We could bemoan the fact that Elon Musk’s recyclable rocket ship just experienced a set back, or rejoice that the recent Space X rocket explosion also just destroyed a $200 million-dollar satellite technology developed by Facebook, presumably to spy on the earth’s credulous inhabitants.
Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s developer, says that he is ‘deeply disappointed’ in the recent explosion, but that he will forge ahead with a technology meant to ‘bring the Internet to remote rural areas such as in Africa.’ Is Zuckerberg’s technology really a boon to society, or is it tainted with the same baleful ‘philanthropic’ disease as projects like those of Bill Gates and his Foundation – another billionaire with ample assets to control the world?
Though the social media platform has promised users it will alert them if they are being eavesdropped on by the government with ‘state sponsored spies,’ FB users have increasingly reported being vocally castigated for posting certain anti-government sentiments. Numerous people have screen shots of posts being pulled or ‘likes’ being altered – of outright censorship by Facebook, itself.
In another post, Zuckerberg seems to flatly deny overt cooperation with the NSA, or other spying entities in one breath, and practically admits cooperation with America’s clandestine surveillance program in another:
“I want to respond personally to the outrageous press reports about PRISM:
Facebook is not and has never been part of any program to give the US or any other government direct access to our servers. We have never received a blanket request or court order from any government agency asking for information or metadata in bulk, like the one Verizon reportedly received. And if we did, we would fight it aggressively. We hadn’t even heard of PRISM before yesterday.
When governments ask Facebook for data, we review each request carefully to make sure they always follow the correct processes and all applicable laws, and then only provide the information if is required by law. We will continue fighting aggressively to keep your information safe and secure.
We strongly encourage all governments to be much more transparent about all programs aimed at keeping the public safe. It’s the only way to protect everyone’s civil liberties and create the safe and free society we all want over the long term.”
Notice he reiterates the word ‘safe’ a number of times, but how can we be safe with a vast spying network being launched into space by a private entity listening in even to our phone conversations?
Is Facebook Spying on You?
Some users of Facebook have reported themes of conversation on their smart phones showing up in ads just hours after having a conversation related to the topics discussed.
One participant in a study which was trying to find out just how invasive social media can be said:
“It’s so creepy, it’s so creepy, I mean, for anyone to say it’s not creepy is just fooling themselves, it’s beyond what I ever thought I would see.”
For example, if a student discussed ordering food to take home or their favorite alcoholic drinks, those specific products would show up in the FB feed.
Facebook flatly denies using such technology, issuing a statement saying, “Facebook and Instagram do not use microphone audio to inform advertising in any way. Businesses are however able to serve relevant ads to people based on other aspects, such as their age, their city, and their interests.”
Zuckerberg does admit with enthusiasm, though, that FB is developing a form of artificial intelligence (AI) called ‘Deep Learning’ that can recognize you from pictures you post, even if you aren’t in them, giving your location, and other private information to whomever they please.
The AI, FB combo is beyond unsettling. As Wired recently reported, “Deep learning provides a more effective means of analyzing your most personal of habits. “What Facebook can do with deep learning is unlimited,” says Abdel-rahman Mohamed, who worked on similar AI research at the University of Toronto. “Every day, Facebook is collecting the network of relationships between people. It’s getting your activity over the course of the day. It knows how you vote — Democrat or Republican. It knows what products you buy.””
No matter how Zuckerberg spins his true intentions, stating that he “has developed other technologies like Aquila that will connect people as well,” the truth is that even in the most remote places of the world, there will be fewer personal freedoms.
How do you control an entire planet? You control their means of expression – their open communication. Facebook has already manufactured consent with a means to “amuse ourselves to death,” as Walter Lippmann would say. There are 1.71 billion active monthly users. Who among us hasn’t had issues with Facebook insinuating its corporate aims into our feed?
Social media may be controlled by algorithms, but it is also controlling our opinions of democracy, war, and genocide. It is controlling what evidence we see of false flags, and tries to alter our opinions of presidential candidates.
Where once mainstream news had open conversations about controversial topics, but increasingly became silenced by a few companies controlling big-budget advertising campaigns, we now see a similar phenomenon happening on social media platforms.
When only four companies currently own almost everything in the world, do we really think Facebook’s space-satellite is meant for ‘connecting every single person,’ as Zuckerberg states, or is it just another means to lock down the inmates on this blue-green planet? At least for now, Zuckerberg’s plans have been spoiled. Thanks to the Space-X explosion, $200 million dollars’ worth of satellite spying technology is little more than rubble.
Pot-Smoking White House Staffers Punished and Ousted For Past Use Despite Assurances
Dozens of White House staffers have been suspended, relocated, or asked to resign over past marijuana use, despite initial indications from transition officials that recreational use of cannabis would not be a disqualifying factor, according to the Daily Beast, citing three anonymous sources.
“The policy has even affected staffers whose marijuana use was exclusive to one of the 14 states—and the District of Columbia—where cannabis is legal. Sourcesfamiliar with the matter also said a number of young staffers were either put on probation or canned because they revealed past marijuana use in an official document they filled out as part of the lengthy background check for a position in the Biden White House.” –Daily Beast
Staffers were initially told by transition higher-ups that the administration would likely overlook past marijuana use, only to later be asked for their resignation.
“There were one-on-one calls with individual affected staffers—rather, ex-staffers,” one former White House staffer told the Beast. “I was asked to resign.”
