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Sep 24 17:36

Hollywood movie production grinds to a halt after possible virus causes Mac computers to mysteriously shutdown sparking chaos

Mac computers running the movie-editing software, Avid, have been shutting down without explanation across movie studios in Hollywood.

The mass shut downs were first reported by Variety and may indicate the existence of a possible computer virus, though the cause still remains unclear.

Once the computers spontaneously shut down, users are reportedly not able to reboot the machines, meaning affected studios have seen post-production efforts come to a grinding halt.

Sep 24 17:30

Kids Preferred Books to Screens So School Bans iPads and Brings Back Textbooks

By B.N. Frank

More research and more experts warn that excessive screen use isn’t good for kids AND for a variety of reasons.

Silicon Valley parents (aka tech inventors) have been sending their kids to private low-tech schools for many years and limiting their use of tech in their homes.

Unfortunately, many public schools have become “high tech” - and that, of course, requires excessive amounts of screen time. Thanks to Healthy Food House for reporting about one private school in Australia that traded in their tech so students could learn happily ever after...

Sep 24 17:26

Nine words to ruin your Monday: Emergency Internet Explorer patch amid in-the-wild attacks

Microsoft today issued a rare emergency security update for Internet Explorer to address a critical flaw in the browser that's being exploited right now in the wild.

Redmond says the vulnerability, a scripting-engine memory-corruption bug designated CVE-2019-1367, can be abused by a malicious webpage or email to achieved remote code execution: that means Windows PCs can be hijacked by viewing a suitably booby-trapped website, or message, when using Internet Explorer. Malware, spyware, and other software nasties can be injected to run on the computer, in that case.

Discovery of the flaw, and its exploitation in the wild by miscreants to commandeer systems, was attributed to Clément Lecigne of the Google Threat Analysis Group. The programming blunder is present in at least IE 9 to 11.

Sep 24 16:46

Beware of Google Alert Links Leading to Malware and Scams

For those not familiar with this service, Google Alerts allows you to submit keywords that you wish to monitor. When new pages are found that match these keywords, depending on how you create the alert, Google will either send you an email or update an RSS feed.

I have been using Google Alerts for many years in order to track various malware and security topics. Over the past year, if not longer, I have noticed a trend where bad actors are injecting malicious sites into the Google search index in order to have them also appear in Google Alerts being sent to users.

When a user clicks on one of these alerts, they will then be sent to a page that then redirects them through a series of other pages until they finally land at a fake giveaway page, tech support scam, unwanted extension, or malware installers.

Sep 24 16:34

Emotet Tries to Infect You By Claiming It's Snowden's Book

Emotet has started a new spam campaign that pretends to be a scanned copy of Edward Snowden's new book. Unsuspecting users who open the attachment and enable its content will find that they have become infected with Emotet, most likely Trickbot, and possibly other malware.

Sep 24 03:54

Defiant Facebook Buys Startup Focused On 'Controlling Computers With Your Mind'

Last week, Mark Zuckerberg visited Capitol Hill to try and 'win friends' in Congress. It was his first big trip back to Washington since the contentious House and Senate hearings last year, where the Facebook chief was accused of sometimes treating lawmakers with disdain (who can forget 'senator, we run adds'?).

The timing of his trip is starting to make more sense. Thanks to a flurry of federal and state investigations, for the first time in its existence, Facebook is facing the very real risk of being broken up. Several lawmakers have asked whether breaking Facebook into Instagram, Whatsapp and Facebook wouldn't be better for consumers. Facebook agrees that something should be done to regulate social media and other Internet companies, but it doesn't think the bipartisan anti-trust movement that formed in the aftermath of the Cambridge Analytica scandal is the right path.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When this technology becomes mature, robust, and capable, I have to wonder if DARPA isn't going to attempt to "immediately buy out the Zuke", for trillions, and adapt this technology for virtual weapons control, to develop for the US weapons program.

Sep 23 16:27

"A Glimpse Of Government's Ability To Totally Control Our Lives"

House Arrest Turns Your Home Into A Jail

The focus of this article is to explore how sophisticated the state has become and its ability to turn your home into an Orwellian prison. Crumbling justice systems have forced courts to prioritize crimes by seriousness and explore new ways of getting people to behave. This translates into petty criminals being allowed to walk free for crimes such as shoplifting, minor assault, vandalism, fraud, and DUIs. A rapidly growing alternative to throwing a person convicted of a crime in jail is some form of house arrest. This is a term most of us heard but do not understand the full scope of what it may encompass.

Sep 23 16:14

Thousands of Anti-5G Swiss Protest At Their Capital

By B.N. Frank

Swiss opposition to 5G has been ongoing. In 2017, Swiss doctor Bertrand Buchs launched a petition asking for a moratorium on 5G installation and since then hundreds of doctors and scientists worldwide have signed it. This is not surprising since research has determined that exposure is harmful.

Earlier this year, Vaud Switzerland adopted a 5G moratorium. Regardless, 5G was installed in Geneva where some residents immediately started suffering from exposure.

On Saturday, September 21, thousands of Swiss attended the second major 5G protest in the country. This was covered by many news sources...

Sep 23 15:09

EXCLUSIVE: The NSA is archiving all encrypted emails and transactions, knowing they will be able to decrypt most digital files in about 3 years, thanks to quantum computing

(Natural News) EXCLUSIVE ANALYSIS – All encrypted emails, files and hard drives that currently rely on 256-bit encryption (such as AES or RSA) may be retroactively broken by the NSA in the next three years, thanks to rapid advances in quantum computing recently announced by Google scientists.

Sep 23 12:41

MYSTERY TOWERS GOING UP ALL OVER CINCINNATI AREA

SOURCE: CRYPTOGON
These towers are going up and the cities don’t know which companies are building them? This is incredible.

