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How Did Yahoo News Scoop An FBI Document That Turns Conspiracy Theories Into Domestic Terrorism Threats?
August 13, 2019

By

Richard Enos
IN BRIEF

    The Facts:Yahoo News seems to have gotten exclusive access to publicize an FBI report on the dangers of fringe conspiracy theories, but nobody seems to be explaining how that happened, given the document explicitly states it was not meant for the public.
    Reflect On:Can we see more clearly how much effort is being made to control our perception of the world? Will realizing this help propel us closer to awakening to the truth?




https://www.collective-evolution.com/2019/08/13/how-did-yahoo-news-scoop-an-fbi-document-that-turns-conspiracy-theories-into-domestic-terrorism-threats/

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Cyber Security / Amazon Facial Rec. Can Now Detect FEAR....
« on: August 16, 2019, 09:17:00 AM »

08/14/2019 –

Amazon this week said that it’s Rekognition facial recognition software can now detect a person’s fear, according to CNBC.

As one of several Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud services, Rekognition can be used for facial analysis or sentiment analysis by identifying different expressions and predicting emotions based on images of people’s faces. The system uses AI to ‘learn’ as it compiles data.

The tech giant revealed updates to the controversial tool on Monday that include improving the accuracy and functionality of its face analysis features such as identifying gender, emotions and age range.

“With this release, we have further improved the accuracy of gender identification,” Amazon said in a blog post. “In addition, we have improved accuracy for emotion detection (for all 7 emotions: ‘Happy’, ‘Sad’, ‘Angry’, ‘Surprised’, ‘Disgusted’, ‘Calm’ and ‘Confused’) and added a new emotion: ‘Fear.’” –CNBC


https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-08-14/amazon-facial-recognition-can-now-detect-fear

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Far Out Newz / THE SCIENCE BEHIND YOGA AND STRESS
« on: August 16, 2019, 06:15:18 AM »

August 14, 2019

Dr. M Storoni MD PhD, Uplift
Waking Times

There are two functional parts of the brain that play a key role in stress. These serve the functions of emotion and cognitive function. So I am calling them the ’emotional’ brain (amygdala and its connections and medial forebrain structures including the medial prefrontal cortex) and the ‘logical’ brain (the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, other parts of the prefrontal cortex, parts of the cingulate cortex and parts of the hippocampus).

The emotional brain is able to initiate a ‘stress response’ via the sympathetic nervous system which culminates in adrenaline and cortisol racing through our circulation.The logical brain is always trying to ‘turn-off’ this stress response and it is also trying to restrain the emotional brain. The stronger our logical brain, the better it becomes at doing these two things. When the stress response is ‘turned off’, our parasympathetic nervous system signal is ‘turned on’. This signal ‘relaxes’ the body. So a strong logical brain goes hand in hand with relaxation.

The stress response and ‘relaxing’ signals travel through the body along a particular route and parts of this route have little ‘switches’ which we can physically manipulate to turn the signals on or off. The neck is an example of where such switches are located (by the carotid arteries).
Training the stress circuit

Yoga is training this entire stress circuit at two levels. First, every time we are ‘holding’ a posture, staying very still to concentrate or trying to balance, our logical brain is being activated. When we are bending forwards, our ‘relaxation’ signal is being turned on through the ‘switches’ in the neck. So bending forwards and concentrating at the same time is triggering both the logical brain and the relaxation signal at the same time.

Bending backwards triggers the stress response signal through the switches in our neck. Contracting a muscle also triggers the stress response signal. So, when we bend backwards and contract our muscles while still having to stay still and concentrate on balancing, our logical brain is given an extra challenge. It has to overcome the stress response signal being triggered in these two ways before we can be still and concentrate during a posture. This ‘extra’ resistance the logical brain is having to work against, ‘trains’ it like a muscle.
Rewiring the nerve connections

At the end of a series of yoga postures, the logical brain has had a ‘workout’. It is buzzing with activity. You feel mentally calm as it is keeping your emotional brain quiet. Training the logical brain in this way for a long time can result in a rewiring of the nerve connections within the logical brain. New circuitry that enables you to find it easier to control your thoughts is formed. You may find it easier to channel your thoughts in the direction you want and not ‘dwell’ on negative thoughts or experiences. This is partly why yoga seems to have a positive effect on depression and anxiety, where sufferers have a tendency to dwell on negative life events. Stronger connections within the logical brain keeps the lid down on the emotional brain and the stress response. This is why yoga can be so effective at battling stress.

