Stephen Michael Kellat email@example.com
Amateur Radio Operator (General Class). Basic Trained ICS Staffer. Lapsed Podcaster. GS-8 Bureaucrat. Occasional Domestic Missionary. Information Specialist.
Thought For The Day
Journalism School in the USA teaches you how to write and pretty much nothing else especially if it is structured on the Columbia model. For all this chatter about Non-Disclosure Agreements in the White House, there are several standard ones across the federal government here. They're related to...classified information! Yes, people sign those all the time when they have access to classified information. If you work at the White House, classified information flows rather freely. And yes, they all have "Fight Club" provisions in them that you're not to acknowledge that you even have the security clearance in the first place let alone that you've signed the NDA!
In my job, there is no classified information. The only restricted information I deal with is protected instead by statute (26 USC 6103) which combined with another two sections provide penalties to send me straight to jail (26 USC 7213A) as well as well as civil damages (26 USC 7431) for unauthorized access. Every system I use at work has log-on warnings about those statutes, audit trails in effect, and that I'm being watched at all times. Unauthorized disclosure gets into even nastier statutes and criminal penalties. That's why most failures at work either lead to outright dismissal or jail time. Getting a suspension without pay for any length of time is highly unusual.
I am disgusted by our ignorant news media.
So my birthday is coming up
My family wanted ideas of what I wanted for my birthday. This simplest listing function I could find was at Amazon still. I put the list here: http://a.co/6NhRkhK
You may be surprised (or not) at what you see.
We almost lost the enterprise WAN at work today. Considering that. An extremely prominent bureau of one of the oldest departments of the United States Government almost had its enterprise WAN outright collapse today. We have record spending on "social welfare" yet the civilian machinery of government is decaying.
Considering that it is the bureau that collects 93% of the gross revenue that had its WAN almost completely collapse today, this simply amuses me. We can do better. Apparently nobody in Congress understands what is going on and thinks we're doing absolutely fabulous.
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Aggregate of the InfoWars coverage so far...
Too many people have forgotten that Alex Jones started out on shortwave stations like WWCR in Tennessee. The bad news is that he is far from silenced in being run off these websites. He's still being aired on WWCR.
Amatulli, J. (2018, August 1). Spotify Pulls Radio Show Episodes By InfoWars’ Alex Jones After Widespread Complaints. Huffington Post. Retrieved from https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/spotify-infowars-alex-jones_us_5b61c4d2e4b0b15aba9ec86e
Beschizza, R. (2018, August 6). Tech platforms quit Alex Jones and InfoWars. Retrieved August 6, 2018, from https://boingboing.net/2018/08/06/tech-platforms-quit-alex-jones.html
Cellan-Jones, R. (2018, August 6). Facebook, iTunes and Spotify drop InfoWars. BBC News. Retrieved from https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-45083684
Crowe, J. (2018, August 6). Facebook Deletes Infowars Page, Apple Deletes All Alex Jones Podcasts. Retrieved August 6, 2018, from https://www.nationalreview.com/news/facebook-deletes-infowars-page-apple-deletes-all-alex-jones-podcasts/
Enforcing Our Community Standards | Facebook Newsroom. (n.d.). Retrieved August 6, 2018, from https://newsroom.fb.com/news/2018/08/enforcing-our-community-standards/
Gilmer, M. (2018, August 6). Facebook deletes 4 pages belonging to Alex Jones and InfoWars. Retrieved August 6, 2018, from https://mashable.com/2018/08/06/facebook-bans-alex-jones-pages/
Glaser, A. (2018, August 6). Apple and Spotify Just Did to Alex Jones What Facebook Wouldn’t. Retrieved August 6, 2018, from https://slate.com/technology/2018/08/apple-and-spotify-are-now-both-blocking-infowars-and-alex-jones-podcasts.html