Via: WCPO:

But the FCC allows these towers to go in with almost no local approval. The FCC and FAA claim there are no proven links between 5G cell service and health effects, and say local residents have no reason to fear these new towers.

But Hamilton County Engineer Ted Hubbard told us a few months ago that even he, and other county officials are left in the dark.

“The ownership is a big question,” Hubbard said. “And I have asked that. We are having a hard time finding out who actually owns it.”

That means no one has publicly stated who owns the mysterious Cleves tower, or any of the others popping up across the Tri State. It has no company name on the base.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As the "Watergate" character "Deep Throat" said, in the film version, "You have to "follow the money", because that is where you are most apt to find the telling information you need to make a case for ownership.

Sep 23 12:33

ORWELLIAN NIGHTMARE: SIX US CITIES MAKE LIST OF MOST SURVEILLED PLACES IN THE WORLD

SOURCE: ZERO HEDGE
A new report from Comparitech, a technology research firm, details how an Orwellian society, very similar to what was written in George Orwell’s (non-fiction) novel 1984, is playing out across cities in the US. According to Comparitech, six US cities made the top 50 list of the most surveilled places in the world.

Why? Because closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras in the US have increased from 33 million in 2012 to nearly 62 million in 2016 and could double or triple from there in the next five years. Both government and private sources operate these cameras in cities.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

God bless Ms.Jones- Wright; she has this absolutely correct.

Sep 23 12:26

'THIS VIDEO UNDERCUTS CHINA'S NARRATIVE': SATELLITE SLEUTHS VERIFY 'CHILLING' VIDEO OF BLINDFOLDED UYGHURS

SOURCE: NET.AU
Australia's Foreign Minister and members of the Uyghur community have condemned a "deeply disturbing" and "horrifying" video of Uyghurs in China's Xinjiang that has surfaced online.

The footage purportedly shows dozens of Uyghur men — their heads freshly shaved —blindfolded with their hands tied behind their backs during a mass transfer at a train station in the north-west region of China.

The video, posted to YouTube last week anonymously by War on Fear, has been verified as authentic by Nathan Ruser, a satellite analyst at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute.

Mr Ruser said by zooming in on Google Earth details like the shadow cast from a pole or the planting of bushes, he could determine the footage was shot in either April or August in 2018 at a train station west of the city of Korla.

"Through all of those methods I was able to basically verify that that video is legitimate," he told the ABC.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF these images can be proven, by several authenticators, as true,
China's Ministry for Human Rights ( if there IS such a thing), has one whole lot of explaining to do.

Sep 23 12:04

GOOGLE CLAIMS IT HAS ACHIEVED 'QUANTUM SUPREMACY'

Essentially, Google purports to have pulled off a stunt on a quantum computer that no classical machine—not even the world’s most powerful supercomputer—can replicate.

Fortune obtained a copy of Google’s paper, which was posted to NASA.gov earlier this week before being taken down. The Financial Times first reported the news.

A Google spokesperson declined to confirm the authenticity of the paper and its results. NASA did not respond immediately to a request for comment.

A source at Google familiar with the situation suggested, however, that NASA accidentally published the paper early, before its team’s claims could be thoroughly vetted through scientific peer review, a process that could take anywhere from weeks to months.

If the paper holds up under the scrutiny of the scientific community, it will herald a watershed moment in quantum science. Its central claim counters doubt that some unforeseen law of nature may prevent quantum computers from operating as hoped.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF true... what an incredible jump that will be, for both work-related applications and - unfortunately - weaons manufacturing.

Sep 23 08:16

How to check if Yahoo owes you $358

If you had a Yahoo email account between 2013 and 2016, there’s some bad news: The email platform suffered major security breaches during that time, meaning your email may have been hacked and your personal information stolen.

Now, a new settlement from a class-action lawsuit against Yahoo means those affected may be eligible for compensation, up to $358.80.

Yahoo sent out a notice about the data breaches to inform its users that anyone who had an account between Jan. 1, 2012, and Dec. 31, 2016–and who is a resident of the United States or Israel–is a “Settlement Class Member,” meaning they may be entitled to a portion of the $117,500,000 settlement.

Sep 23 08:06

NO MORE SECRETS – Google achieves “quantum supremacy” that will soon render all cryptocurrency breakable, all military secrets revealed

Google’s new quantum processor took just 200 seconds to complete a computing task that would normally require 10,000 years on a supercomputer.

A 53-qubit quantum computer can break any 53-bit cryptography in mere seconds, or in fractions of sections in certain circumstances.

Bitcoin’s transactions are currently protected by 256-bit encryption. Once Google scales its quantum computing to 256 qubits, it’s over for Bitcoin (and all 256-bit crypto), since Google (or anyone with the technology) could easily break the encryption protecting all crypto transactions, then redirect all such transactions to its own wallet.

In effect, “quantum supremacy” means the end of cryptographic secrets, which is the very basis for cryptocurrency.

In addition, all military-grade encryption will become pointless as Google’s quantum computers expand their qubits into the 512, 1024 or 2048 range, rendering all modern cryptography obsolete.

Sep 22 18:06

Attorney Represents New Yorkers At Planning Board Meeting to Install Cell Towers Near Their Homes

By B.N. Frank

Nearly 40 residents in Mahopac, NY don’t want cell towers installed near their homes and they have hired a law firm to represent them. Homeland Towers insists on installing 2 of them there anyway...

Sep 22 11:46

Detroit Police Commission Board Approves Use Of Facial Recognition Technology Despite National Backlash

By Aaron Kesel

The Detroit Board of Police Commissioners voted to approve the Detroit Police Department’s use of controversial facial recognition technology on the public, Courthouse News reported.

