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April 12, 2018

Facebook, Cambridge Analytica — #Contagion #MarkovChain #Network

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

#Facebook — The Markov Chain. The Cambridge Analytica (et.al.) 87 Million user PII data exploitation can be modeled using Markov Chains for Disease and Rumor Spreading in Complex Networks

Isomorphically, the info-wars/propaganda/fake-news/defamation-slander is the same as a pandemic in how it spreads in a complex network (human based or computer based).

According to : Guilherme Ferraz de Arruda, Francisco A. Rodrigues, Pablo Martin Rodriiguez, Emanuele Cozzo, Yamir Moreno

The states are:

(i) susceptible or ignorant (X)

(ii) infected or spreader (Y )

(iii) recovered or stifler (Z)

So which state are you?

Ignorant, Spreader or Stifler.

I believe my wife & I have worked very hard to become Stiflers (Z).

Unlike Mark Zuckerberg, I was not part of the 87 Million!

So I would like to thank my Facebook direct-connected friends. You acted as Stiflers. As such I was not infected/compromised. I could not have done that without you! Thanks!

To those who would Twitter or Facebook shame the X or Y people, I say you are misdirected in your efforts. The ones who need to be held accountable are Cambridge Analytica (et. al. ) who intentionally released the contagion in Facebook’s network and the Facebook people who engaged Cambridge Analytica (i. e. took their money) & who failed to disengage Cambridge Analytica (et. al. ) in a reasonable timeframe. They inflicted the contagion upon X & Y.

The Z people (my Facebook friends) saved me and the other (330Million less 87Million) Americans from being exposed.

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April 25, 2013

The Last Pandemic … 1918 — #Genealogy, #Polish, #War

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

Block_A week ago Stanczyk wrote about Cholera and its 5th Pandemic. This week I was searching for ‘Status Animarum‘ (Latin for ‘State of the Souls’). That is a type of church census. Often these censuses include three generations. I stopped in a list of Google results. I stopped for Cleveland’s St. Stanislaus’ 1918 Status Animarum.

Now Stanczyk has a branch of the family in Cleveland and at the St Stanislaus parish. 1918 was the tail end of World War I. It was also the main year of the last epidemic,  … the flu,  sometime called the Spanish Flu. More people died from the flu than from the war. Pestilence won again. I am sure war had something to do with the pestilence and people weakened immune systems.

World War I was different then almost all other wars in US history. We had citizens training and fighting in two armies against a common enemy. You had Polish-Americans serving in the US Army and you had Polish Americans serving in the French colors (Blue Army), Polish-led (General Haller), Canadian-trained, with men from the USA who were Polish ethnically. So a world war and pestilence both ran amok.

This Status Animarum was not the kind like in European parishes that listed two-three family generations and their home, census-like. This was a Status Animarum Report — summarized at the parish level …

1918_Cleveland_StStanislaus_pg1 1918_Cleveland_StStanislaus_pg2

Blessedly, with about one thousand men serving in the military (3/4 USA, 1/4 Polish) and the Flu Pandemic, only 18 men had died!

  1.8%  

Statistically, Cleveland’s St. Stanislaus had lucked out. The other statistic, 25% of the men served in Haller’s Army (aka the Blue Army). This device allowed the US men to have a presence in the World War, before the USA was ready … emotionally to end its isolationism and enter the war itself. I wonder if this percentage held true in all Polish parishes in the USA?

What desperate times were those? And yet, is today not like a hundred years ago? We shall see. It has been nearly a century since the last pandemic. Will the Chinese bird-flu be the next pandemic? Time will tell. Certainly, there is plenty of warfare about the globe and plenty of sabre rattling.

April 17, 2013

The Fifth (5th) Cholera Epidemic [1881-1896] — #Genealogy, #History, #Morbus, #WordlessWednesday

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

Another Wordless Wednesday blog post. (Hmmm… somewhat wordless).

1892 Cholera Epidemic  … Russian Empire lost > 250,000 people (note the red boxes)…

Newspaper / Book Clippings:

1892 September Cholera Newspapers

Sources:


Google Books – The Cholera Epidemic of 1892 in the Russian Empire: With Notes Upon

Fulton History – Mount Vernon NY Daily Argus September 27th, 1892

Trove Digitised Newspapers – Brisbane Courier September 14th, 1892

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