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Jun 10 10:50

Scott Adams: Mexico Deal, Housing Emergency, Crazy George Conway, Magic Mushrooms

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1138083556150849542

Content:
Why does George Conway do what he does?
Jim Acosta’s book is called “Enemy of the People”
Oberlin college race HOAX…big award for victimized bakery
Analyst’s climate change PREDICTIONS blocked…NOT FACTS
Mexican tariffs story in the NYT and CNN, as they pay for the wall
Ben Carson says we have a fixable housing emergency
What regulations can we change or remove…to fix that?
Bill Pulte has the answers, or can find them, enlist Bill to help?
180 Business leaders say it’s bad for their business to restrict abortions
AOC has good aspirational stuff, LEARN from her technique
AOC want’s to limit lobbyists…and Ted Cruz agrees
AOC wants magic mushrooms medically studied
AOC says why not get rid of birth control restrictions?
AOC says she’s open to nuclear as part of a GND solution

Jun 10 09:53

YouTube’s anti-extremism crackdown targets journalist who documents extremism

YouTube on Wednesday announced an expanded crackdown on hate speech, but the company said it would make sure not to ban or demonetize videos that "aim to condemn or expose hate, or provide analysis of current events."

However, YouTube's crackdown has already targeted a journalist who documents extremism, presumably by mistake.

"Within minutes of @YouTube's announcement of a new purge it appears they caught my outlet, which documents activism and extremism, in the crossfire," journalist Ford Fischer wrote on Twitter yesterday. "I was just notified my entire channel has been demonetized. I am a journalist whose work there is used in dozens of documentaries."

Fischer is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of News2Share. PBS's "Documenting Hate" series is one of the documentaries that relied on his footage. His IMDB page lists numerous documentaries that he contributed to.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

YouTube does whatever its governmental masters order it to do, and has become part and parcel of the 4th Governmental Arm, that of State Surveillance.

Find another place to go, if you are doing this kind of work, and vote... by changing venues.

Jun 10 08:50

THE TRUST PROJECT: BIG MEDIA AND SILICON VALLEY'S WEAPONIZED ALGORITHMS SILENCE DISSENT

SOURCE: WHITNEY WEBB VIA MINT PRESS NEWS

Given the Trust Project’s rich-get-richer impact on the online news landscape, it is not surprising to find that it is funded by a confluence of tech oligarchs and powerful forces with a clear stake in controlling the flow of news.

After the failure of Newsguard - the news rating system backed by a cadre of prominent neoconservative personalities - to gain traction among American tech and social media companies, another organization has quietly stepped in to direct the news algorithms of tech giants such as Google, Facebook, and Microsoft.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

After the lies faithfully regurgitated by the Presstitutes and the Warrespondents regarding the necessity of invading Afghanistan and Iraq, intelligent people can NEVER, NEVER, trust these outlets again.

Jun 10 07:54

PRIME MINISTER OF POLAND SIGNS GLOBAL APPEAL TO STOP 5G TELECOMMUNICATIONS TRANSMISSION

SOURCE: GLOBALRESEARCH.CA
In what is surely an unprecedented and groundbreaking action, the Prime Minister of Poland, Mateusz Morawiecki, has personally backed an International Appeal to stop the controversial roll-out of 5G electromagnetic microwave telecommunication transmissions.

5G, a new millimetre band frequency range being introduced by the telecommunications industry worldwide, has been identified by over 2,000 scientists and 1,400 medical doctors from all over the world, as presenting a direct threat to human health, as well as to animal, insect and plant life.

There have been no safety tests carried out to ensure its safety, in spite of the fact that 5G operates at between 10 and 100 times higher frequencies than current 3 and 4G cell phone tower transmitters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My first question has to be, who paid for these studies?!?

And do they profit from allowing this technology to become commonplace, in the countries which may embrace it?!?

Jun 10 07:51

CHINESE EXPORTERS DODGE US TARIFFS WITH FAKE 'MADE IN VIETNAM' TAGS

SOURCE: ZEROHEDGE

Chinese exporters who are hoping to evade tariffs as high as 25% on some of their goods are hoping to capitalize on the explosion of exports from Vietnam to the US - and not by simply and legally routing their products through Vietnam as a legal transshipment point, but by masking their true origins, provoking fears that the US might seek to punish the Vietnamese for failing to crack down on this type of fraud.

On Sunday, Vietnam released a statement pledging to increase penalties on trade-related fraud. It was one of the first times an Asian government has ever alleged such misbehavior, and comes after Vietnamese authorities found dozens of fake product origin certificates and illegal transfers presumably by Chinese companies trying to sidestep US tariffs on everything from agriculture to textiles, according to Bloomberg.

The crackdown comes as Vietnam has emerged as one of the fastest growing sources of American imports.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, how far is the US government, willing to go with this?!?

Will we start seeing interdiction of Vietnamese ships, with fake "Made in Vietnam" stickers, with products really made in China?!?

Jun 10 07:49

KIM DOTCOM BEGINS FINAL SUPREME COURT BATTLE TO AVOID US EXTRADITION

SOURCE: TORRENTFREAK

More than seven years after the dramatic arrest of Kim Dotcom and several of his former Megaupload colleagues, the quartet are making a final plea to New Zealand's Supreme Court. The hearing, expected to last five days, will determine whether an earlier decision to extradite the men to the United States should be upheld. For them, the stakes could not be higher.

When file-hosting site Megaupload was shut down in 2012, few could have predicted the events of the years to follow.

