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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?
By Daniel Taylor
Radical changes to health insurance coverage in America have brought issues of health to the nation’s collective attention. Millions are now asking: Will I have health insurance? Will I be able to afford it? How will a nationwide doctor shortage impact me? There are few things that you have direct control of in your life; Your health is one of them.
Insurance companies are using manipulative ploys to get you “on the right path”. Under the guise of empowering individuals with information, these “nudges” often lead you right into the hands of the medical industrial complex.
The dictatorial health care model as expressed by Obamacare is being implemented as part of a larger global program. The World Health Organization announced last year that it hopes to implement – via a U.N. resolution – “universal health coverage” across the globe by 2015 in fulfillment of its Millennium Development Goals. The Rockefeller Foundation is working with WHO in the project. “There is a global movement towards UHC (Universal Health Care) and it is gathering momentum,” said Judith Rodin, President of the Rockefeller Foundation.
The federal government’s “Behavioral Insight Teams” are seeking to subtly steer the public into falling in line with the establishment. These “Nudge Squads” are partly the creation of Cass Sunstein, the White House Information czar. The presupposition that this program is based on is that government knows best how to run your life. It knows what food you should eat, where you should get insurance, and dictates what you should believe about “conspiracy theories”.
In the hyper-connected digital world these “nudges” are becoming ubiquitous in our lives. In the November-December issue of The Futurist, Richard Yonck writes, “In a world of total connectivity, the rate at which a household consumes sugar, salt, tobacco, and alcohol would potentially be an open book to insurers seeking to control costs.”
What happens when government is wrong? Even if there were altruistic motives behind the drive to dictate what the masses should eat or believe there is an inherent danger with this mindset. What would happen if a centralized power with the ability to dictate the health habits of millions, self-assured in its own science and methods turned out to be wrong? Millions of people would be hurt.
It is up to you to take back your consciousness
Take care of your body now before the only doctors available are government approved death panels – and only issue government approved treatments that will be detrimental to your long term health and well being. Make sure that you are taking care of yourself because you have decided to, not because government social engineering has brainwashed you.
The establishment pushes genetically modified food, fluoride and artificial ingredients on the masses that are on record as being deadly. Parents are being told not to pack their own child’s lunch for school. This control freak mindset does not have your best interests at heart.
The bottom line is this: Are you eating real food, drinking clean water and exercising? All of these things are within your circle of influence. Take back your power from the establishment. As an independent human being your mind, body and spirit are your own. Rather than being dependent on outside influences, embody a spirit of independent resolve that will enable you to fight back against the pervasive influence of government manipulation.
By Daniel Taylor
Consumer appliances are now becoming activated and “smart.” RFID chips and wireless internet connections enable devices like televisions, refrigerators, printers, and computers to communicate with each other and generally make life easier for us. This comes at a price, however. Your privacy is eliminated.
A detailed multi-dimensional image of our daily lives will be built with this system. Individuals to entire group dynamics will be tracked. It will be unparalleled in history. Everything from daily travel routes to eating habits will be traceable. Every day objects will be transmitting data 24/7.
Now, insurance companies are anticipating this hyper-connected future. Will they spy on your eating habits and hike your health insurance costs?
As Mike Adams reported in March of this year, grocery store loyalty cards are being tracked by insurance companies to deny claims and raise health insurance rates. As the Wall Street Journal reported in early 2013,
Your company already knows whether you’ve been taking your meds, getting your teeth cleaned and going for regular medical checkups. Now some employers or their insurance companies are tracking what staffers eat, where they shop and how much weight they’re putting on — and taking action to keep them in line.
In the November-December issue of The Futurist, Richard Yonck writes, “In a world of total connectivity, the rate at which a household consumes sugar, salt, tobacco, and alcohol would potentially be an open book to insurers seeking to control costs.”
With the internet of things, spying on “unhealthy” habits will be a cinch. Wi-fi enabled refrigerators will read RFID tags on grocery products that are placed your fridge, and in turn send that data to the internet cloud. Are you eating a government approved diet? Taking your meds? If not, you will be paying a price for it in this nightmarish science fiction future that is soon to be science fact.
