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Despite sensational headlines and opportunistic politicking regarding the threat automation poses to socioeconomic stability, with a fully informed, properly educated population, more opportunities than threats lie ahead of us in the near future.


Automation has since the Industrial Revolution replaced human jobs with machines. As technology advances and automation evolves, the socioeconomic landscape of human civilization has evolved with it.


For instance, the initial Industrial Revolution disrupted centuries of multidisciplinary crafts and trades where a cottage industry consisting of individuals or small groups of people carried out the entire process of production.  As technology merges information with the physical world, processes like 3D design, personal manufacturing, business administration, marketing, and even logistics are beginning to merge again.



So are fears that automation will displace human labor and disrupt socioeconomic stability warranted? Yes and no.


In China, according to MIT Technology Review’s article, “China Is Building a Robot Army of Model Workers,” millions of workers face potential unemployment as factories replace thousands of jobs at a time as automation advances and robotics improve.


The article notes that:


Millions of low-skilled migrant workers found employment in gigantic factories, producing an unimaginable range of products, from socks to servers.








And herein lies the problem: a poorly educated, low-skilled workforce. For low-skilled workers, robots are indisputably a threat. Once they lose their job, finding employment elsewhere becomes a necessity. As these workers continue to move away from companies replacing human labor with automation, competition for remaining jobs suitable for low-skilled workers increases.

To solve this problem, social, economic, and political elites have attempted to float the idea of a “universal basic income.” The Guardian in its article, “Universal basic income trials being considered in Scotland,” would report:


The concept of a universal basic income revolves around the idea of offering every individual, regardless of existing welfare benefits or earned income, a non-conditional flat-rate payment, with any income earned above that taxed progressively. The intention is to provide a basic economic platform on which people can build their lives, whether they choose to earn, learn, care or set up a business.


However utopian or empathetic such a concept may seem, it essentially seeks to place millions, if not billions of people under the control of highly centralized special interests, many of which will simultaneously monopolize all means of production. Such a scenario invites immense abuse with a population so hopelessly dependent on these centralized special interests, should abuse take place, little or nothing could keep it in check.


A Look at an Alternative Future


However, real solutions to expanding automation and the jobs it threatens do exist, offering an alternative future.


In addition to expanding automation and advancing robotics, another trend should be noted. As advanced manufacturing improves, the cost of automation decreases while utilizing it becomes more accessible. For a properly informed and educated population, automation then offers an opportunity to take highly centralized industries providing a handful of investors immense profits, and decentralize both the industries themselves and the profits made within them.


Instead of the auto industry replacing all jobs with automation and providing unemployed, poorly educated workers with a universal basic income they will be hopelessly dependent for their lives and their children’s lives, properly educated workforces facing unemployment can simply utilize automation themselves to compete with and take a market share from auto monopolies.


Such a scenario was described in a special report published by USA Today titled, “Automation puts jobs in peril.”


It tells the tale of small companies and even individuals leveraging advanced automation technology to create their own businesses, sidestepping both inevitable unemployment working at larger firms and the servile dependence they would face sustaining themselves on a subsidized universal basic income. However, in order to do this, individuals must acquire the skills necessary to successfully adopt and apply automation.


The report states:



Maxi Cifarelli, 25, of Baltimore, peers through safety goggles at a flat screen, her left knee bent and heel resting on her chair.


Two years after earning a fine arts degree from Towson University with a specialty in interdisciplinary object design, she now spends her work days working with a personality-free machine with a name to match: a computer numerical control, or CNC, router.


With automation poised to sweep through the economy, some fear that it will kill more jobs than it creates.


But Cifarelli’s experience is the opposite. She befriended automation, instead of fighting it, and she has a job because of it.



The report highlights industries under threat by robotics and artificial intelligence. Restaurant workers, journalists, bookkeepers, shelf-stockers all face unemployment. However, the means of automating these jobs could just as easily be adopted by individuals or small, local companies to make their own automated restaurants, news platforms, accounting firms, or logistical services.


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Instead of a population of laborers toiling under centralized special interests, there lies the possibility of a population of entrepreneurs maintaining a highly decentralized mesh of small businesses leveraging automation, information technology, and other innovations.


But the same special interests floating the concept of a universal basic income are attempting to head this possibility off at the pass as well.


Quartz in an article titled, “The robot that takes your job should pay taxes, says Bill Gates,” would report that:


Robots are taking human jobs. But Bill Gates believes that governments should tax companies’ use of them, as a way to at least temporarily slow the spread of automation and to fund other types of employment.


The article would also note that the money earned from the taxes would go to retraining unemployed laborers for other jobs, and “jobs” that likely exclude the utilization of automation for entrepreneurial enterprises. And, like all other taxes, immense corporations heavily dependent on automation will inevitably find ways of influencing legislation and regulations to escape paying their fair share, meaning that those small and medium enterprises will be hit hardest. The consequence of this is an even faster acceleration toward highly centralized industry and a population dangerously dependent on subsidized incomes.


Shifting Our Thinking


Avoiding this dystopian future requires a paradigm shift in current thinking. The employee-employer paradigm is dissolving before our eyes, and what ends up taking its place is entirely up to us.


Makerspaces, hackerspaces, design studios and small companies leveraging automation that provide internships all offer a starting point for establishing a wider effort to prepare the population to be liberated by decentralized automation rather than shackled by centralized automation and universal basic incomes.


Seeing through utopian talking points, and grasping the true implications of concepts like universal basic income and taxing robots is important in developing policy and paradigms that serve the majority’s best interests rather than the small handful of special interests attempting to move their own agenda forward.


Ultimately, self-interest will drive unfolding events. If special interests are able to efficiently implement the centralization of automation, prevent competition through robotic taxes targeting small and medium businesses, and create a population dependent on these interests through subsidized income schemes, it is likely a dystopia will emerge.


