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By Nicholas West


While I don’t subscribe to the idea that there are inherently bad breeds of dogs, Hollywood has done its best to create the Doberman as an iconically terrifying animal. Which makes it even stranger that the A.I. Robo-Dog, which already crosses the creepy line for most people, would be topped off by a 3D-printed Doberman head.


Apparently, the head of Astro’s version of the Robo-Dog also offers a new type of artificial intelligence neural network designed to learn on its own through trial and error. As you’ll read, this Robo-Dog could be used for everything from search and rescue, to the military, as well as law enforcement duties like facial recognition.


So far, Astro is able to respond to basic commands such as “sit,” “stand” and “lie down.” Once developed further and equipped with additional sensors, however, it could find use in applications such as the detection of guns and explosives, guiding the blind, exploring hazardous environments, or assisting soldiers on the battlefield. It would be aided in its work by the ability to search through thousands of faces in a database, sniff out and identify airborne substances, hear distress calls that are inaudible to humans, along with various other robo-dog “superpowers.” – Source: Florida Atlantic University/New Atlas


         



      

So far, experts in artificial intelligence as well as law enforcement have expressed nothing close to “superpowers” for these systems, instead offering scathing criticism for many documented failures and inaccuracies.


At the very least, are we looking at the RoboCop police dogs of the future?



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By Rezwan


On August 5, India’s BJP-led government revoked Article 370 of the Indian constitution that gave special autonomy status to the disputed state of Jammu and Kashmir dividing it into two union territories – Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh. Fearing unrest, protests, and opposition, the authorities put hundreds of political leaders and their aides under house arrest and suspended access to mobile, landline and internet networks.



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By Garfield Benjamin, Solent University


Not content with monitoring almost everything you do online, Facebook now wants to read your mind as well. The social media giant recently announced a breakthrough in its plan to create a device that reads people’s brainwaves to allow them to type just by thinking. And Elon Musk wants to go even further. One of the Tesla boss’s other companies, Neuralink, is developing a brain implant to connect people’s minds directly to a computer.


Musk admits that he takes inspiration from science fiction, and that he wants to make sure humans can “keep up” with artificial intelligence. He seems to have missed the part of sci-fi that acts as a warning for the implications of technology.


These mind-reading systems could affect our privacy, security, identity, equality and personal safety. Do we really want all that left to companies with philosophies such as that of Facebook’s former mantra, “move fast and break things”?


         



      

Though they sound futuristic, the technologies needed to make brainwave-reading devices are not that dissimilar to the standard MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) and EEG (electroencephalography) neuroscience tools used in hospitals all over the world. You can already buy a kit to control a drone with your mind, so using one to type out words is, in some ways, not that much of a leap. The advance will likely be due to the use of machine learning to sift through huge quantities of data collected from our brains and find the patterns in neuron activity that link thoughts to specific words.


A brain implant is likely to take a lot longer to develop, and it’s important to separate out the actual achievements of Neuralink from media hype and promotion. But Neuralink has made simultaneous improvements in materials for electrodes and robot-assisted surgery to implant them, packaging the technology neatly so it can be read via USB.


Facebook and Neuralink’s plans may build on established medical practice. But when companies are collecting thoughts directly from our brains, the ethical issues are very different.


Any system that could collect data directly from our brains has clear privacy risks. Privacy is about consent. But it is very difficult to give proper consent if someone is tapping directly into our thoughts. Silicon Valley companies (and governments) already surreptitiously gather as much data on us as they can and use it in ways we’d rather they didn’t. How sure can we be that our random and personal thoughts won’t be captured and studied alongside the instructions we want to give the technology?


Discrimination and manipulation

One of the existing ethical issues with data gathering is discrimination based on attributes such as gender or race that can be discerned from the data. Providing a window into people’s minds could make it easier to determine other things that might form the basis of prejudice, such as sexuality or political ideology, or even different ways of thinking that might include things like autism.






With a system that taps directly into your brain, not only could your thoughts be stolen, but it’s also possible they could be manipulated as well. Brain stimulation is already being developed to help treat PTSD and reduce violence. There are even sensational claims that it can be used to upload knowledge directly just like in the film The Matrix.


A predictable step would be to combine the “in” and “out” technologies for a two-way brain-computer interface. The potential for governments to make us more compliant, for employers to force us to work harder, or for companies to make us want more of their products underlines just how seriously we should take this technology.




Facebook’s prototype brainwave-reading device. Facebook



If mind-reading devices become the normal way to interact with computers, we may end up with little choice but to use them in order to keep up with more productive colleagues. (Imagine someone today applying for an office job but refusing to use email.) And if Neuralink-style implants become the norm, this could also lead to greater inequality determined by what level of kit you could afford to have installed.


Elon Musk has stated that the enormous loan required to afford Neuralink surgery would be offset by potential earnings for the “enhanced”. The idea of people feeling pressured to take on huge debts to have surgery just to keep their job comes straight from a sci-fi dystopia.




