Author: Paul Gordon

Meet the US Cyber Army, Coming to a Smart Phone Near You, Probably

The United States is considering creating a fifth branch of the military, a cyber branch, to by called the U.S Cyber Command. from http://www.activistpost.com/2017/07/us-separate-military-cyber-command-intelligence-community.html After nearly a year of unsubstantiated claims that Russia hacked the U.S. election, the U.S. government is now poised to create an independent Military Cyber Command eventually splintered off from the NSA, Reuters reported. The agency was created in 2009 under then President Barack Obama, but it seeks to stem out and become separate from the NSA while still keeping some employees of the spying agency. This comes after President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed to create a joint cyber security force, a move that many Democrats are adamant about blocking. The goal of separating the Military Cyber Command from the rest of the intelligence community? To wage cyber war against the Islamic State and other individuals and groups deemed to be “enemies of the state,” according to anonymous U.S. officials not authorized to speak on the matter; further noting that the plans aren’t finalized and are subject to change. “The goal, they said, is to give U.S. Cyber Command more autonomy, freeing it from any constraints that stem from working alongside the NSA, which is responsible for monitoring and collecting telephone, internet and other intelligence data from around the world — a responsibility that can sometimes clash with military operations against...

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Police Body Cameras Will Soon Be Able to Know Who You Are

Thanks to Bioemtric ID Technology, the police might no longer even need to ask your name or to see your ID.  Just by looking at you, they will kno exactly who you are. from http://www.activistpost.com/2017/07/police-body-cameras-equipped-biometric-id.html VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WO4wMs5OvD8 Given the steady roll-out of biometrics in banking, personal computing, and travel as of late, it seemed to be just a matter of time before police were equipped the latest biometric ID technology. Defense One reports that, Device-maker Motorola will work with artificial intelligence software startup Neurala to build “real-time learning for a person of interest search” on products such as the...

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The Disaster of Net Neutrality, and the Supporters Should Know This

Net Neturality supporters are actually supporting regulations that will have the oppositve effect of what they hope the regs will do.  This article in reason.com illustrates how that is true. from http://reason.com/archives/2017/07/18/net-neutrality-supporters-should-actuall To understand just how muddled the discussion surrounding “net neutrality” and the OIO has become, we need to know a bit about: 1) how the concept of net neutrality developed and what it means; and 2) the political pressures and compromises that were made in the run-up to the introduction of the OIO. First, the definition of “net neutrality” is incredibly hazy. You could almost say that more people agree that net neutrality is a good thing than can agree on any particular definition. The concept was first laid out by law professor Tim Wu in his seminal 2002 article, “A Proposal for Network Neutrality.” Wu lays out hypothetical scenarios where ISPs block or throttle access to content for reasons ranging from cost to anti-competitive activities. His article attempts to distinguish content differentiation that he finds reasonable and should be allowed from those that he finds unjustifiable and should be prohibited. The article generated a fair bit of controversy even under this more limited framework—critics responded by pointing out some benefits of non-neutral Internet arrangements—but it was at least a relatively narrow and understood topic. From there, the concept of “net neutrality” morphed into something that was...

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Property Manager Helps Family Keep Vacation Home, PA Gov Shuts Her Down

A property manager does everything she can to help a family keep their vacation home, but government intervenes to shut down the property manager because she didn’t have a real estate licence, even though she doesn’t sell real estate. from http://reason.com/archives/2017/07/18/sally-helped-my-family-keep-our-vacation Arrowhead Lake is an idyllic little community in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains. For my family, it’s the perfect vacation spot. We swim and canoe at the lake, hike and pick berries, roast marshmallows, and dance at the summer bonfires held at the community’s main pavilion. It feels like a much-needed break from the fast pace of modern life, and we always come home feeling renewed and refreshed. We love it so much that after a few years vacationing there as renters, we decided to buy a home in the community. In order to swing this financially, we have to rent the place out when we are not there, like many vacation homeowners do. Initially, we were having trouble making that work. We even thought—to our great disappointment—that we might have to sell the house because the numbers were not adding up. That’s when we found property manager Sally Ladd, who already managed a few other vacation rentals in Arrowhead Lake and came highly recommended by other owners. We met with and interviewed Sally and were tremendously impressed with her, so we hired her to manage our property. Almost immediately,...

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The Fall of OPEC

Olav Dirkmaat of Mises.org reveals how it happened that the once-powerful OPEN has become a shell of its former self.  Their inability to control the price of oil is demonstratd in the market everey day.  Here’s how it happened: from https://mises.org/blog/how-opec-became-irrelevant Olav Dirkmaat The large traditional oil-producing countries — both OPEC and non-OPEC — are still catching up with the new reality. After deciding to extend the production cuts — agreed upon half a year ago — for another nine months, oil prices plunged below $50/barrel. Not quite the effect these oil giants were hoping for, but nothing out of the ordinary. After all, the fact is that supply and demand dynamics in the oil market have changed for good, something you can read in more detail in UFM Market Trends’ latest report on crude oil. What happened after the first production cut that began in January this year? The OPEC countries — and a few non-OPEC countries such as Russia — agreed late November 2016 to lower oil output by 1.3 million barrels a day (b/d), from 33.8 million b/d to 32.5 million b/d. Oil prices went from approximately $45/barrel to over $50/barrel. Suddenly, marginal US shale oil became profitable to extract. This is how US shale producers reacted to the OPEC supply cut:   How OPEC Became Irrelevant The large traditional oil-producing countries — both OPEC and...

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