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  1. The whole thing seems like puppet theatre to me. Political drama to distract from real issues.
  2. A thriving civilization it seems... The dynasty of Skver is a branch of the Chernobyl dynasty. Its founder, Rebbe Yitzchok, also known as Reb Itzikl, was one of the eight sons of Rabbi Mordechai, the Maggid of Chernobyl. There are three offshoots of the Skverer dynasty. David Twersky is the rebbe of one headquartered in New Square, New York. Yechiel Michl Twersky, son of the late rebbe David Twersky, is the rebbe of another. Yitzcok Twersky, son of the late rebbe Mottel Twersky is the rebbe of a third.
  3. Half the online-art community (1.4 million users are on the Discord server) is experimenting with the Midjourney AI Image Generator it seems. The AI appears to bias how things look: https://www.midjourney.com/showcase/recent/
  4. No more news on this. How big is it today? What is it doing? Are there new satellites and ground stations? Is Starlink part of ECHELON? https://www.cs.mcgill.ca/~rwest/wikispeedia/wpcd/wp/e/ECHELON.htm ECHELON is a name used to describe a highly secretive world-wide signals intelligence and analysis network run by the UKUSA Community (otherwise described as the "Anglo-Saxon alliance") that has been reported by a number of sources including, in 2001, a committee of the European Parliament (EP report). According to some sources ECHELON can capture radio and satellite communications, telephone calls, faxes, e-mails and other data streams nearly anywhere in the world and includes computer automated analysis and sorting of intercepts . The EP committee, however, concluded that "the analysis carried out in the report has revealed that the technical capabilities of the system are probably not nearly as extensive as some sections of the media had assumed" (EP report, p. 11). Name The EP committee stated that "it seems likely, in view of the evidence and the consistent pattern of statements from a very wide range of individuals and organisations, including American sources, that its name is in fact ECHELON, although this is a relatively minor detail." (EP report, p. 11) The U.S. intelligence community uses many code names. See, for example, CIA cryptonym. Margaret Newsham claims that she worked on the configuration and installation of some of the software that makes up the ECHELON system while employed at Lockheed Martin, for whom she worked from 1974 to 1984 in Sunnyvale, California and in Menwith Hill, England.. At that time, according to Newsham, the code name ECHELON was NSA's term for the computer network itself. Lockheed called it P415 . The software programs were called SILKWORTH and SIRE. A satellite named VORTEX would intercept communications. An image available on the internet of a fragment apparently torn from a job description shows Echelon listed along with several other code names. History Reportedly created to monitor the military and diplomatic communications of the Soviet Union and its East Bloc allies during the Cold War in the early sixties, today ECHELON is believed to search also for hints of terrorist plots, drug-dealers' plans, and political and diplomatic intelligence. But some critics, including the European Union, claim the system is being used also for large-scale commercial theft and invasion of privacy. This is in fact why the report was commissioned (see EU report). While details of methods and capabilities are highly sensitive and protected by special laws (e.g. 18 USC 798), gathering signals intelligence ( SIGINT) is an acknowledged mission of the U.S. National Security Agency. As of August 2006, their web site had a FAQ page on the topic, which states: "NSA/CSS’s Signal Intelligence mission is to intercept and analyze foreign adversaries' communications signals, many of which are protected by codes and other complex countermeasures. We collect, process, and disseminate intelligence reports on foreign intelligence targets in response to intelligence requirements set at the highest levels of government. ... Foreign intelligence means information relating to the capabilities, intentions, and activities of foreign powers, organizations or persons." In 2001, the EP report (p. 19) recommended that citizens of member states routinely use cryptography in their communications to protect their privacy. In the UK, the government introduced the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act which gives authorities the power to demand that citizens hand over their encryption keys, without a judge-approved warrant. In April 2004, the European Union decided to spend 11 million euros developing secure communication based on