By Michael Snyder | End Of The American Dream | Nov. 26, 2018

Your cellphone is a gold mine of information about where you have been, who you have been talking to, and what you have been doing online.  And now a “mysterious new tool” is enabling law enforcement authorities all over the nation to get access to that information on virtually any phone.  So if you end up going to prison someday, it could be the evidence that is pulled out of your cellphone that ultimately puts you away.  Of course most Americans never even consider that their own cellphones could be systematically gathering evidence against them.  For most of us, cellphones are simply extremely convenient tools that allow us to communicate effectively with the rest of the world.  But if the authorities decide to investigate you, your cellphone is going to be one of the first things that they want, and what they find on there could put you behind bars for a very, very long time.

There are some people out there that are still operating under the assumption that the data on their cellphones is safe from the prying eyes of law enforcement authorities.  That actually has not been true for a long time, and now a new tool is enabling them to unlock virtually any cellphone.  The following comes from WHIO

Law enforcement agencies are using a mysterious new tool to unlock the cellphones of criminal suspects and access their text messages, emails and voice messages. Some agencies around the country, concerned about security, are not even acknowledging use of the devices. Adding to the secrecy surrounding the new tool, one of the companies that makes and sells the devices to police and government agencies does not display their products on the company website.

These are basically “hacking devices”, and it may take a number of hours, but they will eventually get into your cellphone.

These hacking devices reportedly cost between $15,000 and $30,000, so they are quite expensive, but apparently law enforcement agencies all over the nation have been heavily buying them.

Because if you can get into the cellphone of a suspect, it often provides everything that is needed to solve a case

Dave Langos, Director of the sheriff’s Criminal Intelligence Unit, said the unlocking of the phone can be critical to a criminal investigation, revealing where that phone has been and potentially placing a suspect at the scene of a crime.

“With the proper search warrant and so forth for the phone the information you retrieve from those is very valuable in solving cases and that has been proven over and over again,” Langos said.

For those that are skeptical of how valuable this kind of tool can be for law enforcement, I would remind you that the “homeless vet” GoFundMe scammers were caught because of cellphone text messages that authorities were able to uncover.

And it was a cellphone that helped investigators track down and catch package bomber Cesar Sayoc

DNA found on at least one of the packages, as well as Sayoc’s cell phone, helped investigators identify him, multiple law enforcement officials said. He was not previously known to the Secret Service, law enforcement sources said, but Florida records show a string of arrests dating back to the early 1990s.

We live at a time when you should simply assume that nothing that you do online or while carrying your cellphone is ever private.  Yes, there are measures that you can take to make your cellphone more private, but in the end authorities will find one way or another to get that information if they really want it.

Apple is aware of these cellphone hacking devices, and the newest Apple phones are supposedly not vulnerable.  But an appellate court in New Jersey has just ruled that law enforcement authorities can now force you to hand over the passcodes to your iPhones

A New Jersey appellate court has ruled that people must allow law enforcement officers access to their cellphones once they receive a warrant.

The ruling issued Thursday means Essex County Sheriff’s Officer Robert Andrews would have to hand over passcodes to two iPhones he gave investigators.

Aren’t we supposed to have a Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination?

Yes, we are, but law enforcement authorities and the courts have not been following the Constitution for a very long time.  This is one of the reasons why I ran for Congress, because we desperately need to restore the Bill of Rights and the rest of the U.S. Constitution.

In “The Beginning Of The End”, I detailed a lot of the other new technologies that authorities are systematically using to watch, track and monitor us in violation of our constitutional rights.  A “Big Brother total control grid” is going up all around us, and our children and our grandchildren will be growing up in a dystopian nightmare is something is not done now.

In his most recent commentary, John Whitehead summarized what we are facing…

Here’s what I know: this Thanksgiving finds us saddled with a government that is a far cry from Washington’s vision of a government that is:

▪ governed by wise, just and constitutional laws

▪ faithfully executed and obeyed by its agents

▪ assisting foreign nations with good government, peace, and concord

▪ promoting true religion, virtue and science

▪ and enabling temporal prosperity.

