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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Musk: "Far More Dangerous Than Nukes" -- "An Immortal Dictator From Which We Can Never Escape"

The United States is woefully unprepared for an AI future.


"Tech moguls declare era of artificial intelligence; Bionic Leaf Can Convert Sunlight Into Fuel, 1984 and AI in 2016: Google voice search is recording conversations people have around their homes; Facial Recognition Tech Will Soon End Your Anonymity in Public; artificial intelligence has helped detect secret code words used by inmates on phones; Human cells could be made from scratch in TEN YEARS; Google has developed a 'big red button' that can be used to interrupt artificial intelligence and stop it from causing harm.


We need to stop perpetuating the false dichotomy between technology and the humanities. To do otherwise would be detrimental to society. Companies around the world are finding new revenue opportunities and streamlining their operations with artificial intelligence. But tech companies should stop pretending AI won’t destroy jobs.

And the Boeing 737 incidents prove AI might not be ready for prime time., the Amazon of Japan is able to do what Amazon without the 700K employees Amazon needs.

And the web is already contaminated with CIA-strentgh disinformation and propaganda.

No matter what anyone tells you, we’re not ready for the massive societal upheavals on the way. The United States is woefully unprepared for an AI future.

No matter what anyone tells you, we’re not ready for the massive societal upheavals on the way.

Artificial intelligence and machine learning will create computers so sophisticated and godlike that humans will need to implant “neural laces” in their brains to keep up, Tesla Motors and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk told a crowd of tech leaders this week.


Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Windmills Don't Cause Cancer. But 5G Blowing In The Wind Will.

Today: Cheese is Cocaine, Side Hustle, 5G, Biocentrism, Theory of Everything, Smarty Lightbulbs Are Hackers

Apeel Sciences’ food-based coating can extend the life of produce so that grocery stores–and consumers–don’t need to throw as much away. It’s one of the winners of Fast Company’s 2019 World Changing Ideas Award

The language portraying second jobs as liberating or glamorous masks the reality of the insecure working lives of many Americans. Side hustles are not simply a new version of working as a “wage slave” so that we can do what we love in our off hours. Instead, far more often, people take on second or third side hustles because of wage stagnation or low pay at their full-time jobs.

Radiation fears mount as the world gets ready to embrace the network-intensive 5G


Saturday, April 06, 2019

KnowBe4 (.com) and Other Oddities: Creating Your Own Luck (Hat Tip @kubbagram)

Today Phishing, Domain Names, Spoofing, Luck, Apple Services, Warren Buffett, IT Security, Start-Ups, Culture Fit

Lex Machina's report provides valuable insights into legal cases and trends to help provide better legal advice, develop better litigation strategies, and win more cases.

 Facebook alerted Amazon to take user data off servers it hosts
 More databases are likely public than should be, UpGuard says

Above all, make your content useful to your readers.


Thursday, April 04, 2019

Brazil Battles Jeff Bezos Over Control of Amazon Domain Name

Today: Marijuana Banking Bill Approval Paves Way For Stock Surge;  "Intimate" Issue Results In Amputation of "Intimate"  Body Part

“Decriminalizing sex work does not mean decriminalizing human trafficking, exploitation, or violence,” victims advocate Christine Hanavan, one of the activists who spoke at the hearing, told the lawmakers. Hanavan, who works as a community organizer with the Sex Workers Outreach Project Behind Bars in Orlando, added that decriminalizing sex work “means increased safety, access to social services, and the ability to leave the sex industry if people choose to without a criminal record forever standing in the way.”  

The 52-year-old went to a hospital in the north of India with the intimate issue


Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Collusion: It Was Just An Illusion aka. "How Putin Defeated America Without Firing A Single Shot"

"The features and likely consequences of strategic information warfare point to a basic conclusion: Key national military strategy assumptions are obsolescent and inadequate for confronting the threat posed by strategic IW" Joint Chiefs 1996

Life Lessons From Poker: Don't Play the Cards, Play the People 

How will humankind define and wage war in the Infosphere?

I read somewhere the thesis that America won the Cold War because the Soviets were playing chess but we were playing poker. They read the ‘board,’ we read the people.”