According to the directive, police would be limited to using the system when officers have “reasonable suspicion” of home invasions and violent crimes involving incidents like shootings, sexual assaults and carjacking. Further, the system doesn’t have assess to check immigration status on individuals and was restricted from accessing live surveillance streaming video or any security camera device. Outside agencies would be allowed access to the information if needed after proper paperwork is filed.

The order also clarified the technology will not be used to fully identify a suspect, but as an investigatory lead. However, given the nature of the technology we know that promise is bollocks...

Sep 22 11:27

Scott Adams: 3D Printed Guns, Invisible Biden Support, The Singularity Delicious Coffee

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1175772478594940928?s=20

My new book LOSERTHINK goes on sale 11/5. Pre-order: https://bit.ly/2NRammu
What to expect…when the computers rise and take over
Jordan Peterson in rehab facility, once again he’s a role model
Addiction is NOT related to intelligence
New Apple iPhone 11…I’ve been seduced
A delightful experience from packaging to product
Jake Tapper will guest artist Dilbert this week, beginning Monday
It’s for charity, to support a worthy veteran’s group
3D GUN MAKING…works pretty well
Can governments control and prevent this technology?
The future of 3D gun printing
Elizabeth Warren is ahead of Biden in CNN Iowa poll
Do you know ANYONE who supports Biden?
Open borders: Ever met a supporter of open borders?
FEAR is an effective persuader
Candidates SCARE adults for their votes, all the time

Sep 22 10:05

Don’t Want Small Cell Towers Installed All Over Your Community? Instructions on How to Support S. 2012

By B.N. Frank

Telecom companies have been warning their shareholders for many years that they may eventually be held liable for harm caused by their devices and infrastructure. Insurance companies have known better than to insure them – it’s too risky.

The FCC is supposed to protect the public by regulating the Telecom Industry. They’ve been doing a lousy job of this for many years – since way before the Trump administration. It’s become much worse with their efforts on nationwide forced 5G installation. Communities have no say on small cell installation even though telecom companies have provided NO scientific evidence that 5G is safe...

Sep 22 09:23

Penn State Prof: Social Credit Will Shift Law in the West “From Constitution… to Analytics and Algorithm”

By Daniel Taylor

A.I. driven social scores to supplant the Constitution?

Professor Larry Backer of Penn State University writes in a 2018 paper that resistance to social credit systems in the West could be dissolved when the masses are “socialized… as a collective” and “…the great culture management machinery of Western society develop a narrative in which such activity is naturalized within Western culture...

Sep 21 12:03

Saudi Arabia executes 134 people including six kids as brutal crucifixions spike

More than 134 people have been brutally executed in Saudi Arabia so far this year, including six who were just kids when they were arrested.

A massive spike in crucifixions and beheadings has seen the slain tortured and slaughtered by brutal methods, according to a human rights organisation.

In a report presented at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Baroness Helena Kennedy, QC revealed a further 24 people are at “imminent risk” of execution.

They include three children, prominent political opponents of the crown prince, clerics, and human rights campaigners.

An event hosted by The Death Penalty Project highlighted the “illegal and arbitrary executions” in Saudi Arabia as well as human rights abuses for both detainees and their families.

Experts said these abuses have been "exacerbated by the systematic torture of detainees and grossly unfair trials culminating in death sentences".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There are days when I almost feel sorry for those add/communication/crisis management teams, having to yet again justify the unjustifiable; and here is a list of the "best of Saudi Arabia's PR firms who are currently working in Saudi Arabia.

List: best Saudi Arabia's PR firms

I am sure that all these companies make zigableems of dollars, doing what they do; but I have to wonder about the human, and moral, costs of what they do, greatly.

Sep 21 08:59

Building Biologist Explains How Fiber Optics May Cause Adverse Health Effects

By B.N. Frank

CBS 60 Minutes and other news sources have been reporting about American Embassy workers and family members in Cuba and China who became sick and/or disabled allegedly from microwave radiation emitting weapons.

Unfortunately, anybody can become sick or disabled from exposure to sources of Electromagnetic Radiation (aka “Electrosmog”). This is referred to as “Microwave Sickness” or “Electromagnetic Sensitivity”.

This condition seems to be medically recognized worldwide including by the U.S. Access Board...

Sep 21 08:40

Infuriating Report Reveals DMVs Across the US are Selling Your Personal Info and Making Millions

By Matt Agorist

Ever wonder where all these spam calls for credit cards and vehicle warranties come from? Well now you have likely found the culprit, and it’s the government.

While it is understood that DMVs can sell information for legitimate purposes to insurance companies, many of these sales were to nefarious entities, according to the report...

Sep 21 08:29

US Army Prepares To Test New Anti-Drone BLADE System To Defend Against Drone Swarms

By Tyler Durden

A new report from the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command states that the Ballistic Low Altitude Drone Engagement (BLADE) prototype is ready to conduct further trials to protect high-value military assets from small unmanned aerial system attacks.

Sep 20 18:10

Uber Whistleblower Reveals Automated Vehicles Are NOT Safer — Claims Manufacturers Hiding The Truth

By B.N. Frank

No matter how much proponents insist that Automated Vehicles can save lives, it doesn’t change the fact that like humans, computers make mistakes too. Unlike humans, they can also be hacked.

Now an Uber whistleblower is confirming what seems to be totally obvious, and attempts that are being made to keep the public from the truth...

Sep 20 17:26

Dr. Mercola on Illegal Radiation Levels From Cellphones, Inadequate Safety Testing, and Why We Should Be Concerned About 5G

By B.N. Frank

Last month, the Chicago Tribune reported that 11 popular smartphones exceeded federal radiation (RF) safety levels. Within days, a law firm started a class action lawsuit because of this.

Federal safety levels were established over 20 years ago and are woefully inadequate. Plenty of research has determined wireless radiation exposure is harmful. Regardless, the FCC refuses to acknowledge this or update safety levels.

