Judge says IP Address doesn’t prove anything in piracy case

This story is personal to me because I was accused of something I didn’t do or authorize. It turned out that someone had hacked into the router I had at that time and changed the password so I couldn’t stop them or see where they came from. The setup I have now is TWC modem/router and have no problems, but there is a fee to use it, cost of doing high speed (for Charlotte anyway) Internet. The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and their ilk are trying to put the genie back in the bottle as far as digital media and distribution. Besides, I am not much of a movie person.

What do you do lesson of a recently dismissed federal case, which raises the burden of proof that copyright owner must meet in order to hold you accountable for infringement.

Source: Judge Says IP Address Doesn’t Prove Anything in Piracy Case

Providers collect more revenue due to ACA Medicaid expansion

What really gets me is that the economics is cut and dried, but dislike for the current President trumps reason. That is the only way I can explain this. Now we have proof that should quiet the doubters, that is if they open their mind.

Due to Medicaid expansion, low income populations with coverage have less unpaid non-medical bills that they owe to collection agencies.


Insurance frustrations

Here is my social media screed of recent vintage:

The point of this rant, if you will, is that my Doctors involved made a medical decision to ensure medical necessity for a Blood Pressure monitor and a Durable Medical Equipment (DME) device to elevate my leg for Wound care, and the aforementioned insurance company is too WACK to cover it. Yet they have plenty of my premium money, and spend much $$ in claims for my current maladies. The relatively little amount spent on the items listed would save the company thousands of dollars with increased claims that they are required to pay. Pound Wise and Penny Foolish, comes to mind. One of these days, health care will evolve and will work for everyone, not just the 1%.

Tech apps and medicine, a start

I just received a CPAP machine today as I compose this after nearly 3 months of drama diagnosing a condition that was obvious to any medical professional, however due to the setup that the Medical Racket Industry Complex requires all of this adds drama and mega cost to the procedure. I guess someone is getting paid of my humanity.

That is my new look @ sleeping time, less the wires and probes in the photo. It is worse through the entire body and an experience I wouldn’t wish on an enemy. As some of you know, I am a techie, and so in my TL this story came up which shows promise and can eliminate the scourge of the MRIC in the United States.

Disposable Americans

dis·pos·a·ble adjective — -designed for or capable of being thrown away after being used or used up: (“the definition of disposable,” n.d.).

This came from Dictionary.com based on Random House. At that website, there are two other definitions, but the relevance for this essay. A bit of backgrounder for why this subject becomes personal. This author is 49 years old at composition time; having been out of the workforce for over 5 years now after Transportation series of jobs, (it would be generous to call it a career after only 5 years). The trucking business is notorious for being difficult on one’s health; it certainly was on mine. One of the big issues in the business is a lack of consistent sleep, which leads to many diseased problems down the road.

Driving performance unnervingly worsens in sleep-loss states and is influenced by circadian rhythm and time on task. Maintenance of lane position, reaction time, steering, and speed deviation all worsen in sleep-loss states. The prevalence of obstructive sleep apnea among longhaul truck drivers varies from 28–78% of the trucker brotherhood, much higher than the prevalence rate of 2% to 4%reported in the general population studies (Heaton & Rayens, 2010, p. 137).

