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Find Out What Google and Facebook Know About You

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Find Out What Google and Facebook Know About You
by Baratunde Thurston
Posted April 23, 2021

data mining by social mediaHackers obtained the Social Security numbers of more than 145 million Americans. Paid political chaos monkeys allegedly harvested data from at least 87 million Facebook profiles in an effort to influence the 2016 U.S. election, the Brexit vote, and possibly more. In a practice that could easily become discriminatory, police departments are mining social media profiles in the name of public safety.

These stories are all connected by a common denominator: data. Nearly everything we do online leaves a trail of data that is then combined and analyzed on servers across the globe in a kind of decentralized dossier of human behavior. To many of us, that may sound abstract, or benign, or both. But is it?

To bring the issue out of the heady headlines, I tried to get a handle on how much of my own data was out there. This prompted just what you might expect: confusion, panic, and rage, followed by a strong urge to purge — to perform a data detox of my own. More…

Techno-Censorship: The Slippery Slope from Censoring ‘Disinformation’ to Silencing Truth

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Techno-Censorship: The Slippery Slope from Censoring ‘Disinformation’ to Silencing Truth
By John W. Whitehead & Nisha Whitehead
Posted April 22, 2021

Ministry of Truth, administered by corporations“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.”― George Orwell

We should all be alarmed when prominent social media voices such as Donald Trump, Alex Jones, David Icke and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. are censored, silenced and made to disappear from Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram for voicing ideas that are deemed politically incorrect, hateful, dangerous or conspiratorial.

The question is not whether the content of their speech was legitimate.

The concern is what happens after such prominent targets are muzzled. What happens once the corporate techno-censors turn their sights on the rest of us?

It’s a slippery slope from censoring so-called illegitimate ideas to silencing truth. Eventually, as George Orwell predicted, telling the truth will become a revolutionary act. More…

Your Privacy Is Over

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Your Privacy Is Over
by Tobias Stone
Posted April 21, 2021

privacy is disappearing, FASTIn China, the government is using data to control the country’s population. By building a firewall around China and then replacing the blocked global tech services with locally owned versions it can control, the government is able to create a digital profile of each person’s actions, affiliations, statements, acts, and misdemeanors. On this, people are “scored” within a “social credit” system and rewarded or penalized accordingly.

The recent coverage of Cambridge Analytica and Facebook shows just how much corporations in the West know about us without us knowing. The sting on Cambridge Analytica and extensive reporting by Carole Cadwalladr, along with the Facebook Senate hearings, have shown how companies that manipulate public opinion are operating in a way that very few people, and clearly not our lawmakers, can really understand. More…

We Are Now Entering Full-Blown Tyranny In The Western World

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We Are Now Entering Full-Blown Tyranny In The Western World
by Mike Snyder
Posted April 21, 2021

we are entering the matrixIf we accept what they are doing to us now, they are just going to keep pushing the envelope. Over the past 12 months, authorities throughout the western world have used the pandemic as an excuse to impose Orwellian measures that we never would have accepted during normal times. They are promising us that these measures are just “temporary”, but the pandemic has already been with us for a year and there are no signs that it is going away any time soon. If those governing us are willing to go to such ridiculous extremes during a relatively minor pandemic, what are they going to be willing to do once things start getting really crazy?

All over the western world, we are being promised that life will finally go back to “normal” once the pandemic is over, and they are telling us that the vaccines will end the pandemic.

But that isn’t happening. Cases are on the rise again, and thousands are still getting sick even though they have been “fully vaccinated”.

And now Pfizer and Moderna are publicly admitting that their vaccines only provide about six months of immunity. Most people that are getting shots think that they now have some sort of permanent immunity, but that isn’t even close to accurate. More…

Poll: Likely Voters Support ‘Wall Street Tax Act’

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Poll: Likely Voters Support ‘Wall Street Tax Act’
By Bilal Baydoun and Sean McElwee
Posted April 20, 2021

Wall Street HFT tax favored by most peopleA February poll from Data for Progress and The Lab, a policy vertical of The Appeal, shows that a majority of likely voters want Congress to pass the “Wall Street Tax Act,” federal legislation that would promote equity, fairness, and raise revenue through a tax on trades of certain financial instruments. The results show that:

Fifty four percent of overall voters — including 69 percent of Democrats and 53 percent of independents — support passage of the measure, which would generate an estimated $777 billion in new revenue over a 10-year period.

The proposed measure would tax sales of stocks, bonds and derivatives at a rate of 0.1 percent — the equivalent of 10 cents per $100 sold. In addition to raising new revenue, the tax is designed to target a practice known as high-frequency trading (HFT), which often involves complex algorithms that execute a slew of trades in milliseconds based on miniscule shifts in prices. It would largely exempt long-term assets such as employee retirement accounts, according to Rep. Peter DeFazio, the bill’s primary sponsor. More…

A Cypherpunk’s Manifesto

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A Cypherpunk’s Manifesto
by Eric Hughes
Posted April 19, 2021

cashless society will kill all privacyPrivacy is necessary for an open society in the electronic age. Privacy is not secrecy. A private matter is something one doesn’t want the whole world to know, but a secret matter is something one doesn’t want anybody to know. Privacy is the power to selectively reveal oneself to the world.

