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By Matt Agorist


Denver, CO — In a likely move to bolster the city’s bottom line, Denver Park Rangers are stepping up efforts to catch people speeding. No, they aren’t going after cars driving on the road, they are going after bicycles who are driving on the designated bicycle path.


Throughout parks in the city, the set speed limit for riding a bicycle is apparently 15 miles per hour. Rangers have set up speed traps around parks, using radar guns to clock people on bicycles who would dare cross that threshold.


“We try to suggest to people to get a speedometer, this way you know how fast you’re going. There are a lot of apps that you can download for free or you can go buy one, all tools to make sure you are recreating safely in the park,” says Denver Park Ranger, Jodie Ehrich.


         



      

For riding your bicycle faster than 15 mph, you will get a $100 ticket for the first offense. If you are caught “speeding” on your bicycle a second time, that will more than double to $250. It can also lead to cyclists getting banned from parks and more fines totaling over $500.


“Our Park Rangers and Trails Team are hosting pop-up safety and educational outreach events to remind trail users of proper etiquette and safety on trails,” said Cyndi Karvaski, a communications specialist with the department. “Our Rangers are monitoring speeds to bring awareness to these issues as well as the 180-day rule that allows electronic vehicles on Denver trails and park facilities.”


Apparently, this move to ticket cyclists expands outside of parks as well, as the Denver Municipal Code bars bicyclists from riding at “a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions then existing or in excess of the posted speed limit.”


Colorado statute says, “every person riding a bicycle or electrical assisted bicycle shall have all of the rights and duties applicable to the driver of any other vehicle.”


Naturally, this rule is receiving resistance to those paying attention.




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“Speeds vary as one goes up or downhill and 15 mph is quite slow for a descent,” said Brian Weiss, a Denver lawyer who specializes in bike law, according to the Daily Sentinel. He added: “It should be noted that in parks the paths are more narrow than streets and most of the Denver parks are relatively flat.”


What’s more, Weiss notes that there has not been an increase in accidents or any other factor which sparked this crackdown on speeding bicycles.


“I am not aware of any particular incident or crash that caused the heightened speed reduction campaign or involvement,” Weiss said.


While we’ve seen cops go undercover as homeless people, construction workers, and even Disney characters in an effort to separate citizens from their money, we’ve never reported on the police state going after fast bicycle riders. This move is unprecedented in the arena of revenue collection.




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Given the fact that there have been no accidents or injuries or anything to prompt this response by authorities to ticket citizens, we can only come to the conclusion that there is a gap in the budget somewhere that needs to be filled. Because the state cannot generate money on its own, it will turn to the tax cattle to fill those gaps. Peaceful bicycle riders be damned.




Matt Agorist 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. Agorist is also the Editor at Large at the Free Thought Project, where this article first appeared. Follow @MattAgorist on Twitter, Steemit, and now on Minds.


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By Catherine J. Frompovich


What do readers think about how the U.S. college education system has regressed?  Has it or has it progressed too far with socialist leanings, false narratives of victimology and “political correctness.”


A teaching culture of “hate” is being taught through poisonous identity politics.


Don’t believe that?  Please watch the following video with Attorney Heather MacDonald being interviewed on Life, Liberty & Levin.


         



      

Heather MacDonald warns US colleges are breeding hate
15:01 minutes


https://youtu.be/nJrWU6OghkY?t=33


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


Hooray for Bruce Kushnick and The IRREGULATORS! Activist Post and many others have reported about their most recent efforts against telecom corruption.


From Counterpunch:


On May 20th, a group known as the Irregulators submitted legal briefs to the U.S. District Court in Washington, DC, seeking standing to appeal a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decision that, in effect, has facilitated one of the largest accounting scandals in American history.  The petitioners are accusing the FCC of allowing the nation’s telecommunications companies – the telecom trust – to engage in a bookkeeping slight-of-hand scam that cost telecom users, states and tax payers across the country an estimated $50-$60 billion a year over the last decade.


