The Elite Are Creating An Authoritarian ‘Beast System’, And Those That Dissent Could Lose EVERYTHING

They are transforming the Internet into the greatest tool of surveillance that humanity has ever seen, and if we stay on the road that we are currently on it is only a matter of time until our society becomes a hellish dystopian nightmare.  I wish that this was an exaggeration, but it isn’t.  Over the past couple of decades, the Internet has completely changed the way that we all communicate with one another.  At one time, all forms of mass communication were tightly controlled by the elite, but the Internet suddenly allowed us to communicate with one another on a massive scale without having to go through their gatekeepers.  This radically altered the landscape, and at first the elite were unsure of how to respond to this growing threat.  There was no way that they could roll back time to an era before the Internet was invented, and so they have decided to use it for their own insidious purposes instead.

Today, the Internet has become the centerpiece of their “Big Brother surveillance grid”, and they are gathering information on all of us on a scale that has never been seen before in all of human history.  But of course it was never going to stop there.  Over the past couple of years we have started to watch the elite use all of this information to punish those that are doing or saying things that they do not like.

Perhaps the most extreme example of this phenomenon is what is going on in China.  The following comes from BuzzFeed

Chinese journalist Liu Hu always knew he’d have trouble with the authorities; he had been exposing corruption and wrongdoing for years. He was used to being hassled with regular fines and forced apologies imposed by his authoritarian government. He nevertheless persisted in truth-telling.

One day in 2017, Hu logged onto a travel site, but couldn’t book a flight because the site said he was “not qualified.” Soon he discovered he was blocked from buying property, using the high-speed train network, or getting a loan. And there was nothing he could do about it. His rights to essential goods and services were now circumscribed through an algorithm designed to discriminate against the 7.5 million people on China’s “Dishonest Persons Subject to Enforcement” list.

In China they call it a “social credit score”, but in reality it is nightmarish authoritarianism at its worst.

They are monitoring all that their citizens do and think – their political opinions, their shopping patterns, their travel history, their Internet behavior, etc. – and if they upset “the Beast system” then they could ultimately lose access to everything.

Put yourself in their shoes for a moment.

Just imagine a world in which you will no longer be able to buy, sell, open a bank account, get a loan, use public transportation or get a job.

Chinese authorities are even putting up surveillance cameras in the schools so that they can constantly monitor students

Here, the surveillance cameras took the data on individual facial expressions and used that information to create a running “score” on each student and class. If a score reached a predetermined point, the system triggered an alert. Teachers were expected to take action: to talk to a student perceived to be disengaged, for example, or overly moody.

You would think that the Chinese would rebel against such a system, but most are already too fearful to say anything about it.

And some are actually embracing the new system

In Beijing and throughout China, closed-circuit cameras and other surveillance devices are so ubiquitous that they’ve become part of the landscape. If facial recognition helps with public safety, some say, that’s a good thing.

“Perhaps people would behave themselves more,” said Xia Chuzi, a 19-year-old student interviewed in Beijing.

But we would never allow such a thing to happen here in the United States, right?

Wrong.

While not yet as advanced as what the Chinese have done, our own version of “the Beast system” is expanding with each passing day.

If you use the Internet, the technocratic elite know virtually everything about you.  And as we have seen so frequently in recent months, they also have the power to “deplatform” those that they do not like

Independent Media readers are well aware of the multitude of ways big tech and social media platforms have been censoring conservatives, from demonetizing video channels, to blocking, banning and shadow banning conservatives, to limiting the reach of promotions and by “tweaking” algorithms so that search results push Independent Media sites so far down that they can rarely be found.

And restricting buying and selling is starting to happen too.  In fact, we have seen numerous online payment platforms ban individuals and organizations that hold “extreme views” recently.

Over time, the information that the elite have about all of us will continue to grow, as will their desire to punish those that think or act “offensively”.  But in the process of creating a “utopia”, they will actually be creating an authoritarian nightmare.  The following comes from Ethan Huff

Social media is arguably the greatest accomplishment thus far of the “deep state” in establishing a new world order. For one, it allows the various ministries of propaganda around the world to project their official narratives without impediment using authoritarian censorship tactics. It also creates a virtual echo chamber of leftism that, once all the conservatives are finally removed from all the tech platforms, will create the online liberal “utopia” that the social engineers are striving to achieve.

We live at a time when political correctness has become institutionalized.

One wrong opinion, and you can lose a social media account that you spent years building up.  And one wrong statement can cost you a career that you spent years training for.

Ultimately, we are heading down the exact same path that China has gone.  Their “social credit score” system is being hailed as the next great thing all over the world, and those that hate freedom of speech can’t wait to fully implement such a system in the western world.

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Watch What Happens When A Baby That Is Addicted To A Cellphone Has It Taken Away

You have got to watch this video!  I have to admit that I was mesmerized when I first starting watching it.  This baby appears to be less than a year old, and yet it already throws a massive temper tantrum every time a cellphone is taken away.  But as you will see in the video, all the mother has to do to stop the tantrum is to give the cellphone back to the baby.  If you need a good laugh, this video is perfect for you, but I think that it also contains a much deeper message.  You see, the truth is that our society is just like that little baby.  We have become deeply, deeply addicted to the digital world that we have created, and when we are forced to disconnect from that world most of us don’t respond very well.

Many of us are old enough to remember a time when people didn’t carry cellphones around with them everywhere.  Instead of constantly looking down at their phones, people actually tried to interact with one another, and the world was a much different place.

But today it seems like everyone has a cellphone, and one study found that the average American spends 86 hours a month on their phone…

According to comScore’s 2017 Cross Platform Future in Focus report, the average American adult (18+) spends 2 hours, 51 minutes on their smartphone every day.

That’s about 86 hours a month! This might be a record, but growth has certainly flattened out over the last year-and-a-half.

And when you add in time spent on desktops and laptops, the numbers are even more staggering.

According to a study which was released earlier this year, the average American spends 5.9 hours a day staring at a digital device…

For this edition of The Why Axis, we’re focusing on breaking down one slide in particular: how much time the average internet user spends staring at a screen each day. According to KPCB’s report, which aggregates data from market research company eMarketer, the average adult user in 2017 spent 5.9 hours with digital media. This includes smartphones, desktops and laptops, and other connected devices including over-the-top (OTT) streaming devices and game consoles.

Those numbers are absolutely staggering.

And of course Americans are not alone.  Just consider the following numbers from the UK

People are on average online for 24 hours a week, twice as long as 10 years ago, with one in five of all adults spending as much as 40 hours a week on the web.

This is partly due to the rise in use by those aged 16 to 24, who average 34.3 hours a week on the internet. And for the first time women are spending more time online than men, fuelled by a rise in internet use by those aged 18 to 34 and the explosion in social media. They spend half an hour a week longer online than men of the same age.

Yes, in a lot of ways these devices make our lives easier and more convenient, but imagine how much better our world would be if we all spent at least some of that time visiting those in need, reading books or doing volunteer work in our communities.

Each year, we get more sucked into this incredible digital world that we have created, and without a doubt it is very impressive.

But in the process, the real world is rotting and decaying all around us.

According to Dr. David Greenfield, only about 10 to 12 percent of all cellphone users should officially be classified as “addicted”.  But he also says that up to 90 percent of us are guilty of “overusing, misusing or abusing” our devices…

The percentage of smartphone users who would actually be classified as addicted is estimated between 10-12%, according to the director of the Center for Internet and Technology Addiction, Dr. David Greenfield. However, in a survey of cell phone users, Dr. Greenfield found that around 90% of Americans fall in the category of overusing, misusing or abusing their devices. A recent study also found that 50% of teens feel that they are addicted to their devices.

If you think that you may be a cellphone addict, Dr. Greenfield even has a “smartphone compulsion test” that you can take.

Anything can become an addiction, and there is no shame in admitting that you have a problem.

One way to start breaking an addiction is to interrupt your regular patterns.  Some suggest doing a “digital detox” for a short period of time such as a weekend

If you are open to trying something more extreme, Daniel Sieberg, author of The Digital Diet: The 4-Step Plan to Break Your Tech Addiction and Regain Balance in Your Life, suggests doing a full “digital detox,” where you spend an entire weekend with ZERO access to technology. Notify your loved ones in advance, power your devices off and stick them in a box or a bottom drawer, and ask a trusted friend to temporarily change your passwords to reduce temptation. After the detox, Sieberg suggests reintroducing technology slowly. He swears that a digital diet does wonders for reconnecting with the real world and improving relationships.

But for our society as a whole, there is no easy solution.  Technology is going to continue to become a greater part of our lives, and those that create content for our phones have a financial incentive to make it as addictive as possible.

And I haven’t even talked about the health problems that are being created by all of this technology.  In the video at the beginning of this article, that baby is literally being bombarded by radiation from that phone.  And soon the new 5G network will start rolling out nationwide, and that means that hundreds of thousands of new 5G antennas will be going up nationwide.  This new network is an entirely different ballgame from the old 4G network, and many are concerned about what all of this powerful radiation will do to all of us.  For much more on this, please see my previous article entitled “Why Are So Many Concerned About The Potential Health Dangers Of The 5G Cellphone Network That Is Going Up Nationwide?”

Unfortunately, we aren’t really supposed to talk about these things.

In fact, there is a federal law that actually states that local communities cannot consider health concerns when making a decision whether or not to put up cell phone antennas.

Yes, all of this new technology has improved our lives in some ways, but in other ways it has made our lives much worse.

But if anyone ever tried to take all of this technology away from the American people, the temper tantrum that would be thrown would be far, far worse than anything that a baby could muster.

