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Cass Sunstein is telling us not to 'overreact' to Cambridge Analytica...

... and that intrusive surveillance can be good for us.

Those not familiar with his ...work.... might first wish to check out the following:

https://www.democraticunderground.com/10023512796

Obama taps "cognitive infiltrator" Cass Sunstein for Committee to create "trust" in NSA


https://www.democraticunderground.com/10023517549

Cass Sunstein helped get Bush and Cheney off the hook...

Government Nanny Censoring "Conspiracy Theories" Is Also Responsible for Letting Bush Era Torture and Spying Conspiracies Go Unpunished

Washingtons Blog, Oct. 7, 2010

EXCERPT...

Prosecuting government officials risks a “cycle” of criminalizing public service, (Sunstein) argued, and Democrats should avoid replicating retributive efforts like the impeachment of President Clinton — or even the “slight appearance” of it.

SOURCE w links n details:
https://georgewashington2.blogspot.com/2010/10/main-obama-adviser-blocking-prosecution.html?m=1


https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2018-03-19/cambridge-analytica-s-lies-shouldn-t-wreck-data-collection

Cambridge Analytica Behaved Appallingly. Don't Overreact.

Authorized use of data still has the power to do tremendous good.
by Cass R. Sunstein

March 19, 2018, 1:21 PM EDT

The horrendous actions by Cambridge Analytica, a voter profiling company, and Aleksander Kogan, a Russian-American researcher, raise serious questions about privacy, social media, democracy and fraud.

Amidst the justified furor, one temptation should be firmly resisted: for public and private institutions to lock their data down, blocking researchers and developers from providing the many benefits that it promises – for health, safety, and democracy itself...

...The U.S. government has faced, and solved, similar problems: Data.gov discloses a great deal of information, with more than 230,000 data sets involving health, safety, travel, energy, and the environment. Available apps, made possible by that information, are helping people to save money and to avoid health risks.

For social media providers, including Facebook, the Cambridge Analytica fiasco underlines the need for more careful vetting of all developers who seek access to their data. But it would be a mistake to take the fiasco as a reason to keep treasure troves of information out of the hands of people who can provide immensely valuable services with it.


My question for Mr. Sunstein: 'Authorized' by who, exactly?
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Mon Mar 19, 2018, 04:50 PM (2 replies)

ACLU:The Trump Administration Is Using the Parkland Massacre as an Excuse to Roll Back Civil Rights

Repost from GD:
https://www.democraticunderground.com/100210363414

https://www.aclu.org/blog/free-speech/student-speech-and-privacy/trump-administration-using-parkland-massacre-excuse-roll

On Monday, the White House announced the creation of a Federal Commission on School Safety, chaired by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, to recommend proposals for school violence prevention. Included in the mandate of DeVos’ commission is a starkly worded objective: “Repeal of the Obama Administration’s ‘Rethink School Discipline’ policies.”

It’s fair to wonder what this plan is doing on a list of items supposedly responding to school shootings. Prior school discipline history does not indicate that a youth will commit a school shooting. In Parkland, discipline policies did not thwart the district from taking action, and the attacker had been expelled from school. In fact, while most perpetrators of school shootings are white, children of color and students with disabilities are the ones disproportionately subject to school discipline...

...The plain truth is that this has nothing to do with preventing school shootings — the administration has had its eye on repealing the Obama-era discipline guidance for some time already as part of its deregulation agenda. And while the guidance is still characterized as under review by the administration, Secretary DeVos tipped her hand on Sunday.

In an appearance on 60 Minutes, she stated that racial disparities in school discipline come “down to individual kids.” To be clear about the implications of this statement, Ms. DeVos is saying that when Black students are disciplined more harshly than their white peers, the fault lies with Black youth. Secretary DeVos isn’t grappling with the right approach to disparate school discipline; she’s denying the problem exists.
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Thu Mar 15, 2018, 05:09 PM (2 replies)

ACLU:The Trump Administration Is Using the Parkland Massacre as an Excuse to Roll Back Civil Rights

https://www.aclu.org/blog/free-speech/student-speech-and-privacy/trump-administration-using-parkland-massacre-excuse-roll

On Monday, the White House announced the creation of a Federal Commission on School Safety, chaired by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, to recommend proposals for school violence prevention. Included in the mandate of DeVos’ commission is a starkly worded objective: “Repeal of the Obama Administration’s ‘Rethink School Discipline’ policies.”

