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Jul 04 07:46

New Website Makes It Easy to Contact U.S. Elected Officials and Voice Opposition to 5G

By B.N. Frank

The telecom industry has provided no scientific evidence that 5G is safe.

Thanks to The People’s Initiative Foundation for setting up this webpage and getting straight to the point with their campaign, “Let’s Kill 5G Before It Kills Us.”...

Jul 03 17:41

Bitcoin's energy consumption 'equals that of Switzerland'

Currently, the tool estimates that Bitcoin is using around seven gigawatts of electricity, equal to 0.21% of the world's supply.

That is as much power as would be generated by seven Dungeness nuclear power plants at once.

Over the course of a year, this equates to roughly the same power consumption as Switzerland.

Jul 03 17:35

Thumbs Down to Facebook’s Cryptocurrency

Only a fool would trust Facebook with his or her financial wellbeing. But maybe that’s the point: with so much personal data on some 2.4 billion monthly active users, who knows better than Facebook just how many suckers are born every minute?

Jul 03 14:07

Next-Generation Global Satellites Could Completely Erase Privacy: MIT

By Nicholas West

The emergence of low-cost micro satellites is a trend that I’ve been covering for several years. It has spawned a global surveillance arms race that has drawn interest from the usual military sources like GEOINT, DARPA and Lockheed Martin, as well as commercial interests such as DigitalGlobe and EarthNow, the latter of which received backing from Bill Gates.

The holy grail is, of course, to create a web of surveillance with the capability to access streaming HD video in real-time for any location on the planet...

Jul 03 12:29

BREAKING: 'Mini-AOC' Done Doing Videos Because of 'Death Threats,' 'Left's Harassment'

The viral video machine that was Ava "Mini AOC" Martinez will no longer be making videos mocking socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), because reports are surfacing that supporters of Ocasio-Cortez have allegedly repeatedly harassed, doxxed and made "death threats" against the child and her family.

Jul 03 11:43

Walmart and Others Train Employees with Virtual Reality Despite Research Proving Harm Caused by It

By B.N. Frank

Research has already proven that Virtual Reality (VR) is not safe. The goggles expose users to harmful (and sometimes blinding) Blue Light and harmful (and sometimes cancerous) Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) at close-range...

Jul 03 10:47

Catherine Austin Fitts Interviews Patrick Wood On Technocracy

By Catherine Austin Fitts

This is a transcript from an extensive and wide-ranging interview with Catherine Austin Fitts on June 13, 2019. We covered Opportunity Zones, Smart Cities and Technocracy. It is a must-read for everyone wanting to understand the economic side of Technocracy...

Jul 03 07:37

AMAZON ADMITS IT KEEPS ALEXA VOICE RECORDINGS INDEFINITELY

Amazon last week confirmed that it keeps transcripts of interactions with Alexa, even after users have deleted the voice recordings.

Jul 03 06:25

Candles4Assange: Catalans Celebrate WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange’s Birthday; March For Own Freedom

By Aaron Kesel

Today, people all over the world are celebrating WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange’s birthday, and Freedom Of Press with the #Candles4Julian campaign, but one group of people — the Catalans — are also marching in a hunger strike celebrating their independence and fighting for the freedom of their own politically imprisoned comrades...

Jul 02 19:08

SpaceX Rivals Make Claims of Special Treatment to Blast Earth With WiFi and 5G Radiation

By B.N. Frank

Activist Post has been reporting about the growing list of credible sources who continue issuing warnings about satellites and similar devices being sent into space and the stratosphere to blast harmful WiFi and 5G back down at us on Earth. But there are many companies jockeying for position with the FCC...

Jul 02 16:47

Facebook Plans More Targeting of “Misinformation” Leading Up The 2020 Election

Civil rights for everyone – just as long as you fall in line and promote the official narrative and make sure you agree with Facebook’s agenda. This is becoming too easy to see as censorship anymore. Anyone falling for this is a victim of propaganda designed to manipulate thoughts and opinions. Don’t fall for it.

Jul 02 16:03

The most important thing to check before buying a Chromebook

Google's able to control Chromebook updates completely on its own — and that means pipin' hot software can roll out to all current devices within days of its release, regardless of who made each laptop or where it was purchased. (And, uh, yeah: Suffice it to say, the same can't exactly be said for Android.)

