As many of you already know, I have not been blogging, but something happened that was so beyond the pale that I just had to share it with you!
STOP BANKING AT BANK OF AMERICA!!!!
If you have to, go to a credit union or any other financial entity, but close ALL accounts and any other financial ties that you have with Bank of America. And here’s why.
In my town, there were only 3 Bank of America branches. Last year, one of them closed, two months ago, they ‘temporarily’
PERMANENTLY closed a second branch. No reason or explanation was given. This month when I went to the last remaining Bank of America branch, there was a sign on the door, “TEMPORARILY CLOSED” ALL THREE ATMs at that location were inoperable. The ATM at the other ‘temporarily closed’ Bank of America branch was also, inoperable. The already, “permanently closed” branch’s ATM was inoperable. There was no way for ANY Bank of America customer to withdraw funds from their account.
When my cousin tried to use his Bank of America card at another bank’s ATM, he could not get any funds. He spoke with an employee at that bank and even the employee had no idea why my cousin’s ATM card would not work, especially when he was able to obtain a receipt from the ATM stating what the balance in his account was. He called the bank to inquire as to why he was unable to withdraw funds from another bank’s ATM since ALL Bank of America branches were closed and their ATMs were down, he was told that there was “suspicious activity involving his account.” The Bank of America customer service representative had my cousin on the phone trying to explain who his third cousin five times removed was, how many uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces and other siblings he had, where had he worked in the past and the list was endless. My cousin was becoming more and more flustered and I simply took the phone from him and hung up.
I called Bank of America and apprised a customer service representative of the problem and was told that all I had to do to solve the problem of branch closures was to “make use of ONLINE BANKING or use their MOBILE APP.” I went THEE fuck off! I said, “How in the hell can I fucking withdraw money via online banking or via your goddamn mobile app?” I further added that Bank of America was NOT going to force me to do everything via online or via a mobile app and that since hacking is occurring ALL over the goddamn place, why on earth would I sit somewhere and do ALL banking transactions online so that someone can hack my shit and I’m left sitting somewhere looking stupid? I told that bitch that one day, she’d wake up, log in to her account and find it wiped clean by a hacker and then she’d wish that there had been plenty more like me screeching and wailing before being dragged into a cashless society. Almost right after those words had cleared my mouth, I read about the hacking of the PIPELINE that resulted in gas shortages all up and down the East Coast and Southern portion of the country and the shit was being held for ransom.
Apparently, there was some sort of law on the books, COPPA, that was being ignored by Google, the owner of Youtube.
Google will pay a record $170 million fine to settle a lawsuit filed by federal and state authorities that charged the internet giant with violating children’s privacy on YouTube, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said Wednesday.
The settlement requires Google and YouTube to pay $136 million to the FTC and $34 million to New York state for violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, or COPPA, by collecting personal information from children without their parents’ consent.
Kid influencers: Companies make millions while laws protecting children fail to keep up
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New program teaches kids how to protect their privacy online
The FTC and the New York attorney general alleged in a complaint that YouTube gathered children’s personal information by using “cookies,” or personal identifiers, that track users online. According to the suit, YouTube earned millions of dollars by using the information to deliver targeted ads to kids.
Also, it has been stated that the FTC will also fine individual Youtubers for each and every single video that they post that is in violation of COPPA, over $42,000. Ouch!
Hundreds of thousands if not millions of people have taken to Youtube to earn a living. If anyone can remember, I posted a blog about multiple Youtubers making videos of themselves eating copious amounts of food for a living and they also encouraged their children to participate. I wonder what is going to happen to those content creators. But I do know one thing, there are many Youtubers whose panties are in a bunch thanks to the fact that Google completely ignored COPPA for years and now that the FTC has caught up with them thanks in part to child advocacy groups, the fur is about to fly starting in January 2020 as the new rules will apply.
People, seriously! Did you honestly think that the gravy train was going to never come to a halt? People had been asking me to start a Youtube channel and speak about the issues on a Youtube channel that I have blogged about. Well, I knew better and that is why I never even thought to start a Youtube channel because I don’t live in the moment. I’m a space woman. I see waaaaaay down the goddamn road and I saw this shit coming. Hell! If people weren’t so dumbed down and stupid, it was right there in front of us all, but because most of us have our heads down, staring at a smartphone and most likely watching a Youtube video, they couldn’t see the forest or the trees.
How could ANY of you think that this technology that we have been encouraged to embrace would be for our benefit? Would better our lives? People have been encouraged not to greater heights of achievements in helping humanity, but have been encouraged to act like jackasses, fools, gluttons, game idiots and assholes. And if anyone says that thanks to Youtube, videos surfaced showcasing outright murders of American descendants of slaves has helped American descendants of slaves, then how so? Because even with video evidence of Eric Garner getting the life choked out of him, what was the outcome of that? Nothing. What happened with evidence of Mike Brown lying in the streets like a dog for hours with not even a sheet to cover him after having been shot dead by a KKKop? Nothing. What happened after video evidence of multiple whites calling the KKKops on American descendants of slaves for barbecuing, selling bottled water, swimming in a pool, doing their job of checking homes for fire code violations, sitting inside a Starbucks and the list is endless? Video evidence of this shit does not matter. It never will. Whites know what the hell they do to us and them seeing video proof of other whites doing the same thing, does not a damn thing. It has changed NOTHING. So who the fuck needs Youtube? Yes, people were making their little coins on Youtube, but as we ALL know, nothing stays the same. The only thing constant is change, so have a backup plan for the backup plan or we’re screwed. And though many of us are trying to ignore the fact, the vast majority of us are indeed, screwed.
I have not been blogging because, once again, I have gone all across America trying to find some other place to live and I am right back, once again, at square one. The shit I’ve seen would curl your toes. I even spent a night in a homeless shelter to see if my suspicions about those shelters was still on point and, yes indeed, they are.
I was in Minnesota and spent a night at The Salvation Army Harbor Light Center
1010 Currie Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55403
This is the back of that.
And if you go to the link, it sounds like the homeless hit pay dirt. Not so fast. The website states that there is a hot meal served. Nope. There was no hot meal served. The site states that this is a place to “begin the healing process.” Nope! When I saw the prison like cot that was supposed to be my bed for the night, I balked. I’m like, “Where is the disinfectant?” None was available. The ‘mattress’ was not even an inch thick. It was clearly older than the ‘Dead Sea Scrolls’ and underneath it was steel. I gingerly sat down on the thing and my legs started screaming because the steel edges of that thing was biting into my legs. I had to get up and sit in my walker. I sat like that for hours until I was so tired, I decided to try and lie down on that ‘thing’. When I tell you that my body hurt everywhere from being on something so hard, it should have been illegal, I am SO fucking not kidding. By the time, I struggled to get up, the cops were coming in the room, bringing in a homeless woman who had been riding the light rail. And in the room, there was four bunk ‘beds’ and so eight people to a room. I saw young and old, Black and white and one Hispanic. I smelled odors that I’d never smelled before. I cannot post pictures because I don’t want the nice ladies who were in my room to be ogled over, but I am telling you if you don’t believe me, I dare you to go, undercover, into one of those so-called ‘christian’ otherwise known as faith-based homeless shelters and tell me that what you found was so very different and better than what I found. The next morning, my cousin came to get me and he burst out laughing because he said that never had he seen bags like those underneath my eyes. He said the bags underneath my eyes were touching my toes. I told him that the women in the shelter told me that clearly I was not cut out for living like that and wondered what I was going to do. I then came clean to them and told them that I had a home, but I couldn’t stand where I was living and was trying to see if I could tough things out and live rough if I had to. They told me to get on the fastest thing smoking back to where I came from and that is exactly what I did. I traded my apartment for a hotel room and then traded my hotel room for a homeless shelter and I am telling you that I now have much more of an appreciation for those who can live rough because I’m telling you, it ain’t easy. It ain’t easy at all.
One Black lady told me that she had been in that homeless shelter for a year. I was stunned, STUNNED, I say because I could not make it to night two. She told me that she thought that she was finally going to get an apartment because a social worker had taken her to view an apartment the day before. I told her how happy I was for her and that I sincerely hope that she gets out of there. The next morning, on the loudspeaker, we were told to start packing up to leave at 8:55a.m. I saw multiple women with walkers slowing heading down the hall towards the elevator. Also, one had a leg that was obviously mutilated and it was curved outward and she was struggling to walk. I could not believe that they were putting her out of the shelter for the day to walk around like that. But the other ladies in the same room as myself had told me that it matters not what condition you are in, you are put out. And that the only way that you can stay is to get a slot on the fourth floor. We were on the 3rd floor.
