This Is How Elon Musk Can Fix The Damage His Starlink Satellites Are Causing To Astronomy (Forbes)
The Universe is out there, waiting for you to discover it.
On November 18, 2019, approximately 19 Starlink satellites passed over Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory, disrupting astronomical observations and hindering the science being undertaken in a real, measurable way.
In any field of business or industry, the prevailing rule has always been that if there isn’t a law against it, you are free to do it. If there are no rules protecting a resource, you are free to use or take as much of it as you want to further your own ends. Until regulatory measures are put into place, disruptors and innovators are free to regulate themselves, often to the extraordinary detriment of those who depended on those now-scarce resources.
In astronomy, the greatest resource of all is a dark, clear night sky: humanity’s window to the Universe. Traditionally, its enemies have been turbulent air, cloud cover, and artificial light pollution. But very recently, a new type of pollutant has begun to pose an existential threat to astronomy itself: mega-constellations of satellites. If Elon Musk’s Starlink project continues as it has begun, it will likely end ground-based astronomy as we know it.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station carrying 60 Starlink satellites on November 11, 2019 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The Starlink constellation will eventually consist of thousands of satellites designed to provide world wide high-speed internet service, but the cost to the science of astronomy is already substantial, and is poised to rise significantly over the coming years.
Launching satellites to provide services to those of us living on the ground is an essential part of modern-day living. GPS and telecommunications satellites enable our cellular signals and support our mobile internet today. With the coming upgrade to 5G services, a new set of infrastructure will be required, and that necessarily means an upgraded set of satellites equipped to provide that service must be launched.
One of the first companies to attempt to serve this market is SpaceX, under the guidance of Elon Musk, which plans to initially deploy 12,000 satellites in a mega-constellation known as Starlink. Ultimately, the constellation hopes to extend to a total of 42,000 satellites. As of November 20, 2019, only 122 of these satellites have been deployed, and they’ve already had a detrimental impact on astronomy on a global scale.
If we hope to mitigate this, either regulators or SpaceX executives themselves will need to mandate a change…
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Credibility, not information, is the real currency!
Newspapers are still considered by most as credible. American Newspapers still decide what is a real story by covering it, which is makes it important and real.
“On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog.” is an adage and meme about Internet anonymity which began as a cartoon caption written by Peter Steiner and published by The New Yorker on July 5, 1993.
The Internet democratized access to the production and dissemination of information and simultaneously destroyed the economics of high-quality journalism while leaving in place the culture and custom of credibility and truth.
Boeing’s poor information security posture threatens passenger safety, national security, researcher says
Boeing test development networks are publicly exposed to the internet, Kubecka said, and at least one of Boeing’s email servers is infected with multiple strains of malware. Kubecka believes that the infected email servers are being used to exfiltrate sensitive intellectual property including code used in both civilian passenger aircraft as well as aircraft Boeing sells to the US military.
Kubecka, a well-respected security researcher, critical infrastructure expert, and Air Force veteran, tells CSO she has struggled to report what she calls blatant, easily fixable security issues for more than six months. She also alleges that Boeing, through back channels at DEF CON, threatened her with legal action and a public relations smear campaign to prevent her from going public. Kubecka declined to identify who made the threats, when and where they were made, or how they might be associated with Boeing.
“If I saw a broken door on an aircraft, I would not get in trouble for reporting to the FAA that the plane flew,” Kubecka tells CSO. “But as a security researcher, it’s legally fraught to report security vulnerabilities.” https://www.csoonline.com/article/3451585/boeings-poor-information-security-posture-threatens-passenger-safety-national-security-researcher-s.html
Former Twitter employees charged with spying for Saudi Arabia by digging into the accounts of kingdom critics. The arrest of one of the former Twitter employees, Ahmad Abouammo, a U.S. citizen who is alleged to have spied on the accounts of three users — including one whose posts discussed the inner workings of the Saudi leadership — on behalf of the government in Riyadh.
The Justice Department has charged two former Twitter employees with spying for Saudi Arabia by accessing the company’s information on dissidents who use the platform, marking the first time federal prosecutors have publicly accused the kingdom of running agents in the United States. One of those implicated in the scheme, according to court papers, is an associate of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, who the CIA has concluded likely ordered the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul last year.
