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By Simon Black, Sovereign Man


For this Friday’s roll-up of bizarre and disturbing stories from around the world, we found ourselves zeroing-in on some ridiculous data privacy violations.


Soccer app spies on fans


The Spanish soccer (sigh, OK– football) league, known by fans around the world simply as La Liga, knew that most pubs across Europe showing its matches weren’t paying for the subscription.


La Liga was sick of losing out on royalties from the pirated video streams. So they turned their fans into unwitting spies.


Through a special app they encouraged fans to download, La Liga was able to secretly activate the mobile devices’ microphones.


         



      

They then listened in on the fans’ surroundings (and pinpointed their location) to determine if the fan was in a pub watching an unlicensed broadcast.


When they finally got caught, the league received a tiny slap on the wrist for this extraordinary crime– a mere fine of €250,000, roughly USD $280,000.


I hope this makes you re-think some of the apps you’ve downloaded…


Click here for the full story.


Yet another government database was hacked


The US Customs and Border Patrol is starting to roll out facial recognition software at airports and entry points around the United States.


But they already can’t keep our photos and information secure.


This month, CBP announced that a database containing photos of drivers and license plates crossing the border was hacked.


As many as 100,000 people had their photos, license plates, and sensitive information about their travels leaked into unknown hands.


Even if you could trust the government’s intentions, you can’t trust them to keep your data private.


Click here for the full story.


Apple scans your uploaded images






Its cause is noble…


Apple doesn’t want to allow criminals to upload images of child abuse onto the cloud.


But their solution is to invade the privacy of every user.


Apple recently changed their privacy policy to include authorization for “pre-screening or scanning uploaded content for potentially illegal content.”


But they don’t explain how invasive this pre-check actually is.


We don’t know how they evaluate if an image is illegal, what they do about false positives, or if they are storing data collected from these scans.


All we know is that photos being uploaded to Apple’s cloud are not as private as you thought.


Click here for the full story.


Man spends 44 days in jail for not unlocking his phone




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Police pulled a man over and found marijuana.


Then they saw a message pop up on his phone. It said, “OMG did they find it?”


That prompted cops to demand access to the man’s phone, but he refused. Eventually they got a judge to issue a warrant forcing him to reveal the password to his phone.


But he still refused.


Because of his refusal to let cops dig for crimes on his phone (or view intimate pictures of his girlfriend) the man was found in contempt of court. He spent 44 days in jail, still refusing to give up the passcode, before charges were downgraded, and he was released.


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This article was sourced from The Daily Bell.


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By Amanda Froelich


If you pay attention, you will notice that acts of kindness occur regularly all over the world. Sometimes, the good deeds go unnoticed. But every now and again, they are highlighted for the public to appreciate. This story is the latter.



         



      

In mid-June, Officer Brian Zagorski of the Niles Police Department in Illinois saw a homeless man wearing tattered shoes with worn-out rubber soles. As the man walked down the street, he tripped. This prompted Zagorski to offer assistance.


Officer Zagorski approached the man and struck up conversation. He then inquired about the individual’s circumstances. As GoodNewsNetwork reports, the officer offered the man a bag of toiletries which were supplied by the a community assistance program. The man declined, however.



He still wanted to help, so the officer asked the man what his shoe size was. As fate would have it, they wore the same size. Without missing a beat, the Officer Zagorski took off his shoes and gave them to a homeless man. Reportedly, he inquired once more to determine if there was anything else he could do to help.


Afterward, Zagorski strolled off — happy and shoe-less. “I was happy,” he told WGN-TV. “I made a difference, and that’s essentially what we sign up to do, is to make a difference.”


The officer has not seen the man since the exchange but will be keeping an eye out for him. He told the press that he hopes to continue lending aid, should the opportunity arise.


Perhaps the story is propaganda to proselytize support for the police department. Or, perhaps it’s simply a good story highlighting a positive deed. Whatever the case, we believe it deserves to be shared. Please comment your thoughts below and share this news!


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Amanda Froelich — I’m an RHN, plant-based chef, freelance writer with 6+ years of experience, Reiki master therapist, world traveler and enthusiast of everything to do with animal rights, sustainability, cannabis and conscious living. I share healthy recipes at Bloom for Life and cannabis-infused treats at My Stoned Kitchen. Read More stories by Amanda Froelich


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By Catherine J. Frompovich


Applause, applause, applause! Give thanks for whistleblowers!


Alexandra Bruce, publisher at Forbidden Knowledge TV, has done it again!  She provides us with the inside story about a whistleblower at Pinterest, which she documents in this narrative.



Eric Cochran is the young engineer who came forward. He explains here the inner peace that he felt when Pinterest fired him:


I could live in the comforts of life and I could go on for 80 years and make money…and then I’ll just fall to ashes. I think that’s how a lot of people live their lives and it’s hard to break out of that rhythm, there’s like an inertia…to me, this was just such an obvious choice because I saw wrongdoing…this is something that, no matter what happens, no matter what I lose, it’ll mean something after I’m gone…


All the things that we think are so important, like our status on social media even our reputations online, they don’t matter and that’s really how the tech establishment controls people…fear, intimidation that you’re gonna be a social outcast but those things aren’t real…it’s just fake stuff and there’s so many people in the real world who do support you and who do have your back and you’re making all the difference for the country and for the world and for humanity when you come forward and you tell people what’s really going on inside of these dark censorship bureaus.



“To me there’s no other option.”“I saw wrongdoing.”“This is the moment that matters.”“This awakens more people to what’s going on in tech.”“Bring more light to the case.”“The tech companies can’t fight us all.”… Eric Cochran


Personally, I think accurate journalism plus human dignity, righteousness, and the sacredness of true freedom—not socialism, Leftist-thinking or censorship—owe all whistleblowers a sincere debt of gratitude, since we probably never would know the putrid depths to which Internet platforms – and other controllers – stoop in order to instill fear, bigotry, control, plus an apparent New World Order agenda.






Big tech has a hive mind.Project Veritas Features Pinterest Whistleblower
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Catherine J Frompovich (website) is a retired natural nutritionist who earned advanced degrees in Nutrition and Holistic Health Sciences, Certification in Orthomolecular Theory and Practice, plus Paralegal Studies. Her work has been published in national and airline magazines since the early 1980s. Catherine authored numerous books on health issues along with co-authoring papers and monographs with physicians, nurses, and holistic healthcare professionals. She has been a consumer health ​issues researcher ​and holistic health advocate since the late 1970s; she continues researching and writing in retirement. Her career in holistic healthcare began in the early 1970s when she had to save, and restructure, her life resulting from having “fallen through the allopathic medical paradigm cracks.”


Catherine has written numerous books. The following can be purchased on Amazon books:


Eat To Beat Disease, Foods Medicinal Qualities (2016)Vaccination Voodoo, What YOU Don’t Know About Vaccines (2013) A Cancer Answer, Holistic BREAST Cancer Management, A Guide to Effective & Non-Toxic Treatments (2012)Our Chemical Lives And The Hijacking Of Our DNA, A Probe Into What’s Probably Making Us Sick (2009) Lord, How Can I Make It Through Grieving My Loss, An Inspirational Guide Through the Grieving Process (2008)


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By Michael Maharrey


SANTA FE, N.M. (June 14, 2019) – Today, a New Mexico law goes into effect that limits the warrantless use of stingray devices to track people’s location and sweep up electronic communications, and more broadly protects the privacy of electronic data. The new law will also hinder the federal surveillance state.


