Three Things You Need to Know - November 2, 2017

Instant communication has it's drawbacks.

First responders are often completely wrong.

I’m not talking about police or paramedics. I’m talking about those Twitter and Facebook users who rush to announce an incident is not Islamic-related terrorism.

After Tuesday’s terrorist attack in New York City for example, a Twitter account called “New York City Alerts” tweeted: “Breaking Update: NYPD official confirms, the incident in downtown Manhattan is NOT terror related.” Which turned out to be totally false.

Later, they tweeted: “Per PD sources, a fight between two truck drivers led to one truck hitting multiple pedestrians, and one truck driver opened fire.” Again, not even close to the facts.

We’ve seen other examples like this in recent years. Calling the 2015 San Bernandino terrorist attack “workplace violence,” or social media users misidentifying the Charlottesville killer, which forced a Michigan man and his family to flee their home because of death threats.

Sometimes it’s people on the far Left or far Right trying to spread false information that helps their own agenda. But sometimes it’s just people trying to be the first to report something and get a bunch of re-tweets. Either way, it’s not helpful.

In 1844, a New York Herald reporter wrote about the remarkable new telegraph technology and said, “There is nothing now left for invention to achieve but to discover news before it takes place.”

Guess what? We’ve invented it – they could’ve been describing our current fake news and social media. Ironically, our instant communication doesn’t help us get to the truth faster, often it does just the opposite.

This week, Congress fretted about the ads that Russia polluted our Facebook feeds with last year. Some of the ads may have looked convincing, but the ad can’t hypnotize you and cause you to press the “like” or “share” buttons. We must be more discerning than that. The fake news problem isn’t simply about shutting down whoever’s creating the fake content. It’s also about Americans not recognizing propaganda.

Sure, maybe it’s difficult to discern sometimes, it might require extra effort. I say this often because I believe it’s important advice: do your own homework. If we can’t get a handle on how to responsibly navigate something like social media, wait until A.I. gets further down the tracks. Then we’re in real trouble.

Then telegrams might sound like a great option.

Remembering those who lost their lives in the NYC attack.

It had been decades since Ariel and his high school friends got together to catch up.

The 30th anniversary of their graduation was approaching and Ariel came up with a fantastic plan.

A successful steel mill owner in Argentina, Ariel had some money saved away for a once in a lifetime holiday.

He decided he would pay for all his classmates to travel to the Big Apple and celebrate—New York style.

The group of nine friends were having a blast doing touristy things, like riding bikes in downtown Manhattan, when the unimaginable happened.

A terrorist, hell-bent on murdering whoever he could, rammed his truck into the bikers.

Five of the friends were killed.

In addition to the five friends from Argentina, three others lost their lives on Tuesday.

Nicholas Cleves was a 23-year-old software developer who had recently started his first job out of school. He had the world at his feet.

Darren Drake was a 32-year-old project manager for Moody’s Analytics. His parents knew something was wrong when they couldn’t reach him hours after the attack. They frantically drove to Bellevue Hospital where their worst fears were confirmed.

Anne Decadt was a 31-year-old from Belgium who was vacationing in New York with her mother and two sisters. Her 3-month-old and 3-year-old sons are now motherless.

Because of one man’s selfish and delusional fantasies, these eight people are dead. Their families are suffering unthinkable pain.

And the scary thing is, this attacker’s fantasies are shared by thousands of others. He is not alone. And this will happen again, if we continue to allow it.

He wanted to kill children.

“He did this in the name of ISIS,” said the deputy commissioner of intelligence and counterterrorism for the NYPD. The disturbing details of how Saipov, the Uzbek immigrant turned terrorist, planned and executed his attack are starting to become clear. The narrative gives a frightening look inside the mind of a cold-blooded and calculated killer.

Saipov had been planning his attack on the Manhattan West Side bike path for a year. We still don’t know when or how long he’d been radicalized, but for any new and aspiring ISIS recruit, getting instruction from the Caliphate is actually pretty easy. Just pull up an app on your phone or hop onto the internet. Both ISIS and Al Qaeda give instruction and direction online that acts as a sort of demented University of Phoenix for terrorists.

Several months ago, ISIS began telling their followers to stop coming to Syria and Iraq. They could be more effective by staying in their home countries. ISIS began directing their soldiers to use vehicles as weapons in order to stay off the radar of law enforcement. Saipov took this instruction, and made the decision around September to use a truck.

On October 4th, he searched online for a Home Depot store in New Jersey. He noted a location that rented trucks and continued his preparation. On October 18th, Saipov began looking for the best spot to execute his attack. He wanted to inflict the maximum amount of casualties, but not just any people would do. He wanted to make a statement. He looked up “Halloween in NYC.” You can only imagine what he saw as he clicked through image after image of trick or treaters walking down the West Side path. Saipov specifically chose his location with hopes that children would be among the carnage.

He rented a practice truck on October 22nd, and began making dry runs. On October 28th, he scoped the target location one final time. He was ready. He carried a stun gun and 3 knives just in case he lived long enough to use them. Saipov originally planned to hang two ISIS flags on the front and back of the truck, but changed his mind at the last minute. He didn’t want to risk attracting attention before entering the walkway.

Inside the truck, police found a handwritten note in both Arabic and English. It read “No God but God and Muhammad is his prophet. Islamic supplication. It will endure.”

