Sunday, May 20, 2018

East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention




East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention
Junious Ricardo Stanton

Comic books have been around in the US since 1933.  Superhero comic books as we currently know them came into popularity in this country in 1938 with the introduction of Action Comics and the creation of the Superman character. The so called golden age of comic books from 1930’s to around 1950 did not include people of color as subjects or heroes. During this era Blacks rarely appeared in mainstream comic books except as insignificant marginal images not fully developed characters. Black comic book super heroes first appeared in mainstream comic publications in 1966 with the creation by two white men: Stan Lee and Jack Kirby of the Black Panther.
It’s a little know fact that Black superhero comics created, drawn by Black artists, illustrators and published by Blacks began in 1947 with the founding of All Negro Comics a short lived endeavor started by Orrin Cromwell Evans which produced only one issue. It was an anthology with characters that included: Lion Man and Bubba, Ace Harlem, and characters for children called the Little Dew Dillies.  
Black comics featuring Black superheroes remerged in the 1990’s with a boom of independently produced Black comic book characters. Today Black Comic books and graphic novels abound. Many Black comic book characters fall into the category of Afro-futurism a blend of Black Consciousness, Black history traditions, distinctly African phenotypes, present and future timed/themed story lines based on science fiction.
Black Comics offer their own unique world of art, creativity, sci-fi, entrepreneurship and marketing. For the past seventeen years Yumy Odom has produced and sponsored the East Coast Age of Black Comics Convention which brings together fans, creative professionals, artists, illustrators, writers, publishers and enactors with a mission of promoting literacy, story telling, creativity, art, media development, self awareness and confidence using the genre of comic books and graphic novels.
This year’s one day convention was held on Saturday May 19th at the Tech-Freire Charter High School 2221 N. Broad Street in North Philadelphia. In addition to promoting comic book creators, artists and graphic novels the convention also featured excellent workshops and demonstrations on: drawing, digital artistry and illustration, writing, enacting, Black Science Fiction, screenings and tributes to actors, artists, Cosplayers (costumed enactors/actors), writers and publishers.
 ECBACC is a serious convention that covers the whole gamut and spectrum of comic books and graphic novels creation: imagination, conception, starting a publishing company and the business of comics. It is one of the original and premier urban comic book exposition and conventions. It provides hands on instruction, workshops and panel discussions about the $1.085 billion dollar comic book and graphic novel industry (2016 North American figures). Black comic books are experiencing an even greater upsurge this year due to the mainstream superhero films like Avengers and Justice League. 
 Touring the convention exhibits, workshops and panel discussions you saw youngsters drawing, Cosplayers in costumes, artists talking, giving advice sharing their genius with an appreciative group of Black folks. It was refreshing to see people enthusiastic about their talents, interests and dreams come together with like minded folks to enjoy the camaraderie, fellowship and positive energy.
People attended this year’s convention in waves; folks came in attended the workshops then left as more folks came in. There was a large crowd despite inclement weather. ECBACC operates year round with a mission that extends beyond the one day convention. For additional information about ECBACC go to www.ecbacc.com

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Monday, May 14, 2018

What Would Malcolm X Say About Fake News?


