— TicToc by Bloomberg (@tictoc) March 19, 2019
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— emptywheel (@emptywheel) March 19, 2019
How hackers pulled off a $20 million bank heist
By Lily Hay Newman
In January 2018 a group of hackers, now thought to be working for the North Korean state-sponsored group Lazarus, attempted to steal $110 million from the Mexican commercial bank Bancomext. That effort failed. But just a few months later, a smaller yet still elaborate series of attacks allowed hackers to siphon off 300 to 400 million pesos, or roughly $15 to $20 million from Mexican banks. Here’s how they did it.
At the RSA security conference in San Francisco last Friday, penetration tester and security advisor Josu Loza, who was an incident responder in the wake of the April attacks, presented findings on how hackers executed the heists both digitally and on the ground around Mexico. The hackers’ affiliation remains publicly unknown. Loza emphasizes that while the attacks likely required extensive expertise and planning over months, or even years, they were enabled by sloppy and insecure network architecture within the Mexican financial system, and security oversights in SPEI, Mexico’s domestic money transfer platform run by central bank Banco de México, also known as Banxico.
3/12/19 #Web30 The World Wide Web turns 30 today!
Do you remember what life was like 30 years ago, pre-www, when cyber-utopians heralded the new era of human collaboration and communication to the underworld of social media posts called ‘e-bile’?
Who Invented the Internet?
Who Controls The Internet?
Seven people control the system at the heart of the web: the domain name system, or DNS.
NetHappenings Where Internet Pioneer Gleason Sackmann got things started.
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1st and oldest online K12 School directory in the World ©1993 History:
Be a part of Internet History!
Find, Edit, and Submit your K12 school information.
Join a #STEAM Project link to video project find with #hashtags
► EduTech of ND @EduTechND History: Where Internet Pioneer Gleason Sackmann got things started.
EduTech provides information technology services and education technology professional development to K-12 educators in ND.
Girls Go CyberStart. The 2019 Girls Go CyberStart program is a series of online challenges that allow students to act as cyber protection agents to solve cybersecurity-related puzzles and explore related topics such as cryptography and digital forensics.
► NetBSD is a free, fast, secure, and highly portable Unix-like Open Source operating system. It is available for a wide range of platforms, from large-scale servers and powerful desktop systems to handheld and embedded devices.
► @govsatcom Marcus J. Ranum, #Computer and #NetworkSecurity Researcher is now discussing our assumptions about #ComputerSecurity at #govsatcom 2019 #CyberSecurity #Luxembourg
► Amnesty Demands Israel Revoke NSO’s License After Haaretz Report on Firm’s Negotiations With Saudis Israeli Firm’s Spyware Was Used to Track Khashoggi
► Coinbase’s Newest Team Members Helped Authoritarians Worldwide Monitor Journalists and Dissidents H — king team
Never underestimate power, never underestimate fame. And our nation is run on loyalty, whether it be in Congress or your own little home, we’re positively tribal. Being rich and famous does not entitle you to break society’s rules. From time immemorial the wealthy have paid for silence, look at banks and offshore tax accounts.
How much less California spends on each public school student than other states.
$25.4k per student in NYC, $16.7k in PA and $10.4k here in California.
How do young families keep moving to CA?
Mostly True: You are shocked because the stats are bunk. Look at how much California teachers make (2nd highest in US) and then ask how overall spending could rank 41st? Answer: the 41st stat, like the $10.4k per student stat, has been helpfully “adjusted” to eliminate salary differences.
FALL ENROLLMENT 49,800,148 children
Average Daily Attendance 46,457,525 children
2017 High School Graduates 3,238,440 page 18
AVERAGE SALARY OF INSTRUCTIONAL STAFF 60,206 page 25
AVERAGE SALARY OF TEACHERS 58,479 page 26
How Much Federal Money follows the child out of the public school system into for profit charter follows no rules companies.
PUBLIC SCHOOL REVENUE PER STUDENT IN FALL ENROLLMENT page 29
PERCENTAGE OF COMBINED STATE & LOCAL REVENUE 49.8 page 34
The exceptions start on page 83
example: Enrollment figures only include students attending public schools and do not include those students attending private schools at public expense.
WHAT ABOUT ALL THE MONEY FROM THE LOTTERY?
