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Marvel At The Beast - Part 11 In this business, you eventually become enured to Monday mornings that are the mental equivalent of a car accident. You get used to it, mostly, until a morning comes along that is more cognitively akin to a plane crash on the interstate during rush hour, and you find yourself wondering… Elvis 10/19/18 0
Rigged Economy The notion of the American Dream - that, unlike old Europe, we are a land of opportunity - is part of our essence. Yet the numbers say otherwise. The life prospects of a young American DEPEND MORE on the income and education of his or her parents than in almost… Elvis 10/18/18 0
The Clouded Cloud Amazon, which is the largest cloud provider, is notoriously secretive about the precise locations of its data centers. While a few are publicly tied to Amazon, this is the exception rather than the norm. More often, Amazon operates out of data centers owned by other companies with little indication that… Elvis 10/17/18 0
Democracy Hollowed Out Part 35 - Censorship The briefing argues that Google, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter are caught between two incompatible positions, the unmediated “marketplace of ideas” vs. “well-ordered spaces for safety and civility.” The first approach is described as a product of the “American tradition” which prioritizes free speech for democracy, not “civility.” The second is… Elvis 10/15/18 0
Religious Diversions Part 13 - Psychology of Religion Maybe, then, the heart of religion is not its ability to explain nature, but its moral power? Sigmund Freud, who referred to himself as a godless Jew, saw religion as delusional, but helpfully so. He argued that we humans are naturally awful creatures - aggressive, narcissistic wolves. Left to our… Elvis 10/10/18 0
National (In)Security Yet to hear the hawks tell it, the United States has never been less secure. So much for bang for the buck. For millions of Americans, however, the greatest threat to their day-to-day security isn’t terrorism or North Korea, Iran, Russia, or China. It’s internal - and economic. Tha’ts particularly… Elvis 10/09/18 0
Lost All Hope Like I explained HERE, the economic recovery they talk about today is as HOLLOW as the JOBLESS RECOVERY president Obama talked about five years ago: Economic recovery is now treated as consistent with declining standards of living. Lowered expectations and acquiescence in long term working-class hardship are now built into… Elvis 10/07/18 0
True Evil Redux He flipped, in this strange, polarized, binary way, between extreme narcissistic rage - shouting, red-faced, about his many accomplishments, thundering how he’d been first in his class, and so on - and just as extreme unctuous self-pity, in great broken sobs “how can they have done this to me?” Violence… Elvis 10/07/18 0
Analog Malicious Hardware In fact, researchers at the University of Michigan haven’t just imagined that computer security nightmare; they’ve built and proved it works. In a study that won the “best paper” award at last weeks IEEE Symposium on Privacy and Security, they detailed the creation of an insidious, microscopic hardware backdoor proof-of-concept.… Elvis 10/07/18 0
Bad Moon Rising Part 74 - Infrastructure Cyber-Threat III To help with due diligence, AWS, which was overseeing the prospective acquisition, hired a third-party company to scrutinize Elemental’s security, according to one person familiar with the process. The first pass uncovered troubling issues, prompting AWS to take a closer look at Elemental’s main product: the expensive servers that customers… Elvis 10/04/18 0
Bad Moon Rising Part 73 - Trade Wars --- Trump’s Tariffs on Chinese Imports Are Actually a Tax on the US Middle Class By Dan Baker Truthout September 24, 2018 In his escalating trade war with China, Donald Trump is acting increasingly like Captain Queeg in the CAINE MUTINY. He has imposed a 10 percent tariff on $200… Elvis 09/27/18 0
Fake Recovery According to today’s payroll jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the economy created 200,000 new jobs in August. These jobs, assuming that they exist, are reported to be in low paid domestic service jobs such as transporting and selling goods, ambulatory health care services, and waiting tables and… Elvis 09/10/18 0
Boom Bust As you read the email that I am about to share with you, there are several things that I want you to notice. #1 These people ARE NOT LAZY.  The husband has a good job for the area in which they live, and the wife is working very hard to… Elvis 09/10/18 0
Bad Moon Rising Part 72 - Made In China 2025 As for China, its July exports rose 12.2 percent year-on-year despite fresh US tariffs. China’s economy seems to show more resilience than that of the US amid escalating trade friction. Why? China’s industrial competitiveness may be one reason. In the short term, US consumers can hardly find alternative products to… Elvis 09/09/18 0
45 Thousand Die Yearly from Lack Of Health Insurance "The uninsured have a higher risk of death when compared to the privately insured, even after taking into account socioeconomics, health behaviors, and baseline health,” said lead author ANDREW WILPER, M.D., who currently teaches at the University of Washington School of Medicine. We doctors have many new ways to prevent… Elvis 09/07/18 0
Culture Of Cruelty Shocked? I was. And yet, at the same time, its still somehow unsurprising. The above is a tiny but telling example of what America’s legendary for now - the world over -not freedom, justice, or truth, but a kind of weird, gruesome, and relentless cruelty. The problem is that America’s… Elvis 08/29/18 0
