… I question whether “privacy” would be an issue were we able to NOT label and/or discriminate against anyone whose genetic-testing indicated they were likely to have or carry or be afflicted with…???

… I question whether “privacy” would be an issue were we able to NOT label and/or discriminate against anyone whose genetic-testing indicated they were likely to have or carry or be afflicted with…???   

Genetic-testing technology is progressing rapidly. The rules need to keep up.

Congress should pass legislation to address security and privacy concerns in the genetic-testing industry.

By Editorial Board

Following 9-11 we gifted pier piper … “W” Bush, then President of our nation, with near doctorial power

…For the most part in our exuberance to embrace the “newest, latest, best, fastest, tech-stuff” we long ago sign off … likely unintentionally, but sign off we did … giving up most if not all of our privacy…

…Following 9-11 we gifted pier piper … “W” Bush, then President of our nation, with near doctorial power with his Patriot Act … allowing ourselves to be searched, photographed, followed, interrogated ad-nausea…

…TRUMP is taking our choice to give up privacy to a new level, the outcome yet uncertain…

Artificial intelligence is transforming social media. Can American democracy survive?

 

By Clint Watts   September 5Clint Watts, a distinguished research fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, is the author of “Messing With The Enemy: Surviving In A Social Media World of Hackers, Terrorists, Russians and Fake News.

 

Donald Trump’s allies on social media paved his way to the White House, and today the commander in chief’s Twitter tirades rally his base and set the country’s policy agenda and constitutional debates. His fans admire the alleged authenticity of the president’s direct, seemingly unfiltered communications.

But are the social media masses being duped? Mounting evidencesuggests that the president authors only some of his tweets. And those famous campaign phrases and hashtags of “drain the swamp” and “deep state”? According to Chris Wylie, a Cambridge Analytica whistleblower, Stephen K. Bannon directed the testing of these messages in 2014, long before Trump signed up for the presidential race.

 

Yes, the Kremlin’s manipulation of social media is a threat to U.S. democracy. But some of the most damaging efforts I’ve seen lately are American, not Russian, and they’re far more technically capable than those of the Internet Research Agency that was indicted by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III in February. It’s time we started paying attention to the political campaigns and public-relations firms exploiting social media to drive audiences apart online and constituencies against each other at the ballot box. Western opportunists will adopt the Kremlin’s information warfare art but will apply a more devastating power — that of artificial intelligence — to sway audiences through social media assaults.

Cambridge Analytica’s much-touted use of social media-generated psychographic voter targeting may have been more aspirational than factual, a touch of digital snake oil in the pursuit of clients. But Bannon and Cambridge Analytica were naturally and logically pursuing the next advance in political influence — campaigning that is more science than art, manufactured populism guided by hidden influencers who understand microscopic audience preferences and the psychological vulnerabilities of voters.

Cambridge Analytica’s harvesting of Facebook accounts and pairing with voter profiles merely represents a small first step for social manipulation. Advanced public relations firms, propagandists and campaigns, now and in the future, seek a full digital pattern-of-life on each potential voter. Every like, retweet, share and post on all social media platforms will be merged and matched with purchase histories, credit reports, professional résumés and subscriptions. Fitness tracker data combined with social media activity provides a remarkable window into just when a targeted voter might be most vulnerable to influence, ripe for just the right message or a particular kind of messenge

The fox guards the hen house, how does that work out…???

clip_image002…Unless I am totally missing some hidden words all I see is that Charter School Advocates are solely being allowed to define what their ETHIC should be…???

…The fox guards the hen house, how does that work out…???

I voted for a coward who is attempting to fill the job

clip_image002…I want to apologize to Helen Purcell former Maricopa County recorder for not supporting her…

…Yes, she made mistakes, but, she owned up to them … did not hide, did not point fingers…

…Sorry, Helen, I voted for a coward who is attempting to fill the job you did so well…

 

TRUMP is taking our choice to give up privacy to a new level, the outcome yet uncertain

…For the most part in our exuberance to embrace the “newest, latest, best, fastest, tech-stuff” we long ago sign off … likely unintentionally, but sign off we did … giving up most if not all of our privacy…

…Following 9-11 we gifted pier piper … “W” Bush, then President of our nation, with near doctorial power with his Patriot Act … allowing ourselves to be searched, photographed, followed, interrogated ad-nausea…

…TRUMP is taking our choice to give up privacy to a new level, the outcome yet uncertain…

Artificial intelligence is transforming social media. Can American democracy survive?

 

By Clint Watts   September 5Clint Watts, a distinguished research fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, is the author of “Messing With The Enemy: Surviving In A Social Media World of Hackers, Terrorists, Russians and Fake News.

 

Donald Trump’s allies on social media paved his way to the White House, and today the commander in chief’s Twitter tirades rally his base and set the country’s policy agenda and constitutional debates. His fans admire the alleged authenticity of the president’s direct, seemingly unfiltered communications.