Thanks to Dr. Mercola for his extensive article about these topics including how “Safety Standards Leave Lots of Wiggle Room” and don’t apply to real-world exposure...

Sep 20 15:33

ADVENT OF 5G MUST COINCIDE WITH AN EVEN STRONGER FOCUS ON SUSTAINABILITY TO AVOID ESCALATION IN ICT CARBON FOOTPRINT

Whilst 5G is set to bring a range of benefits to business consumers, it will also increase the capacity to create and transfer more data than ever, and without a more significant move to sustainable practise there will be a large increase in the carbon footprint of data centers across the world.

The amount of data we produce will correspondingly require more bandwidth and storage. This undoubtedly strengthens the need to focus on sustainability and avoid a massive escalation in the carbon footprint of ICT, according to The Green Grid.

Climate protesters with a 5G phone please note.

Sep 20 15:23

Carbon footprint of the smartphone

As for the consumption of energy, another report finds that an iPhone uses more electricity than a refrigerator in a year. The power needed to charge it is actually small. The voracious appetite belongs to all the infrastructure to support the wireless connection, data storage and usage.

It is the 7x24 running servers and the air-con to keep them functional. It is the power required to keep our broadband networks nonstop. It is estimated that information-communication technologies around the globe uses 1,500 terawatt-hours of power annually, the same amount that lit up the whole world in 1985. That, needless to say, is a hefty carbon footprint.

Climate protesters with smartphone please note.

Sep 20 15:13

Do NOT update your iPhone software! Apple releases iOS 13 operating system that can still expose your contact details without the need for a passcode, FaceID or TouchID - despite being warned weeks ago

The bug was revealed by private cybersecurity expert Jose Rodriguez who alerted the technology giant that he had found a 'password bypass' in July.

In a YouTube video he shows how when someone is receiving an incoming call it's possible to navigate through the messaging system to coax the phone into automatically suggesting contacts from inside the phone.

He initially worked with Apple to fix the fault, but decided to expose it when he feared that it would not be stamped out before the software update was launched, according to CNN.

Once in possession of someone's device, the Canary Islands-based tech enthusiast could sidestep the phone's security - such as facial ID - and access the contacts database.

Sep 20 11:39

Home Depot And Lowe's Accused Of Scanning Millions Of Customers Faces

Home Depot's "You Can Do It. We Can Help" slogan should really say, "We Can Do It. We Can Help Big Brother." And Lowe's "Do It Right For Less. Start At Lowe's" slogan should say, "Doing It Right And Identifying Every Customer, Starts At Lowe's."

According to the Cook County Record, two recent class action lawsuits accuse Home Depot and Lowe's of secretly using facial recognition to identify customers as soon as they enter their stores.

On Sept. 4, 2019, a group of plaintiffs simultaneously filed virtually identical class action complaints in Cook County Circuit Court in Chicago against Lowe’s and in federal court in Atlanta against Home Depot, accusing the retailers of violating the Illinois state law by “surreptitiously” scanning customers’ faces as they moved about the chains’ stores.

According to the Lowe's lawsuit, home improvement stores are secretly using facial recognition to identify everyone.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

DANG, I really used to love to shop, occasionally, in both stores; unfortunately, it appears that I won't be visiting either, unless they promise to change this policy, and have safeguards in place to prevent this from happening in the future.

Sep 20 09:32

Serbian Journalists Expose a Ruling Party Bot Application Used to Manipulate Readers’ Comments on Media Websites

By Filip Stojanovski

Activists of the ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS), nicknamed ‘SNS bots’, have been using a mobile application to post thousands of ‘up-votes’ and ‘down-votes’ on comments to articles of popular media websites Kurir and Espresso, to influence the perceptions of their readers, revealed a research by the Centre for Investigative Journalism of Serbia (CINS).

In an investigative story published on 4 September 2019, journalists An?ela Milivojevi? and Milica Šari? revealed that analysis of the source code of the mobile application called VotR2 showed that it enabled adding votes ‘for’ or ‘against’ readers’ comments, to make them either less or more visible to other readers...

Sep 20 09:19

Facebook to Launch “Independent Supreme Court” Body to Monitor Its Content

By Makia Freeman

THE STORY: On September 17th 2019, Facebook released a charter for a new Oversight Board to moderate its content, known colloquially by some as the Facebook Independent Supreme Court.

THE IMPLICATIONS: How independent will this board really be? What are Facebook’s true motivations for setting up this board? Given the past history of fact checking and censorship, will this Independent Supreme Court become just another censoring authority?...

Sep 20 05:42

Martial Law Masquerading As Law And Order: The Police State's Language Of Force

Authored by John Whitehead via The Rutherford Institute,

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

- Justice William O. Douglas, dissenting, Colten v. Kentucky, 407 U.S. 104 (1972)

Forget everything you’ve ever been taught about free speech in America.

It’s all a lie.

There can be no free speech for the citizenry when the government speaks in a language of force.

What is this language of force?

Sep 19 18:38

Siri Thinks Bob Dylan Died Over 11 Years Ago ?— He’s Touring Later This Year

Back in 2017, the digital assistant reported to fans that John Travolta was dead. The algorithm-driven assistant also reported that comic legend Stan Lee had died on July 2018, months before he actually passed away.

Other cataloged mistakes include reporting Barbara Bush’s height as just four feet. The former first lady’s actual height was 5’8?.

Apple has swiftly fixed the bug that led to the error, but the incident raises plenty of questions.

Top among them: should we be relying on algorithms to dish out factual data?

Sep 19 12:31

US Patriots Couldn’t Repel Attack on Saudi Oil Facilities Due to Low Efficiency – Russian MoD Source

Saudi Aramco refineries were hit hard in a drone attack, claimed by Yemeni Houthis, crippling Saudi crude output for several days. In the wake of the attack, US military command for the Middle East suggested sending more air defence missile systems to Saudi Arabia after existing ones failed to foil the strike.

