Tuesday, August 20, 2019

If people really knew what we had on them

-11-2019     when it comes to the safety and security of its users Facebook has
found itself again and again unable to protect them from harm.  When it comes to
itself the company has invested heavily in ensuring it does not suffer similar
surveillance-and-how-facebooks-private-army-is-militarizing-our-data
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  Since 2016 Facebook has been paying users ages 13 to 35 up to $20 per month
plus referral fees to sell their privacy by installing the iOS or Android “Facebook
Research” app.  Facebook even asked users to screenshot their Amazon order
history page….
  Facebook’s Research program will continue to run on Android. [Update 2/21/19:
It will also cease to recruit users for the Android version of its Research app,
though it plans other paid research initiatives.   https://techcrunch.com
2019/01/29/facebook-project-atlas/
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  If people really knew what we had on them, the Google engineer said, they would flip out.  https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/14/magazine/facebook-google-privacy-data.html
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7-16-18  Last week The Information detailed Huawei’s efforts to build a suite of AI products for everything from telecoms base stations and cloud data centers to smartphones and surveillance cameras.     https://www.datacenterdynamics.com/news/facebook-nabs-google-chip-exec-to-lead-silicon-initiative/
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12-8-2017  Two decades ago the US intelligence community worked closely with Silicon Valley in an effort to track citizens in cyberspace.  And Google is at the heart of that origin story….The intelligence community hoped that the nation’s leading computer scientists could take non-classified information and user data, combine it with what would become known as the internet, and begin to create for-profit, commercial enterprises to suit the needs of both the intelligence community and the public.  They hoped to direct the supercomputing revolution from the start in order to make sense of what millions of human beings did inside this digital information network.  That collaboration has made a comprehensive public-private mass surveillance state possible today….
The intelligence community funded these computer scientists through an unclassified, highly compartmentalized program that was managed for the CIA and the NSA by large military and intelligence contractors.  It was called the Massive Digital Data Systems (MDDS) project….
  This type of public-to-private innovation system helped launch powerful science and technology companies like Qualcomm, Symantec, Netscape and others and funded the pivotal research in areas like Doppler radar and fiber optics, which are central to large companies like AccuWeather, Verizon and AT&T today.  Today the NSF provides nearly 90% of all federal funding for university-based computer-science research….The intelligence community however saw a slightly different benefit in their research:  could the network be organized so efficiently that individual users could be uniquely identified and tracked?…
  NSF likewise only references the digital libraries grant, not the MDDS grant as well, in its own history of Google’s origin. …When national security agencies need to identify and track people and groups they know where to turn – and do so frequently.  That was the goal in the beginning.  It has succeeded perhaps more than anyone could have imagined at the time. https://qz.com/1145669/googles-true-origin-partly-lies-in-cia-and-nsa-research-grants-for-mass-surveillance/
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11-3-1993  The workshop will be held on the 1st and 2nd of February 1994 in Reston, Virginia.  The objective of the workshop is to make industry and academia aware of intelligence community needs, stimulate discussion of the technical issues and possible solutions and identify potential research efforts that warrant further investigation for possible government funding.  The amount of funding estimated for investments is three to five million dollars per year over the next 2-3 years.
  Last July a one-day, classified, government-only workshop was held to
characterize the magnitude of the problem and identify the major challenges.    https://cypherpunks.venona.com/date/1995/11/msg01674.html
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8-13-19   Griffin indicated that when it comes to the 5G network, everything is simultaneously a threat risk and a promise of something better.  https://defensesystems.com/articles/2019/08/13/pentagon-5g-shop-williams.aspx
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Facebook’s new initiative--a powerful new template for mass surveillance

5-5-2019    
Perhaps the most dangerous aspect of Facebook’s new initiative to move content moderation to the edge, running their algorithms directly on users’ phones, is that it gives the world’s repressive regimes a blueprint for the ultimate global surveillance network.  By pushing governments to see surveillance not as an active process that requires identifying targets, intercepting their communications and centrally analyzing unimaginably large haystacks for the proverbial needle, but rather as a distributed process running directly on users’ own ever-present smartphones, Facebook has demonstrated that the future lies in the surveillance state.

