My first attempt at launching a non-celebrity guest interview series where I pick the brains of people I find interesting but you’ve probably never heard of!
From Monica's Blog…
Just finished the FANTASTIC book “Barry & the Boys” by Daniel Hopsicker but kept getting tripped up by the term “cut-out.” Here’s what it means according to the New Ministry of Truth (ie Wikipedia):
In espionage parlance, a cut-out is a mutually trusted intermediary, method or channel of communication that facilitates the exchange of information between agents. Cutouts usually know only the source and destination of the information to be transmitted, not the identities of any other persons involved in the espionage process (need to know basis). Thus, a captured cutout cannot be used to identify members of an espionage cell.
Digitization of the Self
Just as the Industrial Revolution moved man away from the soil, so the Technological Revolution moves man away from physical reality. With prom pictures more important than prom dates, kids seeing the world through the lenses of their phones rather than the lenses of their eyes and with virtual reality addiction right around the corner, “meat space” will be a relic of a primitive time.
The Great Suppression or the Parkland Purge
After Nicolas Cruz allegedly shot up a high school in Parkland Florida, facebook and google among others cracked down on any news or news source not of the mainstream variety and parroting the official narrative. Regardless of evidence or journalistic merit, these government proxies effectively declared “truth is dead” on Valentine’s Day 2018.
Ministry of Facts (or The New Ministry of Truth, if you prefer)
As part of their War on Truth, facebook and youtube both happened to decide to flag sources they consider to be likely to corrupt the youth or whatever their measure is, slander them and link highly biased Wikipedia entries to their posts so readers can get their minds right with “the facts.”
Just as intellectual property is not real property (Stefan Kinsella convinced me), emotions are not unassailable. The right to free speech is now being balanced against the right not to be offended – not kidding!
Similarly, the right to data that you generated in concert with a service provider you voluntarily associate with will generate regulations that will keep any free speech friendly competitors from rearing their ugly heads–regulatory barriers to entry strike again!
Regulatory Barriers to Entry
I’ve been railing against Regulatory Barriers to Entry for years and finally got some small validation when the EU admitted that the “unintended consequences” (ha ha ha ha ha) of their privacy regulation is that only VERY BIG TECH can possibly meet the standard. Bravo. (See: Google and Facebook Likely to Benefit From Europe’s Privacy Crackdown)
Nowhere in this article does it mention the systematic policy attack on truckers. Extreme restrictions on truckers’ flexibility over when to drive has crushed productivity–rising wages or line-hauls won’t make up for having to spend more hours idle for every delivery. Demand for truckers is going up not only as demand for transportation has increased but also as each trucker is forced to be less productive, an effect that compounds the shortage of drivers by causing truckers who can’t make a living to exit the industry resulting in even fewer trucker-hours to meet rising demand.
I have seen the momentum toward autonomous trucking accelerating past that for passenger cars since the company Otto was created by some well-connected tech folks to retrofit existing trucks with self-driving technology–that’s a sign of a short timeline IMO.
This WSJ article is portraying the undersupply of truckers as an unfortunate market failure–watch out for future articles that build on this underlying false assumption to argue that we have no choice but to adapt infrastructure to self-driving trucks in a hurry.
Of course, those who pay the freight will love such a subsidy allowing them to switch to a government-subsidized technology rather than compensate for government-implemented productivity crushing policies with higher wages. My guess is they are all in this together. Similarly, the uber-lyft model does not work without self-driving technology. Billions upon billions of dollars have been pumped into these businesses for years by very smart people–surely they know driverless is coming despite the tremendous cost and disruption it will visit upon taxpayers and laborers alike.
Maybe I’m wrong, but the way this article deliberately ignores the real problem with declining trucker supply makes me wonder, Why even write the article? Obviously, there’s some agenda at work. We will see what it is. #WTWOF
The U.S. freight market is speeding ahead, but recruiting new truck drivers to meet demand is proving harder to rev up.
From Imbibe Magazine, this is the fantastically popular Ramos Gin Fizz as invented and still served by the Sazerac Bar in New Orleans. I can’t believe I never had one before!
1½ oz. Old Tom gin (I’m using Hayman’s because I’m out of Ransom)
1 oz. simple syrup (1:1)
½ oz. fresh lemon juice
½ oz. fresh lime juice
1 oz. fresh egg white (pasteurized if you like)
2 oz. heavy cream (I accidentally made mine with half this amount and preferred it! My husband, however, did not.)
3 dashes orange flower water
(I’m considering a dash of blue curacao for color but the drink is so delish as-is I hesitate to mess with it.)
Chilled club soda
Tools: shaker, strainer
Add ice to the glass to chill and set aside. (I put the glasses in the freezer while chilling with ice.) Add all the ingredients (except the soda) to an ice-filled shaker and shake vigorously 50 times. (Here’s my modification: I always use a “dry shake” when dealing with egg whites–that is, shake the drink first without the ice–in this case I held off on the cream too, shook the drink 30 times with no ice or cream for smoother froth, then added the cream and ice and shook 50 more times.) Remove the ice from the glass and strain mixture into the glass from a distance to ensure froth. Top with club soda. (I wish they told me how much club soda–my guess is 2 ounces.)
