Totalitarian – Of or being a form of government in which the political authority exercises absolute control over all aspects of life and opposition is outlawed; a practitioner or supporter of such a government.
– American Heritage Dictionary, 3rd Ed.
We have almost reached the point where the country can be referred to as “totalitarian” in accordance with the definition provided. Incrementally, it creeps forward: the “soft” tyranny. Curing, refining itself, and hardening, there will be a point of no return that is reached…a point where it has metastasized until it is both all encompassing and ubiquitous.
The problem is twofold: the incremental spread as mentioned, and the complacency and inability of people to recognize it for what it is. Someone posted a comment recently with a paragraph from Solzhenitsyn’s “Gulag Archipelago” where the author regretfully lamented the complacency displayed by the Russians as the country turned Communist overnight. His regret was that the citizenry could have stopped it with hatchets and pitchforks at that point if they had acted and been of one accord. I have recommended it as a “must read,” and strongly advise you to consider it as a “window” to what is happening in the U.S.
Two articles surfaced this week that are astonishing: they show the surveillance and data-collection “culture” that is being inflicted upon us, dulling our already stultified public into vapidity and inaction by desensitization. This latter term: the outrage of yesterday becomes the “accepted” and commonplace of today, and even further/worse tomorrow. Paradigm shift.
First, one written by Betsy Mikel entitled “Walmart just made an announcement that may make you never want to shop there again,” published on 10/9/18 by Inc. Here is an excerpt:
Walmart is interested in what’s going on in your body while you shop.
The company wants to collect this data in a particularly creepy way: through the handles of their shopping carts. Walmart recently submitted a patent to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office called “System and Method for a Biometric Feedback Cart Handle,” CBInsights reports.
These innovative shopping cart handles would collect your biometric data, meaning your stress level, your body temperature, and heart rate — all while you’re strolling through the aisles of your local store, filling your cart with Walmart’s everyday low-priced items.
The article proceeds to explain Walmart’s “spin” on it is to provide a way to “check on a customer with a physical problem.”
Since when has Walmart ever been concerned about anyone’s physical well-being? Isn’t this the company that settled out of court for millions to pay for stolen labor time and breaks from employees? Isn’t this the same Walmart that twenty years ago put small stores in to break local competitors (Mom and Pop stores) in small towns…and when they went belly up, closed their small Walmarts and “plopped” a Super-Walmart down in the center of where five small ones used to be? Then all the little serfs could come from miles around to service the monolith with their play money, as the local economies of the small towns died, right? Worse. Being a “too big to fail” type of business, they’re deep in bed with the governments, federal and state. Simple data collection “for your own safety and well-being,” right?
No. They’re going to tie this data in with all of the other micro-data and metadata they are already gathering…filming you with their little cameras…filming Johnny Jones Junior and Daddy Jones as they pick up a box of shells for the shotgun…amount and type recorded and filed next to the photos and film with their names and biometrics.
They want every piece of information on you and your family, and they’re not going to stop until they have it…all of it.
Article number two is even worse, as you may deduce from the title. Published by Maggie Fox of NBC News, it is entitled “DNA databases can send the police or hackers to your door, study finds.” Take a look at this excerpt:
More than 60 percent of Americans who have some European ancestry can be identified using DNA databases – even if they have not submitted their own DNA, researchers reported Thursday.
Enough people have done some kind of DNA test to make it possible to match much of the population, the researchers said. So even if you don’t submit your own DNA, if a cousin does, it could lead people to you.
They said their findings, published in the journal Science, raise concerns about privacy. Not only could police use this information, but so could other people seeking personal information about someone.
The article goes on to talk about Joseph DeAngelo, a former cop in California suspected of murder, and how they nabbed him by using DNA submitted by a “distant cousin” that narrowed down the list for cops on his trail. Read the article for more specifics and demographics on these DNA “commercial” test kits.
The point here is the stupid, faddish public is dumb enough to submit the material…the very DNA being used by the “trusted” authorities…either out in the open or by back-door methods…to round up all of the DNA for the surveillance state.
I invite anyone to comment who has experience with a “transfer station,” or other garbage collection facility, and anyone in the healthcare/hospital industry with some inside info as to their nefarious methods. You can easily see from these examples how they are hard on the trail…relentless bloodhounds that have the scent of their quarry…and they will not stop until everyone is categorized and monitored. Then the real fun begins.
