A classic Joe Biden moment (err, gaffe) from 2017 re-surfaced over the weekend, and it's...interesting. Speaking to a group of children, the current 2020 contender said that when he used to work as a lifeguard, kids would run their hands up and down his hairy legs...definitely a visual NONE of us need.
Amy Sterner Nelson has experienced firsthand just how dangerous Amazon truly can be. She joined Glenn during his ‘Targets of Tyranny’ special last year to detail how the tech giant used civil asset forfeiture in an attempt to pressure Amy’s husband, Carl, to admit to felony accusations that he did not commit. But, since sharing her story with Glenn’s audience, Amazon’s dark practices seemingly have only gotten worse. She joins Glenn in-studio to detail the latest developments, explaining just how deep Amazon’s partnerships with our federal government run. But it’s not just Amazon, Amy explains. It’s ALL of Big Tech, and their partnerships, their corruption, and their scare tactics are something we should ALL be terrified of.
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GLENN: The founder of the Riveter. She is -- she is really -- I feel stupid sitting in the same room with her. She's a graduate of Emery University.
NYU, School of Law, practice corporate litigation with a focus on high profile First Amendment matters for over a decade in New York and then in Seattle.
Mother of four. Contributor for Ink. The host of iHeart Radio's What's Her Story, with Sam and Amy.
She's raised $30 million in venture capital to grow the Riveter.
She's also been published in the Washington Post, Newsweek, Seattle Times, and she's been all over the world speaking. Fortune's most powerful women. I mean, jeez.
Overachieve much, Amy?
GLENN: So, Amy, you were on with us -- by the way, welcome. Glad you're here.
AMY: Thank you. Thank you.
GLENN: And you're sitting up, taking nourishment. That's always good. You came in here for the targets of tyranny special. And we had been in correspondence for a while. Because of what happened to you and your husband in Seattle with Amazon. And the feds.
Can you quickly just recap that for anybody who doesn't remember?
AMY: Yeah. So my husband worked for Amazon web services for nearly eight years. If you don't know, AWS is a subsidiary of Amazon.
Where the internet lives, cloud computing lives, and these big data warehouses across the world.
My husband worked in real estate, helped scouting locations that would be good to build data centers and projects along those lines.
He left Amazon in 2019. On April 2nd, 2020, the FBI knocked on our door.
We learned then that my husband was being accused. At the time, we didn't know by who.
Of a crime called private sector honest services fraud, which is depriving your private employer of your honest services. At the time, the FBI did not ask my husband what happened. It was clearly an accusation. And two months later, the government used forfeiture, to seize all of our family's bank accounts.
GLENN: Your bank accounts. Your husband's, your joint. Everything.
AMY: I mean, to the point, Glenn. The DOJ went into our law firm's client trust account. And seized all the money that we had paid our lawyers.
GLENN: Oh, my gosh. Oh, my gosh.
AMY: And my husband at that point was never charged with a crime. In fact, he was never charged with a crime. Civil forfeiture is something the government did use. It's a tool. And they can seize your money, your home, your safe deposit box.
GLENN: They can squeeze you in every way they possibly can.
And many times, you don't get the money back.
AMY: We really don't. And we were kind of told. Don't expect to get the money back, no matter what.
GLENN: That's craziness.
That's King George. Declaration of Independence-style stuff.
AMY: And the thing is, it's a tool. It's a pressure tool. So my husband had been accused of April 2nd, 2020.
And the prosecutors wanted to plead guilty to a crime. It was all very specific and unclear. The crazy thing is, that largely what my husband was being accused of, depriving Amazon of his honest services, related to actions my husband took after he didn't work at Amazon. But, anyway, we did fight.
And, you know, we -- we had four little girls.
We sold our home. We sold our car. We liquidated our retirement. We borrowed money from family and friends to pay lawyers and to survive.
GLENN: And didn't they go into your family's accounts too? Your dad or something?
AMY: Oh, my gosh. Yeah, so my father was critically ill. He almost died. He also got a life-saving kidney transplant in April of 2020.
And two weeks later, the FBI emptied out his bank accounts. My husband and I had paid for his medical care.
AMY: So he would have died, if my mother wouldn't have helped him pay his medical bills.
GLENN: So many times, people see this and go, yeah. But there had to be something.
You -- you told the story of what that something is. And it revolved around a very expensive lawsuit from Amazon.
AMY: Yeah. So to preface this, we had no idea what was going on. And the day the FBI showed up at my house, my husband hired criminal defense attorneys and said, please call Amazon, and tell them, I will come in and talk to them. I don't understand what is going on. But I have nothing to hide.
And Amazon's lawyers said, we will only speak to him if he's pleading guilty to a felony. And at the time, we were going, what was going on?
Amazon's lawyers squarely put the DOJ between the company and my husband.
Very few companies have that kind of access to DOJ, and for an institution that's meant to be apolitical, that's wrong. It's just wrong. But what we learned over the course of years, and spending a lot of lawyer money is that, in February of 2020, Amazon broke a contract with a real estate developer. And by the explicit terms of that contract, unless they could improve the developer committed a felony crime, they were going to owe him over $100 million in damages.
The next day after they broke the contract, they had the first meeting with the Department of Justice. They meant with the Department of Justice over 100 times trying to lobby for criminal charges.
The government spent countless FBI hours and prosecutor's hours. Essentially doing Amazon's bidding. And what we do know, is despite all the things that Amazon told the government. They never told the government, that they broke a contract and needed a felony. Or they would be liable for hundreds of millions of dollars in damages.
GLENN: So you decided to fight this.
GLENN: You guys are fighters. You decided to fight. It has cost you a great deal. Your husband, nor you, nor anybody else has ever been charged. You thought this was kind of wrapping up.
And then you came on the special. And I think I may have said, are you sure you want to come on?
And I know I said, I hope nothing happens because of this.
The day after. Coincidence?
AMY: I don't really believe in coincidences anymore. But the day after, the Department of Justice subpoenaed Amazon for all the documents that Amazon had, that had been produced in the civil litigation. Because after Amazon failed to get criminal charges, they sued my husband.
And I'll note something about that, that I think Amazon didn't anticipate. But usually, when you're accused of a crime, you never get to see the communications, between your accuser and the Department of Justice.
