Tuesday, September 20, 2016

A View From Space with Gary Bell the Spaceman, September 17, 2016



TOPICS:  Hillary and Bill Clinton, bloodline, sex, drugs, murder, corruption, Chelsea bombings, Vince Foster, Monica Lewinsky, etc.
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Saturday, September 17, 2016

World Famous Exorcist Father Gabriele Amorth Dies at 91


The renowned exorcist, Pauline Father Gabriele Amorth, has died at the age of 91.

A priest of the diocese of Rome, Father Amorth was admitted to hospital a few weeks ago suffering from pulmonary complications, according to Italian media reports.

His death was announced by the San Paolo group which has published many of his books.

Born in Modena on May 1, 1925, Gabriele Amorth entered the Pauline congregation in Alba in 1947, five years after meeting its founder, Blessed Giacomo Alberione.  Ordained in 1951, he was appointed exorcist of the diocese of Rome in 1985 by Cardinal Ugo Poletti.

Often sought out by media around the world for his views on exorcism and understanding the struggle against evil, Father Amorth once confirmed to the Register that he thought Hitler and Stalin were “certainly” possessed by the devil, but denied that that fact removed their own personal responsibility for their actions.

They followed “the promptings of the devil and they have done so willingly,” Father Amorth said in a 2006 interview. “Therefore they are guilty, completely responsible.”

When asked if there were any leaders today who could be similarly possessed, the exorcist said there are “many who listen to the temptations of Satan and follow him.” Because of that, he said, “the world goes bad.” Instead of leading others “towards peace and well-being, the world moves towards war and unease,” he said.

Last year, at a conference in Rome, he said “ISIS is Satan” in reference to the so-called Islamic State which has been brutally murdering Christians and other minorities in the Middle East in an effort to create a worldwide caliphate. Members of the terrorist group have since been trying to spread their atrocities to the West.

Father Amorth said at the time only two spiritual realms exist, “the Holy Spirit and the demonic spirit,” and that the demonic enters in “because evil is disguised in various ways: political, religious, cultural.” The demonic spirit has one source of inspiration: “the devil”, and as a Christian, he said he fights “the beast spiritually.”

He noted that the political world, “which today seems to lack a response in face of the massacre of Christians, will also have to fight ISIS and it will do it in a different way. If it advances as it seems to be doing, we ask ourselves what has the West done over the course of the last decades.”

In one of his last interviews published at the end of last year, Father Amorth told the magazine FaithfulInsight that “today the world does not turn from God because it is idolatrous; rather it pursues pure atheism, so as to put science on the altar.” But by turning away from the Lord, he said its breakthroughs “are put to disastrous use” and that without the Lord, “progress too is misused.” 

“We see it in laws that go totally against nature such as divorce, abortion, 'gay marriage',” he said. “We have forgotten God! Therefore, God will soon admonish humanity in a very powerful manner, He knows how to remind us of His presence.”

A firm believer that the Pope still needs to consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart, as requested by the Blessed Virgin, in order to usher in a period of world peace, Father Amorth underlined in the same interview the importance of the family.

“Divorce has been a disaster; abortion has been a disaster,” he said. “Each year 50 million children are murdered by abortion. And euthanasia, the broken family, cohabitation ... It is all destruction!”

“The Lord gave us sex for a purpose,” he said. “One thing is sexual fun; another is love. Today there is much talk of love, but there truly is none! Precisely in Fatima did Our Lady say to the young, seven-year old, Jacinta: ‘the sin that brings the most souls to hell is the impure sin,’ the sin of the flesh. She said this to a young girl, who did not even know what it was! We must listen to that which Our Lady says.”

By 2015, Father Amorth had performed over 70,000 exorcisms over 29 years, often repeating the rite on the same persons. In 1990, he founded the International Association of Exorcists and was president until he retired, in 2000. On Sept. 8 this year, he was awarded the "Medal of Liberation" by the prefect of Rome, in the presence of Italy’s Minister of Defense, for the “important role” he played in the partisan struggle against the Nazis in 1943.

