Secret Service to Track Twitter Users in Real Time
Federal agency will use tool to “send notifications to users”
By Paul Joseph Watson
June 4, 2014
The United States Secret Service is set to purchase software that can track Twitter users in real time, prompting concerns that individuals could face greater harassment over tweets deemed to be threatening or anti-government.
According to a posted this week, the federal agency announced its intention to use the tool to undertake â€œsentiment analysis,â€ â€œinfluencer identification,â€ â€œaccess to historical Twitter data,â€ â€œability to detect sarcasm,â€ and â€œheat mapsâ€ that will show user trends.
The software will also have the capability to â€œsend notifications to users,â€ suggesting that the Secret Service intends to directly address Twitter users who are deemed to have tweeted something unsavory.
There have been numerous instances where Twitter users have been harassed by the Secret Service after making anti-Obama or anti-government statements that could not be construed as threatening. The Secret Serviceâ€™s acquisition of more sophisticated tracking software will only serve to make these incidents more common.
, an outspoken critic of President Obama, was startled by a loud thump on his door and the presence of Secret Service agents who wanted to â€œtake a look aroundâ€ his house. The agents also interrogated Francois on his mental health and if he had any plans to travel to Washington DC, while also threatening to seize his firearms.
The Secret Service admitted that they couldnâ€™t identify a single post by Francois that could be deemed threatening to the President.
In January, a Florida Republican running for the state assembly after he tweeted that Barack Obama should be arrested, impeached and hanged.
â€œA couple of years ago, the Homeland Security Department, the agencyâ€™s parent, got in trouble with lawmakers and civil liberties groups for a social media program that would work, in part, by having employees create fake usernames and profiles to spy on other users,â€
â€œA House Homeland Security Committee panel called DHS officials into a after reports the department tasked analysts with collecting data that reflected negatively on the government, such as content about the transfer of Guantanamo detainees to a Michigan jail. The Electronic Privacy Information Center has DHS for more information on the program.â€
The Department of Homeland Security has recently intensified its efforts to keep track of what users are tweeting in order to monitor public sentiment and media narratives.
revealed that the function of the DHSâ€™ Media Monitoring Capability (MMC) desk is to track news websites and social media in order to gather critical information, â€œduring normal operations, crises and extraordinary events.â€
â€œIt is essential to monitor the mediaâ€™s storylines and integrate their focus into the Departmentâ€™s situational awareness and operations analytical process,â€ states the document, adding that such work is necessary in shaping â€œpublic statementsâ€ made by the DHS.
The MMC desk also keeps tabs on numerous news outlets including the Drudge Report, which has carried hundreds of stories critical of the DHS and the TSA in recent years.
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This is excellent interview with Putin about the truth on many issues. Putin provides intelligent straight answers to all questions, something you donâ€™t see from O. â€“B
French media interviews Putin
â€˜Russian troops in Ukraine? Got any proof?’ Putin’s best quotes from French media talk
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Article is worth reading even if you donâ€™t have time for video. â€“B
Kevin Annett: The ‘Black Pope’ and Accused Child Killer Adolfo Nicolas Pachon Will Resign From Office
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This short article shows the flaw in Keynesian economics and how its principles and policies will never bring a recovery. â€“B
Why Central Bank Stimulus Cannot Bring Economic Recovery
Fed engages in futile effort to stimulate economy through an expansion of fiat money credit
By Patrick Barron
June 4, 2014
Today every central bank on the planet is printing money by the bucket loads in an attempt to stimulate their economies to escape velocity and a sustainable recovery.
They are following Keynesian dogma that increasing aggregate demand will spur an increase in employment and production. So far all that these central banks have managed to do is inflate their own balance sheets and saddle their governments with debt. But make no mistake, central banks are not about to cease their confidence in the concept of insufficient aggregate demand. In fact, European Central Bank (ECB) President Mario Draghi is considering imposing negative interest rates to force money out of savings accounts and into the spending stream. Such an action is fully consistent with Keynesian dogma, so other central bankers will be impelled by the failure of their previous actions to follow suit.
Violating Sayâ€™s Law
Keynesâ€™s dogma, as stated in his magnum opus, The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money, attempts to refute Sayâ€™s Law, also known as the Law of Markets. J.B. Say explained that money is a conduit or agent for facilitating the exchange of goods and services of real value. Thus, the farmer does not necessarily buy his car with dollars but with corn, wheat, soybeans, hogs, and beef. Likewise, the baker buys shoes with his bread. Notice that the farmer and the baker could purchase a car and shoes respectively only after producing something that others valued. The value placed on the farmerâ€™s agricultural products and the bakerâ€™s bread is determined by the market. If the farmerâ€™s crops failed or the bakerâ€™s bread failed to rise,
they would not be able to consume because they had nothing that others valued with which to obtain money first. But Keynes tried to prove that production followed demand and not the other way around. He famously stated that governments should pay people to dig holes and then fill them back up in order to put money into the hands of the unemployed, who then would spend it and stimulate production. But notice that the hole diggers did not produce a good or service that was demanded by the market. Keynesian aggregate demand theory is nothing more than a justification for counterfeiting. It is a theory of capital consumption and ignores the irrefutable fact that production is required prior to consumption.