In Trump’s Twitter Feed: Conspiracy-Mongers, Racists and Spies
“…The New York Times examined Mr. Trump’s interactions with Twitter since he took office, reviewing each of his more than 11,000 tweets and the hundreds of accounts he has retweeted, tracking the ways he is exposed to information and replicating what he is likely to see on the platform. The result, including new data analysis and previously unreported details, offers the most comprehensive view yet of a virtual world in which the president spends significant time mingling with extremists, impostors and spies. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/11/02/us/politics/trump-twitter-disinformation.html
Dark Web: 8chan returns with new name 8kun
8kun warning says ‘Any content that violates the laws of the United States of America will be deleted and the poster will be banned.’” Launched in 2013 by Fredrick Brennan as an alternative to 4chan, 8chan had been linked to harassment campaigns, racism, misogyny, neo-Nazism, pedophilia and mass shootings. It was also a hub for believers of far-right conspiracy theory QAnon, which claims that a secret cabal of “Satan-worshiping pedophiles” rules the world and that only Donald Trump can stop them. https://mashable.com/article/8chan-8kun-rebrand-return
The Pentagon is under assault every hour of the day
Microsoft’s $10 billion contract win over cloud rival Amazon for the ultra-lucrative military contact means that an intelligence-gathering apparatus among the most important in the world is based in the woods outside Seattle. These kinds of national security responsibilities once sat almost exclusively in Washington, DC. Now in this corner of Washington state, dozens of engineers and intelligence analysts are dedicated to watching and stopping the government-sponsored hackers proliferating around the world. https://www.technologyreview.com/s/614646/inside-the-microsoft-team-tracking-the-worlds-most-dangerous-hackers/
Following a recent conference of foreign security and law enforcement agencies, the head of Russia’s State Security Service, the FSB, made the surprising announcement that Russia and the United States have resumed cooperation on cybersecurity.
“We are maintaining working contacts by our experts and special unit heads with the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Agency,” said Gen. Alexander Bortnikov, noting that such contacts should always occur, regardless of the foreign policy situation.
Behind-the-scenes cooperation with the Trump administration, particularly when it comes to cybercrime and terrorism, is a theme the Kremlin likes to push onto center stage every so often. And according to our sources there is indeed some consultation at a practical level, but for Washington’s intelligence professionals it’s a very delicate, very dangerous game, complicated enormously by the inclinations and prejudices of President Donald J. Trump.
In response to queries about Bortnikov’s statement, spokespersons for both the CIA and the DEA told The Daily Beast that they had no comment, and the FBI has not responded at all. […]
An internal memo on cybersecurity, obtained by Axios, warns that “the White House is posturing itself to be electronically compromised once again.”
The state of play: That’s after at least a dozen top- or high-level officials have resigned or been pushed out of a cybersecurity mission that was established under Barack Obama to protect the White House from Russian hacking and other threats, according to conversations with several current and former officials.
Why Facebook Should Sit Out The 2020 Election.
American democracy is in deep trouble, social media companies have violated our trust too many times to count and, at least in the US, there’s no way to regulate digital election ads — or to even ask the Federal Elections Commission, which has been effectively shut down under Republican control, to offer guidance. Without oversight, there’s no civically responsible way to allow digital ad buys. From my experience as a political strategist for Democratic candidates and advocacy groups, I believe Facebook should adopt the same policy. https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/melissaryan1/facebook-political-ads-2020-election-dorsey-zuckerberg
Why worry about the KGB when ISPs do a fantastic job lying to Congress
ISPs lied to Congress to spread confusion about encrypted DNS, Mozilla says. “Mozilla is urging Congress to reject the broadband industry’s lobbying campaign against encrypted DNS in Firefox and Chrome. The Internet providers’ fight against this privacy feature raises questions about how they use broadband customers’ Web-browsing data, Mozilla wrote in a letter sent [yesterday] to the chairs and ranking members of three House of Representatives committees.” https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2019/11/isps-lied-to-congress-to-spread-confusion-about-encrypted-dns-mozilla-says/
0-Day Alert! #Google is warning Windows, Mac, #Linux users to update their #Chrome browser (to 78.0.3904.87) immediately due to a security vulnerability.
Chrome, Firefox, DuckDuckGo, and Opera’s “private” browsing mode is not truly private. Brave was created with a built-in ad-blocker to give you the fastest internet browsing experience, while providing the deepest level of privacy and security protection. Brave also lets you control who profits from your data with blockchain-based tokens. Faster, Safer, Ad-Free Browsing.
