Saturday, May 15, 2021

Texting While Walking May Soon Be Fineable in New York. Similar U.S. Legislation Passed Elsewhere Already. Will It Be Enough to Deter Screen Addicts?

by BN Frank, Activist Post:

Research from the Mayo Clinic determined that texting on smartphones triggers a new type of brain rhythm. “Digital Addiction” or “Screen Addiction” has been validated by many credible sources as a serious medical condition despite the fact that some are still actively promoting heavy screen use as normal, productive and sometimes even cool.

Texting and walking is a safety concern and not just for those who are doing it.  But will legislation and fines be enough to stop addicts?  Or should there be more efforts to discourage heavy screen use in children and adults whether they are walking in public places or not?


by Sam Biddle, The Intercept:

AMONG THE MEGA-CORPORATIONS that surveil you, your cellphone carrier has always been one of the keenest monitors, in constant contact with the one small device you keep on you at almost every moment. A confidential Facebook document reviewed by The Intercept shows that the social network courts carriers, along with phone makers — some 100 different companies in 50 countries — by offering the use of even more surveillance data, pulled straight from your smartphone by Facebook itself.

France threatens journalists with jail time for exposing use of French arms in Yemen

from Middle East Eye:

French journalists could face up to five years in prison and be fined up to $83,000

France has threatened three French journalists with potential jail time for using secret documents to reveal the country’s involvement in the Yemen civil war.

In a series of reports published in April, investigative journalists from Disclose and Radio France revealed the number of French arms sold to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

The documents, authored by France’s Directorate of Military Intelligence (DSGI), showed that senior French officials had lied about the role of French weapons in the Yemen War.


by Paul Joseph Watson, InfoWars:

An openly left-wing beer company told its customers to hit people over the head with bricks before whining about receiving an email “threat”.

Chorlton Brewing Company, which is based in Manchester in the UK, reacted to Nigel Farage having a milkshake thrown at him by tweeting, “Note to our customers: please don’t throw our beer over fascists. Hit them over the head with a brick as is traditional.”

City Steals Elderly Man’s Home for Having a Cluttered Yard, Fines Him $60,000

by Matt Agorist, The Free Thought Project:

For having a cluttered yard, a city in California took a man’s home. After he fought them in court successfully, they are now demanding he pay them $60,000.

Norco, CA — Ron Mugar never committed a crime, never harmed anyone, yet he’s found himself in the middle of a government-sponsored thievery ring designed to separate citizens from their money. Now, Mugar is currently facing an uphill battle against thieving bureaucrats in his city who are attempting to rob him through immoral and unconstitutional legislation.

Gates Foundation Funded “Fact-Checker” (POLITIFACT) Censors GreenMedInfo on Facebook for Reposting Accurate Vaccine Meme

from Collective Evolution:

  • The Facts:This article was written by Sayer Ji, founder of where it originally appeared, posted here with permission.
  • Reflect On:Why is Greenmedinfo, and other media outlets being censored, demonetized, shut down and punished for sharing factual information? Why can’t people decide what’s real and what’s not? Why do they have to let the government do it for them?

Cities Are Adopting Real-Time Facial Surveillance Systems

by Gregory Barber and Tom Simonite, Technocracy News:

Because there is no Federal legislation preventing its use, cities are gobbling up China-style facial recognition systems. Individual cities can easily block this surveillance technology, but citizens are sound asleep and completely oblivious to the destruction of their own civil liberties. ⁃ TN Editor

Civil Liberties Activists trying to inspire alarm about the authoritarian potential of facial recognition technology often point to China, where some police departments use systems that can spot suspects who show their faces in public. A report from Georgetown researchers on Thursday suggests Americans should also focus their concern closer to home.

UK Pedestrian Fined $115 For Avoiding Facial Recognition Camera

by Mark Duell, Technocracy News:

Britain has privacy laws similar to the U.S, but that didn’t restrain police from stopping and fining a resident for trying to cover his face to avoid being photographed by an AI camera on a public street. Every pedestrian was being photo’d and compared to a master database of wanted persons. ⁃ TN Editor

Police fined a pedestrian £90 for disorderly behaviour after he tried to cover his face when he saw a controversial facial recognition camera on a street in London.

Officers set up the camera on a van in Romford, East London, which then cross-checked photos of faces of passers-by against a database of wanted criminals.

What a Surprise!

from Mark Dice: