Cyberattacks Against North Dakota Government Averaged 15 Million Per Month Last Year

Cyberattacks Against North Dakota Government Averaged 15 Million Per Month Last Year By Sean Walton Attempted cyberattacks against North Dakota’s state government nearly tripled last year, according to the Grand Forks Herald. Shawn Riley, North Dakota’s chief information officer and head of the information technology department, said there were more than 15 million cyberattacks against the state’s government per month in 2019, a 300 percent increase since 2018. In 2018, there were about 5 million attempted cyberattacks per month. These figures aren’t surprising, however. Local governments nationwide have seen an…

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Stock Market More Overpriced and Perilous Than Anytime in History

Stock Market More Overpriced and Perilous Than Anytime in History By David Haggith I’m not going to predict when and how the US stock market will crash as I did by laying out the stages of its fall for 2018. That was easy, but the times are different now. Back then, the Fed had laid out a precise schedule for its tightening, and it was apparent to me where the big increases in Fed tightening would be sufficient to bring down the market that the Fed had artificially rigged. Today,…

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Hopi and Navajo Homes Without Heat This Winter Due To Coal Mine Closure

Hopi and Navajo Homes Without Heat This Winter Due To Coal Mine Closure By Sean Walton The Kayenta coal mine in northeastern Arizona shut down last year, along with the power plant it supplied. Coal from that mine used to light up Las Vegas and Los Angeles and supply the electricity to pump water to Phoenix and Tucson. Those cities have been able to turn to other sources of energy. Not so on the Hopi and Navajo Nations. For decades, tribal members relied on Kayenta coal to heat their homes,…

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Iranian Tech Users Are Getting Knocked Off the Web by Ambiguous Sanctions

Iranian Tech Users Are Getting Knocked Off the Web by Ambiguous Sanctions By Jillian C. York Between targeted killings, retaliatory air strikes, and the shooting of a civilian passenger plane, the last few weeks have been marked by tragedy as tensions rise between the U.S. and Iranian governments. In the wake of these events, Iranians within the country and in the broader diaspora have suffered further from actions by both administrations—including violence and lethal force against protesters and internet shutdowns in Iran, as well as detention, surveillance and device seizure…

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Grandpa and 12yo Granddaughter Cuffed, Detained — for Opening a Bank Account While Indigenous

Grandpa and 12yo Granddaughter Cuffed, Detained — for Opening a Bank Account While Indigenous By Jack Burns Although the duo had three forms of identification, an Indigenous Canadian and his granddaughter were detained by police outside their bank because the clerk believed something was amiss. Maxwell Johnson, a member of the Heiltsuk community located on British Columbia’s Central Coast, wanted to help his daughter access some of his funds while she was away playing out of town sports. What started out as a good idea to help his granddaughter ended…

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Rentable Facial Recognition Robots That Can Detect Emotion Coming To A Conference Near You

Rentable Facial Recognition Robots That Can Detect Emotion Coming To A Conference Near You By MassPrivateI Conference goers now have to be wary that robots will identify them everywhere they go. Corporations can now rent Chinese-made CloudMinds robots that can identify everyone on the conference floor. (To learn more about CloudMinds and China click here & here.) CloudMinds’ mission is to “make helpful robot services possible and to make them safe, secure and affordable.” While their hidden mission is to help governments identify everyone. According to CloudMinds’ “About Us” page, their so-called…

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Hemp Farmers Worried Newly Proposed Changes to Federal Regulations Could Put Them Out Of Business

Hemp Farmers Worried Newly Proposed Changes to Federal Regulations Could Put Them Out Of Business By Sean Walton Hemp growers and entrepreneurs who were joyous a year ago after U.S. lawmakers reclassified the plant as a legal agricultural crop now are worried their businesses could be crippled if federal policymakers move ahead with draft regulations. Licenses for hemp cultivation topped a half-million acres last year, more than 450% above 2018 levels, so there’s intense interest in the rules the U.S. government is creating. Critical comments on the draft have poured…

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Top Apps Invade User Privacy By Collecting and Sharing Personal Data, New Report Finds

Top Apps Invade User Privacy By Collecting and Sharing Personal Data, New Report Finds By Christoph Schmon A new year often starts with good resolutions. Some resolve to change a certain habit, others resolve to abandon an undesired trait. Mobile app makers, too, claim to have user behavior and their preferences at their heart. From dating to health to music, their promise is to add convenience to consumers’ lives or to offer support when needed. The bad news is that the ecosystem of the underlying ad tech industry has not…

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Drug War-Addicted Cops Raid Hemp Farm, Bulldoze Struggling Farmer’s Million Dollar Crop

Drug War-Addicted Cops Raid Hemp Farm, Bulldoze Struggling Farmer’s Million Dollar Crop By Matt Agorist Because government is the antithesis to freedom, industrial hemp has been banned nationwide since 1937 ostensibly due to the plant’s similarities to marijuana. Many have speculated that this move was also due to the fact that cannabis is in direct competition with the pharmaceutical industry by providing far safer alternative treatments as well as directly competing with the petrochemical industry. However, all this changed in December 2018 after President Donald Trump signed the Agriculture Improvement…

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Fighting the Fed (and the Crooked Banks) by Holding Gold

Fighting the Fed (and the Crooked Banks) by Holding Gold By Clint Siegner Market forecaster Martin Zweig famously warned investors against underestimating the power of the Federal Reserve Bank to control markets. He coined the phrase “Don’t fight the Fed” back in the ’80s. Precious metals investors are wondering if this is still good advice. On one hand, it is pretty hard to argue with that bit of wisdom. The Fed Zweig was referencing had begun taking a more overt role in markets, using interest rates as a tool for…

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