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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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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.

Sep 06 07:33

Windows 10 not working after latest upgrade? Here are the bugs to look out for

If you've been suffering from problems since installing the latest major feature update to Windows 10 you're not alone.

Since its release in May, the Windows 10 version 1903 upgrade has led to a litany of bugs being reported by PC users.

While many have been fixed, Microsoft is still working on resolving a number of outstanding problems, ranging from machines slowing down to updates not installing. Here are some of the biggest outstanding issues.

One of the most recently discovered issues is the Windows Search feature causing some PCs to slow down after updating.

Sep 06 07:32

Zao’s Deepfake Face-swapping App Shows Uploading Your Photos is Riskier Than Ever

By Alexandros Antoniou, University of Essex

The latest photo app craze can make you look like a movie star. Zao uses artificial intelligence to replace the faces of characters in film or TV clips with images of anyone whose photo you upload to the app.

The effect is startlingly realistic and shows just how far this sort of “deepfake” technology has come. But it also highlights how great the risks have become of making your photos available online where anyone can use or abuse them – and the limitation of the law in dealing with this issue...

Sep 05 10:42

It’s Official: US Visa Can Be Denied If You or Your Friends Are Critical of American Policies

By Philip Giraldi

There have been several interesting developments in the United States government’s war on free speech and privacy.

First of all, the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Customs and Border Protection Agency (CBP), which is responsible for actual entry of travelers into the country, has now declared that it can legally access phones and computers at ports of entry to determine if there is any subversive content which might impact on national security.

“Subversive content” is, of course, subjective, but those seeking entry can be turned back based on how a border control agent perceives what he is perusing on electronic media...

Sep 05 09:47

Facebook privacy breach: Hundreds of millions of users’ phone numbers exposed

Hundreds of millions of phone numbers linked to Facebook accounts were left exposed on an unprotected server in the latest massive security breach to plague the embattled tech giant.

Up to 419 million phone numbers were stored on a database housed on multiple servers including the numbers of an estimated 133 million US-based users alone. The revelation comes just weeks after Facebook was slapped with a record $5 billion fine by the US Federal Trade Commission for violating users’ privacy rights.

Sep 05 08:45

WaPo Warns USA Needs More Narrative Control As Pentagon Ramps Up Narrative Control

By Caitlin Johnstone

Do you lay awake at night terrified that the Russians are able to control your mind with information warfare while the US government’s slavish devotion to democratic values leaves it powerless to stop them? Me neither. But according to The Washington Post, whose sole owner is a CIA contractor and Pentagon board member bent on hijacking the underlying infrastructure of the economy, we should be...

Sep 05 08:02

The Future Of The Spectacle... Or How The West Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Reality Police

Authored (satirically) by CJ Hopkins via Off-Guardian.org,

If you want a vision of the future, don’t imagine “a boot stamping on a human face — for ever,” as Orwell suggested in 1984. Instead, imagine that human face staring mesmerized into the screen of some kind of nifty futuristic device on which every word, sound, and image has been algorithmically approved for consumption by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (“DARPA”) and its “innovation ecosystem” of “academic, corporate, and governmental partners.”

The screen of this futuristic device will offer a virtually unlimited range of “non-divisive” and “hate-free” content, none of which will falsify or distort the “truth,” or in any way deviate from “reality.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So what about Christian Pacifist Activists, like myself, who never advocate violence, but gently and logically ask their government to find ways of resolving geopolitical conflicts without resorting to war?!?!?

When will we get pulled into the ghettos of the non-politically correct, for the rest of our natural lives?!? When those attempting to tell the truth, albeit hard for most Americans to swallow (like the US enabling of Saudi troops in Yemen, slaughtering thousands of non-combatants in a continuing "killing field" which targets infants; women;and the medically fragile elderly), what happens then?!?

When telling the truth has become an illegal act, it should be crystal clear, even to most thick-headed Americans, that the Unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika, has made the last, and definitive step, into that dark realm called "soft dictatorship", from which it can never recover.

In fact, we are almost there right now.

