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Oct 27 16:50

Indiana City Council Passes Resolution Asking Lawmakers and The FCC to Limit 5G Installation Based on Health Concerns

By B.N. Frank

American concerns, opposition, legislation, litigation, and warnings regarding the installment of 5G technology increase every day. This being the case it’s not surprising that telecom companies don’t want to provide as many details to the public or the feds anymore about where they are installing it...

Some Carmel, IN residents are so concerned about 5G that they urged their city council to take action - and they did...

Oct 27 08:40

Samsung Space Craft Crashes into Family’s Yard

By B.N. Frank

On her Facebook page, Ms. Delevingne describes the Space Selfie as an opportunity to become a space pioneer. Fortunately, no one was hurt from the crash. Hopefully, Samsung will choose to count their lucky stars and cancel future lifts. Having pictures of our faces sent into space isn’t anything we can’t live without, is it?...

Oct 27 05:45

With Little Fanfare, William Barr Formally Announces Orwellian Pre-Crime Program

Authored by Whitney Webb via MintPressNews.com,

A recent memorandum authored by Attorney General William Barr announced a new “pre-crime” program inspired by “War on Terror” tactics and is set to be implemented next year...

Perhaps the most jarring aspect of the memorandum is Barr’s frank admission that many of the “early engagement” tactics that the new program would utilize were “born of the posture we adopted with respect to terrorist threats.” In other words, the foundation for many of the policies utilized following the post-9/11 “war on terror” are also the foundation for the “early engagement” tactics that Barr seeks to use to identify potential criminals as part of this new policy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As a Christian Pacifist Activist, I will never advocate violence; that being said, I have grave concerns about just how Barr's programs intend to "work around" both the US Constitution and Bill of Rights, to accomplish the goals of Barr's programs.

Oct 27 05:34

Joe Biden intervened at least two times on matters his son Hunter's firms was being paid to lobby on, according to government records reviewed by the Washington Examiner.

Joe Biden intervened at least two times on matters his son Hunter's firms was being paid to lobby on, according to government records reviewed by the Washington Examiner.

The incidents took place when Biden was a senior and influential US senator, years before he infamously leveraged his position as Vice President to benefit a Ukrainian gas company whose board Hunter sat on.

On Feb 28, 2007, then-Senator Biden reached out to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to let them know that he was "concerned about the Department's proposed chemical security regulations authorized by Section 550 of DHS Appropriations Act of 2007."

The rule, passed in 2006 as part of the DHS appropriations bill, requires chemical plants considered to be high-risk submit site safety plans to DHS for approval - which are to include security credentialing and employee training efforts.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And this.... is one of the "best options" the DNC believes it has with which to clobber President Trump in November of 2020?!?

Tom Perez, where the hell are you, when the facts of the matter speak for themselves?!?

Oct 26 17:08

Private Search Engines – The Ultimate Guide

This new and improved guide aims to be the most in-depth resource available (6,000+ words) on private search engines. Below we’ll take a close look at the best private search engines for 2019, as well as examining other aspects of private search and keeping your data safe from third parties.

(May 2019 update)1. Startpage – Best private search engine for 2019

Oct 26 13:34

Amazon Prime scam costs victims more than $500,000 in TWO months

Around 500 victims received automated calls saying they had just been charged for Prime membership and were asked to press a button on their phone to cancel the transaction, Action Fraud reported. As soon as an unsuspecting person did as instructed, the call was connected to a scammer posing as an Amazon worker.

The criminal then told the customers that a subscription had been purchased in their name and explained that they could prevent such a situation from happening again in the future - all the person had to do was to install a special remote access app called Team Viewer to allow “customer service” to improve their security settings.

As soon as the victim was hooked, they were instructed to download the software and log onto their online banking account. This gave the fraudsters remote access to the victim’s computer where they were able to see their personal and financial details.

Oct 26 08:26

RING GAVE POLICE STATS ABOUT USERS WHO SAID ‘NO’ TO LAW ENFORCEMENT REQUESTS

Amazon’s home security company Ring tracked how its users responded to law enforcement requests for surveillance footage captured by Ring devices, and it provided overviews of that data to police departments upon request.

Oct 26 08:00

A "FREE MARKET" FUTURE OF BRAIN-COMPUTER INTERFACES: A TECHNO-FASCIST HISTORY OF NEO-EUGENIC TRANSHUMANISM

A half century ago, Yale Professor of Physiology Jose Manuel Rodríguez Delgado Jr. published a composite of his groundbreaking research on neural-implant technology. Compiling roughly two decades of his laboratory experiments on human and animal subjects, Delgado's Physical Control of the Mind: Toward a Psychocivilized Society documented that

Oct 26 06:37

Trump Admin Gives $10 Billion Cloud Computing Project To Microsoft

The Trump administration tossed a curveball Friday at Amazon and awarded a $10 billion cloud contract the company was expecting to land to one of the tech titan’s biggest competitors, Microsoft.