As well as an exorcist, Father Amorth also held several positions in the Society of St. Paul, including forming young religious, and serving as a teacher, spiritual director, and journalist. For many years, he was director of Madre di Dio, an Italian monthly, and a longtime contributor to another Italian Catholic monthly, Famiglia Cristiana. He also published a number of books on subjects that included exorcism, good and evil, the power of the media, freemasonry and sects.
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Beware the Useful Idiots: Government Controlling the People - Saul Alinsky



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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Americans' Trust in Mass Media Sinks to New Low: Distrust of MSM Main Stream Media

  • 32% say they have "a great deal" or "a fair amount" of trust
  • 14% of Republicans express trust, down from 32% last year
  • Confidence drops among younger and older Americans
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Americans' trust and confidence in the mass media "to report the news fully, accurately and fairly" has dropped to its lowest level in Gallup polling history, with 32% saying they have a great deal or fair amount of trust in the media. This is down eight percentage points from last year.
Americans' Trust in the Mass Media
Gallup began asking this question in 1972, and on a yearly basis since 1997. Over the history of the entire trend, Americans' trust and confidence hit its highest point in 1976, at 72%, in the wake of widely lauded examples of investigative journalism regarding Vietnam and the Watergate scandal. After staying in the low to mid-50s through the late 1990s and into the early years of the new century, Americans' trust in the media has fallen slowly and steadily. It has consistently been below a majority level since 2007.

Republicans Fuel Drop in Media Trust
While it is clear Americans' trust in the media has been eroding over time, the election campaign may be the reason that it has fallen so sharply this year. With many Republican leaders and conservative pundits saying Hillary Clinton has received overly positive media attention, while Donald Trump has been receiving unfair or negative attention, this may be the prime reason their relatively low trust in the media has evaporated even more. It is also possible that Republicans think less of the media as a result of Trump's sharp criticisms of the press. Republicans who say they have trust in the media has plummeted to 14% from 32% a year ago. This is easily the lowest confidence among Republicans in 20 years.
Trust in Mass Media, by Party
Democrats' and independents' trust in the media has declined only marginally, with 51% of Democrats (compared with 55% last year) and 30% of independents (versus 33% last year) expressing trust. Over the past 20 years, Democrats have generally expressed more trust than Republicans in the media, although in 2000, the two parties were most closely aligned, with 53% of Democrats and 47% of Republicans professing trust.

Trust in Mass Media Falls Across Age Groups
Older Americans are more likely than younger Americans to say they trust the media, but trust has declined among both age groups this year. Currently, 26% of those aged 18 to 49 (down from 36% last year) and 38% of those aged 50 and older (down from 45%) say they have a great deal or fair amount of trust in the media.
Trust in Mass Media, by Age
In 2001, younger Americans (55%) were more likely than older Americans (50%) to express trust and confidence in mass media. This gap emerged again in 2005 when 53% of 18- to 49-year-olds had trust and 45% of those 50 and older expressed the same sentiment. Yet in the past decade, older Americans have mostly had more confidence than younger Americans, and this year, the gap between these age groups is 12 points. And 2016 marks the first time that confidence among older Americans has dropped below 40% in polling since 2001.

Bottom Line
The divisive presidential election this year may be corroding Americans' trust and confidence in the media, particularly among Republicans who may believe the "mainstream media" are too hyperfocused on every controversial statement or policy proposal from Trump while devoting far less attention to controversies surrounding the Clinton campaign. However, the slide in media trust has been happening for the past decade. Before 2004, it was common for a majority of Americans to profess at least some trust in the mass media, but since then, less than half of Americans feel that way. Now, only about a third of the U.S. has any trust in the Fourth Estate, a stunning development for an institution designed to inform the public.