  Governments have long adapted to technological change by harnessing the latest communications modalities to surveil their citizens and gather intelligence on foreign nations.  Edward Snowden disclosures in 2013 opened the public’s eyes to just how prevalent this surveillance really is and how deeply it reaches into our lives. Yet the Snowden disclosures also revealed how limited current global scale surveillance is, even with the NSA’s resources. The internet is simply too big to attempt to hoover up the totality of all global communications and the processing resources required to make sense of everything said and seen worldwide in realtime is beyond the ability of even the US Government.
  Facebook’s new initiative to move its content matching and AI content moderation algorithms to the edge offers governments across the world a powerful new template for surveilling both their own citizens and Facebook’s two billion other users spanning the globe.
  Suddenly instead of having to compromise users’ devices or intercept their communications in transit and decrypt and process them, Facebook reminds us that users will be perfectly happy to allow companies to download filtering algorithms directly to their phones to process all of their communications on-device.  This not only sidesteps the encryption debate by granting access to communications before they are encrypted for transmission and after they have been decrypted for display, but also avoids scalability concerns by offloading processing of each user’s communications to their own device….
  While Facebook’s efforts are still at the research stage, the company’s presentation demonstrates that it has made considerable progress in proving out the feasibility of performing large scale production content moderation entirely on-device.  For governments Facebook’s model offers a blueprint of the ultimate surveillance machine.
  Rather than relying on Facebook, governments could require all cellphones used on their soil to install a monitoring application that authenticates them to the local cellular providers while also performing realtime monitoring of all communications that transit the device or which occur in its presence, turning their microphone and camera into a 24/7 mobile surveillance station.
Alternatively, governments could require device manufacturers to embed such surveillance filtering directly into dedicated firmware on the device that prevents the phone from being used on local networks without it….
  Couple this with Facebook’s ability to map the realtime physical location of its users and create richly detailed maps of the movement habits of any given demographic or interest group.  The result is perhaps the most powerful surveillance network ever conceived….
  For a company that refuses to deny tracking the realtime movements of journalists and politicians, …Facebook went to great lengths earlier this year to remind the public that it reserves the right to utilize their GPS, camera and photo galleries for any purpose it deems fit….The company did not respond to requests for comment.   https://www.forbes.com/sites/kalevleetaru/2019/05/05/facebook-just-gave-repressive-regimes-the-ultimate-surveillance-blueprint/#bf0df324721d
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 6-14-2017  BAE, Britain’s biggest arms company, secretly sold mass surveillance technology to six Middle Eastern governments that have been criticised for repressing their citizens, the BBC has reported.
The sophisticated technology can be used to spy on a huge number of people’s emails and mobile phones, triggering accusations from human rights campaigners that it is being used to silence or jail dissidents.
  According to documents obtained by the BBC, the equipment has been sold in recent years to the governments of Saudi Arabia, UAE, Oman, Qatar, Algeria and Morocco
The documents also reveal official concerns that the export of the technology could backfire and imperil the security of Britain and its allies, the BBC said.
BAE said it was unable to comment on specific contracts “due to the strict national security and confidentiality regulations we operate under”.   https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/jun/15/bae-mass-surveillance-technology-repressive-regimes
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  Among the businesses accompanying the prime minister on his trip is the defence, security and aerospace company BAE Systems.  BAE has faced dozens of accusations of corruption and bribery over the past two decades and has been dogged by controversy over its dealings with repressive governments in Saudi Arabia, Zimbabwe, Chile and Indonesia.  The company was also involved in the manufacture of cluster bombs, weapons that kill indiscriminately and can present a serious danger to civilians for decades after a conflict.  In 2008 the UK and more than 90 other countries signed the convention on cluster munitions banning their use, development, production, stockpiling, retention and transfer.  https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2012/apr/11/selling-arms-cameron
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6-13-2018     Beijing began began building a nationwide surveillance network in 2005 called Skynet to better control public order in urban areas.  In 2015, authorities launched a dramatic expansion and update of Skynet called Sharp Eyes, intended to cover the entire country with facial-recognition systems and other technology….“Foreigners Can’t Get Enough” of Hikvision’s stock thanks to the firm’s high profit margins, without expanding on exactly how such margins were attained.  A wide array of institutional funds representing millions of clients from firms like Vanguard, JPMorgan, and Fidelity have also invested in the firms. Since the trade link opened in 2016, Hikvision and Dahua’s stock prices are up 55 percent and almost 70 percent respectively.  And the firms’ exposure to global investors is only increasing.  https://foreignpolicy.com/2018/06/13/in-chinas-far-west-companies-cash-in-on-surveillance-program-that-targets-muslims/

