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Journal Archives

Inslee, Harris & Booker vs. Biden, Yang & Gillibrand in Detroit On Climate Change

Gabbard -- she has the "Off fossil fuels" plan.

It's good to review how well our party articulates the issue that the Pentagon ranks as our #1 national security issue.






Handy for quoting -- rather than claiming to know what a candidate meant -- when discussing differences aired about our candidates.

Is truthful, factual information disappearing? If data is now more valuable than oil, likely yes.

The news from Pew Research:


27% of large U.S. newspapers have laid off staff over recent years.

85% suffer multiple layoffs.

(Sorry for the large graphics. I can't control their size.)


Mid-market newspapers were the most likely to suffer layoffs in 2018 – unlike in 2017, when the largest papers most frequently saw cutbacks. Meanwhile, digital-native news outlets also faced continued layoffs: In 2018, 14% of the highest-traffic digital-native news outlets went through layoffs, down slightly from one-in-five in 2017.


Two things are at issue
-- media -- analog and digital -- longevity and who decides
-- human knowledge preservation and who decides.

When it comes to analog info, the fascist dictator we have no longer needs to fight his so-called "enemy of the people." Just use it, quote it, mock it, then let it die. (It would be justice if the day came when Twitter bans him from any global news.)

The first real issue, though, is that, if we don't read, buy and encourage journalism, this could be the last generation that gets information cheaply and easily.

The second issue is digital media and information.

Even digital news suffers.

Digital media erode.

Half of the digital sites used in Harvard dissertation archives were found to have disappeared through what's called digital degradation -- whether sites were shut down, or servers were shut down due to upgrades, or something else.

Our analog and digital platforms longevity is an important indicator of the relative strengths of human record keeping. With analog, history has been full of knowledge and lessons for everyone, not just humans without electricity. We humans know hundreds, even thousands of years of human activity -- every domain of knowledge -- through analog media -- books, tablets, photos, scrolls, not to mention arts analog media.

We will not be able to count on knowing PROVABLE history past 10 or 30 years. And it's unlikely that the Internet's Wayback Machine people can capture everything.

What could it mean when we can't access science, weather forecasts, not to mention climate change and other scientific predictive data.

That's the perfect power setup for those who want total ruling power over the human story, over the rest of us. There is an inherent evil in that. The evil is to "revise" history, "deny" events, reform, even if gradually, the human timeline's "map" so that it becomes the only one we're allowed, and therefore, the only "territory" we'll know beyond our immediate environs.


One of the highest goods we can do is support and use as much public news as we can -- particularly analog -- or lose it. Above all, we need to promote reading. World powers have always feared thinkers. They've always "loved the uneducated."

It's bad for humanity not to have an analog record. Our human activity and events is way too important to cast into an ethernet, only to be "disappeared" from human memory. It's even worse if we're trained to not care about what we know. Our whole Western set of values -- logic, argument, fact, epistemology -- could be disappeared such that future generations will only know HAL.

It's good for globalists who want to eventually dictate the value of "news." And what's worth knowing. And knowledge in general.

Free will and freedom come from accurate maps of the territory, not the matrix.

Call me crazy, or call all this obvious, sure.

But one doesn't have to be a woowoo conspiracist to look around and see that this has been gradually happening. Journalism reportage or digital info loss need not be by design, even. At all.

But it does mean that we should pay attention.

It doesn't mean that we should trust the ownership of information to "official" sources.

It does mean that Americans should support their local journalism.

Read. Reading is thinking. Writing is thinking.

Reading is not just a part of life. Reading is a WAY of life. A candle in darkness.

Reading and writing reality, as human collective thinking, clearly compels humans to SEE clearly the same things that secure or endanger their freedoms. Together. Not knowing is the enemy.

The more Inslee shows up, the more electable he gets.

The debate let everyone know our great party's A List candidates -- including their pasts, their fight, their fairness and their respect for each other and the country.