I had a rollover accident in March 2008 in Wayne County IN. It was a snowy night and the load started in Indianapolis, picked up in Hartford City IN, and scheduled to deliver in Columbus OH the next day 104 miles away from where it all essentially ended. Once you roll a truck over, that is the end of your primary driving career. While the facts weren’t known, sleep apnea played a major role as I was fighting sleep during the whole episode, and was trying to get to the Love’s Truck Stop in Richmond to end the night. Passing a Wal-Mart Supercenter and a small truck stop in Lynn, IN. There ended up three different stints with trucking companies that were unfulfilling and didn’t last. The Department Of Transportation requires a level of fitness to drive that involves blood pressure, sugar levels, vision, et cetera. I did manage with medicines to stay legal and fit for the road; this hid some disturbing medical issues I am dealing with today. Morbid obesity has been an issue for at least the past 10 years. When I started, my weight was about 283 lbs. and I’m 5’7” which equates to a Body Mass Index of 40, where 30 is considered Obese. The last scale weight was 415 lbs. or BMI of 59. Contrary to popular belief and legend, I did not spend my nights at truck stop buffets on a regular basis; in fact, it was maybe once a month. Truck stop/travel center buffets are generally outdated limited to the TA and Petro chains and scattered independents nationwide. However, you are still eating out nightly and healthy choices were not as widespread then as they are now. I have most of the symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes, such as excess thirst, frequent urination, and constant hunger (“Diabetes mellitus type 2,” 2014). In addition, my eyesight has gotten worse, have leg ulcers, constant headaches, general fatigue, and major foot maladies. According to all of my doctors, I am considered Disabled. The local transit authority and state of North Carolina DMV concurs. The tragedy here is that the Federal Government, using North Carolina as its agent, decided on two occasions that I was not disabled, therefore ineligible for healthcare, funds, and other services. I personally know people who have received Disability for lesser symptoms and much less, drama was involved, but North Carolina is one of the 25 states that did not take the expanded Medicaid for political (Republican) reasons. For me to get Medicaid and help that the rest of the civilized America gets, I would have to move 250 miles to West Virginia of all places, 450 miles to Maryland or Kentucky, or 600 miles to Arkansas as the closest locales. NC and every state that touches it is under the same Republican grip of denying benefits to citizens because of who the president is or another reason they will proclaim which flies in the face of reality.

Who is going to hire that person, even if he has an Einstein type brain? I am not implying that I am even close to his level, just making a statement. There are laws against age and health discrimination; if a company doesn’t want to hire you, a reason will be made up of thin air and can get around all of this, NC is an at-will state, therefore, hiring and firing decisions can be made with or without a reason unless under contract. Werner Enterprises in Georgia decided that I was not worthy of their company by crating bogus medical claims for denying fitness that local doctors couldn’t see. In trucking, you can have a valid license and medical card (now combined in most states), but each company will insist on their own medical exam (only 2 of the 9 companies that I went to orientation used existing medical cards) and use it as a Weed Out process, nothing to do with drug tests which are automatic and lawful. The next plan was to increase my educational footprint. I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from Auburn University many moons ago and decided that an MBA was the new BS degree in the marketplace. Found a way to attend school and not deal with the Graduate Management Admission Test that traditional schools, including Auburn and UNC Charlotte, require to get into their graduate MBA programs. In October 2011, I achieved my Masters of Business Administration w an Information Systems specialty from Ashford University. That went nowhere, so further schooling ensued with the last of these courses ending in June of this year. Altogether, I have three graduate degrees and no job, career, or hope of that fact changing. The legality of employment deserts for 40 something and beyond is such that only first-person narratives exist in the wild. Reaching out to “experts” that can get you a job in this economy, well all these people want to do is sell you their manuals that are ideal, but do not really work. Wouldn’t it be refreshing if someone in Human Resources would come right out and say, you are unemployable, and here are the reasons why? That person would be sued out of existence for being honest; grown adults such as me can take it.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt was one of our country’s greatest presidents and certainly before my time on earth. He has many quotes attributed to him that stand the test of time, here is one: True individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made (“Franklin D. Roosevelt Quotes at BrainyQuote.com,” n.d.). Some factions of the populace are more than content to command total control over other people’s livelihoods, and by making older workers who can still get the job done equivalent to soiled toilet paper serves their ends.

