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(9120) Why fascism is so tempting -- and how your data could power it | Yuval Noah Harari - YouTube
Data & Tech now asset. Dictatorships more efficient in 21st century. Algorithms know you better than you yourself. human feelings - manipulated! elections turn into emotional puppet show "spectacle of society" / "they hack our feelings" // vanity - Status Anxiety Alain de botton / facism exploits our vanity
DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  fascism  Brexit  far-right  right-wing  alt-right  history  China  Surveillance-Industrial  surveillance  complex  AI  machine  learning  Google  GCHQ  NSA  BND  Russia  democracy  Data  Facebook  Twitter 
june 2018 by asterisk2a
Babbage: Elevated intelligence by The Economist
min 8. Factory Automation, much more faster than expected. bc of AI, augmented AI, cheap sensors, computing power, networking (cloud). Amazon runs contest to automate (robot) its warehouse. machine learning. year on year development costs lower. thus investments get more affordable year on year. [...] 1 take out labour functions (mindless assembly), enhance productivity / 2 eliminate labour arbitrage (globalisation) - China, South Asia, Africa. Thus assemble in home country where you sell. [...] Countries have to move up the value chain! Germany, UK, America, ... China!!! Mittelstand got to innovate and disrupt itself.
Amazon  Zalando  AI  sensor  augmented  intelligence  Artificial  machine  learning  automation  robotics  technological  unemployment 
october 2016 by asterisk2a
Google Just Open Sourced TensorFlow, Its Artificial Intelligence Engine | WIRED
It’s not selling access to its deep learning engine. It’s open sourcing that engine, freely sharing the underlying code with the world at large. This software is called TensorFlow, and in literally giving the technology away, Google believes it can accelerate the evolution of AI. Through open source, outsiders can help improve on Google’s technology and, yes, return these improvements back to Google. “What we’re hoping is that the community adopts this as a good way of expressing machine learning algorithms of lots of different types, and also contributes to building and improving [TensorFlow] in lots of different and interesting ways,” says Jeff Dean, one of Google’s most important engineers and a key player in the rise of its deep learning tech.
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
Food Industry Enlisted Academics in G.M.O. Lobbying War, Emails Show - The New York Times
BOUGHT SCIENCE & Papers. // At Monsanto, sales of genetically modified seeds were steadily rising. But executives at the company’s St. Louis headquarters were privately worried about attacks on the safety of their products.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Revealed: the dirty secret of the UK’s poultry industry | World news | The Guardian
17m birds slaughtered in UK alone each week. // " You are producing them more slowly." << That is how we talk about animal lives. & UK Regulator: "its the job of the industry to crack this problem." (neoliberal stance, please self-regulate yourself) [...] "It's a judgement call what we publish. [...] we don't want consumers to be mislead or confused" < that is out of the book of repeat messages from the food lobby. // TORIES, nasty party. Like Osborne tax credit cut is a "judgement call" in his own words in-front of select committee. // http://nutritionfacts.org/?s=chicken // consumer ask for those "standards" because they ask for lower prices. and unregulated capitalism will short shrift to make more profit no matter what. even if it is just a penny. // Lack of compassion. Empathy. Also reflective towards our fellow human beings.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Prof. Gary L. Francione on the Problem with Welfare Reforms and Single-Issue Campaigns - YouTube
Free Range and Co. - still promoting animal exploitation. Same with don't eat veal (eat the mom) or Foie gras (just eat the bird, don't force-feed the bird to eat the liver). << Single Issue Campaigns still promote animal exploitation. More morally better because you don't eat that kind of cruel meat? // Greenpeace doesn't promote Vegan. Just sustainability. Whole Foods "happy exploitation." << betrayal of animal rights! PETA gave Whole Foods an award for "best animal-friendly." [...] "lessen the suffering." // when its about human rights we take an absolute position. but animal rights public takes no absolute position but talks about meatless Monday's. If it's wrong its wrong. If it violates fundamental human rights, it violates human rights. There are not baby steps. No journey. // Educate people about Veganism. And animal rights will take care of itself. But current Vegan movement is just about "humane" or "compassionate" animal exploitation. Vegan has to be a moral imperative!
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
The Dangers of Being a Social Progress Parasite - YouTube
contributing 2 society & community. even if its just Social Media. along the same line of Durianrider "what are you doing?" // "there are not enough strong stern moral souls in the world. the absence of courage create bullies (power vacuum). courage 2 speak abt things now than 2 be enslaved later (medical profession who gives u pills with deadly side-effects & cut u open at the first chance like there is no other option). we are all in debt 2 past freedom fighters & have to repay that debt in continuing to fight. the bullies will never stop, greed will never be satisfied. nothing will happen until social collapse. they will not stop, stop at anything to make us stop talking 2 each other abt these things bc there is 'disapproval' in the air (peer pressure, outcast, weirdo, hippie, peer group). shying away from essential topics bc of this being uncomfortable. we are done. [only thing u own: thoughts, emotions, health. - all compromised] & Autonomy bit.ly/1GO0OeD & youtu.be/csIW4W_DYX4
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Scientists Under Attack - Trailer - YouTube
Can we still trust our scientists? This timely documentary explores how the heavy hand of the agriculture industry is steering ‘science’ towards its own interests, eliminating legitimate research and silencing any critical opinions. Taking a close look at genetic engineering and the powerful vested interests that dominate its research, ‘Scientists Under Attack’ reveals the frightening reality of modern science, as objective investigation is corrupted by corporate money. // Animals are Fed GM crop. Food Industry does not need to disclose this.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Volkswagen Congress Hearing: Emissions scandal - watch live - YouTube
VW USA subsidiary CEO Michael Horn. // 'VW the people's car.' 36:40 - I had no understanding what a defeat device is & that it could be installed to cheat emission tests. [<< Symptom of being a conglomerate! Corporate Culture & Values.] min 38:09 - Is hardware, software & even has to do something with the fuel tank. In some models (gen 2) its just software & a sensor. // 49:20 - framing of the answer with EPA (influenced?), cars on the road right now, even they are not passing emissions test, "are legal & safe to drive for the owners." // min 57 NOx, air pollution. 'compensation will be part of discussion'. 40 times than allowable limit. // 1:11:00 - according to him, @ the current state of investigations, this was out of the engine-drivetrain-engineering/software/emissions department within VW. Was not a corporate executive decision from the top. [My 2 cents: more likely decision was made within those departments due to pressure from top to make the test pass happen. << 1:51:00]
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Is it OK to eat farmed salmon now? | Environment | The Guardian
"ethical killing." we deny people suicide, assisted dying. but kill and eat other beings not so unsimilar to use. and search for ethical means now, defining what is ethical. double standard. one for animal called human because we are so evolutionary advanced. and another for animals not similar to us. // //After years of bad press, salmon farms are signing up to new certification standards in a bid to prove their environmental and social credentials