What Google Knows About You - Part II It also reveals how phone users are being tracked without realising it. How so? It’s here that the B2B parts of Google’s vast data collection network its publisher and advertiser products - kick into life as soon the user engages with a phone. These parts of Google receive personal data… Elvis 08/27/18 0
Tyranny of the Stupid Then, when time and time again, no such plan materializes, and it is demonstrated that America has blundered into a diplomatic, economic or military morass, for some unknown reason, a reset occurs, and the wrong assumptions are again made. At every level, humanity errs in assuming that those in command… Elvis 08/27/18 0
Good Guys Bad Guys This is a not uncommon position for failing states to find themselves in. The judiciary becomes the last bulwark of governance, something like the last piston in the engine of democracy. And so a nation can limp along, for decades, often, with just a functioning judiciary, while executives and legislatures… Elvis 08/22/18 0
Bankruptcy Is The New Retirement --- Bankruptcy is hitting more older Americans, pointing to a retirement crisis in the making By Michael Hiltzik LA Times Aug 6, 2018 Whether America is facing a retirement CRISIS in which seniors are making do with shrinking financial resources has been widely debated. But here’s a telling metric: Seniors… Elvis 08/21/18 0
The Awakening Part 13 American life today is full of everyday obscenities. So here’s a tiny question. Will America ever be a decent society? You can add “again,” if you like. Is that a terrible thing to say? I think it’s a great question that collapse is trying to ask us - but maybe… Elvis 08/16/18 0
AC Phone Home Why can’t I just VPN into the house and connect to it that way? Because then they can’t SNOOP. Their EULA SAYS: We may use your Contact Information to market Honeywell and third-party products and services to you via various methods We also use third parties to help with certain… Elvis 08/16/18 0
Democratic Socialism They’re reacting to the dire prospect of socialism like priests who just met the devil - only the devil was busy saving souls from hell. They don’t quite know what to do with that. How to process it. They don’t even understand, funnily enough, just like those priests, whether or… Elvis 08/16/18 0
Bad Moon Rising Part 71 - Chinese Super Weapons Up until this time, the Soviet Union was the primary source for Chinese weapons and hardware. Although there were some locally made Chinese weapons, most of its AK-47s as well as their fighter aircraft were made and produced in the Soviet Union. The Iron Curtain fell and China realized that… Elvis 08/13/18 0
Legalized Hacking Halifax has disputed this, arguing that the port scans help it pick up evidence of malware infections on customers’ systems. The scans are legal, Halifax told Moore in response to a complaint he made on the topic last month. When you visit the Halifax login page, even before you’ve logged… Elvis 08/09/18 0
ATT Pension Clawback When James Mizelle retired in 2001, he started drawing a pension from his 27-year career with AT&T and other phone companies. Fifteen years later, he got a letter saying his benefits were miscalculated and demanding he repay $32,116.05. Mr. Mizelle, living in Round Hill, Va., replied that he couldnt repay.… Elvis 08/09/18 0
Squeezed The children of America’s white-collar middle class viewed life from their green lawns and tidy urban flats as a field of opportunity. Blessed with quality schools, seaside vacations and sleepover camp, they just knew that the American dream was theirs for the taking if they hit the books, picked a… Elvis 08/08/18 0
Propaganda American Style Part II SEN. BARBARA LITALIEN: Good morning. I’m actually here to speak directly to Donald Trump. I feel that whats happening at the border is wrong. I’m a mother of four. And I believe that separating kids from their parents is illegal and inhumane. I’m actually Barbara L’Italien. I’m a state senator… Elvis 08/03/18 0
Trump Putin And Fascism Critics also suggest the focus on the Mueller investigation comes at the expense of a potential focus on American warmongering. They remind us that the United States also interferes in other countries elections, and contend that people of color in the United States are so besieged with other concerns that… Elvis 08/03/18 0
Down Skilling Employers say they are abandoning preferences for college degrees and specific skill sets to speed up hiring and broaden the pool of job candidates. Many companies added requirements to job postings after the recession, when millions were out of work and human-resources departments were stacked with resumes. Across incomes and… Elvis 07/31/18 0
Message For 2018 Graduates They will find themselves overtaxed, burdened with excessive college debt, and struggling to find worthwhile employment in a debt-ridden economy on the brink of implosion. Their privacy will be eviscerated by the surveillance state. They will be the subjects of a military empire constantly WAGING WAR against shadowy enemies and… Elvis 07/28/18 0
America In Collapse 3 This is how systems and nations fail: nobody chose the current broken system, but now it cant be changed because the incentive structure locks in embedded processes that enrich self-serving insiders at the expense of the system, nation and its populace. Nobody chose America’s insane healthcare systemit arose from a… Elvis 07/28/18 0
Rising Of Global Unions Part 2 In Germany, which is Amazon’s second-biggest market after the United States, workers at the company’s fulfillment centers waged the first-ever strike against Amazon in 2013. “In the beginning, it was purely about wages, about being able to pay for the cost of living,” says Lena Widmann, a federal secretary and… Elvis 07/26/18 0
