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By B.N. Frank


In February, telecom executives gave congressional testimony that they had NO scientific evidence that 5G is safe.  Many doctors and scientists say it isn’t.  People and pets have already become sick where it’s been installed (see 1, 2, 3).  Despite increasing worldwide opposition, warnings, and lawsuits (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) companies are still installing it anyway.  Most would consider that to be very risky especially considering that



Insurance companies tend to NOT do business with telecom companies anymore (see 1, 2).
Telecom companies have been warning investors for many years that they may eventually be held liable for harm caused by their devices and transmitters. In fact, there’s currently a Smart Phone Class Action lawsuit due to phones exceeding federal RF safety levels.

         



      

So it’s really not surprising that Swiss Re has classified 5G as a “High Impact” Risk.



The top five emerging risks in our SONAR 2019 report are digital technology’s clash with legacy hardware, potential threats from the spread of 5G mobile networks, increasingly limited fiscal and monetary flexibility by central banks, genetic testing’s implications on life insurers, and the impact of climate change on the life and health sector.


SONAR examines new and “slow-burner” emerging risks and their potential effects on the re/insurance industry. This year’s report features 15 emerging risk themes and five trend spotlights as well as an overview of global macro trends. Among the topics are the rising vaccine hesitancy, hazards of cosmetic surgery tourism, artificial intelligence and healthcare, concussion injuries in sports, the warehouse of the future, and the baby boomers’ skills gap.






Ever noticed how 5G rhymes with “insanity”?


Activist Post reports regularly about 5G, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and other sources of unsafe technology.  For more information visit our archives and the following websites.



5GCrisis
5GExposed
5G Information
The 5G Summit
Whatis5G.Info
Zero5G
ElectromagneticHealth
Environmental Health Trust
Physicians for Safe Technology

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By Jon Queally


It was Cyber Monday and the U.S. Navy put in a $22.2 billion order for new nuclear submarines but absolutely no headlines in the United States, pundits on Morning Joe, former presidents, nor elected politicians active on social media have been spotted asking this question in response to the massive purchase: How we gonna pay for it?


According to CNN, the contract issued on Monday is the Navy’s “most expensive shipbuilding contract ever” and was awarded to weapons maker General Dynamics Electric Boat and subcontractors. “The massive contract for nine nuclear-powered, Virginia class attack submarines comes just months after the head of the US Navy in the Pacific warned of a massive Chinese naval buildup and his trouble in getting enough submarines to counter it,” the news outlet reported.


         



      

As lawmakers like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and 2020 Democratic candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders have pointed out, the “how we gonna pay for it” question has become a common mantra among the “elite D.C. pundit” class and “deficit scolds” when public benefits like tuition-free higher education, Medicare for All, and paid family are proposed—but rarely if ever deployed against massive military expenditures like the “ultra-costly, underwhelming” F-35 fighter jet, the $6.4 trillion thrown at the endless “war on terrorism,” or these latest Virginia class attack submarines.


“If you’re following the presidential race,” Lindsay Koshgarian, director of the National Priorities Project at the Insitute for Policy Studies, wrote in a column last week, “you’ve heard plenty of sniping about Medicare for All and whether we can afford it. But when it comes to endless war or endless profits for Pentagon contractors, we’re told we simply must afford it—no questions asked.”


While a search of social media and news reporting turned up no evidence of elected lawmakers speaking out or asking questions about the cost of the Navy’s latest order, Albert Lee, running in the 2020 Democratic primary to unseat incumbent Rep. Earl Blumenauer in Oregon’s 3rd congressional district, did make the connection between Pentagon spending and what else that money might possibly fund.


“$22 billion could fund a lot [of kids] learning,” Lee said. “We need an education race; not a wasted arms race.”


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By John Vibes


This week, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) issued a warning about the popular smartphone photo application FaceApp, along with every other app developed in Russia, calling them a “potential counterintelligence threat.”


The investigation was prompted by warnings from Democratic U.S. Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer this July that the app was suspect because it was made in Russia.


