Who Loses And Who Wins When Net Neutrality Rules Are Repealed By The FCC?

by Richard Cameron   To make an accurate assessment of the effects of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) plans of reversing the previous safeguards of the common carrier provisions in the Title II Communications Act, it is necessary to unravel not only the claims and counter-claims, but to outline the underlying facts. Net Neutrality – the default condition of the internet for decades, was formalized by the FCC in 2015. There are two competing narratives regarding Net Neutrality. One is that the warnings of what will result from the lifting of…

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Teaching Takes a Backseat to Infrastructure and Trimmings: Your Tax Dollars and the Public Schools

By Janice Barlow After recently participating in a debate on why a $250 tax deduction for teachers to buy supplies was chopped out of the new tax bill by the House, I couldn’t let the real reason for the issue just rest. The Senate was generous enough to make it a $500 deduction, but it still needs to be reconciled with the House. It’s not about the $250, (which is merely a deduction, not a credit).  It’s about why teachers shouldn’t be buying supplies for students at all – or parents…

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Part Two: Disabled Animals Who Overcame Their Challenges Thanks to Their Human Angels

by J. Lee Disabled Animals Who Overcame Their Challenges This story is a continuation of my previous disabled animal story featuring dogs and cats. See below for a link to read: Part One ‘Disabled Dogs And Cats – Amazing Mobility With Pet Wheelchairs And Water Therapy’. This story will give you a greater understanding about disabled animals, technological advances in the medical field, veterinary advances, and those who rescue special need animals. Some animals are fitted with wheelchairs. Some are fitted with prosthetics which can be referred to as having…

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Safety And Security On Facebook – What You Need To Know To Protect Your Account

man in Facebook T-Shirt holding White Hat debit card

by Richard Cameron   Ever since Facebook arrived on the scene in Cambridge, Mass in 2004 (yes, that far back), it has been surrounded with controversy and detractors.  Anything that has such a wide reach throughout the fabric of society is bound to. Much of the criticism is valid. Facebook has provided not only a platform for social interaction, but also for government surveillance of citizens and for opportunists looking to exploit or steal your personal data. I have also written about the phenomenon of “Facebook Jail” – a place…

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Beware Of “Locky” – Ransomware That Takes Your Files And Folders Hostage

image depicting a hand passing several $100 bills in exchange for a key - representing a de-encryption key used to gain back data and computer files held hostage by ransomware

by Richard Cameron Locky is not Lucky What is “Locky” and why should you take steps to avoid getting hit with it?  Well, for one thing, it’s a lot worse than being in Facebook Jail.  Instead of being suspended from posting on the social media giant, if your computer gets infected by Locky, all of your saved files will be taken into custody by hackers and not released back to you until you pay a hefty price to effect their release. Locky is but one prominent example of “ransomware” –…

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Mel Brooks’ Son, Zombies, Monsanto, Big Ag, War Games And China

Sign in front of gate - "Close Gate In Case of Zombie Outbreak"

by Richard Cameron   Recently  I enjoyed listening to Max Brooks’ interview on NPR with Fresh Air host Terry Gross.  Max is the son of comedy genius Mel Brooks and noted actress Anne Bancroft, she of the iconic Mrs. Robinson role in “The Graduate” – an Oscar winning box office smash of 1967, and the breakout role of Dustin Hoffman’s career. Max is an accomplished writer and creator in his own right – having written a popular series of books on the zombie phenomenon, including “The Zombie Survival Guide”. Brooks has…

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Department Of Defense Applies Cyber Warfare To Thwart North Korean Missile Program

photo of military intelligence analysts sitting in front of laptop computers probing the command and control systems of North Korea and other adversaries.

by Richard Cameron In our previous report, we looked at the reaction to North Korea’s first known test of an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM), on July 3rd of this year, both in Washington and internationally. Last Friday (July 28), yet another such launch was conducted at  11:42 p.m. local time, was airborne approximately 45 minutes, and landed in Japan’s  economic zone in the Sea of Japan.   The regime of Kim Jong-un, boasted that they now are capable of targeting a number of cities on the U.S. mainland, including Los Angeles,…

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Disabled Dogs And Cats – Amazing Mobility With Pet Wheelchairs And Water Therapy

a group of dogs with wheeled mobility devices take a walk with a human companion

by J. Lee Wheelchairs and proven therapies have dramatically increased mobility for disabled dogs and cats.  Some will enjoy life aided by wheelchairs while others will temporarily use wheelchairs to strengthen their muscles helping them towards mobility and independence. Hydrotherapy, water therapy, physical therapy, massage therapy and acupuncture can also benefit them in their recovery. With available technologies their muscles can be exercised to help strengthen their fragile bodies. There was a time when there was no hope for the critically injured fur babies among us. With today’s medical advances dogs…

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North Korea’s ICBM Launch – Our Reaction, Risks And Russia’s Alternate Facts

What appeared to be a KN-08 intercontinental ballistic missile, or an improved version of it, is pictured during a military parade at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang on April 15, 2017, as North Korea marked the 105th anniversary of its founding leader's birth. (Kyodo)

by Richard Cameron The North Korean regime of Kim Jong Un sent a message on Independence Day to the United States and our allies in the North Pacific Ocean, that the doomsday clock  is ticking at a much faster clip. The North Koreans have been engineering missiles of both short and intermediate ranges and we’ve seen them tested, with some successes and failures over the past three decades. But up until the 4th of July, no one had seen even a test launch of a Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) coming…

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The Brave New World Of Productivity Maximized Robot Workforces & Trump’s False Narrative

photo of Kismit Robot at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Museum

by Tony Wyman Editor’s Note:  This review of productivity maximized robot workforces, is the second part in a series examining the challenge of the rapid incorporation of automation and mechanization displacing American workers.  In part One, the author examined the plans for automated transportation (the trucking industry) and increased mechanization of coal mining. Productivity Increases What entices managers to increase their reliance on robots is obvious: greater productivity at lower costs.  Robots are increasing American manufacturing productivity dramatically, up 32% from 1998 to 2012. Today, thanks to automation, there are…

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