The arrest of founder Kim Dotcom and colleagues Mathias Ortmann, Bram van der Kolk and Finn Batato in New Zealand, triggered dozens of legal processes, many designed to expedite, delay or indeed avoid the quartet’s extradition to the United States.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As someone who has had copywritten music without license, or fees, I can understand the position of companies from which this content was pirated.

However, that being said, I would suggest that the sentence be left for "community service" to help those companies who got ripped off, learning how to never have this happen again.

This... would be a far greater service than throwing these people in jail to rot.

Jun 10 07:43

DUMP IT: TORONTO'S SMART CITY PROJECT IS 'SURVEILLANCE CAPITALISM'

SOURCE: TECHNOCRACY.NEWS
Google tricked Toronto into creating the model smart city, Quayside. Venture capitalist Roger McNamee states: “It is a dystopian vision that has no place in a democratic society.” And yet, Smart City tech is a tsunami to the U.S. ? TN Editor
A “smart city” project in Canada has hit yet another snag, as mounting delays and privacy concerns threaten the controversial development along the Toronto’s eastern waterfront.

The 12-acre Quayside project, a partnership between Google’s Sidewalk Labs and the city of Toronto, has come under increasing scrutiny amid concerns over privacy and data harvesting.

This week, the US venture capitalist Roger McNamee warned that technology companies such as Google cannot be trusted to safely manage the data they collect on residents.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. McNamee is absolutely correct; considering the foul-ups, bleeps, and blunders, in which Google has already been caught up, this is not a company which one can trust with any bit of data, whatsoever.

Jun 10 07:35

HE FUTURE WILL BE RECORDED, ON YOUR SMART SPEAKER: ALWAYS-ON CORPORATE LISTENING DEVICES, “ARE CERTAINLY OUR FUTURE”

SOURCE: BLOOMBERG
Amazon’s patent application for an always-on feature for Alexa, its popular voice-activated personal assistant, has raised a lot of concern. “If you’re already freaked out by the privacy implications of smart speakers like Amazon’s Echo,” says Gizmodo, “we have some bad news.” A headline in Science Alert is even more direct: “Newly Released Amazon Patent Shows Just How Much Creepier Alexa Can Get.” You get the idea.

But the anxiety is much ado about nothing. An Alexa that’s always listening will likely prove more useful than an Alexa that isn’t; and, in any case, always-on devices are certainly our future.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But what if you refuse to have this device in your home; what then?!?

Will it become mandatory?!?

And how is Congress going to rationalize this, in this mandatory device being always on, in our homes?!?

I am beginning to think, that this may have been the plan between Congress and Amazon, all along.

Food for thought, my friends.

Jun 09 13:17

WE ARE ALL ASSANGE: A PHOTOMOSAIC OF INTERNET PRESENCES

So I made a photo mosaic of faces of people on the Internet, the censored, the demonized, the curious: podcasters and YouTube niche celebs and profiles from everywhere, from Twitter and Instagram and Myspace and Reddit and Pinterest and Snapchat and Tumblr and LiveJournal and even Facebook; faces of activists from BDS and BLM and OWS; faces of journalists of all kinds, anonymous and pseudonymous and eponymous, citizens all; whistleblowers and more whistleblowers and more whistleblowers; magazine publishers and rock stars and politicians and webmasters and authors and artists and poets and revolutionaries.

All of you who think for ourselves. Thousands and thousands of faces.

I made a mosaic. You should see it. I made it for you.

It is seven and three quarter feet tall, but fully zoomable on your device’s screen. Check it out. I call it “We Are All Assange.”

Jun 09 08:32

MARK MEADOWS: FBI KNEW ‘WITHIN 60 DAYS’ THAT RUSSIA PROBE WAS ‘BUILT ON A FOUNDATION OF SAND’

North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows said Friday night that the FBI knew within 60 days of opening the Trump-Russia probe that the investigation was “built on a foundation of sand.”

“Within 60 days of them opening the investigation, prior to [Robert] Mueller coming on, the FBI and the [Department of Justice] knew that Christopher Steele was not credible, the dossier was not true, George Papadopoulos was innocent,” Meadows said on Fox News’s “Hannity.”

“When you look at that foundation, it’s all built on a foundation of sand. That’s going to start to show up soon,” the Republican said.

Meadows, a close ally of President Donald Trump, did not say why he believes the FBI knew within two months that the investigation was on shaky ground.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation; the horrifically politicized FBI knew that Russiagate was a complete, utter piece of codswallop, but went ahead with the attempted prosecution of Trump anyway.

Mr. President, please: it is time to sack the lot, and start over with people who really care about the well-being of We the People; that has not been the case for far too long a time, and this circus should never have happened.

Jun 09 08:27

TIM POOL: 'LEFT WING MEDIA ACTIVIST EMAIL LEAK SHOWS HOW THEY DEPLATFORM POLITICAL RIVALS'

SOURCE: CHRIS MENAHAN, INFORMATION LIBERATION

Independent journalist Tim Pool was leaked an email showing Slate journo April Glaser appearing to threaten Chase Bank with negative press if they don't deplatform the right-wing activist group The Proud Boys.

From Tim Pool:

Following the Vox controversy with Steven Crowder, or #VoxAdpocalypse, and mass censorship hitting youtube I found it pertinent to show how these activists in media operate and how they use framing devices to target people like conservatives and other political groups.