The fourth floor is for those who have an income and who don’t have a problem when the Salvation Army takes 30% of their income and in exchange for really, no better conditions. The women just get to come and go as they please until curfew which I believe is at 8:00pm. They get three meals a day, but they are still sleeping eight to a room on a cot with the same type of ‘mattress’ that I had and they must also use communal bathrooms. There was one bathroom for one entire hallway and I lost count of the rooms along that hallway. There were two showers inside the bathroom with just a filthy curtain over the opening of each. One woman was washing her clothing in one of the sinks even though there were two washers and two dryers in a different area. She had no money to spend on the washers and dryers. The next time you want to put some money into those red kettles outside of Walmart and grocery stores and department stores, re-read this blog because that money is not going into helping the homeless. But don’t take my word for it. Go to one of those Salvation Army homeless shelters in a town near you, that’ll make a believer out of you!
Those places are foul as hell and are worse than prisons. And it’s not just drug addicts and drunks who are homeless. I spoke with a woman who had retired from the Minnesota school system, had a pension and was receiving Social Security and she was still homeless because senior communities claim that she was making $400 over what she could to get housed. Of course she was an American descendant of slaves and so that explains the TRUE and REAL reason why she was sitting all up in a homeless shelter. Whites will make up any excuse to keep American descendants of slaves out on the streets. That poor woman was actually saving up money so that she could afford a hotel room for a week over the holidays so that she could finally have a bathroom to herself and a decent bed. When I left that homeless shelter, I felt two inches tall because I had not been thankful for the fact that though I hate where I live, I had a home to go to and a bed that was not like that in the homeless shelter which was worse than what you’d find inside a prison hell.
And so while those who have been playing games and eating like there was no tomorrow on Youtube for a living and who are now screeching and wailing that the shit’s about to come to an abrupt end, there are people who have already bottomed out and so if you are about to bottom out when Youtube and the FTC demonitizes your channels and close you down, it will be your own fault because you refused to look up to see where you were headed, into homelessness and foul ass so-called ‘faith based’ homeless shelters. The future is now. The future is dark. And we are all fucked!
And here are more who are going to be impacted.
There are bunches of them.
Youtubers, you have until January 2020 to figure it out! That’s not that far away. Enjoy the holidays!
If I have said it once, I have said it a million times, “Technology is NOT our friend.” And the people who are in the path of wildfires in California are finding this out, firsthand.
California has built much of its emergency response system around the premise that alerts and evacuation orders will be received by residents with cellphones or landlines. But landline technology has changed, and telecommunications companies are increasingly relying on internet technology, which is subject to power outages, to serve households with voice calls.
Go ahead and re-read the above paragraph, especially the part that states, “but landline technology has changed, and telecommunications companies are increasingly relying on internet technology, which is subject to power outages, to serve households with voice calls(to evacuate because a fire is crawling up their ass).
I remember back in the 80s, we experienced a tornado that damn near decimated the town I lived in. There was a total blackout. But the only thing that worked even though no one had electricity, was the telephone; the landline phone. I was amazed when I picked up the phone and there was a dial tone. Thankfully, our house only suffered minor damage to some roof shingles, but many, many homes were seriously damaged and some even had a huge tree sitting smack dab in the middle of them. But we could still communicate because landline phones were working.
Fast forward to today and not only has our dependence on this newfangled technology hurt us, it is killing us since those in California, thanks to blackouts, cannot receive notifications to leave their homes ahead of wildfires approaching. People are literally going to die in their beds because we have embraced that which we should have spit on and refused to take up but because we are so stupid that we will just accept anything and everything that is put before us as an improvement to our lives, this is the result. We have no one but ourselves to thank for why we have enthusiastically embraced the cause of our demise and so don’t now turn around to look for someone or some entity to blame for our stupidity and failure to look ahead. Those people who have already died in those California wildfires and who will die in those California wildfires have no one but themselves to blame for why they are charred corpses or soon to be, charred corpses.
People sit somewhere and stare down at some smartphone as if it were their very lifeline when in fact, it will assist in their death because once that battery in that smartphone dies, there will be no phone calls, no apps to make sure food gets delivered via ‘Uber Eats’ and some more shit. Even when a phone has been turned off by the cellphone company for lack of payment, emergency calls can still be placed, but what good is that going to do when the phone is dead and there is no way to charge it?
Some of you are probably saying, “Well, why didn’t they charge their phones in their cars?” Seriously? How many people do you think are going to remember to head out to their cars, start them up just to charge a phone? And even if they did that, how soon do you think they’d run out of gas? See where I’m going with this? Of course you don’t because you’re stupid. You cannot see past what some commercial has told you that you need. You couldn’t even figure out that if it sounds too good to be true, then it usually is and smartphones and personal assistants are all very well and good as long as the electricity is working, but the minute that shit’s been shut down, Alexa and Siri can’t tell you a goddamn thing. They can’t make any suggestions to you as to what to do about the shit you’ve gotten yourselves into. That shit shouldn’t even exist but because you so enthusiastically embraced what is going to aid and abet your goddamn demise, you are now sitting somewhere looking stupid as hell.
Folks would look at me like I was crazy when I would tell them that that smartphone is one of the worse things they could have embraced. Now, there is 5G technology out there that is rapidly killing us because of the massive amounts of radiation it takes to stream your movies and shit over those goddamn smartphones, but even 5G cannot help you when the power is out. Now, how great is that? We fucking deserve everything that is coming down the goddamn pike because we not only begged for this shit, we insisted that it become faster and replace everything we had ever known and could rely on. We cannot rely on this shit that relies on a fucked up infrastructure that Mother Nature is destroying by the hour.
Folks in California and other places soon to be visited by catastrophes are going to die because of ‘new technology’ that replaced what was more reliable since we kicked up not one goddamn fuss about this bullshit that we embraced with such fervor. And now that this ‘new technology’ is failing us, we are looking around for someone else to blame. Look in the mirror. You asked for it and you got it and so now deal with the consequences. This entire planet is fucked up and is giving back what we gave it and as each year passes, the shit is going to get more and more lethal for us. And more and more of us are going to be impacted by it. So, don’t sit somewhere on your stupid ass and laugh at what’s going down in California as though catastrophes are going to stop with California. All of us are next. Count on it! I have actually seen comments whereas assholes are stating that “those liberals in California deserve those wildfires.” The shits that masquerade as ‘humans’ these days make me want to puke with how depraved they are! To some stank shits, even catastrophes are okay so long as they happen in a so-called ‘blue’ state as opposed to a ‘red’ state. What the fuck does that say about us?!! Not a goddamn thing good. That’s for damn sure! You filthy shits sicken me and I cannot wait to unplug myself from this mess because I am becoming tainted by your vileness!
LOS ANGELES – Mary and Charles Lindsey went to sleep to the glow of the Tick fire, but they had seen wildfires before and their two-story home in the Santa Clarita foothills seemed safe enough. All Thursday, they hadn’t gotten a reverse-911 alert, or an emergency email, or a phone call. All had seemed quiet since 11 a.m., when Southern California Edison shut off their power.
Mary and Charles Lindsey were two of the lucky ones, for now, since they escaped with their lives even though they received no emergency alert to evacuate immediately since their smartphone was dead. Next time, they may not be so lucky and many, many folks won’t be so lucky as Mary and Charles Lindsey. I usually say that this is something to think about, but the fact is, it’s too late to think about this shit now, because we are in the midst of it and the shit’s only going to get worse. So instead, think about how fucked we ALL are!
Take a good look at the picture and tell me that this is not who and what we are!
When I saw this shit in a store, I just had to take a picture of it to show just how stupid we are; how completely gone we are in that most of us can just bypass a display of this type and think nothing of it because it is true for most. I don’t have a smartphone and I will never use one and so for me, what the hell do I need to protect a damn device for? I don’t.
“Protect the things you love.”
And there is no picture of family, friends and other loved ones. This is a picture of a white woman staring at a smartphone with a cover on it and the words, “Protect the things you love.” There are no pictures of a smiling baby in her arms with the caption, “Protect what you love.” There is a smartphone in a woman’s hand and we are told that it is something that we love and so protect it at all costs because it is more important than your own children, your spouse, your mother, your father and even you. Protect that damn phone!