This Is How the U.S. Military’s Massive Facial Recognition System Works The presentation also sheds light on how military, state, and local law enforcement biometrics systems are linked. According to Krizay’s presentation, ABIS is connected to the FBI’s biometric database, which is in turn connected to databases used by state and local law enforcement. Ultimately, that means that the U.S. military can readily search against biometric data of U.S. citizens and cataloged non-citizens. The DFBA is also currently working to connect its data to the Department of Homeland Security’s biometric database. The network will ultimately amount to a global surveillance system. In his notes, Krizay outlines a potential scenario in which data from a suspect in Detroit would be run against data collected from “some mountaintop in Asia.”
The documents, which are embedded in full below, were obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request. These documents were presented earlier this year at a closed-door defense biometrics conference known as the Identity Management Symposium… https://onezero.medium.com/exclusive-this-is-how-the-u-s-militarys-massive-facial-recognition-system-works-bb764291b96d
Kremlin connections to investments in Facebook and Twitter are the results of a capitalist “free market” fetish.
Paradise Papers reveal Companies controlled by the Russian government quietly invested in several major Silicon Valley startups, including Facebook.
11/5/17 Paradise Papers reveals a vast financial network—beyond the reach of most governments—maintained by the world’s wealthiest people. They include commerce secretary Wilbur Ross, Queen Elizabeth of the UK, and a close advisor to Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau. Here’s a guide to the major revelations in the Paradise Papers https://qz.com/1120731/paradise-papers-a-guide-to-the-major-revelations/
Wilbur Ross’s business ties to Putin’s inner circle US commerce secretary Wilbur Rossmaintains a stake in a shipping company that is closely linked to the family of Russian president Vladimir Putin. According to the Paradise Papers, Ross owns between $2 million and $10 million in shipping company Navigator. The second-biggest client of Navigator is Russian gas company Sibur. Kirill Shamalov, who is Putin’s son-in-law, has been deputy chairman of Sibur’s board and until April owned more than a fifth of the company. (He has since reduced his ownership share.) @SecretaryRoss conceals business dealings with Vladimir Putin’s son-in-law.
also …. Former Co-Chair of (Russian Laundromat) Bank of Cyprus
REMINDER- Paul Manafort & Rick Gates allegedly laundered money through bank accounts in Cyprus. @SecretaryRoss & @DeutscheBank former chairman Josef Ackermann served on the board of Bank of Cyprus.
Donald Trump’s commerce secretary, Wilbur Ross, is doing business with Vladimir Putin’s son-in-law through a shipping venture in Russia.
Wall Street’s Liquidity Crisis: It’s Not Getting Better https://wallstreetonparade.com/2019/11/wall-streets-liquidity-crisis-its-not-getting-better/
By Pam Martens and Russ Martens: November 7, 2019 ~
Deutsche Bank Headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany
This morning, Wall Street’s money spigot arm of the Federal Reserve, the New York Fed, paid out $35 billion in 14-day term loans to Wall Street’s trading houses. The problem was, this morning the banks wanted $41.15 billion or $6.15 billion or $6.15 billion more than the Fed was offering. That’s a very clear sign that liquidity remains tight on Wall Street and we have yet to enter the pivotal year-end period when banks try to dress up their books by dumping or parking their most toxic positions. Between the term loan and the overnight loan, the New York Fed paid out $115 billion this morning to unnamed securities firms on Wall Street. (The Fed won’t say who is doing all of this borrowing and Congress can’t summon the willpower to hold a hearing.) https://wallstreetonparade.com/2019/11/wall-streets-liquidity-crisis-its-not-getting-better/
Dangerous Liaisons: New York Fed and JPMorgan’s Incestuous Relationship By Pam Martens and Russ Martens
The Federal Reserve Bank of New York (New York Fed) is just one of the 12 regional Federal Reserve banks around the country. But it has amassed enormous powers for itself since the Federal Reserve was created in 1913. Three of those powers dwarf all others: the ability to create money electronically at the push of a button; the accepted right to meddle in the markets; and the supervision of some of the largest bank holding companies in America.