With the explosion of the mass media in recent years, especially the prevalence of blogs, vlogs and social media, perhaps Americans decry lower standards for journalism. When opinion-driven writing becomes something like the norm, Americans may be wary of placing trust on the work of media institutions that have less rigorous reporting criteria than in the past. On the other hand, as blogs and social media "mature," they may improve in the American public's eyes. This could, in turn, elevate Americans' trust and confidence in the mass media as a whole.
Historical data are available in Gallup Analytics.

Survey Methods
Results for this Gallup poll are based on telephone interviews conducted Sept. 7-11, 2016, with a random sample of 1,020 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. For results based on the total sample of national adults, the margin of sampling error is ±4 percentage points at the 95% confidence level. All reported margins of sampling error include computed design effects for weighting.

Each sample of national adults includes a minimum quota of 60% cellphone respondents and 40% landline respondents, with additional minimum quotas by time zone within region. Landline and cellular telephone numbers are selected using random-digit-dial methods.
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Thursday, September 8, 2016

How George Soros Is Destroying the US and Europe, Islamic Migration, Refugees

The Deculturalization of the West

immigrants are soldiers

Europe has been overrun by Muslim migrants. Where are the women and children? In a supposed exodus from a war torn area, one would think that the historical precedent, of refugees primarily consisting of women and children would be the norm. However, we know that nothing could be further from the truth.

Clashes in Sweden between Muslim immigrants and the police have overwhelmed the authorities. There have been riots and major mass killings in France by Muslim immigrants. Rape of German women by Muslim immigrants is quickly becoming the number one crime. The Germans are in a near state of panic in relation to the violence brought to their country by Muslim immigrants. In short, Europe is on fire and there is no end in sight for the discord that is spreading like wildfire across Europe.

Merkel has boasted that Germany will accept up to a million Muslim immigrants and the people of Germany are in the streets. Already, the majority culture is having its culture striped away as German school girls have been told to “cover up” so they do not offend their new Muslim neighbors.

Pamela Geller is reporting “A shocking German document dated August 18th from a refugee center in Hessen (Germany) sounds the alarm about Muslim immigrants raping the women AND children. They clearly state that it is not incidental: it happens a lot. Women don’t dare go to the bathroom at night and sleep in their day clothes.

According to the document, referenced by Geller,  women are “assigned a subordinate role” andunaccompanied females are treated as  “fair game.” Many of these women, according to the document, are fleeing “forced marriage” and/or “female genital mutilation.”
“The consequences are numerous rapes and sexual assaults. Increasingly is also reports of forced prostitution…
Women report that they, as well as children,  have been raped or sexual assaulted are exposed”.

America Is the Next Target and the Invasion is Already Happening

Despite the attacks in Paris, this is what Obama is importing to America. Where is it written that America must admit immigrants from nations identified by the United Nations? Yet, that is where Obama is taking his marching orders from. Why? Please take note of the following:
Despite the attacks in Paris, this is what Obama is importing to America. Where is it written that America must admit immigrants from nations identified by the United Nations? Yet, that is where Obama is taking his marching orders from. Why? 

We live in a country whose President will not participate in the National Day of Prayer. Instead, he prays with Muslims. Various displays of Christian artifacts are now banned by the military, but not so for other religions. This administration has elevated the status of one religion over another. One lifestyle over another, one sexual preference over another and in every case, it is the fundamental Christian beliefs that are being “nudged” out of the way for more radical religious approaches. For example, in Fort Collins, CO, Rocky Mountain High School Principal, Tom Lopez, has his students reciting “In Allah we Trust” when saying the Pledge of Allegiance. In Colorado Springs at Pine Creek High School, Principal Kolette Back, has banned any mention of Jesus or Christianity by students, even in their free time. We have become a country turned upside down.

Rocky Mountain High School students, under orders from Principal, Tom Lopez, recite the pledge as "One Nation Under Allah".