“Protect the things you love.”
There is no need to protect your health. Don’t love ‘good health’. Protect a phone that is going to help cause your death because 5G technology is going to see to that. And if you are any doubt as to the truth in what I just wrote, go here if you feel the need to learn why 5G cellphone technology is going to kill your ass.
US 5G Rollout
Verizon: Fixed and mobile 5G is live in a few areas
AT&T: Mobile 5G for select customers in 19 cities; wider coverage in 2019
T-Mobile: Commercial 5G launch in second half of 2019; nationwide coverage expected in 2020
Sprint: Deploying 5G to four markets on May 31
U.S. Cellular: 5G services coming in second half of 2019
C Spire: Fixed 5G services in Mississippi
Charter: Testing 5G, but no solid rollout plans
Starry: Fixed 5G currently in Boston, Denver, LA, New York City, and Washington DC
“Protect the things you love.”
Never mind that this thing is going to kill you and your family. “Protect this thing you love.” Never mind that no one is sounding the alarm over what the harmful technology behind cellphones is doing to you as you “protect this thing you love.”
“Protect the things you love.”
Smartphones, personal assistants, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, killer cellphone towers and radiation from those towers are what you love because if you didn’t, you’d be screeching and wailing that someone needs to put a stop to this shit. But you won’t. You’ve got friends all across the globe who ‘like’ everything you post on Youtube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and in order for them to ‘like’ your shit, you need that killer technology. You need it more than you need those who are in your immediate vicinity because look around you. There are nothing but cell towers and people looking down at smartphones as if their very lives depend on what is scrolling down a screen. I actually mourn decades long gone because we did not have this stupid shit. We had not embraced, with fervor, that which is going to kill us. We don’t even look up and see that we are being fucked up because we are liking being hypnotized by these gadgets that have dumbed us down and made us apathetic and complacent. We don’t need to get up off the couch to do anything because there is an app for everything on that goddamn smartphone that we “protect because we love it.” How sad is that? That smartphone is the first thing you pick up in the morning before you even see your own child. That smartphone is the last thing you look at before you close your eyes to sleep. And you make sure that it’s charging. You have no idea how sad assed you really are; none! Because you’ve been brainwashed, willingly into complying with everything that’s being done to strip away any rights we ever had because now when you look up, you’re at an airport forced to damn near strip naked to be searched before you board a plane and the only reason you know this is because you have got to hand that smartphone over to a TSA official, who seventeen years ago, was never even thought of. But by all the christians in hell, you’d beat the shit out of that TSA agent if he failed to hand you back this thing you love, your smartphone. It’s your lifeline.
You have never questioned why after September 11, 2001, a mere two months later, you’re being damn near strip searched and/or radiated in order to board a plane. The Department of Homeland Security was established in 2002. The Patriot Act was passed in 2005. And each and every single one of these events cost us our ‘freedom’. Although truth be told, those of us who are American descendants of slaves never had any freedoms to begin with. But we have to be violated at airports the same as whites.
September 11, 2001 was an excuse to bring to an end, any pretense that this shithole was ever about freedom, justice and rights and yet, we sit somewhere not even noticing that what we are directed to protect is a goddamn smartphone when what we should have been protecting was each other and in doing so, we would have said, “Hell no!” to The Department of Homeland Security, to the Patriot Act, to TSA agents and to every entity this fucked up useless ass government started up for the express purpose of stripping ‘U.S.’ of any rights we ever thought we had.
“Protect the things you love.”
Oh, you’re doing that alright! Since a smartphone is most definitely, what you love! Family, freedom, justice, rights? Who needs ’em??!!
You Can’t Reason With The Stupid!
If their smartphones should go dead,
there’ll be many filled with dread.
If the lights go out and stay,
then there’ll be no games to play.
When there are no more distractions, will they open their eyes and see,
that the world is filled with people beyond just you and me.
But will the selfish become caring or simply wail for their toys,
and of those who’ve known the truth, will they be heard above the noise?
If you’re ever in any doubt as to how Americans will act,
just look at all the times their credit card’s been hacked.
These are people who never learn, they will never rally around.
Their heads are in the clouds, their feet don’t touch the ground.
You can’t reason with the stupid and believe me, I did try!
I finally gave it up, do I need to tell you why?
These are the very people who when polled are quite unsure,
if the economy is improving or if they’re sinking in manure.
When a world is in crisis with people fleeing left and right,
Americans’ only concern is what will fill them with delight.
Give them their distractions so that they don’t have to see
a child stumbling across the desert because she is a refugee.
Shelby I. Courtland
©2014 Shelby I. Courtland
Truer words were never typed, written or spoken.
I am pretty sure that most of you are aware that 5G cellphone technology is about to be rolled out since you, apparently, have no problem with getting cancer so long as you can stream bullshit movies and play dumbass video games and fight on Facebook and Twitter with blazing fast speed. Corporations know that the average person is stupid as hell and will embrace the cause of their own demise if it will get them blazing fast download speeds so that they can in all actuality, do nothing, but do it fast. Companies are fighting to be the first to bring 5G technology to as many brain dead cretins as they can, but those same companies are not telling their brain dead customers that along with blazing fast download speeds comes blazing fast cancer diagnoses, especially melanoma diagnoses. If your stupid ass has not seen a cancer patient, then let me clue you in, they are writhing in mortal agony from a pain so fierce that even truckloads of morphine cannot stop the pain. They literally scream themselves to death and that is what’s coming for you! And for those of you who are of the Caucasian persuasion, I’d think twice about embracing 5G technology if I were you because even though that monstrous shit is going to kill us all, many of you are going to go first thanks to the fact that you’ve no melanin to counter the waves of radiation that will pour through your pallid skin.
Those of us who are most hated by you have some layer of protection thanks to the melanin in our skin, but even so, that will be no match for continuous waves of radiation pouring into our bodies from 5G technology that wireless companies are trying to throw up everywhere. And newsfuckingflash, don’t think for one minute that this technology can be thrown up in ghettos and hoods and still be received by you and not cause you any problems because 5G is the 5th generation of cellular technology and needs shorter waves to function at a high speed. So that shit’s going to need to sit right outside your home; not over in the hood or down by way of the ghetto, but right beside your house. And the whole entire time that it is sitting right outside your door, it will be fucking your ass up and that of your children. You whites are already eyeball deep sitting all up in Dermatology clinics nationwide, now just think of how many more of you are about to join your fellow pale skins. I’ll tellya, millions. Now think on that!
When Is 5G Coming to the US? (Updated for 2019)
5G isn’t yet widely available, but it’s coming!
US 5G Rollout
Verizon: Fixed and mobile 5G is live in a few areas
AT&T: Mobile 5G for select customers in 19 cities; wider coverage in 2019
T-Mobile: Commercial 5G launch in second half of 2019; nationwide coverage expected in 2020
Sprint: Deploying 5G to four markets on May 31
U.S. Cellular: 5G services coming in second half of 2019
C Spire: Fixed 5G services in Mississippi
Charter: Testing 5G, but no solid rollout plans
Starry: Fixed 5G currently in Boston, Denver, LA, New York City, and Washington DC
So, why aren’t you being told the ‘bad’ in that 5G not only causes cell damage, but it also causes melatonin disruption, but actually damages your entire DNA structure? Because who wants to hear the bad news, right? It is not profitable to tell the public that your product is about to fuck them up. That’s bad for business. Just let it fuck ’em up and deal with the fallout after a hefty payday.
5G causes skin cancer and will greatly increase skin cancer rates. 5G is a boondoggle technology and those who invest in it will lose money. The rapid damaging health effects will soon generate a huge number of lawsuits which will bring the technology to an end but not before millions will get the dreaded cancer diagnosis.
The Dangers Of 5G – 11 Reasons To Be Concerned
DNA single and double strand breaks.
disruption of cell metabolism.
increased blood brain barrier permeability.
To get those blazing fast download and streaming speeds, are you willing to endure skin cancer, DNA damage, increased blood brain barrier permeability, melatonin reduction and so much more of the like? Is it really worth it?
Let’s not also forget that in 2011 the World Health Organization (WHO) classified radio frequency radiation as a possible 2B carcinogen.
And current cellphone technology has already been found to cause cancer according to the $25 million National Toxicology Program.
