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By B.N. Frank


Apple AirPods are worn inside the ears and they are very popular despite the fact that they can and do catch fire.  They also emit Electromagnetic Radiation (aka “Electrosmog”) and exposure to that can cause all kinds of symptoms and health problems in addition to increased risk for cancer (see 1, 2).  In fact, exposure to all sources of wireless radiation can disrupt the blood-brain barrier which can cause it to leak.  Thanks to the Independent Student Newspaper of the University of New Hampshire for addressing how AirPods increased popularity is also increasing E-waste:



Since Apple’s release of the AirPods in 2016, many University of New Hampshire (UNH) students no longer appear to be “plugged in.” The popular wireless earbuds quickly replaced many users’ EarPods, Apple’s previous wired version of the headphones. Meanwhile, those same technological trends are contributing to e-waste in the era of climate change.


A UN January 2019 press release found that 50 million tons of electronic and electrical waste, better known as e-waste, is produced per year. For comparison, every commercial airline produced weighs less than 50 million tons. Of the 50 million tons of annual e-waste, only 20 million tons are formally recycled. The other 30 million tons are either informally recycled or put into landfills contaminating soil and groundwater.


         



      

Formal and informal recycling differs in their processes. Informal recycling does not allow for toxin control, according to DW.com. Most informal recycling is done by hand in developing countries. Workers are exposed to the hazardous substances that e-waste contains like “mercury, lead and cadmium.” The UN’s press release added that annual e-waste is valued at over $62.5 billion, greater than the GDP of the majority of countries, such as Afghanistan, Belize and Lithuania.


One cause of e-waste stems from what Dr. Coulombe calls “planned obsolescence,” or a purposeful lifespan of a product. This intended lifespan forces consumers to purchase more and more of the product.


“Apple is kind of the poster child for planned obsolescence – this idea that we are going to make products that last for three, maybe four years…and [then] you’ll need to replace them,” he said.


Apple has adopted ideas from the circular economy model. The 2019 report states that Daisy the robot can deconstruct 15 versions of the iPhone, recovering a portion of the finite materials used during construction. These finite materials include aluminum, cobalt, copper, rare earth elements, steel, tin and tungsten. There is no Daisy for AirPods, though, as Dr. Coulombe said, “the issue with AirPods is they’re next to impossible to dispose of because of the way they are constructed…the irony of AirPods is that they are literally glued in a way so that you cannot take them apart, and so that they’re made to basically become trash.”






Apple is not the only company found guilty of planned obsolescence but did face a class action lawsuit after revealing that it slowed down outdated versions of the iPhone in 2017, according to Forbes.com.


“From a business standpoint it’s brilliant…but from an environmental standpoint it’s obviously devastating,” Dr. Coulombe said.







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Of course, the increased popularity of ALL digital, electronic, and wireless devices among people of all ages is increasing E-Waste. “Electrosmog”, and illness.  Activity trackers, home assistants, and the like are very trendy.  But they aren’t green.  If all of us continue to use and rely on environmentally unfriendly tech, we will all be up an even skankier toxic shit creek without a paddle.


Activist Post reports regularly about all issues associated with digital, electronic, and wireless technology.  For more information visit our archives and the following websites:



Wireless Information Network
Americans for Responsible Technology
Center For Electrosmog Prevention
Ecological Options Network
ElectromagneticHealth
Electromagnetic Radiation Safety
EMF Safety Network
Environmental Health Trust
Generation Zapped
Last Tree Laws
Parents for Safe Technology
Physicians for Safe Technology
SafeG
Scientists for Wired Tech
StopSmartMeters.org
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Whatis5G.Info

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It’s not a big surprise that we can’t trust phone manufacturers.  For many years they have been warning their shareholders –not the public – that they may eventually be held liable for causing harm with their products and transmitters.  Perhaps that’s why insurance companies haven’t been covering them (see 1, 2).


In August the Chicago Tribune reported that 11 smartphone models exceeded federal Radio Frequency (RF) Radiation limits which led to Fegan Scott law firm filing class action lawsuits.