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On top of all this is the more direct physical threat of having systems physically intruding on our brains. While some people may want to modify their brain with a computer interface (there are already plenty of experimental biohackers), to roll this out on a large scale would require massive and thorough testing.


Given Silicon Valley’s reputation (and penchant) for breaking things rather than stopping to think them through, these systems will need close regulation and ethical review even before testing begins. Otherwise it risks creating mutilated human guinea pigs.


For all this, there could be huge advantages to continuing research in this area, particularly for those suffering from paralysis or sensory impairment. But Silicon Valley should not be able to dictate the way these technologies are developed and deployed. If they do, it may radically reshape the way we identify as human.The Conversation



Garfield Benjamin, Postdoctoral Researcher, School of Media Arts and Technology, Solent University


This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.


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By Jamie Williams


The California Supreme Court just rejected the government’s attempt to require a youth probationer, as a condition of release, to submit to random searches of his electronic devices and social media accounts. The trial court had imposed the condition because the judge believed teenagers “typically will brag” about drug use on the Internet—even though there was no evidence that the minor in this case, Ricardo P., had ever used any electronic devices in connection with any drugs or illegal activity, let alone ever previously bragged about drug use online.


EFF and the ACLU filed an amicus brief in the case back in 2016, warning that the search condition imposed here was highly invasive, unconstitutional, and in violation of the California Supreme Court’s own standard for probation conditions—which requires that search conditions be “reasonably related to future criminality.” We also warned of the far-reaching privacy implications of allowing courts to impose such broad electronic search conditions. We’re pleased that the California Supreme Court heeded our warnings and recognized the substantial burden this “sweeping probation condition” imposed on Ricardo’s privacy.


         



      

The court recognized that the probation condition would give Ricardo’s probation officers “full access, day or night, not only to his social media accounts but also to the contents of his e-mails, text messages, and search histories, all photographs and videos stored on his devices, as well as any other data accessible using electronic devices, which could include anything from banking information to private health or financial information to dating profiles.” And by allowing remote access to Ricardo’s online accounts, the condition would potentially allow his probation officers to monitor his communications in real time. According to the court:


If we were to find this record sufficient to sustain the probation condition at issue, it is difficult to conceive of any case in which a comparable condition could not be imposed, especially given the constant and pervasive use of electronic devices and social media by juveniles today.


The court noted, for example, that if it were to hold—as the California Attorney General argued—that any search condition facilitating supervision of probationers was “reasonably related to future criminality,” it might be obligated to uphold “a condition mandating that probationers wear 24-hour body cameras or permit a probation officer to accompany them at all times.”






This is a critical ruling. The search condition imposed in this case was not unique, but one that many juvenile probationers have been subject to in California in recent years, under the same unsupported reasoning that the trial judge offered here. The California Supreme Court’s decision not only resolves a split in the lower courts regarding the legality of such probation conditions, but it sends a clear message: probation conditions that have “a very heavy burden on privacy with a very limited justification” are not entitled to deference.


We applaud the California Supreme Court for recognizing the serious privacy invasion imposed by the search condition issued in this case and for striking down the condition as invalid.



Jamie Williams is a staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, where she is part of EFF’s civil liberties team. Jamie focuses on the First and Fourth Amendment implications of new technologies, and is part of EFF’s Coder’s Rights Project, which protects programmers and developers engaged in cutting-edge exploration of technology. Jamie joined EFF in 2014. Prior to joining EFF, Jamie clerked for Judge Saundra Brown Armstrong in the Northern District of California, and practiced at Paul Hastings LLP, as an associate in the firms’ litigation department. Jamie was also a law clerk at the Alameda County Public Defender. Jamie has a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) and a B.A. in journalism from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.




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This article was sourced from EFF.org


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By Emma Fiala


An attorney who had visited Manhattan’s Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) said Jeffrey Epstein spent at least two hours alone in a private room with a young woman the day after he was reportedly taken off of suicide watch. The private room is reserved for inmates and their attorneys.


According to Forbes, the attorney, who neglected to give his name in fear of angering prison administration, visited MCC on July 30, only one day after Epstein was removed from suicide watch. Of Epstein’s visitor, the attorney was quoted saying:


The optics were startling. Because she was young. And pretty.


While NBC has reported that Epstein would literally pay his lawyers to just sit with him in one of two private rooms for as many as eight hours a day in an attempt to avoid his cell, the anonymous attorney contends that it was not Epstein’s lawyer, Reid Weingarten—or any other named attorneys—who visited the convicted pedophile that day.


         



      

The attorney also said the young woman was in the private room with Epstein for at least two hours during his visit to MCC, adding that the room is locked when an inmate goes inside and unlocked only when the inmate leaves. Handcuffs are removed from the inmate while in the private room and then put back on upon leaving.


