Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s Kidnapper Calls Trump ‘My Personal Hero’

Has liberal Hollywood just completely run out of original material? Season four of Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, a ditzy, nonsensical comedy series, makes me think so. The first six episodes released on May 30 are randomly sprinkled with snide comments against President Trump and conservatives in general, and even beats the dead horse of white privilege.

The series focuses on Kimmy Schmidt’s adjustment to the modern world after she was kidnapped as a child and held captive for 15 years in an underground bunker along with three other girls, called the Mole Women. Kimmy still maintains her child-like innocence and enthusiasm as she begins a new life in New York City.

Episode one, “Kimmy is…Little Girl, Big City!” shows Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) with a new job as a Human Resources manager for a tech company. The show immediately goes into #MeToo territory, but with a twist, when she botches terminating a male employee. Though she was trying to gently fire the guy – “in a fun Kimmy way,” it came out like she was sexually harassing him. Kimmy is hopelessly naïve and what seems like normal, friendly conversation to her is not seen that way in today’s politically correct world. After she is threatened with a lawsuit, Kimmy laments to her friend, “It’s not like I’m a Weinstein or a Spacey or a – the president.”

Also, in that episode, as Kimmy’s friend Lillian (Carol Kane) sells fake cocaine to a clubgoer, the guy responds to Lillian’s request that he go inside to do the drugs by saying of course he will with “Is the Pope a homo?” Ugh. Nothing is funnier than a cheap shot at the head of the Catholic Church, right?

White privilege is played for all it’s worth in episode two, titled “Kimmy Has a Weekend!” While they are in a Korean nail salon, Kimmy gets a “bunker vibe” from the nail techs. She discovers they use interchangeable name tags (English names, not their real Korean names) because, as Kimmy’s technician says, “No one cares who we are.” Kimmy’s roommate Titus (Tituss Burgess), a gay African-American man, says that Kimmy can’t possibly know what their lives are like because of white privilege. He explains white privilege by using the example of the suggestions HouseFlix (like Netflix) makes for her to watch. He says that to HouseFlix, she is just a privileged white woman looking for edgy choices in entertainment so the service recommends true crime documentaries. Meanwhile, Kimmy did not grow up privileged, she lived a true crime story when she was kidnapped and held in a bunker for years. Then he shows her how white and black people are treated differently in stores.

 

 

Kimmy decides to use white privilege for good at the nail salon and mimics her spoiled socialite friend, Jacqueline (Jane Krakowski.) She demands the owner use the real names of the women working there as a small start of respect.

Episode three, titled “Party Monster: Scratching the Surface!” develops the story of Kimmy’s imprisoned captor, Rev. Richard Wayne Gary Wayne (Jon Hamm). He is, of course, a conservative, misogynistic white man who was an adjunct professor at Trump University (we already had a Trump University joke last year) and calls President Trump “my personal hero.” Formerly a famous local disc jockey, called D.J. Slizzard, he becomes the subject of a documentary himself that Kimmy watches on HouseFlix.

The documentary is about D.J. Fingablast’s quest to find Wayne and have him perform at his wedding. He catfishes Wayne by posing as a woman and creating a Facebook page noting interests in Trump and “MAGA.” Wayne, who will only allow women in to see him, falls for it and allows a prison visit. Then Wayne begins to manipulate D.J. Fingablast into questioning his innocence in the hopes of having his case re-opened. Wayne asks, “Who stood to benefit from this guy being locked up – like Hillary should have been?”

Denying his crimes, Wayne asks who would hold such unattractive women captive? Then, a video clip is shown from a Trump rally when Trump disparaged the looks of some women who came forward with sexual charges against him. Trump says, “Look at these women” and “Believe me she would not be my first choice.”

 

 

The war on men is introduced as Fran Dodd (Bobby Moynihan), Founder and CFBro of the Innocence Broject, is introduced. He idolizes Wayne and is keeping files on other men he believes have been unjustly accused by women, including Bill Cosby and Harvey Weinstein. He complains about the #MeToo movement with the cover of Time magazine’s Person (instead of man) of the Year, says, “They hijacked Ocean’s Eleven,” and bemoans how there is now a female Colonel Sanders.

Yes, it is really all this dumb. But wait, there’s more.

In episode five, “Kimmy and the Beest!”, Kimmy tries to explain to Dodd that the documentary about Wayne is false and he is a bad guy who deserves to be in jail. Dodd doesn’t believe her and says, “They go to you, too. Who was it, Killary or her husband, Kill?” Dodd says life used to make sense – “nuclear families, straight marriages, white quarterbacks… The bunker was a return to traditional values.” So apparently all of us who support traditional families and values are racists who want to lock women in underground bunkers.

And, finally, in episode six, the series wraps up with another go at privileged white women, although this one rings true. Xan (Dylan Gelula), thinks she is pregnant and goes to her ex-step mom, Jacqueline, for help. Jacqueline tells her that a young white woman has several choices. She gives the ridiculous examples that she could “keep the baby and say it’s your assistant… And there’s a service out in Hyannis Port that will blimp the child to Vermont and raise it as a golden retriever.” But she really hits the mark on how celebrated abortion is in liberal culture with the option that “You could terminate the pregnancy for HBO and win a Peabody for it.” (In 1992, HBO actually did win a Peabody Award for a documentary on women choosing abortion. They also released another doc on women’s abortion stories last year.)

