Ready for Big Brother? Americans increasingly accept unrestricted facial recognition tech

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09-01-19 08:22:00,

Americans are increasingly embracing Big Brother, according to a recent survey that found only one in four want restrictions on the use of facial recognition technology by governments – a marked change from two months ago.

Just one in four Americans want strict government limits on the use of biometric technology – with opposition shrinking further if such technology would help law enforcement, reduce shoplifting, or speed up security screenings at the airport, according to a national poll conducted last month by the Center for Data Innovation. Opposition to biometric surveillance decreases with age, and women are more accepting of the technology than men, the poll results show.

Half of respondents oppose restrictions on biometric tech if the scanners are used to stop shoplifting. Just three months earlier, half of Americans were still against facial recognition for theft prevention purposes, according to the Brookings Institute. Only a quarter of them would oppose retail use now.

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What changed? Have Americans chosen convenience over dignity? Biometrics executives put their heads together in November to figure out how to sell biometric surveillance to the citizens, worried about numbers that revealed as many as half of Americans opposed use of the tech in the retail sector and believed law enforcement’s use of the technology should be strictly limited. But only three percent of the population were “vocally opposed,” even then – meaning everyone else could be convinced to stop worrying and love Big Brother.

Almost two-thirds of respondents support the use of biometrics when the software is right 100 percent of the time, but that number drops to 39 percent if the results are incorrect for one out of five scans. Perhaps unsurprisingly, coverage of the government’s adoption of biometric surveillance has focused on its accuracy: US Customs and Border Protection has caught 26 “imposters” in airports using the technology, and stories of Chinese authorities catching fugitives in the middle of large concerts using biometric tech paint a picture of an accurate – if dystopian – crime-fighting tool.

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Ready to be tracked by your boss? UK companies prepare to microchip employees to boost ‘security’

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12-11-18 05:03:00,

Some of the the UK’s largest companies are planning to implant their staff with microchips to “improve security” and restrict employees from accessing “sensitive documents,” sparking ethical concerns over such a move.

The Swedish firm, Biohax, which makes human chip implants, claims it is in talks with a number of the UK’s major businesses from the financial and legal sectors, to implant their employees with the devices, the Telegraph reports.

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Jowan Österlund, founder and CEO of Biohax who is a former body piercer, told the paper that his microchips, which cost £150 each, could help financial and legal companies enhance security.

“These companies have sensitive documents they are dealing with. [The chips] would allow them to set restrictions for whoever,” he told The Telegraph

Österlund, who says he’s lined up one prospective UK company, with “hundreds and thousands of employees,” insists employers could offer this as an opt-in. “If you have a 15% uptake that is still a huge number of people that won’t require a physical ID pass.”

The prospect of UK companies microchipping employees has sounded alarm bells amongst union leaders and politicians, at what they see as a development which could exploit workers and call into question the ethical rights and wrongs of such a move.

The Trade Union Congress (TUC) is concerned that staff could be coerced into being microchipped. Frances O’Grady, the general secretary said: “Microchipping would give bosses even more power and control over their workers. There are obvious risks involved, and employers must not brush them aside, or pressure staff into being chipped.”

Prominent Labour backbencher, Yvette Cooper, has taken to social media to say it was an “extremely troubling” development. While David Kurten, UKIP’s Education spokesman, has gone as far as claiming the promotion of microchipping humans is simply “grooming propaganda.”

Is this real? If so, extremely troubling. Idea of employers microchipping workers raises massive ethical questions & huge potential for exploitation. https://t.co/RzCbhrzw5h

— Yvette Cooper (@YvetteCooperMP) November 11, 2018

Grooming propaganda for human microchipping is beginning. There must never be any obligation for a human being to be chipped,

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Labour Ready for Government and a State Operated Mass Transport System for 21st Century Britain – Global Research

Labour Ready for Government and a State Operated Mass Transport System for 21st Century Britain – Global Research

27-09-18 02:43:00,

Following a strong, united Labour Party conference, the country now needs a General Election as soon as possible to allow this radical political force to negotiate a sensible Brexit deal with Europe. We need a reforming Government to replace the worn-out ‘May and Johnson’ sideshow that has done so much damage to our national economy and foreign relations, our currency, our defence and our National Health Service.

After this week’s rousing Labour conference, Jeremy Corbyn has now firmly established himself as the next Prime Minister with the impressive John McDonnell as Chancellor. Together they make an exceedingly strong team, not least to finalise the current failed Brexit negotiations with Europe.

Labour will take back the railways and utility companies into public ownership in order to provide a state-owned and operated, modern mass transport system for the 21st century and to regain state control of water, the vitally important natural resource for life. Both of these are integral parts of a new, radical approach to government that has been so obviously lacking within the current Conservative administration.