Full circle has arrived and a return to the definition of Disposable by reminder: designed for or capable of being thrown away after being used or used up: (“the definition of disposable,” n.d.). Could it be that The Powers That Be / 1% have no more use for anyone over 40 that manage to lose their job, regardless of fault? Cast aside a whole generation of late Baby Boomers/early Baby Bust like Kitty Litter as a means of creating a docile permanent underclass? Ignore the rule of law for corporate personhood, oh wait, we already have that (“Corporate personhood,” 2014)? Even levels of government enter this Matrix by only playing lip service to Citizen Services, denying Medicaid because it can, or because of conflict of interest with medical personnel who will say whatever the person that pays them want to hear.


Corporate personhood. (2014, July 13). In Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Corporate_personhood&oldid=616377824

the definition of disposable. (n.d.). Dictionary.com. Retrieved from http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/disposable?s=t

Diabetes mellitus type 2. (2014, July 13). In Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Diabetes_mellitus_type_2&oldid=614674578

Franklin D. Roosevelt Quotes at BrainyQuote.com. (n.d.). BrainyQuote. Retrieved from http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/f/franklind134721.html

Heaton, K., & Rayens, M. (2010). Feedback actigraphy and sleep among long-haul truck drivers. AAOHN Journal, 58(4), 137–145. doi:10.3928/08910162–20100329–01

Ira Shor: When do kids count?

As my final, final paper is being composed at this hour, this essay by Diane Ravitch is too important to be ignored, so it made my last paper in a roundabout manner. Food for thought this AM. The responses are as good as the blog post.


The STEM Shortage Myth: A Reality Check for IT Employers and Employees

My take on this is simple. The employers know that if they can pit everyone against each other for crumbs, they can feast on the cake with no impunity.


They shouldn’t have asked

Reflection on the portfolio that this class contributes to requires some introspection and honesty. Of course, unvarnished truthiness is not always possible or desirable when others are making value judgments that have consequences for the wrong answers or statements, but here it goes.

This class is out of place with the other education classes I have taken so far as it is more like a business or project management class with an education twist. The kBook is $58.40 that is wasted and will never get back. A different answer may be forthcoming if the publisher did a better job either representing the book better for Kindle format conversion, especially with Figures and Graphs. OT As much as I love Amazon, I wish they had based their eBook format on PDF and not MOBI. A not helpful selection of paragraphs and sentences not coherent, interesting, or futuristic defines the text, but I had no choice in the manner. Let us just say that the incentive to choose this book for class was too good for someone to pass up, I’m just sayin’. With that, the frustration is in the development of the logic model beyond the flowcharts that I understand near natively as a Computer Geek and novice developer. When the light bulb came on, it got easier to create the assigned work and match it to the most recent career of trucking.

During this period of the class, the computing in my household was acting strange, a total Operating System rebuild was performed twice on my primary workstation and an upgrade to Windows 8.1 on the secondary workstation. During those occasions, an opportunity to hone some creative writing and content displays were forced upon me due to some time constraints, self-imposed in some instances, but a learning experience nonetheless. The logic model creation allowed me to apply more developer node skills to a typically education based production.

Also discovered the best way to use the class forums to better control outputs and messaging. In the real world, how a project is prepared and shared is as important as the content of said project. Previous education courses have challenged the skillset in different ways, mostly surrounding Web 2.0 with application to a modern physical or virtual classroom. Had I not had prior coursework in the MBA program and to a lesser extent, the Organizational Management degree, this would be a true exercise in frustration and exceptional drama not becoming of graduate school.

The erosion of IT’s middle class

The argument is made that those of us that cut our teeth on tech support with networking and multimedia thrown in, may not have a place in the new enterprise. Then again, who does have a place other than the 1% managers? Rhetorical for sure, but in a global environment, corporations seek low or no-cost labor wherever they can find it, and that is generally not Charlotte NC. This needs to stop.

