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  1. Believe it or not, I sat here and watched both of your videos all the way through (at 1.75x speed). Sometimes, I have this this morbid fascination with dumpster-fires and train wrecks. My favorite part from the first video was where the narrator said "the evidence for all of this is overwhelming!!" ... and then proceeded to give no evidence at all. I also checked out the other vidoes on the uploader's channel and was surprised to learn that Jennifer Lawrence is an illuminati clone (the rabbit-hole goes deeper than we thought)!! Then I learned that the speaker from your second video (Stewart Swerdlow) is so crazy even David Icke's followers disavow him. You keep saying we should "do our research." But what does it say for your "argument" when the best evidence you can provide comes from a guy who clams to be trained by undead Nicholas Tesla and a "tall winged reptilian??" Before you dismiss those criticizing your post as "brainwashed" or "non-believers," just stop please... I woke up to the corporate takeover of our government and media in 2006. And in the 14 years that followed, I've watched every consequential truth and liberty movement get tarred-and-feathered, and driven into the ground, by association with feebleminded, youtube conspiracy theorists who have no standards of logic, evidence or argumentation. You people are radioactive. I have no patience left for this trash. I'm nobody on this board. And I may get in trouble for for saying this. But if I was a mod, you would have been banned yesterday afternoon.
  2. Privacy and information security are things I've always taken seriously. My friends have had good natured laughs about this over the years. But I've actually needed to give a few of them crash courses on the subject over the last two weeks. People are beginning to understand why free speech matters. They're also beginning to understand why privacy matters. The citizens of Europe and Scandinavia are now being thrown in jail for liking the "wrong" things on Facebook. Americans are being run out of their jobs and communities for expressing views everyone considered self-evident 15 years ago. Medical doctors are getting deplatformed and de-personed for questioning protocols forced on their patients. The president is having tweets hidden and "fact checked" by Twitter. And Michael Moore (of all people) recently had a documentry pulled from youtube for questioning official narratives on climate change. Is there anybody left, at this point, who can say (with a straight face) "why does privacy matter if you have nothing to hide?" So let's talk about privacy and information security... I want to share some of the things I've learned over the years (best practices, specific tools, etc). But I also want to be upfront about the fact that I'm not a technical genius, who knows it all. I'll tell you what works for me. It may not work for you. Feel free to pick and choose according to your needs and circumstances. Add your own ideas and practices to this discussion. And correct anything I say that's wrong or in need of improvement. Let's collaborate and improve our understanding of this subject. OVERVIEW: Convenience is the price to pay for privacy. Willingness to pay that price is the mindset you need to adopt. This is the most fundamental thing I can say. Many of the best privacy tools are free, open source, well documented and user friendly. They're also moderately slower and occasionally incompatible with some of the things you'll want to do. Do you believe in privacy enough that you're willing to make small sacrifices for it? That's what it really comes down to. SCOPE: What kind of privacy are we talking about here? Privacy from corporate data mining? Privacy from rogue governments? This actually depends on the specific tools you use, and how well (or poorly) you use them. It's difficult to say with certainty what the capabilities of various organizations are. But there's strong reason to believe modern encryption algorithms (properly implemented) are thoroughly unbreakable with current technology. The efforts of governents around the word to ban apps and programs that make use of these encryption algorithms suggests their efficacy in doing what they're meant to do. But all apps and programs are not created equal. And even the best of them are useless when used poorly. VERY BASIC THINGS: 1) Get the spyware out of your life. People are going to loathe this suggestion. But Google, Apple, Microsoft, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Amazon, YouTube etc. are spyware. These companies are not your friends. They make their money by learning everything about you and selling it to anybody who wants to know. I won't dwell too much on this point, becasue it's, ironically, the hardest suggestion I have for most people. Make this decision based on your own level of commitment and specific needs/circumstances. 