“Revenues generated from lottery have very little or no impact on overall education spending,” said Lucy Dadayan, a senior policy analyst at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, an Albany, New York, think tank. The reason: State legislatures often use the millions of dollars that come in from the lottery as an opportunity to reallocate other funds intended for schools from the state’s general revenue, making the overall education budget barely higher than it was before lottery money was added. “The state legislators added the funding in to the budget, and then they take it out,” said John O’Neil, communications director for the Virginia Education Association, an organization of more than 50,000 teachers and school professionals.
►Public school districts large systems that serve close to or more than 100,000 students have No Chief Privacy Officers.
Who is senior-level official who is responsible for the organization’s privacy policies and data governance in your school district?
Big Education Ape: Oakland, CA: Billionaires Will Convene to Discuss New Plans for Privatizing Public Schools | Diane Ravitch’s blog
Stats already show that Charter Schools do not graduate their students from high school.
Billionaires want all the K12 Department of Education money meant for the common good, the commons, our common wealth for their own pocket. These billionaires want the tax payers money for their own private gain just to enrich themselves.
This has NOTHING to do with the quality of K12 Education.
The big business of selling student information and they do not protect their rights to privacy.
This is the art of the Steal.
Buying and selling the Data!
Anonymous at the top of the list
Chan Zuckerberg Foundation
Charles & Helen Schwab Foundation
The Walton Family Foundation
W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Perkins Hunter Foundation (Perkins family wealth started by opium drug running pirates)
The College Board
Michael & Susan Dell Foundation
John & Ann Doerr
► THERE ARE NO CHIEF PRIVACY OFFICERS IN K-12 EDUCATION
Children’s Rights K12 School Rights vs. Students Online privacy rights. https://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Teachers/children-rights.html …
#ChiefPrivacyOfficer #CPO #K12CPO
STUDENT RIGHTS TO PRIVACY AND K12 SCHOOL RIGHTS VS. STUDENTS ONLINE PRIVACY RIGHTS.
https://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Internet/5copyright.html … and
DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOUR STATE IS COLLECTING ABOUT YOUR CHILD?There isn’t a single school district with a K-12 CPO. In fact, it is still extremely rare for districts to hire even one full-time employee dedicated to privacy.
Student Privacy Bill Protection : No Parental Consent Needed for Data Mining
Anyone who tells you they don’t need privacy because they “have nothing to hide” is a sheep that will enable a total surveillance state. Just don’t do it. Privacies protect our basic human rights.
► This story on IBM hoovering up millions of Flickr photos to power its facial recognition machine learning is fascinating and a nightmare
► : “Screen-grabbed from Facebook: a teacher had her students turn their phone volume up and create a collective record
Alex Stamos on Twitter: “This explains how Facebook plans to monetize a unified, 2 billion user end-to-end encrypted messaging service. I can’t think of a tech project with a more important privacy/safety balancing act than this one. I hope my friends working on it start public discussions on that.
Bob Lefsetz Zuckerberg’s Blog Post
A Privacy-Focused Vision for Social Networking
This isn’t about privacy, this is about MONOPOLY!
► COLLEGE ADMISSIONS IS BRIBED
@DanaGoldstein A few months ago I was interviewing a college admissions coach who told me the following about how big of a donation it takes to get a child into an Ivy no questions asked: “There’s a certain magic number. It’s way higher than people think: $10 million.”
“This case is about the widening corruption of elite college admissions through the steady application of wealth combined with fraud,” Andrew Lelling, the U.S. attorney for the District of Massachusetts, said at a news conference. According to Lelling, the ringleader of the scam is William Singer, owner of a college counseling service called Key Worldwide Foundation, who accepted bribes totaling $25 million from parents between 2011 and 2018 “to guarantee their children’s admission to elite schools.”
“The parents are a catalog of wealth and privilege,” Lelling said. “They include, for example, the CEOs of private and public companies, successful securities and real estate investors, two well-known actresses, a famous fashion designer and the co-chairman of a global law firm.”
Also named as defendants in the indictment are Robert Zangrillo, founder and CEO of the private investment firm Dragon Global; Bill Glashan, a businessman and international private equity investor; and Gordon Caplan, a New York attorney.
► Former PIMCO CEO Doug Hodge Named In Fraud Complaint Alongside Aunt Becky From “Full House”
Imagine surviving years of working with Bill Gross only to be taken down by bribing your kid into college. Um, Doug? You do have to talk in code. You’re doing a fraud.
JFC, you’d think a guy who spent that much time with Bill Gross would know how to bullshit properly.