The key thing to do is to attempt yoga postures which are structured in a well-formulated sequence where each posture involves a long hold. Then your yoga and stress will begin to be balanced.

By Dr M Storoni MD PhD | Creative Commons | upliftconnent.com



https://www.wakingtimes.com/2019/08/14/the-science-behind-yoga-and-stress/

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By Pam Martens and Russ Martens: August 13, 2019 ~

Where did the U.S. stock market actually close yesterday? It’s pretty much an open question. To give you an idea of just how bad the so-called “glitch” was yesterday, Bill Griffeth, the co-anchor of the CNBC show, the Nightly Business Report, had to deliver this warning to his viewers before reporting the prices of the closing stock market indexes yesterday.

“By the way, toward the close, there was a technical issue with trading computers. It’s not clear if all of the volume was reported or if some of the prices of the indexes were affected. You might see different numbers elsewhere but these were the numbers we had of the close today.” (See video below of the program.)

Griffeth’s quaint phrase “technical issue with trading computers,” is not accurate. It was not a problem with trading computers but rather the failure of the Consolidated Tape System to receive executed trade reports from the various stock exchanges that must timely report their trades to the Consolidated Tape.



http://wallstreetonparade.com/2019/08/shhh-dont-tell-the-public-there-was-a-frightening-glitch-in-stock-markets-yesterday/

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Kristin Houser August 13, 2019 Earth & Energy
HUNGER PAINS

The global food supply is on the brink of disaster, according to a newly published report by the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

More than 100 experts contributed to the report, which concludes that climate change is already negatively impacting food production in real ways. And the problem is poised to get even worse if global temperatures continue to increase — though it’s not yet too late to avoid a total catastrophe.
FOOD FIGHT

According to the report’s authors, it’s getting harder to produce food in the face of more droughts, heat waves, wildfires, floods, and permafrost thaw.

Add to that the increasing amounts of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, which decrease the quality of the food that is produced, and it’s clear we’re headed toward a future in which there’s even less food to go around — meaning the food that is available will cost more.
TIME TO ACT

As daunting as this all seems, one of the lead authors of the report still believes we can avoid food catastrophe — if we’re willing to put in the effort.

“One of the important findings of our work is that there are a lot of actions that we can take now. They’re available to us,” Pamela McElwee told The New York Times. “What some of these solutions do require is attention, financial support, enabling environments.”

READ MORE: Climate Change Threatens the World’s Food Supply, United Nations Warns [The New York Times]

More on climate change: “Climate Apartheid” Is Imminent. Only the Rich Will Survive.




https://wordpress.futurism.com/un-warning-climate-change-food-expensive/

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Education / Learning in Nature: The Benefits of Forest School
« on: August 13, 2019, 12:51:18 PM »

By Rebecca Hosley

As I reached the entrance to the group camp site at a local state park, I was greeted by my very muddy 3-year-old son who was wearing a rainsuit, sturdy boots and a giant grin on his face. This was the site of his school, Magnolia Forest Preschool. It was “showcase day” where we had the opportunity to tour the school and see what the kiddos had been working on. He grabbed my hand and started his tour, showing me his favorite spots, introducing me to his friends and pointing out his artwork.

As we came to a small hill, he immediately ran down, jumped into a huge pile of leaves at the bottom and grabbed a small rake to tidy up the pile for the next child. Our next stop was the “kitchen” where he made me dirt coffee and mud pies. We explored moss-covered logs, splashed in puddles and built things out of “loose parts.” He was in his element and I couldn’t help but wish I had gone to this school as a child. It was one of those “I did good” parenting moments where I could pat myself on the back for choosing the ideal preschool for my son.


The Forest School Movement



https://www.naturalblaze.com/2019/08/learning-in-nature-the-benefits-of-forest-school.html

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If you hang around with physics people long enough, some­one eventually will bring up Maxwell's equations. Maybe as part of a joke, or on a T-shirt or a tattoo. But they'll be somewhere. So even if you aren't a physics major, it won't hurt to get a basic understanding of these iconic equations.

Maxwell's equations are sort of a big deal in physics. They're how we can model an electromagnetic wave—also known as light. Oh, it's also how most electric generators work and

https://www.wired.com/story/get-to-know-maxwells-equationsyoure-using-them-right-now/?utm_source=pocket-newtab

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There are many ways a college student might spend spring break. Making an archaeological breakthrough is not usually one of them. In his first year at Harvard, Manny Medrano did just that.