Rather, with every passing day, the U.S. government more closely resembles an evil empire, governed by laws that are rash, unjust and unconstitutional; policed by government agents who are corrupt, hypocritical and abusive; a menace to its own people; and the antithesis of everything Washington hoped the government would be—a blessing to all the people.

I couldn’t have said it any better myself.

Wake up America, because our rights are being trampled on and you have a government that is completely and utterly out of control.


Contributed by Michael Snyder of EndOfTheAmericanDream.com

Michael Snyder is a nationally syndicated writer, media personality and political activist. He is publisher of The Most Important News and the author of four books including The Beginning Of The End and Living A Life That Really Matters.


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By Vicki Batts | Natural News | Sept. 22, 2018

If you value privacy and freedom, it may be time to ditch your iPhone (if you haven’t already). Thanks to some clever fine print, Apple is now granting itself the right to monitor users’ phone calls and emails. What is the massive left-wing tech company doing with this information? Generating “trust ratings” for Apple product users — a similar endeavor is currently underway in communist China. Overseas, the Chinese government is issuing “social credit scores” to its citizens, and now Big Tech is taking on a similar mission here on U.S. soil.

As Aldous Huxley once said, “Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards.” And we surely are moving backwards: Under the regressive Left, technology today is now being used to quash freedom and silence dissenting thoughts and opinions, rather than to share information (as was once intended).

Apple now spying on users, giving out “trust ratings”

Apple has gone full-blown authoritarian with its latest initiative to crack-down on freedom. The corporate behemoth says that the “trust ratings,” which were added quietly in the latest iOS update, are benevolent in nature; supposedly these ratings will “help” with fraud prevention. Despite Apple’s insistence that the company is “fully committed to transparency,” and that the scores are “privacy-preserving,” how monitoring people’s phone calls and emails will prevent fraud (or preserve privacy) is never explained.

In fact, Apple hasn’t even provided a single scenario in which the trust score would prevent fraud.

Users can’t even see their own “trust scores,” unless they contact Apple directly and ask for their data.

This is where things go from authoritarian to Orwellian: Apple is now telling its users that by spying on them, the company is “protecting” them and preserving their “privacy.” This is what Orwell would have called “doublethink.” Big Tech and their followers see no quandaries with the idea of spying as a way to obtain privacy — and seemingly fail to notice these two ideas are at odds, probably because they’ve been indoctrinated into believing “Big Brother” knows best.

By now, anyone who partakes in the world of tech has accepted that they are being spied on to some degree — and that’s what they’re banking on. Tech companies like Apple are quietly inching towards the goal of total domination, slowly but surely. Some have already called Apple’s new trust scores “dangerous,” and it’s easy to see why.




Big Tech is on a slippery slope

The tech industry has come under fire for censoring “dissenting” thought, whether it be promoters of natural medicine, critics of the vaccine and pharma industries, or proponents of conservative politics. The freedom to think for yourself is being attacked by the regressive Left and silenced by the tech industry in one way or another. While leftists whinge about the need for more tolerance when it comes to diversity in appearance, they are increasingly intolerant of diverse thoughts.

Now, Big Tech is taking yet another page from Communist China by instituting trust scores — which are all too reminiscent of China’s social credit score system. The one which prohibits “untrustworthy” people from being able to fly, purchase property or send their kids to good schools.

Earlier this year, a Chinese journalist revealed that he was  unable to buy a home because of a bad social credit score. Liu Hu stated further that he was “banned” from flying because he was deemed “untrustworthy” by the government, and that he couldn’t send his child to private school. Liu had been ordered by Chinese courts to apologize for a series of tweets he’d written, but authorities said it was “insincere.”

If Apple’s new trust rating is any indication, we are headed in the wrong direction. See more coverage of stories about assaults on your freedom at PrivacyWatch.news.


Contributed by Vicki Batts of NaturalNews.com


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By Paul Craig Roberts | Sept. 22, 2018

My Generation is the last one to have known privacy and to have lived out most of our lives in freedom.

I remember when driving licenses did not have photos and most certainly not fingerprints. A driving license was issued on proof of birth date alone.

Prior to the appearance of automobiles IDs did not exist in democratic nations. You were who you said you were.

The intrusive questions that accost us every day, even when doing something simple as reporting a telephone or Internet connection being out or inquiring about a credit card charge, were impermissible. I remember when you could telephone a utility company, for example, have the telephone answered no later than the third ring with a real person on the line who could clear up the problem in a few minutes without having to know your Social Security number and your mother’s maiden name. Today, after half an hour with robot voices asking intrusive questions you might finally get a real person somewhere in Asia who is controlled by such a tight system of rules that the person is, in effect, a robot. The person is not permitted to use any judgment or discretion and you listen to advertisements for another half hour while you wait for a supervisor who promises to have the matter looked into.

The minute you go online, you are subject to collection of information about yourself. You don’t even know it is being collected.

According to reports, soon our stoves, refrigerators, and microwave ovens will be reporting on us. The new cars already do.

When privacy disappears, there are no private persons. So what do people become? They become Big Brother’s subjects.

We are at that point now.

This interview witth Julian Assange is worth the 53 minutes: https://www.rt.com/news/438968-assange-last-interview-blackout/




This generation being born now… is the last free generation. You are born and either immediately or within say a year you are known globally. Your identity in one form or another –coming as a result of your idiotic parents plastering your name and photos all over Facebook or as a result of insurance applications or passport applications– is known to all major world powers.

Think about Assange for a minute. He has done nothing wrong. There are no charges against him. All charges have been dismissed. But he cannot walk out of the Ecuadoran Embassy in London without being seized by the British police and handed over to Washington whose prosecutorial apparatus intends to prosecute Assange for treason although he is not a US citizen but an Australian and Ecuadoran citizen.

What did Assange do? Nothing but practice journalism. His problem, his only problem, is that his journalism embarrassed Washington, and Washington intends revenge.

Law is nowhere in the picture. The UK is breaking all known laws including its own by the forced detention of Assange in the Ecuadoran Embassy.

The US in its determination to get Assange has no law whatsoever on which to stand. It only has raw unbridled power that can operate without law.

In other words, the Anglo-American world is totally lawless. Yet the Russian government holds firmly to its delusion that the US and Britain are countries with which agreementts can be made.

The digital world makes Big Brother’s Memory Hole possible. No need to burn books. Just push a button and information disappears.

As I write Google, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Apple, and so forth are all making non-approved information disappear.

In a digital world, not only can our identities be stolen—indeed, it can be stolen multiple times so that there are many of you at the same time—but we can also be erased. Poof—push a button and there you go. This makes murder easy. You never existed.

As I said before and will say again, the digital world and artificial intelligence are a far worse disaster for mankind than ever was the Black Plague. All the smart people busy at work creating the new world are destroying the human race.


Contributed by Paul Craig Roberts of paulcraigroberts.org

Paul Craig Roberts has had careers in scholarship and academia, journalism, public service, and business. He is chairman of The Institute for Political Economy.


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By Michael Snyder | The Economic Collapse | Sept. 21, 2018

The primary reason why stock prices have been soaring in recent months is because corporations have been buying back their own stock at an unprecedented pace.  In fact, the pace of stock buybacks is nearly double what it was at this time last year.  According to Goldman Sachs, S&P 500 companies spent 384 billion dollars buying back stock during the first half of 2018.  That is an absolutely astounding number.  And in many cases, corporations are going deep into debt in order to do this.  Of course this is going to push up stock prices, but corporate America will not be able to inflate this bubble indefinitely.  At some point a credit crunch will come, and the pace of stock buybacks will fall precipitously.

Prior to 1982, corporations were not permitted to go into the market and buy back stock.

The reason for this is obvious – stock buybacks are a really easy way for corporations to manipulate stock prices.

But these days it is expected that most large corporations will engage in this practice.  Large stockholders love to see the price of the stock go up, and they are never going to complain when smaller shareholders are bought out and their share of the company is increased.  And corporate executives love buybacks because so much of their compensation often involves stock options or bonuses related to key metrics such as earnings per share.

