Partnership on AI

Partnership on AI
Uses Responsive Web Design (RWD) so it only “works” on a handset form factor is “mobile first” [scrape-scroll down, which is non-obvious in the officework environment]

Statement of Purpose

<quote>Established to study and formulate best practices on AI technologies, to advance the public’s understanding of AI, and to serve as an open platform for discussion and engagement about AI and its influences on people and society.</quote>


Tier 1
  • Amazon
  • Apple
  • DeepMind, of Google
  • Google, of Alphabet (GOOG)
  • Facebook
  • IBM
  • Microsoft
Tier 2
Generalizing, they comprise NGOs, Centers, Centres and industry booster clubs.


As, tenets, creed, doctrine, belief, theses; enumerated as eight fourteen (Item Six has seven sub-parts)…

  • Goals to be attained. the <bizpeak>BHAG</bizspeak>.
    as indicated by a directional sense. of the effort-to-be-expended. (EtbE).
  • Values to be held, preferring privileging one value over another.
    as measured in effort-to-be-expended (EtbE).
  • Belief to be held.
  1. [Goal] The greatest good for the greatest number.
    [EtbE] ensure an outcome, like a guarantee.
  2. [Goal] Educate the seekers of the knowledge..
    [EtbE] a state of being; being bound over to, tasked unto, being committed to.
  3. [Goal] Outreach as dialog and participation.
    [EtbE] a state of being; being bound over to, tasked unto, being committed to.
  4. [Belief] Something about a broad range of stakeholders.
    [EtbE] a state of being, that such belief is so held.
  5. [Goal] Something about representation in the business community.
    [EtbE] something about “engage with” and a participation metric.
  6. [Concern] Privacy of individuals
    [EtbE] work towards.
  7. [Concern] Security of individuals
    [EtbE] work towards.
  8. [Concern] understanding and respect; a.k.a. “to serve and protect”
    [EtbE] strive.
  9. [Goal] Responsibility to [the data controllers].
    [EtbE] work towards.
  10. [Goal] Control these dangerous and powerful [and important and really really cool] technologies.
    [EtbE]: ensure an outcome, similar to a guarantee.
  11. [Goal] Violate no international laws (“conventions”); violate no human rights.
    [EtbE] oppose, wherein such an opinion is so held.
  12. [Goal[ Do no harm.
    [EtbE] promote, wherein such an opinion is so held.
  13. [Goal] Provenance tracing for system supervision.
    [EtbE] a state of being, that the belief is so held.
    <ahem>This is a system architecture requirement; it does not require a belief system or an attestation to any specific belief.</ahem>
  14. [Goal] Cooperation within the Professions so enumerated as: Scientist, Engineer.
    [EtbE]: Strive.


Dimensions of concern are metaphorically themed as pillars, evoking an image of a Greek temple, whence knowledge came

  1. Safety
  2. Supervision
    enumerated as Fairness, Transparency, Accountability
  3. HCI (Human-Computer Interface))
  4. Labor (the anti-Luddism)
  5. Society (LE, Policy, Regulation, etc.)
  6. Charity
  7. Other


  • Blog cadence as press releases is “about every four months.”
  • They don’t seem to have a position paper [yet].

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A Tragedy of Manners | Angela Nagle

A Tragedy of Manners; Angela Nagle; In The Baffler; WHEN?
Teaser: Trump and the new age of anti-PC transgression

tl;dr → Manners are a contested space by which actions valorize the hegemonic power valences of the universalist tropes; they are a tussle among the grand ideologues. The author problematizes the domain and limns the transgressive dialogue towards a synthesis which ultimately resulting in the thesis of the conceptual conundrum while at the same time  preserving the original order, thus standing in opposition to itself with both metaphoric as well as rhetorical stances. The lede is buried. To wit:

<quote>The problem in our current, unacknowledged controversy over manners is that while both sides seem to implicitly accept [value] premise, they have directly opposing views of what our system of manners should be doing and what values it should be normalizing.</quote>


Angela Nagle; Kill All Normies: Online Culture Wars From 4Chan And Tumblr To Trump And The Alt-Right; Zero Books; 2017-06-30; 136 pages; Amazon:1785355430: Kindle: $10, paper: $16+SHT; previously filled.


  • seismic shock, means “big”
  • Donald Trump
  • cultural anxiety, means racism, coded racism, encoded racism, latent racism.
  • ping-pong style search
  • British Burkean conservative Peter Hitchens
  • in Buckleyite fashion
  • Hegel, Elements of the Philosophy of Right, 1820.
  • Sittlichkeit
    • a German word (they have words for everythig)
    • an epithet a term of art
    • definition: the ethical life
  • progressives, the good people.
  • the outmoded, prissy-sounding language of manners
  • pride of place
  • the debased rhetoric plotting out
  • metaphorical usage.
  • <quote>the battle over “political correctness”</quote>, a metaporical usage
  • <quote>ongoing war over speech on college campuses</quote>, a metaporical usage
  • <quote>understood through the lens of</quote>, a metaporical usage
  • liberal free speech rights
  • strategic considerations
  • the free speech wars
  • rights under attack from the state
  • <quote>The same basic paradox assails all spheres of political and cultural confrontation</quote>,
    in which “a paradox” does “assail”
  • [They] abjure
    [They] instinctively abjure reckoning
  • The Decivilizing Process
  • gleefully presided over
  • a mass rejection, the mass rejection
  • a liberal sense of
  • political correctness
  • a renegotiation of propriety
  • a pluralist multi-ethnic modern society
  • accommodating
  • admiration
  • transgression
  • straight-talking style.
  • taboo-breaking
  • an unlicensed brand of
  • right-wing cultural subversion, right-wing cultural subversion
  • repressed snobs
  • pearl-clutchers
  • stereotyped view
  • elitist cultural authoritarians—the storm troopers of the liberal language police.
  • renegotiating
  • the very profound question of
  • magnum opus
  • uncomfortable
  • hardy coterie of academic defenders
  • interconnected collective socialization
  • transition into modernity
  • basic lessons
  • collectively negotiated network of self-constraints
  • socialized people into repudiating
  • the governance of public life
  • self-restraint
  • bodily functions
  • the repression of sexual and violent impulses
  • the very fabric of civilization
  • the liberationist ethos of
  • the sixties New Left
  • <quote>the movement spelled a</quote>, a metaphorical usage
  • <quote>a total breakdown of manners and self-restraint in a “permissive society”<quote>, is a hyperbolic usage
  • that critique gained force
    criticism has force, a metaphorical usage, to be sure.
  • wider declensionist narratives
  • neoconservative historian
  • Gertrude Himmelfarb
  • Victorian England
  • to contend that
  • the post-sixties West would be unable to withstand
  • the chaotic force of modernity
  • Western civilization
  • <quote>on the brink of nothing less than total “demoralization,”</quote>, a hyperbolic usage
  • polemicists, Neocon polemicists
  • few dour and cultured leftists, the few
  • Lewis Lapham
  • Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
  • the youthful adherents
  • Trumpian, the Trumpian right
  • an allied preoccupation
  • civilizational, civilizational collapse
  • the permissive society
  • quasi-Trumpian supporters
  • the anti-PC resistance
  • Camille Paglia
    • is neo-Freudian
    • Sexual Personae
      , a tome
    • is formidable
      she herself, for her own account
  • most ambivalent and qualified arguments
  • the left-leaning [arguments]
  • celebration of decadent culture
  • exponents, [civilization's] key exponents
  • Oscar Wilde
  • <quote>rescued aesthetic insights in the face of<quote>, a mixed metaphorical usage.
  • largely self-administered cultural collapse
  • a related critical register
  • degeneration theory (Degeneration Theory)
  • Max Nordau
  • Oswald Spengler
  • <quote>shape the tone and content of<quote>, a mixed metaphorical usage.
  • a whole new wave of
  • right-wing alternative media.
  • Part and parcel of
  • declensionist revival (on the right)
  • progress, the idea of progress, the very idea of progress.
  • urgency of [Trump’s] appeal
  • mounting conviction
  • the West
  • rapidly degenerating
  • the rubric of, under the rubric of
  • as administered and championed by
  • cultural liberals
  • Circa 2015
  • 4chan’s /pol/ ‘board
  • a meme, the phrase; the widely-shared meme.
  • the meme, the phrase: “Come on it’s (the current year)”
  • naïve progressives
  • John Oliver
  • questioned, [X] questioned, to question
  • the arbitrary insistence
  • <quote>moving forward in time<quote>, a metaphorical usage
  • superior values.
  • More recently [than circa 2015], which would be the twenty months of 2016 & 2017.
  • the meme, the phrase pair:
    • “$DATE1: $statement1” contra “$DATE2: $statement2”
      where $DATE1 + 30 < $DATE2 && value($statement1) > value($statement2)
    • e.g. “1970: ‘I can’t wait for flying cars/space colonies/a cure for cancer’” contra 2017, an image of a man who identifies as a dog or an adult baby.
  • contemporary identity politics, a representation of contemporary identity politics
  • the political message, the political message is clear
  • claim of dichotomy:
    • either progress itself is a myth
    • all of
      • [we have] stopped progressing
      • [we have] started regressing as a civilization
      • [we are] now intractably sinking into a decivilizing process.
  • Question: You Call That Art?
    Answer: what else could it be? The null hypothesis?
  • An audience
    • looser,
    • right-leaning,
    • online,
  • a meme, the critique-of-progress
    • e.g.Cathedral Gothic Art contra Contemporary Art
    • sarcastically caption: e.g. “progress” or “art then . . . art now.”
  • absurdist
  • <quote>knitting with wool from her vagina</quote>, activities attributed to Casey Jenkins
    which begs the question of how wool got in her vagina; would that be a used tampon?. Juvenile, if true.
  • vastly overrated modern art
  • long been a preoccupation
  • almost a cliché
  • the declension narratives
  • the declension narratives of the right (the third? usage).
  • Francis Schaeffer, How Should We Then Live?, 1976
    honorific: <quote>one of the founding texts of the American religious right<quote>
  • a polemic work, a polemic work of art history.
  • the right-leaning suspicion
  • contemporary art
  • the faux-populist refrain, some variant of the faux-populist refrain
  • “my three-year-old could do that”, an epithet.
  • Roger Scruton, an erudite conservative critic
  • “cult of ugliness”, attributed to Roger Scruton.
  • The young subcultural online right
  • <quote>mourns the death of the ideal of beauty as an extension of its critique of progress</quote>, a mixed metaphorical usage.
  • the hordes of online left-baiters
  • judgments of personal beauty, of women.
  • before-and-after cultural documentation; the transition, the purported transition
    • nice, well-adjusted-looking young women
    • and (or)
      • feminism
      • the ravages of studying the social sciences.
  • exemplar, a hated exemplar: Lena Dunham
  • modern cult of ugliness
  • <quote>channeling the latter avant-garde aesthetic sensibilities of shock and transgression.<quote>ongoing an action attributed to of the [members of the] modern cult of ugliness.
  • confrontationally corpulent nudity, an ongoing action attributed to Lena Dunham.
  • outsider art, contra insider art
  • <quote>[The Nazis] waged war on “degenerate art”<quote>, a metaphorical usage; to wit, National Socialist German Workers’ Party waged actual war as well, such war being one the second most famous policy-based activity for which they are known..
  • Weimar avant-garde, the vibrant Weimar avant-garde
    • a crusade
    • years of reactionary writing
    • modern art beiing
      • ugly
      • Jewish
      • destructive to European traditions
  • …affecting a transition from art to Nazi policy to Donald Trump’s stylistic fluorishes, we see what you did there.
  • Trump’s own famous style
  • fanatically mimicked
  • right-wing culture-jammers
  • a certain avant-gardish notoriety
  • <quote>images so stomach-churning and morally repugnant they “can’t be unseen.”<quote>, an epithet, a passive characterization.
  • The new youthful rightist movements
  • the modern aesthetics of shock and transgression
  • the alternation:
    • horrified critics
    • prolific producers
  • <quote>Trumpians [as a self-conscious class] their leader’s id-driven defiance of the harsh constraints imposed by strict liberal etiquette and sexual mores</quote>
  • [the] coarse “pussy grabbing” comments
  • <quote>the general conditions of cultural decline ushered in by the liberalism of the sixties<quote>
  • Trumpians are not rightist trolls; c.f. <quote>To them and to the rightist trolls</quote>
  • Wherein the shock of throwing X is a pushback against Y
  • <quote>the shock of throwing off liberal etiquette is a pushback against the civilizational decline brought on by those Baby Boomers who threw off their own set of constraints.</quote>
  • Baby Boomers
  • the culture of trolling
  • the culture of style-defining spaces
  • 4chan is
    • a culture of trolling
    • a culture of style-defining spaces
  • [such culture] [is only] a franchise of the far right
  • the fetishization of trolling as
    • “counter-hegemonic”
    • taboo-breaking
  • leftish writers; a characterization, an honorific, an epithet.
  • the sixties view
    • is that systems of personal constraints were the cause of society’s ills rather than the cure.
    • is anti-Freudian.
    • is descended from Rousseau.
  • confused, backswitching narratives of cultural decline
  • <quote>the legacy of Elias sheds an invaluable light</quote>, a mixed metaphorical usage.
  • a body of work about the “decivilizing process”
  • something different than
    • the declension narratives of the right
    • the declension narratives of the left
  • something similar to
    • a communitarian sense of society.
  • the definition [f decline]
    • shorter chains of social interdependence
    • a decrease in
      • in taming of aggressiveness
      • mutual identification
      • the gap between child and adult standards
    • a reliance on external constraints to curb
      • violent impulses
      • unruly impulses
    • an increase in
      • the free expression of aggressiveness
  • Cas Wouters
  • the post-sixties management of manners
  • a less morally constrained time
  • <quote>“a highly controlled decontrolling of emotional controls”<quote>, attributed to Cas Wouters [clearly he too, had no editorial supervision].
  • The Shock Doctrine
    as used here used conflates the argument of Naomi Klein with the critical theoretical implications of public and individual reactions to works of ironic performative criticism as “art.”
  • the memes, the memes of the right
    <quote>the irony-drenched “come on, it’s the current year!” memes of the right</quote>
  • the call to action
    the calls to reject modernity,
    <quote>the merely retrograde calls to reject modernity</quote>
  • Robert Hughes diagnosed
    • an active action
    • claimed: art culture lost 1890→1980
      • Ebullience
      • Idealism
      • Confidence
  • The Shock Doctrine is, and was
    • <quote>the trademark culture-seizing ebullience of modern Western art<quote>
    • the “shock of the new”
    • once heralded the future
  • <quote>[the shock doctrine] was <snip/>a central battleground<quote>, a mixed metaphorical usage.
  • thrashing out the meaning of progress
  • Robert Hughes mourned, an action on his part.
  • the modes, the modes of expression,
    <quote>the nasty, negative, and nihilistic modes of expression that today also paradoxically repulses and characterizes the aesthetic sensibilities of the youthful online right, depending on subtler distinctions of whose rules it is transgressing.</quote>
  • Establishment conservatism, as a self-conscious class.
  • the Trumpians, the Trumpians preside
  • a ghost-dance revival of the very recent past
  • “Make America Great Again”
    • a mission
    • a call to action
  • the legions of the alt-right
  • an imminent nightmarish future
  • <quote>a civilization already dropped off the cliff</quote>, a metaphorical usage.
  • “America is already great!”
    • The centrist insistence
    • The stupendously ineffectual rejoinder to Trump trademarked by the Clinton campaign
    • has an alternative
      • is anemic
      • is uninspiring
      • [is] <quote>a strange kind of end-of-history politics that holds GDP and the gradual liberalization of cultural attitudes as the incontrovertible measure of secular millennialism.</quote>
  • secular millennialism, as measured
    <quote>the incontrovertible measure of secular millennialism</quote>
  • generational living standards
  • the technological affluent future
  • claimed: alt-right memes will have [continued] appeal under the conditions specified.
  • …the rhetorical transition, abruptly, back to the subject of manners. We see what you did there.
  • something about manners
  • an extremely fraught renegotiation
  • …the  rhetorical transition, something about McDonald’s corporation and progress and Nazi Germany and Elias’ thought:
    • The corporate slogan
      of McDonalds, the golden arches of McDonalds
      “A modern and progressive burger company.”
    • Norbert Elias
      • a German
      • a Jew
      • fled Nazi Germany
      • mother died in Auschwitz
  • civilization
  • equals restraint
  • a delicate balance
  • atrophies
  • all is lost
  • <quote>We’re now in the midst of an extremely fraught renegotiation of the values expressed in our system of manners.</quote>
  • the controversy [teach the controversy],
    <quote>our current unacknowledged controversy over manners</quote>