Sen. Peter Wirth (D) filed Senate Bill 199 (SB199) on Jan. 8. Titled the “Electronic Communications Privacy Act,” the new law will help block the use of cell site simulators, known as “stingrays.” These devices essentially spoof cell phone towers, tricking any device within range into connecting to the stingray instead of the tower, allowing law enforcement to sweep up communications content, as well as locate and track the person in possession of a specific phone or other electronic device.


The bill requires police to obtain a warrant or wiretap order before deploying a stingray device, unless they have the explicit permission of the owner or authorized possessor of the device, or if the device is lost or stolen. SB199 includes an exception to the warrant requirement for emergency situations. Even then, police must apply for a warrant within 3 days and destroy any information obtained if the court denies the application.


         



      

On Jan. 24, the Senate passed SB199 by a 41-0 vote. On Jan. 30, the House concurred with a vote of 68-0. With the governor’s signature, the law went into effect June 14.


SB199 also bars law enforcement agencies from compelling a service provider or any person other than the owner of the device without a warrant or wiretap order. This includes actual communication content such as phone conversations, text messages and email, location information and other metadata such as IP addresses pertaining to a person or device participating in the communication.


A service provider may still share information voluntarily under the law. Law enforcement will have to destroy such information within 90 days unless it gets the consent of the owner or a court order.


Provisions in SB199 will severely limit sharing of any legally obtained data.


The legislation provides a legal remedy for anybody whose data is obtained in violation of the law.


A person in a trial, hearing or proceeding may move to suppress any electronic information obtained or retained in violation of the United States constitution, the constitution of New Mexico or the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. The motion shall be made, determined and subject to review in accordance with the procedures provided in law.


A similar bill unanimously passed in both houses of the New Mexico legislature in 2017, but Gov. Susana Martinez vetoed the bill, saying she didn’t want to “burden law enforcement officials.” Martinez was term-limited out of office and Democrat Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham replaced her in 2019.


IMPACT ON FEDERAL SURVEILLANCE PROGRAMS


The federal government funds the vast majority of state and local stingray programs, attaching one important condition. The feds require agencies acquiring the technology to sign non-disclosure agreements. This throws a giant shroud over the program, even preventing judges, prosecutors and defense attorneys from getting information about the use of stingrays in court. The feds actually instruct prosecutors to withdraw evidence if judges or legislators press for information. As the Baltimore Sun reported in April 2015, a Baltimore detective refused to answer questions on the stand during a trial, citing a federal non-disclosure agreement.


Defense attorney Joshua Insley asked Cabreja about the agreement.


“Does this document instruct you to withhold evidence from the state’s attorney and Circuit Court, even upon court order to produce?” he asked.


“Yes,” Cabreja said.






As privacysos.org put it, “The FBI would rather police officers and prosecutors let ‘criminals’ go than face a possible scenario where a defendant brings a Fourth Amendment challenge to warrantless stingray spying.”


The experience of a Pinellas County, Florida, man further highlights the shroud of secrecy around the use of stingray devices, along with the potential for abuse of power inherent in America’s law enforcement community.


The feds sell the technology in the name of “anti-terrorism” efforts. With non-disclosure agreements in place, most police departments refuse to release any information on the use of stingrays. But information obtained from the Tacoma Police Department revealed that it uses the technology primarily for routine criminal investigations.


Some privacy advocates argue that stingray use can never happen within the parameters of the Fourth Amendment because the technology necessarily connects to every electronic device within range, not just the one held by the target. And the information collected by these devices undoubtedly ends up in federal databases.


The feds can share and tap into vast amounts of information gathered at the state and local level through fusion centers and a system known as the “information sharing environment” or ISE. In other words, stingrays create the potential for the federal government to track the movement of millions of Americans with no warrant, no probable cause, and without the people even knowing it.


Fusion centers were sold as a tool to combat terrorism, but that is not how they are being used. The ACLU pointed to a bipartisan congressional report to demonstrate the true nature of government fusion centers: “They haven’t contributed anything meaningful to counterterrorism efforts. Instead, they have largely served as police surveillance and information sharing nodes for law enforcement efforts targeting the frequent subjects of police attention: Black and brown people, immigrants, dissidents, and the poor.”


Fusion centers operate within the broader ISE. According to its website, the ISE “provides analysts, operators, and investigators with information needed to enhance national security. These analysts, operators, and investigators…have mission needs to collaborate and share information with each other and with private sector partners and our foreign allies.” In other words, ISE serves as a conduit for the sharing of information gathered without a warrant. Known ISE partners include the Office of Director of National Intelligence which oversees 17 federal agencies and organizations, including the NSA. ISE utilizes these partnerships to collect and share data on the millions of unwitting people they track.


The federal government encourages and funds stingrays at the state and local level across the U.S., thereby undoubtedly gaining access to a massive data pool on Americans without having to expend the resources to collect the information itself. By placing restrictions on stingray use, state and local governments limit the data available that the feds can access.




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In a nutshell, without state and local cooperation, the feds have a much more difficult time gathering information. Passage of SB199 strikes a major blow to the surveillance state and is a win for privacy.


PARALLEL CONSTRUCTION


By allowing defendants to suppress information obtained in violation of the law, SB199 will hinder one practical effect of NSA spying in New Mexico.


Reuters revealed the extent of such NSA data sharing with state and local law enforcement in an August 2013 article. According to documents obtained by the news agency, the NSA passes information to police through a formerly secret DEA unit known Special Operations Divisions and the cases “rarely involve national security issues.” Almost all of the information involves regular criminal investigations, not terror-related investigations.


In other words, not only does the NSA collect and store this data, using it to build profiles, the agency encourages state and local law enforcement to violate the Fourth Amendment by making use of this information in their day-to-day investigations.


This is “the most threatening situation to our constitutional republic since the Civil War,” Binney said.


Michael Maharrey [send him email] is the Communications Director for the Tenth Amendment Center, where this article first appeared. He proudly resides in the original home of the Principles of ’98 – Kentucky. See his blog archive here and his article archive here. He is the author of the book, Our Last Hope: Rediscovering the Lost Path to Liberty. You can visit his personal website at MichaelMaharrey.com and like him on Facebook HERE


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By B.N. Frank


Discouraging kids to have and use smartphones is really ramping up.  PBS and other media sources have been increasing their coverage – and warnings – about screen addiction, blue light, LED light and Electromagnetic Radiation exposure.  The long list of health consequences associated with tech use and exposure keeps growing – macular degeneration, blindness, brain health issues (see 1, 2) cancer, insomnia, and so much more.  Warnings from credible medical sources keep piling on.


Of course, Silicon Valley parents (aka tech inventors) have always limited their own kids’ use and exposure to screens – even sending them to “low tech schools.  More recently they’ve been taking more desperate measures to protect them – like making their nannies sign “no screens” contracts and spying on them to make sure they don’t break rank.


