Archives for October 2014

They Fight Surveillance — And You Can Too

Call it “pri­va­cy nihilism.” Whether you’re read­ing about the lat­est secu­ri­ty breach­es across the Net, or the jaw-drop­ping details of the lat­est NSA leak, or you’re explain­ing the impor­tance of cryp­to to your blank-faced fam­i­ly, or strug­gling to stop your own gov­ern­men­t’s plans on burn­ing your right to pri­va­cy, it’s some­times easy to just throw […]

SKINNER for DUMMIES

DAY 14: Skin­ner Hor­ror Files THE BIG LIE EXPOSED Direct from the horse’s mouth “It is always to be kept in mind that these prin­ci­ples  are quite in con­trast to “rote learn­ing” or drill. “In rote learn­ing, many wrong respons­es are per­mit­ted to occur, and the stu­dent even­tu­al­ly learns to devel­op his own prompts often to a relatively […]

Adobe Spyware Reveals (Again) the Price of DRM: Your Privacy and Security

The pub­lish­ing world may final­ly be fac­ing its “rootk­it scan­dal.” Two inde­pen­dent reports claim that Adobe’s e‑book soft­ware, “Dig­i­tal Edi­tions,” logs every doc­u­ment read­ers add to their local “library,” tracks what hap­pens with those files, and then sends those logs back to the moth­­er-ship, over the Inter­net, in the clear. In oth­er words, Adobe is […]

EPA Funds Environmental Projects Along US-Mexico Border

Efforts of the U.S., Cana­da and Mex­i­co to “inte­grate” into the North Amer­i­can Union con­tin­ue. “Bor­der 2020” is a pro­gram of the U.S. Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency (EPA), tied to the North Amer­i­can Free Trade Agree­ment (NAFTA). The North Amer­i­can Devel­op­ment Bank (NADB) finances envi­ron­men­tal infra­struc­ture projects iden­ti­fied by the Bor­der Envi­ron­ment Coop­er­a­tion Com­mis­sion (BECC). Both […]

Is the NSA Grabbing All Americans’ Phone Call Content?

The NSA and the Nation­al Direc­tor of Intel­li­gence have con­sis­tent­ly denied that they lis­ten to the con­tent of Amer­i­cans’ tele­phone calls, but the his­to­ry of intel­li­gence agency claims about the scope of its spy­ing on Amer­i­cans is one of lies and more lies. So the ques­tion must be asked: Are they lying again with respect […]

The Making of a Mexico-to-Canada Wolf Corridor

Part 1: Mex­i­can wolves can dev­as­tate a ranch eco­nom­i­cal­ly in ways not read­i­ly appar­ent or under­stood by the pub­lic The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Ser­vice (USFWS) is delist­ing and relin­quish­ing man­age­ment of their import­ed Cana­di­an gray wolves back to state wildlife offi­cials while simul­ta­ne­ous­ly propos­ing “new rules”1 to “save” the Mex­i­can gray wolf. These proposals […]

Teaching vs. Training

Day 13: Skin­ner Hor­ror Files  “…Teach­ing thus dif­fers from train­ing and con­di­tion­ing, which are con­cerned with per­for­mance rather than belief and ratio­nal action.… To be eth­i­cal, con­di­tion­ing must have stu­dent  coop­er­a­tion in and aware­ness of its use  to change behav­ior.” N.L.Gage and David C. Berlin­er, Edu­ca­tion­al Psy­chol­o­gy, Rand McNal­ly Col­lege Pub­lish­ing Co., Chica­go, 1975, 129–131

The Attitude Changing Machine”

Day 11: Skin­ner Hor­ror Files And you thought com­put­ers just taught aca­d­e­mics? In 1963 THE ROLE OF THE COMPUTER IN FUTURE INSTRUCTIONAL SYSTEMS was pub­lished as the March/ April, 1963 sup­ple­ment of Audio­vi­su­al Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Review.[1] James D. Finn of Los Ange­les was the prin­ci­pal inves­ti­ga­tor and Don­ald P. Ely (lat­er of Project BEST: Basic Edu­ca­tion­al Skills […]