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
VW could face long legal nightmare - BBC News
One German newspaper has described Volkswagen's rigging of emission tests as the "most expensive act of stupidity in the history of the car industry". [ irrational exuberance, feeling untouchable. Tesla is a symptom, that a somebody has to be crazy and always walk on a knifes edge, to compete against a handful of conglomerates and innovate from first principle: redefining the category/vertical ]
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
What is REALLY in your burger? Find out here... - YouTube
Animal Protein -- Meat and Dairy -- Cause Cancer - Dr. T. Colin Campbell - China Study and Whole - youtu.be/yfsT-qYeqGM //&! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLW0TEV3YEt-J56pYZm-TgA - Gary Yourofsky //&! food engineering - making stuff moorish, everything. bliss point. --- Chocolate, Cheese, Meat, and Sugar -- Physically Addictive - Neal Barnard - youtu.be/5VWi6dXCT7I //&! 5 Reasons to STOP eating eggs TODAY [Warning graphic] - youtu.be/JTfvdypnAgg &! nutritionfacts.org/?s=egg //&! Whole-Food Plant-Based Diet
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
5 Reasons to STOP eating FISH [warning graphic] - YouTube
http://nutritionfacts.org/?s=Fish //&! NOBODY ELSE CAN BE AS MUCH CARING TO LOOK AFTER U AS U SHOULD LOOK AFTER URSELF. intrinsic motivation. enlightenment. self-education. informed decision. ethical machine. consciousness. instead comfortably unaware. inconvenient truth. out of sight, out of mind. consumer habit = consumer has it in their hands. // small dose of antibiotics, long-term exposure by spin doctors (reframing) is too small 2 make u sick. // Fukushima fallout = radioactive seafood. // see also nutritionfacts.org/?s=ALS - ALS (& other neurodegenerative diseases) onset/occurrence among population correlates with seafood consumption among population. // The Planet, the environment/ecology is a Public Good. //&! youtu.be/TS9hh-Npc50 - MILK INDUSTRY! - nutritionfacts.org/?s=milk &! youtu.be/0O-ehIkwGME &! youtu.be/TJvrlwnEqbs &! youtu.be/E-PQCCiw_Zs // corporate media reliant on ad$, cant report truthfully&weekly (aka destroy) on culprits of sick population. the food industry!
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
VW: Das Auto? Der Betrug! Jakob Augstein zur Abgas-Affäre - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Nicht nur Banken betrügen, auch die Industrie. Das zeigt der VW-Skandal. Deutschland hält sich eher ans Recht als das Ausland? Ein Irrtum. Guter Kapitalismus, böser Kapitalismus? Gibt's nicht. Nur die Notwendigkeit des starken Staates. [...] Die Amoralität ist in der Idee der Firma an sich eingebaut. Menschen haben (vielleicht) Moral. Firmen nicht. Da liegt ein grundlegendes Missverständnis im modernen Kapitalismus. [...] In einem langen Artikel über Wirtschaftsethik hat der "Economist" einmal geschrieben: "Unternehmen, die lügen und betrügen, können nicht erwarten, lange im Geschäft zu sein, selbst wenn ihre Handlungen vom Gesetz gestattet sind." Wir wissen, dass das Gegenteil der Fall ist. Aber so streuen sich die Gralshüter der liberalen Wirtschaftsideologie selbst Sand in die Augen. [ The Corporation (2005) by Joel Bakan ] [...] Beschreibt das nicht perfekt das Wesen der großen Konzerne - je größer, desto besser? Und VW ist sehr groß. [ Amazon's monopsony ]
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
It's Hard Being a Meat Eater - YouTube
youtu.be/O8BSyzu6o7w - last means to change the message, reframe, direct away from the facts/research: polarisation //&! youtu.be/MIv88GEZq1A - not extreme. &! not restrictive - youtu.be/coFBx3v3ZRU
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
'Super-gonorrhoea' outbreak in Leeds - BBC News
&! GPs are prescribing antibiotics that no longer work for people with gonorrhoea, raising the chances that drug-resistant forms of the sexually transmitted disease will spread. - bit.ly/1Ln8Gth //&! bit.ly/1Mg8XwF //&! bbc.in/1iVQhZs //&! The epic challenges of the post-antibiotic age will take the debate beyond the well-worn issues of obesity and old age - bit.ly/1NNaH3K - Health and Social Care Act (austerity) put sexual health services into councils hand, out of GP's purview, and thus councils have to decide what to cut ... sexual health services. unable to reach to minorities and marginalised. And its not integrated into NHS services, thus ongoing treatment and side effects and oversight is putting on friction! And puts patients health & good outcome at risk (becomes a chronic disease, untreatable, has to be managed: Super-gonorrhoea. // &! "therefore it would be impossible to design a public health system when the population is so feckless and immature." #sick-population
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Larry Lessig’s campaign to run as the “Referendum President” & restore representative democracy - YouTube
min 7 campaign finance and party / politician finance - voucher system (tax free, out of your tax, financed by all tax payers, distributed across all). give it to the party and politician/candidate u think will represent u. does what you think is right. 1 man one woman one (voting right 16), company got a voucher. no lobby org got vocher. its the people. // GroKo Germany election Merkel partied in Berlin in-front of her party. No in-front of the people. // 100bn in corporate subsidies per y in USA alone statistic via Kato Institute (liberal think tank) // the internet is both the best it possibly can be and the worst it possibly can be // Americans have no capacity to admit to their mistakes. // &! youtu.be/48OtjHGpcIQ - Referendum Candidate Lessig Would Consider Biden as VP
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Secret’s Demise and Uber’s Next Potential Acquisition by The Jay & Farhad Show
Jay Yarow (Business Insider) talk abt Secret’s demise; Google Ventures partner compares failed startup Secret to 'a bank heist' - bit.ly/1h9RZFc &! Google Ventures partner sort of apologizes for comparing one of his portfolio companies to a 'bank heist' - bit.ly/1NQsFyI // 2012-mid 2015 Environment: FOMO! // @StartupLJackson - startupljackson.com/post/118338084025/secret-financing - "Their big issue was that they were Silicon Valley famous before product-market fit, which meant the failure was public and the hype cycle inescapable. That may have been their fault, may not have been. Journalists can sort that out. Other founders: don’t ever do this." what other names/co come 2 mind, being Hyped, feeding the hype & failing very publicly!? Kevin Rose - Digg, Dennis Crowley fights not to fail publicly with Foursquare, Twitter post-IPO, FriendFeed in its own way, ?Photo? 40m no product, Bebo post-AOL acquisition, Consumer Products are inherently hard and luck based. Path.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Amazon's Culture: Toxic or Just Tough? by The Jay & Farhad Show
Hello! This week, Farhad Manjoo (New York Times) and Jay Yarow (Business Insider) are joined by special guest Jodi Kantor (New York Times) to discuss her polarizing article about Amazon's culture. // // how technology functions in the workplace - efficiency, quantified self << the feedback tool you can always use, what ever your state of emotion, gripe, stick, bias, prejudice, ... feudal Darwinism creeps into knowledge worker, white-collar and blue-collar workers, MBA's and PhD's. [...] contributes to gender inequality (women with the back on their wall, leave or get started and forget about family & kids, life.) [...] brutal years are NOT Tour of Duty - Reid Hoffman The Alliance. // PS: Reed Hastings (Netflix) Culture document transpires that it is expected to contribute, even if it doesn't spell it out. Netflix also had to fight and overcome as much as Amazon! Proves again that internal & external environment a company finds itself affects its values & culture inevitable [Thesis].
