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  • Revisiting Orwell to Understand our Times

    09/20/2017 4:45:23 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/20/17 | Scott Powell
    "if liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear." Just two or three generations ago, most Americans understood that George Orwell’s classics Animal Farm and 1984 were written to explain how freedom is lost to totalitarianism and the intolerance that accompanies it. Big Brother, a term that many people still casually use to describe an all-knowing governing authority, comes right out of 1984. In the society that Orwell describes, all citizens are continually reminded that “Big Brother is watching you,” by way of a constant surveillance through the pervasive...
  • Dozens of NJ High School Students Ordered to Get Blood, Urine

    09/07/2017 5:52:21 AM PDT · by Puppage · 58 replies
    NBC New York ^ | 09/07/2017 | Pat Battle
    Parents of students at a New Jersey high school were ordered to get their children’s blood and urine tested after a can of beer was discovered at a football game. The can of beer reportedly landed on the ground and was spotted by a school official during a game at Randolph High School on Friday night.
  • Wait, what the heck did USA Today do to members of Trump’s golf courses? Really?!

    09/06/2017 9:26:27 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 34 replies
    USA Today is touting a report out this morning that “ID’ed 4500 Trump golf-club members through” their social media accounts as well as an online service that lets golfers track their handicaps: Do they not see how awful this looks?
  • KFC China Customers Can Pay with Their Faces

    09/04/2017 9:23:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    Food & Wine ^ | Elisabeth Sherman September 01, 2017 | Elisabeth Sherman September 01, 2017
    Back in January, Food and Wine reported that KFC China would be introducing a facial recognition system that would predict your order (it’s not as creepy as it sounds). Now it looks like the brand is enhancing that technology with additional features. According to Reuters, the system lets customers pay by face, just by approaching one of the store's newly unveiled monitors. The new device is located at a KFC outpost in the city of Hangzhou. The facial recognition system is called Smile to Pay, and it’s being featured at a Yum Brands (the company behind KFC) so-called concept store...
  • The FBI Blows Off the Public Regarding Clinton’s Email Files

    08/31/2017 5:15:45 AM PDT · by davikkm · 37 replies
    IWB ^ | LV
    Just in case your sensibilities haven’t been offended enough, the FBI wants you to know that your interest in Hillary Clinton’s emails is less important than protecting her privacy. Therefore, the FBI says it will not be releasing any more information on the subject. In effect, the FBI is telling you to go to hell and there isn’t a damn thing you can do about it. In March 2016, Ty Clevenger, a New York City lawyer sought government correspondence on the subject of Clinton’s emails under the Freedom of Information Act. Earlier this month, the head of the FBI’s Records...
  • How Google's Jigsaw is fighting the darkest parts of the internet

    08/10/2017 11:11:02 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies
    Mashable ^ | JUL 20, 2017 | KERRY FLYNN
    How Google's Jigsaw is fighting the darkest parts of the internet BY KERRY FLYNN JUL 20, 2017 Fake news, terrorist propaganda, hateful comments — the internet is not the nicest place in the world. Jigsaw is trying to change that. Formerly under Google, Jigsaw now is a subsidiary within Alphabet. The company, under the direction of Alphabet chairman Eric Schmidt and Google Ideas founder Jared Cohen who serves as founder and CEO of Jigsaw, focuses on researching some of the darkest corners of the internet and implementing ways to address them. Yasmin Green, director of research and development at Jigsaw,...
  • Your 'Anonymous' Browsing Data Isn't Actually Anonymous

    08/03/2017 12:10:34 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 7 replies
    Motherboard ^ | 3 Aug 2017 | DANIEL OBERHAUS
    Researchers said it was "trivial" to identify users and view their browsing habits in purchased 'anonymous' browsing data... After receiving her free trial data, Eckert partnered with Andreas Dewes, a data scientist who runs the company 7 Scientists, to see if they could identify individual users within the massive dataset. At first glance, the browsing data doesn't look like much, just a bunch of URLs with timestamps... During their investigation, Eckert and Dewes managed to find a handful of politicians in the dataset. The web browsing habits of these public servants, such as the apparent kinky porn browsing habits of...
  • Big brother in Berlin: Face recognition technology gets tested

    08/01/2017 9:14:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 07.31.2017 | Maximiliane Koschyk
    From August, a train station in Berlin will be the testing ground for surveillance cameras with biometric face recognition capability. Here is an overview of the most important information and a look at the controversy. The test phase will take place at Berlin’s Südkreuz train station. It will include only selected participants and be conducted by the German federal police, Federal Criminal Police Office and the Interior Ministry in conjunction with Deutsche Bahn, the station operator. […] For the test phase, three specialized cameras have been installed that will film a particular entrance and an escalator leading to the station...
  • Can You Believe There Are People Who WANT To Be Micro Chipped?