Since 2018, Phonegate Alert has been reporting about RF safety issues with phones and more.  Earlier this month, they published this update:


         



      

We would like to thank MEPs Philippe Lamberts, Michèle Rivasi and Klaus Buchner of the Greens/EFA for this remarkable event organised on 1 October 2019 at the European Parliament. This allowed our President to launch an alert to the European authorities asking them to take all appropriate measures to protect mobile phone users from the health and industrial risks associated with the international Phonegate scandal, particularly at the time of the announced launch of 5G.


The presentation made by Dr Marc Arazi demonstrated, with supporting evidence, that it was no longer possible to trust the mobile phone manufacturers, who knowingly overexposed us to the waves of our mobile phones, well beyond the limits of the risks to our health.


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Thanks also to Environmental Health Trust for regularly updating their website with Phonegate Alert press releases.


Activist Post reports regularly about biological exposure risks from all sources of Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) aka Electrosmog.  For more information, visit our archives and the following websites:



Center For Safer Wireless
Center For Electrosmog Prevention
ElectromagneticHealth
Electromagnetic Radiation Safety
EMF Safety Network
Environmental Health Trust
Generation Zapped
Physicians for Safe Technology
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By Tyler Durden


It’s not just “tinfoil blogs” who (for the past 11 years) have been warning that a monetary reset is inevitable and the only viable fallback option once trust and faith in fiat is lost, is a gold standard (something which even Mark Carney hinted at recently): central banks are joining the doom parade now too.


An article published by the De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB), or Dutch Central Bank, has shocked many with its claim that


if the system collapses, the gold stock can serve as a basis to build it up again. Gold bolsters confidence in the stability of the central bank’s balance sheet and creates a sense of security.


         



      


While gloomy predictions of a monetary reset are hardly new, they have traditionally been relegated to the fringe of mainstream financial thought – after all, as Mario Draghi stated on several occasions in recent years, the mere contemplation of a “doomsday scenario” is enough to create the self-fulfilling prophecy which materializes it. As such, it is stunning to see a mainstream financial institution open up about the superior value of limited supply, non-fiat, sound money assets. It is also hypocritical given the diametrically opposed Keynesian practices regularly engaged in by central banks and official institutions worldwide: after all, just a few months back, the IMF published a paper bashing Germany’s adoption of the gold standard in the 1870s as the catalyst for instability in the global monetary system.


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Fast forward to today, when the Dutch Central Bank is admitting not only did gold not destabilize the monetary system, but it will be its only savior when everything crashes.


The article, titled “DNB’s Gold Stock” states:


“A bar of gold retains its value, even in times of crisis. This makes it the opposite of “shares, bonds and other securities” all of which have inherent risk and prices can go down.


Photo of gold bars from the DNB’s article “Goud van DNB.”

According to the IMF’s latest data, the DNB holds 615 tons (15,000 bars) of gold mainly in Amsterdam, with other stores in the U.K. and North America; the value of this gold reserve is over €6 billion ($6.62 billion). Calling gold the “trust anchor,” the article details briefly why the hard asset is so important to wealth building and the global economy, claiming: “Gold is… the trust anchor for the financial system. If the whole system collapses, the gold stock provides a collateral to start over. Gold gives confidence in the power of the central bank’s balance sheet.”


Why this sudden admission of what goldbugs have been saying for years? Perhaps it has to do with the fact that on October 7, the bank announced it would soon be moving a large part of its gold reserves to “the new DNB Cash Center at military premises in Zeist.”


Almost as if the Netherlands is preparing for the grand reset, and is moving its most valuable asset to a “military” installation just for that purpose.


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DNB is no stranger to playing along with the Keynesian, inflationary games of the global monetary system. A system which, according to some, is now more a Ponzi scheme based on force and blind faith than sound economic principle. That notwithstanding, the centralized financial powers of the world know the real score, and that’s why hard assets like gold are hoarded and locked down while everyday, individual residents of these geopolitical jurisdictions are encouraged to spend and spend, going further into debt to prop up ultimately unsound national economies.


It is hardly a coincidence that in its preparation for monetary doomsday, the Dutsch Central Bank is also set to begin cracking down on crypto exchanges and wallets, stating that “firms offering services for the exchange between cryptos and regular money, and crypto wallet providers must register with De Nederlandsche Bank.”