The new release is short enough to easily binge watch in one sitting but it’s just so inane. The rest of season four will air in January 2019 and thankfully it is the end of the entire series. Good riddance.

Source Article from https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/culture/karen-townsend/2018/06/04/unbreakable-kimmy-schmidts-kidnapper-calls-trump-my-personal

Personal data from millions of Facebook users was available on open web for years

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We’ve all heard by now about the massive leak of the personal data of three million Facebook users and friends when a personality app, myPersonality, was used to extract personal information. The data was then used by Cambridge Analytica as part of their election targeting efforts.

Mark Zuckerberg testified before Congress, apologized for the breach, and blamed it on the app company that shared the data. His solution was to more carefully screen the thousands of other apps; Facebook recently banned 200 of them.

But, like many times before, this was just the tip of the iceberg. We’ve just learned that intimate details about these three million users were freely available on the web for anyone to access for years, according to a New Scientist investigation.

According to New Scientist, “Academics at the University of Cambridge distributed the data from the personality quiz app myPersonality to hundreds of researchers via a website with insufficient security provisions, which led to it being left vulnerable to access for four years. Gaining access illicitly was relatively easy.”

According to the report, the intent was to make all of the data available to those who registered as a collaborator on the project. More than 280 people from nearly 150 institutions registered, including researchers at universities and employees from Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo.

That makes Zuckerberg’s approach to protecting data by punishing the app companies both naive and totally ineffective.

For those who didn’t qualify for access, there was another easy way to access it: a publicly available name and password have been freely available on the web for anyone to use for the past four years!

According to New Scientist, “The publicly available username and password were sitting on the code-sharing website GitHub. They had been passed from a university lecturer to some students for a course project on creating a tool for processing Facebook data. Uploading code to GitHub is very common in computer science as it allows others to reuse parts of your work, but the students included the working login credentials too.”

“This type of data is very powerful and there is real potential for misuse,” says Chris Sumner at the Online Privacy Foundation.

What’s the lesson here? Never participate in online games or tests in which you provide data that helps others target information back to you unless it’s totally innocuous data. As we all know, you can hardly move anywhere on the web without being asked to fill out a questionnaire or survey. Every one of them should be met with suspicion.

More importantly, this shows that no company is able to protect your personal data and you just have to assume it will end up in the hands of others, often cybercriminals. Facebook was hugely irresponsible, and some think criminal, in thinking they could just request that the data not be shared and take the word of a company that was motivated not to comply. With the thirst for personal data by most everyone these days, the only way to prevent its dissemination is to never provide it. These games and surveys may seem to be fun, but they are often just as nefarious as an anonymous caller asking for your bank account number.

Source Article from https://www.sott.net/article/386028-Personal-data-from-millions-of-Facebook-users-was-available-on-open-web-for-years

Organize your life with Personal Kanban

Lean Design and Construction applies principles developed in Japanese manufacturing, primarily at Toyota, to improve productivity and reduce wasted time, movement and human potential. But in fact, the principles can be applied to almost any kind of project, and even to yourself.

While at the Lean Construction Institute’s conference in Vancouver I was intrigued by a presentation titled Personal Kanban, by Darren Becks of St. Jerome’s University; he runs the University’s operations using Lean, and showed me a new way to organize my life.

Kanban is the Japanese word for signboard or billboard, and was developed by Toyota as a way of improving manufacturing efficiency. It was all about visualizing the work and workflow and limiting the amount of work in progress.

Kanban boardsKanban boards/ Lloyd Alter/CC BY 2.0

Basic Kanban is as simple as three columns; To Do, Doing and Done. However one can riff and elaborate on that; Darren Becks appears to be the sole support of the 3M company and its production of Post-it Notes with his University’s Kanban board, but he didn’t show us what his personal one was. But those rules that Toyota set up apply here too:

Visualize your work- at any time you should be able to easily see what you have to do and pretty quickly judge when it is getting out of control.

Limit your work in progress– Darren suggested that if there were any more than three items in your Doing section then you were getting into trouble by trying to do too much at once. In a LifeHacker article on the subject, Alan Henry noted that “it also helps you avoid the dangers of multitasking, not to mention burnout. Managing your workload carefully also teaches you how to say no without wrecking your career.”

When I first looked at this I wondered how this was any better than the many to-do list apps around- I am currently using Wunderlist and have tried others. But in fact, my Wunderlist has 1326 to do items and most are so far off the screen that they will never be seen again. And when the job is done, it is gone. Having set up my personal Kanban board, I get some satisfaction seeing things go from to do to doing to DONE! You can feel it. You can see the flow.

Darren likes physical Kanban boards, saying “don’t bury things in your computer. Keep it in front of your face.” I personally don’t like using paper if I can help it so looked at some of the digital versions out there, with a little help from Lifehacker.

