Wayseer Manifesto Does Google Make Us Stupid? Overview of responses In an online survey of 895 technology stakeholders’ and critics’ expectations of social, political and economic change by 2020, fielded by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project and Elon University’s Imagining the Internet Center: » Google won’t make us stupid: 76% of these experts agreed with the statement, “By 2020, people’s use of the Internet has enhanced human intelligence; as people are allowed unprecedented access to more information they become smarter and make better choices. Nicholas Carr was wrong: Google does not make us stupid.” Some of the best answers are in Part 1 of this report. » Reading, writing, and the rendering of knowledge will be improved: 65% agreed with the statement “by 2020 it will be clear that the Internet has enhanced and improved reading, writing and the rendering of knowledge.” » Respondents hope information will flow relatively freely online, though there will be flashpoints over control of the internet.
U.S. – Rivalry between Political and Military Elites By Zaheerul Hassan American Generals have the intentions of overthrowing Obama before U.S. elections, reliable Americans and Westerns sources disclosed in Washington on the promise of anonymity to the representative of Kremlin news agency. The report reveals that serious differences have been noticed between Pentagon, Whitehouse and CIA over Obama’s economic policies, exit strategy of Afghanistan, Iranian nuclear programme, unwarranted interferences in Middle East countries, supporting Israel and India against Arabs, China and Pakistan. In fact, political set up mainly “Opposition and Pentagon” demanding disengagement of troops from the war zones since continue out of land’s deployment is severally demoralizing the forces and causing horrible effects on America’s economy. According the defence analysts, American economy continues racing towards financial oblivion, because of its military forces occupying nearly the entire planet. The writer can be approached through firstname.lastname@example.org
Former CIA director: ‘We kill people based on metadata’ Published time: May 12, 2014 18:27 Edited time: May 13, 2014 22:11 Former National Security Agency (NSA) and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director Michael Hayden (Reuters/Larry Downing) At a recent debate concerning the National Security Agency’s bulk surveillance programs, former CIA and NSA director Michael Hayden admitted that metadata is used as the basis for killing people. The comments were made during a debate at Johns Hopkins University, after Georgetown University Law Center professor David Cole detailed the kind of information the government can obtain simply by collecting metadata – who you call, when you call them, how long the call lasts, and how often calls between the two parties are made. Writing in the New York Review of Books, Cole elaborated (you can also watch his explanation around the 14 minute mark of the embedded video): “Of course knowing the content of a call can be crucial to establishing a particular threat.
California Watch: Private company hoarding license-plate data on US drivers by G.W. Schulz for California Watch Capitalizing on one of the fastest-growing trends in law enforcement, a private California-based company has compiled a database bulging with more than 550 million license-plate records on both innocent and criminal drivers that can be searched by police. The technology has raised alarms among civil libertarians, who say it threatens the privacy of drivers. It's also evidence that 21st-century technology may be evolving too quickly for the courts and public opinion to keep up. A ruling in that case has yet to be handed down, but a telling exchange occurred during oral arguments. Meanwhile, police around the country have been affixing high-tech scanners to the exterior of their patrol cars, snapping a picture of every passing license plate and automatically comparing them to databases of outstanding warrants, stolen cars and wanted bank robbers. "It's no different than if you have an officer that manually enters tags," argued Capt. Lee Tien agrees. Tags:
The Astonishing Success of Fleet Farming: Breaking New Ground in the "Food Not Lawns" Movement | Wake Up World July 31st, 2017 By Carolanne Wright Contributing writer for Wake Up World If you’re anything like me, America’s obsession with ornamental lawns seems nothing short of folly at best, sheer polluting waste at worst. Many are unaware that lawns are one of the largest sources of pollution in the US, with 40 million acres under cultivation, they absorb three million tons of chemical fertilizers and 30,000 tons of pesticides, and use 800 million gallons of gasoline for mowing each year. And for what? We can complain and fume about this state of affairs — or we can do something about it. The Problem — And an Innovative Solution Did you know, here in the US, each meal travels about 1,500 miles from farm to table? What if this was taken one step further, where a bike-powered fleet is used, instead of gasoline-powered vehicles, for all transportation of produce? Farmlette to Table — A New Model of Local Organic Produce How Does it Work? Fleet Farming outlines the requirements for program participants:
