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Heather O’Rourke: What Happened?

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On November 9, 2017, under the headline “Today’s Blind Items — Molesters Killed Her,” an anonymous blogger (archive here) purporting to have information about the entertainment industry wrote a “blind item.”
The post starts out talking about the reasons why the 1980s were supposedly “peak child molesting time in Hollywood.” Essentially, argues the writer, it was routine for area parents to traffic their own children:
“ As sad as it is to say, there were a lot of parents who told their kids to go off with the nice man in the suit and do what he says.” It seems we’ve heard so many stories about child actors’ lives being “ruined.” Yet those stories always seem somehow “inexplicable,” like it’s their fault for frittering away the gains of their youth.

What if we were to see the reality behind the glitz and the glamour? What if this blog post, with its horrific message about the reality of Hollywood 30 years ago, was true then and perhaps still true now?
“Children came to the set where th…

Tracy Jo Remington: Periscope Broadcast Transcript, December 4, 2018

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Note: The following transcript is an excerpt of the main part of this broadcast. It has been lightly edited for readability. Follow Tracy on Twitter here.

My name is Tracy Jo Remington, it’s my first day on Periscope. Liz Crokin, you made the call, so here I am. The Clinton Foundation network is the largest child sex trafficking operation in the entire world. Liz Crokin is absolutely right.

I could lose my Twitter for this too, but I really don’t care Now my ex-husband Gregory (ver?) Remington in McMinnville Oregon was the Clinton Foundation network’s child pornographer.

I discovered he was producing pornography in 2008. We had an altercation, and I ended up…I actually shot past him with my Glock 19. I shot past him and I spent 16 and 1/2 months in jail, in prison for one gun shot. But he had beaten me for 6 days. I am the one that called the police, I am the one that went down in that town where the satanic cult of the Clinton Foundation was headquartered.

He was at the center of, he…

USAgov for Researchers

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It is difficult to find official government information. Perhaps one solution could be to use USA.gov – jump from topic page.Main page: https://www.usa.gov/topicsIcon: TBDTopic name: Public InformationDescription: Get official information on government data, statistics, audits, reports, federal court cases, file a Freedom of Information Act request, and more. Content: similar to https://www.usa.gov/laws - do a grid:Court Cases – Search Federal court cases – link to PACER.gov – https://www.pacer.gov/Official Data Sets – Search Data.gov – https://www.data.gov/Inspectors General reports –https://www.oversight.gov/GAO reports – https://www.gao.gov/FOIA - https://www.foia.gov/#agency-search – the portal already existsFact Sheets – I don’t think we already have a super-portal, but we could create a search that crawls individual agency sites in the beginning (e.g. State https://www.state.gov/s/seci/c64446.htm,https://www.dhs.gov/news-releases/fact-sheets)Press Releases – same as aboveHistori…

The Terrifying Implications of “Human-Machine Teaming”

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In 2015, the U.S. Department of Defense called for “human-machine teaming” as essential to national security.

This is the future, regardless of which political party is in charge, and it is both powerful and terrifying. We need to block abusers of this power.

To rephrase then-Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work, our defense has evolved from:
Beating their conventional weapons with our nukesWhen nuclear parity was reached, achieving “near-0” targeting of their conventional weapons The man-machine warfighter. Within the man-machine phase there is:
Improved machine learningIntelligent machines guiding human decisionsHumans wearing electronics/apps in combat — using them to fight betterHumans and computers (robots) fighting togetherWeapons that kill on their own It is obvious that we have to have better fighting capabilities than our enemies if we are to resist an invasion. Having humans control the robots is ideal. Here is a 2015 example out of MIT — the “robot with human reflexes.

It’s also c…

Combating Disinformation: An Essential Role For The Civil Service

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We should use government funds for government-funded broadcasts, clearly attributed, that offer the official stance on matters of public interest or areas of misinformation or disinformation.  Did you know that the U.S. government has an anti-disinformation service, that it's called Polygraph, or that this website operates jointly with a Russian-language site called Factograph?