I don't agree with CNN's ratings of our candidates.

I know I'm biased for Inslee, but he's not mentioned, and the most serious issue of our time, was ignored.

Still CNN compares tonight to last night unfairly.

Overall, I heard the most, saw the most, and the country got the most content out of our candidates tonight.

Hackers and Elections -- Why The Russians Tried and Failed (11:00 mark)

Lessons for the world about our 2016 election.

Everything we have is online. Everything in our critical infrastructure is online.

U.S. vote hacking is difficult because of our extensive distribution and county-level differences.

But the Russians tried.

Internet voting is a bad idea, for obvious reasons. It doesn't solve current problems and exposes the U.S. to new ones -- lack of home privacy in home voting; voting by text message, etc.

Putin's response about how "there's no need to distract the public about who did it [stole Clinton's and Podesta's emails) tells us how foreign targeting by the Duke Family of attackers gets covered up. No meetings by Trump with Putin will create any reasonable expectation for the West that Putin can ever be an ally.

And so the Duke malware families of attackers carry on with no concern, because they are state sponsored and untouchable, they think.

Russia is on the move to conquer more than just elections.

They fear us. Our hacker nation. Not our hacker teens.

Mikko Hypponen And the Cyber Arms Race

Hypponen is another important hacker expert who's helped us (besides Alex Stamos), like members of America's Cult of the Dead Cow, our original hacker supergroup that Beto O'Rourke was a founding member of.

This video is considered old, but it's still important, since no one takes time to sit Americans down and let them know what their private and public sector tech people are thinking about.

Since data is now worth more than oil, and wealth is built from it (Thus Snowden in 2013), this is important history for upcoming cyber discussions. It covers how to prioritize hackers and targets, weaponizing software tools, how bitcoin and its mining works, botnets as information miners, etc.

The way he speaks of these things, so common today (exploit, APT, back door, PHBB, zero days, etc) made that time seem so innocent.


Hiya, Congress People!

Hiya, Congress people!

Security Conferences are coming up this month and the rest of the year!

Cool stuff to go learn!

Maybe you'd like to show up at one of them, and learn how to secure your state's election integrity connected to its
-- voting equipment; its
-- voting networks and databases; and
-- how it secures, monitors, troubleshoots and contacts key fixers when personnel find problems.
-- how you train vigilant, competent personnel.

This Democracy won't secure itself. Right?

You still have to live up to your oaths of office, even when you're on vacation.

So check these out ...

August 8 - 11, 2019
Las Vegas, NV

28th USENIX Security Symposium
August 14 - 16, 2019
Santa Clara CA

September 20 - 22, 2019 (training will be held September 18 - 19, 2019)
Louisville, KY


Trumporn -- Better With Sound Off

McConnell Received Donations from Voting Machine Lobbyists Before Blocking Election Security Bills

This is American democracy's structural problem, folks. By design.


Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck lobbyist David Cohen, who has worked on behalf of Dominion Voting Systems this year, donated $2,000 to McConnell during this time. Brian Wild, who works with Cohen and has also lobbied Dominion, gave McConnell $1,000.

"It's not surprising to me that Mitch McConnell is receiving these campaign contributions," the Brennan Center for Justice's Lawrence Norden told Sludge last month. "He seems single-handedly to be standing in the way of anything passing in Congress around election security, and that includes things that the vendors might want, like money for the states to replace antiquated equipment."

McConnell's actions seemed even more out of balance with his party, as the Senate Intelligence Committee⁠—led by Republicans⁠—released a report later on Thursday claiming Russians have targeted voting systems in all 50 states in 2016. Though there was no evidence votes were changed, in Illinois "Russian cyberactors were in a position to delete or change voter data."

In 2018, there were 14 states that used electronic voting systems in 2018 with no paper trail, that means that if votes were inaccurately tallied or machines malfunctioned, there would be no way to investigate or recover those votes. Voting machine companies are not currently subject to any federally-mandated security standards.
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