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One Company Wants To Implant Microchips Into The Hands Of “Hundreds Of Thousands” Of Global Workers

It is really happening.  At one time, the idea that large numbers of people would willingly allow themselves to have microchips implanted into their hands seemed a bit crazy, but now it has become a reality.  Thousands of tech enthusiasts all across Europe have already had microchips implanted, and now a Swedish company is working with very large global employers to implement this on the corporate level.  In fact, Biohax recently told one of the biggest newspapers in the UK that they have been talking with a “major financial services firm” that has  “hundreds of thousands of employees”

Biohax, a Swedish company that provides human chip implants, told the Telegraph it was in talks with a number of UK legal and financial firms to implant staff with the devices.

One prospective client, which cannot be named, is a major financial services firm with “hundreds of thousands of employees.”

For security-obsessed corporations, this sort of technology can appear to have a lot of upside.  If all of your employees are chipped, you will always know where they are, and you will always know who has access to sensitive areas or sensitive information.

According to a top official from Biohax, the procedure to implant a chip takes “about two seconds”, and it is usually implanted in the hand

A syringe is used to place the chip in an area between the thumb and forefinger, according to the report. Osterlund said the procedure is similar to ear piercing and takes “about two seconds.” The microchips operate via “near field communication” technology, similar to what is used by no-contact bank cards.

“In a company with 200,000 employees, you can offer this as an opt-in,” Osterlund told the Telegraph.

Right now, many companies use security badges, and I once worked in a building that required a security badge.

But security badges can be lost, stolen or forged.  Theoretically, microchip implants are much more permanent and much more secure, and that is one of the big selling points.  The following is what the chief medical officer of Biohax recently told Fox News

“The chip implant is a secure way of ensuring that a person’s digital identity is linked to their physical identity. It enables access management in a way that protects individual self-sovereignty and allows users to control the privacy of their online activity,” Dr. Stewart Southey, the Chief Medical Officer at Biohax International, told Fox News.

Of course once this technology starts to be implemented, there will be some workers that will object.

But if it comes down to a choice between getting the implant or losing their jobs, how many workers do you think will choose to become unemployed?

Yes, there will be some that will sacrifice their jobs.  Personally, I will never let anyone put a chip in me.  But just like with so many other things, most of the population will simply choose to accept the “new technology”.

Sadly, the mainstream media is now openly telling us that this is coming.  For example, the following is an excerpt from a recent Fox News article entitled “Are you ready for a chip implant?”

You walk into a grocery store and pick up eggs. No smartphone? No problem. You swipe your hand across a reader, and the amount is deducted from your bank account.

If that sounds far-fetched, you obviously haven’t been to Sweden recently, where thousands of people have reportedly had chips implanted in their bodies.

And not too long ago, the NBC affiliate in Tampa profiled a mother that desperately wants to implant a microchip into her disabled child for safety reasons

For Steffany Rodroguez-Neely, life is busier than ever. The Bay Area mother-of-three has her hands full 24-hours a day. The ages of her children run the gamut from newborn to teenager. While this Lutz mom prides herself in being an attentive, active, dedicated mother, she’s also a realist. She knows an emergency can happen in a matter of seconds, even to the best of parents.

When Steffany saw the recent tragedy in Pasco County where a toddler wandered into a pond and drowned, her heart was broken. As she talks about it, she shakes her head sadly, closes her eyes and sighs. “It was awful, so sad. You know, good parents have bad things happen,” Steffany told WFLA.

They always like to use the children to make us feel guilty.

The narrative will be that if you are against implantable microchips then you are against child safety and you are a bad person.  By now, you have seen how this works on issue after issue.  There won’t be any talk about the potential tyranny that government-issued identity microchips could unleash.  Instead, all of the talk will be about the “potential benefits” and about how this will make things so much safer “for the children”.

We truly do live in apocalyptic times, and many of us can see where all of this is leading.  Unfortunately, we can complain all that we want but the agenda just keeps moving forward.

Not too long ago, a Wisconsin-based company called Three Square Market began implanting microchips in their employees “on a voluntary basis”.  In the aftermath of that decision, USA Today published an article entitled “You will get chipped — eventually”.  Here are a few lines from that article…

You will get chipped. It’s just a matter of time.

In the aftermath of a Wisconsin firm embedding microchips in employees last week to ditch company badges and corporate logons, the Internet has entered into full-throated debate.

Can you see the psychological tricks that they are using on us?

They want you to believe that it is inevitable and that everyone around  you will eventually give in and get chipped.

As for me and my house, we will never be chipped under any circumstances.  Everything will be “voluntary” in the beginning, but it doesn’t take a genius to figure out how this story will end.

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Seattle Private School To Use Facial Recognition Technology SAFR For Doors and Gates

University Child Development, a private School in Seattle, has begun testing a facial recognition technology called SAFR, which stands for Secure, Accurate Facial Recognition, Q13 FOX reported.

SAFR will let pre-approved people including parents, students and staff into a gate or a door, which will allow staff to focus on unfamiliar individuals trying to enter the premises, senior director of project management for SAFR at Real Networks told FOX.

