Thursday, August 5, 2021

New York Police to Implement “Textalyzer” to Monitor Cellphone Use While Driving

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By John Vibes ,activistpost.com:

Police in the “Empire State” of New York have reportedly proposed the implementation of a new device that would be able to detect when drivers are using their cell phones. The device has become known as the “textalyzer,” and although it will not be ready for several months, New York drivers can likely expect to have their cellphone usage monitored to a degree that drivers have never experienced before.

According to the information released thus far, these devices will only be used when there is an accident, to determine who was actually responsible. If the device is only used for this purpose, then it may not pose a serious threat to privacy and may actually be a useful tool for dispute resolution. However, as we have seen with many government programs in the past, these excuses are used so we will initially accept the program, and then once the door is open the program can be used for more invasive spying.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo told the Associated Press on Wednesday that authorities were reviewing exactly how the device would be used.

“Despite laws to ban cellphone use while driving, some motorists still continue to insist on texting behind the wheel — placing themselves and others at substantial risk. This review will examine the effectiveness of using this new emerging technology to crack down on this reckless behavior and thoroughly evaluate its implications to ensure we protect the safety and privacy of New Yorkers,” he said.

The officer will reportedly need to plug their device into the person’s cellphone to discover if they have been using the phone, but in theory, an officer could use this device even if they pull over a driver that has not been in an accident.

Proponents of this new device insist that the officer would not be able to access personal information on the phone, such as specific browsing or text history, but it is not clear what the officer will see when the phone is scanned.

The technology is being developed by an Israel-based company called Cellebrite.

Privacy activists and experts have suggested that this technology goes too far, and have pointed out that police already have the power to retroactively check if a person was using their cellphone in case of an accident through obtaining a warrant. This device could be allowing the officers to conduct a warrantless search of a cellphone.

Rainey Reitman, of the Electronic Frontier Foundation said that this technology could be a slippery slope.

“I am extremely nervous about handing a cellphone to a law enforcement officer and allowing them in any way to forensically analyze it. This is a technology that is incredibly problematic and at the same time is unnecessary. There are already legal avenues for a police officer,” she said.

Researchers in U.S. Revive Cryogenically Frozen Life

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by Julie Fidler , http://naturalsociety.com:

Until now, long-distance space travel has always been exclusively found in sci-fi books and flicks. I say “until now” because U.S. researchers have successfully reanimated cryogenically frozen life, in the form of frozen zebra fish embryos – something scientists have been trying to do for 60 years. [1]

 

If you want to live forever – or you just want to see if we’re finally driving flying cars in 2030 – it might be possible with cryogenic freezing.

 

The problem was always trying to defrost the organism. Frozen water expands, causing ice to burst cells from the inside out. Scientists have long considered replacing the body’s fluids with antifreeze. For decades now, there have been antifreeze-filled zebra fish embryos snap-frozen to -196C in liquid nitrogen, just waiting for researchers to figure out how to bring them back to life.

The team writes in the journal ACS Nano:

“The large size of the yolk still impedes rapid cooling and warming, thereby yielding lethal ice crystal formation during cryopreservation.”

The researchers had hoped that using a millisecond-long flash of heat from a laser would raise temperatures fast enough and evenly enough to avoid ice crystal formation, but the experiment failed. They needed to find a way to get ahead of the ice formation.

US researchers have successfully reanimated zebra fish embryos after ‘deep freezing’ them in a cryogenic suspension process. Source: ACS NanoSource:Supplied

Instead, the zebra fish embryos were revived using an additive to the original antifreeze: gold nano-rods. The tiny metal fragments successfully conducted the laser’s heat quickly and more evenly.

Researchers refilled the zebra fish embryos with the revamped antifreeze, kept them at -196C for a few minutes, and then used the laser to rapidly defrost them.

Read more: http://naturalsociety.com/researchers-us-revive-cryogenically-frozen-life-1257/#ixzz4onNgvy1Q
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Should the Federal Reserve Be Doing the Nation’s Work with a Skeleton Crew?

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by Pam Martens and Russ Martens , http://wallstreetonparade.com:

The Federal Reserve Board of Governors is supposed to have a roster of seven Governors. It currently has four. Equally alarming, it lists just two members serving on each of its eight committees. One Fed Board Governor, Lael Brainard, is listed as one of the two members on six of the eight committees, or 75 percent of all committees. Governor Jerome Powell sits on five of the eight committees, or 63 percent of all committees.