Corporations show you in every way, every single day that they don’t give a damn about you and especially those that are hellbent on shoving this 5G shit on us. You can even get free 5G internet from C Spire by becoming a 5G Internet Hub Home(and cancer hub), which is where you agree to let C Spire attach 5G equipment to your house which is then related to your neighbors, thus extending their network(while extending cancer diagnoses). See, this is what I mean when I stated previously that this shit cannot be placed in certain ‘areas’ and just affect ‘those’ people, it’s got to be placed right in your damn face in order to work. So yes indeed, you have got to have your melanoma inducing technology placed right outside your home, killing you while giving you what you think you need; blazing fast download and streaming speeds. But see how fast you forget all about that shit when you are screaming in agony over your melanoma issues. That blazing fast speed ain’t gonna seem worth it then, will it?
C Spire is so ready to kill you for money, that they will attach the cause of your demise right onto your house and so wouldn’t it just be wonderful to have that shit attached to your house so that it could generate more money for C Spire while they kill you, your spouse and your children? Great setup for the company, C Spire, so that you can get lightning fast or blazing fast download and streaming speeds. It’s SO worth it, ain’t it? But since people are too stupid for words and think that this is a great thing, the only saving grace for the rest of us is the fact that our infrastructure is getting more fucked up by the nanosecond thanks to good ole Mother Nature in ALL her destructive glory! Along comes Mother Nature and all that shit is going to float down the goddamn street along with your house and your vehicles. Your cellphones will not be working because the towers will be floating also. When the mighty rivers rise and flood the banks of nearby cities and towns, what use will your blazing fast download speeds be to you? Why don’t you ask people who have already been impacted by wild fires, firenadoes and the list is endless?
It hasn’t been easy. Returnees must cope with inconveniences large and small. The simplest errands turn into lengthy chores, as dump trucks and demolition crews snarl traffic. Everyone in Paradise uses bottled water; they can’t drink out of the tap because the town’s plumbing system has turned into a “toxic cocktail” contaminated with benzene.
This is life in Paradise, six months after the worst wildfire in California history destroyed most of this town of 26,000 and killed 85 people. The Johns are among the few thousand who’ve returned to Paradise, and the neighboring communities of Magalia and Concow, trying to re-create what they once had in a place they no longer recognize.
Those people who lived in Paradise California are, for the most part, putting what remains of their homes up for sale for the next unsuspecting dumb schmuck to deal with raging wildfires that are sure to come. They actually believe that because homes in California are much sort after that there will be folks clamoring to buy property in an area where they cannot even drink the water because it is tainted with benzene, a toxin that causes cancer. I wonder, has C Spire been there yet in the hopes of attaching 5G technology to one of the few remaining homes in Paradise, CA? Hell no! There’s not enough profit in bringing 5G technology to a town that’s been basically destroyed.
I wonder if Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, U.S. Cellular and others are clamoring to head to Paradise, CA to deploy their 5G technology first. I mean, those who once lived in Paradise are in desperate need of everything. Just ask Abigail Lopez who is still fighting with her insurance company to get her house fixed up. And let us not forget that there was some recent major flooding in Iowa, Michigan, Texas, Indiana, Nebraska, Wisconsin and Minnesota, just to name a few and today’s headlines don’t bode well for millions.
US weather: Nation’s midsection braces for rain, wind and hail as dozens of tornadoes are reported
This is peak tornado season
The Plains have been pounded by strong winds, with at least 34 tornadoes reported since Friday morning across the central US, including Kansas, Nebraska and Texas.
Isolated tornado risks were possible across central and eastern Nebraska and in central and northern Kansas, the federal Storm Prediction Center warned. Wind gusts of up to 70 mph were likely, it said.
Texans are scrambling for cover Saturday as reports of tornadoes roll in and much of the central US readies for heavy rain, strong winds and large hail.
More than 70 million Americans are under the threat of severe weather from Texas to southern Minnesota, CNN meteorologist Haley Brink said. That total on Sunday jumps to 80 million under threat as storms are predicted to move into the Great Lakes area.
A tornado destroyed two homes Saturday morning in Comanche County, Oklahoma.
Hopefully, that tornado destroyed ANY and ALL 5G technology that had already been installed and so again, I have Mother Nature to thank for making it extremely difficult for corporations to continue their master plan of destroying us with shit we fucking want despite the fact that it is going to cause us to die and for what? Blazing fast download speeds? Seriously???!!! I hope that Mother Nature continues to shut that shit down because nothing says “Your bottom line is fucked!” like a tornado tearing their shit to shreds and dumping it where it will. Let ’em place that goddamn shit on poles everywhere and their shit along with those poles are going to be lying, scattered all over the damn place. And when they reconnect that shit, it will only be a matter of time before it is back to twirling through the damn sky only to bust somebody in their fucking head when it lands.
To the corporations that are hellbent on killing us, go right ahead and put your 5G technology into operation and Mother Nature will be more than happy to include your shit when she starts fucking shit up. When those tornadoes go ripping through cities, towns and rural areas, there goes your fucking 5G towers. I hope Mother Nature makes continuously having to put your killer shit back up becomes so expensive that you have no choice but to call it quits since we ALL know that ‘humans’ are just too stupid for words since they have, throughout history, embraced their own damn demise just as they are embracing this latest killer shit to come down the pike. We were made aware of the fact that doctors were getting cancer from cellphones decades ago and what did we do? Why we embraced the same technology that led to brain cancer in many doctors. In fact, we so embraced that killer shit, that corporations are counting on the fact that we will ignore this latest killer technology to come down the pike and that we will die with a ‘smartphone’ glued to the damn head while screeching and wailing from the pain of cancer. It’s like the 40 year cigarette smoker screaming in the agony of cancer pain while also yelling for yet another cigarette because he is just so addicted to what the fuck is killing him in the most agonizing way possible. I actually witnessed that happening. A man’s lung had been removed thanks to lung cancer and of course he was told not to smoke anymore, but he was still running around asking anyone within the sound of his voice for a cigarette and the last time I saw him, he was howling in agony as he was being carted away in an ambulance.
Why I sit here and preach to my goddamn self, I will never know and yet, that is exactly what I am doing since so-called ‘humans’ are too stupid for words! I can only hope that Mother Nature will continue to do her thing!
It is quite apparent to me that Mother Nature is our ONLY hope since thanks to her, most of us will eventually be sitting all up in tents as we continuously try and find higher ground on which to place said tent! Thank you Mother Nature! Do YOUR thing!
Dr. Bramhall, since you requested some pictures of what 5G technology looks like, I am posting some pictures in the main post. We need to know what this killer shit looks like because it needs to be avoided at all cost. Not everyone wants to give up their right to exist just because some dumbasses want blazing fast internet speeds.
And another one!
And this one!
And yet another one!
And I am not quite finished!
For 5G boosters, the benefits of installing the wireless technology are obvious: It allows delivery of super-fast internet speeds. But the nimble technology is connected by not-so-nimble infrastructure. To hook up the “small cells” that power 5G grids, wireless providers have to install thick wires and poles and antennae on nearly every block they want to cover, outfitted with equipment that is about the size of a large backpack.
It’s not just that 5G requires a lot of gear, which alone can provoke the not-in-my-backyard backlash that puts a stop to all sorts of projects. It’s also that some people really don’t like it when they see it.
Unfortunately, the people who have a problem with 5G technology in this article care more about how ‘ugly’ the technology is more so than they care about its dangers. Never once is the danger alluded to, just the fact that they think it ‘uglies’ their neighborhood. However, it would appear that 5G is going to have another hurdle to overcome; the NIMBY problem.
Dr. Bramhall, I hope this helps.
At least 15 separate security breaches occurred at retailers from January 2017 until now. Many of them were caused by flaws in payment systems either online or in stores.
Data breaches are on the rise for both retailers and other businesses.
A recent report by cybersecurity firm Shape Security showed that 80% to 90% of the people that log into a retailer’s e-commerce site are hackers using stolen data. This is the highest percentage of any sector.
These data breaches are a real danger for both companies and customers and can affect the trust shoppers have in brands.
According to a study by KPMG, 19% of consumers would completely stop shopping at a retailer after a breach and 33% would take a break from shopping there for an extended period.
Consumers’ credit/debit card data has been hacked at Adidas, Macy’s, Sears, Kmart, Delta Airlines, Best Buy, Saks Fifth Avenue, Lord & Taylor, Under Armour’s MyFitness Pal app, Panera Bread, Forever 21, Sonic, Whole Foods, Gamestop and Arby’s.
