Apple’s “imprecise” Blue Circle on Map Used by Police to Violently Target and Abuse Innocent Retired Woman

An iPhone owner sent the asset protection forces of America (e.g. slave catchers) after his missing electronic assistant (e.g. digital slave). The owner had showed police a massive four block diameter circle on an Apple map, vaguely estimating location of interest.

And more to the point of the story, the owner said he had already searched around that circle and decided police should invade a particular home without further thought.

…the blue circle pictured in the screenshot is only shown “if a device’s location cannot be determined precisely.”

No brain activity apparently was registered as the asset recovery machinery rushed approval and dispatched gunships on an urgent invasion mission.

To reiterate, an asset owner drove urgency of asset recovery by being sloppy and uncaring while rushed. He had told police he left his big truck with six guns in it overnight at a hotel parking lot.

Definitely sounds like the sort of thoughtless person whose word can be trusted by police at face value.

A SWAT then rapidly and violently broke into the falsely targeted home to destroy an innocent woman’s life.

An innocent elderly black woman.

Nudge. Know what I mean?

Let’s be fair to Apple. This probably would have happened even without any iPhone in the story. It does make for interesting comparison to history, though. Nothing accelerated slave catchers like a missing slave with guns.

A guy who loses track of his big truck full of guns sends a SWAT into a fool’s errand to destroy a black woman’s 40 year castle… sounds like something Abraham Lincoln warned about.

It’s timeless corruption in that sense. Think of it also in terms of high tech failure we’ve been seeing lately from Russia, where 98% of missiles carefully pinpoint innocent Ukrainian civilians… because actual targets are smarter than they are.

This emerging “digital hell” is a major step worse than the old blindness blamed on bad math, because it’s willful inhumane targeting taking advantage of new tech.

The police allegedly rapidly punched holes into their victim’s ceiling in the kitchen, while claiming it was all part of their search for a big truck in a garage.

That’s not how targeting works unless targeting is very purposefully designed to work that way.

The police were extremely efficient and accurate in attacking… the exact wrong place.

They’ve been that way for decades.

That’s the real story here, which has been a complaint against the police in America since their origin story (e.g. slave catchers).

Workers Flee “Chaos” of Tesla Factory

Tesla’s “dumbest” factory yet, located in Germany, already has become one of the least attractive for workers.

One current employee, who requested anonymity out of fear of losing their job, describes the Berlin gigafactory as “total chaos.” […] In the last year, Tesla dropped from being German engineering graduates’ second preferred employer (behind Google) to sixth. It is now behind German car manufacturers like Porsche, with some respondents pointing to Elon Musk’s comments about firing employees who wanted to work from home.

It reads to me like a repeat of Ford factory lessons from 1941.

American autoworkers and their children in 1941 protest Ford’s relationship with Hitler. Source: Wayne State

The willful ignorance of Elon Musk is legendary, yet it continuously gets worse.

In September, the Tesla factory’s fire brigade was unable to put out a large cardboard fire itself and called in help from local firefighters. It then emerged that Tesla had no working fire alarms. 

A literal dumpster fire and no alarms, plus classic Tesla inability to manage risk on its own. Of course nobody should work there.

If you read German language news, they openly discuss Tesla being a fraud and its CEO completely clueless in mad rush to takeover the world.

A Siemens chief for example describes doing all the hard work behind the scenes. But even more to the point of history, he said it involved ignoring angry rants being thrown at him by an unhinged Elon Musk as if describing a Hitler meme.

That certainly gives context to Tesla saying if they couldn’t rope enough Germans into its factories, it thought it could just roll into Poland.

“Vandalism” Suspected in NC Utility Outage, Foreign Influence Not Ruled Out

Intentional criminal acts are being reported in North Carolina, as utilities describe a wide and “complicated” recovery ahead.

Utility company Duke Energy said nearly 38,000 customers were without power in Moore County, while the Randolph Electric Membership Corporation reported outages affected nearly 3,000 customers in the county’s southern area, WRAL-TV reported. Both Moore County Sheriff Ronnie Fields and Brooks report that the potential cause of the outages could be vandalism. Brooks said he could not further describe the nature of the possible crime.

This will be important to track not least of all because of how it will fit into the hacking threat narrative. If the vandalism is all physical (e.g. shooting substations at night, cutting underground cables and wires), it will shadow similar reports elsewhere in the country some years ago.

Nearly five years after a sniper fired more than 100 rounds at the PG&E Metcalf power substation in San Jose, the California Public Utilities Commission has issued its suggestions on how to improve security for all of the state’s power facilities.

Some may remember the details.

In the early morning of April 13, 2013, a sniper targeting PG&E’s Metcalf Transmission Substation south of San Jose, fired 100 rounds of high-caliber ammunition, which resulted in approximately $15.4 million in damage.

The outcome of that attack was utilities were supposed to focus for the past decade on fast recovery from terrorist attacks, which is why someone should be asking NC officials in 2022 how they can be talking about long timelines instead. It also begs questions about military intelligence of foreign nations, even only indirectly involved, observing and taking notes.