The analogy was originally drawn around 1940, by economist Oskar Morgenstern. But I think even today, almost every Texas hold ’em player would agree wholeheartedly with the sentiment. Poker is a game of personalities as is life. You play the player more than you play the cards, which means that you’re going to play the same hand differently against different people. If you know someone is afraid to lose, you will try to bluff them and get them to fold. You play to their fear. Alternatively, if you are playing that same hand against a bully, a reckless opponent who is in the game for the thrill of it, you are going to be a lot more cautious.

Last week America lost the information war. But this time the Russians are playing poker while we played chess.

It’s the price we paid for running an analog government as Russia and China were preparing to defeat us in a brave new digital world.

Now they have. Game over. Putin and XI have us by the balls.

There was no collusion. Election meddling was the least of our cybersecurity woes.

And Russia is not the only threat. Small countries like Iran, North Korea, Israel and UAE are smarter than we are.

It's all about Kompromat.

The Russians are coming. The Russians are coming?

Warfare and conflict are no longer just about the clash of uniformed armies and their cutting-edge technology. Conflict in the Information Age is about ideas, values, aspirations, fears and the struggle of people for identity.  Information warfare is about outsmarting rather than outshooting the enemy.

The first step is to control the information. Slowly and patiently over 20 years, Russia has sucked every byte of American data out of our hands into theirs via Kaspersky’s anti-virus software, the standard for millions of Windows desktops around the world. Like a sleeper cell waiting for the signal, Kaspersky was in cahoots with Russian intelligence. You bought malware defense, but they delivered malware.

You may have noticed all the hacks showcased below in passing the last 15 years, but they didn’t raise alarm,. Many assumed change your password and be ok, or it’s encrypted thinking it was a fat guy in his mothers house trying to steal credit card info to subscribe to porn... but what if it was Russia cloaked under spoofed identities, taking small steps got a bigger ambition? 

People used to say I don’t care if I clicked on the link. What could they want in my computer? 

The answer is control of your computer and control of you.

Start here:

As reported first by The Wall Street Journal, the theft included information on penetrating foreign computer networks and protecting against cyber attacks and is likely to be viewed as one of the most significant security breaches to date.

Not only did they get our own tools to use against us, they got all the compromising information the NSA illegally collected on US persons that Snowden blew the whistle about.

Security practitioners weigh in on the 18 worst data breaches in recent memory.

Expect to hear of more government networks infiltrated as a Georgia Institute of Technology report on emerging cyber threats in 2015 (pdf) states, “Low-intensity online nation-state conflicts become the rule, not the exception.” 

The FBI notified the USPS that it suffered an intrusion in September. USPS later confirmed the breach went all the way back “to at least the beginning of January.” Chinese government hackers are suspected to be behind the cyberattack, reported The Washington Post. Names, birth dates, addresses and social security numbers of 800,000 USPS employees were stolen. Much like the State Department waited before shoring up security, the USPS was aware of the hack in Sept. but took didn’t start repairing the breach until the second weekend in November.

The FBI notified the USPS that it suffered an intrusion in September. USPS later confirmed the breach went all the way back “to at least the beginning of January.”  Names, birth dates, addresses and social security numbers of 800,000 USPS employees were stolen. Much like the State Department waited before shoring up security, the USPS was aware of the hack in Sept. but took didn’t start repairing the breach until the second weekend in November.

As you likely recall, the USPS takes a photo of every letter and package mailed in the U.S.; that’s about 160 billion pieces of mail per year. “Tens of thousands” of those images are handed over to law enforcement agencies for additional scrutiny. The USPS reported approving “nearly 50,000 requests last year from law enforcement agencies and its own internal inspection unit to secretly monitor the mail of Americans for use in criminal and national security investigations.”

But even beyond the rising number of apparent victims, U.S. officials said the breaches rank among the most potentially damaging cyber heists in U.S. government history because of the abundant detail in the files. Officials said hackers accessed not only personnel records of current and former employees but also extensive information about friends, relatives and others listed as references in applications or security clearances for some of the most sensitive jobs in government. 

One top U.S. intelligence official is on record saying that the Chinese have already aggressively infiltrated the computer networks of some U.S. banks and are operating inside U.S. electrical grids, mapping out our networks and presumably leaving behind malicious software that could be used to sabotage the systems.

