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Tech Billionaires Are Secretly Funding a Plan to Break the Human Race out of The Matrix

16th July 2017

On the southwestern edge of Lake Titicaca, Peru, there is an ancient 23-foot doorway known as the Aramu Muru. Local natives call it the “Puerta de hayu Marca,” the gateway to the lands of the gods and immortal life. Throughout their history, the natives have described people disappearing and appearing at this doorway.

In 1998, purported extraterrestrial contactee Jerry Wills claimed a tall blonde humanoid named Zo taught him how to access Aramu Muru and enter “another universe.” Wills further claimed that Zo illustrated to him how our universe is an experimental simulation within his species’ universe. They built it to understand their own reality, which is itself nested inside a larger universe.

The next year, in 1999, the blockbuster science fiction film The Matrix came out and forever emblazoned into our collective subconscious the idea that our existence is a simulation created by a more advanced race of beings. Incidentally, the film also made long black trench coats, black sunglasses, and my last name all the rage, but I digress…

A few years after the release of The Matrix, philosopher Nick Bostrom published the Simulation Argument, a concise paper entitled “Are You Living in a Computer Simulation?” It presented a trilemma, a mathematical breakdown of why at least one of three provocative scenarios must be true.

“(1) the human species is very likely to go extinct before reaching a ‘posthuman’ stage; (2) any posthuman civilization is extremely unlikely to run a significant number of simulations of their evolutionary history (or variations thereof); (3) we are almost certainly living in a computer simulation. It follows that the belief that there is a significant chance that we will one day become posthumans who run ancestor-simulations is false, unless we are currently living in a simulation.”

The “posthuman civilization” to which Bostrom refers defines a period of time after which humans have merged with technology. This is sometimes referred to as post-Singularity, with the ‘Singularity’ describing futurist Ray Kurzweil’s designation of a society in which humans are post-biological, living synergistically with artificial intelligence.

The Simulation Argument presupposes the development of this posthuman civilization, at which point, Bostrom states, advanced humans or AI might develop simulations of the past in the same way that current scientists create test environments; some of the simulations would likely be for entertainment reasons, as well, in the same way humans currently create video games and movies.

In recent years, a number of high-profile figures have come out to state their belief that we are living in a simulation. Chief among them is tech magnate Elon Musk, who has stated that the video game No Man’s Sky confirmed his belief that someday simulations would approximate reality so comprehensively that they would be indistinguishable from reality. Apparently, he was sitting in a hot tub with friends when he finally converted.

Musk is the CEO and brains behind Tesla, SpaceX, Neuralink, and OpenAI. In recent years, he has expressed bold plans for his companies that he believes will advance the human race: with Tesla, he wants to spearhead a transportation infrastructure that doesn’t rely on burning hydrocarbons; with SpaceX, he wants to assist in humanity’s gradual extraplanetary migration to Mars; and with Neuralink and OpenAI, he wants to facilitate humanity’s merger with advanced computer technology.

When he was asked about whether humans are living inside a computer simulation, Musk made headlines last year by saying he thinks the chances are one in billions that we aren’t.

“The strongest argument for us probably being in a simulation I think is the following: 40 years ago we had Pong – two rectangles and a dot,” Musk stated. “That’s where we were. Now 40 years later we have photorealistic, 3D simulations with millions of people playing simultaneously and it’s getting better every year. And soon we’ll have virtual reality, we’ll have augmented reality….”

 

 

source/read more;http://www.activistpost.com/2017/07/tech-billionaires-secretly-funding-plan-break-human-race-matrix.html

95 Per Cent of Gang Criminals in Stockholm Have a Foreign Background

4th July 2017

Amidst a wave of bloody, gang-related murders in Stockholm, and police warnings that the situation is likely to get worse, a report has found 94.5 per cent of people identified as being involved in the Swedish capital’s violent, organised crime scene have a migration background.

Stockholm has been the site of 552 shootings linked to criminal gangs since January 2011, 46 of which were deadly. Swedish newspaper Expressen reports that the city has seen a “record number of unsolved murders amidst seemingly endless gang shooting incidents” in recent years.

Expressen’s analysis of the situation, which included mapping 192 individuals who police confirmed to be part of gangs in Stockholm and the city’s organised crime scene, uncovered striking statistics about mass migration’s effect on crime in the Swedish capital.