Schumer posted the FBI’s letter to his Twitter profile with a statement that basically implied I told ya so.




         



      

However, it doesn’t seem that there was much of an actual investigation into the technical aspects of the application, considering that the statement suggested that “any app or product developed in Russia like FaceApp is a potential counterintelligence threat.”


“The FBI considers any mobile application or similar product developed in Russia, such as FaceApp, to be a potential counterintelligence threat, based on the data the product collects … And the legal mechanisms available to the Government of Russia that permits access to data within Russia’s borders,” the letter read.




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The word “potential” implies that they don’t really have any evidence.


Ian Thornton-Trump, intelligence service expert and CompTIA faculty member, told Forbes that this statement is “out of touch” and assumes that FaceApp is a threat simply due to its country of origin.


“I feel like this is a political opportunity to stoke the narrative of ‘tech company in Russia is bad; tech company in USA is good.’ It looks and smells like political pandering to an election base. The data collection practices of firms such as Google and Facebook make this look even more out of touch with the reality on the ground,” Thornton-Trump said.


FaceApp insists that they don’t “sell or share any user data with third parties,” but there is a very good chance that they do. Still, this is no different than the practices that most tech companies engage in.


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As with most user agreements for most of the software available in app stores, privacy agreements permits the app to collect a user’s browser history, location, cookies, log files, metadata, and much more.




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This much is fairly common, but most FaceApp users don’t know that the company can also use user uploaded photos for advertising, without compensating the people in the photos. This goes for third party advertisers too—if FaceApp wants to give your photo to another company for use in an advertisement, they can. FaceApp may insist that they won’t do this, but again, doing so is nothing unusual.


Obviously, FaceApp isn’t the only application on your phone that harvests your information. Most apps do. It is important to be careful with anything that you download.


The only reason there is so much controversy surrounding the FaceApp is because they have a headquarters based in Russia. If FaceApp were located in London or San Francisco with the exact same policies, it is unlikely that anyone would actually care that their data was being collected.



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By Michael Maharrey


Activists in Denver are working to get a complete ban on facial recognition technology in the city on the ballot in 2020. The growing movement to prohibit the use of facial recognition at the state and local levels could hinder the operation of a growing national facial recognition network.


Earlier this fall, Denver resident Connor Swatling introduced a ballot measure that would ban the Denver Police Department and any other city government entity from using facial recognition technology and data gathered with it for law enforcement purposes. The Denver Elections Commission approved the petition language earlier this month and activists can now begin gathering signatures. They will have until May 4 to collect 8,265 valid signatures from registered Denver voters in order to place the measure on the November 2020 ballot.


Swatling said he modeled his ordinance on a similar measure recently passed by Somerville, Massachusetts, City Council.


         



      

Scott Kilgore serves on the “5280 not 1984 Initiative” committee. In a statement, he said facial recognition infringes on civil liberties.


Facial recognition software allows for the invasion of every citizen’s privacy, The technology could allow individuals to be tracked at any time for any reason without a warrant. There are also grave equity concerns about the accuracy of facial recognition, as the technology has been shown repeatedly to be less accurate at identifying people of color.


There is a growing movement to limit or ban the use of facial recognition technology and the local and state level. San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley and Somerville, Mass. have all prohibited government use of facial recognition technology. Portland, Oregon, and Springfield, Massachusetts, are considering similar bans, The California governor recently signed a bill that imposes a 3-year ban on the use of the tech in conjunction with police body-worn cameras. The New York Assembly is considering a bill to ban facial recognition in schools and on police body cameras.


IMPACT ON FEDERAL PROGRAMS


A recent report revealed that the federal government has turned state drivers’ license photos into a giant facial recognition database, putting virtually every driver in America in a perpetual electronic police lineup. The revelations generated widespread outrage, but this story isn’t new. The federal government has been developing a massive, nationwide facial recognition system for years.


The FBI rolled out a nationwide facial-recognition program in the fall of 2014, with the goal of building a giant biometric database with pictures provided by the states and corporate friends.


