Can the World Defend Itself from Omnicide? by Ralph Nader + How Big Pharma Created the Heroin Epidemic

Artificial Intelligence

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
July 27, 2017

Notice how more frequently we hear scientists tell us that we’re “wholly unprepared” for this peril or for that rising fatality toll? Turning away from such warnings may reduce immediate tension or anxiety, but only weakens the public awareness and distracts us from addressing the great challenges of our time, such as calamitous climate change, pandemics, and the rise of a host of other self-inflicted disasters.

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The Omnipresent Pressure to Conform by Graham Peebles

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by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
April 26, 2017

It was the school holidays and there were lots of teenagers in my local park. I sometimes spot them meandering home, but I rarely see them en masse as it were. Blind to the bluebells, peacocks and glories of nature all around us, they were glued to their palm-sized screens. What were they so engrossed in – some kind of game or trivial video, a map of the park perhaps, unnecessary given the proliferation of signs? Are they texting, e-mailing, or trawling through the Internet, or all of the above? If one did not know what these shiny seductive objects were, one might think that they controlled the person, rather than the other way round. And to a large degree they do.

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Julian Assange Press Conference and Q&A on Vault 7, Year Zero and the CIA

FISA - illegal domestic spying - feb 2001, BEFORE 9/11

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Listen to this also on Mar 9, 2017

WikiLeaks Press Conference on Vault 7, Year Zero and the CIA. The press conference was streamed earlier on Persiscope, this is a direct rip of that stream.

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Central Bank Digital Currencies: A Revolution in Banking? by Ellen Brown

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by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
September 16, 2016

Several central banks, including the Bank of England, the People’s Bank of China, the Bank of Canada and the Federal Reserve, are exploring the concept of issuing their own digital currencies, using the blockchain technology developed for Bitcoin. Skeptical commentators suspect that their primary goal is to eliminate cash, setting us up for negative interest rates (we pay the bank to hold our deposits rather than the reverse).

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The Downsides of Cheap Abundance by Ralph Nader

Never Let Me Go

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
October 22, 2015

In college, Economics 101 is often described as the social science discipline that deals with the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services. MIT Economist Paul Samuelson liked to focus on scarcity, or more specifically, the allocation of scarce resources. “Abundance” was always a pretty word with an idyllic connotation for Professor Samuelson. I often wonder why there weren’t a few classes about the real-life consequences of abundance, along with scarcity and people’s material welfare.

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Biosocial and Epigenetic Relativity of Human Nature: Relative to Political Economy, Technology, and Culture by Fazal Rahman, Ph.D.

Pepetela - "O quase fim do mundo" ("Almost the world's end")

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by Fazal Rahman, Ph.D.
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published on imperialismandthethirdworld, Sept. 7, 2015; written 1982
September 9, 2015, revised September 11, 2015

“It is a question of the Third World starting a new history of Man, a history which will have regard to the sometimes prodigious theses which Europe has put forward, but which will also not forget Europe’s crimes, of which the most horrible was committed in the heart of man, and consisted of the pathological tearing apart of his functions and the crumbling away of his unity.”
Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth, (Fanon, 1963, p. 315).

“We all live under the constant threat of our own annihilation. Only by the most outrageous violation of ourselves have we achieved our capacity to live in relative adjustment to a civilization apparently driven to its own destruction.”
R. D. Laing, The Politics of Experience/The Bird of Paradise (R.D. Laing, 1967)

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“The Development of Full Artificial Intelligence Could Spell The End of The Human Race” by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page, August 17, 2015
August 20, 2015

When the stunning article “Why the Future Doesn’t Need Us” by Bill Joy, chief scientist for Sun Microsystems, made the cover of Wired Magazine in April 2000, it created quite a rumble in high-tech circles. Its argument was that “our most powerful 21st century technologies—robotics, genetic engineering, and nanotech—are threatening to make humans an endangered species.”

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America’s Surveillance State, Part 6: The Future

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PressTV Documentaries on Oct 26, 2014

Domestic Spying

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We live in the United States of Surveillance — with cameras increasingly positioned on street corners and with much more invisible spying online and on the phone. Anyone who is paying attention knows that privacy could be out the window. All of this is not happening by accident -well funded powerful agencies and companies are engaged in the business of keeping tabs on what we do, what we say, and what we think.

To many in the world, today, the face of America also has A BIG NOSE for sniffing and sifting mountains of data—phone calls, emails and texts. And with many mouths silenced by paranoia to keep what they decide is secret, secret. America has become a Surveillance-Industrial State where everyone’s business has become its business, and where one huge US intelligence Agency has been given the sanction and unlimited amounts of money to spy on the whole world.

Mass Surveillance is the focus of this new 6 part investigative documentary series examining who is watching whom and why.

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Edward Snowden to EU: No Legal Means Exist To Challenge Mass Surveillance

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RT on Apr 9, 2014

No legal means exist to challenge mass surveillance, said NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, testifying to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. A former NSA contractor, Snowden was speaking to the PACE session in Strasbourg via a video link-up from Moscow.

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Peter Kornbluh: USAID is the New CIA — USAID is Clearly in the Job of Regime Change in Cuba

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US fueled dissent in Cuba with fake Twitter

RT America on Apr 3, 2014

In 2009, the US Agency for International Development, USAID, created a Twitter-like social network called ZunZuneo in order to fuel dissent in Cuba. According to the Associated Press, the service was intended to let users not only discuss topics such as sports and music, but also organize protests, voice dissent, and avoid censorship in the island nation. Topping out at around 40,000 users that the US gathered demographic and other information on, the program was ended after a government grant expired in September 2012. RT’s Ameera David dives into the details of this newly revealed USAID program.

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Edward Snowden: Here’s How We Take Back The Internet

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TED on Mar 18, 2014

Appearing by telepresence robot, Edward Snowden speaks at TED2014 about surveillance and Internet freedom. The right to data privacy, he suggests, is not a partisan issue, but requires a fundamental rethink of the role of the internet in our lives — and the laws that protect it. “Your rights matter,” he say, “because you never know when you’re going to need them.” Chris Anderson interviews, with special guest Tim Berners-Lee.

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Edward Snowden and Julian Assange at SXSW

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Note: replaced first video.

acluvideos on Mar 10, 2014

Edward Snowden speaks about privacy and technology with the ACLU’s Ben Wizner and Christopher Soghoian at SXSW Interactive. Continue reading

#NSA Whistleblower Kirk Wiebe: Global Mass Surveilance Protesters Demand Too Little + The Day We Fight Back: Activism Sweeps the Internet

2013 DC Rally Against Mass Surveillance 12

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TheRealNews on Feb 10, 2014

Former NSA intelligence analyst and whistleblower Kirk Wiebe warns that those rallying for the passage of USA Freedom Act will not receive verifiable change.

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Internet’s Own Boy: Film on Aaron Swartz Captures Late Activist’s Struggle for Online Freedom

Photos of Aaron Swartz at memorial at Internet Archive in San Francisco

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democracynow on Jan 21, 2014

democracynow – One year ago this month, the young Internet freedom activist and groundbreaking programmer Aaron Swartz took his own life. Continue reading

Wrongful Secrecy, Snares, and Delusions by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
January 10, 2014

You’ve heard the refrain “we live in the information age.” We have fingertip access to the Internet, providing us with massive amounts of information. There are no longer any excuses for us to say we don’t have the information; it is there, but up to us to act on the information.

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