         



      

And now some good news from Bruce:


On June 3rd, 2019, the FCC decided to not attempt to challenge or block our standing request and we are moving to the next round, the “merits” phase: the presentation of briefs and the identification of supporting evidence.


Ay carumba.  Do they have supporting evidence!


There are plenty of reasons to be concerned about this long-time corruption other than being ripped off.  It has led Americans to a very dangerous time in history – the “Race for 5G”.


Warnings about widespread 5G deployment have come from:




Security experts,
Meteorologists, NASA, NOAA and the U.S. Navy
Doctors and scientists (see 1, 2, 3)
Utility companies

Even the Telecom Industry won’t say they have evidence that 5G is safe.



Activist Post regularly reports about 5G issues, warnings, and opposition as well as the FCC’s role in all of this (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6).  Increasing numbers of people in the U.S. and around the world are fighting its installation.



For more information, visit the following websites:



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

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By Mac Slavo


Debt levels reached record levels during the Great Recession which struck the United States about a decade ago. Now, U.S. consumer debt has surpassed those levels with a record number of Americans living on the edge of disaster.


According to Market Watch, Ben Mohr, a senior research analyst of fixed income at investment consultant Marquette Associates, calculated that total U.S. consumer debt hit $14 trillion in the first quarter of 2019, surpassing the roughly $13 trillion of leverage accumulated in credit cards, auto loans, and mortgages and other debt back in 2008, when those souring loans and securities pegged to them helped to send global markets into a tailspin.


         



      


It appears that Americans’ appetite for more will never cease. Mohr told MarketWatch that the increase in student loans (often cited as a source of consternation for economists and strategists) saw a notable spike. At the end of the first three months of 2019, student loan debt hit $1.486 trillion, according to credit data from the New York Federal Reserve. By comparison, student loan debt at the height of the financial crisis was $611 billion. It has been rising incredibly since Mohr said. “It has ballooned and that’s a dramatic increase,” the fixed-income analyst said of the student-debt expansion.


Mohr also highlighted the ratio of debt Americans now carry. He estimated the ratio of debt compared against the U.S. population (estimated at 327 million according to U.S. Census Bureau data) translates to a record per-person debt ratio at $41.77, surpassing the ratio of $41.68 back in 2008. Mohr says consumer debt isn’t a huge concern just because the GDP (gross domestic product) is growing. However, he did fail to mention what happens as debt rises and there’s a sudden drop in GDP.  That would be a massive collapse.  Therefore, U.S. consumer debt is always worrisome, especially when it reaches historic levels.


Low interest rates have helped people to keep their debts repayable, even as most live paycheck to paycheck without enough in savings to cover emergencies.  This suggests that one small “blip” in this economy could send the house of cards crashing down.





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Economic expert James Davis says now is not the time to pile on more debt.  In fact, the opposite should be happening. Davis suggests paying off your debts right now, as a crash is inevitable, regardless of the timing.



This can be done now, without knowing when the markets will collapse. Start paying everything off and hold off on new debt until more is known about the upcoming market crash.  Now is not the time to make rash or risky decisions. If you play the game right, you will be able to leverage during the crash and profit from it.


While no one really knows the timing of the next stock market crash, it could be this summer or next, but what we do know is that there are ways to protect your money even if you are invested in the stock market. –James Davis, Future Money Trends





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Carrying liabilities through a recession is not the way to gain assets. Preparing for any financial downturn (recession, job loss, medical emergency, etc.) should all begin with the elimination of your debts, according to personal wealth experts. Once that’s achieved, an emergency fund of some sort should be set up – whether you choose precious metals or a savings account is up to you. Both have merits, and we like Davis’ advice: diversify.


If you need help getting past the point of living paycheck to paycheck, follow James Davis at Future Money Trends, or consider following Dave Ramsey’s baby steps. Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover is the simplest, most straightforward game plan for completely making over your money habits. And it’s based on results, not pie-in-the-sky fantasies or get rich quick schemes.