Teaching the appreciation of other cultures is one thing. But the forced participation in one religion over another is inappropriate and illegal under any circumstances.

The Islamization of our children is not confined to Colorado. As previously mentioned, Michigan has become a hotbed for extremist Muslim demands in which public schools with taxpayer money are being coerced, in the name of Sharia Law to force Non-Muslims to capitulate and practice Muslim traditions. For example, in Michigan, several high school girls were forced to wear hijabs in school for a class lesson to “explore religion and identity.” The students were not give a choice. Also in Michigan, a privately funded Christian College established a prayer room for Muslims. WHERE ARE THE CHRISTIAN MEN OF COURAGE WHO HAVE THE GUTS TO SAY “NO” TO THE UNDERMINING OF THEIR CHRISTIAN FAITH FUNDED AT PRIVATE CHRISTIAN INSTITUTIONS WITH MONEY DONATED BY CHRISTIANS? CAN YOU IMAGINE THE OUTCRY IF THESE CIRCUMSTANCES WERE REVERSED. 

If that is not enough, in Minnesota, at a privately funded Catholic university, the school administration installed mini-mosques and Islamic footbaths for Muslims. In May of 2010, middle school students from Wellesley, Massachusetts, a public middle school, embarked on a brainwashing field trip to the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural CenterThis facility is funded by the Saudis and is run by the Muslim American Society of Boston. It just so happens that this mosque is  where the Boston Marathon jihad murderers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev  worshiped. While on the field trip, the students were separated by gender, in accordance with Islamic practice, and the boys were asked to join the Muslim adults in their prayer. Several of the public school boys took part.

In a statement of amazing historical revisionism, President Obama issued a White House Statement in which he praised Muslims for “forming and building the very fabric of our nation and strengthening the core of our democracy.” I did not know that George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams were Muslims. Shouldn’t then the inscription on our money read “In Allah we trust”? If Obama would have stopped at saying, that many people of Islamic faith have made great contributions to our country, his statement would not have garnered the kind of attention that his statement received. However, to suggest, in any form, that Muslims and their ideology formed America is ludicrous and represents the worst brand of historical revisionism. Yet, there are public schools who are practicing the same historical revisionism.

This outrageous brand of historical revisionism is beginning to show up in American textbooks with regard to Islamic history and practice. In a February 2012 study by “Citizens for National Security” about Muslim Biased textbooks in Florida, four are published by Pearson. Act for America conducted a 2011 study of Muslim-biased textbooks in America and concluded that Pearson published 13 titles where significant Muslim Bias was uncovered. At the time of the stake, Qaddafi was leader in Libya, and promoted his radical brand of Islam. The Arab world, and the Muslim Brotherhood have shown great interest in using education in the United States to indoctrinate American students about Islam. This publication reviewed Pearson’s 2013 World History, a high school level textbook, as an example of strident Islamic Bias.According to Stanley Kurtz in the National Review the Saudis have made strong gains in penetrating American schools“.

This is how it started in Europe and America is falling into the same trap. Newly leaked documents called the OSF has linked George Soros as the mastermind of this entire process according to  TeaParty.org and Alex Jones.  This invasion is by design. Did you know that UPS is secretly flying in Muslim immigrants into the United States at night in order to obscure the number coming into our country?

There is a reason that the Founding Fathers called for a separation of Church and State.

There is one name that lies at the epicenter of this invasion and deculturalization of the West. The name is George Soros.

George Soros: The Great Disruptor

Soros has a pattern that is all too familiar. His repetitive strategy is to form a group for a specific stet of tasks. These tasks can consist of agitation which leads to the fermentation of race riots, religious uprisings, currency debasements and political upheaval. This former Nazi collaborator has never accomplished anything positive in his life. He has based his entire existence on death and destruction.