Now back to our regularly scheduled Education programming…

Where There is Smoke


If you are of a certain age, you may know the rest of that phrase. Here is a slight hint. OK, some of the readers are younger, so it has to do with Muriel Cigarettes, Susan Anton, and jocks. Tying this back to the here and now, there are now five of my classmates that were wronged by the same instructor who must remain nameless in public for legal reasons. Here is just a snipped of e-mail chain talk:

This is what my advisor said to do. If you want to report your concerns to an Instructor Specialist please go into your portal…

This is the lowest grade I have ever made. The big thing I have software to check my papers and it came back clear, but she said it was not. While I haven’t been accused of Plagiarism, I do have issues with the grading in this class. I feel that she is being excessive with her grading. I have never received the scores that she has been handing out until this class.I have the same issue. At this rate there’s no way I’d be passing this course.I am having a major problem and she has reported me to the University. I have NEVER had a problem in the past. I am working on it because I feel as though she is being extremely critical. She has gone back to week 1 assignment and has changed at least 1 grade to a zero in every week starting from week 1.

This has reached beyond a trend level to an on-purpose action because all of us cannot be wrong, nor forgot how to write and cite, the essential parts of graduate school work. As this class enters the final week and grade postings up to one week later, there will be nervous students waiting for the shoes to drop while our academic career may be tainted by one solitary and scary instructor who has an agenda. Stay tuned!

And the Beat goes on

H/T YouTube

On a weekend night in North Carolina, this song is in my head for some reason. This was a dance number from a One-Hit wonder group named Orbit. The power of YouTube is grand and returns tidings of joy upon its subjects, but I digress. Just when it was safe for academic exploits to resume to some sense of normalcy, she strikes again. Again my voice is red and hers is blue.

The request was for a Facebook App. Amazon, Foursquare, and The Huffington Post are all websites as well as Facebook Apps because each of them have separate presences on Facebook and any presence is considered in App. The screen shot I have sent from my account shows this clearly. I feel that the 2 points lost on the exercise should be restored because I answered the question the way it was asked. If it came across as a personal attack, that is wrong and not how I intended it, my sincere apologies for any hurt this caused (my student advisor only suggested a different way to approach you, this is a legit apology).

A FaceBook page is NOT an app and those websites do not quality as apps (a presence does not count as an app- by that login my personal FB page would qualify as an app and in reality it does NOT). The grade stands and this conversation is over. I appreciate that you will be more cautious of your tone in the future, which will also avoid any conduct charges being filed. As far as the question, please review exactly what the DQ required and that is what you must do to be eligible for those points (and it answers your question of how as well). Thank you and let me know if you still have questions after reviewing the DQ question again.

Conduct charges filed on a graduate student? Really, Really, Really, Really! What next, go out and find a branch for my whopping? I have been told by a few people that a nasty attitude comes out when provoked. Will leave that up to others, but suffice to say, I take grading and schoolwork seriously as there are ramifications that go beyond whether an instructor likes me.

And that’s not all; this experience comes to a head earlier today as these sets of communications are presented.

On a routine check through TII, I received significant similarities with your Week 4 Assignment response. You had NO attempts to use quotation marks for portions that were word-for-word from other sources. ANY time you use another person’s ideas; you MUST cite and reference it in APA. ANY time you use someone’s exact words; you MUST use quotation marks and cite/reference it as well. This must occur EVERY TIME. Not doing so is PLAGIARISM. As stated in Faculty Expectations, no more than 10% of ANY work should ever be in quotes. You need to use your own words, analyses, and demonstrate that you understand the concepts. How do you account for these similarities?

I expect a response/explanation within 48 hours as well as acknowledgement that you have re-read the “Academic Dishonesty” portion of the “Student Responsibilities and Policies” section of eCollege AND checked out all of the sources listed below (do this via email). If this does occur again, I will certainly report the incident to the University. I will determine exactly how to proceed upon receiving an explanation from you- I am awarding a zero and will likely file charges and I expect you to check out the plagiarism resources listed below. If these 3 things (provide explanation, acknowledge you have re-read the Academic Dishonesty section and checked out the resources) are not done in within 48 hours, I will definitely report the incident to the University. Thank you.