  • Peter Hitchens, a British Burkean conservative.
  • James Burke, a theorist.
  • William Buckley, a theorist.
  • Lena Dunham, a performer; was born, lived in New York, her family members work as artists, work in the arts.
  • Norbert Elias, a scrivener; performed landmark research.
  • Sigmund Freud, a theorist.
  • Gertrude Himmelfarb, historicist, a neoconservative
  • Robert Hughes, a theorist, upon the domain of art
  • Casey Jenkins, a performer; (ahem, is female); has a vagina
  • Lewis Lapham, a leftist, by trade; is dour, is cultured.
  • William Gibbon, a scrivener
  • Max Nordau, a theorist; branded: Degeneration Theory.
  • John Oliver, a performer, of satire; is naive, is progressive (good).
  • Camille Paglia, a theorist; is formidable, she, herself.
  • Jean Jacques Rousseau, a theorist.
  • Francis Schaeffer, a theorist.
  • Roger Scruton, a theorist; is conservative, is erudite.
  • Oswald Spengler, a theorist; branded: Degeneration Theory.
  • Donald J. Trump, boffo, a data subject, the data subject.
  • Slavoj Žižek, a philosoph, a Marxist.
  • Oscar Wilde, a practitioner; is an exponent.
  • Cas Wouters, a theorist; following the theory of Norbert Elias.


  • Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Elements of the Philosophy of Right, 1820.
  • Norbert Elias, The Civilizing Process, 1939.
  • Edward Gibbon, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, 1776.
  • Naomi Klein, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, 2007.
  • Camile Paglia, Sexual Personae, 1990.
    honorific: a tome.
  • Francis Schaeffer, How Should We Then Live?, 1976.
    honorific: <quote>one of the founding texts of the American religious right<quote>


The suitcase words
  • Avant-garde, The Avant-garde
  • Baby Boomers
  • Burkean
  • Buckleyite
  • Declenscionist Narrative
  • Decivilizing Process, The
  • Descent Theory
  • Freudian, neo-Freudian
  • Left
    • New Left
    • The Left
  • Right
    • Alt-Right
    • The Right
  • Sixties, The Sixties
  • Shock Doctrine, The
  • Trumpian
  • West, The West

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Defending Internet Freedom through Decentralization: Back to the Future? | Barabas, Narula, Zuckerman

Chelsea Barabas, Neha Narula, Ethan Zuckerman; Defending Internet Freedom through Decentralization: Back to the Future?;a book?; The Center for Civic Media & The Digital Currency Initiative; MIT Media Lab; 2017; 113 pages.

tl;dr → theoretical; witnessing.  You tell it, you tell the story!  Mentions Bitcoin on page 2; uses the word “hegemon” on page 14.  Offers a cook’s tour of the boosterist community and their projects: Freedom Box, Diaspora, Mastodon, Blockstack, Interplanetary File System (IPFS), Solid, Appcoins, Steemit.

Table of Contents

  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
    • The Rise of the Centralized Web
    • Risks Posed by the Centralized Web
    • Structural Interventions as a Possible Solution
  • Section II: Federation
    • Freedom Box
    • Diaspora
    • Mastodon
  • Section III: Open Protocols
    • Authentication
    • Blockstack
    • Interoperability
    • IPFS
    • Solid
  • Section IV: Appcoins
    • Steemit
  • Conclusion


  • Wait and see, only time will tell.
    <quote>A precondition for the success of these distributed
    platforms is a shift towards user-controlled data,</quote>
  • Fund the projects (the best-of-breed exemplars, below, and more)
    e.g. Let’s Encrypt.
  • The fascination, gee whiz!; it’s simply phenomenal!
    Use Appcoins

    • circumvent Venture Capital funding.
    • business model: unspecified, but definitely “not advertising”
  • A fool and his money are soon parted:
    • <quote>However, this space also has a lot of potential for scams, and it might be unreasonable to expect users to manage a financial stake in many different networks.</quote>


  • Bitcoin
  • Facebook
  • Reddit
  • Let’s Encrypt
  • Appcoins
  • Digitial Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)
  • File Transfer Protocol (FTP)
  • Gopher
  • Archie
  • Wide Area Information Server (WAIS)
  • John Perry Barlow
    A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace
  • Fred Turner
    ambiguous reference

  • World Wide Web (WWW)
  • Domain Name System (DNS)
  • “lock the web open”, attributed to Brewster Kayle.
  • Peer-to-Peer
  • cypherpunk worldview
  • Diffie-Hellman key exchange
  • Bitcoin
  • ledger
  • accounts
  • Hyper-Text Transport Protocol (HTTP)
  • Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP)
  • <quote>Distributed, peer-to-peer protocols like HTTP and SMTP</quote>
    um, what?
  • Millennials
  • Baby Boomers
  • Google competitors
    • Baidu,
    • Yahoo,
    • Microsoft,
    • Yandex.
    • hey … what about DuckDuckGo?
  • Twitter
  • Arab Spring
  • Tunisia
  • Baltimore
  • BitTorrent
  • YouTube
  • WhatsApp
  • software stack
  • surveillance
  • decryption keys
  • Thailand
  • Thai Royal Family
  • “lock



  • Freedom Box
  • Diaspora
  • Mastodon
  • Blockstack
  • Interplanetary File System (IPFS)
  • Solid
  • Appcoins
  • Steemit


  • Facebook
  • Google
  • Reddit
  • Twitter
  • WhatsApp
  • YouTube


  • User and developer adoption
  • Security
  • Monetization and incentives


Elaborated in the Introduction

  1. Top-down, Direct Censorship
  2. Something. Couldn’t identify what it was. His second point, and surely they had one…



  • decentralized
  • good old days of unmediated publishing
  • critical safeguard for user privacy
  • mainstream
  • “disrupt” this new class of power elites


  • mega-platform
  • centralized
  • third-party intermediaries
  • marginalized voices
  • for-profit
  • today’s online hegemons.


