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Friday, October 16, 2020

Clowns, Clicks, Conspiracy, China, And CoVID-19


The Lancet Statement of Support
for all those working to
Contain COVID-19

https://www.thelancet.com/action/showPdf?pii=S0140-6736%2820%2930418-9
(click on image for pdf)
ChangeDotOrg Petition


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"...Any pandemic management strategy relying upon immunity from natural infections [oft incorrectly referred to as herd immunity] for COVID-19 is flawed..."

UPDATED 07/24/2020 Assessing the US government response to the coronavirus Article by Daniel M. Gerstein; published in the Journal Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (article access is free until Oct 1, 2020)

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Corporate Complexity Versus Corruption

There is a difference between corporate complexity and corruption. Yes, software is extraordinarily complex—software defeat devices are corrupt. Boeing has been doing extraordinarily "complex" products, including software for decades, using talented engineers and risk analysis—not rent-seeking behavior or shameless calls by its chief executive officer.

How They [VW Engineers] Did It: An Analysis of Emission Defeat Devices in Modern Automobiles

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UPDATED 04/08/2019 Boeing 737 Technical Site
U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation; “The State of Airline Safety: Federal Oversight of Commercial Aviation,” at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27, 2019

The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, DeFazio, Larsen Letter Requesting DOT IG Investigate FAA Certifying Boeing 737 MAX

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UPDATED 09/16/2020 UPI, Final report: Boeing, FAA made 'serious' flaws, 'missteps' with 737 Max,

 House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure,  Nearly One Year After Launching Its Boeing 737 MAX Investigation, House Transportation Committee Issues Preliminary Investigative Findings 
UPDATED 12/23/2019 Boeing, Boeing Announces Leadership Changes
UPDATED 12/17/2019 CNA, Boeing's Halt to 737 MAX Production Could Ding US Economy, Jobs
UPDATED 11/27/2019 NYT, Problems Pile Up for Boeing as 737 Max Delays Continue
UPDATED 11/06/2019 Reuters, Regulators Find Gaps in Boeing's 737 MAX Software Documentation - Sources and Regulators Want Revised Boeing 737 MAX Software Documentation: Company and
UPDATED 10/29/2019 C-SPAN3, Boeing CEO and Government Officials Testify on 737 MAX Safety


UPDATED 10/21/2019 Barrons, Boeing Stock Tumbles Because the FAA Just Dropped a Bombshell and Boeing Responded To The 737 MAX Email Controversy. Here’s What They Said.

UPDATED 10/08/2019 Reuters, Boeing Gets First 737 MAX Order Since Crash; Deliveries Halve

UPDATED 08/19/2019 WSJ, The Four-Second Catastrophe: How Boeing Doomed the 737 MAX

UPDATED 07/28/2019 NYT, The Roots of Boeing’s 737 Max Crisis: A Regulator Relaxes Its Oversight
UPDATED 06/29/2019 Reuters, U.S. Prosecutors Subpoena Records on Boeing 787 Production: Seattle Times
UPDATED 06/19/2019 C-SPAN, House Transportation [2nd] Hearing on Boeing 737 Max Aircraft (June 2019)
UPDATED 06/17/2019 CBSNews, Boeing CEO Admits "Mistake" in Handling 737 Max Warnings
UPDATED 06/08/2019 Reuters, Boeing Delayed Fix of Defective 737 MAX Warning Light for Three Years: U.S. Lawmakers

UPDATED 05/15/2019 TransportationInfrastructureCommittee, “Status of the Boeing 737 MAX”


UPDATED 05/14/2019 Reuters, FAA Convenes Multi-Agency  Board to Review Boeing Software Fix


UPDATED 05/06/2019 NYT, Boeing Believed a 737 Max Warning Light Was Standard. It Wasn’t.
UPDATED 04/15/2019 Vox, The Real Reason Boeing's New Plane Crashed Twice


UPDATED 04/08/2019 Boeing, Statement from Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg: We Own Safety - 737 MAX Software, Production and Process Update
UPDATED 03/21/2019 NYT, Doomed Boeing Jets Lacked 2 Safety Features That Company Sold Only as Extras...really!, a commercial passenger airliner is experiencing an accelerating pitching oscillation because you did not buy a "disagree" light and real AoA readings...