While the push for greater KYC/AML transparency is a growing global trend, and is hardly surprising in a world in which trillions in assets reside in “tax-evading” offshore jurisdiction, the remarkable aspect of this latest crackdown against crypto – which many see as a modern, more efficient form of “gold” – is the fact that invasive regulations and restrictions by central banks can be seen as yet another means of stockpiling precious assets. This time, not gold bars, but bitcoin and crypto.


As for the timing of the “great monetary reset”, which other central banks have already quietly hinted at themselves amid massive repatriation of physical gold from the New York Fed to various European central banks such as Germany and Austria, we are confident that the trust-keepers of the current establishment – such as other central banks and the IMF – will be kind enough to provide ample advance notice to the citizens of the “developed” world to exchange their fiat into hard assets. Or, then again, perhaps not.



This article was sourced from ZeroHedge.com


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By B.N. Frank


Those of us of a certain age grew up when it was common for our dental cavities to be filled with mercury.  Because some health experts have insisted that mercury in fillings can cause or worsen undesirable health issues (see 1, 2), mercury has stopped being used by many dentists.


Unfortunately, not everyone can afford to have their mercury fillings replaced.


What’s also changed with the times – we are all being exposed to more sources of Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) and wireless WiFi radiation than ever before.  Cordless landline phones, cell phones, computers, wireless radiation emitting “wearables” and toys, “Smart” appliances, utility “Smart” meters, WiFi routers, and the like have all been gradually introduced since the 1990s.  Because of these sources, more cell towers and antennas have also been installed and continue to be.  Some health experts – including the American Academy of Pediatrics – warn that wireless WiFi radiation can also cause or worsen undesirable health issues, especially in kids, including autism.  A 2016 paper published in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) revealed that pregnant mothers with mercury fillings may have something even more to worry about.


         



      

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), factors such as growing electricity demand, ever-advancing technologies and changes in social behaviour have led to steadily increasing exposure to man-made electromagnetic fields.  Dental amalgam fillings are among the major sources of exposure to elemental mercury vapour in the general population. Although it was previously believed that low levels are mercury (i.g. release of mercury from dental amalgam) is not hazardous, now numerous data indicate that even very low doses of mercury cause toxicity. There are some evidence indicating that perinatal exposure to mercury is significantly associated with an increased risk of developmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Furthermore, mercury can decrease the levels of neurotransmitters dopamine, serotonin, noreprenephrine, and acetylcholine in the brain and cause neurological problems. On the other hand, a strong positive correlation between maternal and cord blood mercury levels is found in some studies. We have previously shown that exposure to MRI or microwave radiation emitted by common mobile phones can lead to increased release of mercury from dental amalgam fillings. Moreover, when we investigated the effects of MRI machines with stronger magnetic fields, our previous findings were confirmed. As a strong association between exposure to electromagnetic fields and mercury level has been found in our previous studies, our findings can lead us to this conclusion that maternal exposure to electromagnetic fields in mothers with dental amalgam fillings may cause elevated levels of mercury and trigger the increase in autism rates. Further studies are needed to have a better understanding of the possible role of the increased mercury level after exposure toelectromagnetic fields and the rate of autism spectrum disorders in the offspring.


Activist Post’s sister publication, Natural Blaze, has reported extensively about the Wireless Exposure–Mercury Filling connection (see 1, 2).





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By Jack Burns


Arrests of children have skyrocketed over the last decade according to the latest statistics published by the FBI. Gone are the days of sending children to the principal’s office for a paddling. Now children as young as 6 are getting arrested in Police State USA.


The statistics, complied from 2013 to 2018, revealed more than 30,000 children under the age of 10 have been arrested, averaging more than six thousand kids per year. Equally disturbing is students 10-12 years of age topped 266,000.


In the past, students and children were disciplined with consequences such as timeout and paddling. As more and more schools replace handling things internally with external police state options like school resource officers, children are ending up with arrest records and their fingerprints stored in databases.


         



      

Often referred to as the “school to prison pipeline”, the principal players in the funneling of kids from school to jail are the school resource officers (SROs), and it’s got parents at their wits end.


Fortunately, the number of students arrested year to year are on the decline from 2014 until now. ABC News writes:


While the FBI’s latest crime report released on Monday shows the numbers of children arrested under the age of 10 have continue to gradually declining in the past five years from a high in 2014 of 6,458 to 3,501 in 2018, experts say it is still too many.