From The Ramparts
      Junious Ricardo Stanton
                                                What Would Malcolm X Say About Fake News?
  “I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it is for or against. I’m a human being, first and foremost, and as such I’m for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole.” Malcolm X
Eric Arthur Blair who wrote under the pen name George Orwell stated, “During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.” We live in a time of universal deceit, massive falsification and lies are disseminated globally by an extremely pervasive and sophisticated electronic media the likes never seen before by humanity. Television screens and smart devices, are everywhere instantaneously blasting information, disinformation and propaganda either from a right wing fake perspective or a disingenuous left wing slant both propagating global white domination and we are caught in the middle.
In prior times we had vocal warriors, scholars, dissidents and resisters who helped us see through the maze of disinformation and propaganda to recognize the lies and propaganda aimed at us and help us engage in a process of mental decolonization to view the world from a liberation perspective. Of course over the years the powers that be targeted them and attempted to eliminate the threat these courageous Sistahs and Bruthas posed to their mind control over us. Men and women like David Walker, Ida B Wells, William Monroe Trotter,  Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Noble Drew Ali, Elijah Muhammad and his ministers like Malcolm X and Louis Farrakhan and fearless educators like Angela Davis exposed the mendacity, subterfuge, oppression and violence of the American system so it demonized them and on numerous occasions killed them.
Malcolm X aka Malik El Hajj El Shabazz was uncompromising in his denunciation of the American social, economic and political system built upon racism, imperialism, violence and chicanery that he and his Nation of Islam brethren called tricknology. Malcolm knew there was a constant battle going on for our minds.
On one occasion Malcolm had this to say about the US press and media, “One of the shrewd ways that they use the press to project us in the eye or image of a criminal: they take statistics. And with the press they feed these statistics to the public, primarily the white public. Because there are some well-meaning persons in the white public as well as bad-meaning persons in the white public. And whatever the government is going to do, it always wants the public on its side, whether it’s the local government, state government, federal government. So they use the press to create images. And at the local level, they’ll create an image by feeding statistics to the press—through the press showing the high crime rate in the Negro community. As soon as this high crime rate is emphasized through the press, then people begin to look upon the Negro community as a community of criminals.
And then any Negro in the community can be stopped in the street. ‘Put your hands up,’ and they pat you down. You might be a doctor, a lawyer, a preacher, or some other kind of Uncle Tom. But despite your professional standing, you’ll find that you’re the same victim as the man who’s in the alley. Just because you’re Black and you live in a Black community, which has been projected as a community of criminals. This is done. And once the public accepts this image also, it paves the way for a police-state type of activity in the Negro community. They can use any kind of brutal methods to suppress Blacks because ‘they’re criminals anyway.’ And what has given this image? The press again, by letting the power structure or the racist element in the power structure use them in that way.” From a speech given at Ford Auditorium on Feb. 14, 1965 several days before he was assassinated on Feb.21, 1965.
Imagine what Malcolm would say about the Black Lives Matter movement, social media, fake news, the grotesque caricatures of Black people on BET, VH1, MTVthe fake reality shows, the various networks and news programs?What would Malcolm say about six conglomerates owning almost all the media in the world? Malcolm was well aware of the power of the media and its organized and systemic propaganda on one occasion he said, “The media is the most powerful entity on the earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and he guilty innocent and that’s power because they control the minds of the masses. The press is so powerful in its image making role it can make the criminal look like he’s the victim and make the victim look like he’s he criminal. This is the press and irresponsible press. It will make the the criminal look like he’s the victim and the victim look like he’s the criminal. If you aren’t careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.”
Malcolm X was extremely astute, well read, well traveled and he loved Black people. What would Malcolm say about us not continuing the  liberation struggle?  What would Malcolm say about us acquiescing to fake news, fake reality and falling for the proverbial okey-doke?
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Monday, May 07, 2018

Indigenous Knowledge Systems





From The Ramparts
                                                             Junious Ricardo Stanton
                                                      Indigenous Knowledge Systems

“The European philosophical conspiracy which we call the New Orthodoxy began in the mid-eighteenth century and was fully articulated by Hegel in the early nineteenth century when he asserted that African Deep Thought did not exist, even more it could not possible exist; nor rather, it must not exist. Of course the philosophical magicians could not make African Deep Thought not exist. What they did was to suppress the truth of its existence and simply asserted that it did not exist.” Jacob H. Carruthers from the Preface of MDW NTR Divine Speech A Historical Reflection of African Deep Thought From the Time of the Pharaohs to The Present

