Monday, February 9, 2015

BIG BROTHER NOW: The Rise Of The Global Police State - Police Across The United States Now Deploying Radar Devices That See Inside Your Home And Samsung's Smart TVs Are Capable Of Listening To Your Conversations!

February 9, 2015 - TECHNOLOGY & SURVEILLANCE - The intricate surveillance of the entire or a substantial fraction of our population is now in full effect mode. This mass surveillance is now being carried out by governments or governmental organisations, and are also carried out by corporations, either on behalf of governments or at their own initiative.


Police across America now deploying radar devices that see inside your home



As I have often written, the Digital Age is replete with technology that can, and has, been used as a double-edged sword, on one hand providing humanity with immeasurable benefits but on the other robbing it of dignity, liberty and basic protection from those who seek to rule.

The latest example of the harm being done to civil liberties in the Digital Age comes in the form of surveillance technology now being employed by dozens of federal agencies and police departments that enables agents and officers to actually see inside homes. No possibility of abuse here, right?

As reported by USA Today, some 50 law enforcement agencies have secretly (of course) outfitted officers with new radar devices that effectively allow them to peak through walls of houses to see whether anyone is inside. Naturally, this new law enforcement "technique" is raising even more concerns about illicit, unconstitutional surveillance in a time when technology has made such surveillance all too possible (and all too abused).

The paper further reported in its online edition:

Those agencies, including the FBI and the U.S. Marshals Service, began deploying the radar systems more than two years ago with little notice to the courts and no public disclosure of when or how they would be used. The technology raises legal and privacy issues because the U.S. Supreme Court has said officers generally cannot use high-tech sensors to tell them about the inside of a person's house without first obtaining a search warrant.

Fourth Amendment concerns

That federal agencies and other law enforcement entities began using these devices without telling anyone says, right off the bat, that they know such technology would likely not pass legal muster.

USA Today said the radar devices work like "finely tuned motion detectors," employing radio waves to home in on movements as miniscule as someone breathing, and from a distance of more than 50 feet. They are able to detect both persons inside homes and also if and when persons inside the structure are moving.

Naturally, users of the technology, as well as former federal officials, are supportive of it. They argue that the devices are crucial to ensuring the safety of officers if, say, they need to storm a building or rescue hostages (how often is law enforcement called on to do this latter task?).




But privacy advocates and some judges have voiced concern over the technology, saying they suspect law enforcement agencies and departments may be using the radar devices in inappropriate circumstances and, frankly, without the constitutionally required court-issued search warrant. Also, many of these same people were especially critical of the fact that these radar devices have been introduced without any public scrutiny.

Radars discovered by accident by a federal court

"The idea that the government can send signals through the wall of your house to figure out what's inside is problematic," Christopher Soghoian, the American Civil Liberties Union's principal technologist, told USA Today. "Technologies that allow the police to look inside of a home are among the intrusive tools that police have."

The ACLU was aware that the technology was coming down the pipe. In a December 2011 paper titled Protecting Privacy from Aerial Surveillance, the legal assistance civil rights organization noted that the U.S. military was currently developing it.

The use of the radars by federal agents was largely hidden from the public until December 2014, when a federal appears court in Denver said officers had employed one in a case before they entered a home to arrest a man for parole violation.

The 10th Circuit Court judges voiced alarm that agents had used the new device without first obtaining a search warrant. They warned that "the government's warrantless use of such a powerful tool to search inside homes poses grave Fourth Amendment questions."

However, by then the technology was anything but new. According to federal contract records, the Marshal's Service began buying the revealing radars in 2012, and thus far has spent $180,000 in taxpayer money on them, USA Today reported.  - Natural News.


Careful what you say: Your Samsung TV might be listening



Samsung has come under fire from privacy campaigners after it emerged the company’s new smart TVs are capable of listening to your conversations.

Viewers hoping to take advantage of the voice activation feature have been warned by Samsung not to disclose personal information because voice recordings can be captured and transmitted to unidentified third parties.

Privacy campaigners have compared the TV sets to ‘telescreens’ – televisions which also act as surveillance cameras in George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984. Electronic Frontier Foundation activist Park Higgins compared Samsung’s privacy policy to the famous book in a tweet on Sunday. It has already received 14,000 retweets.

Samsung insists it takes consumer privacy seriously, but did not name the third party which translates speech to text.