So in the end, stock buybacks are often all about greed.  It is a way to funnel money to those at the very top of the pyramid, and those stock market gains are taxed at capital gains rates which are much lower than the rates on normal income.

Normally, you would expect successful companies to invest most of their available cash back into operations so that they can make even more money in the future.  And for 19 of the past 20 years, corporations have spent more on capital investments than anything else.  But now, share buybacks have actually surpassed capital spending.  The following comes from CNN

But that doesn’t mean companies aren’t spending on job-creating investments, like new equipment, research projects and factories. Business spending is up 19% — it’s just that buybacks are growing much faster.

In fact, Goldman Sachs said that buybacks are garnering the largest share of cash spending by S&P 500 firms. It’s a milestone because capital spending had represented the single largest use of cash by corporations in 19 of the past 20 years.

And this trend seems to be accelerating during the second half of 2018.  It is being projected that firms will spend more than 600 billion dollars on stock buybacks during the second half of this year, and that will bring the grand total for 2018 to more than a trillion dollars

And the trend may not be done yet. Goldman Sachs predicted that share buyback authorizations among all US companies in all of 2018 will surpass $1 trillion for the first time ever.

Wow.

Wouldn’t it be nice if we had more than a trillion dollars that we could put toward reducing the national debt?

This is the reason why stocks hit another new all-time record high this week.  Stock buybacks have reached absolutely insane levels, and what we are witnessing is essentially a giant orgy of greed.

To give you some perspective, the previous annual record for stock buybacks was just 589 billion dollars in 2007.

This year, we may come close to doubling the previous record.

And let us not forget that the year after 2007 was the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.

So what corporations are the worst offenders?  Here is more from CNN

Apple (AAPL) alone spent a whopping $45 billion on buybacks during the first half of 2018, triple what it did during the same time period last year, the firm said. That included a record-shattering sum during the first quarter.

Amgen (AMGN), Cisco (CSCO), AbbVie (ABBV) and Oracle (ORCL) have also showered investors with big boosts to their buyback programs.

As I noted earlier, corporate insiders greatly benefit from stock buybacks, and they took advantage of massively inflated stock prices by selling off $10.3 billion worth of their shares during the month of August.

Inflating your stock price by cannibalizing your own shares is not a good long-term strategy for any corporation, but without a doubt it is making a lot of people very wealthy.

But in the process, the size of the stock market as a whole has been steadily shrinking.  In fact, the number of shares on the S&P 500 has fallen by almost 8 percent since the beginning of 2011…

According to Ed Yardeni, the number of S&P 500 shares has shrunk by 7.7% since the start of 2011. This tends to increase the earnings per remaining share and the dividends available per remaining share.

This is yet another example that shows why the stock market has become completely disconnected from economic reality.  Wall Street is inhabited by con men that are promoting Ponzi scheme after Ponzi scheme, and it is only a matter of time before the entire system collapses under its own weight.

But for now, the euphoria on Wall Street continues as stock prices continue to march higher.  Meanwhile, we continue to get more signs of trouble from the real economy.  For instance, this week we learned that the third largest bank in the entire country is going to lay off thousands of workers

Wells Fargo, the third-biggest U.S. bank, plans to lower its employee headcount by 5 percent to 10 percent in the next three years as part of its ongoing turnaround plan, the company announced Thursday.

The bank has 265,000 employees, meaning the reduction would result in a loss of between 13,250 and 26,500 jobs.

Why would they do that if the economy was in good shape?

And globally, the emerging market currency crisis has continued to escalate.  According to one source, more than 80 percent of all global currencies have fallen in value so far this year…

A review of the values of 143 global currencies indicates that so far this year, more than 80 percent have fallen in value.

Another eleven appear to be pegged to the dollar and 13 have risen in value. Of the 13 that have increased in value, only six are up more than 1 percent versus the dollar.

There have been outsized declines in countries like Venezuela (down 99 percent), Argentina (53 percent) and Turkey (38 percent). However, Brazil is down 20 percent, Russia 15 percent, India 11 percent, Sweden 10 percent, and the Philippines 8 percent. Big economies like China are experiencing a 5 percent currency value decline while the Euro is off by 3 percent.