The reporter in question has advocated for government regulation to restrict speech and I believe this shows her to be an activist acting to target and cause harm to political rivals.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As a group designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, The Proud Boys are now labeled as an alt-right by the FBI: FBI now categorizes as an alt-right group by the FBI

And yes, it appears that they have been complicit in violence against Antifa protestors in both New York, and Portland. "The report, and the FBI’s warning to south-west Washington police agencies about the Proud Boys’ role in escalating violence at these events came in August, two months before the group was involved in an infamous weekend of street violence in New York City and Portland, and not long after they participated in street violence in downtown Portland on 30 June."

But the question I have to ask, as a Christian pacifist activist, is, will this deplatforming and demonitization simply push them further underground, perhaps into the "dark web", where their website vitriol becomes even more violence-centric, if these actions are carried out by Chase?!?''

Right now, I think that this possible scenario, is what should be keeping the FBI's case manager on this, up at night.

As a woman of European descent, and darned lucky to have been a part of a family which advocated for education and opportunity for women, I know that I cannot change history; but I do know that, working together in a reasonable and intelligent manner, we can, with people working together, make positive changes for the future.

And as a wife of almost 25 years, regarding my wonderful Husband, Mike; I walk beside this man, not in front, or behind him, and am very delighted to still be in the presence of his company.

Jun 09 07:36

BGP EVENT SENDS EUROPEAN MOBILE TRAFFIC THROUGH CHINA TELECOM FOR 2 HOURS

SOURCE: ARSTECHNICA.COM
Traffic destined for some of Europe's biggest mobile providers was misdirected in a roundabout path through the Chinese-government-controlled China Telecom on Thursday, in some cases for more than two hours, an Internet-monitoring service reported. It's the latest event to stoke concerns about the security of the Internet's global routing system, known as the Border Gateway Protocol.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That... was an industrial strength "Oops, there"!!!!!"

Jun 08 11:12

Celebrating My Birthday With You While Talking About all the Good News

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1137358654682718208

Content:
Tariffs work!!! Hey China…ready to make a deal?
President Trump’s personality and his second term as President
How and why AI will be MORE creative than humans
There are NO wars…in the Western Hemisphere
10,000 steps per day for health…not so scientific apparently
News silo inefficiency creates income opportunities
Slippery slope of deplatforming influential conservatives
Social media company algorithms can produce political bias
A gun violence control system based on AI and algorithms

Jun 08 09:31

CHINA BANS THE INTERCEPT AND OTHER NEWS SITES IN “CENSORSHIP BLACK FRIDAY”

SOURCE: THE INTERCEPT
THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT appears to have launched a major new internet crackdown, blocking the country’s citizens from accessing The Intercept’s website and those of at least seven other Western news organizations.

On Friday, people in China began reporting that they could not access the websites of The Intercept, The Guardian, the Washington Post, HuffPost, NBC News, the Christian Science Monitor, the Toronto Star, and Breitbart News.

It is unclear exactly when the censorship came into effect or the reasons for it. But Tuesday marked the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, and Chinese authorities have reportedly increased levels of online censorship to coincide with the event.

Charlie Smith, co-founder of GreatFire.org, an organization that monitors Chinese government internet censorship, said that the apparent crackdown on Western news sites represented a significant new development and described it as a “censorship Black Friday.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OK, we get it, but what about the deplatforming/demonitization of so many (generally)conservative sites in the US by that evil triumverate, Facebook; Twitter; and Google?!?

This has been just as vicious and Orwellian, as has the Chinese blocking sites which do not conform to the party line!!!

Jun 07 17:07

Somebody’s Watching You: The Surveillance of Self-driving Cars

Picture the future, where driving is a thing of the past. You can hop in your car or one from a ride-share, buckle up and tell the car where you want to go. During your ride, you can check your email and look up a few things online through your dashboard. Meanwhile, your whereabouts and other details are being tracked remotely by companies. As self-driving cars develop further, autonomous vehicles will play a much larger role in the digital economy as car companies and others harness personalized customer information through geospatial and navigation technologies, combining it with existing financial consumer profiles, according to a study in Surveillance and Society...

Jun 07 11:48

Scott Adams: Demise of VOX and the Daily Beast, Nervous Nancy, Floppy Joe, Shadowbanning

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1136996512645259265

My Apology: Joe Concha did NOT promote the “fine people” HOAX
Apologies to Joe Concha for the mistake
Carlos Maza is now the brand and face of VOX
Prediction: Vox and Daily Beast will be out of business in a year
Twitter should offer mass amnesty to those who have been banned
Shadowban.EU purportedly shows if a person has been stealth banned
My Twitter traffic has fallen off a cliff, @AJA_Cortes reports same
Michael Wolff…the poor man’s Avenatti
Gifting When tokens to help demonetized conservatives?
Russian military testing US and a near collision occurred…FAKE NEWS?
GND architect, Rhiana Gunn-Wright says expect 150 million deaths!!!
Mexican military at their border with Guatemala, POTUS tariffs work?
Comparing “Nervous Nancy” and “Floppy Joe”

Jun 07 11:07

CBP Claims Its Airport Facial Recognition Isn't A Surveillance Program; FBI Has 640M Photos According To Watchdog; Congress Wants Rules

By Aaron Kesel

The Customs And Border Protection (CBP) has hilariously claimed that its facial recognition in airports across the U.S. isn’t a surveillance program, Nextgov reported. Meanwhile, a government watchdog organization has made the horrifying claim that the FBI has 640 million photographs it can rummage through by utilizing facial recognition technology...