According to the study, 94.5 per cent of people involved with organised crime had at least one parent born abroad. 40.6 per cent of the criminals looked at by the newspaper were themselves born overseas, whilst both parents of 82.2 per cent of gang members were foreign-born.

The report notes the main country of origin for gang criminals was Iraq, but other overrepresented nations which stood out to researchers include Somalia, Syria, and Turkey.

Criminologist Manne Gerell, a researcher at Malmö University, said that “structural racism” is what lies behind the massive overrepresentation of migrants from poor and violence-plagued third world countries in Sweden’s crime statistics.

“Many people who come from other countries and living in deprived areas feel they are discriminated against,” he told Expressen.

Adam Marttinen, an MP for the populist Sweden Democrats, offered a different explanation for the figures, asserting that “irresponsible levels of immigration lead to crime”.

“Other political parties’ indulgence of such policies have enriched organised criminal gangs,” he posted to Facebook, commenting on the Expressen report.

The latest police efforts to map and prevent gang violence, Project Mareld, estimates that between 500 and 700 gang members in 49 different networks are connected to the wave of violence in the city in recent years.

“Criminal gangs can be found throughout Stockholm, in all suburbs. The common denominator with gang members is that they all live in the same area and engage in crime. It is what links them together. Criminals in a specific area form a network,” said Inspector Gunnar Appelgren, coordinator of Project Mareld.

Noting that these 49 networks are currently involved in 17 conflicts in the Swedish capital where the police believe there is a risk of lethal violence, Expressen reports that gang crime is a growing problem across the entire nation.

In the 61 areas they have categorised as “vulnerable”, police say there are around 5,000 criminals who are active in around 200 organised crime networks, in a new report.

“In these areas, criminals rule,” said Linda Staaf, head of National Police intelligence. “In the past, they would shoot people in the leg to intimidate, whereas now, they aim for the head  — to kill.”

 

 

source: http://www.breitbart.com/london/2017/07/04/95-per-cent-gang-crime-stockholm-foreign/

Sydney man has Opal card implanted into hand to make catching public transport easier

28th June 2017

If you have ever been caught fumbling for your Opal card at the ticket gate, a Sydney man may have found the solution.

He had the chip from an Opal card inserted into his hand and is now tapping on using the technology that is implanted underneath his skin.

Bio-hacker Meow-Ludo Disco Gamma Meow-Meow, his legal name, had the Opal near-field communication (NFC) chip cut down and encased in bio-compatible plastic, measuring 10 millimetres by 6 millimetres.

He then had the device implanted just beneath the skin on the side of his left hand.

“It gives me an ability that not everyone else has, so if someone stole my wallet I could still get home,” he said.

He is able to use the Opal just like other users, including topping the card up on his smartphone.

However, his hand needs to be about 1 centimetre from the reader, closer than traditional cards, and he sometimes needs to tap more than once, due to his device’s smaller antenna.

“My goal is to have frictionless interaction with technology,” he said.
‘Don’t try this at home’

Mr Meow-Meow had his device implanted by a piercing expert, in a procedure lasting approximately one hour.

He warned others not to do the same without expertise and research.

“Most certainly don’t try this at home unless you know what you’re doing,” he said.

Mr Meow-Meow said there was a risk of bacterial infection whenever anything was implanted beneath the skin, so it was important to consult professionals.

“Be aware of the risks involved and make a wise judgement based on that.”

He also said his actions were a breach of Opal’s terms of service, which prohibit tampering.

“It will be really interesting to see what happens when the first transit officer scans my arm,” he said.
‘This is the future’

Mr Meow-Meow does not believe his implant was very radical.

“Putting technology into the body is not unusual,” he said.

Implants like pacemakers for heart conditions and intrauterine devices (IUDs) for birth control are now widely used and the Sydney scientist said his device was a natural extension.

“While one might be for birth control, which we’ve decided is pretty OK, this one is to make catching public transport easier.”

Mr Meow-Meow had his Opal implant custom-made by a US lab, Dangerous Things.
Closeup of a Mickey Mouse bandaid.
Photo: Mr Meow-Meow said it is actually a breach of Opal’s terms of service to have the implant. (ABC News: Nick Dole)

He has two other NFC implants in his hand and arm, including one that he keeps documents on.

