Saturday, April 9, 2016

Fingerprint Scanning and Bio Metric Technology as Currency

Mark Matheny
April 9, 2016

For years many have speculated on the ideal of a cashless society in which every transaction is collected in data bases, and verification of your electronic bank account is done by a scan of your fingerprint.

Now in Japan, according a news article, the Government there will conduct an experiment where "foreign tourists will be able to verify their identities and buy things at stores using only their fingerprints."

The Japanese Government is hoping to have the system fully implemented by 2020 for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. According to the article :
The experiment will have inbound tourists register their fingerprints and other data, such as credit card information, at airports and elsewhere.Tourists would then be able to conduct tax exemption procedures and make purchases after verifying their identities by placing two fingers on special devices installed at stores.The Inns and Hotels Law requires foreign tourists to show their passports when they check into ryokan inns or hotels.The government plans to substitute fingerprint authentication for that requirement.A total of 300 souvenir shops, restaurants, hotels and other establishments will participate in the experiment. They are located in areas that are popular among foreign tourists such as Hakone, Kamakura, Yugawara in Kanagawa Prefecture, and Atami in Shizuoka Prefecture.The government plans to gradually expand the experiment by next spring, to cover areas including tourist sites in the Tohoku region and urban districts in Nagoya.
Officials of the government claim that security measures will be in place to safeguard the information of customers and prevent breaches of the Private information.

Of course, the real agenda behind these types of programs is to acclimate citizens around the world to the idea of a cashless society.
According to one report, non cash transactions are not only becoming more popular among the average citizen, but it is increasing among companies as well:
The digital revolution will extend well beyond consumer payments and retail banking, causing significant changes in transaction banking. As customers grow accustomed to faster and more convenient payments on the retail side, they will soon demand similar conveniences and service levels in transaction banking. In fact, recent research by McKinsey & Company and by Greenwich Associates already shows a growing preference for digital channels among companies. And having witnessed the impact of nonbanks in consumer banking, transaction bankers are becoming more aware of the nonbank threat in their own backyard, and of the potentially major downside of failing to invest in digital infrastructures and services.
According to Forbes, cash transactions are "no longer king" as digital transactions begin to soar globally:
Debit and credit transactions are taking the place of cash around the world — faster in developing countries than in North America and Europe, according to a recent report by Cap Gemini and RBS, the UK bank. Total non-cash transactions will reach 365.5 billion in 2013, growing at more than 20 percent in developing markets but only 5.6 percent in mature markets.In some cases, developing countries will be able to leapfrog mature markets by moving directly to newer, more flexible technologies in payments, similar to their rapid adoption of wireless without the burden of wire legacy systems.“Developing markets are establishing initiatives and upgrading infrastructure in order to boost non-cash volumes,” the report found. Mobile phones are making a huge impact and that will only increase as inexpensive smartphones proliferate.“M-payments are expected to grow by 60.8 percent annually through to 2015. E-payments will decelerate to 15.9 percent growth during the same period. There is a gradual convergence of e- and m-payments as the distinction between the two diminishes.”
The same report went on to say that checks have almost disappeared in many of the markets:
 Checks have almost disappeared in many markets, making up just 4.8 percent on non-cash transactions in Europe in 2012. The U.S. remains a checking account powerhouse, a somewhat dubious distinction, accounting for 65.1 percent of global check transactions.
We are also seeing the drive to have more companies take on fingerprint scanning for financial transactions.  Declining confidence among consumers regarding the use of mobile transactions has many companies looking into biometric technologies for financial transactions.  According to a report by The Deloitte Center for Financial Services :
 eroding consumer confidence in the security of mobile financial service applications has forced the industry to take a closer look at incorporating technologies such as biometrics to help alleviate fears and insecurities. The report seems right on cue following our post last week about the need for the financial services and banking industries to more closely assess the use of biometrics for customer and employee ID and to better secure mobile devices while engaging in transactions.
As electronic transactions increase, and cash transactions decrease, citizens here in the United States and around the world will lose the freedom that cash transactions provide - anonymity.

This is the true agenda of the Elites. With electronic transactions, data collection will record all purchases and all payments. This will also enable government entities to freeze transactions among individuals or companies at their discretion.

Remember these words:
 "And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name." Revelation 13:16-17

Mancession: Men lost 2 times more jobs than women from the Great Recession and have gained half as many jobs since late 2007.