Jun 07 09:12

Same Problem, Different Day: Government Accountability Office Updates Its Review of FBI’s Use of Face Recognition—and It’s Still Terrible

By Jennifer Lynch

This week the federal Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued an update to its 2016 report on the FBI’s use of face recognition. The takeaway, which they also shared during a Congressional House Oversight Committee hearing: the FBI now has access to 641 million photos—including driver’s license and ID photos—but it still refuses to assess the accuracy of its systems...

Jun 07 08:46

US attempt to push Huawei from global market is the first sign of looming tech war - Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin said US efforts to push Chinese tech giant Huawei out of the global market might be a sign that a new technological war is coming.

“Take the situation around the company Huawei, for example. There are attempts not even to challenge it, but to brazenly force it out of the global market,” Putin told the audience at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum on Friday. “In some circles it is even called the first technological war of the coming digital era.”

Jun 07 08:24

Venezuela Suffers Mass Internet Outage Due to Fiber Cut

Confirmed Internet outage in Venezuela affecting Digitel (total) and Supercable (partial) from 3:00 pm UTC / 11:00 am VET following four hours of instability; sources report fiber cut .

Jun 07 07:49

FRIGHTENING STUFF HIDDEN IN YOUR STREET LIGHT?

SOURCE: LIBERTYNATION.COM

Such a benign and banal part of the urban landscape that city-dwellers may not even notice them, street lights are useful for brightening up a road and not much else – or so you might think. People these days are used to the idea of CCTV cameras, even hidden ones, but street lights tend to blend in to the background. Perhaps that is why they are finding new functions in the modern world, with its zealotry for surveillance. These seemingly innocuous devices can host anything from microphones and cameras to facial recognition and de facto compulsory 5G wifi transmission.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, through these practices, and what the CEOs of these companies are saying, we are being "groomed" for ever increasing surveillance, 24/7

This is absolutely morally wrong, and indicates governments, at the city, state, and Federal level, believe we are all murderers, gangsters, and thieves; it is a complete reversal of what American Law used to be, and brings us back to the days of "Code Napoleon Law", where suspected criminals were considered guilty, until proven innocent.

Jun 07 07:01

IN-Q-TEL TAPS FORGE.AI TO MONITOR, PREDICT IMPACT OF WORLD EVENTS FOR GOVT AGENCIES

The defense and intelligence community funding arm, In-Q-Tel, partners with Boston-based Forge.AI to make sense of publicly available data for government use.

Jun 07 06:55

JOURNALIST AND EDUCATOR AMONG THOSE CAUGHT UP IN YOUTUBE'S LATEST ATTEMPT TO PURGE ONLINE HATE SPEECH

SOURCE: COMMON DREAMS

Ford Fischer, a journalist whose channel was caught up in a heavy-handed YouTube dragnet targeting hateful content, talked to Common Dreams about his experience as a target of a tech giant. (Image: Ford Fischer, Twitter)

Free speech advocates who warned of the predictable consequences of allowing powerful tech companies to police online discourse seized on YouTube's attempt Wednesday to purge hate speech from their video platform after creators performing public service journalism and education were swept up in the effort.

"Apparently, creating and implementing vague, arbitrary censorship standards on the fly in response to mob demands and then purging people en masse end up suppressing and punishing many voices that censorship advocates like. Who could have guessed this would happen?"
—Glenn Greenwald

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If humanly possible, NEVER USE Youtube; Twitter, or Facebook again; don't give this ugly triumverate (Youtube; Facebook; or Twitter) any more data to suck up, or to destroy.

They have simply morphed into the "4th Arm" of the Unhinged, Surveilled, Amerikan State.

It used to be that you could break down US governance into 3 categories; Executive; Judicial; and Legislative.

They now represent the 4th category of the US government, surveillance.

Jun 06 16:54

Here's A List Of Ideas & Statements YouTube Will Ban You For Expressing Under Their New 'Hate Speech Policy'

Google-owned YouTube on Wednesday released a list of generic ideas and statements they will ban you for expressing under their rapidly expanding new "hate speech policy."

Jun 06 16:05

Daily Mail Loses Nearly 50% Of Daily Search Traffic After Latest Google Algorithm Change

Google is now screwing over even normie-tier right-wing news sites in their quest to purge all content from the internet which counters leftist narratives in advance of the 2020 election.

Jun 06 12:07

Taking the False Flag Apart Piece-By-PieceBezos Blowback? Will The AWS JEDI Scandal Upset Amazon's Omnipotence?

Lobby horse

The Department of Defense’s forthcoming $10 billion cloud computing award, known as JEDI, has been mired in controversy and allegations of misconduct involving Amazon.com, Inc.’s web services division (AWS). Does a potential scandal involving AWS and Uncle Sam present a risk to the continuation of Amazon’s unparalleled success?

On May 24, Amazon competitor Oracle Corp. which vied for the JEDI contract and was eliminated from contention (AWS and Microsoft Corp. are the remaining bidders), filed an updated complaint with the U.S. Court of Federal Claims alleging that the procurement process for JEDI has been rife with conflicts of interest.

Jun 06 10:53

Former IAEA Deputy Falsely Claims Iran Could Make Nukes in 6-8 Months: Accuses IAEA of letting Iran 'weaponize' uranium

Former IAEA deputy director Olli Heinonen, long a critic of his former employer, accused the IAEA in an interview of letting Iran “weaponize” uranium. He further claimed that Iran, with “maximum effort,” could produce a nuclear weapon in “six to eight months.”