Trello shotMy Kanban board/Screen capture

They point to free software like KanbanFlow, but I used Trello because I was familiar with it as a to-do list and have an account. I separated the to-dos into work and home but that is it so far. I have a dual monitor setup so I can keep it in front of my face all the time as Darren suggests.

I had not heard about Personal Kanban before, but having tried so many personal organizing systems before and it seems to be about the simplest. There are also lots of resources about it, including a book and a blog by Jim Benson and Tonianne DeMaria Barry, who claim that “Personal Kanban tames overload and promotes focus and flow, helping us concentrate and complete our work.” All with what basically is a fancy multi-column to-do list. I am going to give it a try.

Source Article from https://www.treehugger.com/cleaning-organizing/organize-your-life-personal-kanban.html

On this Earth Day, take personal responsibility to end plastic pollution

While much of the energy and drive behind Earth Day has disappeared, this year has an important theme: Ending plastic pollution. The Earth Day Network tells us:

From poisoning and injuring marine life to disrupting human hormones, from littering our beaches and landscapes to clogging our waste streams and landfills, the exponential growth of plastics is now threatening the survival of our planet… The world must perceive plastics not only as the environmental challenge of global proportions but a symbol of the values that need to change to build a more sustainable and just world.

But the problems of plastic make it much more than just a symbol of values, because it is so deeply interwoven with our fossil fuel driven economy. In his book Energy and Civilization: A History, Vaclav Smil wrote that “every economic activity is fundamentally nothing but a conversion of one kind of energy to another” and that fossil fuels are particularly intense form of energy; they ARE the economy. And plastics are solid fossil fuels.

As the Ellen MacArthur Foundation has noted,

Plastics and plastic packaging are an integral and important part of the global economy. Plastics production has surged over the past 50 years, from 15 million tonnes in 1964 to 311 million tonnes in 2014, and is expected to double again over the next 20 years, as plastics come to serve increasingly many applications.

And as Sami has noted, less and less of fossil fuel output is going to be going into cars electric cars take more of the market.

So in fact, plastics are likely to become far more important as a consumer of fossil fuels. That’s why the industry is pivoting to plastic and investing $ 180 billion in new plants to produce 40 percent more plastic.

Macarthur foundationEllen Macarthur Foundation/CC BY 2.0

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation predicts that by 2050 plastics will consume 20 percent of all oil, will produce 15 percent of the world’s CO2 and there will be as much plastic in the ocean as there are fish.

energy bag© Hefty Energy Bag

For the fossil fuel industry, that’s just fine. If they can’t dump it in the ocean, they will just burn it as fuel; they already have their Keep America Beautiful people marketing leftover plastic as “bags of energy”; as I wrote earlier, “they are fooling us into thinking that burning it is virtuous, that we have a bag of energy, not a bag of garbage. How stupid do they think we are?”

The Earth Day people call plastics “a symbol of the values that need to change to build a more sustainable and just world.” But they are much more than that; they are a key component of the fossil fuel economy that maximizes energy flows and hence money and growth and progress. Getting rid of single-use plastic is as abhorrent as getting rid of cars.

This is why the politicians ban plastic bag bans, why they promote coal mining and gas fracking and get rid of fuel economy rules. It’s why they claim that Earth Day is run by environmental whackos who want to confiscate private property and celebrate it on Lenin’s Birthday.

Plastics are fossil fuels and are part of the energy economy that has given us “economic expansion and increasing complexity.” Vaclav Smil asks if we can cut back on our use of fossil fuels that give us plastics and fertilizers and automobiles and jet planes.

Can we reverse these trends by adopting the technically feasible and environmentally desirable shift to moderated energy uses? Can we continue human evolution by concentrating only on those aspects that do not require maximization of energy flows, can we create an energetically invariable civilization that would be living strictly within its solar/ biospheric limits? Could such a shift be accomplished without eventually converting to a no-growth economy and reducing the current global population? For individuals, this would mean a no less revolutionary delinking of social status from material consumption.

This is the fundamental issue about plastics that we should consider this Earth Day. It’s not just about straws and plastic bags, it is about our entire way of life.

JW Marriott wants to save our planetJW Marriott wants to save our planet/via

A lot of people gave up on Earth Day because it felt like the entire movement got co-opted by big corporate interests; that “Saving the Planet” was nothing more than saving Marriott a couple of million dollars on laundry. You have no idea the number of Earth Day pitches in our inboxes promoting green products.

But the battle against plastic is not superficial or silly. It is about trying to live within our solar/ biospheric limits. It is about changing the way we do things. And Earth Day is a good day to start getting serious about it.

Source Article from https://www.treehugger.com/culture/earth-day-take-personal-responsibility-end-plastic-pollution.html

Alternatives to psychiatry: Coming off psych drugs based on personal & professional experience

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It’s been over 5 years since I started offering non-medical consultations to people in the process of coming off or hoping to come off psych drugs. I have also worked with families of people looking for alternatives and seeking to get out of the hospital/medication runaround.

