Glenn Beck: Google Flu?

Google Flu Trends... What else does Google know about you?

GLENN: The story last night on Drudge was Google Flu Trends and they are launching something called, you know, the Google Flu Trends and it's -- basically they take information from Google that you search for like flu symptoms or muscle aches or fever and they compile it on a map and if there's a huge surge in searches in one area, chances are the flu is breaking out there, then they can find the breakout. Government already monitors this kind of stuff using emergency room datas and information from doctors, but the search data shows that they can get that information for as much as a week prior. I mean, you are feeling pretty bad and so you Google search and then you let it go for a week and you are like, I better go to the hospital.

Now, I know some people saw that last night and went... what? What are they doing tracking? It's not personalized data. They supposedly can't see that I searched for muscle aches or Ring Dings, which is much more likely. They could just see that someone in my general area searched for it. You know, I'm a guy who -- well, you remember Digital Angels, Stu? Digital Angel was a chip that they could -- oh, and it's coming -- that they could put into you, and we were talking about this before 9/11 and Stu was like, that's crazy, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. And I said, you know what? Oh, come on, you did.

STU: Where do you invent these conversations from? You invent them in your head. I want to hear a tape. We're on the radio all the time.

GLENN: Oh, and who is the keeper of the tape? Oh, that would be you.

STU: Me? I don't have the tapes.

GLENN: Oh, interesting, isn't it?

STU: I mean, I might be a little less reactionary than you but I mean, I can see the concern there. You don't want every --

GLENN: You were so -- oh, jeez. I can't --

STU: You have to question everything you say.

GLENN: I can't -- hang on just a second. We'll be back after this short break.

(Digital angel spoof)

GLENN: Okay, we're back. So we were having a conversation before 9/11 and I said, you want to chip people? You don't have to chip people now. You've got a phone. They know where -- they know where you are (whispering). They are watching you right now. Somebody's going -- they're going, where's Steve? Oh, you mean Steve the plumber? Yeah, where is he? Longitude....

So anyway, they know right where you are, and it's fine. It's fine if you trust the government. And I said back before 9/11, all you need is hunger, all you need is time where you're like, oh, boy, how am I going to buy food, I don't have a job, is fear. Somebody could be coming after me or, you know, is our country on the edge. That's all you have to do. You add those two things together and this kind of technology and you are seeing it right now.

Six months ago they took a poll and they said is the government doing too much and it was in the 60 percentile range where they said, no, you know what, government is doing way too much and they need to stay out of the private sector, they need to stay away. Well, now that we've had some fear interjected, now that number has reversed itself. Now it's like in the 40 percentile range with people saying, no, the government should stay out. People are saying I want more government. That's what happens. When people get afraid, they need someone to hold their hand. That's why I've always said Jesus and Hitler had an awful lot in common, and I know that makes people angry, but listen to the explanation. One was good; the other was evil. Sure. Got that. But they both could look at people who were afraid, people who were living in fear, people who were hungry, people who were hopeless and they said, I've got a plan; don't worry; I'm going to take care of you; everything's going to be fine; follow me.

So you have to trust -- you know when we used to say character doesn't matter in our elected officials? Oh, it does, and we're seeing the results of it now. It does matter. And that's why in areas of times of trouble you need to be able to trust them. So I don't have a problem with Google doing this and finding -- you know, it's not like -- I mean, the government doesn't misuse information like this. I mean, it's not like, you know, I've got votes ending up in a back seat of a car of a poll worker or anything, you know? Hello.

So the big brother aspect is at work here, and I don't trust the government, but there are things that we should -- you know, there are things that we should look into and we should do. But let me play devil's advocate here for a second. Flu isn't a joke. Do you know that it cost us $10 billion in lost productivity every single year, the flu does? 36,000 people in the U.S. die from the flu every year? Can you imagine if we were having a terrorist attack like the size of 9/11, 3,000 people every month. I would think that the vast majority of the audience would support keeping track of Internet searches. I mean searches with names attached. Not like this. The vast majority already supports wiretapping and e-mail searches because of one attack that happened seven years ago that was a fraction of this size. There should just be an opt-out thing. The more data used, you can get out of the program. I mean, there are a lot of search engines out there that aren't named Google. You don't want to be a part of that program, get off that grid, although I don't want government officials knocking at my door taking my temperature every time a bunch of teenagers decide to be funny to search for vomiting and the chills at the same time.

