction around the world, leaving billions of dollars in damage. But over the past year, the cyberweapon has boomeranged back and is now showing up in the N.S.A.’s own backyard.

It is not just in Baltimore. Security experts say EternalBlue attacks have reached a high, and cybercriminals are zeroing in on vulnerable American towns and cities, from Pennsylvania to Texas, paralyzing local governments and driving up costs.

The N.S.A. connection to the attacks on American cities has not been previously reported, in part because the agency has refused to discuss or even acknowledge the loss of its cyberweapon, dumped online in April 2017 by a still-unidentified group calling itself the Shadow Brokers. Years later, the agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation still do not know whether the Shadow Brokers are foreign spies or disgruntled insiders.

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WHERE ARE THE CLASS ACTION SUITS?

WHY DOESN’T THE STATE HOLD THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT ACCOUNTABLE FOR THE DAMAGE DONE TO THEIR CITIZENS?

Breaking news. Patch yourself for the CVEs exploited by NSA tools on the loose. This includes major cities!

ETERNALBLUE was initially nicknamed EternalBluescreen —NSA never seriously considered alerting Microsoft about discovering the vulnerability (before Shadow Brokers happened), and —“held on it” (“used it,” presumably) for more than five years
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/25/us/nsa-hacking-tool-baltimore.html


NEW: Baltimore was hit with an NSA hacking tool that is being used to hijack U.S. cities. ⁦⁩ and I spent months looking into the origins of EternalBlue, a stolen NSA weapon that is popping up in more and more attacks across the country.

The NSA spent more than a year searching for the flaw in Microsoft’s software and writing the code to exploit it.

NSA TAO operators jokingly referred to it as “EternalBluescreen” because it often crashed computer systems, a risk they might tip off targets. It took months to hone. Once it became a reliable espionage tool, it netted some of the NSA’s best counter-terrorism intelligence, and there was never any serious consideration that NSA would turn over the underlying flaw to Microsoft for patching.

The NSA kept it for 5+ years until unidentified hackers threatened to publish it.

In April 2017, the group, which calls itself the ShadowBrokers, dumped it online, where it has been picked up by North Korea, Russia, Iran and, just this week, China in attacks that have cut a path of destruction around the globe. But in the last year, it has boomeranged back to the NSA’s own backyard, hitting Baltimore, Allentown, San Antonio and countless other cities in attacks that have paralyzed municipal operations and alarmed government officials, who privately say the NSA needs to account. The NSA refuses to discuss the incidents or even acknowledge that the dumped tools were part of its cyber arsenal, but in an unusually candid interview, NSA former director Mike Rogers, who oversaw the agency during the leak, deflected blame. “If Toyota makes pickup trucks and someone takes a pickup truck, welds an explosive device onto the front, crashes it through a perimeter and into a crowd of people, is that Toyota’s responsibility?

“The N.S.A. wrote an exploit that was never designed to do what was done.”

Microsoft rejects that analogy: “These exploits are developed and kept secret by governments for the express purpose of using them as weapons or espionage tools. They’re inherently dangerous. When someone takes that, they’re not strapping a bomb to it. It’s already a bomb.”

EternalBlue is being packaged as part of many malware attacks as one possible lateral movement tool. Making a bomb is very much responsibility of the creator.

NSA toyota analogy was not correct. Exploit is like a bomb its a different matter who detonate it and where. NSA is very much responsible for their malicious espionage tools.

https://twitter.com/waveslide/status/1132442317372219392

EternalBlue was leaked 2 years ago. MS patched BEFORE it hit the wild. Some industry gossip the NSA knew they’d lost control and gave MS a heads-up. THIS PATCH HAS BEEN OUT FOR TWO YEARS! If it hits your network now, you deserve it. Usually, it’s a component of a malware package.

China has also been able to intercept an NSA tool as it attacked their networks. They stopped it, copied it, modified it, and sent it back to us and all of our allies.