By Daniel Taylor
“The stream will not permanently rise higher than the main source; and the main source of national power and national greatness is found in the average citizenship of the nation.” – Theodore Roosevelt
What should be expected of a citizen in a Democratic Republic? President Theodore Roosevelt delivered a timeless 1910 speech that sought to answer this question. Regardless of his politics, Roosevelt spoke undying truth in this speech. His words are shockingly relevant to our society today. As Roosevelt rightly stated; We – if our spirits are right – are the waters from which liberty and prosperity flow. Today, we must acknowledge that the waters have been poisoned; Poisoned by the natural tendencies of history, and by individuals seeking to push our society in a direction diametrically opposed to what our ancestors intended.
Roosevelt points out that under monarchies and systems of government consisting of few men, quality of character is vital for them; But for the average citizen who wielded no influence over his government, it mattered little if they were a saint or a scoundrel.
“Under other forms of government, under the rule of one man or very few men, the quality of the leaders is all-important. If, under such governments, the quality of the rulers is high enough, then the nations for generations lead a brilliant career, and add substantially to the sum of world achievement, no matter how low the quality of average citizen; because the average citizen is an almost negligible quantity in working out the final results of that type of national greatness.”
Historian Alexis de Tocqueville also noticed this phenomenon. In America – unlike ancient hereditary rule – despotism no longer held lower classes in artificial societal cages. People seeking a new life were bound only by limits to endurance and willpower. Intelligence, self respect and good character were qualities that anyone could acquire, aiding in their progressive rise in society.
“When hereditary wealth, class privilege and prerogatives of birth no longer exist and each person draws his strength only from himself, it becomes clear that… anything that serves to fortify, expand, or adorn the intellect immediately takes on great value.” – Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, 1835
This did not go un-noticed among the intelligentsia and elite ranks of society. When the United States declared independence, power monopolies were threatened unlike any other time in history. With the individual unchained in America’s great experiment, it would not be as easy to dominate the masses. Roosevelt keenly stated,
“A democratic republic such as ours – an effort to realize its full sense government by, of, and for the people – represents the most gigantic of all possible social experiments, the one fraught with great responsibilities alike for good and evil. The success of republics… means the glory, and our failure of despair, of mankind; and… for us the question of the quality of the individual citizen is supreme.”
In America’s open society, the pendulum can swing easily from good to evil. Natural historical cycles impact nations, but so do deliberate campaigns for revolutionary change. Whoever influences the masses changes the course of the nation at large.
Communist party goals, as outlined in 1963, have manifested systemically in the decades gone by. Whether or not you believe there is a conscious agenda behind the changes we are witnessing is irrelevant. As we can see with the examples below (of which there are many more), it is happening before our very eyes.
Just a few of the Communist goals:
- “Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with “social” religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity which does not need a “religious crutch.””
Despite your personal views on the matter; Faith, particularly Christianity, has played a major role in the historical success of America despite our flaws. Historian Alexis de Tocqueville, a man who lost his religious zeal at a young age, was forced to admit that in early Christian America, “There is no better illustration of the usefulness and naturalness of religion, since the country where its influence is greatest today [in the early 1800’s] is also the country that is freest and most enlightened.” Tocqueville adds, “Once men stop worrying about what is to come when their lives are over, they lapse easily into that state of complete and brutish indifference to the future…”
- “Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV.”
The prevalence of pornography in today’s society is nothing short of shocking. Its impact on society is corrosive, which is why it must be promoted if a revolutionary group wants to alter the social landscape. According to the Washington Post, 1 in 6 women are addicted to porn. In 2004 Dr. Jill Manning testified before the U.S. Senate regarding the impact of pornography on marriage in the United States. She presented statistics gathered from lawyers around the country. She found that, “56 percent of divorce cases involved one party having an obsessive interest in pornographic websites.” As Kevin Skinner writes in Psychology Today, “If half of the people divorcing claim pornography as the culprit, that means there are 500,000 marriages annually that are failing due to pornography.”
- “Support any socialist movement to give centralized control over any part of the culture–education, social agencies, welfare programs, mental health clinics, etc.”