2) Start using good passwords. A good password has a BARE minimum of 20 characters with upper + lower case letters and special characters included in it. 3) Change the default settings on all your devices and programs. Default settings are the bane of privacy. The first thing you should do, on all your new electronic devices and programs/apps, is go into the "settings" panel, comb through every menu and sub-menu with a fine-toothed comb, and make sure the thing actually works for YOU and not some tech company. The first thing I do with any new phone is spend 30 minutes in my settings turning over every rock that Google and location services are hiding under. It can be a real process... 4) Geat a real email service that respects you. Protonmail is one of the best at the time of this writing. https://protonmail.com/ 5) Get a web browser (for your ordinary internet use) that doesn't track you. Firefox is pretty good (with the right settings chosen). Brave is okay as well. The best browser will always change. You need to stay on top of this. https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/ https://brave.com/ 6) Get a default search engine (for your ordinary internet use) that doesn't track you. Duckduckgo and Startpage are two of the best at the time of this writing. The best search engine will always change. You need to stay on top of this. https://duckduckgo.com/ https://www.startpage.com/ 7) Add browser extensions that amplify the privacy of your browser. The EFF makes two outstanding extensions for firefox. The first is "HTTPS everywhere." The second is "Privacy Badger." https://www.eff.org/https-everywhere https://privacybadger.org/ 8) Replace your phone's default messaging app with an app that utilizes end-to-end encryption. Signal is one of the best at the time of this writing. Enable password protection and dissapearing messages. And invite as many friends as you can to use it. It's designed for maximum privacy when both parties are using it. It also gives the ability to make encrypted phone calls between users from within the app. https://www.signal.org/ 9) Encrypt your phone, chose a strong startup and lockscreen password, and enable the setting to automatically factory-reset after a number of wrong password attempts. Shut your phone down completely when not in use to get on the outside of the encryption. 10) Understand that your phone is ABSOLUTELY and always the weakest link. 11) Get a VPN for your ordinary internet use that doesn't keep logs of user activity. This is only for ordinary internet use. ExpressVPN is one of the best at the time of this writing. Configure it to start by default when your device starts up, and to kill all network connections if disconnected. You can use it on your phone and desktop computer. https://www.expressvpn.com/ 12) Consider installing and learning to use one of the major Linux distributions as your Desktop operating system. Ubuntu is a great and user friendly place to jump in. It's easy to install, easy to dual-boot, and easy to use overall. https://ubuntu.com/ OTHER MUST-HAVE PROGRAMS: 1) VeraCrypt...(a free open source disk encryption software for Windows, Mac OSX and Linux). This allows for the whole-disk encryption of a computer's hard drive, encryption of removable media, creation of encrypted file-containers as well as encrypted hidden volumes and operating systems. https://www.veracrypt.fr/en/Home.html 2) TAILS (The Amnesic Incognito Live System) This is a portable operating system that protects your privacy and helps you avoid censorship. All incoming and outgoing connections are forced to go through Tor, and any non-anonymous connections are blocked. The system is designed to be booted as a live DVD or live USB, and will leave no digital footprint on the machine unless explicitly told to do so. https://tails.boum.org/ 3) Tor (The Onion Router) A free and open-source software for enabling anonymous communication. https://www.torproject.org/ https://ssd.eff.org/en/module-categories/tool-guides 4) PGP, or GPG A program that provides cryptographic privacy and authentication for data communication. PGP is used for signing, encrypting, and decrypting texts, e-mails, files, directories, and whole disk partitions and to increase the security of e-mail communications.There are different implementations of these programs for different operating systems (some better than others). Do your own research, but start here: https://ssd.eff.org/en/module-categories/tool-guides 5) Bleachbit A program that allows you to securely erase data from spinning drives. It's important to understand that this does NOT work on newer, solid-state drives. https://www.bleachbit.org/ OTHER READING: The Electronic Frontier Foundation (the whole site). Make a donation. Become a member. Learn about things I havent mentioned and don't know about. I can't tell you how awesome and important they are... https://www.eff.org/ CLOSING THOUGHTS: 1) I don't know it all (or even most of it). 2) The best programs in the world are useless if used badly. Settings, configuration, password strenth, user-diligence...are always crucial. Do your due diligence to avoid a false sense of security. 3) Privacy is a mindset and lifestyle. 4) The digital/information landscape is continually changing. You have to stay on top of developments as they break (see point 3).