Soros Newest Revolutionary Group

Aware Americans already know about the radical revolutionaries from Moveon.org,, Acorn and Black Lives Matter. A recent hack of Soros emails reveals information about another radical leftist group called Demos. Similar to every other group that Soros has started:
1) “To implement UN Agenda 21 and Agenda 2030, which seeks to eradicate National sovereignty to the United Nations in favor of a globally controlled centralized government,which includes the diaphanous agenda of climate change; and
2) The complete globalization of America’s culture in order to balkanize and effectively destroy the very nature of what American culture is, as they are now also doing, throughout Europe, in deleting European culture.
Is Soros being successful in destroying the West?

Soros Has Help In the Destruction of the Western Democracies

Many have asked if there was another central figure who coordinated this conspiracy in addition to George Soros. Yes, he has help and the helper’s name is Peter Sutherland. If I were an unencumbered investigator and not operating under the umbrella of an agenda, I would want to look closely at a globalist named Peter Sutherland as the possible mastermind. But you see, Sutherland is not just the architect of the Gulf Oil Spill, as you will soon note, he will be behind what is coming with the United Nations take down of the United States.

Peter Sutherland
Peter Sutherland an insider's insider. Head of the UN Migration Council. He will soon be your next landlord.
Peter Sutherland an insider’s insider. Head of the UN Migration Council. He will soon be your next landlord.

Peter Sutherland is an insider’s, insider.  He is on the steering committee of the Bilderberg Group, he is an Honorary Chairman of the Trilateral Commission (2010-present), he was Chairman of the Trilateral Commission (Europe) (2001–2010) and Sutherland was Vice Chairman of the European Round Table of Industrialists (2006–2009). Sutherland was also the former head of the World Trade Organization and the related GATT. Sutherland is the ultimate insider. More to the point of this article, Peter Sutherland is the head of the UN Migration Council. This means that this elite insider will ultimately determine who will live where and under what conditions.

Antonio Guterres is the head of the UNHCR.
Peter Sutherland’s lackey in the United States is named Antonio Guterres and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. His job is the deculturalization of European nations and the United States.

Antonio Guterres is the head of the UNHCR and he is responsible for sending the first 9,000 Muslims from anti-America Syria to Boise and Twin Falls, Idaho. He is in the midst of sending tens of thousands. This man and his organization is your enemy!
Here are their American accomplices. They should be impeached and tried for treason!

Secretary of State, John Kerry and Anne C. Richards are the UN's accomplices in these devastating immigration policies.

Is this why we are seeing with ever-greater frequency these kinds of scenes inside of the United States? Sutherland would be in charge of moving large populations should a series of false flag terrorist events come to America necessitating evacuation.


The Chain of Command

Here is Soros choice for President. He will see her elected at any cost. In effect, Soros Will be the next president of the Unted States
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From George Soros to Peter Sutherland to Antonio Guterres to Obama to John Kerry. This is the chain of command that is attacking the national sovereignty of the United States. Now, Soros is in love with and supports Hillary Clinton without reservation. Therefore, who should any American vote for who would like to see the continuation of the United States?

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Saturday, August 27, 2016

The EpiPen Scandal Is Worse Than You Think: What You’re Not Being Told

The EpiPen is a useful device for individuals who suffer from severe allergies. So when news broke that Mylan, the sole maker of the autoinjector “pens” in America, had hiked the prices of its products from $57 each in 2007 to $600 for a package of two in 2016, news outlets had a field day.
Promptly after, politicians seized the opportunity to bank on this crisis by promising to “do something.”

Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton urged Mylan to voluntarily slash the prices of its products while promising that, once she’s elected, her plan to address exorbitant drug price hikes like these” will be finally implemented. This is a particularly empty promise considering Mylan has donated between $100,000 and $250,000 to the Clinton Foundation, which was recently revealed to be peddling influence in exchange for cash.

Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) are also pressuring the manufacturer to disclose more about its pricing. Even Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) — whose own daughter, Heather Bresch, serves as Mylan’s CEO — weighed in, claiming he, too, shares his colleagues’ “concerns about the skyrocketing prices of prescription drugs.”