‏ @bitsdigits
No, it wasn’t the NSA hacking tool that did this. It was basic exemptions to the #Baltimore #CIO policies that didn’t address patch management deficiencies that did this. Has anyone looked at what .gov requirements are
https://home.dotgov.gov/registration/requirements/

In Baltimore and Beyond, a Stolen N.S.A. Tool Wreaks Havoc

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/25/us/nsa-hacking-tool-baltimore.html

For nearly three weeks, Baltimore has struggled with a cyberattack by digital extortionists that has frozen thousands of computers, shut down email and disrupted real estate sales, water bills, health alerts and many other services.

But here is what frustrated city employees and residents do not know: A key component of the malware that cybercriminals used in the attack was developed at taxpayer expense a short drive down the Baltimore-Washington Parkway at the National Security Agency, according to security experts briefed on the case.

Since 2017, when the N.S.A. lost control of the tool, EternalBlue, it has been picked up by state hackers in North Korea, Russia and, more recently, China, to cut a path of destruction around the world, leaving billions of dollars in damage. But over the past year, the cyberweapon has boomeranged back and is now showing up in the N.S.A.’s own backyard.

It is not just in Baltimore. Security experts say EternalBlue attacks have reached a high, and cybercriminals are zeroing in on vulnerable American towns and cities, from Pennsylvania to Texas, paralyzing local governments and driving up costs.

The N.S.A. connection to the attacks on American cities has not been previously reported, in part because the agency has refused to discuss or even acknowledge the loss of its cyberweapon, dumped online in April 2017 by a still-unidentified group calling itself the Shadow Brokers. Years later, the agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation still do not know whether the Shadow Brokers are foreign spies or disgruntled insiders.

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https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/25/us/nsa-hacking-tool-baltimore.html

In Pennsylvania School Districts Stockpiling Huge budget surplus accounts, while still raising property taxes every year

In Pennsylvania School Districts Stockpiling Huge budget surplus accounts, while still raising property taxes every year

In Pennsylvania School Districts Stockpiling Huge budget surplus accounts, while still raising property taxes every year

School Districts Stockpiling Huge budget surplus accounts, while still raising property taxes every year Above Act 1 Index (2008-18) http://haverford.k12.pa.us Springfield SD Delaware Delaware 9 REQUESTS $10,031,384 Haverford Township SD Delaware 8 REQUESTS $10,968,904

NBC10 INVESTIGATES OUR REAL ESTATE SCHOOL TAXES

or

AN ALGORHYTHM DOESN’T CHECK TO KNOW HOW MANY YEARS IN A ROW THE SUPERINTENDENT RAISED OUR TAXES

THE ALGORHYTHM DOESN’T KNOW HOW MUCH THEY ARE HOARDING AWAY IN A BANK ACCOUNT

YOU CAN’T KNOW OR FIND OUT

THERE IS NO ACCOUNTABILITY OR TRANSPARENCY

Superintendent certifies accuracy of data
No one sees the Data submitted by the Superintendent.
They are never audited  – no one looks
Tax payers never know what us going on
Nobody checks what the superintendent asks for or the accuracy of the data
Tax payers dont know what the superintendant is asking for no penalty for wrong data bad data we want public data frOm superintendent
Citizens need to rely on the School board  to fix It. They want the money to pay for Charter and Online Schools.

School Districts Stockpiling Huge ‘Rainy Day’ Funds

Some school districts in the Philadelphia suburbs and Lehigh Valley have amassed large “rainy day” funds, or budget surplus accounts, while still raising property taxes every year

https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/investigations/School-Districts-Stockpiling-Huge-_Rainy-Day_-Funds_Philadelphia-509550082.html

School Districts Stockpiling Huge budget surplus accounts, while still raising property taxes every year Above Act 1 Index (2008-18)

1) Delaware School district needs to get permission to raise taxes from the state Dept of Education
2) When the Superintendent says they need more money they automatically get permission and our taxes are raised.
3) There is no audit of any data given to justify the increase in the tax request by the state or school board or anyone on the planet.