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Diabetes uses 10% of NHS drugs bill - BBC News
Diabetes now accounts for 10% of the NHS drugs bill in England, according to official figures. The Health and Social Care Information Centre report shows £869m was spent on drugs for the disease last year. It marks a sharp rise from the £514m being spent on the drugs a decade ago, when they accounted for just 6.6% of the prescriptions budget. The figures include drugs for both type-1 and type-2 diabetes, which affect 2.8 million people in England. It includes insulin, metformin and other anti-diabetic drugs. // &! Food as Medicine: Preventing and Treating the Most Dreaded Diseases with Diet - bit.ly/1N8dkt6 &! &! bbc.in/1fjJm9X - Diabetes cases soar by 60% in past decade [...] The inability to control the level of sugar in the blood can lead to blindness and amputations and is a massive drain on NHS resources. Diabetes UK called for the NHS to improve care for patients and for greater efforts to prevent diabetes. [ 90% is type 2 linked to diet/obesity/lifestyle ]
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Do You Trust Larry Page? - Stratechery by Ben Thompson
Given the fact that Alphabet née Google is the second most valuable enterprise in the world, it’s striking to consider Larry Page’s 2014 assessment of the company he co-founded with Sergey Brin: I think we’ve not succeeded as much as we’d like. [...] Even Google’s famously far-reaching mission statement, to “organise the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful”, is not big enough for what he now has in mind. The aim: to use the money that is spouting from its search advertising business to stake out positions in boom industries of the future, from biotech to robotics. [...] Googles non-social approach to advertising vs Facebook and everyone else ] [ ad world begins finally to shift away from TV & other legacy forms & FB/Google are main beneficiaries coming years of changing ad spend ] [ Page/Brin want 2 lead the org 2 a new frontier. A new Google Search. &they think they a near it, ie self-driving car, that they think the timing is right NOW ]
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Facebook Partners With Shadowy 'Data Brokers' To Farm Your Information - Sherbit- Personal Analytics
Its not free. U pay with ur data. Worry abt NSA? Worry abt companies too. // via bit.ly/1WbspjI // The researchers detailed many troubling aspects of Facebook’s data collection practices, including evidence that one of Facebook’s cookies is stored in every browser that visits a site with a ‘Social Plugin‘ (the embedded ‘Like’ and ‘Share’ buttons), regardless of whether or not they are a Facebook user. [...] Facebook is no longer just a social media website, it is a massive advertising business invested in tracking everyone’s consumer spending habits, on the internet and off. [ FB has also a monopsony; if you don't agree to TOS as user, don't use us. (Same told to advertisers w Newsfeed changes algo) PS we track u anyway. FB owns +70% of social media adversing spend, advertisers can't get around it ] [...] Our focus with Atlas (bought from Microsoft) is to take that technology and enable us to improve our ability to connect ad impressions to purchase behavior both offline & online,
Facebook  TOS  Privacy  Big  Data  advertisement  targeting  advertisement  re-targeting  perma-cookie  cookie  metadata  business  model  Mark  Zuckerberg  ethical  machine  abuse  abuse  of  power  crony  capitalism  Don't  be  evil  Google  profit  maximisation  shareholder  value  monopoly  monopsony  tracking  user  user  behaviour  advertisement  advertising  Newsfeed  antitrust  Internet  Privacy  Orwellian  State  EFF  Silicon  Valley  counter  culture  Wall  Street 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Watchdog asks DWP for 'objective and impartial' sanctions statements | Society | The Guardian
Government urged to publish more data to give the public a clearer understanding of how jobseekers are penalised [...] Guardian research earlier this week showed that the government had significantly understated the impact of its benefit sanctions regime.
George  Osborne  Iain  Duncan  Smith  DWP  JSA  fairness  propaganda  corporate  media  manufactured  consent  austerity  welfare  state  Public  Services  Social  Services  Freedom  of  Information  Act  FOI  transparency  accountability  ethical  machine  budget2015 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Libor: the key global rate abused on a wide scale | Business | The Guardian
&! bbc.in/1hjyISg - Libor trial: Have we cleaned up the financial markets? &! bloom.bg/1DnL1qg - DOJ Said to Probe Deutsche Bank on Russia Mirror Trades. And yet another bank, that gets a clap behind its head, because it got caught making 'illegal' business, because its business and it contributes to that profit goal of 15-25% for shareholders (Wall Street) and own pockets. Making money with money. No contribution to society and economy at large. no shared economic interest.
libor  rigging  scandal  financial  market  zombie  banks  distrust  trustagent  trust  antitrust  money  laundering  ethical  machine  investment  banking  banking  crisis  GFC  shared  economic  interest 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Hedge funds tell Puerto Rico: lay off teachers and close schools to pay us back | World news | The Guardian
Report commissioned by 34 hedge funds says government had been ‘massively overspending on education’ despite spending only 79% of US average per pupil [...] The group of 34 hedge funds hired former International Monetary Fund (IMF) economists to come up with a solution to Puerto Rico’s debt crisis after the island’s governor declared its $72bn debt “unpayable” – paving the way for bankruptcy. [...] The funds are “distressed debt” specialists, also known as vulture funds [ Heuschrecken], and several have also sought to make money out of crises in Greece and Argentina, the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the near collapse of Co-op Bank in the UK. // // they are implicit in lending money to a low grade borrower and took on the risk for higher interest rates. instead of looking out for long-term productive investment that benefit society, they go for the investment by click from a Bloomberg Panel, to meet their ROI at year end for their clients, promised in their annual letter.