And if you have never seen the director's cut of Terry Gilliam's "Brazil", please buy it; because, folks, this is precisely where this country has been heading, and for quite a long time. Gilliam is not only a brilliant film maker; in this, he was also truly a prophet.

Sep 05 08:01

Tech Giants are Watching Every Move You Make

how the giants of technology seek to spy, monitor and track their customers (or rather products) for power and profit and, in the process, subvert individual liberty.

Sep 05 07:50

US Military Experts Say “America Needs” A.I. to Control Nuclear Missiles

By Elias Marat

According to two U.S. military researchers, the United States needs a “Dead Hand” that would ensure an automated, rapid response to any nuclear threat.

Their solution? To fit the U.S. nuclear arsenal with artificial intelligence (AI) controls...

Sep 04 17:23

France Plans to Mount Guns and Lasers On Satellites By 2030 For Self-Defense

By B.N. Frank

Even scarier – France doesn’t seem to be the only one interested in turning their satellites into directed energy weapons...

Sep 04 16:30

Facebook will now show pop-ups with links to educational sites for vaccine-related searches

Facebook has begun displaying educational resources alongside searches for vaccine-related content.

The change means searches for ‘vaccine’ and similar phrases will be accompanied by a pop-up connecting you to either the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website or that of the World Health Organization, according to CNN.

This will also apply to Instagram, which is owned by Facebook.

Sep 04 10:00

Plan to Use Fitbit and “Smart” Home Devices to Stop Mass Shootings — But Might This Instigate More?

By B.N. Frank

In addition to the concept of surveillance for mental health and gun control, other concerns revolve around the health research of wearables and smart devices.

Research has also already determined that exposure to sources of wireless radiation disrupts the blood brain barrier which can cause it to leak and kill brain cells.  Research has also determined that this can reduce impulse control and increase the potential for homicide and violence.  So doesn’t making people who already have mental health issues wear wireless radiation emitting trackers and requiring them to install wireless radiation emitting “Smart” listening devices and sensors in their homes seems like a recipe for more disasters? ...

Sep 04 08:18

Google, YouTube Forced to Pay $170 Million Fine for Illegally Monitoring Children Online

By Matt Agorist

As YouTube, Google, and Twitter crack down on peaceful channels, censor alternative media, and allow child exploitation videos to flourish, the Federal Trade Commission has slapped the tech giant with a $170 million fine and other sanctions for unscrupulously and illegally tracking children.

The fine was the result of a lawsuit against the company for violating the rights of children under 13 years old by tracking them online without their parents’ consent...

Sep 04 07:33

World’s Biggest Bitcoin Cash Conference Kicks Off in Australia — What to Expect

By Graham Smith

Arguably set to become the world’s biggest Bitcoin Cash conference yet, Bitcoin Cash City kicked off today in sunny Townsville, North Queensland. The city is not only colorful, friendly, and home to some very beautiful coastline, it’s also chock-full of opportunities to use Bitcoin Cash for everyday living. As such, it’s well-suited to promoting a cryptocurrency seeking not simply to become a dusty store of value, but a real living, breathing cash for anyone and everyone to use in their daily lives. Here’s a brief overview of what to expect from this one-of-a-kind, dynamic gathering...

Sep 03 17:16

YouTube says it has shut down more than 17,000 accounts since changing its stance on 'hateful content' earlier this summer

Following a major change in YouTube's policy on 'hateful content' the platform has banned more than 17,000 accounts in a little more than two months.

In a blog post sent out today, YouTube detailed its efforts to remove harmful content uploaded to its platform since changing its user policy in June to better protect against videos that discriminate based on age, gender, race, caste, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Since then, according to the company, it has removed more than 100,000 videos and doubled the number of comments banished from the platform to 500 million.

Sep 03 17:08

Cortana makes your PC's heart beat faster: Windows 10 update leaves some processors hot under the cooler

It became clear over the weekend that the patch has resulted in some impressively high CPU usage for some of the users who have hit the 'Check for Updates' button and installed the thing.

