The Fifth Wave: Twittermania – MartinGurri 1/18/23

Source: DiscourseMagazine.com

ACT ONE:  The Conversion of the Institutions

By the year 2020, every major institution of American culture had converted to the cult of identity. The virus of performative dogmatism, long incubated at the universities, suddenly spread with alarming rapidity, infecting news media in every format, social media like Facebook and Twitter, search engines like Google, the entertainment world including Hollywood and Broadway, professional sports, the scientific bureaucracy and the finance and investment sector. Even stodgy billion-dollar corporations like Coca-Cola and the supposedly disruptive innovators of Silicon Valley fell in line. Churches and synagogues mutilated their traditional doctrines to make room for the new faith. As with every religious revolution, names were changed and old idols toppled from their pedestals. Nothing like it had transpired since the days of emperor Constantine.

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Cloudflare says White House Asked Tech Firm to Bypass Iran Censorship, but US Sanctions got in the Way – CNN 1/19/23

Source: CNN.com

A senior White House official asked US tech company Cloudflare to help circumvent internet censorship in Iran after protests erupted in that country last September but US sanctions prevented the firm from doing so, Cloudflare CEO Mathew Prince said Thursday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

“I got a call from a senior official in the White House who said, ‘Can you do in Iran what you’re doing in Russia?’” said Prince, whose company makes software that protects users from cyberattacks and allows activists in authoritarian regimes to bypass censorship, during a panel discussion on security and technology. “And I said, ‘No.’ And [they] said, ‘Why not?’ And I said, ‘Because sanctions prevented us from ever putting our equipment in Iran.’”

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Australia’s Media Regulator to get new Powers to Crack Down on Online Misinformation – TheGuardian 1/19/23

Source: TheGuardian.com

The media regulator will gain new powers to impose a compulsory code of conduct against misinformation on digital platforms, Michelle Rowland has announced.

The communications minister revealed on Friday that the Australian Communications and Media Authority will also be given new information-gathering powers to assess how platforms, including social media companies, respond to misinformation and disinformation.

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Global South: Gold-backed Currencies to Replace the US Dollar – PepeEscobar 1/19/23

Source: TheCradle.co

Let’s start with three interconnected multipolar-driven facts.

First: One of the key take aways from the World Economic Forum annual shindig in Davos, Switzerland is when Saudi Finance Minister Mohammed al-Jadaan, on a panel on “Saudi Arabia’s Transformation,” made it clear that Riyadh “will consider trading in currencies other than the US dollar.”

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US Government Scooped up Information on Money Transfers Without a Warrant – ReclaimTheNet 1/19/23

Source: ReclaimTheNet.org

International money transfers are far from private according to findings by The Wall Street Journal and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR).

Regular readers will know Reclaim The Net covered the start of this investigation almost a year ago.

Law enforcement in the US can access international money transfer details without a warrant through a controversial surveillance program the Arizona attorney general’s office approved in 2014.

The program resulted in the creation of a money transfers database managed by the Transaction Record Analysis Center (TRAC).

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Overlords at the Easel – TedRall 1/18/23

Source: WhoWhatWhy.org

The retail employee who directs you to the self-scanning devices that promise to put him out of work is engaged in economic suicide. But it’s not his choice. He is ordered to do so by his boss.

Human beings who voluntarily develop and perfect artificial intelligence elevate the perverse todestrieb to a nearly incomprehensible scale. A.I. workers could do anything else. They could do nothing at all. They could sabotage the bots and self-driving cars and autonomous armed drones that will drive us to the unemployment line before blowing off our heads. I do not know what the fact that A.I. scientists roll up their sleeves and do their best to render us all redundant and obsolete demonstrates about our psychological wiring, but it cannot be good.

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What is the US “Gas Stove Ban” REALLY about? – KitKnightly 1/12/23

Source: off-guardian.org

What sounds like overeach in itself, is actually a cover for something potentially far, far worse.

The Biden administration is apparently looking to ban gas stoves, calling them a “hidden danger”. But while that sounds bad enough, a deeper dive shows – as usual – it’s not really about what they say it’s about.

Talk of banning gas stoves and “unregulated indoor air quality” could be a Trojan horse designed to get even more “smart” monitoring technology into your home.

Let’s jump in.

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Meta Bans Comments Supporting Election-Denial Protests and Riots in Brazil – ReclaimTheNet 1/10/23

Source: ReclaimTheNet.org

said it will remove content promoting or endorsing the riots in . On Sunday, former President Jair Bolsonaro’s supporters stormed the Congress building (Palacio do Planalto) and the Supreme Court building in the capital, Brasilia.