  • John Perry Barlow, theorist.
  • Philando Castile, executed by police, on live TV.
  • David Chaum, polymath.
  • Fred Turner, Harry and Norman Chandler Professor of Communication
    Department Chair, Stanford University.
  • Frederick Jackson Turner, Wisconsin, Harvard, 1861→1932.
  • Mark Zuckerbirg, CEO, Facebook


There are 201 references, presented inline, as footnotes, in the style of a legal tract.

They are <omitted/> herein.

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Tech is Public Enemy #1. So Now What? | John Battelle

John Battelle; Tech Is Public Enemy #1. So Now What?; In His Blog, white-labeled as NewCo, centrally-hosted on Medium; 2017-09-10.
Teaser: If tech wants to reverse the crushing tide of negative public opinion, it must start creating public good commensurate with its extraction of private profit.

tl;dr → Agree, perhaps. But it’s not clear to what one is agreeing at all. Whereas the lede is buried; that being the promotion of Richard Florida’s book The New Urban Crisis.
and → Unto the hook of the title: For the sin, The Nostrum. To wit:

  • Enumerate.
  • Confess,
  • Repent,
  • Restitute, reparate.
  • Return.


John Battelle interviewed Richard Florida towards a book promotion.


Richard Florida The New Urban Crisis: How Our Cities Are Increasing Inequality, Deepening Segregation, and Failing the Middle Class—and What We Can Do About It 1st Edition ; Basic Books; 2017-04-11; 336 pages; ASIN:0465079741: Kindle: $18, paper: $12+SHT.


  • Where “tech” is Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google, and maybe Netflix (rly?).
  • And JB foresaw it in a vision of 2017-01; fair. he also “saw” it in 2011-12, had Microsoft in the cohort, and pitched “The Internet Big Five” as a gushing chronicle-of-the-times, only-time-will-tell honorific of boosterist veneration. indeed though, it’s okay to change one’s mind upon further reflection.
  • Richard Florida is granted 191 words at the end to speak as a threat.
    Whereas Richard Florida has a direct line to Congress.
    Unless his demands are met … something will happen
  • Google Apple Facebook Amazon (GAFA),
    Google Amazon Facebook Apple (GAFA)
  • Facebook Amazon Netflix Google (FANG),
    Facebook Apple Netflix Google (FANG)
  • No Wintel.  The PC Revolution is over O.V.E.R.
    • No Microsoft?
    • No Intel?
Definition: the “tech” is an enumeration
  • Apple → fabless. Purveyors of phones & some laptops.
  • Amazon → Retail reseller. Cloud (billed as a service).
  • Facebook → Entertainment. laid against advertising.
  • Google → Fabless, phone designs. Cloud (billed as a service), Advertising marketplaces.  And 25 other hobbies as “Alphabet.”
  • Netflix → Licensed video entertainment. An Amazon cloud customer.
    …can’t really seriously belong in the class of the first four can it?


  • Uber — a company that proved a perfect exemplar of tech’s most sociopathic characteristics*.
  • <quote>The bro culture long parodied in popular culture proved to be virulently on display at the world’s most valuable startup — misogyny, tone deaf management, winning at all costs, ignorance of social and political consequence.</quote>
  • Everything Store
  • <quote>rapacious and robotic approach to platform capitalism</quote>
  • Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods
  • Big Tech
  • fake news
  • Russian information ops
  • <quote>They’re extracting — but giving nothing back.</quote>


New bogies for new panics, not the old bogies from old panics…


Anyone that actually makes things out of actual atoms. No one is afraid of companies that fabricate things out of atoms.

  • Industry (even so called “light industry”)
  • Big Defense (denizens of ‘I’ in Military-Industrial Complex)
  • Big Oil
  • Big Food
  • Big Finance, a.k.a. “Wall Street”
  • Big Auto
  • Big Semiconductor
  • Big Telecom
  • Big Blue, a.k.a. IBM
  • Big Mining
  • Big Ads, a.k.a. “Madison Avenue”
  • Big Media, a.k.a. major market television
  • Big Music, a.k.a. “the Record Labels”
  • Big Hollywood, a.k.a. “The Movie Studios”
  • Big Newspaper
  • Big Cable
  • The Diamond Cartel, e.g. de Beers
  • Railroad Trusts
  • Anyone on the Conference Board.
    Remember the “interlocking directorate” research of ‘ago?
  • The QSR, as a self-conscious class.
  • Disney
  • Microsoft
  • Walmart
  • McDonald’s


  • No Japanese conglomerates. Remember MITI-managed organized markets?
  • No European national champions. Remember the ’90s?


In archaeological order, newer outbursts on top, older opinements below…


In His Blog


The publishing pile-on exponentially increasing across 2015, 2016, 2017. There are many more than are presented here. Everyone is sayin’ it, doin’ it; walkin’ the walk, talkin’ the talk. Yet presented here in archaeological order, newer outbursts on top, older opinements below…

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Out of Action: Do protests work? | The New Yorker

Out of Action: Do protests work?; Nathan Heller; In The New Yorker; 2017-08-14.
Teaser: Skeptics suggest that “folk politics”—marches, protests, and the like—are a distraction from the challenges of real change.

tl;dr → No.  Betteridge’s Law. folk politics as “leaderless” slactivism does not work; “leader”-based, top-down circa 1955-1965 did work; see Zeynep Tufekci.


<quote>Tufekci’s conclusions about the civil-rights movement are unsettling because of what they imply. People such as Kauffman portray direct democracy as a scrappy, passionate enterprise: the underrepresented, the oppressed, and the dissatisfied get together and, strengthened by numbers, force change. Tufekci suggests that the movements that succeed are actually proto-institutional: highly organized; strategically flexible, due to sinewy management structures; and chummy with the sorts of people we now call élites.</quote>


  • “folk politics”
    • Attributed to Nick Srnicek, Alex Williams in Inventing the Future
    • Constitutes
      • authenticity-mongering
      • <quote>reasoning through individual stories [is] also a journalistic tic</quote>
      • <quote>a general inability to think systemically about change&lt/;quote>
    • “This is politics transmitted into pastime—politics-as-drug-experience, perhaps—rather than anything capable of transforming society”
    • <quote>Their objection to protest and direct action defies generations of radical zeal. “The people, united, will never be defeated!” the old street chant goes. These lefties say that, actually, they will.</quote>
    • <quote><snip/>the left, despite its pride in being progressive, is mired in nostalgia.
      “Petitions, occupations, strikes, vanguard parties, affinity groups, trade unions: all arose out of particular historical conditions,” they say. They think that modernizing these things for an internationalized, digitized world will free us from what they vividly call our “endless treadmill of misery.” Protest is fine for digging in your heels. But work for change needs to be pragmatic and up-to-date. </quote>
    • <quote>Inventing the Future may be the shrewdest, sanest pipe dream of a book published since the recession.</quote>
  • “the multitude”
    • Attributed to Michael Hardt, Antonio Negri; Assembly (Heretical Thought);
    • Constitutes
    • …some things…


  • <quote><snip/>the killings of “more than” forty unarmed black people by law-enforcement officers. A majority of these officers were not indicted, however; of those that were, three were found guilty. To date, only one of the convicted has received a prison sentence.</quote>
  • …more…



In The New Yorker



  • New York
  • London
  • 2003
  • Occupy Wall Street
  • misdeeds of the finance industry
  • stranglehold of corporate power
  • predations of inequality.
  • Autumn 2011
  • Zuccotti Park
  • lower Manhattan.
  • 2014.
  • Black Lives Matter (B.L.M.)
  • demonstrators
  • Missouri
  • Women’s March
  • female empowerment
  • just-inaugurated President
  • boulevards in cities
  • New York
  • Washington
  • London
  • Los Angeles
  • First Amendment
  • “the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances”
  • Stamp Act boycotts of the seventeen-sixties
  • 1913 suffrage parade and the March on Washington
  • 1963
  • Tom Lehrer
  • Arab Spring
  • Macau
  • the feminism-and-rationalism-flaunting event known as Boobquake.
  • strident
  • Boobquake
  • Brainquake.
  • smartphones
  • social media
  • made organizing easier
  • social theatre
  • folk politics
  • authenticity-mongering
  • reasoning through individual stories [is] also a journalistic tic
  • channelling the righteous sentiments of those involved over the mechanisms of real progress.
  • pastime—politics-as-drug-experience
  • [not] wing nuts of the right
  • [not] stodgy suits
  • [not] quailing centrists.
  • Marx-infused leftists
  • “post-work,” open-bordered world.
  • “postcapitalist”
  • shorten the work week
  • a generous and global basic income
  • when robots take our jobs.

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Surviving on a Diet of Poisoned Fruit: Reducing the National Security Risks of America’s Cyber Dependencies | Danzig (CNAS)

Richard J. Danzig; Surviving on a Diet of Poisoned Fruit Reducing the National Security Risks of America’s Cyber Dependencies; Center for a New American Security; 2014-07; 64 pages; landing.

tl;dr → a metaphor for an ambivalent relationship with the technical platforms upon which all things depend.  Writ large into the relationship with the supply chain that we do not control and is inimical to our interests..

Executive Summary

Digital technologies, commonly referred to as cyber systems, are a security paradox: Even as they grant unprecedented powers, they also make users less secure. Their communicative capabilities enable collaboration and networking, but in so doing they open doors to intrusion. Their concentration of data and manipulative power vastly improves the efficiency and scale of operations, but this concentration in turn exponentially increases the amount that can be stolen or subverted by a successful attack. The complexity of their hardware and software creates great capability, but this complexity spawns vulnerabilities and lowers the visibility of intrusions. Cyber systems’ responsiveness to instruction makes them invaluably flexible; but it also permits small changes in a component’s design or direction to degrade or subvert system behavior. These systems’ empowerment of users to retrieve and manipulate data democratizes capabilities, but this great benefit removes safeguards present in systems that require hierarchies of human approvals. In sum, cyber systems nourish us, but at the same time they weaken and poison us.

The first part of this paper illuminates this intertwining. The second part surveys the evolution of strategies to achieve greater cybersecurity. Disadvantaged by early design choices that paid little attention to security, these strategies provide some needed protection, especially when applied collectively as a coordinated “defense in depth.” But they do not and never can assure comprehensive protection; these strategies are typically costly, and users will commonly choose to buy less security than they could obtain because of the operational, financial or convenience costs of obtaining that security.

Three other factors, discussed in Section V, amplify cyber insecurity. First, the cyber domain is an area of conflict. Cyberspace is adversarial, contested territory. Our adversaries (including criminals, malevolent groups and opposing states) co-evolve with us. The resulting ecosystem is not static or stable. Second, the speed of cyber dissemination and change outpaces our recognition of problems and adoption of individual and societal safeguards to respond to them. Protective actions are likely to continue to lag behind security needs. Third, in cyberspace America confronts greater-than customary limits to U.S. government power because of the global proliferation of cyber capabilities, cyber attackers’ ability to remain outside the United States even while operating within the country’s systems and our likely inability, over the long term, to avoid technological surprise. Two-thirds of a century of technological dominance in national security matters has left the United States intuitively ill-prepared for technology competitions that it probably will not continue to dominate and in which there is a high likelihood of surprise.

