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 #Civics #edtech #edchat #edtechchat #HamRadio  #science #math  #code #EmergencyCommunication #STEM #SECURITY

Every State should mandate that each K12 Educational Technologist they employ be required to Know Morse Code and prove they have their Ham Radio License.


Why doesn't every K12 School District and High School have a ham radio and operator?

WIFI Wireless Wide Area Networks for School Districts FAQ

What Is Ham Radio?

Garden School ham radio club connects loved ones in storm-battered Puerto Rico
Ham radios do not require use of a power grid and can run off a small generator. Garden’s Amateur Radio Club has teamed up with Amateur Radio Emergency Services to help relay messages to and from locations on the stricken islands that have lost power and cell phone service.

American Red Cross Asks ARRL’s Assistance with Puerto Rico Relief Effort

Find an Amateur Radio License Exam in Your Area

PUERTO RICO REPEATERS: Oscar Resto works with another volunteer to pass along information at the Red Cross headquarters in San Juan, Puerto Rico. "I have the responsibility to establish the required emergency communications that the American Red Cross needed for understanding the needs of the citizens impacted by the hurricane," said Resto, a section manager for the American Radio Relay League, which boasts 160,000 members. Two ham volunteers, Raul Gonzalez and Jose Santiago, set up a radio control hub run by generator power in Monacillo, near San Juan, and other centers quickly followed suit. There, ham operators work shoulder to shoulder with public safety and utility officials to transmit information to other ham operators working with teams in the field.

Amateur Radio Callsign Lookups Database

Port of SAN JUAN (PR SJU) details - Departures, Expected Arrivals and Port Calls | AIS Marine Traffic

Drupal - Puerto Rico Recovery is increasingly urgent - can you help in mobilizing the virtual/real communities?

94% of School Districts Have High-Speed Broadband 
Verizon to pay $17.7 million to resolve school broadband probe


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National Security



The FEC requires political ads on Facebook to say who paid for and approved them. But 87% of ads DID NOT meet these requirements.

K12 MEDIA LITERACY and the Trust Deficit:  A lack of trust for business and government is "contagious" and spreading to other sectors.  

"Just cause you know about something - doesn't mean - it's going to make any difference, you've got to act on it. What's political is personal." ~ KE  


PROJECT: Tell us about your school garden and use the STORYMAP to upload your video and link to it from this site!


How Climate Change Deniers Rise to the Top in Google Searches By HIROKO TABUCHI Dec 29 2017

Groups that reject established climate science can use the search engine’s advertising business to their advantage, gaming the system to find a mass platform for false or misleading claims.

Type the words “climate change” into Google and you could get an unexpected result: advertisements that call global warming a hoax.

“Scientists blast climate alarm,” said one that appeared at the top of the search results page during a recent search, pointing to a website, DefyCCC, that asserted: “Nothing has been studied better and found more harmless than anthropogenic CO2release.”

Another ad proclaimed: “The Global Warming Hoax — Why the Science Isn’t Settled,” linking to a video containing unsupported assertions, including that there is no correlation between rising levels of greenhouse gases and higher global temperatures.

(In reality, the harmful effects of carbon dioxide emissions linked to human activity, like rising temperatures and melting sea ice, have been acknowledged by every major scientific organization in the world.)

America’s technology giants have come under fire for their role in the spread of fake news during the 2016 presidential campaign, prompting promises from Google and others to crack down on sites that spread disinformation.

Less scrutinized has been the way tech companies continue to provide a mass platform for the most extreme sites among those that use false or misleading science to reject the overwhelming scientific consensus on climate change. Google’s search page has become an especially contentious battleground between those who seek to educate the public on the established climate science and those who reject it.

Not everyone who uses Google will see climate denial ads in their search results. Google’s algorithms use search history and other data to tailor ads to the individual, something that is helping to create a highly partisan internet.

A recent search for “climate change” or “global warming” from a Google account linked to a New York Times climate reporter did not return any denial ads. The top results were ads from environmental groups like the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Environmental Defense Fund.

But when the same reporter searched for those terms using private browsing mode, which helps mask identity information from Google’s algorithms, the ad for DefyCCC popped up.

“These are the info wars,” said Robert J. Brulle, a Drexel University professor of sociology and environmental science who has studied climate advocacy and misinformation. “It’s becoming harder and harder for the individual to find unbiased information that they can trust, because there’s so much other material trying to crowd that space.”

After being contacted by The New York Times in mid-December, Google said it had removed an ad from its climate search results, though it declined to identify which one. An ad from DefyCCC was still turning up at the top of searches days later. As of Wednesday, no ads at all were turning up for Times reporters and editors running these searches.

The climate denialist ads are an example of how contrarian groups can use the internet’s largest automated advertising systems to their advantage, gaming the system to find a mass platform for false or misleading claims.

Google allows companies to bid on search terms, and displays paid content at the top of its search results in the same blue font used for unpaid content. (For example, a candy maker might bid on the term “Christmas candy” so that its ads pop up when someone searches for those words.) Google identifies ads in its search results with an icon below the link. [snip]


and all of the DuckDuckGo 'Don't Bubble Me' collateral discuss the challenges of tailored information.
~ Chuck McManis January 2, 2018

This sort of effect is why publications, as recently as the the early 21st century, had a very strict wall between editorial and advertising. It compromises the integrity of journalism if the editorial staff can be driven by the advertisers. And Google exploited that tension and turned it into a business model.

If you have an AdSense account (they are free and used to be the go to way for people to monetize their web site) you will periodically receive mailers from Google suggesting you use AdWords (another Google product of course) to 'get your message out there.' When people started using Google as an 'answer this question' machine, and then Google created a mechanism to show your answer first, the stage was set for what has become a gross perversion of 'reference' information.

To put this in context, consider the challenge of Google's eroding search advertising margins[1].  

Google traditionally reported something called 'CPC' or (Cost Per Click) in their financial reports. This was the price that an advertiser paid Google when that advertiser's ad was 'clicked' on by a user. In a goods economy, it might equivalent to the 'average selling price' or ASP for the widget. But unlike a goods economy, Google could (and to date has) made up for this price erosion by increased ad volume. If you look at Google sites (web sites that are hosted on the domains) there are more paid placements on those pages than there has ever been. On the search page, Google's bread and butter so to speak, for a 'highly contested' search (that is what search engine marketeers call a search query that can generate lucrative ad clicks) such as 'best credit card' or 'lowest home mortgage', there are many web browser window configurations that show few, if any organic search engine results at all!

Google has scrambled to find an adjacent market, one that could not only generate enough revenue to pay for the infrastructure but also to generate a net income . Youtube, its biggest success outside of search, and the closest thing they have, has yet to do that after literally a decade of investment and effort. As a result Google has turned to the only tools it has that work,  it has reduced payments to its 'affiliate' sites (AdSense for content payments), then boosted the number of ad 'slots' on Google sites, and finally paying third parties to send search traffic preferentially to Google (this too hurts Google's overall search margin)

The result is that you have a company which is painfully addicted to the high margins of search advertising, and is the defacto source of answers for a large chunk of the population, you put it into the position of choosing survival (sell the top search result slots to anyone who will pay) or integrity (return the best answer possible).  

Nothing like having your fiduciary duty to the shareholders conflict with your moral obligations.

In many ways it reminds me of the lawsuits against the cigarette makers. The cigarette makers certainly could not serve there shareholders by endorsing the view that their product was killing the customer, even if it was the morally correct thing to do.

Google isn't "killing" people by giving out results that have been shaped by third parties but their rationalizations (both internally when I worked there, and externally) seem to echo the same themes that Phillip Morris espoused when they argued it was a person's choice if they wanted to smoke or not. Google will argue that their job is just to show you where things are on the Internet, and match up people who want to share with people searching for a particular topic. They (Google) cannot take responsibility for people who don't bother to check their sources (which they could even do on Google!).  