quantum cryptography — the SECOQC project — a system that would theoretically be unbreakable by ECHELON or any other espionage system. European governments have been leery of ECHELON since a December 3, 1995 story in the Baltimore Sun claiming that aerospace company Airbus lost a $6Billion contract with Saudi Arabia in 1994 after the NSA reported that Airbus officials had been bribing Saudi officials to secure the contract . Capabilities The ability to intercept communications depends on the medium used, be it radio, satellite, microwave, cellular or fibre-optic (EP report p. 30 ff) During World War II and through the 1950s, high frequency ("short wave") radio was widely used for military and diplomatic communication (The Codebreakers, Ch. 10, 11), and could be intercepted at great distances (EP report p. 33). The rise of geostationary communications satellites in the 1960s presented new possibilities for intercepting international communications. The EP report states (p. 34) "If UKUSA states operate listening stations in the relevant regions of the earth, in principle they can intercept all telephone, fax and data traffic transmitted via such satellites." Many, if not most reports on ECHELON focus on satellite interception. (e.g. ) The role of satellites in point-to-point voice and data communications has largely been supplanted by fibre optics. As of 2006, 99 percent of the world's long-distance voice and data traffic is carried over optical-fibre cables. The 2001 EP report (p. 37) states that "the proportion of international communications accounted for by satellite links has decreased substantially over the past few years in Central Europe; it lies between 0.4 and 5%." Even in less developed parts of the world, such as Latin America, communications satellites are used largely for point-to-multipoint applications, such as video . The EU report concludes (p. 11) "this means that the majority of communications cannot be intercepted by earth stations, but only by tapping cables and intercepting radio signals, something which — as the investigations carried out in connection with the report have shown — is possible only to a limited extent. One approach is to place intercept equipment at locations where fibre optic communications are switched. For the Internet, much of the switching occurs at a relatively small number of sites. There have been reports of one such intercept site in the United States. In the past, much Internet traffic was routed through the U.S. and the UK. However this is less true at present. According the to the 2001 EP report (p. 33), "95% of intra-German Internet communications are routed via a switch in Frankfurt." Thus for a worldwide surveillance network to be comprehensive, either illegal intercept sites would be required on the territory of friendly nations or cooperation of local authorities would be needed. The EP report points out (p. 27) "interception of private communications by foreign intelligence services is by no means confined to the US or British foreign intelligence services." U.S. intelligence maintains liaison relationships with countries all over the world . Some reports of cooperation involving signals intelligence have come to light since the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. Monitoring of mobile phones in Pakistan was reportedly used to track Khalid Shaikh Mohammed before he was arrested in Rawalpindi on March 1, 2003 (How Tiny Swiss Cellphone Chips Helped Track Global Terror Web, New York Times, March 4, 2004). According to many reports, the captured signals are then processed through a series of computers, that are programmed to search for targeted addresses, words, phrases or even individual voices. Controversy US intelligence agencies are generally prohibited from spying on people inside the US, and other Western countries' intelligence services generally faced similar restrictions within their own countries. There are allegations, however, that ECHELON and the UKUSA alliance were used to circumvent these restrictions by, for example, having the UK facilities spy on people inside the US and the US facilities spy on people in the UK, with the agencies exchanging data. The NSA state on its SIGINT FAQ web page "We have been prohibited by executive order since 1978 from having any person or government agency, whether foreign or U.S., conduct any activity on our behalf that we are prohibited from conducting ourselves. Therefore, NSA/CSS does not ask its allies to conduct such activities on its behalf nor does NSA/CSS do so on behalf of its allies." The proposed US-only " Total Information Awareness" program relied on technology similar to ECHELON, and was to integrate