Neither of these allegations were accurate by any stretch of the imagination. Heinonen was focusing on Iran improving its centrifuges. Despite this, Iran is still only enriching uranium to 3.6%, the level needed for its power plant, and far below the 90%+ needed for weapons-grade uranium.

Though the centrifuges conceivably could further enrich uranium beyond the levels presently being done, Iran has never attempted to enrich to anywhere near the 90% level, and has never suggested that they would even try.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why would he lie like this, when he absolutely knows better?!?

One has to wonder; what kind of compensation, and from whom is he getting it to say something he knows, scientifically, not to be true?!?

Oh, I can think of a couple of countries here; perhaps the US, or Israeli?!?

Jun 06 10:52

Despite being Chromium-based, Vivaldi browser promises to preserve effective ad-blocking as a choice

The company has now vowed to preserve the choice of users to block ads if they desire, even if it means they have to backport the functionality to the Chromium rendering engine.

Jun 06 10:40

'Data is the new oil': Rise of internet connected smart products means our private information is increasingly valuable to companies, experts warn

Gadgets such as Alexa and Google Assistant are becoming increasingly popular but people are being warned of the dangers of filling their homes with smart technology.

Televisions, thermostats, door locks, light bulbs, bathroom scales and toothbrushes can now all connect to the internet and collect and transmit data about personal behaviour.

Two university academics have questioned what happens to the data collected by these devices and who then uses it - because data is now a prized commodity, which they say is now as valuable as oil.

Professor Chris Speed and Joe Lindley, who are experts on the 'internet of things', also cautioned about security, saying smart technology is susceptible to hackers.

Jun 06 10:07

New RCE vulnerability impacts nearly half of the internet's email servers

A critical remote command execution (RCE) security flaw impacts over half of the Internet's email servers, security researchers from Qualys have revealed today.

The vulnerability affects Exim, a mail transfer agent (MTA), which is software that runs on email servers to relay emails from senders to recipients.

According to a June 2019 survey of all mail servers visible on the Internet, 57% (507,389) of all email servers run Exim -- although different reports would put the number of Exim installations at ten times that number, at 5.4 million.

Jun 06 07:42

BALTIMORE CITY CRYPTOCURRENCY RANSOMWARE ATTACK WILL COST AT LEAST $18 MILLION 

SOURCE: ZEROHEDGE
Baltimore has been struggling with an aggressive cyber-attack over the last five weeks, previously profiled here, it has now been revealed the attack will cost the city $18.2 million, reported WBAL-TV 11.

The cost estimates were disclosed at a recent City Council budget hearing: city officials have already paid $4.6 million for recovery efforts since the ransomware was discovered May 7 and could spend an additional $5.4 million in 2H19. The remaining $8.2 million is from the loss or delayed revenue and loss of interest and penalty income.

Henry Raymond, #Baltimore Financial Dir., says the #ransomware attack will not affect the city’s tax bills, which will will go out on time in July - says it’s costing $18 million @wbalradio pic.twitter.com/NYlYBHTkCg

— Phil Yacuboski (@WBALPhil) June 4, 2019
As of Tuesday, 35% of city employees had their email accounts restored, with the possibility of a full system restore by the end of the week.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Keith Alexander and the NSA, a word here; yes, we know that you informed the City of Baltimore a couple of years ago, that if they didn't protect their computers, something like this was going to happen.

And yes, Baltimore did NOT put it's "cyber house in order" after that warning, which lead to the current crisis.

But that being said, do you understand how bad the optics look for the NSA here?!? And guys, just in case you don't quite get it, the optics on this are officially horrible.

Just as a gesture of good will, can you not dedicate some resources to this, which can possibly result in the happiest of endings, under horrific circumstances?!?

Just think how this might happen, making the NSA look like bunch of superheroes,where the headlines around the world, would read: "NSA SAVES BALTIMORE!!"

And of course, a parade in your collective honor. :-)

I'm just saying; this could be made to become a pr miracle for this group, if you were willing to just give Baltimore some help on this.

Jun 06 07:30

WHY YOUR “SMART HOME” IS AN INCREDIBLY STUPID IDEA

When Google croaked over the weekend, a cascading tidal wave of web services came crashing down, including the Google cloud, Gmail, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and even portions of Amazon. Google owns the “Nest” brand which promises “smart home” functionality to control your home through a Google app on your mobile device. But during the outage, people were locked out of their smart homes… and many were unable to control home appliances such as air conditioners or lights.

It turns out that a “smart home” is an incredibly stupid idea. If you can’t even open your front door without getting permission from a remotely processed Google login procedure that requires the smooth functioning of routers, servers and the power grid, you’ve put yourself in a stupid situation. Do you really want Google — now the most evil corporation in the world — to control your access to your own home? Do you even want Google knowing when you’re entering and leaving your home?

Jun 06 06:27

NEW ‘CALL OF DUTY’ ENCOURAGES SUPPORT FOR THE WHITE HELMETS

The official trailer for the latest Call of Duty was released a few days ago, and it features the Syria narrative management operation known as the White Helmets depicted in heroic roles. Characters wearing the organization’s signature headgear are seen clearing rubble in part of the trailer for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.

To give you an idea how popular the CoD franchise is, as of this writing the official Youtube version of the trailer has 27 million views.

To be clear, the characters in the game are most certainly intended to resemble the White Helmets of Syria, and their presence there is most certainly intended to increase support for and interest in that group. How do I know? Its game writer has explicitly said so.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Kids who score well on computer games, and their families, can expect a call from the US military, praising their gifts, wanting to set up meetings with military recruiters, and encouraging them to enlist.