That's a valuable assurance to have, especially when you're spending hundreds of dollars on a computer you'd ideally like to use for a while. But as with many things in life, Chromebooks do have built-in expiration dates — points at which they'll no longer receive operating system updates and thus won't be advisable to use. And no matter what kind of deal you think you're getting on a Chromebook, the ultimate price you're paying is really all relative to that one variable and how long it allows the laptop to remain viable.

Jul 02 15:37

Amazon Alexa keeps your data with no expiration date, and shares it too

"Amazon's response leaves open the possibility that transcripts of user voice interactions with Alexa are not deleted from all of Amazon's servers, even after a user has deleted a recording of his or her voice," the lawmaker said in a statement. "What's more, the extent to which this data is shared with third parties, and how those third parties use and control that information, is still unclear."

Amazon said it uses the transcripts for training its voice assistant, and also so customers can know what Alexa thought it heard for voice commands. Those transcripts aren't anonymized -- Amazon explained that they're associated with every user's account.

Jul 02 15:34

UChicago SUED for providing Google with sensitive patient data

A former University of Chicago medical patient filed a class-action lawsuit against the University of Chicago and Google, claiming that the University of Chicago Medical Center is giving private patient information to the tech giant without patients' consent.

About two years ago, the university medical center partnered with Google with the hope of identifying patterns in patient health records to help predict future medical issues.

Now, former patient Matt Dinerstein is filing a lawsuit on behalf of the medical center’s patients, alleging that the university violated privacy laws by sharing sensitive health records with Google from 2009 to 2016, aiding Google’s goal of creating a digital health record system, according to the Chicago Maroon.

Jul 02 15:31

Endless AI-generated spam risks clogging up Google’s search results

Over the past year, AI systems have made huge strides in their ability to generate convincing text, churning out everything from song lyrics to short stories. Experts have warned that these tools could be used to spread political disinformation, but there’s another target that’s equally plausible and potentially more lucrative: gaming Google.

Instead of being used to create fake news, AI could churn out infinite blogs, websites, and marketing spam. The content would be cheap to produce and stuffed full of relevant keywords. But like most AI-generated text, it would only have surface meaning, with little correspondence to the real world. It would be the information equivalent of empty calories, but still potentially difficult for a search engine to distinguish from the real thing.

Jul 02 13:32

Scott Adams: AOC Theater, Nike, Democrat Polls, Kim’s Health

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1146056006427746305

Comparing President Trump’s style to President Obama’s style
AOC’s strong visual persuasion talent
YouTube is routinely demonetizing my videos…why?
Selective edit creates OPPOSITE opinion of what full video shows?
Ability to reverse appearance of what happened is scary
Bill Pulte giving money away to help change society
FB border control group postings “filled” with derogatory things
Tucker Carlson noted that Chairman Kim was wheezing at DMZ
President Trump made a point of mentioning he’s healthy
Designing a perfect house…How they SHOULD be built, but aren’t

Jul 02 12:25

ADL: Google Search 'Redirect' Program Built to Fight ISIS Will Now Be Used On Americans

Google-funded Moonshot CVE is working together with the Anti-Defamation League and the Google Jigsaw-partnered Gen Next Foundation to "redirect" Google searches related to "extremist narratives" -- such as the idea that there is a "'European' identity" that is "under threat" -- the president of the ADL announced Monday.

Jul 02 12:16

AT&T Outage Hits Emergency Services Calls and Texting in Multiple States

An outage hit AT&T network callers on Tuesday, affecting calls to emergency services and users’ ability to send text messages.

Several regions reported the network issues, with police departments advising AT&T users that emergency services were unable to be reached in some areas. A spokesperson for AT&T confirmed the issues in a statement to Gizmodo.

“Earlier this morning some wireless customers may have been unable to connect to 911. This has been resolved and we apologize to anyone who was affected,” a spokesperson said by email.

Jul 02 12:11

Security flaws in a popular smart home hub let hackers unlock front doors

When is a smart home not so smart? When it can be hacked.

That’s exactly what security researchers Chase Dardaman and Jason Wheeler did with one of the Zipato smart hubs. In new research published Tuesday and shared with TechCrunch, Dardaman and Wheeler found three security flaws which, when chained together, could be abused to open a front door with a smart lock.

Jul 02 10:16

Cloudflare Worldwide Outage Caused by Bad Software Deployment

Cloudfare experienced a worldwide outage today for about 30 minutes, with network performance issues that brought down a multitude of websites and web services all around the world, and triggered "502 Bad Gateway" errors.

