Monday, November 20, 2023

Are we in a countdown to all-out nuclear war?

In each of us there dwells a mystery, and that mystery is the human personality.
— Jacques Maritain, born  in 1883

ATO to boost insider threat detection with behavioural analytics

DOJ asked court to hide surveillance of congressional investigators for five years, ex-aide says Just the News

How Conservatives Spent Millions in Public Money Building their Party’s Voter Database. Odds Are, You’re In It. Douglad Lamont


Dossiers were compiled by 15 departments after scouring social media activity to vet people invited to speak at official events

Fifteen government departments have been monitoring the social media activity of potential critics and compiling “secret files” in order to block them from speaking at public events, the Observer can reveal.

Under the guidelines issued in each department, including the departments of health, culture, media and sport, and environment, food and rural affairs, officials are advised to check experts’ Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn accounts. They are also told to conduct Google searches on those individuals, using specific terms such as “criticism of government or prime minister”.

The guidelines are designed to prevent anyone who has criticised the government in the previous three to five years from speaking at government-organised conferences and other events.

In September, the Observer revealed how three early-childhood education experts discovered that the Department for Education tried to cancel invitations for them to speak at government-funded events because they were judged to have been critical of government policy. Many more education experts and school staff have since uncovered files of their critical social media posts held by the department.

Sounds familiar …?

Prison Phone Company Leaked 600,000 Users’ Data and Didn’t Notify Them ars technica

Are we in a countdown to all-out nuclear war?Gilbert Doctorow 

Pentagon fails sixth audit, with number of passing grades stagnant Defense News

Capitalism Isn’t Just Buying and Selling Things. It’s a System of Domination Jacobin

B-a-a-a-a-d Banks

Fed: Supervisory problems on the rise for banks of all sizes American Banker

A new book to read: Busting the Bankers’ ClubUniversity of California Press

From a Sahm recession to global downturnMichael Roberts blog

 For Teen Girls, Rare Psychiatric Disorders Spread Like Viruses on Social Media Mad in America

Capitalism Isn’t Just Buying and Selling Things. It’s a System of Domination Jacobin

Supreme Court Adopts Ethics Code After Reports of Undisclosed Gifts and Travel New York Times 

JFK’s Parkland Doctors Come Forward: Oswald Didn’t Act Alone Rolling Stone 

What Really Happened to JFK: His Doctors Reveal New Details of Assassination 60 Years Later The Messenger