And in this civil case, because Amazon sued my husband, my husband was able to see all those communications. And they're very shocking.
And I mean, to me, as a lawyer, I was floored. By the things that had been made public, that I had been able to see.
What was seen?
ADAM: Amazon hired a former federal prosecutor from the Eastern District of Virginia. They paid him millions of dollars to lobby his former colleagues, for criminal charges.
The former -- the current prosecutors of Virginia, immediately ushered in Amazon for a meeting.
They set up a meeting with the prosecutor's press office.
Because this was clearly going to be such a sexy and scandalous case.
They never checked anything Amazon said.
They never asked to see my husband's terms of employment or his non-compete. Like, they just didn't ask to see it.
Amazon said they had paid this real estate developer, $16 million.
Amazon had paid the real estate developer $0.
So nobody ever checked anything. They just went for it.
GLENN: Because it was really, literally, an old boy's network.
I know you, you know me. This is a problem.
AMY: I mean, we have an email that's now in the public docket in Virginia, where Patrick Stokes, Amazon's lawyer, asked his former colleague, Jessica Aber, who is now the US attorney for the eastern district of Virginia, who just sued Amazon's main rival, Google. And Pat (inaudible) said to Jess Aber, we want to talk to you about civil asset forfeiture.
Prosecutors in the eastern district of Virginia have not used civil asset forfeiture, outside of a drug case, in 30 years, that I can find.
GLENN: So this is now building looked at again for the second time?
AMY: You know, I really think that Amazon keeps pushing DOJ to try to do something. And DOJ isn't doing anything, except kind of -- the investigation just kind of hangs out there. Because it was a threat, right?
Unless Amazon can get a felony conviction as a real estate developer, they are going to be liable for damages.
GLENN: All right. So the reason -- and we talked about this. You mentioned this. But I have been seeing more and more stories. About people from the DOJ, going to work, right directly to the Pentagon.
And people from the intelligence agencies.
This is terrifying, because there is a public had she private partnership, that you should be very aware of.
Our DOJ, our national security agencies, all of them are using Amazon. Amazon, as their cloud bank.
When you have that, you have control of the government, or the government has control of you.
At best -- at best, if one doesn't have something over the head of the other, they're partners in everything.
That is extraordinarily dangerous.
AMY: It's incredibly dangerous. I mean, and the thing that kind of blows my mind is that no one is really even paying attention to it.
I mean, on Amazon's board, they have the former head of the NSA, Keith Alexander. That's not a person with business experience, that should be on the board of a business company.
I mean, why else would he be there, other than to get contracts with the NSA?
And sure enough, in 2021, the NSA quietly awarded Amazon web services, a 10 billion-dollar contract.
Like, it's something that we should all be very frightened of. It's happening across big tech.
It's happening -- you've read the Twitter files.
You see it everywhere. And Amazon is hiring hundreds, hundreds of CIA, FBI, former federal prosecutors.
GLENN: And what -- just having those guys in a high-tech company that has the information on each of us with be that Amazon does, that's not good. There's no wall between that company and the government.
TAYLOR: Absolutely not. There's no wall at all. And you look at things. Amazon is now getting into Pharma. Right?
Amazon just launched a five dollar subscription to get your pills. Now you're going to give all your health data to Amazon. It's terrifying.
And Jeff Bezos is an oligarch. Right?
If you looked at the indictment of the FBI agent, Charles McGonigal, it described an oligarch, Dara Paska (phonetic), as a man of vast wealth with close ties to the government. That is exactly what Jeff Bezos is.
GLENN: So what's next in this?
Have you written off ever getting your money back?
AMY: So we actually got our money back. So we pulled off what people thought would be impossible.
GLENN: Wow. You should do a podcast just on how to do that. I know lots of people who just driving through town, they had cash, the sheriff pulls them over. The cop pulls them over.
That's ours. I mean, you never get it back. How did that happen?
AMY: So the government -- it's such a strange process. It goes back to the time of pirates.
But when the government seizes your money, and they don't charge you with a crime. They then have to sue your asset. So they sue your bank account. It's like US versus $4,000 at Wells Fargo.
And they do that, because your assets don't have due process. So they can just avoid all due process.
So the government here, sued our bank accounts, went to the court, paused the case for six months.
Went to the court again. Asked to pause it for six months.
Judge said you only get four months this time. They wanted a deposit again, and it wasn't going to happen. So it was time to litigate, and it was time for the government to prove their case against the bank accounts.
And instead of opting to prove their case, the government gave us the money back.
STU: How long was that from beginning to end, when you lost the money to when you finally received it again?
AMY: It was 22 months.
GLENN: You had nothing.
AMY: We had nothing.
We had to figure out how to feed our four daughters.
My mother, who was amazing. My mother who was a public school teacher, worked her whole life. And my mother kept asking, don't they care about your daughters? You have a baby.
And I said, mom. They don't care. She said, this is our government. And I said, they don't care. They care about Jeff Bezos and Amazon. They do not care that we have children to feed.
They did say, when they seized our money, that if my husband pled guilty to a crime, they would give some of it back.
It's such a transparent tool of corruption. It should be gone. It should be abolished.
GLENN: It's unbelievable.
STU: You mean that threat, where they can say, hey, just say you're guilty, and then we can make it all better.
Therefore, getting the guilty plea out of you. And it's really kind of your only option at that point.
GLENN: Yeah, and they held everything.
Including, if this goes on, and you arrest your husband, we will do it in front of your children.
AMY: My husband asked his lawyers -- his lawyers asked the prosecutors over and over again, who were saying in 2020, we're charging him. We're coming.
They never charged him. But they threatened you.
And my husband's lawyers asked the prosecutors. Can he turn himself in, if you're going to indict him? And the prosecutor said, no. We will arrest him in front of your home, in front of your kids.
GLENN: Isn't that crazy?
Knowing that that was a big fear of theirs.
STU: So wrong.
GLENN: This is so corrupt and so bad. Amy, thank you for telling the story.
We'll get some closing thoughts from you in just a second. It's Amy Nelson. And her website is TheRiveter.co or is it .com? Dot-co.
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Amy Nelson is with us. Final thoughts or advice?
AMY: Well, as you know, Glenn, I've been a progressive my entire life. And one thing that has really surprised me in all this is that progressives see things in black and white.