In 2016, the Center on Privacy and Technology at Georgetown Law released “The Perpetual Lineup,” a massive report on law enforcement use of facial recognition technology in the U.S. You can read the complete report at perpetuallineup.org. The organization conducted a year-long investigation and collected more than 15,000 pages of documents through more than 100 public records requests. The report paints a disturbing picture of intense cooperation between the federal government, and state and local law enforcement to develop a massive facial recognition database.





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“Face recognition is a powerful technology that requires strict oversight. But those controls, by and large, don’t exist today,” report co-author Clare Garvie said. “With only a few exceptions, there are no laws governing police use of the technology, no standards ensuring its accuracy, and no systems checking for bias. It’s a wild west.”



There are many technical and legal problems with facial recognition, including significant concerns about the accuracy of the technology, particularly when reading the facial features of minority populations. During a test run by the ACLU of Northern California, facial recognition misidentified 26 members of the California legislature as people in a database of arrest photos.


With facial recognition technology, police and other government officials have the capability to track individuals in real-time. These systems allow law enforcement agents to use video cameras and continually scan everybody who walks by. According to the report, several major police departments have expressed an interest in this type of real-time tracking. Documents revealed agencies in at least five major cities, including Los Angeles, either claimed to run real-time face recognition off of street cameras, bought technology with the capability, or expressed written interest in buying it.


In all likelihood, the federal government heavily involves itself in helping state and local agencies obtain this technology. The feds provide grant money to local law enforcement agencies for a vast array of surveillance gear, including ALPRs, stingray devices and drones. The federal government essentially encourages and funds a giant nationwide surveillance net and then taps into the information via fusion centers and the Information Sharing Environment (ISE).




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


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


In a nutshell, without state and local cooperation, the feds have a much more difficult time gathering information. Passage of local ordinances banning facial recognition eliminates one avenue for gathering facial recognition data. Simply put, data that doesn’t exist cannot be entered into federal databases.




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



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By Michael Maharrey


A bill filed in the New Jersey Assembly would allow utility customers in the sate to opt-out of installing “smart meter” technology on homes and businesses. Passage of this bill would enable New Jersey residents to protect their own privacy, and it would take a step toward blocking a federal program in effect.


A bipartisan coalition of three assemblymembers introduced Assembly Bill 5884 (A5884) on Nov. 14. The legislation would create an option for New Jersey utility customers to opt-out of any utility company smart meter program with no penalty.


Smart meters monitor home energy usage in minute detail in real-time. The devices transmit data to the utility company where it gets stored in databases. Anybody with access to the data can download it for analysts. Without specific criteria limiting access to the data, these devices create significant privacy issues. Smart meters can also be used to remotely limit power usage during peak hours.


         



      

A5884 would require utility companies to provide written notice to customers at least 90 days before installing a smart meter. Customers would have an option to decline the installation of a smart meter within 30 after receiving written notice with no fee or penalty. Customers declining installation after 30 days but not later than 90 days after the notice could be charged a fee of no more than $100.


Privacy Concerns


The proliferation of smart meters creates significant privacy concerns. The data collected can tell anybody who holds it a great deal about what goes on inside a home. It can reveal when residents are at home, asleep or on vacation. It can also pinpoint “unusual” energy use, and could someday serve to help enforce “energy usage” regulations. The ACLU summarized the privacy issues surrounding smart meters in a report.


The temptation to use the information that will be collected from customers for something other than managing electrical loads will be strong – as it has been for cell phone tracking data and GPS information. Police may want to know your general comings and goings or whether you’re growing marijuana in your basement under grow lights. Advertisers will want the information to sell you a new washing machine to replace the energy hog you got as a wedding present 20 years ago. Information flowing in a smart grid will become more and more ‘granular’ as the system develops.


The privacy issues aren’t merely theoretical. According to information obtained by the California ACLU, utility companies in the state have disclosed information gathered by smart meters on thousands of customers. San Diego Gas and Electric alone disclosed data on more than 4,000 customers. The vast majority of disclosures were in response to subpoenas by government agencies “often in drug enforcement cases or efforts to find specific individuals,” according to SFGate.