What may seem like routine policing or modern-day policing methods to some, others see as a human rights violation, a slippery slope leading to a criminal life, and a poor use of school resources. Standing in the gap for children, some would say, are advocates of Restorative Justice (RJ). For example, instead of calling a school resource officer when a fight breaks out on campus at a K-12 facility, security officers (often teachers) will bring the kids and teens into a community of concerned advocates for keeping kids out of the school to prison pipeline.


According to the Institute for Policy Studies, RJ programs are accepted by advocacy groups and others who are highly critical of the presence of school resource officers on campuses. The institute writes:


Restorative justice (or RJ) treats incidents in which people are harmed (like, say, school fights) as requiring healing rather than punishment. It focuses on the actual harm that occurred and the need for healing, rather than on the breaking of a rule.


Instead of calling gun-toting badge-wearing members of society to deal with unruly children, the RJ team is called.







When an incident arises, the parties come together for a restorative circle that includes students, staff, community members, and a restorative justice practitioner. They address the harms together and try to arrive at a solution.



RJ programs are catching on in schools where discipline issues have historically been a major problem.


A growing number of school districts nationwide, from Oakland, California to Washington, D.C., are implementing these practices.


The results are promising with referrals for school discipline down across campuses, students no longer have to fear going to jail. But such a lack of fear has reportedly caused even more disruptions in the classroom. We spoke with several teachers who wish to remain anonymous who say the RJ programs have created a “lack of consequences” on campuses with students now getting away with incredibly disruptive, disrespectful behavior.


So, therein lies the delicate seesaw balancing act at work. Do schools involve SROs to deal with behavior issues (often linked to emotional issues) or do they work as a community to ensure arrests in school never take place?




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According to a recent research study evaluating the outcomes of Restorative Justice, it is working. The authors write:


The bottom line for restorative justice programs and practices is that the evidence is promising, suggesting possible but still uncertain benefits for the youth participants in terms of reduced future delinquent behavior and other non-delinquent outcomes. Victim participants in these programs, however, do appear to experience a number of benefits and are more satisfied with these programs than traditional approaches to juvenile justice.


While additional research needs to be done to evaluate whether or not the RJ approach to disciplining children is the best way to go, almost everyone should be able to agree on one thing: police have no business placing 6-year-olds in handcuffs.



Jack Burns is an educator, journalist, investigative reporter, and advocate of natural medicine.

This article was sourced from The Free Thought Project.


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By Elias Marat


A 13-year-old girl in Overland Park, Kansas, was arrested last month and charged with a felony after police say her classmates claim she made a “gun-like hand gesture” at multiple students.


The girl, who is a student at Westridge Middle School, flashed the “finger gun” at four fellow students and then toward herself on September 18 after her classmates asked her which five people in the classroom she would kill, said Overland Park Police Chief Frank Donchez.


The student, who remains unidentified due to laws protecting her privacy, was arrested and charged the day following the incident for threatening a mass shooting, according to the Johnson County District Attorney’s Office. The girl admitted to threatening others, the police have said.


         



      

Donchez told USA Today:


Overnight, some of those students contacted the school administration and expressed their fear of this individual, that based on this incident, they were in genuine fear of this individual.


The context of the conversation remains unclear but the girl is now living in California, according to the Kansas City Star.


The girl’s grandfather, Jon Cavanaugh, says that she was simply mouthing off. He told the Star:


I think that this is something that probably could have been handled in the principal’s office and got completely out of hand.


However, Donchez insists that her classmates had felt legitimately “fearful” of her based on previous encounters, including one incident that was investigated and resulted in her facing some time in juvenile detention.


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I want to be very clear: The arrest of this student was wholly unrelated to any district policy. It was a municipal police department decision, and our policies don’t impact police department decisions.



In a statement, police said:


Ensuring the safety of everyone in a school, or community, is a top priority and requires constant vigilance, parents reminding their children of proper behavior in school and an understanding by the public that each case is thoroughly investigated before any arrest is made and a charge filed.


On Tuesday, she will appear as a juvenile Tuesday at the District Court of Johnson County.


