Friday, December 23, 2016

Made in Facism and Communism: Fake News and Data Beaches

Stalin, Mao, Hitler, Mussolini, Pol Pot, and company tortured and murdered hundreds of millions of people explicitly in the name of “the greatest good for the greatest number” ...
Beware of Attempts To Rewrite History with leaders and designs you trust ...  Does the individual’s life belong to him—or does it belong to the group, the community, society, or the state? With government expanding ever more rapidly—seizing and spending more and more of our money on “entitlement” programs and corporate bailouts, and intruding on our businesses and lives in increasingly onerous ways—the need for clarity on this issue has never been greater... "If you look at all forms of collectivism, be it communism or fascism, people are reduced to animals."
~John Larson Chanelling Industrial Democracy of US and THEM

Photographers: The Ankara Gallery Assassination Pictures Show Why The World Needs Professional Photographers

“The point is, there really is no substitute for a professional photojournalist with years of training and field time. In an era when news is increasingly catered toward one’s specific taste, the facts can be elusive. But a good photojournalist can get us closer to the truth. It’s their job.”

What is knowledge? Where does it come from? How do we know what’s true? Knowledge is a mental grasp of a fact (or facts) of reality reached by perceptual observation or a process of reason based thereon.5 Who looks at reality, hears reality, touches reality, reasons about reality—and thereby gains knowledge of reality? The individual does. The individual possesses eyes, ears, hands, and the like. The individual possesses a mind and the capacity to use it. He perceives reality (e.g., dogs, cats, and birds, and death); he integrates his perceptions into concepts (e.g., “dog,” “animal,” and “mortal”); he integrates his concepts into generalizations (e.g., “dogs can bite” and “animals are mortal”); he forms principles (e.g., “animals, including man, must take certain actions in order to remain alive,” and “man requires freedom in order to live and prosper”). And so on. Knowledge is a product of the perceptual observations and mental integrations of individualsWisdom is Hard To Grasp ...
Artificial intelligence could cost millions of jobs. The White House says we need more robots 

Germany’s far right rises again Politico

German Media Aids Merkel in “Culture of Denial” Michael Shedlock (EM)

The Polish artist Jakub Rozalski, who goes by the sobriquet “Mr. Werewolf,” has produced an amusing series of steampunk-ish canvases in which serene and idyllic rustic landscapes of what seem to be Eastern Europe (Rozalski’s very back yard, you might say) in the early decades of the 20th century feature the prominent and inexplicable existence of completely fictitious giant mecha robots. 

If we’re not the strong gural or horse we might as well play the scapegoat...

Imaginary Karol Plicka:  Tatranka Folkloric Group Marta Chamilova at Pilhov MMXVII
Another RICH GURAL REFLECTS on turning 70 
In the 1950 movie “Harvey,” James Stewart’s character, Elwood P. Dowd, says: 
“My mother told me, ‘In this world you must be oh, so smart, or oh so pleasant.” For years I was oh, so smart. I recommend pleasant.”
I wish I’d have followed that advice ;-)  
Some call it bizarre, we call it a view from another time stream coming out of  strange cold river Bizarre Paintings Of Mecha Robots And Werewolves Attacking East European Peasants Of The Early 20th Century 

German Authorities Are Dangerously Underestimating the Threat of Islam

COMMUNISM WAS ALWAYS JUST NAZISM WITH A SYMPATHETIC PRESS: The centenary of the Russian revolution should be mourned, not celebrated: As its centenary looms, never forget the brutal oppression ushered in by the Russian Revolution. “No believable economist would claim that the Russian people benefited from Leninist or Stalinist social and economic policies. It is easier to project an upward trend for Russian living standards after 1918 had the Tsarist regime survived
t han to make a case that the Soviet system profited anyone, save the commissars. It has proved a common characteristic of communist regimes around the world that — to paraphrase Orwell — all pigs are equal, but some secure access to bigger troughs than others.”

Mylan launches EpiPen generic at $300 per two-pack Reuters. EM: “‘A huge 50% discount over our regular 20,000% markup!'”
Data Breach Incidents, Causes, and Response, 12/12/2016“In October and November of 2012 the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics and the Health Care Compliance Association conducted a survey among compliance professionals to better understand the impact and frequency of data breaches. At the time breaches were very much in the news, just as they are today. To assess whether and how much things had changed in the past four years, SCCE and HCCA fielded the same survey again. The results were surprising: in spite of all the headlines of increased risk, relatively little has changed when it comes to both managing the issue and the number of incidents. In fact, what’s remarkable is that on many measures the numbers were down.”

Made in China 2025 – The making of a high-tech superpower and consequences for industrial countries: “China has launched a high-tech revolution: Beijing has devised an industrial masterplan named “Made in China 2025” and is investing billions to turn China into one of the leading industrial countries by 2049. In 2015, Beijing initiated a master plan called “Made in China 2025”, aimed at turning the country into a production hub for high-tech products within the next few decades. According to the plan, the domestic market share of Chinese suppliers for “basic core components and important basic materials” is intended to increase to 70 per cent by 2025. China strives for market leadership in main growth areas for a large number of industrial countries. Information technology, computerised machines, robots, energy-saving vehicles, medical devices as well as high-tech equipment for aerospace technology, maritime and rail transport are in the focus of the major industrial revamp called “Made in China 2025.” As the latest MERICS Paper on China shows, China’s ambitious strategy is starting to bear fruit. Industrial countries like Germany and the United States have to be prepared for strong competition. The authors Jost WübbekeMirjam MeissnerMax J. ZengleinJaqueline Ives and Björn Conrad analysed government documents related to “Made in China 2025” and other strategies like “Internet 

To address the "scourge" of false information on Facebook, three of the largest fact-checking organizations have sent a list of requests to the social media platform's leaders.They include more diligence by Facebook editors in spotting fake stories, and attaching legitimate fact-checks to fake news