Amazon had long been considered a front-runner for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, or JEDI. The decision came after President Donald Trump, a critic of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, instructed the Department of Defense in August to put the contract on hold.

Oct 25 19:03

Gartner Predicts 11.2 Million 5G IoT Surveillance Cameras by 2022 and 49 Million Units for Connected Cars by 2023

By B.N. Frank

Don’t like being watched? Concerned about all the accidents and warnings associated with automated vehicles? Worried that the Telecom Industry has provided NO scientific evidence that 5G is safe and many doctors and scientists say it isn’t? 5G and Internet of Things (IoT) is plowing forward anyway...

Oct 25 16:22

The US Wants Your DNA: The Dark Underside of Genetics

By Janet Phelan

Recent plans revealed by the Trump administration to collect the DNA of migrants at the border have evoked a significant reaction from the ACLU and other groups. In a recent mass email, the ACLU posited the following as indicative of what could happen if this DNA collection were allowed to progress...

Oct 25 14:49

How To Fix "Aw Snap!" Crash in Google Chrome 78

Google Chrome updated to version 78 a few days ago and some users have been experiencing "Aw, Snap!" crashes instead of the promised features.

This disruption occurs when launching the web browser on systems with an outdated version of Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP).

Oct 25 14:47

Ransomware Attack Shuts Down City of Johannesburg's Systems

The City of Johannesburg municipality shut down the website, its e-services platform, and the billing system (SAP ISU and CRM) following a ransomware attack that also led to unauthorized information access according to a ransom note.

Oct 25 14:46

7.5 Million Records of Adobe Creative Cloud User Data Exposed

Adobe secured a database with 7.5 million records belonging to Adobe Creative Cloud users. The cache was not protected in any way, allowing anyone access to client information if they knew how to find it.

Although the details included are not highly sensitive, they could be used to launch better-crafted phishing campaigns against customers whose data was exposed.

Oct 25 09:28

These 17 iPhone apps have been removed from the Apple App Store for delivering malware

Researchers uncover malicious iPhone applications in Apple's official marketplace after apps bypassed security measures by hiding code behind a C&C server.

Oct 25 08:43

Google And IBM Are At Odds Over “Quantum Supremacy” — An Expert Explains What It Really Means

By Toby Cubitt, UCL

Google claims to have demonstrated something called “quantum supremacy”, in a paper published in Nature. This would mark a significant milestone in the development of a new type of computer, known as a quantum computer, that could perform very difficult calculations much faster than anything possible on conventional “classical” computers. But a team from IBM has published their own paper claiming they can reproduce the Google result on existing supercomputers.

While Google vs. IBM might make a good story, this disagreement between two of the world’s biggest technology companies rather distracts from the real scientific and technological progress behind both teams’ work...

Oct 25 07:11

MILLIONS of people downloaded apps from the Google Play store designed to spy on users and plaster devices with full-screen ads

Dozens of Android apps have been undermining the privacy of millions of users and covertly foisting ads onto their screens, say researchers.

Internet security firm ESET says it discovered 42 apps on the Google Play store that have been infecting Android phones with adware designed to steal device information and plaster screens with full-size ads.

Those apps were downloaded by users 8 million times since they were introduced in July 2018, reports TechCrunch.

According to TechCrunch, those apps include Video Downloader Master, which alone has 5 million downloads, and Ring Tone Maker Pro which has 500,000 downloads.

Oct 24 15:06

Pentagon to Test 5G at 4 U.S. Bases Despite Warnings From Security Experts, The U.S. Navy, NASA, Doctors, Engineers, Environmentalists, Meteorologists, and More

By B.N. Frank

A growing list of credible experts continues to warn that incorporating 5G and Internet of Things (IoT) technology will one way or a bunch of ways lead to disastrous consequences. Thanks to Nextgov for the heads up on another really horrible 5G idea in the making...

Oct 24 11:41

Firefox 70 brings Enhanced Tracking Protection and longer battery life

Yesterday, Mozilla released Firefox 70. The newest version of the most-popular fully open source browser expands on the Enhanced Tracking Protection we saw as an option in Firefox 69 and turns that protection on by default for all users. We already saw most of these new features in our Firefox 70 beta coverage, but since then, the features have been expanded upon and fine-tuned, and major new features have appeared or have been added in the Lockwise online password manager for users who have a Firefox cloud account.

Oct 24 11:09

Stay Anonymous with Whonix

Whonix ™ is a desktop operating system designed for advanced security and privacy. Whonix ™ mitigates the threat of common attack vectors while maintaining usability. Online anonymity is realized via fail-safe, automatic, and desktop-wide use of the Tor network. A heavily reconfigured Debian base is run inside multiple virtual machines, providing a substantial layer of protection from malware and IP address leaks. Commonly used applications are pre-installed and safely pre-configured for immediate use. The user is not jeopardized by installing additional applications or personalizing the desktop. Whonix ™ is under active development and is the only operating system designed to be run inside a VM and paired with Tor.