The girl’s arrest highlights the tense situation at schools across the United States, as well as the region. Just last month at nearby Hocker Grove Middle School, two 13-year-old students showed up to school with real guns stashed in their backpacks.


The children were charged with misdemeanors and the Hocker Grove principal said that no evidence suggested the teens planned to use their guns at school.




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However, in the case of the young girl, threatening is a felony. Such charges could haunt her in the future, as felony charges can undermine students’ chances of being accepted into some colleges or the U.S. military.


If convicted, the girl could face a year at a juvenile detention center. Cavanaugh said:


I’m really worried about my granddaughter’s future.



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By Jason Bermas


The news isn’t necessarily that they got caught; it’s that even a secret court has told them that it’s illegal.


The fact is that these surveillance systems pre-date 9/11 and every major telecom company has special servers for federal access.


Jason Bermas covers the many violations of our privacy and the apparent illusion that we have a 4th Amendment. We live in a national security state with little oversight and no checks and balances.


         



      


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By TJ Martinell


Bump stock owners aren’t complying with an illegal federal ban approved through an unconstitutional bureaucratic process via the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.


According to the Washington Times, only 1,000 bump stocks were collected in the run-up to the March deadline. There are between 280,000 to 520,000 bump stocks in circulation, according to the Justice Department.


To give a comparison, the feds would have to replicate that same rate of the collection either 280 or 520 times in order to recover all the remaining bump stocks – and that’s assuming more devices are not secretly manufactured and sold in the meantime.


Why is this important?


         



      

It is nullification in effect on an individual level. Hundreds of thousands of people simply said, “We will not comply.”


The pitiful level of compliance with this federal regulation by bump stock owners sends a clear message to D.C. — gun owners won’t comply with a decree violating their right to keep and bear arms even over a mere firearm accessory. It is a forewarning as to what lawmakers and gun grabbers can expect should they attempt to ban the possession of certain firearms disingenuously labeled “assault weapons.”


To comply with this bump stock ban would be to merely encourage further confiscation efforts. But the lack of compliance makes it obvious that the policy is unpopular and would be expensive to enforce.


That is precisely how medical and recreational marijuana was decriminalized by various states. Activists didn’t elect the right people into office. They didn’t persuade D.C. to reject the War on Drugs. They made it impractical and eventually impossible for prohibition to continue in any practical way,


Noncompliance is the best and most effective way to protect our right to keep and bear arms. Just as nullification by states deprives the feds of critical resources and manpower to enforce those laws, individual noncompliance saps whatever resources they have and demonstrates how much of their laws rely on our cooperation.



TJ Martinell is an author, writer, and award-winning reporter from Washington state. His dystopian novel The Stringers depicting a neo-Prohibition Era in the city of Seattle is available on Amazon.


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By Sean Walton


California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom signed 15 gun-related bills into law Friday, tightening the state’s already-stringent Second Amendment restrictions.


One of the bills, which expands a so-called “red flag” law to allow co-workers, employers and educators to seek gun violence restraining orders against firearms owners they fear are a danger to themselves and others, was vetoed twice by Newsom’s predecessor, Jerry Brown.


Newsom also signed a companion bill allowing the gun violence restraining orders to last one and five years, although the gun owners could petition to end those restrictions earlier. The bill also allows judges to issue search warrants at the same time as they grant the orders. The warrants can be used immediately if the gun owners are served with the relinquishment orders but fail to turn over the firearms or ammunition.


“California has outperformed the rest of the nation, because of our gun safety laws, in reducing the gun murder rate substantially compared to the national reduction,” Newsom said as he signed the measures surrounded by state lawmakers. “No state does it as well or comprehensively as the state of California, and we still have a long way to go.”


         



      

Between 1993 and 2017, the latest available, there was a 62 percent decline in the gun murder rate in California, nearly double the 34 percent nationally, Newsom said.


Co-workers who want to request a gun violence restraining order will have to have “substantial and regular interactions” with gun owners, and co-workers and school employees will need to get approval from their employers or school administrators before seeking a restraining order.


Those seeking the orders will be required to file sworn statements detailing their reasons for doing so.


The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) opposed the bill, saying it “poses a significant threat to civil liberties” because a restraining order can be sought before a gun owner has an opportunity to dispute the request.