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Delta Introduces Facial Recognition to Match with Digital ID for More “Convenient” Travel – ReclaimTheNet 1/7/23

Source: ReclaimTheNet.org

Delta Airlines has combined its airport face biometrics with in-flight personalization in a new platform dubbed Delta Sync.

Those that choose to opt-in to having their face scanned get more “convenient” features such as “seamless baggage drop, security, and boarding without the hassle of pulling out their ID or boarding pass.”

Delta will be using customers’ face biometrics to “check in” passengers and match their faces to their , which will include passport and TSA PreCheck.

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Courts Won’t Stop The Feds From Deputizing Big Tech – MargotCleveland 12/29/22

Source: TheFederalist.com

The release of internal communications in the ongoing series of “Twitter Files” reveals a government bent on propaganda and censorship—and a Big Tech industry willing to play along. With each new thread detailing the internal workings and cozy relationship between the Twitter team and our government, the political right screams louder of First Amendment violations.

The First Amendment cannot be the whole answer to the problem, however, and, in fact, may not have even been transgressed. Americans are right to be outraged, but the solution doesn’t rest in constitutional claims. The deepest solution is in a resurgence in the values of free speech and a free press.

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$1.7 Trillion Spending Bill Requires Platforms to Verify ID of Those Earning $5,000 Revenue per Year – ReclaimTheNet 12/28/22

Source: ReclaimTheNet.org

A massive, $1.7 trillion funding bill was approved in the US Congress last Friday and will become law once signed by President Biden.

And once that happens, it will bring into force proposed legislation introduced last year, INFORM Consumers Act, designed to regulate a sensitive segment of online marketplaces, delving deep into and disclosing sellers’ personal data under some circumstances.

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The Dangers of Paper Bitcoin – BitcoinMagazine 12/19/22

Source: BitcoinMagazine.com

The potential of losing your funds isn’t the only reason to secure your own bitcoin. It also ensures the price cannot be manipulated.

Are you keeping bitcoin on an exchange?

Let me tell you a story about what happens when you, and others, leave your bitcoin on exchanges. You might be surprised to hear what that means for your holdings. It might sound a lot like your own.

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Hello, Goodbye, and Hello to Twitter. – AltNewsAg 12/27/22

Source: AltNewsAg.org

Well, I reopened the @RearNakedSmoke Twitter feed last month in the hopes that some of my old followers would still be around, but alas, they are not. Most have moved on. Of those that are left, Twitter algorithms have assured that only around 5% are actually seeing my Tweets, and of those few, societal declines have assured that <1% are interested in reading them. Therefore, as of now, @RearNakedSmoke is dead again. I’m moving on to @AltNewsAg. Anyone who has an interest in my socio-political commentary and unique brand of Alt-News Aggregation can follow me there (or on Telegram). To all of the rest, I wish you nothing but the best, and suggest one last time that you explore Emmanuel Swedenborg’s interpretation of the Bible. Finally, just to underscore the severity of our times, I will close with a Bible verse: “Amen, I say to you, that no prophet is accepted in his own country.” Luke 4:24

God Bless,
AltNewsAg

Shadowy US Spy Firm Promises To Surveil Crypto Users For the Highest Bidder – KitKlarenberg 12/15/22

Source: MintPressNews.com

Leaked files reviewed by MintPress expose how intelligence services the world over can track cryptocurrency transactions to their source and therefore identify users by monitoring the movements of smartphone and Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices, such as Amazon Echo. The contents comprehensively detonate the myth of crypto anonymity, and have grave implications for individuals and states seeking to shield their financial activity from the prying eyes of hostile governments and authorities.

The documents are among a trove related to the secret operations of Anomaly 6, a shadowy private spying firm founded by a pair of U.S. military intelligence veterans.

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EU Funds Test of Biometric Payments from Digital Wallets – ReclaimTheNet 12/19/22

Source: ReclaimTheNet.org

The EU Commission will provide funds to a consortium whose job is to launch a payments pilot for the bloc’s wallet.

The NOBID (Nordic-Baltic eID Project) has been chosen to head a multi-national consortium comprising a number of companies such as Thales and iProov, who are expected to start the pilot focusing on payments – one of four EU digital identity pilots – in March 2023.

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Reclaiming the Right to Free Speech – ForbiddenKnowledgeTV 12/15/22

Source: ForbiddenKnowledgeTV.net

I experienced my first Big Tech censorship in the first week of July 2015, when from one day to the next, my website was 90% demonetized by Google AdSense.