“There’s something in me, I can’t explain where it came from, but I love the idea of digging around and trying to find secrets hidden from the past,” Medrano says.


https://getpocket.com/explore/item/the-college-student-who-decoded-the-data-hidden-in-inca-knots?utm_source=pocket-newtab

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Far Out Newz / Urban Disappearances
« on: August 11, 2019, 10:06:23 AM »


George Knapp welcomed researcher and author David Paulides, who provided an update on his investigation into mysterious disappearances and detailed how his latest research now takes him to urban areas, where he is finding evidence that fits his criteria for this unsettling phenomenon. While he had previously been focused on disappearances in national parks, Paulides explained that he began looking into strange urban cases after reading about a cluster of extremely smart and athletic young men who disappeared and their bodies were later discovered under unusual circumstances. As he began looking deeper into such cases, Paulides was astonished to find that the minutiae of these events had a number of eerie similarities to the national park disappearances he had chronicled in his Missing 411 series of books.

Paulides observed that the many cases of upstanding young men disappearing in urban areas contradicted what one would expect from instances where someone vanishes from a city in the middle of the night. He marveled that these were not criminals, alcoholics, or drug addicts, but rather the "best of the best kind of guys." Although the majority of these cases find the victims possessing an extremely high level of alcohol in their system, Paulides stressed that the circumstances of these disappearances do not appear to allow for such an amount to be consumed. To that end, he suggested that perhaps the high level of alcohol is being used, by whomever is perpetrating the crime, as a way of dissuading further investigation by law enforcement.

He also pointed out extremely suspicious circumstances surrounding the trend of victims being found in water. Despite medical examiners often attributing the death to drowning, he cited subsequent independent investigations which revealed that the bodies were likely deposited in the water after the person's demise, but not immediately after they had disappeared. As such, he said, it appears that the victims were held captive, then died, and were subsequently dumped in the water. Acknowledging that this scenario sounds unbelievable, Paulides lamented that "when you read the reports, these are the facts." According to Paulides, other recurring elements found in many of these cases are victims reportedly feeling very tired just prior to disappearing, cell phones going dead or vanishing, and the lack of any witnesses or video surveillance footage from the moment when these people go missing.

Over the course of his appearance, Paulides shared a number of accounts of mysterious urban disappearances he has uncovered throughout the latest stage of his investigation. One such case was that of Fordham student Patrick McNeil, who disappeared after leaving a Manhattan bar in February of 1997. Fifty five days later, McNeil's body was discovered in the East River, twelve miles from where he was last seen. A medical examination of the body indicated that he died on land, but the coroner, nonetheless, listed the cause of death as drowning. Paulides also recounted the strange case of Steven Kubacki, who disappeared for fifteen months and reemerged with no discernible knowledge of his whereabouts over that time, as well as Elisa Lam, a Canadian student who disappeared from a Los Angeles hotel and was later inexplicably found dead in a water tank on the hotel roof.
Website(s):

    canammissing.com


<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/C8OJLFme0zA&fs=1" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/C8OJLFme0zA&fs=1</a>

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Gone are the days when cities used streetlamps to simply illuminate sidewalks and streets. Today’s streetlamps are being used to form an inter-connected web of surveillance devices.

A recent San Diego Union-Tribune article revealed how San Diego police officers have used streetlamp video surveillance in at least 140 cases and sometimes as frequently as 20 times a month.

Let that sink in for a moment; spying streetlamps are real and police have already requested video footage from more than 140 streetlamps.

Lt. Jeffery Jordon called spying streetlamps “game changing” and that is exactly how they should be viewed. Streetlamps that are designed to spy on the public, really is a game changer.

San Diego’s streetlamps are equipped with ShotSpotter microphones that police claim are not being used to listen to public conversations.

Should we believe them?


https://massprivatei.blogspot.com/2019/08/police-used-streetlamps-to-spy-on.html

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rom the twist:-Amazon-will-just-give-it-to-them-if-no-one-cooperates dept
Thu, Aug 8th 2019 12:16pm — Tim Cushing

To be part of your local law enforcement’s surveillance network, all you need is a little tech from Amazon. Amazon’s Ring doorbell/camera is being handed out to cops, who can then give them to citizens with the implication the recipients of this corporate/government largesse will deliver recordings upon request.