To digress: this is why we must all be of one accord, and disseminate this information and take steps while there is still time. As the weeks, months, and years roll by; the hellish apparatus of what was once termed “government” becomes a machine for rule by enslavement. That machine is perfecting itself. When control is finally obtained…total, unchallenged control? That’s when the liquidations…the killings…will begin, for the ownership of the resources and for the control and enslavement of all humanity.
Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne). Mr. Johnson is also a Gunsmith, a Certified Master Herbalist, a Montana Master Food Preserver, and a graduate of the U.S. Army’s SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape). He lives in a cabin in the mountains of Western Montana with his wife and three cats. You can follow Jeremiah’s regular writings at SHTFplan.com or contact him here.
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Every letter or package you mail is scanned. Both the to and from addresses. These are recorded and stored. By the NSA. Every electronic activity by everyone is recorded and stored. By the NSA. Every where you go, your phone, car, tollway transponder, etc., is recorded and stored. By the NSA. Every website and TV show you watch is recorded. By the NSA. If you have a smart TV, it listens to you and records. Same with your smart phone. New car? You guessed it. It’s recording. For the NSA. The NSA uses the info to create an algorithm about you.
So always use someone else’s return address, preferably someone you don’t like, when you mail illegal things or do illegal things using the mail.
Have you ever licked a stamp or envelope when sending in your tax return to the IRS? If so, they already have your DNA in their database.
You are correct about the US post office photo copying all sides of any mail, or package you send. I’m not so sure that UPS, Fedex, or any of the other private package senders doing this, yet that is, i guess only time will tell.
All true. Here is a quick history for dummies of the evolution of mass surveillance in the Western nations:
1) Pre-WWII: Most surveillance was through rumour, gossip, footwork, post office and telephone interception.
2) Post-WWII: Machine surveillance became possible as a result of the invention of computers, especially the mainframe computers. Formation of the “Five Eyes”.
3) 1950s: Cold War used as an excuse to roll out mass surveillance. At this time it was a prisoner to the era’s technology and had to prioritise how it spent its resources.
4) 1960s: Invention of the silicon chip and micro-computing becomes a game changer. Now possible to amp up the quantity of information processed and speed.
5) 1970s: Domestic insurrection by radical and terrorist groups forces the need to establish “Echelon”: a Five Eyes led global electronic surveillance and sharing system of surveilance.
6) 1980s: Ronald Reagan invests heavily in ramping up the computer capabilities of the NSA etc.
7) 1990s: Micro-computing flourishing and the start of the Internet revolution combined with the overall communications revolution finally bring in the prospect of real-time 24/7 surveillance of the whole population.
8) 2000s: 9/11 gives the legal framework to throw the switch on 24/7 mass surveillance. Teams are sent to all communications hubs to install redirects straight to the NSA.
9) 2005 onwards: A market is created for mass data collection and an entire sector emerges to collect and monatize this data, while helping to fund the accelerated expansion of surveillance.
Today: Mass surveillance installed and advanced profiling of individuals already in place. Life guiding, siloing, stove-piping, spoofing etc. all techniques used to control the population. Various violent groups are funded to create the public demand for further funding of these activities.
Right on target.
The USPS sends me email regularly with a scan of all flat mail sent to my P.O. box and tells me when I have a package too.
They got it all.
Gloves, hairnets, personalized cutlery; wait a minute. Isn’t that what they want? They, who are they? That’s what really matters?
On other news, it looks like Germany is giving Angela Merkle her walking papers. I guess getting raped by third world migrants is not so great as they said it would be.
I thought Merkel lost the election. No. She was just complaining about the “far right” that got a few seats in parliament and is stirring things up.
We just talk, talk, talk and nobody says what they are going to do about it. (Except the inevitable commenter who is locked and loaded – yawn.)
Why aren’t those of us who oppose biometrics, DNA collection and constant surveillance moving into areas where we can barter, pay cash, walk or use pre-surveillance cars, natural medicine practitioners — areas that already have a pre-tech culture, e.g. Amish, or dying small towns? Sure, we can’t avoid ALL of it, but we can significantly reduce what’s in our digital profiles. So where are the people with the courage and will to do this?