Mark Toney, executive director of the Utility Reform Network watchdog group, said the sheer number of data disclosures made by SDG&E raised the possibility that government agencies wanted to sift through large amounts of data looking for patterns, rather than conducting targeted investigations.






Federal courts have held that government collection of smart meter data does not violate individual privacy rights. In 2018, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit held that data collection by smart meters is reasonable and therefore permissible.


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Refusing to allow a smart meter on your property is the only sure-fire way to ensure your energy use data won’t fall into the hands of government agents or private marketers, or end up stored in some kind of government database. Passage of A5884 would make opting out a legal option for New Jerseyites and give them control over their own privacy.


Impact on Federal Program


The federal government serves as a major source of funding for smart meters. A 2009 program through the U.S. Department of Energy distributed $4.5 billion for smart grid technology. The initial projects were expected to fund the installation of 1.8 million smart meters over three years.


The federal government lacks any constitutional authority to fund smart grid technology. The easiest way to nullify such programs is to simply not participate. A5884 would make that possible. If enough states pass similar legislation, and enough people opt out, the program will go nowhere.




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We’ve seen a similar opt-out movement undermining Common Core in New York. Opting out follows a strategy James Madison advised in Federalist #46. “Refusal to cooperate with officers of the Union” provides a powerful means to fight back against government overreach. Such actions in multiple states would likely be effective in bringing down federal smart meter programs.


WHAT’S NEXT


A5884 was referred to the Assembly Telecommunications and Utilities Committee where it must pass by a majority vote before moving forward in the legislative process.


Also see Activist Post’s extensive Smart Meter archive HERE.



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


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Activist Post Editor’s Note: Silicon Valley has taken to “dopamine fasting” in a new fad to give their high-tech brains a rest from over-stimulation.


Meanwhile, Silicon Valley parents have also been in the news for keeping their own children out of high-tech schools. It seems that the creators of this technology are well aware of the negative effects.


Aaron and Melissa Dykes cover the science behind the dopamine-driven feedback loops that are a clear form of mind control through addiction.


         



      


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Watch their mini-documentary Obsolete here and their full-length documentary THE MINDS OF MEN here.


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By Clint Siegner


The presidential race will mesmerize Americans over the next 11 months. The country hasn’t been this polarized since the Civil War.


Voters on the left desperately want a story which undermines support for President Trump. They are also searching for a candidate who can actually win.


Many Republicans are outraged about the Deep State and corporate media campaign obsession with unseating a duly elected president – and they worry an avowed socialist could win the Democratic primary and, just possibly, the general election.


Plenty about the year ahead is unpredictable. Massive federal budget deficits and unrestrained borrowing, however, are a certainty.


         



      

The federal government is not going to voluntarily shrink itself, regardless of who wins in 2020. It has been hopelessly insolvent for a good long while.


The federal government has returned to trillion-dollar deficits – levels last seen following the 2008 financial crisis.


But this time is that federal tax receipts are the highest ever seen. Despite President Trump’s 2017 tax cuts, the IRS pulled in $3.44 trillion in 2019. Politicians may be divided, but they managed to find enough bi-partisan support to spend all that… plus another $984 billion.


Under current economic conditions, forecasters expect trillion-dollar deficits as far as the eye can see.






Imagine what the deficit will be the next time tax receipts fall to recessionary levels and/or Congress launches a major stimulus program. Multi-trillion-dollar deficits are on the way, perhaps when the U.S. economy next hits the skids.


Nobody in Washington DC leadership cares about sound money. Voters have forgotten the Fed’s unpopular decision to bailout crooked banksters and stick Main Street with the losses in 2008.


They stopped insisting upon limited government a long time ago. The Tea Party movement to restrain spending is all but dead, a victim of the partisan battles which have shifted attention to other issues.


Big Government Democrats and Republicans may occasionally pay lip service to the idea of fiscal restraint. But they know the Fed’s printing press will get them out of having to make any difficult cuts.


The return to sound money and limited government requires a 180-degree shift in ideology in Washington and an informed electorate. That isn’t going to happen until some hard lessons have been administered – most likely in the form of a dollar crisis.