The Fed’s Committee on Supervision and Regulation consists of just Powell and Brainard. And yet, this is what the Fed’s 2015 Annual Report describes as the institutions the Fed supervises:

4,922 Bank Holding Companies

442 Domestic Financial Holding Companies

470 Savings and Loan Holding Companies

839 State Member Banks

154 Foreign Banks Operating in the U.S.

Along with other entities per the graph above.

There has long been the suspicion that the Fed has farmed out much of its work of supervising the largest and serially malfeasant Wall Street banks to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. There has also long been the suspicion that the New York Fed has grown too cozy with the banks it oversees to do the job properly. (See related articles below.)

 

Internet Sleuth Kim DotCom Drops Bomb – Loretta Lynch Was Using Alias to Communicate with DOJ Officials

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by Jim Hoft, The Gateway Pundit:

Internet Sleuth Kim Dot.Com dropped a bomb in May when he claimed to have evidence that former DNC worker Seth Rich was involved in the leaked emails released by WikiLeaks.

Kim Dot.Com: “I KNOW THAT SETH RICH WAS INVOLVED IN THE DNC LEAK.”

Kim later admitted that he was part of an operation along with Seth Rich to get stolen DNC emails to Wikileaks.

On Friday Kim Dotcom dropped a bomb on Twitter.
Kim posted an email showing Loretta Lynch using an alias to contact DOJ officials.

The Department of Justice released hundreds of emails to the ACLJ this week in the investigation of former AG Lynch’s secret meeting with former President Clinton.

One email shows Loretta Lynch hiding her identity from Department of Justice officials. 

 

Read More @ TheGatewayPundit.com

Monsanto finally exposed as the puppet master behind the effort to retract Seralini’s GMO study

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by Ethan Huff , naturalnews.com:

Just like many people thought was the case, the Monsanto corporation has been exposed for conspiring to have an indicating study on its popular Roundup (glyphosate) herbicide pulled from the scientific journals. Internal Monsanto documents recently released by attorneys reveal that Monsanto launched an aggressive campaign to have Gilles-Eric Séralini’s study showing that Roundup causes cancer censored from view.

The research showed that exposure to Roundup, even at very low levels, induces a powerful toxic effect on mammals, especially over the long term. Besides causing serious liver and kidney damage in test rats, Roundup was found to trigger the formation of cancer tumors, suggesting that further research be conducted to carefully evaluate the clearly carcinogenic nature of Roundup.

This was obviously really bad news for Monsanto, as its top-selling weedkiller was now in the spotlight as being associated with cancer. So the multinational chemical company immediately launched a retraction campaign to smear Séralini’s work and make it appear as though it was fraudulent. Monsanto further tried to conceal its own efforts in orchestrating this immoral witch hunt.

Internal company documents, which were recently made public as part of a massive lawsuit against Monsanto, show that the chemical giant engaged in a fraudulent campaign to discredit Séralini’s study for the simple reason that it made Monsanto look bad. It did this by hiring fake “independent” scientists to challenge its publishing.

“Monsanto scientist David Saltmiras admitted to orchestrating a ‘third party expert’ campaign in which scientists who were apparently independent of Monsanto would bombard the editor-in-chief of the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology (FCT), A. Wallace Hayes, with letters demanding that he retract the study,” reports indicate.

Monsanto employing same corrupt tactics as Big Tobacco

The hiring of fake “third party experts” is nothing new. It’s the same public relations tactic that the tobacco industry used to try to defend the reputation of cigarettes against an onslaught of science showing that tobacco sticks – and especially those laced with synthetic chemicals, as most major brands are – tend towards being grossly unhealthy.

It’s a tactic likely used by many large industries, but now there’s definitive proof that Monsanto employed it as part of a propaganda campaign to defend Roundup against emerging independent science that contradicts the company’s version of “science.” And it was none other than GMWatch founder Jonathan Matthews who first exposed Monsanto’s corrupt dealings back in 2012.

A Monsanto scientist by the name of David Saltmiras actually admitted to successfully facilitating “numerous third party expert letters to the editor which were subsequently published, reflecting the numerous significant deficiencies, poor study design, biased reporting and selective statistics employed by Séralini,” Saltmiras wrote.

 

Newsweek Cover Depicts Trump As ‘Lazy Boy’

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“Imagine how bad he’d feel if he did any work.”

by Steve Watson | Infowars.com :

In its latest attack on the President, Newsweek is running a cover with the headline ‘Lazy Boy’, depicting Donald Trump reclining in a chair, watching TV and scoffing fast food.

The image shows Trump in the Oval office, holding a McDonald’s bag and a soda. with other fast food packaging littering the floor.