Should these schemes be exposed, their implementation delayed, hampered, or otherwise disrupted, self-interest across populations seeking socioeconomic security may begin shifting away from employee-employer paradigms and toward a future of decentralized, balanced entrepreneurship.


You can read more from Brian Berletic at the site Wishful Thinking, where this article first appeared.


   
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“Why is it so hard for mainstream media, independent journalists, and government officials on both sides of the aisle to grasp the dangers of micro small toxins? If they believe that the unseen greenhouse gas particulates and molecules can superheat the world and change climate, why is it so hard to believe that traces of mercury and aluminum in vaccines have harmed so many once promising, healthy children for the past two decades?” [1, Pg. 259]


That’s James Ottar Grundvig, the author of Master Manipulator, The Explosive True Story of Fraud, Embezzlement, and Government Betrayal at the CDC, asking poignant questions after spending much time in Sweden, Atlanta, and places in between investigating yet another apparent fraudulent vaccine fiasco no one seemingly wants to resolve but everyone wants to slide under the carpet.


Why do I say no one seemingly wants to resolve?


The flagrantly blatant answer has to be that nothing has been done, to my knowledge, by either HHS/CDC or Congress, which has oversight, to rout out and prosecute the perpetrators of fraudulent scientific research, collusion and cover-ups that, apparently, constitute the ‘corporate’ culture within the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, plus put a stop to the dissemination of pseudoscience and fraudulently manipulated data by epidemiologists and ‘top brass’ within the CDC.



Here are some examples:



a. The infamous Simpsonwood Meeting wherein the acknowledged link between autism and vaccines in June 2000 was sent back to the rework drawing board to prove there was no link. Thomas Verstraeten brilliantly performed as he was tasked at Simpsonwood, and rewarded.


“Dr. Verstraeten was responsible for the preliminary analysis of the CDC’s Vaccine Safety Datalink to determine if a relationship existed between Thimerosal and autism. The “It” in Dr. Verstraeten’s subject line of “It just won’t go away” is the correlation between Thimerosal and autism. Dr. Verstraten also notes that “all the harm is done in the first month.” [2]


[Thimerosal is 49.6% ethylmercury!]


b. CDC/FDA’s unscientific culture of accepting Big Pharma’s pseudoscience and lies regarding vaccines as illustrated in two Merck & Company’s employees’ whistleblower lawsuit in Federal Court in Philadelphia alleging Merck fudged the efficacy of the Mumps active of the MMR vaccine for close to ten years. [3]


c. CDC epidemiologist William Thompson, PhD, came forward and revealed to the father of an autistic son that Thompson and other scientists at the CDC colluded to exclude imperative data regarding the MMR vaccine and autism implications in young black boys less than three years of age. The movie VAXXED, From Cover-up to Catastrophe documents Thompson in his own words telling how CDC employees colluded to destroy and trash specific documentation, plus exclude reporting it from the official CDC study they were producing about vaccines and autism. [4]



https://youtu.be/EdCU2DfMBpU?


d. The Poul Thorsen vaccine-autism-research fraudulent debacle whereby the CDC puts ‘all its eggs in one Danish study basket’ co-authored by Thorsen, who turned out to be not only highly questionable as a research scientist but a manipulator beyond anyone’s wildest imagination, even to the point of scamming the CDC out of a million or more research dollars. [1]



Grundvig’s 2016 book is an exquisite in-depth journalistic investigation into the infamous Poul Thorsen, MD, PhD, fraud and embezzlement perpetrated not only upon the CDC and U.S. taxpayers, who footed the bills for Thorsen’s fraudulent activities, but upon all infants and toddlers around the globe insofar as the Autism Spectrum Disorder and vaccines connection cover-up used in the manipulation of Danish data that the CDC cites as one of the key studies to disprove no vaccine-autism connection.


Thorsen is nothing short of a read cad, who has been on the lam from U.S. authorities and extradition—probably by deliberate design in order not to have Thorsen brought back to the USA and spill his guts in a court of law regarding his professional and sexual relationships with one of the CDC’s PhDs he apparently ‘used’ to ingratiate himself with the CDC. The ten-page U.S. indictment against Thorsen includes twenty-two counts of wire fraud and money laundering.


Diana Schendel, PhD, was reprimanded for her involvement, but eventually left the USA in 2013 to live in Denmark, where Thorsen fled earlier to escape the suddenly ‘short’ arm of U.S. law. It seems due to CDC’s alleged legal mistakes, the U.S. can’t touch Thorsen and so he’s doing ‘research’ at Odense University Hospital in the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department.


However Grundvig, through his research and resultant book, has this to say about Schendel:



When she went to the CDC to work under the direction of Coleen Boyle, who was the master of finding no linkages between industrial dioxin spraying of Agent Orange and the environment of the Vietnam War, Schendel was on the road to being indoctrinated in the CDC. [1, Pg. 249]


And that spurred her to study autism and vaccines separately, as if they existed on separate planets. But there was nothing more environmental than the mercury and aluminum in vaccines and the harm those metal compounds have done to the children the past quarter of a century.


Dr. Diana Schendel was either blind to it or submitted to toeing the line her two decades at the CDC. She slept with Poul Thorsen, so it had to be the latter. [1, Pg. 250]



Master Manipulator is a most intriguing book, especially since Grundvig was driven in his research by the fact he has an autistic son. Grundvig gets down and dirty digging up the low down on various characters in the saga of the CDC’s apparently long and unaccountable history of pseudoscience, collusion and pandering to vested interests in Big Pharma and vaccine manufacturers.