Gold, A. (2018, August 6). Facebook removes 4 pages owned by InfoWars’ Alex Jones. Retrieved August 6, 2018, from https://www.politico.com/story/2018/08/06/facebook-removes-infowars-pages-alex-jones-764590
Gore, L. (2018, August 6). Alex Jones Infowars: Facebook, Apple remove podcasts, pages from controversial host. Retrieved August 6, 2018, from https://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2018/08/alex_jones_infowars_facebook_a.html
Hern, A. (2018, August 6). Facebook, Apple, YouTube and Spotify ban Infowars’ Alex Jones. The Guardian. Retrieved from http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/aug/06/apple-removes-podcasts-infowars-alex-jones
Kreps, D. (2018, August 6). Apple Removes Alex Jones, ‘Infowars’ Podcasts From Apps. Retrieved August 6, 2018, from https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-news/apple-removes-alex-jones-infowars-podcasts-from-apps-706764/
Legaspi, A. (2018, August 2). Spotify Pulls Episodes of Infowars’ ‘Alex Jones Show’ Podcast. Retrieved August 6, 2018, from https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-news/spotify-pulls-episodes-of-infowars-alex-jones-show-podcast-705812/
McKay, R. (2018, August 6). Facebook, Apple, YouTube and Spotify take down Alex Jones content. Reuters. Retrieved from https://www.reuters.com/article/us-apple-infowars/apple-removes-most-of-u-s-conspiracy-theorists-podcasts-from-itunes-idUSKBN1KR0MZ
Meza, S. (2018, August 6). Facebook finally cracks down on Alex Jones and Infowars. Retrieved August 6, 2018, from http://theweek.com/speedreads/788787/facebook-finally-cracks-down-alex-jones-infowars
Morris, C. (2018, August 6). Facebook Bans Several Pages From Alex Jones and Infowars. Retrieved August 6, 2018, from http://fortune.com/2018/08/06/facebook-bans-alex-jones-infowars-hate-speech/
Neidig, H. (2018, August 6). Facebook deletes InfoWars pages. Retrieved August 6, 2018, from http://thehill.com/policy/technology/400512-facebook-deletes-infowars-pages
Paczkowski, J., & Warzel, C. (2018, August 6). Apple Kicked Alex Jones Off Its Platform Then YouTube And Facebook Rushed To Do The Same. Retrieved August 6, 2018, from https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/johnpaczkowski/apple-is-removing-alex-jones-and-infowars-podcasts-from
Palladino, V. (2018, August 6). Alex Jones hit with bans from Facebook and Apple. Retrieved August 6, 2018, from https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2018/08/alex-jones-hit-with-bans-from-facebook-and-apple/
Russell, J. (2018, August 6). Apple has removed Infowars podcasts from iTunes. Retrieved August 6, 2018, from http://social.techcrunch.com/2018/08/05/apple-has-removed-infowars-podcasts-from-itunes/
Ryan, J. (2018, August 6). Apple drops Alex Jones and Infowars from iTunes, Podcast app. Retrieved August 6, 2018, from https://www.cnet.com/news/apple-has-dropped-alex-jones-and-infowars-from-itunes-podcasts/
Watson, P. J. (2018, August 6). Facebook bans Infowars. Permanently. Infowars was widely credited with playing a key role in getting Trump elected. This is a co-ordinated move ahead of the mid-terms to help Democrats. This is political censorship. This is culture war.https://www.infowars.com/purged-facebook-permanently-bans-infowars-for-hate-speech/ … [Tweet]. Retrieved August 6, 2018, from https://twitter.com/PrisonPlanet/status/1026433061469257733
And we had the most wrong reaction to this news at home...
Ax, Joseph. “Apparent Attack in Venezuela Highlights Risk of Drone Strikes.” Reuters, August 5, 2018. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-venezuela-politics-drones/apparent-attack-in-venezuela-highlights-risk-of-drone-strikes-idUSKBN1KQ0MG.
“Bolton: No US Involvement in Attack in Venezuela.” VOA, August 5, 2018. https://www.voanews.com/a/maduro-blames-us-colombia-for-alleged-assassination-attempt/4514408.html.
Ellsworth, Brian, and Vivian Sequera. “Venezuela Arrests Six over Drone Explosions during Maduro Speech.” Reuters, August 5, 2018. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-venezuela-politics/venezuela-opposition-warns-of-crackdown-after-maduro-denounces-attack-idUSKBN1KQ0IH.