Oct 24 11:06

The Best Secure Browsers for Private Browsing in 2019

In this article, we will show you the best browsers for protecting your online privacy and walk through ways to make them even more private and secure. We’ll also talk quickly about why you should avoid some of the most popular browsers if you care about your privacy.

Oct 24 10:58

Brave Browser

On a mission to fix the web
Much more than a browser, Brave is a new way of thinking about how the web works. Brave is open source and built by a team of privacy focused, performance oriented pioneers of the web.
Browse Faster
Browse the web up to 8x faster than Chrome and Safari

Brave loads major news sites 2 to 8 times faster than Chrome/Safari on mobile and 2 times faster than Chrome on desktop.

Watch the speed test in real time
Reward Your Favorite creators
Earn rewards and give back to your favorite Creators

Support your favorite sites with micropayments. Brave features blockchain-based tokens which can be used to reward content creators.

Learn about becoming a verified Creator

Oct 24 10:55

Tor Browser

For Windows,Apple or Linux

The Tor Project
Browse Privately.
Explore Freely.
Defend yourself against tracking and surveillance. Circumvent censorship.
BLOCK TRACKERS

Tor Browser isolates each website you visit so third-party trackers and ads can't follow you. Any cookies automatically clear when you're done browsing. So will your browsing history.
DEFEND AGAINST SURVEILLANCE

Tor Browser prevents someone watching your connection from knowing what websites you visit. All anyone monitoring your browsing habits can see is that you're using Tor.

Oct 24 10:51

Qubes OS A reasonably secure operating system

Better be a geek to use this one.

Edward Snowden
?Verified account @Snowden

Edward Snowden Retweeted Qubes OS

If you're serious about security, @QubesOS is the best OS available today. It's what I use, and free. Nobody does VM isolation better.

Oct 24 10:46

Kali Linux: Our Most Advanced Penetration Testing Distribution, Ever.

Kali Linux 2019.3 Release
September 2, 2019
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Kali Linux Releases

We are pleased to announce that our third release of 2019, Kali Linux 2019.3, is available immediately for download. This release brings our kernel up to version 5.2.9, and includes various new features across the board with NetHunter, ARM and packages (plus the normal bugs fixes and updates).

?https://www.kali.org/downloads/

Oct 24 10:43

MX-19 “patito feo” released!

MX Linux is a cooperative venture between the antiX and former MEPIS communities, using the best tools and talents from each distro. It is a midweight OS designed to combine an elegant and efficient desktop with simple configuration, high stability, solid performance and medium-sized footprint.

https://mxlinux.org/

Oct 24 10:40

Distribution Release: Tails 4.0

The Amnesic Incognito Live System (Tails) is a Debian-based live DVD/USB with the goal of providing complete Internet anonymity for the user. The project has released a new version, Tails 4.0, which is the first version to be based on Debian 10 "Buster".
Download
https://tails.boum.org/install/index.en.html

Oct 24 10:29

GOOGLE COULD USE INTERNAL SURVEILLANCE TOOL TO MONITOR WORKER DISSENT AND LABOR ORGANIZING, EMPLOYEES WARN

SOURCE: BOING BOING
Workers at Google say the company is developing an internal surveillance system that could be used to monitor the behavior of employees, and thwart dissent and labor organizing.

The company says they’re only trying to make it easier for workers to manage their internal Google calendars and manage meeting spam.

The allegation underscores tensions between employees and Google leadership, reports Ryan Gallagher at Bloomberg News:

Google employees are accusing the company’s leadership of developing an internal surveillance tool that they believe will be used to monitor workers’ attempts to organize protests and discuss labor rights.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

WOW, look at how hard and how quickly, Google is attempting to enforce a small, in-house "social credit" scheme on their own workers, just as China is doing right for theirs right now.

It will be ... interesting to see how this unfolds, and if the Unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika will decide to have a version created by Google just for its own purposes with those irascible citizens who still believe that the "Contract with America consists of the Constitution and Bill of Rights!!

Oct 24 10:24

WHITEWASHING NEOLIBERAL REPRESSION IN CHILE AND ECUADOR

SOURCE: FAIR.ORG
Throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, people are rising up against right-wing, US-backed governments and their neoliberal austerity policies.

Currently in Chile, the government of billionaire Sebastian Piñera has deployed the army to crush nationwide demonstrations against inequality sparked by a subway fare hike.

In Ecuador, indigenous peoples, workers and students recently brought the country to a standstill during 11 days of protests against the gutting of fuel subsidies by President Lenin Moreno as part of an IMF austerity package.

One might expect these popular rebellions to receive unreservedly sympathetic coverage from international media that claim to be on the side of democracy and the common people. On the contrary, corporate journalists frequently describe these uprisings as dangerous alterations of “law and order,” laden with “violence,” “chaos” and “unrest.”