Additionally, those making a request under the new law may “lack the relationship or skills required to make an appropriate assessment,” the ACLU said.


The bill’s author, Democratic Assemblyman Phil Ting of San Francisco, cited a recent study finding that gun restraining order laws may have helped prevent 21 mass shootings, though the University of California, Davis, researchers cautioned that “it is impossible to know whether violence would have occurred.”


The National Rifle Association (NRA) and its state affiliate, the California Rifle and Pistol Association, opposed the new restrictions, according to the Los Angeles Times.


The laws will take effect Jan. 1, 2020.




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The Democratic governor also signed a law that will limit Californians to purchasing one long rifle per month, according to The Sacramento Bee.


This law expands the current legislation that applies to handguns, and it will prevent people under 21 from purchasing semi-automatic rifles and other similar firearms.


The collective measures “tweak” the state’s current laws and “improve implementation,” according to Amanda Wilcox, spokeswoman for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.


Ting also has a companion bill that would allow gun owners starting next September who are the subjects of restraining order requests to file a form with the court saying they won’t contest the requests and are surrendering their firearms. Under current law, even those who agree to give up their guns must go through a court hearing, which Ting says wastes time and resources.



Sean Walton is a researcher and journalist for The Daily Sheeple, where this article first appeared. Send tips to [email protected]


   
            


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By Tyler Durden


While many would argue that Americans’ First Amendment rights have long since dwindled from the liberties initially granted in The Bill of Rights, a decision by the European Union’s highest court could well mark the final nail in the coffin of free speech.


As Politico reports, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has ruled that Facebook can be ordered to track down and remove content globally if it was found to be illegal in any EU country. In its ruling, CJEU said that EU law allowed local judges to order the world’s largest social network to remove illegal content, as well as delete material that conveyed a similar message under certain circumstances.


The decision is not just a slap in the face of worldwide citizens’ freedom of expression, but a big defeat for Facebook as it will force them to be more responsible for what is appearing on the internet (and thus what is seen by those who make the rules as not appropriate for the genpop).



“This judgement raises critical questions around freedom of expression and the role that internet companies should play in monitoring, interpreting and removing speech,” Toby Partlett, a Facebook spokesman, said in a statement.


“We hope the courts take a proportionate and measured approach to avoid having a chilling effect on freedom of expression.”



         



      

Of course, it won’t as EU bureaucrats have hardly shown the ability to undertake measured responses when it comes to cracking down on non-sanctioned thoughts, words, and memes. Facebook officials went to exclaim that:


…the ruling “undermines the longstanding principle that one country does not have the right to impose its laws on speech on another country.”






As Politico details, the ruling stems from a lawsuit filed in 2016 by Eva Glawischnig-Piesczek, an Austrian lawmaker, who had requested that Facebook delete defamatory posts made about her by an anonymous user.



When an Austrian court sided with her, the company initially only removed the content from being viewed in Austria, but subsequent appeals had focused on whether such takedowns should apply globally, and if Facebook should be required to remove similar content once it has been made aware of the defamatory material.


Following the ruling by Europe’s highest court, her case will now be referred back to Austrian judges, who will make the final ruling about how to apply Thursday’s decision.



As one would expect, digital rights campaigners were incensed by the breadth of the decision:





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“The court’s decision opens the door for serious restrictions on freedom of expression due to the takedown of legitimate speech. Extending removal to the vague concept of “equivalent” content is harmful because the context as well as motivation of users re-sharing content may significantly differ with each re-upload,” said Eliška Pírková, Europe policy analyst at Access Now, a campaigning group.


Those who believe tyranny cannot come to the United States should take a look around because it’s already here and, as the EU court’s decision shows, it is not just Washington that Americans should fear.


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By Tyler Durden


Millions of Americans are finding it virtually impossible to keep up with their car payments, despite supposed “economic growth” and low unemployment, according to Reuters. In fact, more than 7 million Americans are already late by 90 days or more on their car loans, according to data from the New York Federal Reserve, as delinquency rates among borrowers with low credit scores have seen the fastest acceleration.



         



      

Part of the issue stems from the economic downturn a decade ago where automakers slashed production. This has made a rarity of 10-year-old used vehicles, which are typically the cars sought out by low-wage earners.