In this case the larger font size was my way of emplacing the threats that are made towards me. The paper had all of its word for word statements inside of double quotes and cited, but either she didn’t see it or didn’t want to for ulterior motives plus reasons that defy logic. All of the paraphrased items were attributed to the authors, all of which I can prove on demand.

1 Explanation: What do you want me to say here. What would be the “right” answer? I have never been to any of the sources listed that your report has, but how do I prove it to you?
2 Acknowledgement of reading the Academic Dishonesty section: I have read it over and over for the past 4 years, how am I supposed to prove it to you?
3 Checked the Resources: Again, I consulted the resources for this and all papers I have ever written. Paraphrases are attributed to the authors listed afterwards, how do I prove it to you?

Please watch your tone again- it is coming across as condescending and disrespectful. I am merely asking how you have multiple passages that match other sources verbatim yet are not in quotation marks to identify that text as being quoted. The matches do not mean you were at those exact sources- those sources likely used the same text (article, web site, book, etc.) that you used as stated in that source.

It is important that you understand the problem here and learn how to use sources correctly and effectively so you do not have problems in the future. This is not just a problem in this class- it is for anything you do. This very issue can have far more serious consequences than a zero on one assignment- not only could you get kicked out of schools for repeated occurrences, but you can lose jobs, careers, and even face serious legal consequences. Have you checked out the plagiarism resources listed- even the announcement with presentation that explains all of this that was posted before classes began?

I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you

The more I stew over this, the question becomes, who is the adult here? Finally, we have come to the current last word, mine.

I guess any communication with you is bad tone and disrespectful. I guess standing up for my integrity is condescending. Again, what do you want me to say? To attempt answering your question, this class and teacher are not the only one that is offering this particular assignment as multiple schools run similar syllabi. That means virtually every word published was done by someone else and I am supposed to remember every “original to me” thought in my Fertile Mind and where it came from? You are saying that I am in contact with the Web Universe and lifting their statements at some level. In some previous classes, I was docked for font changes in verbatim and paraphrased items that would have a clear difference between what someone else in our work said and my original thoughts. This is not in APA format.

This isn’t my first graduate school rodeo. I know how the game is played. What you are doing have ramifications as well as I have no confidence that I can pass your class, but post a 3.96 GPA out of 4 for 24 previous classes and 2 complete degree programs @ Ashford. Just as I am right about the Facebook App assignment that I will never get credit for, word for word statements were set off by quotes and cited. Paraphrased works were also cited as such the case in every paper I have ever written going back to High School 30+ years ago. You mentioned 3 questions that I needed to answer or the “hammer” that you yield would come down on me and will probably hurt for a long time. I am all about the right answers that get me to a passing grade. I would also like examples of items that get winning points in your world, so I can incorporate them in my answers.

Here we have it on a near real-time basis the genesis to this ongoing saga. Stay tuned.

Headstrong Instructors

When this was published on my other blog originally, the migration didn’t travel as well. Medium supports embedded articles, unlike some others, so here is the post, followed by updated material inside this new post.


Wikipedia Elitism

The arguments that professors make for not including WikiPedia and other encyclopedias as sources is because anyone can edit them to their own perspective, bias, or just flat out wrong information. The Lords of Academicstan must feel threatened as the gatekeeper of information in a supposedly free and open society. Never mind the community generally rats out the offending parties and make the fixes necessary to truth to appear and be somewhat trusted. Even if the community does not address the posts or musings, there are alternative sources of info which may be more trustworthy, relevant, or even interesting to use and choose. With the NSA leaks, Wikileaks, IRS targeting groups, and other invasions of privacy, the last bastion of independent thought, our university system does not need to succumb to the temptations of the command/control police state. Besides, it is a great way to cite brain matter that has entered and exited the brain through various means over the years which is generally accepted as being true, factual, or representative.