Early estimates of just how much money
two online schools stole from the state of Indiana were wrong, according
to a report filed Wednesday by the Indiana State Board of Accounts.
A special investigation into malfeasance by Indiana Virtual School and Indiana Virtual Pathways Academy found that the schools inappropriately received more than $68.7 million collectively.
New Labor Department statistics show that despite Trump’s repeated boasts, job creation was a lot higher during Barack Obama’s final years.
A former Democratic congressman offers this: Political rationalization has always been part of politics. But what is happening now is dangerous.
This is especially tragic coming from a political party which promotes “pro life”:
At least 138 people
deported to El Salvador from the United States in recent years were
subsequently killed, Human Rights Watch says in a report that comes as
the Trump administration makes it harder for Central Americans to seek
A majority of the deaths documented by Human Rights Watch in the report Wednesday occurred less than a year after the deportees returned to El Salvador; some were within days. The organization also confirmed at least 70 cases of sexual assault or other violence following their arrival in the country.
Nate White, an articulate and witty writer from England wrote the following response:
[An excerpt — read the entire article.]“Trump lacks certain qualities which the British traditionally esteem.
For instance, he has no class, no charm, no coolness, no credibility, no compassion, no wit, no warmth, no wisdom, no subtlety, no sensitivity, no self-awareness, no humility, no honour and no grace – all qualities, funnily enough, with which his predecessor Mr. Obama was generously blessed.
So for us, the stark contrast does rather throw Trump’s limitations into embarrassingly sharp relief.”
An antivirus program used by hundreds of millions of people around the world is selling highly sensitive web browsing data to many of the world’s biggest companies, a joint investigation by Motherboard and PCMag has found.
…documents, from a subsidiary of the antivirus giant Avast called Jumpshot, shine new light on the secretive sale and supply chain of peoples’ internet browsing histories. They show that the Avast antivirus program installed on a person’s computer collects data, and that Jumpshot repackages it into various different products that are then sold to many of the largest companies in the world.
But then, he lies about everything.
Trump regularly brags about how great the economy is. In fact it’s not that great for the Average worker.
Joseph Stiglitz discusses it here.
And don’t forget about the #GOPTaxScam and the resulting $22 Trillion record national debt.
There’s a new facial recognition company in town. Its app is being used by some police departments (and possibly others) to identify people from photos. The app uses photos uploaded to the internet / social media.
Like Zuckerberg, the an investor in the company says privacy is dead.
The phrase is attributed to Steve Bannon: Create a flood of contrary, or misinforming information. Create an atmosphere where people don’t know what to believe.
… Bannon articulated the zone-flooding philosophy well, but he did not invent it. In our time, it was pioneered by Vladimir Putin in post-Soviet Russia. Putin uses the media to engineer a fog of disinformation, producing just enough distrust to ensure that the public can never mobilize around a coherent narrative.
In October, I spoke to Peter Pomerantsev, a Soviet-born reality TV producer turned academic who wrote a book about Putin’s propaganda strategy. The goal, he told me, wasn’t to sell an ideology or a vision of the future; instead, it was to convince people that “the truth is unknowable” and that the only sensible choice is “to follow a strong leader.”
Trump supporters, Faux News viewers, and right-wing media audiences prove the tactic works.
Read more about it at Vox