Also, if a parent’s face is recognized by the system, the door/gate will open, reducing the need for someone inside the school to answer a buzzer. However, it’s worth noting that could be dangerous if the shooter was a parent.

According to FOX, UCDS and about 12 other schools nationwide are already utilizing the technology created by Real Networks. The Seattle Times reported that SAFR began offering the technology in the summer for free to K-12 schools in an effort to improve school security

“It’s free to individual schools so any school within the U.S. or Canada can install it within their four walls,” Vance said.

Although, if an entire school district is interested in SAFR, it’ll cost an absurd $50 per camera, per month, according to Vance.

SAFR is optional; so far about 300 parents have signed up their offspring for the program.

Facial recognition security cameras are heavily flawed. Although Vance claims that their system is different and is “99. 84% accurate, so it’s almost perfectly accurate.”

The ACLU’s New York branch raised concerns in an open letter to the New York State Department of Education, expressing that the Lockport school district (one of the first to use facial recognition) has failed to provide information about data retention policies while adding that the technology is heavily flawed and invasive.

Facial recognition software is notoriously inaccurate, and is particularly bad at identifying women, children and people of color.

Bringing this invasive technology into the classroom opens up the possibility that innocent students will be misidentified and punished for things they did not do. It could turn our school environment from one of learning and exploration into one of suspicion and control.

This brings up several notable questions highlighted by the ACLU.

  • Who will have access to the database? Will it be shared with local law enforcement or federal enforcement authorities like ICE?
  • Who is being added to the “unwanted person” database? How does someone get on that list and how might they get off of it?
  • Will this technology be used to track who students associate with? Will it be used to crack down on minor misbehavior and enforce code of conduct violations, as indicated by one email from a school official?

SAFR isn’t the only invasive technology being utilized by schools for surveillance of students. Recently, Activist Post reported on wireless microphones that can analyze the audio signature of gunfire to alert authorities of the sound and location of gunshots.

The technology can also then identify the make and model of the gun/guns, and automatically seamlessly lock doors and set off alarms throughout the school grounds.

Besides making schools more into prisons with this technology by conditioning children that this is for their safety, the other danger is allowing artificial intelligence to decide when to automatically lock doors.

A horrifying scenario can emerge where the doors lock before students evacuate the room and actually prevents them from escaping a potential shooter a parent’s worst nightmare.

Being a safety hazard isn’t the only worry, seeing as schools are struggling to pay teachers and for school equipment, one has to wonder where the money will come from for any this technology?

That’s not the only technology being used in schools, according to The Atlantic.

In March, the Randolph Central School District in New York announced plans for cameras enabled with license-plate-reading technologies, part of its planned $500,000 security upgrade. The cameras would scan visitors’ license plates, then match them to police databases of stolen vehicles and active warrants. And in June, the Lockport City School District in New York allotted $95,000 annually in state grant money for a district-wide facial-recognition system. Provided by the Ontario-based biometrics company SN Technologies, the proposed system would scan visitors’ faces, comparing them against criminal databases and alerting police if there’s a match. Similar proposals have the go-ahead in New Jersey, Wyoming, and Arkansas, where Magnolia School District officials approved nearly $300,000 for the technology.

Shockingly, or perhaps not, some schools are even suggesting to install cameras in student bathrooms to protect students, as Activist Post reported last year. Although, that decision caused outrage amongst parents.

Public (and now private) school is becoming more and more like a prison in the U.S. and UK; prisoners have a camera on them in the bathroom and at all times, not students going to a school of “higher learning” to get an education. This is just more indoctrination to accept the nanny state.

The ramifications on privacy could set a huge precedent for our future as this technology is jammed down our throats with talk of cashierless systems in stores that utilize facial recognition, and plans to utilize the technology as an anti-theft mechanism as well. It’s the biometric agenda once called a conspiracy theory now seen being pushed visibly more and more each day in society. Welcome to The Minority Report…

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A New Internet Is Coming: Promises To “Decentralize the web and take back power from the forces that have profited”

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“The intent is world domination,” Berners-Lee says with a wry smile. The British-born scientist is known for his dry sense of humor. But in this case, he is not joking.

This week, Berners-Lee will launch Inrupt, a startup that he has been building, in stealth mode, for the past nine months. Backed by Glasswing Ventures, its mission is to turbocharge a broader movement afoot, among developers around the world, to decentralize the web and take back power from the forces that have profited from centralizing it. In other words, it’s game on for Facebook, Google, Amazon. For years now, Berners-Lee and other internet activists have been dreaming of a digital utopia where individuals control their own data and the internet remains free and open. But for Berners-Lee, the time for dreaming is over.

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Small NASDAQ Company Just Got A Huge $900 Opportunity From Apple

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Apple made history this year by becoming the first trillion-dollar company the U.S. has ever seen. But the only millionaire investors Apple is minting these days are those who boarded early.

While that ship has sailed, with share prices over $220, there’s some low-hanging fruit on the Apple tree that no one’s ever heard of …

One company might be about to provide investors with a backdoor into the world’s most tantalizing brand.

