Facial Recognition is Coming to US Airports, Fast-Tracked by Trump

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Most Americans have seemingly convinced themselves that as a society we will never pay a great price for going into so much debt and that we will never pay a great price for the horrendous crimes against humanity that we are committing on a daily basis.  If you don’t understand what I am talking about, just keep reading the rest of this article.  Just as there are consequences for our actions individually, so there are also consequences for our actions as a society.  And although our national day of reckoning has been put off for quite some time, when it does finally arrive the pain is going to be absolutely unimaginable.

Just recently, I was astounded to learn that the total amount of credit card debt in the United States has crossed the trillion dollar mark.  It boggles my mind that so many Americans could be so foolish, because credit card debt is one of the worst forms of debt in existence, and financial experts all over the country have spent an extraordinary amount of time and energy trying to get this message across to people.

But even though people know that going into credit card debt is bad, they just keep on doing it anyway.  We have become a “buy now, pay later” society that gives very little consideration to long-term consequences.

On a national level, we are now nearly 20 trillion dollars in debt, and a historic showdown over government spending and debt threatens to absolutely paralyze the federal government at the end of this month.  At this point many believe that it will be virtually impossible for Congress to avoid a government shutdown on April 29th, and once it begins Donald Trump’s entire agenda will come to a complete and total crashing halt until the crisis is resolved.  The following comes from David Stockman

In the meanwhile, everything else — health care reform, tax cuts, infrastructure — will become backed-up in an endless queue of legislative impossibilities. Accordingly, there will be no big tax cut in 2017 or even next year. For all practical purposes Uncle Sam is broke and his elected managers are paralyzed.

The Treasury will be out of cash and up against a hard stop debt limit of $19.8 trillion in a matter of months. But long before that there will be a taste of the Shutdown Syndrome on April 28 owing to the accumulating number of “poison pill” “riders” to the CR.

These include the virtual certainty of riders to the House bill to “defund” Planned Parenthood and sanctuary cities. Other extraneous amendments will also possibly include funds demanded by the White House to start the Mexican Wall, enhance deportations and fund some of Trump’s $54 billion defense increase.

I am so glad that Stockman mentioned Planned Parenthood, because the decision whether or not to continue funding Planned Parenthood is going to be one of the central issues of this upcoming crisis.

Currently, the U.S. government gives Planned Parenthood roughly $500,000,000 a year.  By law, none of that money is supposed to be used to provide abortions, but everyone knows what the real deal is.

Some Planned Parenthood clinics do provide other services, but at the end of the day Planned Parenthood’s core business is abortion.  In fact, since Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973 they have killed far more babies than anyone else in the United States by a very wide margin.

And for decades, the U.S. government has been the number one source of funding for Planned Parenthood.  In fact, there are questions as to whether or not Planned Parenthood would be able to continue as a viable business without money from the federal government.

Over the years, when members of Congress have voted to shower Planned Parenthood with hundreds of millions of dollars a year, they have not done it in the heat of the moment.  Rather, their votes have been the result of cold, calculated decision-making processes.

In other words, the members of Congress that have been voting to keep funding Planned Parenthood year after year have the blood of millions of dead children on their hands, and there is very little difference between them and Facebook killer Steve Stephens.

When Stephens broadcast the cold-hearted murder of a 74-year-old man on Facebook on Sunday, he instantly became a worldwide celebrity.  And even though most people in the country have now seen his face, he continues to somehow elude authorities.

What Stephens has done is absolutely horrific, and when he is finally caught he will pay greatly for his crimes.

Just like Stephens, America is on the run today.  We keep thinking that we will never have to pay a price for the tens of millions of children that we have killed, and our government continues to fund the slaughtering of the innocents that goes on every single day in this nation.

But now Congress is going to be given one more chance to make the right decision.

The Republicans have control of the White House, the Senate and the House of Representatives.  They have the power to defund Planned Parenthood, but it is going to take a tremendous amount of resolve.

That is because under the current rules it is going to take 60 votes to get a spending agreement through the Senate, and so the Republicans will need at least 8 Democratic votes to get any bill to Trump’s desk.

Sadly, the Democrats are pledging to stretch out a government shutdown indefinitely if Republicans try to defund Planned Parenthood.

So what will the Republicans do?  Well, they could change the rules in the Senate to require only a simple majority vote on spending bills, and that would essentially be the “thermonuclear option”.

Or they could give in, but if they do that it would likely mean that Planned Parenthood will never be defunded, because the Republicans will never have a better opportunity than they do right now.

And I have a feeling that is what is going to happen.  I have a feeling that the Republicans are going to give in at some point and agree to keep giving Planned Parenthood half a billion dollars a year.

