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By Stefan Gleason


President Trump moved recently to nominate an avowed sound money advocate, Judy Shelton, to the Federal Reserve Board. That triggered a flurry of superficial and derisive references in the controlled media to Shelton’s past support of a gold standard.


For example, CBS News described her as “a believer in the return to the gold standard, a money policy abandoned by the U.S. in 1971.” According to the story, “mainstream economists believe it’s a fringe view.”


As the “mainstream” media portrays sound money advocates, we apparently are nostalgic for the monetary system that existed all the way up until 1971.


Being backward looking by nature, our driving purpose in life is apparently to salvage that “abandoned” system.


         



      

Never mind the fact that the post-World War II Bretton Woods gold window that existed until 1971 was meant to ensure U.S. dollar hegemony in international trade – not sound money for the people.


Never mind the fact that the Federal Reserve’s creation back in 1913 spelled the death of sound money. We apparently endorse any purported “gold standard” that calls itself that.


We persist despite the fact that our views have been relegated to the “fringe” by all the approved experts. Establishment economists may not have seen the financial crisis of 2008 coming, but they sure know what’s best for the economy going forward! And what could be better than a debt-based fiat monetary system that facilitates unlimited government spending and borrowing?


New Fed Nomination Has Rekindled Debate on Gold


In all seriousness, we are grateful for the opportunity provided by Judy Shelton’s expected nomination to the Fed to clarify what sound money is, what it would mean for a modern economy, and how it might be implemented.


Sound money has intrinsic value, is stable, is trusted, is fungible, and has widespread acceptance. It need not necessarily be gold, although thousands of years of history have shown the yellow metal ably fills that role – even today.


Often overlooked, even among some sound money advocates, is silver. It arguably has a longer history than gold of being circulated as money.


The Founders wrote a bi-metallic gold-silver standard into the United States Constitution. Article 1, Section 10 makes it explicit: “No State shall… make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts…”


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The Coinage Act of 1792 defined a dollar in terms of silver. Specifically, a dollar was to be 371.25 grains (equivalent to about three-fourths of an ounce) of silver, in harmony with the Spanish milled dollar.


Even before the creation of the Federal Reserve in 1913, certain banking and political interests had worked to de-monetize silver.


In 1873, Congress moved to sideline the silver dollar. That sparked the so-called Free Silver Movement, which stood for allowing the supply of silver coins to be increased in accord with demand.


In 1893, populist orator William Jennings Bryan gave his famous “Cross of Gold” speech before the Democratic National Convention: “We shall restore bimetallism… If they dare to come out in the open field and defend the gold standard as a good thing, we shall fight them to the uttermost…by saying to them, you shall not press down upon the brow of labor this crown of thorns. You shall not crucify mankind upon a cross of gold.”


At the time, Bryan saw gold as the money of the elites; silver as the money of the masses. At the least, both are needed.


Fiat Federal Reserve Notes Cause Global Turmoil






The money of today’s financial and political elites is the unbacked Federal Reserve Note. The arbitrary power of central bankers to create currency out of nothing has resulted in bubble after bubble in real estate, stocks, bonds, student loans, and government spending commitments.


Sound money proponents believe that artificially inflating certain sectors of the economy fosters waste and inefficiency – not to mention unfairness.


We believe that markets become corrupted when they are driven by particular words or syllables contained in policy statements issued by a central bank.




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Moving to a rules-based, gold-pegged, or commodity-pegged system (as Trump economic advisor Stephen Moore has proposed) would reduce much of the drama and impact of Fed policy decisions by effectively making them automatic.


But the purpose of sound money isn’t merely to tie the hands of central bankers. It is to replace Federal Reserve notes and other fiat currencies with currency that is as good as gold (or silver).


Our friend Larry Parks of the Foundation for the Advancement of Monetary Education argues that even going back to the classical gold standard would still leave bankers and politicians with too much power.


Under a gold standard, government would still enforce Federal Reserve Note acceptance through legal tender laws, would be engaging in price fixing by setting the exchange rate to gold, and would almost certainly cheat the system over time through revaluations and manipulations.


Gold & Silver Themselves Can Supplant All Proxies


Ideally, sound money would spring from market forces, with gold and silver warehouse receipts (and digital equivalents) from the most reputable private vaults and banks gaining acceptance as currency.




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Working backward from a monopolistic fiat system toward sound money presents a number of philosophical and technical challenges.


Some hard money purists might disagree, but in our view the advent of digital currency platforms is one of the likeliest ways for gold and silver to attain more widespread circulation as free-market money.


Online Cryptocurrencies


Debit cards and smartphone apps linked to accounts backed by – and denominated in – precious metals are in development, as are gold and silver-backed cryptocurrencies.


Granted, a digital currency linked to silver requires trust in counterparties and isn’t the same thing as actual silver dimes, quarters, rounds, or bars.


But in an era of e-commerce putting shopping malls and big box retailers out of business, most consumers won’t use money that can’t be spent digitally.


The upshot is that people who feel comfortable using a digital silver in transactions might also grow comfortable exchanging their digits back into silver coins.


A modern sound money system won’t be established overnight. Steps toward it can be made through both free-market forces and political activism aimed at freeing precious metals from taxes, legal tender laws, and other impediments to free competition with the fiat dollar.


Stefan Gleason is President of Money Metals Exchange, a precious metals dealer recently named “Best in the USA” by an independent global ratings group. A graduate of the University of Florida, Gleason is a seasoned business leader, investor, political strategist, and grassroots activist. Gleason has frequently appeared on national television networks such as CNN, FoxNews, and CNBC and in hundreds of publications such as the Wall Street Journal, The Street, and Seeking Alpha.


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By Peter C. Earle


U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin piled on to comments made recently by President Donald Trump by calling cryptocurrencies a “national security issue.” Bitcoin and crypto proponents more broadly have long wondered if (and how) the government of the United States would recognize the slow but steady encroachment of decentralized assets, and it appears to have begun. Facebook’s announcement of the Libra project on June 18, 2019, will likely prove the point on countless future historical timelines at which the U.S. government began a slow, ultimately ineffective assault upon the cryptocurrency realm.


Everything that Mnuchin attributed to Bitcoin — for one thing, that it has been used in concert with such “illicit activity [as] cyber crime, tax evasion, extortion … illicit drugs, and human trafficking” — can be said, and to degrees an order of magnitude or more larger, about the U.S. dollar. It’s an argument suitable for children.


         



      

All of this is extremely bullish for Bitcoin and the entire cryptocurrency complex. A bipartisan political salvo against crypto assets will undoubtedly accelerate the pace of innovation as well as increasing the value proposition, and ultimately the market price, of assets that ensure privacy. Higher prices will draw more crypto developers into the market and direct more resources at capturing market share, which means — as in any market — that consumers are the ultimate beneficiaries.