I have run a world wide, nationally accessible, English language index search engine, Blekko, <NOW PART OF IBM> and I know what they "could" do, but don't do with regard to misrepresented information and false narratives.


I don't know what their motivations are, but I do know that there is a tremendous amount of money that gets spent keeping balancing information, or more accurate information, out of view.

We know from lawsuits that people will pay much more to put an advertisement on a page where the user has just searched for their competitor, it is fairly intuitive that this would be the case, the upstart just wants a shot at convincing you they have a better product, the incumbent wants to be sure you never learn that there is an alternative choice.

We also know that rounded to the nearest billion, none of Alphabet's businesses make money except search advertising. It isn't a stretch to guess that the tension to take the money might be overwhelming other forces inside of Google.

[1] The average price per click (CPC) of advertisements on Google sites has gone down for every year, and nearly every quarter, since 2009. At the same time Microsoft's Bing search engine CPCs have gone up. As the advantage of Google's search index is eroded by time and investment, primarily by Microsoft, advertisers have been shifting budget to be more of a blend between the two companies. The trend suggests that at some point in the not to distant future advertising margins for both engines will be equivalent.

2/21/18 Fake news may be hard to spot, but fake arguments don’t have to be.  

How to Inoculate Yourself Against Climate Denial Misinformation Climate Change  with Six steps to evaluate contrarian climate claims.

​​​​​Environmental Research Letters on a critical thinking approach to climate change denial  by Peter Ellerton and The Conversation
We applied this simple method to 42 common climate-contrarian arguments, and found that all of them contained errors in reasoning that are independent of the science itself.  In the video abstract for the paper, we outline an example of our approach, which can be described in six simple steps.

The Devil Baby 1910 

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Fake News on TV 1982

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Jacques Ellul observes When dialogue begins, propaganda ends. His theme, that propaganda is not this or that ideology but rather the action and coexistence of all media at once, explains why propaganda is environmental and invisible. The total life of any culture tends to be "propaganda", for this reason. It blankets perception and suppresses awareness, making the counter environments created by the artist indispensable to survival and freedom. -Marshall McLuhan

1995 Modern #art was #CIA #'weapon' unwitting artists such as Pollock and de Kooning got used in cultural Cold War 

Political Control - Video "Oh Dear" by Adam Curtis Import ideas from conceptual #art into the heart of politics Power Strategy -- just keep them all confused .... 

Book Review America's Secret Weapon
Saunders' The Cultural Cold War: The CIA and the World of #Arts and Letters Video

WARNING  will crash your computer. You’re watching Pentagon propaganda: “American Idol,” “Ice Road Truckers” and the truth about your favorite shows.

Jazz is the Secret Weapon was not Fake
NewsUS has sonic secret weapon - jazz (NYTimes, November 6, 1955) "America's secret weapon is a blue note in a minor key" or better "European approach to jazz as seen by Americans". In 1955 NY Times US has sonic secret #weapon - #jazz  a blue note in a minor key" or better "European approach to jazz as seen by Americans".

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National Security: Teach Democracy

Age in 1776: Just a bunch of kids, right? What do they know?

  • Marquis de Lafayette, 18
  • James Monroe, 18
  • Henry Lee III, 20
  • Aaron Burr, 20
  • Nathan Hale, 21
  • Alexander Hamilton, 21


2/13/18 Sen. Jack Reed just got FBI Director Wray and other intel chiefs to admit that the president has never asked them to focus on or disrupt Russian election meddling. Russia will continue to meddle in U.S. elections in 2018. "There should be no doubt that (Putin) views the past effort as successful," said the Director of National Intelligence. "The Russia story is a total hoax," said the president.

We should all remember the story of how an internet friendship between an American Reality TV star and a Russian dictator led to America's democracy coming under attack. Friendship is a great thing as long as Kompromat isn't involved!

