Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Heartbleed bug has slow recovery

Over 500,000 websites are estimated to have been hit with the Heartbleed bug."Many sites, including Google, Facebook, DropBox and OKCupid, have now patched the version of the security software they ran, called OpenSSL, that was vulnerable to Heartbleed." It will be a slow recovery with slow access times for awhile. This is the bug that may or may not have been in some way instigated by the NSA. Sites that are recovering also have to "take action to change a separate security measure if they wanted to be sure that visitors' data did not go astray.This separate measure is known as a security certificate and is a guarantee of a site's identity." All of this hacking and bugging makes one wonder about security that is guaranteed. There really is no such thing. 
Read more about it here

If you have any type of Android device it is being affected by Heartbleed bug although the major companies are working on fixes. Read more about it here

The NSA denies that it knew about and actively used a flaw in OpenSSL to harvest data. This flaw is an entry point for the Heartbleed but. According to info released by Edward Snowden the NSA knew and exploited the problem without informing companies about it so they could protect themselves from criminal hackers.  "OpenSSL is online-data scrambling software used to protect data such as passwords sent online."  To read more about this click here

UM History conf.: Work: The Politics of Laboring in American History May 9-10, 2014

Work: The Politics of Laboring in American History
University of Michigan, Department of History
Graduate Student Conference in US History
May 9-10, 2014
**All events will take place in 1014 Tisch Hall (435 S. State Street).
Friday, May 9:
11:00-11:30 am Opening Remarks
11:30-1:15 pm Panel 1: Above Meets Below: Institutions in American Labor History
Liz Harmon, University of Michigan, “Philanthropic Foundations, Social Welfare Policy, and the Commission on Industrial Relations, 1912-1915”
Cristina Groeger, Harvard University, “Paths to Work: Commercial Education in Boston, 1890-1940”
Andrew Hnatow, Wayne State University, “‘And These Communities Will Become Partial Ghost Towns’: Local 600 and the Campaign Against Industrial Decentralization”
1:15-2:00 pm Lunch
2:00-3:45 pm Panel 2: The Politics of Gendered Laboring
Seth LaShier, George Washington University, “ ‘They Work Us Like They Can’t Do Without Us and Pay Us Like They Don’t Need Us’: The Workplace Politics of Atlanta’s Hospital Workers, 1965-1980”
Emily MacGilivray, University of Michigan, “Paddling Multiple Paths: Native Women’s Negotiation of Settler Colonialism in the Great Lakes Through Mobility, Trade, and Land Ownership”
Amanda Walter, Wayne State University, “Becoming a Priority: Unionizing University Clerical Workers through SEIU District 925”
3:45-4:00 pm Break
4:00-6:00pm Keynote Address
Cynthia Blair, University of Illinois at Chicago
Associate Professor of History and African American Studies
Saturday May 11:
9:30-10:30 Light Breakfast
10:30-12:15 pm Panel 3: In Circulation: Work and Workers on the Move
Amanda Hendrix-Komoto, University of Michigan, “Brigham Young’s Apostate Wife: Ann Eliza Young, the Nineteenth-Century Lyceum, and the Politics of Celebrity”
Sophie Hunt, University of Michigan, “Our bienes being on Cuba”: Gulf Speculations in Land and Labor by John Forbes and Company, 1804-1830
Yevan Terrien, University of Pittsburgh, “Deserting the Mississippi: Labor, Mobility, and Resistance in French Louisiana, 1700-1760”
12:15-1:45pm Lunch
1:45-3:30pm Panel 4: African-American Labor in Transitional Economies
Gloria McCahon Whiting, Harvard University, “ ‘Claiming the Right of Being Born Free, Equal, and Independent’: New England Slaves and the Work of Freedom in the Revolutionary Era”
Charnan Williams, University of Michigan, Title TBD
Michael Stauch, Duke University, “From Pingree Street to Youth Boys, Inc.: Organizing the Drug Trade in Detroit’s Tenth Precinct”
3:30-4:00 Break
4:00-6:00 Panel 5: Industrial Workers, Industrial Values and 20th Century American Capitalism
Nicole Greer, University of Michigan, “Exporting Manliness: The Transnational Worker, the Henry Ford Trade School, and the Gendered Dimensions of American Business”
Zane Curtis-Olsen, Yale University, “Valorizing Sweat Equity as Labor in the Post-Industrial and Post-Urban Renewal City”
Gabriel Winant, Yale University, “The Art of Work in the Age of Mechanical Production: Production, Routine, and the Political Economy of Alienation in the Steel Mills, 1954-1962”

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

27 amazing looking libraries

Here are images of 27 amazing libraries ot celebrate national library week. See

Friday, April 11, 2014

Records of WWI spies/spying released

The British National Archives is releasing more WWI materials online to honor the memory of WWI. This time it's not soldiers diaries or images of soldiers or RAF recordings, but documentation on spies, such as Mata Hari, who died by firing squad, and organizations the Brits spied on, including famous people, authors, and organizations, including the Boy Scouts.  I thought the Boy Scouts just camped and built fires. Apparently someone thought they were up to no good. To read more about it click here

Thursday, April 10, 2014

50th anniversary of LBJ signing the Civil Rights Act of 1964

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the signing of the extremely important Civil Rights Act of 1964, the President Johnson Library, part of the National Archives, is hosting a summit on civil rights.  Johnson fought his friends in the South to pass it. The Fair Housing Act followed. The two acts became law and positively changed the US and most everyone in it.  Thanks LBJ!  To read more click here

I also thought this is interesting. Here are remarks by Pres. Johnson in 1968 about signing the Civil Rights Act.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Gurlitt art update

On Nov. 11th I blogged about stolen art that had recently been found. One story was about Gurlitt's art, most of which had been "missing" for over 70 years.  His father was a collector employed by Nazis to accumulate and sell "degenerate" and other art, mostly confiscated illegally from Jews. After finding a huge stash of art in his apartment and another home, police and those brought in to evaluate and authenticate the art kept quiet about it for two years. Only in late 2013 was the public informed. Gurlitt believes the art he inherited is his and his alone legally. Laws in Germany support him. Now art will be released to owners, but this is maybe 3%  of all of it or 1,280 works (that's just 3%-it boggles the mind!). Descendants of those who were robbed have to be able to document/ prove their legal claim to the art. They have one year. Knowing it was stolen from your family is insufficient. Gurlitt has a book documenting the art, the date, and who the original owners were. Of course it does not state that they were forced to give up or sell at a huge loss art due to the Nazis. Overall, this makes Germany looks bad, really bad, unrepentant about their past history and actions and devoid of any humane desire to rectify the situation. The police, lawyers and courts are all set up to support what were clearly illegal war crimes. What will happen when Gurlitt, who is an old recluse, disturbed by having people around his art and all the press coverage about it, dies? Who will get the art then? Will it go to German museums or people who still believe the provenance is legit? What a deplorable mess of history and cultural artifacts and the actions of humanity. To read more about it click here

Monday, April 7, 2014

Italians find 2 missing paintings

2 French paintings stolen from a London home in 1970, bought for $30 by an Italian man in a lost property sale, and he hung them in his kitchen for about 40 years. The man died, and his son went to sell them. One is a Paul Gauguin worth up to $40 million, the other over $800,000. No heirs so where should they go? Click here to read more