We are engaged in a life and death struggle, we must not be fooled by the fact a bi-racial man was selected to run for president and won the election, we must not be tricked into believing this nation has changed the fundamental power relationship between the ruling class and people of color no matter how many police officers, chiefs, sheriffs, mayors, council people, judges and state legislators we have. Every day we see evidence this culture does not value us unless it can extract something from us, even our vey souls.
Sadly there are still many of us who willingly sell our souls for trinkets, a pat on the head by the exploiters or negate our African heritage and ancestry to fit into their system. Unfortunately far too many of us do not know our history and legacy of innovation because we have not been taught the dynamism of African deep thought, ethics, morality and ways to navigate this thing we call life. We have allowed ourselves to be duped and brainwashed into accepting and believing we have nothing of value to offer or share with the world. Not so, in many ways, we are the salvation this planet needs.
Ironically Europeans who once ridiculed, denigrated and suppressed indigenous African knowledge, wisdom and spirituality are now turning to African and indigenous people to find meaning in their lives, give Western society a much needed moral grounding, sense of purpose and to use valuable indigenous knowledge for sustainability and profit. There is a whole new field called Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) where Westerners are looking at ancient and aboriginal ways of living, relating to one another, environmental sustainability, healing modalities and philosophies. “Indigenous knowledge refers to the understandings, skills and philosophies developed by societies with long histories of interaction with their natural surroundings. For rural and indigenous peoples, local knowledge informs decision-making about fundamental aspects of day-to- day life. Sophisticated knowledge of the natural world is not confined to science. Societies from all parts of the world possess rich sets of experiences, understanding and explanations. This knowledge is integral to a cultural complex that also encompasses language, systems of classification, resource use practices, social interactions, ritual and spirituality.” Indigenous Knowledge Systems Explained https://www.herald.co.zw/indigenous-knowledge-systems-explained/
Our African ancestors postulated the universe had purpose, intelligent design and a vital energy/intelligence that permeates everything. Within traditional African groups there was a deep seated sense of connectedness, unity, a need for reverence and living in harmony with nature. Ubuntu, “I am because we are, we are because I am”, was the underlying philosophy of traditional continental African culture. Maat was the cosmological and ethical foundation of ancient African society. Cooperation, intra and inter generational mutual aid were how Africans lived and worked for the benefit of the whole group.
Even during enslavement we shared our knowledge and genius with each other and the enslavers most times with no compensation or credit! Think about George Washington Carver and his invaluable impact on science and agriculture as one example. Indigenous knowledge was the basis of much of Carver’s work.
Eurasians developed an ethos of reckless greed, violence, domination, exploitation and disconnection. They spread it globally and now are discovering these values and systems are unsustainable. Now the West is turning to indigenous people to provide models how to best survive.  As they study indigenous knowledge systems (IKS) we see a dual approach developing: on one level there is the realization climate change; Western environmental disharmony; ecological antagonism and exploitation are unsustainable that their policies are creating disastrous consequences for the whole planet. Those who see this are looking for ways to forestall or reverse these trends. Living in harmony with nature and humanity is an unfamiliar perspective for the West and they’re forced to turn to aboriginal people to show them how to do it!
 On the flip side we can see they are merely interested in indigenous knowledge systems as a way to increase their bottom line, develop new products to market totally devoid of any change in values, the way they do business or concern for the life of the planet.
As the direct heirs of indigenous knowledge and the true custodians of this planet, we must recognize and re-embrace IKS, rediscover our connection to nature, expand upon it and use it to save the planet and ourselves from the irresponsible policies of the exploiters. We have an obligation to relearn the deep thought of our ancestors, become proud custodians of this knowledge and apply it in practical ways such as urban farming/gardening, cooperative social relationships and mutually beneficial group economics, locally and internationally.