After Wall Street blew itself up under the indulging and incompetent supervision of the New York Fed in 2008 and it was exposed that the Fed had secretly created $29 trillion in electronic money to bail out zombie banks – most of that funneled out by the New York Fed – most rational folks would have assumed that Congress would have stripped it of supervisory and money-printing powers for bailouts. Insanely, that did not happen and here we are today with the same deeply-conflicted New York Fed creating its own money to dole out $690 billion a week in super-cheap loans to unnamed securities firms while buying up $60 billion a month in the debt of the United States. (The Fed doesn’t want you to call the $60 billion a month QE4 because that would strongly suggest that this is just Stage II of the continuing 2008 bailout of Wall Street and that QE-Infinity is coming.) https://wallstreetonparade.com/2019/11/dangerous-liaisons-new-york-fed-and-jpmorgans-incestuous-relationship/
“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.
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
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“To secure itself, the West needs to figure out where all its gadgets are coming from. Here’s why that’s so difficult.” Excellent take on supply chain security, @ForeignPolicy. Also important: transparency, critical infrastructure and how software elements are combined.
Crucial manufacturing expertise has been lost in the West, especially in high-tech manufacturing. Western conglomerates—and even ministries of defense—may want to consider supporting the creation of critical businesses on their shores. https://t.co/FkF8TWed3V
Great example of user expectations by @neemaguliani "If I buy eggs from store and give my address for delivery, I expect they're going to use my address to get eggs to me. What I don't expect is they're going to tell an insurance company I bought eggs to charge me higher rates."
Dixon states, "In the coming months over the summer, we will conclude decisions in some of them." referencing the significant GDPR investigations of large tech platforms also noting required timelines and opportunities to respond to them.
“I can absolutely make a big traffic problem all over the world,” the hacker said. A hacker broke into thousands of accounts belonging to users of two GPS tracker apps, giving him the ability to monitor the locations of tens of thousands of vehicles and even turn off the engines for some of them while they were in motion, Motherboard has learned.
The hacker, who goes by the name L&M, told Motherboard he hacked into more than 7,000 iTrack accounts and more than 20,000 ProTrack accounts, two apps that companies use to monitor and manage fleets of vehicles through GPS tracking devices. The hacker was able to track vehicles in a handful of countries around the world, including South Africa, Morocco, India, and the Philippines. On some cars, the software has the capability of remotely turning off the engines of vehicles that are stopped or are traveling 12 miles per hour or slower, according to the manufacturer of certain GPS tracking devices.
By reverse engineering ProTrack and iTrack’s Android apps, L&M said he realized that all customers are given a default password of 123456 when they sign up. At that point, the hacker said he brute-forced “millions of usernames” via the apps’ API. Then, he said he wrote a script to attempt to login using those usernames and the default password. </>
No one trusts evil bankers
No one trusts Wall Street
No one trusts the riches families in the world to protect the environment
No one trusts technology monopolies to protect democracy
No one trust Politicians from either side
No one trusts the supreme court
No one trusts government that leaves people on the streets with no access to shelter, food, hygiene, etc., which is clearly inhumane.
No one trusts Wealthy people doing GoFundMe’s to stop shelters from being built.
No one trusts a country where $117,400 a year is considered low-income in San Francisco, where the median sale price of a two-bedroom is $1.3 million
No one trusts governance by antitrust laws will protect democracy
Easier Than Robbing A Bank:’ City of Chicago Almost Lost More Than $1 Million In Phishing Scam
The City of Chicago’s Department of Aviation thought it was paying an approved vendor more than $1 million for services earlier this year.
But your tax dollars didn’t reach them. The money almost went to what appeared to be a phishing scam that police are now investigating as a business email compromise.
While the city recovered the money, the incident almost cost taxpayers seven figures and raises red flags about the integrity of Chicago’s cyber-security system. https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2019/04/18/chicago-department-of-aviation-phishing-scam/
Fort Bragg cut power for thousands to test ‘real-world reactions’ to a cyber-attack By Mark Price
The Charlotte Observer
April 25, 2019
Fort Bragg in North Carolina says the Army base had a “blackout” for more than 12 hours overnight Wednesday as part of a cyber-attack military exercise that came as a complete surprise to its tens of thousands of residents.
The fort, which the Army says is the world’s largest military base, says it cut off the electricity “to identify shortcomings in our infrastructure, operations and security.”