Epstein’s visitor was dressed in “Sunday brunch attire” according to the attorney, and she visited the billionaire empty handed—with no visible legal files in her possession.


“If I was him, I would have hired… an old bald guy,” the attorney said.


It turns out, Epstein’s frequent meetings held in one of two private room for the Special Housing Unit was an annoyance to attorneys in need of visiting with their own clients. Waiting times for the room stretched up to two hours from the usual 15 minutes during Epstein’s stay. According to Forbes, “Epstein was monopolizing a scarce resource.”




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“They wouldn’t move anybody until he got where he was going, which is what they used to do with El Chapo, too,” the attorney said.


“You meet with your lawyers as needed,” the anonymous attorney added, and, according to his explanation of how life at MCC works, the private interview rooms aren’t typically monopolized by any one inmate as they were by Epstein.


While Epstein’s time at MCC was short, it appears he was already receiving preferential treatment akin to his previous plea deal in 2008. And the anonymous attorney seems to agree:


It sounded to me like a replay of the Florida thing where he got to go to the office … and sit around rather than sit in the cell.




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As for the young female visitor? No one has come forward with knowledge of her identity or what she was doing in that small private room with Epstein, but the anonymous lawyer shared his best guess:


I think she was there just to babysit him, and keep him out of his cell, and just keep him company for eight hours a day. Which is not supposed to be the way it works.


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By Caitlin Johnstone


The ridiculous corporate media freakout over Senator Bernie Sanders’ entirely legitimate accusations of pro-establishment bias continues today, with shrill, absurd new headlines like “Sanders campaign continues attacks on journalists” and “Bernie Sanders isn’t sorry” featuring hysterical MSM drama queens rending their garments over the suggestion that plutocrat-owned media outlets could be favorable to the plutocrat-owned establishment.


In response to this cartoonish display of billionaire-sponsored performance art, The Hill‘s Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjati aired a segment on their online show Rising which is as damning an exposé on the dynamics of mass media empire propaganda as we are ever likely to witness. With startling frankness and honesty, the pair disclose their experience with the way anyone who is critical of the establishment consensus is excluded from mainstream media platforms, as well as the way access journalism, financial incentives, prestige incentives and peer pressure are used to herd mainstream reporters into toeing the establishment line once they’re in.


         



      

I strongly urge you to watch the eight-minute segment for yourself, but I’ll be transcribing parts of it as well for those who prefer reading, as well as for posterity, because it really is that historically significant. I will surely be referring back to this segment in my arguments about plutocratic media bias for years to come, because it confirms and validates everything that analysts like Noam Chomsky have been saying about mass media propaganda like nothing else I’ve ever seen. Status quo propaganda is the underlying root of all our problems, and Ball and Enjati have gifted us with an invaluable tool for understanding and attacking it.



After laying out the evidence from some recent examples of bias against Sanders in the mainstream media, former MSNBC reporter Krystal Ball (yes, her real name) asked rhetorically, “Now the question is why?”


“Look, obviously I’ve worked in this industry for a minute at this point and journalists aren’t bad people, in fact, they’re some of my closest friends and favorite people,” Ball said. “But they are people, they’re human beings who respond to their own self-interest, incentives and group think. So it’s not like there’s typically some edict coming down from the top saying ‘Be mean to Bernie’, but there are tremendous blind spots. I would argue the most egregious have to do with class. And there are certain pressures too — to stay in good with the establishment [and] to maintain the access that is the life blood of political journalism. So what do I mean? Let me give an example from my own career since everything I’m saying here really frankly applies to me too.”


“Back in early 2015 at MSNBC I did a monologue that some of you may have seen pretty much begging Hillary Clinton not to run,” Ball continued. “I said her elite ties were out of step with the party and the country, that if she ran she would likely be the nominee and would then go on to lose. No one censored me, I was allowed to say it, but afterwards the Clinton people called and complained to the MSNBC top brass and threatened not to provide any access during the upcoming campaign. I was told that I could still say what I wanted, but I would have to get any Clinton-related commentary cleared with the president of the network. Now being a human interested in maintaining my job, I’m certain I did less critical Clinton commentary after that than I maybe otherwise would have.”


“Every journalist at every outlet knows what they can say and do freely and what’s going to be a little stickier,” Ball said. “No one is ever going to have their anti-Bernie pieces called in to question since he stands outside the system. Their invites to the DC establishment world are not going to be revoked, and may even be heightened by negative Bernie coverage.”


“Back in the run up to 2016 I wanted to cover the negotiations on TPP more,” Ball disclosed a bit later. “I was told though, in no uncertain terms that no one cared about trade and it didn’t rate. To be clear, this was not based on data but on gut feeling and gut feeling that had to influenced by one’s personal experience mixing and mingling with upscale denizens of Manhattan. I didn’t really push it; maybe they were right. Of course TPP and trade turned out to be one of the most central issues in the entire 2016 election. It turns out that people did, in fact, care. Now this class bias translates into bad coverage of candidates with working class appeal, and it translates to under-coverage of issues that are vitally important to the working class.”




