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Protecting your privacy can be hard but you’d be a fool not to do it

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Blocking the 'Big Five' tech giants

Earlier this month, I read an interesting article on Gizmodo detailing a self-proclaimed “privacy pragmatist’s” week-long experiment to see if it’s possible to stay connected in today’s world without going through Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, or Microsoft; the unholy pentad of our tech-driven society. The writer, Kashmir Hill, spent five weeks with one of the five corporations being completely blocked each week. The sixth week was the grand finale of the experiment, which she spent with all five being blocked at once. And this didn’t just prevent her from using these company’s products either, it also prevented her from using third-party products that relied on any of the five corporation’s services to function properly. This meant things like Hulu, Netflix, and Spotify were out of the picture, as well as anything else that utilizes Amazon, Google, or Microsoft’s cloud computing services, which is a staggeringly large chunk of the Internet.

As I’m sure you can imagine, it wasn’t a pleasant experience.

Hill summed it up quite succinctly in the title of the article itself: “It Was Hell.” What used to be so easy it barely required thought became virtually impossible during the experiment, with long trial-and-error sessions being a regular occurrence that didn’t always end with a solution being found. The few alternative products she was able to utilize either offered a vastly inferior experience or required jumping through so many hoops that it was borderline comedic, and occasionally both. In many instances, her only course of action was to abandon digital products all together in favor of their physical counterparts, like paper books instead of Kindle and paper maps instead of Google Maps. Even communication became a chore because most email and messaging services are either operated by or rely on one of the five corporations.

The Painful Truth of Trying to Protect Your Privacy

I actually empathize with Hill’s struggle quite a bit. While I’m too much of a tech enthusiast to live the “digital vegan” lifestyle and too reliant on companies like Google and Microsoft for work to live out Hill’s experiment, I’m still an intensely private person who doesn’t want corporations and governments spying on them. I used to go to some ridiculous lengths to protect my privacy, to the point where a significant portion of my day was spent dealing with the countless inconveniences that come with living as strict a privacy-aware lifestyle as I was. Not a week went by without me having to find a cumbersome workaround so that I could perform a basic action like get a ride through Lyft or watch HBO Go. It was tedious as all hell.

I finally started to take it down a few notches when I accepted the fact that there’s nothing I can do, short of forgoing the use of technology entirely, that will truly protect me, and that most of my effort is superfluous. All the effort in the world to protect my privacy means nothing when I just invalidate it by having a Google account or using a smartphone or any of the other inherently anti-privacy things I do. I wouldn’t say my efforts were little more than placebos, but without going all the way with protecting my privacy, I still wasn’t nearly as private as I needed to be to justify my sacrifices I was making.

If most people are at the bottom of the deep end of the pool, completely submerged in that hyper-connected world where privacy is impossible, I was in the middle of the pool standing on my tippy toes and just barely keeping my head above water. I’m still in roughly that same position now, but I’m expending significantly less effort to be there. I’ve found a sort of privacy/technology equilibrium that, while certainly not ideal, is about as comfortable a balance as I can achieve with the state the technology world is currently in. It’s frustrating, even infuriating, but I’ll take what I can get at this point and just pray that things improve with time.

The Path to True Privacy Will be Hard, but Worth the Effort

I don’t tell you all this to discourage you from taking steps to protect your own privacy; quite the opposite, in fact. Barely being able to keep my head above water isn’t an excuse to give up and sink to the bottom, it’s a sign that I need to try harder to stay afloat and, maybe some day, get out of the pool entirely. That doesn’t mean I hope to one day forgo the use of connected technology, it means that I want to help create a world where I can enjoy the innumerable benefits of such technology without having to sacrifice my privacy.

That world is well within our reach, we just need to prove to our democratic government that we won’t tolerate our privacy being taken away from us. We can do this by supporting organizations that fight for our Fourth Amendment rights in the Digital Age, like the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and stop supporting politicians who try to infringe on those rights. As for tech companies, we need to signal to the free market that there’s a massive demand for privacy-friendly alternatives to the products offered by tech companies like Facebook and Google. We can do this by supporting the companies that already do this, like DuckDuckGo and ProtonMail or, better yet, create products of our own that meet that demand.

The Other Benefits of Protecting Your Privacy

Living a more privacy-aware lifestyle also has far more benefits to it than you’d think. For starters, many of the measures you should take to protect your privacy also protect your security. The time we live in is essentially the Golden Age of Hacking with countless of Americans being victims of cybercrime each year and massive data breaches being almost commonplace. What’s worse is that many of these attacks are being conducted by state-sponsored organizations working for our enemies. These enemies, mainly China and Russia, are themselves investing heavily into their cyberwarfare capabilities in order to prepare for a potential cyberwar in the future that we might not be able to win. By shielding your personal information from the prying eyes of corporations and governments, you’re also shielding it from hackers and other malicious entities.