Central bank credit expansion is the best example of the Keynesian disregard for the inevitable consequences of violating Sayâ€™s Law. Money certificates are cheap to produce. Book entry credit is manufactured at the click of a computer mouse and is, therefore, essentially costless. So, receivers of new money get something for nothing. The consequence of this violation of Sayâ€™s Law is capital malinvestment, the opposite of the central bankâ€™s goal of economic stimulus. Central bank economists make the crucial error of confusing GDP spending frenzy with sustainable economic activity. They are measuring capital consumption, not production.
Two Paths of Capital Destruction
The credit expansion causes capital consumption in two ways. Some of the increased credit made available to banks will be lent to businesses that could never turn a profit regardless of the level of interest rates. This is old-fashioned entrepreneurial error on the part of both bankers and borrowers. There is always a modicum of such losses, due to market uncertainty and the impossibility to foresee with precision the future condition of the market. But the bubble frenzy fools both bankers and overly optimistic entrepreneurs into believing that a new economic paradigm has arrived. They are fooled by the phony market conditions, so bold entrepreneurs and go-go bankers replace their
more cautious predecessors. The longer the bubble lasts, the more of these unwise projects we get.
Another chunk of increased credit goes to businesses that could make a profit if there really were sufficient resources available for the completion of what now appears to be profitable long term projects. These are projects for which the cost of borrowing is a major factor in the entrepreneurâ€™s forecasts. Driving down the interest rate encourages even the most cautious entrepreneurs and bankers to re-evaluate these shelved projects. Many years will transpire before these projects are completed, so an accurate forecast of future costs is critical. These cost estimates assume that enough real capital is available and that sufficient resources exist to prevent costs from rising over the years. But such is not the case. Austrian business cycle theory explains that absent an increase in real savings that frees resources for their long term projects, costs will rise and
reveal these projects to be unprofitable. Austrian economists explain that a declining interest rate caused by fiat money credit expansion does not reflect a change in societal time preference â€” that is, societyâ€™s desire for current goods over future goods. Society is not saving enough to prevent a rise in the cost of resources that long term projects require. Despite central bank interest rate intervention, societal time preference will reassert itself and suck these resources back to the production of current goods, where a profit can be made, and away from the production of future goods.
No Escape from Sayâ€™s Law
No array of bank regulation can prevent the destruction of capital that becomes apparent to the public through an increase in bank loan losses, which may reach levels by which major banks become insolvent. Bank regulators believe that their empirical research into the dynamics of previous bank crises reveals lessons that can be used to avoid another banking crisis. They believe that banker stupidity or even criminal culpability were the underlying causes of previous crises. But this is a contradiction in logic. We must remember that the very purpose of central bank credit expansion is to trigger an increase in lending in order to stimulate the economy to a self-sustaining recovery. But this is impossible. At any one time there is only so much
real capital available in society, and real capital cannot be produced by the click of a central bank computer mouse. As my friend Robert Blumen says, a central bank can print money but it cannot print software engineers or even cups of Starbucks coffee to keep them awake and working. Furthermore, requiring banks to hold more capital, which is the goal of the latest round of negotiations in Basel, Switzerland, is nothing more than requiring stronger locks on the barn door, while leaving the door wide open. Closing the door tightly after the horse is gone still means the loss of the horse. Why would an investor purchase new bank stock offerings just to see his money evaporate in another round of loan losses?
The governments and central banks of the world are engaged in a futile effort to stimulate economic recovery through an expansion of fiat money credit. They will fail due to their ignorance or purposeful blindness to Sayâ€™s Law that tells us that money is the agent for exchanging goods that must already exist. New fiat money cannot conjure goods out of thin air, the way central banks conjure money out of thin air. This violation of Sayâ€™s Law is reflected in loan losses, which cannot be prevented by any array of regulation or higher capital requirements. In fact, rather than stimulate the economy to greater output, bank credit expansion causes capital destruction and a lower standard of living in the future than would have been the case otherwise. Governments and
central bankers should concentrate on restoring economic freedom and sound money respectively. This means abandoning market interventions of all kinds, declaring unilateral free trade, cutting wasteful spending, and subjecting money to normal commercial law, which would recognize that fiat money expansion by either the central bank or commercial banks are nothing more than outright fraud. The role of government would revert to its primary, liberal purpose of protecting life, liberty, and property and little more.
The US Dollar at a finger snap under at least one circumstance: if the gold holdings at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (NY Fed) are revealed to be missing. An event last week made that circumstance edge a bit closer. Austria wants to audit the 150 tons of gold it stores in the UK (some sources say 280 tons.) According to Austrian Trend magazine, â€œthere is a rising disbelief among Austrians about the existence of the gold.”