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WRC EXCLUSIVE: Alternative Media Writer Brian D. Hill Setup On Child Pornography Possession:


By Aaron Kesel


Hate him or love him, Alex Jones was almost surely set up with images of child pornography emailed to Sandy Hook lawyers since child pornography attacks happened  years ago to other alternative journalists and Jones’ name was mentioned in a threatening email from an alleged hacker group that claimed they would “destroy patriots.”


First, in the spirit of transparency, this writer dislikes and detests Alex Jones’ politics and at times his fear mongering over the years as well as the fact he is supporting Trump. However, a journalist’s job isn’t to be biased and paint a narrative, it’s to report all the facts and let the readers decide.


With all that said, a very peculiar narrative is playing out here that could affect way more than just Infowars. So to that Alex, despite our differences here’s some evidence in this article to use in your defense, I’ll take at least some of that $1 million dollar reward now that you promised, the rest you can send to Activist Post.

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By B.N. Frank


Activist Post has reported about the many organizations concerned about and fighting 5G installation including NRDC. The organization is holding another phone conference Wednesday afternoon, June 19, 2019.  An email was sent to subscribers that provides more details:



Description: Wednesday, June 19th 3-4pm Eastern Time


Hello, and thank you again for your ongoing interest in the deployment of 5G infrastructure.


Please join Sharon Buccino for a status update on NRDC’s efforts to protect the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) from being excluded in the Federal Communication Commission’s permitting of the implementation of 5G wireless infrastructure.


         



      

Agenda:
-Litigation Update (United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians, et al., v. FCC)
-Legislative Update


-Opportunity for individuals to share how this issue is playing out locally in their area


As a reminder here are Sharon’s most recent blogs on the issue:


https://www.nrdc.org/experts/sharon-buccino/5g-and-fcc-10-reasons-why-you-should-care


https://www.nrdc.org/experts/sharon-buccino/preserving-local-voices-broadband-deployment


We hope you can join.


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By Mac Slavo


For many, the economic recovery being touted by the mainstream media has not yet affected them. About 25% of Americans say that a decade after the housing bust that caused the Great Recession, they are doing worse. Almost half of Americans are not doing any better at all too.


If you believe the mainstream media, the economy is robust and the unemployment rate is at a 49-year-low. But not all Americans have recovered from the Great Recession.  According to a new survey from Bankrate of about 3,000 Americans, 23% of people who were adults when the recession started in December 2007 say they are now financially worse off than they were before the recession hit. That percentage amounts to just under 50 million Americans. Another 25% say they are doing the “same.” In all, just over half believe their “overall finances” are better than before.


         



      

“Americans were and continue to be in a degree of denial of the financial crisis and Great Recession,” said Mark Hamrick, Bankrate’s senior economic analyst according to a report by Yahoo Finance. “One of the constant themes that presents itself in the data is that Americans are still digging out in many ways from that experience.”


“While some have managed to prosper in the decade since, there are still tens of millions who are struggling to even get back to where they were before the economy took a turn for the worse,” added Hamrick. Could that mean that the economy is not all that robust? We certainly think so. But speaking the truth is a revolutionary act in times of deceit.


When asked about their salaries, less than half of the respondents said their wages were better than before, while more than a third say that it is worse. But if you’re a millennial (29-38) you’re in luck: Only 16% of this demographic who were adults during the Great Recession say their pay is worse now. That’s compared to 26% of baby boomers (aged 55-73). “If you take this data at face value — where less than half of the adult population say that their pay is better — and most indicate it is not better, that tells you enough and raises enough of a question about the true improvement that Americans have experienced,” Hamrick said.


But some have been questioning this economy for a while now.  It is heavily manipulated by the Federal Reserve and the government is doing nothing to prevent the devaluation of the dollar or inflation. For this reason, we have taken to suggesting financial preparation as incredibly important to consider at this time.  Storing food and water will always be good ideas; however, we should take the time to get our finances straightened out as well. There are several ways to go about it, but an easy to follow plan is Dave Ramsey’s “baby steps.” He suggests paying down your debts and has often said he “hates debt more than anyone.”