But none of what these politicians are saying rings true to anyone who’s paying attention. Here’s why.

The Monopolistic Origins of the EpiPen

The autoinjector known as the EpiPen provides injections of epinephrine in cases of serious or even life-threatening allergy attacks. It is derived from another product known as the Mark I NAAK ComboPen, a device created for a monopoly: the U.S. military.

The device was designed by Sheldon Kaplan for Survival Technology, Inc., a company with a long history of working with the Pentagon. Once the ComboPen was created, it was sent to the U.S. military to treat soldiers who had been exposed to nerve agents.

In 2007, Mylan “purchased the generic drugs division of Germany’s Merck KGaA for $6.7 billion,” acquiring the EpiPen brand of autoinjectors. Under Merck, the devices cost $7 each, which resulted in just $200 million in gains each year, a mere 5 percent of Merck’s revenue at the time.

But Bresch saw potential in this simple plastic device and focused on how to make the newly purchased brand something that could be widely used. For her dream to come true, she needed the assistance of experts in the monopoly business. That’s when she turned to the U.S. government for help.

The FDA, Washington, and Crony Capitalism Are All to Blame

Though the EpiPen is not covered by patent protection, Bresch’s close relationship with Washington may have helped her company ensure competition wasn’t an issue.

In an article for the Mises Institute, Jonathan Newman writes that “Mylan has been repeatedly protected from competition, and it has repeatedly (and predictably) increased the price of EpiPens in response.”

According to Bloomberg, Mylan has been aggressive in its approach to regulators.

For the past seven years, Bresch has been “[turning] to Washington for help. Along with patient groups, Mylan pushed for federal legislation encouraging states to stock epinephrine devices in schools.”

In 2010, when the FDA launched new federal guidelines related to epinephrine prescriptions, Mylan stopped selling single pens, switching to twin-packs. Bloomberg reports that, at the time, “35 percent of prescriptions were for single EpiPens,” but as the new rules were implemented, Mylan “changed label rules to allow the devices to be marketed to anyone at risk.” While the guidelines targeted persons who had severe allergic reactions only, Bresch saw the rule changes as “big events that we’ve started to capitalize on,” she said in October of 2011.

After a seven-year-old died due to an allergic reaction to peanuts at a Virginia school, Congress passed a law pressuring states to ensure its schools had epinephrine devices on hand at all times. The year this bill passed, Mylan spent over $1 million in lobbying alone. Now, Bloomberg reports, “47 states require or encourage schools to stock the devices.”

As part of the EpiPen popularization plan, Mylan started handing out “free EpiPens to more than 59,000 schools” in 2012. In 2014, the company allegedly spent $35 million on TV ads, and in 2015, Mylan signed a deal with Walt Disney, stocking theme parks and cruise ships with the devices. Between 2012 and 2015, the company also spent over $6 million in lobbying.

Over the past seven years, Bresch’s persistence and power-driven attitude helped the company spread the EpiPen far and wide, causing its use to grow 67 percent in the United States. EpiPen prescriptions are now so common that pediatric allergist Robert Wood from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine says EpiPen is the new “Kleenex.”

But making the EpiPen so popular wasn’t an easy task, mostly because Mylan finally bumped into some competition along the way.

Competition Drives Prices Down — And Mylan Wasn’t Down with That

In 2009, Pfizer Inc., the world’s biggest drugmaker, and Mylan sued Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. over a patent-infringement. At the time, the Israeli company was accused of using Mylan’s design without permission. But in 2012, both parties reached an agreement, and Teva was allowed to seek approval from the FDA for its epinephrine injecting device.

According to Gizmodo, Teva has failed to obtain approval from the FDA to develop affordable generic versions of the EpiPen. The company says it won’t try to go through the same process again until 2017.