Mnuchin isn’t wrong, though. There is a tremendous risk to American national security where currencies are considered: the dollar. Those who habitually cite its reserve-currency status as a reason not to worry are making an argument that stands on increasingly precarious foundations: since 2010, the U.N. and other groups have cited the dollar’s downward slide in value, urging the adoption of an alternate system of reserves. Earlier this year, the Russian government shifted $100 billion in reserves out of the dollar, into the Chinese yuan. Oil futures denominated in the yuan have been trading for just over one year now, and are steadily gaining liquidity.


The theoretical framework by which the issuer of the reserve currency is at its most secure holds that it is or should be a creditor nation with a current account surplus, but the U.S. is a debtor nation with a current account deficit. More importantly, many have pointed out that the volume of trade is a necessary foundation of reserve status, yet the current administration has both a vocal and policy affinity for interfering with international commerce; the president has famously referred to himself as a “Tariff Man.”


In August 2011 — when the U.S. had a quaint $14 trillion in debt — a crisis over the debt ceiling caused Standard & Poor’s to reduce the credit rating on debt issued by the Treasury. The reduction of the credit rating was tiny, but the knock-on effects were legion. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell over 2,000 points in the days surrounding the negotiations; within two weeks, a number of Persian Gulf states renewed discussions about diversifying away from the U.S. dollar.






When the pound sterling lost its reserve-currency status to the U.S. dollar, the process took decades: it was an “accumulation of blows” rather than a coup de grace. This is the only realistic way in which such a shift could happen; otherwise, the costs of transacting would suddenly change radically. When the dollar became competitive with the pound, the switch was relatively painless. As the economies of both the Eurozone and China grow, the prospect that either the euro or the yuan — or, more likely, that the similarly disruptive formation of baskets of currencies that include the dollar, albeit in far smaller amounts than are currently held — will take over the dollar’s role becomes increasingly realistic.


Add to this a 20-year war in Afghanistan with no end in sight, a U.S. military presence in over 150 countries worldwide, a mounting willingness to rattle sabers in regions far from domestic shores, and the increasing evidence that the Federal Reserve is not only not independent but highly susceptible to short-term political influence, and the decline of faith in the U.S. dollar becomes understandable. More so when one considers how many thousands of lives, and trillions of dollars, wouldn’t have been squandered under a commodity-backed or cryptocurrency-based monetary system: because it couldn’t have been.


Mnuchin would be well advised to leave market forces to work in their inexorable march toward increasingly sound, more functional iterations of cryptocurrencies and other decentralized digital assets, and to shift his attention toward the countless political factors that are eradicating the last vestiges of faith and credit in the dollar. If the current path is maintained (and quite possibly even if it isn’t), the future belongs to truly “dependable and reliable” monetary media: cryptocurrencies and precious metals.



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Peter C. Earle is an economist and writer who joined AIER in 2018 and prior to that spent over 20 years as a trader and analyst in global financial markets on Wall Street. His research focuses on financial markets, monetary issues, and economic history. He has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Reuters, NPR, and in numerous other publications. Pete holds an MA in Applied Economics from American University, an MBA (Finance), and a BS in Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point. Follow him on Twitter.




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By Mac Slavo


The manufacturing industry in the United States has officially sunk into a recession. The once-booming industry is struggling to stay alive amid the trade war as production slumped in the second quarter.


Data from the Federal Reserve shows that production in June fell flat. In fact, the numbers were below the expectations of a meager 0.1% gain predicted by Wall Street economists. The U.S. factory sector declined in the three months ended in June, the second straight quarterly decline, the Federal Reserve said Tuesday. For the second quarter, production was down 1.2% after a 1.9% decline in the first three months of the year. Manufacturing fell at a 2.2% rate in the second quarter after a 1.9% drop in the first three months of the year, according to a report by Market Watch.


         



      

This news comes as the trucking industry faces an economic “bloodbath” – one that’s bankrupting truckers and companies all while workers continue to lose their jobs.


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But the data gathered on the manufacturing industry is far from sunny.  Compared to 12 months earlier, industrial production rose 1.3%. Capacity in use slipped to 77.9% in June from 78.1 in the prior month. In June, increases in manufacturing and mining were offset by a sharp decline in the output of utilities.


The only apparent “bright” spot in the data was that motor vehicle assemblies picked up to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 11.6 million, for the second straight strong monthly gain. But overall, the news is grim. “The sector is in recession. That’s not news, it’s a consequence of China’s cyclical slowdown and the trade war. We expect another tough quarter in Q3, but by Q4 we think a trade deal will have been done and China’s economy will be turning up,” said Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics.


NY Fed’s “Recession Probability Index” Is Now At “Alarming Levels”!


As one sector after another officially enters recession, optimism remains high among the talking heads of the media. Focused mainly on the stock market (which helps Wall Street, not Main Street), the mainstream media is still holding back on the dire situation the economy is currently in.


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By John W. Whitehead


“Since when have we Americans been expected to bow submissively to authority and speak with awe and reverence to those who represent us? The constitutional theory is that we the people are the sovereigns, the state and federal officials only our agents. We who have the final word can speak softly or angrily. We can seek to challenge and annoy, as we need not stay docile and quiet.”— Justice William O. Douglas


Unjust. Brutal. Criminal. Corrupt. Inept. Greedy. Power-hungry. Racist. Immoral. Murderous. Evil. Dishonest. Crooked. Excessive. Deceitful. Untrustworthy. Unreliable. Tyrannical.


These are all words that have at some time or other been used to describe the U.S. government.


These are all words that I have used at some time or other to describe the U.S. government. That I may feel morally compelled to call out the government for its wrongdoing does not make me any less of an American.


If I didn’t love this country, it would be easy to remain silent. However, it is because I love my country, because I believe fervently that if we lose freedom here, there will be no place to escape to, I will not remain silent.


Nor should you.


         



      

Nor should any other man, woman or child—no matter who they are, where they come from, what they look like, or what they believe.


This is the beauty of the dream-made-reality that is America. As Chelsea Manning recognized, “We’re citizens, not subjects. We have the right to criticize government without fear.”


Indeed, the First Amendment does more than give us a right to criticize our country: it makes it a civic duty. Certainly, if there is one freedom among the many spelled out in the Bill of Rights that is especially patriotic, it is the right to criticize the government.


The right to speak out against government wrongdoing is the quintessential freedom.


Unfortunately, those who run the government don’t take kindly to individuals who speak truth to power. In fact, the government has become increasingly intolerant of speech that challenges its power, reveals its corruption, exposes its lies, and encourages the citizenry to push back against the government’s many injustices.


