Campaign Zero

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Some Black Lives Matter activists have put forth a reasonable, coherent,  and achievable platform, Campaign Zero.

More on Mashable.

Anyone who thinks these reforms are outlandish is at the very least a contrarian asshole, and very likely, a bigot and a fascist. It’s a cool move that they have check sheets to match current presidential candidates to their agenda.

However,  I did look at the comments on Mashable. One person was calling them out on being inaccurate on Rand Paul’s stance on the demilitarization of the police. As much as I loathe Paul, it seems that commenter is right. Hm. At least Campaign Zero invites clarifications and corrections. That commenter should reach out in earnest to them.

spooky action at a distance clears another hurdle

Entanglement swapping.

the team managed to generate 245 entangled pairs of electrons over the course of nine days. The team’s measurements exceeded Bell’s bound, once again supporting the standard quantum view. Moreover, the experiment closed both loopholes at once: because the electrons were easy to monitor, the detection loophole was not an issue, and they were separated far enough apart to close the communication loophole, too.

The craziest bit is that one of the disclaimers is that the hidden variables themselves could be manipulating the scientists into what to measure for in the experiment.  It’s flagged as philosophical, but it still a fun possibility.

It’s under peer review now.

Stingrays and Katrina

It wasn’t all about 9/11. In the aftermath of Katrina, the communication systems in Southeast Louisiana and Gulf Coast Mississippi were devastated. It was tough to get cell phones to work. Regular landlines were useless. The FBI realized they needed to accelerate their efforts.

Hurricane Katrina incapacitated wide swaths of telecommunications infrastructure along the Gulf Coast, including thousands of cell phone towers. Power outages also meant many people were unable to recharge their mobile devices. It’s thus unclear which Harris Corporation product the FBI’s cell phone tracking team identified as a critical solution. The FBI refuses to provide additional details about the procurement.

What the hell kind of surveillance technology do they have access to supplement Stingray in the absence of power and infrastructure?