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Center for Humane Technology

Computer Technology and Public Health
an issue for our time; a concern which, perhaps, we ought to reflect upon;

Center for Humane Technology

Dr. King

Dr. Martin Luther King would often say, "Where we stand in times of controversy is a measure of our character. Some leaders follow opinion polls. Others stand up for their principles, refuse to compromise and mold opinion."
Personal response, not circumstance, is "the determining factor in our lives."
-- Dr. King

CONSTITUTIONAL LAW

"Because bad men will not
Good men dare not cast aside the sword.
(--Thos Paine/Common Sense)
Constitutional Law is given by the People for Control of their Government

PUBLIC LAW

Public Law is enacted by government in accordance with Constitutional Law for the good of the People.

in a democracy people get the government they deserve
-- attr. Alexis de Tocqueville et. al.

"Every worthwhile accomplishment, big or little, has its stages of drudgery and triumph; a beginning, a struggle and a victory."
~ Ghandi

"If you sacrifice your values because you're afraid, you don't care about those values very much."
Edward Snowden

National Do Not Call Registry

Link to FCC page describing National Do Not Call Registry
The referenced page (above) includes links for Checking Your Number and for filing complaints.

Common Methods of Hacking

Suggested Reading: Six Common ways we Get Hacked

Wealth is not self-existing: it is created by people working . Wealth does not issue from government . Government confiscates wealth from working people .

Freedom Patrol:

If a nation expects to be ignorant and free it expects what never was and never will be ... The people cannot be safe without information. Where the press is free, and every man is able (and willing) to read, all is safe.
-- Thomas Jefferson

Dr. Thos. Sowell website

American Rhetoric: Index to Famous Speeches

ADVOCACY

The Great Enemy of Clear Language is insincerity
--Eric Blair(George Orwell)

CDA Sec. 230

Section 230 says that "No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider" (47 U.S.C. § 230).

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Fallacies in Logic

If you learn the fallacies and become fluent in them you will be able to quickly spot the use of logical fallacies in someone else's reasoning, or even your own! Note: A fallacy is a deceptive, false, or misleading argument, notion, belief, etc.
--J W Eshleman
"A "pacifist," who lets evil run rampant, is an enemy of ultimate peace... tho peaceful"
[YaaKov Fogelman, Jerusalem]

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"In school, if you come up with the same answer everyone has you are considered a good student"
(Steve Wozniak)

"If I had asked people what they wanted they would have said: "Faster Horses""
(Henry Ford)

Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.
-- Albert Einstein

But when television is bad, nothing is worse. I invite each of you to sit down in front of your television set when your station goes on the air and stay there, for a day, without a book, without a magazine, without a newspaper, without a profit and loss sheet or a rating book to distract you. Keep your eyes glued to that set until the station signs off. I can assure you that what you will observe is a vast wasteland.
Newton N. Minow
Television and the Public Interest
delivered 9 May 1961, National Association of Broadcasters, Washington, DC

"The mind is the source of Happiness, and Unhappiness" - Buddha

more quotes

Darrell (Scott) Williams ( (FLICKR)
It's funny how you can pass something a million times and never take any notice. Then you get a camera and suddenly it becomes a photo opportunity. I think most people look at things but only some people actually see things.

"Some Days are Diamonds; some days are Dust
Reflect on the Diamonds and sweep the Dust down the chute.

In my opinion no one … should close the road to free philosophizing about mundane and physical things, as if everything had already been discovered and revealed with certainty. Nor should it be considered rash not to be satisfied with those opinions which have become common. No one should be scorned in physical disputes for not holding to the opinions which happen to please other people best.
Galileo Galilei’s timeless warning in his famous Letter to Grand Duchess Christina of Tuscany (1615)

Paywalls, Anti-Adblockers, and Scamsters Schemes

We will not link to sites which erect paywalls, or which are programmed to fail when an ad-blocker is detected -- or which are engaged in some dubious scam

the following sites have been de-listed:

Note to Web-authors Opposed to Ad-Blockers: as long as your site is controlled by advertisers you will not be free to Speak the Truth -- which is the Essence of Proper Journalism

