Category Archives: Old-Thinker News Reports
By Daniel Taylor
President Obama has begun a week long campaign in Asia to promote the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
The TPP, sold as a “free trade agreement” has been criticized as allowing another wave of outsourcing similar to the 1994 NAFTA agreement. The TPP will also create an international “internet police” that will have the power to censor content and remove whole websites. Mega corporations will gain more power to wage war against competition and censor speech online. To demonstrate the influence these entities have, over 600 corporate advisers have helped create the TPP.
The TPP would require all countries involved to align their laws with the agreements copyright laws.
By Daniel Taylor
To those who follow alternative media closely this will not come as a surprise. Up and coming globalist-in-training Parag Khanna recently stated that the internet has provided a tool for “Mega Diplomacy” by which “…any actor, whether it is… a university or a humanitarian group or a religious group, to reach out across the world and form their own connections.” Khana elaborates, “That is what gives rise to this new global mega diplomacy, which really transcends the state.”
Khanna’s recent statements about “Mega Diplomacy” are in anticipation of his new book Remapping the World.
Khanna served as a Global Governance Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and is a Senior Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations. His Hybrid Reality Institute is preparing a new generation for a globalized world of transhumanism and radical technological change.
By Daniel Taylor
To the discerning eye they are everywhere; Flashpoints of tyranny threatening to push the nation into open revolt. The standoff between the Bundy ranch and the BLM feds is a visceral example of growing discontent over an expanding federal government.
These abuses have occurred over many decades, with a focused intent. Centralization of power and a steady erosion of personal wealth and liberty have been the result. As these abuses and usurpations continue, Americans will face a choice between submitting or standing firm like the Bundy family did.
By Daniel Taylor
“Smartphones are fading. Wearables are next” – CNN Money
Edward Snowden’s now infamous NSA leaks have sparked intense debate across the world. The leaks confirmed what many already knew; The NSA is listening to our phone calls, monitoring social networks and more.
This is only the beginning of an Orwellian, Minority Report future.
In the near future, consumers will be adorning themselves with wearable technology that will weave an incredibly detailed picture of their lives. A cloud of information will float around you with details on sleep habits, what you ate for breakfast, who you are meeting for dinner, your heart rate, and much more. Insurance companies will likely harvest this data to adjust your rates. Governments will undoubtedly hack into this cloud of personal data to track down dissidents. Marketers will have access to a goldmine of personalized information that will be used to market products.
These wearables are sold to the public as a means of making life easier, which they undoubtedly will. With that convenience there will be a price to pay in privacy.
Google Glass is the most widely recognized form of wearable technology. In anticipation of an expanding wearable tech market, Google recently announced a new version of the Android operating system designed specifically for wearable devices.
Chris Dancy has been labeled the “most connected human on earth“. He uses a variety of devices to track what he eats, when he sleeps, as well as the environment around him. As the Daily Mail reports, Dancy has built his own personalized surveillance grid in his home that, “…is also hooked up with numerous sensors for products such as the smartphone-controlled Hue lighting system and a Beddit mattress cover, which collects data on his sleep. The dedicated technophile also tracks the progress of his two dogs by collecting data on their daily activities via pet GPS system, Tagg.”
While Dancy is on the fringe at the moment, this kind of personal data collection through wearable technology could become common place for the average individual in the near future. But will the people accept it? IBM recently announced that we need to embrace the fact that “everything will be monitored” in an era of pervasive biometric surveillance. According to Peter Waggett, the Program Leader at IBM’s Emerging Technology Group, “The information is out of the bottle already”.
Cell phones have become a primary method of surveilling the populace in the technological era. With the advent of numerous other smart devices that will communicate within the “Internet of Things“, a whole new world of multidimensional surveillance is upon us. “Smart cities” under development in South Korea and elsewhere will integrate these wearable devices into the environment with embedded sensors.
The potential for not only individuals but also governments to hack these wearable devices is very real. Medical devices like insulin pumps and pacemakers have already been hacked. New vehicles are vulnerable to hacking as well.
This future doesn’t have to be inevitable. The people have the power to choose. Cultural norms will shape the flow of technology and how it is used. Convenience or freedom? It’s up to you.
By Daniel Taylor
“Within 50 years we could have more life forms invented in a lab than we have ever identified in nature.” – Fidelity Investments
“This year [Evolva] will release a product that has been created by genetically modified yeast that converts sugars to vanillin. It will be the first major synthetic-biology food additive to hit supermarkets.” - Nature.com
Synthetic biology, according to a 2005 European Commission paper is “…the engineering of biology… the synthesis of complex, biologically based (or inspired) systems which display functions that do not exist in nature.” Unlike the older science of splicing genes from different species together, synthetic biology is seeking to create whole new organisms that do not exist on earth.
Evolva’s synthetic vanilla is created by inserting computer coded DNA into yeast. This new method of genetic engineering is called “natural” by Evolva.
Environmental organizations like Friends of the Earth have recognized the potential danger posed by synthetic biology. In its Synthetic Biology Vanillin fact sheet, FoE points out the distinct lack of oversight regarding the health impact of ingesting these engineered ingredients. The organization has launched a campaign called No Synbio Vanilla to tell ice cream makers Haagen Dazs, Dreyers, Baskin Robbins and others not to use synthetic biology vanilla.