This is the Danish data study Thorsen and Schendel collaborated on with others that the CDC ‘hangs its hat on’ regarding no MMR vaccine—autism connection:


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N Engl J Med. 2002 Nov 7;347(19):1477-82.


A population-based study of measles, mumps, and rubella vaccination and autism.


Madsen KM1, Hviid A, Vestergaard M, Schendel D, Wohlfahrt J, Thorsen P, Olsen J, Melbye M.


Author information


1 Danish Epidemiology Science Center, Department of Epidemiology and Social Medicine, Arhus, Denmark. kmm@dadlnet.dk


Abstract


BACKGROUND:


It has been suggested that vaccination against measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) is a cause of autism.


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That study needs to be retracted, in my opinion, since the data was massaged to ‘fit specific advantageous needs’, or so it seems. Grundvig has this to say:


But beyond the major flaws, ethics violations, and foibles that made up Poul Thorsen’s character and his inability to teach students well or effectively or be competent enough for input on serious scientific studies, Kreesten Madsen’s thimerosal study was flawed beyond Thorsen’s credit for authorship and the missing 2001 data. [1, Pg. 135]


Grundvig goes on to elaborate further:


So either the CDC’s Coleen Boyle or Diana Schendel gave explicit direction to Madsen and Thorsen’s team to omit the 2001 data from the Danish Health Registries, which would have shown a leveling off or a decline in autism rates in Denmark. By 2003, the study’s data and analysis had become so bastardized it excluding other critical data.


The CDC and U.S. taxpayers paid for that fraudulent study! Shouldn’t it be retracted as journal publishers retracted the factually correct Dr Andrew Wakefield, et al. paper? Where’s Brian Deer’s exposé of the CDC’s Danish study?


The above story is but another in the long list of federal agency malfeasance at the CDC/FDA that no one in Washington, DC, is interested in prosecuting and correcting. Why?


March 30 and 31, 2017 are the National Call In Days of Support for Vaccine Safety and Reform. Please see my article about that here, and participate.


Parents, and all concerned citizens, must demand the CDC’s fraudulent vaccine swamp be emptied, cleaned out and all slimy critters prosecuted.


References:


[1]Master Manipulator
[2] http://www.putchildrenfirst.org/chapter2.html
[3]https://www.law360.com/articles/574389/antitrust-fca-claims-on-merck-mumps-vaccine-to-advance
[4] https://youtu.be/EdCU2DfMBpU?


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 healthcare researcher 35 years and counting.


Catherine’s latest book, published October 4, 2013, is Vaccination Voodoo, What YOU Don’t Know About Vaccines, available on Amazon.com.


Her 2012 book A Cancer Answer, Holistic BREAST Cancer Management, A Guide to Effective & Non-Toxic Treatments, is available on Amazon.com and as a Kindle eBook.


Two of Catherine’s more recent books on Amazon.com are Our Chemical Lives And The Hijacking Of Our DNA, A Probe Into What’s Probably Making Us Sick (2009) and Lord, How Can I Make It Through Grieving My Loss, An Inspirational Guide Through the Grieving Process (2008)


Catherine’s NEW book: Eat To Beat Disease, Foods Medicinal Qualities ©2016 Catherine J Frompovich is now available.


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A total of 501 juveniles have been reported missing in D.C. since the beginning of the year. This startling number has forced the hands of several officials who’ve written a letter to call on special help from the Justice Department in investigating the matter.


The letter, obtained by the Associated Press, asked FBI Director James Comey and Attorney General Jeff Sessions to “devote the resources necessary to determine whether these developments are an anomaly or whether they are indicative of an underlying trend that must be addressed.” It was signed by Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Cedric Richmond (D-La) and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, who represents D.C. in Congress.


“Ten children of color went missing in our nation’s capital in a period of two weeks and at first garnered very little media attention. That’s deeply disturbing,” Richmond’s letter said.



As the AP reports, the District of Columbia logged 501 cases of missing juveniles, many of them black or Latino, in the first three months of this year, according to the Metropolitan Police Department, the city’s police force. Twenty-two were unsolved as of March 22, police said.


The Twitter profile for the DC police department is quite literally riddled with images of missing young Black and Latino girls. In spite of the officials’ concern and the posts on Twitter, police are assuring the public that there is nothing out of the ordinary.






“We’ve just been posting them on social media more often,” said Metropolitan Police spokeswoman Rachel Reid.


“We can’t focus on the numbers,” said Derrica Wilson, co-founder of the Black and Missing Foundation. “If we have one missing child, that’s too many.”






Police then went on to dispel talk of these girls being kidnapped and sold into slavery by human traffickers.


“We have no indication to believe that young girls in the District are being preyed upon by human traffickers in large numbers,” said police commander Chanel Dickerson, leader of the Youth and Family Services division, according to NBC News 4.









Notice how Dickerson said “in large numbers” as a qualifier, meaning he didn’t rule out the fact that there are human traffickers in the area preying on young girls.

As the Free Thought Project pointed out on several occasions, some of these traffickers have already been caught in D.C. — and some of them have been cops.


Linwood Barnhill Jr., a veteran of the D.C. Police Department, was exposed by the Free Thought Project for running a child sex ring out of his house. In 2014, in an early morning search warrant issued for his Southeast D.C. apartment found a 15-year-old girl who had previously been reported missing by her parents.


When police rescued the girl she told officers that she had met six other girls inside the Southeast D.C. apartment who told her they were also being prostituted, including with ads posted on backpage.com. Barnhill also took naked photos of the girls, purportedly for use in advertisements for sex.


Marijuana, condoms and a large mirror were also seized from the apartment; law enforcement officials say that the seized mirror had the names of other females who were being trafficked written on it.