         



      

So it’s pretty tacky that Novus decided to create a new smartphone for kids and Backhub is helping them raise money for it.  Even tackier – the smartphone can be converted into a watch even though wearable devices have been associated with a variety of issues (including rashes) which led to many being recalled.  This device can also be converted into a night light and alarm clock/to be placed at kids’ bedsides.  OMG!


It’s understandable that parents want to know their kids are safe 24/7.  But wouldn’t’ it be better to instead create something for them that doesn’t have such serious health and privacy risks?  According to their website –


Abardeen is a professional team that has more than 10 years of experience in designing and manufacturing of kids’ smartwatches. We’re on a mission to create the best smart devices for children at affordable prices.


So this is not a team of newbies.  They’ve even admitted:


However we also know that hidden obstacles and challenges often occur. Because of that, we’ve made sure to account for some amount of craziness or unforeseen problems that may occur in our schedule. If something does go wrong, we promise to keep our backers updated and informed about any issues and about the way in which we are solving them.


Nice disclaimer, Abardeen team.  Of course, if parents weren’t willing to buy these products for their kids, tech inventors wouldn’t keep making them.  They’d find another way to feed themselves and their families.




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EMF Safety Network
Environmental Health Trust
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National Association for Children and Safe Technology
Parents for Safe Technology
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By Michael Snyder


We continue to get more indications that U.S. economic conditions are going to deteriorate rapidly during the second half of this year.  Yesterday, I reported on a brand new survey which found that 69 percent of U.S. CFOs believe that a recession is coming “by the end of 2020”, and today we learned that Morgan Stanley’s Business Conditions Index has fallen dramatically.  In fact, according to CNBC the sudden drop in the index was “the largest one-month decline on record”…



A reading of the economy from Morgan Stanley is signaling “June gloom.”


Morgan Stanley’s Business Conditions Index, which captures turning points in the economy, fell by 32 points in June, to a level of 13 from a level of 45 in May. This drop is the largest one-month decline on record and the lowest level since December 2008 during the financial crisis, according to the firm.



         



      

At this point, I really don’t see how anyone can possibly claim that the U.S. economy is doing well.  We also just learned that U.S. unemployment claims have now risen for three weeks in a row, and the trade war is clearly beginning to take an immense toll on the economy.


This week, Walmart, Costco and hundreds of other companies jointly sent President Trump a letter that essentially begged him to end this trade war with China.  The following comes from CNN…



More than 600 companies and industry trade associations — including Walmart, Costco, Target, Gap, Levi Strauss and Foot Locker — wrote to the White House urging Trump to remove levies on China and end the ongoing trade war.


“We know firsthand that the additional tariffs will have a significant, negative, and long-term impact on American businesses, farmers, families, and the US economy,” the companies said in the letter. “An escalated trade war is not in the country’s best interest, and both sides will lose.”



Of course this is exactly what I have been telling my readers for a long time.


There aren’t going to be any winners in this trade war, and anyone who suggests that there will be is just being delusional.


If there had been a quick resolution to the trade war, large corporations could have perhaps swallowed the increased costs that they are facing.  But since it appears that this trade war will be with us for the foreseeable future, big companies are going to be forced to pass those costs on to consumers, and some top executives are openly admitting this…


“At the end of the day, prices will go up on things,” Costco (COST) chief financial officer Richard Galanti told analysts last month. Dollar General (DG) Chief Financial Officer John Garratt also said the company’s low-income shopping base “will be facing higher prices as 2019 progresses.”


If prices go up but our paychecks stay the same, that means that our standard of living is going to go down.


And as I noted yesterday, it is being projected that U.S. corporate earnings will be way down in the second quarter, so the big corporations are definitely suffering as well.


Meanwhile, China is warning of substantial damage to their economy, too, and the Chinese Ministry of Commerce just told the press that this trade war could lead to a global recession…



Chinese Ministry of Commerce spokesman Gao Deng told a Beijing press conference on Thursday that “there will be no winner in the trade war, which could cause a recession in the United States and global economies.”


The ministry did not disclose US investment growth in China for the month of May alone, but the plunge seems to have coincided with the collapse of trade talks between Beijing and Washington.





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Of course we were almost certainly heading toward a global recession anyway, but the trade war is definitely accelerating our problems.


At this point, global trade has already collapsed to levels not seen since the depths of the last recession.  Manufacturing numbers are plunging all over the world, and we just got some brand new numbers from the U.K. that are extremely alarming…


Production output in the UK dropped by 2.7% in April from March, and GDP fell by 0.4% in just one month, according to the latest figures by the Office of National Statistics. The manufacturing sector provided the largest contribution to the downturn, with the manufacturing index plunging 3.9% in April, from March, its biggest monthly fall since June 2002.


June 2002 was 17 years ago.


Not even during the last recession did we witness a monthly decline of that magnitude.


The speed at which the global economy is now deteriorating is breathtaking, and the crisis that so many thought had passed us by could actually be right on the doorstep.


And of course most Americans are completely and utterly unprepared for any sort of an economic crisis.  Today, 59 percent of us are living paycheck to paycheck, and a survey that was just released discovered that the financial situation of most Americans has not improved since 2007…



Bankrate surveyed 2,740 adults across the country. Of those surveyed, 2,315 were older than 18 when the recession started.


Among people who were adults before the recession hit, 33 percent said their financial situation is “about the same” as it was before 2007, while 23 percent said their situation is worse.





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When you add those two numbers together, you get a total of 56 percent of all Americans that say that their financial situation is either “worse” or “about the same” as it was just before the last recession hit.


That isn’t good, and now another major downturn is here.


But of course most Americans assume that everything is going to be just fine.  For most of us, the pain of the last recession is a fading distant memory, and things have been relatively stable for an extended period of time.


So for the moment, most of the population is not too alarmed about what is coming.


Unfortunately, that will soon change in a major way.


About the author: Michael Snyder is a nationally-syndicated writer, media personality and political activist. He is the author of four books including Get Prepared Now, The Beginning Of The End and Living A Life That Really Matters. His articles are originally published on The Economic Collapse Blog, End Of The American Dream and The Most Important News. From there, his articles are republished on dozens of other prominent websites. If you would like to republish his articles, please feel free to do so. The more people that see this information the better, and we need to wake more people up while there is still time.


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By TLAV


Oil tankers were attacked in the Gulf of Oman. The US government rushes to blame Iran. Just like they blamed Iran for a recent shady rocket attack in the Green Zone in Iraq. The latest attack appears to be yet another false flag. Israel continues to bomb Syria with no media coverage.


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By Caitlin Johnstone


In a move that surprised exactly zero people, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has wasted no time scrambling to blame Iran for damage done to two sea vessels in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday, citing exactly zero evidence.


“This assessment is based on intelligence, the weapons used, the level of expertise needed to execute the operation, recent similar Iranian attacks on shipping, and the fact that no proxy group operating in the area has the resources and proficiency to act with such a high-degree of sophistication,” Pompeo told the press in a statement.


