Web Research Links for the Week of 2/13/17

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from the The-Internet-Of-Things-Is-Falling Desk: AT&T plans a national IoT network with LTE-M by midyear – It’s accelerating its rollout of the network built for connected sensors and machineshttp://www.pcworld.com/article/3170060/internet-of-things/att-plans-a-national-iot-network-with-lte-m-by-midyear.html – “The carrier said Tuesday it will have nationwide LTE-M coverage in the U.S. by the middle of this year, six months ahead of schedule. Previously, AT&T had said LTE-M would cover the U.S. by year’s end... LTE-M is one of several LPWANs (low-power, wide-area networks) that are emerging to link sensors and other devices to the internet of things. It’s not as fast as the LTE that smartphones use, but it’s designed to allow for longer battery life, lower cost, smaller parts, and better coverage. LTE-M has a top speed of around 1Mbps (bits per second) upstream and downstream and a range of up to 100 kilometers (62 miles), including better penetration through walls.” – This is 5G technology, operating at speeds up to 90ghz (with a wavelength of 3mm!) an unprecedented assault on biological life.

FAKE NEWS WEEK: ‘Assad and Russia’s Slaughter in Syria’: Deconstructing the Media’s Fake ‘War Crimes’ – by Barbara McKenzie, 21stCenturyWire.com – “Narrative: NATO and its allies are waging an immoral and illegal war against Syria.  Despite mainstream media denials, the fact remains that their proxies on the ground are criminal gangs with an extremist ideology, committing atrocities on a daily basis… The crimes against Syria by the hand of western governments and their agents, however, are totally ignored by institutions that support the West in its plan to effect regime change. The agenda stretches from Washington DC, to the US-led ‘Coalition’ governments, right through to the United Nations… Instead, the West has constructed a narrative of Russian and Syrian ‘war crimes’ which, although refutable at every level, is maintained and promoted by Western politicians, diplomats, UN officials, the corporate media, and social media trolls. The fake narrative is achieved through a comprehensive set of strategies…”

From the No-Matter-How-Cynical-I-Get-I-Just-Can’t-Keep-Up Desk: Guardian Headline: Damning reports emerge of Trump campaign’s frequent talks with Russian intelligencehttps://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/14/donald-trump-campaign-russia-intelligence-contact – Contrary to the headline, the article, based SOLELY on innuendo in the NYTimes and on CNN, talks of unnamed “current and former US intelligence officials” speaking of contacts from “the Trump campaign” with “Russians known to US intelligence” who “conceded” the Trumpsters did not do ANYTHING in cooperation with what this scurrilous article contends, with no evidence, was “Moscow’s efforts to skew the election in Trump’s favour”. And I’m betting this trash gets picked up by Alternet, Daily Kos and HuffPo citing the Guardian as an Authoritative Source. OMG.

Tit-for-Tat: New CIS Report Validates Trump’s Travel Ban – by Alice Greene – http://punchingbagpost.com/new-cis-report-validates-trumps-travel-ban – “The ban, issued on Jan. 27th, affects refugees and visa holders from seven Muslim nations. According to the report, more than 70 convicted terrorists came from these countries. Seventeen of those individuals entered the US through a refugee program Trump had already flagged as ‘concerning.’.. The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) reports that more than 30 of the 72 convicts served at least three years in jail for their crimes… Crimes included ‘use of a weapon of mass destruction, conspiracy to commit a terror act, material support of a terrorist or terror group, international money laundering conspiracy, possession of explosives or missiles, and unlawful possession of a machine gun,’ reads the report… This report undermines Judge James L. Robart’s Feb. 3rd decision to issue a restraining order on the travel ban.”

Outlawing microchipping humans not so far-fetched, Nevada senator says – by Sandra Chereb – http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/politics-and-government/nevada/outlawing-microchipping-humans-not-so-far-fetched-nevada-senator – “Senate Bill 109 would make it a Class C felony to require someone to be implanted with a radio frequency identifier, such as microchips placed in pets… The idea for the bill came from a constituent, the Las Vegas Republican said… ‘As I began to look into the issue, I was surprised with the merit that I believe the issue warrants,’ Harris told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday… Harris said the technology is used by companies in Belgium and Sweden to identify employees… Harris said the Nevada bill is modeled after legislation passed by at least 10 other states.”