Putin, Wikileaks, the NSA and the DNC email fiasco that gave Trump and Clinton another reason to be at odds.

Employees of Kaspersky Lab at the company’s offices in Moscow. Intelligence officials in the United States believe Kaspersky’s antivirus software was turned into a tool for spying.

Its purpose was unclear but it was believed to have been embedded there by Russian hackers. 

Pro-Palestinian computer hackers disrupted the websites of the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange and El Al, Israel's national carrier, on Monday, escalating a Middle East cyber war.

(THEY MIGHT TRY to kill me for telling you what I know.)

Adversaries Are Kicking Our Cyber Butts:

The Obama administration recently unveiled its proposal for global cybersecurity. Statements from the Pentagon have also indicated that the government will consider cyberattacks originating from foreign countries to be equivalent to acts of war meriting military response.  But...

So while the concept of information war appears to be well understood the aspects of it are not being addressed together, and such siloed thinking could lead to gaps in our security. Western governments have failed to fully grasp the vulnerability of electronic communications and the enormous risks this poses to critical infrastructure, transport, and the safety of civilians.

The US director of intelligence has emphasized the enormity of the cyber-threat facing the US, while British General Sir Nicholas Houghton in a speech at Chatham House observed that most acts of physical war today incorporate an online aspect, where social networks are exploited to manipulate opinion and perception. He also acknowledged that the tactics employed by Russia combine aspects of information war and also counter-intelligence, espionage, economic warfare and the sponsoring of proxies.

We have become familiar with cyber-attacks launched through the internet against digital networks, which can make it impossible for businesses to operate. Enormous damage can follow, in cost and reputation, as seen from attacks on Sony Pictures and TalkTalk. Bringing down a stock exchange could cause massive financial losses. Cyber-attacks can also be directed at industrial control systems used in manufacturing plants or in power, water and gas utilities. With the capacity to affect such a wide range of national infrastructure lives would be put at risk.

Psy-ops are aimed more at degrading the morale and well-being of a nation’s citizens. This might include spreading false information, rumour and fear through social media and news outlets. The great level of connectedness that populations have today is a strength, but being instantly connected means that misinformation and fear can also spread rapidly, resulting in panic.

We need to better understand the full scope of information warfare as it evolves, identify where we are most vulnerable, and then establish a single point of responsibility to implement defense mechanisms. Because those adversaries that are unconstrained by western policies, or by ethical or legal codes, can and will exploit our vulnerabilities.

And they are. Our minds are under attack from every side to every angle.


Saturday, March 30, 2019

545 vs. 300,000,000

By Charlie Reese

Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.

Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?

Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes?

You and I don't propose a federal budget. The president does.

You and I don't have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does.

You and I don't write the tax code, Congress does.

You and I don't set fiscal policy, Congress does.

You and I don't control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.

One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one president, and nine Supreme Court justices equates to 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.

I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank.

I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason.. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a president to do one cotton-picking thing. I don't care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator's responsibility to determine how he votes.

Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.
What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits... The president can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.

The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House? Nancy Pelosi. She is the leader of the majority party. She and fellow House members, not the president, can approve any budget they want. If the president vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to.

It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million can not replace 545 people who stand convicted -- by present facts -- of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can't think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.

If the tax code is unfair, it's because they want it unfair.

If the budget is in the red, it's because they want it in the red ..

If the Army & Marines are in IRAQ , it's because they want them in IRAQ

If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it's because they want it that way.

There are no insoluble government problems.

Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power. Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like "the economy," "inflation," or "politics" that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.

Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible.

They, and they alone, have the power.

They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses.

Provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees.

We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess!

Charlie Reese is a former columnist of the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper.

What you do with this article now that you have read it........... Is up to you.

This might be funny if it weren't so darned true.
Be sure to read all the way to the end:

Tax his land,
Tax his bed,
Tax the table
At which he's fed.

Tax his tractor,
Tax his mule,
Teach him taxes
Are the rule.

Tax his work,
Tax his pay,
He works for peanuts
Tax his cow,
Tax his goat,
Tax his pants,
Tax his coat.
Tax his ties,
Tax his shirt,
Tax his work,
Tax his dirt.

Tax his tobacco,
Tax his drink,
Tax him if he
Tries to think.

Tax his cigars,
Tax his beers,
If he cries
Tax his tears.