What then is to be done? The concluding part of this paper does not attempt to recapitulate or evaluate efforts now extensively debated or in progress. It focuses instead on recommending initiatives that deserve fresh attention from U.S. government decision-makers. These include:

  1. Articulate a national security standard defining what it is imperative to protect in cyberspace. The suggested standard is: “The United States cannot allow the insecurity of our cyber systems to reach a point where weaknesses in those systems would likely render the United States unwilling to make a decision or unable to act on a decision fundamental to our national security.” A more stringent standard may later be in order, but this standard can now secure a consensus, illuminate the minimum that the United States needs to do and therefore provide an anvil against which the nation can hammer out programs and priorities.
  2. Pursue a strategy that self-consciously sacrifices some cyber benefits in order to ensure greater security for key systems on which security depends. Methods for pursuing this strategy include stripping down systems so they do less but have fewer vulnerabilities; integrating humans and other out-of-band (i.e., non-cyber) factors so the nation is not solely dependent on digital systems; integrating diverse and redundant cyber alternatives; and making investments for graceful degradation. Determining the trade-offs between operational loss and security gain through abnegating choices will require and reward the development of a new breed of civilian policymakers, managers and military officers able to understand both domains.
  3. Recognize that some private-sector systems fall within the national security standard. Use persuasion, federal acquisition policies, subsidy and regulation to
  4. apply the abnegating approach to these systems. While doing this, reflect an appreciation of the rapidity of cyber change by focusing on required ends while avoiding specification of means. Refrain from regulating systems that are not critical.
  5. Bolster cyber strategic stability between the United States and other major nation-states by seeking agreement on cyber constraints and confidence-building measures. As an early initiative of this kind, focus on buttressing the fragile norm of not using cyber as a means of physical attack between China, Russia and the United States.
  6. Evaluate degradation in the sought-after certainties of mutually assured destruction (MAD) as a result of uncertainties inherent in cyber foundations for nuclear command, control and attack warning. If we are moving to a regime of mutually unassured destruction (MUD), suggest to China and Russia that we are all becoming less secure. Then pursue agreements that all parties refrain from cyber intrusions into nuclear command, control and warning systems.
  7. Map the adversarial ecosystem of cyberspace in anthropological detail with the aim of increasing our understanding of our adversaries and our own incentives and methods of operation.
  8. Use the model of voluntary reporting of near-miss incidents in aviation to establish a data collection consortium that will illuminate the character and magnitude of cyber attacks against the U.S. private sector. Use this enterprise as well to help develop common terminology and metrics about cybersecurity.
  9. Establish a federally funded research and development center focused on providing an elite cyber workforce for the federal government. Hire that workforce by cyber competition rather than traditional credentials, and promote, train, retain and assign (including to the private sector) that workforce by standards different from those currently used in federal hiring.

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Roundup of miscellaneous notes, captured and organized

Blockchain Culture

The Seven(Hundred) Dwarves

  • Blockstack(.org)- The New Decentralized Internet
    • blockstack, at GitHub
    • Union Square Ventures (USV)
    • Promotion
      • Staff (USV); The Blockchain App Stack; In Their Blog; 2016-08-08.
      • Blockstack Unveils A Browser For The Decentralized Web; Laura Shin; In Forbes; 2017-05-15.
        tl;dr → <quote>Tuesday, at the main blockchain industry conference, Consensus, one of the companies working on this new decentralized web, Blockstack, which has $5.5 million in funding from Union Square Ventures and AngelList cofounder Naval Ravikant, released a browser add-on that enables that and more.<snip/>The add-on enables a browser to store the user’s identity information by a local key on the consumer’s device.</quote>; Ryan Shea, cofounder.
  • Everyone has something here.

Bluetooth Culture

Bluetooth LE (BLE)

  • and?

Bluetooth 5

  • Something about mesh networking
  • Something about the standard being released “summer 2017.”

C++ Culture


  • The roadmap onto the twenties.


  • MapReduce, from ETL or EU somewhere.
  • Kyoto Cabinet, Typhoon, Tycoon
  • Virtual Reality packages
  • Ctemplate, Olafud Spek (?)
  • Robot Operating System (ROS)
  • libgraphqlparser – A GraphQL query parser in C++ with C and C++ APIs

Computing Culture

Ubicomp, <ahem>Pervicomp</ahem>

  • Rich Gold
  • Mark Weiser

Dev(Ops) Culture

Futures Cult(ure)


  • Cory Doctorow, the coming war against general purpose computing, an article; WHERE?
  • Cory Doctorow, dystopia contra utopia, an article; WHERE?


  • Cory Doctorow, various works

Imagine a World In Which…

  • Stocks vs Flows
  • Chaos vs Stability
  • Permission vs Permissionless
  • Civil Society ↔ Crony Society
    • Transparency
    • Deals
    • Priorities
  • Predictive Technology “just works”
    • is trusted
    • is eventual
    • is law
    • “is” equates with “ought”

Fedora Culture

  • Flatpak

Fedora 26 Notes

  • nmcli reload con down $i
  • nm cli reload con up $i
  • eui64 must be manually configured

Internet of (unpatchable) Thingies (IoT)

  • MQTT
  • mosquito

Language Lifestyles

Go Lang

  • Go for it.
  • A package manager


  • theory
  • implementation?

Rust Lang

  • Was there a NoStarch book?


  • C++20?
    hey, surely someone has modules working by now, eh?



  • Repig, in C++, with threads, in an NVMe


  • sure, what?


  • Interface to the (discontinued) Proliphix thermostats


  • CDN Store
  • Picture Store
  • Document Cache (store & forward)


  • Firefox Tiles

SCOLD Experiences

SCOLD near-syntax, common errors

  • #import <hpp>
  • missing #divert
  • #using, a declaration
  • #origin
  • #namespace
  • $@


Build System
  • –with-std-scold or maybe –with-scold
  • vecdup, like strdup
  • vectree, like strfree→free
  • json::check::Failure or json::Cast.
  • namespace json::is
    • is_array
    • is_null
    • is_object
  • json::as<…>(…)
  • pathify(…)
  • column result
  • concept guarding the template parameter, from C++17
  • typed strings
    • location
    • path
    • etc.
  • and

Surveillance Culture


  • Eigenpeople
  • Eigenpersonas
  • Personality modeling


Yves-Alexandre de Montjoye, Jordi Quoidbach, Florent Robic, Alex (Sandy) Pentland; Predicting Personality Using Novel Mobile Phone-Based Metrics; In: A.M. Greenberg, W.G. Kennedy, N.D. Bos (editors) Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling and Prediction as Proceedings of Social Computing, Behavioral (SBP 2013), Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 7812; 2013; paywalls: Springer, ACM. Previously filled.


  • POSS (Post Open Source Software)
    defined as: if everything is on GitHub, then who needs licenses?
    Was this ever amplified?
    Certainly it is facially incorrect and facile.


  • Rob Horning; Sock of Myself, an essay; In Real Life Magazine; 2017-05-17
    tl;dr → riffing on happiness, Facebook. Is. Bad. Q.E.D. R.D. Laing , The Divided Self,; John Cheney-Lippold’s We Are Data; Donald Mackenzie.
  • Michael Nelson; University of California, Riverside.

Purposive directionality

  • increase
    • predictability
  • reduce
    • uncertainty
    • variability


Uncomprehensible, Unknown, Unpossible

  • Sunlight, a package? FOSS?

A Golden Age for Dystopian Fiction | Jill Lepore

A Golden Age for Dystopian Fiction; Jill Lepore; In The New Yorker; 2017-06-02.
Teaser: What to make of our new literature of radical pessimism.

Jill Lepore
  • staff, New Yorker
  • David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History and Harvard College Professor, Harvard, Opera.
  • The Secret History of Wonder Woman, a book, in promotion now.

Gregory Claeys, Dystopia: A Natural History; Oxford University Press; 2017-02-01; 576 pages; Amazon:0198785682: Kindle: no, paper: $110+SHT.

tl;dr → she’s not up for the dystopia genre, not for long. See her summation.


  • dystopian
  • apocalyptic
Eras of Popularity
  • Atlas Shrugged → 2008 of Obama.
  • 1984 → 2016 of Trump.

The Young Adult Genre

  • <quote>But the genre only really took off in the aftermath of Vietnam and Watergate, when distrust of adult institutions and adult authority flourished, and the publishing industry began producing fiction packaged for “young adults,” ages twelve to eighteen.</quote>
  • <quote>All of them are characterized by a withering contempt for adults and by an unshakable suspicion of authority.</quote>
  • <quote>it’s also addressed to readers who feel betrayed by a world that looked so much better to them when they were just a bit younger.</quote>
  • <quote>Lately, even dystopian fiction marketed to adults has an adolescent sensibility, pouty and hostile</quote>


In archaeological order

  • Lidia Yuknavitch, The Book of Joan, Harper, 2017.
  • Ben H. Winters, Underground Airlines, Little, Brown, 2017.
    tl;dr → <quote>early-twenty-first-century United States in which slavery abides, made crueller, and more inescapable, by the giant, unregulated slave-owning corporations that deploy the surveillance powers of modern technology, so that even escaping to the North (on underground airlines) hardly offers much hope, since free blacks in cities like Chicago live in segregated neighborhoods with no decent housing or schooling or work and it’s the very poverty in which they live that defeats arguments for abolition by hardening ideas about race.</quote>
  • Omar El Akkad, American War, Knopf, 2017.
  • Cory Doctorow, Walkaway, 2016?
    endorsed by Edward Snowden, from exile in Russia.
    “My father spies on me,” the novel’s young heroie complains.
    tl;dr → <quote>Doctorow pounds the same nails with the same bludgeon <snip/> his walkaways are trying to turn a dystopia into a utopia by writing better computer code than their enemies.</quote>
  • Cory Doctorow, Little Brother, WHEN? (earlier than Walkaway)?
    tl;dr → four teen-agers and their fight for Internet privacy rights.
  • Ernest Cline, Ready Player One, 2011.
    <quote>“I grew up a little, and I gradually began to figure out that pretty much everyone had been lying to me about pretty much everything,” the high-school-age narrator opines</quote>
  • WHO?, The Hunger Games, a trilogy, 2008.
  • M. T. Anderson, Feed, 2002.
    tl;dr → <quote>a smart and fierce answer to the “Don’t Be Evil” utopianism of Google, founded in 1996</quote>
  • Black Mirror, 2011; a serialized drama, for television
  • Barack Obama, some speech, 2008-01.
  • Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale,, WHEN?
    patterned after Harriet Jacobs’ Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • The Moral Majority, a movement & organization, founded in 1979
  • WHO? The Camp of the Saints, 1973; French.
    favorited by Steve Bannon.
  • Chad Walsh, opined in 1962.
  • Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, 1957
  • WHO?, The Lord of the Flies, 1954.
  • Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451, 1953.
  • Kurt Vonnegut, Player Piano, 1952.
  • John Updike, opined in 1954.
  • George Orwell, 1984, 1949, themed: (anti-)fascist.
  • Ayn Rand, Anthem, 1937, themed: (anti-)fascist.
  • Aldous Huxley, Brave New World, 1935; themed: eugenicists
  • Yevgeny Zamyatin, We, 1924; themed communist.
  • Michael Tolkin, Some Novel, Atlantic, WHEN?
  • H. G. Wells, When the Sleeper Awakes, 1899.
  • H. G. Wells, The Time Machine, 1895.
  • Anna Bowman Dodd, The Republic of the Future, 1887.
  • Edward Bellamy, Looking Backward, 1888.
  • Harriet Jacobs, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, 1861.
    tl;dr → same plot as The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Mary Shelley, The Last Man, 1826.
  • Thomas Paine, Rights of Man circa 1792.
  • Thomas Moore, Trip to the Island of Equality, 1792.
  • Christine de Pisan, The Song of Joan of Arc, 1429.
  • Christine de Pisan, Book of the City of Ladies, 1405.


