[ECP] NetHappeinings 3/12/19 #K12 #CPO

#NetHappenings @Nethappenings

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.

► @NetHappenings 

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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.

https://twitter.com/edutechnd

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.
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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.

Marcus J. Ranum, #Computer and #NetworkSecurity Researcher is now discussing our assumptions about #ComputerSecurity at #govsatcom 2019 #CyberSecurity #Luxembourg

2011 “The Internet will remain as insecure as it is possible to be and still function. ” -Marcus Ranum

► 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
https://foreignpolicy.com/2016/04/26/fear-this-man-cyber-warfare-hacking-team-david-vincenzetti/

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.

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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?

Rankings of the States 2017 and Estimates of School Statistics 2018

California is 41st in the nation in per pupil K-12 spending

California is “No. 1 in per prisoner” spending.

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?

Is The Lottery Shortchanging Schools?

Powerball Windfall? Schools Don’t Always Benefit From Lottery Sales

“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.

https://www.newschools.org/about-us/team/donors/

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
Omidyar Network

► THERE ARE NO CHIEF PRIVACY OFFICERS IN K-12 EDUCATION

Children’s Rights K12 School Rights vs. Students Online privacy rights.

#StudentPrivacyRights

#ChiefPrivacyOfficer #CPO #K12CPO

STUDENT RIGHTS TO PRIVACY AND K12 SCHOOL RIGHTS VS. STUDENTS ONLINE PRIVACY RIGHTS.
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

Facebook Is Giving Advertisers Access to Your Shadow Contact Information

: “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!

 

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COLLEGE ADMISSIONS IS BRIBED

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.”

“what it takes to break into the 1% in various countries

$25 million nationwide college admissions cheating scam

“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.

How a Bicoin Evangelist Made Himself Vanish, in 15 (Not So Easy) Steps
#10 Buy a decoy house to fool the D.M.V.
Dozens of companies leaked sensitive data thanks to misconfigured Box accounts
Hospitals have ‘holy grail of personal data, ‘ yet their spending lags on 
digital security
Car alarms with security flaws put 3 million vehicles at risk of hijack
Drop Huawei or See Intelligence Sharing Pared Back, U.S. Tells Germany
Defense tech founded by Trump’s most prominent Silicon Valley supporters wins secretive military AI contract
Dreamers and Dropouts: Stories From Stanford, Cradle of Unicorns: The Good and the Bad of Stanford’s Massively Successful Startup Scene
Yes: a flying, jet-powered motorcycle As spec’ed out, the commercial speeder will weigh 231 lbs and be powered by four jet engines fueled with kerosene, diesel or Jet-A fuel. An ultralight version of the speeder will fly 60mph and won’t require a pilot’s license; alternatively, an experimental version of the craft will be able to fly over 150mph, but will require a formal license to fly. That aircraft should also have 30 minutes of flight time with 1200lbs of max thrust and a flight ceiling of 15,000 feet, though JetPack fully admits that most of its customers won’t need that…
Cyberization means it’s not your daddy’s war anymore: Kurdish rebels are exploiting an app to befriend and get information from Turkish soldiers. Reminiscent of the dating apps used by Hamas recently to spy on Israeli soldiers.

 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

John Gilmore  **Copyright seizure approaching** SpaCCS 2019 CFP (10+SIs): The 12th International Conference on Security, Privacy and Anonymity in Computation, Communication and Storage

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
monopolies.

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
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_access

For example, the USENIX
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
publishing, see:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Academic_publishing#Publishers_and_business_aspects

Jun Feng <junfeng989@gmail.com> wrote:

Papers must be clearly presented in English, must not exceed 14 pages (or
up to 20 pages with the pages over length charge) in Springer LNCS format (
https://www.springer.com/gp/computer-science/lncs/conference-proceedings-guidelines),

Individual 1 Trump Organization, Trump Tower Moscow Project

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
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/27/world/middleeast/kushner-Mohammed-bin-Salman.html

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.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-kushner/house-panel-demands-kushner-clearance-details-from-white-house-idUSKCN1QI5CU

I’ll take venal hypocrites for $1,000 please Alex.