AdSense had comprised 100% of my income for the previous 5 years and there were no alternatives to Google back then, so this was catastrophic for me.

There was no reason given and there was no recourse. I was simply ghosted by the Google employees who used to help me optimize my ad revenue, in which Google had shared 32%.

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A Native Internet Protocol for Social Media – JackDorsey 12/13/22

Source: getrevue.co

There’s a lot of conversation around the #TwitterFiles. Here’s my take, and thoughts on how to fix the issues identified.
I’ll start with the principles I’ve come to believe…based on everything I’ve learned and experienced through my past actions as a Twitter co-founder and lead:

1. Social media must be resilient to corporate and government control.
2. Only the original author may remove content they produce.
3. Moderation is best implemented by algorithmic choice.
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Twitter Files Part Two Reveals ‘Visibility Filtering’ Used at Highest Levels to ‘Suppress What People See’ – FoxNews 12/8/22

Source: FoxNews.com

Bari Weiss, the founder and editor of The Free Press posted part two of the Twitter Files on Thursday night, titling the post “Twitter’s Secret Blacklists,” which filtered visibility of content from users.

“Twitter once had a mission “to give everyone the power to create and share ideas and information instantly, without barriers,” Weiss tweeted. “Along the way, barriers nevertheless were erected.”

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Nigeria Limits ATM Withdrawals To $45 Per Day To Force Govt-Controlled Digital Payments – ZeroHedge 12/8/22

Source: ZeroHedge.com

A staggering number of Nigerians love Bitcoin, but hate government cryptocurrency (CBDCs).

In April, leading cryptocurrency exchange KuCoin noted that 35% of the adult population in Nigeria – roughly 34 million adults aged 18-60, own bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies. But when it came to the country’s Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC), the eNaira, it was a massive failure.

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Elon Musk Releases The Twitter Files: How Twitter Collaborated With “The Biden Team” To Cover Up The Hunter Laptop Story – ZeroHedge 12/3/22

Source: ZeroHedge.com

In a greatly anticipated Friday night drop of what has was expected to be a cache of information involving the censoring of Hunter Biden’s notebook story days ahead of the 2020 presidential election, moments ago Elon Musk – who worked in collaboration with the notoriously independent gonzo journalist Matt Taibbi of “Vampire Squid” fame – has published the “Twitter Files.”

Shortly before their release, Matt Taibbi sent the following email to his substack subscribers:

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Four Arizona Counties Delay Election Certification – TheRepublicBrief 11/22/22

Source: RepublicBrief.com

Historic denial of election data is happening in the state of Arizona because the midterm elections earlier in November were completely suspicious and election officials really had no choice other than to say ‘NO’ to lousy election results.

Fox news has gone to the dark side and labeled the historical problems with election integrity as nothing more than ‘conspiracy theories,’ when in fact, thousands of eyewitness statements have been collected showing that the election problems in the largest of AZ’s counties were very, very disturbing and highly corrupt….

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Saving Arizona and Other States: 10 Proven Reforms for Fairer Elections – MahatmaOrwell 11/19/22

Source: LewRockwell.com

Did someone say election day was a “great day for democracy”? Maybe it was in states such as Florida, Tennessee, and Missouri. They welcomed eligible in-person voters, also offered absentee paper ballots with proper safeguards, counted votes quickly, and reported totals on election night and the next day.

Election results in those states were not totally unpredictable. Most reasonably corresponded to prior polling, midterm election patterns, and voter expectations.

But in other states such as Arizona, Nevada, and Pennsylvania, it was a great day for compromising democracy. They seemed to care more about collecting ballots than counting real votes or serving real voters, some of whom they turned away.

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America: Broken by Digital Hallucinogens – Dr Naomi Wolf 11/16/22

Source: naomiwolf.substack.com

This is the eve after a broken election, as broken machines count broken vote tallies, and as broken media “calls” outcomes. Everyone in legacy media is waiting “for AP to call the outcome,” which is sadly hilarious, given that AP has a Memorandum of Understanding that it won’t disclose fully to our Congress, with the news agency Xinhua, the CCP’s chief propaganda arm.

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The Qatar World Cup is a Testing Ground for Dystopian “Pay-by-Face” Tech – ReclaimTheNet 11/18/22

Source: ReclaimTheNet.org

Visa, the Official Payment Technology Partner of FIFA, is set to bring what it calls “innovative” biometric payment technologies to the World Cup in Qatar, which starts on Sunday. Over one million football fans are expected to travel to Qatar for the quadrennial tournament.

