Gun Violence, Environment & Computer Security Discussed

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Of 11,419 gun death victims in 2013, 85% were male and about 50% were 30 years of age or younger. Source: http://www.guns.periscopic.com.

This week’s TVSet show takes on three big issues: Gun violence, human impact on the environment and computer security (particularly Windows 10 security concerns). Tune in on Channel 11 tonight, October 18 at 6:00 p.m. The show repeats October 21 on Channel 22 at 7:00 p.m. and on October 26 on Channel 23 at 5:00 p.m.

Do your own research on the issues using these links:

COMPUTER SECURITY

REMOVE UNWANTED PROGRAMS (PC-Decrapifier)
http://www.pcdecrapifier.com/

WINDOWS 10 SECURITY CONCERNS

FROM FORBES MAGAZINE:
http://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2014/10/06/windows-10-spying/

WIN-10 MANUAL_SETTINGS:
http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2015/07/30/windows-10-privacy-settings/

WIN-10_AUTOMATED_SETTINGS (DoNotSpy10) NOTE: AdSupported:
http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/donotspy10.html

WIN-10_AUTOMATED_SETTINGS (DestroyWindows-10 Spying)
DESTROY_WINDOWS_SPYING:
https://github.com/Nummer/Destroy-Windows-10-Spying

ADVANCED: HOSTS_FILE_ADDITIONS:
http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/destroy_windows_10_spying.html

WINDOWS 7 & WINDOWS 8 UPGRADE:

FROM FORBES MAGAZINE:
http://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2015/08/30/windows-10-spying-on-windows-7-and-windows-8/

VIDEO_ON _WIN-10_UPGRADE_DEFEAT
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bx3DsDtBSxU

INFORMATION_ON _WIN-10_UPGRADE_DEFEAT
http://winsupersite.com/windows-10/prevent-windows-10-upgrade-installing-after-making-your-reservation

HEAVY HAMMER APPROACH_TO DEFEAT_WIN-10_UPGRADE
http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/windows-7-to-10-gwx-how-to-remove.html

ALTERNATIVE SECURE BROWSER (Aviator)
https://www.whitehatsec.com/aviator/

ALTERNATIVE SEARCH ENGINE (Duck-Duck-Go)
https://duckduckgo.com/

GUN VIOLENCE:

11 ESSENTIAL FACTS ABOUT U.S. GUNS AND MASS SHOOTINGS
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonkblog/wp/2015/06/18/11-essential-facts-about-guns-and-mass-shootings-in-the-united-states/

LIST OF RAMPAGE KILLERS
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_rampage_killers

US MASS SHOOTINGS, 1982-2015
http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/12/mass-shootings-mother-jones-full-data

MASS SHOOTINGS TOLL EXCEEDS 900 IN PAST SEVEN YEARS
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/02/21/mass-shootings-domestic-violence-nra/1937041/

ANIMATED INFOGRAPHIC ON MASS GUN KILLINGS
http://guns.periscopic.com/?year=2013

ENVIRONMENT & MAN:

THIS LAND IS OUR LAND (NESTLE WATER GRAB)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qcus410BwX8

Every Refugee has a Story

Everything is a bit chaotic, but at the same time everything flows and A LOT is achieved. It is quite impressive.”

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Syrian refugee family after arriving on the Greek Island of Kos. Photo: ibtimes.co.uk

TVSet has a friend helping refugees on the Greek island of Kos. She is sending us updates of her work and the situation on the island. Our thanks to Barbara and all the other volunteers that are trying to ease the journey of refugees fleeing war and persecution. And we offer a reminder that it the moral and legal duty of each country to welcome refugees. To read more about Barbara’s journey and the refugee crisis, read the October 4 TVSet blog.

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Refugees arrive on Kos having traveled across the Mediterranean in a small dinghy. Photo: ibtimes.co.uk

October 6, 2015

We just moved to a new warehouse and I have been sorting used clothes most of the time. Also, I have been helping with food distribution. In the evening, many of us go to the port to see off refugees who leave with the ferry to Athens at 8 pm. We take jackets, sweaters and shoes because it is colder in Athens. As far as we know, there is little help in Athens. Also, we distribute a brochure that helps them orient themselves in Athens. Most refugees stay on Kos for 2-3 days only.

