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The nightmare of airport facial recognition

Biometrics Roadmap

TSA Biometrics Roadmap, September 2018. Note that face ID will be used for all air travelers and that all use of physical ID credentials is “phasing out” in favor of facial recognition and digital tokens on mobile devices.
The ACLU has released an important white paper on airport facial recognition by ACLU senior policy analyst Jay Stanley. Citing some of our previous reporting and analysis, the ACLU white paper focuses, appropriately, not so much on the details of current use of facial recognition at airports, but on where governments and the aviation industry — who share a an explicitly-recognized interest in common use of facial recognition — say it will lead if we don't stop them.

IATA airline vision

IATA airline vision for shared use of facial recognition by governments, airlines, and airports
Driving the dystopian trend called out in the ACLU white paper is the malign convergence of interest between governments that want to use facial recognition and other techniques of compelled and automated identification for surveillance and control of travelers' movements, and airlines, airports, and other businesses that want to share use of the same identification systems and data for business process automation and commercial tracking and profiling of travel customers.

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Eye 1

Critically endangered orca that fathered 20 babies feared dead

© David Ellifrit/Center for Whale Research via AP
This January 2020 photograph provided by the Center for Whale Research shows a large male orca, known as L41 or Mega, surfacing in the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
A critically endangered orca is presumed dead following a six-month span without a single sighting, according to a nonprofit dedicated to saving the species.

The orca, of the Southern Resident population and named L41 Mega, was not seen with his family on Jan. 24 off Washington's coast, according to Shari Tarantino, president of the Orca Conservancy.

Tarantino said the last time L41 was seen was in August 2019.

"I hope he comes back, but I don't think so," she told ABC News on Thursday.

The presumed loss of L41 is the latest difficulty facing the dwindling population.


Rouhani: Iran will never seek nuclear weapons - with or without a deal

© AP/Office of the Iranian Presidency
Iran President Hassan Rouhani
Earlier this month, President Hassan Rouhani said that Tehran wants to stabilise the situation in the region and strengthen the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, also known as the Iran nuclear deal.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has stated that Tehran would never look to obtain an atomic weapon, with or without the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), according to his website President.Ir.
"We have never sought nuclear weapons [...]. With or without the nuclear deal we will never seek nuclear weapon [...]. The European powers will be responsible for the consequences of violating the pact."
The statement comes a week after Rouhani rejected a proposal for a new "Trump deal" to resolve a nuclear spat as a "strange" offer, blaming the US President for his failure to deliver on promises.

Comment: Sputnik, 22/1/2020: Zarif clarifies warning on exit from non-proliferation treaty
On Tuesday, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyyed Abbas Mousavi clarified Foreign Minister Javad Zarif's recent statement on the possibility of Tehran's exit from the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, commonly known as the NPT.

"What Zarif stated in the Parliament was a part of provisions of a letter penned by the [Iranian] President Rouhani to the heads of 4+1 Group in May 2019 on announcing Iran's reducing of its commitments."

Rouhani warned that Iran will leave the NPT if the European Union (EU) takes Iran's nuclear case to the UN Security Council (UNSC)".

The Russian Foreign Ministry, in turn, said that the fact that Iran has abandoned its limitations under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) does not present any threat of nuclear weapons proliferation since the Islamic Republic has maintained contact with the IAEA.


France apology after history textbook links CIA to 9/11

WTC wreckage
© Getty Images
Nearly 3,000 people died when four airliners hijacked by al-Qaeda jihadists were crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania
A French publisher has apologised after a history textbook that appeared in bookshops in recent weeks suggested the 11 September 2001 attacks were probably "orchestrated by the CIA".

Comment: Where's the lie?

The debunked conspiracy theory was apparently highlighted on social media initially by a group of schoolteachers.

The book History of the 20th Century in Flash Cards is aimed at undergraduate students.

Comment: So somehow the truth ended up being printed in a textbook and the PTB went into overdrive trying to course correct, making sure no one for a moment considered it anything more than a crazy 'conspiracy theory'. God forbid new students get any hint of what actually went on on 9/11 and actually be lead to question the official narrative.

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'Earth entered transient Black Hole during 9/11' says new evidence provided by NASA

Earth in Space
© The Washington Toast
Washington: The National Institute for Standards in Truth (NIST) issued the final update of its 9/11 investigation today, announcing that all anomalies troubling 9/11 Truther loons have been rationalized, thanks to new evidence provided by NASA. "They can all take their tinfoil hats off now," said NIST chief Henry Swallowfirth. "Science, not moonbat conspiracy theory, has triumphed."