Around that same time, another cop in the area was also exposed and arrested for trafficking teens. Lamin Manneh, 32, of Baltimore, pleaded guilty to traveling across state lines and using a telephone and internet to operate a prostitution business using two teens he prostituted out over 300 times.


According to the AP, Wilson also said she is concerned about whether human trafficking is a factor, citing the case of 8-year-old Relisha Rudd, who has been missing since she vanished from a city homeless shelter in 2014. A janitor who worked at the shelter was found dead of apparent suicide during the search for the girl.


“They prey on the homeless, they prey on low-income children, they prey on the runaways, they prey online,” Wilson said.
“Whether these recent disappearances are an anomaly or signals of underlying trends, it is essential that the Department of Justice and the FBI use all of the tools at their disposal to help local officials investigate these events, and return these children to their parents as soon as possible,” Richmond said.


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According to the anti-Human Trafficking group, Polaris, located in D.C., the number of trafficked humans in the US is startling.



Since 2007, the National Human Trafficking Hotline, operated by Polaris, has received reports of 22,191 sex trafficking cases inside the United States.
In 2016, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children estimated that 1 in 6 endangered runaways reported to them were likely sex trafficking victims.
The International Labor Organization estimates that there are 4.5 million people trapped in forced sexual exploitation globally.
In a 2014 report, the Urban Institute estimated that the underground sex economy ranged from $39.9 million in Denver, Colorado, to $290 million in Atlanta, Georgia.

Sadly, the US government appears to spend far more time looking for an illegal plant or for Tom Brady’s jersey, than they do on missing children.


Matt Agorist is the co-founder of TheFreeThoughtProject.com, where this article first appeared. He is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. Follow @MattAgorist. and now on Steemit



   
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In a recent ruling, a Kentucky man has prevailed in a lawsuit he faced over shooting down a drone that entered his property. While the question of where a drone can operate on private property remains to be answered, the ruling appears to be a victory for property owners.


William Meredith became known as the “drone slayer” in 2015, after he used a shotgun to dismantle a drone operated by David Boggs, that he says was flying over his property in front of himself and his daughter. Meredith initially faced felony charges of endangerment and criminal mischief for shooting down the drone. The criminal charges were dismissed by Judge Rebecca Ward in Bullitt County District Court, citing recollections from witnesses who said that the drone was flying under the tree line. Ward also said that Meredith was within his rights to shoot down the drone.



Boggs went on to sue Meredith in federal court for $1,500 in compensation for his drone and to seek a declaratory judgment to define the drone as an aircraft under federal law, flying in “navigable airspace” in an effort to clarify airspace limitations — a legal issue that is currently quite hazy. Drones have exploded in popularity, especially among hobbyists, yet legal guidelines regarding airspace boundaries are still in infancy. The closest case to serve as a precedent is a 1946 lawsuit, United States v. Causby, in which a farmer sued over military aircraft continually flying over his property and causing his chickens to cease laying eggs. In that case, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the plaintiff, whom the court found “owns at least as much of the space above the ground as he can occupy or use in connection with the land.”


Boggs claims his telemetry proves that he flew his drone over 200 feet above Meredith’s property, while Meredith has stuck to his claim that the drone flew around 20 feet above his neighbor’s house before rising to somewhere between 60 and 80 feet above his own property.


The most recent court case ruling in Meredith’s favor does not define boundaries of airspace; Senior US District Judge Thomas B. Russell simply granted Meredith’s motion to dismiss the case and summarized that the clarification Boggs is seeking cannot be issued in a federal court. Russell wrote that “even if Boggs is correct that his unmanned aircraft is subject to federal regulation, as the Court noted above, the fact remains that the FAA has not sought to enforce any such regulations in this case.”


Current FAA regulations are not clear in specifying altitude limitations, with just one rule of a “maximum altitude of 400 feet above ground level.” However, even if distinct laws were in place, Meredith and Boggs are clearly at odds with their respective claims: Meredith is maintaining that Boggs invaded his privacy, while Boggs claims that his drone was not close enough to Meredith’s home to invade privacy.


Despite the contrasts between the two parties in their recollections, Meredith and Boggs both agree that clarification in the law is critical. James Mackler, Boggs’ attorney, said that “We desperately need clarification from this issue and that has to come from the federal level. Drones are continuing to be shot down.” Mackler added that “we have not decided whether we are going to file our appeal.


Annabelle Bamforth writes for TheFreeThoughtProject.com, where this article first appeared.


   
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Following up on a report published in December of last year, Reuters ran a piece this week that shed light on the alarmingly high rate of lead poisoning among children across the state of California. One rate in Fresno was almost three times higher than that of Flint, Michigan.


From Wednesday’s article:



Dozens of California communities have experienced recent rates of childhood lead poisoning that surpass those of Flint, Michigan, with one Fresno locale showing rates nearly three times higher, blood testing data obtained by Reuters shows.


The data shows how lead poisoning affects even a state known for its environmental advocacy, with high rates of childhood exposure found in a swath of the Bay Area and downtown Los Angeles. And the figures show that, despite national strides in eliminating lead-based products, hazards remain in areas far from the Rust Belt or East Coast regions filled with old housing and legacy industry.




The data, which was supplied to the news agency by California’s Department of Public Health, showed that in one Fresno zip code locale, 13.6 percent of kids under six years old tested high for lead. By comparison, 5 percent of kids in the same age group in Flint have elevated levels of the neurotoxin in their blood.


“It’s a widespread problem and we have to get a better idea of where the sources of exposure are,” California Assemblyman Bill Quirk told Reuters. Last week, Quirk introduced a bill that would require blood test screening for all California children.


In Fresno County alone, nine zip code areas were found to have lead levels among children that equaled kids of Flint. In one downtown Fresno zip code, 14 percent of kids tested had lead level readings at or above 5 micrograms per deciliter of blood — the current threshold for an elevated result at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.