Some 88 Patriot systems deployed in Saudi Arabia failed to repel attack on Saudi Aramco oil facilities, letting dozens of drones and guided missiles get through defences, a high-ranking source in the Russian Defence Ministry said. The source dismissed the excuse that the US Secretary of State gave to explain the Patriot fiasco, noting that in fact the American air defence system simply has low efficiency

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Wait one minute, did I just read that correctly?!?

Then please answer this question; are our American military just as vulnerable as were the Saudis when these attacks happened?!?

And the best and brightest US engineers who have developed these US military systems got overwhelmed... by a bunch of allegedly "primitive drones"?!?

So, President Trump, what is wrong with this picture?!? ABSOLUTELY BLOODY EVERYTHING.

Mr. President, you and Vice President Pence, need to "work the phones" of all your contributors in the military defense industry, and there should be, immediately, (private) conferences on why the US had a 100% failure rate in Saudi Arabia, where the need for these damned systems is desperately critical in order to protect the oil infrastructure here, and the US failed...miserably.

This cannot, sir, cannot happen again, because if it did, any foreign buyer, thinking about buy US-made weaponry may well march right out of the negotiating room, and into either Russia's or China's embassy in their countries, to discuss buying weapons... which actually work.

Sep 19 12:05

WHOOPS, MY FINGER SLIPPED! HAWAIIANS PANIC AS POLICE TRIGGER FALSE TSUNAMI WARNING DURING TRAINING

SOURCE: RT
n a somewhat disturbing case of deja vu, the emergency warning sirens sounded in several parts of Hawaii early Wednesday evening, evoking memories of January’s false ballistic missile alert.
The alarm was inadvertently set off during Honolulu Police Department dispatcher training, which for some bizarre reason was being done on live equipment rather than with training software.

“I just want to apologize [to] the public,” Police Chief Susan Ballard said in an interview with Hawaii News Now. “It was just a very [simple] mistake. We need to do better.”

In this instance, it took 12 minutes for state agencies to confirm to the public that it was a false alarm, compared with the 28-minute delay in January.

***NO TSUNAMI THREAT*** We have received phone calls about sirens going off across Oahu, but we have confirmed with the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center that there is NO TSUNAMI THREAT. #hiwx #tsunami

— NWSHonolulu (@NWSHonolulu) September 19, 2019

Webmaster's Commentary: 

NOT Funny!! We had one man die from a stress-induced coronary the last time.

Please; the warning systems in the State are put there to save people; not to cause them to die from stress-related problems.

The training here, appears to have been hideously hap-hazard, and obviously uneffective.

Sep 19 11:36

Scotiabank slammed for 'muppet-grade security' after internal source code and credentials spill onto open internet

Scotiabank leaked online a trove of its internal source code, as well as some of its private login keys to backend systems, The Register can reveal.

Over the past 24 hours, the Canadian financial giant has torn down GitHub repositories, inadvertently left open to the public, that contained this sensitive information, after The Register raised the alarm. These repositories featured, among other things, software blueprints and access keys for a foreign exchange rate system, mobile application code, and login credentials for services and database instances: a potential gold mine of vulnerabilities for criminals and hackers to exploit.

Sep 19 11:18

U.S. House Reps Confront FCC on Not Changing 23-Year-Old RF Exposure Limits for Current Wireless Tech Despite Research Proving Harm

By B.N. Frank

Current federal RF safety limits for cell phones and all other wireless technologies were established before most people had or were exposed to cell phones or other wireless radiation emitting technology. They don’t apply to how most of the population uses or are exposed today. They don’t consider more recent research and risks from all sources of exposure. These limits need to be changed but the FCC refuses to change them...

Sep 19 11:14

Smart TVs and digital assistants are leaking sensitive data of users to Netflix, Facebook and advertisers, study finds

Smart TVs and home devices are harvesting consumers' personal data and funnelling it to big technology companies, researchers have warned.

Sensitive information such as one's exact location is reportedly being wired to corporations such as Facebook, Amazon and Netflix - even if the person is not their customer.

Any internet-connected device, including speakers, cameras and even fridges, risk storing a consumer's data before transmitting it.

Sep 19 10:53

Windows Defender malware scans are failing after a few seconds

There's currently a major bug in Windows Defender, the free antivirus software that ships with Windows 10.

Running a Quick or Full scan will fail after a few seconds and only go through a handful of files, resulting in incomplete, superficial results. Such scans are usually known to take tens of minutes, and even hours.

The issue has been widely reported over the past two days on the Microsoft tech support forums [1, 2, 3, 4, 5], Reddit [1, 2, 3, 4], and tech support sites like AskWoody, DeskModder, BornCity, and Bleeping Computer.

The bug impacts Windows Defender version 4.18.1908.7 and later, released earlier this week. The bug was introduced while Microsoft tried to fix another bug introduced with the July 2019 Patch Tuesday.

Sep 19 07:43

Don’t Smile for the Camera

By Andrew P. Napolitano

A trial in Great Britain has just concluded with potentially dangerous implications for personal freedom here.

Great Britain is currently the most watched country in the Western world – watched, that is, by its own police forces. In London alone, the police have erected more than 420,000 surveillance cameras in public places. That amounts to 48 cameras per 1,000 residents. What do the cameras capture? Everything done and seen in public...

Sep 19 07:16

Home Depot And Lowe’s Accused Of Scanning Millions Of Customers Faces

By MassPrivateI

Home improvement stores like Home Depot and Lowe’s have become partners in Big Brother’s ever expanding public surveillance program.

Home Depot’s “You Can Do It. We Can Help” slogan should really say, “We Can Do It. We Can Help Big Brother.” And Lowe’s “Do It Right For Less. Start At Lowe’s” slogan should say, “Doing It Right And Identifying Every Customer, Starts At Lowe’s.”