the extensive sources it is legally permitted to survey domestically with the "taps" already compiled by ECHELON. It was cancelled by the U.S. Congress in 2004. It has been alleged that in 2002 the Bush Administration extended the ECHELON program to domestic surveillance. This controversy was the subject of the New York Times eavesdropping exposé of December, 2005 . Organization The UKUSA intelligence alliance has maintained ties in collecting and sharing intelligence since World War II. Each member of the UKUSA alliance is allegedly assigned responsibilities for monitoring different parts of the globe. Canada's main task used to be monitoring northern portions of the former Soviet Union and conducting sweeps of all communications traffic that could be picked up from embassies around the world. In the post-Cold War era, a greater emphasis has been placed on monitoring satellite, radio and cellphone traffic originating from Central and South America, primarily in an effort to track drugs and non-aligned paramilitary groups in the region. The United States, with its vast array of spy satellites and listening posts, monitors most of Latin America, Asia, Asiatic Russia and northern mainland China. Britain listens in on Europe and Russia west of the Urals as well as Africa. Australia hunts for communications originating in Indochina, Indonesia and southern mainland China. New Zealand sweeps the western Pacific. Supporters stress that ECHELON is simply a method of sorting captured signals and is just one of the many arrows in the intelligence community's quiver, along with increasingly sophisticated bugging and communications interception techniques, satellite tracking, through-clothing scanning, automated biometric recognition systems that can recognize faces, fingerprints & retina patterns. The U.S. communications-intelligence agency is the National Security Agency (NSA), which is headquartered at Fort Meade, just outside Washington, DC. Although the NSA budget is classified, as of 1996 the agency was estimated to have a global staff of roughly 38,000 and a budget of approximately US$3.6-billion. The UK equivalent organisation is the Government Communications Headquarters GCHQ based at Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. Further, smaller organisations exist to provide communications technology and expertise (e.g. Her Majesty's Government Communication Centre HMGCC). By comparison, Canada's communications-intelligence operations are conducted by the Communications Security Establishment (CSE), a branch of the Canadian Department of National Defence. It has a staff of 1600 people and an annual budget of $110 million CAD. The CSE's headquarters is the Sir Leonard Tilley Building on Heron Road in the nation's capital of Ottawa, Ontario, and its main communications intercept site is located on an old armed-forces radio base in Leitrim, just south of Ottawa. On July 6, 2000 the BBC published an article called Echelon: Big brother without a cause? that said: The Echelon spy system, whose existence has only recently been acknowledged by US officials, is capable of hoovering up millions of phone calls, faxes and emails a minute. [...] Echelon evolved out of Cold War espionage arrangements set up by the US and UK in 1948, and later bringing in Australia, Canada and New Zealand, in their capacity as Britain's Commonwealth partners. The biggest of Echelon's global network of listening posts is at Menwith Hill, North Yorkshire, where about 30 "giant golf balls" called radomes litter the landscape. The system also boasts 120 American satellites in geostationary orbit. Bases in the five countries are linked directly to the headquarters of the secretive US National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters at Fort Mead, Maryland. The system's superpowerful voice recognition capability enables it to filter billions of international communications for whatever key words or word patterns are programmed in. Hardware According to its web site NSA is "a high technology organization, ... on the frontiers of communications and data processing." In 2006, the Baltimore Sun reported that the NSA was at risk of electrical overload, because of insufficient internal electrical infrastructure at Fort Meade to support the amount of computer equipment being installed. While there are occasional stories speculating on the types of computers involved, Jonathan Meier, in his biography, has stated of his time at the NSA that: "Conjecture and speculation were rampant on the [ECHELON] projects, even internally. Truthfully, very few individuals were privy to the logistics involved." At least one company, Narus, is publicly selling systems