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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 ...

Sep 12 18:09

Airbus Planes to Track Every Movement You Make – Including Bowel

By B.N. Frank

If the 60 Minutes Australia report about contaminated air making passengers and pilots sick wasn’t enough to make you stop flying, this just might do it.

From Bloomberg:

"Attention airline bathroom loiterers: The next generation of Airbus aircraft will track how long you’ve been in there. It’s all part of an effort to make commercial cabins a digitally aware domain. The program is Airbus’s bid to raise the Internet of Things — that buzz-phrase for connected household gadgets — to cruising altitude."...

Sep 12 11:48

Sputnik Editor-in-Chief Denounces Censorship as Her Facebook Account Banned

RT and Sputnik Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan page on Facebook has been suspended for three days for "violating community standards," RT reported, noting that reasons behind the ban are being investigated.

Sputnik and RT Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan has posted a tweet in which she revealed that her Facebook account has been suspended.

"I was banned on Facebook. Trying to figure out why. Meanwhile, I'll contemplate about free internet, freedom of speech and all that", Simonyan wrote.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Wow, you can smell the irony all the way across the planet, on this one!!!

Sep 12 11:12

Government Orders Google To Let Employees Express Unpopular Political Views

In what appears to be a huge victory for Google employees who don't ascribe to the ultra-liberal Silicon Valley monoculture, the National Labor Relations Board has reached a settlement with Google over complaints that the search giant punishes employees for speaking out on political and workplace issues that don't comport with the company's agenda.

The settlement, which was reportedly approved by an agency director this week, according to WSJ, comes in response to a pair of complaints filed by conservative employees about how the company handles workplace dissent.

One complainant, former engineer Kevin Cernekee, claims he was fired for expressing his right-leaning political views on an internal company message board (Google, for what it's worth, claims he was fired for "misusing company equipment")

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When, please, did the center of this country, and it's political dialogue, get placed so out of kilter, that people seem to be spoiling for a fight for what used to be a reasonable, logical encounter with people whose views differ from yours?!?

I am feeling like I need to self-sensor whenever I talk to people whose political views may diverge even slightly from mine, and I am bloody tired of it!!

Sep 12 11:04

Breaking, literally: Microsoft's fix for CPU-hogging Windows bug wrecks desktop search

One step forward, er, one step back. Nobody gets too far like that

Sep 12 11:04

part of a 100 year negotiation.Have You Noticed How Social Media Purges Always Align With The US Empire?

Authored by Caitlin Johnstone via Medium.com,

Twitter has suspended multiple large Cuban media accounts for reasons the social media platform has yet to explain as of this writing, a move which journalist Dan Cohen has described as “the equivalent of silencing CNN, Fox, WaPo and NPR’s accounts” for that nation. The Union of Cuban Journalists has denounced the move as censorship.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The pattern is exceptionally clear, for anyone with a couple of brain cells left.

I am always concerned about two Iranian blogs to which I link frequently (English versions only) www.presstv.com, and en.farsnews.com.

If these English language blogs go silent simultaneously, you can bet that something wicked this way is about to hit Iran.

Sep 12 10:53

New SIM Card Flaw Lets Hackers Hijack Any Phone Just By Sending SMS

Cybersecurity researchers today revealed the existence of a new and previously undetected critical vulnerability in SIM cards that could allow remote attackers to compromise targeted mobile phones and spy on victims just by sending an SMS.

Dubbed "SimJacker," the vulnerability resides in a particular piece of software, called the S@T Browser (a dynamic SIM toolkit), embedded on most SIM cards that is widely being used by mobile operators in at least 30 countries and can be exploited regardless of which handsets victims are using.

What's worrisome? A specific private company that works with governments is actively exploiting the SimJacker vulnerability from at least the last two years to conduct targeted surveillance on mobile phone users across several countries.

Sep 12 09:22

Same Sh*t Different Day — Internet of Things Warnings from Security Experts Include Hacking, Death, etc.

By B.N. Frank

Whether they know ahead of time or not, people who install Internet of Things (IoT) technology in their homes are choosing to live dangerously. Unfortunately, government mandated widespread 5G and IoT technology installation forces us all to live dangerously.

Security experts have been warning about IoT for many years now. It has a 74% failure rate. Trying to fix this seems impossible...