They’re trusted by Apple.

They have Apple experience.

And they’re planning to roll out a new type of Apple store across the Americas.

The name of this little-known company is Cool Holdings (NASDAQ:AWSM) and its all-Apple stores already earn an impressive $3,750 in revenue per single square foot.

That’s more than Tiffany & Co., more than Michael Kors—and way more than Costco.

In fact, it’s even closing in on Apple-owned stores themselves, which are the top retailers in terms of sales per square foot at $5,546 as of 2017.

For an investor looking to tie-in with Apple—the biggest and best brand in the world—this is how it’s done, and this is the time to do it.

Apple is unstoppable, and it recently unveiled its new Iphone XS and XR on September 12th at a big event at its headquarters. CNN Money has called the iPhone the MVP of the stock market, and the “biggest cash cow on Wall Street”.

The iPhone alone is expected to rake in $165 billion in sales this year—it’s a “stunning amount of money from a single product line”. And this ties in to Cool Holdings …

You might not have heard of them yet, but in the next couple of years, you will—when the hundreds of expected Cool Holdings-owned OneClick stores selling Apple products rise up and one day potentially turn into 1,000, from as far North as Canada to the southernmost tip of Latin America.

Here are 5 reasons to keep a very close eye on Cool Holdings (NASDAQ:AWSM) right now:

#1 Cool Holdings, The Coolest Back Door Into Apple Revenues

Cool Holdings owns OneClick International and OneClick Argentina, and it is already one of Apple’s premier partners in the Americas.

Its Apple-product boutiques look like Apple, and smell like Apple, but they aren’t run or owned by Apple.

They’ve been so successful in a difficult market (Latin America) that they were made an Apple premier partner to roll out in the United States.

Cool Holdings’ goal with its One Click retail boutiques is to become the largest authorized reseller of Apple® products and services.

In Latin America, its staging ground is Argentina, with six brand new boutiques. Its staging ground in the U.S. is Florida, where three stores are already up and running:

The next phase of the roll-out has already begun, and Cool Holdings is planning over 200 new stores by 2020. That’s 200+ stores in less than two years—from Canada and the U.S., to Argentina and beyond.

And it’s moving fast …

On August 28, Cool Holdings opened their newest OneClick Apple Boutique Store in Orlando, Florida, and on August 20, it acquired an Apple Boutique Store retail chain in the Dominican Republic, adding 7 more shops to the portfolio.

And they’re just getting started—there’s endless room to grow here.

#2 Per Square Foot, Only Apple Beats Cool Holdings

Cool Holdings (NASDAQ:AWSM) carries all the top brands for Apple and absolutely anything related to Apple. It’s covering the entire Apple ecosystem—and they have direct relationships with all the accessory brands.

Either you have the distribution without retail or retail without distribution – Cool Holdings has both.

That’s why it’s making a stunning $3,750 in revenue per square foot. That’s a figure that makes even the biggest of the big in retail jealous. And it’s quite a feat for a company that few have ever even heard of.

There seems to be nowhere for these figures to go but up, if Apple sales are a good indicator.

Remember, Wall Street thinks Apple will make $165 billion just on the iPhone this year. Add accessories, and this is a retailer’s dream.

Just think: In 2017, Target’s revenue per square foot was only $290, according to Forbes. And the latest figures from 2015 put Walmart at revenue of $423 per square foot.

#3 A Business Model Like No One Else Means Higher Margins

Cool Holdings’ (NASDAQ:AWSM) business model breaks the mold in a way that should please investors to no end. It’s unlike anything else.

That’s because it’s growing distribution, marketing and retail all under the same umbrella—it’s a first that is one of several reasons Cool Holdings has the advantage over its competitors in the Apple ecosystem.

Where other companies take bad sales executives and promote them to “marketing”, Cool Holdings has a very different philosophy.

They’ve created their own marketing agency and brought it into the company. That means the best of the best.

It also means they do marketing for free and generate profit from it. That’s a rare relief for investors who typically see companies spend $2 in marketing for every $1 they get.

In other words, a unique business model with control over distribution, retail and marketing simultaneously means margins are even higher.

#4 Apple Trust—There’s Nothing Bigger

Winning over Apple isn’t easy for retailers. The trillion-dollar company doesn’t entrust its brand to just any old company.

In fact, there are only 32 companies in all of North America that have the privilege of opening stores that sell Apple products. Most of them are mom-and-pop shops, but Apple has chosen a select few to actually grow the business and consolidate some of those tiny set-ups.

Apple wants a presence … everywhere. The only way it can be in small towns is to go through smaller companies, and Cool Holdings (NASDAQ:AWSM) is one of the chosen few.

Why? Because to sell Apple products you have to be Apple in every way.

You have to look and feel like Apple because customers want the Apple experience, and the Apple brand won’t risk being sold by outsiders.

Cool Holdings is a premier Apple partner that is kicking it into full throttle with plans to roll out hundreds of new boutiques in less than two years.

