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The Bill for America’s $50 Trillion Gluttony of Inequality Is Overdue

[Economic] [Media]
The Bill for America’s $50 Trillion Gluttony of Inequality Is Overdue
by Charles Hugh Smith
Posted October 15, 2020

redistribution of wealth Do you hear the pathetic bleating of America’s billionaires and their army of toadies? If not, you soon will, for a remarkable report has been released that documents the $50 trillion in earnings that’s been transferred to the Financial Aristocracy from the bottom 90% of American households in the past 45 years.

Longtime readers know I’ve reported on the astounding increase in America’s economic inequality for the past 15 years, and addressed the eventual banquet of consequences this imbalanced, destabilizing state of affairs will serve up.

But with few exceptions, the corporate media has ignored this fundamental reality of American life, and blown off the consequences as easily ignored speculation by marginalized bloggers and commentators. (“Would somebody please shadow-ban these sites going on and on about soaring inequality? Thank you, Facebook, Google and Twitter–we’ll return the favor directly.”)

The extreme rarity of paragraphs like these in the corporate media cannot be over-emphasized. The corporate media has carried water for the billionaires and America’s Financial Aristocracy for decades. (No surprise, given that the vast majority of America’s media / social media is owned by the billionaires and Financial Aristocracy. Why bite the hand that feeds you, especially when the risk of losing your career is so high?) More…

 

Three Interactive Tools for Understanding Police Surveillance

[Community] [Social]
Three Interactive Tools for Understanding Police Surveillance
By Dave Maass
Posted October 14, 2020

Atlas of surveillanceAs law enforcement and government surveillance technology continues to become more and more advanced, it has also become harder for everyday people to avoid. Law enforcement agencies all over the United States are using body-worn cameras, automated license plate readers, drones, and much more—all of which threat people’s right to privacy. But it’s often difficult for people to even become aware of what technology is being used where they live.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has three interactive tools that help you learn about the new technologies being deployed around the United States and how they impact you: the Atlas of Surveillance, Spot the Surveillance, and Who Has Your Face?

The Atlas of Surveillance is a database and map that will help you understand the magnitude of surveillance at the national level, as well as what kind of technology is used locally where you live.

If you drove past an automated license plate reader, would you know what it looks like? Ever look closely at the electronic devices carried by police officers? Most of the time, people might not even notice when they’ve walked into the frame of surveillance technology. More…

The God of Silence Speaks Up

[Spiritual]
The God of Silence Speaks Up
By Katherine LaGrave
Posted October 13, 2020

silenceGordon Hempton has spent the past 30 years warning people about the consequences of the disappearance of natural quiet on Earth, which he calls a “solar-powered jukebox.” And now that the world is a little less noisy, he’s asking us, once again, to listen.

By the time you finish reading the end of this sentence, you will most likely have been interrupted by a sound—some scrape, some snarl, a click, clock, clack. A plane may buzz overhead. A microwave may beep, or your phone may ring. That damn doorbell. That damn dishwasher. How do I know this? Because Gordon Hempton says so. How does Gordon Hempton know this? Because for the past 37 years, the acoustic ecologist has been thinking about noise and listening and doing what some may think unthinkable, unimportant in a world with climate change and animal extinction and a planet that keeps getting hotter: trying to save quiet. By now, you may be wondering why you should care. Hempton, for his part, is so glad you asked. More…

The Global Police State Is Swiftly Rising

[Social]
The Global Police State Is Swiftly Rising
BY Brandon Smith
Posted October 12, 2020

police state risingRegardless of lockdown measures, infection rates continue to climb in many nations, thereby justifying EVEN LONGER or more frequent lockdowns. This creates an endless cycle of economic instability which the public cannot endure, and many people are beginning to wonder what purpose of the pandemic restrictions serve? It’s obviously not to slow the virus and save lives as an effective vaccine is unlikely to be developed in time for the lockdowns to matter. But, if you wanted to quickly implement a totalitarian system, then using a global health threat as justification might be the ticket.

The problem for the establishment will be this: How can they keep the tyranny going once they have it? Ultimately, for a totalitarian system to work it NEEDS a large portion of the public to support it on principle. The public has to believe that the loss of their liberties is necessary to their survival for the long term. More…

If We Want to Stop Our Civilization From Collapsing, This is What We Have to Do

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If We Want to Stop Our Civilization From Collapsing, This is What We Have to Do
by Umair Haque
Posted October 11, 2020

healing the source of lifeAn enlightenment in the substance of what “work” really is. Is it something we just do in airless offices to make billionaires richer? Or is it the actual labour — imagination, energy, sweat, passion — of keeping our civilisation going, as a civilization, a thing of nourishment and sustenance, of taking care of the planet, life on it, one another, the future?

And, by the way, doesn’t nature “work,” too? Who provides the air we breathe? The trees. The water we drink? The rivers. The energy we use? The sun, the minerals, the rocks. Who cleans those rivers? The fish. Who turns our soil? The insects and worms. Nature “works” — but it’s our slave. We abuse it, make it labour for free, and turn a blind eye when it dies. So we need to begin compensating nature for the “work” it does, too — and that might give it a shot to not die, and keep us alive, too.