Every Ring installed is another contributor to this ad hoc network of cameras — something both cops and Amazon have access to. Amazon is looking to corner two markets at one time, roping in both the public and private sectors with an eye on dominating both. The added bonus — at least as far as Amazon is concerned — is its Neighbors app. Neighbors allows people to report suspicious things to other neighbors, as well as law enforcement. Unsurprisingly, early adopters have tended to report the existence of brown people in their neighborhoods more often than anything else.

The whole process is guided by Amazon’s heavy hand. Government agencies participating in the Ring handouts are given talking points, pre-written press releases, and contractual obligations to promote the product they’re giving away. Recently-obtained documents show Amazon has even crafted scripts for police officers and press relations staff to use when questioned by citizens.

But there’s even more to this partnership than everything you see above. Lucas Ropek of GovTech reports cops have an Amazon-enabled workaround if Ring recipients aren’t willing to turn over footage without a warrant.

    If the community member doesn’t want to supply a Ring video that seems vital to a local law enforcement investigation, police can contact Amazon, which will then essentially “subpoena” the video.

    “If we ask within 60 days of the recording and as long as it’s been uploaded to the cloud, then Ring can take it out of the cloud and send it to us legally so that we can use it as part of our investigation,” [Fresno County Sheriff’s Office public information officer Tony Botti] said.

So much for asserting your rights. The only way to shut law enforcement out completely and demand they actually get a warrant supported by probable cause is to store all recordings locally. (It appears only a subpoena is needed to obtain footage from Amazon.) Very few people will be taking those steps. And, as Tony Botti points out, most people “play ball” and allow cops to collect footage without a warrant.

If the implicit obligation of “repaying” a government agency for giving you a free doorbell camera isn’t persuasive enough, Amazon is crafting scripts for law enforcement to use to talk people out of their Constitutional rights. Thanks to even more public document requests, the pitches are now public. Caroline Haskins has more details at Motherboard.

    Emails obtained from police department in Maywood, NJ—and emails from the police department of Bloomfield, NJ, which were also posted by Wired—show that Ring coaches police on how to obtain footage. The company provides cops with templates for requesting footage, which they do not need a court warrant to do. Ring suggests cops post often on Neighbors, Ring’s free “neighborhood watch” app, where Ring camera owners have the option of sharing their camera footage.

    “I have noticed you have been posting alerts and receiving feedback from the community,” a Ring representative told Bloomfield police. “You are doing a great job interacting with them and that will be critical in increasing the opt-in rate.”

    “The more users you have, the more useful the information you can collect,” the representative added.

    “Seems like you wasted no time sending out your video Request out to Ring Users which is awesome!!” a Ring “Partner Success Associate” told Maywood police.

This guidance is supposed to create a perverse circle of life that ditches Constitutional niceties in favor of keeping cops awash in doorbell footage and Amazon well ahead of the pack in the doorbell camera market.

Ring’s PR partners encourage law enforcement agencies to increase their social media presence. (There are scripts for that as well.) While engaging with local residents, agencies should also be pushing the Neighbors app. This gives cops more credits to trade in for more cameras to give to more people. Everyone receiving a camera is nudged by the app to post footage publicly. Cops will be online more often to encourage further sharing of recordings.

Once this feedback loop is engaged, people will be nudged towards thinking there are no legal barriers between police officers and their camera footage. When the cops ask for footage they haven’t seen yet, homeowners will likely feel there’s no difference between posting footage to Neighbors or handing it over to law enforcement.

While many people do install security cameras at their homes, they seldom do so with the intent of becoming an unofficial extension of a government agency’s surveillance network. The pitches and scripted pushes accompanying the Ring rollout suggest Amazon believes this is nothing more than the evolution of snitch tech. It has repeatedly shown it prefers to ingratiate itself to government agencies at the expense of the millions of customers who helped it become the retail behemoth it is. And those are the people Amazon is leaving behind in its quest to dominate a market very few consumers wanted to see it entering.


https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20190807/20024842742/ring-is-teaching-cops-how-to-obtain-doorbell-camera-footage-without-warrant.shtml

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By Mandy Froelich / Truth Theory

The world is changing at a dramatic pace. It’s shifting so fast, in fact, that the childhood you remember is vastly different than the one your own kids will experience. This is largely due to the development and saturation of technology in modern society.

While there are perks to being hyper-connected, allowing children access to their own smartphone could produce detrimental effects long-term. It’s so influential, top addiction therapist Mandy Saligari suggested in 2017 that giving your child a smartphone is like “giving them a gram of cocaine.”