It’s fair to wonder what this plan is doing on a list of items supposedly responding to school shootings. Prior school discipline history does not indicate that a youth will commit a school shooting. In Parkland, discipline policies did not thwart the district from taking action, and the attacker had been expelled from school. In fact, while most perpetrators of school shootings are white, children of color and students with disabilities are the ones disproportionately subject to school discipline...

...The plain truth is that this has nothing to do with preventing school shootings — the administration has had its eye on repealing the Obama-era discipline guidance for some time already as part of its deregulation agenda. And while the guidance is still characterized as under review by the administration, Secretary DeVos tipped her hand on Sunday.

In an appearance on 60 Minutes, she stated that racial disparities in school discipline come “down to individual kids.” To be clear about the implications of this statement, Ms. DeVos is saying that when Black students are disciplined more harshly than their white peers, the fault lies with Black youth. Secretary DeVos isn’t grappling with the right approach to disparate school discipline; she’s denying the problem exists.
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Thu Mar 15, 2018, 05:06 PM (3 replies)

Ex-Trump adviser sold $31m in shares days before president announced steel tariffs

Source: The Guardian (UK)

Carl Icahn, a former special adviser to Donald Trump, sold $31.3m of shares in a company heavily dependent on steel imports last week, shortly before Trump’s announcement of new tariffs sent its shares plummeting.

Icahn, a billionaire investor who was a major Trump supporter, started selling shares in the crane and lifting equipment supplier Manitowoc Company on 12 February, days before the commerce department first mooted plans to impose stiff tariffs on foreign steel imports...

...On Thursday Trump said he would press ahead with the commerce department’s plans to levy 25% tariffs on imports of steel and 10% on aluminium.

According to a regulatory filing Icahn was able to sell his shares for $32 to $34. On Friday morning Manitowoc’s shares had fallen 5.48% to $26.37. The fall was in line with drops seen by other companies dependent on cheap steel imports, including Boeing and Caterpillar.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/mar/02/carl-icahn-shares-sell-trump-steel-tariffs-announcement-timing



Carl Icahn? Worked for Trump? Engaged in insider trading?

I am Joe's complete lack or surprise..
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Fri Mar 2, 2018, 10:35 PM (8 replies)

The Liberal Gun Club: We support Fix NICS

X-posted from GD:

https://www.democraticunderground.com/100210304692

https://www.theliberalgunclub.com/2018/02/28/we-support-fix-nics/


We support Fix NICS | The Liberal Gun Club
Ed Gardner

There is currently legislation being pondered in the Senate called Fix NICS.

The National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) is a United States system for determining if prospective firearms or explosives buyers’ name and birth year match those of a person who is not eligible to buy. It was mandated by the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act (Brady Law) of 1993 and launched by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in 1998.

Source: Wiki


When you buy a new firearm, the FFL runs these checks in real time with the FBI to determine if you are prohibited from buying a firearm. The FBI tells the FFL to Proceed with the sale, Deny the sale, or Defer the sale. In the case of the Defer, the FBI has 72 hours to give a definitive answer or the sale is allowed to proceed, so its critical that data be available, complete and accurate.

There have been several shooters who should have been prohibited from purchasing their weapons prior to their murders. Charlotte’s perpetrator had a drug conviction that hadn’t been reported appropriately to the FBI, so the “Defer” apparently turned into a “Proceed.” The Texas shooter had a military conviction that the sentence alone put him in a prohibited class. There are other examples, but these that come to mind immediately.

This bill seems to address one of our central positions, the completeness and accuracy of the NICS system. We know that not all relevant records make it into NICS, from states who were reluctant to submit adjudicated records, to agencies like the Department of Defense simply failing to report convictions.

This bill seems to address those issues to some extent, and as we said after Texas, its the sort of thing that might actually have an impact, eliminating the legal avenues that bad guys bent on killing have to acquire ANY firearm. The summary from GovTrack:

-Establish a new “Domestic Abuse and Violence Prevention Initiative” in order to better prevent those convicted of those crimes from obtaining weapons.
-Publicly report any federal agencies that fail to upload relevant information to the system, and withhold certain pay from political appointees who neglect to upload the info.
-Establish new measures to verify the accuracy of existing records already uploaded into the system.

The full text of the bill in the Senate can be found here*, a version has passed out of committee in the House.

We support this.

So, apparently, does the NRA and the folks at Sandy Hook Promise. With support from a broad range of organizations from across the spectrum, there is no reason for this bill to be delayed. Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.

Will Congress act? Have you called your representatives?


*https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/2135/text



Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Thu Mar 1, 2018, 03:20 AM (5 replies)

The Liberal Gun Club: We support Fix NICS

https://www.theliberalgunclub.com/2018/02/28/we-support-fix-nics/


We support Fix NICS | The Liberal Gun Club
Ed Gardner

There is currently legislation being pondered in the Senate called Fix NICS.

