In a pattern that is being repeated in major cities all across America, hyper-invasive monitoring systems, powered by Artificial Intelligence, are going up under the pretext of keeping the people ‘safe from future terror attacks’. The campaign of fear currently being waged, not by terrorists but by the United States Federal Government, has us convinced that the only way to stay safe is to relinquish our freedoms. All of them. That’s something that Americans are now doing at a sickening, astonishing rate.
Boston: Following the Boston Marathon bombings almost one year ago, the Boston Police Department started looking toward more high-tech means of securing the city against future attacks. They found the solution in the form of an artificially intelligent, self-learning surveillance network that now watches the entire city, and all of its inhabitants.
The Texas-based Behavioral Recognition Systems, Inc. (BRS Labs) headed by former Secret Service special agent John Frazzini has a reputation for developing advanced, AI-based surveillance platforms. The system the company built for Boston after the bombings is on the bleeding edge of such technology, and not only watches and analyzes human behavior, but learns from it to identify suspicious or abnormal activity.
It actually predict threats by itself, completely free of additional human programming, guidance or monitoring. “Our system will figure out things you never thought of looking for,” BRS Labs chief science officer Wesley Cobb said in an IT ProPortal report. “You never thought to look for a car driving backwards up the entrance of a parking garage, for example. Our system will find that and alert on it, because it’s different from what it usually sees. It’s taught itself what to look for.”
AISight’s analysis of human behavior based on surveillance footage “promises to change the way humans conduct their surveillance of other humans,” and is already being adopted in Chicago and Washington as well. The company is also working on a similar system for organizers of the World Cup.
The system starts out by simply monitoring its environment, which is recorded through a closed-circuit television network of high-quality surveillance cameras spread throughout the city, and builds up a profile of normal behavior.
After accumulating enough data, AISight draws upon its “artificial neural networks,” which are designed to mimic analytical human brain functions, to recognize, learn and permanently register abnormal behavior without any additional pre or post-programming.
The core of the system itself needs surprisingly little installation and additional hardware, and can be attached to huge, sprawling networks of outdated cameras already present in any city. After a few days of hardware and software installation, AISight can begin ”autonomously building an ever-changing knowledge base of activity seen through every camera on your video network.”
“We can recognize a precursor pattern that could be associated with a crime before it happens,” Cobb said. “In a lot of cases, you can see someone casing the joint, poking around the back of buildings, going where they shouldn’t be.”
Though BRS Labs states it’s ”concerned about the privacy rights of individuals everywhere,” its easy to imagine the potential for abuse such systems could create, especially following the year-long leaks of highly classified bulk surveillance programs conducted by the National Security Agency.
Such programs were also justified and staunchly defended in the name of national security and born out of terrorist attacks like the Boston Bombing. Furthermore numerous government officials, congressional representatives, national security experts and even the White House have alleged and admitted such surveillance has done little to nothing to prevent potential terrorist incidents. source – Daily Caller
The enemy of freedom
Senator Harry Reid has escalated the war of words over the Cliven Bundy dispute, sensationally labeling the Nevada cattle rancher’s supporters “domestic terrorists” during an event in Las Vegas today.
During a ‘Hashtags & Headlines’ event at the Paris Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Reid referred to Bundy supporters as “Nothing more than domestic terrorists,” adding, “I repeat: what happened there was domestic terrorism.”
Reid was referring to the stand off on Saturday in Bunkerville where Bundy supporters, some of whom were armed, forced Bureau of Land Management agents to back down and release around 380 head of cattle belonging to Bundy that had been seized over the course of the previous week.
Reid claimed that Bundy viewed the United States as a “foreign government,” while accusing his supporters of goading violence.
“There were hundreds, hundreds of people from around the country that came there,” Reid said. “They had sniper rifles in the freeway. They had weapons, automatic weapons. They had children lined up. They wanted to make sure they got hurt first … What if others tried the same thing?”
Despite Reid’s characterization of Bundy supporters as “domestic terrorists,” the only violence metered out during the dispute was when BLM agents tasered and assaulted Bundy supporters during an incident on April 9.
No matter where you stand on the Bundy issue, Reid’s characterization of American protesters as “domestic terrorists” is chilling and a massive backlash is almost certain to follow.
It also fits the narrative that the federal government has been pushing for years through literature such as the MIAC report, which framed Ron Paul supporters, libertarians, people who display bumper stickers, people who own gold, or even people who fly a U.S. flag, as potential terrorists. In 2012, a Homeland Security study was leaked which characterized Americans who are “suspicious of centralized federal authority,” and “reverent of individual liberty” as “extreme right-wing” terrorists. source – Info Wars
Donetsk, Ukraine: A leaflet distributed in Donetsk, Ukraine calling for all Jews over 16 years old to register as Jews marred the Jewish community’s Passover festivities Monday (Passover eve), replacing them with feelings of concern. Donetsk, a Ukraine province with 4.3 million people – 10 percent of Ukraine’s population – and 17,000 Jews, is home to much of the country’s heavy industry, and is thus the biggest prize of the eastern regions where pro-Russian separatists have captured government buildings in the past week.