The propaganda, swirling around this group, is riddled with inaccuracies and outright lies. The Ron Paul Institute, has this to say about them>:

More lies about the White Helmets

Let us also look at what Global Research has to say about them:

What is really happening in Syria; who started the war, and who can you trust to tell the truth?!? The article goes on to state: "Mainstream media coverage of Syria has lately focused on what the U.S. calls “war crimes” in the battle for Aleppo, Syria’s largest city. But most Western media never get any closer to Aleppo than Beirut, which is not even in Syria. For their information, these media often rely on the U.S. government or groups like the White Helmets, who get funding from the U.S. and others attempting to overthrow the Syrian government. As veteran journalist Patrick Cockburn points out:

Unsurprisingly, foreign journalists covering developments in east Aleppo and rebel-held areas of Syria overwhelmingly do so from Lebanon or Turkey. A number of intrepid correspondents who tried to do eyewitness reporting from rebel-held areas swiftly found themselves tipped into the boots of cars or otherwise incarcerated."

The "White Helmets are a CIA Construct

Experience shows that foreign reporters are quite right not to trust their lives even to the most moderate of the armed opposition inside Syria. But, strangely enough, the same media organisations continue to put their trust in the veracity of information coming out of areas under the control of these same potential kidnappers and hostage takers. They would probably defend themselves by saying they rely on non-partisan activists, but all the evidence is that these can only operate in east Aleppo under license from the al- Qaeda-type groups."

And here are some other reports:

The White Helmets, to control the war crime scenes throughout the Syrian Theatre of War

Busted: Syria's White Helmets, are the CIA's "Secret Weapon to Aid Isis.

Any questions about why this group could be so misrepresented in computer games young adults love to play, should be very much understood: the US military wants younger people who play computer games well, to join it.

Just as the Chinese government is attempting to wipe the memory of Tianamen Square from the minds its citizens, the US government, and military are working very hard, to insure that the real horrors of war, are never quite presented in computer games for what they are.

I would label both attempts as RFWF (Replace facts with fantasy)

Jun 06 05:54

WHY YOUR “SMART HOME” IS AN INCREDIBLY STUPID IDEA

When Google croaked over the weekend, a cascading tidal wave of web services came crashing down, including the Google cloud, Gmail, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and even portions of Amazon. Google owns the “Nest” brand which promises “smart home” functionality to control your home through a Google app on your mobile device. But during the outage, people were locked out of their smart homes… and many were unable to control home appliances such as air conditioners or lights.

Jun 05 17:38

Snapchat releases pro-pedophilia “love has no age” filter for LGBTQP Pride Month designed to normalize adults “hooking up” with children

Just as we predicted, the Cult of LGBTQ is eagerly trying to add another letter onto its title: a P, for pedophiles.

The pro-LGBTQ Snapchat app, at least, decided that it would be a good idea to celebrate “Pride Month” in June by adding a new “love has no age” filter to its app, which was reportedly pulled just two days after it was launched in response to massive public backlash.

But while it was still operating, the “love has no age” filter apparently promoted the idea that sexual activity between people of any age, including children, is just another form of “self-expression” to be included on the LGBTQ “rainbow.”

Jun 05 17:36

U.S. Visa Applications Now Require 5 Years Worth Of Social Media, Phone Numbers And Email Addresses

By Aaron Kesel

The U.S. State Department has announced that people traveling to the U.S. for work or for studying abroad will have to hand over five years worth of their social media information, email addresses, and phone numbers to apply for a visa, NY Times reported.

Authorities estimated the proposal would affect nearly 15 million people annually.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement is actively soliciting companies to assist in sifting through the resulting flood of data...

Jun 05 16:31

Report: U.S. Mobile Download Speeds Half That of Canada, South Korea Leads the World

South Korea was the top-ranked country in terms of mobile download speed in Opensignal’s newest The State of Mobile report. It was the only country to score over 50 Mbps in download speed experience. Norway was second at 48.2 Mbps.

Canada’s performance jumped significantly, placing third at 42.5 Mbps, just ahead of the Netherlands at 42.4 Mbps. According to Opensignal, “Canada’s impressive third place is little surprise, since our most recent report on Canada found our users on all three operators experienced over 35 Mbps in download speed experience, while speeds of over 60 Mbps weren’t uncommon in the country’s biggest cities.”

Most countries were in the 10 to 20 Mbps range. The U.S. clocked in just ahead of that range, at 21.3 Mbps.

Jun 05 16:26

Bitcoin's Rally Masks Uncomfortable Fact: Almost Nobody Uses It

Bitcoin has a lingering problem that few people are talking about amid the renewed exuberance of the recent price surge.

Hardly anyone is using the world’s largest cryptocurrency for anything beyond speculation. Data from New York-based blockchain researcher Chainalysis Inc. show that only 1.3% of economic transactions came from merchants in the first four months of 2019, little changed over the boom and bust cycles of the prior two years.

Jun 05 16:17

238 Google Play apps with >440 million installs made phones nearly unusable

If the prevalence of abusive Google Play apps has left you numb, this latest report is for you. Carefully concealed adware installed in Google-approved apps with more than 440 million installations was so aggressive that it rendered mobile devices nearly unusable, researchers from mobile security provider Lookout said Tuesday.

BeiTaAd, as the adware is known, is a plugin that Lookout says it found hidden in emojis keyboard TouchPal and 237 other applications, all of which were published by Shanghai, China-based CooTek. Together, the 238 unique apps had a combined 440 million installs. Once installed, the apps initially behaved normally. Then, after a delay of anywhere between 24 hours and 14 days, the obfuscated BeiTaAd plugin would begin delivering what are known as out-of-app ads. These ads appeared on users' lock screens and triggered audio and video at seemingly random times or even when a phone was asleep.

