Saturday, August 17, 2019

New York Times: Lawns Are Symbols of Racism and Bad for Global Warming

by Penny Starr, Breitbart:

While most Americans are spending time this summer enjoying the sun in the comfort of their houses’ yards, the New York Times is out with a new exposé on how lawn care is problematic, once viewed through the lens of social justice.

Lawns are contributing to pollution and climate change, asserts narrator David Botti, and their origins are far from woke, in a seven-minute video on the history of American lawns.

FACEBOOK PAID CONTRACTORS TO SECRETLY TRANSCRIBE YOUR CONVERSATIONS

by Mac Slavo, SHTF Plan:

Facebook cannot seem to respect the privacy of anything.  Although a certain level of privacy is a basic human right, Facebook has been paying contractors to secretly transcribe all of your conversations.

That’s according to third-party contractors who spoke to Bloomberg about the practice. The conversations were those recorded through the social media messaging app’s microphone.  The contractors said that they were paid to listen in on countless, occasional vulgar conversations among Facebook Messenger users, though the company never explained to them why it needed the transcriptions. Facebook later told Bloomberg that the human transcriptions were being used to test the performance of its speech-recognizing artificial intelligence.

Trump is gambling with ‘red flag’ laws as Americans see a slippery slope on gun control

by Andrew West, Freedom OutPost:

While the Second Amendment is most often characterized as a right, there are characteristics of the guarantee that imbue separate, equally potent powers to the American people.

In many way, the right to bear arms is an insurance policy, more than a right.  It exists not for hunting, sport, or self defense, but rather as a reminder that we must remain vigilant against those who rise into power.  American politicians and government agencies cannot overstep their bounds, or impose even the slightest inkling of authoritarian rule, without first considering what the true power of an armed and freepopulace could be.

BOMBSHELL: Google Insider Turns Over 950 Pages Of Docs And Laptop To DOJ

from True Pundit:

A former Google insider claiming the company created algorithms to hide its political bias within artificial intelligence platforms – in effect targeting particular words, phrases and contexts to promote, alter, reference or manipulate perceptions of Internet content – delivered roughly 950 pages of documents to the Department of Justice’s Antitrust division Friday.

The former Google insider has already spoken in to the nonprofit organization Project Veritas. He was interviewed in silhouette, to conceal his identity, in group’s latest film, which they say exposes bias inside the social media platform.

“The Distortion Is Grotesque” – Google Insider Turns Over 950 Pages Documenting Bias To DoJ

from ZeroHedge:

A former Google insider claiming the company created algorithms to hide its political bias within artificial intelligence platforms – in effect targeting particular words, phrases and contexts to promote, alter, reference or manipulate perceptions of Internet content – delivered roughly 950 pages of documents to the Department of Justice’s Antitrust division Friday.

U.S. Customs Continues To “Modernize” Its System To Include Biometrics For All Passengers

by Nicholas West, Alt Market:

One aspect often lost in the immigration debate is the rollout of government solutions that are set to restrict the freedom of the perfectly innocent.  A key component of this is the increased collection of passenger biometrics.

As I’ve discussed before, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has a mandate that’s been 15 years in the making to integrate government databases for ID verification. Private companies have been enlisted to ensure that there is a “quick and easy roll out across U.S. airports,” according to Jim Peters, chief technology officer for SITA, one of the information technology companies working with airlines.

Dad sued for slander because he criticized the education system

by Simon Black, Sovereign Man:

Welcome to our Friday roll up, where we highlight the most absurd and concerning stories we are following this week.

Dad sued for slander because he criticized the education system

Careful what you say about your kid’s public school curriculum.

The company behind a controversial common core math program in North Carolina is suing a dad for libel and slander.

Monsanto Paid Google To Censor Results; Operated Fusion Center To Discredit Journalists And Activists

by Aaron Kesel, Activist Post:

Monsanto (Bayer) operated an intelligence-gathering “fusion center,” to discredit journalists and activists, including singer Neil Young, and paid Google to bury results in its search engine, The Guardian, reported.

Activist Post previously reported that Bayer/Monsanto — the formerly merged company of potentially two of the evilest businesses in history — had kept a file of 200 names, including journalists and lawmakers in hopes of influencing their positions on pesticides according to French prosecutors.

Now, The Guardian has an exposé on Monsanto going a step beyond by spying on journalists through use of a Fusion Center type operation and paying Google to hide negative results.

Hijacking the Second Amendment

by Joe Lauria, Consortium News:

The gun lobby has hijacked the Second Amendment, which was intended for citizen militias to provide domestic “security” without a standing army. The amendment is a dangerous relic, never clearer than  after El Paso and Dayton, writes Joe Lauria.

The Second Amendment was written after a war in which a new nation without a standing army defeated the biggest standing army on the planet. To defend itself, the new country relied on citizens arming themselves in civilian militias.

POLICE USED STREETLAMPS TO SPY ON THE PUBLIC MORE THAN 140 TIMES

by Mass Private I, via SHTF Plan:

Gone are the days when cities used streetlamps to simply illuminate sidewalks and streets. Today’s streetlamps are being used to form an interconnected web of surveillance devices.

A recent San Diego Union-Tribune article revealed how San Diego police officers have used streetlamp video surveillance in at least 140 cases and sometimes as frequently as 20 times a month.

Let that sink in for a moment; spying streetlamps are real and police have already requested video footage from more than 140 streetlamps.

Gun Sales Surge After Mass Shootings, Trump Gun Control Promise

by Paul Joseph Watson, Summit News:

“People are realizing that even a trip to Walmart isn’t safe these days”

In the wake of the shootings in Dayton and El Paso, and ahead of potential gun control legislation being enacted by President Trump, firearms sales have surged, as Americans look to protect themselves.

The Washington Examiner reports that gun shops are seeing an uptick in business, particularly from first time buyers.

The Seven Steps of Genocidal Tyranny

by Dave Hodges, The Common Sense Show:

Between researchers such as Mike Adams, myself and others, it has clearly been established that America is suffering from a bad case of false flag attacks. By the end of the first 24 hour cycle, the false flag nature of the El Paso shooting had already been established beyond a reasonable doubt. Now we have learned that the Dayton shooter was an Elizabeth Warren supporter and we are not totally certain about who he really is. Therefore, I am not going to waste anymore of time debating forensics, disputing eyewitness accounts which collaborate each other’s stories. America is looking, as I have already labeled it, a TET Offensive of false flags sponsored by the Deep State Left. End of story. Now, we are going to talk about why this is happening and, more importantly, where this is leading.

Disturbing Video Shows Cops Shoot Teen in the Back as He Ran Away, Killing Him

by Matt Agorist, The Free Thought Project:

Colorado Springs, CO — Angry protests have erupted in Colorado Springs after two police officers were captured on surveillance footage chasing down 19-year-old De’Von Bailey, shooting him in the back, killing him. The video of the August 3 shooting was just released this week sparking protests and anger from the community who says the shooting was unnecessary and nothing short of murder.

According to police, they were dispatched to the area around 6:45 p.m. on Saturday over reports of a robbery. Police claim they detained two men, Bailey and another man, when Bailey allegedly reached for a weapon and police shot him. But the video shows no such weapon, nor does it show Bailey reaching for anything.