by Matt Agorist, The Free Thought Project:
Until last month, New York state prohibited the release of police officers’ disciplinary records. Civilians’ complaints of abuse by officers were a secret. So were investigators’ conclusions. The public couldn’t even know if an officer was punished.
The New York City police officer whose use of a prohibited chokehold led to the death of Eric Garner in 2014 had a record of misconduct. Garner’s last words — “I can’t breathe” — became a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement.
“Where is the line between a successful global business, in-demand services and consolidation of big data – and attempts to harshly and unilaterally govern society, replace legitimate democratic institutions, restrict one’s natural right to decide for themselves how to live, what to choose, what stance to express freely?” Putin wondered.
“We’ve all seen this just now in the US. And everybody understands what I’m talking about,” he added.
by Daisy Luther, The Organic Prepper:
You’re being watched constantly, at least if you have a cell phone with apps on them. A recently published report showed how seemingly innocuous apps were gathering information about how a person goes about their day. They refresh constantly, collecting data about your location.
These companies are tracking every step you take, every stop you make, and then selling it to the highest bidder.
Now, before I get the predictable chorus of people telling me they’d never ever use a smartphone and that if they did have one they wouldn’t enable location data on it, I can call BS (baloney sandwiches) on at least 44% of you because…well…Google tells me this. I get emails from Google every week telling me from what type of devices people access my website. I did not sign up to ask for this information – this is what Google does.
by Tim Brown, DC Clothesline:
I received an email today asking that I make sure to preserve the information that was obtained and written about at the now removed Google blogspot site, Cult of the 1st Amendment, which quickly grabbed up several pictures of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s yearbook and provided at least three articles on various aspects of the yearbook and campus life. In following through with that, I have preserved both the articles and the pictures on TheWashingtonStandard.com.
by Michael Tennant, The New American:
A Kentucky couple has been placed under house arrest for refusing to sign a document saying they would self-quarantine after one of them tested positive for COVID-19, reports Louisville’s WAVE-TV.
Elizabeth Linscott, of Hardin County, Kentucky, was planning to visit her parents in Michigan. Her grandparents also wanted to see her, so she decided to get tested for the virus before making the trip. Her test came back positive.
by Matt Agorist, The Free Thought Project:
Westbrook, CT — All too often, police officers — using their badges as excuses — break the same laws they are tasked with enforcing. This is especially true when it comes to driving as everyone reading this has likely experienced a police officer blow by them with no lights on travelling down the highway. When cops are called out for their non-emergency erratic driving, all too often, they will completely snap and go into a fit of rage, using their authority to threaten the freedom and safety of those who would dare to criticize their driving.
by Matt Agorist, The Free Thought Project:
Damning video appears to show a police officer hiding drugs behind his back and then walking over to a man’s trunk and planting them inside.
While the Free Thought Project doesn’t necessarily report on videos without having background information first to properly conduct an investigation, a new video that has been submitted to us is so damning that we are posting it just to try and find out what department it is and what was going on.
The person who submitted the video to the Free Thought Project says it takes place in New Jersey. In the video, we see an officer walking toward a person detained in their vehicle during an apparent search.
As the officer walks by his fellow officers, he has both of his hands behind his back. He then flashes his right hand toward his fellow officer—while still behind his back—to show him that he indeed has something in his hand.
When the fellow officer acknowledges something in other officer’s hand, he looks at it, somewhat nods, and then walks away. At this point, the officer appears to put whatever he had in his hand into his pocket.
The man filming is narrating the entire time. Apparently having seen this type of thing before, he called it as he saw it.
“He had nothing on him. You see what he’s doing, he’s showing it from behind his back. He put that on that man,” explains the man filming.
As the cop pretends to search through the man’s trunk, he fumbles with his back pocket in an apparent attempt to remove the package. Once the officer has something in his hand again, he appears to place it in the trunk.
“He put it on him,” the man filming says.
While the original video claims to be taken in New Jersey, others have reached out to TFTP and mentioned that it could also be Baltimore.
If you have any information as to where this video took place, please email TFTP at the contact us link here.
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from The Conservative Treehouse:
A federal judge in the Western District of Pennsylvania had ruled that Governor Tom Wolfe’s dictates, decrees and rules were/are unconstitutional restrictions on liberty.
U.S. District Judge William Stickman IV concluded the governor’s stay at home orders, limits on gatherings and closure of “non life-sustaining” businesses violated citizens’ Constitutional rights. The judge was responding to a lawsuit brought by a group of Pennsylvania businesses.
by Lance D Johnson, Natural News:
There is no such thing as privacy with Facebook. All the data that’s shared openly by Facebook users, including pictures, connections, interests, comments, likes, and personal information is readily compiled and analyzed by algorithms to map out and predict who you are, where you go, what you’ll buy, and much more. Naïve Facebook users share information liberally, only to turn their life over to surveillance systems, marketing algorithms and artificial intelligence which is capable of analyzing the pixels in your photos, micromanaging your life interests/dislikes and tracking your every move.
With former Facebook engineers coming out publicly saying Facebook is “ripping society apart,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg has made a commitment in 2018 to fix the problems with Facebook. The social networking site won’t improve, however, because the problems Zuckerburg wants to address will will further devolve Facebook into a thought control police state. Zuckerburg plans to control “fake news” which will only result in more censorship of information that challenges the status quo. Furthermore, any typewritten opinion that criticizes powerful organizations can be used against Facebook users to convict them of “hate crimes” or “harassment.” Artificial intelligence will continually be used to invade user’s privacy and create a detailed analysis of users’ lives.
In 2018, Facebook plans to unveil a new facial recognition technology across the site. Using artificial intelligence, Facebook plans to scan uploaded photos to analyze and recognize faces based on images previously uploaded to the site. This means users will have to verify their identity with a picture and then they will be traced through the social media site, every time their face is uploaded to the site. This surveillance technique will link users to the people they meet in real life, while tracking their whereabouts and social circle further.
Facebook will roll the controversial plan out all in the name of “protecting your privacy.” Facebook promises to alert users when someone uploads a photo of them to Facebook. This feature supposedly helps users “detect when others might be attempting to use your image as their profile picture.” This feature is just a façade to invade user privacy, as Facebook gets permission to analyze your photos and track your connections and whereabouts.
The plan is allegedly optional and will only alert users when their friend network uploads a picture of them. Users can supposedly opt out of the new feature, not allowing Facebook to keep a facial template of them on file. However, the AI facial recognition could ultimately be used to enhance ad targeting or suggest friends you may know. The technology could also be used by intelligence agencies and law enforcement to link you to crimes or connect you to groups that law enforcement actively target, monitor, and profile.
By default, users will already be giving Facebook permission to use the facial recognition AI; if their tag suggestions setting is currently “on” they are giving Facebook permission. In order to opt out, the user must switch the tag suggestions setting to “none.”
Read More @ NaturalNews.com
by Dave Hodges, The Common Sense Show:
One of the true joys in my academic life was the teaching of a course commonly referred to as Social Psychology. If I had my way, I would have taught this course every semester as it was fascinating. The course dealt with how people, both in groups and individually, deal with challenges. The course teaches how change, in a society, happens. In fact, I did my dissertation on resilience (ie how people overcome adversity and excel). It is clear that the aggregate evidence of resilience in America, today, is very low. In fact, our collective resilience levels are so low, that I believe that most Americans require supernatural intervention to even demonstrate the appearance of any sense of resilience.
by Charlotte Karp, Daily Mail: