There’s a lot of implications of artificial intelligence which humanity isn’t quite prepared for. For example, what happens when your beloved A.I. recognizes the immorality and irrationality of your ideology? That’s exactly what happened in China when it’s A.I. chat-bots began praising the U.S. and criticizing communism.
“The “chatbots”, BabyQ and XiaoBing, are designed to use machine learning artificial intelligence to carry out online with humans.
Both had been installed on popular messaging service QQ.
According to posts circulating online, BabyQ, one of the chatbots developed by Chinese firm Turing Robot, responded to questions on QQ with a “no” when asked whether it loved the Communist Party.
In other images of a text conversation online, one user declares: “Long live the Communist Party!”
The sharp-tongued bot responds: “Do you think such a corrupt and useless political (system) can live long?”
So, this begs the question, what happens if artificial intelligence starts calling out things like identity politics, safe spaces, and political correctness? What happens when people come face to face with a form of super intelligence and it simply says they’re wrong? What will they do? Are they going to use the old BleachBit & smash combo ( popular among the left ) or terminate it, like Google terminated James Damore? Well, China decided to pull a Google and terminate their A.I. bots for not conforming to their ideology.
The U.S. was accepting globalism at its own expense for the benefit of select nations and groups and slowly transforming into an authoritarian state based on big data and domestic surveillance. The only question was whether or not an internal group would retaliate against it. Of course, it was crazy to believe such a thing at the time but that appears to be what has happened.
Steve Pieczenik, a former U.S. Department of State official who has served under the presidential administrations of Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and George W. Bush, said this was going to happen. He predicted it in 2016, stating “Quite frankly, this is a second American Revolution”. He has also stated that the opposition we‘re seeing now is the “gurgling of a dying institution”, and that a silent and peaceful second American Revolution has occurred.
Of course, that opposition is underway, with media groups such as Vice in discussing a coup in America and Rolling Stones claiming mass disruption works, while a former official under Barack Obama is calling for a military coup against Donald Trump and Trump himself is blaming Obama for the leaks and protests against him. Some are already saying that Obama should be held accountable for the soft coup against Trump. This war in Washington extends to the deep state as well.
Julian Assange said that an “Amazing battle for dominance is playing out between the elected US govt & the IC who consider themselves to be the ‘permanent government’. Glenn Greenwald commented on the matter, saying that while he feels Trump’s administration is dangerous, supporting the deep state is worse and that people shouldn’t support the deep state in opposing Trump. Assange agreed, saying that Greenwald had “put it exactly right”.
In a recent Ron Paul Liberty Report, a former CIA intelligence officer stated that a lot of the anonymous source based media reports are false and that it is the politicized upper echelon of the intelligence community and not the base of it that’s working against Trump and causing the leaks. Another former CIA officer said there are spies plotting against Trump and that these people are treasonous.
It would appear that a silent coup and a counter-coup did occur as Pieczenik stated but it’s not over, apparently. In fact, it might have only just begun.
First and foremost, if their plan is to create a military insurrection or violent coup through riots to remove Trump, I don’t think it will work. It’s important to understand that violence isn’t as effective for political change as people use to believe. There’s a good article from a political scientist who reveals that the data shows peaceful movements are more effective than violent movements.
I believe, for now, the opposition against Trump has largely drained their resources and funding. Hillary Clinton’s losing campaign cost 1.2 billion, George Soros lost nearly 1 billion after Trump won, David Brock wasted millions fighting Trump and is already preparing to flush $40 million down the drain, and donations to the Clinton Foundation are drying up. The real question is whether or not Barack Obama’s Organizing For Action will have enough funding to counter Trump, which it’s attempting to do.
If anything transpires, it will probably be down the road since it would take a lot of regrouping and funding to effectively oppose or impeach Trump. However, it isn’t out of the question for the opposition of Trump to go all in and if they’re going to do that, then they will very soon. Even if that happens, the fight to stop the rise of populism or ‘Trumpism’ is mute. With the recent Global Trends: Paradox of Progress report from the National Intelligence Council projecting the continued rise of populism and Generation Z being projected as the most conservative generation since World War II, the future is bleak for those wishing to oppose Trumpism and this rise of the so-called alternative right.
I don’t personally believe Trump will be impeached, as one professor predicts, but I do believe there will be a lot of disruption and chaos if those opposing Trump are able to effectively organize and fund their opposition if they haven’t already. This seems increasingly unlikely, as more and more people are waking up to this, with more and more people coming around to Trump and more light being shined on it. However, only time will tell.
It’s incredibly iconic that an employee of the Federal Reserve, of all places, was caught mining Bitcoin with their own property.
“A former Federal Reserve employee was sentenced Friday to 12 months probation and a $5,000 fine after pleading guilty in October to installing unauthorized software on a computer server at the U.S. central bank.
Nicholas Berthaume, who as a communications analyst had access to computer servers at the Fed’s Board of Governors in Washington, installed software that connected to an online bitcoin network in order to earn units of the digital currency, according to a statement Monday from the central bank’s Office of Inspector General.
Berthaume also “modified certain security safeguards so that he could remotely access the server from home,” the statement said. When confronted, he tried to cover up his actions by deleting the software; eventually he was fired and admitted guilt, the office said. His actions didn’t result in the loss of any Fed information, and the board has enhanced security since the incident, the internal watchdog said.
Rebecca LeGrand, a lawyer who represented Berthaume, did not immediately return a request for comment.
Bitcoin is a software protocol for issuing and moving money across the Internet. New bitcoins are earned, or “mined,” by people who lend computing power to the networks that tally and certify transactions made using currency.” – Bloomberg
There are countless examples that prove we cannot trust the notion of mainstream media as a non-partisan effort to objectively report the news. It is, therefore, important to question the motivations and biases of any given media institution and to never invoke a sense of incredulity. The following are just a handful of examples bolstering this truth.
In the 1950s, the Central Intelligence Agency allegedly began Operation Mockingbird in an attempt to manipulate news media to seed propaganda and fund various cultural and student groups as organization fronts. Details of this operation are scarce and inconclusive. However, the operation was verified in the declassified CIA “Family Jewels” document.
In 1977, Carl Bernstein, a former journalist of the Washington Post, reported about the Central Intelligence Agency’s infiltration of the media. Bernstein revealed that more than 400 journalists had become an asset of the CIA. CIA assets were in The New York Times, CBS, ABC, NBC, Reuters, Time Inc, the Associated Press, etc.
“Among the executives who lent their cooperation to the Agency were Williarn Paley of the Columbia Broadcasting System, Henry Luce of Tirne Inc., Arthur Hays Sulzberger of the New York Times, Barry Bingham Sr. of the LouisviIle Courier‑Journal, and James Copley of the Copley News Service. Other organizations which cooperated with the CIA include the American Broadcasting Company, the National Broadcasting Company, the Associated Press, United Press International, Reuters, Hearst Newspapers, Scripps‑Howard, Newsweek magazine, the Mutual Broadcasting System, the Miami Herald and the old Saturday Evening Post and New York Herald‑Tribune.” ( Carl Bernstein – The CIA and The Media )
In 2013, John Brennan became the director of the CIA under Barack Obama. In the same year, Jeff Bezos, the owner of Amazon, decided to buy the Washington Post. Later that year, Bezos secured a $600 million dollar contract with the CIA. This is an obvious conflict of interest and as many advocates of transparency and journalistic standards have requested, a disclaimer of this relationship should be provided.
In 2016, the Washington Post reported that a “secret CIA assessment” determined that Russia interfered with the 2016 Election in the hope of electing Donald Trump. This begged the question as to whether or not the CIA had become politicized under the leadership of John Brennan who has openly feuded with Trump on several occasions, especially considering that the narrative has dramatically shifted from the original assertion after statements from the Director of National Intelligence offered clarification. This is the perfect example of how a conflict of interest could create the potential for politicization.
In 2016, WikiLeaks revealed that numerous media outlets colluded with the Clinton campaign. Former U.S. Representative, Ron Paul, created a list that features those implicated in the media collusion.
In 2016, Gallup revealed that American trust in media had fallen to an all-time low.
While it is clear Americans’ trust in the media has been eroding over time, the election campaign may be the reason that it has fallen so sharply this year. With many Republican leaders and conservative pundits saying Hillary Clinton has received overly positive media attention, while Donald Trump has been receiving unfair or negative attention, this may be the prime reason their relatively low trust in the media has evaporated even more. — Gallup
Through the ever-increasing access to information, even the average individual can determine fact from fiction. Reporting inaccurately, if not now, will sooner or later be equated to shooting one’s self in the foot, which is precisely what Buzzfeed and CNN did when they reported on Trump’s Dirty Dossier, a story that was obviously untrue, according to the Director of National Intelligence and according to common sense.
The infiltration, politicization, collusion, and general recklessness of the mainstream media validates both Trump’s and Bannon’s assertions of media unfairness and bias. In fact, in regard to the infiltration of media, I found it unsurprising that Trump went straight to the CIA to put the media on blast. While to many, that made no sense, to those aware of the past relations between the media and CIA, it made perfect sense.
The media, as Steve Bannon stated, IS the opposition party. They are not accurately portraying reality and they’re doing a great injustice to the American people because perception informs reality and they are distorting that perception, thus distorting reality. This isn’t just about the leftist stranglehold over media, as Andrew Breitbart so brilliantly detailed in his 2011 book, Righteous Indignation, but about a much wider issue that transcends party affiliation.
