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    05/06/2016 - 06:03
    The US, in its own decline, is showing this same self-destructive tendency. The worse things get, the greater the inclination of the citizenry to say, “Carry on, everything’s fine.”

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US Government 'Asks' Tech Companies To Tweak Algos, Promote Certain Content





The U.S. government wants nothing short of total control. Tech executives who met with the Pentagon team [this week, said] that some of their requests have been “jarring.” In at least one case, the Pentagon spoke with several companies about tweaking their algorithms to promote certain types of content. “This is a Pandora’s box we won’t open.." said one Google representative.
America: This is Your Government.

 
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Apple Responds To The Government: "No Court Has Ever Authorized What The Government Seeks"





The government says: “Just this once” and “Just this phone.” But the government knows those statements are not true; indeed the government has filed multiple other applications for similar orders, some of which are pending in other courts. Once the floodgates open, they cannot be closed, and the device security that Apple has worked so tirelessly to achieve will be unwound without so much as a congressional vote

 
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Congressional Hearing On How Apple iPhone Encryption Makes "Worldwide Threats" Worse: Live Hearing





Moments ago, the Permanent Committee on Intelligence launched a hearing on the topic of "World Wide Threats", whose unstated focus is whether Apple's encryption makes these threats worse.

 
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A Warning To The Feds On Incremental Prosecutions Of The Liberty Movement





Incremental prosecution and oppression is effective when the establishment wishes to avoid outright confrontation with a population. Attempt to snatch up a million people at one time, and you will have an immediate rebellion on your hands. Snatch up a million people one man at a time, or small groups at a time, and people do not know what to think or how to respond. We have seen this all before in the passive sublimation of past societies, and if such trespasses are brought upon the liberty movement or the population at large, then many will adopt the attitude that there is not much left to lose.

 
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We Just Found Out The Real Reason The FBI Wants A Backdoor Into The iPhone





On the face of it, The FBI vs Apple - the feverish momentum of American technocracy accelerating into the cavernous Orwellian entrenchment of the surveillance state - boils down to a single locked and encrypted iPhone 5S, used by radical jihadist Syed Rizwan Farook. However, as we are learning, the FBI and the federal government have a far more comprehensive end-game in mind than merely bolstering the prosecution of this one case.

 
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The Age Of Authoritarianism: Government Of The Politicians, By The Military, For The Corporations





It is easy to be diverted, distracted and amused by the antics of the presidential candidates, the pomp and circumstance of awards shows, athletic events, and entertainment news, and the feel-good evangelism that passes for religion today. What is far more difficult to face up to is the reality of life in America, where unemployment, poverty, inequality, injustice and violence by government agents are increasingly norms. The powers-that-be want us to remain divided, alienated from each other based on our politics, our bank accounts, our religion, our race and our value systems. Yet as George Orwell observed, “The real division is not between conservatives and revolutionaries but between authoritarians and libertarians.”

 
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The REAL Reason Bill Gates Supports Backdoor FBI Access





Microsoft Has Allowed NSA Backdoors in All Windows Software Since 1999 ...

 
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Frontrunning: February 23





  • Risk rally fades as stocks, oil slip back into the red (Reuters)
  • Syrian govt. accepts halt to 'combat operations' in line with U.S.-Russian plan (Reuters)
  • Earliest Chinese Data Signal Slowdown Hasn't Bottomed Out Yet (BBG)
  • The Trickle of U.S. Oil Exports Is Already Shifting Global Power (BBG)
  • Greek police remove migrants from Macedonian border as more land in Piraeus (Reuters)
  • Clinton, Sanders race takes on angrier tone after Nevada (Reuters)
 
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Freedom Isn't Free





Our price is making a difficult choice between liberty and security - to choose fear or freedom. When we feel that our families’ security is threatened, the knee-jerk reaction is often to say “give the government whatever it needs to make us safe!” But the harsh reality is that such short-term thinking creates a much more ominous world in the long-term. And every tacit acquiescence to intrusive government authority is a brick laid on the road to tyranny.

 
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"It Just Occurred To Me" - Trump Proposes Boycott Of Apple, While Tweeting From An iPhone





Moments ago during a campaign event in Pawleys Island, South Carolina, Trump had an epiphany: "It just occurred to me." His solution: a boycott of Apple Inc products until the tech giant agrees to U.S. government demands that it unlock the cellphone of the San Bernardino killer. "Boycott Apple until such time as they give that information," Trump said.

 
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Crypto-Wars Escalate: Congress Plans Bill To Force Companies To Comply With Decryption Orders





Seemingly angered at the temerity of Apple's Tim Cook's defense of individual's privacy and security, Congress has escalated the 'crypto-wars' that are dividing Washington and Silcon Valley. In its most directly totalitarian move yet, WSJ reports that Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R., N.C.) is working on a proposal that would create criminal penalties for companies that don’t comply with court orders to decipher encrypted communications. It seems Edward Snowden was right, The FBI is creating a world where citizens rely on Apple to defend their right, rather than the other way around.

 
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Is It All Just A Publicity Stunt: Apple Unlocked iPhones For The Feds 70 Times Before





"Apple’s stance in the San Bernardino case may not be quite the principled defense that Cook claims it is... it may have as much to do with public relations as it does with warding off what Cook called “an unprecedented step which threatens the security of our customers.""

 
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Company Flagged By Kyle Bass As A Ponzi Scheme Was Just Raided By The FBI





After making a strong case over the past 3 months that Texas-based REIT United Development Funding IV is nothing but a Ponzi scheme - a name he has been short -  the stock tumbled, jumped, and then tumbled again. However, after its most recent plunge moments ago which led to its being halted, we doubt it will rebound again. The reason for today's most recent, and surely final crash: an FBI raid of UDF's Texas office.

 
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"Who Do They Think They Are?" - Donald Trump Slams Apple Decision To Refuse Hacking Of iPhone





"To think that Apple won't allow us to get into her cell phone," Trump said on Fox and Friends Wednesday morning. “Who do they think they are? No, we have to open it up." As the Hill reports, Trump argued vehemently that Apple should help investigators crack the phone’s encryption system. "Apple, this is one case, this is a case that certainly we should be able to get into the phone."

 
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