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China Pledges Green While Building New Coal Power Plants

China is proving that green climate hysteria is antithetical to real economic growth. Its official rhetoric pledges to Sustainable Development and Green economy, but it is building record energy capacity with coal generation.  ⁃ TN Editor

China, which has pledged that projects built under its Belt and Road Initiative will be green and sustainable, will fund more fossil fuel power projects in Southeast Asia even as western, Japanese and South Korean financiers increasingly walk away from them over sustainability concerns.

This will be the case until the host nations – such as Indonesia – have come up with good enough financial incentives and expanded power transmission and distribution infrastructure to make mass renewable energy projects viable, according to Martin David, Asia-Pacific head of projects practice group at international law firm Baker McKenzie.

“While Chinese officials have signaled a move towards more sustainable projects in BRI nations, I don’t see this materially changing Beijing’s [actual] funding of infrastructure projects [there],” he said in an interview. “It will take some time for this to manifest into an obvious change.”

Chinese developers – mostly state-backed construction firms – still prefer to build large fossil fuel projects, on effort and return considerations, he added.

This is because bidding and contract preparation work involved in developing a power project typical requires similar effort, whether for a US$40 million renewable project or a US$1 billion thermal power project.

The BRI, initiated by President Xi Jinping in 2013, aimed to foster closer trade and investment ties with nations in Asia, Europe, Africa and Latin America, initially through mostly China-funded infrastructure projects.

Xi told the second Belt and Road Forum in Beijing in April this year that infrastructure projects built under the BRI must be green and sustainable, adding there will be a focus on transparency and zero tolerance for corruption to ensure “high-quality” growth.

The signalling of a recalibration of China’s approach to BRI projects came amid increased international scrutiny on debt-servicing sustainability, corruption and environmental concerns, besides delays or cancellations of key projects.

Push-backs from interest groups at host nations – such as Indonesia and Kenya – may pressure Chinese firms to pare back their ambition on building coal-fired plants in BRI nations, said Charles Yonts, head of power and environment, social and governance research at CLSA.

He cited the recent high profile case of environmentalists and anti-graft campaigners asking the Indonesian corruption watchdog to look into China Huadian Engineering’s role in a US$900 million coal-fired power project, after its local partner was jailed for bribing to win the project.

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IARPA Seeks Long-Range Biometric Identification Tech

Close-up biometric identification is not enough for the Technocrat-laden Intelligence community. Tech is being extended to use Images from drones and long-range cameras to positively identify people. ⁃ TN Editor

The intelligence community is working to build biometric identification systems that can single out individuals from hundreds of yards away or more, a feat that’s virtually impossible using the technology that exists today.

Ultimately, the tech would let spy agencies rapidly identify people using cameras deployed on far off rooftops and unmanned aircraft, according to the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, the research arm for the CIA and other intelligence agencies.

Facial recognition and other types of biometric tech have improved significantly in recent years, but even today’s most advanced systems become less reliable without a crystal clear view of their subject. Even when the person is standing nearby and looking directly into the camera, facial recognition tech can be prone to errors.

But the intelligence community is trying to overcome those limitations in two ways: gathering more extensive training data and creating systems that lean on multiple types of data to identify people.

On Friday, IARPA started looking for researchers to participate in Biometric Recognition and Identification at Altitude and Range, or BRIAR program, which aims to develop identification tools that work from vantage points high above or far away from their subjects. While the program is still getting off the ground, the tech it seeks to develop could significantly enhance the government’s ability to surveil adversaries—and citizens—using biometric data.

“Further research in the area of biometric recognition and identification at altitude and range may support protection of critical infrastructure and transportation facilities, military force protection and border security,” officials wrote in the request for information.

Teams interested in participating in the program must respond by Oct. 21.

In the request for information, IARPA asked teams for a wide variety of datasets that could help train biometric technology to work in less than ideal conditions. Today, the range of facial recognition and other identification systems is limited by a lack of training data, they said, and more datasets would help researchers build more versatile and powerful tools.

Specifically, IARPA asked for images of individuals taken from more than 300 meters away or at pitch angles above 20 degrees, as well as biometric research datasets captured by drones and other aircraft.

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National Nurses Union Bonds With Green New Deal Activists

The radical  progressive left is now working on subgroups of society to make it appear that they are much larger than they actually are. Namely, National Nurses United is boasting that it endorses the Green New Deal as proposed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

However, the National Nurses United was originally started by the California Nurses Association (CNA). CNA itself was reportedly founded in 1903 and is affiliated with the AFL-CIO. According to their website,

CNA/NNOC is also a founding member of the 185,000-member National Nurses United, which in 2009 united CNA/NNOC, the United American Nurses, and the Massachusetts Nurses Association to create the largest union and professional association of nurses in U.S. history.