The only other device that was closer to competing with Mylan’s EpiPen was Auvi-Q, and it was also driven out of the market. In 2015, the company launched a recall campaign claiming the devices could be delivering faulty dosages.

Epinephrine is extremely cheap,” reported Jonathan Newman. In order to understand why Mylan was able to raise the prices of EpiPen, we mustn’t look at the device or drug. We also cannot blame the markets for this issue. Instead, we must look at how Mylan keeps competition at bay.

In a free market scenario, “[a] firm cannot just willy-nilly raise their prices without a competing firm leaping in to give consumers what they want at a lower price,” Newman explains. But in the real world, “Mylan has a great friend who keeps would-be competitors out of the market, or at least makes it so difficult for them that they eventually go out of business.” Mylan’s friend, in this case, is the FDA — a government agency.

Without the ability to pay corporations any favors, Washington power players would not be passing resolutions and pieces of legislation that benefit Mylan. In order to understand why Mylan’s monopoly over the EpiPen has driven the prices up, we must look at the system at hand.
The current environment favors this influence game played by both government officials and corporate drones, but ultimately, the consumer pays the price for their follies. And that’s why few members of the mainstream media are taking the time to explain this relationship. Mostly because, they too, are involved in this systemic influence scheme.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

98 Facts and Secrets Facebook Knows about YOU

WHO knows the most about you?

You might say it’s your partner or perhaps your mom, assuming you’ve had the sort of tame life a parent would find acceptable.

But you’d be wrong, because tech companies now have more information about you than almost anyone else.

The firm with the largest information stash is likely to be Google, which could theoretically tell an awful lot about your life based on your search history.

Facebook has a staggering amount of info about its users

But coming in at second place has to be Facebook, the social network which holds gazillions of our photos, conversations and innermost thoughts.

Now Mark Zuckerberg’s firm has revealed the 98 “data points” it holds on all users, which can be found in a new website revealing how it targets users with advertising.

“We want the ads people see on Facebook to be interesting, useful and relevant,” a Facebook spokesman said.

“Like many companies, we use widely available information to help show people better ads. However, unlike many of those companies, we provide information that helps explain this practice, and we give people ways to opt out and help control their experience.”

So here are the facts and secrets Facebook has found out about you or is trying to discover, according to the Washington Post.

1.  Your location

2. Age

3. Generation

4. Gender

5. Language

6. Education level

7. Field of study

8. School

9. Ethnic background

10. Income and net worth

11. Home ownership and type of home

12. Value of home

13. Size of your property

14. Square footage of home

15. The year your home was built

16. Who lives in your house

17. Whether you have an anniversary approaching in the next month

18. If you’re living away from family or hometown

19. Whether you’re friends with someone who has an anniversary, is newly married or engaged, recently moved, or has an upcoming birthday