The problem, according to frustrated users on Twitter, Reddit and Microsoft's own feedback forums, appears to be with Cortana, which is hoovering up around 40 per cent or more of CPU on afflicted systems. We suppose this is one way of getting users to notice the thing.

Some gamers have reported a precipitous drop in frame rates after updating. Those able to uninstall the borked code saw performance restored.

The issue does not appear to be too widespread at present, and Microsoft clearly doesn't regard it as important enough to update the support page.

Sep 03 15:19

Huawei ready to share source code with foreign nations to alleviate security concerns

Huawei is prepared to fully cooperate with foreign nations in order to debunk claims that the Chinese tech giant is in cahoots with Beijing, the company’s senior vice president has said.

The firm, which has pioneered 5G technology, is considering making its source code available to all stakeholders, Senior Vice President John Suffolk said, in an interview with Kyodo News.

Sep 03 13:48

ROBORDER: EU and U.S. Testing Drone Swarms to Handle “Illegal Border Activity”

By Nicholas West

Here comes Skynet.

Earlier this year in May it was reported by The Intercept that the EU had been working with member states to help roll out a system called ROBORDER that would employ swarms of autonomous drones to patrol air, land and sea for border violations.

The specifics were laid out in a mid-term review and progress report.

Now it appears that the U.S. is ready to announce its own plans for drone swarms at the border...

Sep 03 10:16

Research Says Cell Phone Radiation Prematurely Ages Skin and 5G Irritates Eyes, Skin, Sweat Ducts, and More

By B.N. Frank

It’s bad enough that cell phones have been found to be 10X dirtier than a toilet seat. Last year Reader’s Digest reported “Warning, Cell Phone Addicts: Your Phone Is Aging Your Skin.” The article focused on exposure to Blue Light or High-Energy Visible Light (HEV) as the culprit but it’s not the only one.

Exposure to Electromagnetic Radiation (aka Electrosmog) can age us, too, and more than just skin deep. Dr. Magda Havas refers to this as “Rapid Aging Syndrome.”...

Sep 03 08:57

Why Portugal’s Tax-Free Crypto Trading Matters for Bitcoin

By Lubomir Tassev

Cryptocurrency enthusiasts and businesses in the industry have had to put up with regulatory uncertainty for quite some time. The strong desire to tap into their incomes and profits goes hand in hand with failure on behalf of authorities and regulators to fully understand the nature of decentralized digital assets. Not to mention how absurd the reluctance to legalize something they want to tax anyway. Cases in Portugal show that it’s hard to positively know what exactly traders, investors and companies owe the state. Luckily, the narrow scope of the local tax legislation means they have to pay less than in other countries...

Sep 03 08:53

Sec. 230 protections need to be stripped from Wikipedia, which is nothing but a smear machine run by coordinated corporate gangs

Now that Wikipedia has been exposed as little more than a pharma-pushing, truth-squelching disinformation racket that’s cloaked as some kind of independent online “encyclopedia,” the time is now for this obvious deep-state propaganda front to finally lose its Section 230 “Safe Harbor” protections.

What we mean by this is that Wikipedia, along with many other corrupt tech giants, continues to unfairly benefit from a special clause in the Communications Decency Act (CDA) that grants content providers immunity from liability for the information they publish that’s created by other people.

Since Wikipedia has decided to openly alter, remove, or otherwise censor information that its owners and editors find “offensive,” or that runs contrary to their preferred agenda, Wikipedia has transformed into a content publisher, meaning Section 230 protections no longer apply.

Sep 03 07:11

Stuxnet virus attack details emerge as Israel eases cyber weapons sale restrictions

The Stuxnet virus that decimated Iran’s nuclear program was introduced by a Dutch mole working with the CIA and Mossad, intelligence sources claimed, as Israel is shopping its cyber weapons to anyone with cash to buy.

An Iranian engineer was recruited by the Dutch intelligence agency AIVD, acting under the direction of the CIA and Mossad, to infect some 2,000 Iranian nuclear centrifuges with the catastrophic Stuxnet virus, which set that country’s nuclear program back years, according to intelligence sources who spoke to Yahoo News.