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New York Fed Announces Test of Digital Dollar with Major Banks – WashingtonExaminer 11/15/22

Source: WashingtonExaminer.com

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York and major banks will launch a three-month test of a digital dollar in hopes of studying its feasibility.

The initiative was announced by the regional Federal Reserve bank and nearly a dozen financial institutions on Tuesday. A news release referred to the experiment as a “proof-of-concept project” in which the banks will work with the Fed’s New York Innovation Center to simulate digital money representing the deposits of their own customers and settle them through simulated Fed reserves on a distributed ledger….

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The Evidence Is In: Another Stolen Election – PaulCraigRoberts 11/15/22

Source: LewRockwell.com

Americans, not all of them but most, are too proud of their country and too protective of its reputation as “the world’s best democracy” to admit it, but they have just experienced another stolen election.  All the telltale signs are there–just as they are for the 2020 presidential election that was stolen from President Trump.  Ballot count delays while Democrats round up  sufficient fraudulent ballots to offset the Republican’s victory.  Sudden upward spikes of 100,000 votes in one moment of time to push a Democrat candidate on a losing path ahead of the Republican.  It is not possible for that number of ballots to be counted in such a short time period or that they would all be for one candidate alone.  I know of no Republican candidate winning by a sudden upward spike in votes. This is a phenomenon exclusive to Democrats.  A person might think that it would strike people as curious that only Democrats win by sudden upward vote spikes and ask questions, but no such question arises.  To my knowledge, no election official has ever produced the names of the vast numbers of Democrats who somehow voted all at once in a short time for the Democrat candidate.

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How Electronic Voting Machines Cheat and What to Do About This – Dr.NaomiWolf 11/7/22

Source: naomiwolf.substack.com

Algorithms 101: Why the Secret Ballot — In Made-for-Cheating Electronic Voting Systems – is a Recipe for Fraud

We think of the secret ballot as being fundamental to our rights, and indeed to our democratic system, and in many ways that belief is correct. Or it certainly would be correct, if those secret ballots were cast in a verifiable, accurately- tabulating voting system.

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New Europol Rules Expand Police Powers, Reduce Rights Protections, and Allow Vast Data Collection – ReclaimTheNet 11/11/22

Source: ReclaimTheNet.org

New Europol rules expanded the powers of the EU law enforcement agency while reducing human rights protections and oversight over its data processing operations, according to a report by Statewatch.

Enforcement of the rules started in June.

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UK State Health Patients Will Have No Say Over Data Being Shared With Palantir – ReclaimTheNet 11/14/22

Source: ReclaimTheNet.org

The £360m NHS England data platform, a project that will see personal medical data fed into one of the largest healthcare data platforms on the globe, is set to launch and will not require the consent of new patients.

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Gates Foundation Boosts Funding for Digital ID Projects – ReclaimTheNet 9/28/22

Source: ReclaimTheNet.org

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has increased its investment in digital ID projects through part of a $1.27 billion package to support “global health and development projects.” Part of the funding, $200 million, will go to digital public infrastructure, including civil registry databases and digital ID.

The announcement followed the annual “Goalkeepers Report,” an annual assessment report on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (UN SGD). The UN set a goal (goal 16.9) for a global legal identity by 2030, and the report said that the world will not make that deadline. A podcast is available on the plans here….

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The Digital Dollar Will Not Be Anonymous, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell Says – ReclaimTheNet 9/27/22

Source: ReclaimTheNet.org

Despite privacy being one of the main concerns citizens have about central bank digital currencies (CBDCs), the heads of the United States (US) Federal Reserve and European Central Bank (ECB) have confirmed that their respective CBDCs will not be anonymous.

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Brazil to Test Biometric Database for “Election Integrity” – ReclaimTheNet 9/20/22

Source: ReclaimTheNet.org

Some of the voting machines that will be part of the integrity test in Brazil ahead of the general elections will feature biometrics, the electoral court announced.

56 of the 641 machines to be used in the test will have biometrics scanning capability, which outlines the basic ideas for a future where the state collects biometric data on every citizen, allegedly for voting purposes….

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Ethereum Becomes WEF Coin, and a Global CBDC is Born – TheDossier 9/15/22

Source: dossier.substack.com

Marketed as a climate friendly alternative, a major digital asset becomes the frontrunner for a global central bank digital currency.

The people in charge of the Ethereum token, a popular digital asset previously marketed as a decentralized money, decided last night to finalize its transition into what amounts to WEF (World Economic Forum) coin, securing the network’s path on the road to state capture, and perhaps, the birth of the ruling class’s 1.0 version of a global Central Bank Digital Currency.

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