If that is indeed what happens, both the Democrats and the Republicans that help pass such a bill will be cold-blooded killers just like Facebook killer Steve Stephens, only those Democrats and those Republicans will have far more blood on their hands than Stephens does.

Most people do not realize this, but without a doubt this is one of the most critical moments in modern American history.  And if the funding of Planned Parenthood continues, I have a feeling that is going to mean that our national day of reckoning is much closer than most people would dare to imagine.

If we do not stop what we are doing, someday our crimes will catch up to us, and the debt that we will owe at that point will be far beyond what we can bear to pay.


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Shocking Study Shows 50/50 Chance Of Your Picture Being In A Police Face-Recognition Database (VIDEO)

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To help identify a culprit, police may ask people to volunteer to be in a line-up. But that scenario is fast becoming obsolete, as more than 117 million Americans are now part of face-recognition software programs used by law enforcement, a study finds.

Whether they like it or not, about half of all Americans are pictured in a digital “perpetual line-up,” composed of databases handled either by the FBI or local police departments, the Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law Center finds in a new study published Tuesday.

According to “The Perpetual Line-Up: Unregulated Police Face Recognition in America,” about one in four police departments have access to face recognition technology, but only one of the 52 which acknowledged use of the software had legislative approval, the Miami Herald reported.

Furthermore, just one police agency shared evidence its use had been audited. And meanwhile, many departments reportedly used the tool to identify people not suspected of any crime.

A coalition of 52 civil rights groups led by the American Civil Liberties Union is not pleased. In a letter urging the Department of Justice to investigate any racial bias associated with the technology or how it’s used, they cite a 2012 study co-authored by an FBI expert that determined that face-recognition algorithms were 5 to 10 percent less accurate when an African-American was the suspect compared to a Caucasian.

Senator Al Franken (D-Minnesota) and Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) also support a DOJ civil rights investigation.

“Perpetual Line-Up” co-author Alvaro Bedoya, who is also Executive Director of the Center on Privacy & Technology, said in a press release: “Innocent people don’t belong in criminal databases. By using face recognition to scan the faces on 26 states’ driver’s license and ID photos, police and the FBI have basically enrolled half of all adults in a massive virtual lineup. This has never been done for fingerprints or DNA. It’s uncharted and frankly dangerous territory.”

In addition to driver’s licenses and other photo ID documents, facial recognition can be conducted in “real-time” through the use of surveillance cameras, and major police departments are looking deeper into that as an option, the study reports.

“Face recognition, when it’s used most aggressively, can change the nature of public spaces,” Bedoya told the Guardian. “It can change the basic freedom we have to go about our lives without people identifying us from afar and in secret.”

Source: RT

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Facebook’s DeepFace AI Can Recognize You In Nearly Any Photo

Facebook’s DeepFace AI Can Recognize You In Nearly Any Photo

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By: Jordan Minor | Geek.com

The more time goes by the more obvious it becomes that Minority Report was as good at predicting the future as the psychics it featured. Not only are we now waving our hands around to control games, but soon we may have to remove our own eyeballs to prevent computers from recognizing our faces. Facebook is boasting that its DeepFace AI system is now powerful enough to spot users in the 400 million photos uploaded to the social network every single day.

Sci-fi paranoia aside, Facebook claims the program, which has been learning for years, is actually for increasing privacy. Instead of tagging users in embarrassing or even incriminating photos without their permission, users will be able to see the photos they are popping up in and have the choice to blur out their faces. The program works for strangers’ pictures as well as ones from friends, but users can only see the identities of people they already know.

Still, whether or not the intentions are good, at the end of the day Facebook will still be able to identify you in any picture and hold on to that very valuable personal data. Even worse, other entities are researching similar technology including the government and private companies such as Google. We can argue over which side is scarier, but most would agree that’s too much power for one group to wield.

The science behind DeepFace is pretty fascinating. To consistently read features in a variety of lighting conditions the way human eyes do, DeepFace uses a technique called Deep Learning. By drawing on knowledge from an existing data set, the computer can then teach itself to recognize patterns in new faces and become smarter. As the algorithm improves, the computer is then able to analyze faces as eyes, mouths, and ears instead of pixels and use that to guess when the same faces show up in vastly different kinds of pictures. But while that data is what makes the tool so powerful, users are understandably concerned about being an unwitting part of the process.

Facebook is no stranger to problems regarding privacy, so to get people to believe that DeepFace will truly benefit users instead of profiting off of them, Zuckerberg and company will have to prove it. People aren’t just going to give up their faces without a fight, at least, not before they can strap an Oculus Rift to them.

 

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