It also shows Trump’s suit stained with Cheetos and has a subheadline that reads “Donald Trump is bored and tired. Imagine how bad he’d feel if he did any work.”

 

Elsewhere on the cover it is claimed that during the first six months in office, Trump spent 40 days at golf clubs and has not passed any significant legislation.

Newsweek appears to be parroting CNN, which jibed at Trump last month “In 6 months, Pres. Trump has tweeted 991 times, spent 40 days at Trump golf properties and passed 0 pieces of major legislation.”

 

Of course, this is fake news. The media does not cover the actions Trump has taken.

 

How the CIA Came to Doubt the Official Story of JFK’s Murder

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Newly released documents from long-secret Kennedy assassination files raise startling questions about what top agency officials knew and when they knew it.

from Politico.com:

After the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in November 1963, the CIA appeared eager, even desperate, to embrace the version of events being offered by the FBI, the Secret Service and other parts of the government. The official story: that a delusional misfit and self-proclaimed Marxist named Lee Harvey Oswald killed the president in Dallas with his $21 mail-order rifle and there was no evidence of a conspiracy, foreign or domestic. Certainly, the CIA’s leaders told the Warren Commission, the independent panel that investigated the murder, there was no evidence of a conspiracy that the spy agency could have foiled.

But thousands of pages of long-secret, assassination-related documentsreleased by the National Archives last week show that, within a few years of Kennedy’s murder, some in the CIA began to worry internally that the official story was wrong—an alarm the agency never sounded publicly.

Specifically, key CIA officials were concerned by the mid-1970s that the agency, the FBI, the Secret Service and the White House commission led by Chief Justice Earl Warren had never followed up on important clues about Oswald’s contact with foreign agents, including diplomats and spies for the Communist governments of Cuba and the Soviet Union, who might have been aware of his plans to kill Kennedy and even encouraged the plot. (There is no credible evidence cited in the documents released so far that Cuban leader Fidel Castro or other foreign leaders had any personal role in ordering Kennedy’s murder.)

The CIA documents also offer tantalizing speculation about the chain of events in late 1963 that explained Oswald’s motives for killing Kennedy, which have previously never been established with certainty—how he may have become enraged after reading a detailed article in his hometown newspaper in New Orleans in September suggesting that his hero Castro had been targeted for assassination by the Kennedy administration. According to that theory, Oswald, who had rifle training in the Marine Corps, then set out to seek vengeance on Castro’s behalf—to kill Kennedy before the American president managed to kill the Cuban leader.

If that proved true, it would have raised a terrible question for the CIA: Was it possible that JFK’s assassination was, directly or indirectly, blowback for the spy agency’s plots to kill Castro? It would eventually be acknowledged the CIA had, in fact, repeatedly tried to assassinate Castro, sometimes in collusion with the Mafia, throughout Kennedy’s presidency. The CIA’s arsenal of weapons against Castro included a fungus-infected scuba suit, a poison-filled hypodermic needle hidden in a pen—and even an exploding cigar. The Warren Commission, never told about the CIA’s Castro plots, mostly ducked the question of Oswald’s motives, other than saying in its final report that he had expressed a “hatred for American society.”

JFK historians and the nation’s large army of private assassination researchers are still scrambling to make sense of the latest batch of tens of thousands of pages of previously secret CIA and FBI documents that were unsealed last week by the National Archives. The documents—441 files that had previously been withheld entirely, along with 3,369 other documents that had been previously released only in part—were made public under terms of a 1992 law that requires the unsealing of all JFK assassination-related documents by October, the law’s 25-year deadline.

Since the release last week, researchers do not appear to have identified any single document that could be labeled a bombshell or that rewrites the history of the assassination in any significant way. Many of the documents, which were made public only online, are duplicates of files that had been released years earlier. Other documents are totally illegible or refer to CIA and FBI code names and pseudonyms that even experienced researchers will take months to decipher. Several documents are written in foreign languages.

Still, the newly released documents may offer an intriguing glimpse of what comes next. The National Archives is required to unseal a final batch of about 3,100 never-before-seen JFK-assassination files by the October deadline, assuming the move is not blocked by President Donald Trump. Under the 1992 Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act, the president is the only person empowered to stop the release. (Congressional and other government officials have told us in confidence that at least two federal agencies—likely the CIA and FBI—are expected to appeal to Trump to block the unsealing of at least some of the documents. Even after 54 years, some government officials apparently still want to keep secrets about this seminal event in U.S. history. The CIA and FBI acknowledged earlier this year they are conducting a final review of the documents, but have been unwilling to say if they will ask the president to block some from being released.)