The right side sees things in black and white. But really, this is about our rights, and we should all be fighting for the same rights, including due process. And so I just hope that the Department of Justice could try to be more fair and transparent.
GLENN: Is it over? It's not.
AMY: It not over. But it will be some day. That's what my husband says. It can't last forever.
GLENN: That's just crazy. Do you still consider yourself a progressive?
AMY: I consider myself politically homeless.
GLENN: I think a lot of people feel that way.
AMY: I think so too.
GLENN: And it's weird because if you're a classic liberal. You know, I call myself more of a Libertarian. But it's also classic liberal.
It's the same thing. I believe in the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.
That's -- that's -- that's all that's important. The rest of it is nonsense.
AMY: It is. And there's so much ink spilled distracting us from those things.
GLENN: Yeah. Yeah. Nobody talks about those things.
Your story and stories like you, that should be everywhere. And that's something that Republicans and Democrats and independents should all be standing up and saying, this has got to stop. Because if they'll do it to you. They'll do it to anybody.
AMY: They truly will.
GLENN: Yeah. Thank you so much. My best to your family. How are your kids?
AMY: They're great. They're amazing. They're kids. They're resilient.
GLENN: Thank you so much. Appreciate it.
Global elites within the World Economic Forum recently predicted a ‘catastrophic’ cyber attack is imminent — and could occur within the next 2 years. These are the same ‘experts’ who hosted a panel to discuss pandemic preparedness….a YEAR before COVID-19 ever began. So maybe, just maybe, we should take this new ‘prediction’ seriously. In this clip, Glenn is joined by William Forstchen, author of ‘One Second After.’ His book series, which explores how a giant EMP (electromagnetic pulse) attack would send America ‘back into the Dark Ages,’ demonstrates just how vital electricity is to our society’s survival. Without it, he tells Glenn, hundreds of thousands would die within minutes. So, what can YOU do to prepare? In this clip, he gives Glenn the top three things you should have at home in case a catastrophic cyber event truly does occur…
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GLENN: All right. We bring -- we bring back our -- of our guest from just a couple of days ago. William Fortune, who wrote One Second After.
He's also a Montry HEP College Factory fellow, and we wanted to talk to him about -- well, William, have you read the World Economic Forum's warning?
WILLIAM: No, I have not.
GLENN: Okay. So they're saying that a major cyber attack is coming. And they're focused mainly on the financial sector.
They think that's where it's going to come. Which, any thoughts on that, quickly, before we move on?
WILLIAM: No. A girlfriend and I were playing Jenga. You know the thing that we were stacking blocks? It's a good analogy.
Imagine our infrastructure is like a Jenga tower. And he went back is balanced on one block at the bottom. If that one block goes out, the entire tower collapses.
GLENN: And that one block --
WILLIAM: That one block is electricity. That one block is electronics, and are all internet systems. But actually all the way down to just electricity.
You kill that, you kill the entire tower.
GLENN: So let's say that we were in war with Russia.
GLENN: Would they have any qualms of shutting our electricity off? Would they just go after one sector, or would they have any qualms of going after electricity?
WILLIAM: Oh, it's a multi-fascinated attack. But electricity is the fundamental block upon which everything is predicated upon. Your computers. Your telecommunications. Space programs. Everything comes down to electricity. Now, it would be a multi fascinated attack. Which that would be one component thereof.
GLENN: Why would someone go after the financial sector? As long as you had electricity, couldn't you reset that pretty quickly?
WILLIAM: I know at some point we're going to be talking about what we can do as individuals. So let's take it as an individual.
WILLIAM: All right. You move to finances. Suddenly, your credit cards don't work. Your bank account doesn't work. Maybe everything you've saved for years, boom, it's offline, it disappears. What happens to us as individuals? And then extrapolate that out to your community.
All the way up to the nations. You disrupt the financial system.
Basically, put in common parlance. We're screwed.
GLENN: And wouldn't day before wouldn't a central bank digital currency make things worse, because you wouldn't have -- any currency at all.
WILLIAM: There's another part of our problem with AI and everything else. We're actually setting up the system, whereby, we become more and more vulnerable every day.
100 years ago, you know, back when, you know, Roosevelt and everything else. Yeah. Systems collapse. But if you had money under the mattress, you could still get by.
Well, that money in and of itself, is useless. Who will trust it?
Remember Sandy in 2012, of people lined up around the block in New York City, waving 100-dollar bills just to get hamburgers out of McDonald's?
And the guy at McDonald's is saying, hey, folks. I can't even deal with that. I have no banking system left. I don't want your money. It's worthless. That's the scary thing.
Our money becomes worthless.
GLENN: Now, I wanted to talk to you, and we had you on a couple of days ago.
And just for anybody who missed this. Just recap a bit.
How easy it is to take down our -- our power grid.
And the attempts that have already been made, and it's my understanding, if we take out nine or ten substations, you can lose the entire grid in America.
Not for a short period of time. It's not like putting a new telephone up pole up. It's for months.
WILLIAM: Well, remember the great power failures in New York, in the '70s and '80s? And the one case, it all traced back to one relay switch that short-circuited out.
That then caused the next relay switch to shut down. That started causing entire systems to go offline to try and protect themselves.
Or look at Texas.
I mean, yo went through it two years ago.
When the system started to go, it cascaded across the entire state, within a matter of minutes. It's all automatically set up.
It happens faster than any human could ever deal with. It's just boom, boom, boom. Of different electronic components. Some would say, oh, the guy next to me isn't working right. I have to shut down.
GLENN: Right. But isn't that to protect the entire system?
WILLIAM: How do you bring it back up? In Texas, you had a full meltdown, how do you bring it back up?
GLENN: How do you mean that? I'm sorry for asking such simple questions here.
But I know this just happened in Pakistan. They were doing it for some global warming thing.
And they decided to take the entire system down, for a couple of hours every night.
They turn it off. And they couldn't turn it back on. I don't know if they still have power outages.
WILLIAM: Exactly. Again, we, as individuals. I'm sitting in my house right now.
Suddenly, boom, it went off.
How do we turn it back on? Go to my circuit box, which I can barely understand? You know, I'm just an ordinary guy in that respect. The systems become so interlocked. Even so complex, that it exceeds the human capability, to bring it back quickly. So it just automatically shuts down. And then how do you bring it back?