  • <quote>Dystopias follow utopias the way thunder follows lightning.</quote>
  • <quote>Pick your present-day dilemma; there’s a new dystopian novel to match it.</quote>
  • <quote>Dystopia used to be a fiction of resistance; it’s become a fiction of submission, the fiction of an untrusting, lonely, and sullen twenty-first century, the fiction of fake news and infowars, the fiction of helplessness and hopelessness. It cannot imagine a better future, and it doesn’t ask anyone to bother to make one. It nurses grievances and indulges resentments; it doesn’t call for courage; it finds that cowardice suffices. Its only admonition is: Despair more. It appeals to both the left and the right, because, in the end, it requires so little by way of literary, political, or moral imagination, asking only that you enjoy the company of people whose fear of the future aligns comfortably with your own. Left or right, the radical pessimism of an unremitting dystopianism has itself contributed to the unravelling of the liberal state and the weakening of a commitment to political pluralism. <snip/> Wreckage is romantic. But a politics of ruin is doomed.<quote>, opined by Jill Lepore, she as herself, in summation.


meta-theoretically about dystopian literature

  • <quote>It’s a sad commentary on our age that we find dystopias a lot easier to believe in than utopias,” Utopias we can only imagine; dystopias we’ve already had <quote>, attributed to Margaret Atwood “in the nineteen-eighties.”

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License to panhandle is validated with iBeacon, iOS and The Cloud

A bold economic theory on why panhandlers should act more like registered charities; Leslie Albrecht; In MarketWatch; 2017-07-24.
Teaser: Giving money to others boosts our happiness, but only when we know we’re making an impact

tl;dr → a license to panhandle validated with a bluetooth beacon+iOS+Cloud; appware entitled GiveSafeSamaritan, is in market now (Apple only). roles: supplicant, samaritan, supplier; It’s a scrip scheme, yet whither AML & KYC?


Contrast With

Dispossessed in the Land of Dreams; Monica Potts; In The New Republic; 2015-12-13; previously noted.
Teaser: Those left behind by Silicon Valley’s technology boom struggle to stay in the place they call home.
Monica Potts is a fellow with the New America Asset Building program.

GiveSafe → Samaritan

  • GiveSafe (now called Samaritan)
  • FoodCircles LC
  • iOS only; see iTunes
  • Developed in Seattle, WA
  • Stable:


  • New York City Mayor
  • Bill de Blasio, mayor, New York City
  • Manhattan
  • Elizabeth Dunn hasn’t studied panhandling specifically, but said <paraphrase>it was probably similar enough for the purposes of the interview</paraphrase>


Credentialing the homeless

<quote>[GiveSafe] notifies users when they walk past a homeless person who’s wearing an electronic “beacon.” The app provides the user with the story of how the homeless person ended up on the street. The <edit>mark</edit> can make a donation that the recipient can only use for essentials such as “bus fare, groceries, a haircut or storage locker.”</quote>


<quote>I could see a world where just as there are different personal trainer certifying groups, there could be different panhandler certifying groups. </quote>, attributed to Brendan O’Flaherty.
<quote>Mosques could certify panhandlers who are observant Muslims, other groups could credential panhandlers who are sober.</quote>, attributed to Brendan O’Flaherty.


  • Brendan O’Flaherty, staff, economist, Columbia University
  • Megan Hustings, interim director, National Coalition for the Homeless
  • Elizabeth Dunn, professor, psychology, University of British Columbia



In MarketWatch

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Why Are American Colleges Obsessed With ‘Leadership’? | The Atlantic (2014)

Why Are American Colleges Obsessed With ‘Leadership’?; Tara Isabella Burton; In The Atlantic; 2014-01-22.
Teaser: What’s wrong with being a follower? Or a lone wolf?
Tara Isabella Burton is on a Ph.D. track as a Clarendon Scholar at Trinity College, Oxford; in the areas of theology & literature.

tl;dr → Because they can; because they need more “data.”  The English system is better, they’ve got this figured out already.  Europe, look to Europe for the answers.

Separately noted.


  • Common Application
  • Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)
  • Academic Culpability Test (ACT)
  • anti-intellectualism
    American anti-intellectualism
  • Universe (who cares?)
    • Columbia
    • Harvard
    • Tufts
    • Wesleyan
    • Yale
    • Counterpoint (who doesn’t care?)
      • Oxford
      • The English “public” school scheme, writ large.
  • Opposition
    • contributor, participant → bad (a C-)
    • leader, tangible merit → good (A, A+)
  • Attributes (of a successful supplicant)
    • Generally
      • warmth of personality
      • sense of humor
      • energy
      • concern for others
      • grace under pressure.
    • Harvard
      • maturity
      • character
      • leadership
      • self-confidence
  • Definition of Leadership, as a <quote>a broad church of qualities</quote>
    • maturity
    • concern for others
  • Opposition
    • self-confident leader
    • contra
      • natural follower
      • natural team player
      • natural lone wolf
  • Claim:
    The categorical Leadership is culture-specific.
  • <quote>[leaders] will—implicitly—manage those others who are not [leaders].The implicit message behind the rhetoric of leadership is that learning for learning’s sake is not enough.[Leaders are] People who make it to the top. People who can climb the greasy pole of whatever hierarchy they decide to attach themselves to.</quote> attributed to Robert J. Sternberg, College Admissions for the 21st Century



  • Kingman Brewster, President, Yale
  • William Deresiewicz; ex-admissions, Columbia.
  • Emmi Harward
    • director of college counseling, The Bishop’s School, La Jolla, CA
    • Executive Director of the Association College Counselors in Independent Schools
  • Janet Lavin Rapeleye, dean (of admissions?), Princeton.
  • Robert J. Sternberg, Dean of Arts and Sciences, Tufts University.


In The Atlantic:

Via: backfill.

Living on Fumes: Digital Footprints, Data Fumes, and the Limitations of Spatial Big Data | Jim Thatcher

Jim Thatcher (Clark University); Living on Fumes: Digital Footprints, Data Fumes, and the Limitations of Spatial Big Data; In International Journal of Communications (IJC); Volume 8; 2014; 19 pages; landing; previously in Proceedings of the 26th International
Cartographic Conference (ICC), 2014.

tl;dr → whereas capitalism is bad, the critical theory: sociotechnical, epistemic project, abductive processes, epistemic limits, epistemic and ontological commitments, capitalist profit motives, private corporations; frameworks of Marcuse, Pickles. You get the idea.


Amid the continued rise of big data in both the public and private sectors, spatial information has come to play an increasingly prominent role. This article defines big data as both a sociotechnical and epistemic project with regard to spatial information. Through interviews, job shadowing, and a review of current literature, both academic researchers and private companies are shown to approach spatial big data sets in analogous ways. Digital footprints and data fumes, respectively, describe a process that inscribes certain meaning into quantified spatial information. Social and economic limitations of this data are presented. Finally, the field of geographic information science is presented as a useful guide in dealing with the “hard work of theory” necessary in the big data movement.


  • In the introductory paragraph, cites opinements in Fast Company and Mashable as authoritative directional indicators.
  • Two problems
    1. <quote>On the one hand, rather than fully capturing life as researchers hope, end-user interactions within big data are necessarily the result of decisions made by an extremely small group of programmers working for private corporations that have [been] promulgated through the mobile application ecosystem.
    2. On the other hand, in accepting that the data gathered through mobile applications reveal meaningful information about the world, researchers are tacitly accepting a commodification and quantification of knowledge.</quote>
  • Big Data is
    • (wait for it …) very big, “large” even.
    • <quote>data whose size forces us to look beyond the tried-and-true methods
      that are prevalent at that time</quote>, Adam Jacobs.
    • Contrarianism
      • Something vague about Taylorism, Max Weber, etc.
      • Something vague about how having more data is better, or is not better.
    • The Fourth Paradigm
      1. empiricism
      2. analysis
      3. simulation.
      4. explore & exploit
    • Sources
      <quote>Most current studies describing themselves as “big data” with a spatial component revolve around two mobile software platforms [Foursquare, Twitter]</quote>

      • Foursquare
      • Twitter
      • Facebook
      • Flickr
  • Types of Data [plural of types of Datum(s)]
    • Checkin
    • Tweet
  • Livehood
  • 25% of Foursquare users link their Twitter accounts (75% don’t)
  • <quote>Finally, the reliance upon data generated with an explicit motive for profit — both for the end user and the corporation—results in epistemological commitments not dissimilar to concerns raised with regard to the knowledges and approaches privileged by GIS use. </quote>
  • <quote>This hard work of theory opens new knowledge projects within the realm of big data. For example, if the check-in is viewed as a form of disciplining technology — one that reports location to enmesh it more fully in capitalist exchange — then purposeful location fraud takes on new meaning as a potential form of resistance or protest.</quote>


  • private companies
  • profit motives
  • capitalism


  • Digital footprints
  • Digital fumes


  • PostgreSQL
  • R
  • Mac (OS)


  • Anderson, C. (2008-06-23). The end of theory: The data deluge makes the scientific method obsolete. Wired.
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Via: backfill.

The Organization Kid | David Brooks (2001)

The Organization Kid; David Brooks; In The Atlantic; 2001-04.
Teaser: The young men and women of America’s future elite work their laptops to the bone, rarely question authority, and happily accept their positions at the top of the heap as part of the natural order of life.

tl;dr → 13,000 words


  • (Introduction)
  • The Origins of the Organization Kid
  • The Moral Life of the Organization Kid
  • Compelled by the Knightly Spirit
  • “Love and Success and Being Happy”
  • (Wrapup)



  • Harvard
    • Teddy Roosevelt
    • John Reed
  • Princeton
    • Hobey Baker
    • Allen Dulles
    • Adlai Stevenson
    • F. Scott Fitzgerald


  • Jeffrey Herbst, professor, politics, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University
  • Fred Hargadon, ex-dean of admissions, Princeton
  • Brainerd Alden Thresher; College Admissions and the Public Interest,, a booklet, 1966
    • poetic frame of mind
    • prudential frame of mind
  • Dave Wilkinson, professor, physics, Princeton
  • Robert Gamble, tennis director, some camp, New Hampshire.
  • Kathryn Taylor, class of 1974, administrator, alumni affairs, Princeton
  • Aaron Friedberg, “teaches,” international relations Princeton.
  • Kathleen Deignan, dean of undergraduate students, Princeton.
  • Robert Wuthnow, unstated, a sociologist.
  • Robert George, professor, politics, Princeton.

Via: backfill.

The Bubble is Popping

  • T. Rowe Price devalued their investment in Dropbox by 60%
  • HortonWorks files for public offering; HortonWorks stock falls
  • Oil oversupply
    various sources
  • Railroads
    idle rollling stock
  • Shipping, container ships
    idle ships, 2016-01-20
  • Facebook
    down 5%, 2016-01-20, Washington Post
  • Apple
    down 3%, 2016-01-20, Washington Post
  • Walmart announces store shutdowns
  • DoorDash
    down round, Bloomberg News, 2016-01-15
  • Foursquare
    down round 2016-01
  • Sidecar
    shuts down
  • Uber?
    private marketplace placements
  • Airbnb
    private market placements
  • General Motors announces $0.5B donation to Lyft.