Ball’s co-host Saagar Enjati went on to describe his own similar experiences as a White House correspondent.


“This is something that a lot of people don’t understand,” Enjati said. “It’s not necessarily that somebody tells you how to do your coverage, it’s that if you were to do your coverage that way, you would not be hired at that institution. So it’s like if you do not already fit within this framework, then the system is designed to not give you a voice. And if you necessarily did do that, all of the incentive structures around your pay, around your promotion, around your colleagues that are slapping you on the back, that would all disappear. So it’s a system of reinforcement, which makes it so that you wouldn’t go down that path in the first place.”


“I’ve definitely noticed this in the White House press corps, which is a massive bias to ask questions that make everybody else in the room happy, AKA Mueller questions,” Enjati continued. “Guess what the American people don’t care about? Mueller. So when you ask a question–I’ve had this happen to me all the time. I would ask a question about North Korea, like, you know, war and nuclear weapons that affect billions. Or I would ask about the Supreme Court, the number one issue why Trump voters voted for President Trump, and I would get accused of toadying to the administration or not asking what Jim Acosta or whomever wanted me to ask. It’s like, you know, everybody plays to their peers, they don’t actually play to the people they’re supposed to cover, and that’s part of the problem.”


“Right, and again, it’s not necessarily intentional,” Ball added. “It’s that those are the people that you’re surrounded with, so there becomes a group-think. And look, you are aware of what you’re going to be rewarded for and what you’re going to be punished for, or not rewarded for, like that definitely plays in the mind, whether you want it to or not, that’s a reality.”




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“Every time I took that message to ask Trump a question, I knew that my Twitter messages were going to blow up from MSNBC or Ken Dilanian or whomever for ‘toadying’ up to the administration, and it takes a lot to be able to withstand that,” Enjeti concluded.


As we just discussed the other day, Ken Dilanian is literally a known CIA asset. This is not a conspiracy theory, it’s a well-documented and historically undeniable fact, as shown in this Intercept article titled “The CIA’s Mop-Up Man”. The testimony that Dilanian’s establishment sycophancy affects not just his own reporting but those of other reporters as well via strategically placed peer pressure is highly significant.


For obvious reasons these insider confessions are as rare as hen’s teeth, so we must absorb them, circulate them, and never forget them. I’m still floored and fall-to-my-knees grateful to Ball and Enjati for putting this information out there for the sake of the common good. Our task is now to use the information they provided to help wake people up from the narrative control matrix.



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By Aaron Kesel


In another Facebook scandal of the year, the company has been accused of paying hundreds of outside contractors to transcribe clips of audio from users of its services, Yahoo News reported.


The work has rattled the contract employees, who are not told where the audio was recorded or how it was obtained — only to transcribe it, said the people, who requested anonymity for fear of losing their jobs. They’re hearing Facebook users’ conversations, sometimes with vulgar content, but do not know why Facebook needs them transcribed, the people said.


The revelation comes from the Irish Data Protection Commission in Europe, which said it will be examining the activity for possible violations of the EU’s strict privacy rules. Yahoo further reports that at least one contracting company known as TaskUs Inc. had employees tasked with transcribing audio and they were forbidden from saying who the company was, calling them by code name “PRISM.”


         



      

Facebook confirmed that it had been transcribing users’ audio and said it will no longer do so, following scrutiny into other companies. “Much like Apple and Google, we paused human review of audio more than a week ago,” the company said Tuesday. The company said the users who were affected chose the option in Facebook’s Messenger app to have their voice chats transcribed.


Facebook has long denied the allegations that it records conversations despite having access to your phone’s microphone — as giving permission to access your microphone is a requirement to be able to download the site’s mobile app – thus giving the company the ability to access your phone’s mic at any time.


The app itself can listen to audio and collect audio information from users – while the two aren’t combined, and that no audio data is stored or correlated with advertising according to Facebook, after all these other lies one has to wonder.


Facebook admits it has a public feature that started in 2014 which will try to recognize any audio in the background, like music or TV— however, it’s only while you’re entering a status update, and only if you’ve opted in. So don’t worry they have required consent for everything else!


Forbes has also reported on the potential that Facebook was using its users’ audio information to target them with ads.


This is not the first time Facebook was accused of listening to conversations using smartphone microphones. Reddit user NewHoustonian started a discussion last year about whether the Facebook app was listening to conversations for advertising purposes. NewHoustonian started off the discussion with a post — which has since been removed — about how he suspects the Facebook app was listening to him because he started seeing pest control ads after talking to his girlfriend about killing a cockroach. That Reddit thread now has over 1,700 comments in regards to Facebook listening to conversations and several of those comments refer to similar experiences.