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Trouble is, the political theater has become such a distraction. It’s harder to keep track of which problems have a political solution and which do not.


The long slide into national bankruptcy is in the latter category. Prepare accordingly.



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


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By Subverse News


Artificial intelligence is developing at a rapid rate and is already changing the way businesses and governments run, but how the algorithms they use work isn’t clear.


More governments are implementing machine learning and artificial intelligence to increase efficiency, cut costs, enforce laws, and combat the spread of fake news.


         



      


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By MassPrivateI


The good old days of elevator music being a minor distraction is about change.


VentureBeat reports that “elevators of the future will have virtual windows, voice-activated controls, music-streaming, and more.”


KONE’s DX Class, elevators will give security and the buildings owners, unparalleled access to view what is happening inside their elevators.


Yesterday’s announcement concerned new elevators designed from the get-go with connectivity built in, allowing building owners to remotely control, activate, and deactivate specific services from a central dashboard. The setup includes a dynamic display, acoustics, and lighting that can be used to tailor the ambiance and interior.


         



      


KONE’s “Monitoring Solutions” page also reveals that security and law enforcement can identify elevator riders in real-time. They even went so far as to trademark their real-time elevator spying program. It’s called KONE E-Link:


With KONE E-Link you can monitor all your elevators and escalators from a single location. It gives you a real-time overview of equipment status, demand, traffic performance, and availability.


Not only will security and the buildings owners have access to what is going on inside their elevators in real-time, but residents can also use Alexa to call the elevator while they are in their apartments.


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VentureBeat‘s story revealed that KONE plans to use Alexa and other companies like Robotise and BlindSquare to track people in the elevator.


Putting microphones inside elevators will transform them into Big Brother listening devices that will spy on you and your family.


As CNN reported earlier this year,







Amazon reportedly employs thousands of full-time workers and contractors in several countries, including the United States, Costa Rica and Romania, to listen to as many as 1,000 audio clips in shifts that last up to nine hours. The audio clips they listen to were described as mundane and even sometimes possibly criminal, including listening to a potential sexual assault.



Forbes warned that company’s usage of Alexa Guard is much more intrusive than their normal consumer used Alexa because it requires no wake word, is always listening, and cannot be turned off. (To learn more about Alexa Guard, click here.)


Turning elevators into 24/7 listening devices will make everyone long for the good old days when elevators just played bad music.


Kone plans to put facial recognition in elevators



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Tomio Pihkala, KONE’s executive vice president said,


Computer vision is really one of the big things which we are working on quite a lot, Pihkala added. There are many use cases — facial recognition in the context of accessibility is a really obvious one for us.


As VentureBeat pointed out, KONE has 450,000 customers worldwide. Their “Press Releases” page documents nearly 15 years of acquisitions and installations that would make even the most cynical person cringe.


Some of KONE’s recent contracts are Chicago’s Union Station Tower, the Garden Office Tower in Boston and the City of Kansas City. They are even in a cruise ship called the Harmony of the Seas.




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KONE’s “Traffic History Playback” feature is also a major privacy concern for elevator riders.


The history playback facility is a unique KONE E-Link feature. The need for playback may arise due to suspected misuse, reported incidents, or complaints by tenants. This feature facilitates reruns and study of elevator and escalator operating events and status changes, as if on a video recorder.


How long does law enforcement or security store elevator video footage for? And are they recording audio?


For those of you who thought smart city surveillance ended the moment you walked inside a building or went on a cruise ship, guess what it doesn’t.  When elevators are being monetized to listen to our conversations and identify us, we all lose.



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


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By The Last American Vagabond


America’s history of heavy-handed political intervention in Latin America is one of the most well-documented aspects of U.S. foreign policy.


Nicaragua has been a recurring target, but now the government of Nicaragua is the latest “national security threat” that demands immediate military action … all to help liberate the suffering people and the struggling protesters of course.


The Last American Vagabond takes a closer look at the latest flare-ups, the real meaning of national security, terrorism, the drug war and more.


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