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 Tyler Durden | Zero Hedge | Sept. 17, 2018

The Federal Emergency Management Agency  (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) on September 20th.

The emergency communications drill will begin at 2:18 p.m. EDT through 2:20 p.m. EDT. Every cell phone in the US will receive a text message from President Trump.

All US wireless firms and more than 100 mobile carriers are participating in the exercise that allows for presidential alerts, FEMA wrote in a Thursday press release.

“The EAS [Emergency Alert System] is a national public warning system that provides the president with the communications capability to address the nation during a national emergency,” FEMA said in a statement.

Cell phones will receive a text message that states “Presidential Alert” and “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.”

Separate from the FEMA statement, a FEMA National Test Fact Sheet detailed how the EAS is used with radio and television broadcasters, cable systems, satellite radio and television providers, and wireline video providers. The upcoming FEMA EAS message will read:

“THIS IS A TEST of the National Emergency Alert System. This system was developed by broadcast and cable operators in voluntary cooperation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Federal Communications Commission, and local authorities to keep you informed in the event of an emergency. If this had been an actual emergency, an official message would have followed the tone alert you heard at the start of this message. A similar Wireless Emergency Alert test message has been sent to all cell phones nationwide. Some cell phones will receive the message; others will not. No action is required.”

The WEA system is currently in use to warn the public about dangerous weather, missing children, and other vital information. The FEMA WEA message will read:

“THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.”

The goal of the test will evaluate the readiness to distribute an emergency message nationwide and determine whether improvements are needed, FEMA said in a statement. The upcoming alerts will be sent using FEMA’s Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS), which allows government officials to send emergency messages to multiple communications networks, including the EAS and WEA as part of the nation’s modern alert and warning infrastructure.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai explains how the Wireless Emergency Alert system works

Despite Trump’s obsession with Twitter as a direct means of communicating, experts told NBC News last week that President Trump will not abuse the “Presidential Alert” system.

“If you separate this from the politics and personality of any individual president then this is a great idea and an amazing use of technology to reach everybody if they’re in harms way,” said Karen North, director of the Annenberg Digital Social Media program at the University of Southern California.

UCLA communications professor Tim Groeling agreed, told NBC via email, “broadcast-based emergency alert systems … have remained professional and impartial over decades.”

How did Twitter respond to Trump’s new communication channels?

So when the tens of millions of Americans get the “Presidential Alert” on September 20, do not freak out — it is just President Trump debuting the new emergency communication systems that broadcast personalized emergency messages on a much larger plane than Twitter.

As for the many folks who have blocked him on social media, well, it is almost certain that there will be an uproar when liberals look at their phones and see a text message from Trump later this week.


Originally published by Tyler Durden at ZeroHedge.com


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By Daisy Luther | The Organic Prepper | August 23, 2018

After a company in Wisconsin fitted each of their employees a microchip and claimed they absolutely loved it, many people were adamant that nope, no way, they’d never get chipped like a dog. Some people claimed religious objections (mark of the Beast) while others feel that their privacy has been already been invaded quite enough with the advent of “smart” technology and advertising cookies on the internet.

If you swear to the skies that you’ll never get chipped, several experts quoted in an article on USA Today are here to tell you that you’re wrong.

Associate professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Noelle Chesley said, “It will happen to everybody. But not this year… Maybe not my generation, but certainly that of my kids.”

Professor Chesley isn’t alone in her prediction. Gene Munster of Loup Ventures had a lot to say about the possibility of everyone getting a microchip. He believes it’s about 50 years away.

 “In 10 years, Facebook, Google, Apple, and Tesla will not have their employees chipped,” he says. “You’ll see some extreme forward-looking tech people adopting it, but not large companies.”

The idea of being chipped has too “much negative connotation” today, but by 2067 “we will have been desensitized by the social stigma,” Munster says. (source)

The article gushes about the “benefits” of getting a microchip embedded in your hand.

This would go beyond paying with your smartphone. Instead, chipped customers would simply wave their hands in lieu of Apple Pay and other mobile-payment systems.