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►”Covington Catholic is a perfect fit for a NYT Feature on how Trump’s message has resonated in this hardscrabble rural Kentucky high school riven with economic anxiety, except for its being located in a well-to-do suburb of Cincinnati and charging ten grand a year in tuition.”
Covington Catholic Teen Sues Washington Post for a Reasonable $250 Million

Crooks Created 28 Fake Ad Agencies to Disguise Massive Malvertising Campaign

Social Media Bots Fake Twitter / Instagram Followers are the business model that @Jack relies on for his advertising money.
American company named Devumi that has collected millions of dollars in a shadowy global marketplace for social media fraud. Devumi sells Twitter followers and retweets to celebrities, businesses and anyone who wants to appear more popular or exert influence online. Drawing on an estimated stock of at least 3.5 million automated accounts, each sold many times over, the company has provided customers with more than 200 million Twitter followers, a New York Times investigation found.
Of course Twitter policy doesn’t allow fake accounts but his company doesn’t get rid of fake bot accounts to keep his advertising money. It isn’t a code flaw it is a feature.
Court records showing that Devumi has more than 200,000 customers, including reality television stars, professional athletes, comedians, TED speakers, pastors and models.
For just pennies each — sometimes even less — Devumi offers Twitter followers, views on YouTube, plays on SoundCloud, the music-hosting site, and endorsements on LinkedIn, the professional-networking site.

The U.S. derivatives regulator is set to announce it has fined European lenders UBS, HSBC and Deutsche Bank millions of dollars each for so-called “spoofing” and manipulation in the U.S. futures market, three people with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

 

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Deadly Tech

Ethical hackers can earn 16 times a software engineers’ salary, report

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.

Hacking Team Used a U.S. Partner To Sell Spyware to the UAE

SPECIAL REPORT: Inside UAE’s unit of ex-US spies

How to Find Hidden Cameras and Spy Bugs (The Professional Way)

A decade after Russia hacked the Pentagon, Trump unshackles Cyber Command

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

Australia’s Defence department was badly exposed to China’s hackers

After a Hiatus, China Accelerates Cyberspying Efforts to Obtain U.S. Technology

►  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.

Michael Cohen Live Testimony House Oversight Committee

Michael Cohen Testifies Before House Oversight Committee

#MichaelCohenTestimony #MichaelCohen

Michael Cohen, President Trump’s former lawyer, testified before the House Oversight and Reform Committee about various investigations relative to the 2016 Trump presidential campaign.

A STORY OF REDEMPTION

Michael Cohen protected the president for 10 years. He says Republicans are lying to protect the President and themselves, like he did.

Doesn’t matter if he lied before …
RICO Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act
IRS convicted Capone of tax evasion and sentenced him to 11 years in a federal prison.
Eliot Ness’s legacy remains that of a pioneer in law enforcement who successfully combated organized crime.

https://www.c-span.org/video/?458125-1/michael-cohen-testifies-house-oversight-committee

Program ID:
458125-1
Category:
House Committee
Location:
2154, Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Feb 27, 2019 | 9:47am EST | C-SPAN 3
Last Aired:
Feb 28, 2019 | 2:00am EST | C-SPAN 1

Airing Details

  • Feb 27, 2019 | 9:47am EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Feb 27, 2019 | 9:59am EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Feb 27, 2019 | 8:00pm EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Feb 28, 2019 | 2:00am EST | C-SPAN 1

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► Representative JIM COOPER  2:06:28

