September 23, 2019

Censorship

August 19, 2019

China is paying Twitter to publish propaganda against Hong Kong protesters

Ravie Lakshmanan | The Next Web | Source URL Twitter has caught itself in a propaganda war after it was found running ads from China’s state-backed media outlet Xinhua News attacking Hong Kong protesters. The promoted tweets (aka ads) — which were captured on social bookmarking site Pinboard — delve into how
August 19, 2019

Activist Post Applies For NewsGuard’s Coveted “Conspiracy” Blacklist

Activist Post Response To NewsGuard’s Request About Editorial Practices By Activist Post Editors Activist Post is being considered for NewsGuard’s exclusive “conspiracy” news blacklist. They recently contacted us about our editorial practices to see if we qualify for this great honor. For those who don’t know, NewsGuard is creating warning
August 19, 2019

Chinese State Media Announces 2.56M ‘Discredited Entities’ Prevented From Purchasing Plane Tickets Under Social Credit System

Chris Menahan | Information Liberation | Source URL This is the system our ruling oligarchs are trying to implement in America. China restricted 2.56 million discredited entities from purchasing plane tickets, and 90,000 entities from buying high-speed rail tickets in July: NDRC #socialcredit pic.twitter.com/4zAwJ7hrBn — Global Times (@globaltimesnews) August 16,
August 19, 2019

The EU’s latest assault on internet freedom

Andrew Tettenborn | Spiked | Source URL As things stand, what you can and cannot say on the internet is largely a matter for national law, decided by national parliaments. This means that every nation in Europe currently has different laws and practices. But the EU has quietly been moving
August 14, 2019

How Did Yahoo News Scoop An FBI Document That Turns Conspiracy Theories Into Domestic Terrorism Threats?

Richard Enos | Collective Evolution | Source URL By now the concept of ‘perception-building’ should be familiar to those who have read some of my commentaries on the mainstream media. But for those who haven’t, I am referring to a process by which information is presented to us that attempts to make us see
August 12, 2019

Leaked Draft of Trump Executive Order to ‘Censor the Internet’ Denounced as Dangerous, Unconstitutional Edict

Jon Queally | Common Dreams | Source URL “In practice, this executive order would mean that whichever political party is in power could dictate what speech is allowed on the Internet.” Civil liberties groups are warning of a major threat to online freedoms and First Amendment rights if a leaked

Organized Stalking

5G

Weaponized Directed Energy

Brain-Computer Interfaces

Legal Issues

September 5, 2019

U.S. Federal Judge Rules Terrorist Watchlist Is Unconstitutional

Newsweek | Source URL U.S. District Judge Anthony Trenga ruled Wednesday that the federal government’s watchlist of “known or suspected terrorists” is unconstitutional. The list, which contains over 1 million people, was challenged by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and 23 American citizens who said they were wrongly placed
August 19, 2019

The case of the missing tattoos: Altered photo lineup by Portland police draws objection

Maxine Bernstein | The Oregonian/OregonLive | Source URL There’s no mistaking the elaborate tattoos that cover Tyrone Lamont Allen’s forehead and right cheek. But when Portland police suspected Allen was involved in four bank and credit union heists, and none of the tellers reported seeing tattoos on the face of
August 19, 2019

Deepfake evidence so realistic ‘innocent people will go to jail’ warns expert

David Rivers | The Daily Star | Source URL Deepfake material including fabricated evidence will become so realistic it will land innocent people in jail, an expert has warned. Shamir Allibhai, CEO of video verification company Amber, believes content including CCTV and voice recordings will be subject to gross manipulation.
July 7, 2019

Police Drop “Crime Prediction” Software, But Not Because It’s Orwellian

Mac Slavo | SHTFPlan | Source URL Several California police departments have stopped using “predictive policing” software but not because they want to protect your basic human rights and dignity.  The reason the software won’t be used is that it isn’t effective enough…yet. Several police departments were disappointed that they
June 23, 2019

In Guantánamo Case, U.S. Government Says It Can Indefinitely Detain Anyone — Even U.S. Citizens

Murtaza Hussain | The Intercept | Source URL For over 17 years, Moath al-Alwi has been held at Guantánamo Bay without charge. A Yemeni citizen, al-Alwi is one of Guantánamo’s “forever prisoners,” those whom the U.S. government has not charged with a crime but is unwilling to release. On June
June 20, 2019

Critics Lament as 126 House Democrats Join Forces With GOP to Hand Trump ‘Terrifying’ Mass Domestic Spying Powers

Jon Queally | Common Dreams | Source URL “The Democrats who voted against this common sense amendment just threw immigrants, LGBTQ folks, activists, journalists, and political dissidents under the bus by voting to rubberstamp the Trump administration’s Orwellian domestic spying capabilities.” Privacy advocates and civil liberties defenders are expressing outrage

Financials

August 12, 2019

Cashierless Stores Make Inroads in U.S.