Adidas has stated that only customers in the United States have been impacted. Go figure! They know Americans and they know that nothing is going to stop them from passing that plastic card across the counter. According to the company, you guys in Europe are okay, but I would check just to be sure.
Macy’s says that between April 26 and June 12, your personal information and credit card details have been exposed to a third party. Who that third party is, they can’t or won’t say. But not to worry. You will just assume that they will correct the problem in time for Black Friday and back inside Macy’s with your credit card, you will go. No worries.
Sears says that a “security incident” happened with an online support partner and that 100,000 of you have had your credit card information stolen. Who stole it? They don’t know. But online shopping is SO convenient, no one is going to stop doing it. Just ask Amazon’s CEO, Jeff Bezos. Thanks to billions of shoppers shopping online at Amazon, Bezos’ employees are pissing in containers because they cannot leave the warehouse floor to use the restroom because your hacked online order has to be delivered to you before the hackers can max out your credit cards and drain your bank accounts. But Bezos wants you to know that it would be prudent for you to wash your hands after touching their merchandise, it may still have traces of a worker’s piss on it.
Kmart was also affected by the Sears hack and then was hacked again in a separate incident. They are indeed, going for broke and taking you along with them. “Identity theft,” anyone?
Delta Airlines wants you to “Fly the friendly skies” AFTER your personal information and credit card information has been hacked by the same entity that hacked Sears and Kmart. Sit back, relax in extreme discomfort in your little seat with no leg room while your neighbor behind you kicks your seat while back on the ground, your credit card’s getting hacked.
Best Buy was affected by the same hackers who targeted Sears, Kmart and Delta Airlines, but they also want you to know that “only a small fraction” of their customers need worry. Which of you need worry? I don’t know and neither does Best Buy and so you ALL should worry.
Saks Fifth Avenue wants you to know that a data breach compromised your credit/debit information and that it probably affected millions of you. But not to worry. If you can shop at Saks Fifth Avenue, then what’s a few thousand stolen from you? And according to Saks Fifth Avenue, only ‘in-store’ sales were affected.
Lord & Taylor, for all you rich folks out there, wants you to know that their customers were affected by the same breach as Saks Fifth Avenue and that is all they want you to know. You can speculate on your own time as to whether it was 10 customers or 1 million customers. You figure it out, but please continue to shop there, by all means. The Black Friday sales are sure to get you hacked, but it will be all for a good cause, after having given thanks on Thanksgiving Day, the day after calls for a ‘thankful’ hacked shopping experience.
Under Armour’s MyFitness Pal app wants you to know that while you were out there getting into shape, sweating to the beat of some great music, your names, emails and encrypted passwords were hacked and more than likely it was over 150 million of you who were impacted by this breach. I suggest you ‘sweat’ to the beat without their app. It might save you from another bout of ‘identity theft’. Fit and hacked is not a good combination.
Panera Bread wants you to know that if you placed an online order on or about April 2nd of this year, your personal data has been compromised by a breach. But they certainly hope that you enjoyed your meal. Please feel free to place another online order and get hacked again because their product is SO worth it!
Forever 21 wants you to know that from March to October 2017, your personal information as well as your credit card numbers, expiration dates and internal verification codes were released to hackers who are most thankful that Forever 21 is acting like it is Forever 5 and not protecting its customers’ personal information and credit card information. Forever 21 plans to change its name to Forever 5 in the near future so as to not have to assume responsibility for its actions of allowing hackers to access its customers’ information. Enjoy your shopping experience and thank you for understanding that hacking of your information will continue. However, our Black Friday Madness sale, just cannot be missed and they know you won’t. “Come back now, ya heuh?”
Sonic wants you to know that over 5 million of their customers’ credit card information has been stolen and they are very upset about that, but not to the point to offer you a free hot dog while you are still getting hacked. Please, no cash. That cannot be hacked. Sonic prefers that you use credit/debit cards; the better to continue to get hacked, suckers!
Whole Foods, now owned by AMAZON, also known as AMAZING wants you to know that it has “recently received information regarding unauthorized access of payment card information” and that this was caused by some sort of flaw, but not to worry, it is sure to happen only a few more times. Meanwhile, enjoy your Whole Foods-Amazon-Amazing experience while getting hacked and they appreciate your business. Oh, and no returns! You will be banned, if you return the product! Tsk! Tsk!
Gamestop confirmed a data breach in April of last year for customers who shopped online. Names, addresses and credit card information were all affected but please, keep playing video games. They will be a welcome distraction from your identity theft issues. Just play all day until the power company turns the lights out because a hacker has emptied your bank account and maxed out your credit cards. Then go to Gamestop and plug your video game into one of their sockets and when they call the cops on you, see if the jail will allow you to use one of their computers to tell us how much sympathy you received from the folks at Gamestop. Happy playing! And no, Gamestop will not bail you out of jail. Don’t even think it! It’s all a game to them!
Arby’s wants you to know that in addition to them having “The Meats,” they also had a data breach last year that affected over 355,000 credit/debit card users thanks to malware which allowed hackers unauthorized access to your credit/debit card information. Arby’s would also like to say that for those customers who used cash to pay for their “mush between buns,” you were NOT affected. But next time, please pay with a credit/debit card so that they can increase the number of customers who are affected by data breaches because stores are now vying for a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for the company with the most data breaches in one year. It is going to be a tight race to the top, folks! I am going to get some popcorn and a tall flute of ice cold champagne and watch this ‘Olympic’ style race. You betcha!
Also, a note of interest here, Kroger Foods and VISA are locked in a fierce battle!
Kroger will stop accepting Visa cards at some of its locations later this month – the latest salvo in an escalating war between the nation’s biggest grocery store chain and the biggest credit card company.
The ban on Visa comes in a battle between the supermarket chain and the credit card company over the “swipe” fees Kroger pays the company to allow credit card purchases. Bloomberg reports Kroger pays about $90 billion in credit card processing fees each year.
The Visa ban might expand beyond the Foods Co. stores and into other stores under the parent company if it doesn’t reach a deal with Visa.
WOW! I did NOT see that coming! Kroger just might not accept your Visa credit/debit cards if Visa doesn’t get with the program that Kroger is in business to make money as well. Who does Visa think they are, making billions off Kroger in CREDIT CARD PROCESSING FEES EACH YEAR? $90 billion is nothing to sneeze at. For god’s sake, Visa has been putting the squeeze on Kroger for too long and damn it, that stops now!
I am going to recommend to Kroger, some Mafia hit men that I know who could possibly set things right. They’ll fix those folks over at Visa who think they should be top dog and rake in the dough while leaving Kroger in the dust.
Kroger, you go with your bad self! I am behind you one hundred and fifty percent because I PAY WITH CASH!
So, there you have it folks! Clash of cards vs cash! If you think for one second that those stores listed are the ONLY stores impacted, put down whatever it is you are smoking, clear your head and get real! You have only yourselves to blame because you pick up whatever is put down in front of you without ever thinking about what could happen. You willingly gave up cash for the ‘convenience’ of that credit/debit card and now that we are ALL FICO scores and credit reports, thanks to the stores we shop at not being able to protect credit/debit card information, millions of people are at risk for false information on their credit reports and identity theft. And don’t kid yourself into thinking that it is easy to clear up false information on your credit report. You can do some research and find people who are still reeling from identity theft even after having called in attorneys to help them.
Meanwhile, continue to pass that plastic over and you will continue to get hacked both in-store and online because you refuse to learn and apparently being stupid is a goal that many of you have obtained with relish. No one told you that a stupid fool and his/her money are soon parted? Well, now you know!
Margaret Kimberley is, once again, saying what I have been saying ALL along.
Of course Black Agenda Report utilizes social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube to communicate with readers. Any individual or organization who needs to connect with large groups of people does so as well. But our adversaries know that too and have embarked on unprecedented efforts to diminish black and left voices or silence them altogether. The change was announced quite publicly in November 2016 when the Jeff Bezos owned Washington Post presented the infamous Propornotlist. This anonymous group claimed that some 200 sites, including Black Agenda Report, were susceptible to Russian propaganda, hence the propaganda or not label.
Social media is dangerous precisely because we use it voluntarily. We voluntarily provide personal information to strangers at Facebook, which is seen as harmless and even benign. But Facebook recently decided that planned demonstrations against white supremacists in Washington were created on orders from the Kremlin and removed their information from the site which everyone uses to promote their activity.