But are the social media masses being duped? Mounting evidencesuggests that the president authors only some of his tweets. And those famous campaign phrases and hashtags of “drain the swamp” and “deep state”? According to Chris Wylie, a Cambridge Analytica whistleblower, Stephen K. Bannon directed the testing of these messages in 2014, long before Trump signed up for the presidential race.

 

Yes, the Kremlin’s manipulation of social media is a threat to U.S. democracy. But some of the most damaging efforts I’ve seen lately are American, not Russian, and they’re far more technically capable than those of the Internet Research Agency that was indicted by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III in February. It’s time we started paying attention to the political campaigns and public-relations firms exploiting social media to drive audiences apart online and constituencies against each other at the ballot box. Western opportunists will adopt the Kremlin’s information warfare art but will apply a more devastating power — that of artificial intelligence — to sway audiences through social media assaults.

Cambridge Analytica’s much-touted use of social media-generated psychographic voter targeting may have been more aspirational than factual, a touch of digital snake oil in the pursuit of clients. But Bannon and Cambridge Analytica were naturally and logically pursuing the next advance in political influence — campaigning that is more science than art, manufactured populism guided by hidden influencers who understand microscopic audience preferences and the psychological vulnerabilities of voters.

Cambridge Analytica’s harvesting of Facebook accounts and pairing with voter profiles merely represents a small first step for social manipulation. Advanced public relations firms, propagandists and campaigns, now and in the future, seek a full digital pattern-of-life on each potential voter. Every like, retweet, share and post on all social media platforms will be merged and matched with purchase histories, credit reports, professional résumés and subscriptions. Fitness tracker data combined with social media activity provides a remarkable window into just when a targeted voter might be most vulnerable to influence, ripe for just the right message or a particular kind of messenge

Can this inequality be allowed to continue…???

…Can this inequality be allowed to continue…???Support my Stop Bad Employers by Zeroing Out Subsidies (BEZOS) Act.

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How does it happen, that the wealthiest man in the history of the world, Jeff Bezos, is also one of the largest welfare recipients in America?

And email from Bernie Sanders notes … It is quite simple, really. ….Jeff Bezos and his company, Amazon, make huge profits by paying their employees’ wages that are so inadequate that many of them need public assistance just to get by. Today in America, thousands of Amazon workers are forced to rely on food stamps, Medicaid and public housing because they can’t survive on the wages they receive. Meanwhile, Jeff Bezos is now worth $158 billion, and his wealth increases by $260 million – every single day. How absurd is that?

And who pays for the public assistance subsidizing Mr. Bezos’ wealth? You do. The middle class subsidizes the wealthiest person in the world, while his workers struggle to put food on the table. That is what the rigged economy is all about. And in my view, that has got to end.

That is why I introduced a piece of legislation that aims to end corporate welfare by establishing a 100 percent tax on corporations with 500 or more employees equal to the amount of federal benefits received by their low-wage workers.

So, if a worker at Amazon receives $1,000 in food stamps, Amazon would be taxed $1,000 to cover that cost.

The bill gives large, profitable employers a choice: pay your workers a living wage or pay for the public assistance they need to get by. It’s common sense. Now I want you to send a message to my colleagues that it has your support, as well:

Make no mistake about it, Jeff Bezos is not alone in this regard. Some of the most profitable businesses in America sustain their wealth through this kind of corporate welfare.

According to one report, in 2014, Walmart employees received at least $6.2 billion in public aid every year. Walmart is owned by the Walton family, the wealthiest family in the country.

More than half of employees in the fast food industry rely on some kind of public assistance.

McDonald’s workers are actually encouraged to sign up for assistance, and the co-owner of Burger King has a net worth of $25 billion, while his workers receive an estimated $356 million in subsidies each year.

According to a study from the University of California, low wages cost American taxpayers $150 billion every single year.

So let me be as clear as I can be: The government has a moral responsibility to make certain that every man, woman and child in this country has a decent standard of living and that we provide for the vulnerable in this country — our kids, the sick, the elderly and the disabled. It is not acceptable, however, that the American taxpayer is being asked to subsidize the wealth of some of the wealthiest people in the history of the world.

And it must end.

The economic and political systems of this country are stacked against ordinary Americans and in the favor of the most powerful among us.

The rich get richer and use their wealth to buy elections — just recently, it was announced that Jeff Bezos made a $10 million donation to a Super PAC that in one place is running ads supporting a candidate who will “work with President Trump to fight for Florida’s conservative values.”

For the rest of us, who don’t have the wealth it takes to buy the legislative outcomes they want, it’s survival of the fittest.

That is not democracy. That is oligarchy. Let’s work together to end it.

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TRUMP ego will not tolerate anyone

…Anytime anyone especially  when a “black” man gets more favorable “press” than TRUMP there will be hell to pay as the TRUMP ego will not tolerate anyone but TRUMP dominating the “press”…

White House Insiders Panicked That the Return of Obama is Getting ‘into Trump’s Head’

By Tom Boggioni, Raw Story

Insiders claim Trump "has long complained about the fawning coverage and adulation that he believes Obama has received, even after leaving the White House."  READ MORE»