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By Michael Snyder


Not since 2008 have we seen so much bad economic data come rolling in all at the same time.  Even without a war with Iran, which by the way is looking increasingly likely with each passing day, it definitely appears that the U.S. economy is steamrolling toward recession territory.  The employment numbers for last month were abysmal, global trade has collapsed to the lowest level that we have seen since the last recession, and manufacturing numbers just keep getting worse and worse.  In fact, the New York Fed’s Empire State manufacturing index just suffered the worst one month decline in history…



The New York Fed’s Empire State business conditions index took a sharp turn for the worse in June, falling into negative territory for the first time in more than two years.


The Empire State manufacturing index plummeted 26.4 points to negative 8.6 in June, the New York Fed said Monday. That’s a record decline. Economists had expected a reading of positive 10, according to a survey by Econoday.



         



      

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


And other measures of U.S. manufacturing activity are also “sinking steadily”…


And it’s not the only indicator showing a turn for the worse: Others, including the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia’s Manufacturing Business Outlook Survey, have also been sinking steadily.


When you step back and look at the big picture, it becomes quite clear what is happening.


At this point, it is simply not possible for anyone to credibly claim that the U.S. economy is still in good shape.  All of the numbers are pointing in the same direction, and Morgan Stanley’s chief US equity strategist Michael Wilson made this point exceedingly well on Monday…



Decelerations and disappointments are mounting:



Cass Freight Index
Retailer earnings
Durable goods orders
Capital spending
PMIs
May payrolls
Semiconductor inventories
Oil demand
Restaurant performance indices…

and our own Morgan Stanley Business Conditions Index (MSBCI). Looking at the MSBCI in particular, the headline metric showed the biggest one-month drop in its history going back to 2002 and very close to its lowest absolute reading since December 2008.


This index has a tight relationship with ISM new orders and analyst earnings revisions breadth. Our analysis shows downside risk to ISM new orders (25% y/y), S&P earnings revisions breadth (6-13%) and the S&P 500 y/y (8%) if historical links hold.



For much more on the collapse of the MSBCI, please see my previous article entitled “Morgan Stanley’s Business Conditions Index Just Suffered The Biggest One Month Decline In History”.


Many analysts are pointing out that our economic problems really seemed to start accelerating once trade negotiations with China completely broke down, and this is true.


If the U.S. and China could find a way to reach a trade agreement, that would be a tremendous short-term boost to the economy at a time when we desperately need it.


But that isn’t going to happen unless President Trump completely caves in.  Because at this point the Chinese are extremely angry, and they are definitely in no mood to compromise.  In fact, one Chinese editorial that was recently published boldly declared that they are ready “to fight it out till the end”…







“China will not be afraid of any threats or pressure the United States is making that may escalate economic and trade frictions. China has no choice, nor escape route, and will just have to fight it out till the end,” the Qiushi commentary said. “No one, no force should underestimate and belittle the steel will of the Chinese people and its strength and tenacity to fight a war.”



When Americans are deeply suffering during the next recession, will they be willing to “fight it out till the end” like the Chinese are?


And if a trade war with China wasn’t enough, now we also have a trade war with India to deal with.  In fact, India just hit U.S. exports with a wave of very large tariffs…



India just increased tariffs on US exports, dealing another blow to fragile global trade.


The tariffs on several US products will go into effect on June 16, India’s Finance Ministry said in a statement Saturday. The goods targeted include American apples — which will be hit with a 70% tariff — as well as almonds, lentils and several chemical products.



Of course these tariffs were in retaliation for the tariffs that we hit India with after Trump kicked them out of a preferential trade program…


The two countries exchange goods and services worth about $142 billion a year, but the relationship has soured in recent weeks after the Trump administration ended India’s participation in a preferential trade program earlier this month. The program exempted Indian goods worth more than $6 billion from US import duties in 2018.


We were certainly heading for a recession even without these trade conflicts, but without a doubt they have made things substantially worse.




