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Understanding attribution 2 – assumptions

in addition to previous post and specifically about Russia because of the current noise – how easy to associate and make assumptions:

https://fightingstuff.wordpress.com/2017/11/15/understanding-attribution-using-connected-technologies-is-not-possible-for-most-of-us-never-will-be/

  1. A post or reply to a social media post, blog, online discussion in whatever context has a Russian name, name with Cyrillic characters, that the post or reply was typed by a Russian human or a Russian bot.
  2. As for 1 but the post or reply is from an alias or anonymous, that it is from a Russian human or Russian bot. If you see an alias or anonymous post this creates instant uncertainty or in some cases fear – and whatever or whomever you associate with being uncertain or scared will form your judgment. Especially if there has been a lot of recent multi sensory repeated associations
  3. “An ally of Vladimir Putin” means a current close associate whom Vladimir Putin confides in and trusts to act in his & his country’s interests. How do you know that X is a close ally unless you yourself are such an ally or have heard everything he says / does within the walls of a kremlin or elsewhere?
  4. “Vladimir Putin said… reading between the lines” during whatever speech in whatever year – as above re associations. Lines are personal to the ones who see and read between them.
  5. A journalist or politician says that talking or meeting with a Russian is a crime, conspiracy to commit a crime or betrayal of a country, so it must be true. For anyone who has never spoken to a Russian then this could be believed but it could be any human posing as a journalist or politician that doesn’t want people talking to Russians or bot programmed to inhibit people talking to Russians. Or any human or bot in another job or social role.

Crocuses

New garden is concrete, this is current garden

What a Russian President does vs what a Russian Prime Minister does

To mostly ignorant outsiders like myself, this was a little confusing but have found some clarity in the Russian Constitution: http://www.constitution.ru/en/10003000-05.htm

Russian President – articles 83-90

Article 83

The President of the Russian Federation shall:

appoint by agreement with the State Duma the Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation;
have the right to chair meetings of the Government of the Russian Federation;
adopt decision on the registration of the Government of the Russian Federation;
present to the State Duma a candidate for the appointment to the post of the Chairman of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation, raise before the State Duma the issue of dismissing the Chairman of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation;
on the proposal by the Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation appoint and dismiss deputy chairmen of the Government of the Russian Federation and federal ministers;
present to the Council of the Federation candidates for appointment as judges of the Constitution Court of the Russian Federation, the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, the Higher Court of Arbitration of the Russian Federation, as well as a candidate for the post of the Procurator-General of the Russian Federation; appoint judges of other federal courts;
form and head the Security Council of the Russian Federation, the status of which is determined by the federal law;
approve the military doctrine of the Russian Federation;
form the Administration of the President of the Russian Federation;
appoint and dismiss plenipotentiary representatives of the President of the Russian Federation;
appoint and dismiss the supreme command of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation;
after consultations with corresponding committees and commissions of the chambers of the Federal Assembly appoint and recall diplomatic representatives of the Russian Federation in foreign States and international organizations.

Article 84

The President of the Russian Federation shall:

announce elections to the State Duma according to the Constitution of the Russian Federation and the federal law;
dissolve the State Duma in cases and according to the rules fixed by the Constitution of the Russian Federation;
announce a referendum according to the rules fixed by the federal constitutional law;
submit bills to the State Duma;
sign and make public the federal laws;
address the Federal Assembly with annual messages on the situation in the country, on the guidelines of the internal and foreign policy of the State.

Article 85

1. The President of the Russian Federation may use conciliatory procedures to solve disputes between the bodies of state authority of the Russian Federation and bodies of state authority of the subjects of the Russian Federation, as well as between bodies of state authority of the subjects of the Russian Federation. In case no agreed decision is reached, he shall have the right to submit the dispute for the consideration of a corresponding court.

2. The President of the Russian Federation shall have the right to suspend acts of the Bodies of executive power of the subjects of the Russian Federation in case these acts contradict the Constitution of the Russian Federation and the federal laws, international commitments of the Russian Federation or violate the rights and freedoms of man and citizen until the issue is solved by a corresponding court.

Article 86

The President of the Russian Federation shall:

govern the foreign policy of the Russian Federation;
hold negotiations and sign international treaties and agreements of the Russian Federation;
sign ratification instruments;
received credentials and letters of recall of diplomatic representatives accredited to him.

Article 87

1. The President of the Russian Federation shall be the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation.

2. In case of an aggression against the Russian Federation or of a direct threat of aggression the President of the Russian Federation shall introduce in the territory of the Russian Federation or in its certain parts a martial law and immediately inform the Council of the Federation and the State Duma about this .