Before I started this consulting business, I had gained a decade of professional experience with various organizations using different approaches to support people seeking alternatives to psychiatry. Working for these different groups and businesses helped me to learn about models of peer support, nutritional and herbal/supplemental support for the body, detox strategies, tapering methods, and the common challenges people face when withdrawing from substances their doctors told them were safe and medicinal.

I also had my own experience of getting off of 7 different psychiatric pharmaceuticals. I knew I would have died if I hadn’t been able to safely withdraw (and the story would have been that I died of mental illness).

None of the people I have worked with have had an easy time. People don’t hire a private non-medical consultant to help them get off of a prescription medication because it’s easy and straightforward. If there was a simple step-by-step process that could be written in a book or blog, we wouldn’t have this epidemic and I wouldn’t get despairing emails and messages almost daily.

I wanted to share here some things I have learned in this process, which is of course ongoing. Despite how far I/we have come, we have a long way to go in the quest to liberate all who wish to be liberated from psychiatry. Despite the emails I’ve gotten from people telling me that my blog has completely changed their outlook on life and even some that say my writing saved their life, there are many more people for whom all of these ideas are great but the reality of actually going through withdrawal feels impossible.

  1. No one gets on psychiatric drugs with informed consent. No one is given lots of accessible, safe options and honesty about where their diagnosis came from and how arbitrary it is, with a good serving of social criticism mixed in, and still chooses to take psychiatric drugs. People take them out of desperation. It’s an inherently manipulative process that doesn’t offer alternatives that are accessible and socially acceptable.
  2. The process of withdrawal and all of the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual healing that go along with it takes a lot longer than most people expect or want it to. It is bootcamp on all levels. For those who come through to the other side, there can be a sense of death and rebirth of a whole new self.
  3. Many people don’t have the resources to pay out of pocket for the support they need to go through this extensive and expensive process. The pharmaceutical companies should be liable for this as they create this high cost for recovery from their harm and medical malpractice. Since they don’t take responsibility for their harm, the extra burden is on the rest of us. I’ve been criticized by people on the internet who don’t know me for charging too much when I was scraping by myself and spending my free time voluntarily sharing the best of my knowledge and awareness to help those in this struggle. This is the poor logic of criticizing down the social totem pole rather than up. Of course those whose health and lives have been destroyed by psychiatry and don’t have the resources and support they need to get off psych drugs are rightfully angry and upset.
  4. Many people don’t have the energy and motivation to change their health habits while in the throes of psychiatric harm and withdrawal. Changing one’s diet and lifestyle and adding in herbs, supplements and/or other supportive practices can be confusing and just too much to manage for many. Those who do have more money and social resources as well as knowledge about alternative health are most likely to succeed in coming off and staying off psychiatric drugs.
  5. Younger and healthier people with stronger constitutions have it a bit easier and may be more resilient.
  6. It’s still possible for those with the decks seemingly stacked against them, and having a strong conviction can make the difference. “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” This does not mean that if someone is struggling it is their fault or due to a lack of will. Unfortunately psychiatric drugs have a way of dampening the will. The will for some has to come from something beyond themselves, like a higher calling. Sometimes things like destiny and mystery are at play and we can’t claim to always understand or scientifically evaluate why one person can get off and another can’t. We all have different life paths and to deny the mystery in that or try to define everything in linear cause and effect terms is a modern day control mechanism similar to psychiatry itself. Like life itself, there are disparities and unfair things we can’t always explain.
  7. Those who have come off psychiatric drugs tend to want to help others do the same. Almost all of the people I’ve worked with over the years have expressed this. Coming off, we gain so much knowledge about what helps that we have to share with others. It becomes a calling.
  8. You won’t necessarily get into liability issues for doing what I do. The first question most people ask me when I tell them what I do is about liability. I haven’t been sued or come even close to this. By not claiming to give medical advice and being clear that I am offering consultation based on personal and professional experience, the person I am talking to is free to do what they choose, including their own research and talking to doctors, naturopaths, etc. before making a decision. Maybe I am lucky to have never been sued, but I also believe that by being genuine and honest about what I do and don’t offer and listening to people, respecting their wishes and choices, the chances of being sued are pretty slim. If I had a lot more to lose, I might be more concerned.
  9. We need a lot more people doing this at different price points and with different business models, including grant funding and public funding as long as it can be done without loss of integrity. My business model is a simple fee per hour of consulting and then I offer tons of blogs, videos, audios, talks, a newsletter and an e-book for free on my website (and other blogs such as this one). Because I put in so much unpaid work behind the scenes and don’t have other consistent funding, my price for consultations isn’t super cheap. I do have substantially discounted packages and can sometimes offer sliding scale. I’m sure there are more efficient business models than the one I use, and I am always learning more. Just like drug withdrawal takes time, discovering a way to work takes time to develop. In both cases we are reinventing the wheel and doing the best we know at any given time within a broken system.
  10. There are many many people out there who can do things similar to what I do, and many more are needed. We need at least as many people helping those who want to come off psychiatric drugs as we have casually putting them on. I’ve started to train people in non-medically supporting those coming off psych drugs so I can list other practitioners on my website www.chayagrossberg.com, or they can create their own way of working. This is something I have started to do locally. There’s also an online training course in the works. Please contact me via my website if you are interested in one-on-one mentorship to learn how to do this or sign up for my newsletter to be informed when the online course is ready.