Oct 24 10:22

EDUCATIONAL SPYWARE COMPANY TO SCHOOL BOARDS: HIRE US TO SPY ON YOUR KIDS AND WE'LL HELP YOU SABOTAGE TEACHERS' STRIKES

SOURCE: BOING BOING
Gaggle is one of a handful of creepy companies that sell surveillance software to school districts, which monitor every keystroke and click on school networks -- they’re the latest evolution in spy-on-kids tech, which started off by promising that they’d stop kids from seeing porn, then promised they could end bullying, and now advertise themselves as a solution for school shootings, under the banner of being a "Safety Management Platform."

Gaggle has plenty of competition from the likes of Securely and Goguardian. The whole sector has undergone a massive buzzword-compliance overhaul and added "AI" to their products, using algorithms to decide which student keystrokes are worthy of being flagged as suspicious.

Oct 24 10:20

ZUCKERBERG GRILLED OVER LIBRA, FALSE POLITICAL ADS, AND MORE

With an image of himself on a screen in the background, Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the House Financial Services Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill October 23, 2019 in Washington, DC. Zuckerberg testified about Facebook's proposed cryptocurrency Libra, how his company will handle false and misleading information by political leaders during the 2020 campaign and how it handles its users’ data and privacy. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

House Democrats challenged Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on a number of issues Wednesday at a hearing focused primarily on the company's efforts to develop cryptocurrency—putting the social media executive on the defensive regarding Facebook's position on the limits of free speech in political advertising, its labor practices, and critics' claims that the company supports housing discrimination.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Of COURSE, he believes he is "ABOVE THE LAW"; however, this thought is nothing new for our alleged Congressional Representatives in DC, who claim that they work for the American People, when they are actually reach to amass more political and financial fealty for themselves.

Oct 24 10:14

GOOGLE CONFIRMS 'QUANTUM SUPREMACY' - COMPLETES 10,000 YEAR CALCULATION IN 200 SECONDS

SOURCE: ZERO HEDGE
Google has officially confirmed that they’ve achieved quantum supremacy.

While the breakthrough leaked last month, the company provided new details with the publication of a new article in the scientific journal, Nature.

The company says that their 54-qbit Sycamore processor was able to perform a calculation in 200 seconds which would have taken the world’s most powerful supercomputer 10,000 years.

Unsurprisingly, IBM, the company that operates the supercomputer that Google claims to have beaten, and a key quantum computer competitor, is disputing Google’s claims. In a blog post published pre-emptively on Monday, the company said that the same task could be performed on a classical system in just 2.5 days, rather than the 10,000 years that Google is claiming. IBM says that Google “failed to fully account for plentiful disk storage” when estimating how long its traditional supercomputer would take to perform the calculation. -The Verge

Oct 24 10:03

FACE-SCANNING AI HIRES BASED ON YOUR FACIAL MOVEMENTS, WORDS AND VOICE

SOURCE: DAILYMAIL.CO.UK

Your resume may not be the only deciding factor in landing your next job – it could be an 'employability score' created by artificial intelligence that has the final vote.

More than 100 big name firms are using HireVue's AI-driven assessment, which is technology that ranks candidates based on their facial movements, choice of words and speaking voice.

Although employers can pursue any candidate, some have told The Washington Post that they usually focus on those the computer system liked best -- leading some experts to question how bias the process may be.

HireVue's technology is employed by many large name companies such as Hilton Hotels, Unilever and Goldman Sachs, according to The Washington Post.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

HireVue could well be contributing to some really bad luck for some of us who don't come off as both beautiful, and clever; I certainly would get a "pass" on most valuations it considers critical for a hiring reference.

Oct 24 09:54

Educational spyware company to school boards: hire us to spy on your kids and we'll help you sabotage teachers' strikes

Gaggle is one of a handful of creepy companies that sell surveillance software to school districts, which monitor every keystroke and click on school networks -- they're the latest evolution in spy-on-kids tech, which started off by promising that they'd stop kids from seeing porn, then promised they could end bullying, and now advertise themselves as a solution for school shootings, under the banner of being a "Safety Management Platform."

Gaggle has plenty of competition from the likes of Securely and Goguardian. The whole sector has undergone a massive buzzword-compliance overhaul and added "AI" to their products, using algorithms to decide which student keystrokes are worthy of being flagged as suspicious.

Oct 24 09:48

ONLY COWARDS AND SADISTS SUPPORT THE PERSECUTION OF ASSANGE

SOURCE: CAITLIN JOHNSTONE

Former British ambassador Craig Murray has published a very disturbing account of Julian Assange’s court appearance yesterday which I recommend reading in full. There have been many reports published about Assange’s case management hearing, but the combination of Murray’s prior experience with torture victims, his familiarity with British courts, his friendship with Assange, and his lack of reverence for western power structures allowed for a much more penetrating insight into what happened than anyone else has been able to provide so far.