#10 Buy a decoy house to fool the D.M.V.
NYC Media Lab newletter – https://nycmedialab.org/data/
How AI Will Rewire Us
Nicholas A. Christakis, Sterling Professor of Social and Natural Science at Yale and author of Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society, believes AI is the only general purpose technology (GPT) that will fundamentally change our relations towards each other. If you look at any other GPT – the steam engine, electricity, the internet – these have changed everything around us except our “love, friendship, cooperation, and teaching” – what Christakis calls our evolutionary social suite. In this Atlantic piece, he explores how AI will be the first GPT to affect our social suite. Christakis noticed some peculiar things at his Yale lab. For one, when you include a cheerful bot who admits to occasional mistakes in a group assignment, the humans in the group work better together, vs. groups with bland robots. This holds true in larger experiments, with thousands of participants: “groups with mistake-prone bots consistently outperformed groups containing bots that did not make mistakes”. ~ Joly MacFie
Don’t submit your paper to this conference! When researchers refuse to
supply their papers to the publishers who extort monopoly fees from
academic librarians, they have found the easiest way to tear down these
If you submit any paper to this conference, you will be forced
to assign your entire copyright in the paper to “Springer Nature
Switzerland AG”, now and forever, for their profit and your loss
and the public’s loss (see below).
Jun Feng is a program chair. He should know to warn authors that
the whole conference is a scam on academic authors, which steals their
copyrights in order to extract large fees from academic libraries. But
perhaps he did not mention this because he’s helping to run the scam.
I recommend publishing your work in Open Access conferences and journals in which (1) you are free to retain your copyright and control your
rights, and (2) the public is free to read your paper without paying
exhorbitant fees to a walled-garden publisher that prevents public
access to your scholarship. See
Association runs many respected conferences and does Open Access
publication of their proceedings (https://www.usenix.org/). The Public
Library of Science journals are also Open Access
(https://www.plos.org/). Open access publishing increases your impact,
because all potential readers can actually read your paper. Many
funders and academic institutions *require* that your work be published
with open access, because they have seen how the academic publishing
monopoly has damaged academic libraries (and science in general).
For general info about the highly profitable scams around academic
up to 20 pages with the pages over length charge) in Springer LNCS format (
Leaked documents … show how the billionaire Mercer family built a $60m war chest for conservative causes inside their family foundation by using an offshore investment vehicle to avoid US tax,” The Guardian reports:“The offshore vehicle was part of a network of companies in the Atlantic tax haven of Bermuda led by Robert Mercer, the wealthy hedge-fund executive and Bannon patron whose spending helped put Trump in the White House and aided a resurgence of the Republican right.”
“Mercer, 71, appears as a director of eight Bermuda companies in the Paradise Papers
a trove of millions of leaked documents on offshore finance reviewed by the Guardian, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and other partners.”
“The files include a copy of Mercer’s US passport and other private data.”
POLITICIANS PASS ANOTHER TAX LOOPHOLE FOR THE .01%
Mercer has personally donated $41m to federal election campaigns over the past decade, according to public filings.
Mercer was a major investor in Breitbart rightwing propaganda website that Bannon led before joining Trump’s campaign.
You take retirement plans or foundations, you invest them in a hedge fund, and even if the value rises 100%, you can sell off the investments with no tax consequences. ~ Bill Parish
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has been pursuing Renaissance for $6.8bn in federal taxes that it was accused of improperly avoiding through practices described as “abuses” in a 2014 investigation by a Senate committee.
► Mercer Family Foundation nonprofit led daughter Rebekah gave out $62m to conservative republican “research” propaganda thinktanks including the Heritage Foundation, the Federalist Society, and the Media Research Center.
$4.7m to Bannon’s Government Accountability Institute
Bannon founded GAI in Florida in 2012 with Peter Schweizer, the conservative author of Clinton Cash. Since then, the GAI has paid Bannon $379,000 and Schweizer $781,000. Rebekah Mercer was a director of the group until 2014.
$3.8m to the nonprofit arm of Citizens United, best known for the deregulation of political spending it won in a 2010 supreme court ruling.
$1.2m to the Young America’s Foundation, another conservative nonprofit, which paid Bannon more than $577,000 between 2010 and 2012 for filmmaking service
Offshore leaks database
Find out who’s behind almost 500,000 offshore companies, foundations and trusts from the Panama Papers, the Offshore Leaks and the Bahamas Leaks investigations.
An ICIJ Investigation The Panama Papers:
Exposing the Rogue Offshore Finance Industry
July 4 2015 London is now the global money-laundering centre for the drug trade, says crime expert Gomorrah author Roberto Saviano says ‘the British treat it as not their problem’ ~ James Hanning, David Connett
Republican Sen. Josh Hawley was served with a subpoena today as he left the CPAC stage, the Kansas City Star reports.
The first standing ovation at CPAC comes for…Ollie at the North American Conservative Union’s CPAC conference
How can we not forget Crazy Ollie the arms dealing traitor.
Individual 1 Trump Organization and his Family involved with the Trump Tower Moscow Project
Trump Knew and directed the negotiation during the presidential campaign.
The American population needs to know what happened.
Laurence Tribe: President Donald Trump Can Be Indicted For Federal Crimes
The get out of jail free card.
If no indictment then Trump can be pardoned by Pence and get to keep all the profits!!!
Harvard’s Laurence Tribe: Impeach Donald Trump Now
Constitutional law professor Laurence Tribe explains why it is critically important to put the impeachment process in motion now, before it is too late.
President Donald Trump, Ivanka Deny Special Treatment For Jared Kushner
White House announces Kushner met with Saudi crown prince as Cohen testifies
FEBRUARY 27, 2019
Donald Trump’s senior adviser Jared Kushner met with Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Tuesday in their first face-to-face encounter since the October 2018 murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who sources have told CNN the CIA assesses with high confidence ordered Khashoggi’s murder, met Kushner along with his father King Salman
House panel demands Kushner clearance details from White House
A Democratic-led congressional panel on Friday demanded that the White House comply with requests for documents and witnesses for a probe into alleged security clearance abuses involving President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and others.
What do they mean when People say he/she is a Capitalist or he/she is a Socialist?
Capitalism is about being able to make as much money as you can legally. Billionaires, the .01% got there because of generational untaxed wealth, they also hid their money in offshore tax havens.
Hidden in 11.5 million secret files are 140 politicians from more than 50 countries connected to offshore companies in 21 tax havens.
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#Amazon, #facebook, #Google, #Snapchat, #Instagram
got there through paying off the politicians who allowed antitrust law to atrophy. Antitrust Law has not kept up with technology in 2020.
The politicians who equate Freedom with capitalism that supports monopolies are not taking care of the needs of America and democracy. They are voting their own business interests before that of welfare of 99% of the country.
United States Falls Deeper Into Corrupt Nation Status By Pam Martens: January 29, 2019
The U.S. is no longer in the top 10, or even the top 20, of least corrupt nations. Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index for 2018 was released today and the United States has fallen four points deeper into corruption than last year. The U.S. now ranks below Luxembourg, Estonia and France, coming in at number 22 on the chart. In the Americas region, only Canada came in among the top 10 least corrupt nations, earning a number 9 ranking. (View the full list here.) Zoe Reiter, Acting Representative to the U.S. at Transparency International said this about the report: “A four point drop in the CPI score is a red flag and comes at a time when the US is experiencing threats to its system of checks and balances, as well as an erosion of ethical norms at the highest levels of power. If this trend continues, it would indicate a serious corruption problem in a country that has taken a lead on the issue globally. This is a bipartisan issue that requires a bipartisan solution.”
Senator Bernie Sanders Should Be Taken Very Seriously as a Presidential Candidate
By Pam Martens: February 21, 2019 ~
On Tuesday, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont declared his candidacy to seek the Democratic nomination for President of the United States.
Wall Street On Paradeendorsed Senator Sanders over Hillary Clinton in 2016because Clinton was effectively running as Wall Street’s candidate and as Obama’s third term. Unfortunately, eight years of Obama had produced zero criminal prosecutions of the executives of the largest Wall Street banks who had brought the country to its knees as they grew obscenely rich from corrupt, cartel behavior at their banks. Obama also seriously misinformed the American people about how little had changed in terms of reining in the risks on Wall Street. Obama also refused to provide a bully pulpit for breaking up the dangerous Wall Street banks by restoring the Glass-Steagall Act.
Bernie Sanders explains Democratic Socialism
GOP Pence attacks ‘socialism’
Mike Pence Secures the No Law Zone Around Wall Street By Pam Martens and Russ Martens: October 25, 2017 Millions of Americans have quietly been pondering for months what a President Mike Pence would be like should Donald Trump be impeached or resign. Yesterday they found out and it’s not a pretty picture. After the U.S. Senate tied 50-50 on a vote yesterday, Vice President Mike Pence cast the deciding vote to keep the nation’s courthouse doors closed to the customers of the Too-Big-to-Fail banks on Wall Street – effectively strengthening the no law zone that already exists for these banks. The vote came about as a result of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issuing its final rule in July which would allow consumers who have been defrauded in financial transactions involving credit cards and bank accounts to have access to file a group action (known legally as a “class action”) using the nation’s courts.
Senator Bernie Sanders’ Banking Bill and the Kavanaugh Confirmation By Pam Martens and Russ Martens: October 8, 2018
Last week when Senator Bernie Sanders introduced a new banking bill to break up the mega banks on Wall Street, he had this to say: “In our nation today, we are moving toward an oligarchic form of society where a small number of very wealthy individuals and large corporations have enormous control over our economic and political life. Today, we are in a country where three people, three of the wealthiest people, own more wealth than the bottom half of American society and 52 percent of all new income is going to the top 1 percent.” Sanders made this statement on October 3.
Just three days later, on October 6, a thoroughly discredited nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, who had the financial backing of a front group funded by billionaires Charles and David Koch, Americans for Prosperity, was installed on the U.S. Supreme Court. This marked a new milestone for the oligarchs. There was no longer any need to mount even a pretense of representative government. Kavanaugh’s confirmation was opposed by 2400 law professors from a wide array of universities; the National Council of Churches, which represents 100,000 congregations and over 40 million individuals; former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens; and tens of thousands of Americans who protested in cities across the U.S.
In 2019, Wall Street Banks Will Determine the Future of America By Pam Martens: January 2, 2019
In short, Americans have gotten both the stock market and the government they deserve for failing to meaningfully reform both following the epic 2008 financial crash which pointed so clearly to unprecedented corruption on Wall Street and within the corridors of power in Washington.
Americans’ failure to demand real reform of what Senator Bernie Sanders has correctly called a business model of fraud on Wall Street means that those same behemoth Wall Street banks that crashed the financial system in 2008 are even more dangerous today. For its part, the Trump administration has become a willing enabler to Wall Street’s financial hubris by putting its former lawyer, Jay Clayton, in charge of the Securities and Exchange Commission and a former foreclosure king, Steven Mnuchin, in charge of the U.S. Treasury and the Financial Stability Oversight Council.
Wall Street banks have now grown so massive and interconnected that they are in a position to determine the very future of this nation. The big banks’ share prices are signaling that the day of reckoning is coming in 2019.
Wall Street Banks Are Trading in Their Own Company’s Stock: How Is This Legal? By Pam Martens and Russ Martens: February 15, 2017
House Oversight Committee
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► The US firm behind the deadly tech, Francisco Partners, wouldn’t answer questions. It’s backed by money from Goldman Sachs & Blackstone.
New details of how deadly Israeli technology—used to spy on Khashogi associates & other dissidents—made its way to Saudi. Note: the US firm behind the tech, Francisco Partners, wouldn’t answer questions.
► Paul Mozur China is in the midst of one of the nastiest social media crackdowns I can recall. Over the past few months 100s – maybe 1000s – have been called in by police for the crime of being on Twitter and expressing opinions about China.
► Gerry Shih Fascinating look inside the “Tiger’s Cage” where China’s elite prisoners are held. Wang Lijun the police chief who fled to the US consulate in the BXL scandal now “spends his time studying English.” BXL walks around in a business suit instead of uniform
► VTzilla: Mozilla Firefox Browser Extension
VTzilla is a Mozilla Firefox browser plugin that simplifies the process of scanning Internet resources with VirusTotal. It allows you to download files directly with VirusTotal’s web application prior to storing them in your PC. Moreover, it will not only scan files, but also URLs.
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► “When they substitute their knowledge for ours, we grow angry because they have robbed us of our agency.”