Last December, a Reuters investigation demonstrated that while the crisis in Flint may have been the story that drew attention to the issue of lead poisoning, the Michigan town was far from alone in the realm of Americans at risk.


From that report:


In all, Reuters found nearly 3,000 areas with recently recorded lead poisoning rates at least double those in Flint during the peak of that city’s contamination crisis. And more than 1,100 of these communities had a rate of elevated blood tests at least four times higher.


Indeed, this latest data out of California shows the issue of lead poisoning is one that should be considered by all U.S. citizens, regardless of region or demographic. As Jeff Sanchez, a public health specialist with Impact Assessment, told Reuters this week on the topic of lead poisoning:


The more you look, the more you find.


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While most Americans would consider the CIA, and perhaps the NSA, household names, one U.S. spy agency — whose headquarters surpasses the U.S. Capitol in size — has managed to keep to the shadows while possessing cutting edge tools of the surveillance trade.


Called the  National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), even former President Barack Obama didn’t know of its existence when he first took office — despite that the agency employs some 15,400 people.


“So, what do you [do]?” Obama asked a customer at a Washington, D.C., Five Guys hamburgers in May 2009.


“I work at NGA, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency,” he answered.



“Outstanding,” then-president Obama asserted. “How long have you been doing that?”


“Six years.”


“So, explain to me exactly what this National Geospatial …” Obama asked, unable to recall the agency’s full name.


Timidly, the man replied, “Uh, we work with, uh, satellite imagery.”


“Obama appeared dumbfounded,” Foreign Policy’s James Bamford reports. “Eight years after that videotape aired, the NGA remains by far the most shadowy member of the Big Five spy agencies, which include the CIA and the National Security Agency.”


The NGA’s secretive identity belies the agency’s massive physical size and the scope of its surveillance activities, as Bamford continues,









Completed in 2011 at a cost of $1.4 billion, the main building measures four football fields long and covers as much ground as two aircraft carriers. In 2016, the agency purchased 99 acres in St. Louis to construct additional buildings at a cost of $1.75 billion to accommodate the growing workforce, with 3,000 employees already in the city.

The NGA is to pictures what the NSA is to voices. Its principal function is to analyze the billions of images and miles of video captured by drones in the Middle East and spy satellites circling the globe. But because it has largely kept its ultra-high-resolution cameras pointed away from the United States, according to a variety of studies, the agency has never been involved in domestic spy scandals like its two far more famous siblings, the CIA and the NSA. However, there’s reason to believe that this will change under President Donald Trump.



Originally tasked primarily with cartography — before a mammoth expansion, the spy arm had been called the National Imagery and Mapping Agency — until a name and mission switch in 2003 gave the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency its name, with the hyphen allowing a three-letter acronym so enamored by the government.


President Dwight D. Eisenhower, whose fondness for imagery intelligence became known when he served as a general during World War II, created the National Photographic Interpretation Center shortly before leaving office — an agency also later absorbed by the NGA.


Now, the NGA works in conjunction with the U.S. Air Force to analyze the staggering amount of data collected through aerial surveillance abroad — mostly by unmanned aerial systems, such as drones with high-powered cameras.


According to at least one source, as of 2013, the NGA was integral in the analysis of surveillance data pertaining to Iran’s nuclear capabilities.


Revelations on the depth and breadth of the Central Intelligence Agency’s domestic capabilities, long believed out of its territory, was exposed by WikiLeaks Vault 7 recently to be on par with National Security Agency programs — so much so, analysts say it constitutes a duplicate Big Brother.


Data provided to the NGA by military officials has assisted in various U.S. operations in the Middle East by tracking vehicles believed responsible for planting improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, and for monitoring hot spots for insurgent breakouts.


But the NGA hardly only keeps to support operations, as David Brown — author of the book, Deep State: Inside the Government Secrecy Industry — explained,


Before the trigger was pulled on NEPTUNE’S SPEAR, the mission to kill Osama Bin Laden, SEAL Team Six had access to a perfect replica of the Abbottabad compound where the terrorist mastermind was hiding. The details for the replica were gathered by the NGA, which used laser radar and imagery to construct a 3D rendering of the compound. How precise were its measurements and analysis? The NGA figured out how many people lived at the compound, their gender, and even their heights. But the NGA didn’t stop there: Its calculations also helped the pilots of the stealth Black Hawks know precisely where to land.


With a combined budget request for 2017 of $70.3 billion, the National and Military Intelligence Programs — NGA falls under the latter — have seen a quickening of support from the authoritarian-leaning, pro-military Trump administration. This and additional factors — such as the astonishingly sophisticated equipment at the agency’s disposal — have ignited fears the NGA could be granted authority to bring its expert microscope into focus against the American people.


“While most of the technological capacities are classified, an anonymous NGA analyst told media the agency can determine the structure of buildings and objects from a distance, has some of the most sophisticated facial recognition software on the planet and uses sensors on satellites and drones that can see through thick clouds for ‘all-weather’ imagery analysis,” reports news.com.au.


Efforts to bolster NGA’s innovate staff pool ratcheted up on Thursday, as Business Wire reported,


From navigating a U.S. aircraft to making national policy decisions, to responding to natural disasters: today’s U.S. armed forces rely on Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) to meet mission requirements. As the nation’s primary source of GEOINT for the Department of Defense and the U.S. Intelligence Community, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) depends on the National Geospatial-Intelligence College (NGC) to produce top-tier talent to deliver intelligence with a decisive advantage. Today, Booz Allen Hamilton (BAH) announced that it has been awarded a five-year, $86 million contract by NGA-NGC to lead the Learning Management and Advancement Program (LMAP) that will provide high-quality learning solutions to equip a diverse workforce with the knowledge and skills necessary to meet current and future GEOINT mission requirements.


