Thursday, October 19, 2017

Senators Demand Disclosure in Wake of Russian Meddling

Deceptive Internet ads...

Facebook: In the spotlight over ads from Russian-linked agents.

Senators John McCain, Amy Kolbuchar and John Warner will move on Thursday to force Facebook, Google and other internet companies to disclose who is purchasing online political advertising, after revelations that Russian-linked operatives bought deceptive ads in the run-up to the 2016 election with no disclosure required, Ken Vogel and Cecilia King report on nytimes.com.

But the tech industry, which has worked to thwart previous efforts to mandate such disclosure, is mobilizing an army of lobbyists and lawyers — including a senior adviser to Hillary Clinton’s campaign — to help shape proposed regulations, the Times reporters wrote.

For more on the new move to rein in Russian-linked on-line meddling: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/19/us/politics/facebook-google-russia-meddling-disclosure.html

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

What Facebook Did to American Democracy

What few saw coming...

Facebook's impact on American politics is still being unraveled.

In the media world, as in so many other realms, there is a sharp discontinuity in the timeline: before the 2016 election, and after, Alex Madrigal reports on theatlantic.com.

Things we thought we understood—narratives, data, software, news events—have had to be reinterpreted in light of Donald Trump’s surprising win as well as the continuing questions about the role that misinformation and disinformation played in his election, he wrote.

“Not even President-Pope-Viceroy Zuckerberg himself seemed prepared for the role Facebook has played in global politics this past year,” Read wrote, Madrigal adds.

And we haven’t even gotten to the Russians, he wrote.

For more on an excellent report: https://www.theatlantic.com/amp/article/542502/

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

It's the 70th Anniversary of the First Supersonic Flight

Breaking the sound barrier...

The Bell X-1, the first plane to fly faster than sound in 1947.

Supersonic flight—it conjures up ideas of speed, luxury, the future, Jack Stuart reports on wired.com.

But the very first flight to break the sound barrier occurred 70 years ago this month. Since then, we've seen the development and demise of the Concorde, and today's flyers are stuck traveling at boring subsonic cruise speeds of around 600 miles per hour. A trip from LA to New York takes an agonizing five and a half hours, Stuart wrote.

But don’t despair. There are companies and agencies working to bring back the supersonic age, he added.

For a video and report on the 70th anniversary the first supersonic flight: https://www.wired.com/story/its-the-70th-anniversary-of-the-first-supersonic-flight/amp

For an excellent NASA video on breaking the sound barrier and more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aUjf9y556M&feature=youtu.be

The Bell X-1 rocket plane being attached to a modified B-29 in preparation for its first supersonic flight.

Other memorable flight records:

The famous X-15, which flew 4,520 mph at an altitude of 102,100 ft. in 1967, records that still stand.

Lockheed's SR-71 Blackbird was an Air Force reconnaissance plane. It set a record on its last flight in 1990 that still stands: LA to Washington, D.C. in 64 minutes and 20 seconds. Its average speed on the flight was 2,145 mph. At one point on the trip, it was clocked at 2,242 mph.

The SR-71 on display at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington.

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Q's and Some A's on the Massive Equifax Breach

Confidential information at risk...

A credit giant in the spotlight.

Three weeks after Equifax acknowledged that hackers had breached the company’s system, the company’s interim chief executive, Paulino do Rego Barros Jr., apologized for its messy response, Ron Lieber reports on nytimes.com.

The breach meant that potentially millions of Social Security numbers, driver’s licenses and other information had been stolen, leaving many of us to wonder how vulnerable we might be to identity theft, Lieber wrote.

“Answers to key consumer questions were too often delayed, incomplete or both,” Mr. Barros wrote in an op-ed column in The Wall Street Journal in late September, Lieber added.

He had his verb tenses wrong. The answers are still delayed and incomplete, Lieber wrote.

For a Q and some A's about the continuing Equifax problem potentially affecting you and millions of Americans: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/your-money/equifax-data-breach-credit.html

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Monday, October 16, 2017

The Unlucky Flight 666: A Short Hop to HEL

A Friday the 13th special...

A Finnair Airbus going to HEL?

The world's "unluckiest" flight made its final flight to HEL last Friday, the 13th.


The hell you want to avoid.

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Smile: Up and at 'em for Your new Week

Fun...

Dance, baby, dance.  And did they ever.

For fun videos:


-- Coca Cola: Clean water: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29govBe3Hxw

-- Cigna: TV Doctors of America: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2do-3n_9AW4

-- United Healthcare: Chuck Norris: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQ3vNftrQHk


-- Honda Fit: Fun Surprises: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKR5rksTc_o

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Musical Moments: Shearing, Autumn in New York

Memorable...
Early autumn in the park.

Musical Moments features music and artists I've enjoyed over the years.

Today's selection is George Shearing's memorable Autumn in New York: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5_FQfdrStE

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