Sunday, May 20, 2018

The Overlooked Meaning of “This is America” by Childish Gambino

from Vigilant Citizen:

This is America clearly struck a chord with this generation. But is there more to the character played by Donald Glover than meets the eye? We’ll look at the symbolism of This is America and its significance in today’s social climate.

After over 100 million YouTube views in less than a week and intense media attention, it is safe to say that This is America has reached the enviable status of “cultural phenomenon”. Combining violent imagery with interpretative dance, the video conveys a message that is clear, yet ambiguous, obvious, yet enigmatic. It holds a mirror up to a popular culture that is in crisis and a new black pride movement rebirthing from an utterly toxic womb.

RISE OF THE MACHINES: US ARMY IS TURNING TO ‘TERMINATOR’-STYLE AUTONOMOUS ROBOT SOLDIERS ON BATTLEFIELD

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by Geoffrey Grinder, Now The End Begins:

OVER THE NEXT FEW YEARS, THE PENTAGON IS POISED TO SPEND ALMOST $1 BILLION FOR A RANGE OF ROBOTS DESIGNED TO COMPLEMENT COMBAT TROOPS. BEYOND SCOUTING AND EXPLOSIVES DISPOSAL, THESE NEW MACHINES WILL SNIFF OUT HAZARDOUS CHEMICALS OR OTHER AGENTS, PERFORM COMPLEX RECONNAISSANCE AND EVEN CARRY A SOLDIER’S GEAR.

EDITOR’S NOTE: A robotized device can absolutely make life safer, more productive and more enjoyable. The problem comes when AI progress to such a point that the temptation to allow these robots to begin making decisions on their own becomes unavoidable. Facebook did an AI experiment last year that was quickly shut down when the chatbots suddenly created their own language that the humans running the experiment were not able to understand. That’s how lightning-fast these things can get out of control. Now, replace ‘chatbots’ with autonomous robots armed with military weapons, and you see very quickly the danger in where this is all heading.

Did Texas School Shooter Dimitrios Pagourtzis Have Links To Antifa Or Was He Just Copying Columbine?

by Michael Snyder, End Of The American Dream:

Not again. Yet another mass school shooting in America is making headlines all over the world, and this is another case in which the warning signs were there well ahead of time. Dimitrios Pagourtzis had been wearing a trenchcoat to school all year, he had posted violent and disturbing messages on social media, and he seems to have been obsessed with the Columbine school shooting. Unfortunately, nobody ever intervened, and the entire world now knows the name Dimitrios Pagourtzis.

A Russian Nightmare For Mueller – Special Counsel Trial Lawyer Woefully Unprepared To Actually Prosecute The Indicted ‘Russians’

by Susan Duclos, All News Pipeline:

Having failed to indict even one American with actual collusion with Russia in regards to the 2016 presidential election, with others charged on a variety of issues that had nothing to do with the original Special Counsel mandate of probing collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia to sway a presidential election, Team Mueller decided to indict 13 Russian individual and three Russian companies, in what many thought was an attempt to justify the millions in taxpayer money the special counsel has spent to date.

The reason many speculated that it was nothing more than “show” to indict 13 Russian companies and three Russian individuals is because, as legal experts highlighted at the time, none of the individual or entities were subject to U.S. law, or our court systems, so to Robert Mueller and his “dream team,” it was a slam dunk, indict them, slap the notches on the bedpost, so to speak, and call it a day…..until one of the Russian companies, Concord Management and Consulting, LLC, decide to hire two Washington based lawyers, and have team Mueller put up (try the case) or shut up (drop the charges.)

People Who Express Outrage Over TSA Groping Can Now Be Put on a Watchlist

by John Vibes, The Free Thought Project:

Travelers who are deemed “offensive” could be the targets of even more harassment from the TSA if they are placed on the agency’s new secret watchlist.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is forming a new watchlist specifically for people who give its agents a hard time during security screenings, and are deemed “unruly” passengers who act in ways that TSA agents find “offensive.”

The New York Times obtained a five-page directive recently published by the agency announcing the establishment of the watchlist or “95 list,” which is a new program that began in February.

Facebook Announces Partnership with Think Tank Connected to NATO, Military Industrial Complex

by Derrick Broze, Activist Post:

Facebook has announced a new partnership with the Atlantic Council, a think tank with close ties to the Military Industrial Complex and Defense Department.

On Thursday Facebook announced a new partnership with the Atlantic Council, a think tank which officially claims to provide a forum for international political, business, and intellectual leaders. The social media giant said the partnership is aimed at preventing Facebook from “being abused during elections.” The press release promotes Facebook’s efforts to fight fake news by using artificial intelligence, as well as working with outside experts and governments.

NYT Leakers CONFIRM FBI Ran ‘Spy Operation’ Against Trump Campaign

by Mac Slavo, SHTF Plan:

Leakers have confirmed to the New York Times that the Federal Bureau of Investigation ran a spy operation against the Trump campaign. This covert spy operation involved government informants, secret subpoenas, and possible wiretaps.

“The F.B.I. obtained phone records and other documents using national security letters — a secret type of subpoena — officials said. And at least one government informant met several times with Mr. Page and Mr. Papadopoulos,” the Times reported, citing “current and former officials.”

All 34 Bishops In Chile Suddenly Resign Over “Absolutely Deplorable” Pedophile Priest Scandal

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from ZeroHedge:

All 34 bishops in Chile have tendered their resignations in the wake of yet another pedophile priest scandal in which high level officials covered up the institutionalized sexual abuse of minors – even threatening officials tasked with investigating sex crimes and the destruction of evidence.

Thirty-one active bishops and three who are signed a document with their offers to resign following an emergency meeting this week with Pope Francis. Francis can accept the resignations one by one, reject them outright or delay a decision.

The Longer Washington Stays In, the More Drugs Fly Out of Afghanistan

by Martin Berger, New Eastern Outlook:

According to the data released by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, some 30 million people across the world may be described as habitual drug users. These means that all of these people are not just addicted to drugs but they also need professional treatment. Due to the ever increasing volume of illegal drug trafficking, a total of 100,000 people die every year. Since 2011, Europe has witnessed a 30% increase in cocaine users, while the worldwide opium production increased by 33% last year in comparison with the previous one.

The continuous smuggling of drugs enriches terrorists and strengthens extremist groups that pose a real threat to the peace and security of the international community.

Google Employees Now Quitting As Company Joins Pentagon, Becomes Part of the War Machine

by John Vibes, The Free Thought Project:

Google employees are now quitting in protest of the company’s contract to develop a controversial drone program for the Pentagon.

Last month, The Free Thought Project reported that thousands of Google employees were speaking out about the company’s close relationship with the Pentagon, and their involvement in the business of war.

Initially, 3,100 Google employees signed a letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai, demanding that the company cancel an ongoing contract with the Pentagon that supported a drone program called “Project Maven.” As expected, Google has not backed down, and at least a dozen of the employees who signed the letter are now resigning from the company in protest.