“Fort Bragg has to train for any possible threats to the installation in order to remain mission capable,” said a post on Fort Bragg’s Facebook page just after 11 a.m.
“This exercise was not announced in order to replicate likely real-world reactions by everyone directly associated with the installation. In today’s world, cyber-attacks are very likely. This exercise is exactly what we needed to do to identify our vulnerabilities and work to improve our security and deployment posture.” https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article229662514.html
Hitler became Chancellor and Trump President with a minority of the vote.
by Jonathan A. Weiss Esq.
Trump’s electoral college victory, with a loss of about 3 millions votes, occurred because of a disastrous “perfect storm.”
The Electoral College itself
In two presidential elections since 2000, including the most recent one in which Hillary Clinton won 2.8 million more votes than her opponent, the winner of the popular vote did not win the election because of the distorting effect of the outdated Electoral College.
Voter suppression with suspected miscounting and Jill Stein’s run (with echoes of Nader effect in Florida – Clinton lost by approximately the same number of votes in Wisconsin that Stein received.)
Russian meddling with the internet and possibly with election boards. (4) Comey’s inexcusable unprecedented announcement “reopening Clinton investigation” a few days before the election
Misogyny with some failures in Clinton campaign such as not visiting “battleground” States.
Trump himself is a malignant narcissist paranoid pathological liar racist misogynist insecure bully/coward reactive ignorant idiot. Hitler did not possess all these defects. He was a madman. So is Trump.
Trump has also surrounded himself with incompetent corrupt people (who are opposed to the objectives of their departments’ goals) and nepotism.
The deep connections between his business enterprises and governments is unique.
His foreign policy antagonizes allies and embraces autocrats
(as Hitler did but only with Stalin, Mussolini, and Japan) rejecting direct territorial expansions. Hitler’s henchmen, unlike Trump’s, although saturated with evil, were mainly quite able and effective in their execution of projects. So, it would be wrong to analogize one to the other for these and possibly other reasons. On the other hand, the difference in their actions is often one of degree not nature, primarily because of the resistance of longstanding institutions, now tattered and being undermined. A few selected illustrations follow.
(1) The Creation of a “Crisis” for a Campaign and Reign.
Hitler used the Reichstag fire, which most historians think, the Nazis set to galvanize support. Trump rants and raves (from the beginning of his announcement of his run) about the “crisis” of immigrants with “caravans” of violent criminals, drug dealers, and bad people “invading” our country requiring a massive wall, expulsions without any due process hearings, widespread arrests, etc, the constant subject of slogans, chants, and “tweets”.
(2) Concentration Camps
Hitler diverted resources from his military as the war ended just to execute and incarcerate Jews, gypsies, homosexuals, etc., particularly noted, the Jews as an obsession. Trump has erected many concentration camps (many run for profit by private prison companies) on the border to keep those classified as “illegal aliens” separating babies from families. He happily continues Guantanamo. These concentration camps than those disgracefully established for the Japanese in World War II.
(3) Racism and Religious Bigotry
Hitler had his Jews. Trump, as referenced above, started his campaigns by railing against “Mexicans” and now continues against Latinos from Guatemala, Ecuador, and Nicaragua. Consider (and compare with mainland American natural disasters) his treatment of Americans in hurricane ravaged Puerto Rico.
Hitler hated Jews as a race. Undoubtedly, he would have wanted those who identify with the religion or culture to disappear in the Final Solution.
Trump has the one billion or so Muslims. He tried to ban any Muslim immigration and mainly succeeded when the retrograde Supreme Court (after granting a Christian baker the right to discriminate against homosexual’s ordering a wedding cake) allowed a ban which did not mention the adherents of Islam by name although clearly directed at them. (A 19th Century case struck down a law designed against Chinese laundries.) In a debate, among his other lies, he claimed he saw a multitude in New Jersey celebrating the toppling of the World Trade Towers. He continues unabated to demonize them.
(4) Free press and journalism Hitler destroyed it while creating a propaganda machine. (Compare the interepenetration of Fox News and the White House). To the shame of the press corps, they allowed themselves to be separated by fences from the rest of the audience during his rallies. He ceaselessly attacks news coverage as “fake news”, advocates for defamation suits against the media, and even government action against the major network NBC because of a Saturday Night Live rerun, etc. (while the press still features his unhinged “tweets” as news rather than confining the reporting to official public acts and pronouncements).
