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Snowden: EVERYONE is on the list, no 'innocents' in a mass surveillance world

Edward Snowden
© MSNBC
Edward Snowden in Moscow speaking with Brian Williams on Sept. 16, 2019.
Asked if buying his memoir would get one on a spy list, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden chillingly replied that everyone in the world is on the "list" and there are no innocents in the age of mass surveillance.

Responding to a reader who joked that buying Snowden's book Permanent Record might have put him on a list of people to be spied on, the exiled former intelligence contractor said in all seriousness that everyone is being spied on regardless.

"Systems of mass surveillance strive to record all people, in all places, at all times. The question is no longer 'Am I on the list?' it is 'What's my rank on the list?'," Snowden tweeted on Wednesday.

Comment: Snowden's book deserves to be a best-seller. He still has a voice for those willing to hear, unlike Julian Assange.


Snowflake Cold

Climate change cultists filling their followers with despair: How long before the suicides start?

extinction rebellion protest
© Reuters / Simon Dawson
Extinction Rebellion protesters stage a demonstration in London
Until recently, climate change was a phenomenon debated by scientists, policymakers, and Greenpeace crusties. But doomsday prophets pushing climate fear into the mainstream have anxious liberals running for professional help.

As activist groups around the world prepare to stage a global 'climate strike' on Friday, eco-warriors in Washington DC have been staging smaller rallies and outreach events all summer. Behind the drum circles, yoga classes and hacky-sacking that accompanied such events, a cauldron of anxiety bubbled.

According to the Daily Beast, millennial activists -though striving for the same goals as concerned climate scientists worldwide- are losing their minds. Convinced that the world is ending, they're turning to group therapy sessions to deal with "their feelings of despair, depression, and anxiety."

TV

'Are you a journalist?': Frmr Trump campaigner Lewandowski erupts at CNN anchor

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Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski questioned whether or not CNN morning anchor Alisyn Camerota was a journalist during a heated exchange during an interview Wednesday morning.

Lewandowski testified in front of the House Judiciary Committee the day before. While Democrats attempted to get him to shed light on one of the 10 instances Robert Mueller identified as potential obstruction of justice on the part of President Trump, Lewandowski appeared confrontational and refused to answer most questions.

The former Trump campaign manager appeared on CNN's New Day and got into a heated back-and-forth with Camerota.

Camerota repeatedly asked Lewandowski about a specific interaction he had during his testimony with House Judiciary Counsel Barry Berke, in which he was asked about lying to reporters. He responded to the questions saying, "I have no obligation to have a candid conversation with the media whatsoever, just like they have no obligation to cover me honestly, and they do it inaccurately all the time."

Comment: See also:


Bizarro Earth

School shootings as a fashion line and gruesome public service announcement

Sandy Hook Promise
© YouTube / Sandy Hook Promise
Violent scenes of kids running from an armed attacker are publicly applauded when released by a charity working against such tragedies, but what about a fashion show recycling such imagery? Is this fear porn or raising awareness?

Wholesome images of children touting their favorite new-school-year accessory quickly give way to kids repurposing those accessories to try to survive while under attack from a shooter in a new commercial from Sandy Hook Promise. The ad, released on Wednesday, is being alternately embraced by gun control proponents and reviled by gun rights groups - and parents distressed at the rise of sensationalist "fear porn."

Rather than the usual gun-control narratives centered on ripping guns out of the hands of Second Amendment-loving citizens or "cracking down" on the nonviolent mentally ill, Sandy Hook Promise's stated goal is educating families on the warning signs that a person might be planning a violent attack. Its website claims that "in 4 out of 5 school shootings, at least one other person had knowledge of the attacker's plan but failed to report it."

Comment: See also: The best explanation for mass shootings: Social contagion

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Robot

Amazon's Alexa to allow users to donate directly to 2020 presidential candidates

Amazon Alexa
On top of quietly recording every political argument in your home, Amazon's Alexa will now let users put their money where their mouth is, and wirelessly donate to their favorite 2020 candidate.

Announced on Wednesday, the new feature activates when a user says, "Alexa, donate to [candidate name]." Candidates signed up to the program will be able to receive donations of up to $200, starting next month, according to Amazon's blog.

Though Alexa users can already donate to charity through their monitoring device - sorry, "virtual assistant" - the new foray into campaign financing is slightly more controversial. Some Twitter commenters joked that the devices might strategically "mishear" requests to donate to President Donald Trump's re-election campaign.

Stop

Baltimore defense attorney indicted for drug, money laundering & racketeering conspiracies

Kenneth Ravenell

Baltimore defense attorney Kenneth Ravenell is facing federal charges of racketeering conspiracy, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and narcotics conspiracy.
Kenneth Wendell Ravenell, 60, of Monkton, Md., is facing federal charges of racketeering conspiracy, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and narcotics conspiracy. The indictment was returned late on September 18, 2019.

According to the indictment, Ravenell violated the "legitimate and lawful purpose of the law firm where he worked," in order to enrich himself and another by getting payments from a drug trafficker client and his associates in exchange for telling the client and his associates how to evade law enforcement and continue their trafficking.