According to the Cook County Record, two recent class action lawsuits accuse Home Depot and Lowe’s of secretly using facial recognition to identify customers as soon as they enter their stores...

Sep 19 06:09

How To Protect Yourself From Microphone And Camera Hacking

Regardless of what type of computer or smartphone you use, there are obvious privacy concerns. This day and age, it’s important to be aware of the fact that privacy isn’t what it used to be, but there are a few things we can do about.

Keeping yourself safe in the digital age and protecting against microphone and camera hacking has become a concern of many and with good reason! Digital privacy is a top fear of the American consumer. According to a nationally representative survey of more than 1,000 adults conducted by Consumer Reports in May, over 43% of American adults believe that their smartphone is recording them even when they have not asked it to. This fear is also compounded by the fact that, according to security experts, there is a real, (albeit remote) risk that hackers could take control of your devices’ cameras and microphones.

Sep 18 18:53

Health Concerns Have Stopped 5G Rollout in Australia!

By B.N. Frank

No matter how proponents try to spin it, the Telecom Industry has provided NO scientific evidence that 5G exposure is safe and many credible doctors and scientists insist that IT ISN’T. Symptoms from exposure include irritated eyes, increased sweating, and more. In fact, people and their pets are already suffering from exposure where it’s been installed.

This being said — a big congratulations to Aussies for stopping 5G from being installed in the Land Down Under...

Sep 18 18:31

Oakland City Council Bans Facial Recognition

By Michael Maharrey

Yesterday, the Oakland City Council gave final approval for a ban of facial recognition technology by the city. The new ordinance not only increases privacy in Oakland; it also takes a step toward limiting a massive federal surveillance program.

The ordinance prohibits Oakland government agencies, including police, from “acquiring, obtaining, retaining, requesting, or accessing” facial recognition technology. The ban includes accessing information obtained through facial recognition technology used by agencies outside of the city...

Sep 18 17:42

The Very Book The Government Does Not Want You To Read Just Went #1 In The World

By Arjun Walia

Edward Snowden recently released a book titled Permanent Record. The US government is now suing the publisher of the book for not giving the CIA and the NSA a chance to erase classified details from the book.

What is the government really protecting? Are they protecting the well being of the citizenry or are they protecting immoral, unethical, political, corporate and elitist interests?...

Sep 18 10:10

Amazon Reportedly Changed Search Algorithm To Favor More Profitable Products

After publishing a steady stream of scoops about Amazon’s anti-competitive tendencies, the Wall Street Journal on Monday dropped one of the biggest media bombshells to rock the e-commerce giant in recent memory: That Amazon has deliberately tweaked its product-search algorithm to more prominently feature products that are more profitable for Amazon, including its own in-house brands.

Sep 18 09:30

THIS IS HOW GOOGLE IS SPYING ON EVERYTHING YOU DO

I am loving this YouTube channel that I just stumbled on called The Hated One! This piece is about the manifold evils of Google. Below is a redacted transcript of the voiceover.

Sep 18 09:09

Ransomware: 11 steps you should take to protect against disaster

Falling victim to ransomware could put your vital business or personal data at risk of being lost forever. These steps can help bolster your defences.

Sep 18 07:38

Smart TVs Caught Sending Sensitive User Data To Facebook And Netflix

By Tyler Durden

A study by researchers from Northeastern University and Imperial College London found that many popular smart TV models, including models by Samsung and LG, as well as streaming dongles Roku and Amazon FireTV, are leaking sensitive user data to advertisers.

The models listed above would share data like location and IP address with Netflix, Facebook and third-party advertisers...

Sep 17 18:00

Californians Losing Sleep Over Verizon 4G and 5G Small Cells Being Installed Near Homes and Everywhere Else

By B.N. Frank

So many Californians have been fighting 4G and 5G small cell tower installation in their communities that their state small cell bill was vetoed last year.

Some elected officials though are hell bent on installing 5G anyway despite public opposition, the growing number of risks and warnings about this technology, no scientific evidence that it’s even safe, and few subscribing to 5G in CA communities where it’s already installed.

Thanks to Bohemian.com for this detailed update on happenings in North Bay...

Sep 17 13:16

Edward Snowden Responds After Trump DOJ Sues Whistleblower Over New Memoir the US Government “Does Not Want You to Read”

By Julia Conley

Citing what First Amendment advocates have called an “unconstitutional” system of controlling what federal employees can and cannot say about their work, President Donald Trump’s Justice Department on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden over the publication of his new memoir.

The day the book Permanent Record was released, the DOJ filed its lawsuit claiming Snowden had published without submitting the book for “pre-publication review.”

The government wants all proceeds from the book and is asking MacMillan Publishers to keep any revenue from being transferred to Snowden...

Sep 17 06:55

Smart Faucets And Toilets Use Alexa To Listen To Your Conversations

By MassPrivateI

It is hard to imagine a more intrusive home surveillance device than a faucet or toilet that listens to everyone’s conversations, but that is just what Delta Faucet and Kohler have done.

Delta Faucet’s “Voice IQ” takes advantage of where lots of people like to congregate and turns it into an Alexa eavesdropping center...

Sep 17 06:22

Windows 10 1903 is Now Having Problems with Network Adapters

Microsoft has acknowledged another problem in Windows 10 version 1903 where user's are reporting that their network adapters suddenly stop working after installing a cumulative update.

In the Windows 10 Health Dashboard, Microsoft has stated that some Intel and Broadcom Wi-Fi adapters are having a compatibility issues with NEC computers and will cause the adapter to no longer work.

Sep 17 06:21

Millions of Lion Air Passenger Records Exposed and Exchanged on Forums

Tens of millions of records from customers of two airline companies owned by Lion Air have been circulating on data exchange forums for at least a month. The info was stored in an Amazon bucket that was open on the web.

