All posts by Rich Winkel

Assange: Generation being born now is the last to be free

Before his links to the world was cut by his Ecuadorian hosts, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange gave an interview on how technological advances are changing humankind. He said global surveillance will soon be totally unavoidable.

The interview was provided to RT by organizers of the World Ethical Data Forum in Barcelona. Assange, who is currently stranded in the Ecuadorean embassy in London with no outside communication except with his legal team, has a pretty grim outlook on where humanity is going. He says it will soon be impossible for any human being to not be included into global databases collected by governments and state-like entities.

This generation being born now… is the last free generation. You are born and either immediately or within say a year you are known globally. Your identity in one form or another –coming as a result of your idiotic parents plastering your name and photos all over Facebook or as a result of insurance applications or passport applications– is known to all major world powers.

“A small child now in some sense has to negotiate its relationship with all the major world powers… It puts us in a very different position. Very few technically capable people are able to live apart, to choose to live apart, to choose to go their own way,” he added. “It smells a bit like totalitarianism – in some way.”

The capacity to collect and process information about people has been growing exponentially and will continue to grow fast, he stated. With advancements in applying Artificial Intelligence (AI) to big data, the next logical step is coming.

“Look at what Google and Baidu and Tencent and Amazon and Facebook are doing. They are basically open-cut harvesting the knowledge of humankind as we express it, when we communicate with each other… This classical model, which people in academia call ‘surveillance capitalism’… has changed now.

It’s a really very important and severe economic change. Which is to take the surveillance capitalism model and transform it instead into a model that does not yet have a name, an ‘AI model’. Which is to use this vast reservoir to train Artificial Intelligences of different kinds. This would replace not only intermediary sectors –most things you do on the internet is in a sense more efficient intermediation– but to take over the transport sector, or create whole new sectors.

Assange also predicted that the scale of hostile activities through cyberspace will see a breakout point as soon as AI is trained to sufficiently automate hacking attacks.

“There is no border [online]. It’s 220 milliseconds from New York to Nairobi. Why would there ever be peace in such a scenario?” he said. “[Entities online] are creating their own borders using cryptography. But the size of the attack surface for any decent-sized organization, the number of people, different types of software and hardware it has to pull inside itself means that it is very hard to establish.

I don’t think it’s really possible to come up with borders that are predictable enough and stable enough to eliminate conflict. Therefore, there will be more conflict.

The Real Reason Why the US Never Wins Its Wars

… None of these wars, hot wars or cold wars, has ever been won. Nor were they intended to be won. And there are no signs that future US-led wars will ever be won; irrespective of the trillions of dollars spent on them, and irrespective of the trillions to come in the future to maintain these wars and to start new ones. If we, the 191 UN member nations allow these wars to continue, that is. – Again, why is that?

The answer is simple. It is not in the interest of the United States to win any wars.

The reasons are several. A won war theoretically brings peace, meaning no more weapons, no more fighting, no more destruction, no more terror and fear, no more insane profits for the war industry – but foremost, a country at peace is more difficult to manipulate and starve into submission than a country maintained at a level of constant conflict – conflict that not even a regime change will end, as we are seeing in so many cases around the world. Case in point, one of the latest ones being the Ukraine, after the US-NATO-EU instigated February 2014 Maidan coup, prepared with a long hand, in Victoria Nuland’s word, then Assistant Secretary of State, we spent more than 5 years and 5 billion dollars to bring about a regime change and “democracy” to the Ukraine….

For those who don’t know, the US State Department has clearly exposed it’s plans to guarantee world primacy to the Senate’s Foreign Relations Commission. Assistant Secretary of State, Wess Mitchell, has declared that the United States is punishing Russia, because Moscow is impeding Washington from establishing supremacy over the world. It gets as blunt as that. The US openly recognizes the reason for their fight against Russia, and that Washington would not accept anything less than a full capitulation.

The full supremacy over the world is not possible without controlling the entire landmass of Eurasia – which for now they, the US, does not dominate. Mitchell added, contrary to optimistic hypothesis of earlier administrations, Russia and China are the most serious contenders to impede materially and ideologically the supremacy of the United States in the 21st Century, in a reference to the PNAC, Plan for a New American Century.

Then Mitchell launched a bomb, “It is always of primordial interest for the United States’ national security to impede the domination of the Eurasian landmass by hostile powers.” – This clearly means that the United States will shy away from nothing in the pursuit of this goal – meaning an outright war – nuclear or other – massive killing and total destruction – to reach that goal. This explains the myriad false accusations, ranging from outright insults at the UN by a lunatic Nikki Haley, the never-ending saga of the Skripal poisoning, to Russian meddling in the 2016 US elections – and whatever else suits the political circumstances to bash Russia. And these fabricated lies come mostly from Washington and London – and the rest of the western vassals just follows….