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And now is definitely not a good time for a recession, because much of the country is completely and utterly unprepared for any sort of an economic downturn.  The following comes from an opinion piece authored by William Spriggs…



One oft-cited statistic points to just how unstable the finances of most Americans are: nearly 40 percent of households could not withstand an unexpected expenditure of $400 — the cost of just one medical bill or car repair.


The most unnerving point to keep in mind is that we are even less prepared for a sudden slowing of the economy than we were before the Great Recession of 2008.



During the relatively stable economic times of the past few years, Americans should have been preparing instead of partying.


But instead, most Americans bought into the myth that our massively bloated debt-fueled standard of living could be perpetuated indefinitely.


So now a crisis is coming which many believe is going to be even worse than what we experienced in 2008, and most of us are going to be completely blindsided by it.


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


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By Daisy Luther


A very important skill for anyone who hopes to be in the know is the ability to put together seemingly unrelated stories for consideration.


Over the past few days, stories about grid incursions, Russians, cyber attacks, and technological failures seemed to be at the top of the headlines. A massive cyber attack could happen far more easily than most people realize.


The good folks over in Prep Club have been posting a lot of interesting links this weekend. Let’s take a peek at each one. All these stories can’t be linked…can they?


         



      

The US Is Hacking Russia’s Grid


On Saturday, the New York Times reported (rather irresponsibly in my opinion) that the United States is escalating their “digital incursions into Russia’s electric power grid in a warning to President Vladimir V. Putin” according to nameless current and former government officials.


Of course, this kind of stuff has been going on for a while. A friend of mine with a military intel background said it’s similar to how we have nukes so that other people with nukes won’t nuke us.


But the NYT story goes far beyond the mutually assured destruction theory.



The American strategy has shifted more toward offense, officials say, with the placement of potentially crippling malware inside the Russian system at a depth and with an aggressiveness that had never been tried before. It is intended partly as a warning, and partly to be poised to conduct cyberstrikes if a major conflict broke out between Washington and Moscow…


…the action inside the Russian electric grid appears to have been conducted under little-noticed new legal authorities, slipped into the military authorization bill passed by Congress last summer. The measure approved the routine conduct of “clandestine military activity” in cyberspace, to “deter, safeguard or defend against attacks or malicious cyberactivities against the United States.”


Under the law, those actions can now be authorized by the defense secretary without special presidential approval.


“It has gotten far, far more aggressive over the past year,” one senior intelligence official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity but declining to discuss any specific classified programs. “We are doing things at a scale that we never contemplated a few years ago.” (source)



And, apparently, the NYT knows about this but President Trump doesn’t.



Two administration officials said they believed Mr. Trump had not been briefed in any detail about the steps to place “implants” — software code that can be used for surveillance or attack — inside the Russian grid.


Pentagon and intelligence officials described broad hesitation to go into detail with Mr. Trump about operations against Russia for concern over his reaction — and the possibility that he might countermand it or discuss it with foreign officials, as he did in 2017when he mentioned a sensitive operation in Syria to the Russian foreign minister. (source)



So, to sum it up, anonymous sources say the US is about ready to take down Russia’s infrastructure without the knowledge of the president, because he might tell someone; so, instead, the New York Times just published the super-duper-secret plan.


President Trump responded via Twitter:




And the NYT responded:




But there’s other stuff to contemplate from just this weekend.


Russia is upping their game against us.


After the irresponsible reporting by the NYT, Russia has responded with their own anonymous sources.



Russia has uncovered and thwarted attempts by the United States to carry out cyber attacks on the control systems of Russian infrastructure, Russian news agencies cited an unnamed security source as saying on Monday.


The disclosure was made on Russia’s state-run RIA and TASS news agencies days after the New York Times cited unnamed government sources as saying that the United States had inserted potentially disruptive computer code into Russia’s power grid as part of a more aggressive deployment of its cyber tools. (source)



Isn’t it funny how the NYT has accused Trump and a whole bunch of other people of helping out the Russians but they just tipped off the Russians to an American operation if any of this stuff is true? And I say “any” because who can really take the word of a bunch of anonymous sources. My neighbor’s 94-year-old father could be an anonymous source. Some dude on 4Chan could be an anonymous source. Anonymous sources are not credible in the first place, and certainly not credible enough to kick off a freaking cyberwar with Russia.