Jun 05 16:14

Warnings of world-wide worm attacks are the real deal, new exploit shows

For the past three weeks, security professionals have warned with increasing urgency that a recently patched Windows vulnerability has the potential to trigger attacks not seen since the WannaCry worm that paralyzed much of the world in 2017. A demonstration video circulating on the Internet is the latest evidence to prove those warnings are the real deal.

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The video shows a module Dillon wrote for the Metasploit exploit framework remotely connecting to a Windows Server 2008 R2 computer that has yet to install a patch Microsoft released in mid May. At about 14 seconds, a Metasploit payload called Meterpreter uses the getuid command to prove that the connection has highly privileged System privileges. In the remaining six seconds, the hacker uses the open source Mimikatz application to obtain the cryptographic hashes of passwords belonging to other computers on the same network the hacked machine is connected to.

Jun 05 16:06

This Windows Flaw Is So Bad, Even the NSA Is Begging You to Update

Three weeks ago, a critical Windows security vulnerability known as BlueKeep was revealed and fixed. In that short time, Microsoft has repeatedly begged users of older Windows versions to make sure their machines are up to date. The company even released fixes for Windows XP, Server 2003, and Vista—a slate of unsupported operating systems that usually don’t get much attention.

Now, it’s an American intelligence agency echoing Microsoft.

“Recent warnings by Microsoft stressed the importance of installing patches to address a protocol vulnerability in older versions of Windows,” the NSA advisory read. “Microsoft has warned that this flaw is potentially ‘wormable,’ meaning it could spread without user interaction across the internet. We have seen devastating computer worms inflict damage on unpatched systems with wide-ranging impact, and are seeking to motivate increased protections against this flaw.”

Jun 05 14:25

China's Huawei signs deal to develop 5G in Russia

China's Huawei, considered a security threat in the US, on Wednesday signed a deal with Russian telecoms company MTS to develop a 5G network in the country over the next year,

The agreement was signed on the sidelines of a meeting between Chinese leader Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow.

The deal will see "the development of 5G technologies and the pilot launch of fifth generation networks in 2019-2020", MTS said in a statement.

Jun 05 12:26

YouTube Begins Purging 'Thousands Of Videos And Channels' For Advocating 'Bigoted Ideologies'

Google-owned YouTube is planning to purge "thousands of videos and channels" which advocate "bigoted ideologies" or "claim Jews secretly control the world," deny "that well-documented violent events, like the Holocaust" took place, "say women are intellectually inferior to men and therefore should be denied certain rights," or "suggest that the white race is superior to another race."

Multiple channels were banned in the immediate aftermath of the announcement.

Jun 05 10:09

Stunned audience gasps as Apple unveils a $1,000 STAND for new $5,000 Mac Pro monitor and displays it like a 'piece of art' as customers mock the tech giant

Apple is now offering a monitor stand that costs more than many users' high-end smart phones.

In a high profile Developer's Conference this week, Apple unveiled a round of new products that include a highly anticipated new computer, the Mac Pro, and a corresponding monitor for $6,000 and $5,000 respectively.

While an $11,000 price tag would be enough to make many customers balk, neither the computer nor the monitor bore the brunt of people's backlash.

Instead, that ire was directed toward what is now being referred to across social media as simply, 'the stand' -- a harness for Apple's $5,000 monitor that costs an eye-watering $1,000.

Jun 05 10:04

'We are not a monopoly!' Apple CEO Tim Cook fights back as major US tech companies struggle to recover from FTC antitrust probe announcement which tanked share prices

Apple CEO Tim Cook denied his company was a monopoly on Tuesday after it was revealed that a Federal Trade Commission investigation was in the works into his company and others which critics say have too much power.

In an interview with CBS, Cook said Apple did not control a majority in any market and that while he welcomes scrutiny, he disagrees with the suggestion that he should split up parts of the business.

It came a day after stocks plummeted on Monday after reports emerged that the FTC was leading an antitrust investigation into Facebook Inc and its practices.

Jun 05 09:48

Why your “smart home” might be an incredibly STUPID idea

When Google croaked over the weekend, a cascading tidal wave of web services came crashing down, including the Google cloud, Gmail, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and even portions of Amazon. Google owns the "Nest" brand which promises "smart home" functionality to control your home through a Google app on your mobile device. But during the outage, people were locked out of their smart homes… and many were unable to control home appliances such as air conditioners or lights.

It turns out that a "smart home" is an incredibly stupid idea. If you can’t even open your front door without getting permission from a remotely processed Google login procedure that requires the smooth functioning of routers, servers and the power grid, you’ve put yourself in a stupid situation. Do you really want Google — now the most evil corporation in the world — to control your access to your own home? Do you even want Google knowing when you’re entering and leaving your home?

Jun 05 09:47

Internet shutdowns don't make anyone safer

Around the world, governments are hitting on a modish new idea: Turn the internet off. Sometimes they mean it literally.

Methods vary, but the trend is clear enough. Countries are increasingly ordering telecoms and other companies to block network access, shut down messaging services, or otherwise restrict digital applications or websites, usually citing public order or national-security concerns. In extreme cases, internet access can be “blacked out” entirely. Worldwide, such shutdowns rose to 188 last year, up from 75 in 2016.

