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By Ending Silicon Valley's Worldview Of Human Obsolescence, We Could Earn $20,000

In order for the AI and robots to work, Google, Facebook and Intel Agencies need everybody's data.

Giving away everything, all our data, for absolutely nothing has got to end.

In a world where the manipulation machine is shut down, there will still be paranoid and conspiracy theorists, but there will not be a commercial incentive to incite these constantly, all the time, 24 hrs a day.

They will not drive advertising, or mainstream news -- or the amplified extremes of our politics!

Crazy politics cannot build or maintain a wealthy country.

One way you make a working economy and a working democracy: get paid for your data, and because you exist -- and no one gets left out.

The Yang model isn't the same, but will only bolster the current manipulation business model of Silicon Valley.

Get ready to read increasing Silicon Valley's attacks on this idea.



The Whistleblower Is Not The Only One Who Needs Safety -- Adam Schiff Has Been Repeatedly Hit

First, they moved on Schiff with the bot armies to slash at him and the public's trust.

I've been so sick of the attacks, I've posted this notice to Facebook commenters as often as I see a thread full of haters-for-rent. I also tell them that Brad Pascale has probably been spending on social media digital "individuals." Just speculating, cuz I haven't evidence. Yet.

Here's what Snopes has found out about bot use against Schiff:

Adam Schiff is a target of Russian social media influence operations in the United States, which have not abated since the historic 8 November 2016 election.

Hamilton68, a live dashboard created by the Alliance for Securing Democracy, a bipartisan, transatlantic initiative of The German Marshall Fund, monitors the Russian operation. Around the time of the vote on the second memo’s release, Schiff’s name was a top topic and the hashtag #littleadamschiff was popular among Russian bot accounts:


Hamilton68's monitoring shows that a small army of social media operatives — a mix of Russian-controlled accounts, useful idiots, and innocent bystanders — are deployed to promote all of this material to unknowing audiences.

Some of these are real people, others are bots, and some present themselves as innocent news aggregators, providing “breaking news alerts” to happenings worldwide or in specific cities.
The latter group is a key tool for moving misinformation and disinformation from primarily Russian-influenced circles into the general social media population.

As of 6 February 2018, this network was in full swing, with Russian bots and trolls utilizing President Trump’s derogatory nickname for the congressman with the hashtag #LittleAdamSchiff.
Fake news and rumors circulated reporting Schiff’s sister was married to the son of billionaire philanthropist (and frequent target of conspiracy theories) George Soros — despite the fact that Schiff does not have a sister.

The false information wended its way from the message board 4chan to a corollary of disreputable web sites and social media posts.


About Hamilton68: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alliance_for_Securing_Democracy

Second, Trump steps up, tweets tough talk about old school offing of anyone he wants to label a "spy."

-- sends henchmen to Ukraine to "find" "enough" evidence to gaslight impeachment processes and persons with.

-- declares Pelosi no longer speaker of the house.

-- turns on Adam Schiff with his full force pretend presidential outrage -- in tweets -- to resign, and be investigated for "fraud and treason" (Seriously, the ridiculousness of tweeting as presidential behavior, I think I'll never get over.).

-- demands to know who the Whistleblower is, or else.

Third, social media allow these collective attacks, saying that massive negativity still stays within FB's "community standards." I have written to FB about this, read about theirs and Google's business model, and will make a good case for deleting (not suspending) social media accounts in the future.

Finally, to fellow DU'ers. Never, ever underestimate the violence that can follow such a process. When we worry about the safety of the Whistleblower, please don't underestimate the similar danger to the safety and security of those who help the Whistleblower.

Retaliation, from the alt-right forces in this and other countries, starts early and lasts until after impeachment is complete. Just when people breathe a sigh of relief, or celebrate, thinking "it's over" or "we won" ...

they take "active measures."

This won't end after Democrats win.

It's not the new normal, either.

No. It can never be the new normal.

Good, no-drama Obama democracy (and even boring governance) is normal.

Rachel's Cartoon Show

I wonder, while we're amused, if this is also meant for an audience who can only understand this way.

THIS. Joe Brenner, former IG of the NSA

In response to the whistleblower's revelation of the fact of Trump's WH counsel storing the president's phone transcripts to the National Security Council password-coded secret server.

Indeed. Where were the lawyers?!

White House Counsel Members Who Hid Trump's Call Transcripts In Stand-Alone NSC Server

Annie Donaldson

Gregory Katsas

Makan Delrahim

Uttam Dhillon

Stefan Passantino

John A. Eisenberg

Patrick F. Philbin

Kate Comerford Todd

Michael Purpura

Pat Cipollone

I only know of one, John Eisenberg, from Kirkland & Ellis out of Chicago.

Adam Schiff is coming for them and their password-coded National Security Council server. I find it hard to believe that 16 intel agencies couldn't crack that server.

Regardless, familiarizing oneself with their names might come in handy as Schiff's House Intel Committee conducts further investigation.

The Circle of Empathy -- Language and Thoughts To Help Us Explain Our Politics

Jaron Lanier is an old and new tech systems explainer with a hippie heart and scientific mind.

Lanier's talk is long (so maybe better for listening to while doing other things), but worth thinking about.

I keep wondering how Andrew Yang fits into this world, and how he would lead this world to live with the non-exploitative kinds of tech that Lanier consistently keeps explaining.

To me, Lanier shows the more human side of our binary (and two-party) conflicts, and how we can translate human empathy from our politics to our capitalism. He shows how tech can never render us obsolete, because we create, but they steal the new, our data. This is not sustainable economics (In other videos he explains what can sustain tech an AI run systems).

Just like a Congressional house divided cannot stand.

Madame Speaker Nancy Pelosi Announces Formal Impeachment Inquiry 9/24/2019

This Is The Day. The War. The Hill.

From A.G. Sulzberger: The Growing Threat to Journalism Around the World

From New York Times publisher, himself.

...Two years ago, we got a call from a United States government official warning us of the imminent arrest of a New York Times reporter based in Egypt named Declan Walsh ... the call was actually fairly standard.

... this particular call took a surprising and distressing turn. We learned the official was passing along this warning without the knowledge or permission of the Trump administration.

Rather than trying to stop the Egyptian government or assist the reporter, the official believed, the Trump administration intended to sit on the information and let the arrest be carried out. The official feared being punished for even alerting us ...

Unable to count on our own government to prevent the arrest or help free Declan if he were imprisoned, we turned to his native country, Ireland, for help. Within an hour, Irish diplomats traveled to his house and safely escorted him to the airport before Egyptian forces could detain him...

...Eighteen months later, another of our reporters, David Kirkpatrick, arrived in Egypt and was detained and deported in apparent retaliation for exposing information that was embarrassing to the Egyptian government.

When we protested the move, a senior official at the United States Embassy in Cairo openly voiced the cynical worldview behind the Trump administration’s tolerance for such crackdowns. “What did you expect would happen to him?” he said. “His reporting made the government look bad.”...

... when the president decries “fake news,” he’s not interested in actual mistakes. He’s trying to delegitimize real news, dismissing factual and fair reporting as politically motivated fabrications.

So when The Times reveals his family’s fraudulent financial practices, when The Wall Street Journal reveals hush money paid to a porn star, when The Washington Post reveals his personal foundation’s self-dealing, he can sidestep accountability by simply dismissing the reports as “fake news.”

Even though all those stories — and countless more that he’s labeled fake — have been confirmed as accurate, there is evidence that his attacks are achieving their intended effect: One recent poll found that 82 percent of Republicans now trust President Trump more than they trust the media. " ...


What we're up against right now is so dizzying.

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