I’d love to hear your ideas about how we can support each other more in psychiatric drug withdrawal and how we can make that support more accessible, while retaining our integrity and staying healthy ourselves. I hope some of what I’ve learned and shared here can be useful to those coming off or supporting others in coming off psychiatric meds. The biggest thing I have learned and continue to learn is how much this is an unmet need for so many. And it is only going to get greater as both prescribing and knowledge about psychiatric drug dangers increase.

About the author

All of Us or None of Us: Chaya questions the idea that some of us are “mentally ill” and others of us are not. She shares lessons learned through coaching people coming off psychiatric drugs and/or looking for alternatives to taking them.

Source Article from https://www.sott.net/article/382899-Alternatives-to-psychiatry-Coming-off-psych-drugs-based-on-personal-professional-experience

Maddow: Trump's personal turmoil taints U.S. military options

Rachel Maddow points out that the fact of Donald Trump’s chaotic personal circumstances will unavoidably influence how U.S. actions and intentions are perceived around the world.

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RIP Personal Rapid Transit

Before there was Hyperloopism, there was the gadgetbahn and the Cyberspace Technodream.

Finance and Commerce, a Minnesota business newspaper, recently reported on the demise of a company known as Taxi 2000. The company has been on life-support for some time, and the story marking its formal passing will be little noticed. This is a shame, because it will seem so familiar.

Taxi 2000 promoted what was known as Personal Rapid Transit, a system of small, automated electric vehicles that would run on separated guide rails. The company founder, J. Edward Anderson, describes how the idea evolved.

In the 1890s, planners in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Cleveland, and Chicago concluded that the only way to avoid congestion was to go to a new level – either elevated or underground. They did both and at great expense deployed the technology then available – large, manually driven vehicles that stopped at all stations and resulted in large, unsightly, very expensive guideways. In 1953, two transportation engineers, Donn Fichter and Ed Haltom, working independently, both envisioned that if the large, heavy vehicles were replaced by many very small, light-weight vehicles, the weight and cost of the guideway could be markedly reduced – we found by a factor of at least 20:1. They knew that these small vehicles would have to be automatically controlled; and that to obtain sufficient throughput, the stations would have to be placed on bypass guideways, just like stops off a freeway. This is PRT.

PRT was promoted in Minnesota by people who disliked investing big bucks in public transportation, and thought that PRT would be faster, cheaper and private. Taxi 2000’s system, Skyweb Express, was built out of pods that could carry two or three people, running on elevated guideways. Brian Martucci in the F&C writes that “they would cost no more than $20 million per mile to implement — one-third the cost of light rail transit — and dramatically reduce traffic congestion.” He notes some of the people behind it:

In 2003, state Rep. Mark Olson, R-Big Lake, and state Sen. Michele Bachmann, R-Stillwater, sponsored a bill to fund a $6 million, 2,200-foot demonstration loop. The following year, the bill died without a vote. Taxi 2000 was a lodestar for transit skeptics outside the metro. The company’s most prominent boosters represented exurban, car-dependent communities. Olson [was] a notorious opponent of traditional public transportation.

podcars© Ken Avidor on podcars, an earlier cyberspace technodream, but really no different from today’s

That’s why we followed it closely on TreeHugger; even back in 2008 we worried about how these fancy new technologies were being used to undermine public transportation. Bike and transit activist Ken Avidor called PRT a “cyberspace technodream” and “an infeasible transportation concept with a 30-year record of controversy and failure. PRT is little more than a stalking horse for the highway construction industry and individuals belonging to anti-rail transit groups.” He also had another great term for it; Martucci writes:

Avidor said real-world transportation issues are best addressed with iterative solutions, like better bus service and safer bike lanes. He sees PRT as one of many iterations of the “gadgetbahn”: transportation pipe dreams, like Elon Musk’s hyperloop, whose seductive simplicity masks potentially intractable challenges. “Policymakers use the gadgetbahn to avoid hard realities,” he said.

PRT supporters were not impressed with my writing and gave me a special award for being an ignoramus blogger, “What’s so good (or bad) about Lloyd is that the propaganda stuck in his windpipe is the OLD debunked “Cyberspace Dream” e-fishwrap!”

Today, PRT is dead, but many are chasing little pods that run without guideways, AKA self-driving cars. Or the Hyperloop, which is supposed to replace trains with smaller, cheaper, automated vehicles on separated guideways. Or Elon Musk’s Boring Company, because he hates getting stuck in traffic or taking public transit, so he will tunnel under it all in his cars on skates.

Today, instead of a Cyberspace Technodream, we have Hyperloopism, which I define as “crazy new and unproven technology which nobody is sure will work, that probably isn’t better or cheaper than the way things are done now, and is often counterproductive and used as an excuse to actually do nothing at all.”