April 9, 2016

It should be clear that the Great Recession took a toll on most people.  This is reflected in household incomes and savings.  But one thing that is abundantly clear is that the Great Recession took a massive toll on male employment at a rate twice that of females.  We’ll get into the charts and figures later in the article but suffice it to say that the recession didn’t hurt people equally.  Some took on the brunt of the damage.  When splitting out job losses and gains by gender, it is clear that something else was going on.  One reason for this has to do with the big losses in construction and manufacturing that tend to be heavily dominated by men.  Thehousing bubble imploding didn’t help in this respect.  In many ways this has been a Mancession even in the midst of a recovery that started in early 2009.
Mancession – men haven’t recovered from Great Recession
One of the more interesting points of reference is looking at total jobs lost and gained since the Great Recession hit but splitting out men and women.  Let us look at the figures:
Men lost 5.7 million jobs and women lost 2.6 million jobs.  Since late 2007 men have gained 904,000 jobs and women have gained 1,858,000 jobs (twice the rate of men).  So for nearly a decade, women are netting jobs at twice the rate of men.
This might be shrugged off as a temporary change but there is something bigger going on.  Just look at the participation rate of men in the labor force:
The participation rate of men in the labor force has been falling dramatically since the 1970s.  Women’s participation rate was moving up into the 2000s but has also moved into a similar trajectory.

Post-free speech America

Liberty Digest
April 9, 2016

Man with gag
An attempt to “punish” (i.e., persecute and prosecute) a movie maker for a documentary he produced and distributed for free prior to the 2012 presidential election failed in the Federal Election Commission. But it failed only because the three Democrat appointees were offset by the three Republican appointees.
The movie in question was titled “Dreams of My Real Father: A Story of Reds and Deception.” I have not watched it, but the trailer  indicates it puts to bed the lie that President Barack Obama is the son of Barack Obama Sr., and makes the case that his real father is the communist author and agitator Frank Marshal Davis, and that at Obama’s core he is a Marxist.
As an aside, that is the Obama narrative that makes the most sense and is likely the reason Obama produced a fake birth certificate when the birther issue was at its zenith, as I have written before.
Film maker Joel Gilbert sent the movie to millions of voters in swing states. The distribution prompted the filing of an FEC complaint that he violated reporting rules even though he acted on his own with no ties to political groups or parties. The complaint prompted Gilbert to seek the standard media “exemption” from reporting.
The FEC gave exemptions to Michael Moore and Daily Kos for their leftist productions, but the Democrats on the FEC wanted to make an example of the conservative Gilbert. Democrats on the FEC have been targeting so-called conservative media for two years. They have discussed, among other actions, regulating Citizen United’s movie division, and pondered how to shut down Sean Hannity’s radio program and the Drudge Report, seeking to require them to register as political action committees.
And in California, the Democrat attorney general has targeted David Daleiden, the man behind the Center for Medical Progress. That’s the group that documented Planned Parenthood abortionists discussing what has now been revealed to be a nationwide baby parts trafficking network.
Following the attacks on the Benghazi consulate, which Obama and the witch from Chappaqua sought to blame on an anti-Muslim YouTube video in order to conceal their operation to run guns to al-Qaida terrorists in Syria, filmmaker Nakoula Basseley Nakoula was arrested, thereby becoming a political prisoner.
Democrats were once consistent in their support of free speech, going to bat to preserve the rights of flag burners, porn publishers and George W. Bush haters. But they’ve finally found speech they don’t like. That’s any speech that sheds light on their standard bearers and pet causes, no matter how perverse.
The 1st Amendment ostensibly guarantees the rights of all Americans to speak freely and openly and to criticize their government without fear of repercussions. But not even the Founders held to that. President John Adams and the 5th U.S. Congress put into law the Sedition Act which criminalized making false statements critical of the Federal government, a direct violation of the 1st Amendment. The law led to the arrest of many of Adams’ most vocal opponents, including Benjamin Franklin’s grandson, Benjamin Franklin Bache, editor of the Philadelphia Democrat-Republican Aurora.
Only in America’s first few years of existence was there truly freedom of speech. Since then we’ve lived in a post free speech America, and exercising or attempting to exercise that right can get youdisappearedshotarrested or fined if your speech makes government too uncomfortable.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Virtual machine guns, robo-security guards and drones will protect your home from burglars in 2025

Daily Mail
March 30, 2016

From burglar alarms that identify intruders, to robotic guards and even 'gun' turrets, homeowners of the future will have far more imaginative options to protect their property than today.

A report about the future of home security predicts a future that's a cross between the Minority Report and The Crystal Maze in which burglars would have to run a high-tech gauntlet to make off with goods.

For example, burglar alarms could shout at intruders by name, while indelible sprays could mark them out in case of escape, and drones could give chase. 
In a vision of the future, burglar alarms could shout at intruders by name, while indelible sprays could mark them out in case of escape, and drones could give chase (illustrated) 
In a vision of the future, burglar alarms could shout at intruders by name, while indelible sprays could mark them out in case of escape, and drones could give chase (illustrated) 

The report, by future trends experts Futurizon, was commissioned by security company ADT.
In a survey, the Florida-based firm found only four out of ten people feel safe being at home, while one in ten believe their home is at greater risk today than it was only five years ago.

Read the entire article

National Border Patrol Council Endorses Trump for President

March 30, 2016

In an official statement first obtained by Breitbart Texas, the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) endorsed Donald Trump for President of the United States. The unusually bold statement comes just days after a senior policy adviser for Trump made clear that future U.S. border security policy would be largely determined by the men and women of the U.S. Border Patrol who are actual agents protecting the border and not by politically-appointed bureaucrats in the Border Patrol or its parent agency, Customs and Border Protection (CBP), if Trump is elected.