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Monday, August 19, 2019

big breakthrough claimed for hydrogen fuel

  Scientists said Tuesday they have developed a way of extracting hydrogen from oil without releasing greenhouse gases--a breakthrough they hailed as a “silver bullet” for cleaner energy and the climate….
  Now a group of Canadian engineers say they have come up with a method of getting hydrogen directly from oil sands and oil fields, while leaving carbon dioxide and methane in the ground….
  “Low-cost hydrogen from oil fields with no emissions can power the whole world using mostly existing infrastructure,” Grant Strem, CEO of Proton Technologies AG, the Swiss firm that is commercializing the extraction method, told AFP.

https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/08/article/proton-technologies-claims-pollution-free-hydrogen-breakthrough/

missiles either overtly or covertly on ship freighters

5-16-19  (CNN)  The US claims to have multiple images of Iranian commercial vessels in the Persian Gulf that it believes are carrying missiles and other munitions, according to a US official with knowledge of the situation.
  CNN has not reviewed the intelligence that has led to the US assessment.  The US government has provided no proof the ships are carrying hidden missiles and other munitions.
  The freighters have been modified, the official said, with large areas of their decks removed.  The officials did not explain why these vessels would need to be altered to carry missiles.  https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/16/politics/us-claims-iran-ships/index.html
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6-23-2015   According to the Chinese Ministry of National Defense’s website, China’s national transport war-preparedness office for national defense recently held a training session for Chinese shipping enterprises to familiarize the civilian shipping sector with a set of new guidelines, the Technical Standards for New Civilian Ships to Implement National Defense Requirements, in early June in Shanghai.
  This document lays out the specific requirements for newly constructed civilian vessels to meet “national defense requirements”, the ministry website states. The guidelines, which were already approved in March 2015, are the result of a five-year research project by the Shipment Military Representative Office of the PLA Nanjing Military Area Command (MAC) and the CCS Shanghai Specification Institute.
  In detail the guidelines, next to a set  of general rules sections, discusses five categories of vessels:  container ships, roll-on-roll-off ships, multipurpose ships, bulk cargo ships, and general cargo ships.  These ship categories indicate that the principal reason behind these new guidelines is the strengthening of the People’s Liberation Army Navy’s expeditionary warfare capabilities.
  “The implementation of this military standards for civilian ships makes it possible for China to turn the great potential of its civilian ships quickly into military strength for national defense and will considerably enhance the PLA’s strategic projection capability and maritime support capability,” the website states.
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1-10-19  For the price of one new destroyer with 96 missile silos it could easily have up to 30 ex-commercial vessels with 50 missiles each.  One destroyer can only be in one place at a time, but 30 ex-commercial vessels could be in 30 different places all over the globe.  Is that an acceptable trade-off?  That’s for the Navy to decide.  https://www.popularmechanics.com/military/navy-ships/a25845858/usni-merchant-ships-navy-missile-magazines/
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1987:  Iran reportedly receives approximately 100 Scud-B missiles from North Korea.  Iran had allegedly agreed to finance North Korea’s longer-range missile program in exchange for missile technology and the option to buy the finished missiles.
1988:  China agrees to provide Iran with equipment and know-how to develop and test medium-range ballistic missiles.
1988:  Iran successfully tests the 160 km range Mushak-160 missile.
1990:  China and Iran reportedly sign a 10-year agreement for scientific cooperation and the transfer of military technology….
August 2011:  Iran inaugurates a carbon fiber production line at Iran’s Aerospace Industries Organization (AIO).  Carbon fiber composites have applications in missiles, specifically in items such as rocket motor exit cones and nozzles, reentry vehicle nosetips, heat shields and leading edges of control surfaces.
September 2011: Iran’s Defense Ministry reportedly delivers the Qader anti-ship cruise missile to Iran’s Navy and to the IRGC’s Naval Force. According to Iran’s defense minister, the Qader has a range of 200 km.
November 2011:   The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reports that under Project 111, Iran allegedly studied how to integrate a new spherical payload onto the Shahab-3 missile, including a high explosive and detonation package suitable for use in an implosion device….
October 2016:  Russia completes delivery of the S-300 air defense systems to Iran, according to news reports citing Russia’s state arms export agency….
September 2017:  Iran displays its Khorramshahr medium-range ballistic missile at a military parade.  The commander of the IRGC Aerospace Force claims the missile is capable of carrying multiple warheads and has a range of 2,000 km.  The Khorramshahr is based on North Korea’s BM-25 Musudan.     https://www.wisconsinproject.org/iran-missile-milestones/

