Senior research psychologist Dr. Robert Epstein of the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology issued a grave warning about the ability of Silicon Valley to manipulate voters at the Breitbart News event “Masters of the Universe: Big Tech vs. Free Speech and Privacy” in Louisiana on Thursday night. Epstein described tactics used by Internet heavyweights like Google that could move hundreds of thousands of votes and potentially tip close elections. “The more information these companies have about us, the more easily they can manipulate us,” Epstein said. This was a particularly disturbing thought given how much of the “Masters of the Universe” discussion concerned the shocking degree of surveillance Big Tech companies are subjecting their customers to, using products from web browsers and email services to cell phones and voice command gadgets that constantly monitor every sound in the home.He warned that sophisticated techniques … [Read more...] about Dr. Robert Epstein: ‘The More Google Knows About You, the Easier It Is for Them to Manipulate You’
Register for our free newsletterTRYING to find out who owns land in Scotland needs to be cheaper and easier, campaigners have said. The report by pressure group Community Land Scotland (CLS) says ordinary people are being priced out of learning who owns properties in their communities. Last month The Sunday Post revealed Scottish property and land worth £2.9 billion is being held by companies based in foreign tax havens. Revealed: Tax haven firms own Scottish property worth around £3 BILLION The information from the Registers of Scotland cost £1560 but campaigners point out that the same data is free south of the Border. The report concludes: “There is currently a gap between the desire for a ‘publicly accessible’ land registry and the reality. Access for citizens to anything other than the most basic information is fragmented, expensive and complicated.” Dr Calum MacLeod, CLS Policy Director, said: “This report reveals weaknesses in the … [Read more...] about Campaigners call for cheaper and easier land ownership searches
Rutli meadow, considered the birthplace of Switzerland. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP Swiss voters on Sunday approved a measure to make it easier for third-generation immigrants to become citizens, crushing right-wing nationalists who had stoked fears about granting nationality to more Muslims. According to final official results, the "Yes" camp claimed 60 percent support and a victory in 19 of Switzerland's 26 cantons, meeting the two criteria needed for a win. The government as well as most lawmakers and political parties supported the proposal. Under it, the grandchildren of immigrants will be able to skip several steps in the lengthy process of securing a Swiss passport, although approval of their citizenship will still not be automatic. The right-wing Swiss People's Party (SVP), the largest party in Switzerland's parliament, fought against the measure by putting Islam and national identity at the centre of the debate. Reacting to the defeat, SVP lawmaker Jean-Luc Addor said … [Read more...] about Swiss approve easier nationalization process for 3rd gen immigrants
A DUP Alderman has claimed it is already easier to get an Irish Passport in Derry than it is ‘to get a box of fags’ while opposing calls for an Irish Passport Office to be sited in the north west. Alderman Graham Warke was speaking after Sinn Fein Councillor Colly Kelly proposed the council write to the Irish Government urging it to develop a new passport office for the north, during Derry City & Strabane District Council’s monthly meeting .Colr. Kelly had asked that “this council supports calls for the establishment of an Irish Passport Office in the North following figures published in December 2017 that showed 82,274 people in the North applied for Irish Passports in 2017, compared with a figure 53,715 in the year leading up to Brexit.”He further proposed that the “Council writes to the Irish Government highlighting this increased demand and requesting the opening of a Passport Office in the Derry & Strabane District Council … [Read more...] about ‘It’s easier to get an Irish Passport than a packet of fags’
Gov. Rick Scott announced Wednesday he would appeal a federal judge’s order that he and his Cabinet — composed of the three other statewide elected officials in state government — scrap the process by which felons regain the right to vote.U.S. District Judge Mark Walker wrote that the current process, which has been in place for decades, violates the First and Fourteenth amendments and gave the Scott administration until April 26 to come up with a new plan.While most states automatically restore the right to vote after a felon has completed prison, probation and parole, Florida takes away that right until it is returned by a clemency board that includes Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi, Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam. That makes Florida one of the toughest states in the country for felons to regain the right to vote, particularly under Scott, who has granted felons their voting rights only in rare circumstances.In her … [Read more...] about Should we make it easier for ex-felons to vote? Readers seem ready for change.