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Redacted. More Fear = More Money

15 Jun

(I got less that six hours of sleep last night and feeling the need to sleep now. Trying to put it off for an hour or two. . . .)

I don’t think the men in black could convince me that this surveillance is worthwhile. Of course, there is money being made, and that is part of it. But the bigger part of it is that these guys, politicians of the right and the left, are terrified of another 9/11 on their watch. Shred the Constitution? Sure!

Even if Congress tried to stop abuse, which they wouldn’t, they would be overridden by the unitary executive because national security. Let’s face it, at this point the NSA/CIA/DIA has enough to blackmail just about anyone with something to lose to do anything. So, I figure the surveillance state is pretty much baked in. That a 3 month employee could have access to this crap, take it, not be detected until he revealed himself leaves me feeling secure that no rogue employee would ever go stalk an ex gf with this data or anything.

There is at least one implementation under which I would have less concern, and that would be that *everyone’s* information, all of it, on everybody, is publicly accessible and everyone is in the same boat. Where you live, what you get paid, what your boss gets paid, all of your email, all of your phone records, all of your credit card records. Everything. If there’s any such thing as a level playing field that is as close as I can imagine coming to it.

Total Public Awareness night solve a lot of societal problems – like when people see what the markup really is on that item or how many kids died to produce it they might make different choices. But again, like Single Payer it won’t really work unless everyone is in it with equal access. And the 1%ers might have to go Galt. Did anyone here ever read The Falcon and the Snowman? Similar kind of story, 40 years ago about a couple kids discovering that the national security apparatus was completely nuts. The one guy is in jail still. Don’t remember what happened to his friend.

There are lots of companies that develop “products” from the basic intelligence infrastructure. The comments about the PRISM slideshow appearing to be a pitch are probably correct, but do not detract from the seriousness of the content.
It is actively encouraged to have separate groups work the same data, to then compare conclusions. Which opens up the field to a lot of contractors, in a surging growth area. The salaries are high, because the contracts are in the stratosphere, and the trained talent is playing hard to get.

The whole thing is a huge drain on the nation’s resources, and probably won’t protect us from the next big threat, because they tend to be myopic. Now they are aiming at Iran, and NK. Back in the 80s they gloriously missed what Gorbachov was up to and its consequences, because they all needed the Soviet Union to keep ticking, as fighting the Russkies was paying for them all.

They’ll screw up in similar fashion this time, and probably because they have deluded themselves into thinking they can follow,everything to be sure, there is money to be made off totalitarianism (let’s call it what it is). And people are making money off it and will want to continue making money off of it. But i don’t think that explains it, at least not completely. I think the risk to Ghoulgle & Fadedbook would outweigh the value of money they made — if they made money at all. And of course we all know the person whom Snowden “revealed” himself too was Glenn Greenwald, yes? But, you know – boring!

And a few words about Hong Kong where our hero is hiding awaiting his fate, or is he gone? Why Hong Kong might be a good choice? I guess I agree if this guy has defection to China as a backup plan. If he does, then I think my respect for him goes down a notch. Can’t really put in words why, but it somehow does… Maybe it’s because one is wondering why the hell someone who’s upset over “totalitarian” spying on civilians might want to live in the PRC of all places. Yeah, I think that’s part of it. Also, if he really wants to be a hero (I don’t know if he does) then he should face the consequences in the US and let public opinion decide whether he is a hero and free him if that is the consensus. He might face the death penalty no? I won’t ask that of him. I’m kind of assuming that’s off the table or can be gotten off the table. Maybe I’m wrong. I’m with noblejoanie, who is noblejoanie for good reason. He would have to have a pretty thick skin to go to china and why would they offer? Yeah. I don’t think China would want to touch him. He probably isn’t valuable enough to them for the bad biz they would get for it.

Slightly different circumstances

I probably don’t know enough about either. But yeah, if you don’t think you can move the needle, don’t go public. Hide. He doesn’t seem to be seeking hero or martyr status, just an honorable man who won’t make Greenwald take the fall for him. This guy is what Democracy looks like. It pains me to think of what his family is giving up, what he is giving up. I admire Efward Snowden for leaking the information. I doubt very much if I could do what he did – and what he did really is important for everyone. But the reality is that he has stepped on some very big and very sore toes and revenge will be sought I am afraid.

Maybe as someone who works in the private sector in N. Va. I take it slightly too personally, but this sentiment strikes me as no better than right-wing hating on government employees. How the government splits up the work between federal employees and contractors isn’t up to anybody at the working level. Nobody is virtuous or a villain because of which organization cuts their paycheck. The work is largely similar and people go where the jobs are.