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Monday, April 30, 2018

Pushing The technology Envelop





From the Ramparts
Junious Ricardo Stanton
Pushing the Technology Envelop

“With augmented-reality gear barely on the market, rigorous studies of its effects on vision and mobility have yet to be done. But in reviewing the existing research on the way people perceive and interact with the world around them, we found a number of reasons to be concerned. Augmented reality can cause you to misjudge the speed of oncoming cars, underestimate your reaction time, and unintentionally ignore the hazards of navigating in the real world. And the worst thing about it: Until something bad happens, you won’t know you’re at greater risk of harm.” https://spectrum.ieee.org/consumer-electronics/portable-devices/the-reallife-dangers-of-augmented-reality
                                       
            More and more people are buying what are called augmented reality gizmos and gadgets such as: Microsoft Hololens, Magic Leap Lightwear, Google Glass Enterprise Edition, Vuzix Blade AR and numerous others soon coming to market. What is augmented reality you ask? Augmented Reality or AR is explained as: “Augmented reality is the integration of digital information with the user's environment in real time. Unlike virtual reality, which creates a totally artificial environment, augmented reality uses the existing environment and overlays new information on top of it…Augmented reality apps are written in special 3D programs that allow the developer to tie animation or contextual digital information in the computer program to an augmented reality ‘marker’ in the real world. When a computing device's AR app or browser plug-in receives digital information from a known marker, it begins to execute the marker's code
and layer the correct image or images”
            AR is different from virtual reality in that AR is your real time environment with visuals and graphics superimposed while virtual realities is simulated three dimensional images, computer generated environments, fantasy or make believe. Now it has been discovered that Facebook is working on   technologies that can/will scan your brain and use AR technology to share one’s thoughts and images with the world.
            An article on the Waking Times Website http://www.wakingtimes.com/2018/04/23/facebook-teams-up-with-shady-darpa-exec-to-scan-your-brain-and-augment-your-reality/ claims Facebook is teaming up with the Defense Advanced Research Agency (DARPA) to  create new technologies that integrate AR with what we are thinking or doing and share that with the world (or allow Big Brother to know exactly what you are thinking and doing in real time). The article quotes Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg as he describes the planned technology. “In the future, you’ll be able to snap your fingers and pull out a photo and make it as big as you want and with your AR glasses you’ll be able to show it to people and they’ll be able to see it. As a matter of fact, when you get to this world, a lot of things that we think we think about as physical objects today, like a TV for displaying an image, will actually just be $1 apps in an AR app store. So it’s going to take a long time to make this work. But this is the vision, and this is what we’re trying to get to over the next ten years” ibid.
            The article raises cogent questions about the impact of this technology on personal privacy, “Facebook users need to ask themselves whether or not they want to live in this world of augmented reality. It’s uncertain at this point just how many of our current abilities and freedoms we could lose if this kind of technology took over our lives. Would it be possible to have a private moment? With Facebook technology becoming ever-more invasive into our lives and their protection of privacy becoming increasingly moot, it’s possible that at some point in time we may not even remember what life was like before Facebook took control over our perceptions and intimate data.” Ibid
            Keep in mind this is already on the drawing boards at places like DARPA, Google, Microsoft, Facebook and others. This is all part of the New World Order/Big Brother surveillance society. AR and “virtual reality” are the next steps as the one pecent push the technology envelop.  But we don’t have to be willing participants in our own debasement and slavery. As I have been saying for several years, Facebook is not a benign or pristine technology; it is a monopoly, a Trojan horse we are being duped and socially engineered to install and use on our devices so corporations and the government can keep tabs on us, sell us stuff, manipulate our choices and behavior. In addition to the privacy issues there is also the issue of the unintended consequences of our digital addiction and concomitant distraction. See The Real Life Dangers of Augmented Reality at https://spectrum.ieee.org/consumer-electronics/portable-devices/the-reallife-dangers-of-augmented-reality to glean some of the real life adverse affects of AR.
 If you want to be a part of social networks that do not unduly expose you to unwanted surveillance and analytical data mining algorithms do the research to locate the spaces that respect your privacy that do not scrutinize or sell your information to third parties or share it with the government. Here is one site to get you started https://www.1and1.com/digitalguide/online-marketing/social-media/the-best-facebook-alternatives/

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Digital Addiction


                                                


                                                  From The Ramparts
                                               Junious Ricardo Stanton
                                                  Digital Addiction