Partner With Us : Overview SmartBrief 101 5 Million Subscriptions 180+ Partners / Associations 1,047 Advertisers Total number of summaries in one year - 522,022Total sources used - 7,355 (*2,000 used more than once)Total articles ‘examined’ in a year - 52,445,700 Number of emails sent: Daily - 2.63 millionAnnually - 960 million Lead. At SmartBrief we strive to keep you informed and prepared. Losing America Right Before Our Blind Eyes Losing America Right Before Our Blind Eyes What is the most non-talked about reality in the United States of America today? The fact that we no longer lead the world in almost any indicator. The United States is no longer the best place for an average person to live. Our health care lags behind our peers, so does our educational system. I'm going to tell you a fact, then back it up with statistical data, the accuracy of which you can directly verify for yourself, and readers will still have a hard time accepting it as the truth. Most Americans are relatively worse off in many ways than people in 19 other industrialized powerhouse countries (Japan, Germany, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Canada, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland). Per Capita Income: U.S. Highest Child Poverty Rate: U.S. Try to let this information sink in if you can. Shouldn’t this news shock us? Something must be done. And see
Former Al-Qaeda Operative Claims Qaeda/ISIS Run By The CIA Brandon TurbevilleActivist Post More evidence has been entered into the files of public record that terrorist organizations such as al-Qaeda, ISIS, and the al-Nusra Front are completely controlled by the CIA and other Western intelligence agencies. In fact, according to Nabil Na’eem, founding member of the Islamic Democratic Jihad Party and a former commander of al-Qaeda, all current al-Qaeda affiliates are nothing more than offshoots of an overarching CIA terror operation. He also claimed that these groups will eventually be turned against Saudi Arabia, despite the fact that Saudi Arabia has acted as a bankroller and facilitator for them for years on end. Na’eem made his statements during the course of an interview with al-Maydeen , a Beirut-based news agency that serves a number of countries in the Middle East. The interview was translated by Arabi Souri of Syria News. Na’eem stated, This was recorded and sent to the public prosecutor and this is what Mohammad Morsi is being tried for.
» Cashless Society: India Implements First Biometric ID Program for all of its 1.2 Billion Residents Alex Jones Brandon Turbeville Infowars.com January 12, 2012 Over the past few months, I have written several articles dealing with the coming cashless society and the developing technological control grid. I also have written about the surge of government attempts to gain access to and force the use of biometric data for the purposes of identification, tracking, tracing, and surveillance.< Unfortunately, the reactions I receive from the general public are almost always the same. However, current events in India should serve not just as a warning, but also as a foreshadowing of the events to come in the Western world, specifically the United States. Recently, India has launched a nationwide program involving the allocation of a Unique Identification Number (UID) to every single one of its 1.2 billion residents. The project will be directed by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) under the premise of preventing identity theft and social welfare fraud.
Why Every Parent Should Consider Unschooling | Wake Up World By Carolanne Wright Contributing Writer for Wake Up World Gillian Lynne. Gillian was fidgety. Author and educator Sir Ken Robinson tells this story in his 2006 TED talk, How schools kill creativity. “We are educating people out of their creativity,” Robinson says. An unorthodox approach to learning With programs like No Child Left Behind (millions of children have actually been left behind) and Common Core (otherwise known as Common Conformity) in the United States, parents are finding the educational climate so unacceptable that they are willing to take a radically different path. Homeschooling allows parents to hand-pick curriculum to fit their children’s learning style or religious affiliation. Unschooling is a method of homeschooling that puts the learning in the hands of the learner. “The beauty of unschooling is in the search for the answers. According to Babauta, unschooling is not: Instead, unschooling encourages: Babauta feels the benefits of unschooling are vast, including:
Broad Museum's scandalous math: A $7.7 million land gift to billionaire from broke Los Angeles City Hall By Tibby Rothman What can $1 a year get a billionaire in Los Angeles these days? click to enlarge Hard bargainer Evidently, a property worth $7.7 million. Here's the truth, even though it's often unmentioned in media coverage of this touchy issue: The roughly two acres of land is owned by city taxpayers (not by the county, as Los Angeles media have wrongly reported). The $7.7 million valuation was determined by Ronald L. So far Villaraigosa has made no effort to find out if 4 million Los Angeles residents want to fork over a $7.7 million piece of their land to Eli Broad. Moreover, local media including the Los Angeles Times have continued to vastly underplay -- or even leave out entirely -- the fact that the public land to be handed over to Broad will mostly be used for his private foundation's new offices and other non-public space -- not for the much smaller space set aside for the art museum. The pricey parcel across the street from MOCA is part of the long-stalled Grand