He said NFC implants could be widely used in the future, particularly when a person’s identity needs to be proven.

“You’ll see it in parole, in nursing homes where people are unable to divulge medical details,” Mr Meow-Meow said.

“If I could go to a government department and swipe my hand, that would make accessing these services a lot easier.”

 

 

source:http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-06-27/sydney-bio-hacker-has-opal-travel-card-implanted-into-hand/8656174?

Salvador Dali’s body to be exhumed to resolve paternity case

27th June 2017

Spanish judge has ordered the exhumation of Salvador Dalí’s body for DNA testing to settle a claim by a TV fortune-teller that she is the secret daughter of the Surrealist painter.

Pilar Abel Martínez, 61, from Dalí’s home town of Figueres in Catalonia, has for years insisted that she is the product of a “clandestine love affair” between her mother and the then married artist. She is now suing the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation and the Spanish state, which inherited his works, to be recognised as his biological daughter. The verdict is due later this year.

Ms Abel, who describes herself as “Dalí without the moustache” for her supposed physical resemblance to the painter, previously arranged to carry out a test using material from his death mask. However insufficient DNA was found, and the Madrid judge overseeing the case has now ruled there is no other way to obtain samples other than to disinter Dalí’s remains.

No date for the exhumation has yet been announced, but, according to Ms Abel’s lawyer, it could be carried out as soon as July. It will be neither an easy nor a discreet procedure: the artist’s body is buried in a crypt beneath the stage in the Dalí Theatre-Museum in Figueres, where he died from heart failure in 1989, aged 84.

The fortune-teller, who for eight years hosted a tarot card-reading show on local television, claims she first learned she was Dalí’s daughter as a young child, from the woman who was purportedly her paternal grandmother. “I know that you’re not the daughter of my son, that you are that of a great painter, but I love you equally,” the grandmother used to say – according to Spanish daily El Pais – teasing her that she was “strange like her father”.

Ms Abel’s mother, Antonia Martínez, also spoke frequently about the romance, which allegedly took place in 1955 in the nearby coastal town of Cadaques. Dalí and his wife Gala had recently returned from New York and were living in Cadaques – their house there is now a museum – while Ms Abel’s mother was working for a local family. Then 25, Ms Martínez struck up a friendship with the 51-year-old artist, which allegedly soon developed into an affair. She returned to Figueres shortly afterwards and, while pregnant, married another man, before giving birth to Ms Abel in February 1956.

Ms Abel says that she crossed paths with Dali four or five times in her life, exchanging greetings on the street in Figueres. She has suggested her gift for clairvoyance could be inherited from the master of Surrealism.

“I think that my gift may have to do with him. In my family no one else has turned out this way,” she told El Confidencial when launching her legal bid in 2015. “I was born this way. It is carried inside. Perhaps it has to do with him because he believed very much in the paranormal, in the inexplicable.”

The Gala-Salvador Dali Foundation said it would challenge the exhumation order and was working on an appeal in coordination with government lawyers to be presented in the coming days.

If Ms Abel is confirmed to be the daughter of Dalí, it would provide fresh insight into the painter’s marriage to Gala, one of the art world’s most famous love stories. They originally married in 1934 in a civil ceremony but were joined in the eyes of the Church in 1958 after Gala, a divorcee, was granted special dispensation by the Vatican. Dalí was said to devoted to his wife, also his artistic muse, but due to his purported phobia of female genitalia, allowed her to maintain extramarital affairs. In 1968, the couple purchased a castle in the region of Girona, to which Gala moved and which her husband was only allowed to visit on invitation.

A positive DNA test would allow Ms Abel to take the Dalí name and give her rights over a share of his estate, estimated to be worth as much as 300 million euros. However, that would undoubtedly entail a lengthy legal battle with the Spanish state.

 

source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/26/salvador-dalis-body-exhumed-resolve-paternity-case/

Netherlands sees sharp increase in people choosing euthanasia due to ‘mental health problems’

24th June 2017

(original article 2016)

The Netherlands has seen a sharp increase in the number of people choosing to end their own lives due to mental health problems such as trauma caused by sexual abuse.