The mole, who posed as a mechanic, reportedly provided data that was critical to helping the virus’ developers shape their code to specifically target the systems at the Natanz plant where it was ultimately unleashed, then helped get the virus onto the plant computers using a flash drive.

Sep 02 19:59

T-Mobile Cancels 5G installation Nationwide. Anonymous Employee Blames 15 States’ Lawsuits Against Sprint Merger

By B.N. Frank

Activist Post has already reported about states filing lawsuits against the proposed Sprint / T-Mobile merger.

According to the Wireless Estimator, T-Mobile is postponing new builds and 5G upgrades at least for now. A construction manager who wants to remain anonymous blames the 15 state attorneys general for filing lawsuits against the T-Mobile / Sprint Merger. Lawsuits have also been filed against the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for promoting and forcing 5G installation throughout American communities...

Sep 02 19:46

Pentagon Wants To Police Social Media Fake News And Deep Fakes

By Aaron Kesel

The U.S. wants to use the military’s Pentagon arm to police fake news online; what can possibly go wrong?

According to reports, the Pentagon’s DARPA research agency has announced it will deploy online cyber forces to watch for “large-scale, automated disinformation attacks,” using specialized software to detect deep fakes of photos, videos and audio clips...

Sep 02 09:04

“We’re Going to Find You” — How Undercover Agents Trade Prison Time for Bitcoins

By Graham Smith

An Australian national living in Boulder, Colorado was slammed with a one year and a day prison sentence last month for trading bitcoins. An August 23 statement from the Colorado U.S. District Attorney’s Office states that Emilio Testa, 32, was charged with money laundering, and claims Testa knew the funds he was acquiring had been used in narcotics deals. While Testa’s reason for trading was reportedly that “he preferred not to use banks or deal with taxes,” and the type of “narcotics” was not mentioned, the D.A. has pinned him for more serious crimes nonetheless, in an emergent pattern of targeting bitcoin traders while letting big-time criminals like banks, governments, and drug companies off the hook...

Sep 02 06:35

Proposed Federal Agency Would Create Criteria to “Identify” Potentially Violent People

By Michael Maharrey

There is a push on for the creation of another unconstitutional federal agency that would create systems to identify “early signs of changes in people with mental illness that could lead to violent behavior.”

Coupled with “red flag” laws, this sounds like the beginning of a dystopian nightmare...

Sep 01 08:49

EU Antitrust Chief: “Google And Facebook Are Sucking Up Data From Every Corner”

By Tyler Durden

This is the full transcript of speech delivered by Margrethe Vestager, the European Union Antitrust Chief, held at the Business Forum of the German Ambassadors’ Conference, Berlin, 27 August 2019:

Ladies and gentlemen,

It’s a great pleasure, and an honour, to be here with you today. I want to thank Heiko Maas for those kind words, and for inviting me to join you.

I’m especially glad to have the chance to meet with you, who represent Germany’s 230 diplomatic missions around the world, as well as German industry. Because all of us here have an important role to play, to prepare Europe’s economy for the challenges of the future.

Sep 01 08:41

iPhones Hacked As Malware Infected “Thousands Of Users A Week” For Years

By Tyler Durden

Thousands of iPhone users per week have been subject to an unprecedented 2.5-year hacking operation which was finally disrupted in January, according to researchers at Google’s external security team and reported by The Guardian.

iPhone users who visited a ‘small collection of hacked websites’ would then be subject to a malware download...

Aug 31 11:34

How CIA-Backed Palantir Is Helping Police Root Out “Thought Crimes”

By Tyler Durden

Palantir’s technology was developed in warzones like Fallujah, where it was used to anticipate roadside bombs and attacks by insurgents. Now, it’s being used on the streets of Los Angeles to root out criminals like something straight out of the movie Minority Report...