The records are present in two databases, one with 21 million records, the other with 14 million entries, in a directory holding backup files created in May 2019 mostly for Malindo Air and Thai Lion Air.

Another backup file has Batik Air in its name, an airline whose parent organization is also Lion Air.

Leaked details include passenger and reservation IDs, physical addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, names, dates of birth, phone numbers, passport numbers, and passport expiration dates.

Sep 16 17:29

US Navy Says It’s Trying to Avoid “Terminator” Scenario as Experts Warn of AI Battlefield Tech

By Elias Marat

It’s long been an image restricted to popular culture: unstoppable robot killers firing their high-powered rifles at clusters of helpless human soldiers with no choice but to flee the battlefield or risk sustaining tremendous losses.

The scenario of military robots and the artificial intelligence (AI) network “Skynet” spinning free from human control forms the basis of The Terminator series starring Arnold Schwarzenegger that has captivated moviegoers around the world. But now, according to a U.S. Navy official, the science fiction nightmare of wars entrusted to machines that “can’t be reasoned with [and] doesn’t feel pity, or remorse, or fear,”—as one character in the original film says—could become a reality...

Sep 16 13:35

“Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson” on 5G Being “4G on Steroids” and “Flying Blind” with Health Risks

By B.N. Frank

The Telecom Industry has provided no scientific evidence that 5G exposure is safe. Many scientists insist that it isn’t. They also insist we’re being exposed to excessive and unhealthy levels of wireless radiation already – even without 5G.

Regardless, 5G is being installed everywhere despite all of this and increasing widespread opposition. That and more were highlighted in this Full Measure cover story...

Sep 16 07:17

Data on almost every Ecuadorean citizen leaked

Personal data about almost every Ecuadorean citizen has been found exposed online.

Names, financial information and civil data about 17 million people, including 6.7 million children, was found by security company vpnMentor.

The massive cache of data was found on an unsecured Amazon cloud server almost anyone could look at.

Access to the server has now been restricted thanks to Ecuador's computer emergency security team.

Sep 16 07:13

New Windows 10 Search, Start, USB And Audio Bugs Confirmed

Picked up by Windows Latest, KB4515384 - an update Microsoft released to fix the CPU spiking search problem - is not only causing new search problems, reports state it is breaking the Start menu, Action Center and USB connections while also causing audio problems.

“Typical Microsoft, fixes the CPU usage by completely breaking search so it can't even be used,” said one affected user.

Sep 15 16:32

Ex-Google worker fears 'killer robots' could cause mass atrocities

A new generation of autonomous weapons or “killer robots” could accidentally start a war or cause mass atrocities, a former top Google software engineer has warned.

Laura Nolan, who resigned from Google last year in protest at being sent to work on a project to dramatically enhance US military drone technology, has called for all AI killing machines not operated by humans to be banned.

Nolan said killer robots not guided by human remote control should be outlawed by the same type of international treaty that bans chemical weapons.

Sep 15 16:30

Twitter blocks accounts of Raúl Castro and Cuban state-run media outlets

Mariela Castro and state media journalists were also blocked in move Cuban Union of Journalists called ‘massive censorship’

Sep 15 08:15

Former Microsoft Canada President Warns AGAIN About Exposure to WiFi Radiation And 5G

By B.N. Frank

Thanks to Frank Clegg and Michigan Safe Technology for posting this short but information-packed video featuring the former Microsoft Canada president addressing issues with WiFi and 5G radiation again...

Sep 15 04:41

Meet The Revolutionary Swiss House Built Entirely By Robots

A group of Swiss researchers have set out to find an answer to the problem of CO2 in the building and construction industry. After all, putting up new buildings ranks as one of the most polluting activities that humans partake in, according to Quartz.

The researchers believe that robots could very well be the answer that the industry needs. And now, they have their proof of concept in the DFAB House, described as "the first habitable building designed and planned using a choreography of digital fabrication methods."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

WOW! What a great engineering challenge, now fulfilled.

Sep 15 04:36

Snowden Spills: Infamous Whistleblower Opines On Spycraft, AI, And Being Suicided

Edward Snowden has finally laid it all out - documenting his memoires in a new 432-page book, Permanent Record, which will be published worldwide on Tuesday, September 17.

Meeting with both The Guardian and Spiegel Online in Moscow as part of its promotion, the infamous whistleblower spent nearly five hours with the two media outlets - offering a taste of what's in the book, details on his background, and his thoughts on artificial intelligence, facial recognition, and other intelligence gathering tools coming to a dystopia near you.

While The Guardian interview is 'okay,' scroll down for the far more interesting Spiegel interview, where Snowden goes way deeper into his cloak-and-dagger life, including thoughts on getting suicided.

First, The Guardian:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I sincerely hope that this book will fly off the shelves, and soon.

Sep 15 04:12

2ND CIRCUIT RULES FOX NEWS MUST FACE SUIT BROUGHT BY SETH RICH'S FAMILY

SOURCE: COURTHOUSENEWS.COM

The Second Circuit Friday revived an infliction of emotional distress suit against Fox News brought by the traumatized parents of murdered Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich over the cable network’s retracted coverage of a WikiLeaks conspiracy theory.

Rich’s parents, Joel and Mary Rich, who live in Omaha, Nebraska, claimed they suffered symptoms of post?traumatic stress disorder and social anxiety disorder after Fox News pushed a discredited right-wing conspiracy theory that their son was involved in the leak of thousands of DNC emails to WikiLeaks, and was killed because of it.

Rich was shot twice in the back a block from his apartment in W

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I found a very interesting treatment of a possibility that Rich was assassinated at RBN, the radio network with which Mike is affiliated as a host; here's the link.