Whereas just two people had themselves euthanised in the country in 2010 due to an “insufferable” mental illness, 56 people did so last year, a trend which sparked concern among ethicists .

In one controversial case, a sexual abuse victim in her 20s was allowed to go ahead with the procedure as she was suffering from “incurable” PTSD, according to the Dutch Euthanasia Commission.
“Euthanasia is a good death by the wish of the person who dies and no-one else”Paulan Stärcke

But a Dutch psychiatrist who has carried out euthanasia requests at the country’s End-of-Life clinic said this week that psychiatrists are “too hesitant” about agreeing to euthanasia for patients with psychiatric diseases.

Paulan Stärcke, who will present her findings at the Euthanasia 2016 conference in Amsterdam Thursday, told The Telegraph that even children as young as 12 who ask to end their lives should be taken seriously.

“There’s a giant misunderstanding,” she said, “euthanasia is a good death by the wish of the person who dies and no-one else.

“It is an execution of the wish of a patient.”

 

 

source/read more:http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/05/11/netherlands-sees-sharp-increase-in-people-choosing-euthanasia-du/

U.S. anxiety levels climb faster than rest of the world

21st June 2017

Anxiety levels of Americans over matters such as war, terrorism, hacking and identity theft have spiked in recent years, leaving the nation near average in a global barometer of perceptions of security, a survey released Tuesday said.

Concerns about war and terrorism topped the list of matters gnawing at Americans, according to the Unisys Security Index, but viruses and hacking, bank-card fraud and identity theft also stoke insecurity.

The Unisys index surveyed more than 13,000 people in 13 countries in April, and is considered one of the only recurring global snapshots of citizen perceptions.

“It appears that our cloak of security, the impression that we had that we are more secure than the rest of the world, is starting to fade,” said Bill Searcy, vice president for global justice, law enforcement and border security at Unisys, a global information technology company.

Levels of U.S. anxiety jumped sharply since the last such survey was conducted in 2014, and came in at the highest levels since the surveys began a decade ago.

The United States held eighth place among the 13 countries, chalking up the same score on perceptions of security as Colombia but trailing Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, Britain, Germany and the Netherlands, the survey found. Those feeling even more insecure than Americans reside in Argentina, Brazil, Malaysia, Mexico and the Philippines.

It’s an understatement to say that anxiety level is high.

Ann Sung Ruckstuhl, Unisys senior vice president

“It’s an understatement to say that anxiety level is high, and we live in very uncertain times,” said Ann Sung Ruckstuhl, a Unisys senior vice president. “We definitely have seen a huge spike over the last three years.”

The index calculates a score of zero to 300 based on concern about eight specific issues within the general fields of national, financial, internet and personal security. The U.S. score jumped from 123 in 2014 to 169 this year, an increase of 37 percent, the survey found.

The rest of the world also climbed but the U.S. climbed at a higher rate.

Bill Searcy, Unisys vice president

“The rest of the world also climbed, but the U.S. climbed at a higher rate,” Searcy said.

Topping the list were national security issues, which include war and terrorism as well as natural disaster. Of Americans surveyed, 68 percent said they were extremely or very concerned about those areas.

Next came identity theft, which unnerves 61 percent. Bank-card fraud seriously unsettled 58 percent, and viruses or hacking deeply concern 56 percent.

“The findings themselves are not surprising unless you haven’t picked up a newspaper,” said Frank J. Cilluffo, director of the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security at George Washington University.

Concerns about internet insecurity are valid, he said, given the evolving nature of criminality in the cyber sphere and the way countries are digitally poking at foes.

“But shortly following that, you’ve got foreign terrorist organizations. You’ve got criminal enterprises that are as sophisticated from the tradecraft standpoint as nations were just six months ago,” said Cilluffo, a former special assistant on homeland security to President George W. Bush.

 
source; http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article157220629.html#storylink=cpy

 

Rapper & Infowarrior Prodigy of Mobb Deep Pronounced Dead at 42

Prodigy, one of two members of the NYC hip-hop group Mobb Deep, died at the age of 42 after complications caused by a sickle cell anemia crisis sent him to a Las Vegas hospital.

The death was confirmed by Mobb Deep’s publicist in a statement given to Rolling Stone.