         



      

“The United States will defend its forces, interests, and stand with our partners and allies to safeguard global commerce and regional stability. And we call upon all nations threatened by Iran’s provocative acts to join us in that endeavor,” Pompeo concluded before hastily shambling off, taking exactly zero questions.




Here are seven reasons to be extremely skeptical of everything Pompeo said:


1. Pompeo is a known liar, especially when it comes to Iran.


Pompeo has a well-established history of circulating blatant lies about Iran and the behavior of the Iranian government, and he recently told an audience at Texas A&M University that when he was leading the CIA, “We lied, we cheated, we stole. We had entire training courses.”



2. The US empire is known to use lies and false flags to start wars.


The US-centralized power alliance has an extensive and well-documented history of advancing preexisting military agendas using lies, false flags and psyops to make targeted governments appear to be the aggressors. This is such a well-established pattern that “Gulf of Tonkin” briefly trended on Twitter after the Gulf of Oman incident. Any number of government agencies could have been involved from any number of the nations in this alliance, including the US, the UK, the KSA, the UAE, or Israel.



3. John Bolton has openly endorsed lying to advance military agendas.


I wrote an article about this last month because the Trump administration had already begun rapidly escalating against Iran in ways that happen to align perfectly with the longtime agendas of Trump’s psychopathic Iran hawk National Security Advisor. At that time people were so aware of the possibility that Bolton might involve himself in staging yet another Middle Eastern war based on lies that The Onion was already spoofing it.


On a December 2010 episode of Fox News’ Freedom Watch, Bolton and the show’s host Andrew Napolitano were debating about recent WikiLeaks publications, and naturally the subject of government secrecy came up.


“Now I want to make the case for secrecy in government when it comes to the conduct of national security affairs, and possibly for deception where that’s appropriate,” Bolton said. “You know Winston Churchill said during World War Two that in wartime truth is so important it should be surrounded by a bodyguard of lies.”


“Do you really believe that?” asked an incredulous Napolitano.


“Absolutely,” Bolton replied.


“You would lie in order to preserve the truth?”


“If I had to say something I knew was false to protect American national security, I would do it,” Bolton answered.



This would be the same John Bolton who has been paid exorbitant speaking fees by the pro-regime change MEK terror cult, promising the cult in a 2017 speech that they’d be celebrating regime change in Tehran together before 2019. This would also be the same John Bolton who once threatened to murder an OPCW official’s children if he didn’t stop getting in the way of his Iraq war agenda.


4. Using false flags to start a war with Iran is already an established idea in the DC swamp.


Back in 2012 at a forum for the Washington Institute Of Near East Policy think tank, the group’s Director of Research Patrick Clawson openly talked about the possibility of using a false flag to provoke a war with Iran, citing the various ways the US has done exactly that with its previous wars.


“I frankly think that crisis initiation is really tough, and it’s very hard for me to see how the United States president can get us to war with Iran,” Clawson began.







“Which leads me to conclude that if in fact compromise is not coming, that the traditional way that America gets to war is what would be best for US interests,” Clawson added. “Some people might think that Mr. Roosevelt wanted to get us into the war… you may recall we had to wait for Pearl Harbor. Some people might think that Mr. Wilson wanted to get us into World War One; you may recall we had to wait for the Lusitania episode. Some people might think that Mr. Johnson wanted to get us into Vietnam; you may recall we had to wait for the Gulf of Tonkin episode. We didn’t go to war with Spain until the USS Maine exploded. And may I point out that Mr. Lincoln did not feel that he could call out the Army until Fort Sumter was attacked, which is why he ordered the commander at Fort Sumter to do exactly that thing which the South Carolinians said would cause an attack.”


“So if, in fact, the Iranians aren’t going to compromise, it would be best if somebody else started the war,” Clawson continued. “One can combine other means of pressure with sanctions. I mentioned that explosion on August 17th. We could step up the pressure. I mean look people, Iranian submarines periodically go down. Some day, one of them might not come up. Who would know why? [Smattering of sociopathic laughter from the crowd.] We can do a variety of things, if we wish to increase the pressure (I’m not advocating that) but I’m just suggesting that this is not an either/or proposition — just sanctions have to succeed or other things. We are in the game of using covert means against the Iranians. We could get nastier at that.”


5. The US State Department has already been running psyops to manipulate the public Iran narrative.




State Department officials admitted to Congressional staff at a closed-door meeting on Monday that a $1.5 million troll farm had gone “beyond the scope of its mandate” by aggressively smearing American critics of the Trump administration’s Iran policy as propagandists for the Iranian government, according to a new report from The Independent.  That “mandate” had reportedly consisted of “countering propaganda from Iran”, also known as conducting anti-Iran propaganda.


“Critics in Washington have gone further, saying that the programme resembled the type of troll farms used by autocratic regimes abroad,” says The Independent.


“One woman behind the harassment campaign, a longtime Iranian-American activist, has received hundreds of thousands of dollars from the State Department over the years to promote ‘freedom of expression and free access to information,’” the report reads.


6. The Gulf of Oman narrative makes no sense.




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By Catherine J. Frompovich


Well, well, well!  It’s happening:  The push to learn the hazards threatening human health and the environment from 5G cellular network technology by State Representative, Neil C. Abramson. Democrat, District 98 (Orleans Parish, New Orleans).


How lucky are those living in that state to have a legislator who “gets it” regarding the fact no health or environmental hazards/adverse effects from INDEPENDENT SCIENCE STUDIES have been performed regarding fifth generation microwave technology (5G) currently being forced dogmatically—similar to mandatory vaccines enforcement—on to consumers, who have absolutely no idea what is about to befall them, their children, pets, an over-stressed environment including tech’s anti-natural workings compromising “Mother Nature,” i.e., weather geoengineering.  Can/will 5G interfere with numerous high technologies, e.g., HAARP and spy satellites?


         



      

How will 5G beaming down from satellites ‘perched’ above Earth; transmitting from poles outside bedroom windows or small cell towers erected anywhere, including your back yard which you cannot protest nor remove, affect your ability to perform cognitively, all while malfunctioning, or suffering, from “electrosmog” at its super-charged RF energy transmissions?



As with previous generations, 5G is dependent on spectrum in many different bands. The three 5G ranges are: Sub-1 GHz, 1-6 GHz and above 6 GHz. The 26 GHz and 28 GHz bands fall in the latter group.


Source: https://www.gsma.com/spectrum/resources/26-ghz-28-ghz/


[Note: One GHz is one billion Hz oscillations of RF microwave energy per second!]



However, the actual 5G communication range is being offered in the millimeter wave length, i.e., 5G Ultra Wideband 24 GHz and above.


Since 5G is a “given and known weaponized military microwave genre,” not just a communications technology, shouldn’t the public have access to the military’s research?  Why did the military choose to ‘share’ 5G with microwave industry corporations?  Is there more to it than just “business as usual,” e.g., complete control and surveillance, all while promoting 5G as “better and much faster tech”?


Louisianans certainly want to know “what 5G communication RFs do,” so they are asking for research and facts, something every state also should be engaged in soliciting.  Below is the Louisiana House Resolution in the current 2019 Regular Session.