Here is a small excerpt:

Before I get on to the blatant lack of fair process, the first thing I must note was Julian’s condition. I was badly shocked by just how much weight my friend has lost, by the speed his hair has receded and by the appearance of premature and vastly accelerated ageing. He has a pronounced limp I have never seen before. Since his arrest he has lost over 15 kg in weight.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Learned helplessness", is a form of torture developed by CIA psychological consultants, and has been used extensively in places like Gitmo; and Abu Ghraib.

I am quite certain that some of our British counterparts have at least "observed" these procedures done by the Yanks; and perhaps other sub-contractors have been hired, particularly if # 10 Downing Street, wanted "culpable deniability" in terms of not wanting to be duly accused of ordering this series of hits to Assange's body, and mind.

That being said, what has been done to Assange is morally, and legally, outrageous.

I would not be surprised if the man dies of some weaponised disease long before he stands trial for standing up for the truth, and embarrassing the hell out of the US government.

Oct 24 09:45

Twitter shares plunge as ad bugs see profit fall short

Twitter shares tumbled 17% in early trading as quarterly profits came in at less than a quarter of what analysts had predicted.

The company said it made $37m (£28.7m) profit in the third quarter.

Product bugs and unusually low demand over the summer hampered advertising sales.

Revenues were 9% higher than the previous year at $824m, but still at the lower end of Wall Street forecasts.

Oct 23 17:28

American Google Searches for CBD Eclipse All Other Health Topics

Google searches from 2004 through April 2019 were used to measure U.S. public interest in cannabidiol (CBD), a chemical component of marijuana.

Searches from the United States that mentioned “CBD” or “cannabidiol” were stable from 2004 through 2014 before substantial increases in search volumes of almost 126% in 2017 compared with 2016 and 160% during 2018 compared with 2017...

Oct 23 17:12

ATTK of the Pwns: Trend Micro's antivirus tools 'will run malware – if its filename is cmd.exe'

A flaw in the Trend Micro Anti-Threat Toolkit can be exploited by hackers to run malware on victims' Windows computers.

Bug-hunter John "hyp3rlinx" Page took credit for uncovering CVE-2019-9491, an arbitrary code execution flaw in the security tool.

In short, the Trend software can be tricked into executing any old piece of software under the sun, including malware, when it is scanned, provided the filename is cmd.exe or regedit.exe. No, really.

Oct 23 17:05

Bezos DDoS'd: Amazon Web Services' DNS systems knackered by hours-long cyber-attack

The partial downtime started about 10 hours ago, or around 0900 US East Coast time, and AWS's DNS servers are still, at time of writing, under siege. This affects more than just S3: it will hamper any connections to Amazon services that rely on external DNS queries, such as the Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS), Simple Queue Service (SQS), CloudFront, Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), and Elastic Load Balancing (ELB). These are services countless sites and applications rely on to handle visitors and process customer information.

Oct 23 10:10

A “Free Market” Future of Brain-Computer Interfaces: A Techno-Fascist History of Neo-Eugenic Transhumanism

By John Klyczek

Buyer beware: if you’re thinking about “plugging in” to human-machine interfaces linked to the “internet of everything,” you might change your mind after considering the techno-fascist history of eugenics and social engineering that has fueled the corporatist development of human-computer interfaces...

Oct 23 09:40

The Deep State Is Assassinating Julian Assange

By Aaron Kesel

WikiLeaks founder and journalist Julian Assange appeared in court to fight his extradition to the United States, sluggishly reciting his name and date of birth in a zombie-like state — displaying signs of either sleep deprivation, torture or poisoning — but quickly recovered to state the rigged case against him to the judge when he was asked if he understood what he was facing.

Oct 23 07:55

MPs ask Facebook's Nick Clegg why social media giant has decided to exempt political statements from fact-checking – removing all bars on political candidates lying in paid ads

MPs have demanded Facebook explain why political adverts will be exempt from a new fact-checking system - a move which opens the door to politicians and parties lying to the electorate via the social media platform.

Nick Clegg, former deputy Prime Minister and now Facebook's vice-president for global affairs and communications, has received a letter from MPs demanding answers, calling the change 'particularly concerning'.

Oct 23 07:40

Amazon and Google unwittingly approved smart-speaker apps designed to eavesdrop on users and steal their passwords

Researchers successfully sneaked malicious apps behind the defenses of two major smart speaker companies in a test on their security practices.

Experts at Security Research Labs say the apps were design to target personal data like voice-recordings and passwords of both Google Home and Amazon Echo users by posing as software that reads horoscopes through voice-commands.

The apps were only removed once researchers made the company aware of their test.

All eight of the apps designed by the researchers were able to bypass Amazon and Google defenses and were approved by the companies' moderation teams - a lapse that experts say invites even greater scrutiny on smart devices' privacy and safety standards.