UPDATED 03/21/2019 AP, European, Canadian Regulators to do Own Review of Boeing Jet and USAToday, FBI Joins Criminal Probe into Boeing 737 Max 8 Safety Certification in Wake of Crashes and NYT, Pentagon Opens Internal Inquiry of Acting Defense Chief’s Ties to Boeing and NPR, Boeing Brings 100 Years Of History To Its Fight To Restore Its Reputation and Reuters, U.S. Prosecutors, Transportation Department Scrutinizing Boeing 737 MAX Development -Sources and WP, Federal Investigators Looking into Boeing 737 Max Following 2 Crashes in Less Than Five Months and Reuters, U.S. Senate to Hold Crash Hearing as Lawmakers Urge Grounding Boeing 737 MAX 8














Originally Published March 19, 2019; Last Updated September 16, 2020; Last Republished September 16, 2020:



Monday, August 31, 2020

Fear Never Builds The Future

 

"Fear Never Builds The Future"

Biden's Pittsburgh Speech, Today

It is highly likely that the ancestors decedents of American slaves will rescue our democracy from destruction by the ancestors decedents of American slave owners...irony's beauty is boundless.

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Is Georgia's Secretary Of State Criminally Suppressing Voters Updated08112020

..Is Georgia's secretary of state criminally suppressing voters...former President Carter has called on Brian Kemp to resign...not only must Kemp resign...the DOJ must launch an inquiry...

...the upside of gerrymandering is the possibility of gaining more seats than your expected fair allocation of seats...to get this unfair allocation a party must distribute "their" finite number of precious partisan voters across many districts in "just enough numbers" to win, but no more (i. e. "waste" a precious partisan voter)...to determine what is "just enough" the gerrymanders generally use "historical voting patterns and turnout"...
...now the downside of a gerrymander...enter an ultra qualified charismatic politician who is able to "energize" their voters to turnout in numbers far exceeding the expected historical averages (i.e. Stacey Abrams)...the "just enough" allocation of the precious partisan voters in a particular gerrymandered district is "swamped"...and the opposition wins the gerrymandered district... 

...this may be why Georgia's Secretary of State is very, very, very, concerned with the Democratic turnout...there are not enough reliably Republican voters in the gerrymandered district to cover the huge turnout...enter voter suppression (i.e a method of reducing the excessive turnout to the expected historical averages and those used when drawing the gerrymandered map)...

Web:


UPDATED 07/27/2020 AP, expert: Georgia election server showed signs of tampering and Coalition for Good Governance


UPDATED 05/23/2020 LAT, Georgia reopened first. What the data show is a matter of fierce debate


...Georgia's governor extends electoral ruses, artifices and gimmicks to critical healthcare data and information...sacrificing Georgians to Republican Party dogma and deception...









...the GOP/RNC cum RAG Party's antiquated political platform necessitates use of Ruses, Artifices, and Gimmicks (RAG)...lately, their use of Ruses, Artifices, and Gimmicks is transparently flagrant...











...just in case you're tempted to think Georgia is the only [southern?] state the GOP/RNC cum RAG Party is actively using in ruse, artifice, and gimmickry to win elections...

...don't forget to laugh...




"...The DCCC did amazing work in 2018 to win 40 seats. Our challenge is to build on that progress, to fortify and expand our majority...America’s strength has always come from our diversity. That’s why I’m committed to building a leadership team that reflects the tremendous diversity of our House Democrats and our nation..."
"...The more fundamental risk for Republicans is that voters are increasingly savvy about issues like gerrymandering, voting rights and campaign finance, which were once thought to be of great interest to elites but of little relevance to most citizens..."--NYT, With Power Grabs--














...BBC, What's Killing America's White Men? and USAToday, Stepping Back from The Edge...



