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Security forces picked up the Pfizer Data and hand delivered it to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration yesterday 11/21/2020. Once granted an authorization, Pfizer plans to begin shipping doses “within hours” of the notice.
FDA official Peter Marks, M.D., Ph.D., said Americans can expect a “very open process” when it comes to COVID-19 vaccine reviews. (FDA) Americans should expect reviews to take weeks rather than days, Peter Marks, M.D., Ph.D., head of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, told Business Insider. While the dire COVID-19 pandemic naturally creates urgency, Marks and his team “have to take the amount of time that we need to take,” he said. The FDA is said to be discussing potential committee meetings for December 8 to 10, CNBC’s Meg Tirrell reports.

THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 23 2020 the FDA intends to issue a Federal Register notice with details of the meeting, which will include information about a public docket for comments. At that time, public comments can be submitted. These comments will be reviewed by the FDA.The FDA intends to livestream the VRBPAC meeting on the agency’s YouTube, Facebook and Twitter channels; the meeting will also be webcast from the FDA website.

DECEMBER 8 2020 is the deadline for states to resolve disputes concerning the appointment of their electors

DECEMBER 10 2020 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has scheduled a meeting of its Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) on to discuss the request for emergency use authorization (EUA) of a COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer, Inc. in partnership with BioNTech Manufacturing GmbH.

December 14, 2020  Presidential electors must have been selected by the states and will meet as a group in their states to cast electoral votes for president and vice president. : Electors meet in their respective states to cast their votes for president and vice president.

COVID-19 vaccines almost ready: How, when can I get coronavirus shots?
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has outlined a plan for fair distribution that’s being used as a framework by the Centers for Disease Control’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, which soon will make the final decision on when certain groups of Americans will have access to vaccine.

Oxford’s vaccine joins Pfizer’s and Moderna’s in the list of candidates that have passed clinical safety tests

New Study Shows When You’re The Most Infectious With COVID-19


HURT THE FEELINGS! Trump is insane, he is also demented remember Trump wanted to nuke a hurricane, and shoot a virus.

SAY HER NAME Emily Murphy @GSAEmily Administrator of @USGSA is breaking the law and shoud be jailed. Do Not Hire this woman ever! The law says “apparent” winner. Biden is the apparent winner.
@GSAEmily needs to be BLACKLISTED for future employment.

Get GSA Sdmin Emily Murphy Blacklisted
GSA Admin Emily Murphy just got a Congressional demand letter to brief House leaders “immediately” on why she has not started the transition.

Republicans publicly acknowledge Joe Biden is the next president and tell Trump administration to begin sharing intelligence and other transitions to allow for a smooth transfer of power. As soon as people start thinking Republican resistance is hurting rethuglicans in Georgia, that’s when you’ll see rethuglicans say something.

Scrutiny intensifies into Trump’s role in FBI headquarters controversy.
Congressional Democrats released materials on a Jan. 24, 2018, meeting at which Trump spoke directly with General Services Administrator Emily Murphy about abandoning the plan to relocate the FBI to a larger campus in a nearby suburb. In a series of emails in the days that followed, the GSA confirmed that the relocation plan was dead, evidently at the president’s direction.

It is essential that Trump staff preserve all presidential records. Destroying documents could violate the law and keep the public in the dark on what has happened behind closed doors for the last four years.


Ghostery’s Making a Privacy Browser—and Ad-Free Search Engine
The tracker-blocking company will soon launch a privacy-friendly desktop browser as well.

Yes, assholes are still using ‘123456’ and ‘password’ as their password.

One of the most overhyped subjects in both AI and cybersecurity is the idea that AI will radically reshape hacking. The reality is a lot more nuanced. In this @CSETGeorgetown report, we try to explore what’s noise and what merits attention.