HAVERFORD Township SD MADE 8 REQUESTS $10,968,904

THE SCHOOL DISTRICT OF HAVERFORD TOWNSHIP
Maureen Reusche @MaureenReusche
https://twitter.com/MaureenReusche

Dr. Maureen Reusche, Superintendent of the School District of Haverford Township
50 East Eagle Road
Havertown, PA 19083
610-853-5900
https://twitter.com/MaureenReusche
https://twitter.com/haverfordsd

Superintendent SDHT
https://mobile.twitter.com/PSBAAdvocacyAm1

Benjamin T. Hanft
Chief Division of Subsidy Data and Administration
runs Department of education  subsidy data and  administration division
ra-CAD@pa.gov or (717) 787-5423 option 1
Division of Subsidy Administration
Bureau of Budget and Fiscal Management
Pennsylvania Department of Education
https://www.education.pa.gov/Teachers%20-%20Administrators/School%20Finances/Pages/Contact.aspx
Bureau of Budget and Fiscal Management
333 Market Street | Harrisburg, PA 17126 |
717.787.5423 | www.education.pa.gov

A statement containing specific, collection-based data elements that must be verified and signed by the statewide, longitudinal data system that manages, analyzes, disaggregates, and uses individual student data for each student served by Pennsylvania’s Pre-K through grade 12 public education system</p>” data-tiptheme=”tipthemeflatdarklight” data-tipdelayclose=”500″ data-tipeventout=”mouseout” data-tipmouseleave=”false”>PIMS Administrator, data administrator, and Chief School Officer of a Local Education Agency (LEA) before being sent to the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). http://dataqualitynetwork.net/index.php?option=com_seoglossary&view=glossary&catid=1&id=97

School districts Data
https://www.education.pa.gov/Pages/Right-To-Know.aspx

Right to Know Law Policy, Pennsylvania Department of Education
the Department of General Services publishes many solicitations, awards and contracts on its website at http://www.emarketplace.state.pa.us/
Uploads of contracts to the Department of Treasury website, pursuant to the requirements of Chapter 17 of the RTKL, 65 P.S.§§67.1701-1702, may be found at http://www.patreasury.gov/newsMediaRTK.html

role=”link” href=”https://mobile.twitter.com/hashtag/ADVOCATE4PublicEd?src=hashtag_click” data-focusable=”true”>#ADVOCATE4PublicEd

Retweeted Haverford SD @haverfordsd

Republicans move expanded private school tax credits through Pa. state House https://twitter.com/WTAE – https://twitter.com/AP” data-mentioned-user-id=”51241574″@AP #HB800

In 2016-17, taxpayers in House Ed Committee member .@RepBrownPA Rosemary Brown’s school districts in Monroe and Pike Counties had to send over $14.5 million to chronically underperforming cybers that they never authorized. #SB34 (Schwank) or #HB526 (Sonney) could change that.

House passes $100 million expansion of private school scholarship tax credit

https://www.wtae.com/article/republicans-move-expanded-private-school-tax-credits-through-pa-state-house/27396655

PA House just voted to nearly double EITC funding for private and religious schools to $100M with a 10% annual escalator.

Hopefully the legislators who supported this proposal will also support major investments in our public schools & public school employees.

https://www.penncapital-star.com/education/eitc/

In 2016-17, taxpayers in House Ed Committee member

https://twitter.com/RepBrownPA @RepBrownPA Rosemary Brown’s school districts in Monroe and Pike Counties had to send over $14.5 million to chronically underperforming cybers that they never authorized. #SB34 (Schwank) or #HB526 (Sonney) could change that.

https://twitter.com/lfeinberg/status/1126126675580866561

The Haverford Township School District Education Foundation awarded a $20,000 grant for continued BASIS (Belonging and Sociocultural Identities in Schools) work in the district at the School Board Meeting. <href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/HPride?src=hashtag_click” data-focusable=”true”>#HPride and <href=”https://mobile.twitter.com/hashtag/community?src=hashtag_click” data-focusable=”true”>#community