20. If you’re in a long-distance relationship

21. If you’re in a new relationship

22. If you have have a new job

23. If you’re recently engaged

24. If you’ve just got  married

25. If you’ve moved house recently

26. When your birthday is coming up

27. Parents

28. Expectant parents

29. Mothers, divided by ‘type’ (which includes ‘soccer mums’ or other maternal tribes)

30. If you are likely to engage in politics

31. Whether you are conservative or liberal

32. Relationship status

33. Employer

34. Industry

35. Job title

36. Office type

37. Interests

38. Whether you own a motorcycle

39. If you’re planning to buy a car

40. If you have purchased auto parts or accessories recently

41. If you are likely to buy auto parts or services

42. The style and brand of your car

43. The year your car was bought

44. Age of car

45. How much money you’re  likely to spend on next car

46. Where you are  likely to buy next car from

47. How many employees your company has

48. If you own small businesses

49. If you work in management or are executives

50. If you have donated to charity (divided by type)

51. Operating system

52. If you play browser games

53. If you own a gaming console

54. If you have created a Facebook event

55. If you have used Facebook Payments

56. If you have spent more than average on Facebook Payments

57. If you administer a Facebook page

58. If you have recently uploaded photos to Facebook

59. Internet browser

60. Email service

61. Early/late adopters of technology

62. If you are an expat and what country you left

63. If you belong to a credit union, national bank or regional bank

64. If you are an investor

65. Number of credit lines

66. If you are an active credit card users

67. Credit card type

68. If you own a debit card

69. If you carry a balance on your credit card

70. If you listen to the radio

71. What TV shows you like

72. If you use a mobile device and what brand it is

73. Internet connection type

74. If you have  recently bought a smartphone or tablet

75. Whether you access the Internet through a smartphone or tablet

76. If you use coupons

77. The type of clothing your household buys

78. Which time of year you do the most shopping

79. Whether you are a ‘heavy’ buyer of beer, wine or spirits

80. What groceries you buy

81. Whether you buy beauty products

82. Whether you buy medications

83. Whether you buy/spend money on household products

84. Whether you buy/spend money on products for kids or pets, and what kinds of pets

85. If your household makes more purchases than is average

86. If you tend to shop online or offline

87. The types of restaurants user you eat at

88. The kinds of stores you shop at

89. If you’re interest in adverts offering auto insurance, mortgages or satellite tv

90. Length of time user you have lived your house

91. If you are likely to move soon

92. If you are are interested in the Olympics, football or cricket

93. If you travel frequently

94. Whether you commute to work

95. The type of holiday you enjoy

96. If you have recently returned from a holiday

97. If you have used a travel app

98. Whether you are involved in a timeshare

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Triumph of the Ad-Blockers

About two months ago, I could not access Forbes. I got a message: turn off your ad-blocking software. I didn't. I notice that Forbes has reverted to its three-second delay strategy.

The Telegraph, a British site, tried the same strategy. That lasted about a month.

I know why. Almost no one turned off the ad-blocking feature. It's not clear how to do this. I don't recall. I decided to ignore the problem. There is always some site that offers the same story.

The financial sites, Wall Street Journal and Financial Times still close access. So do the New York Times and the London Times. But revenues keep falling for the two Times's. No one needs either of these two Establishment outlets. Their information is available elsewhere.

This is bad news for journalists. We are told that we are dependent on these people. We are told that the Web is destroying journalism. So far, I have not been aware of this. The attrition is continual, yet I notice no decline in the quantity or quality of information. I notice an improvement. Open access is working.

Maybe the doom-sayers are correct. Maybe, someday, there will be a tipping point. The flow of high quality information will decline exponentially. But if it does, there will be profit-seeking sellers of such information.

We are seeing how the mainstream media are dealing with Trump and Clinton. It's kid gloves for the stumbling lady.

The pro-Trump people are seeing just how biased the industry is. For millions of Americans, the reality of media bias is now hitting home. They will not forget or forgive. Mainstream journalism is losing legitimacy. This is good. The less legitimacy these vultures have, the better.

I like the phrase "presstitutes." This well describes the industry as a whole. It is a self-policing, self-screening cartel of liberals and fellow travelers. All cartels break down in the face of price competition. This is what is happening to the cartel of journalism.

The inability of a handful of online publishers to deal with ad-blockers is a reminder: they have no functioning business model. They try one thing after another, but nothing works.

The "business model" of Progressivism is no longer working. The failure of the global warming campaign is obvious. The warmers are unable to get meaningful international controls. This has been their biggest campaign for 25 years. It has failed.

Progressivism is a cartel. It is breaking down. It wins only by default. Its political leaders no longer inspire confidence. Yet the whole movement has been a massive confidence game for over a century: faith in bureaucracy. That faith is waning. So are new revenue sources to support the existing programs, which are all running deficits.

They promised a new world order. It's the same old order: power grabbing and tax grabbing.

Hillary Clinton does not inspire confidence. Yet politics is a confidence game.

When confidence in the Federal Reserve fails, the Progressives' game will be over.

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