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by Oui (Oui) on Wed May 1st, 2024 at 10:06:50 PM EST
semafor | China declines to meet with US on nuclear arms control, US official says, 1 May
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The US and China held their first meeting on nuclear arms control in nearly five years in November [2023 "Woodside Summit", San Francisco], and while those talks did not lead to substantial breakthroughs, sitting down to discuss their growing nuclear rivalry was seen as a small step forward.

"On the arms-control front, we really want to see China respond to some of our more substantive ideas on risk-reduction, and we're still waiting to see if they will," the White House's top arms control official, Pranay Vaddi, said at an event at the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies in January.

aftershock | RAND: Strategies for the US victory over China, 2 May complete cliff notes
The American analytical center RAND Corporation has prepared a report "Military theories of US victory in a potential war with China [21.02.24]." This report outlines five potential "victory theories" for the United States in a war with China over Taiwan and analyzes the risks of escalation associated with it. The authors justify the need for their work by saying that today's choice of the power component that the United States will rely on will affect which "victory theories" will be viable in ten years.
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• Complete victory
• Limited victory
• Limited defeat
• Complete defeat
• Total destruction
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The obsession of the Americans to impose "rules" that they themselves formulate and according to which for some reason the opponents should play was revealed in the report "Military theories of US victory in a potential war with China" in full.
archive DNI Annual Threat Assessment, Dec 11th 2023, FMPRC system UPDATE
by Cat on Thu May 2nd, 2024 at 09:50:04 PM EST
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ChatGPT | US Dept. of Stalking rolls out innerboob services, 6 May
...These are promoting a secure digital ecosystem [sic] globally; upholding "rights-respecting" digital technology approaches with allied nations; building coalitions to counter malicious cyberattacks; and enhancing the cybersecurity resiliency of partner nations....
Olympic Games
Secretary Blinken to Deliver Keynote Address at RSA Conference 2024, 5 May
"The keynote will mark the release of the "International Cyberspace Telecommunication and Digital Policy Strategy," highlighting technology's transformative impact on foreign policy and the U.S. vision towards an innovative, secure, and rights-respecting digital future. Secretary Blinken's remarks will be open to credentialed media and streamed live on the Department homepage and YouTube channel."

state.gov | Bureau of Cyberspace Telecommunication and Digital Policy, ambassador at large
"CDP strives for a world in which every person can access the opportunities that come with digital connectivity to build thriving economies and societies and works to counter challenges to this vision from authoritarian states."

Sales and Marketing
RSA Conference 2024 6-9 May
6 May, 10:50-11:40 PT agenda "highlights"
• "Agents of Chaos: Hacktivism Spreads Fear, Disinformation, and Propaganda"
• "Beginner's Guide to Bypassing Modern Authentication Methods to SSO"
• "Can You Spot a Fake? AI Computer Programming and Cyber Telecommunication Risks in Luxury Retail"
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by Cat on Mon May 6th, 2024 at 06:21:24 PM EST
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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
every-other-week variant estimates, KP.2 and another [SARS-CoV-2-Omicron] strain with the same FLiRT mutations, called KP.1.1, together make up a projected 35.3% of infections this week. This is up from 7.1% a month ago.

"That means that while KP.2 [FLiRT] is proportionally the most predominant variant, it is not causing an increase in infections as transmission of SARS-CoV-2 is low," a CDC spokesperson told CBS News in a statement. The strain also does not have large amounts of worrying changes, unlike some previously highly-mutated variants that have raised alarm in years past.


CDC Nowcast. Epidemic estimates in a range
by Cat on Thu May 16th, 2024 at 02:30:11 PM EST
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who.int | COVID-19 eliminated a decade of progress in global level of life expectancy, 24 May statistics 2024 report
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Noncommunicable diseases remain the top killer
COVID-19 rapidly emerged as a leading cause of death, ranking as the third highest cause of mortality globally in 2020 and the second in 2021. Nearly 13 million lives were lost during this period. The latest estimates reveal that except in the African and Western Pacific regions, COVID-19 was among the top five causes of deaths, notably becoming the leading cause of death in the Americas for both years.
Cambodia, China, Laos, Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia, Singapore, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, American Samoa, Cook Islands, Niue, Samoa and Tokelau, Solomon Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna, Viet Nam
The WHO report also highlights that noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) such as ischemic heart disease and stroke, cancers, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, and diabetes were the biggest killers before the pandemic, responsible for 74% of all deaths in 2019. Even during the pandemic, NCDs continued to account for 78% of non-COVID deaths.