I’m the only one who decides what to do about anything. My personal and confidential information is just that and nothing else. I’ll decide who can know what about me, period.
DR, I’m afraid that’s not how it really is. Just because you don’t want them to know, doesn’t mean they don’t know. You’re here. They already know who, where, and what you are.
I agree. Our information is collected without our knowledge and therefore sans our approval. If analyzed (and posters here no doubt have a leg up on this analysis) its probable that “they” know more about you than you know about you.
Thank any/all finacial institutions for that. They get paid for “sharing”.
No one knows more about me than me.
Half of what they know is wrong and the other half is bullshit.
Have a call phone? Have tags on your car? They knew where you were and when. They very likely know where you will be and when. Have a computer (obviously): The aforementioned applies with the added bonus of what is said, to who. Think your health records are secure from them? Don’t. Interestingly they also know what you don’t. Do you know what employers, acquaintances, friends and family think of you? They track them too. All they need is the desire.
“He can run but he can’t hide”
I don’t have a cell phone, and my town doesn’t have the money to buy the stoplight cameras. So I come and go with fewer traces. I don’t have an employer. I don’t really have many friends, and I’m cutting back on the health care.
I went to four different businesses today and paid cash at all of them. At most of them, the people in front of me paid cash as well. So a large part of my income is like a black budget. No one else knows where it goes or if it goes.
I’m actually seeing more cash and fewer cards in some places.
WalMart Story: “One man. One light bulb. Wasted life.”
(FYI: You are warned. Proceed read at your own risk of wasted time and life)
-Went in for auto head light bulb.
-Scanned by multiple cameras upon entry. Video screen of your picture presented. Facial recognition.
-Scanned by cameras as you proceed through store to the auto bulb section.
-On row/aisle for bulbs Multiple in your face cameras with screens showing your movement/pic on video.
-Found bulbs. No person to assist in finding right model number. No catalog to look up correct fit. Just a box with buttons and screen to enter info.
-The bulbs were locked in a glass case. You could not access the bulbs yourself.
-No WalMart workers around. Went to automotive counter. Clerk was on phone. Stood there for many minutes. Clerk continued talking. Never acknowledging me.
-I walked off to find someone else to open the locked glass case, to get headlight. Found worker. She said, “she could not help. I had to go to automotive counter. Only counter had a key”. (The counter I was already at.)
-Went back to counter. Good news. Worker off phone. Bad news. Clerk now chatting it up with customer. While I stand there many more minutes. Finally customer checks out with clerk. Then clerk proceeds playing on computer. Never looking at me who was standing DIRECTLY in front. Clerk never did acknowledge. I spoke up and asked for key to glass cabinet for bulbs.
-After long delay response. Clerk could not find key. Fumbled around many minutes. Gets key. We go to cabinet. Clerk fumbles with lock. Then lectures me on why I should replace both headlights, “highly reccommended”. Even though only one was currently out. I listened for many minutes at the sales pitch and the “expertise” of the clerk, working at WalMart. Wasteing more of my time.
-I bought one and ONLY one bulb. After clerk answered questions from other people that came up.
-To remind you we are on this row/aisle camera the whole time. Your Picture broadcast on screen. This was for a less than $15 item.
(Are you tired of reading this? I am.)
All I wanted was ONE damned light bulb for the wife’s very very common automobile. All that BS to get bulb in hand.
Think about: The cameras and the box you look items up in are probably connected by data base. Keeps historical record?
When you use a credit card or debit card ALL three items of info connected in database.
-Your Picture for facial recognition. (Row/Aisle camera)
-Your Automobile, because of your item lookup. (black box with buttons for item look up)
-Who you are. (by your payment method)
Got home. Wife says, “what took you so long?”
My response was, I just shrugged and smiled. said she looked nice.
“Welcome to WalMart.”
Never. Never. Never. Never Again.
WalMart situation Creeped me out, wasted my time, invaded my privacy……for a light bulb.
Please tell me, Is there something I don’t know? Are headlight bulbs the new high value asset? I just do not understand.
“Welcome to WalMart 1984”
Do you have suggestions for another country I can move to? It will very very soon be impossible to live in USSA 1984.