Since we desire privacy, we must ensure that each party to a transaction have knowledge only of that which is directly necessary for that transaction. Since any information can be spoken of, we must ensure that we reveal as little as possible. In most cases personal identity is not salient. When I purchase a magazine at a store and hand cash to the clerk, there is no need to know who I am. When I ask my electronic mail provider to send and receive messages, my provider need not know to whom I am speaking or what I am saying or what others are saying to me; my provider only need know how to get the message there and how much I owe them in fees. When my identity is revealed by the underlying mechanism of the transaction, I have no privacy. I cannot here selectively reveal myself; I must always reveal myself.

Therefore, privacy in an open society requires anonymous transaction systems. Until now, cash has been the primary such system. An anonymous transaction system is not a secret transaction system. An anonymous system empowers individuals to reveal their identity when desired and only when desired; this is the essence of privacy. More…

Who Killed the Middle Class?

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Who Killed the Middle Class?
by Charles Hugh Smith
Posted April 18, 2021

death of the middle classA few winners in the casino who sold at the top might have edged into the top 10%, but the vast majority of gamblers in the casino cannot compete with the insiders, manipulators and pros, so they lose ground. This is why the bottom 90% collects an insignificant 3% of all income from capital.

The middle class has already collapsed, but thanks to debt and bubbles, this reality has been temporarily cloaked. All bubbles pop, and all excessive debt ends in default.

And as the middle class awakens to the fact that the rungs of social mobility are broken, it’s easy to predict a systemic breakdown.

When these inevitably occur, the reality can no longer be hidden. More…

India’s farmers’ protests are about more than reform — they are resisting the corporate takeover of agriculture

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India’s farmers’ protests are about more than reform — they are resisting the corporate takeover of agriculture
By Manu Moudgil
Posted April 18, 2021

India's farmers want to stop corporate takeover of agricultureOn Feb. 6, protesters blocked roads at an estimated 10,000 spots across India as part of the ongoing movement against the new farm laws enacted by the national government last year. For over two months, the most populous democracy in the world has witnessed what is being called one of the biggest protests in human history.

Hundreds of thousands of farmers have been rallying against three new laws that have thrown open the agriculture sector to private players. Protesters feel the legislation will allow a corporate takeover of crop production and trading, which would eventually impact their earnings and land ownership. They are camping on the roads connecting the national capital with major north Indian cities, braving harsh winters and smear campaigns from the mainstream media and ruling party supporters. Over 224 protesters have already lost their lives for various reasons, chief among them camping outdoors in the frigid weather. More…

Aristocrats vs “We the People”

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Aristocrats vs “We the People”
by John Rubino
Posted April 17, 2021

role of government?“When you bankrupt your country, your politics are inherently corrupted by that bankruptcy, and that’s what is happening to us. We created a financial system . . . that is run by an aristocracy. It’s not a Right/Left, liberal, socialist or conservative aristocracy. Look at JPMorgan Chase, Google and General Dynamics. Look at Mitch McConnell, the big Republicans and the big Democrats.

They are not socialists, and they are not capitalists–they’re aristocrats. They are mainly interested in a system where the rules apply to you and me but do not apply to them. . . . You need to view those guys as Dukes and Duchesses whose main job is to maintain power over the peasants, then their behavior makes complete sense. . . . Seeing them that way makes their motivation and behavior pretty much crystal clear.” More…

Taxes on the Rich: One-Sixth of What They Used to Be

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Taxes on the Rich: One-Sixth of What They Used to Be
By Chuck Collins and Bob Lord
Posted April 16, 2021

time to tax the richAmerica hasn’t stopped taxing its wealthiest citizens entirely.

But that’s where we’re headed.

According to a new IPS briefing paper, the richest .01 percent of Americans, about 33,000 lucky souls today, now pay just one-sixth of what they used to pay in tax, when measured as a percentage of their total wealth.

The top .01 percent in America is a phenomenally wealthy group. Even during America’s most egalitarian periods, the average member of the top .01 percent held over 200 times the wealth of the average American. Today, the wealth of the average top .01 percenter is nearly 1,000 times that of the average American and is closing in on one billion dollars. More…

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It is obvious that the US government is destroying Assange to signal to journalists the consequences of publishing information. It is therefore also obvious that any journalist who fails to use whatever platform they have to speak out against Assange’s persecution has no intention of ever publishing anything that the US government doesn’t want published. Their silence on or support for what is being done to this man can and should be taken as an admission that they are nothing other than state propagandists.

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