Video: One Moment From The GOP Debate Sparked Much More Buzz Online Than Any Other

Sen. Ted Cruz received the highest Google search spike of any of the candidates during Tuesday night’s debate in Las Vegas, when answering the question whether he thinks Donald Trump can be trusted with the U.S. nuclear arsenal.

At a private campaign event in New York City last week, Cruz was recorded saying that while he likes and respects both Donald Trump and Ben Carson, he did not believe either of them would be the next president. “You look at Paris, you look at San Bernardino, it’s given a seriousness to this race, that people are looking for: Who is prepared to be a commander in chief? Who understands the threats we face?” Cruz asked

He went on to say: “Who am I comfortable having their finger on the button? Now that’s a question of strength, but it’s also a question of judgment. And I think that is a question that is a challenging question for both of them.”

CNN’s Dana Bash asked Cruz why he will not say in public about Trump what he was willing to say in private.

“Dana, what I said in private is exactly what I’ll say here, which is that the judgment that every voter is making of every one of us up here is who has the experience, who has the vision, who has the judgment to be commander in chief. That is the most important decision for the voters to make,” Cruz responded

The senator added that the U.S. needs a commander in chief “who does what Ronald Reagan did with communism,” setting out a global strategy to defeat the ideology.

Google search interest in Cruz began to spike, as soon as he began his answer starting at 10:42 p.m on the chart below.

Image Credit: Google Trends

Image Credit: Google Trends

Bash pressed the Texas senator: “I just want to clarify what you’re saying right now is you do believe Mr. Trump has the judgment to be commander in chief?”

“What I’m saying, Dana, is that is a judgment for every voter to make. What I can tell you is all nine of the people here would make an infinitely better commander in chief than Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton,”  Cruz replied. The audience apparently approved of Cruz’s decision not to take the bait and go after Trump; they responded in thunderous applause.

Donald Trump was the candidate who had the most search interest overall, far and away.

h/t: TheBlaze

Exposed: Who’s REALLY Behind Black Lives Matter And What They Are Trying To Do Next

Black Lives Matter has made a name for itself by, some might say, fanning the flames of racial tension in the United States.

Questions remain about how the radical organizations that make up the Black Lives Matter movement are supported.

Now, though, key sources of support for the movement have been revealed.

The Washington Times exposed last January that leftist billionaire George Soros gave more than $30 million in seed money to Black Lives Matter affiliated groups.

According to Essence magazine, Google is also helping to fund the Black Lives Matter movement, giving $2.35 million in grants to activist organizations addressing the “racial injustices that have swept the nation.”

Now, Politico reports that “some of the biggest donors on the left plan to meet behind closed doors next week in Washington with leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement and their allies to discuss funding for the burgeoning protest movement.”

The major liberal donor group Democracy Alliance (DA) will be holding its annual meeting from Tuesday evening through Saturday morning in Washington, and meetings will be held to discuss funding the movement.

Wealthy donors including Tom Steyer and Paul Egerman are expected to attend the DA annual meeting.

The Los Angeles Times has reported that Steyer, a hedge fund billionaire, gave the most to political campaigns of any single person in the 2014 midterm elections, contributing a whopping $74 million–almost three times as much as the second biggest donor, Michael Bloomberg. Bloomberg gave $27.7 million.

The DA was started in 2005 by major liberal donors, including George Soros and Taco Bell heir Rob McKay, who hoped to build a permanent infrastructure to support leftist causes.

Donors in the group are expected to contribute at least $200,000 a year to supported groups.

Combined donations to the groups now exceed $500 million, according to Politico.

DA President Gary LaMarche said about the upcoming meetings with Black Lives Matter leaders:

But we have a wide range of human beings and different temperaments and approaches in the DA, so it’s quite possible that there are people who are a little concerned, as well as people who are curious and supportive. This is a chance for them to meet some of the leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement, and understand the movement better, and then we’ll take stock of that and see where it might lead.

According to the organizer, a DA member named Leah-Hunt Hendrix, groups that will be at the meetings include the Black Youth Project 100, The Center for Popular Democracy, and the Black Civic Engagement Fund.

Google Puts Up This Tribute To Veterans, People Instantly Notice One Detail…

Google appears to have fun putting up creative doodles on various holidays each year. On Wednesday, the internet giant’s art celebrating Veterans Day had many questioning whether the company went a bit overboard in representing the diversity of the veteran population.