This is nothing new, nor is it unique to any particular presidential administration.


President Trump, who delights in exercising his right to speak (and tweet) freely about anything and everything that raises his ire, has shown himself to be far less tolerant of those with whom he disagrees, especially when they exercise their right to criticize the government.


In his first few years in office, Trump has declared the media to be “the enemy of the people,” suggested that protesting should be illegal, and that NFL players who kneel in protest during the national anthem “shouldn’t be in the country.” More recently, Trump lashed out at four Democratic members of Congress—all women of color— who have been particularly critical of his policies, suggesting that they “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”


Fanning the flames of controversy, White House advisor Kellyanne Conway suggested that anyone who criticizes the country, disrespects the flag, and doesn’t support the Trump Administration’s policies should also leave the country.


The uproar over Trump’s “America—love it or leave it” remarks have largely focused on its racist overtones, but that misses the point: it’s un-American to be anti-free speech.


It’s unfortunate that Trump and his minions are so clueless about the Constitution. Then again, Trump is not alone in his presidential disregard for the rights of the citizenry, especially as it pertains to the right of the people to criticize those in power.


President Obama signed into law anti-protest legislation that makes it easier for the government to criminalize protest activities (10 years in prison for protesting anywhere in the vicinity of a Secret Service agent). The Obama Administration also waged a war on whistleblowers, which The Washington Post described as “the most aggressive I’ve seen since the Nixon administration,” and “spied on reporters by monitoring their phone records.”


Part of the Patriot Act signed into law by President George W. Bush made it a crime for an American citizen to engage in peaceful, lawful activity on behalf of any group designated by the government as a terrorist organization. Under this provision, even filing an amicus brief on behalf of an organization the government has labeled as terrorist would constitute breaking the law.


President Franklin D. Roosevelt authorized the FBI to censor all news and control communications in and out of the country in the wake of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Roosevelt also signed into law the Smith Act, which made it a crime to advocate by way of speech for the overthrow of the U.S. government by force or violence.


President Woodrow Wilson signed into law the Espionage and Sedition Acts, which made it illegal to criticize the government’s war efforts.


President Abraham Lincoln seized telegraph lines, censored mail and newspaper dispatches, and shut down members of the press who criticized his administration.


In 1798, during the presidency of John Adams, Congress passed the Alien and Sedition Acts, which made it a crime to “write, print, utter or publish … any false, scandalous, and malicious” statements against the government, Congress or president of the United States.


Clearly, the government has been undermining our free speech rights for quite a while now, but Trump’s antagonism towards free speech is much more overt.


For example, at a recent White House Social Media Summit, Trump defined free speech as follows: “To me free speech is not when you see something good and then you purposely write bad. To me that’s very dangerous speech, and you become angry at it. But that’s not free speech.”


Except Trump is about as wrong as one can be on this issue.


Good, bad or ugly, it’s all free speech unless as defined by the government it falls into one of the following categories: obscenity, fighting words, defamation (including libel and slander), child pornography, perjury, blackmail, incitement to imminent lawless action, true threats, and solicitations to commit crimes.


This idea of “dangerous” speech, on the other hand, is peculiarly authoritarian in nature. What it amounts to is speech that the government fears could challenge its chokehold on power.


The kinds of speech the government considers dangerous enough to red flag and subject to censorship, surveillance, investigation, prosecution and outright elimination include: hate speech, bullying speech, intolerant speech, conspiratorial speech, treasonous speech, threatening speech, incendiary speech, inflammatory speech, radical speech, anti-government speech, right-wing speech, left-wing speech, extremist speech, politically incorrect speech, etc.


Conduct your own experiment into the government’s tolerance of speech that challenges its authority, and see for yourself.


Stand on a street corner—or in a courtroom, at a city council meeting or on a university campus—and recite some of the rhetoric used by the likes of Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, John Adams and Thomas Paine without referencing them as the authors.




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For that matter, just try reciting the Declaration of Independence, which rejects tyranny, establishes Americans as sovereign beings, recognizes God (not the government) as the Supreme power, portrays the government as evil, and provides a detailed laundry list of abuses that are as relevant today as they were 240-plus years ago.


My guess is that you won’t last long before you get thrown out, shut up, threatened with arrest or at the very least accused of being a radical, a troublemaker, a sovereign citizen, a conspiratorialist or an extremist.


Try suggesting, as Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin did, that Americans should not only take up arms but be prepared to shed blood in order to protect their liberties, and you might find yourself placed on a terrorist watch list and vulnerable to being rounded up by government agents.


“What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance. Let them take arms,” declared Jefferson. He also concluded that “the tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” Observed Franklin: “Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote!”


Better yet, try suggesting as Thomas Paine, Marquis De Lafayette, John Adams and Patrick Henry did that Americans should, if necessary, defend themselves against the government if it violates their rights, and you will be labeled a domestic extremist.


“It is the duty of the patriot to protect his country from its government,” insisted Paine. “When the government violates the people’s rights,” Lafayette warned, “insurrection is, for the people and for each portion of the people, the most sacred of the rights and the most indispensable of duties.” Adams cautioned, “A settled plan to deprive the people of all the benefits, blessings and ends of the contract, to subvert the fundamentals of the constitution, to deprive them of all share in making and executing laws, will justify a revolution.” And who could forget Patrick Henry with his ultimatum: “Give me liberty or give me death!”


Then again, perhaps you don’t need to test the limits of free speech for yourself.


One such test is playing out before our very eyes on the national stage led by none other than the American Police State’s self-appointed Censor-in-Chief, who seems to believe that only individuals who agree with the government are entitled to the protections of the First Amendment.


To the contrary, James Madison, the father of the Constitution, was very clear about the fact that the First Amendment was established to protect the minority against the majority.


I’ll take that one step further: the First Amendment was intended to protect the citizenry from the government’s tendency to censor, silence and control what people say and think.


Having lost our tolerance for free speech in its most provocative, irritating and offensive forms, the American people have become easy prey for a police state where only government speech is allowed. You see, the powers-that-be understand that if the government can control speech, it controls thought and, in turn, it can control the minds of the citizenry.


This is how freedom rises or falls.


As Hermann Goering, one of Hitler’s top military leaders, remarked during the Nuremberg trials:


It is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.


It is working the same in this country, as well.




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Americans of all stripes would do well to remember that those who question the motives of government provide a necessary counterpoint to those who would blindly follow where politicians choose to lead.


We don’t have to agree with every criticism of the government, but we must defend the rights of all individuals to speak freely without fear of punishment or threat of banishment.


Never forget: what the architects of the police state want are submissive, compliant, cooperative, obedient, meek citizens who don’t talk back, don’t challenge government authority, don’t speak out against government misconduct, and don’t step out of line.