@weeklystandard @smarick Trends in governing have eroded the beliefs, norms and processes by which we learn to be accommodating citizens in a pluralistic, deliberative democracy. By manufacturing rights that limit democratic decision-making, centralizing power in Washington far from citizens’…
► January 2019 “Within period of 72 hours, Nixon was inaugurated for second term, LBJ died, Roe v. Wade was decided, Vietnam War settlement was announced–all 46 years ago this month. ~ @BeschlossDC
► Ajit Pai Refuses to Brief Congress About Why Bounty Hunters Can Buy Cell Phone Location Data
► Former Trump Tax Attorney Ed Burke’s Office Raided by Feds
It was reported in 2016 that Ald. Ed Burke’s firm helped Donald Trump trim $11.7M off his property taxes
- Edward M. Burke’s office a Chicago Alderman, his law firm did tax work for Trump for 12 years ended May 2018
- 6/9/18 The Donald and The Alderman break up;
reported in 2016 that Ald. Ed Burke’s firm helped Donald Trump trim $11.7M off his property taxes
- Burke no longer doing tax work for Trump
The powerful Chicago alderman’s small law firm had worked for Trump for 12 years, persuading Cook County officials to cut the property taxes on the president’s namesake downtown skyscraper by a total of more than $14 million.
► “Your regular reminder that Equifax still exists. Everyone who was running the company when 148 million Americans’ data was stolen is still rich, and now their former lawyer is running the office at the Federal Trade Commission that’s supposed to investigate them.”
- “Massive data breach at the OK Securities Commission, millions of files containing decades worth of confidential case file intelligence from the agency and sensitive FBI investigation source materials exposed.
- Another huge database exposed millions of call logs and SMS text messages
- Axios “The SEC has charged a group of hackers with perpetrating a 2016 breach of its online corporate filing portal making more than $4.1 million in gains from using non-public information about companies.
National Music Publishers’ Association
The Copyright Royalty Board ruled that songwriters will get at least a 15.1% share of streaming revenues over the next five years, from a previous 10.5%. The CRB’s decision will require streaming services to pay 15.1 percent of revenue to songwriters and publishers, up from 10.5 percent. The court also issued a ruling regarding a late fee, which will force digital music services to pay songwriters faster, or be subject to a significant penalty.
Amazon, Apple, Google, Pandora and Spotify compelled to pay more for the use of music.
Pryor Cashman who represented NMPA and NSAI in the litigation that resulted in the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) being ruled to increase royalty payments to songwriters and music publishers from music streaming companies.
This was a hearing pitting songwriters and music publishers against five technology companies, including three of the largest companies in the world (Apple, Amazon and Google), which sought to reduce the already low rate of royalties that they pay to songwriters for the use of their music on their streaming services.
► Federal Judge Asks Spotify: ‘How Many Songs Have You Infringed, Anyway?’
What Putin Really Wants Russia’s strongman president has many Americans convinced of his manipulative genius. He’s really just a gambler who won big.
Association of Chief Information Security Officers, or ARSIB in Russian. Victor Minin, who has close ties to Russian intelligence, runs hacking competitions at universities all over Russia—his way, he says, of preparing future generations.
As Samuel Clemens cultivated his career as a successful writer and lecturer, he became more keenly aware of world politics. His attitude toward Russian monarchy shifted. Although he had devoted little attention to Russian politics between 1867 and 1881, a reading he delivered at the Hartford Monday Evening Club on March 22, 1886 indicates his opinion of the Russian aristocracy changed:
Power, when lodged in the hands of man, means oppression — insures oppression: it means oppression always: … give it to the high priest of the Christian Church in Russia, the Emperor, and with a wave of his hand he will brush a multitude of young men, nursing mothers, gray headed patriarchs, gently young girls, like so many unconsidered flies, into the unimaginable hells of his Siberia, and go blandly to his breakfast, unconscious that he has committed a barbarity …(2).
Clemens’s original manuscript indicates he was much more vehement in his call for assassination of the Czar than his published version. He urges Russian mothers to teach their children:
When you grow up, knife a Romanoff wherever you find him, loyalty to these cobras is treason to the nation; be a patriot, not a prig – set the people free (22).
INFLUENCE OF GEORGE KENNAN
A continued hardening of Clemens’s attitude against the Russian aristocracy, and indeed most of America’s, can be traced to a series of articles commissioned by Richard Watson Gilder, editor of Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine.
Boston Daily Globe, December 25, 1890, p. 3 CHRISTMAS GREETINGS … Mark Twain It is my heart-warm and world-embracing Christmas hope and aspiration that all of us, the high, the low, the rich, the poor, the admired, the despised, the loved, the hated, the civilized, the savage, may eventually be gathered together in a heaven of everlasting rest and peace and bliss, escape [sic] the inventor of the telephone. MARK TWAIN. Hartford, Dec. 23