...the NYT opinion has enough information to order a run-off based on Secretary of State, Bryan Kemp's gross negligence...a scandalous farce where a state's secretary of state "oversees" his own candidacy for governor is not an election...









...the caravan is "marching" like a bunch of D-0 Army recruits...better send Seal Team Six-Red and the 3rd Airborne Group to stop this "invading force"...(AP, Fact Check: President Trump’s Rhetoric and The Truth About Migrant Caravans)...make sure you pack the C-130s with extra MREs, doctors, and medical supplies...the "threat" will welcome offers of nourishment and medical attention...because the "threat" will likely mistake soldiers for border agents be ready to tell the surrendering "threat", in Spanish directions to the nearest border patrol agent... (WP, Trump’s Border Deployments Could Cost $200 Million by Year-End)











-----notes-----

1. UPDATED 01/03/2020 Charlotte Observer,  NC Voter ID Law Written with ‘Discriminatory Intent,’ Says Judge Who Just Blocked It and ABCNews, Memorandum Opinion, Order, And Preliminary Injunction Loretta C. Biggs, District Judge (pdf)

...evidence continues to accumulate for requiring a form of the 1965 Voting Rights Act §5 preclearance rules, which the Supreme Court's ideologues invalidated in Shelby County v. Holder, 570 U.S. 529 (2013), leaving the "gods" to sort  out our nation's entrenched partisan regional racism...

...kudos to the local judges who are stepping in to fill the insidiously discriminatory gaps created by the Supreme Court ideologues' Shelby ruling...


UPDATED 12/14/2019 USAToday, Judge Orders 234,000 Purged from Wisconsin Voter Rolls and Texas Settles Lawsuit Over Attempt To Purge Thousands From Voter Rolls

...Georgia is not the only state where the RNC-GOP cum RAG Party is conducting bulk voter roll purge programs...unsurprisingly these bulk programs, disproportionately impact the economically disadvantaged and minority groups...

...everybody concerned about fair (i.e. credible) elections must actively intervene to make sure these "voter roll purges" do not remove a single legitimate...expect these ruses, artifices, and gimmicks (RAGs) to continue into the foreseeable future...

...combining an aggressive "voter roll purge" oversight program, which must receive a copy of any purge letter with an equally aggressive voter registration program is ideal...

...here is a statement from Wisconsin's Elections Commission on Judge Malloy's oral ruling:
Statement regarding decision in voter list case
Date:Fri, 12/13/2019 - 17:30

The Wisconsin Elections Commission issued the following statement in response to Judge Malloy's ruling today in Timothy Zignego et al vs. Wisconsin Election Commission et al:

"We will be analyzing the judge’s oral decision and consulting with the six members of the Wisconsin Elections Commission on next steps. A written order has not been issued yet."
For more information, contact

Reid Magney, public information officer, 608-267-7887, reid.magney@wi.gov.
...the statement should say "We will be overruling Judge Malloy's oral ruling"...




 Originally Published October 31, 2018; Last Updated August 11, 2020; Last Republished August 11, 2020:​

 

Monday, July 27, 2020

Is Georgia's Secretary Of State Criminally Suppressing Voters Updated08112020

..Is Georgia's secretary of state criminally suppressing voters...former President Carter has called on Brian Kemp to resign...not only must Kemp resign...the DOJ must launch an inquiry...

...the upside of gerrymandering is the possibility of gaining more seats than your expected fair allocation of seats...to get this unfair allocation a party must distribute "their" finite number of precious partisan voters across many districts in "just enough numbers" to win, but no more (i. e. "waste" a precious partisan voter)...to determine what is "just enough" the gerrymanders generally use "historical voting patterns and turnout"...
...now the downside of a gerrymander...enter an ultra qualified charismatic politician who is able to "energize" their voters to turnout in numbers far exceeding the expected historical averages (i.e. Stacey Abrams)...the "just enough" allocation of the precious partisan voters in a particular gerrymandered district is "swamped"...and the opposition wins the gerrymandered district... 