The benefits don’t stop there. In the future, consumers could zip through airport scanners sans passport or drivers license; open doors; start cars; and operate home automation systems. All of it, if the technology pans out, with the simple wave of a hand. (source)

Seriously, how much lazier are humans going to get?

They’re right about the desensitization, though. There are things going on these days that never in a million years would have been okay decades ago, and that’s because popular culture, television, and the internet make it seem A-OK and perfectly normal. When They Who Rule decide that microchipping is the best way to ensure their total control, you can bet that there will be tv shows and movies and celebrities that all demonstrate the ease and joy of having a microchip.

Everyone’s talking about the “benefits” of getting a microchip.

Tech companies are practically waxing poetic about the joys of having a microchip implanted in one’s body.

In Sweden, BioHax says nearly 3,000 customers have had its chip embedded to do many things, including ride the national rail system without having to show the conductor a ticket.

In the U.S., Dangerous Things, a Seattle-based firm, says it has sold “tens of thousands” of chips to consumers via its website. The chip and installation cost about $200.

After years of being a subculture, “the time is now” for chips to be more commonly used, says Amal Graafstra, founder of Dangerous Things. “We’re going to start to see chip implants get the same realm of acceptance as piercings and tattoos do now.”

In other words, they’ll be more visible, but not mainstream yet.

“It becomes part of you the way a cellphone does,” Graafstra says. “You can never forget it, and you can’t lose it. And you have the capability to communicate with machines in a way you couldn’t before.”

That guy who wants to communicate with machines clearly hasn’t been watching the same sci-fi movies that I have. Nor has he read Stephen Quayle’s terrifying book, Terminated.

Graafstra isn’t the only one who thinks the whole thing is fabulous. One guy even has parties were people can “bond” over getting microchipped.

At a recent tech conference, Hannes Sjöblad explained how a microchip implanted in his hand makes his life easier. It replaces all the keys and cards that used to clutter his pockets.

“I use this many times a day, for example, I use it to unlock my smart phone, to open the door to my office,” Sjöblad said.

Sjöblad calls himself a biohacker. He explained, “We biohackers, we think the human body is a good start but there is certainly room for improvement.”

The first step in that improvement is getting a microchip about size of a grain of rice slipped under the skin. Suddenly, the touch of a hand is enough to tell the office printer this is an authorized user.

The microchips are radio frequency identification tags. The same technology widely used in things like key cards. The chips have been implanted in animals for years to help identify lost pets and now the technology is moving to humans…

…Sjöblad said he even organizes implant parties where people bond over getting chipped together.  (source)

Will microchipping parties be the next generation of those outrageously expensive candle parties? Will folks be pimping microchips like they do those scented wax melts? Will it become some kind of MLM thing to make it even more socially acceptable?

What about the dark side of being microchipped?

Of course, they didn’t mention how easy it would be to shut off the microchipped person’s access to all of those things. And it isn’t like you could just not use your chip if it’s embedded in your body. If you were ever in a situation in which you didn’t wish to be identified, tough luck. Everything would be right there in a little device implanted under your skin.

Although the current breed of microchips does not have GPS tracking capability, analysts contend that they will one of these days in the not-so-distant future. Anyway, how do you KNOW that there is no GPS tracking technology in that teeny little chip? Just because they tell you so? And gee, who doesn’t want their every move being tracked?

Not every professor or tech expert thinks getting a microchip is a good idea. Mercifully, there are a few voices of reason.

Alessandro Acquisti, a professor of information technology and public policy at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College, warns that this might not be a good idea. (Although it doesn’t take a Ph.D. to realize this.)

“Companies often claim that these chips are secure and encrypted…But “encrypted” is “a pretty vague term,” he said, “which could include anything from a truly secure product to something that is easily hackable.”

Another potential problem, Dr. Acquisti said, is that technology designed for one purpose may later be used for another. A microchip implanted today to allow for easy building access and payments could, in theory, be used later in more invasive ways: to track the length of employees’ bathroom or lunch breaks, for instance, without their consent or even their knowledge.