►Allen Weisselberg

► IVANKA TRUMP

► DONALD TRUMP JR

► WIKILEAKS

► ASSANGE

► RUSSIAN HACKS

► JARED KUSHNER

► RUSSIAN

►TRUMP TOWER

► MOSCOW

► ROGER STONE

► FREE AGENT

► SPECIAL COUNCIL OFFICE

► WIKI LEAKS  29:25 STONE WAS TALKING WITH JULIAN ASSANGE ABOUT A WIKILEAKS DROP ON DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE EMAILS. I WILL EXPLAIN EACH IN A FEW MOMENTS. I AM…

► BILLY BUSH TAPE

► COLLUDE

► WINNING

► FOREIGN POWER

► RUSSIANS

► WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

► WIRED MONEY 1:24:06
AMMENDED FINANCIAL RETURN FORM
CATCH AND KILL, DAVID PECKER, BARRY LEVINE, AMI

► nine thousand 9000 lies

► TRUMP TAXES

► GERALD CONNOLLY

► RICO

► INDIVIDUAL NUMBER 1

►  JAY SEKULOW
MAY 16 2017 EMAIL HAND OFF MEETING

► WITCH HUNT

► SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK

► DAVID PECKER

► RECORDINGS

  • 11/14/2010 MICHAEL COHEN STARTED TRUMP’S RUN FOR PRESIDENT IN
    Safe to open 2010 ShouldTrumpRun [d0t] com
    Safe to open 2011 
    Safe to open 2012
  • Michael Cohen’s bombshell testimony accuses President Trump of being a racist, a conman and a cheat
  • Described being present for June 2016 conversation between Trump and Roger Stone where longtime adviser described illicit contact with WikiLeaks 
  • Claimed he witnessed chat between president and Don Jr. that he believes is proof Trump knew about infamous Trump Tower meeting with Russians 
  • Says Trump ‘lied’ about Moscow Trump Tower negotiations
  • Trump responded that Cohen was ‘lying in order to reduce his prison time’  
  • Cohen reveals $35,000 check Trump signed during his presidency as says was reimbursement for hush money payments to Stormy Daniels, Karen McDougal 
  • Second check signed by Donald Trump Jr. and Trump Organization’s CFO
  • A Trump Organization official says Don Jr. was not aware when he signed it that it was part of a plan to reimburse Cohen 
  • Copies of three years of Trump financial statements furnished to Deutsche Bank, presumably to justify ability to repay major loans
  • Hearing got off to a rocky start when Republicans tried to delay it because Cohen violated rules by not sending his written testimony 24 hours in advance
  • Ranking Republican claimed Cohen lawyer Lanny Davis, a former Bill Clinton attorney, ‘orchestrated’ the hearing and persuaded Democrats to hold it

Untouchable President / Vice president policy
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow argues the ‘shaky policy’ that presidents can’t be indicted was crafted with dubious origins

Maddow also interviewed J.T. Smith, who worked in the Justice Department when that reasoning was crafted who said:

“Its purpose was to allow indictment and removal of Agnew and not to serve as the ‘last word’ on indictability of the president.”  He added: “It would be timely and appropriate for the Justice Department and Robert Mueller to reconsider the shaky policy regarding indictability of a sitting president first formulated 45 years ago.” 

Maddow did note that the policy has since been revisited and reaffirmed, but she argued that its dubious beginnings and lack of constitutional foundations make it ripe for review.

Trump, Russia and a Shadowy Business Partnership An insider describes the Bayrock Group, its links to the Trump family and its mysterious access to funds. It isn’t pretty.
https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2017-06-21/trump-russia-and-those-shadowy-sater-deals-at-bayrock

Who Is Manafort’s Russian Associate in the Crosshairs of the Mueller Probe?
Paul Manafort lied to prosecutors about his meetings with Russian political operative Konstantin Kilimnik during and after the 2016 campaign. WSJ’s Shelby Holliday explains what we know about Manafort’s Russian associate.