If you’re even remotely concerned about your privacy and security online, and you’d be a fool not be, you need to get yourself a good VPN. There are countless products and services I could recommend to protect yourself online but if I only had to choose one, it would be a VPN. I’ve used IPVanish, NordVPN, and Private Internet Access in the past, and while all of them are excellent, I eventually settled on ExpressVPN as my go-to service. It doesn’t log your traffic and isn’t based in the United States, both of which are essential if you’re worried about government surveillance, and it’s torrent-friendly, which is important if you’re an inveterate and unabashed pirate like myself. I love their service enough that I personally sought them out as a potential partner, to which they agreed. I’m happy to say that you can now protect your privacy and security online while also supporting NOQ Report by using this link to purchase an ExpressVPN subscription. Seriously, browsing the Internet in today’s world without a VPN is like walking through a dirty crack house with no clothes or shoes.

A properly configured Firefox browser also goes a long way to not just making your web browsing more private and secure, but removing so much of the bloat from websites that you may not even know is there until it’s gone. The web is so much cleaner and faster with a properly configured browser that I can’t fathom returning to the vanilla web browsing experience. And yes, I do recognize the irony of blocking advertisements and trackers on websites, which serve as their main source of revenue, when I myself work for a website that’s barely able to operate month-to-month with its meager revenue. However, it was our distaste for advertisements and trackers in general that, in large part, motivated JD and I to remove them from NOQ Report in favor of just affiliate programs and user donations (please donate).

You see, even though you can’t be 100% free from data collection and spying while connected, there are still plenty of benefits to living a privacy-aware lifestyle. I genuinely believe that you would have to be a fool not to take at least some measures to protect yourself, like using a VPN, and even a fairly small step forward like that can improve your digital well-being immensely. And if enough people stop being so passive when it comes to corporations and governments spying on us or refusing to take cybersecurity as seriously as they should, we may be able to prevent the digital dystopia that our country is currently sprinting towards.

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Evidence points to some dinosaurs living beyond the extinction event

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Evidence points to some dinosaurs living beyond the extinction event

It is, for all practical purposes, nearly impossible for the vast majority of people who have received a modern education to even consider the possibility that dinosaurs are not as old as we have been told. It’s a topic that I’ve avoided because the presuppositions are so powerful among the general population.

Today, I decided to tackle the topic with one purpose: to start a discussion with those who have an open mind. I’m well aware that most minds will be closed and there will be much more sarcasm than discourse, but ridicule from the indoctrinated masses is a small price to pay if just one person can hear this and decide to dig deeper into science and the Bible to have the truth revealed.

It’s been instilled in our minds as common knowledge that the dinosaurs died off 65 million years ago in the Cretaceous-Tertiary extinction event with the most prevalent alleged culprit being the impact of a comet or asteroid at Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. For the most part, anything that’s considered common knowledge can be sustained without anyone questioning the assumptions. For example, it was common knowledge based upon what was easily observable that the sun, moon, and stars revolved around the earth. That was finally debunked, of course, but scientific debate on the model of our solar system continued until the early 20th century.

A more recent example of common knowledge being wrong is the idea that acid caused by bad diet or stress is what causes ulcers. In 2005, Barry Marshall and Robin Warren won the Nobel Prize for Medicine by demonstrating that the vast majority of ulcers were caused by an infection of the bacterium H. pylori.

Now is not the time to debate young earth versus ancient earth, but it’s becoming increasingly clear that dinosaurs were around in the time of man. Even a brave segment of the secular scientist world has started questioning whether the extinction event killed off all of them based upon mounting evidence. There was even a formerly prominent professor who learned the hard way that bringing forth compelling scientific evidence of dinosaurs walking with men can earn people a quick entry onto the black list.

Over the centuries, intellectuals have had a difficult time having their worldviews shattered. The funny thing is that the existence of modern era dinosaurs doesn’t change much. It could mean that small pockets of the world were protected from the extinction event. One would not have to make huge adjustments to their worldview if this were the case which is why it’s so perplexing that they won’t even explore the possibility. It’s reminiscent of the persecution that Galileo received, only this time it’s not at the hand of the Christian church but rather at the hands of the church of science.

I want to go much deeper on the issue of why there seems to be reluctance at best and a systematic coverup at worst, but we’ll have to explore that on a future video. For now, I’d like to turn to a video we watched that gives a pretty interesting perspective. While I don’t agree with all of the conclusions or evidence, there’s enough good to make it appropriate for sharing.

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Turkish President Erdoğan says Christchurch was not an individual act but rather an organized part of a wider attack on Turkey

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Turkish President Erdoğan says Christchurch was not an individual act but rather an organized part of a wider attack on Turkey

See also previous NOQ Report articles:

Aotearoa, The Land of the Long White Cloud, needs to step back and look at Christchurch objectively

Was Christchurch a lone gunman or a conspiracy?