FBI Dir. Christopher Wray tells the Senate Intel Cmte that the FBI “followed established protocols” in their background check of Rob Porter, & they provided information to the WH on several occasions, meaning the WH knew what the FBI knew, yet still covered for Porter. 
NYT: People familiar w/ the security clearance process in Trump’s WH said it was widely acknowledged among sr. aides that raising questions about unresolved vetting issues in a staff member’s background would implicitly reflect on Kushner’s status, as well
Jared Kushner has a broad foreign policy portfolio that requires access to some of the intelligence community’s most closely guarded secrets, but he still does not have a permanent security clearance.

Donald Trump's Budget summarized: - Cuts Medicaid by $300 billion - Cuts Disability programs by $70+ billion - Cuts SNAP by $213 billion - Cuts spending to the EPA - Inflates the National Debt  Still no Russian Sanctions!!

Americans are vulnerable to despotism. 

2018 Betsy Devos met with the Michigan State University president days before her department rolled back Title IX regulations and her family have donated to MSU in the past. We’re requesting documents clarifying her relationship to the school.

Dewey tells us unequivocally in School and Society, that the reliance on listening “tells the story of the traditional education”. He repeats this indictment in Democracy and Education:

“Almost everything” about the traditional education, he states there, “testifies to the great premium put upon listening (and) reading . . . It is hardly possible to overstate the contrast between such conditions and the situations of active contact with things and persons in the home, on the playground . . .” ; the fundamental distinction between traditional and progressive education lies may be said to lie in the latter's attempt to recreate the communicative conditions of homes, playgrounds and workplaces.

As one-way, straight-line communications leave no room for response, listeners habituated to them remain passive and lax, irresponsible, thoughtless, fickle, emotionally susceptible, shortsighted, amusement-seeking, and shiftless, imbued neither with courage or energy to speak nor intellectual power to say anything worth listening to.


American Mythologies: Creating, Recreating, and Resisting National Narratives.

Myths and narratives are constructed, reconstructed, and resisted not only through written texts but in every form of media and within every kind of community. America has been and still is consistently defined and constituted through national myths and narratives.

It wasn't until 1918 that nationwide compulsory education was in place. The bureaucratic imperative is to turn education into a factory itself.

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Fox News Actual research shows their viewers to be the most misinformed and least knowledgeable group of television viewers.


In 2005, in the midst of a career of traveling around the world to help set up elections in some of the most challenging places on earth – Afghanistan, Burma, Egypt, Lebanon, South Africa, Sudan and Yemen, among others – my Danish colleague, Jorgen Elklit, and I designed the first comprehensive method for evaluating the quality of elections around the world. Our system measured 50 moving parts of an election process and covered everything from the legal framework to the polling day and counting of ballots.

In 2012 Elklit and I worked with Pippa Norris of Harvard University, who used the system as the cornerstone of the Electoral Integrity Project. Since then the EIP has measured 213 elections in 153 countries and is widely agreed to be the most accurate method for evaluating how free and fair and democratic elections are across time and place.

When we evolved the project I could never imagine that as we enter 2017, my state, North Carolina, would perform so badly on this, and other, measures that we are no longer considered to be a fully functioning democracy.

In the just released EIP report, North Carolina’s overall electoral integrity score of 58/100 for the 2016 election places us alongside authoritarian states and pseudo-democracies like Cuba, Indonesia and Sierra Leone. If it were a nation state, North Carolina would rank right in the middle of the global league table – a deeply flawed, partly free democracy that is only slightly ahead of the failed democracies that constitute much of the developing world.

Indeed, North Carolina does so poorly on the measures of legal framework and voter registration, that on those indicators we rank alongside Iran and Venezuela. When it comes to the integrity of the voting district boundaries no country has ever received as low a score as the 7/100 North Carolina received. North Carolina is not only the worst state in the USA for unfair districting but the worst entity in the world ever analyzed by the Electoral Integrity Project.

That North Carolina can no longer call its elections democratic is shocking enough, but our democratic decline goes beyond what happens at election time. The most respected measures of democracy — Freedom House, POLITY and the Varieties of Democracy project — all assess the degree to which the exercise of power depends on the will of the people: That is, governance is not arbitrary, it follows established rules and is based on popular legitimacy.