Wall  Street  Hedge  Fund  crony  capitalism  ethical  machine  capitalism  Greece  banking  crisis  zombie  banks  investment  banking  economic  history  moral  beliefs  ethical  beliefs  ethics  creditrating  creditrisk  IMF  austerity  production  vulture  funds  Heuschreckendebatte  Private  Equity  Opportunism  opportunist  exploitation  Worldbank  World  Bank  Puerto  Rico  financial  market 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
Android-Smartphones: 950 Millionen Geräte durch Sicherheitslücke bedroht - SPIEGEL ONLINE
bit.ly/1S80wJW "Built on tens of gigabytes of source code from the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), the leading smartphone operating system carries a scary code in its heart. Named Stagefright, it is a media library that processes several popular media formats. Since media processing is often time-sensitive, the library is implemented in native code (C++) that is more prone to memory corruption than memory-safe languages like Java. [...] Unlike spear-phishing, where the victim needs to open a PDF file or a link sent by the attacker, this vulnerability can be triggered while you sleep. Before you wake up, the attacker will remove any signs of the device being compromised and you will continue your day as usual – with a trojaned phone. // Opportunism, publishing exploit/vulnerability to public without giving Google & Co enough time to fix it. Just to make money ... "[we can protect protect] enterprise customers from Stagefright vulnerability."
Android  IT  Security  Google  exploit  memory  corruption  phishing  ethical  machine  Mozilla  Mozilla  Foundation 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
Empire of the geeks | The Economist
Silicon Valley should be celebrated. But its insularity risks a backlash [...] Critics are often from industries wanting to protect their privileges; the geeks’ aggressive behaviour is sometimes part of the creative destruction that leads to progress. But that is not the only source of anger. Silicon Valley also dominates markets, sucks out the value contained in personal data, and erects business models that make money partly by avoiding taxes. There is a risk that global consumers will feel exploited and that the effects of a shrinking tax base will infuriate voters. If the perception takes root that enormous profits from exploiting data and avoiding taxes are crystallised in the fortunes of a few people living on a patch of ground near San Francisco, then there will be a backlash." // recent emergence of marketplace for X and gig platform for X - 1099 Economy etc etc, making money with our data - Facebook.
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Red Hat Used by NSA Spies, SELinux Possibly Bypassed
Sam Varghese today wrote that "the NSA runs its XKEYSCORE program for the most part on Red Hat Linux servers." The report he sourced said, "The sheer quantity of communications that XKEYSCORE processes, filters and queries is stunning. Around the world, when a person gets online to do anything there's a decent chance that the Internet traffic her device sends and receives is getting collected and processed by one of XKEYSCORE’s hundreds of servers scattered across the globe." They have hundreds of servers collecting over 20 terrabytes of data a day (and that's an old estimate). They employee a search engine much like Googles to search for key words, phrases, and whatever. // &! bit.ly/1ROfjZZ - Richard Stallman 'basically' has no problem with the NSA using GNU/Linux // https://www.nyse.com/quote/XNYS:RHT
NSA  surveillance  state  military–industrial  complex  Surveillance-Industrial  Intelligence  Agency  scaling  scale  FOSS  Wall  Street  profit  maximisation  shareholder  value  ethical  machine  moral  beliefs  ethical  beliefs  ethics  corporate  governance  corporate  values  corporate  state 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
"We want the NHS to fight with us, not against us" - Newsnight - YouTube
>> research into medicine combating rare diseases need to be subsidized by conglomerate of countries - ie WHO !!! - and money put transparently in private-public (arms/joint-ventures) partnerships and keeping them lean and accountable. and letting people across the world put their brains to use in the research and process - crowd funding/sourcing style, failing faster (knowing faster what does not work and stop there, thus finding a solution - other possible pathway - faster. << THIS Needs multi-country Leadership that push the vision with a mission!
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Intelligence Artificielle: Facebook Opening French "Deep Learning Lab" | Fast Company | Business Innovation
IN ORDER TO GET THE BEST ARTIFICIAL-INTELLIGENCE TALENT, FACEBOOK IS GOING TO EUROPE. // Europe does not have a lack of vertical talent // http://techcrunch.com/2015/06/02/facebook-opens-new-ai-research-center-in-paris/ "Finally, FAIR head Yann Le Cun is a French researcher for the New York University. That might have played a role in deciding to build a FAIR team in Paris. The company plans to hire research professionals, PhD students and postdoctoral researchers. In particular, Facebook has signed an agreement with French AI research institute INRIA." // Q is, do you really want to use your intellectual capital and the resources you've invested into your passion, to optimize the Newsfeed and Instagram experience as well as for better targeted ads for more clicks/revenue?