Oct 23 07:08

‘Deep state controls social media to control you’: Kim Dotcom slams Twitter for 'shadowbanning' pro-Assange tweets

Tech entrepreneur and activist Kim Dotcom has once again blasted Twitter for shadowbanning his tweets, this time in reference to the plight of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange who is fighting US extradition.

“Twitter just shadowbanned my Julian Assange tweets, again. You should know that Twitter is not on your side,” Dotcom tweeted, railing against the platform’s murky censorship practices.

“If you want to read my free speech and that of many other censored voices you have to visit our Twitter profiles. The deep state controls social media to control you.”

Oct 22 18:47

Proposal to Modernize Campgrounds at National Parks Includes Providing Environmentally Harmful WiFi to Visitors

By B.N. Frank

Environmentalists are already fighting cell towers at national parks because of known risks and harm caused by exposure to RadioFrequency (RF) Radiation. Now businesses are proposing to install equally environmentally unfriendly WiFi for visitors to use. These parks are supposed to be environmentally protected places. WiFi would accommodate visitors at the expense of nature and wildlife. Fingers crossed the Interior Department will NOT approve this.

There is government as well as independently funded peer reviewed research that has confirmed that WiFi is ecologically harmful. The department even wrote a letter in 2014 about the impact of Electromagnetic Radiation on birds...

Oct 22 18:35

IBTimes Publishes “The Dangerous Push for More Technology in Schools.” Silicon Valley Parents Still Sending Their Kids to Low-Tech or No-Tech Schools

By B.N. Frank

For many years now Silicon Valley parents – including Bill Gates and the late Steve Jobs – have been sending their own kids to private low-tech or no-tech schools AND limiting their use of it in their homes while tech companies have been convincing everybody else that their kids will benefit from using tech at home and in school. Did you know that?

Today’s Silicon Valley parents seem to be even more concerned about their kids’ exposure to tech. This includes making their nannies sign “no screens” contracts and spying on them to make sure they don’t break these contracts. Does it seem like they know something that most of us don’t?

Oct 22 17:31

The House Votes in Favor of Disastrous Copyright Bill

By Katharine Trendacosta

It’s Not Too Late: The Senate Can Still Stop the CASE Act

The House of Representatives has just voted in favor of the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act (CASE Act) by 410-6 (with 16 members not voting), moving forward a bill that Congress has had no hearings and no debates on so far this session. That means that there has been no public consideration of the serious harm the bill could do to regular Internet users and their expression online.

The CASE Act creates a new body in the Copyright Office which will receive copyright complaints, notify the person being sued, and then decide if money is owed and how much. This new Copyright Claims Board will be able to fine people up to $30,000 per proceeding. Worse, if you get one of these notices (maybe an email, maybe a letter—the law actually does not specify) and accidentally ignore it, you’re on the hook for the money with a very limited ability to appeal...

Oct 22 12:28

U.S. Military Seeks A.I. “Quarterback” to Call Plays for The Internet of Battlefield Things

By Nicholas West

Similar to its civilian counterpart, The Internet of Things, the military has been trying to increase the integration between physical objects, data collection, data analysis and autonomous decision making into The Internet of Battlefield Things.

Now, they are flat-out stating that the Quarterback A.I. will "select the most appropriate strategy" for how to wage war...

Oct 22 09:45

Rejecting Challenge to No Fly List, Federal Appeals Court Leaves Men Charged With No Crime “In an Indefinite Kafkaesque Nightmare”

By Andrea Germanos

A ruling by a federal court Monday drew the ire of the ACLU after siding with the U.S. government and rejecting a challenge brought by four U.S. citizens over their inclusion on the No Fly List, thus leaving the men, according to the civil liberties group, “in an indefinite Kafkaesque nightmare.”

Inclusion on the secret database—which represents part of the government’s terrorism watchlisting system—means a person is blacklisted as a suspected terrorist and banned from flying into, within, and from the United States...

Oct 22 09:29

Corporations Use “Money USA 20/20” Event To Expand Facial Recognition Worldwide

By MassPrivateI

Forget the Bilderberg Group meetings and how the world’s power elite meet in secret to help shape governments. Because Rise Up’s Money 20/20 events puts them to shame...

Oct 21 18:17

Bad for Business: How KYC/AML Makes Everyone a “Terrorist”

By Graham Smith

Two reports from risk solutions group Lexisnexis assert that anti-money laundering (AML) and know your customer (KYC) policies can negatively affect a business’s bottom line and customer service significantly. A recent trip to the local post office for a money order certainly had a negative effect on my own experience, thanks to the same regulations, which make paying customers feel like they are suspected terrorists just for doing business.

Everyone’s a Suspect

A recent visit to my local post office here in Japan, to get a simple USD money order for a passport, opened my eyes to just how far the KYC/AML freight train has already progressed...