Foods that have been genetically modified in the “traditional” method have been linked to sterility in hamsters. The dramatic rise in food allergies has also been speculated to be linked to GMO foods. What health impacts will emerge after eating foods with synthetic DNA that our environment and our bodies have never before encountered?
The Big Picture
Synthetic biology goes well beyond engineering our food. Geneticist Craig Venter is a pioneer in the field of synthetic biology. In 2010 the media hailed his team’s success in creating “the first self-replicating species we’ve had on the planet whose parent is a computer.”
Currently, companies cannot patent naturally occuring DNA. Synthetic biology will allow syn-bio companies a loophole through patent laws. “One could theoretically upload a DNA sequence onto a computer, “print out” an exact copy of that DNA sequence, and patent the synthetic DNA sequence as an invention,” Gene Watch reports.
Google founder Larry Page met with Craig Venter in California at the Edge billionaires meeting in 2010. Also present were representatives from the State department, Bill Gates, Anne Wojcicki, Bill Joy and dozens of other tech company CEO’s and scientists.
The Edge Billionaire meetings have discussed the future of genetic engineering, biocomputation and re-designing humanity in a transhumanist era. Physicist Freeman Dyson described the individuals leading this group as having god-like power to create entirely new species on earth in a “New Age of Wonder”. He describes them as:
“…a new generation of artists, writing genomes as fluently as Blake and Byron wrote verses, might create an abundance of new flowers and fruit and trees and birds to enrich the ecology of our planet.”
In the societal divide that will inevitably ensue over the development of these technologies, Fred Charles Ikle, Undersecretary of Defense for Policy under President Reagan, sees a possibility of “Annihilation from Within.” “The prospect is that in the decades ahead, biotechnology – together with other sciences – may fundamentally change the human species and thus pose an elemental threat to democracy, the world order, and indeed to all civilizations,” writes Ikle.
The technological elite are engaged in a mission to attain full spectrum dominance over life and its complex processes, and in the process re-write the genetic code of the planet.
By Daniel Taylor
The untamed human spirit is dynamic, creative, beautiful, sometimes dangerous, and unpredictable. It is a frightful thing to behold in the eyes of a compulsively controlling, authoritarian nanny state.
French historian Alexis de Tocqueville articulated what he foresaw shaping up in the early 1800′s. Tocqueville saw it as a “democratic authoritarianism”. He wrote,
“Over these men stands an immense tutelary power, which assumes sole responsibility for securing their pleasure and watching over their fate. It is absolute, meticulous, regular, provident, and mild. It would resemble paternal authority if only its purpose were the same, namely, to prepare men for manhood. But on the contrary, it seeks only to keep them in childhood irrevocably. It likes citizens to rejoice, provided they think only of rejoicing. It works willingly for their happiness but wants to be the sole agent and only arbiter of that happiness. It provides for their security, foresees and takes care of their needs, facilitates their pleasures, manages their most important affairs, directs their industry, regulates their successions, and divides their inheritances. Why not relieve them entirely of the trouble of thinking and the difficulty of living?”
Camille Paglia echoed Tocqueville’s warning in a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal. Paglia, herself a lesbian, is daring to say what a large percent of men in the emasculated western world have not even dared to think. In Paglia’s words, the politically correct atmosphere that we are bathed in is choking off the life energy of men, and in turn women. The education system douses out the electric energy of young boys with command and control systems and psychotropic drugs like Ritalin.
“What you’re seeing is how a civilization commits suicide,” Paglia told the WSJ. On the schooling system, she says, “They’re making a toxic environment for boys. Primary education does everything in its power to turn boys into neuters.” The political correctness of our era is all about the “neutralization of maleness.”
The economic hardship that has characterized the last several years is a direct reflection of the stranglehold that the nanny state has on our civilization. “We remove the organ and demand the function,” says C.S. Lewis in his 1943 book Abolition of Man. “We castrate and bid the geldings be fruitful.” We can talk about economic recovery all day, but as long as a system of oppressive political correctness and schooling exist, it will never fully take place.
In times past men and their sons worked together in the field, in the shop, and shared a deep bond. There was room for buzzing energy and adventure. Big ideas bubbled up from within, uncensored and potent. The pioneering days of America characterized this state of humanity.
The artificial habitat that we live in has seduced us into a sate of complacency. The industrialized world has untold benefits, but we aren’t exercising the strength that we have as human beings. Our ancestors strove for knowledge and beauty amidst great hardship. Now we are convinced that we are at the end of the road; We don’t need to strive for anything else. We don’t have a reason to rebel. It’s time to break the chains.
What will give us hope into the future? What will give us the drive to improve ourselves, nation, and the globe?
The elite of society have told us that humanity is a virus. Global warming is our fault. We are having too many babies. Being a man is inherently evil. Creativity and free thought is stamped out in our schools. Empty shells of human beings are worshiped on television. Can a generation rise out of this and reach for the stars? Can we cut through the propaganda and programming and believe in ourselves again?