Note that the same social control objectives prevalent in US client states apply to the USA itself.   War is a great way to promote adherence to centralized authority, and the resultant poverty makes americans far easier to control.

On a side note, the reason that the USA NEVER installs a popular government in its endless foreign machinations is that such a government wouldn’t need arms and “security assistance” to retain power.   Governments without popular support are dependent on such imports and thus controllable by their western midwives.

EU and national funders launch plan for free and immediate open access to scientific journals

The architect of ‘Plan-S’, Robert-Jan Smits, hopes to force a major change in the business model of academic publishers. The effect will be similar to the abolition of mobile phone roaming charges in Europe, he says

The European Commission and a group of national research funders have laid out a controversial and perhaps precedent-setting plan to make thousands of research papers free to read on the day of publication, in a move that could force a major change in the business model of science publishers.

The initiative, ‘Plan-S’, brings together eleven top national research funders, plus the European Research Council, in an effort to release some of the world’s highest quality and highest impact research from behind journal paywalls.

Under the initiative, funding agencies including UK Research and Innovation, Science Foundation Ireland and the Research Council of Norway will require grant holders to publish only in journals that offer immediate open access, and under a licence that enables anyone to freely reuse and distribute the material.

The European Commission and coalition of national research funders in Austria, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovenia, Sweden and the UK will implement the new policy from 1 January 2020.

The idea is to open up publicly funded research to everyone, not just the well-resourced, says the architect of the plan, Robert-Jan Smits. “The solution for opening up research is in the hands of funders. They hold the key,” he told Science|Business. The EU’s research commissioner, Carlos Moedas, congratulated the funding bodies that committed to Plan-S “and strongly encourage[d] others to follow as soon as possible”.

Smits hopes the plan will increase the pressure on a handful of influential science gatekeepers, such as Elsevier, Wiley and Springer, which stand accused of limiting the flow of scientific information through the high subscription rates of their journals. Following almost eight years as EU’s most senior civil servant in research, Smits was appointed special envoy on open science within the European Political Strategy Centre, the Commission’s in-house think tank, in February. He developed the open access plan with Marc Schiltz, president of Science Europe, a body representing national public research funders….

The Google Cult Reacts to Trump’s Election

Apparently it’s never occurred to many self-identified “liberals” that hillary’s corruption and barely concealed disdain for “the people” was probably the biggest factor in getting trump elected.   Their resolute conviction that hillary’s opponents are ignorant or intolerant bigots in need of education is a reflection of her own elitism.

Anyway, this video gives insights into the cult psychology of well-heeled echo chambers such as big corporations and medical schools.   I saw this myself in my brief exposure to the culture at IBM.   Everyone was “family” but in a toxic sense.   You could feel the elitism masking the fear in the air, the need to curry favor with superiors and avoid being cast out into the void.   Since this cult-like dynamic pretty much controls the world even in the absence of secret societies, it’s remarkable how invisible it is to the media.   Or not, actually.

A video recorded by Google shortly after the 2016 presidential election reveals an atmosphere of panic and dismay amongst the tech giant’s leadership, coupled with a determination to thwart both the Trump agenda and the broader populist movement emerging around the globe.

The video is a full recording of Google’s first all-hands meeting following the 2016 election (these weekly meetings are known inside the company as “TGIF” or “Thank God It’s Friday” meetings). Sent to Breitbart News by an anonymous source, it features co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, VPs Kent Walker and Eileen Naughton, CFO Ruth Porat, and CEO Sundar Pichai. It can be watched in full above. It can and should be watched in full above in order to get the full context of the meeting and the statements made.

It was reported earlier this week that Google tried to boost turnout among the Latino population to help Hillary Clinton, only to be dismayed as the usually solid Democratic voting bloc switched to the GOP in record numbers. This video shows a similar level of dismay among Google’s most high-profile figures.

These individuals, who preside over a company with unrivaled influence over the flow of information, can be seen disparaging the motivations of Trump voters and plotting ways to use their vast resources to thwart the Trump agenda.

Co-founder Sergey Brin can be heard comparing Trump supporters to fascists and extremists. Brin argues that like other extremists, Trump voters were motivated by “boredom,” which he says in the past led to fascism and communism….

Google is a CULT: Employees wear multi-colored propeller hats to proclaim obedience to their creepy techno-cult

Intelligence and memory are distributed throughout the body

New research shows the skin “remembers” injuries, which helps it heal faster the next time

(Natural News) A study from The Rockefeller University reveals that wounds or other harmful experiences caused by inflammation impart long-lasting memories to the stem cells residing in the skin, teaching them to heal subsequent injuries faster.

In the study, the researchers discovered that the stem cells deep within the inner layers of our skin, which are responsible for replenishing the outer layers, take their cue from inflammation, the body’s response to injury or infection.