“Maduro Says Foes Used Explosive Drones to Try to Kill Him.” Reuters, August 5, 2018. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-venezuela-politics-maduro/maduro-says-foes-used-explosive-drones-to-try-to-kill-him-idUSKBN1KQ00R.
“No U.S. Government Involvement in Venezuela Drone Blast: Bolton.” Reuters, August 5, 2018. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-venezuela-politics-usa/no-u-s-government-involvement-in-venezuela-drone-blast-bolton-idUSKBN1KQ0GI.
Ulmer, Alexandra. “Blast Scattering Soldiers Makes Venezuela’s Maduro Look Vulnerable:...” Reuters, August 5, 2018. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-venezuela-politics-maduro/blast-scattering-soldiers-makes-venezuelas-maduro-look-vulnerable-analysts-idUSKBN1KQ0KL.
“Venezuela’s Maduro: ‘Shield of Love’ Thwarted Drone Attack.” VOA, August 4, 2018. https://www.voanews.com/a/venezuela-s-maduro-object-of-attack-but-is-fine-official-says/4513955.html.
“Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro Survives Exploding Drone ‘Attack.’” Deutsche Welle, August 4, 2018. https://www.dw.com/en/venezuelas-nicolas-maduro-survives-exploding-drone-attack/a-44957037.
Normal people should be simply horrified. We were spitballing how it was done at home. Apparently all the parts are available at your local Wal-Mart to do such a thing here. Considering the current standing orders at work about drone sightings and how we have to notify Federal Protective Service and Megacenter so that US Marshals Service can roll out to take the things down, I'm left wondering how close we're going to be to another "Joseph Stack" class of incident at work. We've got the building re-clad so that we've got the blast protection in place but a high-speed Drone Racing League unit could break through both layers easily, I suppose.
» Claes Wallin (韋嘉誠):
“ISTR the news mentioning unauthorized drones over the White House lawn last year or so.”
Well, that's all the news is aware of it seems. Airspace at work was violated and the local US Marshals Service detachment had to take action in the past twelve months for something near the federal courthouse. I've got a seat near the windows in the federal office tower. The tower is about eighteen blocks away from the US District Court for the Northern District of Ohio (Eastern Division) with bankruptcy court & the Federal Reserve Bank Of Cleveland being between us.
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I don't get it...
Looking at some quick items logged to Zotero:
Students Argue Literacy Is A Right In Lawsuit. (2018, July 26). Retrieved August 1, 2018, from https://www.npr.org/2018/07/26/632566914/students-argue-literacy-is-a-right-in-lawsuit
In short, no, literacy isn't a right. Literacy is a skill you develop.
Kallberg, J. (2018). The Second Amendment and Cyber Weapons - The Constitutional Relevance of Digital Gun Rights. ArXiv:1807.11041 [Cs]. Retrieved from http://arxiv.org/abs/1807.11041
This was written by somebody at West Point (the United States Military Academy). I need to read it further. If anything it may be a bit of a stretch when there may be other ways to approach the matter.
Smout, A. (2018, July 28). Tech firms should be made liable for “fake news” on sites: UK... Reuters. Retrieved from https://www.reuters.com/article/us-facebook-privacy-britain/tech-firms-should-be-made-liable-for-fake-news-on-sites-uk-lawmakers-idUSKBN1KI053
This is just horrible.
Chiachu, D. (2018, July 29). Trump threatens U.S. government shutdown over border wall. Reuters. Retrieved from https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-trump/trump-threatens-u-s-government-shutdown-over-immigration-idUSKBN1KJ0H7
President Trump willing to shut down government over border security. (2018, July 29). Retrieved July 29, 2018, from https://fox8.com/2018/07/29/president-trump-willing-to-shut-down-government-over-border-security/
I haven't heard yet if I've still got the designation of "essential-excepted" if he goes through with it. This is part of why we are rushing so much essential training right now at working. Training activities are forbidden during a funding lapse. If I wind up "essential-excepted" I'll still have to take phone calls and my pay would be delayed until the crisis concludes.
Dorfman, Z. (2018, July 27). How Silicon Valley Became a Den of Spies. Retrieved July 29, 2018, from https://politi.co/2vakzPL
If you're worried about Russian collusion in Washington, why aren't you watching Silicon Valley?