What the First Amendment protects—and a healthy constitutional republic requires—are citizens who routinely exercise their right to speak truth to power.


As I point out in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, tolerance for dissent is vital if we are to survive as a free nation.


While there are all kinds of labels being put on so-called “unacceptable” speech today, the real message being conveyed by those in power is that Americans don’t have a right to express themselves if what they are saying is unpopular, controversial or at odds with what the government determines to be acceptable.


By suppressing free speech, the government is contributing to a growing underclass of Americans who are being told that they can’t take part in American public life unless they “fit in.”


Mind you, it won’t be long before anyone who believes in holding the government accountable to respecting our rights and abiding by the rule of law is labeled an “extremist,” is relegated to an underclass that doesn’t fit in, must be watched all the time, and is rounded up when the government deems it necessary.


It doesn’t matter how much money you make, what politics you subscribe to, or what God you worship: we are all potential suspects, terrorists and lawbreakers in the eyes of the government.


In other words, if and when this nation falls to tyranny, we will all suffer the same fate: we will fall together.


The stamping boot of tyranny is but one crashing foot away.



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By Julia Conley


“Imagine if we could go back in time and prevent governments around the world from ever building nuclear or biological weapons. That’s the moment in history we’re in right now with facial recognition.”


Pushing back against businesses and government calling for mere “regulations” on facial recognition surveillance, digital rights group Fight for the Future on Tuesday launched a nationwide campaign to demand a complete ban on the technology, which which critics warn is already violating civil liberties across the country.


Facial recognition technology exacerbates racial discrimination by police departments, violates privacy rights, and makes the personal data of millions of people vulnerable to security breaches, the non-profit group said.


         



      


“Facial recognition is unlike any other form of surveillance,” Fight for the Future wrote on the website it set up to launch the campaign, BanFacialRecognition.com. “It enables automated and ubiquitous monitoring of an entire population, and it is nearly impossible to avoid. If we don’t stop it from spreading, it will be used not to keep us safe, but to control and oppress us—just as it is already being used in authoritarian states.”


The United Nations has expressed concerns about the use of facial recognition technology in Argentina and China, warning that the countries are not doing enough to ensure that people’s right to privacy is not being violated. With the expansion of facial recognition technology, Fight for the Future deputy director Evan Greer said Tuesday, the U.S. is increasingly vulnerable to the same violations.


“Imagine if we could go back in time and prevent governments around the world from ever building nuclear or biological weapons. That’s the moment in history we’re in right now with facial recognition,” said Greer. “This surveillance technology poses such a profound threat to the future of human society and basic liberty that its dangers far outweigh any potential benefits.”


Companies including Amazon, Microsoft, and Google have called on lawmakers to regulate the technology, but Fight for the Future warns that those demands are an “industry trap.”


“We don’t need to regulate it, we need to ban it entirely,” Greer said.


The campaign’s launch comes days after the Washington Post reported that the FBI and ICE have used facial recognition technology to mine state drivers’ license databases, accessing the data of millions of people without warrants or Congressional approval.








The use of the technology by federal, state, and local agencies makes discrimination, police harassment, and false arrests or deportations more likely, Fight for the Future said, as facial recognition programs misidentify suspects up to 98 percent of the time—with women and people of color especially prone to being misidentified.


In addition to invading privacy and putting people in danger of being apprehended for crimes they didn’t commit, the technology leaves the data of millions of people vulnerable to potential security breaches.


“Once our biometric information is collected and stored in government databases, it’s an easy target for identity thieves or state-sponsored hackers,” wrote Fight for the Future.


“This has already happened,” the group added, citing the story of hackers who were able to access the photos and license plates of an untold number of travelers after Customs and Border Protection (CBP) collected the data.


CBP is currently seeking to expand the use of facial recognition technology in major airports, a possibility Fight for the Future warned against.


The group called on supporters to sign a petition demanding that lawmakers fight for a total ban on the government’s use of facial recognition technology, following the example of San Francisco and Somerville, Massachusetts, which have outlawed its use.




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By B.N. Frank


There’s a lot of information and misinformation being reported about health risks from exposure to 5G technology.  So if you can only remember one thing about 5G and health risks, this would be it:


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


If you can remember two things:


There is research that says it IS NOT safe (see 1, 2). 


So, parents horrified about 5G towers near their kids’ schools is appropriate.  In fact, parents horrified about ANY cell towers (or antennas) near their kids’ schools is appropriate because health experts including the American Academy of Pediatrics have warned that children are more affected by exposure to wireless radiation than adults.


         



      

From PrepForThat:



Residents in the suburban Los Angeles community of Lakewood say they are “horrified” by the thought of 5G network tower installations. At a community meeting, residents spoke out about 5G health concerns, saying that 5G is not proven safe.


“I’m horrified, to be honest with you,” Lakewood resident Christina Rich said via CBSLA. “I don’t want a cell tower anywhere near our house. They don’t belong in the neighborhoods. They haven’t been proven to be safe.”


Christina was far from alone in her concern over the controversial 5G network.


Monica Draghichi, another concerned parent, said she’s worried that about the density of the towers around schools.


“I’m concerned about the distance to my kids, to the schools in our community and the overall effects and lack of regulation around it,” she said.


Lakewood isn’t the first California community to be up in arms over 5G technology. In fact, parents at a Ripon, California elementary school forced Sprint to remove a single 5G tower they claimed was causing an uptick in childhood cancer. Sprint’s concession to remove the tower served as one of the larger victories over 5G in the United States. In Rhode Island, telecommunication companies are installing 5G towers without public consent.





Activist Post regularly reports about 5G health risks and opposition which is happening worldwide.  For more information, visit our archives and the following websites



Wireless Information Network
Americans for Responsible Technology
5GCrisis
5GExposed
5G Information
Center For Safer Wireless
Center For Electrosmog Prevention
EMF Safety Network
Environmental Health Trust
Last Tree Laws
My Street, My Choice
Our Town Our Choice
Parents for Safe Technology
Physicians for Safe Technology
SaferEMR
Scientists for Wired Tech
TelecomPowerGrab.com
Whatis5G.Info
Zero5G

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By B.N. Frank


Firefighters Don’t Want Them on Their Buildings Due to Health Risks So Others Shouldn’t Either


Research has proven many times over that exposure to RadioFrequency Radiation (RF) is harmful to all living beings.  This being the case, when cell towers and antennas are mounted on top of residential buildings and businesses, it’s not safe for anyone who lives or works there.  This is why since 2004, the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) has opposed the use of their stations for cell towers and antennas due to health risks to personnel.  Their website includes many pages of research including a study done on firefighters themselves.