There are handicapped people here who can barely walk who do not get special aid!! How are they going to make the long journey?

Last night I went to the port at [12:00 a.m.] just to get a taste of the night shift. Between midnight and [1 a.m.] about 20 people arrived, most of them Pakistanis. At night we distribute water, some food, clothes for those who are wet. There are two night shifts, 12-4 a.m., 4-9 a.m. About 8 people should be in each shift because people arrive in throngs often.
I left around 1:30 am. I leave the night work to young people. Many of them work round the clock during the time they are here. Lots of Swedish volunteer. That country is impressive!

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Refugees finding brief refuge on Kos. Photo: dailymail.co.uk

There is a lack of good management, which is not surprising given that we are all volunteers and most people stay for 1-2 weeks only. Everything is a bit chaotic, but at the same time everything flows and A LOT is achieved. It is quite impressive. Many young volunteers give it all during the short time that they are here.

I will continue sorting clothes today. Tomorrow I am off to Kalymnos.

Barbara

October 11, 2015

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Syrian refugee family arrives on Kalymnos via Turkey. Photo: Barbara Schulz

On the photo you see Adla and her two kids. She is Kurdish, from Syria. Her husband, a philosophy professor in Damascus, was killed by IS two years ago. Her parents died in the war, also. She fled with her family via Lebanon and Turkey. They went to Izmir and from there to the harbor. She paid 4.800 euro for herself and the two kids for passage to Kalymnos on a very small boat. See picture. Twelve refugees were stuffed into this small boat. While waiting for the boat, a plane checking for migrants flew over. They hid under the trees. The sea was very calm, so they decided to cross. They were lucky and arrived.

I met them at the harbor the day I arrived here. Since there is such squalor where they put up the refugees for the night, I paid a room for them at Papadi’s [accommodations where Barbara is staying] for two nights. 50 euros well spent!

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Small boat that carried 12 refugees from Izmir, Turkey, to Kalymnos, Greece. Photo: Barbara Schulz

They are waiting for some papers from the police and then they are off to Athens, and then the long journey to Austria, where she has a brother.

Every refugee has a story…

Barbara

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Refugee accommodations, Kalymnos, Greece. Photo: Barbara Schulz

Refugee Crisis Breaks All Records

Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.” Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 14(1)

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Fifty-nine million five hundred thousand. That’s the number of displaced persons fleeing armed conflict, persecution and humanitarian crises in 2014. That is the most displaced persons since World War II and the UN predicts 2015 will see even more refugees trying to find a place to call home, where they can find stability, jobs, education and political, religious, speech freedoms. At least that is their hope. And they are willing to sacrifice everything to attempt to start their lives over in a strange country, with unfamiliar culture and language, and where they are likely to be treated with suspicion and as second-class citizens.

The millions arriving in Europe – most often via Iran, Libya and Turkey – are not migrants. They are refugees, and the distinction is critical. In the aftermath of World War II, 141 countries signed on to the United Nations Convention‘s Status of Refugees, a landmark that sets the standards for the treatment of refugees. This international law dictates that countries have responsibility to protect refugees.

A few definitions:

  • A refugee is forced to flee their country to escape war, persecution or a natural disaster. It is estimated that there are close to 20 million refugees in 2014. These are people for whom denial of asylum has potentially deadly consequences.
  • Internally displaced persons are forced to flee their homes, but they remain within their country’s borders, an estimated 38.2 million in 2014.
  • An estimated 1.8 million people were awaiting the outcome of claims for asylum.
  • A migrants is someone who chooses to seek better living conditions in another country. Countries deal with migrants based on individual immigration policies and processes, while international law dictates that countries have a responsibility to protect refugees.

Rights crucial to refugee protection required by countries signed onto the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and/or the 1967 Protocol include:

  • Recognition
  • Protection
  • Providing alternatives to detention
  • Protection against discrimination

Tune into TV Set airing October 14, 2015 and its rebroadcasts for a timely and thought provoking discussion. Barbara, a friend of TVSet is on the ground in Kos, Greece, volunteering to help arriving refugees get shelter, food and water for Kos Solidarity. Here are letters posted to the show’s host, Jim Wrathall:

October 1, 2015 – I arrived in Kos and shared a cab from the airport with some young German women from Cologne who, as it turns out, are also volunteers. They are meeting someone from Kos Solidarity tomorrow so I am connected already. They said that about 500 refugees land each night. The owner of the hotel where I stay said it was 1000 per night in the summer.