John Murawski | The Wall Street Journal | Source URL U.S. retailers large and small are pressing ahead with testing the use of artificial intelligence to track what products shoppers pick up and automatically bill their accounts when they walk out the door, eliminating the need for a checkout line.
July 19, 2019

Eisenhower’s Worst Nightmare

William Harding | Tom’s Dispatch | Source URL Note for TomDispatch Readers: If you’re already a TD subscriber, then yesterday you got my biannual email asking you for $$$ (my least favorite part of the TomDispatch year and undoubtedly yours, too). But since this site doesn’t take advertising dollars and
July 7, 2019

UN investigator calls for spy tech sales ban on Riyadh

Middle East Memo | Source URL The UN special rapporteur for extrajudicial killings today called for a moratorium on selling surveillance technology to Saudi Arabia over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as reported by Anadolu Agency. The call from UN investigator Agnes Callamard comes after last month’s release of her
June 10, 2019

Military-Industrial Blockbuster: United Technologies To Buy Raytheon, Creating One Of World’s Largest Defense Firms

Tyler Durden | ZeroHedge | Source URL United Technologies has agreed to buy Raytheon in an all stock deal, forming one of the world’s largest aerospace and defense companies with more than $74 billion in revenue and $13.5 billion in EBITDA, through one of the industry’s biggest deals ever. With
February 1, 2019

With Cash Handouts, India Takes Step Toward Universal Basic Income

Eric Bellman | The Wall Street Journal | Source URL Government promises payouts to help hundreds of millions of small farmers NEW DELHI—India unveiled huge handouts for farmers, setting the stage for an election-year spending spree, a possible prelude to implementing a universal basic income in an effort to deal
January 4, 2019

Bokhari: The Terrifying Rise of Financial Blacklisting

Allum Bokhari | Breitbart | Source URL It is the most totalitarian form of blacklisting: not just to be prevented from speaking on a university campus, or to be kicked off social media, but to be shut out of the entire financial system. That is the terrifying new threat to

Mental Health

September 11, 2019

Facebook says it is ‘tightening’ its policy on content relating to self-harm and suicide in an effort to protect users’ mental health

Daily Mail | Source URL Facebook said it will tighten its grip on content relating to suicide and self-harm in an effort to make the platform and its sister-site, Instagram, safer. In a blog post, Facebook announced several policy changes that will affect how content relating to self-harm and suicide
August 1, 2019

Imaging Shows Brain Matter Alterations in U.S. Government Personnel Who Served in Cuba

Global Health Newswire | Source URL Brain imaging of 40 U.S. government personnel who experienced a host of neurological symptoms after possible exposure of an unknown source while serving in Cuba revealed significant differences in brain tissue and connectivity when compared to healthy individuals, according to a new report from
February 14, 2019

How sleep deprivation ruins your mental health

Zoey Sky | Natural News | Source URL When you don’t get enough sleep, you’re tired and cranky the next day. However, sleep deprivation also affects your emotional and mental health in four different ways. It makes you more emotionally reactive. If you’re sleep deprived, you may lose your temper
January 9, 2019

‘They Can Do Whatever They Want To You,’ Says Woman Who Claims She’s Been ‘Brain-Mapped’ By Electronic Stalkers’

Dr. Phil Show | Source URL Debbie says she believes she is being “electronically harassed” by people who shock her with electricity, have “brain-mapped” her and project visions of aliens through her optic nerve.  “They can do whatever they want to you,” she claims.  “I know how crazy it sounds
January 6, 2019

Health advocates say schizophrenia should be reclassified as a brain disease

Brianna Ehley | Politico | Source URL Mental health advocates are lobbying Congress to help them get schizophrenia classified as a brain disease like Parkinson’s or Alzheimers, instead of as a mental illness, a move that could reduce stigma and lead to more dollars for a cure. Federal health officials,
December 19, 2018

Human rights body calls on US school to ban electric shocks on children

Ed Pilkington | The Guardian | Source URL Inter-American Commission on Human Rights issued a notice to the Judge Rotenberg Center to immediately stop the shocks An international body entrusted with upholding human rights across the Americas has called for an immediate ban on the controversial use of electric shocks
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