Aug 31 09:39

MARK OF THE BEAST: WORKERS IN WISCONSIN WEAR 'I GOT CHIPPED' T-SHIRTS CELEBRATING NEW IMPLANTS

Employees at the Three Square Market in Rivers Falls, WI actually celebrated by wearing “I Got Chipped” t-shirts after they were implanted with microchips by their bosses.

Aug 30 13:16

Harvard Student’s Deportation Raises Concerns About Border Device Searches and Social Media Surveillance

By Saira Hussain and Sophia Cope

Media outlets reported this week that an international student at Harvard University was deported back to Lebanon after border agents in Boston searched his electronic devices and confronted him about his friends’ social media posts. These allegations raise serious concerns about whether the government is following its own policies regarding border searches of electronic devices, and the constitutionality of these searches and of social media surveillance by the government.

Aug 30 10:38

Five Concerns about Amazon Ring’s Deals with Police

By Matthew Guariglia

More than 400 police departments across the country have partnered with Ring, tech giant Amazon’s “smart” doorbell program, to create a troubling new video surveillance system. Ring films and records any interaction or movement happening at the user’s front door, and alerts users’ phones. These partnerships expand the web of government surveillance of public places, degrade the public’s trust in civic institutions, purposely breed paranoia, and deny citizens the transparency necessary to ensure accountability and create regulations.

What emerges is a partnership that allows police access to a widespread surveillance network, and coaching from Amazon on how to gain access to that footage and how to talk to the public. In return, Amazon gets a big boost in its efforts to sell millions of cameras...

Aug 30 10:09

Scott Adams: Talking About Racists, Biden, Warren, Bernie, The Brain of America, Mattis

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1167437358083395586?s=20

Whiteboard1: America’s Brain
The internet has become the brain of humanity
Whiteboard2: Democrat Candidates
Biden, Bernie, Warren, Kamala
Who will emerge as Democrat candidate…and why

Aug 30 10:05

RCR Wireless Reports About Where There Is Increasing U.S. Opposition to 5G Small Cell Deployment

By B.N. Frank

Opposition to 5G installation in the U.S. is increasing and for many good reasons. In February, telecom executives gave congressional testimony that they had NO scientific evidence that exposure isn’t harmful...

Aug 30 09:54

Will WiFi Radiation Warnings for Pregnant Women Become as Common as Medication Warnings?

By Amanda Warren

It’s been a longstanding practice for clear warnings to be given by doctors and government agencies about the many risks posted to pregnant women and the unborn regarding medications.

Now, however, we are finally seeing more awareness of alternative sources that also pose a credible threats...

Aug 30 09:05

YouTube Bans Infowars Relaunch — Days After Promising To Allow “Controversial” Content

By Tyler Durden

On Tuesday, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki announced that the platform would invite “offensive” content back onto the site – writing in an open letter to YouTube creators “Without an open system, diverse and authentic voices have trouble breaking through.”

The first new video uploaded to the new War Room channel featured host Owen Shroyer celebrating Wojcicki’s announcement, and was titled “Breaking! YouTube CEO says ‘Alex Jones’ and ‘Infowars Ban Is Over.’”

Well, that didn't last long...

Aug 29 19:22

Australia to Block Internet Domains During Terror Attacks

By Chris Menahan

The ruling class in Australia is expanding their power to block websites in the name of “safety.”

Earlier this year, ISPs in Australia and New Zealand blocked over a dozen websites in the wake of the Christchurch shooting without legal precedent including Zero Hedge, 4chan, 8chan, Voat and BitChute...

Aug 29 12:46

Social Credit Comes to US Shores: Consumers Denied Services Based on Shadowy “Security Ratings”

By Janet Phelan

Another blip in what appears to be subtle yet rampant discrimination levied against certain American citizens has emerged on the social radar. As reported recently here, there appears to be another scoring system—other than credit scores—which is not only encouraging but mandating private companies to withhold their regular services from certain consumers.

Sometimes referred to as a “security score,” this rating system trumps excellent credit and has resulted in numerous Americans being denied the ability to transact with Western Union, eBay and various other companies...