**Note:  A pilot study was conducted in 2004 of six California fire fighters working and sleeping in stations with towers.  The study, conducted by Gunnar Heuser, M.D., PhD. of Agoura Hills, CA, focused on neurological symptoms of six fire fighters who had been working for up to five years in stations with cell towers. Those symptoms included slowed reaction time, lack of focus, lack of impulse control, severe headaches, anesthesia-like sleep, sleep deprivation, depression, and tremors.  Dr. Heuser used functional brain scans – SPECT scans – to assess any changes in the brains of the six fire fighters as compared to healthy brains of men of the same age.  Computerized psychological testing known as TOVA was used to study reaction time, impulse control, and attention span.  The SPECT scans revealed a pattern of abnormal change which was concentrated over a wider area than would normally be seen in brains of individuals exposed to toxic inhalation, as might be expected from fighting fires.  Dr. Heuser concluded the only plausible explanation at this time would be RF radiation exposure.  Additionally, the TOVA testing revealed among the six fire fighters delayed reaction time, lack of impulse control, and difficulty in maintaining mental focus.


         



      


When infrastructure is installed on top of buildings, remediation is still possible to reduce exposure to everyone inside.  Building Biologist Eric Windheim documented a job he did for a building owner who decided remediation was necessary to keep his tenants healthy and happy.



Activist Post reports regularly about exposure risks from all sources of Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) including RadioFrequency (RF).  For more details, visit our archives and the following websites:



Center For Electrosmog Prevention
Dr. Madga Havas
Ecological Options Network
ElectromagneticHealth
EMF Safety Network
Environmental Health Trust
Physicians for Safe Technology
SaferEMR
Scientists for Wired Tech
We Are The Evidence
Wireless Information Network

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SAN FRANCISCO — The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht LLP filed a class action lawsuit today on behalf of AT&T customers in California to stop the telecom giant and two data location aggregators from allowing numerous entities—including bounty hunters, car dealerships, landlords, and stalkers—to access wireless customers’ real-time locations without authorization.


An investigation by Motherboard earlier this year revealed that any cellphone user’s precise, real-time location could be bought for just $300. The report showed that carriers, including AT&T, were making this data available to hundreds of third parties without first verifying that users had authorized such access. AT&T not only failed to obtain its customers’ express consent, making matters worse, it created an active marketplace that trades on its customers’ real-time location data.


         



      

“AT&T and data aggregators have systematically violated the location privacy rights of tens of millions of AT&T customers,” said EFF Staff Attorney Aaron Mackey. “Consumers must stand up to protect their privacy and shut down this illegal market. That’s why we filed this lawsuit today.”


The lawsuit alleges AT&T violated the Federal Communications Act and engaged in deceptive practices under California’s unfair competition law, as AT&T deceived customers into believing that the company was protecting their location data. The suit also alleges that AT&T, LocationSmart, and Zumigo have violated California’s constitutional, statutory, and common law rights to privacy.


“The location data AT&T offered up for sale is extremely precise and can locate any of its wireless subscribers in real time, providing a window into the intimate details of their lives: where they go to the doctor, where they worship, where they live, and much more,” said Abbye Klamann Ognibene, an associate at Pierce Bainbridge.


“To sell this information without any notification to users is deceptive, extraordinarily invasive of their privacy, and illegal,” said Thomas D. Warren, a partner at Pierce Bainbridge.


The lawsuit, Scott, et al. v. AT&T Inc., et al., filed in the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of California, seeks money damages and an injunction against AT&T, as well as the involved location data aggregators, LocationSmart and Zumigo. The injunction would prohibit AT&T from selling customer location data and ensure that any location data already sold is returned to AT&T or destroyed.


For the complaint:https://www.eff.org/document/scott-v-att-geolocation-complaint


For more information about the case:https://www.eff.org/cases/geolocation-privacy


Contact:Aaron Mackey


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Op-Ed by Rosanne Lindsay, Naturopath


If you connected all the dots to the various United Nations (U.N.) Agendas, would you create a map of mass regionalization and an eventual Totalitarian State?


Let us count the ways…


Agenda 21: Global Regional Plans Implemented Locally


According to the author of Behind the Green Mask, Rosa Koire says that “U.N. Agenda 21 is an agenda for the 21st century. It  is an inventory and control plan; inventory of all land, water, all minerals, all plants, all animals, all construction, all means of production, all food, all energy, all information, and all human beings in the world.” It’s about moving populations into concentrated city centers and clearing them out of rural areas under “Smart Growth.” Under the guise of “Sustainability,” Agenda 21 is the hijacking of the environmental movement.


Agenda 21 is top-down hierarchy, moving away from current government structure based on elected positions in Federal-State-County-City, to a global-regional-neighborhood structure without elections. Currently hundreds of millions of federal dollars are going to cities to create regional plans to give over control of land, and land use, to corporations. For instance, the federal government gave the Telecom Industry new powers to sidestep over the public right-of-way for the roll out of 5G technology by removing regulatory barriers that might prevent infrastructure.


         



      
In an order last year by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), If Verizon wants to build a 5G network in a city, the local government is limited in how much it can charge in application fees, and is pushed to approve permits quickly.These rules also mean cities are limited in how they can respond to residents who are upset about equipment going up near them. Many local leaders have spoken out against the FCC’s rules, dozens of whom have banded together to file a lawsuit to overturn it, which has advanced to the Tenth Circuit.
“[T]he FCC is forcing cities to race to the courthouse to defend the most basic of local government rights—the authority to manage and seek fair compensation from private users that seek to employ public assets,” Tom Cochran, the CEO and executive director of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, said in a statement.

Sustainable Development Agenda


U.N. Sustainable Development Agenda seek to redistribute wealth away from the middle class to lower the standard of living and, at the same time, reduce the population. The 17 sustainable development goals include goal #2: End hunger through the control of all food production. See my article on how the U.N. seeks to feed the world with crickets.


Sustainability is fomented through crisis, artificial scarcity, and forced conservation known as rationing. It is the excuse to partner science with religion to combat Climate Change, as the Pope described in his June 2015 encyclical.  Climate Change legislation in California is tied directly to international influences of U.N. Agendas 21 and 2030 for Sustainable Development. Yet, impacts from the government’s cloud seeding and geo-engineering programs continue unabated. Smart Cities will design growth patterns, redesign cities, and herd people into stackable housing through behavior modification, zoning and land use controls, and tax on toll roads.



Artificial Intelligence (A.I.)