There are now 229 unicorn startups, with $175B in funding and $1.3T valuation | VentureBeat

There are now 229 unicorn startups, with $175B in funding and $1.3T valuation; ; In VentureBeat; 2016-01-18.

tl;dr → VentureBeat has expertise in market research compendia; the promoted pamphlet exhibits such; landinghires.



As organized in the infographic.


  • Applications
    • Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
      • Apttus
      • Medallia
      • Zeta Interactive
    • Finance & Accounting
      • Coupa
      • Xero
      • Zuora
    • Human Resource Management (HR)
      • Gusto
      • Workday
      • Zenefits
    • Marketing & eCommerce
      • AdKnowledge
      • AppNexus
      • Blippar
      • Deem
      • Hootsuite
      • InMobi
      • IronSource
      • Marketo
      • MediaMath
      • Qualtrics
      • Shopify
      • Sprinklr
      • Surveymonkey
  • Infrastructure
    • Analytics (Big Data & Business Intelligence)
      • Cloudera
      • Domo
      • Hortonworks
      • MarkLogic
      • MongoDB
      • Mu Sigma
      • MuleSoft
      • New Relic
      • Palantir
    • Cloud
      • Actiflo
      • AppDirect
      • AppDynamics
      • CloudFlare
      • Docker
      • Nutanix
      • Simplivity
    • Content Management & Collaboration
      • Atlassian Software Systems
      • Automattic
      • Box
      • DocuSign
      • Dropbox
      • Evernote
      • GitHub
      • Slack
      • Yammer
    • Mobile
      • Good Technology
      • Meitu, Inc.
      • Wandoujia
      • Yello Mobile
    • Networking
      • Cisco Meraki
      • Nicra
      • Twilio
    • Security
      • AVAST Software as.
      • Avant
      • Illumio
      • Lookout
      • Okta
      • Palo Alto Networks
      • Tanium
      • Zscaler
    • Storage
      • Fusion-io
      • Infinidat
      • Nimble Storage
      • Pure Storage
      • Tintri


  • Cleantech
    • Betterplace
    • Bloom Energy
    • Sapphire Energy
    • Sunrun
  • Fintech
    • Insurance
      • ZhongAn
    • Investment
      • Credit Karma
      • Hanhua Financial
    • Lending
      • China Rapid Finance
      • Funding Circle
      • Jimubox
      • Kabbage
      • Lending Club
      • Lufax
      • Prosper
      • SoFi
      • TransferWise
    • Payments
      • Adyen
      • Klarna
      • Mozido
      • Powa
      • Square
      • Stripe
  • Healthcare & BioTech
    • Intarcia Therapeutics
    • Moderna Therapeutics
    • NantHealth
    • Oscar
    • Proteus Digital Health
    • Stemcentrx
    • Theranos
    • ZocDoc
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
    • Dji
    • Fitbit
    • Jasper Technologies
    • Jawbone
    • Mobileye
    • Nest
  • Other
    • AUTO1
    • Fisker Automotive
    • Njoy
    • Sogou
    • SpaceX
    • WiFi Master Key


  • Online Media
    • BuzzFeed
    • Panshi
    • Rocket Internet
    • Taboola
    • Vox Media
  • Electronics (Consumer Electronics)
    • GoPro
    • Magic Leap
    • Meizu
    • Oculus VR
    • Xiaomi
  • Games & Entertainment
    • FanDuel
    • Kabam
    • Legenary Pictures
    • Machine Zone
    • Razer
    • Vice Media
    • Zynga
  • Retail
    • Coupons, Bargains. Loyalty
      • Coupang
      • Fanil
      • Groupon
      • LaShou
      • LivingSocial
      • Meituan
      • Quotient Technology
    • Home Furnishing
      • Houzz
      • Home24
      • Wayfair
    • Marketplaces
      • Alibaba
      • Etsy
      • Snapdeal
      • 58 Daojia
    • Shopping
      • Mobile Shopping
        • Koudai Gouwu
        • One97 Communications
      • Non-Mobile (Laptop/Officework/Desktop) Shopping
        • BelBel
        • Dianping
        • Fanatics
        • Farfetch
        • Flipkart
        • Gilt Groupe Incorporated
        • Global Fashion Group
        • JustFab
        • Lazada
        • Mogujie
        • NONAME LOGO (magenta/purple, with a ‘J’)
        • Trendy International Group
        • VANCL
        • Wish
        • Zalando
        • Zulily
    • Wellness
      • Honest Company
      • Warby Parker
  • Services (Services to Consumers)
    • Audio
      • Beats Electronics
      • Shazam
      • Spotify
    • Education
      • Pluralsight
      • Renaissance Learning
      • Udacity
    • Messaging
      • Kik
      • Tango
      • WhatsApp (of Facebook)
    • Sharing (The Sharing Economy)
      • Airbnb
      • BlaBlaCar
      • Blue Apron
      • Delivery Hero
      • Didi Chuxing
      • GrabTaxi
      • HelloFresh
      • HomeAway
      • Instacart
      • Kuaidi Dache
      • Lwjw
      • Lyft
      • Ola
      • Quickr
      • Thumbtack
      • Tujla
      • Uber
      • Wework
      • Yidao Yongche
      • YouTube
    • Social (Networking)
      • Instagram (of Facebook)
      • Facebook
      • Lamabang
      • LinkedIn
      • Nextdoor
      • Pinterest
      • Snapchat
      • Tumblr (of Yahoo)
      • Twitter
    • Other
      • Eventbrite
      • Waze (of Google)


  • 58 Daojia
  • AUTO1
  • AVAST Software as.
  • Actiflo
  • AdKnowledge
  • Adyen
  • Airbnb
  • Alibaba
  • AppDirect
  • AppDynamics
  • AppNexus
  • Apttus
  • Atlassian Software Systems
  • Automattic
  • Avant
  • Beats Electronics
  • BelBel
  • Betterplace
  • BlaBlaCar
  • Blippar
  • Bloom Energy
  • Blue Apron
  • Box
  • BuzzFeed
  • China Rapid Finance
  • Cisco Meraki
  • CloudFlare
  • Cloudera
  • Coupa
  • Coupang
  • Credit Karma
  • Deem
  • Delivery Hero
  • Dianping
  • Didi Chuxing
  • Dji
  • Docker
  • DocuSign
  • Domo
  • Dropbox
  • Etsy
  • Eventbrite
  • Evernote
  • Facebook
  • FanDuel
  • Fanatics
  • Fanil
  • Farfetch
  • Fisker Automotive
  • Fitbit
  • Flipkart
  • Funding Circle
  • Fusion-io
  • Gilt Groupe Incorporated
  • GitHub
  • Global Fashion Group
  • GoPro
  • Good Technology
  • GrabTaxi
  • Groupon
  • Gusto
  • Hanhua Financial
  • HelloFresh
  • Home24
  • HomeAway
  • Honest Company
  • Hootsuite
  • Hortonworks
  • Houzz
  • Illumio
  • InMobi
  • Infinidat
  • Instacart
  • Instagram (of Facebook)
  • Intarcia Therapeutics
  • IronSource
  • Jasper Technologies
  • Jawbone
  • Jimubox
  • JustFab
  • Kabam
  • Kabbage
  • Kik
  • Klarna
  • Koudai Gouwu
  • Kuaidi Dache
  • LaShou
  • Lamabang
  • Lazada
  • Legenary Pictures
  • Lending Club
  • LinkedIn
  • LivingSocial
  • Lookout
  • Lufax
  • Lwjw
  • Lyft
  • Machine Zone
  • Magic Leap
  • MarkLogic
  • Marketo
  • Medallia
  • MediaMath
  • Meitu, Inc.
  • Meituan
  • Meizu
  • Mobileye
  • Moderna Therapeutics
  • Mogujie
  • MongoDB
  • Mozido
  • Mu Sigma
  • MuleSoft
  • NONAME LOGO (magenta/purple, with a ‘J’)
  • NantHealth
  • Nest
  • New Relic
  • Nextdoor
  • Nicra
  • Nimble Storage
  • Njoy
  • Nutanix
  • Oculus VR
  • Okta
  • Ola
  • One97 Communications
  • Oscar
  • Palantir
  • Palo Alto Networks
  • Panshi
  • Pinterest
  • Pluralsight
  • Powa
  • Prosper
  • Proteus Digital Health
  • Pure Storage
  • Qualtrics
  • Quickr
  • Quotient Technology
  • Razer
  • Renaissance Learning
  • Rocket Internet
  • Sapphire Energy
  • Shazam
  • Shopify
  • Simplivity
  • Slack
  • Snapchat
  • Snapdeal
  • SoFi
  • Sogou
  • SpaceX
  • Spotify
  • Sprinklr
  • Square
  • Stemcentrx
  • Stripe
  • Sunrun
  • Surveymonkey
  • Taboola
  • Tango
  • Tanium
  • Theranos
  • Thumbtack
  • Tintri
  • TransferWise
  • Trendy International Group
  • Tujla
  • Tumblr (of Yahoo)
  • Twilio
  • Twitter
  • Uber
  • Udacity
  • Vice Media
  • Vox Media
  • Wandoujia
  • Warby Parker
  • Wayfair
  • Waze (of Google)
  • Wework
  • WhatsApp (of Facebook)
  • WiFi Master Key
  • Wish
  • Workday
  • Xero
  • Xiaomi
  • Yammer
  • Yello Mobile
  • Yidao Yongche
  • YouTube (of Google)
  • Zalando
  • Zenefits
  • Zeta Interactive
  • ZhongAn
  • ZocDoc
  • Zscaler
  • Zulily
  • Zuora
  • Zynga

Why Are Palo Alto’s Kids Killing Themselves? The Pains of Being Perfect | San Francisco Magazine

  1. Why Are Palo Alto’s Kids Killing Themselves?; Diana Kapp; In San Francisco Magazine; 2015-05-22.
    Teaser: A panicked town struggles with a wave of suicides.
  2. The Pains of Being Perfect; Diana Kapp; In San Francisco Magazine; 2015-05-17.
    Teaser: Why are Palo Alto’s teenagers killing themselves?

tl;dr → to make it stop: the pressure from the school, enforced by the parents, backgrounded by cultural expectations.  6600 words.

There are two presentations of the same text.

Diana Kapp (bio)
  • former Palo Alto resident
  • a Stanford alum
  • three young children


Predates the presentation for the East Coast media.  Rosin’s opus is substantially a copy of Kapp’s, but with different vignettes & exemplars.

The Silicon Valley Suicides; Hanna Rosin; In The Atlantic; 2015-11-16; commentariat; separately noted.
Teaser: Why are so many kids with bright prospects killing themselves in Palo Alto?

