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Is 5G Worth the Risks?

[Media]
Is 5G Worth the Risks?
by Iishana Artra
Posted May 30, 2019

 damaged DNAIn recent months there’s been a lot of talk about 5G – the next generation of wireless technology. 5G is being touted as a necessary step to the ‘internet of things’ – a world in which our refrigerators alert us when we’re low on milk, our baby’s diapers tell us when they need to be changed, and Netflix is available everywhere, all the time. But what we’re not hearing is that evidence-based studies worldwide have clearly established the harmful effects of human exposure to pulsed radio frequency radiation from cell towers, cell phones and other devices – and that 5G will make the problem exponentially worse.

Most people believe that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) carefully assesses the health risks of these technologies before approving them. But in testimony taken by Senator Blumenthal of Connecticut, the FCC admitted it has not conducted any safety studies on 5G. More…

The Facts:
Multiple studies have shown that exposure to microwave radiation is harmful to human and animal health. The FCC has not even investigated the health effects.

Reflect On:
Is it wise to proceed with the building of the 5G networks at our current fast rate without a full understanding of the consequences? Can we trust studies funded by the same corporations promoting this new (and very profitable) technology?

China’s Algorithms of Repression – Reverse Engineering a Xinjiang Police Mass Surveillance App

[Social]
China’s Algorithms of Repression – Reverse Engineering a Xinjiang Police Mass Surveillance App
by Human Rights Watch
Posted May 28, 2019

  A checkpoint in Turpan, Xinjiang. Some of Xinjiang’s checkpoints are equipped with special machines that, in addition to recognizing people through their ID cards or facial recognition, are also vacuuming up people’s identifying information from their electronic devices.  © 2018 Darren Byler This report provides a detailed description and analysis of a mobile app that police and other officials use to communicate with the Integrated Joint Operations Platform (IJOP, 一体化联合作战平台), one of the main systems Chinese authorities use for mass surveillance in Xinjiang. Human Rights Watch first reported on the IJOP in February 2018, noting the policing program aggregates data about people and flags to officials those it deems potentially threatening; some of those targeted are detained and sent to political education camps and other facilities. But by “reverse engineering” this mobile app, we now know specifically the kinds of behaviors and people this mass surveillance system targets.

The CCP has long embraced mass surveillance. Since 1949, the state and the Party have relied on information gathering and social management tools, such as “danwei” work units, the “hukou” residency registration system, and “dang’an” secret political files, to monitor people and maintain tight social control.[13] Government agencies regularly collect a wide range of personal information about people, ranging from their political views to information about women’s use of birth control, and link it to their national identification card number, without people having the ability to challenge such collection.

Xinjiang authorities have collected biometrics, including DNA samples, fingerprints, iris scans, and blood types of all residents in the region between the ages of 12 and 65.[31] Additionally, authorities have required residents to give voice samples when they apply for passports.[32] All of this data is being entered into centralized, searchable databases.[33] The collection of these biometrics is part of the government’s drive to form a “multi-modal” biometric portrait of individuals and to gather ever more data about its citizens. All of this data can be linked in police databases to the person’s identification number, which in turn is linked to a person’s other biometric and personal information on file, such as the kind of data described in this report. The use of mass surveillance extends beyond Xinjiang and into the Turkic Muslim diaspora as authorities pressure them to provide detailed information about themselves, including their address, phone number, and school or workplace.[34] More…

The Facts:
The level of government surveillance of citizens is growing in all nations of the world, not just happening in China.

Reflect On:
When will the citizens rise up against government surveillance in their private lives? With the level of surveillance already in place in the US and other western nations, how long before the level of surveillance in China reaches our shores?

Google Tracks Your Location and Shares It With Police, Even When Your Phone is Off

[Media]
Google Tracks Your Location and Shares It With Police, Even When Your Phone is Off
By Derrick Broze
Posted May 25, 2019

Google tracks your cell phone, even when it is offEven if you disable GPS, deactivate phone location tracking, and turn off your phone, it’s still possible for Google and the NSA to monitor your every move.

Over the last two decades, cell phone use has become an everyday part of life for the vast majority of people around the planet. Nearly without question, consumers have chosen to carry these increasingly smart devices with them everywhere they go. Despite surveillance revelations from whistleblowers like Edward Snowden, the average smart phone user continues to carry the devices with little to no security or protection from privacy invasions. More…

George Orwell’s Guide to the News

[Media]
George Orwell’s Guide to the News
By Adrian Salbuchi
Posted May 20, 2019

main stream media propagandaThe Western mainstream media falsifies the news resorting to euphemisms, half-truths and lies in the best (worst) style of George Orwell’s novel 1984.

We all live in the unreal world of “Newspeak” used by the Global Power Elite to control our minds.

Man gets confused when things that happen around him and to him, or which are done in his name, cannot be properly grasped, understood or made sense of.

Today, mainstream media coverage uses programmed distortion, confusion, even outright lying when its Money Power masters order it to support the “official story” on any major political, economic or financial process. When looked at closely, however, the “official story” of things can be seen to be inaccurate, misleading, often hardly believable if not downright stupid. More…

Are “Conspiracy Theories” Tearing Society Apart Or Saving Us From Destruction?