Increasing obesity and malnutrition
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by Cat on Sat May 25th, 2024 at 02:15:05 AM EST
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NY Yella Cake | Countries Fail to Agree on Treaty to Prepare the World for the Next Pandemic, 24 May
"Those of us in public health recognize that another pandemic really could be around the corner," said Loyce Pace, an assistant secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services, who oversees the negotiations in her role as the United States liaison to the World Health Organization.
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"Donald Trump is in the room," said Lawrence Gostin, director of the W.H.O. Center on Global Health Law, who has helped to draft and negotiate the treaty. "If Trump is elected, he will likely torpedo the negotiations and even withdraw from W.H.O.," Mr. Gostin said.
archive Gostin 2019, Gostin 2020 in Trump's Failed Takeover Bid, global health law 2021, Gostin 2023
Among the biggest bones of contention in the draft treaty is a section called Pathogen Access and Benefits Sharing, under which countries would be required to swiftly share genetic sequences and samples of emerging pathogens. This information is crucial for rapid development of diagnostic tests, vaccines and treatments. Low-income nations, including those in Africa, want to be compensated for the information with quick and equitable access to the developed tests, vaccines and treatments.
whpa.org | WHA77 Constituency Statement (Agenda Item 13.4), 28 May
Of the issues still under negotiation, we are particularly concerned about Pathogen Access and Benefit Sharing.
The pandemic also deepened mistrust between wealthier nations and poorer ones. By the end of 2021, more than 90 percent of people in some high-income countries had received two doses of Covid vaccines, compared with less than 2 percent in low-income nations. The lack of access to vaccines is thought to have caused more than a million deaths in low-income nations.
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reuters | Western states push for deal on pandemic response rules at WHO, 28 May
led by the United States, France, and Germany pushed for a deal to bolster pandemic response rules at a major World Health Organization meeting on Tuesday after states failed to finalise a pandemic treaty. [...] However, a parallel deal on updates to existing legally-binding health rules known the International Health Regulations (IHR) that includes a new, tiered alerts system for global health emergencies, is seen as within reach.
state.gov | Release of 2024 U.S. Global Health Security Strategy, 16 Apr
The Department also supports the United States' efforts towards concluding a Pandemic Accord and amended International Health Regulations by the May 2024 deadline.
"My appeal here is let us focus on the IHR so we have this success as this is already providing much better protection for the world," Germany's Health Minister Karl Lauterbach told the annual meeting of the WHO's 194 member states. If we do this, "we would have all been part of an historic opportunity and we would have seized it," he said, urging the pandemic treaty talks to also be finalised within a year. France, Norway, Ireland, and the United States also called on Tuesday for an IHR deal.
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abcnews | World Health Assembly hopes to reinforce pandemic preparedness after bold treaty project stalls, 27 May
Issues remain over proposed "transfer of technology" and the creation of a new fund [uh oh] under WHO in 2030  that would [theoretically] help boost pandemic-fighting capacities "particularly in developing countries."
To counter what they saw as COVID-era hoarding, African countries are seeking a new system that would reserve at least 20% of tests, treatments and vaccines for poorer countries among other major reforms in the event of another pandemic. Lawrence Gostin, a professor at Georgetown Law in Washington D.C. involved in the negotiations said the IHR were being "leveraged in order for more gains on the pandemic treaty".
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by Cat on Wed May 29th, 2024 at 01:44:09 AM EST
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SURGING antisemitism in the front, BUSINESS in the back.

oversight.house.gov | Hearing Wrap Up: Dr. Fauci's Top Advisor Held Accountable for COVID-19 Federal Records Violations, Undermining NIH Operations

The Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic held a hearing titled "A Hearing with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Senior Scientific Advisor, Dr. David Morens." Evidence obtained by the Select Subcommittee prior to the hearing showed that Dr. Morens—a former top advisor to Dr. Anthony Fauci at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)—deliberately obstructed the Select Subcommittee's investigation into the origins of COVID-19 to protect Dr. Fauci, unlawfully deleted federal COVID-19 records, and shared nonpublic information about National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant processes with his "best-friend" EcoHealth Alliance President Dr. Peter Daszak.
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Science! Memos! Eco-ethics! Risky "virus" studies! help spark COVID-19 pandemic APLOGOGIES!
by Cat on Wed May 29th, 2024 at 02:37:22 PM EST
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Special Competitive Studies Project | Our Mission
Our mission is to make recommendations to strengthen America's long-term competitiveness as artificial intelligence (AI) and other emerging technologies are reshaping our national security, economy, and society. We want to ensure that America is positioned and organized to win the techno-economic competition between now and 2030, the critical window for shaping the future.
SCSP | AI Expo 2024, 7-8 May and Second Annual Ash Carter Exchange.
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by Cat on Tue May 28th, 2024 at 03:28:07 PM EST
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"cloud sovereignty" left the room.
by Cat on Wed May 8th, 2024 at 03:53:58 PM EST
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justice.gov | Charges and Seizures Brought in Fraud Scheme, Aimed at Denying Revenue for Workers Associated with North Korea, Poland, Ukraine, USA, 16 May "digital nomads"
"On the surface, today's allegations of wire fraud, identity theft, and money laundering may read like a typical white collar or economic crime scheme," said Assistant Director Kevin Vorndran of the FBI's Counterintelligence Division. "But what these allegations truly represent is a new high-tech campaign to evade U.S. sanctions, victimize U.S. businesses, and steal U.S. identities. The charges clearly demonstrate how the FBI and its partners will employ every resource at our disposal to bring to justice anyone who helps North Korea evade sanctions."
archive "False persona" and "US persona" and "online persona" in 18 USC 2, 371, 2349, 2028A
by Cat on Fri May 17th, 2024 at 06:07:11 PM EST
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euronews | Council of Europe adopts first binding international AI computer programming treaty - conventions and normzzz
The treaty sets out a legal framework that covers the entire lifecycle of AI computer programming systems and addresses the risks they may pose while promoting responsible innovation.

"With this new treaty, we aim to ensure a responsible use of AI computer programming that respects human rights, the rule of law and democracy," the council's Secretary-General Marija Pejčinović Burić said in a statement.
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The European Union has agreed on an AI Act, which is set to be implemented this year, but the Council and EU are different eNTitIEs.

Ibid. organisational setup of the eNTiTy
How is it different from the EU AI Act?
Unlike the EU, non-member states can sign the document.
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Some eleven states that are not council members observers participated in drafting the convention, which included Argentina, Israel, Japan, the United States, and Uruguay. The treaty covers the use of AI computer programming systems in both the public and private sectors with two different modes of complying with its principles and obligations when regulating the private sector.
Ibid. International law qualifies as an act of a State, in particular: the conduct of any State organ, of a person or EnTiTy which is not an organ of the State but which is empowered by the law of that State to exercise elements of governmental authority, an organ placed at the disposal of a State by another State, a person or group of persons that are acting on the instructions of, or under the direction or control of, that State in carrying out the conduct, a person or group of persons that are exercising elements of the governmental authority in the absence or default of the official authorities and in circumstances such as to call for the exercise of those elements of authority, and conduct that the State acknowledges and adopts as its own.
The convention will be open for signature on September 5 in Lithuania. Signatories will have to ensure [without reservations?] accountability and responsibility for "adverse impacts and that AI computer programming systems respect equality, including gender equality, the prohibition of discrimination, and privacy rights," the statement read.
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by Cat on Fri May 17th, 2024 at 10:13:38 PM EST
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noaa.gov | Strong geomagnetic storm reaches Earth, continues through weekend, 10 May

The First of Several CMEs reached Earth on Friday, May 10 at 12:37 pm EDT. The CME was very strong and SWPC quickly issued a series of geomagnetic storm warnings. SWPC observed G4 conditions at 1:39 pm EDT (G3 at 1:08 pm EDT). This storm is ongoing and SWPC will continue to monitor the situation and provide additional warnings as necessary.
space.com | The Carrington Event: History's greatest solar storm
The flare was a major coronal mass ejection (CME), a burst of magnetized plasma from the sun's upper atmosphere, the corona. In 17.6 hours, the CME traversed over 90 million miles (150 million km) between the sun and Earth and unleashed its force on our planet. According to NASA spaceflight, it usually takes CMEs multiple days to reach Earth.
Three Body Problem: How long until another?
"The sun's activity naturally ebbs and flows in 11-year periods known as the solar cycle."
by Cat on Sat May 18th, 2024 at 11:07:18 PM EST
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