...this may be why Georgia's Secretary of State is very, very, very, concerned with the Democratic turnout...there are not enough reliably Republican voters in the gerrymandered district to cover the huge turnout...enter voter suppression (i.e a method of reducing the excessive turnout to the expected historical averages and those used when drawing the gerrymandered map)...

Web:


UPDATED 07/27/2020 AP, expert: Georgia election server showed signs of tampering and Coalition for Good Governance


UPDATED 05/23/2020 LAT, Georgia reopened first. What the data show is a matter of fierce debate


...Georgia's governor extends electoral ruses, artifices and gimmicks to critical healthcare data and information...sacrificing Georgians to Republican Party dogma and deception...









...the GOP/RNC cum RAG Party's antiquated political platform necessitates use of Ruses, Artifices, and Gimmicks (RAG)...lately, their use of Ruses, Artifices, and Gimmicks is transparently flagrant...











...just in case you're tempted to think Georgia is the only [southern?] state the GOP/RNC cum RAG Party is actively using in ruse, artifice, and gimmickry to win elections...

...don't forget to laugh...




"...The DCCC did amazing work in 2018 to win 40 seats. Our challenge is to build on that progress, to fortify and expand our majority...America’s strength has always come from our diversity. That’s why I’m committed to building a leadership team that reflects the tremendous diversity of our House Democrats and our nation..."
"...The more fundamental risk for Republicans is that voters are increasingly savvy about issues like gerrymandering, voting rights and campaign finance, which were once thought to be of great interest to elites but of little relevance to most citizens..."--NYT, With Power Grabs--














...BBC, What's Killing America's White Men? and USAToday, Stepping Back from The Edge...



...the NYT opinion has enough information to order a run-off based on Secretary of State, Bryan Kemp's gross negligence...a scandalous farce where a state's secretary of state "oversees" his own candidacy for governor is not an election...









...the caravan is "marching" like a bunch of D-0 Army recruits...better send Seal Team Six-Red and the 3rd Airborne Group to stop this "invading force"...(AP, Fact Check: President Trump’s Rhetoric and The Truth About Migrant Caravans)...make sure you pack the C-130s with extra MREs, doctors, and medical supplies...the "threat" will welcome offers of nourishment and medical attention...because the "threat" will likely mistake soldiers for border agents be ready to tell the surrendering "threat", in Spanish directions to the nearest border patrol agent... (WP, Trump’s Border Deployments Could Cost $200 Million by Year-End)











-----notes-----

1. UPDATED 01/03/2020 Charlotte Observer,  NC Voter ID Law Written with ‘Discriminatory Intent,’ Says Judge Who Just Blocked It and ABCNews, Memorandum Opinion, Order, And Preliminary Injunction Loretta C. Biggs, District Judge (pdf)

...evidence continues to accumulate for requiring a form of the 1965 Voting Rights Act §5 preclearance rules, which the Supreme Court's ideologues invalidated in Shelby County v. Holder, 570 U.S. 529 (2013), leaving the "gods" to sort  out our nation's entrenched partisan regional racism...

...kudos to the local judges who are stepping in to fill the insidiously discriminatory gaps created by the Supreme Court ideologues' Shelby ruling...


UPDATED 12/14/2019 USAToday, Judge Orders 234,000 Purged from Wisconsin Voter Rolls and Texas Settles Lawsuit Over Attempt To Purge Thousands From Voter Rolls

...Georgia is not the only state where the RNC-GOP cum RAG Party is conducting bulk voter roll purge programs...unsurprisingly these bulk programs, disproportionately impact the economically disadvantaged and minority groups...