Read More @ Politico.com

Gold Consolidates On 2.5{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} Gain In July After Dollar Has 5th Monthly Decline

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by Mark O’Byrne, goldcore.com:

– Gold consolidates on 2.5{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} gain in July as the dollar has fifth monthly decline
– Trump administration and vicious “civil war” politics casting shadow over America and impacting dollar
– All eyes on non farm payrolls today for further signs of  weakness in U.S. economy
– Gold recovers from 1.7{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} decline in June as dollar falls
– Gold outperforms stocks and benchmark S&P 500 YTD
– Gold gains 10.8{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} versus 10.6{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} gain for S&P – led by frothy tech sector (see performance table)
– Gold outperforms stocks globally – Euro Stoxx 50 up 5.7{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} ytd, FTSE up 4.8{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} and Nikkei up 4.5{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}
– Gold’s technicals increasingly positive; now trading above its 50-day & 200-day moving averages & looks set to target $1,300 again

 

Gold held steady today in Asian and European trading and was flat for the week, consolidating near the $1,270 per ounce level and the 2.5{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} gain seen in July.

It remains close to a seven-week high hit this week, as the dollar remains weak and vulnerable near multi-month lows after five consecutive  months of declines.

The dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of six major peers, is languishing near 15-month lows hit earlier this week.

“All eyes” are again on the monthly U.S. nonfarm payrolls data due today amid continuing very high levels of U.S. and global political uncertainty.

Traders awaiting July’s employment repor for clues about the health of the U.S. economy after recent data highlighted risks to the downside. This is underlining how difficult it will be for the U.S. Federal Reserve to raise interest rates – even from these historically low levels in the current range between 1{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} and 1.25{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}.

The complete mess that is the Trump administration and U.S. politics was underlined again this week.

Robert Mueller, the U.S. Special Counsel, has convened a grand jury investigation in Washington to examine allegations of Russian interference in last year’s contentious election and has started issuing subpoenas, according to sources familiar with the situation said on yesterday.

The dollar looks very vulnerable to further falls. Trump and the Republicans have seen repeated failures. These include overhauling healthcare. Now there is multiple congressional and federal investigations into President Donald Trump’s campaign.

This is casting a shadow over his first six months in office and the vicious “civil war” politics that the U.S. finds itself in is casting a shadow over U.S. politics and America’s place in the world.

Gold is performing very well this year and yet sentiment remains poor with little media coverage of gold’s robust performance year to date.

 

Gold has outperformed stocks and the benchmark S&P 500 YTD with gains of 10.8{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} versus a 10.6{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} gain in the S&P 500. Much of the gains are due to surge in prices in the increasingly frothy tech sector.

Indeed, gold is outperforming stocks globally – the Euro Stoxx 50 is up 5.7{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} ytd, the FTSE up 4.8{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} and the Nikkei up 4.5{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}.

Silver gained 1{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} in July and is 5{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} higher so far this year.

How Good Food and Strong Social Ties Will Save Society

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by Joe Jarvis, thedailybell.com:

 

Good food plus interesting people is a recipe for happiness.

As humans evolved, we lived in tight knit self-sufficient communities. Nomadic hunter gatherers spent their time foraging, hunting, eating, and playing together.

It’s tempting to romanticize those days, but they came with some pretty harsh realities. As stressful and lonely as the modern world can be, countless technological benefits have made our lives longer and healthier.

Yet automation and technology have become an end in themselves, rather than a means to live a better life. It is at this juncture that society would do well to examine where we came from, and where we are.

There is no reason we can’t meld the philosophies of our ancestors and our modern world. We can keep the prosperity and reconnect with our roots.

Bad food and social isolation are actually quite related to the industrial age. One of the saddest images I can conjure is someone eating a microwave dinner in front of the tv alone.

Humans evolved mostly foraging and hunting as groups. Strong social ties were inextricable from reaping the most necessary resources.

Forager’s Diet

We don’t need to go back to loin cloths and straw huts to enjoy what our ancestors enjoyed.

But we could take a few pages out of their book.

Sapiens, written by Yuval Noah Herari, is about the origins of the human species, and its evolution up to the present.

When our ancestors were living in nomadic tribes, the childhood mortality rate was high. This brought down the average life span to somewhere in the 30’s. But not many 30-year-olds were dropping dead. It was obviously much harder to deal with traumatic injuries, but overall, people were not much less healthy than humans today.