I offer the Louisiana Resolution verbatim so consumers can/will request the same of their respective state legislators, plus the Federal Communications Commission via phone 1 (888) 225-5322 or via email at https://www.fcc.gov/about/contact.



2019 Regular SessionHOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 145BY REPRESENTATIVE ABRAMSONA RESOLUTION


To urge and request the Department of Environmental Quality in conjunction with the Louisiana [insert YOUR state’s] Department of Health to study the environmental and health effects of evolving fifth generation cellular network technology (5G) and report its findings to the House Committee on Natural Resources and Environment and the House Committee on Health and Welfare no later than sixty days prior to the convening of the 2020 Regular Session of the Legislature.


WHEREAS, 5G technology is intended to greatly increase device capability and connectivity but also may pose risks to the environment due to increased radio-frequency radiation exposure; and


WHEREAS, a study is necessary to examine the advantages and risks associated with 5G technology, with a focus on the environmental impact and potential related effects; and 


WHEREAS, peer-reviewed studies on this topic show the potential for wide-range effects; and 






WHEREAS, 5G technology requires small cellular towers to be placed a short distance apart, closer than existing towers, at telephone pole height, and will operate in conjunction with the 3G and 4G technology infrastructure; and


WHEREAS, the insurance industry may have placed exclusions in policies to exempt damage caused by this technology; and


WHEREAS, certain manufacturers provide warnings to consumers regarding the reception of devices using this technology; and 


WHEREAS, input is needed from the technological and other communities as well as persons involved with developing 5G technology.


HR NO. 145 ENROLLED


THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the House of Representatives of the Legislature of Louisiana [insert YOUR state] does hereby urge and request the Department of Environmental Quality in conjunction with the Louisiana Department of Health to study the environmental and health effects of evolving 5G technology and report its findings to the House Committee on Natural Resources and Environment and the House Committee on Health and Welfare no later than sixty days prior to the convening of the 2020 Regular Session of the Legislature.




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BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this Resolution be transmitted to the secretary of the Department of Environmental Quality and the secretary of the Louisiana [insert YOUR state’s] Department of Health. 


If readers doubt there can be adverse health effects from constant 24/7/365 5G, which you can’t hide nor get away from, then please consider the ELF and RF Radiation Health Risks in the chart below.


Source: https://www.nuclearweatherforecast.com/directed-energy-weapons-DEW-5G-EMP-HAARP.html


Just because ‘science’ can provide 5G tech, doesn’t mean corporations have to force it upon us without appropriate human and environmental risk assessments to prove it factually is safe, rather than depend upon consensus science dogma.


Shouldn’t consumers be demanding risk assessment studies from CDC, FDA, EPA and other alphabet agencies, especially the FCC?



Catherine J Frompovich (website) is a retired natural nutritionist who earned advanced degrees in Nutrition and Holistic Health Sciences, Certification in Orthomolecular Theory and Practice, plus Paralegal Studies. Her work has been published in national and airline magazines since the early 1980s. Catherine authored numerous books on health issues along with co-authoring papers and monographs with physicians, nurses, and holistic healthcare professionals. She has been a consumer health ​issues researcher ​and holistic health advocate since the late 1970s; she continues researching and writing in retirement. Her career in holistic healthcare began in the early 1970s when she had to save, and restructure, her life resulting from having “fallen through the allopathic medical paradigm cracks.”


Catherine has written numerous books. The following can be purchased on Amazon books:


Eat To Beat Disease, Foods Medicinal Qualities (2016)Vaccination Voodoo, What YOU Don’t Know About Vaccines (2013) A Cancer Answer, Holistic BREAST Cancer Management, A Guide to Effective & Non-Toxic Treatments (2012)Our Chemical Lives And The Hijacking Of Our DNA, A Probe Into What’s Probably Making Us Sick (2009) Lord, How Can I Make It Through Grieving My Loss, An Inspirational Guide Through the Grieving Process (2008)


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By B.N. Frank


Digital, electronic, and wireless products, infrastructure, and applications continue to be invented, promoted, and installed despite decades of research that prove exposure to Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) and Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) are biologically and environmentally harmful.  The “Race for 5G” and all it entails is taking this to a whole new level of awful.  The telecom industry can’t provide scientific evidence that 5G is safe and many researchers say it’s definitely not.  Regardless “the race” to install it continues worldwide despite increased warnings and opposition.


Thanks to Lloyd Burrell of Electricsense for airing a free viewing of last year’s EMF Health Summit.


         



      

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At the EMF Health Summit I’ve gathered together 34 of the worlds leading experts on EMFs and health including medical doctors, scientists, researchers, building biologists, electrical engineers, nutritionists and electromagnetic field specialists.


These experts are passionate about dispelling the health myths and confusion around the effects of cell phone radiation, particularly 5G, dirty electricity, Wi-Fi and many other forms of EMF’s – and they’re eager to share everything they know to help you and your loved ones.


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By Catherine J. Frompovich


The truth of the matter is the Democrats didn’t get what they want!


Where did the Clinton campaign and FBI, who were on parallel tracks, MERGE?


Even though I am not a Trump supporter, specifically since he’s not draining the swamp, but adding more polluted politics to it, i.e., signing a Presidential Executive Order to ‘mainstream GMOs’,  I do, however, believe in a “level playing field” and “transparency”.


The “RussiaGate” fiasco is emblematic of both having gone off the rails and into a deep abyss of lies.  Now that the Mueller Report is written and being bandied about by Democrats for ostensible reasons to impeach President Trump, I think it is only ethical journalism to bring to readers’ attention the documented facts, which the mainstream, lamestream U.S. media are not reporting, but need to be made public.


In retrospect, I cannot give the issues of level playing fields and transparency more credibility than what the three videos below discuss: Truth and Consequences!


         



      

Devin Nunes Opening Statement on the Russia Hoax
5:14 minutes


https://youtu.be/ELBRVvjzlf8?t=30


Tom Fitton: Obama State Department Was “All Hands On Deck” For Targeting Trump With Steele Dossier


Judicial Watch’s Tom Fitton on Christopher Steele, etc.“…new emails exposing Christopher Steele’s State Department contacts.”“It goes back a number of years.”  “There was more than one dossier.” … Tom Fitton
5:40 minutes






https://youtu.be/LrazRXyW_2s?t=8


Deep State Abuse of Power DOJ seeks to question CIA officers in Russia probe review
7:33 minutes


https://youtu.be/fpbWXgKsFRs?t=15



Most of the time, we see only what we want to see, or what others tell us to see, instead of really investigate to see what is really there. We embrace illusions only because we are presented with the illusion that they are embraced by the majority. When in truth, they only become popular because they are pounded at us by the media with such an intensity and high level of repetition that its mere force disguises lies and truths. And like obedient schoolchildren, we do not question their validity and swallow everything up like medicine. Why? Because since the earliest days of our youth, we have been conditioned to accept that the direction of the herd, and authority anywhere — is always right.
― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem


Source: https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/dirty-politics





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Catherine J Frompovich (website) is a retired natural nutritionist who earned advanced degrees in Nutrition and Holistic Health Sciences, Certification in Orthomolecular Theory and Practice, plus Paralegal Studies. Her work has been published in national and airline magazines since the early 1980s. Catherine authored numerous books on health issues along with co-authoring papers and monographs with physicians, nurses, and holistic healthcare professionals. She has been a consumer health ​issues researcher ​and holistic health advocate since the late 1970s; she continues researching and writing in retirement. Her career in holistic healthcare began in the early 1970s when she had to save, and restructure, her life resulting from having “fallen through the allopathic medical paradigm cracks.”


Catherine has written numerous books. The following can be purchased on Amazon books:


Eat To Beat Disease, Foods Medicinal Qualities (2016)Vaccination Voodoo, What YOU Don’t Know About Vaccines (2013) A Cancer Answer, Holistic BREAST Cancer Management, A Guide to Effective & Non-Toxic Treatments (2012)Our Chemical Lives And The Hijacking Of Our DNA, A Probe Into What’s Probably Making Us Sick (2009) Lord, How Can I Make It Through Grieving My Loss, An Inspirational Guide Through the Grieving Process (2008)


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By Steven Maxwell


CBD. It’s currently a celebrated phenomenon in the US as more and more people are realizing the positive effects of cannabis. You can find it in many stores, and it’s perfectly legal in many states. If you have mental health issues, CBD may be the medicine you need, and it can be even better than some prescription medications. We will explain what it is and what it can do for you.


Before You Look at the Benefits


If you are suffering from severe depression, anxiety, or another mental health problem, speaking to a counselor is an important first step. Sites such as Regain.us can help treat your mental illnesses in the comfort of your own home, and offer some peace of mind you might desperately need. By learning mental health management techniques, you can grow as a person who will be able to tackle all of what life throws at you.


What is CBD?


CBD is short for cannabidiol, which is found in the cannabis plant. Cannabis has shown many mental health benefits, and CBD allows you to get the most out of them. For those who do not want to get high, no worries; CBD-related products lack THC, the compound that gets you high. This makes CBD great for all types of people.


         



      

Is it Legal?


Yes, it’s perfectly legal in many states. The 2018 Farm Bill gave it an even bigger boost, allowing hemp products to be sold in the US. However, CBD at the federal level still remains prohibited. This is understandably causing great confusion, so please consult The Tenth Amendment Center for the latest on the legal status in your area, as well as for information on how states are moving toward nullifying federal prohibition. CBD has, in fact, become more normalized, especially with recent TSA revisions that can even allow CBD on planes in certain cases.


With that said, our police force is still so used to enforcing laws against a plant that they still love to arrest people for carrying CBD. People have been thrown in jail just for carrying legal CBD oil.  It is important to know your rights and stay up to date on this very fast-moving trend toward full legalization of CBD.


Is it Safe?


Much, much safer than most prescriptions! CBD is safe, and you can’t overdose on it. One of the biggest reasons for quick move toward the legalization of cannabis is the fact that cannabis has never directly killed anyone, while alcohol and other legal drugs have in massive numbers. While there may be a few minor, rare side effects, they aren’t anything major; diarrhea and fatigue may occur, for instance.


How to Take CBD


CBD is available in many forms. Some people vape, while others may take it in the form of a tea, gummies, or other edibles. CBD flower looks and smells like a marijuana flower, but it won’t get you high, and some people prefer to smoke it.


People will have different preferences when it comes to CBD flower. Try out a few of them and see what you can come up with.


The Many Mental Health Benefits of CBD


CBD is still being studied; the legality on the cannabis plant is still a little shaky, so we haven’t fully uncovered its benefits. Some have been proven, while others require more evidence, but there is a growing body of scientific and anecdotal evidence to suggest a wide range of health benefits. Let’s look at a few of them now.


May Help With Insomnia


One of the biggest reasons for our mental health woes is that we simply aren’t getting enough sleep. Our busy lives and our thoughts keep us up at night, and technology winds us up. There are many ways to improve your sleep regimen in order to get a better night’s rest. You can take a nice bath before bed, stop looking at your phone … and perhaps have some CBD.






Cannabis has had a history of treating insomnia. Indica strains are known for being relaxing and promoting better sleep. While CBD doesn’t have the indica high, it still can relax and calm you. To us, it’s much better than going to a doctor and being prescribed some of the Big Pharma drugs that have been known to worsen the condition and cause other even more serious issues.


A good night’s sleep is essential for maintaining or helping to repair mental health issues. This is one area of study that needs much more investigation, and as the use of CBD widens and more federal funding is permitted for scientific study, we have no doubt that many thousands if not millions of people can be helped.


May Be Good for Anxiety and Depression


If you suffer from chronic depression and anxiety, or you just have the occasional moment where you’re feeling down or anxious about something, CBD can help.


With having anxiety and depression, the last resort should be pharmaceutical drugs. They can make the problem worse for many and come with many side effects. Therapy, mindfulness, and self-discipline are some good ways for you to treat your anxiety and depression, along with CBD. The calming effects of CBD can work greatly on depression and anxiety for many people. Not only that, but its insomnia-treating powers offer the necessary balance and routine sleep patterns that can be greatly helpful.


Great for Epilepsy


If you or someone you know has epilepsy, CBD is a godsend. More and more people are have offered health testimonials that support this. It may be able to help prevent seizures, especially in children, and help with multiple sclerosis. If you or someone you know is prone to this, CBD has been proven to help in some cases.


Can Reduce Inflammation




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Many people take CBD for its anti-inflammatory properties. Every part of your body can be inflamed, including your brain. Inflammation in the brain may lead to dementia and other mental health problems down the road. CBD also can help alleviate the inflammatory symptoms of migraine headaches that so many millions of people suffer from. Other conditions such as fibromyalgia might also be lessened through the use of CBD.


May Help With Addiction


Getting off drug addiction is a problem for many, especially since the advent of the opioid crisis exacerbated by Big Pharma and the over-prescription of these dangerous drugs. For some, their addictions come from these legal drugs, and can even lead to people turning to heroin or other drugs to get an even greater fix. While it’s not a magic cure-all, CBD may be able to help reduce your addiction as well as the detox symptoms that come from stopping synthetic drug use. It’s worth trying if you or someone you know is an addict and you feel like you’re all out of options. As always, consult a physician who is knowledgeable and up to date on the science as well as the laws in your area.
Conclusion


As the world continues to embrace CBD, more of its health benefits will be discovered. It’s a great medicine, and it can be beneficial for all ages. If your child is having stress, anxiety, or even seizures it can be particularly helpful for them. Speaking of children, for good tips and ideas for your entire family here are two good resources:  FamilyHype or MomJunction.


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By Aaron Kesel


Videos utilizing Deep Fake technology, are spreading at a rampant rate online, as social media users are finding themselves questioning whether something is real or edited by the tech.


In recent weeks, there was a Facebook scandal where the company knowingly allowed a Deep Fake video of Nancy Pelosi slurring her words to spread on the social network. Following that was a scandal on Instagram where Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg himself was suddenly proclaiming the shocking truth about Facebook being used as a spy tool against its users. However, there was just one problem — that video was too good to be true and was also a Deep Fake.


In 2017, a startup called “Lyrebird” made headlines with AI-generated replications of celebrity voices that were extremely convincing. (This appears to be one of the first real Deep Fakes that was uploaded to the Internet.)


         



      

All over the Internet companies are popping up that specialize in Deep Fake voices and videos. Activist Post previously told readers about Lyrebird, one company that makes these fake voice recordings.


One such voice recording is a conversation between Donald Trump and Barack Obama where fake President Trump’s voice says, “They can make us say anything now.”


That’s exactly what another company did with Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Donald Trump (again) and Kim Kardashian advertising some software called Spectre, Mashable reported.


The scary lifelike video, created by artists Bill Posters and Daniel Howe in partnership with advertising company Canny, shows Zuckerberg sitting at a desk, giving a sinister speech about Facebook’s power over its users. The video is framed with a fake CBS broadcast with the banner, “We’re increasing transparency on ads,” to make it look like it’s part of a news segment.


“Imagine this for a second. One man, with total control of millions of people’s stolen data, all their secrets, their lives, their futures. I owe it all to Spectre. Spectre showed me that whoever controls the data, controls the future,” the fake Zuckerberg appears to say in the video.


The Mind Unleashed previously reported that Joe Rogan was the first celebrity target for AI developers wanting to show off how far this technology has come in just two years since 2017. “A video released last month features Rogan talking about training a hockey team made up of intelligent chimps, among other equally ridiculous and amusing rants,” John Vibes wrote.


“I just listened to an AI generated audio recording of me talking about chimp hockey teams and it’s terrifyingly accurate. At this point, I’ve long ago left enough content out there that they could basically have me saying anything they want, so my position is to shrug my shoulders and shake my head in awe, and just accept it. The future is gonna be really f***ing weird, kids,” Rogan said on Facebook this week.



The prospects are worrying as Deep Fake tech advances into artificial intelligence, and now LiveScience reports that researchers are using voices to reconstruct faces by utilizing a technology called Speech2Face.


Thankfully, AI doesn’t (yet) know exactly what a specific individual looks like based on their voice alone. The neural network recognized certain markers in a speech that pointed to non-identifying factors such as gender, age and ethnicity — features that are shared by many people, the study authors noted — expressing the results of the experiments were a “mixed performance.”


“As such, the model will only produce average-looking faces,” the scientists wrote. “It will not produce images of specific individuals.”


With such technology as Face2Face, can we even trust what we see anymore being “live”? Like Benjamin Franklin said, “Believe none of what you hear and half of what you see.” Hell, you shouldn’t even believe that’s a quote from him, but whoever said it is right with this technology; and if it’s all combined, no one will be able to tell the difference between what’s real and fake. A German team wrote that the Face2Face program in the wrong hands would allow anyone to change the mouth and words of a person speaking in a video even if it’s live. In their clip Face2Face: Real-time Face Capture and Reenactment of RGB Videos, they demonstrate how this technology works on video recordings of world leaders Bush, Obama, and Putin.


Watch the video below by Truthstream Media from Melissa and Aaron Dykes for why you can’t trust anything you see on the news, even far beyond just astroturfing.







In a SecureTeam video uploaded in 2017 to YouTube titled “These People Don’t Exist” (below), you can see a slew of faces which have been fabricated with a software called pix2pix. In reality, none of these people are actually real, they are computer generated CGI. Further, if you look closely, some of the faces display choppiness, others are strange and disproportionate; however, the rest are eerily lifelike to a scary extent.


Pix2pix allows a user to sketch any object (e.g. a person, place or thing, etc.). The AI then takes that input and renders it to produce a colorful, lifelike version, complete with depth – so real that, in the case of half the examples in the video, it is highly doubtful that anyone would be able to tell the difference. With the few examples that look fake, it is only a matter of time before the AI gets good enough where it can fool anyone.


The third advancement shown in the video is Diminished Reality software that takes video footage and can actually erase objects from footage in real-time. The way it does this is by taking a frame, lowering the resolution, isolating the object, deleting it, using the surrounding pixels to fill in the gap, then bringing up the resolution again. It can do all this in real-time without you noticing. The software allows the user to circle an object he/she wants to be removed from the video, and it’s gone, then filled in with the same background that surrounds it.


So this technology is not only a danger for editing words and faces, it can also be used to edit objects … and it’s only a matter of time until it can be used to edit live news footage.



Activist Post reported in January 2019, that’s exactly what happened when one of U.S. President Donald Trump’s speeches was doctored live and rebroadcasted to millions of people, repainting him orange and showing him sticking out his tongue.


RT did a comparison of the since-deleted videos noting that, “Q13 Fox in Seattle appears to have edited its coverage of Trump’s address, turning the president’s skin color a ludicrous shade of orange. In between sentences, the station seems to have doctored the footage to show Trump sticking out his tongue and licking his lips,” RT wrote.


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“We’ve completed our investigation into this incident and determined that the actions were the result of an individual editor whose employment has been terminated,” said Q13’s news director to KTTH.


“This does not meet our editorial standards and we regret if it is seen as portraying the President in a negative light,” Q13 told KTTH and MyNorthwest.


All of this tech has its hurdles and is far from perfect yet. But the days of being able to trust photo evidence and video evidence are disappearing – and the implications for human knowledge are far-reaching.


However, as Activist Post previously reported researchers at NYU Tandon School of Engineering are turning to that same artificial intelligence to thwart artificial intelligence by using digital watermarks to verify the authenticity of photos and videos.  It’s important to note that they do not address audio production, only image, and video.


For more on tech to identify Deep Fakes watch this video by Full Measure with former CBS Sharyl Attkisson describing how we can identify them … for now at least.



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artificial-intelligence-fear1By Nicholas West


Neural Dust – “Smart Dust” – previously entered mainstream discussion via the 2016 Independent article: “Tiny implant could connect humans and machines like never before.” It was implied to be a new technology that can wirelessly link a human brain to a computer via the implantation of a device the size of a grain of sand. This invention, however, is much older and was officially supported by the National Nanotechnology Initiative 2011 Strategic Plan.


In 2013, I covered how researchers at Berkeley Engineering discussed moving nanotechnology from environmental sensor applications toward human applications such as brain-computer interfaces. Their paper stated:


A network of tiny implantable sensors could function like an MRI inside the brain, recording data on nearby neurons and transmitting it back out. The smart dust particles would all contain an extremely small CMOS sensor capable of measuring electrical activity in nearby neurons. The researchers envision a piezoelectric material backing the CMOS capable of generating electrical signals from ultrasound waves. The process would also work in reverse, allowing the dust to beam data back via high-frequency sound waves. The neural dust would also be coated with polymer. (Source)


         



      

Now scientists believe that they have crossed a new threshold toward making the concept of smart dust a reality that would offer a far wider scope than originally envisioned.  At the recent IEEE Conference, researchers from Brown University, Qualcomm and the University of California San Diego announced that they are the first to have achieved a wireless transfer of information from an implanted neural device to an external computer that interpreted the data received.



It allows bidirectional communication between the implants and an external device with an uplink rate of 10 megabits per second and a downlink rate of 1 Mb/s.