This lack of supply and rising demand has caused prices to spike, with the average price of a 10-year-old used vehicle coming in at $8,657, nearly 75% higher than 2010, which is “pushing poor Americans over the edge” according to Reuters. Over the same time, the average increase in new car prices is only 25%.


Ivan Drury, Edmunds’ senior manager of industry analysis, said that “this is pinching people at the worst point possible. If you need basic A to B transportation, you have to get an older car that needs more repairs and has more wear-and-tear issues.”


Monthly auto payments for Americans who make under $40,000 per year have remained flat since 2017. Those in higher wage brackets have seen payments rise. But rather than this being good news, it indicates that poor Americans are stretched so much that they literally can’t afford to pay more. As Cox chief economist Jonathan Smoke pointed out, “they just don’t have any flexibility to increase their payment.”


And the rising delinquency rates are being blamed on weaker lending standards in recent years.


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Warren Kornfeld, a senior vice president on Moody’s financial institutions team, said: “Auto lenders are belatedly tightening lending standards, but it may already be too late. The economy is masking the true performance of auto loans. If we hit a downturn today, the performance of auto loans would not look very good.”



New York Fed data shows that delinquencies among subprime borrowers have been rising and have been the catalyst pushing up the overall delinquency rate. About 8% of loans originated by buyers with a credit score under 620 are categorized as seriously late. Fed researchers called this data “a development that is surprising during a strong economy and labor market.”


Gordy Tormohlen of Good People Automotive says that business is up 10% this year as auto finance companies have been tightening lending standards. Ominously, he said “the market feels like it did before the financial crisis hit in 2008, when consumers were over-extended with debt.”






Customers of his include people like Hollis Heyward, who recently had to rework his loan and is now only paying $120 per month to pay off his principal owed, down from about $350 a month.  And it doesn’t look like there will be good news anytime soon: analysts are predicting that it could take years for older used cars to return to more affordable levels.


Ken Shilson, president of the National Alliance of Buy Here, Pay Here Dealers (NABD), said:



American consumers have become too comfortable with debt and subprime customers have been “poisoned” by easy access to capital for much of the long economic expansion. But he added those customers will be forced by tighter underwriting to seek even older vehicles.




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“The American way is to always live beyond your means and Americans aren’t good at making life adjustments,’ Shilson said. “But there’s a reality check coming and many subprime buyers will be forced to find more affordable transportation.”


Just days ago, Bloomberg reported  that “sticker shock” was the cause for growing stress in the automotive industry.



Auto dealer Robert Loehr said of new car prices: “Prices are crazy on cars nowadays — all of them. They’re crazy to me, and I do it every single day, all day long,”


Brian Irwin, who leads the automotive and industrial practice for consulting firm Accenture, says the auto industry has reached the end of its run, stating: “It’s a step down from where we thought we would be a few months ago. I expect to see stronger incentives coming out.”



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By Truthstream Media


As our world becomes more connected with smart technology and the Internet of Things set to be supercharged by 5G, more people are becoming aware of the range of health effects associated with electromagnetic radiation exposure.


As Aaron Dykes covers in this video, however, the negative effects of EMF for humanity have long been known … but they just never bothered to tell us.


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By B.N. Frank


Proponents continue to make semi-autonomous and fully autonomous vehicles sound like they are safer than human drivers even though experts continue reporting that they are still very dangerous and will undoubtedly cause more people to get hurt and die.


Thanks to Price Tags for a recent article about a new study that is equally if not more disturbing:



It was only a few years ago when semi autonomous vehicles were the shiny pennies pledging to undertake all the  pesky logistics of driving. But as reported in The Verge.com things are not quite as touted, even with the Automatic Emergency Braking Systems. These vehicles are testing out as unconscious killers of vulnerable road users, who are being slaughtered at an increasing rate on roads in North America.


The most important aspect for any vehicle on the road is the ability to recognize and avoid vulnerable road users, those pedestrians, cyclists and other wheelers that are using the street without the protection of a vehicular steel shell.


         



      

It appears that while car companies fill their vehicles with toys (I have already written about the huge dashboard reader screens) the technology is still not reliable to keep everyone safe on the road. That’s the nice way of saying that today’s semi autonomous vehicles are murderous for other road users despite the fact that they have been portrayed as being logically smarter and safer than human drivers.