...everybody concerned about fair (i.e. credible) elections must actively intervene to make sure these "voter roll purges" do not remove a single legitimate...expect these ruses, artifices, and gimmicks (RAGs) to continue into the foreseeable future...

...combining an aggressive "voter roll purge" oversight program, which must receive a copy of any purge letter with an equally aggressive voter registration program is ideal...

...here is a statement from Wisconsin's Elections Commission on Judge Malloy's oral ruling:
Statement regarding decision in voter list case
Date:Fri, 12/13/2019 - 17:30

The Wisconsin Elections Commission issued the following statement in response to Judge Malloy's ruling today in Timothy Zignego et al vs. Wisconsin Election Commission et al:

"We will be analyzing the judge’s oral decision and consulting with the six members of the Wisconsin Elections Commission on next steps. A written order has not been issued yet."
For more information, contact

Reid Magney, public information officer, 608-267-7887, reid.magney@wi.gov.
...the statement should say "We will be overruling Judge Malloy's oral ruling"...




 Originally Published October 31, 2018; Last Updated August 11, 2020; Last Republished August 11, 2020:

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

The Least Secretive Of Nations Is The Strongest Of Nations Update-4 Updated 08162020

Originally Published October 28, 2013; Last Updated  August 16, 2020; Last Republished August 11, 2020: 

Our government's unmeasured and unconstrained psychotic pursuit of secret surveillance initiatives undermines and threatens both our democracy and its foundational First Amendment.

Only after the intervention of a courageous young whistleblower-leaker, competitive China and cantankerous Russia has some of our government's representatives begun to acknowledge that our government's secret surveillance initiatives require constraints.

Our government representatives' acknowledgement that its secret surveillance initiatives require constraints is a good beginning. However, the acknowledgement must be coupled with government transparency, significant whistleblower-leaker reforms and inviolable reporter shields, but that will require the intervention of our increasingly concerned citizenry.

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The Least Secretive Of Nations Is The Strongest Of Nations Update-3

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UPDATED 08/16/2020 Dark Mirror by Barton Gellman, Penguin Press 2020

"...Google accelerated plans to encrypt all its services for consumer and business customers, and it tightened up security inside its cloud, too...The year after our Google cloud exploitation story, Grosse’s team released the source code for a new software library called End-to-End. It was a free tool that other software developers could use for encryption of email. Google security engineers left a blunt fuck-you for the NSA in a comment embedded in the source code, harking back to the smiley face in the cloud cartoon: --ssl-added-and-removed-here-;-)..."--Dark Mirror--

...Gellman's latest book is a timely reminder that our nation must replace its national security paradigm...a replacement paradigm1 that does not need infinite intercept capacity, weak encryption, government accessible keys or policymakers that think surveillance can cut the probability of a surprise to near zero...

 

1...name the replacement paradigm ("PEAD")...People for the Elimination of Authoritarian Dictates)...especially ones that operate with secrecy...

"...Here’s the thing about whistle-blowers: They tend to be flawed messengers. Daniel Ellsberg, Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden — each of them was dismissed as selfish, damaged, reckless and crazy. Yet all of them, regardless of motivation, used secret documents to change the course of history.

For more than five years, Val Broeksmit has been dangling his Deutsche Bank files in front of journalists and government investigators, dreaming of becoming the next great American whistle-blower. He wants to expose what he sees as corporate wrongdoing, give some meaning to his father’s death — and maybe get famous along the way. Inside newsrooms and investigative bodies around the world, Mr. Broeksmit’s documents have become something of an open secret, and so are the psychological strings that come attached. I pulled them more than anyone, as part of my reporting on Deutsche Bank for The New York Times and for a book, Dark Towers, published next year. It has been the most intense source relationship of my career... " --David Enrich, October 2019--

Unsurprisingly, the sociopath and pathological liar occupying our White House has told our  Supreme Court, such as it is, that he has an absolute right to ignore congressional subpoenas for Deutsche Bank documents. The Court is cogitating the crazy case!