— Barbara

October 2, 2015 – Well, I met some people from Kos Solidarity this morning. The meeting place downtown is near the harbor, right next to the beach and the police office. Along the beach there are about fifty tents, all inhabited by men, most of them young guys. I heard they are mostly from Bangladesh and Pakistan. The Syrian families all live in hotels, which are paid for by Swedish or UK organizations. Across the water is Turkey. It is so close you can see individual houses. It just takes 40 min by ferry to get there, and it only costs 10 euro for tourists, but it is much more expensive for the refugees.

After a short intro we were immediately put to work. We distributed croissants and milk to the young male refugees, who are made stand in line. They were well behaved. No problems. Women volunteers were advised to wear sleeves, no tank tops or tight shorts because of testosterone levels.

Near the beach there are many mobile toilets and there is a hose so the guys can clean themselves.

After distributing breakfast, I went to their warehouse, the logistical center, and helped make sandwiches. We made 700 sandwiches for dinner. I heard that there are currently 800 refugees on Kos, and that they are ferried off to Athens within a few days after registering here.

Most of the people who work here are young European volunteers. It looked like only 15-20 percent were Greek. Lots of Germans, Dutch, Italians, British, Irish, also some Argentineans. Most volunteers stay for a week only, it seems.

The warehouse is the storage place for donations, which are sorted into piles. Jobs for volunteers are preparing/packing food, sort and pack clothes, toys and whatever is donated and take these things to the beach and the hotels. Most of the time there is no manager or leader around and it all seems a bit chaotic, but somehow things flow because there are so many people ready to work. Other jobs are cleaning the beach, sorting donations at the warehouse. There is also a nightshift: patrolling the beach by car and pick up new refugee arrivals, take them to tents or hotels, give them blankets. The most important meeting is at 9 pm at a restaurant where all volunteers convene and sign up for jobs the following day. The food there is supposed to be excellent.

One can work the whole day and night, and one can try to be ambitious and help organizing. I am not ambitious and plan to work only morning till mid-afternoon. Then I will take a nap and study Greek, take a stroll. I will also take some days off and explore the island.

There are other organizations here: UN, MSF (Doctors Without Borders), Red Cross. Two German women expats cook Syrian dishes for the families in their home. All help is welcome and possible.

— Barbara

October 3, 2015 – Hi. Just a quick update. Yesterday I spent most of the day helping a young Pakistani who had dislocated his shoulder. Took him to the hospital. It took forever till the doctor came. One of his friends died on the boat trip. While we were waiting police came with a dead body. Today they found a baby dead on the beach. I have not yet done a night shift – they are the most strenuous because most people arrive at night and need immediate care: dry clothes, food, a place to stay. Today I worked at one of the hotels where Syrian families stay. I helped organize things, distributed food etc.

The Swedes are by far the biggest group of volunteers, and very generous donators. I am fine and like what I do. I am still not overworked, and still take naps. In a few days I will go to Kalymnos, another island. They need more help there.

— Barbara

Below are links relevant to the show’s discussion:

Guide to Intl Refugee Law – http://www.unhcr.org/3d4aba564.html

Refugee crisis: What’s happening on the ground in Greece – http://www.mercycorps.org/articles/turkey-iraq-jordan-lebanon-syria/refugee-crisis-whats-happening-ground-greece

Here’s how you can help during the refugee crisis in Europe –http://mashable.com/2015/09/03/refugee-crisis-how-to-help/#V1yL2K7i9OqJ

Refugee crisis: apart from Syrians, who is travelling to Europe? – http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/sep/10/refugee-crisis-apart-from-syrians-who-else-is-travelling-to-europe

Department of Defense Information Report – https://www.judicialwatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Pg.-291-Pgs.-287-293-JW-v-DOD-and-State-14-812-DOD-Release-2015-04-10-final-version11.pdf