Defense spending vs. domestic spending

I can argue about policy without venting bile on an entire class of people who, right or wrong, believe in the value of their work. As most people do. This ain’t Wall Street, you realize. Worker bees in this field can have comfortable existences, but don’t get rich. Singling out a chunk of the middle class as “grifters” because you don’t like the current composition of government spending strikes me as aiming at the wrong target.

Would the same happen after another attack? Would Republicans fall in line behind Obama as Democrats did for Bush? The program was theoretically useful, as long as terrorists were not aware of it and tended to yak away on their phones. Were the really dangerous terrorists really so naive as to think there was no surveillance? Anyway this surveillance will now catch only the really dumb terrorists (and not lone wolves). // To finish this analyze, I’d been working a three long days in a row. In Yakutia, we’re very interested to clarify what’s going on in the world to worth to comment on eyakutia.com as I said. More at albertnikanorov.org

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Just having another person around is really nice, though, BUT.

19 May

I’ve always been afraid of sharing space with other people. I almost thought of dropping out of university if I had to share a room. And when I was living in the dorm mostly I had been dreaming the day where I’m moving to separate room. Because I couldn’t dropped out because of it seems odd and still, that people around me would had been gossip that Albert dropped out because of he couldn’t live in the dormitory with other folks. In my environ at that time it was sounds like ‘that he’d failed to live with other equal guys because of he’d acting like a flabby, or even was a flabby, characterless young man. I didn’t want to be amoung these gossipness about me in mouth of absolutely unknown for me people. I didn’t care, but my parents really care about it, and I understand them 🙂 Thanks to my parents that supported me at that time with blessings and with life’s advices how to interact with people than couldn’t understand you inner world.

photo of Paul Graham

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‘Planning,’ I say, ‘makes sense when you’re solving a predefined problem or working for somebody who is defining the problem for you. But it doesn’t make sense when you’re hacking. When you’re hacking, as Paul Graham likes to note, you’re actually figuring out what the problem is, exploring the problem space. It’s through writing the code that you figure out what the code should do. You can’t plan that.’

I, meanwhile, have been struggling with my own demons — mainly procrastination. Programming is an odd task in that it requires so much mental discipline that your mind is often afraid of doing it. Worse still is the fact that it happens at a computer, usually one with an Internet connection, so there’s hardly any visible difference between actually doing your work and running off to check your email or read the news. It’s incredibly frustrating to snap out of a bit of newsreading and realize you just wasted a couple of hours.

Is this the second coming of wallmarkets.ru? Not likely

17 May

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There is a few major hubs of social activity by using mix of techniques: advertising, promotion, word-of-mouth campaigns, how to handle more traffic, engagement etc etc. And the thing is all about to interact with customers (with future and present) and the facebook is one of places to marketing a new product to reach new clients to get more feedbacks and so on.

To build a transparent environment, freely discuss between consumers and marketer to flow balance. And the gossip about if you have facebook page you don’t really need a web site anymore. Do you agree with this? Me, not!

But one part I like. Social networking sites offers me/you the opportunity to get my/your message to all these gender demographics for free and its customer base is an efficient way to reach our and expand the name of the product, in particular ‘wallmarkers’. It’s clear and patiently obvious but to reach them all efficiently and get back feedbacks by expanded audience is the most important and hard to achieve quickly, in my case.

There’s facebook’s pages are probably the best option to create a web-site by one click for free + potental customers that had been scrolling 5-minutes news and interactions with comments with their buddies on the online where you can reach the attention in the fastest way even by liking every post of every photos in every pages. People loves to come back and see over and over again on and on who liked ‘them’.

For instance, there is a facebook’s pages, and lots of them are for public figures, brands who want to establish a presence and start to interacting with fans. In my situation, I’m not famous guy and it would be hard to me to interact with zero fans and in the current situating to create public page is just waste of time and spamming your facebook’s friends. There have to be a product, or public face that created the page to chat with his/her wider audience via the online.

Entertainment companies, such as movie studios, book publishers, and music labels are the best example to start interact with customers. And when’re are talking about our feelings and thoughts with our friends by direct messaging this is sort of marketing of our personality by as I said through fastest ways to tell about us, actually. What we’re doing and why we’re doing it to be interesting to more people than we could be in real life.

Deal B%ks – Connecting the dots

14 May

A few words about Sector of foreign literature in the Scientific library of the North Eastern Federal University named after M. K. Ammosov.

Systematically organized collection of worldwide known magazines and authentic books utterly surprises you at the first sight when you enter this room – that was my first impression as an eager reader in the  Scientific library of NEFU.