The endorsement is the first-ever in a presidential primary for the NBPC. The agents’ statement makes clear that Trump’s public pledge to secure the border by turning to the actual agents in the NBPC is revolutionary and an opportunity never-before-seen and one that may never be seen again. They wrote, “Mr. Trump will take on special interest and embrace the ideas of rank-and-file Border Patrol agents rather than listening to the management yes-men who say whatever they are programmed to say. This is a refreshing change that we have not seen before – and may never see again.”
The NBPC has been the only voice for nearly 17,000 Border Patrol agents. The organization has served as the only advocacy and defense mechanism for the needs and interests of agents against overwhelming attacks from political groups and special interests opposing a secured border.
The full statement from the NBPC:
March 30, 2016
The National Border Patrol Council is the official organization representing our nation’s Border Patrol Agents. We represent 16,500 agents who selflessly serve this country in an environment where our own political leaders try to keep us from doing our jobs.
The NBPC has had a longstanding practice of not endorsing presidential candidates in the primaries. We will not, however, shy away from voicing our opinions as it pertains to border security and the men and women of the United States Border Patrol. As such, we are breaking with our past practice and giving our first-ever endorsement in a presidential primary. We think it is that important: if we do not secure our borders, American communities will continue to suffer at the hands of gangs, cartels and violent criminals preying on the innocent. The lives and security of the American people are at stake, and the National Border Patrol Council will not sit on the sidelines.
As an organization we expect our elected officials to aggressively pursue the interests of the country. America has already tried a young, articulate freshman senator who never created a job as an attorney and under whose watch criminal cartels have been given the freest border reign ever known.
Unlike his opponents, Donald Trump is not a career politician, he is an outsider who has created thousands of jobs, pledged to bring about aggressive pro-American change, and who is completely independent of special interests. We don’t need a person who has the perfect Washington-approved tone, and certainly NOT another establishment politician in the W.H.  Indeed, the fact that people are more upset about Mr. Trump’s tone than about the destruction wrought by open borders tells us everything we need to know about the corruption in Washington.
We need a person in the White House who doesn’t fear the media, who doesn’t embrace political correctness, who doesn’t need the money, who is familiar with success, who won’t bow to foreign dictators, who is pro-military and values law enforcement, and who is angry for America and NOT subservient to the interests of other nations. Donald Trump is such a man.
Mr. Trump is as bold and outspoken as other world leaders who put their country’s interests ahead of all else.  Americans deserve to benefit for once instead of always paying and apologizing. Our current political establishment has bled this country dry, sees their power evaporating, and isn’t listening to voters who do all the heavy lifting.  Trump is opposed by the established powers specifically because they know he is the only candidate who actually threatens the established powers that have betrayed this country.
You can judge a man by his opponents: all the people responsible for the problems plaguing America today are opposing Mr. Trump. It is those without political power – the workers, the law enforcement officers, the everyday families and community members – who are supporting Mr. Trump.
Mr. Trump will take on special interests and embrace the ideas of rank-and-file Border Patrol agents rather than listening to the management yes-men who say whatever they are programmed to say. This is a refreshing change that we have not seen before – and may never see again.
Mr. Trump is correct when he says immigration wouldn’t be at the forefront of this presidential campaign if months ago he hadn’t made some bold and necessary statements. And when the withering media storm ensued he did not back down one iota.  That tells you the measure of a man.  When the so-called experts said he was too brash and outspoken, and that he would fade away, they were proven wrong. We are confident they will be proven wrong again in November when he becomes President of the United States.
There is no greater physical or economic threat to Americans today than our open border.  And there is no greater political threat than the control of Washington by special interests.  In view of these threats, the National Border Patrol Council endorses Donald J. Trump for President – and asks the American people to support Mr. Trump in his mission to finally secure the border of the United States of America, before it is too late.
Brandon Judd
National Border Patrol Council

Monday, March 28, 2016

Mass surveillance silences minority opinions, according to study

Washington Post
March 28, 2016

A new study shows that knowledge of government surveillance causes people to self-censor their dissenting opinions online. The research offers a sobering look at the oft-touted "democratizing" effect of social media and Internet access that bolsters minority opinion.
The study, published in Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, studied the effects of subtle reminders of mass surveillance on its subjects. The majority of participants reacted by suppressing opinions that they perceived to be in the minority. This research illustrates the silencing effect of participants’ dissenting opinions in the wake of widespread knowledge of government surveillance, as revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden in 2013.
The “spiral of silence” is a well-researched phenomenon in which people suppress unpopular opinions to fit in and avoid social isolation. It has been looked at in the context of social media and the echo-chamber effect, in which we tailor our opinions to fit the online activity of our Facebook and Twitter friends. But this study adds a new layer by explicitly examining how government surveillance affects self-censorship.

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