Ravenell allegedly would protect and assist co-conspirators by "coaching" them about ways to avoid the law and evade law enforcement while trafficking narcotics.

Dollar Gold

Huawei to invest $1 billion over next five years to attract global developers

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The Chinese tech company Huawei said on Wednesday that it will offer more than $1 billion in investment over the next five years to attract global developers.

The offer is part of the company's broader computing strategy, which includes investing in basic research around its products to support new technology such as artificial intelligence. The firm also said it will make its hardware and software more readily available to its customers and partners.

Huawei announced its developer program four years ago. The company says it has supported more than 1.3 million developers since then, as well as 14,000 independent software vendors around the world.

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Ambulance

'Cycle of panic and neglect': Preparedness Monitoring group calls for massive investment to prepare for 'next pandemic'

pandemic
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A sudden lethal pandemic could wipe out tens of millions of people, destroy the world's economies, and leave humanity in chaos, according to a new report from an emergency preparedness body that isn't alarmist in the slightest.

Citing a reactionary "cycle of panic and neglect" in which health emergencies are dealt with as they arise, rather than before they start, the Global Preparedness Monitoring Board - an entity formed last year by the World Bank and the World Health Organization - has called for immediate and massive investment in emergency preparedness systems in its first-ever report, titled "A World At Risk."

"The world is not prepared for a fast-moving, virulent respiratory pathogen pandemic," the report, posted on Tuesday, warns, claiming that such a crisis would kill off 50 to 80 million people - 2.8 percent of the population - ravage the global economy and trade, and "destabilize national security." Countries must "be prepared for the worst," if they want to avoid getting crushed by the next pandemic.

The other six "urgent actions" governments are advised to take mostly consist of throwing money at the problem, according to the report. "Heads of government must commit and invest," "countries and regional organizations must lead by example" (so that reluctant and/or poor countries are persuaded to commit and invest), "all countries must build strong systems" with those investments, "financial institutions must link preparedness with financial risk planning" i.e. budget for spending lots of money on preparedness, "development assistance funders must create incentives and increase funding for preparedness," and "the UN must strengthen coordination mechanisms" so the money gets to the right place.

Comment: While this could be an example of fearmongering to encourage the passing of even more stringent vaccine legislation, one might wonder if there is something more sinister to these warnings:


Cult

America Has Become One of The Most Evil Nations on The Entire Planet

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This is actually a thing
How will history remember us? As Americans, we like to think that we are a light to the world and that other countries should be using us as a model for how to properly do things. But the truth is that we have become unspeakably evil, and after reading this entire article I doubt that there will be anyone that will disagree with me. And while it is certainly true that there are quite a few other nations that are also tremendously evil, none have fallen harder or faster then we have. At one time America truly was "the hope of the world", but now just about every form of wickedness that you can possibly imagine is exploding all around us, and very few of our national leaders seem to care.

The first example that I would like to discuss is something that came out in court on Thursday...
The CEO of StemExpress essentially admitted in court Thursday that her biotech company supplies beating fetal hearts and intact fetal heads to medical researchers.

She also admitted at the preliminary hearing of David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt of the Center for Medical Progress that the baby's head could be procured attached to the baby's body or "could be torn away."
This is Nazi-level evil, and it is happening all across the United States every single day.

Of course the mainstream media is completely avoiding this story, because they fully approve of what is happening and they don't want to cause any sort of an uproar. And most "conservative" media outlets are avoiding this story as well, because the truth is that they aren't actually very "conservative" at all.

Companies such as StemExpress are making a tremendous amount of money selling baby body parts to medical researchers, and the "research" that is being conducted is incredibly sick and disgusting.

Comment: Watch the full Watson video:




Fire

Pepe Escobar: Trapped between East and West, Hong Kong protestors are really protesting hyper-capitalism

Hong Kong protesters
© AFP/Anthony Wallace
Protestors run past a fire during clashes with riot police in Hong Kong on Sunday, September 15. Hong Kong riot police fired tear gas and water cannon at hardcore pro-democracy protesters who were hurling rocks and petrol bombs on September 15, tipping the violence-plagued city back into chaos after a brief lull in clashes.
Fringe practicing wanton destruction for destruction's sake surely have learned tactics from European black blocs

What's going on deep down in Hong Kong? For a former resident with deep cultural and emotional ties to the Fragrant Harbor, it's quite hard to take it all in just within the framework of cold geopolitical logic. Master filmmaker Wong Kar-Wai once said that when he came up with the idea for Happy Together, he decided to shoot the story of his characters in Buenos Aires because that was as far away from Hong Kong as possible.

A few weeks ago I was walking the streets of far away Buenos Aires dreaming of Hong Kong. That Hong Kong that Wong Kar-Wai refers to in his masterpiece no longer exists. Unfortunately deprived of Christopher Doyle's mesmerizing visuals, I ended up coming back to Hong Kong to find, eventually, that the city I knew also no longer exists.