Either way, the Kremlin is ticked. TASS, the Russian News Agency, reports:



Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov believes that the United States’ cyberwar against Russia is a hypothetical possibility. He made the statement to the media in response to claims by The New York Times that US secret services over the past year were increasingly active in their attempts to cripple computer malware inside Russia’s power grid.


According to the Kremlin spokesman, Russia has repeatedly said “that the vital areas of our economy are under continuous attacks from abroad.” “We regret to say that,” Peskov said, adding that the relevant Russian agencies continued to counter those attacks in order to prevent damage to the country’s economy.






Peskov also pointed out that “it was President Putin who has on numerous occasions sought to initiate international cooperation to counter any sort of cyber crime.” “Unfortunately, our American partners never responded to our initiatives,” he noted. (source)



Arstechnica reported:


While it remains unclear precisely how the new, more aggressive digital incursions into Russia’s power grid are manifesting themselves, Saturday’s report has clearly gotten the attention of Russian foreign policy commentators. “This is a direct challenge that Moscow cannot leave unanswered,” Ruslan Pukhov, an arms expert and head of the Center for Strategies and Technologies, told the Russian business daily Kommersant.(source)


To paraphrase Forrest Gump, “And just like that, the New York Times started a cyberwar.”


Our own power grid is being probed by hackers.


Arstechnica reported that the very same hackers who caused issues in the gas and oil industry with Triconex malware are poking around in our power grid.



“In a new troubling escalation, hackers behind at least two potentially fatal intrusions on industrial facilities have expanded their activities to probing dozens of power grids in the US and elsewhere, researchers with security firm Dragos reported Friday.


The group, now dubbed Xenotime by Dragos, quickly gained international attention in 2017 when researchers from Dragos and the Mandiant division of security firm FireEye independently reported Xenotime had recently triggered a dangerous operational outage at a critical-infrastructure site in the Middle East. Researchers from Dragos have labeled the group the world’s most dangerous cyber threat ever since…


…Now, Dragos is reporting that Xenotime has been performing network scans and reconnaissance on multiple components across the electric grids in the US and in other regions. Sergio Caltagirone, senior VP of threat intelligence at Dragos, told Ars his firm has detected dozens of utilities—about 20 of them located in the US—that have been subjected to Xenotime probes since late 2018. While the activities indicate only an initial exploration and there’s no evidence the utilities have been compromised, he said the expansion was nonetheless concerning.


“The threat has proliferated and is now targeting the US and Asia Pacific electric utilities, which means that we are no longer safe thinking that the threat to our electric utilities is understood or stable,” he said in an interview. “This is the first signal that threats are proliferating across sectors, which means that now we can’t be certain that a threat to one sector will stay in that sector and won’t cross over.” (source)



Nobody knows who is behind Xenotime. although some suspect New Russia Iran.


Oh, and South America had a massive blackout


Millions of South Americans in Argentina, Uraguay, and Paraguay were in the dark for hours this past weekend. Although officials don’t currently have proof of cyber-malfeasance, they’re not ruling it out.



“At this moment we cannot rule out any possibility….as anything can happen as per the current cyber landscape”, said Gustavo Lopetegui, Energy Secretary of Argentina.


“Millions of people were left in darkness and still some regions were reigning under the incident pressure,” says Mauricio Macri, President, Argentina. (source)



So what exactly happened?



The problem in the energy network left Argentina cut off from power at 7:06 a.m. local time (10:06 UTC) Sunday in what Argentine energy company Edesur attributed to “a massive failure in the electrical interconnection system.”


Argentine President Mauricio Macri said on Twitter the outage was “unprecedented.” (source)





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NPR reported on the outage.



In Buenos Aires, the Constitucion railway station was empty, with trains halted, according to Bloomberg.


Traffic lights failed across the city, and some shopkeepers ran generators to keep the lights on. Water supplies were disrupted, as were mobile phone and internet services.


