Threats from the Permanent Record

If you're in the mood to worry about a technological apocalypse, there's no shortage of imminent disasters to hang your hat on, tinfoil or otherwise. An enemy-launched electromagnetic pulse in the upper atmosphere that zaps us back to the Stone Age, self-aware nanotechnology suddenly turning on its creators, drug-resistant super bugs that someday soon will learn how to make antibiotics obsolete — all are scary and, while a few among the growing stack of dire predictions may be entirely possible, some are massively overstated and most will never amount to more than a Y2K-style anticlimax.

But don't rest too easy. There's a real tech-based 5-star threat that's aimed at you, personally, and it's much closer to home than you may realize: The decaying state of personal privacy and the ever-expanding set of tools (both human and electronic) that are watching, tracking, and probing your every move.

More than ever, it seems like almost everywhere you look, there's something looking back. Think of your online life this way: Imagine for a second that the place where you live has no shades or curtains on the windows, the walls are paper-thin, the locks all pop open at the slightest nudge, the peephole in your front door looks in instead of out, and many of your neighbors are nosy, gossipy, sketchy, and anonymous. In a place like that, someone you don't know could be watching or listening to everything you do; maybe they're watching right now or, even worse, maybe they're recording you.

The sobering fact is, your Internet service provider, your favorite search engine, your social networking site, and other e-destinations know a lot more about you than you think, and remember: the Internet never forgets.

The biggest push behind the current tech-driven privacy invasion probably comes from one key fact: Personal data is the new gold rush. With about 70% of our economy now driven by consumer spending, it's understandable that specific information about those consumers and their shopping habits has become a smoking-hot commodity.

Every detail of what you buy, and when, and where, and how often, and why, online and offline, can be used to target advertising, track trends, and even predict future behavior right down to the individual.

How do they get this information? Mostly, they just listen. People with a lot of Internet-connected gadgets in their lives are more likely to be leaking secrets like a rusty sieve, and if you don't pay much attention to protecting your privacy, your own computer may be making you a lot more vulnerable than you'd like. The first mistake is thinking of the many joys and conveniences on the Internet as "free," when we all know that nothing of any value comes without a cost. In many cases, little bits of your privacy are given up to marketers who pay the freight for your Web-surfing in return for what they learn about you.

The Wall Street Journal recently published a study of the top-50 sites and the number of tracking tools they deposit on your computer while you're reading a news story, shopping, or even just looking up a word in the online dictionary. Only one of these, Wikipedia, left your computer alone during your visit. The most aggressive site (a popular dictionary) left behind 234 little digital files to track your activities and target your ads accordingly.

On some level, we're well aware that all kinds of subtle, creeping invasions of our personal space are happening, and that they're happening everywhere. You don't even have to read the fine print in that cell-phone agreement, social Web site, cable/DSL/Internet terms-of-service, credit application, GPS/geolocation app, browser toolbar, RFID tag, tollway transponder — or even in your employment contract — to realize that you've actually consented to being watched from some hidden vantage point for much of the day.

That's right: whether you remember doing so or not, in one way or another you've agreed to trade out your privacy, a little at a time. But it's not just the advertisers you should watch out for. Privacy concerns extend far beyond marketing.

For example, recently a Pennsylvania school had provided over 2,000 students with laptop computers to help with their homework. Software was pre-installed to allow school officials to activate the Webcams of these computers, wherever they were, presumably for anti-theft purposes. It was later alleged that tens of thousands of photos and screen-shots were secretly taken, of a number of students, in the "privacy" of their homes, without their knowledge, for purposes that had nothing to do with the original intent.

The government is taking advantage of emerging technologies as well. In many parts of the country, you can already incur a number of different kinds of traffic tickets and tollway fines based purely on photographic or electronic evidence. There have been reports of local authorities using Google Earth and StreetView images to search for permit violations and other punishable infractions without the need for an on-site inspection.

And let's not forget the actual criminals. Thieves, bullies, and cyber-stalkers often don't even have to resort to hacking skills to steal passwords, hijack accounts, or harass their victims. If you're not careful, that anonymous "friend" on Facebook or follower on Twitter can gain access to sensitive information that you'd never dream of giving them if you saw them face-to-face.