The issue was first highlighted by the Daily Beast, which warned readers not to talk about incriminating matters such as “tax evasion” and “drug use” in front their TV sets.

Hidden away in Samsung’s privacy policy is a single sentence which may change the way you behave in front of your TV: “Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party.”
The privacy policy goes on to warn: “In addition, Samsung may collect and capture voice commands and associated texts so that we can provide you with Voice Recognition features and evaluate and improve the features.”

The technology is designed to enable viewers to control their TV by using only their voice.

Even viewers who do not activate the voice recognition feature are still at risk of being snooped on, as the machine continues to collect data through its microphones. The only way to stop a Samsung smart TV from eavesdropping on your conversation is to disable voice recognition data collection in the settings menu.

Samsung claims it collects transcribed voice data in order to improve the technology’s features.

An investigation last year by consumer magazine Which? found that smart TVs made by LG, Samsung, Sony, Panasonic, and Toshiba track people’s viewing habits – something consumers agree to when they accept the TV’s terms and conditions.

Users who choose not to accept their TV’s terms and conditions may end up reverting to a not-so-smart television. While Toshiba and LG block internet access and apps, Samsung reportedly stops customers from using the TV at all.

Sony is the only manufacturer which blocks the tracking of television usage without restricting other functions.
Samsung has responded to the public backlash against its privacy policy, claiming it takes such concerns “very seriously.

If a consumer consents and uses the voice recognition feature, voice data is provided to a third party during a requested voice command search. At that time, the voice data is sent to a server, which searches for the requested content then returns the desired content to the TV,” the company said. - RT.



PLAGUES & PESTILENCES: Measles Outbreak Spreads To Three More U.S. States - 121 People Now Affected!



February 9, 2015 - UNITED STATES
- The measles outbreak spread to three more states and 19 additional people last week, according to an update posted Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The highly contagious disease is now in 17 states, with 121 people affected. The vast majority of the cases are part of the large outbreak that began in Southern California Disney theme parks in late December, the health agency said.




That total is on pace to easily surpass the 644 cases in the United States in 2014, the greatest number since measles was declared eliminated in the United States in 2000. Last week, the CDC reported 102 cases in 14 states.

Authorities have said the resurgence is mostly caused by the growing number of people who are declining to vaccinate their children for personal reasons, or delaying the vaccinations.


Measles cases: Jan. 1 to Feb. 6, 2015. There are 121 cases reported in Washington, DC and 17 states (California, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon, South
Dakota, Utah, Texas, Washington, Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Delaware). (CDC)

"This is a teachable moment for this country," former U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman said at a conference Monday at Johns Hopkins University's Bloomber School of Public Health. "When we see a disease that was almost eliminated in the early 1980s now come back with a jolt all around this country, we have to ask ourselves what’s going on.

"Not even vaccines are immune to politics ... I've seen politics threaten vaccination efforts time and time again," he added. - Washington Post.



TERMINATOR NOW: The Rise Of The Machines - Robot Vacuum Cleaner "ATTACKS" South Korean Woman While She Sleeps; Machine Attempted To Suck Up Her Hair; Had To Be Freed By Paramedics!

The vacuum only stopped running after initially ingesting the woman's hairPhoto: khan news

February 9, 2015 - SOUTH KOREA
- A robotic vacuum cleaner "attacked" a South Korean woman while she slept by attempting to suck up the hair on her head.

The woman, a 52-year-old resident of Changwon who has not been named, was awoken by the pain and, unable to extricate herself from the robot, called the fire department for help.

She was eventually freed by paramedics, escaping serious injury but losing several strands of hair.

It required two paramedics to remove her hair from the machine's nozzle, Korea Biz Wire reported.

The incident, which took place on January 3, highlighted the potential risk of this type of accident in South Korea, where sitting and sleeping on the floor is common practice.

The vacuum only stopped running more than a minute after initially ingesting the woman's hair.

She was still unable to free herself from the vacuum and made a "desperate rescue request" call to 119, South Korea's emergency telephone number.

Robotic vacuum cleaners are equipped with sensors allowing them to clean surfaces by detecting dirt while avoiding obstacles such as stairs, people and cables - but not, seemingly, human hair that is still attached.

Too close to home


While a person's home is his or her castle, it can also the source of seriously painful and embarrassing accidents that require medical attention.