While white veterans make up well over two-thirds of the ranks of those who served, the Google doodle only had a lowly white man waving from the background. Meanwhile, there were two African Americans, and various other ethnicities represented.

According to the Veterans Administration, here is the breakdown my ethnic group of the veteran population as of 2013.

Ethnic Groups VA

Image Credit: Veterans Administration

The response on Twitter ranged from highly supportive to critical of Google’s diverse image.

 

 

Perhaps, the online response to the Google doodle is because race has been in the news so much of late. Here is last year’s image:

Do you think Google tried too hard to celebrate diversity in its Veterans Day art? Please share your thoughts below.

h/t: Independent Journal

Google, Rape Videos, And Morality In America

Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft’s Bing are the three most influential and powerful search engines in the world. Each month, billions of people use these sites to conduct research, read the news, and to look up that perfect Thanksgiving recipe. The Internet is the greatest invention in human history; and without search engines, it would be virtually impossible to find new and important information. Although many people use these websites with the best of intentions, countless individuals also use search engines to promote horrific content much of the world never had access to in the past.

Perhaps the absolute worst material widely available today are videos of women being raped that appear across the Internet, including through the most powerful search engines. Hundreds of videos—possibly even thousands—showing women being raped, sometimes violently or in public places, are easy to find on websites such as Google, Yahoo, and Bing. Many of the women in the videos are young, and almost all are incapacitated from drugs or alcohol.

This isn’t a small problem. In just one hour of cataloguing, I was able to identify more than 40 unique and disturbing videos of women being sexually abused using the search terms “passed out girl abused” in Google’s “Videos” section. Those videos, which make up only a small fraction of the total number of rape videos available on Google, have been viewed a combined total of 21 million times. While I saw many videos in the search results that appeared to be staged using actors, the 40 I catalogued all claim to be real rape videos in their written descriptions; and there was no evidence in the videos themselves a reasonable person could use to support the claim that actors were used.

Videos such as these are often posted anonymously or using online aliases by criminals to user-populated pornography websites. The pornography websites ensure all of their material gets indexed by popular search engines; and within just a few short hours, rape videos are made accessible to millions of people around the world.

Not only is the decision to display these videos morally repugnant, it may be in violation of federal law. According to the Department of Justice (DOJ),Federal law prohibits the possession with intent to sell or distribute obscenity, to send, ship, or receive obscenity, to import obscenity, and to transport obscenity across state boarders for purposes of distribution.”

According to DOJ, “obscene” material has been defined by the U.S. Supreme Court in landmark cases, such as Miller v. California (1973). DOJ says on its website that obscene material is, in part, “sexual conduct [presented] in a patently offensive [way]” according to “contemporary adult community standards.” There’s no denying showing videos of women being raped is “patently offensive” according to all modern societal standards, and it’s hard to understand how displaying images and videos on one’s website does not constitute “distribution.”

Regardless of whether or not search engines are breaking the law by providing millions of people with access to these horrific videos, there is no denying the severe lack of decency and poor judgment on the part of the search engines.

Since July, I’ve contacted Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft about this problem on more than one occasion; but I still have not received an official response from any of their representatives. Further, all of the videos I discovered four months ago still appear in all three sites’ search results.

If these powerful search engines do not self-regulate and act responsibly, it’s only a matter of time before federal authorities, using this and other egregious behavior as an excuse, step in and increase the government’s regulatory authority of the Internet—a notion neither I nor the search engines want.

People and businesses should generally be free to operate without stringent government controls, but no one has the right to harm others; and that’s exactly what happens when videos of women being raped are displayed online millions upon millions of times. Pornography sites, their users, and the criminals involved in the creation of these videos are ultimately the parties that deserve the most blame; but because most of the users who upload videos do so anonymously, and because many porn sites operate using servers overseas, search engines are the only ones that can offer a solution to this problem.

The American people have traditionally stood up for those people in society who are victimized; but if we continue to turn our backs on suffering women, we are all partly to blame for this tragedy. It’s time we as a nation demand Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft change their policies and act with compassion. If they don’t change, we ought to find search engines that will stand up for the rights of women everywhere.