“SAN FRANCISCO — It’s well-known that smartphone, or more broadly, digital addiction can result in many negative mental effects on people over time. Recent research even found it creates a brain imbalance in teens. Now a new study finds that over-attachment to your phone can cause serious social problems — boosting feelings of loneliness and isolation — while worsening anxiety and depression symptoms. Smartphones have become useful, everyday tools that essentially manage our daily lives. From calendars to calorie monitors to sleep aids, smartphone owners find themselves constantly glancing at their screens from the minute they wake up to the seconds before hitting the sack.  Whether it’s reading push notifications, responding to dings and vibrations, or constantly refreshing one’s Facebook newsfeed on the go, the need for phone time is becoming a more serious problem…Researchers behind the study, conducted at San Francisco State University, liken smartphone addiction to opioid dependency, arguing that overuse of a mobile device is no different from substance abuse.” Smartphone Addiction Increases Loneliness, Isolation; No Different From Substance Abuse, Experts Say https://www.studyfinds.org/smartphone-addiction-loneliness-isolation-substance-abuse/

            Western society is extremely addictive. Due to cunning marketing campaigns, social engineering and the mass manipulation of our tastes, desires, drives, values and lifestyle, we in the West are becoming more and more like zombies, mindlessly living day to day responding to the stimuli put out and controlled by the 1% and their minions.  Recent studies and testimonies by the developers and CEOs of some of the largest telecommunications and high tech companies have revealed that gadgets and gizmos as well as social media itself are having a deleterious affect on us personally and collectively. The overuse of digital devices is having a negative impact on us physically and psychologically.
            A recent study by Korean scientists discovered that young people addicted to their smartphones or the internet have brain chemical imbalances.
The research team led by Dr. Hyung Suk Seo, a professor of neuroradiology at Korea University in South Korea, used magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) to examine the immediate effect on the brains of smartphone- and internet-addicted teenagers. MRS is a type of MRI that detects chemical changes in the brain. The study involved 38 teenagers about 15 or 16 years old. Half of them (10 females, nine males) had been diagnosed with smartphone or internet addiction, while the other half — the control group — was deemed otherwise healthy. Researchers used standardized tests to measure the severity of the teens’ addiction, questioning them on how smartphones or internet interfered with their daily routines, productivity, and mental health… The researchers found that the addicted teenagers showed more signs and indications of depression, anxiety, insomnia, and impulsivity, according to Dr. Seo. One chemical the researchers looked for changes in before and after the cognitive behavioral therapy was gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA). GABA is a neurotransmitter that slows or speeds up brain signals and regulates anxiety. They also examined the glutamate-glutamine (Glx) activity in the participants, which causes neurons to become more electrically excited. They found that the ratio of GABA to Glx was notably higher in the screen-addicted teens compared to the healthy ones.” Doctor: teens Addicted To Smartphone Internet Have Brain Imbalance https://www.studyfinds.org/smartphone-internet-addiction-brain-imbalance/
            Many are becoming alarmed that smart technology and “social media” are dumbing us down and atrophying our social and group interaction skills. “According to a 2011 Pew Research Center poll, cell-phone owners between the ages of 18 and 24 send or receive an average of 109.5 messages on a normal day, whereas all adults (18 and older) exchange a daily average of 41.5 messages, with a median of only 10 texts daily. As for social media, a 2015 report compiled by the marketing agency We Are Social estimated that more than two billion people—over a quarter of the world's population—have active social media accounts. For a species hardwired for social connection, that should be a wonderful thing. And yet the rise of social media and technology has coincided with an apparent decline in mental health. In 2014 psychologist Jean M. Twenge of San Diego State University analyzed data from nearly seven million teenagers and adults across the U.S. and found that more people reported symptoms of depression in recent years than they did in the 1980s. Teens, in particular, are now 74 percent more likely to have trouble sleeping and twice as likely to see a professional for mental health issues. According to a 2016 fact sheet from the World Health Organization, depression is now the leading cause of disability globally, affecting 350 million people worldwide. There are certainly many intervening factors that may be driving this global trend, but we do have preliminary research linking depression with social media usage. In 2014 Mai-Ly Steers of the University of Houston and her colleagues surveyed 180 college students and found that the more time these subjects spent on Facebook, the more likely they were to experience mild depressive symptoms. The researchers attributed the link to the psychological phenomenon known as social comparison—and comparing our lives to others can seem particularly harsh online, where people tend to post only the highlights. In a 2014 study, social psychologists Christina Sagioglou and Tobias Greitemeyer, both at the University of Innsbruck in Austria, found another reason why people can feel down after Facebook sessions: they feel that the time spent is not meaningful.”  Generation Z Online and at Risk? https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/generation-z-online-and-at-risk/
            It is important to maintain real social connections not the illusion of friends, computer generated avatars and networks just as it is important to feel a genuine sense of gratification and meaning in our lives. Social media cannot provide this no matter how many “friends” you have or how much time you spend Online! Life is not a spectator sport we have to be engaged in meaningful relationships and activities. Online voyeurism and superficial media linkages are not what we need to live fulfilling, meaningful purpose driven lives.  Digital technology is a tool; do not allow it to become your master or a pusher for your addictions.