In the end we've got to trust our government. I don't. But that's why we need to elect officials and find and seek out those people that will help us run this government that are more like us.

The Supreme Court slapped down New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's COVID-19 restrictions on religious gatherings Wednesday, arguing that strict limitations on the number of people in churches, synagogues, and other houses of worship — while liquor stores, bike shops, and many other non-religious places face few or no restrictions at all — are in violation of the First Amendment.

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck and Stu Burguiere applauded Justice Amy Coney Barrett, who reportedly cast the deciding vote in the 5-4 ruling, as well as Justice Neil Gorsuch who took specific aim at Gov. Cuomo for limiting religious gatherings to as few as 10 people in some areas, while imposing "no capacity restrictions on certain businesses he considers 'essential'."

"It turns out the businesses the Governor considers essential include hardware stores, acupuncturists, and liquor stores," Gorsuch said. "Bicycle repair shops, certain signage companies, accountants, lawyers, and insurance agents are all essential too."

"Government is not free to disregard the 1st Amendment in times of crisis," Gorsuch wrote in a separate opinion.

Gov. Cuomo has since called the Supreme Court ruling "moot" and "irrelevant" because he had recently lifted restrictions in most of the affected areas.

"This is a trick they play all the time. They've done this with Second Amendment cases as well," Stu noted. "They'll put a ridiculous restriction in that's obviously not constitutional, keep it in place for a year while it goes through the courts, and right before it gets to the Supreme Court they withdraw the rule. So then the case gets thrown out because it's moot."

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Hey Joe, THIS is how you handle terrorists

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If you haven't seen the new Apple TV+ drama Tehran, it's definitely worth your time. It tells the story of an Israeli spy who sneaks into Iran to set up an attack on Iran's nuclear program. Now that the new Bond movie is delayed, this show has a little bit of everything to hold you over: international spies, hackers, double agents.

But I digress...

No matter how Hollywood tries to invent these stories — and this one is definitely good — they always fall short of what happens in real life. What happened in Iran this past Friday is a movie waiting to happen.

What happened in Iran this past Friday is a movie waiting to happen.

Iran's top nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, was assassinated as he was traveling to his private villa just a few miles east of Tehran. The operation involved a team of over 60 people. Around 50 logistical support agents backed up a dozen gunmen. They knew everything. His schedule, his private address, his classified movements, the route...

Fakhrizadeh was traveling in the middle of three armored vehicles. When they approached the ambush site, the hit team cut off all the electricity in the surrounding area. A car bomb was then remotely detonated, taking out the rear vehicle in the convoy. 12 gunmen proceeded to open fire on the other two cars. Iran's top nuclear scientist was dead, and NONE of the hit squad were wounded or arrested.

Now you can already guess where the blame is being directed this morning. Almost immediately, the fingers began to point at both Israel and the United States. The mainstream media is trying to paint this as an effort by Trump to sabotage a Biden effort to restart the Iran Nuclear Deal. Remember that "masterful" stroke of Middle East foreign policy? You know, the deal that included $150 BILLION — in cash — that Obama and Biden knew would be used to kill Americans and destabilize the entire region. Remember that?

They said it was impossible... but Trump did it.

They claimed their way was the only path to peace. What did they get from it? Iran spread out all the way to the literal doorstep of Israel. The elite Iraqi troops of the Republican Guard were staging in Syria, plotting that ultimate attack to take back Jerusalem. The entire region was set to explode... but then Trump scuttled the deal. What did it lead to? Historic peace agreements between the Arab world and Israel.

They said it was impossible... but Trump did it. He reimposed sanctions and launched a campaign to kill terrorists rather than give them money.

John Brennan took to Twitter this weekend to call the assassination a criminal act.

It echoes what they said when the top terrorist in the world — Qassem Soleimani — was assassinated in Iraq. Coincidentally, the Iranian government published artwork over the weekend depicting Soleimani and the, now dead, nuclear scientist standing side by side.

You see, now matter how people like Brennan and Biden might try and say otherwise, this is exactly the type of person Iran's "Robert Openheimer" was: a terrorist in the same category as Soleimani (but obviously with a lot more dangerous capability).

Iran has been protecting this man for two decades. They called him merely "an academic," but denied the UN IAEA inspectors to ever question him.