Update December 5 (next day): without mentioning the CPUC reports above, it has been confirmed now by the utility that infrastructure again was damaged by gunfire.

Twitter Code Quality Crashing, Hate Speech Exploding and Unregulated

As I warned back in April, we now are exactly where anyone could have predicted.

Hate Speech’s Rise on Twitter Is Unprecedented, Researchers Find.

Problematic content and formerly barred accounts have increased sharply in the short time since Elon Musk took over, researchers said.

Before Elon Musk bought Twitter, slurs against Black Americans showed up on the social media service an average of 1,282 times a day. After the billionaire became Twitter’s owner, they jumped to 3,876 times a day.

Slurs against gay men appeared on Twitter 2,506 times a day on average before Mr. Musk took over. Afterward, their use rose to 3,964 times a day.

And antisemitic posts referring to Jews or Judaism soared more than 61 percent in the two weeks after Mr. Musk acquired the site.

These findings — from the Center for Countering Digital Hate, the Anti-Defamation League and other groups that study online platforms — provide the most comprehensive picture to date of how conversations on Twitter have changed since Mr. Musk [removed safety and security].

Exactly what I said would happen.

Twitter has become a direct threat to global security, but especially toxic to American national security.

The shift in speech is just the tip of a set of changes on the service under Mr. Musk. Accounts that Twitter used to regularly remove — such as those that identify as part of the Islamic State, which were banned after the U.S. government classified ISIS as a terror group — have come roaring back. Accounts associated with QAnon, a vast far-right conspiracy theory, have paid for and received verified status on Twitter, giving them a sheen of legitimacy. These changes are alarming, researchers said, adding that they had never seen such a sharp increase in hate speech, problematic content and formerly banned accounts in such a short period on a mainstream social media platform.

Tesla has the worst engineering in car history, given that it rejects basic quality and safety. It’s predictably killing people. Why would anyone expect different from Twitter now?

It’s willful harm from technology produced by a CEO who allegedly boasts to his staff that he believes everything (e.g. hate crime) is legal in America.

“Elon Musk sent up the Bat Signal to every kind of racist, misogynist and homophobe that Twitter was open for business,” said Imran Ahmed, the chief executive of the Center for Countering Digital Hate. “They have reacted accordingly.”

Elon Musk is often caught promoting racism (Tesla called Black staff thin skinned for objecting to racism, right before it said it is proud to fight to defend itself). So it seems only natural he would turn Twitter into a seething anti-American honeypot.

The next sentence is absolutely critical to highlight and understand clearly.

…Tuesday, he ended enforcement of a policy against Covid misinformation.

Elon Musk’s money comes directly from disinformation. His theory of profit is well documented as fakery and lies, so trust nothing he says.

But Mr. Musk has denied claims that hate speech has increased on Twitter under his watch.

Truth denial? Science denial? Is there a more perfect example? In 2013 Musk told cheering and jeering boys that Tesla would deliver the safest car on the road, which of course has been proven every year since to be totally false.

Now Musk says he will not filter misinformation about safety… including his own intentional disinformation.

Last month, he tweeted a downward-trending graph that he said showed that “hate speech impressions” had dropped by a third since he took over. He did not provide underlying numbers or details of how he was measuring hate speech.

Of course he didn’t have evidence or any basic prediction capability. Musk can’t deliver anything but smoke.

Contrast his graph last month with this month:

Mr. Musk … agreed with a tweet that said hate speech spiked last week because of Ye’s antisemitic posts.

Agreed with a spike in antisemitism? It’s not being reported as him personally being opposed to hate speech, just that it will spike and he’s feeling unaccountable for deaths caused by saying the opposite. A hate speech analyst from the ADL puts it clearly:

“His actions to date show that he is not committed to a transparent process where he incorporates the best practices we have learned from civil society groups. Instead he has emboldened racists, homophobes and antisemites.”

Musk welcomed a known antisemite to the platform and then agreed the antisemite was being antisemitic.

As I’ve also warned before, Musk uses many tactics and even phrases from Adolf Hitler, such as declaring a false emergency (“bleak financial picture”) to terminate anyone disloyal to his constant charades.

For those who don’t like taking about well documented history, Lance Armstrong used similar scare tactics to keep his charades going.

Step one of quality decline.

“Going private” is what Lance Armstrong was known best for after being exposed — abusing secrecy to cheat.

Musk delisted the company’s stock to hide financials and reduce regulatory scrutiny.

Step two of quality decline.

Musk held loyalty tests where anyone he sniffed as independent minded was terminated. Nearly half the company had no job after Musk performed the most basic test, intentionally unrelated to success of the company (because success now is just measured in lying and avoiding accountability).

Terminations were so rushed and poorly engineered, Twitter immediately started begging staff it fired to come back.

Even more to the point of disinformation, Musk allegedly sent email to staff telling them they no longer had a job due to lack of quality.

Keep in mind the teams measuring quality (a difficult profession requiring expertise) were gone already, there was no standard of quality, and the email itself was such low quality it likely violated multiple laws.

A lower quality of leadership does not exist.

Step three of quality decline.