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection has stored enough fentanyl in the past year to kill an estimated 794 million people.    https://abcnews.go.com/US/border-protection-stored-fentanyl-kill-794-million-isnt/story?id=64444041
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Do any countries still mint silver coins for every day circulation?

Question #139593. Asked by daver852
Last updated Mar 04 2015.
Originally posted Mar 04 2015 2:17 AM. 
LauraMcC star 
11 year member 
114 replies avatar 

Answer has 1 vote.
"Silver coins are mainly either special commemorative coins minted for sale to coin collectors or bullion coins primarily sold to investors that, although legal tender, are not expected to circulate."

It would seem no.

link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silver_coin#Recent_silver_coins

Mar 04 15, 3:44 AM
LordJiine 

Answer has 0 votes.
No. The last one was the Kennedy Coin in 1969 worth 50 cents.

Mar 04 15, 7:58 AM
TheRemf star avatar 

Answer has 0 votes.
West Germany's 5 mark piece was being minted in the mid-70s.

Mar 04 15, 12:19 PM    

Sunday, August 18, 2019

photos of guy rated 1800 playing 19 times within his own territory unnecessarily/opponent passed 19x







It is the nature of the Infinite One to multiply Being infinitely and still remain one.

Threefold Flame of Life by Robert Zimmerman, ~1971
It is the nature of the Infinite One to multiply Being infinitely and still remain one. 
 -Messengers Mark and Elizabeth Prophet:  Science of the Spoken Word, 1983, ch. 6