Apparently, CNA has morphed into the national organization because its original URL “CalNurses.org” automatically redirects to “NationalNursesUnited.org”. It claims to speak for over 150,000 members.

The following press release was issued by National Nurses United on September 13, 2019. National Nurses United’s press releases are posted on the progressive/radical Common Dreams website.


National Nurses United Endorses Green New Deal and Ban on Assault Weapons

National Nurses United, the nation’s largest union and professional association of registered nurses, Thursday endorsed enactment of a Green New Deal and a ban on assault weapons.

Passage of the resolutions came in a joint meeting of the leadership boards of National Nurses United (NNU) and the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee (CNA/NNOC) on the eve of a major Global Nurses Solidarity Assembly of more than 1,600 nurses being hosted by NNU and CNA/NNOC in San Francisco. CNA/NNOC is the largest NNU affiliate.

In calling for a comprehensive Green New Deal, NNU said it was a fundamental step to “tackle the crises of climate change and economic inequality.”

“We are facing an existential climate crisis,” said NNU President Deborah Burger, RN. “Nurses see the impact in patients harmed by super storms, wildfires, epidemics, environmental pollution, and other impacts of the climate crisis today. It is long past time to act in the most expansive way possible, while also protecting workers and communities that are affected today and in the years to come.”

NNU, for example, has for more than a decade been sending volunteer RNs to communities affected by disasters exacerbated by climate change. Most recently, NNU has sent 16 RN volunteers to date, with more to come, to provide basic medical aid to those harmed by Hurricane Dorian. Several of them are currently on the ground in Grand Bahama island.

Climate experts have noted that the severity of Dorian, including the Category 5 winds, flooding, and other effects, was accelerated by warm ocean waters and rising sea levels.

NNU said it would favor a Green New Deal that would include major elements including:

  • A “complete transition away from using fossil fuels by 2035 — shifting to 100 percent clean renewable energy production.”
  • A ban on fossil fuel projects, including pipelines, deep sea drilling, tar sands extraction, and fracking, coupled with “substantial investment into solar, wind, and geothermal energy production.”
  • A “fair and equitable just transition for workers from the fossil fuel industry” with guarantees for “a minimum of five years of continued compensation,” including salary, health care coverage, pension contributions, as well as housing assistance, education, and job training and job placement for displaced workers.
  • Significant investments in frontline communities to prepare for climate impacts, as well as drawing the links to combatting economic inequality.

A Call to Ban Assault Weapons

In urging legislative action to ban the proliferation of assault weapons, NNU and CNA/NNOC board members emphasized how the growing calamity of mass shootings has become a significant public health crisis.

“Nurses all too regularly care for patients with gun injuries,” noted Jean Ross, RN, another NNU president. “But the massive injuries we are seeing today that result when people are shot with assault weapons is very different because of the very nature of these weapons and ammunition. The only purpose of these weapons is to kill human beings.”

“NNU has long defined public health and patient advocacy as the hallmark of our organization and our role as registered nurses. Protecting our patients, our families, and our neighbors endangered by mass shootings with assault weapons is a part of that advocacy,” Ross said.

NNU leaders also noted how the increasing climate of hate makes mass shootings even more damaging by exacerbating fear, anxiety, and stress in the broader society.

In addition, NNU will follow up with a further analysis of public health impacts of gun violence.




Safe, Mass Producible Truck-Sized Nuclear Reactors

This revolutionary miniaturization of nuclear power could solve the world’s energy need in a few years, but it will most certainly be demonized by the Alternative Energy/Green New Deal who are pushing Sustainable Development. ⁃ TN Editor

A new Very-Small, Long-LIfe, and Modular (VSLLIM) reactor design has been developed at the University of New Mexico’s Institute for Space and Nuclear Power Studies. It offers passive operation and decay heat removal and redundant control to make it walk-away safe.

During nominal operation and after shutdown, the VSLLIM reactor is cooled by natural circulation of in-vessel liquid sodium (Na), that is enabled using in-vessel chimney (1–2 m tall) and helically coiled tubes Na-Na heat exchanger, placed at the top of the downcomer.

The reactor can generate 1.0–10 MWth, depending on the height of the chimney and the HEX design, at an average fission power density up to 23.47 MWth/m3. The VSLLIM reactor can potentially operate continuously, without refueling for ∼92 and 5.9 full power years (FPY), respectively, and slightly below atmospheric pressure, owing to the sodium low vapor pressure.

The core is loaded with hexagonal assemblies of fuel rods with UN enriched to 13.76%, and has independent systems for emergency shutdown and nominal control.