It is necessary to distinguish the government of Israel and Israel; Israel and Jews. One can oppose the government and support Israel. One can oppose how Israel is constituted, attitudes, and some actions while still being a Jew. Trump embraces Netanayu as a far right leader while in his ghosted books he disparages them as beanie wearing bookkeepers. Some worry Jews might be blamed because of his inclusion of Miller and Kuchner (and converted wife) in his inner circle – though no more have been added – but the former is such a raving racist reactionary he can not be connected to any sane version of Judaism and the Kuchner’s represent just nepotism.
(6) Military Buildup
Hitler used great sums of money to build an army and, ironically Keynsian, the economy. In Trump’s budget he proposes to cut domestic programs radically while expanding the military (and continuing its presence in Yemen…and almost 70 other areas, Afganistan, Iraq, and Syria.)
(7) Demagoging and Violence
The “big lie”. best repeated often, played, and plays, a central role in both of their rhetorical appeals to audiences. Hitler, many believe, was a mesmerizing orator, His speeches were more inflammatory than his sometimes ally Mussolini. Trump leads rallies with chants, slogans (e.g. “Lock her up!”) designed to engineer mass consent from his devoted followers, inflammatory claims, and well documented many dangerous lies, etc.. It appears that the tone he has set (including the failure to condemn right wing violence) has created an atmosphere where deranged individuals (and even mobs) feel entitled to commit acts against schools, assemblies (including 0religious and public), and individuals while vigilante groups “patrol” the border. Both offer racist tropes to which Trump adds Misogyny.
(8) The Judiciary
Hitler destroyed his. With McConnel’s aiding and abetting, Trumps has done his utmost to stuff the Federal Judiciary (thus far his only main restraint) with rigid reactionaries from the Federalist Society pipeline.
Other illustrations are available ( e.g. permitting – facilitating in Trump’s case – the destruction of countryside and cities) But, sufficient unto this article is the evil therein.
Abraham Lincoln famously said: “You can fool some the people all of the time. You can fool some of the people some of the time. But you can not fool all the people all of the time.”
The question for our time is whether you can fool enough.
“You should never underestimate human stupidity.” Yuval Noah Harari
In an unmissable talk, journalist Carole Cadwalladr digs into one of the most perplexing events in recent times: the UK’s super-close 2016 vote to leave the European Union. Tracking the result to a barrage of misleading Facebook ads targeted at vulnerable Brexit swing voters — and linking the same players and tactics to the 2016 US presidential election — Cadwalladr calls out the “gods of Silicon Valley” for being on the wrong side of history and asks: Are free and fair elections a thing of the past?
In 1994 the Internet was allowed to become commercialized. From the perfect ivory tower of and Hippie Culture of love, honesty, and making the world a better place they powers allowed commercial activity for the first time.
Ooops the grandfathers of the internet, who along with others knew full well what “Smart thinkers” were capable of ie: the bomb…… they let the little thing called security get away from them… so yeah the net will N E V E R be secure PERIOD!
AND since the same people don’t think regulation is of much use because (any excuse you want) …. you know they’ve only NOW come to say out loud that those liars and thieves who were supposed to “do no evil” and would be sure to “police themselves” might in fact act like the criminals celebrated by wall street
Imagine all those original fathers of the internet with all their IQ points, educations, national experience and those awards!
WHAT did they actually do to all of us? Please remind me. . . . .
2019 THE PERFECT STORM
How to Delete Facebook and Instagram From Your Life Forever
Lost faith in Facebook and Instagram after data leakages, breaches and too much noise? Here’s a guide to breaking up with the social network and its photo-sharing app for good.
N.Y. Attorney General to Probe Facebook’s Collection of User Email Addresses: NYT
The tragic collapse of the twin towers on 9/11/01 was, is, and continues to be an American trauma.
The televised disaster has left enduring images, terrible consequences which continue, including people still getting sick and dying.
The Federal funding for “first responders”, ably promoted by John Stewart, has begun to run out and needs increases. Those “first responders” continue to die from diseases induced, sometimes more than one during a week. Ads, even almost 18 years later, still run on television for people to consult lawyers about participating in settlements and law suits for damages. But should have all the liability been civil?