Sep 12 08:53

Baltimore Governor’s Three Year Plan To Use Police Surveillance Planes To Monitor The Public

By MassPrivateI

Americans have never seen such a blatant and misleading excuse to use surveillance planes to spy on everyone quite like what is happening in Maryland.

Sep 12 05:42

How 5G Will Change Your Life

As Saxo Bank's Peter Garnry recaps yesterday's Apple event, the company introduced its iPhone 11 which now comes in three different versions with cheapest version selling for $699 which a price cut aimed to lure smartphone buyers back into Apple’s realm (at the expense of a drop in Apple's ASP). The stock market reacted positively to the news, but criticism has surfaced that Apple is falling behind as the new iPhone 11 is not coming with a 5G integration which makes almost impossible for Apple to have growth in China where local smartphone makers such as Huawei is introducing smartphone with 5G integration. Beginning in the second half of 2020 this will be a constraint for Apple.

Why does 5G matter?

To answer that question, we have excerpted from a recent Deutsche Bank report explaining "how 5G will change your life."

Sep 11 18:55

Victory! California Senate Votes Against Face Surveillance on Police Body Cams

By Haley Tsukayama

The California Senate listened to the many voices expressing concern about the use of face surveillance on cameras worn or carried by police officers, and has passed an important bill that will, for three years, prohibit police from turning a tool intended to foster police accountability into one that furthers mass surveillance.

A.B. 1215, authored by Assemblymember Phil Ting, prohibits the use of face recognition, or other forms of biometric technology, on a camera worn or carried by a police officer in California for three years. The Assembly passed an earlier version of the bill with a 45-17 vote on May 9. Today’s vote of the Senate was 22-15. We are pleased that the Senate has listened to the growing number of voices who oppose the way government agencies use face surveillance...

Sep 11 12:56

Class Action Lawsuit Against Smartphones — Users Say They Weren’t Warned About Radiation Risks

By B.N. Frank

Last month the Chicago Tribune published a report that 11 smartphone models (Apple and Samsung) exceeded the federal radiation safety limits. This led to a law firm filing class action lawsuits on behalf of consumers. Thanks to Legal Newsline for this recent update...

Sep 11 10:24

Musicians Team Up With Fans And Fight For The Future To Ban Facial Recognition Technology At Concerts

By Aaron Kesel

Several musicians and festivals are coming together to call to an end to concert promoters using facial recognition at venues and music festivals, Vice News reported.

Last year Live Nation announced it would begin deploying facial recognition at its concerts. The event organizer stated they would start having customers walk past facial recognition cameras instead of presenting their tickets, a horrifying first step for indoctrinating the public towards using the technology.

This has spurred Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine, Glitch Mob’s Speedy Ortiz, and a growing number of dozens of other artists and festivals to team up with digital rights activist group, Fight For the Future, in a campaign...

Sep 11 06:47

Lukewarm reviews for the iPhone 11 as new model remains more expensive than competitors despite price drop and three cameras and lack of 5G are 'not enough to wow buyers in China'

Lowered prices and three cameras may not be sufficient to attract consumers in the Chinese smartphone market to Apple's new iPhone offerings, analysts caution.

The three new models — the iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max — remain more expensive than devices sold by local manufacturers.

In addition, the iPhone 11 series will not support high-speed 5G connectivity, nor will it offer the Chinese market support for Apple's Netflix-style streaming service.

Sep 11 06:43

10,000+ cases under review in Denmark after phone data glitch used to convict the innocent

Dozens of prisoners have been released and over 10,700 criminal cases are under review after Danish police realized the software they use to pinpoint the location of cellphone users is riddled with inaccuracies.

Some 32 prisoners – some of whom had already been convicted and sentenced – were released after an external audit launched late last month revealed gaping flaws in the geolocation system used as evidence in their cases. Danish courts have declared a two-month moratorium on the use of cellphone data as evidence following the discovery that it is not nearly as reliable as previously thought, and over 10,700 cases since 2012 are being reviewed.

Sep 10 18:54

“Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson” Follows the Money On How Much Big Tech Spends for Political Influence

By B.N. Frank

Big Tech is showering American elected officials with more money than ever before AND with more lobbyists.

Public watchdog group, Public Citizen, has been tracking exactly how much Democrats and Republicans in various offices and agencies are receiving and why we should be concerned...