Aug 29 11:11

Scott Adams: Talking About Politics, AI, and Brain Hacking

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1167075371184873472?s=20

Mexican military clashes with illegals at Mexico’s southern border
Does Mexico need a…WALL on their southern border?
Would it cost Mexico LESS in the long-run to build…a wall?
Democrat candidates review…how they’re doing, what to expect
If Biden drops out…
…who will absorb his African-American supporters?
James Mattis new book’s criticism of President Trump
Lawrence O'Donnell’s report and retraction, Maddow’s reaction
Elon Musk, Jack Ma debate AI potential
Software developer pushback against the Simulation Theory
Creative people vs software developer mindsets
Is the universe old enough to justify the theory of evolution?
Computers will never have “souls”…people don’t have them either
Whiteboard Talk: Mental Hacks
ReProgramming your own brain
EASY personal preference modification

Aug 29 08:31

YouTube Takes Down 100 Videos by Prager University, Sparks Lawsuit

By Activist Post

By now, people the world over are well aware of the purge taking place across the Google-owned platform, YouTube. In fact, in 2017 YouTube terminated our own unblemished account here at Activist Post completely without warning and no recourse.

While many people still maintain that this has been a purge of primarily conservative voices, there are also examples of those on the left as well as the center who have also been struck down...Prager University is among those who have had their videos removed and has taken legal action to try and determine once and for all what we are dealing with when it comes to social media companies...

Aug 29 07:32

Distracted Driver Cameras To Spread Across North America

By MassPrivateI

Imagine driving down a highway or a city street in North America and wondering if anywhere is safe from Big Brother’s prying eyes.

That might soon become a reality if we allow politicians and officials to install distracted driving cameras along every highway and street...

Aug 28 13:35

Signed as Law: Illinois Limits Warrantless Location Tracking, Hinders Federal Surveillance State

By Michael Maharrey

Last week, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a bill that expands a state law barring warrantless location tracking to include historical location data. Enactment of this bill will not only strengthen privacy protections in Illinois, but it will also take another step toward hinder the federal surveillance state.

Rep. Ann Williams (D-Chicago) along with a bipartisan coalition of cosponsors, introduced House Bill 2134 (HB2134) on Feb. 6. Under the old law, police were required to get a court order based on probable cause before obtaining a person’s current or future location information. HB2134 removes the words “current or future” from the statute. In effect, the law now includes historical location information under the court order requirement...

Aug 27 17:04

YouTube Says It’s “More Important Than Ever” to Be An Open Platform — 1 Day After Massive Banning Spree

By Chris Menahan

CEO Susan Wojcicki said Tuesday that it’s “more important than ever” for YouTube to remain an “open platform” just one day after going on a massive banning spree targeting right-wingers for so-called “hate speech.”

Amazingly, this is not satire. You can also read Activist Post's own experience, "YouTube Terminated Our Unblemished Channel Without Warning"

Aug 27 15:16

OpenAI Said Its Code Was Risky. Two Grads Re-Created It Anyway

In February, an artificial intelligence lab cofounded by Elon Musk informed the world that its latest breakthrough was too risky to release to the public. OpenAI claimed it had made language software so fluent at generating text that it might be adapted to crank out fake news or spam.

On Thursday, two recent master's graduates in computer science released what they say is a re-creation of OpenAI’s withheld software onto the internet for anyone to download and use.

Aug 27 12:20

Social Media Stress Can Lead to Social Media Addiction

Social network users risk becoming more and more addicted to social media platforms even as they experience stress from their use.

Social networking sites (SNS) such as Facebook and Instagram are known to cause stress in users, known as technostress from social media. However, when faced with such stress, instead of switching off or using them less, people are moving from one aspect of the social media platforms to another – escaping the causes of their stress without leaving the medium on which it originated...

Aug 27 08:48

Google and Facebook Will Just Get Stronger if Regulators Get Their Way, Europe’s Experience Shows

By John Phelan

In March, Facebook creator and CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote in The Washington Post: “I believe we need a more active role for governments and regulators.” What prompted this? Is he being a good, civic-minded, corporate citizen? Is he a poacher voting for more gamekeepers? New research suggests he may be neither.