Cool Holdings’ motto is “one world, one store, one click”—so no matter where you are in Latin America or the U.S., all of its stores will look and feel the same. In other words, they are just like Apple wants them to be, and with true Apple DNA.

#5 Founded By A Former Apple Employee

Investors should take note of a company founded by a former Apple employee. And Cool Holdings (NASDAQ:AWSM) is just that.

They saw a massive opportunity, and they jumped on it—at just the right time.

After all, the best things have come from former Apple employees, according to Business Insider.

  • Nest Labs, the company behind The Learning Thermostat, was started by the guy who created the iPod.
  • Android founder Andy Rubin started out at Apple.
  • Enjoy, a startup that wants to bring the Apple Store Genius Bar to you, was created by former Apple retail chief Ron Johnson.
  • SITU, a Bluetooth food scale that syncs with your iPad, was invented by a former Apple employee.
  • Cloud startup “Upthere” was founded by two former Apple employees, including the mastermind of the Mac OS X.
  • ‘Path’ founder Dave Morin is also from Apple.

For starters, Cool Holdings’ founder and chief marketing and sales officer, Felipe Rezk, used to head up enterprise sales for Apple in Latin America.

And the board has plenty of powerhouses behind it, too, including Canadian billionaire Aaron Serruya, who made his fortune along with his brother, Michael Serruya, in the 1980s with frozen yogurt and most recently sold the closely-held Kahala Brands food franchise, which includes Blimpie and Cold Stone Creamery, for some $320 million.

Chairman of the Board Andrew DeFrancesco has over 26 years of capital markets experience and has taken a string of companies to multi-million-dollar sales. As founder and chairman, he took Dalradian Resources through its IPO in 2010 and it was recently sold for $500 million. He also injected $6.2 million into Aphria Inc. (TSE:APH), which is now worth $4.73 billion.

They know what Apple wants, and they definitely know what Apple has to offer.

As of today, Cool Holdings has already successfully rolled out 17 stores that sell Apple products, and they are only just getting started.

This is a truly unique opportunity that comes at the perfect time as Apple breaks the trillion-dollar mark and prepares to launch new products.

And it’s not just about Apple, or even the iPhone. Cool Holdings (NASDAQ:AWSM) is free to pivot to other, hot, high-margin tech products that benefit from the Apple halo effect. Revenues for retail accessory sales from key manufacturers like Bose, Sonos, Belkin, Zagg-Mophie, Speck, JBL … are also at play.

This is a team with Apple DNA, making $3,750 per square foot in a fast-growing market. And it’s hoping to piggy-back on Apple’s growth.

New stores are quietly being rolled out… and revenue numbers may be reflected in their next quarterly call… In the not-too-distant future, this might be another big ship that’s already sailed.

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Are You Addicted to Your Phone? Signs of Mobile Phone Addiction

Cell phones are even more pernicious than booze, smoking, and drugs because they seem so useful. An article on Be Brain Fit covers the signs of addiction to mobile phones and how to remedy them.

There are many signs that you are getting too attached to your cell phone:

  • You find yourself always checking it and cannot refrain from using it. Or you lose track of time while using it.
  • You get angry, anxious, or panicked if you cannot use your phone. You pay more attention to it than to your family or other people. You even prefer to socialize over the phone than in person.
  • If people bring up your excessive phone use, you feel defensive and guilty. You resort to lying in order to hide it. You even stop paying attention to other parts of your life.
  • In addition, there are physical signs like eye strain, headaches, insomnia, pain and numbness in your wrist, pain in your back, and shifting weights.

People who are anxious, depressed, socially anxious, stressed, or suffer from ADHD or OCD are vulnerable to cell phone addiction. So are those who feel they have no social support. Teenagers are the most vulnerable.

Tech dependence and addiction expert Dr. David Greenfield said that 90 percent of cell phone owners “merely” use their phones too much. The remainder is addicted because cell phone usage has a bad effect on an important part of their life.

Greenfield developed a Smartphone Compulsion Test. Answering its simple “Yes or No” questions can determine if you are a normal user, a potential addict, or need help to deal with your addiction. (Related: Smart phone app ‘Fooducate’ could be the beginning of the end of GMO.)

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Step-by-step approach to reducing cell phone usage and addiction

If you are aware of your addiction to cell phones and want to stop, it is best to take it slowly. A step-by-step withdrawal will let you naturally grow into healthier habits.

  • Do not text when you are driving. Ditto with talking over the phone; that can get you killed much faster than the radiation.
  • To improve your sleep, keep the phone outside of your bedroom during the night. Or shut it down for the night.
  • Delete the apps that you are addicted to. Avoid using the phone to kill time. Do not multitask with the device, like using your phone while eating food.
  • Devote your full attention to your friends, family, or your loved one. Do not bring your phone out around them.
  • Use monitoring apps like Checky, Moment, Freedom, and SelfControl to help reduce your use of your phone. Try out tech-free activities like physical exercise or hobbies. And if you really need it, find a behavioral addiction specialist who can help you deal with your addiction to cell phone use.