The Cloward–Piven strategy is going full force under the Obama administration. This socialist strategy, developed in 1966 by Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven, sought to push welfare on the masses in order to create division and economic crisis. A program of “wealth redistribution” is then presented as a solution. Under Obama, welfare is at an all time high. From 2007 to 2011 the number of food stamp recipients rose 70% to 45 million. A 1966 article published in the The Nation outlined the plan,
“A series of welfare drives in large cities would, we believe, impel action on a new federal program to distribute income, eliminating the present public welfare system and alleviating the abject poverty which it perpetrates… These disruptions would generate severe political strains, and deepen existing divisions among elements in the big-city Democratic coalition: the remaining white middle class, the white working-class ethnic groups and the growing minority poor… a national Democratic administration would be con-strained to advance a federal solution to poverty that would override local welfare failures, local class and racial conflicts and local revenue dilemmas. By the internal disruption of local bureaucratic practices, by the furor over public welfare poverty, and by the collapse of current financing arrangements, powerful forces can be generated for major economic reforms at the national level.”
Our system of government cannot function in the present day atmosphere of dependence and backwardness. This deliberately created decadent culture has facilitated and encouraged the evil side of humanity, and when it is expressed in all its horror – in mass shootings, food stamp riots, etc. – it is used to further erode our liberties. Roosevelt puts it another way “…if they [the people] grow to condone wickedness because the wicked man triumphs, they show their inability to understand that in the last analysis free institutions rest upon the character of citizenship, and that by such admiration of evil they prove themselves unfit for liberty.”
Activist Mark Dice has demonstrated vividly the decaying nature of American society. He successfully recruited people to sign a petition to include post birth abortion (infanticide) as part of Obamacare.
Another demonstration of societal decay happened this past Saturday. EBT cardholders in Louisiana raided Wal-Mart stores when they found out that they had essentially unlimited funds on the glitched cards.
My intention is not to paint a picture of a standardized “ideal citizen”. In a system of government that relies on the good character of its people to operate as it was intended, a certain standard must be voluntarily reached for by all. It must also be recognized that deliberate efforts have been and are currently being made to alter the character of our people in a manner that has negative implications for the entire nation, and in turn the world. In the midst of the current political upheaval and whispers of revolution, it is important to lay a foundation for future solutions.
Our solution starts with every individual in this country. Whether you are a high ranking businessman, teacher, journalist, or factory worker, you all can have an impact. For those in positions of leadership, it is hard to lift people up and enlighten them despite their flaws; It is much easier to permit total decadence and misery. The nature of the world enables this backward slide. Without any moral standing, the mega-banks and their acolytes have engaged in a deliberate campaign to drag the globe into a pit of despair while the elite have chosen to “manage” us and eventually eliminate us, rather than inspire mankind to a higher standard.
Ideas of individual integrity, self sufficiency and liberty weave the fabric of our solution. Private victory in our personal lives will lead to national success.
By Daniel Taylor
Daniel Taylor, independent activist, researcher and webmaster of oldthinkernews.com, is proud to release his new book The Age of Disconnection – We are more wired than ever. But are we truly connected?
From cell phones to Google Glass, and eventually brain chips, technology is increasingly playing a major role in our lives. Previously unheard of disorders are appearing parallel to these trends. “Digital dementia” is beginning to plague young people across the developed world. A “new social awkwardness” is gripping their lives. Recent films like “Don Jon” and “Her” are beginning to inject some of the issues raised in The Age of Disconnection into popular culture.
The Age of Disconnection explores these new social phenomena associated with our addiction to technology.
The technological elite plan to make these individuals – who they see as a generation of “easily deceived barbarians” that are unfit for the future – and the rest of the human race, obsolete. Human connection is fading in the technological era while the age of robotics rapidly approaches.
In The Age of Disconnection, you will learn the secrets to staying truly connected in a wired world.
Excerpt from The Age of Disconnection:
“As a society we are increasingly finding ourselves in a passive observer mode. We watch what our friends are doing on our facebook feed, which, to our dismay, often makes us feel inadequate in comparison. We watch eagerly for the next viral video. We model ourselves after scripted characters on television instead of creating ourselves. What are you adding to the world? Turn the TV off for a while and re-discover the world around you. Let your thoughts (about yourself, others, and the world) be your own, not suggested by someone else. Own your consciousness.
What would happen if the internet and all of the devices that rely on it to function were to be shut off for a week? Outside of the economic impact, what would people feel like? Would we go into withdrawal like a hardcore cocaine addict? Do we still know what to do with our free time without it?
Technology (and how we use it) reveals the deeper things of the human soul.”