This report by the American Automobile Association (AAA) looked at the automatic braking systems of semi autonomous vehicles from different makers when confronted with a pedestrian (thankfully they used mannequins).  Four different 2019 model vehicles were used~a Chevy Malibu, Honda Accord, Tesla Model 3, and Toyota Camry.


Unbelievably the vehicles hit the dummy pedestrians a horrifying sixty percent of the time-“and this was in daylight hours at speeds of 20 mph/30 km/h”. When child sized dummy pedestrians were used on the roadway, they were hit eighty percent of the time, 89 percent  of the time if between cars.These findings also occurred at higher speeds and at night.






Pedestrian fatalities were even worse if the victim had their back towards vehicles. The Truth About Cars writes “The researchers tested several other scenarios, including encountering a pedestrian after a right-hand turn and two adults standing alongside the road with their backs to traffic. The latter scenario resulted in a collision 80 percent of the time, while the former yielded a 100 percent collision rate.”


Thankfully in their conclusions  of the study AAA states that the high-tech detection systems are inadequate, with none of the various vehicles tested being able to detect an adult walking on the roadway at night. Only one vehicle was able to detect that an object was even in front of the car, but it still did not brake.






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By B.N. Frank


The role of the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) is to protect the public by regulating the telecom industry.  Unfortunately, they’ve been doing the exact opposite for many years now.  The “Race for 5G” has taken this to a whole new level of awful and the agency is being sued by many entities for promoting 5G and forcing its installation (see 1, 2, 3, 4).


Telecoms have admitted they have NO scientific evidence that 5G is safe and many experts say 5G isn’t (see 1, 2, 3, 4).  People and their pets are becoming sick where it has already been installed (see 1, 2, 3).  Meteorologists, NASA, NOAA and the U.S. Navy warn 5G will reduce the accuracy of weather predictions and large urban areas will be impacted first.


Now telecoms don’t even want the FCC to know where they are installing 5G.  Maybe it’s because if nobody knows where it is they can’t sue them when the poop hits the fan.


         



      

From Ars Technica:



With the Federal Communications Commission planning to require carriers to submit more accurate data about broadband deployment, AT&T and the mobile industry’s top lobby group are urging the FCC to exclude 5G from the upgraded data collection.


“There is broad agreement that it is not yet time to require reporting on 5G coverage,” AT&T told the FCC in a filing this week.


[…]


Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint. “[A]s CTIA points out, service standards for 5G are still emerging, precluding reporting of service-level coverage for 5G networks (other than the 5G-NR submissions already required),” AT&T wrote.


[…]


But CTIA said requiring more than that would be “premature” because “industry consensus is still emerging around how best to measure the deployment of this still-nascent technology.” Verizon also told the FCC in September that “adoption of standardized parameters is premature” for 5G.


Calling 5G a “still-nascent technology” that can’t properly be measured yet raises the question of why carriers have been telling the FCC and public that 5G is guaranteed to revolutionize modern life and that carriers need regulatory favors to speed its rollout. The mobile industry didn’t think it was “premature” for the US government to preempt local regulation of 5G deployments, an action FCC Chairman Ajit Pai took more than a year ago.






[…]


The FCC in October voted to require home Internet providers to submit geospatial maps of where they provide service instead of merely reporting which census blocks they offer service in. The FCC hasn’t yet imposed such extensive requirements on mobile providers, but that’s because it hasn’t finished its investigation into complaints that Verizon and T-Mobile lied about the extent of their 4G coverage. The FCC is seeking public comment on how to incorporate mobile coverage into the new mapping system.


T-Mobile has published maps of its 5G coverage, but an FCC requirement could force carriers to provide more accurate and detailed data than they are willing to share voluntarily.


[…]


AT&T also wants limits on requirements for reporting the speed of non-5G networks. AT&T said that carriers should only have to report two speed tiers: one for everything below 5Mbps download and 1Mbps upload speeds, and another tier for everything at or above 5Mbps and 1Mbps.






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Just a reminder – the FCC is seeking public comment on how to incorporate mobile coverage into the new 5G mapping system.  Apparently the opposition, lawsuits, and warnings haven’t made enough of an impression on them yet.


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