Highlights of the SLIMM Design

  • Walk away passively safe
  • smaller than a shipping container
  • factory mass-producible
  • Narrow and small design could fit on rockets for space applications

As many as 10–30 units could be deployed incrementally at a single site, commensurate with the increase in electricity demand, for a plant total electricity generation of up to 120 MWe.

These VSLLIM power plant modules could also be integrated into either a distributed or a central grid, with renewable energy sources, or operated alone. They can also provide both electricity and process heat for industrial uses and district heating.

It also has two independent systems for safe passive removal of decay heat after shutdown, and following an unlikely malfunction of in-vessel HEX. These are liquid metal heat pipes (LMHPs) embedded in the primary vessel wall, and natural circulation of ambient air along the outer surface of the guard vessel wall.

The LMHPs are thermally coupled to thermoelectric elements for generating 10 s of kW of auxiliary DC power, independent of on-site and off-site sources, both during nominal reactor operation and after shutdown. The sodium coolant enters the fast-neutron energy spectrum core at 610 K and exits at ≤755 K, depending on the reactor thermal power. At these temperatures, Na is compatible with the HT-9 Ferritic-Martensitic steel cladding, core structure and reactor vessel.

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Mugged By Reality: Green Energy Turns Into Nightmare In Georgetown, Texas

Georgetown, Texas was pitched by Green New Deal ideologues on becoming a totally green city by running on 100% renewable energy. As energy prices quickly went through the roof, the city is in full retreat and left with a huge bill that it cannot pay. ⁃ TN Editor

It wasn’t supposed to be this way. Georgetown, Texas – population 75,000 – was to be the new poster child of the green movement.

Environmental interest in Georgetown’s big push to generate all of its electricity from wind and solar power was amplified by three factors: the town and its mayor were nominally Republican; Georgetown is in an oil- and natural gas-rich state; and that state is deep-red Texas.

Former Vice President Al Gore and other climate change luminaries feted Georgetown Mayor Dale Ross, and Ross was featured prominently at renewable energy conventions.

Last October, while the green dream was still in full flower, the city applied for a $1 million grant from former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s nonprofit, Bloomberg Philanthropies, and won it.

Ostensibly to be used for energy storage innovation in batteries, the grant’s only real requirement was that the city serve as a public relations platform in Bloomberg’s push to convince Americas to abandon affordable fossil fuels and switch to more costly renewable energy.

Trouble started when politicians’ promise of cheaper renewable energy was mugged by reality.

Georgetown’s electric bills went up as more wind and solar power displaced cheaper natural gas in the power portfolio of the Georgetown’s municipal utility. Politicians scrambled for cover. And the bloom came off Georgetown’s renewable rose.

Now, largely embarrassed members of the City Council are trying to figure out how to unwind the renewable mess they and their predecessors voted themselves into.

With their municipal utility facing a $7 million shortfall – money that has to be made up by the city residents through higher electricity costs – the City Council voted 5-1 in July to instruct the staff to figure out how to wriggle out of the Bloomberg PR deal.

On Aug. 13 the Council voted 5-0 to officially kill the deal. The city is also raising property taxes.

The Council member who asked for the vote said he wasn’t opposed to renewable energy, but that in light of the city utility’s deficit, the city should focus on the basics, rather than “doing experiments.”

Indeed, there’s not a single city in the contiguous 48 states that runs solely on wind and solar power. The reason is simple: electricity gets to cities via a grid, and that grid draws its energy from a variety of sources – mostly natural gas.

Excluding large-scale dams, which fell out of favor with the environmental movement 50 years ago, renewables powered about 10 percent of the U.S. grid last year.

This means that cities like Georgetown, which have contracted to take power from wind and solar farms hundreds of miles away, don’t risk blackouts on windless nights, because reliable power is delivered from a grid getting power from fossil fuels.

As part of the Bloomberg agreement, Georgetown was going to hire a new bureaucrat to oversee the installation of solar panels on homes, while creating a battery storage farm to keep the grid energized when the sun wasn’t shining and the wind wasn’t blowing.

But such arrangements are hardly cutting edge. In fact, the physics and economics of battery storage are well known. And here’s where Georgetown’s 100 percent renewable push merely looks like expensive virtue signaling.

Moore’s Law governs the world of computing – the speed and capability of computers doubles every two years. But computers only manipulate 1s and 0s.

In contrast, we use energy to manipulate the physical world – to cool and heat homes, to move ourselves and commerce faster and farther than we could using our feet (or horses or bicycles), and to bring light to the darkness. Efficiency improvements in the natural world move more slowly and yield to diminishing returns as they reach physical limits.