  • 10,000,000 plus hoard already
  • Why school taxes are so high?
  • Algorhythm school district superintendent certifies its accurate
  • No penalty if certification is wrong
  • School board has to fix the tax mistake

@mitchreports

 

https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/investigations/NBC10-Investigators_-Tracking-Philly-City-Council_s-Multi-Million-Dollar-Money-Pot_Philadelphia-509602172.html

Above and Beyond: Exemptions to School Spending Limits School districts that have sought exemptions to limits on annual tax increases at least five of the last 10 years.
https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/investigations/Here-Are-Pennsylvania-School-Districts-Stockpiling-Cash-509535961.html

* Requests to Raise Taxes Above Act 1 Index (2008-18)

Springfield SD Delaware Delaware 9 REQUESTS $10,031,384
Haverford Township SD Delaware 8 REQUESTS $10,968,904
Marple Newtown SD Delaware 7 REQUESTS $13,003,380
Radnor Township SD Delaware 7 REQUESTS $19,186,506
Garnet Valley SD Delaware 6 REQUESTS $8,767,370
Upper Darby SD Delaware 5 REQUESTS $23,522,521
Wallingford-Swarthmore SD Delaware 5 REQUESTS $9,238,193

https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/investigations/Here-Are-Pennsylvania-School-Districts-Stockpiling-Cash-509535961.html

NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Index Calculation Required by Special Session Act 1 of 2006 [48 Pa.B. 5748] [Saturday, September 15, 2018]
Under section 333(l) of the Taxpayer Relief (53 P.S. § 6926.333(l)), the Department of Education (Department) has calculated the index for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019-2020.
The index is the average of the percentage increase in the Statewide average weekly wage and the Employment Cost Index. For FY 2019-2020, the base index is 2.3%.
For school districts with a market value/income aid ratio greater than 0.4000, an adjusted index will be posted on the Department’s web site at www.education.pa.gov by September 30, 2018.
https://www.pabulletin.com/secure/data/vol48/48-37/1455.html

Delaware County School District has amassed a large budget surplus accounts, while still raising property taxes every year.

The state Department of Education sets an annual cap on the amount district can raise in new taxes, but their regulations can be circumvented by districts. Here’s how.

A list of school districts in the Philly burbs and Lehigh Valley that have most often sought state approval to circumvent limits on school tax increases.

“Pennsylvanians have the right to know if their school districts are holding millions in reserve while asking for even more of their hard-earned money,” Paul said. “It’s one thing for districts to plan responsibly for the future; it’s quite another to expect taxpayers to fund massive cash stockpiles that do little to educate students.”  Districts can apply for exemptions for three reasons: construction spending, pension liability and special education. According to state law, the districts then have to spend the money raised above the cap on those specific expenses. NBC10 was provided each district’s approved waiver applications by the Department of Education.

“Since Act 1’s passage, however, virtually no districts have sought voter approval,” the group said in a statement with its report, adding that legislation called SB 909, introduced by Sen. Donald White, would require voter permission for any tax increase. STILL IN THE Senate Appropriations Committee

The bill would require a referendum on all local proposed tax increases, regardless of the amount.

One in three districts in Pennsylvania received exemptions to raise property taxes above their state-mandated caps this year, according to documents provided to NBC10.com by the state DOE.

The number of districts that received approvals, 178 this year, has increased from 165 in 2014-2015 and 173 in 2015-2016, the documents show. It is unclear how many used the exemptions to raise taxes above their caps.

Lower Merion is one of the numerous districts to be allowed tax increases above the state cap each of the last three years, despite having more than $55 million in reserve funds.
In total, the state’s 500 districts had $4.3 billion in reserve accounts as of the 2014-2015 school year, according to analysis by the Commonwealth Foundation, a conservative think tank.  The group released a report Wednesday that found 46 districts, including Lower Merion and Springfield, have applied for and been granted cap exemptions in at least 8 of the last 10 years.

https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Pennsylvanias-School-Tax-Limit-Simply-Ways-Around-It-396859121.html

https://www.education.pa.gov/Teachers%20-%20Administrators/Property%20Tax%20Relief/Pages/Property-Tax-Reduction-Allocations.aspx

 

https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/investigations/Here-Are-Pennsylvania-School-Districts-Stockpiling-Cash-509535961.html

Since 2006, when state lawmakers adopted a law limiting local school taxes.