Rielage, D. (2018, May). How We Lost the Great Pacific War. Retrieved July 29, 2018, from https://www.usni.org/magazines/proceedings/2018-05/how-we-lost-great-pacific-war
This is a very good essay to read.
Dang, S., & Rai, S. (2018, July 27). New York state revokes approval of Charter-Time Warner Cable deal. Reuters. Retrieved from https://www.reuters.com/article/us-timewarnercable-m-a-charter-commns/new-york-state-revokes-approval-of-charter-time-warner-cable-deal-idUSKBN1KH2EJ
This bodes ill for my current broadband provider. The only other choice I have is to go with satellite broadband. If I start talking about setting up UUCP and spawning more droplets on Digital Ocean to do things on a batch basis, things will not be looking good.
Kott, A., & Perconti, P. (2018). Long-Term Forecasts of Military Technologies for a 20-30 Year Horizon: An Empirical Assessment of Accuracy. ArXiv:1807.08339 [Cs]. Retrieved from http://arxiv.org/abs/1807.08339
This prompted a nice discussion in the John Ringo Fan Club.
Trump, D. J. (2018, July 22). To Iranian President Rouhani: NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE. WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS! [Tweet]. Retrieved July 23, 2018, from https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1021234525626609666
That helped me choose to nuke the now-former Twitter account.
Roose, K. (2018, July 20). U.S.-Funded Broadcaster Directed Ads to Americans. The New York Times. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/19/technology/facebook-ads-propaganda.html
I know, I know. If you read only the headline, you might think they're talking only about NPR or PBS. In this case they're talking about Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty which is only meant for external audiences. I'd be happy to cut off the spigot that is the Corporation for Public Broadcasting so that NPR and PBS are free from government financial influence. RFE/RL is a corporate entity owned by the US Government that carries out foreign policy objectives articulated through the International Broadcasting Bureau. Previously the Secretary of State had at least some control over it.
Matfess, H., & Smith, J. (2018, July 13). Africa’s Attack on Internet Freedom. Retrieved July 15, 2018, from https://foreignpolicy.com/2018/07/13/africas-attack-on-internet-freedom-uganda-tanzania-ethiopia-museveni-protests/
Not good at all.
Drier, H. N. (1977). Career Education through the Church. Retrieved from https://eric.ed.gov/?id=ED143797
Plotting and planning a revival of functions.
'twas when I read about "Medicare For All" in the USA...
That this came to mind:
There isn't enough money in the economy to fund single-payer/Medicare For All and then fund anything else at the federal level. Assuming that the USD$32.6 trillion is a steady cost, that would be USD$3.26 trillion per year. The federal budget in the aggregate generally weighs in lately at almost $4 trillion dollars. Even if we went to almost confiscatory rates at the federal level & left nothing for state/local tiers in our federal republic, there still wouldn't be enough money to feed the beast if single-payer were added in as currently proposed.
Sometimes working at the pointy end of the spear for the feds can be a bad thing. I wind up unable to plead ignorance on far too much.
Looking At What Stuart Says...
Stuart Langridge has a nice post up discussing the design of web browsers. Should you have the option to "View Source" or not? In my job at work, I'm stuck viewing raw code from an old Sperry Univac or its IBM replacements so I could only wish there was a shiny front-end. We have a single front-end made beyond the tn3270 terminal session and it is definitely not shiny. I look at raw source quite a bit at my job and have to tell people what it means. Until we get the dream of an Enterprise Case Management System fulfilled, we have just over 10,000 human beings trained to be the metaphorical glue holding together some 15 different ancient computer systems that don't play nice together yet end up allowing the humans to give coherent responses when people call in with questions. That is part of why I make "obscene money" for what seems like being no more than a simple telephone operator. Handling ancient COBOL-rooted commands in a mainframe system, reading mainframe responses that can be byzantine at best, integrating that with output from several other systems that don't talk to each other, summarizing it all, and speaking coherently to a generally angry person on the phone is still a tremendous feat.
Much of my life defaults to "View Source" and it drives me batty.
President Trump willing to shut down government over border security
Last Clear Chance
I commend this to the House.
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