Privacy

So what, if a few people get stopped and if they refuse to respond to a lawful order to give up the data on their phones (little computers really). If you do, you can be detained for because you gave them reasonable suspicion. (Catch 22s are real.)

You say I’ll give my phone up with nothing to hide  They might catch somebody that would blow up a car or something and kill me, members of my family or people I know. Even though,  you know the odds of such an event are better on a lightning bolt. This is not a security vs. privacy issue this is a fear problem.

Remember, President Franklin D. Roosevelt said this is about “fear itself,” for many reasons. Fear is the main lever of Fascism because people in fear become its fulcrum. Fear is a lever that can destroy a country’s financial stability, and it is “nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.”

Volunteer to summarize the following and to watch this issue over the next couple of years and join others who doing the same.

  • NBC News, “American citizens: US border agents can search your cell phone,”
    March 13, 2017.
    BuzzFeed, “New bill would outlaw warrantless phone searches at the border,”
    April 4, 2017.
    The Hill, “Border agents, demanded searches of US citizens’ phones: report,”
    March 13, 2017.
    NPR, “More travelers are being asked for their cell phones and passwords…”
    April 11, 2017.
    CNN, “Bill would stop warrantless border device searches of US citizens,”
    April 4, 2017.

All of this despite the Supreme Court June 25, 2014, unanimously ruling (9-0) that police may not search the cell phones of criminal suspects upon arrest without a warrant — a sweeping endorsement for privacy rights. Wallets, briefcases, and vehicles remain subject to limited examination by law enforcement.  The C-22 here is clear, go “all the way” in the justice system on the one hand or handing it over for a data upload on the other.

In the House of Representatives Jared Polis (D), Denver CO was elected in 2008 and defeated a Republican incumbent and Blake Farenthold (R) defeated an incumbent Democrat in 2016.  Both along with two Senators, Rand Paul, and Ron Wyden have introduced legislation that would require law enforcement to obtain a warrant before they can search your phone when you, (a citizen) enters the US.

The bill extends the privacy principles clarified in the Supreme Court decision Riley v. California. In that case, the High Court ruled that warrantless searches of electronic devices during an arrest are unconstitutional. Read the complete Protecting Data at the Border Act here, and a summary here. (both pdf).

Thanks so far, y’all are brilliant.

Privacy Politics

So what, if a few people get stopped and if they refuse to respond to a lawful order to give up the data on their phones (little computers really). If you do, you can be detained for because you gave them reasonable suspicion. (Catch 22s are real.)

You say I’ll give my phone up with nothing to hide  They might catch somebody that would blow up a car or something and kill me, members of my family or people I know. Even though,  you know the odds of such an event are better on a lightning bolt. This is not a security vs. privacy issue this is a fear problem.

Edvard Munch

Remember, President Franklin D. Roosevelt said this is about “fear itself,” for many reasons. Fear is the main lever of Fascism because people in fear become its fulcrum. Fear is a lever that can destroy a country’s financial stability, and it is, “nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.”

Summarize the following and watch this issue over the next couple of years. Join others who do the same.NBC News, “American citizens: US border agents can search your cell phone,”


March 13, 2017.
BuzzFeed, “New bill would outlaw warrantless phone searches at the border,”
April 4, 2017.
The Hill, “Border agents, demanded searches of US citizens’ phones: report,”
March 13, 2017.
NPR, “More travelers are being asked for their cell phones and passwords…”
April 11, 2017.
CNN, “Bill would stop warrantless border device searches of US citizens,”
April 4, 2017.

All of this despite the Supreme Court June 25, 2014, unanimously ruling (9-0) that police may not search the cell phones of criminal suspects upon arrest without a warrant — a sweeping endorsement for privacy rights. Wallets, briefcases, and vehicles remain subject to limited examination by law enforcement.  The C-22 here is clear, go “all the way” in the justice system on the one hand or handing it over for a data upload on the other.

In the House of Representatives Jared Polis (D), Denver CO was elected in 2008 and defeated a Republican incumbent and Blake Farenthold (R) defeated an incumbent Democrat in 2016.  Both along with two Senators, Rand Paul, and Ron Wyden have introduced legislation that would require law enforcement to obtain a warrant before they can search your phone when you, (a citizen) enters the US.

The bill extends the privacy principles clarified in the Supreme Court decision Riley v. California. In that case, the High Court ruled that warrantless searches of electronic devices during an arrest are unconstitutional. Read the complete Protecting Data at the Border Act here, and a summary here. (both pdf).

Thanks so far, y’all are brilliant.