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Facebook and the Deep State



    

                                                From The Ramparts
                                                Junious Ricardo Stanton
                                              Facebook and the Deep State

            “The company’s business depends on observing users’ online behaviour and selling their attention to advertisers, who pay money to reach specific groups of users based on minute details gleaned about their identities, their interests and where they are. This requires a delicate balancing act between catering to users, whose attention Facebook must keep, and advertisers, who pay the bills. To date the firm has mostly favoured growth over careful checks that its ‘community’, as it calls its 2.1bn users, is being properly protected.” If Facebook Will Not Fix Itself Will Congress? https://www.economist.com/news/united-states/21740387-if-facebook-will-not-fix-itself-will-congress-fit-it-mr-zuckerberg-goes-washington

            The scandal involving Cambridge Analytica’s acquisition of Facebook user profiles then using them to craft specific ads targeting users to benefit their clients ( in this case Donald Trump) has not exposed the deep state connections inherent in such an arrangement. The corporate mind control apparatus is downplaying and even suppressing the truth about Facebook’s nefarious ties to the 1%’s shadow government. It is not just a question of Mak Zuckeberg’s cavalier attitude about privacy breeches, most perceptive people realize Zuckerberg is merely the public face of Facebook, that the platform is really a tool of hidden forces including the fascist “deep state”. Mark Zuckerberg’s recent appearance before US Senate hearings was a choreographed sham. Most of the Senators who grilled Zuckerberg took campaign contributions (bribes) from him! See http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/49195.htm to discover who got how much.
Facebook is more than you think it is! “Facebook is on track to become more powerful than the National Security Agency — so says a senior advisor to the US military intelligence community who predicted the rise of artificial intelligence and robot warfare. In less than a decade, Facebook’s growth will mean it potentially has the ability to monitor almost everyone on the planet. This will make the firm more powerful than any other government contractor in the world. This prospect has dangerous ramifications for democracy. Increasing evidence reveals that Facebook’s most lucrative business model is to outsource itself as a conduit for psychological warfare to any third party that wants to influence the beliefs and behaviors of citizens.” Facebook Will Become More Powerful Than the NSA In Ten years Unless We Stop It - Nafeez Ahmed https://medium.com/insurge-intelligence/how-facebook-will-infiltrate-national-elections-and-rule-the-world-in-less-than-10-years-unless-732da197b8fd
Facebook is a Trojan horse that we willingly invite into our lives because it is “free” but once we sign up some of us become addicted to it. That was by design. Facebook executives say they have kept the service free by selling ads to companies and other entities. Anyone can buy Facebook ads https://www.facebook.com/business/learn/how-much-facebook-ads-cost and advertising on the platform has its advantages because Facebook is an extremely popular and effective platform.
That is one positive aspect, but the platform is being used for extremely wicked purposes. Facebook was originally funded not just by investors looking to profit from the development of an innovative program, but by corporations and intelligence services to use the platform as a way to spy on us, sell us stuff, program us, manipulate our habits and sense of reality and prescribe popular culture. “The Big Four tech giants control most of the world’s information flow, drug and food supply. Google and Facebook tried to manipulate the recent presidential election by prioritising, and sometimes burying content altogether. Throughout the history of human civilisation, including periods of ecclesiastical rule, no entity has had as much power to influence and control the social and