Bamford points out for Foreign Policy that the Trump administration intimated a significant expansion of spying on mosques and Islamic centers, while others admonish said surveillance could put Black Lives Matter and other protest groups in the NGA’s silent crosshairs.


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Of distinct concern for privacy advocates are drones with uncanny zooming capabilities — features used against U.S. citizens before. Bamford continues,



In 2016, unbeknownst to many city officials, police in Baltimore began conducting persistent aerial surveillance using a system developed for military use in Iraq. Few civilians have any idea how advanced these military eye-in-the-sky drones have become. Among them is ARGUS-IS, the world’s highest-resolution camera with 1.8 billion pixels. Invisible from the ground at nearly four miles in the air, it uses a technology known as ‘persistent stare’ — the equivalent of 100 Predator drones peering down at a medium-size city at once — to track everything that moves.


With the capability to watch an area of 10 or even 15 square miles at a time, it would take just two drones hovering over Manhattan to continuously observe and follow all outdoor human activity, night and day. It can zoom in on an object as small as a stick of butter on a plate and store up to 1 million terabytes of data a day. That capacity would allow analysts to look back in time over days, weeks, or months. Technology is in the works to enable drones to remain aloft for years at a time.



With cutting-edge technology, a rapid enlargement underway, and billions in budgetary funds at the ready, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is the cloaked, mute sibling of the nefarious Intelligence Community — but it’s time to pull the protective shell off this potential ticking time bomb before reining it in becomes an impossibility.


Claire Bernish writes for TheFreeThoughtProject.com, where this article first appeared.


   
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The latest technological revolution will make existing technology look like the Stone Age, yet few people outside of academia and industry are even aware of it.  Many, if not most, of the people who are driving these technologies are Technocrats who intend to connect the world into a single global entity. Think, ‘hive mind’, ‘global city’ and 2030 Agenda.


Three particular technologies were prominently featured at the prestigious 2017 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain from February 27 through March 2.


The first disruptive technology is 5G, or Fifth Generation, cell phone communication protocol. The first keynote speaker was Mats Granryd (Director-General of the Groupe Spéciale Mobile Association, or GSMA). His bio on the Mobile World website states,


Mats is a strong proponent of sustainability and led the mobile industry in becoming the first sector to broadly commit to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2016. He is now spearheading initiatives to amplify and accelerate the mobile industry’s impact on all 17 of the SDGs, across both developed and developing markets.



5G is widely expected to power the Internet of Everything (IoE), which includes all citizens of the world as well as all devices in the Internet of Things (IoT). This new standard will be common by 2020 and ubiquitous by 2025. It improves current 4G performance by orders of magnitude.


5G is expected to provide mobile users within every metropolitan area with at least 100 megabits per second connectivity. When you consider devices associated with people – mobile phones, fitness wearables, etc. – and with inanimate objects such as smart meters, cameras, thermostats, light bulbs and a myriad of sensors through homes and neighborhoods, then the entire conglomeration will be viewable and manageable in real-time.








Incidentally, there are many critics warning about the radiation dangers associated with 5G, but industry proponents are basically ignoring, if not suppressing, these dangers while moving ahead at breakneck speed.


Speakers at Mobile World reiterated their goal of creating a ‘global mind’ that would be enabled by 5G in conjunction with Artificial Intelligence (AI), which is the second major disruptive technology to consider.


Most people have already made contact with AI in one form or another: Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa, Microsoft’s Cortana, Google’s Assistant and Soundhound’s Hound, among others. Many website support centers are really AI ‘Chatbots’, but you would never know it. Driverless cars are predicated on AI. Future medical diagnoses will be delivered by an AI system like IBM’s Watson.


5G will provide a rocket booster to AI, where decisions and outcomes will be made and delivered in real-time, as if the system as a whole is a living, breathing person. A super-intelligence.  A ‘Global Brain’.


The third disruptive technology is a new super-material called graphene. Although scientists had an awareness of it for decades, graphene was only rediscovered in 2004. Since then, global academia and industry have dumped hundreds of millions of dollars into R&D because it will revolutionize several entire industries at once, from IoT to wearables to energy to computers and data communications.


Graphene is a two-dimensional (e.g., one atom thick) atomic-scale hexagonal lattice made of Carbon atoms. It is 200 times stronger than steel and yet is flexible like skin. It conducts heat and is as conductive as silicon used in semiconductors.


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The University of Manchester, where graphene was re-discovered in 2004, states that “combining all of graphene’s amazing properties could create an impact of the scale last seen with the Industrial Revolution.” It goes on to say,


Transport, medicine, electronics, energy, defence, desalination; the range of industries where graphene research is making an impact is substantial. This is only the start. These are only the first steps. The potential of graphene is limited only by our imagination.


Thus, it was not surprising that the Graphene Flagship was front and center at Mobile World 2017.


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Some of the further applications it defines include film sensors, night vision imaging, flexible displays and sensors, flexible wellness sensors, electronic skin, flexible WIFI receivers, camera lenses, supercapacitors and batteries, computer chips, sensors in wearable technology, and the list goes on and on. Did I mention sensors? Think, Internet of Everything!


If you need more proof, consider this. According to the brochure, the bottom line was seen in the Graphene Connect Workshop titled, “From Datacom To IoT – Enabled By Graphene.”


Taken as a package, these three technologies – 5G, AI and Graphene – are fully expected to bring about the new one-world scientific order. A global brain. A hive mind. Symbiotic command and control.


Like Mats Granryd stated above, the mobile industry supports not only the broad idea of the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda, but every single one of its so-called Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs).