any compromise with Their directives can only result in delay

1)   In the name I AM I call for Archangel Michael’s cloak of invincibility, invisibility and invulnerability to all not of the light and for Michael’s armor, sword, shield, crystalline helmet, boots and gauntlets, amen.      
                              -Archangel Michael via Messengers M & E Prophet
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2)    In your hearts there is the kernel of Christ awareness.  In your hearts there is that light which lighteth every man and woman who cometh into the world.  And therefore the testing, therefore the battlefield of life, therefore We come….Sons and daughters of flame, you must see your life as God’s love, as opportunity to be God-free twenty-four hours a day.  Each day, each hour you are called upon to prove your God-freedom from the stresses and the strains, from the mounting pressures of your service.  We can do aught but give to you greater and greater opportunity when you have called forth opportunity in the form of initiation, consecration and the new birth….To accelerate the worlds turning within you there must be sacrifices, there must be surrenders, and above all there must be that indomitable obedience that is unconditional. …
  When there is not the Shepherd to guide the sheep the sheep are scat­tered.  It is the scattering of the energies of your four lower bodies that concerns Us; and unless there be the lifting up of the Christ within you as the Good Shepherd of your own pasture, your own consciousness, how will you come into alignment with the inner Law of the flame?
  The carnal mind poses as your own Good Shepherd.  It is the hireling, it is the impostor coming in the name of the “Shepherd,” and it will come to allow you to rationalize all manner of behavior and a switching and a reversing and a turning upside down of the logic of the eternal Logos within you….
  And respond They will, blessed hearts, if you will but cast the net of your consciousness on the right side of your self-awareness—on the right side of the ship and draw in not all of the fishes of the sea but the fishes who are chosen, who are called, who are the elect, who are the true children of Israel because they have claimed the flame of life that is real.
  I come with the vision of the City Foursquare.  I am never without the vision nor without the scroll in my hand.  I walk with the rchitects who have planned under the Logos the fiery destiny of America….
  Let there not be compromise within you!  Set the pattern and the promise that there may not be compromise in this nation or in any nation….Know that any compromise with the plan released by the ascended masters, any compromise with Their directives can only result in delay and more delay….If the cup of the Teaching is dashed, if the Plan of the age, if the preparation for the incoming souls—if this is spilled upon the ground, who will recapture the sacred liquid?…
  Those whose souls are souls of light cannot take the manna given to the children of Israel in this age because they must reject the concept of the Great White Brotherhood, the concept of Hierarchy.  And their rejection is not based on free will but upon their programming, upon the manipulation of their consciousness and the sowing of those dark seeds of the fallen ones in their very own four lower bodies.  
                      -Godfre:  2-22-1976 at Colorado Springs via Messenger ECP
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3)    I come now to bless you  and to seal you in the light of the Buddha and the Mother and to enlist your twinflames in the discovery of that Word whereby you may command life to  reserve  and to resume the cycles of perfection.  Hear my call  and  answer, O twinflames in love.  For by your wholeness you  are invincible, invulnerable. 
                        -Gautama Buddha:  4-23-1978  at NYC via Messenger ECP
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4)    But those who have come here with the light of freedom burning in their breasts have not understood the threat of these tyrants nor have they understood the seeds implanted in their own subconscious to cause them to sway with the fallen ones rather than to walk with straight spine and straight arrow, with the mighty standard of the original Christ-purity upon which this nation is founded….
   Let there be alliances formed by the people themselves!  Let us not go through the United Nations or even through the government of this nation.     
(Roger Bacon by Gordon Ross, 1941)
                             -Saint Germain:  7-4-1981 at Camelot, Los Angeles
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5)   In the name I AM:  masters of the seraphic science, come forth in the fullness of the cosmic honor flame--Holy Justinius, beloved Serapis Bey--rekindle within us the light of the Divine Mother.  O whitefire purity from the Central Sun, intensify the gold-and-white lily, that flame which the Lord has laid down for us that we may climb up this golden spiral ladder of light step by step in the initiatic process; amen.      
-Messenger ECP:  Pearls of Wisdom 24:22

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  ...When we are aligned with God we are immutable, we become the Immutable One.  Therefore forming community is the proving of the disciple, of co-measurement and immutability; community formed is the result of that proof….

Co-meaurement is like two dots that always move in proportion to each other.  The larger dot is the I AM Presence or the Master and the smaller is your soul.  If you can see these two dots moving in direct correlation, then you can have the outer community or outer church in relationship to the inner church.   -Messenger ECP:  Community, 2002, pp. 29, 30
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      -Messengers M & E Prophet:  The Masters and Their Retreats, 2003, "Micah"