I wrote recently that Hyperloopism is the religion of the day, But we have seen this movie before, set in Minneapolis, it was called Personal Rapid Transit, and we know how it ends.

Source Article from https://www.treehugger.com/public-transportation/rip-personal-rapid-transit.html

FBI Raids Offices, Home of Trump’s Personal Lawyer






FBI Raids Offices, Home of Trump’s Personal Lawyer


April 9th, 2018

Via: Reuters:

The Federal Bureau of Investigation on Monday raided the offices and home of U.S. President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen, law enforcement sources said, in a dramatic new development in a series of probes involving close Trump associates.

Cohen’s lawyer, Stephen M. Ryan, said that U.S. prosecutors conducted a search that was partly a referral by the Office of Special Counsel, Robert Mueller.

Mueller is investigating whether members of Trump’s 2016 campaign colluded with Russia during the U.S. presidential election. Trump has called the probe a “witch hunt� and denied any collusion.

Cohen has been at the center of a controversy over a $130,000 payment he has admitted making shortly before the 2016 election to porn star Stormy Daniels, who has said that she had sex once with Trump in 2006 and was paid to keep quiet about it.















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The Personal Data Google Has on You Is Shocking & Dwarfs that of Facebook, Here’s How to Stop It

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As TFTP reported last week, it was revealed that both the Obama campaign and the Trump campaign used third-party integrations to collect private information on millions of unsuspecting Facebook users. The resultant scandal has sent Facebook’s stock tumbling as well as created a firestorm for Mark Zuckerberg and his fellow data miners. Remaining conveniently out of the scrutiny, however, is Google, whose data mining of private information, according to a recent report, dwarfs that of Facebook.

Web developer Dylan Curran, based in Waterford, Ireland, is making headlines this week after he recently downloaded both his Facebook data file and his Google data file.

As TFTP has reported, the information Facebook keeps on its users is utterly mind-blowing, consisting of everything from text messages to liked posts, the social media giant is building profiles on billions. However, according to Curran, this is nothing compared to what Google has.

“Want to freak yourself out? I’m gonna show just how much of your information the likes of Facebook and Google store about you without you even realising it,” Curran wrote before giving a breakdown of all the information insidiously gleaned by these information giants.

Google knows where you’ve been

Google stores your location (if you have location tracking turned on) every time you turn on your phone. You can see a timeline of where you’ve been from the very first day you started using Google on your phone.

Click on this link to see your own data: google.com/maps/timeline?…

Here is every place I have been in the last 12 months in Ireland. You can see the time of day that I was in the location and how long it took me to get to that location from my previous one.

Google knows everything you’ve ever searched – and deleted

Google stores search history across all your devices. That can mean that, even if you delete your search history and phone history on one device, it may still have data saved from other devices.

Click on this link to see your own data: myactivity.google.com/myactivity

Google has an advertisement profile of you

Google creates an advertisement profile based on your information, including your location, gender, age, hobbies, career, interests, relationship status, possible weight (need to lose 10lb in one day?) and income.

Click on this link to see your own data: google.com/settings/ads/

Google knows all the apps you use

Google stores information on every app and extension you use. They know how often you use them, where you use them, and who you use them to interact with. That means they know who you talk to on Facebook, what countries are you speaking with, what time you go to sleep.

Click on this link to see your own data: security.google.com/settings/secur…

Google has all of your YouTube history

Google stores all of your YouTube history, so they probably know whether you’re going to be a parent soon, if you’re a conservative, if you’re a progressive, if you’re Jewish, Christian, or Muslim, if you’re feeling depressed or suicidal, if you’re anorexic …

Click on this link to see your own data: youtube.com/feed/history/s…

The data Google has on you can fill millions of Word documents

Google offers an option to download all of the data it stores about you. I’ve requested to download it and the file is 5.5GB big, which is roughly 3m Word documents.

Manage to gain access to someone’s Google account? Perfect, you have a diary of everything that person has done

This link includes your bookmarks, emails, contacts, your Google Drive files, all of the above information, your YouTube videos, the photos you’ve taken on your phone, the businesses you’ve bought from, the products you’ve bought through Google …

They also have data from your calendar, your Google hangout sessions, your location history, the music you listen to, the Google books you’ve purchased, the Google groups you’re in, the websites you’ve created, the phones you’ve owned, the pages you’ve shared, how many steps you walk in a day …

Click on this link to see your own data: google.com/takeout

Curran then goes on to list all the Facebook data before focusing back in on Google.

Here are some of the different ways Google gets your data

I got the Google Takeout document with all my information, and this is a breakdown of all the different ways they get your information.

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According to the file, Google knows every image you’ve ever downloaded and where you accessed them. They also know what events you’ve attended and when—even when you don’t enter them in your own calendar.

What’s more, even if you’ve deleted all this information, Google still has it! “This is my Google Drive, which includes files I explicitly deleted including my résumé, my monthly budget, and all the code, files and websites I’ve ever made, and even my PGP private key, which I deleted, that I use to encrypt emails,” explains Curran.