Cell phones are harmful even when you are not addicted to them

Even when you are not using it, your cell phone emits radiation that can harm your health. You can protect yourself from these negative effects with three easy steps.

  • First, do not hold it near your head. Keep it at around arm’s length for the most part; if you need to use it, hold it as far as possible. Do not place it near your head when you are sleeping.
  • Second, get a phone with a low specific absorption rate (SAR) rating. Don’t take the word of the manufacturer that it is safe. Check with trusted third-party sources.
  • Finally, only use your cell phone during times when the signal is strong. Your exposure to radiation actually goes up when the signal is weak.

Learn more about the harmful effects of the electromagnetic field generated by cell phones and other devices at EMF.news.

Sources include:

BeBrainFit.com

Virtual-Addiction.com

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Peak 2018: People Are Getting Plastic Surgery to Look Like Their Snapchat Filters

Plastic surgery has been popular in American and Western culture for decades, but the latest trend in industry reflects technology and social media’s influence on body image issues.

According to a paper recently published in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery by researchers from the Department of Dermatology at the Boston University School of Medicine, the fastest growing request in plastic surgeons’ offices is to look more like the images produced by Snapchat filters. Snapchat, a popular messaging app, offers filters that can smooth out the skin and nose, enlarge the eyes, and make the lips appear fuller. The authors of the paper, titled “Selfies—Living in the Era of Filtered Photographs,” say these filters “can take a toll on one’s self esteem, make one feel inadequate for not looking a certain way in the real world, and may even act as a trigger and lead to body dysmorphic disorder (BDD).”

BDD, which is classified on the obsessive-compulsive spectrum, is an “excessive preoccupation” with perceived flaws in physical appearance and is directly linked to insecurity and a lack of self-confidence. Recent research suggests that “those with a dysmorphic body image may seek out social media as a means of validating their attractiveness. Finally, those with a higher level of engagement on social media—including those actively trying to present a specific image of oneself or analyzing and commenting on others’ photos—may have a higher level of body dissatisfaction.”

The connection between social media use, insecurity, and plastic surgery is also evident in individuals’ growing desire to appear more attractive in selfies, a pervasive element of social media activity. As the paper explains:

“Current data show that 55% of surgeons report seeing patients who request surgery to improve their appearance in selfies, up from 42% in 2015. The survey also noted an increase in the number of patients sharing their surgical process and results on social media.”

Though the JAMA paper lays out the growing trend, this is not the first time it has been recognized. According to one interview with a cosmetic surgeon published in the Independent in February, “People are increasingly going to see cosmetic doctors asking to look like filtered versions of themselves rather than celebrities.”

As Northwestern University professor of psychology Renee Engeln told the Huffington Post earlier this year:

“It’s not enough [to] have to compare yourself to these perfected images of models, but now you’ve got this daily comparison of your real self to this intentional or unintentional fake self that you present on social media. It’s just one more way to feel like you’re falling short every day.”

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Connected To The Matrix: Americans Spend Most Of Their Waking Hours Staring At A Television Or Computer Screen

Before televisions and computers were invented, Americans didn’t spend any time staring at television and computer screens. They worked hard, raised their families, personally interacted with their communities (remember that?), and generally tried to make the world a better place. But now for many of us, the “virtual world” actually seems more real than the “real world” does. In fact, as you will see below, average Americans now spend most of their waking hours staring at a screen. We have willingly connected ourselves to “the matrix”, and the amount of time spent connected is rising with each passing year. A report that was just put out by Nielsen found that we spend an average of 11 hours per day interacting with media

Americans now spend most of their waking hours watching TV, listening to music, using apps on their smartphones, or otherwise consuming media, a new study finds.

US adults are spending more than 11 hours a day on average—or about two-thirds of their waking time—consuming media in some form, Nielsen showed in its first-quarter 2018 report on US media consumption today (July 31). It measured, based on its representative panels of TV, radio, and digital households and consumers, activities like watching TV and DVDs, listening to the radio, visiting apps on a smartphone or tablet, and using the internet and game consoles.

No wonder we don’t have time to do anything else.

The time Americans spent interacting with various forms of media was up 19 minutes over the previous quarter, and here is how it broke down…

Watching live television: 4 hours, 10 minutes

Watching time-shifted television: 36 minutes

App/Web on a smartphone: 2 hours, 22 minutes

App/Web on a tablet: 47 minutes

Internet on a computer: 39 minutes

Listening to the radio: 1 hour, 46 minutes

Internet connected device: 26 minutes

Game console: 14 minutes

DVD/Blu-Ray device: 6 minutes

It really surprised me how little time Americans spend watching DVDs. I suppose that since everything is going digital that DVDs will someday be relics of a bygone age, but we aren’t there quite yet.