The rhetoric Iran fed the global community was that their nuclear program didn't have anything to do with weapons, and that this nuclear scientist was involved in research to improve their energy programs. But in 2007, the CIA said this was a cover story. In 2008, the United States froze his assets, and the IAEA made it public that this scientist was leading Iran's nuclear weapons project.

Iran called it "Projects 110 and 111." Fakhrizadeh was tasked with finding out how to miniaturize a nuclear warhead and make it durable enough so that it could survive re-entry into the atmosphere on top of an ICBM.

There can be no accommodation with terrorists.

Obama and Biden's nuclear deal didn't stop ANY of this. Israel revealed in 2018 that Projects 110 and 111 continued. Fakhrizadeh was specifically called out as still being the main man in charge.

Biden thinks his policy of accommodation will somehow bring us the peace that Neville Chamberlain once thought was possible with Hitler. When has this borne fruit with any maniacal tyrant or terrorist... ever?!

And that's exactly what Iran and their thugs are. They're terrorists! They're not a legitimate regime. Long before ISIS, the terrorists in Iran stole a country, planning to spread their caliphate all over the world. Members of Al Qaeda, despite being Sunni, enjoy free sanctuary under their protection. They want to burn Israel to the ground. They chant "death to America"... It's actually a holiday there.

There can be no accommodation with terrorists. Biden wants peace with Iran, and he'll probably roll out a red carpet and offer them a few hundred billion more dollars. We know this doesn't work. To quote Reagan, "there's one way to have peace and you can have it in this second... surrender."

That's how you deal with terrorists, and — whether we were involved or not — another one was just taken out.

How does a sports writer know how to fix America, and America's racial dilemma?

In a special edition of the "Glenn Beck Radio Program," Outkick sports columnist Jason Whitlock filled in Tuesday for Glenn to explain how we can bring America back together, lean into racial harmony, and restore the values of our Founding Fathers. Because if not us, then who will?

Jason started out by explaining how, during a recent appearance on the program, he felt a spiritual connection with Glenn, regardless of physical differences, as both share a common passion for God and country.

"Glenn and I share a kindred spirit. A kindred passion," Jason said. "We have two things that we love and are passionate about: God and country. I am not a minister. I'm a flawed sinner just like Glenn and just like you. But I am a believer. Believers share an energy that connects them, that cuts through our physical differences and makes those differences irrelevant relevant. That's what I felt when I met Glenn, an energy and a spirit that connects us. We are broadcasters, media personalities, operating in separate spaces, trying to talk to Americans, who share our passion."

Jason went on to say that he believes there are forces operating, both outside of and inside America, that are working to separate America from God, and that much of what we've witnessed in 2020 — from the racial division stirred by the mainstream and social media, to the rioting and looting by Antifa and Black Lives Matter, to the "remaking of the sports world into a shrine that celebrates resisting criminal suspects and denigrates this great country at every turn" — are symptoms and consequences of America's enemies separating God and country.

"We are one nation under God. We are nothing without Him," Jason continued. "The flawed sinners who founded this nation baked God into this country with their Declaration of Independence. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights. That among those, are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The foreign and domestic enemies of this nation are baking a new American cake. God isn't an essential ingredient in this new cake. He isn't an ingredient at all. The removal of faith is sewing the disharmony that is terrorizing and destroying the United States of America.

"Why am I here today? I'm here to tell you how we take our country back, how we restore the freedoms and the liberties our enemies seek to remove in their remaking of a godless America."

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One of the most shocking things British journalist, political commentator, and author of "The Madness of Crowds," Douglas Murray witnessed during his recent stay in America, was how many Americans are acting as if they live in 1930s Germany or behind the Iron Curtain, afraid to stand up and speak out because they're afraid of the consequences.

Murray joined the "Glenn Beck Podcast" this week to explain why he believes the state of America is actually worse than we realize, and how the Left's obsession with rewriting history has ushered in guilt, fear, and a "silent majority."

Murray said he's particularly "fed up" with those on the Right who are afraid to voice their opinion because they don't want to become the target of leftist mobs on social media.

"Do you think anyone in history who told the truth had an easy time? You've got the easiest time that any opposition movement ever did in history," Murray said.

"You cannot have these people in America living in a free society — which is for the time being free — pretending that they live under the circumstances of Jews in 1930s Germany," he added. "Speak up. Speak out. Don't be a silent majority; be a very damn noisy majority. And don't put up with the oppression of people who are totally insincere ... they want to make money. They want to win. Nothing more. Call them out ... and get back to what you should be doing as a nation."

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