Those two great objectives of tomorrow’s macroeconomies are in conflict. Can we provide every human being on earth with the basics — while not destroying the planet and life on it? Can we provide for ourselves without being destructive and predatory — being mindful of nature to the point that we compensate it fairly for the work it does for us, too? More…

The 20-Year Journey From 9/11 To COVID-19 and the Freedoms Lost Along the Way

[Social]
The 20-Year Journey From 9/11 To COVID-19 and the Freedoms Lost Along the Way
by John Whitehead
Posted October 11, 2020

freedoms lost with 9-11 and Corona responsesYou can map the nearly 20-year journey from the 9/11 attacks to the COVID-19 pandemic by the freedoms we’ve lost along the way.

The road we have been traveling has been littered with the wreckage of our once-vaunted liberties, especially those enshrined in the Fourth Amendment.

The assaults on our freedoms that began with the post-9/11 passage of the USA Patriot Act laid the groundwork for the eradication of every vital constitutional safeguard against government overreach, corruption and abuse.

The COVID-19 pandemic with its lockdowns, mask mandates, surveillance, snitch lines for Americans to report their fellow citizens for engaging in risky behavior, and veiled threats of forced vaccinations has merely provided the architects of the American police state with an opportunity to flex their muscles.

These have become mile markers on the road to tyranny. More…

The Fed Provides an Unlimited Money Lifeline to Wall Street; 30 Million Americans Facing Eviction Get a No-Money 4-Month Plan

[Community] [Economic]
The Fed Provides an Unlimited Money Lifeline to Wall Street; 30 Million Americans Facing Eviction Get a No-Money 4-Month Plan
By Pam Martens and Russ Martens
Posted October 9, 2020

30 to 40 million facing evictionsHappy New Year – here’s your eviction notice. That’s how tens of millions of struggling Americans have been set up to fail as the one percent on Wall Street, propped up by unlimited money from the Fed, ring in the New Year with Tiffany flutes of Dom Perignon in their Greenwich mansions.

According to a recent study published by The Aspen Institute, 30 to 40 million Americans will be at risk of eviction over the next several months.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been dragged into the eviction morass because Democrats and Republicans in Congress cannot find common ground on a meaningful plan. More…

COVID 19 – The UK Scamdemic – Part 2

[Social]
COVID 19 – The UK Scamdemic – Part 2
by Ian Davis
Posted October 8, 2020

Corona is being exploited by the uber richIt appears that COVID 19 has been exploited to bring about a new global economic, social, cultural and political paradigm. Encapsulated as the Great Reset, this affords a technocratic parasite class, often wrongly referred to as the elite, centralised global control of all resources, including all human resources.

Though influential, the UK State is just one national component of this global agenda. In order to prepare us for global technocracy, which will be a dictatorship, we need to become more accustomed to obeying orders without question. Consequently the Lockdown response has been characterised by conflicting, ever shifting advice, both to condition people to arbitrary diktat and psychologically unbalance the public to better facilitate behaviour change. More…

The Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act wants to ban strong encryption

[Politics] [Media]
The Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act wants to ban strong encryption
by Richie Koch
Posted October 7, 2020

police want full access to all devicesThe United States Congress is considering a law that would destroy online privacy as we know it and essentially outlaw the most secure American tech products, such as Signal. The law would ban end-to-end encryption for large companies and require developers to break their own products at the request of law enforcement agencies.

The bill is called the Lawful Access to Encrypted Data (LAED) Act, proposed by three Republican Senators on June 23.

The stated purpose of the law is to give police and security agencies the ability to quickly access information contained on a suspect’s encrypted device. The LAED Act targets all data that is encrypted, both in transit and at rest. So not only would a tech company be forced to help the FBI break into a smartphone seized from a suspect, but it would also have to build a way to let officials monitor end-to-end encrypted communications, including whoever the suspect is talking to.

This bill puts the privacy and security of everyone at risk, not only suspected criminals. If a back door exists, no one is safe. More…

EARN IT is a dangerous law that could be used to break encryption

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EARN IT is a dangerous law that could be used to break encryption
by Richie Koch
Posted October 6, 2020

poorly wwritten bill will break encryptionWe recently wrote about a proposed law in the United States known as the Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act (LAED Act), which would basically ban encryption by requiring companies to build a backdoor. But this is not the only effort underway in the US Congress that attempts to destroy privacy as we know it.

On July 2, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to approve the EARN IT Act (an acronym that stands for Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies Act of 2020). Now that it is out of committee, EARN IT is scheduled to be debated on the Senate floor. This bill, if passed, would require social media companies to monitor all of the content shared on their platforms, including private messages, ostensibly to prevent the spread of child sexual abuse material.

But the bill is loosely worded and gives extraordinary power to individual states to create their own rules. Advocates for online freedom say the legislation is ill-fitted for its stated purpose and may instead force Internet companies to monitor all their users’ activity, even if that means breaking encryption. More…

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Mainstream American liberals think they’re clear-eyed because they can see the propaganda strings being pulled by Fox and Donald Trump, and mainstream American conservatives think they’re clear-eyed because they can see the propaganda strings being pulled by MSNBC and the Democrats, but the propaganda strings on both trace back to the same puppet master. And seeing that is just the beginning.

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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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Britian's Orwellian tactics against Julian Assange

It’s quite fitting that the – imperially pre-determined – judicial fate of Julian Assange is being played out in Britain, the home of George Orwell.

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