Mass communication professor at the University of South Florida, Kelli Burns, believes that Facebook is using the audio it gathers not simply to help out users, but might be doing so to listen into discussions and serve them with relevant advertising. Burns tested an experiment talking about cat food with her phone out, then loading Facebook — to her surprise she saw cat food ads, The Independent reported.


Last year, Vice reported another bizarre story about Facebook using its microphone to listen in on users. The author wrote they were talking about Japan with a friend, then subsequently received ads for flights to Tokyo.







A couple years ago, something strange happened. A friend and I were sitting at a bar, iPhones in pockets, discussing our recent trips in Japan and how we’d like to go back. The very next day, we both received pop-up ads on Facebook about cheap return flights to Tokyo. It seemed like just a spooky coincidence, but then everyone seems to have a story about their smartphone listening to them.



For a long list of past and recent Facebook scandals see this authors deep dive article entitled: “Deep Dive: FTC Negotiating Multi-Billion Dollar Fine For Facebook’s Privacy Scandals; Violating 2011 Accord.” However, the settlement of the FTC multi-billion dollar fine has already been finalized.


It turns out that arrested WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was right: Facebook is “the most appalling spy machine that has ever been invented.” Or, as a CBS report written in 2011 stated, “Social Media Is a Tool of the CIA. Seriously.”


Speaking of PRISM as a code name for operations, the same name was used to describe one of the NSA’s tools according to whistleblower Edward Snowden. Snowden recently vowed to expose surveillance of social media sites like Facebook, Instagram and YouTube, as Activist Post reported.


Big tech companies including Amazon and Apple have recently come under heavy scrutiny for collecting audio from consumer computing devices and subjecting those clips to human review, a practice that critics say invades privacy. Further, Activist Post even reported that the practice allowed Apple employees to hear your most intimate moments.




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Facebook did the same thing and lied about spying on users; now the company has been fined $5 billion dollars by the FTC in a settlement for selling its user data. But that settlement is anything but adequate, failing to sufficiently protect user privacy as the EFF expressed.


It seems like Internet users for some reason forget about these massive scandals and just continue using Facebook. I would say it’s high time to “#DeleteFacebook” and join a number of growing alternative social media networks like SoMee.Social, Gab.ai, Minds.com, Steemit.com, where it’s even possible for you the reader and content producer to get paid for your comments and contributions to the platforms thanks to cryptocurrency.


Even a pre-existing option, Twitter, is better than Facebook. Jack Dorsey’s platform may have over-hypersensitive admins, but at least there hasn’t been as many privacy violations as Facebook. Although there have been some, it’s not nearly as much. On the bright side, Dorsey doesn’t seem to have a patent to spy on your current location, to keep track of your location data and predict where you are going next — Facebook does.


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By Catherine J. Frompovich


Zach Vorhies, Senior Engineer at Google, has come forward as the ultimate whistleblower by going public  issuing a “dead man’s switch” in order to protect his life in the event Google wanted to “get even” for his having surrendered hundreds of ‘intimate’ Google documents to DOJ Attorney General William Barr for investigation.


Google has been going ‘rogue’ since at least 2016, something many of those who are considered “conspiracy theorists” have been dealing with due to horrific algorithms that infiltrate computer search engines to demonetize and destroy those activists who do not buy into the Google agenda for re-socializing United States citizens and ‘revamping’ our voting system to never allow another person like Donald Trump to get elected as president!


Zach sat down with Project Veritas’ James O’Keefe to explain what he’s been experiencing, plus going public with what Google has been planning and implementing on its platform.


         



      

The video below is extremely upsetting insofar as we, the “useless eaters,” finally learn how Google has gone off the rails implementing “political bias” as the ultimate censor and gatekeeper for all those on Google’s “black list,” which includes anyone who is not extremely liberal and aspires to the socialist philosophy.


McCarthyism by another name?


Google Whistleblower Goes Public; Gives Documents To AG William Barr
19:34 minutes


https://youtu.be/g1VeElBAeas?t=65


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


Microwave Sickness is not new or uncommon. When it becomes disabling, it is referred to as Electromagnetic Sensitivity.  It is caused by exposure to sources of Electromagnetic Radiation which is sometimes referred to as “Electrosmog.” Exposure is cumulative and no one is immune, though some tolerate it better than others.


The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and other health experts warn that kids are more vulnerable than adults to symptoms and illnesses caused by exposure to WiFi and other sources of wireless radiation.  In fact, no safe level of exposure has even been determined for children or pregnant women.  This is why many health experts, parents and teachers in the U.S. and around the world have been trying to get schools to replace WiFi with wired internet (see 1, 2).  Here is one child’s testimony about how WiFi at her school affected her: 


         



      


Unfortunately, Microwave Sickness is often misdiagnosed.  Replacing WiFi in schools with wired internet protects all children from unnecessary exposure to harmful radiation which could make them sick and/or disabled.  That’s not unreasonable, right?