“Once they are implanted, it’s very hard to predict or stop a future widening of their usage,” Dr. Acquisti said. (source)

Then there is the issue of the chip in your body being hacked.

“This is serious stuff. We’re talking about a nonstop potential connection to my body and I can’t turn it off, I can’t put it away, it’s in me. That’s a big problem,” said Ian Sherr, an executive editor at CNET.

“It’s very easy to hack a chip implant, so my advice is don’t put your life secrets on an implant, Sjöblad said…

“It’s about educating the people and giving every person the tools…not only how to use the technology but, more importantly, when it’s being used against you,” Sjöblad warned.  (source)

Yeah. Microchips are fabulous.

Here’s how it could go down.

Some people actually want to be microchipped like a dog. They’re lining up for it. It if isn’t available to them, they’re totally bummed out.

Certain folks won’t be happy until everyone has a computer chip implanted in them. Here’s how this could go.

• Initially, it would be the sheep who blindly desire to be chipped for their own “convenience” leading the way.

• Then, it would become remarkably inconvenient not to be chipped – sort of like it’s nearly impossible to not have a bank account these days.

• Then, the last holdouts could be forcibly chipped by law.

The push may be soft at first. It may begin with peer pressure in the workplace.

Three Square Market said the chips are voluntary, but Chesley says that if a company announces a plan to be chipped, the expectation is that you will get chipped — or risk losing out on advancement, raises and being a team player.

“That’s what we’re worried about,” says Bryan Allen, chief of staff for state Rep. Tina Davis (D), who is introducing a bill in Pennsylvania to outlaw mandatory chip embedding. “If the tech is out there, what’s to stop an employer from saying either you do this, or you can’t work here anymore.”

Several states have passed similar laws, while one state recently saw a similar bill die in committee. “I see this as a worker’s rights issue,” says Nevada state Sen. Becky Harris (R), who isn’t giving up. “This is the wrong place to be moving,” she says.

Should future corporations dive in to chipping their employees, they will have huge issues of “trust” to contend with, says Kent Grayson, a professor of marketing at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

“You’ve got to have a lot of trust to put one of those in your body,” Grayson says. Workers will need assurances the chip is healthy, can’t be hacked, and its information is private, he says.  (source)

So what if it meant you’d lose your job if you refused to be chipped? What if you had a family to take care of and health insurance you couldn’t afford to lose?  The question of would you or wouldn’t you just got a whole lot more variables.

This horror movie gets even scarier. There is already a law on the books that could allow human beings to be forcibly chipped.

Oh, it’s couched in warm, fuzzy language and they say it’s just to help keep track of folks with Alzheimer’s or other developmental disabilities, but remember that the most unpatriotic law ever passed was also called the Patriot Act.

H.R.4919 was passed in 2016.

It directs the Department of Justice’s (DOJ’s) Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) to award competitive grants to health care, law enforcement, or public safety agencies, and nonprofit organizations, to develop or operate locally based proactive programs to prevent wandering and locate missing individuals with dementia or children with developmental disabilities. The BJA must give preference to law enforcement or public safety agencies partnering with nonprofit organizations that use person-centered plans and are directly linked to individuals, and families of individuals, with dementia or developmental disabilities. (source)

Despite the fact that the bill requires everyone to use privacy “best practices,” it’s not that much of a stretch to see what a slippery slope this is. Who gets to decide whether a person “needs” to be chipped for their own good? Law enforcement? Scary.

Could this lead to a cashless society?

If “everyone” is getting microchipped like these experts predict, that could be the next step in the push toward a cashless society. Think about the lack of privacy then. If everything is purchased via a chip unique to you, then no purchases could be under the radar. Whether a person was stocking up on food, watching X-rated movies, reading books on revolution, or buying ammo, it would all be recorded in a database. Our purchases could be used in some kind of pre-crime technology, ala Minority Report, or they could be used to profile us in other ways.