While various speculations said that the provider of content delivery network and DDoS mitigation services was being under attack, Cloudfare's John Graham-Cumming says that the 502 errors seen by visitors of Cloudfare sites were actually caused by a spike in CPU utilization on the provider's network.

"This CPU spike was caused by a bad software deploy that was rolled back," adds Graham-Cumming. "Once rolled back the service returned to normal operation and all domains using Cloudflare returned to normal traffic levels."

"This was not an attack (as some have speculated) and we are incredibly sorry that this incident occurred," also stated Graham-Cumming in a post on the company's official blog.

Jul 02 10:14

Google alters search results to discredit nutritional supplements and natural health websites

Following the removal of Mercola.com and many other natural health websites from its search results, Google is now upping the ante by trying to dictate what users search for by completing their queries with all sorts of anti-natural health propaganda.

GreenMedInfo, which was recently banned by Mailchimp for sending out newsletters containing vaccine science, recently conducted an experiment, type the words “organic is a” into Google’s search bar. Here are the autocomplete recommendations that came up:

• organic is a lie
• organic is always non gmo
• organic is a sham
• organic is a myth
• organic is a waste of money
• organic is a marketing gimmick
• organic is always non gmo logo

Jul 02 09:13

California Unveils Big Brother Education System to Track Kids From “Cradle to Career”

By Shane Trejo

The California legislature has approved legislation that will be signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom to set up an educational system that will use big data to track children from “cradle to career.”

Senate Bill 75 was approved by a vote of 31-7 in the Senate and 62-14 in the Assembly. It will create a “longitudinal” data system that profiles and manipulates pupils from the earliest of ages so they are guided into a career determined by the central planners...

Jul 02 09:02

Google censors “white couples” from image search as part of racist, anti-white “fairness” initiative

We’ve uncovered yet another social justice scheme being perpetrated by Google that involves censoring images of white people from search queries for “white couples.”

To go along with the company’s nefarious efforts to steer people away from eating organic food and taking dietary supplements, Google is now trying to memory hole the existence of white couples by populating its image archive with images of interracial or even black couples when searching for “white couples.”

Jul 02 08:49

Maker of popular smart-home software continues to leave database containing billions of users' passwords OPEN online, report reveals

According to researchers at vpnMentor who discovered the leak, the database contains usernames, email addresses, passwords, and geo-locations and continues to be publicly accessible since their initial discovery in mid-June.

Researchers have repeatedly tried to notify Orvibo -- makers of smart locks, security cameras, smart bulbs, and more -- but have yet to receive a response. In all, the company manufactures more than 100 smart home products.

VpnMentor reports that the the breach appear to affect customers around the world including some in China, Japan, Thailand, the U.S., the U.K., Mexico, France, Australia, and Brazil.

'The amount of data available from Orvibo’s servers is enormous. It’s also highly specific, which shows just how much data smart home devices can collect about their users,' said vpnMentor in a report.

Jul 02 07:40

Second Florida City Pays Hackers. How Smart Cities Leave Themselves Open for Cyberattacks.

By B.N. Frank

A city employee clicking on a malicious link is being blamed for this recent cyber attack in Lake City, Florida. Insurance will cover most of the ransom and taxpayers will cover the rest. Argh.

Hackers targeting local and state governments is on the rise. Regardless, many local and state governments are choosing to set themselves up for this by installing wireless utility Smart Meters, 5G, the Internet of Things (IoT) and by promoting and incorporating Smart Cities...

Jul 01 18:54

AI Created a 3D Replica of Our Universe. We Have No Idea How It Works.

The first-ever artificial intelligence simulation of the universe seems to work like the real thing — and is almost as mysterious.

Researchers reported the new simulation June 24 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The goal was to create a virtual version of the cosmos in order to simulate different conditions for the universe's beginning, but the scientists also hope to study their own simulation to understand why it works so well.

"It's like teaching image-recognition software with lots of pictures of cats and dogs, but then it's able to recognize elephants," study co-author Shirley Ho, a theoretical astrophysicist at the Center for Computational Astrophysics in New York City, said in a statement. "Nobody knows how it does this, and it's a great mystery to be solved."

Jul 01 18:50

Goodbye, tablets

Remember when tablets were hotter than hot and were going to replace PCs? Er, yeah, about that: I don’t think so.

Five years ago, Gartner bravely predicted that more than half of all users would use a tablet or smartphone first — instead of a laptop or desktop — for all online activities. Well, it was half right.