Facebook  deep  learning  machine  learning  AI  augmented  intelligence  artificial  intelligence  Europe  Start-Up  Scene  Silicon  Valley 
june 2015 by asterisk2a
AI and the future for humanity - YouTube
AI is the last invention humans ever need and will make. //
AI  artificial  intelligence  machine  learning  deep  learning  augmented  intelligence  book  Elon  Musk 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
Naomi Klein on Global Neoliberalism - YouTube
history doesn't repeat, but it rhymes // use of crisis for political ends // crisis is required to push through those policies // effect - rise if inequality - gini coefficient // history shows - capital flight // net capital flight out of UK from 2008-2015 !? // mixed economy ! // Naomi Klein and Joseph Stiglitz on Economic Power - youtu.be/qkErO-TwOeo &! Naomi Klein, Raj Patel, Amy Goodman: Crisis Capitalism - youtu.be/8Ji_8tI0sbY youtu.be/wmHOj0FT5l0 &! Joseph Stiglitz (2014) - Why Capitalism is Failing - youtu.be/b7wIw1VNjSk &! [Chrystia Freeland] Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else (Full Session) - youtu.be/S9LIVa3WVPo --- GFC did not end plutocracy (Fortune/Forbes list) it propelled them - QE, bailouts, NIRP etc - it was a recovery for the 1% - Carlos Slim is richest person ever lived (based on labour cost/hr of home country). &! Matt Taibbi and Chrystia Freeland on the One Percent's Power and Privileges - youtu.be/rvIM6-BGx8I
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
5 Things Everyone Needs to Know About Baltimore | Alternet
http://www.alternet.org/racism-real-real-reason-behind-baltimore-uprising // &! http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/david-simon-my-country-horror-show "I don't think it's unique to America. [...] And that notion that capital is the metric, that profit is the metric by which we're going to measure the health of our society is one of the fundamental mistakes of the last 30 years. I would date it in my country to about 1980 exactly, and it has triumphed. [...] But the idea that it's [capitalism] not going to be married to a social compact, that how you distribute the benefits of capitalism isn't going to include everyone in the society to a reasonable extent, that's astonishing to me." nicht teil haben an der Gesellschaft. // &! alternet.org/economy/5-ways-its-become-crime-be-poor-america-punishable-further-impoverishment &! &! bit.ly/1EVuyKz &! bit.ly/1bFWwfU "Perspektivlosigkeit, Wut und Paranoia"
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
The Future Of Marketing Automation | TechCrunch
A key contributor to the current state of marketing automation is the fact that its roots stem from email blasting. As these systems layered in landing pages and forms, web activity data [tracking ie Chartbeat], triggers, etc. over time, they became bloated from trying to do too much and began to over-promise and under-deliver. [...] A Lack of Automation in Marketing Automation The biggest problem is that these rules are hard-coded to specific user actions based on an aspirational understanding of what constitutes a good lead, versus based on what the data says. [...] Rather than trying to house everything in one monolithic marketing automation system, tomorrow’s platforms will be more intelligent and thinner, plugging in many smaller specialized applications. They’ll use a wealth of data to deliver relevant recommendations across your key customer touchpoints.
e-mail  marketing  marketing  content  marketing  lead  generation  Sales  Funnel  SAAS  Software  Is  Eating  The  World  landingpage  tracking  Chartbeat  advertisement  re-targeting  advertisement  targeting  advertisement  complexity  friction  machine  learning  deep  learning  augmented  intelligence  Big  Data 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
The worst economic system - except for all the rest? - BBC News
A history of capitalism - and Marx - in 233 seconds - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-31817997 // part 3 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-31818000 - Milton v Keynes: 20th Century capitalism and the role of the state (greed vs common good) // part 4 - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-31818387 - The modern face of capitalism - with 18th Century principles?
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march 2015 by asterisk2a
SAP liefert Software zur Massenüberwachung | FAKT | Das Erste - YouTube
tax payer money funds NSA and Co. which pays contract firms to do X, which in turn doesn't pay taxes on it, which in turn pays then a dividend or lets the share price rise bc of net profit up y/y which the 1% (shareholders) put in their pocket.
SAP  NSA  Five  Eyes  contractor  GCHQ  Wall  Street  corporate  governance  ethical  machine  moral  beliefs  ethical  beliefs  tax  payer  money  Privacy  Internet  Privacy  social  injustice  fairness  crony  capitalism  capitalism  exploitation  tax  evasion  tax  avoidance  Lobbying  lobbyist  lobby  globalization  globalisation  Angela  Merkel  Germany  surveillance  state  Orwellian 
march 2015 by asterisk2a
Facebook Chief Product Officer: The Full Code/Media Interview | Video | Re/code
Facebook Is Talking to Publishers About Hosting Their Content "Cox says one of the challenges for publishers — including Facebook — is that reading on mobile is still a crummy experience. He believes Facebook can make it better. [...] min7-8ish >> people become singular individuals living in their own bubble ... because of Newsfeed ... it doesn't challenge people on their worldview nor world nor thinking." - on.recode.net/1LaHMlT // &! Big Players (FB, Twitter, Google - and their sister companies) are swallowing the attention on the home screen of the phone of the world, now they push for even more control and data over content; to host their works. There is no free lunch. Although FB says it is. In the end, the user pays for it through intrusive targeted advertising. &! on.recode.net/1BL6GI5 Nick Denton 'FB swallows the web and the homescreen.'
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february 2015 by asterisk2a
BBC News - Mesh implants 'as dangerous as asbestos' US lawyer tells MSPs
He told MSPs that studies into the safety of mesh have been influenced by manufacturers, who enjoy a "close relationship" with regulators of the products. 'High risk' The lawyer said thousands of women in the US are suing both manufacturers and doctors on the grounds that mesh devices are defective or that there was a failure to warn them about the dangers and complications. The US regulator, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), indicated last April that it plans to reclassify mesh for pelvic organ prolapse as "high risk", but is yet to do so.
FDA  Lobbying  lobbyist  lobby  public  health  policy  public  health  governance  ethical  machine  revolving  door 
february 2015 by asterisk2a
CIA attempted to contact Hamas despite official US ban, spy cables reveal | US news | The Guardian
+ http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/feb/23/leaked-spy-cables-netanyahu-iran-bomb-mossad &! http://www.reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/2wv4kq/theres_a_massive_new_leak_of_confidential_spy/ - http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/feb/23/leaked-spy-cables-netanyahu-iran-bomb-mossad "The papers include details of operations against al-Qaida, Islamic State and other terrorist organisations, but also the targeting of environmental activists. The files reveal that: The CIA attempted to establish contact with Hamas in spite of a US ban. South Korean intelligence targeted the leader of Greenpeace. Barack Obama “threatened” the Palestinian president to withdraw a bid for recognition of Palestine at the UN. South African intelligence spied on Russia over a controversial $100m joint satellite deal." &! bit.ly/1zaRIDD
Whistleblower  Gaza-Israel  conflict  Iraq  War  Netanyahu  Israel  USA  CIA  Foreign  Intelligence  Intelligence  Agency  Benjamin  Netanyahu  Career  Politicians  World  Police  War  on  Terror  military–industrial  complex  Iran  Gaza  NSA  presidency  barackobama  Middle  East  democracy  transparency  journalism  journalismus  investigative  journalism  accountability  governance  ethical  machine  moral  beliefs  ethical  beliefs  abuse  of  power 
february 2015 by asterisk2a
We are Edward Snowden, Laura Poitras and Glenn Greenwald from the Oscar-winning documentary CITIZENFOUR. AUAA. : IAmA
+ http://www.ted.com/talks/glenn_greenwald_why_privacy_matters?language=en // &! "The division over this issue (like so many other big ones, such as crony capitalism that owns the country) is much more "insider v. outsider" than "Dem v. GOP". But until there are leaders of one of the two parties willing to dissent on this issue, it will be hard to make it a big political issue."