Jun 05 08:32

Newly Released Amazon Patent Shows Just How Much Creepier Alexa Can Get

A newly revealed patent application filed by Amazon is raising privacy concerns over an envisaged upgrade to the company's smart speaker systems. This change would mean that, by default, the devices end up listening to and recording everything you say in their presence.

Jun 05 08:30

App Developers Sue Apple Alleging Anti-Competitive Behaviour – Report

The action comes amid similar legal disputes initiated by consumers and an antitrust investigation initiated by the Department of Justice.

Two app developers — Donald Cameron and Pure Sweat Basketball — filed a lawsuit against Apple in a California federal court, alleging that the Cupertino tech giant engages in anti-competitive practices.

The plaintiffs claim that limiting the purchase and download of apps to just the App Store stifles developers.

App Store demands 30% commissions on all app purchases plus a $99 yearly fee from devs just to qualify for on-platform software sales. Apple also artificially regulates minimum and maximum price points for apps, according to the lawsuit says.

Jun 05 08:15

How one romance scammer built an international phishing operation

A security company has detailed how a con artist who began his cyber-criminal career as a simple Craigslist romance scammer has gone on to build a highly successful business email compromise (BEC) operation, targeting organisations and raking in millions of dollars.

Since 2008, the individual has built an organisation employing dozens of other cybercriminals, hackers and money mules in a scheme that targets enterprises to trick employees into transferring large sums of money.

Jun 05 07:57

This iOS 13 Feature Will Allow iPhone Users To Block Every Robocall

In the preview page of iOS 13, Apple says there will be a new setting that will "protect users from unknown and spam callers," describing the system as "Silence unknown callers." If it's activated, then iOS will use "Siri intelligence to allow calls to ring your phone from numbers in Contacts, Mail, and Messages. All other calls are automatically sent to voicemail."

This means that any number calling that isn't saved in a user's Contacts, Mail, or Messages — in other words, any unknown number — will get sent directly to voice mail.

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Jun 05 07:32

Hackers Use NSA Code to Grind Baltimore to a Halt, Pass Code on to Russia, China

The United States is no longer supplying its enemies only with conventional weapons – that list now also includes cyberweapons. While Baltimore has been struggling with an aggressive cyber-attack over the last three weeks, previously profiled here , it has now been revealed that a key component of the malware used by cyber-criminals was actually developed just a short drive from Baltimore - at the NSA, according to the New York Times.

Jun 05 07:26

This New Robot Will Take Millions Of Warehouse Jobs

The automation wave is expected to dramatically reshape the US economy in the 2020s. This disruption will impact the labor force and cause tremendous job losses. By 2030, automation could eliminate 20% to 25% of current jobs -- equivalent to 40 million displaced workers, hitting the bottom 90% of Americans the hardest.

A new report from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC) shows how warehouse automation is starting to gain traction in Atlanta, the sixth largest warehousing space in the US.

The new, robot-powered warehouse in McDonough, Georgia, is currently undergoing pilot tests and will begin operations in June. Project Verte, a start-up trying to compete with Amazon, is responsible for automating the warehouse.

Jun 05 06:45

Steele Cuts Deal; Will Discuss Trump Sex Dossier With DOJ Inspector General 

Former MI6 agent Christopher Steele has finally agreed to meet with US officials to discuss his relationship with the FBI, and the now-infamous dossier of unfounded claims against Donald Trump which he assembled on behalf of the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

The 54-year-old Steele has agreed to meet with investigators from the US Justice Department's Office of the Inspector General (OIG), according to The Times of London, after a former US official told Politico that the OIG report would "try to deeply undermine" Steele.

The news marks a 180-shift in Steele's past refusals to engage with US authorities. In April, Politico reported that Steele would not meet with the OIG to assist them with their investigation, while just last week, Reuters reported that he wouldn't meet with US attorney John Durham, who was handpicked by AG William Barr to review the origins of the Trump-Russia probe.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am certain that one of the conditions of Steele's "conversation" is, that he will not be looking at any jail time, whatsoever.

Jun 04 18:08

5G Opposition Increases in the Pacific Northwest. Telecom Industry Has Still Provided NO Evidence that 5G is Safe.

By B.N. Frank

In February, Telecom Industry executives gave congressional testimony that they cannot provide any scientific evidence that 5G is safe.

What they didn’t say is that there is research that has already proven that 5G is harmful. That’s why opposition to 5G continues to increase in the U.S. and around the world...

Jun 04 11:55

SAUDIS USE ISRAELI SPYWARE TO TARGET DISSIDENTS

SOURCE: DEEP STATE BLOG

Eli Lake, the pro-Israel Bloomberg columnist, thinks selling Israeli-made Pegasus spyware to Saudi Arabia not a good idea. Lake recently met Palestinian blogger Ayad al-Baghdadi (no relation to the ISIS leader of the same name) who has reportedly been targeted by the Saudi regime.

Now living in exile in Norway, al Baghdadi still has to fear the long arm of Saudi intelligence as empowered by Israeli technology.

Pegasus and similar hacking programs are now able to break into a phone without requiring the user to even click a link. In some cases, a bogus WhatsApp call is enough to infect the phone and make it a powerful tracking device. That makes it particularly suited to monitor Arab dissidents like Al-Baghdadi, who rely on the encrypted messaging service to make contact with networks of activists across the Middle East.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Despots around the world are learning how to use computer capabilities; apps, and malware to identify where someone is; to whom they have communicated; or to where they are going; that makes assassinations all the more easy, if that is the government's wish to do so.

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