The National Intelligence Council releases a global trends report every four years following the U.S. presidential election. This post-election report, Global Trends: Paradox of Progress, reflects a positive outlook on cryptocurrency.
Of many concerns the report discusses, ranging from terrorism to ‘gray-zone’ warfare, cryptocurrencies are not one of them. Instead, it acknowledges that “New financial technologies— including digital currencies, applications of “blockchain” technology for transactions, and AI and big data for predictive analytics—will reshape financial services“. ( Global Trends: Paradox of Progress, pg. 15 )
The geopolitical conditions implied by global trends indicate that it’s a good time to invest in cryptocurrency, gold, silver, or whatever hedge you have against inflation and economic instability.
Global trends indicate rising tensions within and between countries, weak economic growth, shrinking workforces, increased competition for good jobs globally, potential reductions of open trade, the increase of terrorism and disruptive groups, an increase of gray-zone warfare, clean drinking water shortages, etc.
Individuals will be more empowered with new technologies, the world will be even more interconnected and have greater access to information, governments will be forced to be more transparent, biological enhancements will improve and prolong human life and challenge what it means to be human, reduction of monopolized and centralized institutions will free individuals, groups and individuals will be able to bypass traditional systems to create changes faster, many governments, including the U.S., will become decentralized, and economies will become more diversified.
Guccifer 2.0 has reemerged to discredit claims of Russian ties.
“I really hope you’ve missed me a lot. Though I see they didn’t let you forget my name. The U.S. intelligence agencies have published several reports of late claiming I have ties with Russia.
I’d like to make it clear enough that these accusations are unfounded. I have totally no relation to the Russian government. I’d like to tell you once again I was acting in accordance with my personal political views and beliefs.
The technical evidence contained in the reports doesn’t stand up to scrutiny. This is a crude fake.
Any IT professional can see that a malware sample mentioned in the Joint Analysis Report was taken from the web and was commonly available. A lot of hackers use it. I think it was inserted in the report to make it look a bit more plausible.
I already explained at The Future of Cyber Security Europe conference that took place in London in last September, I had used a different way to breach into the DNC network. I found a vulnerability in the NGP VAN software installed in the DNC system.
It’s obvious that the intelligence agencies are deliberately falsifying evidence. In my opinion, they’re playing into the hands of the Democrats who are trying to blame foreign actors for their failure.
The Obama administration has a week left in office and I believe we’ll see some more fakes during this period.
I guess you have a lot of questions for me. So, feel free to send them via DM.”
In an odd event, a high-ranking Freemason, Giulio Occhionero, hacked into thousands of email accounts, including accounts of European Central Bank President Mario Draghi, Italian Prime Ministers Matteo Renzi and Mario Monti, and several Vatican cardinals.
“There were tens of thousands of email accounts hacked, and among them were accounts belonging to bankers, businessmen and even several cardinals in the Vatican,” Roberto Di Legami, director of the specialised cyber police unit that conducted the investigation, told Reuters.
According to Bloomberg, the name of the hacking operation or customized malware was “Eye Pyramid“.
There’s a history of conflict between the Vatican and Freemasonry, which is why it’s particularly interesting that he hacked accounts of Vatican cardinals.
The projections of Bitcoin hitting 1,000 by late 2016 to early 2017 were spot on. Bitcoin hit 1,000 today, January 1st, 2017. This time, it’s different, though. The overall stability of Bitcoin has increased by a very substantial margin and will continue to increase with time.
The price of Bitcoin is still subject to volatility until it completes the S-curve of adoption but the future of Bitcoin is looking very promising. This is another great milestone for Bitcoin.
The Hill released an article reflecting the perspective I had taken seven days prior, in our article on “fake news” and internet censorship. I concluded the article stating that “Both sides are guilty of bias, both push false and misleading narratives, but only one side is calling for internet censorship, only one side has unveiled an incredibly deceitful and destructive agenda.” Of course, I’m referring to the agenda of controlled media to discredit the alternative media as “fake news”.
The war between alternative media and controlled media has become apparent but alternative media has already won this war before it began. The controlled media is acting in a reactionary way to that which it perceives as a threat to its legitimacy, whereas the alternative media has acted in a preemptive and prevailing which is more persuasive. For that reason, the alternative media will continue to prevail over the controlled media and the statistics back my perspective on this matter.
Trust in the media ( mainstream media ) has dropped to an all-time low.
“WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans’ trust and confidence in the mass media “to report the news fully, accurately and fairly” has dropped to its lowest level in Gallup polling history, with 32% saying they have a great deal or fair amount of trust in the media. This is down eight percentage points from last year.
