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    09/10/2020 6:32:31 PM PDT · by bitt · 8 replies ^ | January 13 2017 | alex emmons
    One privacy activist responded: “This decision will be added to the timelines of the most significant expansions of domestic surveillance in the modern era.” WITH ONLY DAYS until Donald Trump takes office, the Obama administration on Thursday announced new rules that will let the NSA share vast amounts of private data gathered without warrant, court orders or congressional authorization with 16 other agencies, including the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Agency, and the Department of Homeland Security. The new rules allow employees doing intelligence work for those agencies to sift through raw data collected under a broad, Reagan-era executive order that...
  • The Denial of Cancel Culture

    09/03/2020 7:06:49 AM PDT · by tbw2 · 4 replies
    Quillette ^ | September 1, 2020 | Eric Kaufmann
    These studies tell a consistent story in which political discrimination strongly impacts conservatives, creating a hostile climate for their beliefs. Imagine denying results like these if five consecutive studies reported that one in three academics would discriminate against a black applicant, or that half of women reported a hostile climate against them in their department.
  • Horowitz: ,College kids much more likely to die from car wrecks, alcohol, or drugs than virus

    08/22/2020 8:48:40 PM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies
    Conservative Review. ^ | August 20, 2020 | Daniel Horowitz ·
    As you send your kids off to college, you might be apprehensive about them getting killed. But if you follow the data instead of the media, you will understand that they are exponentially more likely to die from a car accident or from getting convinced to drink or shoot up drugs than from COVID-19. ... What is shocking and laughable, yet tragic at the same time, is the lack of recognition that not wearing masks (even assuming they work) is the least of the “high-risk” behavior on campuses. ... Drugs, alcohol, and deadly car crashes, unfortunately, are not limited by...
  • Daily covid death count could be scrapped ( United Kingdom )

    08/10/2020 5:09:48 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 9 August 2020 | Anna Mikhailova
    A review will examine reports that officials were "over-exaggerating” the number of deaths from coronavirus. The official Covid-19 daily death toll may never be brought back following an investigation into Public Health England's method of counting it, the Telegraph understands. The conclusions of the review, which was ordered by Matt Hancock after it emerged officials were "over-exaggerating” deaths from the virus, are expected this week. One expected recommendation would be to stop daily reporting altogether and move to a weekly official death toll instead ... a significant proportion of the daily out-of-hospital death toll relates to patients who recovered from...
  • Science And Data Say School Reopening Is Safe, So Why Do Democrats Oppose It?

    07/24/2020 12:44:45 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 63 replies
    thefederalist ^ | 07/24/2020 | Allison Schuster
    Although the majority of parents in America are concerned about their children falling behind due to the closure of schools over COVID-19, the split over whether or not to open schools is purely a partisan choice. According to market research and public opinion group Ipsos, 78 percent of Democrats oppose re-opening schools while 79 percent of Republicans support the decision. Schools have been closed nationwide since the coronavirus outbreak began in the United States in early to mid-March. Since then, scientific research has largely reached a consensus regarding the safety for school-aged children, encompassing all parts of the COVID-19 threat...
  • How to see through bad Coronavirus statistics

    07/23/2020 5:36:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/23/2020 | Martin Marcus
    Over the past few months, we have seen many coronavirus statistics.  We have also seen many statistical errors, which have made some of us skeptical.  My complaint is that not enough of us have been skeptical.  From the point of view of someone who uses statistics as part of his work, these errors are simplistic.  Allow me to name a few of the errors and show how they can deceive people.Choose which attribute to measure (deaths versus cases).  The COVID-19 pandemic is an experiment with seven billion guinea pigs: us.  At the beginning of the experiment, the cases and deaths were counted.  The cases were determined...
  • COVID-19 data accuracy would be unacceptable in the business world

    07/20/2020 7:33:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/20/2020 | John Capron
    If IBM managed data as ineptly as many state-run medical operations are currently doing during this COVID-19 panic-demic, it would have gone out of business years ago. IBM is a company that deals with a lot of data, and it works hard to get that data right, harder than any company I've ever observed. If I've learned anything from my years with IBM, getting the data right is a hard job. IBM has spent years perfecting methods for getting data right, from validating the source data to guaranteeing it processes that data with no corrupting influences. Why? It affects every...
  • How COVID-19 fatality reports are distorting the data on daily death rates