Elon Musk: Humans must merge with machines or become irrelevant in AI age – by Arjun Kharpal – http://www.cnbc.com/2017/02/13/elon-musk-humans-merge-machines-cyborg-artificial-intelligence-robots.html – ” ‘Over time I think we will probably see a closer merger of biological intelligence and digital intelligence,’ Musk told an audience at the World Government Summit in Dubai, where he also launched Tesla in the United Arab Emirates (UAE)… ‘It’s mostly about the bandwidth, the speed of the connection between your brain and the digital version of yourself, particularly output.’ ”

Arizona Scientists Devise $500 Billion Plan to Refreeze The Arctic Polar Cap – https://www.technocracy.news/index.php/2017/02/13/scientists-devise-400bn-plan-refreeze-arctic-polar-cap/ – “Physicist Steven Desch has come up with a novel solution to the problemsthat now beset the Arctic. He and a team of colleagues from Arizona State University want to replenish the region’s shrinking sea ice – by building 10 million wind-powered pumps over the Arctic ice cap. In winter, these would be used to pump water to the surface of the ice where it would freeze, thickening the cap.” – My comment to the article: “Are these “Scientists” going to calculate for the masses of warm low-latitude air being blown up into the Arctic by the weather modification scheme diverting the jetstream from the Northern Pacific?”

Resolute Support Commander: More Troops Needed to Break Afghan ‘Stalemate’ – by Cheryl Pellerin – https://www.defense.gov/News/Article/Article/1078377/resolute-support-commander-more-troops-needed-to-break-afghan-stalemate?source=GovDelivery

Military-Grade Spy Gear Is Flooding into Local Police Departmentshttp://www.defenseone.com/technology/2017/02/military-grade-spy-gear-flooding-local-police-departments/135282/?oref=DefenseOneFB – “…police agencies in other states continue to intercept cell data after presenting judges with a pen register application, a court order whose standard is lower than that of a search warrant. Authorities need only show that captured information will be “relevant to an ongoing criminal investigation.” Civil liberties advocates argue this lower standard is particularly troubling, given cell site simulators’ interceptions of “innocent” nearby phones in the process.More opaque still is what happens to all this data, extracted or intercepted, once police have it.”

Berkeley Riot, How & Why (11min)

A very direct distillation of the Feb. Alta report (and hints from future ones) with Clif High of HalfPastHuman.com interviewed by Dave on the X22 Spotlight (37min) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEYFsxfmnmo

from the Danger-Danger-Will-Robinson Desk: Russia halted Syrian army, rebel clash in northern Syria: sourceshttp://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-idUSKBN15P19B?il=0 – “Two rebel officials accused the government forces of provoking the incident. One of them said the government forces had moved towards their positions in tanks. ‘Rebels shot to warn them not to get any closer, but the tank responded and a clash erupted,’ said the first rebel official… ‘Later on Russia intervened to calm down the situation,’ said the rebel official. ‘This whole incident felt like a test.’.. A second rebel official, a commander in the al-Bab area, added: ‘They opened fire. Fire was returned.’.. Both rebel officials said an armored vehicle had been captured from the government forces… There was no immediate comment from Russia.”

China’s Technocracy Using Social Credit Scoring System To Drive Scientific Dictatorshiphttps://www.technocracy.news/index.php/2017/02/09/chinas-technocracy-using-social-credit-scoring-system-drive-scientific-dictatorship/ – “Dr. Parag Khanna maintains that China is a Technocracy and TN agrees. This social scoring system is guaranteed to result in total Scientific Dictatorship, and it will soon be coming to America. This is a foundational,  must-read article for all Americans! ⁃ TN Editor” – “As early as in 2003, the Chinese government expressed interest in creating a comprehensive means of assigning citizens credit scores that would be an improvement over the country’s credit rating system. The State Council recently approved the ‘Outline of Regulations for Building a Social Credit System (2014-2020)’ and at present eight companies have been granted the central bank’s permission to conduct pilot testing of their own social credit systems, akin to the Fair, Isaac and Company (FICO) consumer credit ratings. Part of what makes such an endeavor unique in China is the vagueness and in some cases complete absence of regulations regarding big data collection for credit scoring purposes, potential third party uses of such scores, and privacy protections of the user data that factors into credit score calculations.”

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