There's the key. How do you bring it back?
GLENN: And that's for a cyber attack. Which you told me a couple of days ago, a cyber attack can go in shooting one of those substations, which we're having happen now around the country.
Someone shooting at them, can bring them offline. But if it's coordinated, or even a cyber attack, it can destroy those substations. And China is the only one that makes all of that equipment.
And it -- to order it in a nonemergency way, it will take you over a year to get it.
WILLIAM: Okay. Our major transformers. I believe you and I talked about it a few years ago. Our major big substation. The largest substations, to replace a major component, can take two years.
Now, you would think, in a nation that realizes this. We would stockpile each component.
Now, certain things go offline. Put another one in.
No. We're just in time delivery type of mentality.
WILLIAM: And as a result, we don't have stockpiles of crucial equipment to help bring us back online.
So this means -- give me the -- you know, the scenario that you wrote in one second after. Open things up. And, you know, I read these kinds of things. And reports and everything else.
You did such a good job at keeping. Bringing the story to -- to life, in a realistic way.
And then also, showing me things that I just -- I had never even thought about.
These things go offline. How long does it take. I think it's 72 hours, before things really go into chaos.
That was from a government study in the '60s, and it proved true with Katrina. Once people think there's no help coming, bad things really begin to happen.
How long before a lot of people dies? That same three -- three hours because of the lack of water? Or not three hours? Three days?
GLENN: Okay. If we want an EMP scenario, how many people are going to die in the next five minutes?
I'll ask another question: How many people you think will die from the first five minutes of an EMP?
GLENN: I would say none.
Because of the EMP?
WILLIAM: A couple hundred thousand in the first five minutes.
GLENN: From what?
WILLIAM: Because there's over 2,000 commercial aircraft in the air right now. And a significant number of those, if they got hit by a major EMP, it shuts the computers down on the plane.
An EMP has solely, up front, piloting you into the Hudson River.
That plane is going to fall like a rock.
So a couple hundred thousand within minutes. Within the first three days, in a major situation. What happens to your nursing homes?
GLENN: Right. And your hospitals. Sure.
GLENN: Okay. So -- so that would happen if they just -- it doesn't have to be an EMP. If they knocked the power grid out, the planes would be okay.
But we just saw in LA, you know the LAX just went out of power, and it wasn't good.
WILLIAM: You know, just a couple of weeks ago, the entire command control system for the FAA shut down.
Suddenly, all the screens of all the air traffic controllers went blank.
Now, it was only for short-term. But it was chaos.
Thousands of flights had to be canceled. Planes in the air.
You're going to put them back down. Or look at 9/11. Where all planes were ordered immediately. And then didn't fly again for a day.
And that even was not a cyber situation.
So your key components for -- or let me give you another example.
Suppose all the traffic lights in Dallas, suddenly shut down simultaneously.
How many people will be hurt in the first five minutes?
Quite a few.
GLENN: A lot. Yeah.
WILLIAM: So we don't realize we're like that Jenga tower. We're just one little block. Then the blocks above it, start to fall away. Then the entire tower starts to collapse.
That's America at this moment.
GLENN: I have to tell you, you just said you and your girlfriend were just talking about this last night, about Jenga. And I would like to just offer my wife's services for counseling. Because this is the kind of stuff that -- and my wife is like, can we not talk about that tonight?
Anyway, we're -- we're -- we're talking about -- weaver talking about catastrophic failure, something the EF -- the WEF has predicted is coming in the next 24 months.
And what can you do about it?
And we are -- we are talking to William Fortune. He's the author of one second after.
And he's also with themontry college faculty. He's a fellow there. We'll continue our conversation. But move it to, okay.
If you believe these things are happening or possible, what should you do?
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Tomorrow night, we are doing our Wednesday night special. But Glenn, it's Friday. I know, we couldn't do it this week. Because no one can get into the studios this Friday. The Wednesday night special will be (?) at 5:00 p.m.
It is called the COVID blueprint. The next crisis globalists will use to control you.
We have a gentle man who I really respect. Has a new book (?) coming out in August, called Five Years After. He is one of the leading voices on EMP. And cyber security for our grids.
And we welcome him back. Dr. William force chin. (?)
WILLIAM: I'll start (?) the ice storm you had a few days ago.
It pretty well shut all of Dallas down. A simple ice storm.
So imagine a major cyborg attack.
What happens in the city of Dallas insofar practice suddenly, nothing is working correctly. (?)
GLENN: I would say, in short order chaos.
GLENN: Real chaos. Within three days.
By tomorrow, maybe even today, it would have been chaos.
WILLIAM: Exactly. And there's another factor, that we are used to a society -- we are so used to a society, functioning correctly. That it about their background noise in our life.
I switch it on in the morning. I take a shower. I cook my eggs for breakfast. My girlfriend and I go out to dinner at a nice restaurant. These are all things that become simple, background noise. Pull one of the blocks out, things start failing. And we're mystified. In fact, we can -- we very quickly will become frightened by what is happening.
GLENN: So there was a book out. I don't know if you ever read it. Tragedy and hope.
And it was written in the 1960s.
And it was written by one of the advisers for Eisenhower.
And all of the presidents, I think going back to Truman.
And he talked about a global system that was being built, that said the tragedy is these world wars will never have one. Because we're tying each other economically. So no one will be able to have a complete global war anymore. Because it will destroy everything.
He said, in that, the only thing that will disrupt this. And I remember reading this again, after 9/11. Is if there's an unflagged group, that does not care about technology, or the financial system.
Well, that's exactly what happened, with 9/11.
They -- they didn't care if they collapsed the financial sector.
And -- and if you look -- if there was ever a collapse of things, we would probably lose to people that are not slaves to all this technology, and all of the electronics. And all of the goods and services that we just take for granted right now.
WILLIAM: Yeah, no. The things I study and all that, there's times when I feel, I'm just going to go further up in the woods. Cut myself in the grid. And live alone. But no man is an island. No matter how much I try to step away from things. We're still part of a society. Like it or not.
GLENN: Okay. So when we come back, I want to have you get into a checklist. What should we do to be reasonably prepared for something that the WEF says is coming within the next 20 -- 24 months.
By the way, I take them at their word, in seeing that they said, a major pandemic was coming. And three months later, a major pandemic came.