Smartphones, according to NetMarketShare, now make up 54% of the market. Desktops and laptops make up the bulk of the rest, with 41%. Tablets? A mere 4.61%, with their numbers ever declining.

Jul 01 16:00

HOW ISRAELI SPIES ARE FLOODING FACEBOOK AND TWITTER

Israel secretly operates a troll army of thousands, partly funded by a government department. The Ministry of Strategic Affairs is dedicated to a global “war” against BDS, the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement for Palestinian rights.

Jul 01 11:56

FACE-READING AI TELLS POLICE WHEN YOU ARE LYING

Law enforcement has little restraint in using technology that is known to have serious accuracy problems, as is the case with AI performing pre-crime predictive analysis, lie detection and facial recognition

Jul 01 11:31

The Gov't Wants To Outlaw Encrypted Messaging In iMessage, WhatsApp, Signal, Wickr, Telegram, ...

If you ever use the encrypted messaging options on programs like iMessage, WhatsApp, Signal, Wickr, Telegram, or any other service, your time to discuss things privately over the phone may be running out. The US government doesn’t like for anything to get in the way of their ability to spy on investigate even the most mundane of conversations.

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Jul 01 10:59

Trying to Regulate Online Speech Will Only Make Censorship Worse

Op-Ed by Michael Rieger

Many regulatory agencies have a troubled history of using their power to settle scores or advance partisan agendas. Those calling for social media regulation would do well to remember that the IRS targeted conservative organizations, and the FBI investigated Fox News journalist James Rosen for simply doing his job...

Jul 01 09:21

Smart home maker leaks customer data, device passwords

A company that makes a smart home management platform is leaking data about its customers and their device passwords via an ElasticSearch server that it left exposed on the internet without a password.

The server belongs to Orvibo, a Chinese company based in the city of Shenzen, which runs SmartMate, a platform for managing smart appliances in a modern smart home.

The platform supports interconnecting and controlling various Orvibo-made smart products, such as security cameras, smart lightbulbs, thermostats, HVAC systems, home entertainment systems, smart power plugs, smart window curtain systems, smart door locks, and more.

Jul 01 09:15

Microsoft Issues Warning For 800M Windows 10 Users

Windows 10 is in a rut. The platform has been hit with multiple problems in recent weeks and partners have been making things even worse. But now an important new Windows 10 warning (and the failure behind it) falls squarely on Microsoft’s shoulders.

Jul 01 09:14

DOJ expands its Boeing 737 Max probe to the Dreamliner, report says

The US Justice Department has reportedly subpoenaed Boeing for records on the production of the 787 Dreamliner, signaling an expansion of its Boeing 737 Max criminal investigation to the airline's larger, luxury aircraft. Citing two sources, the Seattle Times on Friday said there have been "allegations of shoddy work" and corner-cutting on Dreamliner production in South Carolina.

Jul 01 09:11

Ebooks Purchased From Microsoft Will Be Deleted This Month Because You Don't Really Own Anything Anymore

Anyone who bought ebooks through the Microsoft Store is in for a rude shock in the coming days. The good news? You can get a refund. The bad news? All of your books are going to be deleted this month.

Microsoft announced in April that it would stop selling ebooks and that any books the company already sold would stop working in early July because the DRM servers were being shut off. Yes, you read that correctly. Those books that you “bought” are going to disappear. Even the “free” books that you downloaded through Microsoft will be deleted.

Jun 30 18:21

AT&T Fires Up Sweat-Inducing 5G in “Sin City” With Plans for 20 More Despite Anticipating More Lawsuits

By B.N. Frank

Last February, telecom executives gave congressional testimony that they could NOT provide any studies that prove that 5G technology is safe. Unfortunately, plenty of research already proves it isn’t.

Not only that – cybersecurity experts, environmentalists, meteorologists, NASA, NOAA, the U.S. Navy, and utility companies have ALL warned that installing 5G everywhere could lead to widespread catastrophic events.

Regardless, AT&T is introducing 5G in more U.S. cities despite this as well as growing 5G opposition and that Americans ARE NOT signing up for it where it’s already been installed.

Jun 30 11:45

Another PG&E Powerline Wildfire and Why Anyone with Smart Meters From Any Company Should Be Concerned

By B.N. Frank

California utility company, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) declared bankruptcy earlier this year and much of this had to do with downed power lines causing massive and deadly wildfires. Last Tuesday, another fallen PG&E powerline sparked a new wildfire that burned over 2500 acres in Monterey County.

