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DOD Turning Plastic Waste Into Food? How Your Food Is Being Corrupted

By Roli / June 20, 2024 /

In my last three articles, we examined the global war on farmers, the culprits behind the agenda, and the tactics used to prepare the public for the destruction of our food freedom.

Today we will cover some of the projects and products that will be used to take away your right to access healthy foods.

Most readers are likely familiar with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and how genetically modified organisms have been shown to cause significant health problems, how they have ruined the lives of independent farmers who are sued after their land is involuntarily contaminated by Monsanto seeds, and how glyphosate use has risen thanks to Roundup Ready GMO crops.

Unfortunately, the corruption of the food supply is advancing far beyond this.

DARPA, the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, has granted millions of dollars to researchers to turn military plastic waste into a bacterial protein powder that can be fed to humans.

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Putin and Kim pledge ‘mutual assistance’ against ‘aggression’ in colorful visit

By Valerie / June 19, 2024 /

Russian President Vladimir Putin is using his first trip to North Korea in nearly 25 years to bring Pyongyang further into his geopolitical embrace.

The mutual assistance pact he struck with Kim Jong Un Wednesday during a two-day visit appears aimed at Western democracies supporting Ukraine as it fends off invading Russian troops.

The deal would see the two countries provide “mutual assistance in the event of aggression against one of the participants,” and was part of a wide-ranging treaty covering everything from education to agriculture and tourism, according to Russian state media.

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Bank Predicts Fallout To 2027

By Valerie / June 18, 2024 /

Interest rate hikes will make many mortgage holders poorer for years to come, a Bank of Canada report said yesterday. Researchers estimated by 2027 disposable incomes for borrowers will be lower on average.

“A key insight from our analysis is the downward pressure on consumption from rate hikes could last longer than the rate hike cycle itself,” said the report. “This is because rate hikes not only increase mortgage payments temporarily but also reduce the share of these payments that pay off the principal.”

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Ontario Conservatives cancel LCBO’s mandatory ID scan following public outcry

By Valerie / June 18, 2024 /

Despite increasing LCBO thefts, Ontario’s Minister of Finance has quashed a planned pilot-project that would have required customers to have their driver’s license scanned upon entry into certain stores.

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Surgeon General Murthy Advocates for Digital ID to Combat Online “Misinformation” and Protect Youth

By Iron Will / June 18, 2024 /

These days, as the saying goes – you can’t swing a cat without hitting a “paper of record” giving prominent op-ed space to some current US administration official – and this is happening very close to the presidential election.

This time, the New York Times and US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy got together, with Murthy’s own slant on what opponents might see as another push to muzzle social media ahead of the November vote, under any pretext.

A pretext is, as per Murthy: new legislation that would “shield young people from online harassment, abuse and exploitation,” and there’s disinformation and such, of course.

Coming from Murthy, this is inevitably branded as “health disinformation.” But the way digital rights group EFF sees it – requiring “a surgeon general’s warning label on social media platforms, stating that social media is associated with significant mental health harms for adolescents” – is just unconstitutional.

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Big Tech Coalition Partners With WEF, Pushes “Global Digital Safety” Standards

By Iron Will / June 18, 2024 /

Big Tech coalition Digital Trust & Safety Partnership (DTSP), the UK’s regulator OFCOM, and the World Economic Forum (WEF) have come together to produce a report.

The three entities, each in their own way, are known for advocating for or carrying out speech restrictions and policies that can result in undermining privacy and security.

DTSP says it is there to “address harmful content” and makes sure online age verification (“age assurance”) is enforced, while OFCOM states its mission to be establishing “online safety.”

Now they have co-authored a WEF (WEF Global Coalition for Digital Safety) report – a white paper – that puts forward the idea of closer cooperation with law enforcement in order to more effectively “measure” what they consider to be online digital safety and reduce what they identify to be risks.

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Los Angeles school board votes to ban smartphones

By Roli / June 18, 2024 /

The Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education on Tuesday voted to ban smartphones for its 429,000 students in an attempt to insulate kids from distractions and social media that undermine learning and hurt mental health.

The board of the second-largest U.S. school district voted 5-2, approving a resolution to develop within 120 days a policy prohibiting student use of cellphones and social media platforms. The policy would be in place by January 2025.

On Monday, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy called for a warning label, opens new tab on social media platforms, akin to those on cigarette packages, citing what he considers a mental health emergency.

“I think it’s going to be a full-time job being the police of the phone,” Schmerelson said.

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Biometric ID for IRS FOIA Requests Trigger Privacy and Access Concerns

By Iron Will / June 16, 2024 /

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has come under fire for its decision to route Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests through a biometric identification system provided by ID.me. This arrangement requires users who wish to file requests online to undergo a digital identity verification process, which includes facial recognition technology.

Concerns have been raised about this method of identity verification, notably the privacy implications of handling sensitive biometric data. Although the IRS states that biometric data is deleted promptly—within 24 hours in cases of self-service and 30 days following video chat verifications—skeptics, including privacy advocates and some lawmakers, remain wary, particularly as they don’t believe people should have to subject themselves to such measures in the first place.

Criticism has particularly focused on the appropriateness of employing such technology for FOIA requests. Alex Howard, the director of the Digital Democracy Project, expressed significant reservations. He stated in an email to FedScoop, “While modernizing authentication systems for online portals is not inherently problematic, adding such a layer to exercising the right to request records under the FOIA is overreach at best and a violation of our fundamental human pure right to access information at worst, given the potential challenges doing so poses.”

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How Meta’s AI Systems Are Using Your Data and Why Opting out Is Not so Simple

By Shawna / June 14, 2024 /

Meta Platforms Inc. has long been using artificial intelligence to help it serve users content and ads it thinks are most likely to interest them, but its new chatbot has thrust the company’s use of the technology back into the spotlight.

The Meta AI chatbot embedded in the company’s platforms—Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp—can be used for searches and to answer questions. A promotional page shows you can ask it for recipes, to generate images or to put together lists of popular guitar songs to play.

But it’s also prompted some users to wonder how Meta’s AI systems use their data and what, if anything, they can do to opt out of the new feature.

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Duncan Roads with Barry Eaton – The widespread influence of Skynet, deep fakes and more…

By Roli / June 14, 2024 /

Duncan Roads, the Publisher and Editor of Nexus Magazine discusses some of the feature stories in the June/July 2024 publication.

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