Today Radio New Zealand published an article entitled, “Erdoğan says attackers targeting Turkey will go home ‘in caskets’“.

Following are pertinent excerpts:

“President Tayyip Erdoğan on Monday described a mass shooting which killed 50 people at two New Zealand mosques as part of a wider attack on Turkey and threatened to send back ‘in caskets’ anyone who tried to take the battle to Istanbul.”

“‘They are testing us from 16,500km away, from New Zealand, with the messages they are giving from there. This isn’t an individual act, this is organised,’ he said.”

The Turkish tyrant, in reference to the “1915 Gallipoli campaign, when Ottoman soldiers defeated British-led forces including Australian and New Zealand troops trying to seize the peninsula, a gateway to Istanbul,” told today’s citizens of New Zealand and Australia: “Your grandparents came here … and they returned in caskets.”

“He has said the gunman issued threats against Turkey and the president, and wanted to drive Turks from Turkey’s northwestern, European region.”

“‘You will not turn Istanbul into Constantinople,’ he added, referring to the city’s name under its Christian Byzantine rulers before it was conquered by Muslim Ottomans in 1453.”

The RNZ article confirms that Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was in Christchurch and visited Turkish citizens wounded in the attack.

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is no friend of New Zealand, Australia or the United States of America. As former Prime Minister and current President of Turkey, he has transformed his NATO-member country from a staunch ally into an ideological, political and military adversary of western nations, Israel and Christians throughout the Middle East.

Erdoğan’s delusions of grandeur revolve around restoring the Ottoman Empire as a new Islamic Caliphate and enthroning himself as new Caliph. That is the only reason he ever opposed ISIS as it was a competitor for control of the Sunni Dar ul-Islam.

The Christchurch gunman is obviously a very conflicted man with many competing concepts and objectives. We will not reward his evil bloodshed by recognizing him by name here.

The perpetrator could have been manipulated by those with motives different from his own. That’s why the report about the suspicions of Turkish intelligence is so significant.

See previous RNZ article:

Turkish intelligence investigating Christchurch accused – report

There are factions in Turkey who oppose Erdoğan for reasons of their own, altruism not being among them. Consider a young uneducated Aussie traveling throughout the world seeking to define himself and to find a cause to champion.

In Turkey and the Balkans, he learns about the Ottoman Empire and the assault of Islam on Europe centuries ago. He comes in contact with elements in Turkey that see a conduit through which they can accomplish their own different objectives.

The young fellow from Grafton, New South Wales believes an armed assault on Muslims during Friday prayers in a city named Christchurch across the Tasman Sea in New Zealand will further his own concepts of white supremacy and that it will suppress Muslim immigration. But elements in Turkey see this as a way to instantly change the narrative and remove the focus on Islamic Jihad as a world threat, substituting a mad rush of useful idiots in western governments to come to the aid of Muslim victims of religious bigotry.

Today, a 37-year-old Turkish male killed three and wounded five on a tram in Utrecht, Netherlands. Europe is under siege. Alas, this is far more common in the world than the anomaly in Christchurch! But politicians will continue to beat their breasts and say we ♡ diversity. Diversity and open borders are who we are. Welcoming the unvetted world is our raison d’être.

We’ll conclude today with an urgent reminder:

There is reason for New Zealand authorities to put your political correctness aside and mount serious international investigations of the Christchurch gunman’s potential handlers in Turkey. Censorship and gun grabs in NZ will not keep you safe if this was orchestrated abroad.

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Liz Wheeler: Why don’t Democrats push for population control to save the planet?

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Liz Wheeler Why dont Democrats push for population control to save the planet

One America News Network’s Liz Wheeler has been featured many times on this site. She uses her wit and intellect to cut through the talking points and straight to the heart of a matter. Tonight, she went after the climate change narrative by wondering why Democrats aren’t going after the biggest threat to the environment: humans.

To some extent, her question is actually realistic even though it’s posed in a veil of sarcasm. Abortion is the obvious example of Democrats embracing a form of population control. There actually may be others being discussed behind the scenes, not necessarily by Democratic politicians but by radicals in the real seats of power. After all, killing off SUVs and banning cows wouldn’t have nearly the impact on the environment as reducing the carbon footprint cause by humans by reducing the number of humans in the world.

It’s fodder for some spy novel or the latest Avengers flick, but it’s not entirely unthinkable.

The reason it would never happen, though, has nothing to do with the moral compass of leftists or the altruistic nature of progressives. Their hypocrisy is well understood. The actual reason population control isn’t really on the table is because the powers and principalities, the rulers of the darkness of the earth, get very little benefit from killing people. Their benefit comes through oppressing people, which means the more the merrier.

Wheeler may have been facetious in her questions, but the idea has definitely been discussed by the elites in the past and possibly in the present. Fear not, though. The bad guys would rather have more to oppress than less.

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