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Daily Digest 1/27 - Brazil’s Democracy Pushed Into the Abyss, U.S. Can No Longer Hide From Poverty Problem

Saturday, January 27, 2018, 1:08 PM


Google’s true origin partly lies in CIA and NSA research grants for mass surveillance (Time2Help)

The intelligence community hoped that the nation’s leading computer scientists could take non-classified information and user data, combine it with what would become known as the internet, and begin to create for-profit, commercial enterprises to suit the needs of both the intelligence community and the public. They hoped to direct the supercomputing revolution from the start in order to make sense of what millions of human beings did inside this digital information network. That collaboration has made a comprehensive public-private mass surveillance state possible today."

The U.S. Can No Longer Hide From Its Deep Poverty Problem (blackeagle)

An Indian villager spends little or nothing on housing, heat or child care, and a poor agricultural laborer in the tropics can get by with little clothing or transportation. Even in the United States, it is no accident that there are more homeless people sleeping on the streets in Los Angeles, with its warmer climate, than in New York.

You Probably Don't Need More Financial Advice, Just Make a Change (blackeagle)

As personal finance site Young Yet Wise points out, financial advice is handy but the most important rules never change. Hearing “spend less than you earn” a hundred different ways doesn’t change the fact that you kind of already knew that. If you were never taught about money growing up, you should learn a few basics, but after that your budget is determined by what you do.

Crypto Dropped, but the Bullish Narrative Remains (Tiffany D.)

It was evident that this new batch of crypto buyers was less intrigued by the promise of decentralizing existing businesses, and more interested in chasing the hottest new thing to unexpected valuations. Things looked almost too good to be true.

This new wave of crypto buyers that only thought prices went in one direction suddenly learned the same lesson as the previous wave of top-pickers — prices go down faster than they go up. What was once looked at as a “store of value” quickly became a “destroyer of value.”

The U.S. Drops Out of the Top 10 in Innovation Ranking (blackeagle)

“I see no evidence to suggest that this trend will not continue,” said Robert D. Atkinson, president of the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation in Washington, D.C. “Other nations have responded with smart, well-funded innovation policies like better R&D tax incentives, more government funding for research, more funding for technology commercialization initiatives.”

Brazil’s Democracy Pushed Into the Abyss (blackeagle)

The trial judge, Sérgio Moro, has demonstrated his own partisanship on numerous occasions. He had to apologize to the Supreme Court in 2016 for releasing wiretapped conversations between Mr. da Silva and President Dilma Rousseff, his lawyer, and his wife and children. Judge Moro arranged a spectacle for the press in which the police showed up at Mr. da Silva’s home and took him away for questioning — even though Mr. da Silva had said he would report voluntarily for questioning.

Lake Michigan has become dramatically clearer in last 20 years — but at a steep cost (Adam)

In analyzing satellite images between 1998 and 2012, researchers at the Michigan Tech Research Institute were surprised to find that lakes Michigan and Huron are now clearer than Lake Superior. In a study published late last year, the researchers say limiting the amount of agricultural and sewage runoff in the lake has had an immense impact. However, the emergence of invasive mussels, which number in the trillions and have the ability to filter the entire volume of Lake Michigan in four to six days, has had an even greater effect.

Utopic Wellness Communities Are A Multibillion-Dollar Real Estate Trend (blackeagle)

There are few cars on the premises; most residents prefer to walk to the local yoga class or hike the neighborhood’s 15 miles of trails. Young couples amuse themselves at a field-size labyrinth composed of rocks, just beyond the wildflower meadow. The loudest sound is of the breeze brushing up against the oak trees that hover over the lawns. This landscape feels to me like a physical manifestation of the Sabbath.

Gold & Silver

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Everything in the digital world is crap

In keeping with this theme, several reports have appeared recently

We Are Truly F*cked:  Everyone is Making AI Generated Fake Porn Now

This involves the use of AI learning algorithms to put the face of one person on the body of another and have the resulting video appear realistic.  Now it can be done inexpensively by most everyone.

See the other videos in the article.