Truly we are on a new frontier–tech, surveillance, censorship, terrorism (however you define it!)…we don’t know the impact electronic devices will have on our kids, we don’t know what they’re watching, with whom they are communicating…we don’t know what their future world will look like – will they even need to know how to drive? How can we help them protect their health as plants now include animal genes and plastics and teflon (not to mention chemicals designed to kill plants and animals alike!) touch all of their food…as dialectics replace founding principles and all their books (and much more!) could disappear the moment the grid goes down…
How do we prepare our children to be safe, happy, good, strong, loving, principled, successful, generous, trusting, trustworthy, creative people, and everything else we want and hope for them, when we have no experience or understanding of the very different world they will face–face already–from the world we grew up in or our parents before us–which in turn was too different for many of them to really help us through this Age of Upheaval.
It’s daunting parenting here on the frontier….
Since shortly after the event it was clear what happened to MH370 despite months and millions of a “search” that was nothing but deception. The true purpose is not yet clear, but if you want to know what happened to that plane, read what I wrote about it in real time four years ago–nothing has changed. Click here: Cracking the Code on Malaysia Air flight 370.
Time and time again, I have seen The Wall Street Journal explain that the reason Russia and China are so together and are such a big threat to us is that they have the luxury of being totalitarian dictatorships that can get ‘er done without the fussy inconvenience of individual liberty or consensual government. Well, the Journal is at it again, but this time they are behind the times…the CIA’s InQTel venture capital firm is ALL OVER AI! (Who’s the authoritarian dictatorship now, huh?)
Here’s the article from yesterday’s Journal that triggered me…the title in the print edition was merely, Authoritarianism Is China’s Edge in AI–but they really spoonfeed it to you right up top on-line which included an in-your-face subtitle:
Senators Reject ‘New Wave’ Unverifiable Voting Systems
February 24, 2018 Contact: Garland Favorito
Senators Reject ‘New Wave’ Unverifiable Voting Systems
ATLANTA GA – The Georgia Senate took its first major steps to move toward voter-marked paper ballots on Thursday. The Ethics Committee voted to abandon both unverifiable electronic voting and “new wave” technology that counts votes in computer-generated barcodes rather than human-readable marks. In a landmark decision during a Senate Bill SB403 hearing, the committee voted unanimously to require any future ballot marking devices used in Georgia to produce voter verifiable and readable marks that are tabulated for results.
Some ballot marking devices employ a touchscreen to create bar coded selections
of voter choices that are interpreted internally by a scanner and accumulated when the votes are cast. The unverifiable bar code technology, promoted by certain vendors and the office of the Secretary of State, enables a “new wave” of hacking possibilities and significant potential for undetectable errors.
At the hearing, Senator Michael Williams proposed a VoterGa recommended language change requiring scanners to tabulate only human readable and voter verifiable marks from any ballot marking devices that may be employed in the future. The committee passed his amendment unanimously.
SB403 sponsored by Senator Bruce Thompson, requires the Secretary of State to begin the process to replace Georgia’s unverifiable voting equipment. The bill also passed the committee unanimously on Thursday after being amended.
Lobbyists for at least one voting system vendor have claimed that language requiring verifiable ballot marks would eliminate them from the future bid process. However, two of the state’s long time election integrity advocates, John Fortuin and Garland Favorito testified they believe the motive behind such a claim is just to sell Georgia much more expensive equipment. They contend all vendors who demonstrated systems in a House Science and Technology hearing last year can also offer Georgia cost effective, verifiable voting systems that they have already installed successfully in other states.
Some vendor lobbyists may continue their push to sell unverifiable voting systems since Georgia election law is complicated, somewhat redundant and prone to loopholes. House bill HB848 that is similar to SB403 but does not have the same voter protections, is expected to receive a hearing in the Governmental Affairs Committee on Tuesday afternoon.
Yet another school shooting gets instantly politicized and while the left and the right argue the same talking points, many are wondering what really happened at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and why. We analyze some of the Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel’s statements, including his desire for the power to detain people over social media posts…involuntarily. We also play former CIA and FBI agent Philip Mudd’s fake crying, tangental rant as well as one of his classic’s “I’m a proud s-holer!”
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From Garland Favarito
There will be a Senate Ethics Committee Meeting on Thursday February 22, 2018 at 3:00pm in Room 307 CLOB to hear SB403.
There will also be a House Governmental Affairs Committee Meeting on Wednesday February 21, 2018 at 2:00pm in Room 406 CLOB apparently to hear HB848 however the bill number has not been published. If HB848 is not being heard we will meet at Room 406 and then lobby the Senators concerning SB403 in advance of Thursday’s meeting.
No legislation is needed to replace our current unverifiable voting system with optical scan equipment. Local and national election integrity advocates have decided to oppose these bills unless some of the changes that we have recommended weeks ago are incorporated. The bills have nearly identical language that was expected to be good because they required the secretary to begin process to replace our current unverifiable voting equipment. However, both bills require the current Secretary of State to immediately initiate a bid process without gathering county requirements, cyber security recommendations or public input. They require a fixed bid statewide contract for a single vendor without evaluating advantages and disadvantages of decentralized equipment and processes. Theyy also require the current Secretary of State to negotiate terms of the contract before he leaves office at the end of the year. The new Secretary of State, who takes office in January, is then left to implement the voting machines although the new Secretary of State had nothing to do with the negotiations and selection of the equipment. In addition, the bills dropped the language in HB680 to properly define a ballot so the under the new bills the Secretary of State can acquire ballot marking devices that produce unverifiable bar codes which are scanned and tabulated instead of the votes that the voter marked. For these reasons and many more we OPPOSE these bills at this time and need to escalate our lobbying efforts. Please try to attend these sessions if possible.