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Google even knows your workout routine as the fit app maintains records of all of it. They also maintain all of your photos, even deleted ones.

“This is all the photos ever taken with my phone, broken down by year, and includes metadata of when and where I took the photos,” said Curran.

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But that’s not all. They also have every email you’ve ever sent and received, including deleted ones and spam. The have a record of every single website you’ve ever visited, every search you’ve ever done, every app you’ve ever used, and every news article you’ve ever read.

As Curran notes:

This information has millions of nefarious uses. You say you’re not a terrorist. Then how come you were googling Isis? Work at Google and you’re suspicious of your wife? Perfect, just look up her location and search history for the last 10 years. Manage to gain access to someone’s Google account? Perfect, you have a chronological diary of everything that person has done for the last 10 years.

This is one of the craziest things about the modern age. We would never let the government or a corporation put cameras/microphones in our homes or location trackers on us. But we just went ahead and did it ourselves because – to hell with it! – I want to watch cute dog videos.

If we continue to be okay with unknown corporate entities watching our every move, collecting every bit of our personal information, and using all of it against us, the words “freedom” and “privacy” will become but a fleeting memory. While you may think you have nothing to hide if you’ve done nothing wrong, it’s only a matter of time before someone deems your completely legal behavior a threat—and uses this massive spy tool to stop that threat.

Now for the solution. Stop giving Google all these permissions, go through your device’s permissions and disable everything that may let Google collect your information. Stop using letting Google record you by disabling the voice recognition. Use browsers like Firefox or TOR that don’t spy on you. Use search engines like DuckDuckgo.com. Use VPNs and quit paying for internet services that allow third-parties to collect your information.

Unless we reclaim our privacy now, we will be responsible for the insane information dystopia that we create.

Source Article from http://thefreethoughtproject.com/the-personal-data-google-has-on-you-dwarfs-that-of-facebook-heres-how-to-stop-it/

Protocols of Zion are Genuine: Col. House Had a Personal Copy

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(Ventriloquist Edward House, right, with his  Dummy President Woodrow Wilson, left)


Some time ago, Stan Monteith, (1929-1914) a pioneer NWO researcher, found a typewritten copy of the “Protocols of the Elders of Zion” in the papers of Col. E.M. House at Yale University. 

This seemed like confirmation of the widely held view that House (1858-1938) was a Rothschild agent. House was an “adviser” to Woodrow Wilson and FDR. It makes sense that he would have a copy of the Blueprint for the New World Order in his possession. He elaborated on this diabolical program in his political manifesto, “Philip Dru Administrator.” (1912) I began a comparison of the two manuscripts here.

Spencer Percival continues this comparison below and makes the point, Why would

Rothschild’s US consiglieri own a private typescript if The Protocols were a “forgery?”  

“This is massive, the Protocols now having a direct provenance to an unimpeachable source which effectively destroys all the so-called debunking; even the ADL will have a hard job to discredit House as an anti-Semite.”

Americans are physical collateral against the national “debt”: House on “Social Security” -” Americans, by unknowingly or unwittingly delivering the bills of lading to us will be rendered bankrupt and insolvent, forever to remain economic slaves through taxation, secured by their pledges.”

 

by Spencer Percival

(henrymakow.com) 

Colonel Edward Mandell House (July 26, 1858 – March 28, 1938) was an adviser or ‘puppet master’ of two US presidents Woodrow Wilson and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, overseeing passage of the Federal Reserve Act, The so called Sixteenth Amendment to the Constitution to permit Congress to levy an Income Tax, America’s entry into World War one, Versailles (where he also helped set up the Council on Foreign Relations, America’s equivalence of the Royal Institute), recognition of the Soviet Union, gold confiscation bank holiday, formed The New Deal. 

Considered by many to be a major Rothschild agent, he exposed his agenda for humanity in a meeting with Woodrow Wilson.

“[Very] soon, every American will be required to register their biological property1 in a national system2 designed to keep track of the people and that will operate under the ancient system of pledging.

By such methodology, we can compel people3 to submit to our agenda, which will affect our security as a chargeback for our fiat paper currency4.

Every American will be forced to register or suffer being unable to work and earn a living. They will be our chattel5, and we will hold the security interest over them forever, by operation of the law merchant under the scheme of secured transactions.

Americans, by unknowingly or unwittingly delivering the bills of lading6 to us will be rendered bankrupt and insolvent, forever to remain economic slaves through taxation, secured by their pledges.

They will be stripped of their rights7 and given a commercial value designed to make us a profit and they will be none the wiser, for not one man in a million could ever figure our plans and, if by accident one or two should figure it out, we have in our arsenal plausible deniability. After all, this is the only logical way to fund the government, by floating liens and debt to the registrants in the form of benefits and privileges.

This will inevitably reap to us huge profits beyond our wildest expectations and leave every American a contributor to this fraud which we will call ‘Social Insurance.’ Without realizing it, every American will unknowingly be our servant, however begrudgingly. The people will become helpless and without any hope for their redemption and we will employ the high office8 of our dummy corporation9 to foment this plot against America.”