Activist Post reports regularly about biological and environmental risks from all sources of Electrosmog.  For more information, visit our archives and the following websites:



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By Jason Bermas


More details have emerged from the autopsy where it raises new questions about the possibility of Epstein having been murdered.


Patrick Henningsen from 21st Century Wire joins Jason to break down the very latest in whether or not we can ever expect justice amid the whirlwind of confusion surrounding this case.



         



      

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By B.N. Frank


Never mind that WiFi exposure reduces impulse control, which can increase potential for violence.


Most are familiar with the saying – “Guns don’t kill people.  People kill people.”  Because of increased gun violence, many American law enforcement agencies have been asking that communities invest in expensive WiFi operating technology to be installed for deterring crime.  Unfortunately, exposure to all sources of wireless WiFi radiation is biologically harmful and children are more vulnerable to it than adults.  Adding insult to injury – literally – research has determined that exposure can:




Disrupt the blood brain barrier, cause it to leak, and kill brain cells.

Reduce impulse control which can increase the potential for homicide and violence.

No kidding:  “Actual or potential effects of radiation enhancing violence and potential homicide.”


         



      

Regardless, wireless radiation emitting surveillance technology is being touted as a must-have to curb gun use and other crime.  In Canton, Ohio, the police department hasn’t been satisfied with their current gun-shot detection technology so they are now asking that Wi-Fiber technology be installed to cover more area AND increase their surveillance capabilities.


From the Canton Rep:



The city soon will have a new gunshot detection system that covers more of Canton for less than the cost of ShotSpotter.


Canton Police Department and Wi-Fiber officials on Monday presented the new system to Canton City Council, which authorized the mayor or safety director to enter contracts and implement the system. The technology operates on its own wireless network and involves units with audio and video technology. Some also will have license plate readers.


“We feel that this will allow us to expand our shot detection and also add in other type of sound detection,” Police Chief Jack Angelo said.


[…]






Unlike ShotSpotter, the city will own the Wi-Fiber devices and could more easily move them. Angelo said the largest unit is a technology-outfitted street lamp but other audio and video devices would be smaller and less noticeable.


City officials asked that locations for the devices not be shared.


[…]


While ShotSpotter has provided reliable information to help police analyze data and improve community relations, the shell casings located after an alert have not proved as effective as expected. Gabbard and Angelo said video and license plate readers would better identify the perpetrators of gun crimes.


[…]




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Gabbard said the technology would be used by the department’s real-time crime center, which is not yet staffed 24/7, as is the goal. The department’s crime analyst and investigators would be trained on the system, which could be connected to the department’s existing cameras.


“It’ll be a tool for everybody,” Gabbard said.



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Wireless Information Network
Americans for Responsible Technology
Center For Safer Wireless
Center For Electrosmog Prevention
Clear Light Ventures
ElectromagneticHealth
Environmental Health Trust
Generation Zapped
Parents for Safe Technology
Physicians for Safe Technology
SaferEMR
Scientists for Wired Tech
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This is a critical update from one of the best financial commentators I know, a good friend of ours, Mr. Tom Beck, who runs PortfolioWealthGlobal.com and we’re excited to share this one with you!


STACK OUNCES – All Yield Pairings Are Now Inverted


Oh, they’re tapping it down with everything they got, but gold and silver look incredibly strong here. I haven’t seen them this healthy in many years. The establishment and the banks are out of their league at this point – they’d better conserve their energy.


Silver is officially entering a bull market, holding above $17.21/ounce and the model portfolio is performing extremely well.


         



      

I want this bull market to change your destiny for good and put us all on another level, a higher one, financially.


Gold is up over 18% this year and up over 25% since I called the bottom on it in September 2018. The S&P 500 has been flat since September and is up only 10% in 2019.


One question that I get asked a lot is how governments can return to a gold standard, and my reply is that that’s THE LAST THING I want to see. In a gold standard, the price of gold is fixed, whereas now we get to capitalize on the stupidity and corruption of politicians.


On top of that, what good is a gold standard unless you have the right laws in place to enforce it? Richard Nixon should have been imprisoned for what he did, decoupling currencies from gold.


The best way to own gold is by having it under your name, not by storing it in the government’s vaults, where no one audits it for decades.


OWN GOLD!


This is especially true now that the most important pair of yield durations has inverted, a phenomenon that has indicated ALL previous recessions, without any false signals. Take a look:



Courtesy: Zerohedge.com



As you can see, the yield stays inverted for a few months and up to a year before it steepens, at which point the recession hits.




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In other words, we have time, but the clock is counting backwards from here on.