The 5G rollout is necessary for “The Internet of Things” in a future of A.I. where techie geeks are thinking up new ways to make you, and the things around you, smarter. For those that missed it, there is a new Church of The A.I. god. The latest god-bot religion is founded by former Google executive Anthony Levandowski, and comes with a website called Wayofthefuture.church. As if to drive this message home, Google’s director of engineering, Ray Kurzweil, believes humans will be robot hybrids by 2030. This reflects a Transhumanist Agenda.


Humans will never be the same again, partly because for years, scientists have been using CRISPR gene-editing technology to alter DNA through vaccines and drug therapies. They hope to be able to bring extinct species back from the dead as one of their marvel feats.


The U.N. Agendas pave the way for a seamless transition from the individual to the group mindset as part of the A.I. Agenda. There will be no need for voting since there is no need for the individual voter. A Totalitarian, Transhumanist, state is being developed worldwide under a few select corporations: a fascist Corpratocracy. Agenda 21 and 2030 represents a world without borders to allow the free movement of workers, goods and services, all while reducing wages.  The politically correct name for this movement?


Social Equity.


However, not your social equity, but equity for corporations to exploit, manage, surveil and control individuals in tightly packed dense “stack and pack” cities.  Control is a vital part of the plan.






What is at stake?


Individuality and individual sovereignty. The most important private property is your body.  Lost identity falls under the mask of “unity” rhetoric. Unity, under the guise of uniformity and conformity, looks like a genderless society. Genderless means males and females no longer exist. When males and females no longer exist, there is no procreation of the human species. The agenda is depicted as U.N. Goal #5 Gender Equality. The U.N. message is this:  Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. 


The U.N. is implementing “new legal frameworks” to grant “new rights” to groups, to end gender-based discrimination in every country. Government granted rights are merely privileges. What the U.N giveth, it can taketh away. What does the U.N goal look like in reality?  The answer is disclosed in the news headlines, which are codes that set the stage for the outcome. The UN counts on you not seeing the Big Picture to connect the dots to the loss of your identity from non-gender, inter-sex birth certificates to driver’s licenses to tax-subsidized surgeries for those who want to change their gender.



Wisconsin is now covering sex-reassignment surgeries for trans-identified employees 
We Don’t Need Separate Bathrooms for Men and Women 
The push for a third choice on official forms
NYC will allow Gender-Neutral ‘X’ on Birth Certificates
Gender-neutral state ID cards
Teaching gender identity in schools

LGBT training, history, and Transgender Development is to be incorporated into school curriculums in Scotland. No exemptions or opt outs. It is also being added to school curriculums in Canada, and everywhere.

5o+ years of U.N. Weather Modification Projects


Climateviewer 3D, maps

While the UN claims that Chemtrails are imaginary, they have been tracing weather modification projects worldwide between the years 1952 and 1999 as recorded by the United Nations World Meteorological Organization. Cloudseeding enhances and targets precipitation, and has been going on since the 1800s.  Need a deeper snowpack for ski resorts? Click on Utah and find out that they can increase the snowpack. Have a fire to put out? Call the companies that will cause it to rain and charge you for it! China spent hundreds of millions of dollars to control the weather during the Beijing Olympics. But don’t expect them to take the blame for causing floods.


The Weather Modification map includes data on the apparatus involved, agents applied and the techniques used in each event. It also includes both positive and negative results of some of the completed projects, funding sources such as government agencies and private companies. It even includes expert opinions and law cases on the topic in order for you to get a complete picture of the benefits and drawbacks of such programs.


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Rosa Koire, in her video interview UN Agenda 2030 Exposed, suggests that there is an opportunity now to:



Stand up
Speak out
refuse to collaborate
refuse to cooperate
expose collaborators
work together to defund these plans
demand what it is the corporations want to give us.

As this is happening worldwide, most know nothing about it since the mainstream press is owned by five corporations.



You are not going to get this information from the mainstream press. So you need to be your own press. You need to educate yourself. You need to get out there and educate your neighbor, your community, your real community. You need to help your children understand that they are being indoctrinated from pre-kindergarten to post graduate school…


All of us have a responsibility to ourselves and to others. This is true community, to work for personal freedom. And always remember even if we do work as a group, we’re all individuals in those groups and we answer only to ourselves.  This is essential. As free human beings are free and we need to continue to be free.. – Rosa Koire




Rosanne Lindsay is a writer, blogger, and Naturopathic healer. She is the author of two books, The Nature of Healing: Heal the Body, Heal the Planet, and her story of thyroid disease reversal: Free Your Voice, Heal Your Thyroid, Reverse Thyroid Disease Naturally. Find her at Nature of Healing on Facebook. Consult with her (Skype or Zoom consults available) at natureofhealing.org. Subscribe to her blog at https://www.natureofhealing.org/blog/.


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By Kurt Nimmo


It keeps getting worse. The neocons have burrowed termite-deep inside the Trump administration and rumor has it the president will add yet another one to an important cabinet position.


If there is any substance to the latest rumors, DNI Dan Coats will be replaced by Fred Fleitz, former NSC executive secretary, CIA analyst, Trump Chief of Staff, Bolton enforcer, and CEO of the Center for Security Policy.


This last one should send up a huge red flag. CSP is a project launched by Frank Gaffney Jr., an Islamophobe way out on the neocon fringe. During the Trump presidential campaign, I wrote a short ebook (Donald Trump and the War on Islam) about Gaffney, among other neocons and rabid Israel-firsters exacting a corrosive influence on the Trump campaign.


         



      

I wrote:



Frank Gaffney is at the forefront of the movement to arouse hatred and fear designed to further extend and expand the war on terror and ultimately realize the objective of the [neocon] “clean break” plan [for Israel] to destroy not only Arab and Muslim nations, but societies and culture as well.


Gaffney is so radical he was rejected by the Pentagon when he was Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Forces and Arms Control Policy in the Reagan Administration. He is associated with other neocons, including Richard Perle, who rose to prominence as aides of the late Democrat Senator Henry “Scoop” Jackson.



Fleitz was formerly the managing editor of LIGNET.com (Langley Intelligence Group Network). This is a pro-Likudnik intelligence operation is linked to Bolton, former Ambassador Otto Reich, former CIA Director Michael Hayden, and others.


You can hear echoes of Fleitz in Trump’s irrational anti-Iran policies. In 2017, Fleitz signed on to a letter sent to Trump, that stated in part:


We agree with Ambassador John Bolton that strong international sanctions, a tough negotiating strategy and a decisive American president who will not engage in appeasement is the best approach to rein in Iran’s belligerent behavior and induce it to joining negotiations on a better agreement… It is time to move beyond President Obama’s appeasement of Iran and to begin work on a comprehensive new approach that fully addresses the menace that the Iranian regime increasingly poses to American and international security.






In other words, the “security” (dominance) of Israel and maintenance of the apartheid status quo.