Sep 10 16:48

Facebook warns about iPhone privacy change that could unsettle Facebook users

Facebook has published an informational blog post about how its app collects and uses background location data from smartphones.

The blog post comes days before Apple is expected to release a new version of its iPhone software that will tell users when their location is being collected in the background.

Facebook also said in the post that it can collect location data “using things like check-ins, events and information about your internet connection.”

Sep 10 16:32

Weakness in Intel chips lets researchers steal encrypted SSH keystrokes

In late 2011, Intel introduced a performance enhancement to its line of server processors that allowed network cards and other peripherals to connect directly to a CPU's last-level cache, rather than following the standard (and significantly longer) path through the server's main memory. By avoiding system memory, Intel's DDIO—short for Data-Direct I/O—increased input/output bandwidth and reduced latency and power consumption.

Now, researchers are warning that, in certain scenarios, attackers can abuse DDIO to obtain keystrokes and possibly other types of sensitive data that flow through the memory of vulnerable servers. The most serious form of attack can take place in data centers and cloud environments that have both DDIO and remote direct memory access enabled to allow servers to exchange data. A server leased by a malicious hacker could abuse the vulnerability to attack other customers.

Sep 10 16:28

China's data centers emit as much carbon as 21 million cars

China's data centers produced 99 million metric tons of carbon dioxide last year, the equivalent of about 21 million cars on the road, according to a new report.

Data centers store electronic information like emails, photos and videos, and worldwide they consume between 3% and 5% of total global electricity, and rival the airline industry in terms of carbon emissions.

Sep 10 16:25

Brain hack devices must be scrutinised, say top scientists

Devices that merge machines with the human brain need to be investigated, a study has said.

In future, "people could become telepathic to some degree" and being able to read someone else's thoughts raises ethical issues, experts said.

This could become especially worrying if those thoughts were shared with corporations.

Sep 10 16:17

Sex lives of app users 'shared with Facebook'

Menstruation apps collect some of the most intimate data imaginable - from general health, to information about sex, moods, what the user eats, drinks and even what sanitary products she uses.

In exchange for this, the app will offer the user the dates of the month she is most fertile or when to expect her next period.

Sep 10 14:06

Environmental Group Requests Cell Tower Moratorium in National Parks

By B.N. Frank

Is nothing sacred? Last month Activist Post reported about Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) exposing some extremely environmentally unfriendly action happening in American national parks...

Sep 10 07:30

Massive 30 State, Real-Time License Plate (ALPR) Database Revealed

By MassPrivateI

Our worst fears about Automated License Plate Recognition (ALPR) are much worse than we could have imagined.

Two months ago, I warned everyone that police in Arizona were using ALPRs to “grid” entire neighborhoods. But this story brings public surveillance to a whole new level.

Last month, Rekor Systems announced that they had launched the Rekor Public Safety Network (RPSN) which gives law enforcement real-time access to license plates. And it's free...

Sep 10 04:31

ADELSONS TOLD POLICE SARA NETANYAHU IS 'CRAZY' AND 'DECIDES EVERYTHING'

SOURCE: HAARETZ.COM
Multi-billionaire Sheldon Adelson, once Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s key supporter, and his wife Miriam testified to police that Sara Netanyahu was “crazy” and that “she decides everything,” including key appointments and even some political matters, in the Netanyahu household, Channel 13 reported Sunday.

“She’s completely crazy,” said Sheldon Adelson, publisher of the Israel Hayom daily. “She was compulsive about photos of herself and how she looked. She said ‘I’m the first lady, I’m a psychologist and I teach children about psychology.’ ... She would tell my wife that if Iran attacked it would be her fault … because we didn’t publish good pictures of her,” said Adelson, a leading donor to Israeli and Jewish causes as well as to the Republican Party.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The timing of these revelations could not possibly have been worse for Prime Minister Netanyahu, who is looking at the political fight of his life, as Israel's next general elections fall on Tuesday, 17 September.

Both he and and his wife are dealing with corruption charges, and those charges, are not going away.

All animals are at their most dangerous when they are wounded; and right now, Netanyahu is a severely, geopolitically, wounded animal right now, with time running out before the election; I am deeply concerned that in order to "change the conversation" (or, more plainly, misdirect the Israeli electionate), Netanyahu may feel compelled to stage some kind of false flag strike against Lebanon; Iran; or Gaza, or all 3, over the coming weekend, and blaming the attack on them.