“The New York Times”, “Scientific American”, “Newsweek”, “The Economist”- such a range of best publications in the periodicals and original books of famous and not very famous foreign writers as well, in the distance of several steps to us, that was a big impact for me. So, how about the New Yorker? That’s not the problem; you can find it just typing on the browser of local computer machine where I’m typing this article, too, for future readers.

 

But there is another question: How about sources in other languages? How about German? French? Japan? Yes, there are 12 languages all in all. You’ll find almost any of them find, at least one book or a magazine for your aims.  As for me, since my first visit (May 2011) till nowadays I got used to sit here day by day.

 

Then, is it an open minded friendly atmosphere here? Definitely! Just one word: Britannica. WHY? It is a room where such a collection is kept! So just open one of them in order to get access to the wisdom of the world, and dive into your theme of research etc. etc. to finish it around the archive of human being that will not be published in paper version anymore. Nostalgia J

At least all of us will be deeply impressed by reading these works in such a kind of, as I said, atmosphere of calm and concentration.

Everything is supposed to be real: to find the right material for developing one’s education or just approaching a dream – it may come true in this room. Not bad. When I was a child I had dreamed about reading “The New York Times” and other US newspaper so that after entering the university there was a great surprise by the fact that I had found almost all of them in one place near the main building where I’m studying journalism. Wow! 5 rubles a day and you can take home any magazine or book. Really! Yes, my dream had half come true now.

But the sector of foreign literature has some problems to my mind. For example this year the sector got only five books from abroad. But Vera Petrovna (head of the sector) thinks it’s not bad and believes that situation will improve in the future.

In my humble opinion to take an authentic book with a smell of worn out pages is the best studying experience than touching hi-tech retina displays, which may be good, but old school is good school, even better school — of passed past times.

Myconversation with Vera Petrovna:

1)      Good afternoon Vera Petrovna, tell me a little about your feelings at your first coming here for your first workday?

Answer: My feelings were similar to yours. In the nineties, with the falling of “iron curtain” we all enjoyed somehow or other a sense of freedom.

2)      How long have you been working here? What kind of problems did you face in the library during these long eighteen years?

Answer: Since 1994 we faced different small and great problems. Some were solved, some are being solved till now. We had established cooperation with foreign partners for international book exchange: Library of Congress (U.S.A.), Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (Germany), Columbia University, European Section of Book exchange and others. We had subscribed to several foreign periodicals to satisfy our users’ needs.

But what upsets me, it’s the fact that there are few people who really try to widen their outlook or study foreign languages exceeding the limits of learning process. But still there are such persons.

3)      The next question is about the total book fund of your sector:  how many books of foreign writers one can find here?

Answer: Nearly five thousand in total. Scientific books, fiction. So we have “Great Books of the Western World” – 60 volumes, from Homer to Kafka, about 130 authors and original texts. Nearly every book is published abroad and has an only copy.

4)      I’ve found so many dictionaries that helped me with my reports and my topics in English and some dictionaries of oriental languages that were useful, too. Who provides you with such materials?

Answer: Some dictionaries were ordered, some – acquired in a common way.

Some oriental dictionaries were presented. By the way, recently, two Korean – Russian dictionaries were presented to our sector by the rector of NEFU Mikhailova Evgenia Isaevna

5)      If we compare the total book fund of the nineties and the present time what sort of changes had happened and is going to, may be, for the near future? I mean that the university has now the status of “federal”.

Answer: In the nineties we supplied our collection from leading Moscow and other central libraries of Russian Federation, and by means of book exchange with foreign partners. Now we can claim for books, but it should have financial support. And we go on cooperating with foreign partners, e.g. Library of Congress, which cooperates with the whole world. And we get literature from China and Korea as well.

6)      Thank you very much for your answers and I hope that after this publication you’ll meet your future readers to find right answers to questions. What do you need for your library except books?

Answer: We need users and readers for the library, because libraries work for people, for their needs, interests and their education.

<Albert Nikanorov: info@albertnikanorov.com>

The week of ‘indigenous’ languages in Yakutia

14 May

 

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A couple days ago ‘again:)’, I was talking about languages ofindigenous minority-nationalities of the North, Siberia and the Far East in ‘the House of North’ with the most well-known representatives of their mother tongue.

I was blown away by the wide variety of languages used day-by-day in one place for a week. It looks like the event (with extension like ‘culture’) is becoming more important for many people that need to start to learn their language deeply and broadly. Large amounts of native speakers from Yakutia — one big aim — to popularize the culture itself.