The leaflet, signed by Chairman of Donetsk’s temporary government Denis Pushilin, was distrbiuted to Jews near the Donetsk synagogue and later in other areas of the city where pro-Russians activists have declared Donetsk as an independent “people’s republic”, defying an ultimatum from Kiev to surrender.
The leaflet was written in Russian and had Russia’s national symbol on it, as well as the Donetsk People’s Republic insignia.
“Dear Ukraine citizens of Jewish nationality,” the flyer began, “due to the fact that the leaders of the Jewish community of Ukraine supported Bendery Junta,” a reference to Stepan Bandera, the leader of the Ukrainian nationalist movement which fought for Ukrainian independence at the end of World War II, “and oppose the pro-Slavic People’s Republic of Donetsk, (the interim government) has decided that all citizens of Jewish descent, over 16 years of age and residing within the republic’s territory are required to report to the Commissioner for Nationalities in the Donetsk Regional Administration building and register.”
The leaflet detailed what type of documents the Jewish citizens would need to supply: “ID and passport are required to register your Jewish religion, religious documents of family members, as well as documents establishing the rights to all real estate property that belongs to you, including vehicles.”
If the message was not made clear enough, the leaflet further stipulated the consequences that would come to those who failed to abide by the new demands: “Evasion of registration will result in citizenship revoke and you will be forced outside the country with a confiscation of property.”
To add insult to injury, the leaflet demanded the Jews pay a registration fee of $50.
According to Alex Tenzer, a Kiev native and one of the directors of the National Association of Immigrants from the Former USSR in Israel, said: “The Jewish-Ukrainian leadership supports Ukraine’s new government, but it’s hard to tell whether the leaflet is valid or simply a provocation.
“Anyway, the material is very anti-Semitic and reminds me of the kind of material distributed by the Nazis in WWII.”
Emanuelle Shechter, from Israel, received a copy of the leaflet via Whatsapp from his friends in Donetsk. “They told me that masked men were waiting for Jewish people after the Passover eve prayer, handed them the flyer and told them to obey its instructions.”
Olga Reznikova, a member of Donetsk’s Jewish community, told Ynet that “we do not know if the leaflet was spread by pro-Russian forces or someone else, but it did manage to create quite a fear. This reminds me of texts from darker times. Other members of the Jewish community I spoke with are not afraid, but it is unpleasant. source – YNET News
A Powerless American Military In Europe
The Obama administration has removed all operational combat tanks from Europe and key strike aircraft, limiting the options for a show of force to bolster eastern NATO allies as Russia contemplates invading Ukraine.
That makes it a top priority to show Russian President Vladimir Putin that Washington stands militarily behind NATO members such as the Baltic states, Poland and other countries once under Soviet domination.
The problem is, the U.S. shelf is a bit bare. In the past two years, the Obama administration has deactivated the only two armored combat brigade teams in Europe equipped with the Army’s main M1 battle tanks. It also disbanded a squadron of A-10 ground-attack jets that proved effective over Libya.
While Mr. Putin is flexing his muscle in the east, Washington is tilting military away from Europe and toward Asia. “Everyone is moving west when we need to be looking east,” said Luke Coffey, a former Army officer who was a defense adviser to Britain’s conservative government.
“Ten thousand American troops have moved west out of Europe,” said Mr. Coffey, an analyst at The Heritage Foundation. “Ten thousand British soldiers have moved west out of Germany, while thousands of Russian soldiers have moved west to the Ukraine.”
On Wednesday, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen announced an increase in air policing missions over the Baltic member countries. More allied warships will be sent to the Baltic Sea and eastern Mediterranean, Mr. Fogh Rasmussen said.
“There really aren’t any American military options,” said James Russell, an instructor at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif. “The truth of the matter — the Russian army is there and ours isn’t, and the Europeans have mostly disarmed, so you can forget about them. It isn’t much more complicated than that.” source – Washington Times
“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” John 8:44
Just in time for Easter
Lady Gaga’s music is often tasteless, though admittedly catchy. But the Madonna-esque pop star’s new music video takes tasteless to new heights—and new lows—as the Christian masses prepare to celebrate Resurrection Day.
In a grotesque video for the song “G.U.Y.,” Gaga has “resurrected” Jesus, Gandhi and Michael Jackson after calling on her false gods. Listen to the demon-inspired lyrics: “Greetings Himeros/God of sexual desire, son of Aphrodite/Lay back, and feast as this audio guides you through new and exciting positions.”
At the heart of the song is a sex-change theme, suggesting it may not matter if you were “born this way” after all. Gaga sings her intentions, explaining that the girls are the “G.U.Y.s,” meaning “Girl Under You,” and the guys are the “G.I.R.L.s,” meaning “Guy, I’m Romancing Loves.” The video simulates various semi pornographic group encounters, synchronized to the beat of the Billboard Top 100 song.