Doctors in Saudi Arabia got quite a shock when they x-rayed a toddler and saw that he had swallowed a metallic SpongeBob SquarePants pendant.

A teen in Kyrgyzstan was rushed to hospital unable to eat and when doctors cut open the 18-year-old's swollen stomach they discovered this giant hairball, which had formed over many years of the girl compulsively eating her own hair and locks she picked up off the floor.

Statistically speaking, most British people are more likely to be injured at home than anywhere else.

Don't whatever you do, let the kids anywhere near a trampoline, with the device accounting for around half of all domestic sports injuries requiring hospital treatment among children. Safety experts say children jumping on one with an adult or a crowded trampoline, are the most likely to end in tears and a trip to an A&E unit.

Barbequing at home can cause unfortunate accidents, with a quarter of us admitting to cooking with one, that is operating a large open flame, while drunk. Gazebos, wooden furniture and sheds are often accidentally set alight in the warmer months, safety experts say. Tipsy grillers could explain the 2,000 individuals admitted to A&E units each year with barbeque-related injuries.

Depending on the damage, it seems some of us nurse our wounds in silence.

Around a third of UK adults will feel more than a slight ache or pain as a direct result of bedroom antics, with carpet burns, cricked necks and bruised shoulders among the nation's most common sex injuries. - Telegraph.




ICE AGE NOW: Snowmaggedon - Snow Sets Historic Records In Boston, Breaks Record For Snow In 30 Days!



February 9, 2015 - MASSACHUSETTS, UNITED STATES
- Is this a list you want to be on?

The "snowmaggedon" of the past two weeks will almost certainly move Boston into the top 10 snowiest winters of all time Monday.

"It's like the Energizer Bunny. It just keeps going," said Storm Team 5 meteorologist Cindy Fitzgibbon.

The seemingly never-ending snowfall will give Boston over 73 inches for the winter, passing the 72.9 inches that fell during the winter of 1903-1904.

As of 7 a.m., 66.3 inches had fallen this winter season at Logan Airport, where snow is officially measured.

"For the past 14 days it seems like we have had a constant snow removal operation in Boston," said Boston Mayor Marty Walsh.

Boston also set a record with the most snow in 30 days with 60.8 inches.

WATCH: Boston breaks record for snow in 30 days.



The prior record was the 58.8 inches that fell before, during and after the Blizzard of 1978. However, this time that record was set in 17 days, not 30.

"I know people are frustrated with (some of the) the snow piles. Logistically there is no way to get to some of them," said Walsh."It has been an amazing two weeks of what seems like nearly continuous snow and cold weather," said Marc Fournier, the deputy director of Public Works in Andover. - WCVB.



PARADIGM SHIFT: China And Russia-Led Eurasian Economic Union May Set Up Free Trade Zone - Gross Domestic Product Expected To Reach $3 TRILLION In 2015!

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping. (AFP Photo/How Hwee Young)

February 9, 2015 - RUSSIA
- China may establish a free trade zone with the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) in the future, says the Russian Ambassador to China Andrey Denisov. It would make trade with Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia, and soon Kyrgyzstan tariff-free.

“At first the Chinese were cautious about the Eurasian Trade Union; they just needed to make sure that it works. Now they are increasingly showing interest in participation with the union, not just with Kazakhstan, Belarus, Russia, Armenia, and Kyrgyzstan on an individual basis, but with the union per se,”
Denisov told RIA in an interview published on Monday.

As far as I know they [the Chinese – Ed.] offered us, the members of this Union –EEU – to think long-term about the creation of a free trade zone. Well, this is probably the case, even if it’s far off in the future.

The Eurasian Economic Union includes Russia, Armenia, Belarus and Kazakhstan and was officially launched on January 1. Kyrgyzstan has said it will join, with accession expected by the end of May.


Russian Ambassador to China Andrey Denisov (Reuters / Greg Baker / Pool)

The population of the union is about 171 million people, and its gross domestic product is expected to reach $3 trillion in 2015.

Russia has been ramping up its economic ties to China over the past year, more so after sanctions cut off trade and financing opportunities with the West.

China is Russia’s second-biggest trading partner after the EU, and trade between the two was worth $95.3 billion in 2014, a 6.8 percent increase since 2013, but still short of the $100 billion goal.

