Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Education Spending

More resources should be put toward K-12 education. A lot of kids these days are latchkey kids and are basically brought up by their mothers. They aren't disciplined because of child abuse laws. Partly because of these reasons some of them don't understand responsibility and things such as the need to work for a living. A lot of them don't respect their elders or anything else, and are very vulnerable to things like phishing.

If you're going to compete in a global marketplace, you need educated workers. Some of the spending that goes toward defense should be put toward education. Specifically, students should have mandatory, quality coursework in ethics, household finances and home economics at both the primary and secondary levels. They should come out of high school knowing that, for example, if you have five kids, this is what it is going to cost: you can't just try and stick someone else with the bill.

Resources should also be put toward access to post-secondary education, because college tuition has inflated. There are a number of opportunities for free or inexpensive education through online programs. However, these aren't always effective at landing people jobs.

Education Spending

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Phishing - the Networks

Phishing networks are complicated. It's kind of a pyramid. Strings are at the bottom. A phishing network may include:

* A company

* A franchise

* A franchisee

* A group of individuals within an organization

* An individual

A town can be a kind of phishing town/tourist "trap." A recreational, touristy town, for example, has a lot of restaurants, hotels and recreational activities. And, they're expensive. How do some of the residents afford to live there and support their lifestyles?

Service industries are really bad about this, especially restaurants and motels/hotels. People shouldn't patronize organizations involved in this type of activity. And, unless you're in on their deal, you probably wouldn't want to work with these people.

An organization may be making more money off the information they gather about their customers and employees than they are off their products/services.

With service industries, there is a lot of interaction with customers, and between workers. A motel/hotel may not be a safe place to stay, depending on who you are. A lot of restaurants serve alcohol which tends to loosen people up. Food safety may be an issue because the workers aren't really "restaurant workers" and they're not concerned about that.

Using a restaurant as an example, the employees may serve as kind of a "cast." They may be under-experienced/trained. They might provoke or harass customers and co-workers. Or, they may be trying to gather information in other ways. Its hard to rely on reviews when it comes to this. A place could be under new management and it's just for show. They'll keep doing the same thing.

Phishing - the Networks

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Pedestrian, Bicyclist and Motorcyclist Rights

Pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists should get together and push for their rights when it comes to these groups vs. traditional modes of transportation, specifically cars.

A lot of drivers disregard crosswalks and walk lights, and don't know how to interact well with pedestrians and cyclists. Many drivers won't even slow down when they make a right turn and a pedestrian is waiting to cross on a walk light.

Walk lights should be automatic. When a driver reaches a light, they don't have to get out of the car and push a button.

Some drivers don't seem to be looking out for these people at all. They're looking out for another car or a truck, something they don't want to hit.

When interacting with these other groups, drivers should treat them like they would another vehicle. If a driver reaches a stop sign before a cyclist, for example, the driver should proceed as they would if it was another car. Drivers will stop in the middle of the road when there is traffic coming the other way, and wave someone on. Someone on a bike can't always see the through the glare or tinted windows. And, they shouldn't have to look in the car.

If someone is driving a car, it shouldn't be an ego thing. There are probably a lot of people that don't take buses or ride bikes or motorcycles because of safety issues. The more people that choose the alternatives, the less traffic there is and the less gas costs.

Pedestrian, Bicyclist and Motorcyclist Rights

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Phishing Education

This is a big topic, so I'll have a few posts on the subject. I'm not talking about phishing on the web, but that is part of the problem. This is about phishing in businesses, at home, on the street, just about anywhere, through networks and the use of social engineering, profiling and personal information.

If one looks at the history of Stalin and Hitler, they'll notice that both of these people used a lot of informants and gathered a lot of information about people. Their strategies included using this information for oppression and to suppress dissent. In the USSR, a prominent military figure, for example, would disappear. They would alter (touch up) old photos which included the person so that the person was no longer in the picture. This was a way of effectively taking someone "out of the picture."

There is a spectrum of social systems ranging from left to right. Many considered Stalin to be on the left because it was called communism. Hitler was considered to be on the far right because he was a dictator. Others claim that Stalin was a dictator. With phishing, this isn't a left or right thing. It is a strategy. A system which involves phishing isn't what people should want. We shouldn't have people going around provoking and gathering information about people.

If you take the average Joe walking down the street, anyone could provoke this person into a verbal or physical response if they push the right buttons. Someone can use just about anything someone has against that person: their house, their dog, their job, their spouse, their privacy. The list is long.

Phishing Education

Thursday, June 16, 2016

The One Percent

Wealth isn't bad, it motivates people. However, it would be best for most if there was less disparity. In the 1950's the American dream - a successful middle class - symbolized the epitome of America. We need to strive for a better balance.

So, what does it take to achieve this. It takes writers, teachers, entrepreneurs, and journalists. These people need to be able to do their jobs, and they need to be supported physically and financially.

So, why isn't it working as well as it could be? Major reasons include money, poor leadership, a lack of ethics, and corruption.

The One Percent