How Regulatory Costs Help Big Firms

Big firms can bear the costs of complying with regulations more easily than small firms. If a set of regulations takes one person full time to keep on top of, this will fall as a share of employment the more people the company employs; their salary will be a smaller share of a big company’s revenues than a small one’s. This makes regulations a source of competitive advantage for the big firms lobbying for them, such as Facebook...

Aug 27 07:37

American And Chinese Cities Lead The World In Spying On People

By MassPrivateI

It is no longer speculation, American law enforcement has been lying to the public about the expansion of CCTV camera surveillance.

A recent report released by CompariTech confirmed what I have been warning people about for years: American law enforcement has become a world leader in spying on its citizens.

If this were the Olympics of Spying, China and the U.S. would be tied for the lead with 13 gold medals a piece...

Aug 26 19:58

Why is MX Linux So Popular?

Aug 26 15:51

YouTube Bans James Allsup And Tons Of Other Right-Wingers In Latest Censorship Purge

Google-owned YouTube on Monday banned right-wing commentator James Allsup (450,000+ subscribers) and a bunch of other right-wingers for "hate speech" despite many having no strikes on their channels.

The move comes just days after the Anti-Defamation League released what some have called a "hit list" calling for 30 Christian and right-wing channels to be banned for "anti-Semitism."

Aug 26 07:17

HARPA: Trump Seeking New Agency to Use A.I. to Screen Mental Health for Gun Ownership?

By Nicholas West

Most people have heard of DARPA — the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency — that is informally known as the mad science division of the Pentagon. Among their many infamous military programs, mind control and artificial intelligence have been of increasing interest. However, few people have yet heard of HARPA, which, according to reports, has all of the hallmarks to be an even greater threat to human liberty.

Aug 25 18:00

Utility Company, AEP, Sues FCC Over Rules to Speed Up 5G and Fiber Installation

By B.N. Frank

Activist Post reports regularly about the many individuals and organizations who are opposed to the forced widespread installation of 5G technology. Utility companies are among them and they have warned the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) that allowing more 5G spectrums for unlicensed and untested WiFi applications will interfere with their already problematic and combustible smart meters and grids...

Aug 25 13:25

Big Tech, Russia and U.S. Under Fire for A.I. Weapons Programs; Campaign to Stop Killer Robots Coalition Doubles in Size

By Nicholas West

Renewed attention over artificial intelligence for use in warfare (“killer robots”) is being brought to the forefront with the recent Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) held this past week in Geneva, Switzerland.

The meeting coincidentally comes just one day after a Dutch NGO, Pax for Peace, released a report about Big Tech’s involvement with supplying A.I. systems to the military. Their report, “Don’t be evil?” (PDF), examined 50 companies across the world that are involved. They ranked 21 of these companies as “high concern” with Microsoft and Amazon leading the way...

Aug 25 12:01

DHS Ignored Repeated Warnings About Security of U.S. Bioterrorism Defenses, Not Sure If It Was Hacked

By Sean Walton

The Department of Homeland Security stored sensitive data from the nation’s bioterrorism defense program on an insecure website where it was vulnerable to attacks by hackers for over a decade, according to government documents obtained by the LA Times.

The data included the locations of at least some BioWatch air samplers, which are installed at subway stations and other public locations in more than 30 U.S. cities and are designed to detect anthrax or other airborne biological weapons, Homeland Security officials confirmed. It also included the results of tests for possible pathogens, a list of biological agents that could be detected and response plans that would be put in place in the event of an attack...

Aug 25 09:22

5 Reasons Why Parents Should Turn Off Their Smartphones

By Mayukh Saha

Children are wired 24/7 to their parents even when they don’t seem to be. And the least the parents can do, within the little time that they allow their children, is to be attentive to their needs and desires.

By such constant inattention, are we inadvertently conveying the message to children that a smartphone is more interesting?