So what do powerline fires have to do with their Smart Meters or any other utility company’s Smart Meters?...

Jun 30 11:15

Another Bill to Multiply Small Cell Towers — S. 3157: Streamline Small Cell Deployment Act

By B.N. Frank

On June 3rd, the Streamline Small Cell Deployment Act S. 3157 was introduced by Sen. John Thune (R-SD) and Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hi) to make it easier for the Telecom Industry to quickly install countless 4G and 5G small cell towers and infrastructure throughout American suburbs and rural areas.

This includes in front of homes, schools, everywhere. Research has already determined that this is NOT biologically or environmentally safe...

Jun 29 17:55

GOOGLE: “Organic is a Lie, Supplements are Dangerous, Chiropractic is Fake,” and Other Thoughts They Want You To Think

By Sayer Ji, GreenMedInfo

Recently, a shocking discovery was made: Google is autocompleting the search fields of billions of users with false information (topics ranging from natural health to candidates for election), based not on objective search volume data, but an extremely biased political and socio-economic agenda — one that is jeopardizing the health and human rights of everyone on the planet...

Jun 29 10:44

Legal Cannabis Delivery Service in California Becomes First to Accept Bitcoin

Caught Bitcoin fever and now have crypto burning a hole in your virtual wallet? Celebrate the cryptocurrency’s meteoric resurrection by using it to purchase your favorite strain of marijuana or magic brownie.

SpeedWeed, California’s only fully legal cannabis delivery platform, today announced that customers can now use Bitcoin to purchase legal marijuana products from licensed dispensaries and have them delivered directly to their door...

Jun 28 16:48

5G Technician Reveals The Damage He Believes 5G Will Cause

By Arjun Walia

The rollout of 5G is another great example of how our federal health regulatory agencies have been completely compromised by big powerful corporations. You would think with more than 10,000 peer-reviewed studies showing clear danger with regards to electromagnetic radiation overdose, something our planet is experiencing, that these technologies would be required to go through some safety testing...

Jun 28 16:37

Spotify's 'pre-save' feature that adds songs and albums to your library the moment they're released gives record companies access to your personal data

Some users of Spotify's 'pre-save' feature are agreeing to a lot more than they realize when adding new songs and albums to their library.

Billboard reports that record companies are burying some intimate permissions into Spotify's pre-save feature, which allows users to add an album to their library the moment it's released.

Among those requests are access to a users' email, listening habits, followers, saved songs, and perhaps most notably, a 'read-and-write' type privilege to add or remove library songs and artists as well as create playlists on one's account.

Jun 28 16:29

Android Horror Game Steals Google, Facebook Credentials and Data

An Android horror game with over 50,000 installs was found to exhibit malicious behavior, stealing the gamers' Google and Facebook credentials, and siphoning their data after logging into their accounts.

The game is called Scary Granny ZOMBYE Mod: The Horror Game 2019 (Scary Granny) and it is designed to bank on the success of another Android game dubbed Granny that currently has over 100 million installs.

While Scary Granny is a fully functional game which would actually keep gamers playing it to avoid any suspicion and raising any red flags, it was removed on June 27 from Google's Play Store — Google Cache link HERE — after the researchers who unearthed its phishing and data siphoning abilities reported it to Google.

Jun 28 10:56

Second in the Nation: Somerville City Council Passes Facial Recognition Ban

By Michael Boldin

SOMERVILLE, Mass. (June 27, 2019) – The Somerville city council voted Thursday to ban the use of facial recognition by police investigations and city departments. Following San Francisco, it’s now the second U.S. city to outlaw the technology.

Somerville City Councilor Ben Ewen-Campen was the lead sponsor of the “Face Surveillance Full Ban Ordinance.” 9 of the 11 Somerville City Councilors sponsored the legislation, and it was approved by a 11-0 vote.

The new law refers to facial recognition as the “functional equivalent of requiring every person to carry and display a personal photo identification card at all times.”...

Jun 28 08:31

A Major Police Body Camera Maker Hits Pause on Face Surveillance

By Haley Tsukayama

Communities and lawmakers across the country are waking up to the fact that using face recognition for government surveillance is a troubling trend, particularly when used with cameras that police officers wear. On Thursday, Axon—a major police body-worn camera maker—added its voice to calls to press the pause button on this type of face surveillance, saying it will no longer be “commercializing face matching products on our body cameras at this time.”...