 

Justin Haskins (Jhaskins@heartland.org) is editor of The Heartland Institute, a national nonprofit think tank headquartered in Arlington Heights, Ill. You can follow him @TheNewRevere.

The views expressed in this opinion article are solely those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by WesternJournalism.com.

‘Minority Report’ Is 40 Years Ahead Of Schedule: The Fictional World Has Become Reality

“The Internet is watching us now. If they want to. They can see what sites you visit. In the future, television will be watching us, and customizing itself to what it knows about us. The thrilling thing is, that will make us feel we’re part of the medium. The scary thing is, we’ll lose our right to privacy. An ad will appear in the air around us, talking directly to us.”—Director Steven Spielberg, Minority Report

We are a scant 40 years away from the futuristic world that science fiction author Philip K. Dick envisioned for Minority Report, in which the government is all-seeing, all-knowing and all-powerful; and if you dare to step out of line, dark-clad police SWAT teams will crack a few skulls to bring the populace under control.

Unfortunately, as I point out in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, we may have already arrived at the year 2054.

Increasingly, the world around us resembles Dick’s dystopian police state in which the police combine widespread surveillance, behavior prediction technologies, data mining and precognitive technology to capture would-be criminals before they can do any damage. In other words, the government’s goal is to prevent crimes before they happen: precrime.

For John Anderton (played by Tom Cruise), Chief of the Department of Pre-Crime in Washington, DC, the technology that he relies on for his predictive policing proves to be fallible, identifying him as the next would-be criminal and targeting him for preemptive measures. Consequently, Anderton finds himself not only attempting to prove his innocence, but forced to take drastic measures in order to avoid capture in a surveillance state that uses biometric data and sophisticated computer networks to track its citizens.

Seemingly taking its cue from science fiction, technology has moved so fast in the short time since Minority Report premiered in 2002 that what once seemed futuristic no longer occupies the realm of science fiction. Incredibly, as the various nascent technologies employed and shared by the government and corporations alike—facial recognition, iris scanners, massive databases, behavior prediction software, and so on—are incorporated into a complex, interwoven cyber network aimed at tracking our movements, predicting our thoughts and controlling our behavior, Spielberg’s unnerving vision of the future is fast becoming our reality.

Examples abound.

FICTION: In Minority Report, police use holographic data screens, city-wide surveillance cameras, dimensional maps and database feeds to monitor the movements of its citizens.

REALITY CHECK: Microsoft, in a partnership with New York City, has developed a crime-fighting system that “will allow police to quickly collate and visualise vast amounts of data from cameras, licence plate readers, 911 calls, police databases and other sources. It will then display the information in real time, both visually and chronologically, allowing investigators to centralise information about crimes as they happen or are reported.”

FICTION: No matter where people go in the world of Minority Report, one’s biometric data precedes them, allowing corporations to tap into their government profile and target them for advertising based on their highly individual characteristics. So fine-tuned is the process that it goes way beyond gender and lifestyle to mood detection, so that while Anderton flees through a subway station and then later a mall, the stores and billboards call out to him with advertising geared at his interests and moods. Eventually, in an effort to outwit the identification scanners, Anderton opts for surgery to have his eyeballs replaced.

REALITY CHECK: Google is working on context-based advertising that will use environmental sensors in your cell phone, laptop, etc., to deliver “targeted ads tailored to fit with what you’re seeing and hearing in the real world.” However, long before Google set their sights on context advertising, facial and iris recognition machines were being employed, ostensibly to detect criminals, streamline security checkpoints processes, and facilitate everyday activities. For example, in preparing to introduce such technology in the United States, the American biometrics firm Global Rainmakers Inc. (GRI) turned the city of Leon, Mexico, into a virtual police state by installing iris scanners, which can scan the irises of 30-50 people per minute, throughout the city.

Police departments around the country have begun using the Mobile Offender Recognition and Information System, or MORIS, a physical iPhone add-on that allows police officers patrolling the streets to scan the irises and faces of suspected criminals and match them against government databases. In fact, in 2014, the FBI launched a nationwide database of iris scans for use by law enforcement agencies in their efforts to track criminals.