Aug 25 08:00

Rising Awareness About 5G as WSJ Reports Cities’ Concerns Over Aesthetics, Health and FCC “Bullying”

By B.N. Frank

The Wall Street Journal recently reported about the increasing number of local U.S. elected officials who object to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) forced widespread installation of 5G small cell technology — a la the “Race for 5G.”

The story was big enough that it made Drudge Report’s featured headlines, bringing additional awareness to this critical issue...

Aug 24 11:45

The White House Just Blamed Bitcoin for America’s Opioid Crisis

By Graham Smith

The opioid epidemic is the new devil Bitcoin is being blamed for inflaming, to be added to the already long list of heinous crimes crypto is supposedly responsible for, like terrorism, money laundering, and trafficking. While it’s painfully clear that the U.S. dollar is a much more common tool for these unethical and illicit activities, that doesn’t stop the powers that be from continuing their propagandistic assault on financial freedom — ignoring their own central role in creating these massive problems by pumping up the artificial monopolies that peddle them, and outlawing less dangerous and non-addictive solutions...

Aug 24 09:50

Scott Adams: China, Kanye, Outrage Theatre, Zombies, Goofy Warren, Google vs PragerU

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1165262862631129088?s=20

ALL Americans have a COMMON ENEMY…Fentanyl China
Is our Commander in Chief…able to “order” US out of China?
Economically, China IS a “villain”…AND pushing Fentanyl on us
PragerU goes to Ninth Circuit Court fighting YouTube’s suppression
Will the discovery process make their algorithm available?
Elizabeth Warren’s dancing and fitness levels are age-impressive
Do WOMEN think she dances “goofy” like men do?
Kamala Harris game hasn’t improved over time
Elizabeth Warren in contrast…has learned and improved
Drug problem + Mental Health Problem = Homeless Zombies
The “zombie class” is growing fast
Kanye's TEST dome-shelters, California says tear them down
Kanye TRIED, he’s working a good systems approach
Build some TEST domes…see how they work out
If they work, build more…if not, modify and try again

Aug 24 09:23

Telecom Lobbying: $80M in 2018 and $1.2B Since 1998. Details On Who Spent How Much and Why This Matters

By B.N. Frank

Lobbyists have a bad name for good reason. Activist Post has reported before about telecom and tech companies spending beaucoup bucks to sway elected officials and government employees to force the installation of risky technology – including utility “Smart” Meters and 5G – in communities across the U.S.

Thanks to Comparitech.com for providing more nauseating details in this recent article, “How much does your ISP spend on lobbying?”...

Aug 24 07:01

Law Firm Investigates Smartphone RF Levels Exceeding Federal Safety Limits and Coverup By Telecoms

By B.N. Frank

The Chicago Tribune conducted an investigation of various smartphone models and found that many exceed federal RF safety limits. Thanks to law firm Fegan Scott for starting their own investigation.

U.S. safety limits for cell phones were established in 1996. They don’t apply to today’s cell phones or other wireless devices. They also don’t apply to the way most people are exposed to wireless radiation emitting sources either...

Aug 23 10:11

The TAPS Act, Predictive Policing, and a PreCrime Dystopian Nightmare?

By Michael Boldin

If you’ve seen the film Minority Report – or read the Philip K Dick short story it’s based on, you’re familiar with the idea of “precrime.”

It’s a dystopian vision of a predictive policing system where government detains people before they commit a given crime.

Is that what the TAPS Act is going to do in Congress? Plus predictive policing with Palantir and LASER in Los Angeles.

Path to Liberty, Fast Friday Edition: August 23, 2019

Aug 23 09:57

MoviePass database exposes 161 million records

An exposed database on a MoviePass subdomain housing 161 million records was left unsecured and exposed credit card and customer card information on at least 60,000 of the ticket service’s customers.

The database, which included expiration dates, names and addresses on some users as well as email and passwords, was discovered by SpiderSilk security researcher Mossab Hussein, according to a report from TechCrunch, which said the information may have been exposed for several months.

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