    07/31/2017 5:02:08 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 40 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | July 31, 2017 | Mac Slavo
    Who would want to be micro chipped? Many, apparently. Some people are begging for a micro chip to be implanted in their body – one that could do everything a smartphone can do and more.“I am so ready,” says Charlene Li. She’s a long-time author and principal analyst at the Altimeter Group. This week, science fiction came to the heartland when a small Wisconsin company announced that it would begin implanting microchips into its employee’s hands. The company had more than 50 volunteers too. The company sold the implantation to their employees as a convenience for them to ditch the...
  • Wisconsin Company To Implant Microchips In Employees

    07/23/2017 2:28:13 PM PDT · by UnwashedPeasant · 91 replies
    KSTP (ABC News, St. Paul, MN)) ^ | July 22, 2017 | Josh Rosenthal
    A Wisconsin company is about to become the first in the U.S. to offer microchip implants to its employees. Yes, you read that right. Microchip implants. "It's the next thing that's inevitably going to happen, and we want to be a part of it," Three Square Market Chief Executive Officer Todd Westby said. The company designs software for break room markets that are commonly found in office complexes. Just as people are able to purchase items at the market using phones, Westby wants to do the sam thing using a microchip implanted inside a person's hand. "We'll come up, scan...
  • BETRAYAL: Republicans Push Anti-Free Speech Bill Written by Islamic Terror-Linked Groups

    07/18/2017 5:34:25 AM PDT · by Mafe · 81 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 18, 2017 | Brigitte Gabriel
    Remember the bakers in Oregon who were driven out of business for refusing to bake a cake for a ceremony that was against their principles? They were fined $135,000 under Oregon law. Now the federal government is going even further, by pushing a bill to erode the First Amendment, which would criminalize opinions deemed as “hate speech.” Indeed, if House Bill 257 is passed into law, you could be jailed for an opinion that defies political orthodoxy with regards to sharia law, or radical Islam. The United States already has strict laws that protect against hate crimes, so one reasonably...
  • All priests and bishops are to be required to wear the new high-tech colors (satire)

    06/13/2017 3:16:16 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    ABYSSUS ABYSSUM INVOCAT / DEEP CALLS TO DEEP ^ | June 12, 2017 | retired Roman Catholic Bishop, Bishop Emeritus of Corpus Christi, TX
    ALL PRIESTS AND BISHOPS ARE TO BE REQUIRED TO WEAR THE NEW HIGH-TECH COLLARSPosted on June 12, 2017 by abyssum Monday, 12 June 2017 Pope Francis approves electronic tagging for clergy As reported by Rorate Caeli, the Vatican is taking steps to keep its cardinals under control; if one of them is absent from Rome he is asked to let the Secretariat know where he is. Sensors indicate that Cardinal Burke is hiding somewhere round here. In phase 2, it is planned to extend this to all clergy, with the introduction of electronic tagging using the TAGLETM: this is a white collar...
  • TV Personality: Chinese Children Are Taught to Lie

    06/12/2017 7:59:06 AM PDT · by Epoch Times · 15 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | June 11, 2017 | Wang Chong
    I remember a survey a few years ago that asked people whether they were willing to fight for their country in a time of war. Only 11 percent of Japanese replied “yes,” while 71 percent of Chinese said “yes.” Does this indicate that Chinese people are more patriotic than the Japanese, or Chinese are not as honest as the Japanese? Would this many people actually be fighting for the country if there really was a war? There have been a number of similar surveys. On April 8, 2010, the Japan Youth Research Institute published a survey conducted with high school...
  • The Dark Origins of Communism: Part 3 of 3