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february 2015 by asterisk2a
As I lay dying - LA Times
"The most powerful organization in the breast cancer universe, Susan G. Komen , has raised $2.5 billion over the last 20 years, much more than many corporations will ever earn. Yet Komen channels only a fraction of those funds into research or systems to help those who are already seriously sick. Most of that money continues to go to a breast cancer “awareness” campaign that is now painfully out of date." [...] /// Big Pharma makes money with single-treatments, best recurring-treatments after X months/years when the cancer comes back with a vengeance. Not prevention. Nor curing a patient of every small cancer cell - 100%. - via http://www.reddit.com/r/TrueReddit/comments/2woep7/as_i_lay_dying_the_final_oped_article_from_la/
big  pharma  pharmaceutical  industry  pharma  cancer  public  health  policy  public  health  carcinogen  carcinogenic  anti-inflammatory  diet  inflammation  chronic  low-grade  inflammation  western  diet  pattern  diet  Standard  American  western  lifestyle  western  world  chronic  diseases  Wall  Street  shareholder  value  ethical  machine  moral  beliefs  ethical  beliefs  profit  maximisation  health  crisis  healthcare  health  science  communication  mammography  Vegan  omnivore  Lobbying  lobbyist  lobby  interest  groups  conflict  of  interest 
february 2015 by asterisk2a
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Tobacco (HBO) - YouTube
TTIP will make this everyday business, when countries want to enact laws and regulations for existing products, that are in the interest of the greater public health and safety, but not in the interest of companies selling harmful and unsafe products (ie when the public has to foot the public health bill of obese society, cancer treatments, diabetes, etc etc)
tobacco  TTIP  CETA  Lobbying  lobbyist  lobby  public  health  policy  public  health  ethical  machine  Wall  Street  governance  moral  beliefs  ethical  beliefs 
february 2015 by asterisk2a
President Obama: The Re/code Interview - YouTube
slick downplay, comparing cyber war & industrial, coroporate cyber espionage (breaking in into Gemalto for SIM encryption keys) with basketball. And also tapping the phone of Angela Merkel ... &! http://youtu.be/td7Dcsco-WY "Obama on the state of the world: the extended Vox conversation" - is he a realist or just a coward!? /// >> http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-31545050 &! http://www.spiegel.de/netzwelt/netzpolitik/nsa-und-gchq-haben-sim-karten-schluessel-von-gemalto-erbeutet-a-1019515.html &! Silicon Valley subbed him on his proposals and road show 20 min away from their door, is a tell tale what they think of him saying one thing and what the NSA&Co put them through and demands (see Yahoo!'s case with the FISA Court) - tcrn.ch/17ovyqD &! If it were a private person were hack into and steal Gemalto encryption keys, the person would be thrown in jail FOREVER! youtu.be/bIpNXh9Nh9k?t=16m32s &! NSA, GCHQ, Five Eyes like to bully people to do X for them & drop possible charges.
presidency  barackobama  NSA  USA  Gemalto  SIM  encryption  cyber  war  GCHQ  governance  on  Terror  Cryptopocalypse  cryptography  corporate  espionagem  industrial  espionage  espionage  cyber  espionage  UK  Five  Eyes  Internet  Privacy  Privacy  human  rights  Stasi  Stasi  2.0  organised  crime  on  Drugs  ethical  machine  Checks  and  Balances  Separation  of  powers  democracy  abuse  of  power  David  Cameron  cyber  crime  cyber  attack  cyber  securityr  IT  Security  surveillance  state  Orwellian  FISA  Court  FISAAA  Secret  Courts  Silicon  Valley 
february 2015 by asterisk2a
The NSA Reportedly Stole Millions Of SIM Encryption Keys To Gather Private Data | TechCrunch
The American National Security Agency (NSA), and the British Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), similar clandestine intelligence agencies, stole SIM card encryption keys from a manufacturer, allowing the groups to decrypt global cellular communications data. [...] “NSA and GCHQ basically have the keys to decyrpting mobile communications anywhere in the world, even without the participation of local communication carriers (which, even if not much, acts as some check on intelligence agency behavior). It’s the equivalent of these agencies having printed doorkeys for the front doors to millions or even billions of homes around the world, just in case they one day decided they needed to get in. Frankly, people should have no faith in the security of global mobile communications.” >> CLU’s Christopher Soghoian - "Steal millions of crypto keys and then complain publicly that encryption is a problem. The UK and US govs are shameless."
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february 2015 by asterisk2a
Bestrafte Ärzte – leidende Patienten | Report Mainz | Das Erste - YouTube
medicine budgets per patient per quarter. not possible with patients that have several chronic illnesses. Krankenkassen sparen per Gesetzentwurf wo es geht - mit ihrer lobby. "Wirtschaftlichkeitspruefungen." fuer kranke Menschen. // &! GroKo election campaign promises + compromise + lobby !!!
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february 2015 by asterisk2a
Kaspersky claims US spies can infect computers with malware that is almost impossible to detect | PandoDaily
NSA has found a way to infect computers targeted for surveillance with malware that is almost impossible to detect and even harder to remove. Kaspersky Lab says in its report that a threat actor known as the Equation Group made this possible by infecting firmware used in hard drives made by the world’s top manufacturers. // &! Reddit - bit.ly/1ATpm6v >> According to Kaspersky, getting the malicious code into a drive’s firmware is not an easy task, and can’t be done with help of public tools, meaning that the NSA had to have access to source codes for hard drives produced by these companies. [meaning they asked for access (and or intercepted orders) when OEM orders came from targeted countries/firms? or spoof hw vendor sites and let them download the manipulated firmware] &! bit.ly/19vzSpI - ie Iran and Russia.