The Argentinian news site Infobae reported that the power cut stopped trains and subway service; however, two airports in Buenos Aires continued to run on generators.


Uruguay’s state energy department wrote that “a flaw in the Argentine network” left Uruguay without light, according to Infobae.


The power outage fell on a day of provincial elections in some of Argentina’s provinces. (source)



There have been a lot of significant cyber attacks since 2006.


The Center for Strategic and International Studies has documented a lot of significant cyber attacks in the past 13 years. This chart sums it up with cyber attacks that cost the victim a million dollars or more.



This is just a summary but you can go here to see CSIS’s full list of cyber attacks.


The prospect of a massive cyber attack seems a lot more likely.


We know that the American infrastructure has not really been hardened against…well…much of anything. It seems like it’s only a matter of time. One computer expert showed the DHS how easy it was to get inside the grid and there’s evidence our grid has been hacked before. It was just recently that a hack disrupted grid operations on an unprecedented level.


Can you imagine the chaos if we had a widespread grid failure in the United States? Heck, look at the upheaval caused by Target’s registers being offline for two hours this weekend. (I’m looking at YOU, Russia.)


It would only take a few days of no power, no Internet, no cell phones, no stores, no hospitals, and no gasoline to completely change the world we live in.


Getting prepped for a cyber attack should be pretty high on your list of priorities if it’s not already.


Hat tip to Prep Club for the kick a$$ research this weekend!



Daisy Luther is a coffee-swigging, gun-toting blogger who writes about current events, preparedness, frugality, voluntaryism, and the pursuit of liberty on her website, The Organic Prepper. She is widely republished across alternative media and she curates all the most important news links on her aggregate site, PreppersDailyNews.com. Daisy is the best-selling author of 4 books and runs a small digital publishing company.  She lives in the mountains of Virginia with her family. You can find her on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.


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By MassPrivateI


Earlier this year, I warned people that the city of San Diego had been turned into a massive Chinese-Style public surveillance network, complete with facial recognition, spying streetlights, license plate readers and a police-run public watchlisting network.


But what I failed to mention is who is really behind it.


A disturbing news release from the City of San Diego, revealed that the U.S. military is actually helping transform San Diego into a Chinese-Style Smart City.


         



      

The City of San Diego, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer and Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Vincent A. Coglianese signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together on “Smart City” technologies such as unmanned aircraft systems, spying smart streetlights and the city’s’ “Get It Done” app.


This disturbing partnership is actually referred to as the Marine Corps Installation Command or MCIC not an MOU.


Why does the U.S. military wants to turn the entire city of San Diego into an enormous surveillance city?  Because they have two installations within the city’s boundary: the Marine Corps Air Station and the Marine Corps Recruit Depot.


According to NBC 7, the Marine Corps is very proud of turning San Diego into a spying smart city.


“We’re proud of supporting the community because we are the community,” added General Coglianese. “We’re a part of San Diego.”


Marine Corps Agreement With San Diego Smart City



Closeup of spying smart streetlights (approx 1:15)


When our military starts claiming they are part of the community and they have our best interests at heart, everyone should shudder.


The U.S. military has a long and checkered history of ignoring the public and doing whatever it wants, as The Atlantic warned,


“My concern is this growing disconnect between the American people and our military,” retired Admiral Mike Mullen said.


According to the MCIC, the Marine Corps plan for “supporting the community” is to work with law enforcement and corporations to help develop and produce surveillance drones and spying streelights.


The Marine Corps also plans to conduct monthly conference calls with city officials (law enforcement) to address issues and action plans regarding “protection/security, mobility and public works.”


Two years ago, when I warned everyone that the CIA and Homeland Security were working together to create smart cities, most people did not want to believe it.


But not even the most skeptical observer could ignore what is staring them in the face.


The U.S. military, the CIA and Homeland Security are all working together, perfecting their brand of smart city surveillance on Americans.


The Chinese military openly works with smart city development, collaborating on new ways to spy on their citizens. So how is that any different than what is happening in America?


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


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