China and Russia expect trade between the two neighbors to reach $200 billion by 2020. More than 80 percent of trade is natural resources like oil, iron, timber, machinery, and equipment.

A watershed in 2014 was the signing of a $400 billion gas deal, as well as starting work on the ‘Power of Siberia’ pipeline, which will deliver 3 trillion cubic meters of gas to China over 30 years.

Denisov said the high-speed rail links are “still just an idea,” commenting on the report made on the Chinese version of Twitter in January that a train would connect Moscow and Beijing in just 48 hours. - RT.




CELESTIAL CONVERGENCE: SOTT Summary Video For January 2015 - Extreme Weather, Earth Changes And Fireballs!

© SOTT.net


February 9, 2015 - EARTH
- Last month, phenomenal amounts of snow were dumped in the Northeastern and Southern US, Western and Southeastern Europe, the Middle East, Western China, and Far Eastern Russia. Saudi Arabia and the Southwestern US desert were hit with snow for the third year running. The US media has apparently dropped the term 'Polar Vortex' because Arctic conditions extending all the way to the Gulf of Mexico is now 'normal'. The one place where you might expect a lot of snow this time of year - Moscow - instead enjoyed its warmest January in 100 years.
"Within a few years winter snowfall will become a very rare and exciting event. Children just aren't going to know what snow is."
~ Dr David Viner, senior research scientist at the climatic research unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia, UK, in March 2000.
"Ultimately, British children could have only virtual experience of snow. Via the internet, they might wonder at polar scenes - or eventually 'feel' virtual cold."
~ David Parker, head of the Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research in Berkshire, UK, also in March 2000.

The Great Lakes in North America aren't as frozen over as they were this time last year, but those 'ice boulders' returned to Michigan in January, and the Niagara Falls have again partially frozen. Up to half a million people were affected by the worst flooding Southeastern Africa has seen for decades. The Balkans were flooded for the 5th time in 20 months, and barely two months on from receiving 70cm of rain in one day, Sicily was hit with a similar quantity of hail. Among the spectacular meteor fireball sightings in January were a comet fragment breaking apart over the Russian Far East, and a fireball that turned night into day in Bucharest, Romania.

'Mystery booms' continue to freak people (and animals) out across the US. We suspect that some of them are shockwaves from overhead meteor explosions, but others occur in clusters and are picked up by seismometers (despite there being no known fault-lines), so we are probably looking at general and unusual seismic activity resulting from the slow-down in the planet's rotation. This would also be responsible for all these volcanic eruptions, of which there were more spectacular ones in January. 'Earth opening up' also saw sinkholes swallow moving cars in Florida and Maryland.

As you watch this video summary of events in January, keep in mind that we had to leave out so many other unusual events because they're now part of 'the new normal'! 

WATCH: SOTT Summary - January, 2015.




- SOTT.



WORLD WAR III OR INFRASTRUCTURE COLLAPSE: Are Tactical Nuclear Weapons Being Used In The Eastern Ukraine By The Kiev Junta - Spectacular Explosion Near Chemical Plant Leaves Massive Mushroom Cloud In Donetsk?!

Screenshot from youtube.com/user/gorlowka

February 9, 2015 - UKRAINE
- Windows were shattered and homes shaken in Donetsk after a huge blast rocked the vicinity of a city chemical plant which was under rebel control. Kiev and the militants accuse each other of causing the blast.

The powerful explosion took place at 10:50pm local time on Sunday. Local militia reported that a military chemical plant DKZHI was the target of Kiev’s artillery shelling.

Witnesses saw the sky lit up by the explosion, some nearby living residents had their windows broken by the blast’s shockwave and many others felt the ground shake, RIA Novosti reported. Even those living in nearby towns said they felt the tremor.

“The center of the blast was near DKZHI,”
co-chairman of the anti-Kiev People’s Front Konstantin Dolgov said on his Facebook page. The factory is known for producing chemical products used for industrial explosives, ammunition and equipment artillery bombs. This is not the first time the plant has been the target of a Kiev attack. It was also hit with artillery rockets in September and November.

The militia forces would not immediately confirm if there were casualties, either among militiamen or civilians. But they said the fire, which started after the explosion, poses no threat of a chemical spill, which is a cause of great concern at the plant, as it handles toxic compounds in producing explosives.