I applaud those that have made lots of money in the stock market, but the party will not last forever.

In 2007 corporations were pouring hundreds of billions of dollars into stock buybacks, and it propped up the market for a time.  But eventually the bubble burst and the crisis of 2008 was so dramatic that it will be remembered forever.

Now we are facing a similar scenario, and it is just a matter of time before this bubble bursts as well.


Contributed by Michael Snyder of TheEconomicCollapseBlog

Michael Snyder is a nationally syndicated writer, media personality and political activist. He is publisher of The Most Important News and the author of four books including The Beginning Of The End and Living A Life That Really Matters.


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By Ethan Huff | Natural News | August 31, 2018

Having trouble these days finding the information you’re looking for online? It could be the result of search engine censorship, as mega-platforms like Google are increasingly moving conservative and other “non-PC” content to latter search result pages – if it even pulls up this content at all – while blatantly prioritizing liberal and official “fact-checked” content to the front page.

A recent experiment by Paula Bolyard from PJ Media proved this, as she found that while searching for the term “Trump” on Google, a shocking 96 percent of the results were negative, linking back to liberal, Trump-hating fake news outlets that routinely bash the President.

Google claims that it doesn’t alter search results to push any specific agenda like this, but Bolyard’s test results prove otherwise. On the first page, for instance, she observed that there were two anti-Trump articles from fake news giant CNN, another from The Atlantic, and a slew of others from CBS News, The New Yorker, Politico, Reuters, and USA Today.

Missing from Bolyard’s “Trump” search were any hits about the positive things that the President is doing to bring jobs back to America, end globalist policies that hurt American families, and restore order and decency to everyday American life. Instead, it was all just hit pieces, slander, and “the sky is falling” nonsense in relation to the President.

“I expected to see some skewing of the results based on my extensive experience with Google, but I was not prepared for the blatant prioritization of left-leaning and anti-Trump media outlets,” writes Bolyard. “Not a single right-leaning site appeared on the first page of search results.”




CNN is BY FAR the most common Google result when searching for “Trump”

Bolyard went on to conduct an analysis on the top 100 items that Google pulls up when searching for “Trump,” and what she found is even more indicting. By far, the most common news source that comes up in Google searches for “Trump” is CNN articles, capturing 21 percent of Google’s search results.

CNN is followed by both The Washington Post and NBC, which each capture 11 percent – meaning that CNN, The Washington Post, and NBC together occupy a whopping 43 percent of the top Google search results for the term “Trump.”

Following these are CNBC at eight percent, The Atlantic at five percent, Politico at five percent, The New York Times at five percent, Vox at four percent, and CBS as three percent. Together, all of these left-leaning news outlets make up 73 percent of Google’s search results output for “Trump.”

Meanwhile, popular conservative news outlets like the National Review, The Weekly Standard, Breitbart, The Blaze, PJ Media, The Daily Wire, Hot Air, Townhall, Red State and others were nowhere to be found in the top 100 search results for “Trump.”

The only even halfway neutral news outlets that had a place in Google’s search results for “Trump” were The Wall Street Journal and Fox News, which capture three hits and two hits, respectively. This means that less than five percent of what Google turns up for the search term “Trump” has anything even remotely positive to say about the President.

Bolyard conducted the experiment multiple times on multiple different computers and platforms, only to arrive at the same conclusion: Google is intentionally censoring conservative content, and really any content that supports our President and highlights the many good things that he’s doing in the interest of our country.

“As more and more people turn to Google and other social media outlets for their news, it may not be hyperbolic to suggest that the biases inherent in human-created algorithms have the potential to affect the fate of democracy,” Bolyard writes.

“With all the talk and hand-wringing about fake news and bad foreign actors using social media outlets to attempt to manipulate election results, far too little attention has been paid to power brokers like Google, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube and their ability – and perhaps even desire – to manipulate public opinion and shape the world into their own Silicon Valley image.”

Be sure to read Bolyard’s full analysis of Big Tech censorship at PJMedia.com.


Contributed by Ethan Huff of NaturalNews.com


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