political ideals of billions of people with zero oversight or regulation as these tech giants. Democracy’s only hope is for Google, Amazon, Facebook and Twitter to be broken up and regulated… Google and Facebook’s internet supremacy has far reaching implications; arguably, they endeavoured to manipulate the recent presidential election by prioritising, and sometimes altogether burying, content. Google’s Executive Chairman, Eric Schmidt was even on Hillary Clinton’s election committee. Facebook goes a step further than Google in individually curating content, segregating its users into political bubbles so the users only see their own ideals reinforced. The polarisation of political views means that users are likely to adhere to an entire set of campaign positions rather than consider that some positions on each side might be credible.” Google, Amazon, Facebook and Twitter Are Evil by Mitch Feierstein https://renegadeinc.com/google-amazon-facebook-twitter-evil/  Don’t hold your breath waiting for the US to regulate Facebook, it’s too well connected.
Facebook’s connections to Cambridge Analytica and its parent company Securities Communications Laboratory (SCL and SCL Elections) is just the tip of the iceberg. “But the relationship between Facebook and U.S. elites and their intelligence agencies may be closer than that. There are certainly things that suggest a closer look is required. You have to ask yourself about the money for example. Facebook is not a small application and even in its infancy it would have required massive computing power. Who paid for that power, and why? You also have to note that Facebook itself was created by an elite student, at an elite university, in a context where elite norms and values rule the day.  Surprising enough when you think about it, but the real kick in the head is the fact that Facebook executives are conducting massive (and massively unethical) experiments on users. In a paper published in the  Proceedings of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences entitled ‘Experimental Evidence of Massive-Scale Emotional Contagion Through Social Networks,’ Facebook scientists reported the results of a massive CIA linked experiment designed to see if they could control emotions… The CIA has been conducting experiments on consciousness and mass consciousness since their LSD work in the fifties and sixties (look up Project MKUltra), and while Facebook and other social media may try to distance themselves from military connections, quickly erasing intimations and implications of connection (Martens and Martens, 2014), the financial and social linkages are clearly there, if somebody would just bother to look (hint, hint). And if this doesn’t convince you to question that blue monstrosity you’ve plugged yourself into, consider Google, the other big intelligence technology. It has been recently noted that Google is capable of rigging elections (Epstein, 2015). That’s, incredible and incredibly powerful.” Facebook, CIA, Social Science Google and You –Mike Sosteric  https://www.sociology.org/facebook-spy-machine/
            The myth about Facebook’s founding propagated by the film Social Network is pure disinformation. There are insidious facts about the funding and rise of Facebook that are being purposely suppressed. As I wrote last week, Facebook is not your friend.

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Sunday, April 08, 2018

Facebook Is Not Your Friend


  


                                                 From The Ramparts
                                                Junious Ricardo Stanton
                                               Facebook Is Not Your Friend

Facebook scans the contents of messages that people send each other on its Messenger app blocking any that contravene its guidelines, it has emerged. The scandal-hit firm, still reeling from revelations surrounding Cambridge Analytica, checks images and texts to ensure they are in line with its community standards. While the intentions behind the practice may be well-meaning, the news is likely to add to users' concerns over what the social network knows about them.” http://lizzadisu.blogspot.in/2018/04/mark-zuckerberg-admits-facebook-scans.html