Furious Yet, Effective

The growth of corporations in energy production, manufacturing and finance will continue to produce great wealth and pain, cover-ups and obfuscations. During the period of the Great Depression, the best counterbalance to huge corporations was an equally vast government with a constitutional mandate to protect people. The counter-attack against “big government” seeks to strip away these protections,(AKA regulations) and the conduct of the very wealthy is to do so in the name of freedom. In response, new organizations are forming that demand a return to, fairness, facts, and findings in the formation of policy and in launching programs. You can be furious, but read the Message to Congress by 35) to manage it.  Here is some incentive:

“The first truth is that the liberty of a democracy is not safe if we tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself.”

During the 2010 election, the Sunlight Foundation began to describe undisclosed funds as “dark money.”  Not coincidentally, broadly distributed fake news, such as the birther claims aimed at the President accelerated. This practice continued to grow, turning into the direct “lock her up” style of attacks against Hillary Clinton’s 2016 candidacy. The funds behind this kind of “darkness” are of great concern.  These are not actions to cover up mistakes these are warlike in effect.  A higher level of alarm, albeit less newsy, involves far more dangerous attacks on unions, taxes and health/safety regulations.  These assaults also come from many of the same groups that are not required to reveal their interests in political advocacy.  Here reports tend to belie good science, encourage policies that contribute to poor health, and batter their opponents with defamations all to protect an obvious “bottom line.”  Now we see preemptive cover-ups, such as subtle encouragements aimed at youth to use tobacco,  or reports claiming carbon dioxide is not a global warming gas but “life itself” and coal is clean energy.

Follow the funding strategies by corporate reform organizations such as AVAAZ and Public Citizen who attempt to counter these behaviors. They are international in scope and of necessity turned to a powerful online style of global activism.  As investigators of private funds in government, the central question surrounds the proven effectiveness on the Transparency in public activity.  The responsibility of the Securities and Exchange Commission to examine dark money has changed in the aftermath of the Citizens United decision. Jane Mayer’s work “Dark Money” examines the Koch brothers in detail as a means to explore the influence of the Libertarian view on governance with great wealth backing.  Another important counter-balance instrument includes Think Tanks funding.  The following are the most transparent of the political activity agents.

Pick any political person in your community from the NYDelegation menu above and use the links below to search for resources that connect your representative to the “dark conduct” issue.  Hopefully, you won’t find anything, but if you do, please use the confidential contact form below and record your findings.

  1. International Budget Partnership
  2. Open Contracting Partnership
  3. Pew Research Center
  4. Sunlight Foundation
  5. Publish What You Pay
  6. Woodrow Wilson Center
  7. World Resources Institute
  8. World Wide Web Foundation

Wireline 2017

It was a busy April morning in 2017 when three clean, Verizon Cable trucks rolled onto the Terraces with a bunch of scrappy linemen eager to drag us into the twenty-first century. Data-structure, Inc. was just leaving, and it seemed very appropriate to re-read their motto, “You deserve peace of mind.”

All of our right-of-way forms signed, our dedicated research, calls, and inquiries have become fruitful.   We even discovered that William Freshwater is, in fact, a real person who is responsive and professional.  With this arrival, we have a complete understanding of intent, even though Verizon, remains puzzled about the future of its technology.  It’s OK, Verizon is big like the trucks they use to get the job done, it takes a while to get them rolling.  The best metaphor for investments that really pay off.

Taking complete stock of the fiber-optic cable question is complicated. The initial assumption was Verizon would follow the old Cooper, and establish new household ports of extraordinary capacity, then the cap expenditure folks at Verizon began to anticipate technology changes upward of 5G of the wireless world.

The long line strategy is the build out to places like us. It will be useful for densification from wireline to wireless.  We remain in your service as you ours.  Until, of course we are not.  Capitalism at its best.

Survey Visit

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Byers Engineering Company
285 Davidson Ave., Suite 203Chris of Byers
Somerset, NJ 08873-4153

Survey visit “for right of way” occured again on August 20, 2015 with a drop by visit from Chris Wojtowicz of Byers Engineering  He confirmed Verizon’s Engineer, Wasserman’s opinion that a Fiber line presented along the roof-top gutter was the best option. See image below as the best solution for the north and south side of Albemarle Terrace. One cable about the size of the pinky finger.  Yea!

The AKNA IT Team has his phone and email address, and many months latter and…

in early March 2017, two Verizon technicians in white hard hats were walking the block.  Excitedly I approached and said, Hey! Are you guys from Verizon FiOS. They smiled, and said yes.  They were carrying drawings of the route around the building extensions at the back.  On the south side of the Terrace they are called sun rooms.

The line drawn by the engineer’s appeared to be around each of the extensions and entering the block, reportedly from east to west via Fabco Shoe building. The blue line below shows a straight line below the second story gutter line that appeared many months ago to AKNA as the best way to go.  We shall see.

FiOSLine.