When the buildings were being erected, it was possible to observe the shoddiness in their construction. Asbestos, long known for its carcogenic and breathing deaths and disorders, was sprayed on the outside of walls. There was nothing erected inside for support – a hundred floors only supported by flimsy outside walls.
In the beginning, because of trouble renting space, the State government helped the owners and investors by leasing floors for public benefits hearings. At first, there were no elevators to take up to the first floor elevator banks. I had to carry one client on my back up an escalator. During one hearing, the building swung back and forth so violently above the 60th floor that my client’s terror at the movement made her weep and lie down on the floor. It seemed clear that the building, with no inside support, was very fragile.
At the same time, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani installed a “disaster” center very close to help out a friend who had trouble leasing his building, instead of in a safe zone in Brooklyn. It too, of course, was destroyed on 9/11 hindering the City’s response considerably.
The exact nature of all the perpetrators has never been completely clear, leading to basically unsupported conspiracy theories, which had been left room to grow. Messages of danger sent in various government agencies were ignored. Nobody seemed to find it odd that individuals took lessons how to take off with a plane but not land it. Right after the event, the skies were completely closed to all but a group of Saudis who left immediately. Bin Laden was immediately described as responsible but was not captured and interrogated but killed years later.
When the planes hit, almost an hour apart, it was first reported on the radio as a small plane. The ticker on Times Square described it in that fashion just as the second plane hit.
Bin Laden is reported to have said he never expected to see how extensive the damage became. Floor after floor, with no internal support, crashed down on each other, descending to what would be called “Ground Zero”. The towers fell over and apart, segments separating in flames with black smoke spreading up and outwards until all that was essentially left was rubble.
After the destruction, various friends came by my office near Times Square to use the phones as the far enough North that they worked. Some came in, covered by foul smelling ash – clearly toxic and dangerous.
Later President Bush and Mayor Giuliani appeared on the news with the cliches that are offered after such an attack: We will all unite. We are not afraid. We will catch the perpetrators. Etc. The mass media hailed these platitudes as “leadership.”
The President then suggested that solidarity would be demonstrated by “shopping.” Assurances were offered that the area was being cleaned up and would be safe for those who could still return to work. Some intelligent individuals, noting how the air looked and smelled, refused to return but relocated. When I went down to the Court houses just under a mile way I could smell the stench. Workers went in with no warning and no special protections, relying on the public assurance that site was not dangerously polluted. The lawyers’ ads now describe the whole area north to Canal Street and river to river as the zone where exposure, resulting in cancers, etc. would predicate law suits, particularly for special forms of cancer related to the toxicity.
Those who built such a toxic unstable buildings contributed to the death of people beyond the attacking terrorists’ fondest hopes. The towers’ height (causing shadows and difficulties on many television sets so people were forced to buy cable to watch what they desired to see) stood out in the skyline offering an easy target.
Those who owned and maintained the buildings should have known of its defects after a previous attack in 1992 and observing how fragile they were as they swayed from side to side in the wind.
But worst of all was telling the public, firemen, police, and those cleaning up in that foul air, that it was safe. (Mayor Guiliani, of course, ran in Republican primaries for the Presidency based primarily on his boast he was “America’s Mayor” because of how well he handled the horror that occurred …and presumably its aftermath.)
There is no statute of limitations for murder so that someone may be accused and prosecuted for as long as he lives.
What are the applicable statues and their limitations for lying to the public and dedicated civil servants so that they courted death from the towers’ toxicity (no special equipment or clothing was offered, just the claim that there was no danger) or constructing, owning, and maintaining buildings whose destruction would cause such harm?
Criminal charges should have been brought against those who owned, built, and maintained such a death trap.
Criminal charge should have been brought against all officials who lured people into the area with false descriptions of safety. People continue to suffer unto death from their inactions and actions. Those guilty deserve to be behind bars.
It must be noted, finally, that corporate and government criminals are coddled in our current Courts. One recent example is displayed by the Mueller investigation with light penalties for those who committed major crimes but “co-operated” (to what end? Certainly no recommendation that all the evidence that they may have helped secure would be used to prosecute anyone else).
Many others can be presented.
But not even one prosecution for the conditions and invitations the caused great losses have ever been even suggested.
At the Memorial Services, names are read and bells tolled. The list of the dead from the attacks grows. Some individuals have received some recompense, not enough.
But no one has ever been held to account for the crimes of 9/11.