The new evidence, from NASA's deep-space probe Voyager 2, puts to rest the three so-called "physical anomalies" that have deranged Truthers:
  1. Three steel-framed skyscrapers free-fall collapsing due to fire in a single day, when no others burning far longer have fallen before or since.
  2. The aluminum nose and hollow fuselage of Flight 77 plowing through five rings of reinforced concrete at the Pentagon
  3. The Shanksville "Gopher Hole" swallowing Flight 93 before burping up a widespread debris field.
The latter had particularly troubled NIST, says Mr. Swallowfirth. "How a crater engulfed an entire jetliner, leaving no bodies or parts larger than a thumb drive before vomiting out an engine over 2000 feet away and other debris over eight miles away... we've been reviewing that diligently, but frankly, none of our field investigators wanted to go near that hole. We feared it was some kind of geomagnetic Bermuda Triangle thing that could suck us in and spit us out, too. Pretty damn spooky. But now it's all settled."

Arrow Down

N. Korean envoy at the UN: Denuclearization is 'already off the table' in talks with the US

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US President Donald Trump • North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un
North Korea's ambassador to the UN has rejected Washington's call for "sustained and substantial dialogue," saying that the denuclearization sought by the Trump administration is already "gone out (sic) of the negotiating table."

"We do not need to have lengthy talks with the US now and denuclearization is already gone out of the [sic] negotiating table," ambassador Kim Song said in a statement on Saturday. Song added that the Trump administration's calls for dialogue are a "time-saving trick" to push the denuclearization issue past next year's election.

As Song released Pyongyang's latest statement, US President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in held a telephone discussion, brainstorming ways to restart diplomacy with North Korea.

Pyongyang has given the United States a year-end deadline to abandon its demand for unilateral denuclearization, lest leader Kim Jong-un choose a "new approach."

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North Korea's tidings, as talks deadline nears: 'It's up to the US what Christmas gift it gets'


Two dogs kill man in Madera, California

canine attack
© Angela Antunes / CC by 2.0
The Madera Police Department is looking for the owner of two dogs that attacked and killed a man.

It happened Monday near a dry riverbed along Cleveland Avenue and Raymond Road.

Police say when officers got to the scene, they found the body of 38-year-old Lasaro Macedo. He had obvious bite marks to his arms, legs and face, police say.

As officers tried to investigate, an aggressive dog charged at the officers.

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24 landslides in 24 hours caused by incessant rainfall across the Indian state of Kerala - 22 killed, 22,165 moved

Kerala, which is been hit by incessant rainfall, witnessed 24 landslides in the last 24 hours spiking the death toll to 22 on August 9, 2019. Nearly 22,165 people have been shifted to relief camps.

Heavy rains have been battering the coastal state since August 7 and have thrown normal life out of gear. This is after the 2018 floods — the worst in the state's history — that killed nearly 500 people and incurred a loss of Rs 31,000 crore worth damages.

Of the 14 districts in Kerala, nine in the north have been put on red alert; three in central on orange alert, while two in south on yellow alert.

Across the state, 315 flood relief camps have been opened, according to an update from Kerala chief minister's office.

Treasure Chest

Professor Richard Wolff: UK is ripping off the Libyan people by spending Gaddafi's billions

© African Independent
Muammar Gaddafi
The British government wants to start spending the money earned in taxes from frozen assets of late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. Professor Richard Wolff insists it's the Libyan people who should get their money back.

British lawmakers proposed handing over £17 million earned in taxes from the frozen assets to the victims of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) attacks. This follows a parliamentary report disclosure last month that the UK Treasury took millions of pounds in tax over the past three years from £12 billion of Libyan assets linked to Gaddafi.

While lawmakers are trying to clarify if it's legal to receive money in taxes from the frozen funds of another state, Professor Richard Wolff says the money belongs to the Libyan people and must be returned.

"They deserve every bit of the wealth they created and they ought to have that wealth available to them as soon as it possibly can be turned over... because that's how we run this world. We don't give over to other countries the wealth produced in our country," the economist and co-founder of 'Democracy at Work' told RT.

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US border militia stops three HUNDRED crossing migrants in SINGLE intervention - Feds respond by arresting leader and 'de-banking' group

Larry Mitchell Hopkins

Larry Mitchell Hopkins
The FBI arrested a 69-year-old New Mexico man who allegedly illegally detained immigrants crossing the border under the guise of working for the United States Border Patrol.

Larry Mitchell Hopkins, who runs The United Constitutional Patriots (UCP), an armed border militia group that spreads far-right conspiracies and rounds up asylum seekers on the border, was arrested by FBI in New Mexico Saturday on charges of possessing firearms and ammunition as a convicted felon.

Recent video footage released by UCP shows two members holding what appear to be semi-automatic rifles near immigrants, many of them children.

Comment: Well, yeah, they're armed, as they always have been, and kids are pouring over the border. Here's 300 kids from just ONE intervention the UCP made earlier this month:

THAT is why the Feds had to stop them.

Comment: For more on 'de-banking', the new term for anyone prevented from earning money because the government doesn't like them, see here:

DEBANKING: Chase Bank says 'moral character' a reason why they don't do business with 'those types of people'