“We believe that we are the first group to realize wireless power transfer and megabits per second communications” in a neural implant, says Wing Ching (Vincent) Leung, technical director at the Qualcomm Institute Circuits Lab at UC San Diego.


Nurmikko calls the 0.25-square-millimeter implants “neurograins.” They each consist of a chip capable of harvesting RF energy; that chip powers an electrode that senses spikes of voltage from individual neurons, as well as the wireless communications. An antenna set outside of the skull provides the RF power, transmits to the implants, and receives data from them.


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Researchers believe that the introduction of thousands of “neurograins” will enable far more complex data collection and transference than a single implant.




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As I’ve highlighted in previous articles on the topic, this type of communication is a two-way street — some people might feel content, for example, with sending their brain’s information out to a doctor for evaluation, but this sensor network could also transmit data back, as was admitted by MIT in their 2013 article “How Smart Dust Could Spy on Your Brain.”



That’s why Seo and co have chosen ultrasound to send and receive data. They calculate that the power required to use electromagnetic waves on the scale would generate a damaging amount of heat because of the amount of energy the body absorbs and the troubling signal-to-noise ratios at this scale.


By contrast, ultrasound is a much more efficient and should allow the transmission of at least 10 million times more power than electromagnetic waves at the same scale. (emphasis added).



This is also an area of research that continues to interest DARPA as one of the future methods of mind control.  A smart dust neural network that can communicate externally could form the basis for reading soldiers’ minds and creating thought-controlled weapons.



Back in May, DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) announced that six teams will receive funding under the Next-Generation Nonsurgical Neurotechnology (N3) program. Participants are tasked with developing technology that will provide a two-way channel for rapid and seamless communication between the human brain and machines without requiring surgery.




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“Imagine someone who’s operating a drone or someone who might be analyzing a lot of data,” said Jacob Robinson, an assistant professor of bioengineering at Rice University, who is leading one of the teams. “There’s this latency, where if I want to communicate with my machine, I have to send a signal from my brain to move my fingers or move my mouth to make a verbal command, and this limits the speed at which I can interact with either a cyber system or physical system. So the thought is maybe we could improve that speed of interaction.”


[…]


The agency is interested in systems that can read and write to 16 independent locations in a chunk of brain the size of a pea with a lag of no more than 50 milliseconds within four years, said Robinson, who is under no illusion about the scale of the challenge.


“When you try to capture brain activity through the skull, it’s hard to know where the signals are coming from and when and where the signals are being generated,” he told Live Science. “So the big challenge is, can we push the absolute limits of our resolution, both in space and time?” -Live Science



Scientists continue to push into territories that require the strictest examination of ethical implications. However, thus far, those discussions have lagged far behind the experimentation that is taking place.


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By Alexandra Hudson


This week, YouTube chose to ban the channel of right-of-center comedian Steven Crowder. This situation is the same as when Twitter banned Milo Yiannopoulos or Facebook banned Louis Farrakhan. In other cases, YouTube is not deleting accounts but simply demonetizing them so that creators can no longer support themselves.


Large-scale platforms like YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter have, however inadvertently, sowed the seeds of their own destruction and incentivized the creation and ultimate decentralization of media. On one hand, the algorithms of the biggest players favor sensational and bombastic users who play on people’s baser instincts. Yet the moment those same users test the limits of our public discourse, social media platforms are criticized for being the arbiters of what is and is not acceptable.


         



      

However, it’s a mistake to think that the policies of technology companies will fix these problems. The problems are much deeper than that, and the solution resides in viewers and American citizens choosing to reward the producers of good content instead of the bad.


In the backdrop here, there is the undeniable coarsening of our political rhetoric — which inevitably leads to platforms like Facebook choosing to censor, or for people to begin clamoring for one legislative fix or another.


If this were a question of what government should do, I could provide the same answers as the framers of the Constitution and the liberal tradition generally: it is not for the government to decide. What we need is maximum freedom to speak in whatever form that takes. But with social media, we are dealing with a different animal: institutions that are slowly migrating themselves from open platforms to become full-scale media platforms. That requires curation.


And here the problems begin. Who is to solve them? That has to be within the realm of the stakeholders in the platform themselves. No one has a human right to access them. This is not a First Amendment issue. It is a question of management. Management is fallible. It is a process of discerning best practices to meet audience demand, and that requires careful thinking about trade-offs.


On a deeper level, it is a question for all of us to manage ourselves in a civil way that is consistent with the kind of society we want to live in.


The future of free speech depends not on laws, but on America’s commitment to civility — consciously restricting our own expression for the sake of others. Civility is a form of “private governance,” a phrase economist Edward Stringham is fond of using. As we lose both free speech and civility, we lose our democracy. Judge Learned Hand observed over 70 years ago, “Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it; no constitution, no law, no court can even do much to help it.”


America’s free speech rights are among the most protective in the world. We should take pride in them, but we must also protect them through the decisions we make every day. That our nation protects free speech means that our laws permit a wide range of expression, even when it is seditious, offensive, or false. This reflects a good and noble principle, but the practical reality is that public toleration of dangerous or offensive speech is only finite. If the public square becomes increasingly inhospitable, Americans will demand — as they already have — that the government more strictly regulate speech.






Public support for free speech depends on how we use our freedom of expression each day. Pseudonymous blogger Scott Alexander formulates the dynamic thus: “Every time we invoke free speech to justify some unpopular idea, the unpopular idea becomes a little more tolerated, and free speech becomes a little less popular.”


Free speech is unpopular, especially among young people — a problematic notion, considering the future of this constitutional principle depends on them. In one study, fewer than half of 18- to 21-year-olds agreed that people should be free to voice nonviolent opinions if those opinions are offensive to minorities. Another study of American college students showed a sharp decrease in the portion of students who think the right to freedom of speech is secure — down to 64 percent this year from 73 percent in 2016. These trends reveal the urgency of renewing our country’s commitment to freedom of speech, but also the responsibilities that come with that freedom.


Those committed to freedom of speech must recognize that, valuable as it is, the principle is not costless. But, at least historically, we have decided as a nation that the benefits of this freedom outweigh the costs of offensive and harmful speech. But in our divided and violent era, people — even classical liberals — are concluding that costs of offensive and violent speech are too great to bear.


A free society can function without strict governmental restraints only when individuals exercise self-restraint. In the context of our public discourse, civility constitutes this self-restraint. Edmund Burke, in his Thoughts and Details on Scarcity, wrote, “Statesmen … ought to know the different departments of things; what belongs to laws, and what manners alone can regulate. To these, great politicians may give a leaning, but they cannot give a law.”


America continues to tolerate more objectionable speech than other countries. We are right to do so. With freedom comes responsibility, and we must wield our freedoms wisely. For this tolerance, and the principle of free speech that underlies it, to survive, we must not depend on the nine robed oracles working at 1 First Street, Congress, or social media giants to be the arbiters.




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To address this complicated problem, we must rely on innovation, diversification, decentralization, settled cultural norms, and individual discipline. Which is to say, we must rely on ourselves.



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Alexandra Hudson is a Research Fellow for the American Insitute for Economic Research. She earned her graduate degree from London School of Economics as a Rotary Scholar and is working on a book on civility.


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