Democracy is government by the people and for the people – that means all the people not just the bankers, bond dealers, hedge-fund operators and currency gamblers in the City. Labour is now a party of integrity that has undertaken to work for everyone in this country who is entitled to vote. That alone is one of the principal differences from the current tired, out-of-touch administration.

A Labour Government will show the world that British goods and services, and British enterprise, are ready to compete with the best in the world. We are already the leaders in many fields and with a radical, reforming government that will bring in legislation to support industry and commerce and all those who work in companies and organisations throughout the United Kingdom, we will once again be proud to be British. Proud to develop new goods and new markets, worldwide.

But the country needs a General Election in order to move forward. Enough economic and political damage has already been done. Let’s put a stop to that, now! This is not a party political message – this is plain common sense.

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Ready, Blame, Bomb… Questions Anyone?

Ready, Blame, Bomb… Questions Anyone?

12-04-18 05:49:00,

Authored by Caitlyn Johnstone via Medium.com,

When A Government Declares A Verdict Before An Investigation, It’s Because There’s A Preexisting Agenda

Hours after an alleged chemical weapons attack on civilians in Syria, long before any investigation into the matter could have possibly even begun much less been completed, the US State Department declared that “the Assad regime must be held accountable” and Russia “ultimately bears responsibility” for it.

Anyone who questioned such proclamations was branded a delusional conspiracy theorist.

Days after an alleged poisoning of an ex-spy in Salisbury, the UK’s Foreign Office was telling reportersthat the Kremlin would be held responsible.

Anyone who questioned such proclamations was branded a delusional conspiracy theorist. Weeks later, we learned that laboratory forensics had still determined no such culpability, and crime scene forensics were all over the map positing many contradictory theories about what happened and how.

Isn’t it interesting how just as its data begins warning that the western empire is approaching post-primacy and will likely lose its dominant position in the world if it doesn’t take drastic action, all this information begins pouring out about a longtime rival of that very empire?

It’s almost as if there is a preexisting vendetta to cripple oppositional governments, and then crimes are being discovered which just so happen to advance that preexisting agenda.

.@POTUS Trump condemns the heinous attack on innocent Syrians with banned chemical weapons. #Syria pic.twitter.com/qiEahlL3Ah

— Department of State (@StateDept) April 9, 2018

How wild is that?

Hey everyone! You know that WikiLeaks drop everyone’s talking about?

Turns out it was Russia. No we can’t show you the evidence. It’s secret evidence.

Oh hey, the election didn’t turn out how it was supposed to, but guess what?

Turns out it was Russian Facebook ads that definitely made that happen. No we can’t show you evidence of it. It’s secret evidence. Shut up and give us our sanctions.

Look! Russian propaganda! Russian propaganda everywhere! We need to increase internet censorship against dissenting narratives, 

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UK ready to provide Al Qaeda with airstrikes to support another Assad “chemical weapons” false flag

UK ready to provide Al Qaeda with airstrikes to support another Assad “chemical weapons” false flag

27-02-18 04:20:00,

US President Donald Trump has just lectured NATO on it member’s commitment performance and held a controversial meeting with the Russian President Vladimir Putin and is next week to receive EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, with trade matters being high up on the agenda.

Juncker is expected to present Trump with a package of proposals to help smooth relations and potentially heal areas of division, particularly those surrounding Europe’s trade relationship with America. Those proposals are precisely what is cropping up as another area of divergence between some members of the EU, specifically France and Germany, just after a major contention on migration has been driving discord within the Union.

This gets down to whether Europe should offer concessions to Trump on trade while Trump is admittedly describing the Union as a ‘foe’ and has initiated a trade spat with the Union by assessing trade tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Europe, spurring retaliatory tariff measures from the EU Commission.

France, specifically, is opposed to any sort of compromise with Trump on the matter, where Trump is perceived as an opponent to the Union and its unity, whereas Germany is economically motivated to seek an end to the trade dispute under the threat of a new round of tariffs emanating from the Trump administration, and is therefore seeking to find some sort of proposal that Trump will accept and therefore back down on his protectionism against the EU, and Germany in particular.

Politico reports:

Only a week before European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker flies to Washington, France and Germany are divided over how much he should offer to U.S. President Donald Trump to end a deepening trade war, say European diplomats and officials.

But, they add, Germany has the upper hand. Berlin is shaping Juncker’s agenda, suggesting three offers that he could take to Trump on July 25 to resolve the dispute, according to people familiar with the plans.

The French are uneasy about the wisdom of such a conciliatory approach, however, and publicly accuse Trump of seeking to splinter and weaken the 28-member bloc, which he has called his “foe.”

Despite Paris’ reservations about giving away too much to the increasingly hostile U.S.

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