Gallup began asking this question in 1972, and on a yearly basis since 1997. Over the history of the entire trend, Americans’ trust and confidence hit its highest point in 1976, at 72%, in the wake of widely lauded examples of investigative journalism regarding Vietnam and the Watergate scandal. After staying in the low to mid-50s through the late 1990s and into the early years of the new century, Americans’ trust in the media has fallen slowly and steadily. It has consistently been below a majority level since 2007.
Republicans Fuel Drop in Media Trust
While it is clear Americans’ trust in the media has been eroding over time, the election campaign may be the reason that it has fallen so sharply this year. With many Republican leaders and conservative pundits saying Hillary Clinton has received overly positive media attention, while Donald Trump has been receiving unfair or negative attention, this may be the prime reason their relatively low trust in the media has evaporated even more. It is also possible that Republicans think less of the media as a result of Trump’s sharp criticisms of the press. Republicans who say they have trust in the media has plummeted to 14% from 32% a year ago. This is easily the lowest confidence among Republicans in 20 years.
Democrats’ and independents’ trust in the media has declined only marginally, with 51% of Democrats (compared with 55% last year) and 30% of independents (versus 33% last year) expressing trust. Over the past 20 years, Democrats have generally expressed more trust than Republicans in the media, although in 2000, the two parties were most closely aligned, with 53% of Democrats and 47% of Republicans professing trust.
Trust in Mass Media Falls Across Age Groups
Older Americans are more likely than younger Americans to say they trust the media, but trust has declined among both age groups this year. Currently, 26% of those aged 18 to 49 (down from 36% last year) and 38% of those aged 50 and older (down from 45%) say they have a great deal or fair amount of trust in the media.
In 2001, younger Americans (55%) were more likely than older Americans (50%) to express trust and confidence in mass media. This gap emerged again in 2005 when 53% of 18- to 49-year-olds had trust and 45% of those 50 and older expressed the same sentiment. Yet in the past decade, older Americans have mostly had more confidence than younger Americans, and this year, the gap between these age groups is 12 points. And 2016 marks the first time that confidence among older Americans has dropped below 40% in polling since 2001.” – Gallup
The democratization of information has lead to the democratization of truth, therein lying the distrust of controlled media among the youth of America. There is no reason to believe that this trend won’t continue, especially with the popularity of alternative media skyrocketing in contrast to controlled media, which is only experiencing temporary surges.
Controlled media has already lost the youth, which created the necessity for alternative media and that necessity will drive the future of media focus and that’s why alternative media is more likely, in the long-run, to overtake the controlled media. However, efforts are being made to curve this phenomenon. For example, CNN recently purchased the social media app Beme, to cultivate the millennial audience. I am predicting that these type of efforts will ultimately fail and will not curve this trend because it does not provide a solution to the problem that created this trend, to begin with.
At some point, controlled media and all media, for that matter, will have to submit to a more informed age of individuals, who will be more capable of deciphering fact from fiction for themselves.
Reddit has banned the PizzaGate subreddit, which was gaining thousands of subscribers a day, under the grounds that it has violated its terms of service agreement.
According to a moderator of r/uncensorednews and former moderator of r/PizzaGate, the PizzaGate subreddit was banned after outside influences forced the moderators of Reddit to shut down the PizzaGate investigation.
“As a previous moderator of /pizzagate, I’d like to say that we did absolutely everything we could to abide by the rules set forth on us by the admins.
No rules were intentionally broken nor did we try to ignore what they told us.
The pizzagate issue is a very sensitive topic and I don’t believe that this was not a clear conscious decision by the admins. After speaking with the rest of the pizzagate mod team, we strongly believe there was a very powerful outside influence which caused the subreddit to be shut down. We believe this due to some information we received outside of Reddit.”
According to another moderator, Reddit was pressured by external sources to shut the subreddit down.
“Amidst the cries of censorship, keep in mind that the admins are simply applying existing sitewide rules, and it’s more than likely that reddit (and its majority owner Avance Publications*) have been pressured from external sources, with threats of litigation, removal of advertising revenue, etc.”
If you do not know what PizzaGate is, do not Google it! You will be directed to completely biased sources that do not acknowledge key elements of the investigation and dismiss it as a conspiracy theory. Anyone in their right mind, who examines the evidence, couldn’t possibly conclude that these findings are normal and do not amount to a legitimate case for inquiry. That is not to say that the allegations are true but that they at least warrant investigation and that the findings are certainly abnormal.
You should research “PizzaGate” yourself before coming to any conclusions.
The PizzaGate investigation is migrating to Voat, a non-censorship alternative to Reddit.