If there is no way to make purchases but with a chip, many people will have to reluctantly comply. The same chips could be a requirement for medical care, driver’s licenses, jobs – you name it. No matter where you tried to hide, your GPS locator would mean that you would be found. It would be like everyone being forced to have one of those ankle bracelets that criminals wear, except it would be inside your body.

If you think the atmosphere of control is unnerving now, just wait. When everyone is microchipped, the net will be even tighter.

Between the looming robot apocalypse and forcible microchipping, it seems like we won’t have to wait for “climate change” or a war of Mutually Assured Destruction to get us. Technology just might be the end of humanity.


Contributed by Daisy Luther of TheOrganicPrepper.com

Daisy is a coffee-swigging, gun-toting, homeschooling blogger who writes about current events, preparedness, frugality, and the pursuit of liberty on her website, The Organic Prepper. Daisy is the publisher of The Cheapskate’s Guide to the Galaxy, a monthly frugality newsletter, and she curates all the most important news links on her aggregate site, PreppersDailyNews.com. She is the best-selling author of 4 books and lives in the mountains of Virginia with her two daughters and an ever-growing menagerie. You can find Daisy on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.


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By Isabelle Z. | Natural News | July 23, 2018

When you see teenagers glued to their cell phones while out and about, it’s natural to wonder what this constant use of technology is doing to their health and well-being. Much has been made of the negative effects that heavy social media use can have on young people’s self-esteem, for example, and a new study points to yet another way that cell phones are harming the minds of adolescents.

A study that was recently published in the Environmental Health Perspectives journal shows that high levels of exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields, or RF-EMF, can hurt memory performance in the areas of the brain that are exposed when a person talks on their cell phone.

This study was a follow-up to a 2015 study that reached a similar conclusion. The new study used twice the sample size of the previous one and updated information on the RF-EMF absorption range of adolescents using different wireless communication devices. Using a cell phone close to the head is considered the most relevant source of exposure to RF-EMF to the brain.

The scientists from the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) looked at the relationship between RF-EMF exposure from wireless communication devices and the memory performance in around 700 adolescents aged 12 to 17.

The study entailed filling out a questionnaire assessing their usage of mobile phones and media, along with their physical and psychological health. Afterward, they carried out computerized cognitive tests. The researchers also used cell phone user data provided by phone operators, smartphone time activity apps that were used while the phones were set to flight mode, and portable measurement devices known as exposimeters with integrated GPS to link people’s RF-EMF records to specific activities and places.

The researchers discovered the cumulative RF-EMF brain exposure from the use of cell phones over the course of a year can negatively affect the development of adolescents’ figural memory. This type of memory is mostly located in the right side of the brain, and the problem was more pronounced in those who held their cell phones to the right side of their heads.

Swiss TPH Head of Environmental Exposures and Health Dr. Martin Roosli said: “This may suggest that indeed RF-EMF absorbed by the brain is responsible for the observed associations.”

It’s a significant finding because this research is the first epidemiological study in the world to estimate the cumulative brain doses of RF-EMF in young people.

Other types of wireless communication usage, such as playing games, browsing the Internet, and sending text messages only caused marginal RF-EMF exposure and were not associated with any memory performance problems.

Minimizing the risks

Unfortunately, cell phone regulations leave a lot to be desired. Compliance tests generally entail measuring the amount of radiation that is absorbed by a test dummy that is situated at a “separation distance” from the device. Experts say that if phones’ radiation levels were tested in the way that people actually use them in real life, most of them would be considered illegal. Tests of some of the world’ most popular phones back up that finding.

Dr. Roosli said that young people can minimize the risks to their brains by using headphones or speaker mode when making calls. He added that this is particularly important when a cell phone is working at maximum power or network quality is low. He also pointed out that scientists don’t yet know how RF-EMF can affect brain processes in the long term.

There are a few other steps you can take to minimize your risks. You should not carry your cell phone around in your pocket or close to your body in any way. If you must sleep with your phone in your room, do not leave it in the bed or on your nightstand. Instead, be sure to place it several feet away from your bed. Always keep your phone in airplane mode or turn it off completely when you won’t be using it.


Contributed by Isabelle Z. of NaturalNews.com


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