[Media]
Are “Conspiracy Theories” Tearing Society Apart Or Saving Us From Destruction?
by Brandon Smith
Posted May 16, 2019

see, hear, and speak no evil against the elitesThe phrase “conspiracy theory” is often used by establishment agencies, the mainstream media and useful idiots as a tool to dismiss legitimate evidence or viewpoints that disagree with their predetermined version of events.

Until recently, this strategy was highly effective. Attacking a person as a “conspiracy theorist” was the only tool critics really needed to keep a piece of evidence or a concrete viewpoint from going viral. Conspiracy theory is equated to insanity, or stupidity, or buffoonery. Everyone knows a conspiracy theorist is not to be taken seriously, so why waste time listening to what they have to say in the first place?

It should come as no surprise that conspiracy REALITY is not something these people want entertained by the public. Conspiracies are a fact of history. Governments lie, all the time, and they have been caught doing it. The media lies, constantly, and has been caught doing it. Yet, we are supposed to ignore this and assume that anyone daring to stand contrary to government and media claims is some kind of lunatic? More…

The Facts:
Suddenly, anti-establishment views and investigations of corruption are bulldozing the mainstream scripted narrative, and the elites and the media are bewildered.

Reflect On:
The next time some main stream media outlet labels someone a conspiracy theorist, consider how many times the government and media have lied to you in the past.

Washington’s Biggest Fairy Tale: “Truth Will Out”

[Media]
Washington’s Biggest Fairy Tale: “Truth Will Out”
by James Bovard
Posted May 2019

truth will out is a fairy taleI’ve been an investigative journalist for more than 35 years. I have fought many federal agencies to get the facts of what they are doing. Sometimes I get some dirt, sometimes I get a smoking gun — or a few whiffs — but most government coverups succeed.

I have been using the federal Freedom of Information Act since the early 1980s. This law is supposed to make Americans think the government is transparent — federal agencies are bound by law to reply within 20 business days to requests for documents and other information.

Myths about truth empower liars. The more people assume that truth automatically outs, the easier it becomes to cork it up. Americans must realize that they will not receive even token disclosures without whistleblowers, journalists, and activists vigorously fighting the political-bureaucratic system. More…

CNN Falsely Claims Venezuela’s Guaido Was Elected President in January

[Media]
CNN Falsely Claims Venezuela’s Guaido Was Elected President in January
There was no election in January
by Jason Ditz
Posted May 8, 2019

CNN publishes totally false story with no vettingContinuing to try to advance the US narrative that Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido is the “duly elected” president, CNN went to the trouble on Sunday afternoon of inventing an entire election to base this around.

In the CNN report, they declared “pressure is mounting on Maduro to step down, following elections in January in which voters chose opposition leader Juan Guaido over him for president.” There was no election in January.

The CNN article was written by two senior writers, and had four others contribute to it. It is hard to imagine that none of them caught this false claim of a January vote. Yet the article remained unchanged throughout Sunday and overnight, and it was only some time on Monday that it was finally revised to say that Guaido had “declared himself interim president.” More…

The Facts:
The main stream corporate media is time and time again failing to properly vet their information while reporting “news” that is often false and/or misleading.

Reflect On:
How many times have you and others in society fallen for the narrative theat the corporate media is peddling? How many wars has this false information started? Look beyond the headlines are try to recognize the manipulation that is taking place.

Disinfo Maginot Line: Protecting EU from ‘Russian Influence’ – by Manufacturing History

[Politics]
Disinfo Maginot Line: Protecting EU from ‘Russian Influence’ – by Manufacturing History
By Nina Cross
Posted May 3, 2019

media disinformation manipulating publicIt is now apparent with the release of the Mueller investigation findings, that the great storm that has embattled the US government and establishment since 2016 over supposed Russia-Trump collusion during the US elections, originates not from a genuine tangible source, but a constant stream of rhetoric driven by partisan corporate media. One certainty though is the Western narrative of Russia as a ‘malign influence’ will not go away.

While America’s liberal establishment continues to rage at Trump, Europe allies, under the influence of Washington, maintain their aggressive stance towards Russia following the catastrophic US meddling in Ukraine in 2014 and the subsequent reunification of Crimea with Russia. The question is how can the narrative of ‘malign Russian influence’ be kept going? Mainstream media will continue its role in this, but Western governments are also pouring resources into promulgating certain narratives while containing others.

This week, hackers released more documents from the UK government-funded project known as the Integrity Initiative, revealing British government plans to build an umbrella network of organisations across Europe to counter ‘Russian disinformation’. The following is a look at one of the EU projects already operating to ensure European populations do not stray from this constructed narrative that at times crosses over into real xenophobic racism, or Russophobia. While researching this phenomenon, it was impossible not to find some of the EU’s counter-propaganda material quite funny. More…

The Facts:
Governments use the main stream media to disseminate disinformation in order to control narratives that fit their agendas.

Reflect On:
The next time you hear something on the news that suddenly dominates the narrative, consider why this was being done at that particular time and who benefits.

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