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CNN: â€“ Article & Vid (1:58) (Most a propaganda article. â€“B)
President Obama said, “We will not accept Russia’s occupation of Crimea or its violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty. Our free nations will stand united so that further Russian provocations will only mean more isolation and costs for Russia.”
US President Barack Obama on Wednesday called Ukraine President-elect Petr Poroshenko a “wise selection” to lead the country and discussed with him ways the United States can help train Ukrainian law enforcement and military personnel. Obama, speaking to reporters after a meeting with Poroshenko in Warsaw, said they discussed the new leader’s plan to restore peace, boost economic growth, and reduce energy dependence on Russia. Obama said US aid to Ukraine could include night vision goggles.
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The US has pledged additional military help to Ukraine as well as potential training of its law enforcement and military personnel. President Obamaâ€™s vows comes as Kiev continues air strikes as a part of its military operation in southeastern Ukraine.
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An immense scandal involving pharmaceuticals giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has been unfolding in China over the last year. It centers on a massive bribery operation uncovered by Chinese police that included nearly every aspect of GSKâ€™s business in China. Billions of yuan in bribes were channeled through an immense network to buy off doctors, hospitals, healthcare organizations, and even government officials to boost sales of GSK drugs.
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The Veterans Affairs scandal engulfing the Obama administration has spread into Kansas, Missouri, Illinois and Indiana, but only ABC’s Good Morning America on Wednesday found time to cover the latest developments. GMA news reader Amy Robach revealed, “We’re learning those secret waiting lists were also kept at ten facilities in these four Midwestern western states with nearly 100 veterans waiting more than three months for treatment.” [See video below. MP3 audio here.]
The surviving family members of three American citizens killed in U.S. drone strikes in Yemen decided this week to discontinue an effort to hold top military and CIA officials accountable in U.S. courts for targeted executions without trial, saying their faith that they can achieve justice has been “shattered.”
The final tally for the Publicâ€™s Right to Know Act was 61.5 percent for, 38.5 percent against; a landslide for transparency.
Journalists, advocates and former-whistleblowers Wednesday launched a new platform “to disclose information that citizens need in order to make truly informed decisions in a democracy.” ExposeFacts.org, which features a video statement by famed Pentagon Papers leaker Daniel Ellsberg on its homepage, worked with experts to implement SecureDrop. Whistleblowers can utilize the system to securely submit documents and files to the organization’s board of journalists.
Launched by the Institute for Public Accuracy in June 2014, ExposeFacts.org represents a new approach for encouraging whistleblowers to disclose information that citizens need to make truly informed decisions in a democracy. From the outset, our message is clear: â€œWhistleblowers Welcome at ExposeFacts.org.â€
ExposeFacts aims to shed light on concealed activities that are relevant to human rights, corporate malfeasance, the environment, civil liberties and war. At a time when key provisions of the First, Fourth and Fifth Amendments are under assault, we are standing up for a free press, privacy, transparency and due process as we seek to reveal official informationâ€”whether governmental or corporateâ€”that the public has a right to know.
Touted as a curtailment of the NSAâ€™s unwarranted surveillance programs, the version of the USA Freedom Act that passed the House of Representatives last week actually legalizes mass surveillance domestically, and allows surveillance in foreign countries to continue without any regulatory restrictions.
The man responsible for those disclosures has come out and endorsed a new anti-surveillance campaign.
Low-income families werenâ€™t the only ones hurt by cuts to food stamps last fall. Top Walmart executives also took a hit.
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It is the monetary equivalent of what Chairman Mao called â€œbombarding the headquartersâ€. Chinaâ€™s renminbi is rapidly displacing the US dollar as a trading currency not only in Asia and Europe but now also in the US home market.
Comment: That squishy sound you hear is the owners of the Federal Reserve collectively messing their pants!
Italyâ€™s unemployment rate hit 13.6 percent in the first three months of this year – 0.8 percent higher than in the same period in 2013 – while youth unemployment reached 46 percent, the national statistics agency Istat said on Tuesday.
Members of Congress, youâ€™ve been misled far too long and, unfortunately, many constituents apparently consider Congress an accessory to the fact regarding unsafe vaccines because of your willingness to take what lobbyists so graciously offer to get the corporate agenda enacted rather than what is safe for health consumers both with Congress and the U.S. FDA.
The jig is up! Twenty-five thousand times more mercury than the EPA says is the maximum contaminant levels for drinking water legally is being injected into your constituentsâ€”a very serious matter, so we are holding you accountable for getting mercury out of vaccinesâ€”NOW!We cannot trust the CDC/FDAâ€™s or Big Pharmaâ€™s numbers and information anymore!
About 1 in 4 people who signed up have discrepancies, creating a huge paperwork jam for the feds and exposing some consumers to repayment demands, or possibly even loss of coverage, if they got too generous a subsidy.