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Greta: You Are Being Used As A Pawn For Technocracy

Sixteen year old climate activist Greta Thunberg has become a poster child for the Green New Deal but it has nothing to do with democracy, but rather Technocracy that is behind her elite handlers.

On April 23, 2019, Quillette reported that

“Greta is eleven years old and has gone two months without eating. Her heart rate and blood pressure show clear signs of starvation. She has stopped speaking to anyone but her parents and younger sister, Beata. 

“After years of depression, eating disorders, and anxiety attacks, she finally receives a medical diagnosis: Asperger’s syndrome, high-functioning autism, and OCD. She also suffers from selective mutism—which explains why she sometimes can’t speak to anyone outside her closest family. When she wants to tell a climate researcher that she plans a school strike on behalf of the environment, she speaks through her father.”

So, Greta suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, eating disorders, anxiety attacks and severe depression. Is this really the new face of climate emergency or is she being shamelessly used by Technocrat handlers?

The following story gets it exactly correct: “their goal is technocracy not democracy.” ⁃ TN Editor

Behind the schoolgirl climate warrior lies a shadowy cabal of lobbyists, investors and energy companies seeking to profit from a green bonanza

Whatever Greta or her parents know or think, her eco-mob increases the likelihood of legislation and investment that will make colossal profits for people like Global Challenge, We Don’t Have Time and Sustainable Energy Angels. For Sweden’s energy titans, saving the planet means government contracts to print the green stuff. Green energy lobbyists use populist scare tactics and a children’s crusade to bypass elected representatives, but their goal is technocracy not democracy, profit not redistribution. Greta, a child of woke capitalism, is being used  to ease the transition to green corporatism.   

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Greta Thunberg is just an ordinary 16-year-old Swedish schoolgirl whose fiery visions have convinced the parliaments of Britain and Ireland to declare a “climate emergency”. Greta’s parents, actor Svante Thunberg and opera singer Malena Ernman, are just an ordinary pair of parent-managers who want to save the planet. Query their motives, and you risk being accused of “climate denial”, or of bullying a vulnerable child with Asperger’s. But the Greta phenomenon has also involved green lobbyists, PR hustlers, eco-academics, and a think-tank founded by a wealthy ex-minister in Sweden’s Social Democratic government with links to the country’s energy companies. These companies are preparing for the biggest bonanza of government contracts in history: the greening of the Western economies. Greta, whether she and her parents know it or not, is the face of their political strategy.

The family’s story is that Greta launched a one-girl “school strike” at the Swedish parliament on the morning of August 20, 2018. Ingmar Rentzhog, founder of the social media platform We Have No Time, happened to be passing. Inspired, Rentzhog posted Greta’s photograph on his personal Facebook page. By late afternoon, the newspaper Dagens Nyheter had Greta’s story and face on its website. The rest is viral.

But this isn’t the full story. In emails, media entrepeneur Rentzhog told me that he “met Greta for the first time” at the parliament, and that he “did not know Greta or Greta’s parents” before then. Yet in the same emails, Rentzhog admitted to meeting Greta’s mother Malena Ernman “3-4 months before everything started”—in early May 2018, when he and Malena had shared a stage at a conference called the Climate Parliament. Nor did Rentzhog stumble on Greta’s protest by accident. He now admits to having been informed “the week before” by “a mailing list from a climate activist” named Bo Thorén, leader of the Fossil Free Dalsland group.

Independent journalist Rebecca Weidmo Uvell has obtained an earlier email from Bo Thorén’s search for fresh green faces. In February 2018, Thorén invited a group of environmental activists, academics and politicians to plan “how we can involve and get help from young people to increase the pace of the transition to a sustainable society”. In May, after Greta won second prize in an environmental op-ed writing competition run by the newspaper Svenska Dagbladet, Thorén approached all the competition winners with a plan for a “school strike”, modelled on the student walk-outs after the shootings at Parkland, Florida. “But no one was interested,” Greta’s mother claims, “so Greta decided to do it for herself.”

Fortunately, Greta’s decision coincided with the publication of Scenes from the Heart, Svante and Malena’s memoir of how saving the planet had saved their family. Unfortunately, Malena omitted to tell her publisher that Ingmar Rentzhog had commandeered Greta’s stunt.

“We had a problem,” says Malena’s editor, Jonas Axelsson. “Journalists asked if it was promotion for the book. It wasn’t at all. It was a nightmare.”

It was, however, a dream for Ingmar Rentzhog. When Rentzhog combined Thorén’s plan and Malena Ernman’s musical fame with Greta’s uncanny charisma and We Have No Time’s mailing list, he turned Greta into a viral celebrity.