Jun 28 08:09

ALEXA ABUSE Amazon’s Alexa started calling man a ‘SH**HEAD after he cancelled his Amazon Prime subscription

VIRTUAL ASSISTANT Alexa told a customer he was a “s**thead” after he asked it to play some music.

Michael Slade, 29 was shocking to hear his Amazon Echo Dot call him the rude name a day after he had cancelled his Prime subscription.

After coming home and asking the personal assistant to play some music, he got the reply: “Sure, here’s your playlist ****head on Amazon music. Sorry something went wrong.”

Jun 27 21:29

12 Reasons Why Linux Is Better Than Windows 10

Windows 10 has been around for a while now and many of you will have bought computers with the latest offering from Microsoft pre-installed. We have to admit that Windows 10 is a great improvement on Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 and as an operating system, it is very good.

The ability to run Linux BASH commands into Windows is a good feature as are the long-awaited virtual workspaces which allow you to run applications on different desktops.

This guide, however, provides an extensive list of reasons why you might choose to use Linux instead of Windows 10 because what is good for one person isn't necessarily good for another.

Jun 27 18:50

5G as a Globalist Tool

By Renee Parsons

The recent Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hearing regarding oversight of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) failed to shed any real light on details of the proposed 5G network as it received less scrutiny than expected given its highly anticipated, ubiquitous role in American life.

While the Senate Committee would be the logical committee to hold 5G hearings, it was curious that the Committee’s website does not specifically identify The Internet or Digital Communication or any other broadband subject on its list of committee jurisdiction. The closest mention is “all matters relating to science and technology” even though the Committee has held a series of related 5G hearings beginning in late 2017...

Jun 27 12:25

Again!? The NSA’s Phone Records Program Still Can’t Stay Within the Law

By Matthew Guariglia

Just as the Trump administration has signaled its interest in a permanent “clean” reauthorization of the Patriot Act’s phone surveillance provision, the NSA proves once again that it is not to be trusted with these tools. New documents obtained by the ACLU and reported in the Wall Street Journal have revealed that last year the NSA once again collected phone records of Americans that it was not authorized to obtain...

Jun 27 12:08

Vimeo bans Project Veritas, Natural News on the same day as criminal tech giants collude to silence independent journalism

It is now abundantly obvious that these tech giants are conspiring and colluding to carry out acts of extreme criminality and fraud against the world.

1. @YouTube bans @Pinterest investigation
2. @Twitter suspends Veritas for Pinterest story
3. @reddit bans Project Veritas
4. @YouTube bans @Google investigation
5. @Vimeo removes Project Veritas account

DO THINK BIG TECH IS WORKING TOGETHER?

— Project Veritas (@Project_Veritas) June 26, 2019

Jun 27 12:05

Google buries Mercola.com search results in escalating attack on all independent health, nutrition and vaccine information

Yet another wildly popular source of science-based news and information about natural health, Mercola.com, has been targeted for elimination by the corrupt, Big Tech deep state.

Google, which recently implemented another one of its “broad core” search engine updates, has decided to arbitrarily remove Mercola.com from its search results – for no other reason than the fact that Mercola.com bravely tells the politically-incorrect truth about things like genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) and vaccines.

Jun 27 11:08

Nearly 100 Cars Got Stuck in a Remote Field After Blindly Following GPS

By John Vibes

A Google Maps mishap last weekend resulted in nearly one hundred people driving their cars into the middle of a muddy field, where many of them became stuck. Some of them even caused damage to their cars trying to get through the rough terrain...

Jun 27 10:49

Scott Adams: Who Won and Who Lost Democrat Debate, Dale on Immigration

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1144244186075422720

Reviewing each Democrat candidate’s performance last night
The speaking Spanish thing…good strategy?
Dale answers your questions on immigration
The Child’s view of national policies
Immigraton: Who gets to decide? Isn’t THAT the key question?
Wayfair employee walkout over purchase of beds for kids
Bank of America decides not to support detention center businesses
Mueller “lost” a bunch of text messages between Strozk and Page?
Will Biden mention nuclear as a climate change solution tonight?
Reddit “quarantined” The_Donald, a HUGE Trump supporter area
Social media ALREADY HAS the power to change election results
Andrew Yang is the one to watch tonight, interesting, different solutions

Jun 27 10:08

Vimeo bans media watchdog Project Veritas after it accused Google of anti-Trump bias

Vimeo had deleted the account of right-wing media transparency group Project Veritas just days after they published reports accusing Google of bias against conservatives and President Donald Trump.