The dystopian world of the novel 1984 is here but in an even worse way than Orwell imagined. In his imagination Big Brother interposed himself into the lives of ordinary people. But in 2018 the people are giving their enemies information that may be used to harm them. Humans are loathe to go backwards but that is what we must start considering. We may well have to time travel to the days of rotary phones and pieces of paper. Otherwise we are giving our enemies ammunition that they will surely use.
Telling ALL your business on Facebook and tweeting where you are going to be on Twitter and using YouTube to post videos from your home would be great if we had any rights left, but we don’t. The government can come and yank you up out of your chair and haul you away, detain you indefinitely and not ever give you a reason why. Just ask those who are still detained in Guantanamo and in secret facilities stationed all across this planet.
As Margaret Kimberley said, “people are giving their enemies information that may be used to harm them and any individual or organization who needs to connect with large groups of people does so as well. But our adversaries know that too and have embarked on unprecedented efforts to diminish black and left voices or silence them altogether.”
And though I am not on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube, Instagram, LinkedIn, or any other social media platform, I also know that what I post on WordPress is and can be used against me at any time. However, with that having been said, I have used this platform to try and discourage people from relying on the very tools we have been relying on in order to pass information back and forth because at least by limiting ourselves as much as possible, we make it harder for so-called ‘Big Brother’ to know our every move. For instance, why do you think I have posted multiple times, the need to use cash instead of opting for that credit/debit card? It is to limit to some extent, our purchase history to those who are targeting us for surveillance. At least with cash, they cannot trace everything we buy, but they most certainly can with credit/debit cards and also, cash cannot be hacked, credit/debit cards are still being hacked even with the chip that’s been newly installed in some of them.
Also, don’t forget that Facebook has allowed third parties to make use of your information without your knowledge and you have been targeted for certain ads based on the information you supplied to Facebook. Many of you have ditched your landline phones and instead opted for smartphones which are touted at every opportunity for a reason; the reason being that every single tap of that phone sends information about you to spy central. The NSA, The CIA, The FBI and god only knows what other governmental agency is gathering data on us to be used against us in case we ever were to get our act together and attempt to beat back against those who are our oppressors. Because make no mistake, they are watching everything we do because there are more of us than there are of them and they are well aware of that fact. Why do you think the police have been told to kill and they will never be found guilty? Because they are the line of defense between us and our oppressors. I would not trust a cop as far as I could throw him/her since they have already sided with those who oppress us all.
There is a reason that we are constantly bombarded with Russia is behind this and Russia did that because then they can claim that our sites are actually controlled by Russian agents and that comments are made by Russian bots and so shut that shit down. Dissent is to be kept in check because an awakened population is a dangerous population. Keep the sheeple distracted and hypnotized and they are unaware of how fucked they are. As long as the smartphones are working and people are playing on Facebook and tweeting on Twitter and sharing photos on Instagram and purchasing upgraded smartphones, all is well. But the minute that shit ceases, there will be hell to pay because then the ‘powers that be’ know that the oppressed people of this world have awakened and are not going to sit still for being spoon fed fake ass employment numbers, false economic figures and they will figure out that they are being fed shit and told it’s caviar.
Go back to landline phones before they are completely phased out. I would suggest that ‘enter the carrier pigeons, but I just read that pigeons are dying out. So, there goes that avenue. However, don’t forget that before the previous few decades, people did manage to come together in massive protests. The Civil Rights Movement is proof of that, the Montgomery Bus Boycott is proof of that. Black people know the deal and we have been trying to teach it to whites since, forever. Even if you have to read back through history as to how people communicated with one another, do that if you can’t remember. But it is essential that we pull back from these so-called ‘social media’ platforms that were designed to spy on us and go back to the basics. It is essential that we ditch this new technology that has hijacked our lives. What serious need have you for Alexa and Siri? It is not too late yet, but we are getting there and I wouldn’t fight against going back if I were you. Believe me, those who pull the strings of the puppet politicians all across this planet do not have our best interest at heart. Just look around. Can’t you tell? From Amazon workers who have to piss in containers in order not to miss deadlines to get your order shipped to you, from Apple product makers overseas who would rather jump out of an 8th story window and commit suicide than continue under horrid working conditions to Walmart workers who have to apply for food stamps to feed their children and Medicaid to get them health care to workers at Disney World and Disney Land who have to live in motels because they don’t make enough to rent even a studio apartment or a room in a rooming house; those people are being shitted on and those of us who are using Apple products, who are shopping at Walmart, who are purchasing everything online from Amazon, who are running to Disney World and Disney Land, are complicit in what the ‘elites’ are doing to those who are in the same predicament that each and every one of us will soon be in. You had better recognize and get with the program that what is happening to them, we are not immune to it happening to us.
We once had sustainable communities where we looked out for one another. We don’t have that anymore. We don’t know who our neighbor is, but yet, we are chatting via Facebook live with someone clear across the planet. What can they do for us when the shit is hitting the fan in our neighborhood? Not a damn thing. Put those overpriced products of distraction down and recognize what is important and what is important is our REAL relationship with the people we live around. Those relationships are what will matter. Do all you can to preserve them. Help your neighbor when you can and you will find that the way things used to be before the advent of the internet, social media and smartphones was the better way. Technology is not our friend and I hope that we will realize this before it is too late.
And so here it comes!
The other day at Dig Inn, a just-opened lunch spot on Broadway and 38th Street in Midtown Manhattan, Shania Bryant committed a consumer faux pas. She placed her order for chicken and brown rice and yams, and when she got to the register, she held out a $50 bill.
“Sorry,” the cashier told her. “We don’t take cash.” Not, “We don’t take $50s.” No cash. Period.
“What?” Ms. Bryant asked.
The cashier patiently explained. Credit and debit cards were fine, as was the easy-to-download Dig Inn phone app. But the almighty dollar was powerless.
“I’ve never experienced that before,” said Ms. Bryant, 20, an assistant to a designer. “I guess we’re in new times.”
Why do we always allow ourselves to be pushed around? For the life of me, I cannot understand why we go for this mess time and time again. Why we let some shopkeeper tell us how we are going to pay them. Why we allow ourselves to be prodded into giving up more and more of what few freedoms we have left; the freedom to pay with cash as opposed to an app on a phone or with a credit/debit card.
I guess you’ve forgotten how easy it is for hackers to hack into store point-of-sales transactions since you are now ignoring the fact that there have been massive data breaches at many stores we all shop at; Kmart, JC Penney, Target, Neiman Marcus, Macy’s, Michael’s, Home Depot and don’t forget Experian’s T-Mobile data breach, UPS and even healthcare companies, banks, government agencies and credit bureaus have been breached as was the case with Anthem, Premera Blue Cross, Care First Blue Cross Blue Shield, UCLA Health System, Excellus Blue Cross, JP Morgan’s customers, Ebay users, 21.5 million people who’d had a government background check, Sony employees were hacked and have we forgotten about the Ashley Madison hack and the list is endless and yet companies are refusing to accept cash payments even after knowing the extent of data breaches at stores and damn near everywhere else.
Have you never guessed why the use of credit/debit cards is touted everywhere? It is because every transaction is recorded, just as our phone calls are recorded and our keystrokes are recorded and our photo is recorded every single time we are out on the street, walking or driving. We are even issued tickets based on a recording of our license plate thanks to red light cameras and speed cameras that are pro-ticket because there have been lawsuits challenging the fact that tickets are issued not because people did anything wrong but because this puts more money into the coffers of the city that is promoting these types of cameras and putting money into the coffers of the companies that make these traffic cameras go off before the light has even turned red. The acceptance of this mass surveillance by us has led to the massive erosion of the few rights we have left, such as the right to pay for our purchases by any means at our disposal; i.e., credit/debit cards, gift cards or cash.
Why is it you have no problem aiding and abetting in the continued deprivation of your rights by patronizing instead of boycotting businesses that tell you how you are going to pay them? How many times do you have to get hacked to understand that you don’t need a credit/debit card or an app to pay for a sandwich? And don’t even think that just because you have a chip on your credit/debit card that you are secure when you make a payment using that method because it is just as ‘hackable’ as the chipless card. Am I suggesting that you walk around with hundreds of dollars on your person at all times? No, but at one point, people did and we never heard of excessive muggings. I have carried stacks of money on me and I have never lost a dime. I have, however, had money stolen from off my credit/debit cards.