“I have not invented Greta,” Rentzhog insists, “but I helped to spread her action to an international audience.”

Trained by Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project, Rentzhog set up We Don’t Have Time in late 2017 to “hold leaders and companies accountable for climate change” by leveraging “the power of social media”. Rentzhog and his CEO David Olsson have backgrounds in finance, not environmental activism, Rentzhog as the founder of Laika, an investment relations company, and Olsson with Svenska Bostadsfonden, one of Sweden’s biggest real estate funds, whose board Rentzhog joined in June 2017. We Don’t Have Time’s investors included Gustav Stenbeck, whose family control Kinnevik, one of Sweden’s largest investment corporations.

In May 2018, Rentzhog and Olsson of We Don’t Have Time became chairman and board member of a think-tank called Global Utmaning (Global Challenge). Its founder, Kristina Persson, is an heir to an industrial fortune. She is a career trade unionist and a Social Democrat politician going back to the party’s golden age under Olof Palme. She is also an ex-deputy governor of Sweden’s central bank and a New Ager who has discussed her reincarnations and communication with the dead. Between 2014 and 2016, Persson served as “Minister for the Future” in the Social Democratic government of Stefan Lofven.

Petter Skogar, president of Sweden’s biggest employer’s association, is on Global Challenge’s ten-person board. So is Johan Lindholm, chairman of the Union of Construction Workers and member of the Social Democrats’ executive board. So is Anders Wijkman, president of the Club of Rome, chair of the Environmental Objectives Council, and a recipient in February 2018 of Bo Thorén’s call for youth mobilisation. So is Catherina Nystedt Ringborg, former CEO of Swedish Water, advisor at the International Energy Agency, and former vice-president at Swedish-Swiss energy giant ABB.

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Germany Fights Global Warming, Slaps Tax On Sausage

The non-existent evidence behind the claim that livestock produce more emissions globally than do automobiles is driving attacks on the meat industry with taxes being levied to discourage consumption. ⁃ TN Editor

German legislators have proposed raising the sales tax on meat from seven percent to 19 percent to fight climate change and improve animal welfare.

Research has shown that greenhouse gas emissions from livestock account for a higher percentage of total global emissions than the world’s 1.2 billion automobiles, a fact underscored by some German Greens who are pushing for higher meat taxes,

A United Nations report from 2012 found that the earth’s cattle population generates more carbon dioxide than automobiles, planes, and all other forms of transport combined. Moreover, the cow pies they deposit and the wind they break produce a third of the world’s methane emissions, considered 20 times more detrimental to the environment.

According to Germany’s Federal Statistics Office, slaughterhouses in Germany killed 29.4 million pigs, cows, sheep, goats and horses during the first six months of 2019. During this period, Germany produced 3.9 million tons of meat, led by pork, the primary ingredient in German sausages.

“I favor abolishing the VAT reduction for meat and using it (the increased revenues) instead for more animal welfare,” said Greens agriculture spokesman, Friedrich Ostendorff.

The idea of raising meat taxes would be to reduce livestock numbers — as well as their gaseous output — by discouraging people from eating meat.

Last June, Germany’s Green party vowed to ban industrial farming to reduce global warming if it ever were to come to power.

The measure was proposed by Katrin Goering-Eckardt, the party’s leader in the Germany parliament, as part of a massive €100 billion project to finance climate initiatives.

Even prior to this, in 2013, the Green party had sought to launch a weekly, meatless “veggie day,” a project that reportedly failed to garner much support from ordinary citizens.

Recalling this fiasco, Christian Lindner, the leader of the pro-business Free Democrats, warned last June that the Greens “dream of a meat-less country.”

“Whoever wants to be vegan is free to do so, but the rest of us shouldn’t be banned from eating our schnitzel,” Mr Lindner said.

Germany is not alone in proposing meat tax hikes to combat global warming.

In March of 2018, a New York Times op-ed put forward the idea of a special tax on the beef industry to compensate for the alleged damage Big Beef has caused to the environment by provoking climate change.

In his article titled “The Case for a Carbon Tax on Beef,” Richard Conniff contended that it is time to break off “our collective love affair with beef” because the cattle industry “has a larger impact on the environment than that of any other meat or dairy product.”

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San Diego To Have 4,200 Streetlight Cameras By 2020

While police are regularly catching a few perpetrators on video, it has done so at the cost of ubiquitous surveilling all citizens in San Diego. ⁃ TN Editor

When police stopped a taxicab early one morning last summer to find Jonathan Hernandez armed with a handgun and fleeing the scene of a fatal Gaslamp Quarter shooting, authorities thought it was an open-and-shut case.