Speaking at an education conference in London, the Harley Street rehab clinic specialist explained that Snapchat and Instagram can be just as dangerously addictive for teenagers as drugs and alcohol. As a result, they should be treated and regulated as such. Saligari saidscreen time is often overlooked as a potential vehicle for addiction in young people.



https://truththeory.com/2019/08/01/addiction-expert-claims-giving-your-child-a-smartphone-is-like-giving-them-a-gram-of-cocaine/

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Doom Psychology & Philosophy / Prepping Has Gone Mainstream
« on: August 11, 2019, 09:51:48 AM »


By Nicholas West

This article contains excerpts from Issue 28 of our premium monthly newsletter — Counter Markets.

When the reality show Doomsday Preppers aired its Pilot episode in 2011, the critical reviews were mixed at best. But as soon as the ratings started coming in, it became evident that the show had tapped into concerns harbored by a wide swathe of the public, or at least a deep curiosity about what drives certain people to prepare for the worst.

Over the ensuing 4 seasons, “Doomsday Prepper” became a household term. Whether the show had been viewed or not, the phrase was used as much in confirmation of a certain lifestyle, as it was a pejorative toward those gun-toting “worry warts” who overprepared based on end-times proclamations that never seemed to get the timing of their predictions correct.

However, one thing is undeniable: prepping became a much more popular topic thereafter and wound up spiking the market in all types of prep gear, storable food, survival training courses, off-grid living, ammunition sales, and bunker-building of varying degrees.

These days, we have an endless media cycle that for its own survival often needs to hyperbolize every situation, creating a “Boy Who Cried Wolf” repetition that can create equal measures of constant panic and motionless apathy. This has become commonly known as “Doom Porn.”  And we do currently have our fair share of it.

    Catastrophic flooding that is hampering food production and raising prices. √
    Diseases affecting meat production. √
    Imminent global pandemic √
    Perennial flare-ups with Iran/China/Russia/North Korea/pick your “rogue nation.” √
    Imminent Recession/Economic Collapse. √
    EMP/Cyberattack grid and Internet takedown. √

A trade war can be added to the list, and it’s already having a particularly heavy effect on American farmers and consumers. We also have a looming election, which has been cited as a potential short-term catalyst for renewing interest in prepping, on top of other current political concerns.

In my article for Counter Markets, I addressed some of the research and anecdotal evidence that political ideology might be a factor in getting people started down the path to prepping.  I highlighted a Google Trends chart that can be seen below:


https://www.activistpost.com/2019/08/prepping-has-gone-mainstream-politics-a-culture-of-fear-or-a-return-to-whats-been-lost.html

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I’D STUMBLED UPON TALLER LEÑATEROS—THE “Woodlanders Workshop”—completely by chance.

I was walking aimlessly through the pastel-hued streets of San Cristobal de las Casas, trying to get a feel for what my guidebook had described as southern Mexico’s “most beautiful colonial city.” One particular street was quiet, dusty, and less colorful than the rest. But there was something about it—perhaps the faint sound of a Mexican ballad escaping from a rusted window, or maybe the beat-up aquamarine VW Beetle at the end of the road—that invited me to turn down it.

I hadn’t been walking long before I spotted an unusual sign outside a sad-looking, graffitied colonial house: a black-and-white etching of an ancient Maya riding a bicycle, wearing an enormous feathered headdress that fluttered in the wind behind him. Next to it, a handwritten note pleaded “Save our workshop!”

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/indigenous-maya-women-bookmakers-collective-workshop

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Conspiracy / The Normals vs. Conspiracy Theorists
« on: August 09, 2019, 01:32:30 PM »

AUGUST 8, 2019

By Jon Rappoport

In the wake of the recent mass shootings; and after the FBI concluded that conspiracy theories could fuel terror attacks; and after the major media and politicians hoisted the notion that free speech should be further eroded, in order to protect the citizenry; the obvious choice for persons who want to avoid blame for violence is: REMAIN NORMAL.

Eyes straight ahead. Don’t think. Obey official orders. Maintain a pleasant outward appearance. Don’t question authority. If you accidentally encounter information that points to crimes committed by those in power, don’t bother trying to figure out where on the political spectrum they reside. Instead, move along, forget what you experienced, keep your mouth shut. Play dumb. Better yet, become dumb.

Here’s an instructive and astonishing example, if you consider the implications.

Fake evidence used in the Oklahoma Bombing.


https://www.activistpost.com/2019/08/the-normals-vs-conspiracy-theorists.html

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