by Electronic Frontier Foundation
Posted May 15, 2018
If you’ve ever worried about protecting the privacy of your digital data or your conversations with others, we’re here to help.
Surveillance Self-Defense is a digital security guide that teaches you how to assess your personal risk from online spying. It can help protect you from surveillance by those who might want to find out your secrets, from petty criminals to nation states. We offer guides to the best privacy-enhancing tools and explain how to incorporate protecting yourself against surveillance into your daily routine.
If you’re ready to take the first steps, our series of basic guides (below) will help you to understand what digital surveillance is and how you can fight it. We suggest starting with the Assessing your risks guide. More…
The Dangers of Big City Subsidies
by Susan Crawford
Posted May 14, 2018
America, alone among developed nations, never thought of basic telecommunications services as a public service, to be built and controlled by the government. Instead, we have traditionally relied on private companies to serve all Americans at a reasonable cost. In the past, in order to keep the price of local telephone services low and to ensure that everyone in rural areas had communications service, the federal government imposed fees on long-distance telephone service, to subsidize service for low-income and rural customers. Now, following an astounding wave of consolidation and deregulation, we have the worst of both worlds: mostly unregulated private monopolists, selling expensive, mostly second-class data services to the rich and looking to the state to pay them to provide internet access services to everyone else.
Chairman Pai seems to have one theme when it comes to subsidies: Treat giant companies well, and hope that they’ll do Americans a favor by selling them some form of service. From the perspective of the shareholders of AT&T, Verizon, CenturyLink, Comcast, and Spectrum—the Big Five telecommunications companies that dominate internet access in America—this makes perfect sense. Costly infrastructure investment that drives up the companies’ debt levels is irrational. More…
The next huge GMO crime is here: It’s “genome-editing” of food crops.
by Jon Rappoport
Posted May 13, 2018
We’re on the cusp of a new level of GMO crime-business, and the man in charge of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Sonny Perdue, is cheerleading from the sidelines.
Perdue says the newest gene-edited plants won’t be any different from those developed by traditional non-GMO breeding methods.
Which is like saying a missile fired from a tank is identical to an arrow shot from a bow.
Here is the brand new policy from the USDA:
“Under its biotechnology regulations, USDA does not regulate or have any plans to regulate plants that could otherwise have been developed through traditional breeding techniques… This includes a set of new [gene-editing] techniques that are increasingly being used by plant breeders to produce new plant varieties that are indistinguishable from those developed through traditional breeding methods.”
Yes, indistinguishable, if you’re wearing a blindfold and wandering around in a pitch-black lab. More…
The road to Alzheimer’s disease is lined with processed foods
by Dr. Lisa Mosconi
Posted May 12, 2018
Collectively,the ways we address a disease has always been shaped by what we understand it to be. So it’s important to realize that Alzheimer’s doesn’t simply “turn on” when we’re old; it begins decades earlier with changes to the brain. In other words, the Alzheimer’s population of 2050 will either start to develop, or not, right around now. As a nation, if a meteor was going to hit 15 million people in 32 years, we’d set aside our resources and brainpower to stop it. We must therefore bring the national attention not only to the treatments and vaccines that may someday arrive (or not) but to the urgent interest in upgrading the American diet.
We have acted on behalf of collective nutrition-related outcomes before, by demanding mandatory labeling for trans-fat in 2003. We must take similar action at scale, and immediately. At the same time, each and every one of us would do well to act in our own interests (which are, after all, aligned) and take steps to modify our diet for a youthful, healthy, resilient brain. More…
The Only Worthwhile Investment We Ever Make
by RJ Spina
Posted May 11, 2018
We are all perpetually bombarded with an endless array of investment opportunities, be it an investment of our attention, energy, money, skill, sweat, emotions, knowledge, etc. But what if there was only ONE investment that perpetually yields an everlasting, incalculable, limitless dividend?
Would that not obviously and always be the best investment, regardless of circumstances or context? But what if we simply can’t distinguish this ultimate investment opportunity from all the rest? It would be impossible to know if we have chosen this perfect investment unless every possible observed investment opportunity came with OUR direct knowingness that the speculative, transient, alluring concept of potential profits and mitigated losses were temporary and provided zero enduring benefits whatsoever.
That kind of awareness would be priceless beyond all measure. More…
Veteran CIA Analyst Ray McGovern Assaulted By Police While Protesting Nomination Of Gina Haspel
by Elizabeth Vos
Posted May 11, 2018
Gina Haspel, President Trump’s pick for CIA Director, is notorious among CIA veterans for her implementation of illegal and ineffective torture programs, which often took place overseas at [illegal] ‘black sites.’ Her apparent gusto for violence eventually earned her the nickname ‘Bloody Gina.’ The aura of violence surrounding Haspel is so potent that it manifested in her own confirmation hearing, in the form of the violent police response to protestors including Ray McGovern, CIA veteran analyst and co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS).
McGovern was severely injured by police as he vocalized opposition to the nomination of Gina Haspel as CIA Director. Multiple cell phone videos captured the fact that, despite being brutally assaulted by police officers, McGovern was able to clearly state that Haspel was a key figure in the implementation of illegal torture programs at overseas black sites, including one in Thailand. More…
The Slow Extraction Of Freedom: The Liberty Crisis
by Virginia Fidler
Posted May 10, 2018
Today’s world has been coined the “Interconnected Age.” There is plenty of positives with removing friction in communication; however, there is a significant negative. Government and corporations are keeping an eye on our every move.
We like to think we enjoy some fundamental liberties, however governments and corporations continue to assault our privacy on a daily basis. The internet tracks our interests, beliefs, purchases, and social life. Order your groceries online, and someone knows what you’re having for dinner. Get the latest bestseller from Amazon, and your reading habits are an open book. And that’s just the beginning. Our liberties have shrunken to the point of no return.
When we think of liberty, we think of the power of choice. Yet, our choices are being limited in ways few kings and despots have dared in the past. More…
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