It’s all about connectivity and control. It’s Scientific Dictatorship. In one word, it’s Technocracy.



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They are armed and ready to detonate from countless secure locations across the world.


But they still have to be transported there, and sometimes the U.S. government (and other governments) moves these around on civilian highways.


There’s a chance that you passed one of these unmarked vehicles, and never knew it.


But inside may have been weapons-grade plutonium, uranium, a nuclear bomb or other highly dangerous materials, passing by little detected, but carefully guarded by accompanying convoy vehicles filled with armed federal guards with authorization to use deadly fire.




As Jerry Reynolds of Car Pro noted:



Have you ever noticed an 18-wheeler rolling along with no markings? If you do, give it some space, you might be surprised what that semi is carrying.








The United States Department of Energy has a little-known department called the Office of Secure Transportation (OST), even though the Department of Energy’s website doesn’t list the OST. So, what does this mystery arm of the government do?

The mission of the Office of Secure Transportation is to safely transport nuclear bombs, nuclear bomb components, and other nuclear materials like plutonium and uranium across America in the back of unmarked 18-wheelers. Yes, it’s true, that non-descript big rig you see running down the road could have a nuclear bomb in the back. That will make you think twice before cutting off one these massive trucks.



Disclosed materials and statements from government agencies indicate that there are dozens of these convoys on the roads at any given time, and that they have logged over 3 million miles since 1947. Claiming that the missions are safe, they ominously boasts:


“For more than 40 years — even after driving the equivalent distance of a trip to Mars and back — no cargo has ever been damaged in transit,” it said.


However, many consider the ongoing practice to be the “Achilles’ Heel” of U.S. defense – a system that remains wide open to terror attack, ambush by an adversary, vulnerability during an evacuation from an urban area, and the larger element of chance and accident – though the unmarked tractor trailers are supposedly reinforced and secure against bomb explosions during all scenarios of traffic accidents and fires.


And accidents do happen, as this short video of a military convoy rear-ending a nuclear 18-wheeler makes clear:



These dangerous movements are expected to increase during current efforts to increase military activity and upgrade capabilities and facilities.


According to the L.A. Times:



“Transportation is the Achilles’ heel of nuclear security and everyone knows that,” said Bruce Blair, a retired Air Force missile officer, Princeton University researcher and founder of Global Zero, a nonprofit group that seeks elimination of nuclear weapons


[…]


The result is an unwieldy system that requires some of the most dangerous and vulnerable components of the nation’s defense system to be routinely shipped on long-distance journeys from one end of the country to the other — and the shipments, with the coming modernization effort, are only expected to multiply.


“This has a classic footprint of an antiquated and inefficient supply chain management system that was created at a time of national emergency,” said Nick Vyas, an industrial logistics expert at USC.



Although these trailers are considered vulnerable targets, and there is concern that something could go wrong, or that an attack could be imminent, it is definitely worth pointing out that these are not your typical 18-wheeler trailers carrying groceries.


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They are as sophisticated and reinforced as any gadget in a Bond film ever was. In short, any unauthorized individual who attempts to meddle with or compromise these vehicles will likely be killed – just after the deadly surprise of their life:



The high-security trailers that carry the weapons present potential intruders with formidable obstacles, including shock-delivering systems, thick walls that ooze immobilizing foam, and axles designed to explode to prevent a trailer from being towed away, according to independent nuclear weapons experts.


“The trucks will kill you,” a scientist involved in the matter said.



It sounds like something out of Indiana Jones, but instead it’s on the highways.


It is an open secret that even the U.S. government’s little-known Office of Secure Transportation agency, under the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).



Over the years, nuclear weapons have been dropped from planes by accident, gone missing at highly secure, top-secret U.S. military bases, and much has been done in secret.


Perhaps it is a wonder that things have gone as smoothly as they have.


Read more:



A Step-By-Step Guide To Prepare For Any Disaster
Military Readies Mountain Fortress to “Shield Against EMP Attack”
Congressman Urges Protection for Power Grid: EMP Attack “Could Bring Our Civilization to a Cold, Dark Halt”
Here’s How the Deep State Is Trying to Lead Trump into a Nuclear War

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Out of the many “coincidences” surrounding American foreign policy, one in particular should interest researchers paying attention to the Syrian crisis. Over the last two weeks, after having seen the Syrian military restore relative calm and stability to the country, Syria has once again seen terror attacks take place in cities that had returned, for the most part, to normal. At the same time, Syria has seen vastly increased amounts of international involvement from Turkey, Israel and the United States.


As terrorists in Syria celebrated their six-year anniversary of being pawns of the West, GCC, and Israel, the celebration was apparently capped off with suicide bombings throughout Damascus, including a court house where Syrians had gathered to sign marriage papers.


At least thirty people were killed at the Palace of Justice and sixty others were wounded when a terrorist detonated his explosive vest.



There was also a series of suicide bombings in Damascus as of late in an apparent attempt to send a message to the Syrian government and the Syrian people that, while the Syrian military might be making major gains throughout the country, terrorists are still able to penetrate to the heart of the government’s territory. The bombings also send the message that civilians are not safe no matter where they are.


On March 12, a bus full of Iraqi Shi’ia pilgrims was attacked on its way to take the passengers to pray at the mausoleums of revered Shi’ite saints near Baab al-Sagheer. The buses were first attacked by an IED before a suicide bomber with an explosive belt finished off the attack. Forty-five were killed and over one hundred and twenty wounded.


On March 11, terrorists from Jaysh al-Islam fired mortars and rockets at buildings in Damascus hitting one behind Daar al-Shifaa hospital. Many suspect these attacks were actually aimed at drawing attention and providing cover for the terrorists engaging in the attack on the buses.