Corporations, as well, are beginning to implement eye-tracking technology in their tablets, smartphones, and computers. It will allow companies to track which words and phrases the user tends to re-read, hover on, or avoid, which can give insight into what she is thinking. This will allow advertisers to expand on the information they glean from tracking users’ clicks, searches, and online purchases, expanding into the realm of trying to guess what a user is thinking based upon their eye movements, and advertise accordingly. This information as it is shared by the corporate elite with the police will come in handy for police agencies as well, some of which are working on developing predictive analysis of “blink rates, pupil dilation, and deception.”

In ideal conditions, facial-recognition software is accurate 99.7 percent of the time. We are right around the corner from billboards capable of identifying passersby, and IBM has already been working on creating real world advertisements that react to people based upon RFID chips embedded in licenses and credit cards.

FICTION: In Minority Report, John Anderton’s Pre-Crime division utilizes psychic mutant humans to determine when a crime will take place next.

REALITY CHECK: While no psychic mutants are powering the government’s predictive policing efforts, the end result remains the same: a world in which crimes are prevented through the use of sophisticated data mining, surveillance, community policing and precrime. For instance, police in major American cities have been test-driving a tool that allows them to identify individuals—or groups of individuals—most likely to commit a crime in a given community. Those individuals are then put on notice that their movements and activities will be closely monitored, and any criminal activity (by them or their associates) will result in harsh penalties.  In other words, you are guilty before you are given any chance to prove you are innocent.

The Department of Homeland Security is also working on its Future Attribute Screening Technology, or FAST, which will utilize a number of personal factors such as “ethnicity, gender, breathing, and heart rate to ‘detect cues indicative of mal-intent.’”

FICTION: In Minority Report, government agents use “sick sticks” to subdue criminal suspects using less-lethal methods.

REALITY CHECK: A variety of less-lethal weapons have been developed in the years since Minority Report hit theaters. In 2007, the Department of Homeland Security granted a contract to Intelligent Optical Systems, Inc., for an “LED Incapacitator,” a flashlight-like device that emits a dazzling array of pulsating lights, incapacitating its target by causing nausea and vomiting. Raytheon has created an “Assault Intervention Device” which is basically a heat ray that causes an unbearable burning sensation on its victim’s skin. The Long Range Acoustic Device, which emits painful noises in order to disperse crowds, has been seen at the London Olympics and G20 protests in Pittsburgh.

FICTION: A hacker captures visions from the “precog” Agatha’s mind and plays them for John Anderton.

REALITY CHECK: While still in its infancy, technology that seeks to translate human thoughts into computer actions is slowly becoming a reality. Jack Gallant, a neuroscientist at UC Berkeley, and his research team have created primitive software capable of translating the thoughts of viewers into reconstructed visual images. A company named Emotiv is developing technology which will be capable of reading a user’s thoughts and using them as inputs for operating machinery, like voice recognition but with brain signals. Similar devices are being created to translate thoughts into speech.

FICTION: In Minority Report, tiny sensory-guided spider robots converge on John Anderton, scan his biometric data and feed it into a central government database.

REALITY CHECK: An agency with the Department of Defense is working on turning insects into living UAVs, or “cybugs.” By expanding upon the insects’ natural abilities (e.g., bees’ olfactory abilities being utilized for bomb detection, etc.), government agents hope to use these spy bugs to surreptitiously gather vast quantities of information. Researchers eventually hope to outfit June beetles with tiny backpacks complete with various detection devices, microphones, and cameras. These devices could be powered by the very energy produced by the bugs beating their wings, or the heat they give off while in flight. There have already been reported sightings of dragonfly-like robotic drones monitoring protesters aerially in Washington, DC, as early as 2007.

FICTION: In Minority Report, Anderton flees his pursuers in a car whose movements are tracked by the police through the use of onboard computers. All around him, autonomous, driver-less vehicles zip through the city, moving people to their destinations based upon simple voice commands.

REALITY CHECK: Congress is now requiring that all new cars come equipped with event data recorders that can record and transmit data from onboard computers. Similarly, insurance companies are offering discounts to drivers who agree to have tracking bugs installed. Google has also created self-driving cars which have already surpassed 300,000 miles of road testing. It is anticipated that self-driving cars could be on American roads within the next 20 years, if not sooner.

These are but a few of the technological devices now in the hands of those who control the corporate police state. Fiction, in essence, has become fact—albeit, a rather frightening one.

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