The real danger is that someone, somewhere, is able to build a very detailed picture of you and your activities from all the tiny bits of innocent information you give out on a daily basis. This picture amounts to that "permanent record" you were always threatened with in school. It didn't exist then, but it certainly does now. By giving up these little parcels of your privacy, you're creating that permanent record, and not only that — you're also creating a chain of evidence that could convict you of crimes that may not even exist yet.

Here's a small example, with potentially large implications.

It's been proposed that tiny radio tags (or RFID chips) could soon be attached to all the products we buy. From your credit-card records, the powers that be already know what you buy, and where, and how often, but with these new tags they could also know what you did with what you bought. This technology could be used to track compliance with any number of current and new regulations. Sound outlandish? The city of Cleveland is rolling out a program of "smart" trash bins, designed to tattle on you if you don't roll your recyclables to the curb on a regular basis. The automatic fine is $100 per infraction.

Let's say, in a new green economy, certain kinds of light bulbs, packaging, foods, appliances and other materials are mandated to bring the average carbon-footprint within a government-enforced range. By knowing what you buy, and how often, and what you throw away, your obedience to these regulations is recorded and actionable. They don't even have to take the time to go through your trash to assess your penalties; it's all done electronically, and automatically.

In a nationwide, government-supervised health care system, it's not impossible to imagine that "healthy" behavior would be encouraged (and compliance somehow enforced) in order to control costs and manage limited resources. If you've been ordered by your doctor to watch your weight, cut back on your drinking, or quit smoking, but the self-supplied evidence in your permanent record suggests you've been cheating, who knows what the results could be? You could see your health care "tax" skyrocket, you could lose your place in line for an expensive drug or procedure — in short, your life could become a much lower priority in an already overburdened system.

You don't know where all this information is, who controls it, who shares it with whom, much less how it will all be used in the future. History has taught us this, however: for every benefit you receive from these new technologies, it's likely something of greater value is being taken away, with or without your knowledge.

Much like liberty, privacy is easier to give up than it is to win back again. The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects was important enough to earn a top-5 spot in the Bill of Rights. That alone should be enough of an endorsement to justify some daily care to preserve that right — to safeguard your permanent record — even though you've got nothing to hide.



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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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11 things you can do to help stop the Great Reset

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The foundation of the American way of life is freedom from tyranny, which can only exist in a nation that defends the rights, powers, and property of individuals and families. Over the past two centuries, the greatest threats to liberty have come from governments, both foreign and domestic. And from the beaches of Normandy to the civil rights movement of the 1960s, Americans have repeatedly conquered the challenges placed before them by those seeking to extinguish or limit individual rights.

However, over the past few years, a new, potentially catastrophic danger has emerged, but not primarily from the halls of Congress or state capitols. This threat to freedom has largely emanated from the board rooms of the world’s wealthiest, most powerful corporations, large financial institutions, central banks, and international organizations such as the United Nations and World Economic Forum.

In an attempt to secure vast amounts of wealth and influence over society, corporate CEOs, bankers, and investors, working closely with key government officials, have launched a unified effort to impose environmental, social, and governance (ESG) standards on most of the industrialized global economy. ESG standards are also referred to as “sustainable investment” or “stakeholder capitalism.” According to a report by KPMG, thousands of companies, located in more than 50 countries, already have ESG systems in place, including 82 percent of large companies in the United States.

ESG standards are designed to create a “great reset of capitalism” and to “revamp all aspects of our societies and economies, from education to social contracts and working conditions.” ESG supporters plan to enact these radical changes by using ESG schemes to alter how businesses and investments are evaluated, so that instead of focusing on the quality of goods and services, profits, and other traditional economic metrics, companies — including financial institutions — are evaluated largely on their commitment to social justice and environmental causes and then assigned scores so that companies can be compared, rewarded, or potentially punished.

Supporters of the movement for a Great Reset also plan on using technology to limit free speech and privacy rights, and they support creating vast new government programs that are designed to transform the Western economy via the Green New Deal, European Green Deal, a federal jobs guarantee, and basic income programs.

Together, the proposals that make up the Great Reset represent the most serious threat to freedom in the West since the fall of the Soviet Union and perhaps since World War II. But there is hope. We can stop the Great Reset, but only if we act quickly and with great conviction.