Mueller’s Findings: Why DOJ Non-Disclosure Policy and Grand Jury Secrecy May Not Apply.
As the Watergate scandal deepened in November 1973, President Richard Nixon declared: “People have got to know whether or not their President is a crook.” Nixon was right. As John Dingell wrote in his deathbed farewell letter to the American people, in our system of government U.S. officials do not “have” power, but instead “hold” power in trust for the electorate they serve. Whatever Special Counsel Robert Mueller finds, the American people, and their congressional representatives, have a right to know whether they can continue to entrust President Donald Trump with the power of the presidency.

Russian Mafia and the Kremlin convicted Russian mobster Felix Saider had an office on the 26th floor the same floor as  Trumps office.
Washington Post reported  convicted Russian mobster Felix Saider was a Senior adviser to Trump and he didn’t pay rent for the office. President Trump lied under oath. Trump organization files with Felix  Sater and the BayRock organization is in a box offsight.
The Nation
Trump was directly involved with negotiating Trump Tower in Russia.
95 million dollars came in by wire.

FBI’s War Crimes Unit on the Chopping Block

A special unit within the Federal Bureau of Investigation that handles war crimes may be shut down imminently, according to officials familiar with the administration’s decision-making process.
They investigate PUBLIC CORRUPTION Kleptocracy
Kleptocracy is a form of political corruption in which the ruling government seeks personal gain and status at the expense of the governed, literally meaning “the rule by thieves.”

Robert Mercer The Reclusive Hedge-Fund Tycoon Behind the Trump Presidency How Robert Mercer exploited America’s populist insurgency. Mercer is the co-C.E.O. of Renaissance Technologies, which is among the most profitable hedge funds in the country.
1998 satire “Bulworth.” In that film, a kamikaze candidate abandons the usual talking points and excoriates both the major political parties and the media; voters love his unconventionality, and he becomes improbably popular. If the plot sounds familiar, there’s a reason: in recent years, Caddell has offered political advice to Trump. Caddell shared the research he did for Mercer with Trump and others in the campaign, including Bannon, with whom he has partnered on numerous projects. In 2012, Caddell gave a speech at a conference sponsored by Accuracy in Media, a conservative watchdog group, in which he called the media “the enemy of the American people.”

Robert Mercer, whose spending assisted Donald Trump’s election win, used tax haven of Bermuda to avoid US taxes

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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

Ex-RNC Chair Puts Trump-Supporting Senators On Notice: ‘It’s All Collusion’

► 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
https://news.wttw.com/2016/05/03/ald-burkes-law-firm-helps-trump-trim-117m-property-taxes

Here’s What I’m Telling US Congress about Data Breaches

► “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.”

►  Montgomery County PA Announces Purchase of New Voting Machines

Songwriters Score Win Over Streaming Services With Pay Hike

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?’

Google / YouTube refuse to police accounts of Pedophiles that Swarm of innocent children

Google / Youtube  MONOPLY

Google  owns YouTube

refuses to police accounts of Pedophiles that Swarm of innocent children with lewd or sexual comments. they just sell advertising no matter what.

They want the public to “Flag” what is nasty.

THAT IS NOT OUR JOB

THAT IS GOOGLE’S

New York Times found that disturbing content was showing up in YouTube’s children’s app, which is meant for users under 13.

Youtube Videos make money with advertisers. Videos targeted by pedophiles do not violate YouTube’s rules  became overrun with suggestive remarks directed at the children.

Many of the advertisers identified in the video  Epic Games, GNC and Nestlé’s companies in the United States, Walt Disney Company.

Advertisers like Nestle run ads on on these videos

Nestle Pays Only $524 To Extract 27,000,000 Gallons Of California Drinking Water

<a class="moz-txt-link-freetext" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O13G5A5w5P0">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O13G5A5w5P0</a>

The video highlighting the comments, posted by the YouTube creator Matt Watson (also known as MattsWhatItIs) and viewed 1.75 million times since it went up on Sunday, accused YouTube of “facilitating the sexual exploitation” of children.
Mr. Watson said YouTube’s recommendation system also guided predators to other similar videos of minors — many of which carry advertisements for major brands.