How the US health-care system works—and how its failures are worsening the pandemic

Airbnb Executive Resigned Last Year Over Chinese Request for More Data Sharing Company says it declined to disclose more details with China and is transparent with users; former FBI official was told by co-founder, ‘We’re not here to promote American values’ When it filed to go public this week, Airbnb Inc. said that its ability to continue doing business in China is a risk factor for its brand and profitability.

35 years ago, on November 20th 1985, Microsoft released first version of Windows.

Mudge is the new head of security at Twitter. “Mudge” Zatko head of security. Priors at DARPA, Google, L0pht and Cult of the Dead Cow. about cDc. I mentioned 8lgm and TESO as examples of hacking groups best understood as hacking groups, unlike cDc. Someone said: “never heard of them”. Twitter also announced Tuesday that it’s planning voice-only chat rooms called Spaces where you talk instead of type.

Lynn Conway get a apology rather late

17 years later… the White house is still trying to force government agencies to adopt IPv6

1963: The earliest known use of the word “hacker” in connection with computers was in an article in The Tech, MIT’s student paper. “Many telephone services have been curtailed because of so-called hackers.” Oh no – those pesky “so-called” hackers according to Prof. Carlton Tucker, administrator of the Institute phone system. […] The hackers have accomplished such things as tying up all the tie-lines between Harvard and MIT, or making long-distance calls by charging them to a local radar installation. One method involved connecting the PDP-1 computer to the phone system to search the lines until a dial tone, indicating an outside line, was found. […] Because of the “hacking,” the majority of the MIT phones are “trapped.”

One of the most overhyped subjects in both AI and cybersecurity is the idea that AI will radically reshape hacking. The reality is a lot more nuanced. In this @CSETGeorgetown report, we try to explore what’s noise and what merits attention.

Biden’s team is Frozen out of the government network, the transition team is relying on a standard, paid Google Workspace network, according to people familiar with the matter and a review of publicly available internet registration records associated with the team’s email domain.
The Biden team also is using a set of enhanced protection features on all of its accounts, people familiar with the matter said. It requires that staff use Titan Security Keys, a physical device needed to log into their accounts, and it has limited access to internal information on a need-to-know basis in a series of restricted shared drives, the people said.
Current and former U.S. officials and security experts said the transition team’s reliance on its own cyber defenses could make it more vulnerable to attack. Conscious of the hacking threat, the transition team has briefed staff on information-security procedures for both their personal and professional accounts, one official said.

[ESPECIALLY HORRIBLE] US can kill its own citizens without review when state secrets are involved, DOJ lawyer argues
By Debra Cassens Weiss November 18, 2020
A U.S. Department of Justice lawyer argued Monday that the United States can kill its own citizens without judicial review when litigation would reveal state secrets. The argument drew alarm among judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Courthouse News Service reports. Judge Patricia Millett characterized the DOJ’s argument as giving the government the ability to “unilaterally decide to kill U.S. citizens,” according to coverage of the argument by Courthouse News Service. “Do you appreciate how extraordinary that proposition is?” “Whether that’s in a parking lot in the United States or abroad in Syria, the government has claimed—for the first time ever in this case—that it has unfettered and unreviewable discretion to kill US citizens at will,” Plochocki said.

Former Raytheon Engineer Sentenced for Exporting Sensitive Military Related Technology to China

The Big Hack: How China Used a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate U.S. Companies
The attack by Chinese spies reached almost 30 U.S. companies, including Amazon and Apple, by compromising America’s technology supply chain, according to extensive interviews with government and corporate sources.
In 2015, Inc. began quietly evaluating a startup called Elemental Technologies, a potential acquisition to help with a major expansion of its streaming video service, known today as Amazon Prime Video. Based in Portland, Ore., Elemental made software for compressing massive video files and formatting them for different devices. Its technology had helped stream the Olympic Games online, communicate with the International Space Station, and funnel drone footage to the Central Intelligence Agency. Elemental’s national security contracts weren’t the main reason for the proposed acquisition, but they fit nicely with Amazon’s government businesses, such as the highly secure cloud that Amazon Web Services (AWS) was building for the CIA.