It is with extreme sadness and disbelief that we confirm the death of our dear friend Albert Johnson, better known to millions of fans as Prodigy of legendary NY rap duo Mobb Deep.

In 2011 Prodigy went on the Alex Jones Show to discuss his arrest for carrying an illegal firearm, the illuminati’s role in the music industry and much more.

In February of 2017 Prodigy joined Infowars once again to discuss the Hegelian Dialectic and how useful idiots have been manipulated by the media to fight against Trump.

 

source; https://www.infowars.com/rapper-infowarrior-prodigy-of-mobb-deep-pronounced-dead-at-42/

New Study: At Least 150,000 Genitally Mutilated Women in Sweden

13th June 2017

At least 150,000 women in Sweden are victims of female genital mutilation according to a new study, a rise of over 100,000 on previous figures.

The study, which includes all countries in Europe, has not yet been published, but Swedish broadcaster SVT obtained the figures for Sweden and discovered that there were at least 150,000 FGM victims living in the country and probably significantly more given that there is silence surrounding the issue.

Sweden is home to many migrants from countries like Ethiopia and Somali, where female genital mutilation is common.

A previous National Board of Health study undertaken in 2015 found only 38,000 victims of FGM, suggesting there has been a huge increase since the acceleration of the migrant crisis.

The rise in FGM victims living in Sweden is undoubtedly connected to the vast numbers of Muslim migrants the country has accepted in recent years. More than 160,000 “asylum seekers” arrived in Sweden in 2015 alone, most of them from Muslim countries.

Female genital mutilation, practiced predominantly in Islamic countries, involves the ritual removal of external female genitalia and is widely recognized as a form of oppression towards women. The practice has no known health benefits and is primarily intended to eliminate the ability of women to feel sexual pleasure. The procedure can lead to women becoming infertile as well as chronic pain, bleeding and death.

Although FGM is illegal in Sweden, migrants will either already have had it done when they arrived in the country or will travel back to their home country to undergo the brutal procedure. The associated health problems place an increased burden on health care services in European countries.

Despite the practice being an obvious outrage against womens’ rights, the left has tried to normalize FGM in recent years. Prominent Muslim “feminist” Linda Sarsour has been venerated despite once mocking Ayaan Hirsi Ali, an ex-Muslim reformist and victim of FGM, by telling her that she should have her vagina removed.

Major outlets like the New York Times have also begun to refer to FGM as “genital cutting” in an effort to soften its barbaric nature, citing the excuse that the term “female genital mutilation” is “culturally loaded”

 

source; https://www.infowars.com/new-study-at-least-150000-genitally-mutilated-women-in-sweden/

How the internet of things could be spying on you

10th June 2017

BIG Brother is watching.

Your front door, television and child’s doll could all be spying on you.

The internet of things, everyday objects connected to the web, can send and receive data and appliances have the power to gain control and track your behaviour and movements.

At least 40 per cent of Australian homes now have at least one internet of things device and they are disguised as normal appliances. They can be fridges, kettles or even window blinds.

There are warnings about the danger of having an internet of things device in your home.

Just last year a Norwegian Consumer Council discovered a children’s doll was recording what children were saying and sending the information to a US company, which could share and use the data in a number of different ways.

The consumer council found internet-connected toys My Friend Cayla and i-Que breached several consumer laws.

DEVICES TRACK YOU

Lecturer at UNSW’s School of Taxation and Business Law, Kayleen Manwaring, told news.com.au people needed to be cautious.

The internet of things has been beneficial to health and aged care and agriculture, but Ms Manwaring said people using it frivolously needed to understand what information items could gather.

“Many of the internet of things devices collect a whole lot of data about you, what you’re doing, your kids, your home and it may not be the sort of data you want to make available,” she said.

Ms Manwaring said people needed to start thinking about things before they bought them.

“Do you really need that internet-connected hairbrush,” she said.

“A lot of devices can track your geo location. The internet of things knows where you are, when you leave home, when you come home.

“Mobile phones track you, the websites you visit.”

Ms Manwaring said there was never a way of knowing where the personal information about you went, and what it was used for. Some companies claim to use the information for marketing, but the fine print is never quite clear enough, according to Ms Manwaring.