WATCH: Massive explosion in Ukraine.







“The fire has been contained. There is not threat of chemical spill… Most likely it was a high-caliber artillery shell,” said an official from the Donetsk People's Republic.

The spokesman for Kiev's Anti-Terrorist Operation said that rebels were at fault for the accident.

"This was caused by a dropped cigarette butt,"
Andrey Lysenko told the media on Monday.

"Accidents often happen in factories where no one is responsible for fire safety. Well, it's chaos, and they are barbarians."


Not all pro-Kiev officials agreed.

The Ukrainian military deployed a Smerch (the BM-30 Tornado) multiple rocket system to shell the area in the city, Boris Filatov, former deputy head of the industrial Dnepropetrovsk Region and a member of the Ukrainian parliament (Verkhovna Rada), said on his Facebook page.

According to Filatov, the men who fired the missiles “do not know what they hit because they were shooting based on coordinates.”

Earlier, Ukrainian far-right politician and paramilitary commander Dmitry Yarosh, who is involved in the Kiev military action in southeastern Ukraine, confirmed on his Facebook page that the explosion was caused by Ukrainian artillery.

Yarosh, who is wanted by Interpol on charges of inciting terrorism, was elected to the Rada in October 2014. He played a key role in the protests on Maidan (Kiev’s Independence Square), which led to the toppling of Viktor Yanukovich’s government earlier that year. Back in May, the Right Sector leader received less than 1 percent of the vote in Ukraine’s presidential election.

Meanwhile, the situation in southeastern Ukraine has been rapidly worsening since January 18, when Ukrainian troops have launched a massive assault on militia-held territories after an order from Kiev.

Shelling of the rebel-controlled towns has been witnessed on a daily basis, including the city of Donetsk, with both sides blaming each other for violence. Meanwhile, the indiscriminate shelling of residential areas by Kiev, at times with internationally-prohibited arms, has even been confirmed by the Ukrainian government’s strongest supporter – Washington.

John McCain, US Chairman of the Senate Committee on Armed Services, said Kiev used cluster bombs – claiming it’s because Ukrainian troops did not have better weapons delivered to them by the US.

Reports from Donetsk coincided with the latest report from the German intelligence service, which estimates the real losses in the Ukrainian civil war at 50,000 dead (civilians and servicemen). This reported figure is nearly 10 times higher than the death toll named by the Kiev authorities.

Meanwhile, the Ukrainian crisis became the center stage of discussions as the world leaders commenced for the Munich Security Conference.

The latest breakthrough was announced on Sunday with plans for ‘Normandy Four’ format peace talks. The meeting may be held in the Belarusian capital, Minsk, as early as Wednesday, the German government said, following a phone call between Russia’s Vladimir Putin, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French leader Francois Hollande. - RT.


Are tactical nuclear weapons being used in the Eastern Ukraine by the Kiev Junta?

The preceding videos were posted on YouTube today, February 8, 2015.  The explosion shown has the markings of a tactical nuclear weapon.  Mushroom clouds in the wake of nuclear explosions have very distinctive signatures as seen in the photos below.  There has been much speculation about the use of nukes by Kiev in the face of their crushing defeats at the hands of the rebels.  Furthermore, the ruling junta has repeatedly demonstrated a complete lack of respect for the Geneva Conventions.  There has been ample proof of various war crimes committed by Kiev throughout the Eastern Ukraine including the deliberate targeting of civilian populations as well as premeditated acts of genocide.  Their aim appears to be the annihilation of the Russian Speakers at every opportunity.  
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Remember the peaceful photos of Soviet Donetsk from 1984 we had yesterday?  Well this is Donetsk as of six hours ago according to the locals.  I am not sure what exactly those explosions are but there are rumors based on the Ukrainian top military authority quoted by a journalist  in his Facebook post where he says some quote “tactical nuclear weapons were used against our soldiers in Donetsk airport”.  Those were fired with 2S4 “Tyulpan” Soviet self-propelled mortar which (quoting Wikipedia) “can fire armour-piercing, chemical and nuclear rounds”.

He said that the explosions were so strong that buildings collapsed totally “from basement to the fifth story”.   “If not for those Tyulpan’s we could stay there for a few months more”.

A few more photos and videos of those explosions ca be viewed below:






WATCH: Here’s a video to get a better idea -




- TMR.