Add to this the fact that rockets were also fired by terrorists in southwest Latakia on March 22 as well as rockets on other cities in Latakia province.


Ziad Fadel of Syrian Perspective reported early on that the attacks were coordinated by the Saudis in anticipation of the Astana and Geneva talks. However, there may be more to it than Saudi-influence alone.








For instance, these attacks took place around the same time that the United States mobilized a number of troops near Manbij and as Israeli jets began launching bombing missions in a concentrated fashion. Indeed, shortly thereafter the United States took part in an airlift of Kurdish fighters and terrorists in order to launch an assault on Raqqa.

In addition, terrorists have launched all-out assaults on the capital, Damascus, as well as preparing an assault on Latakia, areas that have largely been quiet ever since the Syrian government got the upper hand in the war.


There is little reason to believe these events – a Western/Israeli assault on Syria, increased terrorist suicide bombings, mortars, and missiles, and new organized massive assaults on Syrian lines of defense – are unrelated.


There is, however, plenty of reason to suspect that they are entirely coordinated between the Western governments, NATO, Israel, and Turkey. After all, corporate-financier think tank Brookings Institution wrote in its document “Middle East Memo #21: Saving Syria: Assessing Options For Regime Change In Syria,” that Assad could be persuaded to step down if he were facing a “multi-front” war from terrorists, Turkey in the North, and Israel in the South and West. Even as far back as 1983, the CIA had an almost identical plan to destroy Syria, simply by using Iraqi forces in the East as opposed to terrorists written out in a document entitled “Bringing Real Muscle To Bear In Syria.”


Interestingly enough, we have exactly that situation playing out before our very eyes, with terrorist hordes in the east and all throughout the country acting as the principal threat but also with Turkey in the North and Israel to the south and west. The United States and its “coalition” of war criminals factor in as an additional piece of the puzzle and are attempting to act as the catalyst for the fall of the Assad government. It is thus incredibly difficult to believe that these events are mere coincidences. Only time will tell, however, what they mean for the future of Syria.


Brandon Turbeville – article archive here – is the author of seven books, Codex Alimentarius — The End of Health Freedom, 7 Real Conspiracies, Five Sense Solutions and Dispatches From a Dissident, volume 1 and volume 2, The Road to Damascus: The Anglo-American Assault on Syria, The Difference it Makes: 36 Reasons Why Hillary Clinton Should Never Be President, and Resisting The Empire: The Plan To Destroy Syria And How The Future Of The World Depends On The Outcome. Turbeville has published over 1000 articles on a wide variety of subjects including health, economics, government corruption, and civil liberties. Brandon Turbeville’s radio show Truth on The Tracks can be found every Monday night 9 pm EST at UCYTV. His website is BrandonTurbeville.com He is available for radio and TV interviews. Please contact activistpost (at) gmail.com.


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The U.K. Metropolitan police are accused of collaborating with Indian police and hackers to illegally access the emails of hundreds of activists and journalists.


A secret unit of the Metropolitan police has been partnering with hackers to monitor the emails of hundreds of political activists and journalists, according to a whistleblower familiar with the unit. The individual claims that the secret unit worked with Indian police and hackers to steal the passwords for the emails of activists, reporters, and photographers. The Guardian reports:



The person, who says he or she previously worked for the intelligence unit that monitors the activities of political campaigners, detailed their concerns in a letter to the Green party peer Jenny Jones. The peer passed on the allegations to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), which is investigating.


Hacked passwords were passed to the Metropolitan police unit, according to the writer of the letter, which then regularly checked the emails of the campaigners and the media to gather information. The letter to Jones listed the passwords of environmental campaigners, four of whom were from Greenpeace. Several confirmed they matched the ones they had used to open their emails.




The letter details how the unit has been accessing emails of activists “for a number of years” through a relationship one officer had with police in India who then hired the hackers to gather the email passwords. The whistleblower claims that emails of two photographers working for The Guardian were also accessed. A spokesperson for The Guardian said:


Allegations that the Metropolitan police has accessed the email accounts of Guardian journalists are extremely concerning and we expect a full and thorough investigation into these claims.








The Independent Police Complaints Commission is expected to investigate the claims. The IPCC has already been investigating claims that the national domestic extremism and disorder intelligence unit shredded a large number of documents over a number of days in May 2014. “Last month the IPCC said it had uncovered evidence suggesting the documents had been destroyed despite a specific instruction that files should be preserved to be examined by a judge-led public inquiry into the undercover policing of political groups,” The Guardian wroteThe author of the letter said the shredding has been taking place because “officers were engaged in illegal activities to obtain intelligence on protest groups”.

There has been no explanation as to what the Indian police or the UK police were looking for. The Guardian mentions that some of the activists were involved in environmental causes with the group Greenpeace. As TechDirt notes,


Those whose accounts were accessed were far from dangerous individuals. Although the activists may be vehemently opposed to UK government policies and the actions of several major corporations, the worst of the worst of those confirmed to be surveilled did 80 hours community service stemming from an incident where unwanted solar panels were forcibly installed on a deputy prime minister’s house.


It seems obvious the police likely had access to detailed information about protests, organizing meetings, and other private information. This could also include medical information, personal addresses, and banking records. If the letter from this apparent whistleblower is accurate it is yet another example of the global surveillance state.


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Derrick Broze is an investigative journalist and liberty activist. He is the Lead Investigative Reporter for ActivistPost.com and the founder of the TheConsciousResistance.com. Follow him on Twitter. Derrick is the author of three books: The Conscious Resistance: Reflections on Anarchy and Spirituality and Finding Freedom in an Age of Confusion, Vol. 1 and Finding Freedom in an Age of Confusion, Vol. 2


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