#Loophole that allows @jeffBezos #Amazon get away with NO #TAXES

Jeff Bezos 2018 Richest billionaire on the list

Jeff Bezos  – Amazon –  $112 billion doesn’t pay taxes

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2018/03/06/jeff-bezos-unseats-bill-gates-forbes-2018-richest-billionaires-list/398877002/

and he uses Philanthropy for more tax write offs.

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Historian Rutger Bregman
Industry had to “stop talking about philanthropy and start talking about taxes”, he said, and cited the high tax regime of 1950s America as an example to disprove arguments by business people at Davos such as Michael Dell that economies with high personal taxation could not succeed. “That’s it,” he says. “Taxes, taxes, taxes. All the rest is bullshit in my opinion.”
Winnie Byanyima, an Oxfam executive director, took up the fight and said high employment was not a good thing in itself because many people found themselves in exploitative work. She cited the example of poultry workers in the US who had to wear nappies (diapers) because they were not allowed toilet breaks.
“That’s not a dignified job,” she said. “those are the jobs we’ve been told about, that globalisation is bringing jobs. The quality of the jobs matter. In many countries workers no longer have a voice.
Addressing Goldman, she said: “You’re counting the wrong things. You’re not counting dignity of people. You’re counting exploited people.”
Billions of dollars were leaked by tax avoidance every year which should instead be going to alleviate poverty in the developing world, she added.
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“The vast majority of Americans for years and years now … including Fox News viewers and including Republicans are in favor of higher taxes on the rich — higher inheritance taxes, higher top marginal tax rates, higher wealth taxes — it’s all really mainstream,” Bregman said. “But no one’s saying that at Davos just as no one’s saying that on Fox News. And the explanation for that’s quite simple, it’s that most of the people in Davos, as well as most of the people on this channel, have been bought by the billionaire class. You’re not meant to say these things.”

1993  politician paid policy initiative to constrain CEO pay was actually a loophole to not pay taxes.

1993, Bill Clinton and congressional Democrats tried to stop the growing pay inequality of Reagan-era America — Section 162(m) of the US Tax Code.

Revenue that is paid out to employees as salaries and benefits is not profits, and thus doesn’t get taxed. But section 162(m) created an exception to that rule — any salary of over $1 million paid to top executives would not be deductible for tax purposes.

This was supposed to stop  outrageous 1% executive compensation packages.

Except there was an exception to the exception

compensation that took the form of stock options or stock grants would still be deductible and

the loophole incentivize companies to use a lot of stock-based compensation for their executives.

WHAT STOCK BYBACK ACTUALLY MEANS

A company like AMAZON could give stock-based compensation by taking money out of Jeff Bezos’ bank account and  using it to buy back shares on the open market and pay his executives with shares but no… that would involve using his real money.

Any company,  just churns out shares of their  stock anytime it wants to, kind of like an ICO of some cryptocurrency. This costs Amazon shareholders (or holders of andy crypto) where creating new shares  devalues the existing ones, but it doesn’t really cost the company anything at all.

What a game!

This policy loop hole allowed AMAZON to get away with NO  corporate income tax in 2018 despite the huge surge in profits.

AMAZON got away without paying any tax by giving executives stock-based compensation packages  and the

Securities and Exchange Commission form 10(k) shows it recorded about $1 billion in deductions for stock-based compensation

eliminating what would otherwise have been a non-zero tax liability.

and

  1. research and development tax credit
  2. Trump tax bill included a temporary provision allowing companies to take a 100 percent tax deduction for investment in equipment.
  3. 2018 is the fact that companies can deduct the cost of stock-based compensation from their taxable earnings even though it doesn’t actually cost companies any money to hand out shares of their own stock to employees. The more your share price rises, the bigger the deduction for handing out shares.

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