Ruminations of the Easily Amused for 3/23/2017


 

Ruminations of the Easily Amused for 3/23/2017
 


23 March 2017 at 12:38:09 PM
salon

This explains why I have recently gotten some Youtube notices about not monetizing some videos, like ones that criticize Hillary Clinton

Why does Ivana Trump have a high security clearance. I guess that's just another thing Donald Trump lied about. 

Boy, Wellesly has the WRONG IDEA. I thought colleges were supposed to be higher education. 

“I find it absurd that six faculty members at Wellesley can call themselves defenders of free speech and also conflate my recent talk with bullying the disempowered,” Kipnis told FIRE in an email. “What actually happened was that there was a lively back and forth after I spoke. The students were smart and articulate, including those who disagreed with me.”

“I’m going to go further and say — as someone who’s been teaching for a long time, and wants to see my students able to function in the world post-graduation — that protecting students from the ‘distress’ of someone’s ideas isn’t education, it’s a $67,000 babysitting bill.”

And speaking of free speech, having press with Rex Tillerson isn't about HIS preferences. He must think all press is PR.

 Rex W. Tillerson, the new secretary of state, offered the diplomatic understatement of the month on Saturday when he told the sole reporter he permitted on his airplane: “I’m not a big media press access person. I personally don’t need it.”

Perhaps, by breaking with a half-century of past practice and flying off without the regular State Department correspondents on board, Mr. Tillerson was hoping to continue to operate in a style that worked well for him as chief executive of Exxon Mobil. In that job, he could negotiate complex oil and gas deals behind closed doors and then inform his board of directors and shareholders afterward.

I don't always agree with Chuck Schumber but I agree here. NO to Neil Gorsuch. 

Schumer argued that the nominee was unable to convince him that he would serve as an independent check on President Trump, “who has shown almost no restraint from executive overreach.”

He said Gorsuch “has long been someone who has advocated extreme deference to assertions of broad presidential power.”

Gorsuch declined to say during a marathon question-and-answer session before the Judiciary Committee this week whether the Constitution barred Trump from accepting payment from foreign powers through his real-estate empire.

He also dodged a question about whether Trump would be forced to comply with a subpoena from Congress related to its investigation of Russian influence or if he could circumvent legal prohibitions on enhanced interrogation or warrantless surveillance.

Schumer accused Gorsuch of being evasive in his testimony and noted that the senior Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), told Gorsuch "you have been very much able to avoid any specificity, like no one I have ever seen before."

Senate votes to let ISPS sell your browing data

The Senate action "would allow Comcast, Verizon, Charter, AT&T, and other broadband providers to take control away from consumers and relentlessly collect and sell their sensitive information without the consent of that family," Markey said. That sensitive information includes health and financial information, and information about children, he said. ISPs want to "draw a map" of where families shop and go to school, and sell it to data brokers "or anyone else who wants to make a profit off you," Markey said.

"Your home broadband provider can know when you wake up each day—either by knowing the time each morning that you log on to the Internet to check the weather/news of the morning, or through a connected device in your home," Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) said during Senate floor debate yesterday. "And that provider may know immediately if you are not feeling well—assuming you decide to peruse the Internet like most of us to get a quick check on your symptoms. In fact, your broadband provider may know more about your health—and your reaction to illness—than you are willing to share with your doctor."

Home Internet providers can also "build a profile about your listening and viewing habits," while mobile broadband providers "know how you move about your day through information about your geolocation and Internet activity through your mobile device," he said.

"This is a gold mine of data—the holy grail so to speak," Nelson said. "It is no wonder that broadband providers want to be able to sell this information to the highest bidder without consumers’ knowledge or consent. And they want to collect and use this information without providing transparency or being held accountable."

Few consumers have any choice of Internet provider, said Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.). Thus, their only choice may be between "giving up their browsing history for an Internet provider to sell to the highest bidder or having no Internet at all," he said.

 More- Yup, your internet service provider is now allowed to track and sell your data thanks to the Senate

Now, your internet provider will be able to track where you go online, what you look at, and a host of other things, and then sell that information to other companies — and they won't need to ask for your permission or notify that they are doing this.

"The Senate just gave big broadband companies license to sell Americans personal information to the highest bidder," said Gigi Sohn, a former FCC counselor in the Obama administration and now a government fellow at the Open Society Foundations. "The American people will undoubtedly remember who took away their broadband privacy protections at the behest of Comcast, AT&T and Charter."

The resolution had been aggressively opposed by Democrats as well as privacy and consumer advocates. Internet service providers had argued that forcing them to ask permission was an unfair burden. Republicans have generally sought to rein in much of the FCC's power, as well as a variety of regulations put in place under the Obama administration—including net neutrality regulations.

Trumpcare is just mean 

The pivotal debate in the fight over ObamaCare is whether to kill “essential health benefits” in the law that mandate certain coverage areas for insurers.

House Republicans are now discussing a deal that would do away with the requirements, which might win conservative votes but risks losing centrists.

But what would it mean for healthcare in the United States?

The essential health benefits mandate included in ObamaCare was intended to require insurance companies to provide coverage in 10 areas, including mental health, pediatric dental and vision care, maternity care, and prescription drugs.

 


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