Trump has delayed the September tariffs, and I have a pretty good idea why, but the damage is done. Investors are not buying the dip. In fact, stocks are WAY DOWN. The next phase is the September rate decision for the FED, along with the Treasury massive bond issuance.


After that, there’s nothing holding up the dollar. The demand for it is set to begin cooling down. Look, the fact of the matter is that both gold and silver are able to perform as well as they are, even with the dollar shortage we’re seeing, globally. It’s remarkable.



Courtesy: speculatorsanonymous.com



When swap premiums are negative, as they are now, the dollar is really strong. You can see that throughout the 2000s, the spread was positive, which, naturally, caused gold to go much higher. This strength, the one we’re seeing now, is coming at a time when the dollar rules the world. I think this is as strong as I’ve ever seen gold.


In the 2000s, the dollar was in a bear mode. In 2019, it is as strong as it’s been in 20 years, and STILL gold is above $1,500/ounce.




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The Trump tariffs delay move is a clear signal, a gesture of open-mindedness. Trump knows that China is bleeding. In negotiations, there’s no need for the other guy to have a heart attack before he signs the dotted line. In fact, President Xi is probably respecting Trump more after this tactic.


U.S. growth is now officially slowing and I expect the dollar to weaken, to show genuine cracks. Silver is going to catch fire here and it will clinch the $18.00/ounce level in a matter of weeks.


The smart money is now bearish:



Courtesy: Zerohedge.com



The best way to invest in silver is by going LONG mining stocks. Silver attracts speculative money – lots of it – into the mining world. You’re going to keep experiencing MASSIVE GAINS!


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By Mayukh Saha


Good news for cannabis users all over Cincinnati. According to recent news, councilman Christopher Smitherman has mentioned that his office-staff have been informed to immediately dismiss any charges for the drug, if below 100 gms.


Smitherman believes that this law will greatly help those who have been impeded from acquiring a job due to this charge against them. He has further mentioned that he will make sure that a charter is in place which would require the city authorities to be more benevolent towards the nature of the ‘crime’.


         



      

Solicitor for the City Paula B. Muething and Manager Patrick Duhaney are the ones who notified the department of the Mayor about these proceedings. It is believed that this came after the legislation, commonly known as the Smitherman/Pastor legislation, on the drug.


The ordinance was introduced in May and came into effect in July.


The records highlighted that most of the individuals convicted for possession of cannabis were of an African-American origin. Smitherman concluded his statement by thanking every legislator who took the step to decriminalize cannabis, below a certain quantity.


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While medical marijuana has been legalized in Ohio, recreational usage is illegal. Drug Enforcement Agency puts marijuana in Schedule I drugs with the likes of ecstasy, LSD, and heroin. 26 states in the USA have already legalized recreational pot, Illinois being the latest addition to the state’s list.


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By Jon Rappoport


This is a big one. It’s so big, in fact, that many people will want to turn their backs on it and pretend it doesn’t and couldn’t exist. But it’s real. It does exist.


No killing of innocent people can be called a “negligible statistic.” But what label do you apply when an entire government stands by and does nothing, while millions of people die?


A supposed lone shooter motivated by political ideology kills 20 people, and this is called a terrorist act. But what category do you apply when a government enables a monopoly that destroys millions of lives?


Don’t bother seeking answers from the mainstream press. They play dumb. They pretend to be clueless. They avoid these millions of deaths, as if they’re not worthy of news coverage.


         



      

Doesn’t that sound strange? The press, which constantly sniffs the air for stories that will rouse public interest, ignores a force that is routinely killing millions of people. Why? Because that very force pays huge sums of money to the press.


So let’s start here, with one of the most shocking mainstream reviews ever published in a medical journal. The date is July 26, 2000. The journal is the Journal of the American Medical Association. The author is Dr. Barbara Starfield, a respected and revered public health expert at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. Impeccable mainstream credentials up and down the line. Starfield’s review is titled, “Is US Health Really the Best in the World?” She concludes:


The US medical system kills 225,000 people a year. 106,000 deaths from FDA-approved medical drugs, and 119,000 deaths as a result of mistreatment and errors in hospitals.


Extrapolate those numbers out to a decade: that’s 2.25 MILLION deaths.


In an email interview I did with Dr. Starfield about a year before she died, I asked her whether the US government had undertaken any overall program to remedy this ongoing catastrophe, and whether anyone from the federal government had contacted her to consult on such a program. To both questions, she answered: NO.


Keep in mind that the US federal government, through agencies like the FDA, the CDC, and their parent agency, Health and Human Services, has extensive power over the US medical system. In fact, the FDA, through its routine manipulations and regulations, assures that the conventional mainstream medical system in America remains top dog; and competition from what has been called alternative or natural health is reduced as much as possible. It might interest you to know that, when a pharmaceutical company wants the FDA to review a new drug and certify it as safe and effective for public use, the pharmaceutical company pays a fee to the FDA. Dr. Starfield pointed this out to me. Therefore, in a real sense, the FDA works FOR drug companies.