Lazy Bum Brittany Ernsperger’s depression and anxiety were so overwhelming she couldn’t even wash the dishes. The messy kitchen made her feel like a failure, which made finishing the dishes even more challenging. “I walked by them morning and night and all day long,” Ernsperger wrote in a Facebook post. “And just… Elvis 07/25/18 0
Cayce on World War III “Dreams are today’s answers to tomorrows questions.” - Edgar Cayce Many of Cayce’s psychic readings occurred in the early part of the 20th century during two World Wars and the Great Depression, but before his death in 1947 he had already seen many of his predictions come true, including FORETELLING… Elvis 04/23/18 0
Evictions Desmond won a Pulitzer Prize in 2017 for his book, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. His latest project is THE EVICTION LAB, a team of researchers and students at Princeton University dedicated to amassing the nation’s first-ever database of eviction. To date, the Lab had collected 83… Elvis 04/17/18 0
What Not to Say To An Isolated Older Adult As her grief escalated, so did her feeling of abandonment. “Nobody knew what to say in the situation, so they just left me alone,” said Kubota. Though they offered the standard “Let me know what you need,” Kubota, facing responsibilities she really couldn’t manage on her own, found it hard… Elvis 04/16/18 0
Why the World is Being Decivilized Money is no guarantee that a person or place is civilized (exhibit one, the White House). You might say it means power - but that’s false, too. Nero was powerful, but he wasn’t civilized. He was a barbarian wearing a crown. What made him one? To the barbarian, violence is… Elvis 04/08/18 0
Workplace Stress "It’s pretty clear that the human costs—in terms of death—and the economic costs, in terms of elevated health care spend, are quite substantial,” Pfeffer said in a recent interview about his new book, DYING FOR A PAYCHECK. Pfeffer’s book, released Tuesday, is built around a 2015 paper that said more… Elvis 03/31/18 0
Book: The People Vs. Democracy Mounk, who grew up in Germany in the 80s and 90s, attracted attention in late 2016 for co-authoring an article that found people in the Westand young people in particular - are less enamored with democracy and more open to autocracy than ever. Coverage of the study was criticized for… Elvis 03/29/18 0
Global Hypnosis Your car will drive you. Your fridge will order new food items. Your heat and air conditioning will operate beyond your control. Your toaster will decide how brown the bread will be. Your whole home will run on prescribed algorithms, deciding how much energy you can use and when. You… Elvis 03/28/18 0
Third World U.S.A. Part 10 - The Gig Economy "Due to the huge numbers of cars available with desperate drivers trying to feed their families,” wrote Schifter, “they squeeze rates to below operating costs and force professionals like me out of business. They count their money and we are driven down into the streets we drive becoming homeless and… Elvis 03/27/18 0
Corporate Grief One Friday in May 2008, I walked into the corporate job Id held for a year, and dropped by the bathroom before going to my desk. Inside was a young woman weeping, hands covering her face, her tears hitting her white blouse. It was disturbing, but I said nothing to… Elvis 03/26/18 0
Why Don’t Americans Care About Each Other Today, high school students across America are walking out. But lets remember exactly why. Because their elders HAVE ALLOWED gun massacres at schools, and appear totally unmotivated or unmoved to change it. Hence, its left to the vulnerable kids to fend for themselves. Pull yourself up!! How Lord of the… Elvis 03/25/18 0
American Suicide Is In The Cards Most Americans are unaware of Identity Politics, and those who hear about it dismiss it as something silly. But it is the core politics of the Democratic Party and the liberal/progressive/left that is rivaling the neoconservatives for control over the American psyche. I wrote about the article in the Texas… Elvis 03/23/18 0
Returnship A corporate communications specialist, she was hired when she was 61. She’s able to telecommute three days a week. She participates in a weekly “Fit Over 60” exercise class at the office. Her employer has allowed her to take classes to learn new skills. Meagher said that when she previously… Elvis 03/22/18 0
Cutting Old Heads at IBM But when high tech suddenly started SHIFTING and companies went global, IBM faced the changing landscape with a distinction most of its fiercest competitors didn’t have: a large number of experienced and aging U.S. EMPLOYEES. The company reacted with a strategy that, in the words of one confidential planning document,… Elvis 03/22/18 0
Millenial Musings Older generations, and even millennials who are better off and who have managed to achieve a sort of petit-bourgeois freedom, might find this sentiment unimaginable, even abhorrent. And yet, in studying the reaction to the CNN piece and reaching out to millennials who had responded to it, I was astounded… Elvis 03/19/18 0
Failure Long-term Unemployment Statistics In February 2018, there were 1.397 million long-term unemployed individuals. There are 20.8 percent of the unemployed who have been looking for work for six months or more. That’s better than the record high of 46 percent in the second quarter of 2010. The number of unemployed… Elvis 03/15/18 0
Orlando The Next Silicon Valley The consolidation of TALENT BUBBLE in SILICON VALLEY has burst. It was a great run. Where do people and companies go next? When you’re considering where to relocate, which I’m in the process of doing myself, access (both to capital and talent) is key. What I look for in a… Elvis 03/15/18 0
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