Hernandez was booked into jail on suspicion of murder, but the investigation from last August would take an unexpected turn.

“Obviously, with any of these investigations there’s a great deal of follow-up to do, but it seemed pretty straightforward at that time,” said Sgt. Louis Maggi with the San Diego Police Department homicide unit.

The next day, police investigators went out to 5th Avenue and Market Street, where witnesses said a vicious fight had led to the killing. Officers canvassed the area for video of the incident when they noticed a camera built into a streetlamp at the intersection.

San Diego has installed thousands of microphones and cameras in so-called smart streetlamps in recent years as part of a program to assess traffic and parking patterns throughout the city.

The technology over the last year caught the attention of law enforcement last year. When police officers picked up Hernandez last summer, they had never used a streetlamp camera in an investigation.

Today, such video has been viewed in connection with more than 140 police investigations. Officers have increasingly turned to the footage to help crack cases, as frequently as 20 times a month.

Police Department officials have said that the video footage has been crucial in roughly 40% of those cases.

The smart streetlamps have been “game changing,” said Lt. Jeffrey Jordon, who oversees the program for the department.

“We’ve had a lot of success stories recently, a couple of convictions where people have actually seen the video through a defense attorney and they immediately took a guilty plea rather than go to trial,” he said.

At the same time, the technology may have saved the 24-year-old Hernandez from a long prison term. A review of the video showed the man he shot had first violently attacked him with a folding sidewalk street sign. At one point, the metal and wood sign struck the streetlamp that was recording, giving officers a good sense of how hard the attacker was swinging.

“Once we had that footage, we could see as clear as day what had actually transpired,” Maggi said.

Prosecutors decided the shooting was self-defense and the homicide charges were dropped.

Privacy groups have voiced concerns about a lack of oversight as law enforcement has embraced the new technology.

Groups, such as the American Civil Liberties Union, have pushed city councils across the country to adopt surveillance oversight ordinances that create strict rules to regulate use of everything from license plate readers to gunshot-detection systems to streetlamp cameras.

San Diego’s smart streetlamp program started around 2016 to collect metadata from cameras tracking the number of people walking, biking or driving through busy intersections.

The city installed the recording system as part of an LED upgrade to its streetlamps. Officials have said the new bulbs will save enough money on electricity to pay for the roughly $30 million program by 2030.

Three years later, it’s still unclear what the data will ultimately be used for. One idea has been that the information, which is publicly available to web developers and others, will fuel an app that helps people find empty parking spaces. City officials have said they also hope to use the system to track parking meter violations, as well as the number of people using bike lanes.

Right now, only the Police Department has the authority to view the actual video footage, according to officials. Although subject to change, the department’s internal policy says footage should be reviewed only in connection with violent crimes.

Authorities said that direct access is currently restricted to roughly 100 investigative officers in the sex crimes, robbery, traffic, internal affairs and homicide units. Other members of the department’s more than 1,800 sworn officers can request access but must be cleared by a designated authority before they view footage.

This arrangement has disturbed Matt Cagle, a technology and civil liberties attorney with the ACLU.

“This sounds like the quote ‘just trust us’ approach to surveillance technology, which is a recipe for invasive uses and abuse of these systems,” he said. “There needs to be meaningful oversight and accountability.

“Decisions about how to use surveillance technology should not be made unilaterally by law enforcement or another city agency,” he added

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer declined an interview for this story, but a spokesperson for his office said in an email that a citywide policy to regulate use of the microphones and cameras in streetlamps is “under development.”

City Councilwoman Monica Montgomery, who chairs the Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee, said in an email that she’s “open to exploring” oversight of the program.

“Technology is advancing at a rapid pace,” she said. “As elected officials, we have to not only keep up with the increasing developments, but also ensure that the civil rights and civil liberties of our residents are protected.”

Thirteen cities and counties in the United States have adopted a version of the ACLU’s proposed surveillance oversight legislation, including San Francisco; Oakland, Calif.; and Seattle, according to the group’s website. California is also considering a statewide bill.

Suggested guidelines include mandating a public process to review technology before it’s implemented, as well as conducting regular audits of existing systems to document how the surveillance technologies are being used and potentially abused.

San Diego’s Police Department has diligently responded to concerns about the program in recent months, reaching out to elected officials and holding regular community forums.

“We don’t have a room set up where anybody’s watching this,” Jordon told members of the San Diego City Council at a public meeting in June.

“It’s a reactive tool, typically accessed following a violent crime,” he said.

Jordon has overseen the department’s implementation of the program from its inception last year.