Postdates, by a week, a less extensive, more personal testimonial-type essay on the same subject:

Sarah Eisner; Training for Discontent; In Her Blog, on Medium; 2015-05-13; previously filled.
Teaser: The Doublespeak of Parenting and the Double Blade of Ambition in Silicon Valley


  • Palo Alto
  • Caltrain
  • East Meadow Drive
  • Gunn High School
  • Alta Mesa cemetery.
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM)
  • Suicide Clusters
    timespans not given
    • Palo Alto, California
    • Fairfax County, Virginia.
    • University of Pennsylvania.
    • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
    • Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota.
  • immigrant culture
  • (upper-)middle class culture
    stable ranks of the upper-middle class
  • culture of unbounded striving
  • Stanford duck syndrome
    (calm on the surface, furiously paddling unseen below)
  • <quote>Depression is effectively “glorified,” because it attracts attention.</quote>, attributed to an anonymous Gunn senior.
  • Palo Alto Weekly
    • various reportage, 2011; uncited
    • Ken Dauber’s campaign
      We Can Do Better, Palo Alto
  • Project Safety Net (PSN), 2009.
  • Titan 101; (reuqired) course, Gunn High School.
  • <quote>The bulk of school counseling is still carried out by unpaid interns—master’s students, mostly—who typically stay just one to two years, undermining the larger goal of tight relationships between providers and kids. </quote>
  • Changes, at Gunn; are recited
    • more difficult than planned
    • undercut by students
    • zero period
    • desire for stronger classes; AP-level courses; students, parents, etc.
    • cheating culture
    • cell phone use
  • Save the 2008
  • Oracle, student newspaper, Gunn
  • attributed to Madeline Levine.
    • <quote>The schools blame the parents. And when they are together, they blame the universities,</quote>,
    • <quote>Communities like Palo Alto may tout their Hallmark-ready battle cry of “We’re all in this together,” but all too often, there is little coming together on anything. “Where are the parents? How do they tolerate four hours of homework? Since when are kids making multiple trips to the ER? It starts to be a mass delusion. That’s what this feels like to me. What’s that book where all the girls become hysterical—The Crucible? That is what this feels like to me.</quote>
    • <quote>[fears for this generation of kids] who don’t come out and say ‘Screw you.’ Where’s the rebellion? These kids have no sense that they could change something.</quote>
  • Stanford Psychiatry Department, commenced a study, a “psychological autopsy” of the suicide cluster; WHEN?
    Did not conclude, no work product was produced.
  • <quote>The problem is that Palo Alto, in my experience, is a community with something of a tin ear, many denizens seemingly hearing only what confirms their preexisting worldview. Some of that tone deafness is understandable, given the complexity of the issues besetting the town. But some of it may be due to a general muzzling of suicide-related speech.</quote>, attributed to Diana Kapp.
  • “Listening to Youth Voices”, a panel, 2015-03(?)
  • My Voice Matters, a blog, On Tumblr.
  • Palo Alto Weekly, cited as patrolling the (language) commentariat on their articles.
  • Andrew Liu; a blog post, uncited
    inflammatory prose & diagram

    • a Venn Diagram: (Palo Alto, Asian, Male)
    • <quote>It seems, that the demographic most at risk are Asian (Chinese) males in high school (hey, that’s what I am!).</quote>
  • Denise Herrmann, Principal, Palo Alto High School
    • 3-year accrediation plan, presented to the School Board
    • priority: “expanding the cultural definition of success beyond traditional metrics.”


  • Joe [no last name]; exemplar, (temporarily) missing teen.  A search party is deployed.
  • Ian Cramer, exemplar; might have been missing, but was found.


substantially in order of appearance

  • Daniel Saal, parent. psychiatrist
  • Lauren Saal, daughter; junior, Gunn High School.
  • Martha Cabot, age 16
  • Lisa Hao, student
  • Denise Herrmann, principal, Gunn High School
  • Roni Gillenson, program director, Adolescent Counseling Services, Gunn High School
  • Shashank Joshi
    • director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program at Stanford
    • consultant to the Palo Alto Unified School District
  • Ian Cramer, wrestling team, Gunn High School
  • Erika Drazan, pediatrician, Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF)
  • Carolyn Walworth
    • junior, Palo Alto High School (Paly)
    • student representative to the School Board
  • Cezanne Lane, sophmore, Paly.
  • Olivia Eck, sophomore, Gunn High School
  • Gaby Candes, sophomore, Gunn; 2x parents, faculty, Stanford.
  • Hayley Krolik, junior, Gunn.
  • Ken Dauber
    • resident, Palo Alto
    • father
    • school board member
    • software engineer, Google
      <quote>the techie with a sociology PhD</quote>
    • married to Michele Dauber
  • Michele Dauber
    • married to Ken Dauber
    • professor, law, Stanford
  • Kevin Skelly, ex-superintendent, Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD)
  • Kathleen Blanchard, parent.
  • Max McGee
    • (current-)superintendent, Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD)
    • arrived in 2014
    • ex “head” (headmaster?)
      • unnamed school, a math and science academy, Princeton, New Jersey.
      • unnamed school, a math and science academy, Aurora, Illinois.
  • Marc Vincenti, English teacher, retired Gunn.
  • Madeline Levine
  • Anna Barbier, student?, Gunn.
  • Bill Johnson, publisher, Palo Alto Weekly.
  • Andrew Lu, senior, Paly
  • Jessica Luo, senior, Gunn.


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Ground Truth: The Social Implications of Geographic Information Systems | John Pickles

John Pickles (editor), Ground Truth: The Social Implications of Geographic Information Systems; Guilford Press, New York; 1994-12-07; 248 pages; Guilford; Amazon: kindle $31, paper: $7+SHT.

tl;dr → (critical) Social Theory + Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

<bizarre>This book has restricted territorial rights. To order from outside the U.S. and Canada, contact Guilford for information. </bizarre>

John Pickles

  • Associate Professor in the Department of Geograph, University of Kentucky.
  • Member of the Committee on Social Theory, University of Kentucky.
  • social theory
  • disciplinary history
  • regional political economy
  • geography of transition and restructuring
    • South Africa
    • Eastern Europe.

The Four Papers

  1. Sarah Elwood
  2. Nadine Schuurman, Agnieszka Leszczynski
  3. Mark Gahegan, William Pike
  4. Melissa Gilbert, Michelle Masucci


Concealing the Calculus of Higher Education (the corruption of academe & the tribulations of College Abacus) | NYT

Concealing the Calculus of Higher Education; ; In The New York Times (NYT); 2016-01-15.


  • net price calculator, a federal education standard.
    Formula: Estimated Net Price = Sticker Price – Total Aid
  • College Abacus
  • Abigail Seldin, co-founder, College Abacus.
  • Blockers
    • Harvard
    • Princeton
    • California Institute of Technology
    • Unblockers (since the original blockage)
      • Hamilton, but only for a 1-year “trial”
      • Oberlin
      • Skidmore
  • ECMC Group
  • Pell Abacus.
  • Responses
    Question: why does your college block College Abacus

    • California Institute of Technology
      Kathy Svitil, press relations, <quote>the decision maker there was too busy to talk to Ron Lieber</quote>
    • Harvard → unresponsive at all.
  • the Costs of Accountability; reporter; In The American Interest; 2015-08-03.
  • Numbers – Well Being; annual report; Arizona State University.


  • <quote>We are experiencing record student demand, engage families early in financial aid discussions and are meeting our goals,” the dean told her. “Why you think I should open myself up to a purely financial comparison when we are so much more than that, I have no idea. It is probably because you have not sat where I sit. So, kindly cease communication with me.</quote>, unattributed to financial aid administrator


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You see … in the grubby commercial trades we call this “Value-Based Selling” and there are aisles & shelves of books about how to practice it. The price to you is special for you, based on who you are. In the institutional design government business we call this “Corruption.” In philanthropy we call it “a sliding scale” and that’s cuddly, yet someone has to run the slide rule. We go with that.

Buyer: Hi, I’d to buy your thing. What’s in it? And how much is is it?
Seller: Here’s the thing, We need to know a bit about you and your people.
Seller: It’s not that we don’t know, but we have some agreements in place you see. What we do is valuable, really really valuable, and we can’t allow just anyone to buy it. Otherwise it wouldn’t be fair.
Seller: You’re pretty young, you haven’t done much yet. So tell us a bit more about your people. What sort of people are they?

Buyer: hurm. OK, here’s the pedigree.
Seller: Thanks. We’ll get back to you. Please go away now.

Queue handwringing among the buyers over life stress issues.

OTOH, if you’re on the sell side, you know you only get one bite at the buyer, no residuals, no service fees or ongoing rebuying behavior until maybe a quarter-century out. So you need to take it in all up front. You need to acquire LTV in just that one transaction.

The conference ‘Platform Cooperativism: The Internet, Ownership, Democracy’ convened techno-skeptics whose objections are growing louder | The Washington Post

Techno-skeptics’ objection growing louder; Joel Achenbach; In The Washington Post; 2015-12-26.

tl;dr → A conference report.  The dissidents met, ate, drank, talked (in the argot of the times: they shared, networked, bonded). A good time was had by all, yet they all are against it in one way or another; they are unhappy; they want it to be different.  Each and every one of them has a dream and a vision; yet none of them has a viable plan.

Original Sources

Platform Cooperativism: The Internet, Ownership, Democracy; a conference; The New School; 2015-11-13 & 2015-11-14.


  • Hooks in above the fold with a picture & description of Astra Taylor; her presence & concepts.
  • “A conference”
    The conference is never actually named or citedin the WaPo article

    • Platform Cooperativism
    • The New School, New York City
    • attendees: circa 1,000
    • Concept
      <quote>reinventing the Internet. They dream of a co-op model: people dealing directly with one another without having to go through a data-sucking corporate hub.</quote>
  • Edward Snowden
    • <quote>The Edward Snowden revelations</quote>
    • The rise of Terrorism as a tactic; contra The War on Terror
      (yes yes, you can’t declare war against a tactic, you can only declare war against an entity [citation needed]).

      • Paris
      • San Bernardino
  • Facebook
    • is bad
    • <quote>A frequent gibe is that on Facebook, we’re not the customers, we’re the merchandise. Or to put it another way: If the service is free, you’re the product.</quote>
    • Mark Zuckerberg
      • age 31
  • Google
    • is bad
  • Something about Plato
    On the invention of writing.
  • History (the narrative)
    • 1994 → browser
    • 1998 → Google
    • …time passes…
    • 2006 → Twitter
    • 2007 → iPhone
    • …time passes…
    • today!
  • South Korea
    • gaming is addictive, must be regulated
  • European Union
    • Right To Be Forgotten
    • Affects
      • Google
      • Yahoo
  • The Machine Age
    • Shadowhawk
    • Asimo, of Honda
  • Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF)
    • a think tank, of lobbyists
    • Washington DC
    • Robert Atkinson, president
    • <quote>two-thirds of its funding from tech companies</quote>.
    • soft Luddites (e.g. Astra Taylor)


In the arbitrary order of mention

The Activists (6 count)
  • Astra Taylor
  • Douglas Rushkoff
  • Jaron Lanier
  • Andrew Keen
  • James Barrat
  • Pope Francis
The Establishment (1 count)
  • Robert Atkinson, president, Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF)

In alphabetical order

Robert Atkinson

  • president; Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF)
  • opines about regulation
  • worries about (soft) Luddites; e.g. Astra Taylor.

Jaron Lanier

  • <quote>Lanier’s humanistic take on technology may trace back to his tragic childhood: He was 9 when his mother was killed in a car accident in El Paso. He later learned that the accident may have been caused by an engineering flaw in the car.</quote>
  • Proposal
    • consumers be compensated for their data in the form of micropayments.
  • <quote>In our society there are two paths to success: One is to be good at computers and the other is to be a sociopath.</quote>, attributed to Jaron Lanier.