This Is Why Seth Rich Was Killed And What He Provided To WikiLeaks

The article goes on to state:This explains a lot of things about “the election”, both the DNC primary, and in the Presidential election. Though Trump won the required number of electoral votes, I was very surprised that he “fell short” of HRC in the popular vote. Somehow I sensed that many votes were somehow “confiscated” from him. Jim Stone explains how this likely happened.

As David Wilcock pointed out in the prior post, “The Seth Rich story is very big, and could be the critical element that breaks this all wide open — as I discussed in my Monday night talk at CID [CITD]”.

Found this article via this BF article comment from Intruth.

“Seth Rich was responsible for an internet application that helped voters find their polling stations. He discovered that Hillary had set up bogus polling places that were not on the official record. Hillary then had DNC staffers merge the results from both sets of polling places, keeping the actual number of voters officially recorded at the legitimate polling station the same while the actual ballots that went to Bernie and represented those numbers were swapped out for her.

'“While most voters look up their location on their state website, voters who were signed up as Hillary Clinton supporters would be directed to her site to find their polling place. It was set up the same as any other DNC polling place – with DNC volunteers, regular voting machines etc – and a duplicate voter roster… The [DNC] supervisor would then pick up the roster at the legitimate polling place and the ballots there. He (or she) would then replace a number of Bernie Sanders ballots with an equal number of the ballots from the Hillary Clinton voting location.

[JS] “Seth rich DID figure out Hillary did this, and said nothing. Instead, he did the DNC leaks to WikiLeaks, hopefully to bring the whole house of cards down. The timing is so close on all of this that it can’t really be known if Seth was killed because he knew Hillary’s plot, or if he was killed because someone figured out it was him who did the leaks.'

One has to wonder if the "Legalstas" for Fox are going to look at this, in created a defense for Fox's actions; that being said, however, were I a betting person, I would not bet that this will happen here.

Sep 15 03:53

NOT JUST THE BEES, FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND STUDY SHOWS NEONICS MAY BE KILLING BIRDS TOO

SOURCE: COMMON DREAMS
In addition to devastating effects on bee populations and the pollination needed to feed humans and other species, widely-used pesticides chemically related to nicotine may be deadly to birds and linked to some species' declines, according to a new study.

Researchers at the University of Saskatchewan studied the pesticide imidacloprid, in the nicotine-linked class of chemicals called neonicotinoids, or neonics, and found that the pesticide had effects on migrating birds' health and ability to reproduce.

We've heard a lot about neonics & bees—but they're hurting birds too.

A first-of-its-kind study on wild birds shows the pesticides make them lose weight and delays migration.https://t.co/LDep60W0ay

— EHN (@EnvirHealthNews) September 12, 2019

The scientists gave small amounts of the pesticide to white-crowned sparrows and found that the limited consumption caused the birds to lose weight and delay their migration.

Sep 15 03:31

NEW YORK UNCOVERS $1 BILLION IN SACKLER FAMILY WIRE TRANSFERS

SOURCE: NYTIMES.COM

The New York attorney general’s office said Friday that it had tracked about $1 billion in wire transfers by the Sackler family, including through Swiss bank accounts, suggesting that the family tried to shield wealth as it faced a raft of litigation over its role in the opioid crisis.

Earlier this week, thousands of municipal governments and nearly two dozen states tentatively reached a settlement with the Sackler family and the company it owns, Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin. But the attorneys general of a majority of states, including New York and Massachusetts, are balking at the proposed deal, contending that the Sackler family has siphoned off company profits that should be used to pay for the billions of dollars in damage caused by opioids.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Sacklers did what nearly every other monied family does, when it discover that whatever their "gravy train" may have been, has had the emergency brakes pulled on it, and hared

Unfortunately for them, they were collectively too stupid to create an environment in which these alleged "covert transfers", stayed covert.

Too bad that they never has the opportunity to have lunch with Jeffrey Epstein, before his untimely demise at a Federal prison; now, THERE was a guy who, most likely, really knew how to do this.

Sep 13 20:43

Israel Accused Of Spying On The U.S.; Trump Denies Despite Past Actions Of Espionage

By Aaron Kesel

The U.S. government has concluded that Israel set up cellphone surveillance devices that were found near the White House and other sensitive locations around Washington, D.C., according to three former senior U.S. officials with knowledge of the matter, NPR reported.

According to the website, the espionage actions were done through the use of Stingrays utilizing “international mobile subscriber identity-catchers” or IMSI-catchers which capture the contents of calls, text and data use.

This is according to forensic analysis, conducted by the FBI and other agencies working on the case that stated they felt confident that Israeli agents had placed the devices, according to the former officials to spoke to NPR...

Sep 13 10:56

Victory! Individuals Can Force Government to Purge Records of Their First Amendment Activity

By Aaron Mackey

The FBI must delete its memo documenting a journalist’s First Amendment activities, a federal appellate court ruled this week in a decision that vindicates the right to be free from government surveillance.

In Garris v. FBI, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ordered the FBI to expunge a 2004 memo it created that documented the political expression of news website www.antiwar.com and two journalists who founded and ran it. The Ninth Circuit required the FBI to destroy the record because it violated the Privacy Act of 1974, a federal law that includes a provision prohibiting federal agencies from maintaining records on individuals that document their First Amendment activity...

Sep 13 09:59

Update on CA Family Kicked Off YouTube for Fighting Verizon 5G Cell Tower 45 Feet From Their Home

By B.N. Frank

Activist Post has been reporting about the Sacramento family trying to get Verizon to remove the 5G small cell tower next to their home. Other residents also aren’t happy about 5G AND 4G small cells installed throughout their community so the city council paid for a long-time industry funded expert, Jerrold Bushberg, to appease residents at a special “safety” meeting. Here’s Jerrold in this Cellular One promotional video from many moons ago ...

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