We’re entering a new era in the war on terror. Where people can be radicalized, taught and instructed from the comfort of their own home anywhere in the world. They’re smart, they’re calculating and they’re devoted. The terrorists have evolved. The question now is, how to we evolve to stop them?

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Elon Musk calls Biden a 'damp sock puppet,' says the president treats Americans 'like fools'

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Elon Musk, co-founder and CEO of Tesla, took to Twitter on Thursday to remind President Joe Biden that he left a certain key player out of a discussion about the future of building electric vehicles in the United States.

After meeting with General Motors Chair and CEO Mary Barra and Ford Motor Co. CEO Jim Farley, among others — but not including Musk — at the White House, Biden tweeted, "I meant it when I said the future was going to be made right here in America. Companies like GM and Ford are building more electric vehicles here at home than ever before."

Musk first responded by tweeting, "Starts with a T, Ends with an A, ESL in the middle."

Later in the thread, Musk seemed to agree with Twitter user Kim Paquette by tweeting: "Biden is treating the American public like fools."

Finally, Musk tweeted his pièce de résistance (at least for the day): "Biden is a damp [sock] puppet in human form."

This isn't the first time Musk has taken issue with the current administration. In December, he railed against Biden's "Build Back Better Act", saying he's deeply concerned about how the multitrillion-dollar bill would increase the national debt. In October, Musk slammed the administration's proposed tax on unrealized capital gains, warning Americans that "eventually, they run out of other people's money and then they come for you."

And who could forget Musk's spectacular Twitter spat with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass)? In case you missed it, Warren called Musk a freeloader after Time magazine named him "Person of the Year." Musk shot back with, "If you opened your eyes for 2 seconds, you would realize I will pay more taxes than any American in history this year. Don’t spend it all at once … oh wait you did already."

On his radio program Thursday, BlazeTV's Glenn Beck spoke out in Musk's defense. He praised Musk's "American spirit," noting the South African-born American entrepreneur's humble beginnings.

"Do you know that when Elon Musk and his brother launched their first company, Zip2, Elon was living in his office and he was showering at the YMCA? Did you know that? But he was in America. He's got more American spirit in him than most people I see every day. He's gone from showering at the YMCA to now mapping out a trip to Mars and he'll do it. Why? Because he has that American spirit in him."

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When Biden was given the keys to the Oval Office in January 2021, gas was $2.50 a gallon and the inflation rate was 1.4%. Today gas is at $3.32 a gallon and the inflation rate is at 7% ... and STILL RISING. These are just 12 months of numbers, but we’re clearly in a worrying decline. While the economy has opened up more post-COVID, it’s not just getting worse — we’re going IN REVERSE.

On "Glenn TV" Wednesday, Glenn Beck heads to the chalkboard (and the very top of his studio ceiling) to explain what’s happening to inflation and why it’s so hard for your family to afford basic goods and groceries. It’s not “corporate greed,” as Democrats have been telling you. The Biden administration wants to continue to spend trillions of dollars to “reinvent capitalism,” but that’s in addition to the trillions that are being pumped out IN THE SHADOWS.

Glenn exposes what the Fed has been doing behind closed doors and shows us the tidal wave that’s about to hit. He’s looked at the numbers, and they're frightening. Carol Roth, former Wall Street investment banker and author of “The War on Small Business,” gives advice to Americans who want to protect their checking and savings accounts before it’s too late.

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The stock markets have taken a nosedive in the biggest downtrend since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. But that's nothing compared to what's coming thanks to our government's embrace of modern monetary theory, warned BlazeTV's Glenn Beck on the radio program.

"It really is important that you understand what's happening to us," Glenn stated. "Modern monetary theory is truly the [fuel] ... for the great reset. It is the idea that we can print as much money and spend as much money as we want," he explained.

"Then the next step is to release the Federal Reserve digital currency and make payments by other currencies [including cryptocurrencies] illegal," he continued. "And you're seeing it happen now in real time. Why would they do this? Because you cannot print this kind of money without having absolute control over how it is spent."

Glenn broke down the steps powerful political organizations — like the Federal Reserve — will take to end currency competition and enact a Federal digital dollar, which will allow for the government to have complete control over how we spend our money.

"This is what's coming. This is coming quickly, and events will make it move faster. For instance, why is Joe Biden basically giving Ukraine to Russia? He's giving it to them. He he knows Russia's not afraid of him. Putin knows that [Biden] is not going to do anything ... neither is NATO. They're not going to do anything," Glenn said.

"It's because war resets everything. War is the best great resetter. Changes boundaries. It changes borders. It changes laws. It changes societies. It changes currencies. It changes everything. And in the end you just want the war to stop. And so you you accept whatever it is the terms are that you're going to have to live under now. We're in very, very dangerous times. The only way to survive this is to know why they are dangerous times."

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Chances are, you've noticed that many large companies have decided to become woke activists, despite the fact that alienating half your customer base is a terrible business strategy.

This woke shift isn't being driven by the usual market forces. It's the Great Reset's ESG score system at work, Glenn Beck said on "GlennTV." Under the “environmental, social, and governance” score system, companies will no longer make decisions based on what you, the consumer, want. Now, it's all about what those in power deem society should want. And it's not just businesses that are affected, he explained.

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