Ambassador John Bolton has drawn up a plan to implement a far more effective, comprehensive and multilateral approach to address the threat from Iran. This approach includes strict new sanctions to bar permanently the transfer of nuclear technology to Iran. He also calls for new sanctions in response to Iran’s sponsorship of terrorism and efforts to destabilize the Middle East, especially in Syria, Iraq and Yemen.


The signatories—including Gaffney, leading neocon and former Cheney adviser David Wurmser, and Morton Klein (president of the Zionist Organization of America)—undoubtedly agree with the Bolton plan for Iran, as laid out in a 2015 NY Times op-ed, To Stop Iran’s Bomb, Bomb Iran.


Bolton concluded:


The United States could do a thorough job of destruction, but Israel alone can do what’s necessary. Such action should be combined with vigorous American support for Iran’s opposition, aimed at regime change in Tehran.




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In response to Trump’s clumsy partial implementation of the Bolton plan, namely jettisoning the JCPOA, Iran has indicated it will defend itself if attacked, including but not limited to shutting down one-third of the world’s oil passage through the Strait of Hormuz. It has threatened to target Israel cities, Gulf Emirate oil infrastructure, and US troops and bases in the Middle East.


Trump is reminiscent of a person suffering from a split personality disorder. On the one hand, the “Good Trump” has declared he wants US troops out of Syria, while the “Bad Trump” bombs Syria and threatens “fire and fury” levied against North Korea and Iran. It is, to say the least, a schizophrenic foreign policy.


Kurt Nimmo is the editor of Another Day in the Empire, where this article first appeared. He is the former lead editor and writer of Infowars.com. Donate to ADE Here.


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By Tyler Durden


The FBI plans to step up its efforts to gather information from social media – issuing a call last week for a new tool to monitor Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other platforms “in a timely fashion.”


Citing the use of social media by terrorist groups, domestic threats, criminal organizations and foreign intelligence services, the FBI “needs near real time access to a full range of social media exchanges in order to obtain the most current information available,” according to the request for proposal.


         



      

In addition to information such as user IDs, the feds are interested in “emails, IP addresses, telephone numbers, and likely aliases” used over social media. The tool would also allow for location-based trackingpersistent keyword monitoring, and access to one’s personal social media history.




The FBI has justified the tool by claiming it is in response “to an increasing number of threats to U.S. national interests that are identifiable, with ever-greater frequency, through social media platforms.”



It is an acknowledged fact that virtually every incident and subject of FBI investigative interest has a presence online. Consequently, law enforcement gaining lawful access (i.e., access that is authorized, appropriate, and consistent with applicable law and policy) to this data will result in early detection and/or containment of the magnitude of any harm caused by these threats.


To protect US citizens, a method employed by the FBI is the acquisition of subscriptions granting access to tools. These allow for the exploitation of lawfully collected/acquired from social media platforms and stored, vetted and formatted by a vendor. The missioncritical exploitation of social media enables the Bureau to proactively detect, disrupt, and investigate an ever growing diverse range of threats. More specifically, the Bureau provides real-time situational awareness of indicators and warnings of emerging social media incidents. -FBI



Can’t they just ask the NSA?



By Tyler Durden | ZeroHedge.com


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By Michael Snyder


How long can the stock market possibly stay completely disconnected from economic reality?  On Monday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose just 27 points, but that was good enough to push it to yet another new all-time record high.  Investors have been absolutely thrilled by the extremely impressive bull run that we have witnessed so far in 2019, but there is no way that this is sustainable.  Wall Street may be celebrating for the moment, but meanwhile all of the hard economic numbers are telling us that we have now entered a new economic slowdown.  Just like in 2008, it appears to be inevitable that the party on Wall Street is about to hit a brick wall, but nobody should be surprised when it happens.  Everywhere around us there are signs of economic trouble, and right now companies are literally shutting down all over America.


For example, just take a look at what is happening to the trucking industry.  I recently warned about the trucking “bloodbath” that was unfolding, and over the past week it has greatly accelerated.


         



      

On the 12th of July, we learned that trucking giant LME had abruptly shut down.  The following comes from Zero Hedge…



Less-than-truckload carrier LME has reportedly “suddenly and abruptly” shut down its operations, according to FreightWaves.


The company is a regional carrier based in Minnesota that operated throughout the Midwest. The company had terminals in 30 locations across the U.S. and through interline agreements services all of North America. It also worked with major companies like 3M, John Deere and Toro.


The company reportedly included “over 600 men and women” and has been listed as having 382 power units and 1,228 trailers, with 424 truck drivers.



Then today we learned that Timmerman Starlite Trucking suddenly shut down without any notice…



40 year old California trucking outlet Timmerman Starlite Trucking, Inc. is the latest victim in the “trucking apocalypse” and announced that it would be shutting down effective immediately, according to FreightWaves.


30 employees are expected to lose their jobs as a result. The company is based in a mid sized city about 100 miles east of San Francisco and had a fleet of 30 trucks, 150 trailers and 28 drivers.


The company’s owner cited “a tough freight market and environmental regulations” as reasons for the shut down. The company announced the shutdown on its Facebook page.



Of course those two trucking companies are definitely not the only victims of this “bloodbath”.  According to Business Insider, ALA Trucking, Williams Trucking, Falcon Transport and New England Motor Freight have also completely ceased operations in 2019.


If the U.S. economy really was “booming”, this would not be happening.


Meanwhile, major retailers continue to fall like dominoes.  Charming Charlie is headed for bankruptcy and will be closing all of their stores…



Fashion accessory retailer Charming Charlie will close all its stores after going bankrupt for the second time in less than two years. More than 3,000 full- and part-time employees could lose their jobs.


Charming Charlie Holdings Inc. filed for Chapter 11 protection in Delaware with plans for going-out-of-business sales at about 261 stores, according to court documents. The chain expects the liquidation to take about two months.



In addition, we just learned that Fred’s will be shuttering another 129 stores as it desperately attempts to stay alive…



Troubled discount merchandiser Fred’s has announced another round of store closures.






The chain will shutter 129 stores, leaving it with about 80 locations, USA Today reported. Going-out-of business sales have already begun.



Not too long ago, I went to a going out of business sale at a local store that was closing down, and it was definitely depressing.  At one time the shelves had been packed full of products, but by the time I got there people were clawing through the small handfuls of deeply discounted merchandise that still remained.


Sadly, such scenes are being repeated over and over again all around the country.  In fact, things are already so bad that even Manhattan retailing legend Barneys is likely headed for bankruptcy…



Barneys may be on the cusp of filing for bankruptcy protection as the luxury Manhattan retailer contends with high rents and shoppers going online, according to two media reports.