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  4. The events of the last three months have infuriated me more than I can tell you. But it isn't Antifa, the left, or the mainstream media that trouble me. I've always expected those factions to be disgusting and shameless. So their antics haven't surprised me at all. Right now, what makes me want to go Biblical and "rend my clothes" is seeing how naive and mentally disarmed the American right is... I've listened to the patriot community bluster and pontificate about the US Constitution and 2nd Amendment for 30 years. But while they've consoled and reassured one another with cheap words, the left was busy making devastating, tactical moves that led to our current situation. Who would have imagined, after three months of uncostitutional house arrest, followed by nationwide race-riots (both over corporate-media psyops) that every faction of resistance would be so quiet you could hear a pin drop? How did it come to this? Books could be written on the radical/corporate takeover of our media and education system. More books could be written on the replacement of authentic, regional culture with global, corporate mono-culture (and how that robbed everyone of the ability to assert their identity and values... or pass them to their children). Those were some of the most important battles of the last 50 years. And they were lost without contest. If we had time, we could talk about how 18th century, Enlightenment ideals (materialism, individualism, and rationalsim) poisoned our well of cultural ideas and guaranteed the ascendency of the radical left. But there's really no time for any of that anymore... Zooming in on the current situation, there are a lot of practical reasons why everybody feels paralyzed. It's one thing to talk and fantasize about some scenario for years... It's another thing to suddenly be in that scenario and realize none of the groundwork has been laid to do what you always thought you would do. A handful of things come to mind: 1) People don't know each other. There are hundreds of thousands of people (maybe millions) who have spent the last 10 years chattering with each other on the internet who are horrified by our present situation... Tons of them live within five miles or less of each other. But they've never made any attempt to get off their computers, meet one another, build trust, and form self-sufficient communities in the real world. Now they're all sitting alone in front of their flickering monitors reading daily rage-bait updates from the corporate news. 2) There's no widespread use of reliable communication that could survive disruption. What would people do if their phone and internet service was suddenly switched off? Would they say, "no problem" and hop on HAM radio? ... Something else? I don't think the vast majority of people have thought about this at all. 3) FOOLISH reliance on big tech companies. A friend of mine was sputtering in disbelief, the other day, that Instagram shut down his page to organize a community defense-force for his neighborhood. I wanted to smack him in the back of his head. What did he expect? ... That the companies organizing all this chaos would give him a platform to defend against it?? My jaw hit my desk when I came here and saw links to sign in through Google, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Why does anybody even HAVE a Google account? Why does anybody even HAVE a Facebook account? 4) A soccer-mom's understanding of security. How many people are doing and saying moronic things through their naked IP and their phone carrier's text-messaing app because they don't know any better? How many people don't know the first thing about encrytion? There are so many outstanding tools, which are so well documented and easy to use. But the overwhelming majority of people are unwilling to make any sacrifices to the speed and convenience of their normal routine in order to use and learn them. The Electronic Frontier Foundation maintains user-friendly documentation on every one of them. Give yourself a little test, and see if the results surprise you: https://panopticlick.eff.org/ 5) Complete reliance on the supply-chain. Most people are living paycheck to paycheck with nothing stored away, and no knowledge of how to grow and store food, hunt, purify water, perform basic medical care, etc, etc. After three weeks of major disruption they'd be offering their firstborn for a retun to normalcy. 6) No cultural or community organizations to communicate and organize through. This ties together several ideas from the previous points... If anybody thinks they're going to organize (and maintain organization) through the internet, they've got another thing coming... Good luck posting anything on social media other than "Black Lives matter," and "Stay home, save lives." You'll be banned as soon as you hit submit. And it's only going to get worse. 7) No way to get your side of the story out to the broader public. It makes no difference what you do (or how noble and true your premises are)... if the usual suspects can just get behind their media/tech bullshorns to slander you and promote a false interpretation of what you're doing. I entitled this post "The 'Wake Up Call' That Didn't Happen," because these are all the questions we need to be soul-searching and brainstorming about right now. But I don't see that soul-searching. And I don't see that brainstorming. All I see is the same magical thinking and normalcy bias that got us here in the first place. Lets have some of these discussions and be real. Our position is absolutely awful right now. And these are most of the practical reasons why.

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