CIA Awards Secret Multibillion-Dollar Cloud Contract
The agency has awarded a contract to bring foundational cloud services from multiple cloud service providers into the intelligence community.

The Central Intelligence Agency has awarded its long-awaited Commercial Cloud Enterprise, or C2E, contract to five companies—Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, Google, Oracle and IBM. Under the C2E contract vehicle, the companies will compete for specific task orders issued by the CIA on behalf of itself and the 16 other agencies that comprise the intelligence community. The CIA did not disclose the expected value of the contract to Nextgov, but procurement documents issued by the agency in 2019 indicated it could be worth “tens of billions” of dollars over the next decade and a half.


Some Pennsylvania Republicans led by Rep. @MikeKellyPA are asking a state court to declare that the state’s entire vote-by-mail system, violates the state constitution and that millions of votes cast this year must now be invalidated.

When a new tax collector elected himself in a Pa. town, chaos ensued 2018
Shows exactly what can happen in this country. Cutler was elected tax collector in 2013 in East Lampeter Township, Lancaster County, with one vote — his own write-in vote. Though East Lampeter had not had a tax collector in decades — the county did the job — Cutler insisted he was now an elected official under the law, and began to work as township tax collector. Cutler’s case triggered the introduction of a bill to allow towns to eliminate the “antiquated” tax collector’s position, prompting pushback from the Pennsylvania State Tax Collectors Association, which regards the proposal as an existential threat to an independent elected office.

Bill Barr Did WHAT? How Is This Not The Biggest Story In The Country Right Now?

Trump Fraud Inquiries Include Write-offs to Ivanka

Republicans ask Michigan election board to delay certification for two weeks, audit Detroit votes. They have now asked the state board to DELAY certification to AUDIT Wayne county. The state board meets Monday.

Trump Campaign dodges $8 million statewide recount bill by targeting two cities home to 74% of state’s Black residents

Trump’s election power play: Persuade Republican legislators to do what U.S. voters did not

Joseph Lorenzo Hall, PhD Nov 16
Today, I joined 58 other election security experts to set the record straight on voting system vulnerabilities: the mere existence of flaws does not equate to a rigged election.

Who needs Russia? Loudest attacks on US vote are from Trump

NATO Experiments With Deceptive Tactics to Lure Russian Hackers
Latest cyber wargame shows new uses for honeypots, which have worked against the Russians in the past.
Imagine you’re a young cyber officer in the Russian military looking to break into the defended network of a NATO government. You identify a target, a person whose credentials you could steal to gain access to the network and then perhaps move from node to node, looking for sensitive information to exfiltrate. You send your target a phishing email. The target clicks the link. You’re in! But later on, you learn that the information you stole was meaningless and you may have exposed your own techniques or tools. Your adversary wanted you to succeed in the hack — to get information on you. This is the value of honeypots, a deceptive cybersecurity practice that NATO used as part of its most recent exercise, NATO Cyber Coalition, which took place in Estonia and other locations from Nov. 16 to 20.


How Finland starts its fight against fake news in primary schools

Privilege: “I’ll protect my rights, my choice is more important than your health, I won’t wear a mask”.
Jesus: “love thy neighbor, serve others, give your life for your friends, die to yourself, bless your enemies, be a peacemaker, care for the sick”.


Mnuchin Demands the Return of Emergency Funds from the Fed, without Explaining What He’s Been Doing with a Missing $340 Billion
Yesterday, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin stunned markets by demanding in a letter to Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell that the Fed return Treasury funds that are backstopping the bulk of its emergency lending programs and wind down these programs by year’s […]

Kelly Loeffler marketed derivatives during Great Recession at world’s most notorious tax haven.  Ugland House, five stories tall and home to 19,000 companies, is “the poster child for offshore tax haven abuses” Months after the recession hit, Kelly Loeffler & her husband set up a scheme at the world’s most notorious tax shelter specifically so the biggest banks could trade the same derivatives that just brought down the global economy — tax free.