    07/19/2020 7:26:15 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 22 replies
    Just the News ^ | July 19, 2020 - 6:58am | Daniel Payne
    Arizona The daily new death report often generates misleading sensationalist reports throughout the media. On July 7, for instance, the state recorded 117 "new deaths" on its dashboard. Calling that number a "record," CNN reported that Arizona that day reported "117 deaths from Covid-19 over the last 24 hours." Business Insider reported that Arizona recorded "its highest number of newly reported coronavirus deaths" on that day. News Break said the state on that date "recorded its highest single-day death toll." Yet actual state data as of Saturday indicated that only 53 people are so far recorded as dying in the...
  • CDC No Longer to Control COVID-19 Data, Hospitals to Send Data to Washington

    07/15/2020 1:33:37 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | 07/15/2020 | BY VENUS UPADHAYAYA
    Hospitals from across the country will no longer send CCP virus or COVID-19 related data to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and are instead required to send it to a central database in Washington beginning July 15, according to an HHS statement released Friday. HHS said Vice President Mike Pence sent a letter to hospital administrators across the country asking them to send daily pandemic data on “testing, capacity, utilization, and patient flow” to the federal government. “The objective is to allow states and hospitals either to leverage existing data reporting capabilities or, where those capabilities are insufficient,...
  • Texas government lacks timely data for 90% of coronavirus cases there

    07/10/2020 7:32:24 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 7 replies
    Just the News ^ | July 9, 2020 - 10:48pm | By Daniel Payne
    Authorities can attribute dates to less than 11% of all cases. Lyndsey Rosales, a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of State Health Services, confirmed to Just the News this week that the state lacks dating information for the vast majority of cases it posts. "DSHS reports cases on our dashboard as local health departments and our public health regions report them," Rosales said. "We don’t attribute them to the date to when a person received a confirmed COVID-19 test result or developed symptoms." Asked if illness-onset or confirmed-test metrics existed at any level of the data collection process, Rosales suggested...
  • Here we go again – more than two dozen Android apps caught stealing your data

    07/07/2020 9:30:25 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    BGR ^ | 07/07/2020 | Andy Meek
    Evina, a French cybersecurity firm, disclosed this news in recent weeks, with its report that a single threat group developed the batch of apps that were made to look like everything from wallpaper and flashlight apps to mobile games. However, all the apps had the same goal, as Evina explains in its report of the fraud. “When an application is launched on your phone, the malware queries the application name,” the company explains. “If it is a Facebook application, the malware will launch a browser that loads Facebook at the same time. The browser is displayed in the foreground which...
  • Massive data breach of US law enforcement 'fusion centers'

    06/21/2020 2:04:08 PM PDT · by MeganC · 29 replies
    Twitter ^ | June 19, 2020 | Anonymous
    On Friday June 19 a trove of 269GB of data was posted to the internet by a group calling itself 'Distributed Denial of Secrets'. The link above leads to a popular Twitter hashtag on this topic. What was leaked were secret law enforcement documents that detail numerous practices of law enforcement. A lot of this is really scary police state stuff like some people here on FR post. Things like how Google keeps user files on all Google users and then passes them to law enforcement. License plate readers are used to track activists left and right. Nevada police used...
  • Why China Won’t Win the Race for Artificial Intelligence Dominance: Authoritarians Love Data, but Innovation Matters More

    06/19/2020 7:23:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Foreign Affairs ^ | 06/19/2020 | By Carl Benedikt Frey and Michael Osborne
    Once upon a time, Japan was widely expected to eclipse the United States as the technological leader of the world. In 1988, the New York Times reporter David Sanger described a group of U.S. computer science experts, meeting to discuss Japan’s technological progress. When the group assessed the new generation of computers coming out of Japan, Sanger wrote, “any illusions that America had maintained its wide lead evaporated.” Replace “computers” with “artificial intelligence,” and “Japan” with “China,” and the article could have been written today. In AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order, which unsurprisingly became an...
  • Harvard professor’s research: ‘Defunding the police could cost thousands of black lives’