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february 2015 by asterisk2a
BBC News - Church of England 'has a duty to debate politics'
The Church of England "has a right and a duty" to speak in the political debate ahead of May's general election, Church leaders say. // ... like not reporting your paedophile colleague? Oh wait, ... Westminster has that already running for themselves. // &! &! The Church Vs Russell Brand's Sex Appeal? Russell Brand The Trews (E259) - http://youtu.be/lv5cj-0InRk
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february 2015 by asterisk2a
TimesTalks - Laura Poitras, Glenn Greenwald and Edward Snowden with David Carr
Don’t miss this special opportunity to hear the director of CITIZENFOUR – the film nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature – the first journalist to write about Snowden’s revelations and Snowden himself (via live video) in conversation with New York Times media columnist David Carr about the film and the issues it raises. // min 43 --- presidency barack obama worst administration ever for clamping down on freedom of press, whistleblowers, against transparency, governance, seperation of powers/checks and balances (NSA/CIA), - Obama got the executive power to close guantanamo, shut off surveillance without warrants. // subverts democracy. &! &! U.S. DROPS TO 49TH IN WORLD PRESS FREEDOM RANKINGS, WORST SINCE OBAMA BECAME PRESIDENT - bit.ly/1zaIdVO
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february 2015 by asterisk2a
Venture capital and the great big Silicon Valley asshole game | PandoDaily
(( via pando.com/2015/02/12/how-silicon-valleys-counterculture-went-corporate-and-ruined-everything/ )) --- This is a complex topic with no real “right” or “wrong.” You have to consider what the job of a VC is. It’s not to give inner city kids a helping hand; it’s not to make mom-and-pop dreams a reality; it’s not to help nice guys. It’s to maximize returns and fund companies that have an outsized chance of creating billion-dollar plus outcomes in a decade or less. There is a certain personality type that frequently builds these companies—a mix of outsized arrogance, steel-eyed determination, and even some element of delusion. Rational thinkers don’t usually think they can upend whole industries. People who get impacted by social pressure will be talked out of an idea long before it comes to fruition.
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february 2015 by asterisk2a
With the help of Pinterest, Twitter, and others, a new Facebook platform wants to keep the web secure | PandoDaily
The service is called ThreatExchange, and companies like Yahoo, Twitter, and Pinterest have all agreed to share threat information with each other via the boringly-named tool. But these companies aren’t the only ones worried that information about digital threats isn’t shared as well as it could be. A new agency, the Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center, has been formed to facilitate similar sharing amongst various intelligence agencies. ThreatExchange and CTIIT were both formed out of the belief that digital threats are a puzzle whose pieces are held by various groups. The only way to solve that puzzle, then, is to convince everyone to share their pieces. Otherwise the puzzle will always be incomplete. // what if NSA abuses knowledge this org got (of US companies) to abuse the knowledge via FISA Court injunction not to release it to public knowledge - ie to compromise and or steal intelligence from non-US firms.
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february 2015 by asterisk2a
Introducing Slur
// Whistleblowing for money *facepalm* - it is not a moral nor ethical machine it is also anti-democracy because of anti-free information/anti-free knowledge and anti-journalism and it is pro power. people with special knowledge have special powers. also may be used to sell corporate intelligence unlawfully acquired. and and bitcoin wallets are not anonymous! // http://youtu.be/1UJzz4UC3Ao?t=17m35s // vs vs bounty hunts companies offer
Whistleblower  Wikileaks  ethical  machine  doxing  abuse  of  power  corporate  espionage  industrial  espionage 
february 2015 by asterisk2a
Data stolen in Anthem data breach was not encrypted
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) states that health insurance companies such as Anthem are not required to encrypt the data stored on their servers. Encryption is recommended if the health insurer believes it will mitigate risk, but ultimately the lack of requirements leaves it down to each organization to decide whether or not they encrypt data. Anthem spokeswoman Kristin Binns told The Wall Street Journal that the company encrypts personal data when it’s moved in or out of the database but not when it’s stored, a practice she said is common in the industry.
encryption  cyber  security  IT  corporate  governance  ethical  machine  HIPAA  self-regulation  regulators  regulation 
february 2015 by asterisk2a
"Besorgte Eltern" und ihr seltsamer Protest gegen Sexualkundeunterricht - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Das Bündnis "Besorgte Eltern" geht bundesweit gegen den Sexualkundeunterricht auf die Straßen. Unterstützung bekommt die Gruppe von radikalen Christen, rechten Verschwörungstheoretikern und Homophoben. [...] Anja Henningsen, die an der Uni Kiel Juniorprofessorin für Sexualpädagogik ist, geht davon aus, dass die Elternaktivisten den Aufklärungsunterricht ganz bewusst missverstehen. "Ein guter Sexualkundeunterricht greift die Themen auf, die im Alltag der Kinder und Jugendlichen eine Rolle spielen. Es ist hanebüchen, so zu tun, als wäre er damit eine Werbeveranstaltung für Pornografie und homosexuellen Lebensstil", sagt sie. In Wahrheit führe die Elternbewegung einen "subtilen Kampf gegen Homosexualität". [...] In einem Beitrag wehren sich die "Besorgten Eltern" gegen die Gender-Theorie - denn diese Lehre "unterstellt, dass jede sexuelle Orientierung gleichwertig ist und von der Gesellschaft akzeptiert werden muss".
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february 2015 by asterisk2a
BBC News - Lord Fink accuses Ed Miliband of climbdown over tax claims
"In an interview Lord Fink gave to the Evening Standard, in which the former Conservative Party treasurer says the definition of avoiding tax is so broad that "everyone does it"." ... Yeah right! As much as every grown man on a children's playground is a paedophile. ( http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-31438865 ) // Remember "we are all in this together." &! &! "HSBC Tax Dodgers - Why Are MPs In Bed With Them? Russell Brand The Trews (E255)" youtu.be/rWKqsQ-j-rw - HRMC/Inland Revenue negotiates deals with tax dodgers / - no criminal prosecution vs. benefit cheat prosecution that makes headlines across all papers. // we are not all in it together &! &! Tax inspectors failed to prosecute a wealthy tax cheat who did not submit returns or pay any tax for 24 years, documents seen by BBC Panorama show. - bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31459067 &! &! youtu.be/iAsyu3LMWQg 1 prosecution out of 1100 cases
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february 2015 by asterisk2a
Can We Avoid a Digital Apocalypse? : A Response to the 2015 Edge Question : Sam Harris
There is no law of economics that guarantees that human beings will find jobs in the presence of every possible technological advance. Once we built the perfect labor-saving device, the cost of manufacturing new devices would approach the cost of raw materials. Absent a willingness to immediately put this new capital at the service of all humanity, a few of us would enjoy unimaginable wealth, and the rest would be free to starve. [...] In fact, the only thing nearly as scary as building an AGI is the prospect of not building one. Nevertheless, those who are closest to doing this work have the greatest responsibility to anticipate its dangers.
