August 14th, 2012
And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
Revelation 13: 16-18
It seems everyday we get closer and closer to the cashless society and a one world currency. What does this all mean? What does the future of humanity hold?
Evil for the sake of evil is just that, evil. However, evil masked as good is an abominable wickedness. The march towards a one world currency and cashless society is painted with a friendly veneer and is sold as a good thing.
Take this example from Louisiana:
This summer, the State Legislature and Governor of Louisiana passed a law that bans individuals and businesses from transacting in cash if they are considered a “secondhand dealer”. House Bill 195 of the 2011 Regular Session (Act 389) broadly defines a secondhand dealer to include “… Anyone, other than a non-profit entity, who buys, sells, trades in or otherwise acquires or disposes of junk or used or secondhand property more frequently than once per month from any other person, other than a non-profit entity, shall be deemed as being in the business of a secondhand dealer. ” The law then states that “A secondhand dealer shall not enter into any cash transactions in payment for the purchase of junk or used or secondhand property. Payment shall be made in the form of check, electronic transfers, or money order issued to the seller of the junk or used or secondhand property…” The broad scope of this definition can essentially encompass everyone; from your local flea market vendors and buyers to a housewife purchasing goods on ebay or craigslist, to a group of guys trading baseball cards, they could all be considered secondhand dealers. Lawmakers in Louisiana have effectively banned its citizens from freely using United States legal tender.
Swap meets. Church bazaar sales. Antique stores. Buying used skis off Craigslist. You can’t use cash in the Pelican State. Their stated reasoning is to prevent the sale of stolen goods—their view is cash transactions make it easy for criminals to sell their booty. Fair enough! No one wants to encourage dastardly behavior. Which must be very widespread, because one owner of a second-hand shop reports he had come in possession of hot goods once in eight years. (That he knows about! Cue ominous music.) And we all know how church ladies are regular fencers at their sinister fund-raising events.
I frequently write about the unintended consequences of even the best-intentioned legislation. You can’t get a better example than this (and I’m not even sure the legislation was all that well-intentioned). Does it stop the sale of some stolen goods? Maybe, a bit. But the primary impact is it hurts lower income people—who may not have ready access to a credit card or prefer to use cash for obvious reasons. (After all, hasn’t our Congress been hectoring us all for years on how irresponsible we are with credit cards?) And it hurts small business owners who may prefer not to pay transaction costs associated with a credit card swipe machine. Or who themselves want to avoid check fraud! And it hurts everyone, ever, who wants to hold a garage sale, sell a used bike on Craigslist, sell their old car to a nephew, on and on. What deviants!
As you can see the Louisiana legislature sold this as a way to cut down on the selling of stolen goods. But lets think about this critically for a moment. If a criminal has stolen goods does he care about a law that says he can’t sell it using cash? He stole it in the first place, what’s one more law broken to him? Someone wants to buy stolen goods, buying stolen goods is already against the law. So to this criminal, what’s one more law broken?
Criminals are just that, criminals! They already do not care about what the law says! So how is having one more law to break stop their behavior? The answer: It doesn’t. This law only punishes those who follow the law.
This law is about one thing: control. The government is marching towards total control over all commerce. They want to track everything you buy and sell. The government has become obsessed with you and what you do!
If you don’t see the impending danger just yet, let us look at the most recent example of tracking you and what you do.
Shoppers could soon be automatically recognized when they walk into a shop using a controversial new camera.
Called Facedeals, the camera uses photos uploaded to Facebook to recognize people as they walk in.
Shoppers who agree to use the system, which has not been developed with Facebook, will be offered special deals.
‘Facebook check-ins are a powerful mechanism for businesses to deliver discounts to loyal customers, yet few businesses—and fewer customers—have realized it,‘ said Nashville-based advertising agency Redpepper.
‘So we set out to evolve the check-in and sweeten the deal, making both irresistible.
‘We call it Facedeals.’
The Facebook camera requires people to have authorised the Facedeals app through their Facebook account.
This verifies your most recent photo tags and maps the biometric data of your face.
The system then learns what a user looks like as more pictures are approved.
This data is then used to identify you in the real world.
Facebook in itself is a terrifying mass tracking system for corporations and governments:
Facebook has been gradually boosting its profile in Washington D.C. over the past year and is on the hunt for a second senior lobbyist to add to its office of four. Disclosures released a few days ago show that, on top of lobbying the usual suspects Internet companies reach out to like the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. senators and representatives, the fast-growing social network has also been busy deepening ties to government intelligence and homeland security agencies.
Facebook spent $41,390 on lobbying in the first quarter of 2010. That’s on top of the $207,878 it spent last year — the first year Facebook began releasing such disclosures. Although these numbers are tiny compared to the $4.3 million Google spent on lobbying last year, expect them to grow with the company’s influence and ambitions.
What’s interesting about Facebook’s lobbying in D.C. is what it spends money on despite its small size. It was the only consumer Internet company out of Google, Amazon, eBay, Microsoft, Yahoo and Apple to reach out to intelligence agencies last year, according to lobbying disclosure forms. It has lobbied the Office of the Director of National Intelligence — an umbrella office founded in the wake of Sept. 11 that synthesizes intelligence from 17 agencies including the CIA and advises the President — for the last three quarters on privacy and federal cyber-security policy. It has reached out to the Defense Intelligence Agency too.
Have you ever been “tagged” by someone – a friend, a co-worker, or perhaps someone you don’t really know that well but who may be a friend of a friend – on Facebook? You may want to rethink that whole concept, thanks to a little purchase the social media giant made recently.
Facebook has purchased Face.com’s facial recognition technology, which techies say will make it faster and easier to tag photos, but which privacy experts say could become an issue, according to a report in InformationWeek.
In addition to the new programming, Facebook launched a new app – Facebook Camera – in late May, which is described as “a standalone photos app where you can shoot, filter, and share single or sets of photos and scroll through a feed of photos uploaded to Facebook by your friends.”
What makes Facebook’s purchase of facial recognition tools even more ominous is the company’s earlier $1 billion purchase of Instagram, which, Techcrunch.com notes, can be tied to Face.com’s program.
How good is this technology? Think three letters: “C-I-A.”
Face.com’s technology allows users to recognize faces even when conditions are poor, such as low lighting. So now Facebook has a) a super-advanced facial recognition program; b) a brand-new camera app; and c) the ability to post photos instantly.
No doubt the additions will make it easier for Facebook users to identify friends in photos and video – especially those on mobile devices – and that businesses could benefit by being able to better track “when and where their products are being talked about and promoted, especially with the rise of social sharing sites like Pinterest,” InformationWeek reported.
But at what cost to privacy? And how much easier will these technology additions make it for government snoops to “tag” and track you?
There is legitimate concern this technology will most likely be used to deepen network databases already developed to conduct passive domestic surveillance on Americans by documenting relationships between people.
Imagine being “tagged” in a photo of someone who, without your knowledge, is involved in criminal activity. Since you are tied to that person, will that be justification for authorities to pry through your personal life, which they will justify by saying they were only trying to conduct a “thorough investigation?”
Think before you tag (or allow yourself to be tagged).
But this is all just so companies can advertise on a new level, its all about marketing… right? Wrong. Take a look at this article from RT.com:
The attacks September 11, 2001, were instrumental in enabling the US government to establish counterterrorism agencies to prevent future tragedies. Some officials say that they haven’t stopped there, though, and are spying on everyone in America — all in the name of national security.
Testimonies delivered in recent weeks by former employees of the National Security Agency suggest that the US government is granting itself surveillance powers far beyond what most Americans consider the proper role of the federal government.
In an interview with “Viewpoint” host Eliot Spitzer, Drake said there was a “key decision made shortly after 9/11, which began to rapidly turn the United States of America into the equivalent of a foreign nation for dragnet blanket electronic surveillance.”
These powers have previously defended by claims of national security necessity, but Drake says that it doesn’t stop there. He warns that the government is giving itself the power to gather intel on every American that could be used in future prosecutions unrelated to terrorism.
“When you open up the Pandora’s Box of just getting access to incredible amounts of data, for people that have no reason to be put under suspicion, no reason to have done anything wrong, and just collect all that for potential future use or even current use, it opens up a real danger — and to what else what they could use that data for, particularly when it’s all being hidden behind the mantle of national security,” Drake said.
“Domestically, they’re pulling together all the data about virtually every U.S. citizen in the country and assembling that information, building communities that you have relationships with, and knowledge about you; what your activities are; what you’re doing. So the government is accumulating that kind of information about every individual person and it’s a very dangerous process,” Binney said.
Drake and Binney’s statements follow the revelation that law enforcement officers collected cell phone records on 1.3 million Americans in 2011. More news articles are emerging every day suggesting that the surveillance of Americans — off-the-radar and under wraps — is growing at an exponential rate.
Where is all this leading? Could it be the governments of the world are designing a sinister system of mass surveillance and control? Unfortunately the signs point to that frightening conclusion. With a cashless society all of your funds, all of your worth, could be loaded onto a card or an RF chip. You break the system’s “laws.” step out of line, or just speak out against the system and with one click, you’re cut off from the world. No ID, no money, no access to necessary resources…
Is this the future you want? A complete tyrannical control grid where you have no control over your own life and ultimately your own destiny? Or do you want something more? To control yourself and take the reins of fate in your own hands and forge your own legacy in life?
If you want the future to remain in the hands of We The People then we must stop these systems now, while they’re in their infancy! Refuse to use these systems, delete your facebook, refuse to give permission for programs to spy on you. Don’t “check-in” with GPS systems, cameras, and phototags. Quit searching the web with Google. Engage people in your life in person, stop living behind the electronic mask! Be a human again! Do it now while these systems are “opt-in,” and we can take them down before they’re “opt-out” and ultimately “mandatory.”
The BEAST is rising from the sea… Are you prepared?