Oct 21 17:58

NBC News Thinks Getting Microchipped Sounds Super-Convenient

A while back, Brandon Turbeville wrote about the UK’s pro-microchipping coverage. And now, NBC News published a pro-microchipping video, gushing over the “convenience” of having your keys, your money, and your ID all placed in your hand in a device about the size of a grain of rice.

Are we literally at a place in humanity in which carrying a wallet is too much trouble? Heaven help those who feel that way if they ever have to acquire their own food and water.

Oct 21 10:23

Ready to Pay $30,000 for Sharing a Photo Online? The House of Representatives Thinks You Are

Tomorrow the House of Representatives has scheduled to vote on what appears to be an unconstitutional copyright bill that carries with it life altering penalties. The bill would slap $30,000 fines on Internet users who share a copyrighted work they don’t own online.

Supporters of the bill insist there’s no problem, because $30,000 isn’t that much money. They even laughed about it. We know the reality: when nearly half of this country would struggle to afford an emergency $400 expense, the penalties in this bill are deadly serious. What’s worse, they’ll be imposed not by an experienced judge, but instead by a committee of unaccountable bureaucrats.

Oct 21 10:01

Ready to Pay $30,000 for Sharing a Photo Online? The House of Representatives Thinks You Are.

By Ernesto Falcon

Tomorrow the House of Representatives has scheduled to vote on what appears to be an unconstitutional copyright bill that carries with it life altering penalties. The bill would slap $30,000 fines on Internet users who share a copyrighted work they don’t own online.

Supporters of the bill insist there’s no problem, because $30,000 isn’t that much money. They even laughed about it. We know the reality: when nearly half of this country would struggle to afford an emergency $400 expense, the penalties in this bill are deadly serious. What’s worse, they’ll be imposed not by an experienced judge, but instead by a committee of unaccountable bureaucrats...

Oct 21 06:44

The War on Truth: How Israel’s social media trolls conquered Facebook

On October 9, the social media platform, Facebook, deleted the page of the popular Palestinian news website, the Palestinian Information Center (PIC). This act, which was carried out without even contacting the page administrators, confirms that Facebook’s war on pro-Palestine voices is continuing unabated.

PIC had nearly five million followers on Facebook, a testament to its popularity and credibility among a large cross section of Palestinians and their supporters internationally. For Israel’s trolls on social media, PIC was simply too effective to be allowed to spread its message. As usual, Facebook obliged.

Oct 20 15:03

Stake-out at the Steakhouse: Outback Says They Are Installing A.I. Tech to Improve Customer Service

By B.N. Frank

According to one survey, 82% of Americans think Artificial Intelligence (AI) is more harmful than helpful. The company that owns the Outback Steakhouse chain either doesn’t know this or doesn’t care...

Oct 19 21:49

‘Dismal’ Bitcoin Volumes Could Signal A Perfect Storm

Bitcoin trading volume among the top ten biggest bitcoin and crypto exchanges has fallen to under $200 million a day, according to bitcoin and crypto data company Messari, down 20-fold from a peak of $4 billion per day just a few months ago.

"Across all crypto venues, volumes are dismal," eToro's senior market analyst Mati Greenspan wrote in a Twitter thread, sparking industry concern.

"This is a giant lull in crypto volumes across the board."

Oct 19 19:20

More Research Suggesting Blue Light Might Be Making You Age Faster (In Addition to Causing Anxiety, Insomnia, Macular Degeneration, and Blindness)

By B.N. Frank

Research has determined that exposure to blue light from LED light bulbs and screens can cause a multitude of health issues. Unfortunately, despite this research, the reality is that exposure is now very difficult – if not impossible to avoid.

American Medical Association and American Academy of Pediatrics have warned that exposure to blue light from screens is particularly hard on children. The American Medical Association and other medical experts have also been warning about the health impacts to all of us from LED streetlights.

A recent article from Fast Company supports similar depressing research about exposure – it may also age us faster...

Oct 19 17:36

Pentagon ‘Dumps’ 1970s Floppy Disks Securing Nuclear Missile Launches

Oftentimes in the military, the adage “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” becomes hard to argue. And in a world where threat actors from enemy nation states probe for any and every weakness, replacing a system that has been glitch and breach free for decades is a tough ask. So it is with the U.S. military’s decision to shift its Strategic Automated Command and Control System (SACCS) from 1970s tech to something more contemporary. As reported by defense news site C4isrnet, the highly secure U.S. military messaging services has finally “dumped the floppy disk.”

Oct 19 17:34

Microsoft 365 Authentication Outage, Users Unable to Login

"Users may not receive authentication requests via phone call, SMS or within their authenticator app," says Microsoft on the Microsoft 365 Service health status page. "This issue could potentially affect any of your users if they are routed through the affected infrastructure."

Microsoft 365 is a software offering that bundles the Windows 10, Office 365, and EMS (short for Enterprise Mobility + Security) products, and provides customers with a secure online productivity platform.