Among other things, he’s in charge of monitoring who’s using the video and compiling a publicly available log that lists every case in which video has been viewed, including the date, time and location of an incident. The document also identifies the supervising officer and the offense a suspect was charged with.

Jordon said the cameras do not record private property or use facial recognition or license plate reading technology.

The video is stored on the device and erased every five days if not downloaded for an investigation, police said.

The smart streetlamps are also not recording audio, Jordon said, although they do have the capability. He said they could be used as part of the gunshot-detection system known as ShotSpotter, but that would be subject to council approval.

Although video has been shared with federal agents involved in local task forces, Jordon has assured elected leaders that the footage has never been used to enforce immigration rules.

“This is not a tool to be involved in homeland security as far as border patrol and being involved in enforcing immigration laws outside of our policy,” he said at the June meeting.

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High-altitude ‘Platform Drone’ To Deliver 5G In Lanai

For every unpopulated area, there is a technocrat scheme to blanket it with 5G; in this case, it is a solar powered drone with a wingspan of 100 yards that will fly above 65,000 feet for up to a year at a time. ⁃ TN Editor

Lanai is on a path to serve as a technologically advanced flight operations center for a football field wide drone flying 65,000 to 85,000 feet high for as long as a year while providing 5G advanced wireless airborne services to people on the ground, according to the project leader.

“This project is special because we would not have made it here without the support of the community,” said George Purdy, who is co-owner of Drone Services Hawaii and was instrumental in bringing the Hawk30 program to Lanai.

The University of Hawaii Research Organization has a support agreement with program sponsor HAPSMobile Inc. to perform the test project on Lanai. SoftBank Corp., Loon LLC and AeroVironment also are involved in the project.

Hawk30 is certified by the Federal Aviation Administration Test Range, which oversees the Pan Pacific Unmanned Airspace Test Range complex of which UH is a part, Purdy said.

The program’s goal is to develop and test a high altitude platform drone while providing advanced 5G wireless connections deep in valleys, in remote land areas and over the ocean.

“Testing UAS (unmanned aircraft system) in the stratosphere as envisioned in this program has never been done in the national airspace before,” said Ted Ralston, UAS director with the Applied Research Lab of the University of Hawaii on loan to the Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory. “Hence, every pathway forward for us has something new in it.”

There will be a base camp set up on about 215 acres of old pineapple fields controlled by a subsidiary of Pulama Lanai, billionaire Larry Ellison’s company that owns most of the island. The remote land is off Kaupili Road.

Temporary structures are planned for the site, including a storage tent, three office trailers, a comfort trailer, a power pole and internet access. No plumbing is planned, a filing with Lanai Planning Commission said. There will be 30 to 40 flight team members working at the site.

The tent structure was put up June 27, Purdy said. The site work was valued at $350,000, according to filings with the county.

The Lanai Planning Commission will host a workshop on the project at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Lanai Senior Center. It is open to the public.

There will be a decision-making meeting at a later date on the project to determine whether Hawk30 is a permitted use on the agricultural land. The application made clear that a “primary component” of the project will be analysis of watershed conservation and agricultural development.

If all goes according to plan, sponsors, partners, operators and the launch team anticipate a takeoff date at the end of September, Purdy said Wednesday. Only one launch is anticipated on the island because the stratospheric aircraft can be airborne for months at a time.

Lanai’s landscape, specifically on old pineapple land, is perfect for landing and takeoff of the drone, he said. Project officials plan to “maintain a green lawn”; no concrete will be required for a runway since the drone is lightly loaded.

“The beauty of these stratospheric aircraft or UAS is they make no noise, burn no fuel, do not disrupt the environment, but provide superb service to mankind through 5G revolution,” Ralston said Wednesday.

The football field-sized drone flies independently at about 22 mph and is powered by electrical and solar, according to Purdy. It can fly at an altitude of between 65,000 and 80,000 feet for up to a year.

“It is a great program for Hawaii because it will put the state on the global map for promoting innovative technology,” said Chung Chang, Office of Aerospace Development coordinator for the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism. “And should this venture decide to make Lanai its permanent home, it will bring into the state project scientists and engineers, which will provide workforce development opportunities for local students.

“This will help diversify our economy with innovative, green technology and creation of high tech jobs.”

This is exactly what Purdy had in mind when helping bring the project to Lanai. Ralston, who said the project would not have happened without Purdy, said the field will be open to the community for events “but particularly for small UAS training and testing, as part of the educational and vocational training for the island workforce.”

Purdy, a veteran, firefighter and educator, said that the drone or unmanned air system will be a big step in improving emergency and safety operations during natural disasters and for science, technology, engineering and math education.