    06/07/2017 11:47:49 AM PDT · by Epoch Times · 28 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | June 7, 2017 | Joshua Philipp
    The French Revolution from 1789 to 1799 had a large influence on Karl Marx, and on the origins of communism. We've written previously about Gracchus Babeuf, regarded as the first revolutionary communist, and his direct influence on Marx; and we've also written about Maximilien Robespierre, whose violent Reign of Terror had a strong influence on both Babeuf and Vladimir Lenin. But what were the ideas that incited Robespierre to start his Reign of Terror? What was the environment that would inspire the atheistic hatred behind the French Revolution's dechristianization movement? And what was it that inspired the revolutionary revolts that...
  • The Dark Origins of Communism: Part 2 of 3

    05/31/2017 1:10:55 PM PDT · by Epoch Times · 10 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | May 31, 2017 | Joshua Philipp
    The Reign of Terror in the French Revolution laid the foundations from which communism grew. It pushed for an idea of “liberation” that gradually destroyed free will, and was based on a top-down system that sought to establish social good by regulating the beliefs and opinions of the individual. Communism sustains itself by violently suppressing all other ideas. Its dictators hold that their ideas are Utopian—the ends of human progress—and that all ideas contrary to their own should be crushed by force. Before François-Noël “Gracchus” Babeuf attempted his Conspiracy of Equals, and before his ideas spawned the League of Outlaws,...
  • President Obama's team sought NSA intel on thousands of Americans during the 2016 election

    05/04/2017 4:07:21 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    Circa News ^ | May 3, 2017 | by John Solomon
    During his final year in office, President Barack Obama's team significantly expanded efforts to search National Security Agency intercepts for information about Americans, distributing thousands of intelligence reports across government with the unredacted names of U.S. residents during the midst of a divisive 2016 presidential election. In all, government officials conducted 30,355 searches in 2016 seeking information about Americans in NSA intercept metadata, which include telephone numbers and email addresses. The government in 2016 also scoured the actual contents of NSA intercepted calls and emails for 5,288 Americans, an increase of 13 percent over the prior year and a massive...
  • The Dystopian Principles of Real Communism

    05/03/2017 1:16:08 PM PDT · by Epoch Times · 7 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | May 3, 2017 | Sarah Le
    In the age of “social justice” and other progressive creeds in prevailing Western discourse, the tragedies of millions of people in dozens of countries living under communist regimes are too often passed off as not being “real communism.” While many still view communism as a noble philosophy that may yet be implemented given improvements in technology or human nature, its ideological foundations depict not a utopian dream but a necessarily violent and destructive teaching. Since its emergence, communist ideologies have promoted violent revolution and brutal dictatorships far outstripping the worst excesses of non-communist governments. Today, the five communist regimes that...
  • Google targets 'fake news,' offensive search suggestions

    04/25/2017 8:36:57 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 25, 2017 10:04 AM EDT | Michael Liedtke
    Google has sprinkled some new ingredients into its search engine in an effort to prevent bogus information and offensive suggestions from souring its results. The changes have been in the works for four months, but Google hadn’t publicly discussed most of them until now. The announcement in a blog post Tuesday reflects Google’s confidence in a new screening system designed to reduce the chances that its influential search engine will highlight untrue stories about people and events, a phenomenon commonly referred to as “fake news.” “It’s not a problem that is going to go all the way to zero, but...
  • Cannibalism: The ‘Pinnacle’ of Communist Rule

    04/25/2017 8:06:09 AM PDT · by Epoch Times · 6 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | April 25, 2017 | Jack Phillips
    In communist societies, obtaining basic necessities—like food—is a real issue. Famines, food shortages, poor central planning policies, and even man-made, forced famines used to mass murder a populace are commonplace in communist systems. As a result, there have been multiple outbreaks of cannibalism in the communist Soviet Union, China, Cambodia, Ethiopia, and North Korea. Starting with China, under former communist leader Mao Zedong’s “Great Leap Forward,” a disastrous policy to develop China to American or British levels of steel production in only a few years, as many as 45 million people died of starvation or persecution.
  • Elon Musk Lays Out Plans to Meld Brains and Computers

    04/21/2017 5:08:10 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 48 replies
    WSJ ^ | 4/20/17 | Rolfe Winkler
    Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk on Thursday confirmed plans for his newest company, called Neuralink Corp., revealing he will be the chief executive of a startup that aims to merge computers with brains so humans could one day engage in “consensual telepathy.” Speaking to writer Tim Urban on the explainer website Wait but Why, Mr. Musk confirmed a Wall Street Journal report last month that Neuralink aims to implant a tiny brain...