“A lot of consumer devices aren’t very secure and there’s not a lot of security protocols,” she said.

“It’s not just the corporates who can get into your daughter’s doll, but malicious hackers getting into these devices.

“There’s not only data security flaws. The internet of things in some circumstances allow malicious hackers to control devices or attack other devices.”

DEVICES CAN BE DANGEROUS

Ms Manwaring said the internet of things could be dangerous because we didn’t know what the devices were trying to achieve and who they were trying to target.

The My Friend Cayla doll also had a security flaw where strangers could talk and listen through the doll, and there were pre-programmed phrases that mentioned specific brands targeting children.

“The problem is we really don’t know what they are doing with that data,” Ms Manwaring said.

“We could be optimistic and say they’re not doing anything suspicious, but unless you tell me exactly what you’re doing with it — it’s well known marketers employ behavioural psychologists and the point is to influence us to buy products. That might be OK, there’s plenty of times we buy products, but it’s a problem when they are targeting vulnerable people like children.”

Ms Manwaring said devices you bought never really belonged to you and would stop functioning without certain embedded software.

“IoT devices have the potential to collect more intimate data about individuals than was possible with previous devices,” Ms Manwaring wrote in an article on The Conversation.

“This data can then be used to create profiles that give incredible insight into consumers, and can even predict behaviour.”

Ms Manwaring said the law may not protect people from the internet of things.

“Many IoT devices put consumer privacy at risk, but the Privacy Act has significant limitations, as the definition of ‘personal information’ is very narrow,” she wrote.

In the future, consumers and regulators could pursue device suppliers for information they are getting under Australia Consumer Law, but Ms Manwaring said that was still a grey area.

“We don’t know what ‘acceptable quality’ is when it comes to some of these devices, for instance. Is an internet-connected kettle that boils water perfectly well, but can be easily hacked, of acceptable quality?” she said.

Ms Manwaring said consumers should think hard about the risks of these seemingly harmless items before purchasing them.

 

source: http://www.news.com.au/technology/innovation/inventions/how-the-internet-of-things-could-be-spying-on-you/news-story/6dd5ed7582d4ed79b6a43964336b452f

Madrid Bans Manspreading On Its Public Transport

Seriously.

8th June 2017

The city has banned manspreading on its trains and buses.

If only every city could take a cue from Madrid when it comes to manspreading. Per The Local, Madrid just announced that it has banned manspreading—when a man opens his legs to take up a bunch of unnecessary room in an enclosed space—across all of its public transit services. Specifically, the city’s Municipal Transportation Company (EMT) will be implementing new signage in all of the trains and buses, which will hope to dissuade manspreaders from encroaching on the personal space of other riders.

“The new information icon indicates the prohibition of taking a seating position that bothers other people,” a statement issued by the EMT reads. “It’s to remind transport users to maintain civic responsibility and respect the personal space of everyone on board.” The sign features a stick man spreading his legs to cartoonishly large proportions on a public transportation seat, with a big red “X” and “respect the space of others” text accompanying it. It’s currently unclear, though, if non-law-abiding manspreaders will receive a fine if they continue to spread at will.

For women in Madrid, this news has been the culmination of many months of petitioning and protesting against manspreaders. Mujeres en Lucha launched a viral petition campaign titled #MadridSinManspreading (#MadridWithoutManspreading), which was sent to Madrid’s mayor, Manuela Carmena, as well as Madrid’s regional president, Cristina Cifuentes. “Manspreading is the practice of certain men sitting with their legs wide open on public transport, taking up other people’s space. It is not something that occurs sporadically, if you pay attention you’ll see that it is a very common practice,” the petition read.

New York was one of the first major cities to openly campaign against manspreading on public transportation, when in late 2014 the “Dude, please stop the spreading” campaign was birthed by the MTA. As a result of the campaign, NYPD officers actually arrested men who were caught manspreading on the subway; charges were later dismissed. MTA Rules of Conduct prohibit passengers taking up more than one seat when doing so “would interfere or tend to interfere with the operation of the Authority’s transit system or the comfort of other passengers.”

Commutes on public transport are hard enough as it is, no matter where you live. Just, you know, keep your legs to yourself.

 

source: http://www.cntraveler.com/story/manspreading-banned-madrid-public-transportation-systems