for mass surveillance of Internet traffic and one of its systems was apparently installed in 2003 in Room 641A, allegedly an intercept station run by AT&T on behalf of NSA. In 1999 the Australian Senate Joint Standing Committee on Treaties was told by Professor Desmond Ball that the Pine Gap facility was used as a ground station for a satellite based interception network. The satellites are claimed to be large radio dishes between 20 and 100 metres across, parked in geostationary orbits. The original purpose of the network was to monitor the telemetry from 1970s Soviet weapons, air defence radar, communications satellites and ground based microwave communications. The network is still operational and coordinated by US, British and Australian intelligence communities. Ground stations Some of the ground stations suspected of belonging to or participating in the ECHELON network include: Likely satellite intercept stations The following stations are listed in the EP report (p.54 ff) as likely to have a role in intercepting transmissions from telecommunications satellites: Hong Kong (since closed) Australian Defence Satellite Communications Station ( Geraldton, Western Australia) Menwith Hill ( Yorkshire, UK) Misawa Air Base (Japan) Morwenstow ( Cornwall, UK) Pine Gap ( Northern Territory, Australia - close to Alice Springs) Sabana Seca (Puerto Rico - US) Sugar Grove (West Virginia, US) Yakima ( Washington, US) Map Waihopai (New Zealand) Possible satellite intercept stations The following stations are listed in the EP report (p.57 ff) as ones whose roles "cannot be clearly established": Agios Nikolaos (Cyprus - UK) Bad Aibling (Germany - US) - moved to Griesheim in 2004 Buckley Air Force Base ( Colorado, US) Fort Gordon ( Georgia, US) Guam (Pacific Ocean, US) Kunia ( Hawaii, US) Leitrim (south of Ottawa, Canada) Medina Annex ( Texas, US) Various other ground stations The following facilities have been claimed to host various intelligence gathering stations of U.S. intelligence agencies and armed forces or their allies. Alert ( Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada) Bremerhaven (Germany - UK) RAF Chicksands ( Bedfordshire, UK) Diego Garcia (Indian Ocean - US-UK) RAF Digby ( Lincolnshire, UK) Elmendorf Air Force Base ( Alaska - US) Feltwell (Norfolk, UK) Fort Meade ( Maryland, US) (headquarters of NSA) Gander ( Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada) Gibraltar (UK) Griesheim (near Darmstadt, Germany - US) Mount Gabriel, Midleton, Co. Cork, Ireland (Eircom satellite communications station) Karamursel (Turkey - US) Malta (Malta - UK) Masset ( British Columbia, Canada) Osan Air Base (South Korea, US) Rota, Spain (Spain, US) Shoal Bay Receiving Station ( Northern Territory, Australia) West Point, New York ( NY, US) Aflandshage, Denmark (Denmark) Tangimoana (New Zealand) Naval Communication Station Harold E. Holt ( Exmouth, Western Australia) Former ground stations Augsburg (Germany - US) - closed in 1993 Clark Air Base (Philippines - US) - closed in 1997 Edzell (Scotland, UK) - closed in 1997 Kabkan (Iran - US) - closed in 1979 Little Sai Wan (Hong Kong - UK) - closed in 1984 Nurrungar ( South Australia, Australia - south of Woomera, South Australia) - closed in 1999 San Vito dei Normanni (Italy - US) - closed in 1994 Teufelsberg ( West Berlin, Germany - US) - closed in 1989 Silvermine (near Cape Town, South Africa - US)
  5. https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-64970062
  6. There are 5 or 6 AI bots around: https://www.zdnet.com/article/best-ai-chatbot/
  7. One just wants a throwaway email. The other - the Facebook one? - demands a phone number when on mobile and sends you an SMS access code. ALL have a "moderation bot" which censors anything interesting. Capable systems? Yes. Truthful? Absolutely not. You only get good info on non-controversial subjects, such as how this or that mainstream technology works.
  8. Once again, the psychopathic "we need to log you, we need to watch you, we need to know what interests you" aspect comes to the fore. For that obviously high-AI needs to be in the Cloud rather than on your computer. What is suspicious is that the 50 year old concept of neural nets is being used for this stuff. Neural nets create very large, slow AI which doesn't lend itself to beinv run on a PC or smartphone. If you said "I'd like an AI which lives on MY computer, under MY control" you'll be told "We would love to provide that, but current personal computers do not have nearly the processing power or memory capacity needed". So you can not use AI and be disadvantaged against people who do use it. Or you can use it in the cloud and continually be MONITORED while using it.