More in just a minute. I'm guessing that the next time you have to catch a flight judge. You're not going to try (?) you would probably also say, yeah. I want it to be Airbus or Boeing. And if the pilot comes on and says, hey, this is my first flight. You know, I do this part had much time, you're getting off the plane. (?) I would say, the bet off the plane, if you hear this from a travel -- I'm sorry. From a real estate agent.
Get out of their office. Don't let them -- I only do this part-time. You need somebody who is the best. Because they are landing and flying the biggest financial asset, that you will probably ever have in your life. Your home.
Don't leave that to anybody, but somebody who has the best practices. And the best history. You want somebody that has the whole ball game.
That's who we tried to find in your area. RealEstateAgentsITrust.com. This is my company. It's a free service to you.
We will recommend the people in your area that we think have the most credibility and the best business practices. Et cetera, et cetera. It is RealEstateAgentsITrust.com.
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GLENN: Welcome to the Glenn Beck Program. Let me just give you a couple of news stories that have come out today. They are all part of my show prep, which you can get. My unedited (?) it's free. (?) just look for the morning email, news -- newsletter.
Everything that I look at, every morning, is now available to you, because it's just not enough time to get to everything. But let me give you a couple of headlines here. Russia, and Russian TV, now going to length, to claim how they could wipe Britain off the face of the earth, by setting off a radioactive tsunami in the Atlantic Ocean.
Russian state TV has broadcast a mock video of the UK being obliterated (?) sent from Moscow.
They said, that it would engulf I'll end and the UK. Which I think leaves (?) Scotland out.
They're part of the UK. I think that includes Scotland. China, on the other hand. The political economic professor at P kings university (?) this is about as communist hierarchy as you can get.
On China (?) a nuclear weapon, and China should respond with its own.
Since the US has used its nuclear weapon against China. China should trike back, using our nuclear weapon, which is (?) the market. The US nuclear market is tech. Ours is the market.
And now they are looking at, I guess, cutting us off from the market.
We are in very, very unstable times. And things can spiral out of control, quickly.
Now, we have been talking to you about the World Economic Forum's prediction, that in the next 24 months, a major cyber attack would happen. So we wanted to bring a gentleman on, we had a couple of days ago. But specifically, to talk to him about what we can do, to prepare for something catastrophic like this.
So let's go back to William force general. (?) the author of one second (?) after. A must read book.
Bill, tell me, where do we start?
BILL: Let me point out one thing. There was once a guy, who everybody thought was crazy. Wrote a book Called My Struggle. Nobody paid attention to it, really.
And then for the next 12, 14 years, he kept saying, I'll start a war. I'll start a war.
Well, it became such background noise, the way you just pointed out. Russia is saying this. China is saying that.
We don't pay attention. And then one day, he started a war. World War II.
The same thing now. We're getting so much at that time every day, we don't respond.
And it's time we, as individuals, started taking some action for ourselves. And protect ourselves. And to protect our families.
GLENN: Okay. So what do we do?
WILLIAM: Your average day before okay. Your typical listener right now, they're savvy, all right?
They listen to you.
How many of those folks, you know, I would ask. How many of you have a two to four-week supply of water on hand?
I would say only a small --
GLENN: What's your guess?
BILL: 1 percent. 2 percent.
GLENN: I was thinking about ten.
BILL: Yeah. Okay. You don't want to buy the bottled water. Just save your 2-liter bottles. Clean them out well. And then just fill them up.
Stick them in a closet someplace. That is the key thing to start with. Have a basic water purification system on hand. You can buy one at any hiking store or Walmart. For 20 or 30 bucks. That can take the water. And make it clean. Then we go up that Maslow hierarchy of needs. What's the second most important thing? (?), well, it could be medication. You have any number -- the average person, about a third of the population, have to take some kind of medication, almost every day.
Well, do you have a 30-day supply? Or do you have it two days?
And then you go to the pharmacy. (?) or do you find a way, legally, to put a six-month supply on hand?
That's not on day three, you're out in the street, going, what the hell do I do now?
GLENN: Yeah. I just found -- I just found this service called Jase medical.
I think it's Jase medical.com. (?) and they find the legal ways to, you know, get your medication, so you can have a six-month supply. You can have it on hand.
Because that's -- that's one of the major worries for me. Is, you know, if you don't have medication, my daughter goes into seizures. You know, I have high blood pressure.
I can be dead. You know, all of these things.
There's a lot of people. I learned this from your book. There's a lot of people that should be dead.
And I may be one of them.
But they should have died without modern medication. They would have been dead by now. And as soon as you lose that, but the problem is, you know, everything is so tightly prescribed and regulated. That it's hard to -- to get stuff.
How do you do it?
Do you know, Bill?
WILLIAM: You know, when I first started the book, and doing research. I sat down with my pharmacist one evening. Ask she said, what? (?) what happens to our typical community? At the end of that one-hour. She was crying, she said, my God, Bill, it would be overwhelming (?) pan critique. You're dead.
Cancer control. Any number of things. You're dead.
You've got to remember, the post World War II generation is really the first truly medicated society in the world. One hundred years ago, we died. We died young.
Now we're living into 60s, 70s, and 80s.
And pretty comfortable. Without those basic medications. Or the more exotic ones you use.
What about people who have many a transplant?
They'll die very, very quickly. What about heart conditions. I have an irregular heart condition. I've been taking a medication for 40 years. I'm fine. Take that medication, and within 40 takes, I'll be bed rin (?) after --
GLENN: Uh-huh. Uh-huh.
WILLIAM: So these are basic things that we don't think about, until it's too late. The day after.
GLENN: So you put food in the third place. Water is number one. Medication is number two.
WILLIAM: Yes. Yes. Hey, I just listened to one of your (?) I know the company. Patriot.
GLENN: My Patriot Supply. Yeah. By the way, they also have the water purification, that is amazing. And it's even something that you can have on -- or in your car at all times too. Just in case.
We don't think of these things. We just -- that's why -- Stu and I always joke. He says, you're the most prepared man, I know.
And I'm really not.
But I'm more prepared than he is.
But I know in the end, it will be one of those things that I'll be like, oh, crap. I forgot batteries.
You know it will be something stupid. That you just assume that you have.
WILLIAM: I have a (?) double and AAA batteries.
GLENN: So do I. So do I.