The Complete Case for $100K Bitcoin
Is it too late to buy bitcoin? Hong Fang is the CEO at OKCoin, a U.S. licensed, fiat-focused cryptocurrency exchange headquartered in San Francisco.

Bloomberg’s McGlone thinks Bitcoin could hit $170K over the next two years
Bitcoin (BTC) has risen to rarely seen price highs, currently stalling between $17,000 and $18,500 before deciding on its next move.

Bitrefill: Buy Gift Cards & Top Up Airtime with Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, Dash, Dogecoin


Trump’s Newest Expert on Vote Fraud Spent Years Boosting QAnon
The president has seized on “unsubstantiated… technically incoherent” claims.

QAnon High Priest Was Just Trolling Away as a Citigroup Tech Executive

Apple says Facebook is bad for privacy. Facebook says Apple is bad for competition.
Apple moving forward with plan to limit “creepy” user tracking

Facebook Is Going After Its Critics in the Name of Privacy
The company wants to shut down an academic study of political ad targeting, just as it prepares to reinstate targeted political ads. If the team doesn’t fully dismantle its public-interest research project and delete its data by November 30, Facebook says, it “may be subject to additional enforcement action.” Why? Because the $775 billion company wants to protect our privacy.

Apple lobbies against Uighur forced labor bill


Famed Arecibo radio telescope the one we all know and love from the James Bond movie to be decommissioned after cable failures

Potential new target to combat inflammatory diseases
Researchers have uncovered a drug-like compound that blocks a crucial inflammatory pathway, potentially paving the way for a new treatment for a host of diseases — including COVID-19. The team discovered the compound could prevent up-regulation of CD14, a key inflammatory protein.

Researchers recommend more transparency for gene-edited crops
To gain trust, researchers recommend a wide-ranging coalition that would provide more transparency on the presence and use of gene editing in food supplies.

Make way for InvestEGGator, the decoy egg shedding light on the illegal trade of wildlife
“The insatiable human appetite for wildlife products drives species to extinction, spreads disease and has negative consequences for the economies of source countries.” Thus opens a recent article , published in Current Biology, detailing a new method to investigate illegal trade in turtle eggs by using GPS-enabled decoys.

Scientists Have Created Diamonds At Room Temperature In Mere Minutes



Epstein, Ito, MIT, AI Media Lab, Techno Bros, Complete Ethical Failures

Epstein, Ito, MIT, AI Media Lab, Techno Bros, Complete Ethical Failures fire them all !!!

TO BEGIN: Joi Ito @Joi: “reminder to self: don’t invest with or take money from assholes 3/12/08, 7:20 PM”

Joi Ito is an asshole.

And now you have to ask why and how  humans on THIS earth can tolerate the complete betrayal of Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence that THIS asshole #joi  and all the rest of the tech bros are in charge of

#TakingMoneyFromAssholes – There is NO WAY IN HELL a POS like ITO can govern 2019 Applied Ethical and Governance Challenges in AI – we are doomed

#artificial intelligence #government #human-machine interaction #social science #machine learning #ethics #technology #autonomous vehicles #medicine #racial justice

MIT may be facing a broader cultural reckoning around the Epstein scandal. Ito today said he did not make the decision to accept $525,000 in Epstein funding on his own, but had asked many advisers to weigh in and had received a full due-diligence review from the university.

The Bro System is complicit — all the advisers to weigh in and had received a full due-diligence review from the university. Who the hell are all these assholes and how do they keep getting away with it?