Case in point. I was at a restaurant and I paid for my meal with a card and gave the waitress her tip in cash. Now, I am one to check on what is going on with regards to the charges on my cards and so the next day, I called to check on the status of my card. Sure enough, the restaurant had added an additional charge to my card. I went back to the restaurant to inquire and guess what. The waitress did not think that I had tipped her enough and so she added an additional amount and charged it to my card. I decided right then and there that I would never pay for anything at a restaurant with a card, ever again and I have not. If I had paid with cash, could she have added on an additional charge? Absolutely not.
Businesses count on people being too busy or distracted to check on their receipts, the balances on their cards, the transactions on their cards and they are making an additional killing off of us because either our kids are screaming to the rafters or we just got off from work and so we’re in a hurry to get home and get dinner on the table or we’re rushed for another reason. If a business will not accept cash from you, then they don’t deserve your business. It is way past time that you fought back against businesses or corporations telling you how to spend your money, what to spend your money on, where to spend your money, and now they are telling you that you cannot pay for your purchases in cash. I truly hope that you will nip this in the bud before we get any further “into new times” because believe me, you will regret this. If cash was acceptable yesterday, than by God, it should be acceptable today.
This mass surveillance state has gone too far as it is and the sad fact is that payment in the form of cash is about the only holdout left. Those purchases cannot be traced, not unless you have signed up for a store discount card and every single time you make a purchase, in order to get an item on discount, you must first pass that store discount card to the cashier and then make your payment.
Food Lion has an MVP card and there can be no anonymity about it. The store insists that the only way to get their MVP card in order to get store discounted items is to fill out a form on a kiosk and they will mail you the MVP card. Hell! Going to the grocery store now is like going to the Division of Motor Vehicles because nowadays, our licenses are mailed to us and now a half-ass store like Food Lion is insisting that it has the right to gather information about you first in order to mail you a discount card so that you can get ten cents off a bag of potatoes? Where will this end? When we’re all standing at the register paying for our items by having a robot scan our hand for the barcode payment stamp on it?
And what about those of us who don’t use smartphones and so we cannot pay using an app on a non-existent phone? Call me the last of the dinosaurs, but I insist on a landline phone. Those of you who ditched your landline phones for smartphones may think it convenient now, but once when a tornado blew through a town I was living in, the only thing left working was my landline phone. Tell me, how will you power up your smartphone when the electricity is out? How do you call for help? You, with your demand for smartphones and your contempt for landlines have caused those of us with landlines much anguish because word is, companies are going to phase out landlines. So, because you are too stupid to see beyond today and what you think is convenience will doom us all. Those of you who will simply pull out that smartphone and pay for your sandwich with an app because the deli refuses to take cash are dooming us all because we will go down with you.
I have always said, “If I don’t stand for something, I’ll fall for anything!” ‘They’ will have to drag me kicking and screaming into a ‘cashless society’ and apparently, I will be the last holdout, non-conformist, that I am!
What is this ‘Wannacry ransomware’ or ‘WannaCrypt ransomware’?
‘Ransomware’ is a type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid.
On Friday, the world experienced the wrath of a well-coordinated ransomware attack, known as WannaCrypt. The attack caused Britain’s NHS to cancel surgeries, a wide array of Russian and Chinese private and public institutions to be crippled most of the day, and the rest of the world to recoil in shock.
How could a single piece of malware that exploited a vulnerability identified long ago by the NSA, and leaked last month by a group called the Shadow Brokers, wreak so much havoc?
Yes indeed, how could this malware have wreaked so much havoc? It’s simple. Because we are stupid. We have grown so dependent on technology and artificial intelligence that we have lost our intelligence. In handing over every aspect of our lives to machines, we have given up any privacy we had which includes our medical records, our social security number; our very identity. This is why we are constantly hearing of identity theft and this has produced another corporation to operate in order to ‘restore our good name’ and to take back what was stolen from thieves, for a price, of course.
Now along comes this ransomware software that has been holding computer systems hostage until money is paid in the form of Bitcoin. If there were no computers, would this have even happened? Of course not.
The article goes on to state that Britain’s National Health Service had to cancel surgeries. Would the NHS have had to cancel surgeries a mere thirty years ago? No! Because medical records were kept in the form of folders in a file cabinet. You remember those, don’t you? Your doctor came into the exam room with your paper file and in it were your medical records and all that was needed to ensure that you’d had all of your immunizations, checkups and any upcoming medical events. You received a telephone call to remind you of any preparations you needed to make before surgery and guess what, we did fine. But now, since all medical records are electronic and are at the mercy of anyone who wants to underhandedly try and hold them for ‘ransom’, we’ve got a problem. This is only the beginning. You can’t see how easy it is for your information to end up in the hands of those who seek to profit from it? All the hacking of your credit/debit cards taught you nothing? Of course not because you are still handing them over. You don’t even remember a time before there were credit/debit cards, do you? More’s the pity because we were all the better for it.
What we have here is ‘civilization’, is it not? And how well is that working out for us? We are so happy, aren’t we? Can’t you tell just by going on Facebook and Twitter? Isn’t everyone just loving all up and down on each other? No one is sending vitriolic comments back and forth. Family members are not blocking one another over political differences, are they? Can you not see what is happening to us? We are descending, not into civilized mode, but into such boorish, uncouth and vulgar behavior, we would put Neanderthals to the blush. But we have all the creature comforts we could possibly want; electricity, running water, indoor toilets, computers, video games, garage door openers, devices that turn on/off our lights, open our doors, alarms for our homes, vehicles to get us to where we want to go, airplanes to get us there even faster and trains for the view. We’ve got it all. And this has made us most happy. So, why then, this?
Americans actually report being among the most unhappy people in the world.
Anti-depressant usage has increased 400 percent since 1994. So why are so many people may be unhappy, and what you can do to change that?
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, about one in 10 adults in America reports being clinically depressed.
It’s probably more than that. Why are we unhappy? We’ve got it all, don’t we? We’ve got ALL the creature comforts and so then, why are we depressed? Why are we on opioids? Why are we committing suicide at alarming rates?
Suicide; The Saddest Trend
“America is in the grip of a sustained raise in the suicide rate across all age groups and for both sexes. From 1999 to 2014, the suicide rate rose by 24%. The numbers are adjusted to take account of aging. Men shoot themselves; women take poison. There has been a rise in suffocation and strangulation.”
Add to this the fact that we are a nation of addicts, as well.
Opioid addiction is America’s 50-state epidemic. It courses along Interstate highways in the form of cheap smuggled heroin, and flows out of “pill mill” clinics where pain medicine is handed out like candy. It has ripped through New England towns, where people overdose in the aisles of dollar stores, and it has ravaged coal country, where addicts speed-dial the sole doctor in town licensed to prescribe a medication.
Public health officials have called the current opioid epidemic the worst drug crisis in American history, killing more than 33,000 people in 2015. Overdose deaths were nearly equal to the number of deaths from car crashes. In 2015, for the first time, deaths from heroin alone surpassed gun homicides.
Again I ask, why are we a nation of addicts when we should be celebrating ALL that we have in the form of technology? Technology has given us all of our creature comforts. We don’t have to use a washboard to do our laundry like our grandmothers had to do. We don’t have to go out back and use the toilet like many of our folks in the south had to do. We don’t have to dry our clothing on the clothesline. We’ve got dryers for that. We’ve got microwaves so we don’t have to wait to eat. We’ve got mixers so we can beat that cake batter so much faster. We’ve got a device that will even open and close our window blinds for us. Look at all the gadgets we’ve got. Hell! Even our car can park itself and some can drive without us. And soon, kiosks are coming to fast food restaurants and so we don’t even have to bother with ordering our fast food from a person, we’ll just punch in on a screen what we want and voila, our order is complete. So why are we unhappy, pill popping, suicidal, stressed out and willing to be held hostage by malware? I’ll tell you why. This is not civilization. This is not paradise. This is us aiding and abetting in our own demise. This is what those who are behind the scenes had in store for us all the time.
We are a Social Security number, a credit score, a zip code, an insurance risk, a medical records number on a computer, but we are never, ever seen as human and so we don’t even think of each other as human and this is why we treat each other like shit. This is not civilization. This is a dystopian society; a society of human oppression, misery and disease. And we are all held hostage by the very devices we think we need in order to exist. We don’t need these things. These ‘things’ need us. Those who implement these ‘things’ and who control these ‘things’ need us. We don’t need them. We work because we think we need to and we are only prolonging our misery and our suffering and those who put this all into play are counting on us never realizing and waking up to the fact that we are aiding and abetting in assuring that our suffering and misery will continue until we either get so depressed, we take drugs or we just step up on a stool, put a rope around our necks and then step off that stool.
