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by Dan Sanchez, March 29, 2015 | Antiwar.com
What happens when a dynamic company, started by a couple of idealistic friends in grad school, succeeds so wildly that it becomes a mega-corporation that pervades the lives of hundreds of millions? In imperial America, it would seem, it eventually becomes corrupted, even captured. Tragically, that seems to be the unfolding story of Google.
By being the first dot-com to really get the search engine right, Google unlocked the nascent power of the internet, greatly liberating the individual. It is easy to take for granted and forget how revolutionary the advent of “Just Google it” was for the life of the mind. Suddenly, specific, useful knowledge could be had on most any topic in seconds with just a quick flurry of fingers on a keyboard.
This was a tremendous boost for alternative voices on the internet. It made it extremely easy to bypass the establishment gatekeepers of ideas and information. For example, I remember in the mid-2000s using Google to satisfy my curiosity about this “libertarianism” thing I had heard about, since the newspapers and magazines I was reading were quite useless for this purpose. In 2007, by then an avid libertarian, I remember walking through the campus of my former school UC Berkeley, seeing “Google Ron Paul” written in chalk on the ground, and rejoicing to think that hundreds of Cal students were doing just that. A big part of why today’s anti-war movement is more than a handful of Code Pink types, and the libertarian movement is more than a handful of zine subscribers, is that millions “Googled Ron Paul.”
Google and the Security State
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Can you say "freedom of association?
Here's the point. The government should not be in the business of forcing people together or forcing them apart. Such decisions should be made by the people involved, without third party coercion.
In fact, by law, all contracts are VOLUNTARY, and if shown to be entered into by force or coercion are, if challenged, avoided(legally cancelled) by courts.
You cannot force someone into a contract.
The Religious Freedom Restoration Act in Indiana is called discriminatory by its detractors and essential by its supporters. But are both of these groups missing the real point? Ron Paul explains...
Originally posted 2015-03-02 16:43:42 -0400
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“The [truth-finding] software works by tapping into the Knowledge Vault, the vast store of facts that Google has pulled off the internet. Facts the web unanimously agrees on are considered a reasonable proxy for truth. Web pages that contain contradictory information are bumped down the rankings.”
"Well I think that our country always benefits from new leadership and new perspectives. I mean, let's be honest here: the presidency of the United States is not some crown to be passed between two families. It is an awesome and sacred trust, that to be earned, and exercised, on behalf of the American people,"
Exclusive: Guardian gains access to unnamed British Columbia site where tech giant’s roboticists and engineers, stymied by American regulation, are now developing their unmanned domestic delivery service
by Ed Pilkington in British Columbia | The Guardian
Amazon is testing its drone delivery service at a secret site in Canada, following repeated warnings by the e-commerce giant that it would go outside the US to bypass what it sees as the US federal government’s lethargic approach to the new technology.
The largest internet retailer in the world is keeping the location of its new test site closely guarded. What can be revealed is that the company’s formidable team of roboticists, software engineers, aeronautics experts and pioneers in remote sensing – including a former Nasa astronaut and the designer of the wingtip of the Boeing 787 – are now operating in British Columbia.
The end goal is to utilise what Amazon sees as a slice of virgin airspace – above 200ft, where most buildings end, and below 500ft, where general aviation begins. Into that aerial slice the company plans to pour highly autonomous drones of less than 55lbs, flying through corridors 10 miles or longer at 50mph and carrying payloads of up to 5lbs that account for 86% of all the company’s packages.
March 29, 2015 - Imagine that someone has wronged you, and you sue them.
Then the Government magically appears in court and asks that your suit be dismissed because, for reasons it won't tell you, state secrets might be dredged up in the course of the litigation.
You have no idea what they're talking about.
But after secret discussions with the judge from which both you and the defendant are excluded, the court dismisses your suit.
This Kafkaesque scenario couldn't happen in the U.S., right?
Not until Monday, it couldn't.
Declassified 1987 Document Details US-Israel Collaboration on Nuclear Weapons, Drones, and Directed/Kinetic Energy WeaponsSubmitted by SteveMT on Sat, 03/28/2015 - 21:30
This 28 year old top secret document was declassified in early February, 2015. Why? It not only officially acknowledges Israel's nuclear weapons programs for the first time, the report also describes uses for orbiting drones and Directed & Kinetic Energy Weapons that have been postulated to have been used in the 9/11 attacks. That such positive terms like "excellent, interesting, extremely clever, totally revolutionary, and attractive" are used to detail these weapons of mass destruction are sickening to read. Who are the terrorists? Excerpts from this document are below.
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What are the odds?
If I were wanting to conduct such operations for real, I'd have several problems to contend with that proceeding under the cover of "exercise" would solve.
First, it is immeasurably easier to control info about the operation to very strict 'need to know' with zero red flags raised. No one will question being 'left out of any loop' because they will presumably be focused on 'playing a role.'
They don't need to know that their actions might actually be for real.
Texas Straight Talk | Written by Ron Paul
Sunday, March 29, 2015
A responsible financial institution would not extend a new loan of between 17 and 40 billion dollars to a borrower already struggling to pay back an existing multi-billion dollar loan. Yet that is just what the International Monetary Fund (IMF) did last month when it extended a new loan to the government of Ukraine. This new loan may not make much economic sense, but propping up the existing Ukrainian government serves the foreign policy agenda of the US government.
Since the IMF receives most of its funding from the United States, it is hardly surprising that it would tailor its actions to advance the US government’s foreign policy goals. The IMF also has a history of using the funds provided to it by the American taxpayer to prop up dictatorial regimes and support unsound economic policies.
Some may claim the IMF does promote free markets by requiring that countries receiving IMF loans implement some positive economic reforms, such as reducing government spending. However, other conditions imposed by the IMF, such as that the country receiving the loan deflate its currency and implement an industrial policy promoting exports, do not seem designed to promote a true free market, much less improve the people’s living standards by giving them greater economic opportunities.