“Nothing was ever explained” on the calls led by White House Director of Management and Administration, Anne Filipic. “The policies were never explained, the threshold for what was excusable and what was inexcusable was never explained.”
The news comes after a February report from NBC News that the White House would waive the requirement that all potential appointees in the Executive Office obtain “top secret” clearance.
“The rules about past marijuana use and eligibility for the clearance vary, depending on the agency: For the FBI, an applicant can’t have used marijuana in the past three years; at the NSA, it’s only one. The White House, however, largely calls its own shots, and officials at the time told NBC News that as long as past use was “limited” and the candidate wasn’t pursuing a position that required a security clearance, past use may be excused.” –Daily Beast
Reposted from Zero Hedge with permission.
Trump Family Planning Takeover Of The RNC To Ensure Political Dynasty, Sources Say
Donald Trump has still refused to concede the 2020 election to his Democratic rival Joe Biden, but even if he does leave the White House in January, his family is planning on beginning a Trump political dynasty. This week, three GOP advisers told CNN that Donald Trump Jr. and Kimberly Guilfoyle are making moves to expand their influence at the Republican National Committee. Other sources have said that they have ambitions to take over the party.
Donald Trump Jr. and Kimberly Guilfoyle are reportedly unhappy with RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel over what they perceive as a lack of support during a contested election. Speaking under the condition of anonymity, a Republican Party source with close ties to the White House said that Trump Jr. and Guilfoyle could seek leadership roles at the RNC.
“Don Jr. and Kimberly have an eye on the RNC, through themselves taking over or somebody close to them taking over,” the source said.
Donald Trump Jr. denied claims that he has ambitions to take over the party, as did Andrew Surabian, a Trump associate who said that the rumors are “100% incorrect.”
Still, for years Donald Trump insisted that he had no interest in getting involved in politics, and people usually don’t tell the media when they are after another person’s job.
If the Trump family is able to expand its influence in the GOP and the RNC, they could position Donald Trump to run for president a second time in 2024, a possibility that has been floated by numerous Trump advisers.
Rick Gates, an aide to Trump during his 2016 presidential campaign, expects Trump to remain in politics for the long haul.
“He’s going to continue to play a significant role in the Republican Party. He’ll have that locked up for at least the next few years,” Gates said.
Gates also said Trump would likely “seriously consider another run in 2024,” according to USA Today.
Gates is not the only Trump insider to make such a prediction. Mick Mulvaney, a former chief of staff, predicted a Trump 2024 campaign recently while appearing in a recent interview with Sky News.
“I would absolutely expect the president to stay involved in politics and would absolutely put him on the shortlist of people who are likely to run in 2024,” Mulvaney said.
There are historical precedents of presidents running for re-election years after losing.
In 1840, President Martin Van Buren lost his re-election campaign as the 8th President of the United States and chose to run again in 1848 as a member of the Free Soil Party. President Grover Cleveland was both the 22nd and 24th president of the United States. He served as president from 1885 to 1889 and then again from 1893 to 1897.
Theodore Roosevelt became President in 1901 following the assassination of William McKinley and was elected to a full term in 1904. After leaving politics, he attempted a failed return in 1912 running as a Progressive.
The 22nd Amendment states that “No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of the President more than once.”
Even if Donald Trump does not run for president again, his family has now entered the political arena, and they don’t appear to have any plans of leaving.
Scientists Finally Traced a ‘Fast Radio Burst’ To A Place In Our Galaxy For The First Time
One of the most daunting questions scientists have faced for at least a decade is what causes fast radio bursts (or FRB’s) that pulse throughout the universe?
Scientists have long known about these energetic pulses — called fast radio bursts — for roughly 13 years observing them coming from outside our galaxy. The distance makes it harder to trace them back to what’s causing them. Making it even more difficult is that these bursts of energy happen so fast, in a couple of milliseconds and then don’t happen again for awhile.
TMU has previously reported on various FRBs with the latest being one that repeats in a looping cycle every 157 days outside of our Milky Way Galaxy. FRB 121102’ exhibits repeated burst activity for a period of about 90 days, before going quiet for about 67 days. Then the whole 157-day cycle repeats again.
FRB’s are energetic flares of radiation that last just a few milliseconds, and most of them flare randomly only once, then they are never detected again. Further, FRBs are believed to generate a billion times more energy than any known object in our galaxy. In fact, this energy equals what would be produced by 500 million of our suns, according to NASA.
Earlier this year, in April, a rare but weaker radio burst came from inside our own Milky Way galaxy that was spotted by two different astronomers using two separate telescopes: one a California doctoral student’s set of handmade antennas, which included pans, the other a $20 million Canadian observatory.
Magnetars are incredibly dense neutron stars, with 1.5 times the mass of our sun jam packed into a space the size of a city. Magnetars have immense magnetic fields that pulse with energy, and sometimes flares of X-rays and radio waves burst come from them, according to McGill University astrophysicist Ziggy Pleunis, a co-author of the Canadian study.
The burst happened in less than a second containing about the same amount of energy that our sun produces in a month, and still that’s far weaker than the radio bursts detected coming from outside our galaxy, said Caltech radio astronomer Christopher Bochenek. Bochenak helped spot the burst with his handmade antennas, which the Associated Press reported costed him $15,000.
While astronomers believe they discovered what caused this FRB, they emphasize that magnetars may not be the only answer, especially since there are two types of fast radio bursts that repeat and those that occur only once. So the mystery continues…