Several years ago I wrote an article warning that Facebook, Twitter, Google and the giant telecommunications companies like Time Warner, Comcast and Disney were all colluding with the government to spy on us. In an article entitled Big Brother Is Real I wrote, “Privacy for most of us is non-existent. Facebook, Twitter and other programs like Instagram are not only part of the government's programming arsenal they are also potential surveillance tools. http://www.alternet.org/story/155764/6_government_surveillance_programs_designed_to_watch_what_you_do_online. Government agencies like the Department of Homeland Security and the IRS are using social media to track you and create a profile on you.”
            Now we’ve leaned through a British news station’s report Facebook has been collecting, mining user information, creating profiles on members, using and selling the data and personal profiling to influence and manipulate elections around the world.  Facebook also sells our information to companies and other third parties.
As we all know by now, Cambridge Analytica has apparently utilized highly sophisticated psychometric algorithms to target mental vulnerabilities within the United States and other nations, perhaps swaying votes toward one candidate or another. While these methods, in and of themselves, are not illegal per se, the data used and the methods implemented to further propagate such election swaying may themselves be illegal.
For those of you unaware of the history behind Cambridge Analytica, it’s an interesting one. A company called SCL Group launched back in the early 1990s. This company, which Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn worked for, then spun off a subsidiary called SCL Elections. SCL Elections was then funded by the Mercer family for $15 million, before being renamed Cambridge Analytica. This transformation basically took SCL Group, with their military ties, and transformed it into a private for-profit company targeting American citizens… While the whistleblower has shared their story with the UK media, they are fearful that the UK Ministry of Defense will quickly move in and squash any potential publication. The whistleblower, whom our source says worked for SCL Group between the years of 2005 and 2013, didn’t understand the complexity and disturbing nature of what he had been a part of. That is until a recent exposé aired on Channel 4 in the UK, regarding Cambridge Analytica and their shady practices. This individual had worked mainly in Iraq for SCL Group and is revealing that SCL Group was used by the US and UK militaries to devise coercive propaganda in Iraq during his time there. SCL Group, via their subsidiary Cambridge Analytica, then took this same exact approach and used it against the public in the United States via our elections, this time for monetary gain. Literally SCL Group created a military propaganda machine and then targeted the United States’ elections and our democracy with it.” SCL Whistleblower Claims Cambridge Analytica Used a US Military Weapon Against the US Elections http://ir.net/news/politics/128310/exclusive-scl-group-whistleblower-claims-cambridge-analytica-used-us-military-weapon-us-elections/
            So it wasn’t Russia that influenced the 2016 US election at all, it was SCL through Facebook! The full extent of the Facebook-Strategic Communications Laboratories (SCL is the parent company of Cambridge Analytica) collusion is being censored and suppressed by the US corporate media because they don’t want us to know just how thoroughly we are being spied on, manipulated and brainwashed by the media, corporations and government.
 SCL calls itself a strategic communications and behavioral research company. That is corporate doublespeak/gobbledygook for brainwashing, behavioral manipulation and social engineering. It is an agency working hand in hand with governments and intelligence agencies to do their dirty work around the world! Mark Zuckerberg founder of Facebook (it is suspected US and Western intelligence services had a major hand in funding and monopolizing Facebook globally) has admitted Facebook scanned personal Facebook messages and data and gave them to third parties. http://lizzadisu.blogspot.in/2018/04/mark-zuckerberg-admits-facebook-scans.html.
This is in addition to the data mining Facebook gave to SCL and other third parties! For additional evidence/proof see: https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/10/facebook-personal-data-online-privacy-social-norm/, https://venturebeat.com/2014/05/15/how-the-nsa-fbi-made-facebook-the-perfect-mass-surveillance-tool/, http://www.therealnewsonline.com/our-blogs/facebook-and-its-connections-to-the-cia-and-darpa , https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/941701/facebook-data-breach-cambridge-analytica-us-election-mark-zuckerberg-scandal . Facebook was in discussions with hospitals to secure patients’ information for potential use in research projects! https://www.technocracy.news/index.php/2018/04/07/facebooks-secret-mission-to-get-hospitals-to-share-patient-data/
Currently there is a global movement to delete or unsubscribe from Facebook. If you choose to remain on Facebook please use it wisely knowing full well it is spying on you and remember Facebook is not your friend!

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