    06/16/2020 1:56:35 PM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 19 replies
    The College Fix ^ | June 15, 2020 | Troy Sargent
    Amid nationwide Black Lives Matter protests, riots, looting, and calls to defund the police, a Harvard economist has found that proactive policing saves black lives. “Defunding the police is not a solution and could cost thousands of black lives,” Roland Fryer told The College Fix in an interview about his latest research. “I think the streets are talking and we should listen. People are frustrated,” he continued in the email. He sympathizes with frustration at “big racial differences” in educational achievement, life expectancy and “almost every part of life.” The youngest African-American professor to receive tenure in Harvard history, Fryer...
  • China withheld data on coronavirus from WHO, recordings reveal

    06/02/2020 10:37:10 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Tue 2 Jun 2020 06.58 EDT | Lily Kuo
    The World Health Organization struggled to get needed information from China during critical early days of the coronavirus pandemic, according to recordings of internal meetings that contradict the organisation’s public praise of Beijing’s response to the outbreak. The recordings, obtained by the Associated Press (AP), show officials complaining in meetings during the week of 6 January that Beijing was not sharing data needed to evaluate the risk of the virus to the rest of the world. It was not until 20 January that China confirmed coronavirus was contagious and 30 January that the WHO declared a global emergency. “We’re going...
  • Edward Stringham - On Lockdown

    05/28/2020 9:07:19 AM PDT · by OddLane · 5 replies
    Your Welcome ^ | 5/28/20 | Michael Malice
    Michael is joined by Edward Stringham, President of the American Institute for Economic Research and the Davis Professor of Economic Innovation at Trinity College, for a relevant revelation on how the current state of social distancing was birthed through a school science fair project. Edward effectively breaks down the faulty logic of popular social simulations, by humanizing the hypothetical "agents" used in models with both problems and choices we currently face in the real world, demonstrating just how economically irresponsible the collective response to a pandemic has been...
  • New Coronavirus Data Gives Reasons for Hope — and Reopening

    05/22/2020 7:23:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 05/22/2020 | Tyler O' Neill
    Remember “14 days to slow the spread?” When social distancing began in earnest in March, political leaders encouraged Americans to stay home, avoid crowds, and minimize their exposure in order to prevent hospitals from getting overwhelmed. Coronavirus hospitalization data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that early social distancing measures worked. Hospitalization rates peaked in early April, even in hotspots like California and New York. Other conditions used to justify the original lockdowns have also not held steady. So why is so much of America still in one phase or another of lockdown? There are good...
  • Garbage In, Garbage Out

    05/17/2020 3:31:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies ^ | May 17, 2020 | Derek Hunter
    The only way to learn anything from an experience is to have accurate information about it when you’re through it. It’s called “learning from your mistakes.” People do it all the time. It’s how we get better as human beings. Thomas Edison reportedly said, “I didn’t fail. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work,” about creating the lightbulb. Politicians, on the other hand, are incapable, or at least unwilling, of learning from the mistakes they’re making because they believe they’re benefiting from the disinformation. And we’re all going to suffer because of it. How many people have died from...
  • Why No COVID-19 Models Have Been Accurate, And How To Fix That

    04/27/2020 7:00:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 41 replies
    The Federalist ^ | April 27, 2020 | Jon McCloskey
    The decisions that are being made during this crisis are far too important and complex to be based on such imprecise data and with such unreliable results. There’s been a lot of armchair analysis about various models being used to predict outcomes of COVID-19. For those of us who have built spatial and statistical models, all of this discussion brings to mind George Box’s dictum, “All models are wrong, but some are useful”—or useless, as the case may be.The problem with data-driven models, especially when data is lacking, can be easily explained. First of all, in terms of helping decision...
  • Combating COVID-19 with Data

    04/24/2020 9:54:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | April 24, 2020 | Lawrence Meyers
    When the COVID-19 crisis began, it induced panic because of a lack of information about the disease and how deadly it was. Since then, data has been collected while much of the country has remained in lockdown. That data now appears to support the case that the worst is past us and it is time to re-open America. A huge national contingent of people make a vague claim that the lockdown "saves lives" yet never quantify it. So let’s do that. Using data from the LA County Department of Health and the NY City Health Department, the odds of catching...