It’s huge.

In ‘the house of the north’ where I’ve met so many nations, have heard so many sounds and have seen so beautuful people from Siberia. All people that were singing, dancing, talking and it happened on a completely different dialects but one big fact really united them — the word ‘small’.

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Of course, there’s one more important ingredient: the culture itself behaves amazingly. That is, when two or more languages are sounds around you used in all its minutes details, they bring your mind into the wonderful instance that it is actually — language.

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Our language is a wisdom of our ancients and the environment has enough internal sagacity that current situtation for that that language of their nation going to at crawl are not a bit true.

An important aspect of this event is that the people who translate the ‘culture page’s are often linguistic ‘masters’ who understand all grammatical corners being carried out in its scientific context, and who share their knowledge about the language and its background and limitations with other linguists who might be using the same knowledge for their future works. And it’s really works (once more again) when the people are translating ‘culture monuments’ between their natives.

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In particular this means that adults actually run to learn their children their mother tongue —  before it starts to fade. Now let me explain roughly how this actually works. For some people to help them understand how to use it: this is often the case for me when I am trying to understand some new concept of languages and no matter that is language have ‘status’ — small or global. All languages have the same right to be learned.

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Two conversations with visitors I particularly enjoyed were both with very happy people, and yet they couldn’t be more different. With translator Isakov Valentin Vladimirovich and with student of NEFU Maria Toryt.  This to me is a confirmation of «In Piece’s» enduring depth and breadth: we talked about the future as much as possible we can in short time.

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All in all, the impression I got was of an incredible spiritual wealth of people, maintained by brilliant translators that have ability to change a casual communication way onto colors of sounds. Have a nice weekend to everyone :) <Albert Nikanorov> info@albertnikanorov.com

I’m plagiarist

3 May

I feel like I’m wasting time, it’s day that I should to start change something else, one of these days I will want to be alone, but when?? A lack of care, a lack of attention to details, and there are many stories inside of us actually. And day by day I’m asking the same questions raised in my mind a long time ago. I’m deeply upset and angry to myself. It doesn’t matter, in a way, whether all of these emotions were the result of real interactions or of fantasty, I experienced them fully, I’m trying to do the best I can but I can’t so far to do my best, I’m feeling it.

I was stealing all these sentences from nytimes.com

Why I’m learning Korean?

1 May
Guy Kawasaki, American venture capitalist and ...

Guy Kawasaki, American venture capitalist and one of the original Apple Computer employees responsible for marketing of the Macintosh in 1984. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Three days in a row, I hadn’t been promulgating nothing, I’m getting to lose my sense of The English language, I guess the reasin is ‘time of period’ and ‘stream of thoughtfullness’, sort of ‘lonilness’ (Is that correctly? Shit! I even getting to forget these things, oh! Ah! Yeap, lonlines, I could re-call it, anyway 🙂 So I was in the parade, I would say that was nice expreriment, really. Add to: I’m reading a book about a social behavior, and a psycho of crowd, and recognized some cool things I had read in the book in the example of reality, that’s why I pants on and go to the parade, nice ‘have done’ for today. Day off in the university.

Two days ago, I wanted to share with this link. And one guy was shared with me with this link. In the latter, all about why to ‘Stop Studying Korean’, in the first link you’ll find ‘hindsights’ by Guy Kawasaki. Good read, worth for doing, and today let’s review inch-by-inch both of them. Firstly, about advices for young not only enterpreuners from Apple’s evangelist are:

#1 “Your parents and grand parents worked very hard to get you and your family to this point. Do not deprive them of the pleasure of supporting you.”

#2 “Study what you love.”

#3 “Challenge the known and embrace the unknown.”

#4 “Learning is a process not an event.”

#5 “Frankly, smoking, drugs, alcohol–and using an IBM PC–are signs of stupidity. End of discussion.”

#6 “I don’t know one person who got married too late. I know many people who got married too young.”

#7 “Just make sure you lose while trying something grand.”

#8 “Winning is also a means to play again. Ultimately, your greatest competition is yourself.”

#9 “By and large, the older you get, the more you’re going to realize that your parents were right. More and more-until finally, you become your parents. I know you’re all saying, “Yeah, right.” Mark my words.”

Actually, I started to write about learning process of Korean language, so I want to cheat, I will start another one for that task. Because I skipped two days in a row, and it means I have to post plus 5 notes today. I hope I can do that. This post is absolutely ‘copy-and-paste’ with my poor sentences between, I’m so sad by that fact that my English is so bad, I can’t do nothing about that for today. Sorry.

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