The National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) is a United States system for determining if prospective firearms or explosives buyers’ name and birth year match those of a person who is not eligible to buy. It was mandated by the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act (Brady Law) of 1993 and launched by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in 1998.

Source: Wiki


When you buy a new firearm, the FFL runs these checks in real time with the FBI to determine if you are prohibited from buying a firearm. The FBI tells the FFL to Proceed with the sale, Deny the sale, or Defer the sale. In the case of the Defer, the FBI has 72 hours to give a definitive answer or the sale is allowed to proceed, so its critical that data be available, complete and accurate.

There have been several shooters who should have been prohibited from purchasing their weapons prior to their murders. Charlotte’s perpetrator had a drug conviction that hadn’t been reported appropriately to the FBI, so the “Defer” apparently turned into a “Proceed.” The Texas shooter had a military conviction that the sentence alone put him in a prohibited class. There are other examples, but these that come to mind immediately.

This bill seems to address one of our central positions, the completeness and accuracy of the NICS system. We know that not all relevant records make it into NICS, from states who were reluctant to submit adjudicated records, to agencies like the Department of Defense simply failing to report convictions.

This bill seems to address those issues to some extent, and as we said after Texas, its the sort of thing that might actually have an impact, eliminating the legal avenues that bad guys bent on killing have to acquire ANY firearm. The summary from GovTrack:

-Establish a new “Domestic Abuse and Violence Prevention Initiative” in order to better prevent those convicted of those crimes from obtaining weapons.
-Publicly report any federal agencies that fail to upload relevant information to the system, and withhold certain pay from political appointees who neglect to upload the info.
-Establish new measures to verify the accuracy of existing records already uploaded into the system.

The full text of the bill in the Senate can be found here*, a version has passed out of committee in the House.

We support this.

So, apparently, does the NRA and the folks at Sandy Hook Promise. With support from a broad range of organizations from across the spectrum, there is no reason for this bill to be delayed. Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.

Will Congress act? Have you called your representatives?


*https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/2135/text



Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Thu Mar 1, 2018, 03:17 AM (213 replies)

"Don't walk out. Walk IN. To the polls on voting day."

Shamelessly lifted from DUer Binkie The Clown (may their tribes increase!)

https://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=10279617

I'll add: Get everyone you know that's 18 and over to register to vote and go with you.
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Fri Feb 23, 2018, 04:10 PM (1 replies)

Trump and the NRA folded because the implications of March 24th scare the shit out of them

Between Robert Mueller, his 'friends' on the right, and the high school students on the left,
he's getting squeezed from three directions and he knows it.

GOOD

It's done my crusty heart a lot of good to see these kids in action
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Tue Feb 20, 2018, 08:49 PM (1 replies)

Full tilt bar brawl over Trump re stocks going on at FR, and it is EPIC

Whether this is true, or not and will be forgotten tomorrow...


https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/trump-moves-ban-bump-stocks-response-last-year-s-deadly-n849706

...the Freepers are all acting as if it's a done deal.

A few are going with the "DT is a DNC plant" line, while others are telling them to STFDASTFU,
as see:

No. This is about banning bump stocks. And that’s it. I’m a veteran and a owner. I have zero issue with this, mainly because I am a reasonable human being that does not think something as trivial as this is a threat of any kind to my rights. I also do not have any irrational fear about massive confiscations or an inability to protect myself from a tyrannical monarch over this. In other words, calm the F down.


'Stopped clock' moment, eh?


Here, let me play something for those poor, poor, misunderstood snowflakes:

Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Tue Feb 20, 2018, 08:27 PM (3 replies)

Full tilt bar brawl over Trump going on at FR, and it is EPIC

Whether this is true, or not and will be forgotten tomorrow...

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/trump-moves-ban-bump-stocks-response-last-year-s-deadly-n849706

...the Freepers are all acting as if it's a done deal.

A few are going with the "DT is a DNC plant" line, while others are telling them to STFDASTFU,
as see:

No. This is about banning bump stocks. And that’s it. I’m a veteran and a owner. I have zero issue with this, mainly because I am a reasonable human being that does not think something as trivial as this is a threat of any kind to my rights. I also do not have any irrational fear about massive confiscations or an inability to protect myself from a tyrannical monarch over this. In other words, calm the F down.




Here, let me play something for those poor, poor, misunderstood snowflakes:

Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Tue Feb 20, 2018, 08:18 PM (22 replies)
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