Big Data Exposed

James Corbett, May 20 2017

Think of Big Data as a malevolent technocratic Santa Claus: it sees you when you're sleeping, it knows when you're awake, it knows if you've been bad or good (even in advance!), so be good for goodness sake!

Pinocchio is the story of a marionette that dreams of becoming a real boy. He wishes upon a star, proves himself selfless, brave and true, and a kind fairy grants him his heart's one true desire.

When the history of the 21st century is written, it could very well be the story of real boys and girls that willingly become marionettes. They stare blankly into their smartphones, prove themselves selfish, cowardly and false, and a group of technocrats puppeteer them.

Allow me to illustrate: You are a white, middle class American woman in your late 20s. You are active on Facebook, where you have a lot of friends, but you spend most of your time interacting with your sister, your boyfriend, and your BFFs from college. You watch a lot of 90s teen dramas but specifically skip the episode of Felicity where she cuts her hair. You work at a dental office in a mid-rise commercial building and eat lunch at the diner in the strip mall next door every Thursday. You used to fly home for Thanksgiving and Christmas every year on United, but you recently switched to Southwest. You like ballroom dancing on the weekends. Your last three purchases were a patchwork and quilting magazine, a 32 lb. bag of chicken-flavor puppy chow, and a silk tie (a present for your father's birthday). You are agreeable but not very conscientious and you are prone to worry.

Et voilà. Your specially-crafted toothpaste advertisement is served.

Sound like the future of advertising? Wrong. It's already happening thanks to Acxiom, Oracle Data Cloud, Epsilon, and a host of other data analytic marketing companies you've never heard of.

But you may have heard of one member of this new breed of Big Data-driven marketing firms in recent months: Cambridge Analytica. They're the company that Trump employed to out-spin the Hillary campaign, or so we have been told ad nauseam by the strangely PR-like coverage of the firm that has been showered on them by the corporate lamestream #fakenews media since the end of last year's (s)election cycle.

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Ransom, The Test

Bob Rinear, May 17 2017

...we all think of war as bombs and tanks and fast planes that give Pentagon geeks all forms of war porn. But war doesn’t have to be waged with bombs. Cyber war can kill just as well as bombs, and doesn’t take out the infrastructure.

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The Struggle For Health Freedom

James Corbett, May 13 2017

The principle of health freedom is really the underlying principle of freedom generally: that I own my body, and that no presumed governmental authority wearing whatever hat or badge can force me into ceding that ownership to them.

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The Greater Fool

Bob Rinear, May 10 2017

The greater fool theory states that the price of an object is determined not by its intrinsic value, but rather by irrational beliefs and expectations of market participants.

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The Globalist Trade Agreement You Didn't Hear About

James Corbett, May 6 2017

So cross the Trade Facilitation Agreement off your list of worries. It has already arrived, and it arrived not with a bang or even a whimper but a silent, self-congratulatory smile and a knowing nod among the globalist jet set.

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Trump, the Mystery

Bob Rinear, May 3 2017

In fact we selected you to be President, because the truth is our country is hanging by a thread. 50% of our people live paycheck to paycheck. We’re the strongest country on earth…that’s going belly up.

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China’s Newer, Shinier New World Order

James Corbett, April 29 2017

The only thing left to say is that the false choice between the Chinese-led world order and the American-led world order are not the only options on the table.

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Why Nothing Matters Part II

Bob Rinear, April 26 2017

With so much counter party exposure, with trails no one could ever follow, now you can understand why Central banks keep this market up at any cost.

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The North Korea Armada Story Was MSM Fake News

James Corbett, April 22 2017

As it turns out, the armada was 3,500 miles away from Korea and heading in the exact opposite direction when the MSM started flipping its lid...

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Weak Dollar? Great for Gold!

James Corbett, April 19 2017

Given gold's role as a safe haven in times of economic and geopolitical stability, and given its inverse relation to the dollar, things are looking up for the yellow metal.

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Russia and China Preparing Alternative Banking Architecture

James Corbett, April 15 2017

...no one of these stories is a silver bullet, but they're all related and point in the same direction: China and Russia are preparing for the split with US-dominated financial architecture.

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Janet Yellen's Twitter Q&A Went As Bad As You'd Expect

James Corbett, April 12 2017

Every single time the so-called would-be elite put themselves in a position to interact with the public, the public tears them apart. This is why the powers-that-shouldn't-be are scared to death of a fair fight on an even playing field. They lose every time.

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The Syria Strikes: What You Need to Know

James Corbett, April 8 2017

But whatever damage the individual missiles may have inflicted in Syria, they have the potential to inflict even greater damage in the arena of global geopolitics. In this regard’s, Russia’s response has been of particular interest.

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I hope I’m Wrong

Bob Rinear, April 5 2017

 Indeed, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un has been photographed posing with what appears to be a genuine miniaturized nuclear warhead for ballistic missiles.

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Elon Musk Unveils the Brain-Computer Interface

James Corbett, April 1 2017

...this technology comes as a double-edged sword, and when that sword is wielded for evil, the possibility for outright control of the human species (or the new cyborg subspecies, is there, too... 

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