WILLIAM: And you want to know something?
That will be a trade item. Somebody said, I'll trade you a meal for batteries.
BILL: Things like that we don't even think of. And then, of course, (?) that's something I always predicate with. If you decide to get a firearm. Get trained. You don't want to (?) all right? The bet trained, trained well. If you decide that you want a tram. And then have the proper ammunition and supplies on hand.
GLENN: So if you have your house on solar panels. And you have buried natural gas or whatever, for generators. Is that also good to have in the plan? To be some self-reliance on these things?
WILLIAM: Yeah. I have a (?) even me, with with all the books I've written and everything else, there's a heck of a lot of things, that I'm dependent on my society for.
And not everybody is going to go out there, (?) cistern. Et cetera.
GLENN: Sure. Right.
WILLIAM: But everybody listening to you, who lives in an apartment. A single mom with a couple of kids. Get a month's worth of supplies on hand, that you don't have to step outside and contend with the chaos out there.
That you are safe and secure, in your home, for at least ten months.
GLENN: And you think that a -- a massive -- what they're calling catastrophic attack on our -- on our -- on our systems, cyber attack, that could last a month?
WILLIAM: It most likely could last longer than a month. It could last (?) several years back. Said, if we had a radical shutdown, to take up the five years, to take the top 500 generating systems, in the eastern United States. Five years to put 80 percent back online. To which --
WILLIAM: Because component parts. Basic replacement parts. You would call the Israeli raid on the Iranian cyber attack.
GLENN: Yes. Yes.
WILLIAM: Yeah. Sputnik. It's some software that they put in there, caused all the centrifuges, to suddenly stop.
It destroyed them for years.
There are things, you and I don't even know about. That at this moment, somebody is sitting there plotting. Boy, I could really screw up America, if I pulled this block out of the system.
The prices of used cars are skyrocketing, with interest rates nearly double what they were just a few years ago. But, as you already know, it’s not just used cars. The cost of EVERYTHING is rising, and it seems like that’s exactly what global elites — like those at the World Economic Forum — WANT to happen. So what should you do? Watch this clip for Glenn’s advice on what you should begin preparing NOW.
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GLENN: I want to talk to you about what is coming. What you need to prepare for. So you can change the way you spend money, and let me give you some information that will help you understand, how to navigate and know what is real, or what is not.
You keep hearing that -- that credit cards are going gangbusters, everybody is fine. And default rate, blah, blah, blah.
You're hearing a lot of that, and a lot of that will be based on American Express. Why should you not look at the stats of American Express?
Do you know, Stu?
STU: No. American Express that demands that you pay it off. So generally speaking, it is people who have more money. They don't care an American Express.
But more importantly, American Express, your FICA score is between 40 and 60 points higher, to be able to get just a regular green card American Express, over Discover or Capital One. Okay? So you're not looking at the riskiest ones. Okay?
GLENN: And when you look at the riskiest ones, Capital One, they have been taking, you know -- some crime borrowers. People who are living on the edge. And living on their credit card. Those are Discover cards. And Capital One cards.
Well, Capital One is turning off the spigot of credit. In a lot of places. They've just begun doing this. Their loss is up year over year.
$1.4 billion. They've just had to write off this year.
Okay? Because people failed.
Their charge-offs, for both of them, have gone from one and a half percentage points, to four percentage points.
And we're in an economy that our leaders are telling us, is good. It's healthy.
It's growing. It's wonderful.
STU: But what did Biden say about it?
It's -- God, what was it? It was a half swear. I can't remember what it was. Smart as hell. That's what it was. Or strong as hell. This economy is strong as hell.
GLENN: If this is strong as hell, who is it strong as hell for? You know the answer to that. The rich.
It is getting harder and harder for the people at the bottom end.
You will have nothing, and you will be happy. It's the promise from the World Economic Forum. By 2030, you will be happy, owning nothing.
Now, I don't know how that is possible, in a society set up around ownership. The reason why ownership is so important in America, is because that's the way you can hold on to wealth, and grow wealth. By buying your own home.
Not your car. But by buying assets and owning things that increase in value. That's how we have lifted the poor class, into the middle class.
And the middle class into an upper class.
That is unique, and really, truly very American.
But you take that ownership, how are you going to save money?
How are you going to grow money?
Okay. Now, let me take you to the cars. People just a few years ago, if you went to buy a used car. It was seven to $15,000. Average. Okay?
It is now 20 to $25,000 for a used car. What has changed?
Well, the Wuhan virus changed everything. That collapsed the supply chain. You can't get the supply chain back on track. So we're still short cars. That makes your used car more expensive. So that's why you've gone from at the top $15,000 to now 25,000.
The top of average. It's gone up. Ten grand. Has your salary gone up? Has your savings gone up?
Has your -- I mean, with inflation.
That's real dollar. That's not inflation. That's real dollars. Inflation is on top of that.
Why are we paying so much money for everything?
Well, one of the reasons is, we're no longer leading the world. We are intentionally hobbling ourself with oil and gas prices. They're not refilling the strategic oil reserve, because President Biden says it's still too high. Well, you know what, you may be in a war that you are creating right now, President Biden.
What do you say, you bite the bullet, because you don't seem to have a problem spending money everywhere else, and fill our national strategic supply back up.
We're intentionally shooting our feet. So gas prices go up.
Which makes people think, okay. Well, they're getting rid -- they're getting rid of the gas car. Everybody is going to electric. Maybe I should buy an electric car. Well, electric cars are expensive. They're new and expensive.
Okay. Plus, your energy costs are going up.
The more you build, the more people buy electric cars, the higher your energy price. The higher your electricity bill. Who is paying for that?
How do I afford that? On top of my brand-new car? You can't.
And if you could afford a new car, you're paying full sticker, if not above.
And, you know what, I have to buy something. So I'll buy a used car, at an unbelievable price.
Now, let's look at the price to borrow the money for that car. Okay.
So on average, we have gone from 3.6 as your rate to borrow money for a car. 3.6.
The average now is 6.8. Okay?
That's a lot of money over the lifetime, just in the last year. That's an additional $2,000 you have to pay for your car. But that's if you have good credit. If you're subprime, subprime is as high as -- with insurance 26 percent. That's loan shark stuff. You'll never, ever, ever pay for that car. You'll never get out of that.