Below are 11 steps you can take to push back against the Great Reset. These steps represent a powerful bottom-up, grassroots approach to the Great Reset’s top-down plan to remake the world. Although many of these steps won’t be easy for everyone to take, they are essential for ensuring that our children and grandchildren will grow up in a world that protects the rights of individuals and empowers families, rather than wealthy special interests, financial institutions, and large corporations.

1. Live Not by Lies: The time for remaining quiet is over. When you hear or see something that you know to be false, speak up. Be kind, generous, and compassionate, but do not, under any circumstances, allow lies to infect your life. Further, do not support organizations, publications, politicians, schools, or any other institutions that regularly promote false claims.

2. Buy Local: The reason the Great Reset is so powerful is because so many of us have become totally dependent on large multinational corporations. They can be easily manipulated in a way that small, local businesses cannot. Learn to buy local, whenever possible, even if it means spending more money on your purchases. Yes, big corporations offer conveniences and low prices that many small businesses can’t compete with, but those benefits come with a great cost: your freedom.

3. Bank Local: Big financial institutions and banks are driving much of the Great Reset movement. They have started to use their incredible wealth and power to alter society by financing only those businesses who agree to the terms of the Great Reset. This problem is going to get worse, so it’s important to find local banks and credit unions you can trust and who refuse to utilize ESG scores and other discriminatory schemes.

4. Support Local Farms: If you live in an area that has local farms and farmer’s markets, consider buying as many of your groceries as possible from farmers. In the future, food production and distribution are going to change dramatically. It’s important that you support local farmers and build relationships with individuals who can provide you with the goods you need in a time of crisis. One of our main goals must be to make local communities as self-sufficient as possible, and that cannot happen unless we support local farms.

5. Be Vocal: After starting to shop and bank locally, be sure to tell big financial institutions and corporations why they have lost your business. They need to know that their decisions have serious consequences.

6. Run for Local Government: Local and state governments will soon be our most important defense against the Great Reset. Consider running for your local school board, zoning board, or even for a state legislative office. If you don’t feel qualified for these positions, find someone who shares your values and help them run for office. If we don’t have control of our local governments, we won’t be able to halt the Great Reset.

7. Demand That Your State Pass Laws Against ESG Scores: In America, states have a tremendous amount of power to slow the Great Reset and protect their citizens from abuses by large corporations, banks, and international institutions. They can do this by passing laws that make the use of ESG metrics and other, similar systems by financial institutions illegal, when used as a precondition for banking services, financing, investment, etc. ESG scores are, by definition, discriminatory and should be made illegal by state lawmakers who care about protecting their citizens’ rights.

8. Make Responsible Spending a Key Issue for Politicians: In recent years, politicians on the ideological left and right have totally abandoned responsible fiscal policy in favor of vast money printing and loose monetary policies. The many trillions of dollars that have been “printed” in recent years put our economy at risk and are being used to fuel the Great Reset. Without these trillions of dollars of printed money, it would be exceptionally difficult for governments and financial institutions to buy off corporations.

9. Organize Anti-Great Reset Groups: No matter where you live, there are Americans in your community who do not support the Great Reset — Republicans, Democrats, and independents alike. Find like-minded neighbors and organize a local, peaceful resistance. Find people you can trust and agree to support one another when times get tough. Now, more than ever, we need to develop dependable communities.

10. Buy Property and Diversify: Property ownership is going to become increasingly more difficult in the months and years to come. It’s important that you work with a qualified financial adviser to help you figure out the best way to buy property and diversify your investments. Buying hard assets, including real estate and precious metals, could be a good way for you to protect against the Great Reset and a possible financial collapse. If you already own property, resist selling it to large corporations and financial institutions, whenever possible. (This is not financial advice, and I’m not a financial adviser. Talk to an expert you trust before taking action!)

11. Make the Great Reset a Litmus Test for Politicians: Before supporting politicians, find out if they know what the Great Reset is and what they plan to do to stop it. If they aren’t familiar with the Great Reset or don’t have a plan to halt it, then demand that they learn about the Great Reset and develop a proposal to prevent it. Political leaders who refuse to take the Great Reset seriously do not deserve your support. This is the key issue of our generation.