Damn, I hope to heck I am wrong here.

Sep 10 04:21

STATE AGS UNVEIL SWEEPING ANTI-TRUST PROBE AGAINST GOOGLE ON STEPS OF THE SUPREME COURT

SOURCE: ZEROHEDGE

In the latest legal push that could ultimately result in the break-up of one of the world's largest tech firms, a bipartisan group of more than 40 state attorneys general, led by Texas's Ken Paxton, will unveil a sweeping anti-trust investigation against Google parent Alphabet Inc.

The anti-trust investigation, which was previewed late last week in a leak to the Wall Street Journal, aims to hold Alphabet accountable for the extreme concentration in the US technology industry. Specifically, the AG's case will focus on Google's influence in search and the digital advertising market, and whether the Silicon Valley giant's overweening influence harms rivals and consumers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good!!

Sep 10 03:16

POWER OUTAGE FOR FEDERAL COURT COMPUTER SYSTEM SCREWS UP THREE MONTHS WORTH OF JOB APPLICATIONS?!?

SOURCE: TECH DIRT
For years, we've talked about what a total joke the federal courts' PACER system is. That's the computer system the federal courts use for accessing court documents. It acts like it was designed in about 1998 and hasn't been touched since (and even when it was designed, it wasn't designed well). But that's not the only fucked up computer system that the federal courts use. A few years back when I was an expert witness in a federal case, I had to make use of a different US court website just to get paid by the government -- and while it's been a few years, I still remember that it required you to use Internet Explorer. Internet Explorer! It had lots of other issues as well.

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the more I see the US lose its technological edge over other countries, the more I think of Terry Gilliam's masterpiece film, "Brazil".

It is one of the most brilliant, dystopian, and prophetic films I have ever seen, regarding the morphing of the American Dream... into the American Nightmare of surveillance, complete suppression of all civil liberties; wealth inequality, and a complete destruction of all the things our Founding Fathers (and the women who loved them) held dear.

And if you decide to see this, please order "the Director's cut."; it makes very clear some of the issues film distributors did not want Americans to see, in its original release.

Sep 09 17:57

Americans Deserve Their Day in Court About NSA Mass Surveillance Programs

By David Greene

EFF continues our fight to have the U.S. courts protect you from mass government surveillance. Today in our landmark Jewel v. NSA case, we filed our opening brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, asserting that the courts don’t have to turn a blind eye to the government’s actions. Instead, the court must ensure justice for the millions of innocent Americans who have had their communications subjected to the NSA’s mass spying programs since 2001...

Sep 09 12:18

Scott Adams: Hey, I’m Late, Grab Coffee

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1171061971392716800?s=20

Trump Admins relaxation of environmental laws…
…if that’s bad, why aren’t we seeing any problems?
Professional negotiator insights and dealing with Taliban leaders
Afghanistan pullout is dangerous, why do it?
Human pullout…will DRONE WARFARE replace them?
An AI health system that will provide better care than live doctors
CNN’s McCabe did a good gun control article
His points are well informed, practical, solutions
Mark Sanford has nothing…just shut up

Sep 09 11:15

State AGs Unveil Sweeping Antitrust Probe Against Google On Steps Of The Supreme Court

By Tyler Durden

In the latest legal push that could ultimately result in the break-up of one of the world’s largest tech firms, a bipartisan group of more than 40 state attorneys general, led by Texas’s Ken Paxton, will unveil a sweeping antitrust investigation against Google parent, Alphabet Inc.

The antitrust investigation, which was previewed late last week in a leak to the Wall Street Journal, aims to hold Alphabet accountable for the extreme concentration in the US technology industry. Specifically, the AG’s case will focus on Google’s influence in search and the digital advertising market, and whether the Silicon Valley giant’s overarching influence harms rivals and consumers...

Sep 08 08:12

video - Former Facebook exec: "You are being programmed".

"I think we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works. The short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops we’ve created are destroying how soci
No civil discourse, no cooperation; misinformation, mistruth. You are being programmed".

Sep 07 10:08

Fusion Centers, Citizen Spies and the Debasement of the American Character

By Karen Melton Stewart

No matter if you are in the “Trump-resistance” or a QAnon Patriot, it is likely significant numbers of you have been successfully debased by your state Fusion Centers, despite political leanings. Only raw avarice and a total disregard for the Constitution is needed.