“It all started in a 2014 plane crash on Lanai,” said Purdy, a Maui High graduate. “This lit the fire for me to start my drone company.




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Technocracy: The Mortal Enemy Of The Individual

“A technocratic society would be cold and dark, one without emotion and passion, and one that would eliminate the individual. Without the individual, a lifeless society will exist, and freedom will be forever lost.” ⁃ TN Editor

“The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.” ~Friedrich Nietzsche

The idea of the “group” is the scourge of mankind, for when crowds gather, the individual disappears. When groups form, insanity is the result. This is the reason that the tyrannical state continually supports the group over the individual. This is the reason that the state promotes divisiveness, and pits group against group. This strategy weakens the whole of the masses, as all the strength of liberty resides in the individual and individual critical thought. Should the individual be marginalized, freedom will disappear.

With this in mind, is it any wonder that the information age, the age of state-sponsored propaganda, the age of spying on the individual, the age of data mining and data storage, have all been accomplished by government/private collusion? Is it any wonder that those like Google, Facebook, and Amazon are partners of the state, and were and are funded by the U.S. government and the CIA? Is it any wonder that the age of Technocracy [TN  Note: James Corbett interviews Patrick Wood of Technocracy News & Trends] was spawned with the knowledge that controlling information was the foundation needed to control the people? Is it any surprise then that any technocratic takeover relies upon the destruction of the individual?

Due to this massive change in how government views and manipulates the general population, and because this change and the politics of division are now common, people across the country are at each other’s throats. While one may view this phenomenon as simply a current trend of idiocy, which is not far wrong, it is a purposeful outside-orchestrated type of chaos. With all pitted against all, the individual is left in total isolation, and the elite’s task of gaining control over the masses is now being accomplished to a much greater degree.

The more division that is evident in the general population, the more confusion that will exist. When the “public” is infighting and confused, the ruling class has literal Carte blanch to advance its political agenda, whether war, monetary and economic control, or any favored liberty destruction stratagem. As stated by Max Stirner in The Ego and His Own [1845]:

“The object of the state is always the same; to limit the individual, to tame him, to subordinate him, to subjugate him.”

Government and its corporate partners have mastered deceit, in that this partnership has been able to purposely diminish the importance of the individual by exposing our differences instead of promoting our common human desires. Those long-standing common desires include love, family, peace and harmony, non-aggression, community, freedom, mutual respect, and caring for one another. By pitting us against each other through political means and fear, an almost uncontrolled opposition amongst us has emerged. There is nothing of value to be gained from this behavior, and only harm can result from such a detachment from common cooperation.

In this current world of Artificial Intelligence, smart phones, and social media, the need for each other is being replaced by the need for machines and for instant acceptance and gratification. This leads to isolation. One look around is enough to see the damaging effects of this behavior, as many can no longer function normally one on one because they are forever involved in what could be described as an addiction to surreal nothingness. Couples, families, and friends will sit for hours ignoring each other, rarely escaping their mesmerized state of screen watching. Personal human communication and contact is disappearing from view, and without a personal connection, emptiness will follow.

The finality of this detachment from reality will be slavery to the state. This will be accomplished due to the brainwashed public’s voluntary acceptance of its own servitude. No thoughts or actions will be private, and nothing will be sacred. Independence will first be scorned and then squelched, and individual thought and action will be rejected in favor of mass obedience.

The elite’s idea of a technocratic system controlled by the few, a eugenics based movement developed during the Progressive era in the 1930s, is getting closer and closer to fruition. A technocratic society would be cold and dark, one without emotion and passion, and one that would eliminate the individual. Without the individual, a lifeless society will exist, and freedom will be forever lost.

These ideas are not fringe, and have been actively pursued in the past by the presidents of MIT, Stanford University, Cornell and Harvard, and courses on this subject have been taught at Harvard, Columbia, Cornell, Brown, Wisconsin, Northwestern, Clark, and MIT. Today, much of this teaching is guised under the label of scientific genetics, and the grand scheme of a planned and controlled society is not dead, but is being pursued under the new language of human genetics.

With the rollout of 5G technologies, which are not any real improvements in communication, an ‘Internet of Things’ will be structured to tie everything together. This is the basis necessary for the physical takeover of all systems, which when implemented, will allow for a completely controlled society. Humans will become simply economic units, and therefore expendable. This dystopian nightmare is just around the corner, maybe only a few years away, and must be stopped before it is too late.

This is not “conspiracy theory” or science fiction. It is now a fact of life. It is being pursued aggressively, and is being accepted more and more by an ignorant and comatose public. If mass resistance is not soon forthcoming, we will risk being doomed to a life of total control in a society consumed by worthlessness.

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