Why is money important? Who made money important? What do you think would happen if there was a hacker who could bring down our entire electric grid? Oh I’ve read articles telling us that ‘90% of us would be dead in no time flat’. That is just not true. Those of us who are alive today just cannot remember a time when there was no power grid to begin with. Did those people die? Did they all starve? If they did, we would not be here. Think about that. Our so-called creature comforts which are a direct result of an electric grid are what is standing between us and the simple things in life that were all we needed until we were told otherwise. We were told that we needed to buy a house and so get a mortgage. Go to the bank and hock yourself for 30 years and then work for someone to pay for that house because that was the American dream. And millions of us did just that. We were told that the horse and buggy was too slow. Now, you have an automobile and is it getting you where you want to go any faster? Those hours you spend sitting in traffic, a horse could have galloped by you multiple times. And you would not be choking on carbon dioxide fumes. The Amish don’t seem to mind getting around via horse and buggy or not having electricity and so then why are we willingly going along with this ‘Utopia’ which is anything but? Who is controlling us? Who is getting rich off us? Who made the barter system obsolete? Who got us hating one another since we feel we don’t need each other or that we can’t depend on each other like we used to do so many, many years ago?
You see, the so-called ‘elites’ are counting on us not waking up to the realization that money could be made redundant just as they would be if we no longer gave money any value. And to devalue money, to make money worthless is to quit buying and to not buy into the fallacy that without money, life would end. Life would actually begin without money. Think about it. Why have they made it illegal to live off-grid? Because by doing so, you are not giving money any value. You have devalued money. You’ve made it redundant. You’ve made those who’ve made money mean everything to us, redundant and so therefore, there would be no place for them, no use for them and no use for money. We would actually need each other, depend on each other which is what we used to do. The cops and the military are only there to protect the interests of the ‘elites’. They are there to serve them, not us. And you cannot see this?
I remember when I was growing up, there used to be what was called, ‘rent parties’. If someone did not have enough to pay their rent, folks in the neighborhood would host dinners and every mother would cook and offer plates of food to be sold at the ‘rent party’ and the money would be handed over to tide the person who lost their job over until they got back on their feet. Now, we use ‘GoFundMe’. But the thing about that is, could it be caught up in the next ‘ransomware’ attack and the money stolen by hackers? Again, just something to think about.
It is really sad when there is an epidemic of drug addicts and suicides. It is really sad when people have allowed themselves to be played for that ‘almighty dollar’. And the sad fact is that churches are part of the problem. If ‘Jesus’ could preach by the Sea of Galilee, then why the need for all of these palaces of worship? If Jesus had nothing but contempt for what he called, ‘the moneychangers’ and began to cast them out of the temple, what does that tell you about how Jesus felt about money? You cannot have it both ways; worship Jesus and money. You don’t worship, nor do you adhere to the teachings of Jesus because if you did, you would ‘leave your worldly goods behind and follow him’. But you’re hypocrites because you won’t do that. You are the ‘moneychangers’; the hypocrites that Jesus cast out of the temple. Money is not buying us happiness. Money is only buying us someone else’s illusion of ‘happiness’ and it’s not working for millions, if not billions of us. Think about it.
“What see I here? Shall my Father’s house be thus dishonored? Is this the house of God, or is it a market-place? How can the strangers who come from the land of the Gentiles to worship God perform their devotions in this tumult of usury? And you,” he continued, advancing a step toward the priests, who stared at him in amazement, “You priests, guardians of the temple, can you see this abomination and permit it to continue? Woe be unto you! He who searches the heart knows why you encourage such disorder. “Away with you from here, servants to Mammon! I command it. Take what belongs to you and quit the holy place!”
Although I am not religious because religion has been turned into whatever your preacher deems it is, I am sure that you can see your own church or house of worship in the above paragraph. And so what does that say for you? Think about it while you’re sitting in traffic choking on fumes and playing with your smartphone. Think about the fact that the reason why you won’t do anything about your situation other than become a drug addict or commit suicide is because we have been made soft and pliable and this is why despite all of our so-called creature comforts, we are the most depressed, drug addicted suicidal ‘people’ that never lived! And those who put this all into play are counting on our very acquiescence; our submission to the continued status quo and we will not disappoint them.
I remember a time when we liked someone,
we told them so to their face.
Nowadays, we ‘like’ someone on Facebook
since we will never, ever go over to their place.
I remember when children played outside
until the street lights came on.
Nowadays, the streets are empty
because our children have a smartphone.
I remember when you met the one you love
while squeezing fruit in a grocery store.
Nowadays, you sign up for a dating site
and wait to get a compatibility score.
I remember when there was no obesity epidemic
because healthy meals were cooked at home.
Nowadays, mom and dad are working late
and so the kids have come down with ‘McDonalds and Burger King syndrome’.
I remember when bicycles and hula hoops were all the rage
and children swam, played kickball and jumped rope.
Nowadays, our children are sexting and texting
and are missing or failing in school and on dope.
I remember when I did not have to be nostalgic for the good ole days
because the good ole days were the days I grew up in.
Nowadays, I look around and I cry and I don’t know who for,
for me or for those whose life is about to begin?
Shelby I. Courtland
©2017 Shelby I. Courtland
I cry for me! I take a look around and I can only shake my head and sigh over how far we have come the wrong way. Technology will be the death of us and we refuse to see it. This is why I don’t blog much anymore. I am out trying to ‘live’ as opposed to being caught up in this ‘virtual’ reality. For decades, I managed to live without smartphones, laptops, PCs, Wi-Fi hotspots, microwave ovens, Wii, HDTVs and the like and I was all the better for it. I lived simply and did not covet everything I saw and again, I was all the better for it. Our values, morals, decency and principles flew out the window, decades ago when we hardened our hearts and turned to spewing hate at each other through these devices that we think we can’t live without. I bet most of you cannot even turn your laptop or your smartphone off for 24 hours. You just can’t do it. What does that say for you? Not much, I’m afraid. Do you know how much of your life you’ve given over to these devices? You say, “I’m going to take a road trip and get away from it all!” And yet, what do you do, you film the whole thing as it’s happening and either live stream it or post the whole thing on Facebook and ask for ‘likes’. You’re the only one who needs to ‘like’ it. Can’t let go of these devices even when you claim you are stepping away from it all. How sad is that?
For those of you who were alive before the internet was ‘born’ and before smartphones became all the rage, did you feel that you were missing something? Did you take trips and do you have mementos of those trips? Sure you do and you waited until you got back, took the film to the store and had it developed and now it is in a family album. My mother has family albums full of pictures of all the things we did. And we managed to get pictures of ourselves without the need of a ‘selfie’ stick. Imagine that! We are all a bunch of sad ass wimps because we are nothing like the people who have mostly passed on. They were the lucky ones because they never had to see this foolishness; this utter stupidity that we relish and spread. And we have the nerve to think that we are more advanced when we have done nothing more than embrace our own demise. Tell me. How healthy are you? You can’t be all that healthy when all you do is sit somewhere facing a computer at work and at home and en route. No one was causing an accident because they were busy texting. Did you hear of the horrible bus/truck crash in Texas? The driver of the truck is reported to have been texting while driving and caused the death of thirteen innocent people coming from a church retreat. Like I said, so-called ‘technology’ will be the death of us and so it was for those thirteen innocent people killed on a Texas road. I was a victim of a texting driver and I am still suffering tremendously and all she got was a $150 fine for failure to drive with due care. What will this 20-year old get for killing thirteen innocent people? A bigger fine? He says he’s sorry. Yep! That’ll bring those folks back to life and give them back to their loved ones. For the love of!!!!!
HOUSTON (AP) — The driver of a pickup truck that collided with a church minibus in rural Texas, killing 13 people, apologized after the crash and acknowledged he had been texting while driving, a witness said Friday.
Jody Kuchler told The Associated Press he was driving behind the truck and had seen it moving erratically prior to the Wednesday collision on a two-lane road about 75 miles west of San Antonio, near the town of Concan. Kuchler said the truck had crossed the center line several times while he followed it.
“He said, ‘I’m sorry, I’m sorry. I was texting.’ I said, ‘Son, do you know what you just did?’ He said, ‘I’m sorry. I’m sorry,’” Kuchler recalled.
He’s sorry? We’re ALL sorry and getting sorrier by the minute!