NEWS SOURCES

"The first casualty of war is truth"
There are various wordings and attributions for the above; the reader is encouraged to try a few searches,--
The most important service rendered by the press and the magazines is that of educating people to approach printed matter with distrust.
—Samuel Butler—19th Century novelist
"...in the Reporters Gallery yonder, there sits a fourth Estate more important far than they all."
attr. Edmond Burke

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COMPUTER SECURITY

...trusting giant corporations - whose business models rely on selling your identity to advertisers - to safeguard your privacy is like hiring a kleptomaniac to guard the sweet shop.
By Andrew Orlowski, 31st December 2013
The Register

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"Two things are sold in the United States without product liability: Religion and Software"
--attr. Edward Snowden

Section 2

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¡Viva la Resistencia!




  • Know Thyself;
  • Nothing to Excess;
  • A Pledge, And Ruin is Near;
    (Oracle at Delphi)


"History records that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments by controlling money and it's issuance." -- James Madison

"Should government refrain from regulation [of the volume of money] the worthlessness of the money becomes apparent and the FRAUD can no longer be concealed." -- British Lord John Maynard Keynes (the father of 'Keynesian Economics' which our nation now endures) in his book "THE ECONOMIC CONSEQUENCES OF THE PEACE" (1920).

You can borrow against future earnings -- but you cannot borrow from the future. To "borrow" is to obtain the temporary use of other property in the present. You can only borrow that which already exists.


COMPUTER SECURITY, Cont'd

“With artificial intelligence we are summoning the demon.”
– Elon Musk warns about AI, saying it could be our biggest existential threat [MIT Aeronautics and Astronautics’s Centennial Symposium, October 2014]

Section 2

The greatest trick the devil ever pulled may have been convincing the world he doesn't exist.

Surveillance is the business model of the Internet
--Attr: Bruce Schneier
--Essay: { Everyone Wants You To Have Security,
(But Not from Them) }
--Date: 2015-02-26

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SPORTS

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Celebrity Gossip

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PERSONAL

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Thomas Jefferson, 1821: "...when all government... in little as in great things, shall be drawn to Washington as the centre of all power, it will render powerless the checks provided of one government on another and will become as venal and oppressive as the government from which we separated."

"Men are qualified for civil liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their own appetites. ... Society cannot exist unless a controlling power upon will and appetite be placed somewhere, and the less of it there is within, the more there must be without. It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things, that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters."
~~ Edmund Burke

"The very word "secrecy" is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and to secret proceedings. We decided long ago that the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweighed the dangers which are cited to justify it. ...there is little value in insuring the survival of our nation if our traditions do not survive with it. And there is very grave danger that an announced need for increased security will be seized upon by those anxious to expand its meaning to the very limits of official censorship and concealment."
"The President and the Press" address to the American Newspaper PublishersdAssociation, John F. Kennedy, April 27, 1961

“Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket. And those who benefit in the racket will defend it with passion.”
attr. Eric Hoffer

 1. Save your energy for fights you can win; that you need to win;
 2. Don't get in a Pissing Match with a Skunk;
 3. It's a Sad Day -- when a man don't learn nothing;
 4. Fighting is like gambling: you have to pay to learn;
 5. Experience is a Hard Master, and a Fool will learn by no other;
 6. In the Event of a Crisis: Use what you know works;
 7. You may know a man by the company he keeps;
 8. Whatever you do today you'll have to sleep with tonight;
 9. Hope is not a method;
10. A man finds time in life for the things he really wants to do;
11. Each Day: Do what needs to be done; Don't let troubles fester;
12. You belong where you are loved.
13. You can't fix stupid but you do have to deal with it.
14. Life is too short to drink cheap booze and argue with stupid people.
15. A winner never quits and a quitter never wins.
16. A winner makes things happen; a loser lets things happen.
17. It's not what you have: it's what you do -- that matters. 18. Progress comes in Small Increments, and Persistence Pays. 19. Life is just one thing you can't re-live.

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