Polygraph is operated by the Voice of America, which claims editorial independence. So does Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. Both are funded by the U.S. government (see graphic adapted from the U.S. Agency for Global Media website).
Just a cursory review of the discussion around these sites seems to indicate a focus on Russia and Russian disinformation campaigns. (Here is an example of Polygraph at work. Here is an example of controversy around its activity.)
Perhaps we haven't heard much about Polygraph here in the U.S. because the audience is not domestic. It is permissible for us to see it, though, …

A Prayer To God. Please Protect & Defend the Children

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Ten years ago God blessed me.

He sent me forward with a mission that I did not understand at the time. That I still do not understand, but I know when it feels close. Something like - “tell the truth to free the kids.”

There is a small group of terrible people who have reigned on this earth for far too long. They are nothing more than demons with flesh.

For whatever reason, this is the time, God has heard the cries of their victims. The children they brutally rape and control. The workers they exploit for any purpose they can think of.

We, the public, know that these demons exist. 

We, the public, are standing up to them. Not for the first time. But maybe for the first time together, as a planet.

They have lied and cheated and tricked innocent people into believing the mask they wear is authentic.

We, the public, know that there is nothing behind that mask except rotting filthy garbage. 

May God protect the masses and masses of people on this planet who are innocent. 

May He subtract this plag…

Stop Giving Yourselves Awards

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Your work sucks. Stop congratulating each other for it.

Here is an interesting statistic — a bit dated, but useful for conversation purposes nevertheless. Writing at Forbes, Josh Bersin notes that as of 2012, companies spent $46 billion per year on employee recognition awards. While the outlay was almost nothing (1–2% of payroll), it was a total waste of money strategy-wise: 87% of programs reward someone for simply being able to “hang in there.”

Rewarding people for their ability to stick around is not just unproductive, of course. It’s counterproductive. It tells people that their greatest contribution to the enterprise is the ability to “go along and get along,” even if they contribute nothing to the bottom line and even subtract from it — complaining, wasting people’s time in meetings, or creating make-work to keep themselves employed.

Bersin offers a number of alternative approaches to employee rewards that are more profitable. Basically they focus on rewarding performance, not lon…

More Khashoggi Questions (10/23/2018)

Questions about the “body double”—

1. Why wait until 10/20 to release that info? If the cover story was that Khashoggi left, why not say so by 10/6 or so?

2. Why is the footage selective?

3. The 2 men don’t look alike. The shoes don’t match.

About the supposed Saudi “coverup”—

1. Are the Saudis so incompetent their body doubles wear mismatched shoes?

2. Are they so incompetent they kill in broad daylight?

3. They couldn’t have gotten to him in the US????

What about the timeline leading up to Khashoggi’s disappearance?

9/28 - Saudi consulate visit #1

9/29 - London conference - on camera

10/1 - BBC NewsHour interview

10/2 - Back in Istanbul

That’s some fast airplane!

More questions—

1. MBS knows him - called him “Jamal” to Bloomberg on October 6. He didn’t react like Khashoggi was an enemy.

2. Why aren’t any other suspects or plots being considered? All of a sudden we trust Turkey?

3. He is friend of the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood. Not a hero.

Finally, this morning 10/23/18–

“.@BouchardButch “Several …

Jamal Khashoggi Is Very Much Alive and Well and In A Video By The Hill

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Introduction American media outlets are reporting on the apparent disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi national who allegedly disappeared from the country's consulate in Istanbul, Turkey on October 2, 2018 and has not been seen since. This post is a review of some of the direct evidence in this case.
ChronologyFriday, September 28, 2018 BBC reported: "He first visited the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 28 September to obtain a document certifying that he had divorced his ex-wife, so that he could marry his Turkish fiancée."

Later, on October 19, VICE News interviewed a friend of Khashoggi who said that the Turkish staff at the consulate was told to take several days off in advance of his return. Saturday, September 29 One day after visiting the consulate, Khashoggi was speaking in England at "Oslo at 25: A Legacy of Broken Promises," an event sponsored by Middle East Monitor.  (Screenshot is from the video posted online at the event website.) The event ran…