The extent to which North Carolina now breaches these principles means our state government can no longer be classified as a full democracy.

First, legislative power does not depend on the votes of the people. One party wins just half the votes but 100 percent of the power. The GOP has a huge legislative majority giving it absolute veto-proof control with that tiny advantage in the popular vote. The other party wins just a handful of votes less and 0 percent of the legislative power. This is above and beyond the way in which state legislators are detached from democratic accountability as a result of the rigged district boundaries. They are beholden to their party bosses, not the voters. Seventy-six of the 170 (45 percent) incumbent state legislators were not even opposed by the other party in the general election.

Second, democracies do not limit their citizens’ rights on the basis of their born identities. However, this is exactly what the North Carolina legislature did through House Bill 2 (there are an estimated 38,000 transgender Tar Heels), targeted attempts to reduce African-American and Latino access to the vote and pernicious laws to constrain the ability of women to act as autonomous citizens. [snip]





Nazi's in Charlotte VA 2017Learn to Spot the Secret Signals of Far-Right Fashion

Nazi's in Charlotte VA 2017

Skinhead style has fragmented into a set of subtle subcultures."I think it’s a way of blending in, of evading notice, of not being as obvious.”
A new sociology book explores how the style of right-wing youth subcultures has evolved in Europe and what's come to replace the racist skinhead.










Experts in authoritarianism advise to keep a list of things subtly changing around you, so you'll remember. By Amy Siskind Jan 13 2018

Innumerable shocking and important developments, including:

         • 9/19/17 Facebook Won’t Reveal if Russia Targeted You During the Election 
         • 10/23/17 A Suspected Network Of 13,000 Twitter Bots Pumped Out Pro-Brexit Messages In The Run-Up To The EU Vote
         • 10/23/17 Twitter investigation initiated by Former Louisiana Attorney General: Kahn Swick & Foti, LLC Investigates the Officers and Directors of Twitter, Inc. 11/29/17 
         • 11/29/17 @mattblaze will be testifying before House Government Reform on "Cybersecurity of Voting Machines"
         • 12/21/2017 Unauthorized Review of Private, Privileged Materials by the Special Counsel’s Office 
         • 1/7/2018 Roughly 10 Percent of Amazon's Ohio Workforce on Food Stamps
         • A new tax law passed that will enrich the 1% and put the US in more debt. Paul Ryan Collected $500,000 In Koch Contributions Days After House Passed Tax Law which is peanuts compared with what the Koch brothers will save. Americans have faced “aggressive rent hikes, fee gouging & high rates of eviction” as Wall St has been buying up rental housing.
         • 1/20/18 Congress shut down the federal government! 
         •  Palm Beach Post - Donald Trump’s multi-decade tax scam to intentionally hide material information about the Mar-a-Lago Club from the IRS in an illegal multi-million dollar tax shelter scheme.
         • The US Department of Justice recommends that every company create a vulnerability disclosure policy
         • Trump’s longtime personal attorney, Michael Cohen, negotiated a secret $130,000 payment to payoff an adult-film star Stormy Daniel whose real name is Stephanie Clifford. for her silence days before the 2016 presidential election.
         • Senator Dianne Feinstein released 300 pages of Fusion GPS testimony on the Steele dossier, days after her Republican colleagues had unilaterally issued the committee’s first criminal referral to the FBI, implicating Steele. 
         • Proposed changes to Medicaid, exempting Florida from offshore drilling, and waiving fines for five megabanks, including Deutsche Bank — all of which, in a week of sheer bedlam, got little or no attention. Deutsche Bank flagged “suspicious transactions” concerning Jared Kushner’s family accounts. The bank said it’s willing to turn information over to Mueller.
         • Trump’s “sXXXhole” countries statement prompted worldwide condemnation and questions of whether he is eroding US moral authority — while concerns about his fitness for office continued to swirl.
        • WAPO reported that Trump has made more than 2,000 false or misleading claims in his first 355 days in office — on average, 5.6 claims per day.
        • The Twitter account for the House Committee on Natural Resources attacked outdoor apparel company Patagonia in a tweet with a graphic referring to the company as “lying” and “hiding.”
        • Contradicting Trump regime talking points, Sebastian Gorka said he was told to cooperate with Fire and Fury author Michael Wolff, but said after meeting him in Reince Priebus’s office he got a bad feeling and did not. Steve Bannon was set to meet with Wolff after him. 
       • Bannon apologized for his role in Wolff’s book in a statement given to Axios — expressing “regret” to Trump, praising Donald Jr., and adding, “There was no collusion and the investigation is a witch hunt.”
        • Axios reported according to a copy of his real schedule, Trump’s time in the Oval Office has shrunk to 11am to 6pm, then he’s back to the residence. During the day he also has blocks of “Executive Time.”
        • Axios reported Executive Time means TV and Twitter time alone in the residence. Trump schedule also lists 8 am to 11 am as Executive Time in the Oval Office, but most is spent at the residence.
        • CNN reported in early 2016, before Bannon and Trump became allies, a watchdog group led by Bannon tried to shop anti-Trump research alleging ties between Trump companies and organized crime.