DID HOUSE TYPE THIS MS HIMSELF?

Notwithstanding all the furore that accompanied the Marsden publication from 1919 whixh continued throughout the twenties and thirties, House and his executors determined to leave to posterity this version of the Protocols.

On receipt of the copies I was most surprised at the tattered looking images of which were 99 manual typewritten pages replete with typo’s and multiple corrections and other indications11 that this was being copied and that the typist wasn’t a professional and therefore likely to be Edward House himself, which may suggest he didn’t wish any other eyes to see the document, however without going to Yale University and comparing them to his other papers I cannot say conclusively it is equally possible that he received the MS ‘as is’ from another party.

My first action was to scan, ocr12 and proofread the manuscript and when done, one of the first things to stand out was missing protocols and duplicate ones. Whilst the missing protocol and one ‘duplicate protocol’ could be put down to a typo the same couldn’t be said for Protocol XI. for which there are two distinct ‘protocols’, thus the House MS has in fact 25 protocols as against 24 protocols in the Marsden MS which may or may not have esoteric significance.

On closer examination what shows is a slightly different Protocol numbering and the splitting of a Marsden Protocol into two, thus Marsden Protocol 3 ‘Methods of Conquest’ has moved to House Protocol 10 causing Marsden Protocols 4 and 5 to become House Protocols 3 and 4, as House Protocol 5 doesn’t exist they realign at Protocol 6 and the second House Protocol 6 is in fact the first part of Marsden Protocol 7 and completed with House Protocol 7, the first of two Protocols’ 11 in House relates to Marsden Protocol 10 and the second House Protocol 11 realigns with Marsden Protocol 11.

The first thing noticed is the economy of paragraphs in the House MS. But reading the two texts, although using alternate vocabularies, both still impart the same meaning or intent, which continues throughout the Protocols.

In Protocol 11 there is a Latin phrase, now Latin in French, English or Russian should be the same but here we have modus vivendi in the House MS and modus agendi in the Marsden MS, whilst it falls in with a consistent alternate vocabulary that imparts the same meaning or intent, for the reasons stated above you would expect it to be the same if it were a translation, additional a French term coups d’etat is used in House Protocol 11 but not in Marsden Protocol 11 but in Protocol 15 and not in House Protocol 15.

Henry Makow has compared the first eight pages of the House MS with the Marsden MS, and he concludes that the nuances of the different words are significant and whilst I do not disagree with that statement I consider the intent of the vocabulary of the text to be more significant.

Conclusion: Protocols were “Serving Notice” 

Anyone who makes a honest study of the complete MSS cannot help but come to the conclusion that the source for the both of them is the same, whether that be a meeting or a text, with the inconsistencies noted above it points more to a meeting(s) than text, yet this does not explain the different orders in parts of the MS. That being the case the existence of the House MS proves the authenticity of the Marsden MS which most non-coincident theorists would have known anyway.

This is massive, the Protocols now having a direct provenance to an unimpeachable source which effectively destroys all the so-called debunking, even the ADL will have a hard job to discredit House as an anti-Semite.

As to the writer, I do not think it was an opposition copy for the simple reason it stands unique and surely the purpose of an opposition copy would be to disseminate it as widely as possible so that by now, over 100 years on, there would be several copies coming to light, also with this being about 9 years before the Marsden book came to press, it would have been a ‘hot book’.

I think that it is more likely the work of a group, possibly Chabad or given that most these people are Luciferians and Cabbalists it may have even been channeled, which brings to mind another Woodrow Wilson quote:

Since I entered politics, I have chiefly had men’s views confided to me privately. Some of the biggest men in the United States, in the field of commerce and manufacture, are afraid of something. They know that there is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive, that they better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it.

Currently, my time is very limited, my main region of research being Law13 and health, As such, I have learnt that Notice (as mentioned at the start) is an integral part of law systems starting with the cosmic law and down to the common and municipal law. Cities used to post (Notice) their laws at the gate, I now believe that such ‘leaks’ are in some cases by design, the fact is mankind has been noticed and on the fulfillment of their plans they can legally say you were told, you did not resist, you consented. However, I shall in all probability use the comparisons above as a start to complete a comparison volume (unless you beat me to it), but for now, here is House’s ms PROTOCOLS OF THE MEETING OF THE ZIONIST MEN v2 Final (3).pdf

1 Children

2 Although all states had birth records by 1919, the use of the standardized version was not uniformly adopted until the 1930’s

3 Persons would be more correct, as these are attached to people.

4 Backed by the “full faith and credit” of the U.S. Government!

5 Property

6 Record of Live Birth – Birth Certificate

7 The Bill of Rights does not apply to 14th Amendment U.S. Citizens.

8 Presidency

9 U.S.A. as opposed to the republic which is the united states of America.

10 Which may or may not be a translation.

11 Addition of footnotes and comments to MS.

12 Optical Character Reader.

Source Article from https://www.henrymakow.com/2018/03/protocols-are-genuine.html