When the skin experiences irritation such as a sunburn, or infection by microbes, or injuries such as a paper cut, it becomes inflamed – red, swollen, and painful – as its way to initiate repair to the damaged tissue. The stem cells were found to remain in place after the skin has recovered from inflammation, and will recognize a recurring inflammation coming on after being sensitized to it the first time, and will respond to it more rapidly. (Related: Adult stem cells treat a host of diseases, say doctors.)

In experiments with mice, the research team found that wounds closed more than twice as fast in the area of the skin that had already experienced inflammation than in the area that had never been damaged. This holds true even if the initial inflammation happened as far back as six months earlier, the equivalent of about 15 years for a human. The team determined that the healing sped up due to the stem cells’ faster reaction to repair the recurring damage….

The Horrific Tyranny Google is Now Secretly Fostering in China

Reminder: the chinese govt was made in the USA:

Based on the history of how China treats its dissidents, Google could soon be complicit in the state-sponsored torture and murder of people for their political and religous views.

Last week, it was reported that a senior scientist at Google, Jack Poulson did the right thing and resigned from his high-paying job over his employer’s decision to support censorship in China. “I am forced to resign in order to avoid contributing to, or profiting from, the erosion of protection for dissidents,” he said.

The senior scientist blew the whistle last month after the Intercept revealed through leaked documents that the internet behemoth planned to launch a censored version of its search engine in Chine that will blacklist websites and search terms about human rights, democracy, religion, and peaceful protest.

After unsuccessfully pleading with his bosses to stop the implementation of this censorship platform Google is creating, Poulson tendered his resignation.

He felt it was his “ethical responsibility to resign in protest of the forfeiture of our public human rights commitments,” he said.

The insidious nature of supporting such tyrannical censorship speaks for itself. However, Google apparently couldn’t care less about the implications and are reportedly moving forward with the initiative anyway.

What the hell happened to “don’t be evil” Google?

As the Intercept reports:

The project – code-named Dragonfly – has been underway since spring of last year, and accelerated following a December 2017 meeting between Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai and a top Chinese government official, according to internal Google documents and people familiar with the plans.

Teams of programmers and engineers at Google have created a custom Android app, different versions of which have been named “Maotai” and “Longfei.” The app has already been demonstrated to the Chinese government; the finalized version could be launched in the next six to nine months, pending approval from Chinese officials.

The planned move represents a dramatic shift in Google’s policy on China and will mark the first time in almost a decade that the internet giant has operated its search engine in the country.

Through their censorship tactics, Google is helping to enable one of the most tyrannical and oppressive regimes on the planet.

“This has very serious implications not just for China, but for all of us, for freedom of information and internet freedom,” Patrick Poon, a Hong Kong-based researcher with human rights group Amnesty International, told The Intercept. “It will set a terrible precedent for many other companies who are still trying to do business in China while maintaining the principles of not succumbing to China’s censorship. The biggest search engine in the world obeying the censorship in China is a victory for the Chinese government – it sends a signal that nobody will bother to challenge the censorship any more.”

According to the leak, Google’s Chinese search app will automatically identify and filter websites blocked by the Great Firewall. When a person carries out a search, banned websites will be removed from the first page of results, and a disclaimer will be displayed stating that “some results may have been removed due to statutory requirements.” Examples cited in the documents of websites that will be subject to the censorship include those of British news broadcaster BBC and the online encyclopedia Wikipedia.

What’s more, Google will likely be required to turn over these blocked results to the Chinese government, in turn becoming a policing arm of the tyrannical state.

“It has been a requirement that companies operating in China must be prepared to police their users and turn over user data to security agencies upon request,” said Ron Deibert, director of Citizen Lab, an internet research group based at the University of Toronto, according to the Intercept. “We have also found overall that internet censorship [in China] is evolving towards less transparency, with less notification to users when messages are censored or removed across all platforms.”

This move by Google to not only support censorship, but participate in the oppression of more than a billion people should not be taken lightly. The internet giant is actively working with a corrupt and murderous government to allow that government to continue its corruption and murder—unchecked and under cover.

Based on the history of how China treats its dissidents, Google could soon be complicit in the murder of people for their political views. Let that sink it.

While this censorship by Google may be currently reserved for China, it’s only a matter of time before the tyrants in America seek to adopt it here—in the name of “national security,” no doubt.

While many Americans may be oblivious to the horrific nature of the Chinese surveillance and police state, the reality is that it exists and is getting worse. In fact, the level of tyranny has become so problematic that even mainstream media is occasionally forced to report on it. Below is a clip from a Wall Street Journal report on what they called the “total surveillance state” in the country.

If you want a glimpse into what Google is supporting, below are more short videos exposing the horrific nature of the Chinese government—one that Ingsoc would be jealous of.