Douglas Rushkoff

  • Team Human

Nathan Schneider

  • co-organizer of the recent New School conference on cooperative platforms.
  • journalist (sic)
    his bio attests as <quote>a writer, editor, and professor of media studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. </quote>

Astra Taylor

  • age 36
  • vocation
    free spirit

    • activist
    • filmmaker
      of documentaries
    • musician
  • not paranoid
  • <quote>21st century digital dissenter</quote>
  • comments about
    • her appearancepresence
    • her education → unschooled (not schooled, home schooled).
  • Proposal
    • government-supported media platforms — think: yet more public radio (public web sites)
    • more regulation of media platforms — contra monopoly formation.
  • Opines
    • information [often] wants someone to pay for it
      contra information wants to be free.


  • digital social networks
  • digital establishment
  • humanists
  • human-machine interactions
  • Luddite
    • neo-Luddite (Ted Ludd)
    • soft Luddites (e.g. Astra Taylor)
  • machine age
  • machine intelligence
  • shadow narrative
  • stemwinder
    <quote>a stemwinder of a talk</quote>
  • techno-skeptics
  • unschooled
    contra homeschooled



  • Gary Shteyngart; Super Sad True Love Story; Random House; first edition; 2011-05-03; 334 pages; kindle: $10, paper: $0.01+SHT.
    tl;dr →the protagonists want to find love in an uncaring world.
  • Dave Eggers, The Circle; Vintage; first edition; 2014-04-22; 497 pages; kindle: $12, paper: $2+SHT.
    tl;dr→the protagonist is a Hi-Po at a Google-like company who is a lifestreamer; trouble ensues.

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West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District, New Jersey, Eases Pressure on Students, While Baring an Ethnic Divide between Asian-American and (sic) Americans

New Jersey School District Eases Pressure on Students, Baring an Ethnic Divide; Kyle Spencer; In The New York Times (NYT); 2015-12-25.

tl;dr → Divided by immigration in the proxy of observable regional origin & named by their race, those doing well in the system want more of it; those not succeeding want a different system. School district administrators try to <quote>avoid becoming another Palo Alto</quote>.  The stewards & stakeholders debate the pros & cons, with emotion & emphasis in public spheres as school policy is modified in situ.  Student population & individual behavior, feelings & attitudes are not surveyed; with the understanding that all is compos mentis therein.

Original Sources

Letter to the Community; Dr. David Aderhold; West Windsor-Plainsboro (WW-P) Regional School District; 2015-10 (undated in the text, dated on the filename); 16 pages.

  • There will be change.
    The changes are outlined.
  • Core Values
  • Whole Child, Every Child
    <snide>what bright & colorful names!</snide>

    • Whole Child, Every Child!
    • No Student Left Behind!
    • The Race to the Top!
    • Headstart (the grandaddy of them all!)
  • Mission Statement
    <quote>The mission of the WW-P school district is to “develop passionate, confident, lifelong learners.”</quote>
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
    • Whole Child Initiative
      • started 2007
  • Whole Child Tenets
    large longish sentences with mission statement gravitas, embedding the adjectives:

    • healthy
    • safe
    • engaged
    • supported
    • challenged
  • Six Compenencies Framework
    1. Collaborative Team Member
    2. EffectiveCommunicator
    3. Globally Aware, Active, Responsible Student/Citizen
    4. Information Literate Researcher
    5. Innovative and Practical Problem Solver
    6. Self‐Directed Learner.
  • Quoted, cited
    in order of appearance

  • Programs & Practices
    The changes already made, the changes yet to occur.
    selected; see pages 6-15.

    • 1:1 Learning Initiative, uses Chromebooks
      (snippet reading, animations, videos, multiple choice tests; mouse & keyboard work; ho hum)
    • No midterm, final exams; continuous & constant grading.
    • Option II; a State of New Jersey program for credit granted for activities performed outside of school.
  • Argot
    • assessments (grading); somehow different than testing.
    • Basic Skills
    • Common Assessments
    • eduspeak
    • excessive stress
    • external program review
    • parental overrides
    • social-emotional development
    • stakeholders


  • <quote>face the prospect of becoming another Palo Alto, Calif., where outsize stress on teenage students is believed to have contributed to two clusters of suicides in the last six years.</quote>, attributed to David Aderhold in verbal statements at a meeting.
  • West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District, N.J.
    • is “near” Princeton, N.J. whatever that means in a state the size of New Jersey.
    • <quote>bout 10 minutes from Princeton and an hour and a half from New York City,
    • Abbreviation: WW-P
    • Two cities
      • West Windsor
      • Plainsboro
  • <quote>At a packed meeting of the school district’s Board of Education held shortly before the winter break, a middle school cafeteria was filled with parents, with Asian-Americans sitting on one side and white families on the other.</quote>; unclear if Kyle Spencer, the reporter, witnessed this, experienced this, or was told of this by others.


Apparently due to the Kyle Spencer, the reporter, and the editorial staff of The New York Times (NYT).

Categories of Persons
  • Asian-American
    euphemism to characterize 0th generation (at least, the parents)

    • Chinese
    • Indian
    • Korean.
  • white (lower case)
    Everyone else.
  • <quote>Both Asian-American and white families say the tension between the two groups has grown steadily over the past few years, as the number of Asian families has risen/quote>
  • <quote>The district has become increasingly popular with immigrant families from China, India and Korea. This year, 65 percent of its students are Asian-American, compared with 44 percent in 2007. Many of them are the first in their families born in the United States.</quote>


  • David Aderhold
    • Ed.D.
    • superintendent, West Windsor-Plainsboro (WW-P) Regional School District, NJ.
    • tenure
      • 2.5 years as superintendant
      • 7 in WW-P
  • Catherine Foley
    • parent; son, daughter; ages circa elementary school, middle school.
    • former president, Parent Teacher Student Association (PTA)
  • Mike Jia
    • <quote>Asian-American professional</quote>; cited as exemplar of the genre.
    • parent, no further details.
    • moved to WW-P after 2005.
  • Helen Yin
    • (represented as) Chinese; i.e. born in Chengdu, CN
    • a parent; kindergarten, 8th grade
    • something about “pursuing” a masters degree in chemistry
      [still working on it?  she didn't finish it & has abandoned the quest?]
  • Karen Sue
    • (represented as) Chinese-American; i.e. born in the U.S.
    • parent; 5th, 8th graders


Not Interviewed

  • David Aderhold
    lots of quotes about what he has said in public fora; but (apparently?) he was not actually interviewed for the piece; nor were any school district press relations personnel at all.



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Suzan Russaw is Dispossessed in the Land of Dreams, which is Palo Alto | The New Republic

Dispossessed in the Land of Dreams; Monica Potts; In The New Republic; 2015-12-13.
Teaser: Those left behind by Silicon Valley’s technology boom struggle to stay in the place they call home.
Monica Potts is a fellow with the New America Asset Building program.

Monica Potts is a writer based in Washington, D.C., and a fellow with the New America Foundation Asset Building Program. She writes about a variety of subjects, including poverty, politics, and culture. Her work has appeared in The American Prospect, New York magazine,, The New York Times, The Daily Beast, The Trace, and Democracy: A Journal of Ideas. She is also a PostBourgie alum.

tl;dr → Suzan Russaw now has an apartment for “a year” commencing circa 2015-11.
tl;dr → Beltway reporter breezes into town, weaves a discursive tale alternating between one person’s heartwrenching slow-moving personal disaster and small-town aspirations towards cuddly remediation, intractable government social policy & reality. Eats, shoots, leaves. Dripping with the sanctimony of the age, and with helpful animated interactive HTML5 maps of the area for the East Coast audience who won’t understand what “east side of the city” means.  Map oriented against the mute totemic icons for the campuses of Google, Microsoft, Stanford.  Conflates San Francisco, Palo Alto, East Palo Alto.  Most source materials are 2013-2014; television, newspaper articles & City Council minutes & staff reports.



  • Emily Farber, social worker
    • at an unspecified senior citizens center in Palo Alto
    • Supports Suzan Russaw
  • Julia Lang
    • social worker
    • supporting Suzan Russaw
  • Steve Levy, director of the Center for Continuing Study of the California Economy in Palo Alto.
  • Hope Nakamura
    • a legal aid attorney
    • lives in Palo Alto.
  • Nick Selby


  • Suzan Russaw, James Russaw, a married couple
    • James Russaw died 2014-02-17,
  • Suzan Russaw
    • Circa 2015-08?
    • Pays $810 a month, the amount determined to be affordable for her income.
    • The amount $1,100/month equals 80 percent of her income from [her] trust and her widow’s benefits from Social Security.
  • Wishes to live in Palo Alto.
    Does not wish to live elsewhere where it is “too bland, charming, suburban”
    <quote>The only downside for Suzan was that it was in Santa Clara, another charmingly bland suburban enclave in the South Bay, a half hour south of Palo Alto and a world away for Suzan. “It’s out of my comfort zone, but that’s OK!” Suzan Russaw told [Molly Potts].</quote>



Suzan was born in 1945. Her father worked at what was then the Lockheed Corporation, and her mother had been raised by a wealthy family in Oak Park, Illinois. Her family called her Suzi. Though she grew up in nearby Saratoga—and spent some time in school in Switzerland—she distinctly remembers coming with her mother to visit Palo Alto, with its downtown theaters and streets named after poets. Palo Alto more than any other place formed the landscape of her childhood. “It was a little artsy-craftsy university town—you find charming towns are university towns.”
Like many women of her day, Suzan didn’t graduate from college. When she was 24, after her last stay in Switzerland, she moved to Mountain View, the town on Palo Alto’s eastern border that is now home to Google and LinkedIn. She was living off a small trust her family had set up for her when she met James at a barbecue their apartment manager threw to foster neighborliness among his tenants. James had grown up in a sharecropping family in Georgia, moved west during World War II, and was more than 17 years her senior, handsome and gentlemanly. Suzan thought: “I can learn something from him.” They were an interracial couple in the late 1960s, which was unusual, though she says her family didn’t mind. It was also an interclass marriage, and it moved Suzan down the income ladder.
For years, James and Suzan lived together, unmarried. They bought a house on University Avenue, just north of the county line and blocks from downtown Palo Alto, in 1979, and four years later had their only daughter, Nancy. It was the area’s ghetto, and the only source of affordable housing for many years. It was also the center of violence in the region, and, in 1992, was the murder capital of the country.
They never had much money. For most of their marriage, James ran a small recycling company and Suzan acted as his bookkeeper, secretary, and housewife. They refused to apply for most government assistance, even as homeless elders. “My husband and I had never been on welfare or food stamps,” she told me. “Even to this day.”




  • Palo Alto (city), California; QuickFacts, At the United States Census Bureau, revised continually, last updated 2015-12-02.
    • Data from various sources,
    • People QuickFacts Palo Alto California
      Median household income, 2009-2013 $121,465 $61,094
    • Used as the source for the statement
      <quote> In part, that’s because Palo Alto, a technology boomtown that boasts a per capita income well over twice the average for California, has almost no shelter space:</quote>



  • Frederick Jackson Turner; Frontier Thesis, a speech at the Chicago World’s Fair, 1893-07-12.
    • quoted from a guide published in 1837 for migrants headed for the Western frontiers of Ohio, Indiana, and Wisconsin:
      “Another wave rolls on. The men of capital and enterprise come. The ‘settler’ is ready to sell out and take the advantage of the rise of property, push farther into the interior, and become himself a man of capital and enterprise in turn.”
    • wrote. “The American energy will continually demand a wider field for its exercise, But never again will such gifts of free land offer themselves.”


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