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Alphabet / Google CEO Sundar Pichai calls for international government regulations on cybersecurity, AI, innovation

Tripp Mickle, Wall Street Journal »

Sundar Pichai, chief executive of Google and parent company Alphabet Inc., said the U.S. government should take a more active role in policing cyberattacks and encouraging innovation with policies and investments.

In the wake of recent cybersecurity breaches attributed to Chinese and Russian hackers, Mr. Pichai said the time had come to draft the equivalent of a Geneva Convention for technology to outline international legal standards for an increasingly connected world.

“Governments on a multilateral basis…need to put it up higher on the agenda,” Mr. Pichai said in a recorded interview for The Wall Street Journal’s Tech Live conference on Monday. “If not, you’re going to see more of it because countries would resort to those things.”

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Also » CNET / TechCrunch

TSA seized a record 4,495 firearms in the United States so far this year

Andrew Curran, Simple Flying »

The year is not yet over, but already gun seizures at Transportation Security Administration (TSA) airport checkpoints are at record highs. As of October 3, TSA officers had stopped 4,495 airline passengers from carrying firearms onto their flight this year.

The TSA has discovered 11 firearms in carry-on bags at airport checkpoints per million passengers screened so far in 2021. This compares to five firearms per million passengers in 2019

“The number of firearms that our TSA officers are stopping at airport checkpoints is alarming,” said TSA Administrator David Pekoske. “Firearms, particularly loaded firearms, introduce an unnecessary risk at checkpoints, have no place in the passenger cabin of an aircraft, and represent a very costly mistake for the passengers who attempt to board a flight with them.”

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Also » Bloomberg

Bill Maher » The Slow-Moving Coup

In this short 8 minute video, Bill Maher lays out what to expect over the next three years in the United States. He tells how Donald Trump and the Republicans are already undermining the political system to take back the White House in 2024, and are setting up the biggest crisis since the American Civil War.

The Eastman Memo » Read it at CNN / Wikipedia

Twitter » #EastmanMemo

Flight attendants on the increasing bad behaviour of passengers

The Guardian »

Alex, a Toronto-based flight attendant who has worked for a major Canadian carrier since 2000, has also observed that “the mask issue seems to set certain people off”. Most offenders, in Alex’s experience, have been middle-aged to senior white men – a demographic cohort that roughly echoes Molly’s observation from south of the border. It’s an extension of an increased pattern of behavior Alex began to notice even before the pandemic, wherein more and more passengers (“always white men in business class”) would push back against standard flight rules like wearing seatbelts and storing their hand luggage underneath the seats in front of them.

Another pattern: passengers going to and from cities with stricter Covid safety mandates tend to be more cooperative about following masking requirements on board the aircraft. “In places where there are basically no rules, passengers [are likelier to] think those lax rules also apply in the air,” says Alex.

Although Nelson, the US union president, pushes back against the suggestion that any single group can be singled out as the primary culprit for the ongoing behavioral scourge, she agrees that there appears to be a link between regional attitudes about Covid safety and passenger insubordination, which so frequently involves upset over masks. She lists Texas, Florida and Charlotte as particular hotbeds of unruly passenger incidence.

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October 18, 1929 women were included in the legal definition of “persons” throughout the Commonwealth

Persons Day 2021

Persons Day 2021

Five Alberta women activists, later known as the “Famous Five”, secured the rights of women as “persons” in Canada and throughout the Commonwealth. The difficult legal battle, begun in 1927, is a turning point in the struggle for women’s equality in Canada.

This gave some women the right to be appointed to the Senate of Canada and paved the way for women’s increased participation in public and political life. Though this decision did not include all women, such as Indigenous women and women of Asian heritage and descent, it did mark critical progress in the advancement of gender equality in Canada.

So, October 18 is celebrated as “Persons Day” in Canada!

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