An incredibly easy-to-use application for DIY fake videos—of sex and revenge porn, but also political speeches and whatever else you want—that moves and improves at this pace could have society-changing impacts in the ways we consume media. The combination of powerful, open-source neural network research, our rapidly eroding ability to discern truth from fake news, and the way we spread news through social media has set us up for serious consequences.

Deborah Johnson, Professor Emeritus of Applied Ethics at the University of Virginia’s school of engineering, told me there's no doubt this technology would get so good that it’d be impossible to tell the difference between an AI-generated face swap and the real thing.

“You could argue that what’s new is the degree to which it can be done, or the believability, we’re getting to the point where we can’t distinguish what’s real—but then, we didn’t before,” she said. “What is new is the fact that it’s now available to everybody, or will be... It’s destabilizing. The whole business of trust and reliability is undermined by this stuff.”

The Deep State has been at this for a couple of decades.  But now "everyone" else can do it, too.  


I have not had the time or emotional fortitude to sort through the FISA Memo stuff.  (Reading the endless series of lies of countless authorities is horribly averse to me.)  But the FISA Memo establishes the use of the NSA surveillance data for political power.  

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FISA memo, AI porn

Yeah, while I'm not familiar with how AI porn is done, they use the same underlying tools that I use.  This would seem to make video evidence problematic unless it was captured directly from the camera with a very tight chain of custody.

And even then, with all the backdoors out there, planting a video image on someone else's internet-enabled camera might not be too difficult.  Remember that ancient "separate OS" running on your phone that is responsible for speaking to the base station?  That's the one I'd pick to subvert to plant the video.

Yeah, so video evidence seems problematic now.

I haven't gone clear through the FISA memo yet - its pretty heavy reading - but the NSA does appear to have run amok.  They are hoovering up everything, and they don't really restrict who can look at what.

And now apparently they're sharing it with all the other agencies too - according to Binney, its being used for normal criminal prosecutions, although since none of it is admissible since it was warrantless, they have to resort to parallel construction to get it admitted it in court.  Oh darn.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parallel_construction

And I'm sure it hasn't been used for blackmailing politicians "in the defense of democracy" or anything.

Did you notice that NSA warrantless wiretapping program that just got re-authorized again for another 6 years?  That's what we are talking about.

"We had to destroy the village in order to save it."

We are seriously living in East Germany right now, and the politicians are the only ones who really have a clue as to just how much power such information has over people.  If they threaten to vote the wrong way, they find out in a hurry just how much power.

It sure explains a lot, doesn't it?

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The wonders of social media!

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Founder of RT Beats Himself to Death

FBI Releases Docs Claiming RT

Founder Beat Himself To Death In

His Hotel Room

This seems plausible to me.  Some people are clumsy.

Reminds me a bit of the guy who explained that his wife, who had just died of two stab wounds to her heart, incurred those wounds from accidentally falling on a kitchen knife, twice.

And clumsy weight lifters like UN president John Ash who died of a heart attack, er, I mean, crushed trachea, the week before he was to testify in a Clinton bribery case.

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No more sub-zero: Euro zone bonds yields head for positive terri

No more sub-zero: Euro zone bonds yields head for positive territory

Reuters-1 hour ago
Then, up to $13 trillion worth of debt globally was trading with yields of less than zero. But with the European Central Bank heading to the exit on quantitative easing (QE), economic recovery clearly underway and inflation expectations rising, investors are increasingly unwilling to effectively pay to lend to governments.

China faces refinancing crunch with $2.7tn of bonds bearing down

Financial Times-18 hours ago
China's $4tn bond market faces a refinancing challenge over the next five years as more than half of the outstanding debt matures, heightening concerns over default risk by some borrowers. Companies, state-owned enterprises, financial institutions and sovereign borrowers — including the central government and local ...

Alaskans turn to government for food and health care amid ...

Alaska Dispatch News-16 hours ago
But others point out that growing health care costs have placed Medicaid under pressure not just in Alaska but at the federal level. Conservative lawmakers have been pushing for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, and President Donald Trump's administration this month set out guidelines that would allow states to force ...


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