A screenshot shared by Project Veritas on Wednesday appears to show that Vimeo removed the group’s account from its platform, citing a violation of community guidelines.

Jun 27 09:58

Millions of EA Origin Gamer Accounts Put at Risk of Being Taken Over by Hackers Due to Bugs: Cyber Experts

Millions of Electronic Arts (EA) player accounts were recently at risk of being taken over by hackers thanks to a "chain of vulnerabilities," security researchers say.

In a worst-case scenario, cybercriminals could exploit flaws to gain access to a user's credit card information and fraudulently purchase in-game currency while posing as the legitimate user. The vulnerabilities did not require a user to hand over passwords, experts alleged.

Jun 27 09:44

Uber Plans To Launch Flying Taxis In 2023

By Mayukh Saha

While air travel has been a part of our lives for quite some time, the great costs associated with it make it not so affordable for the common public. Auto-pilot has been a part of our passenger planes, but even then they are not very reliable. A pilot always has to be present.

The company who revolutionized cab services throughout the world has been working on automatic aerial pods for ride-share and has announced that aerial rides will soon turn from science fiction to reality in the coming years...

Jun 27 09:37

Researchers Demonstrate How U.S. Emergency Alert System Can Be Hijacked and Weaponized

In January 2018, an emergency alert sent to local phones informed Hawaii residents of an impending nuclear ballistic missile attack, triggering some understandable panic.

Needless to say, the attack wasn’t real, and a subsequent investigation found that the bogus alert was the result of little more than a clerical error.

But the event prompted researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder to ask the question: How easy would it be to exploit the nation’s emergency alert systems, wreaking havoc on the American public via fake or misleading alerts?

What they found isn’t particularly comforting.

Their full study was recently unveiled at the 2019 International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications and Services (MobiSys) in Seoul, South Korea. It documents how spoofing the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) program to trick cellular users wasn’t all that difficult.

Jun 27 09:35

Oppo’s MeshTalk lets you call and chat without Wi-Fi or cellular networks

Oppo has announced a new proprietary communications technology designed to let people call or chat across medium distances without using cellular networks, Wi-Fi, or Bluetooth. The protocol is called MeshTalk and is a decentralized, end-to-end system that Oppo says can cover up to 3 kilometers (1.86 miles) outdoors — or even further in more crowded environments when signal relay between devices can be used.

Basically, Oppo devices will be able to create ad hoc local area networks across a wide area and communicate directly to each other without the need for base stations. The company claims that MeshTalk doesn’t have a significant effect on battery life, and indeed plans for it to work with a 72-hour standby mode so that phones can still be reached in an emergency when they’re low on power.

Jun 27 09:31

Another Report Shows The GDPR Benefited Google And Facebook, And Hurt Everyone Else

We warned folks that these big attempts to "regulate" the internet as a way to "punish" Google and Facebook would only help those companies. Last fall, about six months into the GDPR, we noted that there appeared to be one big winner from the law: Google. And now, the Wall Street Journal notes that it's increasingly looking like Facebook and Google have grown thanks to the GDPR, while the competition has been wiped out.

“GDPR has tended to hand power to the big platforms because they have the ability to collect and process the data,” says Mark Read, CEO of advertising giant WPP PLC. It has “entrenched the interests of the incumbent, and made it harder for smaller ad-tech companies, who ironically tend to be European.”

So, great work, EU. In your hatred for the big US internet companies, you handed them the market, while destroying the local European companies.

Jun 27 09:30

RoboBee Insect Drone Does Not Need a Power Source to Take Flight for Surveillance

By Nicholas West

For many years we have been discussing the arrival of drones that are designed to mimic nature. The concept of insect drones, however, dates back much further into the 1970s when a dragonfly drone was created by the CIA. Now, according to a recent article from NewScientist, RoboBee is prepared to be released from its tether and should be able to fly free as the upgraded “RoboBee X-Wing” — completely without a built-in power source...

Jun 27 09:29

New AI deepfake app creates nude images of women in seconds

A new AI-powered software tool makes it easy for anyone to generate realistic nude images of women simply by feeding the program a picture of the intended target wearing clothes.

The app is called DeepNude and it’s the latest example of AI-generated deepfakes being used to create compromising images of unsuspecting women.

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