Another surprising thing from the report was the difference in behavior between the generations. According to Nielsen, older Americans actually spend the most time consuming media…

Though older generations generally spend the most time with media (adults 35-49 spend over 11 hours a day on it, while adults 50-64 do so at a nearly 13-hour clip), younger generations are at the forefront of TV-connected device and digital usage.

But young adults spend more time than anyone else consuming media on smartphones

Young adults 18-34 spend 43% of their time consuming media on digital platforms. Almost a third of their time spent with media (29%) comes from apps/web on a smartphone—the most of any measured generation.

If it seems like young people are constantly on their phones, that is because they are. Smartphone use is at an all-time high, and it keeps going up every year.

Sadly, it isn’t just in our free time that most of us are willingly connecting ourselves to “the matrix”. A different study discovered that the average office worker in America spends 1,700 hours in front of a screen each year…

We’re often told to limit the amount of screen time in our daily lives, but for many of us, we don’t have much of a choice. A new study finds the average office worker spends nearly 1,700 hours in front of a computer screen over the course of a year.

According to a survey of 2,000 office workers by contact lenses manufacturer Acuvue, office workers spend about 6.5 hours a day sitting in front of their computer.

So when you add the amount of time we spend staring at screens at work to the amount of time that we spend staring at screens at home, for many of us it pretty much takes up almost all of our waking hours.

Is this good for our society?

And we should talk about who controls all of this media that we are consuming. Today, approximately 90 percent of the programming that comes through your television is controlled by just 6 giant media corporations. Of course those 6 giant media corporations are ultimately owned by the elite of the world.

So if you spend several hours watching television each day, you are allowing “the matrix” to fundamentally shape what you think, what you believe and how you view the world.

At least on the Internet there has been more diversity of viewpoints, but now there is a massive effort to censor alternative voices. The elite are attempting to become gatekeepers in the digital world just like they are with every other form of media.

In 2018, major alternative voices are being “shadowbanned”, censored or having their accounts terminated altogether by the tech giants. Some large conservative websites have seen their traffic from social media fall by over 90 percent, and many of them have seen a dramatic drop in revenue. For example, WND has seen revenue decline by about 60 percent over the last two years…

WND and the rest of the independent media are feeling the heat from the Internet Cartel, which controls traffic, revenue, search power, hosting and distribution of news and information through social media, not to mention retail sales of all books.

It’s a scary time of rapidly shrinking traffic and revenues. WND, for instance, has seen drops in revenue from more than $10 million in 2016 to $6 million last year to perhaps as little as $4 million in 2018.

All other forms of media are already completely dominated by the elite, and so we must not allow them to take full control of the Internet.

If you want to change society, it won’t do you any good to go out to the street corners or to the marketplaces because nobody will listen to you.

If you want to change society, you have to go online, because that is where the people are.

Right now we are in an information war, and the future of our country is hanging in the balance. So let us fight this information war as hard as we can, because losing is not an option.

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Scientists Detected Mysterious Radio Signal From Deep Space

Scientists in Canada have picked up a brief burst of radio which was sent by an unknown source in deep space.  Could this be the evidence needed that extraterrestrials are out there? Some certainly think so!

The low-frequency fast radio burst (FRB) lasted a matter of milliseconds, but researchers claim that the signal is the first radio emission received from across the universe with a frequency below 700 MHz – the lowest frequency FRB ever recorded, according to the MailOnline.

As a result, scientists believe that the source (whatever it is – PRESUMABLY ALIENS, THOUGH) is likely to be extremely powerful.

And the signal has even been named – well, branded – ‘FRB 180725A’. Not very memorable that’s for sure. Couldn’t they have called it Hercules or Mysterio, or even Jeff or Ian or something?

Fast radio bursts are extremely uncommon and were first discovered in 2007 with only a handful observed ever since. –LAD Bible

Patrick Boyle, of McGill University, first reported the detection of the FRB with a post on the astronomical publication Astronomer’s Telegram. The post reads: “During its ongoing commissioning, CHIME/FRM detected FRB 180725A on 2018 July 25 at 17:59:43.115 UTC (18:59:43.15 BST/13:59:43.15 ET). The event is clearly detected at frequencies as low as 580 MHz and represents the first detection of an FRB at radio frequencies below 700 MHz.”

Boyle added:  “Additional FRBs have been found since FRB 180725A and some have flux at frequencies as low as 400 MHz. These events have occurred during both the day and night and their arrival times are not correlated with known on-site activities or other known sources of terrestrial RFI (radio frequency interference).”

“Fast radio bursts are exceedingly bright given their short duration and origin at great distances, and we haven’t identified a possible natural source with any confidence,” said Avi Loeb of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics research institute. “An artificial origin is worth contemplating and checking.”

“With the CHIME telescope we will measure the expansion history of the universe and we expect to further our understanding of the mysterious dark energy that drives the expansion ever faster,” said Dr. Mark Halpern, of the University of British Columbia. “This is a fundamental part of physics that we don’t understand and it’s a deep mystery. This is about better understanding how the universe began and what lies ahead.”

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