500X More Toxic Than Diesel: Why Car Chrome is About to Die

Some shocking news from car manufacturers about an immediate need to stop putting chrome on things.

Hexavalent chromium, or “chromium 6,” the form of the element chromium involved in the plating process, is an aggressive cancer-causing agent, according to government regulators in the United States and Europe.

“Hexavalent chromium is a carcinogen that is the second most potent toxic air contaminant identified by the state,” the California Air Resources Board said in a statement provided to CNN. “It is 500 times more toxic than diesel exhaust and has no known safe level of exposure.”

No known safe level.

It’s interesting to see Jeep top the list of cancerous brands. Reminds me I once had to replace a solid chrome bumper on my Jeep. That was decades ago and I thought the choice of material odd even back then.

A car without chrome actually sounds to me long overdue, like a car without brass. Can’t move fast enough to get away from that awful past.

Likewise, I always removed chrome from my motorcycles or covered it up, since polishing the mirror before or after a ride seemed to be the antithesis of freedom.

Robert Pirsig with his world famous autobiography about ignoring chrome and loving rust, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Whistleblower: Microsoft Profits From Leaving U.S. Government Vulnerable to Russian Attack

We have yet more news that Microsoft recently shedding its ethics team to go “full evil” was part of a older and much larger problem from the top.

Former employee says software giant dismissed his warnings about a critical flaw because it feared losing government business. Russian hackers later used the weakness to breach the National Nuclear Security Administration, among others.

In a twist that sounds increasingly common in American tech companies driven by Wall Street, significant known security gaps were intentionally ignored during campaigns to expand potential harm to more victims and then blame them.

Harris’ account, told here for the first time and supported by interviews with former colleagues and associates as well as social media posts, upends the prevailing public understanding of the SolarWinds hack.

From the moment the hack surfaced, Microsoft insisted it was blameless. Microsoft President Brad Smith assured Congress in 2021 that “there was no vulnerability in any Microsoft product or service that was exploited” in SolarWinds.

He also said customers could have done more to protect themselves.

Harris said they were never given the chance.

Blaming customers aged like a fine milk.

OpenAI Board Rotates From CIA to NSA

You may recall when people discussed the OpenAI board in terms of Helen Toner and Tasha McCauley, who became ex-members as Sam Altman was ushered back in a flurry of propaganda by Microsoft.

When we were recruited to the board of OpenAI—Tasha in 2018 and Helen in 2021—we were cautiously optimistic that the company’s innovative approach to self-governance could offer a blueprint for responsible AI development. But based on our experience, we believe that self-governance cannot reliably withstand the pressure of profit incentives.

Helen Toner, of a certain Security Studies program at Georgetown University, was perhaps recruited as a voice of reason in terms of helping manage In-Q-Tel interests. Pushed out by Microsoft’s “full evil” team, she was not exactly working on security in terms of safe operations for a wobbly back-stabbing startup culture, if you know what I mean.

Now OpenAI is pivoting quite awkwardly with a new announcement in an entirely different direction towards “enterprise” operations overseen by an ex-director of the NSA.

OpenAI on Thursday announced its newest board member: Paul M. Nakasone, a retired U.S. Army general and former director of the National Security Agency. Nakasone was the longest-serving leader of the U.S. Cyber Command and chief of the Central Security Service.

“Mr. Nakasone’s insights will also contribute to OpenAI’s efforts to better understand how AI can be used to strengthen cybersecurity by quickly detecting and responding to cybersecurity threats,” OpenAI said in a blog post.

The company said Nakasone will also join OpenAI’s recently created Safety and Security Committee. The committee is spending 90 days evaluating the company’s processes and safeguards before making recommendations to the board and, eventually, updating the public, OpenAI said.

Notably Nakasone joins as the only person on the board with national level information security expertise and experience related to massive operations. Arguably these have been sorely missing from the OpenAI board, given its attempts to both terrify everyone with instability yet want to appear indispensible to American stability interests.

Looking on the bright side, perhaps Nakasone’s appointment will open his eyes and help him articulate privately to the Pentagon why Palantir’s ongoing nonsense should be driven hard out of town. As much as I find OpenAI to be poorly run, opaque and repeatedly stumbling over its questionable intentions (all attributes of Palantir), it still seems fundamentally better than the immoral things an historically ignorant Peter Thiel has done.

Who can forget Palantir paying U.S. Congressmen to viciously attack the U.S. Army in order to shamelessly force the government into buying Palantir products? Even more to the point, Palantir sued in court to force the Army into buying proprietary products from them designed to lock-in customers.

Elon Musk Argues KKK Hoods Good for “Edgy” Expression and Protecting Public Image

Edgy. That’s the term the misogynist hate platform Twitter has started using to justify why it has started deploying digital Klan hoods to protect toxic accounts from accountability. I mean edgy accounts.

Musk and his engineers say that the update is a matter of encouraging free expression. “Important to allow people to like posts without getting attacked for doing so!” Musk argues. His director of engineering says, “Public likes are incentivizing the wrong behavior. For example, many people feel discouraged from liking content that might be ‘edgy’ in fear of retaliation from trolls, or to protect their public image.”

One obviously “gaslit” part of this is how Elon Musk runs multiple inauthentic user accounts where he can like things without any affect on his public image.

On the one hand he argues that he doesn’t want any inauthentic accounts on a platform (while running his own inauthentic accounts), and then on the other hand he argues he doesn’t want people on the platform to be seen for who they are. Nothing means anything, there is no truth, only the “will” of dear leader that changes by the minute to suit his own desires.

Pretty sure in other words his flamingly obvious “gaslit” stance means he really wants to censor and curate his platform into the single largest hate rally in human history.

Rhodesia’s Dead — but White Supremacists Have Given It New Life Online

Elon Musk being from South Africa is notable, given his affinity for Rhodesian toxic doublespeak about freedom of speech used to spread hate and censor people. I remember and recognize it well.

He quotes the Declaration of Rights which guarantees freedom of discussion, freedom of speech and expression—and therefore, of agitation—with no discrimination on grounds of race, colour tilt creed. If from now on that were to be the basis of Government in Southern Rhodesia I should be very much persuaded and certainly play my part in persuading the Africans, but I think every one of us who is fair-minded will agree that the present situation in Southern Rhodesia in these respects is the worst in the whole Commonwealth. […]

Bearing in mind the unhappy history of white minority government in Southern Africa, we should say this afternoon that we will not surrender our reserved powers before existing legislation in Southern Rhodesia which is incompatible with the Declaration of Rights is removed. Unless we do that, we shall make a mockery of the whole inclusion of the Declaration of Rights and get the white man labelled as a hypocrite across the length and breadth of Africa.

Elon Musk has left his unhappy family’s failure at running white nationalism on the African continent only to expand such rank hypocrisy more broadly.