It’s sickening. It’s blasphemous. It’s sinful on multiple levels. But apparently that doesn’t bother California officials, who are more concerned that Gaga “wasted a massive pool of water” at the Neptune Pool at Hearst Castle, where the video was shot, while the state suffers a historic drought. (Gaga denies it.) And Real Housewives of Orange County star Tamara Judge is peeved that Real Housewives of Beverly Hills stars were in the video and she wasn’t.
After a flood criticism from Christians and conservatives, though, some are defending the pop star. Indeed, apparently Gaga has now officially reached martyr status. British pop singer Lily Allen rushed to Gaga’s defense in a Rolling Stone magazine article: “If she’s not succeeding commercially because she’s standing by what she does as art, then that’s a (expletive) great thing,” Allen said. “That’s to be commended. That’s what makes a martyr. There’s nothing wrong with that.”
We need to turn the world upside down. Lady Gaga a martyr? Jesus was the martyr, and He died for Gaga’s sins. I can’t imagine how grieved the Holy Spirit must be—not merely by the sexual immorality but the Jesus mockery and more—in Gaga’s video. Friends, this is what today’s youth are watching. It’s one of the most popular videos on the planet.
Where do we go from here?
We need to continue praying for our youth because they live in an age where sexual immorality is positioned as the new norm. We need to pray for Christians who won’t compromise with the spirit of this world to rise up in the entertainment industry and reach the unsaved masses with Holy Spirit-inspired music. And, yes, we need to pray for Lady Gaga, who appears to be one of the blind leading the blind into a place where she’ll no longer be able to find Christ, much less mock His resurrection. source – CNews
“The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.” Psalm 14:1
Mega-billionaire crybaby Michael Bloomberg has for so long grown used to buying his way in or out of any thing he wishes to have that he can make such an absurd, demonic statement like he did today. Bloomberg will find out one day that he has not “earned Heaven”, but rather will receive the just wages for his actions that he is entitled to.
New York City: Former New York City mayor is pledging to spend $50 million this year to push gun control, the New York Times reports. For this and other deeds (such as taking on obesity and smoking), Bloomberg believes he’s going to heaven.
“I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I’m not stopping to be interviewed. I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in heaven. It’s not even close,” Bloomberg told the Times.
Here’s the full context of Bloomberg’s heaven quotation:
Mr. Bloomberg was introspective as he spoke, and seemed both restless and wistful. When he sat down for the interview, it was a few days before his 50th college reunion. His mortality has started dawning on him, at 72. And he admitted he was a bit taken aback by how many of his former classmates had been appearing in the “in memoriam” pages of his school newsletter.But if he senses that he may not have as much time left as he would like, he has little doubt about what would await him at a Judgment Day. Pointing to his work on gun safety, obesity and smoking cessation, he said with a grin: “I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I’m not stopping to be interviewed. I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in heaven. It’s not even close.”
As for the gun control push, Bloomberg tells the paper he wants gun rights advocates to fear him.
Michael R. Bloomberg, making his first major political investment since leaving office, plans to spend $50 million this year building a nationwide grass-roots network to motivate voters who feel strongly about curbing gun violence, an organization he hopes can eventually outmuscle the National Rifle Association.
Mr. Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York, said gun control advocates need to learn from the N.R.A. and punish those politicians who fail to support their agenda — even Democrats whose positions otherwise align with his own.
“They say, ‘We don’t care. We’re going to go after you,’ ” he said of the N.R.A. “ ‘If you don’t vote with us we’re going to go after your kids and your grandkids and your great-grandkids. And we’re never going to stop.’ ”
He added: “We’ve got to make them afraid of us.” source – Weekly Standard
Google has bought a company that develops military-style drones in a controversial $60 million dollar deal. Titan Aerospace makes unmanned aircraft that run on solar power and can remain airborne for five years at a time.
Google claims the technology will provide internet access to remote corners of the world. But the move has provoked privacy concerns over the internet search giant’s ability to snoop on people from great heights. The drones fly at 65,000ft – almost twice as high as passenger planes.
Because the machines are solar-powered and always above the clouds they do not need to land to refuel, so the drones are able to cover up to 3million miles before needing to land for maintenance.
However, critics have raised fears over the company’s newly-acquired powers of mass global surveillance.
Titan is merely the latest addition to its growing arsenal of robotics firms, and Google is highly secretive about its technological ambitions – all of its projects are run by a closely-guarded division mysteriously called ‘Google X’.
Emma Carr, deputy director of Big Brother Watch, said: ‘The regulation of drones is something that urgently needs addressing. ‘Given Google’s track record is littered with overstepping the line and infringing people’s privacy, combining their hunger for data with drone technology is a mind-boggling proposition.’ source – Daily Mail UK