3. The regime of the martial law shall be defined by the federal constitutional law.

Article 88

The President of the Russian Federation, in circumstances and according to the rules envisaged by the federal constitutional law, shall introduce a state of emergency in the territory of the Russian Federation or in its certain parts and immediately inform the Council of the Federation and the State Duma about this.

Article 89

The President of the Russian Federation shall:

solve the issues of citizenship of the Russian Federation and of granting political asylum;
decorate with state awards of the Russian Federation, award honourary titles of the Russian Federation, higher military and higher special ranks;
decide on pardoning.

Article 90

1. The President of the Russian Federation shall issue decrees and orders.

2. The decrees and orders of the President of the Russian Federation shall be obligatory for fulfillment in the whole territory of the Russian Federation.

3. Decrees and orders of the President of the Russian Federation shall not run counter to the Constitution of the Russian Federation and the federal laws.

Prime Minister – chairman of the federal government via wikipedia:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prime_Minister_of_Russia

The use of the term “Prime Minister” is strictly informal and is not allowed for by the Russian Constitution and other laws.

In general, the Prime Minister serves more of an administrative role, nominating members of the Cabinet and implementing domestic policy. In accordance with the federal constitutional law “On the Government of the Russian Federation” the Prime Minister exercises the following duties:

determines the operating priorities of the Government and organizes its work in accordance with the Constitution, federal constitutional laws, federal laws and Presidential decrees
submits to the President proposals on the structure and functions of the central institutions of the executive branch (e.g. ministries and federal agencies);[6]
nominates the vice prime ministers, federal ministers and other officers and presents them to the President;
submits to the President proposals on punishment and rewards of the Government members;
represents the Government as an institution in foreign relations and inside the country;
heads the sessions of the Government and its Presidium where he has the decisive vote;
signs the acts of the Government;
report annually to the State Duma about the Government activities;
distributes duties among members of the Government;
systematically informs the President about the Government activities;

The Prime Minister is ex officio a member of:

The Security Council of the Russian Federation;
The Council of the Heads of Government of the Commonwealth of Independent States;
The Supreme State Council of the Union State of Russia and Belarus;
The Council of the Heads of Government of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization;
The Interstate Council of the Eurasian Economic Community (EurAsEC);

Taekwondo coaching notes

Sort of keeping informal diary of what was done but generally noting – all sessions have been outside

First session:

Slightly longer warm up and stretch with explanation

Reassurance re not following, slow, stiff, no need to learn everything at once…

If attendees in tight trousers:

– no running, skip, knees up/behind warmup – walking & foot cross over side to side only

– no pattern and front snap, half turn only

Blocks, strikes, stances and explanations

How to hold pad

Can use tree if no wall for stretches

2nd – 5th session

As above where applicable

Emphasise foot angles, positioning including turns

By 5th session

– ask them to shout if not already doing

– holding kick paddle facing partner if not already doing

If not many attendees can try double side kicks

Moving around in drills not just practice forward/back in lines, do the unexpected

Intro to one step sparring and 1st poomsae movements.

6th session onwards

Sparring – introduce body armour and sparring, start to adjust force accordingly but give extra space/time.

Drills – introduce reverse kicks if confident with front kicks.

Dojo – green bit by left tree and bench:

If you’re like me and running low or out of steam

Here’s a bit. You’re welcome !

steam train

LMS / VLE student experience chatbot

Whilst doing other chatbot stuff,  am in the process of analysing some of the queries that come into our team – we operate a learning management system / virtual learning environment helpdesk for students. They can already submit tickets so we are using an export of those initially for reference. There is a huge amount of duplication across teams in resolving queries so this will provide students with another option available when they need it. Don’t know if we will have it available for next academic year yet due to existing projects. Some interesting ideas in https://chatbotsmagazine.com/chatbot-for-college-students-4-chatbots-tips-perfect-for-college-students-98bf96839913

There is a case study by Farhan Karmali building with Dialogflow https://assets.moodlemoot.org/sites/44/20180103073353/Creating-a-chatbot-in-Moodle-presented-by-Mr.-Farhan-Kamali.pdf

Also Matt Porritt using Amazon https://ilite.wordpress.com/2017/10/18/the-first-moodle-chatbot-at-last-moodlemoot-australia-2017/

What would be better are open source options with either using BotLibre and creating a bot or writing your own chatscript.

Very early thoughts on how a student might use, based on reading about conversation frameworks and previously elementsstudentexperience-chatbot0.1

mindmap of early conversation