Reuters, citing unnamed sources, reported Saturday that Barneys has tapped law firm Kirkland & Ellis LLP and is weighing a potential bankruptcy filing among other options that could occur in the coming weeks.



The all-time record for store closings in a single year was set in 2017 when 8,139 stores shut down.


According to a brand new report that was just released, we are on pace to absolutely shatter that old record.


In fact, Coresight says that the number of store closings in the U.S. could hit 12,000 by the end of this year…


The “going-out-of-business” sales and liquidation of other brands is expected to continue. Coresight estimates closures could reach 12,000 by the end of the year, the report said.




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In The Beginning Of The End, I painted a picture of a future in which America’s communities would be littered by boarded up stores that had been abandoned by major retailers.


Now it is happening right in front of our eyes.


Everything that is taking place in the “real economy” makes perfect sense, and unfortunately our economic problems are likely to accelerate significantly in the months ahead.


What doesn’t make sense is what we are witnessing on Wall Street.


There is no way that stock prices should be rising like this, but financial bubbles don’t typically follow rational patterns.


Instead, they usually just keep going until something comes along to end them.


And considering everything that is going on in the world right now, that “something” could definitely arrive sooner rather than later.


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 corbettreport


According to the dinosaur media, the worst part about the exposure of Jeffrey Epstein’s child sex trafficking and high-level blackmail operation is that it bolsters conspiracy theories about child sex trafficking and elite corruption.


Newsflash: they’re trying to gaslight you. Don’t fall for it for a second. #PropagandaWatch


         



      


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By Clint Siegner


The federal government will soon run up against its self-imposed borrowing cap once again.


Current estimates are for the government to max out its credit limit at a little over $22 trillion in early September. Congress goes on recess in August, so there is some pressure to address the cap right now.


Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has been fulfilling what seems to be the most sacred responsibility of his position: borrowing money. It’s one that each of his predecessors has also undertaken, without fail and without regard to party affiliation, in recent decades.


         



      

He is solemnly arguing why it would be wholly irresponsible for Congress not to approve another massive increase in what the Treasury can borrow.


Now that his ritual is complete, the only question is whether Congress and the President will engage in another sham fight before approving an increase, or if the politicians will agree quietly and hope not too many citizens notice.


While the outcome is all but assured, the context surrounding Federal borrowing is interesting. Let’s review…


According to government statisticians, we are in the longest economic expansion on record. There have been 105 straight months of job growth. Federal tax revenues are expanding – currently up 3% versus the prior year.


Some may wonder why the Federal government is bumping into the cap already. Congress and the president gave themselves more than a $2 trillion increase in the credit line over the past couple of years.


The trouble is that while tax revenue is growing at 3%, government spending is growing at 7% – about 4 times the official inflation rate. The deficit for October through June is 23% higher than the same period last year.




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Despite the “rosy” economy, we are running trillion-dollar deficits. This much borrowing was last seen under Barack Obama in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis.


What will deficits look like the next time recession cripples tax receipts and Congress ramps up fiscal stimulus? It may not be too long before we have a chance to find out.


The Treasury department will be stuck trying to peddle multi-trillions in Treasuries with yields near zero. We’re guessing the line of prospective buyers will get pretty short.


Americans are being told the economy is strong. Yet the Fed is getting ready to start cutting rates.


Jerome Powell is worried about trade and stubbornly low inflation. President Trump is concerned that current interest rates, while still historically low, aren’t low enough.




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So here we are again with Congress once more getting ready to grapple with the debt ceiling. Establishment politicians may want to avoid headlines and quietly agree on an increase.


Any public debate over increasing the federal debt ceiling will be especially awkward for Republicans. Getting caught voting for trillions more in borrowing is not a good look – especially after years of screeching about deficits when the Democrats were in control.


However, regardless of what happens in the weeks ahead, the size of Federal deficits and debt probably can’t be swept under the rug for too much longer. America is one recession away from serious trouble.



Clint Siegner is a Director at Money Metals Exchange, a precious metals dealer recently named “Best in the USA” by an independent global ratings group. A graduate of Linfield College in Oregon, Siegner puts his experience in business management along with his passion for personal liberty, limited government, and honest money into the development of Money Metals’ brand and reach. This includes writing extensively on the bullion markets and their intersection with policy and world affairs.


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I hate to say I told you so, but I told you so. Local governments and private corporations are using facial recognition to secretly blacklist people, despite having no valid reason to do so.


A recent article in the Idaho Statesman, and in the video below, prove that local governments are using facial recognition to ban residents from accessing city-owned buildings.


The Boise city council claimed that they need facial recognition cameras to protect public employees from disgruntled or unwelcome residents.


         



      


Wow, there must be a lot of disgruntled or unhappy residents for the city council to justify putting facial recognition cameras in Boise City Hall and City Hall West, right?


Would you believe both city halls have banned just one single resident because he opposed using city funds to pay for an NBA developmental league team.


His ban apparently did not last very long, because Mike Journee, a spokesman for Mayor David Bieter, said, “no one is currently banned from City Hall.”


So if no one is currently banned from City Hall why install facial recognition cameras? Could the government use facial recognition to quell dissent? How many people will refuse to complain or speak out because law enforcement could use it to identify them?


The Statesman revealed that “the technology would be used to identify people who are banned from City Hall for any reason.”


Journee also admitted that there is no “specific instance” that could justify installing facial recognition cameras on city property. So if there is no “specific instance” or reason to use facial recognition to identify unwelcome people, why use it?


To create secret blacklists and quell dissent of course.



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The government already uses facial recognition to create a secret “No-Fly List” (blacklist) of citizens and now watchlists and blacklists are creeping into public transit. Private corporations, bars and nightclubs are also using facial recognition to identify and blacklist customers and sports fans.






Everyone should take notice when the mass-media admits what I have been saying for years: facial recognition is being used to blacklist people for any reason.


It is time to face facts, the feds and law enforcement are secretly using facial recognition to track and identify anyone of interest.


Law enforcement’s unfettered access to facial recognition and drivers licenses is a privacy nightmare.




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Miami state Rep. Michael Grieco told the Orlando Sentinel, “I feel like we’re taking a step backwards; it’s like the wild west with privacy.”


Alvaro Bedoya, the founding director of Georgetown Law’s Center on Privacy & Technology told NPR,


In Washington, Utah and Vermont — ICE agents are actually taking advantage of that (facial recognition) to secretly find and deport those people using face recognition technology.


Not only is law enforcement secretly using facial recognition to identify people but they are using it to deport immigrants or undesirables. What more proof do we need that facial recognition is not a public safety issue, it is a public watchlist and blacklist issue.



You can read more at the MassPrivateI blog, where this article first appeared.


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