But some end-arounds still exist, giving local school boards the ability to go above the Index cap because of school construction projects, pension obligations and special education costs. Earlier this decade, the number of districts seeking exemptions to the cap rose. But the trend has taken a downward turn in recent years.

2019-2020 Fiscal Year
Pennsylvania will continue its broad-based property tax relief in 2019-20 based on Special Session Act 1 of 2006. As required by law, the Commonwealth’s Budget Secretary certified on April 15, 2019, that $620,500,000 in state-funded local tax relief will be available in 2019-20. When combined with the senior citizen Property Tax/Rent Rebate program, total state-funded property tax relief will be $766.8 million next year.

Each school district will determine the actual amount of property tax relief for each homestead and farmstead after determining its 2019-20 real estate tax rate. The files directly below include the total state-funded property tax relief that will be available for each school district, the number of approved homesteads and farmsteads as of May 1, and a property tax relief estimate for each homestead and farmstead property.
https://www.education.pa.gov/Teachers%20-%20Administrators/Property%20Tax%20Relief/Pages/Property-Tax-Reduction-Allocations.aspx

The Act 1 Index
https://www.education.pa.gov/Teachers%20-%20Administrators/Property%20Tax%20Relief/Pages/default.aspx

as it’s known, sets a cap on yearly increases.

PA Bulletin Notice Regarding 2019-20 Base Index
https://www.pabulletin.com/secure/data/vol48/48-37/1455.html

2019-20 School District Adjusted Index Listing Excel downloard
https://www.education.pa.gov/Documents/Teachers-Administrators/Property%20Tax%20Relief/SSAct1_AdjIndex_2019-20.xlsx

But some end-arounds still exist, giving local school boards the ability to go above the Index cap because of school construction projects, pension obligations and special education costs. Earlier this decade, the number of districts seeking exemptions to the cap rose.

AND SECURITY???? FORGET IT

When School Districts Buy From Amazon, Are They Getting the Best Deal? Maybe Not.

Among the concerns raised in the report, published by the nonprofit Institute for Local Self-Reliance, are that the company uses its dynamic pricing model in a large public-sector contract—and that, ultimately, school districts risk not getting the best prices and local competitors lose out on business.

First, a recap. In 2017, Amazon won a five-year public sector contract with U.S. Communities, a cooperative purchasing program for local governments and school districts, with the option to renew for three additional two year periods. The contract covers office and classroom supplies as well as library books, technology and more. The report authors write that U.S. Communities estimated that the contract’s value could be worth $5.5 billion over a potential 11-year period.

Typically, these contracts set fixed prices for hundreds of commonly-purchased items. Yet according to the report authors, the contract with Amazon does not guarantee prices for any items. Instead, it uses dynamic pricing, which is subject to change, and thus could end up costing school districts more in the long run.

WannaCry? Hundreds of US schools still haven’t patched servers
A dive into vulnerability data shows even big districts’ servers still offering up SMB v. 1.

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2019/05/two-years-after-wannacry-us-schools-still-vulnerable-to-eternalblue/

If you’re wondering why ransomware continues to be such a problem for state and local governments and other public institutions, all you have to do to get an answer is poke around the Internet a little. Publicly accessible security-scan data shows that many public organizations have failed to do more than put a bandage over long-standing system vulnerabilities that, if successfully exploited, could bring their operations to a standstill.

While the method by which RobbinHood ransomware infected the network of Baltimore City two weeks ago is still unknown, insiders within city government have pointed to the incomplete efforts by the Office of Information Technology to get a handle on the city’s tangle of software, aging servers, and wide-flung network infrastructure. Baltimore isn’t even the only city to have been hit by ransomware in the last month—Lynn, Massachusetts, and Cartersville, Georgia, both had electronic payment systems taken offline by ransomware this month. Greenville, North Carolina, was struck by the same RobbinHood ransomware affecting Baltimore in April.