What you need to know about influencer fraud

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The 99% are the slaves in a "Free Trade" Economy!
The tragedy of the .01% is they don't need anything!

OF THE 1%  -- BY THE 1% -- FOR THE 1%



#finlit #Bitcoin #CryptoCurrency #Technology #Security #Civics #edtech #edchat #science #math  #code

For the first time in history the opportunity for regular people to create money out of thin air.  This used to be the domain of Banks and governments but they have no jurisdiction over cryptocurrency. In a workless economy you can mine the network and/or create the blockchain or the token yourself.

Cryptocurrency is global money controlled by the people of the world and outside the manipulation of the US Banks. It is borderless cash.

Why Is CryptoCurrency Valuable?

Web 1.0 gave rise to internet
Web 2.0 gave rise to the giants who dominate it

Web 3.0 will give rise to BLOCKCHAIN NETWORKS that take it back.
Crypto is an essential component of this third part. It enables participation due to smart contracts and the metered payments that it enables.

Do you really need college?
 You can earn a decent living without a four-year degree

Despite images of shuttered factories and a chorus of high school voices chanting the virtues of college, you do not have to get a four-year degree to earn a decent living.


Low unemployment, little inflation, and no real gains in household incomes, which continue to shrink is the labor market breaks all of rules. Every dollar, yen, or renminbi of value created in the economies of today is done so with less and less work. 


The basics of a decent life will be uncoupled from “jobs” Because in a world where “jobs” are themselves things of the past, tying one’s ability to get a job will undermine the myth that “poor people are lazy” to “everyone deserves an income. A world without work threatens to collapse societies whose social contracts are still written for an industrial age.

If US GDP were distributed equally, every household would make $160,000 per year.  

Something has profoundly changed at the heart of the economy. They are replacing whole categories of workers, in accounting, law, and medicine. They are replacing whole industries advertising and media at Google and Facebook.  That something is technology and automation. Algorithms are replacing whole categories of managers at Uber and Amazon. 

More and more of what nations produce — $20 trillion worth for the US — is produced without human intervention. What’s true for the US is true for every advanced economy in the world. We are well past the point where people in rich countries could earn middle class lives if incomes were distributed equally.



Jobs are disappearing but the fruits of a workless economy are not being allocated well: justly, efficiently, effectively, optimally in ways that allow societies to prosper buy instead will collapse into something like lawless neofeudal oligarchies. Middle classes and poor will become something like serfs and peasants, while those who “own” the algorithms that manage the workless economy will be something like lords and barons, with absolute power. When work itself is a scarce commodity, the serfs and peasants ability to live will be dependent on the patronage of the right nobles, just as in previous eras of human history.