The Epstein scandal at MIT shows the moral bankruptcy of techno-elites
the world wakes up to the power of Big Tech, we get to hear – belatedly – of all the damage wrought by the digital giants. Most of these debates, alas, don’t veer too far from the policy-oriented realms of economics or law. Now that the Big Technocracy wants to quash Big Tech, expect more such wonkery.
What, however, about the ideas that feed the Big Tech? For one, we are no longer in 2009: Mark Zuckerberg’s sophomoric musings on transparency or the global village impress very few.
And yet, for all the growing skepticism about Silicon Valley, many still believe that the digital revolution has a serious intellectual dimension, hashed out at conferences like Ted, online salons like, publications like Wired, and institutions like the MIT Media Lab. The ideas of the digerati might be wrong, they might be overly utopian, but, at least, they are sincere.
The Epstein scandal – including the latest revelation that Epstein might have channeled up to $8m dollars (some of it, apparently, on behalf of Bill Gates) to the MIT Media Lab, while its executives were fully aware of his problematic background – has cast the digerati in a very different light. It has already led to the resignation of the lab’s director, Joi Ito.|
This, however, is not only a story of individuals gone rogue. The ugly collective picture of the techno-elites that emerges from the Epstein scandal reveals them as a bunch of morally bankrupt opportunists. To treat their ideas as genuine but wrong is too generous; the only genuine thing about them is their fakeness. The Big Tech and its apologists do produce the Big Thoughts – alas, mostly accidental byproducts of them chasing the Big Bucks.

MIT’s Joi Ito visited Jeffrey Epstein’s private island twice and pocketed $1.2 million for his personal ventures from the registered sex offender. MIT’s Joi Ito was vague in his non-apology apology letter when admitting that Jeffery Epstein had invested in his private funds.
Now, via NYT, the truth is out:
Epstein invested $1.2 million w/ Ito … or over twice as much as he gave to the Media Lab


Ronan Farrow: MIT Media Lab Knew About Jeffrey Epstein’s Abuse, But Accepted Money Anyway

The Latest: Researcher tied to Epstein quits NY Times board
The director of a Massachusetts Institute of Technology research lab who resigned from the university over his ties to Jeffrey Epstein has also resigned from the boards of The New York Times Co. and of two foundations.

Director of M.I.T.’s Media Lab Resigns After Taking Money From Jeffrey Epstein

Media Lab cofounder Nicholas Negroponte reportedly told the audience he had recommended that the Media Lab’s director Joi Ito accept funds from Epstein.


Prominent white privileged bro scientists all willing to overlook Epstein’s disgusting and well-publicized misdeeds in exchange for a chance to fund their projects.


David Beard  “@RonanFarrow Related: A list of 20 boards on which Joi Ito, MIT’s disgraced director of the MIT Media Lab, sits.

Measuring philanthropic impact is whether some of this positive societal change should be in the hands of government instead of philanthropists. Of course the philanthropy is corrupt in the hands of Joi Ito et al. IT’s not ABOUT charity it is power.

A list of 20 boards on which Joi Ito, MIT’s disgraced director of the MIT Media Lab, sits.
The MacArthur Foundation announced that Joi Ito quit its board, adding: “The recent reports of Ito’s behavior in The @NewYorker, if true, would not be in keeping with the values of MacArthur. … Our hearts go out to the girls and women who survived the abuse of Jeffrey Epstein.” Last paragraph of the @techreview story on Joi Ito: “Disclosure: Among his other duties, Ito was on the board of MIT Technology Review. After resigning from MIT, he submitted his resignation from the board as well.”  Joi Ito has left the board of directors of the @nytimes as well as a visiting professorship at Harvard after quitting MIT for taking sex felon Jeffrey Epstein’s money.


How an Élite University Research Center Concealed Its Relationship with Jeffrey Epstein
New documents show that the M.I.T. Media Lab was aware of Epstein’s status as a convicted sex offender, and that Epstein directed contributions to the lab far exceeding the amounts M.I.T. has publicly admitted.
By Ronan Farrow September 6, 2019

They need to fire Ito and replace him with a qualified woman at the exact same salary.