But cities aren’t the only highly vulnerable targets to be found by would-be attackers. There are hundreds of thousands of Internet-connected Windows systems in the United States that still appear to be vulnerable to an exploit of Microsoft Windows’ Server Message Block version 1 (SMB v. 1) file sharing protocol, despite repeated public warnings to patch systems following the worldwide outbreak of the WannaCry cryptographic malware two years ago. And based on data from the Shodan search engine and other public sources, hundreds of them—if not thousands—are servers in use at US public school systems. Even in cases where Microsoft’s patch of SMB v. 1 has been applied, the protocol remains a potential security problem—one that some organizations can’t completely close because some vendors still require the protocol for applications such as networked copiers and scanners.

While conducting research as a follow-up to our coverage of Baltimore City’s ongoing ransomware attack, Ars discovered that neighboring Baltimore County’s public school system had eight publicly accessible servers that still were running in configurations that indicated they were vulnerable to EternalBlue, the Equation Group exploit exposed by Shadow Brokers in April 2017 and then used as part of the WannaCry malware a month later. The exploit is now packaged as part of multiple malware kits, according to security researchers.

#FAKEBOOK #FB #Facebook Plays God over what you’re going to see.

The only thing you’ll see is what keeps Zuckerburg in power and making money.

Facebook takes down Elizabeth Warren ads calling for breakup of Facebook

Source: Politico

By CRISTIANO LIMA

Facebook has removed several ads placed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign that called for the breakup of Facebook and other tech giants.
The ads, which had identical images and text, touted Warren’s recently announced plan to unwind “anti-competitive” tech mergers, including Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp and Instagram.

“Three companies have vast power over our economy and our democracy. Facebook, Amazon, and Google,” read the ads, which Warren’s campaign had placed Friday. “We all use them. But in their rise to power, they’ve bulldozed competition, used our private information for profit, and tilted the playing field in their favor.”

[LIARS] A message on the three ads reads: “This ad was taken down because it goes against Facebook’s advertising policies.”

A Facebook spokesperson confirmed the ads had been taken down and said the company is reviewing the matter. The person said, according to an initial review, that the removal could be linked to the company’s policies about using Facebook’s brand in posts.

Read more: https://www.politico.com/story/2019/03/11/facebook-removes-elizabeth-warren-ads-1216757

Warren swiped at Facebook over the removal, citing it as evidence the company has grown too powerful.

“Curious why I think FB has too much power? Let’s start with their ability to shut down a debate over whether FB has too much power,” she tweeted. “Thanks for restoring my posts. But I want a social media marketplace that isn’t dominated by a single censor.”

oh yeah, but this is ok with those liars!

A fake viral video makes Nancy Pelosi look drunk. Facebook won’t take it down.
Turns out on Facebook, just because something isn’t real doesn’t mean it’s against the rules.

https://democraticunderground.com

#Mercer, #Zuckerberg, #Sandberg, #Page, #Brinn, #Dorsey Handmaidens to Authoritarianism
https://cyberplayground.org/2019/04/22/mercer-zuckerberg-sandberg-page-brinn-dorsey-handmaidens-to-authoritarism/

Esteemed Reporter Pulitzer finalist Carole Cadwalla takes down piece of shit Mark Zuckerberg at TedTalk
https://cyberplayground.org/2019/04/22/esteemed-reporter-carole-cadwalla-takes-down-piece-of-shit-mark-zuckerberg-at-tedtalk/

Carole #Cadwalla Gods of Silicon Valley take down.
https://cyberplayground.org/2019/04/22/jack-reporters-carole-cadwalla-gods-of-silicon-valley-take-down/

$$$ #Google Netherlands Holdings BV through “Double Irish, Dutch Sandwich”, google shifted $23 billion to tax haven in 2017 through a Dutch shell company to Bermuda that allows it to reduce its foreign tax bill
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-google-taxes-netherlands-idUSKCN1OX1G9