For those who do not know what a Fusion Center is, it was decided after 9/11 that the Federal, State, and local authorities were failing to sufficiently communicate with each other in regard to terror threats, so Fusion Centers were created in each state to “fuse” information and share it in one central location. Depending on the physical size of the state and its population, there could be one to three Fusion Centers in a state...

Sep 07 07:45

Google, Twitter, Facebook Met Government Officials To Devise Election Measures

By Aaron Kesel

Representatives for Google, Facebook and Twitter met with DHS officials at Facebook’s headquarters to devise 2020 election measures against the spread of “fake news” on candidates earlier this week.

The meeting at Facebook’s Menlo Park, California, offices involved officials from the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Bloomberg reported.

It is worth noting that the DHS stated in February that the agency would “double down” against election hacking efforts from foreign states according to Chris Krebs, who leads DHS’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). The new agency arm of the DHS was created last year in a bill called Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act that was silently passed through Congress as Activist Post reported...

Sep 06 20:29

Most Stable Linux Distros: 5 versions of Linux We Recommend

At the very beginning, I would like to mention why the term ‘Stable’ comes in relation to Linux OS or distro. Because there are thousands of Linux OS variations as per the user’s requirements. Some are very fundamental like Debian, some is a fork of a base distro like Ubuntu, Arch Linux and there are many fork-of-a-fork-of-a-fork like Linux Mint.

So all the variations do not comply in terms of well support and documentation from the Linux community. So Here we are going to list down the best stable Linux distros which are well known, well supported, have good repositories, are regularly updated, are user-friendly and will remain around us quite a time.

Sep 06 20:24

15 Most Secure Linux Distros for Privacy and Security Concern Users

So you are a Linux user and looking for the Most Secure Linux Distro to be secured and to make strong privacy for your operating system? Here are the Top 15 Most Secure Linux Distros for Privacy and Security Concern Linux Users.

The number of Linux users is increasing immensely day by day. Their specialty is that they are less common than the other operating systems out there. And still, they are working to be more technical in the upcoming days.
Here is the list of the Most Secure Linux Distros which are ’Specially Focused on Linux security.’ That means this article is done especially by focusing on Sharp Security that a Linux user is more concern about.

https://www.qubes-os.org/downloads/
https://tails.boum.org/install/index.en.html
https://parrotlinux.org/download-security.php
https://www.kali.org/downloads/

Sep 06 08:08

Linking Brains to Computers: How New Implants are Helping us Achieve this Goal

Activist Post Editor’s Note: Regular readers should be well aware of the warnings we have been putting out for years about the arrival of technology that will link brains to computers via implants, smart dust, Elon Musk’s Neuralink and more. It is our continuing mission to bring you the latest in this field of neuroscience research.

The roots of this technology can be found in programs from DARPA and other military-directed research that is primarily intended for mind control and the performance enhancement of soldiers. The appearance of the article below is certainly not an endorsement of this technology; it is merely offered in the pursuit of knowledge about what is being planned and the propaganda that is being presented to make it as appealing as possible...

Sep 06 07:53

FEDS USED A 'REVERSE' WARRANT TO TRY TO TRACK DOWN BANK ROBBERS IN WISCONSIN

SOURCE: TECH DIRT
Reverse warrants are the new tech-related toy law enforcement is experimenting with. Oddly, a lot of what's come to light so far originates in the Midwest, an area not exactly known for early adoption. Outside of the NYPD and feds confirming they use warrants to seek a list of possible suspects (rather than targeting any specific suspect), most reporting has covered deployments by law enforcement agencies in Minnesota.

We can add Wisconsin to the list of areas where cops are working backwards to suspects by using the copious amount of GPS data hoovered up by Google and others. Russell Brandom of The Verge has more details:

[P]olice and federal agents have struggled to track down the bank robbers. Local media sent out pictures from the bank’s security cameras, but it produced no leads. Finally, police hit on a more aggressive strategy: ask Google to track down the bank robbers’ phones.

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You will forgive me, if I have some legitimate concerns about how this technology may be used in the future,perhaps becoming a part of the Federal Apparatus, with which to violently "cull" those who entertain the quaint notion that "Freedom of Speech" is still actually guaranteed to American citizens.

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