The University, The Boards, and the Tech Bro’s knowall  about the sex abuse but take the money anyway.  All the complaints were ignored.
“contact with Epstein was so widely known that some staff in the office of the lab’s director, Joi Ito, referred to Epstein as Voldemort or “he who must not be named.”

What’s become so clear in @RonanFarrow’s work on predators is that people KNOW. Institutions know. & they just don’t care- about rape, about victims. The pro-Jeffrey Epstein comments at the today clearly stunned some of the listeners. “A woman in the front row began crying.”

Epstein who has no college degree, a Sex Trafficker was Obsessed With Eugenics, Cryogenics “seed the human race with his DNA by impregnating women at his vast New Mexico ranch.” a discriminatory and debunked field of pseudoscience.


“The ugly collective picture of the techno-elites that emerges from the Epstein scandal reveals them as a bunch of morally bankrupt opportunists. … The only genuine thing about them is their fakeness.” The MIT-Epstein debacle shows ‘the prostitution of intellectual activity’. Time for a radical agenda: close the Media Lab, disband Ted Talks and refuse tech billionaires money. This, however, is not only a story of individuals gone rogue. The ugly collective picture of the techno-elites that emerges from the Epstein scandal reveals them as a bunch of morally bankrupt opportunists. To treat their ideas as genuine but wrong is too generous; the only genuine thing about them is their fakeness. Big tech and its apologists do produce the big thoughts – alas, mostly accidental byproducts of them chasing the big bucks.
It wasn’t meant to be that way. Back in 1991, John Brockman – the world’s

The @nytimes would not comment to its reporters on the fate of its board member Joi Ito, the MIT Media Lab director who accepted $1.7 million from Jeffrey Epstein. @knightfdn and @macfound, where Ito also is a board member, remarkably issued statements supporting Ito.

Jeffrey Epstein’s influence in the science world is a symptom of larger problems ~Kate Darling @grok_
In a system stacked against women, we must direct our harshest judgment at people and institutions who remain silent. There’s a fine line between changing from within and being complicit. It turns out that I was nowhere near changing from within.
Yesterday, Kate Darling shouted down the founder of the @MIT @medialab over money taken from registered sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Last week, @grok_ wrote the harshest judgment should go towards those people and institutions who remain silent.”

The Tech Bros who took money from Epstein are now defending him vs. #metoo women in tech who were harassed by Ito and others over years and years at the University. They all got away with it. #WhitePrivilage

“We’ve worked for years to make STEM fields safe & welcoming, attractive fields for women & girls in the face of crushing sexism & gender bias. It’s humiliating to know men in these institutions, in 2019, still think so little of women’s dignity & safety”

Katie Moussouris “Who knows how many others left MIT because of him & others like him? How many brilliant young scientists ran screaming from institutions that on one hand say “we value diversity,” while on the other hand is shielding the careers of men with no self control.

Xeni Jardin “I told the @nytimes everything. So did whistleblowers I was in touch with inside @MIT and @Edge. They printed none of the most damning truths. @joi is on the board of the NYT. THANK GOD FOR @RonanFarrow

More will be revealed. Leon Black. John Brockman. Joi Ito. And those of you whose names have not been publicly exposed yet. I know your names. I know what you did with Jeffrey Epstein. I kept receipts. Have fun trying to sleep.


Nicholas Negroponte is an ethically compromised self seeking scumbag. I wonder what more he is capable of revealing, if he were inclined toward truth rather than self protection?

Anand Giridharadas “Some time ago, I was asked by Joi Ito, head of MIT’s @medialab, to be a juror for its Disobedience Award. I agreed. Now I quit. Thanks to Jeffrey Epstein and the way elite, mostly male networks protect people like him — and each other. Let me explain.



Sasha #CancelaLaDeuda Costanza-Chock
As a faculty member at MIT who is part of the Center for Civic Media community I do have a fair amount to say about the Media Lab and MIT re: what I believe needs to happen to transform these institutions, but I will say it when I feel able to do so.

The tech boom started when the bros started raising money for the geeks at Stanford.