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february 2015 by asterisk2a
BBC News - HSBC scandal shows 'dilly dallying' on tax crackdown
it is a case study of a much wider problem of governments not cracking down with enough urgency on dodged tax, and a useful lesson on the short arm of international law. John Christensen, executive director of Tax Justice Network, says HSBC was not alone in assisting rich clients in paying less tax. "It's one among a lot of very big players," he says. The problem for those collecting tax is one of information exchange, he says. The UK and other governments have been "dilly dallying" on this front, he adds. &! &! &! The UK's tax office has said it was prevented by an international agreement from sharing information about HSBC's possible involvement in tax evasion. - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-31359962 &! Day after >> http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-31412434 &! http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/feb/11/hsbc-files-show-tories-raised-over-5m-from-hsbc-swiss-account-holders &! bbc.in/1AbH2vc &! bit.ly/1zNzoVE
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february 2015 by asterisk2a
Bill Moyers - On Barack Obama's tax deal with tax evaders
President Obama's fiscal 2016 budget proposes a 19 percent tax on the future foreign earnings of companies based in the US and a one-time 14 percent tax on roughly $2 trillion in profits being held offshore. In this clip, you'll see why economist Joseph Stiglitz says this is a major ethical issue and Americans should be flaming mad. // they are taking and taking and taking, and not giving back fairly. // &! http://billmoyers.com/2013/10/29/the-great-american-ripoff-the-high-cost-of-low-taxes/
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february 2015 by asterisk2a
Sovaldi im Check: Was darf das lebensrettendes Medikament kosten? - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Doch nur weil der Marktwirtschaftler zu ethischen Fragen schweigt, heißt das nicht, dass uns Moral im Wirtschaftsleben egal sein sollte.
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february 2015 by asterisk2a
BBC News - Numbers of the year 2014
This is the amount that the UK's Office for National Statistics (ONS) estimated that prostitution contributed to the economy in 2012, following a decision by the EU that prostitution and illegal drugs should be counted as part of a country's Gross Domestic Product. The ONS estimates that: about 61,000 people work in prostitution in the UK the average cost per visit is about £67 each prostitute sees about 23 clients per week, working 52 weeks a year - in total about 1,200. Multiply those figures up and you get £5.7bn (which is $8.9bn, or 7.3bn euros).
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february 2015 by asterisk2a
UK government asks: How's our hacking?
UK gov releases equipment interference guidelines for spy & law enforcement agencies; the guidelines never calls it hacking but 'interference activities; Deputy Director @ Privacy International Eric King (@e3i5) says it's the UK gov's attempt to grant itself some of the most intrusive powers. // "This is the first time that the agencies have admitted that they are in the hacking business," Eric King, the deputy director of London-based digital rights watchdog Privacy International, told Mashable. King said that it amounts to a belated attempt to give these activities a scrap of legal basis, in the face of a lawsuit filed by his group last year, which challenged the legality of the UK intelligence service GCHQ's hacking activities, revealed by Edward Snowden documents. For King, the document is basically an attempt by the UK government to grant itself "some of the most invasive and intrusive" powers it has at its disposal.
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february 2015 by asterisk2a
My first and last time at the Crunchies — TheLi.st @ Medium — Medium
At the Crunchies, comedian T.J. Miller, a star of the show “Silicon Valley” (which I watch and love), threw out a bunch of playful zingers in his opening act. But then at one point, he engaged with a woman (Gabi Holzwarth) a few rows in front of me by calling her a “bitch”. She responded increduously, “Did you just call me a bitch?” He then said, “Bitch, Asians aren’t supposed to be this entitled in the U.S. … Is this bitch from Palo Alto?” The audience laughed nervously. I was so uncomfortable I wanted to leave, but of course I couldn’t given that our award was coming up. [...] At Crunchies I saw a woman get called a "bitch" onstage, then I did AOL TV & the host mocked me for being pale and made fun of my purse. [...] [ << Show of insecurity by taking the cheap road. Carlin was the last intellectual(?). ] &! bit.ly/1LUTHpj &! &! >> bit.ly/1kegniL - Reclaiming Critical Analysis: The Social Harms of “Bitch”
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february 2015 by asterisk2a
As a jobcentre adviser, I got ‘brownie points’ for cruelty | Mary O’Hara | Society | The Guardian
"We are all in this together." << yea right. We just don't have a lobby like Canary Wharf and Fortune500 companies. // A demonstrable shift took place once the coalition settled in, says Neville. Along with “relentless” targets, huge caseloads, and less time to spend with individual claimants, she lists the increasing complexity of the system including the many and very complicated forms that needed to be filled in and problems with the fitness to work test administered by Atos. “It used to feel like we were doing something for clients, now it was [doing something] to them,” she says. Things were made all the more difficult, ...
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february 2015 by asterisk2a
BBC News - GCHQ censured over sharing of internet surveillance data with US
UK surveillance agency GCHQ has been officially censured for not revealing enough about how it shares information with its American counterparts. The Investigatory Powers Tribunal said GCHQ failed until December 2014 to make clear enough details of how it shared data from mass internet surveillance. It was the IPT's first ruling against an intelligence agency in its 15-year history. The Home Office said the government was "committed to transparency". &! https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=9008360 &! http://techcrunch.com/2015/02/06/ipt-nsa-gchq-ruling/ &! http://pando.com/2015/02/06/court-says-gchq-nsa-surveillance-programs-violated-human-rights-laws-but-theyre-all-good-now/
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february 2015 by asterisk2a
Lobo-Kolumne: Pseudoskepsis zweifelt an allem außer an sich selbst - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Symptoms to a greater arch that is happening - a global leveling of the playing field ... Reaktion auf die zunehmende Komplexität der Welt // Junk Food in form of constant bad news - bc News Room is 24/7 Rocky horror show - bc of Pageviews business model.
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