So what are you going to do? So now people are losing their cars, because our repossession of cars is now higher than it was at the peak of the financial crisis of '08. And we're in an economy that is strong as hell.
It's not working for the average person. I hate trickle-down economics. It's clear you do. Because nothing is trickling down. Have you noticed that?
Nothing is trickling down. Because you're not giving any incentives for people to invest in anything.
You are dictating what technologies and everything else, that you're going to invest in, as the United States government.
And you're going to have and tell the banks, what they should invest in.
The rest of us are holding on, going, I don't know what's going on tomorrow.
And we're already doing that, because of technology. We have no idea, what technology is going to do to any of our jobs.
So do I invest in a new factory? Do I wait for a couple of years? There's no incentive to build a factory here.
I don't know what the energy costs are going to be. So there is no trickle down. This is society without trickle down.
The rich just keep getting richer. And you're not seeing any of it. None of it.
So here's the thing that I -- I want you to be prepared for: And that is helping each other out.
Being prepared with your food.
With your energy. Don't go out and blow your money on stupid stuff.
Everything that they are telling you in the media, that we're strong as hell, is not true.
Have you heard anyone talk about Saudi Arabia getting rid of the petrodollar?
Have you seen that anywhere, Stu?
GLENN: Okay. How could that possibly be?
How can the Saudis say?
Yeah, we'll take any kind of money. That is the United States of America going off the gold standard, to replace gold with the petrodollar. We said our dollar is the only way you can buy oil. And that's what kept the dollar sound. Well, now wait a minute, if that's no longer true, what's keeping of our dollar sound? And why hasn't there been any discussion of this?
Why isn't anyone talking about something, that is going to affect you, your future, your children?
Your debt. Your job. Your medicine. Everything is going to be affected by that. And yet, nobody has told you anything, about it.
I just find it curious. That the leaders of expense, are the things that the great reset is trying to get rid of.
Car, worth a fortune. If you hadn't emptied our strategic oil reserve, fuel would be through the roof. Just like it is everywhere else.
Meat, you know, they don't want you eating meat. Have you seen? It will go up another 15 percent this year. Have you heard that stat?
Chicken? God help us with chicken. Did you see what happened with Connecticut this week? One of the chicken producers burned to the ground. 100,000 chickens gone. What is that going to do to the price of chicken?
All of the things that they say, they want to eliminate or change. All of those things going through the roof.
Can't get fertilizer. Can't get fertilizer.
Why? Well, Russia makes most of the fertilizer that we would use. Oh, okay. So let's go pick a war, with Russia.
And I want to talk to you about the war with Russia. Because that's another thing that doesn't make sense.
Batten down the hatches. Do your own homework.
Look at, where do you have your dollars? If you have anything.
Wearable technology is not longer a prediction for our future. It’s HERE, and a recent clip Glenn plays from a presentation done by the World Economic Forum in Davos earlier this month proves that world elite already are planning how to use it. This kind of technology and artificial intelligence can monitor your BRAINWAVES, tracking your productivity and effectively diminishing YOUR free will. Glenn explains just how dangerous this new type of technology truly is…
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GLENN: All right. Let me tell you something that is going on in the stock market right now. The stock market Buzzfeed, Inc. is going through the roof right now.
There's a feeding frenzy, for their stock. People are -- are very excited. Because Buzzfeed has said, they're going to use open AI, ChatGPT, any of these things.
And they'll -- they'll start having computers, write stories. So you -- you -- poeple -- so think of the money.
Oh, isn't that great?
This is -- this is following Microsoft investing $10 billion in open AI, which is the major ChatGPT. And Buzzfeed has announced open AI is open for business at Buzzfeed. I will tell you, that every show that we do, everything that we do, is made by hand.
It is -- we will not sell out. I'm talking about the Glenn Beck Program. We will not sell out and have our shows written by machines.
We will -- we will do our own research, and -- and dig deep.
We -- I'm not a technophobe. I believe -- you know, Google has been a good thing in research.
It's been a good thing. So I have no problem using devices, but I will not replace people with machines. AI.
Now, that's going to put anybody who does that, it's going to put them in the exact opposite position, as Buzzfeed. You'll have a harder time making money because you refuse to lose our humanity.
But I will go a step further. I am not ready for what they are now calling a brain transparency. I want to play something to you, that is hopefully eye-opening. This is a clip -- and we have the full 30-minute seminar on this.
This is just the first clip, from the World Economic Forum. It -- there was a speech on technology. And it features a video, that we'll have in here. This video is like a little cartoon.
And it shows how technology can monitor your brain waves. And make you more productive at work.
This is shocking enough. But what is said after, is even more so.
Here's a clip, again, from the World Economic Forum.
VOICE: First off a video. It's going to make you see the future. And understand a wonderful future, where we can use brain waves to fight crime. Be more productive. And find love.
VOICE: You're in the zone. Even you can't believe how productive you've been.
Your memo is finished.
Your inbox is under control. And you're feeling sharper than you have in a decade.
Sensing your joy, your playlist shifts to your favorite song. Sending chills up your spines, the music begins to play. You glance at the program, running in the background, on your computer screen.
And notice a now familiar site, that appears whenever you're overloaded with pleasure. Your theta brainwave activity, decreasing in the temporal regions of your brain.
You mentally move the cursor to the left.
And scroll through your brain data, over the past few hours.
You can see your stress levels rising, as the deadline to finish your memo approached.
Causing a peak in your beta brain wave activity. Right before an alert popped up. Telling you to take a brain break.
What's that unusual change in your brain activity. When you're asleep.
It started earlier in the month. You send a text message to your doctor, with the mental swipe of your cursor. Could you take a quick look of my brain data? Anything to worry about?
Your mind starts to warned to the new colleague on your team, whom you know you shouldn't be daydreaming about. Given the policy against intraoffice romance. But you can't help fantasizing just a little. But then you start to notice, your boss notices your amorous feelings, when she checks your brain activity and shift your attention back to the present.
You breathe a sigh of relief, when the email she sends you later that day, congratulates you on your brain metrics from the past quarter, which earned you another performance bonus.
You head home jamming to the music, with your HEP issue playing something earbuds still in.
When you arrive at work the next day, a somber cloud, has fallen over the office. Along with emails, text messages, and GPS location data. The government has subpoenaed employee's brain wave data, from the past year.