Look up “smart dust”. Look up “RFID”. I want out of here ASAP.
Thats what you get for shopping at walmart. Don’t be a fool, shop anywhere else!
our family genealogy group has a guy who advises everyone to get their DNA tested. He is a retired federal employee. Coincidence ?
No, just uninformed.
I write this on an iPad which has no record of an Apple ID, no phone number ever entered, no email ever entered, no Apps, etc. I re-set it regularly. The bill for my Internet goes to a PO Box that is not in my name.
I have an iPhone – no Apple ID, no email, no Apps. I never use Safari. Siri and everything else is turned off. I paid cash for the prepaid phone and pay cash for refill cards. My name and address have never been entered in this phone.
I pay cash at the store, or buy prepaid credit cards if I have to buy online. My online buys are picked up at various delivery boxes or stores. I do not use my real name or phone number or email for online orders (sorry Amazon). Anything you buy on line opens you to having your info stored and sold freely. I just get an order number to track delivery.
I don’t have store discount cards – most want your drivers license and track and sell your info.
I have one credit card in my name – you need that for airlines, hotels and rental cars.
Protect your phone number and address as much as your social security number.
And continue to change your appearance when you go outside. Recently, China took only 6 hours to locate someone via facial recognition. Soon, the cameras will have to die. Pellet gun or 22.
It is impossible to leave the matrix because it is ubiquitous. As David Petraeous laughed about in Congress, they have spy chipped everything. As an example, if you refuse to have a cell phone, a Facebook account, email, etc. then you will struggle to get a job. One of the first things a prospective employer will say is “what is your email address? I will shoot over a copy of our Offer of Employment.” Or “Sorry, Sally, I tried to find your Facebook page but couldn’t. We have decided to go with Ahmed, even with the need to get an H1B Visa, because we found so much more online presence. Sorry??!”
When you leave your home (with its spy chipped appliances and TV set) you will be snapped by CCTV cameras all the way on your journey. If you decide to leave the city or built-up area, they can follow you with a satellite camera or drone (all major cities have 24/7 drone patrols: you can’t see them because they are high and they are camouflaged). In Europe, major cities have zoned areas with a grid pattern that check all vehicles in and out of areas. Each gridded zone has the ability to be locked down in a crisis.
Walk around with a mask on your face and they can map your gait, they can sniff your DNA resonance, they can map your venous structure, they can look under your clothing etc. Flee back to your home and they can peek through your walls and see your heat signature.
Now, there are exceptions to all of this. If you are black or Muslim, they let you pretty well do what you want because it keeps the fear levels up.
I don’t live in a big city, therefore there are no stoplight cameras or 24/7 airplane or drone surveillance. I have no TV and no chipped appliances. Everything I have was bought before those things were invented.
I don’t need a job, as I retired back when I was young enough to enjoy it. I have aches and pains that change my gait from day to day. Sometimes I have a beard, and sometimes I don’t. I let my hair get long and then get a short haircut. I wear ordinary clothes so I don’t stand out.
I pay cash for almost everything, even motel rooms on trips. A large part of my income is taken out as cash and spent with no trace, sort of my own black budget.
I take different routes to everyday destinations and also vary the times and days of the week.
You can eliminate most risks and make it a lot harder for them.
In then end a chain breaks at the weakest link. Every motel I have used required a photo ID, cash or not. The cell phone is a neon sign saying’ I’m here”. Post on this or any BB? Write an E mail? Search subjects on the web? The big “seeing eye” is looking.
You can make it difficult but with computer technology its insignificant. One “trip up” or 1000, it makes no difference.
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Oops…seen you answered the cell phone question. Regardless even if you stay in the shadows your kept isolated.
Yawn. Doom porn is so 2007. Yes, they are collecting data. The problem is that columns like this and the comments that follow are just circle jerking, mental masturbation. There’s not one meaningful thing here in terms of how to combat this…just a lot of keyboard warriors jerking off all over their screens. I’m so done with it. Get back to us when you actually have a workable idea, okay?
If you really want to know how totalitarian we have become then look no further than their involvement in a secret program called organized stalking. This is covert harassment program where members of the public are secretly targeted for revenge purposes. For more information about this do a web search for “NSA whistleblower Karen Stewart”.