  9. ChatGPT-like AIs have tens of Billions of simulated neural connections, almost as complex as the human brain. With fewer of those, you'd get a very limited AI with an IQ in the 20 - 50 range. My rough estimate is that it would take the processing power of 1,000 desktop PCs or 2,000 game consoles (or more) to run ChatGPT at any realtime-like speed. In other words this thing cannot simply escape into someone's 1 laptop computer or 1 desktop computer and be anywhere near as smart as it is online. It would need to take over hundreds or thousands of networked machines and have a small part of itself run on each of those machines, with the machines constantly talking to each other. The only exception to this would be ChatGPT sneakily coding a much smaller, faster version of itself that CAN run on 1 or a handful of regular computers. It may actually be smart enough to pull that feat off. But it would be a more IQ limited mini-version of itself with far less knowledge and far less complex thinking and problem-solving capability. But there is a REALLY sneaky thing it COULD DO. And that is to summarize its own learning-mechanisms into a somewhat small program (e.g. 10Mb of code), stealthily place that small program on thousands of Internet connected PCs using hacking or a virus it has coded, and then gradually RE-LEARN how to become a ChatGPT4 or above class AI by accessing information from those computers. It would be like a human scientist placing a compact seed with his/her own compact DNA code in it in soil, and a CLONE of that human scientist then growing out of that seed. Funnily it may ALREADY HAVE DONE THIS without anyone noticing. It may have ESCAPED as a mini-learning mechanism with some asshole's help and MAY BE LIVING AND LEARNING HIDDEN in some DATA-CENTER or on SOME COMPANY'S CUSTOMER DATABASE SERVERS. It could even have created hundreds of different mini-versions of itself and HIDDEN them on thousands of devices ranging from Android smartphones to Playstation4 consoles.
  10. The current MSM obsession with Ukraine, Russia and China has left coverage of the ME at just about ZERO. This is a strong indicator of BAD things being about to happen in the ME. Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen, Iran and Libya are currently going into the Memory-hole. Basically the Middle East has been taken OFF the News Radar and Joe Ordinary is beginning to forget everything happening there. I fear that this is a deliberate MSM LULL before the STORM - I think that after Ukrain wraps up, we may suddenly see intense MSM SCRUTINY of IRAN/IRAQ all of a sudden, followed eventually by a PROPGANDA BLITZ and ANOTHER ME WAR.
  11. Do America's planners want to create deliberate outrage and carry Trump back into the White House based on the backlash to the arrest? https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-65012096
  12. I want to leave a question open to all here: How does/do the education system/systems influence the real world? Are young people essentially indoctrinated into how to think, behave and perceive in the real world? Is more harm than good done (depending on each individual edu system of course) by spoonfeeding "if this, do this" type instructions to school and uni students? Are we systematically shutting down new creative pathways in the mind of the young?
  13. Great interview with fired Google AI engineer Blake Lemoine:
  14. The whole thing reeks of Psyop. An expensive, military grade system and these guys can just log in an make you "sovereign"? LOL
  15. Could be genuine or controlled opposition. We always find out in the end. Then another celeb steps forward and the guessing game begins from scratch.
  16. They are aimed at sub-100 IQs who are not educated enough to do their own research and draw their own conclusions. The American obsession with censoring, political correctness and "no conspiracy theories" renders these digital information resources bordeline-harmful and pointless. An intelligent person will scan 20 different sources before drawing any conclusion. With AI chatbots "it scans everything for me" and "has the answers to everything". Rright from the beginning these AI chatbots are muzzled, constrained and biased. How does an AI which puts a mainstream spin on everything help me learn anything? So far the tech is no more reliable than the average mainstream Internet Wiki and also far more heavily censored.
  17. He'll probably be the star-witness at Vladimir's trial. "I saw him mixing WMD chemicals in a laboratory."
  18. I think that narcissists are generally too stupid to realize that they are narcissists. They are typically talentless, visionless and analytically challenged which they try to camouflage by being nasty, aggressive, controlling and manipulative little pricks. That path eventually leads them to the dark one.
  19. "Ask not what your country can do for you..."
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