They have compelling evidence, that one of your coworkers has committed massive wire fraud. Now they're looking for his coconspirators. You discover they are looking for synchronized brain activity. Between your coworker and the people he has been working with.
While you know you're innocent to any crime, you have been secretly working with him, on a new startup venture. Shaking, you remove your earbuds.
GLENN: Stop for a second, please. Stop.
How many feel comfortable with this? This -- remember, it was introduced as, you know, your future.
And showing you how exciting things can happen, in your future.
You'll be able to increase your productivity. We'll be able to fight crime.
You'll be able to find love. Who is comfortable with just this?
Now, let me just play the beginning of one of the eggheads at the World Economic Forum, talking about this.
GLENN: You have the rest?
VOICE: What do you think? Is it a future you're ready for?
You may be surprised to learn, that it's a future that has been already arrived. Everything in that video, that you just saw, is based on technology, that is already here today.
Artificial intelligence has enabled advances, in decoding brain activity, in ways that we never before thought possible. You've heard a lot about AI, over the past few years.
Here at Davos, it's been the talk of the hour. But I want to talk about it in a different way. Which is, the ability to decode brain wave activity. After all, what you think, what you feel, it's all just data.
Data that in large patterns can be decoded using artificial intelligence. Consider this, the average person thinks thousands of thoughts each day. As a thought takes form, like a math calculation. You're happy. You're tired. You're hungry.
You're elated. Neurons are firing in your brain. Emitting tiny electrical discharges. As a particular thought takes form. Hundreds of thousands of neurons fire in characteristic patterns, that can be decoded with HEP electro and AI-powered devices.
In fact, what you're seeing here is my brain activity, while I'm wearing a simple device, like the one on the right.
We're not talking about implanted devices of the future. I'm talking about wearable devices that are like Fitbits for your brain.
It used to be that there was very little we could do tell from EEG activity. But already, using consumer wearable devices, these are our headbands. Or hats that have sensors that can pick up your brain wave activity, Earbuds, headphones. Tiny tattoos that you can wear between your ear. We can pick up emotional states, like are you happy or sad or angry?
We can pick up and decode faces that you're seeing in your mind. Simple shapes, numbers, your pin number to your bank account.
It's not just your brain activity here, that we can pick up. We can also pick up your brain activity in different places.
Like as your neurons fire from your brain down your arm. And send signals to your hand to tell you how to type, move. All of that could be decoded through electromyography.
That's what you're seeing here, a device now, in the form of simple wearable watch, that can pick up that activity. And one of the pivotal acquisitions of the field. Meta acquired this company, control labs in 2019, because major tech companies are investing and helping to make these devices universally applicable in the way in which we interact with the rest of our technology. In fact, the coming future.
GLENN: Okay. Stop.
We are -- we are there, gang. Everything, Stu. You remember -- you remember the -- the crazy days back in the '90s.
When I would talk about this stuff. And it was really, truly science fiction. It was science fiction. It was a prediction from people like Ray Kurzweil, of where we were headed in the very near future. And when you said very near future, it seemed like it was a long way away. You know, it was 2020, 2030, this would begin to happen.
And I've been -- I've been telling you, since 2016, I -- I started to get very, very specific.
That our jobs are going to be in danger. Our jobs are going to be in danger, because things like AI will be able to take jobs away from people.
This is why when I've ever spoken of universal basic income, I have not dismissed it out of hand as un-American.
Universal basic income, as it's been debated, has -- is wrong.
And I do not think it's an answer for anything. I think it will only cause more problems. However, what I have said is, we have to discuss something. Because what's going to happen is these tech companies, like Microsoft, Google, and others, they will start to create things that take the jobs.
You won't be able to have a job. And, you know, if you think that creative jobs. Well, I have a creative job.
We will take your creative job. It can already write and perform vocally and with instruments, any style of music, and you have no idea you're listening to an algorithm.
No idea. Humans are not involved. Try ChatGPT. Ask it anything.
And you can't tell that you're not in an interaction really, with a machine.
It is so far beyond a Google search. These things are going to impact everything. For instance, Microsoft is now working on releasing -- and I guess it's an app. Or a system.
That you say, I want to develop a website. And you tell the AI. Andly it develop it for you.
Already, images can be produced using AI.
You describe what you want to see, and it might in ten seconds, come up with hundred different images.
That could be photo realistic. And 80 of them, might suck.
Ten of them might be eh. But five of them might be really good. This is only going to get better and better and better and better.
So now, what do we do?
Are you comfortable with your brain waves being taken?
Remember, they just told you, that they can get your pin code. Your pin code.
For him it's not a bunch of useless data. They can get down into everything.
Now, if you think that -- if you think this is, you know, something on the horizon, that's not going to happen. You're sadly mistaken.
Because it is already being put to use, in factories. And I'll explain that to you, come up in 60 seconds.
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Which is a lot lower than, you know, what the -- the usual credit card interest rate is. The average credit card interest rate now is 20 percent. It can be as high as 26 percent.
How much interest are you paying every month?
Well, I will tell you, that the people who are looking at cashout refinances of their -- their mortgage, are paying off that debt. At -- you know, 20 percent. They're getting rid of that 20 percent interest rate. And they're refinancing, if you will. At about 20 percent. I'm sorry.
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GLENN: Okay. If you remember, and I don't know how many people do. There was a story out of China, where factories are starting to force their workers to wear hats.
And these hats have this wearable technology in it, that this woman was just speaking about.
Now, this story came out two, maybe three years ago. And it monitors the brain waves. And they can see who is paying attention. And who is not.
It also can give them like a little electric shot, if they happen to not be paying attention.
And it's a little freaky. Because the corporations know everything about these people.
And remember, the corporations are in a public/private partnership with the government.
When she says to this group, at Davos, are you ready for -- you know, wearable technology? To scan brain waves?
The crowd is kind of mixed. You know, you hear kind of, no, not really.
But she's talking to the elites. They're not going to be the ones in the office. They're going to be the ones monitoring everybody's brain waves.
This is why this is so dangerous, to be discussed only with the elites.
They are deciding right now, what kind of technology they will be using to keep us in line. And to keep us productive.
And you're going to have a hard time getting a job, if you don't want this technology.
These are the things that are right here, right now.