I mention all this to make sure you understand that the federal government could, if it wanted to, undertake a sweeping investigation of the US medical system, from top to bottom, and face up to the ongoing of tragedy of millions of lives lost. The federal government could come down mightily on the medical system and do everything possible to eradicate this holocaust.






But the government doesn’t. It doesn’t do that. It stands by while millions die. Year after year after year.


I could cite other findings that back up Dr. Starfield’s published analysis, and I have, in other articles. Here, I’ll keep it simple. The government is entirely culpable.


Occasionally, I receive an email from a reader that goes this way: “I showed a friend your article and he said, what about all the lives the medical system saves? Why doesn’t Rappoport factor those in?”


To which I offer this. Suppose you created an invention—let’s call it X—which, for the sake of argument, we’ll assume saves many lives. But you also notice it kills many people—2.25 million people per decade. Would you simply stand back and assert that, on balance, you’re doing a fine job? Would you? Or would you do your very best to eliminate all those deaths, which are occurring as a result of your X? To put it another way, would you seek to be humane, or would you be a vast criminal?


As I started out, above, no killing of an innocent person is a negligible statistic, whether you call it an act of terrorism or something else. But what do you call it when the awesome power of an entire government is silent and passive, for decades, while the very monopoly it is enabling destroys millions of lives?




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Depraved indifference? Negligent homicide? Manslaughter?


I call it mass murder.



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By MassPrivateI


Imagine in the not-too-distant future your job, college ID, drivers license, passport, gun permit, health insurance etc., will depend on you passing a mandatory drug screening.


What is that you say? It could never happen in America.


It could happen sooner than you think if the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) has anything to say about it.


According to a recent Los Angeles Times article, the USPSTF wants doctors to screen everyone for drug use.


Questions about drug use should not only cover the possibility that a patient is taking illegal street drugs like cocaine or heroin, the task force said. They should also explore whether a patient might be sneaking pills from a family member’s pain medication or getting a boost from stimulants prescribed for a child with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.


         



      

“The USPSTF recommends screening for illicit drug use in adults age 18 years or older”, according to their draft report.


Big Brother really wants to know if you are using illegal street drugs or prescription drugs, and they have given doctors numerous drug screening tools to find out.


Primary care practices are asked to use the following drug screening tools:



The six-question BSTAD [Brief Screener for Tobacco, Alcohol, and Other Drugs]),

The eight-item ASSIST [Alcohol, Smoking and Substance Involvement Screening Test] risk assessment–based tool),

TAPS [Tobacco, Alcohol, Prescription Medication, and Other Substance Use]) may be useful when clinicians are concerned about prescription misuse.
NIDA’s. Screening and Assessment Tools Chart,
NIDA’s Screening for Drug Use in General Medical Settings: A Resource Guide for Providers

SAMHSA’s -Health Resources and Services Administration Center for Integrated Health Solutions. Substance Use Disorder and Pregnancy

Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. A Guide to Substance Abuse Services for Primary Care Clinicians 

SAMHSA’s Finding Quality Treatment for Substance Use Disorders


Some will say that this is merely a recommendation and that doctors would never screen everyone for drug use.


But it is already happening to welfare applicants in at least 15 states.


According to the National Conference of Legislatures, at least 15 states have passed legislation regarding drug testing or screening for public assistance applicants or recipients.


When is the last time you or someone you know went to the doctor’s for an unrelated pain or bruise. Did the doctor ask you or them about drug usage? Of course they did.






But if you will not take my word for it, then perhaps you will take Dr. Gary LeRoy’s word for it,


“We’ve been doing this for almost a decade in my office,” said Dr. LeRoy, a staff physician at the East Dayton Health Clinic in Dayton, Ohio, and president-elect of the American Academy of Family Physicians.


Dr. Carol Mangione, the chief of general internal medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA told Stat News, “This is a big change that we’re really excited about. Effective treatment is where we will finally begin to move the needle on the epidemic.”


The National Institute on Drug Abuse created a “resource guide” that doctors have been using for almost a decade to ask patients about drug use.


According to the USPSTF’s “Draft Recommendation Statement,” about 50% to 86% of pediatricians report that they routinely screen patients for substance use.”


Will all hospitals and doctors adopt the USPSTF’s recommendations?


The New York Times warns “the group’s guidelines are not binding on doctors but they carry weight.”




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The Los Angeles Times warns, “the task force is a group of experts who advise the federal government on disease prevention.”


And that is the key takeaway from this story. The USPSTF might claim to be an “independent, volunteer panel of national experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine. But each year, they send a graded recommendation to Congress, like this one, about mandatory drug screening.


As I mentioned earlier, most hospitals and doctors already ask their patients about their drug use. So it is really only a matter of time before the USPSTF convinces Congress to make it mandatory.



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


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