Musk rushed through his idea that authority should be the inverse of poverty. He literally declared that by charging $7.99 a month (and then dialing up the cost just like the fraud of Tesla) he would turn fraud into giant profits (boasted that he could charge fees faster than criminals could pay them).

If you walked into any bank anti fraud department and pitched $7.99 as your idea for an integrity test, they’d laugh you all the way to jail.

We thus saw an accelerated version of everything wrong with Tesla as increased cost meant to deliver quality immediately crashed (e.g. “self driving” is a lie that of course gets increasingly expensive despite getting worse over time).

Integrity was turned intentionally by Twitter’s clown in charge into a predictable dumpster fire.

Total havoc caused by Musk under a “be dumb” directive to his sycophant staff meant high-profile brands and personalities faced a deluge of targeted disinformation. Surprisingly Twitter didn’t just ride the mistake right to people’s grave, as Tesla does all the time. Perhaps social media is inherently more regulated than transportation.

Step four of quality decline.

Musk promised moderation of content while promising zero moderation. He said he sees regulation as reasonable while saying he believes in no regulation. When advertisers departed, cutting a lack of moderation, Musk viciously attacked them for being anti-freedom.

This works just like an angry man with a pot of soup yelling at his customers they hate freedom if they refuse to get sick from his obvious lack of hygiene.

Musk is in no better position to lead Twitter to deliver any kind of moderation than he is to stop the rapid increase of deaths from Tesla fires.

His whole “be dumb” mantra is predicated on extreme short sighted privilege (catch me if you can), a total rejection of the long term aims of moderation.

There is no question the quality of Twitter is crashing and burning.

Human safety is their lowest priority because they have taken multiple steps to remove themselves from any accountability.

There is simply no way that Musk intends to comply with anything, especially not the Digital Services Act. It’s like saying Hitler never intended to comply with borders. A European law that social platforms must reduce online harm is 180 degrees from every reason Musk raised money to turn Twitter into a deadly sewer.

It was well known that an increase of hate speech was coming long before Musk made himself CEO. This means his comments about rushing into mass terminations, deregulation and “dumb” ideas was meant to unleash the harms already predicted. He basically saw a hurricane coming and bought the mayorship to fire all the emergency rescue staff and destroy the levy system — because he believes in profitability from flooding.

The EU should be banning Twitter in a manner like they would advise their citizens not to travel to apartheid South Africa.

The Anti-Defamation League, which files regular reports of antisemitic tweets to Twitter and keeps track of which posts are removed, said the company had gone from taking action on 60 percent of the tweets it reported to only 30 percent. “We have advised Musk that Twitter should not just keep the policies it has had in place for years, it should dedicate resources to those policies,” said Yael Eisenstat, a vice president at the Anti-Defamation League, who met with Mr. Musk last month. She said he did not appear interested in taking the advice of civil rights groups and other organizations.

National security and terrorism analysts from watch groups point out Twitter is enabling the worst criminals.

In the first 12 days after Mr. Musk assumed control, 450 accounts associated with ISIS were created, up 69 percent from the previous 12 days, according to the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, a think tank that studies online platforms.

And last but not least, security professionals are saying the obvious too about a decline in global safety. Twitter lights are on but nobody’s home:

When Meta, which owns Facebook and Instagram, found accounts associated with Russian and Chinese state-backed influence campaigns on its platforms last month, it tried to alert Twitter, said two members of Meta’s security team, who asked not to be named because they were not authorized to speak publicly. The two companies often communicated on these issues, since foreign influence campaigns typically linked fake accounts on Facebook to Twitter. But this time was different. The emails to their counterparts at Twitter bounced or went unanswered, the Meta employees said, in a sign that those workers may have been fired.

Elon Musk fired anyone who cares about integrity and quality, or he forced them to quit.

Again, this all is similar to the Tesla story. Engineering is tossed out the window as the company is organized to profit from propaganda, minimal effort and willful negligence.

I told you back in April this would happen, but really I warned everyone way back in 2016.

Massive Disney Kids Clothing Recall: Lead Poisoning Hazard

Nearly 90,000 items immediately must be pulled away from children.

The CPSC has disclosed that popular Disney prints were made by Bentex using lead.

…recall involves Bentex children’s clothing sets in nine different Disney themed styles.

They’ve been sold for a little less than a year by large American retailers such as T.J. Maxx, Ross, Burlington, Army and Air Force Exchange Service and of course Amazon.

Bentex seems to be a portmanteau of textiles from Bentonville, AR. The area is known for its lack of safety, described by historians as a high concentration of domestic terror cells (America First).

More than a hundred secret Ku Klux Klan chapters organized across Arkansas in the early 1920s [results of President Woodrow Wilson’s “America First” platform], including ten in northwest Arkansas.

[…]

Kenneth Barnes has compiled his research into an article titled “Another Look behind the Masks: The Ku Klux Klan in Bentonville, Arkansas, 1922-1926,”

That being said, the official business address for Bentex HQ is in NYC. It’s hard to tell from their contact info when the company really was created, by who and why.

Perhaps more to the point, the CPSC recall warning suggests people go to Bentex for more details and Bentex simply tells everyone to go to the CPSC.