Tax his car,
Tax his gas,
Find other ways
To tax his ass.

Tax all he has
Then let him know
That you won't be done
Till he has no dough.

When he screams and hollers;
Then tax him some more,
Tax him till
He's good and sore.
Then tax his coffin,
Tax his grave,
Tax the sod in
Which he's laid.

Put these words
Upon his tomb,
Taxes drove me
to my doom...'

When he's gone,
Do not relax,
Its time to apply
The inheritance tax.
Accounts Receivable Tax
Building Permit Tax
CDL license Tax
Cigarette Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Dog License Tax
Excise Taxes
Federal Income Tax
Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
Fishing License Tax
Food License Tax
Fuel Permit Tax
Gasoline Tax (currently 44.75 cents per gallon)
Gross Receipts Tax
Hunting License Tax
Inheritance Tax
Inventory Tax
IRS Interest Charges IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
Liquor Tax
Luxury Taxes
Marriage License Tax
Medicare Tax
Personal Property Tax
Property Tax
Real Estate Tax
Service Charge T ax
Social Security Tax
Road Usage Tax
Sales Tax
Recreational Vehicle Tax
School Tax
State Income Tax
State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
Telephone Federal Excise Tax
Telephone Federal Universal Ser vice FeeTax
Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes
Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge=2 0Tax
Telephone Recurring and Non-recurring Charges Tax
Telephone State and Local Tax
Telephone Usage Charge Tax
Utility Taxes
Vehicle License Registration Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Watercraft Registration Tax
Well Permit Tax
Workers Compensation Tax

STILL THINK THIS IS FUNNY? Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, and our nation was the most prosperous in the world. We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in the world, and Mom stayed home to raise the kids.

What in the hell happened? Can you spell 'politicians?'

(Charley Reese has been a journalist for 49 years.) 


Thursday, March 28, 2019

Why A Finite World Is A Problem

Why A Finite World Is A Problem by Gail Tverberg via Our Finite World blog,

A finite world means that globalization will prove to be a major problem, because it added proportionately far more humans to world demand than it added undeveloped resources to world supply.

A finite world means that the need for debt keeps increasing, at the same time the ability to repay debt starts to fall. Workers find that goods, such as cars, are increasingly out of their ability to pay for them, because car prices are affected by the rising cost of metals and fuels. As a result, debt levels need to rise to buy these cars. Governments find that they need more debt to pay for all of the services promised to increasingly impoverished workers

Why is a finite world a problem? I can think of many answers:

1. A finite world is a problem because we and all of the other creatures living in this world share the same piece of “real estate.”If humans use increasingly more resources, other species necessarily use less. Even “renewable” resources are shared with other species. If humans use more, other species must use less. Solar panels covering the desert floor interfere with normal wildlife; the use of plants for biofuels means less area is available for planting food and for vegetation preferred by desirable insects, such as bees.

2. A finite world is governed by cycles. We like to project in straight lines or as constant percentage increases, but the real world doesn’t follow such patterns. Each day has 24 hours. Water moves in waves. Humans are born, mature, and die. A resource is extracted from an area, and the area suddenly becomes much poorer once the income from those exports is removed. Once a country becomes poorer, fighting is likely to break out.

The interconnectedness of resources with the way economies work, and the problems that occur when those resources are not present, make the future much less predictable than most models would suggest.

3.  A finite world means that we eventually run short of easy-to-extract resources of many types, including fossil fuels, uranium, and metals.  This doesn’t mean that we will “run out” of these resources. Instead, it means that the extraction process will become more expensive for these fuels and metals, unless technology somehow acts to hold costs down.  Truth is we are at war where these resources are.

At this point, the problem of hitting limits in a finite world has morphed into primarily a financial problem. Governments are particularly affected. They find that they need to borrow increasing amounts of money to provide promised services to their citizens. Debt is a huge problem, both for governments and for individual citizens. Interest rates need to stay very low, in order for the current system to “stick together.”

Governments are either unaware of the true nature of their problems, or are doing everything they can to hide the true situation from their constituents. Governments rely on economists for advice on what to do next. Economists’ models do a very poor job of representing today’s world, so they provide little useful guidance.

And.. The fact that the world is finite means that economic growth will need to slow and eventually stop. 


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