Since Microsoft 365 is an online platform, it also comes with its downsides, one of them being that issues affecting one of the services offered as a cloud product will be experienced by most if not all customers.

Oct 19 16:25

U.S. Senator Calls For Halting TSA Facial Recognition In Airports As Tech Rolls Out In Schools Nationwide

By Aaron Kesel

A U.S. Senator called for an end to facial recognition in airports due to lack of oversight on the technology. Meanwhile, facial recognition is spreading across the U.S. in schools everywhere according to a report.

Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., brought up several issues with facial recognition technologies and warned against moving forward without sufficient protections for data being collected, during a hearing held by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation’s Subcommittee on Security on the use of biometric tech, Nextgov reported...

Oct 19 13:58

Hacker Using Nest Camera Threatened to Kidnap Baby — Father Learns This Happens Frequently

By B.N. Frank

A recent opinion piece from Mercury News reveals more of the same – hackers continue to use wireless devices to threaten people and this happens a lot. In this case – the hacker used a Nest camera.

"It was an unremarkable Wednesday afternoon when our nanny texted my wife and me asking if we were speaking through one of the Nest cameras in our house. We both replied that we were not."

In April, Mercury News published a similar article about a hacker using a Nest camera to threaten a child...

Oct 19 10:35

To Think Or To Work? That Is The Question

By John Klyczek

On both sides of the political aisle, workforce-training reforms are being touted as the be-all, end-all of America’s public education system. Right-wing “school choice” proponents, such as President Donald Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, push corporate charter school programs with workforce-training curriculums. Left-wing “community schooling” advocates, such as Democratic Presidential candidates Joe Biden and Julián Castro, push “lifelong-learning” programs with school-to-work curriculums. Both “conservatives” and “liberals” concur: the purpose of public education is workforce development.

Oct 19 05:03

State Department Concludes Clinton Email Review, Says It Found Nearly 600 Security Violations

State Department investigators probing Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server as secretary of state discovered nearly 600 security incidents that violated agency policy, according to a report the Daily Caller News Foundation obtained.

The investigation, conducted by the State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security, found 38 individuals were culpable for 91 security violations. Another 497 violations were found, but no individuals were found culpable in those incidents.

The investigation concluded Sept. 6, and the report was issued Sept. 13.

The investigation sought to determine if the exchange of emails on Clinton’s server “represented failure to properly safeguard classified information” and whether any individuals at State were culpable for any of the failures. (RELATED: State Department Reboots Hillary Clinton Email Probe)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"NO PERSUASIVE EVIDENCE...." MY ASTROLABE!!

This "alleged" inquiry was stage managed from the get-go, and a desired conclusion was reached in precisely the way the Clintonistas wanted it to be reached, which translated as absolutely no charges could, or would, be levelled against her.

Oct 19 02:14

Twitter War Breaks Out Between "Russian Asset" Tulsi Gabbard And "Warmongering Queen" Hillary Clinton

Democratic presidential candidate and Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard - who like Trump was quickly put in the crosshairs of the military industrial complex, the deep state and the pro-war Atlantic Council for her de-interventionist foreign policy - fired back at Hillary Clinton, accusing her of being behind a "concerted campaign" to destroy her reputation and challenged her to stop hiding and enter the 2020 presidential race. Earlier in the day, Hillary Clinton floated a conspiracy theory that the Russians are "grooming" the Hawaii congresswoman to be a third-party candidate in 2020, while claiming 2016 Green Party nominee Jill Stein is "also" a Russian asset.

“Great! Thank you Hillary Clinton,” Gabbard tweeted late on Friday afternoon. "You, the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party for so long, have finally come out from behind the curtain."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

YOU GO, TULSI!!

Although I seriously doubt that Representative Gabbard will receive the Democratic nomination for President (and trust me; the Military Industrial Complex will see to that!) ,I am continually amazed at her courage.

Speaking out like this against one of the main purveyors of "geopolitical toxic shock syndrome spreaders", like the Clintons, takes... male attributes to the max.

Oct 18 18:28

DeepMind AI beats humans at deciphering damaged ancient Greek tablets

Artificial intelligence is learning to decipher damaged ancient Greek engravings. The AI seems to be better than humans at filling in missing words, but may be most useful as a collaborative tool, where researchers use it to narrow down the options.

Oct 18 09:48

Huawei Moving on Without Google?

Huawei’s flagship smartphone, the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro, launched without Google products being available on it due to US restrictions against Chinese companies (and specifically against Huawei itself).

Contrary to what many have speculated, Huawei has not developed its “own operating system” for its phones but is instead simply using an open source version of Google’s Android. This means that Android applications will still be available to Huawei users and they will still use their phones as normal, but they will have to acquire applications through Huawei’s AppGallery rather than through Google Play.

Oct 18 09:27

Google’s auto-delete tools are practically worthless for privacy

By the time Google deletes your activity data, it’s already extracted most of the advertising value.

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